Saturday, May 28, 2011

Happy Memorial Day weekend ya'll!!!!

We are heading out of town to the BIL's :)

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Gonna have a crawfish boil.......yummers!

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Do a little pool hoppin'

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Can't forget the hat! (this one isn't mine but really cute)

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Here we go!  This is my callin' the Hoggs (Razorbacks) hat! See it has my Razorback emblem on it :) A must have for the pool and football season :) Woooo Pie Sooie! Can't wear the hat and not call the hogs

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We're gonna enjoy some fresh fruit deserts

and be thankful for those who serve our great country!

Thank you, thank you, thank you to all our veterans and soldiers who have given their time and lives so we can have an amazing life of freedom!

Also want to send a big thank you out to my friend's daughter, Christine serving in the Air Force and has already done one tour and I believe might be returning.  I know your family is more than proud of you and if it means anything I truly am honored in knowing you and very proud of everything you've accomplished.  What an amazing young lady you are!  Next time you are in town, chocolate covered strawberries are definitely on order for you :)
God bless you and keep you safe.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Many blessings,
Laura

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Schools out!!!

Woo Hoo!

Well we've made it!  School's out and it's time for a little bit of fun :)


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Break out the flip flops

Go on a nice little picnic

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Take a little dip in the pool

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Watch the kids swing the day away

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or sit back and relax

of course you can't have summer without plenty of refreshments for the kids

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and don't forget us bigger kids :)

Thanks for dropping by and hope you're having a wonderful week!

I'm joining Daph over at Flip Flops & Pearls for her Semi Wordless Wednesday

Come on over and check it out or join in with us :)

Have a wonderful day and many blessings,
Laura

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Weddings on my mind

My oldest getting married?

Impossible....

Not impossible
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She loves pink and blue colors

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and simple things

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an outdoor wedding in the park at dusk

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lit up with these

i've designed her dress and am making it

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if only I were this talented

Wedding Veil 2Tier with Gorgeous FRENCH Appliques by AlisaBrides
maybe some flowers with bling on her veil

and some of these hanging from the gazebo

Edible Butterflies Assorted Pink and Green set of by SugarRobot
a simple cake with edible butterflies :)

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and refreshing drink

All of these things couldn't wouldn't be anything without the beauty of the bride.....

I'm officially getting excited :)

Thanks for stopping by and come join me at Daphs for Wordless Wednesday and Kara at Elements Interiors for Whassup Wednesday!

Many blessings,
Laura

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

We made it to the end of school!

Hey ya'll!

Well i've been MIA for a while.  It's been the last couple of weeks of the kids school and so much going on with both of them I just took a little break and helped out at school as much as I could.

I first have to say, praise God it has finally stopped raining and the Mississippi river is slowly but surely going down.  We've escaped flooding and property damage but most around us have lost everything or close to it including their jobs.  Truly sad and much prayers needing to be sent their way.
 
Bubba's class finally got to go on their zoo field trip.  It got cancelled 2 times because of all the rain we've had lately.  This was his first trip ever to the zoo.  I don't know how that happened because I love the zoo but in all his 6 little years of life, he hasn't gone, until now :) 
We had a blast!  Daddy (my ups man :) went too.  We had another group of 2 boys and mom hang with us and the boys were running and full of energy.  When we were about to drop and she said "I wish I had some of that energy.  I bet a girl group would have been easier to keep up with" I told her "yeah but they would have had to make 8 bathroom stops, several meltdowns and complaints about being tired and hot....I'll take a boy group any day over the girls!"  lol
Anyway, here's a few pics of our little zoo trip :)
 
There were so many beautiful plants and trees there.  Not sure what the little white flowering plant was but it covered the ground around the walkways and I loved it. There was also a fern-looking tree that was really pretty.  Of course my favorite, weeping willow tree (I need one of these) and we walked by this waterfall just about the time I wanted to jump in it! lol!!
 
This gorilla didn't look so happy.  There was a worker standing by that said the gorilla hates to be stared at and one day there were a couple of policemen in uniform standing with their arms crossed just looking and it had charged the window several times.  Said it felt threatened.  Bubba got close and it barely moved and he backed away and was ready to move on.  And I thought my UPS man had big hands!!! The sea lion show was pretty awesome too.  Then, my favorite, the panda bear.  Poor fella was sitting so funny and swaying back and forth.  Looked like he had a rough night and was sporting a little hangover! LOL! I couldn't stop laughing at it!
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At my daughter, Katrina's school I filled in during teacher appreciation day.  The PTO got together and had the kids send in recipes of their favorites and printed up a cookbook for each individual teacher.  They turned out really nice. They also had a local pottery company come in and the kids painted tiles that are going to be put throughout the school.  They also had a Spring Festival and each class had to put together a basket.  Our room had a baby boy theme. I made up some burp cloths, a onesie, bibs, a monogrammed happy birthday banner and diaper cake with piggy bank topper along with a gift certificate to my etsy shop.
Ms. Olive Branch came by and judged the baskets and woo hoo our basket won!  Nothing like stressing out trying to put something together and in the end it's a big hit.  All in all the baskets raised around $900 and our winning basket won the class an ice cream party!  That's pretty awesome! 
 
