Thursday, December 31, 2009


The idea to write this blog has been bouncing around in my head for quite a while but I guess I wasn't emotionally ready, until now.

My Pappaw had a wonderful life. He had many people who loved and respected him. Among them 2 children (my Daddy and his sister, Amanda), 8 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. What can I say? We're a bunch of breeders! However, this blog is not about his life but rather his death.

On October 2, 2009 my little sister Brittney called to tell me I need to get home to say goodbye. I was a bit in denial so I took my time and waited until the next morning. Truth is though; deep down I was very afraid I was going to be too late.

When I saw my Pappaw I was greatly appreciative for my sister's warning. That was not my Pappaw lying in the hospital bed in the back bedroom of his home. This man was frail and thin. My Pappaw always had an athletic build and was anything but frail. Unfortunately, this man was my Pappaw and he was slowly leaving us. He was actually out of it most of the time but he had moments of lucidity. During one of those moments I told him I loved him and got to hear him say he loved me one last time.

The next few days are still a blur. The hospice nurses were amazing and most of the family helped with Pappaw's care as well. And I must say I have never been prouder of my brothers. At a time when some would have found it easier to sit around feeling sorry for themselves, they (my 4 big brothers) stood up as men. I believe they all at some point had to help change the sheets or change his diaper. My Pappaw was in lots of pain at the end so this caused him great distress. Did I say how proud I was of my brothers? Because I really am! They were able to do these things, not because it was easy or because they have no hearts but because they all have hearts as big as Heaven itself and because the man in that bed was our Pappaw and he needed them!

On Monday, October 5th, Pappaw said his last words and they just happened to be to my youngest, Bridget. He saw her and said "You sure are a pretty little thing, I tell you what." I'll never forget that. That night, My Daddy and I decided to stay through the night and give my Pappaw his meds which at this point meant every hour because they were keeping him fully sedated. Every hour my Daddy and I would give Pappaw his medicine. I'd rub lip balm on Pappaw's lips and my Daddy and I would have a good cry. Every hour. It was an exhausting night. At 3 am my Daddy decided we'd wait until 5 am to give Pappaw more meds so that the 2 of us could get a couple of hours sleep.

At 4:45 am I woke up because I thought I heard someone walk into the den. No one was there and I suddenly had a very uneasy feeling. My plan had originally been to let my Daddy sleep but I suddenly felt as though I needed to wake him. We soon realized Pappaw was taking his last breaths. Mammaw and Amanda woke up, I called my sister and left to go pick her up. My Pappaw passed away before I even left the driveway in the presence of his wife of 62 years and his two children. The way it should have been.

Now, earlier I said I was proud of my brothers but what I'm about to tell you next amazes me still...

When the men from JA Funk Funeral Home were taking my Pappaw to the car they needed help. First, there were the steep front steps and then the completely saturated yard. Two of my brothers (Brian and Brad) stepped forward yet again. With not a complaint and no shed tears, until they closed the hearse. John Allan (my Mammaw's 1st cousin) was very impressed, as was I. My 2 brothers, my sister and myself stood in the driveway and watched as they drove my Pappaw away from his home for the last time on that rainy morning of October 6th.

Until we meet again, Pappaw.  You are missed and loved still.

Brice, Pappaw, Mammaw, Me, Brittney, Brian
Brant, Brad

Cory, Pappaw, Mammaw, Katherine, Me, Bridget, Kaydence, my Daddy

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Our Big Decision

We're going to homeschool! I know, I know, WHAT?! I want to start by stating that I do not have anything at all against public school. The schools in our town are actually great and when we bought our house we bought in this area for a reason. That being said, I feel God has been leading me in this direction for quite some time and I've been ignoring Him and telling him there's no way, no how that homeschooling is ever going to happen with me. Well, He continued to put the information out there, right in front of my face, and yet I continued to ignore Him. He got to be too much to ignore!

