Tuesday, June 30, 2009


My 2008 blog book is done.
And ordered.
426 pages.
1211 pictures.
Hours and hours and hours spent working on it, but I know it will be worth it.

I can't wait to get it!

p.s. When I was so frustrated that it kept shutting down on me?? I emailed Customer Support, they got back to me right away, sent me a "patch" to download and totally fixed the problem! I highly recommend blurb.com!

Sunday, June 28, 2009

father's day card.

Sophie brought home a cute Father's Day card from Sunday School today. (It snuck up on her teacher last week!)

My dad is GREAT!
My daddy is 39 years old.

He weighs 30 pounds and is 18 feet tall.

His hair is brown and his eyes are blue.

My daddy likes to wear farm clothes.

He likes to cook hot dogs.

His favorite Bible story is Jonah and the whale.

His favorite hobby is watching basketball.

Daddy always tells me Bible stories.

It makes him happy when my brother is not so loud. (love this one!)

If he could go on a trip, he would go to Chapman, KS.

I really love it when my dad takes us on trips.

Friday, June 26, 2009


Thank you, Facebook!

A friend that I teach with just happened to be looking for a more reliable car for her daughter.
They looked at it tonight, drove it, and made us an offer!
The best part?
They aren't in a big hurry for it, so whenever we find a van, we are just supposed to give them a call and they'll write us a check!

Time to start doing some serious van shopping!
We know what we want... now to find a good deal!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

62 questions.

A little distraction. Play along as you wish…

1. What kind of soap is in your bathtub right now? Bath & Body Works: Sweet Pea
2. Do you have any watermelon in your refrigerator? It's not in the refrigerator yet, but it's sitting on the kitchen floor.
3. Is there anything moldy in your refrigerator? Not that I know of.
4. Are there any dirty dishes in your sink? Nope. (thanks, baby!)
5. What would you change about your living room? A whiter area rug and constantly clean wood floors.
6. Are the dishes in your dishwasher clean or dirty? dirty
7. Do you have a can of mushrooms in your pantry? No
8. White or wheat bread? wheat
9. What is on top of your refrigerator? A cute pink/daisy mechanical pencil for my calendar and a pen for my shopping list.
10. What color is your sofa? Red plaid.
11. What color or design is on your shower curtain? Stripes: red, orange, blue, yellow, purple, pink and green.
12. How many plants are in your home? zero.
13. How many candles are in your home? lots.
14. Is your bed made right now? Yes
15. If you have a coffee pot, what color is it? white
16. Electric or standard can opener? standard
17. Theme in your living room? A friend once described our house as “Early Fisher Price.”
18. Colors in the bedroom? Yellow, green and dark red.
19. Colors of your bathroom? Upstairs: light blue walls, multi-colored towels; downstairs: dark blue, multi colored towels
20. Comet or Soft Scrub? Comet
21. Is your closet organized? Yes. My shirts are actually all arranged by color.
22. What color is the flashlight that you use the most? Black Mag-lite.
23. What kinds of things are in your junk drawer? junk - paper, pens, paper clips, scissors, tape, stuff...
24. Do you drink out of glass or plastic most of the time at home? plastic
25. Do you have iced tea made in a pitcher right now? No.
26. If you have a garage, is it cluttered? It is at the moment because Corey is sheet-rocking the loft. (yay!) Two weeks ago it was very clean and organized. Hopefully in two weeks it will be again!
27. Curtains or blinds? Both.
28. How many pillows do you sleep with? Two. And a red squishy pillow that I tuck under my belly. (when I’m not pregnant I tuck it under my arm)
29. Do you sleep with any lights on at night? A few nightlights scattered around.
30. How many ceiling fans are in your home? 4
31. How often do you vacuum? Usually just once a week.
32. Standard toothbrush or electric? standard
33. What color is your toothbrush? Orange and white.
34. Do you have a welcome mat on your front porch? We have a mat, but it doesn't say Welcome
35. What is in your oven right now? Nothing
36. Is your microwave clean or dirty? kind of.
37. Is there anything under your bed? An Rubbermaid container with some clothes and a shotgun. (very safe, I know.)
38. Chore you hate doing the most? bathrooms.
39. What retro items are in your home? I don’t know.
40. Do you have a separate room that you use as an office? sort of – we have a computer nook built into our pantry/backdoor hallway.
41. If you have a yard, who mows it? Corey. Honestly, I’ve never mowed once.
42. Is there anything on your kitchen floor right now? A gluestick, shoes and a watermelon.
43. How many mirrors are in your home? 5
44. Do you have any hidden emergency money around your home? No. (if I did, would I really announce it here on my blog?!)
45. What color are your walls? We have everything: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple and pink. No white.
46. Which rooms in your house have wallpaper? 2 rooms and the stairs/upstairs hallway have wallpaper that I painted over. Upstairs bathroom is only room with actual wallpaper. (and it needs removed/replaced)
47. Do you have a peephole in your front door? No, the big window kind of eliminates the need for a peephole.
48. Do you keep any kind of protection weapons in your home? That shot gun under the bed and a handgun. I don’t like either of them.
49. What does your home smell like right now? Pancakes (kid’s favorite supper… with whipped cream and strawberries!)
50. Fave candle scent? Pears and berries.
51. What kind of pickles (if any) are in your refrigerator right now? dill sandwich stackers, bread and butter pickles. Lawson loves pickles!
52. What color is your Bible? Light green with a white and yellow daisy. (and some teeth marks from a teeth puppy last year… argh.)
53. Do you have plenty of cabinet space in your kitchen? Yes.
54. Do you own a stereo? yes
55. How many tvs do you have? 3
56. How many house phones? 4
57. Do you have a housekeeper? During the school year, Miss Carrie comes every other week. Love her! (and hoping we can still keep her in the budget with baby #3!)
58. Do you like solid colors in furniture or prints? Both. Not everything can be plaid.
59. Is there a smoke detector in your home? yes.
60. In case of fire, what are the items you would grab if you only could make one quick trip? Assuming my children are already out of the house… scrapbooks/photo boxes. I don’t think I could carry them all in one trip, though! (but I recently put all our digital photos since 2005 on flash drives and store them in a fireproof safe. I’m not taking any chances!)
61. Do you know how to work your electrical box? Yes.
62. What temperature in your home is most comfortable to you? 75-78, but cooler at night. I like to be cold when I sleep!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Father's Day...

