Monday, January 31, 2011
Saturday, January 29, 2011
Friday, January 28, 2011
Last week I headed to the dirty delta with the hubs. He is gearing up for planting season and needed to get some contracts signed and look at his plots. He asked me if I wanted to go, and since I am a lady of leisure at the moment I said, "Why not!". So, I shipped my croupy baby off to Juju's and hopped in the truck and headed to the dirty with my man.
Why am I posing with Kermit? Because Jim Henson was from the dirty, baby! I had Randall stop at the visitors museum in Greenville. It was a joke of a museum but I got to touch Kermie and that made me feel all green and happy!
When we travel, we eat! We favor local fare. We live in a town that has very little good local places to eat, but we are drowning in chains. It is one of the things we do not like about living here, but it is something we can live with. Luckily Memphis and Little Rock are not to far of a drive. Going to new places is fun because we can try new places to eat. Randall has traveled the roads of the delta for most all his life, so he knew where to take me to eat ... and eat well.
The first night we were there we went to Cicero's. It is located in the little agricultural town of Stoneville, MS. My sweet hubs worked for Stoneville Seed in Memphis for 7 years and spent some time in this little mecca of ag research. This restaurant is located in an old Stoneville Seed building. I did not take a picture and could not find one on the internet, so the logo is all you get!
I love good seafood. I had the best baked catfish. It was covered in crusted pecans, Parmesan cheese and crab meat. I won't mention the butter sauce because it might make your chest hurt! It was delish! Randall got the rib eye. We then headed to Sonic and split a hot fudge shake. Have you had one of those? They are really, really good!
The next day we headed down the famous Highway 61. We stopped in Cleveland and ate lunch at the Airport Grocery. Randall had not eaten there but heard it was good. It has a lot of local history and was really interesting on the inside. I got the salad bar (I needed it after that heart attack on a plate at Cicero's) and he got a po'boy sandwich. I was not real impressed with it for the price. They also served Diet Rite...who serves Diet Rite?! We then stopped in the next town and got Diet Coke at Sonic!
We then ate our final meal in Tupelo at the local chain, Lost Pizza Company. They are all over the delta and really good. It reminded us of the Memphis Pizza Cafe but cleaner! I got a Happy Hippie pizza and Randall got pepperoni and sausage. I love thin crust and they did not let me down. It was a thin crust veggie pizza, for the most part. It was super yummy. It was snowing really hard while we were eating there and we were in front of the window. It was nice. We sat there for a bit and then split a sundae at McDonald's!
Thursday, January 27, 2011
**Daniel lost his tooth Friday. The Tooth Fairy still has not visited our home. This morning David woke up and his tooth fell out right into his hand. Now what is the Tooth Fairy to do?? Come tonight? Won't that make Daniel feel bad? Won't that make him feel like the Tooth Fairy likes David more than him? Should the Tooth Fairy come to Daniel tonight and wait 5 days to pay David for his tooth? Oh, I just don't know! I'm thinking that the Tooth Fairy may need to come clean. But, they're just nine years old. It seems a bit early. I don't like the Tooth Fairy!
**Yesterday I started thinking about believing God. Sure, I believe God. I have faith. But do I REALLY believe God is going to provide for my needs? Do I REALLY believe God is going to take care of me no matter what HE sends my way? Do I REALLY believe God? My head says yes! My heart says maybe. Am I the only one? I have so many friends that have hurts in their lives right now. My prayer list is running over. Do I believe that God can REALLY answer my requests? Am I the only one? Please tell me no!
**I think I may have taken on more than I can handle. I noticed last night that I have 10 events that I need to oversee over the next 3 months. That may not seem a lot to you, but it is to me. The logistics still have to be worked out, people still need to be contacted, decisions still need to be made. I think it may be more than I should have signed up for. UGH!
**Jillian Michaels, of Biggest Loser fame, is kicking my tail. She is not nice to me. We have started a little work-out class at church. We started doing Zumba and realized that we had been Baptists for too long and we just couldn't move like that. So, we started the 30 day Shred Monday. Well, they started Monday, I started Tuesday. And after two days of shredding, my legs hurt! It hurts to sit down and to stand back up. Oh, the pain! But I love jumping jacks and crunches, this may just be my kind of work-out. It is just day 3 though. I'm sure I'll change my mind!
