Saturday, December 31, 2011

Christmas 2011...

Christmas 2011 was wonderful.  We spent a lot of time with family and friends and going back and forth between Monroe and Winnsboro.  Scotty and I each took off a few extra days surrounding Christmas so the holiday wouldn't be as rushed as it usually is.  Well, wouldn't you know we were still picking up a few last-minute things on Christmas Eve as is per our usual M.O.  However, we did have some time for a few extras that we haven't normally been able to squeeze in -- dinner with the Mosses, Merry-go-round rides at the mall, bowling with Scotty's family -- or trying to...DS had not napped at all that day and we were dumb to think that this would be a successful outing.  I got to bowl about half a game before ordering fried pickles and settling down with DS for a snack before we ultimately decided it was time to go.  Needless to say, he slept well that night.  I believe that was Christmas Eve Eve.  On Christmas Eve, we went down to Gilbert to spend a few hours with the Sproles clan as we've been doing since we were kids.  That night, we were back in Monroe for the annual Wright Christmas Eve Dinner which was held at Deb's house.  Sunday morning, Christmas Day, we woke up to see that Santa had come -- and left David Scott way too much, I might add.  We ate the traditional pancake breakfast at Mamaw's before heading back to Winnsboro for Christmas Day Dinner.  As usual, the food throughout the holiday was great -- always a highlight of any holiday for this girl.  Below are a few pictures to commemorate Christmas 2011:

We are very much looking forward to what 2012 has in store for us and our family.  2011 has been a great year for us all.  We've been blessed beyond measure and we're happy to end the year on a high note.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Exciting Events...

Last weekend, I took DS to North LA for Breakfast with Santa. Scotty stayed home so he could catch up on work stuff since he was traveling the week before as well as some this past week. We went to Squire Creek's event with Rachel, Dusty, and Anders, and Mom met us there for the experience as well. I don't have the pictures yet, but I think it's safe to say that DS is a little unsure of the bearded man in the red suit. He was squirmy and would not look at the camera for a picture. However, we were able to get a few shots of the two of us by the Christmas tree afterward.

Both DS and Anders wore their pajamas for the pics. Most other kids were in fancier outfits, but that's not how we roll. :) We had fun hanging out with the fam (in Ruston and Monroe) the rest of the weekend. We came home early on Sunday so we could spend the majority of the day with Scotty before he had to go back out of town on Monday.

This week has passed by in a busy, frantic blur as I/we tried to finish up shopping for Christmas and had a number of exciting things (planned and last-minute) to do.

Scotty returned from his business trip on Wednesday afternoon but had what we thought was a client meeting that evening. It wasn't. All the partners from his law firm were in attendance and gave him the exciting news that they were making him a partner in the law firm! We were stunned as this is something that typically happens once an attorney has been with the firm for 6-7 years; Scotty's been there for only 5. But he'd outlined to them in no uncertain terms that it was his goal to do it in 5 and put in many long hours and such hard work to get to that point. I am so proud of his accomplishments and of everything that he's done to make it happen. The other four partners and he really get along well and I know the firm will be even more successful with Scotty now officially a part of their leadership. To my Baby Daddy-- DS and I love you and are so proud of the sacrifices you've made to create a better life for us and our family.

On Friday, we had David Scott's Christmas party at school. He was slightly more sure of Santa this go-round.

Santa brought him a pair of monster trucks. They're both now broken/not making the monster truck sounds. I hope Santa does a better job with DS' Christmas presents. Or maybe it was the elves' fault at the poor craftsmanship. Either way, I'm hoping other toys hold up better.

Last night, Scotty's family came into BR for an impromptu celebration dinner at Sullivan's Steakhouse. We left DS at home with a baby-sitter as Sullivan's is not really a place for young kids. The food was delish. We had a seafood tower as an appetizer -- that's the bowl of ice originally was before we took this pic:

We are looking forward to spending more time with family this upcoming week and celebrating the reason for the season. Peace. Joy. Love to all.

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Sunday, December 4, 2011

Catching up...

Thanksgiving was spent...wait for North LA this year. Scotty and I have already proclaimed it to be at our house next year as heading north for all major (and minor) holidays is taking its toll on this branch of the Rainwater Tribe.

As usual, we enjoyed spending time with our family (immediate and extended). My Aunt Kaye (Mom's sister) and some of her family came in to see everybody and meet both DS and Anders. "Our" two boys plus Aunt Kaye's grandson make up the three great-grandchildren of my Grandmother and Pop Pop, although DS and Anders obviously never met them here on Earth. Anyway, we spent a good amount of time going back and forth between Winnsboro, Monroe, and Ruston.

This past weekend, my generous MIL wanted to keep DS for us so Scotty and I went to the Beau Rivage. We had a great time! I think our batteries have been recharged, and we had a nice time going out to eat, getting massages, gambling in the casino (we broke even-- Win!), and just enjoying each other's company. We missed our little guy, but we were thankful to be able to get away from it all. :)

While we were spending DS' college savings (kidding), Mimi and Lee, who came over to visit, took DS to the park AND the zoo! They apparently had a wonderful time. David Scott is loving all animals ("aminals") these days, so he particularly enjoyed the trip. I don't think he missed us too much, and Ms. Debbie said he was good, but he was pretty happy when we got home earlier today. Our afternoon has been spent lounging around and catching up on our playtime with the little man.

I haven't taken many pics lately for some reason. I need to work on that asap as I've been told that I'm slacking on sending pics of DS. Noted.

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