Archive for October, 2007

saturday stuff & zoo & cookies…

Sunday, October 28th, 2007

It’s been a nice Saturday! Perfect weather here. Low 70’s with blue skies and a gentle breeze… perfect!

Our water situation is officially resolved, nothing a new pressure tank couldn’t fix. YAY! I have learned how to make it on minimal water several days this week. Not a lot of fun. The upside to well water is the flavor or lack of. Our water is the best water in the world. Really. When we were in Florida we couldn’t drink the water. It was terrible. It even had a bad smell. I am not sure if water tastes like that in all of Florida or if was just in Orlando?

We spent the morning cleaning. Oh, I almost completely forgot!!! I got a present in the mail today! Matt’s cousin Jana ordered a stained glass for my birthday and it just came today. She didn’t realize when she ordered it about a week before my birthday that they have to make it after it is ordered. I told her it would just be a nice surprise whenever it showed up and it sure was. It is beautiful and I am sitting here looking at it hanging in the window I see from my blogging perch. I would take a picture and post it now, but it’s dark outside so it wouldn’t show how pretty it is. I’ll take a picture soon and post it. It is so pretty. Well, this new item sent me into window cleaning mode.

Here’s Amanda right before she left last night… Amanda helped clean all day. She got pulled over for speeding late last night on the way home from a date (with a new boy!)… This guy is from church and he is really a neat guy. She was running a little late for her curfew and so she will be working off her ticket cost (which we won’t know until Monday but she was going 53 in a 45)!!! I was so aggravated I just had to go to bed. Matt left the discipline of this in my hands. He is normally the disciplinarian. I thought about it while going to sleep and then again all morning until she woke up. Matt thinks the best discipline is to take away cell phone because it hurts the most and gets her attention. She is such a good girl. She makes all A’s, studies all the time and is usually very sweet. I got pulled over so many times when I was her age, I never got a ticket… but I did get pulled over. The main difference was I had a job beginning at age 16. She doesn’t have a job because school takes all of her time, and I think it is more important than a part time job… so she’ll be working for me until she has paid the ticket. That’s her punishment. After watching her work all day long I think it is going to be a fair punishment. Hmmm… it’s hard having a teenager. You want to teach them, but also want to be fair… you know?

I took Emelia & Izzy to the zoo this afternoon. I took a few pictures…

Emelia and Izzy played in the playground.
Mom with Isabelle…
Emelia posing…
A baby hippo, they were all coming in for dinner right when we walked into the building. I normally don’t enjoy going inside because it smells so zoo-y… but it was great timing!

After the zoo I grabbed dinner from mazzios and then ran in the store to buy a roast to cook for dinner tomorrow. Amanda’s new friend is coming over to have dinner with us and then they are going to carve pumpkins. Me and Emelia made some sugar cookies and decorated them after dinner. We had fun!

sugar cookie dough…

red and yellow normally = orange…
not in the is case, more of a salmon, but we went with it.
Here’s some of our crazy cookies!
Emelia really enjoyed decorating them!
But enjoyed eating the icing even more!

That’s all for our Saturday! I’m going to hit “publish post” and then walk straight to my bed! Goodnight bloggy buddies! ? ?

GOD so loved the world

Saturday, October 27th, 2007

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. 17 God did not send his Son into the world to condemn it, but to save it. 18 “There is no judgment awaiting those who trust him. But those who do not trust him have already been judged for not believing in the only Son of God. 19 Their judgment is based on this fact: The light from heaven came into the world, but they loved the darkness more than the light, for their actions were evil. 20 They hate the light because they want to sin in the darkness. They stay away from the light for fear their sins will be exposed and they will be punished. 21 But those who do what is right come to the light gladly, so everyone can see that they are doing what God wants.”


Friday fill-in

Saturday, October 27th, 2007


1. The last good thing that came in the mail was goodmail from Nancy!

2. This week I’m grateful for water.

3. pickles dipped in ranch dressing are the most delicious thing ever.

4. God’s word inspires me.

5. I’m most happy when I get enough sleep .

6. And all the roads we have to walk along are more level when walked with Christ .

7. As for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to sleeping, tomorrow my plans include a trip to the zoo (maybe) and Sunday, I want to go to church and nap !

play along!

faith lift fridays ~ failure?

Friday, October 26th, 2007


When It Looks Like I Have Failed

Lord, are you trying to tell me something?
For…

  • Failure does not mean I’m a failure; It does mean I have not yet succeeded.
  • Failure does not mean I have accomplished nothing; It does mean I have learned something.
  • Failure does not mean I have been a fool; It does mean I had enough faith to experiment.
  • Failure does not mean I’ve been disgraced; It does mean I dared to try.
  • Failure does not mean I don’t have it; It does mean I have to do something in a different way.
  • Failure does not mean I am inferior; It does mean I am not perfect.
  • Failure does not mean I’ve wasted my time; It does mean I have an excuse to start over.
  • Failure does not mean I should give up; It does mean I must try harder.
  • Failure does not mean I’ll never make it; It does mean I need more patience.
  • Failure does not mean you have abandoned me; It does mean you must have a better idea.

