Monday, December 29, 2008

The Seeds Of The Future!

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I found this video this morning and wanted to share it! It is about genetically engineered seeds and food! What is happening to our world and the food we eat?

We need to go back to the simpler ways of life if at all possible. People need to start harvesting their own seeds from their gardens each year...that way you know what you are eating,and the seeds are not be genetically engineered! There are also seed trading groups. You can harvest a few of your seed types and trade with other gardeners!

I found several websites that tell you how to harvest garden seed for planting next year! You can read here here and here

I am now motivated to harvest seeds each year...that way my seeds can't be any farther engineered! We need to care about what we eat and feed our families!

Organic produce found at the grocery store can be very expensive! Those of us with large families on a budget can't realistically take that route. Home gardening can be cost effective and very rewarding. Start small... container gardens are a great way to start. No tiller needed and weeds are kept to a minimum.

Well Happy Gardening! Spring is just around the corner!

Peace and Blessings,

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Christmas Blessings!

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This Christmas has been very busy around here! My Hubby has time off and we plan to do some home improvement projects and possibly but our house on the market? I don't want to say to much about things as real estate is a touchy thing and nothing is ever certain! Please keep us in you prayers.

I hope you enjoy my pictures...I really like this Smilebox thing! After the new year I plan to have some better posts not just a bunch of pictures....those usually take me 3 hours or so...I'm a perfectionist. I don't have that kind of time right now. I found out about my perfectionism since I started blogging,so I'm never happy with my writing.


Monday, December 22, 2008

Winter Wonderland!

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I am really liking this Smilebox Slide Show thing. I can't believe how FUN and easy it is!
The music on this slide show is more my style,compared to the one I made and posted yesterday! I hope you enjoy the pictures,some are duplicates! My younger kiddos love watching the slide show over and over again!

This will be the first white Christmas in I don't know how long! We usually just have rain. We are supposed to get snow for the next 4 days! Our family has been having the time of their life with all the snow!

I will be praying for all my bloggin friends....that you all have a safe and peaceful holiday!


Sunday, December 21, 2008

Merry Christmas!

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I pray you all have a Blessed Christmas. Our family has been enjoying snow this holiday! It is still snowing hard!

The song choice on this slide show is a little more upbeat that I would prefer,but my Hubby enjoys the Charlie Brown Christmas show! (No one else likes it..but we watch it with him every him grief the whole time!LOL....good grief Charlie Brown! So we picked this song for my Hubby!

Peace and Blessings,

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Winter Fun!

The kiddos are enjoying the Christmas Holiday with SNOW,SNOW and more SNOW!!!
Life is fun around here...we are still having a exciting time trying to catch our Christmas mouse! He has proven to be a sneaky little bugger!
Today we are trying to get the house picked up and the laundry done as we are predicted to have more snow and a wind storm tonight and may loose power for a few days! I can't stand a power outage in a messy house! I pray that it does not go out on Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Peace and Prayers,

Friday, December 19, 2008

Fun In The Snow!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Thankful Countdown

Christmas countdown banner

As I sit here holding my sleeping baby and typing one handed,I feel life slowing down a bit. I prayed for a new attitude and God delivered. Since there are 8 days until Christmas I thought it would be nice to think of 8 things I am thankful for today!

1.The snow is falling hard! The scenery is breath taking.

2.The kiddos have no school today! And are ALL playing well together.

3.I made more Chex mix and the roast and potatoes are in the crock pot.The house smells delicious. Dinner is on auto pilot!

4.Our family dog is snoring on his pillow in the living room, right were he belongs! He went missing for 2 days last week! We are thankful he is safely home!

5.I finally Christmas shopped for my Hubby's stop shopping at Walgreen's last night. LOL! How pathetic? My teenager and I enjoyed picking things out for him and spending time together. I think he will enjoy the things we got him! And no I don't want to end up on Oprah's worst Christmas gifts,but my shopping is now complete! LOL My Hubby know's I love him!

6.The Polar Express is on TV right now...great movie! I love the music!

7.The ornaments are still on my tree....yeah! Our tree has taken forever to decorate and had its share of mishaps! LOL I love looking at our lite tree! The girls like to sit in front of it and play with their new Fisher Price Nativity set!

8. My teenager cleaned the TV room this morning before going out! Bless his heart! I love that boy! So far the teenage years have not been that bad. We talk often and hug daily!


