Thursday, November 19, 2009

sick day, clean day

As I look around my house I realize I shouldn't be sitting here on the computer. I should be up cleaning..but, I'm not. I should be doing something productive. But I'm not. I should be at work. But, I'm not. It's one of those gloomy, cold days where you don't want to get out of the house or out of your jammies. It makes you want to turn on the fireplace and watch a Lifetime movie. Then you remember where you live and know that later the temperature will be 70 degrees. So, no fireplace for you. Oh, the lovely Houston weather.

Just FYI, I did have to get out to take Rooster to school but that's all I've done today. Oh, and stop by store to get a thermometer. LuLu is home sick today. She ran to our bed last night about 4 in the morning and she was burning up. I searched all over the house for that dang thermometer and couldn't find it anywhere. It is never where you need it to be. So, now we are home and as much as I hate to see her home sick I love having some time just with her. I love that she still needs me. I love that she is still my shadow. I love it that she still runs down the hall and jumps in our bed at night. Right now she is all snuggled down watching the Disney channel with a empty paper towel roll over her eye. She said she is a sick pirate. Very funny. It makes me want to freeze time. Just for a bit.

So, back to my house and all its problems. :) Let's face it, I am no June Cleaver. I want to be but fear I will never be a good housekeeper. What in the world?? How can my house go from "so clean you could eat off the floor" to "wait, that dropped, don't put it in your mouth?" Seriously, how do people do it? How do others NOT have the dreaded "piles" all over? Where is all their laundry? Where is the sink full of dishes? You mop once a week? WHAT? And your bed is made everyday? Seriously? There are many times I just drop into friends houses and it looks awesome. I would be petrified if someone just dropped in today. Heaven help me!

Well, I guess today you know what I will be doing along with taking care of my sick one. Anyone up for helping a worn out and tired Mom?

Monday, November 16, 2009

Question of the day?

Q: How do you know you have a teenage boy living in your

A: Easy.....he has 2 dinner plates full of food and eats every bit
of it!

I can't seem to fill my teenagers tummy. He is hungry every second of the day. I feel so bad for him and I know this is just the beginning. I think I might need to get another job just to pay the extra grocery bill. Wait, what am I saying? Troy will just have to work overtime. ha!

When we go out to eat he gets a steak, people. Seriously. Between him and Troy they can do some damage at a restaurant. Yesterday, after church we went with friends to a local well known deli and he ordered a steak sandwich, We all got a chuckle out of that. Our days of kids meals for the Rooster are long over. Where did my baby go?

What recipes work well for your family that feeds A LOT? I am already having to double the recipes....HELP!

Sunday, November 08, 2009

And the winner is...

Macy and I had so much fun with our give-a-way preparations! She was super excited to get to help me. She really thought about it hard and searched all over the house for the perfect paper, colored pens and scissors to get the strips all ready to write the names on. I love having a girly-girl who gets excited over things like me. :)

Here she is making all the card with the names on it. She is all about the crafty stuff! I love it...
We just had to get the witch's has many uses! ha! She really took this seriously. She counted to 3 and pulled out the name and jumped for joy.

OH MY, OH MY!!! I am so excited! The winner for the first ever Heather's House give-a-way is one of our most FAVORITE PEOPLE EVER!!! Macy was so excited when she pulled out this name:

Congrats to you Nana banana! We love you and will send you your candle ASAP! Maybe I will deliver it never know! :) I miss you and love you so!

Keep never know when there will be another fabulous give-a-way.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Blog questionaire

I saw this on a few other blogs and always love a good test. :)

1. What is your favorite thing to snack on while your blogging?

Well, I think maybe that's my problem. I like to snack. But, lately I have been trying to be good so my snack of choice right now while I blog is grapes...easy to eat and type. I am stuffing my face with grapes because there is already so much stinkin' Halloween candy at my house. Poof, be gone...maybe my skinny husband will eat it or take it to work.

2. What is one thing you wouldn't want to live without?

Well, it is a non-spiritual answer, although my Bible is one of my favorite things ever, but ...I'd have to say my cell phone. Lucky for me I can pull up the bible on my phone. :) Maybe I should say my toothbrush...nah, my cell phone.

3. Beach, Mountains, or Farm? Where would you live if you had a choice?

I love the beach. It is one of my favorite places to go.

4. What's your least favorite chore/household duty?

Cleaning the tubs, shower or shower door...which is why I don't do it. That is Troy's job. So, I guess the job that I do that I hate the most is cleaning the mopping, cleaning the bathroom and toilets.

5. Who do people say you remind them of?

I don't know. I hope someone or something good.

6. Prefer parties and socializing or staying home with the fam?

I love being home with my family...snuggling together, eating popcorn and watching a movie.

7. What's your all time favorite movie?

That's a hard one, I have so many. I guess the movies that I could watch over and over is: Steel Magnolias, Dirty Dancing, Pretty Woman, Ghost, 50 First Dates and the list goes on and on.

8. Do you sleep in your make-up or remove it like a good little girl every night?

Oh, I love to sleep without my make-up. There are nights when I forget and I don't sleep very well. I think now I am better at washing my face because I need to pamper my older skin. ha!

9. Do you have a hidden talent or a deep desire to learn something that you've never had a chance to learn?

Well, as a matter of fact, yes. I've said it before a hundred times but I love to sing and I want to learn to play the guitar. My father in law gave me one and I just stare at it. Sometimes I pick around on it. I can play some really easy stuff but but I want to sit down and just be able to jam! :)

10. What's one strange thing you're really good at?

I have no idea.

11. What first attracted you to your spouse?

his eyes.

12. What is something you love to smell?

COFFEE and my Nana's roast.

13. Tell something about you that you know irritates people.

I hope nothing. I don't know, leave me a comment and tell it to me gently.

