Thursday, September 30, 2010


Today and tomorrow my kiddos are out of school for teacher's institute, SO I decided today would be a great day to switch spring and summer clothes to fall and winter clothes in their closets. BIG JOB! While in the process of the closet change up, I decided the rooms needed to be cleaned top to bottom. Toys needed sorted and put away . . .  where they belong . . . yes, everything has a place. We were able to finish two bedrooms and the hallway today. Tomorrow we will strip beds . . . again . . . a job that never ends. We will also tackle the final boy's bedroom, the Master and both upstairs bathrooms. Then, the upstairs will be done!

This morning I decided to make the boys homemade apple juice. My sister Jeanette brought by apples from her tree the other day . . . the kids were thrilled! Thanks again Jeanette!

I am sorry I haven't much to post in the way of interest tonight! My brain is wiped out and I simply have nothing left.

Have a great night!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010


Time certainly has a way of flying by, doesn't it?  I can't believe it has been several days since I have posted. Life has been busy.

I am so excited to show you this little gem I received  . . .

Do you see  that little something special?


I was SO surprised that the book I had ordered from Living Proof had Beth's little ole signature right on the cover! I know, I am sorry . . .  now please go and get a tissue and wipe away the drool! lol

As you can tell, I absolutely LOVE Beth Moore and could listen to her all day! The learning opportunities in her Bible Studies are endless! She also has a great blog . . . CLICK HERE.

Life has been busy in our home . . . Life has a way of taking up your day before you know it!

Laundry continues to take over my laundry room. Regardless of how empty I get my rolling laundry cart, it is always full the next time I walk into the room. I am beginning to think we have little fairies hard at work in our home to dirty all of the clothes they can each and every minute of the day. Plus, I have been getting the kids clothing for Fall's cool temperatures. It is hard to stay ahead of the weather AND those growth spurts!

The other day, Cody was helping me in the kitchen . . . or should I say, CHEF Cody!

Take a look at his intensity here . . .

Now before anyone freaks out . . . the object Cody is cutting with is a child's knife and is not sharp to cut skin . . . he is cutting up Velveeta cheese and also a stick of butter. He was helping me make Ryan's Birthday dinner . . . Meatloaf, cheesy potatoes, green beans and apple cobbler. The house smelled delightful and tummies were full to capacity!

The kids have been doing well in school . . . we are only having a few little hiccups that we are working on. Spelling words are an issue for one of my guys . . . writing legibly is an issue for another. This too will be conquered with patience, love and a bit of hard work.

My kiddos are out of school tomorrow and Friday for a teacher's institute thing. I am quite certain we will have very full days!

Our "ghost" continues with his clepto tendencies . . . not only is Katelyn's retainer missing, but a pair of glasses came up missing this week as well.

I have also been trying to get a few new items for my closet . . . shopping can be fun . . . NOT! I love the few things I have found and am beginning to have the feeling of Fall.

Well, I have gone on enough for tonight . . . before I know it TIME will have gotten away from me and it will be midnight.

Have a great night!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

There is a CHILL in the Air

Tonight as I write there is a chill in the air . . . right now the temp outside is 50 . . . I am cold, so I have a cup of hot apple spice tea to warm up. I am not kidding . . . I have goose bumps! Everyone is snuggled in their beds and the dogs are asleep too. Emma our Lhasa is snoring, Mia our Mi-Ki is asleep in her Monkey carrying case and Kamie is asleep on her doggie bed.

Although it was a cool day, the view was still spectacular. I took a photo of the larger planter that sits on the patio down by the lake and dock.

We did open up the house for the past few days and aired out the house! I love the smell of fresh air drifting through the house, not to mention I could smell my "signature smell" while clothes drying in the dryer. I love clean laundry!

This weekend was full of things to accomplish on my mental honey do list. I have to say, we got a lot done and it feels good. Besides the general every week house chores . . .

  • we cleaned out two stalls of our three stall garage (stall three will wait another week or two).
  • Randy adjusted the installation of two of our dishwashers . . . guess the contractor didn't have the time to get it right.
  • cleaned up leaves around the lower patio
  • built a fire in the fire pit by the lake to burn leaves and then sat by the fire will burning a bit of wood . . . it was wonderful
  • made a big crockpot of turkey kabasa chili (a self made recipe) which received rave reviews from Randy and the kids.
  • emptied out our freezers
  • installed one new freezer to match our other one and then sorted and organized both freezers. One freezer is strictly for meat and the other is for veges, bread, fruits and soup. That really was a large job!
This evening as I was down by the lake on our lower patio, I was joined by two of my four boys.

