September 29, 2010

Daddy Did


Kinsley said, "Hey Grandma! Look! One of the ducks Farted!" Grandma said, "Really? Who taught you that Kinsley?" Kinsley said, "Daddy did!"

September 28, 2010

Ten On Tuesday

1.) My nephew turned seven last Thursday and we celebrated his birthday this weekend. I can’t believe he is seven years old. All the cousins are growing up so fast!


2.) People sent in a ton of stuff for my 9/11 Never Forget page over on my other blog Domestic Divapalooza. I am pleased to announce that this will be a permanent fixture on that blog and I will focus on nothing but 9/11 stories in the month of September for years to come. People can share their stories and have me post them any time they want to throughout the years as well.

3.) Last Friday Don took a personal day and we had a lot of fun as a family. We started our adventure downtown in the Old Market, worked our way over to Kenefick Park, spent the entire afternoon outside enjoying Lauritzen Gardens, and then finished up the day by going to see the new movie Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole.






4.) Yesterday the girls didn’t have school and Grandma didn’t have to work so we decided to meet and have lunch at the Henry Doorly Zoo. This was a fun day for all of us and especially for Grandma because she had not been in the Butterfly House, the Madagascar Exhibit or the Desert Dome.





5.) If this came home with your first grade child what would you do? (Click the link and answer the question over there.)

6.) I’m looking forward to my brother and my father coming to visit next month. It was kind of a last minute trip put together on their part but that’s ok because I’m excited to see them and they are always welcome at my house. Don even got in on the act and was able to take a vacation day while they are here.

7.) The girls are really enjoying Sparks and Cubbies this year. I love helping out with Cubbies! Even though Kinsley was sick last week I was still able to volunteer. I am forever grateful to have my health and to be able to cherish these times with my kids. Even though Kinsley missed last Wednesday she is raring to go with her bible verses. She is like a little sponge with her memorization. Fiona is starting to get the hang of it now that we have a little routine going on how she can say her verses.

8.) I’m still getting my groove on in the exercise department. I would just prefer to post updates when I’ve got something positive to share! What that means is inches gone or lots of dents hammered into the scale. Overall I do feel healthier and stronger and that’s what matters most!

9.) I’m getting really tired of people asking me if my daughter is in pre-school and then when I tell them she is not they just assume I am homeschooling. No, she is not in pre-school. No, I am not homeschooling. Her job right now is to be with me. The goal for her right now is to play and focus on having fun and being a kid.


10.) I belong to Jesus.

September 20, 2010

Play and Be Free Sweet K


She is so good about playing by herself and using her imagination. Play time doesn't always have to be structured and organized. Sometimes it's okay to be free to just play by yourself.


The little sweetheart is taking care of her baby. She has built a fire with sticks and has packed her lunch.


I got all of the summer clothes put away. You know.. things like tank tops and stuff that doesn't really get worn in the fall and winter. I did leave out a few jean shorts because I know we will still have some warm days left.

Yesterday it was cool but it felt so good. Today it's nice and warm. It feels like summer. I know this warm weather will not last for too much longer.

Now that I've made room for the winter clothes it's time to put away the sandals and flip flops. My little one loves digging through the winter shoes and as you can see, she has found herself a nifty pair of black leather boots.

It's good to let the kids dress themselves. It's okay to have mismatched socks and to wear things that don't make sense. They are kids. It's okay to let a kid be a kid. They won't be little for long. Go and play little Miss K. Play and be free!!

How Big Are Your Problems?

That was today’s question in my Bible: How big are your problems? Big problems put you in a perfect position to watch God give big answers.

Is it a coincidence that I came across that question with everything that has been going on in my life and in the life of my teenager? No, I don’t believe it was a coincidence at all. I believe that God is trying to remind me of something that always slips my mind when I’m in the middle of a problem.

So here I am in the middle of my morning bible study and I keep reading all the way to these verses: Psalm 142:1-2. That’s when I start asking myself questions. Angela, when was the last time you cried out to the Lord? When was the last time you pleaded for the Lord’s mercy?

