Monday, March 31, 2008

Happy Birthday!!

Just wanted to wish Aunt Linda a Happy Birthday today! I think she's 39. ;-) If you are reading this, I hope you have a GREAT day. Eat a piece of cake for me!!
Well, being a cold, nasty day yesterday & nowhere to go....I actually got a lot of scrapping done! Yay me!!Pics of Clay with his big 10 pt that he shot up at Mason's hunting cabin back in December. I stole the title from Wanda....her hubby hunts too & she is always referring to him as the 'Mighty Hunter'. I loved it & thought it would be the perfect title for this page. So, thanks Miss Wanda for the inspiration!!
Pics from our blustery, windy day we had back in Feb.....where we had fires burning around us & lost our power for 18 hours.

Clay & the boys at the Sportsman's Show over in Fishersville last month. Pics with a couple of their favorite TV hunting celebs....Lee & Tiffany...'Gettin' Close' LOVE this pic that Ashley took of her flip-floppy feet in the SNOW back in January! Ha!!

Sunday, March 30, 2008


I stole this from Kaye's blog:

"The idea of the exchange is I will send a handmade gift to the first three people who leave a comment on this blog post requesting to join this PIF (Pay It Forward) exchange. I don’t know what that gift will be yet, and you may not receive it tomorrow or next week, but you will receive it within 365 days, that is my promise! The only thing you have to do in return is pay it forward by making the same promise on your blog - this means you must have a blog - sorry, blogless readers."

I'm actually thinking that I'll send a crocheted or knitted dishcloth to the first 3 who respond. Not 'promising' special colors or anything, but we shall see. So, when you leave your comment, please tell me what colors are in your kitchen & I'll see what I can do.


Clay woke me up this morning to tell me that he was taking the van to work because it was SLEETING! It's Spring time for goodness sake......March 30! At least at this point in the season, I know it won't be too bad or last very long, but still............ Today's weather forcast calls for rain/sleet mix this morning; high mid 40s & snow tonight after midnight! Guess I'll just cozy up by the fire & scrap today. ;-)

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Lazy Saturday

Today has been a really nice, laid back day. Nothing major going on...just the normal laundry...& I was actually able to scrap some!Chris' 19th Birthday cell phone*Rascal Flatts cd*clothes*supper at Pizza Hut*chocolate cake for dessert.
The blanket that I crocheted Daniel for Christmas. The kids said it was his 'Spiderman' blanket because of the colors...which is pretty cool because Daniel loves Spidey!

Just a snapshot of the kids working one of the cool puzzles that Aunt Vada sent for Christmas...also the finished product. Fun, fun activity for a cold winter's afternoon!

Cool Site

My cousin, Kristi is always sharing a 'cool site of the week' on her blog so when I ran across this awesome site, I decided I'd share it with y'all too. This is a group of cardmakers, scrappers & altered art fans brought together by their love of Jesus & their desire to express their faith in creative ways. Once every two weeks they post a new challenge to inspire you. I will definitely be checking back on a regular basis. Enjoy!

Friday, March 28, 2008


Was sitting outside after supper this evening when the Animal Control lady came driving up. She said she had our dog that had been hit. Poor old Shake....I just KNEW this was going to happen. He was so old, couldn't see or hear hardly at all, but he stuck with his little buddy, Spud & they ran any & every where together! Little Spud was so sad & forlorn-looking after the lady left. Called Clay & he said the boys were going to have to dig hole to bury him......couldn't leave him til he got would be too late & dark by then. So, Jon dug the hole while Michael & Alli gathered flowers. Ashley didn't want to come out there at all! Said she wanted to remember Shake the way he used to be. This layout below is for her.......Spud & buds.

'To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven; A time to be born, and a time to die.'
~Ecclesiastes 3:1-2~

Outside My Window

Was sitting here at the computer resizing some pictures from yesterday & this is what I saw. My two girlies laying on he quilt having some 'Sister' time together. I love catching little moments like this! The picture's not so hot because it was taken THROUGH the window...screen & all...but I love it. ;-)
This one's for Kaye......our babies have their eyes open now & they are SO adorable!

