Tuesday, October 28, 2008


I am taking Sammy in for his 18 month well baby check-up tomorrow. I realized that I haven't been keeping very good track of his vocabulary. So I am going to list out what he can say:

-all done
-see ya
-here go (like here you go)
-bless you
-nana (as in banana)

Monday, October 27, 2008

Bloggy Header Giveaway

Well Bloggy Giveaways is hosting a giveaway carnival this week. This is the first time I am participating in the giveaway. What I am giving away is a new header for your bloggy! I will make a custom header for your blog. Here are a few examples of ones I have made in the past:

You can check out my design blog here. I will select a winner randomly and announce it and email you on Sunday (so make sure your email address if valid).

If you dont win you but you would still like some blog work done please feel free to email me (email address on my profile)!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Cold Weather Play Ideas?

I have been trying to brainstorm some cold weather play ideas because our house is not huge. Don't get me wrong I love my house and its perfect for us right now. However, Sammy is very active and we both get a little stir crazy when we are in the house all day long.

So far this hasnt been a problem since we have tons of space to play outside. However, its starting to get colder and I know eventually we will be stuck inside. So if you know of any good inside activities for 18 month to 23 month old toddlers please leave me a comment. If you happen to live near me and know some great inside activities in the area PLEASE let me know. Just this morning Sammy has climbed onto the following several times: side tables, kitchen chairs, bookshelf, sofa, recliner, stool, and stood on his tiny piano bench. I think I need to look for a toddler gym :-P

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Pumpkin Patch

This weekend we went to the 'pumpkin patch' and corn maze this weekend. My sister and her family meet us there. The actual pumpkin patch was tiny but all of the other attractions were so much fun for the boys.

It was pretty cold.. colder than I thought it was going to be. I had brought Sammy's costume along for some fun pictures. It turned into some extra warmth for him. Check him out he is a herding dog.. I found this costume on ebay because all the other dogs costumes I had seen did not look like our dogs. Cousin Bradly had fun bowling with the soccer balls:

The boys had fun playing in the big sandbox with all of the digging toys and trucks:

They had a huge slide that dropped 20 feet. You rode on a burlap sack and Tim said that it went very fast.

There was a hay bale maze for the toddlers to work their way through. The boys had a blast playing in the plastic tunnels:

We got to pet goats and bunnies or as Sammy called them dog dogs!

We road a carousel.. I think it was the world's longest carousel ride.

They also had these carts that were hooked up to a 4 wheeler and took you for a little ride. I had some better pictures of this.. but I had to share this one:

Do you see my sister? Can you tell that we both blog ;-) hehe!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Yummy Apple Pie

I made an apple pie yesterday. It was only my 2nd apple pie and I wanted to make a pretty crust. How did I do?

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Carters Mountain

The family and the apple :-)

The VIEW!!

A few weekends ago Tim, Sammy and I met my parents at Carter's Mountain Apple Orchard to pick apples. We also tasted the donuts and played in some pumpkins they had out.
His favorite one was the pumpkin without the top

There was live music and Sammy had a blast dancing to that with his apple. He would bite the apple and suck the juice out of it. Towards the end of the day he was biting peices off of the apple and eating them. His favorite fruit use to be a banana but I think its apples now.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

The Smile Award

My friend Kellie over at La Vida Dulce gave me this really cool smile award:

I think one of the really cool things about blogging and the blogging community is the friends that you make. Since most of the time you wont necessarily meet the people that you are friends with bloggy awards is the way to show someone you care. I have been reading Kellie's blog for a while now. She just made a cross country move and started homeschooling. I love reading the stories of her transitions on all of these new adventures. Thanks for passing this award on to me :-) Okay here are the rules of the award:

Here are the characteristics of the Smile Award:

~You must display a cheerful attitude.

~You must show love to others.

~You must make mistakes.

~You must learn from others.

~You must be a positive contributor to blogging.

~You must love life.

~You must love kids.

Here are the rules for the Smile Award:

~You must link back to the award creator. (Oops...I don't know who the award creator is!)

~You must post the rules if you are a recipient.

~You must choose 5 people to pass the award to.

~You must fit the characteristics of the award.

~You must post the characteristics of the recipient of the award.

~You must create a post sharing your win with others.

~You must thank the giver of the award.

Okay now onto the giving part :-)

1. Jolanthe at No Ordinary Moments is always giving great advice from how to meal plan to how to keep your cabinets organized. She also tells funny stories about her adorable kids and what funny things they have been saying.

2. Amanda at Life Long Playdate tells about her everyday struggles and triumphs of a first time mom. Beans is her adorable daughter and is always learning something new.

3. Clare at Diapers to Designs is my very talented, kind-hearted, loving, sweet, this list could go on forever sister. She shares sweet, fun, and sad stories of things going on in her life. She also shares some of her stamp designs. Dont miss her give-away of Real Simple magazine.

4. Jenny at Happenings of a Little Bubba meet through my sister. Jenny wanted me to design her blog. We have become fast friends. She loves to tell stories about her son Will. I am glad that I have gotten the opportunity to get to know Jenny.

5. Sarah at Day by Day is a real life friend of mine. She lives just up the street from me. She has 3 adorable kids (with one on the way). She tell great stories of the things her kids have done, what her family is doing and how her pregnancy is going.

On a side note, the dentist visit went great! Well Tim just got home from class so I am going to go spend some time with my husband.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

No Title really fits

I have been trying to write this post for a while. I have been trying to think of the point of the post. I have been trying to get out of this funk. I havent ever really posted about being down or having a bad day. Not because I don't have them but because I try and be a positive person. I try to see the silver lining. However, lately I cant see that lining. I have just been in a funk. I wont go as far as to say I am depressed or anything along those lines but I feel stagnant. I have tried to fix this.. But I think I have finally come to realize that is the whole issue. What's that you say? It is just one letter.. it is I.. I have tried, I try, I.... So I am going to pray about it.. I am going to trust in the Lord:

"Trust in the LORD with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;"
Psalm 3:5

I do not understand why he has me in this emotional place and I am going to try and stop understanding and just trust. Dont worry to much.. I know that it to will pass.. but I needed to get it off my chest.. Thanks for listening:-)

And just so this post isn't a complete downer.. here are some pictures :-)

Sammy w/ his birthday dump truck

Posing w/ some pumpkins on the front porch

New meaning of dogpile

Monday, October 6, 2008

Gooooo SKINS!!

We had a great weekend but I will post about that later (once I upload the pictures I want to share :-)).

Let me first state that I have been a Redskins fan since I was born. My sister sold girl scout cookies to some of the players that lived in our neighborhood. I was a little young to be a girl scout but I helped deliver the cookies and got to meet some of the great Skins players like Art Monk and Darrell Green. My love for the skins has not faltered in their seasons of less then optimal performance.

I was at the skins game when they played the "Cowgirls" at home and beat them with no time left on the clock. I was pregnant with Sammy at the time. So he has been a skins fan since before he was born.

He now loves to watch the game on TV and claps when Tim and I cheer. He likes to sit on the sofa and watch the game.
He has been working on his tackle ;-)Sometimes he takes a break fromt he game and plays w/ his puppies :-)So I think we have effectively made him into a skins fan!