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Thursday, November 20, 2008


So, I'd first like to dedicate this post to my dear friend. You know who you are:-) As I sit here staring at my clock (8:00pm) on Thursday night the eve of Twilight I can't help but wish this clock went a little faster. I've never been more thankful to be on the East Coast until now when I get to see the movie a whole 2 and 3 hours before my family and friends. Hehe...

I'm going to the midnight release in 4 short hours. I have on my Twilight Shirt that I bought in Forks, WA this summer. It says I was bitten in Forks. I thought it was good enough since the place will be surrounded by 15 year olds in Prom Dresses. I'm not that crazy. Seriously...I'm almost 30! So the t-shirt will have to do. I've got my Mountain Dew (ok it's really Mello Yellow) to help me stay awake. Sadly enough my bed time is usually 9:30. I'm gonna be dead to the world tomorrow. But so worth it! I've decided to repost my pictures from this summer when I went to Forks. (Don't be jealous)
Me and Case Freezing in La Push! Very Pretty!! Maybe this was first beach I don't remember.

This is the sunset from LaPush. Still very cold but so worth it.

Here is the Outfitters Store where Bella worked. They had everything in there.

From left to right: my niece Brianna, Me, my sister Amy, and my sister Morgan. We walked around for a minute but the school was locked up for Summer Break.

I'm just so glad that this movie is finally here so I can get on with my life. I really want a movie for books 3 and 4. I think the fight scene in book 3 would totally rock and I'm curious how they would do Renesme in book 4.

I hope those who care get to go see the movie (minus hubby the first time. he can come when I see it again.) Have a great time!!

Love these Signs!

So, friends of mine from High School make these really fun Name Signs. You should check them out. They are having a drawing and giving one away if you post a comment on your own blog. So, you should check it out here

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Justin is 5!

Justin turned 5 on Thursday, November 13th. I can't believe how big he looks. When he got dressed for church this morning he was so handsome I had to take a picture! I didn't have any baby pictures saved on this computer so I almost just put one of Case since they looked the same as babies. Justin was just 2 pounds bigger. But I didn't do it. Sorry...
I feel like a loser mom for not having a birthday party for Justin this year. He is at the age where he knows the difference. Last year went drove back to TN so he could have a party with his cousins and friends. We had just moved to NC and I felt bad. This year he really doesn't have any friends except Aiden and the kids from school. I wasn't inviting the kids from school cause some of the parents are just scary so we just celebrated a little each day for 3 days. On Tuesday it was Veteran's Day so Justin didn't have any school. I took his friend Aiden and him to a NASCAR themed restaurant and they ate and played arcade games. They loved it.
Then on Wednesday Night we opened presents from us and his Grandparents and we blew out candles on some brownies that I made last minute. (I wasn't prepared for the cake part! Loser I know) Loren was going to be in Miami for the last Race so we did the presents early.
Then on his birthday I took cupcakes to his class and they sang happy birthday to him. He had a good time all 3 days so I don't think he noticed being short changed. (sorry this picture is fuzzy)
I can't believe he is already 5 and will be in Kindergarten next year. I can't wait. He is such a funny kid and is so busy all the time. He really loves school except for the taking a nap part. He's learning a lot and starting to do alot more on his own now.
A couple of facts about Justin: his favorite color is Red. He doesn't like the word Dinner. I don't know why but if I say it's time for dinner he puts up a fight about eating. But if I call it food time or a snack it's ok. I hope he grows out of this. I drives me crazy. He loves to make up songs and sing them all the time until you find yourself singing them too. He loves to play and loves his baby brother. He's a great kid and really fun to play with.
I love you buddy and Happy Birthday!

(thought this was a cute picture!)

