First and foremost, can I say I told You So, to just a particular person that Dani was going to win Survivor!! And did you see the previews for the upcoming season! It looks VERY exciting! Can't wait for that one to start! Now, on to the updates! Since I last wrote so many new things! First, Richard is officially a police officer, and can I say how handsome he looks in his new little uniform! His graduation was so incredibly nice and I was honored to meet the chief or should I type CHIEF? I also was able to meet a Lt.(which I will abbreviate since I'm not sure how to spell that!) and two officers who came from his department just to support him and another recruit who will be working there. Now let me go into a little detail here. Richard attended the St.Louis County and Municipal Police Department, meaning that it's made up of every city in St.Louis County and then the county itself has a very large department that is a police force of it's own. So, needless to say there were a lot of places represented and it was very nice to see. The class honored a fallen police officer and his family and that was a very emotional thing for me. Enough on that, as I may not be able to continue typing! Then on Wednesday evening it go cold! And I mean COLD! So on Thursday morning we woke up to BIG, FAT Snowflakes. It snowed all morning and all afternoon and by the end of the day we had a good four inches. The kids loved it! Carter thinks it's Christmas! Everything he sees, whether it's someone's house lit up, or Santa, or Snow, or making a Gingerbread house, or the bell ringers at Walmart he says, "Look, It's Christmas!" To me, this is the perfect meaning of Christmas! At this point, he doesn't think about it being presents under a tree or the actual day, to him it's a Season. I so want him to keep this idea! So, on with the updates! So Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, we got to stay at home and not leave! What fun that was! It's been a long time since we were forced to be still and I could not have enjoyed it more! Do I feel the beginnings of a sermon? Not yet, focus Melanie---updates! Then on Sunday we tried to get our family picture taken! I had us all dressed up to match (of Course!-don't you laugh Shannon Jackson!) and wouldn't you know everyone cooperated but Carter! He was ready to go to Bible Class(they give him stamps on his hand!) So instead of the perfect picture for our Christmas cards (yes I know I'm behind) we now have a great collection of Carter crying, Daddy getting Frustrated, Mommy consoling Carter, Braden looking at the lights, Nana's hand trying to keep Ashlyn from falling off the stairs, and Papa snapping away while we keep telling him to wait! So if you don't get a Christmas card, I apologize now and will try to put all the funny pictures up here. I'm not good at that, so It will have to be my husband who does it! So church was wonderful as usual! And as our preacher says, "If you're not giving, You're not worshipping"! Now before you comment, let me just say, he's NOT referring to the Offering! Focus, Focus...Okay so after church, we had a graduation party for Richard! What a tremendous turnout! Now, you know I'm not one to turn down a party...I think I make up events just so I can entertain! Anyway, it was an overwhelming outpouring of love and support from so many! It really meant a lot to me as well as to Richard, who loved a captive audience for his many stories! And then of course our weekend was ended with the winning of the million by Dani! Anyone else think there was something funny going on with her lips? Okay, so that's the update! Now, I'm off to check all of yours!