Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Busy Week

I apologize for being so lack in the last week, but I have been overwhelmed with VBS and everything else that was going on. So I will recap the past week.

Sunday was an exciting day here. We had a baptismal service at our church. All of the boys were sprinkled as babies and dedicated to the church. Tween decided a few weeks ago that he was going to be baptized. It was a wonderful service. And of course I cried.

Monday was the start of Theatre Camp for Tween. It was from 9:00 - 3:30 every day at the local college. After I dropped him off, it seemed that the day was on fast forward from that point on.

Moday was also the start of VBS. After dropping Tween off, we went to the church to set up. Our theme was Amazon Adventure so we had a lot to do to make the church look like a jungle. That evening I have no idea what I did the entire 2-1/2 hours I was there, but I never sat still. I was running around crazy the whole time.

Tuesday was the same routine, but it was also Teen's Birthday. He turned 15! So now the countdown to driving begins. LOL

Wednesday-Thursday was the same routine.

Friday was the last day of both Theatre Camp and VBS. Tween had a performance that night, but due to VBS committments I was unable to attend. However, hubby and his mom both went and recorded it for me. He did a great job and I am so proud of him!

For VBS I had made all of the powerpoint presentations for the week so I was busy with that each day. There were just little things that needed tweaked here and there. And Friday morning, the Director gave me a CD of all of the pictures from the week which I then made into a slide show for that evening.

Saturday was the Teens birthday. We had a small family party for him and then they all swam for a little while. My mum, step-dad and grandma came in from Pgh.

That evening we had a birthday/house warming party to go to for a friend in Ohio (really only 20 min away).

Sunday after church we made plans to get the kids to Church camp for the week. I usually go with them and drop off and pick up, but I had a terrible headache so I asked someone else to drive and I layed down. We didn't do much else. Watched a few movies and just hung out.

Monday we cleaned up the church and tore down all of the VBS stuff. I did some running of errands and then just kind of relaxed the rest of the day. I didn't even get dinner, I cheated and went to Taco Bell.

Today I have NOTHING to do. I have a few errands that need run, but nothing too big.

Here are a few pics from VBS:

This was the big slide that was rented for recreation on the first day. This is a treat just on the first day.

This is Teen on his 15th Birthday. He was such a big help during the week. He ran all of the power points for me when I couldn't.

This is Tween on Inside Out/ Backwards/ Upside Down Day. We had to pin the shirt in the back so it wouldn't fall down.

This is Little S making some kind of silly face. He had a blast all week.

The teens put on a small skit each night. This was our stage for the Amazon Adventure.
And this is me. Check out the flippers on my feet. LOL I was talking about water & the great flood. This is what the book told me to wear. Believe me, I wouldn't have come up with that on my own. But I had a blast each night also!
Sorry I didn't get to do a brief rundown each night as I had planned, but it was so hectic.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

My Brain Hurts

Brain Ouch

I have been working on all of the Power Point presentations for our VBS. I think I have been at this computer non-stop for the last week. I know I haven't been, but it sure seems like it.

Our theme this year is:

What a great theme this VBS has. And it is original. We are the only ones in the valley that are putting this one on. If you look around, I am sure you will notice how it seems like all the churches do the same 2 or 3 VBS Theme's.

I am so excited about this years theme. I have been doing the adult study that goes along with this for sometime. And I am also teaching my Jr Youth the same series.

I know it kind of sounds redundant, but believe me there is so much information, I continue to learn more each week.

The series is based on the 7 C's of History (the book of Genesis in the Bible).

Creation - The whole world

Corruption - Adam & Eve

Catastrophe - Noah's Ark & The Flood

Confusion - The Tower of Babel

Christ, Cross & Consummation - Christmas (Birth), Easter (Death & Resurrection) & Jesus' Return

I would love to share more information with anyone who is interested. Feel free to ask me any questions. I may even out a little synopsis of each day next week.


Tuesday, June 17, 2008

My Mosaic

I so stole this from VENTL8R. I just loved it so I thought I would do it also.

Here is what to do if you would like to create your own mosaic:

Type your answer to each of the questions below into any search engine (I used google).

Using only the first page, pick an image.

Copy and paste each of the URLs for the images into fd’s mosaic maker.

1. What is your first name? Stacy

2. What is your favorite food? Pizza

3. What high school did you go to? Yough

4. What is your favorite color? Pink

5. Who is your celebrity crush? Pierce Brosnan (since he was Remington Steele)

6. Favorite drink? Diet Pepsi Lime

7. Dream vacation? Cruise

8. Favorite dessert? Cheesecake

9. What you want to be when you grow up? Teacher

10. What do you love most in life? My 3 Boys

11. One Word to describe you. Mom

12. Your flickr name. Staycee

And here is how mine turned out.

I am not tagging anyone, but if you want to participate, please leave me a comment so I can come and look at yours.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Weekend Away

I had a blast this weekend. There were six of us from our church that went together. We laughed the whole 2 1/2 hour ride there and back. Jump For Joy

The conference was held at the University of Pittsburgh - Johnstown. We stayed right in the dorm rooms. Let me tell you. Those rooms were NICE! If the rooms were that nice when I went to school I might have stayed in school longer. Winky 2

We stayed in a suite, which they did not have when I was in school. You walked in and there was a large living room WITH furniture. A nice size kitchen WITH a fridge and microwave. Believe me when I went to school, you brought your own furniture and small fridge and you were not allowed to have a microwave. The furniture I had was old beat up yard sale crap, the fridge hardly fit more than a few cans of soda, and i had to sneak in a tiny little microwave.

