Tuesday, January 17, 2017

New Years REALsolutions

OH my gosh. . I get sick of hearing about New Years Resolutions.. Mainly because I never keep them.. So I quit making them.. However, I have decided on something worth doing.. my New Years Real-solutions.. These are things that I'm going to KEEP doing, 1) because I like them 2) because I know these things are good for me.. and 3) Because its something I can actually keep. Plus, I think its better to celebrate what we are able to do, instead of what we can't keep up with!

So here we go..
Plus, I want everyone to know. I love My God. We have an amazing relationship, and I speak with him daily.. I visit him in Church.. and I want you to know, that if God can love me, (doing all the ridiculous stuff that I do)  He can also love you! So don't let any of the things you do, or don't do... Keep you from having that relationship! Ok.. onto my Realsolutions..

1) Loving Glitter and Bling.. Yes, yes.. I know.. I've heard the saying "Glitter is like Herpes".. Just stop it. I love Glitter.. Glitter lipstick (my lipsense glitter gloss) glitter hair bows.. glitter pants for the girls.. Glitter paper.. I just love it. I also love bling, even better, bling that looks like glitter.. I like sparkly fun, shiny things.. Crosslee does too, and I let her like it. In fact.. I LOVE that she loves it! Her Michael Jackson party was laced with all things glitter.. and it was fantastic! Oh, and big, gaudy jewelry with fake gems? YUP. I love that too!

2) Big Hair.. Yes.. I know that "Jackin your hair to Jesus" may have went out in the 80's.. guess what? I DON'T CARE.. I like my hair set on lovely hot rollers, and then I like it to be big.. I don't like flat hair on me. I've had a million people try to get me to change my mind. Tell me "Straight hair is in" I don't care. I'm not doing it. My hair looks good like this..This also includes my super tall mom bun.. Yup, its still happening. Err'Day..  MJ likes it.. My mama likes it.. and I like it.. so its happening. Sorry, not sorry.

3) Going to bed at 8:30.. I could lie here and tell you that because I'm a twin mom I have to go to bed at 8:30 because I'm exhausted.. but if I'm being honest, I was in bed by 9 most of my life.. Yes, my life is a bit more tiring these days with two 3 year old toddlers.. but I was lame before I had children, and I'll continue to be lame now. However, I like being in bed by 9. I'm a morning person, so it makes it easier to rise and shine by 5:30am each morning!

4) Drinking Wine.. Yup. Not apologizing for this one either.. I like a good glass of wine (or two) in the evenings. I drink it at my house.. I am not a drunk.. I do not drive..I do not endanger people.. I'm responsible.. So I'm not going to feel guilty about this. I work hard and if I want a glass of wine in the evening.. or at a party.. or at dinner. I'm going to have one. I mean as a mom we've all heard the expression "Oh child..you will drive me to drinking".. yes, sometimes that is true..

5)  Creative Cussing. Sorry.. I may have offended you there.. but I like cussing. You should know.. I never cuss AT people.. or in front of people who don't like Cussings.. or where cussing is not appropriate. I like to call this cussing "Creative Cussing".. Like ways to describe things.. Or when you stub your toe or hit your head and you curse to make yourself feel better. I never use Curse words in a way to disparage someone, be mean, or anything like that.. I Just like to be creative with my wide variety of my vernacular sayings! Its a creative outlet for me!

6) Not dressing my girls like twins.. Ok.. I get it, I have twins.. thats awesome.. and magical.. Yes, yes it is.. but have you seen them? They are certainly NOT identical.. and they do not have the same taste in clothes, or the same opinions about pretty much anything known to man.. So while I get it, its cute to dress twins alike.. mine don't really go for that.. and I never really have either. Most people can't even tell they are sisters! Sure.. sometimes they want to wear the same things.. but that is like a 1 out of 50 time! (Like when they both want to wear Princess clothes because Princesses and Mermaids are where its at right now!)They came out of the womb two little separate people with completely different looks, and completely different personalities, so if they don't want to dress alike.. I'm completely ok with it!

