Wednesday, November 18, 2009

We're Back Online!!!!

I have soooooooooooo missed reading all my pal's blogs!!! But we're back online after the big move!!!!! Pictures, videos, etc..... all coming soon!! we've just got dial up now so it'll be slow going but.... i'm excited to show you all what we've been up to!!!

God Bless!!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

So no internet at the new house. house is coming along, carpet is coming tomorrow. Waiting for the heat guy to call back. We are freezing.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Chloe said a prayer....

Chloe said a prayer a few days ago, and I jotted it down on my phone so I would remember to post it on here... We were having a snack late at night and she kept insisting that we pray. We did 4 or 5 times with me leading a few times and then brit leading once and she copied everything we said and then i said "Chloe, your turn!" and we sat there heads bowed eyes closed and she said "Lord Jesus, thank you for mommy and daddy. thanks briney and chucky and jim. thanks food. amen!" I teared up. It was amazing.

And today...

... Chloe thinks its cool to change her own diaper, throw away the old one, and not put a new one on. Its a dilemma.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

WFMW: freeze pops are too cold for little fingers!

So my two year old loves freeze pops, you know, those tubular popsicles that you can keep on hand always cuz they don't HAVE to be in the freezer, and you can pop them in when a days coming you'll want them and you can use them to keep stuff cold in your cooler and they're just great??? yeah those things. so anyways my two year old loves the things, but was whining that they were cold so.... i put them in her sock!! i always bust them in half to open them, probably cuz i'm in a big hurry to keep her occupied and lost the scissors, or maybe they're dirty, or whatever... so a pair of socks makes great popscicle insulators...above is a picture from 10 minutes ago... and now whenever she asks for popscicles, if we don't bring them with, she says, 'mommy, socky please!'.

too precious.

and it works for me. on wednesdays or any other day.

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We really need to get her out of our bed....

I mean, REALLY.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

such a big girl...

she's growing up so fast! She just brought me a gallon of milk and her sippy cup and asked, 'Mommy, more milk please!' She's such a good girl! Now only if we could get her off the sippy cup.... lol. and out of our bed while we're at it!!! She sings 'Jesus loves me' and 'rock a bye baby' and 'twinkle twinkle little star' and her all time favorite, 'popit, yock it, pokkadotit, counwify!!' (for those of you who don't recognize it, thats a hannah montana song!) lol.... just amazing!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

exactly 9 days after her 2 year birthday...... baby just dressed herself!!!! she had lots of ambition, daddy said, 'go get dressed so we can go get ice cream' and he didn't expect she would, but he was watchning tv and wanting to stall, and SHE WENT AND GOT DRESSED! she came back wearing a dress!!!!!!! AMAZING!!!!!!!!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

stress echo tomorrow

ahhhhhhh so excited hope it doesn't get me all worked up though!!!!!!!!! will post how it goes!!!!!! pray please!!!!!!

Monday, July 20, 2009

The Lord is good, his love endures forever!!

Saturday, July 18, 2009

The very nature of the obedience he demands is that it be given without regard to circumstances or results

When I read that sentence, it just begged me to go reread the whole little paragraph. Colson had been talking about people who lived their lives, without seeing the results of their mission work, work towards the abolition of slavery, etc.... so I re-read it.... "Some might think this divine pattern cruel, but I am convinced there is a sovereign wisdom to it. Knowing how susceptible we are to success's siren call, God does not allow us to see, and therefore glory in, what is done through us. The very nature of the obedience he demands is that it be given without regard to circumstances or results."

Wow! Did that hit you square between the eyes? What an encouragement to be not to get discouraged with our youth work, even when we’re feeling burnt out!!!

He goes on to talk about the healing of the centurion's servant, how he came to Jesus on behalf of his paralyzed servant, asking for healing, and Jesus agreed to come with him, but he quickly replied that he knew Jesus didn't have to bother coming to his home, he could merely say the word and his servant would be healed. Not only did Jesus heal his servant, but he used the servant's faith as an example to the crowds! Wouldn’t you love to be an example? The centurion knew when he commanded his troops they obeyed, and saw Jesus as the master commander and gave, WILLINGLY, his unquestioning allegiance!

