Sunday, September 30, 2007

Special Friends

Today in Sunday school the kids made these sweet necklaces. Ashley and Mason made them for me and Dad. I thought that was really precious for them to pick us as being "special friends". At first I thought the teacher had told them to make it for us. But when I asked Aussie about his, he was wearing one half around his neck and he said he was going to give the other half to Caroline, because he wanted to be her special friend always and that he wants to marry her. I was wondering what Caroline thought of that, but he hasn't given it to her yet.
After school on Friday the kids played on a nearby playground. They LOVED the seesaw:
And I just LOVE LOVE LOVE this dress Ashley is wearing. It is a gift from the triplet fairy. We are so very blessed! Another family who has triplets a year older than mine passes down LOTS of gorgeous clothing. The kids get as tickled as I do when we get the clothes!
This is Mason today being silly at Pizza Hutt.
And here is a picture of Aussie in his Ninja ballet outfit.
He continues to love ballet.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

School Daze Mini Album

Are you in town October 28th? I'm teaching a class from 2-4PM that day at Scrapin' Memories. It is called School Daze and it uses the new Basic Grey School themed paper. I hope you can come. It'll be fun!

1st day of Co-op

Bus Stop

Field Trip

Report Card




Home Ec
School Daze Mini Album


Oh my! We have a whole lot of rhyming going on in our house. I have heard you are supposed to ignore and not make a big deal when they rhyme and say a bad word.

She is so sweet and innocent

but my heart skips a beat everytime I hear her rhyme duck. She has rhymed it about 7 or 8 times today.

So when do you say ok...let's not say this specific word?

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Deep Dish Pizza

I no longer have the NEED to go to Chicago.

Check out this delicious Chicago style deep dish pizza. Looks good and it is good!

And guess what? I made it.

Thanks to Jewelsintexas I got this wonderful pizza crust recipe. Now hers is for Mock Pizza Hutt Pan pizzas. I didn't have 3 9" cake pans, so I used 2 10" pans. That is why mine is so much thicker.

Yum! Yum! Yum!

And a kids like it too! That is a miracle!

Tuesday, September 25, 2007


I have a friend who takes stunning pictures. When I looked at her blog, I so desperately wanted to get some cute shots of my kids writing. Mine are not nearly as good, but here is what I got.

Yesterday, Aussie and Mason told me they don't like school. So we did something a little different.

They didn't even realize they were doing school. They each took turns writing words on a dry erase board and then the others would read what they wrote.
Today, I had several errands to run. We had a picnic at Pinkerton Park. And on our way home we stopped by the scrapbook store to drop off my project for the class I'm going to teach. While we were there, I told Austin he could either play with the trains or do his school work. Since it was not Thomas trains, he chose school work. So I sat them all down there and we had school. Greg somehow thinks I am cheating by doing school at the scrapbook store.
Also, yesterday Aussie's nose was running. He asked me, "How do I get rid of this nose fever?"

Saturday, September 22, 2007

IF... can't find your shoes where are you most likely to find them?

I would say 9 out of 10 times mine are underneath the computer table.

Leave me a message and tell me where you find your shoes.


Many of you know that my husband writes many of the J.A.M movie scripts at church. Well many times he has to make up names for the supporting characters whose names are not mentioned in the Bible.

This is a story about a little girl who takes after her Daddy:

Ashley LOVES the story about Jairus's daughter. She has Daddy read it over and over again to her. I think she mainly likes it because in the little Bible book that she has, the picture shows Jairus's daughter having long hair. And Ashley goes around everywhere and tells people she wants to have long hair like Jairus's daughter.

Yesterday, in the most sincere voice from the back of the car, Ashley says to me: Mom, since we don't actually know Jairus's daughter's name, I've decided to call her Alazooma.

Would I have thought to do this when I was her age? I came up with names for my dolls, but I don't think I ever came up with a name for someone in the Bible who was refer to as someones daughter, son, Dad, Mom, woman, etc.

It made me laugh! And it makes me see that she has a little bit of Greg's thought process in her.

Friday, September 21, 2007

It's a NEED!

I seriously need some scrapbooking time away from home!

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

feeling frustrated!

I'm discouraged today.

