What I learned in 2006

As I said before, I am not big on new year's resolutions. I tend to reflect on the past year and ask myself, "How did this past year cause me to grow???" Here is a glimpse of that:

  • God is faithful and good. He protects my family. Gives me strength when I feel I cannot do it on my own. Looks out for me and guides me through the storm.
  • From Mark's ear infections to dealing with my dad's cancer treatments and then working around Matthew's school/sport's schedule....holy cow....time just flew by!!! (FYI: My dad is cancer free to this date!!)
  • Do not judge where someone else is in their faith journey. Let God deal with their heart on His own time.
  • That blogging is a creative and emotional outlet.
  • If the house isn't tidy by the end of day do not fret about it.....it'll be there tomorrow to worry about.......and the next day........and the next.......and the next........
  • Friends are my backbone. To call when I am having a bad day. To vent my problems to. To be myself!
  • Mark does not have Celiac Disease
  • That I need to work on my math skills.
  • Steve's heart is to be at home with us every evening -- is there anything better???
  • My family is the most important thing on this earth!!!

At church this morning God gave me scripture to live by this upcoming year:

"May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Accept one another just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God." Romans 15:5-7

I pray in 2007 that I can make an impact in the Body of Christ. To reflect Jesus more. To attract others to His love and forgiveness. Blessings to all of you in your journeys ahead!!!


Girl's Night Out (with some handsome little men too)

Stephanie arranged a get together for some local lady bloggers, which I now call friends too. We enjoyed yummy eats at Don Pablos. The little ones did great as we gabbed on and on and on........

Thanks again: Robin, Sheryl, Ashlee, and Stephanie!!!


What I am into this month.....

Stephanie is asking bloggers to share....

Weirdest present that I received: Nothing really, although my father-in-law gave me 2lbs of chocolate. Like I need that!!!!

My favorite blog entry from this month: This one

What's keeping me busy this month: The weekends were full of activities not to mention all the school events we attended. Baking. Shopping. Wrapping. HOLIDAY CRAZY FOR SURE!

The movie or show I liked watching: The Christmas specials are a nice family tradition. Most of the shows I am into were reruns anyway!

My New Year's Resolution: I am not big on resolutions. I tend to reflect on what I learned throughout the last year to better my life.

Blog I Am Always Visiting: I have a couple friends I’ve known since high school who blog here and here.

What I'm Most Looking Forward To Next Month: For another winter month to end!!


As Mark and I were sharing a bowl of oatmeal on our family room's couch he sneezed while eating a mouthful.

Oatmeal pieces everywhere. On my sleeve.....on his t-shirt......on my pants.....one managed to stick in my hair!!

Mark started picking up the tiny pieces putting them back into his mouth. YUM-O!


Reason why I love Christmas break.....

  • Instead of Matthew starting my day around 6:30am because of the school bus, Mark starts my day around 8-9am. AH, sweet bed!!!
  • On the subject of bed, how about watching the morning news in bed? Still warm and toasty!
  • Staying in my PJs all day
  • Having my wonderful hubby home....my kids think he's the cooler one anyway!!!
  • Matthew's new found love for the "Star Wars" sagas thanks to the Lego Star Wars II video game (birthday present). I admit feeling a bit nostalgic as I sit back and watch. Chills hit me all over again when Darth Vader announced, "Luke, I am your father!"
  • I can go to the grocery store without the kids. No sippy cups. No time limits worrying about meltdowns. No complaints by my older son who is "tired of standing". Should I continue???
  • Steve and I enjoy staying up a little later without school/work to worry about the next morning.
  • With that said, two words: rent movies
  • In a nutshell: BEING A FAMILY


Wordless Wednesday: Christmas Eve PJ Party

Where is Mark?? Running around as usual!!


Post-holiday Hullabaloo

Empty boxes everywhere. Hefty bags full of ripped wrapping paper and broken bows. Leftovers fill my refrigerator. Still in my pajamas. Unshowered. Hair up.

Toys overwhelm my living room.....dining room.....family room.....bedrooms!

Organization. Get a plan. Buy new storage bins. Normalcy will come soon enough.....right?


Christmas Prayer

"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased." Luke 2:14

We pray the peace of Jesus captivates your family's home and hearts. Blessings!


Merry Fishmas????

Enjoy the busy holiday weekend!!!


