Wednesday, September 30, 2009



As I write this morning, there is a NIP in the air . . . 48 degrees when I took the kids to school. It has warmed up a little and now is 55 degrees.

I wanted to post a few photos . . . the first is beautiful yellow mums that are planted next door. Ardyce would have absolutely loved their brilliant color. (Ardyce passed away almost 11 months ago now.)

Here are a few photos of my container plantings and one of our burning bushes:

Friday, September 25, 2009

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Wednesday, September 23, 2009


50 Questions

Kelli listed this cute litte Q & A on her blog and invited others to copy and post it too because she is nice like that!!! Thanks Kelli!

1. Where were you three hours ago? at home with the nosey painter and carpenter

2. Who are you in love with? my hubs of 26 soon to be 27 years. (I had to make sure of the length of time - my mind isn't what it used to be!)

3. Have you ever eaten a crayon? Don't think I ever ate a crayon, but believe I did eat some elmers paste a time or two.

4. Is there anything pink within 10 feet of you? fushia but not pink

5. When was the last time you went to the mall? It has been a very long time . . . I dislike going shopping unless it is online

6. Are you wearing socks right now? No, hardly ever do I wear socks.

7. Do you have a car worth over $2000? Yes

8. When was the last time you drove out of town? Hmmm it has been a while.

9. Have you been to the movies in the last 5 days? No, nothing has interested me.

10. Are you hot? Well, my hubs might think so . . . Oh wait - are you asking about if I feel hot? Well no actually I am quite comfortable.

11. What was the last thing you had to drink? Water

12. What are you wearing right now? A purple t -shirt and blue jeans.

13. Do you wash your car or let the car wash do it? Toss up . . . I actually like the drive through washes.

14. Last food you ate? beer chili

15. Where were you last week at this time? same place

16. Have you bought any clothing items in the last week? Yes, I purchased jammies for my youngest. Hanna Andersson.

17. When was the last time you ran? I really don't want two black eyes (if you know what I mean)

18. What was the last sporting event you watched? The children - world wide children's wrestling in my backyard last weekend.

19. Your favorite animal? dogs

20. Your dream vacation? Sanibel Island

21. Last person’s house you were in? Mine

22. Worst injury you ever had? sliced my left pointer finger with a knife while cutting a bagel for breakfast - the bagel was frozen and I tried to pry it open - NEVER DO THAT! I cut my finger half way around pretty much to the bone.

23. Have you been in love? Yes with my hubs and each of my children!

24. Do you miss anyone right now? my Maternal Grandma

25. Last play you saw? The high school spring play. It was awesome.

26. What is your secret weapon to lure the opposite sex? Hmmmmmm I really don't think I have one. 27 years of marriage to the same guy!

27. What are your plans for tonight? a whole lot of nothing!

28. Who is the last person to send you a Facebook message or comment?

29. Next trip you are going to take? absolutely no idea

30. Ever go camping? as a child and teenager

31. Were you an honor student in school? No

32. What do you want to know about the future? The future . . . what do I want to know about it . . . Really I don't want to know anything. I just want to live day by day.

33. Are you wearing perfume or cologne? yes, Donna Karan Cashmere - my favorite

34. Are you due sometime this year for a doctor’s visit? Probably, but after last years week in the hospital I feel I have done my time!

35. Where is your best friend? on a ride with our youngest

36. How is your best friend? doing o.k. but at time gets grumpy . . . but don't we all

37. Do you have a tan? No.

38. What are you listening to right now? one of the dogs barking and the kids causing a rukus

39. Do you collect anything? cookbooks, clocks

40. Who is the biggest gossiper you know? I'd rather not say.

41. Last time you got stopped by a cop or pulled over? Many years ago I was given a warning.

42. Have you ever drank your soda from a straw? Yes

43. What does your last text message say? I haven't text messaged in a while.

44. Do you like hot sauce? No way

45. Last time you took a shower? This morning

46. Do you need to do laundry? I only have one more load of wash to do.

47. What is your heritage? hmmmm - I am a child of the King!

48. Are you someone’s best friend? Yes

49. Are you rich? yes, I am a child of the King

50. What were you doing at 12 AM last night? getting ready to go to bed

Tuesday, September 22, 2009


I though it would be fun to make a list of "sayings" that are popular in your family . . . so here is a list to get started:

