Thursday, October 7, 2010

Homecoming Week & the Tooth Fairy

This week is Homecoming for Brantley School. Because tomorrow is filled with lots of activity (homecoming pep rally, homecoming parade and homecoming football game) that I will certainly post about, I thought I'd go ahead and post today about the dress-up days from the week and about Graham's news. First of all, Monday was Alabama/Auburn Day, so of course the boys went all decked out in their Auburn colors and tees. They do this often, anyway, as seen in my pics of them their first day of school. (So, no pic of that day.) Wednesday was "Sign My Shirt" Day. Justus didn't wear a white outer shirt, so I don't know if he had people sign his undershirt, or just didn't participate. Wesley's class was instructed not to participate, probably because they have a hard enough time writing their name on paper, and because they are still at an age where they may get confused and think it appropriate to write on any/all clothing. Wesley got into it, though, once he got home, by "signing" his name to the laundry room wall with a blue highlighter...Thank You, Lord, for magic eraser! Graham did wear a white t-shirt and brought it home with all kinds of signage! I think he really enjoyed it! Today both Graham and Wesley had to wear all blue and Justus had to wear black...not sure what it's all about...hopefully we will find out this afternoon. (Still no pics of either "sign a shirt" or "blue/black-whatever today is" days.) BUT, Tuesday was a different story and is what brings me to this post. It was CRAZY Day! Now, some might call everyday around here "Crazy Day", but for homecoming week it meant they must dress CRAZY, whatever that means! Justus had his own ideas and didn't ask for help, other than requesting of his dad to borrow a tie. He also wore swim shorts over his football "legging" pants, two different baseball socks and two different shoes. The little boys on the other hand were quite into it and wanted lots of help. So, for Graham we put him in his TieDyed shirt he made in Kindergarten (in Hamilton). It was big then, so it fits just right now. He also wore two different baseball socks (one green and one blue) over the outside of his jeans, a blue baseball belt on the outside of his shirt and wore two different shoes. Wesley wore his crazy looking "Feed Me" monster shirt with two different baseball socks (one blue and one black). And they both sported CRAZY styled hair. I can usually spike their hair pretty good when it is short, but because they are in need of a haircut, it made my job a bit more challenging. Needless to say I had to use lots of mousse and hairspray! Wesley said he got lots of "compliments"! Ha!

Also this week, (really last Friday), Graham FINALLY lost his first tooth! We knew it was loose before he left for school. As he was waiting in the car pick-up line after school, he showed it to one of his fave teachers, Mrs. Kelly Kilcrease (his 1st Grade reading teacher), who asked him if he wanted her to pull it. He agreed and out it came! We forgot to put it under his pillow both Fri and Sat nites, so finally Sunday nite we remembered and Monday morning he awoke to $1 from the tooth fairy! In the pic below, notice he already had a tooth coming in behind the baby tooth. We also found out yesterday that he has molars coming in. Needless to say we have a dentist appointment in the near future!

Hope you enjoy!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Friday "Flash-Back"

So here, as promised, is the first of what I hope to be many posts containing some pics and descriptions of what's been going on in around our house these past few months!

For us school started back August 9th. This is a special school year for 2 reasons! This is Justus' Senior year of Highschool. I still have a very hard time wrapping my mind around it! He is a very smart, handsome young man and although he has his faults, as we all do, he has made us very proud! I don't want to say too much now, because I want to create some special posts in honor of this being such an important year for him.

The second reason it is a special school year is that it is my baby boy, Wesley's, first year of school. He started K-5 this year and for the most part he is enjoying it! He had his first field trip a couple of weeks ago. We walked down the street from the school to Mrs. Sharon Kilcrease's farm. She has ducks, chickens, a turkey, horses, goats and a miniature donkey. It was FUN!!!

So, our first Friday "Flash-Back" is...Back to School & Wesley's first field trip! Enjoy!

Finally Back!

Hello blog world!!! It is SO good to be back! I have to admit I got a bit overwhelmed with being behind in my posts, so I just took a break for a while! Life happens SO fast, doesn't it! It amazes me all the events and happenings that have taken place in the past 8 months! I think what I will do here, is go ahead and pick up blogging right where we are and then each week, I'll have a designated day for "flashbacks" to catch you all up on what's been happening in our lives these past 8 or so months. I have some blogger friends who do a "Friday Favorites", so I think for the sake of alliteration, I will have "Flash-back Fridays". Now, you may be saying to yourself, today is Friday do you plan to start today? And the answer would be, "yes!" I don't think I will do them in chronicological order though, so to keep them interesting! And, I will set them up as their own separate posts, so to keep them separated and standing on their own.

