Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Early Birthday

Well, it is hard to believe that Big T will be 4 in just 7 days! He is growing up so fast. Even though he hasn't officially had his birthday yet we took him down to my parents house this past weekend. We did this so that his Grandpa and Grandma could take part in something he has been asking to do for a long time...and that is.......He has wanted to ride a train. The Hocking Valley Scenic railway is a place where the young and young at heart can take a 14 mile (or longer) train ride that also includes a 30 minute stop at Robbins Crossing which involves pioneer cabins and the like. The children absolutely loved it and I wanted to share pictures from our trip.When we took off from the train stations Big T had the biggest smile on his face!
He loved going over the bridges too (at least the river had some water in it due to the recent rain.)
This is a decent picture of the family. Little E isn't with us. He was asleep on Grandpa's lap at this point.
Here are a couple of pictures from Robbin's Crossing. I believe this is a workshop that has a scroll saw powered by the user peddling. The second picture is of a one room school house.


This is a picture of the passengers getting off of the train. The children really enjoyed themselves.Here are a couple of videos of our train ride. Each time the whistle/horn would sound Sweet E got so excited. I thought it was really cute.



When we got home we had a chance to visit with my sister and her boyfriend as well. Then came dinner and Big T's cake! I am so glad that he liked it. It could have turned out better, but for doing a "rush job" it is pretty good.
Next is a picture of Big T riding his present from Grandpa and Grandma. The picture after is of Sweet E and my sister's boyfriend, "E". Sweet E had so much fun pushing "E" around on the bike. It was too funny that I just had to get a picture.
Thank you so much for looking. We had a nice time. The Lord blessed us with safe travel all around! ;)

Saying Goodbye......

This past weekend we (our church family included) said goodbye to a wonderful family. This family left yesterday morning for the country of Columbia to serve for 6 months. In some ways it will seem like such a long time and in other ways I know it will go by very quickly. On Friday we had a large get together to have a time of dinner, prayer, and fellowship. My family had to leave early (will tell why later), but I just wanted to show some pictures from Friday night. And I also wanted to say that my prayers are with this family as I know they are doing the Lord's will.

Friday, July 27, 2007

Show and Tell Friday (7/27)

Welcome to "Show and Tell Friday!" Do you have a something special to share with us? It could be a trinket from grade school, a piece of jewelry, an antique find. Your show and tell can be old or new. Use your imagination and dig through those old boxes in your closet if you have to! Feel free to share pictures and if there's a story behind your special something, that's even better!

Today I wanted to share with you something that I made yesterday. Now...keep in mind I had no pattern, just a general idea. This is called a Mei Tei or an ABC (Asi@n B@by C@rrier) I wanted something to carry Little E in besides my sling. I wanted something to switch back and forth with. So...it definitely needs some "tweaking", but at least I have a prototype now. It's reversible, but the striped side is too cute with the bandannas.




I just wanted to also say that this has been a HUGE month for Little E. A couple of weeks ago he learned how to sit up, pull himself up (to a standing position), and to crawl.....all in the same week! Two days ago he got his first tooth! This boy is just "raring" to go. =)

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Warning...Image Heavy

Just fair warning...I have a lot of pictures to catch up on. So..if you have a slow connection you are either going to have to wait a long time, or you may just want to go on to something else. ;) The first couple of pictures are of the children playing at Nana's house the other day. Big T is playing with bubbles, Sweet E is playing baseball, and Little E is riding the tractor.

The rest of these pictures are of our trip to the train at the Kokosing Gap Trail. The children love climbing all over this thing! The enjoy it so much. It is so fun to see their faces light up when they figure out where we are at. So...here are a lot of pictures from last night. Hope you enjoy.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

In The Kitchen....