WOW! Talk about faith like a child!!!!!!

Colson goes on to talk about how, "Maturing faith-faith which deepens and grows as we live our Christian life- is not just knowledge, but knowledge acted upon. It is not just belief, but belief lived out- practiced!" Don't be hearers only, but doers as well, right!? HE goes on to say that faith is a state of mind that grows out of our actions, just as it also governs them.... and that 'this is real faith: believing and acting obediently regardless of circumstances or contrary evidence. After all, if faith depended on visible evidence, it wouldn't be faith!' We walk by faith, not by sight!

What it all boils down to: God is who he says he is. On that, we must be willing to stake OUR LIVES.

And oh man... it just gets better. Being reminded of all these truths we know but don't always dwell on....

He says the basis of loving god is obedience.... to obey you must know what he wants you to do, so you gotta read your bible..... duh!

Okay so I'm kinda rambling.... but if you haven't already, go grab a copy of Charles Colson's 'loving God' and go read that thing! In the first 50 pages i have been completely sucked in! I love it! Wow!!!

On another note.... my mobile blogs haven't been posting lately, so if you see a bunch of weird symbols, that’s why.... I’ll have to look into it.....

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Chloe saw apparently her first feather today.
She decided that it was to be called a 'bird leaf'.
She is the smartest still just 1-yearolder i know.
She's amazing.....

Sunday, July 12, 2009

My favorite part of online shopping

So I just realized that i haven't told you all about my favorite part of online shopping yet! Theres this amazing site, Big Crumbs, that gives you cash back, deposited right into your paypal account, just for shopping online. you get cash back from shopping at, ebay, best buy, kmart,, 1800contacts, and 395 other sites, some of which I shop at often! you get a percentage of your purchase price back- 3%, sometimes even 7%, and some places are up to a certain dollar amount- orbitz, all kinds of places!

The other cool thing is, if you sign up through my link, it helps me too!! So, if you don't allready have this, check it out!!!

Click here to sign up for BigCrumbs!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

quick update...

so... chloe posted a couple blogs. i just noticed. they are the two previous ones... whenever she sneaks into our room she loves to pound on the computer! stinker!!!!

ahhh so of late... still hunting for the right house. we got a couple we've got our eye on right now, but nothing definite.... uggghhhh its frusterating!!!!!!!! ahhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!! well what can you do. it's been so busy lately, these summer months, sooooooo so so so many church activities, and we've been planning a ton with the youth... 4 things this week alone!!! but i'm staying sane, keeping my house reasonably clean, and been tryign to keep healthy!!! weight is going ok, i definately have discovered i need to write down everything i eat, but i sometimes.... just... don't. terrible, i know. well i gotta go pop some dough in the oven, we're out of bread... making a whole wheat/white blend of french bread today!! gotta start something for dinner, and go to curves, and then hopefully have a relaxing evening!!!!!!!!


Thursday, June 25, 2009

Chloe was baffled today when she saw a 'flying boat' in the sky today.
It was an airplane.
I love her.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Come check out my new layout!!!!!!!

Hey! I made a new layout for my blog, come check it out when you get a chance and let me know what you think! I made a neat photo header, i'm impressed with it!

Friday, June 5, 2009

Safe Nail Polish...

