Monday, January 31, 2011

miscellany monday

 Miscellany Monday @ lowercase letters

1.  Chicken "pops" and a Thomas Party...My Caleb had the chicken pox (or "pops" as he calls it).  We had no idea because it did not itch him at all.  We finally took him to the doctor who confirmed that it was chicken pox but that he was over it.  On Saturday Caleb got his hair cut and it was crazy to see that he even had them in his head...

 Luckily he was OK to still have his party because he was not contagious.  I'm pretty sure he had a good time (if you missed his birthday post you can see it here):

 A new bike from Gramma Lee.

 Waiting for his friends to arrive...he was so excited.

 Caleb's friend Andrew.

 Cousin Maiya and Maw Maw & Paw Paw.

 The Thomas cake.

I love seeing the joy on his face.
Thanks for the presents :)

2.  Weekly challenge...I put on my sidebar a new challenge that I'm determined to participate in.  This week's challenge is creating a Home Management Binder, which is something I've wanted to do for a while now.  You can read all about it here.  Join us!

3.  Hot date...yes, you heard me...I have a hot date, with a fine man!  Rondell and I are going to see one of our favorite music artists on Thursday night.  We're getting a sitter (AKA Maw Maw & Paw Paw) and dressing up a little and going out on the town.  The information on the show says that it lasts until 1am...I can't remember that last time I was up until 1am.  I can't wait!!!

4.  Sleeping or praying...funny Jamison story.  She is tired a lot and falls asleep often in the car.  One day I told her she looked tired and as usual she denied it.  Well, a few minutes later she was asleep.  When she woke up I told her she had fallen asleep and she said "no Mommy, I was praying."  Classic.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

I Need a Good Challenge!

And this is it...

...And Four Years Later

This happens...he grew up even though I've been begging him not to...

For those of you who have read my blog for a while you know this is my absolute favorite picture of me and Caleb.  I can't even believe that he was that tiny.

I remember the day he was born like it was yesterday.  Picture it...I was at home on my second day of maternity leave (to get full use of my leave I took off a week before my scheduled C-section).  I was making dinner for Rondell and Jamison (who were at the doctor because I suspected Jamison had an ear infection...she did).  I had "gas" pains all day but didn't think much of it.  At one point I stood up and thought I had peed on myself.  When I went to the bathroom I quickly realized it was not water had broken.  Turns out that my "gas" pains were actually contractions. 

I tried to calmly call Rondell, but of course I broke down on the phone and he barely understood me.  I called my doctor's office and remember being overwhelmed that I had to push the button because I had ruptured membranes.  I immediately called my mom who did not answer her phone...sigh (she did after the second try!).  Then I called my friend Lyndsey to see if she could watch Jamison until my mom could come and get her.

 As soon as Rondell came home we were off to drop off Jamison (thank you Lyndsey) and then to the hospital.  Up until now we didn't know if Caleb was a boy or a girl so we were excited to finally be at the point where we were going to find out.  I got all hooked up to monitors and prepped for my "emergency" C-section.  

By this time my mom and Rondell's mom & step dad had Jamison at home and settled (after my mom went on a mission for Jamison's Rx).  We entered the operating room and in no time He was was a boy!  I just kept saying to Rondell "it's a have a boy!"

I was in recovery for a while and we made a few phone calls to let people know that we had a new bundle of joy.  My mom and Rondell's mom came to the hospital in time to see Caleb get rinsed off and help me get settled into my room.

My boy was here!!!  I'll never forget it.

Here's my man at his party last year!  We are doing a repeat Thomas party this year because as he says "I still love Thomas."

 Mommy loves you little man!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Thanking God on Friday!

**  I am thankful that it's official...we are going to Florida!  I booked the trip yesterday and we are all SO excited.  I said on my FB status that we'll be eating beans and franks from now until we go :)...but it will all be worth it.  I can't wait to see this place again:

**  I am thankful for the individuals who write the notes for my BSF study.  As many of you may know BSF is covering Isaiah this year and it is a bit of a challenge.  Every time I read the notes I am just so grateful that there are people who are able to break down the Scripture passages and give explanations that I can understand.  

