Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Can you imagine...

Okay, I couldn't pass this up. I ran across this photo and it made me laugh. Can you imagine if this was your companies name...

I wonder how the receptionist must feel every time she answers the phone: "Stiff Nipples-- how can I help you?"

Heck, if the company was brave enough to name itself Stiff Nipples Air Conditioning Service it should have just gone all the way and added the byline--"Where it'll only be a titty bit nipple-y until we arrive!" Judging by the phone number it looks like this company is in Europe. Those Europeans are so...shall we say.... progressive. (wink)

Cute little moment...

Greetings friends,
I just had to tell you about a cute little moment I had this morning with the Luke-meister. I was in the living room and he walked into the kitchen. I kept hearing him say, "Hi, Hi, Hi!" so I went in there to see who he was talking to. He was sitting in a "catcher's stance" saying, "Hi!" to his reflection in the oven door. It was so cute.

He's also started bringing me toys, etc...When he hands them to me I say: "Thank You" and he mimic's back "Ot You". That's HIS thank you.

He's trying to say lots of words these days. On Sat. Jason and I swore we heard him say, "Hi Jason". We both looked at each other and said: "Did he just say... Hi Jason?". We tried to get him to say it again, but he wouldn't. He's also discovered Tyson Chicken nuggets. He loves them along with steamed zucchini and yellow squash marinated in lemon pepper. He's quite the food connoisseur as you can see.

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Yummy Goldfish! Today my buddy Sheppie came by to see me. We were chowing down on baby goldfish and fruit puffy's. Can't you tell we're not having ANY fun at all (sarcasm). we didn't plan on both wearing red it just happened that way. Hey, what can I say... when you have style you've just got it. We had a blast hanging out together. The papparazzi was hounding us though. Gee, it sure is hard to be good-looking lads.

Our mommies had to fend off all the chicks that were wanting our autograph. I love my friend Sheppie. He and I are only 1 week apart in age. We're so lucky to be friends. Please pray for Sheppie's "Pops" (grandpa) he's sick with cancer and MD Anderson Hospital in Houston keeps pushing back his appt. (Next appt. now scheduled for Sept. 7) He really needs to get in there and be evaluated ASAP! Thanks for reading my blog today.

Sunday, August 28, 2005

Cheeky Monkey...

I was looking back at some of my pic's over the last year and I had to laugh when I came to this one. I believe this was taken around January some time. Our little cheeky monkey looks so cute. He only had 2 teeth then, now he has 12 little chompers.

Every day he just gets cuter and cuter. This morning he was walking around the house in his striped pj bottoms, no shirt and a bib. Jason and I laughed because he looked like such a redneck baby. He didn't care. He's getting good at walking. Just yesterday he started getting up from a sitting position without having to crawl over to something and pull up.

Time sure flies with this little one. Next week he'll be starting college.

Saturday, August 27, 2005

Me and daddy have "twinkie" hairdo's....

I just love this picture of my two favorite boys. I cut both Jason and Luke's hair in a "buzz" cut. They look like twinkies now. It's so much cooler since all temp's have been in the triple digits around here lately and it cuts down on haircut costs. So, for the three of us haircuts cost $12.50. That's for mine and I get mine cut at WalMart. The one off 121 & Lake Forest in McKinney. If you ever want a super stylish cut/style like mine Berry is the chic to see there. She rocks! She works on a walk in basis but if you call ahead she'll put your name at the top of the list. I've sent at least 5 friends there who've all been pleased. Come to think of if, I should be up for my free haircut for all the referral's I've sent. Hmm...I'm going to have to ask her about that next time I go. Not too much to report today. We hung out as a family and I went to Frisco to Old Navy to spend part of my birthday gift certificate. I got an awesome pair of jeans for $9.99. Well...guess I'll sign off for today. Hope everyone is doing well. Please keep praying for Charles Sherrard and JJ (his wife). They head to MD Anderson tomorrow for cancer evaluation and treatment for Charles on Monday. Cody and Heather are making the whirlwind trip to Houston to take them. There and back in one day. Pray for traveling mercies for them. Tah Tah for now.

