Monday, December 29, 2008

Home at last!!!!!!!!!!

To our icy roads and freezing cold home... but you know what? When i walked in, it was so light and bright and cheery and clean that i knew all that busting my butt to get it 'ready to leave clean' was totally worth it! Not the 'all the messes are cleaned up' sort of clean, but the 'all the laundry is done and the dishes are done and the floors are cleaned' type of clean. lovely! now if only jeremy could find his new wii game and quit bugging the squat out of me it'd all be good!!!! pictures to come soon..... :)

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

By the time i finished that last blog...

....this is what chloe had done.

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she's an adorable little monster though!

really. 2 apples, halfway around each. And it only took, like, 5 minutes! I think i'll quit cutting them up so nicely and just let her fend for herself! Maybe then we can skip toothbrushing time! (lol kidding, just trying to make aunt nese roll her eyes at me) :)

Iced Shortbread Thumbprints.... and other stuff.

....Sounds so fancy schmancy and technical, doesn't it? Well, it's not. These are by far the EASIEST cookies i have ever made! I don't know where they've been all my life!!!!!!!!

Okay, so i started typing this and then noticed it was getting very quiet in the kitching where chloe was playing at the counter in her cooking stand thingy we made her. I went to take a looksie and she had somehow reached the far end of the counter and plucked off 2 cookies, which she licked all the jam out of, and gotten the whole bag of apples off the counter and started knawing her way through one. or is that nawing? my spell checks not going off on either word. whatever. haha.

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Here's chloe mushing the first one around in her hands once she licked all the jam out.

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And the handy little christmas decorated paper plate full, BEFORE she snatched the lower left two off of it!!!!!!!!!! :)


So anyways, mommy helped chloe presss her tiny little thumb into each and every one of these!! I so wish i could have gotten pictures of that, but being the photographer and head chef doesn't work out so well. But man are they delicious with the freezer jam we made last week!!!

Go on over to short stop's christmas cookie number 5 blog to see the recipe!

On another note... combatting Jeremy's eternal begging to know the identity of his christmas presents is... challenging. But i got a new idea! All his questions, I answer with a question!

"Is this one a shirt?"
"Do you think it's a shirt, honey?"

"Why won't you tell me what you got me?!"
"Well, why would i want to tell you your presents, sweetheart?"

"Here chloe, open daddy's present"
"Daddy, do you want a spanking?????"

And i say it all in this sickeningly sweet voice that drives him nuts and gets him off my back, he caught on very quick that the whole "knowing all your presents before you get them" tradition is going OUT THE DOOR!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

So busy lately preparing for illinois... We are all excited and worried at the same time, but i know we have to let go and let god! last years trip had so many problems.... mostly with our car... a tire got a huge ouchie in it and needed total replacement, a watts linkage arm went out, it really sucked... so we couldn't see the people we wanted to see around town... but this year will be different i am sure... family is our priority and we are trying not to make too many plans so it is a relaxed trip! the only plans we have so far is church with grampa on sunday and christmas with family on christmas eve and christmas day. i just hope and pray that our car will make it!

but our problems are minor compared to so many lately... a young friend who may be incarcerated... a friend who's grandpa is slowly dying at home... a friend with pregnancy complications... a friend without a job... well many of those really, and family as well... i just keep trying to remind myself to let those praises and petitions shape my worries into prayers!! help me jesus!!!

Monday, December 1, 2008

A long tomorrow....

Since today was a terrible snow day for all area schools, we didn't go to curves today... So we're doing that tomorrow! And i totally forgot i was supposed to watch ayden tomorrow! but mom has graciously agreed to watch both kiddos while i'm at curves, which is so sweet of her and i'm sure will be fine, he's a good kiddo, and they play good together....

So here's the laundry that needs to be folded tomorrow....
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which is now on in a huge pile on the floor, because hubby and baby are asleep, and has gotten much bigger since that picture was taken this morning, as i've done laundry all DAY!!

