Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Monday, May 24, 2010
Some of the funniest moments are those that you wouldn't understand unless you were there. Like Tyler trying to act out "Jolly Roger" and giving the clue, "the happy pirate" or Lucas misunderstanding which body part he was supposed to be describing - uvula instead of, well... we'll leave that one alone. *LOL* Or Tina's relative fighting in the Civil War! I'm laughing all over again just thinking back on it!
Thanks for the laughs everyone! I had a great time! I miss laughing, and I've decided I need to do it more often!
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
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Saturday, May 15, 2010
Thursday, May 13, 2010
- umbrellas in the pouring rain
- smiles on the boys' faces this morning before school
- conversations with my children
- blueberry muffins and scrambled eggs for breakfast
- a warm, peaceful shower
- hugs from Meagan
- a warm, dry house
- kitty cuddles
- a mom I can go to for advice
- a husband who loves his family and works hard for us
- God's love
Sometimes it's easy to get caught up in circumstances and feel frustrated, like nothing is going right, or like there's never going to be an end to the junk that swirls around us. I had a moment of that today - we got an email saying the family who came through the house yesterday decided to make an offer on another house. Although everything in me wanted to be mad and crabby, God instantly reminded me of the countless blessings I've experienced just this morning alone. Truly, how on earth could I be focused on one temporary problem when there are so many amazing circumstances surrounding me every day. I refuse to devalue all of the blessings by focusing on the one negative. Just not worth it! So, I will choose to keep my eyes on the great things He has already given me and done for me, and I will continue to wait for answers to the circumstances surrounding the house. It will all work out in the end... I just have to have the patience to get to the end!
I'll let you know if we hear anything about the house... keep praying!!
Monday, May 10, 2010
Well, Meagan and I did a scope-out of the Wal-Mart toy section to get a "few" ideas for birthday gifts, since her big day is just around the corner. Let's just say, we were there for over an hour and a half! At the end of it all, she said, "Mommy, I think we're gonna have to invite a lot of people if I'm gonna get all this stuff." She's strategic, to say the least. :)
What's on the list? Here ya go:
- mini Rapunzel
- mermaid (purple, you can put it in the tub) - PURCHASED
- Merliah mermaid doll (with a pink dolphin) - PURCHASED
- Little learning laptop
- Dress-up mermaid tail clothes set (Meagan-size, not Barbie-size)
- Barbie pre-school teacher
- Glam Convertible
- Peek-a-boo Barbies
Little Pet Shop:
- LPS Online Stuffed Animal
- 6 pets from LPS Video Game
- LPS Video game (for DS)
- 8 pet pack
- on-the-go carrying case
- LPS stuffed animals
- Tea Kettle Cottage
- Rosetta 2-in-1 tea party
- Rosetta & friends garden party
- Rosetta & Friends garden party dolls (any of them... Tink, Rosetta, and anyone else you can find)
- Pixie treasures Lost Things Jewelry
- Pocket-size Cinderella fairytale scene
- Sparkle & Splash Ariel
- Any Royal bath dolls
- Any ballerina dolls
- Pocket princess Snow White Deluxe Set - PURCHASED
- Pocket princess Belle Deluxe Set
- horse (medium)
- or any tiny pet
Zhu Zhu Pets:
- Pony Palace
- Flower Palace
- Swan Pallace
Fisher Price Loving Family:
- horses - English horse, western horse, or western pony
- fairy wings
- Barbie Movies (she has Mariposa, Thumbelina, Mermaid Tale, Christmas Carrol, Diamond Castle) - Princess and the Pauper & Island Princess, Magic of Pegasus PURCHASED
- Disney Princess Enchanted Tales
- Sing-along with Barbie
SO, There you have it. If there are any "ideas" you would like to put to use, please just let me know what you plan on getting. I'll try to keep the list updated, to try to avoid duplicates. I'd say there's plenty to choose from! :) You can always leave me a comment and let me know what you're planning. Thanks!!
Saturday, May 8, 2010
Here's the layout I lifted:
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Thursday, May 6, 2010
Then, as we were tucking in to read our bedtime story, Sebastian said, "Mommy, did you know that one of the baby praying mantises got out of the jar? He was crawling on the top of the lid. What if he goes behind the freezer?"
Um... excuse me? "Did either of you open the lid?" (Please say yes... please say that's the reason the little critter got out... please.) No's all around. Then all I could think of was a garage full of hundreds of praying mantises. SO not happening! So, I put story time on hold. With what determination I could muster, driven by the fear of a house full of insects (LOL), I went straight out to the garage, snatched up the jar, and took it out to the back edge of the property. I opened the lid as quickly as I could and laid the container underneath a big, low-hanging pine tree, where the little guys could have some protection. Then I ran! *snicker* Yes, I ran back to the house, envisioning this big swarm of beady-eyed bugs chasing after me. Well, not really, but sort of.
So anyway, later this evening, I was talking to Lucas on the phone, and he said, "Aw, I wanted to see them." Instantly guilt set in, as I knew I was just being a big gigantic scaredy cat earlier. So, at 10:00 at night, with an itty bitty flash light, I headed back out to the edge of the property to find the container. I had to flick a few bugs off of the rim so that I could close (and tightly snap, might I add) the lid. But there were still several in the jar (not sure as to whether any of the remaining bugs are still actually alive, but THAT is not my issue... at least Lucas can see them). After tomorrow, once he has seen them to his satisfaction, I will re-release them... for good this time I think.
By the way, are there coyotes around here? When I was out there, I heard a big long howling sound coming from the direction of a wooded area about a mile away from us. Yup... I ran back to the house for a second time. Sheesh.
About 3 weeks ago (over Spring break, however long ago that was), Grandma H. gave Sebastian a cocoon-looking thing to take home with him. She found it in her lilac bush, and put it in a container for observing bugs. For a few weeks now it has been sitting on our freezer in the garage. A few days ago, I even said to Lucas, "I think whatever is in the cocoon has died. Don't you think something would have happened by now?" He didn't want to crush Sebastian's hopes, so he told me, "Just wait. If it hasn't hatched by Christmas, we'll call it dead." (He's so funny!)
Today, Meagan and I had to make a grocery trip. We left around 10:45 this morning. I have gotten in the habit of examining the cocoon - or at least taking a peek - every time I walk by, and this morning was no different. As of 10:45, no notable activity.
We got home around 1:15 (yes, a 2 1/2 hour trip to Meijer... unfortunately, NOT uncommon). The first thing I noticed as I got out of the van was a MAJOR change in the bug jar. Instead of a still, lifeless brown blob, there was a yellow squirming mass of something. I went over to take a closer look, and quite frankly, was quite grossed out! There were easily 2 hundred little yellowish-whitish, semi-transparent squirmy things.... they looked a lot like maggots with legs and beady eyes. GROSS. (Even Meagan thought so... her exact words: "Okay, THAT is NASTY.") I looked closer - somewhat fascinated, despite being grossed out - and I noticed they looked a lot like the shape of a praying mantis... only yellow and very tiny.