Friday, December 21, 2007

I'll have a BLUE Christmas . . .

I found this cute little quiz over a my friend, Fried Okra's, Place. She's one of my best bloggy friends. Oh, and if you haven't heard, they're expecting over there at the Fried Okra Manor. So, run on over there, if you have time, and congratulate them on their wonderful news!

You Should Have a Blue Christmas Tree

For you, the holidays represent a time of calm, understanding, and peace.
You avoid family fights, and you don't get too stressed out - even when things are crazy!

You like to make Christmas about making everyone's life a little bit better.
You don't get caught up in greed or commercialism. You're too sincere for that.

Your blue tree would look great with: Lots of silver tinsel

You should spend Christmas Eve watching: It's a Wonderful Life

What you should bake for Santa: Chocolate chip cookies

Boy, this quiz "hit the nail on the head!" Chocolate chip cookies are my favorite! As Maddy would say, "Nummy!"

Have a fun, safe and Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Sickness update

Well, we are making progress. Both girls got good check ups. Baby Lulu still has fluid in her ears but it looks like we're making progress. The doctor said we can discontinue Maddy's breathing treatments for the moment. I'll just need to monitor her breathing and do them on an as need basis. So, praise be to the Lord --- I don't think I'll have sick children on Christmas.

Me . . . well, then there's me. I had an ear ache for 2 or 3 days. When it got so bad that I couldn't sleep through the pain, I finally made myself a doctor's appointment. Well, the doctor says I've got one of the worst sinus infections that he has seen. He said that my sinuses are completely blocked. So, he handed me a bag full of pills and two prescriptions and told me that if I'm not having any movement in the congestion (meaning -- if my nose doesn't start running), then we'll have to try more drastic measures. He asked me why I let it get so bad and said that I must have been sick for quite sometime. Well, to tell the truth, I have been congested for the last month. But I really just thought it was just allergies and then stuff that "had to run its course." Besides, I had sick babies and they were my main concern. Most times it's one mom taking care of two babies while dad is out of town. And that's how all this ended up. But, praise be to the Lord again, today, my nose has began to run and all that stuff is breaking up.

So, if I can shield Hubby from all this sickness, we'll all be happy and healthy this Christmas! And hey, isn't that the most important thing!

Taking a great picture of three 2-year old girls is like . . .

Well, you decide . . .

And when it seemed impossible, we decided to just have fun with it . . .

Merry Christmas to our play group friends . . . Eleanor, Ensley, Harrison, Miss Leigh (EeeEee) and Miss Ashley! We've had so much fun playing with you this year!

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

My Christmas Tour

Well, due to sick children and what have you, I missed BooMama's Christmas Tour. So, you know what? I'm having my own little open house right here, right now. So, won't you come in, it's pretty cold out there!

How do you like the wreath? I searched high and low -- you know, Target and Michaels and downright refused to pay $30 for a ready made wreath. So, I bought the stuff and for $30, I made two big, beautiful wreaths. So, now that you understand just how cheap and uncrafty I am . . . moving right along . . .

Here we have a lovely, artificial Christmas Tree. Is it leaning, you ask? Oh yes, we meant to do that! That's our signature trademark. In fact, we've done that with our tree every year since we got it (second hand from a friend of a friend's cousin's mother who was about to throw it out). Hey it works for now!

There are a few sentimental ornaments (of course they are hard to see from the picture). Every year, I buy my Hubby Hallmark's Aviation ornament. It's some sort of collector's edition and each year, there's an airplane ornament with alittle sheet of paper that details the airplane's history. It's pretty cool. Each year we get to learn about a different airplane (for those of you who don't know me that well, Hubby is a pilot -- hence the airplane ornaments).

Each year, I've bought the girl's their own ornament also. This year, Maddy really loved Mickey Mouse. So, I bought her a Mickey Mouse ornament.

And Baby Lulu, well, she's not even a year old, so she's into anything we put her infront of -- so, I chose the Charlie Brown Christmas ornament. It's really neat. It lights up and Linus recites the Christmas story.

And here's our lovely fireplace (that we've never ever used - nope not one time, because it's gas, unvented and I'm deathly afraid of carbon monoxide poisoning. But hey, that's a whole 'nother post in itself!)

Ok, one of my other neurosis . . . matching wrapping paper. I want my gifts under the tree to match. So every year, I buy three wrapping paper designs and Hubby raises his right hand and swears that he will only wrap presents in the designated wrapping papers. And only hand tied bows this year --- none of the cheesy sticker bows. Aaaacccckkk! No I.AM.NOT.HARD.TO.LIVE.WITH. THANK.YOU.VERY.MUCH!

And how about this Gingerbread House. Yes, our little play date friends helped us put this together. Let's see, Maddy (2 years old), Ellie (about to turn 3 years old) and Ensley (2.5 years old). Didn't they do a fine job? I saw this kit at Target and just had to have it!

Well, as you leave, don't forget to turn around and look at my outside decorations. I wish taken a picture at night --- but, you get the idea.

Merry Christmas and have a safe trip! See ya next time!

'Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus

"Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are acheiving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal."

2 Corinthians 4: 16-18

Sunday, December 16, 2007

I should change the name of my blog . . .

to"Striving for Healthy Children." Seriously, I know it's been a while -- life has been crazy around here. One child with a double ear infection and upper respiratory infection along with a yeast infection -- the other child needing breathing treatments every 4 hours. Ya'll ---- I'm all infected out! So, I know I should have taken a moment to check in, but you'll just have to forgive me.

Tomorrow, we are back to the doctor to check Maddy's oxygen level and see if we need to continue breathing treatments. Baby Lulu is on antibiotics and was supposed to have her "well check" at that appointment. Instead, the doctor will be checking her ears to see if they are clear; checking the yeast infection to make sure the cream is working; and checking her oxygen level and chest to make sure that she doesn't also need breathing treatments.

