Flo, here's a little gift just for you!
Meet ya at the NKOTB concert (you, too, Jen Strib!)
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Monday, January 28, 2008
I took a Modern Literature class my senior year at Texas A&M (whoop!). The class itself was enthralling, the professor was lively and spastic, and the books allowed me to use my critical thinking membrane. I fell in love with this book, and to this day it remains on my list of "Top 10 Books You Must Read Before You Die". It is NOT an easy read. It is a little weird, and my sister and my dad have not been able to read it. You must understand: my dad consumes books, but couldn't get through this one. Like I said, it's a tough read, but sooooooo worth it if you can get to the end. You will read this last page of the novel, sigh deeply, then dive right back in to re-read it. That's exactly what I did.
I love to organize things, and The Container Store is an organization-freak's dream! I rarely get to shop there, but I love all the new concepts they bring to the organization world. And don't misunderstand: my home isn't really that organized, but when I get on a kick and organize my craft closet (like I did this weekend), there's not much else that brings about the same feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment.
Last but not least, this is my current favorite house on the market in the Waco area. Cody and visited this house with our realtor, and we left our hearts there. (super corny, right?). We toured this home about a year ago, and I think about this house at least once a day. It represents everything that is impractical for the Beeler family, but sometimes impractical is what's most fun, right? This gem sits on 17 acres in the middle of podunk-ville, and comes equipped with pool, hot tub, concrete stained floors, floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace, and two donkeys. The donkeys did me in. My soul will not rest until I own this piece of property.
Well, there you have it. It's not thrilling. It's rather shallow. But it's my favorite things list. I hope you're a better person for reading this.
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Well, they told me they're bad! I really want to follow what they told me like if I do drugs and alcohol that there WILL be consequences! She also points out people that are smoking or drinking and tells me that I will look like that if I drink or do drugs. She tells me about news stories about people that have been killed by drugs and that makes me think of how I don't want to end up like that.
2. Do you really listen when they teach you something?
**Hello, Angela here. I had to interject on this one. Cody and I have both told Kellie-Laine this is the best response when her friends ask or assume that she likes someone. Kellie-Laine thinks the response sounds dorky and is "too embarrassing" to say! Kellie-Laine loves to pick on Cody!!
3. What is a good way to talk to my daughter about her changing body?
4. What's your favorite memory about being little?
my favorite memory of being little was being an ONLY CHILD!!!! I loved that because I got all the attention and I spent more time with my parents. I got peace and quiet and I didn't have to babysit!! I love my sisters though, without them I would be sooo bored! I love playing with Landrie and holding Emerie!!!I feel blessed to have such a great family!!!
5. What's the one thing you wish your parents would let you do that they say you're too young for?
6. If you could have the best day ever, what would you do?
7. What do girls want to hear most from their moms?
8. What should "us mommies" be saying instead of "that's cool!"?
10. What is one thing your dad has done that you're grateful for?
Sunday, January 20, 2008
I have an important announcement: I have a really special post that's coming soon, but I'll need your help. You see, I have a guest blogger lined up for an interview at the "Adventures of a SuperMom" blog! That's right! This guest blogger will answer your most burning questions...questions that all of us have on our minds and want answered FROM 12 YEAR OLD.
Yep, you guessed it. Kellie-Laine will be blogging sometime next week, and she will be answering your questions. Nothing is off limits--well, I do draw the line at perversion--but other than that NOTHING IS OFF LIMITS! She will answer your questions without any editing or suggestions from me. (This will be an extreme practice in letting go of that "control freak" in me!)
Haven't you always wondered why pre-teens seem fascinated with bodily noises...especially at the dinner table? Ask Kellie-Laine. Don't know what to do with your daughter who has a hard time making friends? Ask Kellie-Laine. Interested in knowing what I look like with no make-up on? Ask Kellie-Laine. Want to know why girls whine when asked to clean their rooms? Ask Kellie-Laine.....you get the picture, right?
Here's what I need you to do: please post a question in the comments section of this entry. Once we've gathered a handful of questions, I'll have Kellie-Laine post her responses. I know I've whined and complained about the many of you who read my blog; yet don't comment. And hopefully I've praised and properly acknowledged those of you who do....but if you could please do me a favor and try to think of something to ask her. I'd really, really be grateful. She's excited about this, and so am I!
Looking forward to your questions.....I think!
Friday, January 18, 2008
Those of you who read this blog are, obviously, familiar with the crazy popularity that surrounds blogging. Blog-reading is that perfect combination of reality TV + eavesdropping + snooping + non-fiction reading + local gossip column + voyeurism. It is highly entertaining, comforting and creepy--all at the same time. I read several blogs consistently (notice the list to the right). But oftentimes I happen upon bloggers who I don't know, yet I'm completely engrossed in their stories. It's weird. And I'm wondering: are there people reading my blog who don't know me? Should I think that's weird, too? I don't; I kinda think it's cool.