Mother's day weekend Katrina had a birthday party with her friends at the Mud Monkey pottery place.  Her little friend Madie is in love with Elvis, yes people Elvis, not Justin Bieber.  It's the craziest thing.  Her parents got an Elvis impersonator to come and sing to her.  He didn't look much like Elvis (unless it would be a much, much, much older skinner Elvis) but he sure could sing!  I can't forget that my little (big) grandbaby came to stay with me Mothers Day weekend.  I haven't got to see him since Christmas and he's just about grown now :(  They grow up so fast and I hate that they don't live closer.  He's such a good baby and is walking now and in desperate need of a hair cut but momma says not till he's one.  So we've got about another month to go!  I have to say a big congrats to his momma, my oldest daughter Cadey, she just got her exam notice in the mail and has passed her CNA test!  I know it's the first step of many for her but i'm still proud for taking great steps to make a better life for her and her family :)  Next step RN and I know she can do it!
We are ready for Summer to begin around here, even though I refuse to turn on the air conditioner (our Summer electric bill last year was $400...I almost died)!  Bubba and Katrina have football practice and cheerleading again.  Katrina has informed me that she wants to be Ms. Olive Branch so looks like we're going to have to get pageant ready, that of which I know absolutely nothing about.  My Hayley will be entering her Senior year of high school and this Summer we will hopefully be touring a couple of campuses and filling out "please take me and give me a full scholarship" applications along with getting her Senior pictures taken, my Cadey is also going to be getting married October 22nd and I've designed and am making her wedding gown and cake.  We will be leaving for vacation in June and going back to the condo at the lake and I for one can't wait!  I told my UPS man that I didn't care if we just sat at the pool all week it would be a week away from everything and a week to just relax! 

This is going to be a busy, busy summer but full of new beginnings and experiences.  So if you don't see me around as much, I'm still here and I do check you guys out as often as I can, sometimes so much I get lost in the time!  I must improve on my time management skills and learn to actually get out of my pj's some days! LOL!

Hope you all are doing well and hanging in there!

Thanks for stopping by and many blessings,
Laura

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Wordless Wednesday for my Mom

Just a little something for my mom
(who doesn't even "do" the Internet)


How many of your precious flowers did I pick and you never said a word

How many tears did I cry and you never said a word

How many miles apart were we and you never said a word

How many times did you silently rejoice

How many times can I ever say thank you for my life  

Thank you for all those wordless times when you knew I just needed you....not words

Thank you for taking in a child whom you've never seen
A child that no one wanted 
Yet you
Loved from the first touch
Loved from the first kiss
and
Love unconditionally

It will never be too many times to tell you I love you.



I'm linking up with Daph over at Flip Flops and Pearls for Semi Wordless Wednesday....how fitting :)
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Many blessings ya'll,
Laura

Fightin' Mad

I don't think I have ever posted anything negative or depressing, so I apologize in advance if this brings anyone down but I just have to say it....

I'm mad....

Fightin mad....

And at no one in particular but myself :(

Of course this only really happens when someone doesn't think my children are as wonderful and talented as I do.  Isn't that a switch that gets installed in all us moms?  An automatic fightin' mad switch that gets flipped on in a millisecond when we feel our children are being mistreated, hurt or just plain ole misunderstood.

I've struggled with Katrina going through school since Kindergarten.  That first year was hard for us all.  We moved in with my MIL to help take care of her, she then passed away, lots of attention other places besides Katrina or her school work.  She struggled and they wanted to keep her in Kindergarten another year.  Um, no way.
Of course we moved her to 1st and her teacher was AWESOME.  Worked with her endlessly and did many one on ones and testing until we finally figured out.  She was ADD.  Could have been many other worse scenarios but still a little blow to us all.  After a couple of not so great meds, we found the right one for her and she's done well ever since.  We did keep her in a 1st and 2nd transition class the next year to help her build up her reading skills that she missed out on learning at the beginning of the year.  It did wonders for her :)

Needless to say, she's thriving now.  She's a great student (not straight A's) but she listens, does her work, takes pride in what she does and most importantly is kind to all.

Now here we are with my baby boy, my only boy.  Bubba.  Mr. All I wanna do is go fishing with daddy.  When's turkey season, is it deer season yet?  We need to get a new tire for the 4-wheeler. 
He is a loyal friend, loves to give hugs and has always been all boy.  My boy :)

My boy who got a note sent home today wanting to hold him back in Kindergarten for another year!  Here we go again!  I knew Bubba was ADD like Katrina maybe a little more on the ADHD side but I didn't want to put him on meds unless we absolutely had to.  And as it turns out, we did.  He got a late start at the beginning of school but once we got situated on the meds he's done better, much better I think.  I guess I'm the only one who does.

