Thursday, December 17, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
BUT, since you don't all live just around the corner, let's have a virtual visit...come on it!...
Here are some of the things you'll see at my house during Christmas time...
From across the street. All the lights on the house are red and white.
My hutch (I call it the "coffee station")...it's hard to tell, but I have colored lights draped at the top, which I love at night...my vase changes it's flowers for every season, so these are my Christmas reds and whites, and my little cloth Jesus candy cane. In the center of the bottom shelf is a drawing my son did of the nativity scene when he was probably 4 or 5 years old - precious!
I drape greenery on all my doorways and at the top corners, I have a mixture of white roses and red hydrangeas, or red roses and white hydrangeas.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Saturday, December 5, 2009
1. Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate? Definitely homemade Hot Chocolate,...I especially love Abuelitas Mexican Hot Chocolate, because that's what my grandmother use to make for us from scratch, mmmmmm. As for egg-nog, if I love the taste, but can't deal with the thickness,...I like to mix it with skim milk to make it easier on me. But I LOVE Egg Nog Ice Cream punch! :)
2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree? Well, we don't do Santa...sorry. Now, don't get me wrong, present show up mysteriously in the middle of the night for certain, but they are either from Jesus, or Mom and Dad. My parents always set up our gifts UNwrapped, and the display was amazing to see (there were 6 kids, so imagine tea parties set up with new dolls, barbies townhouse set up with furniture and a new Ken doll, guitars on stands, battleship games set up ready to play, etc... - it was really cool to wake up to that.
But I never followed that tradition, I guess since I had only one child?
3. Colored lights on tree/house or white? On the tree I do white, because it goes with the theme I use. I use to do colored and may start again next year because I kinda miss them. On the house we do a white red and green color theme, kinda like a gingerbread house look. On the inside of the house I string colored lights in various places.
4. Do you hang mistletoe? Yes, most definitely...I LOVE kisses! :)
5. When do you put your decorations up? Beginning the first day of December.
6. What is your favorite Christmas dish? I am assuming this means "food", not dessert soooo, I guess this yummy tenderloin roast I made one year, that really sticks out.
7. Favorite Holiday memory as a child? My Mom always placed a small gift at the foot of our beds while we were sleeping. So, when we woke up, we were allowed to open that one gift before we got our parents up - I loved carrying that tradition through to my son.
8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa? I had 5 older siblings, I don't ever remember believing in Santa, so there was not "moment of truth".
9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve? Absolutely, this has been a family tradition for as long as I can remember.
10. How do you decorate your Christmas tree? I have a Jesus themed tree. White Lights=stars in the sky, Red balls=blood shed for us, White balls=His purity, Gold balls=Gifts of gold for royalty. I also have clear glass ornaments and several of the colored balls have names of Christ (Lamb of God, Friend, Messiah, etc...) written on them. I have these white hearts that have the attributes of Christ on them (faithful, loving, kind, just, etc...). I also add candy canes because they are like a "J" for Jesus, and they are red and white! :)
11. Snow! Love it or Dread it? I love snow, I don't live in or near it, so that's easy to say. But I do remember having snow at Christmas as a child and it is such a wonderful memory...I love snow.
12. Can you ice skate? Actually, yes. Just your basic skating style, don't think I'm doing loops and stuff, LOL.
13. Do you remember your favorite gift? Funny, I actually STILL HAVE my favorite gift. When I was 9 yrs old, I picked out a stuffed Chimp named "Zip" from the Sears catalog. He didn't make it in time for Christmas, but showed up a few weeks later and I loved him dearly. He sits on my bed to this day and my name is still marked in pen on the bottom of his shoe. :)
14. What’s the most important thing about the Holidays for you? Celebrating the wonderful gift of Jesus, the music that makes me feel all hapyp and warm inside, seeing lights on the houses, the smells of cookies baking, laughter, family and friends, watching people open their gifts!!! :)
15. What is your favorite Holiday Dessert? Buche De Noel, a rolled very light cake with a mocha filling and dark chocolate coating. I learned how to make it about 25 years ago in my High School French class and still have the original copy (remember that blue ink from those big rolling copy machines we had?)
16. What is your favorite holiday tradition? Oh, I have 2....Christmas Eve, we do our "Drive to see the Lights" tradition....and, My Christmas Day dinner, when my best friend Kim and her family join us....it's so much fun to menu plan and decorate the table, watch everyone open gifts. I love it!
17. What tops your tree? A bright star.
18. Which do you prefer giving or Receiving? Totally giving...I love to wrap gifts, and make them all sparkly and pretty and I LOVE watching people open them.
19. Candy Canes: Yuck or Yum? I could eat one a year, but they are a MUST for the tree.
20 Favorite Christmas Show? That's got to be a "Charlie Brown Christmas". :)
21. Saddest Christmas Song? Hmmmm...I'm dreaming of a White Christmas? Because it just ain't gonna happen here in Sunny Florida!
