Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy turkey, mashed potaoes, green beans, apple pie day!!!!

I have been tossing and turning since about 4:30AM! ugh.
Guess thats what happens when turkey day is at your house:) It's ok though, I decided to get up at about 5:45...went in the kitchen and fired up the oven-might as well get this show goin!
Got the ole bird in the oven, made coffee, emptied the dishwasher, put my 3 loaves of bread out to "rise" and finished setting the table.
Since Im feeling a bit "ahead of the game" I thought...hmmm, maybe I should google some cool quiche' recipes?! So I did...and found one that I thought sounded soooo great! Im gonna post it for you all to enjoy, but I want to make it first and then ..IF it turns out as yum as I think it's gonna, I'll share it.
I hope you all have a beautiful Thanksgiving day with your families/friends...who ever your sharing it with!
Realize what your thankful for...I got a couple "e" cards frm friends and my sister in law...and they were really thoughtful. They said all the things they were thankful for...and I have read some on other friends blogs. Something inside told me to write down all things Im grateful for too:) Maybe writing it down, and seeing it visually will make us all see it's the little things that make the life we live so special.
Im grateful for:
a beautiful home to keep us sheltered
nice friendly neighbors that make us feel safe
the bus that picks my kids up for school
A GREAT school system
GODS grace that I need every single day
freedom to pray and go to church
healthy kids
healthy husband who loves unconditionally
good friends
my computer to stay in touch with relatives and friends
an abundance of food for my family

I could go on...but Im feeling pretty thankful:) I should do this everyday-!
love you all~

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

This...that...and Turkey!

The snow is disappearing. Makes me kinda sad...I had my house all decorated for fall- and then my little plan was interrupted by the snow. BUT...I went with it (ok...I had no choice) I took down all my corn stalks that I had so carefully placed outside on our pillars, disposed of all my white and orange pumpkins becaseu the poor little things froze, and it has been snowing since. It sounds though like it's done for a bit, and now it's raining ew! Everything is starting to look really bad. So, now Im stuck in that in between stage of no "fall" decor and I can't start Christmas yet. What is a girl to do. Im having Thanksgiving here on Thursday with my side of the family, and it would just be wierd to have Christmas stuff out. Oh well.things could be worse.:)
The kids are out of school for the rest of the week, today is the last day...(another reason snow would be good) I'll just have them help me clean the house ...everything has to be perfect! Candles burning, the house smelling like turkey you know the drill.
I said in one f my last entries that I was going to post some recipes. My brother emailed me and asked to put up a link to his e-news letter. It just happens that this news letter has lots of cool information, not only about banking and mortgages which is what he does (anyone needing a re-Fi or a new loan???) but it has RECIPES and other helpful stuff. I put the link to the news letter below. Make sure you check it out...I know you'll enjoy it.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

not be be confused...

Hi all...happy Sunday!
I changed my blog again...bear with me k! Im trying to find the exact design I want. I may have done it...finally. Just don't be confused when you check on me...and things always look different.
Were having a great day so far...the boys had their friend sleep over last night, and we all got up and went to church. We had been visiting a different church the last little while, and we really like it, but we all had to admit it felt good to be back at Rez today. You know that feeling- where it feels like you "came home" . We were planning on going to the new church today and my kids begged me to go back to Rez...they dont care for the new church so much...and they're a huge part of this decision:) The church we were visiting just doesnt have much to offer kids that are above like 11 or 12. They sit in the sanctuary with the parents and service is always 2 hours long. I love that about the church to be honest...the pastor is great...and it goes by fast, but when were at Rez, they go to a HUGE place geared for kids they here a sermon geared for them they are with kids that are all their age...they sing together, and then they hang out with teens with like minds...playing pool and mingling that way. I have a feeling were gonna stay at Rez.
Now the boys are out sledding...the snow is slowly going away:( Not for long...but it's a bit sunny here in west but still C-O-L-D !!!!!!!!!!
Next sunday we will be puuting our christmas tree up...typically thats when we do it...the first of's so fun...I make appetizer stuff, and we all drag the christmas stuff up...and the deco goes up:) Im sure the kids will say "we have to watch Elf" Their favorite movie! The one with Will's sooooo funny!
The holidays are so awesome arent they! Goin into a mall right now makes me crazy! All the Christmas music playing, the smells are so yummy!!! They lure you into buying stuff...hahaha you just cant help it right!?
I think Im gonna pop some good recipes up on my blog in the next few days, I have some really good ones...and Im willing to share:) hehe
Hope you have a great blessed and thankful!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

beautiful Florida beaches!

