Monday, December 31, 2007


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Hope everyone has a wonderful new year. May the Lord bless you richly.

Friday, December 28, 2007

More snow

Well, it is snowing again today. We are suppose to get 5-8 inches. It has been snowing since 7 this morning and doesn't look like it is going to quit any time soon. It is a very pretty snow though. No wind just a quiet beautiful snow. I think we have gotten about 2-3 inches since this morning. I cancelled our youngest orthodontist appointment today b/c it is not worth risking her life over an appointment b/c of bad weather conditions. I know they don't like it when we cancel but there is always another day.
Not much going on here today. The kids are really enjoying their time off from school. I think a little too much though. They all sleep in until the "butt crack" of noon and then stay in their jammies until 2:00pm then finally get ready for the day. I think they will have a hard time getting back into routine in a week. I am the only one that will enjoy the end of break,I think.:)
Enoy your weekend. I think ours will be spent digging out of the snow,making snowmen and drinking hot chocolate.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Christmas day



We had a really nice Christmas,but.......we were very cold. Our furnace stopped working on us. It was the igniter that went out. My hubby had a friend of his come over to find out what it was. Well, we had to manually start it yesterday b/c we didn't want to pay double or triple because of Christmas. So, we made it through the day and today he called a guy about the part we needed. Well, come to find out my hubby knew the guy from a couple of years ago-he put in installation for him,and he usually doesn't sell parts to anyone anymore but he told hubby to come on over and get the part we needed. Thank you Lord!!! That saved us money and traveling time to get the part. Now we are toasty warm and enjoying the day much better now that we are warm.
Hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and got what you wanted.

Monday, December 24, 2007

Sunday, December 23, 2007

good movie



We went to see this movie this afternoon. Great movie. Definitely a chick flick. I went with my girls and a friend of theirs today,and we had fun.The boys went to see National Treasure. I wanted to see that one too but really wanted to see PS I Love You. If you do go see it, take kleenex with you because you will need it. I definitely would recommend this movie if you are looking for a good Christmas movie to see. Can't tell you a lot about it-don't want to give it away:)

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

You Should Have a Blue Christmas Tree

For you, the holidays represent a time of calm, understanding, and peace.
You avoid family fights, and you don't get too stressed out - even when things are crazy!

You like to make Christmas about making everyone's life a little bit better.
You don't get caught up in greed or commercialism. You're too sincere for that.

Your blue tree would look great with: Lots of silver tinsel

You should spend Christmas Eve watching: It's a Wonderful Life

What you should bake for Santa: Chocolate chip cookies

Wordless Wednesday




Helping out on a Saturday afternoon.:)

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Letter to Santa from Moms

Dear Santa,

I've been a good mom all year. I've fed, cleaned and cuddled my children on demand, visited the doctor's office more than my doctor and sold sixty-two cases of candy bars to raise money to plant a shade tree on the school playground. I was hoping you could spread my list out over several Christmases, since I had to write this letter with my son's red crayon, on the back of a receipt in the laundry room between cycles, and who knows when I'll find anymore free time in the next 18 years.

Here are my Christmas wishes:

I'd like a pair of legs that don't ache (in any color, except purple, which I already have) and arms that don't hurt or flap in the breeze, but are strong enough to pull my screaming child out of the candy aisle in the grocery store.

I'd also like a waist, since I lost mine somewhere in the seventh month of my last pregnancy.

If you're hauling big ticket items this year I'd like fingerprint resistant windows and a radio that only plays adult music, a television that doesn't broadcast any programs containing talking animals, and a refrigerator with a secret compartment behind the crisper where I can hide to talk on the phone.

On the practical side, I could use a talking doll that says, 'Yes, Mommy' to boost my parental confidence, along with two kids who don't fight and three pairs of jeans that will zip all the way up without the use of power tools.

I could also use a recording of Tibetan monks chanting 'Don't eat in the living room' and 'Take your hands off your brother,' because my voice seems to be just out of my children's hearing range and can only be heard by the dog.

If it's too late to find any of these products, I'd settle for enough time to brush my teeth and comb my hair in the same morning, or the luxury of eating food warmer than room temperature without it being served in a Styrofoam container.

If you don't mind, I could also use a few Christmas miracles to brighten the holiday season. Would it be too much trouble to declare ketchup a vegetable? It will clear my conscience immensely. It would be helpful if you could coerce my children to help around the house without demanding payment as if they were the bosses of an organized crime family.

Well, Santa, the buzzer on the dryer is calling and my son saw my feet under the laundry room door. I think he wants his crayon back. Have a safe trip and remember to leave your wet boots by the door and come in and dry off so you don't catch cold.

Help yourself to cookies on the table but don't eat too many or leave crumbs on the carpet.

Yours Always,

MOM...

P.S. One more thing...you can cancel all my requests if you can keep my children young enough to believe in Santa.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Let it snow ,Let it snow, Let it snow





We got another snow storm yesterday. About 5-6 inches fell and it was so beautiful. Of course, it wasn't so pretty on the way home from shopping because we were almost in an accident. There was a car coming from the other side of the road that t boned the car in front of us. We had to go onto the sidewalk to avoid the accident. Thank the Lord we were ok and not involved in it.
When we got home we just decided to stay home. It was getting really bad by the time we reached our house. We made homemade chicken noodle soup and watched Pirates 3 and had about 4-5 other kids here. Busy household last night.
Just hope the snow is done so we can dig ourselves out today. We are still not quite done with Christmas shopping yet.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Early Christmas present







My hubby had a Christmas party at work today and won a 19" lcd flat screen tv. Yeah!!! It is perfect for our bedroom. The kids are jealous but I am happy:) We have never had an lcd tv before and I think I am going to watch TV from my room more often now. We may get a wall mount for it, but for now it does have a stand for it so we can watch it without having to hang it up. Am going to go enjoy my hubby's gift for a while.*smile*

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Wordless Wednesday




The sun was shining so pretty on the ice covered trees this morning.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Ice ice baby

Yes we are getting yet another ice storm here. All the kids are still sleeping this morning because schools are closed. First closing of the year for weather issues. I just hope and pray we keep our power on. This same storm was the one that Oklahoma had and they are still out of power that I know of. We do have a generator if that happens though.
Today ought to be interesting with no school. I don't think I will have any daycare kids since the whole town is pretty much closed down,but that is ok. I can get other things down around the house. The big challenge today will be keeping our 8 year old busy because if it doesn't blink, flash, talk to you or is a video game he thinks he has nothing to do. What ever happened to crayons, playdough and imagination???
Hope you are staying warm and don't have bad weather where you are. If I am not on in the next few days....we are out of power.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Busy weekend

We did a lot of baking this weekend. I try to get cookies and candies made for all my daycare parents and neighbors every year,and this year I had a lot of help. Luckily, my girls love to help bake. We made sugar cookies, peanut butter balls(or buckeyes) and chocolate covered pretzels. Also, our youngest daughter has a set with snowman molds so we made some chocolate covered snowmen too. I was going to show a picture of our finished project but the camera isn't loading.
We also got an ice storm Saturday evening. Sunday morning was not a pretty sight. You could actually slide down the front sidewalk. After church we were going to town for a while and my hubby fell at the end of the driveway and hurt his wrist and leg. Will see how he is doing today. You know men, they are stubborn and say they are ok and won't go to the dr. Last time he hurt his wrist it was broken and didn't go to the dr. for 3 weeks. UGH!!!
Happy Monday everyone.

Friday, December 07, 2007

Ricky's Christmas program


Dessert
Describe your idea of the perfect relaxation room.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

What The Holidays Mean to You

For you, the holidays are about emotional connections and bonds. You are happiest being around those you love.

You celebrate the holidays in a minimalist style. You are likely to only give one great present and decorate your house with a few special items.

During the holidays, you like to feel cozy and comfortable. You're happy to stay inside with a roaring fire and a warm drink.

You think the holidays should be comforting and relaxing. You don't like the holiday rush... you just like the simple pleasure of the holidays.

