Wednesday, December 22, 2010

A Parent Must-Have!

For all of you parents of small children, this "Elf on the Shelf" is something you must get. I will admit that I have never heard of this little guy until some friends here at Fairview introduced us. He comes with a story book that tells all about him. How he works is once your child gives him a name he comes to "life". He shows up sometime before Christmas at your house. He hides out everyday in a new place and observes what is going on. At night, he goes back to the North Pole and reports to Santa, then returns to your house in a different location the next day. Christmas Eve night, he gets to go back to the North Pole with Santa until the next holiday season. Jacob and Carley have had so much looking for "Samson" (our elf) every morning., plus it works as a good threat :) Here in Nashville you can find him at most Hallmark's and Gift Shops, but he is also available online.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Snow Days...

Well it's official, Nashville has had there first snow day of the season. We measured somewhere between 4 and 5 inches. We were out of school Monday, late start Tuesday, and early release Wednesday. Talk about a crazy week.
Look at my handsome husband (all for that ugly hat...hehe!)

Here's my little angel all bundled up. It was a balmy 6 degrees!

Here is my rough and tumble ALL boy. His favorite thing to do is throw snow at people.

But pay backs can be dangerous!

The best part of a snow day...Hot Chocolate!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Finally Made It...

Over the hump that is. I finally got to live a somewhat normal life yesterday after 5 weeks. I was able to go to church yesterday morning, out to eat with my hubby, by the grocery store with Brad to get a few things, and back to church for singing last night. I will tell you by the time church was over last night I was in a lot of pain, but the good news is I made it. I did come home and lay on the couch and take a pain pill, but overall am feeling pretty good. I am just glad the worst is behind me and hopefully all this will soon be a distant memory. Hopefully I can start getting ready for the holidays. The cold weather this weekend made me want to Christmas shop :)

Friday, November 5, 2010

A Little Better

Well it has now been a little over 4 weeks and I am still getting a little better everyday. This week I have actually managed to get out quite a bit. Brad took me to get my hair done, which was sooooooo overdue. I cannot even begin to explain how bad my color looked. I also got out to vote, went to see Jamie play ball, and went to Target today (oh how I've missed thee). Jamie actually got to play basketball last night at Vandy. It was so neat to get to see her playing at a big SEC school. They lost, but at least they were there. I still move really slow and am sore, but am trying to get my body back to moving again. I am hoping to go to church Sunday for the first time since my surgery. I have missed being in worship so much! The only set back I am worried about is being able to sit on the pews for a whole hour. Sitting is still really uncomfortable, so we will keep our fingers crossed that I'll make it.

Monday, October 25, 2010


To say that I am bored would be a major understatement! On a happy note I do feel better most days. I do have good days and bad, which is what the doctor said would happen. The problem is I still can't get up and do anything. I can walk for maybe 5 minutes at a time, then have to sit down and hurt for about 30 min...NOT FUN!!! Tomorrow marks 3 weeks, which means half way there. I am trying to find things to keep me busy, but I HATE to be still. I always feel the need to be up and doing something. Plus my emotions are all over the place (good thing they didn't take my ovaries or I might be suicidal). I think it is just because I am just sitting. I really couldn't wrap my mind around actually being down for this long. I thought it would be more like when you have a baby and they tell you it takes 6 weeks to recover, but you feel pretty good after about a week. Well so not the case with this. It has been 3 weeks and I have not held a blow dryer or put my contacts in, which may seem small, but to me is a big deal. Sorry to vent, but I just need to let off some of that steam! Hope all is well with my blog friends and I will keep everyone posted on my recovery.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

On the Road to Recovery

Well so far all is well at the Tate household. My surgery went as planned (left both ovaries) and I feel a little better everyday. The hardest part right now is having to stay down for 2 weeks. Everyone thinks they would love to stay in bed for 2 weeks, but trust me it gets old real fast! After my 2 weeks are up (next Tues.) I can start walking around the house some, but NO lifting until the doc clears me. He said don't pick up milk, my purse, big shampoo bottles...NOTHING! I go back Nov. 15, so life is going to be super boring until then. On a good note, Brad has been awesome! My mom and MawMaw and PawPaw have rotated so far to help out, but Brad has managed to run the house and take care of Jacob and Carley with minimal complaining :) I am so very blessed to have him! It is times like these you find out how much someone really cares!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Getting Scared!