My babies.......spring break 2008 F-L-O-R-I-D-A

Jordan #53 football
makes my heart smile:)
and Jordan...#22 basketball.

GO 22!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Boys each brought home certificates for making honor roll for the first trimester! I couldnt find's here somewhere...and jordans certificate for football.

Tom and I and the kids went up to Silver Lake this summer and stayed a night with my brother and his family...they have a big ole' deluxe camper that they keep there in a very nice park...they actually had my kids like a whole week, and then we went one day to bring the troops home. We took a ride on the HUGE dune rides they have up there, and stopped on Lake Michigan for some "photo ops!" the baby above is my youngest niece nevaeh...she was just over a year in that picture. I snapped these of her playing in the water! so cute:)

Lexi and my parents AKA: Nana and Papa....taken at her 8th grade graduation in May 08'

Holland State Park 08'

Lex...being Lex

Adam (top) 6th grade
Jordan 7th grade

a little of this...a little of that:)

me eyes are really green...never realized!

2 new chairs...very "me" the pattern is so my taste! and again my kitchen table...decorated for f-a-l-l!!

I wish I could get my pictures to rotate...I try, and hit the "rotate" link but nothing happens. Oh well...just a pic of my cool kitchen rug!! haha


LEXI.....she made this dress in her fashion class! cute huh! She tried it on for us, and we thought we needed to get some pics of her first creation!

I got baking happy....think I went overboard:)

chairs....different angle. sorry you have to tilt your head to see them..


Talk about
I downoloaded all the pictures and put my first group up! I have alot more on my CD so now I can update more often. Somethin about pics with the update that just feel better to me:)
The snow has stopped for now, I think it's coming again though!? I actually think it looks kinda pretty! These pictures are outside my front door...and then looking outside into the backyard. The kids are outside sledding right now with friends! This is sooooo good for Jordan, that kid goes NUTS staying int he house! Adam is complaining that his throat hurts...(not great timing!) were having my family here for dinner on Thanksgiving. I would hate to have the "dominoe" effect ya know!
Tell me what you think of my new far theyre a hit! Tom and the kids all like them. We had this ginormous couch we got this past summer, and it just wasnt holding up. the cushions were getting way too soft for how new it was. They cam out and looked at it and agreed with me. SO the couch went back, and I had to then pick out something different. I went in for another couch...but since we have one in the living room already...a white leather couch...I thought maybe two chairs would be cool.

Friday, November 21, 2008

not just another trip to pay the cable bill....

The strangest thing happened yesterday. if you know me at'll laugh, this "situation" was like a car accident, I wanted to try to not listen...but I just COULD'NT!!!!!
I was standing in line at Charter, waiting to pay my cable bill. I notice in front of me, was another mom that I had met when Lexi was in 7th grade cheer. I had talked with her several times that season, very nice lady. She was always talking about her husband, kids we all do, but she lived in this world...that I dont live in. Her husband is an executive at some company...they took exotic trips, lived in a huge home, drove beautiful cars. the whole nine yards!
We looked at each other when I walked in the building, and at first I couldnt place her. She looked familiar...
it was her turn, up to the counter she went. She blurts out..."how much do I owe to get out cable and internet turned back on?" I thought.."what did she just say?????"
She could not have said what I think she just said. NO WAY. The girl looked at her and says " a minimum of $450.00" just to turn it back on. ugh. She then says "well, this is what happens to you when your husband has an affair, and moves in with his new girlfriend." at that point I realized that not only did she say what I thought she was much much worse. She goes on to give specific details about her husband ...his new girlfiend, and the mess she's in.
I was RIVETED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! She left...I was in shock.
Talk about your pride going out the window! I would have never done that! Im way to full of pride...(which is sooo bad!!) I would tell close friends but not random people in a cable office. Yet...I was fascinated by her being able to do that. There was another lady behind me...her and I were looking at each other with our mouths open like "WOW!!!!!!!"
I truly left feeling bad for this lady though. She was never the braggie type you know...she would tell me about their trips and dinner parties ...and the fur coats her husband bought her, but I never got the feeling she was showing off. It's just who she was.
She left the office and pulled out in a little car....lets just's something you would give your 16 year old as their first car. Nothing wrong with it for the most part, was shocking to see.
My point here isnt to gossip. None of you know this lady. I just want you all to realize that no matter how hard things are at home, financially or whatever...count your blessings! Sometimes we look at other people and things look so good from the outside...Ive looked at people before and thought.."their life must be so perfect!" Im sure we all have.
Be careful, who you look at, and wish you could trade lives with! You never know whats going on...inside their walls

