Sunday, December 26, 2010

Day 360 - Trashcan Fire, Christmas Wrap-Up & Foster Care...

Trashcan fire...I have had several people send me messages about our trashcan being set on fire...haha! Well, haha for people sending me messages...not haha for the lady setting it on fire (days before Christmas, no less...um, hello we have four kids...we NEED our trashcan, especially at Christmas time!).

The sheriff came that night and wrote a report on the incident and went to her house and talked to her. I am not sure what happened over there. It was pretty late by the time he visited both of our houses. Hubby is going to call him tomorrow and get the scoop.

Honestly, I have NO insight as to why she did it. I really don't. We had never met (or seen) her before that day. However, I see her car pretty much everyday. The only thing I can guess is that she is crazy. I hate to say that, but who pours gasoline on their neighbor's trashcan and sets it aflame in the middle of the afternoon?

We live in a diverse neighborhood. Diverse meaning there are people that have been living here here over 20 years...like her...and other people that moved here recently from "the city" like us. There are very (VERY) nice, newer houses and modest, older houses. Everyone has at least an acre of land...most have more...like her, she has 10. When she moved here, she was (at least) an hour from the nearest store. We now have a Wal-Mart supercenter six minutes down the road. I am beginning to think there may be something to the "backwoods Arkansas" thing I have seen on movies :o) Haha!

I am just praying that she got the wild hair out of her system and will go about her business and leave us alone.

We were out of town last night and I was SO THANKFUL when we got back to town tonight and everything was okay :o)

I LOVE Christmas, but it is exhausting. When we got home tonight, hubby said, "Whew, we survived." Haha! I feel the same way. The last few days have felt like a marathon...it is a good exhaustion! :o)

We were so excited to have my side of the family spend Christmas day with us! Since Santa came a few hours early (on Christmas Eve afternoon), we spent Christmas morning cooking lunch and finishing up a bit of baking. The little girls went with Daddy to our neighbors for a Christmas pancake get-together (although they didn't eat since they had Cinnamon rolls at home). We have AMAZING neighbors too :o) Haha! Our family started arriving around lunch time.

It is funny that we take hundreds of pictures on a normal day, but we usually don't take many on holidays...haha! Luckily, Daddy picked up the camera and got a couple pictures for us :o)

This is the first year we have had a "kid's table." The girls enjoying their Christmas lunch...
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The girls had so much fun playing with their cousins and opening lots of super fun presents...although there is no pictorial proof of that...haha!
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Around mid-afternoon, we headed to the northeast corner of the state to start celebrating with daddy's side of the family. We got to the big family gathering around 6 and stayed for a few hours before heading to Paragould to Mimi and Papa's house. By the time we got to Mimi's and Papa's it was WAY past the kid's bedtime, but they were troopers and decided to stay up and open presents...haha!
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Sophie Le was WAY into opening presents this year.
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Julianne liked opening presents too...she didn't even care whose presents she was opening :o) She would abandon her stack and wander around finding new packages to open :o)
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This morning, we went to church and then to Pizza Inn for lunch...my favorite!! Afterwards, Jonah opened up the presents he didn't get around to opening last night. He LOVED all of his new goodies!

I think the girls got everything they asked for...and MUCH (MUCH) more! They are so blessed to have so many people in their lives who enjoy spoiling them every once and awhile :o)

Julianne and Hillary Ashton decided to stay in Paragould for a couple nights...tear, tear, tear. I miss them so much when they are away. Our house has been SO QUIET tonight with only two kids.

Jonah's "last" court hearing is tomorrow morning. So bittersweet. It is hard to believe that we have been fostering him for over a year now. I remember last Christmas when he was just a tiny little baby. I would have never dreamed that we would still have the pleasure of having him this Christmas. We are very blessed indeed!

2 comments:

Renee Moak said...

Oh wow! I'll be praying for tomorrow!

Jessica said...

So does that mean you might be getting to keep him?????