Monday, December 29, 2008

Lifelong Friends

Shelby and I made a quick trip to Memphis today to visit my oldest friend, Stacy, who was in town visiting her family for Christmas. Stacy and I had a good visit while Shelby and Jacob played. And before we left, Jacob and I played a couple games of Wii Bowling. How fun! It is always great to see Stacy - too bad it isn't more often. I thank God for the friendship we have shared over the years.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Christmas in Memphis

We got up Friday morning and headed to Memphis to celebrate Christmas with my family. My nephew, Justin, got married in October, and so we were excited to meet his wife, Brook. Blake, another nephew, also brought his girlfriend, Amanda, with him this year. We had quite a large group at my parents' house! After a delicious meal, we opened presents. Then we visited, played games, and took a lot of pictures. It was a great time with our family.

I have to tell you guys what a wonderful sister I have in this post. I called Nunda earlier in the week, asking that she give me her recipe for spinach dip, as I'd been craving it quite a bit. So, instead of just bringing me the recipe to Mom and Dad's hosue, my fabulous sister made me a huge bowl all for myself!! Oh, it is delicious! I have definitely been enjoying it!

Memphis Pics

Christmas Day

This Christmas was so fun! Shelby was so excited about all of her toys, and seeing what Channing and I got as well. This year she got to pick out presents for us. Shelby got a necklace for Daddy and a necklace with matching earrings for me. She made excellent choices! Our lunch wasn't your typical Christmas lunch, but still very good. Channing grilled steaks. We also had delicious baked sweet potatoes and vegetables. We played Shelby's new game together, Hi-Ho Cherry-O. That night we went to see The Tale of Despereaux. Shelby loved sharing coke and popcorn with Mommy and Daddy. The movie was great too! What a wonderful Christmas! Hope yours was as special as ours.

Christmas Memories

Christmas Eve

This Christmas, it was just the three of us. We've enjoyed having our parents with us in the years past, but this year was also very special. We went to the Christmas Eve service at church, which was lovely. When we came home, Shelby opened her new pair of pajamas, and Daddy read 'Twas the Night Before Christmas. After setting out cookies and milk for Santa, Shelby reluctantly went to bed. She knew Santa wouldn't come unless she was asleep, but was so excited she just didn't want to miss anything. Channing and I were watching a Christmas movie that had some bells ringing at the beginning. Shelby called me into her room, whispering, "Did you hear those bells?" She was so anxious for Santa to get here, she could hardly stand it!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Santa Picture

Monday, December 22, 2008

Christmas in Texas

We spent this past weekend in Texas, visiting family and friends. We met up with Channing's dad, John, for lunch one day. Shelby loves Popaw, and thinks his beard is so funny! We had a great visit with him as usual. We spent an evening with several of Channing's family, and it was great to see them. The food was excellent, as always! Shelby got so many great presents this year, including a baby grand piano that's just her size! It even has a microphone. She loves playing the piano and singing at the top of her lungs.

While we were in Texas, we were also able to go to a brunch for Paul and Julie McMullen, good friends of ours from Harding. They will be moving to Canada at the beginning of 2009 to serve as missionaries. It was great to see them, and hear a report of their preparations and plans once they move.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Big News

Just wanted to share with you all that I am pregnant! Today begins week 13 for me. We will be expecting our little one to arrive at the end of May. This is of course very exciting for us. Shelby is already convinced that it's a girl. We'll see!

Please be in prayer for our baby as well as for me during this pregnancy. Since Shelby was a month early, I am have a greater chance to have a pre-term delivery once again. We ask that you pray that I can carry this baby 37 weeks at the very least. Thanks!

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Shelby's Favorite Ice Cream Flavor

Friday, October 31, 2008


Thanks, Aunt Nunda, for the great costume!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Fall Festival

This evening was the annual Fall Festival that our church always has out at a member's house. We had a great time! Shelby got to paint a pumpkin, go through a hay maze, and ride a horse with Daddy. We also went on a hayride together! What a fun ending to a great weekend!

Shelby's First Camping Trip

Before Shelby was born, Channing and I went on several camping trips together. For some reason, we stopped going after Shelby came along. We finally took Shelby on her first camping trip this weekend. We camped at Heber Springs, and enjoyed some great time as a family! Shelby and I checked out the surroundings while Channing put the tent up and got the fire going. Then we roasted hot dogs over the camp fire. Shelby wasn't real crazy about the fire, especially when the wind would change and the smoke would get in her face before we could move. Of course, we made s'mores. Shelby LOVES s'mores, just like her mommy and daddy do! Before bed, we sang praise songs around the camp fire, which was Shelby's idea. We even stood up, clapped, and danced around. I'm sure it was quite a sight! Saturday morning, we had a yummy pancake breakfast, and set out to do some hiking. We had lunch, and even took a nap before loading things up. What a wonderful weekend!

Campsite Pictures

Hiking in Heber

Monday, August 11, 2008

I'm never getting this behind again!

We have been going so much these past few months that I haven't really had much of an opportunity to update the blog. So I've stayed up until the wee hours of the morning to get this done. A few posts had been made during the months of May and July, but none of those included pictures of what all we've been up to. So, sit back, and enjoy the ride of Summer 2008! Keep going until you get to the beginning of May, as I've dated the posts for when they actually happened!

