Our Little Ol' Family

Our Little Ol' Family

Friday, November 30, 2012

A Friday Funny to Make You Smile

I found this picture I had taken in 2008.  It's a great group shot of the kids and Cameron, other than the fact that Kylie decided to spit over the edge of the railing JUST as I snapped the shot.  Such a goose!  It's so cool, too, to see how much Kylie now looks like Lindsey did in 2008.  It's like twins born 6 years apart!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Tuesday Morning

I've been busy with editing the past couple of days.  I had a fun photo shoot Sunday afternoon, then have two more this coming weekend, so I'm trying to get all of my editing done from the first one.  It's chilly here today, but is supposed to be sunny and in the 60's this weekend!  Woo-hoo!

Miss Nat went back to college yesterday.  It was quite an ordeal to figure out how to get her from the airport back to the dorm, as her ride canceled on her.  A friend of ours from SBU was gracious enough to pick her up and drive her part way for us, and his son who also attends Baylor met them and drove her the rest of the way.  If they hadn't stepped up, I was going to have to drive her down and then come back home.  UGH...24 hours of driving.  That used to be no big deal to me, but I don't have near the stamina I used to have.  We had a nice visit with her at home on Thanksgiving.  On Saturday, she went to lunch with some of her high school friends.  I enjoyed getting to catch up with the other college kids, too!
Charleen, Natalie, Travis, and Leah home for Thanksgiving Break!
Miss Lindsey recently got a job working at Old Navy at the mall! She has only worked two days so far, but thinks she's really going to like it. Here she is headed to her first day of work!

Here are some various pics from the kids' cell phone cameras...
Todd and Lindsey

Mommy and Lindsey before the Volleyball Banquet, where Lindsey got her Varsity Letter, an award for Best Passer/Defense, and an award for All-Conference Honorable Mention!
For Tyler's birthday, Tabitha got Tyler tickets to the Chiefs game.  They went this past Sunday.  I thought this picture was so cute of both of them!
Time to get back to editing!  Hope you are having a great week!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Thanksgiving at Nana and Grandpa's!

Yesterday, we celebrated Thanksgiving at my mom and step-dad's house, about an hour and a half away from here. The weather was amazing! It was 68*, which was wonderful! Here are some pictures...
Todd's sister and niece, Carolyn and Kelly, made the drive over to Mom and Albert's to celebrate with us!  It was so nice for us to all to get to be together!  We missed Maralyn, Nabil, Derek, Jamie, Ava, Olivia, Dave, Shawna, and Briannah, though!

My great-nephews, Jacob (6 years) and Donovan (2 years).

One of Albert's great granddaughters, Kayla.  Such a cutie!

The kids loved being able to play outside in the pretty weather.  Jacob and Donovan played frisbee with Uncle Steven.

Albert's granddaughter, Kim, and her sweet little family.

Albert's granddaughter, Susan, and her family.

My brother and sister-in-law, Steven and Adonica.

All of our kiddos and their sweeties.

I went to find Todd to be in a picture with us when Steven snapped this picture.  I love Layton and Larissa's expressions in this shot!

All of our kiddos and their sweeties, along with Todd and me.  Our crowd is getting bigger and bigger!!

Hope the neighbors didn't mind the fact that we lined both sides of the street with all of the vehicles!

Albert's granddaughter, Keri, and her sweet little family.
We had a great Thanksgiving!  Tyler didn't get to stay too long because he had to be back in the city by 3pm for work, but I'm so glad he was able to be there for at least a little bit of the time.  We are very blessed!

Larissa's 18th Birthday Party!

Tuesday was Larissa's 18th Birthday! (Wow!) She loves Chinese food, so I did my best to create a Chinese Feast of some of her favorite dishes. I had never made any of these recipes before, so I was really hoping that they would turn out okay. We had a big group here that night...all 5 of our kiddos, plus their sweeties, and also Cameron and Cyrena. Yep...that's 13 people!  Considering I had to work at the library that day until 4PM, and we had dinner at 6PM, it was a wee bit crazy!  I woke up at 3:30 AM the night before thinking about all I had to do.  I went ahead and got up then and got some things done so it wouldn't be so rushed after work.  Also, Cyrena has a wheat allergy, so I tried to make the recipes wheat free. (I succeeded in all but the Crag Rangoon.) Here are some pics...
Here is the filling for the Crab Rangoon.  Kylie's friend, Morgan, said, "Hey....I didn't know that Crab Rangoon had CRAB in it!!"  :)

Here's what they looked like before I fried them.

Crab Rangoon in the deep fryer.  I had never used a deep fryer before, and was so grateful for a friend who was willing to loan hers to me.


Kylie helped me to make Coconut Shrimp.  (It's Larissa's VERY favorite!)

It LOOKS like the kind at the Chinese buffet!  It passed the taste test, too!  I didn't get a picture of the Orange Chicken because it was gone before I could take a picture of it! :)

Cameron and Cyrena

Tyler and Tabitha

Layton and Larissa

Lien and Lindsey

Natalie and Stephen

Kylie had the honor of lighting the candles.

Every 18 year old's dream...a gas card!  She also got a cassette tape converter thing to play her ipod in her car and a gift card to her favorite coffee house.
Hope you had a great birthday, Beauty Queen!!

Welcome to My New Blog!

Yes, you are in the right place!  I used up all of the allowable photo space on my previous blog, so you've been re-directed to this one!  I'll update very soon!  Be sure to bookmark this new page to your 'favorites'!