Monday, November 30, 2009

I ate a lot



We had Thanksgiving at Bobby and Sabina's. Sabina's turkey was her best yet. Simply scrumptious. All the food was divine, and I kept eating way past everyone else, saying, "Wow, I am really not that full." And then it was pie time and felt like I was going to hurl. I don't think any of the kids stuffed themselves because they were too busy playing with each other. I will never get over how lovely it is that my boys have so many cousins so close to them to love and be friends with (not to mention grandparents five minutes away). When we moved to Charlotte almost five years ago, we never imagined this!

After dinner we all answered some questions about gratefulness and had a little grateful tree to go along with it - leave it up to Sabina to help us all remember and visualize our blessings.


Yes, Oliver is sitting on Liam, who is sitting on Chica (my parents' dog). And yes, my dad is laughing at the scene.

Brother and sister, awwww.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving


For the beauty of each hour



Of the day



And of the night




Hill



And vale,



And tree



and flow'r,



Sun and moon,



and stars of light,




Lord of all,

to thee we raise


This,

Our hymn of grateful praise

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Friday, November 20, 2009

Thank you's

Three people made my day make more pleasant yesterday.

First, my parents did the school pick-up for me!!

Then my mom came over and helped Colin with a school project. He had to turn a
plain paper cut-out into a Native American. She brought over some materials and an hour later.....


Colin had this awesome-looking Native American to take to school with him. Those are real beads, people.



Then Sabina sent over some delicious homemade rolls, which went perfectly with the soup I already had planned for dinner. Thanks Sabina!

I really love my family.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

It is Oliver video clip time!

For the Grandma and Grandpa Coleman, who don't get to see Ollie very often. It is hard to get a good smiling picture of Oliver these days because he moves too quickly, so here is a video of him with his toy dust-buster, a few good smiles, and Gabe saying his favorite phrase these days - "Pop goes the weasel!"

Crazy stalker? Oh wait, that's me!

I've always been a big Orson Scott Card fan, and since I recently re-read Ender's Game and Speaker for the Dead (which is really just a brilliant book), I have had him on my mind lately. Last week I was checking out his recent reviews on Hatrack.com and saw that he did a review on the live So You Think You Can Dance show in Charlotte, NC! I was there, and he was there!!

I wondered where he was sitting and thought I would scan through some of my pictures with the audience in them to see if I could spot him (as a side note, I actually spotted Melissa's husband in the audience while we were there and took a picture of him - just another stalkerish confession for ya). I thought to myself, Orson Scott Card has to have some kind of hook-ups, he probably had a good seat, so I looked towards the front and tried to spot someone who was sitting next to a woman and a teenager, since he went with his wife and daughter. In this picture and a few others....


....I spotted this gentleman.





Here is a fairly recent picture of Orson Scott Card, cropped to match the other one.
What do you think?
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Yep, I think I am crazy too.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Don't come a knockin', crazy stalker

Well, I know it's not the fashion for mommy bloggers to mention that their husbands are out of town until after they get back because it will give their crazy stalkers a chance to attack, but I am gonna just admit to myself and everyone that I don't have any crazy stalkers and get on with it. There.

My husband is out of town. He hasn't traveled for work in a couple of years, so it is a change for us. Today is his first day of a new job with the bank, and he got to spend it doing something he doesn't care for - flying. His boss, who also happens to be his friend, sent me an email with this picture of him at the airport and told me that "the crosswind on landing shook him up a little."


Now, I have flown with Chaddy many a time, and though it always makes him nervous, let me state for the record that he is always very manly about it. Very manly indeed.

***I've been a blogging machine lately, so don't forget to scroll down. I know, you aren't used to it, huh?***

***Oh, and ladies - his boss/friend is single. Single with a BMW. Yep.***

Guesstures

This game was a family favorite when I was growing up. Each of the cards you see has something you have to act out (like charades) and as time ticks, the cards drop. You have to try to get everyone to guess correctly so you can grab each card before it drops. We spent so many hours laughing over this game - lots of fond memories.


I was just tickled when I was walking through Walmart the other day and I saw this:

They have brought it back!! How cool is that?!

Anyone else play Guesstures when they were kids?

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Another Home

Last week we needed to go to the other side of Charlotte, so we stopped by our old home. We moved away from this house over two years ago, shortly before I started this blog, and though I am glad we moved out when we did, it is still bittersweet to see it. This was our first house and it holds many dear memories.

I was five months pregnant with Gabe when we bought this house. It was always be my "house of dreams" - the first real home that I brought a baby to.
I miss seeing spotting cardinals in the patch of woods behind the house, and waking up to chirping every morning in the spring.


I miss my garden, and I am afraid that most of the plants there have been greatly neglected.



I miss the cul-de-sac, where Colin rode his bike for hours and hours.


I miss the little sun-dappled dining room, where my boys first finger-painted.


I miss our sunny and warm bedroom, where Colin, Gabe and I used to take a nap together every single day (oh, heaven!).


When it comes down to it, I guess what I am really missing more than the house...



...is toddler Colin and baby Gabe.
Can you blame me?

Please excuse me, I need to go kiss two sleeping boys.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Thank You Kari!

Remember when I did my Pay it Forward post back in February? Yeah, I still haven't sent any gifts to the winners. I have a full year, remember? They can probably expect something from me in January. However, this what I got from my friend Kari in the mail this week for winning on her blog:


Kari made this necklace using a washer and craft paper!!! Looking at it, you would never guess. How cool is that? This, from someone who claims she isn't crafty.

Let me just mention that Kari is one of my dearest childhood friends- truly a kindred spirit. Slumber parties were full of "inside jokes" and soul confessing. We spent hours rambling through the woods at girl's camp together, naming favorite spots and streams, in the fashion of Anne and Diana. We both found our Gilbert Blythes and were married within a month of each other. Even though we haven't lived near each other for years, she is one of those people that I could always just pick up with right where we left off. Wish we could hang out Kari!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Dear Chad,



For your last day of work at your current job, I wanted to pick you a bouquet and have it sent to your office.

Somehow, I don't think it would have been appreciated. I will just keep it here for you (it's in the dumpster if you want it).

Hope you have had a great day Dew. I am excited for you to start your new job on Monday, even if it means you will be traveling now :o(

Yours,
Katie Lynn

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Veteran's Day at Aloha Snow

I got to spend part of my Veteran's Day at Aloha Snow, which is owned by my sister-in-law Audra and my brother Levi. I had a sundae with peanut butter topping, hot fudge, marshmallow and whipped cream. My tummy thanked me.

How about you? Did you get to do anything fun yesterday?