Tuesday, December 30, 2008

It's almost the New Year!!!

It's about that time and boy where has the time went?!! It seems the older I get the quicker the years go by!! Does anyone else feel that way, or is it just me?! I can remember being a teenager and it seemed like forever before I was 18 and then 21, but after that I couldn't tell you where the years went! I figured it would be a good time to set myself a few New Year's Resolutions, so here I go!!

1. Lose 30-40lbs!! I've been needing to do this for awhile now and couldn't find the motivation! Well, I have it now, and actually started on this venture 3 days ago!! I also haven't had a Coke in 3 days and I used to drink at least 5 a day! Wow! I never thought I could do it, but amazingly it hasn't been too hard! I am taking Hydroxcut too, because I'm not so good at the diet thing on my own. I'll start posting weekly on my weight loss! Wish me luck!

2. Exercise!! I also started this when I started the weight loss kick, so I plan to stick with it! My body aches all over, but I know it will be worth it in the end!

3. Get a camera!! I don't have a working one at the moment and I hate not being able to take pics of the kiddos!

4. Along with number 3: Take more pictures of my kids!!

5. Have a closer relationship with God in every shape, form, and fashion!

6. Catch up on my debts! After not working for so long, I have a lot of money owed and bills to pay, not to mention a whole lot of student loan to pay off!

7. Spend more one on one time with my kids! I rarely get the chance to spend quality time with each of my four kids, and I want that to change. So, I plan to do whatever it takes to accomplish this! Each kid deserves some Mommy and me time in my opinion!

8. Post more on my blog! I tend to slack on the posts and I would like to get to posting more frequently.

That's it for now! I might think of more later. Stay tuned...

Oh yea, and by the way, my 29th birthday is Saturday and its kind of weirded me out being so close to 30, but oh well, it's a part of life! I did get a scanner/printer for Christmas, so hopefully I will get some of my baby pics scanned and put on my computer so I can post about my birthday!


Thursday, December 25, 2008

We're done!!

We went to my mom's house last night to open presents with them. The kids and me got a bunch of goodies! We ate steak and shrimp! Yum!! Today we went back to my mom's for Christmas with my grandparents and my aunts and uncles and cousins on my dad's side of the family! We had a slight hold up, because my mom called me at about 1:00 pm telling me that she was taking my dad to the emergency room because he was in so much pain that he could hardly stand up! I knew it was bad if my dad was willing to go to the ER, because you rarely even know when he's sick, because he fights it and hides it well. My mom had me call the rest of my family to tell them that we may have to delay for awhile. So, I did and then I went to check on my dad. It ended up being a kidney stone! I've never had one, but I've heard they hurt pretty bad. He got some pain medicine and they ran some fluid through an IV and sent him on his way. So, he was a little loopy for the company, but at least he wasn't in pain anymore. Since I don't have a camera that works, I have to wait for my sister, my mom, my aunt, and my grandparents to send me some of the pics they took. But here are a couple that my Aunt did send me tonight! I love Kadie in her little "Santa baby" outfit! Kennedie doesn't feel good and hasn't the last couple of days, so she wasn't her normal cheerful self. But at least she was smiling a little. The girls are both asleep already and me and the boys are about to watch one of their movies they got for Christmas!

I hope everyone had a wonderful day! I know I did! Merry Christmas to everyone!! Love ya'll!!



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Monday, December 22, 2008

What I've been up to...

Friday, I managed to go to all 4 of the kids Christmas parties!! Trenton's started at 9:30, so I went there first stayed awhile, and then Me and him went to Stratton's party at 10:00. After his party, me and the boys went home for a little while and then we were off to Kennedie's party at 1:00. She got to see Santa Claus and then we were off again to Kadence's party at 1:30! I was wore out after all that and we went home! It was busy, but a lot of fun!

Saturday, My mom and dad took the boys to the state capital to see the lights and they went shopping. They had a lot of fun! Me and the girls stayed at home and relaxed!

Sunday, we went to church and the kids put on a play for Christmas! It was so cute!

And besides that, we haven't done much of anything else, but sit around the house and try to stay warm! It's finally cold here after the 70 degree weather we just had a few days ago! Now it's in the 20's! That's so crazy when the weather flip flops so drastically like that!

