Monday, April 27, 2009

Twinkle Town Birthday Fun




The birthday weekend in Twinkle Town was most fun. We had lots of cake, laughs and plenty of smiles. David & Daniel had their little friend stay the night on Friday (their birthday) and we went and had Mexican and lots of cake back at the house. This year the boys wanted their own cakes. Daniel wanted a strawberry "8" and orange is his favorite color. David wanted a cookie cake with soccer balls. They deserved it... I mean no one else but a twin/multiple has to share a birthday cake. It really is sort of rude. It was double work, but worth seeing their little smiles.
Anna had her manicure/pedicure birthday party on Saturday and it was very girlie and fun. Julie made her tutu and my friend made her shirt. I painted the birthday girls nails myself. Her cake was fun. I made it up as I went along. Fun Times.
Thank you to my sister for having me for the weekend. She says I was "grouchy" but after 3 cakes, a long week at work and a long drive to see her, I was a bit of a grouch, I admit. The kids love the grouchy Aunt Abby though. They think it is funny. I am a source of joy and do my part to provide laughter. I am glad I succeeded this past weekend.
Samuel was M.I.A in all these pictures because he hiked 13.2 miles and camped out with his Scout Troop. He was so proud of himself Saturday night and we were most proud of him too....and his Daddy. He did the hike also.

Abby

Friday, April 24, 2009

Its great to be eight!

Note to Twinkle Town residents. Abby is in town. If you would like her to grace you with her presence let us know! She will be taking pictures with fans. No flash please (it distorts the color of her hair...see previous post!).

I can't believe that David and Daniel are 8 years old today.

I know all mothers say that. But really. Where has the time gone?

I can still remember all the events of April 24, 2001 as if they happened just hours ago.

But I promise not to go over them with you now.

Just suffice it to say that Dillards does not sell socks anywhere near where they sell shoes. So if you are a pregnant woman on your way to the hospital to deliver your twin babies. And you need a pair of socks, because the thought of no socks in the hospital makes you cringe, and because you didn't know you were going to the hospital when you left home for your doctors appointment. Then don't park by the shoe department thinking that the socks would be nearby. You know, thinking that socks and shoes naturally go together. Because Dillards sells socks on the direct opposite side of the store from the shoes. And you might think that you feel fine and being dilated to a 4 (sorry guys!) isn't a big deal. Let me assure you that it is a big deal. You WILL BE out of breath and barely able to make it out of the store. Much less able to drive yourself to the hospital and walk the mile from the parking garage to the OB floor. So, remember that socks and shoes are not sold together!(Note to Dillards: could you maybe sell SOME socks in the shoe department?)

I can remember how my mom sounded on the phone when she realized she wasn't going to be with me for the birth of the twins.

I can remember how they sounded when they cried for the first time. They sounded like kittens, it was so sweet.

I can remember holding them both for the first time. And thinking that two babies at one time had to be the greatest gift God could ever give a person.

I also remember wondering how in the world we were going to tell these boys apart. They looked just alike!

That day brought chaos, excitement, joy, peace, and contentment. It was a wonderful day.

And I'm glad that I get to celebrate all of that again today.

Happy Birthday David!
Happy Birthday Daniel!
I am so glad to be your mom!

Happy Birthday Time To David & Daniel

8 years ago today my twin nephews, David & Daniel, were born (I also had jet black hair, without any gray and tighter curls. Man, I have aged). I loved holding both of them at the same time. It was incredible to have that much love wrapped in both of my arms. I can still smell them then when I look at this picture. How fun.
Today these sweet boys still make their Aunt Abby smile with pride. They are both so special in their own little ways and are the most loving little guys. I am leaving in a bit to go see them for the weekend. I am making a cake for David and a separate one for Daniel. They wanted different things. I fear Aunt Abby's creativity is lacking this year, so they best not cry when they see these cakes. After the massive Blue Angels cake last year, there will be a minor diversion in the "wow" factor. I think I am losing my touch or I need a little R&R.....I hope it is the later. I love creativity and miss mine lately.
This little miss is having her 5th birthday party tomorrow and Aunt Abby is making her cake. I will decorate it at her house. Maybe the 3 hour drive will give me the creative juices I need. I can't wait to give her 5 birthday kisses!
And of course, I will get to see this sweet young man smile from ear to ear and hear him say "Aunt Abby is here!!", in his sweet little voice. I hope he still does that when he gets into his teen years and doesn't get too cool for his little short aunt. I will cry!
Well, I best get back to finishing Daniel's "8" cake so I can deliver them all before dark! I am coming Julie, be patient....I promise I am coming.
Aunt Abby








Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Happy Birthday Aunt Donna! (on Saturday)

We are wishing our Aunt Donna Jo a great big birthday full of fun. We love you the very big much!
We have so many birthdays to celebrate this week, we have chosen to celebrate Aunt Donna's early. Hope you have a great birthday week!!!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Anna's birthday

Today my baby is 5.

Or as we say at our house, " a whole hand!"

Having my youngest turn 5 means the end to a few things.

sippy cups
diapers
having to dress anyone
church nurserys
strollers
toddler department at clothing stores

But I don't mind giving those things up. I have given Anna sippy cups, changed her diapers, dressed her and all the other things that go along with being a mom of a child and loved every minute of it. I wouldn't trade it for the world. But now we are beginning a new journey. A journey of a 5 year old.

I think today she is walking with her head held a little higher. She is taking all the excitement about her birthday and using it to her advantage. Her brothers are doting on her today, just as they did 5 years ago. She knows it and is taking full advantage of it!

If you have read this blog for anytime you already know a lot about Anna. But let me take a few lines to refresh your memory.

Anna is a cute little brown haired, brown eyed darling. She at first glance looks like her mom, but when you look at her a little longer she really looks like her daddy. She has a sweet voice, a loud giggle, and a piercing scream!
She loves to play with her brothers. She njoys cutting and glueing. She likes to ride her scooter and swing on her swingset. She knows her numbers and shapes but not her letters, except for J, S, A, and N.
She likes to play with her friends. But she is terribly shy at church, hardly speaking to the people that she loves and that love her. I don't know why but I am praying that she overcomes this shyness.
She has a strong will. I mean a STRONG WILL! James Dobson hasn't seen anything until he sees Anna.!HA!HA!
She also has a loving spirit. She will crawl up in my lap, kiss my cheek and love on me. When we are in the van, she will yell," I love you mom!"

I didn't think I would have a girl. But I am so glad that I do.
Anna is my little girl and I thank God for her.
Happy Birthday Anna!

Friday, April 17, 2009

Q & A Time


What questions do you have for the sisters?

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Just a couple more things...

I know Easter is over.

Pictures have been posted. Eggs have been found. Easter grass picked up (at least for the time being.)
I hate Easter grass. It stays around until Christmas and then I have pine needles to pick up until Easter. Oh, the joys of the holidays!

I just have a couple of stories...
The kids dyed eggs Saturday and the Easter bunny put them in their baskets Easter Eve. Apparently the EB put someone elses dyed egg in Anna's basket. She was so excited, she knew she hadn't colored that egg and she said
"The Easter Bunny dyed me a egg!"
I laughed! It was one of my favorite quotes of the day.

For breakfast Easter morning I made sausage balls. The kids love them and we eat them probably once a month. I had also cooked a turkey and made dressing for lunch. David came in and said " this smell reminds me of Thanksgiving, I love it." And it reminded me of Thanksgiving too. I usually cook a ham for Easter but I was persuaded to cook a turkey instead. It was good, but gave me a feeling that fall was in the air.
And with the stormy weather it seemed like it.

I hope to take Easter pictures soon. Anna is excited to put her dress back on. She just loves it. I found a house with a beautiful yard while driving around town today. I'm going to try to take pictures there. We'll see.
I really need a new camera, a GOOD camera. But seeing as I break the battery compartment of every camera I have, I don't see me getting a new one soon.
I forget Stephen doesn't read this blog, so that plug for a new camera was really unnecessary!

