Tuesday, March 31, 2009

What I Learned This Week


Its Tuesday again.. yikes time is speeding by! Its time for the What I Learned this Week carnival.

Well I learned lots of different things this week. One of the first things I learned this week is about this:
No, that's not our crib, we don't have Sammy sleeping in pink Hello Kitty sheets. I however did not get a picture of the pack n' play tent before we took it over to my in-laws so I borrowed this one from amazon ;-). First thing about this is that you need to have really strong hands to put it together. Its like an old school camping tent. The ones where you have to measure the poles to know which one goes where. But the most important thing that I learned about the tent is that it is not meant for punishment! I mean had they not written that on the directions I most certainly would have used it for that (for those of you who don't know me or haven't read my blog much I am being sarcastic).

At church we have been working through the book 2 Timothy. This week our pastor spoke on 2 Timothy 2: 20-26 about the things Christians should avoid so that they can be cleansed and prepared to do the good works of the Lord. A verse that I have read before but had never given much thought to is 2 Timothy 2:23:
"Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart."

So not only are we suppose to flee temptations but we are to turn and pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace, and other Christians. So I was doing a little studying on this fleeing to see if there are other places that it talks about turning to good things when we flee. In 1 Timothy 6: 11 Paul tells Timothy to flee the love of money and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.

Now maybe I am just behind in my knowledge but man that makes a whole lot more sense to me. When you are being tempted to not only flee but to turn to something that will help you through the temptation.

Check out what others learned this week over at Musings of a Housewife.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Weekend Wrap-Up

So I apparently took a bloggy break. It was not a planned break.. I just didn't have a whole lot to write about. Anyway on to the weekend! Friday was my brother-in-law's birthday and Saturday was my mom's birthday. Friday we went over to their house and hung out for a while. We let the boys play and they opened their presents.

Saturday was rainy and gross outside. We setup the tent over at Tim's parents so Sammy couldn't climb out during nap time when Im at work. Funny story about the tent.. but I will share that later :-).

Saturday night we had some friends over for burgers and board games. I won my first game of Catan which was very exciting for me! We also got into the wii sports for a while :-)

Sunday was the first day since it has become Spring that actually felt like Spring. We went to church and then worked on the house. When Tim and I moved in almost 3 years ago we said one of our first projects was going to be to paint the purple trim on our shed. Well on Sunday we finally got the primer up. It was pretty windy so we decided to wait on the actual color.. but we think its already an improvment over the purple. I know I have a picture of the shed somewhere.. but I can't find it.. so this one will have to do:


What did you guys do this weekend?

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

No Longer Hiding Behind the Computer

Well folks.. in order to be more transparent I am going to write about something I never thought I would share. My sister encouraged me to blog about this for some encouragement, recipes, ideas, and some accountability.

I am dieting.. there I said it.. I have huge goals for myself.. ones I am not quite ready to share with the world.. However, I want to share some of the struggles and accomplishments along the way.

So I have been dieting for a month and I have lost 17 lbs! However, I did have the stomach flu so that helped to jump start the process. I am doing the weight watchers diet.

Anyone have good recipes they want to share? Or some advice for me as I start this journey?

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

I'm Sorry Mom and Dad!

There is good reason I was the youngest in the family. I am sure part of it was their planning and deciding another part was my 6 months of colic and restlessness. In retrospect I bet I had acid reflux like Sammy.. sorry I digress.

There were a few things I wanted to apologize to my parents for:

1. I am sorry I climbed out of my crib almost every night
2. I am sorry I took apart anything I could get my hands on
3. I am sorry I threw my pacifiers (wha-wees) out of the crib in the middle of the night

What has brought me to this point? My son is a pretty good mimic of those things and I realize how frustrating that must have been.

We just purchased a "tent" for the top of the pack n' play at my in-laws house to keep Sammy in it while he is napping.

Sammy doesn't quite have the hand coordination to take things apart (just yet). However he knows how the screw driver works and that scares me!

Our little monkey loves to climb on everything. His latest obsession is to carry around his stool and turn on and off all of the light switches. He then tells me, "I turn on" or "I turn off." His other favorite thing to do is undress himself.. I really hope that doesnt last long. Someone send me some duct tape ;-)

Monday, March 23, 2009

Total Slacker

So I realized I never told people about the hidden message on the blog. I did select a winner (day after I moved the blog). If you look up on the header on the blog there is binary code (1's and 0's in layman's terms). I was just going to put some random binary up there but then thought I needed it to actually say something.

