Saturday, April 30, 2011

Day 120 - Soccer & Clean-up...

This morning, we cheered on Sunshine and the Lady Wilcats! The kids were all happy that Mimi, Papa Paragould and Brennan came down for the game! It was a little windy and sprinkled a bit, but the girls stuck in there and played a good game :o)

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Cute cousins!
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Little Pumpkin...
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Sweet Pea & Mimi...
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While we were at the game our new tree crew started the clean up at our house. Eight guys came first thing this morning and worked until 8:oo tonight. They have almost all of the trees down (only two more to go)...whoo hoo! The guy said they probably have three more full days of work and then we will be back to our "new normal"...I can't wait!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, April 29, 2011

Day 119 - Royal Wedding & Trees...

We woke up this morning just in time to see the countdown to the first kiss between the Princess Cate and Prince William. The girls loved watching the clock tick down and then seeing the newly wed couple's first kiss :o) I just LOVED hearing their conversations afterwards. My favorite line (the one I am documenting and will be reminding them of for years to come):

"A true princess doesn't kiss her prince until after they are married."

Haha! After big sister went to school, the little girls and I enjoyed watching the continued coverage :o) My little princesses watching the royal wedding...
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They especially liked the balloons attached to the back of the couple's car as they drove away from the palace :o) Haha!

Trees...I used to love trees...now, not so much.

I spent this afternoon meeting with several "tree guys." Fun, fun, fun! I noticed that our neighbors were using a large, well known tree service so I stopped by and asked the guy if he could come by and give us an estimate to clean up our trees.

When you hear the professional get on his walkie talkie and say, "Oh man homey, you are going to have to drive over here, I don't know where to start" and "This one's for the books," you know you are in trouble! Ha (I say "Ha," but I wasn't feeling any warm fuzzies feelings on the inside!).

One of the weirdest things about having damage is how many people come by. We have had countless contractors stop by (at all hours) and tons of people park in front of our house and take pictures. I don't mind it, it's just kinda weird. When hubby got home, we finally decided on a tree service. We have taken out a second mortgage (ha!) and scheduled the crew to start working in the morning.

Daddy's car got towed away today which provided more entertainment for the little girls :o) They are loving all of the action!


Our electricity went out again late this afternon for about five hours. I think they must have been working on the lines or something. If I have to see this wind up light one more time in the near future, I might just lose it!
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Whine, whine, whine...I promise I know we are lucky considering the circumstances, but it is still frustrating! I am praying by this time next week, things will be much better.

Bring on the chainsaws!!!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Day 118 - Insurance & Soccer...

The insurance adjuster came out today to assess the damage. He is thinking Hubby's car will be totaled because of the damage under the hood :o( We are still hoping it can be repaired...we are having it towed to the body shop tomorrow so we should know something soon. We also got good news regarding the basketball goal, trampoline and screen porch door...all covered by our insurance! Whoo hoo!! As far as the trees, trees, trees...#$%#&%^$^@#&@! The guy that gave us an estimate yesterday to clean up the mess called today and DOUBLED his price...ugg!

I talked to Baby Boy's caseworker this afternoon...got some sad/heartbreaking news regarding his birth family. Things are never dull in foster care!

This evening, Sunshine had soccer practice, but her coaches didn't show up...hummmm. Luckily two of the moms took charge and the girls had a great practice.
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The little kids had a ball running around the open field while big sister practiced.
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Little Pumpkin LOVES chasing Baby Boy around :o) I think he kinda likes it too :o)
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Sweet sisters!
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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Day 117 - Pantry, Trees & Paint

After 24 hours without power, the inside of our house was beginning to look as disheveled as the outside! It didn't help matters that when we decided to take cover Monday night (our first time to ever take cover), the only room without windows in our house is kitchen pantry. Because we have small kids, all of the heavy items were on the top shelves. So we quickly moved everything off of the shelves to the kitchen table and floor.

Today I decided to go ahead and rearranged the pantry so only lighter items (items that I wouldn't mind falling on my head during a storm...ha) were on the top shelves. One child of mine was more than happy to help me rearrange things...any guesses?

Here is a hint...
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Haha!

I think this sight just about did her in...ha!
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I think I scored extra cool points in her book when she realized our can goods are arranged by category and the shelves are labeled :o)
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Our yard clean up continued today, but it is SLOW going. It provided some cheap entertainment for the girls.
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Don't get me wrong, I know we are lucky (so very lucky) to be safe, BUT I am soooo sick of seeing the huge mess in the yard. Every window I look out has tons of trees that need to be cleaned up...tons.
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I was walking our tree guy around the yard this afternoon showing him how far our land extends so he will know what to clean up, and the wind barely blew and FOUR MORE TREES FELL! Ugg!

