Saturday, December 29, 2007
Anyhoo....I don't even know why I went down the "we are going to buy a house" road.
I wanted to talk about Christmas gifts. We had a really nice Christmas. I love giving. Some day, when we are rich, I am going to buy people stuff all the time. I won't buy junk just to buy junk but stuff that people need. I can't wait.
I received some great gifts for Christmas this year. Of course, I got many things for the kitchen: a cast iron griddle/grill (one that goes across two burners!), a cast iron wedge pan (for cornbread) and two attachments for my kitchenaid (the ice cream maker & slicer/shredder). Jake & I also got many gift certificates and a Kodak digital picture frame (a ten inch one....it is nice). Oh....I also got my first power tool!!! It is a Craftsman Rotary Tool. I am so excited. I have big plans for it.
The kids were, of course, spoiled beyond belief. Toys, books, cds....we do need that house. Nana made them really nice bean bag chairs. They take up most of our living room. I tried to hide them in the corner but the kids insist on keeping them out. Jude thinks he is Spider Man so he keeps jumping from one to another. Elise got TONS of Hello Kitty stuff.
I had to abandon many handmade gifts this year due to lack of time. I did, however, give out those little clothespin dolls I made. I don't know if anyone really liked them....I think they did. I made calendars again for my Mom & Linda. Instead of buying the kit like I did last year, I actually designed my own. It probably cost the same, and took way more time but the finished product was better and had a lot more photos. I ran out of time so I still own them each February. I plan to do that this week.
I did buy a few gifts at Goodwill. I know it may sound tacky but it was good stuff. Baskets to put stuff in, cookbooks, scrapbooks, picture frames.... Pretty much all the stuff was brand new. I don't think anyone minded. I love finding deals.
I am planning to do a big craft show next November. I am going to have to work on it all year. Hopefully, it will help me stay on track with some of these Christmas ideas I have. Every year I say....if I only had started sooner. So this year I am!!!
I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas!
Thursday, December 27, 2007
New York Moving Company
Come to find out - the lights weren't even up this year and the drive we turned into was were they normally were.
After we get her cleaned up we headed home. Avery was screaming still - because she was hungry a this point. I rode in the back with the kids and sang Christmas carols the whole way home. It was pretty fun. In case you were wondering: Elise is fine now. She was just car sick.
If you missed previous posts about Miller Holidays or Barfing see these posts.
Thursday, December 20, 2007
I love taking the kids to this Santa for a couple reasons....First I love they have Mr. & Mrs. Clause. Second, I know the Mrs. - she is my Mary Kay lady. Third, it is cheap ($3). And fourth, you can take your own camera and take as many shots as you want. Oh, and one last one....it is a fundraiser for the Akron Canton Foodbank.
Elise was so tired she wouldn't even smile.
Sunday, December 16, 2007
In the dining room you will probably catch a glimpse of an elf or two hard at work....Look here is one making sugar cookies!
Are you hungry? Why don't you see if there is anything in the fridge you might want. My fridge is stuffed to the gills right now. Ham, butter, lemons, limes, cheese, those sparklely packages are more cookies for my neighbors, juice, eggs, gingerbread coffee creamer (I am addicted to flavored coffee creamers! ), more cookie dough and the blue bowl is full of cookies....lots of yummy stuff.
On my window sill I have my paper whites growing. I can't wait until they bloom. BTW...I bought those bulb vases at Goodwill (my favorite store) for $1! The other crazy plant is a bunch of clippings to start a plant for a friend.
Another elf....busy eating her toes.
What would a tour of my home be without a glimpse of my craft area. Not too bad this year....probably because I had to abandon most of my homemade projects. I was running out of time.
Last but not least this is my (embarrassing) stash of hidden gifts I need to wrap. I put them in our little toy closet in the basement. I locked it. The kids think they accidentally locked it and I can't find the key. Don't look too closely...you might see your gift.
Thursday, December 13, 2007
So, today I have decided to give you a list of my favorite things - and unlike Oprah & Ellen none of my items are sponsored.
1. Tom's of Maine toothpaste
2. Jodi Picoult - I've read FIVE of her books since October. I love every single one of them.
3. Coffee-Mate Peppermint Mocha coffee creamer. Seriously....YUM.
4. Kitchen Aid Artisan Mixer. Now that I am finally using it I LOVE IT!!!!
5. Martha Stewart's website - yes, I am addicted to her website. I spend a bunch of time there.
6. BCBG Paris "Pretty" Shoes. My Mom bought them for me and I adore them.
7. Bath & Body Works Midnight Pomegranate Body Butter
8. Stay by Sugarland (I know, I know it is country! I passed up the chance to see them on Friday - for free thanks to Justiene- but I watched my sister's kids instead.
9. WNIR - I am still a junkie. I find myself saying "I heard on the radio" way too much.
10. Making Memories scrapbook supplies. I am very behind on my scrapbooks but 2008 is the year for scrapbooking. I have a good feeling about it. Question....why doesn't my computer recognize scrapbooking as a word? Is it not supposed to be used as a verb???? LOL.
11. Tostitos Hint of Lime chips - plain or with salsa. They are delicious.
12. Spot Shot & Magic Eraser (two for the price of one - they are both miracle workers)
13. Sony Ericsson w300i - Here are the things I love about my cell phone. 1. I can listen to the radio. 2. I can listen to mp3's (although I haven't) 3. it is simple 4. I get great reception. I have had several phones and this is my all time favorite by far. FUNNY STORY: When I was in the hospital after giving birth to Avery, I was trying to turn on the radio on my phone. I was so doped up I didn't know what I was doing to I kept trying to turn on the radio. The next day I told Jake I thought I ordered something....He forgot about it and when we got the bill I had ordered some crazy radio thing (obviously not public radio) and they charged us twice. He called and got the charges removed.
