Thursday, January 24, 2008

Is this me?

I went to Andie's blog and found that she had written about a personality test that she found on her cousin's blog. I decided to give it a try....what do you think? Is it me? I kind of take exception to the wishy-washy part. I am usually pretty decisive about things.....but you know this if you "get me" The loves to show off is a bit overstated in my opinion also. I can't help it if I live a very colorful life full of drama and just love to let everyone know every little part of it. (If you want to see the burn on my stomach where I spilled a cup of scalding hot coffee on it just let me know!) Give the test a try, I included the link! Good night, I am going to bed now!

You Are An ENTP
The Visionary
You are charming, outgoing, friendly. You make a good first impression.You possess good negotiating skills and can convince anyone of anything.Happy to be the center of attention, you love to tell stories and show off.You're very clever, but not disciplined enough to do well in structured environments.
In love, you see everything as a grand adventure. You enjoy taking risks for love.And if things don't work out, you're usually not too much worse for the wear!
You would make a great entrepreneur, marketing executive, or actor.
At work, you need a lot of freedom to pursue your own path and vision. How you see yourself: Analytical, creative, and peaceful
When other people don't get you, they see you as: Detached, wishy-washy, and superficial

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Did I say 16?

In my previous post I wrote that there were 16 cousins on Dann's side of the family......Well, all that is about to change! We got an email from Dann's sister Deanna and her husband Jeff (parents to Brian, Thomas, Matthew and Natalie) they are adopting a child from Liberia! Their paperwork is complete and they are waiting on a match. They will probably be matched with a girl age 7-10. Please pray for them during this exciting time and I will keep you updated!

Monday, January 14, 2008

Back home again........

in Indiana......okay not for me but for Dann. Elijah and Dann sing the song (Back Home Again in Indiana) everytime we cross the bridge from Louisville into Indiana. We spent the New Year holiday with Dann's family. We met in the Indianapolis area where both of Dann's sisters live. His brother, his wife and 7 (yes 7) kids and Dann's mom and stepdad traveled down from Ft. Wayne. There are 16 cousins in all so my kids always have a fantastic time!

Our tradtional gift exchange is that everyone draws a name.....then you have to MAKE your gift. I'll admit that this used to freak me out a bit but over the years it has gotten easier. It is much easier now that my older kids can execute their own projects. We had an easy year because we made the same gift for three people. I had Aubrey, Sophie had Thomas and Elijah had Michael (all teens). The gift we made was a total rip off of what Jana did for Elijah this past year for his birthday. I am not too proud to steal! The gifts were paper mache boxes that each one of us decorated to fit the person's personality. Sophie even painted her box! After you decorate the box you then tape 10 one dollar bills together and then tape the first one to the lid. The result is when you open the box lid a long stream of money rolls out. Needless to say it was a big hit with the recipients! Dann painted a beautiful watercolor for his sister Brenda's new bedroom and Macklin made some great fun foam paper dolls for Veronica (she's 3). David (Dann's brother) and Michael (David's son) had Dann and Elijah. They made them each a really cool folding wooden tables and Michael made Elijah some goo also! Bridget (she's 1 so mom helped) made Sophie tubs of play dough scented and colored by dry Kool-Aid. Matthew had Macklin and he made her the best bunny slipper ever! Deanna (Dann's sister, Matthew's mom) reports that Matthew thought up the idea and made them all himself. Pretty awesome for a teenage boy! Brenda (Dann's baby sister) had my name and she made me some cute Christmas pillow shams for my bed. We stayed up late on New Years Eve eating Papa Murphy's pizza and other fun stuff. The kids all stayed up until the ball dropped and were asleep about five minutes after midnight! Sorry for the length of the post. If you read to the end thanks for staying and enjoy the photos!

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Tender Tennessee Christmas

It is late coming but here are some photos from our East Tennessee Christmas. Despite illness we had a good time and Papa Ben and Grannie Annie went a little crazy (much to our children's delight) with the gift giving! We spent Christmas Eve at Sissy and Darryl's house but since my temp was 102.8 I only managed to snap a couple of photos. The worst part of being sick at Christmas is that I missed all of the once a year food. Patsy's broccoli casserole, Amanda's deviled eggs, Sissy's strawberry pretzel salad, Vern's potato salad and Daddy's ham. I guess the bright side of that is I saved a lot of calories. I gave Santa Claus permission to give the girls my childhood dollhouse. Many thanks to Santa's helper (Papa Ben) for the extreme makeover! (No more '70's wallpaper). They were very surprised and Santa brought them some neat furniture to play with. EBZ's big surprise was a V-Bot (a remote control car transformer thingy that I will admit is cool). Christmas afternoon we traveled to Knoxville to Amanda and Jeremy's house for more gift opening and eating. I will post about our Indiana adventures later!


We had the privilege of going to the airport on Sunday to see Seth off to Malaysia. It was dicey for a while but he got to go. Amy retells the story on her blog. We are so proud of him and cannot wait to hear of his adventures! He made it safely to Malaysia but his luggage did not. Seth is keeping a blog also so we are all waiting to hear if his luggage ever shows up! It is said that nothing worth having ever comes easy.....I guess this is proof! Keep the Hoods (the international one and the stateside ones) in your prayers!

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Holiday Highlights

Okay, I'm better......the official diagnosis was scarlet fever and strep throat. Sophie only had strep so that is good! I hope everyone had a great Christmas. Our season was fun filled. Sophie was an angel in the CLC Christmas play and Elijah's school did the play Santa, You've Got Mail. It explored all of the holidays in December so we learned a little more about Kwanza and Hannukah too! The photo of Sophie and Addie should be funny when they are teenagers! The babies and toddlers at CLC begin the play by walking thru the auditorium. I was happy to get a smile from Jadyn since I had just corrected her nap hair! I will post more later on our travels!