Saturday, November 29, 2008

Gratitude




After the post about my homemade cupcakes, I thought I should come clean about what I am thankful for this Thanksgiving. I am thankful for Dickey's BBQ, why you ask? Because they cooked my entire Thanksgiving meal except the homemade cupcakes and a wonderful homemade pecan pie. I ordered the entire meal from Dickey's and picked it up on Wednesday. Oh yes I did! And honestly, I loved every minute of it.
Keys to a good Thanksgiving meal:
1 - The food was great.
2 - It was all ready at the same time.
3 - There were plenty of leftovers.

I think I accomplished my goal and with alot less stress. Thank you Dickey's for making my Thanksgiving stress free, now can you help out with my kids?

Kidding aside, I have so much to be thankful for this year. I am thankful for my wonderful husband and children. They make my world spin around and I treasure my life with them. I am thankful for my friends and family and the relationships that we have. I am thankful for my church. I am thankful that I live in a country where I can worship my Lord and Savior without persecution, for now. There is so much to be thankful for everyday, but sometimes so much going on that we forget to be thankful. Let us not forget everyday to be grateful for the little things in our lives. The little things are what sometimes make the biggest difference.

If you are taking time to read my blog, thank you. Thank you for taking time out of your day to read about me and my family. I love this blog and it means so much to me to share myself with my friends, family and the blogging world. You reading it, is a LITTLE action with a BIG impact. Thank you! :)

I would love to hear from you if you feel led to comment.

Blessings,
Tanni

Silver Lining











A couple of days before Thanksgiving, the boys and I made polka dot pumpkin cupcakes. I thought it would be a great opportunity to share a memorable time together baking for the holiday. The memorable time, however, quickly turned into a action filled time out session, where each boy took turns in time out for their behavior. My memories of that time are filled with pushing, hitting, crying, fit throwing and so on...you get the point. I did manage to get the cupcakes made and after all that was said and done we enjoyed getting to eat them. The boys especially liked them because they helped make them. They soon forgot all the time they spent in time out. Their smiles while eating them, was my silver lining to the day. There is always a silver lining in the day. No matter what is going on or how hard a situation is....it is nice to find something positive from it.
If you are interested, here is the recipe. They are pretty tasty, but the next time I make them I would probably do half mix and half topping. It would give you a creamier cupcake.

Polka Dot Pumpkin Cupcakes (recipe from magazine clipping)

Topping:
1/2 c. (4oz) cream cheese, softened
1 lg egg
2 tbs sugar

Cupcakes:
2/3 c Nestle Toll House Semi-sweet Chocolate Mini Morsels
1 package (16oz) pound cake mix
1 c. Libby's 100% pure pumpkin
1/3 c water
2 lg eggs
2 tsp pumpkin spice
1 tsp baking soda

Preheat oven to 325. Grease or paper line 18 muffin cups. (mine made several more)
Beat cream cheese, egg, and sugar in a small mixer bowl until smooth. Stir in morsels. Set aside.
Combine cake mix, pumpkin, water, eggs, spice and baking soda in large bowl; beat on medium speed for 3 minutes. Pour batter into prepared muffin cups, filling 3/4 full. Spoon about 1 tbs cream cheese topping over batter.
Bake for 25-30 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.

Blessings,
Tanni








Tuesday, November 25, 2008

So Fabulous!

I received a fabulous blog award from my dear friend, Wendy. Now, I am sure she had no choice but to give me the award...since I am the one who convinced her to blog. Sorry Jeff! You are welcome Wendy! :) Seriously, thank you for your sweet award. I am going to follow your rules and give the award out myself...of course to all who inspire me.


So, here are the rules to receiving this award:
1. You have to pass it on to 5 other fabulous blogs in a post.