So today I walk into our local natural foods store, where they've never been very friendly, which ticks me off, but anyways i decided to give them another chance so i ask, 'ma'am, do you have any organic, like, safe nail polish, for kiddos?' she looks me down and says, 'well, we have this, but I wouldn't put ANY nail polish on a baby!!!' I think I might have mentioned it was for a 2 year old, not sure, but anyhow- Wow! I didn't ask you to be judgmental, I just wanted nail polish that would be safe around her, because I want to use it too!!! Having my history of health problems, I want something I can use, and use around her, and eventually she can use if she wants, that doesn't have all the harmful junk in it.... what little girl sees their mommy painting their nails and doesn't want to wear some too!??! So I am on the search! Wish me luck and any advice will be appreciated!!!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Chloe just told me, "no way mom!". Little stinker!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Today I had an appt, and Mom took C and I to it cuz we have no car while daddy's at work, and then we stopped bya garage sale on the way home. C was about sleeping, drinking happily on her sippy, so we let her sit in her car seat with the doors open while we stepped outside to check out the sale, we peek around a bit and as we're paying for our goods (nothing super duper exciting, or of course i would tell you about it) she starts crying REALLY LOUD! I am of course worried, as she's more or less past the 'crying just to get your attention' stage and it sounded like a 'somethings wrong, mommy!' sort of cry. so i hurry over to the car and she's so upset and is grabbing her feet, and keeps saying, 'footsies, mommy, footsies!' so i keep looking at her footsies, they look fine, but she wants her socks off, which is fine- she often likes her shoes and socks off while we're in the car, so i take them off and she has big white poofy bug bites on her big toesies! 2 on one and 1 on the other! It was crazy- what kind of bug only bites big toes? and they were poofy looking like the darn bites you get from those little black gnatty things.... and so i asked, chloe, was there a bug on your footsie?? and she says, and i quote, 'yeah, mommy, footsiebug!!!footsiebug!!! hurt mommy footsiebug!!!' aw man it was so cute... she's getting so smart, so i cuddled her the rest of the ride home- mom was driving- and she was happy after that, but poor girl.... those bugs are so bad this year! and now she thinks they aim for the feet... i just hope she watches out for them to bite her elsewhere!!!

Did i mention mom took us to BK for lunch?? It was an EXCELLENT treat out, I love the rare occasion we do get to grab lunch out, and heres an adorable picture of the day..... Chloe eating her mini-burger kidsmeal... precious!!! what a dollface...
Doctor visit went good... I have some ear problems but everything should work itself out and i got cleared to do a few things so.... exciting!!!!

Monday, June 1, 2009

I am building a website!

My first site that is actually getting hosted... yay!!! Though hosting brings about all sorts of other problems, it's great fun!!! If you want to check it out, click here and let me know what you think!!!


Saturday, April 25, 2009

Happy Weekend!!

Yay! *Sings to the tune of that country song...* "It's finally friday!" yay! Even though now it's Saturday morning.... its ok. Our week is out of whack cuz Jeremy had to work friday, which is really good though because that means business is picking up and we sure can use the money!

So here we are with a fairly uneventful weekend, we don't have much planned which is awesome!! So yesterday we went house hunting when Jeremy got out of work, we found two houses we really like so we'll see where that goes...

Today we're taking my dad to look at one, we looked at the other last night.....

Chloe is getting so big, saying 3 word sentences now!! She's such a big girl and still my little baby all at once.

Man I love it... being a mom, being so loved... The other day I told, ina singsong voice, "Chloe, you're so pretty!" And she said "Mommy pretty too!" Aww it melted my heart. Then she proceeded to tell me how mommy, daddy, and chloe were pretty. Daddy really appreciated it when i told him about it later! :)

So... prayers please! House hunting is so hard and so frusterating and so stressing all at once, because of the 2 hosues we so had our heart set on and they fell through... ugh. lets hope these ones go better!!!!!!


Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Chloe's First time answering a question....

...came today when she came to me showing me pictures, saying
'mommy!' and she held up a polaroid of me.
'daddy!' as she holds up a polaroid of daddy.
'yes', i answer both times, 'you're so smart!'
'Pictures!' she says. 'yes!' i reply again, rubbing her cheek and telling her how smart she is.
so then i offhandedly remarked to her,
'you just love picutres, don't you?'
'yeah!' she said as she toddled off to go show daddy....

a good day, a very good day. my princess is growing up so fast. it was a stressful day, lots of big decisions and stressful situations, on my one stay home day out of the whole week, but a great day, a really great day!

she just ran in here, uncovered her eyes, and said, 'boo!' and daddy is telling her to come see me now, so he must be doing something important, it must be my turn to play!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

WFMW: Easy Crockpot meal

2 cans cream of chicken soup
1/2 cup diced green peppers(i use frozen allready diced to amke it even easier!)
1-2 cups frozen corn
1-2 cups frozen or fresh carrots
4-6 frozen chicken breasts
1 crockpot

put it all in, cover it, cook on low a long time, or high 4-6 hours, stirring occasionally.
put it over mashed potatoes, noodles, rice, bread, whatever your fancy!
easy-peasy, DELICIOSO (as Dora the Explora is saying in the next room over haha) and fairly healthy, other than the canned soup!!

it works for me!

