Friday, July 31, 2009

Snakes and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails


...That is what little boys are made of.

IT'S A BOY!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Pink or Blue

Tomorrow is the day we find out if our home will be filled with pink or blue!
I am so anxious I could not eat much today and was unable to focus on too much. I can hardly wait to know if I will be buying ball caps or bows!
Julie has plans to hit A&E as soon as I call her with the news to pick up things she has had her eye on, Mama plans to hit the stores tomorrow night and start buying things gender specific, Diana has bids out on EBay and is waiting to know which ones to increase... and who knows who all else is waiting to jump on things....I just love the excitement everyone has for this baby. I feel like the race is about to start and I have that nervous stomach you get before the gun goes off. Wow.


Abby

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

....greetings from camp... (and a disclaimer!)

So, this week I am at childrens camp.

We are at COW week. Now, doesn't that just make you feel skinny?! (COW-Children only week)So there are about 900 3rd-6th graders and a few adults sprinkled amongst them. Not too many to dampen their energy or their little pranks though!

Anna is with us. She and D&D and I are staying in a family unit. Which is not to be confused with a hotel room at all. AT ALL!!! It is a small room with 4 twin beds, a sink, and its only saving grace a dresser! I love me a dresser! Oh yeah, there is also a shower and toilet, but please, this is a famnily kind of blog!

Anna has had a couple of funny statements this week. Last night we were standing outside waiting on the kids to join up with us Anna said
"these bugs are all around me!"
" the bugs talk to me at night in bed"
I said, surprised!"the bugs talk to you?"
she said matter of factly "yes!"
I said "what do they say?"
she said" I don't know! I don't talk bug talk"
Well that was good to know.

I won't bore you with the other Anna story but suffice it to say it was par for the course for her. She is quite the funny one.

We are half way through camp! Hallelujah, anyone?
I am almost looking forward to my date with the laundramat Friday night.

I need to wrap this up so that I can go stand in line for supper. The fact that I am standing in line for supper should in no way make you think that it is yummy, it is just because as an adult here, I get to eat before the kids. And I take advantage of that!

Before I go, let me say that I WHOLEHEARTDLY DISAPPROVE of the picture Abby posted for the blog hop. The next picture will be one that I approve of and one that Abby disappoves of. Get ready, it should be great fun!!!

Julie

Monday, July 27, 2009

Favorite Childhood Photo - Blog Hop


Here is one of my most favorite photos of our childhood. Julie is a ghost and I look scared to death of the ghost. I crack up every time I see this picture of the floating face/ghost of a sister.

MckLinky Blog Hop

Friday, July 24, 2009

Parenting Practice

When I think about it, I think we have both had good parenting practice...at least as much practice as one can get. I am not sure you are ever fully prepared.

Having been around my 3 nephews, my cousin Claire and my niece Anna as babies, toddlers and now children...I feel like I am their parent at times! My sister and cousin Hollye have taught me well when it comes to parenting. Julie has taught me the most efficient ways to get things accomplished and Hollye has taught me how to juggle a career and a family. Both are most helpful to me as I prepare to bring Baby L into this world.





Randall came along after the boys and Claire were born. Claire had a huge crush on him when he came into my life...she melted for him. It was hilarious. She was 1 and so were the twins, David & Daniel. Samuel just thought he was too cool. Randall didn't really know what to think or do with the kids but since these children had my heart, he had to learn fast! Anna came along after we got married and he caught on a bit better. She sealed the deal for sure. He was hooked. I loved the night my Mom called and said Randall had come to meet Anna (the week she was born) and he had not told me he was going. I melted. His affection may not be loud but it is thick. I can't wait to watch him love our baby.






Abby



Wednesday, July 22, 2009

The Two Famous Questions


"What names do you have picked out"

Well, none at the moment. We always wanted Dixie & Dalton. It has been a standing joke amongst family and friends that those are our names. In fact, I have a monogrammed bib with "Dalton" on it that my sweet sister bought for quarter at a thrift store in Florida about three or four years ago. Since Patrick Swazye has ruined that name for us ("The name is Dalton..." from Roadhouse) we will not go this route. I have also realized there are a lot of rowdy/rough boys in this area with that name and I would rather not make people think my child is from the rowdy crowd. We all know how so many people play the name association game...especially teachers. I would rather not set my boy up for trouble!


