Friday, August 31, 2007

No Way Could I Resist...




...or that many days until I get back. Maybe less. =)

ht: Mama Sings

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

See Y'all at Christmas...

I cannot even begin to express to you how crazy life became when school started. I don't even think about blogging when something happens that is bloggable. So, I'm out. Until Christmas anyway.

Sadly, I may not be checking my blog reader either. It's just too much for me to even mess with and I value my sleep way more at this point. (My menus blog will remain if I can get it together. But it too may have been a short lived experiment!)

So, see ya later alligator!!

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Bedtime Song

This is for my mommy friends (and daddy's too if you read) who are often more tired than they let on! Have a great weekend. =)

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Internets, We Have a Close Date!

First of all, I took the dog out this morning and saw this (see picture). I don't really like getting up early, but scenes like this make it all worth while. I'm not a great photog, but I think you get the picture. (pun totally intended)
Now, on to the exciting news! Provided we have no more hang-ups, we should be closing on the house Sept. 4th; which also happens to be my 36th Birthday. =) Happy Birthday to Me!!!

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Tomorrow

"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of it's own." Matthew 6:34

I
am not worried. She is very much prepared. Her teacher is a darling sweet Christian who prays over her students. She is excited. She wants to go. Tomorrow my sweet Mini-me starts kindergarten.

I would be lying however, if I told you I wasn't sad...in a bittersweet kind of way. Although we had planned to home school her, I've known she would go to public kinder since we moved in January. And I look back over the past five years and have such distinct memories of events, large and small, in her life.

...the moment she was born and Dr. Charles told us she was a girl. ( I wanted a girl sooooo badly.)

....the time I tried to make her "cry it out"; then I cried it out. She was a terrible sleeper. I think she can out sleep me now.

.... Her third birthday when she cried because every one was looking at her and singing "Happy Birthday". It's the most precious video.

....her face, all chubby and excited, as she ran up to me as I held brand new Mini-T and wanted to know when she (the baby) would be able to play. Mini-me seemed huge to me then, but she had barely turned three.

....the times I've hurt her feelings out of my own frustrations.

...when she prays and thanks Jesus for dying on the cross.

....and tomorrow, when she lets go of her crying mother's hand to go into class holding her Hello Kitty backpack with the bling all over it.

Tomorrow is just the beginning of many more memories, and I can't wait to hold them all close to my heart...where she will always be.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

The alligator, pooter and some leprosy...

I don't often post about the crazy things my kids say. Frankly, if I don't write it down that instant, I forget within about 5 seconds what the exact words were. But the following were funny enough for me to write down.

I don't know about you, but having a 5 1/2 and 2 1/2 year old around means we have to constantly work on sharing. Mini-me always does some sort of fun craft at Lifekids when we attend church on Saturday nights. Last night's craft involved many craft sticks glued to a piece of paper. It looked like a fence, but I don't think that is what it was. Anyhoo, there was one extra stick that was clearly a person. As we were getting in the car, Mini-T had naturally decided the stick in the form of the persona was hers. So Terry gave it back to Mini-Me (after she had fussed about it) and had Mini-T ask for it. Nicely. With the word "please". After the sharing had taken place Mini-Me pipes up and says, "Hey Dad, I gave her Jesus and leprosy!"

I certainly hope it was another loose stick.


Speaking of Mini-Me, feel free to translate the following:

"Let's go to church and ride the alligator!"

"Daddy, do you have dd's on your pooter?"
**answers in the comments.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Goodbye Sweet Summer!


Terry took this last weekend off. So naturally we went to Dallas to see family and friends just one more time before the end of summer. Saturday night was spent with friends at a restaurant called Life's a Beach. We ate food inside and then went outside where the kids played in a great big sandpit/beach. They had a blast! The best thing about this is there are no tokens or complicated games. Just sand, pails and shovels. We had a great time and the kids slept great that night!!!

Hope y'all had a fun summer and enjoy the upcoming school year.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

The Ultimate Birthday Party

When we hosted Mini-me's first birthday party, I spent ridiculous amounts of money including $65 for a birthday cake. For her second birthday, we had her party at the Teddy Bear Factory. Ten children attended, including her, and I'm sure I spent in the neighborhood of $300. Looking back, I realize it was completely ridiculous. Not that I think her birthday shouldn't have been special, but come on....do you think she remembers a thing of it? We don't even have that stupid bear from the second one any more. After that, I made a mental promise to myself that we would no longer go overboard on birthdays. Only the biggies get a little more attention. (5, 13, 16..and 18 when we kick her out of the house. Just kidding.)

I was reminded of our past events when Shannon at Rocks in my Dryer linked to Birthdays Without Pressure, and I started reading some of the most outlandish behavior on the part of some parents. I think it is unfortunate what is happening in our society of keeping up with the Jones'.

After Mini-me's second birthday party, we attended the party of a dear friend's daughter. It was at her house. Mom made the cake. She had traditional and not over the top decorations. It was during the week so her stay at home mom friends came with their kids. We had chips, dip and soda....and cake with juice boxes for the kids. After the gifts were opened, the kids played with the toys while the mommies sat around, talked and RELAXED...including the mom. Honestly, it reminded me of when I was five years old, and I loved it.

Why had I allowed myself to get trapped into this each year topping the next? By the time Mini-me's four year party was coming up, she told me that if she couldn't have a party like her cousin's, she didn't want one. Can I tell you how much money you save when you don't have a party at all? =)

Last year we knew we were moving. So I called a local beauty school and got a package for her and five of her friends to get their nails, hair and makeup done. (Super cheap since they were students.) They wore their own princess costumes; my best friend made the cake* and I ordered $5 pizzas for lunch. She loved it!

Since we've been in Edmond we've attended several birthday parties. It is VERY relaxed around here. Mom's have made cakes and instead of gift bags they do a craft...which I love. We still have our Terra Cotta bird feeder and potted plant outside the apartment. We'll never be the same again. And can I just say, "Whew!"


*I admit that my friend who makes our cakes is a professional. So, I was very spoiled with our cakes. Now that we've moved to Edmond, I'll be at Target like every one else!

Monday, August 06, 2007

Copper Pumpkins

I love fall, and fall decor, and fall air, and fall foods, and fall sports...I just love fall. I know it hasn't come even close to getting here yet. As a matter of fact, it just now became fairly warm and dry on a consistent basis here. It feels like summer. The minute I walk outside I start to sweat.

But in Hobby Lobby fall and Christmas are arriving...and going on sale. So when I saw these copper pumpkins and they were half off, I knew they had to be mine. Not only can you put tea lights inside, but the have little copper hangers attached for, well, hanging.

Needless to say when we move into the house at the end of this month (God willing, please) they will be one of my first autumn decorations to go up.