Monday, November 30, 2009

Good Morning



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FOR TODAY...Monday...November 30th

Outside my window... the streets are wet. It's cold....and the lights in houses are coming on.

I am thinking... of all our Christmas stuff I'm putting out today.

I am thankful for... for birthday parties...Miller had 4 for turning 4. He had a ball.

I am wearing...tank and yoga pants.

I am remembering... to be thankful this holiday season and to give more.

I am going... on a weekend girl shopping trip on Friday...cannot wait!

I am reading...Christmas magazines and cookbooks.

I am hoping... Madison feels better....she is home sick today with a tummy ache.

On my mind... Bunco on Thursday night..I'm hosting and so far 12 have RSVP'd....getting excited.

From the learning rooms... Miller has an Advent calender to make today while I'm decorating a Christmas movie to watch and ornaments to paint.
Busy Boy!

Noticing that...if you dont take time for the little things you wont notice them...

Pondering these words... leftovers.

From the kitchen... Baked Potato soup crock pot style, grilled chicken with Jasmine rice and asparagus, Fajitas Nachos, the weekend....is free for all...and making a coconut layer cake for bunco....I'm doing the dessert bar

Around the house...decorating.

One of my favorite things....my children.

From my picture journal..


Thursday, November 26, 2009

Be thankful


Happy Thanksgiving!!!!
Photo of Miller 11/2007

Monday, November 23, 2009

It's Monday again!



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FOR TODAY...Monday...November 23rd

Outside my window... It's misting rain...the streets are wet. Another cold morning.

I am thinking... about the carpet cleaners coming this morning. I need to move some things around in the family room.

I am thankful for... the holidays.

I am wearing...pink pajamas.

I am remembering... families that need help.

I am going... to dinner with my best girl friends tonight.

I am reading...De-Baiting the Woman Trap

I am hoping... for a great week. Miller's birthday is Sunday...he will be 4!

On my mind... last minute thins to get this week....for thanksgiving and Miller's party.

From the learning rooms... making turkey hats and talking about pilgrims.

Noticing that... Miller is happy with cereal...instead of a hot cooked breakfast.

Pondering these words... give thanks...in all you do.

From the kitchen... Thanksgiving Menu...Turkey and Dressing, mashed potatoes and sweet potato casserole, green beans, cranberry salad, corn, veggie tray, broccoli salad, homemade bread, pumpkin rolls and pumpkin pie, Ooey Gooey Butter Cake too.....a yummy menu!

Around the house...carpet cleaners are coming to get me ready for the holidays, making beds and doing laundry.

One of my favorite things.... looking at greeting cards

From my picture j
ournal.. a beautiful waterfall


Wednesday, November 18, 2009

To Vaccinate or Not

Are you get the H1N1 vaccination? That is the question I'm being asked everyday. Scott and I have talked a little about it...but we really dont know anything about it....so...friends, and lurkers..are you getting or giving it to your children? Yes or No and why?

Monday, November 16, 2009

Monday again!



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FOR TODAY...Monday...November 16th

Outside my window... the temps here are so warm...70's yesterday. I cant remember a nicer November day....today should be the same.

I am thinking... of all the laundry I'm behind on....not looking forward to doing it either.

I am thankful for... our MOPS group. Such a great group of ladies.

I am wearing...white pajamas.

I am remembering... to give back.

I am going... on a play date today....and we have a family dinner tonight...

I am reading...De-Baiting the Woman Trap

I am hoping...for a productive day in the house.


On my mind...Our Christmas Budget...we went over this weekend...

From the learning rooms... the colors of fall. Working with using crayons the right way.

Noticing that... my daughter does listen to me when I think she isnt.

Pondering these words... listen dont speak.

From the kitchen... Baked Potato soup in the crock pot, Mexican lasagna, Salmon patties, doing my pear honey this week I hope.I got the burritos and chicken pot pie frozen already.

Around the house...cleaning alot...bathrooms, vacuuming, laundry, dusting...you name it I need to do it.

One of my favorite things.... spending the day with my mom.

From my picture journal.. Miller before his first Church singing performance.


Friday, November 13, 2009

Friday the 13th!!!


For more Favorite things go visit Suzanne over at Living to tell the story....

1. This quote....."I believe you can keep going long after you think you cant"

2. Breakfast with a friend. It was nice to sit and talk about all kinds of fun stuff...with no kids to deal with in that moment. Always take time to sit down alone with girlfriends whether its breakfast, lunch dinner, wine tasting, whatever it may be...take that time.

