Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year!

For the second year in a row we are spending New Year's with sick babies.

My baby and my oldest son have the stomach flu.

Sweet things.

Our party broke up around 8:13pm. I'm most worried about the baby. If he doesn't have a urine diaper in the next 2 hours we have to go to the ER for fluids. My quiet time this morning was on letting God be my peace so I keep reminding myself of that tonight. His peace and our deep needs are a perfect match.

I have been doing laundry like a mad woman. As soon as someone gets sick I get on it. Even if it is lots of medium sized loads. I just think it has to be in tip top shape in case Shane or I catch it.

We've had a cracked window to keep some air circulating and PTL I just bought a huge tub of Clorox wipes because I'm wiping things down and Lysoling like a mad woman as well.

Kevin & Page brought BBQ for the party. Grant & Nicole left us Season 3 of Jon & Kate Plus 8. THANK YOU!!! Nearly 30 episodes!!! Nicole got it for Christmas and hasn't even watched it yet. That is LOVE! We'll resume our New Year's Party with them next week. Kevin's even recording the ball drop so we can enjoy it again! And Amy brought over the best dang cupcakes I have ever put in my mouth and I'm on my second one.

(that middle boy of mine just grabbed my foot and said, "Mommy, I Like you!" Awww!!! Sweetness!!)
Happy New Year's bloggy friends!! I'm off to check on my sweet, sick, cuddly baby boys.

(update: we made it through the night and the babies are better this morning. mama is off to hopefully catch a little snooze since i camped out on my living room floor and actually loved every minute of taking care of those little stinkers. oh the cuddles that come with not feeling well. nothin' better.)

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Checking the Mail

I love to watch people slowly drive by their mail box, reverse to move closer to the curb, then scooch forward a bit, check the mail, back up a little to swing er' around and pull back into the driveway.

Our culture rocks!

Seriously.

Quality entertainment at it's best.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Organic-Butter Lettuce

We are making moves toward going more organic with our eating.

We're going granola baby!

No more showers, soap, nothin'. OK, that's a joke, but we have been eating healthier.

My new find today- BUTTER LETTUCE. It's electric. I mean, it's still alive when you buy it. The root is attached to the bottom. It was G-O-O-D. So fresh tasting.

The water drinking is going very well. At first I did not want to drink any water. It tasted gross to me and I still wanted my good old sweet tea. Now I am craving the water all the time.

I was wandering if anyone reading this buys organic and if so what you like. I've been told dairy and meat is the best place to start. Thoughts?

Friday, December 26, 2008

3-2-1

On the 3rd day of Christmas my second born gave to me, a Chick-a-lay gift card and date lunch.

On the 2nd day of Christmas my first born gave to me, a Chick-a-lay gift card and a date lunch.

On the 1st day of Christmas my true love gave to me, a PF Chang's gift card and a date night!

We had a lovely Christmas with lots of time with family. The boys got lots of games and it's been a blast. Today we hit after Christmas sales and I got a few fabric tablecloths at 70% off thank you very much.

At our community group Christmas Party, the table caught on fire and burned a charger and my new cloth table cloth. Sniff Sniff. Decorating is dangerous stuff I tell you. Tonight we are sifting through the mounds of new toys and clothes. We are so blessed.

Love, Bugs & Sunshine

Monday, December 22, 2008

The South Pole

Only in the south can you stop at a trailer on wheels and buy a personalized airbrush license plate, a confederate flag and a bag of shelled pecans. Oh the wonder.

The Christmas cookies and candies are exceptionally good this year. We are enjoying ourselves. If you are reading this and needing a gift idea for me, just make it a gift card to Lane Giant because my buttons are popping off right and left.

My man bought me Jillian's work out tape. Still not sure how I feel about that, but I think it's sweet?

We made it through the quarterly hair cutting extravaganza for the boys this morning without any tears from anyone. First time ever.

