Sunday, April 30, 2006

My "Done" Life

Pin It Now! It's either undone, overdone or not done. That pretty much describes my days right now! Ugh.

She's Walking!

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She's walking all over the place, and when she falls she claps for a job well done! She just gets right back up and walks some more.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Spice Girl

Pin It Now! While Krogering early Saturday morning, I heard a somewhat "Texan" sounding man's voice ask, "Ma'am, do you know where the spices are?" I casually turned around and was unexpectedly caught off guard. I assume I looked like a deer, or should I say an autumn fawn, caught in headlights. After what seemed like minutes, I was able to utter, "Dr. Gaines." Anyway from there it got better, and I was able to successfully direct our pastor to the spice isle--we were actually right in front of that particular isle. It isn't everyday that a "regular" member of Bellevue gets to chat with their pastor, who by the way was wearing shorts, a t-shirt and a baseball cap! I don't think that is weird or anything, but I can't picture our former pastor ever being out in public looking so casual!!

Friday, April 21, 2006

Shiloh's First Easter

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She seems to like her basket! It is so fun doing a girl one!

So pretty in her Easter dress!

Blackberry Green Tea Frappuccino

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I found a new "fun drink"!!! Starbucks has a lot to offer for the uncoffee lover! Their Blackberry Green Tea Frappuccino is absolutely delightful. It is more like ice-cream. I can't wait to try the Green Tea Latte....

Friday, April 14, 2006

Happy Easter!

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"Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed." John 20:29

I just love it when Easter is celebrated in April instead of March. The weather is nicer and warmer, and it gives me over a month to enjoy eating pretty, pastel candy!!

A neighbor and I hosted a neighborhood Easter egg hunt a few days ago, and the kids had a blast!

The boys had a fun time coloring eggs. They turned out so bright and beautiful!

Making chocolate birds' nests with friends.

Even Shiloh gets an egg. Hot pink to match her dress!

Monday, April 10, 2006


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Saturday, April 08, 2006


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I just got through telling how wonderful spring is. Well, one spring thing I don't like is Wolf Spiders!! They come suddenly one day out of nowhere. I know they aren't poisonous, but they are so ugly. And the fat ones make a mess on the carpet!! Throughout spring and summer I must have a paper towel in hand every time we open the door to go outside. It's like they are just patiently waiting to scurry in! Eew!
There are worse things, though, then Wolf Spiders.
In fact, a few years ago we had a Black Widow infestation in our back yard.

Mark would laugh at me everytime I went into the back yard because I would have to do my "Black Widow check". I would slowly and carefully walk along our fence to see if there were any new webs. I got pretty good at identifying the widows' webs. One good thing about these creepy crawlers is that they usually stay on their webs, but my biggest fear was that the boys, when playing outside, would accidentally happen upon a web and become a victim. Mullin knew not to go near the fence, and he wouldn't dare. Lincoln, on the other hand, was a bit too young to understand the danger. All of my checking eventually paid off because one day, as I was poking
around in their outside toys, I spotted the deadly spider on the strap of one of their backpacks. You
can imagine my horror! I don't remember seeing any
last year, but it is about time for me to start checking again!

I haven't had much luck with spiders, so I guess that is why I dislike them so much-- Well, except for those really pretty garden spiders that spin beautiful webs. Those are neat. Shortly
after Mark and I got married, I discovered the apartment we lived in was infested with the infamous brown recluse. I worked as a nanny at the time and the kids' dad owned an exterminating company. He confirmed my worst fear!! Our landlord seemed extremely put out by the fact she had to have the pest control guys out at least once a month to spray our apartment. This was a huge test for our marriage! Mark acted like the problem wasn't that big of a deal, and I was a basket case. One night as I was taking Lasagne out of the oven, I noticed something on my shirt. It was a huge Brown Recluse! I screamed like I was being kidnapped, flicked it off with the spatula I was holding, and ripped off my clothes to see if I had been bitten. Mark came tearing out of the bedroom and through hysterical sobs I explained what had happened. Crying, I called my mom while Mark looked for the spider. I wasn't going to bed until it had been found and murdered! He finally found it behind the refrigerator. I am sure some of you are thinking I am just a crazy nut, but I was sincerely afraid. In the mornings, the first thing I would see would be a fresh brown recluse still alive on the glue board we had by our bed. We had glue boards all over our one bedroom apartment. When it was all said and done, I counted over 70 trapped recluses. It was a good day when we left that nasty place. After packing all of our belongings into black garbage bags with gloves on, I lined up all of those glue boards and left them on the kitchen counter. I hope our landlord was the one that had to throw them away. I should have called Andy Wise.

This brings back terrible memories!!

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

9 Months

Pin It Now! The day Shiloh turned 9 months old she had a fever all day and felt miserable.

Poor Honey Bun! Baby just didn't feel good.

Daddy took very good care of her. Shiloh loves cuddling with Daddy!
It is so funny when Shiloh puts her "pappy" in backwards.

Shiloh has recently taken her very first step. She is very eager to do everything early!

I love my Honey Bun Girl! The cutest bald-headed baby in the world!

Sweet Scent of Spring

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Apart from the inclement weather and miserable allergies, spring is just wonderful!! I have to force myself to keep my gaze on the road instead of on the amazing Azaleas, dazzling Dogwoods, twirling tulips, dancing daffodils, and all of the other beautiful, colorful trees and flowers while driving. This is the season that makes me believe Memphis isn't so bad after all. Watching the earth come alive again lifts my spirits, and that is a very good thing for someone who is prone to sinking into the depths of despair!


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