Monday, January 5, 2009

A Movie, A Video, and a Double Rainbow

Today was the first day back at school from Christmas break. I have been SO sad! Derek was off for 20 days (the entire time Evan was out of school...I KNOW!), and we really had the best time together. I hated for it to end. I told Derek I was going to be in a bad mood today. LOL! I knew we would all be in store for a rude awakening because we have been staying up late and sleeping in (no schedule whatsoever). I was pleasantly surprised that Ella Grace popped up at 5:45 a.m. (just a few minutes before the alarm) and Evan arose at his 6:30 a.m. wake-up call with little protest. We left for school on time, but I was miserable because it was 29 degrees and raining! UGH! I was soaked by the time I got Evan into school and Ella Grace loaded back in the car. It ended up being a good day anyway. I took a nap with EG on this cold, rainy day, and it was THE best! That's what rainy days are for, right???

Just a couple of things while on our little vacation...Derek and I got to have a couple of date nights. On one of our dates, we went to see Marley and Me. It is such a good movie. It is very true to life in regards to starting a family and having a pet. Our family has yet to have a pet. We are hoping for a companion dog for Evan soon (most of them look like Marley or are Golden Retrievers...SOOOO cute), and this movie made me realize how a pet really is part of the family. I cried A LOT (and Derek cried, too, although he probably doesn't appreciate me announcing it on my blog...ha!). Derek said it reminded him of a modern day "Old Yeller," and I think he is right.

After the movie, we went to Outback and on our way out we saw a double rainbow. I haven't ever seen one before. Have you? It was so pretty and I think the most vibrant I have ever seen. next to the gray sky. How blessed we are that God reminds us of his promises in such a beautiful way!

Have you had any luck with after Christmas sales? I rarely shop sales after Christmas, but I did find a few cute things for the house that were marked down. Also, my friend Jamie is so good to let me know when one of our favorite stores in town is having a big sale. I went and bought a couple of Christmas dresses for Ella Grace for next year. They were initially 50% off, and the day I went, they were marked down further to 50% off the 50%. I couldn't pass up a deal like that. I saved around $95! Isn't that crazy?! They didn't have anything in Evan's size really, which I was kind of bummed about, but EG is set. I can't believe I bought a size 3! It's hard to believe she will be that big in short of 11 months!

If you get a chance, check out my handsome husband here playing the Star Spangled Banner on the guitar. He's going to be embarrassed I mentioned it, but he had uploaded some of his songs to YouTube and this one is definitely my favorite. He is self-taught, which amazes me. Hopefully, Evan and Ella Grace will inherit his musical talent. :)

I hope you are all off to a great week. I don't know about you, but I'm SO excited about Harper's arrival!!! I'm checking Kelly's Korner about every hour. I have a feeling I'm not the only one. :)


The Garners said...

Oh you found cute sale stuff!

In a way I was ready for a routine to start back today, but then again, it was so hard to actually get going and get into the swing of things this morning, especially with the rain and unpleasant weather. I think I started out the day in a bad mood...mostly because I knew I had to go to the grocery store in the rain! (My LEAST favorite chore, even in good weather!)

I'm so bummed because our computer gave out a few days ago so I only have access to Lane's laptop when he gets home in the evenings...I'm worried that I'm going to miss out on some initial "Harper News"!? I usually check my email 20 times a day, so I'm having some major withdrawal symptoms! I've never been excited about a computer conference before, but L says that Mac has a conference tomorrow where they'll announce their new models and tell when they'll be available...I can't wait to find out when we might be able to replace our computer--I didn't realize how much I used it!

Lauren said...

A 20 vacation... How NICE! Love those dresses, too!

And my hubby and I have GOT to make a date to go see "Marley and Me"... I know I'll bawl like a baby (I cry at McDonald's commercials); but I really want to see it!

julie & joe said...

I LOVE the after the holiday sales but this year we didn't do too much. We had a huge tub of size 3 winter for A that we got last year at rock bottom prices. I would go crazy shopping for little girl things.

