Friday, December 14, 2007
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
One his way home from work yesterday, Prof stopped to buy my Christmas present, which was the lovely Ipod. On the way home from the store he decided he wanted to go ahead and give it to me. He did this for 2 reasons. The first reason is because he is just a wonderful guy and wanted me to have time to enjoy it before we head out of town next week. The other reason was because he knew once I saw the checking account I would figure it out. He is smart!
So, needless to say, much like a baby, this thing has controlled my day. I had a lot I wanted to get done today, but it was just more fun to play with my new toy. So, here I am at 11:30 pm tonight telling you that all I did today, besides take care of the kids (of course I would do that), is play with the Ipod.
Maybe tomorrow I can get somethings done. Afterall, I now I have an Ipod with music on it that I can listen to while I am working.
I have the best husband in the world!
Sunday, December 09, 2007
To view the catalog click here. If you can not open the catalog or would like to see the catalog in person, please let me know.
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
As a side note, I have a new website. Check it out...
Goodnight! (Or, at this point do I say Good Morning?)
Sunday, December 02, 2007
- Prof bought a motorcycle and within the week turned it back into the dealership because it had engine problems.
- Little One has started asking to sit on the potty. YAY! She is beginning to talk some. She says, Momu (mommy), Bo (brother), Mo (no), football, and Go Georgia. She has mastered her, "You can't get mad at me, because I am just too cute," look and I will say she does it very well.
- Wild Man is teaching himself how to write and doing an amazing job at it! He can not wait for Santa to come and thinks that if he writes it on his list he will get it. Bless his heart. I don't know how to tell him that his Santa is poor.
- I am staying very busy with Initials. I love it though. I have also taken over the Preteen Sunday Dept at our church. Right now this consists of leading Large Group and keeping everything on schedule Sunday morning. I have been meeting with the Children's Minister about the possibility of taking over some more responsibilities too.
- We had a wonderful Thanksgiving. It was one of the most relaxing Thanksgiving I have ever had. We did absolutely nothing. Prof cooked the turkey and did a great job. We got s little bit of snow. None of it stuck, but it was pretty to see it. Then that night we lit a fire in the fireplace and just watched TV.
- We got up early on Black Friday and did lots of shopping. Got some good deals and marked some names of our shopping list.
Those are just the highlights. Hopefully I can do better at posting this month.
Friday, November 09, 2007
- Prof took his motorcycle training class. He has found 2 motorcycles that he likes. Neither of which looks like the one I posted. He will be testing driving them this weekend and then hopefully in the next week or so we will be adding the motorcycle he picks to the family.
- Our good friends The Carrolls moved back to Texas. We have already had 2 playdates and are playing to have one playdate a week from now on.
- Wild Man has discovered the art of making up songs. Most all of his songs are made up in the car and he always about half way through he says, "Sing with me". Sometimes we will be talking and he will just all of a sudden say, "I have a song about that" and then just break out into song. I love it!
- Little One still is not saying much. She is figuring out how to communicate in other ways. She nods her head a lot (which is the cutest thing I have ever seen because she is so dramatic when she does it). She also knows how to let us know she is not happy. She has the art of fit throwing down almost perfectly. She has moments where we can tell she is trying to tell us something because she just begins to babble away. She sounds like one of those asian ladies at the nail place. It too funny.
- About a month ago, I began to praying diligently about whether or not to stop my Initials and join another company, where I could earn more than I am with Initials. Within a week I had 3 parties on my calendar, with people I did not know, and 1 new team member. I took this as my answer. October was the biggest month I have so far with Initials, and November is going to be bigger. God is good!
- I, for the first time ever, forgot what day my parent's anniversary was on. For some reason I put it on my calendar for Nov 11, then the more I looked at it, I realized that was not right. So, I had to ask mom. I know it was pretty embarassing. But, hey, I did remember to call her on the special day.
- We are almost to the end of one of the hardest semesters in school Prof has ever had. We can not wait until it is over! Then he only has 2 more classes and he is done with classes! YAY!
- For some reason I began Christmas shopping super early this year and so I only have a few more gifts to buy. Of course, when you are poor like us this is an easy task, but you can't buy much. :-)
Well, those are some highlights. I hope you enjoyed getting a little glimpse of our life.
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
|You Are An ENFP|
You love being around people, and you are deeply committed to your friends.
You are also unconventional, irreverent, and unimpressed by authority and rules.
Incredibly perceptive, you can usually sense if someone has hidden motives.
You use lots of colorful language and expressions. You're quite the storyteller!
In love, you are quite the charmer. And you are definitely willing to risk your heart.
