Friday, August 31, 2007


Come on people, leave me some comments to let me know you are out there!!! I'm not talking about you, Becky, you are a good comment that a word? It is now!

Thursday, August 30, 2007


stuffed up animals." That is what Abby asked me to do last night when we were getting ready to make a house out of pillows. She had to draw out the plans on a piece of paper before we could start building. Her and Shelby have taken the cushions off the couch this week more times than I can count.

Shelby had her first Musical Beginnings class today and she loved it. While I was waiting on her, I was talking to one of the ladies that work at the school.

A new building is being built and we are excited about it.

Anyway, she was saying that when they were digging to build the retaining wall at the street, the workers discovered that the wiring for "THE" red phone line to the White House runs right in front of the new building site.

Therefore, they had to route all the other wiring and water pipes and everything around this important bundle of wires.

I started thinking about this little tidbit of info. First, we live 15 hours or more from Washington, D.C. so it is incredible to me that "THE" red phone line actually runs underneath our fair city.

Plus, you would think that it would be some kind of top secret breech of something or other to know that "THE" red phone line runs underneath our fair city.

Wouldn't it?

I don't know.

But, if you come to this blog tomorrow and everything is wiped clean with no traces of noodle nest you will know that it most certainly was a top secret breach of security and I have been kidnapped and my memory erased.

Just so you know.

In case this blog is hijacked.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

SCHOOL'S IN!!!!!!!!!

Today is our seventh day of school and things are going pretty smoothly. We have been working on our cursive writing, Fungi, cake baking, and cobbler making. We have been busy!

Trevor has been going to the college and helping the girl's volleyball team practice. He is working a lot of hours, too!! He is busy, busy, busy!!

We are going on a swim play date tomorrow with my friend Ruthie and her kids~~this is the last week of pool time. We are wanting to get as much time in as we can. We have tentatively planned to go to the pool again on Friday. Got to get in the last bit of summer.

I hung out a load of sheets and towels on the line this morning. They were dry in 15 minutes!!! It is still HOT here!! I love the smell of fresh clean laundry that has just come in off the line. Smells so good. I thought to myself that I never want to live in a house where you can't hang clothes on the line. It just ain't right!!

Thursday, August 23, 2007


I have been reading the Little House on the Prairie series to my girls during read aloud time after lunch. It has been a nice way to get a little break and some together time in.

We were reading the chapter where Pa and Ma are scoping out a place for their new homestead and Pa goes off to hunt some wild game for supper.

Ma and the girls tidied up the campsite and washed the dishes. Then, Ma washes the clothes and lays them out on the prairie grass to dry. After the clothes dry she puts a blanket with a sheet over it on the seat of the wagon and proceeds to iron the dresses and other clothes.

As I read that I started thinking about the complaining I do. I have lots of amenities that make my jobs easier but I slip into a grumbly mood sometimes. I was thinking how Ma just did those chores without even questioning why she should.

I mean let's talk about this. They were out in the middle of nowhere. There was no one around for miles and they certainly weren't expecting company. It had to be hot and dusty. She did those chores because that is just what she did. She knew that those dresses needed an ironing so, by golly, she was going to iron them.

I want to do my homemaking not out of obligation but a willingness to make my house a home. I have been reading a book called "Home Comforts" by Cheryl Mendelson. It was recommended over by Bev over at Scratchin' the Surface.

Cheryl says,"She lived her life not only through her own body but through the house as an extension of her body; part of her relation to those she loved was embodied in the physical medium of the home she made. My own experience convinces me that there is still no other way to make a good home than to have attitudes toward home and domesticity modeled on those of that traditional woman. But most man and many women do not want to identify themselves with homes that they create through which they offer themselves to others. Advertisements and television program images offer degraded images of household work and workers. It is scarcely surprising, then, that so many people imagine housekeeping to be boring, frustrating, repetitive, unintelligent drudgery........ And I am convinced that such attitudes toward housekeeping are needlessly self defeating. You can enjoy keeping house. No one is too superior or intelligent to care for hearth and home."

I have to admit I am one that has had the attitude that house keeping is drudgery. I am trying to change that. I want to have a better attitude toward my home. I am trying to look at things differently than I have in the past. This book has been a real eye opener for me. I like her ideas and the way she looks at house keeping. I am off to make my house feel like a home.