Monday, December 15, 2008

Lost and Found

Our family dog,a beagle went missing Thursday night of last week. Saturday I finally had time to make posters and drive around for 3 hours looking for him. Saturday night we got snow here and it was very cold. We were very worried about our beloved pet! Early Sunday afternoon we got a call. Our dog had been found....he was 4 houses down on a road behind our house! He spent the last few their house. Someone picked him up from in front of our house!
He always gets out and just sticks around the hood. We knew someone had to have picked him up because he always stays close and comes back! We are thankful to have him back. Beagles love a good adventure!

Well we finally decorated our Christmas tree Friday night! We had a great time! Then
Saturday evening the baby pulled the tree over on to herself. She was fine,but all the ornaments were ejected from the tree! They were laying all over the living room. What a mess! It took us a week to get the tree in the house and finally get it decorated. Now the tree had no ornaments on it and the lights were all hanging off all uneven! It was a complete do over! It would have to wait until Sunday morning, as it was nearing bedtime. The tree only had 2 breakable ornaments and 1 broke, the rest of them were unbreakable!

I pray that life will slow itself down! I'm not one to pack my schedule..I can and do say NO to things. But it seems the schedule is picking up speed and I don't like it. My house is a mess and there is much still to do to get ready for Christmas.
As I sit here and type this post....I realize I have a bad attitude and if I want things to be different,I need to see things differently and get a new attitude! I think I'm just tired. I will pray about it! I need to spend more time with God...we missed Church on Sunday because the roads were bad! Going to Church rejuvenates my soul. I love the music and the quiet time to reflect and be with GOD. I can feel a difference in how my week is going! I think its from missing church! (I do spend time with God daily,church is a very special time I look forward to all week!)

I pray all is well with you and your family!

Peace in Christ,

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Silent Sunday

Friday, December 12, 2008

Backyard Christmas Tree!

Its Friday and our Christmas tree is still laying in the back yard,waiting to be brought in to decorate! The plan is to decorate it tonight!?
The girls and I did make the Chex mix yesterday after the bible study. It turned out great!
Today I think I might take the girls with me to do some Christmas shopping? I still haven't decided for sure....I'm such a homebody and I don't want to wake the girls! So I will see how late they sleep in.
The weather here is cold and rainy,we might get snow! The shopping I want to do is an hour away.
Christmas has really snuck up on me this year! I still have not done the Christmas letter I wanted to send out. I even told myself no STRESS.
Well here is a picture of a large pine tree in our back yard. My Hubby puts lights on it every he can see it from the window.(I know it needs more lights but my Hubby is so proud of I don't have the heart to tell him) Jackie thinks it it must be! Jackie is our 3 year old. The day after Thanksgiving my Hubby worked all day putting up the lights on the outside of the house! Jackie came in the house and told me in her cute voice "My Dad is putting up Christmas!" She was his helper that day. She was so proud of her Dad!
The boys should have been out there, but they were out playing football in a neighbors yard.

Merry Christmas,

Thursday, December 11, 2008

My Busy Life!

Just a cute picture of Princess Girl eating her soup!

Life has gotten busy around here! We are hoping to put the Christmas tree up tonight!
It has been 5 days since we got our tree!
I need to take Jackie to preschool this morning and go to my bible study.
I hope to make chex mix with the girls when we get home?! I've been saying we'd make it all week.
Tonight things should slow down around here....there are no night time activities. So the plan is to decorate the tree and drink eggnog while listening to our favorite Christmas music!

For now I will chug down my coffee and get the girls up! And let the fun begin....


Monday, December 8, 2008

Christmas Party~

I was so proud of Nick! He played Mary Had A Little Lamb on his violin for Santa! He has only had 2 months of practice and can only play one song. It was his idea and he knew I would love it. I was a PROUD Momma! He showed such courage to play in front of everyone. Great job sweetheart!

Boy that sure looks like a lot of kids! Oh.....thats my family!

My baby and my oldest sitting with the Poinsettia that she won at the party! (poinsettias are poisonous so be careful)

Olivia peakin around the corner....watching Santa arrive through the side door.
She looked like a little doll in her Christmas dress and piggy tails!

My Hubby and some of the kiddos enjoying the party.

Our family Dec. 2008

Olivia opening her present from Santa!

I'm not eating can't make me! I just want the hot cocoa! HUM!