With a good visit to the doctor tomorrow, I hope to be back up and running here at the blog.

To my faithful readers --- please, please come back and I'll try to have something blog worthy!

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Santa - wrapped or unwrapped?

Well, this will be our first Christmas with children who are old enough to really understand the holiday. I've been reading the Christmas story to Maddy and she seems to understand some of it. But, you can't ignore the Santa Claus part of Christmas.

Hubby and I had a discussion last week about how we would handle "Santa Claus". When I was a young girl, Santa brought the majority of the gifts. Sure, there were one or two wrapped presents from my parents, but Christmas morning usually consisted of unwrapped presents from Santa. I can remember the excitement of running down the stairs to find all of my presents under the tree - all laid out where I could see each and every one. So, last night, I asked my mother why she decided that Santa's gifts were unwrapped and why most of the gifts came from Santa and not from her. She said that Santa's gifts were those that usually required some assembly and were very big and bulky, thus making them hard to wrap. She told me that when I was a real young girl, like Maddy and Baby Lulu, that all presents were wrapped, 'cause you know, at the age of two, unwrapping the present is usually better than the present itself. She explained that as I got older, it just became easier (with 3 kids), not to wrap EVERYTHING.

So, what do you all think? Should Santa's gifts be wrapped or unwrapped? And should the majority of the gifts come from "Santa" or from Mommy and Daddy? Feel free to leave your suggestions in my comments - I'd love to hear how everyone else is doing it. And also, look over there in my sidebar and vote, please.

We are alive!

Well, I'm happy to report that we are all alive and on the road to recovery . . . hopefully. The girls still have the runny nose, but both seem to be in really good spirits. So, in order to keep my sanity (what's left of it after having two children), I'm off to our neighbor's house our playgroup.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Two sick girls = one exhausted Mama!

Well, both girls are sick. Let me just run down the list of things I've accomplished today -- let me warn you, my list is not for the faint at heart or those with a weak stomach.

1) I've sucked so much snot out of Maddy's nose I could fill an 8 oz jar. Eeww!
2) Baby Lulu is teething - getting molars to be exact --- I won't even tell you how many poopy diapers I've changed. I got in the shower tonight and scrubbed my skin raw!
3) I've repeated "drink your juice" more times than I'll hear Merry Christmas this holiday season.
4) I held one baby, then the next, oh and then back to the other who made the other one jealous and ended up with all 3 of us in the rocking chair . . . rocking and rocking and more rocking. Did I mention that rocking makes me nauseous!
5) Oh and did I mention that I've been blowing my own nose too? Yep, I'm sick.

Two sick babies + one sick Mama - Daddy = One exhausted, sick Mama!

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Go Buckeyes!

Congrats to the classiest coach in the U.S. - Jim Tressel. The Ohio State Buckeyes are headed to the BCS National Championship in New Orleans, LA.

Saturday, December 1, 2007

These are a few of my favorite things . . . to do during the Christmas Holidays!

"Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings
These are a few of my favorite things . . .'

1) Sipping egg nog and watching "Christmas Vacation".

"Don't throw me down Clark!"
"I won't Aunt Bethany!"

"Is the house on fire Clark?"
"No Aunt Bethany!"

"Oh Aunt Bethany, you really shouldn't have!"
"Oh dear, did I break wind?"
"Gees Bethany, did the room clear out? Heck no! She meant the presents!"

"Aunt Bethany will you say grace?"
(Aunt Bethany shakes her head no)
"GRACE - they want you to say Grace."
"Grace? She died 30 years ago."

Boy, that Aunt Bethany is sure good for some laughs!

2) Decorating the Christmas Tree

3) Stringing the lights outside . . .

With my little helper . . .

who decided that chasing the neighbor's cat would be more interesting!

4) Wrapping presents . . .
Ooopps - no picture for that -- haven't actually started doing that. Ahem! Anywhoo . . .

5) Kissing under the mistletoe

Ok - let me clarify -- first of all, there will be no pictures (you're welcome!) Secondly, hubby, I'm only referring to kissing YOU under the mistletoe. I mean ladies, just look at him!

6) Sipping on a warm cup of cider cozied up by a fire (is "cozied" even a real word? Um, well spell check says no. Well I say it is now -- this is my blog and I can do that if I want!)

6) Listening to this . . .

"When the dog bites
When the bee stings
When I'm feeling sad
I simply remember my favorite things
And then I don't feel so bad!"

Friday, November 30, 2007

He knows if you've been bad or good, so be good for goodness sake!

You better watch out
You better not cry
Better not pout
I'm telling you why
Santa Claus is coming to town
He's making a list
And checking it twice;
Gonna find out Who's naughty and nice
Santa Claus is coming to town
He sees you when you're sleeping
He knows when you're awake
He knows if you've been bad or good So be good for goodness sake!
O! You better watch out! You better not cry Better not pout I'm telling you why

Santa Claus is coming to town!

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

An Advent Carnival

My sister-in-law is hosting an Advent Carnival over here. She asked her reader's to participate by sharing inspiration, information, activity ideas, craft ideas, music and more. The main focus is "Anglican Advent Traditions", however, all are welcome to join in. If you didn't get a submission in prior to her post, feel free to leave your tradition in the comments.

Being a traditional gal and now, having a little family of my own, I'd love to start some family traditions also. So, I'm excited to hear about every one's ideas.

Head on over and see what traditions our fellow bloggers observe this time of the year.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Merry Christmas to me early . . .'er rather late, I guess!

Guess what showed up in the arms of my Hubby at my door yesterday? Nope . . . not these, but . . . these!