Happy Tuesday ya'll!!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Easter pics


Aren't they precious?
Anna's dress is a Strausburg dress and I love it, love.it! She loves it too and didn't want to take it off after church.
Daniel is wearing a pink and white striped linen shirt with his khaki pants. Quite cute.
David is wearing a white linen shirt under a pastel patchwork plaid blazer with a green and white striped tie and khaki pants. He picked out the whole outfit and thought he was something. And he was!
Samuel wore a white polo with khaki pants. He was late coming home from church this morning, so I took his picture separately. He was also very handsome this Easter.
I hope your Easter was a great one. Our Lord has risen from the dead!
And for my daddy- Up from the grave He arose....!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

That's My King

I have posted this before but thought it was a great day to post it again. I saw it on our friend Emily's page and thought, "What a perfect post for today!"

Abby

Friday, April 10, 2009

Good Friday

The kids wanted to know why a day when such an awful thing happened is called Good Friday.
So, being the good teacher that I am, I shared my great wisdom I googled to find the answer.
Here is a summation of what I found. Good can also mean holy or God. In other countries this day is referred to as Holy Friday or Mourning Friday.
Those seem much more appropriate, but now since I am so wise since I googled, I know the truth and Good Friday doesn't seem so strange a name.

I tend to look over this day. I don't like to dwell on bad things that happen. I pretty much focus on Easter Sunday, thats when the good stuff happens! But I do take time to remember the pain and hurt, rejection and humiliation that Jesus felt on this day. Dying on the cross wasn't an easy thing for Him to do. He, afterall, was human. This wasn't an easy day. But unlike me, He not only dwelt on the bad things that were happening, he FELT the bad things that were happening. And why? Because He loved me. And because He loves you.

We are taking the day off from school today except for the obligatory spelling test and math and language review for Samuel's big test Tuesday. I plan on taking the kids on a picnic today, it is really pretty here and I just love picnics on Easter weekend.

I hope you have a great Easter weekend, that you will be able to spend time with your family. Abby will get to see some of her family this weekend. I will not, but they will come soon for birthday parties!!!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Secret Ambition

Easter is not Easter without jamming out to this favorite Michael W. Smith oldie but goodie. The video was always my most favorite. In fact, I somehow have it on a VHS tape. I think my sister is to thank for that. I have all kinds of Michael English, SCC, Amy Grant and Smitty videos on VHS. Great memories. Anyway, enjoy this video as you celebrate this amazing week.




Abby

Monday, April 6, 2009

I'm here!

This is like marathon blogging.

Three posts in one evening.

I just want to say that I love my sister. Very much. No one could love her more. Well, except Jesus but you know what I mean.

In fact I can hear her say the word Jesus as I type His great and might name and it makes me smile. She has the cutest way of saying some words. She and two of her friends used to have their own dialect in school. They were so funny to listen too. I don't think Matt thought it was as funny as I did though.

Don't think for a minute that I won't post here. I will. I do.

And I'm pretty sure the blog idea was mine. So there!!

Oh, let me let you in on something. As you probably know I hid something at Abby's when I was there last month. Tonight she and Randall accused me of hiding their garage door opener and his allen wrenches(I don't even know what an allen wrench is or why you would need more than one, or where in the heck he would keep them!) So, don't let all that sisterly love throw you off. She is mean to me. She just does it when no one can hear it or read it!!!

Where Is My Sister

I am beginning to wonder if she is ever going to post on here again or if she is having way too much fun out on her own? She best come back here soon....I miss her. Without her I am not whole! Let her know you miss her too, if you will. I know I miss the shared postings...it is all me lately and I know that is enough to drive you far, far away to another blogosphere!

Tell me this: What would you like to see more of?
Sister tales
Q&A
Craft & thrift reports
Random daily & weekly updates

Give us direction as we move forward. We value your opinion since you take the time to read all this nonsense! What do you want to see? We want comments....


Abby

Wonderful Cross

I love listening to this song and belting it out really loud. I hope you will also find great joy in it.


What does this wonderful cross mean to you?
It means life, peace, joy and acceptance to me. Actually it often changes. That is the beauty of the cross. It takes on many different meanings and meets us right where we are.
Abby

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Holy Week

Today is the start of Holy Week. For we Christians, this is a most significant week. I love reading about Holy Week and seeing the different interpretations of it, etc. I like to soak it all up and take it all in.

