II Chronicles 7:14

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

Friday, April 29, 2005

Boys will be boys...

WOW! Yesterday was QUITE a day! First of all my dad, who had surgery on his shoulder for a torn rotator cuff on Monday, began having pain in his low back--which we were fairly sure was a kidney stone. In the midst of him being in this terrible pain, my mom offered to keep Grant so I could go pick up my work. Well, while I was gone, Grant fell into the window sill and busted his head open! Mom called me and said he was probably going to need stitches. I wanted to rush home--but I was lost in downtown Tulsa and it ended up taking me about half an hour to get home. When I did finally get there, we took him to the doctors office where they determined he needed 4 stitches. They began by strapping him to a papoose board to hold him completely still and stiff--which he HATED. Then they gave him a few shots in his forehead to numb him up and then began the stitching. It was terrible. Grant screamed the entire time and I nearly fainted. It was an experience I never want to have again and I am sure Grant agrees. There is not much more awful than seeing your baby in pain and there being nothing you can do about it! Thankfully, he is doing great and we will go back next Friday to have the stitches removed. Hopefully it will be a much more pain-less procedure than putting them in! All in all, I've decided that he IS a boy and if this is the only time he has to get stitches, I can probably count myself pretty lucky! As the saying goes...boys will be boys!

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Happy Birthday Honey!!

Yesterday was my hubby's birthday! He is now only one year away from being OLD! Sorry those of you who have already reached the "old" status!! We had a fun day. We had lunch at the Olive Garden (yummmm...soup, salad and breadsticks)and then bowled a few games. I actually kept up with him for a while. We were tied at the 8th frame--but then he had to go and get 2 strikes in a row and leave me in the dust. Anyway, after that, we had pizza and cake and then came home and played Texas Hold'em Yatzee (one of the gifts I got him). It was so much fun. I definitely recommend this game to anyone who likes either poker or Yatzee! All in all, it was a great day and I am just so thankful to have such a terrific husband. He's not perfect and he can be a PAIN in the booty sometimes---but I wouldn't trade him for anything. I heard a quote at a movie the other day that sums up how I feel about him. It was, "I'd miss you even if I'd never met you." So babe, if you ever read this---that's how much I love you! I hope you are all as blessed as I am to have someone this special in your lives too!.............(ssm--sorry so mushy!)

Sunday, April 24, 2005

That's what I love about Sundays....

Have you heard the song by Craig Morgan titled, "That's what I love about Sundays?" Well, that is the kind of Sunday it has been today. It started off with a great church service, lunch at mom and dads, naps and now just chillin'. The kind of day I've been needing to have for a while. I stay busy so much of the time (which I like) but every now and then, even I need a lazy day. Yesterday we spent the day with the Newlyweds. Everyone but me and Grant (he needed a nap and I needed a shower) went to the Aquarium. Then we went to Monteray's for lunch and then to Safari's Animal Sanctuary. After that, they had to head home so we got a babysitter and went to a Couple's Game Night with our Sunday School class. It was a fun weekend. Hope yours was as good!

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

The "Newlyweds", Cale and Lindsay. You can also see Brooklyn and Matt in this picture! Posted by Hello

Grant and Mommy! April 2005 Posted by Hello

Monday, April 18, 2005

Going to the chapel...and they got married!

What a fun weekend we had. Matt's little brother, Cale, and his girlfriend, Lindsay, tied the knot on Saturday. They are such a cute couple! Friday night was the rehersal and we got to keep Cale's little boy, Jaxon, overnight with us. Then Saturday morning we got up and went to Golden Corral for breakfast and then back to the hotel to start getting ready. The wedding was beautiful. The slide show of pictures of them from babies to current was my favorite part. Then after the wedding, we hung around for pictures. Matt was a groomsman and Brooklyn was the ring bearer's accompaniment so they were both in the wedding party. It was pretty humerous watching Brooklyn after about the 5th picture. She would go up and sit (not stand) on the stage, make her hands into fists and put them up under chin with a big scowl on her face. Normally she loves to have her picture taken and is a big ham....but this was one time she was not the "main attraction" (the bride was) and she wasn't too thrilled about it. Eventually, I had to bribe her by telling her I would take her to Wal-Mart and let her pick out whatever she wants if she will just PLEASE stand up there and smile. All in all, she did very well. We had a lot of people comment on how well she did during the ceremony. We were very proud of her. She's really growing up!
After that, we went to the Butterfield Ballroom for the reception. I paid $5 to dance with the groom and then danced to a few songs with my hunky hubby. (Boy does he look GOOD in a tux!) Nana danced Grant to sleep and Brooklyn had a great time "dancing" all over the dance floor with all the other kids. It was a wonderful weekend and we wish Cale and Lindsay the best! We love you guys!

