Verse of the Moment

Matthew 6:33

Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Grilling Goodness #16

1. Do you and your spouse still celebrate Valentine's Day?
I usually get roses (either for my birthday which is the 3rd) or for valentine's day and we try to go out to eat.

2. When was the last time you licked a stamp?
Not a clue.

3. How many clocks are in your home?
11 (counting the ones on our computers)

4. What holiday is closest to your birthday?
Ground Hog's Day. My birthday is February 3rd.

5. Do you cook anything the same way your mother made it when you were growing up?
No exactly. I took what I learned from my mom and tweaked it. I make my children's birthday cakes like my mom made mine, I cook some recipes she taught me, etc.

6. Do you pay bills online?
My hubby does the bills and he does not pay them online.

7. Will you be gathering to watch the Super Bowl on Sunday?
Probably not.

8. Have you treated yourself to something this week?
I haven't bought myself anything, but my hubby stopped by Walgreens the other night and got me my favorite ice cream (which I had last night) and some honey buns. YUM!


Monday, January 26, 2009

I Have.....Part 2

15. Adopted a child (No. We thought about it when we were trying for three years to have Rachel, but God chose her for us instead.)
16. Had Food Poisoning (Hasn't everyone at one point or another. It has never been serious enough to be hospitalized.)
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty (Never even been to New York.)
18. Grown your own vegetables. (No, but I helped my grandmother with her vegetable garden growing up. I remember the okra the best. No idea why. Memories or so funny.)
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France. (If I haven't been to New York, then chances are that I haven't been to France.)
20. Slept on an overnight train. (No, but I thought about it as a vacation with the kids.)
21. Had a pillow fight. (I was a young girl once, sleepovers, etc.)
22. Hitch Hiked. (No. I don't want to be murdered on the side of the road.)
23. Taken a sick day when you're not ill. (Yes. I took all the days I could when I taught Kindergarten. I took full advantage of being pregnant and getting my days before the end of the school year. I knew I wasn't coming back the next year, so no reason to save them.)
24. Built a snow fort. (Yes. We actually used to get quite a bit of snow in Memphis, TN.)
25. Held a lamb. (and a goat, and a bunny and a cat and a........)
26. Gone Skinny Dipping (Not that I can remember. Seriously.)
27. Run a Marathon. (LOL! Really, you must not know me.)
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice. (Once again, I say, if I haven't been to New York, then France????? Venice?????)
29. Seen a total eclipse. (Yes. But does it count that it was on "Heroes". LOL!)
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset. (Yes. Sunset. Sunrise is a joke. I love my sleep.)

More to come at a later date. Stay tuned.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Grilling Goodness #15 from Golden Goodness

1. Have you ever ridden a horse?
Yes. I love horses, however I haven't ridden one in ages. I used to own a horse when I was younger and even took riding lessons. Pretty Posh!

2. Have you ever run out of gas?
Heaven's NO. I seem to have some fear of this and I rush to the gas station when my light comes on. I have been in the car when someone else ran out of gas.

3. How many different schools did you attend growing up?
One. I went to Briarcrest Christian school from K-12

4. Do you have, and use, a library card?
Yes, No. I have one, but we haven't used it in over a year.

5. Hand-wash or dishwasher?
Husband-wash. The best kind.

6. Does your alarm clock beep or play music?
Play music. The beep scares me half to death.

7. Do you know how to roller skate?

8. What would you consider one of your biggest accomplishments?
My marriage and my children.


Wednesday, January 21, 2009

I Have.......(copied from Golden Goodness)

I love stealing from Tina. She not only designed my blog, but also helps me with the actual blogging.....with Grillin' Goodness and now this.

