Resurrection Garden

April 7, 2012

Our Resurrection Garden

When Big Monkey was growing up, they had a Resurrection Garden for Easter. I had not heard of a Resurrection Garden until recently seeing them pop up on Pinterest.

GrandMom came to stay with the littles the other weekend and they planted a Resurrection Garden. Last night we had a lesson about it, added the crosses, put Jesus in the tomb and rolled the stone in front of the tomb. We asked the kids a few questions and I was impressed with what Little Monkette knew. Big Monkey asked if they knew what Jesus did on the cross. Little Monkette popped right up with, “died!” 🙂 We talked more about what Jesus did for us and why it was important. Then we let them know that on Sunday they could roll the stone away and Jesus shouldn’t be in the tomb anymore because that is when he was raised from the dead. Tomorrow, we will find Jesus is gone and talk again about the real meaning of Easter.


Warrior Dash Weekend

April 3, 2012

This past weekend we went camping…and ran the Warrior Dash! First we got to camp a day before the race and explored a little bit.

Hanging out with Big Monkey along the Suwannee River.

We found the river and the one geocache in the park. There are lots of trails and we were a bit sad that there was only one cache to find. (If we lived closer, we’d add some more caches to the park.)

Saturday morning we got up and moving to head over to the race. We were in the second wave (10:30) but wanted to get there early enough to get checked in and get our stuff back to the car. On our drive down it was POURING rain. We got to check in and it started to clear up, but we were already soaked.

Our 'Before' shot...not actually dirty yet, but soaking wet from the downpour!

We had a little bit of time to just hang out, use the porta potty farm and get ready for the fun. It had stopped raining until just before our wave was going to start and then the clouds opened up again and POURED. The clock counted down and the flames went off and our group started moving towards the starting line. I wasn’t too concerned with the rain…it just seemed like another obstacle. The only problem with the pouring rain was that it just kept making my glasses hard to see out of! We went through a trail in the trees and it was quite tight getting everybody through so we were just crawling along for parts of it. The pouring rain and the loud thunder and bright lightning was an interesting additional mix to the course. People were hollering and running faster because of the lightning. I told the people around me that God was just taking a picture of the event. 🙂 I think that’s what I was trying to convince myself so I wouldn’t be concerned with being a forest with all that lightning going on!

Once we got through the trail part of the run, things spread out a bit more and we made our way to the obstacles. I had been concerned mostly with the obstacles over the run but it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be. When I was about halfway through the race, I missed a section of the run because I was following everyone in front of me…who also missed it. We saw a big arrow and headed the way it said, then we noticed people were joining us and we could see obstacles we hadn’t done. By the time we figured out we had completely missed something it was too far to try and get back to it. Plus we were being told that the obstacles had been closed because a girl broke her ankle going down the fireman pole. (This turned out to be half true. A girl did break her ankle, but they didn’t close the obstacles completely.) I am sad I missed some of the obstacles but hopefully we’ll do the race again sometime and I’ll be sure to get to everything.

When I came down the a-frame cargo net, I noticed my friends D, M and N going up it. Then I really knew I missed a lot…because for me to catch up to them was impossible in the real world. We all finished up by jumping over the fire and going into the mud pit. It was a LOT of fun and I would do it again.

The 'After' Shot! Muddy and wet but happy!

When we finished the race, we grabbed some water and granola and watched for the other people in our group to finish too. Once everybody was done, we got in line to take our picture with the cool set up Warrior Dash had provided for a great photo op.

Almost everyone in our group. D got cut out of my picture....sorry D!

Part of our group decided to stick around for the party for a bit while the others hung out for a little while before heading back to camp to clean up. Every one (of age) gets a free beer for turning in their timing chip (Great idea to get their timing chips back!) so we turned in our chips for some beer. In addition to our free beer, we all got a medal for finishing, a t-shirt and a fuzzy warrior helmet! We went to the car to put on dry, cleaner clothing and got our chairs so we could hang out and enjoy the event. It was crazy! People watching at its finest level…I cannot even begin to explain it! Big Monkey and I shared a big turkey leg for lunch. The waves were getting close to being done and the awards ceremony and costume and beard contests were going to be starting in a little while when the skies opened up again. We decided that was enough for us and we packed it up and headed back to camp. I wish we had tracked the distance from the car to the event and back. We made that walk at least three times and it was quite a walk!

