Growing Together

I am a Mommy To Three Little Ones. Through Them I Grow Daily. I Strive To Be The Best Wife & Mommy For Our Family Of 5 & A Pug.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Weekend RePlay

Its been awhile.  -- The weekend isn't officially over, but its Sunday night and the kiddies are all in bed.  Fresh clean & tucked in tight.  Mommy isn't far behind -- and Daddy too.

Since I have a minute I figured I would hop on and do a weekend replay.  If I don't do it now there is NO WAY I will get it done tomorrow this week.   The L family had a fun weekend, starting off with Mr. L getting done with his server move on Black Friday just early enough for us to hit up a couple stores in town.  I managed to get a bit of Christmas shopping done... for the kids.  Then ate pizza at our fave in town pizza place, Mama Mias even though we had turkey in the fridge.

Saturday, which felt like Sunday was spent going to the vet where we found out our "little" pug is overweight.  As if we didn't know.  Fen is now on a diet.  He is going crazy. - Acting like a starved pug.  After bringing Fenway back home we went to the library and stopped off to get a couple grocery items for the week.  I grabbed a book for myself and actually read up in bed last night.  I have been so busy I haven't had time to read, other than children books.  That counts right?

I moved my sewing machine out to the kitchen table in front of the bay windows and enjoyed some sewing in the sunshine instead of in my cave office.  I got lots done out there.  A custom kitty.  A few crayon rolls.  -- And  MONSTERS!

Later on Saturday night we brought in some wood and had our first fire of the year.  I love that toasty feeling the fire brings to the house.  We watched a movie with the kiddies before the big game.  OU vs Oklahoma State.  OU pulled it off.  Good thing.  Mr. L doesn't take losing well. 

We all got up late - 9ish Sunday morning and Mr. L decided to meet up with Malcom to hit the gym.  The kids and I walked around at the North Hills.  Emma asked me "Is that where Santa lives? The North Hills?"  After a little hidden chucle I let her know that no he doesn't live there, but he might be there & there is a place to send out your letters to Santa.  Of course he wasn't there, must take Sundays off?  The kids said they think he was "working" since Christmas will be here soon.  I don't know where he was, but we will have to find out when he is going to be at the North HILLS and not at the North Pole and go see him for sure.

Since Saturday felt like Sunday and we already did the library thing we browsed the book store.  Read some books.  -Is that like stealing?-  Had Seattle best coffee.  Yum.  Gingerbread.  Double Yum.  Even came with a cookie on top!  And the kiddies shared a hot cocoa. 

All around a good - relaxing - somewhat productive weekend.  Tomorrow its back to school -work & SEWING!  I also have my giveaway go host at 7PM EST!  Feel free to join in on my ButterBeans&ChicPeas facebook page! 

Thursday, November 25, 2010


Happy Thanksgiving My Friends -- I just love this time of year.   We had no guests coming into town for Thanksgiving dinner and I was thinking how it would be a bit -- quiet here at home just us.  But then a couple days ago I remembered that on Thanksgiving Night we set up our tree.  Since then I've been excited, had something to look forward to.  I am so thankful for things to look forward to.

I once said I stopped having goals because I didn't want to rush life away and that I just wanted to live in the moment.  Guess what I still do LOVE to live in the moment but I have so many things to look forward to everyday.  May not be "goals" but "to do lists" and I look forward to them.  Checking things off and getting things done.

Back to Thanksgiving.  I was smart enough to bake some whole wheat pumpkin muffins last night so that this morning we didn't have to prep anything more than we of course already had to.  So the kiddies all ate up as did we and then we got dressed and headed out to -- THE STORE.  Yes.  We dared going out.  I thought it might be crazy -- but I was wrong it was pretty bare.  A quick trip in & out.  Grabbed our few forgotten things and got home to a warm & turkey smelling house!  Yum. 

Mr. L made his favorite "little cock doggies", I prefer to call them "little hot dogs."  Either way yum.  I snacked on shrimp cocktail while Miss Emma and I prepped the cheese plate that was completely scarfed down while the kiddies watched the Macy's Day Parade.

We had an early lunch and after all that turkey & wine I was ready for a nap.  Forced myself to get everything cleaned up and bake pumpkin pie & make a cheesecake instead.  Worth it.  They were so yummy.  Even Jack ate them... had to be good.

Then for the part I was waiting for.  We went out the shed (this is not the part I was waiting for)  Ugh.  We had to carry 6 big rubbermaid boxes down from the loft. Now for the part I was waiting for -- we set up the tree.  I don't actually mind that part. (Maybe next year we will go for a real one -- Maybe!)  The lights were strung up, the red ribbon on, the gold beads & LOTS of RED ornaments!  Of course all of our little ornaments that hold "value" in our minds/hearts too!  But this year I wanted it to be very ... RED.  And I am pretty sure it was SUCCESS!  I love it.  It looks great. 

I am thankful for a husband that allows me to set up the tree right after Thanksgiving.  -- And didn't mind that I was listening to Christmas music all week.  

We picked names out of a hat to see who would get to put the star on the top of the tree.  Jack got it.  Look at the joy in his eyes and face.  He was so excited to get to plug in the star to make it light up!  I am thankful for the little things that please my kiddies and give them such pure JOY!

 Fenway wasn't much into the "Christmas Spirit" -- Humbug!  Perhaps too tired out from the turkey dinner we gave him?  He is such a part of the family.  We love our Pug!