**  I am thankful for this post about organizing your mind.  It made me realize that I'm going about this organizing process all wrong and that's why it's not falling into place.  I do think you can just jump in and organize some spaces, but I want this to be a lifestyle change for our family, to simplify and organize, and it's going to start with organizing me.  I need to make some priorities and figure out how I want my home to flow...what kind of place I want it to be for my family and guests.  So, I'm going to start with my mind this week and write some things know I love a good list :)

 **  I am thankful that my brother actually wants me to come and visit him at college for Siblings Weekend.  It should be really fun hanging out with him and seeing what college life is like for him.

 (Evan and our cousin Brandon...they are exactly a week apart (Brandon is older) and are best friends.  They are now going to the same school!)

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Friday, January 21, 2011

Thanking God on Friday!

**  I am thankful for salt...not the kind you eat, but the kind that goes on the ground.  The salt is hopefully keeping the roads safe as we are getting more snow.

**  I am thankful for the lesson from BSF this week.  We read about Hezekiah and all about how, when struck with a crisis, he turned directly to God.  My favorite part is in Isaiah 37:14 where it says "...; and Hezekiah went up to the house of the LORD, and spread it before the LORD."  He laid it out...all of it, before God and let it go.  There are so many things that I pray about, but I don't release them completely and this is an example of how to fully give it to God...whatever it is.

**  I am thankful for my Granita.  Wednesday marked the three year anniversary of her going to be with Jesus.  While I miss her tremendously, I am SO grateful that she was in my life...for all of the things that she taught me, all the times she listened to me, and just her overall gentle heart (and she made some mean biscuits!).  The other day while folding sheets, I got a whiff and they smelled just like her sheets did...maybe she too used Tide.  I was able to just sit and sort of feel her was lovely.

**  I am thankful to be able to have a date with my Jamison.  We are going to see Disney Princess on Ice with her Girl Scout troop and she is so excited.  It will be nice to have some mother/daughter time together. 

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Cleaning Out My Closet

Sorry for the boring title.  Over the weekend I tackled our front closet.  I have to do this at least twice a year because it always gets out of control.  It's wasn't as bad as it has been in the past...the top shelf was still pretty clean, but the shoes were out of control and I knew that there were some jackets that the kids had outgrown.

 Excuse the blurry picture...but here's what the floor looked like before.  Shoes galore...flip flops, shoes that are too small, and a few mittens here and there.

 Here's the top of the closet...not too bad.  There's is an old jacket of Caleb's that had to come down and go into the donation pile.

I pulled out all shoes that were too small and put them in this box to be donated...much better.

Here's a glimpse all cleaned out, but before I vacuumed.  In the spring I think I'll pull everything out again and paint the inside to get rid of all of the scuffs.

Nicely vacuumed!

Shoes back in and in a more organized fashion.

Here's something that has been really gloves, scarf, hat basket.  It's a nice way to keep all of the pieces together.  I decided to put it on the floor of the closet so that the kids can put their stuff away.  It really works for our family.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Wordless Wednesday - Snuggle Buddies

You know the sleep is good when the mouths are open :)

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

In Our Family

I saw this idea here on Rachel's blog and had to do the same.  Go over and check out Rachel's's inspiring (and pray for her little Samuel who is not feeling well and had to be taken to the hospital).

 In our Family...

...we eat together as often as possible

...we have train tracks set up in the living room

 ...we love to color (but only on paper...only on paper)

...we are trying to read our Bibles more...even my Jamison

...we love bacon

...we love birthdays

...we almost always have a campout in the living room on Friday nights

...we are never caught up on laundry (though there was that one time last year...go Rondell!)

