Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Party like it's 1999!

Okay I know this is a cheesy title but in the spirit of New Year's Eve, I thought I would post a couple of pictures from a very memorable New Year's celebration almost 10 years ago. Susy, do you remember? We were freshmen at the U of A and had traveled to Dallas for the Cottonbowl. We had a great time celebrating in Dallas with our fellow Hog fans. We ended up beating Texas the next day in the Cottonbowl. It is safe to say that tonight I will not be partying like I did in 1999 but it is fun to reminisce. I am just hoping to make it to midnight.

I hope everyone has a safe and Happy New Year!

Monday, December 29, 2008

Natural Beauty ?

To quote Dolly Parton in STEEL MAGNOLIAS, "There is no such thing as natural beauty." As women we start working on our appearance at an early age. Laney has caught on to this tradition. She loves her toenails painted and likes bows in her hair. This is our Saturday night ritual so we will have curls on Sunday :)

Pictures from Christmas

I am trying to get my blog caught up. We were busy with Christmas. I hope everyone enjoyed their holiday. We enjoyed our time with family. The kids got more than they needed. I may have a toy review post later in the week.

Speaking of toys this is a good time of year to go through your kids toys. I am taking the toys that my kids have outgrown and donating to our children's preschool/daycare. I am sure other places such as churches with preschool programs would be interested in donations as well. Since children spend so much time there, new toys are always exciting. It is also a good way to free up space for the new toys your kids received for Christmas.

I am posting pictures below from our Christmas celebration with the Texans. We had five children 3 and under.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas!

My posts will probably be few and far between for the next few days. We have had sick kids and lots of preparation for Christmas celebrations. I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season. I hope we all remember the true reason we celebrate.

May God Bless you and your Family!!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Welcome Texans!!

I am so excited that our Texas family will be coming for Christmas. Everyone should arrive sometime tomorrow. Although I sympathize with the difficult drive ahead of them, I am happy they will be visiting us this year. We actually have a home this year so I am looking forward to sharing it with our family this year. We have so much to be thankful for this year as a family. We have two new additions that will celebrate their first Christmas. We are also fortunate to still have my grandparents in great health to celebrate with us.

I hope everyone has a safe trip!!! We will see you tomorrow.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Almost 2...

It is hard to believe that in exactly a month my baby will be 2. When Logan was this age, I thought he was becoming such a big boy. Now, I look at Laney and say she is just a baby. Logan was a big brother at this age. Wow, I can't imagine having another child with Laney this young. You can tell my perspective has changed. Although I am little sad that Laney will not be a baby anymore, I look forward to all of the fun things we will be able to do together as she gets older. I can't wait to shop for her prom dress, chaperone her dances, and have giggling girls over for a sleepover.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Christmas party

We had a great time at our Sunday School Christmas party. We had a game night at Landen and Melissa's. The food was great and we had a good turnout. We also played a game Mad Gab. This was so much fun. I love playing games like this as opposed to bowling, miniature golf, or any other activity that involves athletic ability and coordination. What can I say...I am a nerd?

Monday, December 8, 2008

A Banana?

You might wander why I would devote a post to something as insignificant as a banana. Well, in my house it is a highly anticipated treat. The funny thing is I have spent the last 3 1/2 years trying to wow my children with trips to Chuck e cheese, the latest and greatest movies, and exciting toys for Christmas. I am now discovering it is the little things that mean so much.

I guess you would need to go back 25 years ago to my childhood to understand the significance. My granddaddy would bring my brother and I a banana every Saturday on his way to town. For my grandparents this was a once a week adventure unlike the multiple trips I make in a day. They were married in 1929 so they started life in the midst of the great depression. My Granddaddy farmed and drove a school bus while Grandma worked in the school cafeteria. All of this meant that bringing a banana was a special treat. I probably didn't appreciate that like I should have. My Granddaddy died before I started kindergarten so this is one of the few memories I have of him.

Fast forward to 2008, my doorbell rings every Saturday morning. There stands my dad with bananas for my kids. They love it and want to eat them immediately. I have stopped buying them at the grocery store so that they can await the visit on Saturdays.

During the Christmas season, I am going to try to bring back the simple things that I have overlooked. Maybe, Santa will put bananas in our stocking this year.

Friday, December 5, 2008

The Sickies

Sorry I have been MIA for a while. Laney has been sick. She had a sinus infection. It is so hard to see your kids sick. On the up side I got to spend some quality time with both of my children. We have added a good Christmas movie to our list of favorites.