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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

antie bog spent the nite...


and we had a blast! here's auntie bog, little miss elmo, and me.

happy birthday grandpa!

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Learning tower...

Cuz someone out there wants to build one and asked for more detailed pictures!



Sides are plywood, carved everything out with a jigsaw, had fancy legs on the bottom, like on the tm learing tower, to keep it from tipping but it was sturdy enough without and we kept stubbing our toes, so we took them off! didn't touch up the paint yet since then, lol, can you tell?!? its quite dinged up after a year or more of use, but it so does the job and chloe is at the age where she loves to climb in and out of it!! the platform is adjustable, has dowels going throug, but looking back that was totally unnessary too as its a good height regardless, and we could have just screwed the platform on, but that does add to sturdy-ness. 1x1's in each corner, bolts through them, routered all edges, and painted it a lovely bright red! I'm going to glue some felt on all the bottom edges as it has scaped up the floor a little big, but haven't gotten to it. thought about putting wheels on it, but if they got stuck, it could tip if kiddo pushed on counter... so felt, like they put on the bottom of dining room chairs to not scratch the floor, ya know? might even just buy those round stick-on ones and stick them all over!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Life as we know it... really finally starting to get back to normal. The post holiday anxiety is going away.... I don't know. Its just.... better. Now that ATF is over with I feel like I don't have any huge things coming up to stress me out.... speaking of ATF, it was great.... but Chloe was not too impressed. She loved the Bands and singing and all, but the speaker parts, she could've done without... she just wanted to run all over and holler, and of course mommy and daddy just wanted to listen, but it worked out okay, though we both had killer migranes by Saturday evening. Well, Chloe wants to play her computer game so.... I'll try and get the pictures uploaded later. Jeremy's bro and his family are up, and its going pretty great! The girls fight a bit, they're too little to understand each others actiosn, but its going! ...

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

do dreams mean anything?

I have never thought much about it, but when you think about it, the lord showed jacob his future through dreams, and an angel appeared in a dream, and so many things dealt with dreams, and they were true, so maybe mine mean something too!

I had a weird dream last night that i remembered, as opposed to all the weird dreams i forget, and decided to look into it. do i think dreams mean something? maybe. who knows? this site i was looking at was very informational and not at all what i was expecting...

which got me thinking about dreams i had when i was younger... after we moved to illinois i had a 'recurring dream' for a long time, not sure if it was several months or exactly how long, but i had it often enough to vividly remember it. the dream was that through our new subdivision, i could take this path that went straight to this path near our old house, and another weird path to a bad neighborhood i had never been to. could this have been a way to see that i needed to follow the right path? i disregarded the dreams as being weird just sleeping random things because i thought that 'dream interpreting was just for psychists (psychos?) and cults and crazy people!' but maybe the lord was trying to show me that sometimes i was going down the wrong path, and maybe i needed to cut off that old path and grow where i was now planted! which i eventually did but it took a lot of F's in school and other unlike-me behavoirs, hanging out with the 'wrong crowd', etc.

hmmm.... something to ponder i guess? have any of you had crazy dreams that you think might have meant something, or do you thing dreams are nothing, just random thougts flying across your head? thats what i have always thought, but maybe not..... :)

Thursday, January 29, 2009

The first day of the rest of my life...

...being energy conscious! Haha... like every day, today is the first day of the rest of my life.... but today is different because I woke up with all sorts of ambition to lower our $300 electric bill! Allright our house is less than 1000 square feet, fairly open floor plan, and there is no way in the WORLD we can afford or have the desire to use 300 bucks worth of electric each month! So today I am doing/ have done the following:

1. Hung up all shirts, pants, etc. right out of the washer, on the shower curtain rod, and rather than drying 4 loads of laundy, am only drying 1 load. I threw all the socks and little stuff in the dryer, and when this next load is done, i'll start it drying! So maybe that'll save a few bucks...

