Monday, December 31, 2007

What a Night!

Brian had a lock-in at church with the youth group last night so he was up ALL night and came home exhausted. He went to bed about 8:00 and said to wake him up at lunch time. My night, while not quite as bad as his, wasn't fun either! I've had trouble sleeping the last several nights and last night was no exception. I finally went to bed about midnight and thought I was feeling tired, but then Camden woke up and asked if he could sleep with me. I thought, why not! So up he came. But as usual, he tossed and turned, kicked me in the ribs, whispered to me, etc. Finally a little after 2:00, I made him go back to his own bed. He hadn't been to sleep all that time either, but still woke up at 6:00! How does a 4 year old survive on so little sleep. I sure can't! So I think I'll be spending my last day off from work camped out on the couch relaxing and I'm definitely taking a nap!

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Of Course

Of course - Camden's new favorite phrase. We've heard this more times than we can count in the last few days. He starts or ends almost every sentence with it. Last week it was "actually." This week it's "of course."

This has been a very quiet day. We took down the tree and all the decorations this morning, which took a good 2 hours. After we vacuumed up all the tree needles that fell, our house smelled like a pine forest! Brian made another run to Clarksville to pick up paint for the nursery (we FINALLY decided on the right shade of yellow), exchange the Wii game he bought yesterday, and run into Walmart for a couple of things we forgot Thursday. He also decided to get the car washed, and the brushes knocked off the driver's side mirror! Thank goodness there was someone there who could vouch for him that it was fine before he entered the washer. I'm hoping it won't be too big of a battle to get them to pay to have it fixed.

Camden and I worked on Thank You cards this afternoon for a bit, but he was NOT in the mood to write his name over and over again so we put them aside for another time. This is something I've always wanted to do with him because I think it's a very good habit to get into, but I think he's a tad young to get the concept. We're going to finish anyway though!

Brian and Camden have spent HOURS in front of the Wii today while I've scrapped, but I think it's about time to put it away for the night. I cooked beef stew and it's ready so we'll eat supper and then slow down for the evening.

This page uses a picture of the entire family that I took last Sunday after church. It was snowing and about 10 degrees outside! Unfortunately, Xavier has his head turned, but with a group this big it was bound to happen!

Friday, December 28, 2007


We are finally unpacked and almost caught up in the laundry department, but we still haven't taken down the tree and decorations. I think we're going to tackle that tomorrow.

Brian left very early this morning to go hunting, but since it was raining he didn't spend much time out there and returned just in time to head to the mall with me and Camden for another shopping trip. I was able to get another stocking from Pottery Barn plus curtains for Rory's room (BIG sale) and a couple of clearance items at Gymboree for Camden to wear next year.

That's about it. Doesn't our day sound exciting?

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Home again

I don't even know where to start with this blog post - it feels like it's been forever since I've really posted!

After spending almost a week with family, we arrived home last night about 6:30. Camden fell asleep right before we got home, and I could not wake him up for anything so he went to bed early! I loved spending time with family, but there's no place like home! And it feels really good because Brian is off until January 7, and I don't go back to work until January 1 so we have several days to relax and get caught up. I'm having trouble deciding what to start on first - unpacking, email, scrapping, putting away all the Christmas decorations, painting the nursery, etc.

Camden's Uncle Matt gave him a Wii for Christmas so he's been spending lots of time playing. I think his daddy and Uncle Michael and Aunt Liz are just as excited as he is. The DVD player we bought Camden (okay, it was really as much for us as him) was a perfect gift this year since we spent alot of time on the road. Camden LOVED watching movies while in his car seat, and we really enjoyed the quiet. I lucked out with a necklace made by Lisa Leonard and Juicy Couture perfume (Brian is a good Santa!).

We got up fairly early this morning and spent a little time unpacking and let Camden play with new toys, and then we went shopping. It's always fun to spend money (LOL). I was able to stock up on wrapping paper, gift bags, treat bags, candy tins, etc. for next year. We were also looking for a new Christmas tree, but I don't think there's one tree left in Tennessee - and we looked EVERYWHERE. I think next year we need to just buy one before Christmas and not try to wait for the after-Christmas sales. We ended up spending almost all day running errands, grocery shopping. We ate lunch at Logan's using a gift card from one of Brian's students, and then made a quick trip to Coldstone Creamery (my absolute favorite!).

