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

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

Monday, November 28, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Since today is Thursday and it is Thanksgiving... this will serve as my Thankful Thursday post:

Today is Thanksgiving. We are detouring from our "normal" holiday routine this year. Normally we would go to my grandmother's house but this year we decided on something a little different.

We made plans to go to serve Thanksgiving lunch at Jen's Cafe. Jen's gives out free Thanksgiving lunch to those who may not otherwise have a good Thanksgiving meal. I have witnessed some come to eat the very good food that Jen's serves and  leave donations and others are just grateful to get a hot meal. It is a huge blessing to be a part of this. I was very excited to be able to give back. As most of you know, one of my main areas of ministry is to the hurt, lost, and under privileged. So this is a perfect outreach for me and my family. Not only can you serve someone a wonderful meal and spend time with someone who might have been alone on that gives plenty of opportunity to pray with them as well. After that we were planning to go out for dinner with friends who do not have any family in the area and be their family for the day. We were so excited about the plans and couldn't wait to get Thanksgiving started. This year since I have a new job, I was afforded the luxury of getting to spend the school holiday/break with my children. It was looking like a wonderful Thanksgiving.

We started our Thanksgiving off about a little over a week in advance when we had Thanksgiving dinner with our bible study home group. It was so much fun and such great food. I think I can speak for my whole family when I say that we really enjoyed the fellowship and worship as well as the food and company! We really consider each of these people as part of our family so when we got to spend time with them it really is a blessing.

The Tuesday before Thanksgiving our church held a Thanksgiving service. We attended and had a wonderful time of Praise and Worship followed by a very heartfelt message from Pastor Bill. I always enjoy hearing him and we all love him and are so thankful for him and his family, as we are for all of our Pastors at Church of the Shoals. Afterwards, we had dessert and coffee with our church family. We always love being with our church family and it was hard to leave... we could have stayed all night. We were some of the last to leave and we enjoyed every single second of it.

Wednesday morning came bright and early because Kobe had basketball practice that morning and the rest of us had hair appointments. I found out while there that since I had volunteered to help with the set up and take down at Jen's for Thanksgiving lunch that my name had somehow not gotten put on the schedule for serving food on Thursday and they were very well staffed and wouldn't need me! I was disappointed that I would not be there but my heart was over joyed that so many people had volunteered. Our friends, Susan and Aaron were who we were planning dinner with and since Susan is our hair dresser we talked and decided that since those plans had changed we would have lunch instead. I decided I would go to a Christmas auction that night afterwards and I was still very happy and excited about our Thanksgiving Day plans. That night I made turkey, apple stuffing, hash brown casserole, mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, rolls, cranberry sauce, pineapple casserole, Oreo pie, and sweet potato pie. After we sat down we all took turns going around the room telling each person what we were thankful for about them. Of course, when they told me what they were thankful for about me... I cried. They were the sweetest little comments. I will remember that night forever. It was so nice to have a nice family dinner and be so grateful for what we have and for each other. We even got to drink out of the fancy glasses! The kids LOVED that. I heard, "You are the best Mom ever!" a lot that night. I don't know if it was because of the turkey or the Oreo pie!

