Monday, December 31, 2007

New Life

Shana, Lauren, and I had the privilege to be present at the birth of Eli. It was an amazing day! Charles, Maggie, and Andrew are such a sweet little family and they have now grown by one! I cannot wait to see Eli grow up.

Maggie and Charles have done such a good job preparing Andrew to be a big brother.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Christmas With Marcy's Family

As you can see, I have added a slide show to the right of the pictures I took at my dad's house and at the nursing home during our visit with Meme this past Saturday. Some of these pictures are particularly funny and I feel they deserve an explanation. There is one picture where Paul is playing with Kristyn's Barbie. I just felt this was funny, so I took a picture of it. I am not sure if he was actually playing with it or trying to do something for Kristyn, but I took advantage of the opportunity. Ha! Next, you can see that Emily is heading into that teenage stage of not wanting her picture taken. We have many pictures of her trying to keep her picture from being taken. So, there is one picture where Scott got her unaware - eating a cookie. He was quite proud and earned an especially dirty look. Hehe. My dad and Stephanie have two LARGE dogs, Sadie, the dalmation, and Jack, the Great Dane mix (apparently mixed with some other breed of large dog). Well, these two are quite hyper and Daddy and Stephanie are nice enough to lock them out of the house while we are there. I can't stand it when they jump on me because dogs' nails don't retract and I end up looking like I have been abused. But, Sadie apparently did not appreciate being locked out and she kept jumping up on the back door and scratching at the screen door. At one point in time, I peeked out the window from the office and both dogs saw me and looked right into the camera for me. It was a cute picture. Kristyn loved to stand in the doorway and watch Sadie scratch. She even took a video with my camera. Lastly, you will see how many attempts it took for us to get one good family picture. The first few ended up looking like we were separated into "family groups" and the second group is funny because of my Daddy. He only really smiled in one of them and in one of them, notice the surprised look on his face as the picture took just as he was finishing scratching his nose! One picture is particularly funny because Scott forgot to set the timer and he accidentally took a picture of all of us "preparing" for the picture. We also took a "silly picture" so that Kristyn could give her dad reindeer antlers! The picture at the top is of my sister Wendy and me. We don't look anything alike, do we?!

Here is the video Kristyn took of Sadie scratching at the door. Most of her scratching fits were much longer than this. You can hear me in the background trying to torment the dogs into scratching so that Kristyn could video them. Poor Sadie and Jack.

Well, that just about sums up our visit in Dallas this weekend. We had dinner, presents, and family time. Scott, Paul, and Daddy even got to watch football while we ate.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas everyone!

I hope everyone is enjoying today! Scott and I have had a wonderful Christmas so far. Our weekend was great as well. All of our family gatherings were a lot of fun! I took a ton of pictures so I am going to have to pick out the best ones and do a slide show soon. The ones of Scott's family are going to require quite a bit of red eye reduction as they all have blue eyes. My family, on the other hand, being brown eyed (except Paul and one of his daughters, Kristyn), are much easier to photograph! This picture is of my family. The back row is Daddy, Stephanie, Me, and Scott. The front row is Emily, Wendy, Paul, and Kristyn. (Paul is my sister's fiance and Emily and Kristyn are his daughters).

Sunday's church service and Last night's Christmas Eve service at church were wonderful. Pastor Lee talked about how it is okay to enjoy the secular parts of Christmas as long as you are not allowing them to get in the way of your worship of Christ. If that is the case, you are making them idols. He also discussed, last night, the incarnation of Christ. I am so amazed and so thankful that God would take on human form and come and live as one of us in order to save us from our own sin. How awesome!

Scott's parents and grandma came to our Christmas Eve service last night and then we went out to eat at the Waffle House. Mmmm. Gotta love a patty melt plate!

