Tuesday, November 30, 2004

It worked out

Caleb did fine at Fantasy in Lights. We rode the Jolley Trolley and he got a little bored toward the end. Other than that, he did great. It was fun to see Grace's face. She was in awe of the lights and had the most fun. When we got back to the starting area, Caleb and Camille shared a caramel apple topped with M&M's, and Grace and Josiah shared a Cotton Candy.

Four of my stamp sets sold on Ebay. I mailed them out yesterday and ran a few errands. We went to the pharmacy to pick up Caleb's prescription, then to Target and then to Kohl's. Target had a women's fleece jacket on sale for $10 so I got one for Camille. It's very cute. I also got Gracie some "tomato" aka Play-Doh for her stocking. This is a typical question with Gracie phonetics: "Mom, aster yurnch can I pay wif tomato?" It is SO cute. I LOVE it when they mispronounce words.

I'm sending my out of town Christmas cards out today. I ordered some prints of the children's photo at www.photoworks.com and got them yesterday. I also ordered my postage stamps online. I ended up getting the ornaments because I never like the "Madonna and Child." I would love a nativity scene on a stamp. Or just baby Jesus with a star. Kind of like the graphic in the sidebar. Maybe I should suggest it.

My calf is still hurting and I can feel a lump under the skin. I think I'll call and make an appointment. Camille is not going riding today because she is being disciplined for last weeks school meltdown. After I worte about it, she melted down again and got another priviledge take away. Now, no Molly AND no riding lesson.

I went grocery shopping last night because I didn't get to go on Sunday. I bought a lot of groceries. I got two more turkeys because they are still .69 lb. That is a lot of meat for less than $9 each. The things I got for free (or less than a dime) were; Publix 16 ct sliced cheese (that was the penny coupon), Rice a Roni, refridgerated Lender's Bagels (I got 6 packs of those and they paid me .15 each to buy them!), and Swiss Miss cocoa (qty 3).
Oh, and I got 2 Aunt Jemimah frozen breakfasts for free as well. It's so fun getting free stuff. Caleb's occupational therapist was checking out in front of me at Publix. Her cart was loaded with groceries and her total was $253.00. My cart was almost as loaded and my total was $59.00. I spent $97.00 at Kroger though. It was at Kroger where I bought 2 chuck roasts ($1.99 lb) as well as the bulk of the other stuff.

Last night Gracie got out of bed crying. She said she needed to go pee. So she cried on the toilet for awhile (she was still sleepy) and finally went potty. She calmed down and I put her back to bed. I covered her up and she looked at me and said, "Mom, I love you!" It was so sweet. I have been SO blessed that God gave me these children.

Need to get school done. Blessings!

Sunday, November 28, 2004

Fantasy in Lights

We plan on going to Callaway this evening for Fantasy in Lights. Caleb says he doesn't want to go, so we'll see if he ruins the trip for everyone. We would get him a babysitter, but I don't know anyone that can babysit that doesn't go to church Sunday evenings. It's expensive to go, so I really hope he's fine with it. On the Fourth of July at Callaway he pooped in his pants. I hope we don't have a repeat of that.

My calf is hurting and I am convinced I have DVT. Of course, a blood clot is going to break away and kill me. I was all set to go to the ER this morning but Olaf thinks I'm crazy. So, maybe I'll make an appointment to go to the doctor this week. Maybe not. Good thing our ladies bible study is doing "Calm My Anxious Heart." It's not helping me, is it? LOL!

I have some stamp sets on ebay that end today. Four of the 7 sets have the minimum bid. That means I'll be running to the PO tomorrow to mail them out. Or giving them to Olaf to take to work with him. He passes a PO on the way to work.

November is almost over! It has gone by fast. December is going to busy with Camille's choir schedule too. I hope to get a lot of school done in December.

I need to get in the shower. Blessings!

Saturday, November 27, 2004


I went out shopping yesterday and that was the dumbest thing I have ever done! I went to Kohl's and the line was wrapped around the entire store to check out. Then I walked over to Parable Christian Bookstore and looked around. Then I went to Eckerd and bought some chocolate for the kids stockings. Then to Dollar General where I got Caleb a present. Caleb is so hard to buy for. He destroys everything he gets so we really don't weant to spend a lot of money on toys. I am trying to think outside the box and think of things that are not toys that he would like. He loves baseball caps, so maybe that's an idea. The other children have plenty.

