Saturday, December 29, 2007

Wendy's Wedding

Wendy's wedding was absolutely gorgeous! I am so happy for her. The groom did not even look nervous, he just looked really really happy. The reception was held at a beautiful home out Pike Road. The food was incredible! It was so good to see some of my friends that I have not seen in a while. Congratulations Wendy!

Bunco Girls Night Out

We had girls night out on Friday. We wish more of our BUNCO group was able to come. We missed them!!! We ate dinner at Logans and then went to Down the Street Cafe to listen to a band. Byne's Uncle plays in a band - so we went to listen to them ( that is how Byne and Brandon wormed their way into Girls Night Out). The food at Logans was great. The band was awesome. We had a great time!!

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Dalton and Allie

Dalton and Allie
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We went ice skating today with Emilie and Jan. I did not realize how good Dalton was at ice skating! He helped Allie the whole time we were there. He was a lifesaver because the rest of us had to hug the wall!! Mark would not even put ice skates on (scaredy cat)!

Dalton has been volunteering at the YMCA the past couple of weeks. I am so proud of him - he seems to have a talent and love for working with children. It is somewhat unexpected, because patience has never been one of his strengths. I believe God gifts some people the talent of working with children. It looks like he may have been given that special gift! I am just so proud that he is taking time out for others!

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Christmas with the Goodins

Monday, December 24, 2007

Christmas 2007

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I love Christmas time! My favorite part is when the whole family gets together to eat. The food is so good and we always have such a great time. This year we got together with Maw Maw and family on Christmas Eve and with my family on the Sunday before Christmas. We are excited that Mark is off work until Thursday. We will get to spend tons of time together!! We have a family tradition of going to the movies on Christmas Day. We take turns picking which movie to go see - this year it is Mark's turn. That probably means an action movie - I can handle it - marriage is give and take! We are watching a girly movie tonight (Christmas Eve)! Merry Christmas to all of our friends and family. We love and appreciate you!! We are blessed beyond measure!

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Kitten Battle

We have been fighting with Harmony since Thanksgiving because she loves to climb our Christmas tree. She has already broken several ornaments. I am surprised our entire tree has not fallen over. We have tried every thing to keep her out of the tree - and nothing seems to work. Look how high she got in the picture. Mark and Lakyn are constantly pulling her out of the tree. They both love Harmony, and I love Mark and Lakyn - That is the only reason she is still in the house! Wish me luck making it until Christmas day!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Our Gingerbread Creation

Lakyn and her creation
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Lakyn and I had great fun making our gingerbread house. The kit was at Walmart. We, of course, had to also buy additional candy. We didn't use half of what we bought. She had the most fun workiing on this house. We literally spent over an hour decorating it. I am dying to eat a piece, just to see what it tastes like - but she refuses to let me. I bet Byne, Mark and Dalton tear into it soon when she is not watching. They are sneaky like that. You can not leave food sitting around our house too long!!!

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Wow - didn't think I would ever shave my 20 year old boys legs

We had a gathering for the Alabama/Auburn game last night. Most of us were Alabama fans (exception Emilie and Cayla), so we were not too excited about the outcome. The game was boring - very little action. The action came after the game at our house. Byne placed a bet with his friend Brandon that if Auburn lost Brandon would have to shave his legs. If Alabama lost Byne would have to shave his legs. Alabama lost and Byne is a man of his word. We all gathered on the back porth for the shaving. It made for an interesting evening. Our team may not of won, but we had lots of fun and ate some great food. This has been a great week. We enjoyed having Byne home and spending time with family. I also got most of my Christmas shopping finished. I just have a few items left to buy. Dalton and Lakyn come home from their Dad's house today. I have missed them and will be very glad when they get home. This week I have been constantly reminded of what all I have to be thankful for. God has been good to the Goodins!

Friday, November 23, 2007

A WHOLE LOT to be thankful for!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Saunders Thanksgiving

Dalton loves Byne
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We went to Mom's house for Thanksgiving this evening. We FINALLY had the whole family in one place at one time so I forced them to take a family picture. It was difficult to get Dalton to cooperate (as usual), but it still turned out pretty good. The food was great - mom is a great cook. We are going to visit my grandad tomorrow and then off to Birmingham for some serious shopping with Aunt Cathy. Happy Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Goodin Thanksgiving

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We had Thanksgiving with the Goodins at our house on Sunday. We had a great crowd. The whole family was here except Dalton, he went to visit Hannah, and Krissy, she had to fly out of state to visit her family. We missed them! Jerry and Mark cooked the steaks and they were fantastic. We always eat good when we get together. I am so thankful to be a part of this fantastic family. I am thankful that we are able to spend time together and everyone is healthy. We will have the Saunders Thanksgiving on Wednesday. Aunt Cathy, Uncle Tom, and Hannah are coming. I am looking forward to spending time with them. I love Thanksgiving - it always reminds me to reflect on all that I have to be thankful for!

