Thursday, February 26, 2009

Thankful Thursday

1. Guy Penrod's soothing voice =)

2. My Savior and the promise of eternity

3. Brad---I could write a list of all of the reasons I love him. He's my knight.

4. Haeley and Jasmine and their helpful hearts

5. Gabe and his prayers

6. Justin and his early morning cuddles

7. Benjamin's sweet smile and "I love you"

8. The guys at TirePlus--they fixed the leak in my tire and were fast and great! And it was still covered under our road hazard plan thing---so free!!!

9. A Beka Academy--It's great. 'Nuff said.

10. My house and truck that has 4 good tires now. :)

I'll be honest here---it shouldn't be too difficult to really think of 10 things that I'm thankful for, but today, it was. It's been one of those days and I'm sure that I could have composed an "Un-thankful Thursday" list in a matter of seconds! And to blog about it now my send me into maybe later. I hope y'all are having a great and "thankful thursday"!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009


It is absolutely gorgeous outside!!! The kids and I ran a couple errands this morning and then on the way home I took a detour and we went to the park. They ran, slid, and swung for a solid hour. We stopped at McDonald's (yum?) on the way home and I let them have a picnic in the playroom. I'm getting ready to take them outside and I will have my camera in tow (I'm kicking myself for not having it this am) so I can post some more pictures of my "babies". I know that they aren't really babies anymore, but I can dream right?

So check back later I'll have some pictures. We are going to go on a nature walk and see if we can find any animal tracks. :)

What can I say?


Okay....okay.....have I mentioned that I get bored with things. Particularly the design of my blog. I've changed the template and the format more times than I can count since Sunday. I've tweaked the html code to make it a 3 column template instead of a 2. It'll give me a little more fun. But through all of this I'm looking for the "perfect" look for my blog and I've yet to find it. There are a lot that I like, but none that I have settled on yet. So as you check back over the next several days you will probably see this page change multiple times.

As I'm sitting here typing this, Justin is sitting next to me. We are out of pull-ups and I decided to just send him to the bathroom about 20 times before bed to see if that would be helpful in getting him to stay dry. Well, he woke me up before 6 because he had wet and I then decided that we are buying pull-ups today. So I got up, got him showered, dressed, and Brad's clothes ironed. He's watching me type and asked, "Mommy, can you buy me my own computer??? Because if I have my own computer I won't have to play on yours." I crushed his dreams and told him "no". I'm so mean. ;)

I took Benjamin to the doctor on Monday. He's on Augmenten for the next 10 days. He's still been running that low grade fever. And yesterday Gabe started running a low grade fever. And on top of all of that, I'm not feeling too hot. I'm ready for Spring. I want my windows opened and fresh air flowing through the house. There is something about Spring that completely rejuvenates me! I'm now going to go dream of Spring---and get my husband up and moving. :)

Friday, February 20, 2009


Laugh if you must, but I think that I could possibly be the poster child for ADD. Or rather the poster adult. I start a blog and then get distracted and stop. I'm not a good blogger. I'm definitely not a professional blogger. I always plan on coming back and finishing but rarely do I actually make it. Take right now for example. My distraction is Facebook. I'm playing Scrabble against two friends and another against my brother and so I keep stopping while I'm writing this very blog to go and play Scrabble. I will be VERY surprised if I finish this and post it. It will be a miracle. Maybe if I could just record my ramblings and then put them onto the computer and it would type it out for me I would be a better blogger. But then again...I don't know if you really want to hear or read my ramblings. I'm not sure If I would want to read my own ramblings. :)

And as it turns out...I didn't finish typing this out Friday night. It is now Sunday morning and I am home. Benjamin is sick. I thought he had croup, but I'm not so sure now. He didn't wake up last night with the seal bark. Praise God! But I didn't sleep well---more than likely I was anxiously awaiting for him to wake up which is why I could sleep. He didn't wake up with a fever this morning, but his cough sounds like he is going to throw up. We may be heading to see Dr. Hensley tomorrow. My poor little guy.

The foyer floor looks great and so does the front bathroom! And the front closet! Brad put the shelves in the closet yesterday and I now have it set up like a real closet! YAY! I do think I need to get a Swiffer or something to go in the front closet to make cleaning that floor a little easier. That may be on the shopping list for this week. Along with some containers for the closet. I want one for hats, one for gloves, and one for the scarves. I also need to get some hand towels for the front bathroom and a couple shelves to put up. And a new trashcan. And I can't forget the groceries. I need to make sure I leave enough moolah for groceries. ;)

School is going pretty good. Some days are DEFINITELY better than others. I've worked up a daily schedule and I'm trying to be better about sticking to it. I think Justin will do really well if I give him more structure to his day. I know that all of these changes start with me. I've got to be a bit more organized to make all this work. Mondays are kinda are errand days. We have gymnastics at 11 for the girls and then we have to be back to the gym at 6 for Justin's gymnastics and Gabe's Karate. I try to do whatever errands we need to on Monday's since the day is so broken up. I was talking with Brad's aunt last week and she gave me a great idea (why I didn't think of it, I'll never know!). She said that while we are out an about I can have the kids watch their DVD's on the portable players. If there is a place that they can write then they can do some of their work, if not they can watch and then do their work once we make it home. I think I will definitely have to get that going some.

I need to sign off of here and get some stuff done on this house--and cuddle with my little guy. Sorry it has taken me so long to post! :)

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Search and WIN!!!

Search & Win

I don't usually use my blog for this stuff, but really it's too good to pass up. And, who doesn't do online searching right? So when I found Swagbucks from Crystal I was intrigued. Swagbucks is an online search engine that rewards you for searching online. Swagbucks is very simple to sign up for. It took me less than five minutes. There are no fees, no credit card number and they do not request an address of phone number.

So, here's how it works. First step is to signup. After that, you are credited 3 points to your account and then download the toolbar and every day as you're searching online, you earn a few more points. After only 45 points earned, you can get a free Amazon gift card. Or at 50 points, you can get a Starbucks gift card. You can earn a Lowe's gift card...keep saving the bucks and you could get an Apple iPhone...among other things!

Here's the deal though: the only way to really make this work is by refferals. I need your help. Click on any of the links that are in here and it will take you to Swagbucks. I will earn extra Swagbucks for your searches! And the best part, put this up on your blog after you sign up and you can get start earning more too!!! What do you have to lose? Sign up here. Please. :) Wouldn't it be great to be able to surprise a loved one with a fabulous gift that you didn't have to pay any out of pocket money for??? Please help me out and sign up!

Saturday, February 07, 2009


This week God has poured out his blessing on this family. This has been my song:

I Stand in Awe

(verse 1)
You are beautiful beyond description,
Too marvelous for words,
Too wonderful for comprehension,
Like nothing ever seen or heard.
Who can grasp your infinite wisdom?
Who can fathom the depth of your love?
You are beautiful beyond description,
Majesty enthroned above.

And I stand, I stand in awe of you.
I stand, I stand in awe of you.
Holy God, to whom all praise is due,
I stand in awe of you.

(verse 2)
You are beautiful beyond description,
Yet God crushed You for my sin,
In agony and deep affliction,
Cut off that I might enter in.
Who can grasp such tender compassion?
Who can fathom this mercy so free?
You are beautiful beyond description,
Lamb of God, Who died for me.

And I stand, I stand in awe of you.
I stand, I stand in awe of you.
Holy God, to whom all praise is due,
I stand in awe of you.

(by Mark Altrogge
© 1988, 1997 PDI Music,
Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved )

Thank you Lord for your continued provisions and blessings that you have once again bestowed upon us. I am humbled by your goodness to us. Amen.