Thursday, December 9, 2010

The sweetest dog EVER....

We have the sweetest dog on the planet or is it that I have the sweetest daughter? Not sure. You see, she hooks Lightning up with a pillow and blankie sometimes and in return, he hooks her up with the same...Hmmm. They are so sweet.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The many faces of Benjamin...

Benjamin makes the funniest faces when he talks about everyday things. I've been snapping pictures trying to make a composite of all his expressions. Here are a few.

This is a cute little smirk.
Ha ha. That's so funny.
This is his "Can you believe that?" face.
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Thursday, October 21, 2010

To Halloween or not to Halloween, that is the question...

Seems like the circles I run in always keep me on my toes about all things "spiritual" including things I never considered spiritual. I was recently asked (again) if we "did" Halloween or not. My answer is always the same. Yes, we do Halloween. Yes, I know it's a pagan holiday. Yes, I know lots of devil worshipers are doing their thing that night also. Yes, it is a holiday that very much involves Satan. I get it. But, it doesn't convict me like it does some people. I think it's because Satan is alive and well every day and people worship him every day. My kids don't "do" Halloween because of the devil. We do Halloween in spite of the devil. God gave us a sense of humor to enjoy things like dressing up and pretending. My kids don't and won't wear devil costumes or "scary" ones. I don't decorate my house with tombstones or skeletons. I have a certain line that I don't cross. I do that with any holiday, not just Halloween. For example, at Christmas, I think it's wrong to go into debt to buy Christmas gifts. I don't do it. But, we do give gifts and we do rearrange our budget to buy them. We have to pick and choose carefully but we do spend money and we enjoy Christmas. See what I mean? In fact, I can apply the idea to the everyday. For example, television, you can watch television to the point that it is sinful. The devil works very well through the t.v. these days even in commercials and cartoons. I don't turn off the t.v. completely, but I do make the right choices about it. I think it works that way for anything you do including a holiday like Halloween. Find what it is that convicts you about it and change that thing. If it's the entire idea of it, fine, but if there is a happy medium, find it. God gives us discernment in all things. Halloween is a good opportunity to use that discernment and teach your kids about choices also.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

I always said I wasn't gonna potty train this one...

I decided soon after Benjamin was born that potty training was not something I was gonna do with Benjamin. I hate potty training and part of me belived he would just "pick it up" on his own some day. Well, to a certain extent my theory was right. One day he came to me and told me he was ready for underwear. I said o.k. and went and bought some and put them on him. He did great. He tinkled in the potty every time like a champ. Now, poop is another story, but a short one. He pooped in the potty real well as long as he was running around naked. But, the first couple of days, if he had underwear on, he pooped in them. That only happened twice. The first time I told him not to poop in his underwear and to go in the potty only. The second time, I spanked his bottom and told him not to do that again. Low and behold, he knew better. He knew where to go. He just didn't really wanna at first. So, he's finished with that. No more mishaps. No more diapers at all. He even wakes up dry. Easy. Hmm. So, I think my theory was right. Kids will potty train themselves if you wait until they're three and half or older to train them right? Hee hee. Now, let's work on weening. Naaaaa.
Oh, and, he sits on the toilet backward. Not sure how that fits my theory.
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Friday, August 20, 2010

Been sewing...

Well, I've been sewing...never really sewed before. I'm not good at patterns and things. Years ago, someone made these lady bugs for me. I had always wanted to copy them, but never felt confident enough to do it. Until, my friend Audra encouraged me that we could do these bugs. So, with her in tow, I ventured forth into the world of felt sewing. The top picture is of the bugs I've been making. They nest inside each other and have didn't closings in back like zipping and tying and snapping and buttoning. They also teach color combinations--red and blue make purple, etc. Well, I thought the originals were kinda girlie and I wanted the same idea for boys so Jerry suggested I make sports balls that do the same thing--nest inside each other with different closings. So, I branched out and did it. They turned out o.k. and were so much easier than the bugs because they don't have all the legs and anntenae and needle work (sequins, etc.). They're not as educational in that they don't have the color combinations, numbers, etc, but they do teach the dexterity of the bugs. Anyway, been sewing and actually enjoying it!
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Sunday, August 8, 2010

Lightning makes a nice pillow.

