Wednesday, June 27, 2007


Brooks always wants to get in my lap and press the keys on the keyboard as soon as I get on the computer. Finally, I thought about looking to see if their were infant on-line games. I use to let my students do on-line learning games after they had finished all of their center work and they loved it. Sure enough I did a search and found infant online games. He loved it. Most of the ones for infants only require them to push any key on the computer for something to pop up or play music. He sat here for about 10 or 15 minutes and then was ready to get down. It was much better than me just getting frustrated with him for wanting to bang on the keyboard and much more entertaining for both of us. This site had several different game sites on it. Knee Bouncers was our favorite site. go to fun and family time then online games
they had several good infant games as well

No pool on Tuesday

This is what happens when I make plans. He has never fallen asleep in his high chair. I knew he was so tired and had already tried to put him down for a nap. After he cried for 20 minutes I decided okay I will just get him up and go ahead and call Christine to see if she is going to the pool. So a group of girls and their tots were going and sure enough after packing our lunch, bag, and changing my clothes I came downstairs to this adorable picture. So sad that we missed the pool trip. I debated trying to put him in the car and going but that is always a big risk that I may end up with a tired and grouchy baby for the rest of the day.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Father's Day

We went to Chattanooga for Father's Day. So much fun. The sermon was so good. The preacher talked about fathers, of course , and the role they are called to fullfill as christians. It was very touching and several men came forward to ask for prayers. I think going forward is a pretty scary thing to do. Asking for prayers bc of a desire to be a better husband and or father is very admirable. Matthew is a great dada and I pray for him in that role.
Sunday was beautiful. The perfect day for a lake trip with the family. It was the first lake trip that Brooks did not cry. YAY!!! He loved sitting on the end of the boat watching his cousins Julie, Tim, and Tara jump off the boat. He came around after a little while and wanted to get in the water. This was huge for him. He even smiled some when he was in.


Baked Apricot Casserole
1 (17 oz.) can apricot halves,drained
1 c. light brown sugar, firmly packed
1 1/2 c. buttered cracker crumbs (town house), or sleeve of Ritz
1/2 c. butter

In a greased casserole dish, arrange the apricot halves, cut side up. Sprinkle the bown sugar and then the cracker crumbs over the apricots. Dot the crumbs with buter. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes or until the casserole has thickened and is crusty on the top.

I have never made this but will soon bc I love it and have had it at several potlucks. So sweet and southern.

Marinade Green Beans

6 cans of whole green beans, drained
1 stick butter, melted
3/4 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. soy sauce

Heat and mix butter, brown sugar and soysauce until brown sugar is dissolved. Pour green beans in 9x13-inch dish. Pour brown sugar mixtrue over green beans. Cover with plastic wrap and put in the refrigerator overnight. If desired before baking, sprinkle with bacon or bacon bits( I have never tried it with the bacon). Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes uncovered.

This is for my exfriend Carrie even though she does not want to use butter and has fresh green beans. I do not know how to cook under those two conditions.

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

We went to the beach last week and had so much fun. Brooks did not necessarily have a lot of fun outside but he did love being with all his family. I had to post this picture bc we bought this little pool in hopes that he would play and play and then I could read and read and lay out. Well, it did not work out quiet as well as I had hoped. He did love playing with his diving sticks and bucket. It was so cute to watch him. He just kept dipping it in and out of the bucket. It looked like he was making butter. Uncle Zach decided he was going to put some other things in Brooks' bucket. Brooks was fine with a boat or shovel but every time he put these rings in he would snatch them up and throw them out. Kids are so funny. We have no idea why he has so much hostility toward these rings.

Sure, I am having a blast. Just trying to see if there is another boy around with a cool suite like mine.

Really, I am having a good time.

Seriously, I do not want to go into the ocean.

I love my diving stick and bucket

Saturday, June 2, 2007

Great Test Results

So just wanted to let everyone know that I am feeling so much better and received good news back from my last cardio and chest MRI. After my previous CAT scan (about one month ago) they found a mass that was behind the wall of my heart. Needless to say nobody wants to hear the word mass come out of your doctors mouth. It was very small but all docs thought that I should have a MRI done just to make sure it was nothing that needed further investigation. It took a week to get in to have the MRI and another week to get a call back with the results. It was a very long two weeks. Friday Dr. Hall called me and gave me good results. The mass was just some residual thymus gland (this is something that normally goes away when you are a child but mine did not). The thickness of the lining around my heart measured normal which was great news. There was just a little fluid that most likely has not totally cleared up from the pericarditis (but it will clear up). Thanks for all your thoughts and prayers!!!!!!!!!!!