P31 Wannabe

Pinterest Cousin Portraits July 24, 2013

Filed under: Crafts,Life,Misc — Lacey @ 1:05 am

My cousin saw this picture on Pinterest and knew it was something we should do for my husband’s grandparents.

Here’s the link to the actual photographer’s page: http://carolinaphotosmith.com/blog/2012/09/best-beach-photography/

See, at the time we planned this, there were 11 great grand kids (there are now 3 more additions!). And it hard to get them altogether since three live out of state. So, last December, when the out of staters were going to be in town, we secretly planned a photography session. It took a bit of planning for each family to choose a color for their kiddos and to correctly number each kid in order of birth. But the results were so worth it! It was also a lot of work to get them to stay in order and all face the camera (as you can imagine with 11 kids 5 & under!).




They were so surprised and they love the photos. We took many more than those above. And we also had our photographer (a high school student from our youth group) take individual shots of each kiddo.

Since all the great grands were together we also made a few more super cute gifts for the great grandparents.

The Pinterest version:


And ours:




And a fingerprint tie for Papa since he wears ties every Sunday and every time he teaches (multiple times a week).



Mama was so happy about her apron. I don’t know if she’s actually worn it but its been up for display!




I guess maybe we’ll try to update the cousin portraits in the next couple years. Should be interesting since I now have an 18 yr old and a 20 month old to add to the mix! Ironically it was only a couple days after we took those photos that we got the call about being able to adopt K, and only a week later that we brought her home! How’s that for timing!


Yahtzee Jr Princess Scoreboard June 4, 2012

Filed under: Misc — Lacey @ 11:42 am

I found a few great deals at the new SPCA thrift store here in town.  One of them was a Yahtzee Jr Princess Edition for only $1.  I looked on the back of the box to see what was included in the game to make sure it had all the pieces.  But I pretty much just checked to make sure all 5 dice were there.  And they were, so I didn’t look at the rest of the required pieces.  Well, once I got home and started reading the directions, I found that we were missing the scoreboard and its quite important to the game.  So, I hunted around online to see if anyone had a printable one.  I came up empty handed.  I couldn’t even find a site that offered a replacement one for sale, not even from the manufacturers.  So, I decided to create my own.  I thought I might as well share it in case there is someone who ends up in the same situation.  So, here it is.

Princess Yahtzee Jr. Scoreboard


Philosophical Answers to “Why Did the Chicken Cross… July 14, 2011

Filed under: Misc — Lacey @ 1:42 pm

On our THUH Event trip we’ve become a fan of bird jokes. It all started with:

“Do you want to hear a bird joke?”


“Wow, that’s hawk-ward!”

And that’s become our answer to everything…”hawk-ward”!

We’ve been looking up a number of bird jokes online since then. Some have been funny but none have topped the hawk one.

I did find this list of philosophical answers to the famous “Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road?”

Those of you familiar with psychology, philosophy or older comedians may enjoy these…

Q: Why did the chicken cross the road?

Sigmund Freud: As an expression of the repressed desire to have sex with its mother. The road symbolizes the barrier presented by the cultural taboo.

Albert Einstein: Whether the chicken crossed the road or the road crossed the chicken depends upon your frame of reference.

Groucho Marx: Chicken? What’s all this talk about chicken? Why, I had an uncle who thought he was a chicken. My aunt almost divorced him, but we needed the eggs.

Howard Cosell: It may very well have been one of the most astonishing events to grace the annals of history. An historic, unprecedented avian biped with the temerity to attempt such an herculean achievement formerly relegated to homo sapien pedestrians is truly a remarkable occurrence.

Plato: For the greater good.

Robert Frost: To cross the road less traveled by.

Aristotle: To fulfill its nature on the other side.

Karl Marx: It was an historical inevitability.

Machiavelli: So that its subjects will view it with admiration, as a chicken which has the daring and courage to boldly cross the road, but also with fear, for who among them has the strength to contend with such a paragon of avian virtue? In such a manner is the princely chicken’s dominion maintained.

Hippocrates: Because of an excess of light pink gooey stuff in its pancreas.

Jacques Derrida: Any number of contending discourses may be discovered within the act of the chicken crossing the road, and each interpretation is equally valid as the authorial intent can never be discerned, because structuralism is DEAD, DEAD, DEAD!

