Saturday, September 29, 2012

Five Question Friday...On Saturday

1. Do you prefer to drive to your vacation spot or fly?

I will fly...i do fly. 
But, confession here, I am SOOO claustrophobic!!! 
So, most trips are road trips.

2. If you could live any where in the world, where would you go and why?

Anywhere my family is. 

3. Should grown women wear leggings?

I seriously want to read other people's answers to this question. I never knew people thought this might be inappropriate. That being said, I don't like leggings without a long top..... no matter the age. 

4. If you could change your name to any other name, would you? 

And what would it be?

It would feel weird being someone else.

 Hmmm... maybe Berkeley. I love that name!

5. What magazines do you have subscriptions to?

Our State
Southern Living

Friday, September 28, 2012

Happy 37th Hubs

you are still the one.

after 37 years.

after three kids

and five grandkids :)

after 36 christmases 

and 37 easters.

and after 37 valentine's days 

that you only got right after about 30.


after lots of coffee

and diet cokes.

and after several houses.

some good

and some not so good.

after learning our differences

and accepting them.

after capturing my heart as an 18 year old.

and thanking Jesus He got it right

cause we never could have.

you are still the one.

and i'm so glad.

cause I wouldn't want to spend 37 years with anyone else.

thank you for loving me well.

you are still the one.

Thursday, September 27, 2012


Fall is here people. And it is G O R G E O U S in North Carolina! I try to spend as much time as I can outside in this glorious weather. I am sad that daylight is getting shorter and shorter. I have it figured out. It's not so much the cold weather that bothers me. It's the lack of sunshine. I think I could take the cold if the sun was shining. Know what I mean?

I took a road trip this past weekend with my friend, Pam. We went to Florida to see her daughter compete in a cooking competition. She works for Univers*l and competed against 11 or 12 other teams. Yall, it was just like those cooking shows on television. I mean they had the count down of the time and everything. I thought I was going to be sick I was so nervous for her. They did great though and it was a really fun experience!

Baby B and I hung out for the weekend a couple of weeks ago. We did lots of fun things but I captured the one he and I love a lot...eating. :) The boy loves to eat, which is funny considering he had a rough beginning with food. Didn't care much for it for a long, long time. He's making up for it now...and Nonny is helping too! :) He is such a fun boy!!!

The twins turned 11 months old this week. ELEVEN months! They are HAPPY boys and smile most all the time! They pull up and go from place to place holding onto things. Active is an understatement.

The girls started a new preschool this year. They love it! Well, most days. Some days the two year old doesn't love much of anything. :) They are 2 1/2 and 4 1/2. I LOVE their ages. When I drive up to see them they RUN out and jump on me to welcome me. I know it won't always be this way. I notice and drink in every moment.
First Day of Preschool 2012:

Hubs starts his bike ride this weekend. He's biking from the mountains to the coast in seven days. I will follow along from town to the car. :)  He would love for you to pray for no rain.

I pray this post finds you all in a good place. 

HE is still a God of mercy and grace.

Happy Fall!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Five Question Friday

It's Friday.
And I'm going to sunny Florida today for a few days.
With a friend. 
In a car.
Just the two of us. 
Need I say more?
On to the questions:

1. What is one grammar issue you cannot let go without correction?

there, their, they're   seriously...oh, and 's and s'

2. What's your favorite thing about fall?

Brachs Candy Corn mixed with salted peanuts.

3. What's your favorite dish to take to a potluck?

Dessert...probably *Yummy Bars*....everyone loves them! 

4. When do you start Christmas (Holiday) shopping?

The first week in November. Give me a list and some $ and I can knock it out ! I actually order a lot of the gifts I give and the children are so easy....because they are still little and like everything! 

5. Did you move homes a lot growing up?

Actually, no.  I only lived in three homes. The last one from age nine until I married. So, I feel like I lived in the same home all my life. That's a good feeling.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Phone Dump

 Baby B is ready for Halloween
(I slid the bar on the straps up before we drove)

 Lunch with Nonny

 Tired Baby B

 Dance Class for EC
 Preschool Pick up
 Dance for A
 Mismatched pajamas and lots of rings
Twins having dinner outside 
Bath time in the sink

I have been blessed to spend the last few days with the grandchildren. I snapped some pics with my cell phone.....some of them are very blurry but I wanted the memories, so I kept them. I got my hair colored this morning and today may have been the first time I have sat down without a child on my lap since last Thursday night. It felt good to sit down. :)

Friday, September 14, 2012

Five Question Friday

1. How long did it take for you to find your wedding dress? (Wedding dress pics anyone?)

My mom made my wedding dress! She actually made it for my sister, and two years later I wore it. I was engaged in August and married in September!! (And nope.......No babies for two years!) Special memories! 

