Monday, May 31, 2010

Lights, Camera, Action

Some of my favorite movies...not in any particular order.

  American President
  Moulin Rouge
  While You Were Sleeping
  Ever After
  Fools Rush In
  Die Hard
  Independence Day
  Saving Private Ryan
  Tommy Boy
 Meet the Robinson's
Last of the Mohicans

Meet the Robinson's made me cry, Ever After fulfilled the fairytale ending every girl wants, Fools Rush In is a true love story, While You Were Sleeping shows that dreams really do come ways that you never expected, American President is strong and gentle, Moulin Rouge is dark and dreamy at the same time, Independence Day kept me happy for days and days without cable when we first moved to College Station...and I just really like it, Tommy Boy...enough said...hahahaha, Saving Private Ryan reminds me of what's important, Die Hard was just super cool, and Last of the Mohicans was beautiful, sad, powerful, musically stunning and made me fall in love with the name Cora.

Friday, May 28, 2010

I "heart" Country Music

When I was elementary/early junior high age, I didn't care for Country music at all.  I would never listen to it on the radio...never, ever!  I thought it was silly, though I'm not sure why.  I think the "twang" of it was annoying to me.
But, as I got older, so many of my friends listened to it. Everyone wanted to listen to Country music when we had sleep overs or when we were just hanging out at each others houses. 

One morning I decided to give it a try, and turned my radio on to the local Country radio station and listened while I was getting ready for school.  I just couldn't get into was just too "country sounding".  The next morning, I turned on the radio and jumped in the shower.  UGH...I had forgotten to change the station and had to endure the Country music for the duration of my shower (which according to the screams of my parents to "get out of the shower", was at least half an hour!!).  And then I heard it...the most Country song of them all. It had all that country "twang"...everything I hated about the music.  This song was about as Country as you can get and I LOVED IT.  I really, really loved it.  I found myself  listening all the time just to hear "this" song.  Of course, I discovered that I liked so many songs and the more "country sounding" the better. (Digging Up Bones, by Randy Travis, was also one of my first favorites...and that's real country!)

So thanks to "this" song, I've been hooked ever since! 

Fishing in the Dark
Lazy yellow moon coming up tonight
Shining through the trees
Crickets are singing
And the lightning bugs are floating on the breeze
Baby get ready

Across the field where the creek turns back
By the old stump road
I'm going to take you to a special place
That nobody knows
Baby get ready
Ooo ooo ooo

You and me going fishing in the dark
Lying on our backs and counting the stars
Where the cool grass grows
Down by the river in the full moon light
We’ll be falling in love in the middle of the night
Just moving slow
Staying the whole night through
Feels so good to be with you

Spring is almost over and the summers comin
The days are getting long
Waited all winter for the time to be right
Just to take you along
Baby get ready

And it don’t matter if we sit forever
And the fish don’t bite
Jump in the river and cool ourselves
from the heat of the night
Baby get ready
Ooo ooo ooo

You and me going fishin in the dark
Lying on our backs and counting the stars
Where the cool grass grows
Down by the river in the full moon light
We’ll be falling in love in the middle of the night
Just moving slow
Staying the whole night through
Feels so good to be with you

Thursday, May 27, 2010


The park is always so much fun, but sharing it with a friend is even better!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

I Want S'more!!

Who doesn't like S'mores?  Well...I'm not a huge fan, unless the marshmallows have been blackened over a campfire. ;)  But in general, most people love them.  And I have found two boys that think they are the best thing EVER!

Three little ingredients = Two happy boys

Sticky faces and sticky fingers!  Notice their faces and then their napkins...funny!

You can't get much cuter than this!

Until next time...

Monday, May 24, 2010

The Weekend Update

 It appears that something I wrote was terribly, and totally misunderstood.  I hope not everyone took it that way.  If you don't know what I'm talking about, then GOOD!  I changed it and we can all move on! :)

As I woke up this morning, all I wanted was to be back at my mother-in-law's house hanging out by the pool with the kids.  It was nice watching the kids play with their daddy and Aunt Lisa.  Nate had the best time and he deserved it.  You see, late Saturday morning began the long, and painful torture of Nate Trenary (and parents).  We (smart parents that we are) took Nate on a boat for a 3 hour wedding and celebration.  The wedding was lovely, and Bryan and Sonyia looked like the happiest people alive!  On the other hand, Nate looked like a little crazy person and Randy and I looked like two sweaty, exhausted parents. Ha!  Who would ask a feisty 2 year old to behave in a small space, with nothing to do, without a nap for hours and hours...that would be US!  As you can see, we didn't think it all.  So after an "almost" fall down the stairs, an outburst during the ceremony, fits being thrown in front of everyone, refusing to eat, peeing all in my shoes, on my dress, and his pants, we made it out alive!  Nate was asleep in the car before we even left the parking lot!