  1. You can get GLAD in the same PANTS you got MAD in.
  2. Not happy? Write your congressman.
  3. Because, I am the Mom that's why.
  4. When you get your Mom degree, let me know.
  5. Would you let ME be the Mom . . . Please?
  6. Slick as Snot on a Door Knob.
  7. Oh Applesauce
  8. Close the door . . . Were you raised in a barn?
  9. This room is a pig stye!
  10. This house smells like a barn!
  11. Are you writing a book and got to my chapter?
  12. Mind YOUR business . . . you have enough to worry about.
  13. Are you Using the Ears God gave you to listen?
  14. Make sure to put on clean undies . . .
  15. Wash your hands
  16. Wipe your butt (not necessarily in the order of the list)
  17. FLUSH
  18. If you Sprinkle When You Tinkle . . .
  19. Your undies go on with the pocket in the front.
  20. We aren't cooling the outside, shut the door.
  21. What is that stink?

Sunday, September 20, 2009


My Daughter K just finished up another beautiful drawing . . . this one is of Harper . . . many of you read her Momma's blog Kelly's Korner. Harper is one of God's Special Miracles . . .

Friday, September 18, 2009


This is totally unbelievable . . . today, my parents were going to begin re-shingling their roof. The waited a few hours for their shingles to arrive and had the man power to get a lot of the shingle work done today. Well, that was the plan . . .

The truck arrived with the shingles on a pallet and the truck driver began lifting the shingles onto the roof when this happened:

Apparently when the driver had the pallet of shingles on the top of the roof, the hydraulic hose broke. The pallet of shingles then plummeted through the roof of the garage. Several roof trusses were broken, the sofet and guttering ruined and now a big hole in the roof of the garage. There is damage on the other side of the house from the impact PLUS hydraulic oil was sprayed all over the house, roof and drive.
Needless to say, the roofing job was put on hold for the day. Praise The Lord that no one was injured or killed in this freak accident. THIS COULD HAVE BEEN A TRAGIC ACCIDENT.
Please life Mom and Dad up in prayer . . . today was a bit rough at their house. There is a lot of repair to be done . . . Plus the roof still needs shingled.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009


Where do they get this stuff? I constantly wonder this about the things my children say or do. There are times I am in utter amazement and disbelief and the "stuff" they try to get by with . . . it can be jaw dropping!

As a child, I would NEVER have thought to say or do the things that kids come up with these days.

a little sampling of things they say . . .
  • WHY can't I?
  • GIVE ME one good reason why I can't!
  • 'cause' I wanted to!
  • 'cause' I didn't want to!
  • I don't have to!
  • my friends are . . .
  • tattle, tattle, tattle
  • Mommy . . . Daddy won't let me . . .
  • Daddy . . . Mommy won't let me . . .
  • I'm telling Mommy
  • asking someone other than family . . . What are you buying me for my birthday? It is in a few days.
  • Volunteering ~~~ it is going to be my birthday soon, come over to my house and have cake! (no party was planned)
  • I didn't do THAT . . . Ida Know who Did!
  • NOT ME x 4
  • It was . . . 4 little boys blaming one another
  • I didn't . . . even though two adults witnessed it

a little sampling of things they do:

  • spit on the floor from the top bunk bed
  • try to hang on the ceiling fan (fan has since been removed)
  • jump from several stairs down to the foyer (this is a big no no)
  • swing from the banister (another big no no)
  • jump or run or body slam on the sectional (I don't think so babe!)
  • leave their dirty clothes on the floor and tell me they are in the laundry (not a good idea)
  • not put away their clean clothes in their drawers or hang them (the hangers are already on the clothing prior to the children taking them to their room) ~~ (guess what they get to clean up?)
  • throwing clean clothing onto the closet floor and closing the door (does not make a happy momma)
  • peeing their pants at night and then hiding them under their blanket or pillow (nasty - if/when they do that, they get to strip their beds themselves)
  • leave things for others to pick up and put away (we talk about others first)
  • tell me their chores are completed when they are not (busted)
  • pick boogies (nasty, nasty, nasty)
  • sometimes eat the boogies or put them on someone else (ewe - boys are gross)
  • body slam one another (as long as no one is hurt - it is o.k.)
  • pile ups (as long as no one is hurt - it is o.k.)