Thursday, November 13, 2008


Lexi is the blonde....and her friends are the two brunettes. Lexi is now a brunette again too. with highlights. Is this too much to keep straight???? haha

go Nov. 4th, if you will

Goin back in time...just a week or so, to election night. Dooms day as I like to refer to it. haha
I worked the polls on the morning of Nov 4th...which ended up being a riot! I worked side by side with a lady that I had met a few times, and she was very funny and kept things interesting:) Our family was invited to the Republican party that night to usher in John McCain and Sarah Palin. uh oh.
ANYWAY...Our congressman Pete Hoekstra was there, Adam ended up getting his picture taken with him! If you know'll know he was on cloud 9!!! I think he's a congressman in the making, and Tom actually told Mr. Hoekstra that. It was kinda corny...but he laughed.
They had a nice dinner and drinks, wine, beer you name it! They spared no expense. We really didnt stay long, but it was really fun to experience the whole night. Lexi as you can see from the picture...was "thrilled" yeh...thats her talking to friends on her cell. Thats 14 1/2 for ya.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

great night...all around:)

Just had to update...before I go hit the snoozeum! Lexi made the freshman competetive cheer team, and Jordan made some points tonight in their big game:) He did incredible, and they won 48-13!!!! ouch!
now...GO TO BED! (that means you...)

if it's not one's a cord! ugh...

ok...I got my new blog all figured out. another thing to cross off my list!! I also got all my painting done. I am so excited I could scream! Im so happy with the outcome of this turned out exactly how I wanted. I really wanna take some pictures to show off my skills (haha) but now...I cant find the cord that is suppopse to connect my camera to the computer. I talked to a friend of mine and she said for now...just take all my pictures to like walgreens, and have them put on a disk, and put the disk in my computer...and that way, I can get them on here! blogs are so much better with pictures.
I also got Jordans pics of his first basketball game! He did so was his first game ever...he said when he first got out there, he felt like his knees were gonna give out on him...they were shaking sooo bad. aw. They ended up losing their game though, the other team had a 7th grader that was 6'3" and over 200 pounds. hardly fair right!!! The kid was HUGE! I think he scored half of the other teams one could guard him.
He has another game tonight which were giong to in just a bit here...hopefully they will have a better chance against tonights team...and there will be no 6 '3" KIDS:)
by the way ......I need to lose weight...I feel like Im porkin up. any ideas. OTHER then exercise??? haha
Goin to walgreens after the get my disk, then work on posting these pics. pray for me. LOL

Sunday, November 9, 2008

YIKES...been a while!

whew. It has been a long time, since I posted. I think I got out of the mood, because I thought my blog was really LAME!
I figured out all on my own how to create a new look that Im pretty happy with:) tell me what you think! I even managed to find this picture of Lexi and post it. I amaze myself...for being such a techno-idiot!!!
Things have been going well, considering what happened on Nov4th. ugh. Im not gonna say anything other then that. a big ugh...even though I really wanna rant. I wont.
We have been going to a different church lately that I really like- The pastor is great, very passionate about his people, and loves GOD sooo much. We all have been enjoying it, it's called Wellspring! Anyway today the pastor talked about the election a tiny bit and basically said, that we have to pray for our new President-elect, Obama. For "such a time as this" God has placed him in this spot. Our new President. If any of you study End Times prophesy, you know what Im getting at. I really wish I knew more. I dont, but I KNEW what he was saying.
We as a nation have to stand behind this guy and support him. That does not mean though that you have to believe everything he says....stay true to your core's all gonna be ok. :)
Our friends Lori and Eric attend Wellspring too, the actually got us to attend the first time. Now were hooked:) Eric has ALS, and has been officially diagnosed for about a year and a half. They've gone through alot...more then I'll ever be able to understand. Alot of their day to day things that I take for granted is affected by ALS. Eric is now in a wheelchair, and unable to use his hands at all, nor can he walk anymore. It's strange to watch someone that you have known for such a long time, go through this. Eric left today for Washington...and was able to take their 11 year old son with him. Two men fromt heir church are taking him, bless their hearts!! Lori is kinda on "vacation" now since the day to day caring for Eric is being done by others. Please keep them in your prayers's a really tough disease to live with....and as of now, Im truly not sure who it's harder for, the person living with it, or the person that is the caretaker.
We actually had snow today! AND one of our radio stations is now playing christmas music all the time (I admit...tooooo early) but...I like to tune in now and then, and sing a tune of silver bells ya know!!!
Jordan made the basket ball team for 7th grade! I heard that there were about 33 kids that went out for the team and like 13 made it. WOW...he's been chattin with my brother ...AKA: Uncle Jason, to ask him some pointers, or talk to him about different positions, that kinda stuff. Knowing that Uncle Jas was a former high school star:) Tomorrow night is his first game....we'll see how it goes. I will be sure to post pics!!!!
Lexi starts competetive cheer tryouts On monday too after school. Supposedly it's a week long tryout, but she doesnt think it'll end up taking that long. I'll be sure to post later this week when we find out if she made it:) Lets keep our little fingers (& toes) crossed.
And Adam...nothing. His only event this week is a big birthday party/sleepover Friday night for one of his buddies. The parents are taking all the boys to some cool place, where they cook everything in front of you. Being "only" in 6th grade, sports havent started yet. (thank goodness)
ok...gotta go, Imwhipped and I have LOTS to do tomorrow. gotta paint our new computer room, the kids bathroom, and 2 walls in our master bedroom. Im tired just thinking about it!!!

