Monthly Archives: May 2009

Memory Lane Monday – Addicted to Giveaways…

Not really a ‘Memory Lane Monday’, but writing this did bring back many memories of contests I’ve entered and won in the past…coloring contests, essays, drawings, etc.  I even got to be on TV once briefly because of some “Say ‘No’ To Drugs” contest I had won.  On to my non-destructive addiction…
I am addicted to giveaways, and not ashamed to admit it.  For as long as I can remember, I have enjoyed entering contests.  Whether it be a random drawing or require actual skill/effort, I enter everything I see.  I didn’t know there were such things a blog giveaways until I got started on twitter, and in several ‘mommy’ based social networking sites.  
I first got hooked on blog giveaways when I won a beautiful Four Point Solitaire ring from Guy and Eva in a giveaway sponsored by Eighty MPH Mom.  I had been casually entering giveaways for a couple days, and then received an e-mail from Jennifer that I was a winner in one of her giveaways.  (She most always has several great giveaways going on her site…I’d definitely recommend checking it out.)  A few days later, I received this…

I then became slightly addicted…especially after finding several places where tons of blog
 giveaways are listed.  Check this neat little spreadsheet out:  Contest Linky Compilation.
It lists when the contest linky’s are updated including links to the main sites, and some of them have Mr. Linky’s that often have 150+ giveaways included.  I found that helpful little tool from Diaper Diaries, who posted a link to Mommy Snacks, who actually compiled the handy-dandy list.
Over the next 5 weeks or so, I entered probably a little over 200 giveaways, attended a virtual baby shower, and an online ‘Mom’s Night Out’, and won 6 more prizes.  
From the virtual baby shower sponsored by MomLogic, I won a month’s membership to Sittercity, and ‘Surviving and Thriving During Your Baby’s First Year‘ 2-disk box set DVD.  
From the ‘Mom’s Night Out’ event (which I also attended via the MomLogic live chat), I won 2 books – ‘The Mom I Want To Be‘ by T. Suzanne Eller and ‘No Matter What!‘ by Lisa Nichols.
I also managed to snag a really cool Personalized Journal from Dore’s Diaries.  I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of this prize…I will be posting a review about it soon.

And last, but not least, I won a book for Grayson (which he will absolutely LOVE) titled ‘Dinosaur‘ by Stephanie Stansbie in a giveaway hosted by MomDot.  Momdot.com is a great site…not just for giveaways, but for community & entertainment as well (Trisha and the other girls that run the site are hilarious).  Everyone I have met there has been friendly and helpful, and I can be found checking the site several times a day to see what’s going on.  
Giveaways are a great way to draw traffic to your blog, which can result in more regular visitors to your site as well as new friendships.  I hosted my first ever giveaway earlier this month, and plan on hosting another in the next couple weeks…stay tuned. =)

Evolution to girliness…

Okay, most everyone who knows me, knows I am not a girly girl.  I was a bit of a tom-boy growing up, and never really inherited the girly gene.  When I was born, my grandpa wanted a grandson, and he and my dad treated me like one.  I had electric trains, race cars, Evel Knieval stunt bike (not one you could ride), etc.  I used to go hunting with my dad when I was about 5 & hold tiny squirrel feet while he skinned them.  My little sister, on the other hand, is totally girly.  For this reason, I always count on her when I need to improve my girliness.  I am slowly evolving from a tom-boy, into a normal girl. 

Today I received my birthday present (late, but oh, so worth it!) from my sister…a gorgeous Elliott Lucca bag.  I had gotten out of the habit of carrying a purse when I was toting around a diaper bag, and then once I was able to lose the diaper bag, I just carried my license & cash in my back pocket.  (Yes…very lady-like…I know.)  I then got out an old tiny purse that I didn’t really like, but made me feel more ‘normal’ I guess you could say.  
Then today…I got the coolest, hugest, most awesome purse EVAH!  The Elliott Lucca Estella II.  I went from tom-boy to girly girl in about 2 seconds when I saw it.  There were squeals, oohhh’s and ahhh’s, absurdity.  My husband looked at me like I was an alien.
As you can see…it is maybe 1/4 my size, but I absolutely LOVE it.  All my stuff from my old purse, plus things that I was carrying because they wouldn’t fit, are in it with enough room remaining for a small child.  So…thank you little sister for the awesome birthday present…it’ll be hard to top next year, but I have faith in you.  ;)

Funny Story Friday

Today Grayson requests a bubble bath…at first, all is well.