Here's the laundry, piled in the bathtub for lack of space, that i started with this morning... it's almost down to the top of the tub today... isn't that sick??
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So it will be a long day tomorrow... but you know what? I don't even care. There's more to life and we've had a great weekend and past few weeks!!!!!

The last week, in pictures...

Chloe learns something new every day... its just crazy! Here is she being a stinker at mom's house this weekend... all red faced and toasty....
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And daddy has been feeding her chocolate! I about beat him!
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And this is where i found her after saying goodbye to mom and dad last weekend... they came to our house for once, which was an awesome change! We watched a great movie, the Ultimate Gift, which everyone but me and dad had seen allready... well anyways I found her up on the table getting into the rice crispie treats....
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And little noogen feeding daddio some burnt fisher's chips, thanks to teri!! :)
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Our newly painted bedroom! Oh it's so much nicer and brighter than the dark brown! I put up with it for two years, it was my dream decor, but little houses should not be dark colors! i feel like everything's closing in on me, but its so nice and bright now! and in the painting process, our big cherry sleigh bed broke... anyone have any cool ideas with what to build out of it??? I'm thinking a funky bookshelf!!!!
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Well there's our last week in pictures... hope you enjoy!:)

Guitar Praise= awesome and some other stuff

So, for anyone out there looking for a Christian alternative to guitar hero, i present to you.... Guitar Praise! It is an awesome PC based version of guitar hero... and at a great price at this site! It's on sale for 79.99 right now, which is totally comparable to guitar hero prices, and free shipping no less! And because it's for a PC, you don't have to have to buy a wii or xbox or ps to play it on! Also... you can take it on road trips with a laptop!! the controller is a wireless usb controller and powered by 4 double a's... and you can buy more guitars! I am so excited about this for our youth group... oh yeah AND to make things THAT MUCH GREATER, it totally plays the words on the other half of the screen while one person is playing, so you can sing-along to it!!!!!!! and others can!!!!!!! totally sa-weet! :) glad i found this before my kiddo is old enough to beg! oh yeah and the songs are awesome, skillet and hawk nelson and stellar kart and all kinds of awesome bands!!!!!!!!! yay!!!!!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

100 things I love about every day

1. Wake up with a smiling baby crawling all over me, smiling, wacking me and saying "mom! mom! mom! mom!" in that adorable repetition that's only adorable when she says it!
2. Get a goodbye kiss from Jeremy while I'm still totally asleep.
3. That point in the day when Chloe gets sleepy and wants to cuddle with me until she falls asleep while playing with my face, hands, hair, glasses, whatever.
4. That when I am getting Chloe dressed she always thinks we're going 'bye bye' and if we're not she gets upset and wacks the door and tries to open it until we at least go outside and she says 'bye bye! go! bye bye! bye bye!' until she gets her way...
5. The fact that there is an amazing park 5 blocks away that we can go to any day we want.
6. Getting ready and around for the day, whether its bath time or whatever, and Chloe learning something new almost every day
7. Getting texts from Jeremy asking what I'm up to and how Chloe is doing
8. Sharing my breakfast with Chloe, and her sharing with the puppy or yelling "no! no! no! go!" if she's not in the mood to share and puppy wants her to
9. Nap Time! I've had all this fun and finally i can get something done!
10. All the other things i can't think of right now but I will add to this list later, 10 at a time....

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

I'm joining too!

Read Tereza's blog today and knew I had to... click here to see what I'm joining and here to see where she got the idea. I'll probably get to this sometime early next week... I'm excited and I hope you're excited to see all the things our family loves doing each day! We'll basically make a list of 100 things that we love doing each day, or that make us happy. Join the fun!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Got through another season of layoffs!

Jeremy got through another season of layoffs! They've been laying off people for a month or so now and we were getting very worried, as they laid off people who had been there longer than him, moved people to second shift, and otherwise turned the shop upside down. However, he was informed today officially that he won't be getting laid off! He is now a 'float' between his machines and a couple machines of people who got laid off/moved to second shift, they are really downsizing on employees right now... but praise God!! we made it through!!