to my favorite dad...

and to our favorite grandpa!

We love you!
We hope you're having fun in Houston!

our favorite guy.

Someone asked me awhile back how I manage to be a mommy and work full-time.
This is how.
This guy right here.

I sat at Sophie's t-ball game last week, watching the dads that came straight from work, wearing their slacks and polos, barely making it to our 6:30 game... and I thought of my husband.
My husband who works goes to work at 5:45 in the morning.
My husband who works 10 hour days.
My husband who spends the majority of those hours outside, often in 100* weather.
My husband who gets frustrated with his job, the hot weather, the people he works with, the really hot weather.
But he does it almost every day.
He complains about it, but he does it. :)
And he does it for us.

These kids are so lucky to have you as their daddy.
I am so lucky to have you as their daddy.
I can't wait to see you this fall... coming home from work, falling asleep on the couch with a baby girl snuggled on your chest.
You're the best.

Happy Father's Day to our favorite guy!
We love you!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

for sale.

When we found out about this new little baby coming to live with us, one of the first things that hit us was... we're going to need a bigger car.

We had talked about it and knew we would want a bigger one someday... we just hadn't planned on it for this summer. But... God apparently thought now was the time.

So... this shiny thing is looking for a new home...

2002 Nissan Maxima
78,000 miles
great condition
brand new bumper :)

We have been really, really happy with this car and would gladly have kept it a few more years.
We just can't fit 2 booster seats and a carseat easily in the backseat.
So we are about to become a mini-van family. :)

If you are at all interested, or know someone who is, please let me know!
You can leave a comment or email me at cormee at cox. net

Thursday, June 18, 2009


So frustrated right now.
I've been trying to work on my blog book for 2008.

I started it back in February, but then the first trimester with this baby just completely zapped me and it was left untouched for months.

Trying hard now to finish it up.

I figure it takes me an average of 1 to 1 1/2 hours to do each month.
Lots of time, but totally worth it in the end.
I have been working on September all day.

The program has kicked me off at least 20 times today. Ugh.
I keep going back, telling myself that I am going to finish this month.

One post left and it kicked me off 4 times in a row.
So I gave up.

Shutting down my computer, hoping that whatever bug is causing this will not be around tomorrow. October, November and December... I want to finish this. I want my book. I want this stupid program to stop shutting down on me!


bubbles & bikes.

Two of our favorite things right now...

(stopping to play in the dandelions...)

And ball... Lawson could play ball every day.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009


Our new favorite place to hang out in the evenings...

Corey dug this all out, laid the stone (which needs swept off in this picture), did all the landscaping and bought me fun, colorful chairs for Mother's Day! A little table will be coming soon and Corey's firepit comes out for special occasions!

The kids spend so much time in the driveway... riding bikes, sidewalk chalk, and bubbles, but we couldn't see them from the deck. This is perfect!

play time.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

sprinkler ball.

I was kind of afraid to get this out this summer.
I figured Marley would get too excited, jump on it and pop it.
She did get excited (and really wet!) but all she wanted to do was run through the water and try to drink it!


We're halfway through another season of t-ball...
pretty sure it will be the last ball season for Sophie.

She only agreed to play this year because two of her best friends, Gracie and Abi would be on our team. (Corey was recruiting assistant coaches.) Good thing... they are the only 3 girls on the team!

But she is having fun!

She's getting some pretty good hits... see that ball flying?

And she looks awfully cute out there! :)

The most challenging part of the game is keeping this little man entertained.


Our playdate at the park was rained out, so Jody and I decided to meet at the library instead.
We sometimes spend time curled up in here, looking at books...

But today the kids were more interested in this...

Sophie figured out the tricky spinner wheel thing...

Lawson never quite got the hang of it...

Such good friends.
So much fun.
We never did check out any books.
Next time.