Sunday, December 25, 2016

Christmas Eve tributes!

In the Earl household, the traditional Christmas Eve activities include eating (of course!), acting out the nativity, and having each family share a talent. These days the families are so big when they are all home that we do our own thing on Christmas Eve and LuDeen goes and visits each family - like a progressive dinner! We did the eating and the nativity but we were short on talents. Scarlet played the violin and Rhode played the piano and both did awesome! But that only 2 talents leaves for a lot of extra time...

We foresaw this problem and pulled names and each sibling did a tribute about another sibling. Bryan and Kendall were teamed up since they are the only single sibs. (They are not married. Not even dating each other. In case there is any confusion.) Well, it was super fun. And I am posting it here because it has been requested by cousins who heard it was going down. So here is the first annual Earl family tributes. Watch at your own risk! Merry Christmas!!

Jon & Kacey had Mom & Dad

Curtis & Courtney had Jon & Kacey

Kylie & Stephen had Kristy & Trevor

Mom & Dad had Brad & Jules (but it was mostly about Brad! We don't have anything bad to say about Jules!!)

Brad & Jules had Courtney & Curtis

Kendall & Bryan had Kylie & Stephen

Kristy & Trevor had Kendall and Bryan!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Sister Earl is 21 People!

Happy birthday Sister Earl!

My sister Kendall has been a missionary for our Church for 7 months now.  As she is the only truly nice one of the family, it has been a major sacrifice on our part to have her gone.  It's amazing we have been able to hold it together in her absence.

But we know she is where she is supposed to be.  She is serving the Lord, taking the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the people of Louisiana, dedicating 18 months of her life to her spiritual growth, and becoming a better person.

Or she might just be making taxidermied missionaries.  Hard to tell most weeks.

I think we all were a little too critical of missionary letters to Kendall because she seems to have made it her mission to make sure they are full of entertaining stories and not laden down with (or even hinting at) spiritual insights.

Instead, we get to hear about all of the crazy things that have happened to her.  For example, her mission has included about as much interaction with wildlife as it has talking to people.  Cause you know, sometimes you just find yourself holding a baby pig


A mission is hard work.  You are studying when the sun comes up and working straight until the sun goes down.  This is no southern vacation.  You're not out sight seeing all of the time, taking pictures on fun statues and stuff.

Well except for maybe that one time...

but seriously, only like those two times...

Hard at work, that sister of ours.  Hard at work.

But when it comes to their district, you have never met a more dedicated group of young men and women who have put their trust in the Lord and are committed to doing His work.

There is a chance they made need a little more training on what kind of work God has actually signed them up for.

But when you begin to question her dedication and maybe even slightly doubt her real convictions in taking on this task and wonder if she is actually doing any of the things missionaries should be doing, Kendall always comes through to show you how dedicated she really is....

I mean a truly uncommitted person would have really felt like that moment was perfectly captured after the second or third shot.  Five poses is true dedication.

But seriously, I think Kendall is the best sister missionary ever.  I have to add sister because technically Bryan is on a mission right now too.  I'll let him pretend he was in the running here.

She has had some crazy experiences, tons of rejection, lots of disappointments, and a slew of hard situations, but there is nothing that will break her spirit or dampen her smile.  "There is sunshine in my soul today"  could be Kendall's mantra because she is a body of sunshine.

There are a lot of different ways to spend your 21st birthday.  Kendall will be spending hers away from family and friends and will probably spend most of the day trying to talk people into hearing the message she is there to tell them.  How can you not be proud of a sister like that?

So, happy birthday Kendall dear.  Sister Earl you are loved, you are so so so so so missed, you are thought about, you are prayed for, and you are admired by every single one of your siblings.  Here is a big electronic hug from us and a hope that someone feeds you something delicious.

(This blog message is brought to you by the talented late night workings of your oldest sister, Kacey.  Your mother decided to jet off to Mexico instead.  She loves you too... but I wrote you the birthday blog so if we are comparing love levels...  Just sayin')

Monday, December 15, 2014

31derful things about Kacey!

Happy Birthday, Kacey! 31 never looked so good!! Here are 31derful things about Kacey...

  • She's a phenomenal mom. 

  • She's a voracious reader.
  • She has wonderful taste in men.

  • She's an excellent cook.
  • She's a baby slinging expert and even makes her own slings.

  • She is a "do"er.
  • She makes cute grandkids.

  • She plays a mean game of tennis.
  • She's a devoted aunt. 

  • She's smart as a whip.
  • She's the best big sister. 

  • She doesn't sweat the small stuff. 
  • She does not send boring Christmas cards.

  • She's a great seamstress.
  • She's found her inner runner.

  • She's a licensed private eye.
  • She looks more like a supermodel.
  • She somehow manages to function at full capacity on very little sleep.
  • She's a creative genius, especially at Halloween.

  • She figures out how to use everything in her bountiful basket.
  • She doesn't let little things like giving birth keep her from an Earl Girl Reunion.

  • She's an awesome video editor.
  • She's constantly surrounded by handsome males.

  • She doesn't watch TV.
  • She's not afraid to get dirty.

  • She hikes.
  • She bikes.

  • She hikes with kids.

  • She's a loyal and dependable friend.
  • She is a thoughtful gift giver which results in awesome gifts.

And last and definitely least...
  • She still loves her momma even though she was too busy to get her birthday blog done on time.

At least I hope she does!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Happy 23rd birthday, Kylie!

Our very own Barbie girl, Kylie, turns 23 today! Here are a few things you might not know about this wonderful creature we are lucky enough to call daughter...

Miss Earl is the best 2nd grade teacher ever!! Check out her blog of funny things that her kids say. It's hilarious! Just click on teacher Barbie.

In her free time, she likes to stay active and work out.

Kylie has recently taken up tennis. Doubles anyone?

She loves her new IMac computer!

Kylie also loves to cook! She bakes many delicious things!!


She loves to play with her nieces and nephews! She is the best aunt ever!!

Kylie is a Barbie movie fanatic! She has seen them all and probably owns them all. She is really missing her sister, Kendall, who unashamedly shares her love of Barbie movies!

If I could, I would give Kylie the perfect Barbie dreamhouse birthday just like this one. Click on photo and enjoy!

Happy Birthday, Kylie! Hope it's a dream!!!