Kimberly is my dear friend of many years and she is the original blogger. She has been doing it for a long time and I have just joined in. Thank you Kimberly for inspiring me.
Kammy is also a long time friend and blogger. Kammy use to blog once a month and I would use it to keep up with her. Now that she has a recent addition, she is a frequent blogger and I enjoy getting to see her little one grow up.
Ashley - Life Beyond the Pink (but not for long!) is my newest friend and we crossed paths through blogging & mutual friends. I lurked her blog for awhile and I think she peeked at mine too. Now Billy and I have joined her small group. We are truly blessed!
Ashley - Our Family of Four (but not for long!) and I have enjoyed (not) being pregnant with our children at the same time. Our kids have grown up playing together. Now Ashley is pregnant with her third...sorry Ash that I am not joining you...but I am always here to empathize! ;)
Angie - Bring The Rain - is someone I feel like I could be best friends with, but I have never met her or have never even had any communication with her. She is the MOST inspiring woman and I am changed from reading her blog. If you have some time and want to get to know her, start from the beginning and read it all the way through. You will be changed too. Thanks Angie for keeping it real and love God so much through it all.

Lisa...you would be on this list, but your blog is not public so I left you off....but you are more than welcome to add the award. :)


2. You have to list 5 of your fabulous addictions in the post.
-Blogging, of course
-Creamy Jalapeno, from Chuy's
-Reality TV
-I love to sleep and have clean sheets!
-Shopping
3. You must include the person that gave you the award and link it back to them, and also link your five winners as well.

Thank you for being FABULOUS!

Blessings,
Tanni

Monday, November 24, 2008

Silly Cousin


Here is a picture of Molly, the boys cousin. She was being silly playing with an orange and Gavin was encouraging it because he was taking the picture. We love you Molly! :)

Blessings,
Aunt Tanni & Gavin

Gobble, Gobble!
















I had the honor of attending Gage & Grayson's Thanksgiving feast on Thursday. It was really neat to see them interact with their class and celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. I was planning on going to Gavin's feast too, but when I realized that there was a 45 minute lapse of time, I visited him on the playground for 5 minutes and went off to finish my Christmas shopping. He was happy to see me and introduce me to his pre-k love, L. I was able to capture a picture of Gavin with his Turkey gear on.
Blessings,
Tanni

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Happy Birthday to Me!









I celebrated my 33rd birthday on Wednesday. The boys showered me with cards, cake, songs, and gifts. All in all it was a good day. I received many birthday greetings & cards and I loved the scripture that was included. Here are a couple of verses from my birthday cards. Thanks to everyone for thinking of me. My day was blessed because I was loved. :)



There are many fine women in the world, but you are the best of them all. Proverbs 31:29



How natural it is that I should feel as I do about you...you have a very special place in my heart. Philippians 1:7



"A sweet friendship refreshes the soul." Proverbs 27:9





Pictures from the Family Weekend

Kelli & Gavin

All the kids Saturday night at FOTW

Molly & Gavin

Emily

Heather & Gage


Emily & Madison

Emily, Molly & Gavin

Mia & girls

Gavin

Molly & Emily

All kids & Mia

Madison, Heather & Mia

Madison & Mia

Madison & Grayson

Mia & Gavin


Molly & Gavin

Molly

Grayson & Gage

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

A Weekend of Family


My sister, Kelli, came to town this weekend with her family. There is a total of 6 in her family (all girls (Heather 18, Madison 11, Emily 10, Molly 7) except her husband Dave) so added with ours equals alot of people in my house. Thankfully we have plenty of space for everyone. We enjoyed the visit more than words can describe. The boys enjoyed every waking minute of the attention and Billy and I have decided that we want them to be closer to us....can you guys move? If not, then you at least have to promise to visit more. Gavin can not keep asking when his cousins are coming again. We love you and are very blessed to have you as our family. Thank you for driving our direction.


Friday, November 14, 2008

Silly Boy
















We have been thinking about cutting Grayson's hair short so I thought I would pull his hair away from his face with one of my headbands. He thought it was really funny and also wanted to see what Daddy looked like with a headband on. Enjoy! :)
Blessings,
Tanni

Mr. Potato Head




I think I forgot how fun it was to play with Mr. Potato Head. Billy says it is the closest thing I am going to get to playing with dolls (maybe that is why I like it.) Well, the boys really like it too. We made our very own Mr. Potato Head family....notice there is only one girl...with 4 eyes and no mouth...I am not sure if there is any significance to that?. I am even out numbered in Mr Potato Head. :)

Blessings,
Tanni


Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Bottom(nis)





