7 years ago
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Well for the two readers I may or may not have left in this blogosphere, we have had a glorious fun filled summer. We were lazy. We slept in. We stayed up late. We watched too much tv. We swam. We went to the beach. We went to Disney. We ate ice cream...A LOT. We laughed. We snuggled. We sweated. We did nothing "educational"(or so the kids think). We checked NOTHING off the "To Do" list. We checked EVERYTHING off the "Summer" list. It was everything a summer is supposed to be... ...And then it ended. We are slowly getting back into the groove. The kids are enjoying their teachers this year, even Brady
Thursday, June 13, 2013
Dear Little Miss So-n-So!
You are now officially one year old. I don't even know where to begin. You are this amazing little girl who is so incredibly smart. You love music and love to dance (even when no music is playing). You are still oh so very serious. It is definitely a challenge getting you to smile for other people...when it's just us, you are full of smiles and silliness and lots of crazy giggles. And I hate to admit this, but you have a bit of a mean streak in ya! WOW...when you don't get your way...everyone better watch out. You can go from 0-60 in the temper tantrum department. You are certain to let someone know when you're not pleased, especially Brady. That boy brings a smile to your face just by a shear picture of him, but you squawk at holler at him when he is antaganizing you (which he does A LOT). I don't know what it is about you two, but Brady seems to be your favorite and you his. I think deep down, you two are probably the most similar in personalities.
We had your first birthday party the weekend before you turned one and I had so much fun making the decorations. We even had your "Aunt Bee" come over and help us set everything up. I think we had about 30 people over. The weather was AWFUL!!! It began sprinkling the minute the first guests started arriving and then the flood gates opened and continued the whole rest of the day. So much for the pool party, we just moved it all inside. We had little ham and turkey sandwiches made by Nanna & Grandpa that were so yummy. We also served chips & dip, veggie platter with dip too, fruit tray and I made some bee brownies. Then we had cupcakes (you had your own cake) for dessert.
They were able to get in the pool for about 15 minutes before the thunder came rolling back in. The big kids entertained themselves with all their 21st century toys! The littles entertained themselves the old fashioned way with some 21st century mixed in!
Sophie, my dear, you L.O.V.E.D. your cake. Once you put that first taste in your mouth, there was no stopping you. You not only enjoyed eating it, you enjoyed (for once) the attention everyone was giving you while you ate.
I can't wait to see what's in store for this next year. We love you so much. Happy 1st Bee Day, Baby Girl
I will update with 1 year old stats after your doctor's appointment next week.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Refreshed + Flawless.
Rejuvenated + Feathery
Restore + Fix
Ever heard of them before? I hadn't either until I started seeing my good friend April post things on facebook. Every few days she would have something about turning back time on the aging process. Or restoring sun damaged skin. And as a mother of four who has passed her *ahem* mid 30's I of course was drawn to find out what she was doing. I got in touch with her and we chatted via facetime (we joked it was very Judy Jetson of us). She was kind enough to send me a sample facial.
Now, Peeps, you have to understand my skin care regimen is: let the shampoo run down my face and call it clean. Every once in a while I will splurge and buy the Nutrogena Face Wash, but again that's only if I remember to use it. Now I'm not gonna lie to you...I have been blessed with pretty good skin in the sense that even as a teenager, I rarely had
pimples blemishes. I often forget run out of time and go without makeup. So for the most part my skin isn't too damaged...or so I thought. I did my facial and was STUNNED/SHOCKED/AMAZED/*insert more adjectives. The softness of my skin was truly remarkable. I couldn't believe the difference.
I decided to try out another product too. Being a stay-at-home mom, I'd say my hands have aged faster than anything else...no comments from the peanut gallery should there be any disagreements! My hands are constantly in less than desirable conditions, whether it's changing dirty diapers, bathing the little splash monsters, washing dishes, washing hands, washing hineys...I mean really, the list could go on. I've noticed the skin on the tops of my hands have gotten very thin and dry. Thank goodness we had a mild winter this year, because during the winter months my hands get so cracked and raw that hand sanitizer actually brings tears to my eyes. I can't wait to try the REDEFINE Brightening Hand Treatment.
