Archive for July, 2006

July 31, 2006

Beware, it’s a game of Tag…

Missie May

Aunt Tea





You are it! I tried not to tag anyone else that I know of that has been tagged already.  Please only play if you want to…:) 


5 Things In My Freezer:
  1. Multiple teething contraptions
  2. Frozen Wash Clothes, also for teething and I have had better sucess with them than almost anything else.
  3. David’s favorite ice cream: Safeway Select, Lemon Sherbert
  4. 3 different types of coffee beans ( organic, non organic and non organic, decaf )
  5. 3 different kinds of berries ( stawberries, blackberries and blueberries )

5 Things in My Closet:

  1. My favorite shoes,  Bright Pink Hanna Andersson Clogs
  2.  9 of David’s baseball caps
  3. A plaque that my Grandma gave us for our wedding that says: Be Encouraged " For I know the plans I have for you says the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11
  4. Several rolls of Christmas Wrapping Paper
  5. A small box of vintage linens that I have been meaning to sell on E-bay

5 Things in my Vehicle

  1. A Hair Brush
  2. Curve, David’s Cologne
  3. A baby blankie
  4. Baby toys
  5. A Wide assortment of Binkies

5 Things in my Purse

  1. All my make-up
  2. 3 diapers
  3. Expired Coupons
  4. My Digital Camera
  5. 2 Luna Bars

5 Things On My Desk:

  1.  a framed picture of David and Annabelle
  2. a yellow notepad
  3. a glass of water
  4. my sunglasses
  5. a stack of blank CDs

And if I can add one…

Your 5 Favorite Movies:

  1. Roman Holiday
  2. Elizabethtown
  3. You’ve Got Mail
  4. Return to Me
  5. The Prize Winner of Defiance Iowa

 Other players that I know of, so far: Misha, Tonya, Leslie, Whazat, Crystal

July 31, 2006

Thoughts from the Kitchen Sink…


The best time for planning a book is while you’re doing the dishes. 
~Agatha Christie

I was standing at my kitchen sink, up to my elbows in suds and a stack of dirty plates, remembering all the happiness the weekend has brought our little family.


e laughed a lot this weekend. Ate some really good food. David and I got to go on a date Friday night and sleep in on Sat. morning…All compliments of my Mom and Dad, who were here this weekend. We love our weekends with them.


hey played with Annabelle, took her on walks, bought her clothes, snuggled and kissed her, exclaimed over her, laughed with her, and at her. They loved and loved on her. And Annabelle, well, mostly she just beamed. She took everything in and beamed. And there are few things in the world that are sweeter to me than getting to watch my parents with my baby. They are head over heels. I love that. We miss you already Grammie and Dido, and you haven’t even been gone a half hour yet.

Here are a f

ew other highlights from the weekend, many of them were surprises:

  • David came home on Friday afternoon and surprised me with a bag of pistachios. Because of a awesome sale at Safeway, we have newly discovered these delicious snacking nuts. Later I was so guilty I had to confess to somebody so I quietly told him that I may even like pistachios more than I like chocolate. For those of you who just cannot relate to this, I will leave you with my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe. What about you? Is there anything you like better than chocolate?
  • a surprise "pillow attack" on David that ended up in a knock-down, blow-out fight of nearly epic proportions. I ( pause to gloat for me , here) won!  He was laughing so hard his reflexes just couldn’t keep up…
  • a HUGE surprise, more along the lines of a SHOCK, came in the mail for us on Sat. Unfortunately at this time, it has to remain a unspoken surprise. Lets just say it was a gigantic, baffling answer to prayer.            
  • After everyone went to sleep Sat. night, David and I had our very own "slumber party. I told him it was just like the ones I used to have with my girlfriends…We pulled the sheets over our heads and talked about absolutely nothing, far into the wee hours of the morning, our converstation peppered with generous amounts of whispered-laughter.    
  • There is the most remarkable, pinkest zinnia blooming out in the yard right now. There are more pictures of it towards the end of the latest photo album. Zinnia’s make me happy!  
  • I got the most fantastic case of goose bumps in church yesterday, really, from head to toe. We were singing ‘ How Great Thou Art. ‘ 1000 of us. Does this ever happen to you?

