Thursday, April 30, 2009
I love my header...that's actually my window in the picture! I wanted notebook paper in it too (because of my love for lists and notebooks) and Joanna made it work perfectly. I love the paperclips too, what a cute touch...so me!
Now, I even have a button that you can grab...how fun is that! AND now when you pull up my blog there's a little picture of my window as an icon...too adorable.
So, if you are looking for a makeover I HIGHLY recommend Joanna (here's the link to her blog design website)...she has some great talent!
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
You have to make this...it's super easy. This is how mine turned out (notice my helper's head):
I would have given you a step by step but you should go to the site linked above to Pioneer Woman because she gives GREAT instruction and she's funny too.
We just added some ice cream and enjoyed...YUM!
Last year we studied the book of Matthew so this has been new for me, studying the Old Testament. Now, if you feel like I felt about the Old Testament you're probably saying "how could they possibly make that interesting?" EXACTLY!
You'll be surprised how many lessons I have pulled from studying Exodus - Deuteronomy. There are tons of lessons even in Numbers...NUMBERS!!!! One point in Numbers that I took away is how God never changes, even as society does. His plan remains the same no matter what goes on down here. How refreshing!
Another point that I have taken away is not to complain. Now, I'm not very successful right at the moment but I'm working on it daily. When the people of Israel complained it made God very angry and brought out a wrath that I never want to see. When we doubt, we doubt God...when we complain (even if it's about work or money), we are complaining about God (...yes, your complaints are against the Lord, not against us." Exodus 16:8). The whining that we hear from our kids that drives us crazy is what God hears when we complain about something not going our way. This is something I need to remember...and man is it hard!
Don't you want to study God's Word and take away some amazing lessons? Well, BSF (and they are not paying me to do this) has intro classes that it's offering in May. Check out their website to see if there is a class near you...they have day and evening classes and a great children's program (Jamison is joining me next year). Next year we are studying the book of John.
Monday, April 27, 2009
Outside my window...Beautiful. The sun is shining, the sky is blue, and my backyard is all cleaned up.
I am thinking...that I hope the doctor can give me something to stop itching. I'm having an allergic reaction to some detergent and I am going to the doctor today to get it cleared up hopefully.
I am thankful for...My mom. She arranged to have my backyard cleaned up and it looks so nice. She even worked in my yard herself. What would I do without her?
From the kitchen...roast, mac and cheese, rolls and green beans. YUM!
I am reading...the second half of Deuteronomy.
I am hoping (and praying)...that one of our discussion leaders from Crown is doing OK. He was rushed to the hospital yesterday and is going through some testing today. I pray that the doctors have some answers for him and that he heals quickly.
I am creating...Not much at the moment. Honesty, still trying to get out of my slump. Grrr. This is so not like me.
Around the house...the yard looks wonderful. We still have a lot to do as far as taking care of some grass that has died and edging the flowers bed, but all the leaves are gone and it's cleaned up nicely.
One of my favorite things...a nice looking yard (do you see a theme?).
A few plans for the week...get outside!!!! I think I need some more fresh air. I also plan on more spring cleaning and I hope to start tackling my room...it's wild!
What about you?
Friday, April 24, 2009
- The sun is shining and it is supposed to be 80 today and through the weekend!
- The week is over. I've had a rough two weeks and feel out of sorts for some reason. I think I just need to open the windows and get some fresh air, make a few lists, and cook a nice Sunday dinner...that'll make things better.
- My mom is coming over tomorrow to work in the yard. We have some major clean up to do and I'm grateful that she's willing to help us...AND she even hired someone to do the major stuff. What a mom!
- I only have 2 1/2 weeks until I sign up for our pool pass. We didn't get one last year (we got a pass to our local waterpark instead) and I missed going. I can't wait to pack a lunch and sit by the pool!
- I realized this week that we don't have anymore payments for Jamison's school. In our district we have to pay for all-day Kindergarten.
- A got a nice, genuine hug from a new friend yesterday. I needed that!
- All of my Pay it Forward friends got their packages and they liked their gifts...YEAH!
- Did I already say that the sun is shining?
Why are you thankful?