Oh, and I know...I look like a baby in my wedding pics!!! :)

2. Someone in your general vicinity releases NASTY smelling gas. Do you say anything or blow it off?

Say nothing. RUDE.

3. What is the scariest thing that happened to you or scared you recently?

I live in the so close I walk downtown. This morning when I backed out of my driveway in the dark, my headlights shown on a FOX! That's scary to me!

4. Favorite brand and flavor of ice cream.

At home:

Breyers Mint Chocolate Chip

In an ice cream store:

Hersheys Coconut Almond (Nutty Coconut) 
Hersheys Black Cherry

5. Are you able to sleep well in hotels?

Yes and no. I have trouble sleeping on the first night away from home. It helps if I remember to take my fan that I am use to sleeping with. I love the noise of a fan. I am not use to sleeping where it is so dark but that's not really a problem for me. I always wonder why people can't sleep if it's not eyes are closed anyway!! :)

So.....have a great weekend. Is it *fall* where YOU live????????

Wednesday, September 12, 2012


I had my first one of the season this past weekend. It puts me in the mood for fall. Our mornings here in North Carolina have been cool and though I am definitely a summer girl, it has been nice . I've decorated for fall...even though it was 92 degrees the day I put out my fall things!! :( I am TRYING to embrace every season. For the most part, we have all four seasons here. I usually whine all winter about how cold it is and how the sun never shines and how dark it gets so early at night. I resolve to be positive this winter....don't hold me to it though. :)  I have a very busy fall planned. My plan is to embrace it and enjoy God's goodness and the masterpiece He paints for us. How about you? Is fall your favorite where you live?

Friday, September 07, 2012

Five Question Friday

1. What is your favorite fall family tradition?

For years and years....actually, the entire time my children were growing up, we had a bonfire at my mom's house on the weekend closest to Halloween. We roasted hot dogs and marshmallows over a fire outdoors....and all the family came. I hope my children have good memories of that time every fall. We have since stopped that tradition at my mom's house but I think next year I will begin that tradition at my own home!

2. If money weren't an issue, how many kids would you have?


3. If you were to get a tattoo, what would it be and where would you put it?

Hmmm...never given it much thought. If I were going to get a tattoo, I guess I would make it visible....what's the point in having one if you are going to hide it? So, I guess the place would be next to my ankle. The tattoo would be Nonny....surprise! BUT, don't look for it...I'm past the tattoo days!

4. What condiment is a must in your house?

Good Seasons Italian Salad Dressing. I put it on salads, tomatoes, sandwiches, bowls of name it! I keep them in business!

5. How did your spouse/fiance propose?

At a stoplight. Romantic, huh? He had the ring in a box under his seat and couldn't wait. Oh well, 37 years later I can say it didn't make a difference!!!

Have a great weekend! Tell me, would YOU get a tattoo?

Thursday, September 06, 2012

The Twins

The twins just turned ten months old.

About a month ago they had a photo session.

Allow me to brag...I'm the Nonny:)

photos by Kate Overby 

See why I

Monday, September 03, 2012

*Praises Before Presents*

If you've read many of my posts, you know I am a fan of The Duggar Family

(19 Kids and Counting)

They have friends that also have a television show.

*United Bates of America*

(The Bates Family)

Tonight The Bates' Family was celebrating the birthday of one of their children.

I LOVE what they did.


They took the time to AFFIRM the birthday girl with a praise for her about a good quality they see in her. 


Get ready family............Be thinking of your praises.

It's a new tradition. :)

 Thank you for loving us well J. For caring about family and desiring everyone to be together.

My first PRAISES BEFORE PRESENTS. (Even though it's AFTER) :)

Saturday, September 01, 2012

Happy Birthday Baby Boy!

He's 31 today.

He has two little guys looking to him for wisdom.

Thankful he's a great daddy...

and a great son.

Happy Birthday J.

You are dear to us.