John, Sara Beth, Callum, Haley, Kobe, and Samuel

John, Sara Beth, Callum, Haley, Kobe, and Samuel

Sunday, January 30, 2011

52 Home---Week 4

January 30, 2011





A picture that hangs in our living room
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Friday, January 28, 2011

Five On Friday 1-28-11

 Here is this week's Five On Friday! I got the link HERE if you would like to participate and create your own Friday 5 blog. I hope you each have a Fantastic Friday, friends!

This Week's Topic: UNRELATED


1.What’s your favorite kind of cracker?
**Wheat thins for a snack cracker and Wheat Zesta crackers for soup and salad purposes**



2.What part of your residence gets the best natural lighting?
**Dining Room**


3.What song have you frequently listened to lately?
** "Stopping the Love" by KT Tunstall**


4.What could you use a little break from?
**Housework!**


5.What’s going on in your town this weekend?
**Not much that I know of, but I always find something to do**

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Thankful Thursday 01-27-2011

Another week almost over, these weeks are just flying by waaaaay to quickly!
Here is my current list of things I am thankful for this week:

1. Jesus! He is my strong tower, shelter over me! Beautiful and Holy and His face is all I seek!

2. My Family. So very thankful for John and my children. I truly couldn't imagine my life being any other way.

3. My Parents. I am so blessed to have two parents who don't mind pitching in and helping me get my children where they are supposed to be on time, taking medicine to a child at school who has a headache, making sure they get picked up from school three days a week and most of all... just loving all of us!

4. My Church Family. I am so glad that I have the church family that I have. They are all so loving and welcoming and caring. I have made some great friends at church. I love our pastors and their willingness to bring the Word to us each and every time we meet.

5. Reconnecting. I have recently began talking with a couple of "old" friend and we have so much in common. It is good for moms to lean on one another and be able to talk and hang out for a little while with no interruptions. I am so excited about  GROWN UP GIRLS ONLY TIME this Saturday with one of my new/old friends! I can't wait!

6. Carry-Out Pizza. So glad I can just zip through and pick up a pizza on the way home some nights. I mean, sometimes I just don't feel like cooking and yesterday was just one of those days.

7. Unexpected Quality Time With My Children. Since school was delayed due to "snow" this week I got some extra time with "my three sons" and it was great. We talked, laughed, and ate fresh cinnamon rolls and took our time getting ready to leave the house. I wish more mornings could start that way.

8. Prayer. I am glad that I believe in the power of prayer and that Jesus Christ sits at the right hand of God and is in intercession for all of us throughout our day.

9. Dressy/Casual Dress-Code at Work. All of us normally dress up.  By "dress up" I mean dress pants, sweaters, nice blouses, jackets, or twin sets with the occasional skirt and sundresses and flip-flops in the summer. I dress up Monday through Thursday, but on Friday I really enjoy having the option of blue jeans! It nice to be able to throw on a pair of jeans and a sweater or your favorite team sweatshirt and come to work comfortable. I can't wait for capri pants and flip flop weather either! :)

10. Good Manners/Customer Service.  Often when I come face to face with people at a check out lane or purchase counter,or just walking in a parking lot they just aren't that friendly anymore. I am glad and very thankful when I come across people that are still nice,courteous, and genuine. I try to smile at everyone I make contact with, even if it is just eye contact. It may seem weird to them but it seems weird to me that sometimes they just look straight through me. This is sort of sad but the other day I went to Wal-Mart for a few items and left the children at home with John and the sweet lady I always try to go get to check me out asked where they were. I mean, she has great customer service. There is no telling how many people she sees on a daily basis but she asked me, "Where are those two cute boys of yours?". Now, that is customer service.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Faux Snow Day Delay

The school decided yesterday to delay school starting this morning for two hours due to the several inches of snow that was in the forecast for our area. This morning I woke up with ease instead of being jolted awake by the most hated sound on the planet: my alarm clock! I woke up and found my Sweet Samuel in the bed with me and noticed that it was after eight o clock in the morning. WOW! Everyone was still asleep.  I realized there was NO snow or anything else, just a break from our everyday routine. So, I took my time getting ready and waking them all up. Once everyone was up we strolled around at our leisure and talked, laughed, and chatted. I made cinnamon rolls and we ate them hot and fresh straight out of the oven with cold milk. We all got to enjoy a weekday breakfast at our dining room table together...unrushed! It was nice to talk and laugh with the kids before work and school. We normally are so rushed we barely get to see each other let alone eat and talk together. I really enjoyed this morning and I am so glad I got to start this day off in such a great way!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

