Saturday, November 21, 2009

Five Question Friday ~ Nov. 20th

My Little Life

Five Question Friday is a blog carnival started by Mama M - hop over to her blog to see who else is playing!

The Rules? They are simple:

Copy and paste the 5 questions listed at Mama M's blog each Friday to your own blog post, answer them, and then link up at Mama M's blog!

Okay? Here we go...

Questions for Friday, November 20th:

1. Are you a Black Friday shopper?
I know those deals a really good, but the noise, the crowds, the chaos ... I just can't handle it. Also, my hubby usually works that Friday so I'd have to take 5 kids with me ... that would be ridiculous!

2. What was your favorite childhood toy? (Think Easy Bake Oven, Cabbage Patch Kid, Shrinky Dinks, etc.)
My sisters and I did love doing Shrinky Dinks, but I think my favorite toys were my StarWars stuff. At least thats the stuff I remember playing with the most

3. Favorite Christmas movie?
I guess its not really a Christmas movie, but it used to be on TV near Christmas every year and we often watched it with my grandparents, Sound of Music

4. What is the "must have" item on your Christmas list this year?
I could really use a new coffee maker, but also asked for money so we can get window treatments for our windows in the new house (I know, my Christmas list is so boring)

5. Do you go all out with decorations or do you keep it simple and classy?
I used to go all out ... but as each child came along I've gotten simpler and simpler. This year we might do a bit more again. Its kinda fun decorating in a new home.

Hope everyone has a very Happy Thanksgiving week!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Toys at Ebeanstalk

Ebeanstalk Announces their Cutest Kid Playing-With-A-Toy Contest. Do you have an adorable picture of a child in your life plaing with a toy? Or take a picture of your little one playing with a toy, and email the picture to It's just that easy.

You could be 1 of 10 lucky winners to win a $50 gift certificate at ebeanstalk this holiday. Entries will be chosen on their cuteness-level.

Privacy is ensured! Entrants will not be spammed. Do not send your address for privacy purposes - just email the picture and the FIRST name of your child.

All my blog readers will receive a 10% discount at ebeanstalk of any purchase. Enter the code ebeanstalk100 at the cart!

Ebeanstalk is a website dedicated to selecting great, safe toys for 3 year olds and toddler toys. They rely on the opinions and feedback of bloggers and moms around the country. Also their team of child experts help to pick out kids toys...but you be the judge!

Please visit these links:

kids toys
toddler toys
toys for a 3 year old

Our daughter has thouroly enjoyed playing with this toy from

Its called the Sort n' Learn Pelican from Tiny Love. I have always thought that Tiny Love makes great toys. Even without the cool shapes and sounds she loves this toy, because its a bird and she has this facination with birds! But when the talking switch is turned on, this talking bird toy tells her which shape and which color she just put in his mouth ... pretty cool, ha?

If you ever have to direct well meaning aunts, uncles, grandparents or other gift buyers as to the types of toys you want them to give your children we highly recommend you send them to ebeanstalk
Happy shopping!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009


Many of you may remember that Zeke had a tough time a few years back, on going diarrhea, leg pain, no growth or weight gain for a whole year, leading to a diagnosis of failure to thrive and malnurished. We went round and round from doctor to doctor, saw hemotologists, oncologist, rheumatologist, orthopedics, endocrinologists, dermatologists and allergy specialists.

This is his caringbridge site if you ever want to read up on what it took to get a diagnosis:

Once we ended up with his diagnosis of Mastocytosis we went round and round again trying to fiure it out. We are greatful and thankful for the many helpful medical people along the way! And now that our life is pretty normal and Zeke's symptoms are pretty much under control I have had time to meet other moms with Mastocytosis kids. One of those moms, blogs about her life and has compiled a great explination with great links, you can see that here:

All moms of MastoKids would love to share awarness and info about Mastocytosis, one of my other favorite sites is:

Thanks for taking the time to be aware!

