Monday, April 30, 2007

SINUS SEASON - You've Gotta Love It!

I haven't blogged in a few days because I've been under the weather. We've been dealing with my sometimes severe headaches for the past couple of weeks. I was hoping the rest from the computer might help relieve some of the pain. They're nothing serious just sinus and possibly because I think I threw my back out this past weekend from moving blocks. No, not Katie's play blocks either. We had some bricks and blocks piled outside our fence and Katie likes to climb on them. For fear that she might break a limb, I decided to get my wheel barrel and move them. Sounds simple doesn't it. The only thing is I'm 33 years old and not 23 years old anymore. I've tried not to say anything to Doug about it because I know I'll get a speech from him, but there really wasn't that many. I even tried to do the proper stance when picking up heavy objects. I don't think it helped or I was doing it wrong, one or the other. Well that's enough of that.

We really didn't do anything special this weekend. Millard got a new computer, so Doug was able to help him install his programs and other software for him. Meanwhile, Peggy, Katie and myself enjoyed a nice visit. I was telling Peggy about Katie's birthday party and gift ideas. I told her how I've been looking at getting Katie a tricycle, but didn't know if she could ride one right now. Well, Millard went out to their shed and got Doug's old tricycle, refurbished, to see if Katie could ride it. It was a little big, but I think the one, I was looking at, at WalMart would be a perfect size for her.

Sunday, Katie got to move up a class in Sunday School. Her regular class for one year olds was getting rather large and the room is small. Our Children's Minister and friend asked me if Katie would be alright moving up a class even though she's not two years old yet. I thought it was a good idea and she could use the challenge. I'm hoping it will help her with her speech and social skills. She says her words good, but sometimes she brings back the baby talk "jabber." I try not to force her to use her words, but I do remind her to do so. She can do it, I've heard her. So, I'm hoping this move will help bring it out. The two year old class is pretty big, but the room is a little bigger than the one year olds. Plus, she will be introduced to the inside playground and from what I understand, she does real well with it. I was so proud of her Sunday. I took her to her class and she went right in without any crying and carrying on. She acted as if she knew what she was doing. I knew the ladies who were taking care of her and they went on and on about how well she did. They thought it was so cute how she talked to herself on the way back from the playground. When I picked her up, she was looking at a book with another little girl I know. The little girl's name is Rowe. Isn't that an unusual name, but catchy.

I guess our rest this past weekend was to get us ready for the next few weeks. Wow! We have a very busy month ahead of us. This week, I have to get ready for Decoration Day (baskets, flowers & food). Friday, Natalie has her Confirmation at church, Sunday is decoration for both churches Doug and I grew up in. The next week, we have to get ready for our trip down South. Ryan graduates college! Woo Hoo! Congratulations Ry - You finally did it! Of course, there's Mother's Day, Doug, Jon, Alise & Peggy's Birthdays. Oh, get this - I'm going to try and make my 15th year Class Reunion. Am I crazy or what? We can't stay long, thank goodness, because we're going to try and take Peggy out for her Birthday Supper that night. What a busy month? Bear with me, if you don't see many blogs from me. But just think of the pictures we'll have to post for everyone to see.

I have this idea for decorating the graves for Decoration Day. A couple of years ago, this lady brought in a square basket with a handle to put on a grave. The neat thing about it is inside the basket she had an assortment of annuals, still in their cartons. You couldn't see the cartons or dirt because she placed Spanish moss on top of the cartons. She put a pretty bow on one side of the handle. It was so pretty how it was arranged. I didn't get to do it last year, but I'm trying my best to do it this year for both churches. After visiting the churches, we are planning to go back to Millard & Peggy's (with the rest of the family) for lunch. I'm going to try this new recipe I came across, yes I know it can be dangerous, but it sounds real good. It's called a Chocolate Cherry Pie. It has chocolate pudding, cherry pie filling & cool whip mixed together and poured into a chocolate pie crust with some more pie filling on top for garnishing. If you like cherries and chocolate - Doesn't that sound good? Yummy! For me, anything with chocolate in it has got to be good. I'm even training Katie right, she loves chocolate and she can say it so plain. During Easter, I spoiled her with Cadbury's Chocolate Eggs - her favorite, just like me! Now, she requests "chocolate eggs" all the time. I tell her we're all out of chocolate eggs and I give her Hershey Kisses instead and she seems to be okay with it. One day, I confused chocolate eggs with scrambled eggs. Every morning, I ask her what she wants to eat (so she'll eat) and one morning she asked for "eggs." Well, I thought she was talking about scrambled eggs (with ketchup). She looked at me so funny when I gave her scrambled eggs and said, "no Mommy, no." "Eggs!" she said. I asked her if she wanted chocolate eggs. "Uh, huh," she said. After that day, it's been "chocolate eggs."

As far as the birthday, I haven't ruled out any possibilities especially a Jungle Party. I've told you how Katie is fascinated with Lions, well check this out: . I tried to paste just the picture of the Lion prop, but there must be a protection on it, so you'll have to go to the website. Sorry! I will have to say, this might be better for older birthday parties. Oriental Trading sells jungle animal inflatables for nearly nothing, but I have to remember she will be the only child at this party. Bless her heart! The cousins close to her age don't live close by here. Sometimes I feel bad and think that maybe it's time for us to try for another baby, but then Katie and I have our bad days and I think "Thank you Dear Lord" for reminding me to wait a little longer.

Take care & hopefully it won't be so long before the next time I blog. You know me - lengthy blogs. Sorry!

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Lion Silly Sac

I purchased this Silly Sac through eBay. Isn't it adorable?!? As you can tell from the photo, Katie loves her Lion bag. These pictures were taken right after she got up from her nap, so she looks a little rough. As soon as she saw it, she wanted to try it on. I didn't know when the next time I would have a photo op, so I thought this would be the best time. She has been on a big "The Lion King" movie kick. All weekend and yesterday, we've watched "The Lion King." Of course, right after that movie she wanted to watch "Madagascar" and "The Wizard of Oz." I can't figure out the connection between her and lions. I've thought a few times, maybe we should throw her a Lion Birthday Party. I even found a recipe and decorating tips in order to make a Lion Cake from Martha Stewart's website. Check it out: . I wished I had the time and patience to make this cake for Katie. I've thought about taking it to Wal-Mart and see if they could make it, but I still like the cupcake idea.