Friday, September 26, 2008

what a night!

We had the best time we have had in a while last night! WOW!
Not sure who reading this has ever seen Sandy Patti live....but I had the opportunity last night...she came to Christ Memorial church for a live concert...and she was well worth going to! I cried countless time, laughed, and saw old friends that it was sooo goood to see:)
Tom and I along with my parents went to see her together and I think I speak for us all when I say it was truly a blessing:) She has a voice that to me isnt even's competely of mom made the comment when she was singing that she thinks this is what heaven will sound like:) It was just that good! The choir from Christ Memorial were there too and they did a great was really cool...although Sandi has this voice that if you can even imagine...she drowned out their choir all by herself...I almost couldnt hear them at all. They looked really neat was a nicely put together concert! If you ever wanna hear "Via-Delarosa" sung like it's being sung by angels...get her CD!
Today Tom is off work once more...he has been having Fridays off now because he can only work 40 hours...and he gets those in in 4 days easily! So today he is doing some running around...he's frustrated...were in the same boat as lots of people out there...and this is a first for us..he has been at the same company for about 13 years, and has always had at least 50 hours minimum each week...but the norm was really about 65. and that overtime was great! this 40 hours a week...not so good.
The kids are all going to the west ottawa football game tonight at home vs. Grand Haven...and they are all looking so forward to it, maybe Tom and I will go too, it's usually really fun seeing other parents there and people we went to high school with...:)
Im really trying to keep a positive attitude toward things and not let satan get that foothold in my life. He as he always "whispers" things in my ear that I DO NOT want to hear. "how are you guys gonna make it???" you know that sort of thing. I know though that GOD is running our lives...Sandi had a really great analogy last night about just that. She talked about how she grew up in California near Disneyland. She would go...and walk form venue to venue listening to the different little musicals they perform all day every day. Her dream was to work there..performing, singing, when she was old enough. When the time came she auditioned, and felt good about it. she waitied and waited anxiously for the letter to come accepting her into the cast at Disney. Well...that letter came and she was rejected. They said "we cannot use you at this time" and she talks about being devastated. that was her dream. she put all her eggs in that disnleyland basket so to say. she went on to say...that although she didnt know, or understand at the time why God didnt help her get that "perfect" job, she accepted it. She knows why now, as do I. He had something so much greater for her...that she couldnt see. He always does...we dont know why sometimes...things happen like they do. We all have times where nothing in our carnal minds makes sense. We dont see the big picture. God always has plans mapped out for his people- dont ever lose sight of that:)
I am finally getting some pictures put up on my sight next sister is coming into town to go to my moms, and she is going to give me her assistance. yeh!
"In the reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord there is strong confidence, and his children shall always have a place of refuge" Proverbs 14:26

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

a good night:)