In our house, we can almost expect anything to be said or done. Much of the time, things are simple normal little boy actions like some of the above. Other times, the children choose to do what that want regardless of the circumstances or end result.

We as parents MUST take the time to be with our children, to enjoy our children, to teach our children and to love our children. Parents, we can not afford to worry that our child won't like us if we "make" them do the right thing or discipline them. Parenting isn't a popularity contest . . . God NEVER designed parenting that way. God didn't intend for us to be "friends" with our children instead of "parents." Parenting can be fun, don't take me wrong! We have HUGE responsibilities to God, our children, our spouses and our communities to be Godly Parents.

Monday, September 14, 2009


Thank you girls for all of your comments and suggestions about couponing! You guys rock! I feel a bit encouraged about couponing and will give it a try once again.

Today was a rough day . . . bullet form seems to work for me, so here goes my challenges for the day . . . further down, I will list my blessings for the day!
  • kids were up too early
  • fussing and arguing
  • back talking
  • screaming
  • lying
  • ignoring mommy
  • facebook dogging and messing up
  • totes to unload
  • the threat of a carpenter not working if my kids and I are in the garage
  • headache, neck ache and shoulder ache

my BLESSINGS for the DAY:

  • a nap
  • daddy taking the naughtiest one with him
  • advil
  • tylenol
  • coffee
  • an understanding husband
  • a loving daughter (she made me coffee just because)
  • good friends on facebook
  • a lovely talk with my mom this morning
  • I found my meatloaf pan
  • kids that tell me they love me
  • puppy kisses
  • wireless
  • blogs that encourage
  • seeing pictures of our local festival online
  • podcasts from the Village Church
  • health
  • little boy kisses
  • all time high Farkle score
  • comfy undies
  • freshly shaven legs
  • an uninterrupted soak in the tub
  • great smelling bath shampoo

How about you? Do your blessings Out Weigh your Challenges?


I hate to say it, but I am in a TERRIBLE mood today. I feel a bit overwhelmed . . . Totes must be unloaded, so far we have unloaded five or six and are getting rid of most of it. The happy note of the morning . . . we found my favorite meatloaf pan.

We came to a tote of shoes and then another . . . then we ended up in the garage - that didn't go well. I really need hubs to be home for that . . . in fact, he actually needs to clean it! I am aggravated that the garage is out of control . . . his stuff mostly and then the carpenters. There are cabinets in there that will be installed in the boys bathroom when we, hubs and I redo it this fall.

We were in the garage to attempt clean up when I was asked if we were going to be in the garage long by the carpenter. I said, probably why? He was very matter of fact that if we were going to be in the garage then he was not going to work on the stairs. Apparently, he cannot cut wood with us out there. Grrrrrrr

Then there are the children . . . yes they are home today from school. Today is recuperation day from the festival weekend. They are out of control today . . . not listening, not obeying . . . three out of three are now in time out. One is with Daddy . . . no, he isn't in trouble . . . he just wanted to go with him today.

I have a lot to do, but with the kids home and the carpenter here and we cannot do what we normal do. I guess we will have to let the kids run outside for a while. That will be after lunch. Right now we are going to clip coupons . . . we have a ton of groceries to get and so I will make a list for that as well.

Thank you that responded to the coupon post. I may try again! Wish me luck.


Here is a new topic on this blog . . .


Do you coupon? If you do, do you download and print your coupons? Do you use the Kroger download the savings to your kroger card feature?

How do you coupon? Is it worth the time and energy?

I have tried couponing before, but never seem to get the joy out of it. It just seems too time consuming to me. What about you?

I have relatives that coupon all the time and seem to be running here and there. Do you run here and there to all of the stores?

I usually save a bit at, but that isn't for groceries.

Tell me your coupon stories!

