Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Daybook Entry

In the great outdoors....It's cold!!! What's the deal?

Within our walls...The kids and I just finished a game of "find the most expensive thing on eBay." Oh he laughter!

A heart of thanksgiving...Thankful that we can turn the heat on, after we've turned the air conditioner on in the house. 

Random observations...I love a house decorated for the holidays. I don't love, or even slightly enjoy decorating a house for the holidays.

My silly children...Daniel and David have been making me laugh lately. Those boys together are hilarious.

Thoughts from the kitchen...For breakfast we had homemade doughnuts with cinnamon and sugar. For lunch, whatever we can find. And for supper we're having salmon and mashed potatoes.

What I'm reading...T4T, a book on church planting.

Projects...I have no projects going.

Sounds of the moment...A little chatter in the kitchen between Anna and Samuel, and the hum of the microwave. 

What I'm wearing...A pink Nantucket shirt (Samuel saw it and asked if I had been to Nantucket, yeah right!), black yoga pants, white socks.

A favorite thing from last week...Bringing out all my summer clothes from storage, and putting up (almost) all my winter ones.

On the calendar...We're going to Ft. Smith for the weekend and celebrating Anna's birthday. Fun times!!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Birthday Week

Birthday Week is upon us. Anna's birthday is Easter Sunday this year, so the week celebrating began today. Not that we do anything extra special, but we do tend to cater a bit more to the birthday child during birthday week.


Since her day is Sunday, we'll be having two birthday weeks this year. This week is hers, next week is David and Daniels' week. Oh, the streamers! Oh, the cake!

Speaking of cake...
Anna has chosen this cake to use as her inspiration.  She loves to design her birthday cakes. She really only likes the bottom of this one, the stripes. Instead of the top cake, she wants a cupcake. And she's getting it! Well, I hope so anyway, we'll see when we pick it up Saturday.

Now to go buy presents!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Thursday Happenings

...Today I drove 30 minutes to work, and worked for 19 minutes. And when I say worked, I mean I scanned in, walked to the warehouse, talked to the warehouse manager, walked back to the floor, straightened up a bit, and scanned out. So not much work happened at my first stop today. 

...Luckily, at my second stop I worked two hours. It made my one hour round trip worth while.

...Birthday week has begun, days early, with a manicure for Anna. Well actually, we both went just to get our nails painted and when I went to pay he charged me for a manicure. Happy was not an emotion I felt then. I remember him rubbing lotion on my hands, so I guess that was the manicure. So, not happy. What was going to cost $15, cost quite a bit more. 

...
Samuel is absolutely loving playing baseball this season. He comes home with bumps, bruises, sore muscles, and dirty, filthy pants. But no complaints from him, this second baseman is thriving on the aches and pains.

...Yesterday, Daniel sat and tried shooting wasps with his pellet gun in the backyard.

...Yesterday, David sat outside and burned his name in a piece of wood using a magnifying glass and the sun. 

...I hope your life is exciting as ours!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Daybook Entry

In the great outdoors...A pretty day, although I didn't spend much time outside.

Within our walls...A lot of cleaning today, and some allergy symptoms. Anna and I have headaches, and the guys have runny noses.

A heart of thanksgiving...thankful for guacamole! I love the stuff. I know it's not really something to be thankful for, but Wholly Guacamole is pretty darn good.

A heart of prayer...I have a friend dealing with cancer. It's her second diagnosis, and now she has blood clots in both lungs and one in her leg. She has two young children. Pray for Talana.

Random observations...I spend way to much time on Facebook and Twitter.

My silly children...David takes a book everywhere, even to Samuel's games. 

Thoughts from my kitchen...I was planning on having tacos/nachos tonight but Stephen said he just couldn't eat Mexican again so soon. We had eaten it Friday night and last night. So, I punted and we had comfort meatballs from Pioneer Woman. They were good!

What I'm reading...I just finished a Nicholas Sparks book. I finally started borrowing books from the library for my kindle. So easy!

Projects...Stephen and I are designing a new laundry system for me. I'm tired of folding laundry, so we're going to build shelves and have buckets that I can just put each kids clothes in and hey can take to their room. I mean, the clothes are unfolded as soon as they pick them up from the neatly folded stack I made.

Sounds of the moment..It's bedtime and the kids are using up all of the words they haven't used today. Oh my goodness, the noise!

What I'm wearing...Athletic pants, t shirt, socks

A favorite thing from this last week...Wednesday I worked in Little Rock helping out my company. I had lunch with the funnest girl. We couldn't have been more different, and we had so much fun.

