Monday, August 31, 2009

Friend Makin Monday - 20 Questions

Amber at {aefilkins} is taking over Friend Makin Monday and she is asking 20 questions today!

1. Do you cook every night?

I cook at least 5 nights a week, maybe six. I don't cook on Sundays, mostly because my mother never cooked on Sundays. God rested, so mommy does too!

2. What kind of laundry detergent do you use & why?

Before I started using cloth diapers, I used Gain liquid but since that is like the worst possible stuff for diaper I switched to Charlie's Soap. I was pretty happy with Charlie's for awhile until I discovered Rockin Green Soap! Okay, I am hooked! My laundry comes out smelling sooooo clean with this stuff!

3. Do you do laundry every day or loads at a time?
Laundry is the tidal wave that keeps dragging me under! I do some everyday, it just never gets finished! I am considering instating "nekkid days" at my house in hopes that perhaps the laundry might get finished!

4. How often do you eat out per week?
Always Sunday after church, sometimes on Saturday night, maybe lunch out once during the week.

5. Where do you usually eat out?

Our usually Sunday afternoon haunts include Jason's Deli, Moe's or First Watch for brunch. Libby's favorite restaurant is Olive Garden so she always votes for that and if it is just Mommy and Daddy we love Bonefish Grill or The Melting Pot!

6. What is your favorite retail store?

♥Ann Taylor Loft♥

7. What's your favorite thing to drink?

WATER!!! (Unless I am with Em, and then it is a cosmo!)

8. Do you take vitamins? What kind?

No, but I know that I should. Sometimes I take a Flintstone's with the kids!

9. What percentage of the household chores to you do?

Well, every other Thursday, Curtis does 100% of the cleaning, but during the in between time I do 95% of it.

10. Do your children do chores? {Or will they, did they, etc}

They don't have regular chores, but they do help. Libby puts away her own clothes after I fold them and puts silverware on the table for dinner. They both love to help empty the dishwasher and if I am dusting or cleaning mirrors, they get a rag as well and "help."

11. Do you go to church?

Yes, faithfully. We are very involved with our Sunday School class and I teach in the nursery every other week. We just started going on Wednesday nights too because Libby is old enough for choir this year!

12. Do you have a housework schedule?

Yes, but I fail every single week at sticking to it! But if I did follow my chart, this is what it looks like:

Daily chores: dishes, make beds, sort mail, wipe counters in kitchen and bathrooms, pick up toys (with Libby and EJ's help)

Mondays: sweep and mop kitchen

Tuesdays: laundry, take out trash

Wednesdays: dust

Thursdays: vaccuum, clean toilets and tubs

Fridays: laundry, change sheets, take out trash and recycling

Saturdays: plan menus

Sunday: REST

13. Do you keep a working budget?

YES!!! I keep up with our monthly expenses and bills and Brad takes care of long term planning and saving

14. What do you do at night as a family?

We eat dinner together and have family devotions. Sometimes we go out for ice cream!

15. How do you prepare yourself for a new week?

I go day by day. More than that is overwhelming to me!

16. What do your mornings look like?

Wake up around 7am and have coffee. check email, facebook and blogger. Make breakfast for the kids and nurse the baby. Then I help the girls get dressed. Starting next week, Libby will have to be at school at 8:30. Then I go to the gym, come and shower. Run errands if needed. Pretty typical.

17. What time do you get up in the mornings?

Usually 7am but if it has been a rough night Brad will make breakfast and let me sleep in a little!

18. What time do you go to bed at night?

I try to be in bed no later than 11.

19. How do you manage all of the paperwork that floods into your household? {bills, school work, magazines, ads, etc}

I have a basket on the counter for Libby's school stuff and a basket for magazines or other mail that I want to look at. Bills go by the computer and anything else goes straight into the recycling bin or the shredder. I hate catalogs!!

20. How do you keep your household organized? {calendars, charts, etc}

Organized? What's that? I have a calendar that I try to keep updated but I am really bad at it!

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Sunday, August 30, 2009

4 months and 34 years

My sweet baby boy is growing up so fast!

At 4 months he:

weighs 15 lbs.

is 27 inches

exclusively breastfeeds

rolls from back to front

screams when he can't roll himself back(dude, you can turn your head to the side, ya know!)

shoves everything within reach into his mouth

sleeps best when tightly swaddled


bats at toys on the playmat

loves to be worn in the sling

loves his paci

hates the carseat

still wishes he could sit up

is over the swing (finished, finito, be there done that and got the tshirt)

and movin on to this:

He is such a big boy!!