14. When you have extra money, what's the first thing you think to do with it?

Shop, shop and shop...then I slap myself.

15. Are you a silent laugher or a loud laugher? I am a LOUD laughter. I'm sure I annoy people with that. Maybe I should have written that on answer 13.

16. Where is your favorite place to shop?

Target, Ann Taylor Loft, anywhere in the mall, Marshall's, Kirklands.....Oh my, the list is endless.

17. What's one thing you'd do more often if you had more time?

Time...what's that? I guess I would spend more time exercising and taking care of myself.

18. Are you a big spender or frugal?

I guess I would say the big spender of the family but I do love a good sale.

19. Who is your favorite character of all time?


20. Would you want to be famous?

sure, why not... :)


Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Ho, Ho, WHAT???

Someone please remind me what day it is?? I mean, please. Today, I had to run an errand and low and behold in one of the stores I actually heard a Christmas carol. WHAT? It's October, people. Can we not celebrate Halloween and Thanksgiving before Jolly Old Saint Nick makes his grand entrance? I haven't even thought about shopping or making a list and checking it twice.

So, that got me thinking. (I know, I do that a's scary) I still haven't done my give-a-way for all my faithful readers and I feel really guilty about it. I am a woman of my word. :) Anyway, a few post ago, when I wrote about 25+ things about moi, I told of my most favorite the moment. It is at Bath and B*ody Works and I L-O-V-E it. SO, in honor of Christmas in October, I present to you, Evergreen. YUM! If you like the smell of fresh cut Christmas trees, you will love this scent. It's perfect for the holidays. I even bought one for myself. :) BTW, its 4 oz....not the biggest in the store but still good and smelly. ha!

To enter and win this awesome candle, all you have to do is leave me a little ole' comment. I will do it the old fashioned way and draw your name out of a hat. I might even draw the name out of Macy's new "Glam" Witch hat. ha! Even if you are a lurker, which I don't think I have many, please leave me a note. If not, the candle will go to either my aunt or my mom. :) Which is fine with me. The contest will go through Friday at midnight. Good luck!

Merry Christmas in October.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Rants of a crazy person

*Blogs still are a funny thing. But, lets move on. Thanks to those who love me and support my crazy rants.

*Today it is raining like cats and dogs. The kids are supposed to be cleaning their rooms but I know better. I already hear Reid jumping up and down and that means there is a little NC*AA 2010 {{sigh}}. What's a mom to do?

*I am washing clothes. Doesn't that sound exciting. I think I have used a whole bottle of S*hout this football season. I mean really, who decides that 13 year old boys, or any boys for that matter, need white football pants. Really? Case in point...

And, yes, they are white again. Well, a little on the beige side, but who cares. I'll just need to wash them a few more times. We have 2 more games left and a handful of practices. Mom and Dad are coming tonight to watch Reid's game tomorrow. We are super excited.

*I stayed up all weekend watching the 2nd DVD series, Mad*Man, that Holly gave me.. I have been stuck in the 1960's...again. It is so good! I have been watching it on my computer with my ear buds in and needless to say, the dishes are sky high. The kids had to rinse off a dirty spoon this morning just to eat breakfast. I'm not proud of that and I won't win mother of the year. Just sayin'... Now, its over and I can get back to my duties at hand...

*I still haven't purchased Macy's Halloween costume yet. She wants to be a nice witch. Really? Anyway, I guess I have been a little preoccupied with my friends from the 1960's and now my poor baby doesn't have a costume. So, I guess its off to the Halloween store we go...if there are any left.

*We went to Dew*berry farms last weekend with Kim and her family. It was so much fun. I had never been and am so glad we did. It was such a neat place. A lot of walking and standing in lines but still a really fun place for the kids.

We got to pick out our very own pumpkin. Macy loved walking around looking for the perfect one!

The kids loved petting the animals. We took cousin Avery with us and they both had a blast. Don't you just love the look on that girl's face? haha! She loves her job.

Cheeseeeee.....Avery did not want to look at me for some odd reason. :) And, yes, we lost the cute black bow somewhere along the way.

*I haven't forgot the give-a-way....just looking for the right thing. The pressure.

Friday, October 23, 2009


Blogs are a funny thing. You think about them all day. Or I do. Please, tell me that you have the same addiction to blogs as I do. You know, you do something, see something or try something new and automatically think, "Hey, I can't wait to blog about this." Then you take your time and blog, you think its the best blog ever and then you wait. Wait for what, you ask? Well, comments of course. It's like the biggest popularity contest ever. It's rather sad. I have been doing a lot of research on different blogs and have come to the conclusion that I will never be as good of a blogger/writer as most of these women. Just sayin'.....

A lot of these talented women have seem to make a pretty good living on their blogs. I mean take for instance, The Pio*neer Woman. She is hilarious. I remember reading her blog every morning before she was a big hit. I mean she had a following but nothing like she has now. She has such a wonderful way of writing and it just sucks you right in. Isn't that the coolest thing? She went from a stay-at-home mom, home school teacher and county wife to one of the most popular woman on the Internet, like overnight. I was reading today that she even got to go to L.A. and be a part of the Bonn*ie Hun*t Show. I mean, that is when you know you have really made it. LOL! And all because she decided to blog about her adventurous life in the country. If you have never read her blog, you should. It will take you way out to the country where the air is clean the the traffic is a herd of cows crossing the street.