New subject! Ha! It is well documented that Sunshine is a free spirit. She jumps into any project with both feet and is really gets into all things artsy so you would think I would be ready for anything by now. Well, she hopped in the car this afternoon covered in paint splatters!
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That picture really does not do the mess justice :o) There were splatters all over her face, glasses, shirt collar and her arms.

I said, "Sweetheart, why didn't you try to wash some of the paint off?" She said, "I did! You should have seen me before I washed up!" Goodness gracious...I am sure she is right :o)

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Day 116 - Tornado Alley...

A small tornado went through our property last night...
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...as all six of us were huddled in the kitchen pantry.
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We lost electricity about 45 minutes before it moved through our yard...
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Our cell phones were dead...
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...so we got bits and pieces of information from a wind up radio sweet hubby found in a closet.
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As the brunt of the storm ripped feet from our house, these sweet babies were praying out loud for the safety of our family and their friends...
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When things calmed down, we looked out of the windows and although it was dark, we could tell there was some damage...
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But when daylight came, we were all pretty surprised to learn that the tornado not only hit our area, but right outside our door...
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At first, we thought we only had twenty or so trees down...
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But after walking the land, we realized the total is probably closer to forty...
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We had the three most concerning trees removed this afternoon...
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We were actually very encouraged with the way hubby's car looked after the 50 foot tree was removed from the hood...it might just be okay!!!
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We were pretty bummed to learn that our homeowner's insurance will not help with the clean up...
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We would have MUCH rather used the funds for a nice family vacation!
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Of course, we are SO THANKFUL our family {and home} is safe!
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We feel so blessed.
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Very blessed.
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We know our prayers were heard and answered.
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Monday, April 25, 2011

Day 115 - Blessed be the name...

Big storm hit our community...from what we can tell our home is safe, but we have a lot of damage to our property. Hopefully power will come back on soon.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Day 114 - Easter 2011

There in the ground His body lay
Light of the world by darkness slain
Then bursting forth in glorious Day
Up from the grave He rose again


This afternoon, Little Pumpkin brought a tattoo (from her loot yesterday) to her Daddy and asked what the tattoo said. He read the tattoo and said, "He is Risen." The next words that came out of my baby's mouth were words of truth, words that I was so surprised to hear coming from my four year old, a phrase that sums up this day, our life, our hope, our eternity.

She said, "He is risen, indeed." I guess someone was listening in church this morning :o) Sweet Baby.

Of course, I had to grab my phone :o) {I cannot flip my videos...sorry!}



Tonight at supper, Hillary Ashton decided to tell the Easter story. I was so happy that she knew lots of details and the true reason we celebrate this day. It is truly amazing how simple the story of our salvation is...even a six year old can understand. If only it was that easy for millions of adults.



This morning, the girls woke up expecting to find a basket full of Easter goodies from the Easter bunny...instead they found this...
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An Easter Basket scavenger hunt!!! Yay! I found the idea here.}

Each clue led them to the next clue and hopefully closer to their Easter goodies...
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It was precious listening to Sunshine read the clues and then watch the girls run to their next clue. We were so happy cousin Ashley & Aunt Missy were here to share in the fun {Cousin Matt & Baby Boy were still sleeping}!!
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Eventually the clues led the kids outside where the Easter bunny left their goodies...in giant Easter eggs :o) They LOVED it!
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A HUGE thank you to Daddy for illustrating the clues!!!
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Aren't they cute?

The girls LOVED everything. They kept saying, "How did the Easter bunny know I wanted this? How did he know I like these?" Haha! The Easter bunny is almost as smart as Santa Claus :o)

Tangled! Thanks Easter Bunny, we do LOVE that movie :o)
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We decided to head to church early and have breakfast there...donuts! Table full of cute girls :o)


We spent the rest of the day chillaxin at the house :o) A perfect day!
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After playing outside for awhile, we came in and talked about the resurrection eggs...LOVE them. We pretty much let the girls tell the story themselves :o) LOVE hearing my precious babies talk about our Savior!
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Little Pumpkin showing us how Jesus' feet were positioned when they nailed them to the cross.
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If you haven't done the eggs before, each egg has a symbol of the resurrection.
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The last egg is empty to signify the empty tomb. Sweet Pea was SO EXCITED to get this egg :o)
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Happy Easter!