Saturday, December 24, 2011

Its the little things that mean the most

For me from sweet little Nathan
This picture is of a gift from Jason's little boy Nathan.  He is the sweetest little guy.  He bought all of "the girls" gifts this year, now will I ever wear the butterfly hair clips, no probably not.  Did I show him in any way that they weren't the greatest thing since sliced bread absolutely not.  For all he knew I had never had a gift so awesome.  It makes me smile that he thought about us.  Now even though I won't likely be wearing them in my hair, I did find that they make great book marks and I love to read so I will still think of him every time I open up a book now.  
This is the one lesson about gift giving I want my girls to learn and use every time they give or receive a gift, that it isn't the price or the size of a gift if you are giving from your heart then money means nothing. 
I know I fall victim to all the hype of buying the latest greatest things for my girls because its what all the kids have these days.  But I also know that this year when we asked my girls what they wanted for Christmas their answers surprised me they both said  "mom, just buy clothes or whatever don't spend a ton of money"  My first thought was "what?  are you girls sick?" then it dawned on me they are starting to "get it"  They are growing so incredibly fast & I sure am missing the days when they were buying sweet little gifts for me from the school store.

Well I have used up enough of your time for one day.  I hope you have the very best Christmas and a wonderful new year.  Love you all so much.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Cowgirl


Britt & Bug



I was clicking through the hundreds of photos from this year on my computer this evening and came across this one of Brittnie and her very best friend Ladybug (Bug for short)  Now anyone who knows us has heard the story of Britt and Bug, but I can't help but tell it one more time.  So it started about the time Miss Britt was born I'm sure (before that I bet God said this one is a Cowgirl no matter what)  Every memory of her birthdays and every Christmas she has always asked for "horse stuff"  for us it was fun buying all the things little boys would be playing with since we didn't have any of our own, getting to go to Atwoods (one of my favorite places to shop)  to buy the toy horses along with a trucks and trailers, I believe she got just about every toy horse that store carried for either her birthday or Christmas each year, because it didn't matter who asked the question "what do you want for your birthday?"  or " what do you want for Christmas"  Her answer was never changing "Horses!!!"  She would sit for hours in her bedroom floor playing with each and every one of them.
Her 6th birthday came around and Mema Denise asked her what she wanted and she gave the tried and true answer.  Then one day came the call...Mema called said she needed Stephens help to build a pen for a couple of horses she bought.  WHAT?  horses,  you do realize when Britt says she wants horses for her birthday she means toys ones from Atwoods right?  She replied with "well not this year I want her to have a real horse."  I really thought she was kidding, but no she wasn't.  She did buy real horses, 2 of them.  Yearlings really.  she purchased 2 horses that had just turned 1 year old.  So here was my thoughts...a yearling?  What the heck are we going to do with 2 horses we cant ride or even begin to train for another year? & there were 2?  Why the heck did she buy 2.  Well for Britt but the 2nd one is for Val.  She said "i know her birthday isn't until next month but I want her to have one too."  I had always wanted to have a horse and here we were being gifted 2 of them.  No matter the fits we have (Denise & i)  She really is a blessing to my little family unit. 
My baby girl got the best gift ever at her birthday party, she was so surprised she was speechless (anyone who knows Britt know she is never speechless)  Val was excited as well, but she never really showed the love or desire to be a horse owner like Brittnie did. 
It has been tough on Britt owning a horse that didn't live in her own back yard, but don't think that stopped her.  Every single time she was at Denise's house in the past 6 years she was out there petting and loving on that horse. 
While in that 6 years we were able to buy a house outside of town with enough land to house some animals.  So this last year Stephen and my dad built fence and a barn so that on brittnies 12th birthday we drove the trailer over to grandma's house while Britt was at school and loaded up Ladybug and turned her out in the pasture in our backyard.  Britt came home, we were doing everything to get here to go outside so that she would notice the horse out there.  It took a bit but she finally did & has been outside with that horse almost every day since.  Now if you are still with me here you may be asking is the horse broke? trained?  Well she wasn't when we got her and she never really had any formal training.  We did send her out for about 2 weeks to get her "green broke"  I believe that means that you can walk her and place a saddle on her.  As far as riding, well she never really had been broke to ride.  That didn't stop Brittnie (this girl isn't scared of anything)  everyday she would ask Stephen "daddy will you come outside so I can work with Ladybug"  more times than not he would say "not today baby"  she would go outside and feed and brush her...or so we thought.  One day she asked the same question and his answer this time was "go on out, I'll be out in a minute"  he piddled about for a few minutes went to the kitchen to get a drink of water and (excuse the language here) looking out the window I hear "HOLY SHIT come over here and look at YOUR daughter"  my thought is OK she is doing something bad so she's "my" daughter not his?  so I go over to look out the window and almost cried right then and there.  no not because she was hurt, but cried out of PRIDE.  That girl was tired of waiting around on someone to help her ride that horse and she was up on the horse riding in circles and making her back and go forward.  She has done broke that stinking horse.  and yes she did, she now saddles and rides anytime she wants (when she isn't grounded)  I have never seen another child who has the heart and lack of fear to do the things she does with animals.  She has taken a few spills off the top of her horse (and mine) but she has never let it slow her down.  She did mention after being thrown from my horse that she is never getting on that horse again.  I just asked her "Britt what do they say about falling off?"  her answer wasn't what I was looking for, but it said it all...She quoted John Wayne (of all people)  "Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway"
That's right, falling hasn't slowed her down any.  The photo above was taken back in the summer when her and Laney both  had their horses out riding.  This was the end of the ride and she was getting ready to take the tack off and brush her baby.  The look on her face looks like she is mad as a wet hen, but when I asked her what was causing that look she said the rooster was making her mad.  Good enough, all I know is I got one of my most favorite pictures of her on that day.
Well thanks for taking the time to read about my wild child, I am sure she will give me many stories in the future.