Mr. Matt is the coolest barber ever. He has tats, boxes, jumps out of airplanes, has the patience of Job as he works with the boys, and introduced us to the wonderful world of hair glue.

On the 4th day of Christmas...

my true love gave to me, accessories for my video camera thingy!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

5th & 6th Day of Christmas...

another gift card to Classic Touch & a set of 4 Martha Stewart Orange Juice tumblers. YIPPEE!!!

Friday, December 19, 2008

On the 7th Day of Christmas...

Shuh-hay-ayne gave to me, a gift card to Classic Touch.
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On a different note a monumental thing occured today that you will rest easier knowing.

After 8 years of grocery shopping I finally remembered to buy a box of toothpicks for the kitchen.

She can be taught.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Pardon my french, but I need help.

Please excuse the language in my last post, but I need your help.

We got the game Monopoly. At first it was really sweet. Family Game Night. Help the kids learn counting, numbers, money, etc.

Then it was impressive. After 10+ years of not playing, Shane still had every single detail of the game M-E-M-O-R-I-Z-E-D PEOPLE, and I'm not exaggerating.

Now it is just plain annoying. You roll the dice and he automatically starts smirking. Not good. I have to count out the spaces I need to go. He automatically knows as soon as you roll where you need to be. And he sucks you dry of any cash/property you own.

I need help. If you have any strategy will you send it my way? This is not pretty people. Fax me, email me, call me, whatever. Name your price, I'm desperate to win!

Let's just keep this between us and not let Shane know I'm getting "outside help", K?

On the 8th day of Christmas...

my true love gave to me, another Starbucks gift card and a butt-whippin' in Monopoly.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

On the 9th day of Christmas...

my true love gave to me, a Starbucks gift card and an afternoon kid free.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

On the 10th day of Christmas

my true love gave to me, a set of 12 clear Martha Stewart dessert plates and a partridge in a pear tree.

Monday, December 15, 2008

12 Days of Christmas

Shane and the boys kicked off the 12 days of Christmas yesterday.

They are giving me a present everyday until Christmas.

Yesterday's gift was a hand held video camera and it is awesome!

Today's gift was a game tin filled with GO FISH and a Nemo game. How much fun, I love it.

Wha???

Are you kidding me?

I drug my sick self to Wal-Mart to get some meds and got a call saying, "Come home now, it is sleeting."

Yup, it's an icy mess outside.

The exciting news is I got a Tomato/Cheese Freschetta pizza, and Pepperoni for the boys.

We are on a popcorn/M&M's kick so that is also on the agenda for today.

Also on the agenda, a long nap for me because my head is killing me. Jibs is a little under the weather so I bought him some Tylenol. Over $7 for his bottle. Yikes. He's worth it though, being all cute and everything. I can't tell if he's getting a cold or if it's the #7 & 8 teeth coming in that's causing him trouble.

This morning he was coughing in his crib, and said, "Ma-Ma." Yesterday when I left him with a sitter he said, "Ma-Ma" as I was leaving. He loves his mama. Little tater tot! And he's crawling everywhere. The floor Nazi is having to kick it up a little because he finds everything. He's like a Roomba only cuter.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Big Sexy Hair. Not.

This morning was a Bad Hair Morning. I mean I Velcro rolled my hair. I curled it with a curling iron. I teased. I sprayed. I prayed.

And in the end I ended up with a badly done low pony tail. Oh the horror.

Then I went to church and got my praise on with my unTexas hair.

And now I'm about to get my nap on. Just needed to share. Nighty Night.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Favorite Make-Up Products

As I was getting ready today I was thinking about some of my make-up products that I just love. Here they are.

#1 VOLUMINOUS MASCARA BY LOREAL-You know that email you get asking "if you were stranded on a desert island blah, blah, blah" Well, this would be it. This stuff is the best. I've been using this brand for 15 years or so. They are making a "fancier version" of this stuff with bells and whistles but you gotta stick to the original in this tube. AND DON'T GET WATERPROOF OR YOU WILL HATE ME.