**Stephen has eaten 4 of the last 5 meals away from home. And let me tell you that I'm a bit jealous about it. Not bitter. But a bit jealous. I'm thinking that since this is Thursday and the Taco Truck is in town, I may go get myself a taco. It's not the same as Whole Hog, Cracker Barrel, and wherever else he ate ( I quit asking) but it will do!
You made it to the end??? I'm glad you read my ramblings, it makes a girl feel better to know that she has been heard. Not understood, but heard!
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
There were a few months we did not use it because he wanted nothing to do with it, but he has just recently rediscovered it because his little mama got smart and put it in his reading corner. He leans against it to turn the pages of his books. It is really too cute for words.
He has also rediscovered napping in it some, thanks to his daddy. It makes me laugh to see how big he looks lying in it compared to the picture above. He also loves this blanket the most. Of all the blankets we have, he attached himself to this one. It makes me smile.
What a difference a year can make! Is this baby boy of mine really this big?! Wow.
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Wake up at 7:30, go to work at 8, stay until 5, go out with friends at 6, stay out till 9, go home & sleep.
Then we started having kids and by the time they went to bed at night I was too tired to do anything.
I say all that to confess that I do not clean my house. It is just a mess! I sweep, mop and dust. I make my bed, but there is clutter EVERYWHERE!!!
Yesterday I cleaned. I scrubbed the kitchen floor on my hands and knees, not really my knees more like my bottom. I moved the refrigerator and the stove and cleaned underneath them. It was at that moment that I was so thankful that I do not feel the need to document my life in pictures.
If I felt that need you would have been so grossed out this morning! You're welcome.
Today, I'm cleaning carpets with a carpet cleaning machine that I inherited from my in-laws. This could be a really gross day also. I won't document today in pictures either. You're welcome!
Can you relate to this????
Monday, January 24, 2011
This is Henry seeing me for the first time in 48 hours. We had not been away from one another that long since June, the last time he stayed with his Juju. He was emotionally conflicted, as you can tell. Juju and Anna did not want to hand him over. She had just changed his diaper in the bathroom, that is why the reunion took place here...in case you were wondering.
Friday, January 21, 2011
Thursday, January 20, 2011
I was so excited to read it when I saw the title. I love Sonic. I've always loved Sonic. I remember goin to Sonic with my Mamaw when I was a little girl. It was spring and I thought the napkins said Happy Easter. I remember thinking how nice it was of Sonic to have Easter napkins. Mamaw told me to read more carefully. Indeed, the napkins said Happy Eating. Well, Happy Eating or Happy Easter, I like Sonic.
Here is my Top 10 list
1. Rt. 44 Coke. Oh my! I love Sonic Coke and Sonic ice
2. The fact that in some towns (not mine) Sonic is a drive thru and a drive-in. You get a choice of how you want to receive your food. Their is a Sonic in central Arkansas that has indoor seating too! Oh, the choices!
3. The Chili-Cheese Coney. There really isn't anything else to say about the wonderful goodness of the Triple C.
4. Tator Tots. The french fries at Sonic aren't consistent in their tastiness but the tots. Well, they never fail.
5. Cheddar Peppers. The best snack! Fried, hot, and cheesy. Dipped in Ranch dressing. Oh, the calories!
6. Styrofoam Cups. In the world of "going green", Sonic hasn't waivered in their commitment to styrofoam. And it makes me smile. I can get a Rt. 44 in the morning, drink it all morning and into the afternoon and it still has ice and isn't watery. And, sometimes if I'm feeling particularly attached to the cup, I wash it out and keep it for the next day.
7. Happy Hour. From 2-4 everyday drinks are half price. It makes buying a drink at any other time of day difficult.
8. Grilled Cheese sandwich. I remember the days when they served them with a pickle on top. I don't know why they don't do that anymore, maybe the price of pickles skyrocketed. I don't know. But the cheese melted on two pieces of Texas toast is yummy.
9. Chocolate Shake. I've heard rumors that I shouldn't eat the ice cream at my neighborhood Sonic. But sometimes I just NEED a chocolate shake.