The 12 Dogs of Christmas

Monday, December 1, 2008

When Shopping Goes too Far

I am an avid shopper as most of you know. I pride myself in finding the best bargain but even I avoid the crazed shopping of Black Friday. I would rather pay regular price than fight the mob. I was saddened to hear about the employee that was trampled at a Wal-Mart store. You can read about it here. Just think we live in a civilized society yet we trample each other for some electronic gadget on sale at Wal-mart. This is one holiday tradition that I would like to see changed.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Thankful to be a Mom

With Thanksgiving approaching I have been counting my blessings. I am thankful for so many things my family, a job, health but I think this year I am most thankful to be a mom. Being a mom has enriched my life in a way I could have never imagined. People are right when they say this is the hardest job in the world. It really is but at the same time nothing that is truly valuable is ever easy. I must admit I rarely get to sleep late as my two are up by 7 even on the weekend. Meals are a three ring circus. I haven't been to the movies in 2 years. I do not have time to read books. I have changed thousands of dirty diapers, been puked on,and wiped many snotty noses in the last 3 1/2 years but I have also received thousands of hugs, kisses, and smiles. It is the love for your children that keeps you going day after day. I thank God every day for my two.
I hope you will also take time this Thanksgiving to count your many blessings.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

March of Dimes

I thought I would post this link to March of Dimes. Premature babies are near and dear to my heart as Logan was born at 37 weeks and Laney at 36 weeks. Logan was fine and able to go directly to the room with me but Laney had to spend 4 days in the NICU. It is so scary to see your baby in an oxygen hood struggling to breathe. You question what you could have done differently in your pregnancy. I have decided I was not meant to carry full term. I hope you will check out this petition. March of Dimes is a great resource for parents of premature babies. Also check out my friend Crystal's blog. She had her son at 31 weeks and has posted her story.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Too Early to Potty Train?

I am looking for some advice on a hot topic among us moms to toddlers. I know this is my second child so I should be an expert but as they say every child is different. With Logan it was a great struggle to get him interested in pottying. He was happy to wear pull ups forever. Finally, at 3 he was potty trained. Laney is more vocal than Logan was at this age. The other night she brought me her diaper and a box of wipes. I asked, "Did you poo poo?" She said very matter of factly "yes". I thought she is only 22 months old but could she be ready for the potty. I have bought pull ups and we are trying.

Do you think I am wasting my time or could she really be ready? This would be amazing if I could say bye bye to diapers forever. I would be rich.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

My Favorite Things

In the spirit of the holidays I would like to unveil my favorite things list. I realize I am not Oprah and this probably will not result in the multi-billion dollar sales but I thought it would be fun. Maybe, the rest of my blogging friends will do this as well. We could get some great Christmas Shopping ideas.

My Favorite Things:
Favorite Scent—Bath & Body Works Japanese Cherry Blossom
Favorite lotion—Booth’s lotion (You can get this at Walgreen’s)
Favorite Jeans—American Eagle Boyfriend Style
Favorite Shoes—Nine West or Life Stride
Favorite Pants—Ann Taylor or Banana Republic
Favorite Store if I have lots of Money—White House Black Market
Best Drink—Cherry Vanilla Dr. Pepper from Sonic or Vanilla Coke at Dairy Queen
Best Fast Food—Chick-Fil-a
Favorite leisure activity—Spa Pedicure need I say more?
Favorite thing to collect—Gone With the Wind memorabilia
Favorite Childhood toy—Barbie and paper dolls
Favorite Thanksgiving food—Pecan Pie

My Favorite Things for Children:

Cartoon—Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
Disney Classic—Polly
Disney movie—Nemo
Baby Product—Johnson’s Bedtime lotion
Book—Click, Clack, Moo series and If you give a Mouse a Cookie
Favorite transportation—Red Flyer Wagon for two
Games—Candy Land and Go Fish
Pajamas—Carter’s or Nick & Nora brand at Target
Toy—Little People sets

Monday, November 10, 2008


Last night was a special night at church for our family. Chad was ordained as a deacon. I was really nervous about the service last night and became more so when we found out the children were supposed to sit on the front pew with us. If anyone knows my children, sitting still during a service for an hour would take nothing short of a miracle. I am proud to say they did really well. Logan asked if the deacons were trying to wake Daddy up while they were praying for him. He also thought the voice over the microphone was Jesus so we had a little comedy in the mix. Overall, it was a very emotional service especially when Chad gave his testimony. I have posted a couple of pictures below.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

I voted..