Thursday morning ...fortunately... wasn't so bright and early. We all slept in a little. I got up and fixed a nice BIG breakfast and we all ate and watched the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on TV. Scratch that. That is what I had hoped would happen. Instead... the kids ate very rapidly so they could get to playing outside and playing video games and John and I watched the parade. Soon after we had to begin getting everyone ready to go to Aaron and Susan's for lunch. This was very trying. The children would NOT cooperate. They were being ugly to each other and to me! I decided that plans were for the birds and decided to wait it out until attitudes improved...including mine. Needless to say, we missed lunch. I was actually fine with that because I wasn't quite sure how nice of a time it would have been with the morning we had already experienced.  After the huge uproar... things seemed to get alot better. We didn't have anymore problems with the boys and all seemed to be OK. UNTIL... we began to get hungry. Since we had our Rainey Family Thanksgiving meal the night before I didn't have anything "thanksgiving-y" to cook and I thought we might have frozen pizza. But then... we decided to go out to an early dinner. We drove past Cracker Barrel and it was absolutely packed. We drove on to Olive Garden. Closed. We looked at Red Lobster. Closed. John kept driving because he knew our options were slim and he knew what the kids would pick... and he knew I wouldn't like it... but then the kids started saying, "Ryan's! Ryan's!". I am not a fan... at all. I began to find myself in a very foul mood. I know the kids love the ice cream bar but I can't stand anything about it... well, maybe I like the rolls. So, into Ryan's we went. I was so ill. Now, looking back I am so ashamed of myself. Halfway through the meal I found myself with my coat on and zipped, sitting on the opposite end of the table, frowning, and mad that all of my plans were RUINED. I also found myself feeling really disappointed in....myself. I was being such a brat and so ungrateful on the day I am to be the most grateful. I felt that sting of tears in my eyes... and not because of the food. But, because of my bad and ugly attitude. I had to just get up and go to the bathroom and cry. I was being such a brat! I came back out of that bathroom and I was appreciative of my family, our health, the fact that we could go to eat, that we were eating, that we have jobs, a home, cars, and yes... even the sticky floors at Ryan's. Although, our Thanksgiving did not go as planned... I know that God knew what I needed... I needed to get a good swift kick in the pants to remember what Thanksgiving is all about.... and he gave me that lesson. When I sat back down I didn't notice all of the dirty dishes everywhere or the sticky table or the food on the floor... I noticed my husband and kids making the best memories. I almost missed out on that. I was able to salvage a tiny piece of that meal with them. I am so grateful for the reminder that it is not about the food or the type of food you eat. It isn't about where you sit down to eat. It is about being with who is important to you and giving praise and thanks to God for all that He has blessed us with. I left with a grateful, yet heavy heart. I was embarrassed at how I had felt. We salvaged the day though. The boys all hugged me and told me how much they loved me... that is enough to make anyone smile and feel better!

It turned out to be one of the most memorable Thanksgiving breaks ever. We enjoyed extra time with each other and we had several Rainey Family Cinema sessions! I am really looking forward to Christmas break...except... I think we should make NO plans!!!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

52 Home---Week 47

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Monday, November 21, 2011

Five on Friday 11-18-11 (Moving)

Here is this week's Five on Friday blog! If you would like to start your own Friday5 blog go HERE and get your weekly list and don't forget to link them in your blog and comment on theirs!! If you ever begin wondering or would just like to know "why" I do these blogs take a look at my explanation HERE I Hope you all have a FABULOUS Friday!!!

This Week's Topic: Moving

1.When did you last move residences? **In 2001. I moved from my parent's house into my house to prepare for the arrival of Kobe!**

2. What song leaves you completely unmoved even though it seems everyone else is moved by it? **Don't Stop Believing by Journey**

3. On what kinds of mornings is it easiest for you to jump out of bed and get moving? **Saturdays, of course!That is the day I do what I want to do!**

4. What object do you get most annoyed about when people move it without letting you know? **ANYTHING that is mine... but especially my keys or the remote control to the TV!**

5. In what way are you waiting on someone else to make a move? **I am waiting to hear from someone about a payment arrangement. I can't do anything until they do their part!**

Five on Friday 11-11-11 (What To Take)

Here is this week's Five on Friday blog! If you would like to start your own Friday5 blog go HERE and get your weekly list and don't forget to link them in your blog and comment on theirs!! If you ever begin wondering or would just like to know "why" I do these blogs take a look at my explanation HERE I Hope you all have a FABULOUS Friday!!!

This Week's Topic: What To Take
1. What do you usually take to the beach? **Sunblock, water, and towels**

2. What do you find essential for a trip to the mall? **Debit Card**

3. What’s something you take to the ballgame? **Market tote full of snacks and drinks**

4. What do you take to the movies? **Jacket**

5. This one may not have broad enough a relevance, but what do you take when you go to the symphony? **I don't frequent the symphony but if I did... I would need some no dose...As much as I do enjoy classical music...I KNOW I would fall asleep!**

Thankful Thursday 11-17-11

This Week's Top Ten:

1. God. I am thankful that He knows my past, is in my present, and controls my future!

2. Jesus. I watched the Passion of the Christ recently and it made me literally love Jesus even more. I am so thankful He loves us so much!