Brian is going hunting with his friend tomorrow morning so Camden and I are going shopping again. I want to hit the mall for a few gift items and maybe a few goodies for Rory.

And speaking of Rory - she is 15 months old today. I am feeling a more hopeful about our progress with immigration. I emailed our Memphis immigration office last week asking about our status and they replied yesterday stating that they did have our application (we applied December 7) and would be processing it within the next two weeks. This is definitely positive news since we know several people who have recently had to wait 12-14 weeks for approval. Once we have our I600 approval, our agency tells us it is only about 3 weeks until travel so if everything goes well, we could be in Korea within the next 5-6 weeks. We are very excited about that, but also feeling a bit unprepared. Because we knew our wait would be fairly long, we had decided to wait until after the Christmas rush to start the real preparations for her arrival. I guess we had better get busy!

I hope to have pictures and layouts to upload soon. My plan is to get as many of my Christmas pictures scrapped this weekend as I possibly can. I want to be up to date on most of my pictures soon since I imagine that my scrapping time will be much more limited when Rory arrives.

Monday, December 24, 2007

Christmas Eve

The Internet is a wonderful invention, and I have missed it greatly! Which is why, on Christmas Eve, we managed to convince my dad to drop me and my two sisters off at Panera Bread where we all sit sipping our coffee and browsing the Internet while he runs errands. It's a beautiful thing.

We've been having a really good time together. The weather is unbelievably cold (now that I'm used to our warm southern air). Yesterday, the high temperature was 15 degrees and we had a wind advisory which kept the wind chill below zero all day. There was a bit of snow and ice from Saturday night so Brian and Camden got out and went sledding for a little while. Camden LOVED it!

We opened presents this morning and tonight we're having a traditional turkey dinner and then putting the kids to bed and watching Harry Potter: The Order of the Phoenix. Tomorrow morning we're going to Missouri to spend Christmas afternoon with my grandparents and aunts and uncles. This is what we used to do growing up, and I love spending time with them. It's been a couple of years since we've been able to do this so I'm excited to see everyone.

I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Missing parts!

Well, things never seem to go as planned! Poor Brian is rushing off to our nearest Sam's, which is 30 minutes away, to return our travel DVD player. We finally broke down and bought twin DVD players for the car so that our long trip tomorrow won't seem so long! But they forgot to include the car adapter. After spending 30 minutes on hold with the customer service rep while they checked to make sure they had one in stock, Brian is off and running. I know we'll be thankful tomorrow, but for now it's just irritating. So I should really get off the computer and finish packing! Four a.m. is going to come very early.

Oh, and I just discovered that somehow Camden's wool Gap Christmas sweater made its way into the washer and dryer. Needless to say, he won't be wearing it for Christmas.

We opened presents tonight, and Camden was ecstatic about his Hot Wheels set. We might as well not have even bothered with anything else once he saw that!

Okay, saying goodbye for the second time today! :)

All Done

I talked to my doctor yesterday afternoon, and he said that since the MRI wasn't crucial and because our new insurance might have better coverage, we decided to wait on having it done. I can't say I was too disappointed to put it off! I still got up pretty early this morning and Camden and I made a quick trip to the post office to mail the last of our Christmas packages and cards, and then we headed to the mall to buy one more gift for Brian. I also picked up a sweater, a hoodie, and a long sleeve shirt. I have bought absolutely NO clothes for myself in the last two years, and I really needed a couple of new things.

Brian's school let out at 11:00 today, so he is very excited to be finished for almost 3 weeks. He came home loaded down with MANY gifts from his students. He and Camden just headed out the door to run a few errands and to give me a little bit of time to myself, which I'm very grateful for.

