Cookies by...

Typically at our house, we only eat cookies made by Auntie or, as the rest of you know her, Paula. Because, well, they are THE BEST COOKIES IN THE WORLD!!

And while I am on the subject, I just want to let Suzette York know that she made my day on Wed. morning when Zach brought me my little "happy" and it had two Salem gives good Sugar Cookies in it. They honestly didn't last a minute. I had those suckers wolfed down in a split second. Some of my students watched in disbelief and were an awe of my cookie eating ability! So in case no one has told you today...YOU ROCK!!!! Ok, now back to why I posted in the first place.

Tonight we will be eating, not Cookiesbypaula, but Cookiesbyarden. She loves to get in the kitchen and help me make things, and I have been promising her that I would let her make her own cookies. So tonight that is what we are doing...making, baking, mixing and messing! And it is so much fun. We are waiting on the dough to chill now. I would post some pics but I have no clue what I have done with my memory card for my camera, so enjoy the clipart I have chosen from the internet.


It's a...

GIRL!!!! Ok, I got 5 posts, even though technically Shannon cheated a little. But since I didn't specify, I have to tell now! It is a girl, which is what Mike, Arden and I wanted. I really didn't make this known to too many people because I didn't want them to think that if it was a boy I would be disappointed, because I would not have been. I just love little girls and don't know anything but that. We already have a name picked out and have since right after Arden was born. I found the name when she was about 2 months old and have always said if I ever had another girl, that would be her name. Her middle name is my grandmother Inez's maiden name, which as all of you know, my grandmother is an amazing woman that all of us LOVE more than we can even express. I had not even looked at any boy names so if she had have been a boy, I don't have a clue as to what his name would have been. So we are now anxiously awaiting the arrival of Channing Cope Cummins!!! She will be here May 9th, 2008! We can't wait!!!


It's a .....

Well we did find out the sex of the baby and, in my post last night, said that we weren't going to tell the family til Christmas. However, that little plan didn't work so well because Kirby and Regan were DYING to know and were bribing my poor Arden to tell them. She was so upset that she actually cried and begged me to let her tell. I still don't know what the bribe was but Regan is spending the night with us tonight, so I am assuming that it has something to do with that. So the whole surprise element got thrown out the window...fast! Below is a picture from today. See if you can decide what it is. You can see its face perfectly...nose and mouth are very visible. Too cute! If you already know, don't spoil it for the others please. I will post the result of today's u/s after a few of you have guessed.

Ok, I have 4 guesses so far! If I get 1 more, I will reveal!!! Keep trying!

Tagged by Danielle...

I was tagged by my friend Danielle. This is my list. Here's what you're supposed to do, and try not to be a SCROOGE!!! Just answer the questions and "tag" another blog buddy!

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags ? Both

2. Real or artificial tree? Artificial, but we always had a real tree growing up

3. When do you put up the tree? Weekend before Thanksgiving

4.When do you take the tree down? Depends...last year not until after my in-laws came in the middle of Jan.

5. Do you like eggnog? Yes

6. Favorite gift received as a child? A computer that talked and played games.

7. Do you have a nativity scene? no

8. Hardest person to buy for? Mim

9. Easiest person to buy for? Arden

10. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? coffee mugs...I totally hate these things and this year I didn't get one!! Yeah

11. Mail or email Christmas cards? Mail

12. Favorite Christmas Movie? Christmas Vacation

13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? Just depends

14. Ever Recycled a Christmas present? Yes

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Buck Eyes or PB balls

16. Clear lights or colored on the tree? clear

17. Favorite Christmas song? Kenny and Dolly's CD...Mike makes sooo much fun of me!

18.Travel at Christmas or stay home? Usually stay home,but this year we are flying to PA!

19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeers? yes

20. Angel on the tree top or a star? neither Santa

21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or Christmas morning? We have done both.

22. Most annoying thing about this time of year? crowds

23. Do you decorate your tree in any specific theme or color? Yes all Santas, but I am beginning to acquire lots of snowmen so it may become a mixture.

24. What do/did you leave for Santa? Cookies & Milk and reindeer food.

25. Do you make New Year's Resolutions and do you keep them? Heck no!!! What's the point???

I now tag Paula


Sooooo Excited!!

Tomorrow is my ultrasound and we will be finding out the sex of the baby!!! I can't wait, but it looks as though the rest of you are going to have to. We aren't going to tell the rest of the family until Christmas Day. It is going to be extremely difficult to keep this from them but I want it to be special, so my lips will be sealed. Now...any ideas on how to keep Mike from telling!! All of you out there say a prayer that God will grant me the will power to do this.

Until next time...


Not very much longer...

until Christmas. Well, they don't call it Christmas anymore because that is not politically correct and that really ticks me off. I hate that fact that no one can say Merry Christmas because they are afraid it will offend someone. I mean give me a freaking break. I am offended that people are saying Happy Holidays but does anyone care?? NO, because they are too concerned with the messed up feelings of the very small minority in the world. I want to say Merry Christmas and let others know that Christ is the reason for the season. It isn't all about gifts, parties, and shopping so all of the retail chains that won't say Merry Christmas in their ads need to get a clue and stand up for what is right. There are many more of us who spend our money with them who are not offended by Merry Christmas than those who are. The whole Merry Christmas thing does make me mad, but what really set me off is when I heard that Mall Santas can no longer say HO HO HO because that, too, might be offensive. To who? For this to have become an issue someone must have complained. But my question is "who did it offend and who in the heck did they complain to?" Did they write a letter to Santa? I guess that is the only logical explanation. The letter probably looked something like this:

Dear Santa,
I am writing to you, not to ask to a football or a dolly, but to ask you for a little compassion. As a child I visited you at the mall and told you of my Christmas wishes, dreamed of you landing on my rooftop, sliding down the chimney, delivering my gifts and even hoped of hearing those three beloved words that have made you ever so famous. However I am not a little girl anymore and have become a woman whose Christmas list has changed. I would share it with you, but it might make you blush and your cheeks are the perfect shade of red as they are. I will spare you the details but I am asking that you not say HO HO HO anymore while at the mall, in your sliegh, or anywhere else for that matter. I am personally offended by this because I have heard that word used in a deragatory manner, and believe it was directed at me. I know you are all about making wishes come true, so Santa Baby, please grant mine!

Yours Truly,

Please understand that this is just my opinion and if you agree, please leave a comment and let me know your thoughts too!!!!!!!

Oh...Merry CHRISTmas!!!!


My Christmas Tree

Ok Jenn wanted everyone to post pix of thier trees, so here is mine. As you can see, my tree is full and running over with santas. I have been collecting them for several years and probably have over 200 and just bought 2 more last week. My mom did my mantle last week and it looks beautiful! I am so anxious to see your tree as well. Merry Christmas!!


It's still great to be a Tennessee Vol...

Yeah, we lost, but if we had to lose to anyone, I am so glad that it was LSU. We pretty much choked in the 4th quarter and could have tied it up, but Ainge threw an interception and they ran it back and scored. Oh well, you can't win them all. So to all of you VOL fans out there...GO VOLS!!!!!!!!!!!!!