Saturday, December 30, 2006
Every year, I tell myself that I am going to try to slow down and really enjoy the holiday season. I tell myself that I am going to get all of my shopping done early and wrap all the presents up , so that I can take time to do the simple things that are so wonderful at Christmas. Those are great aspirations, but unfortunately they don't take into account life's little roadblocks that always seem to come up at the worst of times. My personal roadblock this year was sickness. Everyone in my family got some form of bronchitis and believe me when I say that it was anything but fun. Thankfully, the blessing to be had in the suffering, was that we were all well by the time we had to travel. Merrily, we drove to Dothan, singing all the way. Well, maybe we weren't merry and maybe the singing was actually the bickering my children took part in, but we did arrive in Dothan safely. We ended up having a lovely Christmas. The girls and I did lots of baking with Sue-Sue. Sue-Sue was a good sport about the whole thing. I broke her candy thermometer and burned her arm all in a matter of minutes!!! We got to hear Paw-Paw preach TWICE and enjoy all of our wonderful family traditions. We played several games of Scattergories, attended Nathan's basketball game, watched movies, and even managed to convince my parents that they needed to move into 2007 with high-speed internet access. Yes, I would say that a good time was had by all. I am just a little letdown that as quickly as it came, it went. Another year is almost over and I am finding that I now say the same thing every December 31st. "This year went by so fast"!
It took forever to get here, but I finally received my 50 mm lens. I heard from 'experts' that it is a great prime lens. I did a little dance in my driveway, after checking the mail and finding it had arrived. I couldn't wait to put it into use. Unfortunately, I had to beg Noah to sit there so I could experiment. You might wonder why I wouldn't try to use the girls, but they are on vacation and most hours of the day, their hair isn't even brushed!!! This is definitely my best one that I got out of about 15 shots. Isn't he cute? It's ok, you can say it!!! I have a LONG way to go!!!
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
I am used to girls hair. It doesn't require much upkeep. If they wear it long, then all we do is wash it and worry about keeping the tangles out. Having a little boy means getting haircuts more often. Noah's hair has been getting so long and Greg keeps taking him to get it cut, but we haven't been very happy with the way it has looked. I don't think he was taking him to the right places. Today, I wised up and took him to my hair stylist. I think it looks really cute. Of course, I am his mommy and I think everything about him is cute ( well ok, I don't think it is cute when he is throwing a fit or talking back to me). ;)
1.) THOU SHALL ARRIVE AT THE THEATER EARLY! If the ballet begins at 2pm, do not pull into the parking lot at 1:55. Sufficient time is needed to find your seat and get settled. Trust me when I say that finding your seat in the dark is quite difficult, especially if you are in the middle.
2.) THOU SHALL NOT WEAR JEANS!!! Simply put, Sunday dress is best. What you wear to a football game is not appropriate for attending the theater!
3.) THOU SHALL LEAVE ALL CELLULAR DEVICES IN THE CAR!! I know this one is terribly hard to understand, but will it harm you to go 2 hrs without talking to Aunt Betty?
4.) THOU SHALL LEAVE CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 4 AT HOME! In theory, it may seem like a fun idea, but in reality, are they really going to be able to sit in a seat QUIETLY for two + hrs? A better idea might be to take them to a 'Wiggles' concert. They allow you to get up during that performance!
5.) THOU SHALL KNOW WHERE THY SEAT IS LOCATED! Look at your ticket and find the section, row, and seat number. Now, if you have any further questions, ask the ushers. That is what they are there for! It can be quite embarassing accusing someone that they are in your seat, only to figure out that YOU are in the wrong section!
6.) THOU SHALL USE COMMON COURTESY WHEN "CRAWLING" OVER OTHERS TO GET TO THY SEAT!! " Excuse me"," I am sorry for the inconvenience", and" thank you" are generally well accepted by the theater crowd. And why would you wait until intermission is almost over and people are settled back in their seats, to decide it is time to get up?
7.) IF THOU ARE BLESSED WITH HEIGHT, THOU SHALL KINDLY REFRAIN FROM CONSTANT HEAD MOVEMENT. This is especially considerate, when the people seated behind you are small in stature. Remember, we can't see THROUGH your head.
8.) THOU SHALL REFRAIN FROM ALL PUBLIC DISPLAYS OF AFFECTION DURING THE PERFORMANCE. Save the hugging, snuggling, kissing, sweet nothings, etc, etc for the privacy of your home. People are there to see a ballet performance, not watch a re-enactment of "Love Story'.