So, if you're feeling a bit aged. If the kids have given you a few more wrinkles than you care to see each morning. If the baby oil sunscreen you used when you were sixteen hasn't been so kind, please take a look at the products Rodan + Fields has to offer. And please contact my friend April (click on any of the highlighted links above to get to her website). She is a stay at home mom(of 3 beautiful children), a homeschooler, and an all around amazing lady!
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
I saw this on facebook this evening and thought I'd share it. It was written (I believe) by a woman named Sonia Dos Santos. How true it is for most moms out there!
It all began to make sense, the blank stares, the lack of response, the way one of the kids will walk into the room while I'm on the phone and ask to be taken to the store. Inside I'm thinking, 'Can't you see I'm on the phone?'
Obviously not; no one can see if I'm on the phone, or cooking, or sweeping the floor, or even standing on my head in the corner, because no one can see me at all. I'm invisible. The invisible Mom. Some days I am only a pair of hands, nothing more! Can you fix this? Can you tie this? Can you open this??
Some days I'm not a pair of hands; I'm not even a human being. I'm a clock to ask, 'What time is it?' I'm a satellite guide to answer, 'What number is the Disney Channel?' I'm a car to order, 'Right around 5:30, please.'
Some days I'm a crystal ball; 'Where's my other sock?, Where's my phone?, What's for dinner?'
I was certain that these were the hands that once held books and the eyes that studied history, music and literature -but now, they had disappeared into the peanut butter, never to be seen again. She's going, she's going, she's gone!
One night, a group of us were having dinner, celebrating the return of a friend from England . She had just gotten back from a fabulous trip, and she was going on and on about the hotel she stayed in. I was sitting there, looking around at the others all put together so well. It was hard not to compare and feel sorry for myself. I was feeling pretty pathetic, when she turned to me with a beautifully wrapped package, and said, 'I brought you this.' It was a book on the great cathedrals of Europe . I wasn't exactly sure why she'd given it to me until I read her inscription: 'With admiration for the greatness of what you are building when no one sees.'
In the days ahead I would read - no, devour - the book. And I would discover what would become for me, four life-changing truths, after which I could pattern my work:
1) No one can say who built the great cathedrals - we have no record of their names.
2) These builders gave their whole lives for a work they would never see finished.
3) They made great sacrifices and expected no credit.
4) The passion of their building was fuelled by their faith that the eyes of God saw everything.
A story of legend in the book told of a rich man who came to visit the cathedral while it was being built, and he saw a workman carving a tiny bird on the inside of a beam. He was puzzled and asked the man, 'Why are you spending so much time carving that bird into a beam that will be covered by the roof. No one will ever see it'
And the workman replied, 'Because God sees.'
I closed the book, feeling the missing piece fall into place. It was almost as if I heard God whispering to me, 'I see you. I see the sacrifices you make every day, even when no one around you does.
No act of kindness you've done, no sequin you've sewn on, no cupcake you've baked, no Cub Scout meeting, no last minute errand is too small for me to notice and smile over. You are building a great cathedral, but you can't see right now what it will become.
I keep the right perspective when I see myself as a great builder. As one of the people who show up at a job that they will never see finished, to work on something that their name will never be on. The writer of the book went so far as to say that no cathedrals could ever be built in our lifetime because there are so few people willing to sacrifice to that degree.
When I really think about it, I don't want my son to tell the friend he's bringing home from college for Thanksgiving, 'My Mom gets up at 4 in the morning and bakes homemade pies, and then she hand bastes a turkey for 3 hours and presses all the linens for the table.' That would mean I'd built a monument to myself. I just want him to want to come home. And then, if there is anything more to say to his friend, he'd say, 'You're gonna love it there...'
As mothers, we are building great cathedrals. We cannot be seen if we're doing it right. And one day, it is very possible that the world will marvel, not only at what we have built, but at the beauty that has been added to the world by the sacrifices of invisible mothers.
Share this with all the Invisible Moms you know.... I just did.
Sunday, April 7, 2013
Welcome to The Ultimate Blog Party 2013 #UBP13. This is my first ever blog party and I'm excited about opening up to new adventures. I am Kerry, wife, mother daughter, sister but most importantly a faithful servant. I started this blog almost 5 years ago which is hard to believe. It was mostly to keep out of town family members up to date on the family. It turned into my on-line scrapbook.