Apparently, they didn't think I should be alone!

The fire was beautiful to watch as the flames danced in the air.

I am thankful for special moments . . .

Moments to hear . . .

"Honey, I am so proud of you! You mean the world to me!

"Mommy, I Love You, You Know!"

"Mommy . . . You are the BEST cooker in the WHOLE world!"

"Mommy, I Love You!"

"Mommy, I will MISS You when I am at school in the morning!"

"Have a good sleep Mom, I Love You!"

Moments that are FOREVER engraved on My Heart.

Friday, September 24, 2010


Tonight was the Carnival at school and it was jam packed with fun for the kids, plenty of treats, prizes and food.

I gave the boys six dollars in quarters each and we set out to play everything we could for six dollars. The boys were ready to go, go, go. So we started out at the dunk tank . . . EJ hit the target, but Pastor J didn't go down. So, since he was little, he was picked up and had a little help pushing the target so Pastor J went down. Cody didn't choose to throw the ball but wanted me to do it. I hit the target once, but it didn't send him into the water.

We moved on and played all of the games . . .  ping pong ball toss, lion toss, plinko, treasure hunt, shoot the target, darts, face painting, sponge toss and more. The boys had their favorites so we went back several times to those. The ping pong ball toss gained FOUR new buddies for George the fish. Excitement all around!

Katelyn was busy at her booth . . . she had a "What is in the box?" game at her booth and was selling Cake and Brownie Pops . . . they were a HUGE hit. I am curious how many will be left from the starting number of 200+.

Which brings me to  . . . a requested recipe.

The recipe for the cake and brownie pops. Leslie . . . this is for you (and whomever else wants it!)

Ingredients and Directions:

Box of cake OR brownie mix

One container of Frosting - I use Duncan Hines

1 - 2 bags Melting Chocolate - any color or combination of colors (we purchased this at Hobby Lobby)

1 bag of Lollipop Sticks

Various Tubes of Gel Icing in any color

Sprinkles in any color(s)

Directions for Making Yummy Cake/Brownie Pops:

Prepare the cake/brownie according to the directions on the package, and bake it in a 9 x 13-inch pan. Allow to cool completely. (The waiting is the hard part!)

Once the cake/brownie has cooled completely crumble well into a large bowl.

Add the tub of frosting. (You can also use 3/4 of the frosting if you prefer a more cake texture rather than a very moist gooey texture. We always go for the gooey!) Mix Well!

Refrigerate for about an hour.

Next, take the refrigerated mixture and roll into balls. I generally roll them into a heaping tablespoon size, but of course you can roll them in to whatever size you wish . . . it is all up to you.

Place the balls onto waxed or parchment paper.

Once the mixture is rolled into balls, put the balls back into the fridge (some people put them in the freezer so the balls will be more firm) for about an hour.

While waiting, start preparing your chocolate. I like to melt the chocolate in the microwave on low until melted.  Remember to stir often!

Once the cake/brownie balls are are firm, Dip a stick in the melted chocolate and then insert the stick into the top of the cake/brownie ball.

Dip the cake/brownie ball into the melted chocolate (or spoon over - whichever is easier for you) and make sure the chocolate goes around the stick.

Lay them back down onto waxed or parchment paper or use Styrofoam and push the stick into it if you don't want flat tops on your pops.

All that is left is to decorate them as you wish. The cake/brownie pops are great for theme parties . . .

Wrap them in cellophane or plastic wrap and use a little ribbon tied to the stick to hold the cellophane or plastic wrap.


Wednesday, September 22, 2010

For the Life of Me, I Will NEVER Understand . . .

