Monday, June 29, 2009

Fourth of July Photos from Readers | Guideposts

You have to check my boy who made International News! When you click on the link below-see the 5th page, there are five great patriotic kids that made it!

Fourth of July Photos from Readers Guideposts

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Sunday, June 28, 2009

Congratualtions TJ & Jackie!

Congratualtions to TJ & Jackie on their marriage this past week! TJ serves in the US ARMY and I am so proud of his accomplishments and achievements! Last night we spent time with him and other family at a Pig Roast to send him off back to the Middle East in a few weeks! Please keep TJ and all our service men & women in your thoughts and prayers as they serve so we can live FREE in our country! We love you TJ and welcome to the family Jackie!

Saturday, June 27, 2009

New Stuff

All right, friends and family~ you all know that I love to shop, love to cook, love to eat, love to... a lot of things, but one thing that loves me is STUFF! In the last several years one of my closest friends has encouraged me to dump, simplify, reorganize, and rid my life as a WAHM (work at home mom) with the extra STUFF that is lying around my house, in my office, my bedroom, my kitchen cabinets, my pantry, my closets, etc. I have made some small goals since baby #2 was in womb, and can successfully say the process has be S-L-O-W, but I am doing it. In May, I committed to eating out of my pantry that was exploding with BOGO's (buy one get one), expired food items, and unnecessary purchases in the foodie area. So, we only went to the market or grocery store for additional food unless it was necessary, and on top of that we saved a TON of money from unnecessary purchases. Well, now my pantry is cleaned up-things thrown out that were too old, etc. and re organized! My good friend, Selene, who is a personal organizer by trade came to rescue my beginning efforts. She redid with what I had left! You can see the pictures above and I have committed not to overstock.
VBS and Summer camp at Carter's school also gave me a push with overstocked scrapbooking and stamping supplies, dollar store treats, formula cans, and miscellaneous craft STUFF - I am glad I was able to donate two HUGE shopping bags to them!
My next HUGE project is my bedroom. It is beautiful with the chocolate brown and Robin's Egg blue color going on, except the beauty is outweighed by the extra items that found homes in what is supposed to be my "secret place", "my refuge from a hectic day"! There are matchbox cars in there amongst other boy toys, dog toys that make there way in and under my bed, a vacuum cleaner, laundry that is not in the beautiful wicker basket, piles of clothes to be donated or consigned-do you see my visual? Anyhow, that is my next tackle. I will post my journey with simplifying and becoming clutter-free. I am thankful for my dear friend who has motivated me to rid-my-life of STUFF! She is an inspiration herself if you get to know her! Thanks Selene-you have seen my skeletons in the closet-literally and still love me the way I am~

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Friday, June 19, 2009


All right enough all ready!


Christopher meets Griffin~ My three boys~

Buddies at heart! Carter just adores Christopher, and I think Chris enjoys him too, at least this trip he did! :)
These pictures took a few tries. Chris did so great with Griffin this week, always willing to help and even fed him! Thanks Chris for ALL your HELP!!!!

A little off- but sweet as can be~

Some nightly shananigans!

Sloan meets Griffin!

Sloan has been waiting to meet Griffin for some time. She anticipated his arrival since I first was pregnant and couldn't wait until he was born and then when he was well enough to have visitors! She makesit look so easy! So sweet- my future sitter and definitely a GREAT mother's helper!

Build A Bear for Brother!

Carter woke up last week and said, "Mama, can I make a brother bear for Griffy to make him feel better today?" How could I say no to that... It was a day that Griffin had a blood draw at the hematologist office. So he picked out the same bear he has and made one for little brother at Build A Bear - what a fun place!

Not sure about all this~ My foot hurts from giving blood today!

Carter stuffing Griffin's first Build A Bear!

Finding just the right "heart" to stuff in the bear!

Washing the newborn bear
"Look Griffin-this is the bear I made for you!"
BROTHERLY LOVE - ahhhhhhhh~

BEARS for BROTHER's - Sushi a.k.a. JACOB (Carter's bear-he renamed after we got home), and HENRY (the bear Carter made for Griffin)!

Summer Fun!

Fun with friends & family! James J. and cousin , Christopher enjoy the cool pool on a HOT day!

Carter & daddy-o