Thomas de Torquemada: Because of Satan’s influence. Crossing the road is heresy. The chicken must confess to its sins in order to be saved. I’ll call another Inquisition.

Timothy Leary: Because that’s the only kind of trip the Establishment would let it take.

Nietzsche: Because if you gaze too long across the Road, the Road gazes also across you.

Oliver North: National Security was at stake.

B.F. Skinner: Because the external influences which had pervaded its sensorium from birth had caused it to develop in such a fashion that it would tend to cross roads, even while believing these actions to be of its own free will.

Carl Jung: The confluence of events in the cultural gestalt recessitated that individual chickens cross roads at this historical juncture, and therefore synchronicitously brought such occurrences into being.

Jean-Paul Sartre: In order to act in good faith and be true to itself, the chicken found it necessary to cross the road.

Ludwig Wittgenstein: The possibility of “crossing” was encoded into the objects “chicken” and “road”, and circumstances came into being which caused the actualization of this potential occurrence.

Salvador Dali: The Fish.

Darwin: It was the logical next step after coming down from the trees.

Emily Dickinson: Because it could not stop for death.

Epicurus: For fun.

Ralph Waldo Emerson: It didn’t cross the road; it transcended it.

Johann Friedrich von Goethe: The eternal hen-principle made it do it.

Ernest Hemingway: To die. In the rain.

Gilligan: The traffic started getting rough; the chicken had to cross. If not for the plumage of its peerless tail the chicken would be lost. The chicken would be lost!

E.O. Wilson: Under the influence of a road-crossing gene, selected because it conferred a survival advantage in the chicken’s ancestral line. We could conjecture, for example, that crossing roads represents the transfer of a behavioral trait whereby some chickens sought to distance themselves from rivals, thereby distinguishing them in the eyes of potential mates and increasing their reproductive potential.

Sir Edmund Hillary: Because it was there.

Werner Heisenberg: We are not sure which side of the road the chicken was on, but it was moving very fast.

Mark Twain: The news of its crossing has been greatly exaggerated.

David Hume: Out of custom and habit.

Pyrrho the Skeptic: What road?

Henry David Thoreau: To live deliberately … and suck all the marrow out of life.

Ayn Rand: It was crossing the road because of its own rational choice to do so. There cannot be a collective unconscious; desires are unique to each individual.

Mishima: For the beauty of it. The chicken’s extension of its sinuous legs sent shivers of a dark despair into the souls not only of the silently watching hens but also the roosters, who felt a sudden sexual desire for their exquisite comrade. The dark courage of the chicken was as beautiful as drops of dew upon jade at midnight, struck by a partial moon, its light filtered through clouds. One of the deeply aroused roosters could stand the intensity of the moment no more and bit off the head of the beautiful, courageous chicken-hero, whose wine blood was deliciously drunken by the road, and he died.

Johnny Cochran: The chicken never crossed the road. Some chicken-hating, genocidal, lying public official moved the road right under the chicken’s feet while he was practicing his golf swing and thinking about his family.

Camus: The chicken’s mother had just died. But this did not really upset him, as any number of witnesses can attest. In fact, he crossed just because the sun got in his eyes.

Lord Nelson: “I see no chicken.”

Sir Isaac Newton: Chickens at rest tend to stay at rest. Chickens in motion tend to cross the road.

John Wayne: “‘Cause a chicken’s gotta do what a chicken’s gotta do.”

William Shakespeare: Tell me where lies fancy’s egg, In the breast or in the leg?

Douglas MacArthur: In order to return.

Richard Nixon: This isn’t about roads and chickens. I don’t think you quite understand that what you believe I may have meant isn’t what you think I said.

Book of Genesis: God said, “Let there be chicken”; and there was chicken. Then God said, “Let there be road”; and there was road. And God commanded, “Let the one be taken to the far side thereof.” And it was done. And God looked upon His work and saw that it was good.

Sirs William Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan: To verify through measurement and research explorational, Asserted widths and properties of highways transportational. And thus through brain and intellect did prove itself, this animal, To be the very model of a modern chicken-general.

Captain James Tiberius Kirk: To boldly go where no chicken has gone before.