I guess I have just always given my problems a very low category on the scope of “real” problems that everyone else has that are so much more pressing than mine. I keep thinking to myself that God knows what my problems are. God knows my worries. God knows my fears. I try not to dwell on them too much because I know that God will work it out. I guess I have this quiet confidence in the back of my mind and heart that no matter what is going on God will fix it. Am I too comfortable? Maybe God would like it if I cried out to him any way! Maybe it’s ok to talk to God about my issues even though I don’t want to burden him with these “trivial” matters. I know, I know, I have them labeled “trivial” because in the big scope of God I’m thinking, “he doesn’t have time for my pettiness.” That’s not true at all and I have to STOP that sort of thinking. I know better!

But today while reading all of these coincidental verses I started to change my thought process on all of it. Maybe God does want to hear even the smallest trouble even though I know that he knows what is already going on. Maybe I shouldn’t be so comfortable in knowing that I already know that he knows. Maybe God wants to hear from me just the same? Maybe I could just have a conversation with him and see what he will decide to do with me because at the end of the day this is how my perception will be shaped. I’m supposed to learn something from the situation, right? Maybe it’s time for me to start thinking outside of the box and formulate my discussion with God and just share with him. He wants to hear from me no matter how much I know deep down that He my LORD and Savior will handle it. You following me?

So then I get on to the next section of my Bible and I come to Proverbs 17:24-25. In verse 25 it says, “Foolish children bring grief to their father and bitterness to the one who gave them birth.” I don’t want to be bitter. I want to have it together. I don’t want to hold a grudge. I want to be open to loving my daughter even when she doesn’t make sense. Of course I love her! I will never stop loving her! I just don’t understand what she is going to do with her life right now. She keeps messing up to the point where I think she’s hit rock bottom but then I realize she has not and wonder what her rock bottom will be? That’s the scary part for me. When will enough be enough, ya know? I don’t want to enable her and I will not be a doormat. In a sense I seriously need to have a conversation with God about how to fix me and how I react to her.

I guess what I’m trying to say is that I am looking forward to watching God give me some BIG answers. I can’t wait to see what HE is going to teach me. But first I think I need to have a conversation with him. I do think it’s interesting that people back in Old Testament days had trouble with their children too.

June 2010

September 18, 2010

Be OK

What Can You Recommend for My Eyes?

Allergies are kicking my butt. I didn't know I was allergic to anything until this last transition from summer to fall. My eye lids are terribly itchy and swollen so much that when I try to apply eye liner it's a fight to get it on and make it stay on. The skin is dry and chapped as if it needs some sort of hydrating cream. Can anyone recommend a good eye cream I can use on my eye lids? I've had to take Claritin every day for the last couple of weeks. Without it I'm a sneezing, itching, runny-nosed mess. I wonder what I'm allergic to?

I'm in full fall mode. I've gone through the closets and pulled out all the tank tops, shorts and summer outfits. I'm putting them in trashing bags and hiding them in the basement so the girls can't find them. I'm pulling out the winter stuff and washing all the pajamas, long sleeved shirts, and pants. I have to hide the summer stash because if I don't the girls will wear everything summer during the fall and winter season. It's not happening! All those favorite outfits of the smallest child are being donated or hidden. If she had her way she would wear the same thing every day.

I'm still in workout mode I'm just tired of jotting down my physical fitness every week. I'm still recording it on my planner but would prefer to update you guys when I've actually put a dent in the scale or graduated to a smaller size. It's totally a mental game for me. I'm to the point where I'm about ready to just make sure I'm exercising every day until I've dropped a pound or two on the scale. Once I do that then I can rest for a day but after that get right back to it until more dents are slammed into that scale. If my BFF can get down to a size 8 loose and fit into a 6 I should be able to do the same thing..right?

Judging and Shacking Up

In our home we appreciate, value, and support meaning. How Ironic that I would find THIS piece of advice TODAY from Dr. Laura! Thank you Dr. Laura for not being afraid to point out the obvious!!

Judging Others Is Not Competing with God: Tricia keeps hearing from friends that it is not right to judge other people — only God can do that. Dr. Laura clarifies the instances when God is the judge and when we are — or should be.

