Wednesday, April 30, 2008

selfish day...errr, self portrait day! (wwwat!)

This task was scary. I didn't like it. I used to love taking pictures of myself, but since having Makenna, I don't like what I see. Both of my tripods are MIA, so a stack of books had to work...


Go check out the other people who were brave enough to get in front of the camera at Rachel's blog.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Just not enough

Sometime I feel like there's not enough time. Sometimes I feel like there's just not enough energy, not enough money, not enough patience, not enough fill in the blank. It's times like these that I can sit back and acknowledge that indeed, I am not enough, I don't have enough, and I won't. I'm reminded that God told me that it's not by might, and not by power, but by HIS spirit. I'm also reminded that his power is made perfect in our weaknesses. I'm so thankful that I know this, and that I can rest in His arms knowing full well that I will be taken care of, that my heavy heart can rest in Him. If you don't have this, perhaps this is what you're seeking. If you feel this way too, I have hope to offer you! Please, don't wait another minute carrying that heavy burden!!

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Friday, April 25, 2008

ARRRRRR!!

So, today is the day before B's pirate birthday party, and I managed to get almost everything together! YAY! I made his goodie bags, got all the plates and cups and utensils, etc. oh but let me tell you about that dang pinata I got for B.

The little hole where you get the paper out and fill it up with candy was incredibly small. Almost ridiculously small. Normally, this task should take 15 minutes tops. Ohhhh no, but not for me! It took me over an hour to get all that dang paper out of it and then fill it up. On top of the time, I managed to rip the hole and I even amputated the pirate's arm. I was extremely frustrated and I made sure Target knew. We'll see if I get anything in response. I'm not holding me breath.

Bathing suit season coming up!

As April draws to a close and the month of May approaches, the thoughts of having to go shopping for a swim suit is just down right depressing! I've never really been a big fan of those shopping for swim suits, but especially after having two children, the thought makes me sick to my stomach! But I recently came accross something cool that helps with spider veins as well as cellulite.

Also, as you think about getting your outward appearance more pleasing, how about your insides as well? Just think about all of the junk you eat on a daily basis that is not good for your body? sugar, carbonation, etc. These things can do a number on your body! These toxins can cause problems with Irrital bowel syndrome, colon problems, etc. Why not try a nice detox wrap while you're at it?

It's a lovely day outside...

And so we took some pictures! It was hard for Makenna to keep her eyes open though!




Thursday, April 24, 2008

Bad Mommy, Baaaaaad!

I hate those days when I lose control. I hate letting my children see me when my terrible lurking temper emerges. I hate screaming at Braydon because he's...fill in the blank. But today was just one of those days. Braydon wanted to be all up my butt today, literally, and wouldn't let me do anything by myself. Then, anytime I paid Kenna even the slightest bit of attention he was all on top of her blocking her from my view, almost hurting her because he didn't want to share the spotlight.

Then there was the not listening to me. And the talking back. And the tantrum throwing in the middle of the party store because I "dared" to say no. Or when he woke Makenna up. Or when he grabbed on to my leg (mid tantrum) and wouldn't let go, even after I told him I had to go to the bathroom and I almost peed my pants.

But I totally lost my temper, MANY MANY times today and I hate it because it makes me feel like a failure. I don't want either one of my kids to think that it's okay to blow up when you become overwhelmed. I sit here feeling totally defeated, and am looking forward to the start of a new day tomorrow. TGI(almost) F!

Why do you write?

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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Thursday Thirteen: Where I want to go

I've stumbled upon a site where every Thursday they suggest an idea of what the subject should be, and this week's was 13 places you've been. But I wanted to do a twist, so without further ado, here is my first "Thursday Thirteen"!!

13 places I want to visit in no particular order:

1.) Alaska
2.) The Grand Canyon
3.) Stone Henge
4.) Fiji
5.) Hawaii
6.) California
7.) The Taj Mahal
8.) Egypt
9.) Laos
10.) Paris
11.) Rome
12.) Israel
13.) Rhode Island (where my husband grew up!)