52 Home---Week 3

January 16, 2011



52 Home---Week 2

January 10, 2011




52 Home---Week 1

I am going to borrow a cute idea and fun blog from a friend. It is called 52 home. Each week you take one picture of your everyday life and post it. No words needed. It can be any picture. A picture of your family, an outdoor scene, a messy kitchen, laundry, the car pool lane. Anything at all that happened in your home life that week. Luckily I have enough pictures that I can catch up and keep this up hopefully every week (52 weeks in a year) this year. Feel free to have fun with this blog as well! I found it HERE. So for my first 52 home:

January 1st, 2011

Past, Present, Future

While driving to work this morning I found myself thinking that I am on a fast train and need it to slow down or let me hop off and explore the surroundings for a little while. It made me think of the song "Breakdown" by Jack Johnson
                           .....I hope this old train breaks down
                                 Then I could take a walk around
                                 And, see what there is to see
                                 And time is just a melody
                                All the people in the street
                               Walk as fast as their feet can take them
                                I just roam through town
                                And though my windows got a view
                                The frame im looking through
                               Seems to have no concern for me now
                              So for now
                               I need this here
                              Old train to breakdown
                              Oh please just
                              Let me please breakdown.....

 I feel like I am always busy, on the go, rushing, in a hurry to get here or there, running late, and missing out. My biggest fear is that I wake up tomorrow and my babies are grown up and gone and I just held on for dear life as our lives went by way too quickly. I feel like life's "To Do List" is growing longer and longer and the only way to get through all of the things that MUST be done is to rush through most of them.

I began thinking of the day Kobe was born and how much love I never knew was in me just suddenly came out. I began thinking of crying as I watched him sleep in his crib while I played my favorite lullaby, Edelweiss, because it is the one my mom had sang to me. I wasn't crying because I was sad, I was crying because I loved him so much and had no idea how much another person could love someone else, especially someone I had just met. I remember putting on his rain boots when he was about three and watching him run,skip, play and fall (on purpose) in the mud puddles when it was raining one day. I remember certain days just riding down the road singing our favorite songs together and thinking fondly of those moments each and every time I hear those songs. I thought of things he used to say, such as "lasterday" for yesterday and how he used to tell me, "it's just me and you kid!". When it was just us two, I used to tell him that all the time and one day he picked up on it and started saying it to me!



I began thinking back to when I met John. The night it began snowing and we had no idea it was going to and we got "snowed in" at his house in Tuscumbia. Neither of us were prepared. No gloves for the children,no dinner to cook and most importantly... no milk! I remember earlier in the day Haley and I went and rented movies which was our every Saturday ritual at the time (that was before Redbox and Netflix). It began snowing on our way out of Movie Gallery and we ran through the parking lot laughing. We had no idea it was really going to snow. Later when we realized that it was really pouring out of the sky, John and I put several pair of socks on each child's hands for mittens and we went out and played in the snow. I remember the kids being fascinated by John's snakes (Fluffy and Spike) and using an old horse trailer as a "hiding place" during hide and seek. Later, John left me and the kids there while he ventured out for Chinese take out and milk. When he got back we had a "fancy" dine in night and it was the *best* night I believe we ever had out there in Tuscumbia.



I began thinking of the day I told my parents John and I were getting married. My dad said, "I knew ya'll would!" I remember our wedding and laughing because our wedding had started and we had no idea... we didn't care all we knew is we were ready to be married. I remember looking around and thinking of how complete my life was. I had John, Kobe, Callum, and Haley. I couldn't imagine needing anything else. Everything was so right in my world.



I thought of the day we went and got my Buster Bean! I thought of him riding in the back of our car home from Gatlinburg and sleeping in Kobe's lap. Kobe was so proud to have that little puppy, and so was I!



