Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Thankful for Bedtime

Don't get the wrong idea. It's not that I'm thankful to see her going to bed (though I do enjoy the quiet evening), I am thankful for the routine. Each night when its time for bed, she gives kisses, prays with daddy and then reminds him to read her her Bible. I am thankful that we have a positive ending to the day and we end the day thanking Jesus for all that He's done.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

2 of My favorites

Here are 2 lovely things that make our life a little more enjoyable.
Yum....the little red cup! This year they are offering a Skinny Peppermint Mocha...AWESOME!
Christian company...delicious food!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Thankful Day 11 & 12

I'm completely bummed that I missed yesterday, but I'll catch up and do 2 today.
11. We are very thankful for the men and women who have served and are currently serving our country. It is true that we would not have the freedoms that we have without those men and women. We have many family members who have served and are currently serving and today we honor them for their service. A simple "Thank You" doesn't seem to be sufficient when they are the ones sacrificing their lives. Please make sure that you honor those men and women in your life who have served.

12. We are thankful for prayer: the ultimate way to communicate with our heavenly Father. He is always there to listen and desires to have a relationship with each and every one of His children. At any moment in our day, we can turn to God and He is there, ready and willing to be apart of our day.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

A Treasure in my Pocket

Today, I am thankful for the little treasures that I find in my pocket throughout the day. Whether it be a toy that was taken away or a gold fish cracker, they are treasures that remind me of my sweet baby girl.
This morning I found such a treasure. I had stuck a little toy in my pocket while cleaning Karrington's room. My intent was to take it and put it away, seeing as it was tiny and not meant for little children. My morning got away from me though and I forgot to take it out of my pocket. Later in the day, I was looking for my phone and reached into my pocket only to find this tiny toy. It brought me a smile and reminded me to be thankful for such treasures.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Thankful for Car Times


Today, I am thankful for car rides to and from school with my little Karrington girl. Karrington and I have some priceless moments in the car. We talk about her day, pray together, we sing songs, and sometimes we even share a Sonic treat.
This week we were driving home and she wanted to listen to Veggie Tales. Instead of popping in the CD for the umpteenth time, I decided to do my own rendition of Bible songs. We started with This Little Light of Mine. She held up her light (finger) and we declared together that we wouldn't hide our light under a bush or let Satan blow it out. We then sang a song about Zachias; he was a wee little man. Karrington wanted to throw in a little Itsy Bitsy Spider and the ABC's. I loved that she jumped right in and suggested her own tunes to sing.
It is so fun to share these moments with my sweet girl. She is precious and I am very thankful for our times that we spend in the car. I know that these moments will be able to grow into more in depth conversations as she gets older. We are creating a solid foundation and for that I am very thankful.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

The Texas Sunrise

This picture depicts just a small piece of God's creation. I am thankful for reminders, like this, that appear throughout my day. God has an intricate design and plan for each and every person. I am so thankful that His plans are much bigger and better than the ones that I have in mind.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Thankful for Technology

Two pieces in particular: phones and computers. We moved away from Anton's family a little over two years ago and have been grateful to be to able to communicate via phone, Skype, email, Facebook, this blog...etc. I'm not sure how people kept up with friends and family before all of this technology.

I'm also thankful that these pieces are available to make my life a little more convenient, especially the phone with the little white cord. 

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Thankful for Employment

6. We are thankful for employment. After going through a season of unemployment, this topic is much nearer to our hearts. Though that season was tough, we learned that God is our ultimate provider. We are thankful for God's continued provision and faithfulness. He has blessed us both with great jobs where we can use our talents. It is amazing to see His hand in every aspect of our lives.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Thankful Day 5: Heritage of Strong Marriages

5. I am thankful for the heritage of marriage that has been set before us. Both my and Anton's parents have been married for over 30 years. Both marriages serve as great testimonies of God's grace and mercy. We are both extremely thankful for the standard that has been set and the legacy that we are able to pass down to our children. It is hard work and takes much dedication. Anton and I are only 5 years into ours and know that it takes a lot of work and commitment to keep a marriage strong.
Thank you RLMJ for your dedication and hard work to keep your marriages strong. You're a blessing to our family.

