Sunday, December 26, 2010

Celebrating Christmas!

The Sunday before Christmas we celebrated the holiday with Brett's parents and brother.

Trent was so excitied to receive a Braves PRADO jersey and autographed baseball.

 Alyssa got her first American Girl doll. Looks like I will be going to North Point Mall to have the entire American Girl experience.
Let me introduce you to Annabell. Yep. Remember the Nov trip to the mountains where she showed up? After posting a listing on Craig's list and calling the local vets office in Blairsville... no one has claimed her. So looks like we got a new member of the family. We think that she is a puppy still. We will officially take her to the vet to be cleared sometime after the holidays.

 It was Ethan's first Christmas! He is a doll. Reminds me alot of Trent at that age.
 Christmas morning the kids were so excited. Santa had brought Trent an Ipod Touch and Alyssa a DSi. I think I was just as excited to see them so excited!!!

 Christmas afternoon we went to my parents house. Here are the cousins.......
 Merry 1st Christmas, Josalynn!!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Christmas at RockSpring

I was so glad I was able to get the time off work to go to the school for the kids holiday parties. It was sad to know that this was Trent's last Christmas party. Wow! Time flies by so fast. Of course I wasn't able to get as many pictures of Trent with his classmates because that is just not "cool." I am just thankful that Alyssa still loves the idea of Momma being there.

 It was pajama day. They watched the Polar Express and drank hot chocolate.
 Alyssa with her friend, Alex.
Trent with his friend Taylor.

Monday, December 06, 2010

South GA Wedding

This weekend we all went to Brett's Cousin's wedding. It was so nice to see everyone. I made sure we got a picture of us together because we never seem to.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Trip to the Mountains

 We celebrated Alyssa's birthday in the mountains with all of the cousins. She had so much fun!

We shopped but mostly layed around. It was great!
During our visit this awesome dog showed up. She was a total lap dog. I told Brett's Aunt that when they come down next week for Thanksgiving... if she's still there bring her down. Brett needs to feel the void that Jake left. He is missing his companion. We will see what happens 

Friday, November 19, 2010

Happy 7th Birthday, Sweet Alyssa!

It's hard to believe that you are already 7 years old. I remember like it was yesterday giving birth to my precious little girl. She was a chunky little thing. Daddy called her Chunky Monkey... and still does.  Her birth was very uneventful... at first. Within 3 pushes out she came. Since her due date was on Thanksgiving Day to doctor elected to induce me a week early. She would have came that week anyway, she was ready.  Immediately after birth I knew something wasn't quite right when the Doctor wouldn't let Brett cut her cord. She was blue and wasn't breathing.... But after a long several minutes  with the respiratory team... she started to scream.....

She looked just like a china doll.  

We had finally completed our family.

Within weeks of birth her little personality started to shine through.

We celebrated her first birthday with her cousins, AnnaCarroll and Dylan. They are born within 4 weeks of each other.

Alyssa, you have turned into a beautiful little girl. We are so proud of you and couldn't imagine life without you. Happy 7th Birthday... chunk munk..

Friday, November 12, 2010


Well..... the word detention has made it's way into the Barfield household. And no it wasn't Alyssa.
I received an email from Trent's teacher that said...... I wanted to tell you about an incident at lunch today.  Another boy in our class was putting green beans and salad dressing in a girl’s milk when she wasn’t looking.  Trent watched him do this and thought it was very funny.  Since the other boy had an eager “audience”, he continued to do it until the poor girl figured it out.  I thought you would want to know, so you could talk to him about how horrible it is to be the one doing the wrong and the one sitting by and watching.
Needless to say when Trent got home that afternoon he was ticked. He had gotten detention for the  incident. We try to teach our kids not to be taddle tells and do what's right. I thought it was just 5th grade boys being 5th grade boys...... He laughed and didn't tell so he got detention...... Not that I totally agree with the situation or outcome but it is what it is... and that's that. He still hasn't fully  gotten over the fact that he got in trouble.

Friday, November 05, 2010

5th Grade Trip to Dahlonega, GA

Yesterday I finally got to go with Trent on a field trip. He wasn't too happy at first, but I think that he had a great time.

