phone talks

Alice Taylor loves a telephone!  Anytime I have the phone in my hand the first thing she asks is "who is that" then she proceeds by "I wanna say hello Nana" or "I wanna say hello Lea" so here she is talking to Nana the other night.

This little girl makes me laugh A LOT!
Please excuse the quality of this picture! I snapped it with my iPhone really fast because I heard her singing in her room with her "kitchen phone" She was dancing and singing to her new CD that was playing "Call me Maybe"
Christmas posts coming up next.


Fun Happenings

On December 1st my Daddy and I went to an estate sale and left with a few neat things.  An old milk jug that now sits on my porch with some branches and white lights, a wooden basket that houses deer antlers & Christmas balls and two metal locker crates that I spray painted yellow that holds books.  Run on sentence or what?!?!?!  We then left and I picked the children up from Momma and Daddy's and took them to the Christmas parade.  We are so lucky to have banker friends that invited us to the bank's balcony downtown.  They had lots of refreshments and goodies to eat, they even had festive drinks for the adults!  It was a great view, not crowded and all of our friends were there!!

Claire, Wiley & Aidan

Alice's spot the entire parade

Kate, Maggie & Alice

Blurry picture of all the children 
Last year after Christmas, I bought a gingerbread house for $2.00 and put it up.  I am so glad I did, the kids had fun decorating in their pajamas; well baby insisted on wearing a dress!

There is nothing better than making memories and continuing traditions with your family!


bowl full of jelly

Friday night we hopped in the car and drove to Prattville.  Destination:  The Bass Pro Shop to see no one other than Jolly Ole Santa Claus!  The entire trip over, Robin and I talked to Alice about Santa and how she would sit in his lap and tell him what she wanted for Christmas.  We were not really sure if she "got it", but boy we were w.r.o.n.g.
I have every single picture framed in a frame from Exposures that has the year on it.  Starting with Wiley Boy 2006.  I love pulling them out every year and adding another one to my buffet.  Last years post shows them here.

We had the best time, and it was free!
Dinner to top our night off at Cracker Barrel, one of our favorites.  Robin and I had breakfast, Alice veggies and Wiley Shrimp.  Strange enough we all ate off each other's plates. Ha!
Wish list from Santa:
Wiley:  Chemistry Set
Alice:  Baby Doll


Trimming the Christmas Tree

 I love a real Christmas tree.  It smells good and it is just plain fun going to pick it out!

Having a little hot chocolate
Wiley boy drove us home from "the tree farm" aka Four Seasons.  Its only about 3-4 miles,but its on busy road.  This is something my granddaddy let me do all time, except I was sitting on his briefcase with a chopping block behind my back so I could see over the steering wheel and reach the pedal!


Hand painted ornament of our Church

Wiley's tractor


My tree in our kitchen. A big one that is really old is on our back porch.  I love Christmas time and everything it means. 


Surprise visit and Indian Homes

The Friday Wiley got out for Thanksgiving break, Robin and I decided to surprise him at school.  They were having a thanksgiving feast but with a stew.  Each kid was to bring a canned item to add to the pot, ours was corn.  Of course Wiley didn't eat it, he is a very picky eater and the smell had nauseated him all day.  As momma knew it would!
Next he created an Indian home. Mom gets Wiley every day after school and has everything available at your fingertips for any craft.  He did it all by himself, Daddy did cut the board for him, but he drilled the hole for the dead tree. I love the campfire he made with glitter for the fire and the Indian "symbols" he painted on the burlap teepee. 
Another Thanksgiving project was to disguise a Turkey.  Another Cowboy turkey.  Just like last year, we keep traditional around here!
Wow what a difference a year makes.  Last years POST

Daddy hiding behind a tree.  The look on Wiley's face when he saw Dad.

Forget us, he is off to play!

Packing up his backpack for a week long break!

