Wednesday, November 28, 2007

My three kiddos

There are times when a mom looks at her children who are up to their elbows in something they know they're not supposed to be into and wonders who in the world could these children be! And then there are times when a mom looks at her kiddos and just wants to hug 'em and squeeze'em, and like the old Bugs Bunny cartoon, call their name George--but I digress--as usual! When we had all the cousins ' pictures taken together this Thanksgiving, the photographer did such an amazing job that I had to get her to take a picture of just the 3 of ours together...and it turned out so great! It's not often I say that about a picture, but I do love this shot! This is how I want to remember my kids when I'm old and gray...I might get this blown up to life size and pretend they're real for those days when their antics simply can't be real!
(in case anyone is wondering or concerned, I used my free "Smile By Wire" whatchamijigger and had the pictures sent to me to view and share electronically--hence the sharing them legally on my digital blog--no copyright infringement that I'm aware of!)

Monday, November 26, 2007

It's rare, but here it is!!!

Hardly ever do Brent and I agree to pose for pictures, but we could not let the ivory tuxedo he had to wear for his brother's wedding go undocumented! It turned out to be better than we thought since all the groomsmen wore the same tux--there were 7 men the kids were calling "Mr. White Cloud" so no one sufffered alone! :-) It was a really nice time to get together with family and meet some of the friends that my in-laws often speak of when sharing tales of their boys growing up! Anytime you get that many guys together who are forced to wear know there's going to be a whole lot of joking going on!

A great day for a picnic...or not!

We packed a picnic lunch to help break up the LONG drive to Brent's Brother's wedding this last week. It turned out to be pretty cold and we sat and shiverred as a we ate our lunch, but the kids had a great time playing at the rest area, and they were so glad to be out of the van!

Sunday, November 25, 2007

I've been tagged...

So I was tagged by my friend, Erin, to share one of my favorite recipes...and my wonderful and patient husband just showed me how to include links in my blog so it now works to just click on her name...what would we do without computer geniuses?!?

This is one of my favorite recipes to pull out for showers, ladies' fellowships, church potlucks, etc. because it is so very yummy and just as easy!
One package Oreo cookies--crushed (I use my Cuisinart)
One 8 oz package cream cheese, softened.

Mix these 2 ingredients together and form them into balls. (My small pampered chef scoop is the perfect size!) and freeze for an hour or so until firm. Then dip each ball into melted chocolate and let the chocolate harden (adding a tablespoon or so of shortening to chocolate chips makes the finished product really shiny and professional looking) I keep them refrigerated since the insides do tend to get gooey after sitting out for a while. It also keeps them out of sight, which is the only way they last around my house!

Hope this helps get me "untagged!"

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Some of that "Mom Sentimentality"

I must confess I cry at commercials (anyone who knows me, won't be surprised by that!) but I am especially sentimental when it comes to those commercials that show a bride walking down the aisle and then flash backs to her childhood hinting at how fast she's grown up. I've been super sappy lately about Hannah for some reason and wanting to capture so many of these everyday moments so we'll have them later on. I had to have a picture of her in this outfit. Maybe it's the ruffle socks, or the sparkly sweater...I know she won't want to wear bows in her hair forever, but I don't ever want to forget this stage of her life. She really is at a great stage. She's still wanting to crawl up into our laps and snuggle, but she's old enough to really be thinking deep thoughts and want to talk about them--okay, most of the time she's thinking about what she wants to take to show and tell and what color Scooby Doo's collar should be on her coloring page, but she gets deep every once in a while!

Another thing I'm going to try to capture on video is the way she comes running out of the school building everyday and climbs into the van. It's just another one of those things I want burned on my mind forever, but since my mind is so full of groceries, laundry, and ways to help Daniel remember to bring more than one of his p.e. shoes home at a time, I'm going to try to video it!
Have a Happy Thanksgiving...God is good and I have so much to be thankful for!!!

Monday, November 12, 2007

I am so proud of me!!!

Does anyone else have trouble finishing a book? I am so proud of myself for just finishing "Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World" by Joanna Weaver (It was excellent, by the way...) I can finish a work of fiction no problem, but I must have a gazillion non-fiction (more Bible Study style) books started! Am I the only one with the attention span of a 4 year old, or do you
struggle with the same thing?

Other books I am in the middle of reading:
Shepherding a Child's Heart (this is acutally about my 3rd time through the book) by Ted Tripp
A Woman After God's Own Heart, A Mom after God's Own Heart, and Beautiful in God's Eyes by Elizabeth George
Calm My Anxious Heart by Linda Dillow--also my second time through it, but I don't think I ever made it completely through the first time!
Twelve Extraordinary Women in the Bible by John MacArthur

I did start and finish Mardi Colliers book "What do I know about my God?" and it was amazing, too! I have been having a great time using her notebook idea to keep track of what I see about God in my quiet times of devotion. That and my ESV Brent bought for me have really made a huge difference in the quality of my time with the Lord which has in turn increased the quantity of my quality time in the Word. So wait...I take it all back...I've finished 2 books this last year...that's not so bad is it?!?

Anyone else have a good book to recommend I start reading?!? :-) I'm always a sucker for a good book to start! But hey...I did just finish two. I'm kind of inspired to finish some of these others...kind of! :-)

Friday, November 09, 2007

In honor of my long lost roomie...

I won't mention any names, but you know who you are...It seems Sarah has inherited the uncanny ability to put rather large things into her mouth. I thought of a dear friend of mine immediately when I saw Sarah putting the entire end of the phone in her mouth! I had to take these pictures as an ode to a dear friend who can put her entire fist in her mouth! How I miss those days, don't you, former roomie?!?


We had our first official snowfall the other night. It didn't quite cover the grass but it was enough to make the kids go wild with excitement! They had a hard time concentrating on the task of getting ready for school so we were running late. I didn't think being late because we had to take pictures of the kids and the snow for the blog would go over real well with the school office so you have to settle for just a picture of our backyard that I took after I got back from dropping them off. The snow had all melted before lunch and we haven't had any since, but we know we'll be having our fair share of it all too soon!

These pictures cracked me up!

Sarah normally loves to be outside, but sitting in a pile of poky leaves is another story I guess! She was happy and loving life while I was holding her, but the minute I tried to pose her in the leaves she started screaming. It was either the leaves or her brother and sister that were poking never knows these days! :-)