Archive for November, 2013

Purex Insider Contest – Ending SOON!

Hey Friends!  Remember when I told you how crazy I was for Purex Laundry Detergent?  Remember the picture?

In case of Zombie Attack - I can clean your clothes.

In case of Zombie Attack – I can clean your clothes.

Remember the contest?  Did you sign up?  I really would like those gloves for Christmas.  😉

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Contest ends on December 2nd – so get over there quick and sign up!  You can use this link: “So glad you reminded me, Mummy Butterfly, because I REALLY want an iPad mini!”

~Mummy Butterfly  )i(

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Happy TurkEve!

Today was TurkEve in our home.  What is TurkEve?  Much like Christmas Eve, it is the day we set aside to prepare for Thanksgiving.

Last year, Otto and I made it work to have Thanksgiving on Friday for our family.  This year, we prayed about it, and decided that perhaps that will be “our thing”.  It will make things much easier in the long run, and it is quite a nice tradition for us.  Why did we decide to celebrate TurkEve?

1) We have family that works on Thursday/Thanksgiving.  My stepdad, Doc, works at a television station – EVERY Thanksgiving.  Dinner on Friday means he and my Mum, Cookie, can have a traditional Thanksgiving meal with family.  My brother-in-law, Uncle Sheep, is a firefighter.  If he works on Thanksgiving, this hopefully gives him a chance to eat a meal with his family.  If he works on Friday, it gives my sister, nephew, and niece a place to come hang out while he is gone.  (Holiday weekends can be hard without Daddy.)  Even if they don’t/can’t come every year, I want the option to be there for them.

2) We have divorces in our past.  If my kids grow up and marry someone who’s parents live close, they never have to pick and choose on Thanksgiving Day.  They can say “Sure, honey, let’s spend the day with YOUR family.”  Giving them the freedom to not have to choose between parents is a blessing.  And if they can’t come, that is okay.  At least they know WHEN it is, if they can make it.

3) We have a day to prepare.  No rushing around after work, or asking Otto to help me clean when he’s getting home late.  We have an entire day to cook, clean, and enjoy each other.  Our private traditions (such as taking a hike in the woods – this year was Fort Yargo State Park) can be perfect and without rush.

4) It’s a great excuse to not go shopping.  I don’t mind shopping (in moderation), and I quite appreciate the gifts others get me when they shop.  But I also enjoy opening my home and spending Thanksgiving with family at home.

5) We can invite friends, who might otherwise be engaged in family activities.

Tomorrow between 8:30 and 9 am, we will begin serving breakfast to whomever has arrived.  At around 10 pm tomorrow night we’ll give hugs as the last guests leave.  In between – we will laugh, eat, love, fellowship, tell stories, cook, talk, watch football, and just live our lives with people.  Isn’t that what Thanksgiving is really all about?

Happy TurkEve!

~Mummy Butterfly  )i(

The Long and Short of It

It has been a few days – because we have a few things going on.

1) We are prepping the house for Thanksgiving (on Friday).  Lots of people, lots of food, and my Mum has graciously given up part of her vacation to help me clean/organize.  I feel like I should, you know, be there to HELP her….

2) We added a furbaby!  I’ll do a whole post on our Plott Hound Furbaby soon, but his name is Reuben and he was rescued from a local animal control center.  They thought he was between 6 and 9 months old, but the vet things he might WAY on the low end, because he still had baby teeth.  He’s fixed, microchiped, and been given shots.  He also weighs in at 45 pounds.  He is NOT a small baby.  😉

Reuben on his Freedom Ride with his new Little Girl by his side!

Reuben on his Freedom Ride with his new Little Girl by his side!

3) The older boy Caterpillars are at their Dad’s house.  So it is pretty quiet here with just the two littles.  The perfect time to work on housetraining a puppy…

4) It’s a HOLIDAY week!  And I’m so excited!  I’m taking lots of pictures and will have lots to put up soon.

Until then – I leave you with another picture of our newest Family Member:

Hanging out and watching Disney Jr with his Little Girl.

Hanging out and watching Disney Jr with his Little Girl.

