Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Pasta in the Promised Land?

If you know Elise well then you know she loves spaghetti/pasta/noodles. Maybe if I let her eat just carbs all the time she'd chunk up a bit!! Nah, let's keep our great eating habits strong! Anyway, as we were traveling to Texarkana for our New Year's Eve dinner, Shane asked her if she knew where we were going to eat. She answered with "Olive Garden!" Umm, no. We just ate there last time in T-town.

After we made it safe and sound back home and settled down, it was time to read our nightly Bible story from our Jesus Storybook Bible. She's had this a couple of years and we've read the stories, but out of order. There would be days when she wanted to hear the same story over and over and over. She receives a new Bible storybook each Christmas and I wanted us to read through this one beginning to end before we began the new one.
So, our story last night was "The Servant King". We always have to stop several times throughout the reading and answer the questions she has. Hence the need to only read one story a night. Better concentrated learning in my opinion. I'm reading and answering questions and finally get to the end where the last three words are, "an olive garden". Oh my goodness!! She said, "Did they get to eat spaghetti, too?"

Tuesday, November 5, 2013


This is an old draft from April 2011. LOL!!
I've seen this before, but feel compelled to post it on my blog. So looking forward to the days when Elise's little mind and mouth start asking these kind of questions!!

What Is Butt Dust?? What, you ask, is 'Butt dust'? Read on and you'll discover the joy in it! These have to be original and genuine. No adult is this creative!!

JACK (age 3)was watching his Mom breast-feeding his new baby sister... After a while he asked: 'Mom why have you got two? Is one for hot and one for cold milk?'

MELANIE (age 5)asked her Granny how old she was.. Granny replied she was so old she didn't remember any more. Melanie said, 'If you don't remember you must look in the back of your panties. Mine say five to six.'

STEVEN (age 3)hugged and kissed his Mom good night. 'I love you so much that when you die I'm going to bury you outside my bedroom window.'

BRITTANY (age 4)had an ear ache and wanted a pain killer. She tried in vain to take the lid off the bottle. Seeing her frustration, her Mom explained it was a child-proof cap and she'd have to open it for her. Eyes wide with wonder, the little girl asked: 'How does it know it's me?'

SUSAN (age 4)was drinking juice when she got the hiccups. 'Please don't give me this juice again,' she said, 'It makes my teeth cough..'

DJ (age 4)stepped onto the bathroom scale and asked: 'How much do I cost?'

CLINTON (age 5) was in his bedroom looking worried when his Mom asked what was troubling him, he replied, 'I don't know what'll happen with this bed when I get married. How will my wife fit in it?'

MARC (age 4) was engrossed in a young couple that were hugging and kissing in a restaurant. Without taking his eyes off them, he asked his dad: 'Why is he whispering in her mouth?'

TAMMY(age 4) was with her mother when they met an elderly, rather wrinkled woman her Mom knew. Tammy looked at her for a while and then asked, 'Why doesn't your skin fit your face?'

JAMES (age 4)was listening to a Bible story. His dad read: 'The man named Lot was warned to take his wife and flee out of the city but his wife looked back and was turned to salt.' Concerned, James asked: 'What happened to the flea?'

Kids say the darnest things.....The Sermon I think this Mom will never forget...This particular Sunday sermon....'Dear Lord,' the minister began, with arms extended toward heaven and a rapturous look on his upturned face. 'Without you, we are but dust...' He would have continued but at that moment my very obedient daughter who was listening leaned over to me and asked quite audibly in her shrill little four year old girl voice 'Mom, what is butt dust?'

Halloween 2013

Just a few photos from that night. I've really been slacking with my picture taking...trying to be more in the moment and all! But, since it's been 7 months since I've blogged, we can't be too picky now can we?!?!
Elise was our beautiful Cinderella princess.

Elise and Brailyn the Bee!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Cooking in the Bathtub

About 8 out of 10 times, we allow Elise to play in the tub for around an hour; she absolutely loves this.  She plays Monsties, builds cities, scoops and pours, bakes, plays Doctor with the shaving cream, etc.  The child's imagination and use of storytelling is growing by leaps and bounds!

