Sunday, December 28, 2008

Some things I have learned

What a great week. We had such a wonderful Christmas. Family and friends gathering together. Since last we talked I have been taking care of my little family, enjoying the holidays and making memories. Christmas Eve was spent here during the day baking in the morning with the kids and watching Christmas movies during nap time. That night we had dinner at Mom's with my sister and brother in law and brother....it was nice. A house full. We opened alot of gifts.....Madison got a digital camera and alot of clothes. Miller got all kinds of great toys. That night the kids went to bed and Scott and I got everything out...Miller's new bike, his fish, his art easel, and other great toys, Madison got her I Pod touch and hasn't put it down yet.
Christmas morning was at our home with Scott's parents and grandmother. I cooked a huge breakfast...bacon, sausage, eggs, biscuits, french toast casserole, and fresh pineapple (from Hawaii) A friend brought it to me for the holidays! The kids once again unwrapped gifts..Madison getting her IPod station alarm clock and Miller getting clothes...alot of them.
Scott and I got money this year along with some clothes and new shoes. We asked for cash mainly.
Christmas afternoon was spent with my mom's family and we had the most wonderful news that day. My aunt Glenda's (the one who past away) daughter Ashley got engaged. It was music to our ears. We ALL cried. We cried alot that day....missing Glenda, Christmas's past. But it was a good cry. You know moving on from something like this is very hard. Getting over something is very hard. Something that was once very strong.
I learned something very valuable this holiday season. It wont always be easy...this road we are on. You will have detours and bumps. I'm not used to these. But this month I had to learn to deal with it. I pray alot more. I pray for God to help me get through them as I cannot do it alone. I talk with God daily. It helps. It helps my soul, my mind and most of all.....my heart. I realize now people come and go in our lives. We should just be happy and blessed we knew them.
This Christmas was hard for me. And our family. But I truly believe God got us through it. And for this I send him praise.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

My Christmas Wish For You


Christmas is only 4 days away as I write this. Scott and Madison are both out for the holidays. So I'm signing off for a couple of days to make memories with my family. Enjoy and savor each moment you have this week with family and friends. In a blink of an eye they can be gone. This will be a most difficult one for my family in the loss of my sweet Aunt Glenda. (9/10)
So smile everyday. Laugh often. Hugs are really good......tell someone what they mean to you and thank God everyday for your blessings.

To my family and friends near and far...I leave you with this. Merry Christmas from my family to yours.


There's nothing sadder in this world than to awake Christmas morning and not be a child."
~ Erma Bombeck (1927-1996), American author and humorist.

Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas."
~ Peg Bracken.

Remember, if Christmas isn't found in your heart, you won't find it under a tree."
~ Charlotte Carpenter.

Unless we make Christmas an occasion to share our blessings, all the snow in Alaska won't make it 'white'."
~ Bing Crosby (1904-1977), American singer and film actor.

I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year."
~ Charles Dickens (1812-1870), English author. From 'A Christmas Carol'.

At Christmas, all roads lead home."
~ Marjorie Holmes, American writer.

My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that?"
~ Bob Hope, American film actor and comedian.

Christmas gift suggestions: To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect."
~ Oren Arnold

I wish we could put up some of the Christmas spirit in jars and open a jar of it every month."
~ Harlan Miller

Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone."
~ Charles Schulz (1922-2000), American cartoonist 'Peanuts'.

In memory of Glenda Ritchie.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

A Christmas Meme and Award


I was sent this sweet award/Meme by Barb @ A Chelsea Morning. I just love Barb. We go way back to when I first started blogging. I dont even remember how I found her blog...but am so thankful I did.
Thank you so much Barb for this award....

Now for the meme....

5 things I love about Christmas

1. Christmas Music....we listen to it all the time. From the day after Miller's birthday 11/29 until the day after Christmas. I made me a Christmas CD last year and we listen to it in the car. We also get on XM radio as they have great choices as well. And when the tv is off we listen to it on the holiday channel....my favorite song would be Mary did you know.....but I also like All I want for Christmas is you.....

2. The lights. Whether they are on the tree or houses or mantels.....I could sit and watch them forever. I never get tired of looking at them. I like the colors and the white ones. We go looking lights right before Christmas...its tradition.

3. The little get together's with family and friends. It's nice to have this time of the year to sit back with them and talk and laugh and reminisce. Seeing old faces and new ones are wonderful.
I enjoy the dinners and the parties and all the togetherness.

4. The church Christmas program each year. I love to hear the great music and to see the little ones sing and to hear the birth of Jesus...this time of year just makes it all so magical.

