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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 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 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." 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.


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.


Your Weekly Encouragement from Point of Grace

Shelley says...

The need to be loved is one of our strongest emotional longings. When we're feeling bad about ourselves, or left out and alone, what we crave is affirmation and acceptance. We usually look to other people for this-coworkers, family members, friends at school, or people at church. And often times we do get love and acceptance from these people-but not always, and not always enough. Even those of us who seem super confidant most of the time are insecure. You never know when you're gonna get sucker-punched, and feel betrayed or broken down.

On the road, I meet so many people who feel like they don't quite measure up. Maybe they think they're not smart enough, pretty enough, or funny enough. Whatever they feel is lacking, it's always measured by what other people think and not what God thinks.
I always want to tell them, especially the kids (but it's true for all of us), "Who cares if you're not the most popular or if you don't have the 'right' friends?? You were designed by God, and yes, HE loves you more than anything-and that's enough. When and if you ever truly internalize this truth and live it, it will transform your life.

The good news is this- as God's children, we can hold our heads up high, knowing that our identity comes from Him. He created us just the way we are. On purpose. And there is a good and prosperous plan for each of us!

Romans 15:7- Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.

Have a great week,