Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
I will be taking a break from blogging. Just over Christmas Break. From our Family to Yours ... Have a Very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Cora took her first steps last week. By Christmas she may be running! She says Mommy, Daddy and Hi (maybe other words I haven't heard yet). Now we need to practice saying Nanna and Pappa!
Cora is a sweet baby and brings much joy to our family. We love you sweetie!
Friday, December 12, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
- A relaxed loving time with the family
- Realistic expectations with the family
- An evenly paced holiday season
- What traditions were the most enjoyable to you as a child?
- Include some of those traditions in your holiday celebrations
- Discuss with your children which holiday traditions they enjoy most
- Set aside time with your children
- Simplify holiday preparations
- Entertain less
- Cut back on outside commitments
- Watch less TV/Commercials
- Discuss gift expectations with your children
- Travel less
Lowering Expectations...If there is no such thing as "the perfect family", then how could there be such a thing as "the perfect family Christmas?"
- Identify disappointments that we have during the holidays
- Realize that people will disappoint us and that most people don't change
- Realize "family" has many definitions and shapes - accept and celebrate that which is unique about your family
- Realize we can't be everywhere, do everything and please everyone
I'm working on incooperating a Simple Christmas into our lives. Tonight I am going to go listen to our High School Choir sing. I haven't done this in several years and am looking forward to their beautiful voices singing the holiday songs -- Let the Holiday Season begin!
Sunday, December 7, 2008
We called her "Little Pebbles" because I pulled her little bit of hair up into a barrette! She was a very busy little girl. She was a very sweet little girl and mommy's big helper. She was also really good to play by herself.
Where has the time gone?
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Ten Steps from Hectic to Simple (Movement Toward a Holier, Healthier, Less-broke Christmas!)
- Draw names
- Give family gifts instead of individual gifts
- Give gifts only to children
- Design and make your own gifts
- Give to mission and benevolent project in someone's honor
- Give and wrap gifts in a way that cares for the environment
- Give the gift of your time, talents and involvement (more presence, less presents!!)
- Adopt a family in the community
- Give to global missions
- Plan a small snack reception in your home in order to get to know your neighbors better
Our family is trying to do some of these suggestions. We are going to spend vacation time together this year in lieu of gifts and just bring gifts for Cora, my granddaughter. We also adopted a local family and have been buying gifts and grocery gift card for their family.
Is your family doing anything different this year for Christmas? Do you have some simplier suggestions?
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
Google has a search engine, google map, news, photos (Picasa Web Albums) and Reader (that I catch up with some of my favorite blogs).
Yahoo has e-mail, flicker photo albums (which is where I keep my family photos), news, sports, celebrity watch, weather, maps & driving, facebook, find-a-movie, and abc news.
MaraTick is a list maker. So far I have just used it as a grocery list. When you begin to type in an item, it shows multiple names of items that you can pick from. Makes it easy to use. It looks like I can e-mail this list to someone too. I am still trying to figure out this software.
I'd like to try out WorldMate the next time we take a trip. I'm also looking at Viigo. Looks like this has a lot of up-to-date news and RSS Feed. May duplicate a lot of what I already have.
Anyone know of other free downloads for Blackberry that I should try out?
Monday, November 17, 2008
Wonderful memories and a great vacation. I love waterfalls and Yellowstone is a fabulous park to visit.
We lived in Indiana at the time, so thus the Purdue sweatshirts. They did such a great job posing for mom's numerous pictures. A few years from this and they were definitely complaining about mom taking their picture!
Monday, November 10, 2008
I received a beautiful black sweater from my daughter that I have been wearing ever since she gave it to me and it is so warm during this first cold spell.
My son took me out on a date and we went to a movie and watched "The Changeling". It was great. I'm not a big fan of Angelina Jolie, but she was great in this movie.
I'm blessed to have a wonderful, loving family.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
She looks very soft and cuddly!
