Thursday, July 01, 2010


it's finally time to hit the road
we've had quite the week around here
last thursday we got a call from dan's sister, who lives with pop pop( dan's dad)
he had collapsed & the ambulance was on its way
we feared the worst

we dropped everything & headed to the emergency room
as soon as we approached the exit on the highway we knew something was wrong
police cars & lights everywhere
camera & news crews on every corner
we were forced to turn around
by the time we reached the hospital we were told they were on diversion
he had been taken some other undetermined ED
the reason...
there was a bomb threat
of course there was a bomb threat
i swear i felt like we were in a grey's anatomy episode by this time

long story short
we finally found him
he was stable
those bright blue eyes just a twinklin
he's been in the hospital all week
praise the lord he's ok
just needs a few things done, but he's ok & he's stable
dan's sister is more than capable of flying solo for the week while we're gone

savannah has had strep throat
followed by a full body rash
now she has pink eye

my computer was infected with a virus from the depths of hell
i was on the phone with my dell dudes for a total of 8 and a half hours
yep, 8.5 hours
shockingly no cuss words were said & i didn't shed a tear
please be impressed with this improved behavior

between the oil spill
alex the storm
& now the forecasted rain
this is all been quite the cocktail for worry
for this professional worrier

if you're my facebook friend
i apologize for all the grumbling

on to better things
i usually try to whip up some dips, salsa & chicken for us to snack on while we're at the beach
because mama doesn't cook on vacation
so the girls & i have spent this morning in the kitchen
oh yeah
the dishwasher died the same day my computer flipped out
please notice the new bright & shiny one

she stands on tippie toes
all the time

please excuse the dirty floor

the bean dip is fabulous
here you go:

1 can chick peas drained
1 can black beans drained
2 tomatoes diced
2 avocados cubed
2 green onions chopped
approx 6-7oz of Catalina dressing

mix & let the flavors marry overnight
i didn't add the avocado yet, will do that when we get there
serve with pita chips or whatever suits your fancy

we whipped up some more of the homemade chocolate chip muffins
from two posts ago

i take 6 boneless breasts & add chicken broth
1 can diced peppers
cumin, garlic powder, salt & pepper
& cook on low for several hours
shred apart when done
add the homemade salsa
that i'll share another time
& tada, lunch is served

praying this is what the next 8 days have to offer....



Anonymous said...

for some reason I just like this post a lot! Maybe because it feels so much like vacation is just around the corner. I will try all of your recipes! I'm not just saying that, I WILL! What a great idea. I would do this too only we're headed on a plane. But we plan to stop at trader joes and fill the fridge with all kinds of goodies which is similar, right? Are you going to miss me? I feel like we won't chat for awhile... suddenly i feel lonely. :) just kidding. Have a wonderful vacation and you know that I will be waiting to be smitten with your photos. No pressure or anything.

caroline said...

no oil=yes,yes,yes

Kelli said...

I hope your Pop Pop feels better soon. I know exactly how you feel with the worrying...I pray you have a beautiful trip and get to enjoy the place you love. I'm so proud of how you handled the computer situation!!!

tara said...

Goodness that is alot in one week, I tell ya when it rains it pours doesn't it, it seems you have weathered the storm and ready for your vacation...enjoy your time and I do hope your daughter and your father in law are feeling much better!! happy 4th of July Paige!! xo

Susan R said...

If bad things come in threes you should be set. Crazy though.
I hope Dan's father will be okay. What does he need to have done? Heart problems?
My dishwasher is on it's last legs too, I'm feeling something new and fun coming my way.
Once again Miss C on those toes. I swear she would be a great ballerina. She has the strength and legs for it.
I hope you enjoy your vacation. NO OIL!

Shannon said...

Sounds like quite a week, I bet you are more than ever ready for this vacation now! I'm glad Pop-Pop is okay and I will be trying a few of these recipes for our upcoming week at the beach.
Have a wonderful vacation!

Lolo @ The Adventures of Stig and Lolo said...

Wow....if ever anyone was due a vacation, it is you girlie!
Glad to hear that all is well with PopPop. Those kind of calls can sure make your heart palpitate!

