Monday, December 31, 2007
This year for me was a different one. I personally feel I have changed a lot. Really took a look at my life and stopped stressing over the small details. Declined a lot of invitations and really spent a lot of down time. A lot of alone time. Which sounds kind of depressing, but I learned a lot about myself this year. In the past I was so worried about pleasing everyone and something in me clicked and I realized that I no longer needed to do that. I was pleased with myself and no one else's opinions of me should affect that. Anyways. It was a good year. So here's hoping 2008 will be even better!
Also today is my husband and my wedding anniversary. Eight years! We have been together for 12 so it feels like, We've only been married 8? So I need to go downstairs and bust out the wedding video to watch. I love looking back on that. Best New Years Eve of my life! We have fun on New Years, We are pretty much homebodies. We have friends over, some family stops by and we eat lots of unhealthy food and play games all night. So I am looking forward to tonight.
To all of you I wish you a Safe, Healthy New Years and Blessings to all of you in 2008!!
Saturday, December 29, 2007
|Your Karaoke Theme Song is "I'm Too Sexy"|
You're a total goof ball and a bit of a nut job. You don't take yourself seriously at all.
And while you may not be the greatest singer, you're the first to volunteer for karaoke.
You have a wild and unpredictable sense of humor that always gets people cracking up.
Irreverent and rebellious, your humor knows no bounds or limits. You enjoy shocking people.
You might also sing: "Like a Virgin," "Ice Ice Baby," and "Hey Ya!"
Stay away from people who sing: "Sweet Home Alabama"
Saturday, December 15, 2007
|You Should Have a Blue Christmas Tree|
For you, the holidays represent a time of calm, understanding, and peace.
You avoid family fights, and you don't get too stressed out - even when things are crazy!
You like to make Christmas about making everyone's life a little bit better.
You don't get caught up in greed or commercialism. You're too sincere for that.
Your blue tree would look great with: Lots of silver tinsel
You should spend Christmas Eve watching: It's a Wonderful Life
What you should bake for Santa: Chocolate chip cookies
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Monday, December 10, 2007
So my family was happy that we have a house full of treats. We are loaded with Ginger molasses cookies, Snicker doodles and sugar cookies that I made and also Monster cookies. gingersnaps, chocolate noodles, m&m cookies, chocolate peppermint, peanut butter kisses, spritz cookies, peanut butter cookies. Yum, yum. My dad informed me that grandma made her pecan tarts so I am gonna have to stop by and load up on those too. Oh and me and the girls are gonna have exercise time each day so we will either be doing yoga or dancing with the stars. I just got back into my old size clothes (a little over 3 years later) I love me some Christmas cookies, but I can't let them get the best of me. Oh going to the dentist next week too!
Saturday, December 01, 2007
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
I did manage to sneak out Friday evening and get more Christmas shopping done. I am doing pretty good with it this year. Doing online shopping which is something I really haven't done before. I even have a few people finished up. I love it!! I know some of you out there are done already and good for you. I usually like to get out a little when it is actually Christmas time so I can soak up all the decorations and listen to the wonderful music. So I usually don't even start until December.
We had our daughters birthday party Saturday and we had a good turnout. She had some of her friends there and some cousins we don't see very often showed up too. We went swimming at a local hotel and it was so much fun. It went off without a hitch until last night when I realized I left my charger to my camera plugged in the wall in our room. I need to call today and see if they still have it. My dh is gonna think I did it on purpose since I have been pricing cameras and getting ready to upgrade. Now without a charger I will be forced to buy a new one. I really didn't plan that out and I hope they still have it as it will be a few weeks before I purchase anything new.
This was our first time staying in a hotel with our kids. I know bad parents, we just don't travel with our kids. Heck, we don't travel at all!! I am just waiting until they are older when they aren't so wild. But they were really good. They thought it was just great to sleep there and wake up and eat breakfast there. They will really love it this winter when we stay overnight at one of the indoor water parks. This was just a warm up for them.