Sunday, August 19, 2007


My sis from over at Seven 4 Heaven tagged me! Thanks Resa :~) I'm still waiting on that phone call! (j/k~I know you have been busy:~) Here goes:

1. You have to post these rules before you give the facts.
2. Players, you must list one fact that is somehow relevant to your life for each letter of your middle name. If you don’t have a middle name, use the middle name you would have liked to have had.
3. When you are tagged you need to write your own blog-post containing your own middle name game facts.
4. At the end of your blog-post, you need to choose one person for each letter of your middle name to tag. Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged, and to read your blog.

My middle name is Marie.

M~ mother to three kids
A~ able to multi-task and amaze my husband
R~ reads insatiably
I~ interested in learning more about sewing and other crafts
E~ elated that school will start for us tomorrow

Jellybellybegone consider yourself tagged!!

Saturday, August 18, 2007


Due to the fact that they lied to us about the cooler temperatures and this boring Saturday afternoon. We will play "What Is In My Purse?" Here's how we play~ I will list stuff that is in my purse and you will either laugh or be bored to tears.

Ready? Here we go!

I have
- a pair of fold up scissors that have come in real handy on many occasions. (except the time I had to go to driving school for a speeding ticket~the security guard made me take them all the way back out to the car~they could be considered a weapon, go figure:~)
- instructions on how to install an alternator for your car. I better keep those handy you never know when you might need to arbitrarily change out an alternator.
- millions of receipts because you never know when you are going to have to return the 6 pack of Diet Dr. Peppers you consumed last week.
- assorted candy wrappers because the old guy at church just loves to load your kids up on sugar BEFORE the service so that you feel like you need Prozac after the service.
- a handy dandy notebook because you never know when the urge will strike to write down things that you will forget you wrote down and read them 6 months later.
- a New Testament that your 5 yr old just had to take to church but just as you are walking across the parking lot she decides it is just toooo hard to carry it to the door.
- gum for those morning that you go walking with your husband at the crack of dawn and forget to brush your teeth because it is the crack of dawn (well for me, anyway:~)
- my trusty check card~ no explanation needed.
- cap to a medicine bottle that you don't even know how it got in there but you just go with it.
- a bottle of ibuprofen because they just don't hand out Prozac like candy, ya know!
- a makeup bag because there are times you DO have to put it on in the car~while you are driving, in the rain, with 3 kids yelling, at night, with the radio blasting, and the windows rolled down.
- hand sanitizer because your kid might just puke in the dentist's chair and while carrying the kid to the car realize that you forgot to wipe off a little bit of it~and it is exactly where you put your hand to carry said kid to the car.
- an emery board to do my nails because you never know when you will have 5, 10, or 20 minutes to wait in the HOT sun for your teenager to get off work to have him come to the car and say, "Sorry Mom! They needed help and I stayed a little later to help them out." Not to mention that if he had been 2 minutes later he would have seen the ambulance driving off with his mom from the deliriously crazy heat. (Did I mention we are presently without a vehicle that has AC?)
- and finally~$10 in cash that you are hoping will stretch until Thursday night when your husband's check goes in the bank because this week we had to replace an alternator (thank goodness for those directions:~) and had an unexpected doctor visit and unexpected medication purchases and books to buy for school and bills to pay and food to buy and etc, etc, etc.

Thursday, August 16, 2007


Yesterday was much better. We haven't fixed any of the car problems but I am much more calm now. We did have to go out for about an hour yesterday and by the time we got home we were drenched in sweat. WITH GOOD ATTITUDES!!

The girls were red in the face and their hair was plastered to their little faces but they were troopers. It is supposed to cool down this weekend. It's only supposed to be 95 instead of 105. That will be a relief.

Mike is going to try to fix the van this weekend. He thinks it is the alternator~ the thing the vehicle runs on after the battery starts it. I know this because my husband told me. Not because I am knowledgeable about cars or anything.

I am going out to dinner with one of my peeps this evening and I am excited. I have already made dinner for Mike and the kids. I am looking forward to a couple of hours with some nonstop talking~hers and mine! We always have lots to discuss~from her dog and cat to my kids and stuff. We never run out of things to talk about.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007


*UPDATE~took Abby to the dentist for her routine cleaning and she gagged and threw up all over herself in the dentist's chair. I am going to go to bed and pull the covers over my head!!!! You have to laugh at it all or you will go insane, right?????

