Monday, January 5, 2015

post-holiday slug(gish) fest

A series of (what I believe to be) previously un-posted silly photos that best describe the atmosphere around here today since we're all back to school and work:

 June 2014

Sept 2013

March 2013

It's already been a textbook first day back, and it's only lunch time.

I forgot to pack lunches last night after we got the kids to bed, and it wasn't until a friend posted something on facebook late last night about packing lunches that I remembered! I was so thankful!

I woke up late this morning. I'd fallen asleep in the middle of setting my alarm. Whoops! I didn't really wake up late, per se, thankfully...I just woke up naturally about ten minutes after I'd normally be getting the kids up. So I missed my getting ready, coffee-making and breakfast/lunch prep time. We still got to school in good time, but I don't like jolt-start mornings like this one.

Then when I went to make sandwiches for everyone's lunches, I realized that our bread had gotten moldy. Oops! So "bought" lunches all around instead.

I got us all out the door just fine, but it's been a struggle getting anything done here today. I feel a little aimless and zoned out. I woke up with a sore throat so I'm working through that and a bit of head congestion. Plus I keep having to pause to get on the computer to look at houses that J and the Realtor are sending me. I think just about the only things I can count on to get done today are my basics: dish washer emptied, weekend laundry, and hopefully catching up on Bible study, and that's going to have to be OK. I doubt I'll get around to any packing or de-cluttering that I'll wish I had done come tonight.

Oh! And bread. I'll definitely have to make a bread run.

But least my lunches are already packed for tomorrow!

Forget what I said. I'm changing my tune. First day back to "normal" in 2015, and I'm already ahead of the game.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Merry belated Christmas and a Happy Hill Country New Year

Merry Christmas and happy New Year!

We never got a Christmas card out this year, and let's be honest; I think it's been more like 2-3 years since we've done one at all. My super-legit excuse this year? We're moving to Hill Country sometime in the next couple of weeks since J got a new position out there.

We're all about experiencing Texas life, apparently. Both of us born and raised in DFW, then these last couple of years in the Piney Woods of East Texas, and now we're heading south to taste Hill Country life. It's a native Texan family's dream!

We had our children's minister snap this quick one of us at church a couple of weeks ago. Once we settle into our new Hill Country home, it'll likely be the picture we put on our New Year's/new address cards.

I've neglected this ol' blog for the second half of this year. Not for lack of content; it was more computer/technology issues. Blogger wasn't letting me publish pictures all of a sudden, and it was saying my browser was incompatible, blah, blah blah... So yesterday I see my darling husband get on the internet, and sure enough...there was a new browser button there that I've been missing for the last several months. I just now dropped in to give the blog another go this route, and I'm thrilled to report it works! Now maybe 2015 will be the year I actually maintain this thing. Especially since we're moving the farthest away from home we've ever been.

But don't hold your breath. :0)

Safe and happy celebrations to all! No partying here for us. It's packing time, y'all!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

a creative day

it's shaped up to be a very creative week around here! we spent the morning yesterday making battleship pictures. it's what we end up doing when the littles get bored with the actual game. :0) of course, they asked me to take pictures of their crafts all day.

little sweetie pie wanted to curl her hair last night. 

then it was on to blocks...
there were individual creations...

and team efforts.



we went for a late-morning walk and we came across these. I'm wondering if they're some form of clematis. they were so pretty and full of blooms!

then after lunch, it was painting time.

M made a pretty mixture.

creative messes are the lest messes. and I finally found a use for the old lazy susan spice rack I've had put away!

then more blocks. the kids wanted to start making some entries for the state fair creative exhibits.

then daddy brought home a huge box from the office! the kids plotted and planned for it all evening.

nothing I love more than to see these kiddos creative minds come to life! 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

the blessing of friends

Lord, help us all. My children have all developed a love of Battleship this summer. I used to love the game as a kid, but my mother hated it and I never could figure out why. Now I know. Tired mama + a painfully show game is not a good mix. Haha!

I worked on getting some tidying up done before houseguests arrived yesterday, and I was thankful that we had time to play some rounds before they arrived.


My college BFF Nikki, her sons, and another brother and sister she was babysitting came to visit us around lunch time. The kids have been so excited about their arrival for days now! They woke up very early in anticipation. And the minute-by-minute countdown ensued not long after that. I love their enthusiasm for hosting visitors!

It made me giggle how sort of nervous the girls were about hosting a new girlfriend in their house. M especially wondered if she would be able to show her a good time. They staked their claim on her early on, though...for days now, the girls had already decided that they'd play with her while the boys all played together with her brother. They were so excited about a new girlfriend to play with when they're used to all boys.