On the calendar...Four ball games this week. One got rained out, so now just three. I'm glad all I have to do is watch.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Unexpected Fun In The Fort


I love this man!! He had to go over to Fort Smith to do an annual review on his Texas crew working in Oklahoma and had us go with him. We got to see Marmie and Melissa. Score! I took this of Randall at Stobys in Russellville. Oh, we had many laughs on that stop. 


Marmie! We got to eat lunch and supper with her, go to her work, go to her house to play and then have her come to the hotel to watch Henry swim. It was great! Love my mama. 


Henry got to swim twice and that was too much fun! He got to play with Luke for a little bit too at his house.I got to see Melissa and that is always medicine for my soul. I have no other friend on this earth like her and love that girl like crazy! I'm so glad she loves me too. She will have rubies in her crown for that, I'm certain! 

 
Our little family enjoying this season of life. Bloom where you are planted! 

Abby 

Riding into Spring

Because I slack at posting these days....here is a fun recap of life lately at our house. 


This guy likes to ride and he rides fast! This little John Deere tricycle has been with Randall's dad for some years and he passed it on to Henry. Henry finally got the pedaling down and loves it! 


Henry takes after Randall and his dad by doing stuff like this....lining up all his riding toys and making a "parking lot" out of them. Henry asked me to take his photo with his parking lot. Such a little Lee!


This tractor is a favorite riding toy that came from Papa also. Henry took the bunny ears off our concrete Razorback and acted like the Easter Bunny. His little laugh is contagious! 


We are so excited for Easter. Spring is upon us and we are ready to bask in all it's fun! 


Spring means swim lessons with Mrs. Kate again this year. Bless her heart for teaching this boy to swim again. Randall and I don't feel she is paid near enough for this chore! Ha. He is a stubborn little "bossy Fred". 


Spring means this guy is going to play tball for the first time. We are a little excited and nervous to see how this transpires. Our neighbor and her son who is in the 7th grade and plays on a traveling team came to coach him some for us. He gave him his old baseball bag and some baseball pants. Henry is soooo excited! 


Spring means Daddy is here, there and everywhere and Mama has to call in the help! Henry was so excited to have his school teacher, Ms. Chloe babysit him one night while I had other duties. He adores her and I adored her for bathing him and getting him ready for bed. Love having others love my child. 


Spring means fun at school and giving. We were so proud to support St.Jude and have a sweet friend donate Henry's fundraising goal. Teaching Henry to give is so important to us and can be challenging at times. We want him to be a giver and not a taker as he grows. Our church is in a campaign to raise money for land where we will build our new church. It is a great time to really teach him to give. I'm on the stewardship committee for this campaign so he sees me serving my time and hearing us discuss it at home a lot. We also have fun telling him about a family in our church who has recently moved to Kenya to serve at a seminary there. He now likes to take money to Sunday School to help them. Our adult Sunday School class actually purchased a tea farm for the seminary in Kenya to generate income. When we all give what we can, we can do great things! 


Spring means getting out Easter books and talking more about Jesus' death, burial and resurrection. I'm amazed at how much this boy knows about Jesus. It's easy to teach a child about the Lord. Requires little money, only time, faith and a love for Truth. I'm so glad my parents taught me so I can pass it along. 


And finally, spring means storms and this little guy curled up with me in my bed on those stormy nights our little daddy is away from home. Nothing quite like it! 

Abby 








Thursday, April 3, 2014

Aunt-vestment :)



I was so glad to have this precious and beautiful sister of mine come visit for a few days. We love visitors and rarely get overnight visits from folks so we were excited! We have the same root system and as I get older I realize what a prize it is to have someone understand why I sprout, bloom and sometimes shed like I do! Julia is a real prize! We are both loud and laugh at random things that others don't find near as funny so it's nice to be understood completely every once in a while. 


She came with 3 of my 4 favorite kiddos that I have the privilege of aunting. Boy, I love these little souls. They are all unique in their own special way and so lovable, smart, kind and funny. Spending face to face time with them in these formative years of life is so vital I think. I have some sweet aunts who invested in me and I am thrilled to get to do the same. These children will be old and grown sooner than we expect and I want sharing life with me to be second nature or old hat for them, always. Children in our families should be and are our greatest investment. 


This is my illustration of investment....Juju teaching Henry how to keep things rolling away from the gutter. The ball went slow, but it went steady and had perks at the end (hitting a few pins). Lol!


This boy loved waiting on the ball to shoot back up. It was hilarious to watch his reaction. He is really a funny guy. If you know Henry at all, then you know this was great entertainment! 


