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Monday Mornings

We all have them. Those days where the unexpected can bring about some challenges in your day that you weren't planning on. Of course, mine happened this morning. I didn't really know what I was going to blog about today, so at least it gave me something to talk about. Mondays are very long for my boys and we had some extra things to add into the day. Price is running for 5th grade President at school. Today is the first day of campaigning, so he wanted to get there early to put up his poster and hand out some magnets for his friends lockers. etc. I meant to take a picture of his poster to show you, but forgot. However, here is a pic of the pencils we made this weekend for him to handout.

Of course his Slogan is "The PRICE is Right" for 5th Grade President. Anyway, he's all excited and actually took a quick shower this morning instead of the usual 15 min. They both had brought home all of their football gear home to be washed this weekend, so their bags are full to take all of it back to school. Had to make sure they had a snack today. yada yada.

So we load up the car and turn the key. NOTHIN! Battery is dead. So, I put it in neutral and Spence pushes it out of the garage. Stu has a rent car right now because his car was in the shop. Neither of us are mechanically minded and we've never seen a battery like the one in this car. We tried jumping it, but nothing happened. Stu is unfortunately heading to Spring Hill today for his clinic and it's not good to leave the patients waiting so he's going to have to get going. Thankfully, my neighbors Dan and Patti are super sweet. He was about to leave for work and has an extra car. So, he let us drive one of his. Of course, all of this takes at least 15 minutes which means we are stuck in the heavier traffic and will be a few minutes late to school.

Stop right there........ These are the moments when you can either get completely frustrated and snippy (which sometimes happens) or you can show your kids that everything is still okay and that it's not the end of the world. Today in God's Grace, I chose the latter. (I wish I could say, that I always did that, but I can't) So, we unload my car and load up in Dan's. We grabbed our "Jesus Calling" kids version from the car and headed down the road. My goal is for us to sit at the table in the morning and read our Jesus Calling together, but some mornings when we are rushing out the door, we will take it in the car and Price is our designated reader. So, as we are driving I asked Price to pull it out. I think we might need to see what was written for today. Well, today's devotional was based on Proverbs 16:3 "Depend on the Lord in whatever you do. Then your plans will succeed." Part of the thoughts she wrote said this....

"Put aside all the things you have to do and refuse to worry about what time it is. " (haha God's so funny with his timing) " Don't even look at the clock. By waiting with Me before you start your day, you are saying that you trust Me to be in complete control. "

Anyway, it was a good time for us to all put that into practice. God is in control. Today and every day. He does not change and He is always faithful. Maybe your day started out crazy. If so, I hope this encouraged you as it did me. My schedule is now a little off for the rest of the morning. I did come back and jump my car with Dan's car and low and behold it started. Yay for me!!! I took it to the mechanic and they said that my battery and alternator tested fine. Hmmmmm. They think maybe it was my phone charger that drained the battery. I don't usually have it plugged in. I hope they are right. We've got two POG meetings today and I've got about an hours worth of singing in the studio to get done. I may have to skip working out today. oh darn:)

I do quickly want to show you a few pics from Price's first football game this weekend. I know you are probably sick of the football pics, so this will be the last one. However, I had to get one with him in his uniform. So cute. After he walked off the field from playing a little bit, I could see his shoulders standing a little taller and he had this small strut that I've never seen before. Funny how football can boost their "manhood".

This is after they had their first win and are coming off the field.

Spence and I had the chance to go see the "Bordeaux Eagles" play as well on Saturday. They played awesome! I talked about the Eagles over the summer, but their coaches are doing an amazing job. I was also blown away that one of their teachers came to the game to check in with the coaches on how the boys are doing in school, etc. VERY IMPRESSIVE! Thank you all of you teachers out there who really CARE about the lives of their students. Here's a picture of Spence and his best friend George with "Lil Nice" and "Too Short". I LOVE how everyone on their team has nicknames. Makes me laugh.

Well, I suppose I better get in the shower since I haven't done that. I hope you have a blessed day. Take some time to think about what God has done for you. It will make you smile.

Love,
Denise

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It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas!