5. Watching the kids open their gifts is pretty amazing also. I love to see their expressions. The excitement and smiles just makes it all worth while.

I love so many things about Christmas. So I wanted to pass this award/meme along to some great woman I have met in Blogland....their spirit is so contagious.
Merry Christmas....

Karen @ Over the Back yard Fence
Lisa @ Trailboss
Andrea @ Sgt and Mrs. Hub
Gail @ More than a Song
Sandy @ 4 Reluctant Entertainers

Enjoy your day friends......

Last minute things

Good Morning friends. It's a quiet morning here. School is out again. 3 days. You would think we are under a national disaster or something. We are not. Madison only has one more day of school this week and she and Scott will both be home until January. Good times. Actually I'm looking forward to seeing them. Spending family time that is.
Some things I have left to do before Christmas is to buy 5 more gift cards...finish wrapping a few presents...make some more fudge....and toffee....and snow candy....cooking for 3 more dinner parties....which will be loads of fun.
Tonight is the first of three dinner parties....the menu is .... Swiss Chicken, green beans, tater tot casserole...bread...artichoke square appetizers....Poinsettia Punch with a little rum added. Dessert is triple Mud pie...with coffee and Baileys....
We have another dinner on Saturday night and another Tuesday night....so it will get busy around the house.
I sent Scott with a platter of goodies this morning for the office.....they enjoy my candy baking abilities...lol. Actually one guy asked for the White Lighting this year....he got his own little batch.
Madison and I had our own day yesterday. We had lunch out and shopped at the mall for awhile...ran to the library and picked up all 4 seasons of the Office so we can enjoy them throughout the holidays....laughing. She had her Christmas party at church last night and I baked brownies and frosted them....2 came home.
Today we are cleaning the house and cooking...Miller is going to work on a craft while we do this.
A day to stay home and get things done.
Enjoy the last days of the hustle and bustle everyone.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Christmas things


Well...we had an ice storm come visit us on Monday night. The streets are still bad. We got 1/4 inch of ice and some dusting of snow. Schools were canceled. And are today too. So we made all kinds of candy yesterday...Caramel Rice Krispie Treats....Fudge...Banana Sour Cream Bread...White Chocolate cranberries with pecans and and candy coated pecans....I still need to make some other things....but today we are venturing out. Miller is going to mom's and Madison and I are headed out to finish up some loose ties. Some shopping, some more ribbon to buy for presents, a run by the post office to mail some cards, a candy delivery to make....and a trip to the library if its open.
I made a big pot of veggie soup last night and it was so good. We had bread with it...and our sweets for dessert.
Christmas is almost here...unreal. We have two traditions with our little family that are coming up....this Friday night we are getting out our favorite Christmas movies....I'm making a Taco Bar for the kids and popping popcorn and we are hanging out in the family room all night...sleeping bags and all.
Then next Monday night we are getting in our pajamas with hot chocolate and taking the kids to look at Christmas lights...we love this one.
Well....that is about all.....I hope you all have a great day...talk to you soon.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Better late than Never...



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For Today...December 15th


Outside my Window...it is snowing and it is dark. All I see are the lights of Christmas on people's homes. It's dark. It feels like Christmas.

From the learning rooms...just doing our Chocolate Advent Calender. And talking about Jesus in the Nativity Scene...Miller has added Winnie the Pooh to ours this year.

I'am thinking....that school will be out tomorrow due to our Winter Storm Warning we are under.

I'am thankful..... for our God this holiday season.

I'am going...no where tonight...the roads are bad. And will be home tomorrow due to the roads also.

From the kitchen this week...Veggie Soup with cornbread, Swiss Chicken Casserole, Chicken Lasagna..with Strawberry spinach salad...poppyseed dressing....and alot of candy to be made.

I am wearing..a warm up suit...its aqua

I am reading...Martha Stewart's holiday cookbook and entertaining..still....but getting ready to start reading with Madison...The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder.

I am hoping...to get last minute things done on Wednesday..so I can call it quits.

I am creating...alot of lists...as usual.

I am hearing...A Christmas Carol on television.

Around the house..stripping sheets, a little laundry, mopping floors, and bathrooms.

One of my favorite things...snow falling outside.

Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week...gymnastics, church party, dinner for my parents on Thursday night, Miller gets his 3 year old pictures made one day, dinner with friends over the weekend, and lunch with a friend this week....this is the last week for Madison in school until the new year.

A picture thought I would like to share...