Your best holiday memories are warm and intimate. You remember special moments more than gifts or parties.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

winter fun


We got about 5 inches of snow last night and our favorite thing to do is go out and take pictures in the falling snow. I love how the camera catches the snow falling.This is a picture of most of our kids. Our oldest was at work:( We will have to get a picture of all of them at the next snow storm-which is suppose to be tomorrow. The bad thing though....we had an ice storm this past weekend and there are still some slippery spots on the ground. Two of our girls wiped out last night trying to take the dog out. They are both ok.

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Something fun for Christmas

Name the carol described in each riddle and then leave me a comment. I would love to see how many people get them all right. Sorry no prizes

1. Oh, member of the round table with missing areas

2. Boulder of the tinkling metal spheres

3. Vehicular homicide was committed on Dad's mom by a precipitous darling

4. Wanted in December: top forward incisors

5. The apartment of two psychiatrists

6. The lad is a diminutive percussionist

7. Sir Lancelot with laryngitis

8. Decorate the entryways

9. Cup-shaped instruments fashioned of a whitish metallic element

10. Oh small Israel urban center

11. Far off in a haybin

12. We are Kong, Lear, and Nat Cole

13. Duodecimal enumeration of the passage of the yuletide season

14. Leave and broadcast from an elevation

15. Our fervent hope is that you thoroughly enjoy your yuletide season

16. Listen, the winged heavenly messengers are proclaiming tunefully

17. As the guardians of the woolly animals protected their charges in
the dark hours

18. I beheld a trio of nautical vessels moving in this direction

19. Jubilation to the entire terrestrial globe

20. Do you perceive the same vibrations which stimulate my auditory sense
organ?

21. A joyful song of reverence relative to hollow metallic vessels which
vibrate and bring forth a ringing sound when struck

22. Parent was observed osculating a red-coated unshaven teamster

23. May the Deity bestow an absence of fatigue to mild male humans

24. Rose-colored uncouth dolf is aware of the nature of precipitation,
darling

Have fun!
Will post answers in a couple of days :)

Monday, December 03, 2007

what kind of ornament are you?

You Are an Angel

A truly giving soul, you understand the spirit of Christmas.

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Ice storm

We had a fun day yesterday. We had to go to a CPR class for the day and while we were there it started to snow and then sleet. After the class we took about 15 minutes trying to get the ice off the side of the van. Then we had to go rescue our kids b/c the car they were using was broke down at a gas station in town. Got that car going and then had to get our dog picked up from the groomers. She looked so cute. They put Christmas bows in her hair. Our youngest daughter was suppose to go to her Holiday Jazz showcase but it was cancelled due to the weather. They will have it today if the weather is ok. Am glad they cancelled it though b/c she is really run down from all the practices this last week. We went to the show on Friday evening and really enjoyed it.
After finally getting home after driving about 50 on the highway we got chili fixings and movies and stayed home the rest of the evening. I think the ice is melting some outside now. Hope you all are keeping warm this weekend.




Friday, November 30, 2007

What Holiday are you?

You Are Christmas

More than most people, you are able to find magic in life's small moments.
Traditions mean a lot to you, and you tend to be quite nostalgic.
You are a giving, kind person who really understands the true meaning of holidays.
You inspire others to be as altruistic and caring as you are.

What makes you celebrate: Tradition and a generous spirit

At holiday get togethers, you do best as: The storyteller. You like to recount memories with everyone.

On a holiday, you're the one most likely to: Give a gift to everyone you know

Friday Feast # 170

Appetizer
What is your favorite carnival/amusement park ride?
I used to like to ride roller coasters but now I don't really ride any rides at all. I just like to watch our kids have fun.

Soup
How do you react in uncomfortable social situations?
I don't do well in those situations. I try to avoid them.


Salad
On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being highest, how much do you enjoy discussing deep, philosophical topics? Probably 1.

Main Course
Did you get a flu shot this year? If not, do you plan to?
Yes I did.

Dessert
Approximately how many hours per week do you spend watching television?
Not that many. Too busy with other things. Maybe a couple of hours a night if that.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Enchanted

Took the kids out for a movie last night. We like to go to a movie on Thanksgiving weekend. Just something fun to do. It has sort of become a tradition. The girls and Ricky and I went to see Enchanted. Cute movie. I thought it was going to be a little different but it was actually funny. I think everyone enjoyed it. Hubby and our daughter's boyfriend went to see Beowolf. They really like that movie. Not a movie for me though.
We got a new Christmas tree this year and all of the girls and I wanted to try something different. Instead of putting up all of their ornaments that they have made over the years,we bought silver and red ornaments with white lights. Looks very nice. I do really miss seeing the kids ornaments they made me:( but I think it is time to just keep those put up. Some of them are getting pretty worn. It is always fun remembering who made this one and what age they were and all the memories with that ornament.
We are not done decorating the house yet.Just got the tree and lights and ornaments up. Have to get in the attic to get the rest of the stuff down. I love this time of year.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Life in general

Sorry I haven't been posting as much. Again, life has taken over. Today we have CPR classes and the rest of the family is spread out all over. Hubby and the 2 girls are going to U of I for a football game and the youngest is at Grandma's for the day. Maybe after the holidays I can get back to more normal posts,but as for now it will probably be sporadic.
I did put on a new Christmas song on my blog to get everyone in the Christmas spirit.I know it has certainly snuck up on me this year. Can't believe that we will be putting up the tree this next weekend. Seems like it should be a few more months away.Of course the kids are excited about it. Christmas should be exciting for the kids.
If I don't get on to post more this next we I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving with their families. Enjoy the time off and don't eat too much:)

Monday, November 12, 2007

Weekend Wrap-up

We had a busy weekend. Friday night we didn't do much, I babysat and the kids had their usual things to do. Saturday, we took our birthday girl to the mall to shop for her bday presents. It is easier now that they are older to just give them money and let them shop. They love it!!! Of course, dad and mom get to go and spend some shopping time too. I have never had a problem with crowds at the mall, but this time-OH MY!!! There were too many people there for me. Of course, we went to Woodfield mall and that might have had something to do with it. Bigger mall-more people.
Our daughter got all she wanted and was very happy. I also got something for me. I went to Yankee Candle and bought some more of my tarts for my candle warmer and also got another cool candle. I wish I could show you a picture but my camera isn't co-operating today. Will try later. It has this gel stuff on the outside of the candle and a votive in the middle of the gel. Well, the gel doesn't melt,just the candle,then you can put another votive in its place when that one is done and you still have the pretties on the outer part of the candle. I got one with fall leaves and acorns. The fragrance is Autumn Wreath. Very nice. I love candles.
After shopping we came home and crashed. Then on Sunday we had church of course and then had to go grocery shopping since we didn't get it done on Saturday. I don't think we have had a weekend home for quite a long time and don't see that happening in the near future either. Just too much going on. Oh, I forgot, we also cleaned out the basement Got rid of a bunch of things we don't need anymore. I love doing that,makes me feel a lot better.
Today, is a quieter day. Only 2 kids today. Nice break for me.:)

Friday, November 09, 2007

Bloggy break

Taking a break for a few days. Life is too busy in this house to keep up with everything. Be back next week.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Happy 16th


Today is our daughter's 16th birthday. Can't believe she is 16 already. She has been practicing driving and I am still not used to her doing that. Seems like she should still be about 2 years old.They grow up way to quick.
She has grown into a beautiful young lady.Happy birthday Em. I love you.

Friday, November 02, 2007

friday feast #167

Appetizer
How much money do you plan to spend this upcoming holiday season?
Don't know...Depends how much we are bringing in at the time I guess. We don't like to spend that much but get enough to make it a happy day.

Soup
What was the last television show you watched, and was it good?
Didn't watch much tv this week.

Salad
If you had to paint the walls of your living room tomorrow, what color would you choose?
Can't think of the name of it but it is a lighter brown color. Really pretty.

Main Course
Name something clever or practical you have thought of that should be invented, but hasn’t yet.
No...but my hubby comes up with things all the time. Very clever mind.

