Thursday, January 01, 2015

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from the O'Dells!

Praying this new year will bring you much joy! 

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas with love!  
"For unto us a child is born, for unto us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder, and His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."
Isaiah 9:6 

Monday, December 22, 2014

My birthday in the Big Easy!

This year my birthday fell on a Sunday, so as soon as church was over David hurried us home and told us to change quickly because he had a surprise!  We frantically changed out of our church clothes and got ready for our adventure of the day.  It was not too far down the road that we realized we were headed to New Orleans for the day! What fun! Our first stop once we arrived in the Big Easy was at District Donuts on Magazine Street.  David and I tried to eat there once before when we celebrated an anniversary in New Orleans, but it had been closed.  Sunday was our day!


We enjoyed a delicious lunch of sliders and shared a couple of donuts before we hit the road to the French Quarter.  New Orleans is such a special place to David and me, and  I love that our children are growing up knowing what a special place it is to our family. 


Sadly, Jackson Square was closed, so we couldn't walk through, but we did see the gorgeous St. Louis Cathedral and have our annual picture taken by the Christmas tree overlooking the mighty Mississippi.  We even saw a huge cruise ship coming in to port. 
The Saints game had ended just as we were getting into the quarter, so it was really crowded.  We hurried over to Cafe du Monde in hopes of beating the crowd and getting some yummy beignets.  And enjoy them, we did!  There was powdered sugar everywhere!
We left the Quarter after we got beignets, as it was starting to get dark.  We headed over to St. Charles Avenue to catch a trolley, so we could look at all the pretty Christmas lights.  They were gorgeous! After that, it was time to head home.  We were barely across Lake Pontchartrain before all four little loves were sound asleep on the back seats.  Such a fun day with my favorite people.  Here's to hoping this next year will be the best one yet!
My souvenir and birthday present from my day in the Big Easy with my family.  Thank you, David, for making this birthday so very special! 

Friday, December 19, 2014

The Polar Express and Christmas Party

Story's last day for the semester was on Wednesday, so this week was full of fun activities.  On Monday, we were able to share a treat with her class in honor of Story being Star Student. 
Tuesday, Story got to wear her Christmas pajamas to school and watch the Polar Express with her friends.  She was so excited!




Her sweet teacher, Miss Lisa, sent me this picture of Story getting ready to board the Polar Express.  Being in preschool is the most fun!

Wednesday was Story's last day of school, so her class enjoyed a Christmas party with the help of some sweet mommas.  After school, David and I took Story to lunch, just the three of us, as we have done so many times this year while the big three have been in school all day.  We sure are going to be lost when this little one is in Kindergarten next year!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Story is Star Student!

The weekend before last, Story shared with us that she had been chosen to be the star student for the following week at school.  That weekend, she picked out the pictures that she wanted to be on her poster to share with her class.  Sunday night, Story, Tilly and I put the pictures on Story's star student board.  There are so many sweet memories on this board. 
Story with her poster Monday morning.  I love that she is so proud and doesn't have a care that her momma cannot draw bubble letters to save her life, ha! Monday after school, Tilly and Story did not feel well at all.  Carter and Summer were already sick, so were pretty sure the lovely flu was just being passed to all of our little loves.  Sure enough Tuesday morning, Tilly and Story were diagnosed with the flu (type A).  Poor thing did not return to school until Friday.  I asked her teacher if we could wait to complete the rest of her star student duties the next week.  Fast forward to Monday of this week. . .
David and I took Snowman and Sprinkled doughnuts from Krispy Kreme to Story's class for her star student treat. 
Can you tell she was just a little excited to have us in her class?  Sweet thing!
Story and Momma. 
Story and Daddy.  While the children were enjoying their sugary treats, David read a Christmas book to the children.  It was a story about a bear who stays up during Christmas, so he can celebrate with his friends.  So sweet!
Story and one of her very favorite friends, Olly. 
David and I loved spending the morning with our little star student and her friends. 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

'Twas the Night Before Christmas Party

Last Friday, all of the first graders at PCS enjoyed their annual 'Twas the Night Before Christmas party at school.  They got to spend the day wearing their pajamas and doing all kinds of neat Christmas activities with their classmates. 

Summer all dressed in her pajamas for her Night Before Christmas party!
I was able to pop in throughout the morning to check on my girl and see the different activities.  She had so much fun!

One of the last things they did was for all of the first graders to gather in the library while Mrs.  Greer read to them a Christmas story.  What a special day!

And almost as soon as Summer's partying was over, I got to attend a play at William Carey with this handsome fella and the rest of the second graders at PCS.  We saw Aesop's Fables, and it was quite good!

On the very same day after school, Summer and I took Carter and Tilly home and then hurried to the first grade ornament exchange, another fun PCS tradition. 

Here are all the first grade girls who participated in the festivities.  It was such a fun and crazy busy day.  As you can tell, we are fully embracing the Christmas season at our house!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

It's almost Christmastime.

I just love this time of year, don't you? We have been busy preparing for the Christmas season at our house, which apparently this year, means having the flu.  All four children have had it and seem to have survived, whew!  Before the flu struck, Tilly's class went on a field trip to ride the Christmas train in Columbia.  Tilly asked for her daddy to go with her on this field trip, and he happily complied.  He even sent me pictures throughout the day chronicling their adventures.  He's a keeper!  
Tilly and her sweet friends on the Christmas train. 

Sweet girls again once they got off the train to participate in some Christmas activities.  Tilly told me she had the best day!

This picture Tilly told David to take and send to me.  Love this girl!
Our 3rd annual Hattiesburg Christmas parade.  I'm pretty sure at this point Carter was beginning to feel pretty badly.  He doesn't look too thrilled, ha!


That night after the parade, we had our annual staff Christmas party at Hardy Street Baptist Church.  Story looks like she's done something she shouldn't have.  Summer and Tilly look so sweet and pretty in the middle.  Carter looks like he's about to fall over, and David is hugging the tree.  And that my friends, is my party of six, ha! More Christmas fun coming your way!