Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Christmas Parties #2 and 3!

Thursday morning Derek and I went to Anna-Kate's school party! They started with a magic show. The reactions were so funny! Anna-Kate was really into it! 

After the magic show, they ate lunch and we got to visit. Anna-Kate was really excited we were there. It was fun. I love getting to see her at school! 

Sunday, we stayed here in Searcy for church and then this afternoon we headed over to Derek's parents for a family Christmas party. Each side of family draws names of the other sides children. (Does that make sense?) So, we have two children so we drew two names. Then the adults do a white elephant exchange. Each adult brings a gift and we draw numbers and pick or steal a gift. It's always a lot of fun! We have a traveling diva pig cookie jar that returns each year too! 

We brought the game Catch Phrase and then a Pyrex dish with Pioneer Woman's homemade cinnamon rolls!! (I might have sampled a pan of them last night right after I made some. You know- just to make sure they weren't too awful... haha) They are delicious! 

We all had a lot of fun! Thomas and Anna-Kate wore themselves out!

Derek and I have a few more people to buy for here in Searcy but we are almost all done! I can't wait for Christmas! Anna-Kate is really into it so I think it's going to be a fun one!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Visit With Santa!

Saturday we finally took Anna-Kate and Thomas to see Santa! Anna-Kate did good but the SECOND we set Thomas in Santa's lap he screamed! Poor thing!

Anna-Kate did so good!  She told Santa she wanted a baby doll and a pillow pet and a movie! haha! 

Thomas preferred Santa from the comfort of Mommy and Daddy's arms! haha! We're so mean! ;) 

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Go Ask Your Mother: Legacy

One of the things about fatherhood that I think is often different from motherhood is the concept of legacy. I think because mothers are typically defined as successful based on how well cared for their children are. Fathers, on the other hand, place a lot of stock in passing on something to their children. I think this is the result of sharing a name with our kids and because we are often the ones earning the main source of income. We men want our kids not only to have it good now, but have something they can hold on to long after we are gone and remember us by.

I remember during the celebration of my grandmother's birthday it occurred to me that if the world continues spinning long enough, my daughter will be an old woman one day. She will have children and grandchildren and generations from now they will have just as finite an understanding of what my life was like as I do my great-grandparents. For me, I want to leave a legacy. I can't guarantee that I will do great things or be famous but there are a few things I can hand down through the years.

Obviously, my faith is the most important thing I want to pass down. My great-greats may have my nose, or my eyes, or even my personality traits, but more than anything I want them to know God.

As far as non-spiritual matter go, I can look back and think of something that I am proud of that was passed down to me. My grandfather (dad's dad) was a whistler. He hummed a tune now and again but everyone knew Bob Glover by his whistling. He could hit any note and "play" any song dead on. He was never without music. I remember standing in his back yard as a youngster and watching him demonstrate his technique and trying so hard to do it to0.

As I grew, I learned to whistle too. In fact, I've gotten pretty darn good at it and I whistle just like he did. When I'm working or concentrating on something I start whistling out a church song or old country tune in much the same way I remember him doing.

He was a hero of mine and I lost him to cancer in the spring of 2004. I remember scaring my grandmother when I was walking through her house whistling after he died. It startled her cause it sounded just like he was still there. It was then that I realized that he didn't just teach me to whistle or give me the gift of never-ending music. He had made sure that I would never be without him. I often have people tell me that I do things that remind them of Bob, and I can honestly say there is no higher compliment I can be paid. When I miss him, I whistle, and he is there with me.

The other day I was whistling and Anna-Kate looked at me and asked, "What are you doing?!" What a blessing it will be to teach her how to whistle, to give her the gift of music, to ensure that she will always carry a part of me with her, to teach her about a great man that she never got the chance to know.

Picture-Packed Weekend!

Weekends have quickly become even more special for me now that I'm working. I cherish the moments I get to share with Anna-Kate and Thomas. 

Last Thursday Anna-Kate told me that she missed me which absolutely broke my heart! I was extra good this weekend and took lots of pictures! :) Aren't you proud of me? ;) haha. 

I threw in the first few pictures from last week because they were too cute to resist! 