But, things turned out just fine.  Once the boys were back at their MeMe's house swimming, all was good.  Zachary stayed under the water most of the time, while Nate finally decided to get in the pool!  He loved it and kicked all around for hours.  In the evening, Zachary got to watch Monsters vs Aliens 3D on his Poppy's new TV.  The effects were so cool. :)

It turned out to be a nice weekend.  Now back to reality :) But Z will be out of school soon, and I'm looking forward to the freedom that summer will provide!

Why are they doing this to me?

Randy and Nate at the back of the boat after having to leave the ceremony.

Zachary had a good time!

Finally...some fun!

This is the first time Nate has actually enjoyed the pool. ;)

Zachary in his element!


Go, Nate, Go


The boys making pancakes with MeMe.

Nate was loving it!

Thursday, May 20, 2010


There's nothing like thinking your 2 year old has taken to potty training so easily, to only discover that the honeymoon is OVER!  Today for instance, he has wet his pants over and over again all day.  The only time he went in the potty was when were out running errands.  I guess we will be going back to taking him to the restroom every 20 to 30 exception!  It is just so frustrating. I feel like I am constantly cleaning up puddles and washing clothes. Not to mention, when he does "make it" to the potty he seems to spray all over the toilet, bathroom floors, name it and he has "hit" it! 

His behavior has also gone down hill this week...why me???  Nate has been hitting me quite a bit.  And NO, I don't allow it, I don't stand for it, and YES, he is punished.  He is hard headed and very stubborn...the strong willed child.  He usually starts hitting when he is being put into his car-seat.  He wants to get in by himself, which is fine, but he also "wants" to explore anywhere and everywhere in the car before getting in his seat.  And he doesn't like to be told "no"!  So, when he is asked to get into his seat and doesn't comply, I have to "help" him.  That's when he gets sooo ugly.  Deep breath...this too shall pass.

You know, I used to think that Zachary didn't throw fits in public because I wouldn't allow it.  I used to think that he never hit or tried to bite me because I wouldn't allow it.  I used to think that he did what he wad told, because that is what I expected.  Guess I used to think that he did so well because I was a good parent.  Boy has Nate taught me a thing or two. :)   Kids are people too...guess I had forgotten that.  They have their own personalities...some are more likely to rebel, throw fits , question authority and on and on.  Others are more likely to "go with the flow", do what is expected and not ask too many questions.  It is what it is!! 

I think the earlier you "know" your child, the sooner you can begin parenting them in the way that best fits their own individual needs.  So I know Nate is going to challenge me, it is my job to be consistent and to discipline in a way that will teach him what is expected, as well as what he will need to know for the future.  He will rebel, but he will learn what is right and that will one day pay off...right?  

But for today, I'm just breathing deep and counting to ten.  1...2...3...4...5...6.......

Yes...this is a fit!!  You might have even seen this one if you were at the PC Carnival. ;)
Love you Nate!!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

The Path

The Path

falling away
floating, flipping, flying through life
wondering where to go, what to see, how to find
to find that dream
the dream that lives inside
burning day and night
a light that shines more than others
bright, brighter, brightest
falling away

Monday, May 17, 2010

Monday Munchie

Got the munchies?  No?  You must be crazy...I always have the munchies.
A comfy couch + bad TV + something to munch on = one HAPPY girl!

Here is a great (and quick) recipe that I got from my mom.  It was given to her in the form of a Christmas gift this past year.  We LOVE it and believe it or not, it's not as HOT as you would think!  I just made them for the Faculty Meeting at Zachary's school tomorrow.  Give it a try and enjoy. :)


3 sleeves of crackers
1 ½ cups canola oil
2 tsp. garlic powder 
1 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 pkg dry ranch salad dressing
1 tsp. black pepper
2 ½ tsp crushed red pepper

Mix all ingredients except crackers. Place crackers in gallon jar. Pour mixture over crackers. Seal jar and roll jar about 20 times to coat crackers. Enjoy!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Love Like Crazy

I heard this song today for the first time, and I like it...a lot.  Pray hard, love hard, and work hard...sounds like the recipe for success.

