Friday, November 27, 2009

so thankful

I am thankful that our cousins live close, and that we get to play with them often!

This girl makes me smile every time I see her!

I am thankful for my family (the ones you see here and the ones who aren't in this picture). They are true blessings to me!

I am very thankful for this girl (and her momma). She has made my days after school so much easier by taking care of Andy for me, and Andy loves every minute of it.

This little man made his appearance earlier this year...I am thankful for him and his mommy and daddy!

I am thankful that we had the opportunity to take the boys to Disney World this summer. It was hot and crowded, but totally worth it. The kids had a great time.

There are about eleventy-million things I did not include on this list. I am abundantly blessed in every way.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

alphabet zoo






Frog, Giraffe, Horse, Iguana

Jaguar, Kangaroo, Lion

Monkey, (tiny) Nightengale

Octopus, Pig, Quail, Rhino (hard to see because it's sooo tiny, Snake, Tiger, Unicorn, Vulture, Whale, X-Ray Fish, Yak, Zebra

Andy and Ben made an alphabet zoo tonight! If they couldn't find the animal they wanted in their closets, they just drew them! Then, they took Kevin and me on a tour of the "zoo." It was super fun!

(And you can just go ahead and ignore those spots on the carpet that look like stains...there MUST be something wrong with my camera. Because I DO NOT have stains on every square inch of the carpet in this house.)

halloween...yeah, I know it's late!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

long time, no blog/kindergarten

It's not that we have nothing going on, it's that by the time I get home, I don't want to think about the computer. But I did want to list a few things about Andy's Kindergarten year:

* He LOVES his teacher (and so do I)!!! She is so calm, and I am in awe every time I visit her room.
* He can READ! We have been working on sight words for a long time now, but it was always a chore for him. Now, he can't wait to get home to read something. He reads out loud to me, he reads to Ben, and he really loves for Daddy and me to read to him. He even loves to listen to chapter books! (This makes my heart happy!)
* He wants to write stories all the time. And they aren't too bad, considering he is 5. He stays on topic (usually animals) and puts his whole heart into it.
* He knows and UNDERSTANDS how to use the words respect, trustworthiness, and character. And he is SO proud that his class won Character Classroom for the first six weeks.
* He falls asleep on the way home almost every day. He is worn out after all that learning!
* He refuses to buy his lunch. Even on chicken strip day, I have to pack it. Which is a bit of a bummer for me, but I guess it's better for him.
* I get to see him during the day, and that is so cool! I love having him on campus with me. My class and his class are "buddies," so we get to hang out and do fun stuff with them every couple of weeks.

Here are a couple of pics (not related to Kindergarten!) that I took of the boys while I was cleaning the pool. They decided it would be okay to swim, though the water was a little chilly for my taste! Normally, they would wear actual swim trunks, but sometimes...

Thursday, August 27, 2009


Tonight, I walked to the boys' bathroom and heard a lot of laughing--never a good thing (right, Miss Estes?). Here's how it went:

Andy: Ben just flushed a TOY down the TOILET!!!
Me: WHAT??? What kind of toy???
Ben: (laughing, still) A dinosaur!
(Ben was quite proud!)
Me: What kind of dinosaur???

Okay, I was looking for stuffed, squishy, big, little...

Ben:.......a triceratops!

I was laughing too hard to be mad, and I went to tell Kevin the story. While I did that, Ben also flushed a car. As of now, the toilet is still working, but I'm sure soon enough we'll be seeing some aftershocks!

Monday, August 17, 2009

one, true God

I was in Andy's room praying with him last night, and he said, "Mom, our God is the ONE true God.".
I said, "Yeah, he is! How do you know that?"
"Well, when Daniel had to get in that lions' den, God made their mouths stay closed so they wouldn't eat him! And they were HUNGRY!"
He then went on to tell me that he also knows God is the one, true God because Shadrach, Meshach, and "A-ben-dee-go" didn't burn up in that fire!
***not sure if those names are spelled right, but I don't have time to look them up!