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Well Caleb wanted to watch Cars so we set up the portable DVD player in the kitchen so he could still watch his movie...and that's when she said the above comment.
I can't believe we are at that point already. Jamison and I had a talk about how I will alwayschoices love her no matter what color day she has and that she had a red day because of the that she made.
And Mr. Caleb. He's just growing up too fast and becoming all boy. He's trying to talk in full sentences (even if I'm the only one who understands them).
Here he is watching Cars with his Lightening McQueen. Too cute!
Monday, April 20, 2009
Outside my window...Overcast, but that's OK because this weekend was beautiful...blue skies and sunshine!
I am thinking...of all of the things that I need to do around and outside of the house. I am really getting the Spring cleaning bug and I'm ready to dive in.
I am thankful for...nice weather. I was able to get outside this weekend and work in the yard. We have a lot of cleaning up to do and it was a great way to get it all started. I was even able to teach Jamison the purpose of worms.
From the kitchen...baked ziti. Jamison and I made it last night and it was yummy. That means leftovers tonight. Tomorrow, we're having breakfast for dinner which is one of our favorite things to do.
I am wearing...yellow, keeping the sunshine going!
I am reading...the book of Deuteronomy, chapters 1-26, seriously...this week in BSF we are reading almost the entire book.
I am hoping...Jamison does better this week with soccer than the last two weeks. For some reason she's having a hard time participating this year. I just want her to go out and have fun.
I am creating...A master To Do list for the next four weeks (until Memorial Day). We have a basement to clean, a garage to organize, tools to purchase, painting to do... I bought a new notebook just for projects that I want to get done. I am making the list today to share with Rondell tonight! Fun times...well, for me, maybe not for Rondell.
Around the house...See above.
One of my favorite things...Seeing the results of working in the yard. I love the way my yard looks when the weeds are pulled and the dirt is all turned over. We have a lot of work to do out there this year, so I'm focusing on cleaning up rather than planting a lot of flowers. Instead, I'm going to do pots around the front.
A few plans for the rest of the week...the To Do list. I'll keep you posted of my progress.
Journal with me!
Pick your Top 5 Celebrity Crushes
Richard T. Jones
He's just handsome, plain and simple!
Who is in your Top 5?
Friday, April 17, 2009
8 Things I'm Looking Forward to...
1. Going to Destin, Florida next year.
2. Organizing my house.
3. Fun pool days this summer.
4. Rondell completing the Honey Do list that I made for him since I won the challenge.
5. Gardening with my mom.
6. Seeing my brother graduate from High School.
7. Going to Atlanta in May to see some of my favorite girlfriends.
8. Paying off our debt.
8 Things I did Yesterday...
1. Went to work.
2. Got to see my friend Lyndsey's boys.
3. Held Caleb for more than 30 seconds...it was so nice.
4. Talked to my sister (she left today...sniff).
5. Went to Hallmark and Staples.
6. Went to a BSF seminar on homiletics (it was wonderful!).
7. Ate Tommy's pizza.
8. Had a slumber party downstairs with Jamison and Toshianna for Toshianna's last night with us.
8 Things I Wish I Could Do...
1. Be more productive with my time.
2. Teach 2nd grade (I'm thinking of changing fields...still in the prayer stages).
3. Go to Destin, Florida this year.
5. Scrapbook really well (paper and digital).
6. Speak well in public.
7. Not worry.
8. Keep house plants alive.
8 Shows I Enjoy (of course all these shows I'm behind on because I haven't made the time)...
1. Medium (guilty!)
3. Criminal Minds
4. Grey's Anatomy
5. Private Practice
6. Friends (my all-time favorite!!!!!)
7. 18 Kids and Counting
8. Desparate Housewives
8 Friends I tag...
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
One thing recently that I tried was generic diapers. This is huge for me because I'm a bit of a diaper snob. I have always used Pampers, and prefer Pampers Cruisers.
One day I was in Kroger (our local grocery store) and was looking at the price difference between Pampers and Kroger brand diapers and it was a huge difference, almost half! So, I grabbed the Kroger brand...gasp!
