what a special Christmas we had this year! both sets of our parents came to visit and help us settle in to our new house. we will never forget Christmas of 2009. i wish it could've lasted a little longer...
freddy, making things right. it's not home without our American flag flying
woke up one morning to a winter wonderland. even apache loves it!
i had decided we would probably go without a tree this year. too much trouble... thankfully, our amazing new (retired air force) neighbors brought us an extra tree they weren't using. you've gotta love the air force family!
what was i thinking? i'm SO glad we had a tree for this little girl.
MERRY CHRISTMAS! or as laurel says "mini crispin!" here you see her a) prancing around with her new purse that the bham johnstons sent her (thank you, we love it!), b) unwrapping a new (to her) baby doll - i love pat and freddy's facial expressions, c) helping pops unwrap his new elephant, and d) "helping" daddy unwrap more presents
concentrating, posing, and being very silly
laurel was thrilled with all of her presents. she is pretty much obsessed with the play kitchen our parents gave her, she loves her new table, and she throws a fabulous tea party, thanks to B...
our new house started to feel like home. the kitchen got quite a workout. we FEASTED...
we PLAYED a little...
we even went for a (freezing but beautiful) walk outside
we CELEBRATED by having an amazing dinner at the broadmoor. thanks, pops!
cheers to you, daddy
our garage. WOW! all of these would still be in the house if not for our incredible parents. THANK YOU SO SO SO SO MUCH. i hope y'all know how much we love and appreciate you!
we got to spend a few nights in texas with kissy and buddy.
we always love being in colleyville!
our ugandan friend frank is touring the U.S. with the watoto children's choir. we didn't think we were going to get to see him, but miraculously, they happened to be at a church just minutes from pat's parents' house that week! if you hear that they are anywhere near you, GO see them. you will not be disappointed. it was SO GOOD to see this dear brother. we love you, frank!
back in hattiesburg, extreme (ha) things were happening in our neighborhood. the 3 of us took a walk one morning...
(yes, this is one of my favorite pictures of all time)
and when we came back around the block, ty pennington's bus was parked in front of our house!
that's our neighbor's house, which was selected for an extreme home makeover. and that's OUR house behind the bus and the police escort.
what an amazing thing to watch! our neighborhood was a ZOO that week. and yes, this was the same week we were moving to colorado. i had to slip away frequently and document what was happening just 3 doors down.
the crew and the local volunteers worked all day and all night to get the house finished on time. it's incredible how quickly it all happened. it was a nasty week for south mississippi. it rained almost constantly - and even SNOWED!
adam and lp and payne brought over VIP passes one night (adam's ashley home furniture store furnished the house), so we got to visit the VIP tent. saw ty and christian slater and the crew from a distance, but didn't meet any celebs... except for my friend nick mcclendon. we actually caught him working! :)
this is what the house looked like when we left town. it was SO muddy and gross. i wish we could've been there for the "move that bus" reveal.
here's a picture i found online of the new house. isn't that amazing??? supposedly it's the "greenest" house in mississippi. i'm so happy for the family. be sure to watch the show and to hear their story sometime in february or march...
we had a blast with the johnston family in tupelo. it's always so much fun with all these cousins. thanks pops and abbi!
two peas in a pod, caroline and lucy. i love the photo on the bottom right. do you think they were worn out? ha!
this makes me happy. uncle and laurel working a puzzle. i LOVE watching my big brothers love on my baby girl!
tough to get a good group shot...
i like this one. laurel knows there's something different about that oldest cousin... the ONLY boy! (by the way - i fixed all the red eyes in this photo, but i guess it didn't transfer onto blogspot. grrrrr)
thanks to barbara, we got a Christmas card shot while we were there. if you didn't get one, forgive me! i didn't send out many, and life's been a little crazy lately, to say the least...