December 31, 2008

Making Progress!

We have accomplished a LOT in the nursery, but in the midst of moving the computer to our bedroom, we've lost internet access for awhile. That is, until Kurt figured out how to hook up my laptop. The only problem is that my camera software isn't on my laptop, so I can't show any pictures yet. Comcast is coming on Friday to wire our bedroom, so hopefully we'll be fully up and running then :o) But just a teaser: it's a gorgeous nursery!!! (And I'm not even completely done!) There's nothing sweeter than a baby's room to me. I'll put up pictures as soon as I can! Have a wonderful New Year's Eve-- welcome, 2009!

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December 27, 2008

Come On, Ring Those Bells....Christmas 2008

Well, here are the pictures from Christmas 2008! A few big surprise for Kurt was an autographed Ole Miss football, personally sent from Houston Nutt. He is dear to our family, and I appreciated his help so much! My grandfather was even in on it, and I couldn't have done it without his help. I got several other lovely gifts (on top of the concert and dinner!). Our Christmas was filled with family, and that's the best kind.

Oh, and here's the latest tummy picture. I'm 34 weeks, if you can believe it. My familyis coming to visit on Monday to help with the nursery and help me (maybe spoil me?) in my last days of pregnancy. Kurt's parents are coming on Friday to help some more and then we'll head up to Tupelo next Saturday for a shower given by family and friends up there. So much is happening so fast. I'm trying to take it all in!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. I'm in my usual post-Christmas sadness. It happens every year, and I just deal with it and move on. Kurt's on call today, so I'm going to try to accomplish some things around the house before we have guests again. However, I've had a hard time getting motivated because I'm about to finished the second Twilight book, New Moon. It's distracting when you're in the depths of a wonderful book!

Have a wonderful weekend :o)

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December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas...

I wish you a wonderful, peaceful, and joyful Christmas! Take time to remember that the baby that came to us in a manger...

...was the beginning of the great Sacrifice for our salvation.

Praise be to God for His indescribable Gift!

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December 23, 2008

A Christmas Thought

This is my mom's favorite image of the Christmas season, and it's become one of mine as well. Especially expecting a child...I view Mary and Jesus' relationship so much differently than I used to. This wasn't just GOD to her; this was her precious baby son, who had that sweet baby smell and cooed like any other baby. I think sometimes it's important to "humanize" the Bible so that we can relate to the emotions of the people involved. Just a reminder of how human our Savior was, yet he was Holy God at the same time. Miraculous!

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Welcome to the World!!

One of my best friends, Roseann, her husband Lawrence, and my darling Rivers welcomed the newest member of their family on December 22!! I welcome with love...

Kimbell Lucille Walker!!

I can't wait to meet her and hold her, and I'm so excited that she and Evy will be playmates :o) Lots of love to the Walker family!

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December 22, 2008

Twilight and Traditions

Well, I can't post pictures of Kurt and I celebrating "Christmas" just yet like I planned to, but I'll do a little bit of catch up and Christmas cheer :o)

-I got to see the movie Twilight today! I read the first book in about a day and a half, and loved it. My little sister has read all of the books, and had already seen the movie once, so she was a bit tainted when we saw it today. She's JUST like me (maybe it's an oldest child and baby child thing...). We read ravenously; literally all the time. And so when a movie comes out of a popular book, we have high expectations. For instance, I was obsessed with "The Other Boleyn Girl" book but HATED the movie. Hated it. Andrea said she loved the Twilight books but hated the movie. But I went into the movie trying to be neutral. I had an advantage because the movie had already come out when I started reading the books, so I could picture the characters like they looked in the movie. But Andrea did say that she liked the movie the second time around. Alyssa hasn't read the books and LOVED the movie :o) It was great. I won't get into a long analysis of Twilight, but I'll sum it up by saying: worth the hype. I'm usually not one of those obsessive bandwagon people, but I really love this series. So read it! And see the movie!

-I saw on Leah's blog a little tag about Christmas traditions so I thought I would list some that I grew up with, and then some that Kurt and I are trying to start.

My Childhood/Current Family Traditions
-From the time I was little, we always decorated the tree together as a family. We would put on Christmas music and enjoy hanging ornaments. I loved this, because I became so familiar with all of the ornaments that are on our tree; every year it was like revisiting them.