And speaking of big boys...

Someone in our house is celebrating a birthday today!

I will give you a hint...

In just 3 and a half decades, he has been...

the sweetest baby,

a little man in his leisure suit,

a punk teenager with a mullet,

a wannabe small-time mobster (ha, ha),

the man of my dreams and

the father of my children!

Happy 34th Birthday, Brad!!

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Spreading the love around (finally!)

Do you know who I am?
I'm that celebrity that chatters on and on until the yourtimeisupsopleaseshutup music comes on and someone has to physically remove her from stage, only to get off the stage and realize she thanked the gopher who brings her latte to her trailer but not her husband!
You, my faithful readers, are that husband. I have received hundreds and hundreds of awards, well maybe it was just six, but still, lots of awards without passing them on or giving thanks where it is due. So bear with me, this awards show is going to be lengthy...
First up, I have been awarded this one twice by Emily @ Powell Power and Kelli @ Outside My Kitchen Window.

So now I have to tell you 10 honest things about myself. What don't you know already? Alright, I am digging deep now:

1. I not-so-secretly want another baby!
2. I would give up my immortal soul to join the Cullen family.
3. I used to smoke. Gross, I know!
4. Once I thought I saw a real-live, wand toting, Hogwarts attending wizard walking around my quiet little neighborhood in Buckhead...and I said as much out loud. Turns out it was one of my neighbors wearing a long black trenchcoat while walking his dog early one morning. honest mistake...
5. Have I mentioned that when I get into a good book the line between fiction and reality tends to become blurred?
6. When I was about 14 or 15, I unsuspectingly walked into the garage/my dad's reloading station to find the deer he had killed that morning hanging from the ceiling, half-butchered. I spent the next several years being a semi-vegetarian.
7. I got over my fear of meat after only one semester of eating dinner in my sorority house. It was some form of "chicken" every.single.freaking.night! I went home for Thanksgiving and made my dad give me his steak which I then inhaled!
8. I was an Alpha Chi Omega.
9. I worked for fewer years than it took me to earn my degree.
10. I have freakishly large big toes. Seriously, in college my friends used to call it the Go-Go Gadget Toe.

There you go...10 things you never wanted to know about me! Now I am passing this on to

Vanessa @ Blessed Madness

Jackie @ 3 Little Ones

Next up is the Because I am the Queen award which was bestowed on me by Viv @ The V Spot. Viv gives me my daily dose of laughter! If you haven't drop by her blog before, you are missing out! It is a must read!Anyone that knows me in real life can tell you that this award is so right up my alley. I have always felt that I should have been born into a royal family. Anywho...

I am passing this along to a few other of my must read blogs:

Emily @ Powell Power

Mama Kat @ Mama's Losin It

This next one, I have been awarded 3 times by Kelli @ Outside My Kitchen Window, Jackie @ 3 little ones, and Angie @ Just Shy of a Y.

I am passing this lovely award on to a few of my favorites:

These next two also came from Angie @ Just Shy of a Y.

And the Adorable Blog Award goes to...Holly @ Tropic of Mom and Summer @ Sublime Happiness!

And to a few bloggers who inspire me...

And this last award was bestowed upon my alter-ego, Three Green Peas, by Jackie @ 3 little ones.
Here are the rules for the "Friends" award:

This award is bestowed on to blogs that are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers. deliver this award to six bloggers who must choose six more and include this cleverly-written text into the body of their award. I will pass this award to some of my bloggy friends that I find exceedingly charming…
and even though I already have 6, I am giving this one back to Jackie @ 3 little ones because she deserves it!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

