Wednesday, December 31, 2008

McSpaddin Christmas!

The day after Christmas we travel to Kentucky to Shelley's house for more Christmas!

Tanner and Michael had a great time playing together.
Everyone passed Conner around. He was so good, as always!

Opening presents was very organized and tidy.
(unlike with my family everything is mass chaos and nobody knows what anyone gets.)

Mike loved his trombone from Tanner!

Jeff loved his vest and shirt.

Michael & Tanner both loved ripping every piece of paper off every box.
We had a blast. We ate lots of good food and sang, and laughed and really just had a good time.


We had a great Christmas this year!
On Christmas Eve Tanner got a trampoline from Mommy & Daddy. Even YaYa came over and jumped on it.

Later we celebrated at YaYa and Papa Earl's House. The boys got more stuff than they can ever play with and that was just the beginning.
(and Jeff's favorit present, a whole bov of boxers)
When we got home we made cookies for Santa and put out carrots for the reindeer.

On Christmas morning, we woke Tanner up and asked him, "Do you know who came last night?" He said, "Yeah, Santa" and just laid there. Jeff said, "Lets go see if he ate your cookies." Tanner walked in the living room, right past the huge pile of toys and said "YEAH, He ate them, He ate them!" It was so funny. Then he went back and looked at his toys and saw Hungry Hungry Hippos first, not the Big Big Rocket ship. Finally he saw it and played and played with all of his toys. Conner like all of his toys too, I think.

Then for lunch we went back to YaYa and Earl's for the Carpenter's Christmas.
More fun stuff for the boys.
We had a great time and this was just my family we still had to travel to
Kentucky for Jeff's family.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Hop Hop as Baby Jesus

Last week Riley Read (3 years old) called Jeff and asked if Conner could be baby Jesus in their Christmas program. Jeff said yes, but didn't get any details. He didn't even talk to Joni about it. On Friday Mom saw Joni at the Beauty Shop and said "Are you coming to watch Conner in the Christmas program?" We (mom & I) knew nothing about it. So I called Jeff after mom called me and he said "Oh, I forgot to tell you." Anyway Conner was the most beautiful Baby Jesus ever in the Lake Mystic Christmas Program. He didn't cry at all (until it was over and the preacher was talking too long).

I hope that Joseph was really more excited and involved than this Joseph was.

Riley was an angel and I thought at one point she was going to take Baby Jesus away from Mary.

Riley also sang very
well, into the microphone.

It was a very cute program and really helped me remember the reason we celebrate Christmas! I can't imagine how Mary must have felt knowing that her son was going to save the world. I definitely would have been very scared. Don't forget the true meaning of Christmas this year!
Merry Christmas to Everyone!

No More Dirt Pile

Saturday morning during breakfast a truck with a tractor pulled in to the yard. Tanner was so excited. I wasn't sure what they were doing. I didn't need a skid-steer for anything. But they had come to change Tanner's dirt pile into a sand pile. A dump truck with beautiful white sand arrived just after the tractor. They pulled apart the pipes and got all the dirt out and put in the new sand. I was so happy to see the white sand. I won't have to use so much Spray & Wash on Tanner's clothes now. Tanner really wanted the men to stay and play with him, but they had real work to do. Thanks Papa Earl, Mr. Rob and the crew!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Christmas Boys

I found the boys matching Christmas pj's and couldn't wait until Christmas for them to wear them. Here is a little preview of Christmas morning.

Tanner wanted to make a silly face.

(I know some of these are a little scary but I promise I was right there to catch him if he started to fall and his head Did Not hit the floor one time.)

All of this was done with a little bribe. Tanner could open a present if he would hold Conner and take a good picture. (It was something he had already played with and wanted YaYa to wrap yesterday but forgot about it!)

Monday, December 15, 2008

Sunday School Fun

In Sunday school we made a Gingerbread house and some ginger bread men. I was really worried because for the last 2 months there have been 6-8 kids in my class of 2-6 year olds, but God is good, only 4 showed up this Sunday.
The kids really had fun and didn't make too much of a mess. Except for the crunched up fruit loops on the floor (sorry Brent).
Their gingerbread men were really cute. Here are some pictures of them.

A Redneck Christmas Parade

Saturday was the Christmas Parade in Bristol.
It was really good but there were some Redneck floats. Tanner had a great time. One of his favorites was the Marching Band.

