Sunday, December 28, 2008

Days 27 & 28

I know that some of my 'friends' will find great humor in December 27th picture - and to those people, I have to say... well, it might be funny. If it weren't so scary! :)

You might not be able to tell, but in those trees, which are in my backyard, are 1000's of black birds. They invaded our yard Saturday morning. I could hear them inside - all their screeching and cawing. They were EVERYWHERE. I am vowed not to leave my house until they were gone. In fact, except to take this picture, I avoided the windows. Why our yard? Birds are too scary. Note: All those 'cute' birds on scrapbook paper - you'll never see me use one. Ever.

Ok, on to less scary things :) December 28's picture is of Bennett and Brad playing the Wii - the Force Unleashed. They are having a light saber duel. Neither of them really know how to win, but usually Bennett wins. And, believe it or not, I think Brad kinda gets a little mad :)

The house is still a wreck. Total disaster, really. I mean, you could totally break a leg walking through my living room. Good thing we are not letting anyone in. And that our home owner's insurance is up-to-date.  Maybe I'll clean it up tomorrow... (but I'm not holding my breath - and you shouldn't either :) As my mom always said - it'll be there tomorrow...

Friday, December 26, 2008

How can it be? and more pictures :)

How can it be that Christmas was yesterday? Over? Gone? There is always a little sadness for me when it is over. I look forward to it for over a month, love the decorations, the cards, the shopping, the surprises for other. The days are wonderful and the memories are great.  I love everything about Christmas, and it makes me sad that it doesn't last longer. But, as they tell Elmo in 'Elmo Saves Christmas' - "Everyday can't be Christmas, That wouldn't be such a treat." :)

So, now that Christmas is over, I am enjoying all of our new loot. Sure, the house still looks like a tornado ripped through at 5:45 AM yesterday. But that's ok, right?  

I'm still taking pictures. I figure that it's December Daily pictures, and December still has 5 more days. So, for December 23 I bring you a picture of a cake that I made. For some reason, when we were standing in Williams Sonoma a few months ago, I told my mom that I would be happy to decorate this cake for Christmas Eve... So, while it's not my best work (and it did fall apart about 10 minutes after I took this), it still tasted good :)

December 24 - We spent the morning at mom's, had lunch at noon, opened 5 presents each (Bennett wanted to open them all :), visited with Brad's family, went to church at 4, waved to Santa on a fire truck in the rain, left Santa's cookies and milk and the reindeer dust, read 'Twas the Night Before Christmas', and forgot to pose for the hang-the-stocking picture. Bennett was asleep before 8, and I feel asleep with him for a bit, which made for a hurried rest of the evening :) Here's a picture of the 3 of us in our traditional Christmas Eve pose...
December 25 - Bennett actually slept in according to past Christmas-morning standards... I heard him up at 5:15, and we were in the living room 5:45 taking it all in. It always amazes me how Bennett reacts to seeing Santa's gifts. He just stands and stares at it all for the first 45 seconds or so. So cute :)  Here he is yesterday just looking. The first gift he picked up? The Star Wars the Clone Wars DVD. Don't worry - it didn't take long for him to dig in!!
December 26- Today is our shopping day! Angie, mom and I met at Target at 8, then went to World Market, Wrapsody, Pet Smart, Village Gifts, and Hobby Lobby. I bought all of my wrapping paper, bows, tags, and many gifts for teachers and gift swaps next year. So much fun!!

Tonight Angie and Gavin came over and Brad cooked us dinner. We played the Wii and had a great time. So, I guess that we are still celebrating Christmas! I am so blessed to have such a great and fun family!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Pics of the day... days 19-22

Happy December 22!! I'm still playing a little bit of catch up, but only a little bit. For the most part, things are calm and cool :) Here are the pictures that you have been waiting for from Friday through today... enjoy!!

