Saturday, October 30, 2010

Golf Tournament

Today, Brandon and I participated in my company's annual golf tournament. We were on my boss's in the owner of the company's team. This is the 3rd out of 4 years that my boss has picked Brandon to be on his team and the second time I've been on his team.

We didn't win, but the really important thing was for us not to lose and we didn't! We came in 6th place out of 9 teams, but we're OK with that! ;)

The really exciting part of the tournament happened before 8 am at the putting contest! I was able to get my put closest to the hole out of about 25 players and guess what I won?!

Isn't that awesome! My boss is very very generous and I am very very thankful! Now I'm off to go play on my new toy. Maybe tomorrow I'll blog from it! ;)

Friday, October 29, 2010

Dress Rehearsal

Today was Mackenzie's school Halloween party and all of the kids were allowed to wear their costumes. Thanks to Marcia, we have a "new to us" ballerina costume. Before we left this morning I had Mackenzie eat the last of her waffle and took pictures in front of the fire place.

Here she is looking at Brandon who is trying to get her to look like a Ballerina with her hands over her head.
She was dancing around and looked so cute!
I finally got a picture of her standing on one foot (it took about 10).
Happy Halloween everyone!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

3rd Generation Friends

So my "friend" P-dub blogged last week about how her children were 5th generation friends with another family. This got me thinking about our family friends.

One of the first trips I went on with Brandon's family was a trip to see Cindy's (Brandon's mom) best friend, Chanda. Cindy and Chanda have been friends since at least High School, but probably longer than that. Brandon and his brother's think of Chanda and her family as their family. Chanda's two daughters are the same age as Brandon's brothers, so they've played together and been friends all of their lives.

This is from 2002: Chanda and Cindy are on the right and Lacie (Chanda's daughter) is sitting next to Brandon's youngest brother. Also note that every picture from this weekend included either Brandon or his brother making a goofy face and this one is no exception.

Chanda holding Mackenzie two Christmases ago.

Lacie with her son Lincoln 2 years ago.

Now that we are all "grown up" and having kids of our own, I think it's cool that our kids will hopefully be friends with their kids, and therefore be 3rd generation friends.
This year, at Christmas, it will be fun to see Lincoln and Mackenzie play together, not to mention Lacie and Trisha have both had little boys in the last 6 months, so our families are growing! Next year should be even more fun when they can all run around together and by then my future niece or nephew will be 8 months old! I can't wait!

Are any of you 3rd, 4th or 5th generation friends?

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Birthday Party Fun!

This weekend we went to our friend Liz's 2nd birthday and had a lot of fun! One of the activities was finger painting.

Oh...did I mention the paint was actually melted chocolate? It sure was tasty! ;)

This is Mackenzie's finished product:
I think as long as the A/C never goes out in our house in the middle of the summer, the picture will be perfect. 'Cause as everyone knows...heat is not a chocolate painting's best friend! ;)

After playing a little more, we got to decorate our own cupcakes.
Hmm...I wonder if this tastes as good as it looks...
Yep! De-lish!

Thanks Erin for such a great party. We really enjoyed it.

On a side note, this was the first time I'd been back to visit our friends from our old church since we've moved and I was not prepared for missing everyone so much. We have been sooooo busy for the last few months, that I didn't even think about how I would miss seeing our friends. I was fine for the first 30 minutes of the party until one of our good friends had to leave early and I had to say goodbye. Then...the tears came.

This is the part in the blog where Brandon finds out I cried at a birthday party and says, "really? why?" Yes, honey...I cried.

I was not expecting the tears at all. As far as I was concerned we were going to a party and I was going to visit with friends I hadn't seen in a few weeks. Little did I know my heart was really missing my friends and the party made me realize it. In the end it was all fine and I really enjoyed myself and because I got my crying over with at the beginning, I had no difficulty leaving the party. I was able to say, "bye, see you later" with a smile on my face. (it also helped that Mackenzie had fallen and scraped her knee and was crying and wouldn't let me put her down.)

