Monday, October 31, 2011
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Henry loved his juice box. He had all these fun sweet treats on his plate and he went bonkers over the juice box. I love my sweet boy!
Treat time is something at his school. I forget how fancy some of the mothers can be. I must say my treat sacks were the saddest of the bunch. And if you know me, you know how sad that made me. Seriously, I am already preparing Christmas goodie sacks in my mind...hmmmm.
I love his excited face. He was elated about the Mickey Mouse "Hot dog" coloring book he got from his best girl, Piper.
Piper was giddy about her Mama being at her party. She is so cute in her Dora pjs.
My favorite memento from the party was the sheet they sent home from art time today. Henry colored his safety sheet for trick or treating. It made me laugh. I love having a toddler and harvest time fun makes it even sweeter.
Thursday, October 27, 2011
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
2 cups confectioners' sugar
1 (15 ounce) can solid pack pumpkin
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon frozen orange juice concentrate
In a medium bowl, blend cream cheese and confectioners' sugar until smooth. Gradually mix in the pumpkin. Stir in the cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, and orange juice until smooth and well blended. Chill until serving.
Aren't these so cute?! I was making these for Henry's Halloween party at school, but while in Walmart gathering supplies for them the bell went off in my head and the red light beamed bright in my eyes. NO...they are made with peanut butter! So with a defeated mom face, I bought iced sugar cookies from the bakery and saved myself time in the kitchen. I will not win the "Mother of the Halloween party" award because I noticed at drop off this morning that some dear mother has brought homemade orange popcorn balls wrapped in pumpkin faced plastic bags, tied with clever, festive ribbon. I made goodie bags though....so, maybe, just maybe I will win runner up this afternoon at the party! :)
My cute little foodie had a dinner date at the Chick last night with his best girl, Piper Jo. I just love her middle name...but, of course! She and Henry have been together since the infant days at daycare. They are great friends. She also loves to eat, play and get a balloon. They are a pair!
We have a fun weekend planned with a harvest festival at church with a little trunk or treat and then our little duck will go out for candy on Monday night. Fun, sugar-filled times ahead! I hope your weekend is filled with a little taste of sugar fun!
I am thinking...That this rainy day has given me a headache and I want it to go away!
I am thankful for...my husband. My heart is so full of love for him today.
I am wearing...Strangely enough the same shirt I was wearing last week when I did this, but this time I'm wearing it with gray sweatpants that have a hole in the most inappropriate place.
I am creating...the program for the state Minister's Wives Conference. This is one of my most favorite days of the year. I'm so fortunate to be a part of the leadership team.
I am going...grocery shopping today! Woo-Hoo! I'm coming home with butter, bread and oil. Staples that we've been out of for longer than I care to share.
I am reading...The Brotherhood (Precinct 11) by Jerry Jenkins. Chapter 3 made me cry until I had mascara running down my chin. That man can write.
I am hoping...I can come across some pumpkin spice k-cups for my keurig. I can't get to Little Rock to get some before Monday. I don't know that I can last the weekend.
I am hearing...ok, so this is the reason I posted this daybook today. Daniel has begun singing the All in the Family theme song just like Edith Bunker. It makes me laugh so hard. Daniel is my funniest child so I sound biased, but this. This is golden, I don't care who you are.
Around the house...It's pretty clean. We had surprise overnight guests Tuesday night which required me to do some fast-action cleaning. And it has been sustained.
One of my favorite things...Pumpkin spice coffee for my Keurig. (When I say my, I really mean Stephen's)
A few plans for the rest of the week...Planning a campout for Daniel & David for their last requirement for their Arrow of Light award in Cub Scouts.
**I'm having trouble loading Daniel singing the song. I hope to get it on here though. So check back!
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
This weekend we will once again be helping out the Boy Scouts at Cane Creek. Every year the state park in our area has a Ghost Roast. The park is decorated for halloween, all the campsites are occupied with campers that have decorated their campsites and they give out candy to the thousands of children that come for that night. It costs them a fortune in candy, but they love it. It's a safe place to take your kids trick or treating.
They also have hayrides, games and the Boy Scouts have a haunted house. Now, the Beavers family doesn't do Halloween so much. If we can't make a costume with what we have at home then we don't dress up. And my kids have always dressed up. We aren't in to all the scarey and gore that comes with halloween. Samuel helps with parking (the thousands of people have to park somewhere) and Daniel, David, Anna, and I sell hot dogs and hot chocolate in front of the haunted house. (It's all a fundraiser for the Boy Scouts.)
