Sunday, August 31, 2008

The Rescue.

Recipe for fun ...
One Boy + One Muddy Mudhole = Lots Of Fun!

What started out as an ooey gooey playtime in the mudhole quickly turned into a little something more ...

As Griffin as playing in the mud ... he noticed a frog was in the mudhole with him!

So the ooey gooey playtime turned into an ooey gooey rescue mission.

Thank goodness Griffin was there to "rescue" this froggy little fella from the mud!

Friday, August 29, 2008

A Little Silk Sunshine.

Yesterday Griffin and I went to town to run a few errands.

We stopped by Michael's because my friend Cyndi had shared a coupon with me to get 40% off any one item. I found THE most darling thing ... this apple cider wooden barrel "vase". It was $12.99 and with my 40% off coupon it was about $7.75.

I looked around for some flowers to go in the barrel and I found these great fall sunflowers. I really like them because they are a bit grungy looking and they look really nice in the barrel. I put them on the little table in my entry way and it adds a little bit of fall ambience.

After Michael's we went to Jiffy Lube to get my oil changed. It's located in Walmart's parking lot so while they were changing my oil, Griffin and I walked over to Walmart to pick up a few things.

Griffin and I had a pretty funny "conversation" after returning to Jiffy Lube ...

As I'm paying and the man is explaining exactly what they did to my Jeep:

Jiffy Lube Man (JLM): We changed your oil

Griffin: Mommy I have to pee-pee in the potty (quietly)

Me: Just a second Griffin

JLM: We changed your oil filter

Griffin: Mommy I have to PEE-PEE in the potty (louder)

Me: I know baby, just a sec

JLM: We checked this & this & that (hurry up man!!!)

Griffin: MOMMY I have to PEE-PEE in the POTTY (even louder)

Me: Okay sweetie, I'm coming (I'm thinking man don't you hear him)


The entire Jiffy Lube waiting area was full and everyone busted out laughing. Oh my gosh ... the young man that was checking me out and filling me in on what they did to my Jeep obviously does NOT have kids. I was trying to hurry him along, but he insisted on telling me each and everything they did to my car.

It was hilarious ... and gave everyone a good laugh. And yes ... he made it to the potty in time. That's my big boy!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Pre-School Open House.

Yesterday Griffin and I attended his Pre-School Open House

One of the things we had to bring with us were his school supplies ...

We received a list of the supplies we were supposed to bring

Here you will see some of the necessary essentials a three-year-old will need in class

As most of you know, I'm a stay-at-home Mom and Griffin has been exclusively with me all of his life. On a rare (and I mean RARE!) occassion someone else has been generous enough to watch him for awhile. I honestly can remember only three times someone else has watched him for me. Once my neighbor Cyndi watched him when Mike and I went to a Nascar race. Another time my neighbor Melinda watched him on that awful day when Mike and I had to take Wyatt to the vet for the final time and finally the only other time I remember is once when my other neighbor Carol watched him when I went to the doctor. Seriously ... he's always been with me or Mike. Of course occasionally when Grandma, Nana and Pop come to visit they will spend some alone time with him as well.

Griffin did amazingly well at the Open House. We walked in to the pre-school and talked with the director, Mrs. Jennifer and the Pastor of the church. His teacher happened to be right there too, so he met her right away. I was able to talk to her a little bit about "my" fears. She assured me everything would be okay, and I believe her. Griffin was very excited to choose a new Fish Book from their book fair and he also enjoyed the treats they had layed out on the table.

His friend Sam was over at the house yesterday, so when he was here I asked him would he please show Griffin around the school while we were there at the Open House. Sam agreed to do that and it was a success!

Sam led Griffin downstairs to where the classrooms are and showed him around. Griffin met his assistant teacher and she showed him where his cubby was and other things he will need to know.

They had some games layed out on the tables and Griffin sat down to play one of them. His teacher had come downstairs, so she sat down with him and played with him for at least 10 minutes. I thought it was very nice that she took some one-on-one time with Griffin to get to know him.

I feel so much better about him going to school now. I know next Tuesday is going to be VERY hard (for me) ... but it's the best thing for him. He's going to love it.