Bath time at my house is mostly loud, loads of fun & lots of splashing water. We don't always bathe the boys together, but they love it when we do. The little boys are at an age where they are wondering what their "parts" are. They are pointing and touching so there is alot of talk about what the parts are and who can & can not touch them. Anyway, I was telling them about their part called the penis and Gavin interrupts me and begins to explain his parts to his brothers. While pointing, he says, "This is my penis and this is my bottom(nis)" The little boys completely understood what he was saying and mommy got a little chuckle. :)
Blessings,
Tanni

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Card Board Testimonies

I saw this clip on cardboard testimonies from one of my friends blog's and I was really touched by it. Watching people convey their struggles, then their triumph... was amazing. We all have different struggles, but one thing that is always consistent is the unfailing love of Jesus! Whether you know Him or not, He is there and He loves you. Seek Him and you will find peace that transcends all understanding. Please click on the link to see the common denominator in every one's life.

Blessings,

Tanni

Saturday, November 8, 2008

100th Post - Special Guest Blogger - Daddy (AKA Billy)











I am honored. Okay...here we go. I decided to take Gavin to work because it "was" going to be a quick in and out day at the office and I knew he would enjoy it. He has been to work with me once before and he loved it. So why do little kids like what we dread?
Most mornings (er uh) mid mornings, I am fighting traffic, yelling at cars, screaming at folks to know where they are going or get off the road....(Is this your first time downtown? Moron) OH SORRY! Started doing it, again. But this morning was different.
- I cannot be yelling at cars like that with Gavin in the car. Okay, I will tell the truth...and it is - Gavin was in the car- HOV all the way!-
All right, back to why kids like to go to work? I noticed Gavin was paying attention to everything on the way to work. Lights, Cars, Trucks, Diesels, and ah yes, the BIG BUILDINGS. Those very things as I see as a pain, he found delight. I realized as an adult, when you get in the daily grind, you mostly see the negative in things and not the positive. He absolutely loved having a desk, making a phone call, and working with my piers. He rejoiced at going up into a tall building to have lunch. I did get a ton of people staring at me with my boy (being downtown) on a work-day; but they were good stares! Folks smiled at me, seeming as if they were giving me applause and approval for spending the day with my son.
The afternoon got more complicated, because I was planning on leaving at 1 pm, but I was delivering some budget books to a good friend (and client) and they were not finished. Gavin and I were not able to leave until 3 pm and we still had our delivery. He helped me load the car, say goodbye to everyone and off we went.
HOV all the way- (that give me an idea-- never mind) Gavin fell asleep on the way to our delivery and it gave me some time to think about how serious we take everything throughout a single day. I know he had the best time....I could not wipe the smile off his face during the whole time we were "working." I know he had fun and learned alot. The funny thing is "Daddy may have learned, more!"
This is where you have (read) one of the "ah ha" moments - I learned to relax, look, listen, and see the positive in things during my daily life. Life is so short.
The next "ah ha" is to REMEMBER- Many times when you realize to see the best in everything... it only lasts---uh, er, em... two maybe three days.
So my goal is to REMEMBER-- Remember the smiling face of my four year old boy everyday, while I am working.....and yes, see the best in everything!
Thank you son, for teaching me a lesson........RELAX and SMILE~!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Weekend Visitors






















We had a nice visit with Grannie & Grandpa this weekend. The boys love having them here and Gavin was really upset when they left. The significance of grandparents is immeasurable. It is refreshing to have my kids loved from so many directions. Thank you for loving them like you do and thank you for loving us like you do. :)
Gavin taught Grannie a new trick this weekend and it was called PlayStation. He has been into playing the game Lego's Star Wars and of course he wanted to teach his Grannie. The game has a 2 player option where you both play at the same time. He was teaching her all the buttons to hit. It definitely gave me a nice chuckle and I am sure Grannie was laughing to. I bet she never thought she would learn how to play a video game.
We attempted to take a family pictures of the Gerwick boys - 3 generations. As you can see in the pictures, it was hard to get everyone to look at the same time and Gage was throwing a fit. Oh, well...we still captured a moment and it was timeless, right?

Enjoy the pictures!
Blessings,
Tanni