Wednesday, February 2, 2011

We've Moved!!

Find our NEW blog over at:!

Come on over and become a follower of our new blog and enter to win a 3pc Satin Hands Mary Kay gift set!!!

See you there!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

More Swinging...

Ok, I am working on Swinging on Small Hinges.

If you get bored and want to snoop around my work in process...

head on over there...

It is growing on me,  A little.

Swinging on Small Hinges..

First of all...Blogger makes me want to scream and pull out my hair!

In the last few months blogger automatically 'updated' my blog to their new format...but it is NOT working correctly.  In fact, it is NOT working at all.  I am unable to change my background color, my font color, size, etc, I am unable to create a NEW template...or update my old one.  I am stuck in a holding pattern...  Ugh!  Blogger, you are killin' me here!

Anyway, on that note...  we WILL be changing the name of our blog!  We will be MOVING.

The new name will be

We will be moving over soon so I hope everyone gets a chance to write this down, update your bookmarks or whatever you need to do so we do not lose touch!

I am attempting to create a new blog and redirect traffic there, but blogger was giving me such a case of apoplexy that I just said forget it for tonight.  

At some point I will probably move over to a Typepad or Wordpress...or maybe even buy a dot-com!  But...stick with me here for a while longer.


Don't forget!!!

Swinging On Small Hinges!  swingingonsmallhinges.blogspot!!

See you there in about a week or so!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011


I haven't blogged much lately, I know! Sorry!
I have been thinking a lot lately about the necessity of changing our blog name.
I originally started this blog when we began the adoption process as a way to help birth families get to know us...of course, back then, we only had Kayley. And giving the blog our names allowed birthfamilies to google our names and find us...(since we were not allowed to put blog addresses on our profile!)

Now we have Maggie...and of course...
JamesStephanieKayley.blogspot... doesn't include Maggie.

I'm having a really rough time coming up with a new blog name.
And I'm really worried about what is going to happen to my followers and other readers who check in more infrequently?

Either way, I think the time of transition is here and the change will happen in the next few weeks. Many of you I can email, but many of you I cannot, since I don't know your email!
A lot of you too I am friends with on Facebook, but...not everybody.

If you want to make sure you get the new address and we are NOT friends on FB or we don't email, please leave a comment and send me your email...
or email us at
(ugh--another thing that needs to be changed!)

Monday, January 24, 2011

Friday, January 21, 2011

You're right, she doesn't look like me...

Its so weird, I have had 2 separate people ask me last week if it bothers me that my kids don't look like me. You know, the fact that, since they are adopted...we don't share common features. One friend pointed out that "it must be hard to not find a little bit of yourself in your children."

In all honesty, I told her, "No? Not really" Because it has never bothered me. It really hasn't. But, since she mentioned it... I did start to notice how much my friends' children look like them and have similar features and personality traits. And, maybe, just a little, I feel a little jealous when I see my adorable nephew look JUST LIKE HIS Daddy. The smile and expressions. How fun! That must feel good? To have a have that common opportunity to say, "that looks just like...".

But - its ok. The more I thought about it, the more I realized that it isn't important. Its more of a gee-whiz kind of thing. And the more I thought about that, the more I realized that...Nature or kids and I do share a common bond. A spiritual bond if not a physical bond. Kayley, for sure, has picked up so many of my habits and mannerisms that she is BY FAR her Mommy's daughter.

So, when the 2nd person asked a similar question last week I answered, "You're right, she doesn't look like me...but she sure ACTS a lot like me! (Heaven help us all!).

Thursday, January 20, 2011


Ha-Ha Tonka State Park

Because we are crazy and always game for a new adventure, we loaded in the car and headed to Ha-Ha Tonka State Park on an adventure! It was way to cold, so, I'm not sure why....we will definitely have to go back when the weather is nicer and we can hike around a little more...

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Snow Angels...

Oh, I have never laughed so hard... Maggie in the snow. She is at first confused...
Then elated! But, she kept tipping over! She was SO puffy in that snowsuit!
Kayley had a great time!
She kept trying to slide down this hill, but the snow was so dry and powdery that it just wasn't at all slippery.

Maggie tipping over.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Guitar Center - Who knew?

