It’s All About The Princess

“Kid’s Play…It’s all about the Princess!!” =-)

Our neighbor Keon came over to play w/ the kids. They have such a great time playing together, just using their imaginations. (I’m thinking Sarah came up w/ this idea, but the boys played along! 😉 )

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These dudes are serious about protecting the princess!! =-)

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Keon looks cool in this photo, huh?! Just look at that focus! 🙂

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Ooh, Kerry looks kinda mean, huh?! He’s very serious…and tough, of course!

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A-h-h…Sarah, the princess. Yep, she’s lovin’ it!! 🙂
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Memories…

…for Mother’s Day…

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I’ve been reminiscing this morning…looking through some old blog posts from 1-2 yrs. back. I found a few quotes from my kids that I thought I’d share again. I’m glad I posted these, ’cause they sure do bring back memories…

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**Originally posted on

–My son has really been acting out the last couple of days. (I think Kerry assumes he can get away with more, and he’s mad that Daddy is not here.) Anyway, I’ve had to “crack down” on him. Sunday night, the kids and I had the following dialogue :

“You’re S-O-O-O mean!” exclaimed Kerry.

Apparently, I’m not mean enough!” I maturely quipped back. ;-)

Sarah suddenly exclaimed, “No Mommy, please don’t get any meaner!!” -D

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**From my Sarah Beth, over a yr. ago:

–Sarah had gotten upset about something and wanted me to hold her. So, I sat down with her in the old recliner. After a few minutes, I told Sarah I had to get up, because I had a lot of things to do.

Just a few more seconds,pleaded Sarah. Oh, Mommy, sometimes I miss the ‘baby days.” -D

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**Some of Kerry’s one-liners from about 2 yrs. ago:

–”Don’t give me a bath, Mommy!” protests Kerry. “I don’t need one. I don’t stink bad, I stink good!”

–”Do you want to wear your rain boots today, Kerry?” I ask. “NO!” he says. “I want to wear my sunny boots!”

–At dinner one night, Kerry says, “I love your hamburgers, Mommy…even the black part!”

–”I’m mad at you, Mommy!” Kerry exclaims. “And you’re getting fired!”

–(One) morning, little Kerry says to me, “Good Morning, My Happiness!”

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** Originally posted on

–Last night, when I was putting Kerry to bed, his words brought tears to my eyes. …And no, surprisingly this time, the tears weren’t from hilarious laughter. You see, Kerry has more than one way of “getting to” Mommy…

Kerry looked up at me so sweetly and said, “You’re the mommy I should have.”

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**********Happy Mother’s Day!!************

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Five years…

…Yes, almost five years ago, my son was born, and once again my life was changed forever. Tomorrow is my little Kerry’s birthday. He was born at 10:31 p.m. on September 25th, 2003 (only 25 hours after my water broke!). He had a very rough beginning…

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When Kerry was born, he was unresponsive, limp, and gray. While witnessing the frightened look on the doctor’s face, my husband held back the tears. Baby Kerry was promptly whisked out of the room, as the doctor went out to call the pediatrician. The next time I saw little Kerry, he was attached to all kinds of tubes. His face was covered with some sort of breathing apparatus, and he was hooked up to a couple different IVs and monitors.

The next thing I knew, my son was being transported to another hospital. I was told not to worry, yet how was that entirely possible? However, I thank the Lord for the special peace He gave me, as my husband and I prayed with my father-in-law. Even though things looked pretty bleak, I knew that Kerry would be alright (God assured me in my heart).

Although God had given me peace, things were still incredibly difficult. I cried when I couldn’t be with little Kerry. I cried when I couldn’t hold him. Scott and I both felt so helpless and confused at the fact that our baby couldn’t eat on his own at first. I remember thinking that it didn’t make sense to me, because all babies are born knowing how to eat. However, little Kerry was so weak and exhausted that all he wanted to do was sleep. In fact, every night at the hospital, Scott and I took turns force-feeding our little baby. Around the clock, Scott and I would feed Baby Kerry tiny amounts of formula. It was painful to have to make him stay awake to eat, but obviously, we had no choice.

However, it wasn’t long before Kerry showed his fighting spirit! Within the first week, Kerry improved so much that we were able to take him home. Then, after another week or two, Kerry was off of the special light for jaundice. Today, one would never know what a rocky beginning little Kerry had. I am so thankful to God!

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I just never imagined such difficulties with little Kerry’s birth. Of course, as it turns out, Kerry has been unpredictable to me ever since! When he was really little, I never knew what wild, adventurous thing he might try next. Little Kerry showed me right away that he had a mind of his own, and he still keeps me on my toes! He’s independent, head-strong, clever, determined, creative, and just a wee-bit mischievous. (O.k., not just a wee-bit…more like EXTREMELY mischievous!)

