Friday, February 27, 2009
1.Staying home for 2 days. Miller and I stayed home on Monday and Tuesday all day long. It was so nice to not have errands to run and just hang out together. I napped with him one day...he is so sweet and cuddly. Our time together is precious to me.
2. My mom. She came home Monday night....I was so excited. I'm glad she went to Florida and got to play great golf on beautiful golf courses and see an amazing golf tournament....but I'm also glad it's over and she is home...not only to help me with the kids but to hang out with me too. She is my best friend.
3.My Anniversary. It was yesterday. 15 years. Something to be proud of. We got to meet for dinner at a decent time actually. It was nice.
4. Caramel Kiss coffee....Scott surprised me with it this week...it is so good.
5. Warmer temps yesterday....it got up to almost 70..although we had crazy storms through out the night...it was nice to put the jackets away if only for one day.
Our weekend will be a bit crazy. We have 10 12 year olds coming to the house for a slumber party tonight. yes you heard me. It's Madison's birthday weekend. We are doing pizza, and dips and chips and candies, and the best part is the Chocolate Fountain....no cake...just a bunch of stuff to dip in the fountain of chocolate. yum! We have some movies and viola...a slumber party.
Miller is going to my moms for the night and Scott is actually staying the night with mamie...so it's me and the girls tonight. Say a prayer.
Saturday....we have volleyball practice in the morning....Madison has a lunch date with my parents and then our Sunday School Class is doing Pizza and Bowling for the family. So...we will be busy. Scott is working the weekend. But it's getting better...i finally see that light. Maybe in 2 weeks it will go normal...sorta.
I hope you all have a great weekend. And I will talk to you on Monday.
Thursday, February 26, 2009
15 years ago today we were married. 300 attended. I was 19 years old and you were 22. We thought we knew everything. We then moved away from our families...650 miles actually. And started our life. It has been the best ride so far. 2 kids, 1 dog, a great house, and 15 years later...i love you as I did that Saturday we said i do. No regrets. Just alot of love. I look forward to the next 15.
I love you...Scott.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
My mom came home yesterday. I'am so GLAD. She helps me so much with the kids so we can actually have a life so I was thrilled to see them make it in okay. They had fun and I'm happy they can go and do the things they do.
Madison's birthday is Sunday and I have nothing for her. She has asked for one thing. Volleyball socks...that is it. So I need to hit the mall this week. Maybe mom will go with me.
I'm getting my herb garden together this week too. I' looking forward to growing the herbs...Miller is going to help me prepare it..that should be interesting.
I'm making a meatball pasta dish with a salad tonight. And making a cake for a friend who helped me out of a jam today. I made fresh granola yesterday...yummy. We love it so much.
Cleaning bathrooms today and vacuuming....I need to work on Esther as my class is Thursday.
I'm also working on our MOPS Tea Party..I'm doing an Alice in Wonderland Tea Party and getting some great ideas. I need to start working on them soon.
Today I will work on our Disneytrip...we are not going until October but planning a Disney trip you have to plan early...if you all have any tips I need to know throw them at me....I'm researching all kinds of things.
Well...i dont have alot more to talk about....talk to you soon.
Monday, February 23, 2009
For Today...February 23rd
Outside my window...the sun is slowly rising. Temps are in the low 20's. I see the school bus coming up the road.
I am thinking...of the fund raiser for Miller's school today. Yet he is still sick. Waiting for the Dr's office to open to see what to do.
From the learning rooms... I have been going over what I'm going to plant this past week in our spring and summer garden. So this week Miller and I will discuss these fruits and veggies...and color them. Possibly paint them too. And discuss what they start with and taste like.
I am thankful for... good conversation with my husband.
From the kitchen... comfort food this week. Spring is coming and I want several things to comfort us this week such as....Chicken Boudine with fruit, Swiss Steak with baby peas and carrots, Homemade bread, Mexican Lasagna....and for something sweet...Oreo Truffles for my anniversary this week.
I am wearing...pajamas.
I am reading... Martha Stewart's Spring catalog.
