Boone – 2011

Brad grew up having real Christmas trees.  
I grew up with a fake tree.  
When we got married I was super excited to start a tradition for us to get a real tree each year.  And that’s just what we’ve done.  And all but one year we’ve gone to a local Christmas tree farm to cut a tree down.  But last year was different – we started coming to Boone.  You can read about it here
Well, we did the exact same thing again this year.  Except we took 2 days off work and spent a long weekend in Boone this time.  It was wonderful.  
This year it didn’t snow…so that was a huge bummer (and it drizzled the day we cut down our tree)….but being that there wasn’t snow all over the ground we got to do some hiking.  We hiked to Linville Falls, 
went to Grandfather Mountain (and Brad even walked the bridge), 
bought David a sled so he could sled up near Beech Mountain, 
drove the Blue Ridge for a while, 

went shopping in downtown Boon, ate at several really great places, and finally cut down our tree.

We went back to Circle C Christmas tree farm.  It’s a lovely little farm and again we found the perfect tree.  Yes, I suppose, you can say I’m a tree snob.  Yes, you can buy these trees in Birmingham.  But….no, you can’t cut them down.  

After walking through what seemed like a thousand trees – we finally found the perfect one!  It’s almost 9 feet tall – and our ceilings are 9 feet tall.  Perfect, right?

We’ve decided to try and make this a yearly tradition if our vacation schedule and pocketbook will allow – as this is one of our favorite memories from this Christmas and last.  In fact, when talking about last Christmas the first thing David talked about was our Christmas tree trip (even before our trip to Disney). 

Making memories with my two favorite people is my favorite thing to do.   

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Homecoming Game

Tonight was our homecoming game for the K/1 Chelsea Hornets.

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(Coach Jimmy giving Walker and David a pep talk before the game)
Two days ago a sweet cheerleader, who David went to Kindercare with, showed up at the house to decorate the front door and mailbox for him. She also had a nice little gift to give him. Her mom told me that she picked David because she knew him. 🙂
Before the game, each player gave a cheerleader a rose and then walked off the field with them.
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(Please notice that Savannah is looking right at David but he’s too shy to look directly in her eyes so he was looking past her).
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(How adorable is this?)
Unfortunately, we played Hoover (the only undefeated team in our league). Our boys hung in there and played hard. The first first down came in the 4th quarter along with the first and only touchdown of the game (scored by David!).
We lost, but it was still fun. Our boys play Hoover again in the playoffs so they will be practicing hard the next couple of weeks. I am so glad that our cheerleaders made the game even more special for these players.

Addie

This sweet angel, Addie, just turned two years old.

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Her mama, Lexie, and I used to work together while she was in college. We became close friends and she was there for me for a lot of big things that happened in my life: when we got our foster kids, when they went home almost 2 years later, when Brad had his accident, when I (finally) got pregnant, when I had David and everything in between.
She has moved on and is now a kindergarten teacher and loves her job. We don’t see each other that often, but I am still so thankful for her friendship back then (I couldn’t have made it without her) – and our friendship now.
She asked me to take pictures at Addie’s second birthday a few weekends ago. It was fun. It was even better that I know several of her friends and some of her family. As always, Lexie did a great job on the party. Oh, and she is one hot mama too.

Seven

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David…

…you love your Sammy-dog and Radar and Kitty.
…you always want Radar to sleep with his head on one of your pillows in your bed.
…you are a little super star and the quarterback of the Chelsea K/1 Hornets!
…your best buddies are in “The Group”.
…your favorite restaurant is Pablos.
…you love all of my girlfriends and have decided you want to marry each of them at different points in your little life so far.
…you love to go camping.
…you made the 6 year old All Star team this year and played first base.
…your favorite toy is any kind of gun, especially Nerf guns.
…you got your first love note this year and you tell me your girlfriend is a girl who cheers for your football team, named Taylor Wise. She is also in your first grade class.
…you are really good at riding your bike and always wear your helmet, even though you don’t want to.
…you are quite the band wagon fan and don’t stick with one team from year to year (except Samford and the Gators). I wonder who you will cheer for this year? Auburn or Alabama.
…you love green monster smoothies.
…you like playing football and baseball, but your favorite sport is basketball.
…you have a very sensitive heart and have a lot of compassion for people and animals.
…you know more about football than I ever have and love to watch it on TV.
…you got your first cavity this year.
…you wear size 3 shoes.
…you still don’t watch much TV, but you like to watch Americas Funniest Home Videos with me…we both like to watch people fall, and then laugh at them. A lot.
…you love to play board games, especially The Game of Life (thanks, Cara).
…you are very healthy and have only been sick three times in your entire life.
…you are a math whiz and love to read.
…you have Mrs. Smith and Mrs. Watts for first grade and they are awesome.
…you have 34 classmates in your first grade class.
…you like to help me bake.
…you have started rolling your eyes and sighing at us when we ask you to do something that you don’t want to do.
…you like me to snuggle-bug you at night.
…you love to eat my crepes for breakfast and that makes me so happy.
…you love to play in the sprinkler and help us wash the trucks.
…you remind me to me recycle.
…your favorite songs are “All I do is Win” and “Firework”.
…you like the dance around the house in your boxers.
…you have developed a little attitude this year and show your hiney when you get mad.
…you took good care of me when I had a couple surgeries this year.
…you always leave your socks all over the house.
…one of your favorite activities is jumping on our trampoline.
…you go to the Y after school and the counselors adore.
…you are too old for the pumpkin patch and don’t want to go this year. 😦
…you like to build things with Legos.
…your favorite fruit is strawberries.
…your favorite teams are the Celtics, the Heat and the Gators. Your favorite pro players are Lebron James, Tim Tebow, and Cam Newton.
…you like to dive into our bed from the bed post.
…you get annoyed with me taking pictures of you, but I can normally bribe you.
…you like anything remote control.
…you are funny and make me laugh all the time.
…when I take pictures with my iphone you always ask if I’m going to put it on facebook.
…you have recently become independent more than ever before. This makes me sad and happy all at the same time.
…you tell us you want to go to Samford University.
…you like for me to rub your back and you always return the favor.
…I embarrass you when you are around your friends, but you still like to snuggle with me.
…you are my heart.

I love this boy.