Thursday, May 28, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
Friday night was the dress rehearsal for the big show on Saturday. That was about 5 hours long....so we were tired. Saturday was the "Greatest Show on Earth" (aka the dance recital). It was the best. My husband's step dad commented on what a professional show it was. The first Act was very much the circus.....complete with clowns, acrobats, bunnies and - peanuts, popcorn and cotton candy. I had a bunny, an acrobat, cotton candy and a clown in my brood. L's predance class were bunnies. They were so cute!!!! M's tumbling class were the acrobats. A's ballet class was pink cotton candy and danced to "Truly Scrumptious" and her tap class were Clowns and threw confetti "water" on the audience. The second act was very Cirque de soliel...... it was the Cirque de TTPAA..... A's jazz class did a great dance to "Zydego" in this part of the show.
What's that? Where are the pictures that show my adorable girls in their costumes?
WELL - I took TONS and TONS of them and would love to be able to show them to you but when I took the memory card out of the camera Saturday night and placed it in the computer, the computer didn't recognize the card......Apparently -- somehow the card is corrupted and so I LOST ALL OF MY PICTURES!!!! To say I'm upset about that is a complete understatement.
I sat up really late and even downloaded a free thing to try and recover the pictures.....it did some how run a scan but it found nothing.....bad scepters it said.....BOO!
AND -- that means I have no pictures of B's baptism and luncheon yesterday to show you either. However, it was a great day full of family and friends. He is one loved little boy and I was so happy they were all at church for this big day.
So, I will end this boring, pictureless post and try to get back to the laundry and my menu that needs to get finished.....oh no -- the quiet is gone. B's awake.....
talk to ya'll soon! Have a great Memorial Day
Thursday, May 21, 2009
After traveling the country for ten years hoping to shake free from the trail of disaster that’s become her life, she needs a fresh start.
The last person she wants to see when she heads home for her sister’s wedding is Boone—her former flame and the reason she left town.
Her best friend’s husband absolutely did not commit the first murder Kellogg, Minnesota, has seen in more than a decade.
What PJ doesn’t know is that when she starts digging for evidence, she’ll uncover much more than she bargained for—a deadly conspiracy, a knack for investigation, and maybe, just maybe, that fresh start she’s been longing for.
It's not fair to say that trouble happens every time PJ Sugar is around, but it feels that way when she returns to her hometown, looking for a fresh start. Within a week, her former teacher is murdered and her best friend's husband is arrested as the number-one suspect. Although the police detective investigating the murder--who also happens to be PJ's former flame--is convinced it's an open-and-shut case, PJ's not so sure. She begins digging for clues in an effort to clear her friend's husband and ends up reigniting old passions, uncovering an international conspiracy, and solving a murder along the way. She also discovers that maybe God can use a woman who never seems to get it right.
Read the first chapter: http://gotsugar.susanmaywarren.com/ GO NOW! You won't be sorry!
About Susan: Susan May Warren is the award-winning author of seventeen novels and novellas with Tyndale, Steeple Hill and Barbour Publishing. Her first book, Happily Ever After won the American Fiction Christian Writers Book of the Year in 2003, and was a 2003 Christy Award finalist. In Sheep’s Clothing, a thriller set in Russia, was a 2006 Christy Award finalist and won the 2006 Inspirational Reader’s Choice award. A former missionary to Russia, Susan May Warren now writes Suspense/Romance and Chick Lit full time from her home in northern Minnesota.
A note from Susan May Warren
Sometimes, do you feel like you just don’t fit in? You look around you and if anyone knew how difficult it was just to put yourself together, to smile when you feel completely overwhelmed, to even figure out what you were making for supper, they’d know what a mess you were. Maybe you totally relate to those words in 1 Peter – God’s elect, strangers and aliens in the world. Do you feel like when you look in the rear view mirror, all you see are your mistakes?
Maybe not. But if so, then PJ is your gal. I wanted to write a story about the person in so many of us who just wants to get it right…but can’t seem to stay out of trouble. My friend and I have what we call the “stupid mouth” club…and we report our weekly foibles (usually on Monday, after Sunday church!). PJ is our charter member. She’s the girl that changes her mind, always hopes for the best, is always discovering that she is just a little different than everyone else. PJ is us.
And that’s good news. Because God loves PJ. He loves her messiness, and her impulsiveness, her heart bent toward others, the hope that fuels her actions. And He has a plan for PJ – one that includes her weaknesses as well as her strengths.
