Monday, December 29, 2008

Brodie's First Fishing Trip

"Man's Best Friend"
I have always said that my handsome hunter husband also loves fishing or anything outdoors and since Christmas morning, when he received multiple fishing accessories, you could say he has been dying to go fishing. Brodie was sitting there listening to our conversation and decided that he wanted to go and make his first large body of water experience. So...we packed up and headed to the lake.
Upon arrival he was literally escatic about a new experience in the great outdoors, the wilderness to him. Birds flying above, cats lurking around (which he had never experienced before) one hiss and he was under the truck, large trees, critters to pounce on, room to run and explore, and what looks to be an extremely large dog bowl full of water when he gets thirsty..bark, bark, jump, jump, tongue hanging out in the pure thrill of a boat ride!

Needless to say I killed the moment with putting a life jacket on him. He has never been in a lake before where he can't touch. For all you men reading this, I KNOW, dogs can swim... my sweet husband so eloquently informed me of this, but I didn't care... he is my baby and only 5 months old. Thus the very cute pictures of Brodie in a life jacket on his first boat ride. :)

Brodie liked the wind running through his short, very short strands of hair for most of the time and the other part while we were flying down the lake he had his head tucked under my arm. When we arrived he immediately loved the fishing poles and all he dangly shinny things hanging from the poles! (Short interjection: He is a hunting dog, a retriever to be exact, and Jamie has been training Brodie how to retrieve with a cane pole and a bird wing or something tied to the end of a fishing pole looking contraption. Keep this in mind.)
Of course he immediately sits at Jamie's feet waiting for the pole to be flung into the air and for Jamie to give the command for Brodie to fetch what he threw into air! Which, Jamie was not going to do because all fisherman know that if you jump in the water it will scare all the fish..thus defeating the point of fishing. It took all of 2 throws for Brodie to take a flying leap off the boat and into the lake water. After getting him back into the boat he just sat and whimpered next to Jamie so badly wanting to get the dangly shinny thing on the end of the pole, but not wanting to jump back into the water! Quick learner.

Soon enough he will learn the fishing ways and not only be a hunting dog, but a fishing companion too! It is true when they say that Dogs are Man's Best Friend because Jamie and Brodie are two peas in a pod :)

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Family Christmas 2008

"Christmas in a Nutshell"

All the stockings were hung, red pajama pants were worn, The Christmas Story was on tv...Ralphy just got his tongue stuck to the pole...haha, egg nog was being consumed, and I was just content with my life and the blessings that the Lord has bestowed onto me and my family. What a great year!

Jamie and I are both still getting used to making a plan on how to visit both of our families on Christmas, and I think it wound up working well. Christmas Eve we spent the night with Jamie's family because they live just far enough that we didn't want to make that drive so early in the morning. It was absolutely wonderful being able to spend time with such a loving family and to feel so included as a daughter and a sister. We had a Merry Christmas to say the least! Angie we missed you and the family! :)

We headed off to visit with my side of the family Christmas morning and upon arriving at my parents house we realized that just because we weren't there on Christmas morning Santa didn't forget us! It was so exciting... paper flying, smiles, and laughter filled the room. All I really wanted was accessories for my new camera which I had so much fun trying to learn how to use!

These are just some pictures from that eventful view all of them click here. They all speak for themselves.

The red pj's were a must!!

Brodie's First Christmas :)

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Come and take a visit through our home...

Yes, I know this is supposed to be outside, but I just loved it inside...who knows!
Directions for a great Christmas Holiday:
Just add family, presents under the tree, lights galore, fire in the fireplace, hot chocolate/apple cider, Christmas movie, fluffy blanket to snuggle under, bunches of love, and a partridge in a pear tree!! :)

Saturday, December 20, 2008

A Festive Afternoon with The Higdon's
A normal afternoon goes something like this: Get home from work, change clothes, let my little Brodie inside to play while I get dinner started, let water boil on the stove, throw the toys down the hall for Brodie to fetch and bring them back for a treat, check on the cooking, and continue until he wears down and just wants to lay down and chew on the latest sock he can find laying around the house. (They are no longer wearable after he is done) Tonight was no execption, except we added a little Christmas cheer to the mix.

