Christmas 2008

Christmas 2008 has come & gone! Here are some 'hi-lites' and other fun notables:
* Anderson set out "reindeer food" on Christmas Eve in addition to the cookies for Jolly ole' St Nick
*To no-one's surprise, Anderson arrived in our room at 5:20 - UGH! We held him off til 6ish....
*Anderson was utterly delighted with the Hulk Hands he sooo desperately wanted for Christmas
*Carter moved quickly to his new 'Cozy Coupe' car and spent most of the morning in his new vehicle!
*I set fire to my mom's oven while baking my monkey bread - didn't think to put a pan underneath the tube pan! Oh well -live & learn (all was salvaged & quite yummy!)
*On the road to Charlotte by 9:30am - Anderson sat in the car for 45minutes or so - just waiting for us to get ready - he was sooooo excited to get to Charlotte to hang with his cousins!
*Christmas with the Judds was fun, as usual. Anderson spent most of his time wrestling with Benjamin
*My mom's side of the family had a reunion in Charlotte too - we got to spend Friday evening with them and most of Saturday. It was great to see everyone - it doesn't happen too often. My grandparents Nana & Poppa were there making it extra special. This was their 1st time meeting Carter....
*Carter became feverish on Saturday and we had to cut our visit with my Mom's side a bit short to get home for early bedtimes, etc. He's still not doing too great.... tis the season, I think!

All & all we had a great Christmas! I'm always so glad to see this joyous season come, but always ready to get back to routine after the cheer has worn off a bit! Here's to a wonderful New Years!!!!
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RaNdOm Christmas cHeEr!!!

RaNdOm Christmas cHeEr!!!

Yesterday Carter just sat in front of the Christmas tree and if he could speak he would have said 'take my picture please' - it was so funny - so of course, we obliged (with the barely dressed Rudolph)

Since yesterday was Rudolph day at school, Anderson decided he wanted to draw Rudolph. Before you get too excited - I drew Rudolph's body & antlers - but the face and name "Rudolph" are all courtesy of Anderson

Recently I've let Anderson start taking the occasional picture with my camera (what have I done?) - I thought this pic of the Christmas tree on his table at preschool turned out pretty good.....

At Anderson's Christmas party today we got to make Rudolph candy canes - here was our finished product 'tah-dah'!!!!
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A visit from Rudolph!

Look who I picked up from preschool today -I thought I was picking up Anderson - but instead this little red-nosed reindeer got in my car instead!!!!!

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Dress up time!

For years I've lamented that I never get to 'dress-up' or go anywhere I get to put on a dress- - the companies that Mark & I have worked for have not had the traditional Christmas party but more laidback personal get-togethers. Enter Mark's new company - his company rolled out the red-carpet - they had a cocktail party complete with a 12 person cover band (including dancing singers) - it was neat to be able to 'dress-up'. Some friends know that Mark is a great dancer, and yep - he got to break out some moves last nite!!

all dressed up with somewhere to go!
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Seeing Santa....

We were so excited to learn that Santa would be sneaking away from the crazy malls and would make himself available for a couple of hours at a local bank. It was a great way to see Santa -no line and Santa brought Mrs. Claus with him too - there were cookies and popcorn and lots of friendly elves nearby. Mommy hopes to see Santa here in future years too!

This was Anderson's 1st time approaching Santa without hesitation ... he was prepared with his 'wish list' - - Hulk Smash Hands and Lego Star Wars video game (hmm Katy, where did he get those ideas from? ; ) I've already had to educate Anderson that Santa is very aware of what Mommy & Daddy will allow him to give....

Carter was not interested (at all) in going to Santa - as long as I was holding him he was somewhat content, otherwise, very very afraid
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A busy "hump" day

Anderson had another "1st" day of preschool as he started at a preschool local to my parent's in ATL- he goes 3 days a week - Wed, Thur & Friday from only 9-12. He just walked right on in yesterday kinda like -come on, Mom- I've done this before!! He was happy as a clam and made himself right at home though would not oblige me with a photo with his new teachers. Oh well! I'm excited because I'm going to get fed too - next week I'll start in with the same church's MOPS program, and then in January I'm seriously considering joining in a Beth Moore study - Esther. I know that Beth Moore studies can be pretty rigorous (not from personal experience) but from many friends & family - but I think the timing is right and I think my Va Beach buddies will be doing the same study too - so it would be neat to do it together (kinda!)....

From Anderson's 1st day of school, we zipped home to eat a quick bite, I layed Carter down for a few minutes, then we headed to the doctor's office for Anderson's 4 year check-up. As I suspected, he checked out great. He's still a peanut - 10%ile for height, 25%ile for weight but the doctor was pleased with his health. Lord, thank you for the health of my boys!!!!

After we got home for a moment I decided I wanted to go to a class at the YMCA - mind you I'm still in mourning over the fact that they don't have Zumba, but I thought I would try a step class. Wow- I felt really uncoordinated! I had the stamina for the class, but hopefully the coordination will come later - I was really having a hard time keeping up with all the new steps! Hopefully Next time I'll get the swing a bit more!


Carter & William - a friendship in the making!