I was never very good about keeping track of the baby books, but found this a much easier alternative. And I love that it is available to share with friends and family. My husband of 19+ years and I have four beautiful children (3 girls and 1 boy). You will mostly find posts about the goings on in our household, but I've just recently become interested in the PR side of blogging. I hosted my first giveaway a few weeks ago and really enjoyed it. I'm looking forward to meeting new people and hopefully hosting more giveaways and reviews. Thanks for dropping by and feel free to leave a comment.
Sunday, March 24, 2013
Friday, March 22, 2013
I am very excited to announce the winner of the My Memories Suite Giveaway is my very dear friend Lydia who is about to have her very first baby ANY.Day.NOW!!! Make sure you go visit her in the next few weeks to see her beautiful creations! She is so very crafty and talented I can't wait to see what ideas and masterpieces she comes up with! Don't forget, any one of you including our winner can click on the My Memories Suite button to the left side of my blog for a coupon code to receive $10 off any order!
Congrats! I will email you the winning code.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Time is running out to enter for your chance to win a FANTASTIC digital scrapbooking software package. Click on this LINK to enter. The winner will receive a free download of the My Memories Suite v.4 software. You will recieve a code via email that will allow you to download the software ABSOLUTELY FREE!!! And if you don't do much with pictures, think about a friend or family member who might. Someone getting ready to have a baby, someone getting married, Mother's Day is coming up! What a wonderful present for someone! You can give them this gift that they could use to make their memories last a lifetime!!! And besides, there's not a whole lot of entries so far, so your chances for winning are GREAT!!!
Monday, March 18, 2013
I haven't done this in a long time (if ever) because I rarely stick to my menu plan for the week. But by golly I'm gonna do it!
Oven baked chicken, rice, zuchinni and salad
Baked ham, sweet potatoes, green beans and salad
End of Summer Pasta (so yummy I'll post the recipe below)
Homemade Corndogs, potatoe chips and broccoli
Leftovers or dinner out
Sunday (church potluck):
corned beef, veggies and rice krispie treats
End of Summer Pasta Recipe
2 pounds firm ripe red tomatoes, diced
3 Tbs olive oil
16 large basil leaves, washed and torn into strips
salt and pepper to taste
1 10oz. pkg frozen peas (I think the pkg I buy is larger and I eyeball the amount)
1/2 pound Rotini or Corkscrew pasta
2 Tbs butter
4 Tbs. fresh grated parmesan (I use the can sometimes too)
Warm the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat; add diced tomatoes, half the basil strips and the salt and pepper. Cook stirring often, for at least 30 minutes or until thickened.
Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions. When pasta is almost done, add the frozen peas to the tomatoe mixture. Blend well, cover and turn off heat. Pour drained pasta into large serving bowl and toss with butter, remaining basil leaves and the sauce. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and serve.
Saturday, March 16, 2013
I had a conversation with some friends about how Abbey will start her senior year of high school the year Sophie starts Kindergarten. It wasn't until later that day that it dawned on me, that by the time Sophie graduates high school, I will have had a child in school for 25 consecutive years. That doesn't include preschool and/or college. As I pondered this tunnel ahead of me, I began to shudder. That is 25 years of homework, science fair projects, report cards, teacher conferences, packing lunches and many more wrinkle producing issues that arise with children in school. We are only 1/3 of the way through this journey and only TWO participating children. I'm not so sure that we can survive another 17 more years. What little light may be shining at the end of our tunnel is only highlighting the amount of gray in my hair. I must come up with a plan of action in order to make it through these next 17 years.
Step 1: Invest in Loreal Hair Color Company
Step 2: Invest in Puffs Tissue Company (to catch all the tears...both theirs and mine)
Step 3: Brush up on all the courses I took when I was in school.
Step 4: Learn everything about those courses that they didn't teach way back when I was in school.
Step 5: Overcome my distaste for wine.
Friday, March 15, 2013
Let me first start off by saying it is not a good idea to start learning a new software the week Daylight Savings Time starts! But my oh my have I enjoyed being tired!
Not trying to brag or anything but I'm crafty or at least I think that I am. I love blogging because it's a way for me to keep track of my sweet kiddos and all the fun (and not so fun) stuff they are doing. However, I DO NOT scrapbook. I have never scrapbooked. When I walk down the scrapbook aisle of Hobby Lobby, I go into an instant anxiety attack at the amount of stuff. Embellishments, papers, fonts/phrases all of this stuff is just so overwhelming and I can't even get a clear thought in my mind on where to begin.