I then ask him if he wants a bubble hat…he says yes.  Then decides he’s not too happy with it.

I then do what any normal mother would do, and torture him with a matching beard and take photos of the aftermath.

I have the only child in existence who doesn’t like to wear bubbles.  Not sure what his problem with bubble accessories is, but he wasn’t happy until I washed them off.  (There was also a meltdown regarding the small blob on his ear and him furiously rubbing the bubbles all over the place, but I didn’t get a photo.)

Poison something…

This is what Kylie typically looks like…

This is what she looked like the last time she got poison ivy (from rubbing the leaves on her face – ‘because they were soft’)…
She says she didn’t rub leaves on her face this time…but she was rolling around in the grass at school.  When she came home from school yesterday, she had a little bit of red around her eyes and nose, but it didn’t look like poison ivy…just that she had been rubbing it.  I gave her some Children’s Benadryl and put Calamine lotion on her face, and she went to bed looking pretty much the same…no major rash, just irritated eyes & nose.
And this is what she looked like when she woke up this morning…

After dropping everyone off at school & Greg off at work, we headed to the ER.  (She wasn’t having any issues breathing, but since the doctor’s office doesn’t open until 8:30 & she has good insurance, I figured the ER would be best.  They said it was either poison ivy/oak/sumac…they couldn’t really be sure, gave her a shot and said no school until Monday.  She’s a bit bummed out that she’ll be missing a pizza party on Friday, but we’re going to try to make it up by enjoying it being just us. =)

Random Thought Thursday

I started working out this week, which means I’m ridiculously sore, which for some reason has affected my brain function, so straight to the random thoughts.


1.   My house is being invaded by ants.  It started in the bathroom, then they moved on to the next stop on their tour…my kitchen.  There is no food left out, therefore nothing to eat…they are just holding meetings evidently.  I routinely suck them up with the vacuum cleaner throughout the day…which I kind of enjoy.

2.  For Greg’s birthday I asked him what kind of cake he wanted.  He mumbled something incoherent at me, so I asked, ‘Chocolate? Yellow? Orange? ‘Nana?’  He muttered ‘Yeah.’  This is what he got:

A 2-layer yellow cake w/ cream cheese frosting, topped w/ Fudge Crinkle Cookies (made w/ Devil’s Food cake mix), topped w/ mandarin oranges, with frosted banana muffins surrounding it.  It was actually delicious all combined together. =)

3.  I am ‘The Hulk” disguised as a 5’0″, 119 lb. (for now-see first sentence of this post), Stay-At-Home-Mom of 4.  I ripped the handle off my Whirlpool Duet washing machine last week.  Now laundry is even a bigger pain to do…nice.

And there you have it…my randomness of the week.  Feel free to post your random thoughts or occurrences in the comments section. 

Lightbulb!

Recently we’ve been having an issue with attitude around our house.  Not sure where it is all coming from (I have a few suspicions), but part of it is me.  I have been pretty much obsessed with thriving for perfection (which I am working on)…which is way to much pressure for anyone.  The stress level at our house has been high, but since attending the Transparency Conference @ Brand New Church, I’ve been working on some stuff, so it’s gotten better.