Friday, August 26, 2005

Sleepy girl....

I just had to share this cute picture of Luke's little girlfriend Lauren. He does like older women you know. I took this picture the other day when I watched her. She was so tuckered out from chasing Luke around. I said, "Lauren, are you tired? Want to take your nap?". She said, "Yes, and crawled up on the couch for me to cover her up". She's such a sweetie pie. She'll be 2 on Oct 1st. What a big girl. I remember the day her mommy found out she was pregnant with Miss Lauren. I got the pleasure of reading the "pee pee" stick first. Miss Lauren will be getting a new baby sister/brother in March. That's right click on over to Donald and Lauren Christian's blog for the big news specifics.

Well...I'm going to run for now. It's been a long day. I was helping my friend pack up her parents house in Ft. Worth so they could move next week. Catch ya later.

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Babies got blue eyes....

I just thought this was the cutest little close up picture I took yesterday of Luke. I hope his eyes stay this blue. He's busy taking his morning nap right now. He needs to refuel at least once a day so that he has enough energy for all the walking he's doing right now.

This is the time I usually check emails, blog and shower. Later this afternoon we're going to Wally World to get some groceries and probably pull a few things off shelves if mommy doesn't navigate the cart far enough away from the shelf. It's getting to be like an obstacle course to take him to the store. At least he's cordial to everyone. As people pass he waves and says, "Hi" and "Bye". The boy's got his manners.

Winkerbean is on the run now!

Well it's official--Winkerbean is on the run now!

He is the king of the castle and roams where he pleases. It's been a week or so since he's been walking without stumbling. Yeah, there's still the occasional trip up, mostly when he gets distracted by something eye level while walking. For the most part he makes his way around furniture, the kitchen and foyer.

Our house now resembles Ft. Knox ain't gettin' in there. All the cabinets in the kitchen are childproofed and the stairs have a nifty little gate now. All doors to the rooms and bathroom remain closed and he basically has free reign of the house.

It's funny to watch him explore. He's extremely detail oriented (wonder where he got that?). He inspects EVERY little aspect of anything he picks up. Makes meal time real fun. He looks more like a quality control dept. sitting there in his high chair. Every chicken nugget, green bean and fruity chew has to be carefully inspected and thoroughly examined before being put in his mouth.

He's also saying lots of words these days. Momma, Dada, Nana, Hi, Bye, Uh-Oh, Beau and yest. he said the words Bye Beau together. He's such a smart boy. I also can tell he's trying to say: Heather, Thank you and Hey there. We just love him to pieces. Can you see why. I love this little stage. He's always smiling and he's so animated. He'll even offer you a piece of his inspected food for your eatting pleasure if it's meal time and your near his high chair. He think's it's funny to feed you. Too cute! Well...I'm signing off for now. I hear little monkey chirping to get out of his crib.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Ravioli's....Yum, yum, yum!

Just wanted to post a picture of my little monkey's Ravioli Extravaganza the other night. He had one heck of a time and mommy had a great time cleaning him up. He went straight from the highchair to the bath tub. What is it about tomato-based food products that stain EVERYTHING (hands, hair, skin, countertops, clothes, cooking utensils). It sticks to everything without coming off. Now that I think about it maybe the Space Shuttle's underbelly should have been made outta this stuff. But then there would not have been the record-setting "space walk".

I have one more food stuff oddity to discuss with you today. I took Luke in for his 1 year checkup and vaccinations on Monday. Now that monkey is eating solid foods, the pediatrician (who I love by the way--Yeah Dr. Tammy) gave me a handout on menu ideas and foods that are do's/don'ts for little one's. At the top of the list it say's. Food's NOT to give toddlers. For choking hazard or allergy reasons. At the very top of the list it said peanut butter (because the peanuts are a choking hazard as well as an allergy risk). Then the list rattles off a few other items. Then below the food's NOT to give was the Food's TO give list. The second item on the list was PEANUT BUTTER. Go figure.....things that make you go hmmmmm!

