Saturday, March 31, 2007

Go Play in the Freeway

Bobby and I had a funny conversation this morning. Both of us are constantly telling our kids things like: don't eat that off the ground, don't run out in the street always hold a hand, get that out of your mouth, wash your hands that thing was germy, etc.

This morning there was a little parade near our house. It is the beginning of baseball/softball season (Sarah and Angela are jumping for joy) so all of the little league teams drive down the main street honking and throwing candy to the kids. We heard last year about 15 minutes before the parade that it was happening so we walked up and joined in the fun. Today we were headed out to go get donuts and about half of the parade had passed by already. Bobby jumped out of the car with both of the kids and ran over to the sidewalk. The guy driving the truck saw them and told the little leaguers to throw candy to my kids since they were the only ones at that corner. Several more trucks passed and threw candy. Bobby helped our kiddos clean it up. He also told them to get the ones in the street. He was right with them but it still struck us as funny that we were telling the kids to pick up candy, from strangers, off the ground, and go get it out of the street. It is no wonder kids get confused.

We also went to an Easter Egg hunt at the baseball field followed by a free lunch put on by one of the churches in our neighborhood. Little Man collected about 20 eggs. I knew he was done when he started chucking them out of his basket. Munchkin collected more than he did and got a prize slip. She won a little stuffed dog along with all the candy in her eggs. Our neighbors were also there and gave Little Man one of their prizes since their little guy got 3 slips.

It has been a fun day so far with a lot more to come. But I will leave you with a question: What kinds of contradictory things do you tell your kids?

Thursday, March 29, 2007

I despise Starbucks

I take that back. I don't despise Starbys as we affectionately call it. I despise the attitude toward children. There are no high chairs for the little ones and no changing tables in the rest room. Those are items we have outgrown but I remember that from not that long ago. That is not even the worst. It is the customers that have no tolerance for children even when they are being angelic.

Munchkin had swimming this morning I wanted to run through the drive thru and get a mocha light frappachino. There were 6 cars lined up and I knew that would take 20 minutes of my time that I didn't have. I drove around front and there was 1 person in line in the store. I got the kids out, gave them the spiel about staying right with me, not running, blah blah blah. The woman in front of me just had an aura of money about her. Large jewelry draped her neck and she had gotten out of a fancy car. She was not the customer that ticked me off.

This woman came in behind us. I had let the kids each get a $5 chocolate milk out of the case and had ordered my drink. The woman pushed up behind us like we were completely in her way or not even there. She looked like she had just eaten a lemon. I probably shouldn't be mean, maybe she was late for work or maybe she just really needed her coffee. While we were waiting for my drink I was standing to one side with both kids standing right next to me. Neither of them said a word and they were being still. That woman pushed past us to the drink station like we had no business being in the store at all. I got my drink and we headed out the door. As soon as I opened the door the woman dropped her change all over the floor. There wasn't much so I stayed there with the door open until she could get out. She just pushed right past and jumped in her car. Its a good thing my kids weren't in the way since she just might have run them over.

This is not the first customer in a Starbucks that has had this attitude with us. Now I know my kids have their moments but the last times we have gone there they have been great. It just seems like these people go in there and think people with children are lower than dirt and should be relegated to places like McDonald's, even if it is just running in for a drink and 2 milks. Grr.

As for that woman, who knows what her deal was today. I don't know her situation and she probably has her reasons for acting like a jerk to us. All I can do is say a prayer for her that she day would be better than it looked like it started out...and maybe I should write a letter to Starbucks about changing tables and high chairs.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

The Witching Hour

I know most mothers have this same problem. You get in the kitchen and start cooking dinner. You have a pot with boiling water, ground beef browning, and vegetables to cut up. Daddy is not home from work yet and your children choose that moment of the day to really have it out with each other. It's not just once in awhile, it is every time you get in the kitchen to cook dinner.

Last night I was making Baked Ziti and was actually enjoying the process when I realized that things were far too quiet. No screaming, hitting, blaming, or owies. I thought I should go check on what was happening expecting the worst (lotion spread all over the carpet, nail polish in the carpet, playing in the cat litter box). To my delight and surprise both Munchkin and Little Man were in chairs next to the computer. Munchkin turned when I came in the office and said "I am just teaching him how to play this game on the computer mommy!" They stayed in there playing nicely together until after I had finished preparing dinner. Sweet kids! We'll see if we can have more days like that in the near future!

What do you do with your kids while you are cooking?

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Photowalk

Little Man and I hit Sam's club after swimming this morning and they had a camera I had been looking at. I called Bobby and he gave me the OK so I got it. It is a Casio Exilim EX-S770. The camera I really want is this one. I have a Casio from a couple of years ago that Bobby's dad gave me. It was my very first digital camera and has been fantastic. The new one has 7.2 mega pixels while the old one had 3.2. It still works great so Bobby is going to inherit it for his airplanes. :)

To try out the new camera we took a photowalk in our neighborhood. Munchkin brought her Fisher Price Digital as well. I am praying that it is not ruined. Near the end of the walk Little Man chucked it in the stream.