I began thinking of John buying me a dragonfly wind chime to put in our baby's room before we even knew for sure that I was pregnant with Samuel. I thought of how John carefully painted and fixed Samuel's nursery with such precision and thoughtfulness. I thought of how proud he was when he showed it to me. I thought of the day I met my sweet Samuel. Who knew I could love another child so unconditionally? I had just met him, and all I could think of is how I ever lived without him. I remembered crying, sobbing really that night in the hospital and John rushing to my side to find out what was wrong. Nothing. I was just so completely happy and whole. I just loved Sam so much. I thought of his sweet little hands, feet, his monkey gown and his pacifiers. I thought of his love to me and John. He is a daddy's boy but he loves his mommy too! I thought of him singing his little songs he makes up, being a rock star, a "fighter man", Buzz Lightyear, and a puppy dog! I thought of him saying things like, "basagna", how everyday is Saturday to him. How he reminds us every single meal to say our blessing. How he "defends" me against the bad guys and uses Chief like a step stool. I thought of how peaceful and sweet he is when he sleeps and how he still wants me to hold him and hold his hand when he goes to sleep. I thought of how he loves to be my little helper without being asked.


       



Memory is a way of holding onto the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose. ~From the television show The Wonder Years

I thought about this morning when I woke up. I thought of feeling safe and secure and loved. I thought of what a hard worker and an unselfish giver John is to our family. I thought of Callum eating his breakfast at the table and helping getting things in the house "ready/picked up" before we leave for school and work in the morning. I thought of Kobe knocking on the bathroom door just to say "Good Morning" to me this morning and when I opened the door and saw him he just smiled! I thought of how peaceful Samuel was sleeping. I thought of how I wish I hadn't gotten so aggrevated about the muddy, wet dogs... afterall... it is simply dirt and water. I thought about saying good bye to Callum and Kobe and how they both looked back at me and smiled as I told them "Bye, I love you!". I thought of the big hug and wink Samuel gave me before I left him this morning. It was strange, these things had happened only minutes earlier yet they seemed so far away.

Nothing is worth more than this day. ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


I thought of all this and felt so much love in my heart but also a little bit of sadness because I realize it is going by all too quickly.  I look forward to all the new memories we will make and share in the future and the love we will give to each other.

Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.


I am so thankful for my memories and blessings to come. I really hope that this year I can take the time to slow down and if we miss something, oh well! If I am five minutes late because I chose to read Sam a book, oh well! If I miss out on doing laundry because I wanted to beat play Kobe in a game of checkers, then oh well! If I don't get the dishwasher unloaded or the floors cleaned because I wanted to do something with John... oh well! If I want to just  forget all of my household duties and chores to hang out with my family and go to the music store with Callum... oh well! If I want to stay in my pajamas all day long and have Rainey Family Cinema all day long... the list will still be there but today won't. Today is the only day I have with them at this very age and time. I plan to utilize every single moment. My past holds such fond memories, my present is so fun--hectic and busy--but fun for the most part, and my future is looking pretty bright from here.

Family faces are magic mirrors. Looking at people who belong to us, we see the past, present, and future. ~Gail Lumet Buckley

Friday, January 21, 2011

Five on Friday 01-21-11

Here's this week's Five On Friday! I got the list HERE if you would like to create your own list. Have a fabulous Friday, friends!

This week's topic is : SUPER


1.There are superheroes named Superman, Superfly, and Supergirl. Based on your performance this past week in whatever you do, what would have been your Super_____ name?
**SuperAccurate! I have been creating 1099s and getting End of Year reports and spreadsheets and closings done at work and had zero mistakes!**


2.This week, what has been superterrific and what has been superlame?
**Superterrific: All the fun and great conversations I have had with my children this week!**
**Superlame: The time I spend at work!**


3.Which of Superman’s abilities would have been the most useful this week?
**Teleportation! That way, when I am experiencing down time at work I could go straight to spending some time with my children and then on the next down time maybe go eat lunch with John and then on the next down time go home and start some cleaning or laundry or maybe catch up on the shows on the DVR. That would be SUPER!**

4.What do you most expect will be super this weekend?
**This whole weekend will be SUPER! I expect to spend a lot of time cuddling with my kids and watching movies and maybe even getting outside and doing something with them if it isn't too cold. Going to church this Sunday morning is going to be SUPER too! I wish these two days of the week didn't go by the fastest!**


5.What are your thoughts this week about the coming Super Bowl?
**NO thoughts. I honestly don't even know who is playing in the Super Bowl.**

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Thankful Thursday 01-20-2011

My Top Ten Things I am Thankful for on This very cold and dreary Thursday:

1. Jesus! I am so thankful that God so loved the world that he gave his only Son to die on the cross for our sins so that we may spend eternity with HIM.