Is it ever gonna cool off? Good grief!! Yesterday was a hot one again-it would be lovely if it would cool off to oh myabe 65 or so....yep that would be PERFECT:)
Last night was f-ball practice for Adam but it didnt really go as planned. He came home from school and started in with saying his stomach was "killing" him. He has developed this habit each night that he has practice (because he doesnt wanna go) he comes down with an ailment of some sort. The boy got to me. If he hates this sport that much...goodness, can we just be done with it pleeeez! I had had enough of hearing him tell me how much he didnt want to go, so I said.."fine, dont go anymore...but is it fair to quit and leave your team high and dry?" He said yes. Not the answer I wanted. I left it in Toms hands from there. He was a bit unhappy...being the sport guy he is, he in fact didnt think it was ok for him to leave his team without their center. ugh.
Tom made Adam call his coach and explain why he didnt want to play anymore. Now we are talking rocket football, not the major league. But then you cant help but think to yourself that your setting him up in life to be a quitter. :(
All of these issues played in my head last night, and I decided that you have to take a different approach with each kid. Adam happens to actually not be typically that kind of person in life, a quitter. He is very determined, and finishes what he starts. He just happens to like school more then f-ball right we allowed him to focus on that.
Lex had powder puff last night...and LOVED it. Her "coach" is actually a boy another freshman that she has had a love-fest for since school started. Im sure that helps. haha
She said it was sooo much fun, brought back memories for me for sure! I know people say this all the time, but I feel like those times were just yesterday!
Not sure whats on tap for today...Im really wanting to get pictures put on this blog...I dinked with it yesterday but because Im computer stupid I didnt figure it out. Im not gonna give up...I'll get it.
Im also gonna start putting up deco ideas...I hit someones blog yesterday and she was unreal! A real life Martha Stewart living in Grand Rapids...she took pics of her kids perfectly put together lunches that she prepared...complete with cherry tomatoes, carrots, yogurt, peanut butter "sushi" wraps!!!!!! WHAT!!!!!!!???? yep...she took a grain bread, flattened it out with a rolling pin, spread peanut butter on it...and wrapped it up like a sushi roll. and this lunch was prepared in a tupppware looking container with 4 perfectly positioned holders she bought that looked like rubber cupcake wrappers. you know the paper you put in the cupcake pan to bake them in??? they were those only rubber. This was the perfect lunch. I feel so inferior!!! haha This woman also says how she just "whipped up" a girls fort one night when her 2 girls were sleeping, she sowed this tee-pee looking tent that was hot pink, from the ceiling to the floor...complete with window coverings...etc. it was soooo cute! She just "whipped this thing up!!!" yeh. She had it all prepared int he morning for them when they woke up. It was soooooo dang cute! she's now my hero. haha
Im a bit influential that way, when I saw Sarah Palin for the first time, I wanted to go out and get cool glasses and extensions in my hair and whip it back in a cute sarah hair bun....:)
I hope you all have a great day. My daughter came up with this quote that I thought was really great. Not that she thought of it..she may have seen it somewhere Im not sure....but regardless the quote says:

"Dont make someone a priority, when they make you an option"


Tuesday, September 23, 2008

credit crisis...I need to rant a bit...

Oh boy. I watched Oprah today. Told myself I wasnt going to watch her anymore due to some things that I have been learning about her, things I have been told by our pastor at church clips he has played about her talking about Jesus Christ not being the only way to Heaven. I got sucked in...because she had Suzie Orman on..(not a fan of her either really...she scares me!) anyway...they are talking about the whole downfall that is going on with the credit crunch. This world is going crazy! They brought up a GREAT point. People my age (36) or around my age...are making purchases whether that come in the form of cars, homes, clothes, etc...that they CANNOT afford. We all want to put on this front to make other people THINK that we are high rollers...and "oh look how great were doing over here!" Its all so true! I have come to this conclusion....IM OVER IT!!!! No one is doing themselves any favors by buying things they cant afford. It might feel good now, to get all these new things...but it's just not worth it.
When I was small, I remember my parents and our neighbors all growing gardens and hanging clothes out on the line to dry...driving cars that were not exactly "showroom" if you know what I mean. My mom made some of my clothes, canned fruit and veggies, made meals at home..and wasnt able to just go out and buy all this crap that people now days do. We are all sucked up into this trap. You had to earn things back SAVED up for a SAVED up for school clothes you didnt just buy buy buy buy because your beady little eyes wanted something.
My generation doesnt live this way. Myself included...Im certainly not picking on anyone! Im so guilty. I know people that are 25 years old...and they are living in homes that are $450,000 and it's there first home!!!!!!!!!! what the heck! You know why they do? because they are extended beyond anything anyone can imagine...they have beautiful clothes, gorgeous cars...and it all looks so good! what is going on behind closed doors? This whole trend is disgusting....we all need to put things in order of importance RIGHT NOW....she just said on TV that we are in a cash economy now...if you have great credit....doesnt one is giving out loans. Use this time to pay off your loans....dont purchase things you cannot afford. To me, the word :afford" is having a whole new meaning. The word now to me have no debt, your bills are paid...and you can go to target and get that new rug...or whatever you may want. If you have unpaid bills...or credit cards you have no right (my opinion) to go buy anything extra. Stop living in your flesh...who cares what people think of you right!? If it means your sanity...your marriage...your happiness, stop buying, and just say NO...Im not putting my families happiness in jeapordy because I WANT something new. It's just so stupid!
I dont mean to have a negative tone here...but this whole world to me is just gone nuts! We have to take a step back and stop trying to impress people with our stuff. no one cares.

