Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Happy Fall Y'all!

Well looky here.... Blogger has decided not to be so difficult and I can now type without having to post a pic and do a title yada yada yada.... pretty exciting....  maybe I will post more often now (doubt it but maybe ;)

I am not loving this new weather either (not that I would complain about something else or anything) but I am having an extremely difficult wardrobe malfunction- I have summer clothes and I have dead-of-winter clothes but no its-too-hot-but-too-cold-kinda clothes! I went shopping for my birthday (yay-woo-hoo I am 31 rah rah) and I purchased 2 skirts and 5 shirts.... and I got them home..... and they are all going back! (well- one of the skirts is still in the iffy department) I need an online store with all things Drea that will ship for free directly to my home! When I shop- 9 times out of 10 there is a child (or children) with me and it goes without saying that shopping with kids is like shoveling snow in a blizzard- You ain't gettin' nothin' accomplished! Somebody is hungry, mad, sad, or in the mood to wonder off like a Alzheimer's patient and by the time you get into the women's department you can't wrestle the stroller in between the 3 inches of space they give you to walk between the racks- so you peek over the tops to see if something jumps out at you that is worth shoving your way through (then you pull it out to see it is pants when you thought it was a skirt..... I know y'all have done that.... happens to me ALL the time) so here I am- already in a trial over what to wear to church this weekend and it is only Wednesday.... and I am also trying to dress a 9-going-on-20 year old.... but you ain't got that kinda time......

We have survived most of New Harmony's full fall schedule of singings.... I think we have 2 left... maybe 3.... but we have 10 behind us! I don't mind them for the most part but WHEW - school/singings/cleaning an office/church starting Friday morning and ending late Sunday night is a killer! My kids are sooooo beyond tired of singings! They even sweet talked Aunt Karen into keeping them last Friday night so they wouldn't have to go with us. The singings aren't really what they mind- it is the run in from school and get ready to leave immediately that they don't like at all (well- Kyle doesn't like any of it ;) On the brighter side, we are headed NORTH in a couple of weeks and we are SO excited for real! I haven't been up there since Kyle was about 2 or 3 and I L-O-V-E going and seeing everybody!! We plan to stay an extra night but all of that is still in debate.... there is an American Girl store and Lego place that has sparked the interest of two kids I know- we may take a trip to Chicago to see what they are all about!

I have been slack on the picture taking these days. Instagram is to thank for that! (ok- slack with my camera- my phone however is on overload!) I will probably never admit this to my husband- but that big ol' camera isn't the most convenient thing to whip out of my bag for snapshots. I LOVE it for real- but I see why people opt for the smaller/more convenient sized cameras now. He shall never know I have any complaints about said camera though- because somebody had  to have the big ol' camera (uh-hum no names called) so somebody  will just have to deal with it FOR-EV-ER ! I did get some pics of my kids in their Bama attire for the first Bama game of the season.... and I got a few of them with my big pretty pumpkin wreath that is my FAVE fall decoration.... so I will share those for now...

 
OK...getting this to continue my blog took a minute but you know I am slower than most ...
 
I have been in the process of painting/rearranging/finding furniture for this house. I really had no idea how hard it was to find the perfect bedroom suite (well- rephrase- the perfect AFFORDABLE bedroom suite) We planned to go king size but once we started looking (and pricing) we have decided a queen was just enough room for us! Plus now the kids are bigger we don't get any visitors during the night much like we once did- so as long as JD doesn't gain a couple hundred pounds I think we will manage! I have painted all but one piece of Kaylee's furniture- I have plans to start the over-haul of the boys dresser and chest some time next week- and I want to scream/vomit every time I walk into my bedroom (note that I have not posted a pic of my pretty new bedroom... that's because it is still one big blank canvas that I can't seem to get started on!) I have odd pieces in odd places and blank walls and no direction on where to put what and how and what colors..... I am welcome to anyone whom wants to take a stab at it.... I will leave you a key and you can have at it!!
I also need a dining room table and buffet.... I know.... I wouldn't be needy would I! We didn't have a dining room before so my kitchen table was all I needed it to be.... but now I have a vacant dining room that my hubby has mentioned setting music equipment up in since we have yet to find a table- I threatened bodily harm and his idea was quickly shot down!! We have enough noise makers in this house without a set of drums!!!
 
