Sunday, August 30, 2009

If Jesus Came to Visit Me...

Written by: Jill Roman Lord
Illustrated by: Renee Graef

If Jesus came to visit me,
I know just what I'd do.
I'd wrap my arms around him tight
And say, "I'm glad it's you!"

I'd make some jelly sandwiches,
Cut apple chunks and cheese.
We'd sit down at my table.
I'd say, "May I serve you, please?"

I'd fill my little teapot and
Then pour two cups of tea.
I'd thank God for the food we have
And he'd say "Thanks" to me!

I'd ask how things in heaven were
And see if he would tell
If Grandma's found some friends up there,
And if she's doing well.

I'd ask if we might take a walk
On such a gorgeous day.
We'd search for figures in the clouds.
I'd show him where I play.

He'd push me on a swing so high.
I'd push him in return.
I'd say I had more things to ask
And so much more to learn.

I'd say I have some questions that
I'd like to ask you now.
Like, why's the sky so blue, not green,
And how do cat's meow?

"So, why don't sweet peas taste so sweet?
Will you please answer that?
And tell me, will my parents ever
Let me have a cat?

"Now why do sharks have such big teeth
When smaller ones would do?
And why do spiders have eight legs,
But people have just two?

"Why can't I see banana seeds?
They never seem to show.
Why does my brother fuss so much?
All this I'd like to know!

"And why did God make ostriches
With wings that cannot fly?
When you were up there on the cross,
I wonder, did you cry?

"Why is it that I get so scared
When I'm in bed alone?
And was it fun to heal the sick
But hard to move that stone?"

We'd slowly walk back to the house
And he would hold my hand.
He'd answer all my questions so
That I might understand.

I'd want to give him something so
That he'd remember me.
He's given me so much so far,
And all of it's been free!

How about my bike or scooter or
My little horse and cart?
He couldn't take those with him, so . . .
I know!

. . . I'll give my heart!

Friday, August 28, 2009

Moving and Groving..

Day 2:

Today I took a cardio dance class called Zumba. This type of dance is a mix between latin and belly dance. It was awesome.. and these women/girls and even the 2 men could really move. My heart rate was up for about 1 hour so I can check it off my list.

Today I got to spend most of the day with my nephew who is the sweetest baby EvEr. Even at 5:15 this morning when his mom dropped him off on her way to work he was so smiley it made me just want to squeeze him. Between school and my own 2 children I don't get to watch him often so I try to soak it up when I do...
This morning when Sugar Mama came downstairs she said.. "Hey M & M" and I said "That's not M & M" and she said "Well who is it?"... That's how much we've not been able to see him.. and how much we HaVe been able to see M & M....

I did find my camera battery charger today so I can take some pictures... You'll have to wait until tomorrows post.

A game tomorrow and 2 birthday parties... I have no idea how I am going to work it out since the hubs is on 7 days a week right now, but we'll see. I also have to fit in a workout... I may try to ride my bike..

Lastly, I have an appointment with a nutritionist next week. Right now she has me keeping a food diary. Nothing keeps you watching what you eat like having another person judging it. She will take a look at it and together we will come up with options on how to make me and my family healthy. No shakes, pills, etc., here... we're going all natural baby.

Anyways I hope you all have a great weekend...

Today I am thankful for:

Investments: Everyday I am responsible for what and how I teach my kids.. by spending time with them and my niece and nephew I am investing a part of myself that will live in them... like he lives in me...

Love to you all!!!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

A Journey of 1,000 miles begins with one step.. and what a step it was...

I did what I said I would do.. I went to the gym today. First let me say that this experience was like being in high school. You walk in and you do not know a single person, or where to go, and everything looks so much larger than normal life.

I walked up and spoke with a super friendly woman named Natalie who took my information.. signed me up for a free 7 day trial, and then asked me what I wanted to do. I was honest. "I have never been to a gym before and I really don't know what to do". She pointed me to a step class that started at 9:30..

This journey has been one that I have talked about before.. but I have always come up with a lot of excuses about why I cannot go... today the hubs eliminated that option by dropping me off. It was either sit there for 1 hour and 15 minutes or do a class.. I chose the class.