You often don't follow through with your flirting or professed feelings. And you do break a lot of hearts.
At work, you are driven but not a workaholic. You just always seem to enjoy what you do.
You would make an excellent entrepreneur, politician, or journalist.
How you see yourself: compassionate, unselfish, and understanding
When other people don't get you, they see you as: gushy, emotional, and unfocused
Monday, October 08, 2007
His favorite song is The Bare Necessities and he has started to sing it alot. Today I got him to sing it for the camera, and thought I would share. Enjoy!
This is a Honda Rebel 2007. It is 3rd on the list of motorcycles least likely to be stolen and the 2nd on the list of motorcycles least likely to be in a wreck.
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
I put the poll up to see what you guys thought. Please know that the poll in no way will affect the decision we make. I was just curious.
Also, for those wondering. I am not totally thrilled with the idea, but I see how it would help us out some. I know that motorcycles have a bad reputation, but I also think that in most cases it is the driver that is the problem. I have thought a lot about the fact that Prof could be in a motorcycle accident, however I have had several people in my life lose loved ones in a car accident, and we still own a car. So, I don't think the accident argument is a valid one. And, trust me, I have thought about it. I will tell you that if we get one, my prayer life for Prof will grow tremendously, but that is not a bad thing.
So, that is a little bit about the poll. I would love to know what everyone thinks.
Monday, October 01, 2007
For the month of October this beautiful Pale Pink Scarf will be offered to anyone who wants it at only $21.99 (plus shipping and tax). This scarf is not in the catalog and will only be offered during the month of October.
You can view the fonts and font colors available on pages 7-8 of the catalog.
As you know October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. How fitting, to have a Pale Pink Scarf during October.
Honestly, this is the first year I have even thought about the importance of this month. See, Marlene, my former boss who passed away from brain cancer, began her battle with breast cancer. The cancer then spread to her brain, which is what ultimately took her life. It has been right at a year since she passed away and so I can not help but think about the importance of supporting organizations who are searching for a cure to breast cancer.
In memory of Marlene and all other women who have lost their battle with Breast Cancer and for those who have won their battle or are still battling with Breast Cancer, I am donating 10% of every scarf I sell this month to the Susan G Koman Foundation. Order one for yourself, or someone who you know and show your support for finding a cure.
Monday, September 24, 2007
Well, football season has kicked into full gear at our house this year. However, one of the down sides to living in Texas, without cable television, is that watching Georiga games on tv rarely happens, if at all. However, thanks to ESPN, we are able keep up with it and even listen, when we want to.
Saturday was the big Alabama-Georgia game. We were very disappointed we did not get to watch it, however, listening to the last quarter on ESPN Radio was awesome! We could not have asked for a better game. The Dawgs really pulled it off this week in overtime.
So, in honor of football season, and our love for Georgia, I have changed my blog to UGA colors.
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
If you have not, then go there now...www.initials-inc.com and click "view catalog".
If you have, then have you started a wish list or Christmas shopping list? I know I have done both. And, I am doing whatever I can to get everything at the best price I can. I want to help each of of you do the same. Here are some ways you can save:
1. Host a Home Party or Party On The Go - This will give you the chance to earn FREE and discounted items from Initials! Also, I am having an Initials party at my house this weekend, so if you book your party before this weekend, then you will get an additional $15 added to your rewards.
2. Have a shopping spree! How can this help you save, you might ask? Well all orders $250+ begin earning rewards! Initials has something for everyone on your list, why not earn rewards by buying presents for others! Or, you can give the Free stuff away! :-)
3. When you order this weekend with my home party, then you will save on shipping. In fact, if you reply to this post with an order, then I will give you FREE shipping!
Remember all orders can be shipped directly to you!
So, what do you want?
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
There is another reason, however, that I will not forget 9/11 ever again. As many of you know, I worked in the Office of Admissions at Southwestern for a little over a year. While I was there I really bonded with my boss, Marlene. Many of you know that over the course of my in Admissions, I watched Marlene live the last year of her life. In Sept of 05 the doctors realized that Marlene's brain was overtaken with cancer. At that point they told her she had at the most 6 months to live. I was amazed at how Marlene approached this news. She did not curl up and sit in her house and wait to die. Actually she did quite the opposite. She treated life like she had no cancer. In fact she on many occasions would talk about how blessed she was that things were not worse. She was the prime example of someone who allows Christ to have full control of her life. On this day last year Marlene celebrated her last birthday here on earth. I remember her coming in to work, so weak, and somewhat out of it, just to celebrate with us. Despite all the pain she was in, and the frustration she had in her life, she was more concerned about everyone else in the room. I will always remember her on today and I will always thank God for her and what He taught me through her.