2. My Husband. He has worked so hard this week to provide for our family and worked long hours that have not gone unappreciated. He has come in late and gotten up early almost every single day this week. I am very thankful for a husband who wants to take care of his family. I am also thankful for a husband who even after working very long hours still comes home and helps kids with homework and bedtime routines.

3. My sweet kids! I love hearing their stories (although some are obviously made up) and talking to them about the best and worst thing of the day around our dinner table every night. I love that even when we go to a restaurant to eat my children still want to say the blessing! Samuel has proudly become our designated one to say the blessing. He is the sweetest when he says it too! He even stopped the snack during Sunday School at church to tell them he needed to say a blessing. I love that Kobe still wants to cuddle with me on the couch and hug me and kiss me. I know a day is coming, sooner than I would like to think, that he won't want to do that anymore. Callum is growing more and more responsible every single day and is showing how much he cares for others.  "Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body. "~Elizabeth Stone

4. My Parents. I am very thankful for my parents and every single thing they do for my family. I am thankful that they raised me in church so that I would know how to raise my family too. I am thankful that they love me, John, and all of the children and truly want to spend time with us and see us.

5. The Praise and Worship Team at Church of the Shoals! I love spending time worshipping the Lord every single service with this group of talented people. I really look forward to hearing them and singing and worshipping with them. I love my church family and our pastors so much!

6. Lunchables. Lunchables have just saved me this week. I mean, those new ones with the chicken fingers and sub sandwiches that include every single thing down to the Kool-aid packet for your water... WOW! No more making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches at my house. They have always enjoyed the crackers and ham/turkey ones but these are great! Callum and Kobe sometimes want to take their lunch but once the new lunchables have come out... it is much more often now.

7. My DVR. I know that is a weird thing to be thankful for but I rarely sit down before the children's bedtime so I would never get to watch any of "my shows" without it. The kids love it too. They have all of their favorite episodes and some favorite movies on standby...just in case!

8.  Jobs. I am thankful John and I both have jobs that we enjoy and can provide for our family. I am lucky to have a job that allows me to attend events with my children or just stay home if they are out of school.

9. Friends. I am thankful to have a few really good friends. Some have always been my friends and some I have just met and some I have become friends with through John... no matter which category... I am so thankful for them.

10. Great Educators. I am thankful for the teachers that take time to understand children. That truly care and try to help and really teach them things. Sometimes, those things may not be one of the "three R's" either. It could be a good lesson in doing the right thing or simply telling the truth.

I enjoy writing Thankful Thursdays because when you start listing what you are thankful for and all the blessings you have received you just automatically start feeling happier and have a great outlook on the day and life in general.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Fun "Rainey" Days

Usually almost every single weekend is packed so full of obligations and plans that we rarely have time to just relax and wander around town. This past weekend we got to mix both obligations and fun together. We started off at a Friday night basketball game with Kobe. His team played their little hearts out. They didn't win but the did have a ton of fun. After all, that is what really matters right?
And, YES, he made that shot! Way To Go Muscle Shoals Cardinal Team! Kobe's team really gets out there and tries very hard and works well as a team and we are very proud of them!

Saturday morning, I was up early like usual. That is when I do get most of my cleaning done though while everyone else is still asleep. I don't mind doing it that way because then I can just enjoy the rest of my weekend. Samuel had been asking me over and over to please take him on a "field trip". We decided on two field trips for that day. We decided on the Pet Store and the music store. My children all like to go to look at every single pet in the entire store. They are cute about it too! They talk to some of the animals, they mimmick some of the animals, they pet some of the animals, and then we go on our merry way. We usually spend quite a bit of time just walking around and enjoying seeing all the different kinds of creatures that God has created.

