Tuesday, September 2, 2014

ST Intros: meet Becca!


I'm a member of the Anderson MOPS Outreach Team this year! 
I've been on Steering Team for several years...
because this will be my last year at MOPS, I wanted to help make it the best year yet!
I have three kiddos - Cailyn (age 10), Lydia (age 7), & Evan (age 5). 
My least favorite chore? Housework of any kind!
My (new) favorite restaurant is FOGO de CHOA in Atlanta... I recently went for the first time & it was amazing! 
The last song I sang was John Legend's "All of Me"... it's been in my head for months.
I can't get it out. Help!
If you hear me singing it, you have my permission to punch me.
In the last week, I've learned that
I can't do all that I want to do & achieve perfection... 
something always gets neglected.
(For example, if I want to read my Bible every morning, I won't get around to exercising. If I want to play with the kids & take them somewhere fun, I won't get around to cleaning the house. If I want to actually print out photographs or mail a birthday card, I'll neglect the laundry.) 
It seems that something important gets left undone everyday.
But in the end, very few of these things actually matter.
So I'm not choosing perfection... I'm choosing people & God.
Most random thing I've done? I've gone through the underground tunnels from one side of my college campus to the other. It was strange & full of
many, many creepy crawly creatures. I was into caving, so
it made perfect sense at the time. 
My favorite time of day is the morning when I drink my beloved coffee & snug with
my kids.
I would love to learn how to ballroom dance with my husband.
If I were one of the Seven Dwarfs, I would be Bashful.
My favorite thing about MOPS?
There are so many amazing women at the meetings. I enjoy meeting new moms tremendously... if I haven't met you yet, please come find me &
I'd love to get to know you!

Tasty Tuesday: Crescent Sausage Bites

This recipe is from Katie, who writes, "This is one of my favorite go-to meals... seems to please everyone!"

The Ingredients:

  • 1 package of your favorite Jimmy Dean sausage (I like Hot, but the Sage is also good)
  • 2 tubes refrigerated Pillsbury crescent rolls
  • 2 packages cream cheese, slightly softened (I use reduced-fat... doesn't seem to make a difference in the taste & you can save a few calories!)

The Directions:

Preheat oven according to package directions on crescent rolls.  Brown the sausage, then drain fat. Mix the cooked sausage with slightly softened cream cheese.

Unroll crescent rolls out flat on a baking sheet covered in foil. Spread the sausage & cream cheese mixture on the crescent rolls. Place the other tube of crescent rolls flat on top of the spread, pinching the edges as you go.

Bake according to directions on crescent packaging (approximately 11-13 minutes).

Monday, September 1, 2014

ST Intros: meet Ashlee!


I'm a member of the Anderson MOPS Craft Team this year! 
This is my 1st year on Steering Team...
I wanted to join because I love serving others & I believe that by serving others, we can become more like Christ. 
I have four kiddos - Teigen (age 8), Jasmine (age 8), Brookelyn (age 5) & Landyn (age 2). 
The last book I read was "Jesus > Religion"... it was awesome!
My favorite books are The Twilight Saga, Of Mice & Men,
Island of the Blue Dolphin, & anything by Nicholas Sparks.
My fav movies include "A Knight's Tale," "Forest Gump," "The Notebook," "Titanic" & "Shawshank Redemption"
My fav restaurant is Carabbas! I love Italian food... my fav thing to order is
the Polo Rosa Maria. Yummm!
The last song I sang was "Let It Go." Loudly. My kids are addicted to Frozen, so if I hear "Do You Wanna Build a Snowman" or "Let It Go" one more time....
I may just let it go.... right out the car window going 65.
In the last week, I've learned that Goo Gone is an 
excellent clothing stain remover... it's awesome!
My childhood celebrity crush?
John Stamos. ummmmm, loved me some Uncle Jesse. (still do... shhhh)
If I had 2 hours of unexpected free time, I'd SLEEP!! I love to sleep. I miss sleep. Oh my, & when the sheets are fresh out of the dryer?! 
My favorite time of day is bedtime. When everyone else goes to bed, I can
finally relax & enjoy a show, pee in private or take a bath.
But let's face it... by bedtime, I just want to sleep.
Something I've been meaning to do?
Clean the house. Maybe I'll get around to that one day...
Yep, I love those facebook quizzes! If all the quizzes I've taken were true, I'm Ariel, I should be married to Eric, my villain alter ego is Cruella de Vil, & my old lady name is Pearl.
My favorite thing about MOPS?
I love Anderson MOPS... it's amazing!
I have met some wonderful friends & love being in a group that loves everyone & tries to make our community better!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

ST Intros: meet Margaret!


I'm a member of the Anderson MOPS Craft Team this year! 
I've been on the Anderson MOPS Steering Team for several years...
I love serving MOPS mamas & I NEED the friendships & support of other ST members.
We're like a family!
I have three kiddos - Caleb (age 6), Cooper (age 4) & Lucas (age almost 1). 
The last book I read was "The Artist's Daughter" by Alexandra Kuykendall...
YES, I recommend it!
My favorite books are the Hunger Game & Twilight series &
anything by Nicholas Sparks.
My fav movies include "You've Got Mail," "Steel Magnolias" & "Tommy Boy."
My fav restaurant is California Dreaming! I get the house salad & potato soup with a croissant.
The last song I sang was "Let It Go."
Loudly, of course!
In the last week, I've learned that
God wants us to serve shoulder to shoulder as we face OUTWARD.
If I had 2 hours of unexpected free time, I'd take a nap, watch Downton Abbey or read.
My favorite time of day is naptime & bedtime.
Do I need to explain why? :)
I've always wanted to learn to play the guitar.
Craziest thing I've ever done?
I climbed out of a moving vehicle to ride on the hood...
& by "moving," I mean 45 miles per hour!
My favorite dessert is salty & sweet combo, like peanut butter & chocolate.
My favorite thing about MOPS?
My husband is in ministry & MOPS gives me a circle of support
outside of our church where I can be myself & have my own "thing"

Saturday, August 30, 2014

ST Intros: meet Amanda!