Doug and I weighed her last night because we were afraid she had lost weight. She weighs a little over 22 lbs., which was a lot better than what we first thought. Last month, she weighed a little over 21 lbs., so I guess she is still on the right track. She just worries me at times when she doesn't want to eat. Don't forget she has a picky appetite to begin with.

I've entered another photo through It will be up for vote tomorrow. Late last night, I found another photo contest link The What struck my interest was the winner could have a chance to win a $25,000 college tuition for your child. I didn't notice any strings until after I uploaded 4 photos of Katie. Right before you click on the button that says "Upload for Contest," something caught my eye. In fine print, you have to pay $19.95 to enter in the contest. I knew it was too good to be true. Here's the link, if you are still interested: Yeah, it doesn't say anything about a cost to enter into the contest, but it will as soon as you upload your photos.

Maryann came by this evening for me to make her copies of Ryan's graduation picture. She wanted several wallets to mail to extended relatives. We had a good visit with her and Katie loved Aunt Maryann's earrings (dangling earrings) and shoes. She had to try on Maryann's shoes before she left. Maryann got an idea tonight as what to get Katie for her birthday - dress up stuff.

Poem of the Day

One little sin, what harm can it do?Give it free reign and soon there are two.Then sinful deeds and habits ensue—Guard well your thoughts, lest they control you. — DJD

(Poem of the Day is supplied by "Our Daily Bread.")

Take care and God Bless You!

Monday, April 23, 2007

Katie at the Park

We had a great day at the park! There are new pictures on her website, please check them out.

I just checked ClubMom and I got 5 votes for my photo, I uploaded. The Moms that voted had some really nice comments about the photo. I'm planning on turning in another photo soon.

I was beginning to worry about not receiving Katie's Lion Silly Sac, so I emailed the lady I bought it from. She was nice enough to email me right back. Bless her heart, she was in preterm labor and had to take it easy; therefore, her husband was responsible for mailing out all winning auctions. She told me I should be receiving it real soon. Well, I got it this morning by US mail. It is precious! I placed it on top of the Dining Room table while Katie was taking her nap. I've been so busy that I forgot about it. Katie noticed it right off the bat! "Lion, Mommy, lion," as she pointed to the table. She loves her lion bag. I had her try it out and took some pictures. I plan to get those pictures posted tomorrow.

It has been so dry this month. We are suppose to get some rain tomorrow and the next, but I've been watering my plants at least every other day. I got out the hose and Katie helped me water all the plants. She found some mud puddles and started splashing in them. She was having so much fun. When it was all said and done, she was muddy and wet from head to toe. She giggled and laughed. The more she giggled and laughed, the more I laughed at her. It's too bad I didn't get it on tape.

Prayer List
My friend, Leisa, is going through a very hard time. Her brick wall in the working world is all too familiar with me. She works in sales as a loan officer for a company that is all about the number instead of the person. She prefers working with the customer and meeting their needs rather than making sure she got the numbers for that month. Well, her supervisor is raging her and trying to "motivate" her into getting the numbers in for the month and not worry about what the customer wants and needs. I've worked for companies like that before and for a person who is a people pleaser, you can be quite stressed. Leisa says she feels very stressed and trapped into this job because she doesn't have a college education. She loves the work, but it's the company bringing her positive attitude down. She has applied for a different position within the same company. Please remember her in your prayers.

Are You A People Pleaser?
by Joyce Meyer

Whatever may be your task, work at it heartily (from the soul), as [something done] for the Lord and not for men, knowing [with all certainty] that it is from the Lord [and not from men] that you will receive the inheritance which is your [real] reward. [The One Whom] you are actually serving [is] the Lord Christ (the Messiah). —Colossians 3:23,24
(brought to you by Joyce Meyer Ministries - for more information about this article: )

Take care and God Bless You!

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Family Day Weekend

Millard and Peggy came by to pick up the lawn mower to change the blades and they gave Katie a play lawn mower that blows bubbles. It took some work, but we got it blowing bubbles. Will came over for a little bit after his T-Ball game. Katie and he had a good time playing outside. Will wanted to go in our house for a little while, but Katie didn't want that to happen. She was standing at the door telling Will "Outside, Will, outside!" We packed up and headed to the park. There was a few ball games going on, so there were a few kids at the park. Katie had a blast; however, Doug and I were beginning to get concerned about her doing everything the "big" kids were doing. There was another Katie, approx. 10 or 11 years old, and her siblings playing on the playground. She and her little brother, Curtis, took up with our little Katie. I got to talking to the kids and they seemed real nice. Curtis, 6 years old, reassured me he would take care of Katie for me. At one time, Katie was playing with Haley, 17 months old. Those two went running off from the playground just a giggling and me and her Daddy went to hollering "Katie," "Haley." We started laughing because their names were so similar. Doug was laughing as well. When we left, I had to change Katie's clothes because they were filthy! I didn't want her to be looking like some little orphan going inside WalMart. Doug was laughing at me because it is war getting her to cooperate. We stopped by KFC and picked up some chicken for Supper. A perfect ending to a perfect day! I will publish pictures and video as soon as possible.

I entered one of Katie's Spring pictures into a contest on the Clubmom website. It's a website, I've been a member for awhile now. I got lots of email from them about Mommy advice and a place to publish photos. I really never pay close attention to the newsletters, but this time I decided to read it. It told of a contest that apparently if you get the most votes you'll win some scrapbook gift certificate from Shutterfly. . I don't care if I win or not, I just wanted to post Katie's picture.

Quote of the Day
Living contentedly in the present has a way of making us productive for a lifetime—for God’s glory. — Dennis Fisher
(the Quote of the Day is supplied by "Our Daily Bread")

Take care and have a wonderful Sunday!

