Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Wordless Wednesday

I need to remember this,, breathe

Monday, September 15, 2014

Short & Sweet

Hello, Monday!

I won't be posting a menu this week because, well, I won't be COOKING this week!

WE ARE SLAMMED!!!  There is something on our schedule for every. single. night. of. this. week.  Which explains why I took a day off from church yesterday to do nothing but REST.  I needed time to psych myself up for the week and spend a few hours studying with Alise because before I even SEE the test schedule this week, I already know that we have FIVE tests!!  I think this week might just send me in to hiding!

I'll post pictures later - I put a few on Instagram late Friday night - but Alise had the best time cheering with her Big Sis during the most. expensive. Friday. night. football. game. EVAH!!!  Oh, dear Lord!  We spent $80 dollars that night, y'all!!  $80 at a high school football game!  But there's a reason!  WHO KNEW that the temperature would drop by 50 degrees from the time we parked the car and plopped our butts down in the stadium?? WHO KNEW??  I had SHORTS ON!!  So of course, the school made a fortune with selling long sleeved t-shirts and hoodies because I had to have one!!  I was freezing to death!  And since I had to have one, Baby Girl had to have one!  They would have made even more money if the concession stand had broken out the hot chocolate!!  That's the fastest I've ever noticed the temperature change around here and like I said, I was not prepared!!  We left in the third quarter.  As much as I love football and Alise loves to cheer, I had had enough.  But not before we drove the drive-thru at Wendy's and Wayne and Alise got Frosties.  Go figure. They're weird.

So much for short and sweet.

Wayne and I started watching "The Blacklist" this weekend and we are HOOKED!!  It's a really good show!!  Ranks right up there with "Scandal" in my book!  "The Blacklist" just came out on Netflix last week, so we're sitting through marathons and binge watching to get caught up in time for the season premiere next Monday!  Check it out!

And speaking of TV, I heard the contestant that won Miss America last night won it with a talent of playing the cups?  I haven't quite delved into this story, yet, but I didn't watch the pageant because, of course, we were watching The Blacklist.  But I have to say that if pageant talent has come down to playing the cup song, we're in a world of trouble!!

That's all for now.  More later when I decide to come back from hiding.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Happy Friday!

We're going to see CHER!!  I'm so pumped!!  She's coming to Shreveport in November and so we're going.  Someone told me that her concert is very similar to the performances she did in Vegas a few years ago, so I am SO excited!!  I didn't even know anything about it until I saw it on Facebook as an advertisement.  Tickets went on sale last Friday and although ours aren't the best seats in the house, I can deal.  Especially with the big screens!!

I hate to jinx anything, but this Mama is loving 4th grade!!  Oh, we still have to study, but not nearly like we had to last year!  Last year nearly killed me!  It's the middle of the first nine weeks and Alise has strong A's in every subject.  Even reading seems to be going well so far!

I mentioned last week that I got Alise's Big Sis a gift card to one of our local boutiques that carries all the latest homecoming fashion.  Well, she sent Alise (and me) the sweetest card this week to thank us.  I love how she encourages Alise. The younger girls need that so much!

Art lessons resumed this week and I wanted to show you Baby Girl's latest masterpiece.  She started working on it this summer, but finished it Tuesday night.  I absolutely LOVE this picture!!

I haven't decided where I am going to hang it yet, but I do want to get it framed.

And speaking of cheer...Alise told me yesterday on the way home that the cheer coach got on to her during practice and said, "If you're not going to try harder, I'm going to move you from the front row!"  Alise said she was really mean about it.  Now, first of all, this caught me on a good day.  Normally, I would be slamming on the brakes and doing a 180 back to the school.  Nobody puts Baby in a corner.  However....I actually laughed!  Yes, laughed!  Me!!  I was shocked, too, that a Coach would say that to a PeeWee squad cheerleader.  I could understand JV or Varsity, but not the younger ones.  But I'm learning.  I'm learning that if this is something Alise really wants to do, then she's gonna hafta put her big girl panties on and do it!  She's going to hafta deal with the sweat and the hot and being outside and putting her game face on even if she doesn't feel like it.  Alise told me that the Coach told her that because she had to do so many different positions within a 5 count.  Whatever.  Alise said, "And Mama, I wanted to tell her...."  And that's when we had to have a lesson on respect.  On the way home.  In the car.

Happy Friday!  We have a very low key weekend full of football (of course!), hair cuts, grocery shopping, movies, and a date night!