I am hoping... Madison's slumber party goes smooth Friday.
I am creating... a list of things for her party....alot of little girls, pizza, movies and a chocolate fountain for entertainment
I'am going.....to Miller's pre school today to help set up for their fund raising Spaghetti Dinner. Maybe.
Around the house... Cleaning closets, Organizing drawers in bedrooms, cleaning bathrooms, and sweeping and vacuuming floors.
One of my favorite things... having lunch with my momma. She comes home this week....yeah!
A few plans for the rest of the week... gymnastics, 2 bible studies, a spaghetti dinner fundraiser, My 15 year wedding anniversary (dinner out with Scott), a slumber party with giggling tweens, a Sunday School bowling party, lunch with a friend, and church.
Friday, February 20, 2009
1. Eddy's Bite Size Peanut Butter and Chocolate Ice Creams.....yummy! I love anything Peanut butter and chocolate. I normally get the mint chocolate chip...but found these and have hidden them from everyone in the back of the freezer. Dont worry...I bought them something else.
2. Shopping with Madison. We did some shopping earlier this week and had fun together. I love these moments with her.
3. A surprise lunch from Subway with Scott. He has been working so much lately. He surprised me and Miller Wednesday with lunch here at home. It was nice to have him here if only for 45 minutes. Miller even got to play the Wii with him before he left.
4. The show Lost. I cannot get enough of this show. When it finally ends..I may just watch all the seasons over again. It is such a great show.
5. Willow Wick Candles. I love these. they are a bit pricey. But my house smells so good while they burn....the Biscotti is one of my favorites.
So the week seems to have gone by rather fast. Today is grocery day. It's 18 outside this morning and little Miller has a hard cough. Madison missed the bus so a dear friend swung by to get her so I didn't have to get Miller out so early. Say a prayer for Miller. I have him on a breathing treatment and he goes on a steroid today. This weekend will be pretty laid back. Madison has a formal dance to go to tonight. I will post pictures next week. She is having a friend stay the night after the dance. She has Volleyball registration and a clinic tomorrow and then we may go shopping. Sunday Scott is home all day long! I'm making his favorite dinner and really looking forward to down time with him. Keep praying for him...he is so mentally tired.
Enjoy your weekend and I will see you back on Monday.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
That just because two people argue,
it doesn't mean they don't love each other.
And just because they don't argue,
it doesn't mean they do love each other.
That we don't have to change friends if
we understand that friends change.
That no matter how good a friend is, they're going to hurt
you every once in a while and you must forgive them for that.
That true friendship continues to grow, even over
the longest distance. Same goes for true love.
That you can do something in an instant
that will give you heartache for life.
That it's taking me a long time
to become the person I want to be.
That you should always leave loved ones with
loving words. It may be the last time you see them.
That you can keep going long after you think you can't.
That we are responsible for what
we do, no matter how we feel.
That either you control your attitude or it controls you.
That heroes are the people who do what has to be done
when it needs to be done, regardless of the consequences.
That money is a lousy way of keeping score.
That my best friend and I can do anything or nothing and have the best time.
That sometimes the people you expect to kick you
when you're down, will be the ones to help you get back up.
That sometimes when I'm angry I have the right to be angry,
but that doesn't give me the right to be cruel.
That maturity has more to do with what types of experiences you've had
and what you've learned from them and less to do
with how many birthdays you've celebrated.
That it isn't always enough, to be forgiven by others.
sometimes, you have to learn to forgive yourself.
That no matter how bad your heart is broken the world doesn't stop for your grief.
That our background and circumstances may have influenced who we are,
but, we are responsible for who we become.
That you shouldn't be so eager to find
out a secret. It could change your life Forever.
Two people can look at the exact same
thing and see something totally different.
That your life can be changed in a matter of
hours by people who don't even know you.
That even when you think you have no more to give, when
a friend cries out to you - you will find the strength to help.
That credentials on the wall do not make you a decent human being.
That the people you care about most in life are taken from you too soon.