Yesterday was Bunny's 4th BD & he was spoiled to death all day long. (Like he isn't spoiled all the time anyway...Ha!) Here is enjoying some special kitty treats.

And our special dessert of the day yesterday...strawberry cheesecake! And boy was it YUMMY!! I told Clay I felt like 'Suzy Home-maker' yesterday. I baked a cheesecake yesterday morning, made home-made chicken salad for our lunch & then baked ziti for supper. Thought I'd share the cheesecake recipe here for any of you that might be interested.
Philadelphia Strawberry Swirl Cheesecake
1c. graham cracker crumbs
1c. + 3 Tbs. sugar,divided
3Tbs. butter, melted
5 pkg. (8 oz. each) cream cheese, softened
3Tbs. flour
1Tbs. vanilla
1c. sour cream
4 eggs
1/3c. strawberry jam
Preheat oven to 325. Combine crumbs, 3Tbs. sugar & butter. Firmly press mixture into bottom of foil-lined 13x9" baking pan. Bake 10 mins.
Beat cream cheese, 1c. sugar, flour & vanilla in large bowl using electric mixer. Add sour cream, mix well. Add eggs one at a time, beating on low speed after each addition. Pour over crust. Lightly drop small spoonfuls of jam over top of batter. Using a knife, cut through batter several times to create marble effect.
Bake 40 mins. or until center is almost set. Cool. Refrigerate 4 hours or overnight.
** For a lower fat version, I only used 2 reg. cream cheeses, then 2 lowfat ones & one fat-free.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Busy Day

Feel like I've been buzzing non-stop today. Nothing major...just lots of stuff. Normal morning stuff around to pick up a few things to tide us over til grocery day...Sam's for milk & to order pics....pick up Chris....home...take girls to library....Family Dollar.....home (again)....supper: grilled pork chops, baked potatoes, salad, ronis & corn bread...made some cards....watched Idol....tucked Michael & Alli in bed & now here I sit for a minute before heading upstairs to bed.The two cards I made this evening. Used some paper piecing patterns that hadn't seen the light of day for a good while. I really had fun doing these. Should pull the paper piecing stuff out more often.

Layout I did the other night of the little welded critters that Mason made for the girls.

Slice of Life

These questions are Quiz #1 in the 2006 special issue from Simple Scrapbooks called 'Scrapbook Shortcuts with Quizzes & Questions.'

1. the last person I sent a card to
Sent an Easter card to Ella the other day.

2. what I ate for lunch today
Yesterday I had a turkey sub from Subway. REALLY yummy!

3. something I just learned
How to knit a dishcloth on the diagonal....using the increase/decrease stitches.

4. my favorite song this year
Two come to mind right off the top of my head...(1) 'Ready, Set, Don't Go' by Billy Ray & Miley Cyrus & (2) 'International Harvester' by Craig Morgan.

5. the last book I read
'The Sacrifice' by Beverly Lewis

6. what i’m wearing right now
Red plaid PJ pants with a red Bass Master's Tshirt

7. the last phone call I made
Gosh, I can't remember....I'm guessing it would be Clay

8. inside, I don’t feel very different from when I was (how old?)
I don't know......42?!

9. the last restaurant I ate at was
Subway....yesterday for lunch with Ashley & Alli

10. my favorite tv show is
I guess it would have to be American's the only TV show I ever actually sit down & watch.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008


Here's our latest bit of organizing.....I had been wanting to get one of these 12x12 three drawer thingies for some time now. Thought it would be prefect for storing patterned paper....the girls & I each get a drawer. That way they have their 'own' spot for storing paper, etc. Maw gave me some money in my Easter card & this is what I got with it. This & some Old Navy flip-flops. ;-)
So, Ashley & I spent the afternoon cleaning off & clearing out our scrap area.

