Wednesday, December 22
Tuesday, December 21
Tuesday, December 14
Sunday, December 12
So. Sad day for me. I'm a blogging loser these days. But rest assured, we're still here. The Christmas wreaths are up so the southern hospitality patrol won't come knocking and the banisters look lovely. (thanks to Maci). I will post pictures. For real. Just not today...or tomorrow...maybe next weekend.
Sunday, December 5
Saturday, November 27
UPDATE- interceptions release me from that promise. stinking freaking piece of crap game.
This year, Santa's house is decorating the downstairs "powder room." Andy was opposed to this location for obvious reasons but he soon realized it was indeed a decent home. (and "there is a fan in there if you need it") He rearranges the elves often- its a new scene almost every time I visit the powder room.
Here is a picture of the most recent scene. Apparently one elf may have had a bit too much to drink. I'll keep you posted on the elf happenings as the season continues...
Sunday, November 21
Saturday, November 6
As ads are trickling in I have already circled a couple things in Walgreens ad and just this morning I snagged the early Itunes gift card deal ($50 gift card for $35 at Walmart). Please don't tell my children.
So as much as I love summer- and I do love summer. Black Friday excitement will keep me warm for a little while.
Sunday, October 31
"You make all things work together for my good." This is pulled straight from the Word (Romans 8:28) which means we can bank on it. Some people get hung up here on a misunderstanding. This verse does not imply that God puts junk in our lives so He can then make it good. WE put junk in our lives. We do that because of our sinful nature. Still don't believe me? Ask yourself--would YOU make your child sick just so you could give her medicine to make her better? Absolutely not. Then why would we believe a sovereign God would work way?
Let me say it again- WE bring the junk into our lives because of OUR sinful nature. But in God's goodness, He still loves us. He still chooses to take our junk and make it work for our good. Now please know we can't sit in our crap and expect God to make it a bed of roses. He won't. We have to acknowledge the crap, seek forgiveness, and turn from it. Then God WILL restore us. He WILL make ALL things work together for my good. His love never fails. There may be pain in the night but joy comes in the morning.
See why that is my new favorite worship song?
Listen and worhsip.
Thursday, October 28
I would have posted about it this morning when I was all fired up. --random side note-- I used to have a principal that would go around saying, "what is Mrs. Soandso all fired up about?" Do you know I have taught for 7 principals in 9 years. What does that you tell? See. I'm sure that tragic state of education post is on the horizon. Trust me. I'll get fired up again.
I could have had a profitable career in the travel industry. Darn you college algebra!
Sunday, October 24
Firsts in 2010
*Taking the Keys to the Kingdom Tour which included our first time to go backstage and even down into the utilidors.
*Behind the Seeds tour at the Land in Epcot.
*New restaurants- Columbia Harbour House, Ohanna, Rose and Crown
*Riding the boat from DHS to EPCOT.
*Making it to rope drop at DHS.
*Seeing the Kiss Goodnight at Magic Kingdom (twice!)
*Slowing down to watch some shows- Little Mermaid, Beauty & the Beast, and the film in France
*Strolling down Main Street to take time noticing the details- this was actually part of the KTTK tour but we promised each other we will make a true effort to slow down in the parks and enjoy the scenery.
*Experiencing Epcots Food and Wine Festival.
*Seeing Disney with fall decorations (very nice but not as magical as Disney at Christmas)
Even with all those firsts...we still have a Disney To Do list...
*Stay at the Contemporary
*Take family pictures in Canada (Epcot)
*Be at Epcot for rope drop
*Resort hop to visit Animal Kingdom Lodge, Boardwalk, & Pop Century
*Eat at Sci Fi
*Eat the bakery in France
*Have a Dole whip
*Stay in a Magic Kingdom room at the Contemporary & watch the fireworks from our balcony
*Watch Fining Nemo at Animal Kingdom
*Go to that Conservation area at Animal Kingdom (I actully don't like Animal Kingdom...but if I have to go there...I need to see these areas)
*Draw Minnie Mouse at the animation studio
*See all of Downtown Disney
*Spend a little bit of time at Typhoon Lagoon or Blizzard Beach (ok, so this isn't on my to do list...but it is on the kids)
*Take the Epcot backstage tour
*Take the Walt tour
*Stroll instead of sprint
*Stay awake during the Hall of Presidents presentation
*Watch them retire the flag at dusk at Magic Kingdom
*Make my kids watch the 360 degree Canada film like I remember having to do as a kid.