Friday, December 12, 2008

Just some odd little things you may or may not know about me.

I saw this at When Life Gives You Lemons...Make Lemonade...so I thought I would do it too....the bold print is what I have done...the other not so much..lol

Have you ever:


1. Touched an iceberg
2. Slept under the stars
3. Been a part of a hockey fight
4. Changed a baby's diaper
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Swam with wild dolphins
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a tarantula
10. Said "I love you" and meant it
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Stayed up all night long and watched the sun rise
15. Seen the Northern Lights
16. Gone to a huge sports game
17. Walked the stairs to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown and eaten your own vegetables
19. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope
20. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Bet on a winning horse
23. Taken a sick day when you're not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Taken an ice cold bath
28. Had a meaningful conversation with a beggar
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Ridden a roller coaster
31. Hit a home run
32. Danced like a fool and not cared who was looking
33. Adopted an accent for fun
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Felt very happy about your life, even for just a moment
36. Loved your job 90% of the time
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Watched wild whales
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Gone on a midnight walk on the beach
41. Gone sky diving
42. Visited Ireland
43. Ever bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited India
45. Bench-pressed your own weight
46. Milked a cow
47. Alphabetized your personal files
48. Ever worn a superhero costume
49. Sung karaoke
50. Lounged around in bed all day
51. Gone scuba diving
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Done something you should regret, but don't
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Been in a movie
60. Gone without food for 3 days
61. Made cookies from scratch
62. Won first prize in a costume contest
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Been in a combat zone
65. Spoken more than one language fluently
66. Gotten into a fight while attempting to defend someone - verbal not physical
67. Bounced a check
68. Read - and understood - your credit report
69. Recently bought and played with a favorite childhood toy
70. Found out something significant that your ancestors did
71. Called or written your Congress person
72. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over
73. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge
74. Helped an animal give birth
75. Been laid off or fired from a job.
76. Won money
77. Broken a bone
78. Ridden a motorcycle
79. Driven any land vehicle at a speed of greater than 100 mph
80. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
81. Slept through an entire flight: takeoff, flight, and landing
82. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days
83. Eaten sushi
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read The Bible cover to cover
86. Changed someones mind about something you care deeply about
87. Gotten someone fired for their actions
88. Gone back to school
89. Changed your name
90. Caught a fly in the air with your bare hands
91. Eaten fried green tomatoes
92. Read The Iliad
93. Taught yourself an art from scratch
94. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
95. Apologized to someone years after inflicting the hurt
96. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language
97. Been elected to public office
98. Thought to yourself that you're living your dream
99. Had to put someone you love into hospice care
100. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn't know you
101. Had a booth at a street fair
102. Dyed your hair
103. Been a DJ
104. Rocked a baby to sleep
105. Ever dropped a cat from a high place to see if it really lands on all four
106. Raked your carpet
107. Brought out the best in people
108. Brought out the worst in people
109. Worn a mood ring
110. Ridden a horse
111. Carved an animal from a piece of wood or bar of soap
112. Cooked a dish where four people asked for the recipe.
113. Buried a child
114. Gone to a Broadway (or equivalent to your country) play
115. Been inside the pyramids
116. Shot a basketball into a basket
117. Danced at a disco
118. Played in a band
119. Shot a bird
120. Gone to an arboretum
121. Tutored someone\
122.
123. Brought an old fad back into style
124. Eaten caviar
125. Let a salesman talk you into something you didn’t need
126. Ridden a giraffe or elephant
127. Published a book
128. Pieced a quilt
129. Lived in a historic place
130. Acted in a play or performed on a stage
131. Asked for a raise
132. Made a hole-in-one - does Putt Putt count?
133. Gone deep sea fishing
134. Gone roller skating
135. Ran a marathon
136. Learned to surf
137. Invented something
138. Flown first class
139. Spent the night in a 5-star luxury suite
140. Flown in a helicopter
141. Visited Africa
142. Sang a solo
143. Gone spelunking
144. Learned how to take a compliment
145. Written a love-story
146. Seen Michelangelo’s David
147. Had your portrait painted
148. Written a fan letter
149. Spent the night in something haunted
150. Owned a St. Bernard or Great Dane
151. Ran away
152. Learned to juggle
153. Been a boss
154. Sat on a jury
155. Lied about your weight
156. Gone on a diet
57. Found an arrowhead or a gold nugget
158. Written a poem
159. Carried your lunch in a lunch box
160. Gotten food poisoning
161. Gone on a service, humanitarian or religious mission
162. Hiked the Grand Canyon
163. Sat on a park bench and fed the ducks
164. Gone to the opera
165. Gotten a letter from someone famous
166. Worn knickers
167. Ridden in a limousine
168. Attended the Olympics
169. Can hula or waltz
170. Read a half dozen Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys books
171. Been stuck in an elevator
172. Had a revelatory dream
173. Thought you might crash in an airplane
174. Had a song dedicated to you on the radio or at a concert
175. Saved someone’s life
176. Eaten raw whale
177. Know how to tat, smock or do needlepoint
178. Laughed till your side hurt
179. Straddled the equator
180. Taken a photograph of something other than people that is worth framing

