12 Days of Christmas

We have had yet another CRAZY few days of celebrating Christmas… Birthday Parties, piano recitals, Kenley’s class Christmas performance, Britton’s class party, Mike’s 2nd office party, my office party, annual mother/daughter tea, lunch with Aunt Britty and Sassy, lunch with a pregnant Aunt Coco, visits with Dee Dee and MeMe.. and whew… another party tonight!

Merry Christmas!


Holiday Photos

These are just a few photos taken over the last week or so (before Britton got sick). Sassy has started each girl on a collection. Britton will be collecting Nutcrackers through the years, while K will be collecting snow globes.

The cute top that K is wearing is one that I made, and Aunt Dee Dee monogrammed with her machine. Britton also has one that Dee Dee helped me with- I will post that one too once it gets out of the wash!


With Britton having missed so much school last week (and again today) her first grade teacher had a pile of make up homework for her.

She finally felt well enough to work on it Sunday afternoon. She studied her spelling words (seat, feet, soap, etc) and I was to give her the spelling test which included the 10 weekly spelling words, 6 challenge words and dictation.

When it came test time, Britton became nervous, questioned her answers, missed words she knew, couldn’t write complete dictated sentences.

Following the test, she had a melt down because she wanted an E++. The only way to obtain an E++ is by getting all the spelling words AND challenge words correct.

Such the over acheiver.

Big Daddy and I tried telling her that doing her best was all she could do, that she did a great job, we were proud of her, etc.

But none of our encouragement seemed to help.

That night I watched what my husband would call, a very Garrett-ish movie this weekend calling ‘Facing the Giants’. Poor acting but a great message.

It was filmed in the South, and tells the story of a coach who turns his down and out high school football team around. He does this by encouraging them to play, giving each play their all. And reminds the boys that everything they do should be for the glory of God.

If they win, they will praise God.

And if they lose, they will praise God.

In the end, the team wins state and the coach’s personal life has also turned around.

I think the movie has an important lesson that can transend to any life- particularly a childs.

I now tell Britton that anything is possible with God, but she has to give it her very best.

If she wants an E++, and studies hard, she may very well earn that E++ she so badly desires.

My hope is that by reminding her of this over and over, she will grow into an individual who tells themself first that they can- not that they ‘cannot’.

Actions follows beliefs.

Glitter Bug

Yesterday, it was only Kenley and I that made it to Sunday School. While we were walking back to our car, Kenley saw a blue plastic “throw up thing” in the church parking lot, which she was quick to point out to me.

She knew this because Britton was given one at the Radiology clinic on Thursday during her CT scan.

Kenley pointed to the blue-plastic-throw-up-thing and commented, “Someone is a glitter bug.”