After the Open House I thought it would be fun to have a special dinner together to celebrate his going to school. As we were driving along I was telling him how proud I was of him and we were talking about how much he was going to enjoy school. Before heading in to town, I stopped to get gas in the car. When I get gas, I always roll down the back window so we can talk. As we're talking he says to me "You know Mommy, super duper good boys gets cars". I laughed out loud. He knows how to get me. I said, you know buddy ... you're right. He definitely earned a new car yesterday. So, we went by Walmart and he got to choose a new little car before we headed to dinner.

I know he's going to be okay. I want him to be independent. Going to pre-school is going to be absolutely WONDERFUL for him. I'll be sure to share with you next Tuesday how his first day goes.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

End Of An Era.

Yesterday was the end of an era, of sorts at the Mommy & Me Gym.

Griffin will be going to school on opposite days of the week from most of his friends. He's 3-years-old and most of his little friends are 4-years-old. So while they go to school M,W,F he will be going T & Th.

This is a picture I took of our guys at the Mommy & Me Gym yesterday. Though all of his friends that were there aren't pictured, several of them are.

These are friends he's played with almost every single week at the Mommy & Me Gym for over two years!

We will certainly see his friends (and my Mommy friends) at other times, but I guess I was just getting a little melancholy about all of our fun times spent at the Mommy & Me Gym.

I hope the next wave of little ones will enjoy the M&M Gym as much as our children have.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

He's A Rock Star.

Griffin loves to blow dry his hair after taking a bath ...

He has the hair dryer hold down pat ...

He's a rock star I tell ya!

In Dancing with the Stars news ...

The newest cast of DWTS has been announced and I'm so excited!! I look forward to each and every new season as it's one of my favorite shows on TV.

This is the new cast:

Susan Lucci:
Actress, Erica Kane on All My Children ... need I say more?

Toni Braxton:
Singer, Broadway Performer

Lance Bass:
Singer, N'Sync ~ The cute one in my opinion

Misty May-Treanor:
Olympic Gold Medalist, Volleyball I think

Cloris Leachman:
Actress, Oscar & Emmy Winner, Mary Tyler Moore Show & Various Others

Kim Kardashian:
Actress, Reality TV Star, Keeping Up With The Kardashians ... and YES I admit to watching it

Ted McGinley:
Actor, The Love Boat, Married With Children, Hope & Faith

Brooke Burke:
Model/Actress ... beautiful mother of 4 ... I remember her E! tv show "Wild On" ... can't think of anything else

Warren Sapp
Football Player ... have no idea who he play(ed) for

Mauriece Green
I'm pretty sure he's also an Olympic Gold Medalist, but I'm not sure for what event or when

Rocco DeSpiroto
Celebrity Chef, anyone remember the tv show "The Restaurant"?

Cody Linley
Actor, Hannah Montana Show ... I've never seen that show so I do not know his character's name

Jeffrey Ross
Comedienne ... I know nothing about him

Looking at this list and not having seen them dance yet, my favorites are as follows:

Susan Lucci ... Of course I want her to win!
Brooke Burke ... she's a mother of 4 ... she has my respect!
Ted McGinley ... I just love him!

Who's your pick just looking at the names?

Monday, August 25, 2008

Nice Easy Sunday.

Sunday was a nice, easy stay-at-home kind of day for us.

Mike finished up the 7th brick pedestal for the deck. Now he only has to do the 8 block pedestals before he starts the actual building part.

Sunday is my cleaning day ... I washed all of the clothes, cleaned the downstairs, went through Griffin's toys downstairs (tossed alot!) and wiped down the bottom kitchen cabinets. It always feels so good to get some of these things done ... I feel as if I've accomplished something when the chores are done and the house is neat and tidy.

Mike grilled steaks for our dinner ... I added baked potatos and stir fried green beans with garlic ... yum!!

Griffin got this cute Mickey Mouse cookie in his goodie bag from Eddie's party. He looked forward to eating it all day. I told him if he ate his dinner then he could have it.

And I just HAD to share this picture ... Griffin was showing me how his tongue had turned black after eating the Mickey ears ... LOL. It's a little scary huh?

I'm excited because this morning they are going to announce the "Dancing with the Stars" cast on Good Morning America. I've got my DVR set to record it. I just love that show.