#2 Touch Base for eyes-Clinique. OK. This stuff revolutionized my eye shadow wearing. You put it on with your ring finger and your eye shadow goes on very smoothly and stays on.

#3 Mac Eyeshadow. (Color:NYLON) Can we just take a moment to pause...I go through this stuff like crazy. Nylon is a pale gold with an icy metallic shimmer and it is to die for. Really. I could bath in this stuff but I try to keep it just to my eyes. It is highly pigmented and makes the next 2 colors you add P-O-P!

#4-Brush on creme eye liner (Color:Black). The Clinique man swore to me I would love this stuff. I turned to the dark side and decided to try it. It took a good 2 weeks before I fell in love with the stuff. Here is what is so great about creme eye liner. You can go with a thin line or a super thick line. Regardless of what you do, IT STAYS ON ALL DAY. Unless of course you watch a really sad movie in which case all bets are off.
#5 Merle Norman Make Up Brushes. These make all the difference in applying your eyeshadow.



#6 The good old-fashioned Q-Tip. If it's good enough for the Clinique man it's good enough for me. I like to apply Nylon with the Merle Norman brush, a lighter brownish color with a Merle Norman brush, then the Darkest color with a Q-Tip.
These are just a couple of my favorites! Do you have a product that you love? I'd be interested to know about it!

Lovin' a smokey eye,
Bugs & Sunshine

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Lights, Camera, Action!

My ol' buddy Nester is linking up garlands today on her bloggy blog blog. She taught us how to make The Most Wonderful Christmas Garland ever. Here are my garlands. If you are wanting to make one and need more inspiration hop on over to her blog for some fun.

We do not have a fireplace so I decorated the tops of my armoires. On this first picture, I intertwined white lights into grapevine and put in large Christmas balls.
This one just has lots of glittery stuff in it, and some white bally things which I loved. They were little wreaths from the Dollar Tree I cut in half. I got the glittery stuff and the balls from a nice shop in town after Christmas. The last 3 or 4 years, I've just asked Shane for $$$ to shop the sales after Christmas.

Fun Fact: Our first year of marriage I decorated our garland and our Christmas tree with citrus fruit slices. Lemons, Limes, & Oranges tied with Raffia. I wanted to top the tree with a Pineapple but couldn't make it sit still without my help.




Monday, December 8, 2008

Everyday Unwrapped

Chatting at the sky talked about celebrating everyday moments so I thought I'd join in on the fun. This is going to be a fun post for me because I love to notice the little joyful things throughout my day and was already thanking God in my heart for the things you are about to see. The first picture is the tree Mamaw and Aunt Linda just brought the boys for their room. How Sweet!
Complete with Santa hats they are napping with right now!
Little red-headed boys that suck their thumbs and sleep with blanky's.

A cracked window on a winter day. I love the straw color of the grass, the wood limbs on trees with no leaves, and a blue sky with white clouds. Today is beautiful outside and it smells good out there! On the window seal is a lemon and my Scripture I'm memorizing Isaiah 9:6-7

A cleaned out fridge!
Letting go of my perfection and letting the boys decorate the tree. 5 ornaments on 1 limb, the fancy mixed with the casual. Love it!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Funsies

Is that really a word?

Well, it is now.

This has been one of those fun weekends you just want to bottle up and repeat. What? Oh, you want to know about what we did. OK, I'll tell ya then.

Friday Shane let me sleep in and I woke up to him getting Operation Christmas Cleaning kicked off. OH YES you heard me. You know I was in hog heaven. We did bathrooms, fans, baseboards, dusted, windexed, laundry, cleaned out the fridge. A clean house makes me just about as giddy as anything I can think of.

That night we went to my parents for nacho night and I decorated their fireplace mantel. It's big. They told me tonight they are having to watch T.V. over the jungle. Do they hate my masterpiece? Ha!