Be sure to visit Sheryl to see more faith lift fridays!

it’s thursday…

Thursday, October 25th, 2007

This day started a little rough. Emelia woke up late and told me she needed to dress as a book character for school today, for her Fall party. Which basically means the Halloween party at school. I didn’t realize (being mom of the year and all) that the party was today rather than, well… you know … on HALLOWEEN! Amanda plans her costumes so far in advance, she plans every little detail down to her eyelashes. Emelia is a bit different. She just digs through the big box of costumes of years past when it makes it’s yearly appearance from the attic. She finds something interesting and claims it. She was the most beautiful Snow White ever in Kindergarten. I ordered the prettiest gown from Disney and with her hair color and complexion she was breathtakingly beautiful! Really. Last year she was “glamor witch” which is basically a witch with a lot of feathers. I am opposed to anything “scary” or “evil” … but there wasn’t anything scary or evil about this outfit, trust me! Anyway, she looked in the box several weeks ago and said she was going to be glamor witch again. Fine by me. The problem this morning was that the character had to be a book character. I didn’t have time to find a book about a glamorous witch so I knew we were in trouble. I convinced her to stay home for the morning so that we could figure this out.

Let me back up a bit. We have well water. Our well or more specifically our pressure tank has been acting crazy lately and we have been planning to replace it when needed. Today it is needed. This morning as Matt showered and the kids all did their teeth brushing and face washing the kitchen lights began flickering which is never good. Never. We turned the power off on the breaker box to the well and Matt left for work. That left me with no water.

Okay, back to Emelia. I had also signed up to send a treat of some kind to the party. This would all be so simple if it was next Wednesday as my weekend to do list included… Emelia’s costume for school and school snacks… SO, Emelia had Minnie ears from our recent Disney trip. I remembered Amanda was Minnie around Emelia’s age and HALLELUJAH there was a minnie costume in the box! Yippee! Missing the tail, and the black tights, and the white gloves, and the black turtleneck. But we did have the ears, the dress, and the bloomers… and it was so cute! I made a dash to the store and got all the missing pieces along with snacks for the class and raced home to put it all together, iron, sew some spots that were broken loose from all the crazy trick-or-treating of past… and off we went to school.

I walked her in only to be told that she had to be dressed in plain clothes for school until 2 p.m. No exceptions. I’m like… but, but, but… :o) I said, “Can she take the ears and gloves off? Then it is just basically a red polka dotted dress over black leggings?” NOPE was the answer. It’s still a costume! UGH. You know, this is one of those times you want your kids to remember the grace and politeness you carry so I simply smiled and thanked them for their time… and we left. I suggested to Emelia we just come back at 2, but oh no… she couldn’t miss another second of school. So I brought her home, had her change into some pants, and put the dress on a hanger. Back to school! That was all before 11 a.m. ya’ll! Poor Izzy was run ragged this morning :o)!

I just hope this silly water situation is resolved. TODAY. It is really hard to be without water. I kept Izzy home today because I couldn’t give her a bath etc. Very frustrating.

wordy wednesday

Wednesday, October 24th, 2007

I saw this over at Vader’s Mom and thought I would play along. I am supposed to tell you where I was 10, 20 and 30 years ago.

10 – I was pregnant with Emelia. Amanda was 7 and Bailey was 3. I lived here. Same house.

20 – I had just graduated high school. I was going to college and working. Dating Matt, really engaged to Matt and hoping to be married sooner than later. I had marriage on the brain!

30 – I was in third grade. Mrs. Taylor’s class at Choctaw Elementary.

So where were you 10-20-30 years ago????

Kari’s cousin Joey passed away last night. I am so sad for her and her family. He had been in my prayers and the prayers of many. Please pray for their family.

Thank you Nancy for the blog friend forever award!

(I’ll be back in a bit to pass this one on… Izzy’s in the stander and it’s time to get her out!)

the final vacation post! universal studios

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007
We started our morning (Monday) visiting with Pluto and Mary Poppins.
Pluto was a sweetie!
The girls with Goofy.

We left the village and headed to Universal Studios!

Our first ride was the Dr. Seuss ride.

Izzy really did like this ride! After the first spin she was really holding on though.

We stopped in the I Love Lucy shop

Not long after we came out we saw the actress playing Lucille Ball.
She was so sweet. The girls were up on the sidewalk taking her picture and she stepped down into the ‘street’ and knelt down to visit with Isabelle and told her how beautiful she is. Very sweet. I didn’t spend a lot of time visiting the characters, but found her attention to Izzy to be very endearing and genuine.