This little big guy had fun bowling with his cousins. The big boys got to play lazertag at the bowling alley and had a huge time with that. They were so cute coming out all sweaty and smiling. Making memories and having fun. David and Daniel are the best almost 13 year old boys.  I wish all almost 13 year old boys were like them. Seriously. 


Uncle Randall and the boys had fun playing Henry's games while he got put in time out for being a poor loser. It was hilarious to watch. The extra sounds of laughter in our den was delightful for those few days. 

 
Henry enjoyed having Anna and David read to him in his bed. I hope these sweet children always love each other and take time to invest in each other throughout life. We are a small little clan so they will all need each other, I'm certain!  Family....how on earth do people do without it?! So thankful for mine!

Abby 






Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Daybook Entry

Outside our window...Its a cloudy day today. Warm enough to go without a coat, but not very pretty.

Within our walls...Today was testing day for the kids. We got up and got going early this morning, so this afternoon I'm catching up on laundry and straightening up the house. I seem to do more housework when I've been gone some of the day,

A heart of thanksgiving...So thankful for life. One of the first kindergarten students I taught died Unexpectantly last Wednesday night. I kept up with her and usually saw her once a year at church camp. She was always so friendly, and sweet. Her loss is felt by many people, she was active in college, and served at Camp Siloam for years. She knew the Lord, and is now resting in his arms.

A heart of prayer...I'vr been praying for sweet Shelby's family all week, Mike and Laurie are devastated and are feeling our prayers.

Random observations...

My silly children...Abby bought Daniel and David foam swords when we visited last week. Daniel said Stephen said they couldn't have them, but i didn't know why so I let them have them.  Now, David has a large bruise on his arm from where Daniel hit him with the sword! Now I know, Stephen might have been right. 

Thoughts from the kitchen...Last night was Aunt Janet's sweet and sour chicken, and tonight will be ball field food.

What I'm reading...I just started a book on sex written for boys. Oy Vay!

Projects...Anna and I were a bit crafty last week with my Cricut. This week, we're going to do it again,

Sounds of the moment...Friends is on the tv, and Daniel and David are playing Minecraft.

What I'm wearing...jeans, striped shirt, black tank, black shoes. 

A favorite thing from last week...Friday night I was all by myself for a few hours, oh it was bliss. But Saturday evening when all six of us were in the living room together topped that! I love my family.

On the calendar...A couple of ball games this week, and most importantly it's April. Birthday month!!!


Saturday, March 29, 2014

Samuel has been at a ball tournament since Thursday. David and Faniel have been in Ft. Smith since Tuesday, and Anna is at a slumber party for her buddy Audrey. Stephen was working and you know what hat left me?

ALONE!!

Oh my goodness! Stephen and I grabbed something to eat before he went to work, and then I went on my shopping quest for black wedges for the summer. I found none. Zero. Zilch. Payless had a pair that was kind of cute but they were $34.99. At Payless! I honk not!

And then I headed home. I got inside right as the rain came. I quickly put my pj's on, grabbed a Coke and a Klondike bar turned on the tv and settled in the recliner to be alone. I love a stormy night, and alone on a stormy night was just perfect. 

Stephen came home a little after 10, and I was so glad to see him. I'm such an introvert and love my alone time, but I just love that man so much and want to spend as much time with him as I can. Crazy after 20 years, isn't it. 

I get all my kids back today and I can't wait. All six of us under one roof again. Yee-Haw!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Daybook

In the great outdoors.....The day started out cold, but soon warmed up and it turned out to be a beautiful spring day.

Heart of thanksgiving.....The kids and I traveled to Jonesboro Sunday, I'm thankful for safe travel and my fun sister!

Random observations.....I don't like folding clothes.

My silly children.....Daniel and David are in Ft. Smith for a few days, Samuel leaves for a ball tournament in the morning for a couple of days, so Anna is getting some good parent time this week.

Thoughts from the kitchen.....Stephen grilled barbeque chicken tonight, it was superb!!

Projects.....Anna and I plan on working on a couple of crafty projects tomorrow. I hope they're easy and turn out good.

Sounds of the moment.....Stephen and I are watching The Office. We record them during the day and watch a couple of episodes before bed each night. It's a good way to decompress, and we laugh!

Favorite thing from last week.....Samuel had a game last Thursday and at the very last minute the kids and I decided to drive to Hot Springs and watch him. We had so much fun on that trip and getting to,see Samuel play was an extra bonus!

On my calendar.....Not much really, my biggest plan is to find some cute black wedge sandals for the spring and summer. I know, I'm living the life!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Cousins

I'm at Abby's for a couple of days and found this gem on the dresser in the guest room.