And here's our table all cleaned up & organized.....ready to scrap!

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Happy Easter

I hope you all had a wonderful & blessed Easter today. We all went over to Maw's after church for lunch. We were FINALLY able to enjoy this yummy ice cream cake.......that Maw had gotten for Daniel, Anna, Alli & Chris' birthdays. Never mind that it's almost Jon's BD now! Ha! BTW, it was delicious!! I think we all had seconds. ;-)

Do you know how hard it is to get 7 children to all look in the same direction & smile nicely for the camera?? Oh well.....this is just TWO of the shots I took.

Ashley showing off her very first pair of HEELS! And Jon showing off....that even with 3" heels on...he is still TALLER than Ashley. Brothers!
P.S. I LOVE that pciture of the two of them....with their arms around each how sweet is that?! Reminds me of a picture of the two of them when they were like 3 & 4 years old, sitting on a stump & singing 'We're twins, we're twins, we're really, really twins.' (That was a song they made up & sang all the time when they were little.)

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Bunny Cake

Look what we made today! He's an earless Bunny now...they sure were tastey!!

Saturday Snippets

Realized that I had a few pics on my camera that needed to be added, so this morning is just a bunch of snippets from here & yonder. First of all, while it's on my mind.......Kaye, the book I'm reading now is 'Where My Heart Belongs' by Tracie Peterson. A new author to me, but so far it's good!Spring is definitely here!! Took this pic last Saturday out in the front field.
Jon showing off the checks he got from selling his furs! This goes in the 'Rifle Fund'.

MaLady and her five newborn kittens.

Took these pics of Jon & Michael last night. They spent all afternoon/evening working on these bows & arrows. They made their bows using good sturdy sticks & bungee cords. Then for the arrows they cut branches from a bush & whittled the ends down to a point. Very creative, if you ask me. Then set up an old sand bag for some target practice. They say they are going to shoot frogs now down at the pond. ;-P

Friday, March 21, 2008

Word of the Day

Rue-To repent of; to regret.

Ashley was using this last night & told me she learned it from 'iCarly'. Go figure.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Two Things


Two names you go by:
1. Amy
2. Mom

Two things you are wearing right now:
1. Frito Lay t-shirt
2. Flannel pj pants

Two things you would want (or have) in a relationship:
1. Laughter
2. Trust

Two things you like to do:
1. Read
2. Scrap

Two things you want very badly at the moment:
1. Warm cozy bed & a good night's sleep

Two things you did last night:
1. Watched American Idol
2. Started reading a new library book

Two things you ate today:
1. Apple breakfast bar (the power was off this morning)
2. Lexington BBQ for supper (Clay got it when they went to NC yesterday)

Two people you last talked to:
1. Clay
2. Ashley

Two things you're doing tomorrow:
1. Taking Chris to class
2. finishing up getting Easter stuff

Two longest car rides:
1. Asheboro, NC to Rockport, In
2. Lynchburg, VA to Des Moines, IA

Two favorite holidays:
1. Thanksgiving
2. Christmas

Two favorite beverages:
1. Sweet tea with lemon
2. Coffee

Two things about me that you may not have known:
1. Clay & I dated for 3 years before we got married
2. My longest labor was 5 hours long

Two jobs I have had in my life:
1. Assistant Manager at the Dollar Tree
2. sales assistant at Belks

Two Movies I would watch over and over:
1. Top Gun
2. The Parent Trap

Places I have lived:
1. VA
2. NC

Two of my favorite foods:
1. Pizza
2. Steak & Shrimp

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Ashley's Art work

Ashley has been on a scrapping jag here these past few days & I am loving all her layouts! Just HAD to share some of them here with y'all.This picture of Jovi was taken Christmas morning in front of the tree. Ashley has lifted most of these layout ideas from my scrapping mags (just not quite sure which ones to give credit to, but anyway.) Note the use of the photo corners on the blocks of patterned paper here. She even painted them to match her LO....they were lavender to start with.
Love this one of Bunny & especially how the colors in the buttons bring out the color in his eyes. His eyes showed up as one blue & one green the way the flash hit them & so the buttons really show this off.

