Tuesday, May 18, 2010

I Heart Faces

The theme this week is "Faces and Flowers". Two of my favorite things.

I haven't had much time this week to set aside for picture taking. So I looked through my millions of pictures I have taken in the past few months. :P

This picture was taken in the front yard. Morgan was playing with Mittens, one of our cats. Mittens is the mother of 4 little kittens and Morgan spends every moment with them that she can.

Click on the I Heart Faces link above to check out some really great photos!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Gratitude Monday

It is a yucky Monday here. Its rainy. I had a bad night. Today is not running smoothly. It is 1:30 and I have not even started school. It has just been one of those mornings that we all know and dread.

I jumped on the computer. Checked facebook. Seems a lot of others are also having a pretty yucky day too.

Then I checked my blog roll. Not much updated except Holy Experience. On Mondays she does Gratitude Monday, One Thousand Gifts. Every Monday Ann blogs about things she is grateful for. Her list is at #1612.

What a great way to turn around my day. I do have a lot to be thankful for so I decided to join her. On those days when I feel like I do today, I can look back and remind myself that it isn't THAT bad.

So here I go....

#1 - #24

~ 4 little blessings

~ 40 little fingers

~ 40 little toes

~ 4 individual giggles

~ family pizza night

~ purple wildflowers

~ new car

~ lilacs

~ homemade bird feeders

~ SHMILY mowed into the front yard by hubby

~ donuts on Saturday mornings

~ yard sales on Saturday mornings

~ bellies not aching anymore

~ dirty boots

~ Sunday afternoon drives

~ My 2 new beautiful hanging baskets

~ Flag blowing in the wind

~ tomato plants planted

~ 7 little kittens

~ campfires

~ flea market finds

~ homemade banana bread

~ baby blue eyes popping up in my garden

~ cool sunglasses

holy experience

Friday, May 14, 2010

Photo Challenge Friday

This week over on Rebecca's blog the theme was clouds/sky for her photo challenge.

I didnt actually take any pictures with this theme in mind but I have missed the challenge the last couple of weeks so I wanted add something.

It has been pretty rainy and cloudy this week but I found these pictures from our Mother's Day outting.

It was sunny on and off all day but the clouds were beautiful!

Follow the link below to check out more cloud/sky pictures...
Foto Friday Challenge

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Way To Go, Daddy!

My dad is a very special man and on Tuesday he got recognized for it.

Last month my dad and 2 other police officers went above their call of duty to save a man that overdosed. When they arrived at the scene, this man was in cardiac arrest and did not have a pulse. They performed CPR and by the time the fire department got to the scene the mans pulse had returned.

At the ceremony we were told that there is less than a 1% chance of getting a pulse back after cardiac arrest. That's pretty incredible!!

My dad is a very strong and steady man. One that you know will always been there for you no matter what.

I love you, dad! Thanks for being so great.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Mother's Day

Mother's Day...what a wonderful celebration. I appreciate so much my mom, my step mom, my grandma, all the women in my life that have been an influence to me.

Being a mother is not something I take lightly. Since the first moment I become a mother my life changed forever. I really think God decided from the get go that he didn't want me to be a wimpy mom.

My very first moments as a mother included doctors, tests, feeding tubes, more doctors and more tests. I could go on but I wont bore you. =)

My life is never ever dull. It is never boring. Like I said from the get go God didn't want me to be wimpy.

My Mother's Day...

We got up on Sunday morning and Brian was going to take us all out to breakfast. He asked me what I wanted to do and I decided I just wanted to get away for the day. If I am at home all I see is every thing that needs done.

So we loaded up the van for a day trip. We went to Barkcamp State Park. I love it there. It is only about an hour away and its completely handicapped accessible. Yeah!!
Oh...and its never busy. Never. We saw about 5 other people. Except for the hundred horse riders taking their horses on the trails. Gasp!!!!
We fished....

Carter was the only one that caught anything!

We saw this little booger...I swear we see snakes everywhere we go!

Alyssa always looks so cute when she is fishing. =)

We hiked....

Brian tells me that I am the strongest but most feminine woman he has ever met. I think that is a compliment. =P

All of that seems easy enough right? Fishing, hiking, smiling for the camera. Of course, my life would never end on such a squeaky clean ending.

We were done fishing, hiking, smiling for the camera and decided to load up to go to the other side of the park to cook on the grill and play frisbee. Brian went to the extremely smelly porta potty while I loaded the stuff into the van.

As I was loading, Taylor told me she was going to take Bobo potty before I loaded her chair. The next thing I know Alyssa is screaming and I turn to see Taylor tumble face first into a ditch.

She has never done this before. I feel like a horrible mother to even give you all those details but its true. I turned my back for a second and that's all it took.

There was a drain pipe in the middle of the grassy area she went. We couldn't see it from our angle. She got too close and over she went. So as I am screaming for help and am losing my cool as I see all the blood running out of her mouth, Brian is running out of the smelly porta potty still buttoning his pants.

She was ok. No broken bones. Although she did make a mean impression of Lisa Rinna. Taylor didn't think it was funny.

So after loving on my girl and cleaning her up...off we went.

As I am talking about needing to sit down and take a little break, make dinner and keep a really close eye on Taylor, Brian pulls to the side of the road.

The conversation went something like this...
Brian- "Take a picture of me."
Me- "What? Why?"
Brian- "I am going to climb that rock. I want you to make it look like I am climbing really high."
Me- "Really, right now?"
Brian- "Come on, it will be fun."
Me- "Fun? Umm....ok"

I will just let you look at the pictures to figure out what happens next. My words really could do no justice.

Loads of fun...:P

And to think...most mothers just get flowers! How boring.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Just a tiny bit of bragging ahead

If you don't want to read about a total mommy brag you might want to stop reading now! :)

We have a few celebrities at our house this week.

When we were fundraising for Taylor's service dog, our local Elks gave us a nice chunk of change towards her goal. We agreed to do a presentation with Taylor and Bobo when we got settled in with him.

Last week we did the presentation and it went so well. Taylor was nervous. I don't think I have ever seen her so nervous. All day she kept telling me "Mom, they wont be able to hear me. They are a bunch of old men that cant hear!" I'm not sure where she got that impression.......... but it was funny!

When we got to the Elks they gave my kids all the pop they could want. It is now their favorite place. LOL!

Taylor and Bobo did great. They make a great team!

The audience understood everything Taylor said. I was really proud of her. She even announced "Whew, I need a Pepsi" when we were walking out. The old men that cant hear got a kick out of that!

Here is the link if you want to check out the article:

A few months ago Alyssa entered a cookie baking contest. She couldn't go with a normal cookie recipe she had to spice it up a bit. That's my girl!

She was ecstatic when she found out she won first place. She won a cookbook and lots of compliments.

Last week we got a call from our local newspaper and they wanted to do an article on Alyssa. They wanted her to be their featured cook of the week.

She wasn't nervous at all to do the interview. I listened as she answered all the questions that were asked and she even asked the lady a few of her own questions. I could hardly believe this was the same girl that would hide behind me when the Walmart greeter asked her if she wanted a sticker!!

She was the first child to ever be the feature cook! How cool is that?

Now it is time to move on to my baby sister.

Saturday was her first prom. I can not believe that she is old enough for prom.

Can I just tell you that I loved prom. I loved all that it entails. I love getting all dressed up. I loved getting everything ready. I just loved it.

Saturday was no exception. I could have spent all day with her taking pictures. Ok, yeah, so that is kind of what I did. :P I think she was getting tired of me by the end of the day!

I will say that she was, hands down, the most beautiful girl there.
Before Prom

Such a cute couple!

The Family




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