Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Wordless Wednesday...Snow Day Pictures

Just wanted to share some pictures from the big snow storm we had a few weeks ago.

Ready for spring yet??

Friday, February 21, 2014

Hamp Turns 5

February is when Hamp turns 5.  But if you ask him, he'll quickly tell you that he's not 5...he's still 4!

We celebrated his birthday with just the family.

The next day, he celebrated with his class at school.  The only thing was he didn't want to have his picture made blowing out the candle on his cupcake...

It's hard to believe that my "little tumor" has now been in our lives for 5 years!  Before he came into our lives, I never thought I would have another child...but now I can't remember life without him!  He is a joy to all that know him and true blessing in the lives of his Mama, Daddy, and Big Brother!  Thank you Lord for giving him to us...

Monday, February 17, 2014

Snow Day Breakfast

Since it was snowing this morning and nobody had school, it was time for pancakes!

HoMeMaDe Pancakes...with fresh Vermont maple syrup!

Grandmama gave us the maple syrup for Christmas and this was the first time that we opened it.  The pancakes are made with our homemade baking mix and fresh laid eggs (of course!).

It was a great start to a fun day of snow watching...

Friday, February 14, 2014

Dancing With the Congregation

The Barefoot Youth Ministry at the Toccoa First United Methodist Church held a fundraiser February 8th for their mission work this spring and summer.  It was a dance competition that was a night of good food and true entertainment!

Knox was one of the youth working the event.  He shocked me when he came out of his room and asked, "How do I look?"  He was in Mr. Fred's suit that we bought from the estate sale after Mr. Fred and Ms. Wilma had passed away.  Knox could wear Mr. Fred's dress pants and suit almost perfectly, so we couldn't turn down the opportunity to get them.

When we came for the dinner, Knox was finishing up a few last minute decorations. So, with him fussing the whole time...I got a picture of my first born, all dressed up!

The youth had decorated the Cheek Hall beautifully!  There were stars hanging from the ceiling and candles on the tables. The stage was also festive with an arch decorated with the red and white theme.

After a fabulous three course meal, the entertainment started!  The first couple was Elaine and J.B.  They set the tone for how we all should never stop dancing...

Next came Pinky and  .  They showed us what it meant to really be S-M-O-O-T-H...

The two step took on new meaning with Tony and his daughter Mary Beth on the dance floor!

Mark and Susan slid onto the dance floor...showing us how to work the floor in step together.

Then came Ethan and Katie.  Their energy was high flying on the dance floor!

And last, but by no means least, was Harry and Patti.  They popped onto the dance floor with a little bit of magic...

All the couples not only showed off their best steps, but did it in a truly entertaining way that keep the audience tapping their feet and clapping their hands!  None of us wanted the evening to end, but we had to crown a winner...

Mark and Susan!

They may have won, but the real winners will be the people who will benefit from the mission work that the Barefoot Youth will be doing in Normal, Oklahoma and Toccoa, Georgia this spring and summer!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Don't forget to dance...

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Wordless Wednesday...The All Day Snow

It snowed all day Tuesday.
That hardly never happens here!

We had to run an errand.
So we went through downtown Toccoa and took in the beautiful snow falling!

The train depot looked like a warm gingerbread house in the snow.

Toccoa is one of only three stops that Amtrak's Crescent line makes in Georgia. 

Hubby and Hamp wanted to see a train come down the track in the snow.

The new county courthouse looked quite and graceful as the snow fell all around.

While the old Stephens County courthouse looked majestic and proud just posing for the camera...

Thursday, January 9, 2014

My Favorite Dinner Date

As Hamp and I sat down to eat this evening, he looked up and smiled really big saying, "CHEESE."

We were quietly eating.  He had been looking through a Thomas the Train magazine while I was looking through a new seed catalog and listening to the evening news.  Neither or us were talking.  This is somewhat usually for Hamp.  He is normally talking a mile-a-minute from the time he comes home to the time he goes to sleep. 

I was taking in the quiet when I looked up to see Hamp with a mouth full smiling wildly at me!  As I giggled at him, he came over and said, "Can you take my picture Mama?"

I grasped the camera under a consistent singing of "CHEESE".  I readied the camera and captured this little cutie in a typical moment for him.

God has given him an uncanny ability to brighten up any moment.  He finds a way to add joy and sunshine even when you don't realize that you need it.  He is truly my light of God...

Monday, January 6, 2014

Zac Brown is My Husband?

I had no idea that my Hubby was the famous Zac Brown...only in looks.  For the past few years we have had more than one person comment about how  much he looks like the singer.  We have gotten quite a few laughs out of it as well as a few second glances.
It become more noticeable in the winter when Hubby starts wearing his stocking cap instead of his IH hat.
When Hubby went to the local liquor store New Year's Eve, he said that he got a few weird looks until he realized that he was standing next to a full size cutout of Zac Brown!

So, of course, we couldn't let this pass by without some photos!  I laughed as we were asking the clerk what they were planning to do with the cut out when he did a double take!  He even had to take a picture of Hubby next to Zac!

Well, I'll let you be the judge...which one is the real one?

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