This was a clay sculpture that Ashley had made & she named him Les the Fish. I'm really proud of her chipboard title letters here...she traced the letters onto cardboard, covered them with patterned paper to match her LO & then modge-podged over them to give some shine. Way to go my 'Frugal Scrapper'. ;-)

Just a simple layout about Jonesie & how he came to live with us.

This is a picture of the folder that Ashley made Maw for her BD...she got the idea from one of her Brio mags. This is also her first attempt at stitching on a layout & I think she did a terrific job!

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

New Baby Kittens

We are in the midst of Birthing 101 in the corner of our living room right now. Our big ole fat Calico cat is having her kittens....2 so yellow one & one calico that looks just like her. The kids are so excited! We just KNEW last night that it wouldn't be long at all.....she was about to bust a gut to come inside.....first at the front door, then the back door, peeking in the window. Anyway, the kiddos are all wrapped us in this right now & there's no pulling them away. Dana, this IS Biology class, right?!

We had a really fun day yesterday. Dropped by with the girls to visit Maw for a bit & took her some spaghetti & salad to have for her supper. Then we picked up Chris & went to Barnes & Noble, Old Navy & Target. I had to return some things to Old Navy & ended up getting some flip-flops in plcae of the stuff I returned. After a bit of shopping we headed up to the Dollar Theater to see 'Enchanted'. Loved this....really cute & one that I'd like to have in my collection. Just a good movie to stick in from time to Chick Flick. And to top the fun day off, we got Vitos Pizza for supper. Aunt Linda had sent us money when Grandpa Bunner died & told us to get pizza in his we did just that! A nice ending to a fun afternoon.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Cousin to Cousin...

Church this morning & then home to just hang out for the afternoon. It was really nice outside, so the kids took their sandwiches out on the quilt again today for another picnic lunch. I joined them & read for awhile....finished up reading 'The Sacrifice'. Now I will read on the second Harry Potter until I can get to the library to get the last book in the 'Abram's Daughters' series.
Seems like both girls & I have been on a scrapping jag these last few days. We've all been scrapping away. Below is a LO that I did yesterday......all the girl cousins taken last weekend in NC. It says...'Cousin to cousin we will always be. Special friends from the same family tree.' The two on each end are Steph's (Clay's sister) twin girls that just turned 16 this week. L-R is Brittany(16) Caitlin(14) Alli(9) Ashley(14) & Christie(16).

Saturday, March 15, 2008


Ok...I'm totally stealing this idea from Dana....I told her I would. I'm going to do an acrostic for SATURDAY.

S- sitting in the sun...watching my kids play volley ball while I read my book...'The Sacrifice'

A- Ashley & I spent a lazy morning scrapping together. It was so nice & I actually got my Design Team assignment done for the April newsletter. Yay me!

T- Trio of kids having a picnic lunch on a blanket in the yard. Ashley, Alli & Michael.

U- Underwear washed & folded today. ;-)

R- Rain this evening....right after I get the grill started no less. At least it was just kind of sprinkling & I was still able to get the chicken grilled between the drops of rain. It was really yummy!

D- Dad & Jon went to the fur market today with Uncle Skippy to sell all their furs. Jon got around $120, I think.

A- Alli, Ashley & I watched 'iCarly' tonight.

Y- Youngest & oldest sons both got hair cuts this evening.


Just realized that I had never posted these LOs on my blog. They were done a couple weeks back for the cyber crop at A Scrappin' Friendsy.This one was done using song says, 'Whenever I see your smiling face, I have to smile myself, because I love you' ~James Taylor
For this one, you just picked a picture...any picture & randomly jotted down your thoughts for the journaling. I loved this pic that Ashley took looking into her mirror....with all her goodies & ticket stubs, etc....kind of a glimpse of her at age 14.
This one show cases a specific personality trait.....showing off Jon's goofiness.

