Thursday, January 29, 2009

Recent lunch trends....

For the last few weeks ,at least, my girls have been munching on very healthy - yet simple- lunches. It's actually amazing to me that this is what they want, but yeah! for them. I think they are definitely eating healthier than I am. Sometimes we substitute the PB sandwiches for saltine crackers with PB. (no jelly for these kids!) Today was a special occasion because I let them "picnic" on a blanket in Bethany's room while they watched Toy Story 2. Usually Mallory has a pile of grape tomatoes on her plate but I ran out. Those are apple chips, which I discovered that I love --but the girls -- not so much!

I almost took a picture of their dinner, to show the contrast, but decided not to. need for evidence of their not-so-healthy dinner of chicken fries from BK. (with f.fries, apple fries, and chocolate milk)

Oh, and yes....this means Bethany had ANOTHER snowday!! UGH! I like being with the girls, and I love how they play together and occupy each other.....but, I'm concerned about how much school the kids are missing out on. What a winter!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

A Terrifying Experience......

Today, my little Mallory was eating a chicken leg, which she loves to do, and she is not a delicate little eater. She rips into it like a burly man- she'll eat any part of it that hits her mouth. All of a sudden she starts coughing, so I look up at her and watch for her to stop coughing, but I see that she can't catch her breath and her eyes are watering. I stand up and run around the table as fast as my body has ever moved, I think, and stick my finger in her mouth to sweep it out. I was able to sweep out a big chunk of chicken from her mouth, but had to stick my finger further down her throat to get whatever was still choking her. I could feel what seemed to be a bone about an inch or so long, but I couldn't get it out. I knew it- and my finger - was hurting her, but I tried a few times to get it out and was feeling so helpless. I stopped and looked around me and said, "I can't get it out!" My mind was racing, trying to remember what to do next.....then she started crying. Oh, I have never been so relieved in my life to hear someone cry! I knew when I heard her cry that she must have swallowed whatever it was. I grabbed her and held her to me and started crying myself. It all happened so fast, but I don't think my heart settled for at least another 10-15 minutes, though she seemed fully recovered within the first 5 minutes. This was a first for me as a mother......very unpleasant. I do know, however, that she/we were blessed when she stopped choking....I was losing my cool and the Lord helped Mallory for me. Whew!

I'm actually proud of me.

So, you know it's gotten pretty pathetic when you are proud of yourself for accomplishing a short to-do list for two days in a row. But, I did it. It's been so long since I've felt very productive as a "homemaker", but hooray for me! I even cooked dinner last night - oh, yeah. I know, you're thinking "what? she doesn't normally cook dinner for her family?!" I must confess that I've been very bad about that the past couple of years. I'm working on it. And, I've even stuck to my daily cleaning schedule and still had time to play with my snowed-in kids, read, watch a little TV to relax, and went to bed before midnight (well, I'm a little late tonight). Dishes are not piled high due to my lack of a dishwasher (ugh!)...., and my house and laundry are clean. Yes!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

I didn't forget my camera this time!

Mal spent most of her time throwing "snowballs" at everybody.

Do you think she stayed warm in this getup? Yep!

My rosy-cheeked baby!

She's a pro at this sledriding thing....always goes the farthest.

Grandpa Ralph pulls the girls on the sled until we get to our hill.

Our "borrowed" Snowman!

Mallory was so fixated on this snowman that we had to take pictures with him.
We didn't build him, though.

Saturday, January 17, 2009


I'm kicking myself for forgetting my camera when the girls and I, and their grandpa, went sled riding the other day, so I'm going to attempt to describe the event. The temperatures were in the teens, but we were surprisingly okay with it. Hats, scarves, puffy coats, gloves, snow bibs, and snow name it, we were wearing it. So, just picture this......Bethany going down the hill "all by herself" and screaming, "Wahoo!!!" with her arms up in the air as she reached the end of her ride. You see, she had outdone the distance of all the other kids who had sledded that hill earlier in the evidenced by the sled tracks. And, Mallory......oh, it was too cute. She wanted to ride with me just about every time, and because the hill was somewhat steep I would pull the sled back up the hill with one hand, and with my other hand - help her climb the hill. Well, after she had been helped a few times, her little independent self wanted no more assistance. Picture this...little girl with striped hat - with a pompom on top and matching mittens, big puffy and pink-flowered coat, blue Buzz Lightyear boots ( which she insisted on even though she has cute little matching pink boots ), and snow pants that puffed out so far they added a foot to her width - which were only about 6 inches of her height when you add in the long coat and tall boots. She would kind of crouch forward and spread her legs out a little, then take a few steps up the hill, then stop and balance herself, then continue her mountain climb. It was about the cutest thing I've ever seen. I don't know if that that description made it even remotely imaginable, but I tried.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Sending some love to NC......

