Saturday, December 31, 2011

Our Christmas Recap- 2011

Well, let's just say....

at least these 2 got some sleep. This mama went to sleep 2:30 in the morning the 2 nights before Christmas to wrap all the gifts!

Leading up to Christmas, I was able to go and help my daughter's class make gingerbread houses out of milk cartons.

They even let the little guy make one.

No words neccessary! What's better than all that sugar put together with white frosting?

All dressed up for the last day of school before Christmas break!

No easy task.

He knew we got him the car rug before he even opened it. So excited.

Not too old for pictures yet! ♥♥♥

Ah, sweet bliss in squinkie land!

Time for some dancing!

Some special gifts for mom.

But, these guys...

are the best gifts of all!

How was your Christmas?

Sorry for being a slacker. Just enjoying my time with the kids
and taking a blogger break.
I'm back now.
The Friday follow will be back up in 2012!
Happy New Year's Eve!

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Sunday, December 25, 2011

and His name shall be called....

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6


From our family to yours,
Merry Christmas!

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Friday, December 23, 2011

January

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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Mary, Did You Know?


When thinking about Christmas this year, I have had one recurring thought-
Mary.
I can not fathom her life and what it might of been like.
To be chosen.
Wow.

Precious Mary.

This song is such a sweet one.
Sung by Reba.
And the picture above is from The Nativity Story- kind of the way I picture Mary in my mind.







And Mary said: "My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for He has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me-- holy is His name." Luke 1:46-49
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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

So, I lied... And what I Think About Santa

So, Santa.
He really doesn't bother me one way or the other.
I grew up not believing in Santa.
I think for a very short time I might of, but really?
Santa?
We had a very reality household.
I was never into fantasy stuff.
That is why I never liked the Lord of the Rings or Narnia or things of that nature.
I get that people do- just not my thing.
We focused on Christmas being Jesus' birth and moved on from there.

Do I do Santa with my kids?
Not really.
We were honest with our kids and they know the big guy with the beard doesn't exist.
A couple of the younger ones like to hold onto the idea and say he is real- doesn't bother me.
We have a picture with some of the kids with "Santa".

And recently, the little guy has been asking to get his picture with Santa.
I would gladly take him if I could find a place to sit him on Santa's lap and snap the picture myself.
I refuse to take him into the crowded malls this time of year and pay $10 for a picture.
The school had a pancake breakfast with Santa.
$10 a person. $60 for us to go.
No thanks.
I'll make my own pancakes.

I also have been hearing about all the things other parents do with their kids.
A little girl I babysit for does "elf on a shelf". Pretty cute- the elf is in a different place every morning to surprise the kids.

So, the other morning when I saw a little plastic green and red hat had blown onto my lawn, I did something I don't normally do....
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I lied.
(oops)

I asked the little guy if he thought it might of been one of Santa's elves' hat.
Well, his eyes got real big and he was super excited.
More excited than I thought he would be.
A-dor-able.
But what I didn't count on, was that he would tell EVERYONE about the hat.
Because we all know Mom would never lie!

And he carries the hat everywhere with him.

I am just letting it ride out.
Christmas is almost here and maybe next year he will forget about it?


Oh and I almost forgot - with our switch to public school, I completely forgot to remind my elementary school kids not to tell the kids in their class that Santa doesn't exist.
I reminded them one day.
My son got a real sly look on his face- I think he already told the kids.
I am so getting thrown out of the PTO.
You know how I know this?
They were discussing with each other how "horrible" older kids had told their kids that Santa isn't real.
Yep- I am toast.
But, what else is new?

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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

On Stayin' the Same- a Nutrisystem Update


I was shocked when I stepped on the scale at the gym yesterday. Totally expected to gain a couple of pounds with all the Christmas prep.
You know, cookies and last minute take-out.