~Mummy Butterfly  )i(

Saving

For over a year, I have had a dream about what I wanted to do with my life (career-wise).  It made sense and fit with everything in my past, and it wasn’t too far out there in cost.  But I was scared to talk to anyone, because it was a private dream.  But I started squirreling money away.  $5 here, $20 there, every once in a while I managed a whole $50.  This past week (with my birthday), I managed to put in the last little bit I needed to hit $1,000.

Now I can open the door.  And I am scared to death.  I don’t want to fail, and even though I know I have prayed over this for quite a while, I still am frightened.  It’s not even the workload.  I can handle that, in fact, I feel like it is something that God is calling me to do.

Somehow that makes it all the more frightening.

I’ve only talked to two other women about it, and both are supportive.  One even has felt a similar calling to both the career, and specifically the focus.

Normally, I am not shy about my plans.   But this feels different.

Prayers are appreciated.

~Mummy Butterfly  )i(

Searching, Searching, Searching

The search for puppies has begun.

Puppies.  Hmmmm – most people who know me would look at me strangely when I mention that puppies will be coming to our home.  Especially when I say “two of them, large to extra-large”.

The quizzical looks just don’t stop.  😉

But I’m excited, even if it’s taken a bit to get here.

Yes, I am a cat person.  I’m never going to STOP being a cat person.  In my mind – Cats ARE Persons, so it works.

I’m not a dog person, per say, but then I’m not a people person or a children person, but find myself working often with both people and children.

I think I can explain it best like this:

Cats = Books.  YAY!  A BOOK!  I LOVE BOOKS!  GIVE ME LOTS OF BOOKS!  You can NEVER have enough BOOKS!

Dogs = Children.  YAY!  I LOVE MY CHILDREN!  GIVE ME LOTS OF MY CHILDREN!  Other people’s children are cute, but tend to have runny noses and lots of drool.

Here is where we embark upon the Dog Journey.  The Big/Giant Dog Journey (I’m talking about Great Dane/Great Pyrenees size is perfect).

And while I’m not inclined to rub up against other people’s dogs, *my* dogs get to live in my house.  And get up on my couch.  And sleep on my bed if they want.  And fluff their doggy hair all over everything.  Because they will be *MY* babies.

If you have any leads on large/extra-large babies, let me know. 😉  We can’t wait to bring them home!

~Mummy Butterfly  )i(

Once Upon a Time…

…I had a birthday.

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Yesterday was not a milestone birthday, or a “special” birthday, or anything of the sort.   It went largely unnoticed by those not in my family.  We celebrated very quietly – Otto’s sister drove down to sit with the Caterpillars, and Otto and I went to a movie (Thor 2) and dinner (Provino’s).

We talked about our future plans, especially since there are some potential changes about Otto’s job that could alter our lifestyle.

We talked about when to prune our crepe myrtles.

We talked about everything and nothing, and it was wonderful.  I received a phone call early from my Daddy and multiple text messages from my Mum.  My sister (and the Sheep Family) had given me a beautiful purple infinity scarf (go LSU!), that I wore.

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It was quiet and simple and I loved it.

~Mummy Butterfly  )i(

Purex Insider! Check Out the Contest!

If you’ve ever seen my laundry room, you know I’m a HUGE fan of Purex.  It’s the only detergent I can use – so I kinda try to stock up.

And when I say “stock up” I mean, like, I’m pretty sure there are 24 bottles of Purex in this picture:

In case of Zombie Attack - I can clean your clothes.

In case of Zombie Attack – I can clean your clothes.

A few weeks ago, I found out about this community of bloggers I could join called the Purex Insiders.  Hello!  I’m totally there!  A few clicks later and I’m in the club.  Now, what does this mean for you?

Contests, free stuff – all sorts of goodies.  And all you have to do is listen to me ramble about how much I love Purex.

Which I was going to do anyway, since I love them – hence the photo above.

My first contest is this little beauty:

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You can win an iPad Mini and a $500 Isotoner Shopping Spree!

Click on this link “I LOVE WINNING” to enter.  Feel free to buy me a pair of those nifty gloves if you win.  😉

~Mummy Butterfly  )i(