Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
8 t.v. shows I watch:
1. Jon & Kate Plus 8
2. Rachael Ray
4. sometimes Oprah
5. The Office
6. most anything on Food Network
8. lots of Disney channel & Nickelodeon when the boys are in charge of the remote
8 restaurants that I love:
1. Don Papa Grande
2. Olive Garden
4. Five Guys (Jay just recently introduced me to their awesome burgers)
5. Don Papa Grande
6. Sibley's BBQ
8. Don Papa Grande
8 Things I did today:
1. Got a wake up call from the lady at the pet groomers'... we were 30 minutes late dropping Laci off, b/c we all overslept
2. Took Miles for an xray of his finger (not broken)
3. Had lunch with Mom at Don Papa Grande
4. Shopped a little after lunch
5. Got a haircut at Mom's
6. Made a brownie trifle
7. Went to the staff Christmas party at church
8. Watched a little of "The Polar Express" with the boys before bed
8 Things I Look Forward to:
2. Our next Disney vacation
3. Buying a new mattress
4. seeing some snow, hopefully
5. Christmas party this Friday night
6. leftover brownie trifle in the fridge (if Reed doesn't get to it first)
7. the end of 4th grade and Kindergarten
8. going to church on Sundays
8 Things I am Wishing for:
1. a white Christmas
2. a full jewelry show calendar for 2009
3. to one day go on a cruise
4. a new mattress
5. good health for our family and friends
6. a car fairy to come and clean out my car in the middle of the night
7. that my boys might stay little forever
8. that I'll be a good example for them and the Lord will erase from their minds when I am not
8 People I'm tagging to do this:
1. My mom
2. Jen K.
3. Jen B.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Our pastor reminded us Sunday that we, as Christians, are commanded to be thankful. We acknowledge that all that we have comes from God's hand, and we are to consciously be mindful of all that we have because of Him. I've been thinking on all of my blessings, and here is my list:
- My family - Jay, Reed and Miles. Especially this time of year when we don't necessarily see a whole lot of Daddy, because he's at church working extra long hours on the pageant. I am thankful that God has given me those 3 precious guys to spend my life with. I'm also thankful for my extended family; my parents, my sister and her family, my in-laws... we are blessed to have each other and to love spending time together.
- Homeschooling - although I am the first to admit that it is a JOB, I acknowledge also what a tremendous blessing it is to be able to homeschool my boys. I'm thankful also for a church filled with homeschool families, and for the freedom to teach them at home because we feel that God has called us to do so.
- My church - spend one hour there and you will know why I am thankful for it. Not just the new building, although it has certainly been a huge blessing to us this year. I'm thankful for the people who make up our church; for our Pastor and our staff. For godly teachers and volunteers. For the unity we have. It is a blessing. I'm also thankful for the Christmas pageant, and what a tremendous ministry it is. I'm thankful to be a part of it, regardless of how it interrupts our lives! It is worth the effort we put into it, a million times over.
- My jewelry business - God has blessed my business this year, and especially this fall. I enjoy so much the opportunity to meet these ladies and give them a fun night out. I have met some really neat ladies and have seen my business grow. I'm thankful that Premier is run by two godly people, Andy and Joan Horner. I'm thankful that I'm a part of a company that gives money to support missions. I get to have fun, get paid, and share Jesus' love with people around the world... what a job!
- Blogging - I am thankful for the many people who I "know" now because of reading their blogs. So many of them inspire me to be a better wife, mom, and follower of Jesus. If you haven't already, you need to head over to these blogs and check them out: BigMama, BooMama, Stephanie (and her sweet sister, Courtney... get updated on Stephanie's story here), Angie, Amanda, etc., etc., etc. These are just a few to get you addicted!
There are so many other things to list... the obvious - good health, our home, our country (which is a blessing, no matter who lives in the White House). And of course, there are the everyday things that just make life a little better... Diet Coke, dark chocolate, Christmas lights, sleeping children, good friends, Mexican food, laughing until you cry, the DVR (best invention in a long time!), gas prices that have fallen so low that I can fill up my car for under $30 - woo hoo!... you get the idea. Look around you and realize all the good things that God has given you. And don't forget to thank Him.
"Let us come before Him with thanksgiving. Let us sing Him psalms of praise." Psalm 95:2
Friday, November 7, 2008
This pumpkin dip is a great thing to make and have in the kitchen to snack on while everyone's preparing the big Thanksgiving day meal. Or, a great thing to bring to a get-together this time of year. Hope you try it... let me know if you do so I can pass on the rave reviews to Corliss!
1 small can packed pumpkin
1 8 oz. block cream cheese, softened
1/2 - 3/4 cup confectioner's sugar (Corliss's recipes aren't always exact!)
Cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg
Gingersnaps for dipping
Mix together the cream cheese and sugar, add pumpkin and spices to taste. Serve with gingersnaps cookies.
