Tuesday, April 29, 2008

The Basement Project Has Begun

When we found out I was pregnant we knew we needed to do something. We only have a 2 bedroom house, so we started planning on finishing our basement. We're adding about 5 rooms - a bathroom, a playroom, a family room, a bedroom for Mj (train themed, of course), and a homeschool/scrapbooking/guest room (yes, 3 rooms in one!)! We're so excited that the project has finally begun. On Friday, my brother came over and Mark and him started tackling Mj's room. I'm so thankful for a brother and a husband who are able to do these things and can save us some money! What gifts God has given them! Here are some pictures! I'll keep adding pictures to update you on the progress!

What will be Mj's room

This will be the family room.

Another view of the family room.

Mj's room is framed!!

Friday, April 25, 2008

Great Children's Devotional Book

Our Pastor mentioned this book in church the other week. They are using it with their son. So I found it on half.com and I must say that Mark and I are enjoying it as much as Mj. It's called the Jesus Storybook Bible. At the end of each story they relate it back to Jesus! It's fabulous. We're only on the 3rd story. We look forward to reading it with Mj every night. The artwork is great. Mj loves looking at all the pictures. I would recommend this for any family with children. We're already planning on getting these books as gifts for our nephews! (Leah and Julie don't buy these we already have birthday gifts!=) ) You can check it out at www.zondervan.com.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Thursday Thirteen - Favorite Desserts

Well, being preggo and all I sure do love my deserts!!!=) So I thought I'd narrow my list to my 13 favorites!=)

1. Strawberry Cheesecake

2. Dad Fortney's Homemade Icecream

3. Dingledein Bakery White Chocolate Mousse Cake

4. Dingledein Bakery Fruit Tarts

5. White Chocolate Strawberry Cake

6. Dad Fortney's Chocolate Chip Cookies

7. Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

8. Mr. Timmy's Brownies (they're just the box brownies, but he makes them taste amazing)

9. Cheesecake Squares

10. Pumpkin Pie

11. Apple Pie

12. Strawberry Short Cake

13. Bruster's Strawberry Cheesecake Icecream

Ok, now to go raid my fridge! I did make some brownies the other day!!!=)

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Big Brother Mj

On Friday night, we took Mj to the hospital for his sibling class. Mj had a blast. I think his favorite part was going to the nursery to see the new babies!=) They learned how to know if a toy is safe for baby and how to hold a newborn. They also got to see the nursery, and the room they'll visit mom in, and how to get water and ice for mom!=) Mj is so excited for June to come so he can meet his baby sister! I'm so glad that he's excited to be a big brother. I hope that lasts after she comes!=) Only 7 more weeks to go!!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

32 weeks and counting!!

That's right! Only 8 more weeks to go!!!!=) Here's my 32 week belly!! Mj decided to get in the picture, too!=)

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

My God and My Friend

Isn't it wonderful to know that God is our best friend! He cares so much more for us than a human can possibly care! I've just been reading alot of verses in Psalms about God being my friend. The one I need to go to when I'm down and scared and just don't understand! I'm so thankful that I can run to Him whenever I need to and He's always there!!

I love the words to this Ron Hamilton song:

"My Very Best Friend"
Jesus is exalted; every knee shall bow to honor Him.
Praise the Prince of Heaven; join the angels and the seraphim.
Though He rules creation, even though He reigns above,
From His throne on high Jesus came to die; taste His wondrous love.

Glory to the Savior, all my praise shall be to Christ alone:
He is my foundation, He's my rock, and He's my cornerstone.
Like a mighty fortress, He is evermore the same;
Yet He died for me on Mount Calvary: now I bear His name.

Jesus sticks closer than a brother; ev'ry moment He is near.
I know He never will forsake me; He has conquered all my fear.
Jesus sticks closer than a brother; on His love I can depend.
King of Kings, Lord of Lords, Conq'ring Son -
Though all of these, He's my very best Friend.

Ron Hamilton

Saturday, April 5, 2008

The Baltimore Aquarium

On Friday we went to Baltimore to visit the aquarium! We had a blast! Mj's favorites were the dolphin show and the sting rays! He did not enjoy the 4-D show. In fact, he cried through the whole thing! Thankfully it was only 10 minutes long! We enjoyed seeing all the fish and sharks and were very tired by the end of the day!

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Trip to Philly

Yesterday, Mj and I went to Philly with my Mother-in-law, Aunt Dawn, & Grandma Fortney! We had a great time!! We took the train and Mj was so excited! The conductor even let him and me meet the engineer! The engineer talked to Mj for awhile and asked Mj if he wanted to blow the horn!!! Mj decided he wasn't quite ready to do that.
We got to Philly and Jon met us at the train station. We then went to the Constitution Center. That was a really cool place and I'm sure we'll be back when Mj starts learning about how our country began. Then we went to see the Liberty Bell. At the Liberty Bell, a little boy came up to Mj who had the same exact sweatshirt on as Mj. They became immediate friends. His friend took Mj to see the Liberty Bell and they enjoyed seeing the bell.
We ate lunch and then headed back to the train station to talk with Jonny for a couple of hours.
We had a great time, but the best part was watching Mj's excitement on the train!=)

SIGMA Gym Night

Saturday night we had our 2nd annual SIGMA Gym Night! We all had a blast! We began the night with balloon tag, then played volleyball, then dodgeball and ended the night with baskeball and goofing off! Some of us afterward went to Rita's down the road to enjoy some Italian ice in freezing cold weather!!!

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