I would have posted the video itself but there were only very LARGE options to choose from that would not fit on my blog page too well. So I posted the URL to the video itself.

This video reminds me of two things: 1) People who believe in Jesus telling other people who believe in Jesus that they are not part of God’s family OR that they are going to hell because they have not been baptized. 2) Teenagers who think it’s okay to shack up with their boyfriend/girlfriend diminishing the importance of love and commitment within the parameters of marriage.

I know two very different topics but I can’t help myself. These two topics have been on my mind A LOT lately. As a believer in Jesus and his shed blood on the cross I am certain that his death was not in vain. His blood was enough!! There is nothing that we can do to work our way to heaven. In the bible it says that if you confess that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead YOU WILL BE SAVED. (Romans 10:9) It doesn’t say that you must be baptized in order to be saved. There is nothing that we can do to save ourselves.

I actually had someone tell me that you can’t have forgiveness of sins OR the Holy Spirit if you are not baptized. Uh excuse me? But that’s not what my Father in Heaven has told me. Last time I checked, I can pray and have a relationship with Jesus. God wants to communicate with me and because of Jesus he has given us this beautiful gift. It’s because of his good grace that we are saved because we have confessed and believed. The Holy Spirit is with us and you don’t have to be dunked, period!

Communion and Baptism.. these are all great things that come AFTER you have established your faith and believed in Jesus. People that say you can’t get into heaven if you are not baptized have taken Christ’s death on the cross and have diminished his shed blood. To top it all off these believers are telling other believers that they are going to hell. Uh… last time I checked I was pretty darn fearful of even inserting myself into the equation as God! How dare any believer tell a fellow believer that their Salvation is in question if they haven’t been baptized!! I would not want to face God on judgment day and have to answer for THAT one.

The other part of this YouTube video that has affected me so so much is the tid bit about the 18 year old teenager who decided to shack up with her boyfriend. You guys have NO idea how close to home this hits me!! I know, I know.. you’re probably thinking “I can’t believe you’re going to blog this.” Well you know what? I’m tired of being afraid to share what is going on in my life. I’m tired of thinking about the potential backlash that could result from me blogging something very real going on in our family.

My teenager was invited by her boyfriend’s mother to live with her son in her basement!! Yep, you read it and I blogged it!! I’m not happy about it. This isn’t how we raised our daughter. And living with her boyfriend in her boyfriend’s mother’s basement is not what I envisioned for her when I was raising her. She deserves so much better than THAT and I have no respect for her boyfriend’s parents whatsoever!! None — Zip — Zero — Zilch!!

June 2010

Scouts Rest Ranch

For those of you that don’t know this – Scout’s Rest Ranch is the home of William F. Cody also known as “Buffalo Bill.” While we were in North Platte we spent a lot of time on this property. I wasn’t able to take photographs inside this historic home but I did manage to take a few favorites.




The property was beautiful and Kinsley would always manage to gravitate towards the water. There was also a beautiful babbling stream of water flowing through the pond.



The barn was beautiful and there was a lot to see and do inside.




June 2010

September 16, 2010

From my Beautiful Teen on Mother’s Day


I laughed so hard when I got that card from Lauren on Mother’s Day!!

The card opens up big and it says:

How ‘Bout a BIG MOM-SIZED HUG?!

Happy Mother’s Day from Me! Me! Me!

Inside she writes:

I Love you very much and even though I don’t show it your opinion really does mean a lot.

I don’t want to disappoint you.

That’s the last thing I want to do.

I’m gonna try my hardest to beat this and with God’s help I know I can.

Please be patient with me.

I Love you very much - Lauren


She doesn’t want to disappoint me just like I never wanted to disappoint my own mother.

What a tragic cycle this can turn into if somebody doesn’t step on it and break it!

I don’t think Lauren reads my blog but just in case she stumbles on this one day..

I hope she is confident and knows just how much her Dad and I love her and that she could never be a disappointment.

We believe in you Lauren, we love you, and you will go far in life.

Life is a journey and you will be just fine. Never forget that you deserve nothing but the best!

WE LOVE YOU SO MUCH!

