Monday, February 25, 2013

What a Day!

Oh people, I cannot begin to tell you what a great day it has been.

Mamaw and Uncle David came to Arkansas Friday and came to Little Rock yesterday. Stephen, the kids and I went to see them at Aunt Suzy's today. Mom and Aunt Janet were there and Abby and Henry surprised us and showed up too. What a fabulous day!

I hadn't seen Mamaw since last March when mom was in the hospital. And that was just too long of a time to go without seeing her. My kids love Mamaw as much (well almost as much) as I do. I love that she lights up when any of her people come in the room. She hugs me and whispers in my ear, I always feel so special when I'm with her.

We love being at Aunt Suzy's house. It is the greatest house, it overlooks the Arkansas River, has a great view and lots of room. I love staying the night there and my kids can't get enough of it. She is so great with the kids and makes them feel special and loved.

I know not everyone has a family like mine. I don't take it for granted. This has been one of my most favorite days ever. My love tank is over flowing. The house was filled with love, sweet words, and hugs. And don't let me forget the food. It was also full of food!!

I love days like this, they're few and far between. But I'll not forget this one.


Sunday, February 24, 2013

President's Day, A Time to Shop

Last Monday Anna and I went on a girls shopping trip. Anna's friend Hannah and her mom invited us to go to Little Rock and spend a little money. So we did! We love a shopping trip.

Nicole, Hannah's mon, and I had so much fun watching the girls pick out what they thought was cute and what they thought was just awful. Every once and a while they would hold hands while walking in a store. It was so very cute. We of course ate lunch and stopped for a cookie snack.

We stopped in at Abercrombie. It was the first Ike I had been in there in years and Anna had never been there. Probably because I always say the devil lives there. As Hannah shopped around, Anna sat on a couch and played with the bear she had just bought at Build A Bear. I loved that moment so much. She hated being there. I pray that feeling lasts for a long time. I mean, that store is just not a place we need to be.

It just doesn't get much cuter than that!





 
Julie

Friday, February 22, 2013

Little Changes


We went to the spring/summer consignment sale in Memphis a few weeks ago and got Henry most of his spring/summer wardrobe. I am so excited about his Easter outfit. I  spent $26 and got a Sir John smocked john-john with Willett saddle oxfords. I love knowing I can resale this for what I paid for it, while having my cute boy dressed like a little Easter Bunny again this year. This is his 4th Easter and 4th time to wear light blue and bunnies. I am sure this is our last year to wear such outfits, so we are soaking it up as much as we can. Almost all potty trained and wearing a 4T means the end is near. Sniff, sniff. I am so thankful for the ability to shop savvy. I have my sweet sister to thank for that!


We are embarking on a little journey at our house to cut out some of the processed junk and some of the sugar we eat. We are not going all crazy and cutting it all out, but making wiser choices. We are sneaking veggies in meats and breads we are sneaking in fruit so Henry will eat more of them. I made these blueberry banana muffins with honey instead of sugar and they were great. We grilled pineapple and mango with asparagus and hamburgers with ground up spinach and carrots in them this week. Branching out and trying to broaden our palettes a wee bit. It is actually pretty fun to try new things and we have discovered a mango is really gross until you get to the center of it. I feel better this week and look forward to seeing more benefits of this little change.

Abby

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Love Tales


I am finally posting the last of our Valentine photos. I have been out of "social media sorts" this week doing various things here and there and everywhere. I had fun at Henry's little ice cream party. He is always so proud to have me there. I have not missed a party yet! He makes me sit on the floor next to him the entire time and he just looks at me and grins. I know one day he will not acknowledge me at school functions, so I am basking in the attention now while I have it!


Henry made Randall and me thumbprint key chains and the teacher included a little poem. It made my day to get these. Randall and I are afraid to carry them on our key chains because we don't want them to break so I think we have decided I will carry mine and we will save his for a keepsake. So precious.

Henry had a fun time playing with all his Valentine goodies from his friends. He really is the best little Valentine, EVER!

 
On Friday I got him from school early and we played at the park. It was bitter cold, but the poor child had been begging for the park. I gave him 10 minutes and we played on everything as fast as we could!


 After the park we got a haircut. He finally sat by himself again. The past few times he has made me hold him. I loved that he wanted to be a big boy. We went and got a Sonic slush and Diet Coke afterwards for a haircut happy! I sure love this baby boy of mine and I am enjoying the extra time I have with him right now as I wait for the Lord to direct my steps to another job.

Abby

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Bandit Kisses


Henry is blowing you kisses today....for free!


He sure loves sending you kisses and hopes you have a love-filled day!


Henry has a busy day planned being the love bandit at school. I know he has stolen my heart already! I made the cards at Shutterfly and made the masks out of felt and elastic. It was a no candy/food Valentine's Day at his school because of the one child with a nut allergy in his class....oh, me. We are banditing it up with a smile and a kiss this year!


Abby

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

His Little Hands


O, what can little hands do
to please the King of heaven?
The little hands some work may try
to help the poor in misery;
such grace to mine be given!


O, what can little lips do
to please the King of heaven?
The little lips can praise and pray,
and gentle words of kindness say:
such grace to mine be given!