Im back...

Well...I've been gone a while! Time flies huh!
I was so excited to finally have my own blog, and was pumped to get my new entries in~ and then I kinda had a little pitty party for myself thinking " no one is even reading my blog, why am I doing this?" I had a few loyals but I wanted to be the popular the feeling you have when your in high school and have to be in the popular group. You know the feeling right??? It's been 18 years this past June, since I graduated from west ottawa! I cannot believe this! Im getting more wrinkles just thinking about that statistic.
My sister wrote me this morning and asked me why Im not posting to the blog anymore, after I answered her back, she said to use it as a diary of here I am. point taken.
I ran into a guy I used to go to high school with at the paint store this past weekend...Dan Kender...he was the "cool guy" in high school. He's now a holland police was so good to see him! My ego was boosted a bit because he actually recognized me right away, he came up to me, and said "hey Heather...oh my gosh it's been so long!" I could not believe he recognized me! I had long, platinum...drugstore dyed blonde hair all through high school, and I was skinny! And now...well...shorter hair...darker..and Im .......hmm, the skinny thing~ not so much.
I wanted to hug him for knowing who I was! Nothing is more humiliating then when you see someone from back in the day...and you know them and they give you the look of..."whats your name again?" ugh.
Tom got his hours cut at work...for the first time ever. Im on the verge of crying:(
We all know the song and dance about the economy being so rough right now...but up to this point it really had not effected us. In a way it'sa good thing (thats a wierd thing to say huh!) I say that because it gives me more compassion toward others who are struggling. If it doesnt affect you personally, typically people dont care about it. I had a bad weekend...worrying, fear set in....(thats totally of God right!) no.
But...I have been praying and talking toGod, and he has covered me with a peace that has truly blanketed me. thats the only thing it could be...God giving me peace! Im so thankful.
Lexi is having the best time this year being a freshman...she's had lets see....a couple boyfriends come and go...and has made so many friends already ...alot of them come from not only meeting new girls and guys...but reconnecting with old friends. She is happy...content....strong (way more then I was at that age!!!!) secure, confident, and turning itno a young woman. Im so proud of her. She seems to have a head on her shoulders that is beyond her age. She's getting ready to play powder puff football for homecoming week and is having waaay too much fun! haha We finally broke down and got her a cell phone, it came UPS and Tom was outside when it came and came walking in the house, holding a box...she was sitting at the counter and said "whats that???" He grinned and said Im not sure, something that say "razor" and it's hot pink...hhhmmm....
she instantly knew...and screamed ...and then cried! wow...I didnt see that coming!
Just to share a bit with you about her...Lexi had the most awesome elem. school years. She was very excited for middle school, but when she got there she just didnt fit. Im still not sure why. She claims it's because she was a dork~ I never saw it. She left and went to calvary and didnt fit there either. Then went to Zeeland for 8th grade....she did great scholastically and friend wise...ummm, made a few.
We decided that school is the same no matter where you cant escape the mean girls...they are everywhere! I could go on and on, but long story short...she's back at west ottawa, and it's wonderful! She does a bit better with older kids...and loves hanging out with guys...she's says there not "catty" like girls. hahaha I have to agree.
Jordan is awesome ...he is changing and growing and acting a bit more mature. He still has his ADD moments. Not that he has ever been diagnosed with ADD (I wouldnt allow it!) but...he still doesnt have alot of sit in him. He is playing football for 7th grade and could not possibly love it more! He's actually bummed when practice is over at night...he's lost alot of what I like to call baby fat...:) He was starting to get a big belly and its almost gone. thats what 2 1/2 hours of hard football practice every single day will do to you:) changing to. I am suprised at him a little bit....he used to really like sports, and now he fights us about going to football at night. He is so focused on homework...he usually has at least 2 hours a night (honestly!!!) and is focused on keeping A's in all his classes. He's turning into a brainiac more then a sports guy. I knew he loved school always...but we truly didnt see this coming with losing interest in sports. His 5th grade teacher told us at conferences, last year that Adam is gonna be his class President someday....I totally see that coming.
Im headed out today to get the McCain/Palin signs that just came out...they are available at noon today, and I cant wait to put one in my yard! make sure you all get one of your own!
It's gonna be way too hot today...I want cold weather so badly, instead Im going out to mow...and sweat:( ew.
Hope all is well with those reading this...I hope Gods favor is with you all today!