Sunday, Elise helped me prepare the green bean casserole for lunch...from start to finish.  She's really been wanting to help more in the kitchen.  
We measured together, she helped me pour ingredients and stir.  

Last night during her bath, she was using the word tablespoon to describe how much water she was pouring from one container to the next!  Blows my mind!  They really do listen and absorb all the hands-on experiences.  By the way, she was making scrambled eggs in the bath!  Bahaha!!

Monday, April 1, 2013

Memory Jar Attempt

I had seen this idea on Pinterest of writing down special memories throughout the year and putting them in a jar.  At the end of the year you take out each one to read and reminisce.  Sounds like a wonderful idea, huh?!

Well, I get the jar ready with a semi-special homemade 2013 label and set it on the fireplace mantle ready to be filled with Meador family memories.  Today is Easter Sunday, March 31 and it contains exactly four different papers!

My reality is this...LIFE happens!  If I stopped to write down every special thing that I saw/experienced, there would be at least twice that many I would miss by not being actively engaged in the moment.

Also, I'm horrible at taking pictures and Elise doesn't cooperate very well with picture taking anyway.  I'm grateful for all the pictures we do have and the memories they conjure up, but I'm just not that mom with a camera around her neck.  

The last 3+ years have flown by and I just want to live in the moment, be hands-on and store little snapshots of our life in my mind.

For memory sake, our four written memories...

Elise stuck a bean sized piece of play dough/clay up her right nostril.  Randy Lowdermilk came over after he got off work and helped us get it out...we didn't know the proper way to correctly use the nose booger bulb thingie!

Elise brought home a stick and two small rocks from church.  We later planted the two "carrot seeds" in the garden.

Elise was upstairs visiting with Mr. Billy Don Peters while he was finishing up the staining-I was getting breakfast ready.  He stepped outside when she hollered to me something about an oval and rectangle.  She was talking about the oval and two rectangles in the front door...YEAH for recognizing shapes in her own environment!!

Elise is really getting into recognizing some letters and some sounds.  Every time she sees the letter E she shouts, "My name!  Look, that's my name!"  This morning, outside my closet, she pointed to the E on my nightshirt excitedly.  Then, she pointed to the A in BASS on one of my shoe boxes and said, "/a/, /a/, /a/!"  Next, she got one of her new yellow triangles, put it next to the A and said they were both triangles!  Love this age of learning!

Elise is also into playing Monsties and Roly Poly!  Her new favorite board-like game is HISS!  Surprisingly, she wins most times!


After this last written memory, I had LASIK eye surgery on both eyes and I just let this slip, but I'm A-Okay with that.

Trying to be more intentional, but hopefully still able to capture some real pictures of our life and written memories.  I'm just not going to stress about it.

I have 100s of blog posts that need to be written, pictures to be posted, etc., but life takes over and at night I need some "ME" time; working on blog posts is not top priority.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Garvan Gardens---camera pics

 She has not an ounce of personality!!

 My glasses, just out of the blue, fell apart Monday night while we were getting Elise ready for bed.  Thankfully, this old prescription pair of sunglasses was in the car.  I must have been a sight all day wearing my shades inside places!

 "What you talkin' 'bout, Willis?"  Name that show!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Garvan Gardens---cell phone pictures

On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, we drove out to beautiful Garvan Gardens to tour the grounds and hopefully get some nice pics of Elise. 

The day was lovely, the greenery and flowers were very nice and as you'll be able to tell we did manage to snap a few nice pics of our sweetie pie.

The outfit Elise has on was a bargain I picked up at Rhea Lana's in Texarkana when Janee and myself had a girls' night out.  This darling outfit was only $9---it would probably cost more for just the material than what I paid for this cuteness!

 They were already putting up Christmas lights and displays and of course Elise was telling us all the different colors of the bulbs---GREEN!

 SO stinkin' independent sometimes!

 Waiting on Daddy to bring the car around.

She was fast asleep before we made it to the highway.