Thursday, December 28, 2006
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
The girls meeting Cinderella at the Cinderella Breakfast.
Sleeping Beauty or Princess Aurora (Noel overheard 2 dad arguing which one she is) with the girls at the Princess Storybook Lunch at Norway.
Our family would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We are looking forward to hopefully a white Christmas (not a blizzard) and Mom and Joey being here.
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Saturday, December 09, 2006
We arrived in Disney last Friday and set off to the parks as soon as we checked in. MGM Studios was the first park we went to. I was saving Magic Kingdom for Hannah's Bday. Hannah was willing to ride anything, but Emily decided not to ride the Tower of Terror while in line and we had to do a parent switch. Emily had a chance to be one of the ride bellhop greeters but did not want to put the costume on because she thought it looked like a boy. Oh well. Hannah got to ride the Tower 2 times in a row, once with Noel and then once with me. I put Noel on it first just to find out how it was. This is a ride that drops you in an elevator multiple times, and you never know how many because it is different every time. It was fun. Our first day was fun, but it was a long day because we had been up since 4:30 that morning, and Emily fell asleep at dinner that night.
The next day we spent at Animal Kingdom and Epcot. At Animal Kingdom they have the coolest ride - Everest. We all rode it (although Emily did it with her eyes closed) and loved it! There is a show at AK that is called "It's Tough to be a Bug", that we went to. Emily who is terrified of bugs even wanted to go. It is one the new 3D movies with air blowing and smells. The creepiest part was at the end. I will not give it away, but it even freaked me out. That night we went to Epcot and got to ride Mission Space and Test Track. Both were very fun. I told Noel Test Track was like riding with him. Also, while at Epcot we went to Turtle Talk with Crush and he told Hannah Happy Birthday which was pretty cool.
Sunday was the most anticipated day - Hannah's Bday and Magic Kingdom. They were so excited to see the Castle and to see Cinderella. Six months ago I scheduled breakfast with the Princess' in the Castle. These are very sought after reservation. I probably could have sold them on ebay. The girls got to have their picture taken with Cinderella and during the meal Belle, Fairy Godmother, Jasmine, and Snow White came around for autographs and pictures. All VERY exciting. We got to ride all the rides, see shows, parades, and fireworks. We told Hannah we had it all arranged for her. (Don't tell her otherwise ;) ) Emily was excited during the fireworks because Tinkerbell flew overhead. We can say we shut down MK that night. We were there till 11 p.m.
I could go on about all we did, but I will not bore you. We rode just about every ride at every park. We ate around the world at Epcot World Showcase, saw Mario Lopez, had breakfast with Mickey Mouse, dinner with Goofy (no I do not mean Noel), rode in the tea cups with Alice in Wonderland, walked for it seemed like miles, and just had a great time. So many things happened, so it is hard to put them all down. I only took about 300 pictures so I will be working on the scrapbook album soon. If you get to go in the future I have one word for you FASTPASS. To sum it all up - memories to last a lifetime!
Sunday, November 26, 2006
I am especially excited, since Christmas is my favorite time of the year, to get to see Disneyworld decorated for Christmas. We are currently watching on TV a special about all the decorations there. Giant gingerbread and houses and carousels made of chocolate. You just cannot get any better than that. Plus getting to see all the lights that are put up there. During Christmas I always say more lights the better.
Saturday, November 18, 2006
Fear the thumb no longer - it is here !! Hats off to the Auburn Tigers for winning the Iron Bowl for the last five years. WAR EAGLE!! All's well in the Dear House. I know my team lost, but they did have a good showing. We have our rivalry game - can you say EGG BOWL - next week to the other team in MS. Oh and congrats to my Ohio friends - way to go Bucks. Sorry Sean ;(
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
excerpt from the "Declaration of Independence" by Thomas Jefferson
"When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world"
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
Yesterday Emily said almost crying, "I'm a Republican, I don't want to be a democrat."
I believe we are raising our children correctly - godly young ladies wanting to change the world.
2Ch 7:14 and My people who are called by My name humble themselves, pray and seek My face, and turn from their evil ways, then I will hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land.
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
Saturday, November 04, 2006
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GOOOOOO DAWWWWGGGGSSSSS!! (insert cow bell ringing!)
