Monday, June 22, 2009

Beach Day/Hide and Seek

My mother-in-law came for a visit last Wednesday, and on Friday, we all went to Atlantic Beach, NC for the day. It was a great day. I packed a picnic, and off we went - without my camera. Even without my camera, we had a wonderful time. The boys were well behaved for most of the day. We got done at the beach, and then went to Tony's (aka Sanitary Fish Market) for a nice, fresh seafood meal. LaLa (my MIL) got some extra sun in spots, as did Steve. Since the boys and I already have a base tan, we didn't get burned (yes, sunscreen was applied to all).

Saturday was a recuperation day for the adults. The boys seemed to bounce back from fun in the sun a lot quicker than we did. Also, Saturday was a HOT, HOT day. We decided to stay inside and enjoy the coolness of the air conditioning. The boys, well they wanted to play. So we played Hide and Seek in our house. A fun time was had by all (as you can see). I tend to take some GREAT pictures while we are playing Hide and Seek.

Have a BLESSED day!
Alli C

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Wordless Wednesday

I found this great website through the Ladies' Home Journal - Momspective. She has Wordless Wednesday. Check it out!

In the meantime, here is Wordless Wednesday:

Have a great day!!!

Alli C

Tuesday, June 16, 2009


I am trying to de-clutter my house. This means, I am going through everything, and will be having a yard sale in a week and a half. We have so much JUNK. A lot of the items we have are baby items - a baby bed, high chairs, baby bottles, etc. I am not planning on having any more kids, so it seems like a good time to get rid of this stuff. I am also going through TONS of boxes of our other stuff to determine if there is anything we don't NEED any more. There is soooo much stuff. How did I collect it all? Why haven't I de-cluttered prior to this.

I think the answer to that is, that we collected all this stuff during our marriage (some of it is stuff from our childhoods), and we had a HUGE house in Indiana in which to store it in. When we moved to Raleigh, I think we realized how much we really had. We had to get a 10 x 10 storage unit to hold the vast majority of our stuff. When we moved to Greenville, we got a 3 bedroom duplex so we wouldn't need the storage unit, but now, somehow, we are busting at the seams. At any rate, I am getting rid of as much as I can. If I don't think that I can sell or donate items, I am THROWING AWAY STUFF!!! This is a new concept to me, as I don't like to throw away ANYTHING. But I am throwing away stuff. YEAH ME!

I am also de-cluttering old worn out stuff from my head. I am TRYING to throw away past transgressions against me. Mainly from my sister. My sister is unique - SO different from the rest of my family. She has done some things in the past that have hurt me. I have held onto that hurt for a LONG, LONG time. Part of the reason I haven't been able to move on, is that she doesn't think that some of the things that she did were wrong. At this point it doesn't matter if she thinks that she was wrong. She has to answer to a Higher Power than me for her wrongdoings. In order for me to answer to a Higher Power, it is time for me to forgive and move on. That is not to say that I TRUST my sister, but I need to move on.

I am not sure I would have ever forgiven her had it not been for her illness. She is sick with leukemia (specifically, M-4 AML). She is in remission and has one more round of chemo. She has not been able to have the last round due to having spots on her liver that have been unidentifiable as well as MRSA. She is finishing up antibiotics for the MRSA, and we hope that the spots will be able to be indentified soon. Once the spots are identified, a course of action can begin. Once she has gone through all 4 rounds of chemo, and stays cancer free for 2 years, she will be considered cured. Her particular type of leukemia only has a 30-35% rate of survival, but she has a genetic marker that has boosted her rate of survival to 50-55%. Those aren't great odds, and this is serious stuff. That is why I have to forgive her and love her for who she is, not who I want her to be. I forgive her.

Alli C

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Swimming Pool

A week or so ago, Steve took a trip to see his grandmother, who was in a Rehab facility after having a stroke. He went by himself, as there wasn't a babysitter for the kids, and they weren't allowed at the Rehab facility. I was EXTREMELY bored. We have this inflatable pool and I have been unable to find the electric air pump in order to get the pool ready for water. Did I mention I was EXTREMELY bored? So, I took our newly purchased bicycle tire pump, and blew up this 4-5 foot wide inflatable pool. It is in the shape of a flower, and had 3 rings that have to be individually blown up. Jack, Hemi and I went outside, and I let the boys run around in the sprinkler. Jack told me it wouldn't take too long, although I kept telling him that it was going to take a while. After about 5 minutes, he came up to me and said, "Mommy, this is taking forever!" I wasn't able to finish inflating the pool on Saturday, so I finished on Sunday, cleaned it out pretty good, and filled it with water. This is what Jack thought of it.

He's living the sweet life, huh?

Alli C

Getting Started

I have thought for some time that writing a blog was a good idea. The problem is, that getting started is hard. How do you start a blog? I guess you start by telling a little about yourself.

Hi, my name is Allison. I am a wife to Steve and mother to 2 young boys - Jack, age 4 and Henry (Hemi) age 2 1/2. I didn't plan on having two children that close together, but God had another idea. After having a difficult time conceiving Jack, Steve and I were completely over the moon for him, and felt like our family was complete. SURPRISE! Along came Hemi, and I now know my family is complete.

Steve and I are from North Carolina originally - he from Gastonia and Lumberton and I from Rocky Mount. We met through the internet while we were still in college, and will be celebrating 10 years of marriage this November. After we graduated from college, we both landed jobs in Raleigh (he was already there due to college). Pretty soon, his company offered him a chance to grow, however we had to move to Indianapolis. So we did. We lived in Indy for almost 7 years, and moved back to Raleigh in August 2007, right before Hemi's first birthday.

Steve was travelling a lot for his company, so he decided to go back to school to get his Master degree in Accounting and sit for the CPA exam. We moved to Greenville, NC (home of the East Carolina University Pirates!) which incidently is where I got my undergrad degree in Accounting. I have been unable to find a job in this part of the state, as it is REALLY rural. If I can get a job in the Raleigh area, we will be moving back there, and Steve will commute. He only has until December 2010 (next year!). He currently has a 4.0 GPA. I am SOOO proud of him.

As for me, I am reinventing myself. I used to know who I was, but 2 kids, and a long lay off from work, and I am not so sure any more. I think that I will use this blog to discover what I like, and what I don't like. It will be an interesting journey.

Alli C