We got home Sunday and put up our Christmas Tree. I am loving how excited Natalie is getting. I have 2 trees up right now and we will have 3. Since my mil lives here now, she has a tree with all her special ornaments so I told her she could put it up in our dining room. The one at the top of the stairs I put up last week, so when we put up the living room tree Natalie said "2 trees??" She thought that was great. And then yesterday I got out my lighted garland to wrap the banister and she says "more trees?" She is so cute these days I could gobble her up!
Yesterday was Elena's real birthday. She is officially 5! My mil took her out to lunch and gave her presents and then my aunt stopped by after work and hung out with us for a little bit and brought her another gift. We made cut out turkey cookies for her to bring to school today and frosted them last night. We all went to church and had our picture taken for our directory and it actually came out! They luckily put a bright red background up that did not look good with our outfits, so it saved me spending a bunch of money.
Today I get to spend time with my grandma. She gets together with her sisters and they have a bingo party. They bring gifts for prizes and then have a potluck. I haven't went for years and I am looking forward to it. Me and Natalie will go and spend time with them while Ethan and Elena are in school.
So just sharing what has been going on with me the last few days. It was a great weekend and I am so Thankful for it!
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
So I have a few tackles for today. I am helping at my daughters preschool for their Thanksgiving feast. I love to do this, they dress up like pilgrims and Indians. Last year Elena dressed up like a pilgrim, this year she is an Indian. I always am surprised at how many preschoolers eat the turkey dinner.
I have to head to the post office and ship out a camera I just sold on eBay. I am loving this eBay thing. Definitely can see myself walking around my house and just selling everything for the pure thrill of the auction. Could seriously be dangerous. Must proceed with caution.
Also each of the kids are going to have friends over after school which will help me as they won't be needing my constant attention. My tackles for today are the upstairs and downstairs closets. Since the mother in law moved in, I lost some closet space and am freaking because I don't know where to hide Christmas presents!! We are very limited with hiding places in this house. So today I am going to create some space.
At some point I need to sneak over to the next town and buy a few things that are on my shopping list for Christmas. All on sale for 4 day pre -Thanksgiving sales. Savings of like $50, so I gotta get over and do it!
Just need to make some space first. Not too hard of a tackle today and no, no pictures are allowed as It really is overfilled and nobody wants to see those messes.
Monday, November 19, 2007
Monday: Chicken Quesadillas and Tomato soup -chicken soup for Natalie. She caught a bug yesterday:(
Tuesday: Mother in Law cooking
Wednesday: Tator tot casserole
Thursday: Gobble, Gobble - Guess what we'll be eating??
Friday: Thanksgiving leftover casserole - Love this!!
Saturday: My daughter's 5th Birthday party. Pizza and cake!!
Sunday: Spaghetti pie, salad
We don't eat turkey for days and days I try to make as many meals as I can out of the leftovers and freeze them so we can enjoy turkey a little here and there. Last year I was able to make
Turkey soup, Turkey Chili, Turkey Tetrazzini and The Turkey Casserole
LEFTOVER THANKSGIVING CASSEROLE
3 Tbls butter
2 Tbls flour
1can (12 oz) Evaporated Milk
1 C water
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp onion powder
2 Tbls butter
1 C finely crushed herb-seasoned dry bread stuffing mix (I used stove top)
1 C cooked, diced turkey
1 C shredded cheddar cheese
2 C leftover mashed potatoes
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9x13 baking dish
2. Melt 3 Tbls butter in a saucepan over low heat. Blend in flour, Slowly stir in evaporated milk and water, then season with salt, pepper and onion powder. Stir sauce over low heat for 5 min.
3. In a separate saucepan, over low heat, melt 2 tbls butter. Blend in the dry stuffing mix.
4. Place turkey in the baking dish, pour sauce over the turkey, then sprinkle with Cheddar cheese. Spread mashed potatoes over cheese. Top mashed potatoes with the stuffing mixture.