Go check out more Thursday Thirteen over here!

Food Lion the 3rd

So I went back again today. I just couldn't help myself. I spent 4 bucks and got 8 more things of baby food, 3 more sippy cups, 2 more disposable utensils, 3 things of Food Lion brand baby lotion & soap, and baby oragel. Not too shabby. =) I told Kenney I won't go back there b/c I don't want them getting mad at me. I was nice and shared one of my coupons with a lady who was buying breast pads. I like to encourage breastfeeding mommies as much as I can! She was so thankful b/c it meant that instead of paying almost 4 bucks, she only had to pay 2! Yay for coupons!!

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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Food Lion Part 2

If you haven't read my first blog about FL, go check out before you read this one. I went back one more time tonight and got the following for $5.22:

-8 packs of FL cornbread
-Johnson & Johnson Baby wash 15 oz.
-2 packs of FL baby wipes
-Huggies Shea Butter body wash 15 oz.
-Johnson & Johnson disposable wash cloths (12 count)
-18 jars of Beechnut & gerber baby food
-2 dozen cookies (sugar with yellow frosting & oatmeal raisin) for B's party
-2 lbs of beef tips

so in total, Today I spent $20.19 and got a ridiculous amount of food. In case you're wondering, we're donating some of it to our church's food pantry. =) I like to pass along blessings like these cool ones!

Food Lion Owed me money!

Okay, people, today I spent a total of $14.97!! Here's what I got:

-25 Cans of Beechnut baby food (Kenna isn't eating it just yet, but exp. date isn't until 2010)

-2 packs of gerber graduates organic fruit bars

-1 package of hamburger buns

-2 rolls of Scott Natural (80% recycled paper)

-1 container of sugar free cool whip

-16 packs of Food Lion (FL) Corn bread mix (the kind where you only have to add milk!)

-4 packs of FL Kids flushable wipes (generic of Kandoo wipes)

-3 packs of baby wipes

-2 OreIda Frozen Potatoes

-3 dozen fresh bakery cookies (2 choco chip, 1 sugar cookie & choco frosting) for B's birthday party

-2 packages of brownie bites from the bakery

-1 big package of jello

-2 gerber sippy jups

-2 cans of reduced sugar mandarin oranges

-1 can of red. sugar crushed pineapple

-1 Gerber teether

-1 set of Gerber disposable utensils

-3 cans of Green Beans

-2 cans of carrots

-1 Can of Peas

-4 cans of corn

-1 big bottle of Huggies Shea Butter Baby Shampoo

I made 6 trips total to the 3 local FLs and on one trip they owed me 1 penny! woohoo!!

party prep...

B's birthday party is this weekend, and I am busily trying to get everything together! I heard it's supposed to be rainy on Saturday, which kinda stinks because we're having it a local park. Our townhouse is just really too small to have many people over, and the idea of not having to clean my house along with planning a party is a great idea!

I always get kinda nervous about parties, because I'm always worried I won't be prepared enough. Like I won't have enough goodie bags or food or people who didn't RSVP will show up. It's not that they wouldn't be welcomed to the party, they were invited to begin with. But it's the feeling that I won't have enough (fill in the blank) and have an awkward social blunder.

Oh well. Such is life I suppose. People don't RSVP for weddings, so why should I think they'd RSVP for a birthday party?!? Haha, things are so different down here. I invited everyone in Braydon's preschool class only 3 have told me a definate yes or no.

I got a pirate pinata as a surprise for Braydon. My cousin, Aprille, had two pinata's at her son Nate's birthday party, and B just thought these were just the coolest things in the world! I still have to stop by the park and figure out how we're going to do it in the picnic shelter in case it's raining!! Maybe I'll just assign Kenney to this task!