And possibly finding yourself ill-prepared at Walmart and your kid is sleeping in the cart so you grab a cheeseburger from McDonalds and devour it like you haven't seen food in days- that may or may not of happened to me in real life- but it is always a possibility. (wink)

But I guess all the running around has helped me.
I am getting back on track with my Nutrisystem food and trying to get to the gym as much as possible, but it is hard to.
With all the Christmas preparation, my house is lacking and sometimes it just makes more sense to stay home and catch up.
Also, the kids have a lot going on at school which takes up my time as well, but I thoroughly enjoy it.

So, my plans for battling the bulge this week as we approach Baby Jesus' birth?

1. Keep moving whether at the gym or at home or wherever.

2. I will not eat after dinner! Not worth the extra calories.

3. And I will not make too many of my favorites- cookies or meals- so I am not tempted to over-indulge.

How about you?
What are you doing to hold off the cravings?


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Monday, December 19, 2011

Christmas Stuff


the sign in front of our church

Well, we have finished our Christmas program!
No more practice.
Woo hoo!
The kids enjoyed themselves.
I tried so hard to get them to calm down and take naps after morning church so they would be okay for the program, but of course, that didn't work.

We arrived for the night program and the little guy had a meltdown and would only calm down if I sat with him, so of course, I did.
He then belted out "Happy Birthday Jesus" and "Jesus Loves Me", really loud from the stage on a microphone.
One of those moments where you don't know if you should hide or stand up with pride and say, "Hey, that's my kid"!
My other son was a shepard- a tired one.
And my younger daughter sang solo with 2 of her friends- really cute.

I finished all church teacher gifts.
I have school teachers now.
Oh and my garbage men, who seem to take everything we put by the curb,- love those guys!
Now about the mailman?
Well, he comes at all random times, with a cigarette in his mouth, a backwards hat, music blaring and yelling with his wife on his bluetooth.
He forgets things and brings packages up to my door, but leaves my mail in the box.
Oh and he never puts my flag down, so I can't tell if he came or not.
But, he smiles.
I am embarrassed to say, I never given him something for Christmas, but I think I will this year.
What about you- do you give something to your mailman or the garbage men for Christmas?
And if so, what?

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Friday, December 16, 2011

Friday Follow With The Chatty Mommy...

Sorry this is up late....
but I have a good excuse...
The little guy hit his head and it had to be "glued" shut at an urgent care facility.

It kind of started in the morning, when I was thinking to myself how awesome it was that we haven't been to my pediatrician in a long time.
Now I definitely don't believe in jinxing, but it is kind of funny.

He basically walked into the back of a truck and cut himself. Small, little cut, but one that bled a lot until I could clean it and find where the cut was.

Cue me frantically praying it wasn't his eye.

I was so happy when I remembered my pediatrician was still open- so we headed there. She said he would be fine, but she thinks I should have it dermabonded (glue).
I told her great and go ahead.

Yep, not that easy.
They don't have the glue.
Now I love my peds office so I won't complain, but seriously?

Okay- who does have dermabond?

Choices- emergency room and bottom of their wait list or urgent care about 45 minutes away that specializes in kids.
Urgent care it is.
He was fine and is doing great.
No pain, no problems.

Just part of having sons I guess.

Hope your Friday is great.


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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Just Some Things and Meet our New Decorator!

Meet my new interior decorator!
He came cheap and highly recommended so we went with him.
He has managed to put up about 2 dozen pieces of my Christmas notepad paper on every wall in the house with miscellaneous pieces of tape he comes across.
These papers have scribbles, also known as "words" on them as well as traced hand turkeys.
Apparently, turkeys are for Christmas too or so this pint sized decorator has told his older sister.

If you need any work done, give me a call, I will sub-contract him out cheap- He just needs tape- a lot of tape.


Okay- totally stressed about Christmas- know I shouldn't do it to myself, but here I go again.

Is my shopping anywhere near done you might ask?
NO
of course not.
I am trained in classical procrastination and that is just not how we operate.

If you see me at a church function and I have handmade gifts or homemade cookies or my kids are wearing coordinating clothes- check my house - it is most likely a mess!

If my Christmas cards are out early and I am volunteering at the kids' school and working out at the gym, know that I will be up all night Christmas eve, wrapping gifts I said I would wrap earlier.

