Tuesday, December 29, 2009

White Christmas....in TEXAS?!?!

It was an amazing Christmas Eve and Christmas day as Texas enjoyed snow!!! We got around 2-3 inches at our house and the kids (Don included) had a great time. We were supposed to go to my Mom's house on Christmas Eve and attend church with her, but the weather conditions were looking like they were going to get worse so she hurriedly packed and headed to our house at noon. Sarah and Katie had spent the night with her, so she had helpers to get presents and food packed and loaded up. We were so glad she went ahead and came over since it did turn into a mini-blizzard by the time we went to our 4:00 church service.

This year Santa didn't get left any cookies because we forgot! And he must have been tired when he got to our house because a sack of stocking goodies was just left on the couch instead of put in the stockings. I guess "Santa" is getting old and the girls have lost a lot of the Santa magic :(
Katie in the front yard on Christmas Eve.
Dixie trying to catch a snowball.

Leaving for Christmas Eve service.
Christmas morning!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Sarah's Birthday

Sarah turned 14 on November 27. We were in Arkansas visiting with family and were enjoying Black Friday shopping when I said "I need to get back and tell my baby Happy Birthday". Just a little distraction, but she didn't seem to mind. She had already had her party with friends a week earlier. She always has to plan that way since her birthday falls at Thanksgiving.

For her party she invited 4 friends for dinner at the Cheesecake Factory (and let Don and I eat with them), went to a movie, and then home for a sleepover. We were very much in the minority at the movie theater that night since it was the premier of "New Moon", and we were going to see "A Christmas Carol". I would like to get on my soap box about Twilight, but will contain myself, and just say that the Holy Spirit has burdened my heart to teach my girls to guard their hearts and mind. Remember the children's song "O, be careful little eyes what you see.....", God brings that to mind often. Anyway, back to Sarah's party.......

The girls had so much fun at dinner, and we laughed so much with them. What a joy it was! They had fun strolling in the misty rain around Southlake Town Center and then going to the movie. They stayed up until 3 a.m. after just having fun being together. I feel so blessed that God has provided Sarah with friends who share her values and are not afraid to be their own person and not follow the crowd. For that I am thankful and pray that it will continue through her high school years.

Here are a few pictures of the party fun.

Dinner at Cheesecake Factory....so many choices.
Just being silly while waiting for our food.

Sarah picked chocolate mousse cheesecake and we also had cookie dough cheesecake.

Celebrating Sarah's 14th birthday. This is my cousin Darren whose birthday was on the following Monday, so we had a joint cake.
Isn't she beautiful?