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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

second week of December

This was a celebratory week.

Sarah got her MBA!  We attended the graduation and celebrated with her on this great achievement.  Go Sarah!!!!

hahaha!  Big brother is proud.
I posted this under the Thanksgiving post, but this was actually taken at Sarah's graduation dinner.  Three generations of Hargrave men
The day after Sarah graduated, Mike and Christy got married!!!!  And guess what day they chose after 15 years of being together?  12/13/14!  Because of the unique day, there was a cameraman from ABC13 news there to film all of the couples getting married that day.  And Mike and Christy got the spotlight!  We got to see them on TV.  Woohoo, Go Papa Mike and Gigi!

the happy couple

Adam photo-bombing my picture

Recent Ardenisms

Arden, "Why do you have a statue on your back?"
Me, "huh?"
Arden, "A statue, why do you have a STATUE on your back?"  pointing to my lower back.
Me, "That's called a tattoo."

Arden, "Mommy, when are you going to teach me how to yarn?"
Me, "maybe when you learn to not call crochet "yarning."

Halle, "Arden, your breath stinks."
Arden, "well, Halle, your breath stinks."
Halle, "Arden, your breath reeks."
Arden, " NOO, it doesn't reek, it just smells bad."

Arden, to Halle, "Halle, a policeman came over to our house and he had a gun.  But don't worry, he was nice and didn't kill anybody."

[Arden has been on a Ramen noodles ("rotten noodles") kick.]
Brian walks in one Saturday morning with a huge box of donuts.  Arden looks at him with disappointment and sighs, "Daddy, donuts again???  Why do we always have to eat donuts for breakfast."  (we only have donuts about twice a month,"
Brian, "well excuse me.... what would you rather have for breakfast."
Arden, "Noodles."

I scolded Arden for asking me to play as soon as she walks in the door from school everyday.  As soon as I open the door I would hear, "Mommy can I go play outside?"
I told her she needs to come in and say hi, ask me how my day was, say she missed me, or something like that.
Now, as soon as she walks in the door, in a robotic and quick tone, "Hi Mommy, how was your day, I missed you, can I go play outside?"

Monday, December 29, 2014

First week of December

First week of December:
Arden started basketball practice with Upwards at our church.  She's good and loooooves it!

Christamas decorating!  We started pulling out the Christmas decorations from the attic.  Jack immediately found the Santa hat.  He's the cutest when he's runs around in nothing but his diaper or underwear along with the Santa hat.

December 2nd, we celebrated my sister's birthday.  This was a scary week for her (and all the family) because my nephew, Ray Ray, was in a bad car accident.  Thankfully he is ok, but he did lose the tips of two fingers.  So glad that my wonderful and loving nephew is fine.   

That weekend we had Ryan, Beth, Adam, Sarah, Mike, and Christy over to our house.  We hung out, ate dinner, and then got some exciting news!  Mike and Christy told us they were getting married!
Total photo fail because I didn't get any pictures of Ryan and Beth while they were in town.  :(

We had Christmas with Ryan and Beth on Sunday at Mike and Christy's house.

Sunday evening Brian and I had a Christmas party with our church group.  We wore our Christmas best.


It's been a while since I've blogged because December has been a super busy month!!!!  So, I guess I will cluster blog here to catch up!  Plus, Brian said he was having blog withdrawals.  So what's been going on, you ask???

We'll back up a bit to the end of November for Thanksgiving

We started our Thanksgiving Day with our traditional trip to Walden Yacht Club with Brian's side of the family.  Mike and Christy invite us all to a nice, yummy, and fancy brunch.  The brunch buffet is filled with a huge variety of breakfast items, appetizers, seafood, sides, as well as the usual Thanksgiving foods and desserts!  Each year I decide on one type of meal and stick with it.  Brian, on the other, hand, has breakfast, lunch, and dinner all in one sitting!
This is us sitting at the restaurant table.  Right outside the window is a patio and great view of Lake Conroe.
look at the fancy ice turkey.
After our meal the grandkids always take a picture.  
Then we got a few with the grandparents

After brunch, Brian, the kids, and I headed to Thanksgiving with my dad.  This year we went to my Aunt Barbara's house in Coldspring.  Her neighborhood is right on Lake Livingston.  After visiting at her house we drove down to the water's edge.
Arden and Halle got to ride on Aunt Barbara's golf cart
my cousin, Rhonda, her son, Ryan, and my Aunt Barbara
PawPaw and the grandkids
lastly, this is just a cool picture of spider webs in a tree.