Not really sure where to start because I'm so behind! And we are just entering into our busiest time of year so I don't think it'll get better. But that's okay with me; I'm spending quality time with my kids and am currently in survival mode because my husband is in California for a MONTH! So you can see why I haven't had time to blog. (And this week I haven't had a computer either.) I actually had to go back and look at my pictures to even remember what we've been up to... and here's just a tidbit...
We watched Alabama football on TV and sported our team gear.
We looked for Sam some Bama gear but I still can't find anything that's "baby" enough and not too big boy. (I'm a fan of babies being babies - can you tell?) So he's sporting his elephants, just not in crimson and white yet.
We joined a small group called "Baby Praise" that meets on Wednesday mornings. It's for Moms and their kids and they sing songs and let the kids worship and dance. We met Maci Rose and baby Carter there - Carter is one day older than Sam and Maci Rose is about 3 months older than Mary Ella. They had a lot of fun.
We said goodbye to Chad almost 2 weeks ago now and although it's made my job a lot harder, I wouldn't trade places with him. He may be in sunny California but he hasn't seen much of the sun due to the intense training he is going through. This training is for his new sales job and "intense" is about the only word I can think of to describe it. He's exhausted. So I'm sure he wouldn't mind if you said a few prayers for him - for refreshment, energy, and A+'s on all his tests. :)
While Daddy is gone we are heading to the Compound for the weekends; I say weekends, but it's more like Thursday through Monday. It helps the time pass and gives us lots to do to keep us busy.
This past weekend we were joined by Addie Jane and Jack, which made for even more fun.
I accidentally ran over a small snake when I pulled into the driveway; the kids were fascinated by it; me, not so much. I'm not a fan of any snake. Especially a small snake. Because I know its Mommy is probably nearby.
On Friday we took the kids to Trowbridges and enjoyed bottled cokes, chicken salad sandwiches, chili dogs and of course ice cream, then headed back to the Compound for more fun.
Grandaddy let the kids play around on the tractor.
He also showed us his apple tree out behind his shop. This tree hasn't produced apples in years, but this year my grandaddy decided to get some bees; they are way in the back of the pasture in one of those beekeeper boxes (they are called "supers."). And sure enough, those bees helped to pollenate the apple tree and we had LOADS of apples this year! Thank you, bees! (We also have some delicious honey.)
I also took some pictures of my cousins Courtney and Annsley, just for fun.
That night Grandaddy cooked fried chicken, mashed potatoes, English peas, his home made biscuits, and slaw for the entire compound. His fried chicken recipe is like all his other recipes: simple. Soak your chicken breasts in buttermilk for hours, or overnight if you can. Get a brown paper grocery sack, fill with flour, and season the flour with salt and pepper. Throw your chicken breasts in the sack and SHAKE. Meanwhile, heat your vegetable oil in your fryer until it reaches about 300 degrees; don't let it get past 335 or so. Fry the chicken until it's nice and golden brown and rises to the top of the oil. Yum, yum.
I'm back at the Compound now and tomorrow we're having a big Compound yard sale. So come on out! E-mail me for the address if you wanna come! Happy weekend everyone!