Dixie has been a hot/cold name game with us over the past six years. The name Dixie L was discovered by my sweet husband on a headstone next to my grandfather's stone at the National Cemetery back home. Randall loved it, I hated it, I then loved it, he hated it, and on and on and on and on for the past six years. We watched a lot of people turn there noses up at it when mentioned and then we realized how the first and last name would sound together. The negative and redneck connotation it gives off is not so good, so no Dixie Jo L after all. So sad, because some of you really know how I just loved the idea of it. Oh well maybe we can get a dog and name her that.


We will discuss names when we find out the sex next week. Did you know that Julie never named her kids until they were born. Maybe that will happen to me...who knows. I am excited about Randall and I naming our child together, making that decision together, and then sharing it with our friends and family.


"What do you think it is. You must have a feeling if it is a boy or a girl"

I honestly do not have a feeling and neither does Randall. He kids that it is a boy but he really does not have a feeling, either way. People are always telling me how they knew they were having a boy or a girl. I guess I am odd or have no feelings because I don't have a clue!


So......What do YOU think it is????

Comment and let us know. We will see how many think it is a boy and how many think it is a girl. It will be fun. Then, next Friday you can come back and see if you were right!

Will Julie be a boy aunt or a girl aunt???
Will I be a boy mom or a girl mom???
8 more days until we know!



Abby

Monday, July 20, 2009

Your face will freeze like that!

You know that children don't often filter their thoughts before they speak them.
I was once again witness to this yesterday.

There is a man at church that the kids hadn't seen much of lately. He is a nice kind man. He will joke with you, tell you stories from his life and laugh with you. But for some reason today he looked a little sour.

Anna had seen him in the morning service and again at the evening service. After looking at him Anna said "Mom, is his face always going to look like that?"

It was laugh out loud funny, but since we were in church I just laughed softly.

You know what I told her don't you?

I got to use the "your face will freeze like that" lesson!

It brought back to mind one of Abby Jo's sayings: Remember to be happy because you never know when someone is falling in love with your smile.

So let this be a reminder to you.
SMILE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Julie

Friday, July 17, 2009

Baby, Put Your Records On...

Tonight we decided we need a "theme song" for our baby. Not knowing if it is a boy or a girl for 2 more weeks, we picked a fun song for each and a sweet song for each. I do think Baby L loves the "devil music" because it is the first time I have felt it move and it moved like crazy. So funny! I promise to shelter its little ears from all this "trash" but for now it is fun.

Girl Song - I have always thought of me dancing with my baby girl to this song and singing it to her and making her laugh. LOVE IT!



Boy Song - Baby Daddy loves the words to this song and hopes that if it is a boy he will be simple like him. So funny and so sweet.



I loved listening to Cheri Keaggy in high school and in college. When I had to sing at church I always sang her songs because they suited my voice well. I just love these 2 songs she wrote about her daughter and son:

Girl Song



Boy Song
(excuse the beginning of this video)



2 weeks from today we will know what songs we will be singing to Baby L!
Abby

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Baby Mania

I feel like my brain may explode with all the thoughts, ideas and to-dos when it comes to getting ready for Baby L. My Newcomer's group held our monthly gathering at a children's store full of furniture and accessories. It was very helpful, yet I did leave with sweat on my brow from over stimulation...no joke. Everyone is so nice to giving me their opinion on what I need, what I don't need, where to get this and that, and so on and ahhhhh, Calgon take me away! I love the input and advice but sometimes I want to scream from the information overload.
I could not sleep in the night tonight due to heartburn and my mind racing about what fabric to buy for the bedding. Yes, insane. Anyway, I got out my Babywise book and started reading it, finally. It helped calm me a bit. I am reminded that Baby L could care less if it is sleeping on an towel or in a nice crib with custom bedding made by its Nana....how I nurture that baby, love that baby and pray for that baby is all that matters. Ah, sweet reality. It is so nice to have a dose of it every now and then.


P.S. 2 weeks until we know if Baby L is a prince a princess. What do you think it is? (This is my way of asking you to comment and promote reader participation here on our quaint little blog)


Abby

Monday, July 13, 2009

A conversation between sisters

In an effort of full disclosure. I have decided to post a few emails between Abby and I on Tuesday. It began with this comment I posted on a blog:

For the record. I did not approve this picture to be seen by all of America and beyond.I'm not sure it was a sisterly thing to do. And Abby should know that I will get her back in a big bad way!!! Julie

The following are the emails we sent back and forth.
(Abbys will be in a dull black, mine will be in a beautiful pink.)

