I love this picture, this just sums it up. Our dog Cocoa wouldn't have anything to do with ,my daughter's new puppy , Bella. Three months later, he even plays a little with her. However as cute as she looked, she kept stealing his Christmas bone.... you better watch it Bella.
This is really cool, especially if you pick the snowman... pardon the bad pun. A local grocery is allowing you to log on to their website, and set up a call that can be made to someone from Santa, a snowman or from Tony Stewart... you set the recepients name, the date and time of the call... http://www.holidayphonecalls.com/schedule.aspx
Welcome! All "that snow" last week down here in Texas put us in the Christmas Spirit. I am running a little late, but made my goal to participate in the Tour of homes this year.
There are alot of postings I have read about downsizing decorations, and not being perfect... trust me... I don't have to worry about that! Cause I am not anywhere close! So, I will share the best, and I hope you enjoy!
A little Christmas Cheer on the couch....
Fireplace area with an attempt at garland, after getting inspired by The Nester and all of those beautiful creations I saw last year... don't worry... I will be removing that "Minnie Pearl" tag from that topiary all by myself in a little bit. Or, maybe not... cause that's how I roll! Did you like the festive touch the Guitar Hero drum set provides? It has red and green on it so we're gonna make it work!
I am really proud of my garland.... let's just hope it stays up.
You need to use your imagination now....
and pretend this treeskirt is under the tree.... instead of drying after being defiled by.......
..........B E L L A.... and then there's the matter of that tail.
But there is way too much testerone in this house to worry about things getting broken. And that paint color. What was I thinking?
Ohh! The Santa movie is on....
So I am going to sit here and enjoy it! I hope you have enjoyed our tour as well!
Thank you so very much for visiting my blog - I welcome you all! Feel free to look around and leave a comment or two.
Merry Christmas Y'all!
As I was making phone calls yesterday, I dialed the wrong number off of the list I was given. I was told they thought the other lady's condition was improving...don't stop- please continue to pray. Thank you, Lord Please continue to watch over her and her family and any that come in contact with them.
Alyssa was very nauseated yeserday and couldn't keep her pain medicine down, we just returned from a 2nd night in the ER. Was dehydrated but after iv fluids and pain meds, the staff was able to finally get a little blood after 10 or so sticks- hands arm, feet. After that and another exam, and more tests, they don't see signs of internal bleeding, or concussion...and think the nausea was just result of the medication. We'll see an Ortho Wednesday. She still thinks she is going to work Tuesday & school Tuesday night. Off to check on her and take a little nap. Thank you Lord.
This is the child who has never had a day of detention, let alone a broken bone. This is my child that goes to college, works full time, and has two part time jobs...
This is my sweet girl that wanted to be a vet from the age of 5 when we saw a flattened squirrel on the road during a post Thanksgiving Day Dinner walk. She thought she needed to give it CPR. I was able to catch her before she reached him. Her career goals have changed but her heart hasn't.
The broken collarbone, the assortment of "goose eggs" all over her body, the minor cuts and scratches & the slivers of glass we are picking out of her are all temporary.
The speed limit on the road was 60mph. I asked the state trooper if there were skid marks, and he said no.
She is able to feel her injuries - Thank you Lord; as I can't imagine the alternative.
I am grateful that the fire dept and ems were so close... I think they were at the scene in less then two minutes. I am grateful for her co-worker from the vet clinic that was at the scene of the accident shortly thereafter. Thank you Lord for sending such skilled people to tend to my child. I haven't told her the other driver was transferred. She was very upset when she realized she was in her 70's. When should I tell her? As a Momma I have done all I can for my sweet Alyssa, making sure she has her medicine through the night, and is as comfortable as can be.... I have no control over the situation, or the other driver - but I can request prayer. I don't know her name, all I know is the collision was in Fulshear TX on FM 359 at approx 5:30 pm central Saturday,but every prayer is greatly appreciated. Please Lord, be with her and her family. Thank you,
The phone rang at 6:45pm yesterday evening as I was studying for my new job...My daughter Alyssa's co-worker was calling to tell me my daughter was in an auto accident yesterday at 5:30pm a small farm road here in S. Texas. She was cut out of her Jeep, however the other person in the wreck was over 70 years old. Prayers requested. She required oxygen and was transported to another hospital from the local hospital they were both taken to here.
Death was walking toward a city one morning and a man asked, "What are you going to do?" "I'm going to take 100 people," Death replied. "That's horrible," the man said. "That's the way it is," Death said. "That's what I do."