I'm not sure what the plan is for today! I know I have eaten like a PIG this week. I am dreading weigh in on Monday. Blessings!

Thursday, November 25, 2004

Christmas Season

It's offically the Christmas Season. Well, at least in my book. Tomorrow is the biggest shopping day of the year and I'd like to do my share. If only I had some money!:)

Thanksgiving dinner was great. Olaf did a good job. I took Camille to see "The Polar Express" tonight. She really enjoyed it. I thought it was OK. Just wait for the video if you can.

For some reason I am really hungry right now. I ate popcorn and whoppers at the movie theater. I ate a turkey sandwich when I got home from the movies...why am I so hungry???

Hope you like the new graphics. I am amazed at people's generosity when they give away these graphics for free. All the blinkies came from the first three blinkies that are linked to their webpages. Visit and get some blinkies of your own! For some stupid reason, they're addictive. Blessings!

Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Thanksgiving Eve

It's the evening before Thanksgiving and my home smells like pumpkin pie. I wonder how many other homes across the United States smell like pumpkin pie right now? I have SO much to be thankful for. Thank you my Heavenly Father for my salvation that You have provided me, my wonderful husband, the children I never thought I would have, my health and the health of my family, and on and on... You have blessed me beyond measure and I am truly grateful.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Struggling today

I'm having a little bit of a "situation" today with Camille regarding homeschooling. I was working with her on her seven times tables with flashcards when she started crying. I asked her why she was crying and she said it was because she didn't want to do the flashcards. I told her that she needed to change her attitude and we were going to work on the flashcards until she made some progress with her seven times tables. I ended up disciplining her for her attitude (when she had several opportunities to change it) by taking away playing privledges with her best friend. You would have thought I shot the girl with a rifle! She was wailing like a professional mourner at a Hebrew funeral. Now I have ammunition!:) I am still not certain that homeschooling is the best thing for either of us at this point. She sure isn't seeing a Godly example at home from me or Olaf for that matter. The only thing she is getting here that she wouldn't be getting in public school is curriculum from a Christian perspective. She is also missing the bullying and bad influence of the other children, but she is being bullied and has the bad influence of her mother. Which is worse? Which one is the lesser of two evils? I want to preserve some relationship with Camille and I feel like I cannot do that while she is home. On the other hand, I know that sending her to school will not solve all the problems. Also, Olaf is adamant that Camille will not go to public school and I have to submit to his decision. I feel so overwhelmed and torn most of the time. It is a huge stress in my life and has been for the three years I have schooled her at home. Again, I throw up my hands in desperation and ask God to help me be the woman He has created me to be, and to accomplish the mission He has given me.

Josiah is going poo on the potty, so I need to go sit with him.


Monday, November 22, 2004


This is my fourth, yes fourth, time trying to post on my blog. I have typed the same information so many times, I'm sick of doing it!:) In a nutshell:

Fernbank was worth every penny...nothing! Evolution abounds, but some stuff was fun and educational. It's hard going to a museum with little ones and a mentally challenged son. It would have cost $54 for our family to get in. I am so happy it was free.

Today Camille has a two hour choir practice. I am hoping someone else can bring her home. Caleb's bus is unpredictable and I don't want the bus to beat me home. Especially since today he had a sub driver and she was on time this morning. That is rare.

Josiah has slept part of the night in his bed the past two nights. Hallelujah! I have to admit, I do miss cuddling with him. When he cries in the middle of the night I scoop him up and put him in bed with us. I am enjoying every minute of my "baby." I don't know if the Lord will bless us again.

I gained weight this week. It caught up with me! Check my weight loss blog tomorrow to see how much.

Need to get school done before choir. I am hoping this posts...

Sunday, November 21, 2004

Busy as a bee...

We went to church this morning then went out to eat at Golden Corral afterwards. Olaf got $15 in Golden Corral "bucks" for coaching Caleb's little league team. When we got home, we did the coupon thing and then I went grocery shopping. Olaf will be making our Thanksgiving meal this year. We would really like to invite someone over that doesn't have anywhere to go, but the Lord hasn't told us who that person/people are yet. If you're reading this and need a place to eat Thanksgiving dinner...let me know. Hey, Charity! What is your family doing for Thanksgiving? Want to spend it with us?

Fernbank was worth every penny; NOTHING! If I had to pay the $54 for our family to go in there, I would have been ticked. Some parts were fun and educational. You just have to look over all the evolution stuff that they teach as fact, not theory. I would like to go to their planetareum someday though.

