Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Feet In The Sand

And that's just what we did this week. Matt and I took a little mini vacation and on a whim (this isn't normal for me) decided to head to Gulf Shores for a few days. The weather was fabulous. It was so hot when we got there that Matt said "We must go buy some shorts." I replied with, "Let me just cut your jeans off and make you some shorts." But he said those were his favorite jeans and he forgot his tank top, so it wouldn't look right without it. Anyways, we did some relaxing on the beach, ate some seafood, went to the movies, and did a little shopping. We went out to the Wharf one night and see the boat below--well, we are thinking of purchasing this little gem, what do you think? Some of these pictures are not that exciting, I mean how many pictures can you take of each other, or with your arm stretched out pressing the button yourself. Happy New Year!!

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

I've Been Tagged

Keri tagged me in the picture game.
The object of the picture tag is to:
1. Choose the 4th folder where you store your pictures on your computer.
2. Select the 4th picture in the folder.
3. Explain the picture.
4. Tag 4 people to do the same.
No cheating (cropping, editing, etc.) Have fun!!!
This is an oldie, but a goodie. This was a folder of old random pictures from our other camera. This was at my undergraduate graduation from JSU in April 2004.
Matt and I were engaged and were getting married in July. Oh those sweet college days, mooching off the parentals and no responsiblity.. ahhh!
So, I don't tag anyone, because all 3 readers of this exciting
blog have already done it.. so if you want to do it.. then have fun!!

Friday, December 26, 2008

Happy Birthday To Our Savior!!

What a day to be thankful for--the birth of Jesus!! This first few pictures are a few when we were waiting for Keri to wake up. Sister likes to sleep in for real. So Matt, Mom, Dad, and I decided to watch a movie while we were waiting on her. She finally woke up when mom was laughing so loud at the movie. I said Sister, you are missing Christmas. We had a fabulous breakfast that sister made us and Harley even got his Christmas day treat. A few pictures of opening presents. Keri and I both got rain boots. There will probably be a drought now that I have these, but I still love them. You know our family loves some Christmas Vacation movie--so my mom thought it was only appropriate to get dad the famous moose mug from the movie. One of my favorite gifts was something Matt gave me. He made a donation in my name to Samaritan's Purse to feed hot meals to a family for one month. That truly is better than anything tangible you could ever receive. God is so gracious to us that we want to give back whatever we can, because it isn't ours to begin with. Happy Birthday Jesus!!

Matt's friend, Eric, came over for lunch because his wife was with her family and he couldn't go because he is a basketball coach and they have game this week. Matt loves to have friends over to play. Dad always gets everyone a toy. It's just a thing he likes to do. Matt got this nerf gun set and Steven got this nerf disk gun. So we decided to make it a family event and take this puppy outside. Matt felt it was necessary to put the whole attire on, vest, glasses, bullet bag and all. Matt shot me in the face a couple of times--he gets a little serious when it comes to games--Howard, you're going down next time!! At least we worked off a little of that lunch.

Grandma came over for lunch and opened her presents. Grandma watched from the window during the nerf war outside. She had already played a round of painball earlier in the day and was pooped. What a Merry Christmas it was!!

Christmas With Matt's Family

On Christmas Eve we went to Oxford to do Christmas with Matt's family. His whole family comes to his Nanny and Papa's house for Christmas Eve. Matt took a browse through his old closet (he lived with his grandparents when his mom moved to Huntsville) and got a little teary eyed when he saw his old Letterman jacket (sorry didn't get this on camera). Such a sweet moment! We had a great time seeing Matt's family.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Happy Birthday Pops!

Today was my dad's birthday. He is my most favorite dad ever!! And my only dad--but he's a good one!! Happy Birthday Pops!!
We celebrated by going to dinner at Wings. Our food was a little slow... so we did some entertaining. Or I guess I just entertained everyone. You can do a lot with straws.
We went back to Keri's crib for dessert and presents. Keri made a fabulous dirt cake-- too bad we didn't have any shovels to eat it with. Dad got some cool stuff. I started getting sleepy so Keri started telling me about EVERY ornament on her tree and where it came from--and she really thought THAT would wake me up. Hope you had a Happy Birthday Dad!! We love you!!!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Dinner With Friends

Sunday night we went to dinner with our good friends, the Kervins. We went to Suki, a Japanese restaurant. Kristin and Jason are big sushi eaters so they begged us to try a few things they ordered. There was this strange orange stuff on the plate and Kristin asked the guy what it was and he said fish eggs. I then began to get a stomach ache. Fun dinner with friends!!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Christmas With The Bouchillons

This weekend we had Christmas with the Bouchillons. This is my aunt, uncle, and cousins that live in South Carolina (my mom's sister) and my cousin and his wife that live in Kentucky. We all met at my Mema and Papa's house and had Christmas on the farm this weekend. We took our annual visit to one of my Papa's grocery stores and even took our picture out front.. ain't that somethin! We have a tradition in our family that every year at our Christmas meal we do crackers. You pop your cracker and you get a prize toy, a joke, and a crown. Everyone has to wear their crown while they eat. We opened presents and Papa gave all the guys a matching Gateway Foodland shirt-this is his grocery store. Matt, Dad, and Mark were so kind, they wore them to church this morning.

More random pictures from the weekend. Dad got to "carve the ham" and ate a few bites while he worked. The ladies did an ornament swap and who would guess I would pick #1 and get the gag ornament- a beautiful red cardinal. Keri, aka "the favorite daughter" even got mom and my aunt Susan, "mom's favorite" ornaments and wrote her name and Mark's name on them. Since they are the first born from each family they think they are the favorites and well, Keri doesn't know about that extra 100 dollar bill mom and dad slipped me this weekend :)!! Who's the favorite now?? What a great weekend spent with family!!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

The Rockettes

Matt surprised me with tickets to see the Radio City Rockettes today. I have been talking for months about wanting to see them, so I guess he got sick of me talking about and got us tickets. It was our first time to see them and we really enjoyed it. They are so ridiculously in shape and it motivated me for a slight second that I thought we might should stop and get a membership to Gold's Gym on the way home, instead we stopped and got a hamburger. Loved the show!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008


There's a teacher at my school who is a ridiculously huge Auburn fan. He has been really pushing it lately with the comments leading up to the game. So, after the slaughter on Saturday I felt it only necessary yesterday to decorate his door. He took it very well. He didn't know I was the culprit until he talked our principal into showing him the surveillance cameras in the hall so he could see who did it. Today he sent all the Auburn fans in his class to my room with the signs and they shredded them all over the floor and left. I told him don't worry I can make him more!!

Alabama/Auburn Game

Saturday we went to the Alabama/Auburn game, and well you know that AL whooped up on some Auburn tigers. What a game!! There is a random picture of the ZTA sign--Matt says "Go up to the house and give them the secret knock and let's go in." I said let's just take a picture instead. We had a lot of time before the game since we had to get there at the crack of dawn, so we made our rounds and got to see lots of friends. We met up with the Kervin's and another coach that Matt works with and also saw our good friend Daniel from Oxford. We missed his better half, Tatum, as she was very pregnant. And I say "was" because they had their baby, Mason, today!! Congrats to them!!!