A friend sent this to me...and I had to share.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
It's Wednesday. Hump Day as i referred to it when I worked. It's a really windy day here and it rained all night. We have had the weirdest weather in the last month. the temps are in the 60's today and will be in the 20's tonight...which means my sweet little family will be sick. Miller's respiratory will worsen and Madison will get all congested. I'm boiling water today to keep the house moist for Miller. He isnt sick...I'm just getting prepared.
Today I need to finish cleaning floors and vacuuming. Clean out my closet and sort sock drawers. Do some laundry. And prepare cupcakes for tomorrow's MOPS meeting..cake decorating. I'm also needing to prep dinner for tonight.
Miller and I are going to cut construction paper and glue them on other papers. He loves to cut. We may also paint today.
My bible study is tonight. Mom to Mom. I enjoy this study because it is so laid back. No homework and its everyday stuff.
So are there any gardeners out there? I'm getting my list together for our garden this spring. What I want to plant. If you have a garden let me know what your doing this year. I plan on green beans, squash, tomatoes, onions, bell peppers, a small herb garden on the deck, blackberries and strawberries, lettuce and some zucchini. I guess that will be about it. Maybe cucumbers again..I had good luck with those.
We may work on beds Sunday when Scott is off work. Prepping. I also want a pear tree. One that produces pears so we can eat them or I can make Pear Honey in the fall off of it. So alot of spring talk here.
I hope you all have a great hump day....see you tomorrow.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Good Morning. We were up early this morning. Madison had book club at 7am sharp so we left at 6:45 for drop off. It was so early. Miller was still in his pajamas. So Miller had his second day of preschool yesterday and Madison was out of school for Presidents Day. So after we dropped him off she and I ran some errands. We enjoy our moments together when its just she and I. We dropped off our consignment clothes and ran to the post office and went into a few specialty shops down town. We love our down town area. Its so historic and quaint.
So our town is still not "looking" normal. Limbs are piled high at the end of everyone's yards as far as you can see. Some people are burning them. You see smoke for miles. I was told the Farmers Almanac predicted this storm and that they have predicted another one. Now I have NOT read this...so I hope its a rumor. That was a hard week for us. Scott is still working 13 hour days and is so tired. I try and make it as easy as possible for him when he gets home....dinner is always ready...a beer awaits him and I'm normally asking the kids to chill out when he walks through the door. Yet you can see it in his eyes....the exhaustion. This Sunday he is off. I think I may just let him sleep in. I may just take the kids to church myself and let him rest. I plan on cooking his favorite meal that day...Mexican Lasagna. And hanging at home with him.
Today is cleaning day for me. I have bathrooms, and closets to tackle. Some laundry. Floors to be cleaned. We are having leftovers tonight..Chicken Divan. I may make some cookies later. My Shortbread Thumbprints....love these. And I will be working on Esther today...Its tough being a Woman.....I haven't looked at it in a day or two.
My mom and dad are coming home next week and I cant wait. I miss them.
I get my nails done tonight. SO that will be nice. I have pick up with gymnastics this afternoon. So I'll be out and about with kids.
I guess that is all for now. I hope you all have a great day.
Monday, February 16, 2009
For Today...February 16th..Presidents Day
Outside my window... Sunny skies....and cold. Not real cold..but not warm.
I am thinking... Scott is getting so tired. He has worked everyday since 1/26 except for one day. His next day off is 2/22. He is just so worn out. (Ice Storm)
From the learning rooms... singing songs. And cutting and gluing paper together. Miller likes to use his pre school scissors.
I am thankful for... friends who love me.
From the kitchen... Steaks on the grill, Chicken Divan, Sausage Potato Soup with homemade bread, Shortbread Jam Cookies, Crock Pot Lasagna
I am wearing...pajamas.
I am reading... Southern Living spring catalog.
I am hoping... for smiling faces this week.
I am creating... a door prize for a silent auction at Miller's pre school.
I am hearing...Spongebob on television.
Around the house... cleaning out sock drawers this week, dusting blinds, bathrooms, stripping sheets, dusting, vacuuming, re organizing cabinets in the kitchen.
One of my favorite things... shopping with Madison.