I walked in and immediately decided to stand in the back. This way if I fell off of my step fewer people would see. There was an awesome girl in front of me training to be an instructor. I was told to watch her feet if I got lost.

The music started, the class started moving and I was lost.

This is not a class for the weak.. 15 minutes in I was breathing heavily and the sweating had started... this was just the "warm up" my instructor said. At this moment I thought "What have I done?"

For roughly 45 minutes... the class was an hour, but I had to take some time to catch my breath about 4 times... I had the time of my life. It was hard, I couldn't breathe, and I have never lost that much sweat in my life, but at the end I felt really good about myself. These people were so nice and I didn't feel like an outsider at all... in fact THEY made me want to come back.

It also helped a ton that a lady whose daughter goes to school with Sugar Mama takes the class too... she told me how hard it was, and encouraged me to keep moving even when I thought that was not a possibility.

Tomorrow I get to baby sit Bigi my nephew so I won't take a morning class, but they offer a cardio dance class tomorrow that I am thinking of taking.. hopefully that will suit me better.

It will busy for us around here.. we volunteered to make the banners for the rest of the season and obviously there will be a game. We also have 2 birthday parties to attend and I have homework, but I hope everyone has a great weekend.

Today I am thankful for:

Movement: It felt so good to put my muscles (yes they are there you just have to look really hard for them) to work... especially that big ol' muscle I call a heart.

Love to you all... and I'll post some new pics soon. I can't find my camera battery charger so I can't take new ones until that happens.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

The First Step is Admission...

Numbers are not pretty... well unless your numbers are pretty; then this doesn't apply to you. But right now my numbers aren't. Once upon a time they were great... great numbers that I never gave a second thought.. now I give them seconds.. thirds... fourths, etc.

These are my numbers:

I'm 27 years old.

I have 2 kids.

I'm 5'6

and I weigh 200 pounds... that is the first time I have ever said (typed) that out loud unless it was preceded with: The Day I delivered Sugar Mama I weighed 200 pounds.

When I met the hubs I was 145 lbs, and wearing a size 6. After marrying the hubs I had put on some weight... so when Sugar Mama showed up on my equate pregnancy test I was not at my ideal weight. Most of you know that her pregnancy was a difficult one and I eventually gained about 25 lbs. This is normal under normal circumstances, for me it was not because I spent my first 2 trimesters losing weight.. only to gain the norm 25 in the last trimester. This was due largely in part of bed rest in the hospital. I was only allowed to get up to go to the bathroom. This was exasperated by the fact that those 25 lbs., packed on in the third trimester and Sugar Mama was 4 weeks early.

I only gained 12 lbs., with the Nugget and I lost everyone of them.. go figure.

I can't break this cycle. I do not look at myself and think I look 200 lbs. In fact I say I have the reverse of anorexia. They see themselves and think they are heavier... I see myself and think I'm thinner. Either way I'm at a turning point.

Does some of the turn have to do with vanity? Sure, who doesn't want to feel good about themselves? But also because heart disease and diabetes run heavily in my family. I'm genetically predisposed to people whose health is severely affected by obesity.

At this moment I weigh 200 pounds... I have a Body Mass Index that concludes that I am obese and I wear a size 16. Again these are things that only my husband knows... until now.

I need to lose about 50 pounds to be at a weight that is acceptable for my height. According to the charts a person my height should weigh 140.. I've had 2 kids and I do not think that is a realistic goal.. and I think it's too thin. So that's my goal.. I figure it's going to take me about 6 months to a year depending on the amount of lbs., I lose per week. A woman whose daughter goes to school with Sugar Mama has been very upfront about her struggle with weight loss and told me how she did it the healthy and safe way and has kept it off for 8 years. I would like to say the same thing.

Having said that... I feel guilty about wanting this for myself because with school this will mean more time away from my children...but...

Tomorrow I am joining a gym. At this gym is a nutritionist, who will hopefully teach me the proper way to eat. A way that doesn't involve a necessity for a professional chef, but that can teach me healthy eating habits that I can share with my entire family, Shug and the Nugget included.