Christmas Carol Favorites

Beck hollered, "Tag, you're it!" She asked me to share my top 5 Christmas songs and then the top 5 I loathe to hear.....

Among the best:

  • "O, Holy Night"
  • "Silent Night"
  • "Carol of the Bells"
  • "12 Days of Christmas" JOHN DEVER with The Muppets VERSION!!
  • Is it fair to say anything from Mannheim Steamroller, Harry Connick, Josh Groban or Nate King Cole???

Now those that cause me to turn the radio station:

  • "I Wanna A Hippopotamus for Christmas" (obnoxious -- pull that bratty girl off stage!!!)
  • "O, Christmas Tree" (Who wants to sing praises to a tree anyway???)
  • "Santa, Baby" (Madonna's version sounds like nails on a chalkboard)
  • "Dominick the Donkey" (Who likes to hear donkey yelps anyway???)
  • "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" (What is this song is really about? You guess it...ADULTARY!! No thanks. Worse than that...the kid sees it. GROSS!)


Wordless Wednesday (Kinda): Holiday Program

Monday Matthew's kindergarten class had their Christmas program.

Matthew surprised us with a couple gifts he made in class.

Click here for a Santa's Lap laugh and leave a comment to participate too.


What a journey!!!

I can’t remember a time when my brother, Jeff, was not in school. From high school to college to his masters degree, he was always studying, researching, testing and writing. Finally Saturday he received his doctorate in psychology. It has been a long journey which deserves much celebration and recognition. What an accomplishment!!

Friday we traveled to Terre Haute, IN for the weekend’s ceremony and festivities. We celebrated with pizza and a dessert spread. Jeff gave us a tour of his new office -- quite a pad!! Better yet, despite the lack of scheduling my boys are used to they did so well. A babysitter was hired to help watch the kids during all the events. I know -- AWESOME!!! Mark went with the flow and Matthew found a playmate in Jacob (Jeff’s best friend’s son). We absorbed every bit of family time. Matthew is always thrilled with hotel stays and Mark had a great first time experience with it.

Traveling. You long for that hotel stay. Indoor pool/hot tub. Restaurants. Continental breakfasts. Maid service. No bedtimes. Did I mention the hot tub?

In a couple days we anticipated home again. Sleeping in our own beds. Home-cooked meals. The smell of freshly laundered clothes. Early bedtimes. Schedules. Home sweet home.

P.S. Doesn't this photo of my boys in the pool scream "SUMMER!" Please, don't make me cry!!!!

Now I need to focus on hosting Christmas Eve dinner for my side of the family.......

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Have you shared your Santa's Lap Photo???? Join in and laugh with us!


Santa's Lap Photo Tag

Dig deep. Deep into your photo archives. Somewhere you will find a photo of you or your children sitting on Santa's lap. Post and share about them!!!

This was taken shortly after Matthew turned one (December 2001). He was nervous about sitting on Santa's lap so I jumped in. Looks like he was too busy wondering why mom was putting him through all this than smiling. Every year I ask Matthew if he wants to visit Santa and he responds by saying, "I only want to look at him. That's it!" Now you know why we only have this one in our photo history.


Making Christmas Fun

Here are some cheap, easy ways to enjoy the holiday season:

  • Contact your local parks department or library. They have many events for kids at little or no cost.
  • After dinner take the family for a drive around nearby neighborhoods to view decorated houses. Read what Stephanie did -- in your PJs is the best!! Make sure to play that Christmas music.
  • Bake cookies! Is their anything better? Let your children lick the bowl to their hearts content.
  • After baking cookies allow your children to use their art skills and decorate them. Remember: neatness is not necessary!!!
  • Turn off the TV and spend time as a family sitting around the Christmas tree. Talk about the true meaning of Christmas: JESUS!
  • Take advantage of church events: live nativities, candlelight services, plays
  • Teach your children Christmas carols. Sing them during bathtime or in the car.
  • Watch those Christmas specials and make a family movie night out of it.

Have another idea? Please share!!!

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NOTE: We will be out of town this weekend for my brother's doctoral ceremony. I am busy packing -- haven't packed for a young toddler in a long time! Please pray for safe travels and a relaxing time. I started an upper chest cold yesterday and my boys are getting over the same. Timing stinks, but we'll make it through.


Wordless Wednesday: Got milk???

Coming soon: SANTA'S LAP PHOTO TAG Visit again to join the fun.


Tables are Turning.........