If you are anywhere near here come out and have some fun. The kids love it, and the adults do too.
And by the way, last night Samuel was awarded his Star rank in Boy Scouts. Just two ranks away from Eagle!
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
I just love this song. It makes me cry when I listen to it. Always has, always will. It reminds me of my bestest friend in the whole wide world and the bond we share. We were inseparable growing up and in college. Where she was, I was and vice versa. We were rarely apart. I love that girl with a fierce love that cannot be explained with words. She is the truest friend I have on this earth and I could never thank God enough for the meaningful and funny memories we share. Moving away from her 10 years ago to start a new direction in life was tough stuff. I love that our bond has not changed through the course of time and I trust it never will. We are stuck like crazy glue!
Melissa and I met in Little Rock this past weekend and had a fun sleepover, eating frenzy and shopping fest. We never do anything like this anymore and I thought it was high time to kick the fun into gear. She is a mama to 3 precious boys and with me having Henry and living in a different town we don't make time for each other like we should. We had loads of fun, laughed, ate sinfully, bought cute stuff and got to look at each other in the eye without any little boys begging for our attention. It was great! We decided to do it again in the Spring and make it a tradition twice a year. Thanks to Sam and Randall for allowing us to blow money and have fun. I know they also had fun sending the boys off to Nana's and Nonnie's for the night. We all had a great time, needless to say.
Friday, October 21, 2011
This is what we ate for supper last night. (This is my attempt to make this food related, just in case you were wondering.) We had special guests over and no one cooks on Thursday nights in my house. So, Pizza Inn was on order and all our guests were excited. Pizza Inn is a family favorite and from what I hear it is becoming pretty hard to find anymore.
Our special guests were Julie and her fun crew. Juju loves her Henry. He does not always show his love in the best and brightest way to her though. I am glad she loves him anyway. Poor Ju! All the way home from school I told him "Juju is at our house" and he would look out his window and say "Juju pretty". He really does love her!
Our sambo sporting the pajama jean... man style. Yes, Molly bought these funny things for Ben and Randall last Christmas. All 3 boys forgot their pajamas and had to get pjs from Uncle Randall for their bed wear. He picked these out for Samuel. It was so funny. Can you believe he is this tall already? Gosh. I still picture him in a longall and turtleneck just like Henry. They grow too fast.
Uncle Stephen loves a Veggie Tale and so does Henry. Henry let Stephen read his Veggie Tale "sick book" he got this week. He had bronchitis, poor thing. We get "sick presents" at our house. I carried that over from my nuclear family. I loved being sick...it meant new coloring books!
I love these 5 babies more than this keypad can express. Henry really was happy they were visiting, I promise! He really didn't cry the whole time.
Fab 4 funny pics are always my favorite. Samuel cracks me up acting all serious. The D's and Anna K are the cutest ever. I love these 4. I loved having Jules and her gang over for a night. It was a quick, short visit, but any time I can look at them, touch them and hear them in person makes my heart happy...and Pizza Inn makes it yummy!
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Not for lack of wiggling. We have been trying to lose teeth for a while now, but to no avail. So when I saw that the permanent teeth were moving in whether the baby ones were ready to leave or not I called the dentist.
Yesterday we headed to the dentist. I didn't know if they would pull them or wait until another time. Once they looked at them they decided to pull them. Poor little girl. They didn't tell her. All they said was that it was going to hurt a bit. Poor baby. I could hear her cries from the waiting room.
I texted a few people and asked them to pray right then! It's great to know that I have friends that will pray right when I ask. Even more great to know that God hears those prayers. I calmed down, and so did she.
The next time I saw her she looked like this.
Still just as pretty without her teeth as she was with them.
Her permanent teeth are there and just need a little pushing to get put in the right place. ( I write that as if it is something I can do without gagging. It isn't. Her daddy is going to have to do the pushing!)
The Tooth Fairy came to Anna's room last night for the very first time! Anna left her a note thanking her for the money she was going to give her. How sweet is that?! The Tooth Fairy of course left her a note too.
I love that girl!
Monday, October 17, 2011
A favorite picture... Anna's 7th birthday party. Her cake was designed by her and made by a friend of mine. She was so cute and enjoyed her day so very much.
I am thinking...about getting to visit old friends this weekend. Thursday just can't get here fast enough.