I enjoyed exchanging gifts with our families as well. I love giving gifts. It's so much fun to see people react to the things you bought for them. But, I must admit that I also enjoy receiving them. I received so many great gifts this year. I have completed my collection of Tim McGraw CDs (I was only missing the most recent one), I have the entire Bible (ESV version) on MP3, I received a new Bible in the NASB version, which is what Pastor Lee uses, and I received both of the sewing books that I wanted. I think that I am fully prepared to start attempting to sew. I have received many other things that I also really wanted, but those are the highlights. Scott got lot of new things too. He received all of the books from Christian that he wanted, his GA Tech windsock that he had been wanting (exactly like the other one he had bought for himself recently, thanks to Tailgaters Alley Stores(Discover Mills and The Avenue at Webb Ginn), who are owned by GA Tech graduates, and he received both of the movies he has been talking about wanting since they came out: Transformers and Pirates of the Caribbean 3. Also, his boss had given him a gift card to Game Stop for his birthday and Scott went out and bought a game that I had almost bought him for his birthday, Super Mario Galaxy. He is playing it right now...and he played it quite a bit yesterday while I was at work. He loves it. Scott's boss also gave him Harry Potter 5 (the movie) for Christmas. Yay!

I am leaving you with a little video I took of Sam trying to fit all 5 of the cars that Scott and I gave him for Christmas in his hands at one time. So cute.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Small Group Christmas Party 2007

I finally got all the red eye I could removed from these pictures and got them uploaded to Slide. I hope you enjoy!

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

This, That, and The Other

Hello all! It has been a while since I posted. So much has happened! First of all, I will say that one of the biggest reasons I haven't been blogging much lately is that my computer was sick for a while and it was just not fun to play on. Some of my more recent slide shows were done on Scott's computer. Scott has fixed my computer, though. We had to wait until he was done with his classes before he could work on it. He just decided that since my computer is about 6 years old, the operating system had gotten corrupted over time. So, he wiped it clean and reloaded everything. My computer is much happier now! It is great to have an in-house IT guy!

Well, the season of Christmas parties is in full swing! Scott and I went to his office's Christmas party at the 1818 Club on Sugarloaf Parkway in the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce building on the evening of December 2. I must say that I was not looking forward to this one. I really did not enjoy this one last year...but, it turned out a lot better this year. We sat with some really nice people and it was just all around more enjoyable. On December 9, we went to a Christmas party for everyone at my office at one of the VP's, Wayne's, house. Not everyone from the office came, but it was fun and Wayne's mom was there and we were just all able to sit around and chat. Then, this past Wednesday, December 12, we had our Ladies' Bible Study Christmas party and gift swap which was a ton of fun as always when we get together. Our church small group Christmas party was Saturday night (December 15) at Amy and Josh's and that was a lot of fun, too. We had a white elephant gift swap. If you don't know what this is, it is when everyone brings a gift (we set our limit at $10) and wraps it and everyone draws numbers. Person 1 has to unwrap a gift and then person 2 can steal his gift or unwrap a new gift and then person 1 has to unwrap another gift if his is stolen, and so on and so forth. It is really interesting to see what people bring. Follow is a list of the items brought to ours: fireworks, a gingerbread house kit, a twin pack of enemas, a nail glam kit, a miniature bowling alley, a Starbucks gift card, a little snowman that wore bling and sang "Ice, Ice, Baby" while bobbing his head and moving his little hands around, a little ceramic pill box that had Jesus on the lid, a crazy green hat with an attached veil, a calendar with the ugliest dogs you have ever seen on it, a little reindeer on a keychain that pooped cola flavored candy, and an insulated back pack complete with plastic place settings, corkscrew, and bottle opener. So as you can see, a lot of crazy stuff! Scott and I came off pretty well - we got the miniature bowling alley and the gingerbread house kit (which we brought, actually). Then, tomorrow, Scott's office is having a "holiday lunch" and my office is having a "holiday lunch" on Thursday. Saturday, we are visiting and swapping gifts with my immediate family (which will include a visit with Meme) and then on Sunday we are visiting and swapping gifts with Scott's immediate family. We will probably go to Scott's cousin's house on Christmas day out in Monroe and then we'll see my extended family in January.

Scott and I made our gingerbread house on Sunday afternoon. It is very cute. The picture on the box is kind of deceptive, though because it shows this huge base with plenty of room for two gingerbread people and two trees, but you really only have space for two out of the four. So, we took pictures with everything there and then ate the trees. Mmmmm. My friend from college, Mary, has also made gingerbread houses with her husband. She has pictures on her blog, which you can visit here. Below are pictures of our gingerbread house. One with and one without the trees. Please, no laughing. We have never claimed to have artistic talent...I mean, we are a Network Administrator and a CPA for goodness sakes!

