That's right, our very own Sulphur Springs Wildcats won the State Championship in Class 4A football. These last couple of months have been really neat to watch 0ur small little Texas town back their hometown team and support them as they worked toward this state title. They have been in the playoffs for the last 4 weeks so it has been really exciting to keep up with our Wildcats....going to games, listening intently to games on the radio, and on t.v! The state Championship was yesterday in San Antonio at the Alamo Dome. We already had planned take the kids to Holiday in the Park, but Six Flags can wait....state championship games can't. So we took a group of 35 down to San Antonio for the game yesterday and had a great time. At first I thought we might be crazy. We left the church at 4 a.m. and didn't return home until a little after midnight. San Antonio is about a 5-6 hour drive, plus....remember traveling with 35 people....ya know eating and bathroom stops all take much longer! But we were so glad we went. I was told that our town pre-sold 15,000 tickets to the game, which blows my mind because our population sign say like 14,000. Needless to say....there were a lot of blue and gold in San Antonio yesterday! And thank goodness God provided us with safety and good travels. Congratulations Wildcats!
Ok, so I was tagged by Cindy Kirkpatrick! Ladies you know how this works, so here goes....
1. Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate?Definitely Hot Chocolate! I actually kinda like Egg Nog, but Hot Chocolate is way better.
2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree?This is a big dillemma this year. We are really wondering what Santa will do with Wyatt presents this year because when I was little Santa always wrapped his presents in matching paper but Russell says that Santa always just sat his presents under the tree. I am thinking Santa should wrap the small ones and set out the big ones.
3. Colored lights on tree/house or white?White on the tree for sure and this year we don't have lights on the house, but I really like the lights with just red and white.
4. Do you hang mistletoe?Nope......but we always did when I was little and that brings back so many memories!
5. When do you put your decorations up?The weekend after Thanksgiving. I like to have them up as long as possible.
6. What is your favorite holiday dish (excluding dessert)?Ham and chocolate pie
7. Favorite holiday memory as a child? Hearing my parents up on Christmas morning and running to wake up my brother and sister.
8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa? I don't know, but I think it later than most!
9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve? I always did presents with my grandparents on Christmas eve so yes.
10. How do you decorate your Christmas tree?Well...it WAS decorated in red and gold ornaments and many ornaments we've been given that are special, but it seems to look more and more bare every day. I keep finding ornaments in many places throughout the house, so many of our ornaments are on the kitchen counter for safe keeping.
11. Snow, Love it or dread it? I love it! Some of my favorite memories are of snow days playing with my family and friends.
12. Can you ice skate?Yes..it's lots of fun!
13. Do you remember your favorite gift?Kinda funny the only one I really remember is a little indoor basketball goal, I always got presents but I just can't remember specifics. I remember the basketball goal because we all played with it together that day.
14. What is the most important thing about the holidays for you?Keeping things in perspective of whole reason for Christmas and enjoying season of reflecting on what Jesus did for us that first Christmas morning.
15. What is your favorite holiday dessert?Chocolate pie
16. What is your favorite holiday tradition?Decorating the tree together as a family with a christmas movie or music on. That isn't exactly Russell's idea....but he endures.
17. What tops your tree? A Star
18. Which do you prefer - giving or receiving?Definitely giving!
19. What is your favorite Christmas song?Joy to The World
20. Candy Canes. Yum or Yuck? They are okay
21. What do you want for Christmas? Too see Wyatt open his gifts!
22. Do you attend an annual Christmas party? Yes...usually 2 or 3.
23. Do you dress up for Christmas Eve or wear PJ's? Dress up for Christmas Eve services then home to PJ's
24. Do you own a Santa hat?No.
25. Who do you normally spend Christmas with?We will spend Christmas morning with just us at home. We will go to Oklahoma that afternoon for Christmas with my family and then Christmas with Russell's family the next day.
Wow! This month is literally flying by! The last couple of months have been pretty busy with Thanksgiving, watching the Sooner's win the Big 12, and all the Christmas festivities that come along with this season. I love this time of year, but just wish the there was a little more time in every day. We are past halfway in this pregnancy....and doctor says it's gonna be a boy! We've known this for a while, I just haven't posted it. I am now 22 weeks and have started feeling the little guy move quite often. We have kinda joked that since Wyatt is such an "active" little boy that maybe it would be nice if this one was just a little bit more "laid back". Just kidding....I love Wyatt's spunk and wouldn't want him any other way. He is a lot of fun and always keeps us laughing. Last week I took some pictures of Wyatt for our Christmas Card and got some pretty cute pictures.....here are a few that we didn't use.
