Monday, October 31, 2011

"Quack Quack" Halloween

Henry started his Halloween morning with a spooky face! He is so silly and was so excited to get to school and see all his friends. He made pumpkin art and a pumpkin book while celebrating orange and black day with his little buddies at his school.



After school he was ready to get out to the truck. He loves Daddy's truck. In fact, he is slightly obsessed with the truck. I have a little video I will load this week of him having a fit to get in the truck. So strange. We went to Sonic for 50 cent corn dogs before trick or treating. He was happy to get a ride in the truck and we were happy to eat some cheap corn dogs...it is the simple things!



After a little stop in another neighborhood close by to visit a friend and my boss, we headed home to get our trick or treat on in a serious way! The duck went in his wagon and off we went.



We went from house to house in style...I tell ya! We all had such a fun time. I told Randall it was the most fun Halloween I have had since I was a child.





Ms. Norenda's house is always a fun stop. Her porch is decorated for every holiday and Halloween is great fun with the pumpkins talking and howling. Henry just walked right up, knocked and yelled "trick or treat". They loved our duck and filled his bucket up with all sorts of goodies. A fun fact....Ms. Norenda drives the only pink Cadillac in our town. She IS Mary Kay! We love her.




Our next stop was at Ms. Lindi's house. Henry loved her house, her pumpkins, her candy and her sweet boy, Hayden.



Hayden and Henry. Our street could be in trouble...just sayin! The cutest hunter and duck, ever. Henry walked up to Hayden's rocking chair and climbed up there with him, while sucking on his sucker the whole time. It was so sweet.



We stopped at Mr. Jim & Mrs. Sheila's and saw their teenage son, Hunter. They live directly next to us and Henry LOVES them...they are great. I failed to get a photo of that stop. We went to a few other houses on our street and had a fun time with our duck. He got lots of yummy candy and smiled all night in his costume. We then got to come home and pass out our candy to a few little friends. Precious memories were made and none of them were scary, pertained to death, goblins, ghosts or the devil. Halloween really isn't bad. It is what YOU make of it. We made it a ducky good time!



As soon we got "trick or treat" down pat we now have to start on "gobble, gobble!"




Abby

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Trunk Or Treat Fun

We participated in trunk or treat at our Church's Fall Festival. It was great fun to prepare for it, but when I got there the wind was insane, so I had failed execution and found myself just sticking stuff where it would stay put. It sort of looked like Halloween threw up in the back of my ride...but it was all good!


My little family was excited about our first trunk or treat with our new church family. Our duck was a hit...as he always is. It is almost embarrassing how they make over him at our church. I pray he is humble. I seriously pray for humility for him. It worries me!


The handsome little duck sat in the back and watched all the kids trunk or treat while sucking on his sucker. He would occasionally belt out "I'm a duck!" and they would laugh at him. Henry is a mess!


Our pastor, Bro. Stan is smitten with Henry and loves talking agriculture with Randall. He tried to get Henry to ride his pony but Henry would have none of it. He smiled and said "NO!" but missed the "sir" part....we have to work on that!


Being parents has brought a whole new meaning to Halloween and fall festival fun. We are loving all the candy we have in the house now and the fun that comes with all these festive outings with our little guy. What a blessing to be able to have fun and enjoy the simple things in life.


Abby

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Harvest Party Fun

We partied it up at Henry's school Friday afternoon. It was his harvest party and the last day of spirit week. It was PJ day...just so you know when you look at these pictures. He was such a cutie in his monster pj's.

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.

Abby

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Food Friday

This pumpkin dip is so yummy. My Mama introduced me to it some years back and since then I have made an excuse each year to make it around Halloween & Thanksgiving. It is fun, easy and a crowd pleaser. It is great served with ginger snaps and apples. This would be a great weekend to whip some up!

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

Directions
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!

Happy Food Friday!
Abby

Another Daybook Entry

Outside my window...a rainy fall day. This is the kind of day I long for our home in Camden because it had a screened in porch. I was too busy with a 1 yr old to really enjoy it, I sure would enjoy it today.