As most of you know Matthew is on a strict gluten free diet because he has celiac disease. During trips to the grocery he loves to eyeball all the decorated cakes and told me one day, “Mom, I wish I could eat those cakes. Too bad they have gluten.”

My heart dropped. I felt horrible for him. It must be hard to be a kid with a diet restriction. I used to think it was hard on mommy, but as Matthew grows up he is realizing there is a difference between what he is allowed to eat and what his friends can eat. Looks like the tables are turning and it is Matthew that has to deal with being gluten free day in and day out. Feeling like he is missing out. Thankfully I have taught him responsibility in keeping to his diet and I make sure he knows nothing can hold him back from having a fun, active childhood.

My mom offered to make a fully decorated gluten free Spongebob cake like Matthew would find in any grocery store for his birthday -- I lack talent in frosting a cake!! When they arrived Friday we were in awe at how it turned out. What do you think?


Jumpin' Around

"No man is a failure who has friends." It's a Wonderful Life

Taken at Matthew's birthday party on Sunday


My Firstborn

On December 8, 2000 I thought I was coming down with an intestinal flu around 4am. Little did I know they were contractions. I was about to give birth to my first son, Matthew.

That week I experienced a lot of "first times":

  • First time in labor/delivery. “Oh the humanity!!!”
  • First time witnessing the first breaths of God’s creation
  • First time changing a diaper. Yes, first time!
  • First time being sleep deprived
  • First time knowing Agape love
  • First time realizing how much I appreciated my own mother
  • First time loving someone above myself
  • First time dealing with spit up on an hourly basis
  • First time........did I mention being sleep deprived?
The list goes on and on.

But my first thought when Matthew was put into my arms was, “Oh, God, what did I get myself in to?” I was scared, anxious, joyful, and overwhelmed all at once.

Today Matthew is six. God threw me into the pool of motherhood and I am forever grateful. Matthew is such a character with his dramatic ways. He is smart and grasps concepts quickly. He is sensitive and compassionate. He loves sports and anticipates the school bus every morning.

God knew Matthew before he was created and I am thankful He gave us this boy to raise and train. What a responsibility!

Happy Birthday, Matty!!!!!


ABC Meme

My dear friend,Happi, tagged me with this meme. Enjoy!

A - Available or Single? Available to my hubby, Steve!
B - Best Friend? Steve, who knows my ins and outs
C - Cake or Pie? Both with a tall glass of milk
D - Drink of Choice? Lattes Lattes Lattes
E - Essential Item you use every day? SOAP!
F - Favorite Color(s)? Blue and pink
G - Gummy Bears or Worms? Yuck...do I have to pick one?
H - Hometown? Born in Pittsburg, PA but grew up in Valparaiso, IN
I - Indulgence? Watching TV with the remote control in MY hand
J - January or February? February – where my birthday is
K - Kids and Names? Matthew and Mark
L - Life is Incomplete Without? The Holy Trinity
M - Marriage Date? August 5, 1995
N - Number of Siblings? Two brothers

O - Oranges or Apples? Apples
P - Phobias or Fears? The first year with a baby. I sat on the edge of my seat the entire time!
Q - Fave Quote? Anything from the Bible will do just fine.
R - Reason to Smile? My family
S - Season? Summer!!!!
T - Tag Three people: Ashlee, Wendy, and Jen
U - Unknown fact about me? Even if I have to pee real bad, I will hold it until it hurts than use an outhouse
V - Vegetable you don't like? Okra.....haven’t tried it, but it sure looks gross!
W - Worst Habit? Nibbling the side of my cheek when in deep thought (I am doing it now!)
X - Xtremely BIG Husker Fan? I’m sorry, did you say CHICAGO BEAR fan? If you did, then yes I am!!!
Y - Your fave food? EVERYTHING....Italian, Mexican, Japanese, Chinese.....
Z - Zodiac Sign? Aquarius, but I don’t put my stock in that!!!



The Kindness of Strangers

We warn our children: “Don’t talk to strangers.” We drill this over and over again. Like strangers are against us and we need constant protection. We build a wall. We need to think of ourselves first and stay on guard.

I was taught a different lesson the other day.

It was a cold, windy day. I had to run to Wal-Mart – what else is new???? I found a Christmas gift for Steve and it was a great price. I stuck it on the bottom of the cart and went on my way. Paid and headed out to the van.

