Tuesday, December 30, 2008

sounds of the season

I must say that I am still recovering from the 12 hour post-Christmas clean up on the day after. And the three hours worth of returns on Sunday (if this tells you anything, I did not have to wait in any lines). I have mentioned before that I am a returning fool. I tend to overspend and it makes me feel better to be putting money back in the bank instead of taking it out. It was well worth the eight stops that I had to make. Other than that, I have been "tuning in" to the things going on around me and thought I would share some sounds of the season.

Some of the best sounds of the season
(all following Christmas) are:
* the sounds of happy kids playing with toys
* the lack of arguing, whining and fighting
* the TV turned up as I take down, put up, and set out the trash
while the happy kids play in their own rooms
* "Would you like cash back or would you like
me to credit this back to your account?"
Some sounds that I have heard since the day I started Christmas break - most have become almost a daily occurence with the amount of company
and the frequency of having guests are:
* the dishwasher running
* the washer and dryer because I can't stand to see it
piling up and Ashlyn cannot wear just one outfit a day
* hot bath water
(yesterday I took four - it is a good escape)
* the swish of the broom and scrape of the dustpan
* rustling in the kitchen
Some new sounds:
* Trey's iPod blaring
* Clayson texting (there is a limit on this)
* Ashlyn talking to her new baby "Mistletoe"
Some fun sounds:
* my friends and I laughing at b-i-n-g-o and
dinner at the Roadhouse
* ping-pong challenges (even
if is set up in the dining room)
* an adventure to the American Girl store where
apparently the party never ends
* laughter in general - me, the kids, Jared, family and friends
A sweet sound:
*Ashlyn's Uncle Craig asked her if she knew what a heart was.
She told him that yes, it's what you love with. It's what I love my daddy with.
I am so sad to see this two week vacation coming to a close. We have had so much fun with Christmas, with our families, with our friends and with each other.
Sounding off...

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Merry Christmas continued...

This is the sequel to the blog posted below this. We have have so many fun memories to share :)

Christmas Eve
around 10:45 p.m.
Twas' the night before Christmas and all through the house,

not a creature was stirring,

not even a mouse.

Christmas Morning
6:30 a.m.

We actually had to wake up the kids because Jared had to go in to work at the fire station. There was no moaning and groaning this early morning, they all bounced out of bed. After I got my camera ready and the scene set the boys came down the stairs and Ashlyn came from her room. There was not any time wasted, gifts were unwrapped in a flash.
to: Clayson

to: Trey

to: Ashlyn

Here is how Christmas morning played out.

Clayson must have been good despite the letter that Ashlyn left for Santa. He got an iPod touch and cover, Shox, clothes, a music mixer, books and a reading timer, Axe, an excavator, Uno Flash and other fun stuff.

Trey loaded up with an iPod touch and cover, basketball shoes, clothes, a book and timer, wrestling ring and figures, juggling balls, a marble maze, fish aquarium stuff and other goodies.

The wild-haired Ashlyn got an Easy Bake oven and accesories, a Bitty Baby American Girl doll, a baby doll bouncer seat and doll clothes, shoes, clothes, a baby play center, CandyLand deluxe, Hannah Montana puzzle and bath soap, a Baby Alive and lots of other cool things.

Both boys got a cell phone (to share) and all three kids got a casio keyboard.
Christmas mornings are always so much fun to see what Santa brings. I love the excitement of the joyful atmosphere. Jared and I also got lots of great things.

Christmas Morning at Mimi and Pawpaw's

with Uncle Jason

10:00 a.m.

Mimi and Pawpaw with their grandkids and granddog Shorty.

And here is round 2 of gifts for the kids. Thank you Mimi, Pawpaw and Uncle Jason!

And here is me with my santa babies.

After this we all loaded up and headed over to Mamaw and Papaw's for the rest of the day. We have lots of cousins and aunts and uncles to keep us entertained and festive on Christmas.