22. What is your favorite Christmas Song? Oh, this is easy. Words can hardly define what I feel when I hear David Phelps sing O Holy Night. He doesn't just "sing" it, he FEELS it, and you will too when you watch this...TURN YOUR SPEAKERS UP, and get some tissue, you will be ushered into the throne room of the King...at least that's what it does to me!
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Monday, November 30, 2009
Today I'm joining my friend Nan for here mem Making Your Home Sing Monday! She says..."Every day you are doing something to make your house into a home for yourself and your family (if you have one). My point with each Monday post is, what are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing?
It can be an attitude or an action. Motivation, our attitude, baking, encouraging our husband or children (if we have either one), organization, cleaning, saving money....the opportunities are endless."
I loved Nan's post today about lists...I am a list maker too! And right now, I have a big list...I have SEVERAL projects, crafts and homemade Christmas gifts that need to get done. I've begun several at one time (bad idea). That's when I get overload syndrome..I just want a piece of chocolate and a good movie, let it all sit and wait....wait for WHAT? I need to get on the ball and do a chip away a little at a time until they are completed...and that SHOULD be before Christmas!
What have a I started? Well, I wanted to "re-do" the guest bedroom,....so we painted the walls, got new carpet and did some re-arranging...I decided the little vanity desk and mirror needed to be painted a different color to match the new color scheme...vanity awaits my paint and brush...
While I was out looking for "doo-dads" to hang on the wall of the new spare bedroom, I came across this mirror that would look "perfect" in the hall bath...it just needed some paint and antiqing, etc...this created a monster of an overhaul in the hall bath which I am currently right in the middle of....wall needs spackling and painting...
I've been mulling over for sometime to move some shelves from the living room to the spare bedroom and change up the look in the living room...needed a chair for the "spot" I created...got the chair cheap (woo-hoo)....now I need to recover it....
Began a quilt (a LONG time ago) for my Mom, NEED to finish it in time to mail for Christmas....
Started about 7 other Christmas gift projects that NEEEEEEED finishing....
I felt so guilty when I read Nan's post about waiting until the last minute and people who like to work under pressure - that's not me! Why did I wait???? No list.
So, today, I'm going to go through these thigns that need finishing, prioritize them on a list and begin working through them until they are done...hopefully this will streamline my work so I can get things done with no stress, because they are all fun projects and stress just ain't fun!
On top of that, it's December!!!!!! Yee-haw!!!!! And my home will be singing with the first signs of Christmas decorations! I love to decorate for Christmas, it's my favorite! I'll try to put that on my list.. :) At the top!
Have a beautiful Monday!
For more "Making your Home Sing Monday" posts, visit Nan at Moms The Word.
Friday, November 27, 2009
"Now on one of those days Jesus and His disciples got into a boat, and He said to them, "Let us go over to the other side of the lake." So they launched out. But as they were sailing along He fell asleep; and a fierce gale of wind descended on the lake, and they began to be swamped and to be in danger. They came to Jesus and woke Him up, saying, "Master, Master, we are perishing!" And He got up and rebuked the wind and the surging waves, and they stopped, and it became calm. And He said to them, "Where is your faith?" They were fearful and amazed, saying to one another, "Who then is this, that He coammands even the winds and the water, and they obey Him?" ~ Luke 8:22-25
Now you try it, you go outside during a storm and tell it to stop...yeah,...that's what I thought. How easily we read over these words, but stop, take it in...do you feel that POWER? We are often afraid and concerned that He can't or won't handle something in our lives? A raging storm seems uncontrollable, who could fathom telling wind and rain and crashing waves to stop? It seems unreal, but we read it here in God's Word, so we KNOW it's real, that is His power - so awesome and huge!
What storm do you have in your life? A wayward child? An aching heart? A debilitating illness? An unsaved neighbor? Something that is just uncontrollable when it sits in your hands? Place in the hands of our beautiful Savior, Jesus Christ, NOTHING is uncontrollable for Him. He has the power, He will use it as He sees fit. Our job? Trust Him.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
*Twas the month before Christmas*
*When all through our land,*
*Not a Christian was praying*
*Nor taking a stand.*
*See the PC Police had taken away,*
*The reason for Christmas - no one could say.*
*The children were told by their schools not to sing,*
*About Shepherds and Wise Men and Angels and things.*
*It might hurt people's feelings, the teachers would say*
* December 25th is just a 'Holiday'.*
*Yet the shoppers were ready with cash, checks and credit*
*Pushing folks down to the floor just to get it!*
*CDs from Madonna, an X BOX, an I-pod*
*Something was changing, something quite odd! *
*Retailers promoted Ramadan and Kwanzaa*
*In hopes to sell books by Franken & Fonda.*
*As Targets were hanging their trees upside down*
* At Lowe's the word Christmas - was no where to be found.*
*At K-Mart and Staples and Penny's and Sears*
*You won't hear the word Christmas; it won't touch your ears.*
*Inclusive, sensitive, Di-ver-si-ty*
*Are words that were used to intimidate me.*
*Now Daschle, Now Darden, Now Sharpton, Wolf Blitzen*
*On Boxer, on Rather, on Kerry, on Clinton!*
*At the top of the Senate, there arose such a clatter*
*To eliminate Jesus, in all public matter.*
*And we spoke not a word, as they took away our faith*
* Forbidden to speak of salvation and grace*
*The true Gift of Christmas was exchanged and discarded*
*The reason for the season, stopped before it started.*
*So as you celebrate 'Winter Break' under your 'Dream Tree'*
*Sipping your Starbucks, listen to me.*
*Choose your words carefully, choose what you say*
*Shout MERRY CHRISTMAS,
not Happy Holiday!*
Please, all Christians join together and
wish everyone you meet
Friday, November 20, 2009
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Don't worry, if you've already got your Christmas cards all filled out and ready to mail (yeah, right, SURE you do...REALLY,...you do?),...they have a ton of other things you can order. The personalized cards and sticky stock are my favorite!
