Friday, November 19, 2010

Black Friday Ads - Cricut Lites

Those of you who really know me, know that I am addicted to all things scrapbook related. :-) Yep, it's a fact...I have an entire room dedicated to this wonderful, memory craft. Sooooo, when Joy at Obsessed with Scrapbooking put up a giveaway, I just HAD to jump in. :-)

Joy's post features the new Cricut Lite cartridges. These new babies will be up for grabs on black Friday at Wal-Mart! I'm sure I'll be out at midnight on black Friday with all of the other crazed scrapbookers to try and snatch a few cartridges. I just hope I come home with both hands attached! Be sure and stop by Joy's blog to get a peek at the new cartridges!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Two By Two

Max likes to play with his breakfast cereal. On this day, he was stacking his Honey-Nut Cheerios in little rows...two by two.
These are the sweet little moments I want to remember....

Thursday, November 11, 2010

30 Days of Giveaways

The Ni Hao Y'all blog is doing a fabulous 30 Days of Giveaways...just in time for the holidays. Head on over to their blog to check it out and register for the prizes!

I've tried numerous times to add the cute little blog button here from their website, but blogger is failing me today. :-(

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Halloween / Trunk-or-Treat

Treat bags Claire and I made for her class:

The costumes:

We recycled some of Emily's previous costumes for Allyson and Claire -a detective, and an artist. Mr. Max was a handsome king. Oh an Emily? She was just a teen! :-)

Halloween has come and gone...a fun time was had by all. Our kids have never done the "house to house" kind of's more like "cubicle to cubicle". We have always taken the kids to daddy's office where they walk the hallways and are given way too much candy from all of the staff. It's a huge event every year with hundreds of kids.

All of that candy-filled fun is followed by trunk-or-treat at church. We have participated in this event for many years...don't even remember the last time we gave out candy from home! It's a wonderful way to reach out to the community. This year, we had over 4,000 people come through!!

We waited too long to work on our trunk display, and couldn't think of anything really creative. At the last minute, I thought of something the event organizer had said during church - that we should get "plugged in" to I went with that theme! We made a giant outlet and plug, then added signage and some lightning bolts. It was simple, yet effective! We even won a prize in the creative category!! :-)

And these are a few of the other displays:

Honor Society

Emily was inducted into the National Jr. Honor Society last week. This was her second year in a row for this honor (often difficult to achieve since they require so many points for extra-curricular activities). We are proud of our girl. ;-)

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Need a NEW Camera??!

Everyone who reads this blog (all 2 or 3 of you! lol) should head over to Connie's blog RIGHT NOW! She is going to give away a fantastic new Canon camera! OK, OK, so *I* really, really want to win it, but since I'm never lucky I would be thrilled if one of my friends were to win it. Yes, I would be a bit jealous, but I would be thrilled for you too. :-)
All you have to do to enter the giveaway is make a donation to Connie's adoption fund to bring little Kasidi Joy home from China. Just click on the "chip in" button on Connie's blog. You can also post about the fundraiser on your own blog for an entry.
Take a look at Kasidi's little picture won't you? She looks like the sweetest baby, and she deserves a family! Won't you help this family bring her 'home'?!
Thanks so much for caring!
God Bless!

Thursday, October 21, 2010


Just a few cute pics of our younger two. Pics taken while we were waiting for the cross country team to run by. My babies are growing up so quickly (sniff!).

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Dog Show

We attended our first ever dog show last weekend! One of Randy's employees raises and shows beagles (anyone remember a beagle named Uno?). There just happened to be a local show, so we went out to show our support (& pet a few dogs!). I must say it was quite fun! Some of the dog people are SO serious though. I think if my dog won a ribbon, I'd be skipping and smiling, but they all just took the ribbon and walked away quietly. I have NO place for a beagle, but if she would have allowed it, I would have brought her beagle home with me. He was the sweetest!
Claire found several dogs she wanted to "buy". Of course she wants the little dogs with long hair (meaning shed, shed, shed). After much begging, I told Claire that she could save her money and we'd then talk about it. She only needs about $1000 more in her savings! LOL She promised to train her dog like the ladies in the show did....hmmm, might not be a bad idea to help some of Claire's impulsiveness? I'll have to think about this some more...


We really enjoy attending the jr. high football games. We especially enjoy cheering on our own cheerleader. :-)

After a little fear at first, Max has grown to love the mascot too...requesting to give her a hug EVERY time she walks by.


Toms shoes...the kids love 'em!
There are so many trendy things that our girls seem to be "IN" to these days, and I thought I should make a list to put in their scrapbooks. Right now, one of their favorite shoe brands is Toms. Whether it be the glitter, canvas or corduroy style, they love 'em. (I must say I have my eye on the plum corduroys too!)
While we were on the trip with the youth choir, the girls asked me to take of pic of their shoes! lol I guess there's no better time to start that trend list than now....