Once we got back to camp, we got cleaned up and just hung out, enjoying everyone’s company. It was nice that Big Monkey and I didn’t have to worry about dogs or kids like we normally do (Thanks GrandMom for watching all of them!). We just relaxed and had a great time.

Here’s the short of the Warrior Dash Experience-

  • The folks who put the event on-Red Frog Events-know what they are doing. I was impressed with how well everything went.
  • The only suggestion I have would be to make the waves every 15 minutes with half as many people. That might help with the bottleneck in the trail section and the time spent waiting for the people in front of you to do an obstacle. (I don’t know that my idea would solve those problems though.)
  • We had a great time and would do the race again. Even with the rain and lightning!

If you are interested in knowing more about Warrior Dash, check them out here! There are no more Florida races this year but plenty of races in other states and even other countries! (Oh and they don’t know I’m writing this…I’m just letting you know about our experience!)

Craft Pumpkins

October 27, 2011

A few weeks ago I found some 2x4s in the trash. They looked to have been used for something but were in good condition with just a few nail holes. I picked up a few pieces, thinking we could come up with something to do with them. Big Monkey thought I was crazy but then ended up using some of the wood to make a shelf he wanted for his locker at work.

We took another piece and cut it into smaller sizes. I thought it would be fun to make some wooden pumpkins for Halloween. A free craft and fun decoration for the house. Little Monkey helped me paint the 2x4s orange to start.

All orange and ready for faces

During one of Little Monkette’s naps, Little Monkey and I took the time to paint some faces onto the pumpkins, turning them into jack-o-lanterns.

Painting on faces

Once they were done and dried, Little Monkey lined them all up by the front door. He told me that he liked mine better because they were nicer. I told him that he did a good job on his too. He ended up picking out my littlest pumpkin to take to his teacher.

Yay for free fun decorations.


Little Monkey with his two pumpkins and my littlest pumpkin.

Family Handprint Art

October 18, 2011

I saw a similar project online somewhere…but decided to do our own version.  I found a great canvas to use for the project, (FREE–an Other People’s Trash item) and painted over the picture.

Trash Rescued Canvas

The kids helped me paint over the original painting (If you didn’t know, canvases can be quite costly, so rescuing this one made our project possible!) A couple  coats of paint and we were good to go. I bought some vinyl ($9.99 for the whole package but we probably used about $4 worth) and used the Cricut to cut out “OUR FAMILY.”  I put the vinyl on the painted and canvas and then we were ready to start.

Ready to leave our mark!

I started the project with my hand prints, orange and yellow. The kids were excited to see it and they were ready to get their hands into the paint too!

The first set of handprints

Little Monkey (green and purple) was the next to put his handprints on the canvas, followed by Little Monkette (pink and red). Little Monkette took a little convincing but once she did it, she LOVED it. I put another set of my handprints on the canvas (I had originally thought everyone would get to have two turns but after Big Monkey went I decided against it.). It took a little bit of convincing to get Big Monkey (blue and brown) to put his handprints on the canvas but he did it.

Almost done!

I had planned to take the vinyl off and be done but we didn’t cover the canvas as thoroughly as I had planned. Instead, Big Monkey suggested we use a sharpie around the vinyl letters and then pull the vinyl off. I finally agreed. I am really glad we did use the sharpie around the edges because it makes the letters stand out just enough to see them. I LOVE our new artwork. It is large (approx. 2.5ft x 3.5ft) and looks great. Even better, we made it, so it is nice and personal. I’m betting it will be a conversation piece when people come over.

Finished Product!

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The Trampoline

October 11, 2011

Back in August, Big Monkey texted me saying, “Hey, do we want a trampoline?” My first thought was no. I didn’t know where we would really put it and if it would be a good idea with Little Monkey and Little Monkette. Then I asked, “How much?” I was surprised when Big Monkey told me it was free, we just had to pick it up. His friend had it at his house and didn’t want it any more.  Does he know me well or what!?!?! I’m all about free stuff and knew the kids would love it since they loved going to the trampoline place. I gave in and we got it.

The kids ask to jump almost every day. It is great for getting some extra energy out of them too! I am surprised by how much Little Monkette loves it but she thinks it is so fun! We have to give the kids separate times to jump but they are pretty good about sharing it.

