Sincerely ‘Fro Me to You-Space Invaders


Welcome to ‘Fro Me to You!  I’m glad you’re here.  If you want to join in, please read the guidelines here.
After about six months of marriage, my hubby and I moved to Arkansas and become Youth Pastors at a church.
We were newly graduated from Bible College and ready to take on the world. During those first two years, we experienced a full spectrum of situations, from dressing up in clown suits, weekly, to a nasty church split.
 
It was quite an odyssey.
Into space.
I am not kidding.
And so, this picture seems fitting of our first years in church work. This was our first Vacation Bible School.  We are aliens and, yes, that is half a volleyball on my hubby’s head and strangely, that looks like a perm in mine.  (When will I learn?)
We grew up a lot during that time:
I learned that some church people are mean. 
I learned that silver paint that says ‘washable’ isn’t necessarily.  
I learned that my hubby was the closest friend I would ever have. 
I learned that I didn’t learn everything in Bible College. 
I learned to laugh at myself. 
I learned to cry for others. 
And I learned that some people, are very good, even in bad situations.
Looking back nearly 15 years ago, I can say I also learned that you can leave full time ministry and carefully laid plans behind and have a better life than you ever imagined.
The Nester is offering one of my readers one of her beautiful handmade tassels from her Etsy shop right now on this post. If you haven’t had a chance to enter, go now!

ETSY Giveaway Going On Right Now!

The Nester is offering one of my readers one of her beautiful handmade tassels from her Etsy shop right now on this post.  
Several people have wondered what they’d do with a tassel if they were the lucky winner. Well. That’s a good question. I’m new to these beautiful items myself, but it’s the best thing you’ll never need! Here are some examples from The Nester’s blog:
And just a word to the wise . . . if you google tassel and their placement, you will see images of strippers who are inappropriately using tassels.  This is wrong, on so many levels.
So is this:
But this?  Totally and completely acceptable tassel placement:

So, go now, hurry, if you haven’t entered the giveaway, it won’t last long!

This Old Bird Has Found A Nest Away From Home*Giveaway!

*Update* Lucky Tassel winner announcement:  Congrats to Heidi of Frantically Simple! I’ll email you.

I love home decor.

I love cheap home decor.
I love cheap, do-it-yourself home decor.
Rarely, do I find something that encapsulates my deep-seeded home decor needs.
But this old bird has found a nest away from home at:  The Nesting Place.  
I don’t think I have ever fallen for a blog so quickly.  And she sells handmade tassels on etsy.
I bought this adorable domino tassel with a cream pom pom:
In a thank-you-I-received-it-email, I actually wrote, “If I had a BFF necklace, I would send you the other half.”
And I don’t kid about best friend necklaces.
I’m pretty sure I scared her. Half.To.Death.
She might even block me on Twitter.  
The Nester has beautiful taste. Many of her posts are about creative ideas she’s done in her own home. She has a classic, clean look and who wouldn’t love her motto, “It doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful”?  
One of my favorite parts (besides her tassel giveaways, in which she appeals to your inner-moocher) is her Mistreatment Club for window treatments.
Look, here’s mine.  I ordered the fabric on ebay.  And painted black wooden balls from WalMart.  My hubby helped me with the double-sided screws.  Little black cording spaced every now and then make perfect hangers.
 
My tip?  Go visit The Nester at her blog or here at her etsy store. And if you see something you like, buy it immediately because I have NEVER seen a store sell out more quickly! The people are all about tasseling.  
It’s like an epidemic of fringed-proportions.
Or you can leave a comment and risk the odds that you will be chosen to win a domino tassel just like mine ($20 value).  (See?  I told ya’ll she was the best!  And so generous!)
Domino Tassel 190
She’s a hoot and that’s my favorite kind of bird.
Leave just one comment and I’ll choose the lucky tassel winner Thursday night at 10 p.m. CST.

