Sunday, May 30, 2010

It's been a while... a long while...

It has been FOREVER since I have blogged. I lost my domain and it went into vault, and Godaddy wanted 80 bucks to get it out and renew... ummmm... no thanks.

The first two days of summer have been GREAT! We are enjoying every minute. There is so much going on but I love that. We are heading to our local waterpark... Schlitterbahn tomorrow. The kids are so excited.

Brayden ended the school year with a great report card. We are so very proud. We just need to work on his organization. Poor kid... between daddy and I..... he doesn't have a chance at organization. Justin and I promised each other we would get more organized and set a good example.

Bailee is great also. She amazes us with the things she says and does. She is definitely a girl though. The other day while riding in the car...... we hear "Mommy, Bubba is looking out my window." I could have fainted. In my ever so motherly voice.... I said... "Are you kidding me? Get over it!" She hasn't said it again, thank goodness. Then other times she will do something and end it with ha ha. Such as..... look at what I have Bubba, ha ha... it is so very frustrating. She is always trying to one up him. I have tried telling her that ha ha is not nice. She is getting better at not saying it..... we shall see. The difference in a boy and girl just amazes me... Brayden could care less about who looks out his window, if his clothes match, or if his underwear is a certain color.... but Bailee.... she cares.... very much so and lets it be known. Yesterday I was in the kitchen and I realized how quiet it was.... I immediately had that sick feeling in my stomach... it is NEVER quiet in this house... I went to the back porch and asked Brayden if he had seen his sister or knew where she was... he hadn't seen her in a while... I went to search for her and found her asleep on the bathroom rug. It was precious. I had to snap a pic. I woke her up to get her in her bed and she didn't want to move. So... she napped in the bathroom. :)

I did want everyone to know that ordered Scentsy product for Grey's Gift back in January, the quilt that Nicole had made out of Grey's clothing and blankets, will be ready in the next month. I will post pics of it as soon as it comes in. I can't wait for everyone to see the special quilt that they played a part in.

That's all for my updating..... at this point..... time for bed! Got to get up early and head to the waterpark!

Here is sleeping beauty... on the bathroom floor!

Here is a pic of Brayden and his buddy Colton at the 1st grade awards. You are looking at most athletic and most artistic.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010


I am so excited so announce that $380.18 was raised for Grey's Gift through the Scentsy Fundraiser!

It breaks down like this:
25% of sales: $293.84
Wholesale volume bonus: $35.28
Bonus from my team: $51.06

Total =$380.18

That is more than I thought I would be able to donate. So many of you placed orders through my website and in person and I am so very very grateful!

The funds will be used to pay for a quilt for Greyson's family. The quilt will be made using Greyson's blankets and clothes.

Thanks to each and every one of you for your purchases and for those that were not able to make a purchase.... thank you for your prayers!

After the quilt is made and delivered..... I will get pictures of it and post them!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010


The Scentsy Grey's Gift Fundraiser was a success, I believe! I don't have exact numbers yet, but I believe I will be able to give the Morris family a check for $300-$350! My goal was $200 and I am so excited to be able to give more. I couldn't have done it without all those that ordered! Thank you for your contribution. I will have exact numbers on Feb. 10th. I will also give the Morris family a list of those that placed orders! There were a bunch! I can't wait until the quilt is finished and to be able to share pics on my blog.

Things around the Dunlap household have been great. Justin just yesterday, got a newer truck. Poor guy, he will be 32 on Saturday and he is just now driving a nice truck.... not that we are materialistic.... but it is nice to see your hard work pay off. For those of you that knew his old truck.... you know he desperately needed a new one! We got an incredible deal from a salesman at Grande Ford in San Antonio.... his name is Pat Clarkson. It was an amazing experience and exactly how purchasing a vehicle should be. He even delivered it here for us! Reminds me of the good ol' days. My family in South Texas have been dealing with him for over 30 years..... trust me..... you wouldn't believe the deal we got. The people at our credit union were amazed and asked if they had any idea what the value was before they sold it to us!

I have quite a few photo sessions coming up and have even been asked about wedding photography! I would give anything to be able to do it full time. For now, I am enjoying and improving.