We're opening our presents tonight because we're leaving at 4:00 a.m. tomorrow to go to Illinois to be with my family for Christmas. I'm very excited since I haven't been home since last Christmas. Who knows when I'll blog again - my parents only have dial-up (oh, the horror!).

I started uploading pictures from the last couple of weeks but am feeling to lazy to edit all of them, so I'll just share two.

Michayla, Dawson, and Camden
at the Christmas program on Sunday

Lewis family picture from Monday night
I didn't want to black/white this picture, but they always turn out
so yellow when I take them over there. Not sure why.

Opening gifts (2006)

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Baking Marathon

Well, I wish I'd had time to upload the pictures from last night's baking marathon, but I was too tired! We spent hours working on getting everything baked for Brian's school goody bags. Camden even made it into the mix by helping dip pretzels and lick off spoons. Brian was so funny! He spent the first 30 minutes pretending he was hosting a cooking show! I think we've been watching too much of the Food Network. Not too many people get to see the goofy side of Brian, and it's their loss because he is hilarious! After the cookies and pretzels were finally finished and put away, I helped him finish up his grades so he could get his report cards finished today.

I am meeting my two sisters (Becky and Liz) and our friend Kathy for lunch today at Pei Wei (Pei Wei is becoming a habit with me!). Kathy and I were room mates in college; after Becky came to school, we were all suite mates, and then Kathy and Becky roomed together for a year. We were both in Kathy's wedding, so there's alot of fun history there.

I am very excited because today is my last day at work until January 1! I wish I could say that I was starting my vacation off the way I planned (sleeping in and staying in my p.j.'s), but I'm having a breast MRI tomorrow morning at 7:00 a.m. (which means I have to leave my house by 6:15 - so not fun). There's nothing wrong; it's just part of the early detection plan my doctor has scheduled. Five days before Christmas is not the best time to drop $500 for a medical procedure, but I guess there's not really a good time for that.

The baking pretty much consumed the entire evening so I didn't have time to scrap, but here's a page I finished over the weekend. If you want to pick up this embellished template (template created by me; embellishments by Dani Mogstad), you can head over to Dani Mogstad's Girl Talk blog and download it.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007


Last night we went to Brian's parents to have our Christmas together since we're all headed our separate ways by the end of the week. I picked up pizza on my way home and went straight there after work. We had a very nice time - Camden was really hyper, but I guess that's to be expected! And he got to open Rory's presents as well as his own, so that made him happy.

Tonight we're planning a baking and cleaning marathon (sound fun?). We're making goody bags for Brian's 4th grade class, the 7 4th grade teachers, as well as his Sunday School class. I also want to get the house in good shape so I think we've got our work cut out for us.

As anyone who went through Camden's adoption process with us knows, when I have a depressing day worrying about the adoption, I shop. Not for me, but for them. I did this with Camden, and I've done it with Rory. Somehow it makes it feel more tangible - buying something they will actually wear or use. I know it's not that rational, but it's how I feel. Soooooo, I shopped yesterday and found some really great deals at Janie and Jack (which is my favorite store, but I don't get to shop there often because they're too expensive). The first outfit I know we'll have her picture made in, and the second dress is just sweet.

And this cute outfit from Gymboree is at the top of my wish list. I'll save it for another depressing day. :)
And here's one page I actually started weeks ago and just re-discovered over the weekend.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Girls and Football

Well, the party Thursday night went off without a hitch (maybe a few minor ones, but nothing major). The food was really good - seriously, the pumpkin cheesecake was amazing! I even made it home before 10:00, which is pretty early.

Friday was just a normal day - laundry, laundry, and more laundry! I met Brian in his classroom after school and we decorated his room for Christmas and then we went out for supper. Because Camden didn't take a nap on Friday, he went to bed early and Brian and I watched Oceans 13. I've had the movie for 3 weeks, and this was our first chance to watch it.

Saturday was packed full of activities! We had the faculty/staff children's party in the morning, and then we met Becky and William and Xavier at a local mall to play for a while. Micah, Becky, and the boys are in town for the week, but I'm not sure we'll see them too much. We'll be with them next week for Christmas. Camden and William and Xavier were SO sweet together. The two boys pretty much just followed Camden around giggling and copying everything he did (and Camden seemed to be a bit more tolerant of them this time!). I even got kisses from the two boys. Not sure if they remembered me a bit from my visit last month or if I just caught them at a good time.