I still have to order Braydon's cake, but since Thursday is cake day at Food Lion, I'll wait to order it until then because I'll save 2 bucks! We're doing pizza for lunch, and I'm just going to do Little Caesars a) b/c it's right near us b) because it's cheap! Nothing like planning a party on a budget! haha!

Any suggestions for activities aside from the pinata, eating cake and opening presents? The age range will be from 1 year to 7 yrs. Thanks guys!

Monday, April 21, 2008

Camping!

Well, we finally decided we'd go camping! I've always loved the idea of camping. Any time our youth group went in jr high & high school I signed up for it. I begged my parents to take us camping, but it just wasn't their idea of "vacation". To them, a nice hotel with a good pool was vacationing. And not that I don't enjoy hotels, especially the ones with nice pools & a good FREE breakfast the next morning. But I always wanted to go camping.

Braydon has been bugging us to go too, and our Bible Fellowship group has decided to go. And now we need to get some gear. Even Kenney was excited about going camping. Not too sure how Kenna will do, but hey, as long as mommy is there to feed her, I guess she won't complain, right?!?

YAY FOR CAMPING!!

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hi there. Today's been a bit busy, but all in all an okay Monday. I went a new Mom's group that met at a local coffee house, manage to back up into a light pole, and did some laundry. Haha yeah, thats right. there was a pole in the middle of the parking lot, and my poor bumper found it. Silly blind spot. Thats what I get for being so late to go pick up B from preschool. I was in such a rush, I didn't turn around to look like I normally do. Oh well, it could have been worse I suppose. I'll try to get a pic when it stops raining.

a random (embarassing) moment...

We all have moments that we never want to share with anyone. It could be something that we look back later and find humor in, or it could be one of those that still haunt us today. Do you have one of those memories? I sure do, and I hope that you won't hold this against me. I was absolutely horrified but now 8 years later can look back and laugh. So here, check out my embarassing story, I'd rather not share....

Maybe just maybe, you're ready to come out of your shell. Take back those embarassing moments, and embrace them! In the meantime, Go visit Gulf oysters and you can check out all the info about oysters, where you can find facts about eating oysters, and whether you're a "at-risk" consumer!



Saturday, April 19, 2008

tired....

Both Kenney and I are tired this afternoon, but I suppose it's the "good" kind of tired. The tired where you know that you've been productive. It's the tired that makes you feel as though you were able to bless someone in a significant way. I'm so thankful we're apart of the Bible Fellowship Group that we are in! They really are examples of what the early church looked like. They make meals all the time for those that are sick, having babies, going through a death in the family, etc. They look after those who are currently Single moms due to their husbands' absence because they are serving in Iraq. They help people with jobs around their house when they need it. And all of this is done on a consistent basis without complaining or second thoughts.

Today, was Kenney's turn taking care of yard work for one of the guys who is (was) serving in Iraq. This is the young man who is now back in the USA because he was injured in an attack that may still eventually lose his leg. He left at 8 this morning, and didn't return until just a few minutes ago. It's neat to be able to practically help a wounded soldier. Yes you can pray for them. Yes you can send them a card. But to actually take something off of their minds is a good feeling.

But what is even more amazing is that this is done a weekly basis. For two couples by the families in our BFG. Families that are already making meals on a weekly basis, Families that work full time, families that have kids, families that could have easily said that they have a ton of things they needed to do rather than help each other out.

I am so thankful and humbled by the generosity of this group, and pray that we're pulling our weight too.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

a new blog

I've added a new blog to update about our trip to Washington, DC for the "Green our vaccines" Rally. Go check it out!

A humanitarian at heart...

The other day, Kenney looked at me and said " You're a humanitarian, aren't you?" I just kinda looked at him, trying to figure out what exactly he meant by it. Was he saying this in a negative tone or was this a good thing? I couldn't exactly decipher which way he was leaning towards, but I just replied, "Well....yeah i guess I am." He smiled and continued putting away the groceries. I shrugged my shoulders and began helping him.