Friday, April 20, 2007

Family Day

Well, I guess our family outing will have to be extended to tomorrow as well. We really didn't get to do the things we had planned to do, but that's okay things come up. Wiley's was having a sale. Doug wanted to check it out and he needed to get a battery for the lawn mower. Plus, we promised Katie we would take her to the park and play. We didn't get to do any of these things because Doug was called into work from the road. There will be a shipment going out tomorrow and one of his co-workers needed him to sign off on some documents. We ended up staying at his work for around two hours. I have to say Katie did pretty good staying out in the car for that length of time. She was getting restless there at the last, I was going to get her out of the car and just walk her around the parking lot. Thankfully, I saw Doug coming out the doors about that time. It was nice to go back to my old work place. I got to see a few of my old colleagues. I really miss them and according to them, they miss me as well. We had lots of good times and funny moments there. If and when I have to go back to work, I would love to go back. We left there and headed to my nephew's ballgame. I hate it that we haven't seen him all season. We planned to see him a couple of weeks ago, but it was called off because of the storms that went through here. We were hoping it would have been rescheduled, but they never did. Thankfully, we were able to see him tonight and it's a good thing because this was his last game of the season. I got to see a few people from my old school that I haven't seen in years. It was good seeing them and hopefully there won't be too many years before we see each other again. It got really chilly tonight, but we had a good time. It's always good to see family and friends. I guess we left the ballgame around 8:20 p.m. because Katie was so tired and cold. She talked about Leslie and Sue-Sue all the way home. She was too excited to go to sleep on the way home.

Doug and I were talking about when I go back to work. He's hoping I'll be able to get on in Huntsville and I agreed that I would love that. I know a few people that work there now and I would love to join their team, but I told him I'm afraid we will have to move. Huntsville is a long way from home and I've got to think about Katie now (no matter how old she'll be). I would want to keep her close by in case I need to get to her right away (men don't think about things like this). Of course, he laughed. He thinks she'll be just fine and he doesn't know where I'm coming from and probably never will. He's probably right, as soon as she starts school she won't need Mom anymore, but I want to be accessible if she did. I stressed to him that I would prefer to get a part-time job. You have to think about the future school plays/recitals, Mommy & Me lunches, class parties, other extra-curricular activities, flu season, etc. All I can do is just pray about it and I know God has got matters well at hand.

I guess we will try and take Katie to the park tomorrow. It's suppose to be another beautiful day, close to 76 degrees.

Take care and have a great weekend!

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Calling All Sanjaya Fans!

Listen up all you Sanjaya fans that were recently crushed when he was so surprisingly voted off the American Idol competition. You now have a chance to cherish the moments by purchasing your very own "Sanjaya Checkbook Cover." Yes, you heard me eBay is now auctioning an "Sanjaya Checkbook Cover." Check it out:

If the checkbook cover just won't do it for you. You need some sort of reminder of his unique and awesome hair, maybe a drawing of Sanjaya will help. You have your chance to get one on auction right now!

I'm actually tempted to purchase this T-shirt -

I don't know anyone who would want this:

There are lots more (believe it or not) where this came from. Just look it up on eBay under "Sanjaya."

Bid on!

Goodbye! Uncle Bob

Mom, Uncle Bob, Doug, Katie & myself got together tonight for a farewell dinner for Bob. We went to one of our favorite Mexican Restaurants. After a tasty burrito and fried ice cream, we all headed back to our house for a nice visit. He heads back home tomorrow morning. We hope he has a wonderful safe flight home and hope to see him in July.

Katie and I are still getting over our sinus trouble, so we didn't do a thing today.

Oh, guess what we found out today? Our favorite college team is getting a new mascot. tehe! Apparently, Alabama is receiving an elephant from Barnum & Bailey's Circus and will be shown for the first time on Sept. 1st. I have to see it to believe it!

We are having a family weekend! We may end up at the park and that's all, but hey we will be together.

I hope you have a wonderful and safe weekend! Take care and God Bless You!

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Finally - America Got It Right!

Finally, Sanjaya is on his way home. I don't mean to sound mean, but this kid isn't very good. Weeks ago, there have been much better singers voted off when it should have been Sanjaya. I wouldn't be surprised if it was really the American Idol Executives secretly removing Sanjaya from the show. I will have to say he was unique, but not when it came to singing. Doug was hoping it was Phil, who would get voted off. He said that he can't stand how he wears his hats, off to the side of his head. Doug is so sad Sanjaya got voted off. Such a sad day! tehe! The American Idol website showed Phil had the highest votes this week. I was shocked that Jordin or Melinda wasn't the highest. I felt they did a great job last night.

I'm sure you know about the Virginia Tech massacre. I can't fathom how someone could possibly think that way and be so sick, mentally, to have everything planned so well. Have you seen the video that NBC got a hold of? How he could say he was dying like Jesus Christ. What? What makes me mad is this wackjob was screaming for help a long time ago and people dismissed him as being weird. He left so many signals that people would not step up and address the matter. According to one of his professors, she was extremely concerned about his way of thinking and attitude that she reported his behavior to authorities. The authorities replied saying they couldn't do anything about it. What? You know we all have to be Politically Correct that no one is to suspect someone of possibly doing such a crime. Even if they have been turning in their assignments that have been so disturbing and twisted writings. It is so sad and hopefully all institutions will take this example seriously and put a plan in place for future wackjobs on college/school campus'. Please keep the victims, victims' family and friends in your prayers. Sometimes it can be so hard to understand why this has to happen.

Guess what? I won the bid for the air blown 7' "Happy Birthday" cake. We bought this blow up for Katie's birthday. I think we got it at a very good price and it's suppose to be NIB (new in box). It will probably be a week before I get it. I'm so excited to get this blow up. Now I can breathe a lot easier. I have no idea as what theme to go with for her party. She's never been to some one's birthday party, so she doesn't know what I'm talking about when I ask her what kind of party those she want. All she says is "Uh, huh." I probably will wait a little bit and take her to Party City and let her choose between all her favorite characters as to what theme to go with. We've got the party flag, mailbox cover, dress, and outside blow up, we are doing good.

Alright, we have come to the excessive climbing stage. One day last week, I caught Katie sitting on the top of her changing table. I thought she was using her stool and other items to climb up, so I took them away from her. According to Peggy, she caught her climbing up the table without using her stool. She stopped her when she reached the second shelf. We haven't come up with a safe way to prevent her from climbing up the table. I've told Doug the only conclusion is taking the table down. The only bad thing about it is I use the table for storage as well. I have also caught her trying to climb over the baby bed. I know I said I wanted to get her in her twin bed by her second birthday, but it might be a little sooner than I thought. If you haven't seen little Katiebug in a while, she has really shot up. She is wearing 24 month pants now because the 18 months are way too short on her. They are so short, they look like they should be capri pants. The 24 month pants are a little long on her, but surprisingly they fit in the waist pretty good. Thankfully, Summer is right around the corner and she can wear her shorts and not worry about how long they are.