That's right my bloggy friends and family. It's Cuisinart 10 Piece Chef's Classic Cookware in all Stainless Steel. Guaranteed to to help me cook like a real chef or I get my money back. Ok, well not really. But . . . how can I not cook better with new pots and pans. You know -- they're all level and stuff on the bottom. No uneven heating here. Nope! Here's what they do promise:

* Chef's Choice Stainless:18/10 mirror finish. Classic looks, professional performance.

* Unsurpassed Heat Distribution:Aluminum encapsulated base heats quickly and spreads heat evenly. Eliminates hot spots.

* Stainless Steel for Professional Results:18/10 stainless steel cooking surface does not discolor, react with food or alter flavors. Great for classic cooking techniques like slow simmers, rolling boils and reduction of liquids.

* Cool Grip Handle:Solid stainless steel riveted handle stays cool on the stovetop. A helper handle provides extra support and balance when lifting and pouring.

* Drip-Free Pouring:Rim is tapered for drip-free pouring.

* Flavor Lock Lid:Tightfitting cover seals in moisture and nutrients for healthier, more flavorful results, every time you cook.

* Dishwasher Safe:Premium 18/10 stainless steel easily cleans to original brilliant finish.

*Constructed to Last:Limited Lifetime Warranty.

Let me tell you the story behind these gems. Last year (yes, I said last year -- Christmas to be exact) my hubby and I started looking at cookware. We both knew we were in need of some new pots and pans. Our pots and pans were almost 10 years old. You know --- we're the people whose pots and pans had the non-stick coating peeling off and the warped bottom that won't allow the pan to sit level on the smooth top range (this just drove Hubby crazy!).

We shopped, we looked, we fretted over price . . . and we procrastinated. WE.COULD.NOT.MAKE.A.DECISION. We scoured the internet, talked to our friends, got sound advice AND.STILL.DID.NOT.MAKE.A.DECISION. We went to the store this past weekend where said pots and pans were "on Sale" and walked out of the store EMPTY.HANDED. I had all but given up hope on them there pots and pans until Monday afternoon, hubby pulled into the garage after a long day of work and low and behold, there he was with my brand new set of pots and pans. Yes, my friends -- only the best for his little lady. I.WAS.SHOCKED. Happy, but shocked!

So, how 'bout dinner at my house -- next week? I'll need a week to break them in. I hear cooking with stainless steel (as opposed to the non-stick) is a little different. So, I'll need just a little bit of time to adjust. Not to worry, though. I have the utmost faith in my culinary skills (snort!snort!)

Thanks Hubby! I can't wait to give 'em a try!

Gotta run, my biscuits are burning!

Friday, November 23, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving!

Well, a day late, but Happy Thanksgiving to all!

We had a great Thanksgiving dinner with friends and family. Hubby was away, but it worked out perfectly for him. He was able to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner with family in California. I'm so thankful that he was not alone. It's tough not having him here with us for holidays -- but it's even tougher to think that he might be alone. So, to our family in California, thank you so much for rescuing my husband for the grips of a lonely hotel room and delivering him to a warm, inviting, Thanksgiving dinner with loving family.

To my husband, we missed you so much but are looking forward to your return home today. XXOOO!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

I've been elfed . . .

This is hilarious --- ever wanted to see me, my husband and my girls dancing to Christmas . . . no - well go here anyway!

Monday, November 19, 2007

One, maybe two, possibly three, what do you think about four? Part II

This is the second post in a series. You can read the first post here.

"R, you need to sit down. I have something to tell you . . ."

And there we sat, for the next hour. I poured out my heart and told him everything! No need to paint a rosy picture -- I just gave it to him straight. Basically, there's no hope. And what little itty bitty hope that I have, is quickly fading as my years roll by me at lightening speed.

So, I finished the conversation, fully expecting him to be in total utter shock. And then, when he regained consciousness, he would realize that he's wasting his time and effort with me -- a lost cause. Move on, count it as a loss and try to find something better before his time ran out. I mean, face it, I'm 10 years his junior. He's no spring chicken. He didn't have a lot of time to waste either.

But, would you believe that after he had a couple of moments to process all that I had just said, his main point of contention was that he was upset that I had not called him to let him know that I was at the emergency room the whole day. He said that I should not have sat there by myself. He could and would have come to accompany me. But, he was upset that he wasn't even given the chance. He felt like he was "cut out" of the whole situation. And that, was the major issue. In fact, he said dealing with the possibility of not having children was easier than dealing with the fact that I shut him out. Our relationship was what was losing hope. If I couldn't be straight forward and completely open and honest, well then, we couldn't move forward.

And I understood what he was saying. I completely understood that, if the table was turned, I would have been upset if he had not showed some common courtesy and told me what was going on.

So, I apologized. And apologized. And apologized. And promised never to do that again. And assured him that he knew EVERYTHING. And he did. I had told him everything. And he didn't run out the door, or pass out at my feet, or have any of the bad reactions that I had built up in my mind.

No, he did exactly what someone who loves someone else would do --- he said, "We'll figure it out. If we need to try to adopt, we will. If we want to try fertility treatments, we will. There lots of options." And he even said he would give up his possibility of hair plugs so that we could use that money for fertility treatments or adoption. What a guy! If you know my husband, then you know about his obsession with his hair or the lack there of. Giving up the possibility of hair plugs in the future is a big deal. Now that's love!!!

So, the next day, I made a follow up appointment with my doctor. I needed to figure out my next course of action. And it looked as though we needed to schedule the surgery. And then decide what medication would be needed post surgery to keep the endometriosis from getting out of control again. You know, basically, to buy myself some time.

And so, we met, we discussed and surgery it was! We needed to burn off the existing endometriosis, adhesions, lesions and scar tissue. And then, I needed to make a decision on the medication following the surgery. I could be put on a high dose birth control shot, where I would feel like I was thrown into menopause at the ripe 'ole age of 27. Or, I could take a pill, which would not be as effective and therefore, causing me to need this surgery to be repeated with a year or two.

