Thursday, December 29, 2011
I made some today and put it on my salad for lunch. Talk about making anything yummy, this is it! So good!
Have a happy Thursday!
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Here is a link to see pictures!
Carson and his new sling shot (from Grandma) and new sweatshirt from GG (note the tag in the left armpit. It stayed there until after nap time!). 12.25.11
Friday, December 16, 2011
Did you know that the wreaths we hang are never ending circles that represents eternity?
Candy canes were made to look like shepherd hooks and the colors red; Jesus' blood, white; purity.
The gifts, represents the 3 gifts the wise men brought for Jesus.
The lights represent the light of the world, Jesus Christ.
So when you are running around trying to get the "perfect gift", stop yourself, take a deep breath and remember we have been given the perfect gift. Jesus Christ was given to us to remove all of our sins.
Merry Christmas everyone!!
Friday, December 9, 2011
Friday, December 2, 2011
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Don't they look great?! Love it!
12.1.11 I blew up a bunch of balloon's for Carson to play with for the day. He and Gabe are loving them! He also had a gift from Pat and Trev and I to open. He was very excited!
Opening his gift from Pat. 12.1.11
Gift from us. 12.1.11
We had Carson's first birthday celebration on Sunday night, his birthday today, and will be having more celebrations next week with friends and the Coster's.
Thank you friends and family for the wonderful love, gifts, memories, and time spent on Carson (and myself too!). We love you very much!
Monday, November 28, 2011
It kinda started on the 12th. I was at the Expo craft fair all day, my mom had the boys and Trev was in California with his dad, brother, and nephew. My mom and the boys picked me up and went to Senor Sams and shared an old favorite, nachos!
The 13th, my Grandma, mom and the boys went to Morning Glory for my favorite breakfast! Those oatmeal pancakes are just too good!
The 16th, my mom took me and the boys to another oldie but goody! House of Thai! I haven't been there for so long! And that used to be a favorite birthday place. Gotta love their chicken phad thai.
I haven't eaten out this much in ages!!! Maybe high school days?
November 17th! The big birthday. I spent all day with my besties enjoying one of our favorite pass times! Stayed up way too late, but it was worth it!
The 18th, our family friends from Portland stayed the night at my moms, they got in a little late so we didn't meet up until breakfast. We had a great time on the 19th and had fun talking, playing and repacking their SUV up! It was a great morning!!! I haven't celebrated a birthday with Jacqueline for about 15 years (actually there was a year we did have lunch with them about 9 years ago in the Portland area)! And we had her adorable girls here to party with my boys and her husband, Jake, got to join in also!
The 27th was a family and friend dinner at my moms for myself and Carson's 5th birthday! It was very busy, but such a blessed time! We also got to celebrate Annalies' 10th birthday which is on 12.4.11 and Katrina's which is today, 11.28.11!
Thank you to all who came! I hope you enjoyed yourself as much as I did! It was a blast! Thank you very much!
With all that, it has been a very blessed birthday! I love my family and friends very much!
Hope you had a blessed Thanksgiving!
Thursday, November 24, 2011
A home to live in.
The Holiday Months.
Forgiving Family & Friends.
Perky, adorable blue eyed & blond haired boys, that can so easily make me want to laugh & cry all in one day! :)
A husband who loves me.
A car to drive.
A great church to belong to.
A favorite book I got to see as a movie.
An awesome bed to sleep in at night!
A place to exercise at, thank you YMCA.
A camera to document life.
Great AWANA workers to teach and take care of our kids.
Middle of the week dinner at a local church, time to visit with an old friend & worship.
The love of the Lord. Always & forever loving me. Amazing.
These are just some of things I am thankful for. What are things that you are thankful for?
Have a blessed Thanksgiving! Love you and have a safe fun day!
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
3 Surely he will save you
from the fowler’s snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
5 You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
8 You will only observe with your eyes
and see the punishment of the wicked.
