Posts from the ‘Nieces and Nephews’ Category

Quick Trip To Knox County


Check out Payton’s new teefuses.  He is proud of them. 


Loved, loved, loved the Living Christmas Tree put on by the fine folks at Sevier Heights Baptist Church in Knoxville. 


Was especially fond of the little blondeheaded girl grasping onto the Lord Jesus there….that’s my niece.

Was also fond of the 120 shepherd there….and his staff….that would be the Engineering Brudda In Larrr…


The kid in the green vest and red shirt there. (Heh) Third from left….the Nephew With The New Teefuses…

The Sister was also in the production….she’s the one in white.  (Not one of the levitating ones though)


I couldn’t find her in the midst of  all the white but she’s there somewhere.


The Gay Street Bridge there behind the Arena was quite lovely.


As was this old-timey Arby’s sign. (I have a thing for neon)

Oh and here’s my Christmas tree….I wish it were wider and all that but it’s gonna have to do. 


Notice there is not nary a single gift under the tree.  This is because I have yet to buy the first Christmas gift.  I think I may give the gift of “Joy” this Christmas.  Yeah…that’s it.  That’ll go over HUGE with the kids. 

(Note to my children….please answer my texts when I ask what you want for Christmas….love ya, Mom)

All He Wants For Christh-muth


Is his two front teef.  The Knoxville Nephew had a

Sara Sue, You Can Borrow This One

Go ahead….throw your own caption in.

My 6 year old niece’s Barbies woke up one day and they were anatomically correct.  Sort of. She said her brother did it.  HA.

Happy Birthday

This is my very favorite 6 year old.  My niece, Hannah, is having a birthday today!  6 going on 16 fo sho.

Hannah is a trip.  She told her kindergarten teacher not long ago, when they were going on a field trip that her mother could come with them because she “Doesn’t do nothing all day except eat popcorn.” 

She cracks her Auntie up.




There She Goes


I haven’t had a kindergartener in several years now.  When your kids get older, you tend to forget, well, not forget, but you just don’t think as much about how much children change that first year in school. 

I will never forget what the late George Whitten, who was principal of Wessington Elementary School in Hendersonville (now the school bears his name)  said to us parents of kindergarten graduates in the Spring of 1998…”These kids are not the same kids you brought to us last fall.”  He was so right.  That first year of school changes them so much.  Before long, the teeth start falling out, changing their appearance even more and it flies even quicker from then on. 

I first saw my niece Hannah the day she came home from the hospital.  It’s so hard for me to grasp that she is in school.  That was just a few weeks ago, wasn’t it?  Sheesh. 

Even the Manchild is starting to understand why we babble on so about how old it makes us feel to see kids we tyler___hannah.jpgremember as teeny babies or in utero growing up.  You look at this picture of a ten year old Manchild holding a days old Hannah.  I don’t know what’s more mindblowing…that the baby is in kindergarten and the little boy holding her is about 6’2 and weighs somewhere between 210 and 220, and has razor stubble.  O can barely remember what his voice sounded like in 2002.  I even made the concious effort (whoa…I just channeled the Biffer there!) today to hear #2’s voice and put in my memory bank what it sounds like now cause before you know it, he’s going to be Manchild #2. 

Hannah is a hoot.  She is her own woman.  Her mother told me the other day that Hannah was saying her prayers and she told God that she hoped “you’re enjoying being the Lord.” Funny girl.

Good Times

976732750_65a1b3040b.jpg#2 is having a ball in Knoxville with his cousins.  I miss him, but, knowing he’s having so much fun makes me happy.

975814259_d5c796b0e2.jpgNew adventures…

976625980_d3f94d158f.jpgMaking memories…


Happy times…

**Photos by Gastrica.

The Kid’s Got Talent

paytons-talent.jpgThis is my nephew performing a talent gifted upon multiple generations of Collie’s.  Pretty impressive, huh?  We’ve got ’em all in my family tree….Broadway stars, former college, sought after football players, highly educated, succesful  family members with varying degrees, pioneering Country Music DJ’s…and this.

This trick here….how I wish I had film of the time my father demonstrated this on live television in Houston, Texas in the 1950’s.  For real…he was demonstrating for the Houston viewing area this highly challenging skill that he and his sister used to do and whilst putting legs behind his head, he cut one on live tv. 

If this film/kinescope was still around, it would be fodder for one of those bloopers shows.