Okay, are there any "House" fans out there? I am a faithful "House" TV program fan. I love it! It is so funny and you never know what is going to happen next - off the wall diagnosis. Who checked out last night? The daddy was making his kids sick because his "male enhancement" cream was being transferred to his children just by him touching them. I realize this is TV, but can that really happen. Oh, my gosh! I'm sorry because this can be a very serious situation, but it is so funny. I know I'm sick and twisted.

Today, I read some interesting information from my new Better Homes & Gardens magazine regarding healthy lawns. If you already know this, go ahead and skip this section. They suggest to avoid dead lawns during the Summer to go ahead, right now, and set your mowing deck level to 2 or 3. This setting will keep your lawn from dying during drought season and will help choke out the weed problem. I knew about setting your mowing deck to 2 during the Summer for the drought problem, but I didn't know you needed to start doing that now and I definitely didn't know about the weeds. That's good to know!

If you would like to win a chance to visit Italy, go to website and register. I did! I would love to have the chance to see Italy. According to the site, if you win, you will go on a 8 day guided tour for two people through Rome, Florence & Tuscany. This tour also includes a tour through Olive Garden's Culinary Institute in Tuscany. Wow! You can sign up everyday for a better chance to win. Good Luck!

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Uncle Bob's Visit

After church today, we headed to Pat, June, Dad & Mom's for Supper. I have to list everyone's name because my Mom gets offended when I just say "Hey, let's go to Pat & June's place." It's a very touchy subject with her. Most of the family was there to visit with Uncle Bob before he goes back home. They seemed to enjoy the concert last night. He went on and on about how he had wanted to see the Gaither's for years and now he finally got to go. His face was glowing like a little boy that finally got to go to the circus for the first time. Tonight, everyone brought their own steak and we had baked potatoes and salad. Everything was very good - compliments to the chef! Bob said he had to hurry back home and take care of Nell. He feels she would be too much of a burden for Nancy to check in on her. He's been checking in on her to make sure she was doing okay. Doug and he have at least one thing in common. They both love Mexican Food. Needless to say, we are to get together with him at least one more time this week and go eat Mexican Food some where. Bob is the same ol' Bob - crazy as ever and loving to aggravate the fire out of Dad. Personally, I think it does Dad good. I say this because he's usually the one that aggravates everyone else. Paybacks are HELL!

It has been so cold, we've stayed inside most of this weekend. I'm hoping to get out and about this week. Doug did get out and mow the lawn this past Friday. It's amazing how much better your yard looks when it is freshly mowed. I need to get out and weed my flowerbeds and cut Easter Eggs out of our Pear tree. I've got all the Easter Decor centralized in the house, I just need to pack it away in the box.

Dates to remember
  • Parisian's is having a huge sale up to 50-70% off this week (18-22). Don't miss it!
  • Bloomin' Festival - April 21 & 22
Poem of the Day

Why must I bear this pain? I cannot tell;
I only know my Lord does all things well.
And so I trust in God, my all in all,
For He will bring me through, whate’er befall. — Smith

(poem supplied by "Our Daily Bread.")

Have a great Monday and take care of yourself!

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Gone Video CRAZY !!!!!!

Here is another video of Katie watching The Wizard of OZ, she LOVES IT!!

Friday, April 13, 2007


Since it was such a beautiful day, Katiebug and I made a Mommy and Me Day. We went shoe shopping, she loves shoes. Peggy & Millard bought her a pair of casual sandals for this Summer and she has already wore them out. They are all scratched down to the metal, so I guess they are our official yard shoes. Our first stop was at The Shoe Dept. Katie picked up this Pink Mary Jane looking Croc shoe, real cute. I tried it on and she didn't want to take them off. The brand name on the box says "Carter's," so I don't know if it is the same Carter's that I know. Laura, I couldn't help it I got Katie a pair of flip flops as well. They are from Sketchers with a Panda. So cute! I had trouble getting the flip flops on Katie's feet, but once I got them on her feet they didn't seem to bother her too much. From the shoe store, we headed to the video store to drop off "Happy Feet" and picked up a couple of movies for Katie. I have to say, "Happy Feet" was a pretty cute movie. I don't think Katie enjoyed too much or she lost interest very quick. I got the movies because it's suppose to be stormy most of the day tomorrow. She's had a little lose of appetite for the past couple of days, so I was excited when she said she wanted fry-fry. I thought it would be a good time to pick up a happy meal and head to the park. She loves going to the park and play. Today there wasn't any children at all to play with, but she still enjoyed it. I even took her down the corkscrew slide. She sat in my lap as we went down. I haven't done that in YEARS! The static we both generated during the 4 times we went down that slide would probably make a light bulb work from my hand for at least 15 minutes. tehe! As I walked back up the slide, I could hear the electricity popping every step I took. I was wearing sandals so you can imagine the little jolts I was getting. tehe! You would think I have a hard time getting Katie to leave, but you know I haven't yet and this was our second trip to the park. Of course, we hit Wal-Mart before going home. Hey, I've got to tell you. The next time your at Wal-Mart and you need some neat gift bags and/or blank cards, they have really unique bags and blank cards. What is so weird is these items were not found in the usual gift bags and cards section. I found them at our Wal-Mart with the sale items & school supplies, off to the side. All different designs and styles. The best part about it is you can buy 2 cards/bags for $1.50. I know a lot of gift bags and cards doesn't touch $1.50 alone. I had to get a small supply of them. Some bags are shaped like purses, have accents on them, etc. I fell in love with them. Maybe you can find them too at your Wal-Mart. Knowing our Wal-Mart, they won't be in the same place next weekend. They like to rearrange items too much. Honestly, I think it's a conspiracy. The store manager holds a meeting with all the stocker the night before and says "hey, let's really throw our customers for a loop and make them think they are going crazy." "Let's put all the sports items in the Children's Department and all the printer supplies in with the Chocolate Milk." Yes, I'm exaggerating of course, but it's pretty close to the truth.

