Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Carving Pumpkins

We finally got around to carving our pumpkins, (nothing like doing it the night before halloween!) The kids each had their own to do of course I helped carve out the face but they sure had fun. stay tuned for tomorrow's post with pictures of the kids dressed up in their finest!!


Monday, October 29, 2007

Law Enforcement Needs

With all the stuff out there that law enforcement people have to have I’m sure that it can get quite expensive, well at 5.11 Tactical they have all there gear in one place. They have everything you could think of for our police officers, from tactical pants, shirts, shoes, socks and with free shipping on all orders $50.00 and above plus free socks on every order they make it super easy to find everything. So if you have any friends or family that are in the law enforcement field then this would be a great place to send them.

Our weekend in review

Well I wish we really had something very cool to post about but nope. But that won't scare me away from posting about our weekend. But I guess I should state that it all started last weekend with Tanner getting a cough that has progressed in to a cold complete with runny nose. YUCK. Well looks like TJ and I both have the cough now and i'm hoping that its all we get. So we all stayed home from church so that we could keep our sickies here with us but i'm sure they would have loved them their ;)just kidding. I felt bad about staying home as I am the piano player for our primary and we are working like crazy to get the song ready for our primary program. Anywho. Oh I do have some exciting news, Honey has returned hom from her trip to Utah to be with my grandma for her last few days here on this earth. They kids went wild last night when she got back and Makena just didn't want honey to go to sleep and wanted to be right by her side I know exactly where they are going to be when she gets home from work today. stuck right to her side!!!!

Fun Saturday nights

Are you looking for a few fun things to do on a saturday night?? Well I have just found a really cool thing that they do in St. Augustine, Florida the last saturday of every month. The St. Augustine events are something that I think I would really enjoy from antiques, to books and art from locals and authentic Spanish treasure. On the last Saturday of every month the shops along San Marco street come to life with live music and endless opportunities to shop shop shop. All the antique shops, book shops, and all other unique shops that are long San Marco's street remain open for this great event and many offer workshops covering a variety of antique related topics, book stores provide readings and book signings by local authors, and art galleries feature exhibit openings of some of the finest Florida artists. Its a great place to meet the artists, enjoy refreshments and other events to in the party like atmosphere.

The Mission of Nombre de Dios provides FREE PARKING and who doesn't love free parking. This great event starts at 5:00pm and goes untill 9:oopm and will be this coming Saturday October 27th and if you can't make it then they will have this great party again on November 24th and again December 29th. So everyone that is heading that way should check out St. Augustine, Florida for some great shopping, entertainment and atmosphere.



Friday, October 26, 2007

Friday's Feast




Appetizer
Name a great website you would recommend to others.

I'm a sucker for freebies and Walmart usually has some good free samples

Soup
On a scale of 1-10 (with 10 as highest), how often do you dream at night?

It depends on how deep of a sleep i'm in. umm maybe 3-4

Salad
Did you have a pet as a child? If so, what kind and what was its name?

We had a few pets growing up, Mostly cats and 1 dog. We got most of our cats from my Aunt and Uncle that were in the Air Force and when they moved we usually ended up with there cats. The one I remember the most is a calico named Lovey. We had a dog named Duke. Oh we also had hamsters and hermet crabs at one point.

Main Course
If you had the chance to star in a commercial, what would you choose to advertise?

Probably something to do with children or reading.

Dessert
What is your favorite kind of hard candy?

Recently its been Peanut M&M's or anything minty!!

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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Fall has come!!

I think fall has finally come to Oklahoma. These last few days have been on the cooler side and last night it was actually cool in our house so this morning I turned on the heat to take the chill off. Because of this weather I thought I would make my favorite cookie Pumpkin Chocolate chip. I love this time of year even though I can make them year round they always seem to taste better in the fall. So Makena and I went to the store while Tanner was sleeping to get the rest of the things I needed to make the cookies. Well after getting started I realised I didn't have enough flour or any baking soda so it was off to the store again. Thankfully tanner slept the whole time!!! So get get back and then finished our cookies. I wished I had taking pictures of Makena helping but I was so involved with making them I forgot to take pictures Oh well next time for sure!!! I did get the recipe typed in to word so I'll add it here so for those who would like to make them can!!!!


Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 15 Minuets
Yields: 84 Cookies

Ingredients

1 cup shortening
2 cups white sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 ½ teaspoon baking soda
1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 pinch ground nutmeg
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips.(I use mini chips)
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)


Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 375 Degrees F (190 Degrees C). Grease Cookie Sheets
2. In a large bowl, cream together the shortening and white sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time. Stir in vanilla and pumpkin until well blended. Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg; stir into the pumpkin mixture. Mix in the chocolate chips. Stir in the walnuts if desired. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto the prepared cookie sheets.
3. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes in the preheated oven, until edges begin to brown. Allow to cool for a few minutes on the baking sheets before removing to wire racks to cool completely.

Friday, October 19, 2007

My beloved Granny

My Grannie Billye Gearldine Hall Humpherys passes away yesterday at the young age of 83. I can't believe how much I am going to miss her and how excited I am that she has returned to her husband "PAPA" and to those open arms of those that have passed away before her. She is truly going to be missed by everyone.








Thursday, October 18, 2007

Cool pictures

Here are the pictures of Makena modeling her Island Princess dress that my mom got her for her birthday, and also some pictures we took last night of the lighting storm we had. Enjoy!!



























Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Update

**seems as blogger is having problems adding pictures once it is fixed I will add the pictures**

Well I figured while I was spending a little bit of time on the computer this morning I thougth I would had an update on us as I don't do it probably as often as I should and I wanted to post pictures of Makena in the outfit she got from my mom and stepdad for her birthday.

Well lots have been going on for all of us. We are working on our primary program that will be the middle of November so we are working on the sings and getting ready to start working on the talks and whatnots. I have a new calling and its Primary piano player! I am excited and scared at the same time as I don't mind playing in front of the kids because they could careless if I mess up but the thought of playing in front of all the Adults scares me to death. Guess I should be practiceing more then huh?? lol Other then that i'm just getting ready to celebrate my 27th birthday next wednesday and hopefully going to play some games that weekend with some friends in our branch.

TJ is still going strong with school, work, scouts and trying to spend as much time with his family as possible. He is doing really well in school and has a 3.8 gpa or something like that and really wants to keep it there. Its funny because I have learned quite a bit as well from listening to some of his classes and reading his assignments and helping him as much as possible. Other then that not much is going on with him,

Makena is such a silly girl, one day she is a princess the others she is just Kena. Its so hard to keep up with her somedays. She is so much fun and a big helper with cleaning up and playing with her brother. She keeps telling all the things she wants for her "other"birthday even though her birthday has past, and she is set on getting me the prince charming doll that goes along with her Island Princess Barbie. Hmmm wonder how much TJ will like that idea??

Tanner is just plain funny. He still doesn't have very many words but does very well at letting us know exactly what he wants. He does say please, thank you, mama, dada, nena, and a few others but I love to hear him try and say other words, and his no souns like a cat meowing. Its so funny. He has even went pee on the potty!! He things is so much fun to pee in there and as we really have pushed the potty training yet he seems to be wanting to do it more each day so who knows maybe it won't be long.

Well thats about all that is happening here in Babcock land.

Bloggerwave!!

Well I have found another way to make some extra money for my family or I could just use it as "mad money?" At Bloggerwave they make it super easy to sign up and you get your approval in just a couple of days if not sooner. I'm super excited to take on the new adventure and hopefully I can keep up with it. So if you are looking for a quick and way easy way to make a few extra dollars then this is the place!!


Monday, October 15, 2007

Free Coupons!

