Monday, December 28, 2009

Christmas happiness

Sweet girl on Christmas day

We went to my moms on Christmas eve....

Papa John and Grandma Denise came down

for Christmas!! It was great!

My sister Kris loving on Ashlyn

My sister Angie with her daughters new puppy
Ashlyn insisted that furry animal was a cat!!
tooo funny!

Hanging with cousins on Christmas eve

Howie has been a good boy this year too!

Silly Mason wanted a Michael Jackson hat
that he could wear while doing
the moon walk.....
Santa couldn't find a black one at the last minute
so here

Mason became obsessed with Michael Jackson

he passed away?!?

One happy little boy!!

This will look good on my truck, ha ha!

Enough pictures mom!

ohhhhh I got Lelli Kellie shoes!!!
Ready for Santa....

I love you Santa!

We hope that everyone had a very Merry Christmas
and we pray that you each have
New Year!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Silly ol' elf

brought cute stockings and candy canes...

Sunday, December 20, 2009

If Christmas was......

Legions post's party a hit with Kids
Salisbury post- story and pictures by Kathy Chaffin

If Christmas was a child, it might be Kaleb Fovian when he's dancing.

Entertainer Ron Johnson teased 7-year-old Kaleb about taking over his show when he began to dance at the Harold B. Jarrett American Legion Post 342's annual Christmas party Tuesday morning. Kaleb danced like a boy in love with life.

If Christmas was a child, it might be Maggie Fitzgerald when she says she's 13.

And how old will she be next year? Johnson wanted to know.

"Fourteen," she said, then "15" and "16."

"You just keep on getting older and older, don't you?" Johnson asked.

Maggie counted with great exuberance, still too young to think about getting old.

If Christmas was a child, it might be 8-year-old Bradley Hill when he's laughing.

He laughed with wild abandon at Johnson's antics at the party. It was a wide-open laugh with all his teeth showing and his eyes shining with joy.

If Christmas was a child, it might be Ashlyn Williams when Santa enters the room.

She watched his every move at the party, reaching out for him whenever he got close. When Santa handed her a gift, she gleefully tore the wrapping paper off the toy keyboard.

Then instead of playing with the keyboard, she seemed to take great delight in tearing the paper into little pieces.

About 50 students from the Exceptional Children's programs at Koontz, Overton and Shive elementary schools and Erwin and Southeast middle schools had a grand time at the party.

Phyllis Richardson, who chairs the Harold B. Jarrett Legion Auxiliary's Children and Youth Committee, said Post 342 has held the Christmas party every year for at least 25 years. Richardson said she worked with developmentally disabled children for eight years, "and I just love them."

Harry Garwood, chairman of the Legion Post's Children and Youth Committee, said the students look forward to returning every year. The highlight of the party is at the end, he said, when Santa arrives with a gift for each child.

Johnson, a magician/singer/ventriloquist from Burlington, was back for an encore performance as entertainer, commenting on how much some of the children had grown since he had last seen them.

Pulling students into his acts, Johnson did tricks, sang Christmas carols and performed with his ventriloquist puppets Eddie the Bear and Clyde the Human. The entertainer told the children he has a 63-year-old sister with cerebral palsy.

Johnson convinced Catawba football coach Radell Lockhart, an Exceptional Children's teacher at Southeast Middle, to help him with a magic trick. Lockhart followed his directions and tucked a scarf inside the front of his pants.

Then they each pulled an end of the scarf, bringing out a pair of men's striped bikini underwear. "Those aren't mine," Lockhart said as the children laughed.

Eddie the Bear, one of Johnson's sidekicks, told him he recognized a pretty girl at the party. He went on to tell Hannah Baker, a Rowan-Cabarrus student who was volunteering with her teacher mother, that she was his girlfriend and that he loved her.

Johnson and his puppets were a hit with children and adults alike. When he finished, they lined up for hot dogs with all the trimmings, potato chips, potato salad, ice cream and a drink.

Afterward, the children sat on the floor around the Christmas tree waiting for the main event — Santa Claus himself. The jolly man in the red suit, who also answers to Tommy Costantino, entered from the office of Nellie Troxell, secretary at the Legion Post.

