This is the best cleaning schedule around!

This is the best cleaning schedule around!
Perfect for busy moms!

February 26, 2009

Guess Who's One?

One year ago today, I started blogging. This site was originally titled The Shipman Family and has just recently been renamed Life Down Our Lane. I do not scrapbook, or journal. Who am I kidding I can't get get the pictures on my computer printed out to put in albums. Blogging has been a great way for me to write what goes on in our lives and preserve our memories. So without much pomp and circumstance....I just thought I would do a year in review of blog highlights.

February - Grace began swim lessons, and went to Disney on Ice. Gauge got his 1st tooth.

March - We implemented "Friday Family Night." We got a Blizzard

April - We worked on some home improvement projects

May - Grace participated in her first Trike-a-Thon, Grace caught her 1st fish

June - We went to the Nags Head, North Carolina. Gauge started walking

July - Gauge turned 1. I turned 30

August - I started Peanut Butter and Pickle Reviews

September - Our County Fair , Lost electric, skunk smelling dog, and a trip to Amish Country

October - Got a swingset for the kids, Shawn ran a 1/2 marathon

November - Run down of the words Gauge knows.

December - We celebrated out 8 year anniversary. Grace turned 4

January - We had a houseguest, Gauge got his first haircut.

February - Grace was the flowergirl in her Aunt Kristyn's Wedding.

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February 24, 2009

Be Careful Little Ears What You Hear.....

Be Careful little ears what you hear,
Oh, be careful little ears what you hear,
For the Father up above, is looking down in love,
Oh, be careful little ears what you hear.

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Conversation while riding in the car last night on the way to the hospital to visit Logan:

Grace: Mommy, is this song talking about Jesus?

Me: It sure is (we were listening to The River), why?

Grace: Because Mrs. Jennifer (one of the Preschool teachers) says that if the song isn't talking about Jesus, we need to ask out Mommy's and Daddy's to turn one on that is talking about Jesus."

Isn't that awesome!
I just love hearing the little seeds planted in her heart at such a young age.

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February 16, 2009

Love is in the air: A Valentine's Day Wedding

My sister-in-law got married this past weekend on Valentine's Day. What a perfect day to get married. We all got to dress up and be with our sweethearts for a wedding, and romantic dinner. Here are the super adorable Flower Girls. Gracie is on the right.
Simply Beautiful!
All the girl cousins L-R Grace, Jadyn, Jenna, Selia
My 2 handsome men
The Bride and her Flower Girls
My princess looking all grown up
Smile Girlies
Our family
Mommy and her little man
Flower Girls and Ring Bearer. L-R Grace, Brett, Selia
The Bride with all her nieces and nephews. As you can tell, Mr.Gauge wasn't feeling very photogenic! LOL :)

Grace walking up the steps to her spot.
Bridesmaids and Flower Girls
Beautiful Ceremony! Not a dry eye in the place.
And now, you may kiss the bride!

Good job guys!
Strike a pose.
Gauge was a much happier camper once we got to the reception and he could EAT!!!!
All the kids thought they were pretty big stuff sitting at their own table.
It was so nice that they had meals especially for the kids. I mean what kid wouldn't be happy to eat chicken finger and french fries.
Grace loved the reception! She danced....
and danced.....
until she just simply could no longer wiggle. She fell sound asleep on the steps to the stage.

February 9, 2009

Busy Bee

We have a lot on our plate this week.

8:30 am to 4:30 pm - Work at my day job
6:30 pm: I'm going to a friends house where she is going to help us all learn the fine art of couponing.
8:00 pm: Scheduled to get a phone call from my Health Insurance Provider to discuss my health goal for the year. Fun, Fun!

8:30 am to 4:30 pm - Work at my day job.
3:30 pm take Gauge to the pediatrician. He has had something going on with his left eye for about a week to week and a half.
6:00 pm Appointment to get my hair cut. Praying that I like it because I will be immortalized in a million pictures this weekend.

8:30 am to 4:30 pm - Work at my day job.
After work, I have to rush home and drop Gauge off then jet back out the door to take Grace to Dance at 5:30 pm.

After Shawn get's off work he has to try and get a haircut, buy a present at Macy's, find a necktie and possibly get some seam tape from Joann fabrics for Gauge's suit.