Lesson: I've learned that while we only moved 30 minutes away, we changed churches and therefore will not see our friends as often. This is where I need to make the effort to keep in touch and do things with my friends more often so that I don't need to cry at every birthday party we go to!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The next best thing.

Remember when I said I found Mackenzie asleep in her chair a couple of weeks ago, but hadn't taken a picture? I had forgotten that she had fallen asleep the Sunday before. She fought taking a nap earlier that day, but I guess at some point the nap is going to catch up with you! I took a picture and then moved her to a blanket on the floor so she wouldn't get a crick in her neck.

Now all I have to do is picture her in her pajamas holding her bunny and that's pretty much how I found her that Monday morning.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Office supplies

A few years ago my office had a very strict office supply manager. She was very stingy with office supplies. It's not the she hoarded them and kept them all to herself. No, she had a very strict code on what she bought for the entire office.

For a while she stopped buy binder clips saying they were a waste of money and that we needed to reuse them rather than put them in our files. You mean we shouldn't use them for their intended use? This only made our office vultures when it came to binder clips. People had stashes of binder clips in our desk drawers and we were very weary of giving any away.

One of the most peculiar items she was stingy about was pens. As most offices probably do, our office uses a lot of pens. We use A LOT of red pens. My first 3 years here, we had 2 styles of red pens to chose from - thin and micro ball point pens. That's all. No more.

Soon after she retired, the new office supply manager added 2 new types of pens to our selection. All of us were very thrilled to have more of a selection when it came to redlining our drawings.

Yesterday, I walked to the supply closet to get a new red pen because I had somehow used/lost my last pen and found our offices' new "pen mecca"! We have NINE different types of red pens. Can you believe it?!

So, I did what anyone would do... I grabbed one of each of the new pens! Then I quickly went to show some of my new co-workers and they were also shocked.

It's the little things that make working great! The very little things! ;)

Friday, October 22, 2010

When I think of vacations, I think out of state, more than 2 or 3 days and doing tourist stuff. 4 summers ago, Brandon and I went to Chicago for a vacation and the summer before that I went to NYC. Other than the trip to Dallas, we didn't go on vacation last year or the year before. Since I've been thinking about that lately, I started thinking about where I've been and where I still want to visit. Below I made a list of the US and either marked that I've been there or what is in that state that I would like to visit. I'm hoping that you readers might be able to help me prioritize based on places you have visited. :)

Arizona - Grand Canyon
Arkansas - Little Rock, Hot Springs
California - been to Disney Land - would like to go to other cities - San Diego, San Fransisco
Florida -Disney World
Georgia - Savanah
Hawaii - Pearl Harbor - anywhere! ;)
Illinois - Chicago
Indiana - Evansville, but no where else
Louisiana - Baton Rouge and the verrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrry long bridge! :)
Maryland - Baltimore
Mississippi - Waveland, Gulfport
Missouri - Bransen
Nevada - Las Vegas
New Hampshire
New Jersey - Ocean City
New Mexico
New York - New York City
North Carolina
North Dakota
Pennsylvania - Philadelphia, Gettysburg
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota -Mount Rushmore
Tennessee - Nashville, Knoxville
Texas - pretty sure I've been here! :)
Utah - Salt lake City - my aunt Rhonda!
Washington - Seattle
West Virginia
Wyoming - Yellowstone National Park

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Thank You Pictures

Last year and this year I took pictures of Mackenzie with her birthday presents to send with her thank you cards. I really like this idea and I hope it becomes a tradition in our house.

This year it was like "speed dating" but with her toys. I would hand her a toy and tell her to play with it while I took pictures. After a few pictures, I would take that toy away and give her a new one. I'm sure that's how all kids love to play with their toys! ;)

Some of the pictures turned out really cute, so here they are:

This is the only one that isn't staged. She lined up her chairs and put her dolls (animals/monsters) in the chairs. The only thing I did was ask her to sit in the last chair while I took a picture.