What's Cooking - Figs

A few weeks ago, I stole borrowed some of my mother's back issues of Everyday Food magazine. I love to cook, although I haven't done much cooking since John was born. Armed with mother's my mags, I was ready to get back in the kitchen!
I found a really yummy recipe in the October 2008 issue for Boneless Pork Loin with Figs and Port Sauce:
Figs are currently in season, and were available from my organic co-op last week. Since I new I had a fig recipe, I bought some. Now prior to this my only experience with a fig was the non-cookie goodness of a newton.
I didn't even know what a fresh fig looked like! Aren't they pretty?
They are tasty too! I tried one raw and while I don't think it is going to become my new favorite snack food, it was good. Very mild and not too sweet.
The recipe was really easy but it comes out looking so impressive and tasting even better! I don't have a picture of my dinner, because it was eaten too fast for a photo opp.
So, if you have never tried a fig, I recommend taking advantage of this tasty seasonal treat! As Julia Child would say, "Bon Appetit!"
Here is the recipe directly from the Everyday Food website:
Pork works well with many kinds of fruit, but the subtle sweetness of fresh figs (plus port wine) makes for an especially seductive combination.
Prep: 20 minutes Total: 50 minutes
Serves 4
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 1/2 pounds boneless pork loin
Coarse salt and ground pepper
1 shallot, diced
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 cup port wine
1/2 pound ripe fresh figs (about 8), stemmed and halved
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. In a medium ovenproof skillet, heat oil over medium-high. Generously season pork with salt and pepper; brown on all sides, 8 to 10 minutes. Pour off all but 1 tablespoon fat. Transfer skillet to oven, and continue to cook until an instant-read thermometer inserted into thickest part of pork registers 145 degrees, 25 to 35 minutes. Transfer pork to a plate; tent loosely with aluminum foil (reserve skillet).
Place skillet over medium heat; add shallot, and cook until softened, 2 to 3 minutes. Add flour; cook, stirring, 30 seconds. Gradually whisk in port; cook until sauce is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, 2 to 3 minutes. Add figs; cook until warmed through, about 1 minute (adjust consistency of sauce with water if needed). Slice pork, and serve with figs and port sauce.
First published: October 2008

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Losing my mind one playdate at a time

I am one of those people that can't function without a list.  If it isn't on my list, it isn't getting done.  And often even if it is on my list, it will get overlooked. 
 I find this to be especially true at the grocery store.  I take the time to plan menus, double check the fridge and pantry, make a list in order by grocery aisles and inevitably something will still get left behind!
In addition to my lists, I am very dependant on my day planner.  I started using one in college and have been hooked ever since.  With the aid of these crutches helpful tools, I give off a pretty convincing illusion of being organized. 
But I am not. 
At all. 
Organization is contrary to every fiber of my being...hence the need for crutches helpful tools.
Unfortunately, I have come to realize that failure to write anything down appropriately utilize organization tools renders said tools utterly useless.  Obvious, I know! 
I have been really having a hard time with this lately.  I used to have a pretty good system in place, and yet for some reason it is falling apart.  I have just stopped writing things down and my brain can't remember why!
So I look at my planner, it seems as if I have nothing planned, so I schedule a playdate for Libby.
And then, the day before the playdate, I realize that I do in fact have conflicting plans.
No biggie!  I call the mom, explain that I am a complete doof forgot about previous plans and we reschecule for the following week.
I double booked myself...AGAIN!
This time I am embarrassed when I call her up to explain my faux pas.  But, and this is why I really want to be this woman's friend, she is completely understanding and we simply reschedule again.
Oh yeah!  I did it again!!
What is my problem?  I want to blame my children, but I can't remember why it is their fault.  Surely I am too young to be experiencing the first stages of dementia...I am only twenty-nine twenty-four!
Ah, well, I am off to make a humiliating phone call. 
Now where did I put the phone...

Monday, August 24, 2009

My new blog

I have been toying with the idea of starting a new blog for a while now.
When I first started this blog, I really didn't expect anyone other than my mother to read it. I have been so surprised and honored that so many people actually take time to read about my family and our life and even to leave me comments. I love comments! Your comments totally make my day and I feel like we are friends!
Recently, I have started reviewing products and hosting giveaways as well. I love doing this but honestly it isn't the reason I started blogging. I have decided that I want my Sanity Sold Separately blog to go back to just being about my family. (What do you think of my new name, btw?) The Wildtree giveaway that is currently going on will be my last on this blog.
But since I don't want to stop reviewing fun products or offering giveaways, I am rolling out a new blog, Three Green Peas Reviews, devoted exclusively to product reviews and giveaways!
I have a lot of great things lined up, starting tomorrow with Rockin' Green Soap! Be sure to check it out!
And speaking of new blogs, I think a round of applause is in order for Krizzy Designs and the beautiful new blog layout she did for me. See more of Krizzy Designs by hitting the button on the left!

Wildtree Giveaway

My bloggy friend, Amanda from "Popp"ing Out One Letter at a Time gave me the opportunity to review some Wildtree products. To be honest, I had never heard of Wildtree before Amanda started blogging about it, but I am willing to try anything once!

