Sunday, March 30, 2008

the short version...

i swear in a couple of days, i will get on here and post as many details as my little heart desires. but for now, i'm gonna give you this in the readers digest seriously condensed version. my birthday was fabulous. luke helped micah make me a peanut butter pie, and he sang me happy birthday. too cute. then i went to the spa and it was to die for. went to eat with my hubby alone and that was awesome as well. sunday the lesson in sunday school was everything micah and i have been talking about lately so that rocked. sunday afternoon we got an offer on our house and had it sold by 9pm. now i'm stressed and will NOT be able to sleep b/c i feel like i've had 9 cups of coffee. we don't have a house picked out for us, but we DO at least have contenders. we are supposed to close on this house april 30th. i gotta go pick up my mama tomorrow afternoon. PTL she will be here alllll week b/c i will need her in the worst way!! if for nothing else, stress management/OCD control!!

please pray that micah and i find the house that is right for our family and that we can get everything going this week financially and that this mama (who will be bringing a baby home in 10 weeks on top of everything else) can find some of God's perfect peace.

details will follow...i promise!! unless yall tell me otherwise that is!

Thursday, March 27, 2008

thankful thursday

1. i'm thankful that it is almost the weekend which means it will be my BIRTHDAY!! this is a big one. the big three-oh! i am super excited b/c i can just feel how much smarter i will be.

2. i'm thankful that for my birthday, i will be getting a 60 minute prenatal massage, a manicure and a pedicure. plus my friend brandy will come keep the kiddos for a little date to the macaroni grill with my hubby.

3. i'm thankful that on monday, i will travel to clanton to pick up my mama and she will be here for a week. she has NEVER done that before and this will save me countless hours on the phone next week!! (i'm also thankful she will be cutting my hair!!)

4. i'm thankful that it has been a pretty good week with the kiddos, even though today looks like it has the potential to be a doozy.

5. i'm thankful for the awesomeness that is cocoa rice krispy treats. and peanut butter rice krispy treats. and i'm really thankful i made a pan of each last night.

6. i'm thankful that micah got a bonus for the first time in 3 years and that it was actually the biggest one he has ever gotten. way to go smart daddy. just in the nick of time for buying new beds for the boys.

7. i am most excitedly super thankful that next week, i will get my first real look at my little tinkerbell. we are scheduled for our 4-D ultrasound and nana will be here to witness it! (from her earlier profile pic, i think she will look like Luke...but we'll see!)

~NOTE: next thursday's thankful edition will hopefully include new pictures of sissy!

Monday, March 24, 2008

a hunting we will go!

Happy Easter from the Tuckers!!

Easter Bunny loot

Seth checks on his egg progress

Luke dying Easter eggs for the first time

on the 2nd round of egg hunting

this is the picture from wednesday...the tent that saved them from their mama!

Thursday, March 20, 2008

thankful thursday

it's that time again.

1.) first and foremost i am thankful for the betty crocker company and the dr. pepper company. without them, i would have never made it through tuesday and neither would have my children.

2.) i am thankful that i was resourceful enough to think about our popup baby cabana tent yesterday when it was raining. it came to me for the kids to play campout in the living room. that was 2 hours of entertainment and minimal fighting.

3.) i am thankful that most things in my house are washable since seth seems to be on a semi potty strike for the last few days. i mean...seriously.

4.) i am thankful that we have nothing planned for the weekend. micah got yard work done last weekend so that leaves plenty of time on saturday for easter egg dying (and possibly some hunting.)

5.) i'm thankful that i don't really remember anything from before i was 5. that gives me hope that my kids won't be too scarred from their childhood.

6.) i am actually thankful for my kids. these days, i don't have anything else to offer in conversation it seems like!!

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Tasty Tuesday

As promised...this is what we are having tonight.

