All because two people fell in love...

We met in February 1989, started dating in May, and got married in September. And Josh came *almost* 11 months later, just in case y'all were wondering. And then no more came. We waited, and waited, and then Lauren decided to make her debut in May 1995 (5 weeks early), and then Kayley 1997, Jacob 1998, Krissy 2001, Lindsey 2004 & Joey 2006. We lived in Texas until 2005, and then we moved to Arkansas, just about 25 miles north of Texarkana, Texas. Fortunately all my children are Texans (and my handsome husband) because Texans are just cool. Wish I was a Texan... but husband had to settle with a California gal, which I think is pretty cool too.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Merry Christmas

Hopefully I will get these sent out. If you don't get one it's because I didn't send them out, or I didn't have your address.
Hope your family had a great Christmas!!
Shawn & me, 22 1/2 years of marriage,
our 23rd Christmas together...
and seven beautiful children later!
Josh- 21, Lauren- 16 1/2, Kayley- 14 1/2, Jacob- 13, Krissy- 10,
Lindsey- 8 in 6 weeks (baptism 12 Feb), Joey- 5 on 27 Dec

Sunday, December 04, 2011

Miss Land-of-Lights Pageant

These small towns and their pageants!! Lauren has loved doing them. Since she still had her dress from Prom and the last pageant, she decided to wear it again in this one. We tried to get Kayley to enter and wear the red one that Lauren 1st wore, but she wouldn't. Here she is about to head out. Sorry for some of the pictures being bad. I was in the way back, and Jon's girlfriend, Carrie, took these with her phone.
Standing in line. The girl at the right of this picture was so mad that she didn't make the Top 5, that she left before the pageant was even over. Not cool.
Lauren playing "Music of the Night" from Phantom of the Opera.
And she won the talent part.
She was pretty happy.
And then she won Miss Congeniality. So 2 trophies that night. Here she is with Kayley and cousin Rebekah after the pageant. Later that night all 3 watched the movie.
Because she won, she had to attend the lighting of the Little River County Courthouse the Wednesday night before Thanksgiving. She also had/has to be in the parades. She's already been in the Foreman parade, and Ashdown's is Monday (weather permitting... if so, it will be changed to Tuesday).
Kayley got her haircut. She cut off about 3-4 inches, and got it layered.
Where is my 14 year old daughter?! She is looking so grown up!! Very beautiful!!
Jacob playing his trumpet at the Parents Meeting the Tuesday after Thanksgiving.

Cookies tonight!

Tonight is the First Presidency's Christmas Devotional.
I am making cookies and later while we are watching it we will sip on hot chocolate.
It's quite cold outside today too, so this is perfect!
Maraschino Chocolate Chip Cookies
2 - 2 1/2 c. flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
2 sticks butter (not margarine or Crisco butter sticks)
1 c. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
6 oz. mini chocolate chips
1/2 c. chopped nuts
1 jar maraschino cherries, drained, chopped and drained again in strainer.

Cream butter and sugar. Add flour, baking powder, salt, vanilla. Stir in last 3 ingredients. Bake 375 for 10 minutes. (There are no eggs... do not add any.)

Friday, November 11, 2011


OMGosh!! It happened!!
Josh asked Amanda to marry him today!!
On 11-11-11 @ 11:11am in Shreveport.
**Save the Dates**
6 April 2012, Dallas LDS Temple
26 April 2012, Open House in Texarkana

Friday, September 23, 2011

So what has Josh been doing since returning??

Well, he got his job back at Wadley. Yay!
He took Krissy to lunch last Saturday since he couldn't be home for her birthday dinner/cake.
They ate at Herbs in Ashdown.
And he has been seeing Amanda...
a lot!
So much, that something may happen soon, which I can't say...
but that the Dallas LDS Temple may be involved in April.
What? I haven't said any official facts yet!

Fair Game?