So there you have it.. I plan on doing a videoblog of these shortly.. I got a GOPRO for Christmas, and I'm super excited to get it started.. but I haven't had time to get it all setup yet.. so that is fourth-coming.. But I just don't want people to feel like you have to be 'this' or 'that' to get it right.. we are all working hard to get it right in different ways all the time! We screw things up.. we get back on track.. we do things great! We celebrate that!! In this little round of life, we have to do what we can do to survive, and be great.. So whatever that is for you.. make it your own.. embrace it.. don't worry about going against the grain, or not fitting in with everyone else.. Don't worry about someone else's unrealistic expectations for you! Just do you, and do it well!!I've realized that when I'm the happiest.. its just BEING ME.. Weird..OL.. ME.. Because you know what? That is who God Created me to be.. ME.. Not anyone else, and he loves Me.. Just like I am. Will I always try to be better? For sure.. But even when I fail, I know I can get back up.. and move onto the next!

In other news.. Jordan got a new Job! So thankful for that! He started last Thursday and its going really great...We had an amazing Christmas.. the girls loved every single second of it.. Its making me a little sad that this year they will turn 4.. I have truly enjoyed them being 3. Its been a fun, entertaining year. They do and say something different everyday that makes us laugh. They are also pretty good kids!  I feel like the time is flying by in their little lives, and I recently had a friend Recommend a book to me that is really great.. Its called "Don't Miss it"..  And here are a few of my favorite little pages from the book so far..

People always say "The Days are Long, but the Years are short" and that is very true.. I only have 365 days of my girls as 3 year olds.. and after that they will be 4 year olds, and I'll never get to know them again as a 3 year old. So even though sometimes its hard, and I'm struggling, I've always tried to make the most of every day that I have with them..

Hope everyone had a good Christmas and Happy New Year! Here's to being Real, and Present in 2017!

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Christmas Time is here!

Oh Man. This really is the most wonderful time of the Year! The Girls are so much fun this Christmas Season. Everything is new, magical.. and awesome! They love all the Lights, They love the Tree's, they Love Santa and all the Creatures.. and of course.. they Love Presents! I think they will be sad when they open them all just because they will lose the excitement that has gone along with WANTING to open them..They love Watching the Grinch (Shocker)

We have done so many fun things with them this season.. Gigi and Pa took them on the Polar Express Train ride with Santa in Elk City.. we went to the Mall to see Santa.. We went to the Live Nativity at Crossings where the girls decorated Sugar cookies, Visited the Animals, and heard the Christmas Story while singing Songs.. it was so great. Our Church is just incredible.. The week before I went to a Women's Pinterest Event and they went ALL out.. I mean we had an incredible Breakfast Brunch served on fancy plates, an awesome speaker, and then did an amazingly easy Craft. It was a GOOD time. I'm so proud of my church! We went to look AT Christmas Lights and they loved that. They are just really excited about every aspect of it. Everything is brand new, and they are soaking in every moment of it!

Plus, can I talk about Christmas Outfits? CAN I.. Yes, I love dressing the girls in super cute Christmas stuff too.. so we have had several photo shoots with cute stuff on.. The only downer of our Christmas Holiday Season was that Jordan lost his job 3 days before Thanksgiving.. so that was NOT great. Its been an uphill battle dealing with his Company, but we know that God is good, and will provide for us. We have amazing family, church family and small group, along with great friends around us who have been more than helpful, bringing us supper, bottles of wine and Dr. Pepper for Jordan, and just overall trying to help in any way they can, so that is a great blessing. I know he will land on his feet quickly, but its stressful. Through Trials comes Grace, and I know he will end up in a job where he needs to be. Thankfully I'm blessed to still have my job. I love my Bosses, my company, and my co-workers, so that is also a blessing.

Hope you guys have a great Holiday!!! Excited for 2017! PS, if you would like to join us for a Christmas Eve Service, I'd love to have you at Crossings! Its beautiful!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Thanksgiving & Halloween Magic

Man. This year is FLYING by.. its ridiculous. First off.. Halloween was awesome. I am not sure you could have any more fun than a 3 year old does at Halloween. Everything is an exciting, magical, awesome moment. From getting people to just hand you free Candy.. to walking around dressed as an Octopus and people hi-fiving you for it.. So yeah, its pretty much the best. They would squeal and cheer anytime someone gave them ONE piece of Candy.. yelling "LOOK WHAT I GOT MAMA!!".. I mean.. they LOVED it. Cross had made friends (again, because she remembered him from last year) with our Neighbors Bloody Clown Halloween Decoration.. Look at her joyful face with him..