3. Hearing Christmas music int he department stores. I haven't started playing any yet...and I walked thru the mall the other day and could hear it playing. It makes me smile.

4. My new Suburban we bought Saturday. I have always wanted one. And now i own one. :)

5. Looking through holiday cookbooks and magazines this week. I enjoy finding family favorites.

This weekend is Scott's birthday. We are celebrating with family and friends. We have a Chili Supper for church to go to and a birthday party to attend. Throw in a local football game and a MOPS meeting, and a family dinner....a nice weekend to celebrate Scott. I love him very much. Happy Birthday babe.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

today

This morning I'm going to have breakfast with a friend. Miller is going to momma's and I'm heading out. I have some errands to run afterwords and hoping Madison doesn't call me from school to come pick her up.
Her throat has been hurting....so who knows. I went by the school yesterday and they were sending kids home left and right...yuck. I came home and germ x'd myself.

The temps here have been really nice....so we have taken advantage of being outside.
We have church tonight.
Hope you all have a great day!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

The Christmas Photo

How many of you do a Christmas Photo? I hate to get it together. We quit paying a professional awhile back. I left totally stressed...Scott complained of getting dressed up and honestly the price was nuts. But then we found a woman who did it on the side for a great price and we grabbed her...but life goes on and she married and moved away.
So....that leads it to me. So for the past 4 years I have taken our family Christmas photo. The first year wasn't so bad....as Miller was a new born and Madison and he had matching pajamas and Madison had a Santa hat on her head. The card read look what Santa brought me for Christmas. The second year...we couldn't keep Miller still in front of my parents fireplace. You have Madison in her picture perfect pose and Miller trying to come after me in every pose.....he was a brand new one that year. The third year we did yet again a Christmas Tree pose....and it worked out...we will just say that...good enough all the aunts called loving it. Last year I actually got a good one in front of my fire place...but forgot to add the holiday scene border around it at Walmart...which totally stressed me out after printing 60 copies....no going back.
This year.....I'm done. I dressed them in red and grey with jeans....thru a blanket on the ground outside..(because we are having great weather for November) and started shooting the camera...gave them some poses...didn't really know where I was going...didn't really care...just knew I would surely get a good one somewhere in the mix. Remember Miller is now almost 4. SO he listens..................sometimes. On a good day.

I brought the camera inside last night and loaded the pictures tot he computer and pulled up Snapfish.com....and created our perfect Christmas card. It's not perfect. But its better than I imagined it would be.
I'm not sure why I get so crazy over a holiday picture...maybe its because all 60 people we send it to dissects it or maybe its wanting your kids to listen to you for 30 minutes. Or maybe its just because you want to be remember the holidays with this picture. I don't know.
Our photos are done. Hallelujah.....they are ordered and should be on my doorstep by Monday. I'm so glad its over....let the holidays begin!

Monday, November 09, 2009

Monday Monday!



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FOR TODAY...Monday...November 9th

Outside my window... the sun is slowly rising...and I'm watching moms and dads go to work.

I am thinking... of our new Suburban we bought Saturday. :)

I am thankful for... Our God. As he provides us with everything we need. He restores us.

I am wearing...tank and pajama pants

I am remembering... how fast the holidays hit us all. So I'm working in my Christmas Planner today...

I am going... after school the kids have Christmas pictures to be taken.

I am reading...catch up on magazines....

I am hoping...that the up coming days are calm and peaceful for all.

On my mind...recipes and holiday cookbooks.

From the learning rooms... being thankful for everything. We are also collecting pine cones...to spray paint for a center piece.

Noticing that... Everything always works out. The good thing is we learn something from it.

Pondering these words... Live, Laugh and Love

From the kitchen... Cheeseburger Soup, Salmon Patties, Mexican lasagna, Veggie Beef Soup, Upside Pizza, Chicken and Dumplins.....also making several chicken pot pie mixtures to freeze for crazy nights in December.

Around the house...the house was cleaned on Friday so today is laundry...alot of it. And straightening around...making those pot pies!

One of my favorite things.... going to the candy shop down town and test tasting the different fudges they make! Yum!

From my picture journal..Miller at our MOPS Pumpkin Painting Day!

Friday, November 06, 2009

Friday


For more Favorite things go visit Suzanne over at Living to tell the story....

