Thursday, December 31, 2009

Can We Keep Her?

My 10 year old sister has been living with us since October 31st. Her placement with us was not planned nor was it because something good happened. It was because something bad happened. When we went to see her that day we had no idea that we would be taking her home that night to live with us. We never even considered not saying yes when we were asked to take care of her. She is my sister after all.
Monday I got a phone call out of the blue. Our caseworker called to let me know that on Tuesday January 5th, 2010 we would not just be going to court for a hearing. We would be going to court to sign papers giving us permanent custody of my sister.
It is hard to plan for the future of a child when you dont know how long they will live with you. We know now. We know that she will be with us forever. This is really a bittersweet time for us and for her. Our family has come through for us and accepted her like she was one of our children.
There are still hurdles to get through but at least we know that she is here for good and we can keep her!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Opryland Hotel

Sunday morning we took the kiddos out to Opryland Hotel to check out the decorations. I hate to admit that our boy had never been. He absolutely thought it was the coolest place evah! Of course I am still not sure why his nose is so red in this photo, but I will take what I can get when it comes to getting all 3 of them to look at me and smile!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Gingerbread Cookies= Yummy!

While the Daddy and I were at the grocery store we ran across some tubes of gingerbread cookie dough and decided what a fun time the kids would have decorating cookie so we got some. You see we would never be brave enough to make our own cookies from scratch! These were super easy and the kids had a great time decorating them...except for the boy who squirted some icing on his and quickly devoured it!...As you can see from the picture! The other picture is my plate of cookies. I think they turned out quite nice if I do say so myself!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Love these shots from the Christmas play!

These shots crack me up and if you look at them closely you can see why! My baby boy is front center with the plaid shirt and red vest doing exactly what he is supposed to but if you look around him at the other children there are so many fun things to see! Take for instance the little boy running around in the corner adn the little girl getting her Satna hat pulled over her eyes...oh and lets not forget the little guy about to cry!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Sunday, November 29, 2009


I love that our girls cheer..I really do, but it has been a long season. Even though competition and games ended a few weeks ago, we were not officially finished until today. The Burns Cowboys were in the Christmas parade again this year. Last year it was bitterly cold. This year it wasnt quite too cold but it was wet! I didn't even take my camera..aka Betty..with me for fear that she might get wet also. So sorry fun pictures from the parade but I am sure that I posted last years and wasn't much different so you are mor ethan welcome to go back and see those. It seems I am feeling a little too lazy tonight to go and link them for ya'll!

With that, Happy Sunday to all! Let the Christmas season begin!

Friday, November 27, 2009


I am thankful that this little girl is safe with us!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Not exactly the fall day I planned....

I had planned to take pictures of all of the kids today. It has been a beautiful day here in Tennessee.....however....S has come down with a nasty stomach bug. So no group pictures of the kids.....I did get a few shots of the boy while he was playing in the enjoy!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

And Then There Were Four....

What a week! Halloween opened up what could be a new chapter for our family. For privacy sake, I can't go into detail, but we had 3 kids when we woke up on Halloween morning and we had four when we went to bed Halloween night. It proved to be a day filled with emotions like none we have experienced. Who is our fourth child? She is my baby sister. She is just 3 months older than Hannah and for now at least she needs us. The circumstances that brought her to our home are not for the faint of heart but we are here for her as long as we need to be...even if that means forever! We love you sweet girl!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Cheer Competition 2009!

Here is Kristen. Her and Hannah were goofing off for the camera after we got home from competition this afternoon....Her squad won 2nd place! Here is Hannah. She cheers in a younger age group than Kristen. Her squad won 1st place!
I love these girls! We are so proud of them and the rest of our Cowboy cheerleaders!

Oh and I think they really do love each other too!

One last our league there are 3 age groups. The youngest Cowboy cheerleaders also brought home 1st place! Way to go girls!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Morning Glory!