Wildtree was created by a mom looking for healthy, tasty, easy ways to feed her children, both of whom had dietary restrictions. Here is a little info straight from the website:

"Wildtree offers the highest quality herbs, spices and culinary blends that are free of MSG, preservatives, additives, fillers and promote a healthier lifestyle. We believe in the value of making cooking a quicker, easier, more healthful project for those who are short on time, and a fun, interesting adventure for those who wish to be more creative in the kitchen. We offer our representatives the opportunity to earn unlimited income and have a home based business that allows them to live the American Dream."

After learning a little more about the company, I started looking at the food. It all looked so good, I couldn't make a decision about what I wanted to try! So I told Amanda to surprised me and she sent me this: Fiesta Salsa Mix!

I was thrilled because if there is one thing I love almost as much as peanut butter, it is chips and salsa! A can of diced tomatoes + a quarter cup of mix + 1 hour in the fridge = Fiesta Time!

The first time I made it, I used petite diced tomatoes which added a little sweetness to the spicy kick of the mix. I really liked it this way! My kids favorite variation (because I had to play around with this stuff) was regular diced tomatoes and and a small can of drained corn. My hubby, who likes everything hothothot, liked it best when I made it with a can of tomatoes with chopped chiles. Overall, the salsa mix was a big hit and with a little imagination it is also very versatile!

So, am I making your mouth water? Good! Because Amanda has graciously offered one of my readers a Fiesta Salsa Mix! To enter visit the wildtree website and tell me something else that you think looks tasty!


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Thursday, August 20, 2009

Snuggling while sleeping

My Libby is a snuggler through and through. She can't quite comprehend that not everyone needs to snuggle as much as she does. If there isn't a warm body to snuggle against, a stuffed animal will do.
Apparently John feels the same way!

Or at least, Libby thinks he does! She so thoughtfully tucked a tiny stuffed manatee into his swaddle while he napped!
PhotoStory Friday
Hosted by Cecily and MamaGeek

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

My baby can (almost) roll over!

He isn't rolling in this one, but listening to Libby try to boss him is a hoot!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Gotta love those Florida Gators!

Not those Gators! I went Bama for crying out loud!
I mean these gators!

This is where I live, people! Count your blessings if alligators is NOT on your list of roadside hazards!

I also used to live in a house with a pond about 100 feet off the back door. A gator lived there too! He sometimes sunned himself on the bank of the pond closest to my house. I asked my neighbor why nobody had called animal control to have it removed. My neighbor gently informed me that gators are so common in Florida (as in if there is a large puddle, a gator lives in it) that AC won't capture them unless they get over 12 feet long.
Or until someone's dog gets eaten.
That was enough to almost convince me to move back to Atlanta...with or without Hubs!
He compromised by moving me to another house. (You know, two years later.)

Now we just have pool. With no gators in it!
Yup, my state has more to offer than just sunshine!

Just be careful about filling your bucket in case a gator moves in!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Pontificating on Procreating (the end)

So as I am sure you have guessed...the chart failed me!
(If you have no idea what I am talking about read Part 1 and Part 2 before continuing.)
After more than 30 days of diligent data collection, I realized AF was MIA. No, biggie. I did just stop taking hormones, it was probably just a little late.
After 45 days, I figured that I was just skipping a month as my body regulated itself. As I approached 60, my highly amused completely sympathetic bff had a heart to heart with me. She drove me to Walgreens and held my hand.
Seven and a half months later, we welcomed JT.
I know, shocking!
So, now we have arrived at the point of this very long ramble. That's right, there is a point! Here it is: I am stumped about birth control.
Obviously a traditional pill isn't an option.
Bizarro Lauren = Divorced Lauren
The mini is really only effective when breastfeeding and honestly, I have other issues with the pill in general. But I don't really want to start a discussion on my opinions about the pill so moving on...
As for NFP, there is a reason Catholic families have so many children. (Not that I am against Catholicism or big families. Don't put words in my mouth!)
Brad has been talking about the big V, but I am just not ready to take a permanent step like that. I want another child someday. I just don't want one in the next 18 months!

So here I am, sitting in the intersection of indecision. Cars behind me are starting to honk and their drivers are giving me the finger. And I just don't know what to do!