Each day she would run over and talk to him and the other scary things hanging at their house. She and Londyn both loved him. They loved all of them really..They got to trick or treat in our Neighborhood for a bit, and then we went to visit Friends in Quail Creek, and they loved that too. I asked Londyn like 40 times to be something other than an Octopus, but that is what she chose.. she LOVED him.. They have both always loved Creepy stuff, especially Cross, and nothing has changed there.. So Halloween was her favorite thing.. I mean Every piece and part of it.. EXCEPT.. the part where it ended.. and my neighbors took down the bloody clown..

This was the Sadness, and crying episode after Cross realized my neighbors had taken her friend, "Bloody Clown" Down for the next year and put him into the garage. She is still upset about this if you ask her.. so don't..

We took them to several Pumpkin Patches, and also to Storybook Forest again this year. It was super cute and creative and they loved it all. They are really into Princess stuff right now, so they loved Storybook Forest, because Snow white was there, Rapunzel, the Lady in the Shoe, Mike Wazowski from Monsters INC.. I mean it was a fun time.. So they loved the whole Holiday season this year and it was so much fun watching them love something I've loved all my life too! I mean.. hey, I'm kinda creepy.. Don't judge. Londyn Lucille carried around a Skeleton for a week.. We loved the Crossings Fall Carnival, that was a blast.. I mean honestly, we just did a bunch of awesome Halloween things!

Then we moved onto the Thanksgiving Time, and its been flying by too. We had a great Holiday. We went out to the farm where the girls have been busy doing their 'chores'.. We have a Sweet Bull out there that loves it when they come to Gigi's house, because they get on their "4-wheeler" and go back and fourth to the barn getting food and feeding the bull each day. They have finally figured out how to drive it (Cille does not drive, she only likes to ride) and they ride it all over the farm, following Pa into the cow lots to help. 

We took LOTS of Family Pics.. with both Jordan's side, and Mine.. and they all turned out super cute too.. Here's a few of them.. Tammy Hall Photography took them for us. She's awesome. 

We had a Great Thanksgiving! We went to Hobart, and also to Canute. All the Cousins got to play together! The Girls are still warming up to the idea of their baby Cousins (Jett & Harper).. but as long as I don't hold them, they are fine. If I hold them the world quickly comes crashing down with sobbing, sadness, and drear. Its a lot of fun watching all of them run wild and play. They are all at a fun stage right now. We are very blessed to have Good families around us.

The girls Love going to MDO at Crossings.. they talk non stop about their teachers and their new friends. That has really been a blessing for us.. OH! OH!!  HOW COULD I HAVE FORGOTTEN TO TELL YOU THIS!!.. Cross is.. wait for it.. POTTY TRAINED!!  It finally happened about 3 weeks ago.. I had taken off a Friday to have a long weekend and she just told me every time she wanted to go.. No more Poop. Praise the Lord.. but don't get too excited.. Londyn could still care less.. so I'm 50/50.. Hey, I'll take what I can get at this point!!!

So as we approach The Christmas Season, we are very grateful. We love our Church so much, and our Family, and our Small group family. I'm so excited for Christmas this year with the girls. We brought back the Elf, Eliza.. This year she hides when the girls go to sleep and they wake up to find her.. but she tells them about Jesus when they find her. Just a sweet, quick, little verse, but its something they look forward to each morning. They also love Their Nativity scene with the baby Jesus, and Their Donkey, Kris, and Pony, Woody, have somehow made it into the story..Each Night we Read "The Birth of Jesuse" and  For those of you who didn't know.. Kris is actually the Donkey that carried Mary to Bethlehem, and Kris actually found the stable for them to lay in.. and Kris also laid by them, along with Woody, and the Bull from the farm, to keep them warm.. So just in case you missed that chapter in the bible about Kris & Woody, there you go.. lol..
Hope you guys had an Awesome Thanksgiving and Halloween! Christmas is just around the Corner! And maybe.. so is Londyn being potty trained! But don't get your hopes up! XXOO..

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Its hard to be cool..

Well Kids.. A Minivan Happened last weekend.. a Toyota Sienna. I had heard the Pro's and Con's.. and I really decided a long time ago that it was probably something we needed.. Saying this made me think of the Oak Ridge Boys song.. Enjoy..

