Friday, October 31, 2008

Heroes Unmasked

Here are some pictures of the kids at the "Heroes Unmasked" event at church. They played lots of carnival games, got their faces painted, made cookies and learned about Bible Heroes. Each carnival game was hosted by a different Hero.

Emma dressed as Padme or Queen Amidala from Star Wars. Jackson was Sherrif Woody from Toy Story. Leah was "Lumpy" from Winnie the Pooh's Heffalump Movie.

Once Leah got her first piece of candy, it was impossible to get her to play anymore games. She was content to sit and eat her chocolate....a girl after my own heart.

Jackson liked playing Jonah's fishing game but when his line came back with candy on it, he just looked disappointed and would say, "That's not a fish!" I guess daddy's gonna have to take him fishing for some real fish.

I couldn't even keep up with Emma. She found some friends and was off doing her own thing the whole time. I did catch up with her when she was getting a butterfly painted on her face by Queen Esther and when she was eating a cookie that she had just decorated.

The last picture is one of the kids with Goliath. They got to try to pelt him between the eyes with jumbo marshmallows.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Pray for MckMuffin (Stellan)

Update: Baby Stellan has arrived. Here is a quote from Mckmama's blog this morning.

"let's just say that Stellan got a 9 and a 9 on his APGARS and the NICU team has yet to find a single thing wrong with him..."

Tears of joy came a falling when I read that! Oh, wait, I don't cry, not me.

Who says that God doesn't perform miracles right in front of our eyes anymore?!

What a huge answer to literally, thousands of prayers!

Please keep praying that Stellan continues to do well and that Mckmama recovers quickly from surgery.

Original Post:

I've been reading a blog called My Charming Kids for a while now. You may have seen my Not Me Monday posts...The original Not Me writer is MckMama. She is a mom of three ages 3, 2 and 1 and she will be delivering number four tomarrow at 9:30 am CST via C-section.

I am asking for you to be prayer warriors on behalf of her and baby Stellan (aka MckMuffin).

Stellan was diagnosed with several heart conditions at 20 weeks. Doctors said that he would not live much longer. By the grace of God, he is still here and about to be delivered tomarrow at nearly full term and with a healthy set of lungs. His heart is still enlarged so there is much uncertainty still.

Please lift them to the Lord anytime you think of them over the next 24 hours. Many of her readers say they pray for her each time they pass the golden arches since her blog has the Mc theme going on.

If you so choose you may even want to go over to The Mommy Diaries blog and sign up for a 30 minute time slot to pray so that this family will be totally covered up in prayer over the next 24 hours.

Thanks. Blessings, Courtney

Monday, October 27, 2008

A Few Of Our Favorite Things

Wow! My Titles are beginning to have a "Sound of Music" theme. That was most definitely unintentional.

I love how kids have those little things that they just love. The blankie at bedtime or their favorite toy. It makes me happy to know that they have something that makes them happy. Mommy's can't always be right at their side so it's nice to know they have comfort in other things.

This morning after Emma went to school, I went upstairs to take something to her room and found this on her bed.

The baby she has had since she was a baby herself. Now we have bought her Cabbage Patch Babies... her Mimi even bought her a very nice American Girl Bitty Baby, but do you know the baby that has her heart is this 3 dollar baby doll from Wal-mart.

She's been very into her CD player lately. She takes in the car and be-bops to Disney Princess songs in the back seat and she usually goes to bed listening to music with the headphones.

My favorite part about this picture is how it captures the fact that Emma is still my little baby girl and she is my big girl too.

Jackson likes to always have a little toy to carry around. He will go through phases. Sometimes, it has to be Elmo, sometimes Nemo, but usually Lightning Mcqueen.

When we went to the beach this summer, he toted Elmo around everywhere. When we got back home, Elmo had to go through the wash to be de-sanded.

Leah has this book that she just loves to read at bed time. She can read it herself because she has it memorized. It is a Sesame Street book that has toddlers counting their eyes, touching their nose, wiggling their fingers and touching their toes.

Mommy's favorite things are these three cutie pies! What are your favorite things?

Saturday, October 25, 2008

A New Cake, New Couch, New Foyer

First of all, I would just like to say thank you to those who left comments. Although, I am still a little disappointed in those who remain silent...namely, the ones I have known the longest, my flesh and blood, the ones who brought me into this world...ya, I'm talking to you.