Kerry’s also a sweet boy, who loves to give me flowers. He loves his family very much, and he doesn’t like to be separated from any of us. Kerry often expresses how much he enjoys having us all together. When he was really little, he would cry for his daddy when Scott was at work. Even now, Kerry still tells me how much he misses Daddy during the day.

He also loves to snuggle with me before bed-time. In fact, he looks forward to our special time every night. Around 8:00 p.m., he usually announces, “Mommy, it’s our snuggling time!” I’ll sit down in the old, worn recliner, and he jumps up and wiggles his little backside right into place. He pulls a blanket up over us, lays his head on my shoulder, and holds my hand.

Kerry also not only looks up to and admires his sister Sarah, but he just adores her. He misses her so much whenever she goes anywhere without him. There’s no one he’d rather play with, and no one’s opinion means more!

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As I mentioned earlier, Kerry is mischievous and unpredictable. He’s also very sneaky and curious; all of which can be a scary combination! -D Quite often, even when he’s not doing something dangerous, he’s still challenging the rules. I learned early on to quickly check on Kerry when he suddenly disappeared. (He’s always been very good at sneaking off.) So many times, I’ve felt my heart leap up into my throat out of fear for my little boy! He’s also very good at hiding, and he has a special knack for finding small, inconspicuous places.

Kerry also just seems to enjoy finding unique places to sit and relax, which can sometimes actually be amusing. The places he chooses are interesting to me and have often surprised me. Below are a few pics to show you what I mean:

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Kerry in the sink…

…In the laundry basket…

…In the dog kennel:

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*(Other places not pictured include: inside the dryer, kitchen cabinets, and the clothes hamper.) -D

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Kerry is also VERY observant. He definitely watches EVERYTHING we do or say. Nothing seems to escape his notice; he is even very discerning of true attitudes, motivations, etc. Therefore, Scott and I better be particularly careful about our actions!

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So, whenever I hear the song “Watching You” by Rodney Atkins, I just can’t help but think of my little Kerry. I also think of Kerry and his daddy, because he is such a “Daddy’s boy.” (Scott’s not perfect, though he loves to claim otherwise! -D However, thankfully, he doesn’t have a habit of saying four-letter words! Oh, and also, by the way, Kerry LOVES chicken nugget Happy Meals! Just check out these lyrics:)

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Watching You

Artist: Rodney Atkins

Drivin’ through town just my boy and me
With a Happy Meal in his booster seat
Knowin’ that he couldn’t have the toy ‘til his nuggets were gone.
A green traffic light turned straight to red
I hit my brakes and mumbled under my breath.
His fries went a flyin’, and his orange drink covered his lap
Well, then my four year old said a four letter word
It started with “S” and I was concerned
So I said, “Son, now where’d you learn to talk like that?”

Chorus:
He said, “I’ve been watching you, dad ain’t that cool?
I’m your buckaroo, I wanna be like you.
And eat all my food and grow as tall as you are.
We got cowboy boots and camo pants
Yeah, we’re just alike, hey, ain’t we dad?
I want to do everything you do.
So I’ve been watching you.”

We got back home and I went to the barn
I bowed my head and I prayed real hard
Said, “Lord, please help me help my stupid self.”
Just this side of bedtime later that night
Turnin’ on my son’s Scooby-Doo night-light.
He crawled out of bed and he got down on his knees.
He closed his little eyes, folded his little hands
Spoke to God like he was talkin’ to a friend.
And I said, “Son, now where’d you learn to pray like that?”

Chorus:
He said, “I’ve been watching you, dad ain’t that cool?
I’m your buckaroo, I want to be like you.
And eat all my food and grow as tall as you are.
We like fixin’ things and holding Momma’s hand
Yeah, we’re just alike, hey, ain’t we dad?
I want to do everything you do; so I’ve been watching you”

With tears in my eyes I wrapped him in a hug.
Said, “My little bear is growin’ up.”
And he said, “But when I’m big I’ll still know what to do.”

“‘Cause I’ve been watching you, dad ain’t that cool?
I’m your buckaroo, I want to be like you.
And eat all my food and grow as tall as you are.
By then I’ll be strong as superman
We’ll be just alike, hey, won’t we dad
When I can do everything you do.
‘cause I’ve been watchin’ you.”
hey yeah
uh huh

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**Note: You may listen to the above song here.

**P.S.: Like I stated earlier, Scott and I both have to be careful of our actions! I don’t know if Scott’s prayed that exact prayer, “Lord please help me help my stupid self,” but I sure have!

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To my little Kerry, I just want to say:

I love you very, very much!! Happy Birthday, Kerry!!

