Friday, January 30, 2009

It is almost February!

OK-so I have not typed a message in almost a month...though I am not sure anyone reads it! So that makes it ok. Since the start of 2009, we have had some snow (even a day out of school for "something" though I could not tell you what because there was nothing on the ground the next day); we have watched some basketball...ok, we have watched LOTS of basketball; Will has cried over lots of Carolina basketball; Will has played lots of basketball; we found out Mark has passed the Professional Engineering Exam (whoo-hoo!!!); and I have helped to plan and carried through with my first women's conference at our church. That, by the way, was amazing. It was a great day with Shawn Lantz and Nicol Sponberg!

This is the gang: Shawn, me, Nicol, Jennifer and Renee

I am kinda sad that the conference is over...don't get me wrong...it was A LOT of work and I was stressed to the max (mainly about having to stand up and welcome everyone and pray in front of people--so if you were going to ask me to speak to your group about something you may want to re-think that! LOL), but it was so amazing to see God show up and do great things! We had lots of great feedback and are working on some ideas for the months ahead. Well, I am planning and scheming and am going to drag Jennifer and Renee into it with me! SHHH! Don't tell them. God may just get the young (I use that term loosely to describe myself) women of Dalton, GA on fire for Him soon!
So Will has started taking AR tests at school...this working and doing homework and trying to be a wife and mom and take care of my house is hard. I have decided I can't do it all. I realize that something has to give and apparently, by the look of it, it is the house! I hate that for the house. But as my very wise older sister told me once, "You don't have to clean it until it is on the verge of making you or someone in your family sick." Score! I probably have about five more minutes before the airborne illnesses take over!
On the plus side, Caroline (aka-Freaky Ailment Girl) received a clean bill of health last week. Her yucky, unexplained rash is FINALLY gone after 7 months of trying to figure it out and treat it! I can't tell you how excited I am that I do not have to spend an extra 30 minutes after bath time applying lotion, acid gel and skin cancer cream to the 472 bumps on her arms and belly. I have time for more games of pathwords on facebook and that makes me happy!
OK-this is getting long and rambly (no, that is probably not a word) so I am going to wrap it up. I will close with two pictures...one of Mark and the kids. One of me and the kids...it is so hard to get a picture of the four of us, so we compromise!



(My kids don't look happy in the picture with me, but I assure, they love me and we ARE having a good time!)

Blessings to you and yours!

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Year

Happy New Year to you all. Not that there are any of you out there...but just in case! It was an uneventful night in my house. We took our kids to eat at a new Japanese Hibachi place here in Dalton and Caroline covered her ears every time they lit the grill on fire (still trying to figure out how that helped her) and Will said it was the best place he had ever been. Clearly, he needs to get out more!
We bought sparkling something that is still unopened in my refrigerator and we went home. We watched GA Tech get stomped into the ground by LSU, did some laundry, watched Carolina beat up on Nevada and then alternated back and forth between daring stunts on ESPN brought to you by Red Bull and all the shows that counted down til the new year. Will had to sing for the last 10 minutes of 2008 in order to stay awake, (to the tune of the Farmer in the Dell) "I just have 10 minutes, I just have 10 minutes, I just have 10 minutes til the new year comes!" Once the ball fell, dropped, slowly lumbered its way down to the bottom of the big stick it was on, Will and I screamed and yelled (cuz someone said it was bad luck not to) and then everyone on the screen started kissing (including the Clintons....some things did not need to be seen....EVER...even if it was NYE) and Will said, "I really did not need to see that." :) Love him!
So we went to bed, and somehow through out the night, we played musical beds cuz this morning...Caroline was in MY bed, Mark was in Caroline's bed and Will was in his bed...although he was upside down, no covers and apparently he borrowed a roosters hair to replace his own sometime after midnight....But all that said, at 8:30 this morning my phone rang with my mother and father on the other line shouting, "Happy New Year" (well, truth be told, my dad said, "Happy Birthday" first, but we will skip right passed that and not even think that he might have a memory issue)! No one else was up in my house...until the phone rang. Then Caroline woke up...all grumpy and crying....nothing rings in the new year like a super early phone call on new years day to start the day out on a happy note! Cheers!
I checked Angie's blog (LOVE, LOVE her) to make sure that I had not won her giveaway...I want to know about that random number thingie she used....I think it is evil as it NEVER chooses MY number....and I had not won and then I posted this! So, there is my first hour in 2009. Aren't you glad to know that...this day holds football for us I do believe. MOH's team (South Carolina Gamecocks....go ahead, make all the cracks that come screaming to mind with that name, I already have...for the last 12.5 years) plays at 11 in the Outback Bowl. Many years ago we went to the Outback Bowl to see the chickens play....many years and BK (before kids)....I thought I had a picture...but apparently not. Aren't you disappointed?
Happy New Year...may your team win their bowl game and may you keep your resolution for at least 24 hours (I, incidently, did not make any this year, because I am tired of being a failure on the 2nd day of the New Year!)! So far, it is working for me!

Blessings to you all!