 Cody is Thankful for his family.  Jack is Thankful for EVERYTHING! (Shouted!)  Emma is Thankful for Sweet Potatoes!  Mommy is Thankful for GRAVY!  (And lots of other things!!)  Daddy is Thankful for Mommy because she helped make his family.  Aww.  (I am thankful for a husband that says things like this.) 

Happy Thanksgiving.  -- Time for leftovers.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

1000 And Still Growing --

I have been thinking of blogging.  When I am in bed, almost asleep.  Then I wake up and it is last on my to do list.  I have been beyond busy.  Making breakfast, packing lunches, doing laundry, dishes and vacuuming.  Taking the dog out.  Walking the dog.  Going to the bus stop and then back again in no time fast.  Not to mention the sewing.  Yes, to mention the sewing.  I am a sewing FREAK.  I cannot stop.  No.  Seriously I can't.  My fans on facebook have given me so much work.  And this is not me complaining.  I am loving it.  I don't sew because I have to.  I do it because I love it.  Good thing, right.

So lets get to the good news!  1,000 fans.  And still growing.  ONE-THOUSAND Fans.  Mhmm.  You read it.  I cannot believe it.  I have had my Etsy shop up for 9 months.  And I am not real sure when I launched my FB page, maybe 6 months ago... anyway, cannot believe I have 1000 Fans.  You all ROCK!

Monday, November 29th (Cyber Monday!) super awesome giveaway on my facebook page at 7PM.  I have so many awesome fans that also have there own awesome stay at home mommy businesses and are so willing to donate to my 1000 fan giveaway.  Great news for you guys... cause the are giving away GREAT STUFF!  Thanks Gals!

See those cute things on the rail up there?  Those are 16 Ballet Survival Kits which I made for a fabulous customer.  They came out so cute.  I hope all her ballerinas & ballerina Mom's are loving them too.

I have to go hunting for stuffing again.  I can't keep it in the house.  Because the stuffed friends are selling like crazy.  They are so stinkin' cute why wouldn't you want to buy one for you lil' gal or guy?

So thanks for helping me get to 1,000 plus fans and don't forget to join in the fun on Monday the 29th at 7PM EST!  Thanks!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Happy Birthday

I met my husband at a young age and I am so proud of his decisions at the age of eighteen.  Though at the time I remember crying that he was leaving me for three months. To go through hell er, boot camp.  I by the way was the most loyal girlfriend a boyfriend could ask for.  I wrote Mr. L one letter for every single day he was in boot camp.  (And he kept them all!)

I won't say that three months flew by, but I was able to finish about a year of homeschooling because I didn't have my ear glued to a phone all damn night chatting about nothing for hours with my first (only) true love.
Seeing him. After three months. Was one of the happiest days I can remember.  I wrapped my arms around him.  He felt like bones in my arms.  (Did they feed him there?) But I knew he was mine. Again. For a few days. 

Of course after a short leave it was back to training & then it happened he received orders to be stationed in California.  Luckily I was a responsible working 15 year old.  (haha) No really. I was. And I saved all my money and paid for myself and Grandmother to fly to California to see MY MARINE!

The next 3 years... which felt like FOREVER was us seeing each other every 3 months.  I am not sure why it worked out this way. But it did. Either I was there or he got leave.  Of course during the  3 months my ear was attached to the damn phone again.  I even had an extra ringer installed on my phone for the hard of hearing... just in case I fell asleep. I didn't want to miss a single call from him. 

While he partied away got great training and grew into a MAN! I was able to finish my homeschooling completely at age seventeen.  I then became a live in nanny for my aunt and uncle.  And I waited.  Seriously I just waited for Mr. L to tell me I could be Mrs. L.  I wondered if it would happen.  But since I was 15 I knew that he was mine.

Then it happened he called me. Asked me to the Marine Corps Ball, we had been on the outs. Distance will do that to a couple.  The moment he had me back in his arms at Cherry Point, I think.  Or atleast I like to tell myself.  He knew too.  He couldn't lose me.

Three months later... (see I told you it was always 3 months) I went down for valentines day to visit again.  If he didn't know I was supposed to be his forever in November he must have now.  We went for long drives together.  Talked about me moving there.  And how we could afford (or not) me living in North Carolina with him.

March 17 2003 Mr. L made a surprise trip to Vermont to ask me. To Marry. Him. Yes. It finally came.  And I truly was surprised.  The year of 2003 Easter fell on April 20.  Which meant he had a 96.  Just enough time to have a wedding.  We were married on April 19, 2003.  (Also my birthday! Though this wasn't ever a plan of mine.) I married MY Marine. I am a Marine Wife.  For two more days he was MINE.  Then he had to return to NC without me. His bride.

As soon as housing was available I was there. Thanks Mom & Dad for all the help in the move and getting us started in our lives together.

In true military fashion we were married and started popping out kids!  That's how we do.  Did I think this day would come?

Now to the point. I am fairly certain if it wasn't for Mr. L making the decision to join the Marine Corps we wouldn't be here today.  Everyman should join the Marine Corps (or another branch!) Forces you to grow up.  But that's not a very good selling point to the young, now is it.  It's just a big party!  Like college but better.  And you get PAID.  And money for college too.  Hello.  Win - Win.  Now go join.  

Happy Birthday USMC. Ooh Rah. 

Now for the small print:  There is rough times too.  Like when your spouse is overseas for a tour that lasts 9 months, 12 months or even more.  And even worse for those who never come home.  Or come home and aren't the same. 

I am blessed to be able to say that My Marine completed his five years without having to go overseas and is still here by my side today.  I am proud of My Marine. My Husband. My Best Friend.


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