Sunday, March 23, 2008

Sidewalk Chalk

One of the fun things in Shelby's Easter basket was sidewalk chalk. We were outside drawing on the driveway twice today! Shelby had a ball! She'll really love it when she can really draw stuff!

This is so fun!

Drawing great lines!

Trying to draw Daddy

Now it's Shelby's turn!

Second Egg Hunt of 2008

Easter Basket

Coming home from church

Checking it out

How does this top work?

No Great Picture of the Dress

Sorry, but we don't have an outdoor picture of Shelby in her dress. Before church, we were running late. Afterwards, we had to come straight home because Channing had a migraine. We will take pictures and post them as soon as we can.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Dyeing Eggs

Getting started

Making a mess

This is so much fun!!

First Egg Hunt of 2008

This morning was the egg hunt at Downtown. Shelby had fun finding eggs, for a little while at least. After about five minutes, she was ready to play!

I organized the egg hunt this year. I had the fun task of filling just over 500 plastic eggs! If I do this again next year, I'm going to get some help.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Thirty and Flirty and Thriving

Today is my 30th birthday. I honestly dreaded today the whole time I was 29. My friend Jennifer has asked why it was so hard for me, and I really can't put my finger on it. Thankfully people knew how much I was dreading it and were very kind. My sister assures me that the 30s are wonderful. I'm going to take her word for it and think positive!

Shelby was fever-free today (finally) so we actually got to get out of the house and celebrate! The three of us went to lunch at The Cookie Basket. We had two offers from friends to babysit tonight while Channing and I had dinner together, but we decided to celebrate as a family at home. The main reason we did that was because we were afraid Shelby's fever might come back while we were out. It worked out great, though, and the three of us had a great time together tonight. Channing grilled hamburgers and corn on the cob. He also made a birthday cake for me; yellow cake with chocolate favorite!

Tonight Channing took care of bath-time (as usual actually) and bedtime for Shelby while I went to the library to get a couple books and then chatted on the phone with some family and good friends. He ended up going to bed at nine while I stayed up to blog, and watch 13 Going On 30, one of my favorite movies.

I am so thankful for all the sweet birthday wishes I received from friends and family. Channing and Shelby got me a Gilmore Girls season on dvd. Nunda got me the curtains you can see in a couple of the pictures below. My parents sent me a check and I think I'm going to wait a little bit until it's short-sleeve weather and buy a few new shirts. I feel so blessed to have friends and family to celebrate this day with.

Shelby chowing down on corn

My yummy birthday cake with those dreadful numbers on top

Blowing out the candles
(That reminds me...I forgot to make a wish!)

Shelby LOVED my "delicious" cake!!
(Yes, she said it was delicious!)

Saturday, March 15, 2008


Today is our fifth wedding anniversary. What a blessing it has been to be married to my best friend! I thank God for giving me such an incredible husband.

We aren't going to get to celebrate quite like we'd planned. Shelby came down with strep on Thursday and is still running a fever. We are going to go away just the two of us sometime next month.

Sunday, March 09, 2008

A Snowy Spring Break in Tennessee

Since so many of its teachers or assistants are Harding students, Carpenter's Kids was closed this past week while Harding University was on Spring Break. Shelby and I went to Tennessee to visit my parents for a few days, and actually ended up getting stuck because of a winter storm that hit both Arkansas and Tennessee. We arrived Tuesday afternoon and planned to return to Searcy on Friday. We ended up staying an extra day though, and enjoyed playing in the snow. Unfortunately, I left my camera at home, and didn't get to take any pictures of all the fun we had.

While we were there, my mom took us to a fun new pizza place. (I can't remember the name of it though.) Not only do they have pizza and fun-themed dining rooms, there were a bunch of games and kiddie rides. We had a great time. Thanks, Nona, for a fun afternoon.

Shelby, Nona, and I played in the snow on Saturday morning. There was about four inches of snow in my parents' front yard! We made two snowmen and several snow angels. Shelby loved all the snow!

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Snow in March

We got just enough snow to go play for a little bit. Shelby had a ball, as you can see from the pictures below!

Hooray for snow!

Don't know what gave her the idea to pose like this.
Boy, was it funny...and cute too!

Posing for the camera with her snowball

Monday, March 03, 2008

Nunda and Morgan's Visit

My sister and her son came for a visit this past weekend. John ended up having to work that weekend, and we missed having him here too. Shelby was so excited about Aunt Nunda and Morgan coming, that she couldn't go to sleep Friday night until they got here.

Saturday morning we relaxed and played a couple games of Scrabble while Morgan and Shelby watched Finding Neemo and played in the playroom. After lunch, we got ready and went to Target and the Old Mill in Little Rock. Nunda spoiled us at Target! I got new curtains for the dining room to match my new valance in the living room, Channing got a cool new belt buckle, and Shelby got fun new rain boots and a Furr Real Pets pig. Thanks, Nunda, for your generosity! Come visit anytime! :) After our shopping excursion, we drove to Georgetown and had yummy catfish at the Georgetown One Stop. We'll have to go again next time so that John can experience the goodness of Georgetown.

We sure did enjoy Nunda and Morgan's visit. We look forward to their next visit...when John can come too!

Morgan and Shelby waiting for breakfast casserole

The three of us at the Old Mill
(We should have had someone take a picture of all 5 of us!)