So, that got me thinking. I was a county girl. I moved to the city 10 years ago from one of the cutest little country towns ever! It was one of the hardest things I have ever done. So, I guess I will always have that country blood in me. I love parts of country life....especially the part where things are more slow-paced. I never care what time it is when I go home to the country. I love that. But, unfortunately, I live in the city. My life is backwards to the Pio*neer woman. Like her, I have a love story with my very own Marl*boro Man, my sweet kids take all my time and energy and I love them and I have a dog. Unlike her though, I have a mall down the street. I don't have cows crossing the street, I have kids on skateboards and bikes. My hubby doesn't drive a diesel dooley truck with a trailer, he drives a Niss*an Maxi*ma that we lovingly named "Max". I don't home school or go to the grocery store once a month. I go daily. It's across the street. I don' t live on a frontier but in a subdivision with neighbors so close they can probably hear me sneeze. I love to cook but do not have a cookbook. Shucks. I don't, nor will I ever, get up at 5 in the morning to go feed some cows. My dog is lucky to get food at 8 AM.

Maybe one day, people will find my city life interesting. Like maybe the adventures of the City Woman? Nah.

All this to say. Blogs are a funny thing.

What are your favorite blogs to read?

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Oh, running, I miss you.

I'm mad. At myself, that is. Why? Because I have let my running go and I am missing it so much. This year when I went to register for the half marathon it was full. I promised myself I would sign up for another one and never did. Now, 3 months later and a few pounds heavier, I have let my running go to the way side. Don't get me wrong, I have ran a little, walked a little and went to worked out a little but nothing beats my running club and I miss it so much. Having that accountability helps me so much. So, needless to say, I feel like a "shlumpidinka" (isn't that what O*prah calls it? :) ) and is in need of a body makeover. Especially with the holidays right around the corner. Oh, heaven help us all when Aunt Kathy brings her famous Christmas cookies. Hey, FaFa, do you think you can make them fat-free?

So, anyone have any good ideas on how to get my running mojo back? HELP!

I miss getting up early and getting my running done for the day. I miss seeing the sunrise and all God's glory.

I miss my fuel belt. I miss my G*2 in Mango flavor.

I will miss these crazy girls at the half marathon. They sure were funny to watch as I ran my 13.1 miles.

I miss my watch. :)

I will miss not getting a 2010 medal this year!

I will miss these lovely oranges. One of the perks of fruit! :)

Monday, October 12, 2009

Gotta love homework

With the school year in full swing, so is the homework. I for one hate homework. I mean, come on, don't they do enough of work during the day? Reid has been up until 11:00 + for weeks. The homework is crazy! I guess I better get off my soap box. I could go on and on about that. With all of that said, he is getting into the groove and doing a fabulous job. He in making all A's and B's and we are very proud of him. I just thought I'd post a few pictures of him hard at work. Don't you love how he takes over my kitchen table and plops a lamp in the middle?

All you need is a little light, coffee, cough drops and a little music...

Oh, and some white powdered doughnuts....snack of champions.


His homework is always math, which I cannot help him with. Sorry, Reid.

Let's not forget other star student. She has had homework and projects of her own. She made this dinosaur diorama all by herself. Well, I helped a little but not too much...she is one crafty little girl!

One of Reid's Social Studies projects...It's a Indian Shield. Just in case you wondered. ha!
So, just in case you have wondered what we have been up too...there you have it. That and football. That will be a later post.... :)
Hope you all have a wonderful Monday.

Monday, October 05, 2009

For the sweetest 8 followers in the world......I am so sorry! I know I promised you a give-a-way and have yet to post anything about it. I guess I got all carried away with my long life list. ha! I do promise you one is coming. What is it? Well, some good mail, just for you! I will get back to you soon with all the details and fun stuff.....I'm new at this, remember? :) Hang in there with me. And if you read my earlier posts you know I am a procrastinator....oops. I am going to do better with that...tomorrow.

This is Avery, my niece....I love this picture. I thought it was perfect for a Monday morning! :)

I hope you all have a fabulous Monday. Now, y'all don't be sticking your tongue out at people, that's only acceptable if you are 2. ha!

Love you.

Friday, October 02, 2009

I don't know why in the world I decided to post random things about my life...I know its crazy. The only thing I keep thinking about is just getting some of my random information down so that one day when I am gone someone will remember something about me. Like, maybe I can twist my arm almost completely around. I mean that is pretty important. So, grab a cup of coffee and a snack and have fun reading 25 more fun and probably pretty boring things about me.

26. Today I had my first mammogram. Just a little FYI and TMI.

27. I LOVE candles. I burn them all the time. My new favorites are Sla*tkin & Co. from Bath and Bod* have to try them! They smell heavenly!

28. I have a pain the hiney dog named Tucker. We really do love him.

29. I absolutely love getting a pedicure and manicure. Its such a treat.

30. I am scared of a toe fungus, though.

31. One of my pet peeves is when my sweet hubby bites his nails. It drives me nuts!

32. My daughter is a girly-girl and I love it!

33. My son loves sports and I love being a football, basketball and baseball mom.

34. I am a big procrastinator. I hate that. Maybe one of the many reasons I am a bad blogger.

35. My sweet Nana calls me Hezzy, Hez or Hezekiah. She nicknamed me that when I was little and it has stuck. I love it.

36. I broke my arm when I was 8. I fell out of a tree...

37. My Poppi drove me to the hospital in a VW bug. I miss my Poppi. bad.

38. I've always wanted to be a singer.

39. I sing in the shower. Loud.

40. I have a horrible memory.

41. Doing this list makes me realize my life is really boring.

42. My mom and dad are super cool and I love them so much.

43. My Nana is awesome and I love her so much.

44. My first car was a Hyundai Sonata. It was loaded. It was a lemon. We should had listened to Dad. Shhh....don't tell him.

45. My next car was a Pontiac Sunbird. I wish I had a picture of times. It was my college car.

46. My first year of college I went to LCU in Lubbock. It was too far. :)

47. Then was on to Texa*s State, way back then it was SWT. Go Bobcats.

48. My sister and I used to have Bubble Shows in the tub. I love my sister.

49. My brother used to sleep with me...he was a little scared of the dark. LOL I love my brother.

50. We used to have a cat named Louie that would suck on our toes while we slept. Gross.

If you are still with me and you haven't died of boredom....there will be more. I don't know how many more but hopefully I can think of at least 25-50 more. I know, you can't wait. Hello, is anyone out there. :)

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Just a little about me...