2. Wrote 'twirly light bulbs' on the grocery list. We're going to town tomorrow, and when we get home we are IMMEDIATLY going to replace all those that we haven't allready. When I looked at the money savings on and realized taht we could save something like 30 bucks a month if we replaced all our regular bulbs with twirly bulbs, I decided that this whole 'replacing one as it goes out' thing isn't cutting it. It is well worth the money just to buy the swirly bulbs now and replace them NOW.

3. Cleaned out the deep freeze! I realized that there wasn'ta lot in it, a turkey, 4 chickens, and a couple boxes of those ice pops that don't have to be frozen... you know the kind in the plastic that you normally buy thawed and stick them in the freeze when you get home...well anyhow i cleaned out the fridge and freezer inside, reorganized, and fit everything inside! I was gonna cook 2 of those chickens in the next few days anyways, so they can thaw now, and voila! Unplugged the deep freeze until further notice, probably for a month or so at least!

4. Washed all the laundry on cold except for the sheets! There are some things that aren't that dirty, and i am a compulsive 'wash everything on hot as heckaholic' but you know what? Lots of people wash their laundry in cold water, and by golly, i could do some of mine in cold water too!

5. There was somethiing else.... Oh yeah! I put a candle going in the bathroom, which solved a couple problems... 1 being that i turn the light on every time i go in there, and the other... it makes it smell WONDERFUL and also TAKES OFF THE CHILL! I never knew a big old candle could produce a noticeable amount of heat! But we have no direct heat source in there so this helps!!

6. Unplugged the toaster oven... A friend reminded me this morning that even though it's off, it could still suck some energy... I debated doing the same with the micro, but i like having a clock there but... we'll see. maybe i'll unplug that too.

Any other ideas on things to do to save? Let me know please!!! :) I'm desperate! And NO i will not open all the curtains to let light in because that is helping keep the heat in...So the living room gets sheers and our room gets these heavy dark drapes that i am not opening for fear of losing more precious heat!!!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

A long slightly discouraging weekend....

...lots of things went wrong... lack of sleep... arguments... it was a long weekend. i am discouraged about a few things but trying to keep my head up! pray. :)


Friday, January 16, 2009

Chloe and I's conversation this morning

Chloe: MA! MA! MA! Ma! Mom! Mom! Mom! Moooooommmmmm!!!!!!!

Me: Chloe! Hold on darling! Okay, whats up?

C: Here! (Hands me toy french fries)

M: Oh thank you sweet heart! Are you ready to go see grandpa for the weekend?

C: Papa! Papa!!! papa!!!!

M: Okay, what do you want to bring? Elmo? Baby?

C: Elmo!!

M: Okay, go get him!!

And she runs off to get him... that kid is so stinkin smart!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

tuesday, may 1st, 2007

what was i doing on that day? looking through an old blog, here's a post i posted....

"there is a mouse.



it steals hershey kisses off my nightstand. well jer's nightstand. then my nightstand, cuz we kinda switched sides of the bed, well switched back, but we left our stuff, which is really each others stuff, there. we can't decide.

it wakes me up, and i hear it, and i turn on the light and try to catch it, but i am obviously 7 months pregnant and can't get a freaking mouse.

so gross.

it left a kiss there the other day, it had opened it and ate halfway through it. there were little claw marks, and it reminded me of something. i can't remember what now.

we dont' know what the kid is yet. we just know that it likes to kick at the most unoppurtune times, and it gets hungry at the weirdest times. its a kicker, all right, and no gary it is not a soccer player, we don't do that around here. unless its a girl. but it kicks like a boy. little sucker.

i can't wait for it to come out.

pam, the lady who owns the tanning salon in tustin, right? she has me all freaked out. she said its coming way earlier than the doctors say.

i have 3 due dates at this point, june 29, july 7, and july 18th.

take your pick, kiddo.

aunt nese and krystin are making a baby shower. it will be fun. if you want to come, let me or them know.

i miss my daddy.