Chicken Enchiladas

3 large chicken breasts, cooked and chopped or shredded
8-12 flour tortillas (depending on the size)
2-8 oz pkg cream cheese, softened
1/2 large onion, diced
2 cans green chiles (or can use jalepenos if you like it spicier)
1 can cream of chicken soup
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup milk
salt & pepper to taste

in a skillet cook onions until tender. in a bowl, mix together softened cream cheese, chicken, onion, salt, pepper & 1 can of chiles undrained. when mixed together, spoon part of mixture down the middle of each tortilla. wrap up and place seam side down in a 13x9x2 glass dish that has been sprayed. in a saucepan, heat soup, milk, 1 cup of cheese and the other can of chiles together until all melted together. pour over the top of tortillas. place in a 350 degree oven covered for 45 minutes. uncover and put the last cup of cheese on top and bake 5 more minutes.

*this makes quite a bit. i can usually get 6 in one pyrex and i use the last 4 in a smaller 8x8 dish and freeze them. i do everything but cook them when i freeze them. i put them in the refrigerator to defrost the night before i want to cook them and then just cook as above. this is also a good dish to take to new moms b/c it's not spicy.

a personal best

luke went for a record this morning getting 2 spankings before i had even rolled out of the bed. 7:30. strong. i'll be back in a bit for tasty tuesday. i have fights to break up.

Monday, March 17, 2008

one of those days already

could someone please tell rosemary that the daycare is now closed and someone can come and get her babies? wow. it's only 8:30 and i have given out 4 spankings and luke has been in time out since he received his first 3 spankings 45 minutes ago. he is that stubborn about not answering what he did to get in trouble and not apologizing. he is trying to lure seth to his room now to let him out.

seriously, i hate to think about what the day would have been like if i hadn't spent some time praying this morning. little boys and them having self control are definitely not synonymous. which means mama doesn't always have it, but hopefully praying about it this morning (like praying for patience i guess) is what spurned this fit. 4 year old is the only one who doesn't understand the concept of "why"? God, have mercy on me today because i need it in a major way.

in house news, a couple came last wednesday to look at our house and then brought her husband back on friday to look at it and my MIL who was here babysitting said they had a notebook and was stepping off from out building to the driveway (like for another drive). so we will see. i think they were gonna make a decision between ours and another 1 or 2 the beginning of this week. so just pray that we are accepting of whatever God has in store for us.

UPDATE: finally...apoligies made, the reason given...and it only took an hour.


Thursday, March 13, 2008

thankful thursday already?

What a big boy!!

what a week. today i may have to be really creative. or i may have to repeat myself.

~I'm thankful that God gives us do-overs. i typically need one multiple times a day.

~I'm thankful for the invention of the DVR. I have found that i watch waaaay too much mindless tv during the day keeping me from doing more important things. however, as of today, my goal is to give up tv during the kiddos waking hours so i can make more out of my time with them. so if anything comes on that i just cannot miss...then i have a backup to get me through nap time.

~I'm thankful that my house didn't burn down during the unfortunate refrigerator incident and that Micah figured out what it was before we went to bed. that could have been bad.

~I'm thankful for the cuteness that is sethy finding his "L's" this week. we now have official words like Luke, Ally (cwaire), love and jeLL-O. too stinkin cute.

~I'm thankful that Luke doesn't have a complex about the fact that i cut off all his curls. and i mean for REAL cut them off. he lost about an inch and a half of hair. but it's warming up and this will last me a few months. added bonus, it's so short, seth can't get a grip on it to pull it.

~Don't know if i have mentioned it, but i am super glad for books/Bible studies on CD. i am just that lazy and can get through it much faster when someone is just talkin it to me.


~today i am most thankful that little bones don't seem to break extremely easily. otherwise DHR would probably be on my doorstep b/c of luke and seth trying to kill each other. brothers are rough stuff.