182. Sent a message in a bottle
183. Spent the night in a hostel
184. Been a cashier
185. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
186. Joined a union
187. Donated blood or plasma
188. Built a camp fire
189. Kept a blog
190. Had hives
191. Worn custom made shoes or boots
192. Made a PowerPoint presentation
193. Taken a Hunter’s Safety Course
194. Served at a soup kitchen
195. Conquered the Rubik’s cube
196. Know CPR
197. Ridden in or owned a convertible
198. Found a long lost friend
199. Helped solve a crime
200. Responded to a NJP newsletter

Let me know if you do this...it was fun.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Chit Chat

Good Morning. It's been a long week. A busy week at that. The weather here is very cold....and ugly. I think we need some sunshine. Miller has a play date today and a coloring book exchange so we will be busy running. Wish it was snowing instead.
I have been busy making out my grocery lists for Christmas. So many things to go to and cook for. I had a shopping day with an old dear friend yesterday. We really enjoyed our time together. Good talks and lots of laughs...the kind that makes your stomach hurt.
Things are starting to get crazy around here....we have something almost every night. I dont like it that way it just happens.
Madison is going to her first semi formal winter dance tomorrow night. We got a dress. That was hard watching her try on all of the fancy little dresses. But she picked a good one and I'm doing her make up and hair. Dont worry everyone...Scott is chaperoning it.
I think I'm getting a new do tomorrow. I'll let you know so I don't chicken out.
The weekend holds alot of running for us. We have several parties and they are all back to back. I need to do some laundry also.
I only have 4 more gifts to get and still need to wrap. Which I plan on doing during nap time today. Miller wants to un wrap everything.....so I'm wrapping and hiding.
We have started planning our Disney trip for next year. It's going to be exciting. We are looking forward to it.
I hope you all have a great day.

Monday, December 08, 2008

Lets Talk


What a week since we talked last. My tree has gone up twice. I originally always decorate it in pinks and golds...now I have a boy...so we are now all reds golds and whites....(alot of santas). I completely decorated it and took it all down..and re decorated it. Yes...I'm nuts. I was looney when it was all said and done. But the house is decked and the halls are done. We are officially decorated. I start baking soon... I have done some candy. Went to a cookie exchange and had a blast. Enjoyed myself with great woman.
My dear friend F from high school is here all month and we have been hanging together alot. It's nice to have her around. My dear friend C is thinking of coming to see me in Feb....which I cannot wait. That will be nice.
My birthday was great. Had alot of people I haven't seen nor spoke to in years email or call. I was so surprised. Even an old boss called. Birthdays mean alot to me. They have always been special. Scott took me out Saturday night. We had a really good time. Tonight we went with my parents to a local restaurant and had a nice meal. Instead of cake for dessert they sent me a tequila shot in a jalapeno pepper...and let me just tell you.....hot hot hot baby....I had to soak my mouth in ice water....lol.
But i had a good time. I spent the day with mom....and we had fun.
Tomorrow we have a play date set up with F and her son. Miller has a haircut. (say a prayer for me) and gymnastics....
I should be finishing up my Christmas shopping this week. Almost done. Which makes me feel really good.
Miller is getting a fish (pish as he calls it) from Santa. We babysat the neighbors fish over Thanksgiving and he fell in love with Sparkles. So.....I need to get the pish on Christmas Eve.....
Christmas cards are slowly going out this week. And neighbors will be getting their goodies this weekend.
I love this time of year...I can smell the fresh pine and it smells like Christmas.
Enjoy your week everyone....

Monday



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For Today...December 8th


Outside my Window...the sun is rising slowly...and it is cold. Very cold. My dog didn't even stay out long.

From the learning rooms...since we are getting down to Christmas I may just work on numbers this month and talk about Jesus and his birth.

I'am thinking....that I'm 34 today. It's my birthday.

I'am thankful.....for heat, my house, paid for vehicles, and sales.

