Sunday, November 30, 2008

Saddle Up Your Horses

I've mentioned before that I think Christmas is being started earlier and earlier. I personally once decided to put up my decorations before Thanksgiving. Since I was busy for the three days before cooking the decorations sat in a corner and messed up my unusually clean house. Since Reagan's birthday also falls around that time and I don't want her to feel like her birthday is unimportant. I won't listen to Christmas music either. I want to wait and do it all at once.

A few weeks ago I was driving home from taking the girls to school when a Christmas song came on the radio. It was instrumental but I was soon humming along. I knew I shouldn't be but I was feeling a little Christmasy. I continued humming and even sat in the car in the garage to hear more of it. As it kept going I realized it was just the instrumental intro. I knew the words were coming and gave in and started feeling really holidayish. Even against my best intentions.

Than it happened. The words started. It wasn't a Christmas song. Not even close. If you need a laugh click here. Sorry it's in Spanish, it's the best I could do.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

7 years

My baby is 7 today. Yea, yea, there's a holiday also but let's focus on the fact that my baby is 7 today. 7. How is that possible? Wasn't she just born? Where have the years gone? I was asking this of my mother-in-law today and she told me to wait until my baby turned 30. Yikes!

In honor of her 7th here are 7 things I love about Reagan.

1. She is an amazing soccer player and holds her own on an all boys team.
2. She is an awesome little sister to her big ones. She is more compassionate then the rest of us.
3. She doesn't look like me. She doesn't look like Shawn. She doesn't look like her sisters. She looks like her Gogo (grandmother) and her Juju (aunt) did when they were little. She's beautiful.
4. She's adventurous and will try anything once. 5. She is using her God given talents to bring Him glory.

6. She found her future husband at age 2 and they told us they planned to get married when they were older. She picked a wonderful boy! I'd love to have him as a son-in-law someday.
Even though I couldn't get a serious picture of the boy. We'll work on that. Wedding pictures need a certain level of calmness to them.

7. She completes our family. She wasn't my first. She wasn't the baby we tried over a year for. She's our little surprise. The baby my doctor said wouldn't happen unless he intervened. God put her in the right place at the right time. And I'm so glad He chose us.

I love you Reagan Teal!!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008


Today started at 7 a.m. with massive cleaning. After all, the in-laws were coming. You always look at your house differently when your mother-in-law is coming, right? Mine is an angel who I love and she could care less about the state of my house but I still must clean. Luckily I live with three slaves/children who have to do what I say. With everything done by 9 I went for a quick 3 mile run and started cooking. 12 hours later I am finally sitting down.

Today I've made, or started:

Brine for the turkey
Butternut Squash Puree
Mashed Potatoes
Pumpkin Cake
Roll Dough
Cheese Ball
Whiskey Glazed Carrots
Mushroom Puffs
Chocolate Gravy
Scrambled Eggs

and most importantly...

Birthday Cake!!!

My baby will be 7 tomorrow. How wrong is that??

I am making a much deserved Mudslide and heading to bed. I hope everyone has a blessed Thanksgiving tomorrow surrounded by friends and family.

I love you guys!!

Monday, November 24, 2008

High Maintenance

We've discussed before that I'm a high maintenance runner. Well, I've discussed, and you've nicely listened. Or moved on to another blog. But I don't like to think about that.

Still there?

It's getting cold here. Well, it's Oklahoma. It's 72 one day and 32 the next. But since I mainly run in the early morning or late evening I've been dealing with some low temps. I wear Cuddl Duds under my pants and shirt and stay really toasty warm. The 32 degree cold and 25 mile an hour wind gusts run wasn't bad. I did have cold hands though.

For my 6 mile run this Sunday I wore my Duds, long pants, t-shirt, zippered sweat jacket, gloves, and a hat. About 1 mile in and I was hot! Well, not hot, but uncomfortable. I took off the gloves but didn't have anywhere to put them. I keep my chap stick in my bra and on long runs usually have some energy beans in there, but would the gloves fit? Surprisingly, yes. But when I decided it was too hot to wear my hat...yep. I looked lumpy but I did finish the run. Maybe it's time to start fuel belt shopping again.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Thanksgiving #1

We had the joy of joining some cousins yesterday for an early Thanksgiving. I've said it before, and I'll say it again, I crave family! As an only child with only one first cousin from my moms sisters I just love when a group of 20 or more gets together and there are aunts, uncles, grandparents, and cousins all over the place. My dad's cousin Jeannie invited us with her brother, her 5 daughters, 2 of her nieces, and all the children and spouses that came with them. My girls were in cousin heaven.

Jeannie lives in a small town off the interstate and has some property around her house. We only saw the 11 third generation cousins when it was time to eat. Otherwise they were outside playing. I tore myself away from the old story telling long enough to take a few pictures.