I had my dr appt and pre-op on Friday. The dr just wanted to go over the details of my surgery and answer any questions we had. After all of that it became reality! He explained that the surgery would be about 2 1/2 hours long and that I would be on a morphine pump through the night. I didn't have c-sections so that is new to me. The next day we would see if I could eat and get up and if so I can go home late Wed afternoon. Once home, NOTHING for 2 weeks. Then 6-8 week for recovery. (What happened to 4-6 weeks?) He said I would have so many internal stitches (from taken my cervix), that it will be a long recovery. He said stay off my feet as much as possible and NO lifting for the 6-8 weeks. Needless to say I didn't sleep Friday night and only slept last night due to pain meds. I am super nervous, scared whatever you want to call it. Although today I have been in lots of pain (I guess God telling me this IS what I need). I know things will be fine, but it is for sure going to be a long week!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Two weeks from now...

All my problem should be gone! Well not all my problems, but at least all the health issues I've been having. My procedure has been scheduled for Oct 5 at Baptist Hospital in Nashville. The doc decided he is going to do a LAVH- laproscopic assisted vaginal hysterectomy. The details of the actual surgery are a little graphic for blog, so if you're curious google it. He also said he needs to take my cervix because he said he feels that is causing a lot of my pain. Also to quote Dr. Brown, "While I'm in there I am going to take a good look at your ovaries because they have not been behaving". Please pray that they can leave them because if I have to go through menopause at 30 I am pretty sure I will be divorced! He said the recovery will be a good 4-6 weeks because of taking the cervix. I am starting to get a little scared, but I keep looking on the bright more pain, periods, or pap smears (the dreaded P's). Just keep me and my family in your prayers, it's about to get super crazy around here!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Dear Body, Don't give up on me now!

Sorry I have been MIA the last couple of weeks, but I have had a rough go. For any of you who don't know, I have been having some "female issues" that the doctors have been trying to get fixed. In the middle of the other issues I had an ovarian cyst that had to be drained, in which has caused the other problems to be worst. To make a long, complicated story short, I have to have a hysterectomy. We are hoping for only taking the uterus, but may have to also take 1 ovary. Right now we are buying time with pain meds to find the "right time" like there is such a thing. Not exactly sure when I will be doing this, a lot of it depends on insurance and what they will pay when, again very complicated! Right now I am hoping to make it until Nov 4, which is the day my doc. returns from maternity leave. If I can't make it that long I have a great backup doc. We will just have to see what happens. Please keep the prayers coming, I need them!!!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

I Do...Again!

As you already know, me and Brad decided to renew our vows after 12 years of marriage. We never had a "real" wedding and have always wanted to do this. So while on vacation to Tybee Island we decided to "tie the knot" again!
PawPaw actually did the ceremony for us and it turned our beautiful!

This time, we prepared our own vows. After 12 years together you have a lot of different things to say :)

It was slightly windy on the beach that day!

Carley and her much alike, it's scary!

My lovely family. Wouldn't trade them for the world!

Me overlooking my favorite thing in the world...the ocean!

I LOVE this picture with the sunbeams coming through!
Brad's favorite thing...the lighthouse!

Again, it was a little windy that day!

I have more pictures on my facebook if you're interested in seeing them. Also my friend Amanda, who takes awesome pictures, did all the photography and is making me a disk. When I get those I'll post some of those pictures. We had a wonderful time and I am so glad we made the decision to do this. I love you Brad and am so grateful to have you in my life!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Hit the ground running...

