Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Children's Building

Our church has been in the process of constructing a new children's building to house all the children's classrooms. Currently they are in a huge tent-like structure and are in dire need of a new and improved dwelling! They are almost at the completion phase, but before they lay the carpeting and flooring, our pastor invited the whole congregation to write on the concrete. So, this past weekend the building was open before and after each service so that we all could "leave our mark" with markers. You could write prayers, scripture verses, notes, drawings, etc. Whatever was on your heart. It was such a great idea. I even got a little choked up knowing that the foundation of this building was truly built on God's Word. After services on Sunday we picked up Kaiden from the nursery, headed to the children's building, grabbed our marker and left our mark. It was fun! I even think that Kaiden enjoyed crawling around on the dusty floors! Here are a few pictures of our experience.

We found what would be the K-1 classrooms (since that's where Kaiden would be first) and began!

"Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it." Proverbs 22:6

Daddy and Kaiden. This is the main area of the bottom floor of the building. See all the people? It was packed!

Kaiden left his mark. We traced his hand and wrote a note to God!

Monday, September 29, 2008

Happy Birthday, Kaiden: Part 1

Kaiden's 1st birthday is on October 2nd, but we wanted to make sure that he had his first "big boy birthday bash" to help celebrate this huge milestone! Some of our dearest friends (and surrogate grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins) joined us this past Saturday at our home. Here is just a glimpse of the photos that we took from the day! (I hate that I didn't get as many pictures as I wanted...but it's hard being the hostess and trying to fit pictures in too!)

Our dear friend made these "bouquets" out of cookies. Her two girls decorated each of the pots as well. Every kiddo took a cookie home at the end of the night along with their goodie bags.

Here's the beginning of the day with some of the kids playing with Kaiden's toys.

The girls were such good helpers. They spent a bunch of time teaching Kaiden to walk all around the house behind his push truck.

Here are some friends lingering around the table after dinner.

Time for cake! Here are some of the kiddos with Kaiden right before we cut into the cake! Mmmm...

Kaiden wasn't too sure of cake. In fact, he took the plate and turned it over, took the cake and threw it on the floor and really didn't eat any of it!

After cake, the troops were all getting restless. It was a long day and everyone needed their Zzzz's. So we woke up the next day and opened the presents from everyone that came.

This one was sent from Grandpa and Grandma in PA. We just couldn't resist giving this one to him early! He loves it!

Here's my precious boy....about to turn 1!

Stay tuned for part two of Kaiden's birthday!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Baby Got New Shoes

I have yet to buy Kaiden his first pair of shoes. There are a number of reasons why I haven't found it necessary for me to go and actually buy any thus far.
  1. I'm cheap.
  2. It's Arizona. And it's hot. Who wants to wear shoes when it's this flippin' hot?
  3. He has only been crawling. Until now.
  4. Did I mention that I am cheap?
Apparently those little feet were made for walking, though, because this past weekend Daddy taught Kaiden to "walk" behind his push truck. Oh boy! I saw life as I know it flash before my eyes. So, I decided it was high time that this boy got some proper shoes to get him going.

What I thought would be a simple task turned out to take priority over the past couple of days. I researched on the Internet and I went to countless stores only to come up empty handed. Who knew that this would be such a confusing process? They're shoes, for goodness sakes, for a (about to be) toddler.

I ended up at the Stride Rite outlet yesterday. The gal there was extremely helpful to a poor mother who had no clue. After trying on a boat load of shoes we finally found the winners. Aaaannnnd, when the gal rang them up, they were half off the outlet price! Score!

Here's little man with his new kicks:


Here he is trying them out for the first time:

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Mama's Give Away

I can't believe that I am actually going to blog about this, but, Mama needs a new vacuum so here it goes.
Kat over at Mama's Losin' It is giving away a new Hoover. Annnnd, if I just so happen to mention on my little blog here then I get 5 extra entries.

I have a vacuum. A very nice one at that. Bought it at Costco. My Mom would be proud. Not only that I have a nice vacuum, but that I bought it at Costco. She is like the Costco Queen. No joke. But here's my dilemma. Ya know when you stand it up and it is supposed to lock in place so that it stays standing up? Well, my little do-hicky thing broke off (probably in one of my clumsy "quick I need to vacuum before the company gets here" episodes) and now the thing doesn't stand up on it's own. I have to lean it against the wall. How annoying is that?