Alas, no candy in her basket! Maybe next year.
It is the day after the elections and I am so glad that it is all over! No more ads, robo calls, etc. That was definitely getting old. Regarding the Presidential candidates, both men ran a hard fought race and the speeches from both were inspiring to me. America is a wonderful democracy and I'm proud to be a part of it.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
It's the little things in life sometimes - and finding a zero calorie, no caffeine, taste good drink is a good thing.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
I'm anxious for him to get back home. It has been a long 10 days. I'm also anxious to hear about his trip and all that he has learned about the country of Kenya.
My SIL is going to Haiti next week on a mission trip with his church. My daughter and granddaughter will be coming to stay with us for a few days while he is gone (yeah!). Haiti has had a lot of destruction recently from hurricanes and needs a lot of help. Please pray for his safety during this trip.
We're thankful for these opportunities of service, but we will also be glad when they are both back home with us.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
"The Secret Life of Bees"
Loved it, loved it, loved it!
Cry, weep ... cry some more.
I read the book and really liked it as well .
Great acting and just a great story. Not sure my husband would have liked it though ... actually pretty sure he would not have!
Great movie to go to with your girlfriends. Get out and see it as soon as possible.
Monday, October 20, 2008
I have personally quilted one quilt top given to me by my great aunt and am currently working on a baby quilt from scraps of material that I have in my closet. That will be my first quilt top that I have made. I thought a baby quilt would be a good place for me to start.
The quilt above was on display and not in the running on the voting. The quilt on the left I thought was really interesting. The material in the circle area has raw edges.
While I was at the quilt show I ran into one of my High School teachers. That was fun to catch up with her. During lunch at a local restaurant, my waitress was a past classmate that I hadn't seen since graduation. Her twin sister lives nearby me, unbeknownst to me, so we are going to try to have a small reunion when she comes through my town.
Good weekend for visiting and enjoying the wonderful fall weather.
Friday, October 17, 2008
I'm still trying to figure out how to blog with my blackberry. Hopefully, I will get that figured out soon.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
We crossed the Columbia River and stopped at the scenic overlook to get this beautiful picture. So much beauty in the state of Washington.
As we crossed into Idaho, we continued to see beautiful lakes and gorgeous skies.
The wedding was in Kellogg, Idaho, and was suppose to be outdoors, but the rain stopped that and so they quickly moved everything indoors.
The picture on the left is the wedding site. We enjoyed visiting with our family and was happy to celebrate in this important event in my cousin's family's life.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
The upper left picture is me in front of the entrance to the market. The bottom left is a bakery that I really liked called "The Three Sisters". Their cookies were scrumptious.
If you ever get a chance to visit Seattle, by all means don't miss out on the Public Market.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
The cruise was with my husband's conference. They had an amazing dinner for us on board and everyone relaxed and visited and took in the fabulous sights.
I used about every function on my digital camera trying to get the best night picture. This is one of my favorite shots. I really love city skyline pictures. I tried my night landscape, fireworks, sunset and candlelight options on my camera. I used so many different functions that now I'm not sure which one I used that worked the best!I zoomed in close to get this Space Needle picture. Several of the pictures I took ended up blurry because of the distance, but this one turned out really well. I love digital photos -- you can just keep taking pictures until you get the one you like.
The next post will be pictures from Seattle's Public Market. The Market is rich with color from flowers to vegetables and interesting people from many cultures.
Monday, October 6, 2008
My husband and I had some trouble in changing time zones. We would be tired around 8:30 p.m. and wake up at 4:00 a.m. I definitely had plenty of time to exercise and get breakfast before the stores opened!
The picture to the left is Mt. Rainier from the plane. When we were in Seattle a few years ago, we did not ever see it. This time it was hazy and cloudy, but I can see at least part of the mountain.
The picture to the right is our view from our hotel room. Gorgeous! Puget Sound and beautiful mountains in the distance.