For the life of me, I will never understand . . .
  1. Why turtles try to cross the road .  .  . going away from the water. I found a mud turtle in the middle of the road today and almost ran over it. I turned around and "rescued" the little dude. No, I didn't touch it, I wrapped it in a hand towel that I had in my car. Cody and I then took the little dude down to the lake and let him loose. Guess he thought the mud was better on the other side.
  2. Why do all of my children try to talk to me at the same time? I can multi task, but it is really hard to listen to FIVE voices at the same time.
  3. Why do husbands only work over when you have dinner all ready to go onto the table?
  4. Is it a child's duty to embarrass parents?
  5. Why is it children remind you of what you haven't done, but don't remember what they were supposed to do?
  6. Why will a child blame a teacher for spelling a word wrong on their spelling test? Yes, one of my sons told me that he would have spelled the word right, but his teacher taught him to spell it the way he wrote it. (I just shake my head.)
  7. Why do children tell you they do not have homework . . . until five minutes before bedtime?
  8. Why is it not everyone brings their laundry to the laundry room until you have the last load washing?
  9. Why do birds ALWAYS poop on a CLEAN car? Is there a bird law or something?
  10. Why is it no one stops by or calls until you decide that everyone will lay down and take a nap? or maybe watch a movie or simply have time to yourself?
  11. Why does no one need to use the bathroom unless you are in it?
  12. Why does everyone think they need to use the bathroom you are in  . . .  especially with there are a few others in the house.
  13. Why does there seem to be a "lone" piece of . . ., regardless of whatever it is, one piece is always left.
  14. Have you ever wondered about that one shoe that is laying on the highway? What is the deal?
  15. What about those green arrows that only last about five seconds? What good is five seconds?
  16. Why is there not a Chic-fil-a in my area? Believe me, I have looked.
  17. Why do storms hit when one of your favorite tv series begins its new season? Happened to us last night . . . missed out of NCIS Los Angeles. I was bummed!
  18. Why do some ovens bake hotter than others at the same temperature?
  19. Why do children always try your patience when you are busy?
  20. Why do things tend to break in threes?
Maybe someday I will understand the above, but right now . . .

For the Life of Me, I Will NEVER Understand!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010


This week is Spirit Week at school and today was the Annual Bike Parade. The kids are to dress up their bicycle, scooter, wagon or self with the Theme of Our Volleyball Team against the opponent for the next game. Well, my boys didn't do a "theme" they simply took their bicycle or scooter and joined in the parade. My brain seems to have stopped functioning where creativity is concerned. I could not for the life of me think up ONE theme, let alone FOUR. Of course, then there is the whole problem of getting a decorated bicycle to school X four.

The kids had a great time and so did the parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc.

I made a short little slideshow of our Bike Parade.

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Monday, September 20, 2010

LPL Simulcast – Chicago

LPL Simulcast – Chicago

Click the link above to take a little peek at Beth Moore Live in Chicago last Saturday.


Good Morning everyone, I hope you all had a great weekend. Yesterday I posted about the Beth Moore Live conference on Saturday in Chicago, today I would like to post about


It seems when the rare occasion presents that we girls can get together, there is always a great time to be had and Saturday was no exception.

We all loaded into my Suv and we headed out on our adventure bright and early Saturday morning. As is normal for our family, we love to watch other people in their cars. Saturday was pretty cool outside, but that didn't stop a few people from driving their convertibles with their tops down . . . of course, the windows were all the way up and their heat was probably on, but that top was down!!! There was one fella in a red convertible . . . he was bald on top . . . we laughed and laughed as we imagined that he probably had a hair piece when he started off, but the wind that came over the top of the car probably had whisked it away.

We had stopped at a Circle K for a pit stop and when two of the girls (who will remain nameless) came out of the bathroom this question was asked . . . "Why is there Braille on the diaper changing station?" Which led to another question . . . "Why is there Braille on a drive up money teller?" Two questions we may never have an answer for. Not to mention WHY would there be someones Mary Kay business card right outside the bathroom facilities at a gas station? Who would really be thinking of makeup while in a gas station restroom?

We were constantly amazed at the lack of acknowledgement there was for the speed limit. People were zooming past us like we were sitting still. As we were discussing this fact, a car zoomed by us and my sister Jeanette said, "Well look at that . . . there goes . . . Bill!" Speaking of her husband. Of course, Bill was not driving the car, but she teased that it was him because the driver drove a lot like her hubs. Of course, we all laughed over that one.

At the conference, the management changed over all but one of the men's bathrooms to accommodate the ladies. It was very strange to walk into a bathroom with only two stalls and about 20 porcelain wall potties. (Urinal just sounds so disgusting to me!) The ladies all got a laugh out of how strange it was and several said their families would not believe that they were in men's rooms. So, pictures were being taken of the ladies standing in the middle of the restroom with the "wall potties" behind them.