9.) ONCE THE CURTAIN IS UP, THOU SHALL WHISPER WHEN THOU NEEDS TO SAY SOMETHING. Need I say more?
10.) THOU SHALL REFRAIN FROM TELLING "OFF COLOR" STORIES, WITHIN EARSHOT OF OTHERS. The ballet scene is not the same as the 'Bar' scene!
In case you are wondering, I experienced all of the above on Sunday. I may sound mean and irritable, but I am just tired of people not using common sense and some manners! I paid so much money for our tickets and we didn't have a very good view because of #7 and #8. It was quite frustrating, but I feel SO much better getting this off my chest! :) Maybe I have helped edjucate someone!
Saturday, December 16, 2006
Friday, December 15, 2006
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Friday, December 08, 2006
Thursday, December 07, 2006
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
I never get tired of taking pictures of this boy. He was being a little ham for me today. He doesn't even feel 100%, but he would sit there and I would take a picture, and then he would run over , and want me to show him what it looked like! Noah has a cold and a cough. I probably shouldn't have taken him to "school" yesterday, but I was a bad mommy. I had so many errands to do that I gave him some medicine and off he went. In my defense, he didn't have a fever and his runny nose was clear. However, when I picked him up, one of his teachers was *kind* enough to tell me that maybe if I washed his blankie, then he would get better! Huh? Believe it or not, I do wash the blanket, but it is so "loved", that it will never look the same! I felt so stupid as I left his school . Apparently, I didn't pack him enough drinks either! Do you ever wonder if people just assume that you haven't got a clue how to be a mother? I sure do! I am not the type to have a quick retort. I just stutter and get out of dodge as fast as I can. Thank the Lord there were no other mothers around when I got my reprimand! Next time, I am sending Noah to school with at least 3 drinks, and he will take an "unloved" blanket. They better not call me when he cries at naptime!!! ;)
Monday, December 04, 2006
Last Friday evening, the twins and I had a "girls only" night. We went and ate dinner (their choice), and then to see 'The Nutcracker'. Oh the memories it brought back. Madeline and Meredith could not believe that their mom was actually "Clara" in 'The Nutcracker' almost 20 years ago. I still have the wooden Nutcracker my parents gave me the year that I danced that role. It is sitting on my mantle ( the small one on the left). It is very fragile! I have to keep the kids from playing with it. I managed to dig out my old video from 1987!!! We watched some of it yesterday and I could still remember most of the choreography. I think that it will always be one of my favorite times in my dancing career. I still remember the excitement when my ballet teacher called me at home to tell me that I was going to be Clara. It was such a magical experience from beginning to end. As we sat in the balcony on Friday night, the music and the dancing really stirred something inside of me. I have taken 3 years off from teaching and I am starting to get the "bug" again. Who knows what will happen? God has always faithfully provided every single one of my job opportunities. I am excited to see what doors may open. On a side note, the girls informed me after watching the performance, that they now want to take ballet next year!!! All it takes is watching a ballet, to make you want to dance! ;)
Friday, December 01, 2006
1. I love to get up early on the weekdays, workout ( very happy when that is completed), grab my coffee, and sit on my sofa in the quiet and converse with God.
2. I love to take LONG hot showers.
3. I love to go to my girls soccer games ( soooo much fun).
4. I *secretly* love that I have a mama's boy! I love hugging him and kissing his sweet face.
5. I love taking pictures, looking at pictures, uploading pictures, scrapbooking pictures. If it has to do with photography, I love it.
6. I love trying new recipes and I especially love it if I get my family's thumbs up!
7. I love surfing the web on my laptop.
8. I love Mother's Morning Out days when I have FIVE hours to myself!!
9. I love to SHOP. I especially enjoy shopping when I have store coupons, which 'Limited', 'Express', and 'Ann Taylor Loft' are so kind to send me! Only requirement, is that I have to be in the shopping *mood*.
10. I love to go on dates with my husband! We especially love to go eat Sushi and go to a movie! :)
Who is next?
Thursday, November 30, 2006
Noah also has taken to carrying around a "family". We literally have to take a duck, a bear, and a tiny bear with us wherever we go and they must be tucked in with him each and every night. I asked him who they were and he told me that the big bear was the daddy, the duck was the mommy, and the little bear was the baby. I thought that was absolutely precious. So, somehow the bear and the duck got together and had a little tiny bear!!!! LOL!!!