Josiah actually slept in his own bed part of the night last night. He is in his crib sleeping right now as well. Friday afternoon I put him in his crib awake for his nap. He screamed for about two hours but finally laid down and slept for two. I think him being in the crib, in the daytime, helped ease his fears about being in there at night. Olaf said he slept so good last night not having the baby in bed with us. I actually slept better after the baby woke up and I put him in the bed with us in the middle of the night. I really pray the Lord blesses us with another child. I love babies. Especially newborns. I would like to lose some more weight before I get pregnant though.

Try the Gingerbread Coffeemate. It's even better than the Peppermint Mocha! Yummy! I got mine at Kroger.


Saturday, November 20, 2004


Fernbank Museum of Natural History is giving away FREE admission to members of Callaway Gardens. We probably wouldn't go otherwise. I mean, who wants to pay $$ for being indoctrinated in evolutionary theories? It's the perfect day for Fernbank because the weather outside is kind of yucky. I'll post tomorrow and let you know how it was. In the meantime here is a link if you want to visit: http://www.fernbank.edu/museum/

Olaf has made cinnamon rolls for breakfast. They smell yummy. I'll probably eat one:) I weighed myself this morning and am up a few pounds. I am hoping it's not a "true" weight. We'll see Monday night.

Our trip to Brusters was fun. The children watched him make ice cream in the big machine. They watched him make a waffle cone. The got to taste the ice cream as it was coming out of the machine. Everyone got a cute baby cone and a coupon for a free scoop. They had fun. The whole tour was probably 30 minutes from start to finish. The manager was very nice. As he was pouring the mix into the measuring cups he told us the reason Brusters ice cream is so good is because they "moo" when pouring it. He made all of us moo real loud. Last night as Grace was telling Olaf about the field trip she said, "And when we all moo'd it made the ice cream taste good."

Off to eat. Blessings!

Friday, November 19, 2004


We will be leaving in a few minutes for our field trip to Brusters. We are going with two other families to have a tour of the facility (it's tiny! How long can that take?) and sample some ice cream. If you don't know what Brusters is...it's only the best ice cream place on the planet! I don't really like ice cream too much, but my family loves it. Especially Olaf and Camille. It gives me a tummy ache. The children are excited about going.

Last night at Bible Study the women all laid hands on me and prayed for me. I shared with them (and now you) that I am having some major oppression from the enemy regarding depression. I feel like if I have to do one more thing, or even if one more thing is expected from me, that I am going to collapse under the weight and have a mental breakdown. I feel inches from being admitted into a mental hospital at times. Please pray for me if you feel led from the Lord. It was interesting to hear the way the different gals prayed for me. You could hear their gifts from the Lord come out in their prayers for me. Some showed compassion and empathy, some prayed with spiritual boldness rebuking the enemy, some prayed for me to recognize sin in my life and repent... I was blessed by all of them. I wish I had my internet friend to share my struggles with. It still plays in my mind the words she ended our friendship with. That is something else I have to let God take care of. I'm sure thinking of it is just adding more stress into my already anxious heart. If you are reading this Wendy, I am praying for you and your family. I miss you.

OK, I need to get shoes on Josiah and get going to Brusters. Blessings to all who take the time to read my ramblings.

Thursday, November 18, 2004

Blessed Be Your Name

in the land that is plentiful
Where Your streams of abundance flow
Blessed be Your name

And blessed be Your name
when Im found in the desert place
Though I walk through the wilderness
Blessed be your name

Every blessing You pour out
Ill turn back to praise
And when the darkness closes in
Lord Still I will say

Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your name
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your glorious name

Blessed be Your name
when the suns shining down on me
When the worlds all as it should be
Blessed be Your name

And blessed be Your name
on the road marked with suffering
Though theres pain in the offering
Blessed be Your name

You give and take away
You give and take away
My heart will choose to say
Lord, blessed be Your name

What a great song by Tree 63! We sing it in church and I absolutely love this song. I'll post more tomorrow. It was a great night at Bible Study! Blessings!

