Saturday, November 28, 2009

Best time of year

Since now the turkey is gone, it is officially my favorite time of year. I had a successful day of shopping yesterday with Don on our annual "Black Friday" event. We are now mostly done with the shopping and all of the things are wrapped. The plan was to have the tree up, but since we have new living room furniture, there is no room for the tree and we are improvising. We are going to take down the fish tank under the TV and put the tree there.

Today Morgan and I started on the Holiday baking. We started with Chex mix and cookies for the preacher at church and Morgan helped me with making Date Nut Bread for Grandpa Bob. Check out these pictures.

Morgan's Birthday

Let me start by saying that going into this birthday Mo was really mad at Don and I because we would not let her have a sleepover on the night of her birthday and we wouldn't tell her why. It was a secret. But now she is very happy with the events. We decided to have a breakfast birthday party for her because Don is working in the evenings and would be at work if it was later. But the best part was that Suzy and family were going to still be in town for the party and that was way more important in my opinion than having a sleepover that could happen a week or two later. Morgan was very happy with that. She was surprised even the day before, and I thought that she would have figured it out by then. Well everyone had a good time, and the food was really good. Jillian had a good time playing with the puppies, with the help of Don, but Jake did not care much for them. He at one point was laying in front of Bandit's cage watching him, but when Bandit came out Jake made a run for it.

Happy late birthday baby. She is 12 now so not much of a baby, but still my baby!

Visit from Suzy and family

We were blessed last week to get a visit from Suzy, Rick and the kids. I know that I really enjoyed spending time with them. Those kids are growing so fast. Don was particularly excited to see them as he has not seen them since last Christmas. Morgan and I were lucky to be able to go over the summer and therefore we have seen them. We saw them on Sunday after church at Grandma and Papa's house in Winter Haven and had a great visit with most of the family present including Dad and his girlfriend Cindy. I am glad that everyone felt welcome there. It was no time at all until both Jillian and Jacob has warmed up to everyone. If you will remember when Morgan and I were in Texas Jillian had decided that she did not like Uncle Don, but when she was here she decided that she liked him just fine. It warmed my heart when someone would get her and she would yell "Help me Uncle Don", and don't you know he was there in a flash to help her. It was a great visit.
Later in the week we were able to go to Tampa to see Suzy in the evening for dinner at Olive Garden and had a really nice visit. Mom, Dad, Morgan and I were on that trip.
Then on Friday night Suzy, Rick and the kids were in Lake Placid at Mom's house for a spaghetti dinner, complete with apple crisp (like in school Suzy said). It was really good.


I know that we have been MIA lately, but we have been really, really busy. At work we had 2 people quit and, therefore, I have been working a ton of overtime. I know, good for the paycheck, but bad for the family time. I have finished all of that and now am home a little more. Now on to the blogging.