Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Why do I do this......

I have been a huge blog slacker, again! I have been so busy with school and other life stuff that I haven't had time to blog. I have had some people who have questioned why I even do a blog. Well, let me explain.

I truly enjoy blogging. I really do!

I find that it allows me to express some things that might not be found in every day conversation and it also allows me to stay in contact with people that I love and those who might be new friends.

I also enjoy blogging because it allows me to see other people's blogs and find new ones all the time.

I have been very blessed by some of the ways that God is working in other's lives.

I have laughed and have cried,
I have been amazed and ashamed.

It has made me think about my life and the lives of those around me. How my life is not just about me, but that I am to live my life so that others may see the reflection of Christ in me.

How when I make bad choices that it doesn't just affect me, it affects everyone who is within my physical realm.

Blogs allow you to see what makes someone tick.
Understand that there are some blogs that I read just for fun. They are purely for entertainment value and nothing more.

But the majority that I read are in many ways, umm...........special in that they take time to shine a special light that few can see.

That FEW can see.

Sad, but true.

It is my heart's desire that anything that I post will point directly to the one who made me, paid for me and guides me.

Even when the post does not shine a favorable light on me.
As a wife, mother, or a child of God's.

We have to remember that although we are His, that we are not perfect-
just forgiven.

For that, I am grateful.

I am thankful that I am able to read other blogs that share the same heartbeat as mine.

I know that I do not have a huge following, but I know that the few people who read my blog should expect a few things.

They should expect.........
~That I want nothing more than to honor and glorify my Lord and Savior.
~That I will be honest-even if it hurts.
~That I will share things that may be very personal, but I know that someone needs to hear it and can possibly help them with an issue in their own life.
~That if I don't do these things you should not continue to read my blog and should message me and let me know that I have not held up to my end of the bargain.

So, hopefully this post allows you to see my true heartbeat behind this blog.

I like to keep in contact with family as well. I have family in New York that I do not get to see very often, and this is a great way for them to see pictures of my precious babies!

(Hello Aunt Pat and Aunt Debbie!!!) Love you guys....thanks for looking!

As I have rambled on long enough, I am going to get ready for bed-I have school tomorrow!

Thanks for checking out my blog, I truly appreciate it!


Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Fun Facts......

Here are some fun facts about me-the ones that are in bold are the ones that I have done. The ones that are in normal font are the ones that I haven't done.....yet!