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Emilie's Birthday

We had a party at the house this weekend for Emilie's birthday. She is 28 years old - still a baby. Jan made a cake - check it out in the pics-very impressive. We had a great time! We also went to watch Byne play ball this weekend. They play a "Word Series" game every year where the Troy team is divided into two teams and they play one another. Byne's team won and they were very excited. He played first on Friday evening and pitched on Saturday to one batter. They put him in the game in the top of the 9th inning. He pitched to one batter and got him out. We are out on Monday for Veteran's Day. I am so excited - I need the rest after traveling back and forth to Troy every weekend for the past month watching Byne. I love to watch him play, but that drive to Troy Friday and then again on Sat. and then again on Sun. can get exhausting. I am looking forward to a day of laying around my house! We were so proud that Byne came home on Sunday - he was able to stay for Ms. Emilie's birthday party. It was a great time had by all!

Wednesday, October 31, 2007


We have a Costume Parade every year that is lots of fun at Coosada. This year the office staff had the theme of Wizard of Oz. It was a great day and the children seemed to have lots of fun. I also got arrested for the Muscular Dystrophy Association today - I raised $1060.00! We had a Halloween party for Lakyn's friends tonight and they had a great time. Mark cooked Beef Stew for the whole crew - it was yummy. It was a fabulous Halloween. Check out the pics of Halloween and the Costume Parade on my flickr account.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Byne's games

Mark and I went to Troy twice this weekend to watch Byne play ball. He pitched on Friday evening and played first and was the designated hitter the rest of the weekend. He had a pretty good weekend - he hit two homeruns yesterday. We always have a great time when we go watch him play. I am looking forward to a BUSY week at school (Halloween week!) and another weekend of baseball next weekend.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Field Trip with Allie

My children are getting too old for field trips so I was so excited when Jan asked me to go on Allie's field trip with her. Jan and Chris both had to work and it was Allie's first field trip. It was easy for me to go, since I already work at the school. A perk of the job! We went to the pumpkin patch at the YMCA. Allie came to my house this morning EARLY, and the field trip is ALL she could talk about. She was so excited. I had forgotten how excited children get about field trips. You could tell she could not wait until it was time to load the bus. We had a great time together, and it was fun getting to know all my new kindergarten students. I was exhausted when I got home, but so glad that I was able to go. Thank you Jan and Chris for sharing sweet Allie with me today - we had a blast! Check out the pics in flickr.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Troy Homecoming 2007

We went to Troy for Homecoming. Byne grilled us a great lunch before the game - he gets his grilling skills from his Dad. We had a great time with Byne, Cayla, and Tiffany. We were really there to see the cheerleaders and they did a great job. They won the game by a large margin. Lakyn also enjoyed the Dippin Dots. It was a great day!

Monday, October 15, 2007

Lakyn's Lake Party

Lakyn invited several girls for a spend the night party at the lake. We had a great time! I invited a few of my friends too - can't leave mom out. We took over 300 pictures at the football games and the girls had a great time making their own tagbooks (smaller version of scrapbooks). We ate banana splits and watched movies. The girls ate and ate and ate - I am used to boys eating a lot, but some of these girls put Byne and Kyle to shame! It was a party we will not soon forget. Thanks for coming girls - we enjoyed you! :)

Party like its 1999!

We had a birthday celebration for Byne (20), Lakyn (13), and Uncle Stephen (38) this month! We had a great time! The whole family was here (Mark's and mine). My grandad came from Wing, AL and my Aunt Cathy's family came from Macon for the party.

Go Mustangs!

Lakyn loves cheering with her friends. Check out the great pictures of her at the games by clicking on the link at the top of the page. She only has three games left until she has to move onto Basketball season. She is not looking forward to that - she loves cheering for football.

Family Vacation

We just got back from Cape San Blas visiting Aunt Cathy's new beach house. The beach house was beautiful, the weather was great, and the company was fantastic. I was so grateful to be able to spend time with almost the whole family. We missed Byne, Micah, and Aarron! We had the greatest time - check out the great pictures on the link at the top of this page. We took pictures as a family on Saturday evening and they turned out great. Kyle and Dalton had a great time skim boarding and looking for wildlife. Lakyn and Hannah had a great time just hanging out together as usual. The four children played football in the ocean on Sunday - it ended in a tie when a valuable player was wounded (Lakyn!). I did not want to come home, but we have to work to pay for more wonderful vacations. Thank you Aunt Cathy and Uncle Tom for the wonderful weekend! We LOVE YOU!