Any advice? Seriously, if you know something I don't, please tell me! Otherwise, I will probably be introducing you to Snellings #4 this time next year!

And then we will have been through all of this shameless indescretion girl talk without accomplishing anything! Other than you now knowing more about my sex life than you ever wanted to!
The end.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Smartipants winner

Here are your random numbers:

Timestamp: 2009-08-15 01:03:00 UTC

And the winner is...

Crissy said...
I follow on twitter and tweeted
brumley05 at msn dot com
August 2, 2009 1:38 PM
Congratulations, Crissy!
Crissy is a semi-SAHM to beautiful 9 month old Kylee! You can follow Crissy on her blog, Our Life...One Step at a Time.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Dear Rick's AC,

When you are hired to replace an air conditioner in Florida in August, you can imagine that timely completion of the job would be greatly appreciated. If you are unsure of how long the job will take to finish, perhaps overestimating the time of completion would be better than underestimating. Because, you see, regardless of how difficult the job is or how hard your team is working, when you tell me that it will only take two days to complete and four days later you still aren't finished, it shouldn't come as a surprise that I am completely irate mildly annoyed with you!

Did I mention it is AUGUST in FLORIDA???

You just made it to the top of my list!

giving you the evil eye,
Super Sweaty Snellings

psf - Friends From the First

Once upon a time, there were two best friends.

And these two friends had two children, Jack and Libby.

At first, Jack wasn't sure what to think of Libby!

But I think he likes her now!

Soon, two more children were added to the bunch.

Melody is secretly wondering whether anyone will notice if she were to eat Emma Jane!

These days Emma Jane is bigger, and they are both the prettiest of princesses!

Once again, two more children have been added to the herd!

Charlie is just making sure that John is tough enough to hang with this crowd!

PhotoStory Friday
Hosted by Cecily and MamaGeek

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Pontificating on Procreating (part 2)

When we left this tale, Libby (and 100s of other Hurricane Babies) had just been welcomed into the world via extremely busy maternity wards!

After two days, I was sent home from the hospital with the this teeny tiny creature whom I loved madly but also had no earthly idea what to do with!

I was pretty sure at the time that Libby was going to be my only child. Because after the unholy trauma that my nether regions endured bringing her into the world, there was no way I was ever letting Brad touch me again!

Of course, I eventually got over that but, since I still had horrific, cold sweat-inducing nightmares vaguely remembered childbirth, I decided to take the mini-pill to avoid another "oops" moment. The mini worked well for me, no crazy side effects along with the added benefit of no monthly visitor!

When I stopped nursing Libby at 11 months and the mini-pill's effectiveness fell off the radar, I reminded Brad that returning to a normal pill would result in the return of Bizarro Lauren. His response was "So I guess we are having another baby." I naively stupidly innocently told him that we could go back to using the rhythm method successfully. I mean, we only got pregnant because of those stupid hurricanes anyways and even if we were trying to get pregnant it could still take 6 months to a year, blah, blah, blah.

About two weeks after I dried up and deflated, Aunt Flo returned with a vengeance. I was thrilled because obviously now I could start tracking my cycles again. As it turns out, another cycle never came. Instead we welcomed Emma Jane into the family the following March.


So now I had two children under two years old. As much I love, love, love my girls, I was utterly exhausted and desperate not to get pregnant again! I nursed Emma Jane until she was 16 months and then because Brad refused to wear condoms I couldn't think of a better option, I went back to using a regular pill.

It only took two months to remember why I had stopped in the first place. Since Brad still refused to take any birth control responsibility I no longer trusted the rhythm method, I began researching. I discovered the Couple to Couple League. It is a Natural Family Planning training program developed by the Catholic Church. It involved monitoring my basal body temperature and my, um, mucus and charting this data along with keeping a record of "coitus", as the manual called it, and menstruation and about eleventy-seven other things, etc. Something this scientific just had to work so I ordered this huge, incredibly detailed, 200 page manual and a basal thermometer and jumped on the NFP bandwagon.

I was sure that my complicated, detailed charting process was going to be the key to not getting in a family way again. Now, in the interest of integrity in journalism, I must admit that the instruction manual did clearly state that waiting a full fertility cycle before engaging in any hanky panky was the recommendation of the CCL, but know...Hubs and I were not that disciplined. But I swear, we were really, REALLY careful! We only did it two times during that first month of monitoring my basal temperature and according to my very detailed chart there was no possible way that I was ovulating.