Yep, I need to hear that – need to hear that I don’t have to be perfect for God to love me, use me, sing over me. Need to hear that although I don’t fit in, well, I’m not supposed to…in fact, I’m supposed to be a little…alien.
I wrote PJ for everyone who feels just a little messy, just a little like they can’t quite get it right. And who needs to hear that God loves them. Period. Full stop. Hallelujah.
What is your favourite Bible verse and what does it mean to you?
My current favourite is: Hebrew 4:16, “Let us approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” It means that even when I come crawling, my face to the floor, He won’t reject me. I pull it out whenever I blow it, or feel inadequate, or when someone hurts me, or...when I hurt someone else. Basically whenever I feel like I’m Trouble, I remember that God won’t turn away. In fact, He may even do what I do to my children – turn me to face Him, despite my puffy red face, wipe off my tears and pull me into His arms.
How did I come to be a writer?
I’ve always been amazed at the journey God has taken me on. I always loved to write, but being a missionary in Russia, I never dreamed about being an author. I just tried to do the best with what God had entrusted to me, and for me that meant writing missionary newsletters. I honed my skills through my newsletter, and then, after a number of years, began to write devotionals and magazine articles. Although I tried my hand at writing novels (I wrote 4 before I ever had one published), I never thought I would get anything published. But I diligently studied craft and analyzed books, even though I was hidden away in Siberia. I’ll always be grateful that Tyndale took a chance on me! I’m still learning, and still trying to be a good steward of the gift and task I’ve been given to write books that draw people closer to God.
Where did the idea for PJ Sugar come from?
Every author dreams of a moment where someone says something, or they see something on the news, or in a newspaper and it springs out at them, nearly shouting – STORY IDEA! This happened to me a number of years ago while talking to friends about their daycare situation, and how one of the parents ended up being a murder suspect! Scary! But an interesting idea. About that time, I was a mom who wore many hats – homeschooling mom, writing teacher, speaker, children’s church leader, -- and it occurred to me that a mother really has to be a sort of PI. Not only taking on different roles, but sleuthing out daily household mysteries like, who ate the last of the peanut butter (and put it back in the cupboard?) and whose socks are laying in the middle of the floor, and finally…(in our house), who let the dog (and her muddy feet!) in the house! PJ is the alter-ego in every mom, that super-hero inside of us that allows us to have esp (I know you’re not really done with your homework!), or have “eyes in the back of our head,” (stop poking your sister!) or even figure out how to whip together an award-winning science project the night before the fair. PJ just applies all those skills to bad guys and figuring out the truth.
PJ Sugar is also a woman who wants to be all things to all people. She wants to be her nephew’s champion and her sister’s best friend, and her mother’s favorite daughter, and Boone’s special girl, and the hero of her hometown. That’s not too much to ask, is it? Maybe…because God wants her to be His girl, and satisfied in who He made her to be. And that is a journey for all of us PJ Sugars.
Embarrassing really. I am sorting through toys and we WILL be getting rid of some things and especially some stuffed animals. We have a pile of animals that could be 3 feet high and 5 feet wide......
Why, you might as. Why? Why am I cleaning out kids rooms and playrooms? Well - Spring Cleaning, maybe. But it might possibly also be that we TONS of family and friends headed to town tomorrow and Saturday. If I didn't mention it before -- it is a BIG weekend for us. Saturday is our girls dance recital (which in itself is wreaking havoc on my schedule this week) and then we are having Mr. B baptised on Sunday. Lots of people coming in for these two big events and, while I am so happy they are coming, I despise cleaning out!
It just gets me all worked up over why people can't put things back where they go? And why am I the only one who "knows" where things go? It just makes me wanna bulldoze and get rid of it all.....and really, I am not sure they would even notice.
And, AND! I have to take all 4 kiddos with me to dance rehearsal tonight. Hubs has some interviewing to do so he won't be able to help out during that. Then he has a softball game at 6:30 and that is just about the time we will be done at rehearsal so suppertime, bathtime, and bedtime -- all me today too. The evening routine is something I do by myself whenever hubs has meetings at church so that is really not unusual. Guess I'm just spoiled because he really is such a good Daddy who helps with so much. That includes baths and bedtime and coming home so I don't have to take everyone to dance rehearsal. It's just one of those days......guess I'm just complaining a little. sorry. I'll work on my attitude as we head downstairs -- so I can clean out and L and B can mess up.....ugghhh. I know -- working on the attitude.
SO - I will see ya'll tomorrow. I must drag myself down there to the unpleasentness that awaits.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
I'm not lying when I say that about 30 minutes later I realized that my baby was not in hubs lap....so I looked around the room....he wasn't crawling/sitting on the floor anywhere either....