Mark was crying because he hates cold wind on his face. The cart was ready to fly out of my hands as I was fumbling through my keys trying to hit the “unlock” button. Mark is still cursing the wind chills. I grab him and literally throw him into the carseat strapping him quickly. Now he’s upset because he’s probably uncomfortable with his winter coat all mangled up. (I hate winter by the way!!)

Ok, back to the cart. It is ready to blow away! Heaven forbid it hits our van or another car for that matter. I start putting....no....throwing my items in the back. I run the cart to the holder and high-tail it outta there.

Time to get Matt from school. Got Matt. Gotta run to Costco to get our Christmas card photos and more.

Finally home. Unload everything. Get lunch ready. Wait something is missing.....


Yes, I left it under the cart. I frantically call Wal-Mart and the customer service lady, who wasn't very sympathic, said nothing was brought in, but to call back later. I packed the boys up again and we drove out to the parking lot hoping the item was still under the cart where I had left it.

Nothing. I start to cry. Obviously this wasn’t just a $10 item!!! Matt consoles me, “It’ll be ok, Mom. We all make mistakes.” I ask for Matt to pray. We do. I feel hopeless. Stupid. You know that feeling?

Later that afternoon I call Wal-Mart. I anticipate another person telling me nothing was found. I assume someone took it because no one would care. Or would they?

“Oh....yeah....this man left his phone number and took it home. He said he wanted to make sure it got in the right hands and to call him. His name is Darrel. Here is the number...”

I laugh. Smile. Exhale! Can you believe a man I don’t even know did this? Anyone could have taken it. But this man made sure it would be alright. He cared for another stranger’s well-being. He didn't know me. He could have left it alone and went along his business.

I called Darrel. He said, “Sure. I’ll drop it off at customer service. I just didn’t want anyone to have it. No problem.” We have a laugh and I express my gratitude.

Wal-Mart called in about an hour. It’s there. In one piece. I will pick it up today.

What was almost a horrible lesson (I will always double check my cart) turned out to be a blessing and another lesson learned: Do not be so pessimistic. Go that extra mile when I see a need even if I do not know the person. Help others as I expect to be helped. I am always learning another way to be more Christ-like.

Thank you, Darrel! I owe you one!


Keeping Traditions

I remember my mom passing out homemade popcorn in old butter tubs as we watched the Christmas specials on TV. Freshly bathed, I would be in my pajamas with a pillow ready to watch.

Feelings of triumph as the Grinch’s heart grew bigger and bigger....

The tears rolled down my face when Frosty melted away, then joy struck when his black silk hat brought him to life.

Charlie Brown was always dealt a lousy hand!!!

And Rudolph leading the reindeer pack with pride. Santa made him feel so special.

I have kept my mom’s tradition alive by making popcorn for my boys as we watch these. The aroma of popcorn mixed with Christmas d├ęcor brings back good memories. Thanks, mom!!!


Yuletide Pride

All you Christmas caroling, yuletide loving, holiday starving people out there: We wanna see your holiday decorating talents!! (or lack there of) Wheather it’s a garland draped staircase, a stocking hung mantle, outside lighting or an ornamented tree, please post a photo and share about it. Every area has a story!!

I have decorated our tree the same since Steve and I celebrated our first Christmas married -- over 11 years ago. The bow that tops our tree was made by yours truely. From afar it looks beautiful, but believe me, it is VERY messy looking. I have never been a crafty person and worked hard at making a personalized bow that year. Call me a sucker for keepsakes! The ornaments have grown in volume thanks to craft projects and gift exchanges. The quilt skirt was a hand-me-down from my mom and will use it as long as it stays together.

Our mantle has also remained the same since moving into our home almost 7 years ago. My boys have a thing about sticking their finger in the nutcracker's mouth and lifting the lever -- OUCH! This year I splurged on some monogrammed needlepoint stockings. Aren't they cute??? Thanks Lands End!! I especially like the angel proudly entitled "Mom" among all the masculine ones. Some days I deserve to be the angel around here!! NOTE: We have been trying so hard to schedule an appointment to get a recent family portrait of the four of us. After three attempts and cancellations due to illnesses or injury to the face, I am about to give up. ONE DAY!!!

I will get the ball rolling and tag my dear friends: Happi from Berger Buzz, Stephanie from Adventures in Babywearing, Sheryl from Peanut Butter & Jelly Boats, Beck from Frog and Toad are Friends and anyone else you wants to join the fun. Merry Christmas!!!