When I was contacted about hosting a giveaway (ahem First EVER!!) from My Memories Suite, I was a little unsure of what I was getting myself into. But I said to myself, "hey I'm planning my last first birthday party, I'd really like to have something special to remember it by!" So I jumped in, feet first!
This digital scrapbook software is pretty massive. It took a LOOONGGGG time to download, I mean all night long and the whole next day. Now granted, I'm not so computer savvy, so I may have done something incorrectly during the download process or it may just be my dinosaur of a computer that is currently on its last leg, but it's on here now and I've been enjoying it so far.
Now since Little Miss So-n-So's first birthday isn't until June, I can't show you what I'm working on for her special day. But I did do a small little book on somebodies very first haircut!!! I used a template that already had the pages all set up but I did add a word art image to my "cover page!" Isn't it absolutely adorable???
So my bloggie friends out there, here is your chance to be an amazing scrapbooker! Follow this link (or any of the other highlighted links) to My Memories Suite website. Look at all the amazing stuff they have to offer. Leave a comment telling me what your favorite digital paper pack or layout is. You can also earn extra entries by "liking" My Memories Suite on facebook or by tweeting about the giveaway. A winner will be chosen at random to receive there very own copy of My Memories Suite v.4 absolutely free. That is a $40 value peeps! Please use the entry form below. Also, if you decide to purchase any items, use my special coupon code to receive $10 off: code STMMMS75339! Deadline to enter is March 21, 2013 so hurry up and enter already!
a special thank you to Online-Sweepstakes for helping me promote my giveaway!
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
I was reminiscing today with the kids and pulled out their baby books. In Brady's book, I found his invitation to his 4th birthday party. Now those of you who know me, know that I'm a sucker for planning kids birthday parties. So much so that if I wasn't so busy raising my amazing kiddos, I'd be a party planner. Oh yeah, that's right, I would love to get paid to plan out all the fun little details of a kids party.
So as my Way Back When, I thought I'd share Brady's super cool pirate party ideas (since I won't be hired any time soon).
This is the invitation. I made the invitations myself and had a blast. The "map" is a very not to scale map of the general location of our house, with the "X marks the spot" right where our house would be. Our front door also had a big giant red X taped to it. Each invite was soaked in tea to give it an aged look, after they dried, the edges were safely burnt and then crumpled for extra measure. The maps were then rolled up and placed inside a glass bottle (which I sadly don't have a picture of) and hand delivered to each family.
So what does a pirates treasure map lead to? Why, buried treasure of course. The sand box was the perfect place for all the booty to be hidden. There were gold coins, bead necklaces and other various hot commodities.
We had a table set up for decorating your own foam pirate hat. And if you notice in the picture above, there is a mini bucket and shovel. Inside the bucket was a special little treat called dirt cake. A combination of vanilla pudding with crushed vanilla wafers on top to look like sand. There may have even been a gummy worm hidden deep under the sand.
Of course, no pirate is complete without a bandanna and an eye patch. And below they got some scars and some facial hair. And isn't she a scary looking pirate for sure? All pirates need swords as well, so this fun mom scoured the internet to learn how to make balloon swords. I know, I'm amazing, what can I say? These little Scallywags had a blast bopping each other with their balloon swords (again, sorry no picture).
The thing the kids remember most about the party (6 years later) that was not only a hit with the pipsqueak pirates but also the aged pirates was the "Pirate Battle of the Booty." The kids (both big and little) were divided up into two teams with cardboard boats. Each team was given a bag or more of giant marshmallows. And that's when all broke loose! Marshmallows were flying EVERYWHERE. Eventually the boats were capsized and the cannons continued to fly. I am certain that all the creatures from the neighborhood were on a sugar high for the next few nights as they scarfed down the marshy madness.
And for the crem de la crem: You can't have a pirate party without a pirate ship cake. The cake was made with 8" or 9" round pans. Cut each baked cake circle in half. Cut a small slice off the rounded portion of the semi-circle so the pirate ship sits flat. Frost the outside of the cake with chocolate frosting. Sprinkle the top with crushed vanilla wafers or graham crackers (whichever you choose). Place rolo candies on the sides of the ship for the cannons and stick candles in them. Line the top edge of your ship deck with the pirouette cookies. Add a few milk duds for cannon balls. If you have some Lego or Playmobile Pirate figures use those as decorations as well. The sails are simply card stock cut into squares and hole punched at the top and bottom to slide a skewer through. And Voila! A delectable dessert fit for any pirate!