Little Monkette jumping


Little Monkey jumping

Thanks to friends for thinking of us! We love using your old toys! 🙂 (Especially FREE ones!!!)


May 14, 2011


Thursday night, Big Monkey was working and the kids and I were hanging out relaxing with the pups. Since having a calm, boring night wouldn’t be any fun…Little Monkey decided to spice it up. (Okay really he didn’t, it was an accident but it certainly changed the evening.)

While playing with Little Monkette and the pups, Little Monkey ran across the room (Something he’s not supposed to do) and jumped onto the ottoman (Something he’s not supposed to do) and ended up hitting hitting his face on the marble window sill. He started screaming and then I saw it…blood and a deep gash on his cheek just under his right eye. I don’t deal well with these types of situations but I did my best. I grabbed Little Monkey, carried him to the linen closet, got a towel and told him to sit on the couch holding the washcloth to his wound. I grabbed the phone and called Big Monkey at work, no answer. I called his cell, no answer, I sent him a text telling him to call asap because we were headed to the ER for stitches. I grabbed some shoes for Little Monkey and Little Monkette and got some shoes on myself. (I was wearing gym clothes from having worked out earlier and was still so gross but it is what it is.) I put Sadie in her crate and we all got in the car.

I called my Dad to see about getting the number for Centra Care because I thought they did. Big Monkey called me back and we discussed that we could go to Centra Care and to just keep him posted. I called Centra Care but was place on hold and never picked back up  before we arrived. During the car ride, Little Monkey did great but when we went to get out he cried again. I got everyone in the building and started talking to the nurses. They got him an ice pack and then moved back quickly to a room while I was still filling out paperwork.

Before the stitches

We all sat on the stretcher and talked about what was going to happen. The doctor came in and looked at the wound. He decided that it was too deep for the glue, so we were in for some stitches. He also wanted to do an x-ray to make sure Little Monkey didn’t break anything. Big Monkey had told me this wasn’t necessary, so I called him and let him know what was going on. We decided to go ahead with the x-ray and then get the stitches. The x-rays came back okay. They don’t think that he broke anything. Little Monkey did a great job for the x-rays. In fact, much of the time we were there he was doing so well. I had some crayons in my purse (Thank goodness), so that kept Little Monkette busy coloring on the stretcher paper and putting the crayons in and out of the box. We talked about what was going to happen and how Mommy, Daddy and Mimi all had stitches before.

When it was time to get the stitches, I had to move Little Monkette over to a chair so that Little Monkey could lay down. I held onto his hands and let him know he could squeeze them if it hurt. (I think I was squeezing his hands more than he was squeezing mine.) He was a trooper. He did cry but considering the circumstances he did great. The doctor cleaned his wound and the put a piece of paper-like cloth with a hole in it on his face to focus on the area. I was standing over Little Monkey and the Doctor asked me to either move or get a mask because breathing on Little Monkey and the wound could get more bacteria in it. I decided to kneel by the stretcher and hold Little Monkey’s hands. The Doctor gave Little Monkey some novacaine and after it had a minute to take effect, he started stitching him back together. I could fully see what he was doing but Little Monkey didn’t like it. It seemed like he was stitching a lot and for a long time but in the end we only had two stitches. From the time of the accident to the time we left Centra Care was just over an hour.

After the stitches

Little Monkey was a trooper. He has been healing but he has a little bit of shiner too. We have talked about the accident many times since it happened and hopefully he has learned his lesson about running in the house and jumping on the furniture. Thankful that he just needed a few stitches!

The Newest Addition

May 11, 2011

Sadie and Mommy

So, for Mother’s Day, (Well she arrived the next day because Big Monkey was working on Mother’s Day) I got a new puppy. I’ve named her Sadie. 🙂 She is tiny and oh so adorable. She is a Min Pin Cocker Spaniel mix. She came from some friends of ours from church. I had talked about maybe getting one of their dogs but just couldn’t decide. Then they were down to just one puppy, a little girl. I really didn’t think I wanted a girl, but I couldn’t get her out of my head. After finally deciding and telling our friends no, I kept thinking about her. I finally asked our friend (D) about the puppy, Did they still have her? And apparently, that is when all the lying started. A big group lie that everyone seemed to be in on. I’ll tell your their crazy story (That I somehow believed!) in a few days when I get a chance to write about it. For now, I’m cuddling my little Sadie.