Hope you have a great Monday!

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Happy Birthday Eddie!

Yesterday Griffin was invited to his friend Eddie's 3rd Birthday Party ...

Happy 3rd Birthday Eddie!

The sweet, smiling three year old ...

Griffin played Pin the Tail on the Donkey for the first time ...

And if there is a helicopter in the house ... you bet Griffin will find it.

He had a great time getting to know some new friends, playing with old friends and enjoying some new games & toys. Thank you Colleen for inviting us!

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Our Fun Friday.

We had a "Back To School Party" yesterday at our house.

It's always so nice having friends over for lots of fun and good food.

Sam, Harry, Gavin & Jack enjoying lunch ...

Griffin & Darius enjoying lunch picnic style ...

Good Friends ... Carol, Keisha, Cyndi & Beth Anne

The boys playing on Fort Griffin

Though I hardly look my best (no makeup & hair in clip) ... there are actually a few pictures of me this time around. Here I am with some of my favorite boys ...

And look ... it's a picture of Griffin and me!

Sam took this picture of Keisha, Carol and me ...

We had a GREAT time ... I can't wait to our next get together!

Friday, August 22, 2008

Friday Fun.

We are having friends over today for a "Back To School" Party ...

This is what my living room looks like at this very moment ...

Looks like I have a bit of work to do before our guests arrive today.

Happy Friday Everyone!!

PS ... I have to update this post ... Mike was headed out to work this morning and noticed the yard REALLY needed to be cut. He decided to mow it before he left even though he was already dressed for work and headed out. I have the BEST husband ... thank you sweetheart for taking the time to do that!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Look What's New!

As I've mentioned before, fall is my favorite time of the year!

With that in mind ... yesterday I created two new items that are available on
My Paper Piecing Blog!

I've also decided to introduce a weekly special as well!

This Week's Weekly Special Is ...
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Offer is good August 21 - August 24th!

CLICK HERE to visit My Paper Piecing Blog to find these cute new items plus many, many more!!

Autumn Pumpkin Girl Paper Piecing

Autumn Pumpkin Boy Paper Piecing

I hope you'll stop by to see what's available on
My Paper Piecing Blog!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Happy Birthday Jeri!

Today is my mother-in-law Jeri's birthday!

Happy Birthday Nana!!!

We love you!
Mike, Missy & Griffin

Something Fun For Mom.

Yesterday afternoon Mommy & Me Playtime Carol and I decided it would be fun to go to our local scrapbooking store Memories Galore. There are two locations. The one closest to us is smaller and the bigger location is located about 40 minutes away. We decided to head over to the bigger location because they seem to have a larger selection.

It was really alot of fun shopping together. The boys played in the Tot Spot, it's a play area they provide for the kids to play in while us Mommies shop.

Carol is such a fabulous scrapbooker. She really should submit her layouts for publication.

After shopping at the LSS ... we decided to stop by Sonic for an ice cream. It was so good! I wish we had a Sonic closer to us. While we were there, both Carol and I got a bag of ice to enjoy at home. Sonic has the best ice.

What a great time we had ... we'll have to do it again ... really soon!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008


Potpourri is one of my favorite things in the world.

I love the way it smells and I love the way a decorative potpourri looks in a basket or dish.

When we were at Michael's yesterday I found this pretty fall potpourri that smells SO good. When I got home I put some of it in a favorite dish in the hall entry way.

Last night my throat started burning and I couldn't stop coughing. I think I'm allergic to this potpourri ... which really makes me sad because it brought me such joy when I found it. I may leave it out for the rest of the day just to see how I do.

My body chemistry has really changed since I had Griffin. I can not tolerate even a little bit of alcohol anymore. And, I can't even burn my favorite Yankee Candles anymore due an allergic reaction.

Have you guys ever noticed any body chemistry changes after a medical situation .. such as giving birth, having surgery, etc?

Monday, August 18, 2008

Family Day Sunday.

We had such a great day yesterday ...

Mike got home Saturday night after being gone the entire week ... we missed him so much. We're just so happy that he's home now!

We decided yesterday would be "family day" ... and it was a great family day, indeed.

