Thursday, June 25, 2009

"This is Chuck....and He's a Weather Guy"

I kept my friend Christina's kids yesterday while she went to the doctor. Annabelle is one of Allison's best friends, and they have so much fun together. Preston is almost eight-months-old, and he is just so precious and sweet.

I was playing with Preston on the bed. He was rolling around, giggling, and generally having a good time. The girls ran in and jumped on the bed. They were so cute all laying up on the pillows (I didn't have time to grab my camera.)

Chuck came home while they were laying there. Allison saw the garage light come on, and she got so excited. She said (screamed), "Annabelle, my daddy is home. His name is Chuck....and he is a weather guy." She is so proud of her daddy. It was ADORABLE!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Swim Lessons

Allison started swim lessons at the YMCA today. She has been so excited about this ever since I signed her up two weeks ago. As you can probably tell, she loved it:

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Fruit Vegetable of their Labor

You may recall a few weeks ago, I posted pics of Chuck and Allison planting a "garden". Well, when we checked on our two lovely little plants today, this is what we found:

Allison was so excited. She started jumping up and down saying, "I gotta go tell my daddy! I gotta go tell my daddy!" Then she got really somber and wanted to know why the tomatoes were not red "like in the picture". It was so cute. Here she is with her precious tomatoes:

Movie Day

Today was Family Movie Day at the Rave Motion Picture Theater. They do this every Tuesday & Wednesday during the summer. They show a different movie each week, and it is totally free admission. This weeks showing was "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa".

It was absolutely hilarious. I got so cracked up just watching Allison giggle. It is getting to be so much fun taking her to the movie. She is sitting all the way through them, and she is really mesmerized by the story.

I have to say though that the funniest thing about the trip happened before the movie started. I was trying to send Chuck a text, but I ended up accidentally sending this text to the wrong #: "there is a lot of kiddie body odor up in here." I got a text back: "wrong number - but I hope you get the BO situation under control." I thought it was hilarious!

Marble Painting

I posted on Facebook yesterday that Allison and I were painting with marbles. I had a few people tell me they had not heard of this. Well, to be honest, I had not heard of this either until Allison did this at Mother's Day Out a couple of months ago.

It is super easy. I put down a piece of newspaper, then a piece of white construction paper on top of that. We used three colors. I put a little bit of paint in the bottom of a plastic cup, then we each dropped a marble in and swirled it around with a plastic spoon until the marble was completely covered. Once the marble is covered in paint, you scoop it up with the spoon and plop it on the paper and start rolling it around. We had so much fun doing this yesterday (I had almost as much fun as Allison).

Here is the result (mine is on the left; Allison's is on the right):

"Boomerang Express"

That was the theme of Vacation Bible School last week.

It was so much fun! I haven't participated/worked in Vacation Bible School in 20+ years. I had forgotten just how much fun it is. I worked with a great group for first graders the entire week, and I absolutely loved them.

Needless to say, this was Allison's very first time at Vacation Bible School, and she love it too. She had some great teachers, and I can tell she really learned a lot last week.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Amateur Photo Editing

I have had Corel Paint Shop Pro for over a year now, and I have been determined to start teaching myself how to use it.

After two nights of reading and playing, this is my first try: (Mr. Bill, if you are reading this, PLEASE don't tell me how hard you laughed).


After some lighting and blemish correcting:

And, this is the final one. I love the look of a out-of-focus background. This was my meager attempt:



Monday, June 1, 2009

"You Count - I'll Hide"

That is all Allison says when she is ready to play Hide 'n Seek...which is usually a couple of times a day. Well, she found a new hiding place today. These ice buckets were sitting in the living room, and they became a great place to hide and play this afternoon:

Yes, she is in here:

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Celebrating Annabelle's Birthday

We spent Saturday afternoon at Allison's sweet friend's birthday party. It was Annabelle's 3rd birthday. We all had so much fun. Here are just a few of my favorite pics:

Monday, May 25, 2009

Just a Little Something

Here's a sneak peek at a little something I've been working on...I made this for our little friend Annabelle. She will turn three years old tomorrow:

Planting a "Garden"

We decided to plant a garden....of two tomato plants. We picked out the plants over the weekend, and Allison could not wait to "help" do some planting:

Friday, April 10, 2009

It's Friday - but Sunday's Coming

I saw this video on Kelly's Korner. I thought it was one of the most moving Good Friday tributes that I have seen in a while. I hope you will take the time to watch it today:

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Spring Break - Day 2: A Visit from Annabelle, Preston, and Brayden

Preston thought I was funny:

A little love for each other:

And plenty of love left over for Brayden:

Monday, March 23, 2009

Spring Break - Day 1: A Trip to Burns Park

And They Was Good

Allison decided that she wanted to read the bible to me last night before she went to bed. Here is how it went:

"In the beginning, God created the mommies and the daddies. And they was good."

So sweet, but completely cracked me up!

Monday, March 16, 2009

The Pioneer Woman Cooks!

After last night's dinner, I will never view the humble quesadilla as a quick, ok-tasting Mexican/Tex-Mex meal.

I found a website a month or so ago called The Pioneer Woman Cooks. Let me just tell you, the girl can COOK!

I have made a couple of her recipes, but I tried the quesadillas for the first time last night. They were so good that I am still daydreaming about them today.

Now, I'm just going to tell all of you Martha Stewart-loving people (oh, who am I kidding? Only two people read my blog), the Pioneer Woman is no Martha Stewart. You will find all of the ingredients called for at your local chain grocery store. And the food is anything but stuffy.

The other thing that I love about The Pioneer Woman? She is an awesome food photographer, and she shows pictures of every detailed step. She even gives you a printer-friendly version.

Go take a look - she's my new favorite cook.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Daffodil Day

The weather has been so warm the last couple of days, so Allison and I got to FINALLY get outside for some fun with our friends Christina and Annabelle.

On Friday, we headed over to Burns Park where Allison and Annabelle did the slides, merry-go-round, and swings. Unfortunately, my camera forgot to make the trip so I don't have pics.

Yesterday, though, the camera did make it to Wye Mountain with us to see the daffodils. The girls had so much fun. Nana and Mimi met us there as well, and Allison thought that was just grand.

Here are a few of my very favorites from Wye Mountain:

Saturday, February 28, 2009

A Super Happy Heart

Allison and I were looking out the window tonight at the late snow that was falling. I was thinking how sweet she looked, and I was enjoying her excitement over the snow.

After a few minutes, she looked up at me and said, "Mommy, you make my heart super happy."

And my heart melted.

Friday, February 27, 2009

My laugh for the day

The two of you that read my blog know that I LOVE Beth Moore and her bible studies. I also love keeping up with her Living Proof Ministries blog. It is always so thought-provoking.

Well, today, Melissa (Beth's daughter) asked people to leave six-word comments that would sum up their life. I thought it sounded interesting, so I decided to browse through them a little to see what people were coming up with. Who knows, I might even be able to come up with something myself.

Here is the funny part: I read the very first comment from "Anonymous". Her six-word summary:


I died laughing. I thought it was HYSTERICAL.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Our New Maid

Chuck is in the process of training Allison to vacuum (HA)! Today was her second lesson, and I managed to grab my camera for today's session:

Once she masters this, we can move on to mopping!!!!