(and a requested recipe!)
Well, my card reader is still playing hide-and-seek with me, so I STILL don't have any of the photos from our Christmas gatherings uploaded. As Captain Jack said often in Pirates 2 (which Delaney got from her Nannie for Christmas and we watched last night) . . . "Bugger!" I'm sure that Gary knows where it is (in fact, he may actually have it on him), but he is somewhere deep in the primeval forest (well, the hunting woods in central Alabama) and won't be home until late tonight. So... you will have to wait ANOTHER day for my "official" Christmas report and accompanying pictures.
Until then--thought I would share the photo I included in our card this year . . .
And the annual Christmas letter I write as well. (I'm actually going to take this letter and make a scrapbook page out of it, because it really captures some of the important moments and memories from the past year.) Scout actually gave me all of her answers on it, and they just crack me up! Here it is . . .
Merry Christmas 2006 . . .
from Gary, Cheryl, McKenna, Delaney, and Scout!
Well, if you’re actually reading this letter, chances are that it’s probably AFTER Christmas instead of before. Because, yet again, I got so busy doing all the other holiday activities and waited until the last minute to take pictures and write this letter. But, as someone famous (not sure who) once said, “Better late than never.” Right?
For this year’s Christmas letter, I thought I’d interview everyone in the family about this past year. I hope that our answers will help you reconnect with us and feel like you’ve been a part of our lives in the past year. (Just to give you some context—and to make us all feel really old!!—McKenna is 14 and a freshman in high school, Delaney is 10, and Sydney, aka Scout, is 2! And Gary and I? Well, we’re too old to mention our ages!)
So, in my best journalistic voice, I give you a Question & Answer session with our family . . .
Question: What was your favorite movie in 2006?
Delaney: “I have three favorite movies—‘High School Musical’ and ‘Aquamarine’ and ‘New York Minute’.”
McKenna: “’Invincible,’ because I can’t think right now of very many movies I saw.”
Cheryl: “We went to see very few movies this year, but we did watch some television! And I’m addicted to both ‘Lost’ and ‘Heroes’.”
Question: What was the funniest thing that happened to you in 2006?
Delaney: “On the way back from my birthday party was non-stop laughing with me and Ashley and
McKenna: “Probably all of the fun we had at my 14th birthday party. Driving to the rink, laughing all the way, and then ice skating and then taking crazy pictures at Arby’s afterwards. It was so fun.”
Cheryl: “Riding a mechanical bull at Gatlinburg on New Year’s Day. I was laughing so hard that I could barely stay on it. (The laughter from my friends and family didn’t help.)”
Question: What are you most proud of yourself for doing in 2006?
Delaney: “Winning my first travel softball tournament with the Thunderbolts.”
McKenna: “Going to high school and getting involved.”
Cheryl: “Becoming a design team member at Scrapbook Mania. Also, starting my blog. I have met so many great friends from it. It's very cool!"
Question: What lesson did you learn in 2006?
Delaney: “I learned nothing. I know everything.” (isn’t she humble?)
McKenna: “That no matter how much you think you like a guy, eventually, they will disappoint you in some way, and that friends will always be there for you no matter what.”
Cheryl: “You have to trust God in everything, no matter how small. I can’t do anything on my own, so He’s got to be part of it all and I have to trust Him that He will take care of things.”
Question: What was the most memorable day in 2006?
Delaney: “The first day at Disney World which was so boring, because all my parents wanted to do was watch the
McKenna: “The days that I was part of the Heritage Panel.” (This is a group McKenna was invited to be on, along with just 20 other high school students.)
Cheryl: “I loved the day at
Question: What was the hardest or saddest thing you did in 2006?
Delaney: “When Papa Doug died.”
McKenna: “When two of my great-grandfathers passed away...PawPaw Doug and my Great-Grandaddy,”
Cheryl: “Of course, losing Papa Doug was the hardest. But something else that’s becoming harder to do each year is realizing that my girls are growing up. McKenna is in high school (will be driving next year) and Delaney is in her last year of elementary school. They are becoming more independent and don’t rely on us quite as much as they used to. Life moves on, and that’s hard to handle sometimes. Thank goodness
Question: What was your favorite “toy” to play with in 2006? Cheryl: “The Internet. I became addicted to blogging!”
Delaney: “My Karoake Machine and Video Now.”
McKenna: “My favorite "toy"? Well.... I don’t really play with toys, but I did love Myspace this year.”
Cheryl: “The Internet. I became addicted to blogging!”
Question: What was your favorite food in 2006?
Delaney: “Spaghetti and ice cream.”
McKenna: “Fried okra . . . yum!”
Cheryl: “Anything at Habeneros (especially quesadillas and margaritas), if it involves hanging out with friends.”
Question: What was your favorite celebration?
Delaney: My Scavenger Hunt birthday party at the mall. And my team won. And also going to new Year’s for Gatlinburg. Even though I broke my finger ice skating, it was still fun.
McKenna: “My 14th birthday party.”
Cheryl: “Staying at a bed-and-breakfast for our anniversary up in
We hope you have a wonderful Christmas celebration filled with all the GOOD things you deserve—joy, fun, laughter, and the love of those special people in your life! And let’s all remember the true reason for the season-that God loved us so much that He came to live among us and get to know us as a friend. We also pray that your new year will be healthy, happy, and filled with all sorts of special memories!
We love you all!!
I also wanted to share a recipe with you all, since Brown English Muffin asked that I PLEASE tell her how to make myBreakfast Casserole. This is a super-easy recipe and is so good... in fact, I usually just make it during the holidays but it's so good that I need to make it more often!
Just really easy-- Start by browning a tube of mild sausage, then drain it and set aside. Take a package of frozen hash brown potatoes and cover the bottom of a 13 x 9 casserole dish with them (will take about half of a package). Cover the hash browns with the sausage. In a mixing bowl, beat six eggs and then add about a half cup of milk and salt and pepper to taste (I sometimes have to go back and add an egg or two, depending on how it fills up the casserole dish. Can you tell that I cook mostly by sight? not so much by recipe? lol). Then pour the egg mixture over the hash browns and sausage. Cover with shredded cheddar cheese. Cover loosely with foil and cook in a 375 degree oven for approximately 45 minutes. (What's so great about this recipe is that you can prepare it the night before and stick it in the refrigerator uncooked. In the morning, pop it in the oven and cook it then. It's actually a little bit better this way!) Enjoy, Muffin (and the rest of you!)
I know everyone is gradually getting back into the swing of things after the hectic holidays, but was so glad to hear from some of you already! I promise that I'm getting around to checking out your blogs too; I love to see all the Christmas repots and updates. Looks like a lot of you had really great holidays!
I will be back tomorrow, hopefully with pictures this time. If I don't, I may be saying "Bugger" a few more times. (I actually just like saying it! LOL!)