The kids are getting more and more anxious about Christmas! A lot of you have asked when I start my new job. Well, I go in on the Jan. 2nd for paperwork and training and then I start on the 5th! I'm so excited!


Thursday, December 18, 2008

Thank the LORD!!

I got offered the job I interviewed for!!! Yay!! Woo hoo! I'm so excited!! It's not as much pay as I wanted, but it's pay and it's the same hours that my kids are in school, so no after school care! That will save me money there, so I think it will even out! Plus, I will finally have experience that I can put down in the future! But, I may just like it so much that I'll want to stay!! Thank you all so much for the prayers!!! God is GREAT!!


Monday, December 15, 2008

Happy Birthday Stratton!

Today is my oldest son's birthday! He's 9 today! Wow, They sure do grow up quick! Stratton is my very shy child. He can also be quick tempered, but usually just at home. I wanted a boy so bad when I found out I was pregnant with him! I was so excited when I found out that he was a boy!

On December 15, 1999, at 2:15 am, after 17 1/2 hours of labor, I finally gave birth to my first baby! He was 8 lbs 10 ozs and 21 1/2 inches long. He had beautiful skin, a perfect round head, and the sweetest little chubby face I'd ever seen! I was so in love with this baby! He was perfect! Big, healthy, blonde haired, blue-eyed and beautiful!

Stratton has always been a pretty good kid. Of course he had his moments, but they all do, don't they?! When he started Kindergarten, he struggled with school work for awhile. He slowly started catching up and this year, he made the honor roll! I was so proud of him. He loves to read, play video games, play sports, and fight with his brother. He's growing way too fast and growing out of all his clothes!

Here are some older pictures of Stratton. I got Shelley to scan the ones she had, so I could post him. Of course the newest one is on my side bar! Enjoy!


Saturday, December 13, 2008

The Right Answer

I had a lot good guesses on what my 3rd grader got in trouble for at school...kissing girls, talking, firearms violation(crazy Dean..lol), fighting...But no one got it right! So, here's what he did...as embarassing as it was to hear..He peed behind a tree on the playground at recess! When I asked him why he did that, he said that he was afraid to ask to go inside because he thought they wouldn't let him! He wouldn't have got caught, but one little boy saw him walk behind the tree and saw what he was doing. He told the teacher, and she even went and checked for a wet spot, because she never thought he would do something like that!!! I tried to explain to him that doing that is NOT appropriate at school! In our own backyard, yea, but NOT at SCHOOL!!! I also told him that I was sure they would let him go inside to use the bathroom if it was an emergency like that, so to please ASK next time!!! I guess it could've always been worse?!!


Thursday, December 11, 2008

12 days at the Lil Peanut Patch

Go here to check out The Lil peanut patch! They are having a 12 days of Christmas giveaway will tons of cute stuff! But it ends soon, so if you want to enter, you better hurry!!


Asking for Prayers again!

OK, I know you are all probably tired of me asking for prayers with the job thing, but hopefully soon I will have a job and won't have to ask anymore!

I got a call this morning about one of the million(just 4 actually) jobs I applied for and I have an interview Monday at 1:00! Maybe this time I will get the job, but who knows?!! I believe it will be less pay than I actually want, but we all know how long I've been looking for a job, so I would take it regardless right now! I need to have some experience down for future job opportunities that come my way!

As far as the kids go: Everyone is well, for now, and no more trips to the doctor either! Kadie has a runny nose, but she keeps one of those most of the time, so it's nothing new! Oh yea, and you'll never guess what my 3RD grader got in trouble for in school the other day?!! And guess what? I'm not telling yet! I want to see if anyone can guess! It will be interesting to see what people come up with! Keep in mind, that this is my extremely shy child who only gets in trouble once in a blue moon! With that being said...GUESS AWAY!!


Tuesday, December 9, 2008

100 things

This looked like an interesting thing to try out! But reading over these...I haven't done much! I need to get busy!!

RULES: There are 100 statements and you bold the ones you have done. Grab it and play for yourself!!

