Friday, January 2, 2009

Feelin' Fine in 2009

Hey, blog friends. I hope you all have had a great Christmas and a wonderful New Year's. We have had a great break. Our sleep clocks are about as regular as the weather this month. But we are doing well anyway. It's not going to be pretty those first couple of school days next week, though...

Angela is out tonight...gone to a church function with a couple of girlfriends. Lily Kate is spending the night with a friend. So it's just me and the boys. There has been much wallering (our word for wrestling), football, Hot Tamales, and strange body noises (them, not me). I finally wrestled them down for the night. And I was coming to my computer to work on music charts for my upcoming project (all of which are due to be finished by Monday). But my buddy Cameron took me to task for being a delinquent blogger. And I have been. But after the tour, my brain turned off. And by 'turned off' I mean TURNED OFF. But I am back into the world of people who do more than breathe and eat and grunt when they can't find the remote. I have been heavy into writing this week (songs, not blogs :-) ), which has been invigorating and fun. I am more energized by this upcoming project than any other project I have ever done. More details about that to come...

I was going to blog my "Best of 2008." But then I relized I have only seen about 3 movies (all kids' movies), bought about 4 CD's, and watched 3 TV shows all year. So I didn't feel very inspired to rank them. 2008 was a great year, though. And I will definitely have some thoughts to share about it...once I get these charts written.

Here are some Christmas pics from our travels...

The kids with my dad...they call him Cuz...




Angela with my sister-in-law Kathy, my sister Kathy (I know. 2 Kathy's. We are just glad their name isn't Darrell), and my sister Vickie...



My dad singing "Precious Lord, Take My Hand" with my sister Kathy playing...



Making cookies with my niece Molly...





And these are the cookies that the kids iced. Can you tell?



My brother David and sister Vickie...









My very own hot tamale...



Happy New Year!

25 comments:

Holly said...

That picture of your youngest is a KEEPER! I snorted a laugh when I saw it.

Praying for your songs, your charts and esp. your family!

Big Mama said...

Awww. Levi reminds me so much of you.

Fran said...

I'm sorry but I'm with the others....I'm all about Levi's picture!!!

Glad to see you here but know you have much on your plate. Keep at it Travis.

Tara said...

Happy New Year! Thanks for sharing pictures of your Christmas- Looks like you had a great one! And I love the one of you and Angela. That's a keeper (in addition to the one of Levi!)

Leah said...

The funky face picture is just so "BOY". You gotta love it. So glad you had a good rest and family time.

Can't wait for the finished product on the new project!! I am still so very much enjoying Ring the Bells!!

Happy New Year!

Leah

Stephanie said...

looks like you had a great Christmas. I have to say, one of the highlights for me has been listening to "Ring the Bells!"

heids124 said...

So where are you going to find an extra pair of 3D glasses so you can watch the Hannah Montana concert with your daughter? You know you want to.

Thump.

ocean mommy said...

that little boy is something else! (and our girls have the same 3D glasses and Hannah movie...we've suffered through it twice this week)

Praying for you as you prepare for 2009!

Tina said...

How is it you people look the same as when you got married... only cooler???

Happy New Year from your shortest friend.

Cindy- My Life HIS Story said...

You are so right. Angela is lovely!!

And Levi...gotta love it!

calista said...

My fave picture was the one of your Dad singing as your sister played. ROOTS, gotta love 'em!!!

Jeff Atwood said...

Travis - really enjoyed your Christmas album. crazy cool to see how far God has brought since since you were the "kid" at Two Rivers.

jeff

Bridgette Jencks said...

That photo of Levi needs to win some sort of award!!! Hilarious!!!

Tiffani said...

sounds like an awesome Christmas and lots of things to look forward to in 2009...

your motto is cracking me up!

Hope to come see you in Woodstock in January (my friend Pat Walker sings there at the church)!

I've commented on this blog a long time and I hope no one will kick me out by saying that it will be my first LIVE Travis experience!

Lora said...

Love the ladies scarves!
Blessed New Year!

Sisters said...

I love the Newhart reference.I loved Darrel, Darrel and my other brother Darrel!

Daniel Semsen said...

EVERYONE IS GROWING UP SO FAST!
Jack looks like he is all of a sudden 17 years old...or maybe it's just a weird picture...



"Everybody makes misTAkes! Everybody has bad DAys!"

Marla Taviano said...

Love the pics! Esp. the one of you and Angela. Esp. Angela's half of the pic. :)

Your Christmas CD was the Music of Choice on our 10-day Zoo Trip to Florida between Christmas and New Year's. We don't usually listen to the whole CD though. My 2-year-old's most-requested songs (in order):

1. Rejoice! (aka, The Day Scream Song)

2. Frosty the Snowman

3. Travix and Natalie

katiegfromtennessee said...

I love the family pics, Travis! That is cool that the Lord is giving you words for songs!

Blessings to you:)

katiegfromtennessee

Janera said...

Just found your blog and enjoyed the visit. Those are some happy faces in your world! Thanks for sharing.

Come visit anytime at my blog. Someday I'll tell you a story about how you've blessed my family.

Anonymous said...

Adorable pics! Travis, Where are you? Haven't seen any updates!
Amy from NC

Leah said...

Travis,

It is rumored that you have one of our very own local boys that plays in your band. Could it be true?? Brandon Hood. I had no idea until his mom, who works with my sister, told us that she was headed to Woodstock to see ya'll. I've known his family FOREVER, although he is wayyyyy younger than me.

Wish I could be at Woodstock, but I'm returning from a speaking engagement in FL that day!

Leah

alittlewater said...

travis, looks like you guys had exciting holidays! your family is so cute! i always enjoy the fun stories about your family. your christmas album has been played about a 1000 times in my car. can't say enough about "jesus saves"!!!because He truly does.

Bev Brandon said...

I just LOVED that you posted that precious picture of the cookies made by little teeny hands that someday will wear a ring (we just got our senior ring over here). You are letting them be kids and you are enjoying them and passing on your life. It's a beautiful heart you are passing on to your kids - Deut 6:6 - as you make killer cookies.

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