"Do not ask God to guide your footsteps if you're not willing to move your feet."



Sunday, December 23, 2007

Christmas at Mom and Dad's

Yesterday, we spent the day with my parents and brother and kids. We started the day off with snacking, opened presents for two hours (we do it individually!) ate Christmas dinner and ended the day watching the Dallas Cowboy game at our house. It was a very Merry Christmas!

God Bless You!

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Our first Christmas...

My hubby and I decided to open a few presents Friday night and the rest Saturday morning. We each have one more to open in Missouri as well as our stockings!

We are just so blessed to have such a wonderful family and to have found each other. We thank the Lord above each and every day for molding each other to be our soulmates and best friend.

God Bless You!

Christmas at Gram's

Friday night, we had Christmas at my Gram's house. Shane and the kids drove down from OKC for a weekend full of family, fun and presents.

Grams asked Carey earlier in the day if he would share the story of Jesus' birth and have a mini sermon. It was awesome! I read from Luke and then Carey just let the Lord take over through him. You could feel the Holy Spirit in that room that night! Praise God!!!!

God Bless You!

Thursday, December 20, 2007

It's Christmas Time....


Tomorrow starts our first day of our six day Christmas spread! I am so excited to spend time with our families!

Friday, we will have Christmas at my Grams' house with my dad's side of the family which means eating some of my aunt's "special" mac n cheese!!! YUM YUM!!!

Saturday, we will have Christmas at my parent's house with my brother and neice and nephew's. That is sure to be CRAZY!!!!!

Sunday, we will have Christmas at my Nana and Papa's with my mom's side of the family! It's always fun to have all the great grandkids together!

Then on Monday we are off to Missouri! Christmas Eve night, we will have more Christmas with Carey's mom's side of the family which means game time! WHOO HOO!!!!

Tuesday is CHRISTmas!!!!! In the morning, we will open our stockings and head to Carey's brother's house for more family and unwrapping time!

Wednesday is just time to spend with Carey's aunt and cousin (whom I have not met before)!

I am just so ready for two weeks off from school and ready to spend time with my hubby! He is off for three weeks!!!! YEAH!!!

Enjoy the pics of our CHRISTmas decorations in our home...it's our first CHRISTmas!!!

God Bless You and Merry CHRISTmas!!!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Ice Storm

Here are some pics of the ice storm that came through on Monday. This is the back road to my parents house.

Stay Warm!

God Bless You!

Peanut Brittle

It's Christmas Candy time!!!! Last night I learned how to make Peanut Brittle from my mom and my Papa. They make the best brittle EVER! I like how it is flakey and not so chewey! I decided to share the recipe with you. Let me know if you make it and how it turns out! Happy Cooking!

Papa's Peanut Brittle

Ingrediants -
1 quart unsalted raw peanuts with hull
3 cups sugar
1 cup white corn syrup
1/2 cup water
1 dash of salt
3 tsps baking soda
Stick of butter
Cooking Thermometer
Two Cookie Sheets

Butter the cookie sheets first. Then combine the water, syrup and sugar and salt and put the stove on high. Using the cooking thermometer, let it cook to 238 degrees stirring slowly but constantly. Once it is 238 degrees, add the peanuts. Continue to stir slowly and constantly until it reaches 300 degrees. Add baking soda and begin to stir quickly as it rises for about 30 seconds. Pour mixture onto two cookie sheets (two people should do this...it is VERY hot and difficult to do alone.) Immediately shake the cookie sheets to spread the mixture out. Put the cookie sheets somewhere until they cool (we use the garage since it is cold!) The peanut brittle will slide right off the cookie sheet when cooled. Place in bag and break to your liking.

God Bless You!

Monday, December 10, 2007

Sit back, relax and enjoy the pics!!!

This weekend, we headed to Dallas to attend Tabitha (Carey's cousin's) wedding. It was so beautiful! Carey was a Bride's Man and he did such a fabulous job! Here are some pics leading up to the wedding and the actual wedding!

God Bless You!

What to do with no light....

So today was quite the day at school...at around 11:30, our electricity went off for good!!!

It started out with just going off and on for a few times and then nada! I was in my "hole" and I have no windows or emergency lights or exit light or anything so needless to say when it went off, it was pitch black!!! My door was closed so there was literally no light poking in. My kids started to panic so I told them to just sit there and I would find the door. I was using my arms as my "antennas" waving them about so that I didn't run into anything face first and knocked one student in the back of the head....oops! I finally found the door and sent all my kids back to class. (we had to gather their things with the light from my cell phone!) This was also during one of our lunch periods! The kids were in the cafeteria screaming! They finished and dumped their trays but we still had 6th grade eat lunch in the dimness of the emergency lights!!!

We thought it would come back on but not so much. Carey was in the parking lot bringing my Aunt Nay Nay and I lunch when he felt this rumble beneath his truck and he turned around and saw a big fire ball going across one of the electric lines. I guess enough ice was finally on the branches to make them fall and take out some of the poles!

Between 11:45 and 3:00, we had over 700 students call home and parents pick them up. It was total chaos! They were packed in the school's circle drive three cars wide and parking on the main street to come and get their kids. Our school phones didn't work since they run off electricity so kids were in the halls using cell phones (with permission) and getting jackets (the heaters obviously were out too!). Parents were rushing in like it was a bomb threat or something and running up and down the halls looking for their kid. We (teachers, counselors, principals) were trying to locate kids but with computers down, we had no access to schedules!!!

We even had a parent who showed up for a meeting and wanted to still have it, so we held it in the library by the light of the window!!!

By the end of the day, the emergency lights were even barely on. We were going off of the light coming in through the windows.

Trust me...it is a day that I will not soon forget!!!!

And, I am getting a flash light for my room!

God Bless You!