Love Like Crazy
Lee Brice

They called them crazy when they started out
Said seventeen's too young to know what loves about
They've been together fifty-eight years now
That’s crazy

He brought home sixty-seven bucks a week
He bought a little 2 bedroom house on Maple Street
Where she blessed him with six more mouths to feed
Yea that’s crazy

Just ask him how he did it; he'll say pull up a seat
It'll only take a minute, to tell you everything
Be a best friend, tell the truth, and overuse I Love You
Go to work, do your best, don't outsmart your common since
Never let your prayin' knees get lazy
And love like crazy

They called him crazy when he quit his job
Said them home computers, boy they'll never take off
He sold his one man shop to Microsoft
They paid like crazy

Just ask him how he made it
He'll tell you faith and sweat
And the heart of a faithful woman,
Who never let him forget

Be a best friend, tell the truth, and overuse I Love You
Go to work, do your best, don't outsmart your common since
Never let your prayin knees get lazy
And love like crazy

Always treat your woman like a lady
Never get to old to call her baby
Never let your prayin knees get lazy
And love like crazy

They called him crazy when they started out
They've been together fifty-eight years now
Aint that crazy?

Saturday, May 15, 2010

What's in a Name?

Randall: (origin-German) wolf shield, handsome, intellectually successful

Lynda: (origin-Spanish) variant of Linda- pretty one (hahahahaha)

Zachary: (origin-Hebrew) derived from Zechariah- God has remembered

Nathan: (origin- Hebrew) God has given; gift of God

Thursday, May 13, 2010

That Didn't Just Happen...Did It?

In a prior post, I shared that Nate was potty training and doing great...better than great.  The only problem is that he wouldn't poop in the potty. (Yes...most of you don't care about this, so feel free to stop reading now.)  Well, yesterday, I left him with a sitter for a few hours and he did it!  He just told her he had to go and went like a big boy.  I couldn't believe it.  I even asked if she could come back today! ;)

That was going to be my big exciting post for today (not that anyone but me actually cares about it), but event happened today that totally overshadows that news...a very horrible and disturbing event!!

Zachary had a Sing-a-Long performance at school today.  He has been so excited about it all week.  He kept telling me that he was singing a solo.  I couldn't believe it...well, I shouldn't have, because what he meant was that he was standing in front of the microphone with two other kiddos.  Which is totally cool, but very different.  Anyways, he was very excited.  He kept telling me to make sure I was there on time. :)  I'm rarely ever late, so I thought that was funny.

Nate and I arrived 30 minutes early and got in line outside of the school.  Nate was running around and refusing to listen to me.  You know, acting like a toddler without a nap.  After about 15 minutes he walks over to me and says "poop".  After confirming that he really had to go, I asked the dad behind me to save my spot and I headed into the school with Nate on my hip.  I open the door to the school and ALL the students were heading to the assembly.  I couldn't "break through" their lines to get to a restroom.  AND THEN IT HAPPENED!  I felt this warm feeling down my arm and could faintly hear the word "poop" in my ear.  The look on my face must have been horrible, because a teacher  immediately asked if I was ok.  I just blurted out the word "restroom".  She pointed and I ran. 

By the time we made it, there was poop all down his legs, sliding down my arm and now in my hand hand!  Imagine, half  Elmer's school glue and half Elmer's paste (remember that paste with the little stick?)...OMG!  It was everywhere.  I can't even describe how horrible and gross it was.  I couldn't get it off of him and everything else.  I had no wipes...I had left the bag in the car...what???  Did you know that toilet paper will not get this type of poop off of anything?  I think I finally just massaged the poop into his skin, washed us up the best I could, which wasn't very well, and then headed out to get back in line. (Something else horrible took place, but I can't admit what it was...I was do crazy things.)  The line was already moving, so I guess we had been in the bathroom for about 15 minutes. 

I smelled, he smelled, and there we were smiling at Zachary while he sang as if nothing had happened.  That's how much I love you Zachary.  I really wanted to leave, and the fact that I started crying about 5 minutes into the clean up didn't help!!  But we stuck around, recorded the performance and took you home a few minutes early.  (If you are reading this Mrs. Stagg, don't worry, I washed my hands really well before using your pen to sign Zachary out of school...I promise!!) :)

There is no moral to this story and nothing to be learned...though wipes and a change of clothes would have been nice...hahahahahaha!  So I guess there is something to be learned!!