That's just about all I have to blog about for now. Pretty blah and boring - but I really wanted to keep up with this better than I have been because it has been my sounding board for 3 years now and I don't want to stop! Maybe my next post will have loads of interesting stuff in it..... but I doubt it!!
 
Later peeps!


Thursday, August 30, 2012

This post is all out of order but you can piece it together...

I wrote this big ol blog post this morning and guess what... it didn't save nor did it post... thankfully all the pics I uploaded did remain saved or else I might have tossed the computer across the room (with all the charity in my heart ;) So- here is one more try while I am sitting down from eating lunch.



We have done alot since the last post and due to blogger still being the dumbest thing EVER I am not so sure I have these pics in proper timeline sequence... but it'll do for now (that is if it actually posts this time)



We just came out of one of the best revivals I have been a part of in a long time. We had 3 new souls saved- which is AWESOME- but the spiritual guidance, encouragement, reminding, teaching and nourishment we recieved was soooooo what I needed. I have been side tracked lately (to say the least) and I needed to be re-aligned... it was just good- all of it- if you were there you know what I am talking about.



We didn't make it to our hopeful moving date which was before revival. We had our furniture, big items, all of our storage building moved in but that is it. SO- being the dummies we are- we have attempted finishing the move in the weekend AFTER revival.... and I have been SO tired - the kind of tired where you lay down, aching all over, and CAN'T go to sleep because your mind is still running on all the things you have yet to get finished.... I have determined we may be fully moved in by Christmas ... and I am not sure how/where/why I have so much stuff...



Here are pics from all the things yall have missed.... or I have failed to blog about atleast....







First day of 1st grade

Last day of 1st grade







A B honor roll and DIBELS improvement award




A B honor roll, 3rd grade completion award, Good Citizenship award and class award for being the "girly girl" of Mrs. Pitts class




First day of 3rd grade

Last day of 3rd grade




Foam bath at the B'ham Zoo




Hello Mr Lizard!




First grade Field trip (and our first time to go to) Birmingham Zoo




Washing Daddy's car for his #32 birthday... with Karsyn helping and Kaden not-so-much

Typical Kyle.... always hugging somebody...




Blowing out the candles (and Kaylee doing a dance lol)




Kitchen with all the junk sitting around....







Kids bath... those mirrors will one day be on the walls.... hopefully




The playroom... see the stack of bins.... those were filled with toys.... and that isn't all of them.... have I ever mentioned how bad I dislike toys... well... I do...




3/4 bath...shower is on the other side of toilet but I didn't feel like standing on my head to get a full pic...




Kaylee's Aquamist weird colored room... her furniture is to be painted black sometime in the next 2 weeks... it will look way better...




My bedroom with no furniture because... well... I have no furniture... lol




Master bath from one side....






The other side of the bathroom... with no mirrors because 40x32 oval mirrors are a little (extremely) hard to find.... any suggestions???

I bought this at a yard sale for $10 and had it refinished and I LOVE it... it is now my foyer table




Living room in random order... no the ugly mismatched rocker isn't staying and the book cases are not fixed...




and the dumping ground for boxes... the dining room that doesn't have furniture either.... :)


























And a random water balloon fight pic because I thought it was funny :)

Well ain't that something....

