what we are doing in 2003:
We had a wonderful New Year. Alison ate her Barbie Rapunzel
cake that Katie made for her. She was just so excited
that the celebration of her birthday lasted just about
was so exciting. The
creation of the Easter baskets was done in the back of
the van - while the children were supposed to be inside
sleeping. Katie initially planned to help the bunny fill
eggs and hide them around 10:00 PM on Saturday, but when
she went into the house to take care of the task, both
children were still awake. Not excited one bit, really
:). So, Katie helped the Easter Bunny fill the eggs in
the van around 0400 Easter morning and they decorated
not only the Dugger's yard but other neighbors' yards. Brian was the first to awake and saw the baskets, but didn't
touch. He and Katie woke Alison and the fun began. The
were so surprised when they looked at the front yard and
it was filled with pastel colored eggs - and the eggs
they had decorated the night before. Pictures will be
posted soon, but all in all, it was a beautiful day.
came in with a bang. Katie
turned – 32. Boy, that can be hard to digest, you think? A neighbor watched the children and Keith
took Katie to a movie and to a Japanese restaurant where she had Yakisoba for the first time in
11 years. It was absolutely wonderful. Mother's
Day was filled with fun, also. The four of them worked
in the yard, planting flower seeds. It was such a beautiful
day. Memorial Day was spent remembering those who had served to
protect our country and thanking those who are currently
serving or who are still alive and preserved the life
we hold most dear.
– Brian graduated Kindergarten on the 4th and his last
day of school was the 6th. That was a very difficult thing
for Katie. She cried many times over. Keith didn't admit
to it being difficult, but his pride for Brian shone brighter
than the sun ever has. Brian received a class award for
being the most responsible. He missed only 1
day of school the entire year, was only NOT on
green for 6 days of the year and ended at a reading
level of 24 (the goal was for reading level 3). The
rest of June will be published as it happens.
July - Well, July 4th was spent with neighbors at a fireworks
display in The Colony, a city about 3 miles away. After
the show, everyone came back to the "Hickory Court
Hood" and played with sparklers and a few other fireworks
until the local law enforcement advised us we had to stop,
it was against a city ordinance. Also, in July - Katie
was finally able to land a job, right around the corner
from the house. It was a blessing in disguise. It is a
job with the Town of Little Elm, in the Utility Billing
Department. She has a blast interacting with the public,
no matter how nasty they can be at times.
August - What can we say about August? Well, Keith and
Katie celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary. It was
absolutely wonderful. That was also the day Brian began
1st grade at a new school called Hackberry Elementary.
His teacher is Mrs. Harris. He is doing well there. Brian
also turned 6, so the Dugger family and friends from the
"hood" went to Chuck E Cheese and had a blast.
Not too sure who had more fun, the kids or Katie.
September - Labor Day. We pretty much spent it at home, relaxing
and trying to catch up on needed housework. Amazing what a
new job can do to a person who has been out of one for a year!
Keith and Katie also discussed 9-11 with the children, as
the news aired the events again. The children ask more questions
now that they are older. At work, the police and fire departments
had a memorial on display, flags were at half mast, and it
rained. To Katie, the rain was God's way of showing how hurt
he was for the tragic event.
October - Wow! Halloween! That was so much fun!!!!!!!!!!!!
The children had a blast. Alison was a Barbie 50's Sock
Hop girl, Brian was some sort of man in an iron mask and
Katie was a vampire. Keith decided to dress as himself.
Katie and the kids walked with other neighbors around
the neighborhood, and also visited the fire department
and a friend in a new development. The candy wasn't as
plentiful this year, being Halloween was on a Friday,
but everyone had so much fun.
November - The Duggers celebrated Veteran's day, with Keith
and Katie talked to Brian and Alison about soldiers, what
they are fighting for, how they protect our country and remind
them of all the things they are able to do that kids in other
countries cannot. They also discussed the flag and what it
represents. At Katie's work, the local VOW chapter sponsored
a flag ceremony in front of city hall. It was absolutely wonderful,
and rumor has it Katie shed a tear or two. That sap! Also,
Chris, Katie's nephew, visited that following weekend. It
was wonderful. The kids could not get enough of him. Thanksgiving!
