Not a moment of peace....


As I was 'washin' that gray right outta my hair', my son decided that I was a prime target! Maybe because I couldn't run?!

Note: I bribed him to 'shoot' me again with a piece candy after I yelled for my daughter to bring me the camera. She didn't even ask why. As if she knew what it was for. The joys of a blogging family, huh?!


Just Another Meme...or two.

I was tagged by The Maid. So here is some more information about moi. Hope you're interested....
Please feel free to play along. Just let me know. I wanna read it!

When was the most recent time you were burned? Umm, honestly I can't remember. Which says nothing for my cooking skills, only I have a terrible memory!

Can you cook? Yes, I am good at following recipes. Most of the recipes that I make on a regular basis come from my step-mom. She CAN COOK! And bake too. She is the bomb. I am not good enough to just 'throw something together', like my husband is. Most of what I learned about cooking is from him. The only reason my mom has a kitchen in her house is because it came with one!

If yes, name your specialties: Chicken Fried Steak with smashed taters & gravy, and french toast! My family's favs.

Do you enjoy cooking? I like to cook for more than just three little ones. I like to FEED people. Wanna come over for supper tomorrow? I'll even make a jug of sweet tea too!

If no, do you want to be able to cook? I would love to have mad kitchen skills.

What color is your kitchen? A sage green color. It is one of the rooms that we have not painted since moving in! But I am thinking that I would like to change that real soon!

Do you bake? Yes

If yes, do you like to bake? I enjoy baking. And I would more if I had more space in my kitchen!

If no, do you want to bake? N/A

What color is your apron? The one I wear the most is red.


A. Attached or Single? Attached - Stud Muffin & I have been married for almost 12 years!

B. Best Friend? Jesus-I just need to remember that!

C. Cake or Pie? Cake...mmmm, I'm hungry!

D. Day of choice? Any day that Stud Muffin is home to relieve me of some 'responsibility'!!

E. Essential item? PAPER TOWELS. I panic if we get down to one roll in the house. Remember my germ phobia? Well we use paper towels at all sinks in the house. Yes, I could use prayer.

F. Favorite color? Navy Blue. I love to wear it.

G. Gummy Bears or Worms? Either, doesn't matter.

H. Home town? Fremont, CA

I. Favorite indulgence? Starbucks ;O)

J. January or July? January. I DO NOT like to sweat.

K. Kids? We have 6. We are a blended family. The 3 oldest Muffins are my step-daughters. And the lil' muffins are 'ours'. They are 17, 16, 14, 10, 6, 3.

L. Life isn't complete without? COFFEE

M. Marriage Date? November 17, 1996

N. Number of brothers and sisters? l have one bio-sister. And 2 step brothers & 2 step-sisters!

O. Oranges or Apples? Gala apples

P. Phobia's? Death. germs. germs. germs. I told you I could use some prayer.

Q. Quotes? "Make God's will the focus of your life day by day. If you seek to please Him and Him alone,you'll find yourself satisfied with life."~Kay Arthur

R. Reasons to smile? Salvation, unconditional love, hand sanitizer.

S. Season of choice? Fall. I love, love, love the colors here. After growing up in the desert, it's a real treat.

T. Tag 5 people. Consider yourself tagged!

U. Unknown fact about me? I have three boobs. Okay not really. Just wanted to know if you were still with me!!

V. Vegetable? Avocado, or is that a fruit. Regardless, I love 'em!

W. Worst Habit? YELLING. More prayer.

X. Xray or ultrasound? Neither...that would mean that I am in or near a hospital & I don't wanna be there!

Y. Your favorite food? Steak and baked potato. Just like The Maid. Hey let's go to Outback!?

Z. Zodiac sign? Who cares?!

Thanks for reading, now join in! And don't foget to let me know if you do!!



I was inspired by We are THAT Family to share another way to display the flowers/weeds given from the lil' ones. I too LOVE fresh flowers but as the owners of a semi-truck you know where my flower budget money is going, let's just say that I have learned to appreciate the finer weeds in life. And God has blessed me with some purty ones right outside our door.

Here is a wild flower picked just for me by Cousin Muffin, displayed in a syrup bottle from The Cracker Barrel. Visit your local Cracker Barrel and order a large stack of pancakes with extra syrup. Enjoy the cakes & stuff the bottles into your purse. When you get home take off the lid & ring thingy. Then spray the label with 'Goo Gone Spray Gel'. Use your finger nail to scape it off. Tell your husband your going to get a manicure to fix your nails after ruining them to work off the pesky labels. Just kiddin', the 'Goo Gone' makes it pretty easy to get the labels off. Send your little muffins in search of a flower/weed to display. And there you have it, another cute & economical way to show off the finer things from your yard.


Sincerely 'Fro Me to You-Baby boy....

Welcoming Muffin #6...

I was reminded of this time in my life by reading Kristen's Sincerely 'Fro Me to You. Though my trauma came from the fact that this lil' boy was going to leave for college someday. (Thank you raging hormones!)

At the very minute this picture was taken I was in a state of euphoria. We just had a son. He was healthy & content. Even nursed like a champ! (Must be a guy thing!?) Life was goooood.