Friday, November 4, 2011

The Month of Thanksgiving

November has me thinking about all of the things in life that I am so very thankful for. It seems only natural since November is the month when we get to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. How wonderful it is to live in a country where we have the freedom to be openly thankful about the blessings that God has given us. I am a few days late on writing for everday day in November, but better late than never...right? I'll start with 4 things today and continue from there.
  1. I am most of all thankful for my Lord and Savior, Jesus. He paid the greatest price of all when he sacrificed his own life, so that we might spend eternity with Him.
  2. I am thankful for my wonderful husband, Anton. God knew that someone very special would have to put up with all of my 'high-maintenance' ways.
  3. I am thankful for my sweet and precious Karrington girl. I can't imagine life without her. She is a gift from God and I am so blessed that He has given me the opportunity to be her mom.
  4. I am very thankful for my family. All of them are a blessing and even though we are all a little quirky, we are tight knit. We have a special connection and you can see God's hand working in all of our lives.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

My Sweet Little Chick

Miss Karrington Paige

She's a 2 year old extraordinaire. The coolest chick around. It takes a lot of patience and consistency to bring up a girl of her will. She has a very strong personality and will do great things for the kingdom of God. We love, love, love her! 

Monday, October 17, 2011

Prize31 - Christmas Blessings

Prize31 is the blog for the women's ministry of our church. This is where I started my blogging experience and have enjoyed being able to not only share what God is speaking to me and teaching me, but I get to read what He is doing in the lives of other women on a daily basis. Each month we are given a theme and this month's is Heart Tugs. What tugs at your heart? What are you passionate about? We were able to write about an event, a story in the news, a personal story, etc.
If any one really knows me, they know that I love the Christmas season. I use the word season, because I believe that it should be celebrated and rejoiced in season form. I could come up with a huge list of things that I love about the season, but there is really not time for that. Stop by Prize31 today and check out the top reason on my list.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Read my Bible

Bible reading has been a usual part of our bedtime routine for over a year now. Anton and Karrington have developed their bedtime routine: Karrington and daddy pray, he tucks her in and then reads her Bible.
She is still reading out of one of the really simple kid's Bibles, but is learning a ton.
Tonight when I was tucking her in, I prayed, she prayed, and then she informed me (really demanded of me)  that I needed to read her Bible. (I love this!) We read about David and Goliath. As I read, she told me that David was brave and he obeyed God.
It was so encouraging to know that she is understanding what we are reading. She is getting the basics and will have a stronger foundation for that.
We read completely through her Bible about every 10 days, so we are in the market for a new children's Bible. We've received a few recommendations, but if you have one that you really like we would love the suggestion.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

My First Pinning Success

If you haven't tried Pinterest...you should!
I've found a new addiction and love getting new ideas and recipes.
Tonight I made the Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars that I pinned to my Recipe Box a few days ago. Delicious! and extremely easy! Give them a try.
Now I have to figure out what to try next...

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Breaking News...

Breaking News...
Our little family has begun an adventure toward adoption.
There isn't a for sure situation yet, but we have seen a couple of doors open and close. Each one leading us closer to little chick #2. I don't have any elaborate details to share. Just simply that we are open and willing, and ready.
We are very excited to see what God has in store for us. We know that His plan is for us to open our home and welcome a little baby and we are extremely excited. Adoption has already been a big part of each of our lives and even before it became our only option at having another baby it was in our hearts and spirit. God has a great way of getting you ready for the journey to come.
We have a great support system in place with family and friends but openly welcome prayers and encouragement.
Keep checking in for details on our growing family.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Bargain Hunter

I love a good deal. Who doesn't?
For the past several years, my sister in law over at That Mama Gretchen, has raved about the Just Between Friends sale. She has attended in the Portland area, but I have not been so fortunate seeing as I live several thousand miles away.
This past spring she found a bargain on Salt Water Sandals for our little Karrington. Sandals that regularly run around $35-$40, she found for $4 and they still looked brand new.
I discovered, shortly after her glorious find, that Lubbock has its very own Just Between Friends sale. I cannot speak enough good things about the treasures that might be found at one of these sales. In anticipation, I waited for the day to come when I would be able to find bargains that I could brag about. 
Here is my bragging moment. At the Lubbock JBF sale, I was able to purchase 4 complete Gymboree outfits. I also purchased a brand new pair of hot pink Stride Rite shoes, a pink Little People airplane and 2 Clifford books. All for $40. Those of you have shopped for any of those items know that you don't escape without spending a pretty penny. The great thing is, these things don't look used at all. I was able to pay bottom dollar for things that look practically brand new. Not too shabby. 


Notice the fab hot pink shoes
 After getting my treasure home, I ventured over to one of my favorite stores to buy some ribbon. Hobby Lobby just happened to have all of their ribbon marked down 50%. New clothes in tow, I was able to buy ribbon for all new bows for under 10 bucks. Below are my creations.