If you haven't seen it yet, you guys have got to check out our video we have uploaded into our blog. After reading this blog, just scroll down to the next blog and click on play in order to play the video. This was our first test video. Hopefully, others will follow depending on how quickly I learn how to do this.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Take care of each other and may God Bless You today!

Hunting Easter Eggs

We are trying to figure out how to post a video, here is out first try, hope it works.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Ebaying Machine!

Yes, I've admitted a while back that I have an addiction to eBay and don't want help. tehe! My nephew got the bug as well and I helped him last weekend to get a couple of video games (for his PlayStation that he didn't have yet). tehe! Sorry, Nic but that's funny! I also have this problem about being a follower. I don't mean to be, but it does happen from time to time. Alise's birthday is coming up in May. In Laura's blogs she has mentioned from to time to time what items she is looking for and what items she did get. I just can't help it, but it gets my motor running and excited about planning Katie's party. Please note, her birthday is not until the end of July. I think I've got plenty of time to plan a small family party. She's not in daycare, so she doesn't have any real friends other than her friends from church that she sees once a week. Call me crazy, but I don't think that's enough time together to consider an automatic invite to a party. I fear what goes through the parents' mind is "all she wants is a gift," which is further from the truth. Anyways, I've been looking for best buys and themes for her party. Last year, I wanted to get her a air blown Birthday Cake that says "Happy Birthday" on it, but I never got around to getting it. So, this year I'm bound and determined to get it. It's very general for Birthday parties, so I could use it every year for anyone. Believe me, it will be used a lot! Watch out Birthday People! I've been seeing these birthday cakes listed on eBay and I've got one on watch. The bid should end in the next couple of days, so I'm excited! I really hope I'll be able to get it at a decent price. Tonight I won a bid for Katie's Birthday Dress. I know, I originally planned for her to wear one of her smocked dresses. I really liked this dress! It's a sleeveless, coral, white polka dots and accented with balloons and you can place the #2. At first, I wasn't going to go over a specific amount, but Doug really liked it as well and he gave me the green light to get it. When you give me the green light, I can be dangerous even down to the very few seconds in a bid. Most of the time, I am the winner. I love DSL, plus my fast finger typing! tehe! I think she'll look so sweet in this dress! I would show you a picture, but it was taken off the eBay site. I'm going to have her pictures made from "Scrappy Frogs Photography" this year. I saw a lot of their proofs last year and really liked it, I kind of wished we had used them last year.

I want to thank Laura again for suggesting the Lion Silly Sac for Katie. She told me in an email that Alise loves hers and to be perfectly honest I had forgotten about the Silly Sacs. When I was first introduced to them by Laura a while back, I was on fire for them. The problem was I liked them all and I didn't want to spend that kind of money and Katie not like the one I purchased. So I quickly lost interest. I think I mentioned in one of my past blogs how much Katie has taken an interest to Lions. At first, I thought it was a particular movie "The Wizard of Oz." Come to find out, any time she sees a real or fake lion she goes crazy. The girl likes anything with lions in it. What can I say? In one of the independent shops in the old part of town, there is a toy store and it has a huge stuffed lion by the door that is accompanied by a huge Cheetah and Giraffe. I think they cost around $300.00 each. In fact, everything in this toy store is pretty pricey. When Katie first noticed the animals, she was scared but excited to see them (her eyes all big). It took her a couple of tries for her to pet the Lion. Oh, she loves it and hates to leave; therefore, we don't go in this toy store much. Anyways, Laura suggesting that I get Katie the Lion Silly Sac, which encouraged me to look into it further. I knew some sellers sold the Stephen Joseph products on eBay, so I thought I would check it out. What luck? All I can say is the Lord wanted Katie to have this sack. I found only one Lion Silly Sac new with tag up for auction. According to the seller, she was going out of business and she had only one Silly Sac. I think there were still 3 days left on the bid and only one bid. Afraid Katie wouldn't like it, I let her see a picture of it and her eyes lit up with this big grin on her face. "Lion, lion!" She said. I don't know if she understood what I was asking, but I asked her if she would like to have the Lion. "Uh, huh!" She said. I waited to the last day and won the bid at an incredible price. I couldn't hardly believe it and the Lion is so cute. I would show you a picture, but eBay has taken it off the site. Laura said Alise has to take her Silly Sac everywhere with her. I hope Katie will be the same way. If she's not, I won't feel so bad because we didn't spend that much on it.

Relative News
I got a note from my Great-Aunt Mary during the Easter Holidays. She sounds like she is doing good. I try to send her pictures of Katie as much as I possibly can because she lives so far away. It was so sweet, she sent me this card with birds on it because she hoped Katie would like the birds on it. I need to try to be more like my Grandma Annie and write more to my elderly relatives (aunts/uncles). I have to stop and remind myself that they don't have computers to keep in touch.

Today, I got a note from Great-Aunt Virginia. Wow! She has always been a fireball, always doing something and going somewhere. I thought at her age, she would slow down a little. Even now that she is a widow, I honestly feel she does more now than when Uncle Tom was alive. She told me, she is very active with her church and community. She said it was a lot better than sitting at home and dwindling away. I sure wished, Dad and Mom would get more involved with their church and community. It might get their mind off of a lot of stuff that they shouldn't be worrying over. For instance, we had a storm yesterday that caused our electricity to go out for A WHILE. I turned on the scanner and it sounded like the whole city was without power. As soon as I heard that I thought I would call Mom & Dad and check on them. They didn't know the rest of the city was without power, so the first thing out of Mom's mouth was "Is it a terrorist attack?" Hopefully, she was just kidding but she's been on this whole "we're under a terrorist attack," since all the dog food on the store shelves were recalled. I forbid her yesterday to watch anymore FOX news (she is a faithful watcher).