What a wonderful and special day that was. The Dugger Family
enjoyed time with Chris and Eric (Chris' friend from Tech
School). They were happy to have a home cooked meal. The menu
was turkey (which the recipe came from FoodTV), stuffing (Keith's
Mom's recipe), corn, down-home greenbeans, mashed potatoes,
gravy, and rolls (regular & crescent). Dessert was a medley
of cheesecake, lemon merange pie & chocolate cake. The
Duggers let the store handle making them ;). Everyone had
a nice time and ate well. The next morning Katie treated the
boys (and family) to a home cooked breakfast of biscuits &
gravy, eggs & ham steak.
December - Well, December has proven to be fast moving month.
Keith swears that the days are the same length as they have
always been, but for some reason, Christmas has snuck up on
Katie. So, first and foremost - we would like to wish everyone
Happy Birthday for the year and we apologize for not saying
so earlier. Second, we would like to let you know how our
Christmas was. Well, Katie was able to get out of work at
2:00 PM on Christmas Eve and drive home so she and Keith could
complete Christmas shopping. It was kind of difficult to rush
around the store to get things so they could make it to daycare
in time to pick up the children by 4:00 PM, but they did it
with 5 minutes to spare (Keith called Katie "Dale-ette
Earnhart"). Then, the Dugger family proceded to the store
to buy Christmas dinner makings. Brian crashed out (on the
livingroom floor no less) not too long after arriving home,
so Katie & Alison put out a cookie, some cheese (because
you know, Santa always brings lots of toys when you leave
him cheese - at least according to the commercial) and a grape
soda. That is Santa's favorite snack, too. Then, Alison was
tucked in bed and Momma Claus wrapped the gifts. Keith carried
Brian upstairs to his room then Santa put everything out for
the next morning. Santa even left watches on the tree for
Brian and Alison. As Santa walked out of the fireplace, he
left some magic powder on the floor! Then, he took some reindeer
food to the crew on the roof, and dropped some on the way
out! In the morning, the Alison woke up and crawled in bed
with Keith and Katie around 0630. Then Brian woke up 20 minutes
later asking to watch cartoons. Katie got outof bed and sat
on the recliner, then Brian noticed the stockings on the floor!
So, as he was going to wake Alison, she stolls out of mom
and dad's bedroom. The children then woke Keith and presents
were opened. Keith played "santa" and handed out
gifts. After they were all passed out, they were opened, and
boy did the kids have a blast! Santa, Keith & Katie, Grandma,
Grandpa and Uncle Richard, Aunt Linda, Kyle & Ty really
did an awesome job at figuring out what the children wanted.
(and Katie was worried there wouldn't be enough! - silly girl).
The Duggers then had breakfast. A special breakfast of biscuits
and gravy (YUMMY - gotta love being Southern!!! -- They are
all naturals at being Southerners!) made by Keith. After playing
for a while, Katie decided it was nap time and Keith made
the "feast". The "feast" (which was somewhere
between lunch and dinner) consisted of Turkey breast, Ham,
Mashed potatoes, gravy, shrimp cocktail, olives, cranberry
sauce, and other snacks. It was the most delicious dinner.
Keith really out-did himself. Alison couldn't stop saying,
"Daddy, your rock!". Katie and the kids cleaned
the kitched, while Keith ate a little dessert. He then went
and took a nap while the children played and mommy walked
the dogs. What a beautiful Christmas! We hope everyone had
a wonderful Christmas. Pictures will be posted soon!
Present List for the entire family - Clothes, Crayon maker,
SpongeBob and Barbie play tents, Crayola Trace Desk, watches,
books, learning cards, KitchenAid stand mixer, candles, ornaments,
stained glass, legos, care bears, transformer mini-cons, remote
control car, stunt helicopter, Barbies, Barbie Swan Lake the
movie, and many other goodies. Keith, Katie, Brian & Alison
thank everyone for the wonderful gifts, cards and thoughts.
Stay tuned for Alison's birthday and any other stuff this
little family can accomplish.
everyone be safe & blessed.