Friday, November 21, 2008

wow



really. you DID just see that.

Baking with daddy

Daddy got a craving.


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Why are you yelling at daddy? I like standing up here!

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Dancing up here is so fun!!!Look at those puppies on TV over there!

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Notice my cute new border above her head?

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You KNOW that's the cutest little kid ya ever saw!

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The puppy can't come help??

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OOOOO Daddy I like how it spins!!!

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Can I eat it yet???

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Wow!!!

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I'm not tall enough daddy!

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Yes, I know, there are basketfuls of laundry on the dining table, but really, who can fold clothes when you've got one of these to play with?!?!?!? She never ceases to amaze me.... and this next post is gonna blow your mind....

Thursday, November 20, 2008

I got a virus!!

When i was checking my bulk mail today (sometimes good mail from friends goes in there for some reason) I got a "hallmark postcard" and it was a virus! luckily yahoo detected it, but man.... who knows whats going around these days... so if you get one of those i wouldn't recommend opening it!!!

Added anonymous commenting

So... I figured out that you can have 'anonymous' comments on your blog, so people don't have to create an account just to comment! This should work out good for a lot of family who doesn't have time or doesn't want to create an account- Just please let me know who you are since it won't say, and leave me lots of comments! I love comments! :)

So... today Chloe shut her eyes to walk under the shower. That is huge! It tells me she realizes that closing her eyes will keep water out of them, and that walking into the running shower from the other half of the bathtub merits the occasion to shut her eyes!~! Too cute! And the day before she learned "yes" and to vigorously nod her head up and down while she says it... also adorable! AND last night she learned how to climb onto the dining room chairs. Not that we have a dining room, but those chairs as opposed to the living room chairs which she can allready climb onto easily... But she saw mommy drag a chair across the house to get into the top of a closet and she promptly copied me, stepping first on the bottom rung and then pulling herself up. Nothing is sacred anymore!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

day 2 of curves....

was great! Their workout system is just awesome, It's designed to work out the whole body, all muscle groups, at the right times, with the right amount of rest... it's just great! lovin it so far!

Monday, November 17, 2008

My dad in a nutshell

This weekend we were at mom and dad's, and dad was having a half joking conversation with one of my sister's about their recent choices in friends of the opposite sex that they were getting rather close to.

He said to her, "you better not be settling! you know what happens when you settle?? this! (points back with both hands to himself)"
I, always loving a joke and picking on people, followed up with, "yeah, and THIS (pointing to dad) doesn't communicate all that great! And, won't bring home roses for no reason!!"
Dad interrupts the end of my sentence, interjecting with, "wait, wait now... I will buy your mom A MILLION roses.... as long as we can plant them in the yard and sell them for at least twice what I paid for them."

Those of you who know my dad are cracking up right now, cuz you know that's my dad in a nutshell right there.

Good times with the family :)

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Anyone wanna join us for breakfast??

An organic easy and delicious breakfast-

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

boil water, add oatmeal, stir, add cinnamon, brown sugar, and chunky applesauce, stir and let sit, cooking on low low low for about 5 more minutes, yummmm delicious easy breakfast for baby and me!!!!!!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Chloe's Christmas Wish List

i have totally gotten nothing done today. it's been a long day. but i'm over it...

anyways, Chloe has been more and more into really playing with toys how they're INTENDED to be played with lately, and not just chewing on them! So here are a few things that she's loved to play with at others houses, or the library, that would *hint*hint*hint* be GREAT christmas gift ideas!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

1. Winnie the Pooh's Balloon Book- this thing is AMAZING! there are 10 plastic "balloons" attatched on ribbon to the spine of the book, very securely i might add, they are non-tear-out-able, and you put them in little holes throughout the book. Too neat! She loves this at the library!!!
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2. Any books with touchy feely fuzzy stuff in them- she loves to 'pet it nice' and repeats the word 'nice, nice, nice!' it is so stinkin cute!

