Been Awhile!

I know it has been a little while since I have posted and this one won't be a "spiritual" one but one about what has been going on with us! I don't have pictures on this computer but I will try to upload tonight now that I have Christmas all done at my house and can do things like that! :)

Rachel's birthday has come and gone and she is such a big SASSY girl!!! She tells me all of the time that she is four and she is not a baby anymore. Kind of makes me sad but I am glad that she is independent...sometimes she is just a little TOO independent! :/ Her birthday party was a BLAST! It was at the Little Gym and they have the best birthday parties. You literally bring a cake, kids, and show up!!! They provide all the rest!!! The kids loved it, Rachel loved it and I was glad because I had a busy weekend!!! That Friday evening, I headed out to Fort Worth - Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary - to be exact for a laadies' retreat!!! I know what you are thinking...didn't you just have a retreat? Yes, yes, I did! BUT, this one was not with my church; it was with a church in Weatherford. A dear friend of mine, Carrie, is the women's ministry leader at her church in Weatherford. We met at a SBTC conference in Tyler earlier this year and have become good friends and she invited me to come along. I AM SO GLAD I DID! I met some wonderful ladies, spent a wonderful weekend in the Lord, and even won 2nd place in a dance contest! HA! It didn't deserve 2nd place, really....don't get too excited! :) The format for this retreat was really great...they did a video retreat so to was "When Wallflowers Dance" by Angela Thomas and the material was just awesome! I want to read the book and after I am finished with the THREE that I am currently reading I will get RIGHT ON THAT! But here it is and from the little that we heard from the weekend, it is GREAT!!

Anyway, a BUSY but fun and great weekend!

Thanksgiving was nice. It was a tough day. It was Granny's birthday and we celebrated where she used to live which is now my aunt's house. It is always hard to go back. I lived there for so many years. That day was just....hard...on so many levels.

BLACK FRIDAY!!!! So...two years ago I was 6 months pregnant and decided to try Black Friday shopping for the first time. I hated every minute of it. I think it was because I went to Kohl's which I was told was not a good idea...ever! So...I picked the wrong store with swollen I thought I would try again this year! My plan: Toys R Us at 10:00 PM on Thursday night, then Grapevine Mills Mall at midnight, Office Depot, the next morning, and Mardel's following that...maybe Hobby Lobby. (Would have done Lifeway but it is RIGHT BY the mall in Arlington and...NO, just NO)! So...went and got Kaydi...Brice said I have to have: a buddy, a list, and a budget! HA! So, Kaydi was my buddy! She was a TROOPER! Decided we would do Toys R Us by the mall in Grapevine only to find out it is IN the mall in Grapevine and does not open until midnight like the mall. We then decide to drive to Hurst to Toys R Us there...LINE. IS. RIDICULOUS!!!!! At least 1/2 mile long outside the door and it is COLD! We took pictures of the lines and then got back in the car and drove back to the mall and it is now 11:00...we have an hour before the mall opens. We are sitting in the car..WARM..on our iPhones. At about 11:30 we got out and got in line. Funny thing...we got the stroller out of our trunk and used it to push our "GOODS" around! HA! It was smart, okay!!! We were one of the first ones in the door, went to bathroom first! :) Toys R Us..since it was an Express had NOTHING, I think I got 1 Zhu Zhu pet was all! Then, Carters...SUPER DEALS...everything in the store was 50% off then extra 10% off total purchase! SCORE! Then we went to Gymboree where I ALWAYS go nuts!!! That is where we spent the majority of our time. The checkout line encompassed the entire store (which is not big by the way). Anyway, got some GREAT deals in there too!!! That is mainly what my girls are getting for CHristmas - clothes! They do not need anything else! We went to New York and Company where everything was also 60% off and got some things for US! :) Ate something at Taco Bell and got home by 4:30! It was a blast and I will do it again next year!!! Oh, BTW, when I got home, I ordered everything I wanted from Toys R Us online...discounted prices! :)

Saturday, THE HOGS BEAT LSU!!!! WOO HOO!!! We are now #7 and if Auburn beats South Carolina in the SEC championship we will likely go to the Sugar Bowl!!!! :) :)

Pictures to come!!! Sorry so late and long!!!



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