A Crazy Wonderful Week

Well. Family Camp.  It was amazing.  And not just because I had low expectations.  I just didn’t

 expect this  all week long!

And while I would love to delight you with all 400 photos, I must save some of my vacation splendor for the little Sizzlin’ Summer Vacation Spectacle that I’m hosting on August 29th.  You can read all about the giveaway-linky-frenzy, here.  You don’t want to miss it!

I will say, it was one high  after another

While the kids ran amuck with their counselors at Family Camp, the parents participated in an amazing parenting conference, focusing on raising great kids.

Umm, yeah . . . we completely needed it! (I’ll be sharing some of the fabulous parenting tips I learned later next month)!

I thought I would share the two parts of Family Camp I mentioned the other day: the  theme nights and the talent show.

Theme Nights:

It’s a Mystery

THAT family disguised themselves into various characters for the evening.

It was scary.

This woman looks familiar, but she’s a real enigma.

Sixties Night (I’m so glad we didn’t listen to my son who thought it was sexy night!)

Aren’t we groovy?

I’m at Peace!
Fiesta Night was muy caliente! 

I fell desperately in love with these two Latinos on Fiesta night!
The Talent Show

THAT family entered the talent show, but we forgot the peanut butter (much to hubby’s relief) for our family’s disgusting skit.

God is good.

So, we created a magic ‘enlarging machine’ thanks to reader, Wendy M. for the idea.

What happens when you throw a rag in? . . . . you get a towel!

What happens when you put in some coins? . . . . you get a $5 bill!

What happens when you spit into the machine?  Ask the front row, who were doused with a water gun!


And this is what happens when you throw a toy baby doll in the machine hidden behind the curtain! You get a live one . . . 

Who discovered a new love for all things sticky! Hey, it was her vacation too!

THAT family came home dirty, tired and committed to one another.

We even had time to be alone and reconnect! (My new favorite picture because we were on a boat, watching the sun set!  I’m telling ya’ll this camp was something else!) Notice how many times I’ve used !!! in this post?

Check out this Pine Cove button  .  If you want to experience a trip of a lifetime and grow closer to God as a family, this is for you! I don’t think I’ve ever been served in a greater capacity, laughed more or challenged greater.  We also met some amazing families. 

Make plans to link up at the Sizzlin Summer Vacation Spectacle and you’ll see what other kind of fun was had by THAT family!

P.S.  I’m happy to report that we did not make ONE visit to the ER during our week at Family Camp. We only had to seek out the camp nurse for bug bites, a blister, a sore throat and my son’s bleeding gums from the tooth he lost. We did map out the nearest major medical center, because I like to be prepared.  I’m just sayin’.

Guess Who Will Love Riding in the Car Now? $200 value

Bloggy Giveaways Quarterly Carnival Button

Okay, I’m done counting!  Whew!  Quite the workout.  The Tinkerbell Mix Max goes to D!  And the SpongeBob set goes to Shane!

Congratulations. Look for an email from me.
I don’t know how my parents did it.
Seriously.
Our summer vacations were dominated by road trips.  
One of my first memories is of a very long car ride to Disney World, back in the 1970’s.  It must have been in the winter because our little Ford Pinto didn’t have a heater and we kept warm with quilts. 
That worked out great until my twin sister and I decided to ‘play horsey’ with our older brother. We used his belt for the reigns.  
Around his neck.  Great fun, until he puked chocolate milk.  All over the blankets. That were keeping us warm.  My next memories are of a cold car ride to Disney World.
Because we entertained ourselves.
Not something my kids excel at on our road trips these days. We’ve got the whole audiovisual thing going on in our minivan and a plethora of travel paraphernalia. 
And I’m not about to change it. Because I like progression.
Call me a sissy.  A weenie.  Just don’t take it away. M’kay?
And because my Momma taught me to play nice and share, I want your last traveling summer getaway or trip to Wal Mart to go well.
I’m giving away TWO amazing prizes at a $100 value each!
I will choose two random winners.  One will receive a brand new Disney MixMax Video MP3 Digital Media Player.  Tinkerbell edition.  It holds 240 songs and plays 16 hours of video.  It’s rechargeable and comes with software, earbuds, and a wrist strap! Value $100. Perfect for those long car rides!
The other random winner will receive two $50 prizes, for a total value of $100.  Both of these items are brand new and made by Npower’s Nickelodeon line, Sponge Bob edition:  A digital music player (MP3) that holds 250 songs, comes with software, ear buds and is rechargeable AND a flash digital camera that holds approx. 79 photos.  It has sound effects, an LCD screen, software, adhesive skins, a wrist strap, cables and much more! Perfect for busy hands on a road trip. US shipping only.
So, leave a comment (ONE, Please) with your choice (tinkerbell or sponge bob) and you can get double entries if you add this button to your blog (because I’m not above bribery) or subscribe to my feed (let me know in your comment if you do this or already have):
Subscribe in a reader andGrab the button for your blog!

