Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Tons of Overdue Pics

Four generations of women.
My mom, her mom and the kids.

Holly and I with our kids and Grama B (my dad's mom)

Christmas Eve pose.
My parents and my kids.
Look how Millie Grace is growing!

Hattie and her new doll, Dorothy.

Silas and his skateboard, which surprisingly, he is pretty good on!

Luke and his first bike.

I thought this one was cute. Silas gave Hattie a doll and she was telling him that she knew that's what he was going to give her.


Jody spoke at a local church the Sunday after Christmas and did a FINE job!

Me and my little sisters.

Jody and his brother in law, Roman, playing hit the other guy with the glow stick as hard as you can. It was pretty funny.

She is SO cute, right?

The boy cousins in Georgia.

Our "Kids New Year" celebration at 8pm!

Happy NEW YEAR!!

We have had a wonderful Christmas season. We got to see most of our family. The Lord has really blessed us this year. As we were putting the kids to bed we were talking about some of those blessings. Millie Grace, a smooth transition to South Carolina, fun birthdays, camping, and more. We prayed, thanking God for 2008 and praying for a great 2009. It was neat to be able to talk about the year with our kids and together to think of some expectations for the next year.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Lets Go to the Movies...

When we were growing up, we lived in Miami. All of our extended family lived (and still live) in Virginia, so we celebrated with friends and in some different ways. One thing we did was go to the movies. "Back then" (as if it was ions ago!!) that was not a big activity. But let me tell you, now it is!!

I noticed this when tons of movies save their opening for Christmas Day. But nothing prepared me for what happened today.

This fall I read Marley to the kids. (its the kids version of Marley and Me) We loved it! Its a great book. Reminded me so much of my childhood dog, Barkley. I was so excited about the movie. We decided we'd take the kids today. My mom, dad, and Joy and my cousin Trudy and her son Paul all decided to go too.

We decided on the last matinee at 4:50. My dad ran out to get the tickets early, no problem. We got to the movie theater at about 4:40 or so...TOO LATE. The theater was PACKED. We could not find seats together. Trudy and Paul found 2 seats together. Joy sat alone. Jody sat in one seat with Silas. And I? I sat with Hattie, Luke, and Millie on the FRONT ROW. Oh, and my parents left. My dad hates crowds like that and he wasn't thrilled about the movie anyway. I don't think there was another seat. Why did they oversell the theater???

My parents complained along with several others. My mom is totally an "American Consumer". She has a way with words and she and my dad walked out with a full refund AND 9 movie tickets.

Meanwhile, I was pretty miserable. My neck, my eyes, and my ears. My ears because Luke would NOT stop talking. I think the lady next to him was pretty annoyed. He commentated and asked questions throughout the entire movie. Where is Marley? WHy did he do that? Is Marley going to die? I'm going to be Marley and you will be Jenny. Etc...

The movie was not really for little kids. It was too much talking, too boring for Lukey. And of course the book was much better. But I did like the movie. It made me wish we had a family dog. But then I know I have WAY enough on my plate without a dog.

I was in a bad mood when we left. I don't think I will go to the movies on Christmas again. That wasn't fun.


Monday, December 22, 2008

He's Home

To my great relief, Jody is home from Uganda. He has been gone 11 days. I have to say I did MUCH better than I expected myself to do. I thought I'd be positively crazy with 4 kids ages 5 1/2 and under. But I only felt like I was losing it last night. So, I see that maybe 9 days are my happy limit.

Jody had a great trip. He and my dad led a team to the town where we used to live, Hoima. Jody LOVED reconnecting with his friends there.

After naptime we piled in the car and headed to the airport to pick him up. Of course it was a huge toss up as to what was the best part, riding up and down the escalator or having daddy back. Jody couldn't believe how big Millie is. He said, "I'm missed 1/4 of her life!" (She did weigh 9.5 lbs at her check up)

I made chicken soup for supper and it hit the spot! Jody was really tired of beans and rice, so he really enjoyed it.

