Friday, November 30, 2007
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Today I'm thankful that there was a screw in my tire and that it stayed there - I didn't get stranded with a 22 month old on the side of a busy road.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
I'm almost finished with what I am doing to the mantle, the stocking hangers are there w/o stockings for now, Jesse would pull them off and the stocking hangers are hard and could hurt him badly – so all you see is NOEL on my mantle!
We’re planning to finish up the stair spindles with the garland this week and get the tree up… I have the wreath up at the upper level of the foyer now, but it's not complete until we add the rest of the garland. Ezra has a special tree of his own for his room and wants to spend a little of his allowance money on some mini decorations for his bathroom. He’s in the holiday spirit of decorating also!
Alot of the decorations I have to sit out are breakables, and Jesse could get hurt. I could try to prove a point to him and keep saying ‘no’ (he hears that enough when we go elsewhere now), but instead, I just choose to make life at home easier and happier for all of us, what toddler likes hearing ‘no touch’ all flipping day in his own home just because I decided to add more stuff ?!?! It's not about impressing the neighbors, or feeling like our house belongs in magazines because of decorations, it's simply about a little holiday spirit for our home, that's all! Less IS more for my decorations this year!
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Today I’m thankful that I’m feeling more like me.
Monday, November 26, 2007
I did… learn that my toddler loves the new Christmas books Grandma Betty sent, I did learn that my 4th grader played kickball today and didn’t give up because he got out, I did listen while my brother needed to talk, I did play peekaboo and open and shut the same cabinet door (his Tupperware cabinet) about 50 times with my toddler. I did watch a 22 month old organize chairs for a little over 30 minutes as if it was his #1 priority, and I did not let time pass me by with my family today. I guess when all is said and done everything that was required of me was done today, my job for the company I work for, school for Ezra, learning activities with Jesse, meals for my family, all of my mommy duties were handled with loving care. I didn’t do what I ‘planned’ to do today though; instead I decided to do what seemed right.
I’m thankful for peek-a-boo, slamming cabinet doors for fun, and kickball stories.
Sunday, November 25, 2007
On an up note, the decorations are out of the attic now and are in the living room ready to be placed where they belong. I will set a goal of Wednesday to have decorations completed. Hopefully I can motivate myself between working during Jesse’s naps and at night, school commutes, doctors’ appt’s this week and generally doing mommy things. I will say that our tree, has been stored in the extra bedroom turned office/playroom since last Christmas; it only occurred to me this past week how we could manage to put it in the attic without breaking our backs. Why is it that the logic light bulb was off for so long? It has to weigh 70+ pounds, it’s a 7 foot pre-lit tree and it’s a huge box. Here’s where the light bulb came on… I was putting things away from Halloween decorations, etc. and thought of a brilliant idea (sarcasm intended). I thought I’d take the tree on down myself (middle of the day, husband not here) and I could do that since it is in 3 pieces… LIGHTBULB MOMENT: I’m so smart – we can put the empty box up in the attic, and after Christmas we can take the tree up piece by piece therefore eliminating broken back potential. HOW SMART AM I??? HA.
I am on the prowl for some easy toddler/kid pleasing recipes. If anyone has veggie prominent recipes that you’d love to share with me, please do! Both boys love veggie fritters and I’m about tired of making them, so I’m looking for a easy way to incorporate multiple veggies in one bite (carrots, any squash, corn, broccoli, spinach, sweet potato, potato).
I am thankful that I can laugh at myself when I have a light bulb moment.
Saturday, November 24, 2007
This has been a very relaxing Thanksgiving weekend for us. Jonathon has been off of work since 2pm Wednesday, Ezra's out of school and enjoying his mini-break (3 days), and the only errands to run since Wednesday have been a 1 hour trip out Friday afternoon for me to grab a few items that we knew were on sale. Of course, the short travel (2 hours away, not far!) on Thanksgiving Day to be with family, otherwise it's been SO relaxing! Thankfully, I'm feeling much better now!
A random note...I found Pac-Man!! Ok, it's silly - but seriously, everyone needs to lighten up from time to time... so I thought I'd invite anyone with a sense of humor to take a moment and remember the good ol' days of Atari!!! Just use your arrow keys, enjoy!
I am thankful for the mini vacation of Thanksgiving I've had with my husband and kids at home, relaxing.
Friday, November 23, 2007
I went to Toys R Us today because they had a Jack in the Box (one exactly like I had when I was little) and saw INSANITY. I can't get my head around parents spending hundreds of dollars on Christmas each year. There were several couples in there with multiple carts filled as high as they could pile them. It's over the top, and gets worse each year. I'll never quite understand that. A woman and her husband checked out beside me and had a total due of just over 700.00, I almost gasped out loud and caught myself. I tried not to judge, and thought MAYBE she's buying for more then her own kids? Maybe she's buying for charity too? Does any of that even add up to logical? 700.00 spent in Toys R Us - not me, no thanks!
We'll put our tree up next week, I had planned to do that today but just didn't get motivated! We haven't even pulled down the decoration boxes from the attic yet, I guess we may do that Sunday. I'm just thrilled that all I have left to do is get a few cards in the mail, get some stocking stuffers, and 2 small gifts for teachers (getting those tomorrow). Then we'll be completely done.
