Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Great give-away

I just found this great give-away on the bloggy give-aways. It is a Chicco Trevy twin stroller. Yes a stroller. It is so cool. You have to go over to the site and check it out and register to win it. Just click on the picture on top and it will take you right to the blog.

Monday, October 27, 2008

NC State Fair

Yesterday we took the kids to the state fair in Raleigh. It was a beautiful day, perfect for walking the fair grounds. We had a great time. The girls rode ponys. Played a game and rode a circus train. We ate deep fried oreos, they were so good. We also had fries and popcorn. We did alot of walking and looking at the livestock. I have plenty of pictures to share. We have a neighbor who is a state highway patrolman who was working at the fair so Teagen got her picture taken with him. Hope you enjoy the pictures.

Bloggy Carnival Give-aways

Bloggy Giveaways Quarterly Carnival Button

Yes today is the first day of the carnival. I am going to be giving away a surprise gift of Mary Kay skin care. I am not telling what the items are going to be. All you have to do is leave me a comment and I will use random.org to chose a winner. The carnival ends at midnight on Friday October 31st.
If I have more than 300 people comment then I will add another surprise gift to give away to a 2nd winner.
Only US residents please.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Outreach Program

Today we had a bunch of different outreach programs going in in our area that our church did. I was involved in doing facials and pedicures for mothers who were running away or had no place to live. It really felt great to be apart of making them feel good and look good. We had 10 ladies show up. We had a really great time and the ladies really appreciated it so much. It was amazing who they looked and then how they changed in just a little bit of time of doing their make-up.
While we were in one room doing the make overs we had about 6 kids how signed up and were in another room learning about Noah's Ark and doing art projects. It is amazing how God changes our lives and pulls at us to be part of these special events.
Scott was signed up to rake leaves for the elderly but it was raining today so they had to reschedule for the 8th of November. So he got to stay home and spend the morning with the girls.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

What a number

About 4 days ago Payten fell on the side walk and scraped her arm. Since I had it bandaged for 2 days Scott didn't see it. So I took the bandage off and Payten ran to show it to daddy. When he saw it he said to her" I guess you did do a number on your arm" and her response was"daddy, its a boo boo not a number". It was so funny and cute the way she was so serious. It is amazing what kids pick up on and respond to.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Real Mothers

Real Mothers do not eat quiche;
They do not have time to make it.

Real Mothers know that their kitchen utensils are
Probably in the sandbox.

Real Mothers often have sticky floors, filthy oven;
and happy kids.

Real Mothers know that dried play dough does not
Come out of shag carpets.

Real Mothers do not want to know what the vacuum
Just sucked up.

Real Mothers sometimes ask 'Why me?' and get
Their answer when a little voice says, 'Because I love you best.'

Real Mothers know that a child's growth is not
Measured by height or years or grade...

It is marked by the progression of Mama to Mom to Mother.

The Images of Mother:

4 YEARS OF AGE - My Mama can do anything!

8 YEARS OF AGE - My Mom knows a lot! A whole lot!

12 YEARS OF AGE - My Mother doesn't really know quite everything.

14 YEARS OF AGE - Naturally, Mother doesn't know
that, either.

16 YEARS OF AGE - Mother? She has no clue!

18 YEARS OF AGE - That old woman? She's way out of date!

25 YEARS OF AGE - Well, she might know a little bit about it.

35 YEARS OF AGE - Before we decide, let's get Mom's opinion.

45 YEARS OF AGE - Wonder what Mom would have thought about it?

65 YEARS OF AGE - Wish I could talk it over with Mom.

The beauty of a mother is not in the clothes she wears,
The figure that she carries,
Or the way she combs her hair.
The beauty of a mother must be seen from in her eyes,
Because that is the doorway to her heart,
The place where love resides.
The beauty of a mother is not in a facial mole,
But true beauty is reflected in her soul.
It is the caring that she lovingly gives,
The passion that she shows,
And the beauty of a mother
With passing years only grows!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Bloggy Carnival

Bloggy Giveaways Quarterly Carnival ButtonYes it that time again for Bloggy Giveaways. The giveaways start next Monday the 27th -31th. I am excited since I missed that last one. Last time(about 6 months ago) there were over 1,000 blogs giving away free gifts. Yes free gifts. Make sure you come back to my blog next monday to see what I am giving away.


It's hard to believe that it is fall already. It has been getting into the 30's here at night and in the 60 or 70's during the day. It feels good, in the afternoon after it warms up, to have some warm but not hot weather. It was hard to believe how it went form hot to cold here without it being gradual. It was almost like being back in PA. The leaves are starting to change. I am actually excited to see the colors.
We were supposed to go to the state fair in Raleigh last Saturday but it was so cold and rainy here that we were afraid the weather would not be much different there so we decided to wait till next Saturday. This fair is so big. We were there last year for about 8-9 hours and still did not see everthing. It was amazing. Nothing like the state fair up in Pa.
So what is the fall weather like in your area? Are the leaves changing yet? I would love to know.