There was a swing set to play on but what did the children choose to play on instead? Hay bales. They spent hours hay bale jumping.

Some had to think about it first.

While others just went for it.

Know what to do with an old above ground pool when you don't fill it anymore? Put sand in the bottom and have plenty of toys for digging. And if you have enough room, put a trampoline in there, too. Why not? This was quite entertaining also.

After 5 hours of family fun we headed home. My girls told me it was 'the funnest house ever'. I told them that was part of country life, being outside for hours on end. They asked how I knew we were in the country and I went into a discussion about crops and animals. It was quite well said, if I do say so myself. Then they asked what crop Cousin Jeannie grew since they knew the miniature horses from last year had moved somewhere else. I though for a while and then remembered something I'd taken a picture of.

Windmills. They grow windmills.

Funny, they didn't question that at all. They must have realized we're a crazy family.

Or they were just exhausted from all the fun. Oh, and from tormenting the cats.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Painting Numero 3

Had you all started to wonder if I would ever finish the girls' room? It has been a while. I am almost done. Almost. How sad is that? It has been quite a challenge. I've also had to continue all my normal jobs as well. This is a crazy time of year. Hmmm, can I come up with any more excuses? I'll think about that and get back to you.

Here are the latest pictures. Just a few last things. A few touch ups, one last bed to paint, hanging a rod and curtains over the closet, two bulletin boards, and a few more pictures. Oh, and the bathroom needs to be painted. Good grief. This may never end.

I'll just keep looking at these pictures instead of going upstairs.

Think that will work?

Thursday, November 20, 2008

What's in a name?

I left something very important out of my 'Baby Names' post.

The meanings!

I loved the name McKinley and never thought to look it up and see what it meant. When Kennedy came home from the hospital I decided to look them both up.

Get ready.

McKinley-Gaelic-son of Finley

Kennedy-Gaelic-misshapen or ugly head

What had I done?

I was afraid, but had to look up Reagan before she was born.

Reagan-Gaelic-little king

Not again!

Who would have guessed they were all Gaelic? There are some other similarities. They're all last names and they're all unisex. I don't like that last part. The biggest similarity...all the meanings stink! What have I done?! Then it happened, I found a presidential website.

McKinley-son of the fair hero



So McKinley didn't improve much but Kennedy and Reagan were much improved!

Luckily the middle names saved us.

June-born in the sixth month


Teal-green/blue or duck

Wait, saved us? What was I thinking? My poor children.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Baby Names

I knew years before I had children that I loved presidents.

It started in 5th grade when I had to write a report on each president to be able to attend an end of year field trip. I was fascinated. The summer before my freshman year at college I was at the doctors office for my college physical. It was thorough and I found out a few years later that not everyone had to have one. Hmmm...

Moving on.

As I was sitting in the waiting room I saw a newborn that was just beautiful. When I commented on her the mom told me her name was McKinley. My mind went right back to 5th grade.

I've had other ideas though, it hasn't always been presidental. My first choice was Auhnnah. I liked it so much that it's what I named my bowling ball. In case you can't tell what that is, it's like Anna but with a soft 'a' sound. I also loved Maggie and Katie. I shared Maggie with my grandma Margaret thinking she'd be honored but not knowing why I was saying it she told me how much she hated being called that. So, that was out. I also went through a 'Mc' phase. Get ready. McKenna, McKayla, McKinley, and for a boy, McGregor. Boy am I glad I didn't do that! So are my children.

When Shawn and I sat down to have our baby name conversation I asked him what his favorite girl name was. The most beautiful, sweet name he could think of. His answer? "Amy." My answer? "You don't get to play this game anymore."

No offense to any Amy's out there but I wanted something distinctive, a little unknown, new, exciting. Amy has been very well used. We tossed several back and forth and both shot down each others a lot. Since the OKC bombing had just happened Bailee, Chase, and Colton were out. For a boy I loved the name Brock. Shawn didn't like the idea of two 'k' sounds so close together. Brock Conrad. He suggested a middle name that we would use also. His idea? Lee. Say it. Out loud so you'll really enjoy it. After way too long we decided on McKinley and Brady Alan. Brady because his family had watched 'Days of Our Lives' for years, and Alan after his younger brothers' middle name. McKinley for obvious reasons.

After McKinley was introduced to our families Shawn's oldest brother asked if we were going to name all of our children after assassinated presidents. I of course said no. He then told me that our next girl could be Kennedy. Hmmm. I thought again of 5th grade. From then on Kennedy was always on my mind. Garfield and Lincoln were the other choices. Thank goodness she was a girl! When we found out we were having another girl we started thinking...there weren't anymore suitable assassinated names. I liked the name Madison but felt like it had been used to much. I also loved the names Hayes and Monroe (yes for girls) but Shawn shot those down. Going back to Amy I felt like he deserved the right to shoot some down. When someone pointed out that Reagan had been shot we knew we had a name.