So this Hoover that she is giving away is new, shiny, stands up on it's own and it's turquoise. I never had a turquoise vacuum, but I think that it could possibly make housework that much more exciting, don't ya think? Okay, maybe not, but it's my fantasy and I'll dream what I want. Not only that, but this is the best part...this Hoover is self-propelling. Yep, my friends, self-propelling.
That. Thing. Is. Mine.

So pop on over to Kat's blog if you want to enter. Errrr, ummmm, I mean, it kind-of looks like a crappy vacuum and you probably wouldn't win it anyways, so you might as well not even bother. If I win it I'll just let you borrow it or you can come over and just marvel at it. I'm sure it's not something that you really would want.

Monday, September 22, 2008

"I Would Like to Thank the Academy..."

Me? You picked me? Little old moi over here in my little corner of the Internet? Awwww...I'm *sniff* so *sniff* honored. I am feeling a little vaclemt. I need a moment. Here's your topic: If a turtle doesn't have a shell, is he homeless or naked? Discuss amongst yourselves.

My blogging buddy, Katie, was sweet enough to award me with this fabulous bloggy award. Her blog is totally witty and I find myself laughing out loud on many occasions. You rock, Katie! Noooo, you rock more. Awww, you're too nice, but you totally rock more...
I graciously accept this award but there are many people that I couldn't have done this without. I would like to thank:
  • My family. Without which I would possibly have a few more brain cells, a few less laughs, a lot more free time and, quite frankly, nothing to brag blog about.
  • My faithful readers. All 3 of you. Without you I would have, well, no readers.
  • My cuz'n, Trish, who gave me the inspiration to finally start my own blog. I haven't looked back since.
  • My 12th grade English teacher, Dr. Harrington. Even though I had a serious case of Senioritis and you gave me detention too many times to count for my excessive chatting, you must have saw some redeeming qualities in my writing. Enough to give me a passing grade. Either that or you didn't want to see me another year in your class if you were to fail me.
  • All the big name bloggers out there who get like 10,000 hits per day. You know who you are. And you sure as heck aren't reading my measly little blog. You inspire me to be more than I am. I heart you.
  • Brad Pitt. A million movies and a dozen kids later, you are totally still eye candy.

Hey, it's my acceptance speech and if I want to thank Brad Pitt then so be it.

In accordance with the rules, I am supposed to nominate 7 other amazing blogs. Let's face it, there are so many other super cool blogs out there that I am so at a loss of who to pick. So, if you read this consider yourself awarded. Now go out there and get your blog on.

The rules:

  1. The winner can (and should, really) put the logo on his/her blog
  2. The winner must link to the person from whom they received their award.
  3. The winner must nominate at least 7 other blogs for an award.
  4. The winner must place links to those blogs on their own blog.
  5. The winner must leave a message on the blogs of the people they’ve nominated.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Clarification

I just wanted to clarify something. Today is September 19th, right? And Christmas is still on December 25th, right? Nobody would have happened to have changed it when I wasn't looking, right?

I just wanted to check because after running errands today (Alone. All by myself, might I add...I thought I had died and went to heaven) I was in Costco and Hallmark and it looked like Santa and his elves had thrown up all over the store. Christmas paraphernalia EV-ER-Y-WHERE.

I totally had to look up how to spell paraphernalia.

Seriously. Cards, wrapping paper, gift boxes, lawn angels, toys, tree ornaments. It was nuts! I mean, I love me some Christmas joy and all but, Whoa Nelly, let's not get ahead of ourselves here. Can I please just get through Halloween first then you can bring on as much Christmas as you want. Umm, thanks.

Okay. I'm off to write out my Christmas list. I would hate for you all not to get a jump start on buying my presents.

Toodle-oo!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Thankful Thursday



This month I have been starting to feel a little overwhelmed with the busyness that is going on with us. We have been pretty busy visiting with friends, knocking things off our "to do" lists while keeping up with the everyday "stuff" that has been going on. Playgroups, grocery shopping, library reading days, etc. Tonight I am hosting the first Bunco group for the women that belong to my church that live in my neighborhood. We go to a very large church (approx 12,000 members) so they are starting to reach out to the women in each area of Phoenix so that we may get together to fellowship on a regular basis. This will also give us a chance to invite other non-members as well to activities that they may be interested in. So I have been busy cleaning and organizing and getting all the details ready for Bunco tonight. I am really looking forward to it.