I have to tell you . . . Mom and Jeanette both called Kate and I losers and I guess it was rightfully so . . . the ladies room line was extremely long, so Kate and I went to the "men's room" as the line was much shorter. Each time, Mom and Jeanette were in and out of the ladies room, and it took Kate and I considerably longer. Jeanette had called me on my phone to let us know that they had gone down to the main floor. As Kate and I began our descent down the stairs, Mom and Jeanette flashed us the BIG L for loser. They were just SHOWING the love! lol

We all had a great time and it was a very special experience. I absolutely love being with my Mom and Sisters not to mention my daughter. We don't get together to go on adventures very often, but they are so special when we do.

My sister Janeie didn't get to go because she had three sick little girls. One is on the mend and the other two are still battling their illnesses . . . Please say a little pray for Jenna and Alyson. Jenna's ear is infected and actually swelled shut . . . Alyson had the flu and is still recovering.

Today I am home with two of my boys . . . one has diarrhea and the other a bad cough. Hopefully they will return to school tomorrow.


Sunday, September 19, 2010


About six months ago I purchased five tickets to Beth Moore Live in Chicago. I waited with excitement as the months, days and minutes ticked by for the time to come to head to Chicago with my Mom, two sisters and daughter. Unfortunately my sister Janeie couldn't go because she had three sick little girls.

September 18, 2010 finally came and so did 4:00 a.m. Katelyn and I were up and on the road by 5:05 a.m. to pick up Mom and Jeanette.
We saw the sunrise . . . absolutely beautiful!

We arrived at the Rosemont Theater and quickly found parking. The event was very well planned. We walked into the theater and into a sea of women.The Rosemont Theater seats 4000 and was sold out. The sounds of more than 4000 people all chatting at once was amazing. Then . . . Travis Cottrell and the praise Team appeared on stage. The ROAR of applause and cheers were almost deafening! Travis Cottrell and the praise team began setting the atmosphere for Beth Moore. The worship portion of the service was AMAZING! Finally, the long awaited moment . . . BETH MOORE!

Beth was cute and bouncy . . . full of vibrancy! Then she began to speak and true to what I have come to expect from Beth  . . . she didn't disappoint . . .  God's Word flowed through her voice. God was truly in Rosemont Theater Yesterday! As I write, I have chills running through my body simply thinking about yesterday's Live Bible Study with Beth Moore.

Beth spoke on Kindness . . . not in any way I have ever heard. Our Verse for the Day . . . Proverbs 31:26:

"she openeth her mouth with wisdom, and on her tongue is the law of kindness"

Eight Tastes of Kindness:
  1. Kindness is not weakness
  2. Kindness is not an action, it is a disposition
  3. Kindness wears down when we do
  4. Kindness looks pain in the face
  5. Kindness is a Savior
  6. Kindness has good memory
  7. Kindness craves an outlet
  8. Kindness leaves a legacy
If you ever get a chance to listen to Beth Moore, DO IT! She explains and teaches God's Word like I have never heard. Through God's Word, study, personal stories and more Beth will teach you!

God Bless you Beth! I can't wait to hear you again!

Ladies, beside hearing Beth Moore Live, you can download or order her messages at or

Friday, September 17, 2010


How in the world can my Ryan be 8 years old?

It seems like yesterday that we first saw you, all nakie in the hospital nursery. Your eyes were wide with wonder and you were the most beautiful baby boy! I couldn't wait to get my hands on you! You were so tiny and loved to snuggle. Daddy and Sis thought you were absolutely the most precious baby they had ever seen.

We sat with you for hours and hours. Holding you and talking to you. You were OUR miracle . . . OUR answer to prayer. God has a special plan for you and it began with a special woman . . .

RyRy, you know the story . . . we have told you the story of YOU time after time. Such an amazing story . . . Such a beginning!

Daddy, Katelyn and I had been praying for a baby for a long, long time. One day we received a call . . . there was a woman expecting a baby that she knew she could not take care of . . . she wanted more for him than she could possibly give. I answered the phone and was first to hear her voice . . . She told me all about her pregnancy and that you were constantly moving around. She could sit and watch you practice your "moves" through her tummy because you were so strong. You were due to be born in September of 2002.

We headed to the city in which you were getting ready to be born and we waited and waited. You went past your due date . . .