Have a great Thursday.
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
In Church on Sunday we had a really good sermon. Unfortunately I can't find my notes from it. I know they are here somewhere. Anyways....I remembered this particular verse and thought I would share it with you. When I looked it up I realized the entire chapter is interesting so I am sharing the whole thing. I am always amazed that the Bible was written SO long ago but it really pertains to us today. Not that I ever doubted it, but the Bible really does have all the answers - you just have to find them. I am including the Message version and The King James. I also checked out the NIV version and they all say the basic same thing - just in different terms.Here are some verses I find particularly amusing....v. 7 - "If you are stuffed you refuse dessert" ...hmmm, you do?
v. 14 - I guess they didn't like morning people even back in "Bible times".
v. 15-16 Many other translations say "the nagging wife" or various other negative terms. The translation that was in the sermon was the Good News translation and it uses the nagging wife term. The woman who was sitting next to me looked at me during the sermon and pointed out that the verse was coming up (she was reading ahead in the bulletin). Every woman in the room probably felt the same....Something like (sending mental telepathy messages to their husbands) - "don't you dare elbow me!". Ha ha ha.
v. 22 - Just plain funny.
Proverbs 27 (The Message)
You Don't Know Tomorrow1 Don't brashly announce what you're going to do tomorrow; you don't know the first thing about tomorrow.
2 Don't call attention to yourself;
let others do that for you.
3 Carrying a log across your shoulders
while you're hefting a boulder with your arms
Is nothing compared to the burden
of putting up with a fool.
4 We're blasted by anger and swamped by rage,
but who can survive jealousy?
5 A spoken reprimand is better
than approval that's never expressed.
6 The wounds from a lover are worth it;
kisses from an enemy do you in.
7 When you've stuffed yourself, you refuse dessert;
when you're starved, you could eat a horse.
8 People who won't settle down, wandering hither and yon,
are like restless birds, flitting to and fro.
9 Just as lotions and fragrance give sensual delight,
a sweet friendship refreshes the soul.
10 Don't leave your friends or your parents' friends
and run home to your family when things get rough;
Better a nearby friend
than a distant family.
11 Become wise, dear child, and make me happy;
then nothing the world throws my way will upset me.
12 A prudent person sees trouble coming and ducks;
a simpleton walks in blindly and is clobbered.
13 Hold tight to collateral on any loan to a stranger;
be wary of accepting what a transient has pawned.
14 If you wake your friend in the early morning
by shouting "Rise and shine!"
It will sound to him
more like a curse than a blessing.
15-16 A nagging spouse is like
the drip, drip, drip of a leaky faucet;
You can't turn it off,
and you can't get away from it.
Your Face Mirrors Your Heart17 You use steel to sharpen steel,
and one friend sharpens another.
18 If you care for your orchard, you'll enjoy its fruit;
if you honor your boss, you'll be honored.
19 Just as water mirrors your face,
so your face mirrors your heart.
20 Hell has a voracious appetite,
and lust just never quits.
21 The purity of silver and gold is tested
by putting them in the fire;
The purity of human hearts is tested
by giving them a little fame.
22 Pound on a fool all you like—
you can't pound out foolishness.
23-27 Know your sheep by name;
carefully attend to your flocks;
(Don't take them for granted;
possessions don't last forever, you know.)
And then, when the crops are in
and the harvest is stored in the barns,
You can knit sweaters from lambs' wool,
and sell your goats for a profit;
There will be plenty of milk and meat
to last your family through the winter.
Proverbs 27 (King James Version)
2Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips.
3A stone is heavy, and the sand weighty; but a fool's wrath is heavier than them both.
4Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous; but who is able to stand before envy?
5Open rebuke is better than secret love.
6Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.
7The full soul loatheth an honeycomb; but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.
8As a bird that wandereth from her nest, so is a man that wandereth from his place.
9Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart: so doth the sweetness of a man's friend by hearty counsel.
10Thine own friend, and thy father's friend, forsake not; neither go into thy brother's house in the day of thy calamity: for better is a neighbour that is near than a brother far off.
11My son, be wise, and make my heart glad, that I may answer him that reproacheth me.
12A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself; but the simple pass on, and are punished.
13Take his garment that is surety for a stranger, and take a pledge of him for a strange woman.
14He that blesseth his friend with a loud voice, rising early in the morning, it shall be counted a curse to him.
15A continual dropping in a very rainy day and a contentious woman are alike.
16Whosoever hideth her hideth the wind, and the ointment of his right hand, which bewrayeth itself.
17Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.
18Whoso keepeth the fig tree shall eat the fruit thereof: so he that waiteth on his master shall be honoured.
19As in water face answereth to face, so the heart of man to man.
20Hell and destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied.
21As the fining pot for silver, and the furnace for gold; so is a man to his praise.
22Though thou shouldest bray a fool in a mortar among wheat with a pestle, yet will not his foolishness depart from him.
23Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds.
24For riches are not for ever: and doth the crown endure to every generation?
25The hay appeareth, and the tender grass sheweth itself, and herbs of the mountains are gathered.
26The lambs are for thy clothing, and the goats are the price of the field.
27And thou shalt have goats' milk enough for thy food, for the food of thy household, and for the maintenance for thy maidens.