Thursday, April 14, 2005

My "Tingle" tanning experience...my buns are burnin'

Okay, if you are not a person who "fake-bakes" then you will definitely not know what I am talking about here...but if you are, then you have probably been introduced to what is commonly referred to in the tanning bed biz as tingle-lotion. You start by rubbing it all over your body just before tanning and you take a minute to enjoy the terrific tropical scent. THEN, about midway through your relaxing tan, you will start to wonder if you have just stepped into the fiery furnace. All of a sudden, it feels as if your body is being lit on fire and you have just gotten the worst sunburn of your life. At this point, you will probably rush to get out of the bed and run over to the mirror and to your horror, you will find that your body has now become a dark maroon color. Thankfully the extreme heat and redness only last for about an hour and then you are left with a really great tan. In any case, if you haven't used this kind of lotion yet, let this serve as your WARNING that you will hate it and no amount of tan is worth this miserable feeling. As for me, I am probably going to use it a couple more times because I paid $7.25 for a sample of this lotion called Smolder (hmmm....how appropriate) and I WILL NOT let my money go to waste---even if it does remind me of why I don't want to go to hell everytime I use it!

Saturday, April 09, 2005

This is the day that the Lord has made!

What a Beautiful Saturday! Our weather is perfect! The high today is 78. I got up early this morning and walked/jogged on my new treadmill for 30 minutes, did some push-ups and crunches, ate some cereal, showered, and now I am about to start working on my transcription. Matt got called out to go to work so it's just me and the kids. I got my hair done the other day. It turned out really cute--highlights and a cut. It was time for a new do---I was starting to look kinda dreary. In a little while, when Grant wakes up from his nap, we are going to go shopping for new dresses for Brooklyn and me to wear next weekend to Matt's little brother, Cale's, wedding. Brooklyn is in the wedding, so she needs a solid white dress and as for me, I just want to find something flattering and that will show off my good tan (thanks to my hubby for buying me a 90-day tanning package!). Plus, Matt is wearing a tux (sexy, sexy!) so I can't be looking like a slob. It's gonna be a great day! Thanks Lord for this awesome weather! c u all later!

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Shop till you drop?...an understatement

Yesterday was my neice, Chantel's, 17th birthday. Our family (13 of us in all) started the day out with lunch at the Olive Garden. Then the girls and guys split up so us girls could go shopping and the guys could do whatever they wanted. We started out at the mall, stopped at Old Navy and Kohl's and ended with Target. We shopped for 8 straight hours without a single break! To most people this would probably sound exhausting---but those of you who know me know, this was totally my kind of day! As a matter of fact, it seems like the more I shop, the more I want to shop---which is why I was back at the mall again today to get a few things I forgot yesterday. After all this shopping, we ran through Sonic and picked up hamburgers and then picked up chips and queso from El Chico and went home and pigged out. It was a great day and Chantel if you read this, I want you to know how EXTREMELY proud of you I am. Yes for winning 1st place in the dance contest, but most of all for letting Jesus shine through you so brightly. You are an amazing girl and a wonderful role model. Thank you! I love you!
Okay, that's all for now....goodnight!

Saturday, April 02, 2005

is Grant really done with bottles at 10 months?

Woohoo! It has been over 24 hours since Grant has had a bottle!! He is drinking his formula out of sippy cups and we are so excited! Brooklyn was difficult to wean from the bottle and I expected him to be as well...but out-of-the-blue yesterday, I decided to just try putting his milk in a sippy cup and he took it fine...and has ever since! If you're not a mom, you won't understand my excitement about this seemingly nominal victory--but if you are a mom, you totally know why I am thrilled. okay, I gotta go take a shower while I have a chance. (This is another one of those only-a-mom-would-understand things.) c u later!

Friday, April 01, 2005

Wow! Who knew it would be so simple to get my own website? This will be a really cool, fun way to keep all of you updated on the joys, aggravations and insanities in our daily lives here in the Jones house. Honestly, right now, I can't think of an interesting thing to say. The boys of the house are sleeping, and we girls are playing on the computer. Brooklyn has been playing on Disney Channel Online for the past two hours! (I didn't even know she knew how to click the mouse.) Earlier when I came in here to check on her, she was staring at the screen like something was wrong. I looked and the print box had popped up. I hit cancel and said, "Okay babe, its fixed. Now what did you want to do?" She replied, "I was trying to print!" She never ceases to amaze us. Oh, here's something funny for ya. Today being April fools day, I decided to play a little trick on my sweet hubby. Weird as it might be, I have saved both of the home-pregnancy tests that showed I was "positively" pregnant from our two children. So, I decided to pull one out and set it on the bathroom counter with a little note that said, "Surprise!" I never thought he'd really fall for it---but boy do I wish I'd had the camera ready when it registered in his brain what that little pee-stick was. It was one of those priceless moments. I couldn't keep the joke going for very long though because I could see his face was changing from shock to utter despair....and it was cracking me up! Hmm..this blogging thing is actually kinda fun...but I must go. Brooklyn is dancing around my chair telling me in her typical drama queen manner that she is "Starving!" Will write again soon!