I know we all love free coupons and love getting great deals! Well at www.ncnatural.com they have a great Free Coupons section and have loads of places to choose from. As I was looking over there site and checking out all the great coupons they offered a few really stood out to me. Like the BabyAge Coupons. With having kids and all its easy to outgrow things or having to always upgrade things like strollers or car seats and with there great coupons it makes it easier to afford. And with my birthday coming up its always nice to get flowers or even if its just to say I love you to some with 1-800-Flowers Coupons they make it really simple to send anyone flowers. This is even a great place to look when you have a family who has given birth in a different state and you wanted to send them something nice, Flowers always brighten up the room. They have it very easy to find exactly what you are looking for as there site is alphabetical, and with them updating their site daily there is always new coupons being added you can always find what you are looking for.

Great books!!



I finally remembered to ask the library if they had the Twilight book and I as so happy that it was there and I didn't have to wait for it!! I started reading it and could not put it down and i stayed up way to late reading it, Well after finishing it, I got my mom to read it and she also could not put it down. So off to the library I went to get the 2nd book in the series and of course it was already check out so I put myself on the waiting list and had to wait about a week and a half for them to call and tell me it was ready for me to pick up. Well that was Saturday and I have already finished it. I was so excited that I started reading it the second I got home!!!! Now of course I am in the waiting phase again for our library to get the 3rd book, but I'm excited to know that I am the 1st on the waiting list so hopefully we will be getting that soon and i can find out what happens. Check out http://www.stepheniemeyer.com/ to read more about these great books!!!!

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Coupon Chief

As we all know the holidays are fastly approaching, in my opinion it has happened way to fast. I have yet to start my Christmas shopping. I have always told myself that I am going to start my shopping earlier each year instead of the end of November. Well with Coupon Chief they make it easy to do this as they have so many great sites in one easy location. Coupon Chief offers great discounts and coupons for many places such as Target, Dell, ebags and many many more places. As I have looked that there site I have found so many things to get for my children and other family members. I know that my husband is in need of a computer bag for our laptop and with the ebags coupon I know that he could find the exact bag he needs. And at ebags they have so many choices to choose from and with with 10% off and free shipping on orders over $35 dollars I know that anyone would find exactly what they need. With my growing kids it seems that I am constantly having to buy new shirts and pants and with Target deals or Gap Coupons I know I would get the best deal on the clothing I need. So if you haven't started your Christmas shopping then check out Coupon Chief to find exactly what you are looking for!!

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

WOW!!!



I just received this totally fabulous award from Michelle I am totally surprised about this and I'm so grateful to receive this award. If you haven't looked at her blog then take a look she is super funny!!


Now the award goes out to "bloggers who are fun, cool, and of course totally fabulous!" I'm going to pass this along to anyone who hasn't received this award, I know you are all fabulous and deserve this great award!!

Monday, October 08, 2007

Oh Makena

I was reading my friend Ducky's blog and she was telling some funny things that her husband and daughter were talking about. It reminded me of a conversation that TJ and Makena had Sunday morning. I had a really rough night with Tanner and when Makena and Tanner woke up I could hear TJ talking to my mom so I knew he was home from work so I sent her and Tanner out with him so I could get some more sleep. Well about an hour or so later Makena came in and asked if I wanted breakfast in bed. I was beginning to think that she had spoiled the surprise and that they had made me breakfast. As I was talking to her I was sniffing to see if I could smell anything well to my disappointment there was nothing.LOL Well after cuddling the kids I finally walk out and TJ asked me if I had said something to Makena about making me breakfast in bed. My loving husband thought I had said to Makena that they should make me breakfast Silly silly boy. Nope I said nothing of the sort and was totally surprised that she had thought of this on her own!!! Well maybe one day I will be lucky enough to have breakfast in bed!!!!