My only vice is chocolate... it's like a drug.. my only drug, and on days that I can't seem to get it together I rely heavily on it's companionship. This journey will mean that I will have to say goodbye to my dear friend... (sigh).

I hope all of you will encourage this journey. I need to be healthy. I need to live long enough to meet my grandchildren. I need another reason to feel good about myself. And quite frankly I need sometime to pamper myself... how can I take care of them if I can't take care of me? Feel free to comment... and/or join me on this journey. I hope that as I blog about my success, failures, plateaus, etc that you will see this for what it is: Anything worth having is worth working for...

Today I am Thankful for:

Humility: This was a hard post for me. Embarrassing to put out there that you've let yourself go and that most days you don't realize it enough to change it. I'm glad the Lord and I can have a conversation where he gives me the strength to put my less than desirable numbers out there so I can start new.

Love to you all.

Monday, August 24, 2009

If a big gust comes by, don't worry it's just me...

Wow I don't know what it has been with these past 2 weeks, but I have had the hardest time catching up to our new house schedule. I've already told you that I'm a weirdo when it comes to cleanliness... well my laundry days are Mondays and I like to wash, fold, and put away all of my laundry on this day... this is harder every semester. So today has been me, running around like a mad woman, and as I sit here and type I am sooo tired!!!!

But let me back up...

This past Saturday night Sugar Mama and the Nugget spent the night at Mama J's house. I cannot tell you the huge amount of joy I had at spending a night completely alone. When I was preggo with the Nugget, Mama J would take Sugar Mama and I had it then, but it's been 16 months... and finally the Nugget has spent the night off. I wasn't sad or needy, or any of the things that I was when Sugar Mama spent her first night away. That was the first sign that it was time for a break. The second sign is, while they were away, I spent my night catching up their photo albums... I know I need a life.

Today: marks the day that the Nugget used a big girl cup and drank all of it's contents. She did spill some, but she made tremendous progress and that means a spoon is our next obstacle. I found myself today being annoyed at all of the new things I'm having to teach the Nugget, but silently rejoicing that in about 6 months she will be so much easier to take care of!!!!

Meanwhile in school land.. our first night of lab was today, and as if I didn't already have enough to do my anatomy lab was so much work I had to bring it home. And we have to dissect a rat... I've done a pig and a cat so the rat should be easy right?

Anyways.. Amanda (I call her Mandy) told me about and I have signed up. Once I get more information together I'll post the link and let you have a look around.

That's it for today... I need some sleep because I have to do it all again tomorrow, well minus the laundry. I wonder do all of you have kids in school, and how do you maintain while doing your separate things?

Today I am thankful for:

School: I love this place... it makes me a nerd and that's ok, but there is something about learning I have always enjoyed. I hope I do it justice this semester, thank the Lord he worked out my path to go.

Love to you all!!!!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Jack of All trades.. Master of none...

So I mentioned the other day on my random randomness that I listen for words every day that will inspire a name to a business I would like to start. I still have not found that word. To me Lively was the obvious choice, and still remains that way, but Google already bought that URL. So while I like the name lively I look for a partner for Lively that would be easy to remember in case you wanted to visit, but clever enough that a person wouldn't forget... If you have any suggestions please feel free to pass them along.

Anyways I have been working on some cork boards for my cousin for his birthday
and the daughter of a friend of mine. These are great because you just use push pins and they hang everything.. photos, tickets, schedules, etc. Here are the finished products...

This is just a random one that I did because I had the idea... the stripes did not turn out quite how I wanted them too, but the hubs enjoyed it...

This is for a tween girl that is the daughter of a friend... here's hoping she likes it.

And this one is for my cousin's birthday... can you guess why it's black and red?!?
Also for some photos for M & M I made her a tutu and hair bow... this is the finished product for her...


I also made one for the Nugget...


And then here are hair bows... Big ones, Small Ones, and even a head band style that I made for the niece...





Don't you just love my model? I can't take credit for making that.. it's all Build-a-Bear, but she was very cooperative.

So what do you think?