Well done, Greg!!!

As many of you know, Greg Page (aka Greg “Yellow” Wiggle) is leaving the popular kid group he founded, The Wiggles, because he is unable to perform due to a condition known as orthostatic intolerance.

Matthew, was in love with this high energy, fast dancing group from the first time he saw their clips between Playhouse Disney shows. Their songs are catchy and I found myself snappin’ along to their tunes.

These photos were taken the day we saw them August 2003 with Stephanie and her family

Now that Matthew is nearly six, we are not up to date with The Wiggles recent songs and tour schedule, but it hit my heart when I heard he was leaving because of health problems. Seems like this year has caught a lot of children off guard -- from Steve Irwin’s sudden death to Greg’s departure.

This decision must have been a difficult one. My thoughts go out to his family and friends and I pray he keeps “toot toot chugga chuggin” along. Job well done, Greg!

Click here to view Greg’s video message. (Please be patient while it downloads. I have DSL and it took quite awhile coming all the way from Australia).

UPDATE: Stephanie reminded me that we went EARLY for tickets and sat in the second row for that concert. Hey, Steph, that was a ton of fun and thanks for remembering!!!


Warm Up

“Partly cloudy. Highs in the low 60’s”

That has been our weather forecast for several days. I am absorbing every minute of this unseasonably warm weather as December rolls in.
My boys have been playing outside wearing sweatshirts. No need for hats or gloves. I can wear my Crocs without heavy socks. What is it about capris and a long sleeve T that puts a smile on my face? We are not grabbing for the stash of fleece blankets in the family room. Our Weber grill is being put to good use. Nothing beats grilled burgers and steaks. Steve and Matt are doing many football drills. If this could only last until May.
I’ll post in another week when we are in the 20’s and snow is on the ground. Someone buy me a Starbucks latte -- I’ll need that antidepressant!!! Any offers??


** in a blink **

Time [tahym]
a period with reference to personal experience of a specified kind

“Father of the Bride” was on the other night. I have seen this movie many times. It always hits a chord with me as I put myself in Annie Bank’s shoes.

It was August 1995. Steve and I were tying loose ends in the days leading up to our wedding date. That time was significant. My name would never be my own. I was going to commit to a man for a lifetime. For better or for worse. I was leaving the comfort of my parents’ home and starting a new journey with the man God designed for me.

One night I popped in “Father of the Bride” and wept. The thought of leaving my family hit my heart. I was daddy’s little girl. I played basketball with him. My brother’s rooms were just down the hall. We are a close family. We laughed. Teased. Fought.

But the other night this movie brought a whole new meaning.

Steve and I have been married for over 11 years. We have two sons. Our lives are not our own. We learn sacrificial love daily. A new journey awaits and we anticipate what God has in store.

As I sat on the couch watching “Father of the Bride” my focus wasn’t on Annie Banks, but her parents. They were watching their child grow up and leave home. They were letting her go hoping all the years of training paid off. Soon there will be an empty bedroom in our home. Soon my boys will look at a girl and want to marry her. Soon they will leave and start their own lives.

All too soon.

Time is precious.
Time is fleeting.
Time is what we make of it.

Let us hold on to time today. Embrace it. Enjoy it. Savor it.


It's that time of year....AGAIN!

Ladies and gentlemen!!
The Christmas season has officially started!!
Step right up and pick between:
Shopping madness or a Christmas program.....
.....a cookie exchange or holiday party.....
.....decorating the tree or wrapping presents.....
.....nativity walks or Santa visits.....
The next several weeks will be filled with traditions.
How will you spend them?


Happy Thanksgiving



OOO Bubbles OOO

During bathtime last night Mark was busy playing and splashing when all of the sudden.......

He made BUBBLES.

You know those BUBBLES.

He sat there thinking about what he did and realized it was funny. His face made that "squeeze look" trying to make more and sure enough.....


He was cracking up. Laughing hysterically. Matt came back in to see what was so funny.

Again, Mark conjured up more BUBBLES.

Matt said, "Mom, Mark is farting in the tub! Come on, Mark, do some more!"

What is it about bathroom humor and boys? Mark is only 17-months old and already he's a comedian.


How bad do you have it?