(If you're ever interested in finding new blogs to read, try doing a Goodle search for "Weblog Awards." You'll find nominees and winners for the year's best blogs in all sorts of categories like: parenting, humor, news, fashion, politics, etc. I have found some real doozies that make me laugh so hard I become incontinent...or is it incoherent?... inconsolable? It's probably all three....quick! Get me a diaper, a box of kleenex and some smelling salts! It's that funny.
One blog that I've consistently kept up with is Pioneer Woman. I don't know her, but I love her stories and apparently so does the rest of America. She started out as a piddly ol' blogger like me, emailed her site to a few friends, and in a year's time....she became a blog celebrity! She now is a guest columnist for JC Penny's and the Food Network, and her readership is in the tens of thousands!
Even here in Waco, TX the blogging business is booming. Photographers, news journalists, churches, even florists have extended their marketing efforts to include blogging. And it's working! I discovered a photographer just last night whose blog was linked to another blog, and I'm thrilled to have found her and will probably use her one day (http://www.kathrynkrueger.blogspot.com/). That's what I call word-of-blog advertising!
Reading other blogs has made me aware of the writing talent out there, and there are so many fabulous, inspiring, funny bloggers! I have tried to take my own blogging up a notch or two to make things stimulating, entertaining, and above all real. Looking back at the genesis of my blog, I realized that the first half of my entries were simply updates...Kellie-Laine's doing this, Landrie's doing that, Emerie is great, Cody is lovely, I am fine....blah, blah, blah. Pretty boring, huh? So here in the past few posts, I've really tried to let you in on my family life...the reality of it; the ugliness of it; the humorous side of it. I hope you've noticed, and I hope you'll stay to read more. I thank you for taking the time to read about our family, and ESPECIALLY to the handful of you who leave me a comment. It absolutely brightens my day. To all of you lurkers: feel free to come out of the closet if you will. I'd love to know who I'm writing for!
SuperMom's gotta fly now....the kids are napping and I've got some blog catching-up to do!
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
DISCLAIMER: This has a small level of crassness....but it's accidental crass. Does that count? I don't want to offend anyone, but Cody and I got a belly-rolling laugh out of this! Watch it at least two times and pay attention to the preacher's face. Hi-Lar-I-Ous.
This is particularly funny to me being that my brother-in-law, Boog, is a youth minister. I would never want this to happen to him, though....(well, okay, it might be kinda funny!)
Hope this gives you a good laugh on a dreary Wednesday!
Friday, January 11, 2008
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
I've alluded a bit to my love of music, mostly Christian. Cody and I have amassed a huge collection of itunes music, which is now worth more than the sum of both of our vehicles. One of my favorite things to do in all my spare time (I'm laughing hysterically at the thought of "spare time") is to search for new artists and new music. I've come across some recent favorites, and I'm in love with my new worship mix.
Which leads me to my question for the four of you readers....WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE CHRISTIAN SONGS? Let me clarify that I don't really mean hymns (which I dearly love)...I'm talking about worship music. Your personal favorites...the ones that get your blood pumping and you can't help but singing and smiling!
Here is what's currently on my favorite worship mix:
1. Revelation Song
2. For My Love, Bethany Dillon
3. Light of the World, Watermark
4. God With Us, MercyMe
5. Hallelujah, Bethany Dillon
6. Take Me There, Watermark
7. Let your Light Shine, Bethany Dillon
8. You Are Good, Nicole Nordeman
9. I Know You're There, Casting Crowns
10. How You Live, Point of Grace
11. Glory in the Highest, Chris Tomlin
12. Beautiful, Bethany Dillon
13. Captivate Us, Watermark
14. The More I Seek You, Hillsong (?)
15. Miracle of the Moment, Steven Curtis Chapman
16. In Better Hands, Natalie Grant
17. All My Praise, Selah
18. Top of My Lungs, Phillips, Craig & Dean
There's one or two more I can't remember right now (I made the above list from memory), but you get the gist of the kind of songs I'm talking about.
I listen to this CD every time I'm in the kitchen, which is about 12.5 times a day. My little ones, especially Emerie, will walk around with their hands lifted up in the air, swaying and singing (yes, we attend Highland...aka "High Hands"), and it's super cool to watch them do this!
I just love the energy that fills the air when powerful praise is being played! It can literally turn my sour mood sweet, and make my happy mood exhilarating! I was just curious if anyone else has this emotional response to music the way I do (or if I'm just a complete freak of nature). And listen, I know it's not really the music that I'm responding to...but God himself. Even better.
So respond away, you four faithful readers.....what are your musical faves? Any suggestions for me? And please remember to call ahead if you ever plan on stopping by my house. The sounds from within might scare you. While I love to hear great worship music, I also love to sing with it. And that, folks, is where my endless talents end. I can't sing melody (I'm an alto)....but that NEVER stops me from trying!
Sunday, January 6, 2008
Kellie-Laine got a digital camera with video capabilities this Christmas. Here are a few of the high-quality, memory-making, home movies she has capured so far.
I know, I know. You don't have to tell me. Her movie-making skills are extraordinary.