Tomorrow we have no school in this house.. the girls and I are going to enjoy the peace and quiet while we can. Sugar Mama has a game on Saturday and for the rest of the weekend we are obligation free. I hope everyone has a Good Friday..

Today I am thankful for:

Hobbies: Being a stay at home mom is great, but some days the boredom can get to you.. thank the Lord he gives us talents to use.

Love to you all!!!!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

A Day of Firsts...

Have you ever stopped, as an adult, and really looked at the clouds? I don't mean "Ugh I think it's going to rain", but like you were a kid searching for hidden pictures up there? I did this today... only briefly. But the thing that stopped me in my tracks was looking at the clouds.. wondering about my family members and friends who wait just beyond them. How our world continues to rotate everyday, even though I never feel a thing, and they wait... The things God has made give me pause. Looking at the clouds, knowing that one day my girls will play up there with those who wait for them.. well sometimes it's really more than my emotions can handle...

Having said that. I follow Kelly and Angie's blogs. How often I read them depends, mostly on time, but sometimes on whether or not I can withstand the emotions they sometimes envoke. Today I skimmed one of Kelly's entries and came upon a video from Angie. If you haven't read her blog.. here is a very short, understated version of Audrey's Story...

At 20 weeks Angie and her family were told that Audrey had at least 2 conditions that would prove to be fatal. They were encouraged to terminate the pregnancy immediately, but they decided against it. Angie delivered Audrey on April 7, 2008 and she lived for approximately 2 1/2 hours. She is very open, and descriptive in her feelings about her anguish regarding Audrey's absence, and her continued walk with God during a difficult situation. Angie and her husband Todd wrote a song for the new Selah cd. This is the video... the song.. and their story... (P.S. you will need to scroll down and pause the blog music)

On to our day of firsts...

Our pediatrician has inquired about the Nuggets Crayon use. Well that's an easy one.. zero.. she's too young. Not according to the doc. They say that crayons are non-toxic and worse case scenario she will have colorful poops. I'm all about personal growth, and strong fine motor skills so I purchased some today. I placed her in her chair. Removed a shiny orange crayon and demonstrated what to do with it. I gave it to her and she tapped it on the paper...

And after about 2 seconds she put it in her mouth.. she took 2 successful bites of it before I took it away... We'll get there..

Also I was told that I needed to introduce her to a cup... it took her months to learn how to drink out of a straw cup, but she did a fantastic job with a regular cup...

Because she wasn't feeling well she let me rock her to sleep tonight.. that is the first time in the whole 15 months of her life that she has ever done that. It almost brought me to tears. It's an emotional day can you tell? Somedays the Lord hits me with TONS of reasons to be thankful... today was one of those days.


Today I am thankful for:

The blog. This is not an overly successful blog... people read it, sometimes they comment, but for the most part you could probably get the same info., on my facebook page. But, at the end of the day it means something to have a space where I can share my life with people. It is my greatest desire for you to share yours with me.

I have 2 girls that are healthy and happy. I have memorized their scents, recalled the moment they each stepped into my life, held them while they cried, and wondered EvErYdAy since they came into this world how I got to be so lucky. God has given me gifts in this life that I could never hope to repay him for, more importantly he gave me a gift beyond this life.

I have a husband who supports me 100% no matter what the endevaor. Ask me and I'll tell you that I can do anything, but sometimes it's not there... the hubs always backs me up. He works until he is dead on his feet, and still makes Sugar Mama's games, or uses his final ounces of energy to help any way he can. He changed my world...

I am insanely blessed...Love to you all..

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Random Randomness

Here are 25 Random things that you may not know about me:

1. I have clinically diagnosed OCD. No I do not wash my hands several times or have rituals. I have OCD about Cleanliness. My closets are arranged by length, then alphabetized by color. This made my husband crazy at first, now he just accepts it. It is something that can drastically change my mood, and I function best in a clean and organized environment.

2. I knew the moment that I met my husband that he would be my husband. People say this doesn't happen, but at that time he saved me from heading in a seriously bad direction. I think God showed me that the hubs would be what I needed so I could come back. He proposed in a hotel room in Las Vegas @ 4:00 a.m. haphazardly as we ate room service. It remains one of the top 3 moments of my life, and he hates that I tell that story.

