Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Monday, December 29, 2008
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Santa made everyone feel better for a few minutes.
The trip to Ghirardelli for a piece of chocolate helped too.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008
After Beauty and the Beast, we walked to the back of the park. The girls insisted that we go on "Star Tours." I think they did this in honor of CJ. They are so used to going on it with him, they feel like a trip to the park just isn't complete without "Star Tours."
We ended the night by taking in the 8:00 showing of "Fantasmic," and doing a little shopping on our way out of the park. We had a great time, it was strange to just be at the park with just the girls, but we could definately get used to it!!!
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Every year, the City of Winter Garden sponsors a night when Santa Claus rides up and down every street in town.
Santa's Sleigh is mounted on a parade float that is pulled by a fire truck.
The sleigh is escorted through town by a Winter Garden police car and another fire truck.
The police car and fire trucks drive with lights on and sirens blaring.
Santa's helpers throw candy to the kids as they pass by.
It is something that the kids look forward to every year!
(the picture isn't the best, but you get the idea)
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Our Cub Scouts make their entrance
I hope I never see CJ doing this in a parade!
Friday, December 5, 2008
Tonight was the annual 'Light Up Winter Garden' celebration.
This is a picture of Caitlyn and Caley during the lighting ceremony.
It was much busier there this year than in years past, but we still managed to have a little fun and watch them turn on all the lights.
I will post some pictures of the lights when I can get back to Downtown Winter Garden on a less crowded night.
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
I could list a lot more, but I have to stop somewhere! ;-)
Monday, December 1, 2008
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Everyone was looking forward to it all day long. I lost count of how many times they asked me if it was time to decorate the tree.
One of our Christmas traditions is for each of the kids to pick out a new ornament every year. That means 3 to 6 new ornaments (the grandparents have gotten involved, so it is more than one ornament a year!). But, all three of the kids have great ornament collections, and wonderful memories to take with them, some day.
(The picture is a little blurry, I was not using a flash)
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
After all of the food was preped and cooking it was time to clean up and set the table.
Grandma and Grandpa came over at 2:00 pm, and that is when all of the eating got started. We had some veggies, bread cubes and dip to nibble on while the rest of the food was doing it's magic. At 4:00 we all sat down to a great Thanksgiving feast. We had Turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes with gravy, green bean casserole, carrots, cranberry sauce, and rolls. For desert we had pumpkin pie, apple pie, vanilla ice cream, and of course cool whip to go on top. Everything turned out great, and without any glitches. I think I am actually getting the hang of cooking this meal!!!
After dinner and clean up we had time to take a few silly pictures before the kids sat down to watch "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving." While the kids were watching tv, I finally had a chance to take a look at all of those Black Friday ads. I am not much of a fan of Black Friday, but I saw a few good deals on things that I had in mind for Christmas gifts, so I may get up and throw myself into the mayhem in the morning. That remains to be seen.
All in all, it was a good day. I hope it was for all of you as well!
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Of all the crazy things that I have ever done for my kids, last weekend ranks way at the top of the list. I went camping with CJ's Cub Scout Pack and Boy Scout Troop.
So, as if being the only woman at a very cold camp out was not enough. Saturday morning we got up to go on a five mile hike on part of the Florida Trail. Now, I was not at all worried about the hike, I was actually kind of looking forward to it. However, all of my hiking and walking experiences have taken place on well traveled trails. The trail that I was about to hike on was not at all well traveled. In fact, many parts of the trail did not look like a trail at all. It was difficult at times to know if we were even on the trail. Needless to say, it was quite an adventure and a great workout. My legs are still feeling it, even 3 days later.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
FIND YOUR VOICE
You are your own voice. Others may be silenced. Who will lead if your guy 'who speaks for you' is gone?
Who are you really? What do you believe? Have you been pushed and challenged? Do you know where you stand? Can you support it with real facts?
FIND YOUR WEAKNESS
Don't ignore your weakness. Make your weakness into your strength.
FIND YOUR VALUES
Make it your focus, work at them. Values don't just 'happen' they are developed. A house divided against cannot stand. Be the same person at home, at work, in public and private.
FIND YOUR LOVE
Too much hate has been planted. Uproot it, pull it out and replace it with goodwill for those of different faiths, political party or viewpoints.
FIND YOUR FELLOW AMERICANS
Connect and encourage those who put Constitution and service to God first. Help them wake others.
FIND YOUR JOY
It will come from places that Americans are encouraged to find it. True joy won't be found in stores, sex or power. You will need to know where your unlimited supply can be found. Look to your family. Look at selfless service. But you have to find if for yourself.