Category Archives: Misc.

This morning Tom was talking to E and realized that she has 4 baby dolls. So he comes to me and says, “do you know she has 4 babies? Do you think that is appropriate, having more babies than your age (she’s 3)..?”

Yes, folks, that is my husband for you. My husband who I’ve been married to for 6 years today.  He may be a bit legalistic (okay, a lot), but I love him anyway.

{Happy Anniversary, My Love!}


Hard to believe summer is almost over, at least in the sense that I now have to worry about buying school supplies…and uniforms.  Ugh.  C starts school August 24th and E will be entering her first year of pre-school.  The plan (since I am still a SAHM) is to have her attend preschool 3 days a week, half days.  And since I’ll then have all of this extra time on my hands, I’d like to study web and graphic design…either in a traditional class setting or online.  It really depends on cost and convenience and, since I already have my Bachelor’s degree, whether I can get away with maybe auditing classes.  We’ll see how it all hashes out.

On other news, it’s good to have all of my chick-a-dees back together under one roof.  C made his first trip (sans parents) up to visit Grandpa Al in Montana this past week.  Tom & Al were troopers and each drove 6 hours one way (that’s 6×2=12 total freakin hours in the car!) to meet in-between our homes for the C transfer.  E and I chose to stay home for that journey…not that I wouldn’t normally jump at the chance to see scenic eastern Wyoming (cough).  But C had a blast and it was certainly good to help develop a relationship with his fraternal grandparents.  He also got to spend a lot of the time in Glacier National Park where the grandparents own a cabin…seeing a black bear, a wolf, and some deer.  I’m good with that as long there are no grizzly bear attacks!

So, while Tom was on that adventure, I shopped.  I really , really want to make a trip to our new Ikea, but that will have to wait until the grand opening ruckus dies down.  Especially after this post from one of my favorite bloggers.  She has inadvertently saved me from some UN-Christian-like behavior that can rear it’s ugly head when dealing with crazy-suburban-SUV-stroller-moms all vying for a good deal.  nothankyouverymuch.

So, instead I went to Hobby Lobby.  I can get lost in that store for hours, especially since it seems I am always on some creative crafty kick these days (being a SAHM with no creative outlets will do that to a person).  I actually went to find a new side table for our bedroom since I have not had one since we moved to this house.  Tom has always had control of the bedside lamp…and a place to land all his non-fiction, end of the world books (for those who know me I’m sure this will elicit a smile).  Anyway, I wanted to rearrange our bedroom and my main stipulation was that I now get a side table with *my own* lamp and *my own* book-landing space.  I meandered over to the furniture area and squealed with delight that everything was 66% off!  I immediately found my table, which was knocked down from $99.99 to 33.99!!  Awesome.  And then I found this:

A kids’ chalkboard for $27!  I know this isn’t quite as exciting as some of you may think, but I’ve been on the lookout for things I can use if I maybe, perhaps, test my skill and patience at homeschooling in the future (which is a long story as to why that is even on the table, and maybe someday I’ll explain it if and when it does happen).  But in the meantime, the chalkboard is in E’s room for the kids to doodle on.  I just love it when I get a good deal.  *smile*

To close, I just have to say there is nothing more sweet than a sleeping child.  And I sincerely mean that, because this child is off the charts bonkers when she is awake.

…to our new home at WordPress!  Bear with me as I learn the ropes, this is a completely different platform than what I’m used to at blogger.   “See” you soon!


Not only is it a gorgeous sunny day here, but signs of spring are popping up everywhere…and one of the places is the small evergreen tree in front of our house. For about a week now I’ve been noticing some small birds hanging out in and around the tree, dodging in and out of it’s thick branches.  On a whim this morning I thought I’d see if there was a nest in there and look what I found…

Baby birdies!

Aren't they cute? Tom says they are ugly as sin, but then that's Tom for ya.

I try not to bother them too much, but I feel a little like their guardian now.  The mommy bird is tiny (have no idea what species of bird she is…maybe a sparrow?) and the annoyingly large and loud crows seem to be eying the tree.  Am I paranoid?  Do birds eat other birds?  (my biology teacher would be so proud just about now…)
Anyway, it’s a neat highlight in the week before Easter.  Oh, and here’s *my*baby bird enjoying the spring too:


Confession #1:  I rented “Tangled” for the kids from a Red Box this past week. Not a bad thing in of itself, they earned it.  But I think I liked it more than the kids did.  A lot more.  So I bought the dvd “for the kids”.  Who knew Mandy Moore would make a pretty decent Disney princess?  And who knew “Chuck’s” Zachary Levi could sing…and well at that?!  It’s been playing non-stop…with and without kids in the room. Aaah, the highlights of being a stay-at-home mom! ;)

Which leads me to confession #2:  I might be a redneck.  To buy the aforementioned dvd, I went to Walmart for the best price.  It was the Walmart near our home that has been the one I avoided like the plague because of it’s general nastiness.  So imagine my surprise to see that it has totally been revamped and looks like new!  The layout changed and they are in the process of adding a grocery area.  That makes it a future (wait for it) SUPER Walmart!  Yippee!  I have been wanting a grocery store on that side of town for I don’t know how long.  I was so beside myself with excitement that I mentioned my excitement to pretty much every employee I came across.  And did I mention that this was all over a Walmart?!  Yeah, I think that officially moved me into “redneck” territory.

Confession #3:  I love Dayspring Christian cards and gifts.  This site has pretty much every inspirational gift you could imagine.  It’s where I recently ordered a Valentine’s Day gift for my husband (and me) and it’s where you can pretty much find any gift for any occasion.  As you know, Easter is April 24th this year and another favorite website of mine, (in)courage, has teamed up with Dayspring to advertise “inspired deals” or products they have selected to promote for the month.  I was given the opportunity to “test drive” the by grace alone jewelry set and tell you all what I think.

The set includes a pendant necklace, earrings, and a bracelet cuff.  Cute, huh?!
And since it’s always good to see it  actually in use, here ya go…

The verdict?  Love it!  It seems that stamped jewelry is all the rage and the message on these pieces is perfect for Easter.  The designer is Melissa Reagan and she has quite a gorgeous collection of accessories that carry messages of faith and inspiration, reminding us of God’s amazing grace and unconditional love.  I know I personally need to be reminded of grace from time to time, when life gets overwhelming and stressful (like now with my 2 year old and her anti-potty-training willfulness)!
Right now you can purchase this this whole set for 20% off at Dayspring…or individual pieces can be purchased separately if you so desire.
If you’d like to see other fun Dayspring items being reviewed this month, check them out at (in)spired Deals, and have a wonderful Easter!

Disclosure: I received this jewelry free of charge from DaySpring, in exchange for my review. I was not compensated in any other way, and all opinions expressed in this post are solely mine.