Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Summer time talk

Good Morning. Today we have some of the neighbor kids coming over so mom can get some things done...a trade out I guess you could call it. I dont mind I enjoy these girls....they are really good. We are setting up a lemonade stand and I dont mind telling ya that they may not make much money on a Tuesday but the fun they will have will be priceless. I'm also going to set the sprinkler up so they can enjoy some coolness....maybe even some water balloons....

Scott is off the rest of the week. That is always nice. We plan on swimming and hanging out as a family. An old fashion 4th of July holiday is what we have on the schedule. BBQ and Fireworks.

We have a new local winery that has just opened up right down the street from me. I'm really looking forward to getting some friends together and head down to it.....should be fun.

Well I'm off to make lemonade and some peach tea.....peach tea sounds so good in the summer time.

Hey...does anyone have any good salsa recipes for canning? My tomatoes are in and I'm needing to can some this weekend....enjoy your day!

Sunday, June 28, 2009

My Day Book

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FOR TODAY ..... Monday....June 29th....

Outside my window...Temps are cooler....and the sun is shining...the birds are chirping.

I am thinking...of my sweet sleeping children.

I'am praying for.....our friends who buried their precious son yesterday and how our hearts broke for them.

I am thankful for... my children.

From the learning rooms...outdoor crafts this week lined up.

From the kitchen..Chicken Salad Sandwiches, sloppy joes, Italian Beef in the crock pot, indoor smores, grilled pork chops, fresh squash from garden, peach jam homemade and some BBQ's thrown in there for the 4th.

I am wearing...pajamas and my robe

I am creating...our disney vacation.

I am going...on a play date with a friend...the park and Burger King....

I am reading...Tracing the Rainbow through the rain

I am hoping..for a calm relaxing day with no problems

I am hearing....the birds chirp.

Around the house...laundry to catch up on.

One of my favorite things...day road trips.

A few plans for the rest of the week:
play dates, gymnastics, the movies, the pool, family time, and good old fashion fireworks.

Here is picture thought I am sharing...nothing says summer better than this..sprinkler fun!

Friday, June 26, 2009


For more favorites go on over to see Suzanne...............

1. Wine Tasting. Me and a girlfriend meet once a month at a local Italian Restaurant and wine taste. It's so nice to get with her and chat and have a little dinner with some different wines we dont ever get to drink.

2.Lunch with Madison and manicures. We did this Wednesday and we enjoyed it so much. Just me and the girl.

3. The strong women in my life. Mom, my daughter, my girlfriends. They are all so special to me.

4. Play dates with Miller. It's so nice to get him out and watch him run with his friends.

5. Long talks with Scott.

It's going to be a long weekend, We have the funeral this weekend to a dear friends son, hitting the pool, dinner at friends house, church, and hanging out with family. I will talk to you on Monday...for now, enjoy your weekend.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Nate Remembered

I posted almost 2 years ago about some friends of ours whose son was sick. Sick with cancer. Nate. Nate was in remission. Yet over the last week he contacted a virus and Nate went to be with our Lord and Savior today. Please keep his family in your prayers.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Chit Chat

Summer is so here. It was 97 yesterday heat index 105 and expected to be worse today...a horrible storm last night ripped though..unexpected. Summer time is here.

We stayed home yesterday. Resting and staying cool. Watched movies and ate Orange Cows. Today is lunch out with my momma and heading to YaYa's Island for some fun....Miller can run his energy off. YaYa's Island is an indoor park for kids that have inflatables...so yes I will be worn out when we are done. Playdates rock you know.

Scott went back to work this week. He worked 13 hours yesterday and came home. It was still too hot to eat outside. I grilled chicken on the George Foreman grill that is how hot it is. Yuck. The chicken was really good however. And I'm being blessed with a ton on green beans...yum.
The garden is awesome. I just love how it continues to grow and give us what we need. I have a red tomato too.....whoo hoo!

So I'm getting things lined up to make some peach jam next week. I wanted to have a different jam so I can give away during Christmas. Peaches are in right now here....stands everywhere.
This weekend is going to be busy....we have a birthday party to attend and dinner at a friends home. I'm cooking a meal for a sick friend. And church. Our class is growing and it is so exciting that we helped start this. We are doing so many activities together and God is the heart of it.

4th of July is coming soon. Hard to believe. Scott has a 4 day weekend off. That will be nice.
We are making Disney reservations and it is so exciting. Miller will be so amazed at Disney.