Everlasting God

Strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord
We will wait upon the Lord
Our God, You reign forever
Our Hope, our strong Deliverer
You are the everlasting God
The everlasting God
You do not faint
You won't grow weary
You're the defender of the weak
You comfort those in need
You lift us up on wings like eagles!

Friday, March 14, 2008

Yet another Bee-yooo-tee-ful day today. I know I've been saying that all week, but today REALLY was nice.....about 71 degrees. Couldn't wait to get home from getting groceries & sit outside & enjoy the sunshine! The kids played outside ALL afternoon......playing frisbee & volley ball, fishing & reading & riding their bikes.I actually scrapped some this evening too. Did the pictures of Alli & Cori celebrating her 10th BD Monday at Maw's house. I crocheted the blanket for her so she'd have one just like I made for Alli & Anna.
And BTW....For those wondering about what Ashley named her Kitty sculpture......she named it Annie. Sorry Kaye, but she said she couldn't name it Pierre because it's NOT a boy. Clay said she should name it 'Skinny' because it is just like a silhouette.....well, that got me to thinking & so I typed 'skinny' into the Thesaurus to see what ideas we might come up with and right at the top of the list was anorexic.................So.........Annie is short for anorexic. ;-P

Thursday, March 13, 2008


I was outside vacuuming & washing the van this afternoon when Mason came riding up on his scooter. He had come over to bring these critters to Ashley & Alli. He has his own welding shop at his house & is so talented with his creations. He said he made these for the girls since he has given the boys treasures pocket knives & hatchets. He made the grasshopper for Alli out of a RR spike & she named him 'Pokey'. Ashley hasn't decided on a name for her kitty yet. So, I was hoping my faithful blog readers would give us some your names for Ashley's kitty cat & then we will look them over & choose a name.

Wife's Request

This is one of those forwards that I received the ohter day in my email. I usually just delete these, but this one was different & I thought it was worth posting here.


I was sitting alone in one of those loud, casual steak houses that you
find all over the country. You know the type--a bucket of peanuts on
every table, shells littering the floor, and a bunch of perky college
kids racing around with long neck beers and sizzling platters.

Taking a sip of my iced tea, I studied the crowd over the rim of my
glass. My gaze lingered on a group enjoying their meal. They wore no
uniform to identify their branch of service, but they were definitely
"military:" clean shaven, cropped haircut, and that "squared away" look
that comes with pride.

Smiling sadly, I glanced across my table to the empty seat where my
husband usually sat. It had only been a few months since we sat in this
very booth, talking about his upcoming deployment to the Middle East .
That was when he made me promise to get a sitter for the kids, come back
to this restaurant once a month and treat myself to a nice steak. In turn
he would treasure the thought of me being here, thinking about him until
he returned home.

I fingered the little flag pin I constantly wear and wondered where he
was at this very moment. Was he safe and warm? Was his cold any better?
Were my letters getting through to him?

As I pondered these thoughts, high pitched female voices from the next
booth broke into my thoughts. "I don't know what Bush is thinking about.
Invading Iraq . You'd think that man would learn from his old man's
mistakes. Good Lord. What an idiot! I can't believe he is even in office.
You do know, he stole the election."

I cut into my steak and tried to ignore them as they began an endless
tirade running down our president.

I thought about the last night I spent with my husband, as he prepared
to deploy. He had just returned from getting his smallpox and anthrax
shots. The image of him standing in our kitchen packing his gas mask
still gives me chills.

Once again the women's voices invaded my thoughts.

"It's all about oil, you know. Our soldiers will go in and rape and
steal all the oil they can in the name of 'freedom'. Hmmm! I wonder how
many innocent people they'll kill without giving it a thought. It's pure
greed, you know."