Friday, October 14, 2011
Grease a large tube or Bundt cake pan with 2 teaspoons of the oil. Set aside.
In a large bowl, mix the popped corn with the M&Ms and the peanuts and set aside.
In a medium saucepan, melt the butter, the remaining 1/4 cup vegetable oil, and the marshmallows over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally. When melted, use oven mitts or pot holders to remove saucepan from heat and pour marshmallows over the popcorn mixture. Stir to combine.
Spoon mixture into the prepared cake pan. Using your hands or the back of a spoon, press firmly so that the mixture is compacted.
Cover with aluminum foil to keep moist. Let sit for about 3 to 4 hours, or until firm and set. To serve, invert the cake pan onto a large plate or platter. Shake gently to release the cake. Serve at room temperature.
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Birthday letter to Samuel.
I love this picture of you. You brighten so many lives with that smile. People have called you Smilen' Sam for years now. You are so happy and bring that happiness to others.
I am so proud of the young man you are growing up to be. You have had to make some decisions that didn't make you very popular, you have endured some ridicule because of decisions I have made for you. But you have done so with such maturity and graciousness. I have learned lessons from you.
You are having a great school year. We were anticipating a lot of bumps in the road this year but so far it has been a great year. Aren't you glad? Me too! We'll keep praying!
This past year you surrendered your life to God's ministry. I can't wait to see what that looks like in your life. You know it doesn't matter to me if you are a preacher in the biggest church, a teacher in a Christian school or a missionary in the farthest jungle. As long as you are doing what God wants for your life I will be happy. (I didn't say I wouldn't cry or miss you, just that I'll be happy for you!)
You are a great kid. I'm so proud to be your mom.
I love you so much!
Mom, Mother, Ma, Julie
Friday, October 7, 2011
This dish is A-mazing! It is more like a custard or a ooey gooey cake than a traditional cake and it is yummy for the tummy. My little Henry ate more of it than his Daddy and me combined. He loved it. The more pecans, the better. I love fall and all the pumpkin recipes. Why do we wait until fall to eat pumpkin?! We should enjoy it all year.
- 1 box yellow cake mix
- 1 can (15 oz) pumpkin puree
- 1 can (12 oz) evaporated milk
- 3 large eggs
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 1/2 cups chopped pecans (the original recipe called for 1/2 cup)
- 1 cup butter, melted
Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease bottom of 9 x 13″ pan. Mix pumpkin, milk, eggs, sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Pour mixture into greased pan. Sprinkle dry cake mix over pumpkin mixture and top with pecans. Drizzle melted butter over pecans. Bake 50-55 minutes.
The Pumpkin crunch cake may be supper yummy but my little pumpkin is the best pumpkin in the whole patch! I love my little foodie.
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
A couple of days before we went on vacation (a month ago) David began complaining about his ears hurting. I promptly called the doctor and got him some ear drops. I'm such a good mom! Daniel had an ear infection a couple of weeks prior and I figured something must be going around in their bedroom!
I gave David all of his 7 days worth of ear drops. I'm such a good mom!
The next couple of weeks he would complain off and on about his ear but he didn't run a fever and it wasn't an everyday complaint so I did nothing. I'm such a good mom!
Monday David really started to complain about his ear. He cried a couple of times so I called the doctor Tuesday and couldn't get in. I called on Wednesday and they didn't even answer the phone. (This doctor's office is the WORST ! I love the kids doctor but I wish she would move to another office!)
Thursday I had to be in Arkadelphia to help lead a conference for ministry wives, but I called the doctor's office while I was there and got David an appointment for that afternoon. I'm such a good mom!
Stephen took him to the doctor and I get this text back from him.... IT IS THE WORST SHE HAS EVER SEEN. NOT JOKING.
I'm such a good mom!
The phrase it's the worst she's ever seen is a running joke in our family. My dad says it all the time and it makes us laugh, that's why he added the Not Joking sentence.
He said she got the light up to his ear and jumped back and said "that's the worst I've ever seen" "how long has it been like that?" "it's full of puss!" I'm such a good mom!
So, he has an antibiotic, ear drops and motrin to take for the next 7-10 days. And apparently enough puss in his ears to scare his doctor. I'm such a good mom!
I know this is going to keep me from receiving any mother of the year awards. I keep telling David I'm sorry. I finally asked if he was tired of me saying I'm sorry, he just looked at me smiled and shook his head no. I'm such a good mom!