Hello Ladies! Welcome to the Tigerden! I am FINALLY going to sit down and write a real, honest to goodness post. I should warn you. I haven't blogged in a while and I have got a LOT to say. I will try to edit my thoughts, but you may need a snack and an extra cup of whatever you are drinking.
I would like to offer you a lovely snack. How about a little Easter Candy. PLEASE take the candy! Because in one of my typical moments of not really thinking things through, I decided to take the plunge. I am attempting the Hallelujah diet...which is vegetarian, well, vegan, really. No meat, no dairy, no egg, no sugar, no white flour...no fun! Only I would decide I had to do this on Holy Week when my children are daily bringing home "goodies" that they have little to no interest in and yet are driving me crazy. If anyone knows a good sugar free, dairy free substitute that tastes like a Reese's Egg, please let me know!
Really, it hasn't been too bad, yet. I am drinking a lot of my green smoothies and eating a lot of salad. This weekend I hope to start finding some good recipes for the evening meal and get in a little variety. I am hoping I will stick to this and just make it my lifestyle...with a little wiggle room because I am just not willing to give up popcorn and M&M night with Tigerfan!
In other news, this little guy:
Finally has a name! The dog, not the boy...he has had a name for about 10 years now! We decided to go with Tex. He went through many names for a couple of weeks. Among them were Roman, Gumbo, and Beignet (pronounced Ben-yay for all you non-Louisianans out there). We finally settled on one that represents where he was born (Texas) and our family, my grandpa's nickname was Tex. He really is a sweet little guy, but he is a LOT of work and I am still not entirely sure I am happy about our little addition.
As for what has been going on around here, a couple of weeks ago, we made a quick trip to hubby's hometown. His sister's boss has a "camp" that he goes to hunt, etc. The house is nicer than our regular house! We spent the weekend with no cell service, no internet service and lots of together time. The weather was GORGEOUS and the kids could just run and play to their hearts' content! They could fish, ride golf carts around the property, play games, hang out! It was GREAT!
Tigerfan enjoyed the fishing...he will probably kill me for putting this on here. It seemed like a pretty big fish till we took a picture of it. However, just look at that scenery and tell me there is no God. That is what we woke up to every morning!
F.B. hung out with his cousin (in the back) and her friend. He had a great time just "hanging out" with the girls!
Dancer learned to ride a bike with no training wheels. She now rides as if she has been doing it for years!
Last weekend, we were home and had a lovely weekend enjoying the finally emerging spring weather. Friday night, we took the puppy up to the playground at our church. The kids played on the equipment and the puppy ran all over the place. The boys went hunting (youth hunt) Saturday morning and Saturday night Tigerfan and I had a date with Dancer at the Cinderella ballet. I have a couple of pictures, but F.B. left yesterday on choir tour and he hasn't loaded them for me yet...maybe you'll see them eventually.
Today, we will have a light, fun school day. We will die a few eggs and try to have a little fun. Dancer has dance and an Easter egg hunt tonight and tomorrow we have another Easter egg hunt. B.B. will be going to his buddy's farm tomorrow and Tigerfan will be hunting. I will be a hunting widow for the next few weeks until turkey season ends, which is perfectly fine with me...maybe I'll get a little blogging time!
Tigercub has hit the terrible twos in full force. He can be the sweetest, cuddliest, funniest guy one minute and a holy terror the next. I am seriously considering holing up with him until this season of life is over or until one of us just doesn't make it. I figure a two year old on a rampage and a stressed out momma with no chocolate therapy will make a pretty even match. If you stop hearing from me...you can assume he won.
Well, I guess this post has gotten long enough. I really plan on trying to get all the way around this weekend, we'll see how that goes. However, my focus will be on Easter. Celebrating the HUGE sacrifice my savior made for me through His death on the cross and the victory He achieved through the resurrection. I would be remiss in blogging about egg hunts and parties if I didn't also stress the real reason for this holiday. I am so grateful to be a part of God's kingdom and have the assurance of my salvation. I pray that all of you also have that assurance and will be celebrating the Resurrection with me this weekend.
Don't forget to got to Home Sanctuary for more Coffee Talk.
Okay, Leaving you with one of my favorite Easter songs. May we never forget what Easter is really about.