Tuesday, December 30, 2008

"The Best of" Christmas 2008

Best new tradition:

Best old tradition: Going to the candlelight service at church with the Fosters. It was very touching.

Best present that took ten times longer to put together than it did to destroy: (You can see in his eyes that he wants badly to destroy it.)

Best World War II era present:

Best present overall for the kids: There were lots. But I think the scooters and the remote control car won.

Best present for the adults: Jackson got his training wheels off. We were all so proud.

Best Darth Vader impersonator:

Best DVD watched (so far): The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

Best movie at the theater (so far): The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Best DVD that the kids watched over and over: The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything

Best Idea: Playing in the pool on the day after Christmas!

I love that you can see the snowman in the background.

Best memory: After eating more than his share of fudge...Lukey running laps around the downstairs singing "Hark the Herald Angels Sing" over and over and over and over and over...

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Recent PIctures and Movies

The boys had their Christmas pageant a couple of weeks ago.

Jackson sang every word of every song, and yes it sounded that loud in person too! He did a good job. Jackson's class were shepherds and the 2-year-olds were sheep.

Putting up Christmas decorations.

Roasting marshmallows in the backyard.

And last week we were fortunate enough to have an appointment with Tanya (Cozy Impressions Photography) to have our family pictures made. As always, she did a great job and made everything seem fun and effortless. Here is the slideshow from our photo session and the link to her blog.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Thank You

Thank you to everyone who participated in my Christmas memories blog experiment and to my mom who shared one of her memories with me by email. I enjoyed reading all of your stories. And now the whole world wide web knows that my brother, David Foster, can be nice when he wants to be. (j/k Davey) I hope everyone makes more happy memories this year!

Monday, December 8, 2008

Christmas Memories

Now that I have kids, I'm always thinking about their memories. Like, I wonder when they'll start remembering the holidays and what their best memories will be. My guess is that they won't remember every little present, but they will remember time we spent together and weird, random things that you wouldn't expect. Below are some of my favorite Christmas memories and traditions. (BTW, these aren't in any order, they are just the first 10 things I thought of.)

1. We used to always pull out the projector and screen on Christmas Eve and watch all of our old home movies.

2. My Granny would spend the night on Christmas Eve even though she lived in the same town as us. I remember coming into the room and hearing her breathing in her sleep. I thought she sounded like Darth Vader (in a funny way, not a scary way).

3. I remember going to my Meme's house and heading straight for her buffet to see if the little crystal dish had her homemade date-loaf in it. Sounds gross, but tasted GOOD.

4. I remember getting some really cute, corduroy knickers one year that I loved and wore all the time. (Remember knickers?) I think my mom actually made them, and I can picture myself on my Meme's couch wearing those knickers - so happy.

5. I remember that our stockings were always stuffed with a lot of fruit every year! We had other little presents in there too, but the fruit must have been an easy and cheap way to fill that sucker up.

6. Seems like there was always a big jigsaw puzzle laid out on a card table that everybody worked on during the days at home after Christmas.

7. One year my sister and I both had the chicken pox at Christmas. Our brother was the only one who had any fun because he had them a week or two before and was already well. I'm not sure I remember this actual event as much as I remember seeing the pictures (and home movies) of my sister and I in our matching pj's looking really sad.

8. We had an artificial Christmas tree and I remember pulling it out of the box and putting it together every year by matching up the color-coded branches with the trunk. I can picture most of our Christmas decorations and exactly where they were in our house year after year.

9. Food staples: ham, cheesy potatoes, pecan pie, gum-drop cookies, fudge, trash.

10. I remember the unfortunate time that I got busted for peaking into my presents before Christmas Day. Doh! My secret tradition became a painful memory. haha

Share your favorite tradition or Christmas memory. For every person who comments on this blog post, I am going to donate $10 to Central Texas Children's Home.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Vote for Healthy Child

Healthy Child Healthy World is entered in a contest on The JB and Sandy Show. They get celebrities to call in to 94.7 and talk about a charity and then you vote on your favorite celebrity. Brooke Shields called in for HCHW, and if she gets enough votes they will win $20,000. Please click on this link to read more or click here to get connected to the page where you register and vote for Brooke Shields!!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008


Our Thanksgiving pictures can be found on my Flickr page, but here's a little taste of what our week was like:

Monday, December 1, 2008


I'm just starting to download pictures from Thanksgiving and found this cutie from before we left.

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