3. I am twin. You already know this.. but did you know that Mama J was 20 when she had me and the twin? and that she did not know she was having twins until she went into labor? How can this be you ask? We were back to back, giving the doctors only one heartbeat, and my parents missed both ultrasound appointments.

4. I am obsessed with the Twilight Saga. Not the high school stuff, but Stephenie Meyer wrote such a consuming love story that I was hooked. You don't have to be 30 to know you are in love, or maybe you do, but when you find it, I hope everyone experiences this type of love. If you haven't read it check it out @

5. I have been skydiving once. It was the most terrifying and exhilarating experience of my life. I would do it again, but this time I would like to land where I am supposed to, and on my feet; as opposed to my face.

6. I had natural childbirth with both of my girls. With Sugar Mama it was by accident. When they gave me the epidural they did not check my cervix. Turns out I was a 9 and it was too late. Those are not appropriate words to utter to a first time laborer "Sorry we missed our Window"... With The Nugget it was a choice. I was uber sorry for that one in the moment. I had never to that point, or since, felt that kind of pain.

7. There are 6 kids in this world who hold pieces of my heart. I love them all as those they were my own.. well 2 of them are my own. Lawrence, Jake-a-bake, Sugar Mama, the Nugget, Bigi, and M & M. I wonder almost everyday what my role with be in these 6 lives as time passes.

8. I have few regrets, but the few I have are big ones: a) I would give most anything to have one more moment with my nanny. We argued the last time I saw her about something insanely trivial. The next time I laid eyes on her was in a hospital bed, after brain surgery. There was never another time for me to say the words I desperately needed for her to hear. b) I could tell you my mom's life story... mostly... I recently picked up a cake for my dad for his birthday and realized that I couldn't tell you what his favorite kind is. This is something I would like to change.

9. I do not make girlfriends easily. I never have. In school I had mostly guy friends. As an adult I find myself so focused on the lives of my family that I neglect to nurture the few friendships I do have...

10. EvErYdAY I listen to words trying to come up with a clever name for a business I would like to start. I found out recently that I can make some pretty interesting stuff.. like hair bows and I would like to start doing this, but I need a name.... And on that note I am thinking of having a contest... what are you thoughts? I would like to give away a tutu and hair bow, or a personalized cork board... let me know...

11. I have read over 30 books this summer.

12. I had a best friend in high school that I think about all the time because I haven't seen him in years.. His name is Brandon Parks... do you know him?

13. I have secret ambitions.... I wonder a lot if I will ever do anything with them... If I do I will tell you what they are... until then feel free to pray about "them" :O)

14. I have always wanted to live in a country where my children would grow up with accents. However, I am reluctant to move further than 5 miles away from my family. Maybe the could just go with us and their kids can have accents too?

15. I have always known that I wanted to have kids. I did NOT however, think about what I would do once I had them. Being a stay at home mom was never in my plans, yet I wouldn't trade a minute of it... most days.

16. I have been told that I can sing. I have even gone to different churches to sing. However, I am convinced I will one day be the person on American Idol who is laughed out of the room because I can't really and everyone around me has been lying. Won't that be embarrassing?

17. I was one of 2 of the first freshmen in my high school to make the varsity cheer leading squad. It was probably one of the most fun times in my life. After making the team they put a bag over our heads and made us do a cheer on a Friday night at the local movie theater.. thank goodness for the bags ;O) I would cheer for a profession league if they had one. P.S. I did NOT encourage Sugar Mama in anyway... I swear...

18. The hubs and I have brown eyes, but Sugar Mama and the Nugget have blue/hazel.

19. I would like to know everything about my ancestors.. what jobs they had, or if they had any remarkable experiences... it's a hobby, but I do not spend a lot of time on it.

20. The flower girl at my wedding could win us $10,000 because she made faces at the audiences during the ceremony. It was hilarious!!!

21. Before our wedding I had never seen my husband cry. I threatened that if he did not cry at our wedding I would have stopped it... it wasn't necessary, we cried like babies.