Southern Sausage Muffins

I love the southern sausage muffins my grandmother makes.  I have never found a better recipe than hers and she is letting me share it with you!!  I like to make double batches and freeze them for frantic mornings when there is no time to cook for the children.
Southern Sausage Muffins
1/2 lb. mild pork sausage
1/3 cup green onions finely chopped
1 1/2 cups Bisquick baking mix (similar brand)
1 1/2 tsp. packed brown sugar
1/2 tsp. dry mustard
1/4 tsp. ground red pepper (cayenne)
2/3 cup milk
1/2 cup cheddar cheese, finely shredded
Heat oven to 400 degrees (375 for dark non-stick pan) Grease bottoms only of 12 medium muffin cups.  Cook and stir sausage and onions in a 10 inch skillet until brown, crumbling sausage into small bits; drain on paper towels.  Mix baking mix, brown sugar, dry mustard and red pepper in medium bowl.  Stir in sausage mixture, milk and cheese, just until blended.  Batter will be thick.  Fill muffin cups about 2/3 full, spreading batter to edges of cups.  Bake 20-25 minutes or until golden brown,  Cool slightly, remove from pan.  Serve warm.
***Makes about 1 dozen muffins.  Refrigerate until ready to eat.  Warm in Microwave. 
I hope you enjoy them as much as we do.  Let me know if you make them!!  I hope you are all enjoying this holiday season celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ.  I am off to get ready for Wiley's Christmas musical at Church tonight.  Also exciting this week, I will be an Aunt again! YAHOO!!!!


It would be a Thanksgiving post, BUT

i forgot my camera.

We did things a little different this year and went to Birmingham for Thanksgiving.  It was a nice change for all of us, I think its the first year Robin didn't get to hunt that afternoon and guess what, it didn't kill him!!  We were about a mile from home and I said, I forgot our camera.  Robin offered to turn around but its a 90 mile trip so I just said GO on.  I snapped a few pictures with my iPhone but for some dang reason they are blurry when I uploaded them.  boo and hiss! So I will leave you with this.
Wiley and Alice, We are so thankful for you both.  You make our world go around and our hearts skip a beat!  You both keep us on our toes and bring so much love and laughter to our home!!!  We love y'all so much and are so thankful for every.single.day. with you!



I realize October has come and gone, but this Momma is still trying to play catch up!!  We moved back home the 2nd week of October I think and we have been in complete chaos since.  We have part of our floors, meaning Den only and we do have our Christmas tree up so that is a huge plus!  Our bedroom carpet will be installed Wednesday, hooray!!

Wiley is in Tiger Cubs this year and I have to say he loves it!  Their first little project was the Father/Son cake bake.  The theme was outdoors and of course my boys went with Deer in a green field with a box stand!  Robin and Wiley did this all by themselves while I perched on the sofa watching Dirty Dancing.  Wiley won 1st place in his age division and he could not have been prouder. (had to be totally edible, they made the deer out of fondant)

Then, we celebrated the upcoming birth of our good friends Kristen and Woody's baby.  A group of us hosted and Rayne's parents so graciously let us have it at their home "The Roost"

Next was the annual Witch Party at The Minter's.  This lady knows how to throw a awesome party, Halloween at that! Her decorations speak for themselves.  We had the best time eating and just catching up with old friends!

After Church we walked the kids over to do what we thought was take a few pictures.  You see, they didn't think it was such a great idea and it was fa-reezing!!

and now...Halloween!  Of course Wild Man picks his own out now, Bobo Fett (I guess that is how you spell it) from Star Wars and Alice was my cute little clown.  She had a blast following her brother's footsteps going door to door.

Lastly our fall festival at FBC.  This is sissy marching in the parade.  I can't believe she is big enough I don't have to follow behind her ;(

Hudson, such a pretty baby boy

George and Wiley

I used to swing in those very swings when I was her age.  Its a wonder they are not dry rotted! She had a ball, and so did my buddy boy.