These are some of the flowers we took pictures of on our walk.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Ever After

Today while I was out with my kiddos at the grocery store I ran across the movie Ever After on DVD. I have had the tape for a long time but finally caved and bought the DVD. Munchkin and I just finished watching it together since it is a Cinderella Story.

Can I just say, I LOVE that movie. Every time I see it it makes me smile. Plus, when I was in the hospital waiting to have Munchkin (after the best epidural ever) we sat and watched it. Even better, when I was in the hospital waiting to have Little Man it was on TV.


Bobby and I both like the special features on DVDs. The only one that this included was the trailer for the movie. As soon as I saw it I remember seeing the preview and wanting to go see it. If you haven't seen Ever After you must go get it right now and watch it!

Friday, March 16, 2007

A Week and Beer

How on earth has it been almost a week since I posted a blog? I suppose it could be that it has been a busy one. Nothing earth shattering just busy.
I had a Pampered Chef order come in and had to pick up and deliver some of it Monday. That was a fun day. I got to hang out for a bit with my friend Melanie. My kiddos had fun playing with her little girl on the swing set while we chatted. Then I got to see one of my friends (I think I know at least 6 Amy's) named Amy who was at her parents house (a lot closer than her house) along with her 2 little girls. THEN, I got to hang out with my friend Beth when I delivered her PC stuff and Munchkin and Little Man got to play with her boys. I think I got to visit more in one day than I do some months!
I hosted an Arbonne party on Thursday and got a bunch of cool free goodies. That was after a day of swimming lessons and scrapbooking with Angela.
Tonight my friend Patti was here from Alabama. I haven't seen her in 7 years so it was so much fun to catch up with each other. It was way too short and Munchkin was very disappointed that she didn't get to play Uno with her. After having a meltdown Munchkin passed out in her bed. She was way too tired from staying out with daddy last night.

Now for the beer. I went to a Tastefully Simple party not too long ago and ordered some beer bread. You can make it with soda or beer but it tasted really good with the beer in it. Now, I myself am not a beer drinker. I can't stand the taste of it and couldn't stand driving past the beer factory when we lived in CA because of the smell. I don't buy beer. BUT, I wanted some for my bread. While I was in the grocery store one day I was by the beer case and couldn't figure out if I could buy just one. So I talked to a friend and she recommended I go to the gas station to get one.
The next day we had to get gas and Munchkin of course had to go potty right away. We pulled up, ran in to potty and when we came back out I noticed there was a whole section of mismatched beer. So I picked one out and took it to the counter. I really try not to take my children into gas stations. Why? Must I remind you about the dish soap once again? You can't contain children in a gas station! There are no carts! While I was at the counter buying my one lonely little bottle of beer my children were trying to get bubble gum out of a bucket, asking me what you use pads for, and asking me if we needed a quart of oil. The guy at the counter looked at me and asked "Do you NEED a cold one?" I sheepishly looked back and told him it was for bread...which it really was. I guess he thought I really did need a cold one with all that was going on behind me!

It sounds like my kids are hellions and they really aren't. Please don't be afraid to go places with us...

Saturday, March 10, 2007

A second note on links

Since this post I have reorganized a little bit. I switched over to the new blogger and added some links. I just wanted to add in some info about the new links that have been added.

Rapture Song- Kacey
I heard about Kacey when she started dating Bobby's best friend Geoff. Bobby got to be their best man in Oregon and then they moved down to So. Cal not too far from us. We got to hang out during the summer at the pool at their apartment and do all kinds of crazy things. Kacey is a genuine solid Christian wife and mom that is honest and loving. She and Geoff actually got up with us at 4 in the morning to eat breakfast with us at Denny's before we moved across the country.

Weight Loss Blog
Just a little blog about weight loss

The next group are all friends from church. Our Sunday School class/Connect Group is going through some changes right now and it is nice to be able to keep up with each other this way.

Roots - Jenn Cady
Jenn has 2 kiddos. Her little girl is a little bit younger than Munchkin but they get along great. She is fun to hang out with, and if you get the chance, you should hear her sing! Her posts are always very insightful and inspiring.

The Mysterious Mind - Katie Carmen
Katie has been in the Connect group for quite awhile now. Her husband Ray is Ray of Razor Rays World. She has two sweet girls that like to play in the dirt.

Laura Horton
Laura and Aaron came from another church a couple of years ago and have been a huge blessing to our Sunday School class.

By Naomi Blog - Miriam
I think that Miriam is using her blog to post pictures from her photo class. She and her hubby moved away for a little while but are back now and we are so glad. They were missed!

Sarahisms - Sarah Andrews
Sarah is brand new to the blogosphere. She has been reading for awhile and finally took the plunge. This girl will tell ya like it is (and that is a good thing)! :)

Looking Glass - Sarah Meek
Sarah is also pretty new to the blog thing. She is a sweet friend with a sassy streak!

