Thursday, November 13, 2008

Groovy Gobbler

or Turkey Dressing part deux.
You may remember from last year that Macklin had to disguise
a turkey so that he would not get eaten for Thanksgiving.
We disguised him as Santa Claus last year.
This year she was given the same assignment and we had to out do last year (of course).
This is what we came up with.....

She is hoping to win a prize! (but she is not sure there is a contest :0) )

I have never baked a turkey in my life but if your turkey needs a beaded wig this holiday season, I'm your girl!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Happy Veteran's Day

Thanks to all who have served and defended our country so that we may enjoy the freedoms that we have.
Let us not ever take them for granted.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008


Do your part!
Go Vote!

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Happpy Halloweeeen!

We joined the Gibson's for the 3rd annual Trick or Treat fest. The daddies took the kids out and Jana and I stayed at their house to pass out candy. Jeff and Dann were much more ambitious and took them to tons more houses than Jana and I ever have. The kids literally had all the candy they could carry. Dann reports that Sophie want to crawl the last half of the block! Even with all the sugar, everyone slept very well last night :0). Enjoy the photos of the skateboarder, Egyptian, cheerleader and transformers!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Well, at least it is not broken

This afternoon Macklin had an unfortunate tree house-wasp-shirt getting stuck on the ladder-falling and the ladder falling on her-hitting her head and injuring her arm incident.

She came thru the Bynums yard screaming and could not be consoled for awhile.

Now, Macklin has a tendency to lay a bit on the dramatic side of life but when it comes to injuries she is usually one tough cookie.

I really cannot recall a time that she cried that hard over being hurt. This includes the time her teeth bit thru her lip. So, needless to say, I was sure she had broken her arm.

We met Dann at the Tennessee Urgent Care (it was 6pm)to have it x-rayed. By the time she was seen she had decided that she would choose a pink cast and that Elijah could be the first person to sign it.

Well, the good news is that it is not broken, but the doctor said the muscle is bruised. She has to wear a sling for five days and then go back for an evaluation. After telling the doctor that she wanted to see the pictures of her arm (he immediately apologized and went and got them) she was a little disappointed to find that the slings only come in a drab blue. I assured her that we could dress it up some how.....this is what we came up with!

She went to bed with a sore arm but a smile on her face!

She is sure that she will have the cutest sling in school tomorrow!

Thursday, September 25, 2008


At least in my world!
Dann is involved in a local theater production of The Music Man that opens tonight.
The above photo was on the cover of the Rutherford Weekend today.
The show runs tonight thru Sunday and Oct. 2-5th. Tickets are available at

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Our "Zooper" Day

Ha, ha, ha.....sorry, I couldn't resist the pun! The kids had a 1/2 day off from school yesterday so we took advantage of the beautiful day to go to the zoo! A good time was had by all!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008


I just wrote a note to Macklin's teacher apologizing for her behavior at school today.
She got a smiley face instead of a star.
Her trouble?
She was dancing in the hallway!
Now obedience is expected at all times (though never accomplished 100% of the time) especially at school, but I'll admit that today's offense made me a little sad.
Wouldn't the world be a little better place if the rules were that we could all
take the time to dance when we were in the mood?
In the meantime we can just let Macklin do the dancing for us! (just not at school :0) )

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

A Really Good Photo

I received the following photo via email yesterday. My Uncle Vern took the photo the last time they were here. I don't know which is more precious.......the photo of her grubby hands fearlessly holding the frog or the words he wrote about her:
"Looking at this picture, One would assume that they are looking at the hands of some adolesent boy doing what boys do. But in reality they are the hands of my favorite tom-boy, Macklin Zehr my great-niece, and she is indeed a GREAT NIECE !"
I am very grateful for a family who are crazy about my kids and love them each just the way they are!

Monday, September 08, 2008

It's Baseball Time in Tennesseeeeeeee!!!!

At least for our family. EBZ moved up yet another league (11 and 12 year olds). They can play in the league that their age will fit come spring. Balls are pitched a little faster and everything is a little harder. His team is doing well (2 -1) and the team of boys that have played together for a while are back together after being split onto two teams last season. It is so awesome to watch them work as a true team....making double plays, picking off runners trying to steal bases and stealing plenty of bases themselves! E has had some great hits and has played right field, left field, shortstop and second base so far. It is shaping up to be a great season! As you tell by the photos, the girls make their own fun!

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Happy Grandparents Day!

Grannie Annie, Papa Ben, Gramma and Granpa
We love you!

Thursday, August 28, 2008


The other day I came home and checked my caller id and this is what I found........

He did not leave a message!

Maybe he has heard about the stellar job that I do playing the evil stepmother when the girls play princesses!

I guess if Peter Pan and Tinker Bell start calling I will really get concerned!

Friday, August 22, 2008

Happy Birthday Daddy!

From your two greatest accomplishments!
We love you!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

School Rules

Our school year has started off great! We have had happy mornings (for the most part) and fun times in the afternoons. Everyone is adjusting well to their new teachers and I am adjusting to my new little Pre-K students.

I'll admit I am struggling with the whole 5th grade thing. I am okay with the 2nd grade and 3 year old class placements because that is still young sounding. 5th grade just seems so baby is growing up.......I feel like we are on the verge of something......honestly, I know we are.

They are all growing up so fast (too fast) but I am learning to smile thru the tears in my heart and cheer them on to new adventures. Motherhood is not for sissies!

Anyway, enough sap. I'll just close by saying that they brought home their TCAP scores from the end of last year. I am pretty sure I'm raising geniuses :0)!

My 2nd and 5TH GRADER!
Sweetie Sophie
Cupcake treats from one of my students

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Happy Anniversary!