We did get to visit NC this weekend and were so happy to make it happen! Our little-brother-like friend, Logan Mann, got married recently and was having an open house in Fayetteville, so we decided to make the trip -and got to see some other people we love so much while we were there. It's been a year and a half since we've been there, and once we got there we realized even more how much we miss our NC friends. As soon as we greeted good friends like the Ginn family and the Mann family, Jerry, Deon, Tricia, Dana and Dwayne and their sweet new baby girl, the Leadbetters, Therese, the Prasses, the Newcomers, Chris Anderson, and more.......we just felt so loved and at-home again. Our girls had so much fun playing with so many of their sweet little friends. Bethany still regularly says that she misses her "real friends" in North Carolina. We do love living in WV, don't get me wrong, and it's amazing to have our family nearby. I wouldn't want to change that. There was something, though, about having those wonderful friends near us again, you know - who have strong testimonies and have known us through the births of our daughters, through happy times and difficult struggles. We've seen many of them experience life struggles, loss, growing families, empty nests, testimony builders, and memorable events and because we've shared those times in our lives it feels as if we are eternally connected. I love you all! We feel so blessed to have met so many amazing people over the years and to have learned from each of them. Our faith has grown because of our relationships with each of you.

Those of you who are Manns reading this felt so incredible to be amongst your family after all this time apart. Your home felt like an extension of our home - because you've always made us feel so welcome and loved. It was wonderful to meet Becca and catch up with you, Logan. You have married a sweet, amazing young woman. We can't wait to get to know you even better, Becca. Mel, I wish we'd had even more time to just sit and talk. Someday soon, ok? We missed you, Amber and Vaughn, Cory, Stefani, and Sean and Brit -and all of your kiddos! Can't wait to see each of you again.

*I did take my camera, but forgot to even get it out and take any pics. Oops. : )

Thursday, January 8, 2009

My Special Time

(Check out all four new posts below!)

Lately, the girls and I have had lots of evenings to watch their new movies for Mommy/Daughters Movie Nights. It's been lots of fun.....we make popcorn and get out some chocolate and drinks. I miss having Brad around in the evenings when he's working or at meetings, but I treasure the time I get with just my girls. :)

More Photos - Christmas at the Poe House

My nephew, Jaxson. (above)

Can you see the elf ears? Aunt Shannon let Bethany wear her elf hat on Christmas.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

More Christmas

Our Tree - Christmas Eve

This is what Santa left for the girls.
Bethany was disappointed this year when she opened clothes.......shucks! I've gotten away with it every year until now. Mallory, however, was thrilled every time she opened a box with clothes inside. Go figure!

Oh, I could just eat this little girl up!

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Christmas 2008

Our Christmas season was full of fun and love and busyness. After my last post, we had Bethany's Christmas program at school, well it was held at the local college. Mallory was extremely upset that she could not go up and sing on the stage after Bethany's class finished. Thank goodness Aunt Anita was there to entertain Mal outside with Gatorade and snacks while the program continued. We did have to let her go up after all was done so that she could sing on stage, too. What a little ham!
We put up our tree for a Family Home Evening, but ended up moving it to the other side of the room later on. That was fun....for Brad and his dad. I just watched. : )

We went out for Chinese on Christmas Eve with the Bennett family, as is their tradition, spend our 1st Christmas morning in our own house and then rushed over to local grandparents' house for more gifts, and then moved onto my family after that. It was a very busy day, but we had lots of fun - especially watching the little ones enjoy what Santa had left for them. Games were played, new movies were watched, and many of us have been reading new books ever since that day. One of the bummers of our Christmas was that it did not snow- our Californian family members were quite disappointed. What is with rain in the winter? I would much rather see white flakes falling, than have to chase Mallory out of the water puddles every time we go outside. I never did get to the sugar cookies with the kids, but they did help me make the easiest of holiday treats. (pretzels, Rolos, and pecan halves) Yum! Brad and I were reminded of how much fun we used to have buying lots of presents for each other for our first Christmases together, but we have since decided to just do stockings for each other and spend our holiday budget on our loved ones. It feels so good to find the right gift and watch someone find joy in what you've chosen for them.
Since then we've been reorganizing bedrooms and closets and toy shelves and bins to make room for new things, and starting a new load for Goodwill. I still haven't put away my Christmas decorations, but they are all laid out on my dining room table awaiting their boxes. I'm still trying to sort out my goals for the year. I want to make sure they're reasonable. Maybe I'll fill you in when I complete the list, so that I'm held more accountable.

Hope that you all have a Happy New Year and are blessed in 2009!