On Friday, the 19th, Bennett got out of school at 1. Nana didn't get out of school until 3, and Bennett has been begging... really, begging... to go to school and see Nana's 'children' since he has started kindergarten. Friday was the perfect day. So, I picked him up from school and we went straight to Nana. You can tell she was very disappointed to have him :) As a matter of fact, she even said to me 'There's no reason for you to come in... you can just drop him off' :)
So, I came straight home and for 8 hours - yes, you read that right - 8 hours, I wrapped presents. While the boys were gone (Brad was on call) I wrapped and watched my 'Office' DVD's. And every present is done. ALL OF THEM!! yeah! Our tree is packed with presents and it is gorgeous :)
Saturday, December 20 I took a picture of our Christmas card display in the kitchen. I saw this a few years ago in a magazine, and I loved it, and it has been mine ever since :) Totally simple - just a length of cute ribbon tied across my kitchen window. The cards are attached by some cute heart and swirl paper clips. I LOVE Christmas cards!! I love getting them every day in the mail and catching up with everyone. And, I look at these cards every day. Makes me so happy!
I also saw this in my bedroom and had to snap a picture. It's not every day that Rudolph and Santa make a visit to me house!! :)
Sunday, Dec 21 - After a great morning at church and a relaxing afternoon of 'Elmo Saves Christmas' (have you seen it? It's great!! Bennett won't admit to liking much about Sesame Street anymore, but this on is a classic for us.) Anyway, after that, we went and had dinner with my dad, Papa, Aunt Cheryl, Tom (I'm not allowed to call him ''uncle'' b/c it makes him feel old, I guess :), cousin Chrystal, Gigi, and Bubba. Good times.

Monday, December 22 - Today we went to see 'Tale of Despereaux'. Cute little movie. I {heart} those little picture kiosks, so here we are...
Tonight Brad and I went to the Church of the Highlands to see their Christmas service. It was great. You should do too. Really, you should.
Tomorrow is a down day - just icing a cake for Christmas Eve and running a few errands (grocery, etc.) Can't wait for Wednesday and Thursday! Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

picture of the day!!

I know. Posting the picture of the day on the day it occurred is rare. And to think I'm doing it before 1 PM!! Wow!

Thursday, December 18 - Today was Bennett's class party. So fun. I'm bringing you a picture of him screaming 'party up in heeeee-uh' (just like his Gigi taught him) when he saw the Barber's party dip on the plate :) We do love dip!

Have a great Thursday!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

busy days... more pictures

WOW! How have things gotten so busy? I was SO supposed to be on top of things this holiday season. I was supposed to not get behind AT ALL. Have everything done ahead of time. Scrapbook with all my free time. Hmm. Somehow that hasn't worked out :)
I'm gettin' there, though. I still have my camera at the ready. And we are having a great time. Please don't look around the house because you will be totally disgusted. You can't see the counter-tops or the table top. But we're having fun!

Ok, here's the picture from Monday, December 15 - We had all of our Christmas cards ready for the mail! This year I ordered cards that required a beautiful ribbon. Indeed, it is pretty, but it took a little bit of time to get it done. Brad helped, though, and now they are on their way to your house! Love them!
In addition to mailing the cards, I also mailed all of our packages on Monday. Ornaments to Jenn and Whit, Aunt Cork's presents, and 2 ebay items that I sold. Apparently, Monday was the busiest day of the season at the Post Office. I wish I would have known that before I went. Oh well. I {heart} the self-serve kiosk at the Post Office. The people behind me didn't love that I had 5 packages and a letter to the IRS, but that's ok. I smiled at them when we left and wished them a very Merry Christmas. And Bennett helped anyone who needed help putting their packages in the package chute. :)

I also went to Bennett's class on Monday morning and helped them make an ornament craft. Fun stuff. I heard that one little girl's daddy used to be a doctor, but now that they have moved he just works on computers. Ok. Then I heard that another little girl's sister got in trouble for jumping on the bed. And a little boy had to go to the hospital for stitches and he got to go in his pajamas. Good stuff... just listening to the stories. I certainly hope that Mrs. M doesn't believe all that Bennett tells her! Yikes!