5. Bake 45 min
I am getting almost giddy this week knowing it is the official kick off of the Christmas season. We had an early Thanksgiving get together this past weekend with family and it really put me into high gear! I really am looking forward to this Holiday with our 2 year old. She is really starting to talk and I know she will be so much fun!
I hope everyone has lots of yummy meals planned for this week! Let the Holiday food begin :)
oh yea, Hop over to Laura's blog for more meal planning.
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Monday, October 29, 2007
Thursday, October 25, 2007
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Congratulations! You have a life! You have a blog, too, but you'd never let that get in the way of your real life. Good for you. How I envy you.
Friday, October 19, 2007
Encourage others and yourself! Share a scripture, quote, devotional, lyrics, or anything that has blessed you and strengthened you in your faith. Don't forget to grab the button and to link back to Sheryl's post.
I cannot say that I have read anything lately that has made me think, or be inspired. In fact with things turning gray and the sun not shining as much this week, it has really had an impact on me. Not liking it. But I have been loving this song. We sang it at a women's retreat our church had and we sing it in church. It's one of those songs that I just get the urge to belt out as I am doing things around the house so I thought I would share the words with you.
(I also have it playing on my playlist)
HOLY IS THE LORD
We stand and lift up our hands
For the joy of the Lord is our strength
We bow down and worship Him now
How great, how awesome is He
And together we sing, everyone sing
Holy is the Lord God Almighty
The earth is filled with his glory
Holy is the Lord God Almighty
The earth is filled with his glory
The earth is filled with his glory
And together we sing, everyone sing
It's rising up
It's the anthem of
The Lord's renown
Holy, holy is the Lord Almighty
By Chris Tomlin and Louie Giglio
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
A woman was asked by a coworker, 'What is it like to be a Christian?'The coworker replied, 'It is like being a pumpkin.' God picks you from the patch, brings you in, and washes all the dirt off of you. Then He cuts off the top and scoops out all the yucky stuff.He removes the seeds of doubt, hate, and greed. Then He carves you a new smiling face and puts His light inside of you to shine for all the world to see.'This was passed on to me by another pumpkin. Now it's your turn to pass it to other pumpkins.
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Sunday, October 07, 2007
So here is what we are eating in our neck of the woods this week:
Monday: Taco salad, corn cake - this new twist is sooo good!
Tuesday : Spaghetti, meatballs, salad, cheese filled bread sticks from Schwans -yum! -Boy Scouts tonight
Wednesday: Pizza - also from Schwans, veggies and dip - Awana tonight
Thursday: Sloppy Joes, Tator Tots, corn on the cob - Middle School Football Game tonight
Friday: Chicken Pot pie, peach jello with peaches
Saturday: There are like 3 Fall family fun festivals going on. Probably hit one of those and get some grub. Otherwise BBQ Ribs on the grill
Sunday: Getting pictures taken with kids and all their cousins. Hoping to just hit a restaurant after the appointment if all goes well.
That's it for me, check out Laura's blog for more yummy ideas!
Friday, September 28, 2007
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Friday, September 14, 2007
Thursday, September 13, 2007
1. Baby pea pod
2. Baby bunny
5. Devil girl
7. Belly Dancer
8. Space Lord
9. Tootsie Roll
10. Jeff Gordon Jumpsuit
13. Bumble Bee
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Monday, September 10, 2007
I will post pics on the family blog of all the excitement going on around here, but I just wanted to put a post on here and say that yes, I am still alive! Thanks for those of you who asked. hee, hee.
Friday, August 24, 2007
"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there will be your heart also" (Matthew 6:19-21)
For the past week or so I have been reading this book.
Breathe - Creating Space for God in a Hectic Life I cannot tell you how refreshing this has been. I really keep saying I want to slow down, enjoy the moments and simplify. This has some great ways of putting things like hectic schedules, and being scattered everywhere to rest and how to be mindful and how to create sabbath simplicity. It really is helping me as I am really working on re shifting my focus and attention for myself and my family to where it needs to be. I have found myself thinking of this book during my day when I handle situations with the kids and I do, I refocus, pray on spot if I need to and we move through smoothly.