3. John. I am thankful that after five years of marriage... I don't have to ask him to help me do chores. He sees me working on something or trying to get a specific chore done and he just pitches in without being asked.

**Each of my children are very different so I am going to give them their very own number this week.**

4. Kobe. I am thankful for Kobe because he is such a sweet child. He genuinely cares for others and always wants to please us. He wants us to be proud of him and compliment his work. He wants us to see each and everything that he draws or writes and loves just chatting with us. One of my most favorite times of the day is first thing in the morning. He always comes to the room that I am in and chats with me and tells me about his plans for the day or about something that may have happened last week! He checks on me when I am sick or sad, he misses me when I am gone, and he hugs me and tells me he loves me when we are together. I think he is a great kid!

5. My little wild man Sam. Oh my! I am so thankful for the life that this child gives me. I think our home might be a little on the dull side without him around. He is so full of energy and life and he always keeps me laughing! He also aims to please us and while he is a "daddy's boy" he still loves his mommy. He cuddles with me and watches movies with me (Especially the ones no one else seems to want to watch with me...Napoleon Dynamite). He is my little ray of sunshine and ball of energy and I love him so much! I couldn't imagine my life without him. I am so thankful for him. He is my little blessing sayer each night and he absolutely completes our little family. I couldn't imagine my life without Samuel!

6. Callum. Callum is the child who always helps and rarely ever complains. He doesn't ask for much but gives a lot in return. He is learning to be a good big brother and learning the importance of school and learning. I am very proud of him and so very thankful for him.

7. Haley. I am thankful for her phone conversations and Facebook messages.I am so glad that I have one girl ally in the house sometimes! I miss her when she is gone and I am always so glad to see her! I am really looking forward to having her "home" for Christmas break!

8. Our Home Group. I love love love our home group that meets on Tuesday nights. We eat dinner together and then we have a little time for praise and worship and then we have a devotion or discussion. It is really a great group of friends and I am so thankful that I have them.

9. Our Church Family. I have such an awesome church family. Seriously. They are the best. I love each and every single one of them. They are some of the sweetest people I have ever met in my entire life and I love them so much. They are some of the best friends I have ever met!

10. My Oil Burner. Haley gave me the best gift ever for my birthday this year. She gave me an oil burner. I just bought a new fragrance. It is Apple Cinnamon. I LOVE the smell. It makes the whole house smell so good. I love it!


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

52 Home--- Week 46

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Friday, November 11, 2011

Thankful Thursday 11-10-11---A Different Twist on my Traditional Post

Normally, I post the TOP ten things that I am thankful for of the week but this week is going to be a little different. I have had a few things happen to me this past week and I really want to remember them and I am so very thankful that they happened... so here it goes...

Last week I saw my husband off to minister to other men at North Alabama Men's Encounter. I feel so blessed to be his wife. He amazes me each day at how he goes after God. I am very, very proud of him and seeing him support those men and help free those men who were bound up and not able to walk in the fullness of Christ just literally overwhelmed my soul! He always comes back on fire for God and "upgraded" as a husband and a father!

I have a friend who I have been praying for her and her husband for over a year. I have wanted so badly for them to come to church with me. I have invited them more times than I can count and something always happened that we just couldn't get it together. I have prayed that the Lord would work this out! Well, He did! My two sweet friends recommitted their lives to Christ yesterday and will be sitting beside ME in church on Sunday! Glory To God!

