Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Here's an idea

I just read this I am not taking credit...but I LOVE IT! When you buy a new pair of shoes, keep the box! Take a photo of the shoes and glue/tape it to the outside of the box. Then when your shoes are stored in your closet, you know what pair is in what box!

In the past, I have always thrown away the box because I couldn't see what was inside it. Yet, I really need the box for many of my shoes that I rarely wear...the dust builds up on them otherwise.

Isn't this idea simple and cheap! I think I will start it in my own closet!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009


We just returned from our first family vacation since Maddox was born. It was great fun! We went to the Bahamas! We stayed at the Reef on the Atlantis property. It was wonderful for families. We had a great time. The flights there and coming back on Bahamas Air were horrible. We plan to never fly with them again. But the Bahamas part of the vacation was relaxing! We were also blessed to be able to take our babysitter with us so that Lou and I could have time in the evenings to go to dinner together. I think it felt like the fastest vacation we've ever had...probably because time flies when you're having fun!

Some favorite parts of the trip:
-at the airport in Orlando, we walked into a Chili's Too to have lunch. Brewer stepped in and said, "Chili's? Here?" He couldn't get over the fact there was a Chili's IN the airport. It was priceless!
-on the plane ride to the Bahamas, we told Brewer to chew gum to help his ears pop. He quickly put his fingers over his ears and said, "will they pop off?"
-Brewer slept on an air mattress next to our bed. One morning he crawled in bed with us. Lou dozed off and started to snore. Brewer said, "What is that?" I replied, "Daddy's snoring." And Brewer proceeded to snore himself. I might have laughed for 10 solid minutes after this!
-I loved coming in one afternoon to the room & seeing Brewer and Lou napping together in a king size bed full of pillows.
-I went to the pool one afternoon with Maddox. He chased (or I should say crawled...since he doesn't yet walk) after birds for over 20 minutes. He would get close to one and then it would fly away, then he would cry as if it had broken his heart. Another bird would fly by and the chase was on once again. It was precious.
-Brewer and Maddox loved THE DIG. One of Atlantis' many aquariums. Maddox was trying to break the glass to swim with those fish. Brewer saw an enormous sting ray and said, "Holy Cow" because the size was so surprising to him.
-Maddox loved splashing in the pool and we did this with him a lot.
-I think my very favorite part was watching Brewer want to be with his dad every moment of the trip. And his daddy wanting the same thing. There is NO DOUBT these two are the best of friends!

Maddox on his first plane ride:

Tuesday, March 24, 2009


This is a series of questions that I answered for Facebook and thought I'd post here on the blog as well.

1) What is your salad dressing of choice?Ken's Light Ranch
2) What is your favorite sit-down restaurant?I've got so many -- we eat out all the time
3) What food could you eat for 2 weeks straight and not get sick of it?Apple Bunt (it's a breakfast food)
4) What are your pizza toppings of choice?cheese and bell pepper
5) What do you like to put on your toast?no toast here
6) How many televisions are in your house?Three
7) What color cell phone do you have?black iPhone (the ONLY cell of choice IMO)
8) Are you right-handed or left-handed?Right
9) Have you ever had anything removed from your body?Yes
10) What is the last heavy item you lifted?do my kids count?
11) Have you ever been knocked unconscious?No
12) If it were possible, would you want to know the day you were going to die? Sometimes
13) If you could change your name, what would you change it to?Something not commom...Jennifer was way to popular in the 70s
14) Would you drink an entire bottle of hot sauce for $1000?NO! Not worth it
15) How many pairs of flip flops do you own?I call all slide-ons flip I am trying to think which ones aren't
16) What's your goal for the year?not raising my voice with the boys
17) Last person you talked to?Brewer
18) Last person you hugged?Maddox - my son
19) Favorite Season?anything not even winter here in FL if it is not a cold day
20) Favorite Holiday?Christmas
21) Favorite day of the week?Saturday - FAMILY TIME!
22) Favorite Month?July
23) First place you went this morning?the shower
24) What's the last movie you saw in theater?Slumdog
25) Do you smile often?Yes
26) Do you always answer your phone?NO -- SURPRISINGLY I HATE the phone
27) It's four in the morning and you get a text message, who is it?my brother but it's never happened
28) If you could change your eye color what would it be?IMO my eyes are fine
29) What flavor drink do you get at Sonic?Diet Coke at any place!! LOL!
30) Have you ever had a pet fish?Growing up my family had fish...we have two fish now but they are NOT MINE...why will no one believe this?
31) Favorite Christmas song?Joy to the World
32) What's on your wish list for your birthday?haven't thought about it
33) Can you do push ups?Yes - lots!
34) Can you do a chin up?maybe 1 - haven't tried
35) Does the future make you more nervous or excited?I trust God for the future but when I see the President talking about the US, I get very nervous. I disagree with so many things he says
36) Do you have any saved texts?yes
37) Ever been in a car wreck?Yes
38) Do you have an accent?NO
39) What is the last song to make you cry?Some song on the Catch and Release movie...I have to learn the name...just heard it
40) Plans tonight?eating a dinner from my crock pot and packing for the Bahamas
41) Have you ever felt like you hit rock bottom?No - praise the Lord
42) Name 3 things you bought yesterday.A DS game for Brewer, a pizza, a diet Coke
43) Have you ever been given roses?Yes
44) Current hate right now?somedays a lot of things, other days nothing...I am wishy-washy these days!
45) Met someone who changed your life?Yes - lots of people have influenced to shape who I am
46) How did you bring in the New Year?Spent time with Kids and friends- rang in the new year at 6:00 pm
47) What song represents you?I'm not a music lover so I have never given thought to this... I prefer a quite room
48) Name three people who might complete this? Don't know
49) What were you doing 12 AM last night?sleeping
50) What was the first thing you thought of when you woke up?If I am going to call the doctor about Maddox's legs