I'm still mortified thinking about it all.  That didn't just happen...did it?

Tuesday, May 11, 2010


Not much of a blog entry today...I'm just too tired.  You know that kind of tired where you really can't keep your eyes open, the kind that causes you to forget what you were doing and saying, the kind that zaps your energy and makes you painfully short on patience.  You know the kind that won't go away with 5, 6, or even 7 cups of coffee.  That's me!  Why you may ask...I have no idea. 
So, the boys are about to get a bath, and then we will count down the minutes until bed time.  I think we will all be in bed by 8:30.  I hope!

Sweet dreams...zzzzzzzzz

Monday, May 10, 2010

Monday Moments...

Zachary always wants a Pop-Tart for breakfast...always.  Nate always wants to do what Bubba does, so he has a Pop-Tart too.  But Nate doesn't like Pop-Tarts, so he nibbles the edges until Zachary is done and then asks for real food like pancakes, breakfast sausages or oatmeal.  Maybe I should let Nate eat the edges and give the rest of the Pop-Tart to Zachary...he prefers to only eat the middle. :)

Nate picked up a piece of dog poop out in our front yard today (...we don't have a dog).  GROSS!!!!!

Nate and Zachary were in the playroom and I hear "Nate!  Please move.  I can't see."  Nate replies, "no".  Zachary quietly says, "Don't you dare tell me no young man."   Oh my!!!

While checking out at the grocery store today, a cashier from another line comes over to say hi to Nate.  He frowned at her last time we were there and she thought it was so funny.  So she wanted to see what his mood would be this week.  Too bad for her because when she said "hi"...he tooted, smiled and said "poo-poo".  Yep, that's my boy!

Zachary and I watch Wheel of Fortune together almost every night.  Tonight the man who won was named Staci.  Zachary excitedly said, "Mom!  His name is Staci!  That is Mrs. Stagg's (his teacher) husband's name!  Can you believe it?!  Wow!"  He was was funny, but maybe you had to be here. ;)

And the last Monday moment actually happened first thing this morning.  Nate woke me up and forced me out of bed.  I picked him up and he pointed to the door.  So I walked out the door and he pointed to the kitchen.  I figured he wanted a drink.  Instead, as we entered the kitchen, he pointed at the coffee pot and said, "coffee, momma, coffee, hot".  Even he knows I'm no good without my coffee!!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Soul Searching on a Sunday

Mother's Day was wonderful and I am so thankful for my family.  But I found myself feeling a bit somber at moments.  My heart was burdened today for all of the women out there who are waiting and struggling to be a mommy.  Becoming a mom isn't easy for everyone, and I just had all of these women on my mind today.  I guess we most often think about those that we can relate to.  To all of you out there, remember that you are not alone...even when it feels like it. 

My heart was also thinking about a little girl today.  A little girl that I once knew, that I once held in my arms, that I once rocked to sleep, that I once kissed on the nose, that I once prayed over.  To you sweet girl, I only held you for a short time, but during that time I said a special mother's prayer for you.  I held you so close and prayed that you would grow to be a wonderful women of God.  A women who loves the Lord and lives for him.  And as I now pray this prayer over my boys (that they will serve the Lord), I continue to pray it for you as well.  Enjoy your life little one, for God has big plans for you!
For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.   Jeremiah 29:11 (New International Version)

And to my sweet boys whom I longed to have..."I love you here, I love you there, Zachary and Nate...I love you everywhere." 

"I have found the one whom my soul loves" ~ Song of Solomon 3:4

Friday, May 7, 2010

Family Friday

Mother's Day...what makes you happy on Mother's Day?  It can be quite different for each mommy out there.  Some love hand-made cards, others breakfast in bed, a day at the spa, a break from cooking and cleaning, and many moms just want "me time". 

I think what you want or don't want on Mother's Day depends on where you are in the stage of motherhood. If you have a six month old infant that cries 12 hours a day, you want a big, fat break!  If you have a toddler, you want a sweet hand print or two smeared all over a Mother's Day poem.  If your little one has just learned to read and write, you surely want him to make you something. If your angels are off at college, you want them to come home for dinner. And if your kids are grown with their own families, you long to see them, but assure them that it's OK that they can't make it to town this year.

