Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2014 Highlights

Kailei: "My favorite thing would probably be going to Cape Cod and seeing my cousins."

Keara: "I don't know. I don't think about.", says the teenager.

Zeb: "Having the boys here from Texas, watching Kailei in her dance competitions and seeing the artwork that Keara produces. 

Chris: "Having Kevin's family here for Christmas, the scrapbook mom made me, the whole family doing the ice bucket challenge and watching the girls in their activities."

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Monday, December 29, 2014

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Our Diva

Thursday, December 25, 2014

My Homemade Christmas Card from Zeb

Every year Zeb makes me a Christmas card. This is a picture of this years. It is one of the things I look forward to the most.

Archer Family Christmas

Went over to my moms for Christmas as is tradition. Started off with my favorite part… breakfast. Sausage and hard roll goes a long way for me on this morning. It was so much fun having everybody there. Kevin's boys are just cute as a button and the cousins get along great. After breakfast we were spoiled once again by Grammy and Poppy. My favorite gift this year however was a scrapbook that my mom made for me. I absolutely love it. It has pictures of me throughout my childhood and into the highlights of having the girls and Zeb. I will treasure it forever. Mom also cooked up a big turkey dinner. We played games and laughed a lot.  Guess that is what Christmas is all about.

Christmas Morning

  Had a great Christmas morning with the family. The girls let us stay in bed until about 7:30. That was when Kailei could no longer withhold her excitement. It was hard to get pictures of Keara. She's in a "no picture" phase but it looks like both girls had a good time. Kailei was blessed with a chromebook but it appears her favorite gift was a stuffed elephant. She is a stuffed animal fanatic. Keara got a new bedroom set as well as some Harry Potter "the necklaces that she really wanted.  Good times.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Christmas Eve

Started Christmas eve morning by seeing a movie with the girls. Something we haven't done before but it was a fun way to kick off the day. Headed out to Kiowa for church with the entire Archer clan. We then headed over to Tracie's to enjoy our usual Christmas party fare.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Monday, December 22, 2014

Cookie Day

Broke out the cookie cutters for the annual Christmas cookie day. There's so much pressure because everyone depends on us. Lynn is my co-baker and it was nice to have my nephews around. They helped a lot with the sugar cookies. Had a blast and love the tradition that Lynn and I have shared for way too many years. 

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Archer Family Dinner

Yes, here we are out on the town for annual dinner. It's wonderful to have the whole family together. We went to Mount Fuji and the kids had a great time. Love this little tradition that we have.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Dylan's Birthday Party

It's always special to be able to share one of my nephews birthdays since they are so far away. Kevin comes up for Christmas every other year so usually we get to celebrate Dylan's birthday then as well. Had cake and ice cream and got a chance to spoil him. I think he had a great time.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Kailei's Piano Concert

Kailei had her piano concert tonight. It was made even more special to have her three cousins from Texas attend. They did wonderful array of Christmas music which really got me in the holiday spirit. Enjoy watching Kailei's skills get better and better and so happy she enjoys it so much.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Texans are Coming!

The Texans are coming, the Texans are coming! We're so excited that Kevin and family will be joining us this Christmas. The girls are anxious to see their cousins as am I since I know they're growing up so fast. It'll be a special Christmas indeed. 

Sunday, December 14, 2014

MWCC Holiday Party

Managed to get most of the group together for our holiday party. The girls are getting so big. It was nice because it actually snowed which made it seem like Christmas around here. Love being with these people and catching up.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

The Davison Xmas

We had the Davison Christmas today. Phyllis drove up and Mitch hosted which left me to just enjoy it. It's been a crazy few weeks and so it was nice to not have to stress about cooking or doing anything special. My time will come next year. Lieu cooked up a mean dinner and everyone had a great time.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

As usual we spent Thanksgiving down in Walsh. Went down on Wednesday morning and came back Friday. The weather was beautiful but the company was even better. The girls love to see their cousins and Phyllis always spoils us with her wonderful cooking. A good time was had by all.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Keara's Conformation Retreat

Getting any information out of a teenager is no easy task. So I don't have much to write other then I know that she had a good time. There was a special point in the retreat where letters were written by those that loved her. I know that she was touched by each and everyone and I am grateful to those who spent the time to write especially when I was so last minute about letting you know.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Mommy/daughter date

So Keara was at her confirmation retreat and Zeb was going out with Mark so Kailei and decided to have a mommy/daughter date.  We grabbed some Chinese which is always so good and then went and saw the movie Big Hero 6.  Great movie.  Kailei cried.  We then came home and played Phase 10.  Kailei won of course.  Love spending time with this girl.

Friday, November 21, 2014

My Letter to Keara for her Confirmation Retreat

November 2014,

Dear Keara,
I can't believe that you're heading into the year of your confirmation. My, the time has flown. You've grown into such a wonderful young woman. Still so very kind, so very sweet, so very thoughtful and sensitive. You make me so very proud and I'm so honored to be your mother.

You have brought so much joy into our life and our family. From the time you were little bald baby, until you were a little bald toddler, and now a beautiful teenager.
God truly blessed us when you entered into our lives. Your laughter and smile is like none other and fills my heart to hear and see it. Your talents are many and they will bring so much to make this world a better place. Believe in yourself and all that God has given you.

All I truly want is for you to be happy in this wonderful world in which we live. Once you receive your confirmation your formal religion education classes might be done but don't let go of that desire to learn and don't hesitate to continue to learn even more. Being close to God will always strengthen you. You will face difficult choices in the years to come and don't ever be afraid to turn to God. Just as he guided us safely through hurtles before, he will do so again. Life, though not easy, is filled with many opportunities for God's grace to work in us and through us.  Do what you feel in your heart to be right and you will never go wrong.