Since then I've tried another grocery store brand, but most recently I picked up Target's brand and they are GREAT! I should have known that Target would have a good quality diaper. Now there's no turning back for me...Caleb is dry and my wallet has a few extra dollars. Works for me.
Head on over to We are That Family and find something that might work for you.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
So, stay tuned for the big reveal and after you fall in love with it stop by her design blog and hook yourself up!
I saw this on another blog and I thought it would be fun to do. I am to list 4 things I love, and one thing I dislike, for each category.
2. Bread baking. We have a Wonder Bread factory here (even though it may be closed now) and I would always love to drive by and smell the bread baking. YUM!
3. Baby lotion...and it has to be Johnson and Johnsons.
5. Dislike: Mildew towels...you know when you forget that you washed that load and then find it two days later...UGH.
2. My kids' skin...so soft.
5. Dislike: Raw meat. I have Rondell patty the burgers and I use a spoon to mix my meatloaf because I just can't take it.
3. Rondell talking. He's mostly very quiet, so I love when he talks to me!
4. The waves on the beaches of Destin, Florida!
5. Dislike: Whining…drives me absolutely nuts.
2. Coke...a frosty, cold one in a can!
3. Don Pablo's fried ice cream
5. Dislike: Peas
3. A clean house.
4. A new notebook.
5. Dislike: Seeing a loved one who is sad or upset.
Here are the rules:
Take a picture of yourself right now.
No primping or preparing.
Load the picture onto your blog.
Tag some people to play.
Now, tag...you're it:
Monday, April 13, 2009
Kasey has a good question today:
Outside my window...this morning there was the most beautiful sunrise. Rondell and I come to work really early so we were able to see it on the way in. Lots of oranges, reds, pinks and purples. Stunning...God is amazing!
I am thinking...that I'm in a slump. I just haven't been myself when it comes to cute, thoughtful things. Like yesterday, I didn't even have the kids' gifts in an Easter basket. As a matter of fact, I didn't give Jamison her gifts until the end of the day and I have yet to give Caleb his. I know this is SO not the meaning of Easter but I still like to do fun things for my kiddies. I was the same around Valentine's Day where I didn't have little gifts or candies. I hope to get out of this slump soon!
I am thankful for...Christ, dying for you and me so that our slates could be wiped clean.
From the kitchen...The meals planned this week are conies, chicken enchiladas, and maybe homemade pizza.
I am wearing...Red and pink.
I am reading...Working my way through Numbers...Moses just gave Joshua some of his authority.
I am hoping...that my sister has a good time when she comes to visit this week. It's her Spring break and she decided that she wanted to come and stay with us. I may let Jamison miss a day of school in order to spend some extra time with her (shh...don't tell).
I am creating...little packages to send to my Pay it Forward friends!
Around the house...not much going on. I think we'll take in easy this week.
One of my favorite things...Rondell being off on a Sunday!
A few plans for the rest of the week...Relax and hang out with Toshianna. We'll probably go get ice cream at Graeter's one night. I'm also going to a BSF seminar on homiletics.
What about you?
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Caleb: "What you talkin' 'bout Mama, I have to go to the nursery?"
Jamison: "Just smile and maybe we'll get a donut at church."
"Look at me...no ME, you know the lady whose shadow is right on you!"
Maybe the Easter egg hunt at Maw Maw's wore them out...or could have been the crash after all of the candy!
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Tuesday evening our new friends Bo and Christa came over for pizza. They are the discussion leaders of our Crown financial Bible study and really nice people. It was nice to be able to sit down with them and ask a few questions on how to get on track with our finances. It was also cute to hear Caleb say "bye Bo."
On Wednesday Jamison had two friends (Hannah and Allison) over for a tea party. She had a been waiting for a week for this event to happen and was SO excited. It was still cool outside but the sun was shining so it made for a nice day.
This is Jamison posing before the big party:
Monday, April 6, 2009
Outside my window: Grey and cold. We're supposed to get rain mixed with snow over the next few days. Just when I thought Spring was here...
I am thinking: that I'm really happy that I took a few days off this week. It will be nice to spend some time with the kids and get some spring cleaning done (since we will be stuck inside).
