Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Feel Like Dancing?

Check this out: http://www.elfyourself.com/?id=9618837018

Let's see how many of us we can get in on this. Can't wait to see yours!

Monday, November 26, 2007

Thanksgiving Weekend

What a great weekend! Thursday, of course, was Thanksgiving. It was so nice to be able to spend the day with my family. We ate lots of food and played games. That evening we went to my in-laws and hung out for a few hours. It was the perfect way to end an already great day.

Friday, Scott and Kenzie braved the crowds and went shopping for a little while. They are not as devoted as some of you are. They didn't head out until 6 am. This has become their tradition. I hate to shop, so I can't understand why anyone in their right mind would want to go out that early and battle the crowds. But Scott and Kenz love it. Every year they go out early and shop, then they stop somewhere and have coffee or breakfast. Makenzie looks forward to it every year. I love that. Scott had to work that morning, so they didn't stay out that long. But they sure had fun.

Friday was also Makenzie's birthday. We had my neice, Rebecca, over for the weekend. They spent the day playing with the toys and games that Kenz got for her b-day. I made her a cake and Uncle Tyrone brought her home a pizza for dinner. It was a nice and relaxing day at home.

Saturday Scott had to work, so the kids and I just hung out at home. That night we went to church, then afterwards we went to our friends Blake and Jen's for dinner and a movie. The kids had fun playing and we had fun visiting.

Sunday afternoon we went bowling. Makenzie wanted to go bowling for her birthday, so Sunday was the day that worked for all the family. We had a great time. Here are a few highlights:

This is Scott's dad, mom, daughter Brittany, and sister Jessica. Along with my dad and Makenzie is the front holding the ball.

My sister Aleana with her daughter Tristyn.

Scott's Girls: Camille (left) and Brittany.

This was Caleb's favorite spot when he wasn't bowling.

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving weekend. There is only one thing left to say....


Friday, November 23, 2007

Makenzie Turns 9

Happy Birthday Makenzie! You are amazing! I am blessed to have such a special daughter. You are beautiful on the inside and outside. I am very lucky to be your mom. I love you so much and hope that you have a great birthday.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

God, I Thank You For....

*Your love
*Your faithfulness
*My Salvation
*My amazing husband
*My awesome children (ALL 4 of them! I love you Brittany and Camille!)
*Parents who love me unconditionally
*The best in-laws ever!
*A home of our own
*Great friends
*An awesome church
*Never having to go hungry
*A reliable vehicle to drive

Scott works at a bank and every day in the past week he has had someone sitting in front of him telling him of the hard times they are going through. Some of them have children who are battling cancer, spouses who have died recently, jobs they have lost and have not been able to replace for months. The one thing that has stood out to me in the midsts of these stories is that so many of them end with them telling Scott that their spouse couldn't handle the stress so they walked out and left them and sometimes their children. This breaks my heart.

This made me realize how much I take for ganted. So for this reason I wanted to take a minute and let Scott know how much I appreciate him and how very special he is to me. Thank you Scott for all you do for our family. Thank you for going to work every day with a great attitude and for working so hard to make the money we need so that I can stay home with our kids. Thank you for loving me and the kids. My heart overflows when I watch you sword fighting with Caleb, or wrestling with them both, or watching you all snuggle together on the couch. I am so blessed to have a husband who loves me and would do anything for me, but also who loves our children. Thank you for being a godly example of what a husband and father should be.

I have to say that Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I love the time I get to spend with family. I love that it is a holiday of no expectations. There are no gifts to buy. It is just a time of simply being thankful.