Wow, what wonderful options! R and I discussed these options until we just couldn't discuss them anymore. We decided that neither the pill or the shot was a good option and that we would pray about it, continue with the surgery and then make a decision on a medication method after the surgery.

I liked that R was involved in the decision making. He did his own research, scouring the internet to try and read as much as possible. At this point, we were already talking about marriage and I was so glad that he was sticking around and going through this with me.

We knew that we wanted to elope. Take off, just the two of us and do it. And then, tell everybody after it was done. And that's what we did.

As far as the surgery is concerned -- it never happened. I went in to see the doctor as a pre-op measure, and found out I was pregnant. We were all stunned to say the least! God is good!

Oh and my second pregnancy . . . happened only 7 months after giving birth to my first child. I didn't have any complications with either pregnancy and both girls were born healthy.

Now . . . have I experienced a miracle or what! And I'm hoping to experience a couple more in short order. If that's what God has planned for me.

I'm awake now!

Boy, those chairs are dangerous. I sat down in one a week ago and fell asleep. No, I mean really asleep. The sound of the waves crashing on shore and seagulls flying over. It was so peaceful that I didn't wake up til now. So . . . where did we leave off. Oh yes . . .

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Pull up a chair . . .

Sorry, but the orange festive background was stressing me out! Too much energy. I know this isn't quite seasonally appropriate, but I need some tranquility. So, come join me where I feel most relaxed. See that extra chair in the picture . . . that's for you. Sit down, relax and tell me all about it!

Oh, and I'll be back Monday to finish "One, maybe two, possibly three, what do you think about four?"

One, maybe two, possibly three, what do you think about four?

When I first met my husband, I was fresh out of a first marriage. I just couldn't see myself ever really being in love again or having a family. Doctors had been telling me since the age of 16 that for me, getting pregnant and actually carrying a child full term would be highly unlikely. I had been through a surgery or two, had cysts removed, adhesions and lesions had taken over my abdomen and had left a lot of scar tissue. The doctor said that if, by chance, I did get pregnant, the pregnancy itself would improve my condition. This just left me feeling like a cat chasing my tail . . . "hey, it's near impossible for you to get pregnant, but if you could, it'd really help, you know!" Then, throw a divorce in that situation and I felt hopeless. I had pretty much set my mind on not ever having children. In fact, when people asked in casual conversation if I wanted children, I'd say "no, not really." But those who REALLY knew me, knew that wasn't true. You see, I thought that if I said that I didn't want children, there would be no disappointment when I couldn't have them. And frankly, at that time during my life, I began to question what sort of parent I would be --- I mean, 27 and divorced . . . I was truly disappointed in myself. And I remember thinking, I would be a horrible mom. #1 - I have no patience --- seriously, I was about the most impatient person I'd ever seen. #2 - I was selfish. #3 - I felt awkward around babies. I grew up babysitting children. Heck, I even had a niece and nephew. And I was fine with children. But babies, I just didn't know what to do. And I wasn't one of those sappy, baby talking, adults. I.JUST.COULDN'T.GO.THERE. And that worried me.

Anyway, getting back to when I met my husband, he wanted a family -- the whole kit and kaboodle -- wife, 3 children, house on the farm with a horseshoe driveway and white picket fence. And in my mind, I could envision all of that. But, eventually I'd have to tell him, that those 3 darling children that he dreamed of having --- well, they wouldn't come from me.

I guess we'd been dating about 7 months when the endometriosis starting acting up. I had horrible pain in my abdomen. I remember heading to work one morning with a heating pad in tow. I sat at my desk in my chair that day with a heating pad on my back, constantly popping ibuprofen. The doctor had given me pain pills, but I was totally against taking those because I knew that I needed to learn to deal with the pain. After all, the only fix for my problem was pregnancy or a hysterectomy. And neither of those were an option for me right now. So, ibuprofen it was.

That day, the pain got so severe that I ended up leaving work, at the urging of my friend and co-worker Teena, and headed to the Urgent Care center. From there, they ran some tests, and sent me to the emergency room so that they could do an ultrasound. I received the results from the ultrasound that evening. They said I had another cyst. And probably more endometriosis that needed to be burned off. You see, 6 years prior, I had surgery to burn off endometriosis and some of the adhesions and lesions. Little did I know that in order to keep myself in good working condition, I needed this surgery every 4 years or so. Huh? That surgery was quite painful and the recovery was all but fast. Every 4 years . . . are you sure?

So, I left the hospital with that news. By that time, I had missed a phone call or two from my now husband -- we'll just call him R. So, I returned R's call, agreed to a dinner date and began to wrack my brain to figure out how I was going to tell him all of this. Y'all -- I liked him. No . . . I REALLY, REALLY liked him. And this news could possibly be a deal breaker. I mean, we were getting serious. We had talked about marriage. And yes, I know. I know that I should have told him the full extent of my condition a long time prior to this moment. But how do you say that.

"Hello guy who I'm dating. Since the age of 16, doctor's have said that I would have a hard time getting pregnant. Every month, I have a miserable day or two with endometriosis that sends me to my bed to lay on a heating pad. There is no definitive answer about my status of becoming pregnant -- I've never tried. But hey, it's stuff you need to consider before even thinking about marrying me."

Ok, well, that was pretty easy -- but actually saying it to him and wondering whether he'd walk out the door -- it was a scary thought. I mean, I'd explained some of my condition before -- and I think he understood and knew more than I gave him credit. But, I felt like I needed to lay it all out on the line. Tell him everything. And hope for the best. I kept thinking, what if the doctors were wrong. Who gave a doctor the authority to tell me what God had planned? In any case, R needed to know.

