Thursday, November 26, 2009

So much to be thankful for...

I'm going to start with the top 100:
  1. God - His love and mercy amaze me every day.
  2. Brad
  3. Bennett
  4. Mom
  5. Angie
  6. My family
  7. Brad's family
  8. Asbury UMC
  9. Friends that are just like family
  10. Bible Studies
  11. 1st and 2nd Grade Children's choir
  12. Kim, who keeps me sane while attempting to teach the Children in the choir :)
  13. Bennett's school
  14. Bennett's teacher (this year and last year - they are the best!!)
  15. Bennett's imagination and the fact that he spent Thanksgiving day as Indiana Jones
  16. Bennett's love of reading
  17. Bennett's love of paper and markers
  18. Brad's job
  19. Our house
  20. the mini-van :)
  21. Thursday night TV
  22. MacBook Pro
  23. photo printers
  24. my 'big' camera
  25. my little point and shoot camera!!
  26. Coke zero
  27. scrapbooking - the hobby and the collection!!
  28. Rony, my hair dresser
  29. ABC family's 25 days of Christmas shows (and the 25 day countdown to the 25 days of Christmas!)
  30. Coach handbags
  31. Bobbi Brown lathering tube soap
  32. Book Club
  33. Golden Grahams
  34. Nestle Toll House break and bake cookies
  35. My washing machine and dryer
  36. The DVR that lets me watch all of those shows that I technically don't have time to watch!!
  37. My hair dryer
  38. the new Chris Tomlin Christmas CD
  39. to do lists
  40. great pens
  41. new notebooks
  42. my G1 phone
  43. Gmail
  44. the Google calendar
  45. my watch
  46. the color of fall leaves
  47. Hydrangeas
  48. My workout partner, Tonya.
  49. my back - it's not perfect, but it's better than it was!!
  50. Bennett's giggle
  51. Bennett's snaggle-tooth grin :)
  52. the opportunity to be a stay-at-home mom
  53. Sadie
  54. our mailman
  55. coupons
  56. our pastors
  57. Christmas music
  58. Facebook
  59. my Ipod
  60. scent-free Bounce and All detergent
  61. hand sanitizer
  62. outlet malls
  63. Dairy Queen
  64. Publix
  65. Good neighbors
  66. the light-fixer pro
  67. raisinettes
  68. family dinners
  69. turkey - especially the one that Angie cooked today. Yum!
  70. cherry pie with ice cream
  71. internet shopping
  72. free shipping
  73. fond memories
  74. chapstick
  75. Bennett's coaches
  76. garbage collectors
  77. online bill payments
  78. cute (and comfortable!!) shoes
  79. down comforters
  80. clinique super powder
  81. plastic bins that I can organize things in
  82. Chick fil a
  83. Static Guard
  84. my new bathroom
  85. soft towels
  86. freedom
  87. safety (Bennett wants me to put 'safety in our new land'... he's been thinking a lot about the Pilgrims!!) :)
  88. clean sheets
  89. slippers
  90. my hair barrette
  91. hand lotion (a must with the high usage of hand sanitizer :)
  92. Kraft 2% sharp cheddar cheese
  93. Sandestin
  94. remote controls
  95. in-door ice and water on the refrigerator
  96. Dyson vacuums
  97. clothes that don't require ironing
  98. medicine
  99. double sided tape
  100. car washes
Wow... 100 things came to me pretty quickly!! I could probably think of hundreds more. How about you??

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Happy Birthday to you...

Happy Birthday, Brad. You're the best husband and daddy in the whole wide world :)

This week, as I'm counting my blessings, you're at the top of my list :)

Love you!!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

my kid rocks!!

I've been wanting to get Bennett to the Japanese Gardens for months... today was the day!! I was meeting some friends to shoot a Christmas card picture and talked Bennett and Brad in to tagging along. I'm pretty pleased with pictures I got in just 15 short minutes :)

I'm trying something new with the pictures - trying to group them for a little more variety... how does it look??

We are having a great weekend at our house. The rain held off all day, allowing us to not only spend time at the Gardens, help mom move some furniture, get our tree decorated (ok, that's indoors...), get some dinner at Don Pepe's and do our grocery shopping. We are looking forward to celebrating Brad's birthday and Thanksgiving this week - and Brad leaves on his mission trip to India in just 6 days!! Should be a busy week!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Mostly treats...

We had a wonderful Halloween yesterday! I hope you did too!!

Here are a few pictures of our fun times :)

Here are the 2 pumpkins that Bennett designed:
The pumpkin on the left is Anakin Skywalker from Star Wars. The one on the right is Brad, complete with drawn on glasses and cross necklace. In case you are wondering, I am learning to give up control one step at a time... the pumpkin designing this year was a step in that direction :)

We had a wonderful time with our neighbors at our annual hayride - it was cold, but it was fun!!

In years past, there has been a guy with a chainsaw that has induced terror in our hayriding clan. This year, the kids were ready. They talked about him all night long. Bennett called him the 'Chainsaw Master' and was ready to defend us with his light saber. The Chainsaw Master never showed up... this year, he was able to bring plenty of fear with just the anticipation of his arrival :)

As you can see, we are still having issues with Bennett's 'smile' face. Remember this?? This crazy-smile-and-crazy-eye-thing has been going on for quite a while. Sometimes I am lucky enough to get some really good pictures (like these) and I think that this phase is over. And then, I am confronted with moments like last night...

I'm learning to just give up, though. I'll look back on these pictures one day and remember this awkward time, right?? His sweetness makes up for his lack of a picture face :)