Saturday, January 31, 2009

A Victory Lunch....

It is Saturday once again, and against our better judgements, we let the boys play their basketball games this morning. Brendan's fever broke yesterday afternoon and they both had a decent night sleep med free, so with lots of begging, we said yes to their pleas to play!

Every now and then, because they are on different teams due to age, they have games at the same time, different schools. This morning was one of these mornings; so Ryan went with Brendan and I took Colin.

Brendan ready to go...

Off they go...

Here we go...

Sadly, since we were at 2 different school and only 1 camera, Colin was the only one to get some action shots! Here is one of him on big D!
Great block...

Both boys contributed to their team's victories, even under the weather!
Way to go boys....
Here they are enjoying their victory lunch of McDonald's! Yummy!

Until next Saturday...

Wishing you a bouncing week!

Friday, January 30, 2009

1 sickie + 1 sickie = No School

Well, we may have no snow, but we do have sick! Colin has been under the weather for the past couple of days with a nasty cough and congestion and just down right feeling yucky. And Brendan woke up this morning with a sore throat and fever feeling equally yucky! So my 2 boys are down for the count... in bed, under the covers and resting. Hopefully it won't last too long, cuz as that commercial goes, I don't have time for the flu!!
Pray for us to get better soon!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

SSOOO...Whatchya Think?

So...last week Alicia over at More Than Words had a great give away commemorating her 250th post. Congrats again, by the way!...And for the winner of her give away, she gave away a blog make over! Congrats to Lisa at Family Life, now titled God, Family, Life... in that order, for winning the give away. I was so excited for Lisa and her new makeover looks awesome! And then as I was skimming my facebook account, I looked up and I had a message in my inbox. And low and behold...who is it from, but my good bloggy friend Alicia! And the message said that she felt in her heart that she wanted me to have a blog make over too! Can you believe it?! What an awesome bloggy friend!! SSSOOOO....
She got me in touch with Tara over at Blog Makeovers by Tara and she hooked me up! She was so patient with all my newbie bloggy questions and worked with me to make my blog the way that I envisioned it! If you are thinking about having your blog made over, I highly recommend Tara! She is having a sale until February 1 and all of her makeovers are half off! HALF OFF I go check her out and let her know I sent ya!!
So if ya like it, leave me some bloggy comment love and if ya don't, then just go away!! (j/k)

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

i {heart} faces!

i heart faces is a photography blogsite that hosts weekly photo contests of faces for both kids & adults. This weeks contest theme is "JOY".

Here is a picture of Brendan just after losing another tooth!
He is so 'joyful' that the tooth fairy will soon be visiting!!

To join in the fun & enter just visit their blog here.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Time for 'Not Me!' Monday...

Well here it is Monday once again and time for the cheapest therapy around! Have a laugh on my account, cuz these are some of the things that I did not do this past week...
1. It was not me who baked a dozen chocolate chip cookies each night, for them to be gone by morning. I have way more self control and will power than that. I am trying to watch what I eat ya know!
2. It was not me who watched The Cinderella Story AGAIN this past Saturday. I did not watch it twice the Saturday before either. That is just ridiculous; I have much better things to do with my time than to watch the same movie over and over and over again!
3. It was not me who accepted to be the chair person for our school's family valentine's day dance. I really have the time and all the resources in the 3 weeks to pull this thing off! I am not crazy or anything and I know how to say the word NO!
4. It was not me who spent way to much time on facebook this past week. I am not addicted to either blogging and now facebook. I do not spend way too much time on the computer. I do not need to go to a support group to break this nasty habit.
5. It was not me who instant messaged with an old boyfriend last week for 3 hours while my hubby was in the same room making fun of me. I really do not have that much time on my hands!
6. It was not me who was so impatient that when I saw the line in both the drive thru and the dining room at Jack In The Box, bribed my kids with chocolate chip cookies to come home and have scrambled eggs for dinner! I am a much better mom than that and know what I am going to make for dinner way in advance! I am way more organized!
Well there you have it...everything (well a lot of things anyways) that I did not do this past week! What didn't you do? Be sure to check out MckMama for more fun!
And until next Monday, it wasn't me...I swear!!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Saturday Night Sleep Over and some Awards...

Last night, Ryan headed to the High School for the annual Sr. Night Lock in. This is the night were the upcoming seniors take control and leadership of the team. Ryan had to be to the school at 3pm for the 4pm arrival of the new crew! They did lots of team building activities along with eating and some male bonding time!! And in between caught a few hours of shut eye!

I had promised the boys that the night that their daddy was away, they could have a friend spend the night; Terrell was dropped off about 4:30pm and the fun began!

The boys playing football on the Wii
Late night snack...yummy cereal
Late night movie
Watching cartoons in my bed!
They camped out in the living room and of course, woke up at the butt crack of dawn. After a morning of video games, football and cartoon watching, we headed off to church! Fun times had by all 3 boys!