1. I am the oldest child.

2. I have one sister and one brother. I am the head-sister. :)

3. I am an aunt...they call me YaYa.

4. I love my makes me happy.

5. I am the oldest cousin on my mom's side. I am the head-cousin. :)

6. I am married to my high school sweetheart. We will celebrate 15 years in November. Did someone say Cruise???

7. I am a mommy to two precious kids, Reid and Macy. They are the loves of my life.

8. I love to run.

9. I have ran 4 half-marathons and a handful of little races.

10. I love to go to the beach. Its my peaceful place. I could lay on the shore for hours.

11. I wish I loved to read. I have so many books and I have only read half of them. (very embarrassing)

12. I collect Fiesta dishes. It makes me happy.

13. I teach 3 year olds at a Mother's Day Out...'nuff said.

14. I love to have a clean house although it is a day to day struggle with kids.

15. I fold my clothes the second they come out of the dryer. I hate them to be wrinkled. If they sit for a while in the dryer before I get to them I have to fluff them. I have been known to fluff. A lot.

16. I load my dishwasher a certian way. It has to be that way. It all has a place. :)

17. I try to eat Heart Healthy.

18. Somedays I have to have a candy bar.

19. I didn't always love coffee. I do now!!

20. I didn't start drinking coffee until I was 30. It's way better when you drink it with your friends.

21. I wish I knew how to sew.

22. I like to watch TV at night when the kids are asleep. I love my DVR!!

23. My hubby leaves me love notes...He's sweet like that.

24. I really love it when it rains.

25. My second toe is taller than all my other means I am the head of the household. :)

.....25 more to come

Friday, September 25, 2009

Friday Feelings...

Today I feel...

*Blessed by my sweet family...

*Sad that some lady who was in front of me in line at lunch today felt the need to drop the S-bomb...very loudly. I mean, come on people.

*FULL! I had a great lunch, great chit-chat, good mango tea with one of my besties.

*So glad that is fall! I have loved the weather the last few makes me want to buy a new jacket and start my fireplace.

*Happy that my hubby is off today.

*Is parched...I might might need a cup of coffee to get me through the rest of the day! :)

*Relieved that it is Friday! TGIF!

*Sad for a close family friend who lost her battle with breast cancer. Praying for her family!

*Crazy because I feel so unorganized....As I look around I see piles of stuff everywhere. I mean, what do people do with paperwork??

*Excited for next week....I have a hair appointment. Can I get a WOO-HOO! The hair is driving me nuts....

*Ready for Friday Football tonight!

How do you feel today? Have a great weekend....

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Great is the Lord

I tell you, that girl of mine never ceases to amaze me. She picked out this perfect verse just for you on this glorious Sunday. I saw her working hard and had my scripture book with her. She could have wrote anything, like "I love the Jon*as Brothers, but instead chose to remind us of our Father and his love for us. We did have to talk about the word "fathom"...haha! I guess that word isn't on the spelling list for 2nd grade. I love that girl....She has the sweetest little heart.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Saturday Snippets

** I am here to say that I AM challenging myself to the 30 day shred...TODAY! So, Day one down....29 more to go. I have to do something to get my lazy bum up and going. I will keep you posted. Just in case you want to know. I won't post my weight for the whole world to see but I will let you know if indeed the 30 day shred does what it promises. Wish me luck...Jillian Mi*chaels is one tough cookie. I might cry.

** The football scrimmage was great! To be honest, it was quite funny. There were 2 games going on the field at once. We had 7th grade A team on one side vs. the opponent and B team playing on the other side vs. the opponent...I guess that is one way to get the game done before 10:00. Thank you, coaches. Reid did a good job considering it was his first football game....EVER! I am really excited for next week and his first REAL game in his REAL jersey. I love watching that boy play his sports. He's so athletic...I guess he takes after his momma....NOT! haha

Pictures will soon follow...

** I am ready for all the new Fall shows to start...I am having withdrawals. I have a lot of favorites but Grey's Anatomy is one of my all time favorites. It starts September 24 and I am super excited. So, unless it is an absolute emergency, don't call me on that date between 8 and 10pm. ha!

** If you are still reading my blog, won't you please be a follower? Oh, please, what do I have to do? Beg? I have 3 lonely followers. Maybe, I will have a contest. Yeah, that's what I'll do....Stay tuned. I'm gonna have a great give-away.

I love comments, too. Come on, make me smile.

**I finally have some quiet time today. The kids are upstairs doing who knows what and at this point I am ok with that. I am pretty sure that Reid is watching some football and during commericals there are video games involved. Macy is singing, playing with Barbies and there is some dancing going on up there. Macy just informed me that she needs a mirror in her room so when she dances or gets up in the morning she can see herself. Well, I do aim to please.

I hope you all have a fantastic Saturday!

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

I've been feeling old lately...don't know why. Just noticing a few more wrinkles here and there. I have made a few trips to the local mall for all the latest in face care. Who knows how much money I've spent. I know that "it is what it is" and I know that I am blessed for everyday God gives me. But, if I can help those little wrinkles around the eyes, I will. :) Is that vain? I don't mean to be so paranoid about it but yesterday after I picked Macy up from school I wondered if all that eye cream was really doing its job.....Here's the conversation:

Macy: "Mom, were you alive when George Washington was alive?"


Guess I need to head back to the mall for some more face cream.

What do you use to give those old wrinkles a kick in the pants??

Monday, August 31, 2009

"It is Well...."