The girls and their glitter Toms!

Youth choir

Our youth choir took a "field trip" to Tulsa recently, and we were blessed to be chaperones for the group. After a brief round of shopping and dinner, we all had a surprise birthday party for one of the other chaperones. On Sunday, the group performed several songs for a small church. Our entire entourage :-) was then treated to a wonderful lunch by the church staff before we headed home.

Gotcha Day Pottery

During Claire's gotcha day, all of the kiddos painted a piece of pottery (most chose a doggie figurine). Since we had to wait around while they painted, I decided to play a little too (otherwise, I would have been wanting to "help" Claire with her painting! lol). I chose a simple plate (the store didn't have one w/o handles). As the kids finished their pottery, I had them dip their fingertips into paint and make a flower. The girls each chose the color of paint and the location of their flower. I love the finished product - a wonderful keepsake from gotcha day! of the families was kind enough to share photos of the kids with their pottery (my camera battery died so I had no pics!).

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

14 Years

Emily is 14 today! SO hard to believe that my baby is growing up. I am so blessed to be called "mom" by this sweet girl.
Emily wasn't really sure she wanted to have a party, but decided on going bowling at the last minute on Saturday. I was happy that so many of her friends could make it on such short notice. She basically sent a text telling them about her party. :-)
Emily requested a cake with zebra stripes from our friend Dylan. He came through with flying spots and stripes! If anyone in our area needs a cake, let me know. The King of Cakes is in business and does a great job...did I mention he's only 16 years old!


Field Trip

Claire's class took a field trip to a local old mansion. By today's standards it's probably not considered a huge place, but back in the "old days" it was quite grand. We love the place because we know that Randy's grandma lived there for a short while when her family first moved to this area. I'm not sure how impressed the kiddos are with the mansion and all of it's (ghost) stories, but the 4th graders always seem to look forward to their visit each year.
During the visit, the kids are taught all about the lifestyle of long ago...the food, the games, the homes, the people. One of the things the kids end the day with is an old-fashioned apple bob. Some of the kids plunge their head to the bottom of the barrel; some tentatively pluck at a stem. Claire was sort of in-between. She tried first for a stem, then went to the side for a big bite. Max got in on the apple fun too, but he didn't have to bob for it. :-)
Not the mansion...just a little store behind it.

Hog Wild For God

Our church has a Stewardship Banquet every few years, and it's always a different theme. This year's theme was "Hog Wild For God" since we happen to live in Razorback country! One of our Sunday School teachers is a former Arkansas Razorback cheerleader, so he got the current junior high cheerleaders together to perform a routine (to the AR fight song of course!). Randy sang a couple of songs as part of the entertainment. The fellowship hall was decked out in razorback red, and the church members came dressed in their razorback attire. It was such a fun evening!

Our cheerleaders

Even Max got in on the act!

Allyson's "Gotcha Day" #11

Two gotcha days in a row...whew! Allyson's gotcha day was the weekend following Claire's, so we've had our fair share of partying lately! lol
We were the host family for the Hubei girls this year. We were so blessed that all 5 families were able to attend this year, and were thrilled that everyone was healthy! (Last year, one of the dads in our group was hospitalized due to a stroke. Happy to report that he is doing great!)

Allyson just wanted to hang out with her travel group friends, so we didn't plan many activities. The kids swam in the pool, while the parents visited inside (with view of the pool of course). We did take the kids for a short outing for some neon bowling though, before our traditional Chinese dinner. It was such a nice, relaxing weekend!

Our 5 Hubei Beauties...our blessing Miss Allyson in the middle

Swimmin' and bowlin'

Allyson requested a fortune cookie cake. Our friend Dylan did a great job!
(he's only 16 years old)

Claire's "Gotcha Day" #8

We recently celebrated our sweet Claire's 8th "Gotcha Day"! We are so blessed to call this child our daughter!
This year's gotcha day weekend was hosted by Michelle D.'s family in OK. We were so happy that all five NanPing families were able to attend this year! The party began on Friday evening with dinner, and continued on through breakfast on Sunday. There was lots of playing, lots of photos taken, and lots of fun had by all. The group also went to a pottery store where the kids all chose a figurine to paint. The 5 NanPing girls chose cute little puppy dogs...they did a great job on them! I decided to make a memory plate using each of the girls' thumbprints. (picture to come as soon as I pick my plate up this weekend!) Thanks to the D family for hosting our group this year!

The 5 NanPing girls and a couple of siblings

Even the big siblings got in on the action!

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