Jackie making a Advent calender. You were to put 25 pieces of candy on the calender page and eat one each night. I think she did not hear that part? as the candy is now gone and its only the 9th.

We all had a blessed time at the Christmas party. The kids all got a gift from Santa and ate as much food as they wanted and...drank pop and hot cocoa. (pop is a treat in our house)
After the party we picked out our tree. We still have yet to put it up in the house and decorate it. Its now Tuesday....I will try to rearrange the house this morning? So maybe we can decorate it tonight?

Peace and Blessings,

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Friday Free Day @ The Museum

Picking out a cookie at our favorite bakery.....oh the decisions! I think I will have the snowman cookie! Total yummo! Santa sure would love cookies from here!....and a big piece of cake?

Jackie really loved putting together sandwiches in the pretend deli! The floor is a great place to spread everything out! I don't think the health department will care? LOL

The girls are having fun in the art room! Olivia really liked eating the markers and bothering her sister. She had fun making her first piece of art. I totally enjoyed watching both the girls standing at the easel working! Our last trip here Olivia was not she was standing at the easel and running all over. Boy she is growing fast!
Jackie is brilliant with her art work. They both loved trying to put the lids on the markers. It was good watching.....their faces showed deep concentration as they matched the lid to the marker and pushed hard. (but not hard enough). LOL

Olivia was having the time of her life running around....sister got a little annoyed having a shadow so close behind. Olivia would squeal with delight when sister got mad....she knew! Its starting already....the joys of sisterhood!

The girls had a great time playing with the baskets and fruit at the make believe market! Olivia is now walking so she had fun "running" around after her sister! It was amazing to watch Olivia go over to the herb smelling bin...she would lift the lid and smell...then turn to see if momma was watching her be a BIG girl!
We all had a terrific Friday Free day!

Today (Sat.) we went to my Hubby's work Christmas party then got our tree! Something very special happened at the party that would warm any mom's heart like a big mug of hot cocoa on the first snow of the season! Stay tuned for pictures and a post in the next few days.
This weekend has been very busy! Hubby and I did our Christmas shopping and had a dinner date night after my long Friday with the girls...I have a funny picture from dinner at the Olive Garden! You won't want to miss this!

Hope you all are having a great weekend!

Peace and Prayers,

Friday, December 5, 2008

My New Baby Carrier~

Olivia loves her new carrier! I wore her using a front carry on the way to the Children's Museum. We parked and took the trolley through town, then walked up a few blocks.
On the way back I carried Olivia on my back. I needed some help with the back carry...making sure she was in good. I need to practice a little more at home. The mirrors in the museum helped.
She played hard and actually fell asleep in her carrier on the way back to the car! She walks real good now and loved totaling around after sister. She was so cute with her piggy tails!
We had a great time at the museum and our stop in our favorite bakery. I took a ton of pictures. I will post them later tonight or tomorrow.

Peace and Prayers,

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Afternoon Fun~

Jackie is busy at work! She enjoys her special time with momma! Painting and Art are a few of her favorite things to do...she's become quit good at it I might add!
In the first picture she is playing with play dough and in the next picture she is making a foam mosaic of a stain glass window with candles....a Christmas decoration for the house.

Every afternoon Jackie and I do a special activity together while baby is napping.
We do such things as puzzles,board games,bake cookies,paint,play dough or art... the list goes on and on!

I really love playing with my 3 year old...she says the funniest things and takes pride in her craft! She is so fun to be with. Our afternoons together are such a blessing.

Tomorrow is Free Friday once again at the Children's Museum. I can hardly wait. The baby is still battling a cold and has to use her nebulizer,but I think she is well enough to play this time.

I bought a new Mei tia style carrier for Olivia. I like my sling but wanted something that I could carry her on my back while doing chores etc. It works well for a front carry as well. I hope to get a picture with her in it while out at the museum tomorrow!

Peace and Blessings,

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Tips on Breastfeeding In Public!

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Breast milk is the best thing you can feed your baby! So don't be shy when out in public. This video gives great tips on breastfeeding when you are out and about. I hope you enjoy!

Do you have a funny breastfeeding story to share?

Peace in Christ,

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Dancing With Chickens!

No animals were hurt in the making of this film! (picture) LOL

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Leaving Old Baggage Behind~

Today I would like to share with you about a book I read in preparation for the birth of my 6th child.(Oct.07) The book is called Birthing From Within by Pam England CNM,MA and Rob Horowitz PHD.