Why do we love our dogs so much? I think it is because they love our children.
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Friday, June 18, 2010

Doesn't everyone need floaties to ride a horse?

Benjamin got to ride a horse with Jacob, my friend Ronda's son. This horse's name is Freckles He's very well trained and such a sweet baby. Jacob can often ride Freckles bare back with only a harness; he doesn't even need a bit in the horse's mouth. We were at Ronda's swimming and Jacob brought the horse up to the pool area. Benjamin was apprehensive, but enjoyed a little ride on Freckles. Benjamin promptly jumped back in the pool after his short ride, but it was his first time ever on a horse so I had to snap a photo and blog about it.
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Friday, June 11, 2010

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Do dogs go to heaven?

One of our dogs died this week (Wednesday) of some heart related thing, we think. It was quick and he was a relatively healthy dog so it was quite a shock to us. I cried when Marymae cried but, other than that, I've just felt like it was a sad thing, but the way it is....Anyway, when my children ask me if dogs go to heaven, I really can't say for sure. Do they? What is the scriptural reference for that? I'd like to give them some hope of "seeing" them again, but I don't want to lie to them if it's not true.
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Saturday, April 24, 2010

Three years ago today...

Three years ago today, I had a sweet baby boy that I thought I'd never have. This perfect little gift from God was like a dream. Today, he is one of the joys in my life. He is funny, outspoken, entertaining and smart. I know all moms think that about their kids, but it's true. He is.;0) I'm sad that he is three today. I'd like to slow down time so that he didn't grow so fast just like I'd like to slow down with my other kiddos. God has given me so much more than I deserve. I don't deserve such a sweet precious boy, but I'm thankful God chose me to be Benjamin's momma. He's a Cars lovin', Thomas the tank engine track buildin', baseball playin' little guy!
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Thursday, April 22, 2010

I love this shoe!

I love this shoe. I love it so much I'm going to sleep with it forever. So. in. love.
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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Oh Lightning McQueen!!!

This is Lightning McQueen--our newest addition. Isn't he so cute? He was given to us about a month ago and has just stolen our hearts. He's a good boy, has house trained well and knows how to sit and lay down. He is a male golden retriever and is about 3 and a half months old. We just love him.
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Sunday, April 11, 2010

Happy 40th Babe!!

So, you might think I'm looking for brownie points because I'm blogging about my sweet husband, but I'm not. I'm blogging about my husband because he turned 40 today and he gets a birthday post just like everyone else! And, because, if you don't already know it, I'm here to tell you that I'm married to a good man. I've always thought my father is the greatest man I've ever known; and, although he still is, Jerry is a great man also. My husband loves the Lord. He loves me. He loves our children. He is the sole financial provider of our family and he provides above and beyond our needs. I love him more today than I ever thought I could love anyone. He has been my stability for over 20 years. This man...deserves more than what I can give him. I am so imperfect. I never stay on budget. I like to go to McDonald's. I'm fat. I don't wear make-up everyday. I'm am so unworthy of his love, but he loves me anyway--and not just a little bit; He really loves me a lot. Wow! Isn't he the greatest? Thank you, babe, for being such a good man.
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Sunday, April 4, 2010

What is it about your first born?

Do you have a special bond with your first born? I'm not playing favorites, but Allen just holds a special place in my heart. It's unlike Marymae's and Benjamin's special place, you know? It's a having-learned-about-motherhood special place, huh? Today, I asked to take an Easter picture of him and he said, "Mom, let's take a picture together.". Awww. That melted my heart. So, we turned the camera and snapped this picture. I think it's precious. My sweet 13 year old boy wanted to take a picture with his mommy. See why he holds that special place?
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Saturday, March 27, 2010

Cow tongue anyone?

We went to this safari place in Johnson city last weekend and this cow/bull thing slimed Allen's hand with his tongue and his wet, dirty nose. It was so funny to see the schmutz on my kid's hand and him actually gross out over it.
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Doesn't everyone wear a wig like this?

Yep. I let my kid go out of the house this way. Yep. We even went to a resturant and she wore the wig the whole time. Uh-huh. I did.
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Sunday, March 14, 2010