Or is it Game Fair? But the night of Ashdown Homecoming Lauren & Kayley wanted to go because 1) Homecoming and 2) Hanna, who is in our ward, was nominated to be in the Homecoming court. She was 1st runner up, or Maid of Honor (?), so everyone was happy.
Here they are with Madison (Hanna's cousin and newest Beehive in our ward), and Sara (yellow bow) who is Hanna's sister. Not sure who the girl in front is, but she was having a great time too!
Lauren joined FFA. I know, right?? She has already talked to her Papaw, who is going to allow her to raise a calf for show next year. I know, right? This week is the Four States Fair, and all FFA kids were able to go and help with the daily stuff when local school kids came to visit. Unfortunately, Ashdown school kids were not able to go, so that was a bummer. I am sure it's all about the money and with football being the #1 priority right now,
well.... I won't get on that soapbox!
Some of the FFA girls.
And 4 of them with their boots. Yes, Lauren is wearing Justin's.
I know, right?
She is the upper right in the picture.

August & September dances

Stake dances are what my kids look forward too. They love going to the Gilmer & Longview Stake dances as there are WAY more kids, but they also go to our stake's because we will always support our stake things. Kayley just started going to them in April, and already has found herself a cute little guy friend. His name is Grant. And they have the same birthday!! Grant is a few hours older... how wild is that? But Grant is moving to the Monroe, LA Stake pretty soon. I think he is moving to Pine Bluff, which from what I had heard... is only like an hour from here. Like I've said before, I don't care if my 14 yr olds or 15 yr olds like someone... as long as they live far far away!! But I told Kayley once they are 16 and can date, then we can work things out. I hope by then Kayley will think I am
pretty cool because of it.
This was at the August dance. Aren't they so cute?
September "cowboy" dance.
Kinda blurry, and lighting was way bad.
Awwwwww, it's Grant & Kayley again!!
(It was also the same night that BYU was killed by Utah)
Align CenterLauren and a kid named Tyler.
Not sure what the face was about...

Youth Temple Trip

Lauren, Kayley & Jacob had a Dallas Temple trip on September 10th. They had to leave early that morning to be able to make it to the temple by the 11am session. They go in an RV that the Platts in our ward own, which makes it nice because they don't have to wear their church clothes there. They change just before getting to the temple. Here they are after doing a session, or maybe it's just before since all their hair is still nice??
Most of the Texarkana Ward Youth. I think maybe 3-4 are missing from that day. The New Boston Ward also goes with them so they can have a full session.


Jacob, with his long tie...
and no belt. Typical stinkin' Deacon!! LOL!!
They all had a great time. This was also Jacob's first time going.

Happy 10th Birthday!

Krissy is 10!! Her birthday was the 14th, but we celebrated it on the 15th when Shawn was able to be home from work (worked extra on the 14th). She wanted chicken alfredo (of course),
which I made for her.
And a mint chocolate cake
(aka grasshopper cake, on my other blog).
Happy Birthday to you!! She scored with lots of money, and has plans to buy some Justin boots. I am slowly training them in to be real country folk aka rednecks according to my sister. Haha!!
We love you Krissy!!

School fun!

Krissy and Lindsey have learned to make friendship bracelets. My Mom gave me tons of DMC thread years ago when I was really into cross-stitching. When Krissy was 4 months old I had surgery for carpel tunnel on my right hand (need it done on my left now), and I have never cross-stitched again. Lauren & Kayley have been doing the bracelets for a while now, and now these two have learned how, and love doing it.
Working on some before school one morning. Yes, I allow them to keep them taped on my coffee table for days as they are in the process of making them.
Howdy Partner! Joey had Cowboy day a week or so ago. He loved it. Loved being a cowboy! He looked the part with his scratched up face.
Homecoming week. Compared to last September (look under Sept 2010 archives for last years pictures), it was rather nice. Last year it was sooooo hot, and this year it was actually cool, and kids had their hoodies on. Lauren & Jacob were busy getting ready for the parade. Ashdown Homecoming week is a big thing here. Starts with 1/2 days school, big pep rally, parade and ends with the game.
Jacob with some of the 7th grade football players. He is the manager because of the pump, etc... But still part of the team. Go Panthers!!
Lauren helped with the 10th grade float, but I didn't get any good pictures. She was on the float too. It was cute. I think they got 3rd place.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Forgot about these...

Just a cute photo of Krissy and Joey. He must be very bored or something.
Lauren & Kayley with the blankets that our Stake YW did in July for CASA in Texarkana. It was a great service project, and they enjoyed doing them.
Krissy, Lindsey and Joey just relaxing outside having a good time with each other.
Jacob measuring Kayley for his project in Science...
and Lauren measuring Jacob. Silly kids!