Do you remember the songs that were playing on the radio during the time when you first met your hubby?

Do you remember the smell of the cologne he was wearing?

Does the smell of OLD SPICE make you think of your dad?

Do you remember the smells of your childhood?

The songs on the radio when you were in JR high?

I bet you can even remember what you were doing when a certain song was playing!

Songs and smells have the power to take our minds back to where we've been. Both positive and negative experiences can be dredged up....just from a song or a smell. A video can start to play in our minds. So we will use this to our advantage. We will be reprogramming our minds in regards to labor and delivery. Conquering our fears! God gave us our 5 we will use them for our good!

I found this book to be very helpful in getting me mentally ready for labor and delivery. Outlined in the book are exercises that I did to help me erase past bad experiences and fears! My 4th delivery was a planned home birth and was extremely traumatizing.
My 5th delivery was also a home birth and went much better(different midwife) than my 4th but I was scared during the whole process. (The after delivery was a nightmare!but that's another story.) I let my fears of the past control me. I was afraid what happened last time would happen again. I was tense with FEAR! I carried my old mental baggage with me into this birth experience. Not good!

A tense body make things more painful. Not fun especially when going drug free. So with baby #6 I planned a hospital birth from the start. (I will be writing all the details of my past trauma's in MY JOURNEY posts,not yet published.) I mentally and spiritually needed to prepare!
Leaving the past in the past!

The book Birthing From Within is so worth the money and covers a ton of things. I will only be touching on a few things that really helped me. There were exercises outlined in the book,designed to help a person leave the PAST old baggage(trauma) in the PAST.

Reprogram your thoughts....and learn to relax. A person must prepare physically and mentally as well as spiritually for labor. Many people think you can go into labor and turn on a "relax" switch..... but we really need to learn and practice relaxing ahead of time!

Rounded up some materials to use during your relaxation practice time.

Materials Needed

1. Sketch pad and pencils
2. Sculpting clay from craft store (the kind that you bake in home oven to dry)
3. New Music to use for your labor and delivery
4. CD player
5. A water fountain (not required but I loved it)
6. Quiet Place and Time (15-20 min. is all)
7. A drink of some sort (herbal tea or water)

I also liked to smell essential oils..rose,geranium,lavender are some of my faves.
I would massage a few drops on my arms with some jojoba oil.

Once you have your materials ready,its time to begin.... grab your drink,go to your quiet place and turn on your soft music or fountain. (I took both to the hospital).

Choose what art you will do for the next 15-20 minutes. Mold clay or sketch? Think only of your BABY you are carrying within as you do your art. Imagine your birth...let your hands work to make what comes into your mind. If your thoughts change....mold the clay in to something different. If you are sketching let the pencil flow. Don't feel restricted!
If you are sketching you could draw a collage of things you will want at your birth? Maybe you will draw yourself holding your new baby? What ever comes to your mind? Be free with it...even if art is not your thing!

Its important to keep the sessions relatively short 15-20 minutes or so. You want to only focus on your baby that you are carrying within during this time. Do not think of housework,or the other kiddos. Make this time special.... a time to remember fondly in the future. You and your baby deserve it! Just think of the new positive birth experience that lays ahead! Relax to the soft should be a new CD that will not bring your mind back to a traumatizing memory!

With each session you have (2 or 3 times during the week) doing art to soft music in your quiet should find that the art changes....your thoughts change...your mind and art will find the excitement in a new positive experience. Thinking about the up coming birth with excitement....leaving fear behind! What does your birth look like? Who is with you? This is your time to imagine the coming of your new little child!

I took my art,music and fountain into the delivery room with me.
The time I had spent at home in my quiet place doing my art made me happy....feeling my baby wiggling inside me! It was a very relaxing time. My art pieces and drawings were a pleasant reminder of my special time thinking of my new baby. During the transition of labor I remembered the special time I had taken in the weeks prior to get my spirit ready. My art was a precious reminder of that treasured time.... when I had to solely focus on my baby within. WOW great stuff!

I also hired a doula with my 6th birth. I totally recommend having a doula. She was a valuable part of being able to relax...she kept the music on and got me the things I needed during labor and delivery. She was such a comfort..just her presence there helped me focus and relax. My husband was freed up to enjoy the birth and pace around during the labor. We were Both very happy! My doula was Awesome! Money well spent!