*Ride the Astro Orbiters (I chicken out every.single.time because of the height!)
See. We do need to go back next year. And the next. And the next...
Tuesday, October 19
Wednesday, September 22
#1. Never return a pan empty.
#2. Babies should nap in their beds.
#3. Wear shoes during a thunderstorm.
#4. Rats make nests in messy drawers.
#5. Always run a sink of soapy water when you're cooking.
#6. Always ask yourself "what would Grandmama think..."
#7. You just feel better when the refrigerator is cleaned out.
#8. Downsize leftovers frequently. (must be tied to #7)
#9. Red fingernail polish makes people think you are a floosy (aka- a Jezebel).
#10. Never. Never whisper in public. Never.
#11. Don't call people after 10 pm.
#12. Watch who brings in what food at a covered dish party.
#13. Your jewelry pieces should never add up to more than 10. Each earring counts separately.
#14. Your hose should never be darker than your shoes.
#16. Gargling with warm salt water solves a myriad of problems.
#17. Underwear should be white cotton.
#18. Cake in milk is a perfectly acceptable breakfast choice.
#19. Garages are for your cars- not your junk.
#20. Make your bed.
Simply for Grandmamas entertainment---Andy wanted to add the things he has learned-
"I have air coming out my pants!"
"We gotta put clothes on when we get home- you naked people."
Happy birthday Mother!!!
Sunday, September 19
With your family.
With your job.
With the dreams that you are living.
With the dreams you're still trying to capture.
With the people you allow to speak into your life.
With your attitude.
With your time.
With your finances.
This is your life.
Wednesday, September 15
Wow. It kinda feels like birthday season again. Today is my sister's birthday. I'd calculate her age but she'd probably rather I not. Let's just say she is
Happy birthday Connie! Love you bunches...see you soon.
Saturday, September 11
In the past 3 weeks, my family has lost my aunt Delores on my dad's side and my uncle Jimmy on my mom's side. Both losses were pretty unexpected- certainly we weren't prepared for them. As a Christian we know this isn't the end. But as a human it is an awfully difficult time to endure.
These are the times it really really sucks to be 1000 miles away. I also find it difficult to grasp the reality of the situation when I'm not there. Maybe that's how I protect myself a little bit...
Today I am focusing on the picture that Grandmama has Jimmy's company running in the daisies and I firmly believe they will be continuing the Sunday coffee tradition in the morning. Oh yes. There is coffee in heaven you know.
Thursday, September 9
Monday, August 30
Wednesday, August 25
Sunday, August 22
Monday, August 16
Friday, August 13
Tuesday, August 10
Monday, August 9
From doing the research, we knew to introduce her to Spicy on neutral territory. We arranged a meeting at the gazebo behind the house. Lucy was ready to play right away. Spicy was not so sure. He is afraid of this tiny little girl. We're easing into it slowly and I believe they will be best friends- eventually. And as long as Spicy does everything Lucy wants. Brad has now declared that Spicy is "his" dog. Like we didn't already know that.
I can't wait to get pictures of them together....can you imagine....teacup with teapot!
McBee = MAC bee
Belin = BLANE (I so would have said bell in)
Cheddar = SHED ur (Andy would've gotten that one right.)
Clinton = Clin on (do they not see that t?)
Huger = HU gee (again, see that r?)