Today I am thankful that the antibiotics seem to be working! I am feeling a little better and actually haven't used 2 boxes of tissue yet today!!
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Today is Thanksgiving Day. We went to my mom’s, it's something we’ve tried to do yearly as a family. Sometimes we would get together the weekend after Thanksgiving day depending on schedules. Today was awkward, and void of the laughter that we usually share. Sitting at the table, was awkward. Why? Well, because Mike wasn’t there to compliment mom’s turkey, or even carve it for her… which she cried about because carving the turkey was something he took upon himself since she butchered it as he put it! He wasn’t there to reminisce about silly things we did as kids, to share with his own kids parts of our past. Mike’s kids couldn’t come; they were with their mom this year. My brother Chris was there and my family of course, with mom and Jack. The kids had a blast, playing, goofing off, eating mom’s food and having a few of the sweet treats she makes each year. Jesse played picaboo with Chris, and that was so fun to watch. Ezra drew a few pictures for mom’s fridge, taught her about some of his toys… it was nice. But the room wasn’t at all the same…
Who would have ever thought that this would happen? Death has a way of humbling you, making you see every moment for it’s worth. My entire life spent as a minister’s daughter, I’ve seen mounds of death – been to funeral upon funeral upon funeral. I’ve seen babies who’ve died, friends and family. This last 3 years of my life have made me a different person. I’m grateful for how my eye’s have been opened, yet saddened by the means in which they were. It’s fair to say that in the last 3 years alone with Jonathon’s heart attack then surgery, Susan’s death, and now Mike’s death, I feel as if my plate is now full of life altering change. Death is life altering for those of us left to grieve it, it is unavoidable and real. It hurts, deeply to the bone. I’ve obsessed about what if’s since Mike died, what IF he hadn’t have been in the back yard? What if… I know there is no logical reason to sit and do this to myself, but I still do because I’m human.
This post doesn’t have a profound conclusion, it wasn’t meant to. I’m just getting my feelings out. Today was hard. Empty chairs at a table speak volumes when they’re empty because someone is gone. Reality is that as quickly my brother was here then gone, tomorrow just as easily it could be me.
I am thankful for having today.
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
No flu for me!! It’s something else, and my fever is gone today (so far anyway). The doctor took her time with me today discussing the recent events with my brother’s passing, the medical findings after his death are significant, and she took her time to go over what tests we should run and I agreed to them.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Today I am thankful for my understanding husband and children. (I wrote this post on Wed. morning – trying my best to keep up with my 30 days of thanks!)
Monday, November 19, 2007
Keeping Christmas Decorating Affordable
We all love the look of a beautiful home decked with boughs of holly for the Christmas season, but we don’t all have the budget it takes to create the elaborate displays we see in malls and magazines. By keeping it simple and choosing carefully from nature, the grocery store, and the dollar store, you can create a holiday home resplendent with the sights and smells of Christmas without breaking the bank. Here are ten simple ideas to get you started:
1. Take a long walk in the woods with a good pair of hand sheers and a large carrying sac. Cut down a mix of long and short pine tree branches and holly branches. Collect fresh pinecones off the forest floor. Use this collection to dress mantles and windowsills. Fill the space above your kitchen counters with a mix of Christmas greenery. Create garland and wrap railings using thin green craft wire.
2. Accent greenery with pine cones, ribbon, and votive candles placed in small Mason jars. Anchor the candles in cranberries. Tie thin ribbon or twine around the mouth of each jar.
3. Cut apples and oranges into thin circles and dry them on cookie trays in the oven at 200 degrees. Remove them from the oven when they look slightly shriveled and lightly browned. Create a simple garland for the tree by stringing them on twine. Alternate them with cranberries. Add pine cones, bows, simple dollar-store wooden ornaments, inexpensive red balls, and white lights for a beautiful, old-fashioned Christmas tree.
4. Hot-glue ribbon on one half of one side of a long strip of brown paper. Artfully wrap the bottom of the tree for a matching tree skirt. Check office supply stores for corrugated brown paper for a more unique look.
5. Wrap a few empty multi-shaped boxes with brown paper and ribbon and scatter them under tree.
6. Fill a large clear bowl or a tall vase with small green pears, cranberries and a few sprigs of holly to create an inexpensive centerpiece for your dining room table. Rest it in a blanket of greenery.
7. Use some of the greenery you collected to wrap an inexpensive wreath frame. Attach small pears to the wreath with green craft wire. Purchase a small stuffed Partridge at the craft store and attach it to the wreath with wire. Finish off with a simple bow.
8. Buy 6 to 12 paper white bulbs at a nursery - usually about a dollar each. Plant them in mason jars half filled with just about anything – potting soil, small stones, fake cranberries, craft moss, potpourri, (about six weeks before Christmas.) Trim the jars with ribbon or twine or drop them into small brown bags rolled down to the mouth of the jar and tied with twine. Scatter them around the house, and nestle them into greenery. Keep them moist and on Christmas day they will not only look beautiful, but they will fill every room with their sweet smell.