I voted Pictures, Images and Photos

I just voted at lunch today. It makes you feel good to exercise your rights as a citizen of the United States. So many people in our past fought for this right, the least we can do is take advantage and let our voice be heard. Okay enough of my soap box but I would like to encourage everyone to vote.

I will be up late tonight watching the results.

Also, today is my dad's birthday. Happy Birthday Dad!!!

Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween!!!

I hope everyone has a safe and fun Halloween. Here are a few pictures of us in our costumes.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Welcome Home, Sugar

If you read my previous post about the plant, I mentioned getting rid of responsibility. Well, I have decided to add to my list with an addition to our family. I have reclaimed my sweet dog from college. She has been living with my parents for the past few years. They are really busy and spend a lot of time out of town so it made sense that we bring her to our house. Plus I do not have to endure the guilt trip from Dad about not taking care of her. She is 7 years old and wonderful with the kids. I regret not making this decision sooner. Logan is helping me feed her and both kids are showering her with hugs and kisses. We look forward to many more years with Sugar.

Monday, October 27, 2008

I love Economics...

I found this post on a professor's blog. I loved taking Economics classes in college because they always made sense. I thought this was a great explanation of the tax policy. Enjoy.

Bar Stool Economics
Topic: The Good of Affluence

A friend sent me this little thing making the Internet rounds. Thought I would pass it on.

Suppose that every day, ten men go out for beer and the bill for all ten comes to $100. If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes, it would go something like this:

The first four men (the poorest) would pay nothing.

The fifth would pay $1.

The sixth would pay $3.

The seventh would pay $7.

The eighth would pay $12.

The ninth would pay $18.

The tenth man (the richest) would pay $59.

So, that's what they decided to do. The ten men drank in the bar every day and seemed quite happy with the arrangement, until one day, the owner threw them a curve. 'Since you are all such good customers, he said, 'I'm going to reduce the cost of your daily beer by $20. Drinks for the ten now cost just $80.

The group still wanted to pay their bill the way we pay our taxes so the first four men were unaffected. They would still drink for free. But what about the other six men - the paying customers? How could they divide the $20 windfall so that everyone would get his 'fair share?'

They realized that $20 divided by six is $3.33. But if they subtracted that from everybody's share, then the fifth man and the sixth man would each end up being paid to drink his beer. So, the bar owner suggested that it would be fair to reduce each man's bill by roughly the same amount, and he proceeded to work out the amounts each should pay.

And so:

The fifth man, like the first four, now paid nothing (100% savings).

The sixth now paid $2 instead of $3 (33%savings).

The seventh now paid $5 instead of $7 (28%savings).

The eighth now paid $9 instead of $12 (25% savings).

The ninth now paid $14 instead of $18 (22% savings).

The tenth now paid $49 instead of $59 (16% savings).

Each of the six was better off than before And the first four continued to drink for free. But once outside the restaurant, the men began to compare their savings.

'I only got a dollar out of the $20', declared the sixth man.

He pointed to the tenth man,' but he got $10!'

'Yeah, that's right', exclaimed the fifth man. 'I only saved a dollar, too. It's unfair that he got ten times more than I!'

'That's true!!' shouted the seventh man. 'Why should he get $10 back when I got only two? The wealthy get all the breaks!'

'Wait a minute,' yelled the first four men in unison. 'We didn't get anything at all. The system exploits the poor!'

The nine men surrounded the tenth and beat him up.

The next night the tenth man didn't show up for drinks, so the nine sat down and had beers without him. But when it came time to pay the bill, they discovered something important. They didn't have enough money between all of them for even half of the bill!

And that, boys and girls, journalists and college professors, is how our tax system works. The people who pay the highest taxes get the most benefit from a tax reduction. Tax them too much, attack them for being wealthy, and they just may not show up anymore. In fact, they might start drinking overseas where the atmosphere is somewhat friendlier.

David R. Kamerschen, Ph.D.

Professor of Economics, University of Georgia

For those who understand, no explanation is needed.

For those who do not understand, no explanation is possible.

HT: Bill Garaway

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Geneology and the Internet

I am a history buff and the internet has made it so much easier to do your own geneology. Check out the picture I found below. My great grandfather is the one holding the fiddle. My dad now has this fiddle but I have never seen a picture of my great grandfather. I am not exactly sure of the date of this picture but my guess is the late 1800's. My great great grandmother is seated in the middle of the picture. She was born in 1857.

Anyway I thought this was interesting...