Lancaster = lank uh ster
Legare = le GREE
Newry = NEAR ree
Tammassee = tuh MAH see
I guess this explains Wingate (wing it) Pineville (pine vul) too. Oklahoma has some crazy town names(Tahlequah, Oologah, Muskogee) but at least we utlize phonics.
Friday, August 6
Thursday, August 5
I've gone back and forth on whether or not to blog on this. The Bible says not to boast about fasting...it should be a private thing. However, when a church is doing a fast together part of that silence is lifted. And believe me, this isn't boasting...this is begging for help! In this particular case, our church is getting prepared to start the Daniel Fast. Brad and I are participating and I want you to help keep me accountable in this. I am quite the carnivore. I drink coffe- with milk- every morning. Every. Single. Morning. This is going to be a struggle. The basics of the Daniel fast are to have a diet of fruit and vegetables. We will omit meat, dairy, sugar, and heavily processed foods. I say heavily processed because Brad and I have decided we will eat whole grain bread and some canned vegetables. Does that make us less holy? I actually don't think so.
I'm going to be really honest here (when am I ever NOT really honest on here?) but I've never fully understood how a fast is helpful in seeking God because I would think one would be soooo totally focused on food that nothing else would consume their thoughts. I am trusting to come out of this experience with new beliefs and knowledge in this area.
So, if you happen to be a blog reader that prays for us, please pray heavily from August 8th-August 21st. We start at 6pm on the 8th...so yes...you will see me with coffee at church Sunday morning. Please don't think I have already fallen off the wagon by 10am!
If you have participated in the Daniel fast and have encouragement (AND RECIPES) to share...please send them our way.
No Mother, the kids aren't participating. They will still get all the milk and meat they need. They might see a few new vegetables around here though.
Monday, August 2
Thursday, July 29
Monday, July 26
Sunday, July 25
I'm sure she is a lovely lady and all but that sweater choice would make me second guess any advice she had to offer.
Friday, July 23
To complete the redo I had to take down the red curtains. The "new" curtains are mistreatments. $5.99 pillow cases from another favorite store- Target (read that with the fancy accent). The rods were
Thursday, July 22
Wednesday, July 21
I know the "pros" like Nester and Vintage are still kicking but where are the rest of you? It's too quiet...I see you reading but no one is talking back to me anymore...Hello? Hellllloooo? Is this thing on?
Tuesday, July 20
Another week has passed. As I type,
1 1/2 lbs shrimp (peeled, deveined- I use frozen)
1/2 c unsalted butter (or you could substitute extra virgin olive oil)
1/4 c minced fresh parsley (or 2T dried)
2 garlic cloves (minced)
2T lemon juice
2T chicken brother
1/2 t salt
1/8 t pepper
1/2 c shredded parmesan cheese
Then my additions to the recipe...
1 bag of fresh spinach
small container of cherry or grape tomatoes (cut in half)
Cook noodles as directed. In a large skillet saute shrimp in the butter for 4 minutes. Add parsley, garlic, lemon juice, broth, salt, & pepper.
Add the spinach handfuls at a time so it can wilt. Add the tomatoes at the end. Stir a bit more until the tomatoes look right. (I don't know...that's just the kind of cook I am...eyeball it.)
Drain the noodles and put them in a large bowl. Pour the shrimp mixture over them. Mix with 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese.
Voila. Mrs. Brown's yummy spinach fettuccine- with a summer twist.
Monday, July 19
Yes, that would be chocolate shavings on top of peanut butter icing on top of chocolate cake with more peanut butter icing in the center. Of course if you are some alien being and don't find the combo of chocolate and peanut butter to be the end all of all snacks. There are many more options. Like this runner up for me...
Another option- the Butterfinger cupcake.
Moving to EPCOT...here is our very own snack try from Sunshine Seasons (along with Brad's counter service meal).
This was butterfinger cheesecake, strawberry shortcake, and chocolate cake.
Now, you understand why snack research is essential. Plan wisely and you can eat your way through the World. (for free!!!)
I beg of you- for the love of all things Disney- do not waste a snack credit on Dr.Pepper!