Last night the boys wanted waffles and so Kobe decided we had to go to the Waffle House. Yes, I know it is not very clean but it is very good so off we went.  In the middle of our drive Kobe reminded me that the high school pep rally for the playoffs was in just a few minutes. I asked the boys if they would like to go and they both said YES. We turned around and headed back towards the high school. We enjoyed time together at the pep rally and when it was all over I headed home. I decided while there that we would go home and make grilled cheese sandwiches and call it a night. The boys just wouldn't have it so I went to Waffle House. We met our waitress and I could tell she was having a rough night. I decided right then we were going to be the BEST customers she had ever had. We talked with her and used our very best manners and complimented her. A few minutes later there were dishes being thrown around and yelling between two of the other employees and I felt a little scared. Their anger immediately turned from on each other and they both directed it at our waitress. They talked so hateful to her and treated her so ugly that it was upsetting to me. She laid some to go plates on the counter and the other girl came up and pushed them off in the floor. I was so ashamed at this other girl's behavior. I wanted to bring the momma out of me and give her a good talkin' to! But, as I sat there and watched this poor girl get talked about LOUDLY in front of the customers, talked to like she was a dog, and treated horribly...I couldn't help but feel so proud of her. She never once came down to their level. She continued to show respect and love and kindness to the other two employees...and to us. We could have been easy targets for her because she didn't know us and she didn't ever have to see us again but she CHOSE to act in love. Which really stirred it up in me to act in love. When I first met her and she introduced herself to us I heard a very distinct voice whispering to my heart to bless this woman in ALL ways. I knew that I was there at this particular Waffle House for a particular reason at this very specific time. I watched this girl be reduced to tears and then the "manager" (he was very POOR manager material) demanded that she clean up a mess that the other waitress made. The mess, in my opinion, was made intentionally and I really felt like they were just out to get this poor girl. At this moment she decided to stand up for herself. She told them (very calmly and nicely) that she didn't mind helping but she didn't feel that the other waitress was busy enough (and they weren't!) to warrant her not at least helping clean the mess she made. The "manager" didn't like that so he told her to get off of his clock. She began sobbing. She went to the back, where I figured she was going to get cleaning supplies, and came back out with her coat on and refilled my coffee and told me to have a great night. I asked her if she was leaving and she said yes. I asked her to please allow me to pay so that I could lave her a tip (I told you previously that the Lord was really pressing it on me to bless her). She agreed so we went to the cash register and when she gave me my total I handed her my debit card. She said that she wouldn't be able to get her tip because I was paying with a card and they don't "cash" them out until the end of their shift. She asked me not to leave one at all because if I did the other two would split whatever I left. I just couldn't leave this alone. I asked her what direction she was headed. I was planning on stopping at an ATM an giving her some money. I had NO cash (note to self of the importance of always having a little bit of cash on you). I told her I really wanted to give her a tip. She said, "Well, if you are wanting to do something for me then you could give me a ride home". Well, for those of you who KNOW me you know that I am paranoid and nervous and that this just isn't something that I do. I felt bad to tell her no. So ... I didn't. Without so much as a moment's hesitation I said... OK, where are you headed? She told me where she lived...which wasn't all that far but not in that great of a neighborhood. I had my children with me and I was concerned for safety reasons but I really feel that the Lord placed me there to help this girl. So, we all piled in and buckled and started down the highway. She looked out the window and I began talking to her telling her that I was proud of her for handling herself with such class instead of being reduced to behavior like her former coworkers and I noticed she wouldn't look at me. I really got nervous. I began PRAYING for safety and I told the Lord that I KNEW he had me there for a reason and a purpose and that I knew He would keep me and my children safe because we were about our Father's business. I knew that I would probably never get this very chance again so I boldly went for it... I just encouraged her and spoke to her about knowing Jesus. She told me she could tell I must be a Christian. I was happy to encourage her and witness to her but I still had it pressed on me to bless her financially...I don't have much but what I could I was willing to give. I felt let down because there are no banks located where this girl lived but as we turned I saw the bright green letters clear as day in the window of a store that said ATM. I pulled in and asked her if she minded me running in for a second. Of course she didn't. Now, I was being kind hearted...but I am NOT stupid... I did take my purse and keys inside. Back to the story... I got out what I felt led to and went back to the car. We talked a little more and she told me that I reminded her of her mom. I told her she reminded me of myself! She told me that she hated that she lost that job because she had three little boys. That broke my heart... because it wasn't that long ago that I was RIGHT where she was. I really began to speak life into her and it was easy because I knew what I WISHED someone could have told me when that was me. Single. Young. A mom. A crappy job. Daily struggling. Feeling of Failure. Worthlessness. Wondering if I would EVER get out of the hole I felt trapped in. I was able to tell her that it gets better! I was able to give her hope and shine some of Jesus' loving light in on a girl in a dark place in life. I felt like I was in the car with my younger self. It felt so good to be able to speak with this hurting girl. I will never forget her or her name or what she did for me. She blessed me in a way that I have never felt before in my life. I plan to check in on her from time to time if the Lord allows me to. When we pulled up in front of the housing unit she lived in she just sat there for a minute. I could tell she didn't want to get out and I didn't really want her to. As she went to get out I told her not to forget her tip and handed her the money. She cried then too. She stood in the doorway and just looked at me ...I was in a place where normally someone might feel scared, frightened, or uneasy about their surroundings...but luckily... all I felt was love. Love reciprocated from me to her and back again. I told her she was loved by a King and that He was her Heavenly Father and that she was His little princess. She stood there crying and telling me thank you for the ride and finally said "Well, Bye". She walked off. I would be lying if I didn't say I drove a little faster on the way out but as I did I had tears rolling down my face. I fixed my rear view mirror on my kids.I first thanked God for keeping us safe. Then I thanked Him for fixing my ears to hear what He was telling me to do. I thanked Him for pre-arranging that meeting. During those trying years that I overcame, I often wondered "WHY ME?". I wondered what I had done to deserve such a crappy deal. Last night, I found out. Unknown to me then, but surely known to me now, I would need those experiences for an assignment in my life that happened nearly ten years later. You see, if I had not gone through what that precious girl went through then I could not have ever known how to talk with her and witness to her and know exactly the right things to say. I truly feel like I was able to "go back in time" and tell my "younger self" some words of wisdom and encouragement. So, when times are tough and there seems to be no way...just remember that although it may seem hopeless or "dark"...the Lord has a purpose for each and every single phase in life you are put through. During the dark times... lean on the Lord and let Him do what He longs to you. I give all the Glory to God !

