Friday, October 23, 2009


So it has, once again, been some time since I wrote. Not real great at this. Maybe it will be easier once we get moved into our new house and settle. The new house will be GREAT, but its going to be an ongoing project. I'm excited about having the time to make it all exactly the way I want it. Its MY we will stay in for a very long time, hopefully. Rick has worked tirelessly on every room...with a little help from us. He really never ceases to amaze me. We have ripped out carpet and sheetrock, scraped walls and floors, the list goes on and on. And really...we're just beginning. So much still to do and we move NEXT week! It can truly be overwhelming if we let it. But I know we will make it and it will be wonderful to have something that is our very own.

Jaxson started Mothers Day Out at Bethesda last week. He really seems to love it. I will admit that I cried the first day I dropped him off. He has so much change going on in his little life. Lets see...biggest brother moved out, sissy moved back in, a new baby is coming, we are moving, mommy is now staying home, a totally different schedule, a new school. Anyone would say thats a WHOLE lot of change in any persons life...particularly that of a 3 year old. Overall, I would say he is handling it all very well....but we definitely have our moments. I try to be understanding...and still firm. Its a delicate I'm not sure I handle so well all the time. "Delicate" isn't exactly my forte. I do love that baby boy...he is my sunshine.

Austin has started a band with a few of his friends...all of whom are VERY talented. I can see this going very well. Lots of possibilities. Its interesting to see him move into this arena with such gusto and passion. He has all that it takes to make it...and I really do want to be supportive...but I won't lie, its hard sometimes. I STILL don't know how to fully rely and trust on God. I wish I were better at it. What a good opportunity for me to learn that just because things aren't going exactly the way I would plan for Austin, they aren't wrong. I love him so very much...and I want him to know that more than ANYTHING.

My new found love for blogging has been a fun addition to my life. I enjoy finding inexpensive ways to make our home beautiful....which comes in very handy at this time of renovation. I seriously need to begin posting pics of the new house and all the work that we're doing. Its sad that I missed the chance to get some before pics. It was a MESS, but its getting better and better everyday. I will try to do better in the future....

K...that's all for this post. About to go pick up Rick and we're going on a field trip to Home Depot. Should be fun! :) Ta-ta for now!


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um...i kinda like this. :)

Tuesday, September 29, 2009


Ok...its official...Autumn is my very favorite season. The colors are beautiful and the weather is beautiful and it just makes for a very nice setting to live life. This is my table scape. I've never been good at this, but my friend Jeri Butler helped me get started, for which I'm very grateful. The mirror in the background we've had for well over 10 years. I used etching cream and etched the "C" in it to make it one of my new favorite pieces in my home. I think I like monograms....and can't wait to do more. Tonight I bought my very first $5 box of freezer paper to begin monogramming more and more items around the house. :) So very exciting. As I do them, I will, of course, post pics.

Loving life....
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Sunday, September 20, 2009


Nothing like your three year old BOY all wrapped up in leopard. :) I hope he won't hate me for this one day. If so, once he has one of his own, he'll totally understand and forgive me. I love this boy!
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Her twin sister

And the match. This is Rick's side of the bed, obviously. I mean, I wouldn't hav a pic of ME on my side of the bed. :)
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A small makeover...

A very small makeover, but one I like. :)

Friday, September 11, 2009

Too Long...

So, its been entirely too long since I blogged. That makes for a very long blog, so I'll try to do the cliff notes version and catch up.

Jeremy is out of the house...moved into his apartment in Denton. The first night he left home, I cried for an, sobbed. Alas, my tears were wasted as he returned home the very next day. I told him that it was ugly and mean for him to tease me like that....he agreed. Its been a few weeks now and he's doing pretty good. Roommates are a bit sketchy...but Jer does superb in those environments. He's just a light that shines no matter how hard you try to hide him. I love that about him. He started his new job today as a physical therapy tech. Its in Frisco which is a bit of drive for him...but he's excited and so are we! I am anxious to hear about how his first day goes.

