Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year!!

I just love New Year's Day.  There is something refreshing about a clean slate that comes with the start of a new year.  Over the last week, the girls have been playing with new toys and wearing new clothes.  The house has been restored to a pre-holiday state, the decorations safely stored away for another year.  My scale breathes a slight sigh of relief since I am about 40 pounds lighter.  My closet has been thinned a bit as well, with my largest sizes in a bag ready for a trip to Goodwill.  I have also been fiddling with my new toy, a brand new Nook Color from Barnes and Noble, my hard-fought winnings from our family Biggest Loser challenge.  (A tip of the hat and a "thank you" to Tracy and Missy for pushing me all the way to victory!)

I am excited to see what 2011 holds for us as a family.  I still have about 80-90 pounds to go to reach my goal weight.  To help along the way, we are planning on Season 2 of our Biggest Loser challenge.  I am also registered for a Warrior Dash in March.  The Warrior Dash is a 5k race on steroids, with 13 various obstacles along the way (think mud pits, fire jumping, cargo net climbs, etc...).  We are also looking forward to seeing what the local Y has to offer to keep our family fit and active.

Professionally, I am hoping to give some wings to a personal business, Chisholm Trail Foods.  We will use another side business, S Bar C Catering to accomplish this goal.  All of this of course will only be possible if I can manage to reduce the travel my day job currently requires.  There seems to be plenty of reason to believe that is possible though.

Grace and Hailey continue to grow into beautiful little girls, inside and out.  They are at a fun age right now and developing into 2 really distinct little jewels.  Both are blond haired beauties, just like their beautiful mommy.  But both show plenty of me in their personalities.  Hailey has an independent streak and fearlessness that I definitely recognize.  Grace has a palate that grows more sophisticated by the meal.

A review of the family budget shows that we won't be able to do everything we want to do, something that is hard for me accept.  But I can see that we are certainly not lacking and I count it a joy to name my blessings as a remembrance.  Big dreams, supported by ambitious plans and unyielding faith will show itself in plentiful fruit.  That to me is what makes New Year's Day such a great day.

Here are my New Year prayers for you.  May you and yours be blessed beyond your comprehension in the year to come.  And may your efforts be rewarded, your love returned and your laughter contagious!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Dress Up Girls

Last Friday, after I returned from my business trip (the last of the year, yeah!), we loaded up the travel trailer and got the girls and headed over the river and through the woods to Gramma and Grampa’s house.  It made for a long day, but it was worth it.  After getting unloaded and settled in a bit, Gramma was ready to play Santa Claus.  The girls scored big.  Grace got a play grill that looks a lot like my little grill that I use at tailgate parties.  We put it together Saturday morning and she seems to really like it.  But the big hit was definitely the dress up clothes, shoes, jewelry and tutus.  The girls were adorable.  I think I might be in trouble with Hailey.  She already has a thing for shoes and jewels.

More pictures have been loaded on our public album, but here a few favorites.

Monday, December 6, 2010

A Clean Bill of Health for Grace

The week of Thanksgiving, we took Grace to a pediatric surgery center to have an umbilical hernia repaired.  She has had it since she was born, and early on our pediatrician pointed it out to us.  She told us that it may heal on its own, but cautioned us then that we may need to consider surgery if it didn't correct itself by age 4.

It was a minor surgery, we were home with Grace resting on the couch by 9:30am afterwards, but it was still pretty scary to watch a couple of nurses wheel your baby girl into an operating room on a gurney.  She did great and rebounded very, very quickly.  The surgeon told us that we would likely have a hard time containing her after the first couple of days, and he was definitely right.  I can't tell you how many times Brenda or I had to remind her to take it easy, she had stitches in her belly!

There is no keeping a 4 year old down.  I asked her teacher to try keep her from jumping off the top of the monkey bars on the playground.  That seemed like about all we could ask.  This morning, during Grace's chapel service, the kids all performed their Christmas program for parents and grandparents.  Grace did really well and made an adorable bunny.  After school, we took Grace for her follow up appointment at the pediatric surgery center.  The surgeon was quite pleased with how Grace is healing.  From what we can tell, aside from a bit of bruising that is fading away, you can't even tell she had anything done.

Its been a busy holiday season so far, as it seems they always are.  While we always have no shortage of things to be thankful for and to celebrate, a happy, healthy little girl is a great place to start for us.

I haven't uploaded the pictures yet, but I will post some pre and post surgery pics and some pics from Grace's Christmas program soon.

Merry Christmas, Y'all!