Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
She's still pink and perfect. She still has her blue eyes. She's still precious.
She gives the slobberiest kisses and is easy to laugh. She is joyful and brings much joy to our home. I can't imagine what life was like before she was here.
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
We spent the weekend in Ruidoso with Chris' family sans one brother. The weather was so nice and the kids played so well together. Truly, they did great. It's always nice when you can leave the kids to entertain each other and have adult time! And where Mouse didn't really "play" she stayed entertained.
And it was vacation. We mostly ate out so there was no cooking except for breakfast. I didn't have laundry to do or anything. Awesome! We took the kids to Winter Wonderland where they played in the snow and tubed and rode kiddie carnival rides. They were so cute. I have loads of pics and video from all of it and just don't have the time/energy to download the camera right now :/
We're planning on spending Christmas Day with Chris' family and will have our tree then. I can only imagine how fun it will be to watch four little girls opening gifts!
Santa is coming to Levelland this year and Chris and I are excited to have Santa in our home! I tried really hard not to go overboard and think I did pretty well. I did end up taking some presents out of the Christmas pile and moved them to the Birthday pile. Jaybird has been asking for a castle. I didn't buy a castle. This has been a new development over the last week and a half. My shopping was done. (However, her Nana is giving her a pink princess tent so we're calling that a castle.) I had already gotten her golf clubs. Pink ones! And Mouse is getting the 2008 American Girl Doll. She'll love it...someday...like 5 years from now!
We're going to my parents on Christmas Eve and then again the day after Christmas. My kids will get to play with their cousins and I'm hoping I'll get to play with all my cousins too! The food will be awesome but the fellowship even better. I'm truly hoping for lots of belly laughs!
Saturday will just be our immediate family at my parents. Did I mention that my brother is home from Iraq this week? I think you can imagine what our Christmas will be like!
What are your Christmas plans? Have you been good this year?
Merry Christmas, friends. Much love and many blessings to you all.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
I was referring to my brother as "The Boy". I should have made it a proper noun and capitalized it! Seriously. My whole life my Mom has called him "The Boy". I can't recall my Dad calling him that or really my sisters but I do on occasion as well. Not really when I'm talking about him to anyone else except my Mom. Weird? Maybe.
And it isn't "Boy". It's THE Boy. I guess because he's the only boy in our family. So maybe Mom would refer to "the girls" and "the boy". I don't really know.
He isn't called that all the time. It's a pet name. A term of endearment.
Did I mention the Boy is coming home from Iraq this week!
Monday, December 21, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
I've emailed my Mom to find out which items need to be frozen before they're cooked and which should be cooked first and then frozen. I'm still waiting for answers.
I signed up to take a sweet treat for J's class party on Thursday so I'll be starting with Tea Cakes - also known as Sugar Cookies! I bought sprinkles this year which is kinda new for me because I usually just go with colored icing. We'll see where the frosting spirit leads us!
Also on the list are Sausage Balls, Cinnamon Pinwheels, Cranberry Poppers and Pumpkin Bread.
Hopefully I'll be able to share pics and recipes this week as I'm baking along.
None of these recipes are new for me or my family so why the excitement? Because they are so stinkin' good I can't wait to partake!
What do you have planned for your holiday cooking/baking?
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
But, I'm a discriminating fan. I don't watch every single show. I only watch the ones of particular interest to me and I don't take everything she says as gospel.
Let me also say that this is the first time I've EVER given to a cause publicized by Oprah. It's worth your time to check out these causes.
I just finished watching an Oprah episode with 2 time Pulitzer Prize winner Nicholas Kristof . The stories he and his wife told regarding the injustices to women across the globe were heartbreaking. They told of women dying in childbirth, child prostitution, and rape. They also discussed the discrimination against women in developing countries. In many countries little girls aren't given vaccinations because they are saved for the boys. Girls don't get educations that boys get. Girls don't get the time of day.
I can't eloquently blog here about all the injustices. So go here to educate yourself.