Not only are there products made of high quality paper, but the ordering process is really smooth and easy, and the mailing was superfast, I was pretty shocked to get my stuff so quickly! On top of that, the staff is really friendly and helpful.
The worst thing about my Paperspring experience? I wanted a little bit of EVERYTHING!!! All the personalized Christmas cards are sooooooo cute, it was tough to choose. As a matter of fact, I think I'm gonna go back over there and order some cards with my Blog name on them, just because they are SOOOOOOO cute! :)
Now then, HOW can YOU win???? Paperspring has offered a $50 gift certificate (good towards paperspring products) for me to give away.... how cool is that???
1. Pop over to Paperspring, and look around; leave me a comment telling me what paperspring product you liked the most. (that'll be a first entry)
2. Blog about my giveaway, or post it on your blog and let people know you did. THEN come back and comment again to let me know you did that! (that'll be a 2nd entry)
3. Post about this giveaway on your facebook page or tweet about it (gotta come back and comment again to let me know!) ~ that'll be a 3rd entry!!
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Here are 101 things (in no particular order ~ well,...the first one is intentionally the FIRST) that I'm ever so thankful for...
1. My Lord Jesus Christ who saved me from the pit by His might hand and gracious love!!!
2. My super loving, funny, giving, hunk-a-licious, godly, intelligent, sweet Hubby!!!
3. My way too intelligent, gorgeous, strong, self-professing "Momma's Boy", precious Son!!!
4. My oh so funny, caring, fun to hang with, bestest girlfriend in the world, Kim!!!
5. My most adorable boxer on this planet, sweetie pie, snuggle bunches, Stormie!!!
11. God's Word!!!
12. The smell of fresh cut grass
13. The Ocean
14. Bird songs
15. Quiet mornings
19. Cozy blankets
20. Air Conditioning
22. Cadbury Cream Eggs
24. Friendly Neighbors
29. Whipped Cream
33. Good Soil
35. Love Notes
38. Blue Skies
39. Charcoaler Hamburgers (it's an El Paso thing)
40. The sound of "I love you Mom"
42. Baby Ducks
43. Fresh Baked Bread
45. Hot Soup
46. Ice Cream
50. Movies that make you sigh at the end and smile all the way to your car...
51. Christmas lights
55. Cooking with Gas!!!
60. Fresh Air
61. Dental Floss
62. Snorkel Masks
63. Hand Holding
66. Root Beer!!!
70. Butterfly Kisses
74. Hot Cocoa
78. The sound of children playing
79. Sewing Machines
87. Thunder and Lightening
96. Gentle Breezes
98. Tennis Shoes
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
We went to see the silly stuff...Demolition Derby and Monster Trucks, :). I think Capt. Mike would secretlylike to be behind the wheel in the Demolition Derby....who wouldn't?
Monster Trucks are funny to look at too, I think it'd be fun to be behind the wheel of one of those!
Cut me off in traffic one more time Buddy.......:)
(760 calories, that's almost 2 meals worth, and 44g of fat!)
I had packed a little bag with healthy snacks to get us through the day, almonds, dried cherries, Kashi crackers, and granola bars. But as we waited for the last truck show, we began to get "hungry", the kind of hungry that says I really would like something more than a nut!!!!
Here were my choices...
Fried Ham Sandwich
Deep Fried Oreos (Yes, you heard that right)
Bucket of Fries
Deep Fried Snickers (700 calories, 45g of fat!)
Pizza... We decided on a slice of cheese pizza...it was disgusting, but it fueled the body just enough to make it through the rest of the evening.
All in all, it was a typical State Fair outing, a fun, silly day. HOWEVER, there was one event that got my blood boiling....
This is where I step onto my soapbox for a moment...
Ok, I'm off the box now....just had to vent, and what better place than the internet? :)