This is the best cleaning schedule around!

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

December 25, 2010

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday Jesus!
Love The Shipman Family

December 22, 2010

Sing Praise

I will give thanks


to the LORD
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because of his righteousness;

I will sing the praises of the name

of the LORD
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Most High.

Psalm 7:17

Wordless Wednesday: Extremely Blessed!



December 20, 2010

Jolly Ole Saint Nick

kids with Santa

Yesterday we took the kids to the mall to see Santa. Grace told him that she wanted a "Rainbow Doll (Rainbow Bright)" and Gauge asked for an "Orange Chatter (Orange Sing-a-ma-jig)".

Santa was so good with them.  He kept saying "I just can't believe how much you two have grown since I saw you last year!" Grace said to him "I'm going to be turning 6 really soon" to which Santa replied "I know....I remember last year at this time you were about to turn 5."
Her eyes got real big and she had the cutest little grin on her face.

Love the sweet sweet innocence of children!

December 17, 2010

Gingerbread House

I made a Gingerbread House
It was sugary sweet

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It took me all day long to make
but lasted just a week


Monday - I ate the ceiling
Tuesday - I ate the door
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Wednesday - I ate the windows
Thursday - I ate the floor


Friday - I ate all four walls
Saturday - I ate the lawn


Sunday - I licked up the crumbs


My Gingerbread house is gone!

* Poem Source *

December 16, 2010

Christmas Smiles

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the best


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is being




in smiles.


~ Author Unknown

December 9, 2010

10 years!!

He was a 17 year old Senior football player

I was a shy 15 year old Sophomore with a perm and braces

His best friend spilled the beans during French Class and told me he was going to ask me out

I found out later he had "liked" me the whole previous year

On our first date we went and saw the movie Mrs. Doubtfire and ate at Burger King

I broke curfew that night (my Mom allowed it)

Not long after, we exchanged class rings

I started wearing his Varsity jacket to school

He began picking me up for school in the morning in his red Honda CRX

We immediately became inseparable

We went to prom 3 years together

Eventually went to the same college

Got engaged my Junior Year at Ohio State

Got married December 9, 2000

Got our first apartment in a new town

Moved back to our home town

Built a home and welcomed a baby girl

Built another home and welcomed a baby boy

Today we celebrate 10 years of friendship and love!

I can't wait to see what the next 10 years has in store for us!

November 23, 2010

Wordless Wednesday: All I got....

Mom and Dad went on a cruise and all we got were these t-shirt......but more importantly...spoiled by our Grandparents!!!


November 16, 2010

Watch Out.....

Hannah Montana......

There's a new girl in town......

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November 15, 2010

Great Wolf Lodge

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The week before Halloween we had the pleasure of visiting The Great Wolf Lodge in Upper Sandusky. Thank you so much Great Wolf for the fabulous time we had. 

November 11, 2010

Happy Veteran's Day!

Happy Veteran's Day!

From Grace and Gauge!

October 31, 2010

Are frogs an ingredient in Witch's brew?

This year Gauge was a Frog and Grace was a Witch. I kept teasing Gauge that Grace was going to put him in her witch's brew! lol


We met up with the cousins to do some Trick or Treating in Mama and Papaw's neighborhood. With the cousins getting older.....sadly our number of Trick or Treaters has dwindled in the last couple of years! 20082009


Gauge did pretty well for the first few streets then decided that it was a lot faster to hop back in the stroller and have Daddy push him to the next house. He also decided that it was more fun to reach into the people's bowls and pick out the exact piece of candy that he wanted.

He was also cracking us up because he would walk up to the people, get the candy and then say Thank you. While walking away from them...he would then say "and trick or treat!" A little backwards, but it got the job done! :)

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For whatever reason we could not for the life of us get Grace's hat to stay on her head. {note to costume makers....all hats NEED a chin strap of some sort}. This caused a few moments of breakdown mode with tears and angry looks. After the first street she decided to loose the hat...and was much happier after that.
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The kids had a great time running from house to house in the short one hour time span our town gives them. As a kid, my favorite part of trick or treat was sitting on the floor with my brother once it was over....dumping out our bags and swapping the loads of candy we got!

I can't hardly believe that we have yet another Halloween down. Boy, does time zip by quickly when you're having fun! I love my family!

October 29, 2010

It's the great pumpkin(s)

Great Grandma purchased two gorgeous pumpkins for the kids.

They waited patiently....
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while Daddy and Papaw drew the faces and then carved them out.
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The ole spoon was ready to go. Seriously, I think this spoon was around for pumpkin carving since I was a kid. Note the beautiful "Harvest Gold" color. It is now designated as the Official Pumpkin Spoon!


When it came time for the carving, Grace was really into long as it stayed on her spoon and it didn't actually touch her skin.

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Gauge was all big talk until it came time to actually do it. We didn't have any gagging like last year, but he did two swipes with his spoon and declared "I'll just let Sissy do it!"
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Smile pretty for Mommy!


Now show us your scary faces!
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Check out those awesome pumpkins!
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