For some reason, the past few Sundays have been really hard on me. I have cried and thought of Poppi in every song we sing. My sweet friend Kim, had to hold me up one Sunday night because we sang "The Greatest Command" and I hadn't heard it since my Poppi's funeral. I didn't think it would impact me that way. I'm usually strong. I'm usually the one who is holding people up. But, for some reason lately I have had to lean on others. What? What is happening to me? Is it old age? I hope not.

I remember the day Ashley and I (with the kidos) drove to Austin to see Poppi. This was after the call. The call that we all dread. The one that when we hear the words our knees go to jelly and we are never the same. So, the trip was somewhat quiet. I mean with 3 kids there was some action but between me and Ash we didn't quite know what to say. It felt like it took 15 hours to get there. We talked about him and remembered funny times. We remember all the times he tried his hardest to teach us math. Bless. He tried. Hard. Now, I would give anything to sit with him at the card table with our sharp pencils and listen to him explain equations or word problems. I promise this time I would listen. I would hang on every word.

There are so many things that I miss about him. I can't even begin to explain. There was something so strong about him and then on the other hand so gentle. So loving. So kind. One of the most Godliest man I have ever known. So much of who we all are is because of him. He left an awesome legacy behind. He loved us all so much. Every grandchild was special. Every great-grandchild was special. Mom, Kathy and Jody were the light of his life. Nana was his best friend and love of his life....he told her that MANY times a day. There were often roses from her outside bush that he would pick especially for her. It was the little things that he loved to do. He had many friends who he would do anything for. What an example! We all felt his love especially when he hugged us...he liked that. I miss his hugs. I miss his kisses and that before he kissed us he had to remove his toothpick. Off topic, Ashley is driving his car for a while and yesterday when she was here we found about 5+ toothpicks under the seat of his car. Poppi loved him some toothpicks.

So, this past Sunday night we sang, "It is Well With My Soul"....oh my, I quietly lost it. I absolutely love that song. It is one of my favorites. It gives me peace. And, you know what, it tells me that no matter how much I miss him, no matter how much I want a hug his neck or hear his voice, I know he's OK. He is in a much better place, one that we cannot even fathom. One that we long to see and we all strive to be there one day. We have that promise. No matter how much it hurts to say, I know full well that...It is well with my soul. What a reunion that will be.

"He who dwells in the shelter of the the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty..."
Psalm 91:1

I miss you, Poppi.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

No pain, no ga*in

Oh my, let me tell you! Today I went and thought I would try something new....eyebrow threading. A friend of mine was telling me it was great and that she loved it. It didn't make her skin irritated and only cost 9.00. I can do that. Let me tell you....DON'T DO IT. It hurts like FIRE....worse than fire...I don't even know! I thought I was going to pop out of my chair and hit that sweet lady. She kept telling me, "Me give you break, Me give you break?", YES PLEASE!!! On the more positive side, it is cheaper and she did my lip. Double fire.

Just thought you might could use a good laugh on this wonderful Wednesday my expense.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Ramblings on a rainy Friday

This has been one crazy week and school hasn't even started. I was going to make this my first Five for Friday post because I have so many things to say but soon realized it would be more like 50 for Friday. So, I am just going to ramble about the everyday happenings at my house. Here we go...oh, and its in no particular order...just whatever comes to my mind first. Wacky, I like me.

*Today we picked up Reid's school schedule and 4 books that weighed...I kid you not...20 pounds. He is really excited because he got some teachers that he wanted. Some, not too sure. He has athletics last period, which is good because then he won't be so stinky all day. Not that he's stinky but you know when you get a lot of 13 year old boys, yep, that's the smell.

*He will have football after school from 4:30- 6:00. I am sad about that. This will be the first year for all the sports stuff and I don't know if I am going to like not seeing my baby until 6 ish. Not to mention, it will be really HOT out there. Of course, he is excited and could care less. Oh, the joys of being a teenager.

* Oh yes, I have a teenager! Reid turned 13 on August 18....Where has the time gone? It just seems like yesterday that I was rocking that sweet baby and now I am buying him deodorant. Crazy, huh? We haven't had a party for him yet....he is thinking an Astros game...maybe Main Event. I mean what do you do with a bunch of 13 year old boys?? The thought scares me.

*Macy found out who her teacher is today...Mrs. Hopkins. Of course, she is new. Go figure. She is a bit concerned because she said there are 2 boys in there who like her. A lot. So, she needs me to write a note to the teacher about how she doesn't want the boys to chase her, sit by her or walk by her in line. Oh, if that was all we had to worry about. :)

*It is raining cats and dogs here.

*I am looking forward to school starting. Not so much the getting up early but to have some sort of routine. I think the kids are ready even though they would never mention it to me.

*Troy and I went on an overnight date. It was really fun. Now, before I tell you what we did, you have to promise not to laugh. :) We went to see Cheap Trick, Poison and Def Leppard in concert. HA! Oh, my! It was fun. But I can hear you laughing from here. We went to the Woodlands for the concert, ate out and just chilled without anyone needing us to get them a drink, drive them somewhere, cook something or bring them a towel or toilet paper. It was wonderful. Not to mention that Def Leppard was one of our favorite bands when we were dating. I remember riding around in Troy's red and grey Chevy S-10 and listening to all the tapes. Yes, tapes. We know almost every heart. Scary, huh? So, for Troys birthday I suggested we go. I didn't even have to twist his arm.

*Troy had a birthday....39 and holding.

*I've been cleaning and trying to get my house organized before school. Well, I said trying! I need a maid. Oh wait...I am the maid.

*I also need some new recipes...any good suggestions? I love my old stand-bys but a new dish every once in a while is a nice.

*I miss running. I have been in a funk lately but have PROMISED myself that Monday..I am back on! Bring on my Mizunos....

*We are almost done school shopping. Still need my picky boy some shoes. I also found out today that I will need football cleats. Great. I will not go out this weekend because it is Tax-free weekend. I repeat, I will not go out this weekend. It's not worth it.