1. Touched an iceberg
2. Slept under the stars
3. Been a part of a hockey fight
4. Changed a baby's diaper (a lot of diapers!!)
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Swam with wild dolphins
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a tarantula (over my dead body!)
10. Said "I love you" and meant it
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Stayed up all night long and watched the sun rise
15. Seen the Northern Lights
16. Gone to a huge sports game
17. Walked the stairs to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown and eaten your own vegetables
19. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope
20. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Bet on a winning horse
23. Taken a sick day when you're not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Taken an ice cold bath
28. Had a meaningful conversation with a beggar
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Ridden a roller coaster
31. Hit a home run (not unless wiffle ball counts!)
32. Danced like a fool and not cared who was looking
33. Adopted an accent for fun
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Felt very happy about your life, even for just a moment
36. Loved your job 90% of the time
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Watched wild whales
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Gone on a midnight walk on the beach
41. Gone sky diving
42. Visited Ireland
43. Ever bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited India
45. Bench-pressed your own weight
46. Milked a cow
47. Alphabetized your personal files
48. Ever worn a superhero costume
49. Sung karaoke
50. Lounged around in bed all day (my personal favorite activity of all these!)
51. Gone scuba diving
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Done something you should regret, but don't
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Been in a movie
60. Gone without food for 3 days
61. Made cookies from scratch
62. Won first prize in a costume contest
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Been in a combat zone
65. Spoken more than one language fluently
66. Gotten into a fight while attempting to defend someone
67. Bounced a check
68. Read - and understood - your credit report
69. Recently bought and played with a favorite childhood toy
70. Found out something significant that your ancestors did
71. Called or written your Congress person
72. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over
73. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge
74. Helped an animal give birth
75. Been fired or laid off from a job (laid off, thankyouverymuch!)
76. Won money
77. Broken a bone
78. Ridden a motorcycle
79. Driven any land vehicle at a speed of greater than 100 mph
80. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
81. Slept through an entire flight: takeoff, flight, and landing
82. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days
83. Eaten sushi
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read The Bible cover to cover (that is a work in progress)
86. Changed someone's mind about something you care deeply about
87. Gotten someone fired for their actions
88. Gone back to school
89. Changed your name
90. Caught a fly in the air with your bare hands
91. Eaten fried green tomatoes
92. Read The Iliad
93. Taught yourself an art from scratch (sewing)
94. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
95. Apologized to someone years after inflicting the hurt
96. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language
97. Been elected to public office (does student council count?lol)
98. Thought to yourself that you're living your dream (everyday)
99. Had to put someone you love into hospice care
100. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn't know you
101. Had a booth at a street fair
102. Dyed your hair
103. Been a DJ
104. Rocked a baby to sleep
105. Ever dropped a cat from a high place to see if it really lands on all four
106. Raked your carpet
107. Brought out the best in people
108. Brought out the worst in people
109. Worn a mood ring
110. Ridden a horse
111. Carved an animal from a piece of wood or bar of soap
112. Cooked a dish where four people asked for the recipe.
113. Buried a child
114. Gone to a Broadway (or equivalent to your country) play
115. Been inside the pyramids
116. Shot a basketball into a basket
117. Danced at a disco
118. Played in a band
119. Shot a bird
120. Gone to an arboretum
121. Tutored someone
122. Ridden a train
123. Brought an old fad back into style (Pam!)
124. Eaten caviar
125. Let a salesman talk you into something you didn’t need
126. Ridden a giraffe or elephant
127. Published a book
128. Pieced a quilt
129. Lived in a historic place
130. Acted in a play or performed on a stage
131. Asked for a raise
132. Made a hole-in-one (just in mini-golf!)
133. Gone deep sea fishing
134. Gone roller skating
135. Ran a marathon (just a 5K, but I'm claiming it!)
136. Learned to surf
137. Invented something
138. Flown first class-
139. Spent the night in a 5-star luxury suite
140. Flown in a helicopter
141. Visited Africa
142. Sang a solo
143. Gone spelunking
144. Learned how to take a compliment
145. Written a love-story
146. Seen Michelangelo’s David
147. Had your portrait painted
148. Written a fan letter
149. Spent the night in something haunted
150. Owned a St. Bernard or Great Dane
151. Ran away
152. Learned to juggle
153. Been a boss
154. Sat on a jury
155. Lied about your weight
156. Gone on a diet
157. Found an arrowhead or a gold nugget
158. Written a poem
159. Carried your lunch in a lunch box
160. Gotten food poisoning
161. Gone on a service, humanitarian or religious mission
162. Hiked the Grand Canyon
163. Sat on a park bench and fed the ducks
164. Gone to the opera
165. Gotten a letter from someone famous
166. Worn knickers
167. Ridden in a limousine
168. Attended the Olympics
169. Can hula or waltz
170. Read a half dozen Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys books
171. Been stuck in an elevator
172. Had a revelatory dream
173. Thought you might crash in an airplane
174. Had a song dedicated to you on the radio or at a concert
175. Saved someone’s life
176. Eaten raw whale
177. Know how to tat, smock or do needlepoint
178. Laughed till your side hurt
179. Straddled the equator
180. Taken a photograph of something other than people that is worth framing
181. Gone to a Shakespeare Festival
182. Sent a message in a bottle
183. Spent the night in a hostel
184. Been a cashier
185. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
186. Joined a union
187. Donated blood or plasma
188. Built a camp fire
189. Kept a blog
190. Had hives
191. Worn custom made shoes or boots
192. Made a PowerPoint presentation
193. Taken a Hunter’s Safety Course
194. Served at a soup kitchen
195. Conquered the Rubik’s cube
196. Know CPR
197. Ridden in or owned a convertible
198. Found a long lost friend
199. Helped solve a crime
200. Responded to a NJP newsletter (since I don't know what this is....)

I got this off of someone else's blog and thought that it was neat...hope you enjoyed!

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Fishin' with A........

Two Sundays ago, Uncle Allen took Mr. Man fishing at our lake. Now let me set the stage for you......a 2 year old, a dog running around like a crazy......ummmm.......dog, 7 bystanders, and Uncle Allen. Going fishing for the first time sounds exciting, right? Well, it was.........for the first 5 minutes. As soon as Uncle Allen said that he was gonna take him, I had to grab the camera for some priceless shots.

When we got down to the lake, Mr. Man was eager to start the process. Uncle Allen showed him what to do, but he didn't care about the details, just let me fish!!

Take notice of the technique that Mr. Man is using to fish, that stuff just can't be taught! He may be the first professional fisherman with this kind of hold on a rod!

Let me explain the title of this post. Since Mr. Man has been able to talk, he couldn't say Uncle Allen. He could only say "A". Well, it stuck, and that has been his name for 2 years now. It is with a sadness that I tell you that he can finally say Uncle Allen. So, as my little boy turns 3 next month, he is growing out of certain words for things and it does make me feel sad........like that part of being a baby is gone. Okay, I know that it really is gone, but let me hold onto it as long as I can, okay?

