Sunday, January 30, 2011

Catching Up...

     This week has been full of the ordinary "stuff of life" for the most part, but the weekend was pretty busy. :) Friday night we had the opportunity to go over to Galax, VA. to a Youth Convention over there and we took our niece, Brooke. We had a lot of fun, and it was good to see old friends again {and one of my favorite teachers from college, Miss Stetler} and enjoy the good service. We stayed after to visit, eat, and enjoy some skits.
     Yesterday was a beautiful day and was spent mostly doing yard work outside....some landscaping for flower beds, and cooking for the church dinner today.
     I am so thankful for the real sense of God's presence in our church service this morning. It truly makes all the difference in a service!! Our pastor has been challenging all of us fast at least one day a week for some needs the church has and for its ministries. A lot of people have taken the challenge to heart, and this morning I think we saw just a little of the result of it. God truly honors the prayers of His children. We also enjoyed a church dinner afterward and as always, lots of good food and fellowship. :)

Friday, January 21, 2011


     Thank you to everyone who called, texted, and sang to me on my Birthday!!! I was very spoiled and every call, card, etc. meant a lot to me. Both my little niece and nephew, Shayla and Shane, and my little sisters, Tajanna and Talia, sang Happy Birthday to me over the phone, and that was pretty special. :)
     Yesterday when Michael came home from work he had a helium balloon and a  Birthday cake with my name on it. :) He is SO SWEET! We took it with us to the Chinese restaurant and shared it with Caleb and Bethany. Then we all went bowling, and had a lot of fun! Thanks Caleb and Bethany for hanging out with us. You guys are good friends! :)

Gotta love my man!! :)

Me, Bethany with her niece, and Caleb

Thursday, January 20, 2011


     The other day when Michael came home from work he brought me this bouquet of pretty tulips. They have been opening up so beautifully, I wanted to share them with you. :) I love tulips...I have always thought they were such a cheerful flower.
     In Canada they are a symbol of friendship and gratitude. After WWII ended Holland sent over 100,000 tulip bulbs in appreciation to Canada's role in liberating them from the Nazis. Also, every year  they still send over 20,000 bulbs as a symbol of thankfulness and friendship. There is a tulip festival held every May at the Capital.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

$$ Deals $$

     Last weekend when we were out shopping and we went to Big Lots. There I found a little 1Ft Christmas tree on Clearance @ 75% off which made it  $0.75! Also, the three pillar candles in the picture below @ 75% off as well!

     I had been wanting to get some flowers to go in a vase in our living room on the old stereo and I had gotten some birthday money, so off to Hobby Lobby we went. :) I found these flowers @ 50% off and also got a Valentine's Day sign for our door @ 30% off. I was so happy to find exactly what I wanted and on sale! :)

PS. Gotta love the orange window! :(  :) LOL

....Awesome Italian Bread Recipe...

     The other day I came across this recipe and decided to try it being as both Michael and I love Italian. Needless to say..... We've both been enjoying it, so I thought I would share it. :)


     Below is the link to an Italian dipping oil. I have not tried this recipe, but have had this dip at Italian restaurants and it is really good.... So if ya need something to dip your bread in....try it! :)


Thursday, January 13, 2011

Lauren~~Getting So Big

Playing on Aunt Kimb's Piano :)

***USS North Carolina Battleship***

      The USS North Carolina was active in duty from 1941-1947. When she was commissioned she was considered the world's greatest sea weapon and the fastest battle ship in the US army during WWII. This ship was dedicated as the states memorial to its WWII veterans and the 10,000 North Carolinians who died in the war.
     It was totally an amazing experience to get to spend nearly three hours touring this ship. It was absolutely something else... I've never seen anything like it before. It is a monster!! It is 728 Ft long and has 9 stories. Below is some interesting information we read while we were there and I got it off of their website,   www.battleshipnc

     "During World War II, NORTH CAROLINA participated in every major naval offensive in the Pacific area of operations and earned 15 battle stars. In the Battle of the Eastern Solomon’s in August of 1942, the Battleship’s anti-aircraft barrage helped save the carrier ENTERPRISE, thereby establishing the primary role of the fast battleship as protector of aircraft carriers. One of her Kingfisher pilots performed heroically during the strike on Truk when he rescued ten downed Navy aviators on 30 April 1944. In all, NORTH CAROLINA carried out nine shore bombardments, sank an enemy troopship, destroyed at least 24 enemy aircraft, and assisted in shooting down many more. Her anti-aircraft guns helped halt or frustrate scores of attacks on aircraft carriers. She steamed over 300,000 miles. Although Japanese radio announcements claimed six times that NORTH CAROLINA had been sunk, she survived many close calls and near misses with one hit when a Japanese torpedo slammed into the Battleship’s hull on 15 September 1942. A quick response on the part of the crew allowed the mighty ship to keep up with the fleet. By war’s end, the Ship lost only ten men in action and had 67 wounded."

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The Beach

     We went to the beach on Saturday.... It was a beautiful day, just a little on the chilly/windy side. :)

Monday, January 10, 2011

Our Trip to the State Capital - Raleigh

     Last Wednesday we took a day and went down to the capital to see the Capital Building and go to a couple museums. We had a great time and on the way home we stopped at a Krispy Kreme and showed Sean, Britt, and Lauren where Michael worked and let them see a lot of the UNC Campus.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Happy New Year!

     Happy New Year! :) It has taken me a couple of days to get around to putting it on here, but it is officially done! :) We spent New Year's Eve with Michael's oldest brother and his family. We had lots of fun and stayed over there until 3:30am playing games. We took part in their tradition of banging on pots and pans for one whole minute after midnight. It was rather loud, but fun. :)  
      Michael and I spent a couple hours of the first day of 2011 raking and hauling leaves. :) Even though we were a little sore after we had fun!

PS. My sister, bro-in-law, and little niece are arriving tonight for a week. We are very excited about them coming. Michael is looking forward to meeting them and I am looking forward to seeing Britt and Sean again after 2 long years, and meeting my niece, Lauren!!