Tuesday, December 16. On Tuesday I got a massage from Jim at Massage Envy. Awesome. I also went to Costco with Meg. All I got was Cottonelle wipes. Not the normal $350 Costco bill, but that's because Brad cancelled our card. Oh well. I also went to Tori and Gina's ornament swap. As always, it was a great time. Fun games, good food, ornament stealing. Not sure why I don't have a picture of the ornament that I got. It's a good one from Annie Laurie. I'll have to do that tomorrow. I'm giving you a picture of my upstairs balcony. Don't you love this huge ornament? I do. and it's new for this year!

We also found out that Bennett's picture of the manger was on the cover of the Children's bulletin on Sunday in the Contemporary Service. He was so excited and left me the cutest message on my cell phone. He said 'Mommy, My picture made it on to the bulletin, but we missed it! But it is so great! Are you proud of me? I really did it! I hope you believe me. I did it!' So sweet. And I am proud!

Wednesday, December 17 - Today was another busy day! I created a craft for Bennett's Christmas party (tomorrow), then went to Scrap Etc for Creative Cafe. No one came, but they are all probably just as crazy busy as I am. I had a good time, though, talking to Lucy. This afternoon I made these:
Cranberry Caramel bars. They are a tradition, and since I was putting together teacher gifts, I decided I had to have them. They are so good. Thanks, Jenn, for giving me the recipe so many years ago! I think of you each time I make them :)

Tonight was the big Children's Christmas program at church. The kindergarten choir sang, and successfully sang at least 60% of the words, so I guess my director debut will have mixed reviews. They sure were cute, though! :) Here's a pic of Bennett - Brad had the camera and he did a great job! Thanks, honey!

Ok, I know that this is picture #3, but tonight as I was going upstairs to finish wrapping the teacher gifts, I found this in the fire place.

It is a letter to Santa. It says 'Dear Santa the Christmas chree (deciphered as tree) is this way' and there is a big arrow :) I'm so glad that Santa will now know where that big ole tree is :)

I do have to say, that despite all the busy-ness, I am reminded every day of the gift that God gave us when he sent us his baby son to save us. A baby. In a manger. Bennett's title of his drawing for the bulletin was 'A Way in a Manger'. I am struck by how right Bennett is. Not only is He a way, He is THE way. I hope you are enjoying your Christmas season as much as I am!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Pictures of the day

Wednesday, December 10 - I have a Santa collection and this is on of the newest... a SCRAPBOOKING SANTA!! oh yeah :) Thanks to my friend Shannon for passing him on to me. I love him!!
Thursday, December 11 - Angie and I hosted our Sunday School's Girl's Night Out this month. It was a Christmas decor swap and we had SO much fun! I made chicken salad, chocolate caramel pecan coated potato chips, and gooey butter bars, so I cooked a bunch on Wednesday and Thursday... 

Oh, and a 2nd pic from the 11th - here are the chili peppers, which Ang and I sneak back and forth into each other's homes throughout the season.  I hung it on her tree - don't worry, she found it while I was there, so this is not a secret... Wonder where it is now???
On Friday the 12th, Brad, Bennett and I went to a live nativity at Briarwood. I've always wanted to go and every year it seems that something always gets in the way.  Bennett was totally in to it - listened at every station and remembered the whole thing. I hope we do this every year!
Saturday, December 13 - We made cookies at mom's house. We do it every year - mom rolls sugar cookies, we decorate them, Bennett spills more sprinkles than he gets on the cookies (although that was MUCH better this year!!), Angie makes sausage balls, and we use the last bit of the dough to make Santa cookies. This year Bennett made Santa's cookies all by himself :)
Sunday, December 14 - I have a picture for today, but I'm not going to post it... It's of the kiddies in my choir that I lead on Sunday nights. I don't want to post all of their pics on the ole blog... but tonight was our last practice before the Christmas program this Wednesday night. I think they are ready :)

I hope you have a great week! I have a list a mile long, it seems... but still trying to keep the whole season centered on Christ. I'm feeling really blessed these days.  How 'bout you?


well, I'm waiting for the pictures to download from the camera (the last several days of pictures are on the way, I promise!!). So, while I'm waiting, I'm going to post the 4th picture from the 4th file on my computer. Drum roll please...
oh!! Look... it's a picture of Angie and Bennett at the zoo! It was May 2005 - Angie must have been on a break from school?? This is when the obsession for all things cotton candy was passed down from Aunt to nephew :) Bennett and I used to spend some major time at the zoo. Good, good times. Man, that's a cute kid, isn't it? And a cute Gigi too :)

Thanks, Shelley, for taggin' me! Good walk down memory lane! 

