Monday, March 31, 2008

Christmas 2008...

I have been thinking a lot about Christmas 2008.
So much so that I have thought about our Christmas card.
Now this is just a rough sketch, but you should get the idea.
What do you think about it?





Friday, March 28, 2008

St. Louis Zoo and Turtle Park...

The River's Edge in the summer has some of the most beautiful vegetation. This is the log you can go thru and then look thru a 'window' at your parents.
Seriously the boy posed himself like this ontop of the log. He may have some experience with being photographed, just a little anyhow.


Sweet zoo smile. I think she was 'ridin a horsey' on top of the log.

Turtle Park. GIANT concrete turtles off of the highway and across the street (well highway) from the zoo. It was the cherry on the kids sundae!



And this is Aunt Julie. Looks more like a sister huh? Oh and do you see Macky and Packy. They are members of our family. Macky officially met Packy in the zoo giftshop and they have been best friends ever since!





Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Wordless Wednesday--Easter...

Finally they found the baskets! JP's was behind the fireplace and AJ's was on top of the kitchen cabinets!






Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Everyone is our teacher...

I am amazed at the things I learn each day.

Especially those little tidbits I learn from people I would have never thought of as a "teacher".

Yesterday a very great friend of mine and I were eating lunch with our preschoolers at a local establishment. While we were ordering our sweet girls, just 10 days apart, were striking up a conversation with the elderly couple in the booth behind them.

Smiles were being shed by both the girls and the couple. When the couple left the girls had formed new "fwiends".

We enjoyed our lunch with the girls being silly and full of glee and the "baby" being just that, a baby. Cups flinging, fries launching, stealing toys from sister...all normal baby boy activities.

As we were enjoying the end of our lunch another elderly couple walked our way. The gentleman passed us by without a glance, but the woman glared with evil eyes and said, "I hope the next time I eat here you are not here, if you can't control your children."

My jaw was just dropped in shock, but my quick friend just kindly remarked, "I am sorry we are not as perfect as you."

Were the kids really "out of control". I honestly didn't think so. I mean maybe they were a bit giddy for a 5 star restaurant, but we were at McDonald's. Primary target cutomers are ages 3-12, right?

It reminded me of the importance to always be encouraging to others, no matter what the situation. I can't wait to grow old and pass on the kindness of the first elderly couple to young people.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Shout out to my mommy and my aunt julie....

I seem to have lost that bloggy feelin'





that bloggy feelin'





Now it is gone...gone...gone...





ow...ow....ow....



Sorry to my loyal readers for the lack of content lately. In admist my middle of the country travels, catch up with laundry, preparing for Easter, planning a birthday, soccer practices, and work I just can't get excited about blogging. Yet I have so much to say.





Like about the trip to Texas, or the museum at OU, or shopping at COSTCO, or the monsoon we drove through, or perhaps the massive flooding, or maybe the best Zoo ever, and then there was the Science Center, and oh the fabulous Omnimax movie I almost got sick in, or maybe AJ finding the long lost friend of Macky the Pig, then again there was the FABULOUS AND AMAZING time at my Favorite Aunt's house, or maybe cousins playing, or yummy lasagna, or how I wasn't offered any lemon curd by Uncle Brian, or the crazy laughter over Aunt "Jellyfish", or the super cool silly monkies playing together, and then there was the poor flooded basball field, or the unplanned detour through some of God's amazing country, or fun times driving with my mom, uh did I mention the awesome Heavenly BEDS at the hotel in TEXAS, shopping with my mom, the one temper by AJ, or perhaps the TASTY lunch mom treated me to at Marie Callendars, then there was Turtle Park, and oh the story about the olive I sat in, or the time we headed out on the highway and AJ wasn't buckled for oh say 10 miles, then there was the silly incident with the self dead bolt locking hotel door, and then there was the breakfast with a newbie waiter who knew nothing except his name, oh and there was the intense ping pong playing by JP against Uncle Brian, oh and the story where my cousin won SURVIVOR, hmm and delicous ice cream donuts--who knew there was such a thing, or the time I stepped in the MUD as I walked into THE Galleria, my awesome mommy driving the whole 8 hours both ways while I drooled with a crooked neck at all the passerbys, my aunt kim's sugar cookies, my grandma's attempt to make buy rotten bananas to make me banana bread with just a one day notice, so many memories and yet so little time for me to blog individually about each one.



I really will get some pics posted soon, ya'll have to see/meet my mommy and my aunt. They are important gals to me. Thank you to both of them for making this week special to me and the kids!



Love ya guys!

Friday, March 21, 2008

Red River to the Mississippi River...

I'm Back!


I really didn't mean to take such a bloggity break, disappointing my loyal readers. So sorry!

Saturday I decided to pack up and load up at 6am Sunday morning to head to the Lone Star State for a couple of days.

The kids and I enjoyed a couple of days in the Dallas area followed by an adventure to the Gateway City. It has been a really fun and adventureous week, which I will fill you all in later.

Now it is off to Open Gym...

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Friday Night...

dinner for 2 at Olive Garden--$29.43
movie tickets for 2 at late movie--$16.50
Jumbo bag of Skittles shared between many--$3.00
Friday night out with our favorite friends and NO CHILDREN--PRICELESS!

Friday, March 14, 2008

Congrats to the boy...


Congratulations on an awesome report card J!
ALL E's...aka all A's
AND you improved your reading level to now much higher than you should be!
I am so proud of you...

Workin' 9-5...

AJ is lucky.

She gets to be with me all day.

I am lucky.

I get to be with AJ all day.

We are both lucky because she gets to go to work with me, whenever I work.

Both of my children have learned the family business. From about 1 week old each one has been on the sales floor. They know how to run a register, stock shelves, open showcases, price things, etc. JP loves to change displays and make signs for them. AJ loves to stock shelves and give change back. JP has even been known to point things out to the employees and they know he is probably right.

