Straight From the Pits of Dwell

Let the words of Christ dwell in you richly...Colossians 3:16

Friday, October 31, 2008

Trick-or-Treating at its best

So this year we did something a little bit different for the night of Halloween. Our neighborhood put together a hayride for the kids. And boy were there a lot of KIDS! I think the last head count I heard was 61. Of course it ended up that not all the kids were from our neighborhood, but they were welcome to hitch a ride anyway! ;-) The hayride stopped at each intersection of our neighborhood (which I think there are 4-5) and it took 2 hours to get through it all. If you are familiar with our neighborhood, you know that can't possibly be accurate, right? Wrong! If you saw us get all those kids on and off the trailer with their oh so precious costumes on, you would understand! It was crazy. By the end of the night both Reese & Mason were asking "Is this the last house yet????" in their most whiney voices. Note to self: next stop the trick-or-treating experience while it is still exciting!

Bob the Tomato from VeggiTales and Cinderella

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Twas the Night Before Halloween

Although Halloween isn't my very most favorite holiday of the year, it does have a bit of nostalgia for me. I have so many great memories of Halloween night in the old "hood" on Saralyn Drive where I grew up. Everything from dressing up as a colored hobo (nice one, mom), to rescueing "kitty" who later went through the remaining 8 lives she had left after that night (thanks Justin!), to the yearly tradition of gourging on "Witches Brew", i.e. Vegetable Beef Stew. And who could forget the annual super scary Jaycee Haunted House? Memories of egging people, getting egged, toilet papering, bottle rocket wars at Bagby Park and dumping dish soap in the fountains at the museum. Remember that night, Hollie & Dawn? Wasn't there some incident with Adam, oh what's his last name? One of you will remember before I have time to bust out the Class of '94 yearbook. I believe there was a set of handcuffs involved before it was all said & done. Good times. Pretty sure he took one for the team on that one. Anyway, we started our own tradition of carving pumpkins the night before Halloween and enjoying a nice bowl of Witches Brew. The kids had fun and everyone was covered in pumpkin guts before the night was over. Memories...ah the memories...

Reese & Mase using spoons to gut the pumpkins.

Oops. I think Mase got a little taste of pumpkin insides. Yummy.

Reese wasn't so sure about removing the slimy guts inside.

Jeff was brave and let Reese take a stab at using the ever so sharp pumpkin carving AXE on her own. Yikes.

Jeff thought it would be humorous to start a pumpkin gut war. Notice the orange goop in her hair. Guess who got to wash that out later????

Nice shot little one. Nice shot.

Reese chasing Jeff with a big handful of pumpkin guts. She just had to get the last punch...not sure where she gets that one from. eh hmm...

This is Reese's finished product. Not bad for a first timer!

Mason is trying to scare his jack-o-lantern back.

Leaves! They are a fallin'.

This is a nice action shot of Reese. Too bad I didn't have my camera programmed for "action shot". Sure am glad they made that function.

Jeff got ambitious and decided to rake some leaves in the side yard the other day. I'm not sure if he did it to actually clean up the yard or just provide some good crunchy outdoor fun for the kids! Either way, they had a blast and the leaves were all cleaned up...until the next day when twice as many fell...and then twice as many the next day...and on and on and on. We have been overtaken by LEAVES at our house! Thank you Lord, for the trees. Amen.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Jeff & the kids looking for UFO's...I mean, the Big Dipper.

Nothing fits better with a cool, fall evening than a little backyard wrestling!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Life is Short

Give your loved ones a hug this morning. We were reminded this weekend by the loss of a friend that life is short and you never know if you have one day, one week, or one year left on this earth. My wise friend from church, Mrs. Wanda, reminded me just last week that I better be ready for the day the Lord comes to get me because in her words, "There ain't no time to pack!" I love that. Are you ready?

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Our exotic day

We had a fun trip to Fossil Rim today. The weather was perfect for it - I think the highs today were around 67. I was lovin' it! I love days like this when there is nothing on our agenda except to HAVE FUN! The kids enjoyed it so much.

Reese's friend, Aubrey, was able to join us. There was a lot of giggling going on between these two girlies!

Mason enjoyed feeding the giraffes more than anyone. He had no fear!

This guy was a little too close for comfort and I'm pretty sure he's the one that snotted up something nice & green on my leg. Yummy...won't be wearing those pants to church tonight.

