Birthday Boy Joe

This is Joseph’s last year in the single digits . . . . 9 years old!!!!

He was pretty specific on what he wanted for his Birthday meal. Quite a pallet he has.

1.   Sloppy Joe’s, we also had hamburgers for the non-Sloppy Joe crew

2.   Garden Salsa sunchips and Sour Cream and Onion chips

3.   A&W rootbeers in cans

4.   Strawberries and oranges and

5.   Keylime Pie instead of cake. He was sure he wanted Keylime pie until he ate a few pieces then told me he really didn’t like it. He then said he wanted the pie that was like banana pudding but NOT and so I threw out some suggestions and we finally figured out he meant plain cheese cake!  Poor boy, we had mint chocolate chip ice cream too so he switched to that.  I’m still gonna get this sweet boy a cheese cake, at $4.00 a pie I think we can splurge and get him the one he meant.

For his 9th Birthday he received a remote control rescue helicopter, AirHogs rocket, candy, Giant marble ball, cash and checks!!!  He can’t wait to go on his shopping spree with all his lute!!

We are blessed beyond measure to be celebrating 9 years with Joseph. God is so good to us in giving us these years with this rambunctious, creative, artistic, imaginative delight of a boy! We love you so much Joseph Jackson Garrett. . .  HAPPY 9th BIRTHDAY!!!!

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DeSoto Caverns

Joseph and I had a some great one-on-one time at his DeSoto Caverns field trip this past Fall. Yes, it’s taken a while to get these posted:)

Mrs. Means 3rd grade class 2011-2012Class doing the "Fabulous" dance created by Joseph

Frozen Froggy

Poor Froggy didn’t get out of the water in time!! The boys were thrilled to show me how he looked like  he was frozen in Carbonite like Han Solo!! They also had fun pretending they were Archeologist discovering a species that’s never been seen!!! Oh how I love their imagination!!

Reclaimed Lumber

There’s this road we travel on quite often where I have seen time and time again a great stock pile of lumber. It’s a fairly significant pile of timber along the road side in someone’s front yard. I’ve mentioned it to Trey on several occasions how I’d like to stop and ask if we could buy some for building the kids tree house/fort. Reclaimed lumber is my choice for the fort and I can’t bring myself to buying brand new lumber for it. If the fort is anything like Elijah’s office and the playroom then it’s safe to say it will hardly be touched so I don’t want to throw money away to finish it. So the other day we did indeed stop and out came an older gentleman to talk to Trey about said lumber. I stayed in the truck but could hear their conversation.

Old Man said he had been collecting it for a while and he was gonna build a house out of it. What I couldn’t see from the truck was 4-5 more stacks of lumber on the side and back of the house. Let me paint a picture for you. The house is a run down trailer with a wooden shed built onto it wrapped in visqueen. There is a couple other trailers on the land and another unfinished two-story shed that has been unfinished for as long as we have lived here. Come to find out it’s been unfinished for 12 years!!! I seriously doubt this house is ever gonna be built!!

Old Man was remenencing about when he got his wood and how long it took him to get it and where it came from.  At this point I’m a bit bummed realizing we’re not coming home with any tree house lumber. So I think Trey is about to come back to leave when I hear their conversation switch to a boat.

A BOAT! I’m thinking we don’t need a boat, don’t need anything else in our drive way or back yard!! The conversation goes on and on and the next thing I hear is the Old Man giving Trey instructions on picking it up and that he wouldn’t be there so just pay his wife!!

REALLY! A Boat. . .  how did stopping to buy cheap reclaimed lumber turn into a BOAT purchase?  All I wanted were a few long boards we could rip to finish the fort deck so kids coming down on the zipline don’t have to pray they release at just the right time and land on the few boards that at there and not fall through the big gap!! How does this happen?

So now we are BOAT owners!

Favorites of 2011

Many bloggers have a top 10 or 20, I’ve even seen Top 25, but seeing as this is my first go-round with posting favorites, I narrowed it down to 42! Granted these are not ALL my favorites, but really I had to end it some how! Perhaps my Favorites 2012 will be more stream line, but if we are blessed with another baby this year then it is safe to say it will probably be just as long. I guess I should adapt my Favorites to “Favorites under 50”.  Any how here are some of my favorites not in any particular order. Enjoy!!!

  1. Snow Day

2.  Elijah’s Student Council Dance

3.  Morgan’s Archery Competition

4.  Trey and Elijah

5.   Stunt Man Joseph

6.  Jordan at Cameron Oaks

7.  Mary at Cameron Oaks

8.   Battle of the Books Boys

9.   Easter

10.  Jordan in Long Beach

11.   Putt-putt at Treetops

12.   Jordan and Mary Soccer

13.   Morgan at Baseball