My mother in law bought this dress at the
Portland JBF sale last year.


Monday, October 10, 2011

Little Life...Big Picture

Keep the bigger picture in mind.
I keep telling myself this as I go throughout the day. 
Parenting a little girl can be a huge challenge and I want to make sure that I do the best that I can. I know that my best is only going to be better if I listen and follow the guidance and instruction that God gives me. 
This is what I ask for on a daily basis and I know that He answers.
Today's obedience will teach her to listen to the direction God gives her in the future. 
Today's modesty will teach her to respect herself and not serve as a distraction for others in the future. 
Today's bed time prayers will teach her to be thankful, to ask for forgiveness and that she can go to God for anything. 
I am sure that there are other areas we are working on right now, but these are our priorities. This list is sure to grow as she does and I believe that God will continue to give us wisdom and understanding. 

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Happy Birthday G-Pops!

Happy Birthday to G-Pops!
Today the patriarc of our clan turns...51 and we would like to wish him the happiest birthday ever.
Tonight we will celebrate with fried chicken and waffles.
This meal was one discovered while traveling to Las Angelos, CA. Though is sounds kinda weird, there is something to say about the sweet and salty and all of that grease.
We will also partake of delicious Texas Sheet Cake. If you've never tried it, you should! I place the recipe below, just in case.

Texas Sheet Cake

Preheat oven to 400F

2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
Dash of salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
Combine and mix in a large mixing bowl

1 stick of butter
1 cup of water
½ cup shortening
3 ½ TBSP cocoa
Combine in saucepan and bring to a boil. Pour over flour and sugar mixture and mix

2 eggs (slightly beaten)
½ cup buttermilk
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla
Combine and add to other mixture and mix all together
Pour into large greased (spray with Pam) cooking sheet.
Cook for 10 minutes
Ice while hot

Chocolate Icing:
Combine in saucepan:
1 stick butter
3 ½ TBSP Cocoa
1/3 cup milk
Bring to boil and add 1 lb. of powdered sugar. Add 1 cup of chopped nuts (if desired). Pour on cake while hot.



Wednesday, October 5, 2011

This mom's tips for packing

This post is a sequel to yesterday's tips for flying. When traveling with an infant or toddler, packing can always be a fun and/or challenging experience. There's always one huge questions that runs through my mind...WHAT AM I FORGETTING? I have found that it is less likely to forget something if I sit down and mentally go through my day. As I go through my day mentally, I write down everything I use for Karrington. Depending on where you are traveling, the list can be lenghtened or shortened. Of course, if you are going somewhere extremely rural, make sure that you take everything you might need and a little more. This will make for one large bag, but in the world of children (in my opinion) it is better to have too much than to run out!
If you are going to visit family or anywhere there is a Target, then you should be fine if you forget a few things. A good thing to remember is that if you are going to visit family, then you will probably have the ability to do laundry, so that might cut down on some of your packing. Also, make sure that you put a few extra outfits for baby in your carry on. You never know when there might be an accident...babies are so unpredictable (all the moms smile).
Things that I always pack:
  1. Babies favorite night time CD/music
  2. Bottles/Sippy Cups (no more than 2, because you should be able to wash)
  3. Diapers (although you could buy these when you get there, but sometimes it is not always a for sure on when you can get to the store)
  4. Babies favorite toy and books
  5. A jacket
  6. Everything baby might need for bath (your preferences on soap, shampoo, and lotion might differ from what's available)
  7. 1 set of clothes for each day (this equals to be 2 sets of clothes for each day 1/2 the length of the trip, you'll most likely have to do a load of laundry).
  8. If there will not be a washer available, pack 2 pairs of clothing for each day you will be gone
  9. Babies favorite snack. Stores are different around the country, so I like to make sure that I will have this on hand.
  10. In our world, family pictures are inevitable on most trips, so I always pack like colors for Anton, Karrington, and me. (just a thought)
Happy traveling!
And as before, if you have a "never forget" item, please comment. Us moms need all the help we can get.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

This mom's tips for flying

We are counting down the days until Uncle Dominic, Aunt Gretchen, and Cousin Jemma touch down in Lubbock for a nice long visit. Jemma just turned 1 (on Sunday) and we have a stack of presents for her, not to mention all the hugs and kisses a loveable neice can imagine.
In honor of their upcoming trip, I thought that I would put together a few tips that I've learned in my travels with a small child. Karrington flew for her first time at 16 days and has flown regularly ever since. Everytime we fly, she is in a new stage of life, so everytime is a lovely new experience.