I'am going...I'm going out with momma today. A girls day.

From the kitchen this week...Mostaccioli, Breakfast, Burgers on the grill, Chicken Divan, Toffee, and more peanut butter balls, and Banana Sour Cream Bread for the neighbors

I am wearing..a warm up suit...its pink

I am reading...Martha Stewart's holiday cookbook and entertaining

I am hoping...to get presents wrapped this week.

I am creating...an area to wrap those presents in the laundry room.

I am hearing...nothing..Scott and Madison are gone and Miller is sleeping still. Silence.

Around the house..cleaning floors, dusting, cleaning bathrooms, and stripping sheets.

One of my favorite things...a foot rub.

Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week...gymnastics, church, coffee with a friend, shopping with a friend and lunch, playdate with MOPS, hair app and nail appointment, Madison has her first winter dance to attend, semi formal. we have our MOPS Chrismtas party on Sunday night, and Sunday School Christmas Party on Saturday night.

Miller was sick last week...high high fever....he is healing and better now. Today I turn 34. A friend recently told me that Glamor magazine said turning 34 was the best year yet. You felt confident and really good about yourself...we will see.

A picture thought I wanted to share with you.




Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Let's Talk


Good Morning. The sun is finally shining today. We had some pretty snow fall yesterday...nothing to stick..but pretty to watch. I had hot cocoa and sat next to the tree during nap time...it was nice..quiet alone time. I enjoy moments like this. I started my December devotions yesterday. Keeping myself accountable to give thanks each day and pray. Sometimes I forget to give it all to him.
Miller and I are going to put up the Christmas Decorations outside today. Hoping it goes well. Scott didn't get it done this past weekend...it was too yuck outside. We don't do Christmas decor until after Miller's birthday anyway.
Alot of you asked for my White Lightning Recipe and I posted it on my food blog.....I also posted another goody around this house in December so go check it out.
The rest of the week will be very busy. But fun busy. Christmas Parties start up for us. That is always fun.
I have done my first of two grocery shoppings for the holidays....came out right at $300 for 2 weeks which isn't bad for all I cook. I have gone over menus and things to bake...candy to make and fun stuff to make. I'm really excited about the holidays this year. Last year not so much.
Alot of you noticed my birthday is next week..thanks for the wishes already. My birthday is next Monday. Last year it sorta got forgotten but I dont really want to talk about that. This year I'm keeping it low key. Simple. Scott and I have plans. I'm happy.
On another note....Miller wont talk potty training...so I may just wait until after the holidays. There is alot of excitement going on.
I finished my decorating inside finally. I may change my tree up next year...thinking about going all red...I will need to hit the sales the day after Christmas.
I guess I have talked enough. I need to make some breakfast and get us ready and attempt the outside lights. We have a little Christmas party to attend tonight for my dear friend Kim who had Cooper....Cooper is home by the way and doing well. The party is to celebrate them...and I'm really looking forward to it.
I found a new coffee creamer...vanilla spiced rum and it is yummy...try it. Have a nice day today friends....tomorrow is my day off....lunch with friends and coffee with a friend....its going to be good.

Monday, December 01, 2008

My day book



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For Today...December 1st


Outside my Window...the sky is dark....it is 39 and the weather forecast says we will get a wet snow slush today.

From the learning rooms...this week we are talking about Advent. He may not understand but I plan to make an advent calender with him out of construction paper.

I'am thinking....of the way I will decorate the dining room for the holidays...should I set the table with my Spode Christmas dishes or not?

I'am thankful.....for getting to stay home with Miller

I'am going...no where today.....the rest of the week is another story.

From the kitchen this week...Beef Stroganoff, King Ranch Chicken Casserole, Breakfast....grilled burgers...White Lightning candy...and maybe some toffee....just a few things this week going on .

I am wearing...my silk robe

I am reading...Christmas notebooks and magazines

I am hoping...to get the rest of the holiday decor up..it has taken me 2 days.

I am creating...menus and lists


I am hearing...the television go on.

Around the house...stripping sheets, and laundry..the house is clean.

One of my favorite things...a sunset on the beach..with a tropical drink.

Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week...gymnastics, my bible study, MOPS Christmas Brunch, a Christmas Party with my gal pals, lunch with a dear friend for my birthday, coffee with an old friend for my birthday, Miller has his 3 yr check up this week and his 2nd dose of the flu mist, and dinner with hubby one night along with a cookie exchange...63 cookies baby!

A picture thought..our Christmas Tree...last year...I'm still working on this years.