9 If you say, “The LORD is my refuge,”
and you make the Most High your dwelling,
10 no harm will overtake you,
no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
14 “Because he loves me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”
Monday, November 21, 2011
For over a month now, I have been wanting to get the seeds out of the pumpkins to bake them on up! Has it happened until now??? Nope! It took Thanksgiving being this week to get it done! But we did it! Carson was AMAZING! He got all the seeds out of the two little ones that we are going to make into pies, and I emptied the large one to carve it up! And he also scraped them out and got as much stringy, slimy stuff out as he could. He did great! And then I made sweet and salty pumpkin seeds! YUM!
Here is the lovely carved pumpkin! Carson loved it, which eased my concern of it not being good enough, so that warmed my heart! So cheesy, I know!
Here is the wonderful flannel blanket that Kristin made for me! My size, cozy, adorable blanket! YAY! Happy birthday to me! :) Thanks Kristin!
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Have a great fun day!!!
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Carson wanted a turn and was in there about as long as I had the camera up taking this picture. He didn't like it much!
This morning, my mom, Carson, Gabe and I walked to the Library for story time. I rode the scooter, Carson his bike, Gabe in the stroller and Grandma pushing the stroller. On the way there, it was little hard because it was up hill mostly, and Carson wasn't wanting to ride. We were bookin' it on the down/flat part of the way home though. It was a blast!
We found come chestnuts on the ground and piled up Gabe's hat with the nuts and the very poky outer layers. We have no idea what to do with them, but boy are they lovely!!! Then we came across some apples that were on the ground and grabbed those for the horses.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
While the boys and I were looking for Grandma, a gal that knows me from growing up in church said, "you look so happy! And you are doing such a great job. And in about 20 years, there will be two gals that are very thankful for what you are doing." (Meaning, getting my family and I out the door will not only benefit us now, but benefit two gals that Carson and Gabe will meet one day). That really blessed me. Things like that aren't often voiced, or spoken about.
I know we (or maybe I should just speak for myself) can get really carried away with things in our daily lives. Laundry, dishes, projects, work, exercise, the list can go on and on. Some days just trying to get through the day seems like a miracle in and of it's self. To think about what I am teaching my boys now, and how it will affect their whole life and the gal's that they end up marrying is a bit on the huge side! But, it is something that I rarely think about. So, thank you for the reminder (*gal that I saw while I was growing up at ACF, whose name I should know*) that all this hard work, of getting the boys to church on Sundays, and to AWANA and to Wed. night worship, is going to pay off and be meaningful, not only now, but a ways down the road as well.
I pray you and your family are healthy, well and happy! Enjoy your autumn, Christmas will be here in less than 2 months!
Saturday, October 22, 2011
We went to one of the local pumpkin patches today! We had a "hay" of a good time!
We went on a tractor hay ride and wheelbarrow ride, the boys rode ponies, sat on pumpkins, ate lunch, and climbed, rolled, jumped and threw hay at the hill of hay! We had a blast of a good time.
Hope you are enjoying your season of harvest
Saturday, October 15, 2011
On 10.2.11 we headed to AWANA for the first evening celebration. Gabe is now a Puggle and Carson is in his last year of being a Cubbie! We had a great BBQ, and lots of jump time on the big dragon jump house! The boys had an absolute blast!!!
I love this AWANA program and all of the staff. I know they are so busy with their own families, kids, school, work and yet they still take time out of their week to work with my kids. It is greatly appreciated!
We headed to a play ground, had a picnic lunch of Big Town Hero and Bento. We thought it was going to be a lot sunnier than it was, but we had a great time! After we got the boys down for their naps, we chatted and just relaxed with each other which we haven't done for a long time!
It was great to see them! I am a very proud big sis! I love my little Z.Z! Carson kept saying "Auntie Zapata and Deborah are coming!" I think he was a little confused with Debbie being called "Auntie" along with Z. He loves his Aunties and Uncle Guy too (even though he didn't make it up with them).
Thanks for coming up ladies! Love ya bunches!
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Monday, September 26, 2011
Our nephew, Cole, has been part of this band for about 3~4 years now. Random Sound played Saturday night at the OSF for the Green Show. They even played some original songs
for the crowd!