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity.
7. Been to DisneyWorld
8. Climbed a mountain.
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept in an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitchhiked
23. Taken a sick day when you're not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo's David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Pari
s51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten cavier.
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chicken pox
89. Saved someone's life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a lawsuit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee
100. Read an entire book in one day


Techie Diva HP Magic Giveaway!

Over at Technie Diva, they are hosting a huge HP Magic giveaway! This blog and 49 other blogs are giving away a prize package worth $6,000! You can click on the link above or the link for the HP site here for more information!

If I were to win this great package, I would keep a computer for myself because mine is going way downhill! But I would share most of the rest of it! I like to help people who are in need of great products like these! I would check through my community and see if any of the local children's homes are in need of any of these great products first. Then if they do not, I would share them with my family and friends who I know could use some of this! I would love to win this to share with others and of course some for myself as well! So check it out! The giveaways don't last long, so hurry!!


Monday, December 8, 2008


Am I the only one who has a loss of words at times?! Well, that's what's been up with me here lately. I have millions of thoughts running through this brain of mine, but can't seem to find the words to write one simple post! What's wrong with me people?!! I have so many things to be Thankful for like my family, my friends online and offline, electricity, water, food, internet, and most of all GOD! But of course I also have a nice run of not so good things like no job, no extra money for Christmas(another year..ugh!), all my files, and yes I mean ALL, including all my pictures that were on my computer are GONE! I was a bad mama and didn't have very many pics of my baby girl printed, but I thought Well, I have them on my computer, so I can print them later! BAD, BAD, BAD, idea!!! Now they are all gone!! Many videos...GONE! Along with thousands of other pictures of my family and friends! Hopefully some of my family and friends saved the ones I emailed a long time ago!

Ok....Enough of the sob story..sorry ya'll, didn't mean to dip into all that in detail and all, but it's frustrating! I've always heard that when you start to walk closer with Christ that things tend to get worse before they get better! Well, I believe it! But I know that things could always be SO MUCH WORSE than they are now! I've just got to be patient and God will map out HIS plan for me! Sometimes I just wonder if I'm just getting what I deserve for all the years that I didn't think about God first and all the years I didn't pray, go to church, read scripture, and so on and so on.
As I was reading through scripture, I stumbled upon this passage and it really spoke to me.

But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:9,10


Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Doctor's Visit

O.K., First, last week Kadence had a horrible rash, which from previous experience, I thought was a strep rash. Kennedie had the same rash a while back and that's what it was. Before that, I had no clue that you could get a rash from Strep and I also had no clue that a kid could have strep and it not be the typical strep throat! I know I should've known these things after 4 kids, but it had never happened before, so I didn't.

Back to my story...When I took Kadence to the Dr., her strep test was negative and he said that the rash was just a reaction to her body fighting off some sort of infection. So she got some medicine and we went on with our lives.

Well, Saturday night, Kennedie began to get a rash on her chest, and Sunday and Monday, it had quickly spread all over her entire body..scalp and all! And her's itches!! So, today, I decided I might better go get it checked out.

Sure enough, she had strep. The Doctor suggested a shot, which I agreed, and we waited for the nurse to come administer the shot. When she came in, she told Kennedie that she would give her the shot in her butt. Kennedie quickly responded and said, "NO, In my leg!" And preceded to pull her pants leg up. The Nurse said, "I have to do it in a big muscle". Kennedie said, "NO, My arm!" Finally I convinced her that she had to have it in her butt, so we laid her on her belly and she did quite well, with only a few whimpers. We got her a sucker and off we went.

On the way to the van, I said, "That hurt a little, huh, Kennedie?" And she quickly said, "No, Mama, It hurt BIG!" It was really quite amusing to me! (not to her though!) Then we went to Fred's pharamacy to get the prescriptions and she decided to tell everyone we saw that she got a shot in her butt and got a bandaid on it! My little girl is NOT shy in the least bit! She's sleeping now, and hopefully will be fine soon. I just thought I would share my day with you all!


Thursday, November 27, 2008


Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! I'm am Thankful for you all!! I hope everyone has a blessed day today!!


Tuesday, November 25, 2008

I'm Sorry!!

I'm so sorry to all my faithful readers for my lack of posts lately. I'm just really bummed that I have not been contacted by the people I interviewed for. I just keep thinking that it must not be meant for me! But yet, My heart skips a beat everytime my phone rings. I pray and I pray hard for God to do His will for me and maybe this just isn't it. Hopefully things will get better soon!