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Pics of the day

December 7 - Sunday. We did a lot on Sunday, but I didn't have my camera for the best of it - gasp!! Church was great, we had a delicious lunch at the Tavern at the Summit, we spent the afternoon with Gigi recovering some furniture, then we went to choir at church. No pictures... So, I'm giving you a picture of that cause if much destruction of my beloved Christmas decorations. He's climbing the tree, he's digging in the plants, he's eating the fake garland, he's chewing on the ornaments. 
But he's so cute!! :)

December 8 - We just got a package! We just got a package! We just got a package! Wonder who it's from?!?!?  Amazon!! This is almost the last of the Christmas shopping...  Bennett met Mr. Cunningham (our postman) in the driveway and they had a nice long conversation. We love Mr. Cunningham! That reminds me that I need to get him a present!
December 9 - Today we went to see Santa at Brookwood Mall. I picked Bennett up from school and we went straight there. They have the BEST Santa in the land, I believe... No lines today - and he was waving at Bennett as we walked up. Bennett promptly whispered in his ear that he already gave him his letter on the Polar Express. Santa was a bit confused, thinking that Bennett wanted the Polar Express, but I was able to clear that up, and Santa assured Bennett that he remembered getting that letter... 
I took some more pictures in the mall - just too much fun to have my camera with me not to snap a few while Bennett was window shopping, but since this supposed to be one picture a day, I'll keep those to myself. 

Things are getting really busy - today I had a PTO brunch at the principal's house, tomorrow I'll be baking for our Sunday School Girls' Night Out party (on Thursday). I love this time of year! I hope you are enjoying it too!

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Dec 6 pic of the day

Today Bennett and his friend Hughes were playing with his Santa house and I happened to get a picture of it... Hearing them talk about Santa, the reindeer, the elves, what Mrs. Claus is baking... well, it just made me smile :)
We also went to the Angel Workshop at church, which was equal parts fun, chaos, and glue. To round off a great Saturday, we went to see Bolt. Cute movie, but waaaaay above a 5 1/2 year old's head. I've tried to explain the plot at least 76 times, and just when I think I've gotten through, Bennett asks me the same thing :) Oh well, it was an entertaining use of $24...

Friday, December 5, 2008

Can it really be December 5 already???

Wow! December is already flying by so fast! I accepted the challenge to document December each day with a photo-of-the-day. I've been doing it - I promise!! Posting them, however, well, that's another story. So how about if I post the first 5 days at once?!?!?!? That's ok, right?

December 1 - Aunt Cork made Bennett a homemade advent calendar in a box. So cute! (I can't just choose one picture, so here's 2 :)

On Dec 2 I hosted bookclub and we 'read' Southern Living's '40 Years of Our Best Recipes'. We each made a recipe from the book - and it was ALL good :)  We also did a book swap. Fun stuff - and good friends!

December 3 - Bennett got to bring Franklin home from school for 2 days. Franklin was a very considerate house guest. We'd love to have him with us again!
Ok, 2 pictures from Dec 3!! :)  Bennett also went to the holiday shop at school and bought presents for me, Brad, Nana, and Pa. I went to help and wrapped approximately 105023 little trinkets for people named mommy, daddy, little baby, etc. :) Fun times. Here are Bennett's finds...

December 4 - This is not the best picture... I've taken another one, but not on the 4th, so this is the one I'll post just to stay true to POTD... Our elf left reindeer antlers and a red nose on our van while we were sleeping! I can't tell you how many people have smiled, waved, and complimented (and I'm sure a few have shaken their heads in disbelief...) since we've had them. 
Finally, December 5 - Today we rode the Polar Express all the way to the North Pole with a train FULL of our friends. This is always one of the highlights of our holiday!

