Monday, December 31, 2007

A year in review

I got this idea from Musings of a Housewife. I thought it would be a great way to recap the year.

The idea is to post the first sentence from the first blog of each month and also post a memorable picture from the month. We did not start the blog until February so my sentences will start from there.

Our first snow of 2007.

We're going to give this a try.

Dad is finally back from the Middle East. Yea!

We just returned from a Spring Break trip to Crown Paradise Club in Cancun.

Geocaching in Mexico, look out for iguanas. Really!

This a poem that Emma wrote last summer and I just love it and want to share it with you.

Laura with her friends at school.

Ten years ago we lived in Enid, Oklahoma with our first adorable little baby girl.

Andrew's 8th birthday party.

If it is between 2:30 and 4:30 PM any weekday afternoon, you can most likely run into me at our local Sonic.
Emma's donation to Locks of Love.

Well, it is my turn to pick the music for the week.

Emma going off the high dive.

It is hard to believe we have been in Oklahoma for a year already.

Frogs in the pool?

"That's not fair!"
Laura with one of her many Webkinz.

Last year one of our kids was required to keep a journal in class at school.

We were dining on Mexican food in San Antonio during Fall Break.

This past weekend was the much anticipated tobyMac concert.

At the tobyMac concert holding up cell phones.

It has been so long, I almost forgot how to post.

This was the night Laura's class sang at church in the Wednesday night service, her coot!

Enjoy and we will see you next year!

Wednesday, December 26, 2007


I would love to post some pictures and tell you about our wonderful Christmas. Unfortunately that will not be possible.

We got home from church on Christmas Eve and I told the kids that I would love to take some pictures of them before they got their PJs on. They went over to the tree and posed and were even happily cooperating. The bad news was that my camera was not cooperating ...AT ALL. All it said was E18 on a black screen. I was so bummed. I proceeded to get our SLR out, the good news was it had film in it and next came more bad news. The lithium batteries were dead as a a doornail and it was after 9PM on Christmas Eve, ugh!!! The little kids were cute and said that maybe Santa would bring me a new camera, "highly doubtful" I thought.

Adam being the sweet husband that he is went out to hunt for some batteries after we got the kids to bed so that we would have a camera for Christmas morning and day, thankfully he had luck at a local drug store. I told the kids it would be like the old days and we would eventually see the pictures, once we finish the roll and I get around to getting them developed.

We had a wonderful Christmas and just enjoyed being together as a family, last year Adam was in the Middle East so this was not something we took for granted. Laura got the guitar that she was wishing for and the whole family is enjoying a new Wii. I am predicting a trip to the ER sometime in the near future due to this new crazy device.

There is good news about the camera. It was a gift from my mom about a year and a half ago and she had purchased the 2 year service plan, so it should be back in service in the near future. Until then my blog posts will be mostly text.

Sunday, December 23, 2007


This year the kids all had to opportunity to be in our church's Christmas production called "Imagine Christmas". When we were taking the kids to one of the many practices during the month of November Adam was recruited to play the part of one of the shepherds. Andrew thought this was great because he was going to be a shepherd also. Emma was a part of the kid's choir and also was in two different choreography pieces. Laura however stole our hearts as she often does. She was a Holiday Barbie in the toy parade and then danced with one of the Dads in a Christmas waltz. It was too adorable and she grew quite fond of her partner. They all had a great time and I loved supporting them behind the scenes. This was Adam's first theatrical experience and he had a great time. The best part was that we met a lot of great people from church. In the end the true meaning of Christmas was communicated in way that people could relate too. We wish you could have all seen it.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Christmas cards?

If you are anything like me you are getting a mailbox full of Christmas cards every day. It is fun to get in touch with old friends and catch up through the holiday greetings.

When we first got married Adam and I discussed whether or not we would send out the annual Christmas letter. I personally am not a big fan of the braggy, my life is so perfect, blah, blah, blah letter. Sometimes those letters seem so fake to me, do you really buy it? It almost seems phony and embellished. Are people really going to write about what a horrible year they have had or how they have been fighting with their spouse nonstop and they feel like they can hardly get out of bed some days, I don't think those people send out annual letters. On the other hand, a letter peppered with humor and candor, that is something I can appreciate. With that as our goal, our standard was set back in 1995, I would take care of the picture/card, addressing, etc and Adam would write the letter and try to keep it real. It has worked beautifully ever since.

