Wednesday, December 30, 2009

1 more makes 4

It is my pleasure to announce the birth of my 4th niece....

Babies are bits of stardust, blown from the hand of God.- Barretto

Name: Presley Elizabeth

Birthday: December 29, 2009

Time: 6:33 AM

Weight: 7lbs 12 oz

Length: 20.5"

Proud Parents: Brandon and Ashlie

Proud Grands: Gary & Rochelle and Bob & Linda Beth

Proud Aunts: Brittani, Brooke and Melissa

Proud Uncles: Heath, Ryan and Justin

Presley chose to make her debut less than 12 hours after we left for Georgia. Hopefully we can come back to see her soon. I am the only aunt that didn't get to hold her :(

Congratulations Brandon and Ashlie, we are very happy for you and your new addition!

Christmas at a Glance

This post is a brief glance at our Holiday Fun, if I didn't summarize we would be here all day!

Decmeber 14 - 18
Emily and Adam were in town. We enjoyed spending time with them and celebrating Christmas.

December 24th

We make our way into Texas, we land literally as it begin snowing. Our first stop was Taco Bueno as usual. A short visit with Nana at the hospital and then home for fun and games on Christmas Eve with the family. We can now officially say we have had a "white christmas".

Here we all are in our Christmas Shirts, we decided next time we will do Tacky Christmas Sweaters.

December 25th
We had our traditional Christmas breakfast, Dad's taquitos and salsa. After opening gifts, we headed out into the snow to my Aunt Kathleen's house where we had lunch with family.
Almost all the cousins, we were only missing Melissa and Rick

After lunch we headed back over to see Nana at the rehab center (she had some mini strokes about a week before Christmas)

After our visit we headed back to the house for naps and a little Wii action.

December 26th
Saturday afternoon consisted of bumming around and more Wii. Saturday night however, we all went to Prairie Lights in Grand Prairie. If you live in the area this is a must see holiday attraction. You drive through a huge light display, then you can get out and walk through another area that also includes rides, food and a light show.

After the lights, we headed to dinner, and the Heath and I and Mom, Brooke and Shai went to Billy Bob's for a little dancing.

December 27th
On Sunday, we had lunch with some friends from high school, then one last visit to Nana. In the evening we went to spend some time at Brandon and Ashlie's house and enjoyed yummy pizza together.
December 28th
I got up and went to have breakfast with Jamie, my best friend from high school. We didn't have long but we enjoyed our time together. While I was out with her, I got a phone call, that they were taking my dad to the emergency room. Turns out he had a stroke. They sent him home but, he returned to the hospital and was admitted today for further testing. Your prayers are greatly appreciated. After some debate, we finally wound up leaving as scheduled around seven.
So that is our holiday in a nutshell. I will post our other exciting news in my next post. I didn't feel it should be lumped together in the holiday post.

Friday, December 11, 2009

All I want for Christmas is...A little more Time!

I have been lagging behind in the blogging world since Thanksgiving. I can never seem to find enough time to fill you all in on my oh-so-exciting life. I actually have a list of about 20 things I need to be doing right now! Instead, I have opted to give you all the juicy details that you have been waiting for. So, here is a December update....

We put lights on the outside of our house for the first time ever. It was much easier than I thought it would be. Although, the tough part is going to be getting Heath to take them down...and no I don't have a picture. Sorry, I know how you were all on the edge of your seats, waiting for one.

Heath and I have decided to add one new decorating item to our Christmas collection each year, as our budget does not allow for us to just rush out and buy whatever we want...This year it was our outdoor lights and the lighting and decoration for the top of the cabinets. So we had to use our sad tree for one more year. It is beginning to look like the Charlie Brown tree. Bits of limb were falling off as I was trying to decorate it...again no picture, sorry! Next year though, I will have the tall, skinny, pre-lit tree my heart desires.

Odie has been fascinated by the Christmas tree and the gifts under it. I chase him off several times a day and rescue helpless ornaments repeatedly. Its a little old now.

We have started our Christmas movie marathon, one of our favorite traditions. We try to add a new Christmas movie each year, this year I hope to add "White Christmas" We have a specific order that we watch them in too! Its sort of a countdown to our favorites. Christmas Eve is dedicated to Christmas Story. Some of our others we love include Christmas Vacation and Love Actually! Those we will be watching soon.

We took our Christmas pictures this past Sunday, and I have to say I have become pretty good at editing them myself. When Heath complains I remind him I could be paying for professional pictures, that usually will keep him quiet! Those pics I do are a few of them...

On Wednesday, I went to Ashlyn and Alyssa's Christmas program at church it was so cute. The theme was Christmas around the world. Alyssa was from Mexico and Ashlyn was from China (I think :o) They were so cute. Alyssa even had a duet. Please excuse the way I look, I was so tired and had just come from work!

You may notice my lack of pictures, it is because my camera bit the dust. I may have to ask Santa for a new one!
So that is about all that has been going on so far. Two more weeks till we head to Texas for Christmas. I am ready to be Home for the Holidays. Hopefully, after the new year I will be a better blogger! Merry Christmas!