Wednesday, December 23, 2009

The commercials!

I just got a copy of the Kroger commercials on DVD. I still haven't seen them on TV. Oh well. Enjoy!

Monday, December 21, 2009

The Annual Pilgrimmage to see Santa. ..

Ever since Robert was one we have trekked up to the North Georgia Premium Outlets to see Santa. Why?, you might ask. Well, have you ever BEEN to the North Georgia Premium Outlets? I usually get a little shopping in, but with 3 kids in tow mama didn't get any retail therapy. I guess I will just have to go back in 2010. Santa baby, please send cash.

Monday, December 14, 2009

How does Santa. . .

Quoth Robert-

"My first question is, if Santa is so fat, how does he fit down the chimney?"

''My second question is, if Santa is so big, how come you don't hear him walking around in your living room?"

"How does Santa get his sleigh to stay on the rooves of houses that are not flat or big enough? Well, I think that the reindeer have sticky pads on the bottom of their feet. That's my hypothesis."

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Rob speaks

After a harried and chaotic morning getting the kids ready for church, Rob commented,
"No wonder my mom wigged every Sunday!"

Note: My mother-in-law got 4 children ready for church and off to church by herself for years because my father-in-law was a priest and had to be at church early. Thanks be to God for you Little Mama!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Esther strikes again

A rock version of the Davy Crockett song:

A royal tour of the royal castle:

Monday, December 7, 2009

Learning how to sing, like this!

Last week the All Saints' children's choir guru, Karol Kimmell, took some shots of Robert and Esther doing singing exercises for an article in Choristers magazine. They did a great job! Thanks Karol!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Some things.

Things I don't want to forget:

Yesterday Robert and Esther got CC out of her crib in the morning, changed her diaper and got her dressed.

Both Robert and Esther made up their own versions of the Davy Crockett song and sang them on the way to choir.

Sunday Esther told us the story of Joseph (from the OT):
"Well, Joseph had a lot of brothers and they were really mean to him. But his dad was nice and gave him a beautiful coat that had rainbow stripes on it. He went away to prison and then he lived with the king. Nobody had enough food in the kingdom so the brothers went to visit the king. They changed their ATTITUDE and became nice. Joseph gave them some food, but they didn't even know it was him."

Monday, November 30, 2009

giving thanks-part 2 (serious eye candy!)

The annual Haynes-Brown-Burlington Thanksgiving Day Photo. Thanks for the shot Glo!
Silly sisters in the kitchen.My firstborn-Robert.Child #2- Esther.Mom and child #3, Cecilia Cate, or CC.

Robert with John Glacier and Margret.

Scott defends the goal.Hand ball!

Glo and Scott- thank you for a lovely an delicious Thanksgiving at your place! And for the great photos. XXOO

Friday, November 27, 2009

giving thanks-part 1

Gloria and Scott Brown hosted our family Thanksgiving this year. Have a look at the appetizers. Front and center: apricots wrapped in bacon with sage. Those went fast folks! Granny brought crafts for the kids. Scott investigates the rules of Battleship with CC. Oh my- what a splendid table. . . .
Robert abuses his Papaw.

Margret and her baby son, John Glacier joined our feast this year.
I feasted on his lovely baby lusciousness.
A surprise feast. This morning Robert and Esther worked together (!) to make breakfast for the family. Esther took this photo of the spread.
I am thankful for great friends and family. Thanks be to God!!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Mmmmm, autumn

After raking a pile of pine needles in our neighbors yard, the kids laid down to look at the sky.
Wow.After an undefeated season Robert's team had a soccer banquet. At the banquet he got this trophy of which he is INFINITELY proud.Esther and CC are having breathing treatments a plenty this allergy season. CC, ever the quick study, can already do it by herself.Esther conked out on my lap last night. It has been a long time since she has slept on my lap. I kinda wanted to sit like that all night. Was it the coziness of sitting with my child or the novelty of Esther being quiet and still?

Thursday, November 19, 2009

We love Uncle JP.

JP spent his birthday with us last weekend. We had a great time!
Activities included: lots of football and baseball, a scavenger hunt in Decatur, a fabuloso b-day dinner at our house and bowling. Did I mention the massive leaf clean-up outside? 26 bags of leaves. . . thanks JP!

Pictures from the scavenger hunt- A steeple. A Montana license plate:
A sidewalk:
A crosswalk:
Pat fed us some lovely dinner before bowling on Friday.Yummy burritos!
At the alley: Tim, Erin and Rob
Moi and Rob.
Burlington brothers.Leslie, Beth and me.The brothers and Mike.Erin's hair gets mysteriously longer whenever she goes bowling. . . Happy children eating Chik-fil-A for breakfast.

JP-come back soon and bring Meghan next time OK?

Thursday, November 12, 2009

I love you Portland forever. . . final.

Following the shoot Eleanor, Sheryl and I made our way to Paley's Place for dinner. Check it out yourself: We wanted to find a unique Portland restaurant and we found THE ONE. All of their food comes from local sustainable farming. The dining room even features beautiful black and white photographs of their farmers. My butternut squash and pear soup smacked of AUTUMN. Ahhhhh. So taken were we with Paley's Place that we all purchased their cookbook hot off the presses. I spent a wistful night in my room at the Nines and alas, the time to fly home arrived.
Me, Tanika and Sheryl at Portland airport.
I loved my Frontier airline experience. Cool wing art over the Denver mountains.
Denver airport.
Sheryl and I shared the first leg of our trip (to Denver) with Crystal and Jessica.
Sheryl, Crystal and me. Sheryl, Crystal and Jessica.Back in Atlanta, Lindsay surprised me by bringing the kids to the airport to pick me up. Thanks Linsday!
I brought treats from Voodoo Doughnuts of Portland ( for the kids. Big hit:
Robert with cocoa puff donut.
Esther with Froot Loop donut.

CC with Oreo donut.