Monday, September 10, 2007
Sunday, September 09, 2007
Tonight we were at Wally World and we were looking for a parking spot. As we were cruising the rows we saw this lady walking to her car. Now, without being rude, let's just say she was most likely not being supported up top and really needed to be and she was just rough looking. I turned to Prof and said, "See, I could look like that!" Then out of the back seat chimes in Wild Man. He says, "No, you can't look like her!" We weren't real sure where he was going with this, since yesterday, while waiting in line to pay at a store, he said, "That lady is fat!" (of course as loud as possible). But, then he said, "Mommy, you have to look like you." What wisdom! He already knows at such a young age that all people look different and that is not bad. It is good to look like who God made you to look like.
On a side note, that has nothing to do with Wild Man, we are pretty sure the rat issue has been taken care of! YAY!!! We have not heard them or seen signs they have been around in over a week!
Also, HAPPY GRANDPARENTS DAY, to all the grandparents reading my blog!!! We love you!
Friday, September 07, 2007
Monday, September 03, 2007
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
We had his well child appt this morning (which was great except for the 4 shots), did our normal lunch and afternoon routine, and then waited for Prof to get home from work, so we could get the real party on.
When Prof got home we let Wild Man pick where he wanted to eat. He picked CiCi's and we were very excited because we just knew he would pick McD's, like always. So we headed off to CiCi's.
While there several things happened that caught my attention and made me question the world we live in today.
There was a little hispanic lady that walked around taking everyone's dirty plates. She was really sweet and had a pretty smile. She very nicely asked me if I was done and then took my plate. She then moved to the next table and immediately began speaking Spanish. How did she know that guy spoke Spanish? Isn't that rude?? I mean what if he was an English speaking Hispanic? Those are just a few questions that flew through my mind.
Then, while I was processing that, I saw something that bothered me even more. Now, before I go any further, let me just tell you that I hate it when I see couples making out in public. I don't know why it bothers me so much, but it does. I mean go home, get a room, or something. Don't do it at CiCi's. However, tonight it was not the fact that the couple was all over each other that bothered me so much. It was the fact that they were both girls! I mean can I not just eat pizza with my kids anymore? I could not focus on anything at all until they left. Thank goodness that they got theirs to go.
Then not long after they left the sweet little cleaning lady made me laugh. She worked so hard to clean off this table. I mean cups, napkins, plate, and everything. As soon as she started scooting her little cart off, the couple sitting there came back with their food. Bless her heart she started apologizing all over the place and then just looked at me and laughed. Why me? I don't know. I guess she knew I was nice. Anyway, the couple impressed me. Instead of getting mad, which most people do these days, they were nice and told her not to worry about it. Way to go! I am glad in the midst of chaos there are nice people.
Our night ended with a few fits being thrown, a spanking, a lot of tears, and then the opening of the presents.
I love Wild Man to pieces and I am glad today was his birthday, but I am also glad it is time for me to go to bed. Happy 4th Birthday Wild Man!!
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Email Manders To Order
Sassy Bags - All fabrics (unless otherwise noted)
Baguette - $44.99 (Sold out of Brown and Red)
Prissy - $39.99 (Sold out of Red, B/W Dot, Kingston Paisley, and Carribean Paisley)
Jubilee - $41.99 (Sold out of Brown, B/W Dot, and B/W Gingham)
Tote - $46.99 (Sold out of Brown)
Swag - $46.99 (Sold out of Brown, Kingston, B/W Dot, and Hampton)
The Saddle - $39.99
The Shopper - $24.99
The Canteen - $24.99 – limited quantity
Quilted Backpack Purse (Hot Pink and Teal) - $37.99
Flower Power Jute - $27.99
Spa Robe - $46.99 – limited quantity
Urban Messenger (Red) - $37.99 – very limited quantity
Laundry Bag (white and chambray) - $19.99
Golf Towel (navy) - $14.99 – very limited quantity
Golf Towel (white) - $14.99
Bat Bag (red and blue) - $24.99 – limited quantity
Take Along Caddy (all fabrics) - $22.99 – limited quantity
Kaleidoscope Folded Cards - $19.99 – limited quantity
Flower Power Folded Cards - $19.99 – SOLD OUT
Not in Catalog
Hostess Tote - $14.99 - This was the hostess gift for parties $750+
Friday, August 24, 2007
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Many of you know that Wild Man is not always so wild. In fact, around new people, he can pretty shy. So, some of you who read my blog might not believe what you are about to see. Let me just tell you that this is him at home. In fact, this is really why we call him Wild Man.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Here are just a few things you can expect to see:
- A new Fabric exclusive to Initials
- Two new product lines ; The Home Fragrance Collection and The My Spa Collection
- Two new additions to the Sassy Bag collection; The Jubilette and The Wallet
- Upgrades on the Sassy Bags; Now they will all include the magnetic closure, improved corded handle, coordinating lining, and all gusseted bags will include feet.