Finally the telephone call came . . . the doctors were going to induce the next morning. We were so excited that we could hardly wait. That next day was VERY long . . . we waited and waited!

The morning, afternoon and evening passed . . . and then you were here, all 7 lbs 10 ounces and 20" of you. We were even surprised to find that you had a little extra toe on your left foot. We took picture after picture of you and emailed pictures back home to the relatives. They couldn't wait to see you and we couldn't wait to get you home.

You were the sweetest little guy all bundled up!

I remember when you were five days old . . . Daddy was changing your diaper when all of a sudden you shot poody all over Daddy's hand and arm. Of course, Katelyn and I thought it was hysterical.

Katelyn watched over you very carefully. She loved to hold and feed you. She adored and loved you from the very minute she saw you.

When you were eleven months old, you had your little extra toe removed in an outpatient surgery and from that moment you decided to try to walk instead of crawl and you have never sat still since.

When you turned 1, you had a Bob the Builder Birthday Party and everyone came. Our little bundle of joy was a blessing to all!

It seems that age 2, 3, 4 and five all flew by too quickly! You always kept us on our toes . . . you have always "thought outside the box!" Your favorite movie was Nemo and then the Incredibles. In fact, you had an Incredible Birthday Party one year.

At 4 you began preschool and loved each and every minute of it.

Before we knew it you were in kindergarten! You have always been a smart little guy and you excelled in school . . . in grades and in acquiring the most worms on your apple!

It has always been exciting to watch you and see what choices you make. Age six is a distant memory and now as you have gone from seven years old to eight years old I cannot believe how you have changed!

You have always been very muscular AND now you are getting taller and taller. You have lost many of your baby teeth and now have many of your permanent teeth in.

Finally, you can wear regular pants instead of slims!

Your feet are long and you wear a size 3 tennis shoe.

Your legs are long and strong . . . you run very fast.

You are full of expression.

You love to snuggle with me and I LOVE IT!

There were days this past year when you "forgot" to wear undies, but you have since become very self conscious and much more modest.

You love Ben 10, Bakugon, Wrestling, Baseball, Nintendo Ds

You love to joke around!

I am amazed at your beautiful Big Blue Eyes!
They steal my heart away.

God truly gave us a most BEAUTIFUL Gift  . . .


I have been so BLESSED TO BE YOUR MOM!!!

Ryan, I LOVE YOU!!!


Thursday, September 16, 2010


Today, I went to 2nd grade for the 2nd time . . . I have to say, WOW has it ever changed!

My second grader was having a bit of trouble remember to not goof around and to stay quiet in class, so after several other tries at trying to get his attention . . . I went to school and sat in 2nd grade for the morning.

It was a bit strange for the first few minutes . . . not only for me, but for the kids as well. I know it was strange for them by the bewildered looks they had on their faces each time they looked at me. All quickly became "the norm" for everyone, including me shortly after the morning began. I have to tell you . . . if you have no idea of what happens in your child's school classroom, you should take the time to go and visit for the morning. There is SO MUCH to learn! I know you are wondering, What did you learn? Well . . . I am so glad you asked, because I am going to share what I learned!

What I Learned Today in Second Grade

2nd grade children (boys AND girls) are very wiggly.

Little boys grind their pencils down to the nubbins and still use them.

It doesn't take much to stir up a classroom of 2nd grade students.

One single cricket will distract a child from her school work easily.

Erasers are VERY important in 2nd grade.

Our 2nd grade has kids that love to participate.

Some 2nd grade kids have very neat and tidy desks.

Second grade students have a great time learning.

Slant guides are important to use while writing.

Some students like pencil grips and some don't.

Second graders have fun learning through songs, speed drills, fastest fact finder games, syllable games and stories.

Second graders respond well to letting them know what is next on the schedule.

Sometimes, second graders try to ask questions during tests.

Teachers do not answer questions during tests.

Pencil sharpeners get a workout.

Our second grade teacher Mr. C is super!

Mr. C is very patient.

Mr. C is kind.

Mr. C loves his 2nd graders.

Mr. C is firm.

Mr. C loves to teach and it shows.

Today in 2nd grade I was amazed . . .

amazed at how much has changed since I was in second grade.

amazed at the patience our teacher has.

amazed at how our teacher has control of his classroom ~ without raising his voice!

amazed at how much the kids have learned in just a few short weeks.

amazed at how quickly the kids accepted me into their class and activities.

