Mickey's Girls

Random thoughts, hilarious moments and sweet sentiments... Our girls give us tons of these every day and this blog is our way of sharing the joy of raising two sweet little people with you. This is our life...to love Jesus, love each other, laugh a lot and enjoy the moments He's given us. Hope you enjoy!

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Thursday Thirteen


Thirteen Things about My Childhood
And each one is a fond memory!


1. We almost moved to the Philipines but instead we moved to VA from GA when I was 5. I grew up in Altavista, VA at a christian conference center that my dad started back up after it had sat empty for a few years...therefore, I was the "camp director's kid."

2. My dad was also a pastor...therefore, I was the "pastor's kid"...except he traveled doing conferences rather than being the pastor of a specific church.

3. My mom worked alongside my dad at the camp - cooking, cleaning, bookkeeping, etc... - but was home with me and my brother too! (we lived at the camp so that was convenient!)

4. The camp had a "ranch side" where we had as many as 40 horses at a time. I had my own personal horse, Ghalii El Monieta. She was an Egyptian Arabian and absolutely beautiful! We bred her and had Ghailaa El Monieta who followed me around like a puppy dog! I miss them! I taught horseback riding lessons and we did trailrides for the campers and the general public.

5. Our house was built in the early 1900's and had a tin roof, didn't have closets to speak of, only had a/c and heat on the first floor and we shared one bathroom that didn't have a shower but it did have a beautiful pawfoot bathtub. Doesn't sound too bad til you consider that we always seemed to have someone living with us!

6. Our "chores" weren't split along typical gender lines - my brother and I both did all of the following: vacuuming, sweeping, dishes, mowing and weedeating the yard, cleaning stalls, dusting, taking out the trash, and whatever else needed to be done.

7. I went to school 30 minutes from home and rode the bus so we were out the door really really early and then when we got home, we typically walked the almost mile long driveway back home!

8. My dad made some paddles that were about 18 inches long and about 1/4 inch thick to give away as part of a sermon illustration (I think) and the leftovers are what we got disciplined with. Many a paddle was broken on mine & my brother's backside! Mom still has one hanging in their house! (and no, it wasn't child abuse!)

9. I had always been taller and "larger" than everyone else but I grew about 6 inches one summer between 6th & 7th grade...I'm 5'10" now and I don't think I've grown any since that summer. It took a long time for me to be comfortable in my own skin and for the guys to catch up with me! I got a whole new wardrobe that year though!

10. I played volleyball and basketball in middle school and high school. In 7th grade, one of the basketball referees tried to help me out because I was so clumsy and when I was graduating high school, he happened to referee my last game which happened to be the Championship game which we won and I got MVP honors. He didn't fail to remind me of that game in 7th grade when I couldn't hold on to the ball! Oh - my dad coached my team 10th-12th grades!

11. My first kiss...well, okay...to protect the not-so-innocent...I won't tell you about this one. *grin* You just never know who's gonna read this!

12. My parents named me "mandy" because they thought it was somewhat original but I was surrounded my "mandy's" my entire life...one of my closest friend's name was "mandi"and she lived with us for a summer and we worked together too, I played volleyball and basketball with a "mandy" and we looked somewhat similar on the court and we worked together for several years, and my best friend's sister's name was "mandi" - Mandy's everywhere!

13. And my favorite thing about my childhood (and this remains to this day) is that my mom and dad loved us enough to discipline us, teach us right from wrong, tend to our wounds both physically and emotionally, celebrate our successes and teach us who our Heavenly Father is so that we could come to know Him personally.





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Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Today, Tomorrow...and so on...