After the pet store, we went straight to one of our local music stores. We have two local music stores in our area. We like to alternate between the both of them because we know the people at both places. This week we went to one that John's friend works at where he teaches lessons. My step-son, Callum, has been wanting to start lessons so we took him over there to introduce him to John's friend and of course, let them all try out the instruments and hear some of the teachers there play. Kobe and I had a great time in the piano room playing on the synthesizer and Samuel and I had fun on the conga drums! We got to hear a little concert by one of the workers/teachers there on the piano and all the children were impressed! Then John's friend who teaches guitar there said he would give us a little show too. My children sat with thier mouths open listening to this incredible guitarist. He really did a great job... I wouldn't mind one bit for Callum to begin taking from this very talented man. Callum was so excited. It was really cute to see a teenager get excited over something because they think they are too big to get excited and actually be happy about anything at this age!;)

A great time was had by all and a lot of good time was spent with eachother. They are so sweet on the way home when we do things like that all excited about what they saw or learned. I look forward to many more "field trip" Saturdays with my family. We ended our weekend off by going to church and worshipping the Lord and having a great lesson! That night, Callum went to the youth group's "Capture the Flag" game and bonfire. I was very proud of him. This was his first time going. He is still getting settled in from moving here and adjusting to all of the changes but he is doing so well. The kids were out of school for MLK Jr day on Monday and with all the snow we have had they didn't want to go back to school anyway. This morning was a rough one for them trying to get up and get to school. They all seemed to have a great day, except Callum. His was even better than "great". When I asked how his day was, he said, "It was epic!". I think that is a good thing... ;) I am so proud of all four of my guys! I am really looking forward to making new memories with them!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Five on Friday 1-14-11

I am going to start a new weekly blog. It is called Five on Friday! Each week I will answer a set of five questions that will be given to me from HERE. Feel free to click the link and begin your very own Friday Five. Just remember, you have to reference the link in your blog! So here goes my first of many Five on Friday posts... this should be very interesting!

This week's topic is: Expiration


1.What was the most recent thing to go past its expiration date in your pantry? I guess that would have to be a loaf of bread.


2.When does your excitement about the new year usually expire?
Oh, I would say round about January 2nd! ;)

3.What valued possession seems to be on the verge of expiration?
That would have to be my flat iron for my hair! Looks like I am going to have to replace it, it is about to go kaput on me!

4.When does your current driver’s license expire?July 24th, 2012

5.What subscription, membership, permit, policy, or other dated document are you most likely to allow to expire next without renewal?It will likely be my Family Fun Magazine Subscription, I just don't enjoy it as much as some of the other ones!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Thankful Thursday 01-13-2011

I started this post a long time ago on Myspace. Then I began doing it on Facebook and a forum I belong to... so now, I will begin it here on my blog. It is a fun and often times humbling way to remember that if you count your blessings one by one ... you will see the great things the Lord has done! I always try to list at least ten things that I am thankful for that week. You should all give it a try. It can be anything from your favorite sandwich to your family or a new opportunity. So here goes my top ten things I am thankful for on this freezing cold Thursday:

1.Jesus-- I am so thankful for the unconditional love of the Lord! I am so happy that Jesus forgives us and loves us completely... flaws and all! Thank you God, for sending us your only Son to die for our sins!

2. My husband and my children--They have a unique ability to make me laugh with the simplest of actions. It seems that I have a little "inside joke" with each of them and even when one of us is in the worst of moods or lowest of lows we can say one sentence and have the other one laughing through the tears!

3. My Parents-- My parents have helped me in so many ways that I could not begin to list them on this blog. They have been there for me when no one else was and have helped make me the wife,mom,employee, friend, Christian that I am today. They obviously only got better with time... just ask my children!

4. My friends-- It is so funny that when I was younger my dad told me that I would be lucky if when I was older I had enough "true friends" that I could fill up one hand counting them. Back then, I thought he was crazy. I had so many friends I couldn't even count them... now I know how right he was and how rare it is to find someone that is a "true friend" and there for you no matter what the circumstance or time of day. "A true friend walks in when everyone else walks out." I am very thankful for my few true friends.

5. My Job-- I am so thankful to even have a job right now. I am even more thankful that I have a job that I truly enjoy the actual work I do everyday. I am so thankful that the Lord made me wait until this opportunity came along to move me into a different position in life.

6. Higher Gas Bills-- I know most people reading this just did a double take. Most people wouldn't be very thankful for a higher gas bill... but that means that my family is warm when they come in from the cold, warm at the dinner table when we eat, warm when they go to bed, and warm when they wake up!

7. My vehicle-- Thank you Lord for a dependable vehicle that gets my children to school in the morning and me to work and back to my family each night!

8. My Mom's Potato Soup-- Thankful that my mom made that delicious potato soup again! Thankful for leftovers for lunches too!

9. A Loving Church Family-- I am so blessed to have a loving church family that encourages me and my family and for a pastor who always delivers a Word that I can understand and that really means something to me!

