All because two people fell in love...

We met in February 1989, started dating in May, and got married in September. And Josh came *almost* 11 months later, just in case y'all were wondering. And then no more came. We waited, and waited, and then Lauren decided to make her debut in May 1995 (5 weeks early), and then Kayley 1997, Jacob 1998, Krissy 2001, Lindsey 2004 & Joey 2006. We lived in Texas until 2005, and then we moved to Arkansas, just about 25 miles north of Texarkana, Texas. Fortunately all my children are Texans (and my handsome husband) because Texans are just cool. Wish I was a Texan... but husband had to settle with a California gal, which I think is pretty cool too.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010


Grasshopper Fudge Cake

1 box white cake mix

2 tsp. mint extract, divided

12 drops green food coloring, divided

2 jars (16 oz. each) hot fudge topping

8 oz. container Cool-Whip

5 drops of yellow food coloring

Andes Mints (either buy in candy form, chop; or buy in pkg by chocolate chips)


Heat over to 350.  Spray 13x9 pan.


Make cake mix according to directions, adding 1 1/2 tsp. mint extract.  Reserve 1 c. white batter.  Pour rest into pan.  In the 1 c. batter, add 3 drops of food coloring.  Stir well.  Drop onto white batter, and then marblize (?) in a swirling pattern on top.  Bake for 27+ minutes, or until knife comes out clean.  Let completely cool.


Spread hot fudge all over the top.  Depending on how much you like hot fudge depends if you use both jars.  In medium bowl, add Cool-Whip, remaining 1/2 tsp. extract,  remaining 9 drops of green food coloring, and 5 drops of yellow.  Blend well.  Spread all over top of hot fudge.  Garnish with Andes Mints.  Store covered in fridge.


9 YeaRs oLD!

He loves his home state!

I sent him a Texas flag for his birthday.
He finally sent me some pictures.

Awesome, or what?

Monday, September 13, 2010

~8tH GRaDe VoLLeYBaLL~

Kayley is #7  Hard to see her in the last 2 pictures, but she is there!

Go Kayley!! Go Panthers!!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Ashdown Panther (bad pictures)

Lauren is the new 2010-2011 Ashdown High School Panther mascot!!!!!  Joey & I went to her first pep rally yesterday, and she did a good job considering it was her first time and had no practice with the cheerleaders at all!!  I took some pictures with my Blackberry (as I forgot to plug in my camera), so the quality of them are bad as I was high in the stands, not close at all.  Next week I am prepared, as my camera is plugged in already!  Her first game last night:
Ashdown-27, Hope, AR-0!

Go Lauren!!  Go Panthers!!

I {heart}

And why do I love them so?  Because they are awesome!!

About a month ago when I had the extra money I went there and got 4 kids shoes for $90.  It was Buy One Get One 1/2 Price.  The Nike shoes that I got Jacob, Krissy & Lindsey were $30 each, so basically, I got Joey's pair for free- That's how I like to see it. =)  Well, school started, and athletics for Kayley.  She is in volleyball.  The shoes that she thought would be okay from last year, were just a tad to small once she was having to jump and all that.  She really did need a new pair.  We went to Shoe Carnival on tax-free weekend, and by that time, I really didn't have enough money to buy more than 1 pair, even if it was 1/2 price (deal was still on).  Bought her a good pair of Nike's that would be good for her for 49.95, no tax.  Awesome!  My budget was only $50.  

Just the other day, Lauren was chosen to be mascot, and needed a good pair of shoes.  I am still in a bind with money, but went anyway to look for shoes.  The pair of Nike's that looked nice on her on her skinny narrow foot was $54.95.  I told Lauren that I was going to see if I can still get the Buy One Get One 1/2 Price even though I didn't have another pair of shoes.

I go up to the counter, show the receipt from Kayley's pair, and told the guy that when I had come weeks before, I didn't need another pair of shoes, and really didn't have the money to buy any more but now my other daughter needs a pair now, so can I get these or the other pair 1/2 price?  Told him I would even go get the box of shoes that I had gotten Kayley.  He said he didn't need the box, and that he would "return" Kayley's pair, add them back on, along with Lauren's pair.  And to make this long story shorter... I saved $30!  I was so excited!  AND they didn't charge me tax!!  Even after Academy is opened (Sep 24), I think Shoe Carnival will be the place I will go for shoes (we swore by Academy in College Station) for now on!
Moral of the story: Save your receipts, and don't be afraid to ask!

Friday, September 10, 2010


21st Anniversary~ 8 September 1989
(Yes, if you are wondering, Josh came 1 week shy of our 11 month anniversary! LOL!)