Friday, April 2, 2010

Coffee Talk 4.2.10

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 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 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.


Lea said...

So loved this entry and hearing about all the "goings on" in your life recently. As I've said before, there is just never a dull moment around your house. The puppy is precious but I know he just adds to the busyness of your already busy life. A most blessed Easter to you and your sweet family.

JadeLD said...

That puppy is so cute! And Tex is a great name too.

That sounds like a heck of a diet you've commited to - good luck! I cut out sugar and that was bad enough. Sorry no takers on the Candy here.

Have a lovely Easter weekend.

secondofwett said...

I love, love, love your puppy...his sweet face reminds me of my Tucker that we had for nine years...but....labs are a LOT of work....always going, always mischievious, and those tails!...they can leave bruises, they get that powerful....but I miss our wonderful that you got to have some special family time at that wonderful place.....have a wonderful Easter!

Alicia said...

I AM impressed with the size of your husband's fish! And the scenery is lovely.
Ah, the terrible twos...May you win victoriously!

Karen said...

I've heard of the Hallelujah diet.

The puppy is adorable!

Hope you have a great weekend!

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a wonderful time this past week. Isn't it wonderful to be surrounded by God's beautiful creation?

Good luck with the diet. And have a wonderful Easter weekend.

Beth said...

What a cute puppy! Glad he has a name now. :) Good luck with your diet- and I love that you won't give up on popcorn and M&M night with TigerFan. :)

Stephenie said...

The puppy is so cute! We have a chocolate lab. He is a bundle of energy, but also very sweet. Happy Easter!

Marianne said...

I hear you on the dog. We have had our dog for 3 years now and I still can't decide if I want to keep her or not. Most of the time it is a not.
She is a lovely dog, but to big and to wild for our very little condo with no yard. If my husband would just help with her a little more, play with her and walk her more...
Anyways, love the name and he is adorable.
Good luck on your diet. Not sure if that would be one for me, but I will look it up. Have to go on a diet in May when I get home from Norway.

MrsJenB said...

Have a wonderful Easter and may you stay strong on your Hallelujah Diet!

Lauri said...

I have to admit, that is one adorable puppy. I am sure it is a handful. We got a stray cat about two yrs ago & I said the only way he will stay, is if all the kids took care of him. Who do you think Cuddles wakes up for his 5:00 am feeding? That's right, me. But, I have to admit, I love that he picks me to cuddle with in the evenings.
Glad to hear what has been going on. And you have a blessed Easter.
PS. The pics of your weekend getaway look sooo peaceful.

Angie's Ad Lib said...

Whew! I feel like you've caught us up! It was fun hearing about all the achievements and activities. :)

Yay, dog got a name! Tex is such a cutie!

Oh my, the scenery is gorgeous. I'm glad you got to enjoy some leisure time with your family. What a treat! I think the fish looks BIG. So how many turkeys does your husband usually bring home in a season? Does your family eat them all or share with others? We don't hunt in Northern VA so just curious.

When my kids were going through the "terrible twos" I would often remind myself "this too shall pass." You made me laugh with the "if you don't hear from me, then you can assume he won!" Funny.

Yes, I love decorating eggs,having an egg hunt, getting new spring clothes for church, but I too feel a deep gratitude for what the Lord has done. What a privilege to stop and remember His great sacrifice.

Blessings to you and your family! Happy Easter!!

Rooh said...

My son, who will be four in August, is still IN the "terrible two's"! He is the one who goes to extreme's. He can be extremely sweet, and he can be extremely loud/demandng/screechy/whiney/etc. You know what I mean ;) Enjoy the cheery moods when they happen!

Good luck with the diet - I think it would be too hard for me to do. I'm just working on eliminating the snacks that I eat while the kids are having a snack. It's going okay so far, but it's the afternoons that get me.

Have a lovely Easter Weekend!

secondofwett said...

Thank you so much for your prayers...and if I could impose just one more addition? dad, who has been hospitalized since last Tuesday, was sick all last night and today they confirmed that he tested positive for the Norwalk virus...very contagious, very hard on an elderly, frail man. I appreciate your friendship, even though it's thru a blog!

dawn said...

Just have to chime in with the rest that I love your puppy's name--he's very cute.

I hope the diet goes well...I am way too undisciplined to consider something like'll have to keep us posted!

Aiming4Simple said...

Thanks for the update and all the fun pictures. It's hard to believe that my kids will soon be as big as yours. Thanks for stopping by this weekend. Happy Easter Monday!