Well we did make it back from vacation to Savannah/Tybee Island. While we were there, me and Brad renewed our vows on the beach, and it was great! (one day I'll get the pics off the camera and on the computer to see) Since we have been back, it has been nonstop!!! Jacob practices football every Mon, Tues, and Thurs from 6-8, and school started Thurs...CRAZY!!! Jacob has his 1st scrimmage game tonight at 6:30 and Brad has a wedding to do at 6:30 (tell me one more time how single parents make it???) The preschool starts in a few weeks and my living room looks like a supply storehouse!!! It is driving me insane. My goal next week is to get everything ready and moved to the church and out my house. I hope hubby is prepared to help, b/c its going to be a BIG project. JoJo...aka baby sister...left for school yesterday. She is transferring from Wallace to Delta State in Mississippi. She is 6 hours from home and won't be home again until Christmas. Her first basketball game is Nov. 4 at Vanderbilt, how exciting!!! We will definitely have to make plans to attend that. My sister playing against the SEC!!! Anyhow, hope all is great with everyone and hopefully in the near future I will have some pics to show everyone!!!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Bithday Celebration

Due to the fact that both of my children have summer birthdays a month apart, we decided to do one big party. We had a "Splash Party", where the kiddos have kiddie pools, slippin' slides, sprinklers, bubbles, water guns, and all that messy, fun stuff. It was a blast! We served cupcakes and ice pops and let the kids have a ball.
There were lots of presents...
Some messy faces...

Some bubble fun...

A few water gun fights...

And Mr. Brad even got in on the action...
Overall the kids had a great party.
Now onto a full week of stress. We are leaving for Savannah/Tybee Island Friday to which I have not even begun to pack for. We are also renewing our vows, to which I have not written. What has happened to me. The planner who does everything months in advance. Also Jacob starts football tonight. He will practice every Mon., Tues., and Thurs. with games on Sat., so that means life as I know it is over until Nov. Oh well, we will make it, we always do!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Carley Brooke Turns 7!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

That really doesn't even seem possible. Can it really be that I gave birth to my last baby 7 years ago??? Where in the world has time gone??? It seems like ago a short time ago she was my chubby little baby girl that I would hold and cuddle and rock to sleep... Now here she is turning into a young women riding a 2 wheeled bike, tying her shoes, and "Miss Independent"
I really do wish I could slow things down a little and really take in how fast my kiddos are growing up. It's hard to believe in a few short years they'll be entering high school, graduating, going to college, the list goes on and on!!! Happy Birthday to my Big Girl, I Love You!!!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010


I wish I could even tell you how unbelievably stressed I have been this week. As you know from my last post we were planning a trip to Gulf Shores to renew our vows in Aug. Well needless to say those plans have had to change. I have been worried about the oil ever since it happened and have checked on the beaches daily. When the oil finally started washing onto the beach I told Brad he was going to have to help me come up with a solution. Me being the OCD planner that I am, Brad just usually lets me do it all, but I told him it was time for input because I was going insane. He made the suggestion that we go to Tybee Island/Savannah since that is somewhere we have both LOVED ever since we went nearly 7 years ago. See why I need him, that never crossed my mind. We went for business the first time, but fell in love with the city of Savannah and all the lighthouses and ocean liners that are at Tybee Island. It all of a sudden seemed so simple! I started looking for condos Sunday and then the stressed kicked into high gear! Our requirements were a pool, oceanfront, and sleeps 10. That was nearly impossible to find. I finally found one and emailed the lady. She said she had just had a cancellation and it was 1st come 1st serve basis. I emailed her back and told her I would take it! She emailed me and told me she had went to town and when she got back she had 6 request for that condo with mine being first. Thank Goodness! Now onto the planning of switching the wedding stuff over from Gulf Shores to Tybee Island, but I am just grateful we found something.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Planning, Planning, Planning...

It seems my summer is going to be spent planning!!! Planning what you may ask, well birthdays, wedding, vacation, and preschool. The church here at Fairview has decided to start a preschool in the fall, of which I will be the director. I am so glad we are starting this work because there is a huge need for it in the community. I need to finish getting everything organized and ready to go for it to start in the fall. (As a matter of fact I started out working on curriculum and somehow ended up on here, oh well!) Then as most of you know birthdays run full circle for the Tate's in the summer. Brad is June 29, Carley is July 3, and Jacob is Aug. 8. I am the oddball with a Jan. birthday stuck in the middle of winter. Anyhow, I really need to plan something for the kiddos, but right now have no idea! Then on to the best part of the summer....the BEACH!!!!!!!!!!!!! Need I say I LOVE the beach. It is my all time favorite place ever! We are going to Gulf Shores (if the stupid oil will stay away) July 31- Aug.7. I am so excited. It has been a few years since we went to the beach since we splurged on Disney last year. I am ready for a relaxing vacation of sitting on the beach and eating fresh seafood! Now on to the final planning of the summer...the wedding! Me and Brad decided that we are going to renew our vows while we are in Gulf Shores. We got married at the courthouse and never had a real wedding. We have always wanted to renew our vows on the beach, but always said we would go to the carribean on our anniversary in Feb. and do that. Well 2 kids and 50 (well not really, but feels like it) moves later, we are just going to do it. My family is going with us to Gulf Shores, so that makes it perfect since everyone will already be there. What started out as simple vow renewal has kinda expanded a little. I guess since I never had my dream wedding, I am kinda making up for it. I will definitely keep everyone posted and let you know how it all turns out.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Dr. Appointment