Thank you Lord for blessing me through others this week!


Friday, November 4, 2011

Five on Friday 11-4-11 (Hanging Out)

Here is this week's Five on Friday blog! If you would like to start your own Friday5 blog go HERE and get your weekly list and don't forget to link them in your blog and comment on theirs!! If you ever begin wondering or would just like to know "why" I do these blogs take a look at my explanation HERE  I Hope you all have a FABULOUS Friday!!!

This Week's Topic: Hanging Out

1.Where did you hang out with friends when you were a teen? **In the Rec Room at Susie's house!**

2.Where did you hang out with friends when you were in your twenties? **I didn't do a whole lot of hanging out in my twenties because I was already a mommy. I worked and went to school and any free time I had I liked to be with Kobe. But, the occasion did come that I went out I went to Scores.**

3.Where do you hang out with friends now? If you’re still in your teens or twenties, where do you imagine you’ll hang out with friends when you’re older? **Now, I hang out with friends at church functions, bible studies, at our homes, and at the occasional girl's night out having dinner somewhere!**

4.What great hanging-out memories do you have? **The FIRST things that comes to mind is Susie drinking HOT Diet Cokes and just being girls!**

5.What ingredient makes hanging out better some times than others? **Feeling rested...if not, I will likely have to call it an early night and go home and go to bed! (I know, I know I am getting OLD!)

Thursday, November 3, 2011

52 Home---Week 45


I Couldn't Agree More!