So I made it say TRUE GEEK because that is what a true geek would do ;-)... so there you have it the hidden message.

I was thinking of making a tech segment on the blog. Where I could write about different technical things. Is this something people would like to read? Maybe some basic how-to's? If this is something that people would like to read about maybe leave some suggestions in the comments with things that are interesting to you or things you want to know how to do? If not I will keep all my techie talk to my husband ;-)

Friday, March 20, 2009

Spring Reading Thing 2009



Well today is officially the first day of Spring! I am so excited about the warm weather and getting outside. I am participating in Callapidder Day's Spring Reading Thing 2009.

I have created my list and hopefully not made it to large like I have in the past. Here is a picture of the books I hope to read:



1. World without End by Ken Follett
2. The Love Dare by Kendrick
3. Lean Mean Thirteen by Janet Evanovich
4. The Five Love Languages by Chapman
5. Fearless Fourteen by Janet Evanovich
6. Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

That is a total of 2379 pages. Which averages out to about 25 pages a day which is completely doable.

I might change my list up some if I get Eclipse or Breaking Dawn to borrow. Head over to Katrina's to check out the other Spring Reading Thing 2009 participants.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Better Late than Never

Just wanted to share some pictures from St. Patrick's day. Since my Dad's name is Patrick and we are Irish I love to celebrate it.

Our front door (sorry for the bad lighting)


Some Irish flags and Shamrocks:-)




Typically Hammy Sammy was missing so I gave him is bubble maker to play with

Kiss me I'm Irish (okay watered down but he is actually Irish)


He was not a big fan of the shamrocks;-)


My Grandfather's birthday was on St. Patty's day. I now have a niece with that birthday! Here is Thea and her Daddy :-)

Head over to Cheaper than Therapy to check out the other Thousand Word Thursday posts :-)

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Settlers of Catan

Tim and I love board games. We love getting together with people to play games. We love staying in, even with just the two of us, and playing board games.

On New Year’s Eve, Tim and I had the pleasure to learn a new game. Our friends Mark and Katie brought over Settlers of Catan. We played it that night and loved it. The game is fairly new, so it hasn't made it into the main stream market (yet). Because of this, we couldn't just go out and pick up a copy. We played it again a little while later and decided that we needed to order the game.

The general goal of the game is to earn 10 points. You get points for having settlements, cities, and miscellaneous other ways. You build your settlements on different resources that have numbers from 2-12 on them. On each turn the person rolls the dice and if they roll the number of your resource you receive some of that resource (via resource cards). You use resources to build roads, settlements, upgrade settlements to cities, and to get development cards. There are more rules than this, but that is the general idea. You can read more of the directions here.

So if you live in our area and like board games, let us know. We would love to play it with you. If you don't live in our area and think that you would like the game, I would recommend trying it out. It's a lot of fun.


Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Greenville - What I Learned This Week

Tim and I loved Greenville the last time we were down there (last May). The city is so clean and family oriented. We were very excited to get to go down this past weekend for a 3 day weekend. The only flaw to the weekend was that it rained everyday we were there :-P.

Friday morning was the only day that it didn't rain. We got to go and enjoy a little playground by Janelle's house with the kids. It was pretty chilly so we only played outside for a few minutes.


During Sammy's nap Karla and I went to a consignment sale near her house. I needed some more play clothes for this summer and wanted to get something cheap to play outside in this summer. We picked out a bunch of shirts and then asked about the color on the tags meant. The lady told us the next morning everything went to 50% off (except for the things marked with a red tag). So we hid all of the things we picked out and hoped they would still be there in the morning.

That night we had fun playing a new board game that we had gotten Karla for Christmas. We had fun catching up on whats going on in each others lives.

Saturday morning we went to the consignment sale again. I was very excited that all of my stuff was still there :-)!! We picked out a ton of other stuff as well. Saturday afternoon we to Mady's birthday party. We had fun celebrating with everyone.

Sunday we had the chance to hang out with my friend Wendy and her son Carson. We played at Chuck E' Cheese and then went over to this fun place called Monkey Joe's. It is one of those bounce house places but they have a specially section just for toddlers. Sammy was pretty imtimidated by the noise and amount of kids there but enjoyed the quite moments.

