Thursday, June 28, 2012

It's Not That We Don't Like Girls...

It's not that we don't like girls here in Banner Land, it's just that there aren't hardly ever any here. Our cousins from Florida visited this week and we had a fun, fun time!
(zoomed in on Chap's face, haha)

Aunt Carol reading to everyone.
Video games.
 The Laundry Bandits... Chapel and Cross kept disappearing and I would find them in the laundry room. They took all my clean, folded clothes and threw them in the dryer... Do you think orneriness runs in this family??? Look at their faces!
My favorite, sweet boys! Our cousins own Paradise Parasail at Ft. Myers Beach & Lake of the Ozarks, what a FUN business to be in! Visit them and tell them the Banner boys sent you.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Family Work Day

Every now and then it's necessary to spend our Saturday at CD printing whatever didn't get done for the week. Today is one of those days. We all have our roles...


and of course, the SLACKERS!!!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

the Banner Planner

I'm an organizational freak... hahahaha, NOT! There are CERTAIN areas of my life that are organized, most aren't. One area I always want organized is my "office" (which also doubles as a kitchen) :)

I am the administrative assistant of Banner Land therefore I must keep all finances, calendars, and misc paperwork in order. I also help with my grandfather's rental properties and pay his personal bills. One other area I take care of is business management for Hofstetter Concrete. All of these things require lots and lots of paperwork. The best way I've found to manage everything is a Banner Planner (notebook.)

They all look different, they all have different tabs, and they all serve a different purpose but every Banner Planner I have had... worked! I recently made one for a busy mom and want to share it with you.

 I’m so excited for you to try out this Banner Planner. It works great for me and my family and I hope it will for the V-beeks too!

I hate paperwork all over my “office which is my kitchen so the goal is to get everything put away in the notebook as soon as possible.

The trash can is your friend! The more that goes there, the less stress you have. As soon as you’re done with something TRASH IT!

Let’s face it, everything can’t be done right away, that’s why the notebook works. When you get your mail, sort through it and put in the “notebeek what you need to keep and trash the rest, this is the only thing that should be done immediately.

Below are categories that I suggest, I’ve only made some in your notebook and left the rest blank for you to decide.

If this system doesn’t work for you, or only works for a month, NO WORRIES. Don’t stress, something else will work. Love you and hope you enjoy this.

 I'm not a scrapbooker, crafty or artist person but I love fun colors. Make your notebook something you'll be proud of... decorate it with pictures of your kids, company logos or patterns.

Your tabs can and should be whatever you want, whatever works for you. Below are what work for me.

To Do:           
            Daily “To Do” lists. Add to these list as you find yourself doing the same things every day. Hand write if something comes up you can’t forget for tomorrow. Use the pockets for anything that must be done ASAP.

            Often decisions are what hold us up on getting something done. “Are we gonna sign Suzie up for this camp?” “Are we going to support these missionaries?” “Does my husband want to go to this party?” Use this pocket for things you need to ask your husband, find more info about, or just plain can’t decide.

            Ugh… Bills, bills, bills. I may online so I don’t keep the envelope or the payment stub, I just keep the single page that says what I owe. When I have time to sit down with my computer, all my bills are ready to pay.

            Why do people think we need so much info?? I don’t know but I find there is always a lot I need to read… manuals, newsletters, articles. Keep everything here and when you’re waiting in line at school pick-up grab this stack and read away!

            We all try to save on postage and deliver ourselves. This is a hold only pocket for that reason.

            I use this as a “HOLD” file mostly. A piece of info I know I will need soon, not something to file away.

Wedding invites, graduations, birthdays. We are constantly needing a gift for someone. Those invites take this path in my Banner Planner: Decide – until I decide if we’re attending the event. Calendar – until I write it on my calendar. Gifts – until I buy something, most often something sent online.

            An online calendar that syncs with my phone is essential but I have also found it helps me to see things on a monthly calendar. My kids also love knowing where to go and look at the schedule. Use the pocket for something that hasn’t been recorded in your calendar yet but will soon J

            Not a coupon queen? Just keep a simple grocery list and a pocket for SIMPLE couponing. The grocery list enclosed is set-up to walk into Wal-mart and go around in the order I go… change the list to fit your needs.

            Whether you clean yourself or have a cleaning person, lists are helpful. Divide it up, give a little to each kid or do a little each day.

            It’s always a good idea to keep a “hard copy” schedule for the season, handbooks, team roster, venue locations.

