Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Love & Laughter

Well, Valentine's Day is almost here...what to do, what to do? I know some of you have some GREAT things planned (especially my friend Autumn)--I'll tell you about it later. Don't want to ruin the surprise! I have been racking my brain trying to think of something creative and inexpensive to do for my precious hubby. I am open to any suggestions!
I just wanted to share some funny things that have happened around here since John has been layed off. Last Friday morning, we were all still in bed. Elijah was lying between me and John. He was flipping and flopping and wanting to get up. Since it was only 6:00 a.m., I was not about to go for that! So I reached over and gave him a couple of good spats and told him to be still. But alas! It was John's cries I heard echoing back, not Elijah's! I had reached over a little too far and smacked John! I couldn't help but laugh at the expression on his face as he came bolting upright out of bed!!
And yesterday, Elijah was supposed be taking a nap, but he was fighting it. He kept getting up and walking in the kitchen where I was cooking. I would scold him and lay him back down. On one of the trips I left the phone in the room. A few mins later, I heard it ringing. There stood Elijah in the kitchen. He handed it to me and said, "Here", then he turned around and marched back to the couch and laid back down. He has only just now started talking, so that was a wow moment for me.
The pic above is an example of my new hobby...making hairbow boards. This one is similar to mine, the only difference is that mine is a little smaller and trimmed in marabou, or faux ostrich feathers. My digital camera is broken at the moment, or I would take some pics of mine and post them myself. I can customize one to match any bedroom, etc. They seem to be really taking off, as I have four orders to fill. Beam me if you would like one!

Tuesday, February 6, 2007

What An Adventure!

Well, the past two weeks in the Acklen family have been filled with much excitement. Some good, some bad. With John losing his job last week, we are learning all about the joys of applying for food stamps, WIC, and unemployment. Along with all of this, our two year old, Elijah, has acquired a rare viral condition--it doesn't even have a name--where he is covered with spots and runs a high fever sporadically. He has also succeded in flushing a whole diaper down our toilet, thus resulting in a very complicated plumbing job that landed our toilet in the bathtub (dookie water and all). So, I have also learned about the joys of scrubbing dookie water out of my floor and bathtub! I know some of you are rolling at the mental picture right now, and I am sure I will...sometime in the distant future. So far, the only obstacle Grace has produced is the fact that she is now crawling and learning to pull up. She stands up, realizes what she has done, and comences to shrieking to the top of her lungs. What a drama queen! The children do bring lots of joy and laughter into our lives. Please pray for John as he is furiously seeking a new job. If you see a man down at Wal-Mart, holding up a sign that says "Will preach for food", it's probably John! Visit our blog often, and we will keep you updated!