Monday, March 2, 2009

Maddox's First Haircut

Maddox had his first haircut today. He doesn't have a lot of hair. Yet, the hair he does have was starting to look like a mullet. We got it cleaned up. For a child who is never still, he was absolutely perfect! Then again, check out what they gave him to keep him entertained! LOL!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

25 Random Things About Me

These 25 random things were part of a list I was asked to make on Facebook. I thought I'd post it here as well.

1. I pulled a fire alarm in a church building one time b/c I thought it was a light switch. The fire department came and everything... oops!
2. I love my iPhone and don't think I could live without it.
3. I dislike Starbucks and totally don't get its "rage".
4. There are days I feel like I live in an all-inclusive resort & at the very least an all-inclusive life -- but don't tell Lou I feel like that. :)
5. Growing up, I always wanted to be a stay-at-home mommy who went to Bible studies (b/c that's what I saw my mom doing), now I'm living my dream.
6. It is no secret that I wish Maddox would sleep through the night.
7. When my brother starts having kids, I want him to have a girl so I can put bows in her hair, buy her bishops, and take her shopping. Secretly, I am afraid I will be jealous of him if he does have a girl.
8. I never pictured my life with two boys but man is it awesome. Nothing like being mommy to a boy!
9. Every guy I've ever dated ended up in the ministry, except Lou...he ended up my husband!
10. My entire life I've felt like I've only had a few friends but those friends were close and strong...the older I get, I am allowing myself to have more and more friendships.
11. I used to be extremely judgemental. I've worked on it for years...think I've come a long way in being better about this. (Probably still have a long way to go.)
12. I regret not going to a SEC school/university.
13. Despite #12, I LOVE Clemson University. A little piece of heaven on Earth in my humble opinion.
14. I dress my boys alike everyday. If you see them not matching, then either their dad dressed them or one of them had an accident earlier in the day and had to change clothes. I am not that crazed that I would change them both!
15. I love Jesus and hope you already know that from the way I live my life. I fear you may not as I am imperfect.
16. My brother is one of the most precious people in my life. I miss him so...PLEASE move back soon.
17. I've seen both my children fall from chairs...both times were horrible for me. Brewer broke his collar bone as a result of his fall -- and it was kind of my fault. YIKES!
18. I love the Gator football team!
19. We have sugar ants in our house...they make me wild...I have the bug guy's personal cell number memorized!
20. I iron clothes everyday.
21. I am NOT a 'get on the floor and play with your kid' kind of mom...which is shocking to me b/c I always thought I would be.
22. I am madly in love with my husband. Yes, we still hold hands while driving in the car together.
23. College football is a passion of mine. It might be the only sport I like.
24. I could live in a bathing suit by the pool in 80 degree weather. When I was in college and people would see photos of me from high school, they thought I had an African American sister. NO KIDDING! But it was me in the photos! I miss the days of that kind of tan.
25. I am legally blind. Praise God for contacts!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Maddox's First Birthday Party

When our kids were born, we decided to do the party "hoop-la" every other year. We decided on even when they turn 2, 4, 6, etc we will have a party for them where they can invite friends, have activities, etc. Therefore, when Maddox turned one this year, we had just a family get together. We celebrated early -- on Feb. 7th -- because Uncle Day-Day was in town. Feb. 7th happens to be Maddox's Paw-Paw's birthday (my dad) as well. So we had two celebrations this day!

Monday, January 5, 2009


Maddox has been getting around for months now. In fact, he started crawling sometime in the 7th month and was cruising everywhere by the 8th month. We had to act quickly and baby-proof our home. We thought all was good. Until tonight when Maddox was very quiet and I found him in the pantry. BUSTED! He had pulled out his own snack (Gerber Puffs), opened the lid, poured himself some (onto the floor) and was enjoying. What a stinker this kid is!

And I promise we do feed him. When I found him, I was laughing and thinking, "Poor baby, I would have given you a snack if I had known you were hungry!"

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Year

We rang in the new year with a whole bunch of great friends and kids at 6 PM -- new year kids' style! There was a bounce house. We grilled out hamburgers & hot dogs and had a new years celebration cake/cupcakes. Before 6 PM, we all went to the front and the kids had on party hats, were given noise makers and horns, there were confetti poppers, and bubble wrap! The bubble wrap was for our bubble wrap stomp; we counted down (10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1, Happy New Year) and then all the kids made noise and stomped all over the bubble wrap. It was a lot of fun and a great way to start the new year.

We hope you and your family have a super 2009 filled with lots of blessings!