Sunday, February 19, 2017

Happy 18th Birthday Abigail Lane Naifeh!

Happy Happy Birthday Abby can you be 18???

It seems like yesterday you were toting around pink baby and pink blankey, wearing sleep masks every night, playing princess dress up, getting into my makeup, wearing the prissiest outfits around, shaking your little teezo, choking your brother, playing with polly pockets and groovy girls, wearing the biggest hair bows you've ever seen, reading a million books, all the while entertaining everyone in site! You have the kindest, most loving and thoughtful heart.

I am so proud of you for getting accepted into UT College of Nursing. I can't wait for you to be able to take care of me someday. You will be the BEST NURSE ever!

Below is a picture from each year of your life. I had fun digging through old pictures and going down memory lane. WOW...time sure did pass by fast. I LOVE you so have made Dad and I so PROUD! 

I remember this day so clearly - just like it was yesterday. Ally couldn't wait to get her hands on you! 

You devoured your cake. You had it in your hair, ears, nose...yuck! Ginny stripped your dress off of you and threw you in the bath.

Chuck E. thought you were so big running around there getting your tickets. 

Your 3rd birthday was a bit crazy-Oney had just been born in December. You were a bit rebellious when he showed up!

The "family" birthday hat. Of course, you were the kid most excited about wearing it every year. I never had to remind you to get it out before your birthday. You LOVED the attention! 

The gymboree party was the best! You and Ally had this party together and each invited a list of friends. Y'all were ADORABLE in your little leotards. 

We Three Kings, the party place, boy did y'all have fun performing on that stage! We got to see a little glimpse of what we knew you would be like as a teenager that day!

Paint a left your mark on that place that day....literally, you got to paint your handprint and name on the wall for everyone to see. We always loved going to paint a piece...even just on a rainy day! I love all of my pieces I still have and enjoy pulling them out and using them. Wonderful memories!

Ahhhhh, the BIG trip to Nashville with Sittie and Aunt Jan and the big fancy dinner ! You looked so beautiful and you sparkled, of course! I think you even had fireworks on your cake. 

The SURPRISE bowling party at Rollies! Daddy and I really got you on this had NO IDEA! You just said you didn't want the "stress" of planning a party (list) this year and so Dad and I surprised you! I think you had a BALL!

New York City and Hello Kitty!!! Even though we had to pay Hello Kitty "two dollas" to take a picture with us! What a special way to celebrate your birthday!

Our first 5k run/walk. You and Ally talked me into doing it with you. Of course, in typical princess Abby style, I looked up and you and Katie Henderson (your babysitter) are riding across the finish line in the police car with the lights and sirens on...boy oh boy! You were the center of attention that day!

What a fun birthday weekend we had at the lake to celebrate your 12th. We rode four wheelers, had a bonfire, s'mores, chili, hot dogs, games, got really muddy, and LAUGHED a lot! Oh, and you roasted a pair of tennis shoes, too, that day!

Gorgeous Abby on her are officially becoming a young lady. We had a HUGE party at the CCC with Rockin' Robin DJs and food galore. You led everyone in tons of fun games and dancing. You were a natural holding that microphone. 

WOW! What happened between 13 and 14? Where did my Abby Lane go? We took a ski trip for your birthday this year. We hired a photographer and took TONS of pics. You have always been a natural in front of the camera. If something happens to your nursing career, you can definitely be a supermodel! (Ok, I may be a little biased!)

We finally got you to go take your driving test for your permit. We thought you would be content forever just being a passenger in Ally's car having her be your driver. I mean I can't really blame you! 

This year we did an impromptu birthday lunch at Mexican in Munford. Ally texted a few of your friends and Hayden of course. I ran by the store and grabbed a cake and voila! Of course, we had to have the whipped cream in the face. 

Dad and I were out of town for your 17th birthday so I just posted this collage of pics of us. We have been fortunate and made so many memories together these past 18 years. I just hope and pray someday you will have a daughter and get to do half of what we have done together! YOU will be BLESSED! From the beach, to New York, from Dallas, to Pickwick, from Cabo, to Washington DC, and on and on and on . We have some great times together! 

An Adult
A Young Woman
You can buy cigarettes and lottery tickets
You have to give ME permission for your medical records

I hope and pray that Dad and I have taught you everything you need to know to be successful in this next phase of your life! I have a good feeling you are headed to Knoxville to do GREAT things! 

