Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
Ok, back to the giveaway...if you were around from the time Cara learned to walk until after her 2nd birthday, you know that she lived in Robeez. I loved them, and my pediatrician says its better for little feet to learn to walk and develop in no shoes or soft soles. I did not however love the price, but since I probably bought one of her 7 or 8 pairs (thanks grandparents!!), I didn't mind. Searching around on Keeper of the Home, a blog I've started reading, she's found a similar company who makes them, for only $14.99 a pair!! Bugaloo!! I love them, they are super cute. I like the Jack (no reference to yours Val!...haha, although I do like him!). Anyways, she's giving away a pair on her blog, so I might as well enter! Click here to leave a comment and enter her drawing.
Thanks Keeping the Kingdom First!
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Happy late birthday to my sister, whose birthday was yesterday as well! Love you Bailey!!
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Anyways, fast forward to 2009 (wait, WHEN DID THAT HAPPEN!?!??!?), and my girly girl is so amazing. She's beyond me. I never thought I'd have a girly girl that liked playing dress up. She has lots of friends, both boys and girls, and she can hang with both! She likes playing tea party, dress up, doctor (with my old playskool set from when I was a kid), kitchen, with blocks, she LOVES reading, she loves making Micah laugh, she loves cuddling, she enjoys watching the occasional movie, she loves swimming and anything outside. She loves her family. She is so sweet. She has a temper. She is impatient at time (don't know where she gets that!). She likes to learn. She enjoys reading her bible stories each night. She LOVES to dance and we can't wait to find her a dance class here in Katy this fall. She loves all music. She likes her puppy dogs (ok, I guess we can stop calling them puppies as they are almost 9 and 5!). And her most recent interest is Fancy Nancy. So we are having a Fancy Nancy tea party, with homemade tablecloths and miniature table runners for the kids tables, place cards, and dress up!! I can't wait. I think Eric (yes, he admitted it) and I are more excited than her at this point :). It'll be a lot of people crammed in my little house, yet again, but I can't wait!! I will post pictures at some point tomorrow.
Our sweet girl, we pray over you each night as you go to bed. We pray for you to come to know Jesus on a personal level at a young age, so your Daddy and I can train you up in the way you should go, His way, so that when you are old you won't depart from it. We pray for your heart to be obedient, kind, patient, gentle, loving, peaceful, and self-controlled. We pray that you know how much we adore our little girl, and how much you changed our lives. We are so thankful for you and your brother. We love you immensely and are enjoying every minute of raising you to be Godly men and women. Jesus, bless our sweet Cara and be near to her.
Happy 3rd Birthday Cara Bell! :)
Monday, June 15, 2009
Saturday, June 13, 2009
So, just disregard all the other hundreds of bloggers out there that shared their own code in the past. Now, they've reached greatness. No bother MckMama and her billions of followers, give Misty her own swagcode and your website will SOAR to new heights!!
Totally joking...but I was psyched to be offered my very own swag code for new members!! If you don't remember me rambling and rambling and rambling about swagbucks in the past, visit my old posts. In brief, it's like google in that it lets you search the web, and occasionally (up to a few times a day) you may earn swagbucks. And as you collect them, you can trade them in for REAL things. Like the $80 worth of amazon.com gift cards I have earned so far!! Another blogger got a free iphone because she had so many. Have I caught your attention??
Well right now, since Swagbucks is all updated and pretty now, they have offered my readers their very own code. If you are new, click here and register. Put in swagcode: MISTYSCODE All caps. How cool is that? You get SIX swagbucks for registering and using that code! Here are some of the new things that were on their site as of this week, straight from them:
Video Game Section Expansion: We will be adding 1000's of new and used titles to the video game section of the Swag Store, and offering a special sale on many of these titles!
Shop&Earn Favorites: This great new feature gives you the ability to choose your 'Favorite' stores in our shop&earn mall, and receive updates on new coupons that originate from these retailers. So not only will you get Swag Bucks for your purchases, you will be notified immediately when a great deals becomes available!