Saturday, September 6, 2008


I dont know about you, but I occasionally have a hard time finding balance in my life. I tend to be an extreme person. By that I mean...when I meet someone I "click" with I want to talk about them, be with them, think about them all the time. Same goes for blogs I come across or new stores I find, or cleaning my house even. If I gonna clean ...then I usually will do EVERYTHING. have an extreme personality. It's either all or nothing with me the majority of the time.
I have a bible that is called "The EverydayLife Bible" and it has comments throughout by Joyce Meyer. I love Joyce Meyer...and so when I found this bible I had to have it:)
She writes passages throughout that are almost little mini stories. One I found today dealt with being an extreme type of person (ironic??) I wanted to write down what she wrote. Here it is:

A prudent person is balanced; He avoids extremes in the management of his life and faith. It seems to me, after many years of observation on the kingdom of GOd, people have a difficult time with balance. Ideas concerning the power of words, the mouth, confession, calling those things that be not, as though they are, and speaking things into existence, are examples of areas in which I have seen people move into extremes. It seems the flesh wants to live in a ditch on one side of the road or the other, but it has a difficult time staying in the middle of the highway between the lines of safety. We should speak positively about our lives and our futures. We should agree with what GOd says about us in his word. Our possession, but we should not ever think that we can have whatever we want just because we say it. We are to speak forth Gods word, not our carnal desires. Extremes are actually the devils playground. If he cannot get a believer to totally ignore a truth and live in deception, his next tactic will be to get him so one sided and out of balance with the truth that he is no better off then before. Sometimes, he is even worse off then before. Wisdom is a central theme of Gods word. As a matter of fact, there is no real victory without it and we are wise to remain balanced in our everyday lives.
Today we made the decision to put our cat down. We had him for about 5 1/2 years, and he was really an outdoor cat by choice...but, the last several months he got really mean...and there wasnt anything we could do with him anymore. You cant go giving a mean cat to a different family, so we really didnt have a choice. I took him out to my parents house after I got him from the vets office and my mom and I buried him together. Suprisingly enough, the kids are all totally fine with the whole thing which helped me alot!
Never made it to the farmers market today...darn it! I really wanted to go to look at their mum plants but~ they have another one on Wed. so I'll go to that.
Another cool thing I wanted to share....totally random, BUT: I have had the hardest time getting my tile grout in the kitchen back to it's light color like it was when we put it in....I had some companies come out and use steam...and a hot water vacuum thing, but when it didnt look like I wanted it to...I got online and googled a homemade clean grout. I found one that said to mix baking soda with hot water. I did it...and used that with a kitchen sink brush, and low and grout is totally white again!!!!! It did leave a film that took a few cleanings with just hot water to remove, but that wasnt a big deal. So if you need clean grout...try it:)

Friday, September 5, 2008

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A simple school project...?