This giveaway will close on Friday morning 9 am (CST)


THAT Family Tree Society-Issue 2


We just returned from a fabulous week of Family Camp. We made our mark as THAT family, believe me. I’ll share the highlights later.

This week, I’d like to welcome the Zimmer Zoo to the Society! She submitted this post, Maggie’s First Hospital Visit, as her THAT family moment. And I can see why. I understand my friend. Really, I do.

1.What’s your blog about? My blog is about my life with 3.5 year old twins, a 10 month old baby, my husband, and everything that goes on around me. (I tend to leave my work life out of it though…) I initially started it as a way to write things down because I’m terrible at keeping a journal updated, but I’ve found that it’s pretty therapeutic.


2. How long have you been blogging?
I’ve been blogging for exactly a month now!

3. How would you define THAT family?

THAT family is the one who always has SOMETHING going on (usually bad/funny). The one that everyone around town knows about and can tell at least one story about. The one where when you walk into church you get “those” looks from everyone else.

4. When did you become a part of THAT family?

Depends…I’m pretty sure that I was part of THAT family growing up on a farm in Vermont in a family of 4 kids (especially when my parents were THE first to get a divorce in our town…)  …now, just having twins plus a younger singleton makes us THAT family around town. (I’m sure it’s more than that…but it’s too much to write about in a reply email ;) )

5. Where can we find your blogging home? 

Zimmer Zoo


If you’d like to join the THAT Family Tree Society, you can read all about it here.

DIYP #9- Creating Beautiful Files *Giveaway!

*Update*  Congrats to these three winners!  Email me your address and I’ll get the pretty folders in the mail! Cajungal01Mother Hen, and Anna

My kitchen is in the center of my home.

It is a hub of activity.
It’s where you can find me, Cooking blogging up a storm in my apron.  It’s also the place where everything lands:  bills, school papers, mail, magazines, coupons, books, etc
And it drives me crazy.
My hubby bought me this great desk.  But it’s stuffed full of crap, I mean, crafts. Freudian slip, there.  
And since I have a deep love for baskets and boxes and pretty things, I decided it was time to get organized in my kitchen.  Have you seen the gorgeous file folders out there?
I bought some.
I thought about attaching this to the wall in my kitchen:
Rubbermaid® Sensations™ Single Pocket Magnetic Wall File, Letter-Size
Staples
But it doesn’t give me that lovin’ feeling.  And so, I thought about sitting one of  these file holders on my counter. I love these:
Black ETC Wire File Folder Holders
Rose Lane Cottage
floral file folder holder
Anna Griffin
leather desktop file

Levenger
The Container Store

But I have limited counter space, what, with all the cooking preparation.
This is what I came up with:
Because a $9.99 feed trough from TJMaxx, in the kitchen? Yeah, that speaks to me!
Where will you put your pretty new file folders?  Let me know, because 3 lucky readers will be receiving a set of them! I have some beautiful ones! Just leave a comment, one only please, and I will choose some winners Sunday at noon.