Another ride that we all loved including Izzy was the E.T. ride!

Here’s Izzy on the E.T. ride!


Well, that almost concludes our trip…. We spent our last evening at the Villa, had dinner and packed. It was a wonderful wonderful week! Thanks for sharing it with us.

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007

Just got home from Emelia’s fourth game in the tournament! Her team lost this game as well as the other three. The good part is that they played so hard this last game. The team only made 2 points on them the whole 20 minute second half. Emelia is totally in it for social reasons, but she just so happens to be the tallest girl out there (no pressure)…

Another fun part of the day… a girl (lady) walked up to me at the game and asked my name. I told her my maiden school name and she said, “you look exactly like you did in high school, brat!” Now, I don’t like being called a “brat” but I sure didn’t mind the other part of the comment. I sure wish I could have returned the compliment. I just smiled and told her it was nice to see her.

Dad’s here, just got carryout pizza… football on the television… I’m going to snuggle in with Izzy and hang out at home (or run off to the bedroom and watch Waitress which I rented today after reading such good reviews on so many blogs!)

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time travel tuesday ~ accident or illness edition

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007

Well because I am a fun loving girl I thought this would be a good place to travel this week.
What’s the most serious accident or illness you have ever had?
Tell us about it!

Well, like Julie said … I picked a fun topic this week!
I am working down a list of topics and this was just the next one on the list.
I have been very well my entire life too.
I had many many bladder infections as a young toddler.
Turns out I was allergic to fragrant soap. Once we eliminated that I was fine.
I still buy ivory soap only and use the smelly stuff very carefully.
I have never had a broken bone…
Julie called this morning and suggested I use my dog bite incident. I forgot all about that!

In June 1987, I stopped off at my friend’s (twins Shelli & Kelli) house.
Their dad and mom were in the front yard playing catch with their little sister.
I noticed their dog, but didn’t think much of him. I wasn’t afraid of dogs (yet).
I walked up the sidewalk and Kelli said, “watch out for the dog.”
I looked down and noticed he was showing me his teeth.
I said, “would you come get your dog.” and before I finished that sentence he had a good grip on my leg. Their dad came over and ripped him off my leg. The next thing I remember was sitting on the bathroom counter and seeing my white ked now completely red. We headed for the emergency room. My parents were waiting there for us and I knew I could tell how bad it looked by my dad’s expression. He winced when they pulled away the towel. That freaked me out a little. Another fun memory from that event was walking out to the car to go to the e.r., I looked at the dog (now in the back fence) and he was chewing on a piece of skin. Nice.
He put his front long tooth into my bone and then the others took out a piece from the top. It was painful for a while. Matt and I were dating at the time and he was very sweet (although he wanted to go take care of that dog – guys!)
The dog apparently wasn’t up to date on it’s rabies shots so it was quarantined for how ever many days (21 I think), that was a little scary too.
He was a trained attack dog, I didn’t know it at the time. I am now very afraid of dogs and have been known to jump fences if even a small dog comes towards me. It’s pathetic.

happy monday and other stuff…

Monday, October 22nd, 2007

I didn’t do a menu today. It’s Monday. I still don’t have a menu for this week. Shocking!
Matt informed me he wants to eat low carb. I don’t get that at ALL. I love carbs. They are my favorite food group actually. So, for dinner I made him some herb crusted sauteed chicken breasts with salad and beans… I had a baked potato and some broccoli. Did I mention I’m on a diet? I am. I have lost about 17ish pounds. I am hoping for at least that many more before Christmas. Before you start saying, “You don’t look like you need to lose that much …” remember I am over six feet tall and so I really do. Anywho. The holidays are great motivation for me to lose weight.
I took Izzy to see Bear today. He showed me a few new exercises for her hips. We did therapy early this afternoon and I tried them out on my own. He is better at it. That’s why he is the specialist I suppose. Oh well.
I’ve got about one more post to wrap up the vacation. I hope your not getting sick of seeing all the pics. It’s seriously as much for me to have it written out as anything else. It was so much fun. I keep waking up every morning wishing I was still there. Really.
Amanda and Bailey went to a youth conference this weekend with church. They had a really good time. There have been several confirmations of our church choice being the right choice this weekend. I am so thankful that God has led us to this place. It is a blessing.
The sermon yesterday was about the paralytic that was lowered through the roof by his friends to see Jesus. These four friends knew the power of Jesus. They had faith. Otherwise they would not have gone through so much trouble to get this friend to see Him. I think we are to surround ourselves with friends like that. Full of faith. It was a very uplifting sermon.
It is 48 degrees here and raining. It’s cold ya’ll. Welcome Fall.
Tomorrow is Tuesday. Come back and describe the most serious accident or illness you have had. (sounds fun huh?)