I am having a pity party today!! We got up early and everyone was in a good mood. We were going to take Trevor to the orthodontist and run some errands. We are running right on time. We are on our way and Mike looks at the gauges and says the battery light is on.

This is a problem but,hey whatever. We turn around and go back home. We decide Trevor and I will take Mike's Explorer and he will stay home with the girls. No problem, right? The AC is out in the Explorer and it is 1,000 degrees out here.

Okay, no problem we will just ride with the windows down the 25 miles we need to drive. Never mind that by the time we get there with the mixture of wind, sweat, and humidity I will have an afro. And, yes, I know Corbin Bleu looked oh do very cute in High School Musical with his sweet hairdo, on a 34 year old white woman~~not so cute!!!!

We get there in time for the appointment and Trevor goes back. Chick fil a calls to see if he can come in early. Hey, NO PROBLEM!! We can get there in plenty of time. We only have one more errand to run. EXCEPT~I had to make not 1 but 2, count 'em 2, back tracks because I didn't realize there was no exit going south for the road we needed to be on!!!!

We got to the second errand in plenty of time~~until they needed MORE paper work on top of what I had already efficiently done at home. UGGHHH! Okay, no problem. Then I find out I have to write 8, yes 8, checks to be deposit on the first of each month for the next 8 months. I am now looking at the clock and shaking my head. I tell Trev~call work and tell them you will be there as soon as you can. Him~ "Sorry mom your battery is low and it won't let me through." Me~" Where is your cell phone ?" Him~"I forgot it at home." Deep breaths in through the nose out through the mouth.

FINALLY, we are on our way. Guess what? I need gas or we will be sitting on the side of the interstate with no one to come get us because Mike can't use the van. SO~ we get off at an exit that I am sure has a gas station. Guess what? First gas station has no gas, second gas station has no gas!!! What are the odds? Get gas~after a few choice words.

Drive like a mad woman just to get Trev to work ON TIME, not early. So much for getting there early. Ahh, I am almost home and I need a big ol' Diet Dr. Pepper. As soon as I walk in the door Shelby says,"I am hungry and Dad said to wait til you got home." AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I lost it!!!! Crying, fussing, slamming stuff around (got a paper cut from the papers I was carrying) Then I had to apologize.

No problem, I get a new chance tomorrow. Lord willing.

Thursday, August 9, 2007


For three days straight we have had triple digit temperatures. This is the reason I am not a fan of the summer months. The thermometer in the van has gotten as high as 108!!

Needless to say, we haven't been doing anything outdoors. We walk to the van, get in, and turn the AC on full blast. When you are coming from indoors to out it is like hitting a wall of scorching hot air. It is hard to catch your breath for a few seconds.

Mike and I had a good anniversary date on Saturday. We went to see Hairspray, then we went to The Cheesecake Factory. It was so fun. We are cheapskates when it comes to the movies. We go to matinées and we don't buy any of the high priced junk food; so, when I say we would go back and see Hairspray again, that should tell you something!!! We laughed and laughed.

The food was heavenly at TCF. We were early enough that we didn't have to wait long for a table and it was nice just to sit and talk. We topped off the evening by sharing a piece of Snickers Cheesecake.

Our last Sunday at the church Mike is preaching at is coming up. We are kind of sad but we know we will go back and see everyone. They are having a Kids Day. The first one they have ever had. We are excited to see how it goes on Sunday.

Friday, August 3, 2007



Today is our 16th wedding anniversary. When I look back over our years together I can only say that the Lord has been the tie that has bound us together.

We were both 18 when we got married and people thought we were too young. I am sure they thought it wouldn't last. I know of at least one person that said it was a mistake. Her marriage ended years ago.

I told my friend on the phone last night that I am thankful that the Lord knew what kind of husband I would need because I was so young I didn't have a clue.

We are going out to celebrate tomorrow evening. I am so in love with my husband I am busting at the seams. Thank you, Lord for your gift in my life. You deserve all the praise for this marriage.

Ecc. 4:9-12 It is better therefore that two should be together, than one: for they have the advantage of their society: If one fall he shall be supported by the other: woe to him that is alone, for when he falleth, he hath none to lift him up. And if two lie together, they shall warm one another: how shall one alone be warmed? And if a man prevail against one, two shall withstand him: a threefold cord is not easily broken.

