Thursday, December 10, 2009

Making Up For Lost Time




Lately, I have been so busy with all of the holiday stuff that I just haven’t had the chance to get a post on here. It’s been in the back of my mind for a while, and I have been so anxious to get this up, because I am so behind! Even right now I shouldn’t be writing this, because I have a final exam to take today that I really should be studying for. But then again, I have never claimed that prioritizing and time management are my best qualities! I am going to try to make this as short as possible, just to get myself caught up so I’ll be back on track. Enjoy!


Thanksgiving

Oh how I love Thanksgiving! I just LOVE to eat (like most of us), and Thanksgiving dinner is by far the best time of the year for stuffing my face. This year, it was extra special because it was my first Thanksgiving at my house. Mom came over the night before and helped me get the turkey ready. Turns out, mom actually did the turkey because I was totally grossed out by the whole ramming veggies into the cavities and massaging the turkey with butter. Uhh...totally “dross!” as Levi would say!! Anyway, Amanda and I spent Thanksgiving morning cooking and getting everything ready. It turned out great! The food was awesome, and we had plenty of leftovers to take on our weekend hunting trip!


The Spread



Daniel pigging out on the pudding.



Taylor, Amanda, and Eric



Pap-paw trying to get Levi to eat.



Junkman trying to get Levi to eat.



Nana and Taylor



Nana chilling out after dinner.


Eric got his first deer Thanksgiving morning! He killed this seven pointer...I am so jealous.






Hunting Trip

So after Thanksgiving dinner, Levi headed home with Nana (Caiden spent the weekend with his Grandparents in the mountains). I was pretty sad at first. I even cried and told Daniel I just wanted to stay home! But alas, I went on our trip without my baby and had an absolute blast. Daniel and his father are members of a hunt club in Columbus county, and they have a camper down there. I was expecting to kill my first buck, but no such luck. I saw a bunch of “not a damn things” as Eric put it. None of us had any luck...but we still had a great time. It was so nice to just relax and not really have a care in the world. We got up every morning around 4:30 and headed out into the woods and got out of our stands around 9:00. Both days I took a long nap (literally like all afternoon) which is a rare luxury for me! We would get back in the stand around 3:30, and get down around dark. It was super cold, but I really did enjoy myself. I wish I could go as much as Daniel does...it’s a totally different world down there. Even if the accomodations aren’t 5 star (see below), I would love to spend more time there! Other than the bone  chilling cold I think I did a pretty good job! 


The Camp (yes, I stayed here.)


And yes, this is the bathroom...


The road leading to the stands.



Me



The field.



The road leading into my stand...pretty creepy at night.



On the road to Daniel's stand. It was so pretty!



Junkman being silly.



I don't know why, but I was obsessed with these boots. I took like 20 pictures of them!



I only posted two :)



Daniel's lane.



My hubby throwing out corn.






Me and my hubby.



Daniel and his Dad.



Me and Junkman



So relaxing...



Me, freezing to death :)



Trying to stay warm in the camper.



Eric



Probably the reason I was obsessed with the snake boots. This snake was killed right outside someone's truck.



EEEEEWWWW!


Our Christmas Tree


We got our Christmas tree! I love Christmas...it is my favorite time of year. I love getting our tree and decorating the house, and watching Christmas movies and listening to Christmas music makes me super giddy! I always start way too early (like 2 weeks before Thanksgiving) and Daniel can’t stand it. But this year I had to wait due to finals and our hunting trip. Daniel, Caiden, and I had a lot of fun decorating it, and Levi had a lot of fun pulling off the ornaments as we put them on. Stinker. The tree has held up ok, considering the abuse inflicted upon it by the little Tank. Other than a few bare spots, and the fact that all of the ornaments on the bottom have been ripped off, it looks pretty good! :) I took a BUNCH of pictures, but for some reason,I can’t find them anywhere on my computer or my camera. I am so disappointed because I had some really cute ones of the boys looking at the tree once it was finished. Stupid technology...or maybe it’s the operator (I think that’s more like it!)


Caiden’s Birthday

What a blast!! If you don’t know Caiden, he is a sports fanatic. He plays just about everything his school offers...baseball, basketball, and football. For his birthday this year, the whole family chipped in and bought him his very own batting cage! How lucky is this kid?? We got a good deal on it...it was a steal, actually. Eric found it on craigslist and we thought it would be the perfect birthday present! Anywho, so we had a little surprise party for Caiden. I think he was pretty surprised! 


The guys working on the batting cage.



Taylor and Levi



Levi apparently took a tumble...



And ate some grass in the process!



The two Nana's



Summer and Taylor



Nana Weet and Pipaw



Blindfolded waiting for the surprise ("Is it a swingset, mom?")



"Yay!"



Awesome shot taken by "Manni" :)



And another...



Levi






Eric



Pipaw running the machine.



"Manni"



Me and my best bud Amanda



That is supposed to be a kiss...looks like I smell something stinky :)



Me and Lindsay



Summer catching the sun.



Caiden catching the sun.



Caiden opening his cards.



Still trying with a little monkey on his back!



With his new ramp from Nana and Pap-paw, and Pop looking on.



Caiden's army cake!



Today is (hopefully) my last assignment for my cultural studies class. As long as a make an A on the exam that I have to take tonight, I will have an A average in the class which makes me exempt from having to take the final. I am keeping my fingers crossed...

This weekend Amanda and I will be taking our Christmas pictures. I am super excited! We all went out and bought new clothes, and Amanda has created a little studio for us with a backdrop and lights and everything! I can’t wait to see how they turn out...and how Levi decides to act that day. Those of you with toddlers know that it is damn near impossible to get a decent picture of an almost 2 year old!

I am going to finish this post with a few pictures I snapped of Levi the other night...don’t look at me, I look like crap, but Levi is too cute!





What a face!









Ha ha! No caption needed.



"Cheeeeeeeese!!"







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