Wednesday, November 18, 2009

It's been six years...

Yes, count them. 1,2,3,4,5,6 years since the last time we had "Family Pictures" taken. We finally decided it was time I realized that "just 10 more pounds" wasn't gonna happen and who better to do it than a sweet friend from church who is starting up her photography business. She's pretty great and talented, don't ya think?:) Go to Kivett Photography to see more of her work and if you live in our neck of the woods or will be visiting, she comes highly recommended by us!!

So we got our act together enough to get them taken. Now I just need to make some decisions. Which prints, which size.... And any one who knows me well, will know that this will not be a simple, quick, or easy task.

Let's just hope it doesn't take me 6 years.

Which ones were your favorites??

Cause I just might steal your answers.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009


It's BOGO time!!!

Since I'm all about frugality and saving money these days, I'm giving you 2 for the price of 1. 2 blog posts for the time it takes to read 1! Always lookin' out for my dear blog readers. Yes, I am.

But along with that comes a warning: This will be a doozy of a loooong blog post.

Run if you must. But if you must, do so quietly so my little bloggy ego won't be crushed.

For those of you putting on your full armor and braving the battle....I give you...


I know, technically, it's not the 10th (Sorry Mer.)....or Tuesday (You know...GladiTuesday. Sorry Gretchen) .

But, technically, it's my blog. And technically I always seem to be running a little behind. And technically my day crashed and burned yesterday before I could finish this and I just didn't have the energy to get my hiney off the couch (and I wasn't about to turn off The Biggest Loser and So You Think You Can Dance.).

So technically I guess you could say this is my 10 on the 11th and my GladiWednesday. Which technically doesn't have the same ring to it. But technically it probably doesn't really matter. Technically I should probably stop using the word technically in this post, because technically it's starting to sound weird and unwordy-like, and I've technically used it in places where technically shouldn't be used.....

Technically moving right along...

10 Things I Should Have Blogged About Months Ago But Can't Get My Act Together Enough To Get It Done...That Just So Happen To Be Things That Make Me Glad

And....we're off....

1~ My buddy turned 8. 2 months ago.

There was good and new friends. Pizza. Make-Your-Own ice cream sundaes. Silly games. Lightsabers and swords (of course). 1st ever sleepover. And I survived it all. So glad about that. Speechlessly glad that God see fit to put this rough and tumble, enough like me to challenge me, loving, sensitive, silly, giggly, handsome boy in our lives 8 years ago....

2~ Many, many moons Saturdays ago we spent the day with our good friends, the Blairs. Just that there makes me glad. Glad because we've been friends with them for almost 11 years. Glad because we've been through life's highest of highs and lowest of lows with them and our friendship has remained. Faithful friends.

The day itself made us all kinds of glad too. The parents got together and schemed. We blew up several balloons, wrote on little slips of paper different things that we would do that day, put them in the balloons, and let the kids take turns popping them to see what would happen next. It was good fun! And the kids were thrilled when we actually ate ice cream before lunch.:)

3~ So thankful for baby sleep bums. So glad that, while he'll always technically :) be my baby, for now he really is the baby. And I will take all the "baby" I can get.

4~ Another school year. Another field trip. Another pumpkin patch. Another chance to get special mama-daddy-daughter time.

How about them apples? (Yes, apples from Oregon, Amber. Not that we're known for them, though.;))

5~ I had the privilege of watching my sweet friend Summer's baby girl for a day. Can you say sugary sweetness?

I'll let the picture finish speaking of my gladness over that one.

6~ Lincoln had his first trip to the dentist. I tried not to project my dislike for this necessary evil onto him, especially since he was happy as a clam to be there. Weird kid.

7~ I finally have the recipe for the Sweet & Spicy Mac and Cheese from one of my favorite restaurants. 4 cups of heavy whipping cream. ...What are you waiting for?
Do you even need to ask if I'm glad about that????

8~ This fall season brought us our induction into flag football. It was....interesting. But also a ton of fun. After a season of learning the sport, the concepts, and the art of paying attention (why do I feel like this will be the never ending lesson?), Will topped it off with scoring 3 touchdowns and pulling more flags on defense than he's ever pulled in the last 2 games.

But, really, any game where they got to slip 'n slide in the mud was a success to them. I on the other hand did NOT appreciate the one game that sent me home looking like a drenched poodle, left my car smelling like that drenched poodle, and caused me to have to clean out my purse just so it could air dry. Thankfully that was a one hit wonder.

(That's him with the ball!)

9~That same boy that would willingly roll around in mud (Actually, it kind of sounds like fun...and I may have done it once in college.), has a love for his baby blanket still. And this makes me sad glad. I just made that up.

Glad...because that blanket used to be MY blanket as a child and I love that he loves it.

Sad...because that blanket used to be MY blanket as a child and I may have some issues with this....

I may have even threatened to take it away if any more holes appear or get bigger. I may have. I may have also shed a few tears over it's state and wondered if a more craftier person than I could rescue it. I may have to come to terms with the fact that it's no longer mine. May. Yes, I realize that I may need professional help. But I'd rather not talk about it...

There. All caught up.

Whatever will I blog about now???

OK, so technically I didn't have "10" but technically...well, I think we've already covered that....

Monday, November 9, 2009

My Music Monday

A new favorite I heard just today...

Your Hands by JJ Heller

I have unanswered prayers
I have trouble I wish wasn't there
And I have asked a thousand ways
That You would take my pain away
That You would take my pain away

I am trying to understand
How to walk this weary land
Make straight the paths that crookedly lie
Oh Lord, before these feet of mine
Oh Lord, before these feet of mine

When my world is shaking
Heaven stands
When my heart is breaking
I never leave Your hands

When You walked upon the Earth
You healed the broken, lost, and hurt
I know You hate to see me cry
One day You will set all things right
Yea, one day You will set all things right

When my world is shaking
Heaven stands
When my heart is breaking
I never leave Your hands

Your hands
Your hands that shape the world
Are holding me, they hold me still
Your hands that shape the world
Are holding me, they hold me still

When my world is shaking
Heaven stands
When my heart is breaking
I never leave You when...

When my world is shaking
Heaven stands
When my heart is breaking
I never leave...
I never leave Your hands

Friday, November 6, 2009

free is a very good price

I sat down here over an hour ago to try and type out a thoughtful or funny or witty or link sharing post, but instead found myself catching trying to catch up on all my blog reading and commenting. And so my "free" time is coming to a close.

But since it's become my habit to post on Thursdays and I want to feel like I actually accomplished something today other than my typical rounds of dishes, laundry, meals, toy pick up, temperature taking, med dispensing, shower taking, vacuuming, taxing...well you get the picture...I'll leave you with this picture instead.

The rugrats. In all their costume awesomness. Which cost their mama nary a penny. Because she's good like that. And borrowed, free, or "last year's" was my motto.

Self praise stinks unless it's about saving money.

Speaking of self praise saving money (;p), I saved over $80 so far this week with all my coupon clipping thankyouverymuch. Which might explain the lack of creative energy needed to write an interesting post.

But my husband thanks me.

I guess you can thank me now too...cause this yawner of a post (due to my rambling, but partially redeemed because of cute kidlets) is done...and you can reclaim your "free" time.

...and in case I don't see ya, good afternoon, good evening, and good night!