Monday, March 23, 2009


Today we went with 18 kids from church to spend the day at Lokomotion in Fayetteville. Lokomotion is the neatest place to play. It has 3 go-kart tracks, bumper boats, laser tag, 2 putt-putt courses, a mechanical bull, and arcade games.

On the way to Fayetteville, we stopped at a park in Mountainberg for lunch. None of the kids were ready to eat so we let them play before getting back on the road. The park had a huge dinosaur for you to climb on and in.

The favorite thing at the park was the merry go round. All of the kids stayed on and went round and round as fast as they could.

At Lokomotion, we rode go-carts first. Leightyn was able to drive her own car on the kiddie track. She needed two extra cushions and still could not see over the steering wheel so the go-cart man had to help her around the track. She was smiling ear from ear. When she finished driving, she rode with me on the fast track. We were in a double car and Leightyn got her own steering wheel to help me drive. She laughed and screamed the entire time. She said the cars were "so much fun" and to go "faster and faster". She was still smiling from ear to ear.

After go-karts we went to ride the bumper boats. Leightyn wanted to ride with Taelor but quickly decided that she wanted her momma instead. She had fun driving around the water until some one squirted her in the face. After three or four squirts, Leightyn began yelling at Miss Brenda to get her out of the boat.

Miss Brenda took Leightyn on to play putt-putt. She was excited about this because she has played at Papaw's before. We somehow managed to finished the entire course in less that 15 minutes.

After our quick game of putt putt we went inside to ride the mechanical bull. Leightyn wasn't sure about it at first but said she would try it just once. She got on the bull and instantly turned into a suction cup. She wasn't going anywhere. When she fell off, she said no more. After a few minutes she decided to try it again with a smile on her face. When asked if momma could ride it, she replied "no, she might get hurt".

Next we were off to play laser tag. Leightyn did not want to play because she thought it would be smokey (Tulsa's laser tag room is filled with smoke). However, the room here was smoke free so she dressed up and decided to go in. Once she realized that all she had to do was run around and shoot people, she was all about it. Several times I heard her yell "Don't shoot me or my momma" or "Be still so I can get you". She loved the game so much that we did it again.

Before heading home, we went back to the go-kart track again. Leightyn told me that today was the greatest day. I can't wait to take her back again. It will be double the fun in a few months when Mylea will be big enough to play with us.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Hotel Fun

This weekend we went to Fayetteville so Landen could help out with the Top 25 basketball camp. Leightyn was so excited about her new friend "Miss Kelly". Lei Lei helped Miss Kelly do anything and everything. She is already asking when we get to see her new friend again.

The girls had had blast entertaining themselves in the hotel.

Hotel beds are the only beds they are allowed to jump on.
Luggage carts make for a great jungle gym.
And are also fun to play to take rides on.
Elevators are fun to go up and down and up and down and up and down.......

Mall Madness

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Spring Cleaning

Today while I was cleaning out the garage, Leightyn found several ways to entertain herself. She walked over to Bethany and Curtis' to play in their trailer of dirt.

She found daddy's golf clubs and practice balls.

She rode her bike in circles in my dirt pile.

She rode up the driveway and learned to coast back down on her own.

Several days a week, we go visit Grandma Nancy at rehab. Leightyn, Mylea, and Macy love going to see her. We always go during lunch time so that the girls can have a picnic with Grandma. The staff has gotten use to them coming and sometimes bring each of them a milkshake or dessert. Leightyn, Mylea, and Macy find ways to entertain themselves. Their favorite activity is to hide in the closet cabinet and wait for the others to come find them. They also enjoy getting into Grandma's candy and cookie stash. Grandma Jo brings oranges for the girls and Grandma Nancy to eat. The funniest thing to do while there is to go stand next to the heater/air condition and let their hair blow. They also enjoy getting rides in Grandma's wheelchair.

Sandy Weather

The weather has finally been warm enough..long enough to fill up the sand box (thanks Grandma Jo). We go through quite a bit of sand each year. This will be the first year that three kids have played in the sandbox so I can only imagine how much sand will be all over the yard by the end of summer. The girls were so excited about Bethany bringing them some new sand toys this morning. While playing outside this afternoon, Leightyn turned the playhouse into Chick Fil-A and was able to make any food request out of sand, flowers, and dirt. Mylea thought it was funny to put the sand in the bucket, walk around the yard, and then find the perfect place to dump the sand out. Macy likes having new shovels to play with. I can feel many days finding sand in my kitchen and in the girl's clothes approaching.