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Busy Wednesday

I have a moment to post before I have to take Camille to JMG. I was very blessed today in the fact that Jeannie took Camille to choir for me. She happened to stop by 15 minutes before we were to leave for choir. She drives right by the church on her way home, so I asked her if she wouldn't mind dropping Camille off. You see, Josiah woke up at 5 am this morning and never went back to sleep. He really needed a nap and I knew that he would fall asleep in the car on the way to choir. Then he would have been really fussy the rest of the day because that 15 minute car ride would have been the ONLY nap he took! It worked out well. Then, come to find out, Camille didn't have to stay after for extra practice. She called me and I went and got her. We leave for JMG in about 45 minutes. Camille did math, language arts and spelling today. JMG will count for science. The seven times table was introduced today and I realized that I can't count by 7's! LOL! I have the times tables memorized, but when I try to skip count I get all messed up. Anyway, she did well. She only missed three problems on her entire math worksheet. The desk in her room is helping us a lot. Tomorrow I need to call the school system to see if I can get Cami evaluated for occupational therapy. I have a feeling that it will be a lot of red tape. If I can't get it done through the school system then I will go up to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

Oh, I tried the most wonderful coffee stuff! It's CoffeMate Peppermint Mocha and it's only out for the holidays. If you like mint hot chocolate, then try this in your coffee. It's delicious. I want to try the Gingerbread next. I think I'll go have anothe half cup!


Tuesday, November 16, 2004

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Running again..

Tuesday morning is riding lessons. We drive over 30 minutes each way for an hour lesson. I'm thinking of going twice a month vs. once a week. Just for MY benefit:) I hope to get some school done today. It's hard with all this running around that we do on Tuesday's and Wednesday's. Tomorrow Camille has to stay after regular choir practice for solo choir practice. I will see if Terri Terrell can bring her home. If not, then Josiah is going to be miserable with no nap.

Check out my weight loss blog to see how I fared last night.


Monday, November 15, 2004

Time to pay the piper

Yes, tonight is weigh in night. After two weeks of celebrating my birthday, I'll see how much damage has been done.

We went to Callaway Gardens yesterday. It was sunny and cool. We rode bikes about an hour again. This time we rode on the trail to the azalea Bowl and got off the bikes and walked around the garden. Josiah was so tired because he had not had his nap. Next time we ride bikes, we need to make sure that little guy isn't so sleepy. The weather was perfect though. I think the high was in the upper 50's which is great if you are riding a bike! Grace and Josiah were bundled up though.

Last night, I went grocery shopping. I saved 49% at Kroger. Our family is buying Thanksgiving dinner for a local family that cannot afford it, so I bought two turkeys at Kroger at .69 lb. I got DelMonte canned veggies for .22 per can, Gold Medal 100% Whole Wheat Bread for .95 loaf (not as great of a deal as last week!), Huggies diapers $7.48, milk .99 half gallon (I bought 3 gallons), 20 pound bag Purina Dog Food $7.49, and a whole lotta other stuff. My total at Kroger was $87.16. At Publix, I got 5 lbs of Dixie Crystal sugar for .90 each, so I bought three. The bulk of my shopping was at Kroger this week though.

Josiah still will not sleep in his bed. He screams like he is terrified. Last night he woke up several times saying "hurt" but I'm not sure where exactly he was hurting. He had a major poo in the toilet last night before going to bed, so maybe it was his tummy. He's cute when he sits on the potty. He has to look at the Readers Digest and he sits on the potty about 1/2 hour before he even starts to poo. He's a man! He's taking his time. He must have learned from Olaf.

OK, girls are up. I need to go! Blessings!

Saturday, November 13, 2004

Homeschool Tea

Today I took the girls to Tammy's church (where I go for Bible Study) for a homeschool Thanksgiving Tea. It was very nice. I wore my hat that I got last year for Christmas. It's a black quilted hat with red flowers in the front. Needless to say, I was the only one in a hat, but it was fun for me. Ms. Mike prayed and did a devotional, Katie Frost (age 12) dressed up as a pilgrim and did a little speech on what the Pilgrims endured, there was great food and of course, tea. I would say there were about 35 to 40 people there. Everything looked feminine and lovely. Grace, Camille and Mama had a nice time.

If the weather is nice tomorrow, we plan on going to Callaway Gardens and riding bikes again. I haven't exercised all week, so bike riding will be good for me. I will be weighing in on Monday and I am not sure if I have lost or not. We may go to church first or we may just worship at home. Speaking of worshipping, I need to go over my chapter in "Calm My Anxious Heart" again. It's all about loving ME and accepting myself. God created me, including my personality, and "I will praise You for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Marvelous are Your works and that my soul knows very well." Psalm 139:14 It's so hard to really accept myself sometimes. But, to know that God created me to accomplish His purposes through me, is humbling. No one else can do it...


