Friday, September 19, 2014

August Cookies

With our church preschool starting at the end of August I'm trying to slow down on the cookies...still doing about 3 orders a week. What did I spend the entire month of August making?  Back to School cookies...a LOT...

Thought these lips and mustaches were too cute for a joint birthday party.

Back to school cookies number 1, 260...HAHA!  I think I stopped taking pictures of these but you get the idea...

My friend Erin had her second little girl...

I forgot to take a picture of all of these, but these next ones were for a little boy baby shower...mustache themed of course.  =)

 A couple of weeks ago I only had a couple of orders, and I've been wanting to do some football cookies to celebrate the first games of the season.  So I decided to do a little "flash sale" on facebook.  I can't get my SEMO Redhawks cookies to load, but I thought they turned out really cute.  And then I made a set for Jackson and for Central.  And surprisingly (especially to my husband's surprise...HA!) I sold each set!

So Jackson (above) was our huge rival in high school, and Central (below) was where I went to school.  Our kids will go to Jackson, and I'm excited about that, but I also still LOVE my black and orange.  =)

These next cookies were for a bachelorette party and they were so much fun!

And most recently I got to make some cookies for my cousin Erika's best friend, Shay.  (Aka mix and match mama!  And sister to the Bachelor...Sean the thought of the Bachelor possibly eating these cookies made me a little nervous!  HA!)  Kensington's party was "British" themed, so we talked about doing all things British...Union Jack flags, Big Ben, double decker buses, etc.  I think they turned out really cute!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Friday Night Lights

A couple of Fridays ago we headed to watch Central take on Sikeston!  LOVE a good high-school football game and love watching Brynn experience it...she's a hoot!

Brynn likes to cheer with the cheerleaders and also yells pretty loud.  I think I had one of my proudest mommy moments yet when Brynn yelled really loud "GO DEFENSE!"  (And we were ON DEFENSE! Dad...are you so proud?? HA!) 'She also goes crazy at touchdowns and also yells GO TIGERS all the's pretty hilarious!

Silly faces...and notice we sat up almost at the top with all the middle schoolers so that our craziness doesn't bother anyone...HAHA!

Friday, September 12, 2014


It's no secret that we LOVE football in our family...probably me more than anyone.  But Ryan loves it too, and we are passing on our love of football to the girls.  We headed to a Redhawks Scrimmage back in August one Saturday morning...

Brynn LOVES her Hello Kitty Redhawks shirt!

And then a couple of weeks ago SEMO had their first home game.  They have a new coach this year, who I think is going to be great!  His little girl comes to our church preschool so we've gotten to know his wife.  They are doing so much in our community and are starting lots of fun new traditions for the football team...I'm thinking good things are in store for the Redhawks!  WOOHOO!

One of the new traditions is called Redhawk Walk (similar to the big schools whose players walk into the stadium...people cheering and high-fiving them, etc.) Ryan was still at work (it was at 4 on a Thursday) but I took the girls and we went with my Dad, who was already going to be there for Chain Crew stuff.  It was super hot, but we had such a good time watching people tailgating and cheering on the team!

Brynn thought it was a little bright...

While we were watching the Redhawk Walk, the TV camera comes over.  I immediately hide (ha!) and Brynn was standing over by me, but my Dad was holding Emory and they made the news!  =)

And then that night around 6:30 we had KICKOFF!  There is just something about nighttime football and going to the games that makes me so happy!

My dad was working at the game, but my mom went with us.  Thank goodness!  Brynn could sit and watch and be fine, but Emory is good for about one quarter before her squaking begins...HA!  We only stayed for the first half (and then Brynn loves to watch the band the flag-girls) but by then it was time to head out.  THANK YOU MOM for helping "nanny" at the game!  HA!  And she snapped this cute family picture!


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Emory - 11 months

Emory will be ONE in only four short days!  (So I better post this from when she turned 11 months! HA!)