I know ... what a stupid pic to start a blog post with that is ummm.... about.... 3 months delayed! I tried and tried and tried to do a post that I started, saved, pasted, copied and LOST atleast 3 or 4 times til I said FORGET IT! My mother in law has weird internet that wouldn't let it post because of whatever reason and to be quite frank... I have been a little (majorly) busy since the 3rd weekend in June and I am just now attempting a post from our new home. Thus the pic.... I took this pic the night we moved in and I was trying to find a good starting point since I really don't recall where I left off. If you never did see pics from our trip... sorry bout that.... maybe I will make it up some time before next year ;)

As for now- the new house thing is awesome and tiring and stressing all in one package. I feel like things will never have a permanant place- I may never get one room 100% how I want it- I need a job making loads of dough so I can decorate and furnish this place just how I want to- and having a house that is double the size of your old place means one thing- Double the cleaning! I get one half done and have to give myself a motivational speech to get the other half done (yes Drea, you can do this, no, your not gonna die, get up off the floor and get to mopping!!) I love it though... really love it .... and I am so thankful that for the first time ever in our almost 11 years of marriage I HAVE A GARAGE- 2 of them - WOW- who knew parking in a garage would be such a pleasure- no more wet, wind blown, half soaked mom and kids when we get to church now!!

Speaking of kids- they are awesome! Kaylee just started 4th grade - which made me and JD have a total panic attack since we both CLEARLY remember being in 4th grade. She has turned  9 and acts every bit of 19 most days. I am learning to just go with the flow most days because if I don't- one of us won't survive! We are dealing with wants such as a cell phone (not happening) a small convertable car (she is certain she will be able to drive it  by 10) and highlights in her hair (really- like I am paying for $60 streaks- paaa lease)
Kyle is still Kyle... everyday is a new day and we nor he knows what he has planned! He just turned 7 and has decided he has given up on the fact that there will ever be any boys his age to spend the night with him so he has started asking the girls ... I told him that most of the momma's and daddy's won't like that and he was like "It ain't fair! Nobody can stay with me and everybody can stay with Kaylee!"
So- if you have any 7-ish year old boys you need to loan out send him our way. Kyle isn't picky- he would play with a rock if it talked back ;)
Kaden is morphing into a total different kid.... not a baby anymore :( He is Batman most days - and if you call him Kaden he will quickly correct you until you say "Batman, do you want a drink?" He misses Kaylee and Kyle now that school has started back. He wants me to leave him at school with them but I told him he doesn't have a teacher... it doesn't work.... he still has a total cow about being left alone in the car with me (kinda sad- I think I am fun but obviously staying with me all day is not cool in his world ;)

And that is it..... I have had a ton of funny stories and moments and such that I could't share with you and y'all know my mind isn't sharp enough to just start blogging them right now..... I will catch you up by and by or we will just start this all fresh right now and act like I never missed a beat .... we'll see......

IF this actually posts and works this time I MIGHT do a pic post next.... if not.... I MIGHT throw this computer down (with all the charity in my heart) and go check my Instagram.....

Peace, Love and Rolllllll Tiiiide Y'all!!!!

Monday, May 21, 2012

I am still not liking this new blogger...

Ok


Happy Monday! I don't know about all of you - but time is flying at such a fast rate these days that my weeks are passing by in an instant! If I could blog from my phone (and if my huge fingers would cooperate with my touch screen) I could keep this thing updated more often... but that isn't happening. Anywho.. this is the last full week of school until summer time. Revivals are just around the corner. Our house should close some time the first week of June (yep- revival is second week in June... that won't be hard for me to do (total sarcasm inserted here) We have been in full force survival mode... end of school functions, field trips, finalizing decisions to be made on the house, getting back to life from that trip that was way more exhausting than I could have ever imagined... I feel like my hamster wheel is squeaking and about to break... but that's ok ... I will make it.... you may find me hiding in a corner talking to myself but I will make it ;)-