It wasn't until yesterday when I started thinking about that conversation again. I've always been a very giving person, but I have had 2 excellent models of this. My parents are very generous givers even when they themselves were limited, and I suppose I picked it up from them. I love to donate to charities that really do something to help people. I love walking in the MOD "walk for babies" (formerly "walk america"). I love donating food to local food banks or buying a newspaper for $1 when 75 cents of it is donated to the food banks. I look forward to the Pregnancy Care Center's annual banquet. I love to make dinner for people who are sick, or send a card to someone who is serving in Iraq. I love to stand up for children, who cannot have a voice of their own. I do these things not because I feel I have to or I should. I don't do them to get anything in return. I do them because I love it. It makes me feel like I'm doing something to impact the world, even if it's one beef stew at a time.

But, in a way, this is something that Jesus clearly instructed us to do. To feed the needy, to care for the oppressed, to clothe those who are naked, to visit those in jail, mourn with those who mourn. He may not have said "volunteer at (fill in the blank charity here)" or "give them x amount of money" but these are things that in a sense my calling, just as much as it is yours, if you're a Christian.

How awesome would it be to think about the look on a someone's face as they open up their mail and find a card encouraging them, letting them know that you're praying for them? Or to think about the family struggling to make ends meet that finds a gift card to the local grocery store on the door. Or maybe paying for someone's gas. I know this would be a stretch b/c gas is so expensive, but think of the seeds you may be planting. You never know what an answer to prayer you could be. Just something to think about.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

schedules...

I feel like I've been really overscheduled lately. All of the things that I'm doing are great professionally and are for good causes. I just wish I had more hours in the day and more days in the week, ya know? Or perhaps, if I had a mini-me, that might help. I could have a mini-Christy here to do all the house work and little errands that just eat up time (like having to run in to the post office to buy a stamp for one letter turns into a 20 minute ordeal when having to lug a screaming, hungry 3.5 month old and a sleepy 4 year old who is also screaming because he wanted to eat at McDonalds, even though he had already eaten lunch!)

Alas, there are no mini-me's. Too bad.

I remember when....

It was only about 2 years ago that I started thinking about wedding invitations. We looked through magazine after magazine trying to pick out the perfect wedding invitation. And now that my friend Christa is getting married on Saturday, it made me think about the very long process of choosing an invitation. Even after all of the searching, we ended up having my sister make us our special invitations because we couldn't find exactly what we wanted! I wish I had heard about 1st class Wedding Invitations when I was picking out my invitations! The process is totally easy, and you get personalize all of their invitations to make them "yours" in just a few minutes! You can change the font type and color, as well as what you want the invitation to say! And it gives you an instant quote right on the side bar! You can add response cards, reception cards, and thank you cards that match easily as well!


When I saw this one, I immediately thought of my friend Christa. She loves daisies so much, as do I. In fact, I would've loved this invitation too. (For those of you who don't know I had daisies as my centerpieces at my reception!) So if you are beginning to plan your wedding or your renewing your vows ceremony, go check it out! It's super easy, and can be done without even having to leave your house!

Monday, April 14, 2008

Long day...

Today's been awfully long, with a lot of straws being placed on my back. The final straw that broke the camel's back came about 6:30 tonight, when I just started crying in the car. It's hard when you try to do things for people, but everything is just going against you. I try to remind myself of the verse that talks about not growing weary of doing good things....I'm sure I'll blog in more detail tomorrow. But for now, it's off to bed. Sweet dreams!

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Sunday, April 13, 2008

Happy Birthday B!

I can't believe it, but 4 years ago, my handsome little boy was born. I remember the day quite well! He came into the world surrounded by loving family, and he's been surrounded by such amazing people since then! My prayer for Braydon is that you'll grow up to be a Godly man of integrity and that whatever you do, that it will be all unto God! I love you Handsome!