Tonight I am thankful!

I am thankful for wonderful teachers!

All my children have WONDERFUL and AMAZING teachers.


P.S. by the way . . .

whatever they are being paid . . .

it ISN'T enough!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

What Kind of Day Did YOU Have?

It seems I never know what type of day I will have or what it is going to entail. Do you ever have THOSE kind of days?

This morning I got myself together and took the boys to school. I needed to chat with a teacher, so it took me a few minutes more than normal. Then off to take the dogs to "beauty". Before I left the lot, I dialed my Mom for our morning chat. For the first time this morning I felt a wave of silence and I could exhale. Before I knew it though, I was at my desk preparing for any work I needed to take care of. Things are a bit out of the normal as Melissa had her baby girl last week. Juana is taking care of many of Melissa's duties and doing a great job.

The office has quieted down a bit as the air conditioning season has ended for the most part. We continue to have private label production runs to keep us busy. Before I knew it I needed to pick up Cody from Preschool.

I treated Cody to a McD's Happy Meal and ice cream cone and we headed home.

Laundry was the major thing on my list today and when I say laundry, I mean laundry. I cannot believe I let the laundry stack up to about 12 loads . . . shame on me! Oh well, I will have it dwindled down before I head for bed tonight.

Tomorrow I will be attending 2nd grade with one of my boys. My child cannot refrain from talking, answering for others, making outbursts during class. I warned him this morning and even met with his teacher. This morning went well, but this afternoon went haywire. So, tomorrow I will be sitting next to him so he will remember and learn to stay quiet during class time.

Well, my laundry will be calling me once again, so I should say good night for now.

What kind of day did YOU have?

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Yummy Goodness on a Stick

The hour is late, but I find myself not feeling ready for sleep. The day was hectic, but I made it through. My kids were all home from school today  . . .  it is the official rest after the festival day at school ~ meaning no school today. Rest however was not part of my day.

The boys were crazed most of the day . . . which is totally exhausting. They were fussing with one another and totally not listening to me. So, I decided to put a bit of their energy to work on some chores that needed done.

Katelyn had two girls from school over to bake cupcakes. The house smelled yummy and the cupcakes came out very nice. We had tried to make a batch of "cake pops" but they didn't coat very well. So, not being the give up kind of people, Katelyn and I tried it again after the girls left.

I know by this time you are wondering what in the world Cake Pops are . . .

Well, a cake is baked in a basic 9x13 pan and cooled (we also made brownie ones). After the cake is baked, let it cool. Then crumble mixture into a bowl, then mix in frosting. Once all mixed, roll cake/frosting mixture into a ball shape and set on a tray. Once the tray is filled, put it in the fridge for one hour. After one hour, bring the tray out and insert sucker sticks into the balls and then dip in chocolate. Decorate the tops of the cake pop as you wish.

Here is a few pictures of Ryan with a cake pop that is wrapped in plastic wrap . . .

I will tell you . . . that boy has some faces, doesn't he?

Yummy Goodness on a Stick!

The boys did try some of the "cake pops" from the batch that didn't look so pretty and they LOVED them.

I am certain these little yummies will go over well tomorrow as special treats Katelyn is taking for school.

Sunday, September 12, 2010


Yesterday my new mirror arrived by truck delivery. I ordered it right after we purchased the piano. My hubs took the time today to put it up and I must say . . .I absolutely love it.

This is a photo of Katelyn playing the piano this evening. Our home was filled with the beauty of the melodies. It is so relaxing and I love to hear her play.

We have been busy this afternoon with a few things on our never ending list. I went outside with a few of my boys onto the front porch. (Have I ever mentioned that I love having a front porch?) Anyway, I watered flowers, washed down a few of my pretty things, the cushions on the rocking chair and love seat and then I found it . . . raccoon poody. Well, I have to confess that when I first saw it I wasn't quite sure what "animal" left it, so I called for my hubs to "check it out!" Upon inspection by the chief poody checker a verdict was made . . . it is raccoon poody.


So I got it all cleaned up . . . hosed it down . . . in fact the entire front porch was hosed down. The front door glass was watched inside and out TWICE because the little people that live in my house can't keep their grubbies off of the glass . . . (hmmmm am I sound a bit grumpy?) Well, if I sound like I am let me assure you that I am in a great mood . . . I just didn't appreciate doing the job twice.