So, I arrived at R's place, determined to sit down and be fully honest about the situation. He greeted me at the door in his normal fashion -- a kiss, a hug and a "how was your day?" I felt my stomach flip flop. "R, you need to sit down. I have something to tell you . . ."

Friday, November 9, 2007

Girls . . . play nice!

Every Tuesday and Thursday, the girls and I have been meeting with a playgroup. Our group consists of two girls Maddy's age and one little boy Baby Lulu's age. We do things like go to the park and have a picnic, gather at each other's house and just let the kids play and do crafts, head to the indoor bouncing center and let them jump til their heart's content . . . you know, fun two year old stuff.

So anyway, yesterday, we headed to one of the other children's house to play and do our "turkey" project. We (or shall I say I - the control freak) have decided that each Thursday, we'll do a kiddy craft. So, I printed out templates, etc and headed out the door with girls, armed to make turkeys in honor of Thanksgiving.

We arrived at our friend's home, unloaded my um-teen number of bags (seriously, with two in diapers it's like packing for a week long trip just to run to the store!), and greeted our friends at the door. Maddy ran inside and immediately hugged her friends. They headed back to the play room and began to choose the toy that each would play with. Now, let's inventory here . . . one grocery cart, one baby doll stroller, three 2 year old girls. Problem! And I bet you can guess what happened next . . .

"Momma, so and so is not sharing!"

And then we see girls, yanking at other girl's toys and then all of three of them start crying.

I can't say I'm surprised. My mother-in-law warned me of this. She did a brief observation of 2 year olds back when she was in nursing school. She said she found that 2 year old children like to play independently. I believed what she had told me, but for some reason, I thought that we could MAKE them play together.

So, getting back to the 2 year old drama queens, we gave them all a good talking to and sent them on their separate ways. And you know what? They each played in a little corner all by their lonesome. And each was happy to do so. And the house was a much more peaceful play to be!

So, here are a few pictures to document our crafting fun! Our little turkeys making turkeys!

And the finished product . . .

The turkey is made from a plastic plate and construction paper. If you'll notice, the feathers are made by tracing the child's hand. Cute, huh!!

We explained Thanksgiving and that we should thank Jesus for everything that we have. Then we talked about turkeys . . . what sound do turkeys make? Gobble! Gobble! Gobble!

All in all, I think the playdate and craft time went very well. So, I leave you with this . . . what happens when you leave two, two year old girls alone for more than 30 seconds?

This . . .

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Wordless Wednesday


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Monday, November 5, 2007

Your chance to get a FREE Phillips Senseo!

If you've read my post here, then you'll understand this post. If not, click on the link and then come back here, ok?

Alright . . . are you back now . . .

Are you there?????


Oh, there you are! Ok, now let's get down to business. The nice people over at Phillips are giving my readers a chance to get a free Phillips Senseo. Yes, you heard me . . . FREE! So, all you need to do is go here, answer a few questions and they'll let you know if you qualify! It's rrreeeeaaaallll simple! So, go! You know you want one! Just go . . . you can thank me later!

Sunday, November 4, 2007

What in the world do pods have to do with coffee making?

About two weeks ago, I received a Phillips Senseo coffee maker for FREE! Yes, that's right, I said for FREE! You can imagine my excitement when the mailman rang my door bell and there it was waiting for me. So, Maddy and I immediately brought it inside and ripped the box open. And then, disappointment struck. What? It only makes a cup at a time? I hate those machines. They're too much work! I just want a whole pot of coffee sitting there, steaming, waiting for me to refill. So, I promptly set it aside and thought "Re-gift!"

Fast forward two days later . . . I took a second look at the coffee maker and thought, These nice people at Phillips sent me this coffee maker for FREE in good faith, hoping that I would try it, love it and tell others about it. And I haven't even bothered to pull it out of it's box. Shame on me! So, I began to think some advantages to using this coffee maker in hopes of prodding myself along and cranking up the machine:

1) Hubby is gone 1/2 of the month. Instead of making a big pot of coffee when he's gone, I could make one cup at a time and save myself the trouble of using the big machine.

2) Since it is only making the coffee one cup at a time, every cup is hot and fresh.

3) Oh yes, the pod thingys. They come in different flavors and such, so each morning I could technically have a different flavor.

4) It has a sleek, attractive, modern design. I wouldn't mind this machine sitting out on my counter.

So, I plugged the machine in and decided to give it a whirl. I did a quick little clean of the machine and then it was raring to go. I lifted up the front lever, inserted one pod, closed the top, filled the water compartment and pushed the button. In about 90 seconds, I had a fresh cup of coffee, sitting there waiting on me. Cool! And the coffee? IT.WAS.DELICIOUS. How easy was that!

So, then I remembered that I had French Vanilla and Cappuccino pods and decided to experiment. I did half an 8oz cup with the french vanilla coffee pod and then in the same cup, swap pods and used the cappuccino. And right then and there, I had a French Vanilla cappuccino --- SOLD! I immediately fell in love with this machine. The whole process took less than 2 minutes. That's right ladies -- no running to Starbucks -- no dragging out the Espresso/Cappuccino maker, grinding the beans, frothing the milk -- no ma'm. It was so simple. And so GOOD! I added a little Reddi wip
on top and voila --- heaven on earth in my cup!

"Senseo advertises it's system as a way to personalize your coffee. The coffee pod system lets you savor a single serving of coffee at the touch of a button, just the way you like it, whenever you like it!"

With the great coffee, ease of use and sleek design, the Senseo is sure to be a hit.