Camden and I had a little date night Saturday night. Brian had some errands to run and he offered to grocery shop since he would be out anyway, so Camden and I enjoyed a quiet night together. He's been quite difficult the last couple of weeks. I think he's all hyped up about Christmas, and they've been having a ton of special events and parties at school. He's been whiny and disobedient and has been in trouble at school, so it was kind of nice to just relax and see the sweet side of him again.

Last night was our children's Christmas program at church so we spent the morning and afternoon practicing with the kids, and the program went really well. Camden had several speaking parts and one solo. Let me just say that the child has no fear! He seems to thoroughly enjoy being in front of people and just sang and spoke out (very) loudly! I hope this doesn't mean he's going to be the class clown or always need to be the center of attention! Crowds definitely don't seem to bother him at all.

He actually just got up and is sitting in my lap (it's pretty early for him, especially since he was still awake at 10:00 last night wound up from the sugar high). He's been sitting here for several minutes and hasn't said a word until now. He lifted his head up and said, "does girls play football?" No idea where that came from!

I've had a rough couple of days as I think about Rory more and more. Not only have we missed her first Christmas, we'll also be missing her second Christmas. I'm so concerned about our paperwork and how much longer our wait could be. I know that there's nothing I can do about it at this point because we've done everything possible to speed things along, but it's just hard. My heart seems to ache just a little bit more every day.

I'm looking forward to a fairly quiet week at work - it's a 3 day work-week for me, and then I don't return to the office until January 1.

Enjoy your day!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Party time

Today's going to be a long day, but probably a fun one. I'm the chair of our social committee and the faculty/staff holiday party is tonight. The committee is made up of 5 of my best friends here at the college, and we always have a great time planning and executing these events. My feet will be sore, and I'll be dog tired, but I will have spent the day with friends and will have laughed alot. Over the last 6 years that I've worked this job, we've planned many events together and this is probably the last one before Rory arrives and I become a stay at home mom, so I'm going to enjoy it.

I didn't feel well at all yesterday so I went home early and spent most of the day in bed, which was very nice. I'm feeling some better today.

Not much else to say today so I better get moving and get started on this party day!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007


Yesterday was very interesting. I had lunch at a friend's house, which was fun. After lunch I had several work errands to run so I stopped at the post office first. As usual, the line was backed out the door, and I spent 25 minutes standing there while one cashier worked. Don't you think at Christmas they might add some workers? Then I headed to Michaels for Christmas ribbon (a ton of it) and other accessories. I'm the chair of our faculty/staff Christmas party committee, so I needed lots of Christmas wrapping paper, ribbon, gift tags, etc. I had no idea I'd be spending the afternoon at the store, and it wasn't just because I'm indecisive (although I was a bit indecisive as I usually am in craft stores). It was C.R.A.Z.Y. in there! The line was wrapped around the back of the store. Once I actually made it towards the front of the store in line, someone in front of me fainted so they had to call an ambulance, fire truck, etc. This did not exactly speed up the check-out process. I finally made it out of there in a little less than 2 hours.

Camden was very sweet last night. I can't think of any one specific thing he said or did, but we just had very pleasant family time together. Camden was in bed at 7:45 and Brian quickly followed so I had a quiet evening.

The Halloween that Camden was 2 (so 2005 I guess), he started noticing scare crows (he called them "scarey crows") and was quite terrified of them, and as I would walk out the door for work, the last thing he would say to me was, "watch out for scarey crows." Well, 2 years later, and the last thing he says to me every morning STILL is "watch out for scarey crows." He's not scared of them anymore, but it's become a habit. Yesterday morning, however, he said to me as I walked out, "Watch out for scarey crows, mommy, and if one comes on the road, run right over him and smash him with your car." My violent boy - where does he get this stuff!!

Here's one page I finished up Monday (pictures from last Christmas).

