Sunday, December 28, 2008

let the countdown begin.....


Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Santa please....

I've asked for one thing this year I have never asked for- Santa please bring good health to my family! This weekend was the long awaited weekend of Christmas parties. Every year I look forward to the traditional Barden/Stephenson Christmas and my annual friend Christmas party. This year on the same weekend we were to add Brandons dads side of the family Christmas party. Friday that Christmas was cancelled when Brandons cousin got the stomach bug. Saturday morning we got to take part of my mom's annual Christmas brunch full of many yummy breakfast food. Saturday night was the Barden/Stephenson Christmas, in the middle of the children open gifts I got sick. We had to leave and it lead to of course no Sunday Christmas party with the friends. Little did I know my sickness was fixing to start a chain event. Aiden, Brandon, my nephews (3 out of 4 of them), niece (1 out of 2), sister in laws (3 out of 4), brother, mom, mother in law, cousins, uncle all got the stomach bug that I so kindly brought to the party....SO SORRY!!!
This morning as we prepare to get ready for our traditional Christmas Eve breakfast at Old Country Store I found out after 26 years (I don't know if I have gone that long but close to it) I had to go enjoy pancakes, biscuits, bologna triangles, sausage patties, greasy bacon, and much more without my big brother- stomach bug got him. Sad definitely!!! It just was not the same without my big brother!!
This year for Christmas all we want is good health to my whole family!!!!!! Please Santa bring that to us this year!

Monday, December 15, 2008

christmas tour of homes!

Here is my Christmas Home Tour:

Our first stop of course is the outside of our home, we didn't do too much outside this year solely because Brandon wouldn't let me, Mr. Grinch! Jk but he really wouldn't let me do lights!

Next stop is the living room: The Christmas tree that we got last year as our first Christmas tree is displayed nicely in the center of the wall to easily be seen out the dining room window!

Baby's 1st Christmas 2008 Ornament for Lil man of course

To the right of my tree we have the dining area which consist of a centerpiece with my beautiful crystal vase I received as a wedding gift and my Christmas china that has never been used!

To the left of the tree is my mantle which is hard to see but is decorated with greenery, my candlesticks I received as wedding gifts, my Nativity scene, stockings, and singing Christmas bear that Aiden loves

The only reason for to celebrate Christmas is or dear Saviour's birth, so of course a nativity scene is a must. Last year I got the Willow Tree nativity set and will buy a piece a year.

Next stop my favorite place in the house: the Kitchen which is decorated with Lil Man's Christmas tree. We didn't put it in his room because I felt it would be seen more in the kitchen!

His tree is decorated with baseball, basketball, football, and golf ornaments and the topper is my running medals! HA

Our Christmas cards are displayed on the windown beside Aiden's tree!

Final 2 stops are Aiden's bathroom which has his golfing Santa. I have decided this year to buy a sports Santa every year for Aiden and Brandon's favorite sport. This year is golf, next year I'm sure will be golf, and the next, next.....

Finally guest are welcomed into my room by this fun, whimsical tree.


Brandon and I are having an auction, it will take place every morning as soon as Aiden awakes. There will only be one thing auctioned: AIDEN for a day!! Highest Bidder gets to keep Aiden until he goes to sleep at night, bidding starts at $1.00!
ONLY KIDDING!! But oh this weekend what I would have done for someone to take him for 1 hour! Aiden is going through his terrible twos at 11 months. It doesn't matter what you say or do he will do it anyway. It doesn't matter how hard you discipline (is that a nice way to say it) he is going to hit you back, throw a fit, or shack his head no. Boy do we have it in for us through the holidays! :) I love every single minute I get to spend with him but this weekend he made me decide he will be an only child forever! :) Sorry Nonna and Gram!
On another note we spent a lot of the weekend with the family again and of course I have tons of pics!

Brandon's Sister, Kim, and I with Aiden

He cleaned most the clothes out of the basket and in he went, one of his MANY events he pulled this weekend

If you give Aiden a cookie, expect the whole thing to go in the mouth Getting ready to eat spaghettiQuinton and Aiden Sawyer

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Let's See Here......

He's into EVERYTHING!! Last night we tried out spaghetti o's- SUCCESS! He did great and loved it except that when there was no more he was not happy!
Now that Aiden can walk he is very fast to sneak behind you and open the only cabinet I don't have a latch for. Last week when I turned around he had the toaster dragging across the floor by the cord. So instead of letting him get in my cabinets I decided to let him play in his drawers (the small white containers hold bottles, baby food, and other papers which aren't his but nothing important). This morning he was throwing glass jars of baby food across the kitchen floor. I directed him to the bottom drawer and it took him exactly 1 minute to have this drawer cleaned out. I have to say though he is way smarter than I would have imagined for an 11 month old. After he cleaned it out he started putting it all back in! If you look at the other picture you can see where the can opener was laying and now he is putting it back!!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008


In my previous post I mentioned we ate with Brandon's parents and Deaton for supper this weekend. Deaton has a tendency to lay his head on the table while we are waiting on our food and Aiden decided he wanted to copy. Hope he doesn't make a habit out of it because I know, dad, he would get in trouble at your table! :)

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Mini Santa

Sunday already??? I can't believe how fast the weekend flew by and just 18 days til Christmas. YAH! we are so excited about little man's first Christmas. All the shopping is complete, presents are wrapped, Santa dropped off Aiden's toys early (Toys R Us big weekend sale) so we are ready for Christmas Eve.