Friday, November 12, 2004

He's guilty!

Oh, I am so happy that Scott Peterson was just found guilty. I was afraid that this jury, after all it's troubles and juror dismissals, would hang. I really believe justice has finally been served for Laci and baby Connor. The penalty phase starts on the 22nd I think. No matter what you think about the death penalty, this man will never get out of prison and I am so happy about that.

I am going to start writing our Christmas letter this weekend. For some of you my letter won't contain any new news because you are keeping up with us via this website. I would love to get a photo to send as well. I need to get that taken in the next week or two.

OK, just had to get my excitement out about the verdict!

Quick Week

It's Friday and it feels like it's been a quick week. Praise God!

Grace woke up this morning from a bad dream. The weird thing is, I had the same dream she did although it wasn't last night. Grace dreamed that she got ran over by a car while Papa was holding her hand. The car ran over her head and she said it hurt. A few weeks back I had the same dream. We were in a parking lot and a truck backed out right on top of Grace while Olaf was holding her hand. That is just a little too freaky that we had almost the same dream. If my dreams weren't so whacked ALL THE TIME, I'd probably read more into it than I should. I just need to pray over this situation and hand it over to the Lord. Be anxious for nothing but by everything with prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

I called Dr. Osako's office this morning to talk to her about Camille. She won't be in until Tuesday, so I left a message with Charles, her nurse. Camille really needs occupational therapy I believe. She still has trouble buttoning, brushing her hair, brushing her teeth properly, etc. It's almost as if she cannot manipulate her hands correctly. It's hard to describe.

OK, I need to get this morning started. The children are eating right now. I need to eat and get school started with Camille. Blessings!

Thursday, November 11, 2004

Boring Day...

Not much in the way of news today. Molly came over and played with the children for a few hours. This evening the ladies from the Bible Study all went out to eat at Golden's and then back to the church to help get ready for the Homeschool Tea this Saturday. I didn't do anything except fold napkins. I love Golden's on Thursday's. I had fried squash, sweet potato casserole and cooked cabbage. It was delicious but now my intestines are twisted with gas.

I am glad tomorrow is Friday. I love the weekends.


Wednesday, November 10, 2004

We actually had a date!

Well, we actually left the children last night and went out to eat all by ourselves. Josiah didn't even cry. How's that for blessed? Some friends got us a gift certificate for Bugaboo Creek Steakhouse which fully paid for our meal and tip. When we got home, Tanya refused to be paid for the 2 hours she was here. She said she wanted me to use the money on my birthday instead. I tried to give it to her, but she was so sweet and would not accept it. I am just so thankful everything worked out well. The children really like Tanya. Even Grace played with her. Tanya, if you're reading this, THANK YOU!

After the children went to bed last night, Olaf helped me separate the Gooseberry Patch Fundraiser that Cami's choir did. That took a few hours. Josiah was screaming in his crib the entire time. We put him to bed about 8:30 and when I went to bed at 10:30 he was still screaming. I picked him up and he was shaking, well trembling is a more accurate word, and he said "mama, I 'cared." I laid him down next to me in my bed and he rolled over and went to sleep. I'm not sure what to do in this situation. He used to go to bed just fine. We'd put him in the crib awake and he'd just suck his thumb and fall asleep. This "scared" thing is new to us. We would move him out of our room, but there is no place to put him.

Today is crazy day. It's choir and Junior Master Gardener's. Camille was in the paper again with JMG. She even made the Atlanta Journal Constitution in the Coweta section. The AJC is such a liberal paper.

Need to run and get the day started. Blessings!

Tuesday, November 09, 2004

It's My Birthday

This morning I woke up and Caleb gave me his present. It was a small Yankee Candle, Home Sweet Home scent. He was so excited to give it to me. Then when the girls got up, they gave me their presents. Camille gave me a beautiful Willow Tree angel holding a kitty. Grace gave me a Scripture card holder. It is very lovely and feminine. Josiah presented me with a keychain that has says "God keeps His promises." It was so sweet of them. A man that Olaf works with, Dave Bergen, made me a HUGE bouquet of shaped balloons. He made flowers and bears and all kinds of neat things. That was so nice of him. Olaf's present was wrapped in white paper that had a big flammable sticker on it. When I opened it there were 100 brand new, in sequential order, one dollar bills with a lighter taped on top. It is money to burn!:) He also had a printed piece of paper from www.wheresgeorge.com You register the serial numbers of the dollar bills and you can track them to see where they go. If you know me at all, you know as soon as I opened it I was at the computer registering those bills. I am currently in the process of writing on each bill "to track this bill go to www.wheresgeorge.com" Olaf has the children at Camille's riding lesson, so I am home alone right now. Tonight Olaf and I are supposed to go out to eat. I hope I can leave Josiah even though he is going to be crying. I'm not sure if I will be able to do it. I'll let you know.