Uncle Bob's flight came in Tuesday night and is staying with Mom & Dad. I don't know how long he will be staying, I know he is excited for Saturday. Mom, Dad & He are going to a Gaither's concert Saturday, which was his main reason for coming here. He is so crazy! From what I understand, Aunt Nell is still hanging on. According to Bob, she still isn't taking care of herself and not doing what the doctors tell her to do. I talked to Mom for a little bit tonight and it sounds like they are having a good time. I haven't been able to visit with him because Katie hasn't felt too good this week. All day yesterday she ran a fever between 101-102 degree temp and very clingy to her Mommy. I don't think it's viral, but either her 2 yr old molar or sinus drainage. She has really been drooling lately and unusual chewing on her fingers and toys, which makes me think it's the teeth. The only thing that throws up the red flag is the high temps. Thankfully, she hasn't had a high temp all day, but still clingy. I couldn't hardly get anything done this afternoon with her wanting me to hold her and watch movies, which is alright every once in a while. But why did it have to be today. There was so much I had to do - wash windows, vacuum, vacuum seal her outgrown clothes and put away, wash dishes, get all Easter decor centered in one area for easy put away, dust the Living Room, Dining Room and Bedroom, clean out the magazine rack and lots more. I've been trying to wash my floors for a few days now. They need it so bad! If I do anything tomorrow, I've got to get these disgusting floors washed. Anyways, we hope to visit with Uncle Bob before he leaves.

Saturday, we are suppose to go to Jon's game, but now I don't know if we'll be able to go. On the radar, it is showing a line of strong storms headed this way by Saturday. Surely, they will call off the game and not put these kids and their family at risk during these storms. Well, if we don't go to the game, I guess we will spend a peaceful day at home.

Take care and God Bless You!

Monday, April 9, 2007

Happy Easter

I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter Sunday. We had a very busy one! I've got updated Easter pictures on our website . Please check them out. I didn't realize until today that in family photos there is a satellite dish in the background. Ugh! I was wanting to get pictures made by the Dogwood Tree and not looking at the surroundings. Oh well!

Easter Pageant - April 7th
Our Easter, I guess, started Saturday night with the Easter Pageant. It turned out real good, but I guess I was expecting a little more. The message was still there and the music was good, I guess I was expecting the Christmas Pageant good. I got to help out with the greeting and standing guard at the entrance doors during the blackout. Doesn't that sound important? tehe! They just didn't want anyone going in walking around while it was dark and hurting themselves. I always love to help out with church activities. We dropped Katie off with the other kids her age to play and have a good time. We have an indoor playground area (I think most of you know what I'm talking about). Anyway, the girls that were keeping the kids decided to take them to the playground. Wow! How fun! We've never taken Katie to the indoor playground, so this was a special treat for her. The girls (teenagers) told me Katie went all the way to the top (tunnel), which is like a story high. I asked them if she was scared or crying and they assured me she had a great time and waved to them when she got to the top. I couldn't believe it! Most children when they go up in that thing for the first, they realize how high they are and start to cry, wanting someone to come and get them. You can imagine how many times adults have to climb up and get them, I've done it once recently. Bless her heart, Katie tripped over a ball in the room and got a huge goose egg on her forehead. It was nice, black and blue for Easter morning. I'm sure you can see it in some of her pictures. It's still a nice size today. That night she got the goose egg, she ended up sleeping with us. I made her stay up and extra hour or two because I wanted to make sure she was okay. I gave her some Motrin and put her to bed, but she later woke up crying and I couldn't get her to seattle down. Bless her heart, when I finally got her seattled down and laying next to me, she was out so I decided to keep her there for the night.

Easter Morning
The next morning (around 7:30), I tried waking her up by telling her the Easter Bunny came that night. I've been talking up the Easter Bunny coming to our house all week and she would get so excited. Well, yesterday she couldn't care less about the Easter Bunny coming because she was sleeping and didn't want to be bothered. So, I began telling her about the prizes the bunny left that night. Her little head popped up "prizes?," she asked. "Yes," I said "prizes." Oh, she got excited and ready to go then. She grabbed her blanket and was wanting to go check out these prizes. I got her step stool for her to stand on and check out all the stuff on the table. Her eyes were big and she continued talking about all the prizes and of course she had to touch everything.

Easter Morning Church Service
We went to church with Millard and Peggy Easter morning. I didn't know how Katie would behave because she's never been to a worship service. I packed her backpack full of stuff - all her Wizard of Oz dolls, snacks, milk, blanket, & stickers. I had hoped to be prepared and if worse comes to worse there's always the back door. I was pleasantly surprised with her behavior. Sure, she was restless at times and almost out of hand with Millard and Peggy at times. As soon as she would get restless, I would pull out something from her backpack, then she would seattle down for a little bit. As soon as we got to Millard and Peggy's, Katie found the prizes on her table. She knew what to do and dug right into the gifts. Her Grandparents got her a couple of bunnies (both play music), pinwheel and candy. We left Mil and Peg's around 3:30 p.m. We left late because Katie was still sleeping and I was so hoping she would get a good nap before going to Tim & Sue's. When she doesn't have a good nap during the day, she has a meltdown guaranteed. We got to Tim & Sue's just in time for Supper. It was so cold that most of us stayed inside especially Katie Girl. She didn't like it much and she was anyones friend as long as you would take her outside. If you didn't fool with her, she was on to the next person. Katie got even more prizes at her Aunt Sue-Sue's house: more bunnies, duck, beach towel with Dora & Boots on it and more candy. All the prizes came from her Aunties, Uncles and Cousins that just can't love her enough. She had a blast! When I asked her if she was ready to go home, she said "no." The only ones left at their house was Doug, Katie and myself. I think Leslie loved it because she got Katiebug all to herself and no "June" around. tehe! Leslie is a huge Elvis fan, so she introduced Katie to Elvis.

For God So Loved The World (DaySpring Inspirational Movie)

I love these movies and I hope you will enjoy it as well.

Take care and have blessed day!

Friday, April 6, 2007

Happy Good Friday

I hope to hear everyone was able to get the day off and have a wonderful Good Friday today. Doug was able to have the day off, but not because it was a holiday. It was his regular Friday off. His cold seems to be doing better, just the occasional sinus drainage. If this weather doesn't straighten up and get back to normal, it's a wonder I haven't a serious case of sinus drainage. Now if I can remember correctly, I remember having cool Easter Sundays in the past. Have you heard of having snow the weekend of Easter? I'm typing this up at 10:32 p.m. and it's been snowing since 10 p.m. Of course, they are just flurries but still. I've been hearing for the past couple of days that the worst is yet to come. Supposedly, Sunday is going to be the coldest morning yet. I had to pull all of Katie's pants back out that I just packed away.