10. The memories. I remember when my friend Amanda stole the red tray that they used to use to bring out the food. Remember? They would attach it to the car window. I miss those trays. I don't have anywhere to put my trash now.
Do you love Sonic? Why?
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Monday, January 17, 2011
On my way home I had some prayer time for my children. Don't you just love being alone in your car, playing Klove, or other Christian music and praying? It doesn't happen very often for me, but I am so glad when it does.
Anyway, I was praying for my kids. I prayed specifically that God would prick their spirits when sin entered their lives. I had spoken to someone a bit older than me about being around people that didn't have the same values as she did and how she felt a prick in her spirit that reminded her that the situation was one that God was not in.
I told her I thought it was cool that God would still prick the hearts of those of us that are older. You would think that by now, at our ages, mine being 40 (thank you very much), and hers being even older than that, that we wouldn't feel those pricks anymore.
But God is always working. Always. He is a constant, never changing God. Always pricking, poking, prodding, and guiding us along. Isn't He just great??!!
Last night Sam went with the youth group to see a movie. There was no school today, so they were going to the 10:00 movie after church. (This brings up a whole other topic of having to stay up late waiting for the boy to come home. I'm not liking this part very much!) It turns out that although the movie had a rating appropriate for these teenagers, it wasn't appropriate for my son.
He said the language was terrible and he had had all he could take after about an hour and left the theater. He hung out in the lobby until the movie was over.
Now I know some of you are thinking. He needs to get out more. People talk like that all the time. You shelter him too much.
Let me tell you what I'm thinking. I'm thinking that God is answering my prayers. That He chose to answer a prayer I prayed Saturday afternoon at 3:30 on Sunday at 11:00! That He indeed pricked the heart of my son when sin was around him. That God made Himself so real to Samuel that he couldn't stand to be in the same place as that language.
Now, you're right if you are thinking that he doesn't hear those words, or that he is sheltered. He is a bit. Although I'm writing to tell you what happened last night I'm not tooting his horn. If you have read this blog anytime at all you know that I don't write about Samuel that often anymore. Something about being 13 doesn't lend itself to sweet posts about his actions. So, instead of writing something less than stellar, I write nothing.
So, I'm not bragging on Samuel. I'm bragging on God. He is still answering prayers. He is still pricking the hearts of those that will listen to Him.
Are you listening?
Friday, January 14, 2011
2 cans crescent rolls
2 cups chicken or turkey
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can mixed vegetables (drained)
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chicken broth
salt and pepper
Spray pan with cooking spray. Line with 1 can of crescent rolls. Combine rest of ingredients and place over layer of crescents. Top with the other can of crescent rolls and brush with egg whites. Bake at 350 degrees until golden brown and bubbly.
The foodie...what a little eater he is! Green peas and mashed potatoes are a few of his faves. I try to have them on hand most nights. I took this last night as I was finishing supper. He was ready to dig in but the chicken was still in the oven. He lacks patience with his food, but don't we all at times?!
Thursday, January 13, 2011
It was her middle finger and if you asked to see her hurt finger she would show you. Just like you think she would show you her middle finger! Poor naive girl, still doesn't know why people were laughing.
Well, the nail has been coming off slowly. Very slowly. But the last couple of days it has started to come off of one side, and has been bothering her. And me. And now, maybe you.
Today, D&D, Anna & I were headed to Little Rock for an check-up appointment on Daniel's arm. Anna yells from the back of the van, "my finger is bleeding!!!"
I had had enough. I called the doctors office, told them the problem and get this. They said to come on in. Can you believe it?? So, we stopped by the doctor's office for what I thought would be a 5-10 minute visit. It was a 50 minute visit. But the nail is off now. Thank heavens! It looks bad, but at least its gone.
We found out that Daniel's arm is healing. We found that out after waiting in the waiting room for an hour and a half and visiting with the doctor for two minutes. 2 MINUTES!! I drove an hour and a half, sat in the waiting room for an hour and a half and saw the doctor for 2 minutes, and then drove an hour and a half back home. REALLY?????!!!
Ok, enough of me.....