Wednesday nights we host Bible study while Anna-Kate and Thomas go to church across the street. Derek's parents usually walk them over to us and then chat and stay for a few minutes. I walked into Anna-Kate's room and found her in her 'Fancy Nancy' dress up outfit! It was so cute! 

Anna-Kate also has a new rug, isn't it super cute! Thanks to Nini and Granddaddy!! 

Thomas enjoyed a special treat- sausage balls! He loves them! 

After everyone left, we played in our jammies for a few minutes! 

Growing up, Frosty always hung on the wall in our kitchen around the holidays! I love sharing him with my children! 

Anna-Kate decided to leave on her leggings and shoes and wear the dress OVER her nightgown! haha! 

Friday Morning I made Thomas some pancakes before work! He was very happy about them! 

We got invited to a Christmas Party Friday night! It was so much fun! 

He's such a cutie! :) 

Anna-Kate wore her cheerleading uniform because her school made it to the State Play-offs! :) More on that in a second! 

I know this is going to make me sound so lazy but Saturday morning we all slept until nearly 10!! It was great! After we got ready we grabbed lunch at a pasta place in town! 

The waitress brought Thomas his own marinara sauce and he loved it! He wanted to dip his own bread! 

Thomas and Anna-Kate shared tortellini. It was so good! Thomas ate most of it though! 

After we ate, Derek took Thomas for a nap while Anna-Kate and I had a special "girls only" movie date to see Tangled! 

She was so excited! Although once we got in she did point out all the "daddies" and say that it was girls only! haha! 

She liked the movie a lot but I think it was a little scary for her. She wound up falling asleep just over halfway through! Poor thing! 

After the movie, Derek went to the play-off game in Little Rock! We decided that it would be too cold for the kids, so I stayed at home with them! 

We played for a while... 

and attempted watching The Polar Express. Then we ate dinner and took baths and the kids went to bed while I did some online Christmas Shopping! 

Our team lost, but Derek said they played really good! 

Sunday we went to Lepanto and I taught Sunday School! 

Anna-Kate was probably telling me how I don't do things like her other teacher... haha. She's a good "helper." 

Poor Thomas had to wear his jammies through class! :) 

Thomas was WILD during church! It is so hard to keep him from distracting everyone! He was putting the attendance cards in and out and then he'd reach up on his tippy toes and look in. After church, I tried to catch him doing that but he was not cooperating! 

After church Sunday night, we made the drive back home! 

I know it's not super exciting, but we had a good weekend! 

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Return to the Christmas Tree Farm!

Last weekend we made our second-annual trip to the Christmas Tree farm!! You might remember our trip last year, but if not click here. It's really neat to see how much the kids have changed! :)

Anna-Kate wanted Kristen to join us, so we picked her up on our way! She was super excited too! 

All ready to go! 

When the girls get along they are so sweet!! 

When we first got there we went on a hayride up the hill to find our tree. 

Haha! Thomas really wanted out of the stroller! 

The girls chose this tree, but sadly it wasn't for sale! haha. 

Posing by our tree!! 

Helping Daddy cut down the tree. 

Waiting on the hayride to pick us up and our tree! 

After we got off the hayride, Derek went to get the tree and I took the girls over to the little petting zoo! 

They thought this piggy was super cute until they were petting it and it "oinked" at them! haha! 

This goat tried to eat Anna-Kate's shirt! 

After the petting zoo, the girls wanted to swing. 

They loved the swings but it's hard work keeping three swings going by yourself! haha! 

I was happy to have Derek's help! 

When we got to the farm, the girls quickly spotted the cow ride and that was pretty much all they wanted to do! They were very excited when they finally got to ride! 

What's with my face? Oh my! 

The man running the ride pretty much insisted that Thomas join in on the fun and Derek was so sweet to "let" me go while he sipped hot chocolate! 

Thomas and the girls loved the ride so much that we let them ride again! This time Derek "got" to ride while I drank hot chocolate! haha! 

We pretty much loaded up after this. The girls and Thomas all did so good! We had a lot of fun and I love the tree we picked out!! 

After the farm, we ate at a Mexican place and then headed home. We dropped Kristen off and then decorated our tree. I am planning on joining in on Kelly's Korner's Tour of Homes soon, so I'll post a picture of the tree on that! 

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