I am very Thankful for everything I do have! And I Thank God everyday for every little good and bad thing that has happened to me! I know I will be fine, it's just hard sometimes...especially with the holidays rolling around. It will be yet another Christmas in which I can not buy gifts for the ones I love. That makes me the most sad, because I LOVE to give gifts! I guess I need to get crafty and make some things! I'm not to good at it, but hey, it's worth a shot! I did win a wonderful gift from my bloggy friend LA and that put a little sunshine to my day! I love it, but I will probably be gifting it this Christmas (hope you don't mind Leah).

Please send prayers my way if you have a second! They will all be greatly appreciated! I love you all!!! Take care and have a wonderful blessed Thanksgiving!!


Sunday, November 23, 2008

12 Days of Christmas

Thoughts from the Mrs.

Although, I'm a little late on finding these wonderful giveaways, I still feel the need to share. Over at thoughts for the Mrs. (you can click on the button above to get there) she is having some great giveaways right in time for the holidays! So, check it out!


Friday, November 21, 2008

The Shake Shack

There's a new business in our town called The Shake Shack! It's local, but maybe as the business grows they will start shipping their products! My Aunt has a post and giveaway for the new business on her blog! You can click here and check it out!!


Thursday, November 20, 2008

The letter "L"

My friend Aubrey at The Fam Five has a post with 10 things that she loves, but with a twist! The twist is that they all have to start with the same letter! Her chosen letter is "i"! She asked if anyone wanted to play along and I said "SURE!" So, she gave me "L"! Here's my list! O.K. Actually it was supposed to be favorite things, but things you love is pretty much the same, right?!

1. Little toes! Little toes as in baby toes! I love some baby feet!
2. Long hot baths! When I get the chance (not too often around here) I love to take a long hot bath. It's so relaxing to me!!
3. Lord! I love the Lord for giving me eternal life!!
4. Links! I love links, as in website links, blog links, etc.! I love blogging and the internet! It's one of my best friends ya know!! LOL!
5. Leopards! Leopards are really pretty animals to me! I like leopard print as well!
6. Lights!! I love Christmas lights! I love to drive around and look at all the pretty Christmas lights all over town!I also like Marlboro Lights, but that's not a very good like, so just pretend you didn't read that one!
7. Lemonade! But only fresh squeezed lemonade like you get at the fair!
8. Long walks on the beach! O.K., so I haven't actually done this because we live so far from beaches, but I know I would love it! Maybe one day, I'll live closer to one!
9. Lists! I like Christmas lists: reading others and writing my own! I also love my lists of blogs!! See, the internet addiction is coming out again! I can't get away from it!! HELP ME!!
10. Love! I love LOVE. Love of my Lord, for my Lord. Love of my children, for my children, and love of my family and friends!! Love is a wonderful feeling to have!

There's my 10 and it was like pulling teeth trying to think of 10 with a "L" just so you know! Go ahead and think about it for a minute! You'll see what I'm talking about! If anyone else would like to join in, let me know and I'll pick you a letter, or you can pick your own. Have fun!


Tuesday, November 18, 2008

My friend's Giveaway

My bloggy friend Leah Allen at Ahh, These are the Days of Our Lives is hosting a giveaway!! It's a great prize so head over there and check it out! Be sure to read the rules! Don't miss out!! So, What are you waiting for....GO NOW!! Oh yea, and have a great day!!


Monday, November 17, 2008

Keli is a finalist!!

Please go vote for Keli at Dream.Imagine.Live for the Prego Fun with Food Contest at 5 minutes for mom! She's number 13! Some of you know her, I'm sure, but for those of you who don't, Please go vote for her for me!!! I'm rootin for ya Keli!! Best of luck!

P.S. That's kind of confusing..it looks like I meant to click on her site...sorry! Please go to the 5 minutes for mom link!! Thanks so much!


Not Me Monday

It's that time again! It's Not Me Monday with the famous McKmama! Go check out her blog to read many more great Not Me Posts! I promise you'll chuckle at least a few times!

1. I did not skip Not Me Monday last week simply because I couldn't think of ANYTHING! I have four kids...I know there had to be something!!

