Monday, August 31, 2009

I interrupt

I interrupt your regularly scheduled web browsing to celebrate my 200th post, and to tell you all that I love this man.....



That's all, you may now resume your regularly scheduled web browsing.

"Everyday Greatness" by Stephen R. Covey



I just finished the book "Everyday Greatness" by Stephen R. Covey. It was a very encouraging, thought provoking and challenging read.

The book is broken up into seven categories, and within those there are three principles that pertain to the category. Within these principles are stories. These stories are from people from all walks of life, who share their take on life.

I have to say that this book is one that I will continue to come back to. I have been able to share a story from this book with my children. It's a story on unity, and how important it is to stick together as a family, and the huge obstacles you can overcome if you do. I plan on sharing many more with them.

Friday, August 28, 2009

What are we doing?!?!

Those were the words that I thought to myself today, when we were signing all the paper work to get our construction loan. Total side note, I didn't sign this many papers when all my girls were born - just saying.

WHAT ARE WE DOING!?!?

Then I took a deep breath, and continued signing.

Ralph and I have been wanting to build for a long time. We knew when we moved back to Calhoun County that we would eventually build. In January we started to seriously consider it. A couple of months later, we got really serious about it.

Then we hit road block after road block. There were time where we both got so discouraged and wanted to cry, pull our hair out, scream. Then whichever one was having a bad day, we would remind the other, it will happen in God's time. There were many times where we really did not think it was going to happen. Even now, I am very cautious, because it's not complete yet.

Today, we are moving forward. We signed the papers, we are prepping the area and I am getting excited.

Sure, there are a lot of questions and decisions, but I am excited to start this process with our family!

Here are a few pics from today, after the paperwork.....







Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Cowgirl Morgan

Since my husband grew up on a dairy farm, he really feels that it is important that the girls have chores to do, and animals to care for. So, last week he bought them a calf - one for each child.

If you have trouble with math, like I always did in school, that's 3 new calves.

They have to be bottle fed.

Twice a day.

Are you getting the picture?

Now, I am not what one would describe as an avid animal lover. I like to watch cows grazing, puppies frolicking, but that is about where it ends for me. Here is the thing, Ralph's usually gone in the mornings when it's time to feed the calves, and not home yet in the evenings when it's feeding time again.

You can say I got roped (pun intended) making sure the animals are fed and cared for.

Have I ever mentioned that there is rarely a dull moment at our house?

Yesterday afternoon was a beautiful afternoon, so we were outside feeding calves and winding down from the girls first day back at school.

And do you see this little fellow...

He was standing there minding his own business, when.......


this little lady, Cowgirl Morgan, galloped up behind him, swinging that thing. I'm still not sure where she got it from.
Poor little fella, didn't stand a chance....



Ah, what's this? He made a break for it and she wound up caught...



I imagine he's saying to himself, "Na-na, boo-boo"

Monday, August 24, 2009

First Day of School 09-10

Today was the first day of school here in Calhoun County. It's crazy to think our girls are in Fourth, Third and First grade.

Time flies.


Yes, Morgan is wearing flip flops with a dress. Yes, they do not match. No, I didn't care. I preferred a non-drama free first day of school morning. Believe me when I say Morgan can start some drama. Must be the youngest child syndrome going on.






Here are Morgan and Laney at the end of the day. They were complaining that I was late getting them, but that's normal for the first day - everyone was picking up today.


And this is what Madison thought about fourth grade at the end of the day.
Or maybe it was the fact her mom had a camera and took her picture when she got in the van. But she has a cool mom, so it couldn't be that, at least that's what I'm telling myself.


Looking forward to what they will learn this year in school!

Friday, August 21, 2009

Good morning...

This morning I was wide awake at 3:00 AM.
That's not like me.
I leave the getting up at ridiculous hours to Ralph. He does that much better than me, and he does it with a smile.
Maybe one day he will teach me his secret.
Today, though, I have been up since 3:00 AM. I am crashing hard now that it's close to 9:00 PM
There is one thing about getting up before the sunrise though, I got to actually watch it.
Wow.



Good morning Lord.
Thank You for a wonderful display. I'm greatful I got to enjoy it.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

On the way...

This is what it looked like in our van, on the way home from the beach.

I think she had a good time. I know we made lots of memories. I am thankful for every moment I was able to spend with my family.
Now, it's time for me a nap.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

PCB - Part 1

So far vacation has been relaxing. This is how tired the girls were the first night-



Today the girls and I hung out at the beach and the pool, took naps while we waited for Ralph to get here. Then we headed to Salty Sue's to eat supper. This place is a great little barbeque joint on Back Beach Road. Here are a few random shot from there.







The final parting shot - Ralph and his phone.


Hopefully tomorrow he will be able to leave it behind while we enjoy the beach. Looking forward to chilling with the whole family tomorrow.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Day @ the museum

Today Ralph took off from work and we headed to Tallahassee to the Florida Museum of Natural History. They had an exhibit about Florida Cattlemen that we thought the girls would enjoy. They did enjoy it, and I was able to take some pics of the fun they had.

They said the best part was the part of the museum was the part called 'Grandma's Attic'. They played dress up and typed on an old typewriter.

Ralph just sat back and laughed at the fun they were having.





















Whether it be an army man, a band member, or a doggie on their head. The girls had a good time and today was one full of things that make memories.