'Tis the Season...

So here it is five days from Christmas and there is still so much to do....I was hoping that my shopping list was a little shorter but it's not.  Luckily I don't have to buy for my mom's side of the family until after the new year so that helps.

My list:


And I have to work everyday except Thursday!  I just hating getting out in the cold and fighting the crowds.  I don't like to go shopping at night (although I have almost every night) because after work I just want to be away from "PEOPLE" and I am tired.  I don't like to go shopping on my days off because there is so much to do at home and I like to get some extra sleep!!  I have found myself laying down with Wilkins when she takes a nap...LAZY, right?  Who knows, I might have some kind of health condition that makes me tired all the time?!   I just don't feel like there are enought minutes in the hours, hours in the day, and sure not enough days in the week!!

I know this is a pretty boring post but my brain is also tired so I don't have anything interesting to say!  Hopefully my next post will be a little more interesting with a lot more excitement!  Hope everyone has a

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!! 


Sorry but this needs to be said...

Since when did God hand over his duties and make certain people judge and jury of who is or isn't worthy?

I am seriously over these people who are trying to bring my family down.  Back off!  You are judging and deciding a person's fate and you have no right nor authority.  You need to look in the mirror and realize that judging someone is no different than holding a gun up to their head and pulling the trigger. There is no difference as far as I am concerned and I promise you I wouldn't want to be standing in your shoes on judgement day!  I am not an overly religious person and I can't quote ANYTHING from the Bible but I can tell you that there is no human being on this earth that has the right to condemn someone's soul...if anything you should pray for that person instead of brow beat them.

We are a big family and you don't just get one of us, you get us all...and there are a lot more people out there that are true friends, care about us, and do not judge our actions but only pray for our mistakes than there are of "you people" that would rather knock our legs out from under us rather than give a shoulder to lean on...

To end this rant let me say this :

You that have declared yourself the judge and jury, the end all be all, do not be a hypocrite and smile at me in public.  Do not bother to approach me and pretend that we are friends or that you care for me or my family because I might not be as generous as I was the last time.  I probably won't reply back with "hi", a polite smile, and a few words.  More than likely if you catch me on a good day I will not acknowledge you but find me on a bad day and I might just call you out.  This I can promise you, though, I will not be a hypocrite.


Straight from the heart...

I am not normally a very emotionall person (at least not outwardly) but when it comes to my family I get emotional.  I am not talking just about my immediate family....I am talking all 39 of us (about to be 40 in March).  I am talking about the Middlebrooks clan...

It amazes me how far apart we all are but how close we really are.  We don't talk everyday (although I am sure one Middlebrooks talks to another every SINGLE day) but we still know that each of us will be there in a moment's notice if needed. 

I can promise you that we are not a perfect family (which some like to scream from the rooftops!), hello we know that we are human.  I can promise you that we all have pasts just like everyone else some more colorful than others.  The only thing that matters, I PROMISE, is that we are all good-hearted people and we are A FAMILY.  We are not overly a "lovey dovey" family...some of us choke on saying "I love you" (lol...seriously...I am one of them!).  We have a hard time showing our emotions face to face but buddy do we ever know how to text (except Aunt Sheila, even granny can...lol), email (I think Aunt Sheila is getting better at this), and snail mail cards (I love to send cards).  The thing is it isn't necessary in this crazy family because we know we love each other.  Cast one stone towards a Middlebrooks and let's just say you better run....

Some of us are a little more outspoken than others (me...which my mom hates) and some that just everything bottled up.  We all balance each other out pretty nicely...at least we think so. 

What I like to brag about the most is granny and grandaddy had 5 children who are still married to the same person.  All 5 children have children who are all married to the same person (except me of course...kind of the outspoken black sheep lol) and they all have children.  That is rare these days...no divorces, no step children, etc.  The one thing I miss is that we used to all live so close to one another (and the kids all worked for grandaddy which probably wouldn't work well now!!!  to many egos!!  ha! ha!), that we saw each other every day.  The thing I look forward to the most is our weekend getaway in Pigeon Forge once a year for Christmas.

PICTURE THIS:  39.5 Middlebrooks (of all ages: 9 are 5 years or under, 7 are under 20, and well the rest of us we won't mention age but 75 is the oldest) in a three story cabin with 16 bedrooms, 13 bathrooms, and a TON of food.  Let me just say not a lot of sleep happens but there are definitely some laughs and looking back on years past:

"the grandkids"

granny and grandaddy

aunt lora

grandkids: Brandon & Emma
great grandkids: Bryson, Will, & Emily

Daniel...who knows what he is doing?!

grandaddy in the 80s
grandaddy with an audience

dumb & dumber

Uncle Chris, Aunt Lora, Alex, & mom

Addy & Lucas
(the year WE ALL went to the
Dixie Stampede)

Uncle Chris & Aunt Lora

Scott & Tyree

Granny with the "only" two great
granddaughters (at the time)

Beth, Aunt Sheila, Aunt Sonya

the FAV grandkid (lol)

LeAnne & Beth

4 more since then...and one more on the way

Aunt Maronica & Uncle Kevin

Me, Alex, and Kyle

Daniel & Sonya