Wednesday, August 1, 2007


Here are 100 things about me in honor of my 100th post in no particular order.

1. I am the oldest of three children.
2. I loved playing school and going to school.
3. I went to 4 elementary schools.
4. I went to 3 junior highs.
5. I went to 2 high schools.
6. I graduated from high school engaged to be married.
7. I got married in August after I graduated in June.
8. I have never regretted it for a minute.
9. My husband is my very best friend.
10. I would rather spend time with him than anyone else on earth.
11. I am totally and completely in love with him.
12. I am glad that on this coming Friday we will have been married 16 years.
13. I have 3 beautiful children.
14. I never thought we would have more than one because it took me so long to get pregnant with my second child.
15. There are 9 years between my first and second child.
16. There is only 2 years between my second and third.
17. I love them with all my heart.
18. I have been a foster mom.
19. I got pregnant with my daughter right after I became a foster mom.
20. I would have loved to adopt my foster son.
21. He was the only foster child we had and I loved him.
22. I wish I knew where he is today.
23. I have put whether we have more children in God's hands. (My husband has too. :~)
24. I love to cook but cleaning up is a downer.
25. I have a son that cleans up after I cook, that's an upper.
26. I homeschool a 16 yr. old, a 7 yr. old, and a 5 yr. old.
27. I sometimes get overwhelmed by it all.
28. I am always aware that I am my kids teacher.
29. I am not the best at it sometimes.
30. I have a lot of faults.
31. I am working on them.
32. I am going to Weight Watchers.
33. I have lost 25 pds.
34. I am thrilled about it.
35. I don't want it to come back!!
36. I have never flown on a plane.
37. I want to REAL bad.
38. I tell my husband all the time~he says it's no big deal but he has flown all over the country.
39. I am glad I am a parent of a teenager.
40. I love getting in to good discussions with him.
41. I love driving him to work because I know in a few months I won't be needed by him like that anymore.
42. I love that he has a great sense of humor and he keeps me laughing.
43. I have two daughters that make me smile.
44. They are as different as night and day.
45. I enjoy being with my family anytime I can.
46. I have never been farther west than Nashville TN.
47. I love driving a stick shift.
48. I didn't get my license till I got married.
49. I got them in my in-laws Buick Lesabre.
50. I was very scared.
51. I have been in numerous accidents.
52. I had one when I was on my way to work at the mall and trying to eat a burger at the same time.
53. I have worked as a newspaper carrier
54. a line girl at Western Sizzlin'
55. a babysitter
56. a medical assistant
57. daycare worker
58. opthalmic assistant
59. receptionist
60. sales clerk at a music store
61. These are not in order.
62. I was awarded a full scholarship to Kee Business College.
63. I got married instead.
64. I am not sorry that I made that choice.
65. I am Aunt Jennifer to 7 nieces and nephews.( pronounced ant thank you very much!!)
66. I love them all.
67. I have been in the room when 3 of them were born.
68. I loved every minute of it.
69. I would love to work in L & D.
70. That's Labor and Delivery for anyone who doesn't know.
71. I am a caregiver at heart.
72. I love taking care of people.
73. I have been with two people I love when they passed away.
74. I am glad I was there.
75. I was changed forever both times.
76. I am living a good life.
77. I can't imagine my life going any other way.
78. I am thankful I was introduced to Jesus at an early age.
79. I love Him more everyday.
80. I am a child of His and I am grateful for it.
81. I have two friends from high school that I stay in touch with.
82. I am glad they love Jesus, too.
83. I am blessed to have them and their families in my life.
84. I have known them for almost 20 years.
85. I am better for it!!
86. I have a brother that is a pastor.
87. I have a sister that is looking to Jesus for guidance.
88. I like camping with my family.
89. I like tent camping. ( I know I am weird!)
90. I like traveling but I like coming home, too.
91. I like scrapbooking.
92. I want to do more of it.
93. I want to hike to Elkmont Lodge and spend a few nights.
94. I love The Great Smoky Mountains.
95. I like camping in the winter.
96. I camped for a summer when I was 13.
97. It was one of the best summers I had growing up.
98. I can't believe how easy it has been to make this list.
99. I could keep going and going.
100. I have to stop now:~(