So, with all of that stated, I will go and figure out where to start with my "Flash-backs". I will tell you that in the here & now, I have so much going on that it may take a couple of posts just to cover it all as well! Just to give you a hint, I think the tooth fairy may be coming to visit Graham soon. Wesley is having a "wild" time in K-5 with lots of daily antics (hint: he has already gone through the 4 boxes of crayons and 3 glue sticks he started out with in school!). And, Justus will be the starting QB in his football game tonite! (I believe "barf-bags" for moms should be part of the spirit paraphenalia they give out at the ballgames!) So, as you can see we are in high gear around the Harvey household! Happy Fall Y'all!!!

See you in my next new Friday Flashbacks!

Friday, March 5, 2010

Snow Day Pictures

I know, I'm falling behind yet again! Here are my snow day pictures from the Friday before Valentines Day, February 12th! It started out sleeting sometime in the night but changed over to snow by early morning. When Justus woke us about 7:00 huge flakes were falling and they fell all day! It was absolutely beautiful and we had a ball playing! It was very wet snow, though, so we had to take breaks and come in and dry our clothes. Our power went out for about 4 hours but we never really noticed! (Thankfully I had already made our chili!) The next day we still had lots of snow on the ground and it was sunny so we had more fun playing! It was a fun 2 days! Now if only the cold temps would go away and Spring would come on in! It is March after all and I'm ready for warmer temps, green grass & leaves, and flowers!

This slideshow is of just landscapes. I took the most peaceful walk all over our hillside, the church grounds and over to our neighbor's lake just across the lane from our house! God's beauty never stops amazing me!

This slide show is of our fun! It was hard to get good pics on the day is snowed because the flakes were so big and they would either block somebody's face or they would land on the camera lens and make it blurry! But I managed to get a few in! The next day, when it was sunny with a bright blue sky, it was a much better day for pics! You will notice we made a snowman village and used Mr. Potato Head apparatus & Lego blocks to design them! We had lots of fun!

Hope you enjoy!

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Friday, February 5, 2010

Music to My Ears

I wanted to tell you all about my newest "gadget" on my blog. If your volume on your sound is up when you visit, then you already know that I have added music to my blog. I have wanted to do so for a while. I know some people who just have one song which plays when you visit their blog, but when I decided to do this, I could not decide on just one song. I will try to change it up from time to time, (maybe with the seasons). But I L~O~V~E the songs I have so far!

I used "Playlist" ( to do it. It is FREE, so you have to love that! And, it was SUPER easy!!! If you want to change the song that is playing when you visit you can just scroll down until you see the application and then click on the song title that you want to hear. Also, you can scroll up and down the list by using your arrow keys on your keyboard.

I wish I had room to tell you WHY I love each of these songs. Since I do not, I will tell you why I love one of these songs! On Playlist you can search by song title or artist. As I was searching one of my favorite artists, Travis Cottrell, (He is the Worship Leader at all of Beth Moore's Living Proof Live events), I saw the song title, "Praise to the Lord, the Almighty!". It is actually an old hymn and part of what I love about Travis is that he does such a beautiful job in arranging hymns! Even more, this was the song I chose to enter the sanctuary when I got married, instead of the traditional Wedding March. So you can imagine how excited I was to find it there! I think it is the most beautiful I have ever heard it arranged and I love how it truly is made into a PRAISE song to our Lord Who is SO PRAISE~WORTHY! Don't be confused by the fact that it starts out with a woman singing. He does record solos, but he also records with his praise teams that he organizes for the Living Proof Live events as well. I'm sure this is one of those.

So, I know that you may not have time to listen to them all in one sitting, but as you come back I invite you to listen to them all over time. I hope you enjoy and are lifted up, challenged and drawn to His throne as you listen to my inaugural playlist of what I hope are many to come! (Don't forget to turn up your volume!)

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Smile Box "Scrapbook"

This time I'm playing around with Smile Box. I wanted to see how this looks when I post it to my blog. It is a mini digital scrapbook. I'm hoping to do more with digital scrapbooking, but not sure if I'll use Smile Box or not.

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This is a test post to see my new "Signature". I'm having fun playing with my blog settings. Richard helped me create my new blog header and I added photos of the boys I had made during Christmas. Probably more to come!!! :)

