Saturday, July 26, 2008

Girls Day Out



It must have been a Girl's Day Out kind of a day... I saw on Mary Beth's Blog that she had a Mommy & Me day too. Kendall and I went to the Mayborn Museum today. We had a blast, and it was educational too!


Kendall posing outside one of the cabins.


Resting and relaxing on the front porch.

I'm not quite sure what she is doing here, because we didn't have a tour guide; but I would guess she is sawing an invisible log? Or washing clothes, or making a horse shoe, maybe churning butter?

Kendall loved the green screen, where she pretended to be a weather woman. You can see the map on the TV next to her.

Operator, please connect me....


We had a great time, and most of it was inside so we could ecsape the 100+ degree weather, but the best part is we were together and making memories!

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Well, it's about time for another blog...

It's been forever and a day since I've blogged, so I'm not sure if I have anymore readers out there, but just incase I do...



We found out 3 weeks ago that Mark got the transfer that we were crossing our fingers for, so we will be relocating!! Yea!!! On the downside, we have to sell our house first, so who knows when that will be. We are very excited to be going back home so we can be closer to our families and civilization (no offensive to the natives here).



Mark and I went to Jacksonville, Florida for 4th of July. We had a blast! I definently recommend it for a nice weekend escape!





There was a 4th of July concert near our hotel, it was Joe Nichols and some other people. I am not much of a country music fan, but Mark is, so we went and as it turned out I had heard most of his songs before, so we had a great time.





Friday, April 18, 2008

Field Trip

Today I went with Kendall's class to Homestead Heritage for a field trip. The kids got to go on a horse drawn hayride, pet farm animals and see demonstrations of pottery making, blacksmith and woodworking. The place is beautiful and the people were so nice and knowledgeable.



All aboard! Watch out, these horses go zero to two in ten minutes!



Kendall has been begging for a hampster for months. After holding a goat she said, "Forget about the hampster, I want a goat!" I don't think our homeowners associations will go for that!


Crazy girls! Conjointal twins Kendall and Alexis!


Alexis & Kendall in front of the ice cream shop. See, I told you, they really are joined at the hip!





Two Kids!

Kendall with a baby lamb. She didn't find the lamb NEARLY as interesting as that goat!

Believe it or not she held a goat and a lamb, but was frightened of the baby chicks! The above reaction is NOT an "oh, how cute," she was really afraid!

Honestly, someone else had to hold the chick! She would barely pet it!
Overall, the day was great! Kendall's class had fun and the weather was perfect! I recommend next time you pass through Waco, definently stop by Homestead Heritage for some homemade ice cream! Yum-o!


Monday, March 24, 2008

Where have you been?

We have been on the go lately, but don't worry, I have plenty of pictures to document my journey!

Easter:


This is Kendall's Easter dress that she is so proud of. She picked it out all by herself on her shopping trip with her Mammaw.



This is what it looks like without the sweater.

And these are the oh, so cute, pink shoes.

This is a picture from mine and Mark's trip to the Swirll winery in downtown Dallas. There are more pictures to follow, but this one got out of order so I thought I would just blog it now.

Kendall also had the big Easter Egg Hunt at school. They have 12 eggs with their name on it to find. Don't ya just love organized chaos!

Mark & Kendall huntin' it up!

After the Easter Egg hunt we took Kendall to lunch and to see Horton Hears a Who.


The Winery: We had so much fun. My mom gave mark a gift certificate for his birthday In November and we just now used it. This is Mark BEFORE the wine tasting.

And this is Mark after a few tastings.... Ha Ha just kidding. He always is that happy!

More winery pics...


Basketball: At Kendall's last game, she got to do jump ball. She did so good!

Yea Lady Bugs! We were 9-1 for the season! Good work Kendall!
And last, but not least...the slumber party!
No, you are not seeing double, we had 8 girls there. Believe it or not, they partied until 5AM. Kendall's 9th birthday will be held at a library!

One more picture of my fabulous 8 year old!
That's where I've been the past month, in a nutshell!



Thursday, February 21, 2008

Christ-Like Ways To Reduce Stress...

I received this email. It's appropriate for me today because I am planning a sleep over tomorrow night for 8 girls, and the birthday girl has strept throat! She went to the doctor Tuesday and got a shot, so hopefully she will be 100% by Friday night!

If you are anything like me, some of the below tips will help. I am especially fond of #35!!