Well...I have been having a lot of fun in the kitchen lately. At the end of last week I made a wonderful parsley salad...also known as Tabouli, or Tabbouleh, depending on how you feel like spelling it. I got the recipe from Mrs. M and it is a great salad! It has strong flavors but you really must try it. Here's a picture of it. Doesn't it look great! =) (and just a note...she uses 3 cups of parsley...I only use 2 and it's plenty for us.)

On Monday, my helper and I made Blueberry-Banana bread. I don't have a picture of it, but it is awesome! I have had a couple of pieces everyday and so have the children. It's really good. Then today I made some refrigerator style pickles. This recipe also came from Mrs. M. I hope I did it right. How long do I need to let them sit until they are ready to eat? Anyway, here is a picture before I put the lids on.

Don't worry I have a ton of pictures of the children I need to post. I hope to do some of that tomorrow. Blessings to all!
Oh yes...I wanted you to all know about my Hubby's blog. Go and check it out!

Monday, July 23, 2007

Chicken in My Nose!

You have to love 2 year olds. Here is a recent conversation Sweet E and I had recently. Just to give you the scenario...we were walking to go out to eat Donat*'s. On the way there was pass a KFC. So here is how it went.

Sweet E: "Mama!"

Me: "Do you smell chicken?"

Sweet E: "Yeah...Chicken in my nose!" (as she points to her nose)



It sure is fun having her around. =)

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Friday, July 20, 2007

Asking for Prayer


I am asking all of you to keep me in your prayers. Over the past few months I have been dealing with anger and I know what it is coming from. Since my blessed Little E was born I have not spent enough time in God's word and it is showing. So I am asking for prayer that I would be able to control my anger and be able to get more out of God's word than I am at present. So I wanted to publicly apologize to my children for being an angry mother....which is not what God intended. I need to be joyous in my work. It's not just doing the dishes....or washing the laundry. I am raising three children for the kingdom of our Lord and washing laundry is just a daily task that I have the privilege of doing for them.

Show and Tell Friday (7/20)

Welcome to "Show and Tell Friday!" Do you have a something special to share with us? It could be a trinket from grade school, a piece of jewelry, an antique find. Your show and tell can be old or new. Use your imagination and dig through those old boxes in your closet if you have to! Feel free to share pictures and if there's a story behind your special something, that's even better!

This week I wanted to Show off Big T's latest adventure. Last week he attended Bible school and Grandma S' church. The theme was Avalanche Rance and I know there are a LOT of churches doing this one. It fit him perfectly since he has a love of horses. So I just wanted to share a few pictures from the last night of Bible school....or as Big T calls it, Cowboy School. ;) Here is a picture of Little E and Grandpa S waiting for the program to start.
The next two pictures are of the children standing up front. Not good pictures, but you can tell they all have the "deer in the headlight look." =) Big T is in the front row...the only one with pants on instead of shorts.

Each child was able to take a "horse" home with them. They had enough extra that they let Sweet E have one too! She was really happy to pick out her own horse.
Here is a picture of my two horse enthusiasts. Big T had so much fun that week. For the next few days I would hear, "I wanna go to Cowboy school" or "Grandma comin' and I go to Bible School." (Grandma took him every night but one.)
This is a picture of his classroom. A friend of our built this creek that went around the room. It was really neat. I felt bad though because one of the children decided to poke a hole in the lining and it sprung a leak. I think they were able to patch it up okay though. =)
This last picture is of Little E with Grandma...he had so much excitement that night it wore him out.
The last thing I wanted to share is of Grandma and Big T dancing to one of the bible school songs. I just thought it was too cute. They were watching the screen and is why they weren't facing the crowd. (I apologize that the video is kind of dark.) Hope you all enjoy. Blessings to all and have a wonderful weekend!



Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Update...finally....

Okay...Hubby and I had a wonderful anniversary. We dropped the older two off and Gma and Gpa S' and Hubby took me on a "stroll" down memory lane. He drove us over to the college where we met and were he proposed. It was really sweet....he had me close my eyes and he read the poem to me that he read the day he proposed. Then we went out to eat at Mazza's. It was really, really good. I love their garlic house salad. It's awesome! Afterwards we just ran a couple of errands.