Today was the day for Carley's allergy testing. I am so proud of my big girl! She sat there like a champ while she had 25 needle pricks in her back, and never shed 1 tear (I am not sure I could have been that strong!). The test showed that she is highly allergic to pecan, oak, and elm trees. Luckily that was all. The doctor is pretty sure we can maintain this just by keeping her on allergy medicine from Feb.14-July of every year. I really hope it will be that simple!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Today we had our appointment with the allergist. She seems to think Carley's reaction is due to a plant of some sort. She scheduled her for allergy testing next Wednesday, so please pray that goes well.

Summer officially starts around here tomorrow at 12:05! That probably also needs a prayer. Pray that momma doesn't end up in the crazy house!!!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Just to give everyone a quick update on Carley. Yesterday I started the day calling around to pediatric allergist trying to get an appointment. Most could not see me until August, I mean come on...Really??? So I ended up getting the name of a pediatrician in Franklin that came highly recommended (I haven't pick the kids doctor since we moved). I called and they were able to see us yesterday afternoon. She was GREAT!!! She is so nice and actually took the time to talk to Carley, which a lot of doctors won't do. She told me it could be a number of things and we may never know what actually caused the reaction. She said a lot of times allergic reactions that severe build on one another. Example- she is a little allergic to dogs and gets around a dog and that irritates her system a little, then she eats seafood which aggravates her a little more, then she smells a flower with a lot of pollen and that sends her system over the edge. She was able to get me an appointment with an allergist this Thursday. She told me not to have high hopes that we will ever find out what caused this, but she said even if we can eliminate some of the little allergens that would help. She said if this was to happen again we might consider keeping a diary of what Carley eats and is exposed to...Fun!!! I sure hopes it doesn't come down to that. Can you imagine trying to keep track of everything your 6 year old does. Please continue to keep her in your prayers.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Panic Mode

Let me 1st start out by saying that I am not usually a mother who freaks out about every little cut or scrap. Both of my children have had stitches and Carley has broken her collar bone and I managed to remain quite calm through all of that. But all of that being said, yesterday put my parenting to a whole new test. It all started Thursday afternoon when I picked Carley up from school. Her teacher walked her to the car and told me Carley had a small rash breaking out on her face and had sent her to the nurse several times for itching. I really wasn't that alarmed since this is my child with super sensitive skin, everything and anything will break her out. I went ahead and took her to the clinic in Franklin just to make sure it wasn't poison ivy or something like that. At the time she had a small red rash just around her mouth. After examining her they said it was some sort of skin reaction and gave her benadryl and cream and told me just to watch it. They gave me a liquid steroid, but said they didn't feel it was necessary at the time.

So fast forward to Friday morning...

I got up and got Jacob ready for school as usual. Brad was gone to Memphis. I let Carley sleep in since I decided not to send her to school since she was still broken out. About 7:50 Carley gets out of bed and comes to the living room with her robe over her head. I told her to come here and let me see her face. I removed the robe and nearly passed out. Her face was blood red all over and swollen to the point her eyes were swollen shut. It was so bad I don't know if I would have recognized her. I immediately called my friend Amanda who works at Vanderbilt and told her I had to take Carley to the ER. I was in a panic, crying and all. I rushed Jacob to get ready and dropped him off at school on the way. I finally got her to the hospital. Amanda met me there, and it was a good thing because I was a wreck. I had no idea what was wrong with my child. As soon as we got there, they gave her steroids and benedryl which did nothing. After an assessment they gave her atarax, it's like benedryl only stronger. Luckily that worked. She is still broken out and swollen, but not that bad. We still have no idea what caused the reaction. I have to make an appointment with a pediatric allergist on Monday and hopefully we can see what is going on with her little body. Keep her in your prayers and pray we find out what is causing this and we can fix it!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Rain Rain........