Or if I haul a ton of project stuff and food into church for our last Girl's club meeting of the year and if my make-up looks fresh, it is only because I practically had a breakdown getting ready, took a shower at the last minute and had the kids wait in the car while I put on make-up so I wouldn't look like a woman who had a breakdown.

So, on Christmas eve, while you are snug in bed or sitting nicely at service, remember me, as I scrounge through my basement and closet trying to remember which kid I bought which thing for and wrapping like I've never wrapped before.

And how might I know these things, you might be wondering?

I do the same thing every year.

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

wilw- Advent Calendars

This is our advent calendar this year. Can't beat it at $2 with mini chocolates each day. The kids race every morning to see if it is their day to eat the cheap chocolate!

We had this one from avon growing up. When we started going to church and we didn't place as much emphasis on Santa, my mom wrote little word bubbles over the Klaus' heads that said stuff like, "Praise the Lord, Santa!"
My brother and I got a kick out of it.


Now you can get toy calendars at Toys R Us for about $25 to $30. Or so my new friends, the PTO ladies tell me. You get small toys in it, but seriously, $30?

I would love to make an advent wreath like this with little gifts inside for the kids next year.
We had this one a couple of years ago! I bought it for about $10 and then found it the following year for $6 for a friend at Marshalls.

The boys would love this one- I think I might look around to see if they go on clearance or if Marshalls gets them.

And I love this one with the Story of Christmas. Each day is an ornament. I think my mom has the same set. The kids really enjoyed it/destroyed it. I am not sure which one.

Do you have an advent calendar at your house?

lollipops

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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Miscellaneous and An Urgent Prayer Request

My daughter had to do a picture scavenger hunt.
She needed a picture with Santa- seeing how every event where Santa is costs some kind of money- she dressed up her little brother. I think it worked out well.

We are in full craziness over here. Our last night of Girl's club and Royal Rangers is tomorrow night, which means gifts for teachers that we have to finish making of course, parties that we need to bring snacks for and crafts that I need to do with my class.
Can you imagine what my desk looks like?

I need to bake a ton of cookies and somehow have the kids get involved.
And my first office party for the dentist I work for.
What is a girl to wear?

Congratulations, Karina! You won the Campbell's soup giveaway! Look for an email from me.
Karina was talking about a site called, Urban Outfitters. I have heard of them, but never checked them out. Pretty cool stuff at cheap prices.

Gosh, I wish I knew how to dress.
But, that's okay- I will leave being cool to my tween daughter.
She does it well.

And now, a special request:
Without giving her info, please pray for my wonderful friend, Claire.
Please pray specifically for the Lord to guide the doctors, for the doctors to speak only words of life, for Claire's 2 young children, her husband and strength for Claire.
We serve an amazing God and He can do all things.
Please pray throughout the week.
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Monday, December 12, 2011

Fell At the Gym and made a Fool of myself Nutrisystem Update

Yep.
So, today at Lucille Roberts, I fell.
I was doing an easy move to the beat of the music.
Maybe that was the problem- I have no rhythm.
I tripped, fell and ate carpet.
Yucky, pinkish red carpet.
And almost knocked the girl next to me over as well.
So, that was bad enough.
I wasn't hurt- which maybe it would of been better if I was because I could of acted like there was some other reason why it happened.

But, it gets worse.
A woman who is definitely over 70, because she told us she was, came and asked if I needed help.
Then worried about me throughout the rest of the class.
Talk about humble pie.
And my pride right out the window.
I have never seen anyone fall in the 30 something days I have been there.
Hey, well at least it's good dinner conversation!

The week has been good.
I have been eating better and choosing better choices.
And eating more Nutrisystem.
I love the eat the harvest bars for breakfast. They are quick and easy, filling and my energy stays up.
I think I might even stick to eating the same things everyday.
I hear people do that.
You know, skinny people.
I'll get there.

Yesterday was hard- it was my mother in law's birthday.
So, as not to discourage myself, I will not be weighing in tonight and will resume weighing in tomorrow.

What about you? Where are you on your weight loss journey?