I think my favorite caption came from our friends from college, Chris and Renee who wrote, "Well, it is a FORD Daddy...they say it stands for 'fix or repair daily.'"

For the next caption contest, I will have to offer a grand prize or something....hmmmm, I'll have to think on that.

On to other things....

Here is a picture of my latest cake. It was made for my Father-in-law's birthday which is tomarrow. It is my first 2-tier and my first attempt at Chocolate Fondant Icing (that was a little tricky). It does have hershey bars all around the bottom layer...I bet a slice of that would be awesome warmed in the microwave.

I don't know how I got such great lighting in this picture. It was totally accidental.

Also, I have discovered a used furniture store down the street from our new house. I went in to check it out and found these things that I liked. They let me trade some other furniture that I had for these.

The little girl was not included :)

And finally, I have been working on re-painting our foyer to bring it into this decade. I forgot to take "before" pictures, but if you go here you can see the video of Jackson and Leah dancing in our foyer before it was re-done. That awful pink and white striped wallpaper had to go. I just warmed it up with some neutral paint, painted the woodwork a crisp white and hung a pretty iron wall art piece. Voila! It looks so much better.

Hope your week is spooktacular!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

It's Time....You Can "De-Lurk" Now

De-Lurk - a verb meaning to start contributing actively to a community having been a lurker previously.

Okay, in light of my husband officially "de-lurking" by leaving his first comment on my blog since I started it last spring, I have decided to request that others follow suit. I know that there are more of you out there reading my blog who don't comment.

Comments make me happy. Besides, we're supposed to encourage each other. God said so ;)

So, if you read my blog and you havn't commented yet....Come on, it's easy, go ahead, try it, everyone's doing it.....ya, I just stooped to using peer pressure.

Hmmmm....let's see, I can start naming names if you want me too.

Okay, okay. How about a little caption contest. That ought to get some comments.
I need a caption for this picture. Can you come up with something clever or funny to describe what you think is going on in this picture....maybe a little commentary?

Make me proud.....ready, set, GO!

Oh, and just to give credit where credit is due, my friend Kristy officially "de-lurked" on my last post as well. Thanks Kristy and Josh!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Am I Making Progress?

Last weekend, I got the opportunity to go to Nashville to see my mother on her birthday. I hadn't been in a while so it was really great to visit. I also got to see my sister who is in med school in Memphis. It had seemed like forever since we saw her last. The kids and I had really been missing everyone so we were thankful for the chance to get away.

Before we left, I worked on cake #3 to present to my mother for her birthday. I was really pleased with how it turned out except for discovering that working with dark colors is hard because they can bleed onto the lighter colors. I am hoping to attempt a 2 tier cake soon.

My sister-in-law and I decided to trade favors. I am going to make the cake for my nephew, Elijah's, 1st birthday and she is going to help me with some flyers for my little cake business. I think she got the short end of that stick, though, since she has a degree in graphic-design and well, I am still learning.

Here are some pics of mom's cake.

Friday, October 17, 2008

The Hills are Alive With the Sound of Music

I promised the next post would be more cheery and I'm making good on that promise.
If this doesn't make you laugh then there is something wrong.

Jackson and Leah love to sing at bedtime. I used to sing to them, but lately, they like to sing to me instead. I decided that all of this cuteness needed to be captured on video so that's what I did.

I also played around a little with the video editing software. I hope you like our little movie/concert!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

The Ugly Cry

So, the last few days have been a little better. Sorry for such a depressing post on Tuesday. I have actually been thinking a lot about all of the crying. You see, I'm not usually a cryer (if that's even a word).

I see a lot of me in Leah these days when she gets in trouble. Her little lip will start to quiver like she's going to cry and then you will see her face harden with resolve like, "heck, if I'm going to give you the satisfaction of seeing me cry." Maybe it's not the healthiest thing to hold it all in but I have to admire the attempt to be strong (side note: strong is a nice word for stubborn as a mule).

I am the same way. Not only do I not want to let people see me cry but I feel like I just don't have time for it. What is the point in wasting precious time just crying? Embarassingly, I admit to actually being irritated by people crying at times. The bad thing about that kind of outlook on things is that you can only hold it all in and be strong for so long. And then...the dam breaks. Not to mention, you come across as being pretty cold hearted.

I also really hate how in most movies, women look so pretty when they cry. Their make-up doesn't run and they just have a few single tears that stream down their faces. That is not reality folks. When, I cry I look like a 2 year old melting down 3 hours past nap time. My face gets all distorted with red splotches, Snot drips from my nose and when I speak it sounds more like I'm speaking whale than the english language.