A few plans for the rest of the week... gymnastics, 2 bible studies, nail appointment, MOPS meeting (we are going to learn tips on cake decorating), coffee with a friend, lunch with a friend, a formal dance for Madison to go to...and church.
Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you...Miller's first day at pre school last week. I will do a post on it this week. So stay tuned.
Friday, February 13, 2009
This is a weekly must for me. Suzanne hosts this and I so love it.
Please join me in my favorite things this past week.
1. Esther Bible Study...Its tough being a Woman, Beth Moore. We just started it but the energy Beth Moore has...she is awesome. I cannot wait to continue this study.
2. Dinner and Wine Tasting with a friend. How fun was that? Pasta House does wine tasting on Thursday nights....so we did heavy appetizers and wine tasting and it was so much fun....the conversation was great too. Thanks H!
3. My new camera Scott got me. Its really cool. I have had a lot of fun taking pictures of everything.
4. My Journey magazine from church. I love to read them. They give me hope and strength with God.
5. The weather this past week was awesome. We played outside some. It's a little colder now but we have had some 65-70 degree weather..and that is great.
I hope each of you have a great Valentines Day, our plans this weekend are..Madison is going to a sleepover tonight. Scott is going to see Friday the 13th with some friends. Me and Miller are having a night together...playing the Wii and and eating hot dogs...tomorrow a friend of mine is throwing a Valentine Brunch for some girlfriends and I get to go. How fun will that be???? Then I'm coming home to make dinner for Scott and the kids..Chicken/Shrimp Fettuccine and House Salad. Chocolate Cake for dessert. With ice cream. I decided to cook instead of order take out this year. And I'm wanting to watch the Notebook and Nights in Rodanthe......with Scott. Cheesy I know but that sounds like a great night. Sunday is church and teaching Dave again....Happy Valentines Day everyone....see you on Monday.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
1. Get on the computer and check email, bloglines (blog too), check the obituaries in the local newspaper on line, go to facebook, and check the weather channel. This normally takes a good hour.
2. Laundry. At least one load a day...everyday. Clock work.
3. Make my bed and Miller's bed. i love a new made up bed.
4. Wipe out the bath room sinks...the spit and tooth paste wears on me.
5. Open the blinds to the house. Whether it is sunny or rainy my blinds are always open.
6. Watch the Young and The Restless...I know laugh. But I love this soap.
7. I also check my DVR daily on the shows set up to record to make sure I dont miss anything.
8. Cook or Bake something. Whether it be breakfast, lunch or dinner or desserts or snacks.
I'm always int he kitchen making something.
9. Making lists. It can be for phone calls, errands, house work, or for the weekend projects. I'm a list maker.
10. Read my devotions. And Pray. Something I want to do daily. Spend time with God.
If you do this let me know. I would like to peek into your day as well.
Enjoy your Thursday.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
I'm getting ready for valentines Day. I have the kids gifts bought and wrapped. Heart paper found at Big Lots. Miller is getting Lincoln Logs and chocolates and Madison is getting some new pajamas and candy. Scott is getting a new book.
Miller loved pre school. They said he did really well. He is getting so big. Potty trained and now in pre school.
Around the house I have been cleaning floors and base boards. Doing some laundry. And playing with Miller. We have cut out hearts today. And glued cards for daddy and Madison.
Miller went to the ENT Dr yesterday and they put him on Nasonex again. Due to the ear that has lost the tube...he has some pressure back there. So say a prayer we dont have any other infections.
I start the bible study Ester tomorrow and looking forward to it. Anyone done this one?
Taking it with some friends from MOPS so that will be nice.
The winds are high today...really fast and hard. Watching things blow around is a little scary
Taking dinner to a friend tonight..Chicken Quesadillas and Mexican Rice and a Chocolate Pie for dessert. We are having the same for our dinner. Lost is on tonight so I'm looking forward to that.
And Survivor starts tomorrow night... I cant wait.
Enjoy your Wednesday. I'll be back tomorrow.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
My poor poor tree....it's odd how it is all so beautiful the next day but yet so dangerous to be around.