Friday, January 29, 2010


I am SO proud of Wesley! Richard and I had determined that with this new year we had one major goal for Wesley and that was to get him completely potty trained. I must admit, I waited the longest with him for several different reasons. But, it was apparent that this was the best time for us to do this. So a couple of weeks ago, we stopped buying daytime pullups and I bought Wesley his first "new" pairs of underwear ~ Scooby Doo!!! He has had some of Graham's "hand-me-downs", but I thought maybe with new ones he would be more motivated. We also used the same "sticker" chart that I used with Graham. He earns a sticker every time he goes potty and 2 if he does 2 things (pee and poo). When he gets 10 stickers, he can get a surprise. With Graham, he took a while, too, but when I told him he could not go to school unless he could go potty, that is all it took. With Wesley, not so much!!! He really has just taken his own sweet time to get motivated. It was funny though, because the stickers really did the trick for him and he has done GREAT! He has only had a couple of accidents (just pee pee). And, he even brought up with me the other day that NOW he can finally go to school!!! Hurray!!! In fact, he is doing so well, he even has had dry pullups in the morning. (I still put nighttime pullups on him and Graham) And, Graham, not wanting to be left out, has requested a sticker chart for him to get nighttime potty trained. He is doing pretty good with this, too. So, I'm hoping it won't be too much longer and I won't have to buy ANY more pullups!!! Woo Hoo!!! I'm not in a hurry for them to grow up, but it will be SO nice to not have to spend money on pullups!!!

So, since Christmas I really haven't taken many pics! We have all been sick (except Justus) with the crud over the past couple of weeks. I did get this one of Wesley, though, sleeping with his beloved "Mater" truck he got from Grandmama and Grandaddy! I love to watch them sleep! The one of Graham is an oldie, but goodie! He is sleeping with his water gun! Ahhhh, life with BOYS!!! :)

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Christmas 2009

***WARNING - This is LONG post...Sorry, but at least I finally did it! :)
To keep from dragging this out, I decided to make 3 slideshows and put them all in the same post. This first slideshow is of our church's childrens ministy events for Christmas. We entered a float in the Brantley Christmas parade. We had a great turnout of kids and they had a blast, even though it was BRRRR Cold! I apologize for not having more pics of the rest of the parade. Richard actually took these because I was very sick with my bad cold and did not want to be out in that weather! I hate I missed it! Also, in this slide are pics from our children's Christmas Musical at Mt. Zion. It was a fireside setting with all the kids in pj's. Richard (in p.j.'s & robe, too) told the Christmas story in between songs. They did a GREAT job and Graham even got to sing in a trio. They sang We Three Kings and it was really good! Wesley would not sing, so he "passed-out" on the front pew! :) We have some wonderful Children's Ministry leaders...Thank you ALL for your dedication to our Lord and to our children!

Mt Zion Baptist Children's Ministry ~ Christmas 2009

This second slideshow is of our Christmas Eve 2009. We didn't have to travel 15hrs. one-way this year, but we did stay on the road a good bit! (We actually made 3 trips to Mobile in a week's time, 2hrs each way - you do the math!) It was worth it, though, because we LOVE our family!!! We actually traveled down to Mobile the day before Christmas Eve so Richard and I could go out for our 19th Wedding Anniversary celebration! We really enjoyed ourselves eating at one of our FAVORITE restaurants in Mobile that we havn't been able to go to in a long time, Big Time Diner!!! It is not a romantic atmosphere, but it is a very wholesome atmosphere (owned by wonderful Christians!) and the food is GREAT! We then proceeded to make a quick shopping errand and then went to the movies (something else we don't do often) and saw A Christmas Carol. We liked it and we got to see it in an EMPTY theatre...noone else was there! (That was romantic!) God is Good! (No pics of this night, though!) We then celebrated Christmas with the Harvey clan at Richard's parents on Christmas Eve day and then trucked on back up to Brantley to be back for our Christmas Eve Candlelight service at Mt Zion (again, no pics!) It was a beautiful service and we had a good group considering the was frightful with bad thunderstorms! We came home and I fixed a simple supper and then we read THE Christmas story. Actually, Justus read it from a book that was his when he was little. Then we opened presents under our tree...FUN MEMORIES ALL DAY!!!

Christmas Eve 2009

This last slideshow is of Christmas Day 2009. Of course after we all went and got all "snug in our beds", Santa visited!!! The boys must have been really good! Justus got a new t.v. to go with all his new bedroom furniture including a really nice media center!; a new dresser and desk! He also got the new NCAA 2010 football game for his PS2 and he got a Northface jacket. Graham and Wesley got a new t.v. and movie for their playroom and they both got battery operated 4-wheelers, fishing rods, space blaster guns, Auburn caps, glow in the dark planets and stars to hang in their bedroom, and G - a huge army plane and W - a dump truck with a working drill to take it apart and put back together. And of course they all got lots of Stocking Goodies! I have some funny video of us trying to get Wesley up, he was quite a sleepy head that morning. Also filmed them riding their 4-wheelers! (I'll post later)
We got ready and made another trip down to Mobile for Christmas with my side of the family at my mom's house. It is ALWAYS fun to get together with all of them! The kids opened presents and Granny (my mom) opened presents. Then those of us who participate played "dirty santa". We thought at first it was going to be boring, but then it took a turn and boy was there some excitement before it all ended! Poor Bubba ended up with a "lady" gift, thanks to his "sweet" daughter, Garth, but I'm preeety sure, Diane (Bubba's wife) didn't mind! HA!!! At least it was ALL in the family!!! LOL Another highlight, was that my mom's yard was SOAKED from all the December rains including the storms from the night before. All the guys decided to find the dryest spot (not that there really was one!) and play a little football...old guys vs. young!!! Well, the old guys won, (at least points-wise ~ my old guy, Richard PAID dearly the next few days...not sure you call that winning!), and the young guys ended up NASTY! Justus and Daryn got the worst of it...lots of mud all over, you guessed it, their new clothes and shoes! It REALLY was a whole lot of fun...again, lots of LASTING MEMORIES!!! (One big regret, I didn't get pics of most everybody!!!...including Mama!!!...Sorry! I will do better next time!!!)

