Monday, October 31, 2011
Posted by The Sneaky Mommy at 9:27 AM
Sunday, October 30, 2011
One year ago today, we were trying to wrap our shocked brains around this:
Today, our hearts are completely wrapped around this:
Posted by The Sneaky Mommy at 4:52 PM
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Meet Elise Morgan, daughter of Brian and Wendy, twin sister to Evan, and big sister to Lauren. Elise was diagnosed with a malignant Medullary Brainstem Tumor on March 29, 2010.
After an initial prognosis of just 6-18 months, Elise underwent 6 weeks of Radiation Therapy at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.
Despite the odds, Elise's tumor shrunk nearly 25% and has shown no signs of growth for over one year! Elise is currently symptom-free and is enjoying life as a typical kindergartener!
On Saturday, November 19, along with family, friends, and classmates, we want to honor Elise at the St. Jude Give Thanks. Walk. St. Jude's is such an amazing children's hospital!
You can play a special part in this and support Elise's team, PRINCESS CUPCAKE! Simply click on the link for more information!
You can also follow Elise's CaringBridge page to follow her story and leave their family some encouragement!
We're praying that God would continue to work a miracle in Elise!
Posted by The Sneaky Mommy at 9:55 PM
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
::Just heard the going rate for a babysitter for four kids is $18/hr. Seriously? At the risk of sounding like my mother, I use to babysit for $2/hr and thought I was really rollin' in the dough! (she babysat for 25 cents/hr like 100 years ago and the people had a bear in a cage in the backyard...it was probably up hill both ways, too...just checking to see if you're reading, mom!) Anybody really paying $18/hr for a sitter?
::Vanity. Cody and I decided it would be a good time to have one of my front teeth internally whitened. It had been 10 years and was getting embarrassingly gray. The problem: the partial filling holding the whitener in keeps popping out. Normally it would not be a big deal to run to the dentist for 20 minutes. However, Maddox doesn't prefer his mama out of sight in a strange office. So, with biceps of steel...errr jello...I suspend Maddox in the air: Superman style: the.entire.time.
::The other day Carson said, "Hey mom, I know what ... means! It means you really had a lot more words to say but felt kind and left them out!" Boy, am I ever kind...
::Pinterest. Need I say more? Try these. The blogger says they are like crack balls. While I've never tried crack (I'm sure you're all relieved), they are seriously delicious, and we polished off a batch much faster than I'd like to admit.
So, what have you pinned lately?
Posted by The Sneaky Mommy at 1:54 PM
Monday, October 17, 2011
Surprisingly, it was all going very well.
When they finally appeared, Cody got in and said, "Well, that was awkward. I somehow dropped McClain off at the wrong birthday party!"
McClain had gotten invited to a birthday party for a little girl from his class at school.
and everyone else sang "Happy Birthday, dear Mason".
McClain didn't know what to do, so he just sat there quietly.
Soon it was time to open the gifts.
It's really popular to have the gift-giver stand next to the birthday child while they open their gift.
However, McClain said all the adults encouraged him, "Pull it out!!! Let's see McClain's gift!"
McClain said it was then that everyone really laughed.
The parents were really kind about it.
Cody was able to get the girly gift to the right room and the little girl.
Then he and McClain slunk to the car...the party crasher's walk of shame.
Mason's mom did send us a really nice email and encouraged us not to feel bad. Her son really likes McClain and was glad he was there. She actually thought they had invited McClain.
We plan to double check the identity of the birthday person at all parties
Posted by The Sneaky Mommy at 10:01 PM
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Also...you may have read this comment:
Elizabeth said...OK, this is going to sound disgustingly suck-upy and pathetically pathetic, but I want to win becaaaaaaaause, I want it for my little nephew. Anything on the computer to keep him entertained for awhile will be great as he's in the hospital for the next 6 weeks. Without siblings! Without visitors! And with only pre-approved and completely sanitized items; he's got his computer approved, he loves pictures, etc :) Sooooo, if I am the lucky winner, I'm going to pay the love forward.
Liz's nephew, Michael, was diagnosed with leukemia this summer. This sweet boy is heading into a long stay at the hospital for a bone marrow transplant. The coolest part is that his six year old brother is the bone marrow donor! Love the awesome display of love by this little boy to his big brother!
We were so excited to have an extra $20 Shutterfly code that we could slip into the mail for Michael, too! If you'd like to follow Michael's story, check out their family blog.
Join us in praying for Michael! We're trusting God to strengthen, protect, and heal this little boy! Michael is able to check the comments on their blog, so leave him some encouragement!
You'll want to check back here tomorrow for possibly the funniest yet most horrifying thing to ever happen to us as parents!
Posted by The Sneaky Mommy at 11:50 PM
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Awhile back, I won this FABULOUS Beco Baby Carrier from the sweet Mama over at Savvy Little Women...and one little man.
It was a complete shock to win such a fun and practical item for baby and me! I'm usually the person whining, "I never win anything!"
When I got the winning message, there were squeals and giggles, texts and phone calls: LOOK WHAT I WON! Even more fun was getting the special box in the mail, ripping it open, and trying on the new fancy-pants baby carrier! I love it!
Soooo, I have decided it is time to pass along some excitement and fun to one lucky reader of this here bloggy!
Our family loves photo books from Shutterfly. (you probably already know this--I don't keep many secrets)
A Shutterfly photobook is a wanna-be scrapbooker's dream come true! They are so easy to create!
Not only does Shutterfly have awesome photobooks, they also offer a lot of cool personalized items like aprons and mugs!
So, here's the deal:
I've got a $20 gift code for any purchase from Shutterfly. (oooooooo...awwwww...)
To be entered to win, just leave me a comment and let me know what you would like to order from Shutterfly!
One lucky winner will be picked this Friday at 4:00 pm. So, hurry up and leave a comment!
P.S. Shutterfly has in no way compensated me for this post. I wish...that would be so cool! This $20 gift is just something special from our little family to one of you neato people. I wonder how I could get Shutterfly to be a sponsor for my blog...hmmm...Shutterfly, are you feeling the love? Contact me...
Posted by The Sneaky Mommy at 3:41 PM
Friday, October 7, 2011
The kids are so determined to teach Maddox how to play peek-a-boo. I'm not sure he's completely caught on--he smiles at them no matter what they're doing!
Speaking of peeking...nice transition, yes?
We tried this Rachael Ray crock-pot dinner recipe this week and loved it! For her original recipe, click on the recipe name. Here's our version...it was yummy!
No Peeking Peking Chicken
4 bone-in chicken hind quarters, skin discarded
Salt and pepper
3/4 cup chopped onion
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1/4 cup soy sauce
3 tbsp. honey
1 tbsp. grated fresh ginger
1/4 tsp. sesame oil
1/4 c. chopped green onions, for garnish
Season the chicken with salt and pepper and place in a greased 6- to 7-qt. slow cooker.
In a small bowl, combine onion, the garlic, soy sauce, honey, ginger and sesame oil. Pour the mixture over the chicken, cover and cook on low heat until the chicken is tender (6 hours).
Serve with the pan juices, basmati rice, and sprinkled with green onions.