2. I did not totally enjoy my Ladies' night Friday night! I didn't laugh my butt off most of the night! And of course I missed my kids!!

3. I am not really anxious about getting a phone call about the job I interviewed for and I'm not upset that they haven't called yet! WWWAAAAHHH!!

4. I did not spend most of my week blogging (especially entering giveaways!) That would be a total waste of time!

5. I did not decide that I would go on a cleaning frenzy only to end up cleaning my dining room and bathroom this weekend! That would be very lazy! And I'm not lazy, I tell ya!!

6. I'm not completely drawing a blank of anymore Not Me's that I've done this past week. I always right them down so I won't forget!!


Saturday, November 15, 2008

Then Sings My Soul Saturdays

It's time again for Then Sings My Soul Saturdays! You can head on over here to read more entries.

The song I chose today, is one that we sing at church often. I love it! I love the words and I love the way I feel listening and singing this song! Blessed by Your Name has wonderful lyrics. If you haven't heard it before, be sure to listen to the whole song! My favorite part of this song, is the "You give and take away" part! That is so true! And no matter what the Lord gives or takes away, we should always Bless HIS name. Enjoy!


Ladies Night

Last night, we had a Ladies' game night with some of the ladies from our church and a few more of their friends. It started at 7:00 and we actually talked until about 10:00..lol! I guess that's women for ya! We shared funny kid stories and talked about men of course! At one point I said, "o.k., we are having a night without our kids, but yet that's all we're talking about!" So, I finally convinced everyone to play a game. We played Mad Gab and it was a blast! It was so funny listening to everyone try to figure out the phrase!

I can't remember the last time I've had a Ladies' night! I've definetly decided that I need to do this more often! It was so refreshing, relaxing, and fun!

On a side note: I still haven't gotten a call about the job, but hopefully I will Monday!! I'm still praying about it!


Thursday, November 13, 2008

"I Thought I saw..."

I decided to take part in Mama's Losin'It's weekly writing assignment. You can click here to read all the prompts to chose from and also read many others' writing adventures. I chose (obviously from my title) "I thought I saw... So, here I go:

I thought I saw a babysitter, nanny, friend, grandparent,(the names could go on and on) pulling in my driveway today to kidnap my kids for ONE WHOLE DAY!! Yes, a whole 24 hours of kid-free relaxation for ME!!
O.K., So, I didn't think I saw this, but I did dream, think, hope, and pray for it! Does that count?!!

Does anyone want to volunteer? You can leave a comment or email me if you'd like and I'll be sure to reply promptly!! Thanks, ahead of time!

P.S. (I think the lack of sleep from being up with a puking 3 yr old all night is really beginning to get to me! What do you think?)


Wednesday, November 12, 2008

My interview

O.K. So, I went to my interview this morning and I think that it went really well. He seemed interested and he immediately called my references the minute I left, because they told me. I hope that's a good sign! We'll see, I'm still praying!! I'll let everyone know as soon as I hear something.


Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Shop-A-Thon at Tip Junkie!

Everyone could use some gifts this time of the year! Christmas is right around the corner! You can head over to Tip Junkie and check out the Mom-preneur Shop-a-thon! They are picking two winners daily!! So, hurry and try to win some great gifts for this Christmas Holiday!!


New Header and hopefully other Great things

As you can see, I have a new header!!! Shelley at Whereever Life Takes Us (you can find her on my side bar) made it for me and I love it!! Also, I sent an application in yesterday for a job and I got a call this morning for an interview tommorow at 9:00am!! Hopefully this will be the answers to all my (and everyone else who has been praying for me!) prayers!! Keep me in your prayers all and I will let you know as soon as I find something out!! Thanks so much!!


Monday, November 10, 2008

More Bloggy Love

I'm feeling the bloggy love again!! My new (fairly new) and wonderful bloggy friend Leah at Ahh, These are the days of our lives gave me this too cute blog award!! I really love reading Leah's blog and receiving her great comments!! I'm so thankful to have "met" her. O.K. and now I just realized that Becky at Smile! Its Becky! gave me this very same award! (I should really read ALL the blogs before I post things like this. But who was to know that I was loved this much?!) The rules of this award are:
1. Name 5 things you love
2. Pass the award on to 5 blogs you love
3. Link back to the giver's blog and tell how fabulous they are (or I am..lol)
I didn't make up those rules either, I promise!