Our house is all decorated for Christmas! I love it when we decorate for Christmas! I just realized that I haven't taken any pictures of the house yet this year. I am going to run out and take some so that I can post at least the night-time view back in a minute....okay, I am back, and frozen. I mean, it is officially cold! I was getting so tired of the cold weather and then it heated back up into the 70's for about a week and then all of a sudden, it got super cold again. Brrrrrr!
Here's the best picture I could get of our house. I had to take it at an angle because the for sale sign was in the way, so it looks like Scott only hung lights on half of the entrance, but there are lights all the way around our entrance. The deer are a new addition this year. We have been wanting them for years, but could never find them the day after Christmas, so we bought them this year anyway.

This wreath is an example of the wreaths we have on each window of our house. They look really cute during the day.

Thankfully, we got some rain this weekend! We have a rain gauge in our front garden and we got about 1 inch this weekend, which is really good! Did anyone else get rain recently?

I really enjoy buying Christmas gifts for people. It is just so much fun. In the past, Scott and I have not really exchanged gifts. We usually just don't get anything at all from each other with the basis being that we buy ourselves things we need and want throughout the year. Last year we bought our digital camera, which as you can see, the newness of that has NOT worn off yet. But, this year we have wish lists and so that makes it much easier to just click on the things we want when we think of it, so it is a lot easier for us to save those little things we want instead of trying to remember them for when someone asks us for a birthday or Christmas list. So...we are actually going to exchange gifts! I don't know if you have checked out, but if you click on one of our wish lists to the left, you can see what I am talking about. It is like the wedding registry at most stores, only it is not store specific. You can find what you want online and link to it but the buyer does not have to buy it from that spot, they can simply click "buy it" and put in their email address and then go to the store and buy the item there or find it on another website cheaper. Also, you can give the same list to multiple people and not be afraid that you will end up with duplicates because a responsible giver will mark the item off. The beauty of it all is that when I sign in to my wishlist, I CAN'T tell what anyone has bought me! I have not even looked once, which is saying a lot. All of the ladies in my Bible study have a wishlist too. We are all big fans! I had finished all of our Christmas shopping except for my gifts for Scott, so I took this past Friday off work to do all that. It was really nice to just have a day to drive around Snellville and Loganville and shop. I even went grocery shopping and got to grab lunch at Moe's, of which I am a big fan!

Here is our Christmas tree. I like the picture with the gifts the best, because it looks more complete, but I had to show you all the picture of the tree about 5 seconds after I had put down the tree skirt...Sampson claimed his spot under the tree!

Okay, so this has been a long blog. Sorry. But, it has been a while. I will post a few pictures in this post, but I'll probably do a couple of separate posts following this one to post a couple of slide shows from our various events.
**Just as a note, I really did not misspell the word "This" on the title of my post. I looked at it at work today and it was spelled correctly and now it is spelled "Thia". I have corrected it now. But, I have had an "s" in one of my posts turn into and "a" in the past and not been able to correct it. Has anyone else had this problem?

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Scott's Birthday Celebration

Last Saturday (Dec. 1), we had some friends over to celebrate Scott's birthday. We had a potluck dinner and everything was delicious. Scott and I made Dr. Pepper Tenderloin, which is a recipe out of my Every Day with Rachael Ray magazine. We ate, talked, and ended up playing Wii. I think we all had a good time! Below are the pictures.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Happy Birthday to Karen!

Last Thursday, Cathy and some other ladies threw a surprise party for Karen's anniversary of her 21st birthday (I won't say which one, since she doesn't look anywhere near her age). It was a lot of fun. Gayle is really good at "table scapes", as you'll see. Karen's birthday is on December 10 (next Monday). Don't forget to wish her Happy Birthday when you see her this Sunday!

Here are the pictures:

(I did them like an old film...hehehe...if you want to see them in color, I think you can just click on the link to the slide website and view them there).