I have also been extremely busy running around trying to get stuff done for my son's 1st birthday party that we are throwing next weekend. I am secretly glad for this since it diverts my mind from actually focusing on the fact that my son is turning "1" in a few short weeks. I can't bare the thought that my little peanut is actually growing up. I guess it is time to have another one. Ooops. Did I just say that outloud?

So, anyways, with so much going on I have been pretty scatterbrained lately. I am so glad that I have this meme each week to keep me focused on the important things rather than going through life at record speed and forgetting to thank God for all of my blessings.

  • I am thankful for a chance to have a girls night out on Tuesday night. I met up with some friends while our hubbies stayed home to watch the kiddos. We went out to dinner and to see the movie "The Women." It was an okay movie, but we enjoyed just getting out, chit-chatting and being away from the daily chaos of our lives. Side note: Meg Ryan has amazing hair in this movie.
  • I am thankful that hubs has really been stepping up to the plate lately to get his "honey do" list completed. He has also been watching Kaiden a lot more so that I can go to my book club, have GNO and run errands. He really understands that I also need some "me" time and is always encouraging me to get away whenever I can.
  • I am thankful that my back is feeling somewhat better. My son sure is squirmy...and strong! He has really done a number on my back and I have been really feeling the effects of his weight. But, over the last few days I have been feeling a bit better. Now if I could just get a massage I think I would be healed completely. Honey? Are you reading this? You love me, remember?

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Have a Thankful Thursday!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Tuesday Mourning

My dearest Philadelphia Eagles-

I have been a fan for many, many years. I have wanted nothing but the best for you. Nothing makes me happier than to see you shine. To see you fly. To see you rise to the top of your game.

Each year I faithfully watch and cheer you on. Only to be let down again and again. While some don't understand my loyalty, I know that I can never give up on you. I see something more. I see hope. I see determination. I see the fire in your eyes. I see your love for the game.

There are times in our lives that we will fall. We will be beaten. But we must pick ourselves up, brush ourselves off and try, try again. This is how we grow in our hearts and minds. This is how we will become stronger and wiser.

NOW BRUSH OFF YOUR PATHETIC LOSS TO THE COWBOYS AND GET YOUR BUTT IN GEAR SO THAT WE CAN BEAT THE STEELERS ON SUNDAY! AND DON'T EVEN THINK OF SCREWING THIS GAME UP CAUSE I DON'T KNOW HOW MUCH MORE I CAN TAKE!

Love, your most adoring fan,
Tracey

Monday, September 15, 2008

I Won!

So I entered this caption naming contest over at All Access. It's a blog that Big Mama and Boo Mama write at...who I just adore! I wish one of them would adopt me. But, that's for another therapy session. Anyways, they were going to pick two winners who would win Travis Cottrell's new Christmas album. Oh, how I love me some Christmas music. And wouldn't you know it...they ended up picking four people, aaannnddd I was one of them! Can you believe it? Neither can I!!! I am soooo excited (if you couldn't tell)! Go check out my caption. It's pretty funny, if I do say so myself.

You can bet that I will be breaking my "no Christmas music until the day after Thanksgiving" rule.

I know, I'm so naughty.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Why Is It?

Why is it:
  • You plan a great trip that you have been looking forward to forever and the day before you leave you get sick.
  • When you finally get the baby down for a nap (after a very fussy fit) the Fed Ex guy delivers a package and rings the doorbell only to wake the baby. Have you no sense?
  • Your new neighbors invite you over for a "get to know you" dinner on finale night of American Idol. You can't really say, "No thanks, we are busy" because they will see your car in the driveway all night.
  • When you actually get a chance to sleep in, you wake up at 5am anyways.
  • You get in the shortest line in the grocery store, but it ends up taking twice as long as you expected cause the lady in front of you got charged full price for something that she thought was on sale and now the bagger has to go and check to see if there is a sale sign on the shelf that she got it from except now that bagger is having trouble finding it and taking FOREVER.
  • You plan on having a really nice dinner but when hubs comes home he says, "Oh, I'm not that hungry I had a late lunch."
  • You are running late to an appointment and when you jump in the car you notice the gas gage in on empty.
  • You buy something you just have to have now and 31 days later you go back to the store to see that it is on sale. At this point you are past the 30 days, took the item out of the package and threw away the receipt.
  • When you fix yourself cereal for breakfast there is only a drop of milk left.