22. During the Nuggets delivery I screamed out loud. If you ever watch a Baby Story on TLC you know the kind I am talking about. It remains one of the most embarrassing moments of my life.

23. When the Nugget was around 3 months old I was holding her when I fell out the front door. Yep that's right fell out the front door. My foot slipped on the door mat and I went down with her in my arms... she was perfectly fine, my elbows and knees broke my fall and she never touched the ground. After wards I was cracking up laughing when the hubs informed me that he had never seen me fall before... what an interesting way to introduce him...

24. I get motion sickness... this happened recently, but I can't look at a book or do anything in the car, or ride on a boat with out beind SUPER nauseous. I don't know why it is but it stinks, and sometimes; like on vacation I just deal with it and pop some tylenol after wards.

25. I watch Disney Channel and iCarly all the time. I love these shows because they are really funny to me and it's the best way to be entertained and not be stressed out about censorship. Sugar Mama loves them as well. Check out iCarly..her brother Spencer MaKeS that show.

Now you know more than you ever wanted to..

Today I am thankful for:

My randomness: There is a lot about me that is random.. but that's great because God made me especially how he wanted...

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Home Sweet Home

We finally made it home last night around 8:30. It was one of the longest rides of my life. Florida is 1 hour behind us so we really missed that hour as it left us on our return. Sugar Mama informed me, as she lay sobbing, that "She did not want to leave... she wanted to stay here forever". Of course her tune changed once she realized that forever did not include sitting on the beach everyday, but doing the things we actually did at home, just with a better view. She was still sad, but was more eager to return to what she already knew.

This morning was her first cheer leading game. First let me say that this goes against EvErYtHiNg we believe in. This family bleeds red and black, we have a Bulldog named Dooley for crying out loud. Imagine our reluctance when she was placed on the Alabama Crimson Tide team. It is almost sac religious, but we endure for her sake. I mean one look at this picture and you know that her DNA was bred for cheer leading. Just imagine a different uniform, and ooggle and how beautiful she is.

What a ride we did have. First the Nugget has been in rare monster form since we left yesterday. Here she is taking a small break from the screaming. Thank you Lord.

But on the way home yesterday we learned that the Hubs would be working locally this week. I cannot tell you how happy this makes me. It's a wonderful week for him to be here also... with mine and Sugar Mama's school starting back, it could not have come at a better time. Here's praying for more work at the airport.

Today I am thankful for:

Getting when I was unaware I needed: It's no secret that being a single parent is hard. What's worse is when you are married and you're a single parent because situations arise, giving you little choice. This week the Lord gave me back my husband. I have been nervous recently about how I would handle the influx of responsibilities this week presents and I am so thankful he saw fit to give me the help he was sure I needed.

Love to you all... P.S. Don't be afraid to comment... and/or join...

Thursday, August 13, 2009

All Good Things Must Come To an End...

Here is the Nugget and I enjoying the beach... we couldn't get Sugar Mama away from the sand castles long enough to take one.

Here is the "Jellyfish" that the hubs caught.. the one who doesn't sting and we ultimately handicapped because we listened to the lifeguard. Isn't it pretty?

Here is Sugar Mama fishing off the pier. For 2 days we spend HoUrS fishing off this pier and not OnE time did we take a picture off of it.

Here she is proudly displaying her bait fish. We caught 3 big fish with the fish she caught. We have no pictures of those fish because they broke my line EvErY TiMe!!!!!

The Hubs caught this one.. we threw him back.

The hubs also caught this one... the "Zebra" fish as Sugar mama dubbed him. We threw him back too.

This is the view from our balcony.

The Nugget and Sugar Mama watching the Lighting of the Torches... an awesome show every night at 7 with dancers and all.

Today is our last full day here.. why is that when you are waiting for vacation the days drag on endlessly, but when you are actually here, you blink your eyes and the trip is done. It's like being pregnant for what feels like 4 years and the first 9 months of a child's life is so quick you are reeling just to catch up.

I discovered this week that I really like to fish... well I like to fish for big fish, and I most enjoy it when said fish are cooperative and stay on my line. This did not happen on this trip, but maybe next time. The girls were wonderful while we spent those hours on the pier, so maybe next time they can help even more.