We are so thankful that Uncle Allen invests time with our kids. I can truly say that they are better for him being in their lives. I look forward to many more lessons from A and the love that he provides for my kids.

On a side note, I am glad to pass the torch onto my kids....I spent my childhood with torture filled days from Uncle Allen!! He loves to terrorize them (mainly tickling them to death) and I am glad that I am free from that kind of "love" that he loves to give! May my children enjoy the time that they have with Uncle Allen-he truly is a remarkable person.

By the way, Mr. Man caught 3 fish!! They each weighed 64 pounds and were almost 4 foot long!! Well, that is how I saw it anyway!!



Credit where credit is due........

I have been asked about my recent blog change and where the template came from. I changed to this new blog about a month ago and have really enjoyed the look. I wanted to make sure that everyone knew where this design came from. I found this website from another "fellow blogger" and fell in love with it. To make it even better, it is FREE!! Free and sale are my two favorite words!
Here is the link to this website, check it out- they have super cute templates!

I hope that you enjoy their work!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

They call me super slacker........

Okay, so I knew that it had been a while since I last blogged, but I didn't know that it had been that long! Life has been super busy.....I have been trying for the last 2 weeks to get into the groove. I feel like Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday have been a blur for the last 2 weeks. Once class gets out on Wednesday, I feel like I can start my week. Although everything around me goes on, I feel "absent" from the whole equation at home.
I guess this brings me to another blessing that I have taken note of. It has been really great to know that the kids are home with their Daddy. Not that the alternatives are bad (they are great also), but there is something about knowing that they are with Kevin that makes the whole process seem easier.
So while I will do my best to post a few times a week, I pray that you will understand if it doesn't go exactly as planned. Thank you for taking the time to read about all of my crazy events that I call life. I pray that you are having a blessed week!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

My one wish for today.....

Good health...........

Seems simple, right?

Well let me tell you, in this house it doesn't seem to be at the moment.

We all have strep throat again. That's right folks, I say again because this is the second time in ONE month!!

Oh, and did I tell you that everyone has it?

Well, almost everyone.

Kevin doesn't have it. Never does get it. Oh, don't get me wrong, I am thankful because he can take care of the kids while I "rest". (insert laugh here, because even though he is home, I can't truly rest for all the screaming, kids running in the room, etc.)

No, seriously.....I am thankful that he is home to help with them.

This time the strep hasn't been bad for 2 out of the 4 of us. Gertie started feeling bad on Sunday night and actually felt better today. She WILL be going to school tomorrow!!

Beatrice and Mr. Man must have missed the memo that they even had strep, because they haven't lost a wink of sleep over it. They did test positive, so they are on antibiotics.

Oh yeah......................side note: Mr. Man took his medicine all by himself (meaning we didn't have to spank, bribe or otherwise demean him into it) LOL!!!!!!! Those parents who have been blessed with compliant children who are willing to do said task, take heart, there is another side out there, and it gets ugly. Words cannot express how happy I was when he said, Mommie, I take my medicine now?

So excited in fact, that today he got his medicine twice.

Yes, I did say twice. Don't worry, he is fine. I called poison control, the doctor's office and the pharmacy. Let's just say that I was slightly freaking out.

Let me explain why this incident happened.

Kevin had to leave early this morning for an appointment. He was being a good Daddy and gave Mr. Man his medicine-but forgot to tell me. So, as I was trying to fix myself some breakfast, Mr. Man came into the kitchen and made his bold statement. Being so excited, I said sure!!

After giving him the medicine and jumping for joy, I hear a voice from in the living room saying "Daddy already gave him his medicine".................What? Do you mean today? Are you sure?

Now I am in panic mode.

I know, it is only an antibiotic, but in my mind it was the same as overdosing on some street drug.

~Overreacting, party of one, your table is ready!

Anyway, after calling all of the said people, I was told unanimously that he would be fine. He may get diarrhea, but he would be okay.

Thank you, cause I was seriously feelin' like crappy Mom of the Year. By the way, I get this award every year, for the last 11 years, don't try to take it, it is mine!

So, after all of this, I have the most humongous tonsils in the history of man. I will spare you on all of the nasty, and I mean nasty details. Although I did take a picture and really thought about posting it!!

I feel like a MACK truck has hit me and then backed up and went for another round. So as I try and get some sleep tonight, I will say my prayers and pray for health.

It is only overrated when you are not the one sick!

Here's hoping that your family is healthy!


Monday, September 1, 2008

Oh the things that little boys do.......

No explanation needed........