Love you all, have a good week.

Tammy Lynn :)

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Another cookbook??




My newest cookbook...YAY!!!
 
Why yes, of course.  But it isn't just any cookbook, its a cookbook from my best friends churches. Anyone who knows anything about cooking  knows that the church ladies have the best recipes. (Some that are quick & easy to make , some that will feed the whole church) but mostly just plain delicious.  I do have a problem with buying cookbooks, I always wanna try new yummy recipes and then if the money for the book goes to something great like your best friends church well who wouldn't wanna buy one?  I was sitting in the church last night at the Christmas concert that Jody had invited me to (it was great by the way)  when in the middle they had a few announcements and one of those announcements was that the ladies had cookbooks for sale after the concert.  I knew before he was done with that announcement that I would be buying one (ended up buying 2...it was a good cause)  It made me think back to the many times I had seen a Pentecostal ladies cookbook during my life.  It was often, seeing that my Nanny Ferns momma had always attended their church and although I'm not a member I have visited her church with her and her family(my bff Jody always invites me)  I know grandma Thulin had one although I don't really remember seeing her using it. Seems she just always knew how to cook.  But I did see my momma use a book purchased from grandma Thulins church years ago.  And even though momma don't have much left of all her stuff from when we were little, I know she still has that cookbook.  And Nanny, I've seen her girls using one to this day.  And one of my sweetest most favorite memories is tied to a Pentecostal ladies cookbook...3 months into wedded bliss, my sweet husband came home from work (looking so proud of himself) with a gift for his new wife...Stephen came in from work one evening with a book in his hand.  As he walked into our tiny kitchen he announced that he had bought me "something"  and dropped the book onto the table.  I looked at it, back at him, at the book and back at him again.  I know he must have been about to worry a bit (knowing myself I know the look on my face said "What? Oh really?  You don't like my cooking"  so before I even had the thought past my brain, he bursts out with "I really like lasagna and was wondering if you knew how or if there might be a recipe in that book you might like to try"  Good save on his part, I didn't know at the time how to make that.  My dad never ate things like that and mom never showed me how to do it (dad was a meat & potato kind of guy that didn't try new stuff).  That was just about 17 years ago and I have never swayed from the way they said to make it in that cookbook and to this day there are members of my family that call me up out of the blue just to see if I would make them a lasagna.  It is now one of many cookbooks in the utility room, as will this one when I get to try all the things I have marked to try, because as you can see by the picture below that it will be a while because there were tons of super yummy goodies in that book.  I thank God that Stephen and my girls are always up for tyring new meals and that Valorie has taken a liking to trying to cook new foods as well.  It makes a momma proud.  Now what ever am I going to do with that 2nd cookbook that I bought yesterday?  :)  I gotta find just the right person who will enjoy it enough, to use it til its cover falls off.  Keep your eyes peeled, I may post some pictures along with recipes for some of the dishes I plan on making in the near future.  Well it is getting to be a bit past my bed time and work will be calling way too early in the morning.  Have a great night and enjoy the rest of your weekend.  
Thanks for reading, love you all.
Tammy Lynn 
I already have pages marked to try :)



