Saturday, November 28, 2015

Thanksgiving Weekend in Temple!

We always have fun when we visit my parents at Rugrat Holler in Temple! This felt like our first time this furlough to come to their house NOT just passing through (or having a stomach virus...), and we have really enjoyed it!

Except for the's only 2 hours, but Cambree cried when she found out she had to get back in the car. :) (love her new glasses!)

Caedmon braved the cold to decorate the yard for Christmas! (Blu helped a little, until Caedmon told him he wasn't making it look nice, so Blu came inside.. ;)

The guys got up early and went to the men's prayer breakfast at church and came back to a huge cup of hot cocoa!

The two men in my life.. :)

I helped Mama go through her Christmas stuff and pick what to put up, what to get rid of, and what to take to Zambia!

Christmas crafts!

We call this tree the "unwanted" tree - all of the ornaments that we don't want! Poor tree! :)

Hanging out with Copenhagen

The kids helped by going through all of Mama Dee & Grandpa's toys and picking out what they wanted - the rest goes to the garage sale!

Movies - it was too cold to go outside this weekend!

I love hanging out and playing 42 with my parents!

A manicure - she's a little spoiled!

Tomorrow Blu will speak at my parent's church about New Day, and then in the afternoon we have a church fellowship and hanging of the green service, then back to Brownwood to start our week!

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Thanksgiving in Brownwood!

Per tradition, we spent Thanksgiving Day with Blu's family in Brownwood. They live out on the lake, up on a hill, at a place we have called The Mountain since they moved here in 2000. We love it here and are so thankful for time with our families! Thanksgiving in Zambia can be a tough day, so we do not take for granted the years that we do get to spend here in the USA with our family!

Us :)

Us being silly!

Andie & Cambree - "Best Cousins"

Shade, Caity, Andie, & AJ

Sweet Asher Joel

Andie Lyn

Yummy appetizers!

Blu & Shade laughing as they look through an old yearbook!

Lots of "hunting" going on up on the Mountain!

Blu giving Cambree some pointers

Not bad! the campfire and seeing my man get to relax some!

The girls

A Caedmon sandwich

Cason learning to shoot

This boy :)

He was tired...


He loves to laugh and to make others laugh!

Cooking my Grandma's artichoke and olive appetizers!

Dessert table!

The hunting posse

The meal!

Rainy day playtime on the trampoline!

Cambree Rain

And at the end of the day, this is what I found in the living room...

Poor B-Maw is always behind the camera and never in pictures, but she did an amazing job of cooking for everyone! We had a great day making the food, eating, watching football, watching the kids play together, doing a puzzle, and just enjoying our time together! Happy Thanksgiving 2015!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Cason's 7th Birthday Party!

Today we celebrated Cason! We opted for a Ninja Turtle party (shocker..) at Cici's pizza! Because he was born so close to Thanksgiving, his parties are usually pretty low in attendance, but he was happy about the ones that came, and we all had a great time!

On the way to the party...covered by balloons!

My silly 7 year old!


The Tidwell guys (minus Uncle Cloud!)

Cici's game room!

Time for presents - a Bible from Paw & B-Maw!


More money!

An awesome Ninja turtle trunk from Paw & B-Maw!

His friend, Sarah, gave him a Donatello turtle!

Mama Dee & Grandpa made yet another trip to Brownwood for the party!