Thanks for the bean dip recipe - Im gonna do that up!

Have an amazing and relaxing 4th of July....


Between You and Me said...

could read your posts

have so much fun on vacation...praying it's better than you even dream it will be.

so sorry for all the health issues in your family....

i'm your blog friend that totally appreciates the fact that you didn't cry or cuss at all the drama.

and, the fact that you dropped the name of my favorite brainless tv show, grey's anatomy, makes me love you all the more.

take lots of pictures and post them so we can stand in awe of your picture takin' skillZ

Jeanne Oliver said...

Have a wonderful time!!! I used to be on my tip toes ALL of the time when I was little (and sometimes even now):-)

Wendy said...

I so hope you have a wonderful vacation...certainly sounds like you could use one.

(Love that picture of Caroline on tippie toes....that was always me as a kid....still is sometimes, although I admit, I get some strange looks when I do it in public...even though I'm short.)

Alecia said...

Awwww! Have fun! I hope there are clear skies and clean water to play in. The recipes sound delish! Glad pop pop is ok...and YES it did sound like you were in an episode of Grey's Anatomy...LOL! Have a blast...can't wait to hear all about it! :-)

Molly said...

Paige, I hope you and your family have a WONDERFUL, BEAUTIFUL and RELAXING week in Seaside! I hope it's filled with NO oil, just lots of sunshine and some of the best food and fun you've ever had! Then, please come back (with lots of pictures) and tell us all about it! :)

vintage girl at heart said...

Have fun and enjoy your vacation!!!

vintage girl at heart said...

Oh and glad POP POP is doing well and in good hands....

Dawn said...

oh... sounds like quite a week. i'm glad you have vacation to look forward to. to get you through. love your snacky tips! i sure hope the gulf will be crysal clear where you are headed :) if not, just keep on driving south... it is beautiful here!

Faded Plains said...

What a week for you...but it sounds like things are getting better. Here's hoping you and your family have a wonderful summer.

Jboo said...

Have a great time!! So glad that Dan's father is doing well! Your food sounds and looks wonderful. Somehow, I'm thinking that the beach sounds better than the Windy City! :)


Anonymous said...

wishing you sunny days for your vactaion and wonderful pictures to cherish ...and good health for your father-in-law.

Kristin said...

Praying your trip beautiful, oil free, peaceful and just smile filled amazing!

Anonymous said...

I hope you have a wonderful time! Be safe and RELAX!! I wanted to tell you that you talked to my best girlfriend on the phone yesterday...Donna Harrell! Such a small world. She called you about the New Jersey print. It was amazing how we put that together! Will have to tell you when you get back!! Be safe! April


I'm not sure why but my last comment said Anonymous! Just wanted to make sure you knew it was April....Two Sisters! ;-)

Farmgirl Paints said...

Peace to you sweet girl. Hope your vacation is everything you need and so much more.

Oh and I think I'm a professional worrier too. When did that happen, and how do we make it stop???

We leave tomorrow too. off to colorado to visit family...the new step dad. Can you say awkward:)

Julie said...

so glad pop pop is okay.

Hope you have a wonderful time! Can't wait to hear all about it. :)


3 Peanuts said...

I hope your vacation is exactly what you are dreming of paige.

Lots of love,


P.S. I adore your dirty floors....makes me feel SO SO much better about mine;)

Nancy said...

So glad you are still going, have a beautiful, peaceful time :)

Sibi said...

Here is my vacation prayer for you.....

May the only rain you experience be the showers of the supernatural favor and the goodness of the Lord.

May the only oil that comes near your family be the holy oil and sweet fragrant presence of the Holy Spirit.

May the only wind that tries to make an appearance during this special week be the breath of God who has the ability to breathe life giving recompense and resurrection power upon your amazing family.

May the Father knit the six of you together in a new way this week. May there be a new closeness and a new intimacy within your for another like never before.

May people bend over backwards to help you and assist you and just bless you and your family in words and ways that you have never experienced before.

May you and your precious Husband have time to come to know each other in new ways and may He pour out the anointing of love upon the two of you like never before.