1. Pumpkin Spice Creamer in my coffee. Yum. I love this time of year when all the new creamers come out.

2. Shopping in Lexington last weekend. Got some Christmas shopping done. That makes me feel good.

3. The weather has been nice this week. Sunshine is always good to have...everyday.

4. Tank Tops. Madison and I share alot of tanks....but I got new ones this past week....:)

5. Listening to Miller tell me about his day at school. Priceless!

I hope you all have a great weekend. It's supposed to be a great weekend. Lunch at a friends house on Sunday afternoon and a little Open House shopping in downtown Sunday evening with gal pals.
Tonight......we are hanging out at home....and tomorrow night I'm making a friends special recipe...with sauce...yummy!
Have a great weekend friends...be safe.

Thursday, November 05, 2009

My take on Disney World

We started planning our trip to Disney a year in advance. We new where we wanted to stay and all the things we wanted to do. I would sit down in the mornings and search the web for new things at Disney. Some things we would do again and again and again...and some we would pass up.
Here they are...

1. Food....all the food started to taste alike and look the same by day 3. But the Garden Grill wasn't our favorite food wise. The atmosphere was great and the character part was great. Yet the food was just not what we expected for Disney food.
The best food we had and experience at a restaurant was the Whispering Canyon Cafe located in Fort Wilderness. The food was great.....the ribs the chicken....all so good. The gave us so much to eat...and the atmosphere was awesome. We all loved it.....and still talk about it today.

2. Parks.....We love Magic Kingdom by far. Took us 3 days to do it. Something about the park that makes every adult feel like a kid. I could go thru that park everyday.
Now all the parks are great with their own thing going on......we dont do the water parks as each hotel has a small water parkish thing going on.....

3. Rides....we all talked and by far Soarin was our favorite ride. Such a cool thing to exp. We also love other rides such as The Tower of Terror, Toy Store mania, Splash mtn and the Rocky mtn Roller Coaster. Some rides we wouldnt waste time on again would be....Stitchs Great Escape...not what we remembered it as...alot of bad smells, any ride that resembled the Dumbo ride...and there were 2 others like it in different parks....

4. Shows....we did alot of shows after lunch as the temps were very high that week and we needed a break after our tummies were full. We enjoyed all of them to be honest...Playhouse Disney was awesome, its tough to be a bug, monsters Inc, and Nemo the musical a few of our favorites.....i dont think there were any on our list we would not see again....one piece of advice though..dont go on a water ride before going into any of the shows....you will freeze to death.

5. Disney Resorts....we stayed at Carribean Beach...last time it was Port Orleans...both great places, family friendly. I would highly recommend either of them.
I would not stay off property....i think you miss too much. Just my opinion.

6. Dining Plan....Do it. We did the table service and fast food with one snack a day plan....it worked out perfect....do it. Enough said.

7. Dining Reservations...make them..highly recommended. Dont wait...you wont get what you want.

8. Characters...they are everywhere..so if you dont get those great shots the first day...you have the rest of the week and you will get them.

I love to plan trips...a hobby i guess. But Disney planning is awesome. I have all the tricks and tips you need....email me anytime for your Disney planning.

Over all...we had a blast. It was an unforgettable trip. Something we will always treasure. Disney is a magical place for all ages. I highly recommend you go.

Hugs and Pixie Dust!
Jen

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

The last day....Hollywood Studios.


So our morning began in front of the "Hat" and we began our journey into Hollywood Studios. What an awesome day we had. This place rocks....we could have done 2 days in it.


Down Sunset Blvd....there are several famous looking cars to which Miller HAD to have his picture made in front of.

Again.....


One of the new attractions here was American Idol...the fans we are....we went and sat in the audience and checked it out...so cool..we got to vote. It was pretty awesome.

Our lunch reservation was at Playhouse Disney Live and Dine....this has been a staple show in our household for almost 4 years now. Miller loves it. The lunch was okay....but the company was awesome...we saw Jo Jo and Goliath and the Little Eisensteins....pretty cool.


We went and found Miller's other heros. Lightning and mater.....Miller thought they would talk....he wanted to get into the cars....see how he is hugging Lightning?

This was Miller's first Disney movie he sat and watched the whole way thru...Monsters Inc.....so when he walked in and there stood Mike and Sully......he smiled so big....it was awesome. The helper asked what my first Disney Movie was....I couldnt really remember...I think Cinderella.


Here we are at Honey i Shrunk the Kids Play Ground...a great place to let the kids run and let it all out.
Which they did.


This was our last spot of the day. It was long but worth it.

Tomorrow the over view of the whole trip...tips for Disney and what we wished we had done and what we wont do again....