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

2 weeks

Christmas is two weeks from today! Are you ready? I am close to ready. I thought I was down to just two more gifts (after a present run on my lunch hour yesterday), but thought of 3 more people we need to buy for after I was home. Actually, all 3 of those presents need to go to Camden's school. While I love that they have so many activities for him, sometimes it seems just a bit over the top! And I think sending 3 gifts to school in addition to teacher gifts is a bit much, especially since he's only in K-4. Oh, well!

Our December is shaping up to the one of the warmest on record. It seems so strange to me that while a large portion of the U.S. is covered in snow and ice, our temperature will be almost 80 today. It's been a very warm couple of days, but by Saturday they're calling for sleet/snow.

Last night at supper, we were all chatting and I asked Camden to tell me what the very best thing that happened to him yesterday. Then Camden asked Brian, then Brian asked me, etc. Next I asked him what was the worse thing that happened to him, and he told me "The worser thing that happened was I got to play with a cool dinosaur that was very, very big." We were a little stumped so Brian asked him if he knew what "worse" meant, and he giggled and said "no." It was pretty funny! The whole reason I had asked him those questions is because he was being difficult and I was trying to distract him - it worked! But maybe I'll leave off the "worser" question next time.

Not much else going on. Brian helped me fold and put away FIVE loads of clothes last night! It had kinda piled up on me! Camden went to bed at 7:00 last night since he didn't take a nap at school, so we had a quiet evening. And that's about it for us! Here are two pages - one I finished last night and one over the weekend.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Christmas Makes Me Cry

Has anyone heard this new song by Mandisa and Matthew West? The first time I heard it, I thought "wow." The second time I heard it I knew I wanted to buy the CD, and the next time I heard it I thought it was my favorite Christmas song ever! I found this YouTube video that shows them singing it at a concert if you're interested in watching.

Here are the lyrics for Christmas Makes Me Cry:

I think of loved ones who've passed away
And I pray they're resting in a better place.
I think of memories of years gone by
And sometimes Christmas makes me cry.

I think of soldiers across the sea
And sometimes I wonder why it's them instead of me
That for my freedom they give their lives
And sometimes Christmas makes me cry.

Tears of thankfulness, tears of hope
I cry tears of joy at Christmas because I know
There is peace on earth for every heart to find
And sometimes Christmas makes me cry.

I think of family; I think of home
And say a prayer for those who spend this time alone
Cause love can reach out into a silent night
And that's why Christmas makes me cry.

Tears of thankfulness, tears of hope
I cry tears of joy at Christmas because I know
There is peace on earth for every heart to find
And sometimes Christmas makes me cry.

I think of Mary and a virgin birth
And I'm amazed by how much God thinks we are worth
That He would send His only son to die
And sometimes Christmas makes me cry.

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Happy Belated Birthday

Friday was Brian's birthday and I was able to give him the best present we could have hoped for at this point - Rory's legals! They actually came on Thursday, but I held on to them and waited until Friday when I gave him his gift to tell him. This means that as of Friday, our I-600 has been filed and we're officially waiting. This is a big step in the process and could take quite a while, but we're praying it won't be too long.

Friday I stayed very busy working around the house. My friend Amanda came over and we worked on digital scrapping. She is just getting started, but already has completed some really nice pages.

Friday night Brian's parents took us out to eat for his birthday and then they kept Camden for the rest of the night while Brian and I went to a movie and dessert. I had heard really good reviews for Enchanted, but wasn't really all that interested in it, but it fit into our time slot so we chose to see it, and the movie is seriously cute!! Even Brian really liked it (and it is definitely a chick flick).

Saturday we spent running errands and finished up shopping for Camden's Christmas. I think we're almost done with everyone - I need to shop for 3 more people, but that shouldn't be too hard. I have lots of packages to get in the mail, however, so I should definitely try to get that done this week. Camden and I made cookies and then we had a little impromptu family party. We made party mix, ate supper in the living room while we watched The Santa Claus movie (with Tim Allen). It was a very nice quiet family evening.