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

A Woman's Liberation

I know all of you are expecting a post of feminism complete with a bra burning ceremony. I hate to disappoint you but I did feel liberated by tossing out a plant. For those of you that know I do not have a green thumb this may not come as a surprise. However, I had managed to keep a peace lily alive for the last 3 years. It has sat in my office wilting and demanding water at the most inopportune time. It took up space and would close itself in my file cabinet drawer. I swear it mocked me reminding me of all the responsibilities I have. It was that one thing that always found itself on my to do list. Since most of my responsiblities can not be changed, I took great pleasure in tossing this plant out yesterday. No more water, wilting leaves, or RESPONSIBILITY. I have been liberated...

what i saw a few days ago Pictures, Images and Photos

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Pictures from Texas

Some of you may remember we visited family in Texas over Labor Day. My sweet cousin Raven emailed some pictures from that weekend. I wanted to post them. We had such a great time. I wish we all lived closer so we could get together more often. Enjoy the pictures.

Dit Dit, Laney, and Caylin


Colby and Caylin

Papa Charles and Laney

Caleb and Chad

Monday, October 13, 2008

Pumpkin Patch

We had a great weekend. We took the kids along with some of our friends to our local pumpkin patch. It was so much fun. They had a hayride, corn maze, and lots of animals to pet. The kids really enjoyed being with their friends. I am so glad Landen and Melissa had this great idea. We hope to do this again next year.

Logan and his girlfriend, Leightyn

Laney and her new friend, Ava Grace

Feeding the Ducks

Sharing Popcorn

Monday, October 6, 2008


Chad reminded me that I never mention him on my blog and rarely do we take a picture of him since he is the one behind the camera. I decided to change that this weekend. I took a picture of him on his motorcycle. He loves this motorcycle like it is a part of our family. Hopefully, he will have more time to ride as the kids get older.

Also, he is not wearing his helmet for the photo only. I had to put this disclaimer out there since he is a safety rep. for a living. We wouldn't want to ruin his reputation.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Update: We have a winner?

We finally found matching costumes for the kids that Logan actually approved. Laney could care less but Logan had a lot of ideas for his costume. At first he wanted to be Toto from the Wizard of Oz. Obviously, they do not make this costume since Toto is always the stuffed dog in the basket. Then he wanted to be Pongo from 101 Dalmations. For some reason I could not find this costume either so as he was watching the Hogs get pushed around on the football field Saturday, he decided he wanted to be a football player. Great, we can handle this so he will be a Razorback football player and Laney will be the cheerleader. She is very excited about the pom poms. Stay tuned for pictures...

In other news continue to pray for our new Sunday School. We are trying to build a college & career program at our church. It is a challenge to encourage this group to attend Sunday School when sleeping in is so tempting. Most of them also have crazy work schedules as well. We only had one show up this week but we were so grateful that the one made the effort and commitment to attend.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Halloween Costume Ideas

I am needing some costume ideas for Logan and Laney. I am struggling this year to come up with a theme. Logan really wants to do his own thing. Laney would look adorable in the little babyish costumes but most of them only go up to a 12 or 24 month. She needs 2T-3T so I am asking my wonderful blog readers to help me. I have attached a photo from last year to inspire you.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Where were You?

Today is a day that we remember what happened 09/11/01. It does not seem like it was seven years ago. I still remember exactly where I was that day. My 7:30 Economics class had been canceled that day. I walked back to my dorm hall where I had left my TV on the Today Show. I can still see the scene on tv and the silent reporters as they had no idea what was going on. The rest of the day we were glued to the TV. Classes were canceled. We joined a large group that night at the greek theater for prayer. Life has been different since that day. We learned that we are never totally safe. For me I put a greater trust in God since man alone can't protect us from the crazy people in our world.

I hope today we will set aside our differences and remember what it is to be an American. We should unite in our fight against the terrorists that spread hate.

Monday, September 8, 2008

All about Me...Laney 19 months

Favorite Song: Twinkle Little Star
Favorite Word(s): No, shoes, and I do.
Favorite activity: Reading aloud and I do mean LOUD.
Favorite color: Yellow
Favorite animal: Duck
Favorite Toy: Daisy duck and her baby buggy.
Favorite chore: Wiping off the table with a washcloth

What she has learned: Several words and phrases including some animal sounds. One color yellow. She is learning how to follow directions and complete simple tasks.

What we are working on: Introduction to the potty. She loves sitting on the little potty and has not quite figured out what she is supposed to do. That is okay. We are early yet for this skill. We are working on coloring skills and introducing new colors. She loves to make things with Play dough.