Sunday, November 30, 2008

I'm going to remember this...

A Christmas Version of 1 Corinthians 13 

As you prepare your heart and home for Christmas this year, consider the following words of wisdom and have Christ be the center and essence of your celebration. 

If I decorate my house perfectly with plaid bows, strands of twinkling lights and shiny balls, but do not show love to my family, I'm just another decorator. 

If I slave away in the kitchen, baking dozens of Christmas cookies, preparing gourmet meals and arranging a beautifully adorned table at mealtime, but do not share the true meaning of Christmas, I'm just another cook. 

If I work at the soup kitchen, carol in the nursing home and give all that I have to charity, but do not demonstrate kindness to strangers, it profits me nothing. 

If I trim the spruce with shimmering angels and snowflakes, attend a myriad of holiday parties and sing in the choir but do not focus on Christ, I have missed the point. 

Love stops the cooking to hug the child. Love sets aside the decorating to kiss the husband. Love is kind, though harried and tired. 

Love doesn't envy another's home that has coordinated Christmas china and table linens. Love doesn't yell at the kids to get out of the way, but is thankful they are there to be in the way. 

Love doesn't give only to those who are able to give in return but rejoices in giving to those who can't. 

Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things. Love never fails. 

Video games will break, pearl necklaces will be lost, golf clubs will rust, but giving the gift of love will endure.      -Author Unknown 

"And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love." 1 Corinthians 13 

Friday, November 28, 2008

Scrap Etc. Creative Cafe

So, have you ever been to The Creative Cafe at Scrap Etc? If you haven't, you really should go. Really. I mean, for $2 - $4 you can make some of the cutest little projects you've ever seen! In December you can make Christmas decorations, gift card holders, ornaments, and even a mini-album. All you have to do is check the blog and come to the store on the dates listed. 

Can't make it? Call or email me and I'll pick up a kit for you. You can pay me back later. And I'll even enter your name into the prize drawing at the store. If you win, you can thank me later :)

See you there! 

Thursday, November 27, 2008

So thankful

Just a few of the reasons I am thankful today (not in any particular order... just the way my random mind thinks of them!):
1. I get to be a wife
2. I get to be a mom
3. Brad doesn't complain that the house is a wreck most of the time.
4. Bennett doesn't complain that I don't cook all that much.
5. Our dog is always excited for me to come home.
6. Our cat is purring on my lap as I type (and not biting me :)
7. Ice cream
8. The gym :)
9. Partners to work out with me to keep me honest and motivated.
10. Our church
11. Living Waters Sunday School
12. My Bible Study girls
13. The kindergartners in my choir
14. The Office
15. Book Club
16. My mom 
17. My sis
18. Chap Stick
19. Hondas
20. Scrapbooking
21. Sales - good ones!
22. Static guard
23. Hand Sanitzer
24. Turkey
25. Rudolph the red nosed reindeer
26. Twlight - the books.
27. Cameras
28. Bennett's hugs
29. Brad's love for trying new things
30. Bennett's teacher
31. Email
32. Crops
33. Colored Christmas lights
34. Icees
35. Soft claws
36. My grandfather
37. My dad
38. Brad's parents
39. remote controls
40. cell phones
41. The silence button on the cell phone
42. The fact that Brad doesn't care about football
43. The Christmas tree is up
44. The blow-up Santa and reindeer in the front yard
45. Dyson vacuums
46. Simona, who cleans the house once every other week.
47. Those special pens that I LOVE to write with
48. Coach purses
49. Comfy shoes
50. Cold water to drink
51. Friends who stand by me no matter what - you know who you are :)
52. Yard sales
53. My Silpada earrings that dangle. so cute
54. Bennett's excitement about learning.
55. Bennett's singing.
56. Charlie Brown - and listening to Bennett laugh so hysterically.
57. Laptop computers with wi-fi
58. DVRs
59. Scrapbooking magazines
60. Chick-fil-a
61. Cereal
62. Ebay
63. Fall leaves
64. Pictures that remind me of EXACTLY how I was feeling in that moment
65. recycling
66. Our under-cabinet lights
67. The bug man (our exterminator)
68. Traditions
69. Bobbi Brown (cosmetics!) :)
70. Hobby Lobby
72. Grace
73. Beth Moore
74. Facebook
75. Praise music
76. Dishwashers
77. The sound of rain when I'm sleeping
78. Clean sheets
79. Aveeno sun screen
80. Sandestin
81. Walt Disney World
82. Online bill payment
83. Our financial guy
84. Shutterfly
85. Publix
86. Coupons
87. Cool weather
88. Christmas
89. Playing Go Fish with Bennett
90. Date nights
91. My travel hair dryer - why don't I get one for home too?
92. Good health
92. The ability to stay at home (even with Bennett in school)
93. Cheese
94. Lay's Baked Ruffles chips
95. Twix
96. Raisinettes
97. Surprises
98. Coke zero
99. CAbi jeans
100. Hydrangeas