Nick asked viewers to think about their daughters in similar situations. I have been blessed with two of the most precious gems you can imagine. And I can't imagine them going through the things that were discussed in this episode. It made me nauseous.
I posted this video on Facebook entitled "The Girl Effect". I don't know if it makes sense if you didn't see the Oprah episode but it's still interesting. It's kind of the "Give the boy a fish and he'll eat for a day. Give a boy a fishing pole and he'll eat for a lifetime." theology.
The point Nick Kristof and Oprah were striving to make is that everyONE can make a difference. Small donations can provide school supplies or textbooks. Larger donations can provide farm animals or tuition to school. You can even LOAN money to women in developing countries to start their own businesses.
I checked out Oprah's website and found all the ways I could make a difference. I chose to donate $14 to buy two girls textbooks for a whole year of school. It's Christmas after all and that's the least I would spend on a secret Santa gift. So why not give it to CARE?
Monday, November 30, 2009
One of my favorite things is finding errors in print. I like finding misspelled words. I like spotting the misuse of punctuation. I like when people totally use the wrong word or bad grammar. It somehow makes me feel superior and smarter. Who doesn't like feeling that?
BUT it's made me totally self conscious of my own writing since I'm so hard on others.
So yes. Blogging takes longer than I'd imagined.
Also, I'm having trouble coming up with topics that I think random people and my family/friends would enjoy reading. I had tons of ideas before starting this blog. And even in my sleep or in the car I'll come up with several blogging topics. But then I sit down to write and I'm blank.
So apologies for boring you and many thanks for staying with me. Stick around. I assure you it will get better...or more consistent at least.
Monday, November 23, 2009
I've been cooking ALOT more since we've moved to L-town. There aren't as many places to eat out. We don't have many friends that we're meeting and eating with. My kitchen is HUGE! I have so much counter space it's ridiculous.
And I have dishwasher!
And I have a garbage disposal!
Both of which I've been without for the last 10+ years!!! So, I'm enjoying being in the kitchen much more often. And as a side note: I'm pretty good at this cooking business.
Anyway, in the last few months I've been taking a few moves from one Rachael Ray.
I have a TRASH BOWL.
It's life changing. Okay - that's dramatic. It isn't as life changing as the dishwasher or the disposal but it certainly changes the preperation of meals. Who knew? Besides Rachael, anyway? I just use any ole bowl out of the cabinet but I'd really like one of hers just cuz it's kinda fun...and funny.Don't ask me why but the use of a trash bowl reminds me of the scrap bucket at my grandparents house. Grandma didn't have a garbage disposal so all the food left on our plates went into the scrap bucket for Grandpa to take to the dog that stayed on the farm. I've been wracking my brain today trying to remember that dog's name. Myrtle. I wonder if poor Myrtle ever got any real dog food or if it was just scraps. I assure you she (he?) was well fed and well taken care of. And I'm sure the scraps were probably pretty tasty considering how good Grandma's cooking was. I don't really know but I'm thinking she was a lucky dog, that Myrtle.
Back to the bucket... To say the least, it was disgusting! Truly. My trash bowl isn't nearly as awful considering it isn't actual food all mixed in together. It's just egg shells and cans and paper and onion peel. And I'm not feeding it to anything!
I don't think it ever occurred to me at the time how truly foul that bucket was. But now, I'm gagging just thinking about it. So yes. This Thanksgiving one thing I'm thankful for is my garbage disposal (and many many other things we can cover later)! What are you thankful for?
Can you tell from the items in my trash bowl what I was preparing?
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Memories of fires in those two homes create coziness and warmth in my soul. I hope my girls will relate someday. I hope they'll make memories around my hearth. And that simply standing in front of a fire will evoke such sweet memories for them too.
Monday, November 9, 2009
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
So starting tomorrow, I hope to treat readers with the stories of my life. The day-to-day mundane, the hysterical/emotional/chaotic present and past. I'm sure I'll embarrass myself and those dear to me along the way. Apologies. Maybe I'll change the names to protect the innocent, er, guilty parties!
PS - I don't scrapbook so I'm looking forward to getting my blog all cutiefied. Any helpers???