Now as promised, the recipe for  Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies:


2 1/4 cups of all purpose flour

   1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 cup ( 2 sticks) butter at room temperature

    1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 cup packed light-brown sugar

1 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons vanilla

2 large eggs

2 cups semisweet chocolate chips ( about 12 ounces)


1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, and baking soda; set aside. With and electric mixer, combine the butter with both sugars; beat on medium speed until light and fluffy. Reduce to low speed and all the salt, vanilla, and eggs. Beat until well mixed, about 1 minute. Add flour mixture; mix until just combined

2.  Drop heaping tablespoon-size balls of dough about 2 inches apart on a greased cookie sheet.

3.  Bake until cookies are golden around the edges, but still soft in the center, 8 to 10 min.


July 28, 2006

my (not so) little list of blessings infinite!

" The world is so full of a number of things,
I am sure we should all be as happy as kings." 
R. Lewis Stevenson

I  love to count things.
And I love lists.
 Have you ever stopped to count your blessings?
I have. I store away all my " small joys "
in a little blue and green tartan plaid notebook.
 And that notebook has become one of my dearest possesions.
I hope to write on the very last page someday.
 It’s amazing to me how so many little things make up our greatest happiness!
laughing until you’re crying…
attic rooms
a bouquet of pink tulips
Mountain Peaks
Bedtime Fairy Stories
Snow falling like diamonds
Doing Kartwheels
High Heels…Red Ones
The glow from a ruby red sunset
A Shooting Star 
Holding Daddy’s Hand
Rosy Cheeks
black licorice
A Croweded Sidewalk
An Open Field
Kissing Mommy’s Face Goodnight
A Sleeping Baby
Your Sleeping Baby
a rainy day(not days)
Shopping Downtown
clean underware
a double dare
a friendly pillow fight
A Warm Handshake
Climbing a Tree
Curious George

My Grandmother’s Handwriting
Hearing your baby laugh for the first time

A dripping ice cream cone
Whispered Secrets
Day Dreams
Running barefoot through the grass
a dip in the lake
Leading By Example
A dozen yellow roses
cowboy boots


a piggy-back ride
flying kites at the park
wild flowers
getting tickled till you almost pee your pants
daisy chains
Grandpa saying" You’re as cute as a bugs ear."
dried tears
falling in love
Sleeping out under the Stars
 how much kids love strawberry jell-o
the dance of waves
an autumn breeze
playing dress-up
A sticky note that says : I Love You
cinnamon rolls
making funny faces
sand castles
Thunder Storms
Blowing Kisses
jumping in a mud  puddle -why- because you felt like it
 a cup of coffee and a friend
it’s your birthday, and he remembered
snowball fights
red geraniums in a white window box
your very best friend
corn on the cob, buttered and salted
learning how to drive
Bible Stories
baby animals
being understood
playing in the woods
the blessing and curse of having a wild imagination
camping out…in the living room
Apple Blossoms
Goofy Uncles
An April Fools Joke
Your First Kiss
going berry picking
candy canes
The Sun on my Face
singing in the shower
washing dishes…with help
a pink striped hulla-hoop
Blue Sky
Sunday School
popcorn and a movie
 the rainbow after the rain
fairytale endings
sitting on the kitchen counter
red mittens
love letters
a listening ear
softly falling leaves
baby clothes
being silly