Laurie said...

That is wonderful about the 20 day vacation! FUN FUN! Marley and Me is so good and so sad. I cried and cried. It IS so real life!

Jacquie said...

Great way to spend your rainy day!

I think the NATION is on Harper watch.

Candy said...

I'm so glad ya'll had such a long break together, Leigh Ann! That is great! Yes, it was hard to get back in the swing of things yesterday. Raining here too, ugh!!! The rainbow is beautiful, thanks for sharing! :) Hope ya'll have a great week!

Amanda said...

I am so glad you all got a nice long vaca together! That is awesome! Yay for being on time the first day back!!! That is a major accomplishment! :-)

I agree with the previous poster, I think the entire nation is on Harper watch!!! This is too exciting! I am just afraid little Harper is going to need an eviction notice!

Kelly said...

Love those dresses for EG!!!!!!
Ya'll are so lucky to have Derek home for 20 days!!!!!!! I know ya'll had so much fun!!!
Marley and me still has me sad - but I loved it!
And don't worry - we'll be posting as soon as anything happens with Harper but I think it could be another 10 days!

Megan L Hutchings said...

20 glorious days off with Derek...what a wonderful Christmas gift ;)! I am so happy that you were able to have a few date nights in there too.

Those rainbows are just beautiful! It looks like they could be on a postcard ;).

Love you sweet friend and I am so glad all is well with your family!

Meagan said...

Hey love!

Okay, Marley and Me was SOOOO great! We went to see it on Christmas day after the gifts and such! :-)

Back to school (and work for D) stinks, but it is always nice to get back into a routine!

I am off to check out D's musical talent!

Meagan said...

WOW! Just listened to Derek's youtube post... and again, WOW! That rocks!

Heather said...

You are so not the only one!!! I love those dresses you got for EG! And I have been feeling the SAME WAY about my hubby going back to work- it is just the pits!!! Now that the holidays are over, though, it's time for lunch planning for us!!! :)

Betsy said...

It is so hard to get back to reality, isn't it??

I watched Derek's YouTube video. He is awesome!! That is one rockin' Star Spangled Banner!!

I absolutely LOVED Marley and Me!! It was sad, but it was still so good!!

Hope the transition back to real life goes smoothly for the rest of your week. Love and hugs!

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful Holiday vacation you had!!! Love the clothes you got for Ella Grace, just adorable! Glad you got a nap in yesterday, that sounds heavenly to me with these 2 boys who don't nap anymore,lol! Have a great week!

Marci @ All Things Wonderful said...

I love those dresses. Aren't girls so much fun?! Sounds like you had a wonderful holiday season.

Angela said...

We had a tough time getting back into our routine...okay, really it was me. I enjoyed our holiday!

I have been worried about seeing Marley and Me. I heard about "the ending" and I don't know if I want to see a sad movie. We don't have a pet either but I *think* I am slowly working on Chad on this one.

I don't think I have ever seen a double rainbow. Thanks for taking a picture of that!

Have a good week!

Julie said...

What a blessing to have Derek home for 20 days straight!!! I'm so glad you got to have some date nights. I loved Marley and Me!!

His Doorkeeper said...

I haven't worked in 9 years but I still get a kick out of "Christmas vacation" and I sleep later myself! Weird!

Those vacation days with your hubby were wonderful, weren't they?

We went to see the movie too! I liked it but felt they put a little bit too much bad language in it when there were so many kids at the movies with their families.

Love the next-year outfts for EG!! Soooo cute! I'll be looking for those next year for Hrper!
Kelly had 6,000 hits on her blog this past week....I guess alot of people are on a Harper-watch!!

Kasey said...

I am loving those dresses! I want to see Marley and Me, but I don't want to be sad. I read the books he read for little ones: "Bad Dog Marley" and another one( can't think of the name). But they were super cute.

Thanks for visiting my blog, have a great night!

Lauren said...

Those rainbows are beautiful! We saw them all the time in Hawaii, but never a double one like that.

D is so talented! I would've never guessed!