...we look forward to breakfast with Gramma Lee on Christmas morning

...we are all looking forward to our next trip to Destin, Florida

...we get excited to pop popcorn (except Rondell...he hates when it gets in his teeth)

...we all love our blankets

...we enjoy car rides

What happens in your Family?

Monday, January 17, 2011

miscellany monday

 Miscellany Monday @ lowercase letters

1.  Memorization...I've decided to join Beth Moore's Scripture Memory Team.  You can find more information about it here.  Basically, every two weeks you pick a verse of your choice to memorize.  You can either pick a single verse or a passage (Paige has chosen a beautiful passage...this post really inspired me).  I was really encouraged during the time that Jamison and I memorized the verses about Jesus' birth (here's the video) and I can't wait to dive into more memorization.  Here's the verse I've chosen for the next two weeks:

 Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.  Psalm 51:12 (ESV)

2.  The Big almost here.  One of my favorite days of the year is Valentine's Day.  I enjoy sharing a little love with people and I usually try and buy little thoughtful gifts for people.  I'm working on my list of things I either want to make or buy people.  I also need to look into some fun crafts to do with the kids.  My blog friend Kelli featured some cool cupcakes that I really think we'd enjoy making.  Do you love Valentine's Day?
3.  Speaking of Love...I've been really challenged this week by a challenge from our pastor.  We're going through 1 Corinthians and we're on chapter 13...the love chapter.  Because of this, he's come up with a Love Dare for us to participate in...something to do each day to show love the way Christ shows love.  Most of them are easy for me to do...write someone a note, do something nice for someone unexpectedly.  The part where I hit a wall is when I'm supposed to show love to a person that I have a hard time loving...praying for an enemy or turning the other cheek when you feel wronged.  These are hard.  My friend Tonya had some good encouraging words...see them as Christ sees them, not how we see them.  I need Jesus glasses!  I appreciate this dare and how it's opened my eyes to what's in my heart.

4.  Big Caleb.  In two weeks he's going to be 4...FOUR.  Where did the time go?

5.  Cookie Time...Jamison is working her first Girl Scout cookie sale.  She is doing so well...going door to door and keeping track of the number of boxes that she sells.  I think this is a great activity for her...not just because we get to order those yummy Thin Mints, but because it's allowing her to come out of her shell a little and learn responsibility.  I can't wait to see how she grows from this experience.  Oh, and if you're local and need a box just send me an email :) 

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Thanking God on Friday!

*  I am thankful for His grace.
  *  I am thankful for Vicks vapor rub.
 *  I am thankful for my fuzzy blanket.
 *  I am thankful for the peach pie that my friend Katie made (with pie crust made the PW way and peaches she canned herself!)
 *  I am thankful for old friends.
 *  I am thankful that Rondell didn't have to go to work at Best Buy on Wednesday.
 *  I am thankful for long weekends.
 *  I am thankful for Scripture that comes at just the right time.
Say to those who have an anxious heart, "Be strong, fear not!  Behold, your God will come with vengeance with the recompense of God.  He will come and save you."  Isaiah 35:4 (ESV)


No, today's not Tuesday...let me explain.  Do you have a day of the week that you dread?  For some people it's Monday because they don't want the weekend to end and there's the dread of getting back to the grind.  For some, it's Wednesday that they feel they have to get know, hump day.  For me, the dread guessed it, Tuesday.

Why Tuesday?  See, I go to BSF on Monday nights and when I get home it's late and I'm usually tired.  Typically, I come home, go straight upstairs and get in bed.  Because of this I don't get anything ready for the next day.  Every other evening I prepare for the next day...I pick out clothes for me and the kids, I make sure Jamison's book bag is packed, I check to see if she's buying or packing and if she's packing I pack her lunch, I put shoes in a place where I can grab them easily the next day, and I make sure coats and hats/gloves are where they are supposed to be.  But, I don't do that on Mondays and that makes Tuesday mornings more difficult and a little stressful.

Please excuse the bad picture.