Dad’s stories
roller skates
Big Brothers
a smile from a stranger
peace and quiet
butterfly wings
the winter wind
perpetual joy
being tucked in
sweet dreams
looking on the bright side
a choir of birdsong
Christmas Morning
clam chowder
a long walk
Sail Boats
The Perfect Kodak Moment
the smell of freshly cut hay
smiley faces
a book you just can’t seem to put down
a toddlers vocabulary
your favorite song playing on the radio
eight hours of sleep
fireflies in a jar
Funny Toes
quiet people
seeing beauty in the ordinary
back scratches
holding a childs hand
the Seasons
gummy worms
packages in the mail
chocolate, in any form
belly buttons
 Common Sense
gold fish in a bowl
apple cider
cricket symphonies
looking on the bright side
deep thoughts
a blustery day
Dr. Suess
squirrles with question-mark tails
honey-nut cheerios
running on the beach…the sand beneath your toes
Your Guy, In a Tie
being on time
Sunday Morning Church
sheets hanging on the clothes line
fortune cookies
dancing around in the kitchen
a bottle of bubbles and hours of fun
a beautifully wrapped present
a pair of flowered capri’s
naked babies
my wedding ring
a water ballon fight
a sudden inspiration
 I have always wanted to write a book.
And if I ever did it would be made up of simple, floating thoughts like these. 
Intertwined with fitting and rich illustrations.
I am wondering, if I did would you read a book like that?
I am also wondering? What would you add to this list?
 All content is original
Copyright 2006
July 27, 2006

imaginary neighbors

I started blogging on a whim. One night I had a lot of time to kill and nothing to kill it with. David was working nights at the time. So, because I could, I joined the ranks of the nocturnal. One night I was surfing the internet during the wee morning hours, sort of like I am now. Somehow I ended up in MSN Spaces. I read a featured blog or two, the ones that caught my eye, then trotted off to start my own. Why? Because honestly, I was bored. Not inspired, bored. I had no idea that I was about to meet some of the dearest most amazing people in the history of my life. And I love how neither distance or location has hindered that. It’s like the most perfect neighborhood, the kind you imagine you live in.



The Best of MSN Spaces is just grand, perhaps the only thing better than being featured is doing the featuring. Hmmm. Now that’s an idea.


Fair warning here, I am about to start throwing adjectives at you.

And lots of them. Try: insightful, creative, convincing, gracious, deep, inspiring, honest, tender, caring, WISE, humorous, original, thoughtful, realENCOURAGING, brilliant, FUN, challenging, loving, amazing, inventive, gentle, strong, sweet.

You may not ever see the women I have just described on the cover of PEOPLE magazine, but let me tell you,

I know where you can find real celebrities.

These women are many things, not the least of which is extraordinary.

In the middle of laundry and dirty dishes/diapers, that never-ending to-do list, church activities, errand running, snack making, loving, cleaning the house, rocking babies, listening, working, cooking, more snack making, doing favors for, teaching, and tired, with no make-up on, still in their sweats at noon, hair up in a pony tail.

They love their life. As everyday as it may be. As busy as it may be.

These women nearly swoon at the sight of the small bouquet of flowers sitting on thier kitchen table.

Or a glittering sunset that they know was a gift, " painted " especially for them. A love note left on the bathroom mirror. 

Bedtime stories, kisses and prayers.

They often find their greatest pleasure in the smallest,

and simplest of things.

These women are the truest definition of beauty:


July 26, 2006

Some staggering stats

  • So far today,I have had 1181 hits. And it’s only 7:29 a.m.
  • Wow. Wow. Wow
  • The statistics are astounding!
  • I can’t believe how BIG MSN spaces is!
  • I am having such a ball. You guys are amazing! It’s just so much fun to meet you.
  • Thank you for signing my guest book and leaving me such splendid comments. By far best thing about being featured is discovering you. 
  • Really and truly, I am having the time of my life with this!  

