Christmas Day

Christmas day was truly amazing!!! I got to open the first present and I got the present that I have long been dreaming of. I got a Canon 50D, that’s right one awesome camera. I do have a lot to learn. I have been playing with it non stop. We all opened our presents and then had a wonderful breakfast. Every year at Christmas we do a blessing jar. My mother-in-law gets blank paper and we write down all the things we are thankful for for the past year and put them in a jar. Then we take turns around the table and draw one out to read them. This year we did something a little bit different. We had a separate piece of paper that we wrote one gift we would give to God for the year and on the other side we wrote one prayer we would like to have answered for the year. We then took turns reading our own and then all prayed over each person. It was so amazing. I will remember that moment forever and am so glad we added on to our tradition. The rest of the day we played lots of dominoes and just enjoyed each other. Oh and had a wonderful Christmas Day dinner.

Seattle, Washington

Next we flew to Seattle, Washington for a week to have Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with Sean, Shanna and baby Bradley. Kris's sister actually lives in Oak Harbor, WA, which is on Whidbey Island and is about 2 hours away from Seattle. So the first night we got to Seattle we stayed in a beautiful hotel downtown and went to an awesome seafood restaurant so I could get some yummy oysters while they are in season. Oh by the way, Seattle got record snowfalls when we got in and it hardly ever snows there so the roads were very dangerous. I feel like as I have gotten older that Christmas just doesn’t seem like Christmas anymore. I have to admit that the surroundings made it feel like Christmas. The next day we spent the whole day in Seattle walking around downtown. We walked everywhere because for one it is a city and it easier to walk in a city and for two we experienced enough fear the night before in the icy conditions that we felt safer on foot. We went to Pike's and a bunch of fun stores. Seattle is one of the coolest cities I am so thankful that I got to spend Christmas there.

Christmas in so many places

We had a wonderful Christmas this year. Kris and I had Christmas with his side of the family this year in three different places. We started out in Lockney, TX at Granny Andy and Granddad's house. We played lots of dominoes, opened gifts, ate lots of food and were entertained by Kris's little cousins. I also learned how to play 88 and I love it.

I also drew faces on Kris's cousins chins.


My friend Angie just tagged me!

These were the directions:

1. choose the 4th picture folder on my computer

2. choose the 4th picture

3. explain the picture

4. and tag 4 more people to do the same

This is a picture of little Avery in her pumpkin costume. I went to see her before Halloween and got her dressed up to take some pictures. In this picture she wasn't able to sit up so I had to lean her against the pumpkin.


Late Thanksgiving post

This year we had Thanksgiving with my side of the family and we will have Christmas with Kris's side. For Thanksgiving we went south to my grandma's house. It was so nice to see all my grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. It reminds me of old times and oh how I loved them, don't get me wrong I love life now as well. I also got to hang out with my sister and my beautiful little niece. Here are a couple of pics from Thanksgiving.


Bedroom Remodel

The bedroom remodel is complete!!!! I need to add some finishing touches but here are some pictures of what it looks like so far. Kris and I are loving our bedroom and bathroom. I feel like a princess when I take baths.


Perfect Pout

I had to post this negative of my niece Avery. She just had her three month pictures taken and the photography caught a perfect pouty face. She melts my heart.


Update and remodel

Well, it has been a long time since I have posted. There has definitely been a lot going on in our lives lately. We are doing pretty good right now. I have been soooo busy since school has started and Kris has been busy with work. I love my new class they are all so sweet. I am having to remind myself that my kidos are all new at this kindergarten thing. By the end of kindergarten they have come soooo far and do so much on their own. It is really more of an adjustment for me than it is them. Kris and I have also been playing a lot of golf, I am liking it more and more every time I play especially since I am getting better.
We have been demolitioning our house for a long time and are now finally getting to remodel. Right now we are doing our bedroom, bathroom and dining room. In the bathroom we have painted it and now the tile is being laid on the floor, shower and around the bath. In the bedroom we have painted it and are getting new carpet. In the dining room and entry we painted and are having wood floors put in. We are very excited about it all but most excited about getting our bedroom back. We are getting tired of the mess and sleeping in the guest bedroom. Here are some pics so far. I will post more later.


Aunt and Uncle


The last year Kris and I became an Aunt and Uncle to two beautiful babies. Kris's sister had Bradley Michael Merrit on October 25, 2007. He is already 8 months old and full of personality. My sister had miss Avery Brooke Aderholt on June 6, 2008. She is just perfect. She was born on my moms birthday, which is really cool.


10 year class reunion & the 4th

This last weekend we went to Kris' 10 year class reunion. It was a lot fun getting to meet everyone Kris went to school with. My reunion was also earlier this summer but I missed it because my niece had just been born. I can't believe that that much time has already gone by. While we were there I went golfing on my first full course with Kris and Brad. I did terrible, I need a lot more practice. Kris got me my first set of golf clubs. I hope to take them out a lot this summer.