Wednesday, March 24, 2010

spring break....

You have no idea how happy I was when I took this picture.  And not because I happen to think this little girl is adorable...
You see that baby doll?  I had just given it to her--why, you ask?  BECAUSE SHE WENT POO POO ON THE POTTY!!!!!  Those of you that have potty trained understand the elation that one can experience when her child finally, after days and days of waiting, goes #2 on the potty.  We had spring break a few weeks ago so I decided it was a perfect time to potty train Collier.  Michael and the boys went to the beach for a couple days, so I was able to devote all of my attention to this monumental task.  There were a few times I wanted to shout, "Come quickly, Lord Jesus!" as I know there will be NO potty training in heaven!!  She really did very well and I can't complain at all, but I am definitely glad to have that behind me!  For the first time in over six and half years I am NOT buying diapers!! Woohoo for me!!!!
We spent LOTS AND LOTS of time at home while we were in potty boot camp, so we made the most of it by making some yummy cupcakes.  Isn't that a cute apron?  I got matching mommy/daughter aprons at TJMaxx for a steal, but don't worry--I won't scare you with a picture of what I looked like in my apron at home during potty boot camp.
She of course wanted the icing to be pink...
Voila!!  Gourmet cupcakes!!  {or funfetti box mix, as some may call it}
We also had our first pedicure party!!  I didn't have any pink polish so she settled on red.  It was a really
sweet time with her :)
So day one I told her she could have ice cream if she went #2, but after several days went by I offered to take her to Disney World if she had some success.  Okay not really, but I did end up giving her ice cream and a new baby doll!!
She's a big girl now!!
Meanwhile, the boys were basking in the sunshine at the beach.  That's my six year old driving a boat by himself, and yes, I grew thirteen gray hairs when my husband texted me this picture.
And I can't leave off this picture of Griffin's latest lego creations (for those of you wondering, it's a sport fishing boat complete with a marlin tower)!
This kid just melts my heart and cracks me up at the same time.  He can talk.  All. Day. Long.  He likes to say my name over and over again until I answer him.  He says the funniest that when "something" comes out of his nose it's like mail being delivered from his nose--okay so maybe that's just gross.  The other day he said his ears were playing tag with each other and every now and then he would say, "Tag--you're it ear!"  And then, "Got you other ear!"  He loves the Easter "Peeps" that are out right now, but he calls them "Chicken Puffs."  And he even likes it when I take his picture! 

The weather here has been insanely cold for so long, but we had a day of relief a couple weeks ago and the kids were thrilled to run around outside for awhile!!  I brought my camera out and caught some action shots of the kids running...
griffin's classic tongue shot...
I can't remember if I've shown our "dirt pit" before, but the boys spend so much time there it deserves mentioning.  When we got our playset several years ago we had some dirt dug out to make a good spot--the boys love to dig and play in that dirt, and they will do it for hours!  It does not make for attractivce landscaping, but it's a dream for two little boys!!
Here's to hoping for consistently warm weather and many hours outside in the dirt pit!!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

This is a happy girl--I know because she tells me.  A lot.  And each time she says, "Mommy!"  And I say, "Yes, baby?"  And she says, "I'm happy!"  I want to kiss her pink little cheeks and make her understand that she couldn't possibly be as happy as she makes me.  I'm so thankful for the joyful, smiley, delightful spirit the Lord has given her. 
She has become obsessed with pink!  She wants everything to be pink--her clothes, her socks, her bow, her ponytail holders--everything!  In this picture I had to sneak a green bow on...She always has a strong opinion about what she wants to wear, and it usually includes tights and a dress.  It's actually comical when I take her to Wal-Mart in my sweats and she's all dressed up! 
Anderson just had an Art Show at his school and he was SO excited to show us around.  He even took us on a tour to the gym!
Nana and Poppy came to see his works of art :)
Griffin was really proud of his brother!
Anderson with his friend, Hudson, from his class.
Another fun picture with Ms. Tracy!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Yummy Casserole

Okay, so the real name is "Noodle and Spinach Casserole," but I think that's a terrible name, so I'm calling it "Yummy Casserole."  My mom made this for us awhile back and we loved it, so I just made it myself and decided I would pass it along.  It's not hard, and it's a great way to give your kids spinach without them knowing it!  I would be willing to bet that I have the most picky eaters in the world in my house (I'm referring to the younger members--the two older members like all food a little too much :), and two out of three eat this well--that's really good for our house!  Let me know how you like it!

To make ahead, bake as directed, cover, and freeze. Let thaw overnight in refrigerator. Bake, covered, at 350° for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake 10 more minutes.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Bake: 30 minutes
Yield: Makes 8 to 10 servings


1 (8-oz.) package wide egg noodles
1 1/2 pounds ground beef
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 (26-oz.) jar spaghetti sauce
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1 (10-oz.) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
2 cups (8 oz.) shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1 1/2 cups sour cream
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1 1/2 cups (6 oz.) shredded Parmesan cheese


1. Cook noodles according to package directions; drain and set aside.

2. Cook beef and next 3 ingredients in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat, stirring until beef crumbles and is no longer pink. Drain and return to skillet. Stir in spaghetti sauce and Italian seasoning.

3. Combine spinach and next 4 ingredients. Fold in noodles; spoon mixture into a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch baking dish. Sprinkle with half of Parmesan cheese. Top evenly with beef mixture and remaining Parmesan cheese.

4. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until bubbly and golden.

--from Southern Living

Monday, March 8, 2010

When you have a second...

I have a friend who, two years ago, found out her breast cancer had come back (after being in remission) and metastasized to her lungs.  Her faith is absolutely amazing and she is a gifted writer.  She just shared the notes from a talk she just gave at the Briarwood School PTF on "Raising Spiritual Warriors" and it is just incredible--you have to check it out!!!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010


Griffin has lost his two front teeth!!!  He was very proud!
Collier loves shoes--a few weeks ago she went through a phase of insisting on sleeping in her dress shoes at night!  It's hard to believe she can sleep like this!
Griffin loves to build things with blocks and I'm always amazed at how creative he is!  It's kind of hard to tell from this picture, but this is a boat going under the bridge at Crab Island in Destin.  He was so proud!
Anderson is starting soccer this year!  He had his first practice this weekend (this pic was taken with Michael's phone--sorry about the quality).
Anderson breaking it down....
Lately after dinner the kids have been turning on some music and having a dance party in the den--it is funny and sweet and one of my favorite times of the week.