We also took the time to touch up a areas in our home that needed a bit of paint touch up . . . I just want to know, How do walls that were painted a little over a year ago require touching up? (I know, I know . . . it has something to do with the little people in my house that can't keep their grubbies off of the walls.) Again, I am not in a grumpy mood, just stating the facts.

Yesterday, Katelyn and I headed out to our small town's festival for the year. It is a HUGE thing and we were able to go this year together. We had a blast. In fact, I picked up this little beauty . . .

The thingy spins in the wind and the glass ball looks like it is going up or down depending on the way it is spinning.

Next, I took a few photos of my containers on my deck. They were redressed for Fall. I love the gorgeous colors.

Do you ever simply drive by people's home at night and take little peeks inside a home or two that you can easily see in?

Well, tonight I thought it would be fun to take a picture of what our eating area looks like from outside the window.

and now with the lights on above the table.

This is one of our favorite places to sit . . .

Our main floor deck. It is so comfortable!

and my ficus tree has come out of its near death experience and is looking beautiful.

I came in from taking photos to find this little man in our pantry.

Apparently, he needed a snack AND was playing Leapster and needed a new game. True to boy form, he dumped all of the game cartridges out on the floor.

Birthday presents are all wrapped and ready for the Birthday Boy on Saturday. I also taped them all together - except the bottom one - so I will know if he is trying to sneak a peek.

Well, it is almost 8:00 p.m. and I am tired . . . time to say good night and head in to the family room to relax a while before bed.

G'night all

Saturday, September 11, 2010


Welcome little Noelliah Hayden . . .

Arrived at: 3:45 a.m. and weighed in at 7 lbs 1 ounce and she is 19" long!

Isn't she gorgeous! Aunt JuJu can't wait to hold her!

Melissa ~ you look RADIANT!

CONGRATULATIONS . . . Josh, Melissa, Aliyah and Keirah!

Mother and Baby are doing well.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Momma Lovin and the Weekly Bible Verse Videos

Giving Momma a little lovin' . . .

This evening as I was going through mail and tidying up my desk, my four year old came in from a walk with Daddy, got a little boy and presented me with these little "flowers".

This picture is a bit distorted . . . his hands look HUGE. I took the photo in an "Up close" setting. Weird, huh?

He was so excited!

So sweet!

I love my Kiddos!

And Now, the weekly PreK Bible Verse:

Hebrews 13:17a

"Obey them that have the rule over you."

Wednesday, September 8, 2010


I ordered the boys a surprise last week and it arrived today!

Our playset had a rope with disc climbing thing that was simply worn out and needed replaced. Randy said we had a spare, but never found it, SO . . . I let my fingers do the walking and looked on the internet for just that special something to replace the disc thingy.

I found just the thing . . . a Phony Pony tire swing . . .

It is adorable!!!

In fact, it was so adorable AND the fact that I have FOUR boys . . . I ordered two . . . one with a black mane and one with a red mane. Well, that isn't exactly right . . . I actually ordered three and gave Aliyah and Keirah (our great nieces) a pony with a pink mane that they named "Princess"!

So, anyway . . . Daddy and Rick installed both swings this evening.

Mommy took pictures and put together a quick slide show of the newest additions to our "family". They are yet un-named . . .


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Monday, September 6, 2010


The temperature was warm and the wind
 was blow-i-n-g!

Family arrived a little at a time.

LOVED the house being busy with chit chat by the people I love.

Many sat on our deck, some at the table with umbrella and others sat under the covered portion. It was AWESOME!

The food all looked INCREDIBLE
from the looks of things,
was pretty yummy!

What did we have to eat?

hamburgers, hot dogs, brats, fish, melon, cookies, chips & dip, lemonade, soda

There were left overs . . . and Mom left a WHOLE watermelon!

Thanks Mom!

Janeie - left chips - Thanks Janeie

Aunt Darlene left fish - Thanks Ding Ding

Aunt Barb left cookies - Thanks Aunt Barb

For activities . . .


jet skiing

boat rides

playing on the play set

and those who chose to sit, relax and chat.

The day was WONDERFUL!

Happy Labor Day

We are planning a little cookout today in celebration of Labor Day. Nothing special, hot dogs, hamburgers, brats, chips, dip and fruit. The temps are to be warm, so the pool will be open,
BUT the clouds are coming in.