I do love these sweet flowers! I was thrilled to see them popping up on the old chain link fence between our yard and the ball field. I was even more thrilled when I went outside around noon to see that they were still open and waiting on me to take their pictue!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

A Fall Art Project and a Surgery Update

So before we dive into this fun art project I wanted to update ya'll on the boy's eye surgery. After being pushed back twice to later in the day last wednesday, we finally got the show on the road around 3 pm. Talk about a long day for a four year old who hasn't eaten anything! Anyhoodle, everything went great. He seems to be a bit shy about folks looking at his eyes right now so I am not going to post any photos post op. We go first thing tomorrow for his post op appointment!
Now onto our fall project! The kids and I were walking around outside yesterday checking out all of the leaves when we decided it would be fun to do a canvas of leaf stamping! We gathered our leaves and our paints (we used acrylic paints...because thats what we had). First we painted our canvas a warm caramel color. After it dried the kids painted the under sides of the leaves with paint in a few fall colors and then stamped them onto the canvas and VOILA! After it dried I sprayed it with a couple coats of sealer and now it is ready to hang!

Monday, September 21, 2009

A New Do?!?

I don't have too much to say right now so I am going to leave ya'll with a few photos of our boy and his spikey hair....that he LOVES! Of course it usually doesn't stay spikey for too long before he starts messing with it, but nonetheless I have pictures! Enjoy!

Oh and how stinkin cute are his crazy faces!?

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Happy Birthday Sweet Girl!

Our sweet Hannah is turning 10! We celebrated Hannah's birthday by having lunch at Meme and Papa's house after church. I can't believe how fast these last ten years have gone! Hannah, you probably challenge us the most, but behind all of that you are so smart and so sweet. We love you baby girl and hope your special day is blessed!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Totally NOT What I Expected!

I took little Brian to see his eye doctor yesterday. He was...ahem...a little overdue. Actually had eye surgery in July 07 to correct a misalignment in both of his eyes. When the daddy lost his job last year we lost our insurance. The last time Dr M had seen Brian was at his 6 month post op appointment I think. When I called a few months ago to get an appointment, now that he has insurance, Dr M was booked up a few months out! He is worth the wait though. So at our six month post op appointment a little over a year ago I had concerns that the alignment was not always "perfect". You can find out more about what Brian has here if you want. Dr M told us that as long as his eyes were working together we were good. They were. Well guess what....they are not now. Dr M told us that meant one of two things. The first was that he may need glasses or the second scenario was the need for additional surgery. So DrM dilated his eyes and they did another exam and ruled out a need for glasses. So with that little Brian is scheduled to have his second ....and hopefully final.....eye surgery on September 30th. Totally NOT what I expected!

Monday, August 17, 2009


Thats the number of Rainbow cakes I have made since saturday! All of them have had different frosting on them! The one in the picture was the first and is almost gone. I made another yesterday for my friend, Peggy's birthday, and I made another one tonight to take with me to the orthodontist tomorrow. His birthday is wednesday and he is only the best orthodontist evah! You can check him out here. So maybe tomorrow I can get off the rainbow train for a bit and get back to some normal posting.....if there is such a thing!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

It Was a Scorcher!

Yesterday was the first football jamboree of the season for our local league. Both of the girls cheer. The games were held at one of the county high schools and all proceeds went to benefit a great cause. You can click here to find out more about that cause. Needless to say it was HOT! If you look closely at the picture of the boy you will notice he is sitting on a freezer pack! Yep, you do whatever it takes to keep cool. It was a fun day. We did have to leave a little early. K was cheering and got over heated. She said she all of a sudden couldn't see anything and was dizzy! Just a little scary to say the least....but she is doing great now.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Rainbow Cake

I was surfing through blogs last night and came across a post about rainbow cake and had to give it a whirl! You can find that post here. I ventured out to Walmart this morning to get the icing coloring that was needed to acheive these delightful colors and then off to Kroger to get the cake mixes and icings and such. To achieve the colors needed to make a rainbow cake regular food coloring will not work. It will leave you with pastel colored layers. I used icing color that I found in the cake decorating section of Walmart. They were around $1.50 each, but they will last a long time. I bought two white cake mixes and prepared the batter like normal. I then divided it among six small bowls. I think I ended up with about 1 1/2 cups of batter per bowl. I added my colors and mixed them well. Don't they look delightful already? Then I baked my layers two at a time in 9 inch round pans. I baked them for around 12 minutes each. You could use almost any kind of frosting you want on these, but I used cream cheese in between the layers and chocolate on the outside. Make sure each layer is trimmed so the top is flat. It makes for a less wobbly cake....although a wobbly cake would taste just as good! This is definately a blog worthy cake and it was pretty easy to make! Ya'll enjoy!

Friday, August 14, 2009

A Red Frog Named Sherman.....

