Thursday, December 22, 2011

Belated Happy Birthday to Drea!

So I've wanted to start making a special post on my sisters' birthdays and Drea's went whishing past me! So, better late than never, a very belated happy birthday to my big sis!

This is Andrea. I am her twin born 5 years later.

As proof, I had this picture of me up on my computer today and my nephew said, "That's mommy!" Not quite!

If there was a movie made about her life, Drew Barrymore would play her.

Drea already had the theme music from Ever After play at her wedding so it's like a life soundtrack now.

A thing I remember about Drea from my childhood was that she loved [loves] music. And all types. I remember her passionately singing along to Phantom of the Opera and Beauty and the Beast [her fave movie] as well as "I like to move it" (not the King Julian version). She played the violin in her school orchestra that went to Carnegie Hall. Wowzers!

She's very intelligent and organized. She's an accountant. That pretty much sums up her amazing intelligence there!

She is a loving, busy, working-mom of two cute kids!

Ok, so the one dressed in yellow is mine.

And even though I am about 1/4 inch taller than her, I still look up to her. Love you big sis! and Happy [belated] Birthday!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Putting up the Christmas Tree and Christmas in Roseland

First, sorry about my digital-scrapbooking post that went out to a  lot of you! I goofed up on that!

In the last week we finally got our Christmas tree up. The kids aren't messing with it too much. We obviously didn't put any of our breakables on the tree (little kids+ glass ornaments + ceramic floors= trouble!!) and they had fun helping us put it up!

 Yes, Jonas had to put up the tree shirtless. Very macho!

Sydney decided that stockings should be used for their true purpose.

Last Saturday we went to Christmas in Roseland, a rose center that has lots of lights displays and performances. I was so glad we went when we did because it was a beautiful night! and the week since we went, it has been cold, wet and windy.

Another set of displays are large "Christmas Cards" by the local schools. I thought this one was so cool: They used bottle caps to the make this snowman.

I don't talk about Santa a lot but I guess from movies and such, the magic of Santa has been instilled in Sydney's heart. So when she found out Santa was at Roseland, a cute grin stretched across her face. She was so excited and was not scared of him at all. I was pretty surprised. Not surprised that Jonas freaked out after 2 seconds on Santa's lap. We took one with me holding Jonas but it didn't come out  well so I didn't upload. But here is the picture they gave us:
 It's too yellowish-green for me so I changed it to black and white- looks better I think!
 Or maybe you like this one with the red selected:
I think I like the black and white one best, what do you think?

Wednesday, December 7, 2011


A little late I know but it's been a little crazy! Jonas has been pretty fussy lately. It could be teething or it could very well be his rebellion since I stopped breast-feeding him. Who knows!

We had a great time for Thanksgiving visiting Brian's parents in Alabama. Here are some pictures:

This is a nightgown from Grandma Holloman. Sydney absolutely loves it! because it twirls like a dress!

Grandpa Tuck helping Jonas unwrap his present.

This is a great shot showing all the gorgeous woods around Gma and Gpa Tuck's new place!
We had lots of fun seeing Brian's aunts and uncles as well. AMAZING cooking and Brian and I got a date night courtesy of Grandma and Grandpa. Thanks! Of course some shopping as well! It was just the R&R I needed!

It's seems by perfect design that we have Thanksgiving before Christmas. At Thanksgiving, we hopefully reflect on all the blessings the Lord has bestowed upon us and truly see how fortunate we are. Then, with that in mind, we turn around and feel the need to share and bless the lives of others at Christmas time. I hope we each take time to count our blessings, and then go and be a blessing on someone's list.

Merry Christmas!