I love you always and forever.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding in all your ways submit to them and He will make your paths straight.”
                                                                                           Proverbs 35–36

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Choir Concert

So in addition to the many things that Kailei does besides dance and piano and Chinese and religious education, she also likes to do choir. Her choir concert was tonight and after months of getting up early on Tuesdays she did a wonderful job. Her music teacher is amazing and I continue to be thankful for the love that she inspires of music.


At the bookstore...
Me: "Go ahead and get a book or two."
Kailei (coming back with two hardcover books) "Okay, I found some."
Me: "Um, I prefer they be paperback since they are a little less expensive."
Kailei: "Come on Mom, these are cheaper here than in Canada."


Me: "How are you doing on your AR goal?"
Kailei; "Pretty good. I just have a few more points and I've reached my goal."
Me: "So soon? That's great."
Kailei: "I know. I rock!"


Me: "Whenever I see a show I always want to be on stage singing and dancing."
K: "Oh no! We've all seen you sing and and dance. Stick to being a stage hand."


"A great adventure always comes with a great price."


"It's time to conjure up some cray cray."


"Hey Mom, I got up to page 88 in my book. Jazz hands!"


"I don't speak dog. I just like to bark."


Kailei: "I have a lot of tangles in my hair."
Me: "That means you need to brush it more often."
Kailei: "I did brush it."
Me: "When?"
Kailei: "Monday."


Kailei to her stuffed lobster: "I promise I won't eat you, even though it's tempting."


Kailei to Zeb after he guessed something about her: "Finally someone who gets me, and my freakish ways."


So, Zeb is having to empty out the dream catcher for Kailei. She had a bad robot dream last night...


Conversation with Kailei...
Kailei; "'Ya know that boy that I introduced you to at the choir concert? I have a crush on him. And he likes me to. But don't worry, we aren't dating. We know we need call each other's parents to ask if we wanted to which is why we aren't. He wants to go to the School of Mines. Sounds really cool so I think I want to go there too.
Zeb: "Not sure they have dance there.
Kailei: "He is into chemistry, whatever that is."
Zeb: "Chemistry is the study of-"
Kailei: "Chemistry is love. Like you and mom.."


Kailei to me about her friend..
"Me and Grace have a long history together Mom."


After Kailei's choir concert tonight I told her she did a good job (which is a nice compliment in my book).
"What?!, she commented. A good job? I should get something better than that!"


Kailei-ism: "When the heat comes on, I'll be KOSI 101.1! That joke never gets old."

Me: "Why do I love you so much?"
Kailei: "'Cause I'm an angel."

Tuesday, November 18, 2014


So I told my teenager that she needed to come see me face-to-face and say hi. So she sent me this from her phone...

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Billy Elliot

Keara graced me with her presence and joined me in seeing the filmed theatrical production of London's Billy Elliot. We were the only ones in the theater and we had a good time. It was one of the fancy theatres where they serve you food which was a difference experience for Keara.  The show kept us out way too late on a school night but I sure love spending time with my teenager.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Kinky Boots

Saw one of my favorite shows today, Kinky Boots. Zeb went with me and we made a wonderful date out of it. I think he really enjoyed seeing it too. Of course it wasn't as good as Broadway but nothing ever is. Still glad I got to enjoy it.

Keara's School Picture

Saturday, November 1, 2014

So Very Zeb

Friday, October 31, 2014


And another Halloween has come and gone. Spent the morning at Kailei's school for her Halloween parade and party which is always lots of fun. She absolutely loves that I go and it is about the only thing I do manage to attend that's during the school day. Had a nice lunch with my husband which was very special and then Mom, Dad, Mark, Tracie and gang all came over for dinner and trick-o-treating. Keara stayed home and handed out candy and I stayed home as well since I'm fair weathered and it was a little windy. Had a great time. Girls got lots of candy. I miss the days when Keara and Nicholas joined in the fun but we will enjoy celebrating with Sydney and Kailei while we can. 

Happy Halloween Y'all!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Mandy's Visit

Mandy Wong stopped by my office today and surprised me with a visit. She's been teaching over in Japan and got to come home for a couple weeks. She is such an amazing young lady. People like Mandy and Andrea are what makes teaching worthwhile.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Vegas, Baby!

Kicked off my fall break with a trip to Vegas with mom and Aunt Judy. We stayed at the Luxor Hotel for four nights and had a great time. Went to see the show "O" and the show "Divas". Lost lots of money but made some too. My lucky machine was Batman. The weather was gorgeous, the company was great, and I had an awesome time. Thanks ladies!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Boss Appreciation Day

Feeling appreciated by my awesome staff.  Love the ladies I work with and could not do the job with them. 

Thursday, October 9, 2014

In Memory of Uncle Carter

Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free.
I'm following the path God laid for me.
I took His hand when I heard Him call.
I turned my back and left it all.
I could not stay another day.
To laugh, to love, to work or play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way.
I found that peace at the close of the day.
If my parting has left a void,
then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss.
Ah yes, these things I too will miss.
Be not burdened with times of sorrow.
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life's been full, I savored much
Good friends, good times, a loved one's touch.
Perhaps my time seemed all too brief,
Don't lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your heart and share with me.
God wanted me now; He set me free.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Tuesday, October 7, 2014


So Keara has started for 4H with Lea. She goes once a week and learns about taking care of dogs and obedience with her dog. Lea needs the training so I'm hoping she will learn lots. Hoping to have a good time with the dogs. 

Friday, October 3, 2014

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Keara's School Picture

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Monday, September 29, 2014