Now, let's get down to the nitty gritty. Target is selling this machine for $65 (or atleast my local Target is). However, Senseo was so generous as to send me a few $20 gift certificates to be used on the purchase of a machine. So, if you're interested, please let me know and I'll get one to you (first ask, first get basis! Supplies are limited so ACT NOW!). Of course, Senseo's website sells the machines and pods, but they have the machine listed at $69.99 -- and then you have to pay shipping and handling. I priced the pods at Target and they were selling 2 bags for $7. Each bag contains between 10-18 pods, depending on the flavor and variety. I was able to use each pods for 3 to 4 cups of coffee (though they recommend you use a fresh pod for each cup of coffee -- why waste a good pod, I say!)

Well, I hope that I have shared some helpful information! Feel free to comment with questions and I'll try to answer them.

*As with any products I write about on this blog, I am not being paid to endorse those products. This product was provided to me free of charge from Phillips and I agreed to tell others about my experience -- good or bad.

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Happy Belated Halloween!

Well, we had a great time Trick or Treating with the neighborhood children. Here are a few pictures of my unhappy Ladybug and my happy Minnie Mouse . . .

Daddy, Minnie and Ladybug

For these next shot, I used the "Night Scene" setting on my digital camera --- well, as you can see . . . it didn't work out so well! I guess it blurred any bit of light that was interferring with the picture?!?!? *Note to self . . . must take a photography class or something!

Mommy and the cutest Minnie Mouse EVER!

Cutest Minnie Mouse EVER and the unhappy Ladybug!

Notice the red eye, people! That's not from my poor photography skills -- it's the side effects of the gynormous amount of candy she had consumed that night! Seriously!!!

And the Winner is . . .

Wow! My site meter has been going crazy this week! I had 108 comments or entries, shall I say, for the beautiful picture frame.

So, without further adue . . .

the winner is . . .

Katy-Anne at Aussie Mama 4 Jesus.

Congratulations Katy-Anne and thanks to all who entered!

I'll resume my regular bloggy programming shortly :-)

Monday, October 29, 2007

Fall Y'all Bloggy Giveaway!


Well, it's finally here . . . the Fall Y'all Bloggy Giveaway. For those of you who are not bloggers, it's a blogging carnival. It's kind of like, we all set up our booth and then sign up at the info center so that they can direct people our way. Our info center and the place where you can find links to all participating blogs is here.

My giveaway . . . Well, I'm giving away this beautiful Home Trends Heirloom 5x7 picture frame. It's a beautiful shade ivory with a little antique/worn detail. I have two of the 8x10 frames in this style hanging in my bedroom. It adds such elegance.

So, if you want to throw your name in the hat, just leave me a comment saying anything you'd like! Contest ends on Friday, November 2nd at midnight. I will draw a winner with a random number generator on Saturday, November 3rd. ANYONE can enter - you don't have to have a blog. Please make sure that you do log in, though, with an email address or leave me one so that I can contact you if you win!

Good luck and thanks for stopping by, y'all!

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Have You Been BOO'd?

I took the liberty of "BOO"ing my neighbors this week. What am I talking about? Well, it's this fun little game in which you leave a treat at your neighbor's door. There is this cute little poem and sign that you leave with the treat. It's supposed to be done anonymously. So, late last Thursday night, I ran over to my neighbor's house, put the treat by the door, rang the doorbell and RAN! Sounds easy enough, right? So, I moved on to the second neighbor's home. I knew this home would be harder to "BOO" because it's located on a corner lot, thus making it very hard to flee without being spotted. So, I crept up to the door, put the treat at the door and then OH.MY.GOODNESS I hear a car coming down the street. I peered around the corner and crouched down. It's the UPS guy pulling straight up in front of the house. Immediately I see him squinting and trying to see what I'm doing. So, I wait to see if he's actually dropping off a package at this house or the house next door. Oh, ok, he's headed towards the house next door. Hurry, quick, ring the doorbell and run. So, I did. I ran. I hid on the other side of their truck that just happened to be parked on the street. And as I'm crouched down by the truck, my neighbor, the "BOO"ee, came out onto her front lawn to try and spot the "BOO"er. And wouldn't you know it? Neighbor Peter and dog Monty just happened to be walking down the road at that time and spotted some lunatic crouched down beside the truck (yes, I mean me!) So, I try to wave him by as I whisper and say that I'm playing a game. Well, Neighbor Peter understood me perfectly, but Monty . . . OH.NO.SIREEE, he wasn't having any part of that. So, Neighbor Peter is practically dragging Monty away from me, all the while the "BOO"ee is looking in our direction wondering what in the heck is going on over there! Neighbor Peter, being the good sport he is, waved her off saying something about Monty had spotted a cat. So, after the "BOO"ee had retired back to the indoors, I thought it best to explain my fun little game to Neighbor Peter and then swear him to secrecy. Needless to say . . . Y'all, I am out of shape!!!! I got home and I was so winded! Seriously! And it serves me right I guess. 'Cause this is a child's game. And what is a thirty year old women doing running around the neighborhood after dark ringin' doorbells FOR.GOODNESS.SAKE!

I know Huney . . . you must be so proud! This is the kind of stuff that I do when I'm left without my husband's supervision!

Anyhooo . . .

Stay tuned . . . 'cause tomorrow starts . . .

Friday, October 26, 2007

Pumpkin Hunting 2007

"Maddy, look at Mom!"

"Maddy, what are you doing down there?"

"This pumpkin is NOT for sale!"

Boy, we had fun! Mom's next task . . . carve the pumpkin! Wish me luck!

Celebrity Look Alike

I've seent this floating around bloggy town. You can go to My, insert your picture and they come up with a list of celebrities that they think you look like . . . here were my results!

I don't know . . . but I don't really think I look like any of these celebrities, do you?

Monday, October 22, 2007

Little Bunny Who?

Daddy: (singing) "Little Bunny Foo Foo, hopping through the forrest, picking up the field mice and bopping them on the head!"

Me: "Is that a real song or did you make that up?"

Daddy: "Would I make up something like that?"

Minutes later . . . he googled and showed me the rest of the song.

