Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Sick Day ~

This week hasn't been the best. Emma was home Monday and Tuesday with a virus (Emma is NEVER sick by the way). And not wanting to be outdone by her big sis, El woke up this morning with a 103.3 temp! Emma seems to be feeling a lot better.....El, not so much. This is what I found when I got home from church this evening. Doesn't it break your heart!? Hopefully tomorrow will be a lot better!!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Emma ~

I have moments, every now and then, when I see her standing a certain way or doing something and it hits me, just how fast she's growing up! I had one of these moments Sunday morning before we left for church so I decided to take a last longer! Isn't she pretty!?

Another Fun Sleepover ~

Emma invited her friend Abby to sleep over Friday night! We always have fun when Abby comes over! They spent most of the night eating pizza and playing Wii Mario kart and then stayed up until 2am giggling and watching movies (typical sleepover stuff)! When they finally woke up Saturday morning, they had a gourmet breakfast (frosted cheerios and cinnamon rolls) and then Jeb took them to the movies to see "Hotel For Dogs"! You'd think, after all of that, they'd be worn out........think again! Emma was bouncing from one end of the house to the other after Abby left! I, however......took a long nap!!

Monday, January 26, 2009

More bath time fun ~

El LOVES bath time.......
......for the first 15 minutes!

" that SOAP in my hair?!"

The Fun's over at that point......

......and then it's "get me out or you'll be sorry!"
And THAT is how our bath time goes.....EVERY NIGHT!

If Jumping Rope was an Olympic Sport....

.........Em would take home the GOLD!

Life's better......

........with powdered doughnuts!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Locks of Love ~

Emma has decided that since she has been blessed with such a fabulous head of pretty blonde hair, that she is going to let it grow out and give it to Locks of Love! Like most of Emma's ideas, I'm not sure where this one came from. However, it is a very generous and selfless idea for a 7 year old! Until now, she's ALWAYS had short hair (and got tons of compliments on it)! While I am so proud of her for making this commitment, I must say that maintaining this long, very THICK hair is a chore! It's been growing for almost 2 months now. We only have about 8 more months to go to get enough length for Locks of Love! I'll post more pictures as it gets longer!

Monday, January 12, 2009

PGHS Class of '99....

.....It's time for our 10 year CLASS REUNION!! I can't believe it's already been 10 years......we're old!! We're in the process of trying to contact everyone, which is proving harder than we thought! So......if you're reading this, and you or someone you know graduated in our class, please send us your contact info (, phone #)!! Spread the's going to be a great night!

You can email:

me @
Lauren (Moore) Armstrong -
Matt Williams -
Kim Hydrick -

We're looking forward to hearing from everyone!!

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Emma's New Bling ~

I finally gave in and took Em to get her ears pierced today! She's been asking for a while now, but the closer we got to having it done I could tell she was starting to think twice! But she didn't back out.....she actually did great! I was so proud of her! Although I hate to see her growing up so fast, she sure does make a beautiful young lady!!!

"Like this, Sister??"

She's learning! At this point, I think she likes to eat the toothpaste more than actually brushing her teeth......but at least it's a start!!

Story Time ~

One of the few things that Emma and Ella have in common (other than looking identical) is that they both LOVE books! Lucky for El, she has a sister that actually knows how to read them (and is willing to do so).

Friday, January 2, 2009

Christmas at the Lamons ~

Rounding out our Christmas festivities for 2008 was Christmas with my family in Birmingham! It's one of the few times that we're able to be there together! It gets a little crazy, but I don't think any of us would have it any other way! This year's highlight was when Ella was introduced to Molly, my Mamaw and Papa's shih tzu! That child isn't scared of anything! She kept leaning over so Molly could lick her head (gross, I know..but hilarious!) Her hair was standing straight up (think "Something About Mary").

I love spending time with my sisters (contrary to what they might think). I love sitting around with them talking about stupid things we used to do and laughing so hard that we're all crying! This year is probably going to be our toughest yet, as a family. With the devastating news that Loni and Justin received, it definitely made Christmas bittersweet. Fortunately, we all know what the true meaning of CHRISTmas is, and it's because Christ was born that we have somewhere to turn when times get hard! We are, and always will be, a strong family and with the guidance of Christ and the comfort and support of wonderful friends and family, we WILL get thru this together!

Happy New Year to everyone!

Christmas 2008 ~

Well....Santa has yet to disappoint! Emma and Ella had a great Christmas, as I'm sure you can see! I'm also sure that most are wondering why in world Santa left Emma those 2 old paintings! Emma learned about them a few months ago in art class at school. She read a book that told all about "Blue Boy" and "Pinkie" and, in true Emma fashion, she had to have them! She thought they were so "cool"! (If you haven't noticed yet, she doesn't think like your typical 7 year old.) So I went to the only place I could think of where I might be able to buy these 2.....EBAY! She was so excited and a little shocked when she saw them! Things are never dull when Emma's around!!

Christmas Eve ~

Since moving to Auburn meant no more Christmas Eve nights at my Mamaw and Papa's, we had to start our own tradition. So, after we get home from the candlelight service at church (my favorite part of Christmas) we begin constructing the annual gingerbread house! Emma's become a pro at putting together the "gingerbread house in a box". Next year she said we need to do the "real thing"! I'll let you know how that one turns out! Of course, Ella had to get in on the action.......until she started taking off the gumballs that Emma had strategically placed.....she couldn't be trusted after that!

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Christmas with the Jones ~

Our Christmas actually began the weekend before, in Eufaula. We had a great time spending time with family, exchanging gifts, and of course, eating! As always, the girls got lots of great gifts (Jeb and I didn't do too bad, either). It was a great start to our Christmas Week!

Uncle Jeremy Graduates ~

In the midst of all of the Christmas happenings, another very important event took place. Jeremy, Jeb's little brother, graduated from Auburn! See?....anythings possible! Just kidding, Jeremy! We're so proud!

CWES "Winter Wonderland" Program ~

Emma's school has a Christmas program (or "holiday" program) every year. I must say, she sang beautifully (and looked pretty cute, too)! Since the entire school participates in the program (and they insist on only having one, instead of splitting it into two performances) it was PACKED with parents, grandparents, etc. I did my best to get there early, but it wasn't early enough. Hopefully you can spot Ms Em......she's the cute one on the front row, wearing a white top and red skirt!

Catching up...Again ~

One of my resolutions for the new year is to update my blog weekly....I Promise! Well...I have a lot cover, so here it goes!

Christmas on the Railroad ~ Downtown Opelika

Ella, singing with the carolers ~

Emma, mailing her letter to Santa Clause ~