5 things I love:

1. I LOVE the Lord, God, Jesus, my Messiah, Savior, and so on and so on!! He is all of those wrapped up in one and he is the best thing that ever happened in my little life! I'm enjoying growing closer with Him day after day!!

2. I LOVE my children! Stratton, Trenton, Kennedie, and Kadence are my four beautiful, special children and I love them very, very much!!

3. I LOVE my family! O.K., I know my children are including in that, but I mean my mom, dad,sister, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and nephew! Each one of them are special to me in their own little way!

4. I LOVE my friends! I love my best friend Keitha and I love all of you, my blog friends! I have found so many special people on this computer and I will be forever grateful!! You are all WONDERFUL WOMEN!!! And Thank you for finding me or me finding you, which ever way it happened! LOL!

5. I LOVE my church family! I have been going to my church Journey (you can find it on my sidebar) for a few months now and have found great family and friends to worship with! We have so much fun getting together and growing closer to God together!!

Now, for the part I don't like; Picking 5 out of all the wonderful blogs that I love to read! But since those are the rules, then here are my picks: (If I didn't pick you this time, please know, I do LOVE you too, I promise!!)

1. Pam at You're Gonna Miss This
2. Becky at My Crazy Beautiful Life
3. Elaine at Matters of the Heart
4. Keli at Dream.Imagine.Live
5. Tonya at Safe in HIS arms



Here's some of the pictures we took this weekend! Of course I had to add some of the outtakes as well, because, well that's my kids for ya! I'm pretty satisfied considering there were 5 kids being photographed! Please leave feedback, I'd love to here your opinions.
Outtake 1outtake3
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Outtake 3outtake
This is how Kennedie would smile ALL the time if it were up to her..LOL! I have to tell her "Don't smile so big!" I can imagine you all see why I tell her this!!
There are more, like some individual ones of my kids too, but I will be having a new header in the next few days and I'm using those for that!


Saturday, November 8, 2008

Pictures today

I know everyone was expecting to see pictures when they read the title, but I want be able to share until Monday. My photographer (aka Aunt Shelley) is getting her computer fixed and she won't have it back until then!!

We attempted to take pictures of all 4 of my kiddos today, along with my nephew Cameron as well. So, let's see...5 kids ages 8, 5, 3, 1, and 1...needless to say, this was a very difficult task!

Each kid had their moments..Stratton, being the oldest, should've been the best. But, Shelley told me as she was checking them out on her camera that we would've had a few more good ones if he wouldn't have been sticking out his tongue!! I said, "Are you kidding me?! I wasn't even paying attention to THAT kid, because I just knew I didn't have to worry about him making crazy faces during pictures!!" Guess I was wrong! I think I'll have to post some of the outtakes too, because I'm sure they will bring laughter to my blog world..
Trenton (5) smiled very goofy in many of the pics
Kennedie (3) is actually my most photogenic child and she did pretty good, except when the boys would run off and she would follow!
Kadence (my baby) was NOT, in any way, in a picture taking mood! She cried (I'll post some of these too..lol), she reached for me, she ran, she stood, she sat...you name it, she did it!
Cameron (nephew) did fairly well, except when he gets excited he puts his hands up and he didn't want to stay still for long either.
So, Shelley said she thinks she got one that's pretty good of all 5, probably not any of just my 4 (dang it!) I asked her if we could just clone Cameron out of the good one of all 5, so I could have one of mine for Christmas cards...but she didn't respond. I think she thought I was kidding! (I"M NOT!!)

She did say that she got good ones of all the kids by themselves, so that's good! That means, I will also have a new header soon! YAY!! You know, one that actually shows my oldest son's face!!

So, stay tuned on Monday, and I will share my good, ok, and not-so-ok pictures! I am excited though, because I've NEVER gotten all 4 of my kids pictures made on a professional level, so I will be framing something---tongue sticking out...cries...and all!!