We spent Tuesday through Sunday in Seattle with a side trip on Saturday to my cousin's son's wedding in Kellogg, Idaho. We rented a red Ford Mustang and drove through Washington and a few miles into Idaho to celebrate this occasion with them.
I'll be posting more pics and fun stories about our Seattle trip soon. Stay tuned.
Friday, September 26, 2008
Sunday, September 21, 2008
All of my children were home this weekend - the guys played some golf and the girls shopped. Seems like we do that a lot (golf and shop).
Cora has a little tooth on the bottom, says momma and dadda and waves goodbye. It is fun to watch her grow.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
I don't really sew very often but when I do, I enjoy it. Making things like skirts or baby afghans help me feel very productive. Taking material or yarn and turning the product into something to use is satisfying. Well...onto the next project.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Well, maybe another evening before Winter. Snow will also keep people from being able to get to my house. Our driveway is very steep and you have to have a 4-wheel drive to get out in the snow.
Instead I spent the day sewing myself a skirt. I had some teal, brown and green plaid material laying around and decided to spend my time on a sewing project. I'm not quite done with it but am anxious to wear it.
Monday, September 15, 2008
Hopefully the waters recede and we are able to get to town or work tomorrow. Thanks Ike!
Saturday, September 13, 2008
I don't know too much about each rider or who is in the lead, but it was great to see all the athletes and the crowd excitement.
Later in the evening we went to the home opener of the local high school football team. My husband and children are all alumni and the evening started with a dedication to the school's new football and track field. We played a team that was ranked 2nd in the state of Arkansas and lost by 5 points. Our school is ranked 4th in the State of Missouri in Class 6A.
Monday, September 8, 2008
To get ready for this event, my husband and I did some mulching in the flower beds. We have been meaning to do this earlier in the summer but kept putting it off. This year we used a darker wood chip instead of the lighter color we have used in the past. I really like the look of it. Our dog Belle is helping us by stomping down the chips after we pour them into the beds! She is also overseeing the project.
Now, this week, cleaning up the inside!
Saturday, September 6, 2008
I also bought some really fun material at a garage sale not too long ago and made some of the material into slipcovers for these pillows. This is the baby bed Cora sleeps in at out home. I also bought her the cute little cabbage patch doll for her to play with at Grandma's house. I have more of that material but I haven't decided yet what to do with it. I was thinking about somehow using it as background in a picture frame to hang on the wall. I haven't figured that out yet.
I have so many craft projects that I either have already started or have plans to start that I would have to quit my job and do that full time to complete all of them! Well, I guess I have enough projects for this winter anyway!
Friday, September 5, 2008
- For Better or for Worse - comic strip
- Truth or Fiction - gives you the truth about e-mails that are floating around
- Stat Counter - let's me know who is visiting my blog
- Google - love this search engine and also log in and use the google reader to read my favorite blogs
- Online Book Catalog - read classic books free online
- Facebook - just recently got an account and have been keeping up with friends and relatives.
I also check out all of the news sites (CNN, MSNBC, Fox, ABCNews, CBSnews, USAToday) on a daily basis not to mention all of the local newspapers. The WWW definitely keeps me much more informed than I was prior to Al Gore inventing it ;).
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
It's amazing how reading back through some of these stories take me right back through my childhood. Stories like these hold up over the years.
Fond memories ... good feelings.
Monday, August 25, 2008
We are very excited for him and are very proud of him and all his hard work at school and at his company. It's hard to believe we are already at this place in our lives -- last child graduating college ... but it is a very good feeling.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
I really enjoyed the format and this show really helped me feel more comfortable about what the candidates believe and their stance on certain issues. Some stations have been reshowing in the late night. If you missed it, you might catch it on a rebroadcast. It is worth your time to watch. The different media outlets are rehashing it bit by bit ... but it would be much better for you to just watch it for yourself and not every one's interpretation.
Friday, August 15, 2008
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