Thursday, September 10, 2009


Do you ever hide in the bathroom? Do your kids stand at the locked bathroom door and say, "Mommy let me in!" You don't? Hmmm maybe you don't have kids. You DO . . . welcome to my club! lol

The life and sounds of being a BOY Mommy! They are almost too numerous to count, but I am going to give it a try . . . within reason. Here goes:
  • slippery slimy kisses
  • no potty privacy
  • visitors coming into the bathroom while you are showering
  • pants pocket laundry surprises . . . you just never know what you will find
  • snot encrusted shirts - tissues are hard to come by you know
  • sprinkle tinkles
  • empty toilet rolls
  • bathroom counter tops are full of soap - no need for cleaner with all of that soap
  • hugs that are so hard they hurt . . . but are welcome anyway
  • no need for hearing aids in our house
  • the knowledge that a six year old boy can NOT throw a rock over the school building, but can hit a window instead
  • various smells . . . most of which are not good
  • words are heard like . . . hot lava, you stink, pow pow pow, me the superhero or I'm tellin mom . . .
  • booger picking - yes by all of my boys, ewe!
  • booger eating - I know that is the worst!
  • bodily noises - they think are funny . . . mommy does not
  • finding toilets not flushed . . . but nobody did it
  • boys wanting to eat ALL THE TIME . . . they NEVER fill up - I am very afraid of the grocery bill when I have four teenage boys in the house
  • little boys love to run, jump and climb . . . yes, even in the house
  • wrestling, piling atop one another
  • who did this? not me . . . x 4 . . . do you have those ghosts in your house too? They are named: NOT ME & IDA KNOW
  • the blame game . . .
  • did you put on clean undies??? Yes, there are times I have to remind them to put on clean undies after their bath
  • what do you mean you don't have any undies on? Yes, that has happened here too.
  • Why did you pee on your bedroom floor? Well . . . I was busy with . . .
  • We do not pee in the air ducts.
  • We do not pee down the stairs.
  • We do not have pee fights with our brothers.
  • We ALWAYS flush.
  • We ALWAYS wipe our bottoms.
  • We ALWAYS wash our hands . . . WITH SOAP.
  • Clothing isn't for drying hands after washing them . . . use the towel hanging by the sink.
  • Game pieces are for games, not for playing with individually.
  • What is THAT smell?
  • No shoes in the house.
  • Yes, you Must have your hair combed. I know we did it yesterday, but you have to do it today too.
  • snap your pants
  • zip your pants
  • Your homework must be done BEFORE TV time. Yes, you have to do it all.
  • Do Not Sass Me
  • Don't ask me "why?" I am your Mommy and I SAY SO! (Don't be hard on me here.)
  • What do you mean "give me one good reason why you can't!"
  • When you have your Mom degree, let me know.
  • You are my favorite Mommy~ I am so pleased, since I am your ONLY Mommy! lol
  • I love you too!


Have YOU hugged YOUR BOYS today?

Tuesday, September 8, 2009


Midweek is here already . . . but wasn't that extra day to the weekend wonderful?

Our weather here is wonderful . . . low 80's and breezy. I love the 70's temps better, but will take the 80's too.

Have your kids started looking at items for Christmas yet? The Lego catalog arrived in our mail on Saturday and the kids devoured it! There are little post it flaggies all over the catalog with little boys' names on it. Sis got into the act as well, but only placed one flag for the Taj Mahal. It is only 5,922 pieces. Wowee!!!

I received two wonderful books in the mail this week . . . and may I add that they were signed by the author!!! ;-) The books are: The Creative Family and Handmade Home both by Amanda Blake Soule! I enjoyed flipping through each page and leaving my own little post it tags of little projects I want to try. I was even thinking a few of them might be fun projects for the kids to give to their teachers at Christmas. The books are lovely and have plenty of instruction to each project.

I have decided to try BRIBERY with C our 3 1/2 year old and his potty training. I purchased some of his favorite candy . . . smarties . . . and told him that every time he goes potty on the potty he will get some. He immediately went and received his reward. A little bit later I coaxed him again and he would not go. So, on to plan B . . . I will continue to BRIBE him PLUS when he won't go potty and wets his pants, I will remove one of the smarties packs from the container but not give it to him. I think once he sees that his smarties are going down one by one he might get himself busy and do what he needs to.

Tomorrow will find me doing laundry, cleaning two 1/2 baths and vacuuming the kitchen. Today I had the delight of cleaning the refrigerator . . . YUCK!!! How can a fridge get so messy? Doesn't anyone know where the ketchup goes or the mustard, or the . . . you know what I mean.

Has anyone noticed that it seems people aren't blogging as much as they were. Maybe everyone is just plain busy, busy. How about you . . . do you still blog everyday or at least once a week?