She loves her magnetic "paper doll". This is the perfect toy for church and also at restaurants! I highly recommend.

In our house you really only see Mr. and Mrs. Potato head fully put together for about a few minutes at a time. Most of the time they are just plastic potatoes with body parts all of the floor!

This kitty cat walks and meows. Can you tell the TV is on? Hello? Mackenzie? Look at momma...

"And this is how you cut a peach in half." Other than not looking at the camera, she looks like she's teaching a class with her new cutting toy fruit and veggies set.

She was slowly removing all of the animals from Noah's Ark and putting them neatly in a line.

She also likes this Noah's ark. Again, the animals from this toy are perfect for church too.

Foam letters with Sesame Street figurines. Perfect!

Elmo DVD's. Again, perfect!

She loves to color at her easel. This is one of the things she was playing with at 4:45am last week!

Books - always a good gift for us!

Thank you to everyone who made Mackenzie's second Birthday great! She plays with all of her toys and books regularly and loves them all.

Oh and your thank you cards finally got in the mail today! They are only 3-5 weeks late, but who's counting? Thanks again!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010


hmmm...what to blog, what to blog. How about a list of random thoughts. That's what blogs are for right?

1. Most of our new bedroom furniture was delivered on Saturday. Everything but the bed frame, so we are sleeping on the mattresses on the floor. We really like it, but we are having to get use to the bedding. We've turned up the fan to accommodate the slightly heavier duvet and we are returning the new king size pillows and are keeping our "small" pillows for now.

2. Last night was the first time in a week that Mackenzie did not wake up in the 4:00 hour! Woo Hoo! She's getting used to her gate or maybe she's just getting used to the idea that I'm not going to come get her when she cries at her gate at 4:00 in the morning. Well, except for her first night with the gate. I caved on that one.

3. I noticed a guy backing into a parking space today in our parking garage at work. I don't really have an issue with backing into a parking spot except that our parking garage is one way, so when he leaves today he will have to make a very acute turn to get out of his spot. Not that it can't be done, I just don't understand the point. Why go through the hassle of backing into a spot when it's a one way narrow drive going only one way? Did I say it was one way? Why?

4. I'm hungry so I'm going to eat lunch instead of grasping for blogging topics! Have a great day!

Friday, October 15, 2010

The Early bird gets

Remember Monday when I found Mackenzie asleep in her chair in her playroom? That was only the beginning...

Tuesday...I woke up to my alarm and made sure I looked at the monitor to see if Mackenzie was still in her bed. Nope. I got up and met her as she was walking to our room. (5:15 am)

Wednesday...still in bed when I woke up, but came into the bathroom while I was getting ready. (5:30am)

Thursday...woke up to paper rustling around in the playroom. I looked in the monitor and sure enough she wasn't in bed. When I got up and called her name, she came running to me with her play necklaces on. I picked her up and laid her down in bed with us. She had to lay there quietly for about 10 minutes until my alarm went off. (4:57am)

Today...Brandon woke me up and asked if she was out of bed. I looked at the monitor and couldn't really tell, but I thought she was and she didn't answer when Brandon called her name, so we laid back down. 2 minutes later we heard sounds again. Brandon got up and found her playing with her Mr. Potato her the dark. (4:45am)

What happened? Last week she sat in her crib and cried for 10 minutes and never once got out of bed even though her door was open. Now she gets out every chance she can.

So other than have super night vision and being a morning person, we've decided she needs a gate at her door to keep her from getting out and roaming the house while we are asleep. Since I don't want to wake up at 4:45am tomorrow morning, we will be getting the gate tonight and will put toys in her bedroom so that she can play in her room tomorrow morning. I might also try putting her to bed a little later so that maybe she'll sleep a little later.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010


A couple of nights ago I picked up our dinner at one of my favorite fast food restaurants. Mackenzie was in the backseat and this is how our conversation went as we drove home with our food.

MM: Bies (fries)

Me: just a minute, they are hot.