There you have it... simple but yummy! If you'd like to see more holiday recipes, click here!
Saturday, November 1, 2008
So here is where you come in. If you are reading this, please leave me a comment and let me know. If you aren't sure how, you can do so anonymously (without all of the google/blogger sign in stuff) and sign your name at the end of your comment. If I know someone... anyone... has read this, I feel like I will stick to it better, so please help me out!
Friday, October 31, 2008
Boomama is hosting a "Souptacular Crockpotalooza", and even though I'm a day late, this recipe is worth sharing. It is one of my favorite recipes to make in the crock pot because it is super easy, super yummy, and super healthy! And it's perfect to make in this fabulous fall weather! Hope you try it and love it like we do!
Crock Pot Chicken Chili
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
1 envelope chili seasoning mix
28 oz. canned tomatoes (I use diced)
15 oz. canned corn
15 oz. kidney beans
1/2 onion, chopped
salt, pepper, and sugar to taste
Basically, you just add all of the ingredients to your crock pot and cook on Low for 6-8 hours. You'll want to stir it every now and then; I find my crock pot gets really hot, even on Low. We usually serve this with shredded cheddar cheese and sour cream, and with cornbread as a side. Yum... enjoy!
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Silly, smiling Miles
drawing pictures in notebook
Swishing in the net
shot after shot after shot
He gets the high score
White, soft, fast puppy
fun to play with in backyard
she is a good dog
I could eat it ev'ry day
I love mac and cheese
and my favorite...
Spicy, brown cookies
crunchy, hard to bite into
I hate gingersnaps
Monday, October 13, 2008
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Monday, October 6, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
"I believe our society will be held accountable for how we treat the least of these". Sounds good? Sounds noble? Y'all, she was talking about DOGS. I am all for kindness to animals, but please. She is so utterly clueless. She is right, we will be held accountable for how we treat the least of these... Jesus said that in the Bible. But, he was talking about human life. Babies. Not animals.
Pray for Oprah.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
My favorite day, I think, was Tuesday (our 13th anniversary, by the way) when we spent the day at Epcot. We headed straight to the Soarin' ride first, since it is one of our favorites. Then, we stood in a long line to see Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Pluto, and Chip and Dale... it was worth the wait to see all of them at once!
We had read of a place called "Club Cool" where you can sample Coke products from several different countries, so we set out to find it. Needless to say from the pictures, a few of them were n-a-s-t-y!! It was fun, though!
We headed to Mexico for some yummy lunch (although not nearly as good as my fave Don Papa Grande)... and then into the Mexico pavillion for the new boat ride.
As we're looking around "Mexico", I spotted a familiar face. I wasn't positive that it was him, so I asked Jay, who confirmed that he thought it was. What to do? We were standing about two feet away, and he was taking some video of his kids playing. Bother him? Not bother him? I begged Jay to speak to him, since I wasn't about to approach him first and at about that time they caught each other's eyes. Jay asked if he was who we thought he was, and he said yes!
Just in case you don't know his face, you will know his voice... or at least this song:
Yes! It was Bart Millard, the lead singer of the group Mercy Me. Awesome. It's so cool to run into famous people when you least expect it. He was super nice and gracious with all the picture taking. Reed tried about 6 times to take our picture, and the camera wasn't cooperating. He took a look at it, snapped a picture of Reed which came out great, and then we finally got a good shot. We said our "goodbyes" and "thanks" and again, "we love your music"s, and totally felt like stalkers as we ended up behind his family on the boat ride. We realized that we hadn't asked for an autograph, but opted not to approach him again. I am sure he had had enough of us!
After Epcot we headed to the Wilderness Lodge for dinner at "Whispering Canyon"; a fun restaurant with delicious food. Our waitress had us stand in front of the entire restaurant and reenact our wedding kiss... embarrasing? I'm so glad Reed was there to get the picture. Happy #13 to us!
Reed and Miles also rode a few "firsts"... they both rode Space Mountain
and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad for the first time.
And, all three of us braved Expedition Everest! Yikes... I'm glad I did it, but not sure that I'll be doing it ever again. Jay was so proud of us!
We stayed on site at Pop Century Resort this time and we loved it. The boys loved the pools, and the Goofy Geysers. And, we had mugs that were refillable... slushies every day, anyone? Slushies for breakfast, lunch and dinner if you want? And as a bedtime snack? They LOVED it!
Well, those were just a few highlights... here's to next time!
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
That being said, I cannot for the life of me listen to this Trace Adkins song without losing it. Just read these words:
"You're gonna miss this/ you're gonna want this back
you're gonna wish these days/ hadn't gone by so fast,
these are some good times/ so take a good look around
you may not know it now/ but you're gonna miss this"
It's so easy to speed through each day, each week, each month without really enjoying these good times. My boys will never be 8 and 5 again. And I will miss it one day.