Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Monday, December 29, 2008
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Last post before I go crazy finishing the final touches before tonight. I still have wrapping to do and some re wrapping (thanks crumb snatchers), Christmas mouse prep, and the mountain of food to get ready. Everything is complete except the Ham, green bean casserole, rolls, and mom is working on the potato salad as we speak. Sometime today I have to take a tray to my dads who is under the weather and not up to joining us tonight. I still need to mop and do a fly by dusting.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
I recently had a friend comment to me on the relationship I have with my husband. She being a very cosmopolitan business woman making an art of balancing a career and family, didn't understand "our" family. The choice to live in traditional roles. She made mention of feminism, and how it was important to move women out of the kitchen and into more equal roles in the home and in society. She not so tastefully stated that by putting myself in the traditional role of homemaker was teaching my children the opposite and therefore disgracing the meaning of feminism and what so many fought so hard for.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
It's just adorable. It's the ornament I received in our annual Christmas Ornament exchange. My friend Jen did a fabulous job, and it fits right in our collection of eclectic ornaments! I love it! I'm jealous of her craftiness LOL.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
But in all seriousness, aren't they just too CUTE! I had her make all three of my crumb snatchers a set. So soft and well made. The kids adore them and when Mark saw himself in the mirror with his froggie hat he gave a big ole belly laugh. He thought he was so funny. Thanks a million Steph :) And if you don't open your own store I'm driving to MI and stealing your brand new gold knitting needles. Next on my list is felt play food, a new sweater for Holly, and braided hand bands. So you better relax those hands.
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Old habits do die hard though. I sat there cozy in my bed, wanting, and NEEDING to sleep. I worried, "is it enough?", "who did we forget", and of course I am a natural giver. I admit its a bit selfish in a backwards way, but the best gift I can receive is watching excitement when people open the "perfect" gift(s) I painstakingly searched high and low for. But in lou of above mentioned life changes, the pressure to find everyone that perfect present...is off. Yet, the mind wonders.
If I were Santa Claus and could pick any gift or wish out of my sack, I'd give.....
- ...to my parents and those alike---affordable health care, paired with free prescriptions. May you have freedom from aches and pains.
- ...to my husband---a raise, better hours, and get out of jail (doghouse) free cards.
- ...to my friends---time to read a good book and have a long soak, ALONE.
- ...to my daughter---fulfillment of all your hopes and dreams, freedom from want or need, and of course full scholarship to the college of your choice :)
- ...to my sons---see list above and of course may you find someone as wonderful as your mother to wed and that I'll like her :)
- ...Holly (my super fab pooch)---a pair of pumps made purely of peanut butter and bacon
- ...to my loopies---google ground breaking hits, breathtaking photographs, one of a kind cakes, closer walks with God, sold gold knitting needles, skyrocketing sales, and the knowledge that they're making a difference in this world.
- ...For those that steal newspapers---a job delivering the Sunday paper without pay
- ...for all the homeless and mistreated dogs and cats---caring owners who will love and cherish them, and who recognize the responsibility of spaying and neutering.
- ...For Oprah---never mind..she can buy whatever she wants
- ...OPEC---a long wait in a line to purchase something they need yet cannot afford
I'm sure tonight will be another one of those nights. I'm sure to add to my list.
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Monday, December 1, 2008
Look around.... I bet you can find SOMETHING to be grateful for, even in difficult times. And as we count our blessings, there is no better way to show our gratitude than giving or helping others. I challenge each of you to do something for someone else. As you pass the Salvation Army kettles, throw in your pocket change. Or clean your closets and take a bag of clothes to one of their stores. They're a great organization that does a lot of good in the community. All the food banks (like Second Harvest or Helping Ministries) and homeless shelters desperately need canned and dry goods. Even if it's just a couple of cans, it will be greatly appreciated. The Salvation Army and malls (among others) have angel trees where you can pick a child's name and give them a Merry Christmas!
Another idea is "Santa For Seniors". There are many seniors in nursing homes and hospitals that are forgotten during the holidays. All they ask for are basic necessities like lotion, word puzzles, throws, slippers, toiletries and large print books. Nothing extravagant. Also, don't forget your veteran. Find a local VAMC (veterans medical hospital) near you. Another suggestion, every time you go to the store, buy a toy for the Toys For Tots bin! It could be a simple $1 item. Also as an animal lover, I'm a big supporter of the Humane Society. If you can't give a pet a home, you can still donate bagged or canned food, towels, and treats!