I hope you all are having a great Tuesday in the air conditoning where ever you may be.....

Monday, June 22, 2009

Our Monday in June

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FOR TODAY ..... Monday....June 22nd....

Outside my window...the sun is shining and it's a hot one..record breaking temps today so we will be outside early then recovering inside.

I am thinking...of the laid back week I have...nice.

I'am praying for.....for peace amongst people in my life.

I am thankful for... my close friends. They keep me smiling.

From the learning rooms...painting inside today, alot.

From the kitchen...tuna casserole, grilled chicken with fresh squash out of my garden, BLT'S with chips one night...not sure on a dessert just yet.

I am wearing...my new white linen night gown

I am creating...a summer scrapbook with Madison. She is taking alot of pictures.

I am going...to work in the garden and let Miller play outside early before it gets to hot.

I am reading...Out of their faces and into their Shoes. A new book loaned to me by a dear friend.

I am hoping...for the laundry pile to go down. Camp will over take the laundry room.

I am hearing....Meredith and Matt on Today.

Around the house...the house is clean....just folding laundry and some dusting, stripping sheets and that is about it...

One of my favorite things...watching Miller with the water hose.

A few plans for the rest of the week: Miller and I have some play dates set up, Madison has a dentist appointment and she and I have nail appointments too, a lunch date with Madison and a day with my mom and the kids, gymnastics too....and dinner at a friends house.

Here is picture thought I am sharing...fresh lemonade on a hot day.

Friday, June 19, 2009


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1. Veggie Tale Movies. Me and my friends Christie and Melinda took our boys to the movies on Tuesday to see this movie....now Melinda's boy is 2 and he lasted a whole hour...but Christie's son and Miller lasted the whole movie and loved it...they did great.

2. Not cooking dinner this week. With Madison and Scott gone to camp this week I have NOT cooked at all. We did leftovers and ate out and it has been awesome. Back to normal tomorrow though...they come home and I plan on making a great meal for them.

3. Green Beans. My beans are growing like crazy in the garden...I went out there last night to check out things and pulled a small mess of green beans..enough to cook them tonight for the family.

4. Lunch at a new restaurant with an old dear friend. It is always nice to see her. She is like a fresh breath of air.

5. Neighbors who check with us. Some of my neighbors knew Scott would be gone this week and they have all come by to check on me and Miller or called. It's so nice to be checked on from time to time.

This weekend will be quiet. My husband and daughter come home today and I'm baking my grandma's chocolate cake and a huge dinner..most of it from the garden. Saturday is just hanging out at home maybe a trip to the toy store for Miller. Sunday is church and Fathers Day. We are going to go to the drive inn movies to see Night at the Museum 2 and picnic there....laid back is what Scott really likes....enjoy your weekend....and we will talk Monday.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Super Man Festival 09

We went to the Super man Festival in Metropolis Ill on Saturday. They celebrate Super Man since Metropolis is mentioned in the original comic books as being where he is from. Its a pretty big festival with a fair and food and alot of Super Man, Wonder Woman, Bat Man people walking around. We used to take Madison to this when she was little and she loved it. This was Miller's first festival. He did okay. Remember it was HOT!

Madison loves coming to see this statue...it stays up in the city square all year long.

Our very own wonder woman.....or super girl?

By this time...Miller was over it...and ready to go. We ended our day at Dippin Dots. Dippin Dots was originally started in this town. Metropolis is just over the river from where we live...not far...about 10 minutes away. It was still a great afternoon spent with family.

Madison and Miller come home tomorrow! We have missed them and look forward to their homecoming!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

6 things

I saw this over at Karen's tonight. I thought it would be good to do...

6 Unimportant things that make me happy.

1. My wreaths that I have for my front door. I have about 6 I guess. I love that each one represents a season or our family.

2. Havarti Cheese. I love to slice it up and have a piece every night while dinner is cooking...sometimes with a glass of wine.

3. Sunday afternoons. I love Sunday afternoons with my family. Whether we stay home and hang out in the back yard or head out for a long day out....there is something about Sunday afternoons that make me smile.

4. Fresh Eggs. Scott's grandma picks me up fresh eggs every Friday. I love having them.

5. Sharpies. I have to have them in the house at all times...all colors.

6. Chocolate covered orange jellies. I have loved these since I was a kid. Scott hunts them down for Valentines Day for me. They are so good and I always smile when i find them.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Rainy Mondays

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FOR TODAY ..... Monday....June 15th....