Of course, as we all learned in 10th grade Health class, abstinence is the only guaranteed birth control method and it only takes one time.

Too be continued...

I promise I will wrap this up soon!

ww - The Saddest Princess at the Prom

And why is she so sad?

Because she really wanted to be Cinderella!
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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Pontificating on Procreating (part 1)

I had dinner with some girlfriends last night and the topic of birth control and having babies came up. Actually, I brought it up because it has been on my mind a lot lately. I feel like I am at a crossroads and none of the directions feels like the right one but just sitting down in the intersection isn't really an option either.

In order for all of this to make sense, I feel as though I should share the story of how Brad and I got the three kids we have. I mean, not the details of how we got them because you know this is a G rated blog. Sometimes PG when I am dealing with idiots in cars or Verizon, but mostly G rated.

Anywho. So this story starts back when Hubs and I were dating. Contrary to popular culture, we waited until we were married to do the deed. So during the 14 months between our first date and our wedding date, my preferred method of birth control was not doin' it. Pretty effective.

As our wedding approached, I was really horny totally frustrated, sexually speaking anticipating our forthcoming marital union with excitement! And I realized that since in the near future we would be doin' it alot, I should probably get on the pill. So I called a gyn doc and made an appointment. I walked out with a prescription.

Fast forward through lots of wedding showers and dress fittings and one wild and crazy somewhat fun bachelorette party to January 24, 2004. My wedding day! Like any responsible, almost sexually active young woman, the first thing I did that morning was take my little pill. Then, because I wanted to continue being responsible, I put the pack in my purse so that I would have easy access to it on the plane the following day.

Unfortunately, I didn't actually look in my purse again until Friday when I was packing up to leave Paradise.

OOPS! *insert major freakout*

When the crimson wave finally came crashing onto the shore a couple of weeks later, we did a little happy dance. From then on I kept my pills next to my toothbrush and diligently took it every day. The next few months were filled with jackrabbit-like consummation until one day Brad looked at me and said, "What happened to you? You aren't the woman I fell in love with and married! You used to be fun, and happy...and NICE!"

Say what?

Oh, did I forget to mention that in between the bouts of frantic fornication I was behaving like a complete lunatic! I was irritable, cranky, emotional and just a downright b*tch! Just as Brad was on the verge of divorcing me, I had an epiphany. Or maybe he did...I can't remember. Anyways, one of us realized that there was a pattern to my insanity. While I was mildly unpleasant all the time, I took the craziness up about ten notches during the third week of the month. Hmmm...

So, Brad and I decided the best thing to do would be for me to get on another pill since the one I had was turning me into Mrs. Hyde. I got a recommendation from a friend of mine and called up a gyn doc. Apparently this doc was the coolest boy in school in the land of obstetrics because since I wasn't pregnant it was going to take about 4 months to get in to see him.

In the mean time, I stopped taking the pill and started using the rhythm method. For those of you that don't know what that means, I just started counting the days in between my periods and hoped that I got it right avoided s.e.x. while ovulating. That worked pretty well for several months and since I was feeling like myself again, I decided going back on the pill was a bad idea.

And then in the Fall of 2004 their was a 6 week time period in which the state of Florida was pounded by four hurricanes in a row. The power went out alot...

You know during a black out, there is really only so much that two people can do to pass the time so it is possible that we were completely reckless less than careful.

Long story short, Libby showed up 9 months later. Along with about 30 of her friends. We refer to them as the Hurricane Babies.

Stay tuned for Part 2 of this riveting tale of love, sex and contraception. I can tell you are on the edge of your seat!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Are you there, God? It's me, Libby.

I think one of my favorite parts of being a mother is watching my children grow in their love for God. Libby loves church and bible stories. And she is starting to memorize verses and pray on her own.

While most of her prayers are about her toys and the sunshine, she is starting to pray more often about others without prompting. Even though all of her prayers still start with "thank you", God knows what she means by "thank you for Bekah's hurt finger." Plus, it is really cute to listen to!

Recently, Libby has added confession of sin to her prayer time repertoire. Unfortunately, the sins she is confessing are not her own! Last week, while we were visiting my mother, Libby prayed this at dinner one night:

"Dear Jesus, thank you for our day and for sidewalk chalk. And thank you that Emma Janey is such a disobedient girl. Thank you that she got out of her bed over and over again and Mommy had to give her a spanking...Oh, and thank you for our food. Amen"
My mom and I were almost in tears from trying not to laugh. And the next night, Libby's prayer was similar:
"Dear God, thank you for Emma Jane being naughty and going to time out. And thank you that Emma Jane didn't take a nap and get to have a popsicle. Amen"
And it just kept coming.
In the car: "Dear God, thank you that Emma Jane and John won't stop crying."