Okay, I think that's our weekend in a nutshell. I scrapped one page yesterday using pictures from last year. These are the outtakes from this little photo shoot.

Thursday, December 06, 2007


It has been such a busy week that I can happily say it's Thursday (which is my Friday since I don't work on Friday's!). I am really looking forward to having a weekend off, although it is jam packed as well but packed with fun stuff, not work. We start off the weekend with a party at one of Brian's fellow teacher's house tonight. There are seven 4th grade teachers on his team, and they're having a Christmas party. This will be the first time I've met any of his co-workers, but I'm looking forward to it. He really enjoys working with them and they get along well.

I talked to Becky this week, and she was asking me if we ever had days with Camden when it felt like all we did was get on to him, tell him no, put him in time out, etc., and I told her YES! Her boys are 23 months old if you can imagine double the frustration (and hugs and kisses). I also told her that it eventually gets better and that things seem to cycle - good weeks followed by bad weeks, but that Camden was in a really good stage right now. I obviously spoke too soon since Camden had such a major meltdown last night that we didn't even make it to church! Brian had already headed over to teach his class, and one thing after another happened. At 7:00, Camden was still sitting in time out screaming, "I don't want to calm down" so I ended up just putting him straight to bed. He was out like a light by 7:12 and didn't wake up until just a few minutes ago. Oh, well - maybe that good stage will come back our way soon. Or, maybe he just needed a good night's sleep.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007


I am now the proud owner of this pink Chi flat iron! I've been saving my pennies for several weeks (okay, almost 3 months!) now so that I could spring for a Chi, and I even decided to spend the extra $10 and get the pink breast cancer iron. And Trade Secret is seriously my new favorite store. They have a lifetime guarantee on their appliances, and I got this iron, plus a ton of styling products for the same price that just the iron itself was everywhere else. AND I got a $20 gift card to use on my next purchase. Fun stuff!
One fun little story about Camden before I jump in the car for work. We've noticed this quite a bit in the last several weeks - his vocabulary is really expanding, and he's repeating lots of words that he's heard used. They don't always come out quite right, however. Last night, he proudly told us that he attends Oaklawn Feeble Church.

I stayed off the computer last night, but here's a page I finished up earlier this week using a picture from last Christmas.

Tuesday, December 04, 2007


Don't you love my catchy weekday titles lately!

Last night Brian had a meeting with the education board to go over his new insurance and salary. It was both exciting and a tad disheartening. Exciting because this insurance is MUCH better than what we currently have. The premiums are a bit more expensive, but the coverage is so much better. Just the fact that we won't have a $1,500 per person deductible is huge, and there are many other benefits besides that. The part that I found a little bit discouraging is the pay scale. Not that I thought teachers were going to be making big bucks or anything, and his starting salary is okay I guess, but the top salary he could ever possibly make is not much more than what he makes now - and he would only reach the top bracket after teaching for EIGHTEEN years! Believe me, it doesn't even cover inflation. Oh, well - I guess we'll just make it work, but I have a feeling that my days of being a stay at home mom are quite numbered (and I haven't started yet).

Camden's Sunday School teacher gave him a Bingo game for learning all his memory verses, and we have been playing lots of Bingo lately. After two long (and by long I mean torturous) games last night, he was doing so well reading all the numbers. He recognizes numbers by now, of course, but it's a pretty big deal for a 4 year old to be able to read numbers like 34 and 68, etc.

Yesterday as I was getting ready to walk out the door, I bent down and kissed Camden, told him bye, have a good day, love you, etc. He pulled me back down for another hug and said, "that one was just for fun, but this one is for goodbye."

So I uploaded a few parade pictures. As you go through these pictures, you'll see that this was very much a small-town parade. I think there was only one float. Most everything that came through consisted of either people riding in back of trucks throwing out candy or riding on tractors throwing out candy. Camden thoroughly enjoyed himself, though.

Who could resist this face - no
wonder he got so much candy!

Waiting for the parade to start. He couldn't
believe he was allowed to stand on the street.

I think this was the one and only float.
It's pretty funny, though.