Sophocles: It wanted to be close to its Mom.


Consigning and Buying April 15, 2011

Filed under: Life,Misc — Lacey @ 2:41 am

Someone recently passed on these sites to me thinking that they could possibly be good avenues for posting my jewelry for sale. Although none of them panned out for that, I did end up finding some good resources on them, so I thought I’d pass them along:

Cradle to College Sales
-Next expo: Sept 15-17, 2011 in Clermont
-Earn 70% of your sales
-Make your own prices
-Prepare your items for sale and then they sell them for you
-Buy great discounted clothing, toys, etc.

Consignment Mommies
-Can search by zipcode for consignment stores, special sales, etc
-Also a consignment social directory

Raising Them
-Has places for questions, advice, etc.
-What looks the most usual to me is the marketplace page where you can find all the latest coupon codes for online shopping and deals


Clearing Out December 6, 2010

Filed under: Misc — Lacey @ 9:20 pm

Since we’ve started thinking about moving, we’ve been considering all the things we need to get rid of.  And considering the house we’ll probably get will need some work…we’re going to sell most of it. Here’s some of the stuff that we’re clearing out.  Let me know if any of you are interested.  We’re probably having a yard sale/jewelry open house this Saturday too.



Frugally Green November 23, 2010

Filed under: Life,Misc — Lacey @ 2:15 pm

I admit. I’m not a real “Green” person. Ok, hate if you want. I only started really recycling this year (the county finally gave us our recycling bins). I try to recycle as much as possible (especially when it doesn’t require much extra work).

I know that we should be good stewards of God’s creation, but sometimes there are just more important matters in life. I’m much more concerned about people and their souls than the earth. Sorry if that upsets you. Actually, I’m not really sorry. A lot of times I also reason that in the end, the earth is going to be burned up and destroyed anyways. And God’s going to create a brand new heavens and earth…so why spend all my effort on something that doesn’t eternally matter?

But in reality, we really are green. Being frugal leads one to be green. I’ve realized this for a while but one of the last episodes of “18 Kids and Counting” reminded me of it again.

Here’s what I mean:

  • We use everything as long as possible.  Usually to its last legs and sometimes we still find different uses for it.
  • We buy used items as much as possible (as a result we are reducing waste).  Every single piece of furniture in our home (excluding our new couch/recliner set) is used.  Each piece was either a hand-me-down or purchased used.  Our vehicles are hand-me-downs or used.  And we don’t plan on buying another vehicle until ours completely dies (and then we’ll buy used too).  The majority of our larger appliances are also used (usually purchased from Craigslist).
  • We reuse a lot of things like plastic grocery bags.  We shop at ALDI a lot and have to bring our own bags or reuse their bigger plastic bags.
  • Seth usually refills our printer ink cartridges
  • We wear most of our clothing/shoes until they are unwearable.  Otherwise they are usually donated or given to friends.
  • We collect our aluminum cans and turn them in for cash.
  • A lot of Haddie’s clothes (and some of ours) are hand-me-downs and will in turn later become hand-me-downs.
  • And of course we now recycle via our recycling bins.

Which brings me to my next subject, that I’m actually excited about–Brevard County (at least the unincorporated part) has expanded their list of recyclables:

  • Cardboard and paperboard food boxes
  • Milk/Juice Cartons
  • Paper towel and Toilet Paper Rolls
  • Corrugated Cardboard Boxes
  • Empty Aerosol Cans
  • Aluminum Foil and Food Pans
  • Newspapers
  • Magazines/Catalogs
  • Office Paper
  • Junk Mail
  • All kinds of Envelopes
  • Telephone Books
  • Brown Paper Bags
  • Aluminum/Steel Cans
  • Glass Bottles and Jars
  • Plastic Bottles
  • Plastic Caps and Pumps
  • Printer Cartridges (Placed in clear bag on top of bin)

So now its even easier for us lazy people to recycle!  My bin is going to be seriously overflowing each week.  And if we ever forget to take it out one week, we’re going to be in trouble.  Which makes these recent Thursday (pick up day) holidays a little annoying.  But anyways!

