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Preparations for Santa.

Well today has been a great day at home mostly.  Terry spent most of yesterday in the ER in Erin and in Dickson.  After more than 10 hours, we don’t know any more than we did when we left, but at least there is no more pain.  Possible Gall Bladder troubles or cholesterol meds causing trouble with liver…but anyway….

Today has been spent together at home.  We even did some schooling, much to Paxton’s dislike.  She wasn’t buying the fact that she got off a couple extra days earlier in the week… all she knew was it is Christmas EVE… this is SPECIAL time and I should have the JOY in my HEART and not make her do school.  She is quite the debator!.. Wonder what she’d say if I suggest school tomorrow right after presents!  LOL

Terry had to work this evening, so Paxton and I attended a Christmas service with some friends of ours.  It has become a tradition and we enjoy the opportunity to reflect on all the meanings of the holiday.

As soon as we got home though it was down to business… time to make THE cookies.

 She is SUCH  a HAM!

writing our letter to let Santa know there is hay in the barn for the reindeer.

Cookies are ready… just gotta go get the milk!

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Christmas Celebrations

Well the celebrations started last week and we have just continued from then on.  Last Saturday we met in Goodletsville with Momma’s family.  It has been a tradition for some time that we all gather on the Saturday before Christmas. As with any family gather the food is delicious and the time too short.  Aunt Jo always works HARD to make our celebrations fun and this year was no different.
She had the place decorated for us and games and presents for the children.  We are still deciding who is the biggest MONKEY in the family.
Annabell and Pax are among the youngest and they just have a blast.
Frosty and Frosty Jr came again this year.
and Mr & Mrs Claus made their grand appearance.
Sunday we celebrated with Terry’s family.  It worked out best with everyone’s schedule to go ahead and do the presents then.  We will enjoy a Christmas Day lunch with them as well. Of course it was a fun evening with the kids opening hordes of gifts from Granny & Granddaddy.
Present opening is hard work!
Thankfully everyone still likes playing with dolls.
We ended the evening by going to church with the children and watching their Christmas play.  They did a wonderful job.
not sure how they got the part, but Laken & Hannah were angels?

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Fair Update

This is my favorite photo from the fair…. ok, so I’m a bit partial, but doesn’t this say a lot. I wish you could see all these photos, they were taken by a local photographer here in Erin, Michele Conwell. She got some fabulous shots of other children on this dragon ride.
Overall and from the outside the Fair was a huge success. We had so many great folks come out to help us during the three days. We received great support from our local businesses as well. We had a bit of inopportune rain on Thursday and Saturday that hurt a bit, but overall attendance was good. We were also fighting a huge outbreak of the flu. The schools had an 18% absentee rate on Friday, so I am sure that didn’t help.
Our baby pageant and opening ceremony was a great start to the weekend. We had 9 babies participate. Sure am glad I don’t have to judge that! The High School Band played and the Youth Choir sang. Both did a wonderful job. The rain cut the ridding out a bit short on Thursday evening.
Friday was a pleasant day, but it looked a bit foreboding at the start. Our Mud Drag was well attended and they had several trucks to participate. Mud was not in short supply! The kids had a ball at the kids rodeo digging for money in the hay!
Saturday was a whirlwind of activity. Something going on everywhere! New event this year was an archery shoot. It was well attended by the children, some of the older folks, must have stayed in the woods. They had a variety of targets set up and were helping the children shoot. Paxton loved it. She hit the turkey and the bear. Our car show didn’t have as many cars as we would like, those folks don’t come out if its a chance of rain. The rodeo was a good event, but rain at 6:00 p.m. didn’t help us at all and it was a small crowd. We got to see some of our local folks run barrels and team rope.
We are totally exhausted and still trying to get caught up on our rest both physically and mentally. Paxton worked very hard again this year helping to get things ready. She must have rode a 100 miles on her trike getting around the grounds. She spent most of the weekend with Mims. That was a big help, keeping her on a somewhat regular schedule. Momma substitute taught for me for a couple days too. That helped us not get too far behind.
Paxton came home with some ribbons. She won two blues for her artwork, white for her eggs and sweet peppers. It was a joint effort on the canning and we got blues for our blackberry and blueberry jellies, red on our salsa, white on our green beans. She and Cooper placed third in the costume class and she got a trophy! So we were pleased!
Now we have to clean up, put up at home and then get it all packed to head out to Disney. We can’t wait. Paxton has already started to ask… “Is this the day we leave?”

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Fair is almost here

Today Paxton & I spent the day, with the other Fair Board Members and helped clean up at the grounds. We cleaned floors, walls, ceilings, toilets, parking lots and more! It was a long day, but a lot of progress was made. We can finish the detail work this coming week and are ready for a much anticipated event.

Tomorrow, Paxton gets an introduction to a family member she has not met yet! Her cousin Abby is coming in from Colorado. She is very excited to meet her. We have plans to meet with Michael and Keren and Abby at Momma’s for one of her delicious meals! That is a treat just in itself.

Still no word on the play’s audition…..

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This week in the life of us….

We have been busy, but not much out of the ordinary has been going on. Nothing has seemed worthy of putting into words.

This week there will be a few changes. Terry has been moved to second shift. So starting on Tuesday, he will have to be a work at 3:00 p.m. This will probably alter Paxton & my schedule a bit during the morning. We will certainly miss him in the evenings. Especially with the dark of evening coming earlier and earlier, it will be lonely here in the evenings without him at home with us. We have a busy schedule, so I am sure we will manage to keep busy.

