Funny words from Ruby…

I was telling Ruby and the other two that if they would PARTICIPATE in cleaning up the playroom, then they could get a popsicle.  Ruby got to work right away.  Molly and Mack–not so much.  Ruby kept saying, “Mama, I am PERCIPITATING, right?”  And then she’d say, “Molly and Mack are not PERCIPITATING, are they?”  No, they aren’t.

And then today while playing outside in some water she sees a WASP.  “MAMA!!!  There is a SWAMP.  Is it gonna bite me?”  She warned Molly and Mack to stay away from the “SWAMP,” too.  

She also was “BAP-A-TI-ZING” her baby doll in the water.  She asked me if after you are “BAP-A-TIZED,” do you keep on sinning?  Unfortunately, yes, we do.  I tried to touch on the fact that we don’t have to sin though because God has given us the power not to sin…how we have the Holy Spirit inside us to help us….then she said something like, “Will you not watch me do this?”  I think she had heard enough from me.  

We have had a fun day today.  The weather is clear and hot, but windy, so it is tolerable outside today.  I have a lot of work to do around this house.  I just don’t feel like PERCIPITATING though.  I would enlist some help, but I am sure that they would not be willing to PERCIPITATE either.  

Pictures to come on 1)Molly having a friend over, 2) our trip to Augusta, 3) my attempt to let Mack try out underwear.  And just for the record, he is very much still in a diaper.  Very much.


This picture was taken by my room mate, Paige, while we sat and ate at Huddle House in Cochran, GA.  Josh and I were in school at Middle Georgia College.  He was always playing baseball.  I was the pool “I.D. taker-upper,” which explains why I look so tan.  Is that not the funniest job?  I wasn’t the lifeguard or anything important like that.  I laid out in the sun while students brought me their school I.D. card so that they could swim in the pool.  Oh the life.  Surely I complained of nothing during those days….surely.

I do love this picture because we weren’t even dating at the time.  And because we look 14 years old, comparatively speaking.  

And my teeth and smile—still as big as ever.  The hair is like a lead singer from a 1980’s hard rock group.  

I had about four pictures out that I found of Josh and me, and Ruby said, “Mom, you look different in all of those pictures…some are blonde, some are long hair, some are short, some of them you are dark and some of them you are light.”  I like to change things up, I guess. (As opposed to Josh who has had the same basic hair-do for about 16 years or so.) I do that with my groceries, too…you never know what brand I might come home with.  Josh doesn’t seem to mind all of my changes, but as far as groceries go, he’d like me to stick with what tastes best.


A Mess

We had a fun day.  It started off with a playdate at DeDe’s house.  It is always good to see DeDe and Kathy…long time friends…and we have 8 kids combined, so that is always fun!  The kids played in a couple of baby pools and on a slip-n-slide.  We ate lunch there and everything.  After we left, we drove to the new house to water the grass a little bit.  Once we got back to our house the kids just played and played.  They usually play so well with their own stuff after being away from home for several hours.  Mack made his way outside.  I heard Molly say, “Mack thinks that dirt is poo-poo.”  I didn’t really know what she was talking about.  After sweeping and mopping the kitchen, I opened the back door and found that Mack had opened up the bag of potting soil and dumped it everywhere…including all over himself.  I undressed him and put him in the sink.  He sure is a big “baby” to be taking a sink bath!  But he sure is cute.  Check out that farmer’s tan.





I am trying to be mindful that the everyday stuff…the conversations with the girls, the new words Mack says, the messes, the laundry, our music time, teaching Ruby to read….just the mommy stuff I do is so precious.  I am sure the time is flying by faster than I even realize.  I am definitely enjoying the kids more and more these days, and for that I am grateful.

Father’s Day 2009

DSC_0002This day has been so wonderful!  We got up and got ready for church.  The kids gave Josh their pictures/card and a couple of books, a box of Moon Pies and a digital coin counter.  He got a pair of new tennis shoes in light of Father’s Day a few weeks back.  We had a great Sunday School class, a fabulous sermon where many, many people got saved, and then we came home.  And I cooked.  I cook most nights of the week, but it is usually very simple.  This afternoon I cooked chicken thighs, butter peas, creamed corn, and I baked some chicken and dressing Irv had left here.  YUMMY.  Then, we took a sweet uninterrupted nap and woke up to have pound cake and Blackberry Cobbler Ice cream.  Oh my.  We have continued to enjoy the day by doing much of nothing.  And we needed a day like this!  

I am so thankful for Josh today and every day.  He is a wonderful father to our three kids.  They are so blessed to have a Daddy who loves the Lord, loves me, and loves them so very much.  He provides, he teaches, he is involved, he is affectionate, he plays with them, he disciplines them in love, and more!  I am glad he has enjoyed his Father’s Day!

Here are some answers to some of the questions I asked the kids about him:


Ruby-“Green or ummm hazel.”  Molly- “BLUE!!!”  Mack- “No.”


Ruby- “23”  Molly- “21”  Mack- “Daddy eyes.”


Ruby- “to ride our bikes”   Molly'”to get a slushee”   Mack- “Uh. No.”


Ruby- “preach”  Molly- “preach”  Mack-“Daddy eye”


Ruby- “chicken with a sandwich”  Molly- “mashed potatoes”  Mack- “Daddy eat.”