Friday, December 9, 2011

What a great idea

Was just flipping through one of my favorite farming magazines and came across this photo with its article.   The lady says she carefully cracks the eggs just at the narrow top while making breakfast and then cleans the shells and sets them aside to dry.  Later when its time to plant her seeds she uses them with a little potting soil instead of store bought start kits.  I love this idea and am always looking for ways to start garden plants inside.  I think I will be trying this out this next season...now I just need to find some seeds for all the yummy veggies I want to grow.  Maybe this Oklahoma weather will work with us next year instead of against us. 100+ temps every single day did us absolutely no good. The only veggie that really did well this last year was the okra and well we made some great pickled okra. But I sure did miss the the over abundance of tomatoes like the year before.   If you have great garden planning tips please share them in the comment section below.   I am sure someone will love them.  Have a wonderful day.   :)

Monday, December 5, 2011

Budding artist? I hope so.


"The Sunset" By:  Valorie Corley
 Seems Stephen and I (who don't have an artistic bone in our bodies) have what appears to be a budding artist on our hands.  It all started a few months ago when my sweet girl came home from school the first week of high school and informed us that she opted out of school softball this year, my first thought was "what who are you to just decide what you are and are not taking in school"...my next thought was "ahhh, I love watching you play softball that breaks my heart"  but then she said she choose art instead.  What art?  I didn't even know you could draw (after all you are your mothers kid and God knows I do not have a drop of artistic ability in by body) anyway...So she is taking art class and she seems to enjoy it.  she is always working on a project for that class.  A few weeks ago she was after me to take her to Hobby Lobby so she could pick up a few things.  I kept putting her off and not getting into any hurry to make the drive over there.  One day she came in and handed me a sheet of paper.
Val-"here"
Me-"what is this"
Val-"my list of things I need from Hobby Lobby.  Since you wont take me you can just pick them up when you go to town tomorrow"
Me-"bahahaha...really now?
Val-"MOM, I need to paint.  so i need these supplies"
Me-"Well smarty pants, I need for you to get a job and start paying for some of your so called needs, we don't have the money to just rush out and buy all this.  Have you even thought about what this stuff costs?"
Val-"never mind...STOMP, STOMP, STOMP"
So a few days later I started feeling bad for not listening and not putting as much care and effort into her wanting to paint as we did her playing sports.  So I drove her over to Hobby Lobby to let her see for herself the price on all the things she thought she needed.  While there she admitted that yes this stuff is a bit pricey and that she would have to make some changes to her list and maybe even ask for some of it for Christmas (which is closer than she thought) we made a compromise and I did buy her a few things.  on the way home she told me the first thing she was going to paint was the sunset(seen above) and asked if I would hang it up for her. 
Needless to say, I am amazed at the amount of talent she has inside her and I hope that she don't get sidetracked from trying to find it.  I did mention to her that if she wanted to try to make some extra money that people might buy her work.  I signed myself up with an esty.com account where you can sell handmade items online so if she wants to try she can.(will she get rich selling things online I doubt it but why not see what happens)  Who knows how long she will ride this train, but maybe it will take her far. And when you see her ask her what she is working on, she loves to talk about it as well.