Dessert
List 3 things you would like to receive as gifts this upcoming holiday season.
My kids to be happy, bath and body things,a new purse.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007


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you took my parking place..

One day, a man went to visit a church, He got there early, parked his
car and got out. Another car pulled up near the driver got out and
said, " I always park there! You took my place!" The visitor went
inside for Sunday School, found an empty seat and sat down. A young
lady from the church approached him and stated, "That's my seat! You
took my place!" The visitor was somewhat distressed by this rude
welcome, but said nothing.

After Sunday School, the visitor went into the sanctuary and sat
down. Another member walked up to him and said, " That's where I
always sit! You took my place!" The visitor was even more
troubled by this treatment, but still He said nothing.
Later as the congregation was praying for Christ to dwell among them,
the visitor stood up, and his appearance began to change. Horrible
scars became visible on his hands and on his sandaled feet. Someone
from the congregation noticed him and called out, "What happened to
you?" The visitor replied, as his hat became a crown of thorns, and a
tear fell from his eye, "I took your place."

halloween fun

DD#1's pumpkin







DD#2's pumpkin













Thought I would share what we have been doing the week. The girls have been working on their pumpkins. I think they did a pretty good job. There are sooo many cool stencils online that you can find to decorate your pumpkins. Also, had to put in a picture of our Ninja fighter-protector of all.;) He wanted to be a vampire but there is no scary costumes allowed at school anymore(thank goodness,I really don't like the whole vampire thing anyway.)So, we decided on Ninja. He has a sword and sythes,but can't use those until trick or treating. Will post pictures of the other pumpkins as soon as we get them done. Hopefully, this evening.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Signing



I have several babies I watch during the week and we have taught them sign language. It is so fun to see them actually being able to communicate with us before they learn to talk. I really think it is a great idea to teach infants how to sign. It keeps them from being frustrated when they are trying to tell you something. I have had very good success with several of my kids,and the parents really like it too b/c they can talk to their kids easier without the guessing game. Some of the signs we teach them are eat, more, please, thank you. These seem very basic but you would be amazed at how much this helps out adults understanding what the child wants.

Friday Feast #166

Appetizer
Name a great website you would recommend to others.
Realsimple.com

Soup
On a scale of 1-10 (with 10 as highest), how often do you dream at night?
Probably about 2-3 lately b/c I have been soooo tired.

Salad
Did you have a pet as a child? If so, what kind and what was its name?
Yes. I had a kitten named Buttons. She was sooo cute. She would climb up on your lap and rub her head under your chin. We also had a Schnauzer named Benji. I really liked that dog.

Main Course
If you had the chance to star in a commercial, what would you choose to advertise?
Oh I don't know. Maybe a cell phone commercial. i just love that one where the grandma is texting right along with the kids. Too funny.

Dessert
What is your favorite kind of hard candy?
I like Life Savers peppermint candies. Yum:)

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

another picture










Here is the finished project. We still have a few little things to finish up but am so glad this is done. Painting is a HUGE project and next time.... I think we are going to just side it.:)

painting pictures










Ok. Here is one picture of the girls helping paint the house. It was a dark brown color and we painted it a lighter tan color. Our oldest daughter is hanging out the window and handing our other daughter paint. It looks funny but we had a very good system and actually made the job go much quicker. I have another picture to show you of the front of the house but blogger is not working with me right now.Ugh!!!!Will try later.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

yeah!!!

We finally got the house painted. Yes, I know it has taken forever but with our schedule, we are lucky it is done now.I will have to post pictures tomorrow b/c our camera needs charged right now. I am sooo excited that it is done!!!!

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Good movie

Watched a really good movie today that everyone should watch. No bad words, just a plain good movie. It is a tear jerker though. Not going to tell you about the movie,just go out a rent it and then tell me if you liked it. The movie is called the Ultimate Gift.

Friday, October 19, 2007

friday feast

Appetizer
If you were a dog, what breed would you be, and why?
I would be Shih Tzu just like my dog,because they are cute and cuddly and very loving

Soup
What does the color purple make you think of?
Calm,quiet, peaceful

Salad
Approximately how long does it take you to get ready each morning?
Usually only about 25-30 minutes. I get up before everyone else so mornings are my time.

Main Course
How many cousins do you have, and are you close to them?
8. Not really. We used to get together when we were little,but not any more.


Dessert
Take your initials (first, middle, last) and come up with something else those letters could stand for. (Example: SFO = Sweet Funny Otter)
Juicy Fruit

100 Acre Woods Quiz


Take the 100 Acre Personality Quiz!

Found this over at Talk to Grams. Guess this fits me pretty good.Fun quiz.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

our get away

Sorry it's taken me so long to post about this weekend,but yesterday was so busy I didn't have time to post anything.
We did have a great time. It was sooooo nice just getting away by ourselves. We haven't done this for so long it was sort of hard to decide what to do without 4 other voices with their opinions telling us what they want to do.
We stayed at a really nice hotel/waterpark at the Dells. The first day we went downtown to the strip area and they had a fall festival going on(right up my alley):) and then we just walked around and window shopped. Everything there is very overpriced.Defintely a tourist trap. We ate lunch and then went mini golfing-of course, I did not win,but we had fun-that is all that matters.
We went over to the water park and rode the lazy river and got in the 2 hot tubs. I am not much of a big water slide person. All I'll say is NICE:)
We did call the kids several times. Missed them like crazy!!!!They all behaved and when we got home the house was picked up and dishes done. WOW!!!!:)Guess they did miss us after all.*smile*
I enjoyed the time away,but am also glad to be back home and back to routine.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

I have a post about our weekend away but it is on the laptop and blogger wouldn't let me post it last night,so will hopefully get it posted today sometime.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Tomorrow is the day

Getting excited about our get away. Haven't been away on a trip with my hubby for a long time and we need a break. It is only a few days but sometimes just getting away from it all is exactly what you need. Don't get me wrong, I will miss my kids HORRIBLY,and will be thinking about them the whole time. They all have plans for the weekend so I know they will be okay. Will try to get pictures of where we go to share with you all on Sunday evening.

Monday, October 08, 2007

happy anniversary

Today is our 19th anniversary. We didn't do too much today,but this weekend we are going on a trip by ourselves!!! Yes, without kids,all alone.:) We won a free trip this past year and we decided to use it for ourselves. Can't believe it has been 19 years.It has flown by soooo quickly. Yes, we are still very happily married.

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Back Home

Well, we made it back. Had a good time but too short for our youngest.They lost their game last night but Caleb made both touchdowns!!! Yeah!! Our middle daughter got to do a lot of driving on the way there and on the way back. Just wouldn't let her drive through Chicago. I am not ready for her to drive through that town-I won't even drive through there. Too many cars!!!
We are all relaxing this afternoon. Those short trips take a lot out of you. I don't like to sleep anywhere away from home anyway-that's just me.:)
Hope everyone had a great weekend!!!

Friday, October 05, 2007

Weekend happenings

Well, it is going to be another busy weekend around here. I don't think I can remember a weekend that hasn't been busy for awhile. We are going to Ohio to watch one of our daughter's friend's football game. They dated for awhile and he has been keeping us up to date on his football games, so we decided to go cheer him on at his last home game.
The kids had today off and also have Monday off for Columbus Day. I like these days b/c it is not so crazy in the morning trying to get everyone out the door on time. I am just so thankful that our oldest daughter is home to help take kids to school and run errands for me since i have the daycare at the house.She has been a great help to me.
Hope you all enjoy your weekends. It is suppose to be unseasonably warm this weekend. I don't mind. This is my favorite time of the year.(If I haven't mentioned that before)hehe:)

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

When I say "I'm a Christian"

When I say, “I am a Christian,” I’m not shouting, “I’ve been saved!”
I’m whispering, “I get lost! That’s why I chose this way”When I say, “I am a Christian,” I don’t speak with human pride
I’m confessing that I stumble-needing God to be my guide

When I say, “I am a Christian,” I’m not trying to be strong
I’m professing that I’m weak and pray for strength to carry on

When I say, “I am a Christian,” I’m not bragging of success
I’m admitting that I’ve failed and cannot ever pay the debt

When I say, “I am a Christian,” I don’t think I know it all
I submit to my confusion asking humbly to be taught

When I say, “I am a Christian,” I’m not claiming to be perfect
My flaws are far too visible but God believes I’m worth it

When I say, “I am a Christian,” I still feel the sting of pain
I have my share of heartache which is why I seek His name

When I say, “I am a Christian,” I do not wish to judge
I have no authority–I only know I’m loved

Monday, October 01, 2007

Help!!!!!