*Last night Macy went to her first slumber party. I was a nervous wreck. She had a blast. While she was gone...and I couldn't sleep...I rented 17 Again with Zac Efron and Matthew Perry. It was really cute. I enjoyed watching a movie by myself that wasn't Hannah
Montana or High School Musical 1, 2, or 3. Nothing against them but I think I have seen them about 30 times. No joke.

*I start back at my MDO next week. Ready or is here.

So, for now...that's all I have. I'm sure more will come to me later. But that's for another Friday. Hope you all have a wonderful weekend and a great first week of school. Please pray that God will put his protective arms around all our kids as they begin a new school year! Oh, and one more thing, if you do read this blog, leave a comment or click on be a follower! I'd love to hear from you!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Stress reducers

Just wanted to share these little stress reducers with you. One of my BFF's gave this to me and I hung it by my washing machine so I can read it everyday. It seems I am by my washer and dryer ALOT! Where do all these clothes come from and who in the world puts them there? HA! Anyway, I hope you enjoy...I know I did.
Christian Ways to Reduce Stress

1. Pray

2. Go to bed on time.

3. Get up on time so you can start the day unrushed.

4. Say NO to projects that won't fit into your time schedule, or that will compromise your mental health.

5. Delegate tasks to capable others.

6. Simplify and unclutter your life.

7. Less is more. (Although one is often not enough, two are often too many)

8. Allow extra time to do things and get places.

9. Pace yourself. Spread out big changes and difficult projects over time; don't lump the hard things all together.

10. Take one day at a time.

11. Separate worries from concerns. If a situation is a concern, find out what God would have you do and let go of the anxieties. If you can't do anything about a situation, forget it!

12. Live within your budget; don't use credit cards for ordinary purchases.
13. Have back-ups; an extra car key in your wallet, an extra house key buried in the garden, extra stamps, etc.
14. K.M.S (Keep Mouth Shut). This single piece of advice can prevent an enormous amount of trouble.
15. Do something for the kid YOU everyday!
16. Carry a Bible with you to read while waiting in line.
17. Get enough rest!
18. Eat right.
19. Get organized so everything has its place.
20. Listen to a CD while driving that can help improve your quality of life.
21. Write down thoughts and inspirations.
22. Every day, find time to be alone.
23. Having problems? Talk to God on the spot. Try to nip small problems in the bud. Don't wait until its time to go to bed to try and pray.
24. Make friends with Godly people.
25. Keep a folder of favorite scriptures on hand.
26. Remember that the shortest bridge between despair and hope is often a good "Thank you Jesus."
27. Laugh.
28. Laugh some more!
29. Take your work seriously, but not yourself at all.
30. Develop a forgiving attitude (most people are doing the best they can).
31. Be kind to unkind people (they probably need it the most).
32. Sit on your ego.
33. Talk less; listen more.
34. Slow down.
35. Remind yourself that you are not the general manager of the universe.
36. Every night before bed, think of one thing you are grateful for that you've never been grateful for before. GOD HAS A WAY OF TURNING THINGS AROUND FOR YOU.
"If God is for us, who can be against us?" Romans 8:31

Monday, July 27, 2009


This was me and Holly (or Marathon Bird to the bloggy land) last year! We had SO much fun running together. I love that girl. I could not have made it to the finish line without her. Can you tell how excited I was...I think the finish line was coming up. ha! I have been running the Houston Aramco Half Marathon for 3 years. This January would have been my 4th....did you notice I said "would have been??" I am a little bitter! Well, alot bitter. This year the half marathon sold out in LESS THAN 48 hours!!! CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?? Of course, guess who didn't get signed up? Yep, you guessed it....ME!! (Oh, and my sweet hubby. He ran the half last year for the first time and yes, he beat me...bad. But that's another post.) :) In the past I never signed up until around October. I think they at least could have given us Houstonians a heads up, don't you?

I am so sad. I always look forward to the training, the sweat and tears, my super cool running shoes, my ever so cute running skirt, running with friends, coffee after our Saturday runs and of course the BIG day! It's so much fun! I really feel like I got jipped! I have contemplated emailing the half marathon big dogs and giving them a piece of my they care. But, it would make me feel better.

Now, I am trying to decide if I train just to keep up with my exercise or just give running a break for a bit. I am torn. I love running but when I trained I was doing it for not only my health but to run the race! That was the prize! Not to mention you get a really cool medal, shirt and the all fun water bottle. :)

I guess the old saying is true...."you snooze, you loose!"

So, what do you think I should do?

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Lost love letter

Macy's art table has always been a sore spot for me. I hate it...and it always looks like this. I clean it and then 5 minutes later it looks like this again. Sadly, I haven't cleaned it all summer. It was a yesterday I started picking up some trash, old broken crayons, beads, ribbon, stamps, markers, and letters to people. Macy is a writer! She loves to make lists, books and letters. As I was cleaning, I found this....and fell to my knees.

She had wrote this letter before Poppi passed away. It was tucked behind so much junk I am surprised I found it. I remembered her writing it because she wanted me to put a stamp on it to mail to him. I didn't. Boy, I feel bad now. I remember telling her that she didn't leave room for his address so we would have to put it in another envelope. Then we forgot. It got lost in the endless pile. I wish SO BAD that I would have mailed it to him. Of course, I had to open it...

Man, I wish I would have sent it. Guilt all over! I hope Poppi knew how much he was loved and how much of an influence he was in not just mine and my kids lives but everyone around him. My kids talk about him everyday....I miss him more than words can say. We love you, Poppi.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Blogging funk and chicken

Ok, so I really want to get my blog up and going. I feel like I have been in a blogging funk FOREVER! I struggle with what to write about. Also, what do people want to hear? Are you tired of seeing videos and pictures of my kids? And another there anyone out there that cares but my sweet mother? LOL I always have things go through my head that I want to blog about and then when I sit down...I have nothing. So, I guess what I am needing is some feedback....from you, Mom. :) And whoever else is out there...what do you want to hear from Heather's House? I need help.

