Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year

Every Wednesday Dunwoody United Methodist Church sends out a devotion that they call "Wednesday's Word" via email. This past Wednesday Wiley, the Senior Pastor sent these words of wisdom to the congregation regarding the coming of the new year.

"For most of us, Christmas is winding down. In fact, many of us are already busy about the task of taking down the decorations, though some will wait for the twelve days of Christmas. It is fitting that for this coming Sunday, our Gospel deals with the arrival of the wise men from the East. Their entry completes the birth stories for us. But this story is not as peaceful as the one in Luke about shepherds and angels. There is danger as Herod seeks inside information from the wise men. But the wise men are warned by an angel to find another road home, than the one that took them through Jerusalem.

Someone has defined insanity as doing something over and over again, while expecting different results. There are areas in all of our lives in which we need to find a "different road" to travel, if we want to reach the goal we seek. The coming of a new year is a wonderful time to reset our course where needed, so that when this time comes at the end of 2011, we will indeed see different results. The key of the Gospel is that the warning for another road came from the Lord. It is not just a matter of what we might desire, but what God would have us to do."
As we say goodbye to 2010 and begin 2011, remember to make sure you're headed down the path that God would want you to take!


2010 In a Photo Re-cap

January, 32 weeks pregnant

February, 36 weeks pregnant

February, neckace from Lane for my birthday - a heart so I would always remember when Eden's heart beat within me :)

March, WELCOME EDEN! The family with Dr. Howard

April, at the beach with Grandpa

May, Daddy got a promotion

June, Happy Father's Day!

July, Daddy got his flight suit

August, Daddy started Primary and Eden helped him study

September, 2010 Fripp Trip

September, Eden and Mommy on the swing at Fripp

September, 2010 Fripp Trip

October, Lovey Duck

October, Halloween night

November, Happy Turkey Day, Love, your favorite turkey!

November, Calaway Gardens with the Daigle family

November, Medieval Times with the Travis family and the Tinkers

December, Christmas Photo Shoot

December, Christmas morning

December, Christmas evening - a White Christmas!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Top 10 Words of 2010

As 2010 is coming to and end I thought I'd add a little something different to the blog. A friend of ours found a new application on facebook that compiles all of the statuses/updates that you put on facebook and figure out what your "Top 10 Words of 2010" are. It was very interesting to see, and I was happy that Lane and I both seemed to have a positive vibe to our lists.

1. Eden
2. Baby
3. Lane
4. She's
5. Night
6. Sleep
7. Know
8. Tonight
9. Don't
10. Morning

What people had to say:
~ I could have told you that!! hope ya'll are doing great :)
~ Yeah... that's about right, the baby does get at least twice as much attention as I do. (This was Lane's comment!)

1. Again
2. Tigers
3. Geaux
4. Game
5. Night
6. Keep
7. Thank
8. API
9. Weekend
10. Can't

What people had to say:
~ Don't complain that you didn't top my status words...I didn't even make it into your top 10! Not to mention, the number 10 word was only used 4, oh man, I see where I rank against football!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (This was my response to his words after seeing his comment on mine)
~ How dare 'cant' made the list!

Here's hoping for another positive year in 2011!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Pictures Galore

On December 8 we took Eden to Portrait Innovations to have some Christmas pictures taken of her. We also had a picture of me as a child wearing a dress that my mom smocked for me that we wanted duplicated because my mom gave the dress to us for Eden. I hope you enjoy the pictures as much as we do!

Walkin' in a Winter Wonderland!

We have travelled to and from Georgia for Christmas again! Our 2010 Christmas was a BLAST! We couldn't have made it any better if we tried. Eden enjoyed everything and actually helped to open some of her gifts. Having all kinds of new toys made us realize that "Christmas excitement" isn't just for older people who understand Christmas, because Eden didn't sleep much on Christmas day and she stayed up late that day too.

In preparation for Christmas day we had lots of fun activities to partake in. One of the first was cookie decorating party at Pat and Paul's (Aunt Nana and Uncle Papa) house. Pat started the tradition when Parker and I were kids and it's still going strong with Pat and Paul's grandchildren now. We had lots of fun with cousins and second cousins and aunts and uncles while we prepared the cookies, the icing, and while we decorated the cookies.

After decorating cooked at Aunt Nana's house we spent the rest of the week meeting up with friends and family and just kind of laying low. Lane's childhood friend, Mark, came over to see Eden and came bearing gifts. Lane, Parker, Sara, and Mark went to a shooting range later that day and thoroughly enjoyed themselves! While they did that Eden and I stayed at home with Mimi and Pop and didn't do much of anything. On Christmas Eve Eve we went and spent the night at Grandma and Grandpa's house. That was lots of fun and Lane and I were able to stay up with Grandma and Grandpa and play Phase 10. It wasn't the same because Lane's siblings and Tommie weren't there, but we still had a good time!

One night during the week Parker, Sara, Lane and I went to the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds to see a new light show that they have. It was set to music and you drove through it at your own pace. It was lots of fun, and it was beautiful. After seeing the lights you're able to go to Santa's Village and roast marshmallows and just hang around and see everything - which wasn't that much. We were able to make the most of the village and we got lots of laughs.
On Christmas Eve we did the traditional dinner at Pat and Paul's house with all of the extended family. As always the food was AWESOME and this year Eden out-ate everyone. Lane and I took the requested banana pudding, pumpkin roll, and deviled eggs. While we were there Eden played with cousins while they ran the train around the tree. Eden made sure that the cars were all in place around the village around the tree, but only after she tasted each one of them!

On Christmas morning Eden woke up and had breakfast before we went in to see what Santa brought her. She was good this year, so Santa brought her a walking toy, some stack 'n surprise blocks, books, a stuffed dog, and even some new sippy and snack cups. There was no shortage of gifts from Santa this year! After opening gifts from Santa, Aunt Nana, Uncle Papa, Grandma, and Grandpa came over to Mimi and Pop's house for Christmas brunch. Brunch, as always, was fabulous and filling.  
Of course one big meal over the holidays isn't enough, so Lane, Eden and I went to Grandma and Grandpa's house that afternoon and had another meal! Grandma did a traditional Christmas dinner and it was just a fabulous and just as filling as brunch was. The Christmas ham was accompanied by some SNOW! You heard me, Georgia! Rumor has it that Georgia hasn't had a White Christmas since the late 1800s, and we had one this year - on Eden's first Christmas. We will forever be able to tell her that her first Christmas made history!
When Eden woke up from her nap the snow had accumulated and she was able to reach out and pick it up. Of course when she picked it up, she put it right in her mouth. Eden eats everything, so it was no surprise to us that she wanted to eat the snow. After she did it once, she went back for more, and more, and more! She loved the idea of snow and having wet, cold hands didn't bother her one bit!