The one thing that does help me from not completely losing it is my kids' bin.  This has been a lifesaver...I've actually had this "container" since Jamison was a baby.  I keep almost everything I need in here to get the kids ready in the morning (and in the evening).  I keep lotion, hand sanitizer, pull ups (because Caleb still wears one at night), hair items for Jamison (I showed you how I organize her hair pieces here), vapor cream (for those ongoing colds), wipes, and extra underwear.  It just really helps me to have all of these things in one place so that I'm not running all around the house.  This is something that really works for us.  Do you have a kids' station?

**  While coming up with this post I did realize that I need to double up on my Sunday prep and prep as much as I can for Tuesday...I'll keep you posted on that.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Kelli's Krafts - Animal Party!

The other day Jamison and I made a card for a friend of mine (it's Jamison's best friend's mom) who recently had a birthday.  We decided to use my Fox & Friends stamp set since Tasha's LOVES animals.  We used the colors Marina Mist, Garden Green, Daffodil Delight, and Pumpkin Pie.  I cut out the paper (oh, how I love layers) and Jamison actually stamped all of the images and the sentiment (it's from a retired set).  Did she do a great job?

And layers are so easy and really add to a card.  All I did was take the measurements of the card (5 1/2 x 4 1/4) and decrease each layer by 1/4.  Simple :)

Happy Stamping!

Monday, January 10, 2011

miscellany monday

Miscellany Monday @ lowercase letters

1.  Genuine Support...I know I've said this before but I love the blog world.  I have met some amazing people who I have come to truly consider friends.  Recently, I read about Edie and how she and her family lost everything in a house fire.  A few days later I saw around blogland that people were posting encouraging posts on her blog...look at it here.  How awesome is that...that people around the country (and maybe world) all came together to give her love and encouragement during a very difficult time in her life.  I think about all of the people, me included, who are lifting her up in prayer.  Bloggers...what a blessing.

2.  Chore Chart...One of my goals this year is to be better about keeping order in my home.  Not that I think things have to be spotless all of the time because that's not realistic, but I do feel that my home should be welcoming to my family and ready for company most of the time.  My friend Katie (who really does have a great blog...I'm so excited for her) talked about a chore chart and I'm going to try it.  She talked about it here and she says that it's really working for her.  Check it out and if you try it let me know how you do.

3.  New Look...Over the next few weeks I'm going to work on redesigning my blog.  Katie walked me through making a new header using Picasa (you can find the tutorial here) and it was a lot easier than I thought.  So, I need your help and all of the tips that you have up your sleeves.  I have the information on the header and now I'm trying to figure out how to design the actual page.  I'd like the main page to be white with a yellow (of course) background...but that's that part I don't know how to do.  Tips?

4.  Special Delivery x2...Two great things came in the mail last week...both equally exciting.


 My 2011 planner arrived!  I can't even tell you how giddy this makes me.  This is what keeps me in order, where I can keep all of things that I need to remember.  I talked about it before here and my blog friend Genn talked about hers here.

Much of the planner is the same as it was last year but one addition that I like is this little folder.  Now when I have receipts that I need to hang onto or my stamps I have a great place for them.  If you haven't checked out this planner you's not too late.  Just go to Erin Condren's site.


My new Bible arrived.  I decided to use the ESV to read through the entire Bible this year because I truly love this translation.  I love that it's a word-for-word translation and challenges me to read deeper into His Word.  Since it is a challenge I decided that it might be wise to use a Study Bible and I came across this one in my search.

It has a ton of charts, maps and detailed descriptions.  That helps me since I'm very visual.

Almost every verse is accompanied by study notes.

I am that person who loves to write in my Bible and I can't wait to fill up these pages with thoughts and points that I come across.  I do however need to make sure that I'm spending my best time while reading His Word, giving Him my best time.  Not reading while the TV is on and the kids are running around but at a time when I can give Him my full attention because I don't want to miss anything He has to say to me.