My chest tightened as I stared at my wedding ring. I could still see how
handsome my husband looked in his "mess dress" the day he slipped it on
my finger I wondered what he was wearing now. Probably his desert
uniform, affectionately dubbed "coffee stains" with a heavy bulletproof
vest over it.

"You know, we should just leave Iraq alone. I don't think they are
hiding any weapons. In fact, I bet it's all a big act just to increase
the president's popularity. That's all it is, padding the military budget
at the expense of our social security and education. And, you know what
else? We're just asking for another 9-11. I can't say when it happens
again that we didn't deserve it."

Their words brought to mind the war protesters I had watched gathering
outside our base. Did no one even appreciate the sacrifice of brave men
and women, who leave their homes and family to ensure our freedom? Do
they even know what "freedom" is?

I glanced at the table where the young men were sitting, and saw their
courageous faces change. They had stopped eating and looked at each other
dejectedly, listening to the women talking.

"Well, I, for one, think it's just deplorable to invade Iraq , and I am
certainly sick of our tax dollars going to train professional
baby-killers we call a military."

Professional baby-killers. I thought about what a wonderful father my
husband is, and of how long it would be before he would see our children

That's it! Indignation rose up inside me. Normally reserved, pride in
my husband gave me a brassy boldness I never realized I had. Tonight one
voice will answer on behalf of our military, and let her pride in our
troops be known.

Sliding out of my booth, I walked around to the adjoining booth and
placed my hands flat on their table. Lowering myself to eye level with
them, smiling I said, "I couldn't help overhearing your conversation. You
see, I'm sitting here trying to enjoy my dinner alone. And, do you know
why? Because my husband, whom I love with all my heart, is halfway around
the world defending your right to say rotten things about him."

"Yes, you have the right to your opinion, and what you think is none of
my business. However, what you say in public is something else, and I
will not sit by and listen to you ridicule MY country, MY president, MY
husband, and all the other fine American men and women who put their
lives on the line, just so you can have the "freedom" to complain.
Freedom is an expensive commodity, ladies. Don't let your actions cheapen

I must have been louder than I meant to be, because the manager came
over to inquire if everything was all right

"Yes, thank you," I replied.

Then, turning back to the women, I said, "Enjoy the rest of your meal."

As I returned to my booth applause broke out. I was embarrassed for
making a scene, and went back to my half eaten steak. The women picked up
their check and scurried away.

After finishing my meal, and while waiting for my check, the manager
returned with a huge apple cobbler ala mode. "Compliments of those
soldiers," he said. He also smiled and said the ladies tried to pay for
my dinner, but that another couple had beaten them to it.

When I asked who, the manager said they had already left, but that the
gentleman was a veteran, and wanted to take care of the wife of "one of
our boys."

With a lump in my throat, I gratefully turned to the soldiers and
thanked them for the cobbler. Grinning from ear to ear, they came over
and surrounded the booth.

"We just wanted to thank you, ma'am. You know we can't get into
confrontations with civilians, so we appreciate what you did."

As I drove home, for the first time since my husband's deployment, I
didn't feel quite so alone. My heart was filled with the warmth of the
other diners who stopped by my table, to relate how they, too, were proud
of my husband, and would keep him in their prayers.

I knew their flags would fly a little higher the next day. Perhaps they
would look for more tangible ways to show their pride in our country, and
the military that protect her. And maybe, just maybe, the two women who
were railing against our country would pause for a minute to appreciate
all the freedom America offers, and the price it pays to maintain its

As for me, I have learned that one voice CAN make a difference.

Maybe the next time protesters gather outside the gates of the base
where I live, I will proudly stand on the opposite side with a sign of my
own. It will simply say, "Thank You!"

To those who fought for our nation, freedom has a flavor the protected
will never know.


Please pray for God's protection of our troops and HIS wisdom for their
commanders. Pass this on to as many as you think will respond.

"Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands. Protect them as they
protect us. Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they
perform for us in our time of need. I ask this in the name of Jesus, our
Lord and Savior."

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

I Wish.....