We are back from the doctor's office. All is well. The boy has some sort of viral funk, but that was not the highlight of this trip. At four years of age, my son has figured out how much fun it is to be the center of attention even when he is sick. He lays it on especially thick for folks he has never met before. That brings us back to today's doctors visit. We went during walk in hours early this morning. It was especially busy in there so we didnt get to see Dr H today. We saw Dr S. The boy has never met Dr S nor has he had a female doctor that he can remember. When she walked in the room his face lit up and he turned to me with a grin a mile wide. Dr S preceded to ask what seemed to be bothering him when he piped up and informed her that he knew what what wrong. He told her that he had a frog in his mouth.........ahem.....a red frog. She told him that she might need to do a test to see if that frog's name was Strep. He quickly stopped her and told her that the frog's name was not Strep. He was a red frog named Sherman. After the "test" was completed Dr S confirmed that indeed this frog's name is NOT Strep. My boy knew this all along. Before we left he entertained her further with a few knock knock jokes. She even said she may have to use that "whats this frogs name game" for future strep tests as he willingly let her swab his throat with the 367ft long q-tip with no prove his point of course!

Hmmph..The Boy is Sick!

I am really convinced that my son is a magnet for the sickie germs. No joke! He just can't even look at someone who is sick on television without getting sick also. Wednesday night he was a little feverish and a little froggy. Yesterday he was the same with fever and a little more froggy. I knew then that if this didn't get better we would be seeing Dr H this morning. Well this morning he can't talk and he is very feverish....:(...Yep we are off to see Dr. H this morning! We <3 Dr H! I am convinced he is the best pediatrician in Tennessee! I will update later!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

My Favorite Artwork

Some of my favorite artwork has been created by my own children. I especially love this painting Hannah did a couple of years ago. You see this is a self portrait. If you look closely at the sweet face in this painting you will notice that she has two different colored eyes. My sweet Hannah has two different colored eyes. No, really! I absolutely adore this sweet painting that Hannah created!

Friday, August 7, 2009

Favorite Foto Friday!

I dont know exactly what happened when my phone snapped this picture but it just looks like its not completely real. It is though. That is my boy's skinny little body and big ol head! Dont you just want to eat him up?!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

A Little Bit of Past....

So its not the best picture in the world but this was our first house...all 800 square feet of her! She was small to start out with since we had two kids when we bought her...but she was even smaller when we moved because we had three kids and she only had two bedrooms! I am not sure how we managed but we did and we had some great years in that little house.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Brian is Officially 4!

Remember this sweet little baby? Oh how I loved him in his little frog hat, but alas he outgrew it a long time ago!

Look at him and his four year old self now! It has definately been a crazy four years! Happy birthday big boy!

Sunday, June 21, 2009


My poor boy can't seem to catch a break! Check out that whopper on his lip! He had a tumble down the stairs saturday and landed flat on his face. Luckily it seems like it looks worse than it was! Maybe we should cover him in bubble wrap......

Father's Day

We went to church this morning and listened as my dear friend, David, gave the message. Let me tell ya'll that David tore it up! I love David. He is kind of like an earthly father to me. I have never really known my own father and even though I have a step father, I have always lacked that relationship in my life until I met David. I can talk to David about anything. He never hangs up the phone without telling me that he loves me. He never sees me without giving me a hug. It was no accident that our paths crossed. I believe completely that my Heavenly Father had a hand in that. So with that I want to wish David a happy Father's Day!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Its About Time,lol....

I am sure ya'll remember this post from over a year ago! Actually it is the post that is most visited on my blog through google I guess. Well over a year later and we have completed this project! Yep, those steps were without stain for over a year! I had to take these pictures with my phone which would explain their small size but ya'll get the idea. Oh and we also finished painting that knotty pine that was in the foyer!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Hannah is back from camp!

Hannah just got back from her second year at Deer Run. Deer Run is a non- denominational Christian camp here in Middle Tennessee. She had a blast! I have been working on her camp laundry and if ya'll know anything about camp laundry it can be stinky! Not to mention, Hannah wore her brand new tennis shoes in the creek! I think I have managed to slavage them! However the biggest camp news is that Hannah accepted God into her life! I don't pressure my kids when it comes to these things. These are decisions they need to make. I am so proud of Hannah and all of her accomplishments this past week!