Thursday, December 31, 2009
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
Jacob's class is talking about traditions this week in school. His teacher gave us an assignment to bring something in to show the class our holiday traditions. We were stumped. We don't really have any "traditions".
Growing up we always traveled to Louisiana to spend the holidays with my Grandparents. We moved around every 3-4 years so going to Louisiana was something constant. Something comfortable. A tradition. When I was in high school my Dad was always "on duty" at the plant so my Grandparents traveled to us. Our tradition changed.
Tod's family always had a routine of going to Grandma Owens' house on Christmas Eve then to Midnight Mass. On Christmas they had a family Christmas at home then off to Grandma O'Donnell's house for the rest of Christmas day festivities.
Since we have started our family every Christmas has been different. We alternate Christmases between my family and Tod's. We have celebrated Christmas in Kentucky, Florida, North Carolina, and South Carolina. We have had our Christmas in happy places and in sad places. We have even celebrated Christmas as late as January 21st. One Christmas we didn't even have a tree. (Well, we decorated our ficus...doesn't count!)
There are some traditions in our families that I hope will last for many generations. My Dad always fixes a huge batch of fudge. He even makes an extra batch without pecans for me. Tod's Mom always buys us all new pajamas to wear every Christmas Eve. We all look great for our Christmas morning pictures! My Dad also makes many pans of party mix. Sometimes it is super spicy...the way we all like it. He started making some "not so spicy" for the kids. Tod's Grandma Owens makes the best Christmas cookies and coffee cake. Yum! My Mom cooks up a HUGE pot of crawfish gumbo every year. We FEAST and there are not many leftovers.
Jacob said that he is going to tell his class that our tradition is that we do things different each year. I guess it doesn't matter where or when you spend your holidays, but who you spend them with. This is why I have chosen Fudge, Party Mix, and Gumbo as my new blog title. What a great tradition we have!
Friday, December 4, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Yep - that is his address!
Tod and the boys along with two little dogs that followed us all over the place. It was a nice welcoming committee!
This tree is called the Arrowhead. So amazing.
Everywhere we turned there was an amazing tree that you can tell was so carefully and lovingly sculpted.
This is my favorite. A square tree.....
He also had some neat sculptures and fountains scattered around the landscape.
Jacob thought these topiaries looked like animals.
Who know bushes could take these shapes?
Brady loved this fountain. He didn't want to leave.
Our hike was on a boardwalk across this green swampy water.
These little green plants were under the water. It was actually very beautiful.
Our next hike was around the lake. Tod spotted these three turtles sunning. We found two fresh water springs at one end of the pond. Brady threw sticks and pine straw in the lake and Tod and Jacob threw the football around the lake.
Friday, October 30, 2009
I believe there are certain rites of passage. Certain firsts that determine your pathway through childhood, boyhood, and manhood. Well, Jacob has mastered a particular boyhood talent that has changed the acoustics of our house. Yep, the underarm fart is a new accompaniment to our daily lives.
My friend Siobhan and I took our kids to the NC Transportation museum to see the Christmas Carol Train. Very interesting. Each car showed you how they made the movie. Incredible the amount of work went into this movie. Brady was on cloud 9. He loves trains! You can tell by his smile...
And the 3-D movie at the end was his favorite.
We decided to do a family trip to a local farm. They had a hayride, corn maze, hay hut, animals, and lots and lots of hay for the boys to climb on. Here's the boys on the hay ride. It had rained all week so the trail was very slippery. Made for a wild ride.
Jacob on his "corn phone".
The boys in the Hay Hut.
Jumping on all of the bales of hay.
Tod took Jacob and my Dad to the Panthers game last weekend. It wasn't a good game for the Panthers, but what a fun experience Jacob had. He has been playing football with his friends in the front yard ever since.
Friday, October 23, 2009
I will be posting pictures soon about our many Fall adventures. As soon as I declutter my brain of all of the post-its!!!
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Jacob at first base after a great hit. He brought two teammates in with this hit.