At home: "Dear God, thank you that Emma Jane threw bath toys and had to get out of the tub.

During family devotions: "Dear God, thank you that Emma Janey didn't listen to the story and couldn't watch a show before bed."

I think it is time to teach Libby a new bible verse.

Matthew 7:4 "How can you say to your [sister] 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' when all the time there is a plank in your own eye?"

Who thinks my sweet Libby will get hung up on what a plank is?

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Kids in Church

Here is a little church humor for you on Sunday! You just can't make this stuff up!


3-year-old Reese : 'Our Father, Who does art in heaven, Harold is His name. Amen.'


A little boy was overheard praying: 'Lord, if you can't make me a better boy, don't worry about it. I'm having a real good time like I am.'


After the christening of his baby brother in church, Jason sobbed all the way home in the back seat of the car. His father asked him three times what was wrong. Finally, the boy replied, 'That preacher said he wanted us brought up in a Christian home, and I wanted to stay with you guys.'


One particular four-year-old prayed, 'And forgive us our trash baskets as we forgive those who put trash in our baskets.'


A Sunday school teacher asked her children as they were on the way to church service, 'And why is it necessary to be quiet in church?' One bright little girl replied, 'Because people are sleeping.'


A mother was preparing pancakes for her sons, Kevin 5, and Ryan 3. The boys began to argue over who would get the first pancake. Their mother saw the opportunity for a moral lesson. 'If Jesus were sitting here, He would say, 'Let my brother have the first pancake, I can wait.' Kevin turned to his younger brother and said, ' Ryan , you be Jesus !'


A father was at the beach with his children when the four-year-old son ran up to him, grabbed his hand, and led him to the shore where a seagull lay dead in the sand. 'Daddy, what happened to him?' the son asked. 'He died and went to Heaven,' the Dad replied. The boy thought a moment and then said, 'Did God throw him back down?'


A wife invited some people to dinner. At the table, she turned to their six-year-old daughter and said, 'Would you like to say the blessing?' 'I wouldn't know what to say,' the girl replied. 'Just say what you hear Mommy say,' the wife answered. The daughter bowed her head and said, 'Lord, why on earth did I invite all these people to dinner?'


Friday, August 7, 2009


Dear Moron in the white Lincoln,

I just wanted to let you know that a valid drivers license is required to drive an automobile. I'm telling you this because you obviously have not passed a driver's education course or any type of road test.

In case you are unaware, Interstate 85 is NOT a two lane country road with double yellow lines. The dotted white lines in fact indicate that it is okay to pass a vehicle that is not driving fast enough to please you. You know, if 10 miles over the posted speed limit is considered not fast enough. It is certainly not necessary for you to try to climb into to my trunk. I am sure that we are not headed to the same destination and therefore would be a waste of time.

When you finally do decide to pass another car it is consider good etiquette to change lanes completely rather than straddling the white dotted line. Unless of course it is your intention to run me off the road.

I want you to know that I accept your heartfelt gratitude that my superior driving skills prevented the horrific collision you seemed intent on causing. But I absolutely do not accept your apology for causing the stream of obscenities that flowed from my mouth within earshot of my children.

In the future, please use your gas money to hail a cab.

Get off the road and stay out of my lane,
Mad Mom in a Minivan

Thursday, August 6, 2009

PSF - "Roar" Says the Lion

Emma Jane has been practicing her animal sounds for you.

PhotoStory Friday
Hosted by Cecily and MamaGeek

Wednesday, August 5, 2009


I think I just had a mild heart attack.

My heart is certainly pounding out of my chest right now. It was definitely a near death experience.

I just walked onto the front porch and into one of those gigantic spider webs that stretches clear across the house.

I then greatly amused my bff by shrieking and jumping around like an idiot just in case the spider might have gotten on me.

I made so much noise that my babysitter/mother opened the door to remind that there were sleeping babies in the house.

Why all the drama over a cobweb? Well, because I am a wuss.

A wimp.

A pansy.

A big ole GIRL in the very worst sense of the word!

