Christmas 2016, Birdeye

Monday, December 26, 2016

Another cookie/tea...Chloe wasn't really into going this year but we made it and she said she actually had a good time.
We rented Downtown Charm and had appetizers, cookie exchange and everyone brought items for the 363 program
for the Wynne School District (it's a weekend backpack program to feed the food insecure families in Wynne).  I also
brought pictionary and we played mom vs. daughters, that was fun.

David and Dara Bigger, Jackie and I at the Birdeye Christmas Party last Saturday night

We had Christmas at Harmon and Jeanie's Friday night, this is Whit and Stella playing Indian Leg Wrestling....I challenged
Stella at wrestling and ended up breaking my pinky toe (again)...our feet hit each other and I had to wear socks to the
Christmas party the next night (even though I had the cutest shoes ever and could've won the contest).  Now it's time
to decide if we enter the Little Rock Half Marathon or the 10K in March....

2016 Quote List to come...these are the notes I've been keeping...

2016 Birdeye Christmas Party
Some of the ladies at the party (I got my foot in my shoes to try and
win the annual shoe contest, I quickly got out of them)

Stella, Whit, Chloe and August at Memaw and Grandad's Christmas Party
Jackie and Chloe have been taking chocolate to the courthouse workers every Christmas since she was born....that's
Gumball, Biscuit and Buddy

Chloe and I went to the dermatologist in Memphis to get her some
laser hair removal and Chloe snap chatted me...I told her not to put it
on snap chat but we cracked up for an hour at these "filters"

Me driving down Poplar in Memphis, we were dying laughing
Chloe hit the jackpot this year, tickets to see the Memphis Grizzlies vs the OKC Thunder and Hamilton, Chicago, tickets!

Biscuit loves, loves Christmas morning

Meme and Matt got the dogs a special gift and they LOVED it

Hamilton book I found online (look at Gumball in the background, lol)

We went on the 3rd annual Wynne Christmas Lights tour then a great dinner at the Killough's
Kyle, Ian, Cecelia, Beth, Chloe, Lisa, Jackie and Stan
We also had a great conversation with Ian, who's home from a tour in Afghanistan

Kyle's homemade recumbent, look at the length of that chain!

Chloe at our Christmas Eve Service

Hamilton tickets (Chloe hadn't showered yet so she didn't want photos taken!)  We had Memaw and Grandad over for
breakfast and we watched Christmas Vacation cracking up all morning

August got his bible at the Christmas Eve service.  It's a tradition
of our church to give 1st graders a bible.

Monday, Dec. 26, 2016

Merry Christmas!  This year was easy for me, I guess I've learned to pace myself with the parties, shopping and all.  This post is mainly photos.  The weather was foggy and 70 degrees on Christmas.  We had lunch at Kara's and it was delicious!  Christmas Eve we went to church and then to Jimmy and Beth Huff's for dinner.   

Fall 2016

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Jackie pulled this from the Arkansas Democrat Gazette and his timing was perfect.  I've been shocked at the election and
wonder what kind of impact this administration is going to have on future generations, like Chloe's.  So I'm trying to do
everything on this list and so far so good....

Chloe worked in my office a few weeks ago on a Saturday for the yearbook...she changed my screen

MeMe got Chloe and cousin Audrey an art lesson a couple years ago and we were finally able to go back
during Thanksgiving in Edmond.  Chloe painted Buddy this year.  I think it's pretty good!

Chloe and Audrey Thanksgiving

Chloe took this photo and texted it to me two weeks ago...She knows I cannot stand an
intact male dog, this is Yetti, a terrier mix brought in from the streets that we fostered for a quick
4 weeks.  He's a great pup that arrived this past Saturday in New Hampshire.  Yetti will get to live during
the winter in Florida and summer in New Hampshire.  I'd say he's got it made!  (He was sent up
on the transport neutered, duh!!!:))

Chloe and Jackie at the 5A Arkansas State High School Football Game in Little Rock
a couple weeks ago, Wynne lost to Pluaski Academy but ended with a 12-1 season.
Chloe took photos for the newspaper and yearbook for the school

Yetti and Biscuit

This sweet girl, Martha, was found by a fellow cyclist in Parkin.  She had a fish hook in her ear and was dragging
debris from the St. Francis River.  Chloe and I didn't have a foster so we took her in and she's now living in
Kennebunkport, Maine... talk about living the dream, these dogs from Cross County have got it made!

This is Jazzie, a shepherd female was abandoned in Birdeye in September. And of course, she's up north living the dream
with the others on this particular blog post!!  It could be true that people know where I work and live....hmmm...

Paco showed up in Birdeye in August with another dog.  He was covered in fleas and has scars on his face from who
knows what.  I really got attached to this little fella.  He's living the dream in New Hampshire!
Wednesday, December 14, 2016

My gosh, it's been since August that I've posted on here.  It was a very busy fall for Chloe with yearbook and football games.  We took Chloe to Fayetteville for the Ole Miss Game, Jackie and I rode bikes with the Bradshaw's and Martin and Kara in October, then it was the 6th Midsouth Kids Marathon in November, then the election, then Thanksgiving, New Orleans and now here this is.  Oh and I had to do a bunch of Saturday switching and ended up working 6 in a row for the first time since I've been there (for 20 years in January). I'm glad that's over with!

I had a blog post started with some of these dogs on here but I couldn't publish it because shortly after my last post August 23, I killed Chloe's and Jackie's dog Wesson in our driveway.  It's taken since that day in late September for me to feel like blogging.  I think mainly because I think I brag too much on growing food, Chloe, fostering, riding bikes and then I killed our dog.  That's the first family pet I've killed.  It's been hard.  I still burst into tears about it. He'd been herding our cars the two weeks before that lunch hour when I ran over him.  Chloe suggested to blame Volvo since my car doesn't have the cameras that Memaw's car does.  Well, anyway, it was a tough day.  Fred heard me screaming and crying, ran over thinking he needed a gun to protect me but he really just needed a box of Kleenex.  I sent him a thank you for the hugs and reassurance that he'd lost pets before.

Whew, now that I've got that out there, it's Advent Season.  I've really enjoyed the Advent Devotional from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.  If you have a minute, go here:

I think you'll love the daily devotions.  They remind me each morning to be mindful that it is the season of Advent and Christmas isn't about gifts, it's about Jesus' birth.  It reminds me to remember to pray for Donald Trump's administration's decisions, world peace, the environment, etc.  It reminds me to be thankful for Chloe, our health, doctors and medicine that keep me alive, the roof over our head, friends and family.  We have so many things to be thankful for.  I don't want to take anything for granted.

So let's all be thankful for the blessings and gifts in our lives, help those less fortunate and be mindful that God is with us as we wait for Christmas morning in all this craziness with parties and shopping.