Thursday, April 16, 2015

Blog Questions!!!

Stacey, at The Yarbrough's blog, shared this survey with me. I thought I would go old school and fill it out!! I included some random, old pictures of the grands....just because I don't like a post without pictures!!!

1.  What made you start blogging?

I started reading a Caring Bridge blog about a little girl I knew who had cancer. That lead me to other Caring Bridge blogs and ultimately to blogs about fashion, decorating, children, etc. Then, my DIL, Jenny, started a blog and talked me into starting mine! I'm so glad I did. I have the blog posts printed into books every year and it's a way to journal and have pictures printed at the same time! One day I hope my grandchildren will enjoy seeing a part of their childhood and know how much they meant to me. My first blog post: Pressure From The DIL.

2.  What are some of your favorite blogs?

I have so many!!! They change every month or two! Right now my favorites are:

So many of the bloggers I use to read have stopped blogging. Instagram and Facebook have taken over. I really like FB and IG too (as a matter of fact, IG is just so easy and it's why I don't blog as much either)

3.  Where is your favorite place to vacation?

ANYWHERE! I love a road trip!

4.  What do you enjoy doing in your down time?

Spending time with family. Reading. Traveling.

5.  What is your favorite food to eat for dinner? 

White Pizza with veggies.

6.   What are 3 beauty products that you can't live without?

Lipstick. Mascara. Foundation.

7.  If we were to open your purse, what would we find?

Lipstick (duh). Calendar. Debit card. Cell Phone.

8.  Who is your hero?

Outside of people I know, The Duggars would be my heroes. They live simple lives that glorify God.

9.  What are your favorite TV shows?

Nineteen Kids and Counting. Fixer Upper. Little Couple. Little People Big World. 

10.  What is your favorite music to listen to?

Christian. Country. Oldies.

Tell me how you'd answer some of these!!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

These Babies Are TWO!!!!

We know about boy/boy twins in our family. But, boy/girl twins were new to us. They are a hoot! Don't let this sweet girl fool you!! She is dyn o mite!! She can take care of those brothers of hers in a hot minute! And they listen. I do too! :)

HJ loves: Her paci. Her *Sally* doll. Frozen. Bossing her brothers.

B loves: Goldfish crackers. His mommy. Any riding toy. And ducks.

Happy Birthday to these two amazing twins.

Nonny and Poppy love you BIG!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Nope, Didn't Fall Off The Face Of The Earth!

Good grief. How did this much time pass since I last blogged? It's not like things aren't happening. I would often think *I need to blog this!* And well, then life would get in the way and before I knew it, two months had passed. I'm going to try to hit some of the highlights!

Valentine's Day was fun as usual. We went to the little soda shoppe we go to each year with some great friends! So fun!!!

We celebrated lots of birthdays in February. My mom, my FIL and hubs to name a few. Life got in the way and we couldn't get everyone together to celebrate this year. But we each celebrated in our own ways and are still so thankful for our families!! The kids all gave Poppy and me the GREATEST gift for our birthdays! They had Jared (at Jared's Drawings) hand draw a portrait of our grandchildren. It is amazing and such a special gift to us! (Jared doesn't have a website that I could find but you can find him on FB.)

We had snow here in NC several times in February. Just a few inches pretty much shuts us down for days and the kids missed lots of school. A lot of the schools had to make up their days during spring break. Bummer!!

In March Poppy and I went away for a few days to celebrate my birthday. On the way, he surprised me with a visit to *Chef and the Farmer* Restaurant in Kinston, NC. You may have seen their television show (A Chef's Life) on PBS on Sunday nights! I am hooked on it now! I have watched every episode online. The food was AMAZING!!! If you ever have the opportunity, it's worth the visit!! They also own an oyster/burger bar….Boiler Room next door. We ate there on the way home from our trip. The two restaurants have totally different foods but are equally as good. 

Also in March was our SIL's birthday! Do you know how blessed you are if you have a great son in law? I try not to take it for granted. He is so humble and is ALWAYS so grateful for what we do for him.