Monday, September 7, 2009


O.k. girls . . . even though my hubs has not made the frame for my uppercase living project, I hung it anyway. Here it is:

The project all began with a white canvas . . . after three different colors of paint AND my Uppercase Living two part applique, this was the result.

The artwork hangs over our mantel in our piano room and was a blast to make. It was done in just a few hours on a Saturday Morning and was VERY relaxing.

To make this project all you need is:
  • a little imagination
  • a 30 x 30 white canvas
  • black acrylic paint
  • gold acrylic paint
  • bronze acrylic paint
  • spray protectant
  • the two part system from Uppercase Living
  • a few paint brushes - large and small to med size

Lay out some newspaper or other protective covering ~~~ I lay it on my table to work. First begin with the black acrylic . . . apply some paint and then work it into the canvas until the entire canvas and sides are covered in black. Allow to dry.

After the black is dry, start using swiping motions to apply first either the gold or bronze . . . nothing is wrong, just go with your heart. Alternate between colors until you are satisfied with the look of the canvas. Let dry.

After the acrylic paint was dry, I sprayed a protectant over the entire canvas and let dry. After all is dry, measure the canvas in order to apply the Uppercase Living product to your canvas. Apply Uppercase Living product according to directions. In my project this was a two step process.

Either frame or leave as is and ENJOY!

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Catch Up!

I cannot believe our long weekend is almost at an end . . . where did it go? Time has flown so quickly . . . Has it for you as well?

I have not posted for a few days, so I should probably make this post a recap of the past few days.

Friday, C my three year old and I took it easy for the day. It was a good thing we did because that little man was high maintenance!!! He was into everything and every room. I would get one room tidied up from his hurricane run through and he was on to the next. It was a long, long day.

Saturday, we had a great day outside. First thing K and I tag teamed and mowed the backyard with the push mower. We both got come great exercise and the yard looked great when we were finished. I wore a allergy mask and I hope that will help me not come down with a terrible allergic reaction to the outside.

After the mowing, the kids played in the sandbox for a long time. They were building hills and sand castles and driving their dump trucks over them. I loved watching them just being boys. After they were done playing, we played pick up the leaves and throw them in the fire pit. The boys like picking up the leaves that have fallen into the yard from the neighbors trees. We put them all into the firepit for our wiener roast last evening. While we worked on picking leaves out of the flower beds, we sang our little hearts out. All Bible songs except for the Oscar Mayer Bologna song! Once the leaves were tidied, we loaded in some old wood from a worn out wooden outdoor rocker and started up the fire. We had a second chair that was all rotted out as well and the kids had a great time trying to break it apart. Without K's help, they would not have been able to break it apart, but they tried with all of their might. Soon it was hot dog time! The kids enjoyed all the hot dogs they could eat roasted by Daddy. After dinner it was ice cream sundaes. Needless to say, everyone had a great day.

Today, we worked on cleaning the upstairs . . . it has been a few weeks since it was dusted, so there was a bit to do there but nothing out of control. I lay down on the bed about 2:30 p.m. to rest my weary bones and fell asleep for a few hours. Once awake I realized we forgot a birthday party for our three year old great niece. I would usually have the gift laying on the counter to remind us, but the gift I ordered for her has not arrived yet. Truth be known, her birthday snuck up on me and I forgot it. I am a shamie Great Aunt. :-/

Tonight it was pizza and Design Star! We were disappointed that Lonni was voted off. Next week is the final between Antonnio and Dan.

Tomorrow we hope to have the kids outside to play. I am going to take a ride on my four wheel bicycle and have a relaxing day with the kids.

What will you be doing?

Wednesday, September 2, 2009


Wow, it has been a few days since I blogged! That isn't like me, what is up with that? Hmmm

Well, I am trying desperately to keep up with things at home. The kids have had three full weeks of school now and I am getting things done each day. I am also homeschool C for his age three preschool . . . which doesn't take a HUGE amount of time, but does take up part of the day. Do you ever feel like you are cleaning the same things over and over and over again . . . but making no headway? Well, if you look up "chaos" in Websters Dictionary, you will find the description of my life lately: Chaos . . . the CAN'T HAVE ANYONE OVER SYDROME! Girls I am ready to kick Chaos in the rump and start Flying!

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