Wednesday, October 31, 2007

I got my number!

Michael competed in the Rhode Island State Cross Country meet this weekend. He ran the Varsity race with the top seven boys from each middle school in Rhode Island. There were over 300 boys that ran the 2.1 mile race.

Michael's was given number "39".

Just before he ran, he said, "I bet I get my number!" meaning that he would place number 39 in the race.

The trail took him through lots of wooded areas where we lost sight of him. We positioned ourselves so that we could see the last little bit of running on the wooded trail and then move quickly to the finish line to watch him cross.

We were so excited to see him pass by us at number 48 during our first glimpse of him.

About 45 seconds later, he crossed the finish line at number 39!!!!

He ran the 2.1 mile race at 12 minutes and 15 seconds.

He is in the top 50 boys of his age group in Rhode Island!

And he DID get his number!

Saturday, October 27, 2007

I've been tagged!! 7 Things About Myself....

Here are the rules which you must abide by if you are tagged:
1. Link to your tagger and post these rules.
2. Share 7 facts about yourself: some random, some weird.
3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post and list their names (linking to them).
4. Let them know they’ve been tagged by leaving a comment at their blogs.

Lisa the Domestic Diva tagged me......

7 things about me.

1. I cannot sing! I think that I was not given this gift because if I had, I would be on stage somewhere decked out in a strappy sequin dress every night crooning my songs and it would totally go straight to my head and I would be impossible to live with! Strangely enough, I also think that this is why I was not blessed with a tall, lean body with beautiful curves. I would be in a bikini in the frozen food section of Super Stop and Shop! It's nice to know that my lack of talent and "mom of four" body is what is keeping me from making a total fool of myself, huh?

2. As hard as it is to be a military wife and have to move so often, I secretly love it because I enjoy meeting new people and exploring new places. I can feel myself getting a little antsy if I've lived somewhere for more than two years. Because my husband is in the Navy we've really been able to see and do more things than I ever thought I'd do and see and I'm thankful for that. I definitely miss the friends I leave behind and on many levels, I miss the traditional stability that my family could have, but few things delight me more than going where I've never been and making my mark there.

3. My husband and I met in a dance club in Pensacola, Florida called Rum Runners. This surprises most people who know us today, but he had a promising career as a hip hop dancer with MTV but decided to join the Navy instead. I, on the other hand, cannot dance. Refer to item number one for my theory on the reason why I was not given this gift either!

4. I celebrated my 30th birthday (yikes...SEVEN years ago!) by skydiving in Daytona Beach, Florida with my two brothers and one of my cousins. It was a completely exhilarating and surprizingly peaceful experience! David and I are planning to do it again...possibly with Zach for his 18th birthday!

5. I'd love to be on the Amazing Race with my husband. We often refer to how great we'd be on that show what with his navigation skills and my ability to take his direction while driving. Too bad I can't run for the life of me...but I'm sure we could make up for that with our wit, charm and deceptive game play. Hey, who needs to be as fast as a gazelle when you can be as sly as a fox? We've been talking about auditioning since season 1 so keep just might see us on there in an future season!

6. I feel most at peace and most inspired when I'm near the Ocean. I don't have to literally be rolling around in the sand on the beach, but anywhere where I can see, hear or smell the Ocean is a great place for me to be. I also love to take scenic walks with my family just before the sun sets. Being somewhere beautiful just makes me happy.

7. I'm a BIG procrastinator! It seems to be an insurmountable obstacle for me. It's almost like planning ahead will kill me! LOL! At some level, I must thrive on the stress that being up against a deadline creates for me because I am constantly putting myself there. I don't know if it is because I've got my spoons in too many pots, if I can't bring my mouth to form the word "no", or if what I'm experiencing is normal for a sahm of four busy kids and an emerging business, but I'm always up against the buzzer! Constantly running around at the last minute.
I love the idea of being prepared and organized and ahead of the game....and I will intend to be that way, really, I will. But, when the deadline comes, there I am, all wild-eyed and breathless, sliding in just under the tag!
If anyone knows any good books or methods to help in this area.....leave me a comment about it and I'll check it out. Really, I will!

Ok, so there you have a glimpse into me.
Now, I'm gonna tag 7 others.....

Lisa of The Little Things Blog

Cheryl of Ladeda

Mari H. Photography

Matilda Jane

Megan of Creative Outlet

Sheila of Baby go Retro

I can't wait to check out your 7 things, ladies!!!

Thursday, October 25, 2007

A girl for me and a boy for you...

Friends of ours are foster parents to these sweet little 8 week old twins.