A few lessons I learned on this trip:
1. Bring more indoor toys if it is suppose to rain all weekend
2. Attach pacifier to car seat for the trip. Sammy was suppose to be sleeping on the way down and kept dropping his pacifier. So if anyone one saw some red work out pants on a passenger side window on Thursday night that was me trying to retrieve the paci ;-)
3. I didn't let Sammy have cake at the birthday party because I didn't want him to stain his sweater. When we weren't paying any attention Sammy snuck into the kitchen climbed up on a chair and was eating someone's left over cake. I learned that he can eat cake from a fork while standing on a chair and not get any on himself. I need to give the kid more credit.
4. Sammy takes a while to warm up but when he does he is completely comfortable!


Head over to Musings of a Housewife for some more What I Learned this Week's posts.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Vacation from Vacation

Why is it that you always need a vacation to recuperate from the vacation? We had a great trip to Greenville for a long weekend. The weather was pretty nasty (cold and rainy) so it was tough to keep Sammy entertained inside. He however was a trooper through it all. We got in late last night, might have been wiser to get back a few hours earlier.

Since I am to tired to write a recap that would be of any interest at all I will just give you a few pictures to hold you over!

Thanks for letting us come visit Karla.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Memories:The Odds

My birthday is in the middle of April. Just a few days before the taxes are due. This was always a good reminder for my Dad.

I had the pleasure of having my birthday on Easter for the first time in my life when I was 10. I remember the birthday very vividly. We were on vacation and came home around dinner time on Sunday. My parents hit the garage door opener and there it was! My first new bike! I had the 'pleasure' of riding Clare's pink bike (with pink tires) up until that point and was so excited about my not pink bike.

The years went on and my birthday did not fall on Easter again for a long time. I remember my junior year of college looking up to see what day of the week my birthday was going to be on. This was the big birthday where I could order my first margarita! I was thinking about having a little party and ordering a drink. That was until I realized that my 21st birthday was on Easter. It then became the joke with all of my friends that we were going out for drinks on Easter to celebrate!

What are the odds?

Well my curiosity got to me tonight and I wanted to see when my next Easter birthday would be. I am sure I will be topping the excitement of my 21st with my next Easter birthday! I am going to throw a HUGE party and you all are invited ;-). I will be turning the ripe age of 83! So on April 11th, 2066 come over for dinner and a party. We will get things started around 2pm before everyone falls asleep.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

A little video from the park on Saturday. Sammy thought it was so yell up the tunnel slide to whomever was up there. Sorry it was a little windy :-)

video

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Spring Fever!

We we certainly got out an enjoyed the great weather we had here this weekend. This is what our Saturday looked like:

Checked out a new playground by our house


Might be my new favorite picture.. just wish you could see the gigantic grin behind his hands


Static Hair!

Playing in the sandbox. Can you read his shirt? It says, "My Parents are Exhausted!"


Shoveling water

Saturday afternoon my sister came over with her family. Somehow I don't think we took any pictures while they hung out. But the boys had a blast playing in the backyard!


These are from Sunday before church he just had to get out and play!

Doing the slide all by himself

Cutting our grass

Sammy has been able to run off so much more energy playing outside. He has also been eating a ton more. I am not looking forward to feeding him and his fast metabolism in his teenage years.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Some Random Pictures

I know it was a real creative title.. This is a picture post with no story and just some random pictures I have been holding out on.

Fake smile.. saying cheese :-P


Bowling with Aunt Nicia
(thanks for the idea Nell-Marie)


Sammy's favorite activity putting together puzzles


Crazy hair.. watching old school Winnie the Pooh (he was sick)


Rocking the fohawk!


Saturday, March 7, 2009

Spring Reading Thing 2009



That's right Spring is just around the corner and with that comes the Spring Reading Thing. This year it is running from March 20th to June 20th.

The general gist of the carnival is:
1. Create a reading list for the spring season
2. Post the list of books you plan to read
3. Post any goals you have for your reading
4. Have fun and read :-)

You can check out more details over at Callapidder Days. If you are interested you can check out my previous entries for Spring Reading Thing 2008 and the Fall into Reading 2008.