Leigh says...

The POG girls and our hubbies had a wonderful evening a few days ago. Our manager, Gator Michaels invited us to his home for dinner. Rumor has it, he owns an awesome smoker and makes a mean brisket - well, we'll just see about that!! Other rumors are his Macaroni pie is to die for and his Chocolate pie is superior to anything we have ever tasted... Now ya'll know we love us some good cookin' and when a challenge is given, one must concede (it's the Christian pot luck thang to do).

Dana and I pulled up late because I thought dinner was at 6:30pm but it was actually 6pm. (I hate being late to anything...don't you know that was a lovely conversation in the car - NOT!)... anyway, we pull up to Gator's home and as we get out (quickly) we notice a deer really close to his house...we go inside, say our apologies and by the time we have done all of that, here come 4 more deer.

I thought, where are we North Pole minus the snow? Where's Rudolph?... It was unbelievable!!... Gator feeds them horse biscuits and BOY do they love em'. (who doesn't love any form of bread anyway?)... except 'sweet breads'...One time on a cruise Shelley tricked us and "encouraged" the table to order the sweet breads with our entree...we all tasted it thinking it was some type of dumpling. Later we found out it was a form of sheep intestines!!! OH MY GOSH... WE WERE ALL ABOUT TO HURL!! (sorry, I started chasing a rabbit/sheep)... back to the story... You all have to see these deer.

I am so sad that I didn't take pictures of the food - that was the best part! Let me just speak on behalf of the rest of the girls...it was like Christmas morning - "unwrapping" our taste buds after each bite... EVERYTHING was right on the mark! The Macaroni pie was made up of SEVEN cheeses (the perfect number), the Brisket was tender and mouth watering, the green beans were even delicious (they were steamed and much healthier than the other sides) and the Chocolate pie- well it was SUPERIOR to anything I have ever tasted! (Gosh, I am so hungry just thinking about it). Wish you all could have tasted it...actually, we told Gator we need these recipes for the next Cookbook. Ho! Ho! Ho!!

Speaking of Christmas, I realized this morning we are exactly 4 months away from Christmas... YIKES!!!

Merry August 25th!! Have a great day, leigh cappillino

Shelley Says...

I really do love reading other people's blogs. In some ways, it's taken the place of casual magazine reading for me. I love food blogs, restaurant blogs, nice hotel blogs, and random people blogs. The other day I was reading a girl's blog that my friend Keely told me about forever ago. Her name is Kelly Stamps and her blog is at www.kellyskorner.com. She went to Ouachita (my alma mater) but is much younger than me! I never knew her, until this blog. It's really just a blog about her life, kids, etc., but I love how her sweet spirit comes across in her writing, and how she is honest in her struggles with balancing everything that motherhood brings. One day she did a "Day in the Life" blog. It was really cute!

After I read it, I thought to myself..."the next time I don't have a specific topic to write about in my blog, I shall copy Kelly and do "A Day in the Life."

Well...here it goes...

We wake up at 6:50 at the Breen house. I wake up Caroline, and would you believe to this day, I still carry her to the couch. It's getting close to impossible, she's getting really heavy. But I think it's sweet. I've done it ever since I've had to wake her up for school. She lays on the couch and watches a tv show for about 15 minutes to wake up, while her dad gets ready to bring her to school. I make her snack for school, her lunch, and her breakfast. It has been a fruit smoothie every day so far this year. She is just not a breakfast eater. Unless it's 10:30. I am the same way. Give me a good espresso and I'm good to go.

Today after they left for school I went to the grocery store. I seriously go almost everyday. I am making Chicken Enchiladas tomorrow night (it's Wednesday night, hump day, so my good friend, favorite bachelor, POG piano player Michael Passons is coming for dinner.) I try to feed him once a week so at least he gets one home-cooked meal!!

After I got home, I decided that since I spent 220 bucks last spring for some Yoga class passes that I should use them.

I go to this place called Yoga Country. My friend Amber told me about it...she is our stylist. She also has a yoga body.

I really want to look like her.

So I go.

So far, it's not working, but it's only been a day.