My parents have been married 40 years today! My dad likes to say that they got married when they were 10 :0) Truthfully, they were not much older at 18. I am blessed to come from a home with parents who love each other and their kids unconditionally. They are shaping up to be pretty awesome grandparents too! Happy Anniversary! We love you!

P.S. Happy Anniversary to my Aunt Linda and Uncle Mike too! They got married 38 (I think) years ago today! We love you too!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Hanging Around

If you happen to need some coffee and go into Espresso Joe's in Smyrna be sure to admire two watercolors in particular that adorn the walls.......
You just might know the artist!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Just Desserts!

Okay, we actually had dinner first. Macklin (with her lovely assistant Sophie) made dessert tonight. It's amazing what you can make out of some pastry shells, pudding cups and cool-whip! They used the grater to grate some chocolate to make them pretty and then topped them with raspberries. They were tasty too! I may have some Marthas (or Rachels) on my hands. Now if they could only learn to cook dinner..........

Thursday, July 17, 2008


Why, in my girls world of make believe, are they the princesses, Dann and Elijah are the princes and I get to be the STEPMOTHER? I am trying hard not to be insulted.......I guess it is better that being the evil witch passing out the poison apples!

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

The Widow

Macklin: "Mom, my Barbie is pregnant. She's having a baby."

Me: "Where is her husband?"

Macklin: "Oh, she does not have a husband."

Me: "Why not?" (I am a little apprehensive to hear her answer)

Macklin: "He's dead.....he got a heart attack."

Well all right then! No one can say she lacks imagination!

Friday, July 04, 2008

Happy 4th of July!

We had a great 4th of July swimming at the Y, taking naps and going to Murfreesboro to watch fireworks. We hope yours was fun too!

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Making Headlines

Honestly, didn't we all know it would just be a matter of time?

Macklin got her name in the paper!

Fortunately, it was for a local interest story and I knew it was coming! The article is in today's Tennessean paper ( but the interview actually took place on Tuesday.
Jana, Joy, Laura and myself and our 12 kids (yes 12) went to Mckay's used bookstore (a really great place) and then planned to go to the Bicentennial Mall for lunch, the farmer's market and playing in the fountains. Well, when we got there we discovered that the fountains are under repair.
We had 12 sets of eyes looking at us in disappointment, so we just decided to make the best of it.
We found a shady spot and unpacked lunches. While we were eating a girl approached us and identified herself as a reporter from the Tennessean. She asked if we were here to play in the fountains and when we told her yes she asked if she could ask us some questions.
We agreed and the first question she had was if we were a DAY CAMP! "Um, no ma'am these are our children." She seemed slightly embarrassed but we assured her that it was okay, we knew that there were lots of them.
Anyway, she asked to interview one of the children and Macklin eagerly volunteered.

So, that's the story of how Macklin got her name in the paper.
It's not likely to be her last ;0)!
The Interview
The broken fountains

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

A 6 Word Memoir

A blessed, happy wife and mother.
I was tagged by Amy to complete a six word memoir. No small task since I tend to go on and on about things. The sentence really sums up my place in life right now and I can truly say I wouldn't have made it here without the benefits of a very happy childhood filled with lots of family and fun. The examples the women in my family set before me made me who I am today as a wife and mother and for that I am truly grateful. They showed me how to have fun in the good times and how to make it thru the bad times with strength and dignity. I love them all dearly!
OK, 'nuff mush.....I tag.....
Jana (your first tag :0) )
Amanda (even though she hates tags)
Michale (I know you are out there)
Andie (I am much better than when I saw you in Target)
Ruth (shouldn't be a problem you're good at this stuff)

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Saturday, May 31, 2008

Monday, May 26, 2008

Were they callin' for rain?????

This was my Memorial Day Project.
But sadly, I was interrupted by a monsoon! So I spent some time putzing around Pioneer Woman cooks. This is the result:
The recipes are cheese and olive bread, Marlboro Man's 2ND favorite sandwich (the chicken, we didn't eat it on a bun) and bacon wrapped, stuffed jalapeno thingys. We will be scheduling our EKG's first thing in the morning! ~Happy Memorial Day!~

Friday, May 23, 2008

And the awards go to.......

The Zehr kids! Elijah and Macklin had awards day school this week. Elijah received awards for Outstanding Achievement in Social Studies, Top 5 in multiplication and division and Outstanding Achievement in the Science bowl. He also received a plaque for being on the Principal's List (straight A's) the entire year! Macklin received awards in 1st Grade Spelling, 1st Grade Reading (the speediest) and Hand Writing Mechanics (the irony overwhelms me.....I thought she was taking after me on this one, clearly she has overcome her genetic predisposition for terrible handwriting!). She also received an Outstanding Achievement award for being on the Honor Roll all year! After Macklin's award ceremony we went to her class room for a presentation of the play Alphabet Zoo. Macklin's role was Elmer the Elephant, the narrator. She gets her acting genes from her Aunt Amanda who also served as the narrator in her first grade play :0)~ I really could go on and on about their teachers. They have been such a blessing to our family and truly work to make a difference in the lives of children. Now.....let SUMMER BREAK begin!

Thursday, May 22, 2008

SHHH.......Don't Tell!

I just had to show everyone the paint cans I made for EBZ, AMZ and ASZ's teachers. They each got to choose which one they wanted for their teacher. Sophie has 4 teachers and Ms. Jamie (her tumbling teacher), so she had the most choices. Now we just have to buy something to fill them up! Many thanks to Jana for the idea and lesson. Maybe one day she could start a craft blog..........:0)!

~Have a great day!~

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Makin' the best of it!

A well coordinated outfit with some sassy boots can make a yucky day much brighter!