Tips I've learned from flying with a newborn, 3 month old, 9 month old, 12 month old, 18 month old, and 2 year old. Everytime was different...happy trails.
  1. Window seats are your friend. Even though dad likes to sit on the the end, he will find after one flight, that it is much easier to keep a baby/toddler contained if he is on one side and the wall/window is on the other.
  2. Make sure you have plenty of snacks/drinks. A hungry baby/toddler is not a happy one and an unhappy baby/toddler makes for a stressed out mommy.
    1. You can take drinks through security as long as they are for a baby/toddler. Make sure they are in a container that can be tested and in the required Ziploc baggie.
  3. Bring a few books and toys. AND don't pull them all out at once. Make sure you are able to keep a few surprises handy for the last few minutes on the airplane.
  4. Make sure you have whatever your child need to sleep...pacie, blankie, bunny, doggie. Whatever it is, you want to make sure its in your carry on and not your checked bag.
  5. Personal DVD players are worth the money...believe me! 2.
  6. You cannot pack enough diapers and wipes in your carry on. If you think you have enough, throw in a few extra.
  7. Take offs and landing are hard on little ears, so make sure to have a sippy cup, pacie or nurse during that time. If baby's asleep, don't wake him/her up. He/she will be fine! (didn't your mom ever tell you not to wake a sleeping baby?)
  8. Utilize your iTunes, especially if baby needs some music to go to sleep. I tuck my phone between me and blankie and let the music do its job.
  9. Try to sit around other people with children. Most likely, the angry fliers will not sit anywhere near you, especially if there are multiple children in the area.
  10. Don't get stressed. Babies sense stress and it will only make the situation worse. Remember, you will probably not see any of those people ever again.
Happy flying!
Please comment if you have a tip or something you've learned in your flying/traveling experiences. We can always use the info.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Sing to Me

My sweet girl loves to sing! This warms my heart to no end. Tonight's song...
The ABC's
Every single letter gets announced, though not with greatest clarity. She know all of them though and even ends the song with "now I know my ABC's, next time won't you sing with me."
Love it!
It makes me puff up in pride. I am on proud mama with the smartest 2 year old in the world.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Bed Time Prayers

As Karrington's vocabulary grows, we are being sure to add prayers to her words. For the past several weeks, we have been saying a prayer on the way to school. This was my solution to the last post. On our way to school, I have Karrington repeat after me.
Dear Jesus,
Thank you for this day! Please help me today to obey, to be kind to my friends, and to take a nap. I love you! In Jesus' name, Amen
Prayer works, because she has been taking regular naps at school. Not sure why I waited so long to turn to the Lord for help in that matter.
In addition to this prayer, Karrington is learning a prayer at bedtime. This is something that my mom did with all 4 of us kids and I think is important to learn. There is nothing complicated; it is simple, short and concise. After all, how many words are we going to have a 2 year old try and remember.
Her nighttime prayer:
Dear Jesus,
Thank you for this day. Thank you for my daddy. Thank you for my mommy. Forgive me of my sins. Give me health, peace and joy. In Jesus' name, Amen
I'm not sure that Karrington understands everything she is saying, but it is being planted in her heart and spirit. It is our desire for her to love and follow the Lord all the days of her life and we are trusting God to give us the parental direction and wisdom needed to teacher and instruct her.


Wednesday, September 14, 2011

HELP! I have a 2 year old

Calling all moms...I need 2 year old help!
Little Miss Karrington has decided to take it upon herself to skip naps at school. I might pass this off as a growing up phase, except for the fact that she sleeps for a solid 2 hours when she naps at home. Her teachers have tried several different strategies, but nothing seems to work.
Any and all suggestions are appreciated!
This call for help isn't far from selfish. Though I'm sure Karrington's body and health would probably benefit from the extra sleep, I know her attitude would 100% benefit from a lovely afternoon siesta. Our last several evenings have been spent dealing with tantrums, crying, rubbing PB&J on her feet, and being destructive. I think that you probably have the idea.
ON TOP OF ALL OF THIS...
Karrington has started hitting her friends.
As I was entering the building to pick her up from school yesterday, one of my mom friends informed me that she had just seen Karrington sitting at the front desk. NOT GOOD!
Karrington had been sent to the front desk for hitting a little boy with a wood block, for no reason. She was practically in the principal's office.
I'm at a loss and really do welcome any and all toddler/2 year old advice.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

My First Catering Gig

Thanks to my sister in law, Deborah, I've ventured out into catering world. During the Christmas season, I made my baking debut by putting together a load of gift baskets for my dad to give to fellow colleagues and employees. I enjoyed the whole process and have talked about starting a business for a while. So, Deborah helped me out. I love baking, especially when it's for other people. Here are a few of the items for my first gig.