Ever have a morning where things are just wonderful? The kids all seem to have a glow about them, things go as planned, you make breakfast, backpacks are packed and ready to fly out the door, you kiss your kids goodbye and wave as they walk down the driveway!
THIS MORNING.....was not that kind of morning!
Im retracing my steps thinking where we went wrong...hmmm still not really sure.
For whatever reason, things went haywire today. The boys both happened to have a project at school already: they had to gather pictures and take them in...Adams pictures need to show his culture, and Jordans are suppose to be 4-5 pics of him "through the years" baby through now. simple enough right....BUT me, being way too controlling had to take over. Could I not just let my kids gather their own pictures....and move on!! OH NO.......I had to find just the right picture making sure they were the best pictures we had....their hair had to be perfect in each picture, lighting was great, I could go on...but you get the point. Tom (bless his heart) wanted to "help" so went downstairs and started gathering pictures in hopes to make this project go away...haha
He came up, and presented these pictures to me...OH NO! not one of them were nearly "good enough" for the boys to take to school! So I listen to McCain...on the couch and spend waaaay too long going through our pictures. Now that Im sitting back was a bit stupid:) The pictures Tom picked out....were fine. Why cant I let go....let go of the control I feel I have to have! uuuggghhh.
ok...getting back to the reason for the chaotic morning. The boys found a football picture from like 3 or 4 years ago...and it was a team photo. This photo I left out just to show them...cuz they looked so darn cute, and so small -as did all their friends . Little did I know this picture was going to be the cause of a fight. A fight that I was NOT in the mood for. They both wanted to take this picture to school and show their friends....Jordan is playing football now in 7th grade with probably 95% of those kids, and he was gonna pass it around at lunch. No big deal right. Adam wanted to do the same thing...he was also in the picture, and had about 3 friends that he wanted to show. Normally I get a handle on these situations...put a hault to it...we resolve, and move on. This morning though...I woke up with a nasty headache and just as I thought the argument was of them would bring it was never ending!!!!
The kids are gone....the house is quiet, my Ibuprofen is kicking in...and the football picture is sitting on the counter.
Lexi on the other hand....was wonderful, stayed quiet, ate her bagel and said bye mom! haha
Tonight were going to Boatwerks for dinner with my parents for my moms birthday! Im excited....It's my fav. restaurant and we always have fun with my parents! I think I know how to post pictures thats what Im going to try to accomplish today~ hope you all have a blessed day~
we'll talk soon Heather

Thursday, September 4, 2008

as promised...

I have been searching the good book, and even a couple others to find what Im going to post, and write on my chalk board door.
the bible is full of so many wonderful verses that really make you think.
Im sitting here in the living's 7:30 and the house is quiet! Tom is at football with Adam, Jordan is already showered and reading a book for school downstairs (he's LESS then thrilled!) and Lexi is upstairs getting things "situated" for school, this could take a while!! Tom and I are going to eat when he gets home, and the republican convention starts! Im sooooo excited to hear what John McCain is going to speak about! Palins speech was so amazing last night that I can only imagine what he's gonna bring tonight~ I know he wont let us down:)
I opened my bible tonight to search through it, and found myself in Proverbs. Lovin Proverbs! there are so many things I could write that I had to step back, and pick ONE. really hard.
Ok...I couldnt do it~ I picked two.
This first one really hit's really about not getting caught up in the moment, and making not so smart decisions. I myself, tend to live in the moment 99% of the time...
"walking in wisdom means making decisions today that you will be happy with tomorow"
thats so great isnt it!
This next one is the one going on my door. This is actually out of Matthew:
" No matter how right you think your heart is before the Lord, if you have pride, resentment, or anger in your spirit you cannot open your mouth without expressing those traits and emotions. Jesus said it is out of the abundance of the heart that your mouth speaks." (Matthew 12:34)
Talk about being a tad bit convicted! ouch! I feel like I always have resentment or something Im holding toward someone...I dont want to~ but it's so easy to get offended. Which I know is so wrong!!! With me it tends to stem more from something someone says...I spin it, and take it the wrong way. It's something I have always struggled with...
Im realizing that this blog may be an avenue for me to talk about a little counseling session! haha
Hope you dont mind...I would love to hear your input too!
we'll talk soon.....Heather

Just starting...hold on and enjoy the ride

Hey all my "peeps" Im so excited to get my new blog up and running....I know how much I love reading my friends blogs, and even strangers I thought..."why dont I have my own??"
Bear with me, as I start this new venture!

quote for the day...

Ok so, I have a really cool door in our home, that I sprayed chalkboard paint on. I try to keep cool quotes, sayings on this's painted on both sides so there are different sayings on both sides. Now that my kids are in school again ( wow, summer really went fast for us...did it for you???) I was saying now that they are all back in school...I want to put a great saying up on the door to make them all think , I mean really think about what they read~ you know, something to impact their minds. Im gonna get these quotes from the bible typically, thats where all the good stuff is:) so what I put on my door....I'll put on my blog. that will go up tonight or tomorrow when I find something fitting. Alot of times our pastor at Res Life will say something that I find myself writing down and putting in my bible. I laways have great intentions of using it for my door...but end up losing what I wrote down. haha such is life.
Hope your having a graceful day...this rain is so beautiful to me~ we needed it so desperately! I found myself thanking God all day for making it rain!
we'll talk soon, Heather

here we go!

Im so excited to get this blog going....I have so much to say!!!!
gotta get the hang of this whole thing, hope you check in with me often!