Friday, November 7, 2008

Then Sings My Soul Saturdays

I've been reading blogs that participate in Then Sings My Soul Saturdays and I've been wanting to participate. I figured, what better time, then now!(especially after my previous post) This is one of my favorite worship songs right now! I love it and I sing it all the time! This video was put together wonderfully to go with the lyrics and I wanted to share it. Enjoy! You can follow go to signs, miracles, and wonders to check out more Then Sings My Soul Saturdays posts.


I've been thinking...

O.k., I've been thinking about what to post the last couple of days and haven't really come up with much until now...I decided that I needed to post a few things that have been on my mind lately.

Can anyone explain to me why is it that I FINALLY finished college after 10 yrs of attending, through the birth of my 4 children, a marriage, a divorce, and so on and so on...and I can't find a job?????!!!! (I'm sorry if I appear to be ranting) I just don't understand why people want to hire ONLY people with prior experience. HELLO! I have been going to college the last 10 yrs...I don't have any experience actually working in the field yet! Although, I probably have more education about the field than some of the people that get hired over me do! It's just so irritating....errrrrr!!! I've even applied for MANY jobs that don't even call me for an interview!! How is that fair? At least give a woman a chance here!! I know that I really need to be working, being I have 4 children and all, but it's so hard for me to just go back to being a cashier working for minimum wage, when I worked SO hard to get that piece of paper called a diploma!!! Shouldn't that account for something?? Anything? At least something better than minimum wage???!!

I know this is partly due to my location. There are not many job opportunities around here, but there are some, because I have faithfully applied for any one of them that pop up! I keep telling myself that if I had the money, I would just go back to school and get my masters and become a therapist.(they say crazy people make the best therapists...lol) But even then, there probably still wouldn't be anything!

I'm just fed up with it! I'm tired of subbing for a little bit of nothing to make ends meet! I need a real job! One that pays me for my hard-earned degree! Geez! I keep praying and praying and praying...and looking and looking and looking...and so far nothing! I have faith in God that everything will come together for me eventually, but I'm just ready for it NOW! I know I shouldn't be so impatient, but I feel like such a loser when people ask me what I'm doing now and I have to say...ummm..let me see...nothing... But I do have a bach. degree in Social Work and the response I get is: "Oh, there's a lot of jobs in that field. You shouldn't have any problems finding a job." HA HA HA! That's actually what I thought too while I was dwindling away my last few weeks of college. I seriously thought to myself, "I'm going to have a job as soon as I start applying!" Boy, was I fooled!

I seriously could go on and on about this, but I'll stop now, before I get even more carried away! Please, all my dear bloggy friends, if you don't mind...Will you please say a prayer for me? I would so greatly appreciate it!! I LOVE YOU ALL!! If it weren't for bloggy world, I would be in a nut house about right now!!


Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Wordless Wednesday


Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Well, We have a new President

All I have to say is Pray, Pray, and Pray some more!!! I know I will be!


Monday, November 3, 2008

Not Me Monday

It's that time again! Not Me Mondays with McKmama! Click on the picture above and check out the other Not Me posts. Here is my weekly dose:

1. I did not spend hours and days entering hundreds of giveaways! I thought surely I'd win at least one! I did not find out today that I won 3!! (woohoo) I guess it was not worth it then! lol!

2. I did not decide that I thought it would be a good idea to try to do a pull up while hanging out with my church buddies. And I did not pull a muscle while not doing that either. (it really does hurt!)

3. My youngest child did not puke at the first house we stopped at while trick or treating! She did not eat way too much junk all day and have an upset stomach!

4. I did not laugh my butt off at my 2 girls when they were completely terrified of my oldest son in his Grim Reaper costume. That would make me a mean mommma for laughing at them babies!!

Well that's all I can think of for my Not me's this week. I'm sure there are more, but that'll do for now!!


Sunday, November 2, 2008

O.K. So I lied!

O.K. So I said I would be back to posting by Saturday. Well, I wasn't and I have no real excuse for it either. I have had a pretty good weekend though.

Friday: I went to Kadie's Halloween party at her "school". It was total Chaos, but still a lot of fun! That night, I took the girls Trick or Treating (i will post pics as soon as my mom emails them to me) and the boys went with their dad. We didn't stay out long, but got way too much candy anyway!