There's nothing really new to update you on but I thought I'd post anyway so you don't think that the only thing I do is those Thursday Thirteens.
Michael is in Nashville this week - he's looking at the location we'd like to do a Quizno's should we decide to go that route and he's also hoping to interview for a job he is interested in and he's enjoying some family time with his sister and her family. That's good!
The girls and I are carrying on as usual at home. Today, it finally rained! Wooohooo!!! I thought for a very brief second about running naked through my yard in the rain as I was so ecstatic that there was moisture coming from the skies. It was less than a milisecond of thought. *grin*
Then after nap time, I went in to get Sarah Beth and she was standing in her crib shaking the side and just as happy as she could be! I don't know how to explain to you how I feel about that - it's very bittersweet. I'm thrilled that she's maturing and growing normally but I'm so sad that she's not my tiny little baby anymore! Six months is entirely too short a time for that stage! She also had her 6 month dr's visit today. She's quite healthy at 17.8 lbs and 27 inches long. To put that in perspective for you, Emma Grace was 13.13 lbs and 25.75 inches long at 6 months. This chunky baby thing is new for me and I love it!
Emma Grace continues to be the best big sister ever. She's very aware of Sarah Beth and what she's doing and is constantly on the lookout for toys that Sarah Beth can't have. She amazes me!
Oh - last night on the way home from church...well, let me back up! On the way to church, we talked about how we are wonderfully made by God as that was their lesson a couple of months ago and it has stuck with Emma Grace so much that she still talks about it. So I said that I wanted her to pay good attention so that she could tell me what she learned tonight. So, now, on the way home last night, I had forgotten to ask her about it until she said "Mommy! I can do all things through Christ and I am strong like Jesus" I said "honey, that's awesome! is that way you learned tonight?" To which she replied "I can do all things through Christ. See how strong I am I am stronger than Jesus but he makes me that way." I love her!
Emma Grace turns 3 next week. I'm completely amazed at how fast these 3 years have gone. I'm not sure what we're doing for her birthday yet but whatever it is, it will be totally fun and completely all about Emma Grace! She is so special to me and I want to make sure she is aware of that not only at her birthday but all the time.
Alrighty, that's all. I have nothing else to tell you about...
Have a beautiful day!

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Thursday Thirteen


Thirteen Things about the Birthday Girl (Karen!)


1. Daughter of the King
2. Excellent Wife
3. Fabulous Mommy
4. Loyal & Honest Friend
5. Cuteness (for sure!)
6. Witty & Funny
7. Kind & Caring
8. Passionate Believer
9. Loving
10. Fervant Prayer Warrior
11. Joyful Perservere-er (is that a word?)
12. Wonderful Person
13. I miss her!
Happy Happy Happy Birthday My Friend!
Go check out her Thursday Thirteen and wish her a wonderful birthday!




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The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others comments. It’s easy, and fun! Be sure to update your Thirteen with links that are left for you, as well! I will link to everyone who participates and leaves a link to their 13 things. Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!




Thursday, August 17, 2006

Thursday Thirteen



Thirteen of My Favorite Pics
- in no particular order
- definitely not all-inclusive


1. Emma Grace - 10/04


2. Emma Grace - 11/05


3. Sarah Beth - several hours old - 2/06


4. Emma Grace - 7/05


5. Emma Grace & Mommy - 1/06


6. Emma Grace meeting Sarah Beth - 2/06


7. Sarah Beth & Daddy - 2/06


8. Emma Grace 7/06


9. Emma Grace & Mommy - 9/03


10. Sarah Beth & Mommy - 4/06


11. Emma Grace & Daddy - 4/06


12. Emma Grace & Nana - 12/03


13. Emma Grace & Katelyn - 7/06




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The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others comments. It’s easy, and fun! Be sure to update your Thirteen with links that are left for you, as well! I will link to everyone who participates and leaves a link to their 13 things. Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!



Monday, August 14, 2006

What's Up?

It's been a while since you've gotten a real update on what's going on with us so I thought I'd give you the brief run down!
1. Sarah Beth now has 5 teeth and 2 more working their way in. She drools like crazy and spits up waaaaayyy more than Emma Grace did. She also ate cereal for the first time tonight and it was tons of fun! I'll post pictures of it soon.
2. Emma Grace turns 3 in 3 weeks and I'm completely dumbfounded by how fast those 3 years have flown. She grows up a little more everyday. She loves Mary Poppins & Willy Wonka right now which is a welcome relief from JoJo's Circus & all the other cartoons that never seemed to really go away even when the tv was off!
3. I resigned my job today! Very fun! Very exciting! I'm going to stay home with my girls and just be mommy. I'm also going to get to serve and work alongside my husband in whatever and wherever the Lord leads us. I'm ecstatic!
4. Michael is still undecided in what and where he's going to "work". There are a lot of moving parts to making a decision on buying a franchise and we're working through details and stuff now so we make a well-informed, wise decision.

Alrighty - that's a brief synopsis of our lives...we'd love to hear what's going on with you so leave a comment, email us or come by and visit!