Sunday, October 19, 2008


Am I ever going to get a normal sleep routine again. My oldest woke me at 230am and then my youngest came over. So I ended up sleeping on the floor. My youngest had me up till 4 and then I couldn't sleep because of being on the floor. I think I got maybe 3 hours of sleep. This is taking such a toll on me. They had on the radio the other day that if you miss even one hour of sleep one night by the end of the week you feel like you have lost a whole nights sleep. I am praying that I will soon be able to get some sleep. My children are 2 1/2 and 4. They should not be going through this anymore. I am about to stay in a hotel for one weekend just so I can get some much needed sleep.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Great Weekend!

We had such a great and relaxing weekend. Friday night the girls slept all night and so we got some much needed rest. I was so rested that I did a lot of cleaning and laundry throughout the day and didn't need a nap to recharge. Then at 4:45 we dropped our children off at our friends house and we went out for a daddy & mommy only dinner. We had a nice time. We then put the kids to bed and then we sat down to watch a movie. We actually watched 2 movies this past week. I have no idea how we managed to squeeze them in.
Saturday night Payten woke up around 1 and then slept till 9 this morning. We had another fully rested night. When we woke up Scott wasn't feeling so well so he slept a little better while I took the girls down for breakfast. After a while he came down and then we took the girls to a trail for them to ride bikes and then we took a picnic and ate by the river. After that we let the girls play in the park for a little and then came home for a nap. We all took a nap and then grilled out for supper. I finished the laundry and then all 4 of played hiding go seek.
It is so funny. Payten can not keep quiet and hidden. Teagen did so good keeping quiet & in her place. We had a great time. It has been a long time since we had nothing to do but play games. I wish every weekend was like this one. I hope everyone else had a great weekend!
Next weekend is the NC state Fair in Raleigh. Payten has been bugging to go there for about 10 months now. So it will be another fun weekend!

Friday, October 10, 2008


I thought with Halloween coming up I would do some research on the orgins of it.

The Origin of Halloween: From Pagan to ChristianOther historians trace the origin of Halloween back to the ancient and enduring Christian tradition of celebrating the lives of Christian martyrs on the anniversaries of their deaths. When Pope Boniface IV reconsecrated the Pantheon in Rome on May 13, 609 AD, renaming it the “Church of St. Mary and the Martyrs,” he established that anniversary as a day of celebratory remembrance for all of the Church’s martyrs. Pope Gregory III later changed the date of remembrance to November 1 when he dedicated a chapel in St. Peter’s Basilica to “all saints.” November 1 became All Saints Day, otherwise known as All Hallow’s Day. The night before became All Hallow’s Eve (“Halloween” being a colloquial contraction of that phrase). While Halloween began as a localized celebration, Pope Gregory IV extended its observance to all of Christendom in the 9th Century AD. As Christianity spread throughout the world, pagan holidays were either Christianized or forgotten. Samhain was absorbed into Halloween. Costumes and gifts and bobbing for apples were preserved, incorporated into the new holiday. They remain a celebrated part of Halloween to this day, many centuries later.

I have known for a while now that it was a christian hoilday. It is a real shame at what people turned it into. I know some feel that it should not be recongized and so they do not. I have neighbors who do not allow their children to participate in it. I feel that it is what you make of it. My children love to get dressed up and go trick or treating. We will raise them to know the true meaning of Halloween. Even some years my hubby and I get dressed up with the girls.
What are your feelings on this holiday?

Tuesday, October 7, 2008


I can't believe but the last 2 nights I have actually gotten a full nights sleep. I am probably going to jinx myself by writing this but it is exciting for me. For the first time in 2 years Payten has slept all night for 2 nights in a row.
It is amazing the change in her behavior and listening since getting 2 nights of full sleep. Pray that this continues. It would sure be nice to have her sleeping again through the night before we have another baby( not for at least another year).
My body is so not used to getting this much sleep so I have been exhausted all morning. But then I have more energy in the afternoon. Well pray that this sleeping continues and my body gets used to the new schedule.

Friday, October 3, 2008


I am so excited. Payten received student of the week today. She got her picture on the wall, a special sticker and a special gift. She chose a jewelry set that has a bracelet, necklace and earrings that blink. She is so excited. When I was opening her jewelry she sat there bouncing up and down saying " open it fast, yeah you're opening it for me". She was so cute. We are so proud of her and how well she is doing.