UGH!!! Am having trouble adding the award buttons to my blog. I saved the images and then went to photobucket and it wouldn't load to photobucket. Will try tomorrow I guess. Also, tried to make the smile award smaller on paint and it ends up loading really big at the bottom of my page.

To Maddie


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Can't believe you are 9 years old now. I remember the day I got the call that you were born and I went to see you. You are growing up into a beautiful young lady. Love you and miss you!!!!! Hope you have a fun birthday. Send us pictures.:)

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Homecoming 2007



Here are a couple of pictures from last night. Can't find the pictures of our youngest with her group of friends but will try to find them later. Pictures are not loading onto our place we usually have them.They had a great time at the dance and all were tired this morning.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Dance the night away

Tonight is the homecoming dance. They lost the football game last night.:( Will post pictures later tonight or tomorrow. Until then... busy,busy,busy.

Friday, September 28, 2007

Friday Feast #162

Appetizer
How are you today?
Am doing just great!!! It is Friday and I have the weekend off.

Soup
Name 3 television shows you watch on a regular basis.
House,Don't forget the lyrics,and Dancing with the Stars.

Salad
What’s the scariest weather situation you’ve experienced?
I was in Florida when there was a hurricane. That is something you don't want to go through. Worst storm you could ever imagine.

Main Course
If you could wake up tomorrow morning in another country, where would you want to be?
I think I would like to visit England or Italy. Have always wanted to go there.

Dessert
What do you usually wear to sleep?
In the winter, one of my hubby's sweatshirts and my comfy pants.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Yippee!!!!

We finally got our computer back up and running!!!! Now i don't have to remember all my passwords to all the sites i go to.:) Our daughter can have her laptop back for college.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Interesting Questions........

Can you cry under water?

How important does a person have to be before they are considered assassinated instead of just murdered?

Why do you have to "put your two cents in".. but it's only a "penny for your thoughts"? Where's that extra penny going to?

Why does a round pizza come in a square box?

What disease did cured ham actually have?

How is it that we put man on the moon before we figured out it would be a good idea to put wheels on luggage?

Why is it that people say they "slept like a baby" when babies wake up like every two hours?

If a deaf person has to go to court, is it still called a hearing?

Why are you IN a movie, but you're ON TV?

Why do people pay to go up tall buildings and then put money in binoculars to look at things on the ground?

Why do doctors leave the room while you change? They're going to see you naked anyway.



Why is "bra" singular and "panties" plural?

Why do toasters always have a setting that burns the toast to a horrible crisp, which no decent human being would eat?

If Jimmy cracks corn and no one cares, why is there a stupid song about him?

Can a hearse carrying a corpse drive in the carpool lane ?

If the professor on Gilligan's Island can make a radio out of a coconut, why can't he fix a hole in a boat?

Why does Goofy stand erect while Pluto remains on all fours? They're both dogs!

If Wile E. Coyote had enough money to buy all that ACME stuff, why didn't he just buy dinner?

If corn oil is made from corn, and vegetable oil is made from vegetables, what is baby oil made from?

If electricity comes from electrons, does morality come from morons?

Do the Alphabet song and Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star have the same tune?

Why did you just try singing the two songs above?

Did you ever notice that when you blow in a dog's face, he gets mad at you, but when you take him for a car ride, he sticks his head out the window?

Friday, September 21, 2007

Friday Feast # 161

Appetizer
What is your favorite type of art?
I like paintings that other people have done. If you are talking about what I like to do, I still like to color with the kids.:)

Soup
When was the last time you got a free lunch (or breakfast or dinner)? Who paid for it?
Hmmmmm......don't know when the last time was that I went out to lunch or breakfast and it was free.


Salad
On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being highest, how emotional are you?
I would say about a 5.

Main Course
Approximately how long do you spend each day responding to emails?
Usually, I look at my email in the morning and respond to the emails and then check it in the afternoon to see if there are any new emails. Maybe about 5-10 minutes

Dessert
To what temperature do you usually set your home’s thermostat?
Usually it is set at 69-70 degrees.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Stay off the sidewalks: )

Our middle daughter is getting her permit today!!!!! Am a little nervous letting her drive. Don't know why, I wasn't that nervous with our first daughter. She of course wants to drive somewhere today, but will have to wait until dad is home. We need to take her out to the country and teach her a few things about driving first. She hasn't driven with the instructor yet,and starting next year they are enforcing some stricter rules for new drivers in our state. My youngest isn't to thrilled about it but I think they are good changes. They have to have their permit for 9 months instead of 3, they have more driving hours to complete b4 they get their license,more hours behind the wheel with the instructor. There are a few more but can't remember them all right now. The new rules start in Jan.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Our cruise




Our kids minus our youngest daughter plus one:)





Post card picture of Chicago





our little captain driving a much smaller boat





My hubby and I at Navy Pier today and behind us is the boat we rode on.




We had a really good time today. The weather was perfect and the cruise was a lot of fun-after you got your "sea legs":P The cruise was about 11/2 hrs long and it was very relaxing. We spent most of our time on the top deck. We had a buffet lunch and there was a dj there and the kids had a great time dancing and just having fun. We also had time to walk around Navy Pier. Everyone except our son and I rode the big ferris wheel. They also rode the carousel. All in all, it was a great day. I would do it again any day.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Busy, busy

Haven't been able to get online much this week. Too busy working.I have a new baby that I watch and he is really keeping me busy.He is only here on Thursday and Friday but those two days are really busy. I like to keep busy though otherwise I go nuts with not much to do. I have to stay busy.
Am really looking forward to this weekend. My hubby's work is taking us on a cruise on Lake Michigan. Can't wait. It is going to be chilly though. The temp is suppose to be in the 60's but on the water it is going to be quite cold. Am a little upset that all of our family can't go. Farmtastic is also this weekend and our youngest daughter wants to go. I don't blame her, it is a really fun time for teens from churches all over the county to get together at a farm here in town and they have games, competitions, and lots of fun but there is also a speaker there.Great way to reach out to the teens of the community.
Will try to get pictures downloaded onto the laptop. Just not sure how to do it yet. Will have to just sit down in my spare time *haha* and figure it out.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Monday Madness

1. Do you have children in school?
yes,we have 1 in elementary school, 2 in high school, and one in college.

2. Are YOU currently in school (any level)?
No I am not in school.

3. Did you (or your children) attend a public or private school?
I attended private school for 12 years.

4. As far as formal education, what level have you completed?
I went to college for 2 years

5. Do you, or did you have loans out for your (or your children's) education?
Nope. Luckily we have a payment plan for our daughter's college this year.

6. What are your thoughts on the cost of tuition for colleges and universities?
I think that community college is a lot cheaper than universities and you can receive the same kind of education as a big university and also stay close to home.

Saturday, September 08, 2007

Football season is here!!

We went to the first ever home game at the new field at the high school last night. Of course, there was a ceremony dedicating the new field. Our middle daughter is in flags so we watched the pre-game show and half time show with the band. She did well. Was sooo proud of her. The hubs won the game!!! Yeah!!! We only stayed til half time b/c our son cannot last through the whole game. I am actually learning a little more about football. Shock:) It is not so bad once you learn what they are doing.:) Am glad we didn't stay though b/c there was a 20 minute delay b/c of lightning seen in the distance. It did not rain,but with fans sitting on metal bleachers and all it was probably a good idea.
Not doing much today. Just watching a 11 month old for a while. Most of our kids are off doing things today. Just a quiet day. Very nice temperatures outside. Suppose to be 78 i think. Absolutely LOVE this weather!!!! If you didn't know by now, fall is my favorite season.
Sorry no pictures to post. Don't know how to download them onto this laptop. Have pictures of our daughter in flags but will have to wait til we get our other computer working.
Have a great weekend!!!!