May 2008

For Aunt Budja on Mother’s Day


I don’t have an updated photo of all the cousins together so the Christmas one will have to do.

From left to right: J (4), Princess F (4), Miss K (2), E (1), and C (5)

C, J and E are my niece and nephew. They gave me the sweetest Aunt card for Mother’s Day.

You know how my girls call their big sister “Ree” ? Well, my niece and nephew have been calling me “Budja” since C was a baby.

This is family from Don’s side..

We had the best time on Saturday.

We all got together here at our house to celebrate Mother’s Day and do something special for Connie (Don’s Mom).

It was great time. I regret not taking pictures that day.

It was nice to get the Aunt Card for Mother’s Day. I did not know that we can celebrate Aunt’s on Mother’s Day and felt bad that I did not get something for Kim.

Kim if you are reading - I Love You! :)

May 2008

My Mother’s Day card from Princes Fiona and Miss Kinsley



And the card says:

Of all the mommies in all the lands that there could ever be,

my mommy’s the best -

I love her so…

she means so much to me!

I think Ree helped them pick this one out.

(that’s what they call their big sister Lauren, aka Ree)

Fiona signs her name on the card and Ree signs for Kinsley who can’t sign her name yet.

So Sweet! :)

May 2008

Mother's Day 2008



I’m a Mom of 3 wonderful beautiful girls. Lauren (16), Fiona (4), and Kinsley (2). They are mine and I will do whatever it takes to protect them, love them, cherish them and keep them safe.

My hope and prayer for my children is that they grow up to be happy, healthy, contributing members of society and that one day when they have their own lives, their own families, and their own children.. that I would be close friends with my girls.

My children are going to grow up and become adults one day. At that point in time I will let them go, realizing that they will have their own way of doing things, their own lives to live, and it will be different from mine.

Until then I will do whatever it takes to make sure that they have everything that they need not because I’m expecting anything in return but because it’s my job as a Mom to provide, nurture, and care for my children.

It’s not about doing to get.. it’s about doing because it’s my job to do for my children because I want to, it’s my duty to and because I love my kids even when they make mistakes. And I pray that I will never remind my children of their mistakes when they are 40 and have families and children of their own.

So for Mother’s Day 2008 I want to wish all the Moms out there a wonderful and Happy Mother’s Day! Especially the Mom’s that are in my life as friends, family, and acquaintances.

Yes, I am a Mom.. of 3 wonderful and beautiful girls.. and Mother’s Day is my Day too! :)

May 2008

Fort Cody, Swimming and Hershey Nebraska


The sky yesterday was a lot different from the cloud-filled sky of the day before but still beautiful.


Yesterday I took the girls to check out Fort Cody. Fort Cody is located in North Platte, Nebraska and it’s right off the freeway next to good old Village Inn. Fort Cody is the home of Buffalo Bill. It’s open all year round, has a free old west museum, you can see Buffalo Bill’s wild west show in miniature, and it also happens to be Nebraska’s largest souvenir and western gift store. I didn’t know that!


Outside in the backyard of this place there was a lot of running around done on the part of the girls. Fiona and Kinsley were checking out the jail house. Fiona didn’t want to believe it was a real live jail so she just pretended. I told her not to get used to it and always do what’s right and you’ll never have to wind up in jail or in trouble with the law.


Inside the gift shop the girls tried on some cowgirl hats. We left those behind and surprisingly they did not throw a fit when they figured out I wasn’t going to buy anything from the store. I was pretty surprised at how well behaved they were. I think it might have had something to do with the fact that I told them they could go swimming at the hotel next. They have only been asking me every day since we were on the road. So back to the hotel we went to enjoy the pool!


All that is needed for a little mini vacation is a hotel and a swimming pool! A foreign pool will do the trick every time! The girls swam all afternoon and wore themselves out.


Yep! That’s what I did while the girls were wearing themselves out. I put my feet up, texted on my phone a little, and read a good book. We stayed at the pool all afternoon until Don was finished working.