Monday, November 08, 2004

Oh what a beautiful morning...

Oh what a beautiful day.
I've got a beautiful feeling,
Everything's going my way...
Oh what a beautiful day!

In case you're not a musical fan, that is from Oklahoma!

The weather is just gorgeous and Camille has the little ones outside. We all went for a walk and they stayed out to play. I need to go out there as well. The Great Dane from next door is playing with them. He is very gentle and sweet. His name is Picasso.

Caleb's bus came this morning! YAY! His driver has had vertigo all last week. She's back now and boy does that make it easier on me. Someone dissect that last sentence and put in the correct punctuation. I know there should be some commas in there:) I guess I'll learn it when Camille does.

Did anyone watch Extreme Makeover: Home Edition last night? That was a tear jerker. I think that is the first time I have seen Ty cry. Paul always cries and that's why I like him the best!

OK, off to play with my children. Tomorrow is my birthday. I am pushing 40!


Sunday, November 07, 2004

Grocery Shopping

We went to church this morning and then I did the usual grocery shopping. I only spent $80 for the week, so that is terrific. I bought the sale items at Publix and Kroger and we should be set for the week. Our menu this week includes: poppyseed chicken casserole, meatloaf, a new chicken tortilla skillet, spaghetti and meatballs, sloppy joes, and baked ziti. I got some great bargains using the coupons and buying the sale items. Kroger has Gold Medal 100% Whole Wheat Bread on sale for $1.29 and I had a .55 coupon. I paid .74 for a loaf of bread! I got a 3.5 pound bag of Friskies Cat Food for $1.99. I paid .39 for Hunt's Ketchup after coupon. For Purex Laundry Detergent I paid $1.29 for a box that does 44 loads. It was on sale for $1.99 and I had a .35 coupon which was doubled. Hmmm....what else? I got Hunt's Tomato Sauce for free. I just love this coupon shopping. It's fun to see how much I can save. Oh, and I got Aquafresh Toothpaste for .50!

I am not going to Weight Watchers tomorrow and it's NOT because I gained! LOL! When I started I bought this coupon deal. It is 10 weeks for $99. Well, one of the coupons is for a "free" week. If you miss a week, you can give them that free coupon and then a regular coupon for the next time you go. If I don't use the "free" coupon, it's like I am getting ripped off a week! So, I am skipping tomorrow night.

Heidi at church this morning said something about my weight loss. That was very nice. It's nice when people start noticing.

Need to run. The children have stamps and markers at the table and I'm certain that they are a mess.

Saturday, November 06, 2004

Beautiful Day at Callaway

It was mahvelous today at Callaway! The weather was perfect. We rode bikes for about an hour. Josiah got tired of sitting in the seat behind me and he kept trying to push me off the bike. He had his little hands on my big rear and kept yelling, "OFF MAMA!" The down side is I think I may have fall allergies. When we got done riding the bikes, I got in the van and my sinuses and throat felt so gross. Just like they were full of something. It's weird. I absolutely love autumn though. It is my favorite season.

Next Tuesday Olaf and I decided to go to Bugaboo Creek Steakhouse. I am getting a filet with a baked potato and a glass of red wine. It will be expensive, but someone has bought us a gift certificate there which will help defray my extravagant taste! LOL! Tanya, from our church, is going to watch the children for us. She is a wonderful Christian woman that we just adore. I'm not sure how Josiah is going to react, but I know he'll live. We will be out about 2 hours so I'm sure he'll survive.

I have noticed since I am losing weight you can really see the wrinkles in my face. I guess my skin is looser now. Time for Botox. I'm joking!!!

Wishing you a great Sunday!

Friday, November 05, 2004

Finally Friday!