Last night on the way home from church, Kobe said something that tickled me! It made me laugh so hard I had tears streaming down my face! As we were approaching the main road in our city, Samuel shouted out, "Look! Mommy and Kobe Look! The lights are on!". Yes, the city has ALREADY put up the Christmas lights along the main road. They are on each light pole and they are huge snowflakes. There is also an array of lights that adorn the crosswalk above the road that leads to the school. Samuel was amazed! He was so glad to see those lights because that means Christmas! Without missing a beat and without a trace of a smile on his face, in ALL seriousness, Kobe says, "Not only is it early, it is TOO early. It is only the second day of November. We haven't even had Thanksgiving yet! By the time Christmas gets here I will be SICK of looking at them...I might even want to grab a gun and just shoot them down!". Of course, Samuel didn't like that idea... but I couldn't agree more! I laughed and laughed! Finally, Kobe realized how funny he had just been then he started laughing too. At first, Sam yelled at us to stop because we were being mean but I guess it is true what they say about laughter being contagious...because then he started laughing too!

Thankful Thursday 11-3-11

My Top Ten for Today are:

1. God. I am His daughter...and He is my Heavenly Father.

2. Jesus! He is my King!

3. John. Best Friend. Best Dad. I am thankful that the Lord made me wait on Him! He was worth it!

4. My Boys. Full of Laughter and Full of Trouble! They make my heart soar!

5. My Church Family. So thankful to have been placed in my church for a reason. So thankful to have met some of my best friend there!

6. Great Parking Places! This morning on the way to work I prayed that the Lord was going to just GIVE me a good parking place. It was raining and if you have ever parked at UNA you know that sometimes you need a prayer! Well... I got the BEST parking place ever! Right in front of the door to the building!

7. Good Co-Workers. I am thankful for good co-workers who help you and show you how things are done and who also invite you to lunch!

8. A Praying Husband. I am so thankful each morning when my husband rolls out of bed over an hour early just to read the Word of God and to pray over our lives, marriage, children, family, finances, and needs of ours and others!

9. International Delight Presents: Caramel Macchiato
My NEW favorite coffee creamer... International Delight Carmel Macchiato!

10. Floor Heaters. Without them I would FREEZE in my office!


Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Walking on Water and Jumping on Clouds

Samuel is our appointed "sayer" of the blessing before meals, he knows the ten commandments, he knows all the parts of the armor of God, and he gives us the following sweet reminder almost daily: "God gave you today and let you wake up today and Jesus saved you on a cross!". I love hearing him tell these things. It still catches me off guard sometimes to hear a four year talk so "big"! So, it should have been no surprise to me when the following conversation took place in the backseat of my car a couple of weeks ago while driving down the road:

Samuel: Mom, do you think Jesus jumps on clouds?
Me: Well, I don't know Samuel.
Samuel: Do you think He uses clouds like trampolines?
Me: I am not sure about that, Sam.
Kobe: No! He doesn't! He can't. He would fall through!
Samuel: Kobe! If Jesus can walk on water then He CAN jump on clouds...believe me!

How precious is that???

Looking out the window on the way home from church...there is NO telling what he is thinking about!

Trick-er Treat?

This year, I decided that we were going to "make" our costumes. Well, not ALL aspects of the costumes but that we would put them together ourselves instead of buying a plastic bag with the costume already inside. I just thought it would be fun to put our own "spin" on the outfits. I knew it would be hard to top last year's characters but I decided to give it a try! Becaue I wasn't blogging last year I will post a couple of pictures from last year just for the sake of remembering.


Mr. T

We had him saying, " I pity the fool!"

Buzz Lightyear

He flew all over the place that night!

Ok, now back to this year. SO, after much debating we decided on our "characters" for the year. Callum was going to be Napolean Dynamite, Kobe finally decided on Steve Urkel, and Samuel decided on Alvin from Alvin and the Chipmunks. Right away we googled each of these characters and made a list of what all we would need to make these costumes look "real". I spent quite alot of time on each costume and was quite proud of the way they turned out! It was hard to beat last year's plans for Halloween because we went to Six Flags and spent the day there. But, we did end up having a really great time this year and (in my opinion) it was far better than Six Flags. We went to our church's Family Fest on Sunday night and played games and the kids got to jump in bounce houses and get their faces painted. They won prizes, trinkets, and candy! We got to spend time with our friends and family from church as we ate dinner together. Each year our church has a chili cook off and so we have chili for dinner at the fall festival. You can either get it in a bowl with crackers or on top of nachos, baked potatoes, or hot dogs! Everyone just pitches in and brings desserts and snacks and it is a really great time! Each one of us had a great time that evening.