July 25, 2006

Monday Cheerfuls

By the time I publish this post, it will be tomorrow.


art of me wants to whine a little bit about how I was up to my neck in 7 loads of laundry, a weekend’s worth and broken dishwasher-full of dishes, and company in and out all day long etc.etc.


ot to mention the whole discourse I had planned to write on how heat and teething, do not compliment each other, in which I would strategically tuck in this clever quote from Mark Twain: " Adam and Eve had many advantages, but the principal one was that they escaped teething. "


r about how much I have been looking forward to getting a chance to sit down at the computer all day and anonymously thank the anonymous person who nominated me for MSN’s What’s Your Story?. I was suprised and delighted at the news. Most of all because it means I get to meet all sorts of wonderful new people like you. I expected that being featured on Spaces would perhaps be today’s highlight. It’s turned out to be more like a cherry on top. I will explain…


irst of all, Annabelle did something unprecedented today. Really, it was nothing short of remarkable. She waved at me. Over and over and over. With her adorable and wobbily little baby hand, in slow baby-motion. Now, Is that cute, or is that cute?! At first I thought it was this adorable random kind of thing. Until she waved at David, at her Auntie’s Roo and Deb and at her Uncle Bear. Okay, so my 5 month old is waving and she knows it. And I know it. And she knows that I know it! She is doing it on purpose. She and I and everyone else for that matter, we know it.


t is truly the cutest thing I have ever seen in my life…she could win the Nobel Peace Prize and I wouldn’t be any prouder of her than I am right now, today!

The other thing was this. I have done a lot of blogging in past months and come across a lot of wonderful people. But I have never before seen anything nearly as sweet as the comment I discovered tonight. It was a note from a husband to his wife that he left in her guestbook. Let me tell you, that woman is blessed. This is what she had to say about him, and I quote, " Loving and being loved by a good man is like winning the lottery, every single day of your life."

July 22, 2006

An Introduction, A Praise and another Prayer Request…

I’d like you to meet someone. Actually, it is more like 4, going on 5 someones. These someones are very dear to us. In fact they are some of our closest friends. They also happen to be a part of our family. When you get a chance, please skip on over and say hello at:  My Freckled  Lemonade.
Pete is David’s younger brother and look-alike, most people think they are twins. Well they are sort-of. We call them 4-year Twins. Expect to see a striking resemblance.
Min (MinMom) is his sweet and beautiful wife and though technically she is my sister-in-law, I prefer to drop the -in-law part and simply claim her as my sister, because at heart that is just what she is to me. And I am so excited for her to meet all of you, I have told her about the amazing friendships I have made and how much fun it is to share little snap-shots from our everyday life with each other.
Then there is Boo, she is the oldest of all of Papa and Mor-Mor’s grandchildren, and so very dear to my heart. We love each other very much and have a very special bond. Some of our favorite things to do together are: dress up and dance around the living room to music from the Nut-Cracker Suite, make waffles, go for walks, pick berries and flowers, read Doctor Suess. I used to read to her, now she is reading to me.
She is my all-time favorite person in the world to have  slumber parties with!
Sonny is the family clown and cuddle-bug, all-boy, smart-as-a-whip, like his sissy, who he is quite in-love with and just full of life. His daddy has called him "wee-man," since he was born. Yeah, he’s pretty much of a crack-up and a darn cute one at that.
The littlest one of the family is getting very close to half way to his or her happy birth-day. Everyone loves this tiny person, who we haven’t even met yet.
They have just moved from our area in Wa. to the area in ID. that both our families are from. Big switch. They seem to be loving it so far. You can see for your self by clicking here.
I also have very wonderful news to report about the dear little family I asked you all to pray for earlier this week. The little tyke is home with his Mommy and his Daddy. He’s on medication and they are watching him very closely. So far whatever they are giving him seems to be helping enough for them to release him from the hospital. I can’t begin to imagine the joy and relief they must be feeling tonight. God is so faithful! Thank you all  more than I can say for your prayers for them. They have been answered in so many different ways.
Which brings me, if you wouldn’t mind, to one more prayer request. So we have this other really dear friend. David grew up with him. He met this beautiful, amazing girl and they fell madly in love and got engaged. They couldn’t have been happier. Then right before Christmas, they were snowboarding together and his fiance somehow lost control and hit a tree. She died instantly. Straight into the arms of Jesus who she loved deeply. 700 plus people attended her memorial service. 
We were shocked.Crushed. Devastated for our friend. And yet he has chosen to embrace the grief and pain, he is learning to live with it, and 7 months later is still clinging to Jesus, trusting Him, even though there are no more answers to the screaming whys than there were on the day he lost her.
David called him the other night and left a message,  just to remind him that we haven’t forgotten about his loss, that we love him and are still praying for him, that he is often in our thoughts. He texted messaged David back later to say: " Thank you. Your timing was perfect. I am just crying to hard right now to talk.  
I am asking you to pray for him. Today would have been their wedding day.
July 21, 2006