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!

Julie

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The Weekend Ahead

I hope the weather where you are is as beautiful as it is here. It is gorgeous today. The temperature is perfect, it's sunny, and the leaves are changing colors. Oh, I just love this time of year.

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!

Julie

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Bosom Buddies



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.

Abby

Friday, October 21, 2011

Food Friday...Kinda

I am s-t-r-e-t-c-h-i-n-g trying to make this a food related post since it is Food Friday. I cooked nada this week...not a thing! It was an odd week with activities and illness in our home. Today I sat down to post this and I am drawing a blank on coming up with a good recipe because I plan to cook nada this weekend as I head out for a little girl time with my BFF. So, bear with me as I try my best to relate this post to food somehow :)


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!

Happy Food Friday!
Abby

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Prayers and Missing Teeth

About three weeks ago I looked at Anna at church and noticed that her two front permanent bottom teeth were right behind her front baby teeth. Her baby teeth were not loose at all.

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!

Julie

Monday, October 17, 2011

A Daybook Entry

I used to do this on my personal blog and really enjoyed it. So I though I would bring it back out today.


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.

Outside my window...Is a beautiful sunny day. A little warmer than I like in October, but so beautiful.

I am thinking...about getting to visit old friends this weekend. Thursday just can't get here fast enough.



I am thankful for...my children. I was taught to pray for those that give you trouble. I am praying for these children a lot today. If you get my drift!



From the kitchen...nothing so far. But tonight will be homemade chicken strips and cheesy mashed potatoes!



I am wearing...brown fleece pants, a Buck-e Beaver t-shirt and Easter socks. Don't hate me.



I am creating...UGH! I practiced etching glass today, I was planning on making Christmas gifts using my new talent, but it looks like there will be a lot more practicing before anything is given away!



I am going...to fold all 8 loads of clothes I washed and dried today. 8 loads!



I am reading... I Surrender All: Rebuilding a Marriage Broken by Pornography Clay & Renee Crosse's book. They speak so much about the casual Christian and the harm that a daily walk with the Lord can do to your life. Convicting!



I am hoping...it gets cool enough to wear some of my new scarves



I am hearing...nothing. And I'm not sure why, but I'm not questioning it. We are long since the quiet=mess times. Now, I relish the quiet.



Around the house...we are cleaning up. Fall cleaning I guess.



A few plans for the week...Headed to northeast Arkansas for a couple of days. Stephen is going to perform a wedding for a girl in our first youth group. And we get to see Abby, Henry and Randall!!! And all my favorite friends. I can't wait!




One of my favorite things...I feel like I haven't told you enough how much I love my Kindle. It is my favorite material object. I love it.

Julie







Friday, October 14, 2011

Food Friday

In celebration of Samuel's and Aunt Babs' birthday week, we are highlighting the cake Julie made for Samuel's big day. It looked so cute and fun with the colorful candles on top. I wish I could have had a piece....maybe I will make one and celebrate on my own!


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.

Happy Food Friday and Happy Birthday!


Abby

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Welcome to 14!


Birthday letter to Samuel.

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!
"143"
Mom, Mother, Ma, Julie

Friday, October 7, 2011

Food Friday

Pumpkin Crunch Cake

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.

Ingredients:

  • 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.

Happy Food Friday!
Abby

Thursday, October 6, 2011

I'm in Love





It seems that most of my days lately are spent teaching my kids and then running them around all over the place. They all have somewhere to go and something to do.




It also seems that I spend a tremendous amount of time talking loudly (yelling), and disciplining them. I get so tired of it!



I feel like my mothering skills are shameful because I'm still having to discipline them at the ages of 13, 10 and 7. Shouldn't they have caught on to somethings by now???!!!



But then I remember the times when we drive down the road and laugh with each other. When they all come in our bedroom in the morning and sit on the bed with us. We laugh, talk, and just sit and wake up together. I look at their faces. They have gotten so big. They can no longer lay between Stephen and me. They no longer need me to lay out their clothes or fix their breakfast.