            I’m constantly needing to know what time lunch for a kid is, what’s the attendance line number at a certain school, etc, etc. Use this folder for frequently used go-to information.

            Do you forget often what you made, what went good with it, what you have on hand? Organize and remember your family meals here. Also this could be great for meal-time devotions.

            I have file folders on my desk for this but you could have a folder per person.

            Do you have babysitters often? Add a page here that has the info you are continually telling them… emergency contacts, Dr. #, cell #’s, baby’s schedule, etc.

 Make yourself a Banner Planner and enjoy!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Our Baby's Room.... For Real?

As you all know I'm having fun pointing out the REAL things in my life. Pinterest, blogs and Facebook sometimes make me feel like, well a loser for the most part. Everyone SEEMS so perfect in the social media world but we all have those areas of our lives that we "fall short" of Blog-Perfect. I would like to show you a few beautiful nurseries I found.
This nursery I found on  Pinterest, maybe if I'd had a girl I'd have a nursery like this???

Okay, look at this one! Wow, to die for! Maybe if I could paint straight and sew my nurseries would have looked like this blogger's nursery???

Grey is so hot right now, it was considered drab when I was doing my babies' nurseries, otherwise I'm sure I would have gone with something like this!  Project Nursery is dedicated to amazing nurseries, here are some more they highlight...

And the next one is probably my favorite! My friend Megan is pregnant and working on her nursery. Check this out!
Adorable huh??? You can see more on her blog A Blossoming Homestead.
Well this is her first child, I did have a decently cute nursery for Deacon, my first. But since then things have seemed to go downhill... well, let's see what you think. Here is the nursery we "created" for my youngest, Chapel, when we moved into our new house...
Are you laughing? Yes, it's Dwain's closet... for real! We only have one room (the master) on the main level and we wanted the baby (Chapel) with us, so this was our best option. Now don't feel sorry for him, we hung a few letters on the wall :) He's so proud of his room. We often cringe when company comes and Chapel boasts "Come see my room! It's got my dad's clothes in it!" I mean, not every kid can say that right?? Oh and don't worry, I'm sure the gun case in the back is locked up tight! 

This is us, being... FOR REAL! :) And btw, Chapel recently promoted out of "his room" and on to share with the brothers upstairs, guess what... he misses his own room. ;)

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Crystal & Colt's Wedding

Our dear, dear friend, Crystal Guiot married Colt Blair over Memorial Day weekend and Chapel had his first experience as ring bearer. Their were married at our church, Wellspring Baptist Fellowship and their reception was at our local gym. Both Crystal & Colt are from basketball families so the "game-time" theme was PERFECT!!! Concession stand food (hot dogs, popcorn, candy, nachos, soda, etc) fed us all! The Banner Boys felt like they were in HEAVEN!
I have to end with these hilarious pics. The boys had been there for a long time, eating, dancing and eating some more. We finally got ready to leave the gym and I found Chapel and Jake in the trophy/display case in the lobby of the gym... oh boys!

Friday, June 1, 2012

I love the Banner boys, too! {guest post by Angie}

Hello, faithful readers of I Love Banner Boys.  I am Angie and blog over at Two Things in Common.  If you already follow me too, you know that I also love these four sweet Banner boys and often blog about them.

Trina asked if I would share my latest post on here, so here I go...

On Tuesday night, I got to see Deacon play baseball for the first time this season.

Here is a look at the score with 20 minutes left of his first game...
{they ended up scoring 26 - Deacon did a great job pitching and batting}

Chapel loves dressing up for the games like his brothers.

He also got creative with his baseball and bat at the game.

He played golf...

And some pool...

And finally in between Deacon's games, he went on the field and hit a home run... :)

Oh, and as you can see, he also stayed hydrated with some red Gatorade...

On Wednesday, Trina and I took the two middle boys to Silver Dollar City.  We had such a great time. The weather was perfect and it wasn't that busy. 

Jake spent the night at a friend's house the night before, so he passed out on the way there...

Trina and her two middle boys...

On the way home, we spotted the Google maps street view car in Springfield...
{wouldn't that be a weird/boring job?}

When we made it back to Bolivar, we saw the results of Chapel wanting to be a "bearcat" {meaning a basketball player}.  To be a "bearcat", Chapel used a black sharpie to give himself a few tattoos and attempted to draw a "4" on his new dri fit {to make it a jersey}. I thought it was cute, but I don't think his mom was too happy about his new shirt being ruined. :)

Aren't the Banner boys precious?!?  So thankful to have this sweet family in my life!
Have a great evening and weekend!

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