Wednesday, December 24, 2008
- 2 1/2 cups of flour
- 1 Tsp of Baking Soda
- 1/2 Tsp of salt
- 1/2 cup of margarine
- 1/2 cup of shortening
- 1 cup of packed brown sugar
- 1/2 cup of granulated sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 1/2 Tsp of vanilla
- 1 large bag of m&ms
- Stir together the flour, baking soda, and salt in a bowl and set it aside.
- In a seperate bowl, beat the margarine and shotening on Medium speed for 30 seconds.
- Add the brown sugar and granulated sugar and beat til fluffy.
- Add the eggs and Vanilla and beat well.
- Add the bowl of dry ingredients a little at a time until mixed.
Bake at 375 degrees for about 8 to 10 minutes.While Joey was in surgery, Gracie finally conked out! I wrapped all of the presents and helped Santa put together a tricycle. Joey finaaly got home tonight at 2:45 AM.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
My little phone succumbed to death by accidental drowning. I accidentally dropped her in the bath tub earlier this week. I have not replaced her since phones are just so expensive and I am standing on principle. I refuse to replace a phone that I have owned for several years with her identical sister for close to 300 dollars. That is rediculous!
It has been a tough week, I am going a bit stir crazy. Our home phone line isn't working, even though I have continued to pay the bill since April. (It has never worked!!) I have been basically stranded without a phone. I was able to use my onstar phone in my car, but have now run out of minutes.
So, all of you who are my beloved friends, don't think I am mad or just not talking to you... I am just phoneless and If Idon't talk to you before, Merry Christmas!
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Katy gave her the frog prince onesie and the matching bow. I paired those withe a jersey knit bubble skirt and some baby legs. Gracie kept saying ,"pretty". She was proud to wear this outfit!
Friday, December 19, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Now if I could just finish hanging the lights on the house. I have lights hanging on only the left side of my roof. There is a tall peak in the center of our house that I didn't feel safe climbing over unless Joey was home to call 911 if fell. So we have the most pitiful house on the block. Ahhh, maybe next year we will do better.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Daddies and the kiddos playing ball in the yard On Thanksgiving
Gracie eating a cupcake on the driveway on Thanksgiving
I hope everyone's Thanksgiving was festive. Ours was uneventful, but we had a great time visiting with Sam, Staci, and Kirsten. The Holidays are going to be tough for us this year. We are so close to our families, but still can't travel to see them this year. I must admit, I am struggling to catch some Christmas spirit. Pray for me!
Friday, December 5, 2008
Gracie in her carseat on the way to the airportGracie and I set out on Friday afternoon heading to the airport. Those of you who know me personally are very aware that I fly by the seat of my pants. I often push the limits on time and am typically late to the airport. Rarely do I miss a flight, but I cam make it a stressful event narrowly making it threw the airplane door. ( I have only missed a plane twice, I think) Anyways, Joey and I had planned to meet at the airport since we weren't sure he could get home before we needed to leave for the airport.
It was a good plan in theory, but much harder to pull off than we expected. Joey got caught up in surgery and missed our flight. It didn't suprise me but I was disappointed in the fact that (once again) we wouldn't be traveling together.
Gracie was too excited to sleep once we landed. She had to be a fairy princess for a while.
Thankfully, we were able to book him the first flight out on Saturday morning and he was able to make that flight.
Everything she needs at Nana's: cheetos, a barbie, and fairy wings
Joey taking a ride on the rope swing
Joey and Hannah fishing-- Its all Joey wanted to do!
Thanks mom and dad for a great weekend! We love you lots and can't wait 'til we can all be in the same place again!
Thursday, December 4, 2008
So, it all started the night before her surgery was to take place. I was a nervous wreck because Gracie couldn't have anything to eat or drink after midnight. For a grown person, this is no big deal. But for a toddler, this is forever. She drinks her sippy cup all night long. I typically have to get up around 4:30 in the morning to refill it so that she has something to sip on until she officially wakes up. Well, lets just say, it was a long night and we both cried ourselves to sleep several times, but we survived.