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Happy searching!! Oh, and if you have your own blog, sign up, then click on promote, and you can put your own link on your blog, and you will earn for the first 100 swagbucks your friends receive!! Don't forget, you can have an account, your spouse can have an account. And you can start off with 6 free by clicking here! Hurry, it ends Tuesday!!
Free Chocolate..mmmmm... (or as Cara would say, "Schlocate") :), but I just never get around to posting.
We attended my cousin TJ's wedding in Beaumont. I did not get one SINGLE picture of the bride and groom....but that's because I thought it would put my redneck-ness over the top by asking them to take a picture with my camera that I had to use a TOOTHPICK to take the shot. But I did get some decent shots of family (just not MY Family together). Here's my super cute sister and brother in law. Maybe if she reads this she'll FINALLY UPDATE HER BLOG! :)
And my grandparents and cousin Julie and hubby Doug. My grandparents will have been married 59 years this December!!
Here's my cute son before the ceremony. This was right after he woke up. And right before the preacher started and Micah started fussing and I had to get up and miss the whole ceremony, fun times.
And here's Cara asleep on Daddy's arm before the ceremony, right before she woke up fussing mid ceremony and Eric had to also leave and miss it. And yes, Eric's arm WAS hurt in the filming of this shot, have you tried picking Cara up?? Much less holding her like this for 30 minutes?? :)
As I mentioned Cara is way into dress up. This is her halloween poodle skirt from last year. And some pom poms. As I've mentioned to my friend Val (who is a recovering cheerleader...haha, j/k), she's gonna be a cheerleader and I feel like I can't stop it. Where did THAT come from, certainly not me!! :) I got the cutest video of her singing what she calls the "Holy Pokey." It's on a Veggie Tales CD my mom got her that says her name throughout it. She danced around the whole song....maybe one day I'll get the video online too.
Overall, we've just been spending LOTS of family time together. It seems like the kids eat, sleep, bathe and well, poop together!! :) It's like as soon as I change a poopy Micah diaper, Cara is running to the potty to go! ha. Must be all that fiber they eat...ok, off topic. Here they are playing in the bath as they do most nights. Thanks Mere for letting us borrow that bath chair, Micah loves it, and Cara loves him bathing with her so that she can, "squirt the star fish in his belly button." She has a star fish toy that, you guessed it, squirts water, and she gets it really close and squirts it in his belly button. And his arm pit. And his eye. NO HONEY, faces are off limit! :)
My cuties!! We were cleaning up the back yard yesterday for Daddy's party today (and Cara's next weekend) and she wanted Micah Man to ride with her, she is such a good big sister. Riding and holding him ;), and smiling for the camera!
That's all folks. Just a little silliness from Cara today (glasses she got from her friend Mason's party :)
Oh, I forgot to mention, Cara is staying at my parents house for 4 days and 3 nights!! We are working VBS this week (which means like 5 hours at church tomorrow getting everything all finished--decorating, organizing, etc), and mom has some friends who have kids Cara's age that are having a summer 'playgroup' and mom wanted to take Cara on Tuesday morning. She's been talking about having a Camp Kearley when the kids are older, so this is the first run :). She took Cara home today after Eric's party, and she's bringing her back Tuesday after nap time!! I miss her already, but WOW how quiet is my house. The longest she's ever been away from me was 1 night when she was 13 months old, stayed at my moms when we went to Galveston for our anniversary. And 2 nights in November 2007 when we went to BU homecoming. That's over a year and a half ago since she stayed the night away from us!! We'll see how she (we) do :). Please pray over our Kingsland VBS, we have I think 1500 kids registered, what an awesome outreach for Jesus. Eric and I are co-teaching an entering 2nd grade class!!