I also already knew that I am super sensitive to light... especially here where the reflection of the sun off the white sand is blinding. This is why if I am ever outdoors you will see me wearing a pair of sunglasses. The problem is that here; after a lot of sun, you look like a raccoon. It's really funny.

Also, did you know you can use a towel as a broom when needed? No? Well you can, it works on muffin crumbs at least. The nugget is a wealth of education opportunities.

It's just after 8:00 here.. and we're going to the beach to enjoy our last full day here... I also need to buy a souvenier for M & M (the neice), I found the BeSt shirt for Bigi (the nephew), so here's to sitting beach side, shopping and having some one else prepare your meals. :O) Might as well enjoy it while it lasts.

Today I am thankful for:

Also a very special thanks should go to the twin. Right now she has been at my house everyday for 4 days taking care of Dooley. She and M & M are jems and I'm sure he greatly appreciates it. I know we do. It's such a wonderful feeling to know that we have family members and friends that we can count on at a moments notice. Love to you all.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

It's Hard to feel big around the Ocean...

Here it is easy to be reminded of all the big and wonderful things that God has created. Looking at the serious extension of the ocean across the horizon I think about all of the things that use my vacation spot as a home. In fact as all four of us swam yesterday several small fish bit at our toes... Sugar Mama thought this was hilarious. This place is so quiet right now... kids are back in school and there are many families who had the same idea as us: save money and miss the crowds.

The hubs caught a jellyfish yesterday. And suprisingly enough it was not a stinger.. it may cause skin irritation but it would not have stung our kids. The sad part was the lifegaurd telling us to put it in the trash. I understood his reasoning, but it made me sad to think this jellyfish was just hanging out (close to the shore) and then we plucked him out and put him on the sand away from the beach... his tenticles fell off. Well the hubs was trying to save it so he got it's body and put it back in the ocean far out.. we think the tenticles grew back... but we aren't sure.

Here are some little known facts:

1. Sand is a great exfoliant. My skin has never felt so smooth. Plus I have the added benefit of having children to throw it on me.
2. Here you need Xtra sunblock. We applied and applied and still we are all red. Mama J says it because of the white sand... perhaps I believe her.. she is somewhat of an expert on this area. None the less if you are coming here... stock up on the SPF.
3. Sand toys in Florida are harder to find and more expensive... sad but true. Bring your buckets.
4. Stay in this hotel: Besides the awesome kiddie park, every night they have a free movie and popcorn on the pool deck, a guy in a dolphin suit who takes pictures with your kids, coloring contests, fake tatoos and more. The is the most kid friendly hotel I've ever been to and it was worth the money.

Lastly I want to share these videos with you. You should check them out and tell me what you think. Our church did both of these, but these videos are not of my church.
Lifehouse Everything

Casting Crowns Set Me Free

Today I am thankful for:

Being small: standing next to the ocean I am reminded that he created everything I see before me, but at the end of the day he still watches over me, cares about what happens to me, and stretches out his arm to protect me and those I care about. He set me free... from everything.

Are you free.... ?

Randomly viewing this blog and want to talk?

Love to you all... I'll post some pictures later today or tomorrow!!!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Toes In the Water, Tush in the sand... (2)

This is one is just for good measure... her first pig tails!!

Here is Sugar Mama on the beach... she's not very fond of the water just yet.

The Nugget with her toes in the sand for the first time...

The Nugget trying out the water...

The Hubs buried Sugar Mama in the sand!!!

The Hubs taking the Nugget in the waves.

More to come... on our way to the beach now!!! Love to you all!!!

Toes in the Water, Tush in the sand...

I know you are all looking for pictures and let me rest assure you that I have some good ones. But here's the deal.... I forgot my memory stick duo.. I have to go buy another one. So before you can look at the most beautiful little girls putting their toes in the water and tushes in the sand I have to go buy a new duo so I can upload my photos.

Because I promised you all photos I almost got my memory card stuck in one computer and did get it stuck in another. But I saved it and I will post as soon as the hubs gets back from Walmart (that place is a MAD house here).