8:30 am to 4:30 pm - Work at my day job.
6:00 pm Rehearsal at the church
Dinner at Buca di Bepo

9:15 am Grace has a hair appointment to get her hair done.
2:30 pm We have to be at the church for pictures. Wedding and reception after that.

I am praying that Grace does well during the ceremony and doesn't stand up there and talk or try and come see us.

I pray that Gauge will sit still without having a melt down. My plan of attack with him is to pack plenty of goldfish crackers, sippy cups, etc.

I am thankful that my mom and dad have volunteered to take Gauge home with them following the wedding reception. Myself, Shawn, and Grace will be staying in a hotel room.

Despite all the running around, I'm excited. It should be a beautiful wedding.

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February 8, 2009

Blessed Sunday

I'm excited for church this morning! This is the skit that our youth will be doing.

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February 7, 2009

Secret Desire of a Working Mom

Growing up, I had many dreams of different careers. I was planning on conquering the world. Having children really wasn't on my radar at that time. Don't get me wrong, I wanted children but not right away. I received my 4 year degree and immediately began working up the proverbial corporate ladder. I worked in the long term care field and quickly became burnt out emotionally and physically. To make matters worse, the pay wasn't that great.

I decided to go back to school. I have 3 relatives in the x-ray/ultrasound field. I decided that their jobs looked pretty interesting and the pay was really good. So in search of the all mighty dollar, I re-enrolled in school. I was taking classes that I would have never dreamed of taking in college the 1st time around. Chemistry and Anatomy are just not things that come naturally to me. But, with my long term goal of more money in mind I forged ahead.

There was an entrance exam to get into the Ultrasound Program. I studied my behind off for that test. They only accepted like 15 people into the program. I will never forget the day sitting in that auditorium filled with about 200 people thinking that I didn't have a shot of being 1 of the select 15. I had to wait about 2 weeks to get my score. I didn't make it! I was #4 on the waiting list. Ok, I could live with that. Many people drop out this high stress I thought I still had a chance. Another glimmer of hope was that your score would carry over to the next could only get better and increase your chances. Problem was that, that year was the year they decided to change the entrance test. My score was now no good. I would have to start all over in a year.

It was at this moment in time that I was faced with a dilemma. Do I wait another year to retry....then two more years of school??? Or, do we try to buy/build a house and start our family. We ended up choosing house and family. We began building our home in the fall of 2003 and sweet Grace was born in December of 2004. With a brand new mortgage in hand, it was decided that I would need to work. I can't express how difficult it was to hand over my 6 week old baby to someone (granted it was family watching her) and go to work for 8 hours. But, I did it. And, I actually enjoyed working.

That particular company I worked for went out of business when Grace was 7 months old. I went on unemployment for 3 months. I was not officially a stay at home mom. I loved it but I also hated it. I got so bored during the day with no adult conversation. No tasks or project other than laundry and diapers. I didn't feel the worth. I wanted to find a job desperately. I did end up finding another job. To read more about that story click HERE.

I say all of that to simply say that I never really had the desire to be a stay at home mom. I love being a working mom. That is until just about a month ago. I began having these secret longings to be a better mom and wife.
I want to be the mom who has a warm home cooked meal on the table for her family when they get home in the evening.
I want to be the mom who volunteers for the Valentine's Party at school.
I want to be the mom who wants to be beautiful and put together for her husband.
I want to be more feminine (not that I'm butch LOL).
I want to be the mom who has the time to take her kids on outings in the summer. I want to be the mom who does crafts with her children.
I want life to slow down!

Believe me, this isn't an easy assignment. I don't particularly love doing laundry or cooking every night. And as I stated earlier, staying home wasn't easy for me. I have just been praying to the Lord that he will help give me joy in doing these things for my family. I pray that he will continue to bless my online ventures, so that I would be able to stay home and become the wife and mother I've been desiring to be. So say a prayer for me as you read this. Pray for the desire to find joy in these areas. Pray that my online "businesses" will be blessed in abundance (because unfortunately there is a little thing called a mortgage involved).

Being a wife and mother are the 2 most important things in my life. I want to do them to the very best of my ability!

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