Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Friday, December 26, 2008
Tiffani at Still Seeking Sanity (also known as my sister in law) hit me with this cute award. Thanks for the love! I'm supposed to blog about my top 5 addictions (only 5!!).
1. Lands End Overstocks.....mainly the shoes, but also the coats, swim suits, and kids clothes. I spend hours searching the site looking for deals!
2. Bath and Body Works soaps (yes Tiffani admitted to this one too!)....I love everything, and stock up at their sales....they also send me way too many coupons for my own good.
3. Mochas!!! Very bad addiction to those. I must have my morning mocha.....seriously!
4. Top Chef....boy I miss it when it's not in season. Dan bought me the Top Chef cookbook for Christmas....don't know if I will ever try anything that fancy, but hey, it's fun to look at!
5. Bargains, any good deal, clearance racks, door busters....it truly is an addiction.
I pass the Fabulous Award to..
Renae at A Walk in My Shoes
Lisa at It's Miller Time
Jaimie at Jaimstar
Jenn at The Samuelsens
Kristy at Kristy and Family
Christmas Eve we had so much snow that I couldn't get the van out of the garage. I tried to fire up the tractor, but it wouldn't start. So I had to drive Dan's truck. I don't like to drive Dan's truck, and have only done it a few times. I loaded the kids into the truck to head over to my Grandparent's house, and Lily asked who was driving. I told her I was, and she said, "You can drive Daddy's truck?". When we were almost there Lily stated from the back, "Mommy, you CAN drive Daddy's truck!". The roads were compact snow and ice, so I didn't like driving, but we made it safe and sound. Nate is to the age of questioning the whole Santa thing, and wanted to leave a spy camera out to watch for Santa. Christmas morning we woke up to snow falling. It was truly beautiful with all the tress covered in snow. The kids woke me up at 6:30 am, and I told them to leave me alone until 7am. At 7:01, Nate was in my face waking me up. The kids were excited and opened their presents and stockings. I loved Lily's reaction to her Swim to Me Puppy, "It's just what I wished for!". Here's a picture of our back yard early Christmas morning.
We headed over to my Mom's Christmas morning, and the kids were excited to see their step-cousins. The sun came out and they all played in the snow. My brother Marty and family took 4 hours to get to Mom's, but they finally made it. I totally skipped Christmas at Grandma and Grandpa Stauffer's because of the snow on the roads. Here's a picture of us opening presents, this is only half the room, but you can see the chaos. (No, I'm not picking my nose, just ignore me).
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Tonight is traditionally dinner at Grandma and Grandpa Dennison's. We always have (dry) spaghetti for dinner. My Great Aunt Laurel who passed away last year always made leftsa, a Norwegian potato bread. Now the women in the family do a leftsa making party before Christmas so that we carry on that tradition. After dinner of spaghetti (did I mention that it's always dry?) we open presents, eat desserts, and wait for the bells. When my cousins and I were little, we knew it was time to go home when we heard the bells outside. That meant that Santa was on his way to our houses, and we needed to hurry home and get in bed.
I know that we won't be doing these traditions after my Grandparents are gone, but I enjoy every year knowing that dry spaghetti will always be a joke in the family, and the leftsa tradition will live on.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
Clap Your Hands by Lorinda Bryan Cauley
Toes Are To Tickle by Shen Roddie and Kady MacDonald Denton
Chugga-Chugga Choo-Choo by Kevin Lewis and Daniel Kirk (great for boys who love trains!)
Preschool to Kindergarten age
Any book by Kevin Henkes, he is our favorite!
Dr. Seuss books, can't go wrong with the classics (even though I'm ready to hide those right now!)
Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathman
The Hoppameleon by Paul Geraghty
Nate the Great series of books by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat
The Magic School Bus series from Scholastic
Sunday, December 21, 2008
And here is Nate outside in the snow. We finally got a few hours where the wind wasn't so bad, and he had made a little fort. I had to keep yelling at him to stop throwing snowballs at the windows!