Anyways: Sugar mama has informed me that she loves our new home.. even our kitchen which is really just a fridge. :O) When we were going out to dinner last night she told me didn't want to go home she wanted to stay at our new home with her new bed... leaving will be loads of fun.

Pictures soon... it will be worth the wait. I promise.

Monday, August 3, 2009

It's Just Amazing..

Sugar Mama will start Pre-K in about 2 weeks. I mentioned this in a previous post and also shared our secret of vacation the week she is actually supposed to start. Amanda C commented on the last post about how unbelievable it is that our kids are going to Pre-k this year. We worked together while we were pregnant and our kids are literally like 6 months apart. It is one of the most surreal moments. I watched her being so excited about purchasing a lunch box for lunch bunch and thought "Wow what it would be like to be 4 again and know that the most important thing in the world is what lunch box I will take to eat lunch with my friends"

This is the beautiful thing about Sugar Mama... she is one of the most simple people I know. The hubs and I have strived to give her the world... and thanks to our many grandparents we have been able to relatively succeed. But the funny thing is that at the end of the day she doesn't really want the world. A few cartoon at nap time, a cool lunch box, and some orange juice/chocolate milk when needed and she remains pretty content.

The other night the Hubs was reading her a book before bed and she asked him about going to Pre-K. She started asking if she would make new friends, what people like her hair and clothes... or her? The hubs was floored.. he came downstairs and shared this with me with the incredulity of "Christina she's 4... can she really be worried about this"? I laughed because if Sugar Mama is nothing she is a worrier.. who knows where she gets that from.... (it's from me). But here's the thing, I looked at kids at our church the other day and thought: A time ago their parents were potty training them.. not they're sending them to middle school. It doesn't take much to take me to a time when Sugar Mama needed me more... I need only look at the Nugget, but it floors me to think how "grown" she is and the things that wait just around the corner for her.

This is the last year when we have choice about how many days a week she goes and/or how long she goes during the day. This will also be the last year that she will choose her clothes... next year she goes to uniform. Maybe it will ease her worries to know that they'll be basically dressed the same. I'm hoping to really enjoy this time... next year she really is a student and I'll blink my eyes and think I wish I were sending her to Pre-K instead of college.

Meanwhile in Nugget news: She's going to be LOST without Sugar Mama once school starts.. I'm going to have to introduce a play date situation or something because she is going to miss her so much. She's as active as ever, and can be so sweet and loving when she's not rolling all of the toilet paper off the roll. It's amazing to look at how much she is learning and taking in everyday.

Last but not least... This weekend we are leaving for a week vacation to Panama City... I'm going to try and post pictures everyday while we are down there, but I don't know how much time I'll spend doing it from there. If not from there, then when I get back.

Today I am thankful for:

A visit from the aunt and uncle today... we've had a houseful at Mama J's today and it has been so much fun. God give me exactly what I need... even when I didn't know I needed it.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Summer is almost over...

And for one I am sad to see it go. I'm still searching for the past 6 weeks... I'll let you know once I've found them.
Nothing much to report here... The twin has been in the hospital for over a week for galbladder issues and hopefully they will be taking it out either today or tomorrow. Please keep her in your prayers.
Sugar Mama is starting Pre-K in about 2 weeks... (well really it's supposed to be in 1 week, but we're taking vacation... Is our secret safe with you?). And the Nugget.. well she's just a heathen... Sugar Mama never dreamed of being such a handful so the Nugget has more than made up.

And.. the hubs is still out of town. He will be for the next 3 months. That's about all I can say about it.... otherwise I won't sound nice and I don't want it to come off that way. He has work and so we're blessed. The wonderful part is that every other weekend he gets to spend 4 days at home, and that is another blessing.

I hope you are all having wonderful last days of summer, we'll post pictures from vacation. It will be the Nugget's first trip to the beach and Sugar Mama's second... she was 18 months the last time.

Today I am thankful for:

The hubs being home... it's a short weekend, but anytime is better than no time right? And with God's help I will get through this... I might not be sane on the otherside but he will take care of me then too :O) Love to you all!!!