MM: Bies

Me: just a minute, let me get on the road

MM: momma

Me: no answer


Me: what Mackenzie


Me: what do you say?

MM: peas (please)

Me: Be careful it's hot (I hand her a fry)

MM: dank you

Me: your welcome

She takes a bite and then says..."HOT!"

This was soon followed by, "more peas". She ate just about half the container by the time we got home. The sad thing about all of it is, is that I ordered apple sauce for her and the fries were mine! ;)

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

3 Months!

Can you believe Christmas is less than 3 months away???

I know it's still 3 months away, but at the same time it's ONLY 3 months away! It's really only 2 months because once December hits, I don't have much time for anything else. By the time we do both company christmas parties, a friend christmas party/gathering plus my family does a couple of separate christmas gatherings, it's actually Christmas day!

I am happy to report that I have started thinking about Christmas. Before you congratulate or curse me, let me explain.

Brandon and I have talked about buying a new tree for the new house.
Brandon and I have talked about where to put said new tree.
Brandon and I have talked about going ahead and buying Mackenzie's christmas present - the play kitchen, remember?
And last, but not least, I made a budget for our Christmas gift spending. That is actually the only thing I've physically done to prepare for Christmas.
Oh and Brandon moved the tub full of Christmas decorations to the garage because I told him to. On that one we are actually working backwards, but in my defense, I wanted the house to appear unpacked when people came for Mackenzie's party...

...That and Christmas is still 3 months away! ;)

Monday, October 11, 2010

I wish I had taken a picture

This morning Brandon left really early - as in 4:45am! My alarm went off at 5, but apparently when I hit snooze, I didn't really hit snooze, so I woke up at 5:40! I quickly got out of bed, took a shower and got ready for work. Several times I considered getting Mackenzie up so that she wouldn't feel rushed like I did, but chose to let her sleep instead. Finally at about 6:15, I walked to the kitchen to turn on the lights.

As I passed the living room, I heard Mackenzie snoring. I actually stopped and listened again, because I swear it came from her playroom and not her bedroom. I turned on the kitchen light and looked in her playroom and sure enough, there was Mackenzie in her pajamas, holding her bunny and sleeping in her big chair.

I don't know what time she got out of her bed. Brandon said he didn't see or hear her when he left, so I think she got up after he left. She's never gotten out of bed when it was still dark outside, so maybe she got up thinking it was morning, but didn't want to venture into the dark hallway to our bedroom. I have no idea! All I know is I wish I had taken a picture.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

A fun Saturday

Yesterday I decided that Mackenzie and I needed to do something fun. I feel like all I've done every weekend for the last two months was either pack or unpack. And even though last weekend was Mackenzie's party, it wasn't exactly relaxing. So, yesterday Mackenzie and I ventured to the Children's Museum!

We got there right when it opened at 10:00 and didn't leave until 1:30! We took about a 15 minute break for lunch, but the rest of the time Mackenzie was running around and playing. We had so much fun!

She loved these little doors complete with a door bell that she must have pushed at least 100 times!

I've discovered as long as the animal isn't real, Mackenzie really likes them. This is her pretending to be a veterinarian.

Shopping in the little grocery store. I love what's in her basket - a donut, a strawberry, a banana and a fish in her hand! A perfect dinner! ;)

She looks real excited to be a forensic scientist, huh?

The water was by far her favorite. Several times she tried to climb in and play in the water.

Within 5 minutes of leaving the museum, Mackenzie was asleep! She slept all the way home and then we both slept until 4 once we got home! It was soooo nice to take an afternoon nap - it's been a while since I've had one. ;)

I don't think we saw/did everything at the museum, so I can't wait to go again next time and see some more! I'm ready to get back to some more relaxing weekends and Saturday was just what I was looking for. If you haven't been to the children's museum lately - Go! ;)

Wednesday, October 6, 2010


It appears this week's blog theme is stealing!

First I "stole" a party idea. Then, I "stole" a prayer bucket idea.