O, what can little eyes do
to please the King of Heaven?
The little eyes can upward look,
and learn to read God's holy book:
such grace to mine be given!


O, what can little hearts do
to please the King of heaven?
Our hearts, if God his Spirit send,
can love and trust their Saviour friend:
such grace to mine be give!
 

I love a sensory bin. I love giving it a theme. This week we made our bin about love. We are learning God is love in Awanas Puggles and it has been fun relating it to Valentine's Day. As I sat on the kitchen stool watching him work his little growing hands, focusing on the work they were doing and putting great effort into getting the beans in the cup, I prayed for those precious growing hands. I pray these little Henry hands do great things for the kingdom. I love being the mother of this beautiful boy. It is a delight to teach him about God's love.
 
Abby

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Color Blind

 
"Jesus loves the little children. All the children of the world. Red and yellow, black and white. They are precious in his sight. Jesus loves the little children of the world. "


"Jesus died for all the children. All the children of the world. Red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in his sight. Jesus died for all the children of the world."

Henry stayed with Juju (Julie) while we were in Greenville over the weekend. She sent me these photos. It made my heart happy. Henry and Cameron played at the park together and then at Cameron's house. Cameron is the son of one of Julie's friends. He was adopted into their family. He is a cutie and Henry's newest buddy. Randall and I often discuss Henry's need for diversity. He needs to know that this sweet little song we sing to him all the time is real. So, it was fun to see the pics and hear about their playdate. These two boys see each other just the "same-alike" and I hope it always stays this way for both of them. In God's eyes they are "same-alike" and that is all that ever matters!

Henry is excited about his next visit to Juju's so he can play with his newest buddy.

Abby

Monday, February 11, 2013

A Few Tips

Today I'm feeling helpful. It's not an uncommon feeling, but I thought I would be helpful to ya'll today.

Tip 1... I saw on Pinterest last week that liquid foundation could be applied with a brush. I know! I wouldn't have tried it ordinarily but I bought makeup brushes after Christmas so I decided to give it a try. And I love it! It doesn't se near as much foundation as I normally would use, I'd say about 1/4. It goes on evenly and looks much smoother on my face. Love.

Tip 2...This tip is an old one for me but I shared it with a friend a couple of days ago, and she loved it. Hydrogen peroxide gets human blood out of clothing. As a mom of boys this has come in quite handy in our house. Although I was told about this when we had taken Anna to e ER for stitches at the age of 2. The first Beaver child to get stitches.

Tip 3... Homemade laundry detergent. I've ignored this money saver for years but have now come to love all things cheap. To make it there is a initial investment of up to $7.00. I made 3 batches and still have enough ingredients to make many more batches. I make up 3 batches at a time due to the amount of laundry i do, and it lasted 6 weeks. And it works, the clothes are so clean! Awesome!! I'm going to make homemade fabric softener next. I'll let you know how it works.

I really wanted to have an even number of tips, but have found myself going blank. So, you do have any tips for me?

Julie

Saturday, February 9, 2013

My Running Man


Randall ran the Mississippi River Half Marathon this weekend in Greenville. It was his first big race. I am so proud of him. I was so excited to see him coming toward the finish line 6 minutes ahead of schedule.


His smile let me know he had a good run and that he was pleased with his performance. It was a cold, windy morning. It was fun waiting on him and cheering him in despite the chill. He has been on the waiting, cheering end a lot for me, so it was fun to be the one waiting and cheering this time.


Here is my half marathon finisher. He finished just as strong as he started. He trained really well and that smile and strong finish proved it. I rang a cowbell and cheered him on in with a smile. I sure am proud of my running man.


It was a fun way to celebrate our 10 years together. We spent the night at the Harlows Casino  in Greenville and ate at Sherman's. We made a fun little memory and shared a few laughs observing the Harlows patrons. I love making memories with my running man.

Abby

Thursday, February 7, 2013

It's Knee Day!


Daddy sporting his toothless game face today as he heads to surgery to get a new knee. I laughed so hard at this sight. It sums up our Daddy's spirit. Always silly and full of life, no matter what! Pray, pray,  pray for his recovery!! We covet your prayers for he and Connie. She will need prayer for sure! He will now have 2 artificial knees and should be ready to walk the Elvis 5K this summer...that is the goal!

Abby

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

A Decade of Bliss


10 years ago this week I married Randall Wayne. A decade. 10 years. We have been married for double digits. Wow. No way. I feel old.



We are going to celebrate it big this summer with a cruise most likely and we plan to take some pictures this spring to document our decade of bliss. We got married in the ugliest time of year, the coldest time of the year and during the busiest work season for my ag research manager of a man, but it is life and we love it. We do plan to celebrate a little this weekend with a getaway to Greenville, MS so Randall can run a half marathon. I am excited to watch him participate in his first big race and hang out in the ole Dirty Delta.




10 years....unreal. It seems like a lifetime in a lot of ways and then it seems like it was just yesterday. We have lived a lot of life together in this decade. A lot of growing up and changes have taken place, yet we still love each other the same, if not more. I cannot wait to see what God has in store for us in this next decade!
 
Abby