Monday, June 30, 2008

My kind of Woman!!!

Ashley kindly guided me to Confessions of a Pioneer Woman today. I am in heaven and have to share!!!
So blogger isnt letting me upload images right now, but go there! she is wonderfully spoken, takes great pictures, and COOKS! now why would i care that she cooks? she SHARES. very detailed step by step recipes. and boy it looks yummy! something for everyone. literally. Bread Pudding, And Whiskey Cream Sauce to Boot....Cowboy Nachos...The Best Chocolate Sheet Cake. Ever...Tomato-Basil Pizza!...Everything Cookies....Yogurt Cream and Berries...Creme Brulee...Orange mini-muffins with Brown Sugar Glaze...my list can go on and on. check it out for yourself. But make sure you have lots of time! :)

Friday, June 27, 2008

Sometimes i am so excited about a giveaway that i almost dont want to share because it lowers my chances the more people enter!! :) Its less evil if i admit it, right? Well this giveaway got me really excited {plus i get an extra entry for sharing}...so here it is! go to NATURES CHILD {a really great and kid friendly store in Charlottesville} and enter to win a bumGenius 3.0 Starter Kit!! Dont cloth diaper? GIVE THEM TO ME!!! :)

Friday, June 20, 2008


Sleeping Beauty. When did she get so big!?!?!


I woke her up :(


Caleb and henry were playing and then we heard a soft thud and when we checked it out we figured out it was Henrys head hitting the floor as Caleb laid him down to clean him up. Luckily Henry was fine with the whole thing. What a helper.


my other cars a wagon!
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more lake



dirty faced princess
{that would be banana with sand stuck to it. yumm}



Samantha and Cheyenne soaking up the sun, wishing there were some boys to check out :)
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80's


Gracie's Auntie Sam is in town and Grace is reaping the rewards :) Dont you love the hair!?!?
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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

eating



I'm not sure when {or why} but Caleb has decided that the best way to at is in one big bite.



This was a couple minutes in, so you should have seen it at first. It really is most of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. I had gotten him to take two small bites before i turned my back and the rest went in! He calls it "choking"...cause it makes him gag! But for some reason he's thinking its a good way to eat...for now.
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Gardening?

I was gardening the other day, when my hose was stolen!





What better way to cool down?!
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Do i really need to explain??
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Rain



So we have gotten a lot of rain lately. I love it. But i just found these on my card from last week and thought i would go ahead and post. i wish i could have gotten a pic that actually showed the buckets of water falling.

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Monday, June 9, 2008

Saturday, June 7, 2008

More Bonds

I'm copying and pasting this directly from a comment Denny left. It gives some great quotes that give a much better explanation and overview of the book than i gave. Thanks, Denny. Saves me lots of typing! :)

On victimization...
{page 61}
There is very big difference between portraying oneself as a victim and actually being a victim....we are responsible when we present ourselves as victims in order to justify ourselves. There are indeed real victims, but acting and feeling victimized does not make a person a real victim.
One way we can make ourselves out to be victims is by failing in some aspect of life; our failure "proves" how badly we have been treated.

{67}
Often we will do almost anything to hang on to our victimhood, even if it means destroying something we treasure.On Living a lie...

{30}
Fable: Our accusing, self-excusing feelings such as anger, frustration, bitterness, self-pity, and so on, are signals that we are in the right.
Fact: Such feelings are signals that we in the wrong.

{34}
Another puzzling feature of self-betrayal is the idea that justifying ourselves by accusing others of mistreating us must always be a lie.

{37}
The very fact that we need to struggle for approval proves that we do not approve of ourselves.Love is not manipulative...

{189}
We influence others most profoundly when we do not seek to change them at all, but simply go about straight-forwardly doing the right and loving thing.

{252}
It is a key sign of danger when we expect that others should change in response to our change. This signals a lapse on our part, to feel that we need others to change before we can be free of our troubled, afflicting thoughts and feelings, we have either lost the joy we felt when we experienced our change of heart or else we never experienced that change at all.The only way to start afresh...

{307}
It doesn't matter if we marry a different spouse, take another job, or move to another country. We will be the same: we will interpret our world the same way, and others will respond to us the same way.

{308}
Nothing can change fundamentally until we change fundamentally. We shall never find a beloved until we become lovers.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Hero

Mommy wouldnt let gracie outside
gracie was very upset
Gracie heard Daddy come in the front door. Grabbed May{s}
Ran to Daddy {both Mays in tote}
The next picture would be them outside, but i failed to take a pic of it...cause i didnt want to go outside...hense her crying in the first place! :)




We are setting Gracie up for twins!




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My favorite is the anorexic giraffe with the broken neck :)
but he was a yummy gingerbread cookie none the less!
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I have been reading a wonderful book. Bonds That Make Us Free. For me, it has been one of those books that you read and just can't be the same person or look at life the same anymore. It's been profound, and yes...cheesy as it sounds...life changing. I have read, studied, attended...many self-help ideas. Looked for happiness and peace that i seem to miss so often. Let go of hurt and anger. Be positive. Treat others as i want to. Just be me, as i know i really am somewhere inside behind all the junk. Now i am sure that this is more than any of you care to know about me, but i tell you this because I have learned some new ideas {through this book} that just clicked. It introduces many ideas quite contrary to most therapeutic advise. It takes the responsibility off of outside sources and puts it squarely on your {my} shoulders. And while a lot of this was hard to swallow, it is just what i need. It's written by C. Terry Warner. He is part of The Arbinger Institute.
I, more for myself than anything, am wanting to write down a couple things that mean a lot to me. That somehow hit a cord, clicked, with me.
The first ones that are standing out the me today are actually in the epilogue at the very end of the book. So while they will probably make sense, just remember that there was a lot leading up to these things that helped them click with me. Like i said this is more because i want to write them down, but figured i would share them with you guys as well.


{319}
FABLE: The quality of life- the success we hope for- depends largely upon attaining what people have commonly called the good life. By this we mean competing for, obtaining, and securely holding on to certain externals- for example, pleasures, status, or possessions- which we regard as valuable, satisfying, and reflective of our worth.
FACT: The quality of life depends upon the choices we make, moment by moment, to do exactly what we sense is right toward all living things, including God. To distinguish this from pursuing the good life, i would like to call it pursuing a life of goodness. This means a life of practical faith.

{317}
...Doing the right thing no matter what others may think requires faith - faith of a peculiarly practical kind. It takes faith not to rely upon external evidences, or anything else that can be seen, for our sense of acceptability. We must trust instead in certain things we cannot see and cannot use for self-promotion, such as the light or guidance given us through our sense of others' needs and feelings. Signs of these needs flow to us from others without interruption and invite us to love them. We cleanse ourselves of insecurity and gain self-assurance when we do exactly as this love dictates, rather than constantly struggle to prop up a dubious, idealized image of ourselves. The key is to realize the infinite supremacy of love over status.