Ups and Downs and In-betweens…

I am going to take advantage of this small window of opportunity called Nap Time and if nothing else, start a post. My little Anniebelle has had a terrible case of Cranky-teetingitise this week, and it has soundly, worn us out. Last night it felt like she was awake more more than she was asleep, crying her poor little baby eyes out. I think it may have been the worst night we have had, since she was born.  If I hadn’t been so groggy, I would have cried right along with her. Eventually after what felt like hours of rocking and bouncing and pacing and patting and humming and praying, I crawled back into bed only to find my poor husband sleeping with the pillow not under but over his head. She can get pretty loud and our house is very small. After several more rounds of screaming, Annabelle and  I ended up in the guest bed in the nursery and finally woke up to the phone ringing this morning, the blinked at the clock…5:24 am…it was David, he had overslept and was in such a panic to get out the door to work that he didn’t have time to kiss us goodbye. He said it was less than two minutes between the time he woke up and left for work.

First time mom speaking here, until last night,  I had no idea what a family affair teething can be. As soon as she wakes up for her nap, which hopefully won’t be for a long time we are on our way to the grocery store for two things.

  1.  a double shot iced coconut latte for me
  2.  and a bottle of infant tylenol for her



Besides teething we have been busy with several projects around here.  On Tuesday David bought me 14 English rose bushes. (pause here for a nice long sigh)  What can I say, they were on sale! And I am going to make a rose garden.  We knew we would have a our work cut out for us in planting them but so far we only have 4 left to put in the ground. More pictures to follow.

I put the finishing coat of paint on a bookshelf that David made for me (and yes, he is in fact the single most remarkable, skilled  and wonderful man ever! ) It looks like something straight out of the pottery barn catalog. I love it.


Annnabelle turned 5-Months Old on Tuesday.We celebrated with ice cream cones, heaping with lemon sherbert.

With each new day we fall more deeply in love with her. As David says " she’s our little person." She is the joy of our days and we both agreed last night as we were peeking in at her playing quietly in her crib " the cutest thing we have ever seen."  (emphasis on cutest AND ever) It’s a line that gets quoted in all different variations, on a daily basis around this little house. 

She completes our happiness.




July 20, 2006

The Cheery and Indispensible Guest Book…


Please, do take a minute during your vist to skip over and sign my guest book, so I know you have been here and where I can find you. 
Thank you and a lovely day to you.
July 18, 2006

An Updated Update

The doctors have re-diagnosed baby boy dear. They are now thinking that he has something called  " hyper insulin-ism. " It is actually the opposite of diabetes and they say, incredibly RARE. Instead of his blood sugar levels dropping below normal, they sky-rocket to a dangerously high number. They are going to give him a 48 trial period on a new medicine. If that doesn’t seem to be helping he will be life-flighted to a hospital in Philadelphia where they specialize this type of thing. If it does turn out to be hyper-insulinism instead of this gland in his brain, it is a much better prognosis and a huge answer to prayer.

Daddy is home, safe and sound. I guess he lost 30 lbs while he was in the Middle East. He said the water there, is too hot to drink. Can you imagine?!  

More good news, they aren’t going to make him go back. He will be re-assigned somewhere close to home!

The Daddy and Mommy asked us all to pray that baby boy’s appetite will come back. They are so encouraged by and thankful for the literally thousands of people that don’t even know them and yet are praying for and concerned about them. That’s you. Thank you