The man hurried to warn everyone he could about Death's plan. As evening fell, he met Death again. "You told me you were going to take 100 people," the man said, "Why did 1,000 die?" "I kept my word," Death responded. "I only took 100 people. Worry took the others .."
Worry is, and always will be, a fatal disease of the heart, for its beginning signals the end of faith. Worry intrudes on God's compassionate ability to provide. When we allow our problems to overshadow God's promises, we unknowingly, doom ourselves to defeat. That was never part of God's eternal plans. Release the regrets of yesterday, refuse the fears of tomorrow and receive instead, the peace of today.
REMEMBER: WORRYING DOESN'T SOLVE ANYTHING, INSTEAD IT HURTS EVERYTHING! Simply let go and let God be God. Live this, and be eternally blessed.
"For with God NOTHING shall be Impossible" (Lk. 1:37 ) If you're gonna pray, don't worry.....and if you're gonna worry, why pray.
I checked my email this morning and someone posted this on our My family website. But the original page was listed as Kristi Millers Chemo page, you can see it here
I'm awake. blink.blink. I'm definitely a city girl. I don't do 'critters'. none. at all. period. Okay, some are OK. But no geckos. the whole transparency thing? Eww - that grosses me out. And cows...but thats just common sense. They're huge.
Now I have had the pleasure of hearing rain on a tin roof... and other nice natur-ey sounds... and other not so nice sounds... like the occasional squirrel in the attic. and big beautiful trees are really nice, but they have friends y'all. And some are a little scary. stalkerish even. Is there a squirrel union? Or squirrel mafia? Cause there are some good candidates on my street...
I awoke to quite a ruckus this am. Not the usual odd noise, nope. This was a full on assault of my piece of mind. In.the.wall. In. people. Not on the roof, on the fence, but in the wall just three feet from my head. I just hope he made it back out. for both our sakes. Maybe he went down the chimmney.. I don't have alot of accuracy after three hours of sleep.
I want go back to sleep. can't stay awake.. Not today... I have work, a meeting with all of the teachers, a parent's meeting for the team. and more work. dinner....and coffee. Lots of coffee. Because.
After the sermon in church yesterday, why am I surprised by this? (Disclaimer: due to my inability to process Daylight savings time,and a hyper 13 year old, I didn't hear the sermon in it's entirety. What I did catch was good.)
I think I am just going to have a little quiet time this am, since it was scheduled for me. By a squirrel.
Edited to add: I was lead to this. The hectic pace of life and the constant presence of other people often consipre to stifle joy. Spritual masters among us have used solitude as a means of self-renewal. Solitude and silence are often commanded in the Bible. "Be still before the Lord." (Zech. 2.:13) "Be silent before the Soverign Lord. (Zeph 1:7 NIV)
and this. Seize the day and don't worry! "This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalm 1:18-24) I'm seizing God. Not worrying about the squirrel. Although, it may result in a revival if he decides to make an appearance thru my chimney. That may not be a bad thing.
Remember that game? Someone should have told us to play it with our kids....
"Mother, may I grow two inches taller than you? Me: "No, you may not." It might have worked...
or..."Mother, May I grow into such a beautiful,young woman that it is scary and will cause you much worry? Me: "No, you may not." The one on the right? Darth Vader? Don't even get me started. Genetically, he isn't mine...but emotionally, he has been blended with my heart...
Having a "smoothie" family makes it interesting ( read... difficult) and tough at times. I think the term smoothie sums it up wonderfully... Take several different personalities & their idiosyncronies, complete with past experiences ("up-sized") & also expectations( jumbo size). Stir & enjoy! It may look a little rough during the blending, but it turns out great in the end - so I'm told. I'm still stiring...but my arm's tired.
*SIGH* Yes you may..... If you are reading this as the parent of one the potty training bunch, you are probably remembering how you held your breath as they took their first steps.... and exhaled after they made their wobbley way to their destination. Well - all I can say is grab a paper lunch sack momma's .. they come in handy. Breathe slowly, in and out, that's it.
and Quizno's... Ok really just Quizno's cause I'm broke after the Laser Tag Birthday Party yesterday for B-Dubya. after the morning I had, I could use lunch with the girls. But, I would so buy if I could...
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I ummm you know am not quite 40, but am really close....like two steps from the edge of the cliff close. You know, the age where if you asked your parent what a word was, the inevitable response was... "Go look it up in the dictionary." and if you were lucky you had a set of encyclopedias to check as well... or the alternative was a trip to either the school library or the local public branch. Hey, I try to keep up with the times, slightly... so being such a "trendy momma" when they ask me that I say "Google it". I get more heat for this...