Saturday we ran errands and went to church for movie night. We watched Elf and had pizza. How much fun is that? Pretty dang fun that's right.

Today I went to a cookie swap and scored some fun cookies. Snickerdoodles is my trademark Christmas cookie. Last night I told Shane I realize it's a Christmas tradition for me to make Snickerdoodles this time of year. They are the bizzy baby. (i hope i didn't just cuss in code and don't know it...) Bizzy baby is just fun to say.

Tonight we trimmed trees to festoon the tables for a dinner we are having this week. Oh, it was so Martha and you know that makes me giddy too!!!

We just finished chili dogs and are watching a little football. I'm wearing my pink fuzzy pj's and allready have my face washed. I love putting on my yellow Clinique lotion and black Chapstick every night...that means it's almost time for a little beauty rest. Ahhhhhh.......

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Ministry, Feet, Fire


These are pictures of a wreck that I drove upon minutes after it happened this week. A gas truck wrecked and exploded. I could see the black, dark cloud in the sky as I drove down the interstate, but could not tell what was happening. Then, I rounded a corner and saw these huge flames shooting into the sky. I was scared. Driving toward this scene and toward the fire was one of the scariest things I have ever seen.

This week we studied Exodus 24 in Bible Study. In this passage Moses gets a glimpse of the glory of God. To Moses the glory of God looked like a "pavement made of sapphire, clear as the sky itself." To the Israelites at the bottom of the mountain it looked like a consuming fire on top of the mountain.


Here's the interesting part to me. God did not show Moses all of what he looked like. Moses got a glimpse, and it was a glimpse of the bottom of his feet. The glory and magnificence was brilliant. To some it looked like sparkling sapphires and to some it looked like a consuming fire.

Sunday at church our pastor asked us what our ministry in the church is right now. My main role in life right now is serving. I was telling Shane I don't feel very valuable these days. Then God showed me that feet, which are usually covered and generally speaking one of the ugliest, dirty parts on a person could be valuable and beautiful.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Water?

So, does anyone else want to join me in trying to drink 8 glasses of water a day?

Random I know. I'm wanting to try to take some baby steps to being a little healthier, and water always seems like the most manageable way to begin. Let me know if you're interested.

Does anyone want to start running 5 miles a day? Yeah, me neither.

We had a great Thanksgiving. We spent it with Shane's side of the family. 7 kids, only 1 girl in the bunch and she did awesome hanging with her wild cousins. We piled into Shane's parents house and had a ball. I gained 4 pounds. Please Lord let it be water weight.

Last night was one of those warm cozy nights at home. It was COLD outside and we had laundry going, beef stew simmering on the stove, and all the Christmas lights on in the house. It was a great, restful Sunday night. Hope ya'll have a nice Cyber Monday. (is this new, where have I been because I never remember hearing about Cyber Monday?!)

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Look out tree, here I come...








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Hey, it's me Jibbers. I am having a grand time getting where I need to be. I just tootled across the living room floor and found my new toys. They're so shiny. Hey good news, I saw a dog today. I painted a picture of a butterfly. I'll call you in 5 minutes...Fat guy in a little coat, oh wait, wrong movie...Gotta go.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Let the birthday festivities begin!

We love Christmas! It's definitely the most fun birthday celebration we throw around here all year!!! Candy Canes, an absurd amount of glitter, Texas Santa, and even a strand of color lights this year! We are getting crazy!!! We love celebrating the birth of JESUS!!!

We had a ball decorating the tree this year. I let those boys go to town and they did a great job! Oh they were so into it and it was precious. I told that middle boy of mine he might want to decorate the part by the door a bit more. He yelled, "I GOT IT MOM!!!" Pretty huh?!
I'm loving this ornament!!! It makes me happy!

Texas Santa standing on the ottoman. He shakes his money maker and sings Have A Holly Jolly Christmas!

Fuzzy picture but you get the idea. Do you see em'? Color lights!!! Mama's getting wild in her old ate! Age that is...