After 5 girls, we called it quits. But God's plans were different. Thankfully. We found out at 20 weeks that we were having a boy & he was due Christmas day! What a gift. Everyone around us eagerly anticipated the arrival of the Buller Boy! I had an amazing shower, thanks to The Maid. It truly made me feel special & left me speechless.

Though it was not my first child, I experienced a lot of 'firsts'. First time I went into labor without being induced. First time I labored at home with a doula. (Thanks Shannon!) First time I was rushed to the hospital by my husband driving approximately 100 mph! The first time I got to triage and all the nurses scrambled to help me into a room, instead of looking at me as though they already new it was false labor! First time I experienced the 'ring of fire'....OUCH! The first time I was blessed with a son.

And most importantly, the first time that I truly felt God's Grace lavished upon me.

For more photos from the past visit 'We are THAT Family' by clicking the 'Fro above!



I've had family in town.
We had a big 75th surprise birthday party for my grandpa.
It was a hit.
Something occurred after the party in which I was the brunt of a certain family member's anger.
This family member has decided to apologize to everyone there but me.
I am deeply saddened.
I am hurt.
And I am searching for God's desire in all of this mess.
But more than anything I am glad that I can atleast choose my friends!


For my big Sis! Part #1

First I must clarify, by 'big' sister I mean older. I am bigger. I have been since she was a freshman in high school & I was in the 7th grade. And it was then that my older sister realized that I could kick her hiney! So there. Bigger is better. Oh whatever.

Anyway, I told you in a previous post that Cousin Muffin is here. Well, I decided that I should fill his parents in on some of the things we have been up to. Because....we have been busy!

The appropriate caption for this picture: "I can not believe I am getting ready to put my oldest son on a plane to fly across the country without me!"

Then on to Mississippi for a good 'ol game of cops-n-robbers. Apparently girls rule and boys drool. And watch out for 'Barney Fife' in the background.

Here they are at the Shiloh Battlefield Memorial. See I told you that I would take good care of him....feeding his brain. You can quiz him on it when he gets home. Just a little hint....I am sure that you ditched that day in history so you might want to brush up on your Civil War knowledge. Just sayin'.

I told you to watch out for Barney Fife. He aint messin' around. *Note: there is a slight possibility that your son will come home saying stuff like ain't, ya'll, and I want to have a chicken coop in my backyard just like my cousins do.

This here is the road to the Tennessee River where you & I swam when we visited as kids too!

This is a picture that I am hoping our children will cherish someday. In this picture are their great-great-great aunt & uncles. I find that amazing. What a blessing for them to meet eachother.

And the rest of the Mississippi trip consisted of joining Papa in searching for the resting place of some of our ancestors.

This concludes the first portion of the Super Summer '08. Here's a preview of what's to come...

And no, that is not a picture of my backside. I'm not that wrinkly!

Barbie Jeep VS. Peterbilt

Yeah..it's Sincerely 'Fro Me to You Thursday! For more click the 'Fro above!

It's okay, you can laugh...no children were hurt making this photograph!

Let me explain.

A few months ago I left the lil' muffins with Dad so I could go work for my mom.

While I was away he decided to move his equipment (Peterbilt truck). Thankfully he made sure that the kids were on the front porch before he did so, but he failed to check behind his truck. That is where the Barbie Jeep was left by our 6 year-old muffin. (She has that disease...ummmm, I think it's called something like icannotremembertoputanythingawayever!) And the Jeep lost, big time!

I am sorry to have been away and missed.the.drama. 'Oh yeah, and the Oscar goes to MUFFIN NUMBER FIVE.' Applause, applause!

The worst part was that it had recently rained a lot. And the ground was very soft. When he backed over the Jeep, it dug into the soft earth and then wedged in between the truck body & the tires! IT.WAS.STUCK. He did more damage to the Jeep getting it out then when he actually ran it over!

All is well at the Bull-er homestead. Dad has redeemed himself with #5, by bringing her home another one. It's not pink and it doesn't sing Barbie tunes on the radio, but it does transport her anywhere she wants to get to on our property, and best of all...it was free. (I trained him well, huh?!)



Last weekend, Stud Muffin (aka Daddy), took the Lil' Muffins fishing! A fun time was had by all.....
Here is Muffin #4, she is putting the worm on the hook ALL BY HERSELF. She is amazing. And you know that Mom was here, hence the container of anti-bacterial wipes close at hand!!

Here is Cousin Muffin. He is spending a good portion of his summer vacation with us. We are so excited that he is here and we have had a great time! Here he displaying his first catch ever! I told you they had fun!

This is Muffin #5! She caught a fish too! Ohhh, I just giggle when I see this picture! The silly grin on her face from her (big) new teeth growing in, the teeny fish on the line that she insisted on bringing home for a pet, and her pant leg hiked up with her muddy socks & shoes!

And here is Muffin #6 displaying how to eat a turkey sandwich. Well, his way of eating a turkey sandwich! He didn't fish much. It is hard to fish when your life is consumed with snacking ALL DAY! So yeah, he did what he does everyday just in a different location.

As for Daddy, he did catch a few himself. But for the most part he was keeping worms on the hooks and getting fishing line from the tree branches! I was able to get the lil' snacker to take a nap and that is the only thing that I caught....a lil' shut-eye! And it was wonderful!