My Dawgs won!!!! For my Ohio friends Alabama is NOT Noel's team. He is celebrating with me on our victory over Auburn's top rival!!!
I'm so thankful for this opportunity. It's such a blessing for a person to grow up in this town, to go to school across the (railroad) tracks (at Central High), to get an education here at the University, and, now, to coach at Mississippi State. If you're looking for miracles, you're looking at one.''-- Mississippi State coach Sylvester Croom.
``This is the best (win) we've had since I've been here, no question,'' Croom admitted after State's 24-16 victory.
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
Here are the girls at our church's Trunk-a-Treat in front of our princess table. We were hoping to have it outside, but just as crazy as Ohio weather is, it was raining. Thankfully we could have it in our church's FLC. The girls had fun yesterday painting their pumpkins as princess' of course and getting to decorate their buckets. But I think best of all was getting to be princesses. 29 days till Disneyworld. Sorry there is no picture of me. I was the queen mother, but due to the rain I chose to wear my casual crown, but I did wear my jewels.
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
This past Saturday we have a fun family outing. The girls and I were able to talk Noel into going apple picking with us. There were no good football games on tv that morning and Auburn was not playing till the afternoon. The weather was perfect as Ohio weather goes. The sun had decided to come out and we were able to be outside without too many layers. This is always fun for the girls especially for Hannah who eats the apples will picking them. This is the 2nd year for us to do this. Last year we picked a bunch of apples and were able to make ALOT of apple butter. Anybody need any? We are trying to decide what we are going to do with them this year - pie, cake, applesauce? We did decide which type of apple was our favorite this year - golden delicious. It is a nice sweet, juicy apple. There is nothing like getting apples fresh from the tree. I will put this Ohio experience as a must do if you get a chance, and one we hope to do every fall.
Friday, October 13, 2006
2. What is your favorite genre of film and what is your favorite movie from that genre? Comedy - 50 First Dates
3. Which country would you like to visit and why? Switzerland - Chocolate
4. What are you driving these days? What's it's (their) good and bad points? Would you buy another one, and why or why not? Honda Accord - safety and good on gas mileage/ would like just a little more leg room/ i would buy anything made by Honda
5. "Lost," "24," or both? 24
6. You've been very good this year. What should Santa bring you for Christmas? (the sky is the limit) a new home or a trip to Europe
7. How do you eat an oreo cookie? you take 2 cookies separate them, eat the 2 without the cream and then put the 2 with cream together and then eat those
8. How long does it take you to eat lunch?lunch? do I eat lunch?
9. Caffeine or decaf?caffeine - especially in the morning
10. Chicken or beef?both
11. Pen or pencil?pen
12. Autumn or spring?autumn
13. Baseball or basketball? neither - football is best
14. 'Survivor' or 'The Amazing Race?' - both
Saturday, September 30, 2006
If you cannot figure out which one fell out, it is the one on the bottom. She has the gap like her mom and sister. Sorry girls.
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Wednesday, September 13, 2006
We were so excited to get to see Jenny and Ashley a couple of weeks ago. For those who do not know them Ashley is our former children's minister from AL and Jenny is her sister. The girls love them and we do to. Ashley is now working in Louisville, KY so it is easier for us to get to see her. Jenny came to visit her and they drove up and met us. We took them to the Columbus Zoo. It was a nice day for the zoo. They were amazed how nice the zoo is. We are very fortunate to have great zoo in Columbus. Ashley and Jenny had been to the zoos in Atlanta and Birmingham and commented how much better the Columbus one is. In Bham half the animals are laying on concrete slabs, and in Atl the animals are in their "natural" habitat, but you really do not get to see them up close like you do here. Emily had fun, because she had to have her picture taken with all the sculpture. Most of the animals were active the day we were there. The lion roared, the grizzly was playing in the water, a kangaroo jumped by us, and a cute little gorilla was playing next to the window and reacting to us standing there. It was just a great day with our friends and was capped off with dinner at Cheesecake Factory and ice cream at Graeters. We hope Ashley and family will get to see us again soon.