We celebrated Easter last weekend! It's hard to believe it's April already! All the kids and grandkids and my parents and other family members were at our house. The weather was gorgeous and we all had such a great time! I ordered a banner from Ever Thine Home. I adore it!! It's burlap on one side and says *I Am The Resurrection and the Life.* On Easter Sunday, you turn it around to the white linen side and it says *He Is Risen!*

Of course we had Meredith's Cookies on Easter! (no website but you can find her on FB @ Sweet Stuff by Meredith) She ships too!!

And, last, but you KNOW not least, I did get a picture of the nine grands. Not all of them were happy, but such is life. I was just glad to have the picture!!

Happy Spring Friends!
He is Risen Indeed!!

Sunday, February 01, 2015

January Goals Update/February Goals

#3 and #9

I did okay with my January goals. 

I did read three books. (I was a little distracted with reading because I got hooked on the SERIAL broadcasts. Have you listened? So intriguing! It's about a real life murder where a young man is serving a life sentence for the death of his former girlfriend. I listened to all twelve episodes and still feel torn about his guilt or innocence. Let me know if you have listened and what you thought!)

I did NOT clean out my attic. Can you say February?

I did reconnect somewhat with a few friends. Mostly by email, text, etc. only because of my work schedule right now.

I got to spend some time with my grandchildren this month. Not near as much as I would like though….more on the *one on one* time later.

February Goals

~Clean out the attic.

~Lose four pounds.

~Read *24/6*. A book written by Matthew Sleeth, MD about keeping the sabbath holy. I just started it and I think it's going to be encouraging.

~Drink more water.

Wish me luck! Believe it or not, the hardest thing for me is the water. 
What's my deal???????????

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Nonny Tips/Shaving Cream

I don't know WHY, but the kids LOVE to play with shaving cream!! I think it's because it's something normally banned to mommy and daddy's bathroom! :) It's surprisingly very easy to clean up and leaves the surface you play on clean and smelling great! With the little ones, I just squirt a little on the table....sometimes in the shape of a smile and sometimes their names written out. The older ones can squirt it themselves! Shaving cream is also great outside in the summer. They can squirt themselves, or each other, and you can hose them down afterwards for an easy clean up! I just buy the cheap, foam cream. (Make sure you don't buy menthol. If it gets in their eyes, the menthol burns.)

I usually put plastic aprons on them (These came from Ikea).
Part of the fun for them is helping clean up! They love to wipe up the mess they made with wet paper towels! No worry about the clean's almost like cleaning without knowing it!

Just another NONNY TIP!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

A Wonderful Opportunity!!

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Kiki (as all the littles call her) is the oldest of the youngest group of nieces...if that makes sense! :) I remember the day she was born twenty years ago....I thought my heart would burst wide open!!!! Well, it's about to burst wide open again...with pride!!! Kiki is about to leave the country to study abroad. It's a dream of hers as her major in college right now is Spanish! Will you join me in praying for that sweet niece of mine? She leaves this weekend and though our family will miss her terribly, we are so excited for this opportunity for her. We love you Kiki and we are praying for God's favor on your sweet life. 

Miss Angelove and Uncle Mike

Monday, January 26, 2015

Nonny Tips/Waist Apron

I often get emails from readers asking me for advice to make things run smoothly when their grandchildren visit. I am quick to remind them I certainly don't have all the answers. But, I am pretty organized and I have found that being organized is the key to things running smoothly when the grands come. So, with that in mind I thought I would do a little series on *Nonny Tips.* They don't always work....nothing does. BUT, I'll share what works for me and you can take it from there!

One thing I know, I don't have enough hands when the little ones are with me. I like to have my cell phone close by, and if you know me, I like my lipstick close by too! ( I know, I know, that should be the least of my worries when I am keeping the babies. But I can't stand the way my lips feel without it!) I also like to have tissues for dirty noses and a pack of baby wipes. Soooo, I had my friend, Connie, make me a *waist apron.* It's like the aprons waitresses wear. It has three deep pockets and will hold my cell phone, my lipstick, tissues, wipes and a few stray rocks or hair bows!! It's a little shorter than a regular apron so it doesn't get in my way or seem bulky. Just a little *Nonny Tip* to help make things a little easier when you need to be hands free!! (I guess an old fanny pouch would do the trick too!!!)

There you have it: My first Nonny Tip!! I hope to add to this often. If you have any suggestions, feel free to share!!