Saturday, November 17, 2012


In March we put our house of 5 years on the market so that we could move into town to be near schools, church, and work.  It took a little over 6 months to sell and in God's perfect timing, we sold our house to the first people that looked back in March.  We loved our house and knew it was perfect for a family like us.  When we bought it in November 2007, I was pregnant with our second and due in March.  The couple that bought our house this November is expecting their second child in March.  That makes me happy.  I feel like they will love it as much as we did!

If we had sold our house in March when they looked the first time, we would not have bought the house we did.  We would not have been willing to buy a "fixer-upper" and it wasn't even on the market!  After we closed on the houses last Thursday I had a "what in the world were we thinking" few days.  However, I am over that now and very excited!  We could not be more excited that Zeb's dad is spearheading the renovations!  Zeb and I are both sentimental and we will really cherish the work he is doing in this house!  Also, we know it will be done correctly!  Work began this week and I can't believe the progress already! Most of the wallpaper is down and everything that had to be ripped out is out!  I hope (even tho G would never say) to be in the house in about another month. If not, it's no big deal, but we will be spending Christmas Eve in the house even if we are sleeping on the floor and eating doughnuts and bottled water!  We have been living with my parents the last two weeks and it has been so good!  They have gone out of the way to make the 5 of us, plus our crazy dog, feel comfortable and welcome!  We obviously could not do it without our parents!

The house was built in 1986 and was owned by an elderly couple who is now deceased!  It is in immaculate condition, but it is very out of date.  It is in the perfect location for us.  I feel so safe and tucked away!  Most of the house has floral wallpaper--which we found out this week is two layers deep in most places! Here are some before pictures.  I had one friend say "boy, Anna, you have vision".  That made me laugh and then I realized by her comment how much there was to do.  But the thing is, I have NO sense of style when decorating!  I had all the paint picked out and had to start over and it completely stressed me out!  I wasn't sure if I could do it again! ha!  Painting starts Monday and I hope I like the colors because they will be there for MANY years! Thankfully, I have a mom who will sit and listen to me talk about gray undertones for entirely too long!

The screened porch--my favorite part!


The next two pics are both in the girls' bathroom--yes, two different wallpapers--one room!

Sam's room

and bath

Friday, November 16, 2012

SB's Tribute Week

This poem is for the class
Of terrific Mrs. Nowell;
It’s about Miss Sara Beth,
Our special Henson owl.
So sit back in your desks
And listen up to me,
‘cause I’m about to tell you
some facts about SB.

She’s a precious little girl,
You’ll know right when you meet her;
But be careful if you’re cooking,
‘cause she’s a picky, little eater.
She likes her food groups separate
And would rather them not touch;
She usually eats quite well,
But if it’s mixed—not much!

She loves the game of soccer,
And plays it with such zeal!
Did you know that she’s a gymnast
And does a great cartwheel?
Bikes and dolls and hula hoops
Are things that give her glee;
But what she’s really best at
Is caring for sam and leigh.

Helpful, kind, and tender—
She always thinks of others.
In fact, just tonight
She shared her candy with her mother.
She loves God, church, and Sunday school
And pays attention to the preacher.
I think she also likes her school,--
She’s always talking about her teacher!

I probably could go on and on
And tell you more and more,
But if you know my sweet SB,
She’s running for the door!
Another thing about this girl
You may not have realized yet,
Is that all this talk about her
Has embarrassed her to death.

So, I’ll conclude this tribute poem
With one thing left to do,
“Sara Beth I must confess
straight from me to you;
I’m proud of everything you are
And the things you say and do
And me and mom and Sam and Leigh
We all love you.”

Zeb wrote this poem because SB was the star student at her class this week.  I know she can't fully appreciate it now, but I know she will later!  

I made some owl cupcakes for her class and went and read a book to her class on Tuesday!  Her teacher makes this week so special for each child!  She had a blast!

Her Thanksgiving party was also today!

Birthday Fun

My Mom's birthday was the 11th and my Dad's was the 14th.  To celebrate, my grandmother took us all to AJ's for dinner.  

This was a big one for Mom so the kids are telling her that Bo Bo was going to take us all to New Orleans on Saturday!  She was so surprised!  He figured what she wanted most was for everyone to just hang out!  To do that, we really have to get out of town--where there would be no farming, errand running, napping, or phone talking--just fun family time!

Bo Bo's turn---Sam looked up at Bo Bo and said "I brrood it, Bo Bo".

Saturday morning we headed out in the 15 passenger van very early so that we could eat some breakfast down there!

Then we walked around the French Quarter--this REALLY grossed us out-but the kids had a blast!


We picked up Johnny's po-boys and headed for the river.

The plan was to go to the zoo.  However, the parking lot was packed so we opted for a trolley ride!

Then headed to the park for some playtime!

Mom kept Sam occupied on the way home by looking at pictures!  All 5 kids were EXCELLENT travelers!  

Friday, November 2, 2012

Once upon a time...

There was a grandmother, a wolf, and little red riding hood...

woof eating grandma

all three loved trick or treating this year

Do you see the Finish dishwashing detergent in the corner of his bag?  It still makes me so mad!  So thankful I caught it and he didn't open it and try it!

 At one house Sam got a regular sized sucker.  He carried it around until he got this one at another house!  He was so excited when I let him eat it at home!

Even though we are moving this weekend, Zeb still made time to carve a pumpkin with kiddos!

Costume parade at Trinity

Love how intently Sam and Jake were watching big kids!