Now to get Jody over jetlag before Christmas!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Sing with me....

Over the River and thru the woods to grandmother's house we go....

First of all, I am NOT super mom. But we are going to Virginia today with my mom. And my nephew. That way I won't be pacing and going crazy trying to keep everyone entertained and happy for the weekend. That and Millie is still so perfect for holding and sitting around, exactly what a great-grandmother or 2 (I have 2 still thriving) would enjoy.

But no internet. So, I'll be back!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Snowmen Donuts

How cute are these little guys I made for Lukey's little Christmas Party at his school? Super easy. I think they'll be a hit with all the 2yr olds!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Back on Line!!!!!

Oh my gosh, I feel SOOOOOOOOOO relieved. When I got home I had internet! I feel so much closer to all of you now.

I don't know, I guess without the internet I did get a lot of things done. Maybe I should make myself fast from the internet every once in a while. My house is actually vacuumed and my closet is clean and organized...well my half it. I'm leaving Jody to his half. I'm also halfway through a book. Hmmmm...I think I waste too much time online come to think of it.

Jody's mom left today. She was very helpful to have around. The kids LOVED it. She sits on the floor and plays with them, reads the pokemon encyclopedia type book Silas LOVES and holds the baby all the time.

Millie is still doing fabulous. Luke was swinging a bike helmet around and it knocked Millie in the head and she didn't even get mad. She's SO sweet. My only complaint about her is that she poops too much and has started spitting up predictably. But hey, she sleeps like 5 hours at night and I'm usually the one waking her up because I want to feed her.

Silas had his school Christmas program. Sorry, no pix. I forgot the camera (but I remembered all the kids, so I deserve some credit, right?). We took a picture with my mom's phone, if it turned out decent I'll post it. The program was adorable!! I love our little school, Tigerville Elementary!

So, that's what's been going on here. How's you week? Are you done shopping?

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Catching up

I only have a minute to write...that is because I have NO internet. Of course that's the way it works out. Jody leaves the country and I lose touch with the world. (isn't it funny how dependent I am on technology?) Hopefully this will be rectified (I don't know why I just used that word, I hate that word) tomorrow. I am sitting in the deserted college parking lot where I can pick up a signal. Its creepy here at dark when there is no one on campus.

Anyway. Things are going fine. Jody's mom has been with us the last several days. She'll leave Tuesday. The kids are not being the most well behaved, but hey, what can you expect?

More when I get my connection at home!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

The Dog House

Jody sent me this link and it it SO funny!  Click HERE.  And comment back here to tell me how hard you laughed on a scale of 1 -10.  I'm going to rate myself a 8. 

Monday, December 8, 2008

At the Parade

Pa and DD (my parents)

Me and Silas

Luke was waiting for Hattie!

Pa and Millie (this was actually taken Saturday)

Hattie had a great time riding on the float! (she is the one in the pink)

Sunday, December 7, 2008

The Weekend

The Goings On at the Jennings Home

  • Tonight I stopped the kids just in time from brushing their teeth with some "new" was Neosporin!
  • Hattie was in the Greer Christmas Parade today with her Dance troop. She was so proud of herself and so adorable!
  • Because of everyone's stellar behavior we decided to treat ourselves to icecream. We were talking about what we were going to get on the way and I said you could get your own kiddie cup. Luke said he didn't want a kiddie cup he wanted a puppy cup. Silas, like my mother, had to sample like 5 different choices before deciding on one.
  • Jody is becoming a pro at building a wonderful, blazing fire in our fireplace. We sure are going to miss the fires while Jody is gone. He's going to Uganda with my dad and 20 other NGU student on Thursday. Of course we will miss Jody more than the fires!
  • Everytime I hold Millie Grace I think, how did I feel like our family was complete before we had her? It amazing the love that is immediately there for a baby that you didn't know a month ago. Millie is such a sweet baby!
  • I have lots of new pics to post, and Jody is working on our family Christmas photo.