I want to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving and tell you that I am thankful for you!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Just Thinking

So I was reading today in Philippians and a these verses really stood out to me. They are taken from chapter 1:

"Now I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel. As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ. Because of my chains, most of the brothers in the Lord have been encouraged to speak the word of God more courageously and fearlessly." (vs 12-14)

"For I know that through your prayers and the help given by the Spirit of Jesus Christ, what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance." (vs 19)

"For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe on Him, but also to suffer for Him..." (vs 29)

It just made me think that as Christians we experience so many trials. When we come out on the other side we are always good to thank the Lord for His faithfulness. I don't think I ever thought of it in the way that Paul says here in verse 12. That what we go through is not only to test us and refine us, but to also bring others to Christ. We are selfish to think that God puts us through trials for US, when it is possible that the only reason we go through something is so that someone else will see Christ through the situation and come to know Him.
Maybe I'm not making any sense. I have a hard time putting my thoughts into words...not the best thing for someone with a blog. :o} Anyway, I just thought I would share my thoughts.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Short Story

Makenzie's class is learning about the Digestive System in school. One of her assignments this week was to write a short story about it. I thought I would post her story because it was so funny. I will write it exactly as she wrote it...spelling and all.

Bait In Tummy!
"Hi! I am a dead...(PLEASE don't let me say that,) bait that is about to be eaten!...and thrown down the ride called, "digestive systym of doom!" and so right about now I am going through the mouth of doom. It is breaking me down into odd shaped things called crumbs and adding saliva to me. Now I am being thrown into the esophagus of doom. What's happening now is I am being sqeezed by huge muscles and getting close to the stomach. It kind of hurts, but I'll live. The next stop is the stomach of doom. Now I am floating around and they... (muscles) are squeezing me even MORE plus adding even more assids and saliva. But...the good thing is, I will come out and be able to swim again! Well back to the ride. Now I am going into the small intestines of doom. This, is the worst of them all!! I am now being separated from myself!! They are taking my favorite part of myself too! The nutrions is what is being took! It is being separated from the waste. Now I am out and in the Large intestines of doom. What is going on this very second is the large intestines are holding the waste of me...and I am screaming like crazy now. Oh my good-ness! Thanks good-ness this ride of doom is over! Thanks for listening! Goodbye!
By: Makenzie Plumley.
(She actually signed it like this at the end of her paper.)

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

What A Day

Scott had yesterday off from work so he and his dad decided to go fishing. Ok, sure, whatever. No big deal. He and his dad love to fish and they haven't been able to go in a long time. It was fine with me. Until Scott tells me that they have decided to go somewhere close by so that they can take Caleb with them! WHAT?!? Are you saying I get THE WHOLE DAY to MYSELF??? I was estatic! Scott took Kenz to school at 7:45 and then the boys left about 9:45. I was talking to a friend on the phone right after they left and I was practically giddy. I cannot remember the last time I have had time to myself. I went to Target...ALONE, went grocery shopping...ALONE, came home and put all the groceries away...ALONE, read my book for a little while...ALONE, then went to get my haircut...ALONE! At one point I turned on music, but then I decided I liked the quiet better. When I got home from getting my hair cut, everyone was home. I talked with Kenzie about school for a while (she had a pajama day and wanted to tell me all about it), then I asked Caleb if he had fun fishing with Daddy. He said he had fun, but that he didn't catch "a fish, a shark OR a duck"! I thought that was funny. Not sure why he thought he was going to catch a duck, but I have to admit that I am glad he didn't. After dinner I helped Kenz finish her Indian Village then we watched the Biggest Loser. All in all it was a pretty great day.

Monday, November 5, 2007

Curiosity Outweighs Fear

Last night Caleb was taking a bath and our cat found it all very fascinating. She spent the whole time walking in circles around the edge of the tub and pawing at the bubbles. I was waiting for her to fall in, but I guess her balance is better than I give her credit for.

Makenzie is learning about Indian Tribes in history and she has to make an Indian Village. She was outside collecting leaves and other things to use in her village and Caleb saw her through the window. When he asked me what she was doing I told him that she was collecting things for her project. He said he wanted to make a project too. So, I got him a bag and sent him outside to collect leaves. I told him if he collected a bunch of leaves then he could make a "project" with them. When he came back in I saw that not only had he collected the small, shriveled up leaves, but he had also picked some of the old tomatoes out of my garden! He was determined to add them to his "project". Here is what he created:

What a funny kid. The Indian Village is not yet finished, but I will post a picture of that when it is. And what kind of mother would I be if I didn't post pictures of the kids in their costumes? ;o)