Wednesday, December 31, 2008


Originally uploaded by princess and the purl

It's hard to believe that seven years ago, I was sitting in a hospital room on New Years Eve with a very precious baby boy! At 5 lbs 8 oz, he didn't even fit into his outfits! Now look at him....Happy Birthday Corey Lemon!

(music is courtesy of Corey's Favs!)

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Little Drummer Boy

Well, Christmas is half over....we had our usual present opening at our house this morning and now we are off to my parents for the rest of the day....just what we need: MORE FOOD!!!

Earlier I had looked at a How to drum kit for Jamie. The next day, my mom's music teacher mentioned she was trying to get rid of her son's drum set. He is in the military and she is moving into a condo. They gave us this awesome drum set for FREE! All I can say is that I hope God blesses them back for what they have done for us!

(if anyone knows a good way to set up a drum set...please let me know....half of the drums' stands have this metal points on the end, I'm sure so that they don't move, but I have wood floors...not a good idea...hence the wonky half of a setup we've got going on!)

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Twas Two Weeks Before Christmas...

Twas two weeks before Christmas and all through our castle,
you can hear momma screaming, "Oh What a Hassle!!"

Cooking and cleaning and dishes galore.
Jamie hates folding's such a bore!

Making sweaters and mittens to suit every fashion,
sleeves done in Stockinette are definitely not my passion!

Baking sweet treats for everyone's delight,
by January 1st our pants wont fit right!

I'm trying my hardest to spread love and Holiday Cheer,
but right now what I need is a pint of good BEER!

Not sure if I'll get a chance to post between now and all of our festivities so until then:


Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Baby, It's Cold Outside!

Sunday was our first "big" snow....only 3 or 4 inches, but still enough to give me the Christmas bug even more! It was the perfect snow, coating the trees and bushes, heavy enough to make a good snow ball, a beautiful blanket that kept people snuggled up at home. The kids were chomping at the bit to go outside....then we realized that hmmm, J had grown since last year! Corey now wears J's stuff and Riley Corey's, but there was no one to pass down last years' snow pants and boots to the 1st born! (yep, that's one more nomination for Mother of the Year for me!!!!) Not to worry poor child, this won't be the last snow and by February you'll be whining about when it will all be gone!

The dogs love it when it snows~well...Sawyer, our Golden, loves it when it snows...Max, our Rot mutt, is more annoyed by the fact that 10 year old Sawyer turns into a spastic puppy when the white stuff appears!

You might remember from my last post that we've been on a bread making kick. I've gone through 4 things of rapid rise yeast in the last month! Jamie is really getting into it~ the other day I made him make some Honey Wheat Bread as his math. We doubled the batch and I only gave him 1/2 cup and 1/4 cup measuring cups (mean mom!) so then he had to figure out that if the recipe called for 1 1/2 cups of wheat flour, what would it be doubled and then how many times would we fill the 1/4 cup. He did great and actually caught me once! (don't blame me...I went to a public school...snicker...snicker!)

These turned out to be crazy big loaves. Next time when we double the batch, I'm going to do 3 loaves or else free form some rolls. There is nothing like hot bread and fresh soup on a cold day! I've discovered that if I put it in soup, the boys will pretty much eat anything: I made a minestrone soup the other day and all three of them ate 2 bowls full! Little did they know that they were eating a bag of spinach and a zucchini...ok, so maybe I'll make up for "the wrong sized snow boots" with "the I make my kids eat a ton of veggies)

Oh, I have gotten a few leads on things to do for community service....I'll let you know when I get some details nailed down, but here are a couple of suggestions if you're interested:

-making and delivering Christmas Cards to a nursing home

-making cookies for the troops

-adopting a solider

-bringing snacks and love to our local airport when troops have a lay over

-do a card drive or something to send to our troops

-anything that will get the boys' focus off the "Toys For Us" flyer!

(seems to be a lot of troop centered ideas, but my boys are obsessed with the armed forces so I think that they will really connect with this one!)