So, all that to say, I am thankful for my church, and the sweet girls who love Jesus and my kids so much that they share truths like that with them faithfully every week. Thanks Stacey, Heather, Neesie, Sarah, and Sasha! My boys are growing in truth because of you!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

my boys are a little obsessed with star wars...

I overheard Andy saying this to Ben:

"Ben, I'll be your master, and teach you all kinds of tricks. Then, you can be just like me when I DIE!"

A little disturbing, yes, but still makes me laugh!

Monday, June 29, 2009

Disney World, part 1


I'm working on my Disney post, but for now...
This is how Ben went to the grocery store today. Notice how the legs are now capris? He's had this for over a year and still loves to put it on. He loves anything he can dress up in. He is SO funny!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

world's worst blogger

Well, it's me!!!
I have a few pictures to post, but nothing exciting going on. So here are a few boring details (mainly for J , who I know is thinking that I need to update!):
- I have cooked dinner the last three nights. OK, tonight I cooked a frozen pizza, but I am counting it. We have even eaten at the table TOGETHER, at the same time, all three nights.
- Andy had an accident at school yesterday, and the only pants in the school's extra closet were these tiny little jean/leggings. They were short and tight!!! I seriously could not stop laughing when I saw him.
- Ben told me tonight that grape juice is his favoritist.
- TAKS is officially over for my students. YAY!
- We are reading my favorite book at school right now, Because of Winn-Dixie. :)
- My baby, Andrew, will be 5 in one week.
- My husband is the greatest. I washed dishes last night, and I couldn't remember the last time I had actually done that. He has taken care of it for so long. I love him.

Here are a few funnies for you:

I found Ben behind one of the speakers the other night...

Here's why!
He's covered in marker!

And here is that man of all his bling!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

interior design

Andy decided to use his book of one trillion Pokemon stickers to decorate his door. Awesome!


Wednesday, April 1, 2009


Bakugan Balls WILL melt if you hide them in the oven, and then your mom preheats it to 325 degrees without looking in it!

Sunday, March 29, 2009

disney on ice

Today we got to go to Disney on Ice with some of our family. It was an awesome show! The boys LOVED it.

Here is Ben eating his $10 cotton candy. And, no, I did not type that wrong. It was $10.
Ben said, "Mmmm...It tastes like fur!"

The bank-breaking cotton candy did come with this very fun Flounder hat, which the boys did a great job sharing!

And here is a bonus picture for you...My sweet nephew, Brody.
He loves me.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

picnic at the park

Today the boys and I went to the park to meet some good friends. Most of these friends are former students of mine...some were even in my class the year I was pregnant with Andy! It was so fun to hang out with them and their mommas!

Here are some pics of the sweet boys...

Saturday, March 14, 2009

andy's beliefs

Thursday night, I made pork chops, peas, and mashed potatoes for dinner. Andy does not like to eat anything green. But, to that, I say "tough!" So, anyway, as we are sitting at the table, three of us are eating and one of us (Andy) is crying and says, "I can't believe that everyone likes peas except me!!! Waaaa..."
I say, "Well, believe it, and maybe you will like the next bite."
He says, "I don't believe in anything except God. (pause...) And Jesus."
So, really, in the grand scheme, I guess I would rather him believe in God (and Jesus) than in liking peas.
But I still made him eat four bites. Because he's four.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009


This is my baby brother and his baby boy. Oh, I love these two!!!

Monday, March 2, 2009


How can you keep up with Facebook and blogger??? Can it be done?

Monday, February 16, 2009

love, part 2

Ben: Momma, I love you.
Me: I love you, too, baby.
Ben: Momma, I love you more than Ring Pops.
Me: Wow, that's a lot of love!!!
Ben: Yeah, it's the mostest love.

Ohhh, I love my boys!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009


Andy: Mom, if an angel shoots your heart with an arrow, you will fall in love.
Me: Really?
Andy: Yes.....I hope that doesn't happen to me.
Me: Why?
Andy: I would have too many girls to choose from.