Oriental Trading is one of my favorite website to shop when party planning. They are very affordable and have so much to choose from. Hope you enjoyed my little travel back in time. I'm in the beginning stages of planning a first birthday party for our youngest hooligan. Stay tuned for more cuteness.
Friday, March 1, 2013
First the ramblings:
*WARNING* The cuteness of this video may just scare you into a coma! Sophie's newest "trick" is scaring people.
And now for some iPhone Foto Dumps:
weeks months than I care to admit, I have been pulling out 3-6 months size clothes to put on Sophie each day. When the outfits don't fit over her biggie noggin or her belly is exposed from the neckline because the onesie is pulled so tight, I put it in a stack and say to myself "I really need to move her up to the next clothing size." Yet I continued to let it slide...the story of my life. So yesterday when I pulled out not one, not two, but three different outfits from her drawer that did not fit, I realized I needed to just bite the bullet and grab the next size clothing bag. So I pulled out the 6-9 month clothes and realized that two of those outfits were a bit snug. I thought, surely she's not ready for the 12 month clothes yet...she's only 8 months old. Well, let me just say this little chunk-a-munk has worn three different 12 month outfits now and NONE of them look like they are swallowing her. She is officially my "Big Baby"! She just might hit 20 pounds by her first birthday, something a Johnson Baby has yet to do!
*WARNING* The cuteness of this video may just scare you into a coma! Sophie's newest "trick" is scaring people.
And now for some iPhone Foto Dumps:
|Kinley got herself dressed with a shirt on top and a shirt on the bottom|
|Don't know why it's turned sideways, but this is my birthday boy! Double Digits!|
|Ari's birthday party fun|
|Besties catching up over some milk and Mickey Mouse Club House|
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
I am at my wits end with Little Miss So-n-So! I have NEVER dealt with a baby who is so chill and calm during the day and so difficult at night. Let me rephrase, she is only difficult when she is not sleeping in her "booster bed." Here is a picture of what she LOVES to sleep in:
The child will take 3 hour naps during the day and then sleep all night in this thing. However, the moment we try to wean her from this contraption that she is clearly outgrowing, she wakes multiple times throughout the night. Sometimes she will put herself back to sleep but mostly she requires a paci to be put back in her mouth. With her and Kinley sharing a room, the cry it out method is very difficult since we do not want Kinley's sleep to be disrupted. We thought we'd be sneaky and get her to sleep in a pack-n-play in Matthew's office and when she got used to sleeping in that move her into the crib. But alas, the little turkey will still not sleep in her crib. So as a last ditch effort, this weekend we are going to disassemble her crib and move it to the office. This is only temporary until we can get her sleeping through the night IN HER CRIB, and then we will reclaim the office. I tell you what, this old momma needs her some sleep!
Don't let that sweet angelic face fool you! She's the baby and she knows how to work it!
Friday, January 18, 2013
Brady got invited to a paint ball birthday party last night. Here is the scene:
A handful of 9 and 10 year old boys sitting in a semi circle listening to the Paintball Guy going over the rules of the paintball course.
Paintball Guy: OK we've gone over all the rules. Are there any questions?
Boy #1: How many people have died out here?
Paintball Guy: No one has ever died.
Boy #2: What if I get shot in my neck? Could I bleed to death?
Paintball Guy: No, it might give you a welt but you wont bleed. Guys listen this is a pretty safe, fun activity.
Boy #3: Will I have to go to the hospital?
Paintball Guy: (feeling a bit exacerbated) Listen to me, it's not that bad. Lots of people do this all the time.
*more random morbid questions from the kids*
Paintball Guy: Alright, I think I've explained it. Any more RELEVANT questions!!!
*Paintball Guy looking over the room waiting for a hand to raise with another question about death*
Brady: (raising hand)
Paintball Guy: (sigh - preparing for question): Yeah, Buddy, what's your question?
Brady: Does this shirt make me look fat?
*laughter erupts - the kids are ready to go shoot some guns*
Perfect Comedic Timing from my son.