-Santa would always come early to my family. We grew up going to my mom's parents' in Arkansas for the days surrounding Christmas, so Santa made an exception for us and brought our things early (I always loved pointing this out to kids at school). We would come downstairs in the morning all together with Dadddy manning the video recorder, and my mom displayed everything in separate little areas for us. It was chaotic and fun and exciting; just what Christmas "morning" should be like.

-Like I said, we spent every Christmas in Arkansas. For the longest time, my dad's parents lived in Florida, and making the trip was really difficult at our young ages. We always saw them in the summer. So a lot of my holiday memories revolve around how my grandparents' house looked at Christmas. Decorations were everywhere, and we always had Christmas cookies from Rick's Bakery.

-For many years, we acted out the nativity scene as a family. Many laughs and good home videos came from this. I always took the role of Director, and I took it extremely seriously (Type A from day one).

-Mostly, the traditions in my family have always centered around the spiritual significance of Christmas, which I'm very thankful for. I've been blessed!

Traditions for Us (the Lancasters)
-We have already bought Elf of the Shelf to incorporate every year, and I'm really looking forward to this. Children only believe for such a short time in Santa and the "magical" elements of Christmas. I want to make that time as special as possible.

-We plan on spending time with both sides of our family for each holiday. It's important to us for both sets of grandparents and family to be included each time. We will be flexible and we know this might not always happen, but it's our goal.

-Kurt and I want to always have a special time to ourselves to exchange our gifts to each other, even if it's only one special one. If that's midnight on December 12th, so be it! We just want that time together.

-I want to pile everyone in the car and eat Christmas cookies and go look at Christmas lights. There's just something about it that's fun.

-I would like to incorporate celebrating Advent into the season. For those who have been reading my blog awhile, I love learning about traditions like Passover, etc. I believe the Christians need more of them, especially when it comes to teaching children about the heritage of our faith. Tiffany has written some great things about Advent, which I'm learning more about.

-This goes without saying, but the most important thing to me and Kurt is to never lose sight of what this beautiful season is all about. Children (and adults) are bombarded with materialism this time of year (I'm guilty myself!) and remembering to simplify will be a goal of mine.

Have a great day!

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December 19, 2008

Soon to Come...

I made it home okay and am now with my sisters getting my little one ready for a dance :o) Just to remind myself what I need to post about, here's what's coming up:

-Pictures from my and Kurt's Christmas celebration :o)

Have a great night!

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December 18, 2008

Lots of Updates

So much has been happening lately!

First of all, I've loved having so many visitors for my Christmas Tour 2008! I never expected that many comments, and I hope to have more in the days ahead. I've been looking at different people's homes on Boo Mama's site (click on the button to the right) and it's been so fun.

Monday night, we had the special treat of hanging out with Hugh and Tiffany! To catch people up, Hugh and Kurt were best buds during medical school in Kansas City, MO. And Tiffany was in on the fun as well during those med school days. We've heard stories about each other and have connections through many people, but for the longest we've just read each other's blogs (since they are currently in Ohio, we had no way of meeting in person!). So they came into town for Christmas with their family in Mississippi, and we had a great time eating at P.F. Chang's and then hung out at our house. It was lovely to spend time together and get to know each other. And Tiffany gave me the CUTEST sweater and hat set for Evy---so sweet!

Yesterday, I had such a wonderful, sweet surprise. I heard the doorbell ring around 11 a.m., and beautiful flowers were delivered from my husband! I was so touched, because I love getting happy surprises that are unexpected. However, when I opened the card, there was more. It said, "Be at the hospital at 3:00 dressed for a fun evening." WHAT?!? I was floored. I immediately called Kurt and thanked him for the flowers, then asked what in the world was going on. He just told me to pick him up and we'd go from there.

So, at 3:00 I arrived at the hospital, and he had changed out of his scrubs into a nice outfit. He got in the car and I BEGGED him to tell me where we were going. He finally told me that we were going to see the Transiberian Orchestra!!! I had seen this show with my Dad last year, so Kurt knew it was a special memory for me. However, I did have one request: could we drop by somewhere and get earplugs? Last year, I came home with the worst migraine imaginable because of the loud noise. Get this: Kurt had already bought me earplugs :o) He remembered!!! That probably doesn't mean a lot to anyone reading this, but the fact that he had earplugs for me meant even more than the concert itself. He had remembered. I was so touched.