We had a few errands to run so we jumped in the Jeep and headed for town.

We went to Sam's club to pick up a few necessities. We exited with all of our necessites plus a few new fun things as well. One thing I've been wanting is a small ice cooler with wheels. I thought it would be a great idea to have one of those for trips to the pool and the park. I found one I like and we got it. When we got home Mike noticed the zipper was not working properly ... so I'm going to have to take it back today and get one that does work. We also got new house phones. We've had the same house telephones for five years and they were on their last leg. It was time for new ones. The best part about the new ones is there are four receivers and one of them is water proof! That's such a great thing for us since we are outside so much.

Mike suggested Red Robin for lunch ... and it was just as good as usual. Yum!!!

When we got home we took it easy and just relaxed. Mike took a much needed nap, Griffin played and I cleaned house.

We decided we would go to the YMCA for a swim about 6:30. When we got there we were met with FREEZING water. Oh my!! We only stayed about 30 minutes because the water was so dang cold. They do not turn the heaters on until the put the bubble over the pool. They won't be putting the bubble up until after Labor Day. It looks like we may not be visiting the pool again until they do that.

It was so nice waking up this morning with my husband in bed bedside me. Within minutes Griffin climbed in bed for some snuggle time.


That's just the way it's supposed to be ...

This weekend I got some orders finished ... it's so nice to be caught up again.

I hope to get some one-of-a-kind Paper Piecings made this week and listed in
My Ebay Store ... right now I have some of my most popular customizable paper piecings available for purchase.

Also ... don't forget
My Paper Piecing Blog where I have bunches of customizable paper piecings listed for direct purchases.

Happy Monday Everyone!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Disney World Or Sea World?

We are planning for our annual Fall trip back home to Central Florida to visit family and friends.

I have this idea that I would like to take Griffin to Disney World while we are home. I think he would love it. Although he's not THAT familiar with all of the characters he does know some of them. And I know he would LOVE the rides.

On the other hand ...

Mike thinks we should take him to Sea World instead. He thinks he would enjoy it more than Disney World at this age. Griffin LOVES animals and I know he would enjoy Sea World too.

We usually go home to Central Florida at least twice a year ... so it's not like we won't be back there to visit the other park. And wherever we choose to go he will have a GREAT time.

What do you think ... Disney World or Sea World, and why?

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Our Life.

Griffin is in the middle of potty training ... and honestly I never thought he was going to get it. But he had a majorly successful day yesterday. I'm sure not all readers want to hear all of the details ... but when your child tells you TWICE in one outing to town that he has to go pee-pee on the potty and actually DOES ... then I'm certain you can understand my joy. He also kept a dry pull-up the ENTIRE time we were out too! Not only that, he did #2 on the potty last night with no prodding from me. Oh happy day ... I think he's got it!! I'm soooo proud of him!!

Imagine how difficult it is to blog when your computer keyboard is right in the middle of an airplane landing strip.

Something cute from Griffin last night ...

It was 10:24 pm and I let out a pretty loud sneeze.

Overhead on the monitor:
"God Bless You Mommy" ... from our sweet boy.

Awwwww ... I just wanted to go upstairs and give him a big hug and kiss. I don't know if he was actually sleep talking or if he was awake when he said this. Doesn't matter to me ... it just warmed my heart.

I would LOVE to know who visits my blog from Maidens, VA. I have this nifty little thing on my blog that tells me where people are from that visit my blog and it also tells me how you get here. This frequent visitor uses a google link for missy made it blog. Please email me to let me know who you are! I'd love to know.

Happy Saturday Everyone!!

Friday, August 15, 2008

Pool Play!

It was back to the pool yesterday with our friends Carol, her husband Allen and Sam.

It's been almost three weeks since we've been swimming ... so we were ready to get back in the water.

Griffin and Sam enjoying a yummy cold treat

Griffin loves playing in the water that falls from the water tower

Enjoying the nice cool (cold!) water

Sam getting back into the water ... the water was really, really cold yesterday

Sam is a great swimming ... here he's demonstrating the "dead man's float"

And look at Griffin ... he's swimming under water ... going under the rope

Griffin seems to enjoy washing off under the shower after swimming as much as he actually enjoys the swimming part