I'm a member of the Anderson MOPS Hospitality Team this year! 
This is my 1st year on the Anderson MOPS Steering Team...
last year was my first year attending MOPS & I fell in love.
Having awesome mom friends
who can share struggles, accomplishments & memories is the best!
I joined ST to become more involved in this wonderful organization!
I have two kiddos - Mattie Grace (age 2) & Mollie (age 1m). 
The last book I read was "12 Hours in 12 Weeks," a book about
getting your newborn to sleep.
Yes, I recommend it... although I have to be honest in saying
I'm not actually following it... :)
I love anything by Nicholas Sparks... LOVE the happy love stories!
I watch Frozen probably every other day & it's great... just maybe not every other day!
Romantic comedies are my favorite!
My fav restaurant is El Patron! I almost always get a beef burrito & cheese quesadilla. Oh, & definitely cheese dip or guacamole! YUM.
The last song I sang was "Jesus Loves Me." It's Mattie Grace's favorite to sing at bedtime... I sing it softly so I can hear her trying to sing it. SO sweet! 
In the last week, I've realized that I should just not even try to plan
because when it doesn't work out, I get stressed out...
take every day as it comes, especially when you have two young children.
My favorite childhood celebrity was Mariah Carey. Loved her!
I've been meaning to order my wedding pictures!! We have been married almost 4 years & I haven't even gotten my bridal portrait yet. Can we say slack?!? Ha.
My favorite time of day is 5:27pm! 
That's when the husband gets home from work. 
Weirdest thing I've ever done?
I once got on stage at a drag queen fashion show in NYC...
& no, I don't think I was supposed to :)
My favorite dessert is ice cream! I never feel bad eating a bowl of ice cream!
My fav song lyrics are:
don't worry 'bout a thing, 'cause every little thing is gonna be alright!
My favorite thing about MOPS?
the relationships for sure! You can't beat it! It's so great to have mom friends 
in the same place in their lives as you...

Friday, August 29, 2014

ST Intros: meet Crystal S!


I'm the Anderson MOPS KITCHEN MANAGER this year! 
This is my 3rd year on the Anderson MOPS Steering Team...
I've enjoyed serving mamas in Anderson, so I'm back for another year
with these lovely ladies!
I have three kiddos - Sarah (age 11), Jackson (age 9) & Grayson (age 4).
I have two favorite movies... "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days" & "50 First Dates"
I love comedies!
My favorite restaurant?
I love any food I don't have to cook! 
My least favorite chore in the world is laundry! It never ends...
If I had 2 hours of unexpected free time? 
That's easy! I would be laid up in my bed with yummy snacks & some HGTV!
My celebrity childhood crush?
I have always loved George Clooney... & I'm still faithful to him :)
The last song I sang was "Jesus Loves Me"... I sang it
on the elevator VERY LOUDLY when all the kids were arguing at the beach this summer!
In the last week, I've realized that school is starting &
it's about to get REAL again!
I've enjoyed being with my children this summer... I'm sad to see it come to an end!
I've always wanted to learn to play the piano.
My favorite time of day is morning! I love my coffee &
it's a new beginning to a new day!
My fav snack is Bugles & french onion dip.
My favorite thing about MOPS?
You guys! 
I love to serve Anderson moms!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

ST Intros: meet Katie!


I'm responsible for the Anderson MOPS Records & Registration this year! 
This is my 2nd year on the Anderson MOPS Steering Team...
I joined ST to invest in the lives of other moms with little ones.
This stage of life is HARD & going through it alone isn't an option.
I'm thankful for this community of moms & look forward to serving them this year in any way that I can.
I have three kiddos - Avery (age 4), Landon (age 2) & Addilyn (age 6m).
I'm currently reading "What Happens When Women Say Yes to God"
by Lysa Terkeurst. I definitely recommend!
It's encouraging & challenging at the same time... she's a fantastic author!
My favorite restaurant is Chuy's....
it's a Mexican restaurant in Greenville. Super yum!
I like the enchiladas...
My least favorite chore in the world?
Bathrooms! especially with a newly potty-trained little boy! gross! ;)
If I had 2 hours of unexpected free time, I would definitely nap!
The worst place to be stuck waiting?
The doctor's office!... you usually have a sick child with you, or your well child is surrounded by sick ones...
My celebrity childhood crush?
Ben Affleck. 
One word... Armageddon!
In the last week, I've learned that it's way easier to let my 2-year-old son pee outside than to clean up the bathroom after him. See above comment about my most hated chore. HA!
My favorite time of day is between 1-3pm,
cause my babies are napping & I get some quiet time :) 
My fav dessert is Blue Bell ice cream. YUM!
My favorite thing about MOPS?
Walking through life with other moms with little ones! It's great to know that I'm not alone when I feel like I'm the only one who messes this up.
Anderson MOPS is a great source of encouragement for me!