Okay...I know it was like a month ago. But....I just can't go on with other posts until I have posted about this boy's tractor birthday. He is still talking about his tractor birthday today. We had some family come down for the party which made it lots of fun. My sister and her son and my sister in law (my brother's wife) and her two boys came down for the big day. So we had a very busy house for a couple days. Wyatt doesn't get to be around them very often so it was pretty special to have them here and get to play . We also had some surprise guests, who we were sooo excited to see. Russell's brother Robert and wife Cindy came with their two kids Logan and Macey. It just made Wyatt's day...he asks to see Logan and Macey just about everyday now. Of course Mamaw and Papaw were here as well as some good friends from church. Here are some pics of the party....sorry for the overload.
Tractor Birthday Cake....Yes I made it myself. Note to self: writing with icing is very hard! Wyatt loved his cake!
Logan and Macey with Birthday Boy!
What is it??
Yea...it makes lots of noise!
Here are a few pictures of our time with my nephews before Wyatt's party....it got pretty crazy at times....but was so much fun!
Last year was Wyatt's first Halloween, but since we had church that night we decided not to dress him up. So this year made for the big man's first Halloween to dress up. My dad sent Wyatt a cute little monkey costume which he wore for a little while, but it did get a little warm, so we happened to have a few items on hand to throw together a cowboy costume. We went to a local school carnival with some friends and their two daughters. We did stop at one house...to see baby Cameron who was an adorable monkey!
Wyatt literally had a "hay day" today! We had a free morning this morning before the OU game so we decided to try and take Wyatt to a pumpkin patch. I had no idea what to expect and didn't know if it would even be fun for Wyatt. Well....turns out this is like a dream come true for an for a lover of outside, animals, and TRACTORS!
Wyatt started the adventure by picking out his own pumpkin to paint. It was a tough decision. Evidently the best way to pick a good pumpkin is to pick a few up and drop them to see which one is just right. Wyatt and his pick.
Then he got to paint his pumpkin....and this is kinda a tough thing for a almost 2 yr old....so Daddy helped. (I think Russell enjoyed painting the pumpkin more than Wyatt)
Then it was on the climb up the mountain of hay bails.
He made it with a little help from Daddy.
On top of the world!
The adventure included a face painting. I can't believe he sat still long enough to get one.
Next was the hayride...which was pulled by a tractor. If you know Wyatt very well....then you know he is pretty obsessed with tractors. He is having a tractor birthday here a few weeks.
Nothing like ending the trip with petting a few cows.
This was a great day for Wyatt. Of course he did not want to leave and threw a pretty big fit, but we had to get home in time to see the OU game.
Tonight we will be chaperones on a trip to Dallas in a red charger limo. We just had a big Friend Day at church and had a drawing for a limo ride to Dallas. We had 760 people at our church that Sunday....which is great for us. Our youth ministry had about 90 in Sunday School and a few more came to church. So we had about 100 students at church that day and one was saved that morning....it was a great day.
This little incident actually happened about three weeks ago, but I just haven't had a chance to put it on here yet. I was taking my shower and realized everything was just a little too quiet and I was not being bothered every 5 seconds by a very active almost 2 year old. So I decided I had better go and check on Wyatt and this is what I found.
When I found him sucking down this bottle of hershey's syrup I said, "Wyatt...what are you doing?" he simply replied, "Mama...chocate milk" He says chocolate soo cute, of course I couldn't hold back from laughing.
I just love the fact that he can now "help himself" to what he needs out of the fridge.
Well it's been a few weeks, but we recently had our annual Hopkins County Fall Festival here in Sulphur Springs. It is a pretty big deal, just craziness actually. This is when the whole stew contest takes place. We spent pretty much all day out at the festival, our church was passing our free bottles of water from one of the stew sites. Oh and also, the stew contest champions this year are from our church and happened to be whose stew site we were passing water out from. They won it a couple of years ago too, yea it's pretty good. It was a great weekend other than Wyatt running into this river/creek thing and Russell running in after him leaving them both soaking wet. It wasn't very deep, but there was a pretty good little current and thank goodness Russell caught him. After the stew contest we went and let Wyatt ride a couple of the little carnival rides they had there:
A little peek at the world champion of chicken stew.
Wyatt had a blast on this flying elephant???
Waving at Daddy
I have a picture of me and my mom just like this!
I think he was trying to put a move on the girl next to him.
Having one child has been such a blessing we decided to start thinking about a second. We always knew we wanted another one, but when was always the question. Well...evidently now is the time for a second. We found out we were expecting the second week in August, although I knew well before then from the symptoms I was having. We are thrilled and can't wait to meet this little one. I am particularly thrilled because I did not want to have to miss church camp, and if all goes to plan I won't have to.
Wyatt is not really old enough to get excited about this, but he does say he wants a sister. Now we really do not care either way. I think having two boys would be a lot of fun and possibly keep our life a little more simple, but then again I just wonder what RussellandCassie girl would be like. So I am totally trusting God's call on this one. Russell says he wants a boy, but that is only because he is scared of being whipped by a little girl. But if you ask Wyatt if he wants a brother or sister, he always says, "baby sister".