It's my goal to do as many of these things as possible, and I hope you join me.
For those that really do find it hard to see yourself as blessed or one of the less fortunate. Give a smile, hug or warm greeting and remember to include others in your prayers. That itself is a wonderful gift.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
Breathe deeply my Autumn child
In lou of life changes and part of that is new routines and self help rules to make my days/weeks go by smoother, I've decided to post a little something each day. My girls over at Home Ec 101 are wonderful about making and helping with weekly menus. This is something I plan to keep up with as well.
- Monday- Taco soup
- Tuesday- Rubens and home fries
- Wednesday- C.O.R.N (clean out refrig night)
- Thursday- TURKEY DAY
- Friday- Left overs
- Saturday- Take out (kids pick)
- Sunday- Breakfast night (waffles, bacon and fruit salad)
This is all if plans stay the same. My father is due back in Asheville Wednesday morning. Depending how his health, he may or may not be in surgery that afternoon. If so, Thanksgiving will be delayed until the weekend.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Ryan, was great for him. He needs a lot of work with letter sounds, but we know its because of his speech/language issues that has him behind. He did pretty good on his reading readiness score...he is getting there slowly but surely! He actually really enjoys and does well with Math :) I think this year is going a lot better than expected!
We also had his yearly IEP meeting. They reduced his speech therapy to twice a week. He is doing so well in that area. So now they are just going to focus of language. Set new goals in EC and OT. Sensory issues better. All in all...great news. He still is getting outside ST, Sensory, and PT.
We are starting him in Karate...thinking that may help build confidence and with sensory issues. Hannah is doing Upward Cheerleading and wants to take art lessons. We are looking into that or dance...
Mark is just Mark. LOL...normal toddler. Running and climbing all over the place. He is just so happy go lucky. Nothing can ruin his day.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Life is still rolling by. Moms leg wound is finally healing and I've finished the hemo. I finally got her to go to the pain and wound clinic...so I'm done being nurse for a wound I had no idea how to dress. She scared me this time. I truly thought she would lose it.
Kids are the same...perfectly wonderful...Ryan is doing so great in Kindergarten. I was so worried about how this year would go for him. Worried that his behavior would skyrocket and cause him a drastic change in his IEP. I was thrilled that he got Mrs. Doby (Hannah's teacher last year). She is just want he needed. Gentle but firm and one of the best teachers there. He is learning so much and getting along wonderfully with his classmates. He is having a little trouble doing is school work at times. We believe the ability is there, but if its fear, lack of confidence or just stubbornness....we aren't sure. He is still learning the material however. He turned 5 on the 25th. Such a big boy. I just can't believe how fast they are growing. When you are going through the sleepless nights of the baby stage or the tantrums of the terrible twos, you think that you'll never be able to sleep a night thru again or even finish a cup of coffee without having to reheat it a millions times....but those days do pass...then one day...ahhh....you wish you could just freeze time.
Hannah is also doing great. Soars through school with ease. To much ease, I believe. She isn't challenged enough and is becoming bored. Hopefully that will change soon enough. We are still having issues with her CP and heal cords. She is almost at a complete collapse but the AFO's given last aren't what she needs (so says level 4 and the PT)....looks like botox injections are the next step. She is in pain...poor baby...standing 5 minutes to her is like having to work 12 hours on your feet with no breaks. She keeps her chin up however and tries not to complain.
Mark is also just wonderful. Running 90 mph and climbing all over the place. He has such a mild manner to him...so endearing. He will be 14 months soon....thinks he is going on 7. LOL Christmas will be so much fun for him this year...and Halloween...LOL..I'm curious to see what he thinks about eating his first candy.
John is John...LOL...what more can I say. Same ole same ole. I finally did get him an appointment with the Sleep Center for his snoring. It is apnea. Thank gosh they are going to set him up with a breathing machine soon. They said his O2 level went below 70 many times during the night. He should have done this years ago.
Anyway, thats about it here....I'll upload new pics soon.