Oh and note to self, after doing hours and hours of yard work the day before a party is to be thrown at your house, and picking up and doing the dishes and being exhausted, don't leave the vacuuming for the morning of the party. That starts at 11:30. When the power goes off at 9 am for 75 minutes!! Cooking and cleaning and sweating and getting dressed and nursing baby and being overall UGH for the hour leading up to hubby's 30th bash isn't so fun. Just finish the cleaning the night before when you a) know for sure you have power and b) child #2 is still asleep. Because in my house, you just never know when he'll wake up at 10:40 and continue to fuss until 1 am even though he's been changed, fed, medicated, etc!!! Oh the joys of teething.
And if you were wondering, this took just a smidge longer than 15 minutes....and I have one more exciting post to share....stay tuned!! :)
Thursday, June 11, 2009
She loves Fancy Nancy. She has a few of the books: The main original Pink one. Bonjour Butterfly. And the Posh Puppy. Explorer Extraordinaire. And the Boy from Paris. Sees Stars. Favorite Fancy Words From Accesories to Zany. She is also very into dress up, so anything for pretend play and dress up would be awesome. I've even seen Fancy Nancy dress up clothes at Target.
She LOVES to read. We can't just read one book before bed, it is ALWAYS 3, plus 3 bible stories. Yeah, it takes awhile, but who could turn this down, "Mommy, can we please read THREE books??" :) Anything is good. Christian is great.
We are starting our very own 'preschool homeschool' next year ;). My main goals are to help her learn to write her letters and start the phonics training for reading. We already have this book which we have done 1 lesson. Man, summers are just too busy :). She has been able to recognize all her letters and numbers since 2, but we just recently started working on phonics. We have really cut out TV, except now we are introducing Signing Times for Micah (and Cara STILL loves it). However, I have heard of this great DVD about letters....Val, or Mindy, help me out? I want it, will post name of it soon. Anyways, Mardel's gift cards are good, she LOVES that store. I'd like to get her bananagrams, and some writing books.
She loves shoes. Girl doesn't get it from me. Good thing our good friends give us all their hand me downs, which she LOVES. She wears them all the time. Anyways, she's a size 9 in shoes. In dresses she's 4T. Tops and shorts are 5T, pants are 4T.
And I forgot, she LOVES puzzles!! She has 2 alphabet puzzles, 1 numbers, her name, Micah's name, a bunny, some fruit, some animals, a Snow White. What she REALLY loved at preschool this year were these wood food that had velcro, and she could use a wood knife to 'cut' them. They are by Melissa and Doug, and are also sold at Mardels. Here, here, here and here are a few of them.
That's all I can think of. She has too much as it is. Our play room over floweth ;). Oh, and since our big guy is turning 3-0 on Saturday....he REALLY wants Guitar Hero world tour for wii.....he got some birthday money from my grandparents, so best buy gift cards are welcomed to help make up the difference ;)
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
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Tuesday, June 09, 2009
Monday, June 08, 2009
Wednesday, June 03, 2009
And, I've been wanting variety in our lunches lately, so I made some couscous and added some green onion, cilantro, sun dried tomatoes, walnuts, and whatever else I found in my pantry :). It was tasty.
Monday, June 01, 2009
I have been promised pictures tonight, but I won't hold them to it :). Our great friends Justin and Ashley Wood are ecstatic (that's a fancy word for YEAAA!!!!!) to announce the birth of their daughter.......Avery Kate Wood. Born Saturday, 5/30/2009 at 11:56 am. She was 5 pounds 12 ounces and 18 inches long. Pure Joy. This is a God sent answer to prayers!!
I have lots of other posts brewing now that all my pictures are off my camera, but this has consumed my thoughts and prayers for 3 days now!!
Jesus--Thank you for answering our prayers with a resounding YES! We are SOO happy you chose to make our friends parents. Help us to lift them up, encourage them, be their friends and resources, and just love on them in this new change in their life!! Amen!