HAPPY 4th BIRTHDAY BRAYDON!!!

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Thursday, April 10, 2008

COLLECTING CHANGE!

You may remember that I posted about a month ago asking people to set aside a jar and collecting their loose change in it and then donating it to my walk. (if you forgot or are new to my page, you can check it out here) Well, folks, the time is upon us...9 more days until the March of Dimes "March for Babies" walk!! I'm excited because I've gotten about $100 dollars which is cool. I'd really like to make my goal of $500, but every penny helps. So, if you've collected any change, and you would like to donate it, please do! You can donate it either by clicking on the link in my sidebar and sending it via paypal or you could send me a check or whatever you'd like to do.

Thanks so much for your support guys!!

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

on our anniversary!

This is the first picture that I've really liked of myself since having Makenna! this is right before we went out to eat Monday night!

I'm a postie!!


Okay, friends, family, strangers and stalkers alike...I have been introduced to an awesome website that pays you to write posts right on your own blog! My friends Elizabeth and Gina from Mothers of Preschoolers were the ones who introduced me to it and I am so thankful that they did! The website is called Pay per post and you really should consider checking it out! You can post about the stuff you like, and when you want! How cool is that? No need to worry about busting out those work or Sunday clothes anymore! You can make money while sitting in your jammies (or whatever you wear when you blog!!) And you also don’t have to worry about hiring a babysitter because you can do this from your own personal computer! (Well, you can hire a babysitter if you want though!!) payperpost

The set up is super fast and easy and once your blog is approved, you are on your way to earning money from doing what you already do...BLOG! You can browse the opportunities available and begin “working” right away! This opportunity is perfect for students, stay at home parents, retirees, people who work full time, part time or who are looking for work! It can be done in your spare time and often only takes a few minutes! So what are you waiting for?!? Go check it out today and give it a shot! It can't hurt to try, right?!?

WWWaT

Well, it's that time again! look at my pictures then go to Rachel's page and look at all of the other creative people who joined in!! What fun what fun!

Monday, April 7, 2008

One year ago...

...I was having a mini-melt down because it was snowing in April in North Carolina...ON MY WEDDING DAY!
...Bob Marley's "I shot the sheriff" somehow got stuck on replay and repeated for roughly 2 hours or so while we were getting ready!
...I somehow managed to get my nails done before the wedding!
...my son spiked a 104 fever on my wedding day and wasn't able to perform his duty as the ring bearer.
...It stopped snowing, the sun came out, and I was happy!
...I was doing last minute details that should have been done much sooner, but I am a procrastinator! ...while I was finishing all the little details, kenney & his groomsmen grabbed a drink while waiting for the limo!
...Two families were joined when my daddy gave me away!
...Kenney had the biggest smile on his face I've ever seen as I walked on to the platform at COTR to take his hands.
...We realized we had not put anything in the cup for our communion, but since it was done privately, no one knew except Pastor Richard and us until later!

...We said our vows, kissed, took lots of pictures and headed over to the Holiday Inn ballroom in our limo! (way cool to have everyone riding together!)
...Kenney & I pulled our spaz card and totally spaced on the name of the song we had planned to dance our first dance too. We found a song that worked, although it was not the song we picked out originally!
...We ate, danced, got to see all of our friends and family!
...we listened to our best man & matron of honor give toasts to us!


Some of our bests guests were so small, but waaaayyyy adorable!...Kenney & I cut the cake and I pretended to feed it to him, but waited til he had my cake in my mouth and then smashed it into his face much to my parents frowning!! =)
...We exited our reception early to rows of sparklers lining the enterance and took off for Raleigh with a pit stop at our townhouse to leave his tux and my dress there.
...We made it about 30 minutes on the road to Raleigh when we realized we were both starving, and stopped in Zebulon to get some Sonic! Everyone kept looking at us because our car had been decorated.

HAPPY ONE YEAR, KENNEY!! It's been an eventful one that's for sure!!