Our yard wont be the same....but our trees lived and now we need Mother Nature to love on them. We are very blessed.
(We didnt have power at our home for 8 days...my home was down to 47 degrees....but it survived..we had no damage..we saved our food...just a big mess to clean up.)
Monday, February 09, 2009
For more Day Books...go on over to Peggy's @ The Simple Woman's Daybook
Outside my window... warmer temps are so nice to have. It may be 70 today!
I am thinking... its nice to get back to schedule again. Both kids at school. Miller starts pre school this morning.
From the learning rooms... we are going to paint this week a new bird feeder. We need one in the front yard so I'm getting us one at Michaels and me and Miller are painting it. And while we do this we will talk about the letter B and discuss birds and their colors.
I am thankful for... my sweet warm house.
From the kitchen... White Chili, Crock pot Lasagna, Chicken Quesadillas and a Derby Pie because I love them..also cooking for a friend. I wanted to start doing this every other week..making a working mom/friend a meal and take it to them....
I am wearing...pajamas.
I am reading... nothing at the moment.
I am hoping... for a productive week. For things to go smoothly.
I am creating... trip info for friends (our rescheduled trip to the mountains..going white water rafting instead of snow tubing/skiing)
I am hearing...nothing. Silence is nice.
Around the house... straightening up the house after the weekend. Cleaning off the front porch. I did a deep cleaning last week. going over fingerprinted areas in the house too.
One of my favorite things... pieces of candy at the Grocery store...the ones you found as a kid made by Brachs Candy and you had a bag and could put what you wanted in the bag...my favorites were the white candies with jelly in them...yum!
A few plans for the rest of the week... gymnastics, 2 bible studies, Miller has his re scheduled ENT appointment, Valentines Day with the kids and hubby, and dinner with some girl friends.
Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you...
Ice on trees in the back yard last week....Winter Storm 2009.
Sandra just started doing this a couple of weeks ago. I had already started The Simple Daybook at Peggy's...so I will do both....I mean you all cant get bored with my life now can you? lol.
On my TV:
Young and The Restless
On the menu for tonight:
Meatloaf, Potatoes and green beans....some bread and lemonade.
On my To Do List:
Going to the post office for stamps
Going to see my attorney to review our wills.
Running into the Dollar store for red wrapping paper for Valentines Day.
New Recipe I tried last week:
I made a 3 step peanut butter cookie that was easy and good.
And found a chocolate Chip peanut butter recipe we loved.
In the craft basket:
some cut out valentines
Looking forward to:
my anniversary coming up
Homemaking Tip for this week:
clean just a couple of things a day..you dont want to burn out on ones day of cleaning. You stay home to take care of kids so play with them too.
Favorite Blog Post of the week (mine or other):
Life of Grits.... I loved this post. Her everyday suggestions, ideas and what is just going on in her home. Bev gives me perspective on life and she doesn't even know it. Thanks Bev!
Favorite photo from last week:
A picture of my front yard after Winter Storm 2009
Lesson learned the past few days:
Not to take the elderly for granted. Even if they correct you constantly. They are our pasts and they are normally right.
On my Prayer List:
My Family and Friends.
Myself for courage.
Devotionals, Scripture Reading, Key Verses:
In Him all things hold together.
Saturday, February 07, 2009
Friday, February 06, 2009
Suzanne @ Living to Tell the Story hosts this each Friday and I love it....go on over to visit her.
2. Fancy Cakes by little Debbie. We ate 3 boxes this week. Snowed in can do this.
3. Coffee. I was unsure I would even get a cup on Day 1 of all of this. But Scott's Grandma had little coffee bags like tea bags and we boiled water and viola....this girl got a hot cup of coffee.
4. Quilts. They not only kept us warm...Scott's grandma gave us 3 she made and her mother made. This meant alot to us.
5. Little House on the Prairie books and DVD's. We read several of them and watched the first season when we got power at grandma's. Madison loved them so much.
Although the last week has taught me we all take simple things in life for granted...I will begin to appreciate these things and include them in daily prayer to thank God for them.