Justin and his dad are slowly getting out of the sheep business. They have already sold half of their flock. With all that Justin has going on..... it just got to a point where he couldn't devote the time he wants to at this point. Between ag teaching, new business ventures, hunting and fishing.... it just got to be too much. I just about fell over when he told me that they were considering this. I never in a million years thought he would give that up. We still have approx. 4o sheep and will be lambing them soon. That should be interesting! We are working hard on potty training Bailee. Whoever dreamed that the sight of poo in the potty would have the whole family jumping for joy?

This past weekend, the grandparents watched the kiddos and Justin and I were able to get away for a night. My mom booked us a room at the Hyatt Hill Country Resort and Spa for both of our birthdays. It was incredible. Saturday evening we went out to dinner and then headed back to the room to watch Couple's Retreat. I don't remember the last time we have laughed like that in a movie. We absolutely loved it! Sunday morning we awoke to breakfast. We had ordered it the night before. It was delicious. Justin kept choking on it though, because it set us back $45.00, of course at the time.... we didn't realize my mom had covered that too! We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and missed the kids tons. It was only for one night..... but it only takes one night to realize the blessings that you have. At times, those blessings can exhaust you.... but time away allows you this realization.

Show season officially starts tomorrow with turkeys in S.A. For the next 2 1/2 months.... daddy is going to be running ragged with very little time spent at home. Tonight he was able to come home early and he spent most of the night wrestling with the kids. There is NOTHING like fixing dinner and hearing the laughter of your husband and children. That is complete and utter happiness!

Well.... time to head to bed. Thought I would post a quick update before heading off..... didn't turn out so quick! Good night!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Grey's Gift Fundraiser Update

Well we are half way through the month...... so far $468.00 worth of Scentsy product has been ordered. My commission is 25%. As of today, that is $117.00 that will be donated to Grey's Gift. Every little bit counts.... but we are a ways from where I was hoping we would be at this point. BUT, I have faith that we will be well pass that amount at the end of this month!

I want to thank all of you who have ordered. I know being right after Christmas, we are all struggling. But it means the world to The Morris' and I, that you are participating. Those of you that are not able to place an order, I ask for your prayers, that the money donated to The Morris' will be plenty to cover the quilt and then more. Every time I check the order history and see a new order placed, my heart skips a beat..... it means that Grey's family is a step closer to being able to wrap themselves up in his clothes and blankets.

Please, please, please spread the word and help us achieve our goal! What is my goal you may ask? I am hoping and praying for at least $300.00. We are almost half way there AND half way through the month..... it WILL happen!

Place your order here below..... thanks!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Vote for Greyson's Law on Inspriational Quilt

Please visit the website of the new movie Extraordinary Measures. Click on the Inspirational Quilt tab at top of page. Look for Greyson on page 2 of quilt. Please vote for him by clicking on his square. The story with the most votes receives $10,000 for their charity and publicity.... that is what we need for newborn screening awareness.

My new FAVORITE song.... from a teacher's perspective

This morning I hear about a new song that was something about pants sagging. Being a middle school teacher.... this is one of my pet peeves. I am sooooo tired of seeing students' boxers hanging out for all to see..... some wearing the same ones EVERY day..... I mean come on.... the way the walk with their legs spread far out.... just so their pants don't fall down. I am sure they think we are just "old" folks that don't have any idea of style. I remember thinking that when I was their age. So I finally hear/see the song.... and all day I have been singing it. It is my new favorite. I know many of you have seen it.... but for those who haven't... here you go! Enjoy! Oh and the best part.... he is a Veteran! Go General LARRY Platt!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Grey's Gift Fundraiser!

Many times, I have blogged about the Morris family and their son Greyson's legacy. Well.... I was hanging out at their house the other night, and got on the subject of the quilt that they want to have made using Greyson's clothing and blankets. Of course we want it heirloom quality and such.... this is not a cheap item to have made.... soooooo, I asked if they would mind if I donated my Scentsy commission from the month of January for this endeavor. They agreed and were so appreciative! My commission check from Nov. was 700.00 and December's was 500.00! So this is where I need your help...... please please please.... spread the word and share Scentsy with others. You can reach my website here.. or at
You will see Grey's Gift Fundraiser listed on the left of the screen under My Open Parties... click buy from order.... and have fun shopping!

I will let everyone know the on February 9th the total that was raised for Grey's Gift! Spread the word and thank you for helping raise funds for a GREAT cause!

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