Then, he found this You Tube.

Scary!!!! Am I the only person who had never heard this little diddy? Just wondering . . .

In Honor/Memory of My Aunt Derlie

On Sunday, October 21, 2007 at 3:30 am, my mother's sister, Derlie, passed away after a battle with ALS (aka Lou Gehrig's Disease). She was diagnosed less than a year ago. It all began with her being unable to hold things in her hands. By the time of her death, she was unable to move, completely paralyzed, unable to even swallow. This disese progressed so quickly in her.

My last visit with her was her birthday almost 2 months ago. We had a nice family gathering at her house. By that time, she was wheelchair bound and unable to move her limbs. But, she could still speak alittle. And she was aware of who was there. I took my girls to her see her. Maddy had a good time "sharing" her stickers with Aunt Derlie (and by sharing, I mean placing about 25 stickers all over Aunt Derlie). She spoke a little to me that day. She thanked me for bringing the girls and for coming to visit. We discussed Baby Lulu's hair. I told her I thought it was going to continue to be red. She disagreed and thought she would eventually have brown hair with red undertones. It's funny that these are the things that I remember from our conversation. She watched my girls intently. I blew bubbles and Maddy chased them around the yard.

I do remember that as I was leaving, I knelt down, gave her hug and told her I loved her. This is a comforting memory for me. You see, I had planned to see Aunt Derlie on Sunday morning. She passed away before I could get there.

Please say a prayer for our family. The majority of the family and extended family do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

150 in 150!

I found this over at Blog In My Eye. You're supposed to bold all of the things you've done. Kind of like a list of 30 to do before you turn 30 . . . got it? Good!

01. Bought everyone in the bar a drink
02. Swam with wild dolphins
03. Climbed a mountain
04. Taken a Ferrari for a test drive
05. Been inside the Great Pyramid
06. Held a tarantula
07. Taken a candlelit bath with someone
08. Said “I love you” and meant it
09. Hugged a tree
10. Bungee jumped - not me but my risk taking hubby has!
11. Visited Paris
12. Watched a lightning storm at sea - not fun!
13. Stayed up all night long and saw the sun rise
14. Seen the Northern Lights
15. Gone to a huge sports game - Basketball National Championship game Ohio State vs. Florida -- OSU lost but we still had a great time!
16. Walked the stairs to the top of the leaning Tower of Pisa
17. Grown and eaten your own vegetables
18. Touched an iceberg
19. Slept under the stars - camping as a teenager . . . those were the days!
20. Changed a baby’s diaper - oh lawdy yes! Too many to count!
21. Taken a trip in a hot air balloon
22. Watched a meteor shower
23. Gotten drunk on champagne
24. Given more than you can afford to charity
25. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope - did this with hubby on one of our first dates.
26. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment
27. Had a food fight
28. Bet on a winning horse
29. Asked out a stranger
30. Had a snowball fight - driving in Montana with my youth group when I was younger -- we pulled over and had a snowball fight right there on the side of the road!
31. Screamed as loudly as you possibly can
32. Held a lamb
33. Seen a total eclipse
34. Ridden a roller coaster - yep, but I realized those days were over when I attempted to swing at the park with Maddy and was instantly dizzy and nauseous.
35. Hit a home run
36. Danced like a fool and not cared who was looking
37. Adopted an accent for an entire day
38. Actually felt happy about your life, even for just a moment
39. Had two harddrives for your computer
40. Visited all 50 states
41. Taken care of someone who was drunk
42. Had/Have amazing friends - Teena
43. Danced with a stranger in a foreign country
44. Watched whales
45. Stolen a sign
46. Backpacked in Europe
47. Taken a road-trip - does Savannah count, Teena?
48. Gone rock climbing
49. Midnight walk on the beach
50. Gone sky diving
51. Visited Ireland
52. Been heartbroken longer than you were actually in love
53. In a restaurant, sat at a stranger’s table and had a meal with them
54. Visited Japan
55. Milked a cow
56. Alphabetized your cds - weird, I know!
57. Pretended to be a superhero
58. Sung karaoke - "I will survive, I will survive, Hey! Hey!"
59. Lounged around in bed all day - prior to having children, of course!
60. Played touch football
61. Gone scuba diving
62. Kissed in the rain
63. Played in the mud
64. Played in the rain
65. Gone to a drive-in theater
66. Visited the Great Wall of China
67. Started a business
68. Fallen in love and not had your heart broken
69. Toured ancient sites
70. Taken a martial arts class
71. Played D&D for more than 6 hours straight
72. Gotten married
73. Been in a movie
74. Crashed a party
75. Gotten divorced
76. Gone without food for 5 days
77. Made cookies from scratch - some have been good, others, not so much!
78. Won first prize in a costume contest
79. Ridden a gondola in Venice
80. Gotten a tattoo
81. Rafted the snake river
82. Been on television news programs as an “expert”
83. Gotten flowers for no reason
84. Performed on stage
85. Been to Las Vegas
86. Recorded music
87. Eaten shark
88. Kissed on the first date
89. Gone to Thailand
90. Bought a house
91. Been in a combat zone
92. Buried one/both of your parents
93. Been on a cruise ship
94. Spoken more than one language fluently
95. Performed in a Rocky Horror Picture Show
96. Raised children - still raising!
97. Followed your favorite band/singer on tour
98. Passed out cold
99. Taken an exotic bicycle tour in a foreign country
100. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over
101. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge
102. Sang loudly in the car, and didn’t stop when you knew someone was looking
103. Had plastic surgery
104. Survived an accident that you shouldn’t have survived
105. Wrote articles for a large publication
106. Lost over 100 pounds
107. Held someone while they were having a flashback
108. Piloted an airplane - nope, but my hubby does it all the time!
109. Touched a stingray
110. Broken someone’s heart
111. Helped an animal give birth
112. Won money on a TV game show
113. Broken a bone - pinky finger at the gym and toe on the coffee table!
114. Gone on an African photo safari
115. Had a facial part pierced other than your ears
116. Fired a rifle, shotgun, or pistol
117. Eaten mushrooms that were gathered in the wild
118. Ridden a horse
119. Had major surgery
120. Had a snake as a pet
121. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
122. Slept 30 hours in a 48 hour time frame
123. Visited more foreign countries than U.S. states
124. Visited all 7 continents
125. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days
126. Eaten kangaroo meat
127. Eaten sushi - had it last Friday night -- thanks to Hubby!
128. Had your picture in the newspaper
129. Changed someone’s mind about something you care deeply about
130. Gone back to school
131. Parasailed - Hubby's 38th Birthday -- we did this together!
132. Touched a cockroach - unfortunately, yes!
133. Eaten fried green tomatoes - love 'em, love 'em, love 'em!!!
134. Read “The Iliad” - they made me read this in highschool!
135. Selected one “important” author who you missed in school, and read
136. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
137. Skipped all your school reunions
138. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language
139. Been elected to public office
140. Written your own computer language
141. Thought to yourself that you’re living your dream
142. Had to put someone you love into hospice care - we just lost my mom's sister this morning, who was in Hospice care.
143. Built your own PC from parts
144. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn’t know you
145. Had a booth at a street fair
146. Dyed your hair - no comment needed . . .
147. Been a DJ
148. Shaved your head - no but I've wanted to!
149. Caused a car accident
150. Saved someone’s life