Play Day

Yesterday, the girls and I had a "great great" day playing at Grandad and Jo's house. We spent all afternoon playing in the playhouse, on the swings, sliding, going fishing, and taking the "vroom vroom" to the park. Leightyn discovered a dirt pit under the playhouse so her and Mylea made all kinds of food for us. On the way home from the park, Grandad stopped by the store and got the girls some candy. According to Leightyn it was a "great great" day!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

It's Tough Being A Woman

It's tough being a woman who feels responsible for the "how".

(We feel responsible for everything and everyone. We know what needs to happen and want to take control to see that it happens.)

"then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment for the day of judgment" 2 Peter 2:9

"For He Himself knows our frame; He is mindful that we are but dust" Psalm 103:14

It's tough being a woman who can balance passion and patience.
(You are not waiting unless you are longing for it. There are things worth waiting for. The Lord is waiting to be gracious.)

"Therefore the LORD longs to be gracious to you, And therefore He waits on high to have compassion on you. For the LORD is a God of justice; How blessed are all those who long for Him. " Isaiah 30:18

It's tough being a woman in a tight fist of fear.
(God wants to set us free from our fears...not use our vain imagination to fear things that we have made up.)

"Behold, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands; Your walls are continually before Me." Isaiah 49:16

When I saw their fear, I rose and spoke to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people: "Do not be afraid of them; remember the Lord who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives and your houses." Nehemiah 4:14

It's tough being a woman thrown a giant size weight.
(Throw your hands up to God and say "Here's Yours, You take the weight and I'll take the weapon.)

"casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you" 1 Peter 5:7

It's tough being a woman in a mean world.
(Sometimes just because we can doesn't mean we should. In a mean world, we are called to fight the good fight.)

"This command I entrust to you, Timothy, my son, in accordance with the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you fight the good fight, keeping faith and a good conscience, which some have rejected and suffered shipwreck in regard to their faith. "
1 Timothy 1:18-19

It's tough being a woman in a world where beauty is a treatment.

It's tough being a woman in another woman's shadow.

Sick Friend

On the way home from AWANAs last night, Leightyn was asking why Logan wasn't at church. Obviously we didn't know why he missed so Leightyn decided to call and check on him. Their conversation was adorable. Logan told her that he was sick so Leightyn tells us that he ate to much food and now his tummy hurts. She asked about Laney and what they had been doing. It was the sweetest thing. When we got home, Leightyn was on a mission to make him a picture so Logan's tummy would feel better.

When she learned how to spell Logan's name she was so excited that she already knew how to write most of the letters in his name (the G was a new letter for her). She also was excited that their names had some letters "that match". When we finished the card and picture, she added "Logan" to the list of letters she can write.

I hope their friendship continues over the years. Leightyn and Logan are such good buddies at church. Mylea and Laney are quickly developing the same friendship.

Chad and have raised precious little kids that mean the world to our kids ( Landen and I are partial to them too).

Rainy Day

What's a girl to do when she is playing outside when all of the sudden it begins to rain:

A. go inside
B. hide in the playhouse

Leightyn told me that she would be ok under her umbrella until the rain went away.

Mylea loved running out to the rain....getting her hair wet and then laughing when we touched her hair.

We love rainy days!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Dirty Fun

This past weekend the girls had a blast playing in lots of dirt. Friday evening we headed down to Grannie's to help plant the garden. The girls took plenty of sandbox toys to use in the garden. Everyone was up and at it early Saturday morning. The girls helped plant four rows of potatoes, a row of onions, some cabbage and cauliflower. When planting the potatoes, Leightyn would place them correctly in the dirt and then Mylea would come right behind her placing her potato next to Leightyn's . Leightyn said that she like the onions the best because she got to dig a hole with her finger.

After we finished the garden, a game of baseball began. Leightyn was excited to play until she got up to bat. The sound of the ball hitting the bat scared her so she decided that she would rather play in the dirt. I wonder if this is a sign of what is to come during T-Ball season. I guess our daughter will be the one that would rather play in the dirt. Oh well....! Mylea enjoyed eating several plates of strawberries, shortcake, and ice cream.

We had a great time with family this weekend. We are ready to plant the rest of the garden. And the girls are ready for more dirt.