Conner stayed in the warm car with Mamoo and Papoo.

This is the Liberty Just float that Tanner helped work on with YaYa and the boys. The won first place, beating BYA!!!!The float was a pontoon boat (can you say redneck?) sleigh with reindeer on top of the truck. It was really, really good.

Mr. Piggly Wiggly was there, of course.

Jeff and Tanner picked up a whole bucket full of candy. We ate all the good candy (chocolate) before we left the parade.

A Redneck parade would not be complete without a tractor covered in lights. A Grader to be exact, with a girl on the front of it throwing out candy.

When Rob went by us on the horse Tanner got on with him and finished out the parade.
We really had a great time so I guess that makes us Rednecks. Caint wait 'til next year!

Merry Christmas Y'all!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Christmas Program

Tanner didn't sing or dance but he was definitely a star. He had to make sure he could see himself in the video monitor at all times. He did do a little thing with his shirt. He just told me as we were watching the video he was "missing my microphone". Well he was cute anyway.

The directors of this program should have known that skirts were a bad idea with kids.

I'll try to post all the videos on YouTube under search TannerD

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Ginger Bread House

We also decorated a gingerbread house this weekend. Tanner really did alot of it by himself, but after about 5 minutes he got distracted by how good the icing tasted. He would decorate a little the eat a little icing off of his finger, then decorate some, then icing off of his finger until finally he just started squeezing the icing into his mouth straight from the bag. So needless to say he didn't take a nap that day, but we did make a cute house.

Conner got a little icing action too.
I think he liked it!

Busy Christmas Weekend

Wow, the Christmas season seems to get busier and busier every year. This weekend was just the beginning. We got up on Saturday morning and went to see Santa in Blountstown. Tanner sat on his lap and studied Santa's face, like he knew something wasn't just right. Conner let Santa hold him too. Tanner told Santa that he wanted a rocket ship (the one thing Santa wasn't prepared for because up until that moment all he wanted was candy). So Santa is now off looking for Tanner a rocket ship. They took some cute pictures and off we went to pick out a tree.

We got a tree at the fruit stand and went home to put it up. Jeff had to get all of the tree work done quick because the Gators were coming on soon. He got it up and Tanner helped me decorate it and it really is a beautiful tree.

After we got the tree up we went to the Christmas Parade in Blountstown. Tanner loved the Marching Band and the Christmas bus. Thank goodness there wasn't a fire in Calhoun County because every Fire truck they have was in the parade with the sirens blaring. It was LOUD!!! Conner slept through the whole thing. Then we went to the Christmas train. Tanner had fun on that too and wanted to do it again. Conner slept through that too. Tonight we have the Christmas program at Church. Tanner will probably stand there with his shirt in his mouth because that is what he has done every practice, but he will be cute. So I hope that we can slow down a little but it doesn't look like it is going to happen.
We will just have fun and remember why we celebrate
Christmas in the first place.
Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Puppy Found

Yes! Puppy was found after 2 1/2 days of searching, YaYa found puppy, in the blanket drawer, in Tanner's t.v. cabinet. (I think this is the only place in the house I didn't look.) The reward of a HUGE HUG was given. Tanner hasn't let puppy go since then. He puts him in his shirt when he needs to use his hand or holds him around his neck. So I think I will never let puppy out of my sight again.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008


Yesterday sometime after 10:00AM, Puppy got lost. For those of you who don't know, Puppy is Tanner's stuffed animal that he takes everywhere and he can't sleep without. He has had puppy since Feb. '06. Puppy was last seen on the back of the couch by YaYa. He is brown, with a red handkerchief with faded white hearts. His ears are chewed on and his neck is very thin.
If seen at our house please return. He is missed very much!

I have looked all over this house. I have looked under the couch, in the couch, in the beds, under the beds, in Tanner's toys, in Tanner's room, I have even looked in the cabinets and the refrigerator. And we didn't leave the house yester day, so I know he is in here somewhere. I think I am more worried about Puppy than Tanner is. He slept with 3 other stuffed animals last night and this morning when he got up, I asked him " Did you sleep good?"
He said, "Yeah, but I was missing my puppy." I almost cried. So if you have any suggestions on where a lost Puppy might go, please, please let me know.