Now, I hear some moms saying "Oh KC.. I swore I would never buy a minivan! "Oh KC.. get an SUV! They have just as much room!" "OH KC Minivans are not cool!".. Right. I hear you. But let me tell you something.. When you become a parent, you do a lot of UNCOOL stuff.. Like wiping Butts. Is that cool? No. No its not. Is lifting your kid up to smell their butt to see if they pooped cool? NOPE. Its not. Is saying out loud "Please don't eat the dog food" cool? No.. so for all of you that still think you are 'cool'.. This is going to be heartbreaking for you to hear.. but Alas. You are not.

Once you enter the realm of parenting, "COOL" goes out the Window.. Now hey, you might regain some cool points later, but you will never be full on cool again. You know why? Because your kids wont' let you.. and even if you are kickin it, thinking you are cool.. Most likely your kids do not think you are. Cross said to me this morning "Daddy is more funny than you".. so see.. there's that.

So. Don't judge my mini van. Her name is Dolly.

Speaking of things that aren't cool.. The Girls are still not Potty trained. And.. not only are they NOT potty trained, they really show no signs of ever wanting to BE potty trained. I remember, before I was a mom (You know, when I was cool) I thought.. Oh, if I have kids, we will save so much money by quitting diapers at 18 months. HAHAHAHAA! Jokes on me. Yup. Dangit. Cross is the closest of the two.. She will wake up in the morning, tell me she is going to wear her big girl Panties.. Tell me that she is going to Poop in the potty.. And then, by the time I've driven to work.. Poops her pants. So yay. Parenting Win. As for Londyn.. Yeah, Good luck.

Everyone has given me so much 'advice' that I'm ready to trach Chop them.. "It has to be her idea! She's still so young! You can't make her! No one goes to Kindergarten Pooping their pants! Hmm.. Well.. when I look at my VERY Unique children.. this last one doesn't do much for me.. I mean I have children that think Bloody Clowns are their besties, and sing Disturb's Sound of Silence, followed by It is well with my soul. So yeah, I certainly get that they are not 'the norm'.. So then I think.. Well.. Maybe I do have the only children that ARE going to go to Kindergarten Pooping their pants.. Add more cool points to me! I mean.. look at them..
The Good news is.. I really don't care that much about being cool anymore. I feel like with my 13 years on the radio.. I did REALLY cool stuff a lot of the time.. So now its time for a bit of lame-ness. And I'm pretty Ok with that. Because.. right now, The girls still do think I'm cool.. I'm sure there will come a time (in the  near future) when they don't.. But right now I literally make magic happen by cracking an egg, and Showing them how to make Rice Krispy Treats.. So I'll take it while I can! 
PS, My Minivan Doors Open with a press of a button. I have a sweet Sound System and Blue Tooth.. What more could I want! 

Thursday, October 13, 2016

It Is Well with My Soul

This time of year brings excitement for me. It always has.. When I was younger, this time of the year meant 1) My Birthday in September 2) October Halloween Parties.. 3) Fall Holiday Season.

My mom has always been super excited about Halloween, so that made me super excited about it.. and now, for those of you who see my girls on Facebook.. you see my girls are super excited about it! They Love the ghoulish Skeletons, Giant inflatables, and everything else that goes with it. I know people think its ridiculous that Cross loves the Bloody IT Clown next door, but that is her dude. She shows no judgement.. he's just a guy thats hanging on a garage that makes her happy when she see's him.. Its weird, I know it.. but its also pretty awesome to watch how kids can see something that we find ugly and scary, and turn it into their best friend.

I used to get to have the best Halloween parties. We had an awesome big red/white barn, So we could have the party no matter what kind of Weather. We would come to "The City".. lol.. which is what we country people call OKC, and go to "MG Novelty" which is closed now.. but it was like the Party City back then.. And buy all sorts of ridiculous decorations. It was seriously one of my favorite things to do. Then we would go home and mom would come up with more creepy stuff on her own.. Like one year she filled plastic gloves with Oatmeal so they were like dead hands.. We bought a Coffin and put a skeleton man in it.. We would make Red Punch with plastic fingers in it.. IT was a great time. I loved every second of it.. Then we would invite a bunch of people from school and we would all wear costumes. Everyone looked forward to it every year. I'm excited to be able to pass along the tradition to my girls. Although, Honestly, Cross started out being creepy on her own..

