Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Little of this, Little of that

Hey Y'all.
Sorry it's been a while since my last post. I don't know about y'all but we've been busy.

I love it when the winter doldrums are over and things start to pick up again.

My "to-do" list is a long one but with the nice weather, things have begun to get marked off.

It's a slow process. We've been having lots of rain and still some cool temps. I'm hoping that it will warm permanently any day now.

Thought I'd show you some pics and catch you up on everything.

Look at our beautiful plum trees. This is our first spring in this house so I'm anxious to see how everything blooms. These were great - you could see them from a long way off since they're near the road.

This is what they look like now - all leaves but still pretty.

(Almost forgot - can you spot my little red friend in the tree below?)

We've been doing a little bit of painting as we can. Hopefully I'll have some "after" pictures for you soon. I've come to realize that I hate sleepovers.

For some reason, my children think the goal is to stay up all night long.

That means that we have grumpy children for the next few days.

This was the result of my daughter's sleepover from Friday night.

They look cute, don't they? Don't let 'em fool you - they're a handful.

This is the result of a sleepover my son attended on Saturday night.

Pitiful, isn't he?

As you can tell, Murphy (the cat) took full advantage of the situation.

That's about it for now. Hope you're all doing well and even though I haven't been posting, I have been trying to visit as often as I can.
Enjoy your week.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Missing NC

With the weather swiftly moving towards Spring, it reminds me of one of my favorite places in North Carolina......Pinehurst.

If you've never been (and chances are that unless you're an avid golfer you never have), I urge you to visit if you ever find yourself in the area. It's a quaint little "village" located in the Sandhills of NC between Fayetteville and Charlotte and just down a little from Greensboro.

Not only did we get the chance to visit this lovely area but we had the opportunity to live here for about three years. If you check in on us from time to time you probably know that we moved to our current location last August and I've been a little homesick for our old locale.

Take a look at some of my favorite photos and you'll catch a glimpse of why I miss it so.

These were taken on a lovely spring day about two years ago while my friend Jodie and I took a stroll through the village.

Wish we could meet for coffee and head out with our cameras once again.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

We must get involved.

Here I am to do my once a week post.

It seems like that's all I've been doing lately. I just can't muster up the enthusiasm to do any more than that.

I don't know why I've lost that bloggin' feelin'.

Things at home are wonderful (especially in the grand scheme of things), the weather is turning toward spring, and we are all healthy.

I know one reason I've been a little distracted lately is the state of our government and the path down which our country is running at break neck speed.

I just stopped by one of my favorite blogs,
Shell in your Pocket and she had such an inspirational post today that I just had to come back here and help continue her work.

"What is she so passionate about?" you ask? Well, let me tell you. She is "on her soapbox" today about our need to take a stand for our country. The Christians of the world need to STAND UP and say "STOP THIS MADNESS". Sure, we go to church and say our prayers and fix dinners for those in need (and those are things we're supposed to do), but we also need to take a national stand on these big issues that are facing our country today.

Who knows what God's plan is for us. Maybe He's testing our strength and our resolve. Maybe He's testing our dedication and commitment for what is right and standing up for His Word.
Maybe we're even heading toward the end of days, as some people feel we are.

Whatever God's plan is for us, we can make our voices heard.....if we take action.

Look around. Check out these wonderful resources for getting involved and not just sitting this one out. IT'S IMPORTANT!

Here are some ways to find out what's really going on. (You have to dig around for the real story cause you're not going to find it on The Today Show or Good Morning America.)

Mother of All Conservatives

Neal Boortz

Glenn Beck

Worthington Wire

Herman Cain

Fox News

Sean Hannity (thanks for the reminder Jen)

These are some great websites to check out, so while you're pondering what to do about that meal planning or which fabric to hang at your windows.....go check out something that really matters.

Thanks for reading. If I've stepped on any toes, just ask yourself why you're so offended....maybe it's not my words but your conscience.

One last thing.....Happy 200 posts to me!

Friday, March 13, 2009

March Madness Baby

ACC Tournament time!

Growing up in NC and not far from Tobacco Road, March Madness is an exciting time.

I look forward to this every year and my Tarheels rarely disappoint.

So, this weekend I'll be watching some college hoops and eagerly anticipating the announcement of the NCAA Tournament breakdown.

Hope everyone has a great weekend & GO HEELS!!!

Friday, March 6, 2009

Weekend plans

Not much going on to post about (or either: I'm too lazy to get the camera out or research anything to post about). Either way, here's a post about our weekend plans.

1. Enjoying this beautiful weather - hope it plans on staying around.

2. Baseball practice tomorrow morning. My son is so excited - he's missed it.

3. Gymnastics meet tomorrow also. Hopefully all will go well. They'll have a different coach
with them because all of our other teams are competing in Charleston.

** Update for friends & family: G's meet went really well.
Vault: 9.3
Bars: 9.0
Beam: 9.5
Floor: 9.3
Her AA Score was a career high: 37.1

4. Birthday parties. Two of them in fact. B's friend has one at the bowling alley at 11 and
G's friend has one tomorrow afternoon. Getting everyone where they need to be is a job.

5. Changing clocks - that is this weekend right? Please say yes - it's one of my favorite things to

6. Work in the yard - if I can find time. It needs a lot of TLC.

I think that's about it. I'm sure other things will pop up & some of this might not get done but I'm hopeful.

Now, get off that computer and go outside to enjoy this beautiful weather (if you've got it).

Monday, March 2, 2009

Winter's Last Blast (I hope)

We had managed to escape Winter's grasp all year.....until now.

I had my sights set on spring flowers and warm sunny days.

Well, last night the big winter storm that everyone's been talking about finally blew through and this is what we have this morning.

The kids and the dog are loving it. Me? Not so much.

Wet clothes lying everywhere. Wet floors to match. Neighborhood kids out of school (not good when you homeschool).

I finally surrendered and the playing has been going full force.

Here are a few pictures of our winter beauty.

(Don't ask about the shorts & socks - he was waiting for his favorite pants to dry.)

Ah, it is pretty.......now melt already and bring on the 70's, 80's and yes even those humid 90's.