I hope to give an update on some things Channing and I both have been involved in this summer, but these posts should keep you busy for now. I need to go to bed!

What Happens When You Go-Go-Go-Go....

A Couple of Cute Pictures of Shelby

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Summer Vacation

We've just returned from visiting some family in Atlanta, Georgia. Deidre's cousin, Tami, lives there with her family. (Shelby was the flower girl in Tami's daughter Amber's wedding last year.) We were there from Thursday afternoon to Monday morning and boy did we have fun! Thursday night, Amber and Kevin came over for supper. Shelby was especially glad to see them! (Channing and Deidre were too!) Friday, while everyone else was at work, the three of us went to the Georgia Aquarium. What an amazing place! Friday night we had dinner at Amber and Kevin's apartment. Kevin pulled out his guitar and played a little Johnny Cash. Shelby sang "The Ring of Fire" with him and even tried playing his guitar a little bit! Saturday, after spending over an hour in Downtown Atlanta traffic, the three of us met our friends Travis and Annie Smith and their kids at a fun Atlanta restaurant called The Varsity. That night we went to Stone Mountain with Kevin, Amber, and Nina (Amber's sister). There was a wonderful laser show, but Shelby did NOT like the lasers, fireworks, and loud music. We won't be doing anything like that again! Deidre and Channing did get to enjoy the show, however, because Amber held Shelby and covered her ears for us. (Thanks, Amber!) Sunday was spent at church, hanging out at the house, and taking a LONG nap! We were up Monday morning by 5:00 and had left Tami's house by 6:00. We had a wonderful time, but were very glad to be home!

Thanks, guys, for a great weekend! It was so good to see all of you!

Stone Mountain

Georgia Aquarium

Guitar Lessons are in her future!

We Love Our Georgian Friends and Family

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Cowboy/Princess Party

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Justin's Visit from Colorado

My nephew Justin is visiting from Colorado for a little over a week. Shelby and I made a quick trip to see him at my sister's house. I hadn't seen Justin in almost a year, and boy was good to see him! Shelby loved being with him too. He seemed to enjoy having her around too! While I was there, Morgan talked me into playing Wii Tennis with him. I quickly learned why he wanted to play that rather than Wii Bowling...He kicked my tail! I redeemed myself by beating him at Wii Bowling before it was time to go back to my parents' house for bed! Justin hopes to come home for Thanksgiving and/or Christmas this year. We weren't able to see him for either holidays last year or in 2006 since his was deployed then. He is supposed to be going back overseas sometime next year.

Saturday, July 05, 2008


Saw this on a blog tonight, and thought I'd do it myself...

A. Attached or Single- attached
B. Best Friend- Channing...And boy am I blessed having some really great girlfriends too!
C. Cake or Pie- Cake
D. Day of Choice- Sunday
E. Essential Item- Bible, Cd's
F. Flavor of Ice Cream- Breyer's Rocky Road or Baskin Robbins' Peanut Butter & Chocolate
G. Gummy Bears or Worms- Bears
H. Hometown- I was born and raised in Memphis, but Searcy is definitely home.
I. Indulgences- Mr. Blonde milkshakes at Midnight Oil
J. January or July- Hmm...that's a tough one. Usually July is stinking hot here in AR, but so far it's been great! :)
K. Kids- just one
L. Last movie I saw in a theater
- 27 Dresses...possibly a complete waste of my time
M. Middle Name- Camille
N. Number of siblings- one sister, one brother
O. Orange or Apples- apples
P. Phobias or Fears- losing someone that I love
Q. Quote- "You're my best friend!" ~ Shelby
R. Reasons to smile- God, Shelby, Channing
S. Season- fall
T. Tag 4- If you’re up to it....TAG, YOU'RE IT!
U. Unknown fact about me- I'm a lefty (I guess that's unknown)
V. Vegetarian or oppressor of Animals- Well, I'd say neither of these is true of me!
W. Worst Habit- spending too much time on Facebook (one reason for the lack of posts on here!)
X. X-rays or Ultrasounds- The ultrasounds I've had have been much better than x-rays! :)
Y. Your favorite Food- typically Mexican or Italian
Z. Zodiac- Pisces...but I don't go for that kind of thing.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Shelby's Birthday Weekend

Shelby's third birthday was Saturday. To celebrate, Channing's mom and sister Kim came from Texas. Deidre's parents, sister, brother-in-law, and nephew Morgan came from Tennessee and Mississippi. (No, they didn't all stay at our house! We don't have the room!) Lillie and Kim arrived in time for supper, dessert (notice Shelby is licking her bowl to get all the ice cream), and story-time. Shelby loved having Memaw AND Aunt Kim reading to her! Deidre's family joined us at the house on Saturday morning for breakfast. Shelby's birthday party was Saturday afternoon. We all played Wii Bowling together, which of course was lots of fun! And for supper we ate catfish at Georgetown One Stop. Woo-hoo!! What a treat it was to have both sides of the family here with us. Shelby sure loved every minute of it!