I love them so much. I catch myself smiling and wiping a tear from my eye. We haven't done everything right as parents, probably not the majority of things right. But these kids make me smile. They make my heart fill up with happiness, satisfaction and love until I think it may burst wide open.



I'm in love with these children. I'm so glad God saw fit to give me more than I asked for. When I just wanted three boys but had decided two would be just fine. When I decided that the three boys God had given us were exactly what our family needed to be complete. And then when God gave us a little girl to really complete our family. I'm so glad God knew better than me!



Disclaimer on the ideal family....While writing this I had to discipline one of my children and sent him to his room for the next 2 1/2 hours. There was some yelling, some crying and some huffing and puffing. It wasn't pretty. But I still love him so very much. He doesn't believe me, but maybe one day he will.


Julie

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

I'm Such a Good Mom


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!

Julie

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Fall Fun

Friday afternoon Henry and I headed about an hour outside of town to one of Randall's plots so he could ride the combine with his daddy. Henry did not pose for this picture. It just happened. He was watching his Daddy out in the field and looked back at me to tell me "Daddy work".


When we got there Henry ran in the corn yelling "Daddy's corn" over and over. It was the cutest thing. His daddy made a pass up to the front of the field and picked up Henry soon after we arrived. Henry was eager and excited to get on Daddy's "tractor". We tried to correct him but when we said "combine" Henry said "crouton" (he loves croutons!).


This is a research combine if you are wondering what in the world kind of combine this is. It is very specialized and records data as the corn is cut/shelled.



I just love my boys. They live for each other. It is the sweetest thing. I don't know who was more excited...Randall or Henry. Randall loves being with his boy and Henry's favorite person is his daddy.




We spent 3 hours harvesting corn. We were there until dark and it was fun times. Henry got to ride home with his daddy and I got to listen to grown up music on the drive back to J'Town all alone without having to listen to a Veggie Tale DVD in my right ear and a little buddy yelling "juice" at me. It was bliss for all 3 of us!




Saturday morning we got up and went to the cutest place a little ways outside of town. A friend from church told me about it and said it would be great for Henry. We took him to a pumpkin patch last year but this year we wanted something that didn't cost an arm and a leg since he is still too young to participate in much. This was perfect.



Henry was actually standing on hay all on his own and posing in this picture for his daddy. He is such a big boy...with pigtails! This made me laugh. I am a man and Henry has pigtails.



Henry had fun going at his own pace, without a crowd and looking at the pumpkins. We loved watching him have fun and hearing him say "puhkin" over and over and over...so fun.



Saturday afternoon after the Hogs won we went outside to paint pumpkins and decorate the yard for Fall. Randall and I have been painting pumpkins for years. We love the tradition. Randall bought the pumpkins this past week because he thought they were good painting pumpkins...I have warped that man! I love it. Anyway, Henry Patton can now participate in the fun and not just be a spectator like last year. (Do y'all remember the year I was pregnant and Randall painted my belly like a pumpkin?! I may post that again later this month. I still think that was great fun....)


Henry loved his Elmo pumpkin we painted together. That is Randall's corn, by the way. We are ready for fall time fun at our house. This weekend reminds me how much fun it is to be a mama to my Henry and a wife to my Randall. I know that sounds cheesy at times, but I really mean it. Life and the little events are all about what you make of it.



This is my 22 month old baby being goofy before church today. Can you believe he is 22 months today?! My little buddy is getting so big and so smart. I kept the 2/3 year olds in extended session this morning and Henry knows all his shapes and only 1 of those older babies did. I felt pretty proud of my Henry! He even knows a star, an octagon (he says "stop"), a diamond, an oval and a heart.


Henry is full of life and is always on go. When he stops at night it is like a jolt to his daddy and me. He is constant and we are not as young as we used to be....but we laugh constantly and that makes it all worth it. I love to laugh. Henry is alot like me, and that means he is a little clown. He is also very loving and curious like his daddy. I just love my little guy and that he can still rock the ole knee socks like a champ!


Abby