Christmas 2008 was one we will never forget!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas

I hope this blog finds you ending Christmas with the best feeling, many great memories and happy children :0)

I go crazy at Christmas. I love buying gifts. I love the anticipation, the wrapping, the buying and returning, I love it ALL. It's so crazy how my mind works. I look so forward to the big day and giving things away but the closer it gets the sadder I get. I am not even sure that sad is the right word. I just don't ever want it to come and go as quickly as it does. It's bittersweet - maybe that's the word. I am happy it is here and am so sad to see it end. (And not to mention the lingering effects - like the trash and finding places for all the new fun stuff, which always leads to some rearranging in each room.)

The past two days have been crazy busy. Enjoy the Christmas journey with me. (I will be honest right now and tell you that this blog is meant more for personal journaling. If you are willing to read the boring details, I will be happy for you to. If not, at least enjoy the pictures.)

Christmas Eve
Davis family Christmas at our house

The morning starts off with a mad rush to get the house clean, the laundry finished and put away, the dressing and ham cooked and the children calmed down. Noon seems like forever to them and how the time does fly for the grown-ups and their major to do lists. The morning sun is beautiful and all but it makes for some serious sweeping and steam mopping with the concrete floors. From ten to twelve every morning the sun shines right through all the windows making the dust sparkle, gleam and impossible to get it all. I swept my heart out and it's probably the reason I am aching so bad today. Weak, I know. Toilets clean: check. Upstairs cleaned and vacummed: check. Ashlyn's bedroom: check. My room and bathroom: will get to last. Kitchen clean and dishwasher running: check. Laundry done: no but it can remain in washer and dryer until this evening. Ashlyn's play room: hopeless, close door. Jared decided that this was the time to wash all windows inside and out. Hmmph. Please keep in mind that during the cleaning spree there are three children who need showers, clothes picked out and hair done and I still need to shower and get ready before the company at noon.


If there is one thing I have learned over the 14 years that I have been a part of the Davis family, they are usually fashionably late. I am not saying one thing bad about this. It helped me more than ever today. Because at noon I was in the kitchen making the final meal preparations and making it look Christmasy. Around twelve thirty our special guests started arriving. Jessica first. Mamaw, Pawpaw and Uncle Craig next. Nana and Pop. Aunt Patty. The gang is all here and so is the lunch. We had a good time eating and visiting. They even make cleaning up fun. Someone is always laughing - I love it. After lunch Nana gave the kids their stockings and later it was time for gifts. Clayson got an RC vehicle, a guitar, bed pillow with camo blanket and art stuff. Trey got an RC vehicle, electric drums, bed pillow with fishing blanket and art stuff. Together they got a ping-pong table (keep reading to find out how this turned our rustic home redneck). Ashlyn got real pearls, a book, a rocking chair and an art table. Satisfaction guaranteed. I spent an hour cleaning lunch and cleaning from gifts. When things settled down (an hour later) we did our annual Chinese gift exchange with men and women gifts. This is always a lot of fun. More to clean. Then, it was time for project completion. The art table was assembled by Pop and the rest of the boys put together the ping-pong table that now sits where a dining room table should be - in the dining room. Yes folks, we have gone redneck. All I need is an oblong tablecloth and some chairs to go around it. Very versatile. (Tonight it serves the sole purpose of holding all the gifts from the day to be sorted and put away tomorrow.) And the paddles, well they may be multi-functional as well :0) Back to my story, after all the excitement settled a bit some enjoyed the Polar Express, some played ping-pong, some crafted with Ashlyn and I cleaned. I was still okay with it. I was surrounded by people I love. We had a fabulous day with Jared's family and were sad to see them go at the end of the evening.

Christmas Eve evening
just the five of us getting ready for Santa

9:30 p.m.
Since Jared had to work today, the kids talked us into opening one gift last night. So, we told them to choose the smallest - which turned out to be the same for all three of them. Perfect. I have gotten into a form of digital scrapbooking and created them all an album featuring themselves. Trey was okay with it. Ashlyn was pumped. Clayson less than enthused. A short gripe session followed just to be certain that he showed gratitude and was appreciative. And then they talked us into a second gift - this would be good practice for Clayson to show he had a better attitude. Trey opened brown pants with a camo belt, Clayson two pair of jeans (which I thought he was going to cry in excitment- for real, see for yourself) and Ashlyn got some boots with the fur. All was well with the children. We gathered up some yummy cookies for Santa - made by our good friend Jennifer and Anna - and Ashlyn wrote a note to leave with the cookies and milk. The night was ending and it was time to get in bed so Santa would be sure to stop. Here are some pictures of our small family gathering on Christmas Eve.

the books

daddy and Trey enjoying Trey's special book

I told you he was excited!

