Monday, December 28, 2009

The last Monday of the year!

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FOR TODAY...Monday...December 28th

Outside my's really cold. No sunshine. The cardinals are flying all over the back yard...I love to look at them!

I am thinking...of the rest of the Christmas I need to put up today.

I am thankful for...heat. Electricity...running

I am wearing.. pink pajamas

I am remembering...that normally I'am sick this week after Christmas...but I'm not so this is a huge blessing!

I am going... to take Madison to the dentist today....and that is it...maybe the pharmacy.

I am reading...The Friends we Keep......a little book I got for my birthday.

I am hoping... we get snow this nice to look at.

On my mind... My new exercise routine I will start next week. We got a treadmill!

From the learning rooms...bonding with daddy...he is home all week!

Noticing that...2009 was alot of learning and 2010 will be even better!

Pondering these words...Happy New Year!

From the kitchen... Going healthier! Chicken Tortilla Pie, Tilapia with rice and asparagus, Meatloaf, black eyed peas and greens on New Years Day....we are trying new snacks this year too....apples with peanut butter celery too, taking tortillas and making pizzas int he oven too....

What are we doing this week.....Scott is off day we are shopping, tomorrow mom is watching the kids so me and Scott can go to the movies and dinner, cleaning the house....hanging out together...our favorite thing to do!

Around the house..taking down the tree, cleaning rooms out, de cluttering..such as drawers, closets, under beds, cabinets....goodwill here we come!

One of my favorite things....after Christmas shopping.

From my picture journal..I love winter scenes!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Merry Christmas!

I just wanted to wish you all a very Merry Christmas! I'm signing off for awhile. Scott is off from work after today until the New Year and we are spending family time together. I have made it thru all my dinners and parties....and what a great holiday we have had. We have learned to enoy the most important part of Christmas...Christ, Each other and life. I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
But I heard him exclaim as he drove out of sight...Merry Christmas to all and to all a Good Night!

Monday, December 21, 2009

the monday before Christmas

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FOR TODAY...Monday...December 21st

Outside my window...there is frost on the roof tops. Baby Its Cold Outside, I just love that song. No school buses passing is out until next year.

I am thinking...of my last minutes that have been tossed in my lap.

I am thankful for...Scott, the kids my parents and family. Good friends, neighbors and our church. Our home, Scott's job and most important.....Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.

I am wearing.. a jump suit.

I am remembering...that this week will fly by. To stop take time for myself and my family...look around and enjoy the moments.

I am going... to get my hair done today. The kids are going to my moms for awhile. I have last minutes to pick up and then going to dinner with my bestest girlfriends.

I am reading...The Friends we Keep......a little book I got for my birthday.

I am hoping... that we get a little snow on Christmas would be so nice.

On my mind... the cold I'm getting....I have a call into the doctor to nip it. I'm always sick after Christmas and this year I want to enjoy it.

From the learning rooms... just enjoying this time of year.

Noticing that...Life is so short to hold grudges or be mad or not be happy.

Pondering these words...Merry Christmas!

From the kitchen... Lasagna, house salad and bread for my parents one night, Pot Roast with carrots and green beans and rolls for my little family one night, Christmas Eve...we do heavy appetizers...mine are Buffalo Chicken Dip and Pigs in a Blanket, Christmas Morning..Eggs, bacon sausage, biscuits and gravy and fruit salad, Christmas Night...I have to bring Corn Casserole and an appetizer...Cheesy Bacon Dip with Pita chips...YUM!

What are we doing this week.....Somewhere to go each day....tomorrow..we are eating lunch with Scott's mom and going to a movie, my parents and siblings are coming over for dinner, Wedensday we are staying ho
me and making Christmas cookies and decorating them, watching Christmas movies, and then that night after our family dinner we will go look at Christmas lights, and then its the holidays.....:)

Around the house..stripping sheets on beds, sweeping floors, cleaing up bathrooms, laundry

One of my favorite things....listening to Christmas music.

From my picture journal..

I just love this picture....Our Christmas Picture!