Paxton is very pleased with herself. She is beginning to read some simple words. I am thrilled. It has given me a boost, maybe I can teach her something? We are getting her ready to audition for the Christmas play, with our local theatre group. I am trying to convince her to recite Psalms 23. She needs something for recitation for her audition monologue. She wants to say her own thing, but reluctantly agreed to learn the Psalms for her school work. She plans to sing the Sugarland song for her audition too. I’ll post again, when I know if we have a part.

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What’s been going on?

Not much out of the ordinary has been going on lately here. We have been going to the camper each weekend and from my perspective- it’s not what it’s cracked up to be. Weekend before last it was like a LABOR camp. Friends followed us down and helped us get our Dish Satellite set up. Of course we didn’t have all the needed parts… so we rigged it to the neighbors temporarily. Guess who dug the ditch to bury the cable?? (did you guess me?- you were right) Then this weekend we tried to fix it back correctly … and well… it’s not quite right and we just don’t know what’s missing.

We had a leak in the toilet that took us forever to find. It took two trips to the closest hardware store and still wasn’t the right part for the fix. Thankfully JB went to Clarksville and got the correct part to repair it this weekend. Luckily, no more walks to the bath house.

I gladly helped JB shovel some gravel around his camper to make a nice clean path behind it and this weekend mowed the yard. I am always glad to find an opportunity to do something to help him as he NEVER hesitates to come help me when I need him.

I spent all week at home cleaning some old outdoor furniture. It’s been in our yard here for years and we have never used it really. It was rusted, so I used the grinder to clean it and made some feet to put on the legs so they wouldn’t ‘bury up’ in the yard. That required all of three trips to get needed and correct supplies. I had a hard time getting the right PVC glue and enough paint… kept thinking it would go farther than it did. So for about $50 I have a nice patio table at the camper. Pattye, Paxton & I enjoyed eating breakfast on it Saturday morning.

There’s also a leak in the roof. Yeah, at this point we haven’t found the energy to address that one yet.

Here’s camp now with our carpet, a fab bench Momma got us that will
store some outside items, new steps built by none other than Terry & that patio furniture I mentioned.

BUT it is all worth it when you just stop everything and take Paxton down to the swimming beach and she JUMPS OFF the SWIMMING DOCK!! Not just once either, like over and over and over. She has a ball at camp and Granddaddy has let her drive the golf cart by herself. She really does quite well. She’s so tall, she easily reaches the pedals.

Our garden is growing and the weeds are right behind. The squash is coming in and the peppers must be on the most fertile soil. I have sweet peppers coming out my ears. I have some Coriander I am going to try to figure out how to preserve. Daddy brought me a gallon of Blueberries and I made jelly out of them. It is delicious! Made a small batch of salsa with tomatoes from our very own plants. It will be extra yummy! Bread making is still a hit and miss. Usually the taste is good, it’s just the texture and density that is not consistent.

We are counting the days till our Disney trip. I have booked our dinning and we were excited to get reservations at Cinderella’s Royal Table. That trip is the first of October.

Paxton is going to do another few days of swimming lessons with some friends from church. This instructor will hopefully incorporate some rescue swimming into the lessons too. The we will have one week of no lessons and I refuse to add anything to the calendar that week.

James, Sarah & Paxton

The second week of August kicks in and I hope to start more formal class schedule and Paxton’s dance lessons for start. She has done a few weeks of tumbling they finish this week. Dance this year will be a combination of Ballet, Jazz and Tumble. Miss Amy will be the teacher again and two of the girls from her class last year are in the class along with a friend from church. I dread dance this year as we are taking in the late afternoon and there will be LOTS of other kids and moms there at the same time. We have been lucky the last two years to have class mid-morning and about five girls in the class. I think right now there are 10 in the class.
I am going to take Tap lessons again this year and my classes start the following week on Tuesday evenings.

The Houston County Fair will be here before we know it and there is lots to do in preparation for it. We will start meeting weekly and or bi weekly next week. So before we even turn around our Fall is schedule is full. It may be months before I blog again! ; )

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4th of July

Hope everyone had a good and safe 4th celebration and took a few minutes to reflect on the meaning of this holiday and how far our country has come or maybe how full circle we are going back too???

We chose to go to the camper and spend time with just us. After half-days preparation and packing we got on the road about mid-morning Friday. The weather was fabulous this weekend. Hard to beleive it was the 4th of July or that Global Warming is occuring. We had a delicious grilled shrimp and scallops dinner and then headed to the marina for a evening of dancing to a live band and a great fireworks show over the bay. Saturday’s weather was just as great and I took Pea and Laken over to the beach area to play in the sand and swim a bit. After lunch the weather was so pleasant and Granny was coming in later in the evening, we decided to spend another unplanned evening. So, I headed back home to care for our zoo of animals here at home and bring back more provisions. I got back to camp in time to eat dinner and then rush to get everything under cover as a storm was rolling in. UGH>.. we were stuck in our camper for the night. Pax went to sleep early and Terry & I passed the night playing rummy. All was safe at the camper, after the storm. Sunday was a day spent not doing much, a little fishing, a little swimming, a little cleaning up then head back to the house. All was well here too, after the storm and after a little garden work, blackberry picking and a few loads of laundry; have found my way to the recliner and all is well with the world again.

So let’s do the 4th of July check list:
1. Grilled
2. Camped
3. Family & Friends
4. Fireworks
5. Swimming
6. Fishing
7. Fresh Vegetables eaten & picked
8. Blackberries picked
9. Skeeter Bites

10. Ate Watermelon
11. Reflected on our Country the GREAT USA and those who have and do serve.

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