The Juillerats - Stephani and Ben
We have known Ben and Stephani almost since we started going to Longhollow. They were Daily Planet fans when Bobby was in that band but more importantly are still our friends now.

Aaron' Ramblings - Aaron Horton
See Laura :)

Pour Out - Chris Thomas
This is Chris' techno/work blog. He is married to Kim who is updating their other blog The Thomas Report.

I think those are all of the new links for now. If you have a blog you update fairly regularly and would like to be added to my list let me know!
Also, if you would like to add anything to the info about your page you can do that in the comments as well. Or, you can let me know in the comments which is your favorite to visit when you link from my site. :)

Things I LOVE about Spring


Daylight Savings Time
T-shirts
Sunglasses
Driving with the windows down
Swinging at the park
Running around the tennis courts (not playing just running around on it)
Staying outside until after dark with no mosquitoes
Daffodils
Tulips
Seeing how big the neighborhood kids have gotten since the fall (we all hibernate during the winter)
Not having to rush into stores because of the cold
Our porch swing
Sidewalk Chalk
Riding bikes up and down the sidewalk
Tree house Picnics
Reading books outside
The nice warm breeze
No humidity


The one thing I do not like about spring:
The brown recluses that come out of hiding in our house

Friday, March 09, 2007

Inspired by Jenn

These 2 pictures were inspired by the pictures in Jenns post. The first one was after we had been playing at the park while Bobby was flying his airplane. He was just putting everything away while I snapped it. The second was at Little Mans therapy appointment. He had just walked down a balance beam by himself and had to throw the bean bag through the hole.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Photography

I love to take pictures. Someday I will get to take some classes for it but for now I just get to play around. This was my very first attempt with altering the photo like this.

Monday, March 05, 2007

+ and -

+It is a beautiful day in Tennessee. We got to play outside for over an hour after Little Mans nap.
-We may die from smoke inhalation. My neighbor decided this afternoon would be a good time to burn all of her sticks in her back yard.

+We have a beautiful shade tree in our front yard
-It may have Silver Maple Canker Disease. When we got home last night it looked like someone had killed something and wiped it down the tree. This morning it doesn't look that bad but it is bleeding a copious amount of a watery substance.

+I get to meet Bobby with the kiddos for dinner at a brand new Mexican place
-I know it will taste great but I will probably have a stomach ache later...but maybe not. :)

+Did I mention the sun is out and it is beautiful here!
+Girl Scout cookies (especially samoas)
+I have found some great deals at consignments sales in the last week
-I am trying to sort stuff to consign and we have A LOT

Saturday, March 03, 2007

Cranes


Remember my irrational fear?
Totally justified!
Look here, here, here and here! Oh, and here!

Just say NO!

This will probably be a little bit of a whiny post but maybe not. I go to a huge church. I LOVE my church. It is now considered a mega church. When we started going there 5 1/2 years ago there were about 800 members and it is now up to 4000. That is wonderful! People are in church and it is good but that means that more people need to help out to keep it running. I think last year the median age was 32. Many many many of the families have children that are in the nursery, preschool, or school age. Not to mention our ginormous Jr high/high school group. We hear all the time that 20% of the people do 80% of the work at the church and I can believe it. Those people that are volunteering are probably working in at least 2 other ministry areas. Does this make a person a better Christian? Nope! It just makes them feel burned out and restless and used. This is why people need to be able to say no and not feel guilty about it. Guilt is not from God!

At church I am a table leader for MOPS, do music for 3 and 4 year olds once a month, teach Munchkins class Wednesday nights, and make phone calls for the new women's shepherding ministry. Do I write this all out to say "Hey look at me and all of the ministry I am doing!" No. Right now I am quite content in what I am doing for church. I like these rolls and feel like I can do a good job in them. But also to say, I guess, if I get called to work in the nursery on Sunday morning I probably won't say yes. I know there is a need but I have to get fed sometime too.

I have heard people say don't be so over committed outside of church that you can't serve at church. How about the people that are so over committed at church they can't serve the community. They can't reach people for Christ because they don't know anyone who is not a Christian. They can't take the time to serve at a soup kitchen, go to a nursing home, or have a playgroup outside of church because they have to be there every time the doors are open.

I guess all I am saying is if you are uncomfortable in all of your commitments get out of some of them, say no and don't feel guilty about it. If you are not serving anywhere it is good to be serving somewhere that God wants you not people. Listen to what God wants you to do and serve there be that at church, Habitat for Humanity, or The Crisis Pregnancy Center to name a few.

I know as a mom that it is really difficult to commit to things sometimes. But there may be things we can do with our kids to show them ministry as well. What ministry looks like. I know I want my kids to value helping others and showing Jesus to others. That means I need to get on the ball with ministry opportunities for them. Right now that is being kind to others on the playground, including ALL others not matter race, color or creed.

This is really rambly. My main point is serve where you are called wherever that may be, say no to overcommitment and don't feel guilty about it.