- New Hostess Gift for parties totaling $750+
- There will also be some new package deals, where you can get more for your money!
Here are some ways you can take advantage of transition time:
- Order today what you still want from the Spring/Summer Catalog. There is no guarantee that the item you have been dreaming about will be in the new catalog.
- Book a party. This is a great time of the year to have a party and with the new catalog, it is sure to be a hit. Just think...you could earn enough Initials Bucks and Half Priced Items to buy most of your Christmas presents for a small amount. Also, the Hostesses of the first 5 parties done with the new catalog will receive a special gift from me! So, don’t miss your chance. Book your Squeal Appeal Party or Party On The Go today!
Let the countdown begin…15 days and counting!
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
1. You have to post these rules before you give the facts.
2. Players, you must list one fact that is somehow relevant to your life for each letter of their middle name. If you don’t have a middle name, use the middle name you would have liked to have had.
3. When you are tagged you need to write your own blog-post containing your own middle name game facts.
4. At the end of your blog-post, you need to choose one person for each letter of your middle name to tag.
5. Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged, and to read your blog.
K - Kids - I have 2 kids, Wild Man (will be 4 in 2 weeks) and Little One (16 mo)
A - Amanda - my first name, and the name I am called when I am not on blogger :-)
T - Thankful - I am so thankful for all the ways that God has provided for my family.
H - Husband - I have the best husband in the whole world!
R - Right - This is what I am all the time and don't forget that! :-)
Y - Yes - The word I say more than I need to. However, I am not as bad as BB :-)
N - "N"initials consultant - I sell cute, cute, cute, purses and bags for Initials Inc and love it!!
Okay, so now I must tag someone. I tag B and Abby.
Thursday, August 09, 2007
Little One loves her new ability to walk all over the place. She is really getting the hang of it and moving around pretty good. Tonight, while we were discussing dinner plans, she found a piece of paper and a pen. She then proceeded to walk around the house with the paper in one hand and pen in the other. She would look around and then stop and begin to try to write. It was so funny. It was like she was inspecting the house or something. Here is what she looked like....
Wild Man figured out I was taking pictures of Little One and he got somewhat jealous, so he asked me to take his picture. As I took the picture he started to jump up in the air. This is the picture I got....
This is why he is called Wild Man. Also, the strap around his leg is some contraption he made up that is hooked to the table. He loves to tie things to the table. I am not sure who he gets that from, but it is not me!
I seriously do not know what I do without my precious children to make me laugh! These are the times I want to to remember forever, especially on the not fun days.
Monday, August 06, 2007
Wednesday, August 01, 2007
As you know, I am here this week because I am the Matron of Honor in my best friend's wedding. The Prof had to work this week, so he decided to wait and come on Friday, just in time for Rehearsal Dinner.
As always, we talked a million times on the phone today. We talked about work, the kids, and all the good stuff. Tonight The Prof called a few times to tell me he was going to his favorite bookstore and then to eat at Taco Bell. I knew his every move. Or, did I?
The last time he called I had just gotten on the Wild Man for something. Prof asked me if Wild Man needed to talk to him on the phone. I was in the process of getting Wild Man to come to the phone when The Prof said, "Just tell him to go to the front door." I said, "Huh??" Then he said it again, "Just tell him to go to the front door." It hit me. The Prof was here! I ran to the front door. I was so glad to see him. Yesterday was so rough at the hospital, it was great to see him! It was a great surprise that is for sure!
However, what happened yesterday was not in the plan at all. Little One woke up, as normal, refused to eat breakfast, which she has been doing for a few days, and then played with the boys for about an hour. Then she got sick. Before we knew it we found oursleves in the ER, with a very dehydrated Little One. After about 4 tries they finally got her IV started in her right foot. She had x-rays and a CT scan done as well (the CT Scan was because her eyes were doing weird things and they wanted to rule out an some sort of head issue).
After about 8 hours in the ER we were able to go home. She has been doing a lot better today, so hopefully the only events we will have this week will be those having to do with the wedding.
I will post hospital pictures soon. So check back later to see our little patient.