My children are growing up the same way I did and I love it. I wouldn't change it at all.


The things they are learning about money, responsibility, respect, pride, and family are amazing.

Not only do they understand why mommy and daddy work, they see first hand where the money comes from. They understand the value of a dollar. They respect others and property. My children are devastated on the rare ocassion a toy breaks because they understand someone worked hard to purchase it for them.

I know from my own childhood that there will be those days when my kids wish we could be celebrating the holidays like their friends, but that Thanksgiving will turn out to be one of the best holiday memories setting up a new store and eating turkey on a cardboard box.

It doesn't matter what you are doing as long as you are surrounded by FAMILY.


AJ's favorite section to stock...scrapbooking!
She wouldn't even let me help, I thought she wouldn't finish in time to pick up JP from school.
This is AJ's proud face...so silly.


Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Is someone trying to tell me something...

Hmmm...is this my family's way of a subtle message????

Monday, March 10, 2008

March 9, 2008...

Yesterday was a beautiful day.

The temperature was crisp in the morning and warm in the afternoon. The sun danced across the grass throughout the day and the wind was ever so gentle.

Things were bordering on perfect.

Well unless you count the 'fit' AJ threw on the way out of church because she wanted a Krispy Kreme donut and was not patient enough to wait till we drove there.

Or maybe because of the time change we were all kind of like zombies.

We got past the temper and the tiredness and played outside most of the day.

Aaron decided it was a perfect opportunity to burn leaves in our woods, so he began raking. And that is when it happened.

THE RAKE BROKE!

Not just any rake.

The rake that Aaron received at his man tool shower just before our wedding almost 9 years ago.


Sad sad moment, but he pressed on.

The leaves were burnt, while the kids played in the sandbox.

I wish I had a pic of AJ when she came up from the sandbox with sand head to toe and black hands!

Anyway we were winding the day down with homemade beef stew and biscuits.


And that ladies and gentlemen was were my life was forever changed.


I pulled the pizza stone from the oven and set in on the left side of the stove.

My favorite pizza stone so perfectly seasoned. The stone we literally use EVERYDAY!

BAM!

The stone broke.

Aaron and I stared at each other in disbelief.

It was the stone I recieved at my pampered chef bridal shower for our wedding almost 9 years ago.....

Saturday, March 8, 2008

The drive thru is open...

A conversation in our car last night driving home from our small group bible study at 9pm...

JP- MOM is McDonalds open right now?

Me- mouth open ready to talk... Wel---

AJ- loudly proclaiming WELL BUB OUR HOUSE IS OPEN. THAT'S WHERE WE WILL EAT. YEP.

Aaron and I giggled at the thought of AJ thinking of our house as a drive thru. It may be true, it seems we do just eat and sleep there!

Thursday, March 6, 2008

19...

I have lost total motivation with all things laundry.


Which is why today I HAD to do it.

19.

That is the number of days it has been since I did laundry.

Yikeees!

Oh how the towels can pile up. I didn't even know I had that many towels.

And really the only thing that motivated me was my poor 6 year old hollering for big underwear. Apparently he had run out of underwear, except for the too small pairs.

With that kind of motivation, I had no choice but to oblige. So after 5 loads the boy had clean undies. I still, however, have a good 5 more loads.

Tonight I had the best intentions of finishing all the laundry, but then I checked my email.

How can I not go with my best gals to see a movie over in the big city? So thus another day shall pass with 5 more loads to go...

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

It's not fair...

This morning I awoke realizing my cell phone had not beeped with a school's closed text.

I though this was bizarre since we were predicted to receive 7-12 inches. That is a significant amount of snow. Enough of a prediction to in fact tell the kids they should be awaking to a beautiful blanket of the fun white stuff.


Hopes were high not only for the kids, but for the parents too. Aaron stayed up 'late' anticipating sleeping in due to mother nature. I had visions of sledding dancing in my head.

Like little kids Aaron and I jumped up at 6am and ran to the window to see the white wonderland. Nothing.

Nada.


Nil.


Zip.

Zero.


Zilch.

That is exactly how much snow we got.

How could we receive nothing when we had almost 12 inches predicted?

Let me tell ya the wheathermen are fielding some angry questions today. Probably mostly from grade schoolers who were almost guaranteed no school today.

A bubble. That is how.

Right smack dab in the middle of the 50 mile wide snow storm there was a bubble, oval shaped. We were in the bubble. So just north of us 8+ inches, south of us snow, east of us snow, and west of us snow.

It is not fair. Don't tell me for 2 days of the impending snow and then give me nothing.

It is not fair. I am sure those four words will be heard A LOT up at the school today.

Yep, it is not fair.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Encouraging words are like warm sunshine...



"So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing."

1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NLT)


This week my church has challenged each member to 'speak sweeter'. One of the things I know I can do to speak sweeter is to encourage. This afternoon I am feeling very led to encourage one special person in my life. I won't say who she is because she will know. :)
She is an awesome friend, the kind you can talk to for hours about absolutely nothing or absolutely everything. She is crafty, creative, and a fabulous decorator. Most importantly she is an amazing mommy. Although her first born is strong-willed and tests her mommy, you wouldn't know it. She encourages me.

So today I just want to encourage my friend that she IS a FABULOUS mom, with amazing kids. The daily struggles we have with our kids will only make us stronger and shape the character of our children.


On a lighter note, it is March 1 and it is a balmy like 75 or 80 degrees today. Sunshine and blue skies, gotta love the taste of spring.

Is this not just the cutest little guy you have ever seen!

Followed by the cutest big guy you have ever seen!

I love a warm sunny Saturday at the park! Aah refreshing!