Friday, September 07, 2007

The Onion meme

I've been tagged by my mom:)flipflopfloozie for this quite revealing meme. The purpose is to strip you down like an onion layer by layer. So now I stand here before naked. (Oh run, hide....it is scary!!)

Let's get going so you can see how this happened!!!




LAYER 1
On the Outside

Name: Julie F.
Birth Date: June 14
Current Status: married for almost 19 years in Oct.;)
Eye Color: Blue
Hair Color: auburn with blonde highlights

LAYER 2
On the Inside

My Heritage: English
My Fear: losing anyone in my family
My weaknesses: Shopping in general
My Perfect Pizza: sausage and onion

LAYER 3
Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

My thoughts first waking up : Thank you Lord for another day
My bedtime : sleep is good:)
My most missed memory: when i was little

LAYER 4
My Pick

Pepsi or coke :pepsi
Single or group dates : single dates with hubby
Adidas or Nike : Nike
Tea or Nestea : don't like nestea. i make tea at home
Chocolate or Vanilla : Chocolate
Cappuccino or Coffee : Coffee

LAYER 5
Do You ****?

Smoke : NO WAY!!! Never want to either
Take a shower : Shower not baths
Have a crush : Mel Gibson
Think you’ve been in love : YES!!! Still am
Go to school :Not for a while
Want to get married : Have been married for a while now and our 19th anniversary is in Oct.
Believe in yourself : Sometimes
Think you’re a health freak : I like to eat healthy

LAYER 6
In the Past

Drank alcohol : a little
Gone to the mall : Yep. Probably too much
Been on stage : Yes but not my favorite thing
Eaten sushi : No
Dyed your hair : Dyed no.Highlighted it.

LAYER 7
Have You Ever***?

Played a stripping game :No

LAYER 8
Hoping

Get married: Already married!!

LAYER 9
In A Guy

Best eye colour : blue
Best hair colour : dark brown
Short hair or long hair :short

LAYER 10
What were you doing

A minute ago : doing this meme
Hour ago : dishes
Month ago : probably working like usual
Year ago : working

LAYER 11
Finish This Sentence

I love :my family and friends
I feel : a ok.
I hate : someone who procrastinates and lies.
I hide : things that will hurt people
I miss : my family when they are gone.
I need : my family with me.


Not going to tag anyone so if you do this meme let me know so I can stop by.

Friday feast

Appetizer
Using only one word, how does grocery shopping make you feel?
Honestly, it makes me feel broke:)

Soup
What is your favorite part about the season of Autumn?
I love Autumn. It is my favorite time of the year. I love going to the apple orchard. I love the cool weather, the smell of fall, the kids going back to school:),wearing sweatshirts and jeans. My favorite outfit:)

Salad
Have you ever had any bad experiences online?
No I haven't.

Main Course
Name three things that make you happy daily.
My hubby, my kids, my job.

Dessert
What one household cleansing or organizing item would you not want to be without?
I love soft scrub with bleach. Cleans really well. I also couldn't live without my vaccum.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Painting continued.....

Well, we got a lot of painting done this weekend but couldn't finish one side of the house b/c of all the stupid mosquitoes. There were enough there to carry away a grown man.:) We are going to buy a fogger and see if that gets rid of them. Even in the sun yesterday the mosquitoes were eating us alive. Wish they would just go away so we can get this done. The poor kids around town look like they have chicken pox b/c they have been bitten so much by those mosquitoes.
Hopefully by this weekend we can finish the one side of the house and be done with it.I would post pictures but we are still on my daughter's laptop. Have to take the other computer in to get looked at i guess. Not working still. We think it is the power supply which won't be so bad to fix.
Have a great day everyone!!!!

Monday, September 03, 2007

Our weekend

We have had a great labor day weekend so far. We took the kids shopping on saturday for some more needed school clothes and shoes. I think it was more fun for us girls than dad:) He usually goes along for the ride. We also stopped by my favorite fall place...the apple orchard. I love going there b/c fall is my favorite time of the year I love to go to the corn maze and get caramel apples and buy my new candle:P
Yesterday was church and then a little more shopping for one of our daughters. We made it home in time for another daughter to go to the movies with her friends.
Today we are going to finish painting the house. It is gorgeous weather and we are soooo thankful for that.
Hope everyone has a safe and happy Labor day weekend.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

My week so far......

Haven't been online for a while. I think our internet provider was having trouble since we had all this rain. There were a lot of phone boxes and cable that were under water. I am glad it is all back!!!
We are suppose to get more rain tonight. At least the rain water has gone down quite a bit so hopefully it will not flood again.

Our oldest daughter went to college for the first time yesterday. Sad day for mom. She was fine of course, but went to the wrong class. Ooops:) She doesn't have that class again until Wed. so we'll see if we get it right this next time:P She really seems to like college. I am just getting used to the fact that she is in college.

Hope you all are having a great week.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Flood of 2007

We went to DeKalb last night to see how bad the town was flooded. Oh my it was really bad. Thank the Lord it is nice today and we didn't get the rain we were suppose to get. NIU has a lake on campus and it was flooding the street that we had to go through. It was awful to see people's cars under water. I felt so bad for them. Here is a link to the Dekalb paper.There is a place on that sight that you can see pictures of the flood. I just pray we don't get any more big storms for quite a while b/c we need this water to reside.
Ok for some reason my link didn't go through. You can look up pictures of the flood at daily-chronicle.com.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Computer down

our computer is down right now so am using my daughter's laptop. Not sure what has happened to the computer right now. We are thinking it has something to do with the recent storms we have had b/c it was working yesterday morning and then quit. We had had a LOT of rain lately!!!
As long as my daughter keeps this laptop charged I can still get on and go visit everyone's blogs.Boy I didnt realize how much I missed having the computer around. Guess it is good that I take a break from it for a while but not too long:)Can't stand being without it.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

wordless wednesday



This is how I feel some days:)

Monday, August 20, 2007

peach tea

Hey, just wondering.... does anybody know how to make peach tea or know if they sell it in the stores????? I had some really good ice peach tea at Olive Garden yesterday and I really would like to know how to make it the way they do. It is my new favorite drink.

Monday Madness

1. How many desktop computers in your home?
We only have one desktop in the house.

2. How many laptops?
Right now there is one. Our daughter has one she got for graduation so she can use it in college this fall.

3. What kind of internet service do you have? (i.e. phone modem, dsl, etc.)
We have a cable modem.

4. Do you tend to use more than one email account regularly?
I have 2 emails. One I use for regular email and one I use for freecycle.

5. Do you use email as a main source for communicating to your family and friends?
Yes!!! I don't know what we would do without email to keep in touch. I can tell my family things that happened that same day instead of depending on "snail mail" as it is called now.:)

6. What kind of computer monitor do you own (flatscreen, or other)?
Just a regular ol' monitor. Nothing fancy.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Friday Feast #156

Appetizer
Describe your laundry routine. Do you have a certain day when you do it all, or do you just wash whatever you need for the next day?
My routine is whenever the laundry needs to be done it gets done. There are days(if I have time) that i do a lot of laundry and then there are days that I can't get one load done.

Soup
In your opinion, what age will you be when you’ll consider yourself to truly be old?
I think age is just a number and you are only old if you think you are old. You can have fun at any age of life and I think you should enjoy your life b/c you never know what is going to happen.

Salad
What is one of your goals? Is it short-term, long-term, or both?
Right now my goal is to raise my children to be loving,respectful,responsible adults.

Main Course
Name something unbelievable you’ve seen or read lately.
I can't believe the news today. So many things going on from politics to weather,hollywood. There is always something shocking that you hear about in the news.