Maybe you learn to post to our blog and not leave it up to me! I think the pic is cute...it provides us new readers and the picture is a reflection of us...which is what our blog is about. Sorry you don't like it. I can delete it?

Heck no! There is no reason to delete it. It just isn't the best picture of me, but who cares! I was just joking.

your mama....you best be nice to me or I will put ice in your sheets.

I'll hide things from you and move all of your pictures around!

so, you took our blog off your signature too? Tell me when you are ready to not do it anymore with me...(this is in regard to my email signature. I have my other blog as my signature www.juliesjournalofmemories.blogspot.com instead of this blog)

I change it up from time to time!Lay off!

I think that coexisting with my niece/nephew is making you grouchy!

whatever.....you don't like sharing a blog with me."coexisting"...really? What big words.

This is just one day in the life of us as sisters. There are many other days like this, but I decided to post this one because I thought it was funny.
And she didn't put ice in my sheets! THANK HEAVENS!!!

Julie

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Fun with the Twins, the Princess, the Camper and the Sister

It is the simple things in life. Some bubbles and some jets make these sweet little look alikes go crazy. I loved it when they said "This is better than the one at Branson!" Not sure what that meant exactly, but it sounded like a good deal. I kept them from spraying the walls with the jets and then had to wash their hair because there were too many bubbles in the tub for them to do it alone. It brought back great memories of boys screaming bloody murder in the tub when the cup of water was poured on their little heads. This time, 7 years later, they laughed at it. Oh me, they are getting so big and it makes me so proud.
I am so glad these 4 little blessings came to my house last week. We had great fun at the house, the nature center, the water park and of course.....going with the mother of these 3 to stalk their oldest brother at camp. What a fun time for all involved...even the little camper who said (when he was picked up from camp by all of us), " I saw you watching me play football Mom. It made me smile." It made Aunt Abby gag a little.
And, I know what she hid. Mother told her how much I hated this sick little game and she made her tell me what she hid. I love the Mama!

Abby

Friday, July 10, 2009

I just couldn't help myself!

This was such a fun week!

I got to spend a few days with my pregnant sister and her husband. Fun times!

She is just so cute and pregnant.

The last few times I have stayed at her house I have hidden something from her. She is so meticulous about where everything is in her house that I think it is my duty to move something. Anything. (Like having my children there for a few days isn't enough to send her over the edge!HA!)

She asked that I not hide anything this trip. She looked at me with her pregnant belly and her tired face after a long day of work and asked that I not hide anything. That it just stressed her out.

So, I decided everthing would stay in its place this trip.

I mean she IS pregnant afterall. She works hard at work and then goes home and cooks supper and keeps her house very much in order. She really shouldn't have to worry about me taking something out of its place and putting it somewhere else.

Should she?

Well, I thought so until the moment before I left.

I couldn't help myself.

I had to do it.

It was my facebook friends that made me do it. They said they loved it when I hid stuff. How could I let them down?

I think she'll find this one.

Surely she will.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

He's Alive and Well

Samuel is at Centri-Kid camp this week.

I won his registration on the Parent Life blog. He is with FBC Pine Bluff and knew absolutely NO ONE when he left with them Monday morning.

As a mother who is with her children 24/7 it was a little much to take.

We had each prayed about him going.

Monday morning before I dropped him off we had to stop by Walmart and pick up some Nutter-Butters (because Stephen ate all the ones I had already bought). While we were there, and walking through the store I prayed out loud for Samuel.

Samuel likes to hear me pray for him. I guess it is reassuring for him to know that I care enough to pray and that he gets to hear me. I guess it is really that way for all of us. We would love to hear someone pray for us in a time of need.

So, back to the story.

I decided when we chose to send him to Centri-Kid at ASU that the other kids and I would head to Jonesboro and stay with Abby and visit old friends. (And check on Samuel from time to time!) So that is where we are. Abby, the kids and I went to see him last night.

He looked tall and handsome and all boy! It was good to see him, but I think that one visit may have done it for both of us. I'm not sure that he wants us around anymore.

That will be fine. I don't mind. The kid has to grow up sometime. Might as well be when he's 11 and going in the 6th grade.

Even though I was 23 when I grew up! Just kidding, I was 19!

I'm going to visit old friends today. Not old in age. And not even old in length of time I've known them in the grand scheme of things. OK!

I'm going to visit friends today.

And I might drive by the campus and see if I can steal a glimpse of Samuel.

Because I'm his mom and he will never be too grown up!

Julie

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Blog Hop

We love this picture because it tells a whole big story and makes us laugh. What a day, what cute "cat eyes" and what a princess.

