Last year I ended up not post much here on the blog. I tried a few times to get caught up, but decided that all the events I'd blog about for the most part were spent with family anyway...and you witnessed them in "REAL TIME!" :)
We are hoping that 2014 is a little less chaotic than last year... :)
January is typically a pretty fun month at our house! We had Bethany around to entertain us for a couple of weeks, which was nice! Thomas, especially liked having Bethany home from LSU. Bethany's classes didn't start until January 15th! So she was able to be home to celebrate Andrew's birthday with us!!
Andrew's birthday was on a Sunday this year...and we have church at 1pm...so we switched things up a bit! We usually open the family presents after dinner, but we did it after breakfast for Andrew!
Looks like Andrew is pretty excited to be 15!!
Happy birthday Andrew!!
Once Bethany left, it was kind of quiet around the house! But luckily, I had my birthday to look forward to! My friend, Nikki, has her birthday on January 11th so we decided we would treat ourselves to lunch and invited all our friends to join us! We had our birthday lunch on Wednesday, the 15th. :) While I was getting ready, my visiting teaching partner left these on my porch!
I had been craving some good BBQ since we moved back to TEXAS so that is what we had for lunch! It was yummy!! :) I also got these flowers from some friends!
These flowers broke off so I put them in the kitchen window! :)
On my actual birthday, which was Thursday the 16th, I got treated to a movie with my friends Amy Sorensen and Paige Greenwood! We went and saw "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty." It was a fun movie! Unfortunately, Paige had to leave in the middle of the movie...her house alarm had gone off and she needed to go make sure her house was ok! She came back to pick Amy and me up when she was done. Thankfully, the house was fine! The side door didn't get shut tight and had blown open in the wind. The police walked through the house though to make sure everything was fine!
If the Greenwood name sounds familiar, it is because Edd's sister, Patti, married Scott Greenwood. Paige is married to Scott's older brother Brian! Small world! :) Brian and Paige moved with their family to Kingwood from California right after Christmas! It has been fun to get to know Brian & Paige's family after hearing about them for 20+ years! :)
Back to the birthdays...
My family birthday party ended up being Saturday night! I had been gone all afternoon at a Priest & Laurel conference. While I was gone, Edd and the kids decorated for me and cooked up a yummy birthday meal! This is my birthday banner! :)
We finally made it to Aimee's birthday!! We actually ended up celebrating a bit early for her...Aimee's birthday was the 27th, which was a Monday. Normally we would have celebrated her birthday for FHE (Family Home Evening) but Aimee couldn't wait that long! So we started celebrating Sunday morning! :)
Aimee is showing us that she is 13 now!! :)
We have 3 teenagers now!! :)
Happy birthday Aimee!!
Monday morning, Aimee's actual birthday, Thomas gave her the last present to open! It was the backpack she wanted!! :)
Did you notice that Missy photo bombed my picture!?!
Tuesday morning, the 28th, Aimee got another birthday present...NO SCHOOL!!!
We were blessed with a "snow" day!! We had a lot of sleet and had teeny white ice particles falling...that were maybe trying to become snowflakes??? Anyway, it was good enough for these poor deprived SOUTHERN children!! :)
All bundled up...with Aimee's old boots! :)
Mattie was jumping in the ice on the trampoline and it popped off it's legs!!
"FINALLY!!! I've been waiting FOREVER to make one of these!!!!" ~ one happy Thomas:)
Thomas' snow angel! :)
Putting the finishing touches on our snowman! :)
Aimee finished celebrating her birthday week by inviting a few of her friends from school over to the house. We had one of Aimee's favorites for dinner: Creole Chicken Alfredo...super yummy! :) Then we went to see "FROZEN" in 3D! :)
“January is here, with eyes that keenly glow,
A frost-mailed warrior
striding a shadowy steed of snow.”
- Edgar Fawcett