3. Any books with lift up flaps - we saw the lift up flap bible storybook at the library today, and she gets such a kick out of it!!!

4. The Jesus Storybook Bible- I would LOVE to have this to read to her and will vow(thats how bad i would like it for her, vows are a big deal to me!) to read it to her every night before she goes to bed when it is in my power to do so!!! I have heard great things about it, and that kids actually love to read it and the parents enjoy it as well!
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5. Any of the below leap frog game/learning things! She loves the alphabet one at a friends house, but i'm sure she would love any of them! They are all magnetic, stick to the fridge, (did anyone notice i cleaned my fridge off last week??) and would help keep her occupied while i'm working in the kitchen! also, they are an enclosed system, so there are no magnets showing, so they can't fall off, which worries the crap out of me, cuz if they swallow two, a kid can die, cuz they tangle in their intestines!!!!!! i know its sick!


6. Clothes for next year!! Size 2t and up!!!! She's got a lot of shoes, but could use a pair of cute winter boots, size 5 or 6!!

7. Kitchen stuff for her little tikes kitchen! She has the kitchen but no play food, pots and pans, or anything like that!!

8. A Dolly! Again, she has a dolly crib and stuff but no dolly to put in it!

And for those of you who don't know, we are into recycling, reusing, conserving, whatever... so "used but not used up" gifts, such as from abc consignment or goodwill or wherever, would be GREAT!!!!

As we speak the little stinker just woke up from her nap, she's rocking on her rocking horse staring at the tv.... reminds me of someone... oh yeah her daddy! lol kidding but she is watching rugrats, she loves rugrats, veggie tales, and 3-2-1 Penguins lately.... oops there's another idea haha... i'll try not to come up with anymore!

Thanks for tuning in!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

A fresh start and a fresh snow...

So... I am starting Curves!!!!!!!!! ahhh i am so excited, And i have tons of goals in mind.... For those of you who live under a rock (lol kidding sorta) curves is a womens fitness club, designed for 5 day a week, 30 minutes a day workouts. i am goign to have to start out at 3 days a week, primarily because I don't have a car while hubby is at work. But, if i take him to the park and ride 8 miles away at 4 am then he can ride to work with my uncle.... We'll have to see how that works out. Also, because he works 4 days a week, 10 hour days, the car is home on friday!!

So, I am going with 3 other ladies from church, we will carpool down there... the first two months will be free! Which is so huge right now, we're saving, and it looks like jer's shop will shut down for 2 weeks in december, so no pay there...they might let them use a few vacation days from next year... but anywas then after the 2 months it will be 34 a month, sometimes they have specials and coupons... i know it's kinda a lot but honestly i feel like no price is too high if it will help me lose weight.those of you who know me know me know that i have struggled trying to lose weight pretty much since i was 14 or so, and that i had heart failure and my thyroid is a goiter and all these other little things that have prevented me from or gotten in the way of losing weight... but now it is just getting it done with chloe, its that time of year where some days its too too cold to walk, it aggravates my asthma and i'm afraid chloe is chilly even when she's bundled up. sometimes we do workout videos but i need an accountability partner, or system, or something and i think this will really work for me!!

So i am super excited, I hope you all are too, and I am letting everyone know- so don't offer me junk food or pass along any chocolate recipes!!! :)

So by the end of the year, I would like to lose at least 10 pounds. That is a little over a pound a week, and we start next tuesday. Then by the end of next may, I want to have lost at least 20 more pounds, and by the next year, I need to have lost 30 more pounds, which will have me down a total of 60 pounds, and i will be at what i think is my ideal healthy weight. we will see though.... That might change, depending on how i am doing health wise at the time, and what the doctor says. I was doing good exercising until recently.... its just getting harder and harder, which i expected, so i am making myself do it.... well pray for me please!!!!!