How sick are we? I had a good friend from high school who told me she thought I was disgusting to do this to my children. We're not good friends anymore. She doesn't have children yet. Probably because she can't come up with any good names.

I think it's neat. Their names are mentioned on the news a lot, they have libraries, there are street signs with their names on them, there are always books about them, and people love to
hear about how we came up with it. They liked our trip to the Mount Rushmore area and the Presidential Wax Museum. Now that we've gone to Disney World our next dream vacation is Washington D.C. We can't get enough!

So there it is. The whole truth and nothing but the truth. Now everyone knows.

Oh, in case you were wondering, if we'd had boys I'd planned on Harrison and Jackson. Maybe I'll have grandsons named that!

Monday, November 17, 2008


With the gift of an awesome camera last Christmas and another of Photoshop in May you would think that I would be quite the photographer by now.

Hmmm...not so much.

I have spent a lot of time playing around with them both. This blog has been a wonderful thing to keep me busy honing my skills. If that's what I have. Only time will tell.

My precious friend Beth has asked me to take some family pictures for them. I'm excited and scared. I took my girls out yesterday for some practice shots. Imagine my surprise when I got some really good ones. After Photoshopping them I am really pleased with myself!

Now, I just hope Beth's turn out this well!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

I told you I was sick

I am a lover of Erma Bombeck. She wrote about things that I thought would never happen to me. I was young. And stupid. After three children everything she ever said is now painfully true. One of her columns is ringing completely true recently. To copy it would be plagiarism and would involve getting off the, I'll sum up.

Her husband comes home sick one day from work and she spent the next few days caring to his every need. His coworkers sent flowers and called to check on him.

Her son gets it soon after and she drives to school to pick up his assignments, spends hours playing cards with him, and cooks all his favorite foods. His classmates sent get well cards.

When her daughter came down with it she did it all again.

Then she got it. Nobody made her any special foods. No on played games with her. No one sent cards or called. No one cared. The house fell apart, and children went wild. When she told her husband she didn't feel well he told her she'd be fine. Everyone else who had it was better.

I'm living that. Life doesn't stop because I'm sick. It does for everyone else, but for me, nope. There are dishes piled in the sink, laundry stacked in the laundry room, clutter everywhere! I'm sure every mom reading this can understand.

So back to Erma Bombeck. She ended that column by saying, "Someday there will be a standard tombstone for moms that will read,"


Can I get an AMEN??

Friday, November 14, 2008


Who out there in blogger world has heard of Arcadia, Oklahoma?

Come on, home of the round barn? On old route 66? The Mother Road?

Last Friday McKinley was in another town for her COCDA Honor Choir. I had planned to spend the whole day out there since I had nothing else on my calendar. Well, the best laid plans are easily ruined. Or something like that. I've never been good with those kinds of phrases. I had gotten a call the Sunday before that my Great Aunt Sis had died. Of course, the funeral ended up being Friday. My uncle and aunt from Lubbock decided to fly in with Amelia and AJ for the funeral. Suddenly my calm Friday was getting crazy! I stayed with McKinley as long as I could and then headed back to town to pick the Funk's up at the airport. I was burning gas like crazy! Luckily it was cheap!!

After the funeral and some family time at my cousins house we headed back out of town to get McKinley. I have heard of Pop's and really wanted to go sometime but since it is so far away it had never happened. When I realized how close we'd be I kidnapped my passengers and started heading that way.

You know when you're at Pops when you see this. What I didn't know was that the restaurant is in a gas station. A new one, but still. We were a little unsure until we saw the front window.They sell the pops in colors. I was amazed how many choices each color group had! We were seated and told that we could go to the refrigerators in the back and pick our drinks. Here are some of the options. It was overwhelming!

I couldn't pick this one. I couldn't pronounce it.
This one was cute but she was skinnier then me. I couldn't have that.
This is just a part of the yellow group. Overwhelming?? I think so!
I wanted McKinley to get this one since she'd spent the day singing this part. Her reply was, "Um. No."
The one I didn't take a picture of was Kitty Piddle!

No one picked this one. Maybe because Reagan is really good at sounding out words!

Here are a few of our choices.

This one was interesting. It came with a mustache.

I liked the message on this one.

I even enjoyed the bottle caps. Yes, I'm easily entertained. I think most of us knew that by now.

After a good dinner we went outside to watch the light show. If you wait long enough...

you get to see this!

It was such a fun evening! I hope those of you that can will stop by there. We certainly will again!