Friday, December 18, 2009

It's friday!

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1. Christmas Cards. I love to get them and send them out. And I love to look at them years past. I keep them each year in a large box. Watching peoples children grow up over the years is also amazing.

2. Holiday Parties. We have had several this week to attend. Along with childrens parties. I love to dress up and attend them all. This weekend we have an appetizer party at our home tonight and friends over for dinner tomorrow night....count down is beginning.

3. Taking time out for myself this week. I took Wednesday and got my nails done, shopped and took my time. It was nice. Holiday hustle and bustle can easily take you over. I didnt want that to happen this year.

4. A book I bought myself for my birthday....The Friends you keep. I just started it and love it. Can hardly put it down. I recommend each of you read it!

5. Appetizers for dinner. Yum!

I hope you all enjoy your holidays. This is the last weekend before Christmas. I have all my gifts bought....wrapped and under the tree. The candy is made and cookies almost done. I'm baking breads on New Years....we have so much sweetness going on around here...I'm doing breakfast casseroles for neighbors....2 for today to make. I have some neighbors coming over for appetizers tonight and friends for dinner tomorrow night. Madison has a formal to go to tomorrow night. Her dress is awesome. I will post pictures the first of the year.
Scott is off the week after Christmas. We have something every night until Christmas but its all good stuff. I hope you all have a great weekend!
See you Monday!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Holiday Tips

A few tips this holiday season...

Refuse to let heavy traffic and long lines dampen your Christmas spirit.

Fix yourself a cup of hot cocoa and read "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" by Robert Frost.

Never give a gift that's not nicely wrapped.

Put white lights on your house plants.

Make a friend of an enemy this Christmas.

On a clear night, find the bright North Star and recall the story of the Wise Men.

Teach children to look at the gift tag Before they open the present so they will know whom to thank.

Be a generous giver.

Be a gracious receiver.

Make it a holiday practice to do something nice for someone without telling them you did it.

Be the first to lob a snowball and start a battle.

Buy a big red candle for the dining table and light it every night during the holidays.

Attend a children's Christmas pageant.

Never give someone else's child a gift you would not want your own child to receive.

Open Christmas cards as a family activity each night at the dinner table. Read the messages aloud.

Give someone who's discouraged the gift of encouragement.

Make your family feel just as important as your holiday company.

Pay a debt for someone.

Add a new Christmas cassette or CD to your collection each year.

Offer to carry someone's packages.

Plan a quiet evening with your family the week after Christmas. Talk about your goals for the coming year.

Go ice skating.

Dress the kids for bed, then get in the car to see Christmas lights.

If you're feeling hurried, go to a church, sit in the sanctuary, and reflect on the real meaning of Christmas....very good advice...God will help you!

Introduce a shy person to others at the office Christmas party.

Keep plenty of apple cider and microwave popcorn on hand for unexpected guests.

Don't forget, no matter how many Christmas photos you take, next year you'll wish you had taken more.

This Christmas, write letters to several people who have had a positive influence on your life. Thank them for the gift they have given you.

Let someone else have the parking space you've just found. Think of it as a gift to a strange

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Its Monday

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FOR TODAY...Monday...December 14th

Outside my window...Its not as cold as it has been. The bus just went down the street.

I am thinking...of all the laundry I need to fold.

I am thankful for... Sunday school class. Without it we would be lost. The fellowship we have is awesome. Our class rocks! Our party was last night and we had so much fun...I have not laughed so so long. Great friends!

I am green pajamas.

I am slow down this week...this is the week we all get crazy. Slow down...look around and be grateful for all we have!

I am going... No where...we are baking today. I'm going to Madison's game tonight though.

I am reading...Christmas through a child's eyes. And enjoying it so much!

I am hoping... that we stay stress free throughout the holidays.

On my mind... last minute Christmas gifts to finish this week.

From the learning rooms... little Christmas crafts for Miller to do. Talking about each character in the nativity scene.

Noticing that...sometimes its okay to let go.

Pondering these words...Yes Virginia there is a Santa Claus....all you need to do is BELIEVE!