Saturday: Had a garage sale and stayed there until about 1:30 and then at 4, I went to a Fall gathering at a fellow church goers house. There were a lot of people from the church there and some others as well. It was loads of fun! They had so much to do for kids at their house! They had a HUGE treehouse (that was actually on the ground) that had bridges and slides! They also had a zipline for the kids to glide down! That was a big hit with Kennedie and she did it over and over and over again! We ate grilled hot dogs and hamburgers with chips and dip! Then we ended the night with a fire and smores!!(YUMMMMMM!!)

Sunday: We had a great sermon at church and had a great small group this evening! In between the two, I didn't do much of anything but rest.

So, that's what I've been up too this weekend! I haven't won any of the giveaways so far, but maybe there's still hope.

Oh yea, also, My son was on the honor roll for this semester and I attended his awards assembly! I felt so honored and was so happy and proud of him! Stratton struggles sometimes, so this was a huge accomplishment for him! Also, there were just 7 out of the 20 in the class who were given this honor, so that made me even more proud! I hope he can keep up the good work!


Thursday, October 30, 2008

Where I've been

I know everyone has to be wondering where I've been all week?! Or at least a few have noticed that I haven't been posting?! Maybe, hopefully, surely...I don't know, but if you are one of the ones wondering, I've been having a slight obsession with entering over 1,000 bloggy giveaways at www.donttryit.com/bloggy_giveaways! I know, kinda crazy to sit around and actually enter nearly all of them! But it's been fun and I hope to win at least 1!! So, with that being said, I promise to be back with your regularly scheduled program at least by Sat. See ya soon!


Monday, October 27, 2008

Not Me Monday

It's that time again! Not Me Monday's with MckMama is underway! Check out her blog to read other Not Me post's and be prepared to stay awhile and enjoy the laughs!

1. I did not find Kennedie playing make up last week. And she did not say "I look piitttyyy mama" when I caught her. And I did not have to run grab my camera, all the while laughing my butt off!

2. I am not already tired of deer season, because I definetly do not feel like a single mom, while daddy is hunting everyday that he's off work!
3. I did not take my 3 yr old to preschool this morning with partially wet hair, because I didn't have time to dry it all the way! And it wasn't very cold this morning when I didn't do that!
4. I did not wake up to 3 kids in the bed with me this morning and wonder why I did not sleep well last night!

I can't think of anymore at the moment, now I'm off to read other Not Me posts. Have a great week everyone!!


Sunday, October 26, 2008

Last Game of the Season

Yesterday was Stratton's last football game of the season. This was his first year to play. He didn't know much about it at all when he started, but he finally began to catch on in the end. He didn't get much playing time each game. He wasn't very aggressive, I think because he was scared he would do something wrong. But, I think next year will be better. He likes it a lot! Here a some pics from the game.

I had to keep chasing Kennedie because she kept wanting to play under the bleachers.(see below) The pictures where they are all lined up on the field is when they gave them their trophies for the season. We came in 3rd. (i think...LOL) It was a lot of fun, but I am glad it's over with!

Oh yea, we lost by the way, but it was a very good game!


Friday, October 24, 2008

Photostory Friday

It's always nice when I find my little princess in situations like this! All I could do was laugh to be honest with you. I know, I should've scolded her, but I couldn't help but smile when I got this response, "I look pitttyy mama"!! Yes that's mascara and my make up bag behind her.

PhotoStory Friday
Hosted by Cecily and MamaGeek


Wednesday, October 22, 2008

My 10 year Class Reunion

O.K. as promised, here are some pictures from my reunion! I didn't take very many and the ones at the resturant are dark! We started the day with a picnic so everyone could see each other's little ones. It was a lot of fun and there were more people there than I expected. That night we went to The River(a local resturant and bar) where we had steak, a DJ, and dancing! It was a blast! I wish I would've taken more pictures! And the only one of me dancing is the really dark one, but I think I'm kinda glad! LOL!


A little about me:

I enjoy reading other people's blogs, and I love getting comments from my readers! I just got a job and I'll update as I get more into the job scene! I am working hard to improve my daily walk with Christ, and gets lots of guidance in doing so from my church family and friends. Please feel free to "follow" me on my blog, to check out the happenings of my day to day life as a mom to 4!

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