I cleaned all day yesterday. And have several errands to run today. Life is getting back to normal. Madison and Miller go to school on Monday. Miller starts pre school. One day a week.
My parents left this morning for a month in Florida. So life will be challenging for me. Scott is still working 12 hours days. But I'm thankful he has a job.
I have great friends who check on me and love me and I'm thankful for them as well.
This week God showed me it was okay to let go and be real. He showed me how to be a little patient when the time was right. And he taught me that life is not on my clock but on his. And I'm okay with that.
Enjoy your weekend. Scott is off on Sunday finally. So we will have some much needed family time.
Wednesday, February 04, 2009
He said the house was so cold. But it nice to turn that breaker to on...and something finally happen.
Thank you for your personal emails to check on me. Your prayers and loving thoughts...they meant more than you will ever know. Life has been very difficult these last days. What got me through them were prayer and family and friends...
I may not post again until Friday as these next couple of days will be busy with cleaning and taking care of my sweet home....I cannot wait.
The kids are going to my moms today so I can have lunch with a friend...much needed.....
Have a great day!
Tuesday, February 03, 2009
My last phone call was to my momma at 9pm by cell phone. We had lost power and had candles lit everywhere. We also had a gas stove to warm us through the night. Scott got home late..and we went to sleep. I could here the tree limbs all night hitting the house and falling..sounded like rifles going off. Then the rain came....then the freezing rain...and low and behold the sleet...the sound was like something on a movie. And then. Silence. I knew it was snowing.
We awoke to a winter wonderland. It was beautiful...but dangerous. We had to boil water for coffee. I felt as if we were on an episode of Little House on the Prairie. Oh how I took those books for granted. It was so cold.
Scott left for work. What normally takes 20 minutes to get from our house to mamies house took him little over an hour.
That afternoon I had got the kids together and took off to the house. The roads were a little clearer.....our town was devastated. I cried. I could not believe this simple word ice could do so much damage. Cell Towers were down and I had no communication with anyone.
I got to the house to see nothing was damaged...by this day....it 50 in the house. I left and tried to get to my moms. Two trees laid in the way. SO we turned around. Madison cried.
I knew they were fine they had gas logs and the grill to cook on. We got back home to realize that the house was too cold..so we would have to make beds in the living room at night for all of us and close the doors. It worked...alot of quilts.
Thursday we got out again to see the house...still sitting waiting for us to come home. I went to a friends house as our trip was to start on Friday to Gatlinburg. I couldn't drive to her so I hiked thru the snow. It wasn't that bad. I got to them. They had cell service so we made some calls and decided to call the trip off and reschedule. That we did.
I went back to mamies.
By Friday morning mamie got power. So life seemed a little easier. Although my nerves were shot and patience gone. 2 kids and an84 year old woman can make you un easy at times. But somehow I made it. On Saturday I had my first melt down. I cried alot. Sunday I was angry still no power at the house......power coming on all around me ...still none at my house.
Monday. No emotion. Miller has pink eye. I'm packing to go to my moms house as they have power and live closer to my home. Madison is supposed to go back to school tomorrow. We will see. As of yesterday I still had no power.
I know we are lucky/blessed to have a roof/power/gas/food. But this situation will get to any mother of young kids. My house is my life this what I do for a living. A homemaker. Yesterday my home was 45 degrees. It is cold and lonely and sad and all I want to do is clean it and love on it.
Miller's fish died. It got cold. I went back everyday to feed it. I just couldn't take the aquarium with me. Lucky is with us and doing fine.
Today the wind is blowing hard. SO trees and power lines that didn't come down may today. We are supposed to have snow flurries also. I could care less.
I talked to God last night. I had forgotten to talk to him throughout this whole thing. I awoke feeling better. I have hope because I know he has taken care of us.
I know he is our God and he will be there for me.
So say a prayer for us if you get a minute. We made National news last night...Paducah Ky....I couldn't believe it. The National Guard said this area was considered close to Katrina...I was in shock.
As I type this Miller sits here with me saying...I wanna go home.