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Little One thought this nightime ride was just for her. She talked and laughed and did everything but try to go to sleep.
Wild Man decided that it was fun to make Little One talk and laugh even more, so he made it his goal to encourage the no sleeping.
About 10 minutes into the drive, The Prof and I decide that they need Benedryl. So (since we wanted to keep then in the car) we stopped at CVS. No please remember, I am in my PJs (well shorts and tank - not something I would wear during the day). I get out of the car, go in and buy the Benedryl. I am sure the guy at the check out felt sorry for me, coming into CVS looking like that and buying children's Benedryl. I get back in the car and give one to Little One and one to Wild Man. Little One must have thought I had given her candy, because she immediately put her hand to ask for more. When I told her she could not have more, she was not happy.
At this point The Prof and I decide that maybe a little midnight snack might help. So, we pull into the Burger King at 1 am. Honestly this is the first time in my life that I think I have gone to BK at 1 am. Let me just tell you, there is a reason why the people that work there at 1 am work there at 1 am. The managers are very smart people. This poor little girl who took our order had absolutely no clue what she was doing. But, we got our order and she told us how cute our kids were, and the kids got to eat a midnight snack. Then it was back to the driving.
We drove around until almost 1:30 am, then came home and the kids went to sleep. I was sure they would both sleep in this morning, but I was wrong. I do not know how they can have so much energy after a night like last night. It will never make sense to me.
Monday, July 23, 2007
Sunday, July 15, 2007
The Prof and I teach 4th grade Sunday School at our church. Like all good Southern Baptist Churches we use LifeWay material. This morning I was reading to the instructions that go along with a game that was in the material for us to play. It was a great game that really helped the children discuss ways we can show forgiveness, in a fun manner. Anyway, when I got to the second instruction, I got very confused. Here is what it said..."Have the child role the spotted cube and move the amount of spaces indicated." (or something to that nature) Well, me, in my lovely blonde world, started to look for the pattern to this "spotted cube" in my material. I could not find it, so, I reread the instructions, thinking maybe I had read something wrong. Finally, after about 5 times of reading it, I figured it out! Spotted Cube = Die ...Duh!! I mean why did I not know that? Of course, as Southern Baptist, we would never have Dice in our Sunday School classes. That would just be horrible. We will just rename them and then it will all be okay?!
Why, as Christians, do we do this to ourselves? I can assure you that every kid sitting at that table had atleast one game at home that had dice. Do you really honestly think that a fourth grader would think, "Oh, my teachers must think it is okay for me to gamble, since we are playing with dice at church"? I seriously doubt it. But, until us Southern Baptist quit focussing on the little things that don't matter...we will only be playing with spotted cubes in our Sunday School class.
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Sunday, July 08, 2007
We made it through the first two night okay. The only issue was Little One and Wild Man talking for an hour or so before they went to sleep, but nothing major.
Tuesday night was when the real "fun" began. Wild Man figured out that he could really enjoy this bed time thing. The first time I went his room, he had turned his light back on and was reading. Okay, no big deal...I turned the light off and told him to go to sleep. However, the next time I went in he had gone into his bathroom and was making some sort of mixture with the bubble bath, soap, toothpaste, diaper cream, and my make up (which I might add took some climbing to get to). There was bubble bath all over the floor and door and all over Wild Man. Needless to say, I was not real happy...but all I could do was laugh. We cleaned everything up and he went back to bed. Prof and I were watching a movie, so we went back to the movie. Next thing we know, Wild Man has cracked his door open and giving us a puppet show with a stuffed rabbit from Little One's collection of stuffed animals. We laughed and then told him to go back to bed. Finally he went to sleep.
On Wednesday morning we all slept in, because Prof did not have to go to work. Normally, Wild Man comes to wake us up. However, he had other plans this morning. In fact, he found the pack of cookies Prof had bought the night before (which amazingly enough was unopened) and decided it would be best to let us sleep. At 8 am I woke up and turned on cartoons for him and told him to stay on that couch. I did not look at his room at all, because Little One was still asleep. I went back to bed. I dosed in and out making sure he was not into anything, but everytime I woke up he was where he needed to be. At 10 am Prof got up, because Little One was finally awake and he wanted to let me sleep in (isn't he so nice?!). Next thing I know he is saying, in a rather loud and urgent voice, "Amanda, you have to get up and come see this!" So, I hop up and run into the living room. He proceeds to tell me that he knows why Little One slept so long and that I should just go look in her bed. When I get to their room and look in the bed I could not believe my eyes. There was the pack of cookies! Only, it had been opened and about 80% of it had been eaten. The other 20% was all crumbs! The whole pack of cookies...GONE! At some point Wild Man had gotten up, gotten the pack of cookies, opened them, and then given them to Little One. What a mess! Wednesday was spent cleaning their bathroom and bed room, as you can imagine. I wish that I had taken pictures, but my mind was not even thinking about that in the moment.
