For Christmas, my parents gave me my very own DVD copy of "Mary Poppins". This happens to be my ALL-TIME favorite movie. I have never officially owned a copy of this movie in our home, so I was excited to introduce the boys to this fantastic film. Maybe it is the perfect voice of Julie Andrews, the wonderful songs that I sing constantly, or just the disposition of the movie all together, but I just can't watch it too many times. So, when the boys asked to watch it AGAIN, I was elated. I can't imagine this being one of their "go-to" movies, but I was pleased that we were able to share the experience together and that Gavin has been walking around singing, "Just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down."
Saturday was the Republican Primary in South Carolina. This was our first time voting in any state other than Georgia. The experience was extremely easy and pleasant. I was in and out in 5 minutes. I am sure the election in November will be quite different, but I was pleased none the less. There was one item the state of South Carolina did less than perfect. Because all of us like rewards and recognition, I proudly asked one of the poll workers for a sticker signifying the event. The picture below depicts the sticker I was given.
Yes people, that is a dime the sticker is sitting next to. I hope that in the next election, they can spare a few more of these and provide me a bigger sticker!
June 29, 2012 has new meaning for me this year. It is already a special day because it is my SIL, Abatha's birthday. This year, another Odom child is due on this very special day! What a blessing! To say we are excited is an understatement. As with other two, I have been a bit "under the weather" for the past 8 weeks, but I am slowly starting to feel more about myself. I love detecting our new little ones' flutters, and at this point, I am enjoying my growing gut!
I write this post on the brink of another sentimental day for me. This past summer, David and I miscarried our third child, who would be due this week. Oh my, I actually said it out loud. For different reasons, I haven't shared this with many people. I think mainly it is because I felt like I did something wrong. That somehow this was my fault. I should be able to fix this. Oh, how the Lord has taught me so much through this emotional roller coaster. Though its hard to put into words, God's comfort, peace and sovereignty has carried my through.
So, I celebrate this week with the simple reflections on our sweet baby #3 and look forward to meeting the next little Odom in June!
For the past 3 years, we have hosted a New Years party for our friends. Since kiddos are in the picture, there are no more big plans when the ball drops. We have a nice time eating junk, watching football and visiting. This year we even mixed in some fireworks!
Noah's "girlfriend" Kylie
My children don't LOVE fireworks, so these pictures explain the progression of the night. Gavin
hiding under the chair, Gavin clinging to David's neck, the boys inside watching from the window.
This Christmas was one of my all-time favorites. The main reason for this is because we got to spend SO much great time with our family. It was extra special having Scott's crew in town, and then we also were able to spend some good quality time with the Odom group. Pictures are the best way to capture our Christmas...
Here comes Santa Claus...
Christmas morning at our house.
Gavin was especially excited about EVERY present he opened!
The BIG gifts!
After our Christmas morning, we headed to my parents house for a fun shindig!
Lila is just too sweet!
Our picture attempts.
Then onto the Odom gang.
I'm just now trying to figure out where to put the new toys, etc. I love Christmas. Happy Birthday Jesus!
As with most families, we had an especially busy month of December. With Noah in preschool, I felt like we had something special every week to celebrate the season. There is nothing quite like watching your little one up on "stage" performing sweet songs of thanksgiving and celebration.
Though this was back before Thanksgiving, I couldn't help include Noah dressed up like a pilgrim for his Thanksgiving performance.
Noah also had a couple of performances at school for Christmas. First, he performed at a nursing home, and then they had their performance at school. We only have one picture from this because we have about 2 hours of video footage!
Gavin participated in his first CBS Christmas performance and might I say, played his bells just perfect!!!
They both did great performing in front of crowds which is a trait they must have received from their dad. I vividly remember crying through my entire performance as Rudolph in preschool!