Thursday, December 24, 2009
Our Christmas Eve is spent with Mema and Pa. We will go to Christmas Eve candlelight service which is probably my most favorite thing, open presents and spend the day with each other celebrating our Lord and Savior. When we get home there is still one more present to open before bed, that one gift that we all know is going to be new pajamas. Of course you can't forget to put out Santa's favorite cookies and chocolate milk and carrots for the reindeer.
I love to make a big breakfast on Christmas morning. My family calls it "country fried breakfast". Everyone can have whatever they want for breakfast that morning. Hopefully when we move closer to the family, they can come over to enjoy breakfast with us.
What are some of your traditions?
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
My sister Jame and I
Levi not loving ice skating
I am so ready for the main dish!
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Anyone else have all the mixed emotions that school breaks bring?
It would always turn out that I would "have" to stay home half the time and would feel guilty for the childcare I found for the other half. I never did enjoy any of this so called vacation time.
Now, I not only get to stay home but I plan to enjoy it 100%! Life is so much better when you have someone else invested in you. I blame all of this excitement on my husband! For taking care of me and our family and giving me the opportunity to actually enjoy it all.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Her mom also made a scarf which I didn't get a picture of but is so pretty as well!
This was a wonderful experience for me and I am so glad I participated! Thank you Jennifer for all these gifts! I will treasure them forever and every year when I put the ornaments on the tree, I will remember you and your generosity to me and my family.
I mean come on, not just anyone would include something special for my banshees too!
Monday, December 7, 2009
Helping make the holidays sweeter for female service members in Basra, Iraq.
1. Moisturizers: Fragrant lotions, shampoos, soaps, loofah sponges, etc. (Small samples are great)2. Magazines (nothing sexy, please) Issues you've read are fine too.
Also, ground coffee. (Strong. No decaf.)
No chocolate candy, please. The temperature in Basra is still in the high 70s.
Meyers, Aaron D.
SFC Meyers will make sure that our gifts are delivered directly to female service members.
All this information came directly from the Do1NiceThing website. Go check it out for the complete Nice list.
Friday, November 27, 2009
It's Mama M's 5 Question Friday, the blog carnival that poses quirky, fun questions so we can get to know each other better!!
Questions for November 27th: (Thanks to Adrienne and Tyler for their question suggestions!!)
1. Do you do a real or fake Christmas tree? For the last several years I have sadly displayed a fake tree because it was easier for me. This year we are going out together as a family and getting a real one!! No more fake evergreen smell for this house--I can smell it already.
2. What is your favorite Christmas tradition with your family? I love the togetherness of Holidays. My favorite Christmas tradition has to be Christmas Eve story time.
3. Do you celebrate Thanksgiving in your neck of the woods? Oh yes, it is my favorite holiday--the only one that hasn't been commercialized. There isn't anything better than getting together with everyone you love-friends and family-and enjoying each other's company.
And, if so...how many calories do you think you consumed yesterday? I'm not sure but I know that football game shaved off some of them!
4. Have you started decorating for Christmas, yet? Started on Wednesday.
5. What is your favorite Christmas cookie? I'm more of a pie person.
I'm off to eat leftovers....
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Levi (on his way home): There is something we haven't talked about before that we need to talk about now.
Me (heading out with the boys for some old fashioned trick-or-treating): Really, this sounds important, do you want to talk about it now?
Levi: I know your feelings about having animals but what if I were to bring one home?
Levi: I would take care of her.....
Fast forward a few days or weeks, a month maybe. I'm really not sure how long it was because I tend to block
horrible some things from my memory, although I do remember it was after she chewed up the bottom of the kitchen blinds!
This was worse than the blinds though, these were those red shoes I spent way too much money on.
These $70 red shoes were purchased on a trip to New York City. After spending way too long in Macy's and almost leaving sans shoes, Levi was a little upset so I clearly had to buy something. I left spending more on a pair of shoes than I have ever spent on shoes before and not feeling to good about it either.
After Sydney got a hold of them I tried to wear them, missing one heel and all, but it just didn't work out. I had to throw them out.
Sydney has chewed up more shoes than I care to think about but this by far was the most destructive thing she has done to me. I have yelled "she's out of here" a few times but from the words of Kaleb "mom doesn't mean that, she's just mad". We love our Sydney.
Friday, November 6, 2009
1. What is your favorite "eat" on Thanksgiving? Everything! I love to eat Thanksgiving food especially all the wonderful side dishes. Oh yeah, and the desserts are fabulous!
2. What is the name your best girl friend and the best trait about her or how you met (or heck, both!!) My sister Jamie and I met when we were going into the 8th grade and hated each other from the first minute. We were so different from each other and had lived different lives up to that point. Now she is my best friend on so many levels.
3. What would you say is one of your "weirdest" quirks? I'm not sure OCD is a quirk.?.
4. What is your favorite genre of music? (Hip hop? Classical? Rock? etc.) Definitely depends on my mood but most often I listen to country, christian and hip hop / pop.