Dessert
On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being highest, how happy are you today?
I would say about a 5-6. We have had some pretty bad news this week and I can't seem to get it off my mind.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

1st day of school

Today is the first day of high school for my youngest two daughters. We have a freshman and sophomore this year. Am a little nervous for our youngest b/c of this being her first day in a new school. I know she will be ok by it is just the mom in me worrying about her. At least her sister is there to help her and they have lunch together this semester which is really nice.
Our son will start school next Tuesday. He is thrilled(at the moment,give him a week or so and he will want to stay home:) He is in 2nd grade this year and hopefully will pay attention to the teacher better this year :)
Our oldest daughter is in college this year and will be starting on the 27th. She was just soooo excited today when she took her sisters to school and she didn't have to stay there:) I think she is enjoying the college life. Her hours at school are 10-2 MWF and no school on Thursdays at all. As she says it is "sweet" :P
Am off to enjoy the day with my daycare kids and finally get to go to the park and let them run off some of that energy they have had during the rain the last few days:)

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Please pray

Just found out that one of our daughter's friends were in a serious accident this afternoon and her mom passed away. Please keep their family in prayer. The daughter was in the car with her mom. The girl is only 15years old. The daughter's name is Katie Beguin.
Don't know much details right now but our middle daughter is very upset right now and we just are in shock.
Thank you in advance for prayers.
**Just found out the daughter was driving and just got her permit so she is REALLY going to need prayers right now. My heart goes out to this family. Please pray for Katie and her family.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Monday Madness

Good Monday to you all! We're going to try something a bit different this week. Thank you for playing my meme, and have a great week! =)

Please fill in the following blanks, to make a compound word:

1. GROUND hog
2. FIRE house
3. HOUSE maid
4. OVER easy
5. SUNshine
6. UNDER dog
7. OUTside
8. SOMEone
Not sure if housemaid is a word or not...Anyone have any other words for house???? That's the one that stumped me:P

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Nice Matters Award






My friend Carolyn at Talk to Grams gave me this award. She is such a sweet person and I really enjoy visiting her blog.Thanks so much.

More information on this award

"This award is for those bloggers who are nice people; good blog friends and those who inspire good feelings and inspiration. Also for those who are a positive influence on our blogging world. Once you've been awarded please pass it on to others who you feel are deserving of this award."

I pass this award on to

Sandy at Flip Flop Floozie

Jennifer at Happy at Home

Rachel at Heart of Rachel

Doing the happy dance: )


Yeah!!!! We got our new washer yesterday!!!! I am so excited.I am actually looking forward to doing the first load of laundry in my new washer!!!!
It is not a fancy washer,but it will get the job done,and I am sooooo glad we got it b4 the kids went back to school this week b/c that is when my laundry really starts to pile up with school clothes. It's always "Mom, I need this washed b4 tomorrow" and they tell me at 10:00 at night. That ever happened to any of you???? It happens here all the time. The girls usually do their own laundry but I think Mom will be watching closer now to the laundry for a while since this is a brand new washer. :) It's mom's "new toy".
Gotta very busy day today. Have to work and have an interview at 2:00 this afternoon. In August is when it seems we tend to get more calls for people needing daycare. Don't really know why but it has happened like that for the past couple of years. Oh well.
Hope everyone enjoys their Sunday. Stay cool.

Friday, August 10, 2007

The Lord has provided for us again!!!


As you know we have 3 teenage girls one of which of course is driving now and one will be driving by January.Well, we have one car for our oldest but it is in need of being replaced.The other day a guy at my hubby's work said he had a car if we wanted to look at it. It is a 1996 Ford Taurus. My DD went to see it and she paid for it on her own!!!! Even better right? ;) We will pick it up this weekend. Above is a picture of one but not her car.
Then today my hubby told me about another car that someone was selling and it is a 1995 Dodge Stratus for only $300!!!! Wow!!!! It has a few things that need fixed but no major deals so that one will be our middle daughter's,who will be 16 in the fall. She is sooooo excited about it, and we are too b/c we weren't sure how we were going to buy her a car. Thank you Lord!!!!!! We will have this car this weekend too. Just can't believe we will have 4 drivers in this house soon. AGH!!!;) Please pray for us as we train another driver.:)

Friday Feast #155

Appetizer
What is your favorite kind of pie?
I love banana cream pie or coconut cream. Don't like the fruit pies as much.

Soup
Name something that made you smile this week.
My daycare kids. I love to see the babies when they smile and laugh.

Salad
What do you do to cool off when the weather is hot and humid?
Stay inside in the AC as much as possible. :)


Main Course
You receive $1,000 in the mail with a letter that says you can only use the money to redecorate one room in your home. Which room do you pick, and what do you buy to spruce it up?
I would love to fix up my basement for the daycare and have a playroom and kitchen and sleeping room down there so I could have my house to myself upstairs and have daycare in the basement area.


Dessert
Fill in the blank: My _________ says __________, but I __________.
My body says stay in bed longer
but I have to get up and go to work:P

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Summer dessert

I found this dessert in my Kraft food and family magazine that I get in the mail. You can get this magazine for free. Just go to Kraft's website. I love their recipes. They are usually very easy to make and not expensive. What i love about this recipe is that you don't have to heat up the kitchen with the oven since it has been soooooo humid and hot lately.
Banana Split Cake
1 1/2 cups of Graham Cracker Crumbs
1 1/4 cups sugar,divided
1/2 cup stick butter,melted
2 pkg(8oz) Cream Cheese,softened
1 can(20 oz) crushed pineapple, drained
6 medium bananas, divided
2 cups cold milk
2 pkg.(4serving size each) Jell-O vanilla flavored pudding-instant
2cups thawed Cool Whip topping divided
1 cup chopped pecans or whatever kind of nut you like

Mix crumbs, 1/4cup of sugar and butter, press onto bottom of foil-lined 9x13 pan. Freeze 10 min.
Beat cream cheese and remaining 1 cup sugar in bowl with electric mixer until well blended. Carefully spread cream cheese mixture over crust, top with pineapple. Slice 4 of the bananas, arrange over pineapple.
Pour milk into large bowl Add dry pudding mixed.
Beat with wire whisk 2 min. or until well blended. Stir in 1 cup whipped topping, spread over banana layer in pan.Top with remaining whipped topping,sprinkle with nuts. Refrigerate 5 hours,just before serving slice remaining 2 bananas, arrange over dessert.
Makes 24 servings.
We made this last night and everyone likes it. It is a nice dessert for a hot summer day. Not so great on the calorie end probably but it was yummy:)

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Putting in Doors

Sunday we went to Bloomington to put in our niece's new doors. Well, the first door went in fine,but the back door,well, it had a few problems. The floor and subfloor were rotten so while my hubby was putting in the doors,I was staying with my sister in law at her house.
We went to lunch at the Flattop Grill.It was really a nice place to eat,and boy do you get full. You put all the veggies and rice you want in a bowl, put some sauce on it, add your meat in a seperate bowl and then they grill it for you. Yum!!!!We had a good time there.
After lunch we went back to the house and the guys back to work. It was VERY humid outside that day and the poor guys had to work w/o air b/c of the door way being opened. After finding out the floor was bad they found out the door was about 5 in. too small for the opening. Long story short they did get the door in finally but we didn't get home til 11:30 that evening. UGH!!!! Just glad we got the doors in for them b4 it rained,and they do look very nice.

Monday, August 06, 2007

Monday Madness

1. What ONE thing would you like to accomplish before the end of the day?
Getting all the laundry done.:)

2. What one goal would you like to attain before the end of the month?
Getting the whole house painted

3. Are you a "to-do list" writer? If so, do you stick to your list and cross things off as you complete them?
Usually no but I will write a list every once in a while.

4. In general, how organized do you feel you are?
Somewhat organized. I think if there were more hours in the day i could get a lot more organized and definitely more things done:)

5. How many piles of papers/junk mail/etc. do you have laying around your house
Only one. Just cleaned out my "junk" pile the other day

6. Which ONE surface in your home do you have trouble keeping clean?
No surface but the basement is the hardest to keep clean b/c I don't get down there often enough to do anything except laundry.

Saturday, August 04, 2007

Happy 89th Birthday Grandpa!!!!!!!