Well as many of you have heard, Nashville just seen the worst flooding it has seen in years! First, I want to let everyone know that we are all OK. The power finally came back on in the middle of the night, and the internet is up for now (hopefully it will stay that way until I can finish my post). Home phone is still out and cell phone is very hit or miss, mostly miss. I don't have any pictures to post, but the sights have been absolutely amazing. You should google Nashville flood just to see some of the pictures. To see water covering the tops of cars on Int. 24 is something hard to believe. The water this morning was 6 feet deep in the Opryland Hotel!
Our adventure started Saturday morning when we woke to HEAVY rain and that low rumbling thunder, my favorite weather. The entire time I was in Texas I complained about missing the rain, so I guess God was just showing me what I had missed (I didn't say I had to see it all in one weekend, but God does have a sense of humor like that sometimes!). Since the soccer game was canceled and it was going to rain all day, me and Brad decided to take the kiddos to the movies. They had been wanting to see Furry Vengeance, one of those crazy kid movies you pay to see because you love your children, if you haven't gotten there yet with your kids, you will. Anyway, movie was kinda stupid, but again the things you do for your children! We left the movie theater about 3:30 or so and set out on our 30 minute drive home. We got about 10 minutes from home and had to turn around due to the fact the Harpeth River was running over the road. At that point I didn't think much about it because we still had some other ways of getting back to Fairview. We turned around and headed for Natchez Trace to hit highway 96 and come in that way. Well we got to 96 to be turned around again due to flood water. I was now starting to get a little antsy at this point, but we still had 2 more ways, take Int.40 to Fairview and hit 96 that way or Int.40 to 840 and come in the back way to Fairview. So we headed to 40. On the way the radio says they are closing 40 at Dickson. My heart starts to race a little at that point. There goes option 3 and only one more to go. We get about 2 miles from our Fairview exit and the interstate comes to a standstill. Tractor trailers are parked all up and down the side, and traffic is crawling! Come to find out they had closed 40 at the Fairview exit and were making all the cars get off. Luckily we made it home safely at about 6:30-7:00. Remember I said 30 drive!
We got up Saturday morning to get ready for church as usual. Everything went great until 5 minutes before we walked out the door, the power went off. Remember we live in the church house, so if our power is off so is the churches. We went over to church and decided to hold service in the fellowship hall with all the doors open and candles lit. It was such an uplifting service. We had probably at least 100 people who come to worship with it raining a monsoon outside. I mean it was absolutely POURING rain and all those people still came. I will say once the singing started by the candle light I did get a tear in my eye. It was AMAZING!!! After a short service we headed back home to the dark. We played games and entertained 2 homebound, wild children until we went back to service that night. After service and still no power I set out to find the kiddos something substantial to eat. We had peanut butter crackers for lunch and that wasn't going to cut it for supper too. The entire town of Fairview was without power, so that was out of the question. I know Bellview and Franklin were both under water so that wasn't an option either. The only chance I had was to get to Dickson about 30 minutes away. We made it there and back with no problems. They did still have 40 closed, so when I got to the interstate the traffic was unimaginable. There were cars and trucks parked everywhere at the interstate, just waiting for them to open it again. While in Taco Bell with the kids, I met a man and women trying to get back to Kentucky. They were coming back from Breckenridge, TX where they had been to a funeral. What a small world. We talked a while and I wished them well trying to get home.
Our power finally came on in the middle of the night! The kids are out of school today and according to some teachers, may be out for a few days. Their school suffered quite a bit of flooding, so who knows when that will be cleaned up. Please keep praying for the people here. The rain has stopped, but the rivers are still rising due to runoff. The Cumberland River (the river that runs downtown) is suppose to rise all the way until tomorrow night. Downtown is already under about 4 feet of water and it is suppose to rise 6 more feet. It is an unreal sight. Interstate 40 is closed all the way from Old Hickory to Hickman county, about 50 miles! There are people stranded everywhere, with no clue how to get around Nashville with all the interstates closed. Just an amazing power of the God we have!

