Friday, January 16, 2009

An update!

Okay, I get off of work in about 30 minutes, so I'll make this short and sweet. Christmas was great! We stayed in Nashville for Christmas this year. We went to Grandma's on Christmas Eve, where we all watched the Santa Clause...on 3 different tv's. It was like surround sound, seriously. Jay and I woke up at 7 the next morning and exchanged gifts with each other. I will post pics later. Then we went to my parent's house, ate Christmas breakfast, and opened gifts with them. Our family ate at Bell Road (Grandma's church) this year. The family is just getting way too big to all eat in one house. No one has a house big enough to comfortably seat everyone anymore. I liked having the meal at Bell Road. We could all spread out...everyone could sit at a table, and clean up was much easier. I made Grandma a scrapbook for Christmas. I did a page for each of her children with old pictures. Then I did a page for Granddaughters, one for Grandsons, and then a page for Great Grandkids. I found a bunch of old, historical stuff in Grandma's picture box, so I put some of that stuff in there as well. It was a hit! Everyone loved looking at it. Those things sure take a lot of time, energy, and money, but they are always worth it in the end. Jay and I flew out that night for Massachusetts! It was nice to fly into "Christmassy" climate. They had lots of snow. We did Christmas with his family on the 26th. And the 27th. ha. We ate too much, shoppped too much, and had a lot of fun.

We FINALLY move into our house a week from today! WOOHOO! I cannot wait. Apartment life is for the birds. Especially when you live in a college setting where everyone thinks it's a dorm. We have people congregating outside our door late at night at least 3-4 nights each week. I do not, however, look forward to all of the bills that come with a house. In Jayson's words, "It's just part of life!" We have been packing like crazy. Our house is so nice and new and fresh and clean! For some reason, I just didn't want a "used" house for our first home together. It has been so cool to watch this house get built every step of the way. Jay's parents are flying in on Friday to help us move. My parents are taking off as well. Jayson has decided that we will get Direct TV in our new home so that he can have NESN and watch ALL of the Red Sox games this year. So, that means Steve Walls needs to come visit his bro-mance partner so they can watch the games together. :-) Casey has been emailing us some. He cracks me up. He trash talks my Titans all the time...and then he's real sweet to Jay. I love it!

Anyway, Jayson also starts a 2 month interim teaching position on Feb. 3rd. He is very excited. It's a 4th grade position. He has had a really hard time finding a job. Most teachers are hanging on to their jobs right now. But, the Lord has really worked everything out for us. Yay God!

It has been freezing in TN the past couple of days. They even called off schools today because it is so cold. It got down to 2 degrees last night.

Shu Shu, my Twilight buddy, have you gotten Breaking Dawn yet? I am beating you now!

Okay, gotta get things closed down in the office! Love to all!

Kayla Inspired me!!

List of 100...the things I have done are in bold. I haven't done much!

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii and danced on a lava cliff with the roar of the Pacific below
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disney World
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Kissed a stranger at midnight on New Year's Eve
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee
100. Ever been in the hospital