The top pictures are from this week. The top picture was caught while she was watching a movie. I think she was watch "Madagascar." She loves Alex the Lion on this movie. If you haven't seen it yet, you've got to see it. So funny! Doug even likes it and that's saying something. The bottom picture is Katie with her "Wizard of Oz" doll collection. Laura let me know the other day that McDonalds was putting Madame Alexander "Wizard of Oz" dolls in the Kids Meals. She knows how much Katie loves the "Oz." As soon as I told Doug this morning how we needed to go to Mickey Ds for lunch and why, he was on a mission. We hit three different McDonalds Restaurants in the County and was able to succeed. We got a total of 7 different dolls out of 8 in the collection. At the first McDonalds, we asked if we could purchase the dolls separately without purchasing a Kids Meal. "Yes," they said, so we bought two dolls from there and headed to the next one. Doug walked in this time and came out with another, but this time he got it for free. Apparently, the clerk didn't know what he was doing. I say this because Doug said the guys rung it up and it came up zero cost. Okay then, now we are on a roll. Why stop now, right? We hit the last restaurant and this time I go in. We have the Scarecrow, Wicked Witch of the East, & Tin Man. I told the clerk I would like to purchase the dolls they had available. The manager over heard and went to the back room. JACKPOT! She came out with Dorothy, Cowardly Lion, Glinda, and Munchkin. YES! I got in the car and announced to everyone in the vehicle that I was "The Mamma!" When I told Doug what I got, he couldn't hardly believe it. He had to see them all for himself. Poor Katie was so excited, she wanted to hold them all. Her and I ended up playing dolls the rest of the evening. Now, we just need to find the Wicked Witch of the West to complete the set.

Before we got out and about this morning, Doug let me know Will was at his Grandparents' house today. Here Katie and I go. I've had this Easter basket ready to give to Will for probably a month, but couldn't find the right time to give it to him. We met Will outside. He was meeting us in order to share his Smores' bar with Katie. He is so sweet. He is spending the night with his Grandparents tonight and will go to church with them in the morning. He has such a good relationship with them. However, he has a problem just like Katie does (right now). He has a bad habit wondering off from his Grandparents place. Luckily, he normally comes to our house. The past few times he has come over, he "forgets" to tell his Grandparents. I've gotten to where I'll ask him if he asked his Grandparents if he could come over. Most of the time, he mutters something and doesn't really answer the question. Mrs. Phipps is pretty good at figuring out if he is not around their place to come over to our house. Well, he did it again today. We don't mind at all him coming over and Katie loves his visits. She thinks he is so funny! They seem to have fun together. I just hate he gets himself into trouble when he doesn't ask to come over. Poor thing! Mrs. Phipps told me they have such a difficult time getting him to remember to ask permission first. Tonight, Will and his Grandma came over and gave Katie their gifts. Will got her this big fluffy bunny that plays music and Mr. & Mrs. Phipps gave her a cute stuffed duck that quacks.

Tomorrow is the Easter Pageant at church. I'm going to get there a little early and drop Katie off to play with her friends. I'm so excited! I know it will be great. What I can't wait to see is the props. Doug told me they put a brook on the stage with a bridge going over it. This I've got to see.

Motivational Quote of the Day
Love only grows by sharing. You can only have more for yourself by giving it away to others. - Brian Tracy

Take care and have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, April 5, 2007

Off to Visit the Easter Bunny!

Alright, yes, I'm crazy for getting out in this frigid weather with Katie. I completely ran out of time when it came to my check off list, which included visiting the Easter Bunny. In hopes to get a picture of Katie and the Bunny, I dressed Katie up in her Easter dress. I even got dressed up this time in case we pulled another Christmas/Santa Claus episode. Here we are in the mall, all decked out in our Sunday best, ready to see the Easter Bunny. We've been talking up the whole "Easter Bunny" thing all week and she has acted excited to see him. "I see bunny," she would say. We get in line and there he is in all his glory - "The Easter Bunny." Katie's eyes big and lite up with amazement, a smile appeared from ear to ear and even a little giggle came out. She was excited to see the bunny and all the decorations. I asked her, "do you want to see the Easter Bunny?" "Yeah," she said. So, I picked her up and we headed for the big bunny and she began to cling to me - tighter and tighter. The whole time the bunny was waving at Katie. "No!," she said. "No, bunny!" I told her that was okay, she didn't have to sit in his lap (even though, I would love to have a picture of her and him). She was fine at a distance to see him. Hoping she might just need to warm up to him, we walked around the mall. Of course, she had to tell everyone (who would listen) about her experience with the bunny. "Bunny-bunny," she would say. Her eyes still as big as when she first caught sight of him. Our third try with the bunny, she waved and told the Easter Bunny "Bye-Bye, Bunny" as we headed out to come back home. Oh well, there's always next year.

On our way home, we stopped by Publix. I love Publix Grocery Store! They have such unique stuff (gifts and food). I wished we had one down the road from our place. They had a bunch of plants and bedding flowers outside and they had a flowering plant I've never heard of - "The Star of Bethlehem." They were small white blooms, but apparently come in a variety of colors. The sweet smelling fragrance alone sells you. I was very tempted in purchasing one, but I want to wait until this cold snap is out of here. Lord willing, next time I get back to Publix, I'll be able to get one.

I got caught up in all my blog & email readings and I noticed Laura & Wayne had a rocking storm. We had a good lightning storm our self the other day, which disturbed Katie's sleep as well. Bless her heart, I felt bad for her. She never got into bed with us, but I didn't get much sleep that night. I just thank the dear Lord above that I didn't have a job to go to the next day like Doug and Laura. As you can imagine, I didn't get much done the next day. In fact, it was a very quiet day for both Katie and myself. Laura mentioned some changes in Alise's character since she's been off the passy. Well, you are not alone! Katie has begun to bite her nails (fingers & toes). She has no preference at all, just whatever is available at that time. She's not a nervous child. I'm guessing it gives her something to do. I have been discouraging her against biting her toenails. That's just disgusting!