And its snowing.... it took long enough, we had snow weeks ago last year, but i'm allready sick of it!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Fireproof

Last night dad took us out to see the new movie Fireproof. It was.... astoundingly amazing. I can say that i will purchase this movie when it comes out, it is now one of my all time favorites. I would recommend that EVERY married couple watch it. Wow. just... wow. even if you've been married forever, and actually ESPESCIALLY if you've been married forever... wow.

I just can't say enough about this movie! I am THRILLED that a movie of this sort made it into theatres, just when you think America is going to hell (michigan voted to legalize marijuana and stem cell research from invitro last week) something like this makes it's way into theatres and you know there's still hope. :) At least thats how i feel!

Well check out the book 'the love dare' if you see it at a store, and the website, www.fireproofmymarriage.com

AMAZING MOVIE FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

No matter who won the election....


1. The bible will still have all the answers

2. Prayer will still work

3. The Holy Spirit will still move

4. God will still inhabit the praises of his people

5. There will still be God anointed teaching and preaching

6. There will still be singing of praises to God

7. God will still pour out blessings upon his people

8. There will still be room at the cross

9. Jesus will still love you

10. Jesus will still save the lost when they come to him


God has approved this message!!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Halloween and the previous day

So, rewinding on my post as of earlier, before i was so rudely interrupted by chloe dressing the poor puppy in her own clothes...........

Thursday was great. Grandma and Grandpa came to visit! I love it when they come, and i wish they could more often, but i know they're busy, they say they are not and say this crap about 'infringing' but please! you guys never infringe! (hint hint lol) So chloe DEMANDED that everyone dance, by dragging them over to my new keyboard, and pressing the button that grandma taught her (in 5 minutes she caught on, no less) turned on the music! So here's chloe dancing and in control of the keyboard, with grandma and grandpa boogieing on either side, and the hideous old wall color in the background!


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and there's chloe rocking away on her horsie!
So on to haloween itself.... here's chloe in the outfit i wore, 20ish years ago, for my first haloween.....
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our good pal brittany as an m&m....
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daddy holding our little pal anna....

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me and ashley, my besteest pal from high school....

and after all the haloween fun in town, we went to visit grandma and grandpa to put daddy's cell phoen on the hearing aid dryer thing, and for the annual haloween visiting! had fun goign through crafts with grandma whilst chloe proceeded to... crash. :)

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And here's a cute picture i can't help but post of chloe the week before haloween, when it was chilly as all get out, and she was in winter garb... ever since haloween it's been so nice we have barely needed a sweater! Aw man. don't you love michigan weather?


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Well, in case i forget, remind me- :) tomorrow i'll put up a few pictures from Jacob's corn maze up in traverse, that was a blast and a half! see ya!

Weekend Update

So... what a crazy weekend! Saturday night we decided we had to make a birthday cake for D, and through a rough time of research found out his favorite is coconut creme frosting on a german chocolate cake... try finding that in Luther! but we did find this in luther...

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lol... with the only option left being homemade frosting and regular chocolate cake, I found this simple (and delicious!!!) recipe on cooks.com, and grabbed a bag of coconut from the place where we found the above sign....

COCONUT CREAM FROSTING
1 c. coconut, toasted and cooled
3 oz. pkg. cream cheese
1/4 c. butter
3 c. sifted powdered sugar
1 tbsp. milk
1/2 tsp. vanilla
Toast coconut and cool. Cream butter with cream cheese; alternately add sifted powdered sugar, milk and vanilla. Beat until smooth. Add half the coconut. Frost cake. Top with rest of coconut.

So I got right to the business of toasting the coconut... and guess what! Coconut is highly flammable! Who knew!

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Moral of the story: don't cook coconut more than the recommended 4 minutes, and not in your toaster oven, use your regular oven!!! We started over, and the cake turned out ABSOLUTELY delicious, we painted over the scorch marks on the ceiling and scrubbed the floor, and all is right in the kitchen again!

Chloe is becoming quite the picky little eater. she basically likes apples, banannas, bright green foods (she picked all the spinach out of the new chicken alfredo pierogie soup at olive garden and ate it! It was precious!) and ketchup. She loves ketchup and most other red sauces, but none as good as ketchup!!Here's a few random pictures of chloe eating this weekend...