May that supernatural agape love and the anointing literally pour onto your girls and ultimately onto every single person whose paths you may cross so that they may know, that they know that they know
that there is a God. A daddy who loves them....

No matter the rain.

No matter the oil.

No matter the storms.

No matter the circumstances......

And may you see for yourself this week the tremendous ministry your family is already walking in and the incredible call the six of you have on your lives.......

Love and Light,


Leslie said...

Oh how you need this vacation! I am so jealous! I would do anything to be back there again! I pray that all the stars will line up and that you will have a wonderful time and make some more great memories in your beloved getaway spot! Think of me when you visit all of my new favorite places! Have a rootbeer float shaved ice for me! Travel safe sweetie! Glad you enjoyed your little goodies!

Jen Kershner said...

I hope you have the loveliest of vacations girl! I am extremely impressed with your will power in the crying/swearing department. I think you are a better person them me!

Seizing My Day said...

I can never imagine you using curse words and crying! you seem so calm and collected... that part made me giggle... (secret... I have been known to respond in that not so calm way sometimes too... usually after emotional stress... but there has been improvement for me too)... Cheers to you! I understand that victory! =)

I hope the beach is clean and you do find that blissful peace... the beach brings me blissful peace too! three more weeks until we get to see the beach! =) relax and enjoy!

Love Being A Nonny said...

Peace to you...for eight days and more!

Privet and Holly said...

In the graph that is our life, there are ALWAYS weeks like this....the low points, you know? But now your graph is heading up as you head out to the beach! All of your stuff sounds yummy! Most of all, the peace of the ocean sounds the best. Enjoy every moment!!! xx Suzanne PS: Love the tip-toes....

Shannan Martin said...

She wins the gold for cutest tippy toes!

Lou said...

Hi Paige - everytime I see a picture of your tippy-toes girl it makes my heart melt. There is something so wonderfully innocent about that shot. I just love it. It sounds as if things are being sent to try you at the moment - here's hoping that passes. You are so lucky to be going away on vacation - I am on a count-down to mine. Just need some time away...
Take the very best care,
Louise x

Jerri said...

Glad Dan's dad is going to be ok....may your time at our favorite beach be everything you hope and dream and need!...can't wait to hear all about it...sorry the past week was blah but you're a winner always!

Lorie said...

Its a beautiful Saturday morning and I just found your sweet blog from Lori Lucas' blog and I spent a sweet hour or longer reading and I just enjoyed my coffee and thought this morning was a blessing.I'll definitely be back.I think I needed some inspiration to get better at paying attention to my blog and at yours I found some!
Be blessed!

Jessica said...

Have a wonderful vacation! I love the idea of making all kinds of food before hand, and it all sounds fabulous.

My friends little girl is on her tippy toes all of the time, it is the cutest thing : )

Cstargel said...

Praying for a peaceful week in your happy place!

Shaz said...

Hi there from Melbourne Australia, I often read your blog (it is on my sidebar) - I have left comments before but not for a while. I just wanted to say hi, and your blog just makes me smile - thank you

christina said...

have a wonderful time, my friend. : )
i must try the bean dip. yummy.

christina said...

ps: prayers for your Pop Pop, going up. xo

Tina said...

Hope you are having a very well deserved break Paige! What a week!! I hope your father-in-law is doing well. Can't wait to hear all about your holiday. ENJOY ~ Tina xx

Suzanne said...

I should have seen this post sooner...and been praying for you sooner too. That's why I need to keep my blog friends close to me in prayer all the time...just in case:)

Yet you found time to give us yummy recipes. Thank you!

Your photos are all so beautiful. Your blog inspires me each and every time...and I need that right now, just being diagnosed with MS. Not to whine...because life...and especially GOOD!
I hope you're at the beach right now and having a fabulous time and your family is healing nicely!!!

SoSoBella said...

enjoy. i know you will.
we make that dip too. only we put roasted corn in it from trader joes. yummy. it sure is good with some tortilla chips :O)
relaxation. smiles. laughter. good eats. and family. can't wait to see your pictures.

Anonymous said...

hey friend! i miss you! i hope you had a fabulous vacation! what a time you had before but i hope you got to relax and enjoy some sweet family time! xoxo