Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Friday, December 14, 2007
Monday, December 10, 2007
I will get better in time! But the only way I can is to get PHOTOSHOP!!! I only have 13 days left in my trial and there's 14 days left until Christmas!!! Let's hope Santa is listening!!!
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
From the website, the clothes looked ADORABLE!! Even the website is running 50-75% off ALL items! Has anyone ever heard of this company and the quality of the clothing?
This is probably where you will find me Saturday morning!!
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Of course, 3 am the next morning I was out finding those Black Friday bargains with Melanie, Angela, and Samantha (Mel's sil). By 11 I was so tired and had to call it quits!! Although I was able to get the majority of my shopping completed in a mere 8 hours! Gotta few more gifts to buy for my parents and Alan and I will be done!!
Speaking of presents....
I decided the "best" place to hide Santa was in my closet...WRONG!! Let's take it back to last week....
Morgan and Hannah has this HUGE list of presents they want Santa to bring them, so we decided to write a letter to Santa I would mail it for them. The lists start and may I add it took up the entire front and back of the paper!! Most of the things Santa already knew, but there were a few things on there that were surprising...Morgan: horse, guitar, and a diary with a lock and key so no one can read her "secrets"!!...Hannah: monkey, real airplane she can fly, and shoes (of all things a kid would want, shoes??)
So I "mailed" the letters...Well....on to the exciting part....Santa has been EXPOSED!! Apparently the girls have been snooping around in my closet because Morgan told Alan her "secret" yesterday! Mommy bought the presents and has to send them to Santa....and she even asked me last night if she could play with one of them before I sent them to Santa to make sure that's what she wanted Santa to bring her!!!! I AM SHOCKED!! The mind of a 5 year old!!
So what age do kids "stop believing in Santa"?? I am trying to think back to when I was a child but as far back as I can remember I always knew where the presents came from. But now I am in a pickle...Do I play along and yes mommy and daddy buy the presents and send them to Santa or No, those aren't Christmas presents for you, Santa brings his own presents, or tell them that the real meaning of Christmas has nothing to do with a man that lives in the North Pole who sneaks down your chimney on Christmas Eve after you have gone to sleep to leave you gifts he "knows" you want because he "knows" if you have been bad or good all year long???
Is it wrong to not want to play along with the story of Santa? Is it robbing them of the youthful experience of believing in Santa? We have taught the children that Christmas is a celebration of the birth of Christ but I just don't know how to explain how "Santa" comes to play in all of this??!! My children are finally getting to an age where I will have to do some explaining and I guess the time has come sooner than I expected!! I have a lot of thinking to do!! Any suggestions on how and when Santa was exposed in your home??
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
A woman was asked by a coworker, "What is it like to be a Christian?"The coworker replied, "It is like being a pumpkin." God picks you from the patch, brings you in, and washes all the dirt off of you. Then He cuts off the top and scoops out all the yucky stuff. He removes the seeds of doubt, hate, and greed. Then He carves you a new smiling face and puts His light inside of you to shine for all the world to see."
Thursday, November 15, 2007
I decided to bake some Dishpan Cookies last night. I have been promising cookies to some people I work with and just have not been able to find the time to bake. My house has been a wreck, we are putting new wood floors down in the living room, and I wanted to get all of this done so we could decorate for Christmas this weekend. But since I am taking a week of vacation next week, I had to get the cookies to them soon!!
If you have never tried this recipe, you MUST!! My mother-in-law made these for us a few years ago and when she told me what ingredients were in them, I turned my nose up. But they did look good, so I tried one....then two....and probably three or four more!! This recipe is awesome! I was told it makes 10 dozen, but I never seem to get that many. Guess I make them too big! But, last night I was able to get 9 dozen!! So I had enough to give away and keep my kids and hubby happy for a little while!
Here's the recipe and I "borrowed" a picture Melanie took of her cookies. Thanks Mel for such a beautiful artistic representation of my favorite cookies!! Warning: You will need a LARGE bowl!! I have changed the recipe a little from what I was told because once you start combining everything, you will get a work-out! I always have to get Alan to mix it for me!
In a medium bowl, cream oil, brown sugar, sugar, eggs and vanilla. In a large bowl, mix flour, chocolate chips, oats, baking soda, salt, corn flakes and coconut. Slowly add the wet ingredients to the large bowl and mix well.Drop by spoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 11-12 minutes. Do not overbake!! Makes 10 dozen. ENJOY!!
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
MS State Fair
The kids are finally getting to an age where they can ride the rides and its actually enjoyable for me and Alan because we are not carrying kids around and begging them to walk!! This year we all had fun!! This was Ethan's first year to the fair and he seemed to have fun....He rode in his stroller and ate a little of everything! He really enjoyed these slushies!!
This past weekend, Melanie, Angela and I went to Mistletoe Marketplace! We had a blast! I went to get my Christmas shopping started, but came out with more presents for myself than anyone!! It has really brought on the Christmas spirit and I am really excited about getting my house decorated for Christmas. I am trying to wait it out until a little closer to Thanksgiving but its getting harder and harder!!
As you can see the past month has been busy and seemed to have just flown by! Thanksgiving is almost here and Christmas is right around the corner!