I've been following Nate & Tricia's blog-Confessions of a CF Husband-for some time now. (Check out my blog links to the right) Nate's dad was my youth pastor many moons ago when I was a teen-ager & now my cousin goes to his's that for a 'Small World'? was posted on their blog, that they wanted Moms to post their wishes for Tricia & Baby Gwenyth....things that we hope she gets to experience & enjoy as a new mom. So, here goes.....

I wish....
* that you can be a stay-at-home-mom & enjoy every second of your time with Gwenyth
* going into her room at night, after a stressful day & seeing her sleeping like an angel
* Singing 'Little Bunny Foo-Foo' (or whatever song) over & over & over AND OVER AGAIN!!
* A total two-yr. old melt down in Walmart because she can't get a gum-ball out of the machine
* Listening to her scream all the way home in the car because you lost the only paci you had with you....ALWAYS carry several with you! Ha!
* Mud puddles to stomp in
* Dandelion boquets
* Lots of hand-made cards & goodies to cover up your frige.
* Potty-training fun--She'll do it when SHE'S ready....don't push it!
* Peace to leave the dusting/vacuuming/laundry, etc. to 'play' with Gwenyth. They grow up much too fast!!!!

And last, but most certainly not least.......
* that you get to pray the sinner's prayer with your precious little girl & lead her to Jesus! Nothing could be more awesome!!

Now my Challenge to all your blogging mommies...
If you are reading this and you are a mommy, I encourage you (for fun) to do something like this for Tricia on your blog. Tell her all the special, frustrating, wonderful moments that you hope she gets to experience just because she's a mommy now too.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Terrific Tuesday

Just had to share...I thought it was so funny last night at supper....everyone was so tickeld to get to eat 'REAL FOOD' for a change! Ha! As opposed to all the Dominoes pizza, KFC & McDonald's they had been fed all weekend long. They were in hog-heaven with grilled pork chops, baked potatoes, salad, mac/cheese & corn bread. ;-)

Busy, busy today...still trying to get caught up on laundry from the weekend plus clean up this house a little bit. And we were gone all day yesterday too, so that didn't help. Was up at 6:30 this morning...took Chris to class...did a little running around/shopping while I waited on him....he only had two classes & not worth it to drive all the way home & back again. Ran into Michael's & picked up some yarn for Ashley.....had a 40% coupon so it was only $1.25. Then I went to Old Navy.....found some tank tops for Ashley for $1.99, Ts for Jon to put away for his BD for $1.99, plus a pj shirt for me...also $1.99. When I went to pay, the girl did a price adjustment for me for the PJ pants I had bought the other week & I ended up paying $6 for about $12 worth of stuff! WooHoo! Then I hit AC Moore to get the new 'Take Ten' card book that Ashley & I wanted......I had a 50% coupon for there so I got that for $7! I was really tickled with all my bargains today!!

Now, I'm waiting to switch out loads of laundry....I really SHOULD be in there folding what's already been washed, but hey.....I needed a little break. It's SO nice outside....lower 60s! The kids are outside playing...barefooted, I might add...Hee!Hee! Jon is down at the pond fishing. Sheets are on the line how they will smell when I put them back on the bed this evening!
Here are a few pictures from out party yesterday & then of the cousins over the weekend.....
Alli & Cori.....opening up Cori's BD was her 10th BD.....big double digits!
Cori with the afghan I crocheted for her. She had wanted one like I made for Alli & Anna.

Daniel was listening to cds with Ashley...sitting in the back of our van. He was SO cute.....can't remember when we've laughed so hard. He LOVES HSM......even says he wants his hair cut like Troy's. Ha! His favorite song is 'Getchya Head in the Game' and he knows all the words too....was singing right along not missing a beat! Too much for just 3 yrs. old!

Pictures from NC......Jon, Hunter & Michael

Brittany, Caitlin, Alli, Ashley & Christie
Christie, Brittany, Alli, Ashley & Caitlin