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
Happy 2nd Birthday Ben and Grant!
Here we go again.......
Marty and Tiffani, congrats on your boy's birthdays.
Amy Jo, Rob, David, and Dan, congrats on your nephew's birthdays.
Mom, Wayne, Dad and Marsha, congrats on your Grandson's birthdays.
Emma, congrats on your brother's birthdays.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
While we are talking about Christmas gifts, I'll let you in on a few of my ideas......can't give them all away because I know who is reading this! For my grandparents who have everything, and don't want "stuff" from us, I do certificates for the bread of the month club. I print out little coupons, one for each month, that list a specific bread or batch of rolls that I will bring them that month. I did this last year for Grandma and Grandpa Dennison, and they loved it. So, this year I'll do it for both sets of grandparents. It's also a great excuse for me to go visit them once a month.
For the kid's teachers, I do gift baskets with homemade mixes and jams. I try to theme each one different, and get a little inside scoop on their likes. Nate is on a mission today to find out if his teacher likes tea or coffee. I also realize that the kids have many other teachers in the building that they see, PE, Music, Art, Librarian, Para educators, and the kids bring them all jam. It's important for me to show my kids that we need to thank all the staff at the school.
I found calenders at Michael's (for $1!!!!) that you insert photo's into. My kids love to have their own calenders, personalized with their favorite pictures. I also do them for my parents and mother in law.
Anyone else who wants to share their Christmas readiness, play along. (Seriously, some people get mad if you tag them!) Merry Christmas!
Sunday, December 14, 2008
I thought this was neat, a good reminder for this season of Christ's birth ....
If I decorate my house perfectly with plaid bows, strands of twinkling lights and shiny balls, but do not show love to my family, I'm just another decorator.
If I slave away in the kitchen, baking dozens of Christmas cookies, preparing gourmet meals and arranging a beautifully adorned table at mealtime, but do not show love to my family, I'm just another cook.
If I work at the soup kitchen, carol in the nursing home, and give all that I have to charity, but do not show love to my family, it profits me nothing.
If I trim the spruce with shimmering angels and crocheted snowflakes, attend a myriad of holiday parties and sing in the choir's cantata, but do not focus on Christ, I have missed the point.
Love stops the cooking to hug the child.
Love sets aside decorating to kiss the husband.
Love is kind, though harried and tired.
Love doesn't envy another's home that has coordinated Christmas china and table linens.
Love doesn't yell at the kids to get out of the way, but is thankful they are there to be in the way.
Love doesn't give only to those who are able to give in return but rejoices in giving to those who can't.
Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never fails. Video games will break, pearl necklaces will be lost, golf clubs will rust. But giving the gift of love will endure.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
- Write letters to your children from Santa, include something personal so that they know Santa is watching, add stickers if you wish.
- Address the envelope to your children, return address, Santa, and include postage.
- Mail the letters together in a separate envelope or manila envelope to: Postmaster, Santa, ID 83866
- Make sure to write thanks to the postmaster on the large envelope.
- Ho Ho Ho, have a Merry Christmas!
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
- I am capable of balancing home and school.
- My kids are fine with going to Grandma's house once a week, and I need to get over my Mommy guilt.
- I can't say yes to everything.
- The world won't stop if I tell someone no.
- Even if I feel foolish at school, my friends and family are proud of me.
- My love of writing never went away.....although it's been in years since I have written anything but a Christmas letter.
- Biology is humorous...who knew about the barnacle?
- Although my Biology class was meant to explain evolution, it gave me a bigger picture of the complexities that God created.
- I still can't draw. If you want colored drawings of sea life, ask my children.
- I still haven't found anyone who can explain the life cycle of moss to me!
- My house may be a disaster, but I'm capable of good grades.
- I can master new things on the computer, like power point.
- I need to get over my stubborn self and go to the doctor if I am really sick.
- My Mom is wonderful (Yes, I already knew that)!
- And most importantly, I didn't do this on my own.
- 2 Corinthians 3:5 Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God.