Baby Dedication Reception
Vanilla Cupcake w/ Vanilla Frosting

      Coconut Cupcake with 7 Minute Frosting 




Saturday, May 28, 2011

5x7 Folded Card

I just ordered 5 Father's Day cards for free from Shutterfly. For Mother's Day I spent over $25 on cards, so I thought that this was a pretty good deal. AND you can customize them.  





 
 
 
 
 
I Love Daddy Father's Day 5x7 folded card
Shutterfly cards for Mother's Day, Valentines Day, Birthdays & more.
View the entire collection of cards.

Let's Talk About Modesty

The other day, I dressed Karrington and sent her to school. When I went to check on her in the middle of the day, I was shocked to find her shirt half way up her belly, leaving a nice sized mid-drift. Too small? You might ask. Not at all, the shirt was a 3T and should have been plenty big enough as to not show any skin.
I was absolutely horrified and apologized to her teachers. Unfortunately I had not replaced her 'extra clothes' in her backpack, so there was nothing that I could really do. Since Anton normally picks Karrington up, I called to warn him of her immodesty. Of course, we laughed about it, but there is something to say about teaching our young girls about modesty.
I have spoken with several people about this matter and have gotten many mixed reactions. Some say that it is completely okay to let little girls show a little extra skin. Some say that it is important to start modesty as early as possible (especially this day in age, when Lady Gaga is wearing barley anything and giving an extremely inappropriate performance on TV). When do you draw the line? This is where I would love opinions. What is okay? What is too much skin? Are 2 pieces okay for kids under 5, 7, or 9? What do you think about teaching modesty? And if you're a seasoned mom, please share some of your tips.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Watching what we say

I know all of you moms know what that means. The moment when you realize that your child is going to repeat everything she/he hears. The other day we were sitting in the car and I was correcting Karrington (she had taken off her shoes for the umpteenth time). She verbatim repeated everything that I said to her; like she had heard it before. It was not sweet or cute, it was more like order barking and all I could do was look at Anton in a sense of regret. Hmmmm...bad mommy moment? I'm not really sure what exactly to think about this except to know that I really need to be more purposeful in my communication with my sweet little, almost 2 year old daughter.
On that note, Anton and I have been purposeful in our positive conversation. Karrington is becoming very polite and uses please and thank you quite regularly. She says hi to people as we walk through the store and even while riding in the car. And there is my new favorite, her singing O-B-E-Y, obey your mom and dad... Very cute and precious. We are intentional to tell her everyday that she is a child of God, a princess of the King. That she is a leader and God has great plans for her life. She is smart and can do anything that she puts her mind to.
A funny story along these lines happened at work yesterday. Anton had picked Karrington up from her class and brought her down to my office. I had a child sitting in my office. The child had gotten into trouble and was need to sit out of the fun and games for a few minutes. Karrington saw her sitting in a chair to the side and said "obey." What do you do? Laugh? Bow your head in shame? She obviously knew that this child had misbehaved and needed to be obedient. She was obviosly discerning of the situation.
All in all, we are having to watch what we say. Good or bad, she picks it up and will repeat it. No more talking to other drivers on the road or yelling at the tv during a basketball game.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Easter Photo Op

Just a few photos from our Easter festivities

Simply Delicious Strawberry Cake

Ingredients

1 (18.25-ounce) box white cake mix
1 (3-ounce) box strawberry-flavored instant gelatin
1 (15-ounce) package frozen strawberries in syrup, thawed and pureed
4 large eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup water
Strawberry cream cheese frosting, recipe follows

Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 (10-ounce) package frozen strawberries in syrup, thawed and pureed
1/2 teaspoon strawberry extract
7 cups confectioners' sugar

Freshly sliced strawberries, for garnish, optional

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease 2 (9-inch) round cake pans.

In a large bowl, combine cake mix and gelatin. Add pureed strawberries, eggs, oil, and water; beat at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth. Pour into prepared pans, and bake for 20 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Let cool in pans for 10 minutes. Remove from pans, and cool completely on wire racks.
For the frosting:
In a large bowl, beat butter and cream cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Beat in 1/4 cup of the strawberry puree and the vanilla extract. (The rest of the puree is leftover but can be used in smoothies or on ice cream for a delicious treat.) Gradually add confectioners' sugar, beating until smooth.
Spread frosting in between layers and on top and sides of cake. Garnish with sliced fresh strawberries, if desired.