I have read this blog off and on for a while, she is creative and inspirational. Down to earth and endearing. Tuesday she had a stroke while exercising. She is 38 and has two daughters, 12 and 9. She has had two operations, one to relieve the pressure in her brain. She has not woken up. Please pray for Joanne. I know some of us stalk blogs. I know some of you stalk blogs, Stacy!! I stalk Joanne's blog, and I wake up praying for her. Please join me.
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
I noticed something.
The girls want to talk to Samuel and play with David and Daniel. Not because the girls are tomboys but because they are girls and my boys are boys. Oh my word!
This is a new world. And I think its going to be this way for a while.
I remember when I was pregnant with Anna. One of the girls in my senior high Sunday School class mentioned that Anna was going to have a great life! She was going to get to be around all of her brothers friends.
I thought it was funny then. Now, not so much. This could really happen! She could flirt with the boys friends, and her friends could flirt with my boys.
I know she is 6. But Samuel is 13 and cute. It's going to happen. Oh my! I'm not ready!!!
Anyone have any advice??
Monday, January 10, 2011
Henry finally got to play in the snow for the first time. Last year he saw snow from the window, but he was too little to go out and play. We were so excited to show Henry what the white stuff was all about!
Sunday, January 9, 2011
It began snowing right as Stephen was finishing his sermon. Well, I should probably rephrase that. Stephen finished preaching as soon as his snow signal man signaled him that it was snowing!
We headed home and into warm clothes grabbed a bite to eat and headed to the country.
I know some of you think I live in the country because I live in a small town, but I don't. Our friends do.
We braved the snowy roads and headed the 10 miles out of town to go jeep riding, and being pulled on a sled by a 4 wheeler. We ate, threw snowballs, and had a great time!
The kids had to change clothes 3 times. They would get so wet from the sledding and playing. I would put a change of clothes on them (well, they did it themselves) and put their wet clothes in the dryer and repeated that for each kid.
I think we will remember this snowday for a long time. It was so much fun!!!
Did it snow where you live?
Friday, January 7, 2011
I made butterscotch fudge this week for my man, and it was mighty fine. I used the fantasy fudge recipe and just substituted butterscotch chips in place of chocolate chips. I have not eaten much of it, but Randall seems to really like it. Our neighbor had given us some wonderful fudge that I thought was butterscotch, so I wanted to try to make more. It was not butterscotch that she made, now that we tasted mine. So, I am going to have to ask her what it is was. It was fantastic fudge. She is a really good cook.
You must try this spaghetti sauce. Get over that is says "vodka" because you will not get inebriated from it or even feel the slightest buzz...trust me. It will send your taste buds soaring into spaghetti heaven though. I buy it at Walmart. It is cheapest there. Randall was getting tired of spaghetti and this reinvented it for us.
And the little foodie loves salmon! Who knew. I love it too, and and I am so happy we can share the love together. We cooked salmon this week with peas and mashed potatoes. I am pretty sure Henry ate as much as we did. Omega 3 Fatty Acids....whoo hoo!! Brain power, baby.
Thursday, January 6, 2011
We don't get to talk ear to ear much. For reasons that are out of our control we only get to text each other most of the time. Sadly, I can go a week without hearing her cute voice on the other end of my phone. Its a good thing we get each other's text humor!!
Isn't it awesome that Jesus can make Himself so real to us through a song? And that He can use that song to minister to us in such unlikely places.
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
We are doing school, keeping up with laundry, cooking, eating at home, and playing games.
It is life as we know it. The best part is that there is nothing left on the calendar for this week. Well, I say that now but we know how that goes.
When I got home from Daddy's Saturday night I turned the calendar to January and looked at the first week and it was blank. BLANK! I had nothing to do the whole week. It was bliss for just a moment. Then I remembered I had scheduled a quick meeting on Monday night. So, there was something on the calendar. And then Samuel has a hurting tooth and he has an appointment today. So, there was something else on the calendar. And one of our church members died Sunday so there will be a funeral this week.
My calendar got written on, but not much. I will have time to dust, vacuum, sweep and mop, clean bathrooms, and bedrooms.
Oh, I wish my calendar was full!! Housekeeping really isn't my thing.
Monday, January 3, 2011
You know that love is a gift from up above. Share love, give love spread love measure your life in love.