Cross and Cille still love the Inflatable "Giant" (AKA the Grim Reaper). He's back up in the back yard this year, and they love to watch him come alive in the mornings and go to sleep at night. Cille just ends up liking what Cross likes.. she's not scared of anything either. Cross does have a love for weird clowns. I can't say that I'm with her on that.. I don't really care for them.. but she thinks they are her people, so we just go with it. This year Cross is going to be a white Owl, and Cille is going to be an Octopus. I presented her with all kinds of cute costuming options.. a sweet kitty, a bear, a Horse.. but.. she chose the Octopus.. So there you go.

I also love this time of year because I love taking the girls to Pumpkin Patches.. If we back up.. this is about the time 3 years ago when I realized 1) I was pregnant, and 2) it was twins.. so anytime I feel the nip of fall in the air, It takes me back to a place of Joy, and sheer Terror.. at the thought of having twins, lol. But its a fun memory for Jordan and I to share and laugh about now. Especially thinking about when I told my mom and dad.. and My mom saying "See, I told you I was going to need more than one"..and My dad just being over the moon because "twins" had really never occurred to us! So this is one of my favorite times of year for sure. We are Taking the girls to a pumpkin patch this weekend in fact! There's so many great ones around here to choose from. 

We had a great time at Balloon Fiesta last week! This was the girls first real Vacation-Trip, and they did really good. It was a 6 hour drive from Canute, so not too bad. The Awesome folks at Doug Gray Dodge in Elk City, hooked us up with a Tahoe, completed with DVD system.. so we traveled in Style! WE got there around 3 in the afternoon, and the girls wanted to go swimming. I had Tonsillitis, so I let them go with Gigi, Pa, and daddy.. They had a great time. 

In the Mornings we went out to the "Mass Ascension" and watched them fly into the air. Pa went up into a balloon on the first day.. He had quite an exciting story to tell.. Once they took off, the Wind Changed and started blowing the Balloon into town (which they do NOT want) so they had to make a landing on private land  (which is Frowned upon).. the Wind blew their basket over and the skidded side-ways a bit in the basket, but thankfully everyone was ok. Pa told them how to get out of the field, and back to where the 'Chase team' can pick them back up. So he found the whole situation humorous, I'm pretty sure everyone else was freaked out! So it was a "bucket list" item for him complete with a great story!

The girls enjoyed the balloons. Especially the special shapes. They loved watching the Big Dragon, Owls, Witches, and Scarecrow. When Cille saw the witch she said "Hey Witch, I'm going to punch you in the face".. I have no idea why, but it made us laugh. We had a good trip. IT was a good one to take the girls too. Not too far, lots of fun things for them to look at, and they are still talking about it.. so win win. I won't lie.. we couldn't have done it without Gigi & Pa, and it wouldn't have been nearly as much fun! So thankful for Good Grandparents!

IN other Random news.. the weird growth in my mouth healed, so bonus for that. My mouth is so bizarre. I go to the oral surgeon Friday just to make sure its all ok. The Girls are still Loving going to Crossings on Tuesday/Thursday and its been so much fun to hear about their days. Its a fun time to be with them. They are trying at times, and they tag-team Jordan and I quite a bit.. but we are holding strong, and trying to Build little awesome people. There's a lot of days when I'm pretty sure I get everything wrong.. but when I have moments like this,I know we are doing something right..

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Which Pie are You??

So. I've been asked to write about this Many.. Many.. MANY times now, and I just never have put it into words.. but I'm going to try to take the time now to do that. This is my OWN analogy, but everyone I share it with says "YES! Thats it exactly!".. So now, if you hear me say, "Thats because they are lemon" you will know what I'm talking about.

Many years ago, I realized that I was NOT like most women I knew. Not that I was a bad thing, or they were a good thing.. it was just really different.. Even when I was growing up.. I realized my goals for myself were not the norm, and the expectations I had for myself were not the norm.. Now I know why this is.. 1) I was an ENTJ on the Myers Briggs.. and 2) Because I was a lemon Pie.

**Disclaimer** This is my theory on pies upon first meeting them. You cannot say how someone would be after you REALLY get to know them, because at that point their guard is down, and it changes the way they act.***

Women, are like Pies. And they are all delicious in their own way.. but they are VERY different tastes, textures, and personalities. So today, ladies and Gents.. I'm going to blow your mind. Prepare yourself for the Pie People. You can tie, almost every woman (I have not done this for men, I'm still working on that) you know into a slice of these pies:

First Pie is Cherry.  Cherry pies (Also could be considered Apple Pies) are delicious. They are by far the sweetest pie you will ever eat. Everyone loves cherry pies. They are an american staple. They look pretty, are arranged pretty, they taste deliciously sweet. Cherry pies always look like they have it together (and even if they don't, they aren't going to tell you up front) because they are always positive, cheerful, upbeat, uplifting, and Precious.