As I was getting my pictures together to post, I came across several pictures of my girls with Andrew and Avery, Melanie's boys, and they were just too cute not to share! They just LOVE these boys!! We are so blessed to be friends with such a wonderful family!! We love ya'll!!
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Needless to say it was another busy day and I am pooped!! I almost can't wait until Mondays so I can stay in one place for 8 hours! Hahaha!!
Here is a picture of the girls right before bed! As you see, just as perky as can be!!
Monday, October 8, 2007
The next fundraiser will be Southern Belle T-Shirts. I know EVERYONE loves their Southern Belle shirts and this is a perfect reason to buy another one! I know I will be the FIRST in line to get one. BUT, they will only be sold by word of mouth. They cannot find a store that will sell them and give the Autism School all of the profits. So, if you want one, PLEASE email me!! The shirts will be teal blue with a large puzzle piece on the back which reads,"Southern Belles believe in Miracles...Autism Awareness"
Just know the support is needed!! I hope to see these shirts all over!! Their goal is to sell 500...wouldn't it be great to double that!!?? WE NEED YOUR HELP!!
Please email me!!
The girls just love gymnastics...And having it 2 days a week has opened my eyes to what lies ahead when the kids start to get older and more involved in activities!
Ethan is getting bigger and smarter as the days go by! His favorite thing to do is to tell you "STOP", plain as day that's what he says! Guess he has heard me and Alan say it one too many times!
Morgan turned the BIG 5 on September 28! WOW!! How it blows my mind! She wanted to go to Libby Lu so I let her invite two friends, along with Hannah and Bella for makeover party. They had so much fun! Afterwards we had a pizza party at the house and a sleepover...YES, I said a sleepover! WHAT was I thinking!? No, really they had lots of fun and I enjoyed every minute of it! I will post more pictures when I get them downloaded to the computer, I promise!
One of Morgan's gifts for her birthday was a room makeover. Instead of toys we decided to get her a new bed and redo her furniture to match this bedding I bought awhile back and have been dying to let her use. The iron bed was my Grandmother's, I think its about 60 years old or so...but it was covered in rust and old paint. Alan and I, mainly Alan!, sanded it down and primed and painted it on off white. My grandmother also gave us a desk that we painted the off-white color as well as her old dresser, which was purple. Then the pink walls become an aqua blue....I still need to get some artwork for the walls, but for the most part, it's finished! Here is a glimpse of the transformation!
If you know me, I am no Betty Crocker AT ALL!! But, I have been trying to cook for Alan and the kids more! I didn't realize how much money we spend on eating out until I sat down and added it all up! Here are a few of my EDIBLE meals! Spinach and Shrimp Pasta (Ethan loved it!) and Lasagna (My Fav!)
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Anytime Ethan picks up something, he runs to bring it to you! He is such a sweet baby boy!!
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
I am so proud of her!! She did a great job!! A lot better than I did my first time!! Here is a picture of the pjs, all sewn and wearable! LoL :) I hope she enjoyed it, because I have a HUGE list of more projects that need to be sewn!!
Sunday, August 19, 2007
So I got dressed and went. I looked all over the bedding section and couldn't find it so I asked for help. And you want to know what the kid said, "Sorry ma'm, we sold the LAST one about an HOUR AGO!!!" UGH I was so mad!! I can order it online, but just in case, I wanted to see it in person. Now I'm torn, do I order it or wait? I just can't decide....
After my disappointment, I had to buy something, I just couldn't go home empty-handed...so I went to Kirkland's and bought these cute plaques for our bathroom.
The one on Alan's side says: "Work like you don't need the money, love like you've never been hurt, Sing like no one's listening, Dance like no one's watching."
Mine says: "One shoe can change your life- Cinderella"
See how great it would flow from the bedroom to the bathroom with the colors! Hmmmm, maybe I will just order it! I can always send it back if I don't like it, Right??
Saturday, August 18, 2007
I know I said I wasn't going to post another, but I just want to! I took a few pictures of Ethan after I gave him a bath and it's just too cute not to share! And he really does have hair, unfortunately you can't really see it unless it's wet! Enjoy! Good Night!
Oh, by the way, digital scrapbooking is so much fun. Thanks to Two Peas in a Bucket for the layouts!
Well, I certainly did not think I would have enough to blog about, but 3 posts in one night...I may be wrong!!
One other thing I like to do is flower arrangements. I bought the things at Hobby Lobby (I just love that place. tons of sales all the time) and put it together tonight!
Maybe I will put it up for a few weeks until Fall gets a little closer. I can't wait for this heat to pass and the cool weather to roll in!!
My next project will be one for our room.
Here is the first one we painted. We decided to do this one for ourselves, in case it turned out bad, we could stick in the laundry room or garage!!
If you know me at all, you know I hate to do housework, so I thought this quote fit me perfectly! This will be going in the laundry room, but not because I don't like it, the colors do not match anything else and laundry is where I slack the most! HaHaHa!!
Last night we decided to start on a few more for the kids. Hannah and Bella share a room so I made these to go above their beds.
I am happy with the results! I am a perfectionist so it takes me forever. Each letter has to be perfect and every dot has to be the same size!! I made one for Ethan, I just need to get a picture and I will post it. Next I will paint one for Morgan's room.