Hopefully, the rain will stay away.

Happy Labor Day!

Sunday, September 5, 2010


Sunday morning is in full swing at my home. It seems like the kids are everywhere! Everyone is having a relaxing morning.

Not much in our plans for the day . . .  Praise the Lord!

The winds have died down a bit, so maybe we will spend a bit of time outside. I hope to get some wonderful family pictures today and tomorrow.

This post will be short as I need to shower, dress and get my first cup of coffee for the day.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

The Hour is Late on a SATURDAY Night

Our Saturday has been full to overflowing. Too many things to do and not enough days off to do it all. We were able to get quite a lot done since we all worked together. I am proud of my kidlins and their willing hearts without grumpies.

This morning we tackled getting the laundry going and it stayed running most of the day. I was down to towels when I last looked. 

Late this afternoon I took a little 10 minute walk on my treadmill. I got my heart rate up a bit and thoroughly enjoyed my "walk" but quit early because I saw the state of the basement. I am sure you can imagine . . . especially with five kids. So, I called everyone down and we got busy . . . the kids have a lot of Rokenbok and we had towers and this and that they had built. It took quite a bit of time, but we accomplished it together.

While we were working on the basement, Daddy installed the screen door to the patio that had never been installed. You heard me correctly, I guess the contractor didn't think the screen door was necessary . . . Crazy moron! (Did I just say that? Yes, I did!)

The weather was lovely today, but was a bit chilly. I had our windows open and loved every minute . . . that was until I had the kids all lay down for a bit to rest. I found a cozy spot on the couch and covered with one of my favorite blankets . . . then it happened . . . I got cold. Now, friends and family will tell you . . . JuJu NEVER gets cold! But I did, I got cold. Cranked the windows almost shut and snoozed a little. It was wonderful!

This evening Randy cooked Filet Mignon on the grill . . . oooo hooo hoooo! Yummy! I sliced mine very thinly and placed it atop a bowl of lettuce with a few grape tomatoes. It was delicious! Katelyn and Randy had their steak with sweet corn and cottage cheese. The boys had hot dogs on the grill and chips/popcorn.

As I write, the kids are having a little snack before bed. Katelyn is watching Marmaduke. I have a cup of coffee and jug of water on my desk for me to finish up before I head to bed as well.

After this post I am going to chill out a bit and read another few chapters of a book by Mary Beth Chapman called . . . Choosing to See: A Journey of Struggle and Hope. I highly recommend it and I took the recommendation from Beth Moore's blog.

Have a great night!

a BEAUTIFUL almost FALL day!

The temperature outside is chilly . . . 66 degrees and WIND! I have opened up the house to let it air out as I love the smell of an aired out house! Something refreshing about it.

Laundry has been running all day and will probably be running through evening.

The main floor is tidy, freshly vacuumed an mopped where needed. Of course, the bathrooms are always a chore regardless of the day.

I hope to be able to relax this afternoon and begin a new book.

Have a great day!

Friday, September 3, 2010


Good Morning everyone! It is FRIDAY!!!

Not that you didn't know that though.

It has been a few days since my last post. I have been busy the past few days with normal house stuff. Laundry has been a bit of a challenge this week as it was threatening to devour my laundry room. Today I should be able to "finish" it up though.

We are looking forward to a great weekend and Labor Day on Monday. We are having a cookout kind of day with family.

We continue to wait for the newest GREAT niece to be born. Maybe on her sister Keirah's birthday on Labor Day!

The kids have had a really good week at school. Their grades have been really good and there have been relatively low marks/worms from the teachers. Can I say . . . Woo Hoo?

I went down to our manufacturing plant this morning . . . I was outside talking to one of our employees when a detective pulled up. He got out of his car, walked up and asked who to talk to about the camera video that our security cameras record. I called my hubs and then directed the officer to him. "It was kind of exciting!" I was a little naughty though . . . when I called my hubs, I told him I was being arrested. He stayed quiet for a second . . . Got him . . .  hook, line and sinker. I know, I am naughty!

Apparently, according to the news . . . a dead guy was found under the bridge by our manufacturing plant. Of course, the detective wouldn't confirm or deny the news.

Well, it is time for me to head out to get my little guy from school.

Have a great day!

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