Monday, August 07, 2006

Thursday Thirteen


Thirteen Favorite Moments In Life

1…. Sitting by the ivory chest set in my dad's office with both of my parents and accepting Christ as my Savior - Summer 1982(ish)
2. Opening the door of my apartment to see my boyfriend on one knee with a bouquet of daisies in one hand and a ring in the other hand! - July 26, 2000
3. Saying "I do!" - February 10, 2001
4. Holding my 1st born daughter for the first time after the longest 2 1/2 days of my life of sitting there waiting for the doctors to let me hold her. - September 7, 2003
5. Holding my 2nd born daughter and breathing a sigh of relief that there was no complications. - February 18, 2006
6. Being handed the keys to our first home after developing writer's cramp from signing our lives away on the loan documents. - July 29, 2004
7. Winning a ribbon in an English riding class at a local horseshow where a competitor was one of the "top" trainers in the area and he didn't win a ribbon! - Sometime in highschool
8. Acing an overhand serve in a volleyball match against my former school where I was sub'd out every time I came up to serve b/c the coach didn't think I could do it well enough. - Junior year of high school
9. Home visit by a college coach who was recruiting me to play basketball in college. - Senior year of high school
10. Turning 16 and seeing a big bow on my dad's car outside cuz it was now mine! - August 1992
11. Graduating college! - May 1997
12. Every laugh, giggle and smile that comes from my girls! - Daily
13. Every morning when I wake up and realize that my family is healthy and thriving! - Daily





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The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others comments. It’s easy, and fun! Be sure to update your Thirteen with links that are left for you, as well! I will link to everyone who participates and leaves a link to their 13 things. Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!



Thursday, August 03, 2006

Thursday Thirteen (For Real...)


Thirteen Thingsthat irritate me about blogger.com...okay, so 8 things about that and then 5 other random thoughts


1…. I already did a T13 - I worked long and hard on it last night and when I went to post it, it totally messed up my whole blog site..moving stuff around in weird places...and I used a predone codes and "filled in the blanks"...Grrrr...
2. So, I copied what I'd typed and saved it for this morning and I redid it..and it posted only half of it. Again..frustrating.
3. So, I deleted it and tried again...still only half of the 13 points showing up and none of the Thursday Thirteen stuff at the bottom despite my having redone it with one of the predone codes. Grrr...
4. I had already put on the Thursday Thirteen website that my list was up and then when it was weird, I just took it down so it made a liar out of me. Grrr....
5. Other times, when I am working on a post and I go to save as draft or to publish it, it sends me to a blank page that says the site has moved here and but it won't let me leave that blank page. Hmmmm...minor inconvenience at first but getting really old now. Grrr....
6. I do not understand html code except for the very basics and every time I try to jazz up something and I actually spend the time searching and figuring out how to do it, it either doesn't work or the whole blog gets all rearranged. Grrrr....
7. When I'm on my iMac, this site does not like me at all and will not do anything to cooperate with my posting anything. The iMac will be my only computer at some point here in the fairly near future so there may be limited posts or none at all when that becomes the case. Grrrr...
8. My other T13 I had worked hard on was much better than this but I do not have it anymore as it lost all but half of my 13 points and I can't remember them and they took too much thought the first time through - I don't have the time to do that again! Grrr...
9. We're not moving to Chicago, that kinda makes me happy cuz it's really cold there in winter.
10. My 5 1/2 month old is not happy about having to play on the floor right now.
11. Since this is the 5th time I've tried to post a T13 today, I'm just rushing through it so I'm sorry - next week will be much better!
12. My almost 3 year old is walking around talking on her "phone" and carrying on a very well thought out, mature sounding phone conversation with someone - and it's totally cute!
13. I'm at #13 now so I don't have to do this anymore today...blogger.com has not made my posting very easy so hopefully, this will post correctly. I'm on the iMac so I make no promises.






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The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others comments. It’s easy, and fun! Be sure to update your Thirteen with links that are left for you, as well! I will link to everyone who participates and leaves a link to their 13 things. Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!



Thursday Thirteen

Due to technical errors and the internet being at odds with my will this morning, my thursday thirteen has been postponed til a later time during the day. It was posted and then it only showed half of it and the other half just disappeared. Hmmm....I'm confused.
So - sorry - please check back again later!

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Kinsey Elaine Ferguson

I posted a couple of weeks ago on the newest addition to our family but I thought I'd share all the details and a picture so you can all see how much beauty runs through our genes! :)

My brother, Shea & his beautiful wife, Amber, gave birth to Kinsey Elaine Ferguson on July 16th at 10:41p.m. She weighed in at 7lbs 2oz and 19 inches long. Perfectly healthy and obviously beautiful - she instantly became the apple of their eye!

What's neat about Kinsey is that she was named after my mom (Carol Elaine) and she also shares a birthday with mom! Mom is just head over heels in love and awe that she has that honor.

I have not yet gotten to meet Kinsey in person although I have heard her talking over the phone and she sounds absolutely sweet as can be but soon, I hope to make the loooonnng trek to VA to meet this precious child!

In order to do so, I need to win the lottery or come into a large sum of money pretty quickly...and since I don't see that happening and it IS my birthday this month (see Birthday Month at my dear friend's blog), I'm accepting gifts of cash, Visa gift cards, American Express gift cards and airline miles of various amounts to help in my quest to make it to VA before Kinsey goes to college! *grin*