At first my thoughts were to go ahead and let Katherine start Kindergarten at public school in the fall but after prayers and discussion with my husband we've decided that if since this is something we are going to do we need to jump in and fully commit. Realize, when I say we I really mean me because my husband has his doubts but trusts God enough to step back. Of course, this was after I told him that he could argue with God all he wanted but I was done with that and thoroughly exhausted from it!

My main worry/concern is how to handle the nay-sayers and the negative comments. I mean, I really shouldn't care what others think but its human nature and I'm terrified! Now hear me clearly, I'm not getting ready to go out and buy denim jumpers or anything of the sort. I'll still be me just me HOMESCHOOLING! That is not a phrase I ever thought I'd see! Of course, like I told my hubby, I also said I'd never drive a minivan but I do and I love it. As people grow and mature they change. I guess I'm going through one of those changes right now.

I could use tons of prayers as we journey into the world of homeschooling and even more prayers as I face the world confident in my decision.


P.S.  I do want comments just remember, if you are ugly or disrespectful that will only reflect poorly on yourself.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Where does the time go?

Our Katherine turned 5 on November 29th!  We weren't going to do a friend party but at the last minute she decided she wanted to invited people so we managed to get 6 friends here.  I guess thats pretty good for last minute! LOL

Enough of my rambling, let's see pics!

The table

The Cake
(Definitely not my best work but it tasted good!)

A Birthday Call
(From Pop--My Daddy)

The Balloon

There are more pics but they are on the hubby's camera which is at work!


Monday, November 30, 2009


We had a great Thanksgiving and I hope you all did too!  Now because I was in Arkansas so much during October we decided to spending Thanksgiving at home and Christmas in Arkansas. Our Thanksgiving meal was YUMMY! 

The Menu

  • Cajun Turkey Breast (The turkey is always Cory's only job and he did an EXCELLENT job!)
  • Mammaw's Chicken n Dressing
  • Greenbean Casserole
  • Mashed Taters
  • Turkey Gravy
  • Rolls
  • Pumpkin Cheesecake
  • Pecan Pie

While everything cooked we watched the parade and the big girls made place mats (Bee was sleeping).  I used a cereal box and traced their hands to make turkeys.  Who hasn't made the infamous hand turkey??

Yes, Kaydence is usually half naked!  She lives freely!

As we ate we asked the girls what they were thankful for.  We got some cute answers but the best was Kaydence who said (with no prompting, I swear!) she was thankful for Jesus!  Too sweet!! LOVE HER!!

After we ate I made them put on the dresses I made for them!  And it lasted just long enough for me to snap a few pics before they were tearing them off and running upstairs to play.


Monday, November 23, 2009

Melanie's Cookin

Y'all, I love me some Paula Deen!  She cooks like I do (lots of butter and not always good for ya stuff) and talks like I do.  Well, ok, if we're being honest she has more of a Southern Belle accent and I have a Southern Redneck accent but only true southerners can tell the difference!  I DVR all of her Food Network shows Paula's Home Cooking (which I believe should be spelled Cookin' cause you know how we Southerners leave the G off the ends of words). 

A week or so ago she made a Pumpkin Cheesecake that I KNEW Cory would LOVE! So, I decided to make one for Thanksgiving instead of the standard pumpkin pie.  I'm actually making it, along with some cookies, for Katherine's "feast" at preschool on Tuesday.  I figured whatever is left Cory can have on Thursday since I'm also making my personal fave, pecan pie.

Now, just so everyone knows, I've never made a cheesecake before so this is a new adventure for me and I thought I'd share the experience through pictures. 



  • 1 3/4 cups graham cracker crumbs

  • 3 tablespoons light brown sugar

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 stick melted salted butter


  • 3 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, at room temperature

  • 1 (15-ounce) can pureed pumpkin

  • 3 eggs plus 1 egg yolk

  • 1/4 cup sour cream

  • 1 1/2 cups sugar

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1/8 teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg

  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

  • 2 tablespoon all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

For crust:

  • In medium bowl, combine crumbs, sugar and cinnamon. Add melted butter. Press down flat into a 9-inch springform pan. Set aside.