Monday, March 10, 2008

silly satan...tricks are for kids.

after an extremely busy week, i was looking forward to my much anticipated 24 hours of time with ladies and the Lord. we went over to scottsboro (about an hour from here) to a campground by the river. we had a great time and heard good messages. we woke up to a little dusting of snow, which i really don't care anything about, but it was really pretty since i could see that, mountains and a river all in one scene. i ate waaaay too much, b/c that's what you do on retreat. i got home about 4 on saturday afternoon. i spent some time with micah and the kids and asked them to all load up and go with me to get a few things at walmart and to pick up supper. when we got home about 630, we walked in the door to find smoke in the kitchen. luke had walked in just ahead of me and was screaming (micah was behind me with the bags). so i (by the grace of God) got them outside and micah started looking for the source. (now let me insert that my ouse catching on fire, whether i'm there or not, is a huge fear of mine.) the smoke was only in the kitchen and you could tell it was an electrical smell. but nothing was left on, b/c nothing had been used that day. we looked in every room and even in the attic. i told micah to go get our neighbor to help so i could keep the kids in the van with me. they thought it smelled like it came from behind the stove. they pulled it out and took the back off to find what they thought was the socket for the light shorted. so they unhooked it and taped it off and were satisfied, for the moment, that the culprit had been identified. meanwhile, i'm outside giving my kids dry cereal and cups of chocolate milk for supper.

as the night went on, micah kept thinking it was something else. the smoke was gone, but we could smell that burning smell as we walked into the kitchen (which is where the refrigerator is) and you couldn't smell it by the stove.) but he didn't know if he was just being paranoid (which i thought he probably was.) about 9:30 (after we finally got our kids to bed) he said he didn't think the freezer was cooling right b/c the ice was wet and the bread stuff was thawing out. so i told him to put the thermometer in there and check it in like 20 minutes. and it was only reading 34 degrees. so i told him to then go to the deep freeze to see what it was supposed to be (cause i was thinking that around 0 was optimal.) and it was around 8 degrees about 15 minutes later. so he takes the back panel off of that to find that the wires that went to something on the compressor were completely burned off and melted. even better. so at 11pm off my hubby goes to walmart to get bags of ice so that we can put everything into coolers (cause i had just bought a new gallon of milk for pete's sake!) and i started loading the freezer stuff into the deep freeze (thank goodness for that thing too!!)

and of course you realize that our warranty was only for 5 years and we have had the refrigerator 6 years as of march 1st. so after an awesome week of paying a good chunk of debt off and knowing what we would be getting back from taxes, and losing at least an hour of sleep, $800 later we have a new refrigerator. obviously the most important thing was that my family was safe, it happened while we were gone or at least on the way home, and our house didn't burn down. i could care less about having to buy a new appliance. it's just money. i do find the humor in the fact that satan was trying to be up to his tricks...right after i was coming home from my 24 hours with Jesus. that was stupid.

and i'd like to take this moment to interject that it's 8:45 and luke has already lost his video priviledges from backtalking and they are both locked in their rooms b/c i think luke is trying to suffocate seth. if satan doesn't get you one was, he definitely tries to get you another and i'm not impressed as i have already spent time in prayer and devotion this morning.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

thankful thursday

it has been a run on sentence of a week. however...

1. I'm thankful that it is honkin' gorgeous outside today and I could run some energy out of my kids, even if it did mean i had to pour sand out of their clothes and completely undress them in the garage before sending them inside.

2. I'm thankful that my SIL's grandaddy is so super crafty and Pop got him to make us a pint sized picnic table. It is completely perfect for days like today when I feel the need to eat lunch outside with the kiddos.

3. I am thankful that Kohl's was having a monster sale and that i could get some new sleep n play outfits for sissy. even my neutral stuff is a little boy looking.

4. I am thankful that as of this week, we are over 1/2 way to being back to debt free. It may be more like 2/3, but i'll be safe and just know it's more than 1/2.

5. I AM thankful that my house is generating lots of interest, even though it is showing an average of every other day and I'm completely worn out. (say a prayer that an offer comes...most people are needing to sell their own home to make an offer.)