This weekend was filled with FAMILY and boy do we love weekends like that. Good thing cause we will be with them for the next 3 weekends all weekend. Most people dread the whole family day or day with the in-laws. I may be speaking for Aiden and I but I'm pretty sure we all LOVE IT!! Friday night was spent in Dyersburg with my brothers family, the 3 boys and Aiden just play and play. Quinton on the other hand is different his defintion of playing is tackle or wrestling. Just wait soon Wyatt and Aiden will team up on him. :) Because daddy worked this weekend Aiden and I stayed with my parents Friday night and hung out with them Sat. morning.
Saturday was relaxing and a nice supper with Brandons parents and Deaton. Tonight was my sweet niece, Ally's Christmas program at church. Seeing 20+ kids doing a musical is ALWAYS a thrill and even to Aiden he sat soooo quietly during the entire thing until he was sung to sleep by a sweet song. Ally was so cute and always so funny to watch sing and dance. If she's not a cheerleader (which she will be), she will definitely be on some dance team. Aiden enjoys being with Deaton and Ally and copies anything they do. Wait not everything......he won't be a cheerleader or dancer.
Since our Christmas cards are out now I can post our little Santa:

Thursday, December 4, 2008

bye bye knees, hello feet

I want all to know:
Aiden has started walking all the time now. I wanted to get you a video up but I just haven't had the chance!

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Santa Clause is coming to town....

After Thursday we did end up having an ok weekend, despite me being a little under the weather. Friday of course I did my annual Christmas shopping trip, this year alone because my mom was sick and I did a lot of shopping for her. I have to say no store I went to was really crazy. I even went right to Wal Mary got what I needed, walked to an empty check out line and left within 10 minutes. Saturday we did a little more shopping, no lines again! Then we went to Alamo to spend Thanksgiving with my grandparents (mom and granddaddy), aunt, and cousin. YUMMY FOOD!! Thanks Mom it was delicious. Brandon hates casseroles and this is the only place we go anytime that is not full of casseroles. So that was our wrap of the Thanksgiving break, back to work tomorrow, counting down the days til Christmas. Here are a few pics of Aidens toy and his sock obsession.

Our new stockings I love em

Thursday, November 27, 2008

sad ending to a happy day

I love love love Thanksgiving and Christmas. They are my two most favorite holidays. I love getting to spend time with my family and see everyone we haven't seen in so long. For the past 3 years on Thanksgiving Day we have gone to Brandons grandparents and eat lunch then my Grandmothers and eat supper. Then Sat. to my other grandparents. This year we have soo much planned Thursday- his grandparents, my Mom's family, shopping, my family, my Dad's family. Well thats what we had planned atleast.

However today we go to Brandons family like planned and enjoyed seeing all his family and playing a little bit. We then made our way to my grandmothers, which my mom nor sister in law could be there because they are home with the stomach bug, my dad could not be there because he was at work so that put a MAJOR bummer on things.
Not 20 minutes after getting to my grandmothers did someone call and to inform us our sweet 6 year old lab was hit by a car. My mother and father in law quickly jumped to action and called around to pet emergency clinics. Luckily one in Jackson was open so we quickly left Brownsville and they left Hornsby (Bandit has been staying with them until we got adjusted here) to rush Bandit here. Everyone told us over the phone it wasn't looking good but I know Bandit he is strong and fierce and he wouldn't give up on us. But when we arrived at the clinic it was obvious Bandit wasn't hit by car he was smashed. There was no hope and we had to out our baby boy to sleep. Definitely LOTS of tears shed but the doc was really amazed he hung on that long. We will def miss him, I will miss having a running partner and someone to protect me. Aiden loved Bandit so much and Bandit was VERY protective of him. He never let anything or anyone near Aiden and Bandit would not dare hurt Aiden. Aiden wanted to touch him and was soo excited to see him at the ER (little did he know he would never see him again). Here are a few pics of our sweet baby and after 6 years with Brandon and 3 with me we will DEFINITELY miss him.
One of our things we had to have with a home was a fence and Bandit never even got to come to his new home and enjoy his new large backyard or Aiden run with him. We never knew we could get soo attached to a dog but lots of tears have been shed over him tonight. Bandit LOVED Nonna and Pop and whn we would pass their house running he would go to their porch and sit, if a car saced him he would go to their porch. He just loved their home. Thank you Nonna and Pop for loving and caring for Bandit while we got moved.

Bandit loved his daddy and protected Ally and Deaton like they were his kids!!

As Nonna said tonight "We love you boy and now you are in doggy heaven." 120 lbs of pure love , scared of cars (now I know why), never bothered another dog, and definitely would never hurt a human.