 Trent and his friend Holden on the bus. It was a 2 hour trip to the mountains. That's a long time on a bus with 40 5th graders. The first stop was Amicalola Falls.
Amicalola, a Cherokee Indian word meaning “tumbling waters,” is an appropriate name for these 729-foot falls ~~ the tallest cascading waterfall east of the Mississippi River.

 While there they learned about different animals. They were shown several types of owls.

 Here is a great picture of Trent "touching" a snake.  Yeap... that's it. Barely grazing it.

After eating at  The Smithhouse we got to walk around downtown Dahlonega. I had a really great group of boys. They all minded really well.
 The best part of the day was getting to pan for gold and touring the mines. These are bats that were hibernating in the mine. NASTY little things.

Sunday, October 31, 2010


This year we celebrated Dylan's birthday on Halloween then went Trick or Treating at Brett's brothers house then went to my parents house. Thank goodness school was out on Monday. The kids were so wired up!! Trent was Jason and Alyssa was a pirate girl!

Sunday, October 17, 2010


I was 8 years old when this movie came out. I remember going to see it at the theatre in Fayetteville. I had spent the weekend with one of my mom's best friends. She had three boys so she took me for weekends to get her "little girl" fix. When my mom found out about the movie she was not happy. Looking back..... this movie probably would have had a PG-13 rating... but there was no such thing back then so it was PG.

A month a go I decided I wanted to try to make some extra money...... so I signed up with a casting company with informs me when extras are needed for films that are currently being filmed in the Atlanta area. These notices are normally very specific.. We are looking for a blond haired, 5'3 female who wears a size 4 with 6 shoe etc...etc... After several of these notices that didn't even come close to me... one finally came across..... Looking for extras for the remake of Footloose.... filming at COWBOYS in Kennesaw...

Holy Cow! This is it.... One of my favorite movies and one of the best scenes in the movie. They sneak out to go dancing across the county line.....Maybe my little stint on Hee-Haw will finally pay off. lol I emailed the casting department and sent in a recent photo. Within the day I had received an email confirming my part in the scene.

There is a scene in the movie where Ren and Ariel sneak out to dance over the county line because it is forbidden where they live. They go to a country western bar to dance and discover that Willard can't dance. And that's where Ren starts to teach Willard to dance.

Anyway..... I was beyond excited at that point.

So last Monday and Tuesday I danced for 12 hours each day. By Tuesday night I was worn out and sore.
 I arrived early Monday morning and it was exactly what I had imagined. The two main male actors were in the first scene that we filmed. I really didn't know either of them... one (Miles) is new to acting but has a movie with Nicole Kidman coming out next month and the other (Kenny) is popular with the MTV watchers. Both were extremely nice and interacted with us little folk. The highlight of the filming was actually being on the dance floor with Julianne Hough. She was amazing. Her 3 sisters and mom were also in this shot.

When it was time to break each day for lunch I was surprised to get back to the catering room to find all the lead actors eating with the extras. They were so humble and very friendly. Julianne was the only one who didn't mingle with us common folk. Maybe Ryan Seacrest was there somewhere and we just didn't know it?

It took all I had not to ask for an autograph and we were threatened with our life not to take pictures. They had been confiscating phones all day with those who got caught. I did get a shot in before I turned all For those of you who know me... know that I am not a drinker.... but my prop for most of the two days was a long neck.....

The first day of shooting I met a friend. Come to find out she actually graduated from Jonesboro High School too. We hung out most of the two days together.

So hopefully in April when the movie comes out I won't find myself on the cutting room floor. But who knows.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Trent's Party and 3rd Annual Pig Dig

Last weekend was our 3rd Annual Pig Dig. Trent wanted to "tag" is birthday in there so it worked out perfectly.Brett worked really hard on his fall display. It looked great.
 Here is Brett taking his turn to flip the pigs. We start cooking them on Saturday night and they must be flipped every 15 minutes. The guys sign up for 2 hour shifts that last from 6pm-6am Sunday morning. Then on Sunday around noon we have a feast. Our stew starts cooking around 9am.
 Trent loves to have Brett's family birthday party the same weekend.
 They played hide-n-go seek in the dark and rosted marshmellows.
All of the cousins and Trent's best friend Logan.
The girls preparing the BBQ before the feast.

Even Jake was tired after all the gathering was done.