Steve attended a college football game Saturday. Matthew was anticipating when his daddy would come home because he’s cooler compared to fuddy-duddy mom. Seeing the final score on TV meant he should arrive home within an hour. The home team won: 16 - 27

Matthew asked, “Mom, how much did they win by?”

I replied, “Take 27 and subtract 16 from it. That will give you the answer.”

In the basement grabbing clothes from the dryer I did my own math so I would be ready with the answer. I came up with nine.

**Now before you go all hay-wire on me just wait!!!**

Matt yells from upstairs, “Eleven, Mom! The difference is eleven!”

At first I thought, “Nope,” but then I had to think again. He was right! Eleven not nine. What was I thinking? Where did my simple math go? Did my brain birth out of me as well as my children? I ponder that many times a day in fact.

Maybe I should think twice before posting this awful scenario! But come on....you’ve been there too!


Love Triangle

You’ve seen that movie? You know that movie. The one where two men are fighting for the girl. The men scheme and plot a way to win the girl’s affection. She is caught in the middle. We have all dreamed of a moment like that – admit it!

Well that dream has come true and I experience it on a daily basis.

As I sit on the couch Matthew comes to sit on my lap. He talks about his day and likes to snuggle with his Mommy. Until......

In comes Mark!

Mark climbs up and pushes his way through. Of course Matthew doesn’t like to be pushed aside either, so Mark does a yell as if to say, “Move, brother, I am here and want all of mom’s attention!” Matthew replies loudly, "Mark, stop it!"

So there I sit on the couch. Matthew is fighting for his spot while Mark is trying with all his might to take over. They push. Hit. Yell. Both wanting my affection!

At one moment I am absorbing all this attention. Loving every minute they fight over me. Then my contentment quickly turns to annoyance as the two of them get louder and then one accidentally hits me.

“Ok, enough is enough!” (Those familiar words again!)
“Get off!”

So what is a girl (or mom) to do? Love triangle movies never end on that note, do they?


Wordless Wednesday: Ready For School????

NOTE: My goal is to comment on all who leave comments on my blog. It seems every Wednesday is a jam-packed day which leaves little time to sit in front of my computer and visit other blogs. I will try my "personal best" (a phrase my son's teacher uses) to comment back. I apologize for my absence these past couple weeks. Blessings!


Got Apples?

WARNING: You are about to enter a product push zone. The comments expressed here are of mine and mine alone. I think the item below *rocks* but if you don’t like it....tough!

I love apple pie, apple crisp, baked apples, fried apples....practically anything that calls for apples. The one thing I loathe is peeling, coring, and cutting the darn things. By the time I finish one it is browning while I work hard on the next.

Until I found this: Linens ‘n Things Apple Peeler/Corer/Slicer

I know, I know. It looks similar to a popular tool offered by a company that hosts many in-home shows. But you can’t beat the price and no wooden block is required to mount the tool. It cranks with ease. Even Matthew did a couple Granny Smiths without a problem.

So now I easily make apple recipes and it is dishwasher safe -- can't beat that! The peel strings make for good kid fun too!



Words that scream "DITTO!"

“Who wants to play second down???”

My dad would announce this in the family room and my brothers and me would get up and get on the line of scrimmage. My dad would hold one of the furniture pillows to his chest and call a play.

We would move in slow motion......dodging each other.....my hand would life up......

*SLAM* My dad put the ball (pillow) in my hand. I would charge forward with my shoulder ahead. Moving. Pushing. Trying to get past my two brothers......not gonna happen! I am tackled.

Then we heard a shriek from the kitchen.

“Are you guys playing second down? You know how I don’t like it when you play that game. You guys are going to break something and get in biiiiiig trouble!”

This weekend Steve and Matt are outside playing not just football, but tackle football. Mark usually runs in circles whining about when he’ll get the ball. I watch as Steve jumps on top of Matt. The ball flies towards the deck and almost hits the house. Mark yells just because he’s a toddler. Everything is crazy!

Back inside.

“Who wants to play soccer??”

How can a balloon be destructive? Trust me. It can! Steve kicks the balloon to Matt. Matt runs around the family room coffee table. And there is Mark is yelling for the balloon.

The commotion. The close-calls. The noise. The possibility of something breaking. I am on the edge.

“Ok! Enough playing soccer in the house. You guys are going to break something and get in major trouble!”

Those words. Those exact words! Words my mother would say. Words that halt everything.

Steve replies, “Alright, we have to listen to mom. Let’s stop.”