A few minutes later...
Andy: If I fall in love I can't be tough anymore.
Me: Sure you can. You think Daddy's tough, right?
Andy: Who is Daddy in love with?
Me: Well, me! That's why we are married.

Wow...deep thoughts on falling in love from my 4-year-old!

Monday, February 9, 2009

sometimes, they are sweet

My boys have been acting like...well, BOYS since we walked in the door today. After the third time Ben got hurt, I sent Andy to his room for some alone time. I explained that he wasn't trouble, but I wasn't listening to the fighting anymore! So off he went. A few minutes later, I heard Ben walk into Andy's room and say, "Andy, I miss you."
Ahhhhh....I really love those boys.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

thank goodness for laptops!

I have been confined to my bed since Sunday...with pneumonia! It is no fun. And, being on day 3 of the quarantine, I am beginning to understand what my sister-in-law has felt like for the past few weeks. Granted, I do not feel like doing anything, but knowing that I couldn't, even if I wanted to, is miserable.
I am planning to return to school on Thursday, but I have been assured that it will be 2 to 3 WEEKS until I feel better. That is a long time. I had just gotten to a point where I could run 20 minutes on the treadmill (that is a LONG time for me to run, y'all). I know it's going to be a while before I get back up to that. Frustrating!
I talked to the doctor today and he said that I shouldn't be contagious anymore, so I did get to give my boys a small hug before bed tonight. That was the first hug I've given them since I put them to bed on Saturday. I miss being a part of my family!
But, if we had only the mac, I wouldn't be able to use the computer. So, again, thank goodness for my (PC) laptop!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

oh, yes

I forgot to mention that my previous post was written on my brand new laptop--a PC! And it worked beautifully.

It's not pink, but I love it anyway! And I love my husband for understanding that "I just need it." He is very wonderful. And I still got a birthday present from him:

Isn't it pretty???


Last week I stayed at my mom's house. This is the glass I drank my milk from. It is the same Strawberry Shortcake glass that I drank milk from when I was about 6. (The flowers in the background are from my parents for my birthday!)

The boys went to a birthday party this weekend, and this was one of the favors...
Sorry, Neesie, I know this grosses you out!

And here is my Benji, on Stockshow Day at school.
Yes, the buckle is on the side. He does it with no help from anyone!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

really, they make me laugh everyday

Andy: Mom, are you older than 18?
Me: Yes.
Andy: Then can you order that car for us (on TV)? You have to be 18 or older.

And the other night:
Andy: Ben, STOP taking my color pages!!! You are messing them up!
Ben: (running) You missed me, you missed me! Now you gotta kiss me!
I do not know where that came from, but I cracked up!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

dinner conversation

Ben: Momma, what's that?
Me: That's a mixer. (A beautiful, red KitchenAid stand mixer)
Andy: Did that come from Home Depot?
Me: No, Granny bought for me for Christmas a long time ago, before you were born.
Andy: Was that the Christmas Jesus was born?
Me: Nope...I wasn't around for that Christmas.

Monday, January 12, 2009

blogger + mac = mad marcy

I really do not like my mac computer. Is it an imac? Or is that only the notebook ones??? I told Kevin from the beginning that I have never liked macs. Had to use them in college for a whole semester and I hated them. I am a PC girl! Don't get me wrong, I love Apple...ipod and iphone are awesome. HATE the computer. I want a new PC laptop for my birthday.
It takes me forever to load pictures to blogger, or to do anything on the internet, for that matter. And cutting and pasting??? Does that even exist in the world of mac? That is the main reason I don't blog too often--it takes forever to get my pictures on. And without pictures, let's face it, my blog is downright boring! My words are lame.
So, anyway, to sum it up, I am done with the mac. I have a birthday in 9 days. Maybe my sweet hubby will read this and head on down to the Best Buy...I really like those little Dells that you can get in any color. Pink would be rad!