Happy Labor and Delivery to All you Pregnant Mamma's! What a blessing....bringing a child into the world! God is truly there with you....lean on HIM!

Peace In Christ,

Monday, November 24, 2008

Christmas Reading Corner Tradition~

Reading to your children is beautiful thing!

There are countless benefits of reading to your children.
Snuggle time,increased vocabulary,memories of well loved stories..... oh did I say snuggle time, just to name a few! Reading to your children is an over all way to RELAX! Even my older children love for me to read to them. They enjoy the short stories as well as chapter books. What kiddo doesn't love the sound of a parents voice as they drift off to sleep? The memories you help them create is priceless.

Well it's almost time to get ALL the Christmas stuff out!
One of my favorite traditions is to get All the Christmas books out. Each year we buy a new book for our Christmas collection.
For many years I would put a basket with All the Christmas books next to the fireplace....for our cozy reading times. (We change our books out with the seasons and different holidays.) The last few years we have done something new and really FUN!

We now take 24 of the Christmas books and wrap them like gifts....presents. Each night one child picks a wrapped story from the basket for our bed time read! Its a count down to Christmas! The kiddos find the whole thing very exciting! They rejoice when they open the wrapping off to find one of their favorite books! I really like the scratch and sniff books! We have a whole pile of Nativity stories!

We still put the books in the basket next to the fireplace. A friend of mine uses her wrapped books to decorate window ledges and up high on kitchen cabinets. Its a fun and practical way to count down to the coming of Christ the King!

What ways do you and your family prepare for coming of the KING?

Do you have any fun holiday traditions you would like to share? Please feel free to leave me a comment!

Peace in Christ,

Friday, November 21, 2008

I Love Wearing My Baby~

I love wearing my baby in my Sling EZee. I bought it online at the Quiverfull website. It is very padded and comfortable. My baby feels secure in it. At church if she wants to be nursed she grabs at her she goes then when she's asleep my arms don't hurt from carrying her. I just cinch it tight,so she's snug to my chest. My sling does the work for me!

I have also used a Over The Shoulder Baby Holder. I sadly miss placed it. When I first started baby wearing I was wearing the wrong size...I had a NOJO. I purchased it at a second hand store. It was to small and cut into my neck. Baby wearing can and should be enjoyable and comfortable....but you need a proper fitting carrier or sling. Don't give up if you have not found the right one!

I love the benefits of wearing my baby. There are to many to count! It is important to have the correct size carrier for your body size...if not it can be uncomfortable. If you are having trouble finding a comfortable carrier ask around.... talk to people...many mom's at La Leache League baby wear and are a great resource of info. on comfy slings and carriers to try.

So if you are a mom that knows the endless rewards of wearing babies and tots but haven't found that perfect sling or carrier...keep lookin'....ask around. It should never hurt! It can and should be comfortable. You can go here to and read more.

Happy Baby Wearin' to ALL~

What sling or carrier have you tried and loved.....which ones have you tried and not liked?

Peace in Christ,

Motrins Bad Ad...On Baby Wearing

UPDATE Nov.22 2008~ Motrin has removed this ad.....and gave All mom's a written apology. You can read it on their website here.
Motrin deserve our forgiveness. We all make mistakes!
Thank You Motrin for hearing our voices and listening!
Feel free to watch....But we did get an apology from Motrin!

This video clip is of an ad made by was done in very poor taste. They have no idea the benefits of baby wearing! They did not do their homework! A sling or carrier that fits properly will not and should not hurt!
After watching this video I have a follow-up video of mad mom's that have emailed don't get to spun up....Motrin knows they were WAY off base!

Please remember to turn off my music before you start the video ad~

Baby wearing Mom's email in their outrage!

Happy Baby wearing to all! Motrin you are the source of my headache, not my sweet baby! You got it wrong! (Motrin has apologized)

Peace and Blessing,

What is your favorite baby carrier?

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Picture Of Santa~

Jackie loves to paint and make art. Last week while I was writing a post for my blog, she was painting.....the house was quiet.....each of us busy into our work....then Jackie started to laugh. The laugh soon turned to a giggle,she could not stop. Her hand was in front of her mouth,as the sound of squeals of joy came from within.

So I turned to see what she took so much delight was her painting. It was a picture of Santa...he had slipped on some ice and his nose was pointing up. She could barely talk she was laughing so hard! Then we both laughed.