All about me...Logan 3 1/2

I hope you guys will bare with me through the next few posts. I use this blog partly as an online journal/baby book so every once in a while I like to post things about the kids that I want to remember. This first one is for Logan at age 3 1/2.

Favorite animal: Puppy dogs especially Dalmations
Favorite Toy: Thomas the Train and Spot (stuffed dog)
Favorite Song: "Jesus loves me" and "Hush little Baby"
Favorite Color: He tells Daddy blue but it is really pink
Best Friends: P.J., Bryanna, and Leightyn
What I have learned: Logan can count to fifteen most of the time. He knows all of his colors and shapes.
What we are working on? : Alphabet, reading, and coloring in the lines

Logan is enrolled in swimming lessons for the first time. He is so brave. We ended up in a class with much older children. They all basically know how to swim. Logan is a true beginner. He hasn't figured out how to work his arms and legs at the same time and keeps his head high above water. Despite all of this he holds his head high when he finishes his turn and smiles. He is so proud and his mommy is too.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Yearbook Yourself

I know you guys are surprised by two posts in one day but I had to share this one. I saw this on another friend's blog. This is quite entertaining. This is my yearbook photo from 1994, 1974, and 1960.


We had a wonderful time visiting with our Texas relatives this past weekend. I got to visit with the 3 newest members of our family. Caylin, Colby, and Bethani are beautiful! It is amazing how quickly you forget just how small babies can be. Laney is only 19 months old but it seems so long ago when she was that small.

Logan and Laney loved the farm. They played in the dirt, rode the "rhino", and visited the cows. Laney was very friendly and made sure she greeted each cow with a wave and "hi cow." She is working on her Texas drawl.

After the long trip home, we all crashed. I spent the rest of the holiday digging out of the mountains of laundry. I hope everyone else enjoyed their holiday as well.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Elmo's World

We had a blast this weekend at Sesame Street Live. Laney just lit up when Elmo walked on stage. I would highly recommend this show if you have kids under 3. It is very entertaining. The only drawback is the length. I could do without the last 15 or 20 minutes. The kids get a little restless. Anyway I will leave you with this adorable Elmo.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Could it be love?

Logan has his first girlfriend. He talks about her all of the time and calls her his girlfriend. I notice each morning that she is waiting for Logan at the door when we get there. Yesterday he got in trouble for kissing her. Today he said Bryanna has on a blue dress. She looks like Cinderella. I was hoping for at least 10 more years before I had to deal with this.

Just when I get concerned...he reminds me that he is 3 by saying, "Bryanna is my girlfriend and Kadence is my wife." Then he says but Leightyn at church is my girlfriend too. It is not too serious yet...

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

More pictures of the kids

I wanted to share a couple more pictures of the kids. I will post more later...

Friday, August 8, 2008

Branson Vacation

I know I have been MIA this week but we were on vacation. We took the kids to Branson. They had a blast. Our favorite was the indoor water park.

The water park was really geared for younger children and had a lot to offer as far as toddler pools and splash pads. Plus it was indoors so we avoided the 100+ heat. Our least favorite was Silver Dollar City. In my opinion they have too few rides and too many craftsmen. This doesn't appeal to children. Not too mention I was literally swarmed by all of the bees. I am not an insect fan so this was not appealing to me. We had a great time with the kids. I was surprised at how much easier this was than I had thought it would be. Maybe we will be ready for Disney World in a couple of years.

Also, Congratulations to Susy and Ryan who were married on August 1st. It looked like a beautiful intimate ceremony.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Happy Anniversary!!!

Tomorrow will be mine and Chad's 5th anniversary. We have been through a lot of changes in the past 5 years as we both began our careers and welcomed 2 beautiful children into our family. God has truly blessed us. Although our marriage is not perfect, we are better people together than we ever were apart.

Happy anniversary Chad!!! I love you.

Monday, July 28, 2008

A trip to the ER...

You would think a trampoline with a net completely around it and all springs covered would be safe for a mom and her two children. Well, friends it is not. Laney, Logan, and I were playing on the trampoline when Laney fell on the trampoline. She was not doing any wild acrobatics just walking on a trampoline. Anyway she fell and immediately began screaming in pain. I was terrified. She wouldn't put any weight on her right leg. After a 4 hour wait in the ER and xrays from her hip to her toes, we found out no broken bones. It appears she has sprained her ankle. It will have to heal on its own. She should be able to put some weight on it within a few days. Poor baby, she is so miserable.

