Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Friday, November 23, 2012

Our Thanksgiving Part 2...

Well, Thanksgiving 2012 is in the books. We had a very nice day yesterday. Our day began with watching the Macy's parade and me cooking a couple of things for our lunch. We then gathered over at Betty and Ward's for a wonderful lunch that consisted of smoked turkey and dressing made by my mama and the rest of us contributed side dishes and yummy desserts. It was such a beautiful day, we decided to take the annual family picture outside on their pretty patio. We spent most of our time out there visiting, while Matt enjoyed playing football with whoever would play him.
Here are a few pictures from our day and even a few taken by McKenzie who had fun playing with David's camera.









Here are some of McKenzie's pictures....




BUSTED!!!
That's his 7th roll!
 


This is David hijacking Betty's post for just a moment.  As we were leaving Betty and Ward's a dog came into the yard checking us out.  Guess what happened?  Yep, Dr. Doolittle worked her magic again and the dog followed us home!  Good gracious, this is getting ridiculous!  We already have two rabbits that have adopted us!  Stop being an animal magnet, Betty!

I now return you to your regularly scheduled blog post.

Henry, our elf made his first appearance this morning! I can't figure out if Matt believes in him or not. He came to me a few minutes ago and said Mama you know Henry really looks kind of fake...his face is plastic!  Oh I hope we can have at least one more year of this fun tradition with Matt believing but I don't know, that boy is smart. He's figuring things out.

We had talked about going to Memphis today to see a movie but we are all tired and just enjoying being home today. There is always tomorrow!  So I think we will just hang out today, watch football, a Duck Dynasty marathon and I need to finish decorating. I will link up to blog party soon but here is a sneek peek of our tree. The tree topper is new this year. I also couldn't resist these cute flannel Christmas sheets for the kids beds.  I  found them at Target on sale!  The kids decorated their trees this week while out of school. What a fun week we have had and its already over! We are definately ready for Christmas break. It will be here before we know it!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  We have already kicked off our Thanksgiving feasting by going to Nana and Grand's yesterday for fun and food.  And awesome apple pies!!!  We took the kids down to a little brick building in Eupora for a few pictures.



After lunch Matt, Grand, Caleb, and I went to Mr. Glenn's to see his trains including his newest addition, Thomas the train.



We managed to stay awake for the most part.  You might remember that we Cummings folks sometimes have trouble with that after a big meal.  Nana, McKenzie, and I may have dozed off a little bit, though.  The main thing that kept us awake was watching some old videos of Cassie and Caleb when they were little.  Here's a little clip of Cassie when she was about four sitting at the table drawing and making up songs.
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Even Nick is getting into the Thanksgiving spirit.  He loves playing football with Matt.  He even went and got the football himself this morning trying to get Matt to play with him.
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Today we'll have Thanksgiving with some of Betty's family at BettyWard's.  Maybe BettyWard will entertain us with some original songs of her own like Cassie did!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Grizzlies and Nachos (and Nick)

So, Mom has been harassing me about posting again. 
Mom (in her sweetest Mom voice): "I've been checking your blog to see if you posted anything new...........you haven't."
Me: "Yes ma'am."  And here I am.

Friday night we went to Memphis to watch the Grizzlies play the Houston Rockets.  One of the biggest surprises of our marriage has been Betty's love of NBA basketball.  Who knew!  I'm not really sure basketball has anything to do with it.  Going to Memphis to eat is always fun and they do a lot to keep everyone entertained during the game.  However, for someone who does actually like basketball, the constant sensory bombardment of music and prompts to MAKE SOME NOISE sometimes gets on my nerves.  That kind of sounded like me standing at the front door in blue socks and slippers yelling "Get off my lawn you rotten kids!", didn't it?

Anyway, Betty was in the mood for supper at The Arcade, so that was our first stop.  Apparently all the times we've eaten at The Arcade have been at lunch because we got there and found out that The Arcade is only open from 7:00 to 3:00!  You know that didn't keep us from eating so we headed to The FedEx Forum and found the Rendezvous stand and loaded up on BBQ nachos!



Matt looks like he got a bite of a jalapeno!


The game was fun and the Grizzlies won!

Today (Tuesday) was Nick's birthday.  Actually, it was one year ago today when we adopted him.  We celebrated with cupcakes from Walmart and another batch of Betty's chocolate covered strawberries.  Poor Nick just celebrated with another bowl of Iams.  Here are a couple of pictures of Nick.  The first one is right after we got him and the second is the other day when he and Matt were watching squirrels out the window.
Maybe Nick will take over updating the blog!


Happy Birthday Nick!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Thanksgiving Around the House

I have always loved putting Thanksgiving decorations here and there in the house. I love this holiday and I don't want it to be forgotten amidst all the Christmas excitement. So here are a few pictures of pilgrims and turkeys.




A couple of books Matt and I are reading. McKenzie and I use to read these too before she got too big! I think we have all the Night Before series books. They are so fun.


I found these two turkeys at Wall's a few years ago and I love how they are made out of nature items. So creative.


I took down the halloween pennant garland in the kitchen and replaced it with the gobble gobble one that I found at TJmaxx a couple of years ago.

Today was cloudy and cool so I knew vegetable soup would be something good to eat for supper. So I prepared it this afternoon and let it simmer in the crockpot all afternoon. It smelled soooo good. I used a recipe from a former neighbor, Betty Byrd. She actually made this soup for us and I had to have the recipe years ago. It is so easy and wonderful! I made homemade cheese bread to go with it. I love eating like this on cold nights. David is not a big fan of soup. He says it just doesn't fill him up. But this is more like a stew so he likes it. One of David's absolute favorite things to eat is chocolate covered strawberries. Today while grocery shopping, I noticed the store had put out their holiday baking section. And there it was....
So I picked up a container of strawberries and made them for us. They were divine! I usually can only find this around Valentine's Day so we will probably having this treat a few more times during the holidays. This plate didn't last long. David said we looked like a bunch of buzzards around roadkill eating all the strawberries up!




After grocery shopping this morning, I had just gotten home when Mrs. Ross, Matt's teacher assistant called me. She told me Matt had 101 degree fever and I needed to come get him. Poor baby he was so pitiful when I got to the school. A few other people were going home also. With his symptoms I have to wonder if it is strep. It is going around. Well, guess I will be taking another trip to the Dr. tomorrow. McKenzie was sick last week with a red throat and missed Monday. She is lots better and almost through with her round of antibiotic. Tis the season I guess! I just want to get all of this out of the way before Thanksgiving and Christmas. As soon as Matt got home he put on his Batman pajamas and went to sleep on the couch. Nick got to work taking care of him. Hope everyone has a good week!