For filling:

  • Beat cream cheese until smooth. Add pumpkin puree, eggs, egg yolk, sour cream, sugar and the spices. Add flour and vanilla. Beat together until well combined.

  • Pour into crust. Spread out evenly and place oven for 1 hour. Remove from the oven and let sit for 15 minutes. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 4 hours.

Just a note, 1 hour is NOT enough.  90 minutes will do the trick.  And apparently you need a warm water bath when using a springform pan and baking a cheesecake to avoid cracks.  Who knew??

I just put it in the fridge, I think I may have to let the husband have a little taste tonight to see if it's edible! It's definitely not as pretty has Paula's but I hope it tastes as good!

I'll be putting Whipped Cream on top before I drop it off @ Katherine's school tomorrow so that will cover all the imperfections so I'm not really too concerned with the cracks!

I'll let ya know how it turns out!

Friday, November 20, 2009

A Homemade Christmas

A Homemade Christmas at

I found this awesome blog as I was googling today. I had decided a week or so ago that instead of spending lots of money on toys and nonsense the girls do NOT need that we were going to get them handmade special gifts.  I ordered them each a doll from my friend Melissa over at  Puddin Pop Designs but I'm having trouble coming up with other things to do for them.  I really want the true meaning of the season to be at the forefront of the holidays and not how many gifts they receive.  If you have any ideas for gifts let me know!


Thursday, November 19, 2009

I'm Sorry, So Sorry!

So my "blog a day" plan didn't work. Now you all know I'm perfectly imperfect. ;)  I'm apologizing now for my lack of ambition and because of that I've decided that if I just manage to blog once a week then I'm doing fabulously wonderful!

So what's been going on for the last oh, two months? 

In September I met my Mom, Seester, and my 3 sisters-in-law (J, D & B)in Memphis,Tn/Tunica, Ms for my Seester's 21st Birthday!  We called it Brittney's Boozin' Birthday (if her name had started with some other letter it wouldn't have been as great!).  There was not tons of boozin but it was her 21st so there was some drinking and tons of F.U.N. 

October nothing fabulous or wonderful happened.  My Pappaw went to be with Jesus on the 6th so the girls and I spent most of the month in Arkansas which was great.  I really miss my family but I HEART Tennessee and don't really want to leave.  For the one week we were in Tn between trips to AR I managed to be sick with strep, an ear infection and laryngitis.  Yay, ME!

In more recent news, I made a cleaning schedule and I'm sticking to it! My laundry has been getting washed and put away immediately and I start the dishwasher when I go to bed and put them away in the morning while the girls eat breakfast.  I dusted for I believe the first time since we moved into our house (March 09) too!  It has actually been a nice change and my weekends are so much better because we don't spend them putting away piles of laundry and cleaning what didn't get done during the week.  And it has actually been liberating for me.  Before, I spent most days feeling overwhelmed because I knew there was stuff that needed to be done but I just did not know where to start.  And for those you don't know, when I get in that situation I completely shut down and its difficult for me to function.  So this is quite the change and I can honestly say I enjoy cleaning now!

I started sewing last weekend.  Before Saturday I had never sewn anything but a few crooked pillows and by the end of the weekend I had made 4 pillowcase dresses!  I made a Thanksgiving dress for each of my girls and since i was having so much fun and had extra fabric I made one for my 'so-cute-you-want-to-eat her-face neice Victoria! 

We will be spending Thanksgiving in Tennessee since I spent so much of October in Arkansas so I'll be adding Thanksgiving dinner to my list of chores for next week.  I love this time of year and I have a lot to be thankful for this year. 

Until next time, LOVES!

Brittney's Boozin' Birthday!-Hard Rock Cafe Memphis

Thanksgiving 2008--Our last Thanksgiving with Pappaw

KK & Kat playing in the leaves

Bee up close

KK's dress Mommy made! It IS sideways so either tilt your head or flip your computer ;)

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Tidy Tuesday--Laundry

Laundry Rule #1---NO clean laundry may enter your bedroom unless it is folded and put away. This will cut down on the piles of laundry covering every available space in your bedroom!
Laundry Rule #2---Get a hamper in your bedroom and immediately put dirty clothes where they belong.