The boo-hoos and complaining flow like a river. Like I am The Destroyer of Everything Good and Fun.

Know what I mean???


Best Day Ever

I am taking a break from blogging, commenting, and more.....

It's the "Best Day Ever" on Nick!!!!

Spongebob is not only funny to my 5-year old boy, but my hubby and I get a laugh at him too.
Have a great weekend!!!


Morning Quotes

Here is a taste of what I heard from Matthew this morning:

"Power boosters, ready to go downstairs??? Ready.....set.....GO!" He flies downstairs in "rocket time" making blast sounds

"....can you find your Halloween costume.....is it stored.....huh.....go down and see.....let's go now....blast fast...." Repeating an episode of American Dragon Jake Long while brushing his teeth and watching himself in the mirror

"Mom, I am serious, this time I am going to shoot the coffee maker." Holding his new air rocket gun he got at a recent Chuck E. Cheese party

And then I hear.....

"Mom, if you move I am going to shoot your butt!" How nice!

"I can pour my own cereal.....watch....." A cereal bowl is filled to the brim with Cocoa Puffs and milk

"I can walk to the bus stop alone. Mom can you just stay home?" Give me some Kleenex!


Wordless Wednesday: Space Cadet

"Earth to star command....come in star command."


Things that make me go "Uh?"

As I was driving back from grabbing a pizza from our local Pizza Hut (love their breadsticks by the way) I flipped through my preset radio stations. Could it be? Are you serious? Yes.......


And that is CHRIST-mas music. Not holiday music. Not festive music. And please, not Santa’s music. I won’t elaborate on how ridiculous that subject is.

It isn’t even the week before Thanksgiving yet. Can you believe it? I said out loud, “Are you kidding me???”

On the subject of things that make me go, "Uh????", I was flipping through my local newspaper while waiting to pick up Matthew and saw this ad:

“Creating Smiles Dental Spa”

Yes, you heard that right: DENTAL SPA

As a former dental assistant I can throw out my opinion here. When did society thing “dental” and “spa” could be used in the same title? Has anyone experienced spa-like feelings at a dental appointment? You know what I experience working in the dental profession: fear, yelling, shaking, kicking, and biting. Let me also state that these reactions were not only from children!!!

Just some topics to cause your mind to crank too and ask, "What the heck?"


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Who do you put your trust in?

That is a good question. In light of the events surrounding Ted Haggard’s recent resignation as president of National Association of Evangelicals and dismissal as New Life Church’s senior pastor, I have been grieving not only for his family, but for the many people Haggard has influenced. The press is running wild with the recent allegations and I pray not only for truth, but for reconciliation.

I cannot deny that if I were part of their church’s board I would have come to the same resolution with what Haggard has admitted thus far. Leaders of a church need to live above reproach. Respected by a community. Live in integrity. Be an example.

However in light of this heartbreaking news I had to examine my own life. Is my sin worse than what Haggard did? Do I have hidden issues that I need to bring to the cross? I think all of us have an area in our hearts that need tweaking....plucking....weeding....

“Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.” James 8-10

Sin is sin.

Adultery. Gossip. Slander. Pride. Loving money. Murder. Idolatry. Lust. Jealousy. Lying.

Call is what you want, but it is all the same: SIN!

As we pray and think about the many that will be affected by Haggard’s actions, let us remember not to put our trust in man, but the Lord. Let us prune our own hearts and rid any area that is not pleasing to Him. God redeems, renews, and forgives.

“Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.” Psalm 20:7


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A Slap and a Soap Box

Give me a time out. Sit me in the corner for 5 minutes. I did a bad thing: I didn’t comment back to most of my Wordless Wednesday comments!!!

Have you had one of those days when you want to accomplish tasks around the house? I am talking major things like making the bed, taking a shower, or even making a meal for yourself besides eating the kids’ scraps??? The list was enormous! Yesterday was one of those days for me. I willingly posted my WW, but hardly visited others. Slap my hand and give me “a look”! The day refreshed me and put a smile on my face so I will give you “my hand” back. **hee hee**


All this talk about Reese and Ryan splitting.....Madonna’s adoption.....John Kerry’s disrespectful comments towards Republicans.....Bill O’Reilly v. David Letterman.....the list goes on and on.....

