Sunday, December 30, 2007

Happy Birthday KieKie

Happy 5th Birthday Kiersten!

We love you!
Rob, Tracey, Jared, Kevin and Ryan

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Rocket time!

Making the rockets during a rainy day

Painting with spray paint

Hey cows...Look out!

Getting ready for launch...

Ryan and "baby girl" watching the action

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Christmas Day

Not too many pictures of the morning. My camera needs it's settings adjusted for low light and we were up EARLY. Plus-I kind of like to be in the moment every once in a while instead of always taking pictures...I feel like I miss out sometimes...All the kids had a wonderful time--They got everything they wanted and they were so polite and orderly. It helps when the Santa's helper can read when handing out the gifts...we only had a couple gift mix ups but that makes things interesting!

Stocking time!

Kevin got a carnivorous plant kit, 10 meat eating plants...yummy...

Jared got two games for the play station from Santa.

Ryan got a double stroller for her babies from the big man in red.

Ramsay is taking the time to roll around in the plethora of pipe cleaners that Santa put in his stocking. Foxi and Aubie just enjoyed the treats. Also pictured is the "mega crinkle ball" that Ramsay carried around with him all day and growled at anyone who even thought of taking it from him...

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Mary Crismis!

If this isn't cute...a picture of Santa and "Mary" Crismis...thanks Kevin for the work of art.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Kevy's Gymnastics

The Saturday before Christmas is crazy busy but we took time out to watch Kevin at his gymnastics exhibition. His class was combined with another boys class and we watched them go from one area to another, showing us their "stuff". This included the floor, trampoline, pommel horse, rings and vault. There were 12 groups of combined classes--plus coaches--plus family and friends--so the gym was PACKED to say the least but Kevin was SO happy to have all his "people" there. He got a certificate, trophy and a Tee shirt with the winter blast logo on it...he definitely had a "blast". Thanks to all the Grandparents and Uncle Ricky for coming to enjoy this performance and for putting a smile on little man's face!

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Hi Everyone,

The holidays are here! We at the Homer House are so excited, anticipating the arrival of the big day. Our family is so blessed and so fortunate and we want to wish you a very Merry Christmas. Christmas is a very special time for me to reflect on why I do so much for Relay. Many people have asked why I put myself through the stress of all the volunteer work. Two reasons. A few years ago we went through the Christmas season having just lost Grandma Lou on December 1st to colon cancer. That was a very hard year but it was also very beautiful. The night she died I was sitting in the common room of the hospice home with the kids, while mom was in with Grandma, and it began to snow in the courtyard. A beautiful "Christmas is coming" kind of snow that we don't see in the South. When I went in to say goodbye to Grandma I told her that it was so beautiful outside. The snow was really starting to come down but she didn't have to worry about getting out there to shovel the driveway. I said that she was very lucky because she was going to get to be home with Jesus for his birthday and she smiled at that in her sleep.

The second reason I Relay is for Ty. Last Christmas I sat on the couch with him at the Harvey's annual Christmas Eve party. We talked football, as usual, and he demanded that Troy was better then Auburn, as usual (and this year Troy had an awesome season :)). But in the back of my mind I kept thinking that this was probably his last Christmas here with us, and it was. Ty passed away on April 5th. That is why I Relay. That is why year-round I hassle people with emails and why I don't stop talking about it. That is why at Christmas I take a second to stop and count my blessings-- because the Homer House is healthy and fortunate. We want to stop and take a moment to think of all the people that are not having a very Merry Christmas because they are going through treatment or are newly diagnosed. We also want to think about the people that have fought hard this year and are either in remission or have lost the battle...that is why I Relay.

If you need to make a year end donation for your taxes, please consider Relay. If you have a hard-to-shop-for person, please consider a Relay donation in Honor or in Memory of one of their loved ones. All of the Homers are registered on the team and you simply click on this link"Friends for LIFE general donation page" and you can chose your favorite Homer off the list to make a donation.

From our house to yours, Have a wonderful Christmas and a very Happy, Healthy New Year!

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Santa Claus is Comin' to town!

Thought you might enjoy this great shot of the kiddos.

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Kevin's results

Hi all! Just wanted to post a copy of what the newspaper had to say about the contest at the dentist. Kevin came in third place and won a gameboy. Second place was a 17-year old gal who saved a little boy while on duty as a lifeguard and first place went to an 18-year old girl who helps with the leukemia society. Thought you may want to take a look...

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Jingle Bell Classic Video clips

Here you go Mikayla...You did a great job today, we are so proud of you!!!!

Here are the boys. Spencer is in lane 1 (top of the screen) and Jared is in lane 4 (bottom of the screen). Watch closely because it's a photo finish with Jared and the boy in lane 5. Spencer came in guys totally rocked the house, we love you!!!

Our Golden Heros

The Homer-Harvey clan went on a field trip today to north Georgia for the older kid's very first Gold swim meet, the "Jingle Bell Classic". We had a great time even though it was very crowded in the stands, warm in the pool area and chaotic. The kids all had a wonderful time and they all did their best. The times were posted but it was too crazy to write them down. If you came in the top 16 then you scored points for our team. Mikayla was the only one of our three to score...4 of her 5 events went towards the team. We should know later which team won the entire meet. Even though Mik smoked the boys, only the top 8 places got a ribbon (top three got a medal) and the best she did was 10Th. The boys were usually in the 20's with their placement. What a learning experience! They all want to do it again so I guess we'll be off to Columbus Georgia in February...

..................Mikayla's ready! ...............................................Jared in lane 4 and Spencer in lane 1...

And the results are in....