The Bossy Baker's Notes:
1. I couldn't find strawberry extract, so I simply omitted it. The cake didn't seem to taste any less strawberryish.
 2. I didn't read all of the directions and missed that I was only supposed to put 1/4 cup of the strawberry puree in the frosting. 
3. The cake was great and very moist. I highly recommend using this for any special occasion. You'll get lots of compliments. 

  
Picture from Food Network
I am not including any pictures of my cake simply because it wasn't very pretty. Like I mentioned in the baker's notes, I put too much of the puree in the icing and couldn't seem to add enough confectioners sugar to help the runny factor.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

The Winner Is....

Anton's Birthday Dessert will be...
Simply Delicious Strawberry Cake
Pictures and Recipe to follow!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The Power of M&M's


The past few days we have gotten to experience pink eye. Oh What Fun! It actually hasn't been all that bad; just trying to keep everything wiped down and sanitized so that little girl doesn't share with mommy or daddy. Biscuit and Blanky have had a couple of 'baths' in the washing machine and we've used quite a bit of hand sanitizer. Although all of that seems to be a lot of work, the thing that has been most challenging is the...dun dun dun...EYE DROPS! Oh, the drama that can come out of such a little body. This is when M&M's come into play. With the little phrase "I'll give you an 2 M&M's if you are still and let mommy do this" gets the job done. And with that, Karrington is getting at least 8 M&M's a day. I am hoping that this will get us set for potty training. Bribe or Reward? I really don't care as long as it gets a result.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Anton's Birthday

This week is Anton's birthday week! He is not really one for celebrating, but I sure am. I love celebrating birthdays, especially the birthdays of the ones that I love. I've even already ordered his birthday gift and it should get here tomorrow or Tuesday.

One of my favorite things about birthdays is preparing the culinary delights. Cakes, cupcakes, cookies, if it's got sugar in it, then I love to make it! I'm still trying to decide what to make this year, so I'm putting it up for a vote. Let me know what you think. I'll follow up with pictures and recipes for the winning dessert.

Happy Birthday Anton!


Friday, April 15, 2011

Red Mango Deliciousness

Meet my new addiction: Red Mango Fro Yo. I heart it! Like REALLY, Really heart it! A Red Mango store just opened up in Lubbock and I have almost filled up my frequent buyers card. Anyway, if you have one near you I highly recommend stopping in and giving it a try. My favorite is White Peach. Coming in at a close 2nd is Coconut/Pineapple swirl, just like Pina Colada.
And this is my favorite part...it's all natural.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

She Said

I'm blogging on Prize31 today. Stop by and see what "Newlywed" answers I answered about Anton.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

He Said

Anton is braving the waters of Women's Ministry today. He has partnered with me to do a He Said/She Said post for our women's ministry blog Prize31. Go on over and check out what he has to say.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

I Won!

Last week I entered a giveaway over at That Mama Gretchen and I WON! AND I am so excited.

I placed my order at My 2 Lil Pixies Boutique and will get it in the next few days.

Stay tuned for pictures and details of what I got. In the mean time, go check out My 2 Lil Pixies Boutique

Monday, April 11, 2011

My Mothering Style

I am one of those people who likes to know everything. If I am diagnosed with something, I go home and do research so that I am aware of all of the symptoms and possible treatments. This doesn't just go with sickness, but with Love Language, Personality, Giftings. You name it, I want to know where I fit. When I saw a post on Mothering type over at That Mama Gretchen, I had to check into it. I took the test and these were my results.

The 'Executive' Mother

ENTJ (Extraverted, Intuitive, Thinking, Judging)

Competent and confident in a management role, the ENTJ mother organizes the needs and schedules of family members into a workable family system. Within the system, she provides her children with care-taking, direction, and limits, but she also gives them space to develop their own self-sufficiency and judgment.

Analytical and adept at problem-solving, the ENTJ mother listens to her children's concerns empathetically and then strategizes with them how to improve the situation—either by intervening on their behalf or backing off to let them solve problems on their own. She particularly enjoys watching them take responsibility and accomplish something they find important on their own.

Intense and insightful, the ENTJ mother is cued in to her children's intellectual and emotional development. She uses her quickness and communication skills to talk things through and help her children connect with people and better understand life.