I know Noel has already talked about the lemonade stand, but here is the picture of the girls waiting for their first customer. They had a great time serving lemonade. Hannah was in charge of the money and Emily the ice. We had many people stop buy. Thank you to all the church members who came by. The money the girls earned went to Michael and Jonathan George's mission trip to Kenya. We were out there for about 2 1/2 hours. Hannah did not want to come in because she want to get more money for the mission trip. They were very excited about having the stand. They raised $65 for their hard work and are asking when they can do another one. We ask everyone to pray for Michael and Jonathan. They leave on Sept 20th and return on Oct 3rd. Also pray for our team goingto the Ukraine as well during this time. It is exciting to see people in our church to get out of their comfort zone to go and witness to people around the world. Our pray is to become an Acts 1:8 church.
Thursday, August 31, 2006
I am so excited about the MSU Bulld0gs playing tonight! I was just looking at the stadium webcam and got a little misty thinking about all the games I attended during college. You know cramming those 4 yrs into 6. I know every year I have do endure the endless abuse of my husband about how bad we are, and making fun of our coach. I don't care. I love the DAWGS and I will never stop pulling for them. I wish the DAWGS all the luck this season. I will be watching for my brother, who will be at the game. Mom got him season tickets for his bday. By the way - HAPPY 22nd JOEY! Present will be in the mail soon. I am including a clip of our fight song so click on the logo and maybe it will work. If not click here. Please yankeeville carry SEC sports, because they are the best. Here is to a great football year, and maybe we can wrap it up in Maroon and White. (I put that in just for you Noel)
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
Everyone should see this movie!! Rarely do you have a movie you can carry the entire family to the movie and not be embarrassed. Thankfully it is coming to Columbus. Noel and I were able to see it at the SBC Convention this summer. This movie is brought to by the same church who did "Flywheel", which is also an awesome movie. Noel said he liked it better than the Passion movie. There is no bad language in it either movie. You will laugh. You will cry. I can not stress how important it is to see this movie on opening weekend. If you like Georgia football Mark Richt makes a cameo apperance as himself. You can find out more info about this movie at www.facingthegiants.com. I cannot say it enough - GO SEE THIS MOVIE!!!
Tuesday, August 29, 2006
I know I am slow at posting pics from VBS. We had a great turn out with our highest day of 149 kids. Everyone had a great time, and a big thanks to all who volunteered and worked hard getting everything together. The kids favorite things were shouting "VIVA!" and seeing Noel and Pastor Wally receiving a pie in the face. Sam you did a great job. I am thankful VBS is only nce a year. Here are some pics from the week.
P.S. Here's a shout out to the the Dawg Fans out there. Beat the Gamecocks.
Saturday, August 26, 2006
- Greenbrier - Wonderful time. I got to wear my new dress and shoes. The resort was beautiful. In the short time we were there I tried to absorb the history and think of all the people that had been there in the past 200 some odd years. All the presidents, dignitaries and movie stars that have vacationed there. We were sad that we did not get to see the underground bunker. They were getting it ready to reopen after we were there. It is neat being somewhere that requires a dress code. We got to eat dinner in the main dining room, which was fabulous. Maybe a dance or two was had, but being Baptist I will plead the fifth. I would recommend going once in someone's lifetime. We can now saw we are part of the history at The Greenbrier. If you do get to go, try the chocolates.
- Myrtle Beach - Getting to the beach we had to take the scenic trip thru Alabama. We received the news will at the resort the Papa Jim's mom had died. We were to pick the girls up in Greenville, SC, but due to the death we had to drive to AL to get the girls. We had put 2000 miles on our car before getting to the beach. Noel and I were tired of driving. We were happy to get our girls back. They had a great time getting to see Nana, Papa Jim, Aunt Stacy, Uncle Todd, Taylor, Noah, Olivia, Zoe, Grandnana, and who knows else. We were all ready to see the beach, since we had not gone in 2 years. We finally arrive there on Saturday night. Our days were spent either at the beach or pool. We played Monopoly Jr. and Uno. Noel and I decided upon recommendation by Jeff to watch 24. So we started with season 4. I think we finished the entire season in about 2 1/2 days. We are definitely fans now. We were excited to be back in the land of she crab soup, Chick-fi-la, Krispy Kreme, crab claws, and Little River Deli. All I can say about Krispy Kreme is 3 words HOT DOUGHNUTS NOW!!! Noel did get to play golf, and I shopped. We just had a great time doing nothing. As I mentioned in the earlier blog, Hannah was an adventurous eater on this trip. She tried fried alligator (I did as well), raw oysters eaten on a cracker with cocktail sauce, wings, and ribs. Emily was not so adventurous except in enjoying ice cream and doughnuts. Emily did become a better swimmer and learned to boogie board. So all in all we did have a great vacation and we are thankful for our church for letting us be gone for 2 weeks. Miles on the car 3200. So here is our picture of "we got to go to the beach and you didn't".
