Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Time Keeps Flying On By

I can't believe that it is almost March already! Wasn't it December just last week? It wasn't?! There is just so much going on it is hard to keep track of the date. :-D Is Special K really big enough to be sitting in this already?

I have been enjoying the chance to watch the children and Beloved interact with one another. Sweet E looks worried in this picture, but...

She was actually laughing. I think she was getting a good tickle session from Papa. :-)

Then Little E wanted to be Papa. So he got to wear Papa's tie and dress shoes. He thought it was great! (until he fell down because the shoes were obviously HUGE on him)

But then the boys got the chance to really dress up like Papa. I was able to purchase suits, with matching shirts and ties for the boys for my sister's upcoming wedding. (The ticker for the wedding is at the very bottom of this page.) I really dislike how the camera flash washed out their faces. :-(

Oh! And the snow we had over the past few weeks has been insane!

The snow was so deep that the children had to climb in through the window of their playhouse.

Beloved's birthday was this past Saturday. He chose to eat at Quaker Steak and Lube. Mmm.....fried pickles.....Oh sorry. I'll get back on track now. ;-D So anyway, my Dad joined us for lunch (he picked up Sweet E's flower girl dress and gave Little E his bday presents). It was great to see Dad. Missed seeing Mom, but she is down enjoying the beach house. I wish this was a better picture, but it's the best I could snap.

Titus loved eating there. We tried to get him to try one of the wings (and no...not the hot ones) but he was happy with plan ol' chicken tenders. Beloved did eat the Buckeye BBQ wings (he wasn't about to eat the atomic wings today, but he has before)...but not me. Way too hot.

When we got home the children helped Beloved blow out all 30 candles on his cake. It's getting harder and harder to light all his candles without one going out. ;-)

After filling up on wings, fries, chocolate cake with ganache and milk it was time for some cuddlin'. :-D

And..I just wanted to throw in this last picture because Special K is so incredibly adorable!

Okay...this is the last one...promise. ;-)

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Happy Birthday Beloved!

Happy 30th Birthday sweetie! I love you so much. I am so blessed to have you in my life. You are a wonderful husband and Papa. :-D

Thursday, February 11, 2010


I don't think this post is in need of anything else. :-D

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Love Your Heart

Love Your Heart by Tim McGraw and Tom Douglas

Ages: 4-10

Price: $16.99 Hardcover

Published by: Tommy Nelson (Thomas Nelson Publisher)

From the Thomas Nelson website:

"The second book in Tim McGraw’s My Little Girl series is a heartwarming story of a little girl’s selfless act of kindness.

Tim McGraw and songwriter Tom Douglas once again join forces to write another book about the precocious Katie and her dad. Katie has many talents, but she wonders which one will win her school’s talent show. With the help of Dad and her faithful dog Palio, and after several amusing mishaps, Katie finally chooses one talent that includes Palio. But at the talent show, she decides to drop out of the contest to help her friend, showing kindness is the best talent of all. Katie’s proud dad reassures her that she did the best thing and that while he loves many things about her, he loves her heart most of all."

To see a flip version of book go here

Notice** "This is a Mama Buzz review. The product was provided by Thomas Nelson Publisher for this review."

My thoughts:

This book was a hit with all of my children right out of the box. Although, no one was more excited than Sweet E. She loved looking at the pictures of the little girl all dressed up. LOL :-D We have enjoyed reading this story many times. I have not had the pleasure of reading the first book in this series, but if it is anything like this one I am sure we would love it. (I do plan on finding a copy)

As we read this book and saw Katie try to figure out what to do for the talent show, we talked about the things that each of them (Big T, Sweet E, and Little E) can do. Sweet E loves to dance, Big T loves to cook, and Little E loves to try anything. It gave us the opportunity to talk about the gifts that God has given us and the fact that we may not yet realize all that he has given us.

This story also gave me the opportunity to talk with the children about acts of kindness. It's so easy to think of ourselves first, but to lay down what we want to help another person is one of the greatest things that we can do. This reminds me. We may need to read this story today as a reminder of helping out our brothers and sisters. LOL :-D

Thank you to Thomas Nelson for allowing me the opportunity to review this book. It has been a blessing and I would recommend it to others...especially those with little girls. :-D

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Monday, February 08, 2010

My Birthday Boy

Oh my, he is growing up way too fast. It's hard to believe that it has been three years already. Little E is changing so much. Just check out this picture of my handsome little man. :-D

And what kind of cake did this little man want? A Hirehighter cake (translation-- a Firefighter cake) He has a hard time making the "F" sound. What did I get myself into? Here is the cake half done and a picture of the mess in my kitchen. And that wasn't even half of it! ;-D Oh...and a little side note. Christmas Red icing color does not make it red, but HOT PINK! I had to make a quick run to the store for Red Red coloring. Go figure.

After baking 2 cakes (because the first one wasn't good), 4 batches of icing, and a double batch of crispie treats I finally finished. But it was all worth it. He loved the finished product.

He needed a little help blowing out his candles.

I think he enjoyed his birthday. :-D

Next up on the birthday list? Beloved and then Sweet E. I better get to planning and Beloved better not choose a shaped birthday cake. LOL ;-)

Sunday, February 07, 2010

Happy Birthday Little E!

I can't believe he is 3 already! Time has gone by way too fast. I spent most of the day yesterday prepping and baking his cake. Last night all three of the older children had fevers. I pray that when they wake up the fevers will have left. :-) Anyway, I just had to share some pictures of my little guy. I am so blessed to be his Mama. ;-D

I don't have his 3rd birthday photo yet, but I hope to do that later today as long as he is feeling alright. :-D