Tuesday, May 31, 2011


Coco received this invitation in the mail today. I was so proud of her.
She was nominated by one of her teachers.
The above photo is of the invitation, it says

In Washington DC this fall.
We were so excited, we called our parents to boast. We talked about ways to make it happen. The cost is over $2k. Then I googled it. It is not from the US Congress. It is a for profit company named Envision that host these leadership conferences. I am still very proud of her and honored that her teacher chose her, but I am skeptical that this company sends out feelers to our teachers and then the company sends out this invitation. The sample schedules show that she would get to go to all the monuments, the White House, the Library of Congress, etc etc. Keep in mind this is for 5th and 6th graders to go to DC and stay at the National 4H Center for 6 days. The parents can travel with them but we can't attend any of the events.

Have any of you ever heard of these conferences?
Could it make a difference in her life?
I would love to see DC and this might be our perfect opportunity.
I will keep investigating and see what happens.

Monday, May 30, 2011


 I have had a wonderful 3 day weekend. It is amazing what 1 extra day off can do for you. My Lupus has kicked my booty for the past few weekends. To the point that by Sunday rolled around,  I just wanted to stay in bed and that is what I did for about 3 weeks.
Scott and Coco went to a campout with his best friends family on Saturday and Sunday. I just hung out at home on Saturday. Sunday my sister and I went to flea markets for the afternoon. I did not buy 1 thing, but had a great time just hanging out with her. She is on a special diet and is doing so well. SO PROUD OF HER!!!
My family got home at 11pm last night and I was ready for them to get here. I missed them even though I enjoyed the time alone.
Today I got up and went to work cleaning the house. I finally used my Shark steamer that I won at a Christmas party. Crazy that I let it sit in the box for so long. I loved it. It came with a little bottle steamer that I used to clean the tub and shower surround. WOW that little thing is amazing. Should have used it sooner. Well now I know!
Coco and I went to do a little shopping.
My baby girl is not so much my baby girl anymore.

She will be 11 next month. Where has all the time gone. I just want to cry thinking it was just yesterday that I was rocking her to sleep everynight. Giving her a bath and now she is shaving her legs, wanting to wear makeup (NOT).
This photo we took in the car shocks me that I have a TWEEN!!
Believe me the attitudes remind me often!!

A great weekend and now I am counting down to the next one. Which I will have a 6 day break at the end of June. Wooo Hooo
Have a great week my friends


Thank you to our service men and women on this Memorial Day.
Thank you to the Mothers, Fathers, Wives, Husbands and Children that make the sacrifice for our FREEDOM

(all images via Flickr)

May God Bless You and keep you safe!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011


We are expecting tornado type weather tonight. Actually we just came in from the cellar because our storm sirens went off about 9:30pm. Thankfully it has went around us but more is moving in from Oklahoma. I might be another long night.

Thankful that we do have one of these.

I wish it had these.

After seeing what happened in Joplin which is just a hour or so away from us. I am being very cautious. I came home and packed up a couple of tubs with food, medicines, toiletries and put them down in the cellar. I also packed a bag with a extra set of clothes for each of us. I even put a paint bucket with a lid just in case we needed to go potty. We would have to go really bad but I would rather be safe than sorry.

I am going to try to get some sleep.
Stay safe my friends.

Sunday, May 22, 2011


Our Sunday night has been wrought with tornado warnings. Joplin Missouri was hit with tornado earlier today. We are about an hour south of them. Seeing the damage there is nearly impossible to comprehend.

We spent an hour in our cellar earlier and more warnings coming in now at 11:30pm.

It is going to be a very long night.

Keep the Midwest in your prayers tonight.

Sunday, May 15, 2011


Coco and I had the pleasure of going to a Princess Brunch at our church Immanuel Baptist on Saturday. Our special speaker was Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar.
Ms Peggy and the ladies at church have a heart for God's Princesses and they know how to do it up right.
The tables were all decorated so pretty.
They served juices french toast, breakfast casserole, biscuits and the most wonderful apple butter ever.

At each place setting there was a photo of the Duggars and a book mark.

Sorry the photos are blurry, I had to take them without flash and couldn't get it steady enough. Michelle had planned to bring the girls to sing and play for us but they had a rough time getting to Saturday. Jim Bob and Michelle were on their way home on Friday from D.C. and all their flights were delayed. They were in Atlanta at 11pm on Friday night and Josie had to be taken to the ER for respirtory problems. They were at the hospital until 3am and our event was at 10am on Saturday. Grateful that they were able to make it. They decided on the plane that Jim Bob would come with her and they would share their testimony. I remember Michelle going to school with my sister and she was always the sweetest girl back then. She hasn't changed a bit. They were very transparent in their sharing about how they came to know the Lord. I left encouraged and uplifted. She was very sweet to Coco when Coco asked her to sign her card. Michelle just hugged her and asked about her.

We won their new book that is coming out soon.

I love how they sign their name with their favorite verse.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011



I shouldn't say nothing because we seem to be running and doing all the time.

Coco is keeping us busy with softball and girl scouts.

Coco and I do get to do some fun things this weekend. We are going to a brunch at church where Michelle Duggar will be the special speaker. I love that about our church. They have lots of stuff going on for the whole family.

We also have a fun Girl Scout Troop event happening this weekend and that will be fun. I guess we won't get to see alot of Scott though. I am sure he will find some "guy" thing to do. He's resourceful like that.

I am watching the storm blow over as I sit here and look at the window. Thankful we haven't had a ton of rain like we did last week.

Gotta go finish the laundry so the little girl has her uniform for tomorrow.

Have a great week

Wednesday, May 4, 2011


Turn this

Into this

I took a $1 dictionary covered it with scrapbook paper.
Made a label on the computer
I used double sided tape for both.
Then go through the book with a highlighter and mark all the words that describe your Mother.
TIP: use a bible highlighter they don't bleed through as bad.

I was looking for a gift for a friend that was turning "50" and my sister told me to make her a dictionary like I did for Tammy when she turned 40. I was like What are you talking about?
Apparently I made my sister a book like this 3 years ago but I can't remember it.
I got the gist of it and went home that night and made it for my friend and titled it 50 Things That Make You Fabulous.
She loved it.
She sent me a text today telling me that she took it to work to show it off and her coworkers were going to make them for Mothers Day.
The one above is actually for a Girl Scout Mom. We made them in a troop meeting to give out at our Mother/Daughter Dinner on Friday.
I can't wait to see what words Coco chose for me.

Happy Crafting

Monday, May 2, 2011


We've been busy

Doin ALOT of this

Isn't she so cute in her uniform

Forgot where the strike zone is

Bring it on

In case you can't see that score board
it SAYS  17-2
These girls really needed it for their morale
They had lots of spirit in our Friday and Saturday games