I took some of this from a reading I did today and tweaked it a big bit:
It is Sunday. It's time to leave the party at Lazarus' house and go to Jerusalem for the Festival (Lazarus was just raised from the dead....good reason to party). Matthew, Mark and Luke tell us that Jesus asks a couple of his disciples to go into a village nearby and borrow a colt that has never been ridden before.
Jesus knows all the details: where to find the colt, how they will recognize it (it's tied up), what to say to the owner of the colt. Jesus rides into Jerusalem on this colt, and people are basically proclaiming him to be their king. In those days, a king would ride into town with great fanfare on a horse, surrounded by attendants and soldiers. Jesus had none of that. But Jesus doesn't mind. It's just another one of his surprises: he shows us what kind of king he really is. He's a humble king, trekking the corridor of death (remember, he knows he's going to die this week). While Jesus is riding into town, people are laying palm branches in his path. A strange custom in our way of thinking, until we learn that for the Jews the palm was a symbol of prosperity, beauty and victory.
The actions of Day 1 of Holy Week are ironic on many levels: the people wanted him to rule their nation, but not their hearts. While the people were laying palm branches in his path, they were also shouting, "Hosanna!" which means "Save us!" Yet another irony: the people wanted him to save them, but they had no idea that it would take his death to do that. Jesus didn't want to save the people from the Romans: he wanted to save them from themselves. And he would die to make that happen. After he arrived in Jerusalem, he went to the temple and looked around. Then, "since it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the Twelve." (Mark 11:11). I wonder what he thought as he lay down that night, the end of a long day, the end of a long month, the beginning of a long week. I can't even imagine.

I used to sing this song at Red Banks Baptist Church when we were members there, soon after
moving to north Mississippi. It still gives me chills. So powerful.


Abby

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Friendly Flowers


This week I have spent a lot of time with one of my newest friends and I am reminded how blessed I am to have such a quick connection with such wonderful people here. My friend gave me these flowers tonight and they remind me of all my new friends. They are beautiful, colorful, strong and bring sunshine to my life. None of my friends are alike and their ages vary. Never have I had such an array of people to share life with. Thank you Lord, how could I ever ask for more!?


Abby

Spring Break and Free Food!!

Spring Break for us was last week.

We went to the Historic Arkansas Museum in Little Rock. It was really good. The guided tour is informative and entertaining. Upstairs at the museum tucked away in a corner is a childrens room. It has a place for the kids to play dress-up, have puppet shows, play games, and watch educational videos.

We also went to the MacArthur Military Museum. It wasn't on my list of fun things to do over spring break, but it wasn't so bad. They give the kids age appropriate scavenger hunts to do while they walk through the museum. My kids thought it was great, they are always up for a game. They even got a little prize for getting all the answers correct!

Because I am so cheap, the best part of the week was at Shorty Smalls!

We ate lunch there on Monday. At the end of our lunch the manager came by with free coupons to use on our next visit. We were excited and decided when we came back on Thursday to see the military museum that we would once again eat at Shorty Smalls.

And we did.

We used our 2 free appetizer coupons, our 3 free entree coupons, our 1 free milkshake coupons, our 1 free dessert coupon, and our $2.00 off coupon. There were 8 of us. We paid $14.00, for our drinks, tax and Anna's meal. We ate $81.00 worth of food. We got the biggest appetizers, the biggest steak, and the biggest plate of ribs. It was a good food experience!

At the end of that dinner, the manager came by with more free coupons. Oh my goodness!
They had to be used in a very short amount of time, so I gave them to a friend of mine that was going to be in Little Rock on Monday. Her family of 6 ate very cheaply too.

It was a good spring break, and a cheap spring break! The best kind!!!

NEWS!!!
I have a new blog. One on my own, please visit. Some of the posts will be the same as the ones on here and some will be different. Check it out. I've being doing it for a couple of weeks now, so go over and catch up! (Stacy D. you have some catching up to do!!!)
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