Outside my window...it's raining...and humid. No one out walking today.

I am thinking...of all the great things Miller and I are doing this week while dad and Madison are at church camp.

I'am praying for.....Scott and Madison to have a safe week.

I am thankful for... our great new Sunday School class. We had 18 on Sunday and would have had 26 but 2 couples were out of town and 2 couples were serving in other areas of the church. Praise God!

From the learning rooms...it's summer time.....nothing...we are painting today due to the rain.

From the kitchen...with it just me and Miller...there wont be alot of cooking. We do however plan on making Madison and daddy a big chocolate cake for when they come home Friday.

I am wearing...pajamas.

I am creating...a summer scrapbook with Madison. She is taking alot of pictures.

I am going...no where today. Kind of nice.

I am reading...Out of their faces and into their Shoes. A new book loaned to me by a dear friend.

I am hoping...for an easy week. Is there such thing?

I am hearing....Miller play with his tools.

Around the house...bathrooms, stripping sheets and dusting. A good clean of this house today.

One of my favorite things...when a loved one comes home from a trip.

A few plans for the rest of the week: Miller and I have a movie date tomorrow, I have lunch with an old friend this week, we have a playdate on Friday too and a great day at the lake with my parents also...dinner out with my parents as well.

Here is picture thought I am sharing...until we see you two Friday....have fun and know we love you!

Friday, June 12, 2009

Its Friday...thanks goodness!

For more Favorite things go visit Suzanne over at Living to tell the story....

1. Laughing. We have had a crazy week. One that is not really normal for us. Miller thru his elbow out Wednesday morning. So we headed to the ER. They told me it was a sprain and sent me home with nothing but a sling. Mother's intuition kicked in and I took him back...knowing he gets Nurse Maid Elbow....another term for knocking the elbow out of sock it for toddlers. We headed back....the Doctor agreed and while he slept on me they popped it back. That day was so whirl winded I ended up laughing at it that night. It's good to laugh.

2. Harpers Island. Does anyone else watch this? We love it.

3. Reading to Miller. He loves for me to read. Sometimes in the daily hustle bustle I forget or dont have time....this week we read alot. With him under the weather and going to the ER twice...I felt like reading to him would comfort him. It did. And we both enjoyed it.

4. New bed sheets at TJ Max with a high thread count at a decent price....Yeah!

5. Packing for camp. Remember these days? Madison is headed to camp with Scott (church camp) so packing is always fun for camping.

I hope you all have a great weekend. Say a small prayer. Scott has a stomach bug and we dont want Madison to get it and for him to get over it before Monday as they head out. Just our luck I know. I have alot of errands to run today. Nail appointment, last minute camp things, a birthday present....we are headed to the Super Man Festival in Illinois tomorrow pending everyone feels good. Enjoy your weekend!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Chit and Chat

Good Morning. It's not a beautiful day today. I believe it may storm. Miller is still sick. He is in VBS at his pre school this week and has missed two days due to this sickness. Poor fella. At least he did our church's last week. He woke me up early this morning with tummy problems. Right now we are laying on the couch watching Handy Manny. We love Manny.
This week has been pretty laid back. Madison and I have manicure appointments today so maybe momma will watch Miller for us. I also need to run and get our new cushions and umbrella for the deck.
Madison and Scott have a meeting tonight on church camp. They are looking forward to their trip.

I dont have alot going on here. It's been quiet. I leave you with this...

I think that somehow, we learn who we really are and then live with that decision.
US diplomat & reformer (1884 - 1962)

Tuesday, June 09, 2009


Hello everyone. Miller is under the weather today. We have been home watching movies and taking care of him...along with alot of laundry. Lazy days.....and taking care of my kids....I'm content.

Monday, June 08, 2009

Good Morning

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FOR TODAY .....June 8th....

Outside my window...the sun is rising...yet there are clouds in the sky. It's so quiet.

I am thinking...of how blessed I was to have worked Vacation Bible School this year. The kids did do good!

I am thankful for... my family.

From the learning rooms...it's summer time.....nothing.

From the kitchen...Beef Burrito's, Havarti Chicken with scalloped potatoes and a salad, Baked Ziti....never got to this one last week....and fried ice cream one night.

I am wearing...pajamas.

I am creating...a summer scrapbook with Madison.