Today we have done NOTHING and it feels oh so good!! I did take the kids to chick-fil-a and let me tell you...that place rakes in the money. Every time we go there, which is quite a bit, it is always crowded. I swear they could build another one right next door and it would do just as good. I think I might look into a franchise. :) So, other than an outing for Chick, we have been lazy. I love being home with my kids....I wouldn't rather be anywhere else. Well, the beach....but I want my kids with me. :)

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Ok...this is it...for now...I promise. But, this one is too funny. I hope it makes you laugh today. Enjoy!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009


Here's a shout out to my favorite fast food restaurant. :) Gotta love some Chick-fil-a. I love that my kids love eating there rather than McDonalds. Sometimes McDonalds makes me gag.

I have enjoyed eating there twice this week with the best company in the world.

And, BTW, this guy, Tim Hawkins is one of my favorite Christian comedians. He is so funny and has some really funny songs that he has made up to popular tunes. You can google him on You Tube or And, thanks to Holly, I finally figured out how to put videos up. For some reason I could never get it to work. Thanks, Holly. Now, y'all might get tired of all the videos. HA!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Ever had one of those days when you feel you can't do anything right? Nothing you do seems good enough. Am I making a difference in my kids lives? Am I a good wife? Why did I say that to so-and-so today. yada yada yada....You know the drill. It has been a hard summer for me and my family....Today I was feeling a little blue and as I was checking blogs I found this precious little girl and cried and laughed and laughed some more...she is precious. She has the love of Jesus and it is contagious! It totally cheered me up...I hope it makes you happy, too! Have a great day....

"Faith is exactly what it takes to get through uncertainty. Faith is not necessary when you know how things are going to work out, - that's knowledge. It's in the time of unknowing that having faith is what sees you through to the other side. Faith is what gives you strength. Faith is that light in your heart that keeps on shining even when it's all darkness outside. Now is the time to keep that faith alive!"

Saturday, June 06, 2009

Taste and see.....

I can't believe I haven't posted about our wonderful Ladies Day at the Smithville Church. It was an awesome weekend. My BFFs and I traveled all the way to The 'Ville for fun, relaxation and time with our God! Our Ladies Day was centered around Psalm 34:8..."Taste and see that the Lord is Good...." It was all centered around coffee (of course) and time with our Lord. Tawana, Becky and Mom had it all decorated so pretty...we were SO impressed! It was such a privilege to be there...the church where I grew share with them a little about what God has done in our lives. They were so loving, so sweet, so friendly, and getting to introduce my friends from my church to my other church family was priceless! Needless to say, we were all super nervous but so glad to be there. We had prayed for months, prepared for months and were more than ready when the time arrived. It was an amazing experience and one that I hope we can experience again. You never know where we might turn up. HA! Here are just a few pictures from our fun weekend. Not in order, of course because blogger isn't being nice today. :)

The girls in The Ville...Main Street, USA!

The weekend wouldn't be complete without lunch at Nana and Poppi's

My 3 mothers! Becky, Tawana, and my Mom

Taking time for a photo after our lessons!

The 2 most important women in my life!

Eating at Pockets! YUMMY!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Remember this picture? I had it on a post at the beginning of the school year. This was when he was SO excited about being in band. So excited about playing the trombone. Now, not so much. If he could throw that thing out the window he would. If I didn't pay monthly on it I would let him. He is so frustrated with that thing, and to be honest, so am I. All year he has practiced but probably not to his full potential. Now that school is almost out it's finals time and the final is playing a few scales. Easy, right? Well, for my son...the worry wart...he says he can't do it and he doesn't know them very well. WHAT? So, he is cramming a years worth of band into one week. He is going in for extra practice with tears in his eyes. He hates playing in front of all his friends so obviously band is not for him. ha! He hates when his schedule gets messed with..well, excuse me! Bless his little heart and BTW, the hives have started.

Pray for my Reidster....

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Blackberry pie??

I know..we are goofs. Troy couldn't believe I was having Macy take a picture of us holding blackberries. But, I am so proud of my blackberry bush. About a year ago, I took a couple of little bitty sprouts from my Dad's blackberry bush and brought them home to plant. Well, the sprouts sat in the car, sat in the garage, sat outside and then a few days later....planted. I thought that thing would never make it. Especially when we got Tucker, our crazy black lab. I just knew he would dig it up or eat it. Even thought it has thorns on it...nothing stops my crazy dog! Also, I am not well known for having a "green thumb". Now, my sweet mother-in-law, now she has a "green thumb". Her back yard is beautiful! So, two years later, that little bush that I forgot about, watered on occasion and stepped on a couple of times is now producing yummy blackberries! Now what do I do! :) Blackberry pie, anyone?

Monday, May 25, 2009

It's me....can you believe it?

So, here I am again. Bad, bad blogger. Why in the world is it so hard to document my crazy, hectic life...well, maybe because its crazy....and hectic. Now, I am so far behind I don't know whether to scratch my watch or wind my butt. (I just had to! That's a quote from Weezer from my favorite movie Steel Magnolias) Anyway, that's how I feel. Just keepin' it real!

I feel like my life is flashing before my eyes. I have an almost 13 year old. I can't believe he will be in the 7th grade. I remember when I was in the 7th grade...just like it was yesterday. I remember my crush...who broke my heart, BTW. I remember wanting a SW*ATCH watch SO bad...and getting it for my 13th birthday. I remember riding my bike all over town. I remember my mom redecorating my room while I slept in her bed and waking up that next morning in my new yellow gingham room. It was great..I felt so grown up. And now, my baby is where I feel I was just yesterday. My, I am sappy tonight. All that to say, everyone was right when they said to enjoy the little things.....