1. Pray
2. Go to bed on time.
3. Get up on time so you can start the day unrushed.
4. Say No to projects that won't fit into your time schedule or that will compromise your mental health.
5. Delegate tasks to capable others..
6. Simplify and unclutter your life.
7. Less is more. (Although one is often not enough, two are often too many.)
8. Allow extra time to do things and to get to places.
9. Pace yourself. Spread out big changes and difficult projects over time; don't lump the hard things all together.
10. Take one day at a time.
11. Separate worries from concerns. If a situation is a concern, find out what God would have you do, and let go of the anxiety. If you can't do anything about a situation, forget it.
12. Live within your budget; don't use credit cards for ordinary purchases.
13. Have backups; an extra car key in your wallet, an extra house key buried in the garden, extra stamps, etc.
14. K.M.S. (Keep Mouth Shut). This single piece of advice can prevent an enormous amount of trouble.
15. Do something for the kid in you every day.
16. Carry a Bible with you to read while waiting in line.
17. Get enough rest.
18. Eat right.
19 Get organized so everything has its place.
20. Listen to a CD while driving that can help improve your quality of life.
21. Write down thoughts and inspirations.
22. Every day, find time to be alone.
23. Having problems? Talk to God on the spot. Try to nip small problems in the bud. Don't wait until it's time to go to bed to try and pray.
24. Make friends with godly people.
25. Keep a folder of favorite scriptures on hand.
26. Remember that the shortest bridge between despair and hope is often a good 'Thank you Jesus.'
27. Laugh.
28. Laugh some more!
29. Take your work seriously, but not yourself at all.
30. Develop a forgiving attitude (most people are doing the best they can).
31. Be kind to unkind people (they probably need it the most).
32. Sit on your ego.
33 Talk less; listen more.
34. Slow down.
35. Remind yourself that you are not the general manager of the universe.
36 . Every night before bed, think of one thing you're grateful for that you've never been grateful for before. GOD HAS A WAY OF TURNING THINGS AROUND FOR YOU.

'If God is for us, who can be against us?' (Romans 8:31)

Monday, February 11, 2008

If Kendall Had A Blog, It Would Probably Go Something Like This...

Well, today is Monday and I'm so glad to be back at school! Although this weekend was pretty busy! Mom keeps me very active.

On Sunday we went to church. My children's choir sang during the service. Don't I look cute! Someone should really tell my mom not everything I wear has to be pink.


After church we came home and I tried so hard to find something to entertain me. I tried to teach Mark how to play darts, but I got tired of letting him win all the time.
Next, I thought I would get some exercise. I'm a pretty good jump roper!

I also took some time out of my busy day to give the American Girls new hair do's. Here I am doing Emily's hair while Samantha and Molly patiently wait in line.

I really want a sister. If I had a sister #1: I would have someone to play with on these boring days and #2 my mom would have somoene else to follow around and take pictures of constantly.

This next week is a busy week for us. Tuesday I have a musical program at school, Wednesday I have M&M's at church (Music & Missions) and Thursday is the big Valentine's party at school!

Well, time to go make another PB&J. See ya later alligator!

Friday, February 1, 2008

Things that make me smile...

Since February is the month of love I thought I would start off the month by sharing a few things that make me smile...


I love that Kendall is so "girly" that she eats a chicken leg with a napkin. I know those of you that really know me are not at all surprised that my daughter does that. Wouldn't want to get those hands unnecessarily dirty!!


I love that Kendall and Mark think they have secrets that I don't know about. They even claim to have a secret handshake! What's not a secret is how happy it makes me to see them laugh together!!


video
What really makes me smile is children, especially my child! I love the way they live life like no one is watching...except this time I was! I went "undercover" (ok, I was peeking through the mini blinds) to catch what 7 year old girls do in their backyards. Bust-a-move, girl!
I believe the Beetles said it best, "All you need is love, love, love is all you need."



Friday, January 25, 2008

Winter Blues

Our family has not really been doing much lately that is blog-worthy, but it has been a while since my last post...so, here I am! I was really hoping for a snow day this week, but that didn't work out.

So far in 2008 we have managed to pass the stomach bug around our house, but hopefully now that everyone is over that it will stay far away from us. Kendall is also well into basketball season. This season has been a little more eventful. Last year there were basically no rules, but this year they call traveling, double dribble, lane violations and stealing is allowed. We are on a good team and have won 2 of our three games so far. The last game we won was 28-16!! Go Ladybugs!!

In other Kendall news...she has gone from playing school all the time to playing music class. With the help of her GiGi (my mom) she was given an instrument set for Christmas!!! We now here the cymbals, the triangle, the morocco's, along with random shouting from her room. I guess she is "coaching" her invisible students. Below is a picture from her music class.



At least she is organized. Thanks GiGi!! Kendall will be sure to bring them to YOUR house next time she visits!!!


Thursday, January 10, 2008

Super Short Post

This will be a short and sweet post, but I just have to share. Kendall and I try to read together everynight for 15-20 minutes before bed. Last night she picked a book about talking to God. It started out saying that God does not have an answering machine or call waiting and that He is there to listen anytime. It went on to explain that God is your friend and wants to hear from you, etc. Well, it turned out to be a pretty lenghthy book that took us a while to get through. At the end, I asked her if she learned anything. I was hoping for a sweet Sunday School answer, but instead she said, "Yes, I can not believe God does not have call waiting!"

Never a dull moment!!

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Back (finally) in 2008






So, I think I'm going to be a fair weather blogger...my mom informed me my blog was "so last year" and Mary Beth let me know I had broken the first rule of blogging...BLOG! Sorry to my faithful 2 readers. I'll try to do better.



I guess I'll begin with my favorite subject...Kendall. Of course being the boastful mom I am, I have to tell you how cute she was today. She had on a new outfit from Christmas. She looked so pretty I had to take her picture before school! I know most parents just take pictures of their kids before school on the first day of school, but I can't help it. She is so dang cute!!
OK, that's all I have time for now, but hopefully the adorable picture will satisfy my 2 readers until I have time for more. Sorry, 3 readers, Jacy, I know you're loyal too, you just don't post comments!!








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