I am going...to drop Miller off at VBS at his pre school...and then me and Madison are running errands.

I am reading...a bible study by Vicki Courtney.

I am hoping...for peace in someones heart.

I am hearing....the clock tick above the fireplace.

Around the house...wiping down baseboards, cleaning bathrooms, stripping sheets, and laundry.

One of my favorite things...laughing until I cry.

A few plans for the rest of the week: gymnastics,vacation bible school for Miller, me and Madison both have nail appointments, some shopping, more low key this week.

Here is picture thought I am sharing...the kids playing around.

Friday, June 05, 2009


For more Favorite things go visit Suzanne over at Living to tell the story....

1. Vacation Bible School. It has flown by. And been just wonderful! I'm exhausted...but a good exhausted. It's such a blessing to get to work this.

2. Little cat naps with the kids. 2 days this week me and Miller and Madison have laid in the living room after bible school with quilts and popcorn and watched movies. Resting and cat napping. I love this.

3. The smell of laundry in the dryer. I love the fresh smell it has.

4. Conversations with Madison. She is growing up. Maturing everyday. We had some great talks this week.

5. My garden again. I pulled my first zucchini and cooked this week. Yum! It was great. I have alot of squash and tomatoes getting big. The peppers and green beans are blooming...I love it.

This weekend is not busy at all. I planned it this week. As a close to bible school happens I will be so tired by tonight. So dinner tonight is pizza on the grill with a light salad. Eating on the deck. Tomorrow Madison and I have planned a girl day shopping and having lunch out together. While Miller and Scott do thier thing. Madison has a party tomorrow night and we will hang close to home. Sunday is church..the class is doing awesome as numbers go up. Keep praying please. And bible school performance closes our evening with Miller's class singing He's got the whole world in his hands....I cant wait. Enjoy your weekend....we will talk Monday.

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Orange Cow

1-2 scoops vanilla ice cream
Orange soda

Put ice cream in glass and add orange soda over it....viola...ORANGE COW.


Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Summer Ideas for kids

For more great summer tips for kids who are bored....head on over to We are that family.

1. Alot of Bubbles.

2. Put Put in the evening with Popsicle to end.

3. A Drive Inn if you have one...throw some blankets in the back and some homemade smores.

4. A Summer Scrap Book.

5. Picnic in the park at dinner time. We always do it at lunch why not dinner.

6. summer Concerts

7. Museums.

8. Work a puzzle together.

9. Lemonade Stand and then take the money and go up to the local convenient store for candy.

10. Spray Parks or water sprinklers out back.

11. Skating.

12. Thrift Shopping is fun for us.

13. Ice Cream and the library

14. Make a dessert for the family or neighbors.

15. Water balloon fight in the back yard.

16. Toy store browsing on hot days. Allow them one thing to buy under $5.

17. Lunch with dad in the park...if too hot make it in doors..seeing dad in the middle of the day is a treat for little ones.

18. Making milkshakes, smoothies or Orange cows are fun.

19. Waiting for the ice cream man.

20. Catching fire flies and letting them go.

There ya have it...some of our summer fun ideas this summer to keep my kids from saying they are bored. Of course we have kids coming in and out of the house all the time. Sleepovers are big here. Enjoy your summer and bookmark this Works for me Wednesday.

Monday, June 01, 2009

Good Morning

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FOR TODAY .....June 1st....Wow it's June.

Outside my window...the sun is shining, people are on their morning walks, the birds are so loud chirping....

I am thinking...of Vacation Bible School....today is the first day!

I am thankful for...my children.

From the learning rooms...Vacation Bible School....

From the kitchen...Salmon Patties, Crock Pot Mexican Casserole, Baked Ziti with salad, making cookies this week.

I am wearing...pajamas.

I am creating...fun decorations for Vacation bible School. Punching holes for crafts and gluing alot.

I am going...to church early.

I am reading...How to deal with difficult people. I know sounds crazy but we all have them in our lives.

I am hoping...Miller and Madison have a great day. It's the first day of Summer Break.

I am hearing....Scott water flowers outside.

Around the house...laundry, stripping sheets off beds, and mopping the hardwood. Also needing to re create a new wreath for my front door.

One of my favorite things...shopping for a new outfit.

A few plans for the rest of the week: gymnastics,vacation bible school, lunch with friends everyday after vbs, swimming, visiting with a friend who is coming home, bridal shower, resting and spending time with the kids.

Here is picture thought I am sharing...