My husband is home from work and giving the littles a bath as I write. The weather is supposed to be beautiful tomorrow, so we plan on heading down to Callway Gardens. We may do some biking while we are there. The high is supposed to be 65 degrees and sunny.

Last night at the Bible Study, my friends celebrated my birthday. It was so sweet. Tammy Pitts gave me "Stepping Heavenward" from Lamplighter Publishing. I cannot wait to read it. Charity gave me some flavored coffee. I am going to make some this evening after the children go to bed. Krista and Ms. Mike gave me a lovely ceramic plaque with the Serenity Prayer on it. Krista also gave me some quick bread mix from Williams-Sonoma. Suzanne gave me a prayer journal that is just beautiful. They made some great refreshments which included Tammy Pitts' cookies. Yes, I have eaten WAY too much this week. I just can't resist Tammy's cookies. It's so nice to have such wonderful friends. The things they worte in their cards was so kind and humbling. I am very blessed to have every one of them in my life.

My throat is a bit sore and I'm not sure why. Please, oh please Lord, no more sickness. Olaf has had a sore throat for over a month now.

Notice the tag board! Tag me if you want to. Just type in a message and it'll pop up there. When I see it, I'll tag you back! FUN! Gotta love this blog thing. I changed my graphics too. These are also from Graphic Garden for free. These talented people share their graphics just for a link back to their website. Very nice indeed.

I sure hope Caleb's bus driver is on the route Monday. This has been a crazy week running him to school and back.


Thursday, November 04, 2004

Almost the weekend...

I get excited on Thursday's. It's almost the weekend and my husband will be home. He's my best friend and I love having him here. It's also Bible Study night, so I look forward to that.

I am waiting for Caleb's bus to get here. They are doubling the routes because his bus driver is sick. I have no idea what time the bus will come this morning. I just keep looking out the front door. Everyone is up except Josiah.

We bought Camille a cheap desk yesterday at Big Lots. Olaf set it up in her room for her to do her school work in there. She seems to do better and not get as frustrated if she is alone when she is working. Then she can't ask me for every little thing and expect me to help her if she gets stuck. She can figure it out at her own pace and I don't have to watch her cry. I am hoping this cuts down on my frustration level as well.

I took Caleb to school. The transportation office said the bus wouldn't even get to my house until after 8 am. So, I loaded up the children and drove the 25 minutes one way to Caleb's school. It was raining pretty hard when we left. There was a wreck on the one of the roads that slowed us down. It took me an hour and twenty minutes round trip.

I am going to pick up Molly at 12:30 today so the girls can play with her. All of my children love Molly. She is Camille's best friend. She used to be our next door neighbor but they moved about 4 years ago. I miss them! It was so nice to have them there.

Off to start school with Camille....

Tuesday, November 02, 2004

I voted!

I voted today. I waited until about 3:30 and didn't have a line at all. I drove by my polling place at 8:10 am and the line was outside and around the corner! I drove by again at 11:00 am and the same thing. At 3:30, I walked right up with no one in front of me.

Tomorrow Caleb has a well visit at the pediatrician. I want him to get the flu shot because of his immune system being weakened. I am hoping that by immunizing him, it will protect our family as well. He goes to public school and is in contact with a lot of children. Olaf took the day off so I only have to take him in without the other children.

I am so tired. The news is on behind me doing a play by play of the election results. I think I'll be in bed before the president is announced.

We went to CiCi's tonight. Oh, I don't like going there. It's so easy to overeat. I ate three pieces of pizza and a salad. I also ate 2 of those cinnamon rolls. I didn't do so good, huh? I really need to make up for it with exercise this week.


Monday, November 01, 2004

Manic Monday

It's just another manic Monday
I wish it was Sunday
'Cause that's my funday
My I don't have to runday
It's just another manic Monday

Well, it wasn't too manic. I am about ready to leave here and go weigh in. Then I am going to a ladies fellowship at the church where I go for my Bible Study. They are having a Jewish believer give her testimony. I probably won't post tonight if I lost or not, but look for it tomorrow afternoon sometime. I sure hope I did. My scale says a pound.

Camille did school today. The whole enchilada. Jeannie came over for a visit and ended up taking 6 bags of groceries home. She comes over to "shop." I love being able to help her. She is eating vegetarian right now, so she took a lot of canned vegtables and mac n cheese.

Tomorrow is manic Tuesday! It's riding lesson day not to mention VOTING. Please go out and vote your conscience tomorrow.

Until then....blessings!