10. My Home-- I am so thankful that we have a home that keeps us dry, warm, and safe! It may not be the best or the biggest on the block but it is filled to the brim with love and laughter (most days)!

There you have it. My top ten things I am thankful for on this Thankful Thursday!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Cold Raine-y Days make fun Snow Days!

My children have never seen snow in their little lives like they have in the past few weeks. Let me re-phrase that: I have never even seen snow in Alabama like I have in the past weeks. I have to admit, I was very skeptical when the weather reports were calling for 3 inches of snow and then when they increased it to even more... I really had my doubts. But just like they said, Sunday night the snow started falling from the sky and within a few hours we had up to four inches of snow. I decided to do something that we may never have a chance to do again: We went outside to play in the snow at 10:00 at night! It was beautiful. The sky was still dumping snow on us and we had such a great time just running around and throwing snowballs and just looking at the snow. School was called out and work was cancelled so that meant that we were free to play all day long on Monday! After staying up so late playing the night before, we all took advantage of no school and no work and slept in. Once we all got up and going I made a big breakfast to warm and fill our tummys and out the door we went. I even left the dishes in the sink and for all of you who know me... you know that is a BIG deal for me! :) My mom and dad made their way over with sleds and a four wheeler so we took off sledding. It was so much fun. I even said a sentence that I used to say when I was little :"I want to do that again!" The boys had a blast and so did the adults. After several hours of playing in the snow, we came in and I made some chili and we watched Karate Kid. It was such a memorable and fun day. I am so thankful to have had that time with my whole family. We are at home again today but unfortunately, not everyone is as excited as yesterday. I think everyone is ready to get back to "life as usual" and get back on our schedules. I am enjoying this time with my family but if we don't get back to work and school soon then we may never want to go back. Too bad we can't all be a "stay at home family"!
This morning we have had, as Sam calls it, Breakfast soup (oatmeal) and eggs and bacon and we are all just lounging doing our own things. There are only two things on today's agenda: 1. Have fun 2. Build a snowman!

Thank you Jesus for this beautiful snow and family time.



My dogs

John and the boys ready to go sledding!


Chief watching me being pulled on a sled


My dad and Samuel ready to ride!


Me and the boys!


Samuel



The guys being pulled by the four wheeler!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

No Plans, No Worries

Last night, after Kobe's basketball game, my dad took Kobe and Callum to his hunting club for the weekend. We packed their bags with warm clothes and some yummy snacks and took them with us to the gym because they were all excited to leave as soon as the game was over. They wanted to hurry up and get there as fast as possible! So, that left John and I with only one child for the evening. Since he is the youngest, we figured he would likely fall asleep on the way home and we would maybe enjoy a movie together. When we all begin leaving the gym and saying our good-bye, be careful, have fun, and call me lines to each other... I noticed that my little three year old had other plans. He saw his two big brothers going hunting with Poppa and since he isn't quite old enough just yet he wanted "plans" too! He decided that the best Friday night plan for him was to go home with his Nana. Of course, his Nana didn't even have to be asked... she was very easily convinced. So, our plans we had no longer existed. John and I rarely get time without any of our children and so we don't really know what to do. We got in the car and sort of laughed about it but quickly realized we had no plans and would have to figure something out... quick! We came home and just relaxed. We didn't turn on a computer or a TV. We sat in front of our "fire place" and just talked. We talked about the past, the present, and the future. We dreamed together of things and we laughed about things and we had the best time. Normally, I am someone who loves a very clearly laid out set of plans and when one little thing gets thrown off... I panic. That was one of the best dates we have ever had!