Today is my grandpa's 89th birthday. Just wanted to say Happy happy birthday Grandpa. Hope you have a wonderful birthday. Just wanted to share a few pictures of him and my kids. These pictures are a few years old but the first one is of the girls and gma and gpa. The next one is of our middle daughter and gpa and the last one is of gpa and Ricky not too long after we adopted our son.

******OOPS: I thought today was your bday Gpa. I guess I was jumping the gun. August 7th right???? Anyways, have a happy birthday on Tuesday. Just getting in my happy birthdays early i guess:)**********

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Broken



Our washing machine has given up. Guess I would too if I had to do laundry almost every day for 6 people.:) Not sure exactly what is going on with it but I do know I don't like going to the laundry mat!! The only good thing about going there is that I can get a LOT of laundry done at once. We went last night and just washed clothes and brought them home to dry since i still have a dryer. Thank the Lord!!!! When we actually have a weekend to stay home my hubby will look at the washer and see if he can fix it. Can't do much this weekend b/c we are suppose to go to my sister-in-laws to put in a door for them. AGGGHHH!! We haven't had a full weekend home in about 4 weeks. I actually can't wait for school to start b/c I think things will slow down,and school is usually busy around here. That is pretty sad,huh??
Well, gotta get back to the laundry situation. Hope you all are staying cool. I know it is in the 90's again here today.

Monday, July 30, 2007

Busy, busy,busy

Well, we got a lot accomplished this past weekend. Got a lot of the house painted but still quite a bit more to go. We are taking the evening off tonight b/c we have other things to get done-laundry,dishes,cleaning-you know those things you don't really WANT to do but have to:)
Have another interview tomorrow evening for a baby:) Yeah!!! Gotta love those newborn babies. I can't get my fill of them.If any of you don't know-I have a home daycare.
So, I guess painting will have to resume on Wednesday unfortunately. Guess that is how it goes when you have a family and jobs and still are trying to get things done around the house. Never a dull moment here.
Our middle daughter has band camp this week and is enjoying it right now. I will ask her how she is enjoying it by Thursday. This week really tires them out. Especially, since this is the HOTTEST week we've had and they have to be outside all week. She is in the guard and does flags. Can't wait to go to the competitions this fall. Our oldest daughter was in band for all 4 years of high school and is helping with band camp this week. They just can't get away from band i guess:)
Well, I guess I'd better get off of here and get my work done. Hope everyone has had a great start to their week.

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Busy weekend



We are going to be painting the house this weekend and probably part of this next week,so if you don't see me on in the next few days that is why. Just PLEASE pray that the rain stays away so we can finish the job.

Friday, July 27, 2007

Friday Feast# 153

Appetizer
Describe a toy you remember from your childhood.
I had this doll that you put in her car and she would ride in it. Can't remember the name of the doll but she wasn't very big and had blonde hair and i think it was a pink car that she had.

Soup
On a scale of 1 to 10 (with 10 being highest) how observant are you?
I'd say about a 5-6. I notice a lot of things.

Salad
Where would you rather be at this very moment?
In bed. It is raining and dark and would LOVE to have slept in today.

Main Course
When was the last time you learned something new?
I think I learn something new every day. Especially being around kids all day. There is always something new to learn:)

Dessert
Fill in the blank: I have ____________ but I haven’t ____________.
I have lots of work to do but I don't have time to get it all done.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Five things meme

I was tagged by Jennifer over at Happy at home so here it goes:)

What were you doing 10 years ago?
Hmmmm, ten years ago I had an 8, 5, and 3 year old to raise. My how time flies.

What were you doing 1 year ago?
One year ago I was still doing the same job of raising my kids,got a new van-yeah!!!!

Five Snacks You Enjoy
Granola bars
Banana bread
trail mix
chocolate
twizzlers

Five Songs That You Know All The Lyrics To
You're my little girl
Daddy's hands
Sweet home Alabama
Son of a preacher man
Respect

Five Things You Would Do If You were a Millionaire
Pay off all my bills:)
Buy a new house
Take a long vacation
Pay for all my kids college up front
Quit work...maybe not have to have something to do:P

Five Bad Habits
Too much time on the computer
Doing things around the house instead of getting the kids to do some things
Can't think of any more:P

Five Things You Like To Do
Take walks
Blog
Play games online
Relax
Spend time with my family


Five Things You Would Never Wear Again
Gauchos (sp?)
Overall shorts
Wrap around skirts
Halter tops
Bikini

Five Favorite Toys
My computer
My camera-love to take pictures
My new stove:)
My lawn mower-yes I love to mow the lawn
My washer and dryer-I know weird,but without it I would not be able to keep up with the laundry for my family

I tag Talk to Grams and Flip Flop Floozie

Monday, July 23, 2007

Back Home

Am glad to be back home. I enjoyed the time away and was greatly needed but am glad to be back much much more.
We had a really nice time there and the weather co-operated. Not humid at all while we were there. The kids had a good time swimming, fishing,riding on the golf carts and just doing nothing.My hubby was working with his dad the whole time we were there. He really enjoys that though so I guess that was his vacation. They worked on building the campground a pig roaster-which we may be using in September if we go back down there:)
Didn't get to take that many pictures as promised b/c my camera needs a new battery-not just a AA or AAA but a special battery and we keep forgetting to buy one. Ugh!!! We did take a few pictures on my daughter's camera so will have to go through those and see what I can use.
Well,am getting ready for bed soon so will get off here. Just wanted to let you all know we made it back safely and are very happy to be back home again.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Mini vacation

We are leaving for the "promise land" (as my husband calls it)or Missouri this evening after work for a small vacation(which is GREATLY needed) My hubby's parents live there and work at a private campground so we are going to be camping,but camping in style-not the old fashioned tent camping-the nice camper with satellite and bathrooms camping:)We have to pick up our youngest daughter tonight at my sister-in-laws and then off for a 6 hour drive. Just hope our youngest one sleeps b/c he gets awfully cranky if he doesn't.
Hope you all have a great rest of the week and we'll be back on Sunday evening-Will take pictures to share on Monday.

Monday, July 16, 2007

monday madness

1. Do you feel that children these days are disciplined enough?
No, I don't think they are disciplined enough. Kids these days get away with way too much.

2. What are your thoughts about the "time out chair?"
It serves its purpose but there are times when a child needs more discipline than the time out chair.

3. When YOU were a child, what form of discipline did your parents use most often?
We did get spankings as children.

4. Did your parents have to constantly remind you of the guidelines they set for you, or did they just have to LOOK at you as a "gentle" reminder?
Usually just a gentle reminder:)

5. What are your thoughts about screaming kids in public places?
I think the parent should take the child out of the store or wherever they are at the time and deal with the problem they are having

6. What do you feel is the BIGGEST mistake parents make when it comes to disciplining children?
Children are not respectful of adults any more. Parents think that they can be "friends" with their children when they need to be the parent and teach the children what is right and wrong.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Made it through another week

Am still around:) Just not enough time in the day to sit down and blog much. Everyone is over the flu, strep or whatever else we had this weekend:P Only have 2 babies tomorrow so will be an easy day for me at work. Have to travel this weekend instead of painting the house. We had a family member's MIL pass away a couple of days ago and are going to the funeral on Saturday. So, again, it will be a busy weekend for us.
Hope everyone else is well and have a great weekend.

Saturday, July 07, 2007

What a weekend......

And it is not even over yet!!! First of all, we took our DD#2 to the dr. yesterday and she has strept throat. Wonderful!!! She is on antibiotics. Then today we went to pick up our DD # 3 and she had a stomach ache when I got there. My sister in law told me that they had had the flu this past week and that may be what she has. Well....she does have the flu and hope it DOESN'T spread to anyone else. Can't afford to lose any days of work!!!!! Ya know, we can't just have one sickness here...it has to be two things. UGH!!!!!
Well, DD#2 is doing better but her boyfriend has it now. DD#3 will see about her later this evening. I think the rest of the weekend is going to be just that-rest for everyone.

Friday, July 06, 2007

My Four favs meme

I've been tagged by Talk to Grams to participate in the My Four Favs meme.