Who knew that an accidental visit to Guitar Center could be so fun and interesting?
Playing a Bongo.
Possibly a concert pianist? I have a video...I'll see if I can't get it to upload at some point.
Yeah! Rockin out on a Mandolin! (Or according to Kayley "a Kayley-sized guid-tar!")

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

New View...

Nothing like a front facing car seat to give you a new view of the world!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Pop Rocks!

When was the last time YOU had Pop Rocks?

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Happy 1st Birthday Maggie!

You've come a long way cute Baby!
(Maggie at 6 days old)

We love you Melissa for the blessing you gave us 1 year ago!
You are always in our hearts and prayers sweet friend!!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Rockaway Beach - Mini Road Trip

So, being the adventurous (and slightly bored) people that we are, we thought we would kick off the new year with a little drive. We didn't know where we were going when we started out...then decided to head to Branson 'the back way'. We made our way slowly through the Missouri countryside...which was beautiful, until we ended up at Rockaway Beach...It was wicked cold out there by the water!!
Maggie was cold so she got wrapped up in Daddy's jacket.

My hair was insanely static-ey after getting back in the car!!! Whoa!

I didn't get any pictures but we made it to Powersite, a little town that was pretty much abandoned near the Powersite Dam. Only we discovered that not much is abandoned any houses and well lived in. We saw the Dam from above...couldn't figure out exactly how to get down there, then decided that we needed another break from the car so we made it to Branson and stopped at Dick's 5 & 10. So, yeah, that place is NOT a good place for little kids...although it was neat and Kayley bought herself a little Sugar Daddy on a stick for only 15 cents...

We also headed home 'the back way', which took a while. On the way home there was this ginormous THING in the road. A cow...or maybe a bull. I'm a city girl and couldn't say for certain, but it was hollering angrily at those other cows across the fence... He finally moseyed off the road so we could continue.

We made it to Springfield...bought Maggie a birthday cake (yes, in case you forgot, tomorrow is Maggie first birthday!!!!) and headed home. The girls did great considering we spent easily 6+ hours in the car. We are ready for more impressive road trips!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

New Year's Resolutions -- 2011 Goals

I usually set some "New Years Resolutions", but I never really seem to follow through. I think previously I never really made a plan...and just said, 'yeah, I need to lose about 20 pounds...and get more sleep...etc' I usually ditched my resolutions within a few weeks until the end of the year when I looked back and realized I didn't do any of them.

Once again, it is time for New Years Resolution...or our 2011 goals.

Only this year I did it a little differently.

I helped Kayley set Goals...then we set goals as a family...then I set personal goals. And --I actually typed them up, with steps or an 'action plan' to help us achieve them. Some are easy, and some are harder. Some are personal and I have opted not to share them on Blogger, but here are a few that I have chosen to share:

Kayleys Goals:
This year, I want to learn: about animals & how to sew doll clothes & how to swim!
I want to read: books about animal doctors
I want to make: animal and animal doctor crafts and doll clothes.
I want to visit: grandma, an animal doctor, a college, and Silver Dollar City
I want to change: how messy I am all the time.
I want to be better at: bicycle riding (no more training wheels and I want a 'stick thing' (ie. a kickstand)). I also want to be able to read without help.
Most of all I want: to homeschool!

Some of the Buckner Family Goals:

Block off time each day for a Family Devotional and Scripture Study. I have purchased a Devotions for Homeschoolers book that I'm thinking will be a great way to get started and of course we will use the standard scriptures as well. We have blocked off 15 minutes after dinner each day for this. While we have been consistently reading scripture stories with Kayley...we have not been actively discussing or studying.

Go on a nature hike to at least 4 different places.

Attend one play/show at Little Theater, Hammons or Branson.

Some of Stephanie's Personal Goals.