Cookies and milk for Santa Claus.

"All of us have been good 'cept Clayson"

Maybe Santa has seen him on his better days. I'll leave you wondering for now. I have got to get to sleep. These festivities have worn me out and I love this happy exhaustion. Please stay tuned for the rest of the story.

For now, Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Christmas Memories

I have found my thoughts wandering back to the days of young and some of my fondest Christmas memories. These thoughts catch me off guard- while I am in the shower, wrapping gifts, during a commercial, hearing a song or in the midst of certain smells. I just love Christmas and my mind becomes overwhelmed when I try to think of the memories on my own. So, when the thought comes to mind I reflect on that one memory and try to relive it in my mind. Here are some of my most recent recollections.

* My Mamaw and Papaw always came over Christmas Eve morning to see us with our gifts and to have breakfast. Jason and I could not wait to share our excitement with them.

* I remember my dad in his robe taking pictures - ha!

* Before my Grandpa Jenkins died we always went to his place at Lake Tawakoni on Christmas Eve and spent the whole day there with cousins that we did not see very often. We would practice Christmas songs and then perform for any that would listen. All the way home we would look for Rudolph in the sky and were convinced to get home and get in the bed as soon as we got home so Santa would stop.

* One year Dear Mr. Jesus was popular so we sang that for the family.

* Christmas Eve night was the hardest night to fall asleep. When I got a stereo I would play Christmas music all night long. It's still one of my favorite things to do. I heart Christmas music.

There are so many more but once again my mind is flooded and I can't recall specifics and there is whining in the other room so I guess my short trip down memory lane with you stops here.

I hope that my kids will love Christmas and have the fondest of memories when they get older as I do.

And, for the first time in my life I am making the dressing for both family gatherings. I hope that this becomes a good memory and not a funny story that comes up every year. I hear the oven beeping now...

Merry Christmas! May it be filled with Christ and many happy memories!!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

It'S tHe MoSt WoNdErFuL tImE oF tHe YeAr

I truly love this time of year. The decorating is done, there are catalogs everywhere (and lots of items circled in each of them), a fire in the fireplace everytime that Jared is home, presents that are wrapped and one of my kids is always sorting them or rearranging, the calendar is full of activities with family and friends, school is full of excited kids and teachers and I have many reasons to shop. These are just some of my favorite parts of the Christmas (I refuse to say holiday) season. Oh, and not to mention surfing between KVIL and KLTY for the best Christmas song while riding in the car.

I want to share some of our recent Christmas memories with many more to come.

First: Our Christmas card photo shoot at Allison's. You'll be able to tell from these photos what an amazing photographer she is. The kids were good, she was good and the Christmas cards are great!

Second: Pictures with Santa at the Chicken Express. It was a fun family experience right on the service road of highway 175. When they asked if mom and dad planned to be in the picture I jumped on board as Jared shook his head no. We all ended up in the sleigh with Santa.

Third: Trimming the tree and decorating the house. I am glad it is done and that we can enjoy the atmosphere of Christmas in our home. Ashlyn loved the freedom of decorating her tree and Clayson takes pride in Granny's tree that he set up in the gameroom. Trey, well he enjoys the stockings and takes them literally.

Fourth: A night with the cousins. While Jared is away, the kids will play. Angela came up with her kiddos and we went to walk with the wisemen and then to Cici's.

Fifth: Ice, ice baby. On the eve of the icy roads my kids danced the night away and enjoyed being out of school the next day as we made sugar cookies with cookie cutters.

Sixth: Bunco night. We have a chinese Christmas gift exchange and it is always fun. Rhonda, Cindy and I had some post-bunco fun taking pictures of ourselves as elves :)

Due to the fact that this blog site is being stubborn I could not post the pictures with the details of the event, so here they are - in order.

Hope you are enjoying the Christmas season as much as I am!