This is Thanksgiving 1984. We would spend Thanksgiving in Memphis if the Grizzlies didn't have a very good football season. I remember going the Tuesday night before Thanksgiving to buy these socks. I knew I was going to wear the navy blue corduroy shorts with this green sweater, but I needed a pair of argyle socks to tie the whole outfit together. Because, fashion. And there was no time that day that I felt like I didn't look HOT! Because, hello!, I did look HOT!

This is to make the three of us feel a bit better about ourselves. This was Abby's rehearsal dinner ten years ago, we grew up good! Thank heavens.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Madness in March

It's that time of year again.  


If you've been reading this blog for a few years you know that the Beavers family always fills out NCAA basketball brackets. We all do it differently, I just pick by name recognition and what I know of the team. Samuel and Stephen follow basketball and know what teams should win against what team.

David and Daniel researched the teams this year and made good, logical picks. It used to be that they just guessed. Anna is always the one we love to watch pick her bracket. I remember when she was two, Stephen sat her on his lap gave her the name of the two teams and she would say one of them. The last few years she picks according to these criteria, a) does she know someone that loves there? B) has she been to the city or state? C) the name of the school d) the mascot. 

This year she asked about yousla, or UCLA. She calls it yousla and keeps asking if they're winning. She cracks me up!

So far we've all been in first place, and the tourney just started Thursday. As I write this, I'm in third place, I don't see myself winning. I never win.

So, tonight we'll be watching basketball. I'm thinking about painting my nails and reading a book, a little basketball goes a long way when I'm not winning!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Pretty Baseball

The other day Samuel was leaving for a ball game and he realized we weren't going and appeared to have his feelings hurt a bit. So, I knew I had to go. It wasn't a game he was going to start in or probably even play but I knew I had to go. 

While I was trying to get directions to the field that was an hour and a half away I saw that he would be playing in a game that he would be starting, he just didn't know it yet. So, the kids and I headed out for Hot Springs. I get so confused in that town, I was a little leary of going but I had my directions in hand, literally. 

We went and were able to watch the softball team play while also watching the baseball team, it was really fun. They played two games and Samuel did really good. He got on base everytime he was up to bat and made some good plays in the field. I was so glad we went, and I think he was too.

We got home after 10:00 and Anna said, "I'm sleepy, but I still look pretty." And haven't we all felt like that!

A New Use for Floss

Today I took all four kids to the dentist. I've found it works best for all of us if they go at the same time. If not, then I have appointments scattered everywhere! 

I decided to switch dentists a few weeks ago. I had never really been happy with the dentist they had been going to. But I kept making appointments for seven years! So, this time I made the switch. The kids were apprehensive, the other one was really the only dentist they ever remembered going to.  But it helped a little that they knew the new dentist from church.

After filling out paperwork for all four children, which made me want to rethink having four, I noticed there was a big aquarium. David had always wanted to go to a dentist with an aquarium, so I was feeling pretty good about my decision! And as I should have. They loved it! There were tv's, and it was open so they could see other people. The other office was just a series of small rooms, so this was a huge improvement!

I met with the dentist, which is something the other one never did. (I never knew what had happened.) And she said there were no cavities! Yay! That's a lot of clean, brushed, and cared for teeth right there. When we were leaving Daniel handed me his bag with his new toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss in it and said, "floss! I use that stuff for rope." 

Oh my children!


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Daybook

Daybook Entry

In the great outdoors...it was a pretty day. The kids played outside. It got windy this evening though, my hair was all over the place at Samuel's ball game.

Within our walls...We're making spring break plans, it's all we've been talking about.

A heart of thanksgiving...I've been thankful for memories today. I have so many good memories with friends and family. They make me smile.

Random observations...My yoga pants have helped me conceal some weight gain this winter. I'm going to need to work on this!

My silly children...Stephen loves the Despicabale Me movies. Actually, he loves the minions. Anna told him that she could be his personal fart gun. I can't even believe she said it as I type it. Where did my sweet little girly girl go? I almost cried when she said it, Stephen felt a new kinship with her. 

Thoughts from my kitchen...Tonight was French bread pizzas. An easy meal, that everyone prepares themselves!

Projects...It's about time to get the Summer clothes out. I know it's not warm yet, but I'm getting tired of wearing the same thing all the time.

Sounds of the moment...It's later in the day than I usually write this. The kids are in bed. Stephen, Samuel, & I are watching the Razorback game, keeping it kind of quiet.

A favorite thing from last week...Samuel played in a baseball tournament last weekend. Thursday night I texted Daddy during the game. I can't tell you what joy it brought me texting about Samuel playing baseball with him!

On my calendar...I'm getting my hair colored tomorrow! Woo-Hoo!