I don't just dislike spiders. I am terrified of spiders! Paralyzingly terrified. I have actually made Brad come home from work to kill a spider for me. Granted, this was the mother of all the spiders, a true achromantula! It would have eaten our dog if we had one! It was seriously that big! And it was in Emma Jane's room, staring down at her crib...just waiting for me to put that tasty little meal my baby down for a nap!

(I know that is a terribly grainy photo, but I was standing out in the hall when I took this picture. Because no way was I actually going to be in the same room as that monster!)

I have literally been stranded in a room because of a spider in the hallway that I refused to step over...because you know those things can jump right?

I am incapable of killing a spider for fear that it will launch a counterattack and kill me instead. I have trapped spiders under cups and waited for someone else to come do the deed. Once, in college, I trapped a spider and then had to go to class so I left a note on the floor next to the cup letting my roommate know that a killer spider was underneath and to please dispose of it before I came home! Seriously!

Okay, my heart is still pounding, I have to stop talking about spiders...

I am so going to have nightmares tonight!


This post was inspired by the writing prompts of MamaKat's Writer's Workshop...and a really big cobweb.

Dancing in the Rain

Libby had a fabulous time playing in the rain.

Uncle Wesley had a fabulous time watching her play in the rain.

Libby said Uncle Wesley is her new best friend!

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Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Do you know where your children are?

When it comes to his work or his yard or house projects, my hubby is very detail oriented. Almost to a fault. Meaning he is completely OCD and it really annoys me sometimes!

But when it comes to our children, his attention to detail is somewhat lacking! For example, last week we were at the mall running errands. I sent Brad to Chick fil A with the girls, while I finished up what I was doing. About 30 minutes later he called me to see if I was about done. I still had to run to the bookstore but he was bored they were finished, so they all came along too!

We all walked to the other side of the mall to Walden Books. The book I wanted was on a display table so I didn't even have to look for it! I grabbed my copy and then told Brad to watch the girls while I paid. This whole outing should have taken all of two minutes...

Unfortunately the man checking me out was really slow...and Brad got distracted.

As I waited for Mr. Watching Grass Grow to scan my coupon. 15 times. And then (since I lost my rewards card) painstakingly type in my email address Whew! I noticed my husband out of the corner of my eye, flipping through a magazine.


Me: Um, honey, do you know where your children are?

Brad: *crickets chirp*

Me: *raises eyebrows*
Brad: uh, let me look...

two seconds later...

Brad: Emma Jane, get down from there!
Me: So what was she doin'?
Brad: hmph, she was climbing up the shelf.
Me: Brad. Watch the children.

I finally managed to purchase my book (it took less time to read it than to buy it!) and then make it home with all of my kids!

Monday, August 3, 2009

Apples to Oranges

Emma Jane loves milk!
Seriously, she goes through about 2 gallons a week!
So I was a little surprised when she runs into the kitchen this morning and asks for "ahj juice." I pulled out the carton of orange juice and was about to pour it in her cup when she said "no, ahj juice, ahj juice." And she went over to the refridgerator and pointed to the apple juice.
Libby, in true teenager fashion, rolled her eyes and said "Emma Jane, that is apple juice!"
Emma Jane nods and says, "yes, I want ahppa ahj juice."

The Bucket Filler

My sweet bloggy friend, Amanda from Family of Shorts asked me to take over as the blogosphere's Bucket Filler for the month of August. The basic idea is that for the rest of the month, I will be posting encouragement, humor and uplifting topics in an effort to fill my readers "emotional buckets" with positive thoughts.

Think of me as your bloggy life coach: I am here to make you a better person...

Yeah, I am totally kidding!

But in all seriousness, for my first Bucket Filler post, this little poem from my Brownie days keeps coming to mind:

"Make new friends, but keep the old.

One is silver, and the other gold!"

To me, that is what blogging is all about. It started as a way for me to keep in touch with family and old friends, but has become a way to meet new people and make new friends. Yall are an encouragement to me everyday! I love reading your comments and I love commenting on your blogs!

So to all of my friends out there in the cyber world: You are golden!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Vote for John!!

I entered John in a fluffy bum contest!

Visit this site to vote for my sweet baby's adorable fluffy bum! He is entry number #7!

Thanks for your votes!

And knowing me, if he wins, I will probably have to spread the love with some sort of a giveaway.
(That is a bribe. I am not above buying votes for my baby!)