This was Soooo much fun to make!

So, there you have it! Now, when you see us walking around with glittery bums you will know why. I have an unhealthy obesseion with the stuff.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Crafty girl I am not.

But, I got this idea off of a blog and had to try it. Isn't it cute? You scrapbookers probably recognize it, but I hung (er, scotch taped) paper on the back of my cabinet. Here are some feathers I got for my Christmas garland, but until we decorate I stuck it in this vase and I kinda like it...

This thing, I dunno what it is. I bought it about 6 years ago in Maine. It may be a fancy tea towel. To make it hang on the wall, I hot glued a piece of faux wood blind we had leftover. Well, when I did that the hot glue made this orangy stain on the top, so it has been stashed away because I didn't know what to do with it. When I rearranged the other day I found it again. Shane hates me and wanted me to "throw that ugly thing away." I told him he needed to represent and I most certainly would not. I had one piece of paper left over and I think it turned out cute. The permanent solution for this top with be some fringe, just haven't found it yet.

I shopped the house and put our lamps by our bed here. It fills in the space much better, and it was FREE. Sorry the lighting in the pics are so bad, I didn't feel like going back to redo.
I made a mean pot of potato soup for dinner. It was delish. I'm about to run these boys through the car wash so they'll be fit for church tommorow. Hope ya'll all have a great day of worship! I'll leave you with a picture of the first Christmas decoration we have put up...


Thursday, November 20, 2008

Mama's been playin'...

I've been having way too much fun this afternoon. I just got to moving some stuff around and it has been a blast. I've rehung pictures and put furniture in funky places and I love it! I'll rearrange a bit more for the Christmas tree, it will go by the front door I think. I don't put it in front of the window, because although I think a lit tree looks beautiful from the outside looking in, I prefer my sunlight.




Oops, I need to move that lamp over a little...
I'm wanting to paint the walls a warmer color to make the clock pop.

These are the windows that are going to get some curtains.





The lamp on the red table has seen one too many footballs come its way, but it's on my list of replacements when the time comes! And this is where my big decorator table is going to go. You know, the one with the topper I'm gonna make!


That's my sign I got at the Dollar Tree for a buck (hanging on my desk). It says, 1 day of coal 364 days of fun...i'll take my chances!
We're enjoying the last few days of our Fall decorations before we bring out the tree! I can't wait! I go for Lime Green & Red whimsy in my decorating for Christmas. I don't have a "before" picture, but all the furniture was up against the walls. No Mas!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

THE GIMP BUGGY

Have I been created with a honing device that automatically draws me to the one gimp buggy in the store?

I have just returned from some Hobby Lobby Therapy, and my shoulder is tired from pushing the buggy that wanted to veer to the left during my Appointment.

I'm sure the tiredness in my shoulder has nothing to do with the cute green suede trash bag I carry over my shoulder.

So, on to more important things. My champagne taste. I found a fabric I am in love with. It is $39.99 a yard. I only want it for valances so that won't be so bad when it goes on 50% some day. The duiponi silk I want to make the panels is $21.99 a yard. That's where things start heating up. I'm thinking I'll need around 28 feet, which is 9 yards, which is, well, heck if I know, but it's gonna require some saving.

But it is time for change! And I'm a flip-flopper. One day I want to move and have more space. The next day I want to stay put and freshen up our current home. I love the coziness and openness of my home. And the sunnyness of it. The thing I want more than anything is a bigger kitchen and space to entertain. More storage would be bliss as well!