Anytime she looks at her painting and talks about it she laughs and giggles all over again. This piece of art will be framed a hung in the front room to remind us of our cherished memory! I love children's art...they are so free with their expression!

Can you see Santa in the picture? I can...its a sort of abstract art...good job and she is only 3 1/2.

Peace and Prayers,

Sunday, November 16, 2008

My Happy Book~

I wanted to share today about my Happy Book....its like a book of blessings. I started this book a few years ago,after watching the movie The Notebook. The movie was of a lady with Alzheimer's. It was also a beautiful love story.
I wanted to keep a record of times I saw God in the little things. I want to have a book to read when I'm old,so I can remember and relive the joys of my youth if only in my mind. I wanted something for others to read when I'm gone from this earth,to remember the moments in time,I held dear in my life. I want my kids to read and see the JOY they bring to my life as they grow and change through the years!

When I write in my Happy Book, I try to make a entry soon after the event or moment happens,while its fresh in my head. Its the little things that bring me such joy and make my heart warm and fuzzy. Sometimes its something that is said,or an activity done,by myself or as a family. My family always knows and tells me,"Mom that was one for your Happy Book!". They know what makes me Happy!

I try to give details,descriptions,and feeling in what I that years later I can relive the moment! Remember the happiness and joy my heart felt.
If I'm having a bad day I can read though my Happy Book and do something from it.... or just remember the things that make me happy.

Having 6 kiddos things can blurr together. Who said what cute thing or did what?
So writing things down is a good thing!
This is different than a journal in that it only has happy moments. The entries are usually short.

Here are some examples of some entries from my book:

I like to watch old movies on stormy days. They make me feel secure and safe. I can just drift of to movieland...I love a good movie!

I like when Jackie skates in the house. She will not take those Spider man Skates Off for anything! I love her spunk!

I love watching Jackie cook in the kitchen. She takes things serious,its fun to watch her being so particular about things. I love that girl!

Jackie is very careful stirring the gravy, she is excited to cook for dad and his friends for the Thanksgiving potluck. We made the potatoes and gravy.

I love listening to the music as I skip down the sidewalk on my way into the Olive Garden restaurant to eat. I want to go to Italy someday! I love everything Italian.
I love the stone work in and around the building. The food is awesome too.

I love the drive to church...seeing all the old farms and gardens in the Fall make me feel good. The corn,dahlias,pumpkins and sunflowers are beautiful and I smile big.

I like remembering the past...the wild west! The moss on the old barns is just a sweet reminder it was not that long ago. Many barns are sadly gone now. A sad reminder of growth.

I love taking the long way home and looking at old houses. Just looking at them brings me great JOY it can make my day! All the ginger bread,nooks and crannies,gardens,landscape....I soak it all in. I love old Victorians and homes in the old town.

I love going to the State Fair in the Fall. I like to vote on the Grange displays and looking at the art and quilts.

I love window shopping at the antique shops! My heart swells seeing things from the past....some things I remember from my childhood!

I love the smell of Turkey cooking on Thanksgiving Day! (and any other day). I like knowing that we will all be together. The day is a lazy day of visiting,sipping wine and eating comfort food! Mac and Cheese,mashed potatoes,gravy,bread stuffing and pie. Yummo!!!

I like the taste of butterscotch...oohhh is it sssoooo good! Smooth,buttery goodness. I love anything butterscotch.... pudding,ice cream topping,lattes,cake frosting,candy and the list goes on. Yummo!

I like the smell of is a clean smell to me. It reminds me of swimming at the pool.... After the kids are sick I clean the bathrooms with it and that makes me happy....the smell of clean. I feel like I'm doing good!

I love taking pictures with my digital camera! I take about 30 pictures a day...sometimes as many as 100. The kids are growin to fast!!!!

I like to go to parties with great food! Baby showers,weddings,birthdays etc...

I like it when Jacob(10) makes his "Fred" puppet with his hand. I smile big!!!
He writes lips on his hand and makes him talk.... I laugh.

I love to watch the movie, Yours,Mine and Ours starring Lucille Ball and Henry Fonda!
I love to watch it at night in my room...I watched it everyday for 2 months as I fell asleep! I could watch it 1000 times and love it every time.

I love the smell of fresh cut grass on a sunny spring day!

I love my morning cup of coffee with my french vanilla creamer.True Heaven!

