Friday, February 26, 2010

My Mr. Fix-It

Anyone need a handyman?

He can do it all folks - electrical, plumbing, HVAC, general carpentry - He is your man.

Just have him home by 8:00. He has a very strict bedtime.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Birds, Butterflies, Blooms and Bribes

What are your kids willing to do for a pack of gum?

My kids LOVE gum, and since I frequently am able to get it for next to nothing, I keep a nice stash of it hidden away for moments when I need it. You see, my kids will do just about anything for a pack of gum. But more of that later.

If you live in the South, then you know that this past weekend was BEAUTIFUL. As soon as we found out how warm and pleasant it was going to be, we knew it was time to take the camper out for the first time this year.

We headed up to Pine Mountain (or should I say down since it is technically south of us) and camped at Roosevelt State Park and spent the day at Callaway Gardens. It was a great little trip and the fresh air and warm sunshine was perfect!

The Birds of Prey show was great, until some wild eagles decided to crash the party and freaked out all the birds in the show. Freaked out birds means "Show is Over!".

The Butterfly House was, well, it was just HOT! We were disappointed that there weren't more butterflies, but the ones we did see were lovely.

The Horticultural Center made me long for Spring, for flowers, and maybe even a trip to Hawaii.

And now today, it was snowing again. Crazy! But at least we got one perfect weather weekend out of the cold wet winter!

And speaking of perfect, all I had to do was offer up each kid a pack of gum to get some great shots of them on the mountain.

But don't ask them to share. They are not into that.

Now how long until we can go again?

Monday, February 22, 2010

Big Cake

I love to make my kids' birthday cakes!

#1 - They are delicious!

#2 - They are special!

#3 - I like to torture myself!

Making cakes is soo much work for me. It's not easy, but it is worth it.

Philip's 5th birthday cake was my favorite cake I have ever made! I was very happy with how it turned out, and it tasted as good as it looked! (Thats what counts the most, right!) And the kids at the party ate it up! They all were asking for more!

Want a piece? Come on over, we still have plenty!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

My Baby and his Birthday

Well, today is the day.

At 5:11 PM this afternoon, my baby officially became 5 years old.

Seems like he should only be two or three. How can five be here all ready?

We celebrated big time this year and did something I never do - We had a big party at Monkey Joe's. I'm not one to spend a grand amount of money on a party, but Philip has never even had a "real" birthday party before, so I figured, Why Not?

We had the party Friday afternoon, and all the kids seemed to have a great time.

Happy Birthday Little Phil Phil!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

True Love

In case you have forgotten, or I haven't mentioned it lately, I LOVE COUPON SHOPPING!!!

I never knew that walking into a grocery store and getting $100's of dollars of groceries for a fraction of the cost could be so exciting.

And my excitement is catching on!

I have passed on my addiction to so many friends from church. I even recently taught a little class on how I do what I do.

I love hearing my friends talk about how much they are saving and how excited they are to be saving money.

So, don't forget. Get your Sunday papers!!!

And if anyone needs butter or cheese anytime soon, I have plenty!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Oh No - Not Snow!

It is no secret - I am not a fan of snow.

It is cold.

It is wet.

Two things I am not fond of when it is freezing outside.

Put me on a beach in St. Lucia, and I will definitely be looking for something cold and wet, aside from the fact that I would be very happy.

But one month out from Spring, I am not looking for anything cold and wet, much less snow.

Granted, it is lovely to look at, everything covered in a white blanket. Very peaceful. Serene.

And I will admit that as long as I can stay tucked away in my house, and just watch the snow fall from my warm windows, I don't mind it so much.

And this year, that is exactly what I did. I even made Donny go out and take the pictures. It was very beautiful, while it lasted, which wasn't long, just the way I prefer.

The snow fell all afternoon and into the night on Friday. I would not let the kids out in it because it was so wet when it was coming down, and I didn't want them to get soaked through. So we enjoyed watching it fall and quickly accumulate from inside.

The next morning was breath-taking. The blue sky in contrast to the white trees - lovely

Donny and the kids spent about two hours outside playing, and then that was it. Good thing they went out early because by mid-afternoon it was mostly all gone.

And the end result- what every front porch across America must look like right now

St. Lucia anyone?

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Love is . . .


Happy Valentine's Day!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Hot Wheels Part Two

Colin isn't the only boy around this house that has a love of hot wheels and fast cars!

Little Phil Phil found this shirt at Old Navy, and was beyond excited! (Despite the look on his face!)

He wore the shirt for three days straight! I finally had to make him let me wash it.

Then he came home from school with a Hot Wheels tattoo! He insisted on taking his shirt off and placing the tattoo on his forearm, because really, it isn't very cool to have a tattoo on your hand.

The rest of the day he kept pulling his arm out of his shirt, you know through the neck (the only way to do it with long sleeves!) and admiring his new ink!

This kid is so funny!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Hot Wheels

Congrats to my boy Colin for taking 1st place at the Cub Scout Pinewood Derby!

He was so excited to receive a trophy! Thought that was just about the neatest thing!

And doesn't he look so snazzy in his uniform?

And yes, those are stupid quarters glued to the top of his car! I was so mad about this!!! Dang thang didn't weigh enough and there was no where else to put more weight, so we had no other options. But Colin didn't seem to mind. He called it his "money car". But mark my words, next year, there will NOT be money glued anywhere on his car!!!!