Onto an update with potty training.....still are not "there" yet, but at least we are finally making progress. :) Sweet E did have an accident while we were out to eat, but...it was my fault..I should has taken her sooner.

Well, Big T went to Bible School last week. I will have to show some pictures soon and Little E is growing up! He is sitting up on his own now. I can't believe it. Well, as I said I just wanted to give a very quick update. Now I better get back to work. Blessings to you all. :)

Friday, July 13, 2007

Our 5th Wedding Anniversary

Welcome to "Show and Tell Friday!" Do you have a something special to share with us? It could be a trinket from grade school, a piece of jewelry, an antique find. Your show and tell can be old or new. Use your imagination and dig through those old boxes in your closet if you have to! Feel free to share pictures and if there's a story behind your special something, that's even better!
**FAIR WARNING- This post is image heavy and pic quality is poor because they are pictures of pictures**
It didn't take me long to decided what I was doing for show and tell today. Because.....today is our 5th wedding anniversary! So much has happened in five years, but we have been together for almost 8 years! (In September it will be 8 years since our first date). So, I wanted to take time to share some pictures with you. I have divided them up into groups: our engagement and our wedding.

I will first tell the story of our engagement. We had been together for 8 1/2 months when Hubby asked for my hand. And boy...was the proposal a good one. I had many friends jealous over this. That summer I was babysitting for 3 children and when I returned home from work I came home to an apartment filled (and I do mean FILLED!) with streamers and balloons. I think I had about a hundred balloons in my apartment and streamers were everywhere.

On the table were a dozen yellow roses (one of my utmost favorites) and a box. What was inside that box you say......It was a gorgeous black dress that he picked out for me and instructions to put on the dress and meet him at the place of our first meeting (we met on my college campus at Sonfest which is a Christian Concert type of event).

Anyway...I put on the dress and drove over to the college. Down in the grove there is a crick that has a bridge and on the bridge were more balloons and a note. That note had instructions to put on a blindfold. (Can you see the balloons on the bridge?)

Before I could put the blindfold on, a jogger came running by and said, "Am I interrupting?" So I put on the blindfold and I hear music playing and I hear hubby (well...boyfriend at the time) reading a poem to me that he had written. Then he had me take off the blindfold and asked me to marry him. I think I got my yes in there I was crying so hard. After this we went to his parents home and called my parents. Then it was off to a very nice restaurant called the Granville Inn. It was wonderful. It was a very beautiful place that I had never been to before. So anyway...that is my engagement story and now here are some of our "official" engagement pictures. Note that the black dress I am wearing is the one he gave to me the day he proposed.



Now...onto our wedding. We were married on July 13, 2002 (obvious I guess....) I graduated from college the end of May so I had a busy summer. Besides our wedding I think we had 4 or 5 others to go to. My friend from high school got married one week after us so we actually cut our honeymoon short a couple of days to make it back in time for hers. We got married in the town we live in now. The wedding was at the First Baptist Church and had our wedding reception at the Dan Emmett Conference Center . In this picture we are having a time of prayer after lighting the unity candle. You can see one candle in the lower left hand corner. All of our guests had candles and after we lit our candle we "passed on" the flame to the ushers who then passed the light on to the guests. It was such a beautiful sight. =)
Funny thing is...well maybe not funny...more like depressing....is that neither one of us can wear our rings. Never thought I would have to think about loosing weight in my fingers! ;)


Here is the nifty car we had the privilege of riding away in. Our friend hadn't even had the car for a month!

I just had to show a picture of our cake. This was one of my favorite things. It tasted wonderful too! (even a year later.)

Thanks for looking at my post today. Sorry it was so long but I would have loved to share more pictures. Actually if I can find one I will show a picture of my parent's wedding sometime. Why? Because the dress I wore belonged to my Mother. Blessings to all on this wonderful day!