So I hope my blogging fans are happy with an update. I will try to update more often. If you start complaining again I may be forced to put up the above picture again.
Tuesday, August 08, 2006
So here is a brief synopsis of vacation -
- week with no children - quiet
- Greenbrier Resort - wonderful, #1
- 2000 miles on the car before we get to the beach - LONG car ride
- Myrtle Beach - fun, fun, fun
- our new favorite TV show - 24
Once VBS is over I will have a little more time.
Wednesday, July 12, 2006
I'm out of here. If you need us we are at the beach. See you in two weeks. Watch Noel's blog we might update from the beach if he finds something he would like to make fun of me with.
Saturday, July 08, 2006
Friday, June 30, 2006
My dear husband is surprising me with an early anniversary present. Since we will be traveling on our actually anniversary date we are celebrating while the kids are gone. We were trying to decide what to do, and he asked if he could pick it and surprise me. I said yes since this is the man who surprised me with New Orleans (preKatrina) and Cancun. He is taking me the fabulous Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia. WOW!! I can't believe. I thought maybe one day get to visit (especially the bunker), but never get to stay. Did you know there was a dress code to be on property? Well, there is. I have been given the go ahead to buy a dress for dinner. I have such a wonderful husband. This is second gift he has given me this year that has made me cry. It makes it really hard to be mad at him. I LOVE NOEL DEAR!!!
Wednesday, June 28, 2006
Sunday the 11th was Hannah's baptism. She was so excited about finally getting to have her baptism. Grammy was here to get to see it. Noel and I gave her a card and flowers telling how proud we were of her. I don't know who was more excited Hannah or Noel getting to baptize her. I also thought it was appropiate for her to wear last years camp t-shirt - "God's Word - Soak it up".
After Hannah's baptism I was trying to go back down the steps and lost my footing on the wet steps and fell backwards sliding down the stairs. The entire congregation hears Noel saying "Oh, no!", and they think Noel had fallen. Nope, it was me. I fell and sprained my wrist. So we will all have something to remember her baptismal day. You can read more of Noel thoughts on my fall at pastordear.blogspot.com.
I am trying to get better about updating. We are all just ready for the beach.
Saturday, June 17, 2006
Here is Emily's cake. She saw it on Martha Stewart and decided that is what she wanted. I know it is not exactly like hers on TV, but I think I came close. What do you think? So we can say we ate monkey for her birthday. Several of the kids wanted the ears, and one said no to the ears because of ear wax.
We survived 2 dance recitals. Hannah's only lasted for 3 hours and thankfully for Emily's we got to leave at intermission. Hannah and Emily both did a beautiful job on their dances. I was impressed with all the dancers in the entire production. Definitely a higher level of compentency and difficulties than our former recitals. We are also happy for reserved seating.
Now that dance is over we now focus on birthday party.
Monday, June 05, 2006
The day has arrived that Hannah has been looking forward to, the LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!! It is a busy week around the Dear house - school, dance practice and recital, birthday party, and many other miscellaneous things in preparation of mom's arrival (3 days!!).
This past weekend it is hard to believe that Emily is now 5 years old. She is no longer a preschooler. :( It just seems like yesterday she was a baby. For her birthday we got her a My Little Pony Celebration Castle and you can see in the picture how excited she was to receive it. WOW the number of little ponies at our house!
Noel and I are looking forward to next week, spending some time together at the Southern Baptist Convention. We hope we will get to see some of our friends from down south. Who thought I would ever say that? Mom is very excited about getting to stay with the girls and see some of the sights of Ohio.