All of this stealing reminded me of a story in Laura Bush's auto-biography that I read this summer. In the book, she mentions all of the theft that takes place at the White House. Apparently when guests come to visit, they feel the need to take home a souvenir without permission. They've had anywhere from soap to place card holders to pieces of the crystal chandeliers or light fixtures! I can't believe it! They even caught one elderly volunteer stealing from the easter egg hunt. Crazy!

I just can't imagine being invited to something so great as the White House and then feeling the need to steal from it just to have a souvenir! What would possess someone to do that? I'm pretty sure you probably received an invitation or some sort of souvenir just to get there, so there would be no need to steal something else.

I don't recall ever physically stealing anything (which is probably a good thing) from anyone. If I have I must have blocked it out and maybe my family will remind me. Brandon's mom has a story about Brandon's youngest brother and how he was told not to take any of the little candy out of the bins at the grocery store. The next time they went to the store he told their mom that if he took any candy "it would be an accident."

Maybe one day I'll be invited to the white house and we'll see if I remember this blog and leave only with the items I brought or if there will be an "accident"! ;)

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Bedtime routine

Before we moved I usually got home around 6:00 after picking Mackenzie up from school. By the time we ate dinner and had a bath it was pretty much bed time. I would hold her for a little bit while we watched a little sesame street and then I would put her in bed. Because of this small amount of time, I never took the time to read her books before bed, until about a month before we moved. Around that time I started sitting on the couch with her and read her about 4 or 5 books before bed time. Now that we've moved, we typically have a little more time and we don't have cable, so the TV is not distracting us and I can read several books to Mackenzie before bed.

I say all this to explain, that I'm a little behind in creating the routine I always wanted for Mackenzie. I always imagined reading to her before bed, lying her down and praying with her before bed. She was 22 months before I started reading to her on a regular basis, but finally at age 2, I finally have a routine, including the prayer.

Last week I started praying with Mackenzie when I put her in her bed and last night when I asked her if she was ready to go "night night", she responded with, "and pray". Yippee!

I'm thinking about reusing this bucket with pictures as a prayer bucket. On Marianna's blog a couple of years ago she mentioned a prayer bucket that her and her daughter used to pray before bed. Every night they would pick a name from the bucket and pray for that person. I figure I could use the same pictures and that's who we'd pray for. I need to update the bucket with some of our friends and maybe some other pictures, but for now it's a start.

Since I'm a little behind with this routine, what are some ways you pray with your kids? do you draw specific names or just generally pray every night?

Monday, October 4, 2010

Welcome to Sesame Street

Two years ago I read this blog and thought, "I hope I can plan parties like that for my daughter." I'm sure I could if I needed to, but this year I decided to copy the exact same party. I even borrowed some of the decorations! ;) Thanks Kim!

So, just in case someone needs a Sesame Street Party soon or 2 years from now, here is my version:

First you need some decorations:
I had more decorations, I promise, but I forgot to take pictures before the party and after the party...well it was after the party...and everything was a mess. Just imagine red, green, yellow and blue...basic sesame street colors.

Next you give all of the kids empty goody bags:
We started outside (gorgeous weather by the way) and hunted for Big Bird's eggs.
And just for looking for his eggs everyone received this:

Next we helped Ernie scoop up rubber duckies:For helping you received some bubbles:
Then we went in side for Oscar's trash toss and Pin the nose on Elmo.
We don't have pictures of these activities, but the little ones received little Slimeys for throwing away trash...
And Dorothies for pinning Elmo's nose.We had a great lunch consisting of Meatballs and Mac n' cheese because the party was "brought to you by the letter 'm' !"

Finally we got to blow out the candle:
And have Elmo, Cookie Monster and Oscar the Grouch cupcakes:
With all that was going on, I forgot to hand out the last two party favors, so I have quite a few extras:
Chocolate chip cookies of course.
And M&M's for Mackenzie Meyers!
I really had a great time planning and preparing, but I'm thankful it's over. Now I can move on and start thinking about Christmas!?
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