Crumley Family Blog

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January 1, 2011
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Happy New Year

cousins

This photo was shot earlier this week, at the tail end of our family celebrations of the holidays. It is so full of happiness!

Since Christmas has passed and a New Year has started, it’s time to think about our family, our goals, and hope of accomplishing anything. I’m not promising anything, but I’m hoping to revive this family blog and keep it more up to date. I also hope I can keep a resolution I made last year- more video of the kiddos.

Happy New Year, hope to see you around the blog.

December 14, 2010
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It actually happened :: Snow!

Saturday morning the kids and I were in the car, listening to the radio. The weather report came on and Paul said the “S” word- snow.

Fuller immediately perked up and asked about the snow mentioned in said forecast. I repeated the report, but gave the idea of snow that evening a rather dubious tone. This was to protect my child from the fallibility of all weathermen. Weathermen like to throw around fancy words like barometer, cold fronts, and Snow at this time of year, just to raise the hopes of little six year old boys who desperately think they should build snowmen.

Well, Sunday morning Fuller ran to the window only to be disappointed. The evening rain did not turn into snow as Paul had predicted.

We went to church and as we were leaving to go home and enjoy lunch, Fuller was delighted to see the white stuff swirling in the air. And I was surprised to see the white stuff keep swirling pretty much all day. We left at 4ish to go to a birthday party and it was still snowing.

By the time we got home (after driving really slowly in order to keep our heads and car in tact), there was a bit of accumulation. In fact, in our neighborhood, after a few blocks there were no more tire tracks on the street, just white covering the road. (Here is where I mention that we live in a very hilly neighborhood. If there was a chance of the roads freezing, residents have been known to park their cars at the entrances of the subdivision so they can go to work the next day. Or so I have been told.)
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December 9, 2010
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Holiday cards from Cardstore.com (or why I need more stamps)

Today I’m going to be digging up addresses and finally finding the stamps because we have our Christmas cards in the house!

I’m not a consistent holiday card sender. In fact, I have been known to send a few Happy New Years and even Valentines Day cards. It didn’t matter that the card said “Merry Christmas” it just meant I was kind of lazy getting everything together.

The only time I have been on time with a holiday card was our first Christmas when I was young, in love, and had a very boring Saturday morning sitting at work.

This year I was approached by Cardstore.com to check out their site, use a credit they gave me and purchase some holiday cards for our family. Since we are enjoying our new home, making it all merry and bright, I thought it would be fine to take the gift and make a holiday card.

As a hobby photographer, I was mostly interested in their photo cards. The selection was great. Almost too great, in a good way. I had a really difficult time narrowing down what design I wanted to use. I was able to create a few cards and save them to make a final decision later.

The customization on the cards is amazing. On some designs you are able to add an entire Christmas letter and several more pictures on the inside of the card. I even started a Christmas letter (I was so excited!), but then I remembered I planned on simplifying this year and went for a very cute 4.75 x4.75 square flat card with one picture.

After I shed a few tears for the lack of family pictures, I settled on a picture of the boys because, as Damon said, they are the main attraction.

Ordering was easy. I was able to have Cardstore.com put our address on the envelope (which looks really classy, in my opinion). If I wanted to spend a little more (or had been more organized) I could have given them my mailing list and they would have sent them for me! But because I still hadn’t gathered the addressed, I had them shipped to my house. The cards arrived quickly on my doorstep. And aren’t they cute?

cardstore.com
Coupon code at the end of the post!
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December 7, 2010
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Finding fun

I know it is December. I know the winter season is technically a few days away. I know it is supposed to be getting colder.

But seriously, this cold snap really blindsided me. The temperature combined with the wind has made it a bit on the miserable side.

Yesterday I made the decision to take us out into the cold to see Damon do some work. We spent about an hour and half out in the wind and decided we needed to go. Since we were taking Damon home after work, I took the boys to a near by toy store. I needed some ideas for Christmas gifts and I figured the boys would enjoy playing a bit.

indoor sand box
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December 4, 2010
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Our Christmas Tree :: Almost Toddler Friendly

The Christmas spirit entered our home a few days before Thanksgiving. We (as in Damon and I) had decided that for our first Christmas in our new home we would purchase a potted Christmas tree that we would be able to plant after the season. We did it at our previous house and I honestly felt a little sad leaving that reminder of our first Christmas.

Because of our schedules we decided to tree hunt before Thanksgiving, which lead us to Lowe’s and Home Depot. While both had potted trees suited to the task of showing off our Christmas cheer, Home Depot had some tiny Italian Stone Pines at decent prices. We quickly used my phone to check wikipedia and see what the trees would look like full grown and decided to buy three.

We held off decorating until after Thanksgiving. I had the goal of creating a tree that was Tebow friendly and decorating it with items that we didn’t care if Tebow got a hold of and destroyed. (This is where I remind you what a destructive bugger Tebow is. And if you don’t believe me, invite us over. Tebow will prove you wrong.)

Here is the final look:

2010 Christmas tree
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December 4, 2010
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All they did was win, win, win

Fuller’s football season isn’t the only football we have enjoyed this fall. As an Auburn fan family we were thrilled to watch the Tigers play this season. We didn’t get to go to Auburn as much as we hoped, but as I have mentioned before, it was a little lesson in honoring commitment (and a little bit of cursing at CBS for broadcasting their games in the afternoon instead of night).

Well, tonight our family gathered around the media center and cheered the Tigers on to victory during the SEC championship game.

Earlier this week I was able to get a little video of Fuller singing the “Tunnel Video” song. The Tunnel Video is the video shown on the jumbotron at home games, right before the players take the field. It has hand motions (as indicated by the words “everybody’s hands go up” and “up, down, up, down, up”), which we have taught Tebow but have never successfully recorded on video. (He even sings some of the words, specifically “win” which is so darn cute and you just have to be here to see it, I guess.)

Well, we still have Fuller singing the song. Which I think is equally adorable because if you have seen the tunnel video, you know that there is a sound bite from Coach Chizik regarding the fans (that’s US!). Fuller doesn’t just sing the song, he says the sound bite too!

Here’s the original video:

It was a fun game and I’m so happy the Tigers were able to win, win, win their way to the Championship and now we just need to get through bowl season and see them win the national title! War Eagle!

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