  • Height and Weight -  She weighs around 18 1/2 pounds...she's a pretty petite little thing...smaller than Brynn was at this age.  
  • Wearing size 3 diapers and most clothes around 12 month.
  • She has her two bottom teeth, but just in the last three or four days she's run a low-grade fever and I swear I see a "vampire" tooth and maybe her top two teeth about to poke through.  (And after I typed this several days ago...false alarm.  She had some kind of little fever virus for a couple of new teeth yet.  But isn't it funny that I "swore" I could see those teeth?  HA!)
  • She's a super crawler and super cruiser, but no steps by herself yet.  She can stand by herself for about one second.  =)
  • She eats all table food and is getting really good at a sippy cup.
  • She's nursing in the morning and at night, and that's pretty much it.  Occasionally it seems like she will try to nurse during the day but I'm trying to wean her (I don't think she will have a problem at all now) so I just kind of distract her and it's fine.  My supply is definitely going down, so I think it will be a pretty easy transition.  She won't take a bottle anymore, so at lunch and supper she just drinks from a sippy cup.
  • She can wave, clap, and blow kisses.  
  • She says "uh-oh", "da-da"...that's about it.  She occasionally babbles the "mama" sound but she doesn't really say it to me yet.  She makes this "dah" sound a if she points to stuff or wants things.
  • She's gotten a little more high-maintenance lately.  HA!  As she's gotten some teeth she has been a GRUMP and she isn't a huge fan of Brynn wrestling her all over the place and she now has the squeal to let her know.  =)  We call her "Miss Grumpy" at Nonna's.  
  • But she does LOVE her sister and it is adorable to watch Emory watching Brynn and smiling and laughing.  She does put up with quite a bit from her big sister.
  • She still puts a lot of stuff in her mouth...we can't leave anything around!
  • We let her take about a 20-30 minute catnap in the morning and then she usually naps 2ish to 2 1/2 hours in the afternoon.  She sleeps from about 8:30-8:30...we are blessed with a GREAT sleeper!
  • Something she's REALLY gotten attached to these past couple of months is her "minky" (a little blanket).  We call it "minky" because it's made out of that really soft "dot" fabric called "minky" fabric.  She LOVES her minky and sleeps with it every nap and at night.  She is pretty obsessed with rubbing it all over her face and cuddling  with it.
I can truthfully say these have been some of the BEST 11 months of my whole life!!!  

Monday, September 8, 2014

Praying Over Our New House

The new house is chugging along...we still probably won't be ready to move in until mid-October or even early November, but we know it will be worth the wait!

Something we've talked about for quite awhile is going out to the new house and praying Scripture over each of the rooms. (Let me back up..when I was in elementary school our church built a new building.  We had a prayer service over the new church while it was still in the building stage.  The floor of the big sanctuary was still just concrete and they invited everyone to come up and write scripture on the floors and pray over the new building.  That always stuck out to me, and even now I could go to the part of the church where our family wrote that Scripture.)  

We've been praying for our new house for a long time...I guess even back to when we prayed that God would help us find a place to build our house, and then led us to our subdivision.  More than anything I want our house to be a place where when you walk in the front door you know that it is a home where people love and serve the Lord and try to honor Him in everything.  We picked out a couple of Scriptures for each room and took the girls out to the house and wrote them on the floors.  

Here are the Scriptures we chose for our house...I'm going to type them out because I want to be able to read them from our blog book in the future.    

Heading inside to start...and just remember that we had two girls scribbling on the floor (Brynn) and squawking (Emory) the whole time, so don't imagine anything too reverent and peaceful.  HA!  But I think the main thing is God knows the intent of our hearts.  And I pray that it would leave an impression on the girls and remind us in each room of our home what we have prayed for.

Brynn had a little supper outside on the deck...

We had already picked out the Scriptures for each room, so I would say it out loud and Ryan would look it up on his phone and read it (with this bird-brain attached) and I'd write it on the floor.  Brynn would draw pictures or scribbles or shout "hey, I just made a B for Brynn!" HA!

Joshua 24:15 - But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.

Dining room
Hebrews 13:2 - Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.
1 Peter 4:9 - Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.

Matthew 6:11 - Give us today our daily bread.
Deuteronomy 8:3 - He humbled you, causing you to hunger, and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.

Great Room
Phil 4:4 - Rejoice in the Lord always.  I will say it again: rejoice!
Jeremiah 29:11 - "For I know the plans I have for you", declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future."
Psalm 68:1 - May God arise, may His enemies be scattered; may His foes flee before Him.
Exodus 14:14 - The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.

Master Bedroom/Master Bath
1 Corinthians 13 - LOVE chapter
Romans 15:13 - May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Proverbs 31:25 - She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.

Laundry Room
Colossians 3:23-24 - Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance as a reward.  It is the Lord Christ you are serving.
Matthew 23:26 - Blind Pharisee!  First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean.
Mud Room
Numbers 6:24-25 - The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you.  The Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.

Girls Rooms
1 Peter 3:3-4 - Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes.  Rather it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God's sight.
Psalm 139:14 - I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
Phil. 4:13 - I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.
Zeph. 3:17 - The Lord your God is with you, the mighty warrior who saves.  He will take great delight in you; in His love He will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.
Proverbs 31:25 - She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.

Upstairs Landing
John 13:34 - A new command I give you:  Love one another.  As I have loved you, so you must love one another.
Psalm 56:3 - What time I am afraid, I will trust in Thee.

 Random picture looking in the girls bathroom. =)

It was a special evening with the girls and something I'm really glad we did.  For some reason just writing them out and saying them made them stick in my mind more.  When I walk through the house now I can remember all those verses.  And our contractor even asked us the other day what all that was for.  =)  So thankful we were able to do this!