Presents for Guys

I have always had the hardest time finding gifts for the men in my live, well at carguygarage they have the perfect gifts for him. As I was looking through there site they have so much to choose from, from tool boxes, cabinets and workbenches. I know that if my dad was still alive this would totally be the place where we would be looking for a birthday or even a Christmas gift for him. He has so many tools so one of their tool boxes would be the perfect gift. As for my husband I think one of their nice workbenches would a great place to start for a man that doesn't have many tools yet. So if you are looking for a perfect gift this would be the place to go!!

Friday, October 05, 2007

Crazy 8's

I was tagged for another MEME!! YEAH!!! So here goes!

8 things I'm passionate about:
My Family
My Faith
Reading

Walking with my family

cross-stitching

Making blankets


8 things I want to do before I die:
Go to Europe
Go to Australia
Get out of debt
Go on a big road trip
Go on a Mission with TJ
See my children grown and happy
Own a another home
Have a second honeymoon with Hubby somewhere exotic
8 things I say often:
Shhhhhhh daddy's sleeping
You are so funny Makena
Stop Jumping on the couch
Where's Tanner??
Don't hit!
I love You
Put some clothes on
What do you want to eat?
8 books I've recently read:
Twilight
Harry Potter's 7th book,

Sisterhood of the traveling pants

Whatever books Makena gets at the library

My Primary lessons

I have read a lot of Karen Kingsbury books lately but can't remember the titles
8 songs I could listen to over and over:
I can only imagine by Mercy Me

Anything by Kelly Clarkson
The Dixie Chicks
Rockstar by Nickleback
Bigs girls don't cry by Fergie
Fleetwood Mac


8 things that attract me to my best friends:
loyal
trustworthy
honest
sense of humor

8 things Ive learned this past year:
My kids are so funny
My kids really do love each other even if they do fight on occasion
I can't wait to move from here
I miss being closer to my extended family and friends
We have all grown closer as a family
Tanner is such a charmer, and Makena loves the boys already (oh brother)
You will not have nice things in the house until your kids are grown
That my kids are growing up way to fast

I tag whoever would like to join in.

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Makena's super fun day!!!

Makena had are really great day yesterday and was so excited all day long. She got some great presents. She got an Island Princess barbie, some shirts and a new dress from mom, dad and Tanner. Another fairy barbie with a matching outfit for Makena to wear from Grandma & Grandpa Babcock. Grandma and Grandpa McEuen are going to take her shopping today for her present from them so i'll update when they get something picked out!! I have a couple of videos of how excited she was waiting till after dad got home from scouts to have cake and Ice Cream
She had such a great day and ended up going to bed early and she ended up falling asleep in her fairy outfit so all in all she had a great birthday!!!



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She just couldn't hold still all day she was super excited!!


This was what I got when I asked her to smile for me
This was the 2nd one had to get her laughing
Mom and the Birthday girl!
Frosting the cake!! Thanks TJ
The final resolute
She had ants in her pants as she sat there waiting to open her presents
The fairy custome from Grandma and Grandpa Babcock
Opening the rest of her presents
Island Princess Barbie
Makena and her new barbies!!
Funny story about this picture. As I was getting the cake and lighting the candles I had shut the lights off so it was dark in the living room, Well TJ had the camera and pointed and took this picture of my mom, Well this is the resolute of that shot!! Yep its true Honey has wings LOL!!!!

Blowing out the candles

The inside of the cake. We bought a checkerboard cake set a while ago and this is how it looks after its all baked, I'm still working on getting it all even but it's a work in progress

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Happy Birthday Makena!

I can't believe that my baby girl is 4 years old today. These last 4 years have been so wonderful watching her grow into the beautiful big girl today!! She is such a funny girl and loves to entertain us so much. Its so funny to hear the things that come out, and I am always wondering where in the world did she hear or come up with that. She has been the light of our lives and I am looking forward to the many years with her watching her grow and blossom.
**I"ll post pictures of her opening her presents and cake later or possibly tomorrow So check back to see her 4th birthday pictures!!!!



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