Wednesday, February 28, 2007


At WOW (Women on Wednesday - at church) I have tried to get involved with a class that is reading through a book entitled"Say Goodbye to Whining, Complaining, and Bad you and your kids!". When I say that I have tried to get involved that means that I've actually only been to one class out of four. I missed the first two classes, attended the third, then was called out of the fourth class to be with my baby. Today we will also miss class because the baby is still getting over a cold. I have come to thoroughly enjoy going to WOW mainly to get out of the house and socialize with other women. So today is kind of like a blow to me...I need some other adults to talk to! Anyway, last night as I was preparing for class today, I was reading the first five chapters to get caught up. The main theme in this book is how to teach Honor to your children, not just obedience. According to the authors, Honor is defined as
"Treating people as special, doing more than what's expected, and having a good attitude."
The whole honor issue is making a lot of sense to me. But I can't help but feel guilty reading part of it. You see, this book also deals with me...the parent. It reminds me that I must honor my husband and my children by going the extra mile, and by doing that with a cheerful heart. It is also dying to self. That is hard. Especially after a night of little sleep. Obedience is defined as
"Doing what someone says, right away, without being reminded."
I can do that. I can try to teach my children to obey me. But we need to constantly model honor to them so they can see how to honor us and other people in return. Another thoughtful sentence in the book, pg. 29, states "Although obedience gets the job done, honor addresses how the job is done. Honor keeps a family running smoothly. It brings joy to the giver as well as to the receiver." This is something I clearly need to work on. When I'm cranky and tired and crave more sleep, I still need to honor my husband and children during the day. I shouldn't allow my attitude to seep into my family life. No matter how awful I feel. This book strips my emotions down to the core, for I realized after reading just a few chapters that I am the one who needs to make the change, not so much my family. If that's not raw, I don't know what is.

Friday, February 23, 2007

Z is for Zoo

We have had so many fun times at the zoo here in Baltimore. I drew and colored in the pictures of the animals on both pages, which give them a whimsical feeling.

J is for July

This past July we were in South Dakota for the 4th. Jonah got to help his cousins throw candy out of the Caboodle car in the Ft. Pierre parade, and that night had some fun with sparklers.

W is for Water

I was able to find a font that had water splashes in the I used it! I also like some of the 3-D stickers I put on. Especially the daisy.

S is for Slide

Jonah loves to slide. That's why his Daddy made him a slide for his second birthday!

R is for Roller Skating

P is for Pumpkin

I really liked the paper that I found for this page. The stripes give a twist on the fall, don't they? The pictures are cute too.

L is for Lawnmower, and first Love

Jonah loves to mow the lawn at Nana and Papa's house...loves it, loves it, loves it! How could I not include that? And his first love, Nancy? We really haven't heard much from them in about a year. Time flies.

H is for Haircut

I remember this day...Jonah's hair was starting to get a little long and I had the brilliant idea to cut it. He was, afterall, over a year in age and he had only managed to sport a mohawk. What I love about this page is the great color, and the fact that I'll be able to store a tiny lock of his hair in the green pouch on the side...wait a minute...what did I do with the lock of hair?!? I know it's around here somewhere!!!

G is for Grandparents

G is for Grandparents...and Jonah loves them all!

T is for Train

In early fall we were able to travel to Cumberland, MD for a train ride. We had a great time, and these two pages document our time there.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

A few random thoughts

After posting the pictures of my so called ABC scrapbook I realized just how cheesy they look! Sometimes I think I might have just an ounce of talent in the art department, only to realize later on that it was just a dream. Given that, I will continue to post some pictures of my scrapbook, even though they must look like some sort of child's play...yes, I will post. Just because I can! Laugh if you must. I know, I know, your scrapbooks are probably ten times better than mine and prettier too. I just need this blog to hold me accountable in finishing said project. That in itself will be a feat. Once I'm done with this I'll hold a party. Maybe I'll invite you to come. Just don't bring your pretty scrapbooks because then I'll feel so bad about my job not well done. Anyhoo, moving on...
Today after WOW I was given out church photo directory. I have always loved photo directories...not because my picture was in it but because I could finally place the face with the name. I am SO BAD when it comes to remembering names. We have been at this church for about four years now and know quite a few people. My problem is that after I meet them for the first time, I'm so lame to not ask for their name again because...I SHOULD KNOW THEIR NAME ALREADY! I'd rather spare me the embarrassment of the whole situation. So, there I was in the car, driving home from church, and every time we came to a red stoplight I would pull out the directory to browse through it. After I would see a familiar face, I would study the name and pray that I would remember it the next time I see that person. Am I the only one who does this? Weird, I know. I also like seeing family pictures of people I know. Maybe it's a way of me peering into that person's life for just a teeny tiny moment. In a picture, everyone smiles (usually) and looks their best. It's a great way to make your family look like the perfect family. We try, don't we? I love photo directories!!!
I have been on this chocolate craze for about three or four weeks now. It has lessened since Valentines Day but still, I am craving chocolate just like my need for air. I need chocolate in some form every single day. Some days I find myself stealing a few chocolate chips. They aren't even in the cookies...just from the bag! Sad, I know!
This ends my random thoughts for the day. Whew!

Saturday, February 17, 2007

F is for Family

The Family, it's growing I tell ya! The bottom picture was actually started before I was pregnant with my second child. I figured since we had a new baby that I better add him to the family page! It's taking me long enough to work on this project!

D is for Dad

Those are two handsome guys, right? JES really love to be with his Daddy and loves helping him any way he can. They are like two peas in a pod!

C is for Cousins

It should say "Cute Cousins"!

A is for Aunts

As you can plainly see, I am an amateur...please don't laugh! What I love about this page is that I added a few "ant"!!! It's sort of cheesy I guess but worth a laugh in my opinion.

Pictured: Aunt Alyssa and JES, Aunt Sylvia, and JES and Aunt Amy

The ABC scrapbook for JES

I've decided that I should try to make a nice scrapbook for my oldest child. I am by no means creative on my own so I use other peoples ideas! I will try to add pictures as I go. This.Is.A.Work.In.Progress!!!

This Blog

This blog will be for showing off my not so brilliant projects...scrapbooks, home improvement projects, things like that. I'm really not that creative! Please don't laugh!