This is a picture of the studio. Super nice people there and it smells like incense. So that's nice.

Before you judge me...I know yoga is kinda new agey. But it's not weird at this place. I promise.

I took the "Slow Flow" class today. It should have just been called "Hamstring Murder" class.

After yoga, I came home and cleaned up the house and did some laundry.

Then my neighbor Kirsten and I did something we have truly never done as long as I have had a pool.

We laid at it.

With no kids.

FOR AN HOUR AND A HALF. Praise God.

And read magazines.

I seriously felt really guilty, but not guilty enough to not do it.

We told ourselves last week that ONE day after the kids got back in school we were gonna pretend we were on vacation.

I'm not gonna lie. It was awesome.

But had I written this "Day in the Life" blog any other day, I assure you, this would not have been in here.

Gosh...Yoga and pool...

We're so Housewives of Beverly Hills. I should have picked a different day to tell you about now that I'm thinking about it. This is actually anything but typical. Oh well.

I cleaned house a little more and tried to make a dent in the ironing basket before I went to get Caroline from school.

After school, it's one episode of "Good Luck Charlie" then homework...

Today we did data graphs and categorized spelling words by syllables.

Good times.

She is LOVING LIFE. Look at that!

I then made an awesome dinner (not) of Polish Sausage, Mac and Cheese, Broccoli, and Salad.

Then, we FINALLY got our rug in that we had ordered for our living room. David and I wrestled with the furniture until we got it under the couch just right!

I love it.

I'm just so scared that the cute dog you see on the couch is going to pee on it the first time I leave the house.

Like, so scared.

I swear if she does I will take her to the taxidermist.

After dinner, we had a slight meltdown because she hasn't gotten to really play with the neighbors much this week because they have had homework and soccer stuff. So dad made it all better when he told Caroline she could sleep in our bed tonight and he would sleep in the guest room. For some reason this is a treat to her, (and to me, on occasion, because there is a slight snoring thing that happens...)

So such ends our day. It is about 8:30 now, and I'm about to retire to the couch with this...

Because all I've ever wanted to be was a skinny cow...

love to you, Shelley

PS I almost FORGOT the highlight of my day. Even over laying out.

These came in the mail. They are for my Nespresso machine and I love love love the purple pods..they're called Arpeggio and I have been out forever and finally ordered a huge stash.

I cannot wait till tomorrow morning now...yeehaw...

The "COOL" Pool

This past weekend was one of the few that we will have left in this year for the POG kids to get to just "hang out" together. Once school gets in full swing, it's tough to coordinate our schedules so that all of our kids can play together. Even though Spence is getting so much older than the rest of them, its sweet to see that he still loves hanging with Darby Mae and Caroline. So, Saturday we went to "THE COOL POOL". This is in reference to a fantastic family that opens their home and pool up to many people in their community. I love it when God blesses someone and they take that blessing and choose to bless others by it. My boys have been wanting to go all summer long and we have not made it there. So, this was a chance to fulfill my promise that I would take them.

Here are some shots of their fun day.

They also had fun playing on this teeter totter that is WAY too small for them.

They were suppose to all be holding hands, but Spence jumped a little too high for Darby.

The "Cool" Pool added another fun addition that I didn't know about. The ZIP line. When Leigh was telling me what it was, I thought it zipped you into a lake, but that is not the case. Spence called this landing an epic fail. Thank goodness Price was not hurt.

Anyway, it was fun to watch them enjoy the day together. None of us have actual family that live in town, so the POG kids are more like cousins in a way. I love that they enjoy each other's company. After a few tough days of our start to school, it was a nice retreat. I will say that it was a blessing to pick up my kids yesterday from school and both had smiles on their faces. It made a good start to our week. I'm thankful that routine has set back in for a little while. I know I'll be wishing for a break from it soon, but for now I'm feeling a little more settled. What is on your list to accomplish once you start getting back into routine? Clean out a closet? Start a bible study? Go on a diet?? One of my goals is to start exercising regularly again. I feel soooooo much better when I do. My family is grateful too because I'm not such a grouch:)

Hope you feel loved today.

Denise