Strengths
Commitment to a family system
Energetic and hard working
Fostering independence
Problem-solvingIn-depth conversations
 Struggles
Busyness (there's always something needing to be done)
Self-criticism (YEP!)
Letting feelings "be." (I'm totally a fixer, it's hard to let others learn the 'hard' way)

I find this pretty spot on!

Here you can take a quiz to find out your mothering personality

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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

No salsa for me

As Karrington gets bigger, we are allowing her to try more and more foods. Some foods are a hit and some are a miss. Most recent hit, PEANUT BUTTER. She LOVES it! by the spoonful. She's been eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for a while now, but recently I noticed that she would pull apart the bread and lick off the peanut butter. Though making a PB&J sandwich isn't that difficult, I decided to try giving her a spoon of peanut butter. It was a total success as polished off the spoon and asked for more.

Our most recent, NO WAY food is salsa. We were out to lunch after church on Sunday and while waiting on our order we were snacking on some chips and salsa. Karrington was munching on chips and noticed that I kept dipping my chips in salsa before I ate them. As a normal almost 2 year old, she felt like she needed to be doing exactly what I was doing. So, I put a little bit of salsa on a chip and gave it to her. She licked it off and was obviously not a fan (it was a little spicier than her liking). She started to wipe off her tongue, but that didn't seem to work, so she started to lick the table. It was hilarious! In tears,Anton and I were on either side of her trying to help, but she didn't seem interested in the help we were offering. I really wish that I had a video or at least a picture of this moment.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Round and Round we go

On Saturday, we ventured out to Cagel's Steaks (which is one of our favorite places to get a delicious piece o beef). We particularly like the restaurant because not only is it delicious, but it is fairly casual and we don't have to get a babysitter. It's perfectly acceptable for little Miss Karrington to tag along. The place is set up like a little town and has a great area to explore outside. There is a little playhouse and a wagon and a Merry Go Round. A little mini one that you used to see outside of Walmart or Kmart with three little horses (or any animal at that). You know what I'm talking about.
I love, love, love this picture!
I happened to have a couple of quarters on me, which really is a miracle seeing as I never seem to have cash, so Karrington climbed up and took a ride. This was priceless. She was so excited and had little girl giggles and all. I was able to snap a couple of great photos and definitely intend on blowing them up and framing them for our walls. What's better than a great big picture of your sweet baby?
She kept pulling her shoulders up. You know how you do when you're so excited!

I love my sweet family!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

There is a light...

I got this picture in an email today with the encouraging note:

"Remember, there is light at the end of the tunnel."

This was so apropos considering that I have thought that it is Wednesday all day and its really Tuesday. That makes for a long week, if you know what I mean. Yesterday felt like two days, or maybe even three days, in one. A marathon, so to speak. So, if any of you have experienced the same, remember...there is a light!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

G-Pops Truths


G-Pop's Truths
1. You're Smart
2. You're Beautiful
3. Jesus Loves You
and if you're anything like Karrington, #3 is followed by a loud AMEN!
My dad makes it a point to say these things to Karrington everyday (if he happens to be out of town, Anton or I stand in the gap). I am excited that she will grow up hearing these and knowing that they are true. No doubt about it!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Early Mornings

Today was an early day at work (yawn!). On a normal day, I do not have to trail in until around 10:00 am, but this morning my car rolled in to the parking lot at 7:42 am. I give mad kudos to all the moms who can get out of the house, kids in tow, lunches packed, and all of the necessities to get through the day all before 8:00 am. This morning I got up 15 minutes late, managed to get myself fully dressed, cinnamon rolls in the oven, Karrington up (cute story to follow) and dressed, her lunch packed, and heated up the left over coffee from yesterday. We rushed out the door with breakfast in hand. I scarfed down my Ezekiel toast in the car, while she kept asking me where her breakfast was (bad mama moment?). She didn't realize that I had warm cinnamon rolls and a cup of cold Almond milk packed in her bag for the moment we arrived at school. It was a crazy morning and I am very glad that I don't have to do that every day!