We had the priviledge of keeping these angels overnight on Wednesday.

It's funny how much you forget in four years!

We had everything that comes with newborns times two!

Twice the bottles, twice the burping, twice the diapers, twice the dressing.

Twice the sweetness, twice the coo-ing, twice the twinkle of a grin.

Twenty little toes, twenty little fingers, four little ears, two little noses.

Baby T and Baby A really left a mark on our hearts!

Their future is yet to be written. Their "forever home" is still waiting for them. Their "forever mom" still wondering.

God gave them the gift of each other so that they would never be alone in this world and in His mercy and grace, I know that He has a special purpose for them.

We held them for a moment with all the love and kindness in our hearts, whispering to them things that we hope they remember, but suspect that they will not. We longed to impress upon each of them how very precious they are so that they could draw upon that if ever they feel that they are unwanted. It is a big wish, I know, for one so small to carry such a faint whistper with them, but we whispered just the same.

One thing is certain, these sweet little babies are getting a wonderful start in this great big world! Their foster parents are filling their little lives with love and security. The foster parent's constant kind presence will undoubtedly write upon these babies hearts that they are a blessing.

And that is the one thing that I want them to carry with them into their forever family.

They were loved.




Delighted in.
From the very beginning.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Another great Christmas set!

This one is right up our alley! Can you tell that Bren loved this set! It's almost as spunky as she is and she had so much fun playing that up!
Katie of my*toot*toot created this funky holiday set! I just love the wild initial T-shirt and the jeans are awesome!!
You can see more of her fabulous designs on her e-bay ME page.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

More Christmas Cheer!!!

With just three more Christmas sets to model, most of the Christmas modeling rush is behind us. Believe it or not, we are now gearing up for Valentine's Day! I've already got one heart laden set to model!! But before we get all sweet and gushy, let me tell you where you can find these amazing sets!!
Megan of Creative Outlet is an e-bay icon! Her work is creative and amazing and she even designs these ultra cool mosaic jeans for moms!!! Check out her website and get your hubby to buy you one of Megan's gift certificates for Christmas, or pick one up for a friend! What an awesome stocking stuffer idea!

Pam of Liltumblebugs created this sassy santa set with enough pizzazz to put your little one on the top of Santa's list! The skirt is so full and fun! Perfect for your little Diva! To learn more about Pam and to see some of her awesome designs, visit her e-bay ME page.

Lisa of little*bits*by*lisa is one of e-bay's most creative and fun designers! She always chooses color combinations that pop and designs that are fun to wear.
Here she has created a spunky set for Christmas that will knock Santa's socks off!
You can see more of her designs on Confetti Kidz website and on her ME page.

Traci of Bloom Design just blew me away with this set! Her sewing is impeccable and her choice of color combinations is rich and classic.
You can see more of Traci's work on her e-bay ME page.

The gorgeous hair flowers Bren is wearing are by Gen of ridiculously.cute and the coordinating jewels are by Magaly of my*pink*princess*jeweltique
They are both amazing designers and will do custom work....think stocking stuffers!!!

Monday, October 22, 2007


From the highest of heights to the depths of the sea
Creation's revealing Your majesty
From the colors of fall to the fragrance of spring
Every creature unique in the song that it sings
All exclaiming
You placed the stars in the sky and You know them by name.
You are amazing God
All powerful,
Awestruck we fall to our knees as we humbly proclaim
You are amazing God
Who has told every lightning bolt where it should go
Or seen heavenly storehouses laden with snow
Who imagined the sun and gives source to its light
Yet conceals it to bring us the coolness of night
None can fathom
You placed the stars in the sky and You know them by name
You are amazing God
All powerful,
Awestruck we fall to our knees as we humbly proclaim
You are amazing God
You are amazing God
You placed the stars in the sky and You know them by name.
You are amazing God
All powerful,
Awestruck we fall to our knees as we humbly proclaim
You are amazing God
You placed the stars in the sky and You know them by name.
You are amazing God
You see the depths of my heart and You love me the same
You are amazing God
You are amazing God
~Indescribable Chris Tomlin

The White Mountains of New Hampshire

Ever since I knew we were moving to New England, I have been anticipating the arrival of Autumn. I have heard that it is incomparable and I wanted to see it with my own eyes!
A few weeks ago we went to the White Mountains in New Hampshire to see the Fall foliage at it's peak.
It was absolutely breath taking! We spent the day exploring trails, caves, streams, suspension bridges and waterfalls.
I can't wait to go back and do some tubing in the snow!