Sunday, December 30, 2012

Our "Island Vacation"

We just got back from our island vacation in the middle of the Mississippi River.  Mamie and Big George have a hunting cabin on Davis Island, and for the first time in four years, we, as well as my cousins, were able to go with them.  (You can see the last time here.)
Normally, the river is so deep that we have to be ferried across; but this time we were able to just drive across the barge. When we left, the river was up to the truck's headlights, but we made it! *deep sigh of relief*
William was thrilled to be able to hunt with Mommy and Daddy.  He fell asleep, however, but not before he had seen some deer.
Some of the younger ones had an archery match with  our longtime Island friends, the Campbells.  Our friendship goes back for three generations. 
Mealtimes were lots of fun--not to mention delicious!
Philip, Martha, and Samuel, a.k.a. 'The Three Stooges,' had a great time together.  I wonder how they earned their nickname?
On Saturday, Big George's sister's family drove through the rising Mississippi to spend the day.  We visited the ruins of Jefferson Davis's home, a library, and a cemetery from the 1800's.  I love the picture of Marcus and the four unidentifiable boys in camo at the cemetery.
Before leaving, the Smith and Moss grandchildren and grandparents piled on and around the Kubota. 
We made a lot of memories and had a very special time on our island vacation. 

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas!

On the 14th we cut our Christmas tree and the next day we decorated it.   
The 22nd we celebrated Christmas at Big George and Mamie's house with the Gaffrons.
Aunt Renie and Aunt Emily planned the games.
 In the first game we had to blow a whistle when the conductor points to you. With everyone blowing different notes, we played Jingle Bells.
  In the second game we were told to place a paper plate on our head
and then draw a Christmas tree, a fireplace with a mantle with a stocking
hanging from it, and then draw a present under the tree.
After that you were given points depending on how well you placed things and your creativity.  
After that we acted out the Christmas story.
The seven oldest grandchildren recited prophecies about Jesus' birth.

That night we went to Paw Paw's house to celebrate Christmas and our cousin, Charlie's,
The next day we went to Mamie and Big George's house again.
Samuel, Philip, and Martha all got pogo sticks.
They loved them and spent most of the afternoon jumping on them.
On Christmas Eve we went to church and then went out to eat.
We have a tradition of the boys sleeping in the girl's room
so when we got home we ate dessert and went to bed.
Another tradition is to have our picture taken on the stairs
before we go down and open our presents.
For breakfast we had Pawpaw, Big George and Mamie, Mama Em and Papa Papa,
Mr. Russell, and the Pyrons for Breakfast.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
~ Anna


Saturday, December 22, 2012


Last week, we went to Memphis for the day.  We shopped, ate lunch in the park, had the playground to ourselves, and toured the Pink Palace Museum.
Anna, Delie, and I rode on the tire swing.  This picture is going in our room--a sweet sister shot.  I love these girls!
I like this picture of Samuel against the blue sky.
 George and Mommy had fun on the monkey bars. 
 After lunch at the park, we went to the Pink Palace museum.  It has a large Christmas tree display this time of year; with themes from Charlie Brown to traditional to pink.  Thomas and Samuel liked the snowman tree (above).
My favorite tree was the Holly Polyhedra tree.  I guess that's because I'm Daddy's daughter. :)
I hope y'all are having a wonderful Christmas season. (And let me know if you decorate your tree with polyhedra--only a homeschooler would!)

Friday, December 21, 2012

I'm having a (cake) ball in the kitchen

Hello, everyone!  My name is James, but I answer to JJ, Sweetie Pie, Jayzee, and almost every other term of endearment.  If you're not too distracted by my adorable smile, you'll probably notice the cake ball in my hand.  You'll probably want to learn how to make them.  And chances are, if you make them, you'll start smiling just like me.
Okay, let's get started!
Step 1:
Have an older sister bake a sheet cake of her choice; she chose chocolate.  I highly approve.  After the cake has cooled, crumble it into a large bowl.  Big brothers are great for this!
Step 2:
Be sure to have your personal photographer nearby.  How else would I get to see myself with a chocolate-flavored face? 
Step 3:
Add a tub of your favorite icing.  Mommy wanted German chocolate cake balls, so she bought coconut pecan.  Yum!  Note to self: Next time, don't let Joy scrape the bowl.  There wasn't a whole lot left for little ol' me.
 Step 4:
You're done with the spoon, so lick it.  After working so hard, you deserve a treat!
 Step 5:
Chill the cake/icing mixture.  While it chills, go read a book.  I recommend Corduroy.
Step 6:
Roll into balls the size of a walnut.  (What is a walnut, anyway?)  Chill again. 

Step 7:
While I napped, Joy dipped the balls in melted chocolate and sprinkled them with coconut.  I guess she thought I wasn't big enough to stand by the stove.  She forgets that some day, I'm going to be taller than she is.  I'm already catching up.
Step 8:
If you eat all your supper, you may eat a cake ball or two--hopefully two.
All this blogging is making me hungry.  Does anyone know where Daddy put the cake balls?

Monday, December 17, 2012

Breakfast Conversation

This morning, Mommy took George to the doctor because he had been complaining about his ear.  We were discussing him at breakfast, and Thomas said, "They're going to the doctor to see if George is Confucius or not."  After we exchanged blank looks, someone realized that he meant contagious.

Mommy just called.  George is not contagious--and he's not Confucius either :)

Monday, December 10, 2012

Happy 14th Birthday, Delie!

10 Random Facts about Delie
  1. Delie likes to cook; she especially enjoys sneaking spinach, celery, etc. into dishes.
  2. She enjoys photography. (It's difficult to find a good picture of her, because she's usually the one holding the camera!)
  3. Delie spent her fifth birthday in the hospital with a concussion--she's had more stitches than the rest of us put together. :(
  4. Her favorite instrument is the violin, and this year she has started teaching Thomas to play it.
  5. This fall, Delie competed in the National Bible Bee and placed 39th in her division!
  6. She is not a perfectionist, but she likes to do things well. (There is a difference!)
  7. Her favorite color is turquoise; the color is known in our house as "Delie  blue." 
  8. Delie's real name is Cordelia - an old family name - but all the Cordelias go by Delia (pronounced dee lee).  We shortened it to D-E-L-I-E.
  9. Waking up at 6:15 most days, Delie is the early bird of our family.
  10. She enjoys reading aloud, and is very talented--you should hear her British accent.  

 Happy 14th Birthday, Delie!
We love you,
(for Daddy, Mommy, Anna, George, Samuel, Thomas, William, and James)