Friday, November 27, 2009

So Much To Be Thankful For

I hope your family enjoyed Thanksgiving. I have so much to be thankful salvation, my incredible selfless husband, my family and friends, the body of believers that we worship with each week, our health, a roof over our head, another day of life...the blessings are in abundance. God is so great!!

Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Ephesians 5:20

Thanksgiving was a little different for us this year. My whole fam (minus sister who headed south) packed it up and headed to all meet in Gatlinburg. Matt and I couldn't go because his team is still in the playoffs (4th round tonight) so we invited his parents and grandparents to our house for Thanksgiving dinner. This was a little last minute since we didn't know until last Friday if we would be here or not... so I kicked it into Betty Crocker mode and began planning a meal. I do think my family was a little worried that I could pull this off... I mean this is the girl that blew up the pyrex dish a few years ago. I assured everyone (including the husband) that I had everything under control.

I told matt I would make a chicken casserole and he so kindly told me that it was not a Thanksgiving food and so I wanted to make him proud and bought a turkey breast... mind you I have NEVER cooked one of these before and didn't really know where to start. All week I had nightmares, literally, that we would open it up and it would be like Christmas Vacation all dried out... so I bought a backup ham too. I know people were thinking.. you are in over your head... why not throw in a dressing recipe too!? One last call to my mom yesterday morning to ask her which side of the turkey is the breast.. yikes!!! Matt was such a huge help--we make a great team!!! Amazingly and by God's grace it all turned out fabulous!! Well, at least everyone said it did... they may just be trying to make me feel good.
My turkey and my ham (we'll call them fatty and fatter). Now Fatter and I became very good friends at 4:30 am yesterday morning when I had to get up to put this precious thing in the crockpot.
I will let you guess whose plate this is.... oh matt!!! He piled it on!!

And my plate... I don't like for my food to overlap. I didn't take any good pictures of matt's family because I was too stressed out trying to get all this food ready. Now I really appreciate my mom and grandmothers for all they do each year!! Happy Turkey Day!!!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Outsider's Day

Just one quick photo to share with you... last Friday was Outsider's Day at school. We just finished reading The Outsiders, so we all dress up and watch the movie and pretty much have a "party day" as matt calls it. So my sweet aide that works in my room had her mom make us some poodle skirts. She left me to put the poodle and leash on the skirt... good thing you can't see it up close.. got a little crazy with the glue. Anyways, it was a fun day at school and Matt's only reaction that morning that skirt sure is pink and poofy... Happy Thanksgiving Eve!

Monday, November 16, 2009

It's Official

A million thoughts are running through your head right...what's official... Well, I am now officially CPR certified. What a milestone! Now if you are choking or have stopped breathing, please call me. I will have to make sure I have my mask ready, you know with all these germs floating around you can't take any chances...but I promise to come to your rescue. And the hubby is up for the Heisman this year... who would have thought?! Matt and his buddy Todd snuck off to take their picture with the trophy while they were supposed to be getting "mentally pumped up" for the game. I didn't see this photo op or I would have got a picture myself. I guess I will have to wait until Matt brings the real thing home.

Hope you are having a good week... can you believe Thanksgiving is just right around the corner? We put our xmas decorations up this weekend.. matt will not let me put anything outside yet.. he doesn't want the neighbors to know we have our stuff up already.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Some Alabama Football

We spent the day in Tuscaloosa yesterday to watch Crimson Tide destroy some LSU Tigers! It was sweet! The family doing a little tailgating...
Matt and I made our rounds around campus to see good friends. Top left is Matt with his buddy Eric and Eric's friend Michael. We have converted these 2 guys into Bama fans (notice Eric's Purdue shirt...well, he came out of the game wearing an AL hat... Matt steps). Then we saw our sweet friends Jonathan and Rachel. Last in the bottom left corner is my dear dear friend Martha from Oxford. We worked together at the middle school for several years and she was another one of my moms away from my mom when we lived there. I miss her dearly!!

And a few pictures from the game. On the way out we saw sweet Kristin and Jason. The crowd was moving so slow getting out that we had time for a photo opp as we walked.

Now I will leave you with this pretty sight... and you might not be hungry for lunch later. We stopped by one of Matt's coaching buddies tailgate... and he tailgates beside Bob Baumhower.. you know the Wings guy. Anyways, there Bob is ... The Bob... cooking up a whole pig.. I took a picture when he turned his back. Sure put our chicken nuggets to shame back at our tailgate.