Christmas Day 2009

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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Christmas 2009 Decorations

Yes it is half-way through January and right on time (for me) I am posting Christmas pictures! I have started with a slideshow of the decoration we did of our new pastorium. Of course with a new house (new to us), it took a while for me to figure out where and how to put everything. I must confess I probably went overboard with my photos, but for one thing I am hoping by taking lots of pics, I can remember how to do this again next year as my mind is not as keen as it once was...I must be getting old or something! Ha!

We had several firsts in our decorating process this year. Maybe these will explain some of the pictures:

1. We bought our first "fake" tree. We have always bought real ones from the time we were first married, mainly because I grew up with an artificial one for so many years. I missed the wonderful scent, but I think the boys' allergies were better off for it.

2. We actually bought 3 "fake" trees and one small real one. I know...that sounds so expensive and so ridiculous! But, thank the Lord for Thanksgiving sales and for both Old Time Pottery & Michaels because we got REALLY GREAT deals on them! Those of you who know me, know it would have to be for me to buy them. I said for many years that I would only have ONE tree, but with this house having a formal living room and it being on the front of the house, I decided to do a themed tree...I used the colors of blue, lime green, gold and silver to highlight the robin's egg blue and light gold colors of that room. And, I put white doves on it to symbolize Peace On Earth! One of the "fake" trees took the place of our usual real tree and it's the one I decorate traditionally. It was located in our family room. The other "fake" tree was really a small one in an urn for the front porch. I decorated it simply with a bow to match the bow on my front door wreath and with holly berries to match my wreath as well. The only real tree we bought was a miniature frazier fir tree for Justus' room. He (my 17 yr old) pitched a fit because his whole life we have always bought a real tree. So we got this one for him and decorated it with blue and silver to compliment his Auburn bedroom. We did actually have one more tree, but it was free from a Seminary give-away I went to last year. It's the small one in Graham's and Wesley's room. They decorated it all by themselves and I think they did a GREAT job!

3. I finally bought us all matching stockings and had our names monogrammed on them. We have not had matching stockings for some time and it was fun to pick them out. My pic of them is not good, but if you can't tell, the boys' stockings all have 3-D characters...Justus has Santa, Graham has an elf (he had elf-ears when he was born and I'm not kidding the elf just looks like cute!), and Wesley's has a snowman. Mine and Richard's were decorated with button polka dots for Richard and ric-rac swirls for me. They all had cute little puffy balls on the toes!

4. I had success and failure with live plants. I grew some beautiful paperwhites for my kitchen window...they were pretty, but were not the variety that smell sweet and Richard was especially sensitive to their bad scent! I also had a beautiful live rosemary tree that I was hoping to keep growing and use in my cooking, but it died about a week ago...I think the dry heat we've had to run practically non-stop during this cold spell just killed it. I also had a beautiful white poinsettia that is still pretty.

5. Lastly, 3 faves this year: 1.)my "Happy Birthday Jesus" plate I displayed in my really went with the colors I used in the kitchen. 2.)My new nativity which I displayed on my piano. I have wanted one this size for many years, but haven't really had anywhere I could display it. So, this year when I went searching, I quickly realized that ones this size are very expensive. I was blessed again, though, to find one on sale for a really great price during the Thanksgiving sales at Kirklands. 3.) And finally my outside decor...including my miniature tree, my new wreath made with my favorite ~ magnolias and red berries, the ribbon I chose to make the bows on both of those as well as on my teddy bear ivy topiary, wreaths on my windows (next year I will light them or spot-light them), and my Christmas "H" garden flag!

Decorating was fun and although it seems like so much when I put it all into words, it didn't seem so as I was doing it. One drawback was that I was sick with a very bad cold while actually having to put it all out, so I was pretty physically exhausted when I was done, but it was still only about 320 days until I get to do it all again!!!

(By the way, if you are my facebook friend, you can see that I posted this slideshow on my profile there, too. When you click on the name of the slideshow, it will take you to the slideshow and you can choose to see it on full screen and the pics look better and clearer.)