5. Are you a Night Owl...or an Early Bird? I'm really not one more than the other. If I have things to do I will get up bright and early with the sunshine but if we have night plans I can stay out and party with the best of them. Most nights though I am in bed by 10:00.
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Tuesday, November 3, 2009
There are two categories--The crafty type or the shopaholic. They will be taking entries, then pairing everyone up with a similar person to be mailed by December 1st.
Hurry over to sign up, deadline to enter is November 15th!!!!
Monday, November 2, 2009
Then glue strands of the boa around the ankles, wrists, and neck and bunched up for the tail.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
I say winning because we randomly went to Wal-Mart that night and they just so happened to be having a costume contest, which we were persuaded into entering. We won 1st place!! I think we were given a gift card and some other goodies.
We had such a fun time and Kaleb really played the part of the quacking duck.
This post was inspired by prompt #5 at Mama's Losin It.
Friday, October 23, 2009
We have added a poll to help us choose Kaden's costume this year.
Kaleb had his costume picked out about a month ago, he wants to be on the Cardinals baseball team. It's a shame they didn't make it to the world series. Go Red Birds!!
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
I have searched everywhere with no luck--I am going to have to break down and buy a new phone. On the bright side I will get the phone that I really want. Hey, if you have to spend that much money on something might as well get the one you want, right!?!
Friday, October 16, 2009
I really wish I could have had the chance to interview my grandmother before she passed away--she was the woman who raised me. I remember every year at school for Mother's Day we would celebrate by making cards and homemade bouquets. I always made them for my Grandma who proudly displayed them all over her home. Although we moved around A LOT all over Las Vegas during my childhood, my Grandmother's was the one constant place we had to go to.
I have become friends with my birth mother and have developed a strong friendship with her and now I am looking forward to building a strong relationship with my mother-in-law. So I decided to interview her on motherhood.
Can't say I have a favorite age, every stage of Levi's life was special and I wouldn't have missed any of it.
I do miss having him in the house. It was hard when he went to college, but I love it when I have my grandkids come visit and fill the void.
The most difficult time was when he got hurt in any way. I would have traded places with him in a heartbeat.
The most rewarding part was just having Levi, he continues to bring so much joy to our lives along with his new family."
She is a fabulous lady and my father-in-law is pretty awesome too!
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
I was there for the birth of my niece three years ago and I want to be there again for my nephew's birth. I was honored that my sister wanted me in the delivery room with her. I raced to KC to be with her knowing that a crazy snow storm was brewing. Not only was it a crazy snow storm, it was one of the worst. I stayed a day later than planned to wait it out but ended up sitting on I-70 for 7 hours anyway. What normally would have been a 3 hour trip ended being 12 hours!! My phone battery had died. It was cold and dark and Levi was driving up and down the Hwy looking for me and we had only been dating 6 months. Who does that? My amazing boyfriend now husband! I was not about to let this one get away!
This is the first picture of my niece--November 30, 2006.
This is a video I found on Kelly's Korner and had to share it.
Edited to Add: False alarm. Is it selfish to say I'm glad because now I have a better chance of being there.?.
Friday, October 2, 2009
Happy Friday to me!
I won my first giveaway--on the last day of this awesome 30 day giveaway at Lauren Nicole Gifts.
I am so excited to have won this typewriter charm from her site--I feel a little guilty having just received the wax seal necklace as a gift from my mother-in-law for my birthday. I will have to think of who would love to have this and give it as a gift to someone else. Is that OK?
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
I looked at women who were 30 and it seemed they had it together, they had bliss. My 30th has come and my expectations have been exceeded. I am living that bliss right now. I am more at peace and happier than I have ever been before.
I have my husband, the one man meant for me. God put us in each others lives at the perfect time. He knows how to "handle" all of my insecurities. He can put a smile on my face even when I am
My children are healthy and happy (most of the time). I have good friends in my life who enjoy my company for who I am. I found the courage through God, to rid my life of the "friends" who were hurting me and I am better for it.
My "new" family is wonderful and supportive, I couldn't have asked for better.
I am 30 now and I have found my bliss!
This post was inspired by Mama Kat, head on over to find out how others found their bliss.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
The people I work for are amazing and care very much about me as I do them--We are more like family. So I know it was hard for them to cut my hours about 2 weeks ago but I have to admit I am loooovvvving it!!! I now leave work in time to pick up my boys from school when before I worked until 5:00 everyday. Those 2 extra hours added to my day are the best!
I enjoy the extra time spent on the playground after school visiting with other moms and watching our children play with each other and look for turtles :).
Sitting and doing homework while having an after school snack.
Going home to make dinner without the pressure of having it on the table in less than 10 minutes because if I don't everyone will "just die of starvation".
It's only 2 extra hours a day, but it means so much more than that--I am closer to being the stay at home mom I dream about.
Monday, September 28, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
I didn't win it, however my wonderful mother-in-law took notice and got it for me for my birthday--yay for me! Not only is the necklace beautiful, but the Mr. and I have the same initials so the stamp can be used on all of our mail plus!
And the goods
Note to the Mr. who sometimes reads our blog: For ideas on presents for the Mrs., check back frequently.