*** We are participating in a Blog Hop! We are posting our favorite picture and if you know us and our pictures....this is a hard pick.***

MckLinky Blog Hop

Friday, July 3, 2009

What's Cooking

Homemade Salsa
We use the tomatoes from our garden and this package of salsa mix (found in the produce section). We chop up the tomatoes real small and stir in the package of salsa mix. We then grab a bag of tortilla chips and enjoy! It is so simple, so good, and is often a meal at our house.

Spaghetti Casserole
8 oz sour cream, 8 oz cream cheese, 1 package angel hair pasta. Cook pasta and drain. Stir in sour cream and cream cheese until mixed well.
Brown 1/2 pound pork sausage and 1/2 pound ground beef, with onion and Italian spices. Add 1 can Rotel and 1 can Italian diced tomatoes (and a fresh tomato from your garden if you have one!) and mix with meat. Add garlic and salt and pepper to taste.
In a large casserole dish, layer meat on bottom, grated cheddar cheese and then spaghetti. Alternate each. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes.

I tried this recipe for the first time this week and was not sure how it would turn out. It turned out to be incredible and we will definitely have it again.

TennTucky Blackberry Cobbler
1 cup sugar, 1 cup milk, 1 cup flour - whisk these 3 until blended. Add 1 stick melted butter to batter and whisk until blended. Pour batter into a lightly greased baking dish; sprinkle 2 cups blackberries evenly on top. Sprinkle 1/4 cup sugar evenly on top also. Bake at 350 for 1 hour or until golden brown.

I have made this twice in the past week with fresh blackberries. Yummy stuff!

Abby

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Some Of My Favorite things...At Least At The Moment

I thought I would post some of my favorite things right now. It is most random, but I am pretty random...so here goes:

Hot rollers are my friend again. The pregnancy hormones are doing weird things to the hair these days so back to the ole hot roller we go! I love it.

No, this is not me or Randall, nor is it anyone we know. It is a photo I got off the Internet. We do have this pool though....and shamefully, I love it. Not knowing anyone with a pool in this town, nor being the "country club wanna-be up with the jones" type people, was going to make for a long and very white summer. I am still pretty white, but I am working on the tan in my little blue blow up pool. I sure miss the summers at the Takei's and at Ms. Jenny's pool. Ahhh....the memories. Melissa was kind enough to send me a picture of the pool today at Ms. Jenny's and say "wish you were here"....I am hanging tight in my blue blow up though...it ain't no thing!



These are the cookbooks that make meal time great at the L house these days. I know the women in my family will gasp that the red & white check cookbook is not in this picture. I don't just love it so much, sorry. Maybe I will grow fonder of it with time. Anyway, the one on the stand is one of my "fru-fru" books, the laminated one is our family cookbook and the other is Bell's Best that my Great Aunt Julia gave me for a wedding gift and it is honestly my favorite, aside from the family book. I have a cabinet full of cookbooks and these are the ones I go to the most. I wish I was more loyal to all of the books, but I play favorites.


Completed scrapbooks make me happy and these days there are more NOT completed than completed. It is my current goal to finish the ones that need to be finished before summer's end. I just haven't had the drive or motivation for my hobbies or crafts lately. I hope it comes back to me real soon!


Not a pretty picture, but is a fan on a stand ever pretty? No. This fan is getting me through the night though and for that it is attractive to me! I have been so hot and at night I get extra hot. The ceiling fan was not cutting it, so this puppy blows right on me all night long. I love the sound and the breeze and I am sleeping much better because of it.



Summer's harvest. I love this time of year because it means tomatoes, peaches and other great picks. I like sharing and trading fresh produce with co-workers and friends. It makes life seem simple and pure, if only for a brief moment. I am such an old soul, I know.



And at last, my summer sandals. I love these 4 picks. They are my summer staples. I have many sandals, yet these are the 4 I find on my feet each day. I honestly look forward to wearing them. For a few summers I went without caring about shoes but the sandal fetish is back this summer in full force. I think it is because I am trying to accessorize more to cover up this growing body. Whatever it is, these are my top 4 and you will see me in one of them each day, more than likely.


Abby

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Birthday Queen

Happy *0th, Mawmaw!!!!
We are tickled pink to have you as our grandmother.
We were also trained very well to NOT put your age on this post. You raised us well. Happy day to you. You deserve the happiest of a birthday this year.
Lovey, Julia Kathryn & Abby Jo