Last night we had a little blow up because K#1 did nothing but lie the entire evening.  It wasn’t even about anything important, just in a casual conversation.  When I figured out our entire dialog had been false, I may have overreacted a bit, but it is so frustrating to want to just discuss your child’s day and then find out the entire thing was a lie.  
Once I finished my mini rant, Greg took over.  He found the root of the problem, explained some stuff to her, showed her scripture she could understand about the subject, and it was a remarkable transformation.  Her cloudy expression was replaced with a glow.  Light bulb!  She finally got it.  Why we don’t lie, why parents discipline, why we make them do chores, etc.  When it was time for bed & I went to tuck the kids in, she was so proud of what she had learned from her dad that she explained it to me again.  
Seeing my children learning about life the right way is such a blessing.  Sometimes it is hard to take the time to teach, but it is so important for their future.  My husband is a great teacher, and I am so thankful he took the time last night to talk with her.  I’m pretty sure even if I had said the exact things he did, it wouldn’t have had the same effect.  Daddy’s are just different.

Memory Lane Monday

Do you remember back in the day, when life was all about cartoons, candy, and toys?

When your biggest concern was if you’d get dessert after dinner, or if your friend would be able to come out and play?
  
When naps were an undesired necessity, and bedtime in the summer was before dark? 

 How is it that time has passed so quickly and I now have children growing through these stages?  Time seems to accelerate as each year passes…I am determined to make the most of my life.  I will cherish each giggle, tickle, and tear.  I will appreciate every hug, kiss, and snuggle.  I will listen to every dream, problem, and prayer.  

I will not look back and regret.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Just wanted to wish all the mom’s & grandma’s out there a Happy Mother’s Day.

We often times, say things like ‘I’ll never say/do that to my kids’, and attempt to do things differently than our parents.  Even when we have had good childhoods (like I did), we think there is always room for improvement.  I say, instead of being in this ridiculous competition with ourselves (it is a competition with  yourself…your parents already raised you, your childhood is over), we need to strive to be the best we can regardless of the mistakes or choices our parents made.  Obviously some of them were the right choices…we survived didn’t we?  Some of my goals in raising my children are:
1. Having God at the center of our household.
2. Not obsessing on being ‘super mom’.  Not everyone is made to do a billion things at once…rather than trying to accomplish everything & nothing being up to par, I want to focus on a few specifics and excel at them.
3. Being an example.  I can see certain things I am struggling with manifesting in my kids…I have to cut out the sarcasm.
4. Not being a control freak.  ’Nuff said.

Friday…sneaking up again.

Well, it’s Friday again, and it has snuck up on me…well kinda.  I had a whole video edition of Funny Story Friday planned, but hubby has once again neglected to get me the video in a timely manner.  (Which is okay because he’s been working so hard, plus today is his birthday…sooooo we’ll let it slide another week.) 
There are a few things I wanted to address this morning, so here we go.  
 
#1 – I have received my very first blog award!  Sara, over at Ordinary and Awesome has given me the the following award…(drumroll)…
I’m also passing this award on to a few of my favorite blogs!  Be sure to check them out & leave them some comment love! =)
To accept this award, pass it on to some of your blog followers or favorite bloggers!
#2 – Today is Greg’s 28th birthday.  I wanted to take a minute to express how phenomenal this man, my husband, is.  He is an amazing husband and father who puts others above himself on a daily basis.  People are drawn to him, and he is a wonderful friend.  He takes initative & risks and I love that.  Often times it is a bit scary, but he knows when he’s doing what God wants him to do, and it’s always worked out in an awesome way.  He adores his family, and strives to give us all he can.  He is funny, and sweet, and one of the smartest people I know.  God has given him so many talents…there is hardly enough time to be able to use them all.  He is truly a remarkable man and I am blessed to have him as my husband.
#3 – I am beyond proud to be a member of Brand New Church (BNC).  Our pastor, Shannon O’Dell, has a blog that I highly recommend checking out called Breaking All The Rurals.  Give it a look and get a little idea of how blessed we are to have the leadership we do.  BNC offers an iCampus, so we have regular attenders across the globe, as well as, several satellite house churches sprinkled across the US.  Locally (within our state) we have 4 campuses that are growing and making a difference in our community.  We are not limited to the fact that we live in a small, rural area, and I find that remarkable.
I’m working on a new blog design…seems to be taking forever.  Hopefully I can get it finished and live this month.  I’m also thinking about tweaking the name of my blog a bit and actually getting my own domain name.  I have BIG plans for this blog…hang with me & enjoy the ride! =)