Monday, March 2, 2015

March 1st Snow Fun!

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We had a snowy weekend (again) here in Northwest Arkansas. It started on Friday afternoon and snowed pretty much non-stop until late Saturday night. We got about 2.5 inches with a nice layer of ice on top.

We would have had more fun playing outside on Saturday when the snow was softer, but it was also only about 20 degrees. Mama hates to be cold, which the kids know. So Saturday, we opted to stay inside snuggling and cooking all day. 

When the temps were around 33 on Sunday morning, I happily suggested that we head outside to play before the snow melted. After half an hour of bundling up, off we went! I couldn't believe that even Fergie loved playing out in the snow! The ice on top made it too hard for building a snowman, but we made a few snowballs and took a walk around the block for fun. Too bad we don't have a hill in our neighborhood for sledding!

After playing outside for a bit, we came back in to have some hot chocolate and call Nanny to wish her a happy birthday.







Sunday, February 22, 2015

Conversation With My Kids

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A recent trip to the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks on a warm February weekend.



Last week's Razorback basketball game gave us the opportunity to introduce our kids to one of the best and most popular players in U of A history, Corliss Williamson. During halftime of the game, the school honored Corliss by hanging a banner in the arena. I have a particularly fond place in my heart for Big Nasty because we were in school at the same time; I spent many, many hours waiting in the cold just to get into the building to watch him play.

As Lee and I explained to the kids his nickname, "Big Nasty," there was a lot of giggling going on. I suppose it does sound like a funny name to a bunch of little kids who talk about poop and farts all the time. I could tell they were really not impressed. 

The next day, Lee and the twins picked me up for lunch. I took Boy Twin into the bathroom to wash up before lunch. As he jammed his paper towel into the trashcan, he jubilantly declared, "I slam dunked it, just like Big Stinky!" 

I'm so glad they enjoyed our history lesson. 

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Keeping An Eye on Fergie

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The last couple of weeks have been rough on us. Little Princess Fergie VII took a hard hit to the eye when she was playing ball with daddy; we immediately knew something wasn't right. Lee took her to see the vet the next day, where she diagnosed Fergie with glaucoma and said the pressure in her eye was dangerously high.
 
Fergie has been back two more times for a checkup on the eye. At our last visit, the vet confirmed that she would likely never regain the vision in her right eye. The pressure had come down, but not enough to stop the pain. We are treating her eye with drops and giving her pain pills. If we can get the pressure to go down and stabilize, then the doctor feels like we can permanently treat her with drops going forward. However, if the pressure is not manageable, then they will probably have to remove her eye. Of course, we are hoping it doesn't come to that.
 
I've done a little studying and it seems that secondary glaucoma can be caused by an eye injury. The vet said there is a thin mucous lining in the back of the eye that got pushed to the front of her eye when she got hit, thus blocking her vision. Surgery may be an option, but it's not guaranteed to restore the vision either.
 
We are just so sad about the whole situation. It was completely an accident and Fergie was doing what she loved the most--playing ball with dad. Luckily, she's handling it like a champ. She still wants to play and go outside and wrestle with the kids. Our baby is going to be nine years old in June and it's hard to think that's getting old for a doggy.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Frozen Fun {#sponsored}

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This is a sponsored post. I am currently serving as a blog ambassador for The Jones Center, who has compensated me for such. The photos and opinions are real, and are my own. This is a reflection of my family's personal experience as members of the facility.
 
 
 
 
Because we are such excellent parents, we surprised Big Sis for Christmas by enrolling her in Ice Skating School at The Jones Center. She has just finished her third lesson, and is loving every minute of it. Her lessons are every Saturday morning for seven weeks; she gets half an hour with her class and another half hour of free skating.
 
I love that she's making new friends and that her confidence grows with each week on the ice. I am particularly proud that she is enjoying this because we've tried a couple of other extra-curricular activities that have not held her interest at all. She's already told us that she wants to continue on to the next level of lessons after this!
 
The instructors are doing a great job with the kids; they split them up by age first, then by ability. Big Sis is in a small group of about 15 kids. It's fun to watch how they can split the ice rink into about 10 different groups and give the kids such great individual attention.
 
If you live in the area, I highly recommend the Skate School at The Jones Center in Springdale. We were able to score a fantastic deal during their Black Friday sale, but the regular price on enrollment is a very affordable $50 per session. Lessons are for all ages, even for adults! Make sure you check it out!
 
 
 

Monday, January 26, 2015

January Round-Up

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I'm happy to say that I've made the first steps to getting this blog makeover show on the road. I've contacted a designer and I've picked a theme and color scheme---yay for progress! Now I just have to pull the trigger and wait for the magic to happen...
 
In the meantime, I've been chosen as the Blogger of the Month over at the Arkansas Women Bloggers site. I'm Miss January! I love being part of this statewide blogger network that is over 500 members strong. I've learned so much from this amazing group of people; I've learned to stand out, to fit in and to be myself all at the same time! These are my people. Click on over there to see what I've been sharing with them this month.  
 