I adore his teacher and respect all teachers, for their jobs are difficult, but I just can't see holding him back.  Not kindergarten!  He already has a late birthday so if we did this then he'll be almost 8 when he starts 1st grade!  My heart breaks.  The poor thing has withered away to almost nothing because he won't eat because of his meds.  I wish I had that problem!  His teacher came to the car with him the other day and said he'd been throwing his lunch in the trash and not eating anything!  His pants are just hanging on him :(  The Dr. said to take him off the meds for the Summer, which is what i've done for Katrina in the past and will absolutely do for him also.  Poor thing looks like he's starving and you can seriously count his ribs.  When he has been off his meds he eats us outta the house!

I have to fill out this form and send back in to school denying their offer for him to spend another year in Kindergarten.  Looks like we'll have to do some tutoring over the Summer, which I'm sure he'll hate me for!!! 
Ugh!  What did I do wrong!
I'm definitely not winning "Mom of the year" award :(

On a brighter note, the sun came out today, there's no more rain, all the water is pumped out of the basement, my mom's house is dry and safe and the reopened WalMart.  :)

Sorry for such a long, no fun at all post.

I'm off to make spaghetti and pour a glass of wine.

Many blessings,
Laura

Lemon, lemony bars

Yep! 
I love anything lemon and here's a really good recipe for lemon bars that came a while back in my Kroger insert.

Ingredients
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 cup butter
14 oz sweetened condensed milk
4 eggs (large)
2/3 cup lemon juice
1 tbs all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 tbs grated lemon peel
sifted powdered sugar

Directions
Preheat oven to 350.
Combine flour and sugar in bowl.  Cut in butter until mixture is crumbly.  Press lightly onto bottom and halfway up sides of ungreased 13x9 inch baking pan.

Bake for 20 minutes.

Beat sweetened condensed milk and eggs in bowl until fluffy.  Beat in lemon juice, flour, baking powder, salt until blended.  Fold in lemon peel;  pour over crust.

Bale for 20 to 25 mins or until filling is set and crust is golden brown.  Cool in pan on wire rack.  Refrigerate for about 2 hours.  Cut into bars and sprinkle with powdered sugar.  You can also mix the powdered sugar with a little lemon juice and poured over bars before cutting.


Yummy!!

Hope you all enjoy!

Many blessings,
Laura

Monday, May 2, 2011

Strawberry season

Hey ya'll
Well there's more, yes more, bad weather headed our way.  On top of cleaning up from last weeks storm, everyone around us is flooded. The mighty Mississippi is at record high right now.  I've never seen it this high before.  Most of Memphis is flooding as we speak and downtown is in danger of going under also.
We're blessed that none of our family or friends have been affected.

Here's a picture of downtown Memphis at during the Memphis in May, Beale Street Music Festival.
May not look like much to most but it's about 8 more feet from being flooded and there's a whole park down
 that grassy hill along with Mud Island off to the far left that's under water.

photo from Commercial Appeal by Mike Maple

Since everything is gloomy around here and I knew bad weather was coming through again, me and Katrina went to Brownlee Farms Saturday and bought some strawberries while my UPS man and Bubba stayed home to help our neighbor cut up his tree that fell earlier this week.  You can see that here.  It was a lot of tree, for sure!

Here's Katrina holding one of the flats we bought.  They were such big strawberries and I think there was only a handfull out of both flats that were a little too squishy.

So Sunday afternoon I cleaned out what jars I could find and canned some jam.

If you've never made any before it's really not as hard as some think.

For strawberry jam it's just 2 cups of mashed up hulled strawberries, 4 cups of sugar and 1 box of Sure Jell.
You can mash up the strawberries with a potato masher or put in the blender.  If you put in the blender or food processor make sure you pulse on lowest setting cause you are gonna want bits and pieces of the fruit in the jam.

Just put the 2 cups of strawberries and box of sure jell and bring to a roiling boil.  Add 4 cups of sugar, stir fast and then bring to a full roiling boil again.  Spoon into clean jars and seal. 
Here's where they say to put the jars in a hot water bath but I just make sure my jars are just out of the hot water and dry and the seals and screw lids are fresh out of hot water but dry.  When you tighten the lids down real good while they are still hot they will seal without putting them in a hot water bath.  I've done the water bath only a couple of times for my salsa and canned tomatos but rarely use that process if I don't have too.

Here's what I got done with and then didn't have any more Sure Jell.  I'll have to run out tomorrow if the weather lets me and get some more.  I froze about 5 gallon size zip lock bags of strawberries and still have a bowl full waiting to can up another batch of jam.

I love making jams and jellys, canning tomatos and salsa and they all make really great gifts.  Throw a cute little kitchen towel in a basket with a jar of jam and maybe some homemade biscuits and you got yourself a great and very appreciated hostess or get well gift.

Oh have to show you Katrina's cute derby hat and matching tote bag we found at Target.  The hat and bag were $2.00 each in their little dollar section so I picked up a couple hats.  I'm gonna try to monogram her initials in it like I've been seeing online lately.  I'll have to let ya'll know how they turn out :)  It's it amazing how a trip to Target just about makes everything better :) well at least for Katrina :)

Hope you all have a wonderful day and all are staying safe!

I'm joining Ms. Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for her Metamorphis Monday
Ms. Kara at Elements Interiors for Whassup Wednesday
come on by and join in
:)
Many blessings,
Laura