Four Jobs I've Held
Worked at Hardees
Worked at Bergners
Worked at the post office at college
Worked at home the longest:)

Four Movies I Can Watch Over and Over Again
Raising Helen
Message in a Bottle
Zorro
Pirates of the Caribbean

Four Places I've Lived
Normal,Illinois
Pensacola,Florida
Kingston,Illinois
Hudson,Illinois

Four TV Show I Watch
Are you smarter than a fifth grader
House
According to Jim
So you think you can dance

Four Places I've Been on Vacation
Florida
Missouri
South Dakota
Washington DC

Four Favorite Foods
Taco Salad
Lasagna
Italian Chicken
Shrimp or chicken stir fry

Four Websites I Visit
Christian Moms
Local newspaper online
Miniclips games :)
Family fun

I never know who to tag so if you want to play feel free:) Have a great weekend everyone.

Thursday, July 05, 2007

More than meets the eye...


We had a great 4th of July. We went to the new Transformers movie. I thought i wasn't going to like it. I was planning on watching License to Wed while the boys went to see it,but I decided to go with them since the times didn't cooperate with our time schedule. The movie was 2 hrs. and 45 min. long but you wouldn't have known it. It turned out to be a pretty good movie. It was not boring at all. Good story and even some funny parts. My favorite "autobot" was bumblebee.
My hubby turned into a little boy while watching this movie. He was as excited as our 7 yr. old son-who I don't think blinked the whole movie!!!! If you have a chance to see this movie-I would. It is quite interesting too watch all the grown men turn into little boys watching transformers come to life.
After the movie we came home and had steaks on the grill. Yum!!!! We don't have steaks too often so this was a treat for us. I also made my family's favorite dessert. It is made from ice cream sandwiches, whipped cream, and hershey's syrup. Perfect dessert for a hot humid day like yesterday.
After dinner we relaxed and then went to see the fireworks. We only had our youngest with us this year which was VERY different. Our oldest had to work, the middle daughter went with her boyfriend to watch fireworks, and our youngest daughter was with her aunt and uncle. Not the same without everyone there.:( All in all we had a great day.

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Happy 4th of July


Hope everyone has a safe and happy 4th of July!!!

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

I played!!!


I got a chance to play the Nintendo Wii. Our daughter's friend let them borrow it a couple of nights ago and I got to play. I have been wanting to try it out and it was fun!!! I played tennis, bowling and baseball. You really have to get used to the paddle when you play. It is more physical than you think. Make sure everyone is out of your way when you play:)I did really well on baseball and bowling but tennis-I wasn't very good at. It was hard to figure out when to hit the ball. I think we will be watching the price on these things and maybe get one when it comes down a bit:P

Monday, July 02, 2007

The Fern and the Bamboo

I found this on one of the other websites I visit and thought I would share it with you. Monday Madness is posted below:)

One day I decided to quit everything .. , my job, my relationship, my spirituality..... I wanted to quit my life. I went to the woods to have
one last talk with God.

"God", I said. "Can you give me one good reason not to quit?"

His answer surprised me...
"Look around", He said. "Do you see the fern and the bamboo?"
"Yes", I replied.
"When I planted the fern and the bamboo seeds, I took very good care
of them. I gave them light. I gave them water. The fern quickly grew
from the earth. Its brilliant green covered the floor. Yet nothing came
from the bamboo seed. But I did not quit on the bamboo.
In the second year the Fern grew more vibrant and plentiful. And
again, nothing came from the bamboo seed. But I did not quit on the bamboo".

He said. "In the third year, there was still nothing from the bamboo
seed. But I would not quit.

In the fourth year, again, there was nothing from the bamboo seed.
But I would not quit.
He said. "Then in the fifth year a tiny sprout emerged from the
earth.
Compared to the fern it was seemingly small and insignificant.

But just 6 months later the bamboo rose to over 100 feet tall. It had
spent the five years growing roots. Those roots made it strong and
gave it what it needed to survive. I would not give any of my creations a
challenge it could not handle."

He said to me. "Did you know, my child, that all this time you have
been
struggling, you have actually been growing roots. I would not quit on
the bamboo. I will never quit on you. Don't compare yourself to
others."

He said. "The bamboo had a different purpose than the fern, yet, they
both make the forest beautiful."

"Your time will come," God said to me. " You will rise high!"

"How high should I rise?" I asked.

"How high will the bamboo rise?" He asked in return.

"As high as it can?" I questioned.

"Yes." He said, "Give me glory by rising as high as you can."

I left the forest and brought back this story. I hope these words can
help you see that God will never give up on you........

Never regret a day in your life.
Good days give you Happiness.
Bad days give you Experiences.
Both are essential to life. Keep going...
Happiness keeps you Sweet,
Trials keep you Strong,
Sorrows keep you Human,
Failures keep you Humble,
Success keeps You Glowing,
But Only God keeps You Going!
Have a great day! The Son is shining!!

God is so big He can cover the whole world with his Love and so small
He can curl up inside your heart.

monday madness

1. Do you do your own laundry or do you send it out?
Unfortunately, I have to do all the laundry. Don't even know if there is a place around here that will do your laundry for you.

2. Do you laundry at your home or a laundromat?
At home. Sometimes I will take it to the laundromat just to get it all done at once.

3. Are there certain articles of clothing that you need to have dry-cleaned on a regular basis?
Just a few things, with kids in the house we try to buy most of our clothes that are washable and not dry clean. We do have some things that have to be dry cleaned though.

4. How often do you do laundry? Is there a certain day of the week that you consider "laundry day?"
Every day is my "laundry day" I don't think there's a day I don't do at least one load.

5. Do you iron your clothes as you pull them out of the dryer or do you wait until just before you wear the clothing to iron?
Iron??? Who has time for that? Haha.

6. Do you hang your clothes outside to dry or do you dry them in a dryer?
I will sometimes use the clothes line but mostly dry them in the dryer.

7. Do you own things that need to be hand-washed or do you try to avoid buying things that you can't wash in the washing machine?
We do have some things that need to be hand washed but mostly we buy washable clothing.Much easier on the budget:)

Friday, June 29, 2007

friday feast #150

Appetizer
How many pieces of jewelry do you wear most days?
Ususally just my watch,my wedding ring and one more ring.

Soup
What is your favorite instrumental song?
I like instrumental songs but don't really have a favorite. Like to listen to classical-especially on a stressful day:)

Salad
Who has a last name that you like?
Don't really know.

Main Course
Name a popular movie you’ve never seen.
I would like to see some of the upcoming movies-Transformers,I'm sure we are going to see especially with a 7 year old son:)

Dessert
Fill in the blank: Nothing makes me happylike a nice relaxing,quite day with nothing to do.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Jury Duty ???

Well, I was suppose to be at the courthouse this morning but I called last night(like I was suppose to) and they said if you are panel #24 you do not have to come in tomorrow. I was happy that I didn't have to go in but also disappointed b/c now I didn't have a day off like I was hoping. I do have only one child here today since everyone else already had back up sitters for today. So, we are going to do some things today that I normally don't get to get done.
We have to register the 2 younger girls for high school today. I just can't wait to stand in lines at the high school and wait for them to tell me what else i need to complete my registration.I have everything ready,but the way it usually goes,something goes wrong.:P I'm sorry this is not my favorite time of the year. I don't know why they want them to register soooo soon after school gets out anyway.At least they will get registered two days early. Now all we have to do is get a physical for our freshman and will be done-until it is time to register our youngest who is going to be in 2nd grade this fall. Man, summer flies by way to quick!!!!
Our two oldest girls are getting highlights today. Wish I could go get my hair done!!! I have to wait til everyone else gets theirs done and then mom gets to get her hair cut. At least they are paying for it themselves this time. Gotta love those jobs!!!!:)
Well, better get this day started. Gotta get the kids up out of bed-that ought to be a job in itself:)Maybe will have to bribe them with coffee and breakfast. They stay up way to late during the summer,but you are only young once and I think they should enjoy it while they can. There is only about 8 weeks before they go back to school.