i am slightly overwhelmed. this is my first day as 'branch manager' for the one company and 'office manager' for the other. what a joke. i feel so underqualified and overwhelmed. its not so bad though, really. i just have a todo list a mile long, and am slightly stressed due to a 6-oclock in houghton lake that im not sure what do to about.

it will all work out in the end...

so life... lately=lonely. i hope some of my friends are coming home for the summer. i miss em... and alyssa.... and jess.... and owen... they are fun people. jess is having a baby too. she's nuts.... i wouldn't have done this by choice, i don't think, but i am getting used to the whole thing.

i miss other people too, but they won't be here this summer, cuz they can't be, or they live to far away....

slowly but surely, taking one day at a time, and everything as it's thrown in my face..."

what that blog doesn't say, is that the next night, i set a trap on my nightstand before i went to bed. i woke up in the middle of the night, 7 months pregnant mind you, with my hubby working 3rd shift, to hear a scratching noise... the mouse, with only its arm caught, and falled off the back of the nightstand, with the trap caught between the nightstand and the wall, and he was dangling by his arm, kicking and scratching. SO SO SO GROSS!!! i proceeded to.... 7 months pregnant, mind you.... haul the nightstand away, at which point he ran around dragging the trap, find a box to trap him in, and scoop him into the box and set it on the porch. he was still alive when jer got home. i didn't know how to kill a mouse! SICK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

okay... how crazy is that? look at my life now! how life has changed miraculously!!! i was so depressed and huge and infested with mice... ugh! now my house is spotless!!!! at least for today.... :) and i am... much less depressed!!!! thanks for reading an old blog!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Works For Me Wednesday: Powertoys image resizer for XP

I've never done this before, but i finally found a wfmw tip to share, ON a wednesday! no WAY right??

Okay, seriously, easiest to use, best resizer ever.... this totally integrates itself into windows, so if you want to resize a picture quick and easy, you simply right click, click 'resize pictures' and click a preset resize or go to advanced settings to do your own, click okay, and thats it! it is AMAZING!!!!!!

click here to download it straight from microsoft, scroll down and on the right under 'doanloads' it will say 'image resizer' and it is... uh-maze-ing and the easiest thing to use!!! and it automatically saves a COPY rather than rewrinting, in the same folder! awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

it also works for batch resizing!

To see more awesome WFMW tips, click here to visit rocks in my dryer's page on the wednesday tradition.

Hope this helps someone!

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

why on earth?

do certain brands of socks come in a 'resealable bag!'?!?!
do they think we put our socks back in there after we wear them?
have they never heard of dressers?
is it a freezer bag, that we're supposed to reuse??
jeremy needed new socks. poor guys been wearing mine for too long. and then i run out and i'm not impressed. so he buys a package, i noticed it on the counter this morning.... i wonder if he noticed the nifty worthless little ziplock bag they came in. weird.....

Monday, January 5, 2009

Our christmas vacation in pictures...

Chloe's new fridge magnets- which she ADORES!!!

Chloe and Daddy opening Christmas presents from Grandpa

Uncle Jeffy with his soon to be kiddo!
Baby cousin!

Getting into Grandma's cupboards!


Playing texas hold'em at Buffalo Wild Wings


This is a Chloe who doesn't want to share, and wants to take away everyone else's toys!

Thank you!

Daddy and his big brother(r) and little brother(L)
Chloe and Cousin!

Mommy almost ruining the christmas for the kiddos, right after she pulled chris's beard down and said, "look chloe, its okay, its just chris!" mommy never even believed in a santa when she was little, she was too logical, and forgets sometimes that other kiddos do! :( oopsie!
Pound it! Chloe and Grampa!

Touchdown! I love watching the bears game at Grandpa's!

Elmo waking up Chloe

wow mommy! you really got me a life size elmo to wake me up from my nap?!?!?!


Chloe and Grampa

Chloe and Grandpa- mommy, i thought we came to visit the other grandparents! i can see these ones anytime!!!
ugh- a terrible picture of mommy and daddy- this is why i do curves!

Chloe and uncle jordan

It was much, much, much better than last year. Much. It was very enjoyable and our car problems were minimal.