I am 10 weeks and we had our first ultrasound done yesterday. I was very surprised at how much has already taken place in this baby's development just at 10 weeks. It was moving all over the place. We could see it arms, legs, eyes, even it's little fingers. I am so amazed at the developments of babies. I am a nerd and I like to read about my baby's development as it grows, but it just amazes me.
So until April 23 (my due date) we are soaking up all of the time we have with Wyatt before this adjustment. Our main concern is how he will do, it may kinda rock his world at first! I know he will be a great big brother though.
Here are a few of the ultrasound pics from yesterday.This is a pretty good one....it kinda looks like a little teddy bear to me.
In this one you can actually see it's little fingers. That is the top of the baby's head with his hands out if front if you can' tell.
Well...this is my absolute favorite time of year...FALL. I love the cool weather and when the leaves change colors. I think I might even like the pretty fall decorations as much as I like Christmas decorations. Plus...fall usually means it is time to start listening to Christmas music. But the #1 one reason I love fall is because it means FOOTBALL. I love football and probably would have tried to play if my dad would have allowed it. I have grown up watching my brother's football games on Friday nights and then on Saturday watching the Sooners play. When I was in high school I was not able to go to many of Russell's football games because I had commitments to my school, but I got my way out of many of our games just so I could go see Russell in those tight pants. :) Last night we took Wyatt to a Sulphur Springs HS football game. He loved it...he was way excited. Clapping along with the band, trying to kick like the cheerleaders (i know that concerned me too.), and kept saying "Get em boys". I really hope he continues to like football all of his life.....sure I like other sports...but football is the most fun to watch. I forgot the camera at this game....so sorry no pictures.
Yesterday we did absolutely nothing. Well, I take that back. We did go to the Fall Festival parade, then went to buy gas and groceries to make our preparations for Hurricane Ike. We made all the preparations...so when it hit...we did nothing. Well Wyatt wasn't too big on this nothing deal he kept asking to go outside. We decided why not.....it was just a lot of rain and a little wind....no lightning or anything. So we let the kid be a kid and play in the rain. We made his day. He was sooo excited to explore in the rain. The news people made it sound like it was just gonna tear through Sulphur Springs so we were expecting much more than Ike brought us..which we are grateful for. It did bring a nice relaxing do nothing Saturday afternoon. Here is Wyatt out in the "storm".
Yea..that's right. I have received my first major blogging award. My sweet sister in law Cindy www.cindykirkpatrick.blogspot.com has given me this honor. :) We live in different states, but through her blog we have been able to keep up with their lives better. Logan and Macey are just adorable and I love to see their pictures of all they are doing. We just wish we were closer and able to be more involved! Thanks Cindy.
After reading a my friend Sherri's blog for several months I was inspired to start my own. Sherri was a good friend I made while living in MO. We don't talk often but are able to keep up with each other's life through our blog. She has recently adopted a little boy and I love to see pictures of his cute face. So first I must give this award to Sherri. Second, this award will have to go to the funniest person I think I have ever met, Jaime. We met Jaime and her beautiful family here at our church and just think they are great. It helps that she is a SOONERS fan too. She also talks alot about this red haired girl that is Wyatt's age whom he spends a lot of time with in the nursery. Third, this award goes to Krista an arm of our church living in Austria. Her and her husband are missionaries from our church serving in Austria. We have been able see them here in the states a few times. I always enjoy reading her posts about their daily lives and how the Lord is working in Austria!
Oh...by the way. I was going to give the award to my mother in law Marilyn. This is defintately Wyatt's favorite blog. Every time I sit down at the computer Wyatt says "Mamaw...Papaw...picture" There is a picture of them on their blog and he loves to see it. But after reading Pam's post I agreed that maybe it would be too much! So let's just say we give Marilyn the honorary Wyatt's pick award!
Wyatt loves fishies and tractors......he talks about them everyday. So last week we took him to Doyle and Helens ( a very sweet couple in our church) to fish at the pond. He had a blast...he even got to ride the tractor. Russell caught a bass and oh man....Wyatt was pretty excited!
This is Wyatt's new favorite toy. Russell's grandma gave it to him a few weeks ago. I guess it is kinda a lamp, but it looks like a tv that just has fishies scrolling along the screen. He wants to watch them every night before bed.
This weekend we had a youth activity....and Wyatt got to come and play too. We just had a day of water games. It was sooo much fun. We play a lot of these games at church camp....and just can't get enough of them. Wyatt had a blast....as you can tell.
Wyatt and some of his girls.
Going down our giant slip and slide. Yea he's in there somewhere.
My sister turned the big 30 last week....so we had a little surprise party for her. The party was fun....but the fact that we pulled one off on her was even more fun. All of our family was there along with her husbands family. Wyatt and I made special trip up there just for this. Since I don't get to see my family too often it is always a special time for me to spend with the family. Hope you had a good birthday Mya!
Here are just a few pictures of my family. I didn't get everybody's picture though.
Mya being surprised. (yea I know the pictures blurry...)