Saturday, November 15, 2008


Let me tell you, when you meet one of your blog buddies, everything changes. No more are they in the "blogworld". They are your in real life friend. Ya know what I hate the way that sounds. My "in real life" friend, if you are my friend you are my friend "in real life" whether I can actually hug you or not. There is no distinction. :) Moving on.....

Today I actually got to hug another one of my in real life friends. Valarie (and no I am not talking about myself) and her family drove all the way from Georgia to come visit us, and we had a blast. They are here in the states visiting family and friends. They are missionaries in Mexico. It is quite cold here today, so I cooked chili, white chicken chili, and potato soup (thank you Lisa M. it was awesome, even though Syd still says its not as good as yours). Big Logan was going to cook chickens on his mega grill, but I didn't want him to have to cook all day. Did that stop him from grilling something out? No! He still went and grilled on the little grill. You will not believe what he did though. He grilled "redneck steak". What is that you ask? Well I didn't know either until he told me, but let me show you a picture of it and see if you can figure it out.


Any guessers??? Its a big honking slab of bologna ! It actually was really good, basically tasted like fried bologna.

So when they got here, it was like we have known each other forever. Like family you just have not seen in a while.

Syd had already called dibs on Israel, their baby.


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Oh my gosh would you look at those eyes and checks!!! He was so squishy!! I could just eat him up!!!

Logan, Shiloh , and Abigail played from the moment they got here until they left. They had a really good time together. Oh and Abigail can hold her own with some boys.




Would you look at this face! Her shirt says it all....


They played outside, they played the Wii....


We ate chocolate icing on a spoon, with homemade hot chocolate....


We even watched the Auburn/Georgia game. With actual Auburn and Georgia fans in the room together, and no fights. :)


Seriously no Auburn or Georgia fans were hurt in the making of this post! :)


We fed the donkeys and enjoyed the cold fall weather....




Hmmmm, am I missing anything so far?? Oh yeah! Me and Valarie, Valarie and I, Valarie and Valarie, Valarie x 2, Valarie squared, Ok I will stop now. :)


Yeah we were not ready, this would be the photographers (Syd) fault.



I just love this girl!!!!

Ok and just incase you did not get enough of those checks of Israel's, here you go!!!




Leigh said...

Valarie! And Valarie! How cool is that! It sounds like you all had a wonderful time. Yes...those cheeks! A buncho cute kids and Val's!

jennifer said...

And out of all of that wonderful posting, I am thinking *giggle* another IRL blog bud who is taller than you!

AMAZING post, wonderful pictures, and I am so glad that y'all got to spend time together.

And the picture of the "No fans were hurt in the making of this post" pic was hysterical!

Birdie said...

awwww....that's just awesome!

Mom On A Mission said...

Hey! We just got home. Long story short, we lost 3rd gear and had to ride home in 2nd the whole way...45 mph on the highway. Not fun.

We had a blast!!! It was like meeting old friends that we have known for years. I love you and I can't wait to see you again.

The Southern Mom said...

I'm so happy for you. It made me smile! All of it. Such a happy day! And that little man is precious!

ValleyGirl said...

Very, VERY Cool!!! Looks like an awesome time!

MAMA (MAWMAW) said...

You are right. Little Israel really does look squishy. One thing however, I could hardly see the big slab of bologna. I couldn't get past the buttermilk pie. Pleeease, you or Syd make one for me. Since I have to go back to the hospital on Friday, today would be perfect. Please, please, please.

Nik said...

It definitely looks like ya'll had a great time. LOVE the pictures, love your house and love your donkey!

Thanks so much for sharing with us!

Tamara Jansen said...

Isn't that the most amazing things how kids can get allong at a moment's notice?! Looks like they've been friends since birth.

Congrats on the wonderful memories you made.....

littletoesandcheerios said...

I'm so glad you two got to see each other face to face! And thanks for sharing the pics with us so soon.
I know you guys obviously like the name Valarie, but I'm loving the name Israel!! So cute.

And oh those cheeks!!!

P.S.He loves you.. said...

O'my goodness (said in my best S.Palin voice)

He's just so darn cute!

And my it's really cool that you keep meeting people in real life!

So when's it my turn?!

Come to's warmer here..

D... said...

Yes! Those cheeks! Adorable.

Sounds like it was a wonderfully perfect day. Yay!

Tammy said...

F-U-N. And look at all the cuteness in those cheeks.

It always amazes me how kids are strangers for about 2 seconds and just play together like best buddies.

I'm really likin' the donkey too!

Life on the farm... said...

so cool.... or kool

Mrs4444 said...

Looks like you got the most out of your weekend! :)

Muthering Heights said...

That looks like so much fun...and what an adorable baby!

marky said...

WHAT FUN!!! Ya'll are so cute.. and those kids are beautiful!!!

Jules from "The Roost" said...

OMGosh....I thought about ya'll this weekend. My heart is so happy for you two. Your families got along so good....The food sounds and looks great. What a special weekend!

Suzie said...

Ok I wanna come visit now

Debbie said...

What a wonderful day - glad you all had such a great time.

Rambling Girl said...

Oh how cute is those cheeks! I could squish them also...babies , just love babies!

So cool to have met your new friends....and watched the game...(wispering low...yeah DAWGS!)ok will be sweet...those gun toten youngins are liable to come after

Ashley said...

What Fun! I'm glad ya'll had so much fun! Sorry bout the AU loss - getting ready for the big game next weekend?!?!

Louise said...

That is so cool that you guys got to meet!!
Great pics :)

Mom On A Mission said...

I'm sure that's what did it. Tee hee. Be sure to let Big Logan know that it was all his fault. Or maybe it was the fault of 124,000 miles on our car. Hmmmm. Actually, it was happening before we left Mexico, just not to this degree.

Shiloh has not put down the gun that Lil Logan gave him. He loves it. I bet he'll sleep with it if I let him.

Rhea said...

I'm so glad the Valarie convention went well! The Valarie y Valarie get together! woohoo!

All those adorable kids...and that baby, oh, too cute.

Looks like you guys had a great time, I'm so glad!

Sandy Toes said...

So the pictures....that baby is just a doll!
-sandy toes