Jake Turns 5

Is it true? Can it be? This morning I opened my eyes and my first born turned five…..

Here are a few pictures from his party and his birthday. He wanted to have a Georgia Party so we ordered a bulldog cake. Ms. Arlene and Mr. Warren at did a great job. Once again, Jake wanted to have a pool party with just a couple of kids. This year Mema and Papa were able to join us for the festivities. He was happy that they were able to come up.

HaPpY VaLeNtInEs DaY!

Valentines Day in our home is very different than in most homes across the nation. It really doesn’t exist.

Jim and I decided before we got married to pretty much ignore the whole day. We have just forgotten about it. Jim is thankful that he doesn’t have to rush out on Feb 13 at midnight to buy me a card, way to expensive flowers, and candy that I probably don’t really want.

What we do celebrate is how much we love each other, but we do that everyday. Marriage isn’t proclaiming your love one day a year, it is being consistent the other 364 days a year that really show how much you love your “valentine.”

1. When was the last time you served your spouse? Love acted out is serving
2. Love your wife so she knows you’d lay down your life for her. Continue to date her and admire her. Share a hobby-find something you can do to have fun together.
3. Love is laughing often
4. Are you patient? Does your love crumble quickly under the weight of unmet expectations
5. Do you spend more time trying to fix yourself than your spouse?
6. The Bible says, “Do not let the sun go down with you are angry.” Love is forgiveness.
7. Have you determined that divorce is not an option? Love is commitment.
8. What is your spouses love language? The love languages are fairly simple: acts of service, time, physical touch, gifts, and words of affirmation. Learn them.
9. Words of affirmation are a love language for all men.
10. Men will lead when given the chance. He cannot lead unless you give him the confidence to do so. If you love your husband, build him up. Confident men do not seek love outside the home.

These are not original ideas but ones that are always good to hear again especially on this day of love.

s”NO”w Fun!

Once again we woke up to snow a covered yard. This was my Facebook status
“Jake just said, “It has snowed three times and it is not Christmas.” Jim said, ” The novelty of snow is really wearing off.” Stephanie says,”I like snow in Georgia. It only happens every couple of years!”
What do you think? Do you like the white stuff?

Judd goes to the dentist

Today Judd went to the dentist for the first time. He did really well. I was proud of him. He was a little nervous but he sat still and opened his mouth. He did start getting frustrated when she was brushing his teeth. He did not like the texture of the toothpaste but he loved Mr. Thirsty, the suction. His first visit was a success.

It is really hard to believe that he is old enough to go to the dentist.

Winter is snow much fun!

Last Friday it started snowing…and it snowed…and snowed… and it didn’t stop until Saturday at noon. When it finally stopped we were covered with 9 inches of snow and ice.

We spent the next four days stuck in the house because all of the roads were covered with ice. We even canceled church on Sunday because the parking lot was a huge block of ice.

The kids enjoyed it somewhat but not nearly as uch as they did in March. The ice made it harder to play with and make snowmen. Jim took the boys sledding the first day and they enjoyed sledding down the neighbors hill but that we pretty much the extent of our snow fun. However, my big boy Jake thought it was lots of fun to shovel snow and ice.

This is our house around noon on Friday!

After enjoying an afternoon nap, Jim took the boys back outside to play with the neighbors.

Anna Kate DID NOT like standing on the snow!
Judd enjoyed making snow angels again this winter.
This is Judd sitting on a sled that is being pulled by a 4-wheeler. Are we redneck?
Once again the boy is eating snow! This is his yearly tradition!
Look at that hard worker. He makes me proud!
Look at his snowman. He was so proud!

Finally, I was able to get one picture of the three of them in the snow. This was the best one.

Finally, the baby girl started to enjoy the white stuff….