We were at the hospital at 6AM with bells on. Ready to get it over with and get some breakfast. I was very anxious, Joey was calm as a cucumber. Gracie was "hung-y"! The faith that Joey has in medicine was slightly baffeling to me that morning. He tried to be supportive when I cried and had a small panic attack as they took her from me. He teassured mr that she would be fine as she disappeared behind the swinging doors that led to wherever the O.R. was.
Gracie wasn't gone for more than five minutes when they came to get us.
We joined her in the recovery room, where she cried and wallowed her body around. She couldn't get comfortable and was very confused about where she was.
We took her to the car. She stopped crying once she was in the confines of her car seat. She recognized it and felt better as her anestesia wore off.
We drove across the street to McDon*ld's, got breakfast, and went home.
We all took a nap for a few hours, then Gracie woke up. It was as if nothing happened. She played with the dogs, took a bath, and went down early.
Putting tubes in Gracie's ears were the best thing we could have done! We are very happy with how well it all turned out.
Monday, December 1, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
We hoped and planned to go visit Ashley in Tyler and to witness her first show on the road, but things didn't go according to plan. We hate that we missed her!
Be praying for us this week because Gracie is getting tubes put in her ears on Wednesday! I know that it will be fine, but I am a nervous wreck about them wheeling her little body away from me!
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
So as of today, Katy has met her selling goal everyday she was open! Congratulations Bugs & Berries! I can only wish you continued success!
Monday, November 3, 2008
Saturday, November 1, 2008
She conquered the toddler slide first!
Then, she was off to bigger and funner things!
Thursday, October 30, 2008
I guess I should explain myself. The past few months have been tough around my house. When I say that, I don't mean that Joey and I are struggling in our marriage (the opposite actually), or that we have been struggling financially (we are surviving). There has just been a sense of melancholy hanging around in the air at our house.
In June, Joey and I had our first miscarriage. We lost our baby at six weeks. We had just gotten used to the idea of being pregnant again, when we miscarried on Father's day. We got through it. I knew God had a plan for us!
Then in early September, we found out we were pregnant again. We were thrilled! We just new that miscarriage wouldn't happen to us again. I mean, does that really happen to people???... It does! We were about six weeks along again when we were told that we were miscarrying again. We were devastated, but we still had faith that God would give us another child. Two weeks later, we went back to the docto because I just didn't feel right. When the doctor did an ultrasound, we heard a heartbeat. We were still pregnant!! To say we were excited would be an understatement.
We lost that baby on Saturday. We are devastated.
Our life has been an emotional rollercoaster. We have experienced so much hurt over the past few months. We also lost a very dear friend in early October. He was my little sister Katy's best friend growing up and our neighbor for about 16 years.
It has been tough! I don't write all this for everyone to feel sorry for me or my family or to air my families dirty laundry. I do appreciate all the prayers, but Iam writing this because I know that God's love is the only thing keeping us going.
A very wise friend of mine has continued to remind me that God is good. He doesn't need to use evil or pain to teach us a lesson. God knows this kind of pain first hand. He too lost a child once. I know that God has great plans for my family and that we will continue to grow in number. But for now, I will worship him for giving me Gracie and Joey. I will praise Him for carrying me through this tough time. His promise was not that we wouldn't get hurt, but that he would hold us up while we were hurting!
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
We spent the day, yesterday, doing laundry and working on her forward roll. She hasn't quite conquered the task, but was working hard on it all day. We also spent some time creating a few fingerpainting masterpieces. She plans to give them away as gifts for Christmas.
When I am not with my little Gracie, I am doing what I can to make Joey's life easier. This is a task in itself because he rarely home. It becomes alot of guess work since I can't just call him and ask what he needs me to do. I hate to call him during the day because he might have his hands deep in someone's foot.
So, soon I hope to use that gift certificate my wonderful husband bought me. I can't wait to go get a massage, mani, pedi, and facial. Lord knows I definitely need it! I hope all of you are taking a few minutes everyday for yourself!
Sunday, September 21, 2008
This was Gracie's first time attending a birthday party. She had fun!