The next few days were not so eventful. The only problem we had was convincing Wild Man that he can not get in bed with Little One. Her bed is not made for both of them. One of those nights I heard them in there just laughing and having the best time. I stuck my head in the door to tell Wild Man to get back in bed. His response was, "I am in bed!" He was right. He was in a bed...in Little One's bed with her! I mad him get out. The only other struggle we have had with this sleeping in his own room deal is that before he goes to sleep he puts on about 5 different outfits. We are still trying to figure out how to stop this.
Then on Saturday, the "fun" continued. Saturday morning we woke up about 9ish to the kids laughing and such. I went in the room to find Wild Man in bed with Little One and his basket of markers. Yes, the markers were in the bed too! So, you can imagine what I saw next. Here, imagine no more....take a look for yourself....
Let's just say, we are all very glad that he used his washable marker. He also drew a "T" on Little One's leg, but I did not get a picture of it, sorry.
I am sure that one day we will be glad we faught this battle now. But until then, we will be cleaning his room a lot more and most likely cleaning more messes. As a side note....Little One is not off the hook on this one. She starts most of the laughing and talking at night. She is really enjoying have someone else in the room with her at bed time. I do not even want to begin to think about what life will be like when she is not in a crib....life is fun!
Tuesday, July 03, 2007
Monday, July 02, 2007
Monday, June 18, 2007
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Thursday, June 14, 2007
Sunday, June 10, 2007
Wednesday, June 06, 2007
I am here to tell you that I am still alive. The past few weeks have been super crazy at the Skinkle home. We have also, on top of all our normal activities, been spending tons of quality time, since the Prof has been out of school.
Since I have been gone a while, I thought you might like a little update...
The Prof has had a much needed break from school. He began classes again this past Monday. He will Monday and Wednesday for 5 weeks. After this, he will have a few more weeks of break and then the Fall semester will begin, which I don't even want to think about right now.
The Wild Man is becoming Wilder than ever. He is enjoying our, almost daily, visits to the pool. He was not so sure of the water the first time we went, but now when we go we can get him out. He has learned how to write a few letters and a couple of numbers. He actually enjoys sitting at the table and working in his workbooks.
The Little One now has 5 1/2 teeth. She is beginning to talk some. She can say, "Hey Daddy" "Night Night" and "Bye Bye". She mostly says, "Daddy". She is definitely a Daddy's girl. She wakes up from nap time looking at the front door saying, "Daddy Daddy Daddy". She has also enjoyed our pool trips. She loves lounging in her floaty. However, after about 20 minutes, she would prefer we just hold her. She is learning to color right now. She thinks she is so big holding the crayon and banging it on the paper.
I, Manders, am staying busier than I have been in a while. It seems like I never stop these days. In fact, today is the first day in a while that I have not had anything planned. It has been nice to just chill at the house. Next week I am doing something for the first time. I am driving both kids, by myself, to Mississippi for the week. I am not sure yet how I feel about this decision. You can ask me on Tuesday after I arrive in MS. Maybe the trip will inspire a blog post. I am also enjoying our trips to the pool. We have been going with another girl at the complex and her little boy. It gives me some adult time and sun at the same time.
Well, that is it for tonight. Maybe I can get my act together and beginning blogging more consistently.
Monday, May 21, 2007
Saturday, May 19, 2007
There are many things in life that God has protected me from, because of being saved at a young age and growing up in a family that taught me how to follow Christ and what He has for my life. There are many decisions that young people make that I never had the desire to make, such as drinking alcohol or doing drugs. I thank God everyday for taking those desires away from me. I thank Him everyday for allowing me to live in a family where His Word was taught. I can honestly say He has never left me or forsaken me! So why then, is it hard for me to be content with my life?
When I read this verse it says to me, "You have God on your side. He will never leave you. He will never forsake you. He is all you need. If you have Him, then everything else is just icing on the cake...be content with what He has given you." It seems so easy! I have Him in my life! He is there for me no matter what! He loves me despite of who I am! He has provided for every one of my needs! So why then, is it hard for me to be content with my life?