9. Buy a battery operated or electric candle for every downstairs or front window in your house. They sell these at most dollar stores and they make both the outside and the inside of your home look warm, inviting and festive.
10. Hang a sprig of Mistletoe in your front hallway or on the doorframe to the living room and take advantage of its presence whenever it pleases you.
Today I am thankful for Melanie, who manages to make me laugh even when I think it’s not possible!!
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Today I am thankful for simple entertainment.
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Today I am thankful for people with a sense of humor.
Friday, November 16, 2007
I tip-toed in to give Jesse a kiss before I went to bed. I’m selfish I suppose, I go in nightly and kiss his cheek while he’s in dreamland. I didn't do this everynigt like this until after my brother passed away, death has a way of making it clear that these types of moments are what make memories so precious. He never wakes, or even stirs – the photo was taken in the dark w/ a flash, he didn’t even wince. What’s funny, is that he was sleeping the exact same way Jonathon sleeps – arm back, knees up!
Today I am thankful for random acts of kindness. Today’s random act of kindness was bestowed upon my family – and without mentioning who, and what, I am completely grateful.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
This curriculam and project provides a hands-on learning lab, teaches skills he can use throughout his life; opens the door to career exploration; shapes attitudes toward responsibilities and opportunities; increases self-confidence and understanding of economic concepts; and develops leadership skills. All of which Ezra has made immeasurable improvement on. He was eager to be part of a team, eager to do his part, and absolutely eager to spend his money (not at all surprising, HA) Ezra even had his picture featured in the JA BizTown Newspaper!!
Today I am thankful for my 9 year old’s ‘go for it’ attitude! His willingness to take on a project like this one is a huge step forward from the shy, more reserved boy he has been!!
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Today I am thankful for having a front row seat to 2 children’s imagination. Great things are ahead for both of these boys!!
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
With two kids in the house playing and learning, and enjoying themselves – everyday isn’t a neat day inside of these 4 walls. A toddler tornado, a 9 year old boy who likes to let his closet take the brunt of his toy storm…
Upon becoming familiar with my role as a mother I had epiphany … It’s not about impressing the neighbors. It’s not about out-doing anyone. It’s not about fitting the mold I’ve created in my head of what makes a mother good. It’s about the smiles on the two boys faces that live in this house! It’s pretty simple; it’s no longer all about me.
Today, and everyday for that matter, I am thankful to be a mother.
Monday, November 12, 2007
The rest of the day we just hung out, took it easy and listened to the Music Channel on cable together while playing for several hours in our living room. Jesse is in the monkey see monkey do phase, copying everything Ezra does – both positive and negatives to that one!! It’s fun to watch them play together. We had both of their toys in the room and they do well together.
The photo is titled ‘Breakfast with Bear’. This is Jesse’s new fav. thing to do in the morning, hang out on the couch with bear, milk and breakfast. Sometimes we take daddy’s favorite throw blanket and cover Jesse’s feet and bear’s feet so they’re all cozy together. He will sit there until his breakfast is all gone! So far, the bear hasn’t been violated by force feeding from the toddling one. That day is coming soon I’m sure!
I am thankful for our veterans, both living and deceased, and for the freedoms they fought for.
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Friday, November 9, 2007
Thursday, November 8, 2007
The photos in the slide show below really did bring memories back!
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Monday, November 5, 2007
Jesse is not a fan of the sunlight in his room at 6am. I think I'll try to find one of those blackout curtains for his room. He still sleeps until 7-715am, but starts stirring around at 6am when the sun is blaring in through his curtain. Ezra has always been our son who's up with the sun - so he's up and moving earlier now too... I wonder if that will ever change? When he's a teen, will he get up at the crack of dawn worried that he may miss something? I doubt it, HA!!
Today I am thankful for having a comfortable bed to sleep in - that may seem silly... I realize that there are homeless, and people who are without. After a long day, with the weekend time change being a bit confusing for my little toddler - it's nice to have my comfy bed to fall asleep in.
Sunday, November 4, 2007
Today is Haleigh's birthday, my niece. She is 10 today. At 10, she's faced alot of adversity, and she just recently lost her daddy. Yet, she still manages to giggle and laugh when I call her. She's growing up so fast!! My brother who passed away left behind two precious and amazing kids. He set a foundation with them, good morals, self-esteem, and in general, just good kids. I hope this continues for them both, I have trust that it will.
I am thankful for having had such a wonderful brother, he makes me proud each time I see or talk to his children.
Saturday, November 3, 2007
Today - I am thankful to see happiness in the ones I love. Watching those I love smile, just makes me so happy!!
Friday, November 2, 2007
Today - I am thankful for those who are understanding.
Thursday, November 1, 2007
Today is the first day of NaBloPoMo, or National Blog Posting Month, I haven't entered on the NaBloPoMo site-I like my privacy; but I have decided to be a part of the 30 Days of Thanks hosted by boogiemum. I will commit myself to this, even if all I blog is my thankfulness each day - I need to do this for me. Things in my life have seemed sad and I need to remind myself of what I have, and what I'm still thankful for each and every day!
Today I am thankful for good friends.