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Sunday, November 26, 2006
Yes, my tree is up. I absolutely cannot believe that it is time for Christmas. Where did 2006 go? It feels like just yesterday, I was putting the decorations away! Oh well, time to go with the flow. I have decided to stay very simple this year. I literally put the tree together, strung the lights, and let the kids ( Noah too) decorate the entire thing. They especially had fun putting up their own personal ornaments that their Sue-Sue gives them each year. I think they did a very good job. I also, somehow managed to get a few nice pictures of them in front of the tree. The one above was one of my favorites but I chose a closer shot for *the* picture on our cards. I actually ordered them today from Snapfish. Hopefully, I will be happy with them when they arrive.
Every year, I strive to be more organized and to actually do meaningful things with my children. I don't want them to get caught up in the Christmas "hype", but at the same time I do want them to have fun. I loved Christmas as a child. I hope my kids will have fond memories to look back on while still knowing that Christ is the true reason for the season! Hang on everyone......it's the most WONDERFUL time of the year! :)
Saturday, November 25, 2006
We had a very nice Thanksgiving. I made a pumpkin crisp, and brought the rolls and a salad to my SIL's house. She was so sweet and offered to host our family meal this year. We had a lovely lunch and the kids had a blast playing with their cousins outside and riding bikes all afternoon. Around 5pm, we took all the kiddos ( minus Noah) to see 'The Santa Clause 3'. All in all, a very nice day. I have so much to be thankful for ( see above pics for 3 reasons). I am ashamed to admit that so many days go by when I fail to count my numerous blessings, and instead choose to focus on things that I don't have or situations that I have no control over. I know God is asking me in this season of my life, to be thankful for all that I do have and not to worry about the rest. If I could just learn the lesson of contentment, then I think that would be a huge victory in my life. I must have one hard head because this seems to be a lesson that I have to be taught over and over. So on my blog, I just want to say Thank you to the Lord for all that he has done for me and for all of the many ways that he has blessed our family. We have all of our needs met and our cups are truly overflowing. Thank you , dear Jesus for loving me despite my struggles and weaknesses. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!! :)
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Monday, November 20, 2006
Friday, November 17, 2006
Garlic Cheese Biscuits ( from The Family Homestead website)
1 C milk
1/3 C mayo
1 T cane juice crystals ( I use organic sugar)
2 C WW pastry flour ( I use white)
1 T baking powder
1 t salt
1/4 C grated cheddar cheese (I add a little more)
1/2 t garlic powder or chopped garlic
3 T melted butter
Mix milk, mayo, sugar, flour, baking powder, & salt until smooth and combined. Add cheese and use spatula to blend until it streaks through the batter. The batter should drop from spoon not pour so you can add more flour if needed. Divide batter into 12 greased muffin tins. Mix butter and garlic and spoon over top of biscuits. Bake at 375 degrees for 15-20 mins until golden brown. Cool on rack for a few mins. These are best served hot. ENJOY!
Thursday, November 16, 2006
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
BLT in a bowl ( I double this)
Two 10 3/4 oz cans of 30% less sodium tomato soup
2 Cans of water
6 - 8 oz of frozen cheese tortellini
One 6 oz bag prewashed baby spinach
Real Bacon Bits
Pour tomato soup and water into a large saucepan and stir to combine. Cover and bring to a boil. Add the tortellini and cook uncovered according to pkg directions, stirring frequently. Do not drain. Stir in spinach and cook until wilted, about 2 mins. Serve in individual bowls and top with bacon bits and parm. cheese.
Monday, November 13, 2006
Friday, November 10, 2006
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
My little Noah gets up every morning in a good mood. He will usually wake up and wait patiently for me to come get him. He prefers to be held by his mommy only, although the sisters have been known to try to steal him away! Noah likes his juice and something to eat(waffles, cereal bars, or a fruit leather). He really enjoys his morning tv watching. We have had many favorites. I am praising the Lord that 'The Doodlebops' phase seems to be over. We have also been through Teletubbies, Barney, and The Wiggles. The current show on the top of Noah's list is..................................'Handy Manny'. Hey, a boy has to watch a show with talking tools at some point in his life, right?
Monday, November 06, 2006
A little less then a month ago, my girlies turned 9!!! For some reason, 9 just sounds so much older to me. I can already tell that they have some pre-teen behavior which is at times cute and at other times frustrating. Anyway, we had their party at the bowling alley . The girls had so much fun bowling in their socks with all of their friends. I got their cake at a local bakery and it turned out so nicely ( plus mommy didn't have to bake it). The twins told me after it was over that it was their best party yet. That made this mommy smile!!!