A typical Cheatham County boy. There were lots of these tractors
in the parade. (he's in Brian's 4th grade class)

They were pelting "Mr. Lewis" with candy.

The grand finale. Seriously.
This was the grand finale.

Someone from our agency is going to Korea this weekend so we prepared a little package for her to take to Rory. Unfortunately, everything we send has to fit into a gallon size freezer bag, which is not very big! We sent a blanket, two disposable cameras for the foster family to take pictures for us, a cute little smooshy toy, and a Christmas card and letter to the foster family. We're hoping they'll let Rory sleep with the blanket and then bring it home with her so she'll have something familiar to help with the transition. I wanted to send more, but I could hardly get the bag to close. I will admit to getting a little teary-eyed as I put this together last night. The picture quality isn't that great, and I'll scrap it for real someday, but for now this is all I came up with.

One more page using pictures of Kathy's girls and their cousins. I have to admit that I really loved scrapping in pink and brown. It's my new favorite color combination, but I don't get to use it that often!

Monday, December 03, 2007


Happy Monday! I'm starting bright and early this morning and planning to head out the door a little early as I do every Monday (it's my official Starbucks day). This is a busy week for us. The first 2 weeks of December are always 2 of my busiest at work - board meetings, leadership conferences, Christmas parties, etc. One bright spot, though, is that it's my last December at work! I shouldn't be so thrilled about that (and I'm sure that next December I'll actually miss some of this hustle and bustle), but for now I'm looking forward to being at home.

While we were shopping on Saturday, Camden only wanted to hold my hand for some reason (believe me, this doesn't happen often). At one point, he commented, "I just love you the bestest, mommy. I love my daddy alot today, but I love you the bestest." Now despite the fact that I wanted to just enjoy the moment, I did the appropriate thing and told him that he could love me as his best mommy and he could love his daddy as the best daddy. Wasn't that big of me!

Okay, not much more to say so I should get in gear and head out the door. Today starts week 6 since getting Rory's referral (and of waiting for those darn legals). I'm really hoping we'll get them today, and I've even got my hopes up that we'll get an update and new pictures.

Sunday, December 02, 2007


We have had a lovely weekend! It was busy, but good. Usually my Fridays somehow get away from me, but I managed to get quite a bit done this time: 4 loads of laundry, vacuumed, dusting, grocery shopping, and I even cooked dinner as a surprise to Brian. I decided to pick up some of his favorite things and have supper ready for him as a little congrats. He was appropriately excited!

Saturday we decided to take Camden to the town Christmas parade. I think this was his very first one, and he had a blast! He stood up next to the road in his little hat and jacket waving wildly and saying "Merry Christmas" and was pelted with candy all morning. Seriously, I know he's cute, but you should have seen all the second looks he got as people drove by and then they would slow down, turn to grab candy, and toss it to him. One thing about living in a small town that we've always regretted is the lack of ethnic diversity. I guess the upside is that he's a novelty (just kidding here - I don't like that he's a "novelty"). He was definitely a little star out there - to the point that I started to get embarrassed by all the candy being thrown at him compared to the families on either side of us. Then, of course, all the kids from Brian's school were in different floats so we heard little voices yelling, "Mr. Lewis, Mr. Lewis" over and over. It was really cold out, but so fun. After the parade, we spent several hours running errands. It makes me tired just to think about them! We hit Sam's, Wal-mart, Hancock Fabrics, Kohl's, and Lifeway bookstore.

Today has been the usual flurry of activity. I got up early to get lunch started before church. We had children's choir practice this morning. Brian had an activity at school, so he was gone all afternoon, and I'm about to head off to adult choir practice. Seems like Sunday's shouldn't be this busy!

I'm helping my dear friend Kathy out with some layouts to be made into magnets from Something Blue Studios so I was able to scrap more girly pages this weekend. I've posted two below, and I have two more to share later this week. In fact, I scrapped all girl pages this weekend so no new pictures of us to share. I will try to have parade pics uploaded and edited for tomorrow. Until then, enjoy pictures of these two little ones.