I don't know about you guys but this tip could not come at a more opportune time for me as my bed is piled high with clean clothes! I hate laundry, I mean passionately HATE it. I generally try to avoid it until my husband tells me he needs clean underwear. This is why I chose not to cloth diaper, my "Just Say 'NO'!" to more laundry philosophy. But, tonight while I watch Big Brother 11 (please evict Michelle, Kevin...seriously!) I am going to fold and put away laundry!

Happy Cleaning!!

Manic Monday...on Tuesday

So, I'm already off to a poor start on my daily themed blogs! But I have a very good excuse this time, yesterday was a holiday and Cory was home. When he's home all schedules break down and we fly by the seat of our pants, not good for someone who does not function without at least some order but we survived. And as a result you get TWO new blogs to read today. I don't want to get too far behind!

Our weekend wasn't fun. Just a soccer game on Saturday and Cory power washed the driveway but you don't want to see or hear about that so I decided to steal my little sister's weekend and post about that instead. Thanks, Britt, for leading an occasionally exciting life! ;)

Saturday was the first Arkansas Razorback football game of the season. The game was at 6 pm and the family started tailgating around 9:30 am. These are good times and it is on these occasions that I ache to live closer to home, but only a little! I'll let the pics speak for themselves and leave you with one last thing...


Friday, September 4, 2009

Finally Friday

What a week we had! Katherine had a great first week of school and I could not be a prouder Mama! My house looks like a bomb exploded so I'll be busy the rest of the day cleaning and doing laundry so I don't have to worry about my trashed house this weekend. Katherine has her 2nd soccer game tomorrow. I think I'm becoming a better "Soccer Mom" too. I wasn't sure I was cut out to be a sports mom but I think I'm going to like it!

I realize I've been a bad blogger so I decided today that instead of trying to come up with updates everyday to post I'm going to have a different theme for each day of the week. So now I won't just stare at a blank screen and have a panic attack wondering what to write! If I have family updates then they will be a seperate post. So now my 2 loyal readers will have something new to read everyday! ;) This is still going to be a blog to keep our family and friends updated on us and the girls too so expect to see lots of pics of my wacky children!

Manic Monday-Weekend Wrap up and Weekly Overview
Tidy Tuesday-Cleaning Tips/Organizational Tips (This is more for me than for anyone else! If I'm not organized I get overwhelmed and can't function so hopefully this will help!)
Way-Back Wednesday-Old pics of me/Cory/the girls--This should be fun for kids of all ages!
Thursday Treats-New recipes I've tried...especially SWEET treats! I love to bake and this will give me an excuse to do so.
Finally Friday-Weekly updates, pics of the girls, pics of the girls' projects (especially Katherine's school work)

I'm looking forward to being a better blogger! And please leave comments, I feel like a loser when I don't get comments! :)

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Katherine's 1st Day of Preschool

Katherine started Tuesday/Thursday School today. She was excited. When we got there she gave me a hug and kiss and that was it. I'm not even sure she knew-or cared-that we were gone! The first thing she said to me when she got in the van this afternoon was "I can't wait until Thursday." So, she had a great day!

Kaydence started out ok. She wanted to take her 'packpack' too but then wouldn't tell Katherine bye. When we got home she was kind of mopey and pouty. When I asked her what was wrong she would say " I miss my Katherine." (All together...Awwwwwwww!) It was pitiful. She didn't even eat her lunch. Poor thing. I think she'll get used to it and eventually will be glad to see Katherine go! Once she realizes that when Bridget naps she gets Mommy to herself she'll LOVE it!

Bridget was great today. We dropped Katherine off and went to Publix where Kay and Bee were both GREAT! When we got home Bridget went straight to bed and slept until 12:30. By the time she ate lunch it was nearly time to go get Katherine.

Overall, I had a pretty good day. I miss my big girl but it was a lot quieter around here without her making Kaydence scream all day! Yay for Tuesday/Thursday School---Bring on Kindergarten!! ;)

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