Happy Birthday Abigail Lane Naifeh

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day

Judson and I being silly with the blanket Abby gave Hayden for Valentine's Day.

Abby snapchatting Hayden dancing for her - of course he didn't know she would show everybody! 

Precious Peeps

Abby made this shadowbox for Hayden. It was a cross cut out of a football with his favorite scripture on it. 

Face swap looks a little freaky.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

King Cake to Die For

One of my newest favorite recipe blogs is Plain Chicken . They have some very quick, easy and delicious recipes. I tried this one out Sunday morning and it was insanely delicious. 

Pointers: Definitely needs the 35 minutes to be fully cooked. The more sprinkles the better!

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Living Life Thru Ally...

Boxing Tournament Weekend...what used to be SAE Boxing Tournament...Judson and I sure are loving life living vicariously through Ally this weekend! Hayden went up to Knoxville this weekend. I am sure Ally is being a great Sister in Law:-) 

Ally and Megan

Ally and Hayden

Wait-no fair-Amy Folk snuck up to Knoxville for the weekend...Cute picture girls! 

Ally really made her Dad's day when she sent him this picture of her wearing his boxing tournament t-shirt from 1990. Even though she took the scissors to it and made it a "choker" tee!

Friday, February 10, 2017

Winter Sunsets

 What is it about Sunsets this time of year? They have been amazing lately...

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Grizz Girls

Fun night tonight with Rick and Cathy in their suite at the Grizzlies game. Thanks for having us guys! 

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Super Bowl Sunday

Even though I didn't have a team in this Super Bowl and I didn't really care who won, this was one of the bEST Super Bowls I can remember in a long time. I was cheering for the Atlanta Falcons only because I don't care for the Patriots. I think they have won their fair share (sort of like Alabama). But, boy what a game! 

Lady Gaga did the half time performance and she nailed it! Thankfully she left politics out of her performance! 

The SWEETEST part of the Super Bowl was the coin toss by President George H. W. Bush. He and his wife were just in the hospital a week or so ago. That was AWESOME! 

A true Volunteer fan always has to find a way to tie the Vols to the game...just a fun little trivia to go with the Super Bowl...

Friday, February 3, 2017

Losing a Sister...

Today was a very hard day. I had to bury a sorority sister of mine. She died so tragically, leaving behind a beautiful young daughter and devoted husband. Suicide hits so close to home. After losing my grandfather to suicide in high school, I still just get physically ill when I hear of someone else losing their battle. Mental illness is a real disease. Someday I hope the field of medicine will be able to conquer this disease. Prayers to Courtney's family. She was a beautiful friend who ALWAYS had a sweet smile on her face. I know she will be missed. 

The only positive thing out of attending the funeral was getting to see a few of my sisters! They brought back so many memories of Chi O and college. We told lots of stories, cried and even laughed! So, in light of reminiscing, here is the Chi Omega Symphony. It is pretty good stuff! 


To live constantly above snobbery of word or deed; to place scholarship before social obligations and character before appearances; to be in the best sense, democratic rather than “exclusive”, and lovable rather than “popular”; to work earnestly, to speak kindly, to act sincerely, to choose thoughtfully that course which occasion and conscience demand; to be womanly always; to be discouraged never; in a word, to be loyal under any and all circumstances to my Fraternity and her highest teachings and to have her welfare ever at heart that she may be a symphony of high purpose and helpfulness in which there is no discordant note.
Written by Ethel Switzer Howard, Xi Chapter, 1904


How funny is this...Oney orders his Starbucks as "Hayden"!

The things we see on our RING doorbell are on candid camera!

Oney and his friends Victoria having fun with their matching Jeeps

Oney after school EVERYDAY lately...

My turn to provide senior breakfast was this morning...these girls are counting the days down until graduation. 

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Waste Management Phoenix Open... #wmpo

In typical Judson fashion, he went to the party of all parties, for golf anyway, the Waste Management Phoenix Open. He and Rick were guests of Wright Bacon. The second day was a "Green Out". Well, you know Judson "goes big or goes home". He wore a Green Morph suit. This guy (my husband) just loves loving life. Goodtime Charley had a blast. Of course, he took pictures with a million strangers, not that he ever meets a stranger! 

I'm sure Rick was just shaking his head the whole time!