I am thankful for: Naps on Sundays. They are just so peaceful.
From the kitchen: Simple meals. Tonight hamburger and fries, tomorrow pizza with friends and then conies on Wednesday. Wednesday night will be time to plan for the next two weeks. I should try something new...any suggestions?
I am wearing: Yellow...I need a little brightness on this miserable day.
I am reading: Rondell and I are preparing to lead the discussion in our Crown study, so I'm making sure I'm ready and prepared.
I am hoping: to have a little bit of sun this week.
I am creating: a plan for Jamison's tea party on Wednesday. I want it to be simple yet cute.
I am hearing: Quiet...it's always quiet on Monday mornings.
Around the house: So much Spring cleaning to do and only 3 more weeks till I would like for it to be all done. I'm making a master list today of things that still need to be done.
One of my favorite things: Naps
A few plans for the rest of the week: Tomorrow some friends are coming for pizza, Thursday we lead the discussion at Crown and Saturday Jamison starts soccer again.
What's on your mind?
Sunday, April 5, 2009
Here's the before:
Here's the after:
Go here for a cool giveaway...I'm telling you there is some good stuff up for grabs.
The day was absolutely gorgeous. The movie was very interesting...we learned about the wild ocean on the shores of South Africa. Jamison is studying about Africa in school so this was nice to add to that, something she can take back to school and share.
Here are some pictures of our day:
Me and my favorite girl (with her eyes shut!)
Friday, April 3, 2009
Well the next day she emailed me and said that one of the comments asked not to be included so I was in fact the third comment. Yeah!!!
So, here's what I got in the mail:
A cute red photo album, mini notecards, a polka dot card with a note written to me, a cute key chain that has the letter K embroidered on it (sorry the picture is not so good), chocolate, a cute green beaded bracelet, a picture frame that has a magnet on the back to put on the fridge (or for me...to work), books for the kiddies (wasn't that thoughtful?), and a carrier.
I am going to have a lot of fun with these items!
So Here's the Deal:
Be one of the first three bloggers to comment on this post. You then agree to share your snail mail address with me so I can send you a small gift. When you receive your gift, blog about this game & link back to my blog in that post. You ALSO AGREE to "pay it forward" and send a small gift to the 3 people who comment on your blog post..... Remember - only comment if you're willing to send out 3 small gifts to other people. Remember NOT to post about this game until AFTER you have received your gift!
So, those are the rules!
Leave a comment if you want to play along.
Thursday, April 2, 2009
I have been searching for that perfect shower curtain for months now. I've looked in stores, I've Googled, I've asked around...you name it, I've done it. I found one shower curtain that I LOVED, but it was $65 and I just couldn't bring myself to buy it.
Yesterday, I was doing another search just hoping that someone would come out with a new line for spring or that I'd come across a site I hadn't seen before. Well, this is what I found:
It's just what I want. I wanted colorful stripes that included the color that's already on the walls so I wouldn't have to repaint. The walls are currently the light color blue that you see in the curtain. The best part....it was only...wait for it...$6.99!!! You heard me right, six dollars and 99 cents. Now I did order it online so it could be a disaster but I think this is it and I am beyond excited.
I think I see a bathroom redo in my future!!!
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
So, Rondell thought it would be fun to challenge me to a fun March Madness bracket challenge. I thought it would be fun too so I accepted the challenge. On the line...we each created a Honey Do List for the other person....things that we would want the other person to do for us.
The race was tight, but in the end I WON! Now, I know you know that the games aren't over, but I'm in the lead now and Rondell only has one team left (UNC) and I have the same team as well, so even if he got that right I'd still win.
So, I'm off to think of my Honey Do List for Ron (5 things)...hee, hee, heee!
When I was in Target the other day I saw these trays that were different sizes and I thought it would help. I don't have a before picture because I never think of it until I'm in the middle of the project...ugh! Just picture stuff everywhere and having things not very easy to find.
Here's the final result:
Here's a shot of some of his toys. Like I said the Little People sets will go in his closet, to be pulled out when he wants to play. I also need to figure something out to organize all of the books he has...maybe a big basket.
Thanks for stopping by!