I will close for now, but I'm sure I'll be posting more at some point today. Life's never so dull that I only have one thing to talk about in a day.

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Good News!!! My friend's dad has stopped hemorrhaging. Testimony to prayer

I have some awesome news to share this evening. My best friend Heather's father Charles who I posted an urgent prayer request about last night, rec'd some positive news today. His body is stricken with cancer and he's fighting for his life. I believe this latest news is a testimony to prayer and how the Lord answers those intercessory prayers. I'm am SO encouraged by the following and continue to stand in faith with the Sherrard and Lee families as we watch what the Lord has in store.

Here is an excerpt from Heather Lee's email to me tonight: As of this weekend, my dad was in ICU and things were going down hill rapidly. His "levels" were out of wack and the bleeding in his stomach and espohogus could not be stopped. In a nut shell, your prayers over the weekend have stopped the extensive bleeding and brought his levels back to normal....there is no other explanation for why it did that other than your prayers and the good Lord above.

That does not mean we are out of the woods though.....Arlington Memorial Hospital verified that his tumors in his stomach and esophagus are cancerous, but they do not have the technology to treat such extensive cancer. So, they are making him go back to MD Anderson to get the diagnosis/treatment that he needs. My dad being the ever optimistic one is now willing to go to MDA because he is a fighter and a believer that God has the perfect plan. Since his levels are good and the tumors appear to have stopped bleeding, my dad has an appointment on Monday in Houston. He will go in daily to the hospital in Arlington to get checked to make sure his levels and bleeding are still in check. Cody and I will be driving my parents to Houston this weekend.

PLEASE continue to pray for her dad. They do not know what diagnosis he will get when he gets to MD Anderson. It may or may not be operable or he could even end up on a feeding tube and in that case, he will have a lot of decisions to make.

Need Prayers...friend of a friend electrocuted this weekend.

Greetings Friends/Family/Prayer Warriors:

A childhood friend just emailed me to say that one of her really good friends in Mississippi was electrocuted, while working on power lines. He is in critical condition with a limb and eye missing. The electricity exited through his head so no one yet knows if there will be any long term brain damage. He's 34 and has a baby due in November. Please pray for healing for him and his family and also for wisdom for the Dr's. in how to treat him. His name is Jody Hankins. Thanks.

Can't sleep....So I'll pray for my friend's battling cancer.

My all too usual insomnia has kicked in AGAIN! I was laying in bed trying to count sheep to return back to my slumber after bathroom run #1. My mind kept wandering back to all my friends who are currently battling cancer and those who are in remission. I feel that the Lord wants me to pray for them right now. So, if you are reading this and you are a prayer warrior you can pray by name for my friends as well.

Currently Battling Cancer
Charles Sherrard-My best friend Heather's dad.
Sarah Henke-My friend from bible study at church.
Connie McGillen-Sarah's next door neighbor and fellow church goer.
John Fall-My other best friend Jan's dad.
Linda Peyton-My mom's best friends daughter in law
Joe-My mom's bosses boyfriend.
Larry Cesa-My friend Cindy's dad.
Kayla VanCleve-girl who's blog I've been following.
Phyllis-My friend Dawn's aunt.

Friends in Remission
Victoria Fulenwider
Stephanie Auger
JohnAnn Floyd
Mia Potts
Gary Cesa (my friend Cindy's uncle-Larry's brother)