A sweet friend of mine told me one year that she was taking her little girl ice skating for Mother's Day...think about sweet.  She just wanted to spend quality time with her child...I can appreciate that! 
And this year, I want to give each boy some "mommy time".  My quality time with Zachary will be jumping on the trampoline!  I caught a peek at the Mother's Day card he made for me at school.  It was all about me and the things I do and like, etc.  He thought I was only 34 (which is funny since he never forgets how old we are), that I wear a size 13 shoe and play with his little brother during the day.  He noted that my favorite snack is honey buns (it isn't), and that I don't ever jump on the trampoline with him.  :(  How sad!  So, we will be jumping and jumping this weekend! 
For Nate, we will spend time kicking the soccer ball in the backyard while eating M&M' can't get any better than that!

My boys have already honored me for Mother's Day!  I know Zachary made me some things at school, and I can't wait to see them!  He also said that I could go shopping at ULTA...guilt free!  Can you believe that?  I went today guilt!!!  Nate decided for Mother's Day he would be potty trained.  I know, what an awesome gift!!  After a few hours Monday afternoon, he had it down.  No accidents (yet), not even in public.  He is so proud of himself and so am I.  Now we have to work on #2, but I couldn't be happier with his progress.  I never thought my more difficult child (don't ever tell him I said that) would practically potty train himself.  Way to go BIG Nate!

Well, my cup is full this Mother's Day, though I will miss seeing my own mom.  I love you MOM.  But don't worry, I'm sure you will see your other 2 kids this weekend...after all, I'm just the middle child!!!!  (wink, wink) 

Happy Mother's Day to all of you!  And I hope you get what you want on deserve it!  Be a little selfish; it doesn't happen that often!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Wednesday Wishes

If you could have one wish, what would it be?  Now must understand what I mean.  I realize that we all want the world to be peaceful, illness to be banished, hearts to never be broken, and many more important life issues to be solved.  But right now, for one tiny minute, can we please just be selfish?  I mean really, don't you ever want to do something for just you?  If your answer is "no", I'm going to guess that you already get to do quite a few "you" things, and I'm admitting that I'm jealous of you! ;)

So my one (selfish) wish is to have a housekeeper who will cook and clean for me daily.  The cleaning is the most important part of that wish!  I just can't keep up!  I'm always behind and something always needs to be done.  Even when the house is all clean and company is coming over, there are still things that probably need cleaning...baseboards, tile grout, a light fixture here and there, and my most hated...the blinds!  Some people say not to worry about it, but UGH!  The best (worst) is when people say, "You are home taking care of your baby.  Everyone knows you are playing with him, teaching him and spending quality time with him.  No one cares if your house is messy."  Well, I think they do.  I think they leave my house and judge me.

Wait a minute...I think I'm having an on-line therapy session right now...right in front of all of you (not that anyone is reading this)!  And I think I just figured out my own problem.  I am my problem.  Get over yourself girl.  People really don't care about your house and if it's clean or not.  And if they what...does it really matter?  No.  There are more important things in life than a clean house and the approval of others!

But don't get me wrong...this mental breakdown didn't change my one wish!  So bring on the housekeeper!!!

Until my next blog breakdown...

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Score One for Nate

Nate has really been enjoying soccer class this spring.  The first day we went, he was stuck to me like it's more like a piece of scotch tape that has been used more than once!  He doesn't hold on so tight, he runs off and plays, but he always comes back to my side for a bit of security.  Next week is his last class, and he and I will both miss it.  Looking forward to the Fall...

Saturday, May 1, 2010

you're welcome

Trust will be thanking me soon enough! 

I love The Pioneer Woman, love, love!  Her photography is amazing, her food is amazing, her house is amazing, her life is amazing.  I tried one of her recipes this morning.  Can you hear my tummy screaming "YUMMY!!!!"?  Well, it is and so is Nate's (maybe Zachary's too, but he is a little grumpy this morning)!  "What did you make?", you ask.  Cinnamon Toast!  Wait, wait, wait...don't leave.  It's not just regular cinnamon's the best ever...more like a cinnamon roll.  So check out this link and enjoy her funny stories about making cinnamon toast the wrong way, and then grab the ingredients from your pantry and make it "the right way".  You will thank me!  And if you are brave enough, you can throw together a simple icing to dip in...oh my...I just passed out at the thought of that.  Enjoy!

The Pioneer Woman-Cinnamon Toast