Tuesday, March 30, 2010

TV No No's

Growing up there were certain shows & movies  
that were major no no's in our house.
A few of them I remember are:

The Simpsons

Married With Children


Soap Operas

Waynes World

Cory and I occasionally struggle with the things we let Autumn see.
A lot of times it's black and white.  
But ... there are times that the fun shows turns out to be
not-so-innocent for her little eyes.
For example,
This has always been a show that Autumn and I watch together.
( Cory's never been a fan, so he does his own thing. )
But this year I catch Autumn doing a little more hip shaking
than I'd like after she watches the show 
And she loves the outfits they wear.
I can see where this could turn bad ... real quick :)

SO ...
What shows do you not let your kids watch?  

Monday, March 29, 2010

Blink Of An Eye

How Does This

Turn Into This


In The Blink Of An Eye?

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

My Heart

There are certain people I pray for daily.
But some are closer to my heart than others.
I won't get into my whole reproductive history.
Cause that's a post for another day.

But I believe God allows us to go through
situations and trials so we can be refined.
As hard as it is at certain times, it does make us stronger.

Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1:2-4

After years of trying to have a child.
Multiple miscarriages.
Years of disappointment.
Tears on the pillows.
Pain beyond the hurt.

I have a heart for those women who also struggle to conceive.
Or those who cannot conceive at all.

My prayers are focused on a few special ladies lately.
My friends:
Sara and her husband David.
Ashley and her husband Nathan.
Ashton and her husband Nick.

I hear the hurt in the words.
When I read their post I can feel the deep void that's in their chest.
The longing to hold their babies.
But I can also sense hope.
I can see faith rising up.
I know God is up to something!

You have granted him the desire of his heart
and have not withheld the request from his lips. Psalm 21:2

Sons are a heritage from the Lord, children a reward from him. Psalm 127:3

Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Lean not on your own understanding. Proverbs 3:5

Monday, March 22, 2010


I'm a little ashamed to say how long it's been.
I am a girl.
I love high heels.
I love sandals.
I love flip flops.

So, who would ever think it had been this long.

But tonight that has all changed.
The kids both went to bed .... in their own beds.
And I had a few minutes of blissful alone time.

And I fixed the 5 1/2 month problem.
I did this ....

Friday, March 12, 2010

Cake Pops, Snow Pops, Pool Pops

After Aundreas shower last night, everyone wanted to know how to do the "cake pops".
(I think we're gonna call them "pool pops" around our house ... cause look how cute they are by the pool)
I took the tips of these lovely bakers and tweeked them: Bakerella and MckMama
Here's my "how to":

Bake your cake.
Once the cake has cooled completely, crumble it by hand.
I cut mine in a couple sections and then crumbled it into the bowl.
Once my cake was all crumbled, I added half of a container of frosting.
I used vanilla frosting cause it's my fave.
As messy as it is, I added the frosting my hand and mushed it til it mixed.
Then you roll them into balls.
I put mine in the fridge to get a little harder.
Then I melted one cube of chocolate.
I stuck the sticks in the cake balls, then took them out.  
I don't have any piping tools.
So, I used my kids medicine dropper and sucked some chocolate up it.
I filled the holes with a small amount of chocolate ... with the dropper!
Then I re-inserted the sticks.
Back into the fridge they went so the chocolate could harden.
I actually put mine in the freezer, cause I was in a hurry.
I melted a whole package of candi-quik white chocolate.
I used white for one batch and colored the other batch with wilton's blue coloring.
I put my chocolate in a starbucks mug.
Your cup should be more tall than shallow.
I took the pops out of the freezer 5 at a time so they'd stay cold.
I dipped one at a time in the mug.
Cover completely. Twist and tap lightly.
Once it stopped dripping, I stuck the pop in styrofoam so it could dry.
(I wasn't multi-talented enough to take a pic of me dipping the chocolate!)
And once they dry they're done.
Here's the finished product at the shower.
They went oh so well with the cake that Susan made!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

DeTox ... Done

7 days later ... and we're all still alive!
One 5-minute mis-hap Saturday night where East found a paci.
Other than that we survived and it's been a way easier move than I EVER thought it would be.

For those who are wondering what our technique was:

We tried the cutting the paci.
Didn't work.
He just held the paci in this mouth with his hand since the suction wouldn't work.

We tried letting him "throw it away".
Didn't work.
He dug in the garbage and wouldn't move til he found it.

We accidentally "lost the paci".
Didn't work.
Cause we gave in and ran to Wal-Mart.

So, yes, we went COLD.TURKEY.

We got rid of all paci's in the house
(of course, except the one Easton had hidden).
Cory made me throw them ALL away.
Shhh. He doesn't know I kept one.
Cause all moms have to keep one for sentimental reasons.

All in all, this experience wasn't as bad as we thought.
He's actually a happier kid without his paci.
Go figure.

I had 100 people ask me Sunday at church how the week went.
I'm chalking the easiness up to the fact that all you guys were praying.
Next time I have a big-deal request, I'm gonna have Cory announce it from the puplit again.
Worked this time :)

Monday, March 1, 2010


Well, we have officially ended day 1 of detox.
It wasn't easy.
It was pretty.
It definitley wasn't quiet.
But Mancub is asleep ... without a paci.

Its been his source of comfort for over two years.
It's also been his security, when we're at church or in crowds.
My heart kinds hurts for him about that fact ...
his "security blanket" has been taken away.
He doesn't do well with crowds.

But, the decision has been made, and it's now a done-deal.
No going back. No hidden pacis in my purse.
No emergency ones in the truck.
They're gone. And it'll be fine. We'll all live.
And when the next baby comes, I'm gonna give them a paci as well.
That's just how we roll :)

For old-time sake, here's a few pics with his paci ...