There are some of you who I only know through the blog. Well, it only seemed right to send you the virtual version of our Christmas. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Merry Christmas. It has been a busy year for our family. It seems each year gets busier. This year more than any other we’ve found it necessary to place clear boundaries around our family time. In an effort to do this we’ve taken trips together and we’re more likely to let the answering machine pick-up than answer the telephone.
The most exciting news from our family is that Charlotte is pregnant. She is carrying another little princess and is due in late April. Charlotte and I laughed when the doctor told her some of the differences she’d find having a baby at an “advanced maternal age.” She doesn’t look to be advanced to me. In fact, she looks better than ever. This experience will be much different than when Emma was born nearly eleven years ago. We’re excited for the changes a baby will bring to our family. Each family member’s excited for a different reason but we’re all excited for the new relationships this child will bring into our family.
How are we busy? We’re busy with all that comes with having a ten, eight and five year old. Emma has now played two seasons of volleyball and loves it. Andrew played basketball, soccer and flag football this year. Laura enjoys gymnastics and all three kids enjoyed having parts in the two musicals at our church this year. We’ve found there’s always more we could be involved in but are trying to teach the kids you can’t do everything. We hope they learn that there are times when though something is a good opportunity you still should say no. Learning to say no is part of keeping things simple.
We’ve found there’s no better way to spend time together as a family than away from our daily lives and on vacation. Over spring break we took a trip to Cancun, Mexico. We had so much fun laughing and enjoying time together. We swam, we went geocaching, we saw iguanas, we swam with dolphins and much more. After Emma kissed a dolphin we learned that Emma is allergic to dolphins or the fish they eat. We still laugh and joke about different occurrences from this trip.
Over the summer we went to Colorado and spent a week in the Rockies at Spring Canyon in Buena Vista. We know we’ll have fun on a beach vacation, but weren’t so sure what to expect in the mountains. The beauty of the Rockies did not disappoint and we were quickly won over to all of the fun outdoor activities. We also stopped through Colorado Springs and after a frightful drive up Pike’s Peak Charlotte and Emma won’t make the drive again.
Our year wasn’t about trips, though it may sound like it. The year was about relationships. Though we can strengthen our family during our daily life, it’s often tough between all the distractions. We’ve found trips to be the best way to enjoy our family and bring us closer. I’m thankful Charlotte and I agree on the priority these trips take in our family.
If there aren’t enough details about the Scott family here check out our family blog, 50 Toes, soon to be 60 Toes, found at We started it this year and have found it’s another way to keep everyone up to date on our daily happenings. It has been another way to strengthen relationships. Those of you who know Charlotte know she makes friends quickly; the cyber world has proven to be no different. It took no time at all for her to make “blog friends” from across the globe, literally.
We’re not sure where we’re headed in the next year. The possibilities range from Hopefully Hawaii to Oh-no Omaha. Wherever the Navy sends us we’re thankful we’ll be together as a family and we’ll continue to make great friends. Although we are together this Christmas we think often of those serving all over the world to protect our freedoms and the families they leave behind. Have a wonderful Christmas and enjoy some quality time with your loved ones.

What about your family, do you send Christmas cards? Do you do the annual letter and pictures or something different? I would love to hear about your traditions for the holiday greeting.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Christmas Tour of Homes

BooMama sponsored a holiday tour of homes earlier this week and I thought it would be fun to join in.

The idea is to take people through your house and tour some of your holiday decorations and what they mean to you. I have even updated my play list and you can listen to some Christmas music while you come check things out.

Let's start in our family room. Here is our tree.

It is a little crowded with ornaments but they all have stories and significance so how do you eliminate any? We contemplated starting a second tree but then thought we could squeeze them all on...and that is exactly what we did. It is so fun to get all the ornaments out each year and relive some of the fond memories that many of them bring. Here are just a few:

We try to get an ornament in each place we live. This Santa is made from a Maryland Blue Crab shell, it is totally unique and reminds us of our time in Southern Maryland.

Here is an ornament from our first of many tours in Oklahoma. It is also where Emma was born.

This is from a fun trip we took to Disney World one year right before Christmas.

Each year a certain family member gets me a special ornament to commemorate that particular year, they are so special. The kids love hanging each and every one.

We have our stockings hung and ready to be filled. It seems I have accumulated a few angels over the years, I don't collect them but it is fun to display them together.

Years ago my grandmother started a collection of White House Christmas ornaments for our family. She has sadly passed away and this will be the third Christmas spent without her, but I love getting these ornaments out and thinking of her. I have continued my collection in her memory.

In the last few years my nativity scenes have come to mean the most to me. I love this one that I got about five years ago. One of the Wise Men was decapitated during early December but thankfully Adam fixed him all up. Good as new...for now anyway.

We also have this nativity that is very child friendly and all the kids love to rearrange it on a daily basis. Andrew hid the wise men the other day when he learned they were not actually at Christ's birth but instead came later when he was a young boy. Baby Jesus will often be placed where the angel is now, you never know where these figures will end up. I plan on always keeping this so that little hands can explore the nativity, plus I just love Little People in general.

This year a dear friend of mine that lives in Hawaii sent me this and I love it. It is made from a coconut, how cool.
Maybe I should start a collection of nativities? There seems to be a theme of collections here, hmm.

I hope you enjoyed the brief tour.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

The Silence is Broken

It has been so long, I almost forgot how to post.

Any of you who know me, know that I am an all or nothing kind of girl. When I am on I am on, when I am off, I am off. As you can see I have been OFF on the blog.

It seemed that the longer I went the harder it was for me to post. I am the typical first born over-achiever that puts tons of pressure on myself to do all things perfectly...this has been a hindrance to my blogging at times.

It has been busy the past couple of weeks. All three kids and Adam all had parts in our church Christmas program, which was a fun but busy time of rehearsals and performances. Just as that was finishing up, we got hit with a huge ice storm that crippled our state. Since then I have been doing all of the things moms do during the Christmas season; shop, wrap, cook, shop some more, bake, wrap some more, cook nonstop, you get the picture.

I have said all of this to say, " I am back". In order to keep realistic expectations for myself and not neglect Adam and the kids in the process, I am going to try to blog at least once a week. Surely, I can do that. I am thinking this will keep the pressure off. If I get the chance to blog more than once a week, GREAT.

I have missed all of you and am glad to be back. This is like therapy.