Dear Jesus-I come to you tonight/this morning. On behalf of all of my friends who are currently battling cancer in one form or another. I pray that you will give them strength and courage to fight the battle that lies before them. I do not understand why this dreaded disease has invaded their bodies, however I know you are sovereign and just in your ways. I stand in faith that if it is your will for healing for my friends that you will act accordingly. What a strain this illness is on not only those stricken with cancer, but also their family and friends who are there day in and day out through, chemo and radiation treatments and their horrible side effects. I ask for your blessing on the lives of my sweet friends listed above. I ask that you send guardian angels to protect them while their immune systems are compromised because of treatment. I pray that you will give their bodies renewed strength every morning and that they will feel your presence. Place a hedge of protection around them as they go too and from Dr'.s appts. and are poked and prodded on a daily/weekly basis. I pray that funding for research can be raised so that all forms of cancer and other dreaded diseases can be irradicated one day. There is so many advancements in medicine that I know this is possible. May there be a day very soon where people don't have to lose loved one's to this cancer monster. I thank you for promising us that you are able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us. Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughtout all ages, world without end. Ephesians 3:20-21 KJV.

I also want to say thank you for healing my friends who are in remission. You have done a mighty work in their lives. I pray that they stay cancer free FOREVER.

We love you Lord and know that you love your precious children. Thank you for choosing us to carry out your mission of love to a lost and dying world. We need you to sustain us and keep our paths straight. We love you Jesus. Amen.

If any of my friends cross your mind as you go about your day, please whisper a quick prayer for them. The more the better.

I'm going to TRY to go back to bed now. Night, night. Or should I say: Morning, morning!

Monday, August 22, 2005

Chopping Broco....lye (all you Dana Carvey fans will understand)

I forgot to add that Luke ate broccoli for the first time today and he seemed to like it. He's also really liking cheese quesadilla's and anything sweet. It's funny to see his face when we feed him icecream. He winces from the cold on his tongue, but he adjusts quickly to the temps. I had a great evening with my mom, hubby and son tonight for dinner. The perfect little birthday dinner. Low key and impromptu. I got the sweetest cards from Jason and Luke. Luke's had a monkey on it and Jason's was more sentimental. He wrote a very sweet "letter" inside about how much our lives have changed in 8 years of marriage and how we both are better people because of the other. I'm so grateful to have such a wonderful, christian husband. He really has his head screwed on straight. I love my sweet boy too. He's so smiley and happy all the time. Oh, I almost forgot to tell ya'll about this awesome bargain I got today at the Allen Upscale Resale shop. A pair of very gently worn Ked's baby tennis shoes, Luke's size for $1.50. I love getting such great bargains. I've learned when it comes to kids clothes don't buy new. Used is most definitely the way to go because they just spit up and spill things on them. Well...I'm retiring for the evening. I'm 33 now, I'm too old now to stay up past 9 pm. Tah Tah for now!

Happy Birthday to Luke & I

Happy 13 month birthday to Luke Elijah! Happy 33rd birthday to mommy. She's exactly 383 months older than me today. Today, Luke got his chickenpox, measles, mumps and rubella vaccines. The pediatrician said Luke is right on track in all areas developmentally and otherwise for his age. Yeah God! We are so thankful that the Lord has blessed our lives with Luke Elijah. He brings us so much joy and laughter. The new words he's speaking right now are, "Bye" (arm raised and waving) "Beau" (his newest little cuz) and "Ball". That's a lot of "b" words. He is doing really good at saying, Momma, Dada and Nana. We're still working on GranDee, Uncles Mike and Jeff and Aunt Brooke and Auntie Amber. In due time, I guess. Anyway, not too much to report today. It's hot as usual here in TX. I'm ready for sweaters, chili and hockey. Maybe a little snow thrown in so Luke can build his first snowman. All in all, we're grateful to be alive with another day before us to serve God through serving others.

I have a very important prayer request I would like to add to today's blog. My best friend Heather's father, Charles is stricken with cancer. He is bleeding internally and the Dr's. cannot seem to stop the bleeding. He's fighting for his life. My prayer is for the Sherrard and Lee family. If it is God's will that he spare Charles' life we would be most grateful. If HE so chooses to take Charles home I ask that Charles will not be in any pain. Be with JJ (Charles' wife) as she is facing possibly living life without her dear husband of 45 years. We are confident the Lord will work a miracle if that is his will. We stand in faith as we await God's plan. Thank you for your prayers.