Getting Karrington up...
It is a rare occasion when I have to wake Karrington up. Have you heard the saying, "Never wake a sleeping baby."? I have bought into that BIG TIME!!! I didn't know how she would react to being woken up, but we ended up having a precious moment. She was very cuddly. I didn't turn on her big light, but instead turned on the closet light and cracked the door a little. This, however, was clearly too much light for my sleepy little girl. She laid on the floor as I changed her diaper and said, "eyes mommy, eyes (while rubbing her eyes)" Once she was a little more awake she started to talk, A LOT! She was talking about her shirt, pants, socks, diaper, shoes, bows...everything required to get her ready for the day. Once we were finished dressing her, she looked at me and said, "Awshome mommy!" How precious! Hugs and kisses followed. I absolutely love this little girl!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Friendly Rivalry

Who will win? Who will advance to the Elite Eight? I don't know, but tonight we're going to find out.
This is an ever present rivalry between best friends. Anton is a hardcore Arizona Wildcat fan. He LOVES them! In fact, when we first started dating, he required that I memorize, at least, the starting line up of the Wildcats. Oh, don't worry, I did. Though, I don't know if I could tell you anyone from the team now (I guess the standard goes down after 5 years of marriage...)
Daniel, Anton's BFF, is a hardcore Duke fan. I'm not sure if his love for Duke is more than Anton's love of the Wildcats, but I do know that Daniel traveled all the way from Washington state to North Carolina just to see his Blue Devils play. Pretty die hard, if you ask me.

Tonight, Anton is decked out in Arizona gear, sitting on our couch and Skyping with Daniel while watching the game (we live 2000 miles away from each other) I guess we'll see how tonight plays out. I do know that whoever wins, Arizona or Duke, they will still be friends.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Proud Mama Moment

Karrington and I had a great moment this morning. We were following our normal morning routine: get up, get dressed, and eat breakfast. She was all dressed and ready for the day. I asked her to get a bib out and not only did she do that; she put it on and then promptly went over to climb into her chair. She climbed in and politely waited for me to bring over her breakfast. I brought over her eggs and cinnamon roll and as I placed the plate in front of her she said, "Thank (taint) you, mommy" (in the sweetest little girl voice you can imagine). My heart melted as I answered, "You are very welcome Karrington." Am I really raising a polite little girl? It really shouldn't be too shocking, but I don't remember consciously teaching her to use such manners. Needless to say, I am one extremely proud mama.
I love this girl!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Taking on the Challenge

While glancing through the newest Country Living magazine, I came across a darling display of cupcakes. After examining the page a little longer, I realized that it was an advertisement for a competition. Jelly Belly is giving away $10,000 to the best dressed cupcake. So...
I'm taking the challenge!
I have a couple of ideas, but I feel that I am going to have to do some experimenting before I submit my final product. This is my first food competition, so I'm a little nervous. The website posted some ideas and this is my favorite. I think that these would be super cute at a summer bar-b-que or a picnic. I'll keep you posted. 


Monday, March 21, 2011

Bath Time Woes

Our household has been experiencing bath time woes. In a matter of days, bath time went from a great play time to screaming and crying. WHAT THE HECK? I'm not sure what happened. Can anyone say mood swing? I'm sure that we could blame things on Karrington being a girl, but I'm pretty sure that hormones do not have that much control at 20 months.
After two screaming bath time experiences, I have decided that I am in definite need of a book or lesson on toddler behavior. One moment, I feel like I am doing great! Our days are seamless with great meal times, naps and car rides. BUT then there are days, like the last two, with no naps, screaming bath times, and lunch and dinner all over the floor. Don't tell me its the 'terrible twos.' Although I know that this season of toddlerhood has been dubbed with that oh so wonderful phrase, I refuse to own the title for my little one. 
It is time to start reading up on this season of life. I am in need of some toddler advice. This makes figuring out a babies cries seem like a piece of cake.
Typical afternoon car ride: within 5 minutes her shoes and socks are off and her bows are ripped out. Now I know how much fun it is to redress a toddler every time we get out of the car.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Little Chick's First Hairctut

Karrington had her first trim, thanks to Auntie Jenny. All of that newborn baby hair is gone...don't worry I did keep a locket...and all of the toddler hair is evened out. No more uneven pigtails.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Will you be my homecoming date?

I know that this is so January, but go with me for a minute.
Since Trinity doesn't have a football team, we do homecoming during basketball season. We got dressed up in our Red and Navy and headed out to the Lion's den to support our Lady Lions and Running Lions. As is Texas tradition, all the girls don mums to the homecoming festivities. (Mums are large gaudy flowers with ribbons, bells and whistles dangling down. The bigger, the better.)
I thought that it would be cute to make/decorate a little t-shirt with a little mum for Karrington. The flower is made out of ribbon with lion paws and then the dangling ribbon is red and blue. It turned out super cute and will definitely become a Bossio homecoming tradition, for at least the younger years.
Anton's Homecoming Dates

Wednesday, January 12, 2011