For all of our friends from the deep south - COME VISIT!! Ohio, so far, is beautiful this summer, the grass is green and the flowers are blooming, and Noel is learning which golf courses are the nicest.
Friday, May 26, 2006
Last night was the girls gymnastics show. Picture 6 different classes doing their skills on different apparatuses at the same time on the hottest day in Ohio this year. We were glad the girls were at the same time on the same day but trying to watch them both was a little difficult. But all in all Hannah and Emily did a great job. They have improved from last year. Hannah can do a pull over, cartwheel, and many other things. Emily can do a front flip and back flip, while having fun, as well as other things. We are very proud of our girls.
Now we can look forward to the marathon dance recital practices. :\
Monday, May 22, 2006
Sunday Hannah's Dance pictures were taken. Since Emily's turned out so cute, I took Hannah's picture the same way. Oh, and by the way, Hannah's recital has been moved again back to Wedesday. So, 2 glorious nights of dance recital. :
17 days till Grammy arives!! :)
Monday, May 15, 2006
Due to the business of Noel on Sundays, we celebrated on Saturday. The girls made breakfast in bed for me as well as giving me their presents. They had made a beautiful necklace and watch with the help of Jackie Chico for me. I couldn't wait to wear them on Sunday, of which I did. It was just a nice day of doing what I wanted to do. Noel and the girls cooked all the meals, and even cleaned the kitchen. It is such a blessing to have a wonderful husband and 2 beautiful girls who love their mom. Noel also gave me a great present as well, an itunes gift card. To some that may not seem exciting, but I wanted some new tunes for my ipod. I don't workout without it.
This weekend all in all was a nice relaxing weekend of just hanging around the house, and not having to be anywhere except to go to church.
Update on dance recital info - Finally received the schedule of recital performances - they are both on the same night! :) !!!!!! And to boot mom will be here to see both of the girls dance. Counting down the days till moms arrival - 23 and counting!!
Monday, May 08, 2006
Hannah has requested these pictures of her golfing to be put on the blog. Noel is enjoying to get to play golf almost once a week. What do you think Hannah the next female Tiger Woods?
Oh, by the way these pictures were taken by Noel's new toy - Treo phone with email, video, and picture capability. Now I can bug him all the time with my email. As a friend calls it the electronic leash.
Here is an additional post from Hannah:
Yesterday I played golf with daddy. I had fun. I did pretty good.
Saturday, May 06, 2006
Friday, May 05, 2006
- May is a busy time of year. School is coming to a close and end of year recitals are starting to happen. We have 2 recitals to attend this year. For the first time the girls will be in a gymnastics show as well as their ballet recital this spring. So do you know what that means? - 2 costumes per girl plus pictures. We were at Emily's ballet practice yesterday, and we received our costumes for the recital and oh by the way pictures are tomorrow. Where is Angela Furgerson when I need her? I feel sorry for the mom's that have to work and then be at dance pictures after work with their little girl with their hair and makeup done. So our morning started early with me rolling Emily's hair. I don't know what to expect when Hannah's costumes come in. I am just praying they both do not need their hair rolled for the recital. I would like to say thanks to Donna Marie for working at the Estee Lauder makeup counter so we can get Emily's makeup done due to the fact that the colors Ms. Joan wants I do not wear. So the next few week of our lives are being filled with dance and gym recitals, pictures, school, and swimming lessons. I am just hoping we will get to fit in some family time in there.
- Last Sunday the girls were in the children's choir performance of "Father Know's Best". All the kids did a great job. Ms Deb, Laura, and Donna Marie did a wonderful job putting it all together. You can see pictures of the performance on the church's website. This is the first one in a while I have not been a part of. It was a nice break.
- I don't know who is looking forward to summer more me or the girls. We are all ready to go to the beach!!! I am excited about Noel and I going to the SBC Convention in North Carolina this year. Especially just to have alone time, while my mom flies in to keep the girls. Yes, you heard is correctly - my mom is getting on an airplane!!!! I am excited to see my mom as well. We have not seen her since August and we are counting down the days. While she is hear we are hoping she will get to see the girls dance recital, and she will also get to be here for Hannah's baptism.