What does it say that I misplaced my child for 30 minutes?!!?
Luckily, he was in hubs office with the girls but still! I didn't even notice he was gone, ya'll.
One thing I know for sure is that God speaks though other people and I need feedback on these things.
Here is a list of thinks I'm pondering on and mulling over as I go through my day today.....
* Why do people come to church to be seen? And why bother if you aren't there to grow spiritually?
*The number of people who read their bulletins during the sermon. The number of people who don't look at their bulletins period.
*Children's church should be more than Sunday School revisited/babysitting service for older kids.
* And various and sundry other questions about church stuff.....
And all of these things lead me to:
*Am I being a pharisee or are these really things I should be pondering on? both?
What do ya'll think?
This week is going to be busy.
This week is going to be crazy busy.
This week......is the week of the dance recital. We have rehearsals every night except tonight. Tues, Wed, Thurs from 4 - 6 and then Friday we have dress rehearsal. It starts at 4 and who knows how long we will be practicing. Between all the dance and all the meetings we have at church, I am only cooking one night this week. I am not really happy about having to eat so much fast food this week but I guess it will have to do.
Our menu this week will look like this:
Monday - Zaxby's (because kids eat free on Mondays -- we get 2 kids meals free b/c it has to be with a paying adult)
Tuesday - crockpot chicken tacos, spanish rice and guacamole salad
Wednesday - Feast at church. Hubs will bring me and two of the girls to go plates.
Thursday - something quick after dance....the kids want Wendy's -- guess that is better than Mc*Donald's.
Friday -- we will take sandwiches or pick up subs to eat at the dress rehearsal
See, what I mean? I am hoping to glean some nutrients from these meals.....not my ideal menu.
Saturday, of course, is the dance recital.
And hubs and I made a decision that since three of four sets of grandparents are coming to the dance recital and would be in town, then we would plan B's baptism for Sunday.
So, to say the least I have a million and one things to do this week. Not to mention cleaning house because we have having company and a lunch at my house after the baptism.
All that to say, I will try my best to get back here this week but it might not be as often as I would like.
Have a good Monday everybody. I gotta get back to the things I gotta get done.....let's see -- start some laundry, go get groceries, and a million other little things.....talk to ya'll soon!
Saturday, May 16, 2009
By lunch time, M was deemed well. She hadn't thrown up in a LONG time and she didn't have a fever (which, btw, is the only reason I wasn't freaking out and thinking that we had the swine flu) so we caught up with the family. We did the Kilimanjaro Safari ride. It is so much fun....LOOK how close this giraffe was to us.....I do not own a telephoto lens for my camera....He was REALLY that close!We also went over and did the Maharajah Jungle Trek. We saw lots of animals and birds....
This is A's favorite animal so she was so happy to see them. And even looking at this picture gives me the willies.....
On Friday morning, hubs and I
succumbed to the pressure lovingly allowed our girls to go to the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. They got their makeup, nails and hair done for an embarrassingly large sum of money. BUT IT WAS MAGICAL! really, it was.....
By that time, the park was closing and our vacation was drawing to an end. Here is how the three princesses ended their day....
On Saturday, we made the 12 hour trek home. It is kind of sad because I know that by the next time we go to Disney World, the girls won't care so much about the magic and the princesses.....I will cherish these pictures. However, next time, Mr. B will be big enough to love some of the boy stuff at Disney. Maybe he will be more into Buzz Lightyear.......guess we will wait and see.
Ya'll have a good weekend. I'm done!
Friday, May 15, 2009
I am going to do a final post on our vacation. I'm ready to finish telling ya'll about it. I mean - it's not like it happened two weeks ago or anything....Anyway, since this is going to be the final "vacation 2009" post, it might be a long one. Feel free to come back some other time if seeing little kids at Disney World isn't your thing. Otherwise, enjoy the pictures.
On Wednesday of our vacation, we made our first trip to the Magic Kingdom. As you can imagine, this was the favorite of our kids. Hubs had his plan (courtesy of Tour Guide Mike) so we made our way immediately to the Dumbo ride. Of course, we rode absolutely everything in Fantasyland.
We ran into the Fairy God Mother outside the castle.
And then....it was time. We had an invitation to Cinderella's Royal Table for lunch.
I'm realizing that this post is incredibly long and there is NO way I can finish posting on the last two days of our trip here. So -- I will finish up tomorrow if you are interested. Have a happy Friday everyone!