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We rearranged Chloe's room. Here's a picture of the little angel sleeping....

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And I had 6 little angels over sunday night, and monday we painted my house!!! It is so white and bright and cheerful, THANK YOU GALS!!!!!!! YOU ARE THE BEST!!!!!!!
Here's a few click-to-enlarge pics of my new white walls, in case you're interested!! :)



Well, Chloe's dressing the puppy in her clothes, so I gotta go, but I'll try to get a few pics up from Halloween later today!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

An amazing woman...

http://www.citizenlink.org/clspecialalert/A000008451.cfm

this site has an AMAZING interview with gianna jessen, an abortion survivor...

http://bornalivetruth.com/

here is her site. it touched my heart. i just want to share it with anyone and everyone i can.

also, a youtube video about it...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZVf_o1C2nI

who is responsible for it all:

http://bornalivetruth.com/obamarecord.aspx

What do you do with stuffed animals?

So, like most parents i am sure, we have a TON of stuffed animals, and toys, for that matter. So what do you do with all those extra stuffed animals? Does anyone know of like, a good charity or something that would take them? I don't want to take them to our local love inc, which has recently become insanely overpriced, so they can sit there forever- i'd like to give them to someone who can use them, but who? a hospital? a shelter? any ideas???

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Winding down a long day

So... today Chloe and I went to the library to help them set up their new Wii! It was fun, I love watching older people getting a kick out of new technology! Reminds me of the time Grandma and Aunt Linda came over and battled each other in bowling for a good hour, it was sooooo much fun!!

So... I'm really excited that they're involving ME in this new Wii program! I've got so many good ideas about it, I am really excited for it! The kids will just love it... I know a few who are excited allready! I like having something to do close to home, I just have to make sure I'm not getting myself in too deep! Right now I'm doing pretty good at balancing my time... (as i look behind me at the baskets of laundry piled up that need to be folded) haha at least it is clean right!

Chloe is sick. It breaks my heart for her to be sick, and knowing that there is just about nothing I can do to fix it immediately. I love how she wants to cuddle so much, but I just hate the reason for it! I am thinking she may need to go see the doctor in the morning, but I gave her some motrin and I have the humidifier going and we'll see what her temp is in the morning. It was 99 tonight under the arm, which I think means its really 100, which is just terrible to think of so we'll say 99... and pray. I'm sure she'll be fine but you guys know me, I freak out about everything! She was so good and calm all day at the library though, I was amazed! I thought she'd want to leave much sooner! What a cooperative little angel!

A new start

So.... why did I decide to start a blog? Well... a lot of reasons.... the first being that I love to read other mom's blogs, and every time I opened my browser (mozilla for me) I had like 5 different blogs that popped up in different tabs, and it took longer than normal to load, and was beginning to annoy my husband... So, I decided to get a 'blogger' account so I could track all the blogs I enjoy to read, and by golly you automatically get a blog when you do that. But I didn't have to update it, really... but I decided it might be a good thing. An outlet, a place for me, and a place for family that lives far away to keep updated on our lives, I guess. So what can you expect to read here? All kinds of things probably... my favorite recipes, what we did on any given day, new pictures of Chloe, and.... who knows what else! It's a mystery... I guess we'll see!

For today I'll leave you with one of my favorite verses, Philippians 4:6-7 in the message bible....

"Don't fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God's wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It's wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life."

My favorite part, which most of you know if you've been to my house in the last few months, is "Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers". It's written HUGE in dry erase marker on my living room wall! And no, dry erase marker doesn't wipe off the living room walls. My bad. I really thought it would. And there’s a little household tip- I use dry erase markers do write on EVERYTHING because it comes off so many things, my grocery list is written on the fridge, Reminders on the bathroom mirrors/counters/bathtub walls, and all other sorts of things.... Well, more tomorrow... or later today... I don't know how often I'll update this thing, I guess we'll see!