I ♥ Faces for Nov 17th

This week's theme at I ♥ Faces is "Autumn Beauty"

It is all about capturing a photo of a person surrounded
by the beautiful colors of autumn. Since we live in MN
we have great colors to photograph!

Click on the button below to visit the I ♥ Faces website, where you too can join in the fun and share your "Autumn Beauty" with us, or just come on over to enjoy all the beautiful fall pictures!

And feel free to visit this post to see more beautiful fall colors and my family enjoying them.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Five Question Friday ~ Nov. 13th

My Little Life

Five Question Friday is a blog carnival started by Mama M - hop over to her blog to see who else is playing!

The Rules? Simple:

Copy and paste the 5 questions listed at Mama M's blog each Friday to your own blog post, answer them, and then link up at Mama M's blog!

Questions for 11/13/09:

1. What is your favorite "eat" on Thanksgiving?
Its a tie between the turkey and the cranberries. Mashed potatoes and sweet potatoes tie for second.

2. What is the name your best girl friend and the best trait about her or how you met (or heck, both!!)
I find this question difficult ... not sure I have just one best friend ... There are several I consider my best girl friends, all a blessing at differrent times in my life.
But there is only one of my friends I cannot remember how we met ... I've just always known her. Her name is Mary, she grew up just down the street from my grandparents. Whenever I visited I would see Mary and as we grew older we'd spend weekends at each others and we'd write letters. She was (and i guess still is) almost two years older than me ... She taught me about lots of stuff ... a great "big sister", we would tell people we were "cousins". We also go into our fair bit of trouble together ... boys, 4wheelers, sneaking out ... I could go on, but I won't :-) When I was looking at colleges I felt completely overwhelmed, ended up attending the collage where Mary was, felt good to have her near by. Hubby and I got engaged that year and Mary was thrilled to be my maid of honor, and last year we named out baby girl after her. Ahhh ... friendship ... a great gift from the Lord!

3. What would you say is one of your "weirdest" quirks?

I can't sleep without covers, even in 100 degree heat, I need at least a sheet or I can't fall asleep.

4. What is your favorite genre of music? (Hip hop? Classical? Rock? etc.)
I am very eclectic ... can listen to and enjoy many kinds of music. But I do tend to choose hymns or praise music if its left up to me.

5. Are you a Night Owl...or an Early Bird?
Oh .... sooooo ... Night Owl!!!! Get me past 11pm and I get a total second wind, am good rill 2 or 3 am. But then I can easily sleep till 10am too. My mom is the exact same way, guess its hereditary.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Veteran's Day

I was so excited when my boys brought home the red, white and blue papers from school to fill out. Their school was planning a special Veteran's Day Chapel Service and they wanted the kids to fill out papers about any relatives they might have serving or who have served in the military. We are very proud of our family's military vets, so we set right to work filling in dates, ranks, and listing who served in which branch of the service. I was also able to find photos of each family member in their service uniform.

Their daddy, my wonderful husband Allen, served in the Navy for 8 years in the 1990s, on a submarine:

Their Papa Roger served in the Army, in the Signal Corps in the 1960s:

Their Great-Grandpas (both my grandpas) served in the Navy and Air Force during the 1940s and WWII:

I'm so pleased that the school my boys are attending has chosen to honor our service members this way. I mentioned to my dad that we were going to have this special Veteran's Day service and he offered to pick up my Great-Grandparents (who live an hour away) and bring them down for the morning. How wonderful!!! They had a fantastic time. And Allen's parents (who also an hour away) drove to be here this morning also. And Allen used his last vacation day of the year, so he could attend the service with his boys too.

I'm so proud of these men in my life ... I wish I had even remotely appropriate words to express my gratitude, but at the moment I can not find any ... so I'll let the pictures speak for me:

Monday, November 02, 2009

Mary, Mary Our Pumpkin Fairy

If she were older I am sure that our little
Mary might not like what her siblings
have been chanting all day:
"Mary, Mary our sweet pumpkin fairy"
But for today she just giggles and enjoys the attention!