I had no idea there was a Hershey in Nebraska. It’s about 13 miles from North Platte. You could go for a run starting from one to get to the other and it would be the distance of a half marathon! I think I saw 1 stop light in Hershey. The girls were so tired from swimming all afternoon that we just decided to go for a drive to see everything that we could see because they were passed out in the car and we could actually enjoy the peace and quiet of the drive itself.

I’m not sure what we will see today. We’ll head out and go for a short drive through town again. I was informed that Don’s job is going so well that he might actually be done tomorrow. That means our trip might be cut short and we may be headed back to town tomorrow afternoon. I guess I’d better take the girls out and try to see the rest of what there is to see.

June 2010

On The Road


It was a beautiful day! All day long the entire sky was filled with these clouds. It sprinkled a couple of times but nothing really stuck. These big white beautiful clouds filled the whole sky! What’s nice about being on the road in this part of the country is that you can actually see the whole sky! It was breathtaking!


When we were passing through Kearney we decided to stop at the Great Platte River Road Archway. There is a cool museum inside and the girls were thrilled, fascinated and intrigued by ALL of IT. We got to put on head sets and while we walked through each part of the museum across the bridge there was a story being told about the history of our pioneers who made their way across this land so many years ago.


Inside the museum there was a lot to see and do. The girls met some interesting characters. Kinsley was happy to give this mountain man a flower that she picked outside the complex. I think his heart melted when she presented him with it and he stuck it in his hat.


Outside on the iron bridge the girls got to feed the fish.


We had a lot of fun yesterday. The hotel where we are staying at has a swimming pool that is open 24/7. They have a manager’s party in the evening from 5pm to 7pm where you can have snacks, beer, and/or white wine for FREE. In the morning breakfast is until 9:30am and it is FREE. I think we timed this trip just right because the Nebraskaland Days and the 2010 Buffalo Bill Rodeo is going on right now so I’m really looking forward to seeing what we can see! But for now I think the only thing the girls want to do is grab some lunch and SWIM all afternoon! Who can blame them?

June 2010

September 15, 2010

My Problem Solver


The 1st photo is of Princess Fiona.

She is 4 years old.

The 2nd photo is of Miss Kinsley.

She is 2 years old.

Kinsley is my problem solver.

When told to stay out of the mud..

She went into the kitchen..

Grabbed a kitchen towel..

And covered up the mud so as not to get her shoes all muddy.

Genius!

April 2008

“That’s Not Miley Sirus Momma!”


Fiona said,

“That’s Not Miley Sirus Momma!”

“That’s Hannah Montanna!”

I say,

Fiona is 4 years old.

How would she know!?

April 2008

Homework and AWANA


Pretty


What is that?


Kinsley: BIG A little a BIG A little a


Fiona: Spelling out our level 1 core words & writing them nicely

Yesterday Fiona, Kinsley and I had fun with a little bit of homeschooling in the kitchen. Fiona has been bringing home worksheets for homework so I thought this would be a good time for Kinsley to do homework too. She loved it!

After Fiona and I worked on her homework sheet I decided it was time to start working on fine tuning some things. One thing she is going to be working on is improving on her penmanship. Next up is making sure she can use her level 1 core words in a sentence while spelling them correctly. She loves it!

Tonight they have AWANA. Kinsley knows her verses inside out. In fact, she learned all of her verses prior to the first day last Wednesday. So all we have had to do really is review. Fiona has her verses down pat. The only thing we had to really work on was making sure she knows the chapter and number of each verse.

Here’s what Kinsley has learned

… God … loved us, and sent His Son … (1 John 4:10) (Cubbies Key Verse)

Jesus loves me. (Cubbies Motto)

A is for All … all have sinned … (Romans 3:23)

C is for Christ … while we were … sinners, [Jesus] Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)

Here’s what Fiona has learned

John 3: 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.

S is for Savior. 1 John 4:14 The Father has sent His Son to be the Savior of the world.

P is for Power. Psalm 147:5 Great is our Lord and mighty in power …

A is for According to the Scriptures. 1 Corinthians 15:3 … Christ died for our sins According to the Scriptures.

R is for Raised. 1 Corinthians 15:4 That He was buried, that He was raised on the third day According to the Scriptures.