It was amazing but not surprising how they divided as soon as they arrived. The girls closed themselves in M's room and made jewelry while the boys were rowdy in Stu's room. It cracked Nikki up how not long afterward the boys were making a ruckus trying to "break down" the girls' door to get in. They all had play weapons and were trying to use Stu's punching bag as a sort of battering ram. Meanwhile the girls were quietly crafting on their floor minding their own business. Such a stark contrast! But I love seeing God's design for girls and boys naturally manifest.

It was interesting to me to watch Stu among a group of four boys. I almost think he might have taken the natural alpha male leadership role though the was the second to the youngest of them all. It could have been just the familiarity of being in his own home, I don't know. But it was interesting nonetheless. I'm grateful for their strong personalities!

After Nik had to leave, about an hour later we got a knock on our door and our former neighbor Mr. Stockton was there with Mrs. Compton. She was in town from south Texas, and she wanted him to bring her by to come visit while she was here. We were so glad to see her! She looked so good and healthy, too, which I was thrilled about. I miss those two so very much, but I was thankful that they came by. There's nothing better than a good old fashioned visit.

Our house felt so full of love yesterday after the blessing of so many friends coming through the door. God showed me that He will bless us with good friends in our life no matter where He moves us through J's job. He also reminded me of His gift of our long-time friends, too--old friends who stick by us and come out to be with us no matter how far we may be.

Friends and family are the best gifts ever!


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

milkshake monday

I got up early Monday morning to put the egg casserole in the oven and get the airpot all filled with good coffee for J to take to his breakfast. I also cut up a big bowl of peaches for him to take, too. All that along with the cinnamon cake seemed like a decent little spread! I adore cooking for people. And it was so nice to be up early to get a jump on the day.

After dinner that night, J introduced the kids to his newest concoction, the orange creamsicle milk shake. He's made them a couple of times for just us after the kids have gone to bed, but last night it was their turn to be introduced to it.

They were so interested in the assembly process.

J has always been an out-of-this-world milkshake maker. His chocolate shake has always been my favorite. But I think he's topped himself with this one! We all love it. It was a wonderful treat to end a Monday. 

Monday, August 11, 2014

churching and cooking

Our sermon yesterday was a continuation of our study of Revelation and the corresponding prophecies in the book of Daniel. Our pastor spoke of how the prophetic knowledge we have from the Bible coupled with the grim world events should bring us to a place of humility and renewed longing for the Lord's return.

That was such a good message for me as I struggle to know what to do with all of the terrible things happening around us. For sure it's been a faith- and prayer life-strengthener, but it has also indeed made me long for His return all the more. And I think that's a good thing. I think life and the everyday details of what we have going on sometimes get in the way of the bigger picture of eternity, and we become complacent to God's point for it all. Everything points to Him.

"Therefore be on the alert, for you do not know which day your Lord is coming."
~Matthew 24:42

I too often forget that we are to wait, watch and prepare for His return like eager children who can't contain their excitement.

Rosie didn't want to go to Sunday School and J was teaching large group in Childrens' Ministry, so it was just she and I sitting together in worship service. She was my little wiggly, thumb-sucking snuggler. :)

After service we went to watch J teach his last segment, then it was off to the grocery store. Our trio really hates going to the store after church, but it's such a perfect time for us to go since we're rarely all together. We picked up a few essentials for the week and J needed some breakfast foods for a meeting Monday that I grabbed ingredients for.

We spent the afternoon cooking for J's breakfast the next day. M helped me make my Aunt Sandra's famous cinnamon breakfast cake. Rosie and Stu helped me put together a maple sausage and egg casserole to set up in the fridge overnight.

They love to shred cheese!

J played card games in the living room with whoever wasn't helping me at the time.

And then we cooked dinner. It was a busy day in my kitchen. My favorite kind of Sunday!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

baking and swimming

We had plans Saturday to go J's mom's to go swimming, so what did I do but start a couple of cooking projects at home when we were supposed to be getting ready to leave. Haha!

J was out for the morning and I anticipated he'd be gone longer than he actually was, so to my credit I thought I had the time to do all of it before we were to leave.

M came to me and asked if we could make cookies. How was I going to say no to that?

(Doesn't everything taste better when it's prepared while wearing an NRA t-shirt?!)

I only had the ingredients onhand to make oatmeal cookies, so that's what we did. I really need to make them more often. They are one of my favorites! 

Then I made a quiche to set up in the refrigerator for church on Sunday. I used a new recipe because, again, it utilized ingredients I happened to already have. I'm in one of those moods where I want to be creative and resourceful and use what's in our possession without going to the store for more. New school years tend to make me want new starts!

We brought the whole bowl of cookies with us on our trip to Mama's house. I think I ate about 1/2 dozen!

Then an afternoon of swimming! Our favorite!

Papa brought us pizza home for dinner, and it was so, so good after we'd been out swimming. Plus lots of different cookies for dessert.

We got home late even though we had an early morning the next day, but it was so worth it. We're going to soak up as much summer fun as we can.