I tested the kids one on one today and the boys did great. I was really frustrasted with Ashley because she was circling things before I even told her what to circle. I don't know if she just wasn't paying attention today or if she really is way behind and I didn't know it. And she would say, "I don't know" to several of the questions that I thought she had down. I have a headache and I just feel like putting them in public school today. I know, I know that I'm actually a good teacher, if I just look at some of my blog entries I could be proud of myself. But today I feel like a failure.

Thank you Secret Sister!

Dear Secret Sister,

Thank you for the wonderful package I got yesterday. The postcard is beautiful and peaceful- it does give me a nice peaceful feeling looking at it.

The cross is beautiful! I have it hanging in my Kitchen window.

And I love the "I've prayed for you today" card. My Grandma used to send these to me all the time when I was in college. It reminds me so much of her and she was a wonderful woman! Also, earlier in the day I found some scrapbooking paper that reminded me of her. I had thought that I need to do a tribute page about her. And this prayer will be perfect to add to my page.

Thank you again!!


$71 to fix the stupid tail light.

Monday, September 17, 2007


Well I'm in good spirits but it really hasn't been the best day!

Since we didn't take off school for Labor Day, I've decided to designate today as our Labor Day holiday.

First we went to the Doctor's office for the kids' annual exam. I thought there would be shots, so I was trying really hard to not mention shots. Completely avoiding it...which actually takes a lot of effort. But fortunately they didn't need shots this time. We had a bad night last night with Ashley up most of the night, so today she just clung to me for dear life.

Anyway, we were RUSHING to get to the doctor's office on time and there were NO Parking spots available anywhere! I went into one area that was PACKED full that I couldn't turn around. So I had to back up. And wouldn't you know it I smacked into one of those stupid poles. If you have to put poles there, why not make them tall enough to see? Oh how frustrating.
I called the office to tell them I was there but I couldn't find a place to park. She told me to look in the parking garage, I roamed around and never did find the parking garage that she said was right there next to the small parking lot. (eyeroll)
The kids checkup was fine. We got their projected heights. I have to say I was slightly disapointed because I thought they would be much taller than what they estimate. I assumed Ashley would be taller than me and the boys would be slightly taller than Greg or right at his height.
Ashley who has continued to be in the 25%. Is projected to be 5'2 or 5'3".
Mason is in the 70% and is projected to be 6' or 6'1.
Aussie is in the 65% and is projected to be 5'10" or 5'11".
But these are just educated guesses. So I can still hope for a growth spurt.
Then tonight at home....After given a good bill of health....Aussie has "d" and has a huge accident all over the bathroom floor. I now need to disinfect the bathtub, the floor, the toilet and wash several towels and the plunger. UGH!
Greg is representing our family at a funeral tonight. A friend has died with ALS- also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. He died the day before the big ALS walk. Many people from our church showed up to walk and raised $12K for ALS. Our friend Bill Wooten, lead the the walk last year. I wish he could have been there at this walk to see how many people showed up. He leaves behind his wife and young son. Please pray for his family.
Ok now I got to get these kids to bed!

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Scrapbooking and family visit

Here are the 4 layouts I did this weekend:
The journaling reads: Dear Mom & Dad, Thank you for raising me to know and love God. A strong foundation is the most important thing in ones life!

The journaling reads: We had so much fun at Page's house. We BEG our Mom to take us again. We wonder if we will ever get invited back.

And here are the heros who came and visited me at the scrapbook store today:

Mason really cracks me up. I love how he came up to me and whipped off his glasses only to be another pair underneath. He is my silly one and loves to joke around. I love that about him.


This is my brother and his wife with President Bush.

How exciting is that? (no comments Dana or MO) (those are my 2 very good liberal friends)

President Bush went to Bulgaria and John actually got to talk to him for a good long time. President Bush actually came out of there saying that we had some very good intelligent people in the Peace Corp. there.

I'm so proud of my brother and his wife!!

Well I meant to get on SIStv tonight and look up some good layouts I could scraplift, but instead I ended up clearing out my email inbox. I had over 2000 emails just in the inbox and now there is under 200. So I'm glad I did it. It needed to be done, but I wish I would have had time to look on SIStv too.

So today was co-op day. It was a great day at school and then we went on our field trip to Cheekwood. This is a picture of the Kindergarten - 2nd graders group.

AAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH!!! What do you do when one child is crying and the other two "seem" to be enjoying themselves? Do you punish them all by leaving? I know my child was being disruptive to the entire group. I so didn't want to pick her up and carry her, but I felt that was the only way for the other two to stay in the tour and for the other people to hear. But it was also giving into her demanding ways.

Anyway, we went on a very short tour of "part" of Cheekwood. I was disappointed that she didn't take us to the Japanese garden or down by the big pond. But also on the other hand, my children wanted to go home. We got in the car and Austin said that that was SO BORING! It's days like this when I just want to be the Mom they run to from the school bus and give me big hugs and tell me they missed me.


Tonight I scrapbooked 2 1/2 layouts. Tomorrow I will finish up the 1/2 layout. You know that's not too bad for 4 hours. Those of you who don't scrapbook won't understand why it takes that long, especially after you see what I did. But actually a lot of thought goes into each page. It is not as easy as you might think. But also it is a time to be with friends. Last weekend I got 5 layouts done, but I sat by myself. This week I had my friend Dana with me. Which one would I rather have? Definitely the time I spend with my friends. It wouldn't matter if I didn't get anything done. It's being with friends that is so important.

Well it's after 1AM so I guess I better get to bed so I can get up early and go back to the scrapbook store. My husband is SO AWESOME for letting me get out like this on the weekends! It helps my psyche (is that the right use of that word?) and it gives him time to really be with the kids. I love him!!!! He is a great man!

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Schooling and fun stuff

Today we had another pretty good homeschooling day. We did all of our regular work (Phonics, handwriting and Math). Then I started Ashley on Math U See. She LOVES it! We are at the really simple stuff, (counting and identifying numbers 1-9) but I can already tell that it is helping her. She has a hard time counting. She usually doesn't count enough or she counts things over again to count more than enough. But by actually placing the blocks down, it is helping her keep track of what she has already counted.

Then we headed outside to make our craft. This week we are doing a unit study on India. We made rangolis. These are patterned art that the people of India would do on their streets. They used several different things to make them, but one that was suggested is to use colored rice. So that's just what we did.

Ashley said this was the best part of her day.

I think she will be crafty like her Mommy and Gramma.

Ashley insisted that I make one too. I'm glad she did I had fun!

Aussie likes crafts too, but he would rather play outside.

And as you can see I have no pictures of Mason doing this. He did it real fast with 2 colors and then he was off to play.

BUT Mason rode his bike for the first time by himself today.

He was so proud of himself and I was too!

Aussie is almost a pro at it. But here he is TRYING to run me over.

And sweet little tiny Ashley's legs are still too small for her to ride her bike. But she has no interest in trying because she whizzes around on her trike.

Now I know it wasn't too long ago that I said she was dressing herself and matching her clothes really well. I don't know what happened, but the last SEVERAL times she has come up with some very interesting combos. I've only told her to change one time, but most of the time I let her express her individuality.

Yesterday was another fun day. The weather was so beautiful that I decided to take a field trip to the zoo. So we met our friends Dalton and Braxton and even Baby Jack. He showed up a little later.

It is REALLY hard to get a picture of 6 kids! But I tried! They had a great time even though we hardly saw any animals. We saw the Macaws, Monkeys, Meerkats, The Crane eating a sunflower, and we went into see the "unseen world".

I learned something though. I don't really care to look at snakes, but I saw an Eyelash Vipor. I wouldn't normally get so close, even when they are behind glass, but when you look at it it has scales over its eyes that make them look like they have eyelashes. I thought that was pretty cool. You can click on this to see it if you wish.

Here are just a few pictures of individual shots:

I thought this was a beautiful flower coming up from the lilypads.

This is Baby Jack.

Then of course the kids had to do 2 things.

One EAT.

Then TWO: Play on the magnificent playground.

I told them in order to make this field trip count as a school day that they had to learn something. So I had them draw pictures of their favorite animal that we saw that day. Mason drew a monkey, Ashley drew an anaconda (she spelled it amacomda), and Aussie quickly drew a python and then turned it over and drew an entire scene of the playground.

Tomorrow we have co-op and actually go on another field trip. That's 3 field trips in 1 week. Sometimes my kids think school isn't very fun. Wouldn't have been nice to go to a school like mine?