Why is that? Well, because. That's just my luck.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Thankful Thursday


Thankful Thursday is a chance to look back at the week and offer up my praise for all that I am most thankful for.
  • I am thankful the hail that we had the other night (yes, hail in AZ. In September. I didn't think it was possible either but I saw it with my own two eyes) didn't damage my just-back-from-the-auto-body-shop car.
  • I am thankful that NFL season has started. E-A-G-L-E-S...EAGLES! This is our year. I know it. Just as long as Donovan McNabb doesn't ruin it like he does every year. Somebody please tell me what's all the hype about him, cause I don't get it.
  • I am thankful that that we had firefighters, military, police force, medics and volunteers that helped in the aid on September 11, 2001. Can you believe it was 7 years ago, today, that we were attacked?
  • I am thankful for hubs who works so hard so I can stay home to raise our son.
  • I am thankful for my son who brings me continued happiness and joy everyday.
  • I am thankful for a wonderful extended family that are all healthy.

Have a Thankful Thursday! Visit Sting My Heart for more thankful lists!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

The Shack

Has anyone else heard of this book? Apparently it's the next best thing since sliced bread. It actually is our September book selection for my book club. I usually get the book that we are currently going to read from the library (cause you all know how I hate to actually buy books, or did you?). Buuuttt, when I logged on to put it on hold I was #96 in line. 96! That was well over a month ago. As of today, there are still 35 more people in front of me. Soooo, I drove my cheap self to Wal-Mart and shoveled out the $10.95 for the stupid thing. It better be worth it. It better live up to all the hype. That's all I'm sayin'.

I'll be back in a few to give you my review. And maybe, just maybe, I'll let you borrow it.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Flashbacks

Did you hear that the 80's fashions are coming back in style? Well, I just got the memo (probably a few months late) and I thought that I would share this, umm, shall we say, tragic news.

Last week while I was out blog stalking hopping I stumbled across Big Mama's Fashion Friday post. This clearly indicates the fashion trends making their way back to the *cough* good 'ole days of the 80's, where I spent a better part of my childhood in a cloud of Aqua Net that clearly made me lose all brain function. I am pretty sure that wearing too tight spandex, too big sweaters and too blue eyeliner was bad the first time, but apparently we want our younger generation to experience fluorescents, flowers, plaids and ankle boots the way we all did. Are the fashion designers that hard up for new fashion trends that they decided to bring back the 80's? Ummmm, I think I will skip it this go around for sure. Thanks for asking.

Despite my aversion to the fashions of the 80's I do have some really great memories of that decade. So enjoy a trek back through time with me.

You know you were a child of the 80's if:
  • You practiced getting in and out of your car through the windows.
  • Your first Walkman weighed 10 pounds and was the size of a brick.
  • You wore L.A. Gear tennis shoes.
  • You could "see better" with sunglasses that had paint splattered all over the lenses.
  • You wore lace gloves with the fingers cut off, bangle bracelets up to your elbows, bright red Reebok high tops and parachute pants to a school dance.
  • You watched 'Star Search' on a regular basis.
  • Your bangs were teased perfectly to 7 inches above the rest of your hair.
  • You wore a bandanna tied around your leg and/or a ponytail off-center on the side of your head.
  • You had the tendency to turn up the collar of your polo shirts.
  • You would never go out for a night on the town without frosted blue eyeshadow and feathered bangs.
  • Everything in your wardrobe was either pastel or fluorescent.
  • People were constantly gagging you with spoons.
  • You thought banana clips were a godsend.
  • You wore Wet n' Wild makeup.
  • You were pretty sure the coolest shirt you ever owned had heat-sensitive color-changing abilities.
  • You wore friendship bracelets made of woven floss.
  • You had snap bracelets.
  • You remember when Pee-Wee wasn't a pervert.
  • You had five pairs of socks on at any given time.
  • You had your scratch-n-sniff sticker collection.
  • You used Lee Press-On Nails.
  • You wore jelly shoes.
  • You remember when you heard that drinking soda and eating Pop Rocks would make your stomach explode.
  • You still argue over who was better: Tiffany or Debbie Gibson

Oh the days...