I believe that being content is one of the biggest struggles I have had my whole life. There has never been a time where I did not want something more. Everytime God blesses me with more, it seems harder to not want more. Why is that? Why is that I have such a wonderful family and a gorgeous apartment, but I still want more? I still want a dog, a new car, a house, a boat, unlimited tanning sessions, the ability to get my nails done anytime I want, a new body, cute clothes, and the list goes on. Why can I not look at what I do have and just be content? Why is it so hard?
I wish I had all the answers. All I know is that God is really dealing with me on this issue of being content. I pray that I will see the day when I can look at what He has given me and truly say, "There is nothing more I want. I am content."
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
The past two weeks have a whirwind of activity and emotion here at the Skinkle house. We have had so much going on. I have found myself at the end of each day with so many things to share on the blog, but so little energy to even sit here and make it happen.
So here is a snap shot of the last two weeks....
Sunday 6th - We had our first apartment event. We had an ice cream sundae bar. We had about 20 people come. It was a lot of fun!
Friday 11th - The Prof and I celebrated 5 years together. He surprised me by lining up a babysitter and letting me pick what we did for the night. We ate at Olive Garden and then walked around Grapevine Mills mall, where we each found new a shirt! We came home and put the kids to bed. Then we ate ice cream while watching 24!
Saturday 12th - We had our 2nd apartment event. We served a pancake breakfast at the clubhouse. We had about 13 people show up for that. We had a great time and really enjoyed getting to meet new people.
Sunday 13th - Mother's Day! I had a wonderful Mother's Day. The Prof made sure that Wild Man and Little One both had cards to give me. He helped both of them decorate and write in the cards. He also gave me a card with the movie "That Thing You Do." (We threw out our copy not too long ago - so this was a replacement). He also let me buy this beautiful wall clock for over the mantel. I did not have to cook all day and I just enjoyed being my kids and wonderful husband!
Monday 14th - B and D came to our new place. They are the first to officially sit on our new furniture. I am sure there will be a blog about it. We had dinner together and just enjoyed being able to spend time together. After our time with them, we headed off to an Apartment Life meeting.
Yesterday and today I have been battling a sinus infection, which is not fun!
Somewhere in all this I found time to plan the events, shop for the events, work out, eat lunch with our mentor couple (well the wife anyway) and keep the kids on their daily schedule. We have also had a lot of Welcome Visits to do. These visits are to people who had just moved in. We have enjoyed meeting these new people and are continuing to pray that God will show us what we need to do to meet the needs of those around us.
Saturday, May 05, 2007
Thursday, May 03, 2007
Blogging for me is therapy. I can not explain it, but there is something stress relieving about putting my thoughts into words. It gives me a place where I can be me and say what I think without people thinking badly of me. It also gives me a place where I can brag about my kids, or share funny stories. I guess it's my "happy place".
I really also like reading every ones comments and all the conversations that begin because of things I write. It is a lot of fun...and very addicting!
Anyway, that is why I blog. I tag BB! Why do you blog, BB?
Wednesday, May 02, 2007
None of us had supper yet, so we decided to drive thru Wendys. By the time we got to Wendy's it was raining so hard we could not hear the speaker. So, we drove up to the window, crack our car window enough so she could hear us and we could hear her and proceeded to order. The Prof was completely soaked by the time we got our food, but we got it, so that is all that counts.
We drove off and headed to church. When we got there, we decided to sit in the parking lot and eat. This way, we didn't have to drag everything in the building while it was pouring rain. We parked in the back of the lot and began to eat. As we sat there it began to rain harder. The next thing I saw was the light post in front of us begin to sway back and forth and then our car begin to shake back and forth, as rain is just pouring down around us to the point where we can not see a thing. Now, I am not dumb...I know at this point we are not just in the middle of rain. I have been, and still am terrified of extremely bad weather. So, I begin to freak out. I immediately grab onto Prof's arm and say, "I am so scared! This is not good!"
At this point Wild Man speaks up and changes the whole mood. He says, "Momma, you don't have to be scared. All you have to do is pray to God and he will make you not scared." He proceeds to bow his head and pray, "Dear God please help mommy not be scared." Wow! You know I have been working with him on being scared of sleeping in his room at night by himself. I think it is the neatest thing that he was able to remind me of something I had been trying to teach him. Wow! How amazing! God is good!
We did make it inside. We were soaked, but safe! As we headed home we saw lots of damage. There was not a tornado, but straight line winds that got up to 75 mph. This is one storm I will not forget!
Tuesday, May 01, 2007
This is the funny part, since I can remember I have always had a job where I was responsible for updating the bulletin board(s). Is God trying to tell me something? Or, punish me?