6. I am thankful that tomorrow afternoon i will be on my way to my 24 hours of estrogen and Jesus. mama is most deserving!!

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

and then...

at the end of a really long and bad day that had many stands in the corner and spankings and plenty of words to go around, for the first time i hear these words..."you're the best mom ever."

who knew. in the words of Jim Carrey as the Grinch..."cute kid...baaaaaad judge of character!"

busy day. luke has school and i have to take food to a charity house at the hospital. hope everyone has a blessed day!

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

today's prayer

God, when i'm cleaning out my ears with q-tips next time, please let me dig a little too deep and burst an eardrum in hopes of losing my hearing.

lesson learned...never brag on your kids. it never lasts and they only strive harder to prove you wrong. it has been the longest worst day and i'm completely and totally exhausted...not to mention that sister is growing by leaps and bounds...which means mama is and my pelvic bone is starting to hurt (Christy, if you are reading this, i now understand what you were talking about with Carley...was it this early??? 25 weeks?)

i've got around 13 weeks to go until d-day (haven't set the date yet, but it will be around 38 weeks) and i'm glad our little family will be done.

tony and susan...have i mentioned that i don't envy you at ALL today? thankful thursday is gonna be hard this week, suz.

to add to today's insanity, someone wanted to see my house and there is someone lined up for saturday. that will make 8 times in 17 days. for tha love...

tasty tuesday

today i'm posting a recipe that most people know, love and make. this one is a little different, though. i absolutely hate hate hate green beans. i always try them thinking my palate will change. however, i just don't have any like for them at all. i tried my mama's version of green bean casserole at christmas and i can take it pretty well. it's not a favorite that i would always ask for b/c the green bean and i will never be close friends. but this definitely takes the strongness away.


2 cans french style green beans, drained
1 can cream of chicken soup
3/4 cup milk
1 1/3 cup french fried onions
4 oz velveeta cheese, cubed

mix everything together except 2/3 cup of onions. bake 30 minutes at 350 and add the last of the onions and bake 5 more minutes.

tammy--send me the recipe for squash dressing please!!

Sunday, March 2, 2008

a sunday to sing about

so last night i prayed and prayed that God would just give me a peace about things with the house stuff. that i'm open to whatever works out and when and that i'm ok with God choosing a different plan than what i may think is best for us. while i was on the subject of peace i prayed that God would grant me the complete blessing of my kids being good for just one sunday. i have posted before about the reason i typically dread sundays and it's because my kids wake up with the devil in them and fight alllllll day and seth really wears me out in church (luke is typically good.) but when we got to sunday school i realized that there wasn't fighting in the car and there is ALWAYS fighting in the car (even though they sit on different rows!) and when we got in the car i told the boys that mommy thoroughly enjoyed her sunday because everyone acted like such big boys and i thanked them for doing so. the weather was rockin, i got my grocery shopping done without the typical sunday afternoon walmart crowd, came home and went outside with micah and the kids, packed a few boxes of! it was a terrifically, awesome, no bad, very good day. i wish more were like that!!

and i found some peace about the house stuff.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

just a quick note

we went house hunting again today. we have found a house that is super sharp and we are absolutely in love and it is a great size for our family. it is an awesome price, but we need to sale our house first. we had someone come look at our house today and we will have someone come on monday. (that will bring our total number of looks to 6 since last wednesday!) and you never know what sunday will hold. just pray that our house will sale quickly. we are not in a dire NEED situation, we just thought it would be nice to be in another house before ally claire gets here. and of course now that we have found one that we love, we are crazy about wanting ours to sell. so just pray that it will happen and that we will have faith. our neighbor just put hers up for sale as well so that will make things interesting. (we basically have the same house, just different size yard and we have an additional building.) but say a little prayer for her as well. she is dear to my heart and we have different reasons for "needing" to move, but hopefully people will fall in love with our houses and realize if they can't have one, then they can have the other!!

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