Cherry Pies will use words to describe their husbands like "Cute" and their kids are "delicious".. They will often say they are "so in love with".. XYZ. They describe times in their lives as Perfection, and even if its not Perfection, that is the illusion they are going to give you. Cherry Pies will be able to make breakfast meals in the shapes of disney characters and Fruits in happy faces across their kids dinner plates. They are amazing at Pinterest activities. You will be jealous of how they make everything look so easy, You will wonder if they ever really have any problems with their kids or their husbands, because they really do look like they have it all. Cherry pies are super-high feelers. They are all about sharing their feelings, and encouraging others to share theirs. If Cherry pies are going through something, and admit it to people, everyone will surround them, hug them, and cry with them.

Their family pictures are things dreams are made of. They have professional pictures taken a lot. Sometimes they match as a family.. because somehow.. Somehow.. that Cherry pie managed to convince her kids and husband to Coordinate.. got them in the car, and got them to all smile like a magical family.. THEN converted that picture onto a Canvas and draped Fleur De Leur's around it in her living room to match her pristine kitchen that has White Cabinets.

Cherry Pie's love Pottery Barn. In fact their houses look like you just stepped into a Pottery Barn Show room. Nothing is out of place. It looks like they spent hours cleaning, and then when you see them they will look like the perfect Step ford wife.. With magnificent shiny lips, and pristine Hair. Its fantastic. They know how to wear, and live high-heels. They throw amazing parties that everyone wants to go too, because they usually have amazing treats at them. They know how to make Champagne Punch, and Wedding Punch.. They have Fiesta Dishes.. They like to work out, and they even look like they like to work out.. which is incredible. Overall.. Cherry pies are the bomb. I mean like I said, Everyone loves Cherry Pies.. (Cue the Warrant Song here)..

The Next Pie is the Rhubarb Pie. Rhubarb pies are also delightful sometimes, but they are a bit confusing. Are they a fruit? A root? A Vegetable? Do they go in Pies? Smoothies? They seem to pack a punch of antioxidants, so that is good news.. but no one ever really fully understands the Rhubarb. Rhubarbs are seasonal, and you don't see very many of them. They are a rare commodity. They have pretty distinct views that they understand like a science, but if they try to explain them to someone else, we are all left scratching our head. They have different ideas about the way the world works. Some of them make sense to other people, and some of them only make sense to themselves.. the Beauty of the Rhubarb, is they don't usually care! Rhubarbs are their own people, that like to do their own thing. Sometimes they hang with a crowd, sometimes they don't. They can be content doing either.

Rhubarbs are an acquired taste. Meaning, they are delicious, but upon first glance, someone might not KNOW they are delicious.. Kinda like a fine wine. It may take someone a little longer to warm up to a rhubarb because they honestly just don't relate to what they are saying.. But after they get to know them, they can begin to see the magic of the rhubarb pie. Rhubarbs are mysterious.. you don't know what they are thinking, but you know they are in deep thought.

Next Pie is near and dear to my heart.. Because it is Me. Lemon Pie. Lemons are very tasty in their own right.. but when you first bite into one.. Wowza! It slaps you right in the face with a squirt of sour sauce! That pretty much describes me to a tee! Lemons are pretty witty, entertaining, and they are one to say what they think. Sometimes its filtered with some sugar, like say, Lemonade.. other times, its like biting into a sour Lemon fruit.. Either Way, Lemons are always going to be a Citrus. Lemons cannot ever be Cherry Pie. Lemons cannot ever offer cherry pie advice. If you ask a Lemon what to do in a certain situation in which the Lemon thinks you are doing something dumb.. the Lemon will say "Thats dumb".. They don't really sugar coat it, b/c you see, the lemon has no sugar.. So they just can't. Its not that they don't want to, but a lot of the time they are just not able to do it. Lemons are probably not going to be at many social activities. Not because they aren't social, just because they don't care that much about going.

