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I played sports in high school – line drills, laps, relentless drills… all of it.


I’ve done aerobics, taken kickboxing lessons


Step class, pilates


Yoga, … a little weightlifting


But Lordamercy,  none of it – NONE of it – compares to pushing a chubby 9 month old in a stroller while 6 months pregnant. I must have burned a million calories because in addition to being tired and sweaty, I ate like a horse when I got home. At least I didn’t try it on the farm’s dirt path – I stuck to the nice, smooth road. Maybe after the baby is born I can wear him in a sling and push the stroller too – and try – TRY- not to eat the contents of the Frigidaire when I get back home.

March 29, 2009 - 11:38 am

Jennifer - Those growing babies just soak up all the energy left! Good thing God gives mommies extra! :) Beautiful photos! Hope the rest of your pregnancy goes well!

March 29, 2009 - 1:18 pm

Fencepost - Love your pictures!
Good luck with the exercise thing. Hopefully, with the little ones to care for, you’ll find time to take those walks.

March 29, 2009 - 4:17 pm

Dana - Well, with one already growing in the front, if’n you’d put the little one in a backpack carrier, you’d have balanced things out perfectly! :)

Then, about six months after this one is born, you can get pregnant again and do it all over again! :)

March 29, 2009 - 4:18 pm

Dana - By the way, that top picture is great.

March 29, 2009 - 9:12 pm

Karen - You will need tandem stroller when that new one gets here. It will save your back and be a life saver everywhere. I use to do my grocery shopping with two kids in a tandem stroller and groceries in the basket beneath.

The pictures, as always, were hevenly!

April 1, 2009 - 5:28 pm

Jenn - I know what you mean, pulling a almost 30 lb 13 month old in a 26 lb wagon is a bit of a work out for this old fat pregnant woman too !

When are you do , I forget .

April 1, 2009 - 6:00 pm

the Cotton Wife - I’m due July 2nd – time is flying by! I feel like I haven’t accomplished anything for the new baby yet.

- Jennifer

April 8, 2009 - 4:43 pm

Jenn - I just seen how I said due…I’m losing it !


A Day For Kids… But Not For Turkeys


I don’t know about other states, but in Virginia there is a day just for children to turkey hunt.



It’s the first Saturday before turkey season officially begins and my girls are counting down the days.



The Cotton Husband has promised to take them and though he cannot carry a gun that day he’s looking forward to spending time with Pumpkin and Sweetpea.



My Pumpkin is rarin’ to go. Everywhere we go these days she’s staring out of the window trying to spot gobblers and hens and thinking about her “strategy” for that day.

Ahhhh… country girls. They really are a different breed.

March 25, 2009 - 9:34 am

Carrie T - I’ll be sure to stay inside on Saturday! lol

March 25, 2009 - 10:10 am

Caution - It just seems like an oxymoron: children’s hunting. Of course, I sent my 11 year old out last fall. Maybe I am the oxymoron.

March 25, 2009 - 2:21 pm

Jamie - Here in Arkansas, we have a weekend before deer season starts just for the kids. :) I don’t know about turkey season…but I know my oldest is beyond ready…he has been practicing his turkey calling!

March 25, 2009 - 2:25 pm

Nancy T - Wow! It’s hard to believe how diverse this great big country is – here on the west coast we’d have to send our kids ‘hunting’ for turkey in the grocery store because that’s where all our turkeys live. Well, there and various sports bars …

I love the turkey pictures!

March 25, 2009 - 2:33 pm

the Cotton Wife - “Well, there and various sports bars …”

Nancy, we have a bunch of turkeys there too! Always struttin’ around. :)

March 25, 2009 - 3:39 pm

Lisha - So what do the kids actually do? Chase them down, entice them into a trap, take their pop guns out and pop them?? It’s all new to me. We have scrub turkeys that run wild in the outer suburban areas here in coastal areas of Australia, but I don’t think we are allowed to touch them, they are protected. I think they are a little scrawny to eat too!

March 25, 2009 - 4:06 pm

the Cotton Wife - Lisha,

They wait for the turkeys to come out – they entice them out with some sort of call… then they pop them. :)

The wild turkey around here can be a little tough to eat – some people have marinades and tenderizers that have been family secrets for years and years.

- Jennifer

March 26, 2009 - 2:07 pm

Fencepost - I hope the girls bag a turkey. The Cotton Husband will be so proud.
And I hope you have or can get one of the tenderizer secrets, too.
Let us know how it turns out!!

March 26, 2009 - 8:41 pm

Kath - What a neat idea. I dont think SD has such a day for kids to hunt. But then I would be the last to know as my hubs is not a hunter.

I made the girls take the gun safety course right along with the boys. It is a highlight in their life. Of course having a better aim than most boys in the class helped to sweeten it for them. LOL

Happy turkey hunting!!!! :)

March 27, 2009 - 9:27 am - Awesome! Can’t wait to see the pictures!!!

Too cool!


March 27, 2009 - 3:08 pm

Jamie - Okay, Hubs confirmed, we do have a youth turkey hunt and it is next weekend! Which is also the start of Tball season…of which Hubs is a coach. *sigh* My poor turkey hunters!

March 28, 2009 - 3:09 pm

The proud daddyDana - Hah! Well, you’ll be glad to know that my daughter has the training to kill a lot of turkeys! :) ‘Course, she’s not a kid anymore.


Why I Don’t Post More Recipes

This was a three layer chocolate cake.


Now it’s a two layer (really ugly, but tasty) chocolate cake.

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And that’s why the recipe section of my site is pretty darned bare.

March 24, 2009 - 4:10 pm

carrielt - Grab a fork and dig in. :)

March 24, 2009 - 6:20 pm

Karen - All that matters is how it tastes! I once dropped a whole roasted chicken on the floor that I was suppose to cook for guests. I ended up ordering pizza. Sometimes you just have to laugh it off and be thankful it’s great blog fodder.

March 24, 2009 - 7:03 pm

Lisha - Presentation isn’t everything, it’s how it tastes that matters. To me that looks delicious.

March 25, 2009 - 3:58 am

Fencepost - Been there, done that.
Yep…had my share of “flops”.

March 25, 2009 - 5:44 am

Kath - Flops taste good too. My kids love flops as they know they can dig in and it doesnt have to be saved for whatever reason!!!!

March 25, 2009 - 5:57 am

the Cotton Wife - Thanks for the support!! I’m glad to know I’m not alone.

I felt so bad because CH requested a chocolate cake *just* for him (meaning – “Don’t make cupcakes”) – you can see his initials in M&M’s – and this is what happened. He’d better still eat it!!


March 25, 2009 - 7:05 am

Liz A. - One time the top layer of just a plain old Duncan Hines yellow cake split into quarters as soon as I added it on top of the other one. I blamed it on the humid Georgia summer.

March 25, 2009 - 10:08 am

Klutzy Mama - We’d totally eat that! We don’t care how stuff looks around here.

March 25, 2009 - 11:52 am

Susan Marie - I’ve had so many flops with layer cakes, I don’t even mess with ‘em anymore!