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

A Perfect Weekend

This past Sunday was a special day for our family.  Alise made the decision to follow our Lord in baptism and was baptized by our children's minister at our church that morning.  I have the whole thing on video, put I can't get the clip to load, so pictures will have to do for now.

 I love this picture of Alise standing in her robe before the services began.  You can see the stain glass that over looks the baptistery and the front of our sanctuary as well as Wayne and Kenneth talking it up on the other side.  We do baptisms at the beginning of the service at our church, which was really backward for this brought up Missionary Baptist girl, but I'm use to it, now.  As our children's minister said before he baptized Alise, he could think of no better way to begin a Sunday morning service.

This picture is a little dark, but my favorite of us as a family.  I can't tell you what Alise's decision to accept Christ and follow Him in this way means to me.  When I found out that I was pregnant, I began praying for this day in my child's life.  And then, when we found out we were having a girl and a little later when we decided on a name, my prayer became more personal.  The decision to accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior is more important than who your high school prom date will be, where you go to college, or even who you choose to marry.  It's a free gift with a decision that lasts throughout eternity and that's why it means so much to me.  Because no matter what happens to Alise in her life, she will always have Jesus.  Nothing will ever separate us as a family.  We celebrated the day by going out for lunch and then later that evening, we went tubing on the bayou with some friends and had pizza.  It was a GREAT day!

On Saturday morning, Alise cheered at her first football game!  And to say it was HOT would be a total understatement!  Oh my goodness!  It was so hot!  The humidity was awful and of course I worried about her the whole time thinking she would fall out with a migraine and throwing up.  Alise's face was very red and she was sweating profusely, but seemed to be okay.  They had several water breaks, but only one rest time which was during half time. She made it the entire game cheering for her classmates and she loved every minute of it! But the temps were so bad that my parents were only able to make it through half the game. When we got home, the first thing Alise did was jump in the swimming pool!

On Friday night, Wayne and I stayed up until one o'clock in the morning watching chic flicks in the theater room. We watched "Labor Day" and were pleasantly surprised.  I hadn't read the book and the movie was kinda slow, but it kept our interest.  Then, Wayne decided he wanted to watch, "Fault In Our Stars," which I had already seen (and read the book) and he liked it.  I thought the movie was better than the book.

I actually fell asleep during the Alabama game Saturday afternoon.  Shame. on. me.  A friend of his, who is an Ole Miss fan, came over to watch that game in the theater room.  I'm beginning to see a pattern to our Saturdays.  And until the weather decides to cool off so that we can enjoy cooking and watching the games outside, I foresee many more football games upstairs for us!

Monday, September 08, 2014

Menu Plan Monday - September 8, 2014

Hello!  And thanks for visiting our family blog from OrgJunkie!

I'll assume you're visiting because you're looking for menu ideas and recipes!  Let me suggest TWO things that might grab your attention!  First, Kelly at Kelly's Korner hosted a breakfast linkup last week!  Click HERE for some amazing new breakfast recipes to help out with the morning rush and boring cereal routine.  I submitted two really, really old posts for breakfast recipes, but they are Horton family favorites.  Click HERE and HERE for those recipes. Secondly,  I made a NEW breakfast recipe Labor Day weekend and it was a thumbs up, too! If you like cheese grits and sausage, well, this recipe has your name written all over it!  Click HERE for it!  I even mixed everything up the night before and left it in the fridge over night and it was delish!  Breakfast is a popular meal at our house and that's why you'll find it on this week's menu plan!

I'm trying TWO NEW RECIPES this week from a new blog site that I'm loving!  It's called, South Your Mouth and you can get to it by clicking HERE!  Mandy is HILARIOUS!!  Of course check out her recipe index for ideas, but don't forget about clicking on RANDOM CRAP when you have the extra time!  I've noticed alot of her recipes on Pinterest lately, too.

Monday - Mexican Monday: Quesadillas & Donna's Salsa

Tuesday - Pioneer Woman's Southern Comfort Meatballs, Cheese grits, & Green Beans

Wednesday - Broccoli Cheddar Chicken & Rice Casserole with garlic bread

Thursday - Leftovers

Friday - Breakfast Bar: Daddy Cooks

Saturday - BBQ Ribs, Baked Beans, and Loaded Potato Casserole

Sunday - Tomato Basil Soup & Grill Cheese Sandwiches

So I'm leaving with you with LOTS of ideas and recipes today for your own menu plan {hopefully : )}!  It's so easy and I really do save money when I plan.  The biggest thing is just deciding to do it.

Thanks for stopping by and HAVE A TASTY WEEK!