Lemons are not worried about what people think about them. In fact, they are usually trying to do something out of the ordinary.. If they wear something that no one else wears, and someone makes fun of them for it.. the Lemon will not care. Lemons are not high-feelers. In fact, you will sometimes have to remind the lemon to have some feelings.. The Lemon is really not interested in making tons of friends, or impressing people. They just Usually entertain people by making them laugh, or saying exactly what someone else WANTS to say, but will not. Lemons can be tender.. but its not common nature for them. Usually its about specific things.. For me, its old people, animals, and Music. I'm super emotional about Music. So usually you will find a couple of things that make Lemons tender, but it will be far less than you would find with a Cherry pie. And.. even if the Lemon is tender about something, chances are you won't see that side anyway. They are really good at hiding it, in case you didn't notice, the rind of a lemon is pretty hard to get through. ;) But.. if you ever do, they will be loyal, and a friend for life. They will also be glad to spew sour from their mouth to defend you in a situation.. no matter what pie you are.

The next pie on the Agenda.. and really the most versatile Pie on the Pie Chart.. is the Key Lime Pie. Key limes are amazing, because they have the ability to play to whatever audience they are with. Meaning, they are the perfect mixture of both Cherry and Lemon. Key limes may have a few rhubarb tendencies, but normally they fit in pretty well with a group of cherry pies or a group of Lemon pies, or even a group of Rhubarbs. Whoever they are with, is what kind of mood they will be in that day! 

If Key limes go to a party with Lemons who are all talking about how ridiculous the world is these days, they will chime in about how ridiculous it is too! But.. on that same vain, if they go to a gathering where all the cherry pies are talking about how much fun it is to make cornbread from scratch.. they will also chime in about their favorite cornbread recipe.  Key limes love the positivism that Cherry pies bring, but they also know that they are Probably more realistically thinking like the Lemon, but they would never say that, because it would hurt the Cherry pies feelings!  Key limes do not like to hurt people's feelings! They like everyone to be happy, and they will go to great lengths to smooth over a disagreement in the group, or "Fix" the situation if  someone is upset. Key limes like to go to social events where they are going to feel welcomed. They love Community and events to go to, and things to participate in, because they love "Joining" in. They want people to like and accept them, and most people usually do, because the key-lime is a little sweet, with a little sour. 

This bring us to the final Pie.. Minced Meat. Now.. we all know a minced meat pie. This is the Debby Downer of Pies. No one really gets excited to see this Pie on the table, except other minced meat lovers.  Whenever you talk to a minced meat SOMETHING is always wrong. They are never satisfied, and they don't have any problems telling you about it. They have usually been 'wronged' some way by 'the man'.. They don't always see their blessings, and forget about counting them! Minced meat, hopefully, is a "short term" pie.. We all go through times of "Minced meat" but hopefully we all come out of it.. because Minced meat pie is not really someone wants to be around.

Minced meat goes from one dramatic event to the next. If you offer them advice on how to fix it, they will usually ignore the advice you give them, because they honestly don't want to fix the problem, they want you to feel sorry for them. They are Martyr's in life. Its never their fault, always someone else's, because they have just been dealt a bad hand in the deck of life cards. Minced meat's will feel that life "Owes" them something just for living, as opposed to doing something to make the situation better. Now, Like I said.. hopefully.. HOPEFULLY.. this pie is temporary.. and eventually the Minced meat will come back around, and find some goodness in the world.. Otherwise they will have very few friends, lol. People will hang around Minced meat for awhile.. try to help.. offer prayer and suggestions.. but they can't stay there forever. So if you are minced meat, or know someone who is.. try to get them out of this flavor pretty quick!

The Best part of the pies, is they work together pretty good. Lemon's and Cherry's love sharing advice and suggestions with each other.. IF.. You understand that you are going to get cherry advice from cherries, and lemon advice from Lemons. Don't ask me to give you cherry advice. I'm a citrus. I'm not capable. The closest you will get is a grapefruit piece of advice, which is still going to be sour. Minced meats are going to ask you for advice, but not take it.. so that will get super frustrating quickly. Rhubarbs are going to give great advice, and probably advice you had not thought of before.. So enjoy each other, and don't try to make someone fit into a pie they are not. Celebrate the pies that you are!

So there you have it.. Now you should be able to enter a group of people, and know exactly who you are talking to! I need to come up with a quiz you can take to find out what pie you are.. but my guess is that most people know, and that most people know what kind of pies their friends are. Whichever pie you are.. celebrate it! (except Minced meat, and if you are that one, find a way to get out of being minced meat).. because we are all different, we are all delicious, and we are all needed at Thanksgiving and Christmas! So Eat, Drink, and be merry!

