New Counter

We are anxiously awaiting the arrival of a much-needed new counter! The day before Thanksgiving, a few weeks ago, the menfolk were rough-housing around and somehow the kitchen counter (which had been damaged from the dishwasher and had a small chip out of it) sustained a long craggy crack along the edge. We ordered a new counter and now we’re just waiting, waiting for it to come in! Looking forward to having a flat counter again!

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Leave Time

It’s been nearly a week of David being home on leave! It seemed like it would be forever til I wrapped my arms around him, but already a week of him being home has passed by! I believe that he has been thoroughly enjoying himself and I hope that this coming week will go by veryy slowly before he has to return to California on the 5th. Don’t want it to end!

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My Baby’s Golden Birthday

27 years ago today, I began this journey of motherhood! At this time I was at the hospital waiting for labor to kick in with my first bundle of joy! My daughter, Lora Opal was born at 7:47 pm December 27, 1986…SOOOOOOO…we are celebrating her golden birthday, 27 on the 27th today!

I hope all your wishes come true today! From getting that kramer bass guitar at Musicians Friend to simply having some down time. Love you baby girl! I hope you have a special day surrounded by love!

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Family Time

This has been quite the busy week for the Hatter clan! The whole family (including David who is home on leave!) left early Tuesday morning for a trip up to the Dells to stay at the Kalahari Resort and Waterpark for three days.

Despite a few ups and downs, I can honestly say that I think everyone really enjoyed themselves! We rented a huge condo with plenty of room for everyone, and the kids had a blast at the large indoor waterpark and the indoor theme park.

With all that running around, I think I might need a vacation to recover from this vacation!

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Drums

A lot of you know that my second-oldest son was an avid drummer—he played the drums from the time he was 10 years old all the way up until he was 18. Then he traded in his tascam dr40 for a uniform and joined the US Marine Corps. I will admit that it did break my mama heart to see him give up the drums after he played them so long and was so good at them, but then, I’m so proud of him now with all he’s achieved from being a US Marine!

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Thanksgiving Festivities

Well, another Thanksgiving is come and gone…I seriously don’t know where this past week has gone….it was certainly an enjoyable one, though. It was so wonderful to have (almost) the whole family together. We definitely made a lot of great memories together, and even though we all missed David this year, we all agreed that this was definitely one of the best Thanksgivings yet. The food was amazing, but I believe the company was even better! So thankful for my wonderful family this Thanksgiving.

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Cookie Baking For The Marines

I was very excited to have the opportunity to send homemade cookies to the Marines at Camp Pendleton as part of a program called Operation: Sweet Tooth. I managed to recruit Sarah to make a few dozen of her awesome cookies to send, and also persuaded my mom and Lora to do the same: In all, we contributed about 8 dozen cookies. It felt great to do something to help the Marines and I hope we get to do it again soon!

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Fall Decorating

I’ve been feeling very Martha Stewart-ish lately. A few weeks ago, I set up an adorable outdoor fall setup, complete with pumpkins, gourds, and hay bales. Last week I sewed a few Marine-themed pillowcases. And yesterday, I put together my own Thanksgiving centerpiece. I don’t know what it is about fall decor but I just love it and it inspires me put together my own creative decorating. Nope, I haven’t been looking at bedroom furniture austin tx. Decorating the house comes first, right? 😉

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Thanksgiving

Are we really looking at the end of November already?? And Thanksgiving in less than a week? Time sure flies when you’re having a good time—hardy har har—Seriously though, I am looking forward to T-day. We’re taking the whole week off from school to prepare for the big day, and the kids are super-excited. I am too! Nearly all of my babies are coming home (No, not David 🙁 Not til December 21) and I can’t wait to have everyone together around the table for Thanksgiving. So much to be thankful for!

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Free Plane Ticket!

I’m a little psyched right now—A few weeks ago, I entered David in a contest called Operation Homefront, that gives 450 active military members a free flight home in December. I was flabbergasted to be scrolling through my email inbox, and came across an email informing me that David had been one of the 450 people chosen! Soooo excited. December 21st–hurry up!

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