Monday, April 25, 2011

Weekend Wrapup

I love weekends when you have NOTHING that has to be done. Those are the best. That is exactly what our weekend was about. The only thing planned for the weekend was church on Sunday and a Easter Picnic with the Willis family Sunday afternoon. Saturday was a do nothing day and that is exactly what we did. I think my sister had more action at the nail salon than I did all day. She was about to go all Julia Sugarbaker on some women popping her gum. Now let me explain the Julia Sugarbaker reference. If you remember the show "Designing Women" then you will know who Julia Sugarbaker is. She was a true southern lady and could tell you off with a smile on her face and after it was all over with you just had to stop and think about what had just happened. Jima has this ability--always has. As she said the lady at the nail salon was an expert in gum popping. She had to leave and go by ear plugs!! I would have loved seeing Jima waiting to get her pedi with those big orange earplugs in. Raeanna actually remined me of myself at her age Saturday. When I was growing up I would not have been caught dead in the house on a Saturday. Especially one that was as great as this past Saturday. And if I was outside I was gonna be somewhere near mud. This is exactly what she did Saturday with a friend. It has rained so much here lately that everything is wet and muddy. She came to the back door minutes after I cleaned the window (as I was on the phone with Jima as she was telling me about gum lady) looking like this

Muddy muddy muddy

 I have to admit that I love that she did this. She spent the rest of the day riding bikes and playing out side with her friend Skye.
Brady is a different story. He does not like being outside. His allergies are so bad that I can't say that I blame him. He would rather be playing video games (which he gets a great workout playing them because he can not set still when he plays. There have been times that he actually works up a sweat), listening to his ipod or building legos. He loves legos and can come up with some of the neatest creations.

He has the best imagination!

One of his many battle planes.
His many warriors.

My wonderful husband is a great carpenter. He has a bad back so he is limited to what he can do but if he takes his time he can build just about anything. We have a wall in our dining room that was just calling for some attention. A couple of months ago he started working on building us a built in book shelf on that wall. I knew that he was a really good wood worker but he has outdone him self with this one.

Working hard!

We still have to paint and he still has to cut out the doors but I am so proud of him. It really looks great.
There's even room for his Star Trek video collection.

Sunday after an amazing Easter Service at Belden Baptist we headed to Veterans Park for out yearly Easter Picnic with our family. We have gotten so big that all of us in one house is getting hard to do. But it is wonderful when we can all be together. The only one that wasn't there was David and he was with his mom.
We had a good lunch and some great desserts. Then it was time to hunt eggs. The kids (and some of the big kids) had alot of fun looking for the eggs. Aunt Barbara always has a price egg and always hides it someplace "special". Last year it was under her hat. This year in her pocket until she handed it off to me and I drop it in with the drinks. It floated in there for a while until Heather finally looked down. She had been standing by it for a few minutes. 
2011 Family Picture

Papaw watching the kids getting ready to hunt eggs.

And they're off!!!!!

Where are the eggs???

Brady really enjoying the great outdoors.

I'll be glad when this pretty little thing is old enough to hunt easter eggs.

Hope your weekend was just as good!


Friday, April 22, 2011

Easter Season

Today is Good Friday. The day that many people start getting ready for the Easter Bunny. I have always know, ever since I can remember, the REAL reason for Good Friday and Easter. I grew up going to church every time the doors where opened. We were always involved. You never asked on Sundays IF we were going to church because you always knew you were.  When I was in my teens I didn't really enjoy being told that I had to go to church but now as an adult with my own family I am very thankful that my momma didn't give us a choice.  Today I choose to think of Good Friday as the day that my Saviour died on the cross to take away my sins. The day that God gave his only son so that we might be able to go to heaven and live forever with them one day. All you have to do is ask Him into your heart and you will be able to have this wonderful "forever" life also.  So today I will not be getting things ready for the Easter Bunny but I will be talking about the REAL reason for Good Friday.

Have an AWESOME Easter!


Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Ball Season

Growing up I always played softball, usually with the girls from church. My friends and I even had a team in junior college. I always loved playing softball. But as I have gotten older and heavier I just can't play anymore. I guess if I really loved it that much I would try to lose the weight so that I can play again. My husband played ball when he was younger and our son played t-ball, coach pitch and little league for several years until he just didn't enjoy it anymore. Our daughter has never shown any interest in playing t-ball or coach pitch but she loves to play basketball. I have NO coordination so basketball is no where in my genes. My husband has a bad back so he is not able to play anymore but he does help coach the ladies team from our church, Belden Baptist. He has done this for the past several years and really enjoys it. He loves being outside and being as active as he physically can be. Right now with school still going on its hard for the kids to be able to go watch the games but as soon as school gets out this year (about a week later that usual because of all the snow we had at the first of the year) they will enjoy a couple of nights a week at the ball field with their dad. We have two nephews who will actually start playing t-ball this year. We are so excited to get to watch them play. Their is something about watching little kids play ball that is just so fun.
I have a uncle in the hospital right now. He is in intensive care and needs alot of prayers. He is diabetic and is having some major problems. Its so hard to watch the older people in your lives get sick. We lost our mother 16 years ago to cancer and daddy died 2 years ago from cancer. My mother only has one brother living and my dad has two brothers and a sister. My daddy's sister Gail is who I consider the closest thing that I have to a mother on this earth.  She, in my opinion, is the person that ties the whole family together. We, my sister and brother along with their families, try to get together for everyone's birthday and we always included Gail. We didn't grow up calling her Aunt Gail but she is a wonderful Aunt that I consider blessed to have.
One of the reasons that I wanted to started this blog is so that I can remind myself all the blessings that God has given me and my family. I thank Him for all that He has done for us, the good and the bad. We will always praise him no matter the situation.

The Lord is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and He knoweth them that trust in Him.    Nahum 1:7

Have a blessed day!

Monday, April 18, 2011


I have been thinking about starting a blog for years. I first found out about blogs in our local newspaper. They do a weekly feature called "Cook of the Week". The featured cook for this particular week talked about how she loved going to "The Pioneer Womans" blog and looking at all her recipes. As soon as I saw The Pioneer Woman I was hooked! I have several blogs that I read daily and have always thought about starting one. I am not a scrapbook person, don't keep a diary and am not good at keeping up with the memories that my family makes. Hopefully this will be a much easier and needed way for me to remember the things that my family does.