Anyway, as a CARES Team, we are responsible for the bulletin board in the Clubhouse. Yes, the bulletin board will not only be seen by every resident, but it will also be seen my anyone who decides they want information about Highland Park. PRESSURE!!! So, even though I very much dislike making bulletin boards, I found enough creativity to design this one......
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
The funny part is that now all we hear about is that cat and what Wild Man is going to do to that cat if he sees it and what the cat is going to do back. He has come up with some funny situations. Tonight Wild Man told Prof that the cat had been throwing rocks at him. I am laughing out loud right now just thinking about it. I mean the picture of a cat picking up rocks and throwing them just makes me laugh! Oh, I love Wild Man to pieces! He definitely makes my world a happier place, most of the time.
I was not at all warned, at all by anyone, that moving with a 3 year old boy would be impossible! Wild Man thinks that every stack of stuff (and yes it probably really is just "stuff") is there for him to play with and spread out all over the place. In fact right now, as I type this, Wild Man is playing with the rope The Prof left out. Wild Man has decided that everything in the kitchen should be tied together and so that is what he is in the process of doing. The door, fridge, table, and chairs are all tied together. The funny part is Little One is right in the middle! So, like I said, Wild Man thinks everything is his to do with what he wants to.
Also, because we are moving so close, we have been taking things in shifts. So, we have some stuff there and some stuff here. It is quite confusing for some one who is as organized and scheduled as I am.
I am telling you this, to tell you that life is CRAZY right now in the Skinkle home. Nothing is where it belongs and there is not a schedule of any sorts right now. So, this will be the last post for a while. I promise as soon as things calm down I will post pics of the new place up. Of course I must take them first! :-)
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
The Prof and I are organizers, so we love storage tubs. We love them because they are easy to stack and store things. If they get dirty, no worries! You can just wipe them down with a wet cloth. They very durable and are easy move, since they have the handles. We also love them because we can buy different colors. For example, all of our Christmas stuff in red tubs. This helps us know exactly which tubs to pull out at Christmas. I know we are crazy - but it works great!
We love storage tubs so much that on our 3rd move we decided to invest in some big storage tubs to move in. This would replace the boxes and we could reuse them everytime we move. We went to walmart and bought almost all of their tubs. We bought tall and short ones. Each were used for different purposes. We loved moving in the tubs, because they stacked up so easliy in the moving truck. However, I will be honest and tell you that I was not planning on having to use them this much already. They have moved with us 3 times now. And, now they are moving us one more time.
I have to be honest and tell you that I am not loving them so much right now. I sit here and look at them stacked up in my kitchen and think about everything I have to put in them. WOW! Well, my work awaits me! If I do not blog for a while, you can blame the Rubbermaid Storage Tubs!
Friday, April 13, 2007
As much as I have learned to appreciate my Easy Bake, I will not miss her at all when we move!
Thursday, April 12, 2007
A few weekends ago we were back on the same road headed to Memphis and saw the house! We decided to take pictures of it this time. So, on the way home, we pulled over and took some pictures. Check out this house...
Several things came to my mind when I saw it for the first time. In fact Prof and I had very lengthy conversations after every time we saw it. We asked questions like...I wonder who lives there? How many people do they have to take care of that house? How people live in the house? And, why in the world do you build a house like that on the side of the interstate? Just curious.
What do you think?
Monday, April 09, 2007
I was very excited about Easter this year, because Wild Man is begining to learn about Holidays. This would be his first Easter that he might understand a little bit of what was going on. And, if he didn't, he would atleast have fun dying eggs and eating candy! Anyway, I had everything all planned out. We would dye eggs Saturday night. On Sunday we would get up and Wild Man would run downstairs to see what the Easter Bunny brought him. We would all get dressed up in our Easter attire and go to church. After church we enjoy some family time and let Wild Man hunt for the eggs he died the night before.
Yes, you guessed it! Our Easter weekend was not like that at all. it all started Saturday when we woke up to snow outside. None of it stuck, but it snowed all day Saturday. So, there went the cute Easter outfits. Then Saturday night Wild Man started running a very high fever. we managed to dye some eggs, but not a lot. On Sunday, Wild Man and Little One both woke up with fever. We did convince Wild Man to go down stairs and see what the Easter Bunny brought him. He really enjoyed that, but ended up going back to bed. The Prof stayed home with the kids, while I went to church (one of us had to go since we teach 4th grade Sunday School). When I came home from church, we watched movies and just did nothing all afternoon. Not at all what I had planned.
So, that was Easter Skinkle Style this year. I am very glad that the real meaning of Easter is not about dressing up and dying eggs. I pray that I never take forgranted what Easter is all about. He Is Risen!