We had a great time at the concert! However, Evy was unsure about the whole thing. She moved and kicked the whole time, and when we left, I could just imagine her thinking, "Okay, Mom and Dad. Don't know what that was, but it's time for quiet!" After the concert, Kurt had one more surprise: we went to Parker House to eat a luxurious, expensive dinner (SUCH a rarity for us!). It was awesome. The conversation was awesome. And my husband is definitely awesome :o)

Tonight is our "Christmas" and we're exchanging the rest of our gifts. I'm so excited to spend time together and open presents :o) I'll let you know what else I get (other than a great concert and fabulous dinner!). Friday we'll begin our whirlwind Christmas tour (at least that's what it feels like), going back and forth for the different celebrations. But I can't wait :o)

In other news, I'm reading Twilight, and I'm in pretty deep. In just a few hours, I've read more than half of the first book, and then I'll move on to the second. I'm really enjoying it, but mainly because I love the author's writing style. I told Kurt that if I were to ever write a book, this is how it would sound. Very conversational, with sarcasm for comic relief. Love it so far.

Pregnancy is still going strong. However, I'm having a terrible time sleeping. And this isn't just tossing and turning; it borderlines insomnia, and it creeps me out. I can't fall asleep until the wee (and I mean wee) hours of the morning, so that makes me sleep late. And then it's impossible to break the cycle, even if I wanted to. So if you think about it, pray for my sleeping situation. Thanks, friends!

It's almost Christmas... I hope you're enjoying the season!

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December 15, 2008

Christmas Tour 2008

Welcome to our home, decorated for Christmas!

If you are visiting for the first time, welcome to my blog :o) My husband and I have been married a year and a half, so this is our first home. I've had fun accumulating Christmas things and coming up with my "Christmas style," although it's subject to change any given year!

I take decorating very seriously; I went to school for interior design, so I'm always trying to find just the right way to put things up and make it look just the way I want it to. As our home(s) change over the years, I know my decorating style will too, Christmas and otherwise. Right now it's a blend of so many things: traditional, modern, a little vintage...and I like it that way!

Some highlights: The olive wood nativity from Israel, my modern(ish) entry table, the funky trees on the mantle, brown Christmas balls mixed with red ones in the mantle greenery to bring out the funky tree colors, and the vintage feel of the tree. In our bedroom, I added red sheets and red throw pillow, which I think will stay year-round now to tie in the red side tables (which I had always planned to paint but have never found the time!).

I hope that if you're not a regular reader, you'll come back and visit just for fun...I love finding out new people are reading my blog! Sidenote: if you keep scrolling down to the post just before this one, you'll see the latest pictures of me and my fabulous husband. So then we're not anonymous anymore! Also, if you are visiting for the first time or if you visit every day, I'm asking that you leave a comment--I'd love to hear from everyone on this post. Thanks a million!

Have a wonderful Christmas, and enjoy your cozy homes :o)

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December 14, 2008

Christmas Concert

Friday evening, we went to our church's Christmas concert. It was FANTASTIC, as I completely knew it would be. I missed not being a part of it this year, but being pregnant changes your stamina a little :o) They added something really neat this year: during one of the songs, when the children came out to be the nativity characters, some painters (lay people in our church who just happen to be very talented) came out and painted (while we watched!) the backdrop of a stable. Then, after the children left the stage, the next song was about the stable paving the way to the cross, and the painters continued until there was painting of a road leading from the stable to three crosses on a hill. It was so wonderful...maybe I'll get to be apart of it next year, if they do it again! I wanted to be up there singing and painting so badly! :o) I was so proud of be apart of a church that can produce such a powerful program.

After the concert, my sister took some pictures of me and's so rare that we both look presentable enough for a picture and are both in the same place at the same time--haha! So it was a little mini Christmas photo session to commemorate our last Christmas as the two of us...and to show Evy one day that I'm not (too) embarrassed to take pictures of myself pregnant :o)

Tomorrow I will do my Christmas Tour of Homes post (see the button on the right). Be sure and check out other homes (blogs) that participate...I'm looking forward to it!

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