1. Started your own blog. (Yes, then Tina improved it)
2. Slept under the stars. (Don't we all)
3. Played in a band. (I was in the drumline throughout high school and college)
4. Visited Hawaii. (Best vacation ever. Also, pre-children)
5. Watched a meteor shower. (I think, but not sure)
6. Given more than you can afford to charity. (We are faithful tither's at our church, but God has always provided so that we have not had to struggle)
7. Been to Disneyland/world. (Yes, when I was a kid and we plan to take our kids in the next few years)
8. Climbed a mountain. (Yes, but it depends on your category of mountainage. It was Sugar Loaf Mountain in Heber Springs, Arkansas. It has Mountain in the name.)
9. Held a praying mantis. (Yes, slow bugs don't bother me)
10. Sang a solo (Yes, I have been singing solo's at church since I was in high school. In fact I have one tonight, 1-21-09, and Sunday, 1-25-09)
11. Bungee jumper. (_________ NO! I don't use profanity, but you can guess the jist of my meaning and want to do so.)
12. Visited Paris. (No. I have never been to another country besides on a cruise).
13. Watching a lightning storm at sea. (Yes. Our first cruise was pretty rocky. Lots of storms.)
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch. (I guess it depends on what you consider art. I taught myself to crochet. I am not good at all, so that didn't stick. I taught myself to cross-stitch. I love to do that. Scrapbooking is a form of art, so I guess Yes!

I will answer more later. Got to go pick up the kids.


Tuesday, January 20, 2009

It's Snowing, It's Snowing, It's GONE!

Well, we woke up this morning to another very cold 20 something degrees.  I got Benjamin ready for school (A little different, they are having spirit week and he was able to dress as a vilian.  We chose Darth Vadar.).  As I was sending him to the neighbors house to car-pool, I noticed the little flurries.  We watched them for a minute and I wrapped Rachel up in a blanket and watched them before they disappeared, but to my amazement, the flurries got stronger and it started sticking to the ground.  I took a shower and got Rachel all bundled up and we went outside.  Here are a few pictures of her playing and cleaning the snow off the slide and swing.  It didn't take long for the wind to get to our bones. 

And just as soon as we came inside, the sun came out. BOOOOOOO!

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Grilling Goodness #14

1. Do you like scary movies?
Absolutely......NOT! I like suspense type movies, but no blood, knives, gore, etc. I startle easy enough as it ease and probably will die at 50 due to used up heart beats. Being scared to death and paying for it does not appeal to me.

2. What kind of cell phone do you have?
AT&T, Something. With a terrible battery life.

3. Do you have a passport?
Yes, but they messed it up. My birthdate is listed as March 2, 1975 instead of February 3, 1975. They reversed the month and day. Ironically, you would think that birth certificate I sent with the application would have been sufficient enough info on my birthdate. IDIOTS!

4. Has anything sad happened in your life this week?
Just HORMONES!!!!!

5. Have you ever broken any bones?
Yes. I broke my pinky finger in elementary school while doing basketball layups. It had to be re-broken due to the fact that my mother thought it was just jammed.

Also, the tip of my middle finger while playing softball a few years ago.

6. Did you do anything this week that you don't normally do?
I don't think so.

7. What's the worst thing you ever had in your wardrobe?
As in naughty or as in bad style? LOL! I guess I will go with bad style. LOL! I remember having a one piece jump suit. My niece recently saw it in a picture and thought it was hilarious.

8. Did you have braces on your teeth?



Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Rachel's Birthday Party

Here are some cute pictures from Rachel's birthday.  She was very excited about each gift.  I think she was a little overwhelmed.

PS.  It looks like dad was having a lot of fun as well.


Monday, January 12, 2009

Birthday Cakes!

The following cakes are all birthday cakes that I have made for my two kids over the last two years.  Hope you like them.  I do!

Rachel's Birthday Cakes

For Rachel's first birthday, we had a lady bug theme.  This is also part of the theme in her bedroom.

Obviously, this year was themed "ELMO".  What kid doesn't like him at one time or another?


This year we went with a "Minnie Mouse" theme.  Rachel loves everything that involves Mickey Mouse or his friends.  This was by far the biggest cake I have ever made.