And now let me get totally serious and testify to you all .... yesterday could have been so bad.... we had an incident that when it was all said and done - it really made us Thank the Lord for watching over us once again... We went to church at Huntsville yesterday morning. As we usually do, we went to eat lunch afterward. As we were leaving, Kaylee decided she wanted to go to Walmart with Marquetta instead of going to Best Buy and home with us. (She certainly had a hidden agenda... Granna is a sucker for "Can I please have this??" ) Anyway- we all went our seperate ways and met up at home about 3:00. Kaylee came in and said "There was a robbery in Walmart when we were there". I didn't totally believe her because she is so dramatic- I figured someone got caught shop lifting or something. Then Marquetta came in and confirmed her story.... They were in Walmart by the pharmacy doing some normal shopping. As they were checking out Marquetta sensed something was going on and rushed Kaylee out the door. When they got outside- cops were everywhere. She gets to the car and finds out the pharmacy has just been robbed. (If you saw Huntsville news last night and heard them talking about a 4 hour stand off.... it was with the person that had robbed Walmart while my daughter and mother in law were there!) JD testified at church last night that he has a daily prayer that is asking the Lord to please one day give our children the Holy Ghost and please protect them from harm. He answered that prayer yesterday in broad daylight on a normal day when we had no clue they were in harm's way. Praise the Lord again....

Kaylee was just in the NMS talent show a little over a week ago. She sang "Mama's song" by Carrie Underwood and she placed second (with the help of her dear old uncle Chad on the piano...or better yet... a dinky keyboard lol) She gets more like her daddy everyday. She didn't even pick her song out until after 8 o'clock the night before- she practiced all day that day- and was wondering why they didn't have some type of karoake set up so she wouldn't have to hold her words in her hand.... A-Typical JOE DAVID....wait til the last minute and expect a big production!! Well we thought she did awesome.... and her song choice kind of ripped my heart out a bit.... but she is only 8 so I have a while until I actually have to watch her be grown. video

So today I am tired and oh so thankful. It is amazing how in an instant your life can be changed forever... I am hoping mine stays just like it is with everyone here with me safe and sound for a long time.
Blessed be the name of the Lord

Monday, May 14, 2012

Happy Mother's Day

Yesterday I celebrated my NINTH Mother's Day holiday. Nine (well almost... Kaylee will be 9 in August) of the best years of my life. I can't believe it has been this long and been so short and sweet. It has flown by!

***Not a joke... as I am typing "Oh I love being a Mom- it is the best..." Kaden comes up to me with brown fingers.... I thought it was chocolate.... it wasn't.... I had to pause the blogging to gag and put a gross 3 year old- whom I am certain will NEVER potty train- in the bath tub... oh yes.... I LOVE being a momma!!!!***

We went to church and ran super late as usual. (I won't say who was to blame but the kids and I were dressed and ready to go with 10 minutes to spare.... someone else took up the rest of the time plus 5 minutes... I will let you do the math) We didn't get to do the gift thing before church- so we did it after church with everybody watching me... I am not fond of showing any emotions ESPECIALLY when I am being watched... but anyway... Kaylee, along with her entire 3rd grade class, made me a recipe book. I loved it! It has her class picture on the front and she wrote me a little note to go along with it... soooo sweet! She also put some beads and a pendant together on a silver chain (all from my jewelry box) and gave it to me.... gotta love her! Kyle made me a pinwheel and a flower ink pen. I have the flower pen Kaylee made me in 1st grade so it will be added to the collection. Handmade gifts are truly my favorite....

JD got my the canvas I wanted ( the convenience of living with my MIL... I told her and she made him go buy it :) I can't wait to find a place for it in my new home... you know.... when I ever get moved in... but we are not going there right now....
I got another gift too... I will explain it in a minute....
  Ah Ha.... some how I finally got the post to go ABOVE the pictures instead of having to add paragraphs of captions to the pics because I am too stupid to figure out this new blogger layout. I don't like it but I am left not choice but to deal with it!


Count your blessings.... even when they have poop on their hands.... :)

This is the gift I was talking about. Marquetta found it for me and it is the perfect poem for my life... and any Momma whom has little kids. I almost cried... but like I said... I was being watched... so I held it together.... plus someone started the blessing and I got to gather myself for a moment....