Here are the things I am currently doing to spruce things up:
  • My favorite thing is to downsize. This is easy to do and it gives instant results. The bottom line is when you have too much stuff that has no home it creates clutter.
  • Picking up after myself right away. If you already do this it is going to seem like a no-brainer. If you don't, it will change the way you feel about your day and your home. Really. Try it. It is easy to feel like you don't have time to put somethin' away right then and there, but why not? Especially when you are cooking. Put up and clean as you go and it will make you smile when you sit down to a clean kitchen.
  • Praying blessings over my home. Here are some things I ask God for. Peace. Safety. Joy. Warmth. Coziness. The Word of God spoken here. Laughter. Laughter. Joy. Forgiveness. Openess. Be a place of refuge and a haven.
  • Fabric hunting. My new BFF Nester told me I can paint and make curtains and stuff and I believe her. I am making curtains. And I'm going to make a table topper. And it is going to be amazing.

I'd love to know if anyone else has ideas that you like to do to make your house sparkle?

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

My Diet Success Story!

I wanted to tell ya'll about the awesome diet I just finished because I am so stinkin' proud of myself and all my hard work.

It began after my smoothie lunch yesterday, I was feelin' all healthy and everythang. Yesterday afternoon I was making cookies and ya'll would be so proud. I dropped a crumb of cookie dough on the stove, and thought, "Nope, that's not touching these lips!" And I tossed it into the sink!

My diet ended sharply around 5:22pm after my first plate of dinner. I could not resist the extra helping of mashed potatoes with gravy, and the extra Sister Schubert, ah-hem, extra 2 Sister Schuberts. Or was it 3?

The good news is, at that point my diet was already over. Since I had done so good on my diet I was able to eat the 7 Layer Dip with Frito Scoops and Chocolate Covered Pretzels when I got to my training last night.

Boy, God is good and I give him all the glory!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Our Boy Has A Debut CD Coming Out Manana!!


Can I get a Whoot-Whoot??? Does anyone want to camp out at Target with me tonight?

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Who is Moto-Moto?

"I know I'm every hippos dream!"

Are you now Moto Moto?

Well, we don't know who you are because we haven't seen the movie yet.

And for the record, I thought you were Gloria with a hairy chest.

Gross.

We want Marty! We want Marty!!!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

A Note From Jibbers

This morning I had breakfast in my highchair. I am nearly 5 years old now and my Mama & Daddy finally decided to drag this thing out of the attic. It's nice. It looks like I have 2 brothers that have also enjoyed this chair. So, this morning I ate applesauce, oatmeal, and a banana in the mesh thing. My food thing is really nice but I think Mama feels like it is really messy, she says I'm worth it though. I ate Zwieback Toast and it felt good on my teeth. I have 6 teeth. video

I am trying to learn how to crawl. I like to fake cough, blow raspberries, and babble things like Mama, Dadadadada, and Drop the Chalupa. Does anyone know what a chalupa is anyway?

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I'm pretty much a lot of fun, especially since my teeth aren't bothering me so much these days. I just wanted to say Hi. Bye.

Mama got sick

It was either food poisoning or the bug, but either way Thursday night I was awfully sick all night long. Yesterday I slept all day. Today I am very tired and my tummy muscles are sore.

Shane was very sweet to clean everything for us last night. One good thing about the bug is that we wash all the bedding, from mattress pads to duvet covers.

It's nice today so I'm airing the house out again.

Now I'm praying the babies stay well...

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Potluck

McDonald's has the Madagascar toys in the Happy Meals. Your kids will love you.

They won't love you, however, if you drag them out of the bus into McDonald's to try a free crappy cup of the new coffee, and then exit stage left to the bus with no Happy Meals in hand because you just left Kroger with fixin's for dinner.

My kitchen is clean, dishwasher running, floor mopped.

My living room floor, however, is filled with toys, the boys clothes from today, discarded super-hero costumes, a soduko puzzle and pillows from the couches.

I've got my Aunt Jemima dew rag on and am trying to gear up for baths and pj's.

Cleanliness is so overrated...

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

I've gotta new friend.

We haven't actually met, but she is so fun and I can tell we are Kindred Spirits. Her name is Nester. You can visit her at http://nestingplacenc.blogspot.com/ .

Her living room is painted in Svelte Sage which is the shade I painted my last bedroom. Also, the youth room at church is painted in Svelte Sage. It's a nice sage with gray undertones which make it a good neutral option.