We haven't made it to many of their shows, for no particular reason, but I really enjoyed myself!
I am a very proud Auntie!
Keep up the great work boys! You guys are doing a really good job!
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Sunday, September 4, 2011
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Last night Trever and I were talking about our anniversary and he said, "I am more in love with you now then I was then!" And amazingly it is true for the both of us! Love is very powerful action. I am so thankful to not rely on my emotions from day to day that can change.
As we all know, 1st comes LOVE...
...Then comes marriage...
...Then comes babies!
Praise the Lord for a wonderful husband, and with that a wonderful family!
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Wednesday my mom, the boys and I drove up to Lake of the Woods to enjoy some fresh mountain air and water! It was so great! On the way there we saw "Mountain Cows." If you are anything like my husband, you might be wondering what those are? They are cows that are in the open range area walking all around. We saw a baby cow walking down the middle of the road, and the mama waiting for it on the side of the road. Then we went a little farther and there was a cow pie in the road so I thought we might be seeing some more. There was a whole family! A dad, children, mom, and maybe even cousins or grandparents. They even mooed at us and we stopped, rolled down the windows, and checked them all out.
While we were driving we also saw a bunch of chipmunks, and a couple of deer. Once we got there, two jets flew over pretty low! We were very excited to say the least. There was a duck we were feeding that enjoyed some of our chips, my mom and the boys saw a couple of fish. It was a very eventful morning!
After lunch Carson pulled me around and then Gabe joined us too!
Last night Carson, my mom and I went to Medford to do some shopping for a wedding we are going to next weekend. We started off at Kids to Kids for some shoes and 5t pants. There was one pair of khaki pants that were torn up and stained. We decided to pass on those and find some at TJ Maxx, Ross, or Target. Ross had jeans. That is all. Tj's had about 2 items of boy things and tons of girl clothing racks. Target was our next bet. We found a pair there, that are cute and will last for a couple of years, unless Carson has a HUGE growth spurt. I found myself getting more and more frustrated with every store we went to and every store having mostly girl clothing! There are boys in this world people, they need clothing too!!!
This morning my mom and I went to about 8 yard sales. Haven't done yard sales in years! I was on the hunt for a pair of needle nose pliers. At the second sale that specified "tools," I asked if they had any and the gentleman said "no, but if you have a minute I can see if I have an extra pair." He found a pair and sold them to me for $1! I was very excited! I got a couple other things too. Earrings, a couple shirts, a brand new hot/cold reusable little lunch box, oh and a Razor scooter! It is larger than the one we have, folds in half (I know most do, but the one we have doesn't work right) and even has shocks!
Then Trev, myself and the boys went up to the FREEZING cold reservoir today to play and have a picnic for lunch! The water was so cold!
What has your week been like? Enjoying the end of your summer (even though it feels like it just got here?)?
Monday, August 15, 2011
I feel like more often than not, I am not very good at appreciating what I have been given and being thankful for what I have.
Why do I struggle with with that so much? Why can't I be thankful every second of every day?! WHY? :)
A light bulb went off in my head today when I was thinking about some family and friends who are going through some very tough things right now. I know things can be hard for me at times, but I think there are always people going through harder things than my current situation.
I have a friend who on Facebook has what she calls "Thankful Thursdays." She posts something that she is thankful for that day, and asks others what they are thankful for. I usually read over what people say, but lately I haven't wanted to participate or really think about and truly be thankful for something in my life. It is what you could call a bad attitude. ;) I am sure no one else has ever experienced that, huh???
But really, with all that said, we do need to be thankful. I need to be thankful!
The Lord is so great and so full of compassion and patience! How amazing it is for me to realize these things and know that my Lord still loves me, cares for me, directs me and guides me even though I make silly decisions about not being thankful for what I have been given.
Things I am thankful for right now...just to show a few, in no particular order...
Saturday, August 13, 2011
Yesterday we headed down to the fair. We had a great time! Ate yummy food, saw crazy animals, made a new bunny friend and got really hot and tired.
HERE is the link to see the rest of the pictures!
Hope you are having a great summer!