I can't even finish my sentence...they start waving their arms and being comedians..
"We know google it!" Oh Yeah.... the're REALfunny. I remember thinking how cool it would be when they got finally got past knock knock jokes in 1st grade and the hilarity that would ensue.... Ummm - hummm.... makes ya long for a knock knock joke. Just you wait... I am going to get one of those new fangled recording de-vices so you can see what I have to deal with..
I'll post it here.
Silly kids.You know you think they would know better then to mess with a momma who wore "toughskins". Yep. You know the ones- the greens ones ya just "hadta" have. The lesser of the evils of that round Sears rack you were forced to spend perusing on a sweaty Saturday afternoon at Sears. So what do you catch heat from your brood for?
So my DD took a class last year in high school. Child & Family blah blah something. Should have known this would be trouble. This is my creative organized child with just a tad of OCD. Result? A really responsible, yet sometimes slightly annoying girl ...eh, but ya' know.. That combo kinda works :D So, uh, she said I really like this class. I have learned a bunch of things....and , stops mid sentence and says "You have done a lot of things wrong as a parent."
Naw...Really? .... "Dear; that's a given, but thank you for sharing." What else can you do...? Feign surprise? "Who me?" Please! I had to bite my lip as I tried not to laugh uncontrollably. Cause you know once you start thinking of all the things you have done your not going to be able to stop for a while and then the tears start rolling down your face and please, please don't let a snort sneak in there cause you know it gets you revved up again....
Oh Boy! I have managed to make alot of errors, but I think I have managed not to pass "the curse" along.... You know the big one we all got as kids.... When one day your mother was at her limit and said rather loudly.... "I hope one day you get a child that is twice as stubborn as you!" In fact if I remember correctly, it was said on several occasions... Ummmm. yeah Mom? about that..... those were some mighty strong words. Knowing my mother I reckon it was probably said as a prayer. My Mom musta had a direct line to heaven... with God on speed dial....
So Moms... Does it stack? I mean do you get stubborn to the 7th power? I hope not! I'm not so good at math.
Mistakes?.... Lots of 'em. Today? Yep, plenty. They ain't gonna be the last either.
Doing housework.... and more housework....the list is long. and; I have to get it done in spite of this incredible headache....
Forget the superbowl.... I don't think I could handle the volume today....no, thanks. The excedrin isn't doing more then taking the edge off it... it... the headache.... but me? still edgy...
I have to get this done as I have more work starting this week at home.... as I sit here I am remembering I am lucky to be able to do Customer Service work at home in the afternoon and evenings.... in my jammies if I so wish :D I smile while mentally picturing gestures from the kids as they try to silently communicate while I am taking calls.. should be an interesting week! Back to the list!
Not having any photoshop software made it difficult, so I had to settle what I found on the web. At Free Web Page Headers I found the picture for the header. I saw this cute background at The Cutest Blog on the Block! and even figured out how to insert a line break in the coding of heading... moving the sentance around so the it wouldn't run over into the picture( no small miracle, folks - seriously. I can barely use my remote)
Thanks :) B edited to add: I am really just trying to take my mind off of the fact my DH has been out of town for awhile.... and that my friend asked me to keep tabs on her teens while she is househunting... in another country. And the neighbor's dog.... is here as they went to the deer lease too..... So, let me know what you think.... I just had the plain old standard black background with no frills as pictured in the last post..... now I have added the background, and a fantastic photo , of a well traveled piece of concrete...
I decided that my blog is horribly not creative..... Do you have any ideas??? So as I sit dog watching and teen monitoring ( in addition to my own) this weekend while DH is at the deer lease working.. I thought I could, you know.... fiddle.....
I hadn't blogged in awhile. I knew that. I didn't realize how long it had been.... You see.... I finally got one kid driving... which made an incredible difference, but that same one graduated and is a college student now..... Just for fun I am going to post a page of my schedule before hand.. It needs to be preserved for posterity.. so when I get old and rock on my porch and wish for more excitement - I can reconsider and think... HA.maybe not!
so now I run.... still..... but it is to my jobs ( of which there is more than one) to pay for tuition.... and 200.00 books.... Geez.
His sister and I were standing by him, and were talking about how she wished she had my parents room in our house instead of her room. I said sure, it had a half bath and a nice walk in closet..... instead of the wall closets they both have.
B.W. is walking by and says - " I have a walk in closet.... I can walk in, I just can't walk out of it!