It is rare that we don't have anything planned on Saturdays. That seems to be the day that we push everything to. If we need to go buy anything or look for anything it is always done on Saturday. Games, and spend the night company staying over to play from the night before,laundry, cleaning, and anything and everything in between usually occupies my Saturdays. Not so for this Saturday. With all three boys gone we were able to sleep in... John got up at 7 and I got up at 8 ;! Hey, that's sleeping in to us! We only had two things on our agenda for the day... go pick up Samuel and go get a tire put on my SUV. So, we took our time and leisurely got ready to go on our day's adventure. We went straight to pick up our little "Wild Man Sam" and went straight to the tire place. Samuel enjoyed that more than I thought he would. He enjoyed looking at all the "monster truck tires" and I think his favorite part was "driving" the car while we waited on our new tire to be put on. He "drove" us all over the place! We went to the beach and Wal-Mart and to the moon! He has such a big and sweet imagination. Once we were done there we had... once again... no plans. We decided that we needed something to eat and since it was closer to lunch than breakfast... we decided on lunch food. A quick choice was made by Samuel. He wanted Rice Box. He loves going to The Rice Box and he has found a new favorite... Cho Cho Chicken and rice. After our lunch since Samuel has been telling me that he wants a pet hermit crab we decided to go over to Romancing The Stone in the mall where they sell them to look at them and let him see them and "play" with them and then we were going to surprise him and tell him he could take one home. We got there and he looked at them and talked about them and did everything BUT touch them. He acted afraid of them. That must be something that he loves from a distance... So John and I decided that now wasn't the time for a pet. So from there we let Samuel navigate the day. He took us to the "hunting store" because he loves looking at the four wheelers, The Children's Place where he walked out with two new toys, Krispy Kreme for a sprinkle donut, and K-Mart. On the way home, we looked back and he was napping. John and I decided to ride around a little longer and we held hands and just talked. We finally made it home and quietly brought Samuel in so he could finish his nap and so that John and I could relax. I learned today that everything doesn't have to planned out to the very minute. Sometimes... no plans are the best plans.

John and Sam

Me and Sam

He is very serious about driving!

Friday, January 7, 2011

Starting Today

Starting Today...

I am going to try to post a new blog at least twice a week. I will try to work up to three but I will likely be doing good to post two. So, with that said my first blog of 2011:

Our year started off with a lot of changes. Sometimes when we think of changes it automatically takes your mind to someplace of negativity but we have had some changes and they have all been for the betterment of our family. I accepted a new job and so did John. Both of our new jobs mean new schedules, new responsibilities, and new adjustments but we have adjusted well and we are actually beginning to get the "hang of it" so to speak. I am enjoying my new job and love the actual work I am doing and John is really loving his new position as well. It is always so scary to step outside of your "comfort zone" and go for it... and sometimes you need a little pushing but in the end it is all well worth it. I sit here in awe as I think back over the last six months and all the things that have happened and all the changes we have been through, at how God works things out for our good. He makes everything work together so perfectly. Sometimes when things happen and we wonder why on EARTH is this happening to me, we are going through a test and at the end is such a great reward!

Highlights from 2010:
*Watching my life's plan take a drastic turn and get me to exactly where God wants me and trying my best to follow that path and keeping my eyes fixed on Him so He will keep His eyes fixed on me!
*Continuing on in my journey of life with my husband, John. I have enjoyed watching our relationship mature and grow.
* Watching and listening to my children grow and mature... although sometimes it is hard to realize how big they are actually getting.
*Going on our first ever family vacation with the WHOLE family. We went on a cruise for a week to Mexico and we enjoyed it so much. It was so fun to get away from everything and just have fun and relax! The kids loved it so much and it truly made my heart smile.
*We did Random Acts of Kindness all through December and my boys have learned so many valuable lessons from each one of them.
*Experiencing the wonderment and magical elements of Christmas through my children's eyes. Christmas of 2010 will be one that I always will remember because it was truly the very best Christmas we have ever had. Santa accidentally left his pack at our house and we had to go through it and Rudolph lost a silver sleigh bell in our yard and my children got to experience their very first snow ever! It was such a wonderful time!
* New Year's Eve was just as fun. I spent all day long with my two sweet little boys and just ran around town and took them to spend some of their Christmas money and we had a "lunch date". It was a really fun day that ended in a much needed and well deserved date night with John. We went to the New Year's Eve Bash at the Marriott and we had such a great time with a great friend of ours, Aaron. We were able to enjoy his company along with his son, Trace that whole weekend. It was a very fun and memorable time.

I am anticipating a wonderful year. It has gotten off to a great start. We have held two "Rainey Family Cinema Night" movie nights with the kids, Callum is getting adjusted to his new school and new "full-time" house, Kobe is playing basketball and he made the Honor Roll at school, and Samuel is getting smarter every single day! They all amaze me at how smart they are. I have decided that no matter what happens in life, you just roll with it because it is part of a BIGGER plan and He will work it all out in the end. Afterall, He already knows the ending, He wrote it. He makes all things work together for our good.