On to the bedrooms. You went down the hall and turned left. There were two separate bedrooms and a HUGE bathroom down that hall. You turned to the right and there was a double bedroom and another single plus another HUGE bathroom. There was also a large walk-in closet for them all to share. Where I went to school, we shared everything. The bathrooms were for a whole hallway of kids. I think there were maybe 5 stalls for all 10-15 double rooms.

Humph...I am really jealous of today's kids. But also at the same time so thankful that my kids will have better accommodations than I had.

OK - on to the conference. Our Keynote Speaker was Liz Curtis Higgs. She had a wonderful message. And she was hilarious to boot. I have not laughed and cried so much in such a long time. It was so refreshing. If you get a chance, hop over to her page and read a little about her. She has many books out. Her most famous series is the bad girls of the bible books. The best thing about her is she was bad. B. A. D. bad. She was promiscuous and was caught up in drugs.
She even worked with Howard Stern at one point in her career. In fact she was so bad that at one point Howard Stern came into her office and told her that she needed to pull herself together. Can you imagine? Wow!

She spoke about 3 bad girls of the bible: Sarah, Hagar and Leah. I learned so much in the 3 seperate hour sessions that she talked. When we went back to our room Friday night we did the bible study that was provided and learned even more.

I am so looking forward to next year. I not only learned more about God and his people, but about my fellow church ladies. Many things that I didn't know and may not have learned had I not spent the time I did with them.

I am so thankful and feel so blessed for this retreat.


Friday, June 13, 2008

Taking a Break

I am taking a two day break from the Sun & Water and heading out today for a Women's Retreat with my church. I am not sure that I will have internet access while I am away as we are staying on a campus in dorms.

On a heavier note:

Please keep my family in your prayers as I am away.

Hubby is having a hard time as we approach the first Father's Day without his dad. I feel bad that I will be gone from him, but I will be back Saturday night.

On a lighter note:

Seth was getting ready to jump in the pool the other day. Some of the other kids who had been jumping in were yelling things as they jumped in. Like Geronimo and Look out Below.

Seth yells: "Look Out in the Hose"

What a crack up that one is!


Monday, June 9, 2008


We are now officially a house full of lobsters. Lobster At least I am.
The boys have a spot here and there, but I got it the worst.

Saturday was the first day that the pool was open here in our apartment complex.

In The Pool

Some of you may think that it's pretty late in the season to be opening our pool, but it is normal for us here in the north east. Most pools open up over Memorial Day and close over Labor Day.

Lifeguard Our head lifeguard is also a teacher at the school so we open after school is out here.

Since I have the summer off this year, all we have been doing since noon on Saturday when the pool opened has been swimming and sunning.

Want to know what happens when you start to slather yourself up and then stop to take care of the kids and forget to finish yourself? Watch the little smiley below.

Burnt To A Crisp

Want to know what happens to a 4 year old who just does not want to take a break?

He crashes out on the couch with his Thomas the Tank blanket.

We were home long enough to change out of our wet clothes, turn the tv and computer on. I turned around and he was out! Poor kid, the sun and water have just done him in. But he never whined once.

I am going to catch up on a few things while it's still quiet. Have a great afternoon!


Sunday, June 8, 2008

How All Men Should Be

I heard this song on the radio not too long ago and found a clip today on youtube. This just cracks me up!

Have a Great Day!


Wednesday, June 4, 2008


What would you say if your 12 year old son came to you at 3:30 and asked if he could go to a party at a girls house that evening?
Party Time
Did I mention:
1. that the party starts at 8:00 PM and there is no ending time?
2. that we have Youth group from 7-8:15 PM?
3. that he was asking me this while she was on the phone waiting for his answer?
4. that he is 12?
5. that it is at a GIRLS house?

So why, when I tell him "NO" does he think I am unreasonable?
It's Not Fair
Today was the last day of school....It may be a L O N G summer.


Tuesday, June 3, 2008

God's Sense of Humor

Anyone who says that God does not have a sense of humor has never tried looking for it.

Sunday evening I realized that we were real tight on the money this week and would have to squeak by until next Tuesday when I got my U/C check.

I was thinking that perhaps we would get our Tax Stimulus check soon and we could get a few things paid off.

So Sunday evening during my prayers I asked God to please let "the check" be in the mail tomorrow. (We can ask for anything right?) Prayer

I anxiously go to the mail box on Monday. I open it up and there is no stimulus check. However, there is a check from our insurance company. I can tell from the outside it is a check. We are not expecting any money from them. Mailbox Mail

I open it up and it is a check for $5.00. A billing error on their part.
Dollar Smiley

So God answered me. "The check" was in the mail. I guess I needed to be more specific about what check I wanted.
Laughing 1


Sunday, June 1, 2008

Field Day

Thursday was Field Day at our school. That is a day when all the kids go out and participate in track and field activities. It is for grades 4-6. Josh is in 6th grade this year so this is the last year for him to be involved.
I'm So Proud
Now I am going to brag a little here. I have mentioned once or twice before how talented he is. Well he was asked to sing the National Anthem at the opening of the games. He and another girl each sang a few verses and then together they sang the last few. And they sang it acapella.
I video taped it, but I have no idea how to get it from the VHS to the computer. Sorry. I have asked a few people and no one seems to know around here. I was really hoping that I could download the video so that you could watch it. I have a few more people I am going to ask and if I get it downloaded, I will put it up.