Well, that was fun and probably pretty informative to some. Join in if you'd like!

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Birth Control Debate

So, have you guys read about this? The title of the article is "School Board Oks Birth Control Pill for Middle School." Did I read that correctly? Does it say Middle School? I'm not sure how you all feel about this subject, but I feel inclined to discuss it. I'm raising two girls. Granted, they are quite young now and not concerned with birth control, boys and the such. But, if we're okaying birth control here in the year 2007, what will we be okaying when they are of age and concerned about boys and all. It's such a scary thought.

I grew up in a loving Christian home. I was taught that my body belongs to the Lord Jesus Christ. It it holy temple, used for his work. It is not mine, but only loaned to me to do work for the Lord. In all honesty, I don't recall ever having the "sex" talk with my parents. I just knew that the Bible said to wait . . . and so I waited. But, I grew up, as most of us did, without internet and limited exposure to television. Our kids, unfortunately, have so much more to contend with. Sex is constantly being thrown infront of their face. And now, not only are they seeing it everywhere, the middle school that they attend will be able to hand them birth control, if they so please. I mean, am I just old fashioned, or is this idea wrong? The idea that we need to control birth at the ages between 11 and 14 is scary. In my opinion, we shouldn't be teaching them how to control birth -- we SHOULD be teaching them how to control their body and how to control emotions and urges. Am I right? And where are the parents? I stand by what I've said before . . . I've never understood why you have to take a test to drive a car, or be employed, or have a degree, but anyone is allowed to birth children. I know! I know! It would be impossible to regulate that -- but what I'm saying is that we need to think about these things! Unfortunately, it is left to the schools sometimes to raise children. There are so many absentee parents who have handed off their responsibilities to the public school system. So, it's no wonder why the school system feels that they have the authority to give your child birth control. I mean, after all, they do teach our children how to have sex . . . they are arming them with condoms . . . so, now they feel the need to control what they are teaching. And I know that there are exceptions -- this isn't happening in all schools everywhere. But wake up people -- it only took one school to remove prayer and God and bibles and the others followed suite pretty quickly. I don't know about you, but I . . . let me say it again, I, I, I want to be the one making the decisions for my children. Until the age of 18, these girls are the responsibility of my husband and myself. And if my daughters feel at some point that they are in need of birth control, I need to be involved. I need to know why? Even if it's for pure medical reasons (which there are some), I need to know!

However, on the other side of the coin . . . what about those parents who are not involved? What about the kids that are having sex and getting pregnant and unable to take care of the child because she is a child herself? I can see that the school system feels the need to step in and help these girls.

So, what do you think? If the parents have handed off their responsibilities, is it up to the school system to take over? Should they be handing out birth control?

Friday, October 19, 2007

It's a hairy situation around here

Well, thanks to the inclement weather around here yesterday, I was unable to keep my hair appointment -- actually, the salon was without power too. What hair appointment you say? Oh yes, the hair appointment I made with a new hair stylist. Someone . . . ahem, Teena, cough! cough!. . . was nice enough to be honest with me and tell me that my latest hair cut left a little to be desired, so to speak! Y'all . . . I knew it! A girl knows when she has a horrific haircut. But at that point, what do you do? I mean, it was really too short for anyone to "fix". So, I took two weeks, let the hair grow and am hoping that this new stylist can work some miracles -- literally! I'm very excited! I've heard some really good things about her and I can't wait to hear her creative ideas.

If all goes as well as I think it will, I'll post some pictures this evening.

Thursday, October 18, 2007


Well, I'm here to report that we survived a tornado and we're doing ok. At about 11:00 a.m. this morning, a tornado came down our street. Houses up and down the left side of our street all have substantial damage. Praise the Lord, though, we live on the right side of the street. There were no injuries in our neighborhood - just damage to property and houses. The house across the street has a tree through the living room. The house next to that one has the front windows blown out. We had damage to the yard --- flowers and trees uprooted --- but nothing compared to others. I'm still waiting to hear from Robert --- he was to fly out at the Navy Base today. I'll update as soon as I know more. Please pray for Pensacola, FL -- we are accustomed to dealing with hurricanes -- not tornadoes!

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Wordless Wednesday

It's been so crazy around here that even Baby Lulu is trying to escape!

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