Thanks for stopping by! We were a family of three, until we added one more (cat, that is), making us a family of four. In 2012, we added four husband, two girls, and a dog. We have a full plate as a party of eight!

Adoption, blended families, pets, school,'s all here. Pull up a chair and read a while. After you do, please leave a little comment love! It makes me happy...and y'all know...if Momma is happy, then everyone is least at our house!

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Game Night

Yes, I know I skipped Christmas.  I'll get to that in the next few days...maybe...

Last night we had fun playing a silly game called "Hopla!"  I found it while doing some last minute Christmas shopping.  The box claims that it is a "hilarious game requiring steady  nerves and skillful patience."  It also says, "Every person will find themselves roaring with laughter and amusement."

It was pretty fun and there was lots of laughter.

How do you play Hopla?

Basically you flick the cones with a steady hand, watch the cups fly and score the hightest value in the Hopla net.

Choose your favorite color cones.

Smile because Momma has her new camera out AGAIN....

Flick that cone!

Hey!  Your cone landed inside my cone!  You stole my points!

Cones also make great nose warmers...

A mid-game snack break for some puppy chow...
Which piece has the most chocolate-peanut butter-powdered sugar on it?
Because that's the one everyone wants!

When a Hopla cone lands in the chandelier...
Game over!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

A Tree Unfolds

A long time ago, I bought a little artificial Christmas tree.

And when I say little...I mean little!
As in less than four feet tall.
Just big enough for a string of lights and a few ornaments.
Just big enough to make our little townhouse look a little Christmas-y.

It was perfect for Momma and G.
The first cat, too.
The second cat...well...nothing is perfect around him.

Then I got married.
And my perfect little tree wasn't perfect any more.
It was just little.
And it made me feel sad instead of Christmas-y.

So on Monday night, Brian, Gloria, and I set out in search of our new, full-sized, unlit artificial tree.
(I'm allergic to pine real tree for us!)

Keep in mind that it was one week before Christmas Eve when this search began.
I failed at one store.
Brian failed at another store.
We failed together at yet a third.
But at the fourth store...success!
A 7.5 foot tall, unlit, prefect tree!

That then took three days to put up and decorate.

It went something like this...

The tree had to be assembled.
And each branch had to be separated and spread out and positioned just right.

Of course a big tree equals a big box.
And a big empty box must be promptly inspected.

Each branch must be thoroughly sniffed and checked out.

The lone ornament on our tree after the hour and a half of assembly and fluffing...

Remember how I said that my old tree was just big enough for a string of lights?
We needed more than a single string of lights for our new tree.
Search number two began for white lights.
Several stores were fails.
But Momma and G were successful with a "whim" stop on the way home from school on Tuesday.

So then the tree had lights.

And on Wednesday night, the tree finally had ornaments on it!

Our first family ornament, from a friend at work.
I was so touched by this when she gave it to me.
Thanks, Maureen!
(yes, you have a first name!)

This one is for my mom...
Yes, Mom, it's on the tree in a place of honor.

We all agree that we love our tree.  
And it's OUR tree.
And it definitely makes our house feel more Christmas-y.
Which makes me happy.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

December 1, 2012

Photo from Brian's Uncle Roger

Saturday, December 1, 2012

The day we had been planning for months had finally arrived.

I had been sure that our southern city would experience the first ever blizzard on that day...
just because I was getting married.

But no such weather phenomenon occurred.
The day was sunny and bright, the temperature showing about 58 degrees.
Simply perfect.

And that was how the rest of the day was...
Simply perfect.

Both of my sisters-in-law came over in the morning:
Jamie to do everyone's hair and Martha to document the preparations with her camera.

While that was going on, Brian was putting everything in his car:

Three blue dresses plus one wedding dress, along with several bags of shoes, make-up, and I don't know what else filled the back of his car.

We ended up running late.
It takes a while to do hair for five, but Jamie did a great job!
Brian and Maggie left for the church while the rest of us finished up at our house.
I followed with Gloria, Molly, and Martha a little bit later.

Nothing like being late and rushing to the church on your own wedding day!

Once we were at the church, we all finished getting ready and dressed.

There were so many great pictures that Martha took while we were getting ready.  
I can't wait to get those printed.  
And we are anxiously waiting the pictures our photographer took.

Here are our altar flowers, repurposed as the centerpieces at our reception.
(Fortunately, the historic hotel where we had our reception was only a block away from our church, so our flower designer/decorator raced the flowers from the church to the hotel when the wedding was over.)  I was thrilled with our flowers:  bouquets, boutonnieres, headpieces for the girls, arrangements for the altar.  Todd did a great job!

When we got to the reception, I couldn't wait to see our cake.
It had been designed just for us over the summer, and to see it as more than a pencil took my breath away.  It was, as I said at the beginning, simply perfect.

A few pictures from the reception:

I can actually see family resemblance with my brother in this picture.

Mingling with our family and friends.

First dance...

My sweet, beautiful girl
From Brian's Uncle Roger

The wedding party
Also from Brian's Uncle Roger

As I look through the pictures that Martha took, I see such joy and happiness.
A wonderful beginning of the rest of our lives.

I have been so overwhelmed by the love shown to us by friends and family during this time in our lives.  It has meant so much.  This is a big transition for all of us, but the beginning was perfect, simply perfect.

And now...the title of my blog doesn't work any more.
We are no longer "Momma and G and the Cat Makes Three...Then Came One More and Now There are Four..."
Now there are three more people and a dog.
Any thoughts from anyone?

Also, I now have a "real" camera instead of my little point-and-shoot or my phone.
I have been trying to learn how to take pictures, so once I figure out how to get those pictures out of my camera and on to my computer, I can share what else we've been up to the past few weeks.

Ni Hao Yall