Thursday, April 24, 2008

Letter of the week "A"

"A" list
  • "A" handwriting pages

  • Addition worksheets

  • Arbor Day

  • Animals (alligators, ants, apes, anteaters)

  • Aquarium

  • "A" coloring pages

  • Autumn leaves-collecting
  • "A" glitter art

  • Acorns-collecting and counting

  • Avalon concert

  • Alphabet-ABC Blocks, ABC book, ABC Dora game

  • Apple stamping

  • Applesauce-making our own

  • Ark-Noah's of course

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Lake Frierson

Well, our church is currently in transition. We had our last service in our old building last Sunday. The new building is not quite ready, so we had church service at Lake Frierson today. We couldn't have asked for a better day. It was absolutely beautiful. The praise band held an acoustic service and Mike spoke about what it means to truely follow God. After the service we ate hamburgers and hot dogs and the all the kiddos headed down the edge of the lake. They had a blast throwing rocks. It is the simple things in life that bring so much joy. Then we headed over to the playground while the cell groups had a little volleyball fun. Saraya and Elijah were like two peas in a pod...everywhere one went the other was not far behind.


I decided I would start documenting the funny things Elijah says. If I could remember them all it would be in the hundreds. Unfortunately, one thing I wasn't blessed with is a good memory. He is quite possibly the funniest kid I know (of course I may be a tad partial). Most of the things he says is comical, but every once and awhile I cringe. Here are some of the most recent...

  • As I am opening a new tube of toothpaste...

Elijah: Mom, is that mine?

Me: Yes.

Elijah: Oh thank you mom! You're so brave!

  • As we're driving down the road...

Elijah: Mama, that idiot needs to get off the road, don't he?

(wonder where he got that???)

  • As I am flying around the room getting ready in the morning...

Elijah: Is Aunt Vicki and Ol' Raspberries going to beat you up if your late for work?

(Vicki and Ol' Raspberries aka Sherri are my bosses)

  • As we are driving down Caraway past Burger King...

Elijah: Mom, mom! That is where Uncle Michele and Aunt MaScott took me the other day!

(Uncle Michele and Aunt McScott are two of my closest friends)

  • Driving to Lake Frierson for our church service we go over a pretty steep hill (the kind where you lose your stomach) and it probably didn't help that I was speeding a bit...

Elijah: Whoooooa Mom! You better hang on to your britches!


What an amazing group of people. I love them all dearly!

Summer Fun

I've been thinking of some activities that I can get Elijah involved in this summer. I was going to sign him up for t-ball, but I waited around until the teams were full. He will still being going to pre-school throughout the summer, but I think I am going to do this "letter of the week" idea I have heard about. Basically, you focus on a different letter each week and do activities that relate to that letter. I think it will be fun and a great learning tool to boot. Not only that, it will get us out of the house more often. Stay tuned for "letter A" and ideas of what we will be doing!

Saturday, April 19, 2008

It's in the bag

People are always asking me "what all do you carry in that bag?" I love to carry big bags and they are usually packed full of things that I believe to be useful in any given situation. So, here are the exciting things I have been carrying around lately in my awesome bag I found while in Hot Springs last week.

  • cell phone
  • book of stamps
  • digital camera with case and two spare batteries
  • Shout spot eraser pen

  • calculator

  • notary stamp

  • eyeglasses with case

  • four ponytail holders

  • "Foxy"-pepper spray

  • three prescriptions for Elijah I have yet to get filled

  • four pens

  • two pencils

  • business cards and card holder

  • six medications

  • three tampons

  • hairspray

  • hand lotion

  • clear nail polish

  • three binder clips

  • Crystal Light on-the-go lemonade packet

  • two tins of Ice Breakers pomegranate lemon-aid mints

  • tin of Ice Breakers peppermint mints

  • pack of Trident gum

  • roll of wintergreen Lifesavers

  • two lighters

  • two wallets which contain
    check book
    check register
    an assortment of receipts
    one Chuck E. Cheese token
    four dollars
    $1.21 in change
    driver's license
    variety of cards

  • powder compact

  • lipstick/eyeshadow compact

  • eyeshadow compact

  • powder brush

  • blush brush

  • "L" zip bag that contains my digital picture keychain with the cable cord and disc

  • insulted make-up bag which has
    strawberry lip gloss
    Clinique Happy perfume
    nail file
    two tweezers
    loose powder blush
    blush compact
    four shades of lip liner
    two shades of concealer
    three black mascara
    three eyeliners
    eyeshadow compact
    thirteen lipsticks

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Hot Springs

Vicki, Sherri and I headed to Hot Springs for the Child Abuse and Neglect Conference on Wednesday. The seminars were great! I only heard one speaker the whole time I was there, but gained a ton of information. I usually bounce around listening to a variety of topics, but I was hooked on the very first speaker I heard. He is a detective from Texas and had a wealth of insight on child sexual abuse issues. He really got my mind thinking about a lot of things and what direction I want to go in professionally. Not to say I don't love what I do, but I have always been interested in the investigation aspect of crime. I am one by nature, so I think that is why I have such a strong drive to go into the field.

The other greats things about going on a work trip to Hot Springs is that we always stay at the Arlington Resort Hotel and Spa. I love the ambiance of that place. So relaxing. Typically, Vicki and I go to the bath house there and get the works-bath, towel wrap, and massage. To my surprise, neither of us were all that interested in it this time around. We hung out in the lobby the first night and had a few drinks while we listened to a little live music. We ate good food...Porterhouse, On The Border and Rolando's. If you are ever in Hot Springs you must check out Rolando's. Have the Adventure Platter...I promise you won't regret it!

True to our tradition, Friday afternoon we headed to Oaklawn Park for some horseracing fun. I am not a gambler, but it is fun to do it once a year. I don't ever spend more than twenty bucks and every once in a while I leave there breaking even.

Ahhh, now the good stuff. Shopping! What I look forward to most is strolling down Central Ave. and checking out all the neat shops. Scores this time around...shiny black/white/grey cheveron handbag, handpainted art, choker with two pendants (cross and high heel shoe), mango lime salsa, fru fru napkins, wall cross, and gifts for Elijah and the Allens.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Look who's Three!

Happy Birthday Kiley June!!!

Happy Birthday Elijah!

It is hard to believe Elijah is four! He is growing up way to fast. I let him plan his own party this year. He was super excited about picking out his cake, preparing the party favors and counting down the days until the big party. Unfortunately, he became very ill the week of his birthday, so we had to postpone the festivities. He was not at all happy about that. We finally got to have the party at Chuck E. Cheese and he invited several of his friends from church. A good time was had by all!

Sunday, April 06, 2008


Kiley's third birthday party was today at the Jonesboro Bowling Alley. This was Elijah's second time to bowl and the first time I have been since I was about 13 years old.

The final score-Elijah 51. Pretty funny stuff.

Who will you be voting for on November 4th?