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Saturday, December 10, 2011

It's Hershey's Fault

I will not eat anymore candy cane kisses.
I will not eat anymore candy cane kisses.
I will not eat anymore candy cane kisses.
I will not eat anymore candy cane kisses.
I will not eat anymore candy cane kisses.
I will not eat anymore candy cane kisses.
I will not eat anymore candy cane kisses.
I will not eat anymore candy cane kisses.
I will not eat anymore candy cane kisses.
I will not eat anymore candy cane kisses.
I will not eat anymore candy cane kisses.
I will not eat anymore candy cane kisses.
I will not eat anymore candy cane kisses.
I will not eat anymore candy cane kisses.

I just typed that out without using the cut and paste option.
You know- to punish myself.
Have you ever tried one?

Oh, great- now I am trying to push them on other people.
Pretty bad.
I guess that is how it starts-
You get hooked, then you get your friends hooked.
Never mind- don't try them.
You wouldn't like them anyway.

Wink, wink.

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Friday, December 9, 2011

Reindeer Food

My friends, I think I am finally in with the PTO moms.
They like me.
They really like me.
Okay, so they wouldn't let me use the cash register for the Holiday Boutique- I am sure they will next year.
And they laugh at my jokes.
That's big with me!
But, they are really nice.

The other day we made reindeer food! For about 2 hours.
Don't know what it is?
I didn't either.
You put oats, red and green glitter and sugar into little bags and sell them at parent teacher conferences for $1 a bag.
This my friends, is how the PTO makes money.

Not sure what to do with your reindeer food?
Read the tag above.
Even though I am not that big on Santa- you can be sure I will be buying my pack of reindeer food.
Gotta support the PTO, right?

Linking up to Kelly's Korner.

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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Friday Follow With The Chatty Mommy...

Ok- getting a little nervous about not having much Christmas shopping done- how about you?
And because I have been hiding little things here and there, I can't remember what I got who so far.
We are trying to get all of our teacher gifts together.
Some of this needs to be handmade.
I have been telling my oldest for the last 2 months, that I want to get the handmade stuff over with and out of the way
early.
And now late nights are in our future!
Why am I such a procrastinator?
Not too much to do this weekend!
Practice for the church Christmas program and the mother-in-law's birthday.
What is your weekend looking like?

Don't forget about my yummy giveaway here.
Don't forget about my cousin's giveaway here.

On to the follow:

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2. Link your blog with the linky.

3. Put the Friday follow button (it can be found down in my sidebar) somewhere in your post.

4. Visit as many blogs and follow as many as you can.

5. Family friendly only and HAVE FUN!




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Decorating Skills that Will Make You Green With Envy

I love Christmas time. I love Christmas. And I do love to have decorations up- lots of them. But, alas, I am just not that good at it. I do try and this year, we all worked hard to get the decorations up early. Not day-after-Thanksgiving early, but at least December 1st early.

Our front door with scotch taped wrapping paper and my favorite wreath I bought on clearance at Michaels a number of years ago.

Our front windows. The kids did a great job on the snowflakes and since we used all the colored lights on the tree, I used the icicle lights that we opted not to hang on the house, in the window.
Some of us enjoy them, some of us, not so much. (ahem, cough, cough,...... the husband)

Our tree! This year, we went fake! This is the first time any of us, our whole lives, have had a fake tree and so far, I am loving it! Our aunt wasn't setting hers up this year and told us to use it and we went for it. Thanks Aunt! Hello no watering, no drying out, no Christmas tree needles!

Some homemade treasures!

My sorry excuse for a way to hang Christmas cards. Half of them are not even up yet.

The back of our door- more wrapping paper!

Our homemade stockings hung from the archway with care, just low enough to constantly hit the husband's head!

And finally- our dream purchase. The younger daughter has been complaining that we do not have inflatables on our front lawn. The husband found this "Santa coming out of an outhouse" and truthfully I love it, but no plans to buy it! I also explained to my daughter that if she wanted to give up her presents and buy inflatables instead, we would do that.
Funny, she hasn't complained since!

How are you decorating this year?

Gussy Sews Inspiration Workshop!

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