Children waited their turns while Santa handed out presents to each one. Five-year-old Sarai Trinidad from Shive held onto her unwrapped present for a few minutes, basking in the excitement, before opening it to find a doll inside.

She smiled and held the doll lovingly to her chest. Ah, the magic of Christmas.

Story by Kathy Chaffin

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Monday, December 14, 2009

Dear Santa,

I promise I have been a very good girl
Love, Ashlyn
p.s. don't believe anything my
mommy tells you. I wasn't REALLY crying
in those pictures...

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Our gingerbread housey

I took a gazillion pictures with my new camera
I am not that great with it yet and
deleted about 10 of them :(
Here is the only one I had of Spenser and it is almost

Ashlyn started out pretty good this year
actually putting
on the house

Can you see the temptation growing in her???
After about oh, one minute
she started cramming candy
in her mouth.

She couldn't resist it anymore...
goodbye chimney!!!

She is as fast as lightning
no one could stop her!!


Monday, December 7, 2009


HOLY MOLY!! I started the "couch to 5k" program tonight. Yes tonight. I don't want to hurt anyone's eyes running during daylight hours. You take a fast 5 min walk, run, walk, run, walk, run, walk..... I downloaded a program on my IPOD that plays music and plays a jingle sound letting you know when it is time to run/walk... pretty nifty. You do the program 3 times a week and supposedly you will be running 5k at the end of 9 weeks. We.shall.see. I wasn't so sure I was going to make it through the first day, but I did - sore legs and all. It feels good making it through the first day because I am so stinking out of shape. Just FYI it will probably take me a lot longer than 9 weeks to be able to do this....but ya gotta start somewhere!!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

It's December 1st

It's December 1st and Mr. Jingles made his debut today..
he was found by Mason with his booty sticking out
of the Christmas tree!
Can't wait to see what goodies he brings and
what mischief he will get in to this year!!
Let the Christmas season begin!

Thursday, November 26, 2009


I hope that each and every one of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving day. I am so thankful for so many things. Number one, I am so thankful for a Heavenly Father who loves me despite my many imperfections. I do try so hard to please him, but end up failing him every day....yet he loves me and he tells me that he loves me in sooooo many ways. I am also thankful for my family and our health. The Lord has blessed me with a wonderful, hard working and loving husband. I am blessed with three beautiful children who I love so stinking much!! I am thankful that we have a warm home to live in, jobs to report to, vehicles that carry us there. We have wonderful and loving parents that give us support in so many ways. I am thankful for everything that the Lord has done for me and is going to do for me.

I am also thankful for people like this family , the Hollis famly. Their daugther Lydia who is only 11 years old, felt a tug on her heart from God to add little Darya to their family. Darya lives in another country in an orphanage where she lays in a crib with no one to hold her, love her, or sing to her. Darya has Down syndrome. But that doesn't matter to the Hollis family. They have two children with Down syndrome, one who is biological and one who is adopted. Lydia asked her mother if they could adopt Darya if she raised the money for the adoption fees. Her goal was to raise $20,000 by Thanksgiving, so Lydia set out on many fundraisers and collected donations. I'm sure people thought she was crazy when she told them how much money she had to raise in 8 short days. But guess what?? She did it! She went over and beyond $20,000 and now they are giving any extra over the $20,000 to another family who is adopting a child with Down syndrome. God is good and he is FAITHFUL!!! I just found her blog last night and of course my heart strings were pulled!!! I waited up until after 12 am to see if they had posted their final count but ended up going to bed when it wasn't posted. I woke up this morning to an awesome surprise!! Go look for yourself and see what an awesome job they did!! God bless the Hollis family! HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE!
Hollis family link

Monday, November 2, 2009

Halloween week

Started out the week decorating sugar cookies at school

Yummy Halloween red velvet cake balls.....

This little witch looks anything BUT thrilled.
She was supposed to be Sleeping Beauty but was not digging the sleeves
so I had to pull out a witch costume from a couple of years ago.

Gene Simmons showed up

The cow and the gangsta

He was just too cool to trick or treat with us this year....

Checking out the loot

Howard got in on the action too!