This is just another example anything and everything is a safety hazard with kids. Be careful!!!

Monday, July 21, 2008

My Pet Peeve..

If you read my last post, you know that Laney is on the larger size for her age. I do not know how many strangers and random people at church approach me to ask her age and comment how big she is. First of all I think this is very rude. I don't walk up to strangers in a restaurant and say my you sure are fat for your age. I don't see how you get around. I have actually been told by strangers that she is really big so much bigger than their grand child who is that age or "How do you possibly carry her around?"

Well, here is my advice. The only phrase that should be said to a stranger with a child is "She is cute." I will accept the compliment and we both can go on about our day. Otherwise, say nothing at all.

By the way kids come in all shapes and sizes. I have friends that encounter this same issue when their child appears to be small for their age.

Okay, I am off my soapbox..


Sorry I have been MIA for a couple of days. We had a busy weekend.

Friday was Laney's 18 month check up. She now weighs 28lbs. 2 oz. (90th percentile) and is 32 in. tall (60%). She is very healthy according to her Doctor.

Saturday we traveled to an Amish farm with our Sunday School class for dinner. This was quite an experience. It took us 2 hours to get there. Once there you are seated in the basement of a farm house with no air conditioning. You are served Turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes family style. It reminded me a little of eating at my Grandma's house passing around the bowls. The food was good but I am not sure I would drive 2 hours to eat there in July again. As we left the farm, we drove with our windows down to embrace the Amish experience. By the end of their driveway, we were ready to roll up the windows and turn up the AC. Back to the real world...

Sunday night was the last night of Bible School at my Mom's church. Logan sang with the group and received his certificate. Yeah Logan!!! We are really trying to talk to him about Jesus but it is challenging to explain God and Jesus to a 3 year old. You get lots of questions like why does Jesus live in the clouds and Can I talk to him on the phone?

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

18 months old today

My baby girl is 18 months today. It is amazing how fast the time flies by. It seems like only yesterday I found out I was having a girl. I was so thrilled. She has truly been a blessing in our lives. She is looking more and more like a little girl instead of a baby. Her vocabulary continues to increase. I think she talks more than Logan did at this age. Her favorite word is "shoes". She absolutely loves anything to do with shoes, her shoes, my shoes, even her daddy's shoes. I think we are going to be in trouble when she gets older.

I am so thankful to have such a beautiful family.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Happy Birthday!!!

I wanted to give a shout out to my favorite cousins celebrating their 26th birthday today. Happy Birthday Magen and Raven!!! I hope this is the best one yet.

A Great Day in Disguise...

Yesterday I received a call from the daycare that Laney was sick. I was extremely busy at work and dreaded the long afternoon ahead of me taking care of a sick child. I am happy to say that Laney did not seem sick at all. I picked up both kids and we shared a very enjoyable afternoon. We read books and played together. It just made me realize that great opportunities to spend time with your kids come in many packages. I would not have taken yesterday afternoon off intentionally but really enjoyed being home with the kids.

There is always a silver lining...

Monday, July 7, 2008

Sibling Rivalry

I think my children have officially entered a new phase. The blissful status of brotherly love has officially ended between big brother and little sister. Now, they always want the same toy. "Mine", "She pushed me." are becoming common phrases in our household. I feel like I am constantly playing the role of a referee. I am hoping they will return to the hugs and kisses that I have become accustomed to. I know deep down they love each other but right now sharing is not in their vocabulary. Any words of wisdom...

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Happy 4th of July

I am feeling quite patriotic this year. After hearing everyone in the media complain about our country, I would like to say that I am very proud to live in the United States. I believe this is the greatest country in the world.

The kids are celebrating with a 4th of July Parade at their school. They are going to be featured on Channel 5 news. They are quite the celebrities. I will try to post pictures later.

I would also like to honor the many men and women that have served in our military. I have posted a link This gentleman is a member of our church. He is a wonderful Christian and the greatest Razorback fan I have ever met. I thought it would be appropriate to honor him on this special holiday.

Be safe and have a wonderful holiday...

Bald Eagle July 4th

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

The Search for the Perfect Vehicle

Please pray for us as we search for a replacement vehicle for Chad's truck. This can become a subject that causes great tension in our household. We spend a great deal of time in this vehicle since Chad's company furnishes the fuel. We want to find something that meets Chad's work needs but still provides the comfort of a family vehicle. Chad wants a truck and I want an SUV.

Maybe, this could be our compromise...if we can find one that fits our budget.

2008 Chevrolet Avalanche