Seems like Hollywood divorce is as common as dirt is on my boys. Should we be upset that a boy from Malawi is being cared for by a celebrity and probably having a better life than if he were sick in Africa? Should Senator Kerry have put a sock in it? And should I even mention the word Iraq? Lots to think about!!!

In the middle of all the controversy, arguments, and debate anyone can get on their soap box and be quick with their opinions. However, there is one thing that stands out among all that: WHAT GOD SAYS!!!

“My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because our anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.” James 1:19-21

We should be more concerned about how we are living our own lives! Are we testifying the name of Jesus? Are we drawing people to know Him more? Are we living the faith we speak of? Do we judge in love or for our own glory?

“...God opposes the proud, but favors the humble.” 1 Peter 5:5

Let the light of Jesus spill out onto others. We need to pray for our country. Kick your soap box to the curb and replace it with the washing of God’s Word. If we all acted more like Jesus it would be a huge domino effect!!!


Wordless Wednesday: Costume Fun

Matthew as a Mystic Force Power Ranger battling his arch nemesis: MARK!!!
**Yes, a hanger is safe fun for kids -- nobody poked their eye out. Ah, brothers!**





Our Daddy's Heart

The school year brings more business (pronounced BUSY-NESS not BUSINESS) in our household for more than the reason Matthew is in school. Some of you may not know this, but Steve is a high school principal. When the school year begins not only are we busy with Matthew's activities, but Steve’s schedule becomes jam-packed. From athletic games to choir concerts to a wide variety of meetings, there are some weeks when the boys rarely see him. It is hard trying to please his school's community and be a dedicated father. He is pulled in every direction!

I had to adjust managing many evenings alone with the kids. I do my best with what I have. Seriously, I do not know how wives married to business-traveling husbands do it. At least I know Steve will be home eventually!

There are days/nights when I get frustrated. I feel I cannot depend on anyone. Is it just me making all these decisions? Running the kids to the doctor. Driving them to and from activities. Steve comes home for dinner and is soon out the door to attend a game or PTO meeting. I have to hold the fort on my own. The boys get on my last nerve and I am ready to throw in the towel.

But I know my husband’s heart is at home. When his day is done he wants to be with us. He wants to play with the boys. He is quick to play catch with Matt and allow Mark to climb on his back after a long day at work. I cherish bedtime when it is just Steve and me on the couch and we can talk about our day or veg-out watching TV. Weekend mornings are nice when the whole family ends up in our bed to jump around. Oh how I love that laughter! We know there are no plans or schedules that day -- so nice!!!

I thank God for my husband. My provider. My protector. My best friend and great father!


What are you into this month?

Stephanie from Adventures in Babywearing requested my input on what I am into this month.......

The Book I Am Really Into (or one you want to get into!): I am such a lame reader. Is there a manual that came with my boys??? If anyone finds it please send it c/o GLASS HALF FULL promptly.

Magazine I Really Liked: I currently subscribe to Woman’s Day, Good Housekeeping, Family Circle, Parents, and Living Without

TV Show Worth Watching: Grey’s Anatomy like everyone else. Other shows on my Tivo list are Heroes, Lost, ER, and Survivor. When does 24 come back? Now that is the best show ever!

Movie I’ve Seen (In or Out of a theater): I am such a movie potato (is there such a name???) Recently I watched "Red Eye" and "Just Like Heaven". Both were good. There are several movies I can watch over and over again, but getting to the theatre right now isn’t easy.

The CD I Can’t Stop Listening To: In our van Matthew constantly requests his compilation of favorite songs be played. I am trapped!!!!

The Candle I'm Loving: Whatever grabs my nose at Yankee Candle. Right now I am burning Cranberry Mandarin – crisp and refreshing!

Blog I Am Always Visiting: Please visit my blogroll to the right ---->

What I'm Most Looking Forward To Next Month: Thanksgiving and decorating for Christmas


Creative Juices

I am all about traditions. Soon the holidays will arrive and I will conjure up new ways to make the season memorable for our family. One tradition I started during the Halloween season is pumpkin painting.

If we attempted to carve guess who would end up doing all the work? That's right, MOM!! So painting is the way to go and Matt has a ball mixing colors together, which all end up looking brown anyway.

So, if you are not the carving type (like me) pull out a few brushes and get your child’s creative juices flowing. It's all about them anyway, right???


Wordless Wednesday: A Big Help!

NOTE: This pan was coated with stuck on roasted potatoes. Well done, Matthew!