Design and undertake a one-year program of extensive church reading.
-Read at least 1 book per month written by a church member
(believe it or not...we have all of these in our personal library already...and I've only read about 1/2 of them)

To Grow in Spirit - Joe J. Christiansen
Small and Simple Things - Marjorie Hinckley

Joseph Smith the Prophet - Truman G. Madsen

Evidences of the True Church - Dennis K. Brown
Timely Truths from the Book of Mormon - Allan K. Burgess

Perfection Pending - Russell M. Nelson
Mary, Martha and Me - Camille Fronk Olson

Standing for Something - Gordon B. Hinkley

No Doubt About It - Sheri Dew
When Thou Art Converted - M. Russell Ballard

The Remarkable Soul of a Woman - Dieter Uchtdorf

Happiness: Finders, Keepers - Mary Ellen Edmunds

Better Than You Think You Are - Ardeth Kapp
My Sister My Friend - Ardeth Kapp

Being Enough-Cheiko N. Okazaki

Please Pass the Scriptures - John Hilton

The Discovery of Joy-Richard Eyre

Complete at least 4 generations on my pedigree chart. I know that I have this...but it is not documented and needs to be input into Family Search and Ancestry so it can be shared. Eventually I'd like to type this up to give to family members.

Participate in Munchkinland's Adoption Book/Blog challenge.
at Level 3- Read 12 books about Adoption. 6 fiction/6nonfiction
I will pick these books as I go.

Go to bed earlier & rise earlier (10:30pm-6:30am preferably).

Participate in Latter-day Chatter's Humanitarian Service Project.
Make at least 2 file folder games for the Humanitarian Center

Study "Homeschooling with a Meek & Quiet Spirit" by Teri Maxwell
-Utilize workbook during scripture study.

And of course -- the big ones:

Bring weight to an acceptable level.
I can't claim this year that I need to 'lose that 20 pounds' because I was horrified to get on the scale and realize that I really need to lose more like, 45 pounds. Ugh!
I joined Weight Watchers.
I am hoping that we will be able to buy a treadmill in the next couple of months...but in the meantime I am going to try to make good friends with Leslie Sansone of Walk Away the Pounds and taking my girls on long walks outside when the weather permits.

The other big one is:

Kicking the soda habit.
I confess...I have a soda habit that has gotten out of control. Its the bubbles...its the is the pick up. I love it. Diet Coke, Diet Dr. Pepper, Diet Pepsi...doesn't matter. Love, love, love it. And it needs to go.

So, will I make it? I'm going to try... And, if at first you don't succeed... well, you know the rest.

Have a great New Year!
Welcome 2011!!!

Tide with Acti-Lift Detergent "Too Short" TV Commercial

Modesty! People...a little bit of modesty is OK!
Way to go Dad, but foiled by Tide and MOM!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

2010 - A year in Review

It is so hard to believe that 2010 is wrapping up and almost over.
We saw a lot of changes this year and had a fun time growing together as a family.
I had been lamenting how much things have slowed down and that we've gotten boring this year. As I started updating this post I realize we actually did quite a bit!
Enjoy this short recap of my favorite moments from 2010.

Our year started off on January 2nd with the arrival of Maggie!!
Our second adoption experience was just as amazing as the first.
We are so lucky and blessed to be parents!

What a fun addition she has been to our family!

Thanks to my Mom who flew out to AZ to make the road trip back to MO with me... We had some great adventures, but this one was by far exciting. Everything from Maggie barfing down the front of Gramma's shirt to me having to pee soooo bad with no place to stop that I thought my bladder would never be the same again. Then there was that really freaky Super 8...which pretty much had NO lock on the door. I didn't sleep much that night.

Kayley met Maggie and thought she was pretty neat...

Then we had SNOW!
Coming from Arizona...this was a BIG deal!

We made a trip to the Springfield Discovery Center...that was fun. I think we will buy a membership this year!
Valentines Day.

Zoo Babies...
St. Pat's Day...
Shrine Circus...Maggie didn't like it...all the noise, she cried pretty much the whole first half. Can you blame her, I mean, how many 4 month olds like the circus anyway?
In June my little brother got married...Kayley made the cutest flower girl EVER!
Seriously, does that hair (on Maggie) just not crack you up?
We went to the train museum...

Kayley learned some "valet" at summer dance camp...


We visited Yakovs Moscow Circus!

Kayley drove a "Duck"
Butterfly Palace

Gateway Arch


Kansas City

Christmas 2010!
What an exciting year!
I wonder what 2011 will be like?