Upon Jeremy's exit...our long lost Sissy returned home. We are so very happy to have her back. I love her so much and do miss her when she's not around. It feels like things are as they should be.

Austin has found a new love interest. Taylor Gannon has entered the picture and its seems to be a good thing for him. She is different than others he's dated in the past. A bit younger (Sophomore), but relatively mature for her age. We'll see what comes of this. He has also started working at Salt Grass as a table runner, which he seems to enjoy. I am happy for him to find joy in is work. Thats always important. He balances an awful lot in his life...worship leading on Sundays, Wednesdays, and school chaple; school; a few jobs; and now a new love interest. Its a lot for a teenager, but he loves the fast paced life he leads. I do worry a bit that its too much for him, but I remember being that way I gotta just let him figure out the beauty of laying around doing NOTHING all on his own. He will one day.

I have been in ultra nesting mode for about the past two months...which means, everyone in the house is at my beckon call. No telling what they will be asked to do. Thank God for people who love me and will do just about anything I ask. As a result, we have managed to spruce up the place quite a bit. New paint on a couple of walls in the living room, new dining room table in the kitchenette, some GREAT garage sale finds (my long lost addiction has been rekindled), cleaned out drawers and closets and all other tiny spaces, the beginnings of a new look in the playroom, and spray paint, have I mentioned spray paint??? OMG...what joy it has brought to my life! So, things are looking a bit different at our house...and for the better!

My baby bedding is underway. Cathy Ingrahm has graciously agreed to barter voice lessons for her son, Aaron, for the labor....most definitely MY GAIN! I love it all so much and will definitely post pics as we go. I am super excited!

I can't let this blog post go by without mentioning my little man, Jaxson. He is continueing to say the cutest things ever and I should be ashamed of myself for not posting them as they happen. The moments seem to come so fast. The most cherished moments have been the recent ones where, while lying next to me in our bed watching cartoons together, he has said something to the affect of "hey mommy, I wike waying by you all day", or "hey mommy, i wuv you". Its just the very, very best. Makes my WHOLE life! I love that boy! He seems to be getting used to the idea of little baby Parker coming along, and almost seems excited at times. I hope and pray the transition will happen relatively easily for him. I think it will. He's excited to teach him how to play cars and stuff. Its great to listen to him talk about it all. Should be a BLAST!

So, thats basically it. I will definitely try to keep up with life better than I have been. It just goes by so fast!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Jaxson just declared he would like a DS for Christmas! starts so early! At least we have time to plan. :o)

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Bedtime with Jaxson

One of my favorite parts of everyday is bedtime with Jaxson. Our routine - well the routine we shoot for - is bath, bed to watch a little "tb", and then he comes to tell me he's ready for me to read to him. We read several books, not without interuption. Sometimes the interuptions pertain to the book I am reading and other times...not so much. Could be anything. He tells me stories about his day, tells me about his favorite colors, tells me how hungry he is and how much he needs a snack, and then whatever other random thought comes to mind. Last night, I didn't do bedtime with him, his daddy did. When he asked daddy for a snack, he specifically requested "green ham and ham". Thats what he calls it - green ham and ham. After explaining that we hopefully didn't have any green ham, daddy brought him peanut butter crackers and he seemed fine. The "tb" watching portion of his routine actually took place in our bedroom last night. It was just he and I. I asked him if he would hold my hand and he just came over to me and laid his head on me and started patting my tummy. Then he raised up a bit and just smiled this very sweet smile and went back to his side of the bed. So stinking sweet! Then he held my hand. :) I do love that boy....and the best part is, he loves me too!

