Thursday, April 30, 2009

A Buzz

Goodbye curls

Don't be too sad- I think the curls will be back!


The dog that wandered in our yard a few days ago. Paul named him Schnitzel. Yes, you read that right, Schnitzel. Weird, I know, but it has stuck.
He's such a nice dog. I hope we can find his owner.

He loves Anna and the feeling is mutual.

Bella has so enjoyed having another dog to play with.

Andy and Ben

Benjamin and his cousin Andy Awww, how sweet!
Cute little boys.

And now, for a moment of prayer.
And they were done and were allowing no more pictures.

Making a Cake

Last Sunday night, Paul and the big kids went to the beach to go fishing/swimming. Sam couldn't go because of his foot and Ben couldn't go because no one wanted to watch him. Soooo, we decided to make a cake. Sam is showing you the recipe we used for mayonnaise cake. This recipe came from my Grandma and this recipe card is from my mom and is the one she used for many years. Mayo cake is very good and very moist and one of our favorites.

Ben wasn't sure what was going on, but it involved eating, so he figured it must be ok.
Poor Sam. His foot was still extremely sore at this point.
Ben mixing the flour and sugar. Once we turned the mixer on, he would have nothing to do with anything and buried his head in my shoulder. He has alot of fear issues.

But he enjoyed himself until then.

Even though there was only flour in the bowl at this point.

Sam showing Ben how to mix.

And Ben, being the good little brother, is duly impressed.

Unfortunately, the camera battery died and I couldn't take a picture of the finished cake or them eating it. But, it was good!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009


  • Sam's foot is healing well, but it is so ugly to look at. He gets his stitches out on Saturday. I'll be glad when he can take a regular bath again.
  • We have a "visitor" dog this week. Monday, we noticed a small dashound running around our yard. He stayed all evening and was there Tuesday morning. Paul told the kids to put him in the yard- he was afraid he would get hit by a car because he was so small. Well, the yard became the house and he now has 3 or 4 different names even though we're NOT keeping him. He is a cute dog, and Bella has enjoyed having a playmate. I don't think he's any older than her.
  • I'm leaving Friday morning for a girls weekend. Woo-Hoo! 2 of my best friends from high school and I are spending the weekend together, getting reaquainted. I haven't seen the one in 25 years- that's alot of catching up to do!
  • Ben is in for his first haircut this week. I love his curls, but his hair is getting out of control. I don't think he's going to like it! He is afraid of the vacuum and Paul uses it with his flowbee to cut hair. It should be interesting.
  • Due to seemingly uncontrollable damp conditions in the basement, the girls have moved back upstairs. Where, you ask?? Well, we moved a mattress into the little boys room for Ellie and Anna has taken over the couch. Ellie, who has never suffered with allergies, suddenly developed bad allergy symptoms after moving to the basement. After sleeping upstairs for a few weeks, the symptoms are all gone. We're trying to figure out a permanent solution to this dilemma.
  • Paul's computer froze up last week and he had to take it to his friend, the computer guy. Well in the process of fixing it, we lost everything on it. 3 years of sermons, documents, power points, and the thing that distresses me most, lots of family pictures. All our vacation pictures from this summer. Now, I do have alot of them online, so they are not gone forever, but they are not the best quality online and it's not all of them. Arghhhhhhh
  • Please keep my Grandpa in your prayers. He suffered a major heart attack last week and is not expected to live much longer.

Saturday, April 25, 2009


Wednesday night, Sam stepped on a large piece of glass that was hidden inside a garbage bag. There was blood everywhere and I knew right away he would need stitches. Paul took him and he received 8 stitches. He was, obviously, not happy about it. This was when Paul was changing the dressing.
He wasn't hurting, but he was anticipating it hurting.

Almost done.

He's been a real trooper. He can't/won't walk on it, so he crawls or is carried everywhere. Poor Kid!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

A Serious Case of Bedhead

Who Dun It??

The Crime Scene The Evidence
More Evidence

Only one person could have done this....

Our Trip

We had a wonderful time on our getaway. The "Weekend to Remember" marriage conference was great. We really enjoyed it. We stayed at the Marriott and it was a wonderful hotel.
Yes, this bed was as comfortable as it looks!
Nice, spacious room which stayed cleaned the whole time we were there!!
After the conference, we traveled about an hour north to Clarkesville, to the mountains. It was beautiful. We drove around on Monday, and went to see Anna Ruby Falls. We had been here once before, about 7 or so years ago.This sign says Anna Ruby Falls- .4 miles. I mentioned to Paul that the last time we were here, the walk to the Falls seemed more like 4 miles to me. I wasn't quite sure why. Until we started walking and realized how steep the path was!

But it was beautiful.

Me, trying to catch my breath!

But the view was worth it.

After Anna Ruby Falls, we had a nice lunch at Unicoi Lodge, and then drove to Amiacola Falls. This waterfall is 729 feet high, the highest waterfall east of the Mississippi. We had never been here before, and I read that the hike to this waterfall was easy.
However, what I failed to realize was that there was two trails. One to the base of the falls and one at the top of the falls. We went to the base of the falls and realized, it was not easy and it was steeper than the path at Anna Ruby Falls! I didn't make it all the way, but Paul went on ahead and climbed up 175 steps, until he could go no further.

Me, waiting on him as he comes down.
The view from the top. This trail was easy- park the car, get out, walk a few feet and you're there. But this view was not near as spectacular as the view from the bottom.

But it was still pretty.

The sign says it all.

When we got back, Paul made me a steak dinner. It was delicious!

The view of the sunset from our balcony.

It was a great trip, and we were so glad to be able to take it.