Monday, October 20, 2008

OSU Weekend

We had such a fun weekend full of orange & black - not because of Halloween, but because of Homecoming at OSU! I forget how many people there are in this world who actually LOVE OSU as much as we do until I go back for a weekend like that. There was orange everywhere you turned. It was awesome! We felt right at home just like always. We had the chance to run into several friends from college and were able to meet their spouses & children, which was definitely the highlight from the trip.

Aunt Sis and Grandiddy, Mimi & Grandad and Jeff & the kids and I were able to spend the weekend at Uncle Benji's house in Ponca City which was wonderful. Lots of good food and memories all weekend long! Now if the Pokes can just surprise Texas this weekend with a big win we'll be 8-0! GO COWBOYS!!

Saturday, October 11, 2008


A night to remember

You know how they say all little girls dream about their wedding day from the time they are little bitty until that day actually arrives? is SO TRUE! Last night when I was tucking Reese into bed we were talking about this little boy, Lane, who she says is her boyfriend. She said, "Mommy, I'm going to have a wedding. I'm going to have a pretty dress and Mommy...can I wear high heels???" It was the sweetest thing I had ever heard. And as soon as she said it, I realized we had just made a precious memory. I said, "Of course, Reese! You can absolutely wear high heels!" Then she said, "Maybe I'll wear my slippers, or maybe my tennis shoes!" Then we just started giggling about how funny her pink tennis shoes would look with her pretty wedding dress. I came out to the living room and told her Daddy, well..our little girl is already dreaming of her big day! When I explained, he looked like a ton of bricks hit him. Makes me think of that song Butterfly Kisses, which by the way, I heard this past week and balled! Man, that one is a toughie. I only got emotional because I knew my own dad had listened to it the week before and mom said before the first few words started on the song, he was already crying. There is something so special, so irreplaceable about that daughter/daddy relationship. Priceless.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Rainy Days

We actually got some rain yesterday and last night. It was wonderful! Now we have nice cool temps, which if you know me at all, makes me a very happy girl. Monday morning we didn't have to go anywhere (which is rare) so the kids wanted to play in the "mud peddles" as Reese calls them. Off they went jumping and bouncing and having fun. The thunderstorms started again last night right before bedtime, so BOTH kids got to sleep with me - Jeff was out west. We have rules at our house about them sleeping in our bed, and they are:

#1) they must be sick OR
#2) it has to be thundering.

Reese was quick to point out the thunder when she heard the slightest rumble. It used to be just Reese that was scared of thunder, but Mason will join in on any excuse to sleep with me, so he got to snuggle up too. Surprisingly, we all got a good night's rest! There is nothing better than waking up to your warm, snuggly kiddos in the morning. Oh, except for waking up next to you, Jeff, of course! ;-) hee hee!

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Fun Times

What a fun weekend! First of all, our beloved Yellowjackets beat Mansfield Timberview, which was supposedly going to be our toughest game this season. GO JACKETS and good job Coach Gillespie! THEN...our Cowboys remain undefeated after whoopin' up on the Aggies 56-28. It doesn't get much better than that. Oooohh..that just reminded me...Jeff & I need to get our tickets to the OSU Homecoming game on the 18th. Jeeeefffff...where are you????? Mimi and Grandad have thankfully offered to keep the kiddos during the game so Jeff & I can enjoy it together. We get to stay in Ponca City at Uncle Benji's and I'm expecting some good down home cookin' from him. Not only that, but Aunt Sis and Grandiddy will be there all weekend too so we can all catch up! So fun & something to look forward to.

Saturday night we had a fun time eating dinner and catching up with our friends Robyn & Tanner and Traca & Brodie and all the kids. It was a great time, but no doubt the house looked like a tornado after 6 kids all under the age of 5 pretty much had free reign to play for a couple hours. It was SO worth it! Of course Traca, Robyn & I snuck away for a little girl time and peaceful conversation on the back porch for a little bit while the guys cleaned up dinner and supervised inside. (Can you believe we did that to them?????!!!) It's always nice to hash out all the high & low points of motherhood with your bestest buds. We missed you, Ashley & Rachel!

We had an awesome sunday school & church service this morning, then naps for all this afternoon. Blessings all around!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Girls Trip

Here is a picture from my latest adventure - a GIRLS ONLY trip to Destin, FL! I went with 4 of my girlfriends who are all from Stephenville and each of us have 2 kids the same age - within a few months - of Reese & Mason. We definitely all could use a few days away to relax on the beach. We had the most amazing time and decided this will be an annual trip for us. I cannot tell you how much we laughed, cried and laughed some more. It was enough to revitalize me for at least the next year. We're already counting the days until we get to go back!