Benjamin's Cakes

Let's see if I can remember all the cakes I have made for him.....
First birthday-Baseball diamond and Baseball (for him to have)
Second birthday-Bob the Builder
Third birthday-Construction Zone (dump trucks and piles of "mud and dirt")
Fourth birthday-Cement Mixer (by far the easiest, I took a firetruck pan and then cut out the mixer part in cardboard, covered it in paper and syran wrap and placed it on top of where the ladders would have been on the firetruck)
Fifth birthday-Camouflage Jeep

For his sixth birthday, we had a Star Wars theme and I made two cakes since the "Death Star" would be difficult to eat.

For his seventh birthday, we had a Pirate theme. I made this treasure chest that is on a small island in the water.

This past year we decided to go with a color theme instead and we chose "Blue". We all wore blue clothes and had blue decorations. Even the inside of the cake was blue. (By the way, it is difficult to find blue ice cream.)


Tank you, Tank you! and PTHHHHHHH!

I would like to officially thank Mindy for complimenting me on my improved blogging skills of 2009. I am trying to blog more. Not saying it will actually stick, but it's a try.

And, (Sticking my tongue out) PTHHHHHHHHHH! to Tina for calling me a slacker.


Sunday, January 11, 2009

Rachel's Birthday

Rachel is three years old. We had her party yesterday, but she was officially three years old at 4:03PM today.

I mentioned the other day that I love to make my children's cakes. I have a few on digital camera from the last few years, so I am working on a post to show you the cakes I have made.

Stay tuned.


Grilling Goodness from Golden Goodness

1. What's your 'dream machine' - as in vehicle? Do you think you'll ever own it?
For some reason when I was younger I fell in love with a 1957 Corvette Convertible. Maybe someday.

2. Can you water ski?

3. What kind of milk to you prefer?
White, Cow, 2%

4. Have any of your pet peeves 'gotten your goat' this week?
GLITTER-Little girl birthday cards are covered in them.

5. How do you prepare your taxes? HR Block, Turbo Tax, by hand - or does someone else do it for you?
By my husband's hand. It helps that he is a Sr. Tax Anaylst

6. Did you start a workout program this New Year?

7. Do you have a certain meal that you cook each and every week?
We usually have breakfast for dinner at least once a week.

8. When do you normally write your blog posts?
At night, if they are written at all.


Wednesday, January 7, 2009

What's going on with me.......What's going on with you?

Well, the Christmas season is over and you know good and well that things don't slow down. Especially when one of your children has a birthday at the beginning of January.

In my spare time (which there is not much of, proof in the non-blogging) I have been slowly gathering and buying and putting together the party.

Rachel is going to be three on Sunday, but we are having her party on Saturday. She is having a Minnie Mouse birthday. I found the cutest cake that I am going to make. I started making the birthday cakes for both my kids because this is something my mom had always done for me and my brother and sister. I love putting in the time and making something unique and special. I will have to make a blog of just the birthday cakes I have made.

That gives me an idea........What traditions are you trying to pass on to your kids? (I am not talking about holiday traditions, but everyday little things, birthday traditions, school traditions, etc.) Let me hear from you.


Monday, January 5, 2009

Grilling Goodness #12

1. If you could have done something different in 2008, what would it be?

Keep my mouth closed. I will work on that again this year.

2. What is something that you know will happen in 2009?

I won't keep my mouth closed.

3. What is something that you hope will happen in 2009?

I will keep my mouth closed.

4. Do you already have a vacation planned for this year?

No. I can always dream.

5. Are you relieved that the holidays are over?

Yes. But I move immediately to birthday party mode. Rachel's third birthday is January 11th.

6. Did you make a resolution? Will you share it?

No. I would never keep it. I have no will power.

7. How old will you turn in 2009?

That's just personal. You don't ask a lady a question like that. I think 34.

8. What did you do to celebrate the New Year?

Not a thing. I have kids, I work too much and I love my sleep.