Parties and Life Lately

My Handsome Cowboy and Me

Jed and I began last week with a nasty flu/cold bug. If there’s anything worse than being sick, it’s being sick and trying to be a mother at the same time. Bron came to the rescue on Monday afternoon though—just after finishing his LAST final for his Master’s Degree!—and allowed me to soak in the tub while he entertained Jed for an hour. Well, we survived the week. And even though Jed is still up to his eyeballs in snot, we are feeling much better.


Friday evening was the night of the Miner Institute Christmas Party! We left Jed with one of my young women with whom I feel very comfortable and enjoyed an evening out together. I got to wear a dress for the first time since Jed was born! (You see, dresses generally don’t allow a woman to nurse very discreetly.) I felt like a million bucks!

We started the night socializing at the free bar. When I asked for a Shirley Temple, the bartender laughed; I don’t think he was expecting that kind of order. haha It's all about those cherries!  Then we sat down to eat with our friends.

Looking around, I noticed that the folks associated with Miner range from college aged to the retired and elderly, and their skill sets from competent maintenance men and farm hands to people with specialized Doctorate and Post-Doctorate degrees. It’s quite a community! But everyone is friendly. I think I will miss this someday.

After our meal, tickets were drawn for a silent auction. The anticipation of winning something you don’t need is actually a lot of fun. Following the auction, the lights were dimmed and the music came on. We spent the rest of the evening dancing to corny songs like the Macarena and the Electric Slide. Bron even spun me around a few times during some good country songs. We really enjoyed ourselves!

Anna won a cheesecake!

The tickets...

Lovebirds: Shaun and Natasha
Chris and Jessie.  She's due next month.  They are going to be great parents.  I remember feeling a lot like that just last year!

A smile from Roxanne


Saturday night we hosted a little get-together at our home after Jed had gone to bed. Jed has no idea what he misses when he’s asleep! Anna was kind enough to share her cheesecake she won the night before. It was so rich and delicious! We stayed up late just eating, chatting, and playing games. It was fun!


Sunday was the day of the Christmas program at church. I was asked to sing a duet! I have never sung a solo in church before in my life (or any public place) for a few reasons: nerves and the fact that my voice really isn’t that great. About the only thing I have going for me is that I can carry a tune. But we pulled it off. And that feels good because—keep in mind—this sister wears a hearing aid in one ear. Enough said! I also played my violin. I chose a piece that I learned with my mother when I was just five or six years old. As I was playing, I thought of her and how much I miss playing with her this time of year! Christmas music carries with it so many memories!


Finally, last but not least, Monday December 20th was Bron’s 27th Birthday!!! And there are NO pictures because Bron wouldn’t let me take any. But there was a warm breakfast followed by singing and a present because I just couldn’t wait! That night we enjoyed peanut butter brownies and milk together. I’d say it was a pretty good day overall. I love you, Honey! I am so happy to have you in my life. You deserve a little celebrating for who you are and what you do!

And what's a blog post without a picture of Jed?

It was just a matter of time.  Jed scooted, rolled, and manipulated his way to the tree.  If I were a baby, I don't think I could resist either.  He likes the bows on the presents.  I can't wait until Christmas!


  1. The first thing I thought when I saw that first picture was "nice dress!". You look great Jessie! Congrats to Bron on his birthday and finishing another semester!

  2. Oh, and for that picture I wrapped icicle lights around a blanket and the baby was on another blanket at least 4 ft. in front of the lights.

  3. It sounds like you guys have been really busy, but looks like you have had a ton of fun! You look beautiful in that dress in the first picture.. I know what you mean about not really being able to wear dresses and nursing, they really don't go together!
    So now that Bron took his last final for his masters what is the plan? Are you guys staying there for awhile or off to a new adventure?

  4. Looks like you guys had a fun get away/dance night too! Haha I know the feeling of finally getting to wear a dress, its a good one. Jed sure looks like he is ready to play with some christmas presents. Or the ribbons...


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