Monday, December 1, 2008

Check It Out!

Thanksgiving holiday finally gave me the chance to catch up on the blog. I have posted pictures of the girls at Halloween, a video of the final moments of Cynthia's volleyball team winning the City Championship, special memories of PaPa's 90th birthday and one of my favorite Thanksgiving poems. I have also added two new links under the Andrea's Favorite section. One is to my friend Jennifer Albright's blog. Jennifer lost her husband to cancer this summer. The other link is to a women at church who is fighting heart cancer. Both of this stories are truly inspiration and once again help us see how thankful we should all be for our health.


Thanksgiving was a wonderful break from the hustle and bustle of our normal lives. The older I get the more I appreciate this holiday. Speaking for myself, it is difficult to not look around and see how many things we have to be thankful for.

I love this poem taken from Anne Landers' column (2001).

Things to Be Thankful For
Be thankful for the clothes that fit a little too snug, because it means you have enough to eat.
Be thankful for the mess you clean up after a party, because it means you have been surrounded by friends.
Be thankful for the taxes you pay, because it means you're employed.
Be thankful that your lawn needs mowing and your windows need fixing, because it means you have a home.
Be thankful for your heating bill, because it means you are warm.
Be thankful for the laundry, because it means you have clothes to wear.
Be thankful for the space you find at the far end of the parking lot, because it means you can walk.
Be thankful for the lady who sings off-key behind you in church, because it means you can hear.
Be thankful when people complain about the government, because it means we have freedom of speech.
Be thankful for the alarm that goes off in the early morning hours, because it means you're alive.

I hope that all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday as well.

PaPa's 90th Birthday Party

Right after Cynthia's big city championship win, the whole family headed down to Paducah for the annual Halloween bonfire. This year was really special because on Sunday we all came together to wish PaPa (Chris' grandfather) a happy 90th birthday. He still shows everyone up on the dance floor.

Cynthia wins City Volleyball Championship

Cynthia's SMM volleyball team won the City Championship in October. They were undefeated all season and it was great fun to watch them play together.

Halloween 2008

We had unseasonably warm weather for Halloween this year. This combined with the holiday falling on a Friday night made it a wonderful event. Each of the girls did something a little different this year:

Cynthia dressed as Tinkerbell. She invited a large group of friends over to trick or treat with her in our neighborhood.

Rachel's costume was Minnie Mouse. She went out with a friend in her neighborhood.

Amanda's final costume choice was an M&M. She started out as a vampire but liked this funky look better. She also went out with a friend in a neighborhood close by.

Bridget was Demi Lovato from Disney's Camp Rock and Eleanor was a very cute Madeline. I took them through our neighborhood.
Everyone received too much candy and had a great time!