Friday, October 29, 2010

School Fall Carnival

The kids had their school carnival yesterday at school. They had all kinds of games set up for the kids to play. As Vivian’s homeroom mommy I set up the tattoo booth and the fishing booth. I worked the tattoo booth and that will be the only experience I get with giving others tattoos. My mother in law takes vacation every Halloween and visits to see the kids all dressed up. She was able to come which was a big help!!! Now only 2 more times to dress up!

Here are some pictures of our fun day!


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Hallozooweening 2010

We went to our first Hallozooing last night. It is at the zoo and there are different companies there with their booths handing out candy. It was a little chilly but we had a good time and came home with lots of yummy candy and coupons. This was technically Vivian’s first time to trick or treat and ride a carousel…I love seeing her first everything! There were a few things that I thought were too scary for Austin but he wanted to see and do everything. We did by pass the haunted house though.

The Ghostbusters were probably my favorite part.


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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Parenting is your Highest Calling

I am not big on posting inspirational stuff but felt like I needed to share what was on my mind this afternoon. Our youth minister at church sent out an e-mail advertising a book and teleconference today. I think I may have to get to the bookstore TONIGHT and get the book. My eyes are totally opened right now and I am glad our minister sent this to me. Leslie Layland's book, Parenting is your Highest Calling and 8 other myths that trap us in worry and guilt.

My children have enriched my life so much these past 4 years but at times I have been hard on myself. I worry and have guilt when I go to work instead of staying home, go get a pedicure, didn't talk to them as nice as I should have, didn't play with them enough, etc. As moms we are hard our on ourselves and strive to be the best mom, Christian, friend, wife, you name it. Listening to some of Leslie's videos this afternoon reminded me that our children are here to fulfill the purposes of God. We get to be a part of helping shape their lives. That is so cool. Parenting is challenging but is so worth it. God formed and created our kiddos and they are here to serve Him, not to make me happy!!!!! Okay, I am headed to get this book when Vivian gets up from her nap. It just might be the first book I read after having Vivian. :)

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Dirty Carpets!!! :(

So I agreed to have this carpet cleaning company come and do a free cleaning on one room in my home. They came yesterday and boy did I love it! First they got all the dirt out of my carpet, which I was so embarrassed by. I have my carpets professionally shampooed twice a year and I vacuum at least twice a week. I vacuumed prior to the rep coming so I thought I had them pretty clean when he arrived so he could clean them. Well, boy was I wrong!


This is only 4 of the 9 dirt cloths he got out. That is only for one room. He used a Kirby Sentria that vacuums, shampoos, vacuums on hard surfaces, spot cleans upholstery, vacuums baseboards and more! We did my lamp shades and the top of Austin’s mattress and I was appalled at what we found. This housewife was definitely impressed so I thought I would pass it along to my other mommy friends. He is in Tulsa for this week scheduling free cleaning for 1 room. His business is in Moore, OK so if you live around there he can hook you up when he gets back. Even if your not ready to buy a new vacuum, I would at least take him up on the FREE cleaning. He is definitely a sales dude but the cleaning was worth it. Randy 918-978-6786

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Heath Bar Cake

I haven’t posted any recipes in awhile so I thought why the heck not. I haven’t really baked much lately and I usually get more into the baking mode in the Fall/Winter months. Nick is a huge Heath fan and we had this cake earlier this summer at a friends house. I just got around to making it for our life group at church today. I highly recommend it. Its super easy and as one of my favorite cooks says, yum-o!

Heath Bar Cake

1 box German chocolate cake mix

I can sweetened condensed Eagle Brand milk

1 jar butterscotch caramel ice cream topping

1 lg. container Cool Whip

1/2 bag Heath Bar chips

Cook cake as directed, then punch holes in cake with toothpick. Pour Eagle Brand milk over cake while warm, then pour butterscotch caramel ice cream topping over cake. After cooling (totally) put Cool Whip on top, then top it off with Heath Bar chips.

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Friday, October 8, 2010

Fair Fun

So we finally made it to the Tulsa Fair today. It was the last weekend for the fair and we never miss it. Nick works half days on Fridays so we headed there right after he got off. Austin had to take a picture of this cool looking truck while we were walking in.

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The kids LOVED the petting zoo. Vivi was too little to know what was really going on last year but this year she digged it. She starred at this turtle forever!!!!!!
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Three of us crashed when we got home. I guess the fair is pretty exhausting and fattening. Better fit in a workout soon.

Until next year…

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Pumpkin Patch

So we have made it a tradition to visit a pumpkin patch every Fall. Austin’s Pre-K class went on a field trip so Vivian and I tagged along. The place we went to was super organized, and you know I like being organized! They broke his class up into 4 groups…..crafts, story time, maze scavenger hunt, and pumpkin finding. All in all I was very impressed. We also went to the park for lunch and some play time and then the school van had to stop by Sonic on the way back to school. We never got to go to Sonic on our school field trips when I was in school. That would have been the best. Wishing you all a Happy Fall Yall!!



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