 


The time I organized Boy Twin's room:  Click Here


Reflections on the new year:  Click Here


Friday, January 16, 2015

I'm BAAAACK!

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Wow, I just realized that it's been two whole months since I blogged here. I'll be surprised if I still have any readers left.
 
Anyway, we had kind of a rough ending to 2014 with Girl Twin's surgery and how much time I was working through the holidays...just not enough time or energy to blog. We had a great Christmas with family, and the kids are still thrilled with all their loot.


 
 
Now, here we are at 2015. I'm trying not to freak out. There's so much going on in my head, I'm not sure that I can get it all out here. I'm turning FORTY this year, y'all. 4-0. I haven't given it much thought until the calendar flipped over...then, BAM, there it was. I don't think I like it and my body knows it--I've been gaining weight, my skin is breaking out and I have had an eye twitch for over a week now. It's time to fall apart, I guess.
 
I think about my mom when she was my age and it's really weird. When she was 40, I was TWENTY. Yes, that's right. She had a kid in college and one in high school; I have two kids who still need help going to the bathroom! I always thought she was so young and cool--now I know why; she was. I go to Big Sister's classroom and I'm probably the oldest mom there and older than most of the teachers, too. I guess I'm glad that I was so old when I had kids, but does that make it easier or harder? It just makes me tired. Oh well. I kinda like those little buggers and I hope they don't grow up wishing their parents weren't such old farts.


 
 
I didn't make any resolutions this year, but I do want to work on a few things. Mainly, I'm going to focus on finding motivation. I need a some serious motivation to get some things done this year. Here's my short list:
 
1) I'm going to do this darn blog makeover I keep talking about. I need to get on it and make it a priority. Like, now!
 
2) I want some new furniture. Seriously, Lee and I have been living together for nearly 12 years and we still have our mixture of his & hers hand-me-down furniture. The only furniture we've bought together is a mattress and our tiny kitchen table. I desperately want a new couch with end tables that match! I want a couch that doesn't smell like dog/vomit/juice/bodily fluids. Can we make this happen please?
 
3) I'm finally going to get my butt in shape and lose some of this weight. Because I'm turning 40, you know. It won't get any easier.
 
4) I cannot believe I'm saying this--I'm (probably) going to walk/jog a freaking half marathon with my friend Tara this spring. Why, you ask? Because I'm turning 40, I guess. She's asked me for at least 3 years to do this thing with her, and each year I decline and blame my fat. So, what better motivation to get in shape than to commit to some serious training? And please note two things: I only wanted to run a 5K before I turn 40 NOT a half marathon. And, two, we will probably walk most of it because, God love her, she's not the most athletic person I've ever known either. I can say that because I've known her for 30+ years and because it's true and I love her. She says if she can do it, then I can too. I guess we'll see about that. And to make it worse, she sent a Fed Ex package to my door with some new running socks inside; she's in my head now.
 
 
 

I'm ready to get everything back on track--I want to blog more, be healthier and make more time for playing with my kids. Keep watching to see if I can find the motivation.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Big Sis Likes Ham #sponsored post

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#sponsored post. I am a member of Petit Jean Meats Blue Diamond Club. As part of my membership, I am sometimes given products for review and/or giveaway on this blog. All opinions are mine and are a result of products that I've actually tried. 

Last weekend we tried a couple of new things. We went on our very first trip with another family! We invited Big Sis's BFF and her family to join us for a weekend away at Grand Lake in Oklahoma. With both families combined, we had seven kids: six girls plus Boy Twin! We spent some time in the hot tub, watched golfers out our back door and played at a nearby state park.

When it was time to feed our crew, we split the duties. On Bramell night, I was very fortunate to have a brand new Petit Jean product to share with everyone. We got to try the new Petit Jean Spiral Sliced Honey Ham and it was delicious! When the ham arrived in the mail, I asked Big Sis if she would like to help me plan the menu for our trip. I wanted it to be kid friendly and easy for us to make away from home.

Menu Chosen by Big Sis:

Honey Ham
Mashed Potatoes
Green Beans
Mac & Cheese
Rolls
Crunchy Salad from Trisha's Yearwood's cookbook (my choice!)

Since the ham is fully cooked, I followed the heating instructions on the package. It took about an hour to heat, which was enough time to cook all the side dishes.  Big Sis normally is my big helper in the kitchen, but with so many other kids around to play with, I couldn't keep her in the kitchen this time.

However, she was happy to eat the ham. She gave it two thumbs up!  This 7lb ham was more than enough to feed eleven of us, and I was thrilled to have some leftovers-- plus the ham bone to take home for a yummy pot of beans later in the week.






Here's a photo of our crew at the state park. We enjoyed some sunshine, threw rocks in the lake and explored the Nature Center.  What a great looking group of kiddos!


With the holidays coming up, you can score one of these new Honey Hams or any other Petit Jean product by shopping online at Petit Jean Meats. They will even ship your gift purchase right to the recipient for you!