I remember how embarrased I was the first time I cried in front of Josh because, just was not pretty. I always thought that I was the only one with this kind of cry. I have since discovered that most people suffer from the ugly cry.

Hehe. I might get in trouble for this thought, but...I used to think to myself, I hope when I get married one day that my husband feels like he can cry in front of me. I had this romantic view of how it would all go down. He would lay his head on my shoulder, shed a few gentle tears as I lovingly rubbed his back and told him everything was going to be okay.

One night when Josh decided to take a stand by defending someone from gossip even though it meant walking out on some great friends, it actually happened....only not quite like I pictured it. Instead of me being the sympathetic wife that I pictured myself being, I actually found myself holding in laughter as I was unprepared for his ugly cry.

Now, this urge to laugh was not because I wanted to make fun of him or brush off his pain but more like an urge to laugh from joy and relief that I wasn't the only one that looked this rediculous when crying. Yes, my heart broke for him in that moment. Of course I did not laugh in his face. But inside, I was really battling. Sorry honey. Just keeping it real.

Geez...I think I did it again. Okay, I promise to come up with something really peppy and cheery for my next post. Aaaahh... the pressure.

Oh...and how about you? Are any of you ugly cryers? Come on, show some love and remind me that I'm not the only one (and Josh too) hehe. :)

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

One Of THOSE Days

It's been one of THOSE days. The kind of day when I think to myself, "someone better give me some prozac and my kids some ritalin or somebody's gonna die." I think I have had more meltdowns today than my kids have.

Someone in the customer service department for Paypal debit cards might be wishing right now that he had called in sick today. They made a mistake and cancelled my Paypal debit card leaving me without what little spending money I had from selling on ebay until it can be worked out (which could take 2-4 weeks.) Even though it was a company error, "reversing the cancellation is not an option." After a very frustrating conversation, I hung up the phone and bawled.

I put some clothes in a community consignment sale this week. I had to go over there this evening with all three kids in tow (Josh was at school.) Okay so, my kids were pretty awful. Emma kept pushing the stroller into other people. Jackson threw his Hot Wheel Car at some kid. And Leah decided that she was not going to sit in the stroller. When I tried to make her, she proceeded to scream for an extended period of time. Now, this place is filled with moms who you think would be pretty understanding of cranky toddlers. But, I could feel the looks from other moms burning into my back. I even caught one mom rolling her eyes at my kids when I turned my head. One lady working there sneered at me and asked me if I could make sure my son did not unplug her computer as she quickly processed my things. Then Leah spilled her water bottle all over the floor as we were leaving. On top of it all, I am mad at myself for how I handled it all. I got frazzled. I became angry with my kids. I was short with friends and acquaintances that I ran into because of my mood and frustration. I wouldn't have any idea why, but it all got to me. When we got to the car, again, tears.

I've been reading a blog called We Are THAT Family, which has a picture of a screaming toddler and a sink full of dishes next to the title. When I first saw it I thought, "that's funny, I thought we were THAT family.

I want so desperately to have it all together. I want to be a good mom. I want to be able to get my children to behave. I want to be a good steward of my money. I want to have a clean house. I want be a good "pastor's wife." And on, and on.

Between unruly children, too little time and an economy that has taken a toll on our family, I am failing miserably. (I am actually sitting here watching the presidential debate, listening to each candidates plan for improving the economy, not having much faith in either of them.)

I am a pretty prideful person so I hope you hear my desperate heart here when I say I...we could use your prayers.

"Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; you are Mine.

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you.

For I am the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior."

Isaiah 43:1b-3a

Now, I am going to go eat some chocolate.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Not Me Monday - Why Must I Always Pay For "Me Time"?!!

I so did not send my kids upstairs to play in their rooms today so I could take a shower. If I had, once I was in the shower I definitely would not have lingered there, enjoying the spa like experience while knowing full well that my two toddlers could be into any number of things. If I had, I would not have found this when I got out of the shower.

If I did, I would not have lectured my toddlers about how they know they are not supposed to be playing in their older sister's room while she is at school. And I definitely would not have put them in bed for time-out while I blogged about this fiasco. I would never do that. Not me.

*No Toddlers were harmed in the events that led up to this blog post, but Mom will be going to Lowes this afternoon to purchase some "L" brackets.

For more "Not Me" Fun head on over to MckMama's Blog.