What’s He Saying Now?

What can I say? My 4 yr. old son just has a way with words. I haven’t shared any of his humorous comments lately, so here’s a few:

Kerry asks me, “Mommy, why do you have white hairs?”

I say, “I’ve told you, it’s because I’m getting older.”

“How old are you anyway?” Kerry implores.

“36,” I simply reply.

Kerry sadly shakes his head, gives me a sympathetic look, and says: “Mmmm…too bad.”

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One night little Kerry was telling me about one of his bad dreams which involved bears…

“You don’t have to worry about bears,” I simply said. “Anyway, they don’t live right around here.” I continued.

“But don’t they live in N.C.?” asked Kerry.

“Yeah, but they live more in the mountains,” I said (not totally knowing this to be true, but not knowing it not to be true, and of course hoping for it to be true!! -D )

Kerry studied me for a moment and sat still while contemplating the matter. Seeming quite concerned, he suddenly responded, “But…what if they run away from home?!

“Hmmm,” I thought to myself…”Yep, once again, I don’t have an answer for that one!” (This happens to me a lot when trying to respond to little Kerry’s interesting questions and comments!)

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Once again, Kerry was discussing my “white hairs” with me. {Yes, having children has definitely helped me with putting aside vanity and obsession with appearance! Especially, when it comes to cute little Kerry and his mostly innocent yet blatant comments and questions! When he’s not imploring about my white hair or age, he likes to comment on my fat and flab or do “connect-the-dots” with my newest break-out of zits. (Yes, I didn’t know white hair, wrinkles, and zits had any relation either…it’s like my body is in a state of confusion about being young or getting older…but, that’s a whole other topic! ;-) ) }

Annnnyway…..so Kerry was still asking about my white hair and sounding a little concerned…

“What about when I’m totally white-headed?” I asked.

N-o-o-o, I like you like you are now MORE!” Kerry cried. “I don’t want that to happen to you, Mommy!” he exclaimed (as if that was the worse thing that could ever happen to me!).

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One day, my mom was keeping the kids while I went to the dentist. Mom noticed Kerry squirming and dancing around like he needed to use the restroom…

“Kerry, do you need to go to the bathroom?” Mom asked.

Without missing a beat, my “little charmer” quickly replied, “No, Grandma…when you come over, I just do a little dance, ’cause I’m so happy to see you!!”

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One afternoon, Kerry was with Daddy, coming out of the store. He saw a police car and waved…

With a little frown, he turned and said to Daddy, “Too bad that wasn’t a police WOMAN.” ;-)

Backyard Summer Fun

Backyard Summer Fun–Wordless Wednesday (July 16th):

The kids have a couple of ways…to cool off during these HOT summer days. Below are some pics of one of them. It’s amazing what fun these kids can have on a $4 Slip & Slide! (I got it on an out-of-season sale last year!)

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Do You Know How To Smile…

…or do you have to practice?!

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Well, today’s been a tad frustrating, but what can I say? It’s just been one of those Mondays! You see, I had several family administrative-type things and domestic chores I was trying to get done today, but the kids had other ideas. Some days they do well with entertaining themselves some, especially when their cousin Rachel comes over. However, even though their cousin was here, today was not one of those days!

Anyway, instead of “going with the flow” today, I found myself constantly trying to swim up-steam. Inevitably, I let myself get very frustrated and stressed out. In fact, while I was cleaning up after dinner tonight, I realized that I had hardly even smiled today!

So, suddenly I broke out in a huge, forced smile (remembering things I’ve read about purposely smiling when one has had a stressful day). I didn’t realize anyone else had seen me, until my little Kerry broke my train of thought…

“Mommy, what are you doing…why are you smiling like that?” Kerry asked.

“Oh…I’m practicing smiling,” I replied.

“Well, I already know how to smile,” Kerry confidently replied. “You wanna see?” He asked, (as the goofiest, cutest, biggest smile spread across his little face).

Well, I guess little Kerry showed me! Some folk already know how to smile. They don’t need to practice! )

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P.S. Have you smiled today? )

So Many Things To Post…

…and so little time! Sometimes it seems as if I have nothing to blog about, while at other times, I may have several ideas brewing, but can’t find the time to complete them! This week is certainly busy. Our church is having Vacation Bible School, and the kids are having a blast! All the kids are very excited, and they’re learning a lot. What I like most about this year’s VBS is that the kids seem to be taking more away from the classes, and they’re applying it too! The title of this year’s VBS is “Power Lab–Discovering Jesus’ Miraculous Power.”

Well, I was just getting ready to give you more details about our VBS, when I realized that my daughter has already given a great description on her blog!  Yep, on her own, Sarah has written an awesome, little summary.  You may view her post here.