Friday, April 9, 2010


Well this week has been the kiddos spring break and luckily the weather has been absolutely beautiful! We started off our break last Friday by heading to the Opryland hotel for Lads to Leaders. This year was our year to observe and take it all in since we have never been before. I was amazed at the talent some of the young children had. It was very uplifting to see such good happening for the church when it seems at times all you can see is the bad. We also got to see many of our preaching friends, so besides the fact that it was exhausting it was a lot of fun. On Sunday my friend Amanda and her family came to church with us. It was great spending Easter with them. On Monday a very precious couple from church had us over for a cookout. We got to fish in the pond (not tank, for my Texas friends LOL!) and ride 4 wheelers. We had a blast. My little chicken, aka Jacob, was very content to play football and fish, but my little daredevil, aka Carley, wanted to ride the 4 wheeler all day and kept hollering for Brad to go faster, go figure! I have a feeling the teenage years with that child will definitely put my parenting skills to the test! On Tuesday we went over the Mrs. Bettye's, aka my flower lady, for dinner. It was such fun letting the kids play and getting to know a newly baptized couple a little better. Yesterday we headed to Alabama to visit MawMaw and PawPaw. We had so much fun and can't even explain how nice it is to be able to go and see them when I want to.

Needless to say, what I thought would be a boring spring break has turned out to keep us on our toes. Next weekend my family is coming up to spend the weekend with us and watch the kiddos play soccer (I will get some pictures of that up soon).

Monday, March 29, 2010

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like...


One of the elders wives here at the congregation has the best garden I think I have ever seen. Her yard is absolutely beautiful. She always has fresh cut flowers in her home, and you know how I feel about fresh flowers in the house. She knows that I share her love of flowers and last night after church she brought me a huge assortment of her buttercups (it was enough to make 5 arrangements!). Thanks Miss Bettye, I LOVE YOU!!!!!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Info too Good not to Share!!!

Let me first start off by saying if you have EVER had any kind of grocery dilemma, stay tuned! A little background. Me and Brad became fans of Dave Ramsey while in preaching school. For those of you who don't know, he is a money guru. He has awesome tips at getting out of debt and staying debt free. We have read his book The Total Money Makeover, and tried to apply those principles to our lives. It is hard work, but it really does payoff. Anyhow. He has a radio talk show on about the same time I am waiting in car line to pick Jacob and Carley up, so I usually listen to it and work on my ladies bible class lesson for the 20 minutes I wait (you know multitasking is a requirement for being a mother!). The other day he did an advertisement for and all of these moms were on there raving about all the money they were saving and how easy it made their lives, so I thought I would check it out. Well anyone mentions saving money and I'm all ears, being the bargain hunter I am. I checked out the website and am hooked. It is awesome! A panel of moms, just like us, go through all the store ads and make menus according to what is on sale. I have in the past tried to do this, but it takes me hours of stressing and is usually hit or miss. They do all the work. First, you pick your favorite grocery store, Publix, Wal-Mart, Aldi, my favorite Kroger, etc. Then you pick what you need, meals for 2, meals for a family, low-fat, low carb, vegetarian, etc. Then once a week a menu is giving along with a detailed grocery list and prices. You can change your menu up if you wish by marking off a meal you may not want. The grocery list labels your ingredients by meal numbers, so if you don't want meal #3, just mark off all the ingredients with a 3 beside it. They promise all weeks will come to an average of $75 a week. This has cut my spending tremendously. No more buying useless stuff to sit in my pantry for weeks. Of course nothing is free. The cost is $5 a month, taking out of your account $15 every 3 months. But there is a coupon code. Type DAVE in the coupon code at checkout and it will reduce it to $12.50. I feel it is well worth it. Check out the website, they have sample menus to look at and explain how it all works.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Long Time..............

Ok, so I said I was going to be better at blogging and I obviously lied. I have had every intention of blogging about what has been going on, but somehow never get around to it, Imagine That???
Life here is about the same as usual. On Monday and Thursday nights we take the kiddos to Franklin (about a 30 min. drive) for tutoring, on Tuesday nights we have soccer practice, Wednesday night church, Saturday soccer game, and Sunday church. Now you know why you haven't heard from me in quite a while. I have in the meantime managed to finish making Carley's bedding (which turned out SUPER cute!). I am now working on curtains and trying to decide how to paint her room. Once I get everything done I will post some pictures.