I. Have. The. Itching. To. Decorate.

Paint.

Curtains.

Hammer in some fancy woodwork casings around my windows. I've allready been to Home Depot to inquire about this. The Home Depot dudes are very helpful.

My house is pretty eclectic in my decorating style, but I'd say I veer toward a Pottery Barn Spring/Summer style, and I Love Shabby Chic although I don't really have any pieces in my house. Yet.

My dream house would be all white, with toiles and plaids to beet the band.

My house with 4 boys would be lots of black furniture and family portraits framed in black and whites.

I'm hoping I can get to a fabric store in the next few days to satisfy my itching to decorate and create. And not the snooty one downtown either. See Fabric Store Trip From Hell Post . I want Erma at Hancock's.

This weekend we are tackling the closets that have exploded. It inevitably happens at the season changes. The clothing bomb goes off in the boys closets and we start running out of hangers and space for the clothes.

Well, little Jbird is crying so I'm out...

Monday, November 10, 2008

Whistling Tea Kettle

Neddie gave me a whistling tea kettle for my birthday and it is very cute and fun. Stainless Steel. And it makes the Chai Tea taste better when the kettle whistles at you.

I'm enjoying a cup right now as a matter of fact.

The dishwasher is running.

All the laundry is done.

Our flame thrower thing died so I had to use real matches tonight to light the candles for dinner. I was reminded that I love the smell of a lit match. Or a blown out match I should say.

We had Rachel Ray's Broken Spaghetti and Mini-Meatball Stoup for dinner, a fall-favorite of mine.

Tommorow is supposed to be rainy and cold. I plan to light some candles, keep my lamps on, and bake something. Maybe if I get all my Bible Study done tonight, I can take a nap too.

Friday, November 7, 2008

My Newest Love


Well, I am beside myself with excitement over my newest cookbook my parents blessed me with for my birthday, Back To Basics.


I love, love, love Ina. I love everything about her style of cooking and entertaining. And I am so making the Fresh Apple Tart on the cover of this book and will post about it when I do.

Have I ever mentioned that I love great food?!?!

This is the reason I have been M.I.A. the last few days. I have been detained to my room with my newest book.






Wednesday, November 5, 2008

THE YELLOW TREE

















Today we had a picnic lunch under the yellow tree, followed by a game of football. The weather is absolutely perfect today. I am wearing my new Amazing Grace Perfume.

I also ordered from QVC 2 nights ago. It was waaaayyyy toooo fun, and I'm pretty sure they keep your credit info on record for easy shopping, but I'm not certain. I got 2 ginormous things of Amazing Grace (a lotion and a shampoo/shower gel/bubble bath 3 in 1 thing) for a steal of a deal!

Today I got to spend time with my boys and tonight my family is coming over for BBQ.
Bible study was amazing this morning. One of the stories we looked at was God making the bitter waters at Marah sweet. I love that miracle.

God knows how much time his people need to spend both in the desert and at the abundant waters.

Our omniscient God knows best how to balance my life. We need times of refreshment and testing.

Our teacher also reminded us that we would loose heart if we were always being tested, but he allows some testing so he can make us like the people he wants us to be, he gives us exactly what we need.

It was also interesting that the Israelites in Exodus are going to fail every test.

And he did not rebuke them when they complained but he continued to provide for them.

"The Lord will fight for you, you need only be still." Ex 14:14

"The Lord is a warrior" Ex 15:3

"The surging waters stood firm like a wall; the deep waters congealed in the heart of the sea"
Ex 15:8

"Aaron & Hur held his {Moses} hands up-one on one side; one on the other---" Ex 17:12

I am so thankful for family and friends and the provision of God in my life to meet my needs. He surrounds us with every thing we need. And as one girl shared in my study this morning, there are some things that can only be solved through prayer.
Can I get a whoot-whoot?!?!