Live so that when your children think of fairness and integrity, they think of you. The highest courage is to dare to be yourself in the face of adversity. Choosing right over wrong, ethic over convenience, and truth over popularity ... these are choices that measure your life. Travel the path of integrity without looking back, for there is never a wrong time to do the right thing.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Merry Christmas! Love: The Hunter's

**Ok after a week of trying, I am conceding to the fact this isn't going to work as a video upload....AAAHHH FRUSTRATING! I am assuming the video is too large even zipped, so I will have to just provide the link. Merry Christmas Everyone, I can't tell you how much fun we had making this! I haven't laughed this hard in a long time! :) Make sure you click on the link, it is so worth watching!
I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas, we sure did! 2011 was a great year, filled with crazy, busy, chaos, great memories, lots of love, many laughs, exciting vacations, and fun 1sts! I can't believe how quickly it flew by and I am so excited for 2012...and all my unrealistic OCD resolutions :) Hal and I celebrated our 15 year anniversary and wow how time flies when you are being spoiled! :) I forget I am old and my kids are half grown until I see a picture of us!

Hal survived another year of Retail which is no small feat let me tell ya! He continues to be an amazing husband and father and works tirelessly to provide for us in every way. He had some fun times along the way, and never missed a moment to play a prank if the opportunity presented itself to him! He has dusted off the passion box for collecting baseball cards and has really enjoyed growing his collection with his best bud Drew!
Tab survived another year of taxiing teenagers, juggling practices, and stayed ornery and sassy! I am still making bows, working at the County part time, and being OCD where ever and when ever possible! I am keeping up with the "Butterton's" title with my baking, and being crafty whenever I find a spare moment (ok not too often). I am really enjoying these crazy girls and their teenage antics and loving every minute of the baseball grind! Being a Wife and a Mommy truly fulfills all my dreams...I wouldn't change a thing!
Haliee turned the big 13 this year! WOW! Incredible how time flies! Of course it was quite the production, would you expect anything less of me? She attended her 2nd real concert of her life screeching and drooling over her ridiculous crush Mr. Cody Robert Simpson of whom she has betrothed herself too {along with about 3 million other girls}, maintained her honor roll status with excellent grades, found her passion for Volleyball now supersedes Softball and is looking to join a travel team, and certainly made her entrance into this world as a teenager! Sassy like her Momma, Grounded and Levelheaded like her Daddy, she is a hot mess this girl! Loud Music, TOO much junk food, and friends 24/7...makeovers, and dance parties are the norm around here full time! Don't leave your plate of food unattended, these girls will eat it! They are savages!!!! She is growing way too quickly but is such a wonderful young lady! Such a joy mixed with a little payback when she whines "Daddeeee" to get her way!
Andrew is in 5th Grade this year, he rules the School and definitely has swagger! He took to a new level this year. Between Little League, Norsemen Travel Team, and making All-Stars, we literally lived at the fields 6 - 7 days a week April - July, when he decided to join a fall ball team, ya know, cuz he can! It was a great way to wind down the year and super low key! His passion for Baseball is definitely over the top, and we are loving watching him grow and excel! I am so proud of the little guy he is becoming, he is obsessed with baseball no doubt, but still maintains straight A's, is a great friend, super sweet and mostly patient with the Grimmett Girls and could not be closer to his sister if he tried. He has adopted Heather as his sis as well and they too are pretty close! My little bobble head boy no more...he grew 3 sizes this year and is quite the man child! Weighing in over a 100 lbs. and wearing a size 8 man's shoe, he is getting so big! It is precious and priceless to watch the bond between Drew and Daddy, an added gift for me!

I am so excited for 2012, the only real important resolution not to be broken for me is to soak it all in. I will be taking Haliee to High School and Drewy to Middle School...and I can't figure out where they hid my babies...Bittersweet for sure, I will do my best to slow down and just live every moment to the fullest.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Black Friday!

This year Kohl's opened at Midnight as I am sure most of you know. Great for crazy shoppers, not so great for associates and their families! We had to modify our Thanksgiving holiday so Hal could at least attempt a nap before going to work at 10 pm to ready the store for chaos! I had been planning these cookies for several days working on them in my so not spare time and when he was at work or sleeping. I wanted to surprise him with these on black friday. It was my 1st attempt at royal icing and I learned alot. They were super fun to create and I am not happy with their final look but I will accept them as my 1st attempt at perfection. Everyone has been bugging me to see them so here they are! They made Hal smile so I achieved my goal even if I was unable to make them "perfect" as I had hoped!