My friend Caren & I scheduled our 1st playdate with our boys - Caren is a dear friend from college - we spent a summer abroad together in France. After college we were roomies and we were both bridesmaids in each other's weddings. One of my 1st things I was exciting about doing in ATL upon our return was a playdate with our little guys. She has a 13month old - William - he's about 4months or so younger than Carter - so I know they will become really good friends -just like their mommies! This was their 1st real playdate and it went pretty well!!!

Here's Carter trying to give William a hug...

Here's Caren with our little ones - William & Carter

I'm also excited that I introduced Caren to one of my favorite things - Chai Tea Lattes at Starbucks - and she liked it!!! Yeah, another friend corrupted!!!
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an un-traditional Thanksgiving

Our last Thanksgiving in Va Beach started off at 6am - I headed downstairs and started whipping up my contributions to the day's feast - pumpkin pie, sweet potatoes & cranberry casserole, squash casserole. After I whipped those up, I proceeded to pack and clean non-stop until it was time to head to Paul & Rebekah's for Thanksgiving meal. The boys went on early to Paul & Rebekah's to have fun with family and also to give me and Mark some dedicated time to get the house in order. It's an interesting move when you only pack half of your home - - what's even more fun is making sure that the home still looks in 'showing' fashion. After stuffing ourselves with the feast, we got on the road. We stopped for the nite in Charlotte (thanks Brian & Monica) to rest and recharge, then drove the rest of the way to my parents' home in the ATL.

Here's the Judd caravan on Thanksgiving day - me & KatieBeth are driving (you can't see us), but there's Cathy driving the Infiniti, Scott driving their van, and Mark driving the good ole Penske! As you can see it was a great day for driving and the boys were great. (gotta love Kung Fu Panda!)

We were able to get settled in my parents home rather quickly, and suprisingly we're not as cramped as one would think! Anderson & Carter are sharing a room and that's going pretty well though we've had to do some major 'don't wake your brother' training in the mornings....

the boys "temporary" living situation

All in all, while it was a non-traditional turkey day, I was able to reflect during our drive about how thankful we are - for our health, our happiness, our friends & family - both near & far. The Lord has blessed us sooooo.....
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our last days in Va Beach

The week of Thanksgiving was a bit of a whirlwind for the Judds...

I worked my last 2 days at NS on Monday and Tuesday - my colleagues took me out to lunch on Monday and presented me with a cake, card & Tiffany bracelet to say 'see ya later'. It was nice - I thought I was going to be a bit more tearful over the potential end of my career, but was instead excited about what the Lord will be doing in our lives! I finally became teary as I said goodbye to my dear friend Barb in the parking deck, but other than that - it was pretty anti-climatic. I think there was so much 'maybe' going on regarding my work situation that I didn't fully grasp it.

Wednesday was Anderson's "last day" at Greenbrier. They had a Thanksgiving dinner with the parents and we were able to bring Mark's parents & sister (Katie-Beth) with us. We were sad to part with Greenbrier Christian - we had an amazing experience there and we knew Anderson would miss his friends and teachers... Another goodbye out of the way...

Anderson "happy" as an indian - Mommy & Daddy fashioned his vest & hat - he liked them before getting to school....

Notice the scowl on his face - he was not happy that he had to wear his vest - notice his other friends not donning them.... aha - peer pressure. ugh

Ryan and Anderson - best buds

Our church had a Thanksgiving eve service on Wednesday nite so we made an affair out of it - we met our friends there for one last 'farewell' dinner and enjoyed fellowshipping one more time before the official goodbyes would get underway... After the awesome worship service, the tears began - actually they began mid-way thru the service when I turned around and saw Jen getting weepy - then it was all over for me. I tried to focus on how 'thankful' I was that the Lord had brought the Judds to Va Beach for a reason - and I believe that reason to be the amazing friendships that awaited us there.

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Goosebumps and the story of the prodigal croc

This will have to be a picture-less post as I can't yet use my laptop from my parents home and the batteries in my camera are dead. Have lots of pictures to post later, but first a few comical tidbits to share....

Anderson & I are just chatting when all of sudden Anderson tells me "Mommy, you have goosebumps!". I'm thinking 'no I don't' but I go ahead and ask him more - and then he points to my face to a couple of ahem, pimples I have!!!!!!!! Can you believe that! Now my 4year old is pointing out my blemishes! Too cute - I didn't bother to correct him - I mean who wants their 4year old to have 'pimples' or 'zits' in their vocabulary!!!! ; )

Many friends know that over the summer, my sweet little Carter adorned a pair of Crocs - I loved those things - so easy to take off and on, easy to wash off, etc. Well, after a trip to Charlotte back in late summer one of them went missing - it was during our roadtrip so we assumed it fell out at some random gas station and that we would never see it again. Mark & I searched the car hi & low and finally gave up hope. I was laughing with my friend Jen a couple weeks ago that I was still holding on to the orphaned croc - still hoping that somehow the other croc would somehow 'show up'. Lo & behold, as we're loading up our car for the big move, guess what shows up!!!!!!!!!! So silly how I excited I was over the silly shoe, but I guess it shows me to always hope!!!