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Time Flies..

OH Timehop.. You Silly app! You make me feel so old when I look at you! Isn't that crazy.. when you see those things come up on your Facebook post.. Like "Brandon & KC Celebrate 8 Years of friendship".. WHAT! That seems crazy..

Today was the Girls first day of Mothers day Out At Crossings.. They were mostly excited for their new Nap Mats, and Backpacks.. with snacks in them. I chose to send them to Mothers day out, as Opposed to an actual Pre-K because of the days/times/Money.. It was more financially possible for us to send them to MDO because we are already paying for a full time nanny.. And since most 'schools' are not working parent hours, we just decided to keep the nanny, and then also do Mothers day out so they could hang out with other kids, and enjoy a day out a couple of times per week. They looked pretty cute as they went, and one of their teachers is a girl in my Sunday School class who has twins too, Miss Danielle.. So I'm hopeful she'll tell me if they act like little jerks..
 This past weekend was Rodeo weekend in Western Oklahoma.. and Gigi & Pa took the girls.. They had a GREAT time, and made it through the WHOLE rodeo (not getting into bed until 11pm!).. They had a great time though. Cille got to eat chicken on a stick, and they both found an inflatable Owl (for Cross) and an Inflatable Spiderman (For Cille).. They had box seats up high and they both loved watching everything going on below them. The Rodeo is a BIG deal in Elk City.. I always went to it when I was younger, so the girls are starting the tradition off right!
Jordan & I stayed behind and finished painting our Kitchen.. We painted our living room, and the kitchen was the same color, so it looked weird until we finished it. I was tired of seeing the green, so we went with a color called "Open air" and it really brightened things up. I can't say that I love painting above my cabinets.. because it was pretty awful, but the finished product is
nice. You can't tell that much in the pics, but its made a HUGE difference in the way it lightens up the place. That paint came from Sherwin Williams, and it was truly a One Coat.. and its reflective property was 75%.. so it really made a difference.

ON Saturday.. Brandon and Rachel Came over.. and.. We recorded a podcast! Now.. before you get too excited.. IT was pretty sucky.. But I have full faith we will get better. This was really just more of a 'get to know' you podcast.. So we are going to record another one on the 24th. We are all excited because its something fun to do.. and I need a hobby and a way to be Creative! So more to come on that..

Jordan and I went to Western OK on Sunday after Church.. Man, speaking of church.. Sorry, but I just have to tell you.. we got a new Choir Director, and a new Orchestra Leader, and just when I thought the music could not get any better at Crossings. IT DID. I am blown away every Sunday by something magical they do. Such a blessing.. Ok, anyway.. we went to Moms house on Sunday and grabbed the girls, then went to my dad's house. They had a big time playing outside in the 'Fort" that Pops had built, and eating yummy chicken bites from the Red Barn. Pops & Grammy have a whole room full of toys, so the girls love running back there and literally tearing EVERYTHING up.

We also went to see my Grandma Betty, who is in the hospital.. and the girls wanted to wear Costumes.. So Cille put on a Hello Kitty Ball Gown, and Cross had on her Western Girl outfit. They were pretty cute and made grandma smile, even though she was cussing the staff at the hospital. lol..

So we had a great weekend. My birthday is coming up on the 19th and I don't even care. I remember when there was time when my birthday was a big deal.. Like Limo ordering, party having, champagne poppin big deal.. but now all my party planning efforts are spent thinking of Michael Jackson birthday parties for the girls.. And Honestly that is pretty fun, so I'm not sad about it. There was a time in my life when I had PLENTY of ridiculous birthday parties, and the pictures to prove it!

I can't believe Fall is here.. I'm so excited for Pumpkin Patching and Sweater Weather with the girls. I can't believe they are 3 somedays.. and other days I remember the terror of having twin infants. In Sunday School the other day we were talking about Proverbs.. and we read this one:

Proverbs 3:5-6New International Version (NIV)

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart

    and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
    and he will make your paths straight" 

I can tell you, not a day goes by that Jordan and I ever feel "Equipped" to be parents to twin girls. But when I read that verse, I know that God knew what he was doing when he gave them to us, and we ARE Equipped! Even when we feel like we are failing, or struggling, or screwing it all up. And as parents, we all feel like that everyday.. So.. Trust in the Lord folks.. He knows what he's doing! Or in my case, I'm sure hoping he does!