Many thanks to Lisa for these super cute awards! I love the bling! Be sure to check out her family at Family Life...she is one busy momma with her 4 kids!!

If you would like to grab these cuties for your blog...please feel free! Let me know, so I can come check'em out!
Happy Rest of Your Weekend!
And I need to do a shout out for MiMi as well...Thanks chica for redoing my header and blog background!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Just Another Saturday...

So our Saturday started out like any other Saturday morning during basketball season, only today was picture day as well! Colin & I were up and out of the house at 8:15 am for his pictures to be back home by 9:15 am. I dropped him off with Ryan and picked up Brendan to head back for his pictures at 10:00am. While I was at pictures with Brendan, Ryan took Colin to his 10:00 am game. We made it to Colin's game for about the last 5 minutes...I was able to get a few shots of Colin's game...

Colin playing some O...Throwing the ball in...
Throw it to me, throw it to me...
Colin has the ball if you can't tell!
Colin playing a little D...would you take a look at the girl he had to defend!
Lunch Time...
Grandpa with the boys...
The gang after lunch...Grandma & Grandpa along with Uncle Jimmy & Aunt Marue came to both boys' games and lunch...
Brendan's turn...
Throwing the ball in...
Playing a little D...
Some more D...
Brendan playing a little O

So there you have it...another Saturday with the McCrakens! Now I am home with the boys and a friend of theirs who is spending the night and Ryan is at the high school with the seniors from his football team for their annual Sr. lock-in for team building.
Hope you had a fun and exciting day too!
And oh by the way...both boys lost their games...better luck next week!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Alicia is Having a Contest & I Wanna Win!

OK, So Alicia at More than Words just posted her 250th post! Yay Alicia! And she is having a give away...that's right, you read it right, a GIVE AWAY! What is she giving away you ask...A BLOG MAKEOVER! And I want to I am posting about it to get another entry into her contest, but don't you dare enter because I WANT TO WIN!!!! No really...go check her out, cuz she is awesome and I am gonna win anyways!

Another Moment I Am Gonna Miss...

I love to look over and see Ryan and the boys just laying around! We don't have many of these days and I know as the boys grow up, these times will be few and in between. I love the relationship that Ryan has with the boys and I only hope and pray that is continues to be like that as Brendan & Colin grow up.
So I will cherish these moments now, while they are still loving on their dad! For More You're Gonna Miss This, be sure to visit Pam!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

I Heart the Mailman!

So, I came home from the 100th day of school and my wonderful (lol) kindergartners to find this box in my mailbox! I heart the mailman!
When I took a closer look, I found that it was a package from Kelly over at Close to Home! A little while back, Kelly held a give away and I won, I won!!
So look at all this fun stuff she sent me....I love the matches my kitchen, awesome! And I got 2, that's right, count'em, 2 picture frames; one of which said 'Go Bucks' in it. My boys wanted to throw that one right in the garbage, but I assured them it was just a piece of paper INSIDE of the frame! And I also got a yummy smelling candle and a buckeye...a buckeye! What does one need a buckeye for anyways!?!
But anyways...Thanks..Thanks ...Thanks from the bottom of my heart!
Everything will find a good home, I am sure of it!!

AnotherDay...More Family!

Grandpa, Grandma, Uncle Jimmy, Aunt Marue
Colin & Brendan
January must be the time to visit...but I can understand...where they live it is COLD!! Sunday my Aunt Marue & Uncle Jim came to town for a visit from Virgina. They are staying with my parents and will be here for the rest of the week. And this is the week to come; today is was near 80 and it should be in the 70s for the rest of the week! So last night they dropped in for a visit and a Wii bowling game! We had lots of fun visiting, as we have not seen them in a few years! Hope they enjoy the rest of their stay and I know I have said it before...but my family is the best!

Monday, January 19, 2009

~i heart faces~

i heart faces is a photography blogsite that hosts weekly photo contests of faces for both kids & adults. This weeks contest theme is "Anything Goes," and since I love to take pictures of my kids faces...this is a wonderful & easy contest for me to enter...not so easy to win, because the other faces are so cute too.
To join in the fun & enter just visit their blog here.

My Tough Guy...01/19/09

SSOOO...What Should We Do? we had the day off of school in honor of MKL Day. We woke up this morning wanting to do some family fun, but everyone wanted to do something different. So we decided to each write down 2 things that we wanted to do and put them into a hat and draw...and what ever we picked we did! So that's what we did and here is the process...

Ryan writing his choicesColin writing his choices
Mommy & my choices
Brendan & his choices
All the choices went into the Michigan football helmet
And Daddy picked
And the winner was Movie Day!
Since going to the movies is so expensive, Colin & I headed to the 99cent video store to pick some up.
This is what we came home with....

Meet Dave &
I prepared another spread (leftover from yesterday)
and we camped out on the floor with all of the lights off to enjoy our movie.
We picked to watch Meet Dave first
The boys gave it 2 thumbs up!
What a great family fun afternoon!