Reid is keeping us busy with baseball. His team is doing ok. We are on a little losing streak right now, but it is still so fun to watch them. Reid has been pitching and is doing really well. One game he pitched 65 pitches the whole game. That's really sweet hubby told me! HA HA His daddy just bursts with pride. So do I. I really am proud of Reid. He works really hard with everything he puts his mind to.

Macy will be in the 2nd grade. Now, my memory is really bad. My sister can remember things that I can't. She's not right. ha! Needless to say, I do not remember being in the 2nd grade. I can't for the life of me remember my teachers name. I can't remember if I was at Brown Primary or at the old Central School. I can't remember what I was in to at the time. Some things just aren't clear. Now, what is clear is that I was loved. Alot. I remember being at Nana and Poppi's everyday after school. Eating all their food and watching The Brady Bunch is one of my favorite memories when I was little while I was waiting for my mom. I remember Mom pulling up to Nana's everyday to get us. I remember seeing her car out the glass door. I remember all the hugs. I remember the feeling of warm fuzzies in knowing how much I was loved. I hope my kids feel that from me.

Macy keeps us busy with dance. She LOVES it! She got her 4 year pin this year...that was a BIG deal! Her recital was last weekend. Against my better judgement I did the mother/daughter dance with her. It really was fun and I hope she can look back on it one day with a smile. A good memory.

We had a member of our family leave us....that would be Troy's 1993 Honda Accord. To that I say GOOD BYE! Not only was I glad to see that thing go, Reid was really glad. I think it was getting a little embarrassing to see his Daddy pull up to Jr. High in that thing. haha! It shook so bad when you stopped that I always needed to make sure I had my support bra on when I drove it. LOL...No, really. It felt like the engine was going to fall out at any minute. So, now, my hubby is sportin' a new...well, new to us...2008 Nissan Maxima. The family is, we fight over who will drive it. Oh, and now when we pull up to CLIS there is always a boy, or two who need a ride home. :)

Hopefully, I can post some more pics soon....and some more "going ons" in our crazy, hectic...but FUN life. If I can remember. Until then.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Fun game....

Use the first letter of your name to answer each of the following questions. They have to be real, not made up (if you can help it). If the person before you has the same first initial, you must use different answers. You cannot use any word twice and you can't use your name for the boy/girl name question.Have Fun!

1. What is your name: Heather
2. A four Letter Word: hand
3. A boy's Name: Harry
4. A girl's Name: Hillary
5. An occupation: hair dresser
6. A color: hunter green
7. Something you wear: hat
8. A food: hot dogs
9. Something found in the bathroom: hairballs
10. A place: Hawaii
11. A reason for being late: hateful drivers
12. Something you shout: HELP!!!
13. A movie title: Harry and the Hendersons
14. Something you drink: hot Chocolate
15. A musical group: Hannah Montana
16. An animal: Hippo
17. A street name: Heather St. :)
18. A type of car: Hummer
19. Something scary: heart disease
20. Ice cream flavor: is there an ice cream that starts with an H?? Can't think of one...can you?

I tag all my readers! :)

Sunday, February 22, 2009


(sorry I couldn't get the video to load so I had to do the link)

See this movie, and watch this will change your marriage, your life and your walk with our Heavenly Father. It's a great date night movie, too. :) And who doesn't L-O-V-E- Kirk Cameron?? Come on...Take the Love Dare! I double dog dare you. Enjoy the music rocks. If you need a copy of the can borrow mine. I'm serious.

I know it has been a while since I posted. Things are still crazy around but crazy. The kids keep us busy and we love it. Between baseball, basketball, dance, church, girl scouts, girl scout cookies, and Troy's crazy schedule I can hardly keep up. Sometimes I don't know if I'm coming or going. Hopefully soon I can post some fun pictures of the happenings in my house...I have quite a bit to share. It's just all jumbled up in my brain for now. :)

Have a great day. :)

Saturday, January 17, 2009


I saw this shirt today and ALMOST bought it. It really made me laugh. Troy and I are running the Houston Aramco Half Marathon together tomorrow. Now, when I say together I mean we are driving there together. He will not stay with me on the route. He will smoke me. It's ok. Really. There is a side of me that really wants to beat him but knows that will not happen. He's a speedy little thing. I guess the part that really chaps my hide is that he didn't train as long as I did. But, I guess thats a guy for you. Oh well, it will be fun to say we did a race together. Who knows, I might go back and get the shirt tomorrow just for the memory. And the laugh. :)

Sunday, January 11, 2009

I fought the avocado and the avocado won....

I am typing with one this will be short, sweet, and to the point. Yesterday, I was trying to get the seed out of an avocado and the knife slipped and went right through the avocado and though my hand. Yes, I said THROUGH my hand...between the thumb and index finger. I couldn't believe it when I saw it. I pulled the knife out, (I know your are not supposed to but it was just instinct) and about fainted and joke. Troy and Reid were not was just me and Macy. I freaked out, quietly, and ran out the front door to my neighbors house. She wasn't home but her husband was. He helped me get the bleeding under control and drove me to the ER. It seemed like an eternity to get there, for Troy to get there, and then another 3 hours before I got to see a doctor. Talk about throbbing pain for 3 hours.....YIKES! The good news is that I didn't hit any nerves, bone, major blood vessel, or tendon. The throbbing pain was caused from the trauma and the air in my hand from me pulling out the knife. Not a bright idea. So, today, I am better. It's just a little sore. FYI, from now on, I will be using a spoon to get the seed out of the avocado. I me dumb.
The knife (see the blood in the middle)....yuck!

After a trip to the ER....

No more avocados for me...for a while!

Now, look who has kitchen duty! YIPPEE!