What's Going On With Katie These Days?
Katie is definitely into Lions. We have two movies that have lions in them - "The Wizard of Oz" and "Madagascar." When she request to watch the lion movie, I can't tell which movie she wants to watch. I've been trying to help distinguish between the two. We've got "Madagascar" that has Alex the Lion and we have "Oz" that has the witch. We're still working on that because I'll put in one movie and that's not what she wants. Plus, we've been watching "The Chronicles of Narnia" on Starz. As you may know, it has a lion. She is amazed at the lions and she gets so excited. You know, the Easter Bunny is bringing her the Cowardly Lion for Easter (good choice). The other day at Wal-Mart, I found her a hard plastic, large lion. She had a fit, she loved it. I have to watch her eating the tail though. I've been keeping my eye out for a Ty beanie baby lion. Well, I finally found one today called "Groowl." Cute! She likes her lions!

Have you seen the new "Charlotte's Web" movie with Dakota Fanning. Cute movie. Of course, it's way far different from the original cartoon version, but it's still good. At Wal-Mart, as I'm sure everywhere else, they had the packages movie and Ty baby included. I picked up the goose with the movie and I thought no I'm going to let Katie decide. In my amazement, she chose the pig. We've been teaching her to call the pig "Wilbur." You should hear her say it - so cute!

Katie's vocabulary has grown tremendously in the past couple of weeks. She talks all the time, except to those she doesn't know as well. She can't stand it if there is a conversation going on without her involved. So, she comes up with her own and I guess this is where I'm going to have to butt in and tell her Mommy's talking to so and so. She continues to test me like any toddler should. Some days are better than others, but we make it. I have to remind myself (often), she's only 20 months and not 20 years old. I just can't send her to her room when she starts with the whining. Crying, I can probably handle far better than the screaming and whining. Ugh!

Her birthday is still way far off, but I've been keeping my eyes open and my options listed. I did find a celebration flag a while back for her party. Right now, I've been looking for a 7' Gemmy Airblown Birthday Cake that says: "Happy Birthday." I've seen the Elmo, Dora, Pooh and Princess, but I'm trying to think practical. Do you know how much these things cost? $60-$90 each and that doesn't include shipping. So, if we are going to spend that kind of money, I want to be able to use it every year (no matter what she is into that year). She may not always love Elmo and etc. The cheapest one I've seen is for $60 and shipping is going to cost around $17. Yuck! I hate spending that kind of money. If any of you know where I can get one cheaper, I sure would like to know. After the holiday and things have calmed down for a while, I plan to check out "Party City." If I can find one of these for a reasonable price, the birthday party will be down hill from there.

American Idol
Doug was telling me yesterday before the final results that Sanjaya was the third competitor with the highest votes. I think if I was the competitors kicked off, I would be mad. Here they came to fulfill their life long dream of being a vocal performer. They lost sleep, their voice and all sense of sanity in hopes to make it to the next level. Here Sanjaya is (the worst singer/performer) with the THIRD highest votes and you can tell his heart's not in it.

Motivational Quote of the Day
When you put faith, hope and love together you can raise positive kids in a negative world. - Zig Ziglar

Love you all and have a wonderful weekend!

Monday, April 2, 2007

Easter Egg Hunt

We've really enjoyed Aunt Lolli & Uncle Roger's visit. They left this morning, heading home. They would have stayed longer, but they are missing their kids and grandchildren.

Saturday was the big Easter Egg Hunt at Friendship Methodist. We had a good time. The eggs! Oh, my gosh! I think every little egg hunter at heart had their fill with hunting Easter Eggs. Peggy helped Katie find the eggs, while I took pictures and Doug filmed her with the video camera. I was surprised, Katie was the only child dressed up. Peggy asked me if I brought her shorts to change into, but that was the whole point in dressing her up. There were about 4 or 5 children hunting eggs and they were all girls. After the hunt was over, we all had pizza and desserts. I wouldn't be surprised if a couple of the little girls got wired from all the chocolate candy that was there at the party. That night, we all went to Sue & Tim's for a fish fry. The guys got to stay outside by the pond fishing in the cold weather, while us women stayed inside playing games and visiting. Katie just about wore me out chasing after her and trying to keep her from breaking something. Of course, she can't leave someone's house without getting a boo-boo. She calls them "poo-poos." It's funny! I haven't wanted to say anything until I had plenty of witnesses, but Katie is getting real good at counting. She will count up as far as 10. Can you believe that? At first, I thought I was just imagining things and she couldn't possibly be counting. We just started with 1,2 & 3 a couple of weeks ago. She would get up to 2 and struggled with the word 3. I didn't push it, but I've been continuing singing counting songs such as:
1, 2 I Love You; Little Indians; 5 Little Monkeys. I guess the songs work. She really likes 5 Little Monkeys. "Sing Monkeys Mommy," she'll say. I think she likes it so much because it makes her laugh at the end. When she counts sometimes she needs a little help. For instance, I have to start counting to get her started and most of the time she forgets the number 7. But hey that's okay, I just amazed how her little brain soaks up so much information.

Last night, we had a very nice supper at Kevin & Maryann's. It was our last supper with Aunt Lolli & Uncle Roger before headed home. Kevin, Maryann, and Nat got Katie a cute Elmo Easter Basket stuffed with Dora the Explorer panties (for future use). It's cute how she carries it around like a purse, putting things in it and taking things out. I've updated our website with new pictures from this past weekend. One of the pictures, I think is cute. Katie has a Mrs. Potato Head. Well, she likes to get the lips and put it in her mouth (of course - everything goes in the mouth). Anyway, she'll put them in her mouth and start giggling and then she'll want me or Daddy to wear them, which makes her giggle more. She is such a giggler! She's our little giggle monster!
I hope to accomplish getting Katie's picture with the Easter Bunny and getting some last minute Easter shopping done this week. Saturday, I've volunteered to help greet and fill in here and there at church during the Easter Pageant. I love helping with stuff like that. Us women have too much fun! I've invited and reminded everyone I know about it, so I would like to invite you again. April 7 & 8 - Easter Pageant at Northbrook Baptist Church. I'll have to let you know how it all goes.
Take care and God Bless You!