Ruby- “football and golf”  Molly- “Baseball”  Mack- “T.V.”


Ruby- “that I love him and the he drives the car to church and that I love him so, so very much”  Molly- “I love him.  He tickles me.  I care for him, and he gives me popsicles.”  Mack- No comment.


Ruby- “I love you, too. And when he goes to work he says, ‘I’ll be back later.'”  Molly- “baseball”  Mack- “doo-tooo-doooo-tooooo?”


Ruby-“a hug”   Molly- “an apple”   Mack-“Daddy!”



I also must say that we do wish we could be with each of our dads on this Father’s Day.  My dad is very special to me, and I love him a lot.  He was always a hard worker, and we never went without.  I am glad that my kids get to be a part of his life.  They love him so much, too!

And Irv is so good to his kids!  Jason and Josh are very blessed to have him in their lives.  Josh only has wonderful things to say about his dad from his growing-up memories.  They truly are friends as well as father-son.  And our kids also love him a ton.  Both Gran and Sweetie have to endure “WHERE’S PAWPAW???”  the whole time we talk to them on the phone.  

How blessed we are to have our Dad’s with us.  Happy Father’s Day!  We love you both.

Now, let me get back to doing nothing.  It is so nice and Monday will be here very soon!

The floors!

OK, this may sound crazy, but my most favorite part of the new house is THE FLOORS.   I love them.  And that is good since I am sure we will be together a lot….all the sweeping, mopping and cleaning up of spills, etc.  





Summer Time

Last night I encouraged Josh to get out and go eat with some guy friends as part of the Father’s Day weekend.  He went to OUTBACK and then went bowling.  I stayed here with the kids and some friend’s kids and Mrs. Mary.  It was a fun time.  The kids played so well together out in the back yard.  When I glanced out at all of them eating and laughing together, I couldn’t help but smile.  I took a picture in my mind, and I pulled out my real camera, too!



Slip and Scoot? and Crawl? and Drink?

My friend, Laura, brought her boys and her SLIP-N-SLIDE over on Wednesday.  It was a treat.  (We have one in storage that Uncle Jason gave the kids…can’t get my hands on it–or anything, for that matter–at the moment.)

Ruby did great with it.

DSC_0062Mack watched carefully and decided that it didn’t look so hard.  As a matter of fact, this looked easy and fun to him!

DSC_0079On your mark, get set, and go…..Hey, wait.  I’m thirsty.





DSC_0085Thirsty again.  This is taking much longer than one would think it should.

DSC_0086“Who is laughing at me?”

DSC_0090“I’m almost there!”

DSC_0092“So close.”


DSC_0095Mack, I don’t think I would do that if I were you.  Standing up on the slip-n-slide is just not a great idea….

DSC_0096But if that’s what you want to do, then go right ahead……



Hope everyone is gearing up for a fabulous Father’s Day weekend.  The kids and I have Josh’s gifts ready, special things from the kids and a night out planned for Josh.  I even found Blackberry Cobbler ice cream for Josh to enjoy on Sunday!  YUMMY.  Goodness knows we need something cold to eat…it is H-O-T here.

What Did I Do Tuesday Night?

Well, I am glad you asked!  I left Josh here with the kids and met up with some girlfriends to go to a cool store in Newnan to do a project!    I am a lot of things, but crafty is not on the list.  I mean, I can cut and glue with my children any time, but this was no cut and glue craft.  

DSC_0001Above you see Cindy, Laynie, Carrie and Coleen.  They were all together, and I chose the chair away from them so that they couldn’t see how horrible I was at this so that they could all be together.  

DSC_0004And this is me as I worked on the flag.  I really did do it by myself (**ahem, Laynie and Cindy, ahem**).  I was the last one sitting there and could have stayed another hour working on all 50 of my stars.  The teacher sent me home with extra paint and the sand paper for distressing it.  


DSC_0108Josh said he liked it.  We’ll see how much when he finds out I put it in his office!  Ha.

DSC_0009Here’s a group shot (minus Carrie) at Steak N Shake.  

We had a wonderful time!  I am so glad I did it.  Hopefully I can do something like this again real soon.

Look, Gran!

DSC_0049“My flowers are blooming!  I’ve got to show Gran.”

DSC_0047I think it is safe to say that Ruby didn’t get her “green thumb” from me!  (Note the overgrown beds behind Ruby.)  Gran got Ruby these flowers for her birthday, and they planted them down in Albany.  Ruby has been watering them every day, and she is so excited to see the blooms.  I know Gran will be proud of her.  

And though I don’t garden so well, I can clean.  Here is my refrigerator:

DSC_0052And for the record, it is time to go to the grocery store.  I put it off as long as I possibly can.  Wouldn’t you if you had to go with three kids?!?  But it was a great time to clean out the refrigerator because there was hardly anything in there!  

Yesterday, Ruby was riding her bike and said, “Look, NO HANDS!”  Then, two seconds later she said to herself, “I think using your hands is best if you are riding a bike.”  Good thinking, Ruby!  Safety first.

DSC_0012We were at the new house making sure the grass was getting enough water.  The grass changed it a lot!

DSC_0034This is a view from the very back of the back yard area.