From the kitchen... Upside Down Pizza, Mexican lasagna...this is for a dinner party this weekend at our home along with a Mandarin Orange salad and appetizer, Breakfast Casseroles for my sweet neighbors, and baking breads.

Around the house..laundry, making beds, floors, wrapping presents

One of my favorite things....Sitting in the living room looking at the Christmas Tree

From my picture journal..

I just love this picture....

Friday, December 11, 2009

Friday Friday!

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1. Christmas Shopping with my momma. With no kids. Just me and her. It was nice. We had a normal lunch together..something we never get to do. I enjoyed it so much. We laughed and talked.
Memories...I will forever cherish.

2. My 3 year old class on Wednesday nights. Our childrens pastor did the Christmas Story Wednesday night with them. I assisted with it. What a blessing to watch these sweet kids listen and decorate the tree in pre school. A true blessing I will never forget. I'm so glad I was blessed to have seen it.

3. My birthday. I love birthdays. Celebrating is so much fun...something I love to do. I have so many friends that love girlfriends are too good to me. We are still celebrating with family....

4. Spiced Nuts.....yum! The smell and the taste...yum!

5. Weekend trips with girlfriends! Christmas Shopping. Everyone loves this and we did it last weekend. So much fun! We ate, drank a little, shopped, and ate...and slept in! Great times!

I have had a great week. From shopping in St Louis over the weekend to my birthday to shopping with my is realy good. This weekend is crazy...dinner with friends and Christmas shopping with Scott tonight.
Our Sunday School Christmas Party which is a progressive dinner and the main course is at my home...looking forward to hosting! Sunday is church and a cookie exchange....which I love. And taking Madison dress shopping sometime in all of this.
I hope you all are enjoying the holidays. Remember our Lord Jesus Christ this holiday season. Remember to give thanks in all you do.
Talk to you all Monday...until safe and God Bless!

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Christmas Cards part 2

We did our Christmas Cards a couple of weeks the brave soul I'am took them myself. It wasnt that bad at first....and then they wouldn't listen.

Madison loves posing for the camera...Miller gets bored with it...I guess its a boy thing.

They got goofy...which drove me nuts...and then finally I decided to laugh with them. Why not.

My girl.

Miller looks scared to death...we did decide on some....I will post the actual ones I created on and show you all later in the month.

Do you do your own Christmas cards? Are you crazy once its all over searching for that perfect picture?

Monday, December 07, 2009

Monday December 7th

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FOR TODAY...Monday...December 7th

Outside my window... it's cold...I can tell its the holidays as I see everyone's Christmas Tree lights on in their window's. As people walk by the house they are bundled up from head to toe.

I am thinking... about the Dr appointment I'm taking Miller too today. It's the dreaded 4 year old check up....4 shots and a finger prick and peeing in a cup....its going to be a long tough morning for the little fella...say a little prayer for us both. :)

I am thankful for... Sweet Friends...who surprise me and love me for who I'am. I have so many who teach me that life is so short and to embrace each moment...thank you all for this.

I am wearing...tank and yoga pants.

I am remembering... that he died on the cross for me.

I am going... to the doctor's office today....and a game tonight for Madison. This week is busy I'm going every single day..

I am reading...Christmas through a child's eyes.

I am hoping... that we stay stress free throughout the holidays.

On my mind... Our Sundays Schools Christmas Party this's a Progressive dinner and the main course is at my home.....we are doing Italian...looking forward to it!

From the learning rooms... Painting ornaments for grandparents.

Noticing that...Miller and Madison are not always going to do what I want them to do...part of that parent/child thing....but that I love them unconditionally.

Pondering these words... Be still and Know that I'am God...Psalms 46:10.....repeating this verse thru the hustle and bustle of the season.

From the kitchen... not alot this week....veggie beef soup and cornbread....the rest is eating out....either a party or my birthday dinners....also trying to make time for a candy making day!

Around the house..laundry, making beds, floors, wrapping presents

One of my favorite birthday....tomorrow!

From my picture journal..