Tuesday, November 20, 2007


We've made the decision not to come to California for Christmas this year. It was one we struggled with, but financially we are not ready to plan such a large trip....keep in mind that we would have to board 2 large dogs which is a lot of money on it's own.

However, to ease my disappointment we are going to Boone, NC with our neighbors on the first weekend of Dec. We got a package deal for a one night stay at a local hotel with a "country Christmas" special where we take a hayride into the mountains (SNOW!!!) and get to cut down our own Christmas tree!!!! This has been a dream of mine since I was little....I'd still like to be able to do this while riding a horse and on my own property, but this will do for now!! Can't ask for everything all at once!! :)

We're celebrating Thanksgiving with the same neighbors. They have really taken us under their wings....we have been blessed with great neighbors!

We hope you all enjoy your holidays!

John and Kate


During the last few weeks of pregnancy, Kate listened to Brad Paisley's new song "Then". She didn't just listen to it a few times, she obsessively played the song on repeat, learned every word, and sung it at the top of her lungs while driving. Then one day a few weeks after Kaylee was born, Kate was driving with Kaylee by themselves. Kaylee began to cry...then scream. It didn't matter how much Kate reassured her, pulled over to make sure something wasn't wrong, or attempted to hold the pacifier in place with one arm backwards while driving. It finally occurred to Kate that maybe Kaylee wants mommy to sing to her (although no one else would want this!). So Kate put track #4 on and began to sing. Kaylee immediately calmed down. Low and behold, it's not even mommy's singing that Kaylee likes! It's Brad's!