Hope you all have a fabulous Thanksgiving week!  And don’t forget to thank the One who’s made it all possible! : )


Duggar challenge November 11, 2010

Filed under: Life,Misc — Lacey @ 3:51 pm

So I’ve decided to start watching the Duggar family’s show. A friend of mine enlightened me to it’s existence on Netflix. Well, at least the first couple seasons. So I’m starting from the beginning… When they ONLY had 17 kids. Wow. Should be interesting. And I’m gonna share some of my comments along the way.

I’ve watched 3 episodes so far…

1. I’m not a big fan of the long skirts and long hair movement (for girls that is. Well for either gender!). Not that there’s anything wrong with either. But I don’t think it’s wrong for girls to cut their hair or wear pants. Just sayin.

2. I admire that woman’s (Michelle is her name) ability to keep calm, not stress AT ALL, and to talk in a sweet soft voice (although it does sometimes get annoying). I could learn a thing or two from her.

3. She apparently gets nausea and morning sickness with every pregnancy. I think I would have stopped producing along time ago (for more reasons than the morning sickness…but it would have been a BIG deterant for me). She’s expecting #18 at this point in the season.

4. The first two episodes they take all 17 kids and grandma to New York city. They’re either very brave or completely nuts. I’m thinking a bit of both.

5. It was funny watching them flag down taxis for all of them. It took 3-4 taxis including at least one taxi van. And momma (as they endearingly call her on the show) gave each of the drivers their own family photo of all 19 of them. They also handed out more of said photos to random staring people on the NY streets. I don’t think I’d want them all to have my family’s picture. Just sayin.


FREE Meals for Veterans This Veteran’s Day November 9, 2010

Filed under: Misc — Lacey @ 2:40 pm

I think its pretty neat that a lot of restaurants are offering FREE meals to Veterans this Veteran’s Day.  I don’t remember seeing any offers like this last year.  Anyhow, I thought I’d pass it along so that if any of you reading are Veterans or have family/friends that are Veterans, you can enjoy these special salutes of thanks! (Most of these offers also apply to active Military.  You have to bring an ID either way.)

  • Chili’s–FREE choice of 6 different entrees
  • Tropical Smoothie–FREE smoothie
  • Uno’s–FREE entree or pizza with the purchase of another one

Feel free to comment and add any other offers you’ve heard of.


Thanks to all those who have served our country to bring us the freedom we all enjoy and usually take for granted!!!



Great FREE Specials at Shutterfly

Filed under: Misc — Lacey @ 2:26 pm

So, I’ve never ordered prints or any photo type gifts from the online photo stores, but I finally broke down today. And I’m glad I did! I kept getting lots of different specials and free offers in my inbox, but I always ignore them and forget about them until the deals are already past. I found a free offer from pampers on Shutterfly and finally decided to use it. And Shutterfly lets you combine special offers, so I got a good deal and wanted to pass it on. Here’s the codes:

  • To get a FREE 7X9 20-page Photo Book that you can customize (its pretty much like a printed scrapbook). Use Promo code: GT58-CPU8-E5CM-2FXCM5
    Offer ends December 6, 2010
  • Shutterfly is also offering discounts on their photo gifts, including 30% off their photo books. (So you can use this on any additional photo books you order.)
  • And if you use Promo Code: SHIP30 you get FREE shipping on orders over $30.

I just made a 23-page photo book that I’m going to use for gifts for all our parents & grandparents. I also am going to give one to Haddie for Christmas since she loves looking at her own pictures! I saved over $30!!


Glamping Anyone? August 20, 2010

Filed under: Misc — Lacey @ 2:11 pm

I read a short article in this month’s Southern Living magazine about Glamping. They showcased a Bed & Breakfast in Georgia that provides Glamping accommodations for $180 a night.

The Martyn House

The whole idea of Glamping is a combination of tent camping and more glamorous luxuries. Sounds pretty good to me, although if I was going to spend $180 a night, I think I’d choose an actual luxurious hotel instead. The pictures of the Glamping tents remind me of some Indian (not Native American) royalty tents that you’d see in deserts in the movies. Well, then again…it could be a neat adventure…if I ever come into a lot of money for a vacation. The Bed & Breakfast has 4 different tents on their property, complete with a lake, trails, bonfire pit, etc. The whole property can be rented for a weekend for $1500. Anyone want to pitch in?