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Hangin' in the Sun

This past week has been so nice and somewhat warm! Which makes me very happy. we saw mid 70's a few times and took advantage of it one day when we had Loren with us and went to the park. Here's a picture of Justin hanging on to a race car. The pose was his idea.
Sadly enough, I think this was Case's first time on a swing! He really loved it. It's kinda hard to get an action shot but just look at his face. Loving it!
Justin and Case going down the slides together. It's so much more fun when they can do stuff together. Now if we can only get Case to walk with us he will totally be in there.
I thought this picture was so great of my handsome boys. We had a fun time at the park and enjoyed the last of the warm weather. (Have I ever mentioned I HATE the cold?)
Ok...so I had a great opportunity to go to Atlanta, GA this weekend for a Scentsy Regional Conference. Can I first just say that I have not been without my kids since January and I really needing those 27 hours away! I drove to Atlanta Friday night (4 1/2 hours) and stayed with Amy Carter (Abby Wilson's sister) and her family. Thank you so much for letting me crash at your home even thou you've only meet me a few times. Ya'll really saved me a ton of money! I got there in time for bed and was out the door by 7am the next morning. The Conference was in Atlanta so I had about an hour drive that morning. I think the main reason I went was because I had signed up 3 recruits in September and I really have no idea what I'm doing. I got into Scentsy because I wanted to help pay my Summer travels and it did. But then I signed up some people and I had to think about someone else's success besides mine. I had to decide if I wanted to just Sell or if I wanted to Sell and really make a go at this. I learned alot at the conference and met some great people who are in my area. I've been kinda by myself since I signed up so it was great to meet others that I can go to for suggestions.
So, driving home I really thought about everything and I really think I want to make a go at this. I'd love to not only make a little money on the side for me but I'd love to help contribute to our household. We really want to buy another house and keep our TN home and continue to rent it out. And with the economy the way it is we're gonna have to have a decent down payment. So my new goal is to work towards saving for a home.
I know you don't really care about this but I'm really excited about it. I got to meet the Owners of Scentsy, Orville and Heidi Thompson. My sister Amy actually knows them from 15 years ago before they bought Scentsy. They tried to talk her into being a consultant 4 years ago but she was too busy. She thought is was pretty funny when I told her what I had signed up for back in March. I had meet Heidi and Orville when I was like 13 visiting my sister so it was fun to meet them again. This company is growing so fast out West and it's just starting in the South so I'm excited about the possibilities! If you want to know more about Scentsy just click www.scentsy.com/rkern

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Happy Halloween and other Fun Stuff!!

The boys costumes this year really made me laugh! The only thing that would have made it better was Case walking...but maybe next year! I got the costume idea from the Family Fun magazine. Case is a Gnome and Justin is a Gnome sitting on a Toadstool. It took a little convincing on my part to get Justin into this costume. He really wanted to be something from Star Wars or Transformers. When he saw the "skirt" he had to wear he was not very excited. I told him that the Blue hat made him a boy Gnome and he seemed to accept that. He did like it in the end and we got alot of compliments while Trick or Treating.
Don't you just want to squeeze Case? He was really good all night long walking around in the cold.
This is the Family Fun inspiration from last year. Justin (almost 4) was a "Candy Robot" and Case (almost 3 months) was a "Sweet Pea" .
We had to stop and take a break from walking. He was begging to go home within an hour!
This is his friend Aiden. Aiden and his family came with us so we wouldn't be alone. Loren was in Texas for a race and missed out on all the fun.

He was so tired!

Also, last weekend we went to the NC Hot Air Balloon Festival. It was really nice weather and Loren got to go with us so that was a bonus! So many balloons and I think Case could have died a very happy baby. He loves Balloons!
These things are huge close up!

And lastly, a few weeks ago I found a Caterpillar outside that attached itself to our beach towel. I took it off and put it into this jar thinking I totally killed it. By the next morning it had reattached itself to the stick I provided and then 2 1/2 weeks later it hatched! Very cool. Justin was so proud!

Good bye pretty Butterfly!

In other news...I voted early on Thursday and it only took me 30 minutes in line! Very happy about that. Loren however will be there all night on Tuesday after work. Have you voted? If not good luck on Tuesday. It will be a long night I think...

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