I like round table pizza! Their pizza is wonderful. The crust is different than the other places. Yummo!!

I like looking at all those cook books you buy at the checkout stand...I have 100 or so. I never make anything from them...just dream and get inspired. I like snuggling in and looking through them.

I loved watching my oldest son on his first day of Jr. High waiting for the bus. I was in the laundry room on the 2nd story of our house...watching him out the window. He was funny trying to act cool! He thought he was getting to old to have mom at the bus stop with him.

I like the smell of homemade hot cocoa on the first snow day of the season! Seeing the kids squeal as the snow is falling. School is usually delayed so I make hot cocoa and pancakes with syrup and butter!

I like sitting on the back patio with my hubby,watching our kiddos play on a hot day while eating a frozen coconut fruit pop! I love coconut!

I like eating a BIG piece of white birthday cake with extra frosting and vanilla ice cream.

I love driving through the mountains and seeing a just makes my heart dance....Breath taking....even the small trickling kind. Each time I see one it feels like I've see it for the first time! WOW!!! I love feeling that way!

I like the smell of fresh bread baking in my bread maker! and beef stew in the crock pot!

I like digging in the dirt....planting the pony packs of colorful flowers in the porch containers. It looks so fresh. I really like the peppermint petunias.

I like listening to the sound of my fountain as I fall asleep in my warm bed. Its very soothing!

I love watching the prisms on the wall as the sun shines into the house after a rain.
The rainbow of color is beautiful I get happy every time I see it.

I like clipping coupons from the Sunday paper (I never use them) as I'm taking a soak in bath tub. I through them off into 2 piles on the floor being careful not to get them wet. The keep pile and though away pile!

I like when the boys Nick(7)and Noah(4) dress up in their Church cloths and play butler. They work together and the camaraderie is fun to watch.

I like watching the chickadees in the winter,eating the seeds we put out. We eat breakfast and the kids and I stare out and just watch. Nature watching is so fun seeing the birds hop around and talk to each other!

I liked watching Jackie (3) in with the chickens...she would pick them up and their legs would be straight. She had such a good time! The chickens would have this look in their eyes....Jackie smiling ear to ear!

I like going to MOPS...the breakfast casseroles are yummo...the smell of all the yummy food and the excitement of a morning spent with friends!

I loved watching Olivia(13mo.) roll around on the rug....playing with the warm patch of sun that shone through the window on this cold Fall day! She was trying to figure the whole thing out!??

I love turning on a few small lamps in the living room during the creates a warm inviting atmosphere on cold nights. The reflection on the ceiling is soothing to watch. The soft light is calming.

I also like the raffles they have at MOPS. We all say wwwwooooo in between each number called. As the numbers are called the wwwoooo slow down as people don't have the numbers. Very fun. Great prizes! Even if I don't win,I still have a fun time with it.

I love going to the Turkey BINGO at the church...its exciting and the fellowship is great. The older kids and I go every year. Dad stays home with the babies. Moms night out! They have 8 or so raffle baskets and 2 money bingo's during the night along with the turkey prizes.

Can you tell I love to eat and be with good friends???...most of my entries involve food and people!

I just bought my husband a red and black notebook to use as his Happy Book! He was always telling me that's one for your Happy it was time for him to let others "SEE" what moments bring him JOY....what makes him HAPPY!!!

So what makes you HAPPY????? Will you remember in 4 years what made you happy today?

Life goes to fast some take time to slow things down. Get yourself a pen and a notebook and start writtin'. I ask, again....

What makes you HAPPY???

Peace and Blessings,

Friday, November 14, 2008

Roller Girl~

Jackie, my 3 1/2 year old would not take these skate shoes off! She wore them everyday for a week! (its been a few weeks ago). She cried when I told her she could not wear them to Church! The skate shoes came from the neighbor, a hand me down....thanks? LOL

Actually, it was fun to watch her skate around the house. I took loads of pictures and made a entry in my Happy Book. I will try to put a post together soon,describing my Happy Book and why I do it! I knew that the PHASE would not last long...I'm kind of sad it over!

I love the spunky independence that most 3 and 4 year old display! They seem to know what they want and go for it...isn't that what we what our children to do? As a Mom I like to nurture this quality in ALL my children. It does take Love and Patience!

I hope you enjoy these pictures.
Please let me know a FUNNY PHASE one of your children had? Leave a comment in my box!

Peace in Christ,