The next morning (Halloween) we all got up and got ready for school and work. I put Taco Soup in the crockpot so that we could be ready to eat immediately when we got home, because in years past the boys have been ready to go trick or treating before it even gets dark! Samuel's daycare asked that we bring their costume to school that day so that they could dress them up and take them trick or treating. I had Samuel's costume laid out but he really wanted to go as Batman to school... so I let him. Partly because he will only be 4 once and partly because I didn't want anything to happen to his "real" costume for Halloween night. So, we got out Batman... then he wanted to WEAR it to school instead of pack it in his backpack... so I let him. Yes, I am that mom (as mentioned before in a previous blog that you can find HERE) I let him because how many more years will he ask to dress up as Batman for school... probably ZERO! So I dressed a little Batman for school, Threatened Kobe if he broke Reminded Kobe that his teacher's Fall gifts were breakable, gave hugs and kisses and wishes of a good day to everyone and off we went. My car was packed down with cupcakes, goody bags, teacher gifts, lunchboxes, and backpacks! It was worth it when I saw how proud Samuel was that he was walking into school as Batman...and that I brought cupcakes for his friends. He is the sweetest!

I had a fun day at work passing out candy and seeing some of the faculty and staff dressed up in their costumes! My two favorite parts of my day at work: when the preschoolers from Kilby walked over pulling a little wagon full of baked goods for a little taveling bake sale and hearig about when Dr. Blake gave his lecture in a Grim Reaper costume...complete with special effects in the planeteruim and a glowing mask! I bet the students loved it! As much fun as that was... I was really anxious to get home to my kids and have dinner and go out walking and spending time with them. I got straight to work when I got home and started fixing bowls of soup and pouring drinks. We had my parents over for dinner and so we all just sat and ate and talked and enjoyed eachother's company. After we were all finsihed eating we decided to hurry and get dressed up and get out and go trick or treating! Samuel kept asking me, "Mom, are we going to get some trickers??" I assume he thought that it was tricker treat instead of trick or treat. Before we left, Kobe decided he was too old for trick or treating. It really hurt my heart. Not because of the candy or that he didn't want to dress up (although I had put in a lot of time finding everything for his costume!) but because I recognized it as a sign of him getting older and growing up. Let's face it: They all grow up and get older but what parent wants to really accept that??? NOT ME!!! So, he changed back into his regular clothes and decided he would just come along to walk with Samuel up to the doors. We loaded up in the car and headed to my parent's house. We got out and walked into my parent's neighbor's yard (a neighbor that both of my boys have grown up knowing and loving) and they both froze. Neither of them wanted to go. They both literally begged us to go home. So, home we went. At first, I was aggrevated. Mainly because I had gotten out thinking we were going to do something and the plans changed and a little because of the costumes! But, after I thought about it... I realized that eventhough we did not go trick or treating...we did something that meant alot to all of us: We enjoyed a night at home. These days our schedules are so busy and hectic that we rarely have a night to do whatever we want due to sports, band, homework,meetings, obligations, and church activities. Sometimes, the kids (and me) just want to sit in front of the TV and watch a movie or play a video game. That night everyone got to enjoy something that they really wanted to do. It was a fun weekend and I am so thankful for the good family time that we got to spend together.

Goody bags for Sam and his friends: Halloween Glasses, Halloween shaped marshmallows, M&Ms, Smarties, Dum Dum Suckers, Halloween Gummies

Fall Candles I made for Fall Gifts for the Teachers

Callum as Napolean Dynamite

Kobe as Steve Urkel

Samuel as Alvin---I love his little ears!

All three boys!
Samuel in his Halloween glasses