THEN... Dad comes home!!! My somewhat, I do emphasize somewhat, calm "little man" becomes escatic and leaps around the house in glory and excitement that Dad has come home to do nothing but play with me! So, the two begin to wrestle until one of them wins...that would normally be Jamie. Brodie gives in and then just wants to play with anything and everything in site. Fun times!

After dinner, I put on a pot of apple cider to simmer and make the house smell incredible, turned on the tv to the FaLaLaLa Lifetime channel for the lastest Christmas movie and I become the mom wanting to take pictures of my "little man". I then attempt to pose him in front of the Christmas tree, then the fireplace, then the presents, all the while I get this look of excitement from Brodie.. haha The one pictures he actually looks at me his ear is flipped backwards.. oh well. That is my puppy for you.

We did try to take pictures for a Christmas card, but it just never happened, so here is to all of you that may want to see our Christmas tree with our puppy. I know it would be a sleepless night until you did. What a night. After all...It is Brodie's first Christmas. :)


Family time in the Mountains

"Gatlinburg, Tennessee at a Glance"

Mistake #1, check the weather before you go to another state.
Alabama, sunny and 50's, Gatlinburg, cloudy and 19 degrees!! High of 32 degrees! Needless to say my suitcase consisted of thin, silk long john shirt, no long john pants, no ear muffs, 1 pair of gloves, blue jeans, several thin sweaters, and a couple of thick sweaters, a pea coat, a north face jacket, no tennis shoes, one pair of wallabies, and 3 pairs of high heal boots. Are you serious.. my mother taught me better than that! My theory of sacrifice for the sake of fashion went right out the window!

Mistake#2 When you go out to Cades Cove in the mountains, remember to actually BRING your gloves, pea coat, and every pair of clothing you own!!
I thought to myself, how cold can it really be... I will be warm enough. NOT! I wore a sweater with a turtle neck, thank goodness, no gloves, light jacket, nothing but blue jeans, and one dose of hypothermia!!! Not really, but at one point I couldn't feel my extremities.

After we all got over the shock of not having enough clothing on, we had an incredible time at Cades Cove. It was truly breathtaking! My husband and father-in-law, who are both hunters, saw more deer to last them a life time! The amount
of beautiful wildlife we were able to encounter was amazing.

Charlie and Gina :) How sweet

Freezing was not the word! No gloves, and nothing to cover his ears... what were we thinking!Poor thing!

We encountered this deer eating pods off the side of the road... thinking I was going to scare her I was being very quiet. After a while I realized I am not going to scare her, and I got out of the car and walked up to the fence 3 feet from this deer to take some pictures. WOW! Quite an amazing site to be that close to a deer.

I stayed in the car for this coyote to pass, but again... amazing!

All we wanted to see was a big buck while we were there. As we were driving around we saw a crowd gathering and soon realized why. This buck was about10 feet from the fence we were standing beside. He never wanted to look up or get his picture taken, but just once he looked up so I could get a good picture of his beautiful horns. Jamie and Charlie were just in awe.

We then went up to Ober Gatlinburg just before sunset to get this picture of the Mountains.

While we were on top of the Mountains, we simply had to go ice skating. Needless to say, we are not 10 anymore and our bodies just do not hold up to the pain caused by trying to balance on a single blade on ice! Jamie appeased me and we had a great time anyway.

It's Christmas in Galtinburg with Blue lights!!! How fun!

Overall we had a wonderful time and would love to go back with some warmer weather, green grass, and leaves on the trees. Although it was cold, Christmas was in full swing- lights were everywhere, Santa was sited, trees decorated every way imaginable, warm hot chocolate to sip, and Christmas music to fill the air! We ate at the Apple Barn, (a must eat.), drove downtown at night with lights as far as the eyes could see. Loving a brisk cold walk all the while imagining a warm fire when we got back to the house. Great Memories, few mistakes we now laugh about, and time with family well spent! To view more pictures of our trip click here

Sunday, December 14, 2008

The Beauty of God's Creation...

I caught this breathtaking site when leaving one of the communities that I work in and literally just sat there and took in the wide aray of beauty in the sky. I could not believe that so many different elements of color just swirled together to make a perfect masterpiece. It reminded me of God's soverignty and how at times it is difficult to see the light at the end of the tunnel right now in our nation, but that the Lord has his hand in everything and is molding and creating His perfect masterpiece. For me it was a moment of reflection and reasurrance that the Lord has an amazing plan and to be patient to see what He has in store!