Monday, August 17, 2009

My hope for a living room pic

The picture by itself is so cool...but it has all this cool texture painted into it. Its just beautiful and peaceful. I love it. Waiting on a good Garden Ridge coupon to take with me when I get it. :)

The Weekend

Well, we made it thru yesterday. Jeremy left for Hondorus with the Loli team. He will be gone a week. On Thursday we are heading over to his apt in Denton to get him all set up. When he returns, he will be calling that his home. Its hard to imagine our life with less of him around...but I know its all part of the plan. For that, I am grateful and at peace.

On a happier note, Jaxson is getting more and more brave in the water as you saw in yesterdays picture blog. He just said, "hey mommy, watch this", and he dove his head under the water. It just took a little coaching to get him to kick his feet and try to swim. I was AMAZED! Its fun to see as they develope and learn.

Austin spent part of his weekend preparing for chapel today at BCC. He is excited to be the worship leader this year. He has a GREAT group including Kylee Lyles and Aaron Ingram. My hope is that he will learn more and more about leadership. I know he will. He is a great leader in so many way, and yet has so much to learn. I am so very proud of him....proud beyond belief. I wish I could be at chapel today, but with all the work I've missed as of late, I just don't think its a good idea. But I will try to make this my last missed chapel. :)

Last night, Daddy, Sissy, and I went to see Julie and Julia. For Food Network junkies like ourselves, this was an outstanding movie. We all left pretty hungry after watching all that food prepared, so we went to Flips burgers to grab a quick bite. Made for a late evening, but it was worth it.

Got the house spic and span on Saturday...found two GREAT pics for my bedroom. I actually found one for my living room, but it was too much for this week. Its great though...I'll see if I can post the pic. Overall a great weekend. Can't wait til I can be home more often. I love that place.

Ta-ta for now!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Swimming is fun!

08.16.09 - Jaxson swims for the first time!

Friday, August 14, 2009

"We are bofe sweepy cause you too much work, and I too much pway". - Jaxson @ bedtime on 8/13/09

Last Days

Well, I've thought long and hard about what to post as my first official blog post. I decided that while there is alot going on in our home these days, I should most definitely start off with the first one to come into our lives, and now the first one to move out. Jeremy Alan Campbell.

WOW! Its hard to believe that the one-time baby boy who first changed our lives forever is now a grown man, ready to face the world all on his own. I can honestly say that I could not be more proud of him. He is everything a mother hopes for in a son. He is strong and courageous, gentle and kind, caring and compassionate. He takes pride in doing what is right, not by the world's standards, but by our Heavenly Father's. He is a hard worker, diligent in his studies, and he loves his family.

And now he ventures off to the world of UNT. Denton...a short 30 minute drive from home. Why does it seem so far away? I don't think its the distance as much as it is the end of a chapter. A really, really GREAT chapter. I know that its right; its the way the story is supposed to go, but....

Jeremy will do great. I know we will all watch with amazment as he continues to yeild his life to God's purpose. No one seems to do it with more grace than Jeremy...such an example to us all.

So here's to the next chapter. I know some of the key characters, and I promise that if you will NOT be disappointed. You will see the hand of God at work in and thru the life of Jeremy Alan Campbell. A wonderful amazing young man. I love you Jeremy.


A Blog To Remember

So I was talking to my friend Elena last night. We were discussing baby books and how they are so seldom used anymore. I mean, Jeremy had a baby book, which we kept up with fairly well (although I'm not sure where it is at the moment). When Austin was born, I BOUGHT a baby book, however didn't keep much in it. Jaxson came along, and I didn't even try to fool myself into thinking I would keep up with one....didn't even buy one. And now Parker McKay is coming along...
So, my friend was telling me that she is now blogging as a way to keep up with all there is to remember about her growing boys. I LOVE the idea! So, we too shall blog. Too much happens in a day to try to remember. Jeremy and Austin are slipping thru our hands like sand and Jaxson says something priceless just about every hour of the day. I am certain that Parker will come with his own set of memories to be captured. So for those of you who are close enough to our hearts to get to read this, I hope you will enjoy seeing into our Life As We Remember It.

Here we go....