Saturday, December 22

Fast track catch up......

I have been so bad about posting. Honestly, my life has been too busy to sit down and write it all down. I am sure some of you feel the same way. (you are just better about doing it) Here goes.....

We had our Thanksgiving Feast at school and it was great. Jude had his too and he looked so cute in his turkey hat.
Here is me and the little man at HIS Thanksgiving Feast.

Thanksgiving was great. We went to Ruidoso. It snowed, we went was a BLAST!! My brother was the only one that had a camera, so I don't have pictures of me flying off of the sled with my dog. It was hilarious though. I was so scared that I ruined my jeans (You know the important things...not that I almost killed my dog! :) We stayed inside a lot, so here a few pictures of us all watching a Ratatouille together.




Jude laughing AND eating

We also took the Christmas picture of the kids while we were in Ruidoso. It was so pretty because the trees were covered in snow. We did try and get one with the dog, but it just DIDN'T work out, so.........

here is the Christmas picture of the kids that we used on our card this year.

We got home and within the next few weeks, Parker got LICE at school. I have never been SO devastated in my life. I seriously had to keep telling myself that some children have cancer and this was NOT a big deal. It was just so overwhelming. We did 22 loads of laundry at the laundry mat and still had more laundry at home. It was just so expensive and time consuming. We had to wash everyone's hair with poison. It was just not lovely. It took about 2 and a half weeks to feel like we were done with it. I am still braiding all the girls' hair and spraying it with hair spray everyday. They say that deters the lice from getting on the hair. We'll see. I have several funny stories about the whole lice thing, but I'll save them for another post.

Avery's 5th grade class has been singing all over town and had their Christmas program too. They sang downtown before the Christmas parade, so after we listened to them sing we all went outside to the parade (for as long as we could handle it - it was FREEZING!!)

Jude, Aunt Becky, Nana Sue, Bailey, Avery, Farryn, and Parker

Next was Avery's 11th birthday. She had a movie party at Grandmama's house because they have a big projector that comes out of the ceiling and a huge screen that rolls out too. So Avery wanted a High School Musical movie party and it was a blast. She invited 5 girls and they had so much fun quoting the whole movie and singing along.

I made the cookie that says, "What time is it? It's Avery's 11th birthday" If you know HSM2, you know "What time is it" is a song from the movie. Sadly HSM2 come out ON her birthday, so we just watched the 1st one. We made CD's called Avery's mix to give as party favors and they got to decorate their own CD case. We also did HSM tattoos.

Avery got an iPod from us and my parents. This was Avery's reaction when she saw what it was. It was SO fun to see her SO excited about something.

The birthday gang

Here is the picture that our 6 year old took for our Christmas card. So this is the second picture on our card this year. THANK YOU PARKER!!

THEN...of course Christmas and all the parties started after that, so here we are. Glen and I are fixing to go shopping for the rest of our gifts. Thanks to our friend Cindy for keeping the kids so that we can go shopping ALONE and even go out to eat. YEAH!!

I hope I didn't forget anything. If I did, I'll go back and write about it later. It's good to be back. Whew!!!


  • It sounds to me like you are having a great Holiday season. I so hope yo and your family have a great Merry Christmas.
    Head went around our school..luckily we didnt get it...but what you said about the hair spray is right....Madison has been wearing braids and pony tails...sorry you went through that. You were probably about to lose your mind.
    Have a great dinner with Christmas pics are great.

    By Blogger Jen, at 1:17 PM  

  • Mkay, ONE thang, Miss Thang you are so not allowed to look that hawt with an ELEVEN year old!!! ;) Not fair! I wanna be like you when I grow up!
    Hope y'all have a fabulously merry Christmas & for the LOVE! Post more often, girl! ;) I miss you!

    By Blogger O Mama Mia, at 2:47 PM  

  • I am so glad you updated...finally!!! :) Loved all the pictures. It looks like you guys have been busy having fun!!

    I hope you all have such a wonderful and very Merry Christmas!!!

    By Blogger Allison, at 6:48 PM  

  • Merry Christmas, friend. I enjoyed your catch up. Wish the entire Strader family a merry christmas for me.

    By Blogger Ashley, at 9:26 PM  

  • I love the pictures! Happy Birthday, Avery! and Merry Christmas, Strader family! Love you!

    By Blogger Procters, at 4:20 PM  

  • Sounds like we're all glad to see a new post on your blog! I love the pictures of your cute little family. You are so lucky. Glad you had a good Thanksgiving and fun in Ruidoso.

    By Blogger THE REIDHEAD COUPLE, at 11:30 PM  

  • Sounds like so much to be thankful for. You have a beautiful family!! Merry Christmas! Enjoy every moment!

    By Blogger Lindsey, at 9:38 AM  

  • Nicole, you are an amazing person. You are such a loving and caring mom and take such good care of your kids. I just think you're knock dead gorgeous too. I enjoyed reading your post and spending time with your kids this summer and at Ruidoso. They are well mannered, well behaved, fun kids. Keep up the good work. Merry Christmas, Jim

    By Blogger THE REIDHEAD COUPLE, at 11:19 AM  

  • Nicole I was so excited for a new post! I hope you all had a Merry Christmas! You are so pretty and so are your girls and Glen and Jude are so handsome!

    By Blogger The Claridges, at 9:39 AM  

  • I love all of your pictures! Ethan's birthday is also in December... he got an I pod nano as well & made the exact same face! I love reading your blog- so funny!

    By Blogger Susan, at 8:01 PM  

  • well, I've had given up on your blog for a while. I finally checked it today and was completely surprised and happy to see that you had posted some new things. You all look amazing, absolutely amazing. I love your pictures...and I think it about time to hear the lice stories. I think I will just call you about those because I am very excited about those! haha.

    By Blogger Rustino Scar, at 10:13 AM  

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