Friday, February 12, 2010

A Sad Week

This has definitely been a bad week emotional. On Tuesday I found out that a fellow student from MSOP (the preaching school that we attended), had made the tragic decision to end his own life. I had such a hard time with this because us being a preaching family it just hit so close to home. I kept trying to think how that could so easily be Brad. Then yesterday I got the tragic news that a fellow classmate of mine was killed in a car crash. This was a guy that I started kindergarten with and went all the way until 12th grade. He was married to Brad's 3rd cousin and had 2 young sons. I had such a hard time sleeping last night because once again I thought about how my life could be changed in a moment if something happened to Brad. Take the time today to stop and Thank God for every day he gives you with the ones you love. You never know when everything will change!

To the families of John Gondos and David Norwood, we love you and you will be in our prayers!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Bye, Bye Monkeys...

OK I was starting to get a little tired of the monkeys hanging around, so I decided to go for something a little more "ME". Let me know what you think.

Monday, February 8, 2010

12 YEARS!!!!!!!!!!!

As many of you already know, me and Brad celebrated our 12 year anniversary last Thursday. It is so hard to believe that we have been married for 12 years! To celebrate our big day we decided to splurge a little (well maybe a lot) and spend the night at the Opryland Hotel. MawMaw and PawPaw came up to spend the night with the kids and we went Friday night. It was awesome. It is so nice to get away from being "Mommy and Daddy" for a little while and just be a couple. I am so thankful to be close to family again you just don't even know!

Now onto this weeks events! I have conferences today with both Jacob and Carley's teachers, just to try to see where we are standing. I need to make the valentine cards for both the kids school parties. I have a baby shower gift to make by Saturday. And to top it all off, me and Brad are finally starting our diet!(that needs a major prayer)

Friday, January 29, 2010


Ok, once again I know these pictures are a little late. This is the snow we had back at the beginning of January.
Here is my "snowman". I think the temperature that day was 8 degrees!

Here is Carley trying to make a snowball, but the snow was so fine it wouldn't pack (for my Texas friends that means "stick together")

Carley making a snow angel!

Better Late than Never...

As I mentioned in my last post, I still had the pictures from Christmas on my camera. Well due to the fact we are expecting 7 inches of snow today and I might need my camera for some "snow fun" pictures, I decided I had better take the time to upload my pictures. With all of that being said, here are some pictures from Christmas morning.

Carley getting her DS from NaNa.
Jacob getting his Florida football.

Jacob chilling in his Florida chair.

Jacob and NaNa playing the Wii.

Carley holding Haylie.

Monday, January 25, 2010

I am still alive

Let me just start off by saying I had totally forgotten how busy a stay at home mom's life could be (note my last posting being Dec.31). I had a delusional thought that once I quit teaching and stayed home that I would spend my days crafting and blogging and talking for hours with old friends...WRONG!!!!!!!!!!! I have been so busy that I can't even believe that we have been back in Tennessee for 1 month. Of course I spent the first few weeks unpacking and getting everything somewhat organized. Past that it has been spending a day shopping with an old friend, making curtains for my kitchen and den, visiting sick and shut-ins with Brad, making vinyl letters for my wall with my cricut (the absolute best invention ever!), having all the elders and deacons over for dinner (40+ people), spending about 2 hours on homework every night...including the weekend (first grade may kill me and Carley both), and turning the big 3-0. Not to mention my pictures from Christmas are still on my camera, what does that say. I will say I am starting to see light at the end of the tunnel. I spent the day cleaning out my dresser drawers and closet and exercised (something much needed to get off my 10 lb winter coat). I have also been planning a get away for our anniversary. On Feb. 4 me and Brad will be married 12 years...That is just CRAZY. We are going to spend the night at the opryland hotel and MawMaw and PawPaw are coming to stay with the kids (did I mention how great it is to have that option again). I know it is a splurge, but we need it. It has been about a year since we had an overnight date by ourselves, and it is much needed! I will try to keep you posted and hopefully one day get up some pictures of my crafting.