Sunday, December 31, 2006

Another year. . .

It was time for a change. I'm in a blue mood for 2007. Started out pink in 05, green in 06. I'm liking the blue. It is wild to think 2006 is over! Thinking about this time last year: I was LARGE pregnant and anticipating the arrival of our precious boy, Hayley had only been walking for 3 months, we had just moved to our new house, and so many more changes were ahead of us. I'm anxious (in a good way) to see what 2007 has in store for our family of 4. I was taking the ornaments off our tree today thinking about this time next year and how very different things will be around here. Jack will be weeks away from turning 2 years old and Hayley will be almost 3 1/2. It's hard to imagine!

Our Christmas was wonderful. It started out w/ Tra's family and ended up with mine. It was the first time since 2003 that I had gotten to be w/ my family for Christmas at my parents' house. It was SO good to be with everyone again. 2004 Tra was too sick to travel and 2005 I wasn't allowed to travel. It was fun w/ Tra's family to see all the kids. None of them were terribly "into" Christmas this year. I thought Hayley would be more into it, but she so was not. She IS enjoying her new toys though---even if she seemed like she could care less at the time she opened them. One of my favorite memories of this Christmas was being at Richland Hills on Christmas Eve morning for the candlelight service and there were about 5 baptisms afterwards. Hayley always goes to her class during service times but the kids don't have classes at the Christmas Eve service, so she had never seen a baptism until then. It totally left a huge impact on her. I think she has talked about it every day since. She'll randomly say, "Remember when that boy got ba-tized? He just JUMPED in that water and got soakin' wet!" And I'll say, "He said, 'Hey everybody!! I. . " and she finishes w/ ". . .love JESUS!!" Last night she brought it up again and she said, "And then it will be Hayley's turn to jump in that water!" I told her I couldn't WAIT for it to be her turn! SOOOOO precious.

I'll end this post w/ some of my favorite things Hayley has said lately. Obviously the baptism thing was one of my favorites!

"I need a wipe-a-towel!" (paper towel to wipe off her hands/face)

She'll cover Jack's head w/ a blanket and say, "Jackin in the box. . . PEEK-A-BOO!!!" The other day Tra goes, "Hayley in the box, peek a boo!" She goes, "Not Hayley!! JACKIN!!" Jackin???

Jack threw his sippy cup off his high chair the other day. She walked over calmly, picked up his cup, put it on his tray and said, "That's not a good idea, Buddy."

If she sees something out of place she'll laugh and say, "Where did come THAT from???"

We pass a donut place we go to occasionally and she says w/o prompting: "Donuts are too sugary. They'll make my tummy hurt. They're not good for you." I followed that statement the other day w/ "Yea, they're not healthy." She followed that with, "No. But M&M's are healthy!"

We were at my cousin's wedding and she went up to this little boy who was about 6 and patted him sweetly on his arm and said, "Hi little boy! You're so sweet!" You know that "little boy" loved that!

I could go on, but I'll stop for now. Praying for an extra BLESSED 2007 for all of us! Happy New Year!


Wade said...

Hey Shelly!

Happy New Year!

It's kinda crazy how I always think of you and your parents on New Year's Day. I remember you telling me that your parents would always open thier home to friends and serve pancakes on New Year's.

Obviously I never went myself but I always thought it was such a neat tradition they had.

The things little kids say always crack me up! I can't wait to hear what Tate has to say one day!

Happy New Year's,


Sarah said...

Hi, Shelly! Thanks for stopping by our blog. I've checked yours a couple of times through Summer's as well. Glad to see you are doing so well!! Hayley and Jack are just precious! I'm still kindof new to blogging, but I really love being able to keep up with friends this way. Please tell Tra hello!

Sarah Jones

Courtney said...

Shelma, one of the greatest blessings in my 2006 was definitely you! You are an incredible woman and I am so proud to call you one of my dearest friends. I look forward to seeing what God has for your family and I'm praying His richest blessings on you as you guys walk so faithfully with Him. I love you!

Chesley said...

Your kids are so cute I could just eat them up!!! Love you!

Kendra said...

Shelly - I loved your comments about your little Hayley! If I could only have a pen and paper in hand to be constantly writing down the things my boys say . . .kids are so fun! We loved the Christmas Eve morning service too - unfortunately, Tyler watched the baptisms and resoundedly proclaimed that he sure didn't want that to happen to him!! Neat opportunity to share the gospel with my 5 year old, and one of those "write it down" moments, but not a parent's "proudest"! he!Thanks for sharing, and Happy New Year to your family!
Kendra Vaughn

Summer said...

Shelma! I'm so glad that we have this community of bloggers. Even when I don't have time for even phone conversation, I can check in on my friends to see how things are going. I'm so glad that you got to spend Christmas with your family this year. We had a great Christmas with Chad's family, and New Year's with mine. Hope to see you soon. We have got to get our girls together. I would love to just watch them play!

TedTracie said...


Precious pictures! Your kids are adorable. How far apart are they... I am guessing really close. I really do want to catch up on the phone soon. It's cold and wet here in TN but no snow... sad! I want SNOW!

Hope you are doing well!