Monday, September 8, 2008

Watch Out World

Daddy bought Kaiden his first truck this past weekend! Complete with turn signal, gear shift, rear view mirror and horn. This is what you will competing with on the road in about 16 years. God help us all!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Thankful Thursday


Hubs and I have been tuning in to the Republican National Convention this week and have enjoyed some really great, dynamic speeches. I have been enlightened and deeply touched in ways that I never thought were possible. I was especially touched by a speech delivered by Fred Thompson on Tuesday night. I always knew that John McCain is a former POW, but I never really sat and thought about what that truly meant for him and others like him. The pain and torture that they had to endure each and every day. Through this speech on Tuesday night, and reiterated by Mike Huckabee on Wednesday night, they illustrated the horrific torture that John McCain endured for 5 ½ years. Horrific. The countless beatings, broken bones, hunger, filthy conditions and inhumane “medical treatment.”

For 5 ½ years.

It is troubling to think what those men selflessly endured as service to their country. It reminds me that outside of my “cushy” world that I live in there are people that live a beaten and battered existence every day. Where they aren’t free to choose their religion, their clothing, their spouses even. People live in countries where disease runs rampant and simple things like food, shelter and clothing are a luxury. It is only by the Grace of God and the selfless acts of our service men and women that I wake up each day in a bed, with a roof over my head, food in the refrigerator, a car to get me around and freedom. The freedom to choose which religion I follow. The freedom to choose the person I want to lead our country. The freedom to say whatever I want without persecution. The freedom to live without fear.

For that, I am truly thankful.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Quiche

I always thought I was sooo not a quiche fan. Until one night I was in a bind for something quick, healthy and tasty to eat. My SIL had sent me this recipe from the Stoneyfield Yogurt website so I thought I'd give it a whirl. That was a couple years and a few dozen quiches ago...I'm hooked!

The best thing about this recipe is that these are just "guidelines" to follow. Eyeball all the veggies and meat that you throw in there. It's a great recipe if you need to use up veggies that are about to go bad, lunch meat that you can just cut up and throw in.....anything. I've used turkey, chicken, bell peppers, onions, broccoli, etc, etc, etc. Get creative.
  • 1 cup mushrooms, chopped (just eyeball it)
  • 1lb fresh spinach (again, eyeball it)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp curry powder
  • 1 cup monterey jack cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 2 tsp chives (optional)
  • 1 lb turkey (eyeball it)
  • 1 graham cracker pie crust
Saute mushrooms, spinach and other veggies that you may use in olive oil. In a bowl, whisk eggs, yogurt, salt, pepper, curry powder and nutmeg together. Add turkey, mushrooms, spinach, grated cheese and chives. Pour into pie crust. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-35 minutes until eggs set in the middle. (I usually bake it on a pan so that it is easier to remove from the oven and can catch any spill over.
Enjoy! Yum-O!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Tackle It Tuesday

Tackle It Tuesday Meme
Nothing really overly interesting being tackled today. Just the norm...
  1. Renew library books online before I start racking up a hefty fine.
  2. Make Cardiologist appointment for Kaiden. Check!
  3. Call about fence repair. Don't ask.
  4. Call about tree removal service. AZ Monsoon=two fallen trees in yard.
  5. Go pick up car from Auto Body Shop and gladly give back crappy rental car. (Note to self: NEVER buy KIA car....it sucks)
  6. Start on laundry piles before the clothes grow arms and legs and wash themselves.
  7. Fold laundry that has been in the dryer since yesterday. (Luckily it is Kaiden's items that don't need to be ironed or ironing would be on the list of "to do's" too!)
  8. Hose bug guts off blow up pool in back yard. Yuck.
  9. Walk dog. Check!
  10. Go to Wal-mart to buy plain yogurt so can I make Turkey Quiche for dinner (recipe to follow tomorrow! Yum-O!)
  11. Clean up crap around house and give it all a "home."

Sounds like I'd better get off this computer and start tackling!

What are you tackling today?