Some things are big. Some are little. Some I hardly ever think of as something to be thankful for. But I am thankful. And I praise God for giving me each and every thing on the list - and the 1000's of other things I could name. I am so blessed. Blessed beyond anything I could ever deserve.

I hope you are feeling thankful too today! Happy Thanksgiving! Love, amy

Friday, November 21, 2008

You win some and you lose some.

And tonight, I lost $10.25 and 2 hours of my life on a terrible movie. A movie that I had waited for for quite a while. A movie whose books were the best I've read in a long long time. Maybe ever. Books that made me ignore my household duties and sometimes even my child. Twilight.

Now, I know that some have said that the movie was great. I've even heard some say that they want to watch it upwards of 6 times in the next day or 2. Not me. I have to be honest. 

They left out SO much. And yes, I know that they had to leave some stuff out - it was a long book. But why did they add junk - like a field trip and the diner. They left out so much of the personal stuff between Bella and her high school friends. They moved to quick into the Bella/Edward love story. Just not right.

And the 'special' effects?? Come on. The 'spider-monkey'? The spinning legs? The 'flying' through the air? The sparkly skin? He just looked furry. And that wasn't what the Cullens' house looked like. Or Charlie's. Or the high school. And since when was Forks the epitome of cultural diversity? I never knew. 

I'm going to re-read the book now. It's late, but I have to try to get back some of what they ruined. Not that I'll ever get that $10.25 back. Or that 2 hours of my life. Just read the book - and be happy with your imagination. That's my advice. And that's free :)

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

He prays.

So, for the past few months Bennett has been praying for very specific things. Every night. The same things. And if he says the first part (which is the memorized prayer), then he gives me specific instructions so that I can pray for the things on the list.

Most of this started when the fire and tornado drills began at school. Bennett's obsession with fire safety was born and we had to turn off every light, appliance, check the smoke alarms, at be on the look-out for smoke at all times. It really was a worrisome couple of weeks - Bennett was super 'concerned' about fires. Any beeping noise - even the faintest microwave beep - produced questions like 'Was that a fire alarm?' Brad even turned on the fire alarm in the house to prove how loud it was and un-missable it is. All it did was hurt our ears - the obsession continued.

So, we prayed. He prayed, mostly. He prayed for God to keep us safe from fires. We prayed that if there was a fire, that we would know what to do and asked Him to watch over us throughout the night.

As you can imagine, the tornado drills produced similar fears - and we prayed that God would keep tornados, hurricanes, and even earthquakes away from our house. I smiled with Bennett prayed 'Please Lord, if those things have to come here, please keep them at the bottom of the hill'.

The next drill that was introduced was the intruder drill. I am sad that we even have to have these drills, but we do. And the kids hide quietly in the closet. And Bennett started praying for God to keep the robbers, thieves, and burglars away from our house. And one night a few weeks ago I smiled as Bennett prayed 'Dear Lord, please let all the robbers, thieves, and burglars already be asleep so that we will be safe tonight.' Smart boy. If they're asleep, they can't rob us :)

One night along the way he started using the word 'calamity'. Every night he prays (or instructs me to pray) just like this:
Dear Lord, Thank you for this beautiful day. Lord, please protect us from any calamities like tornadoes, earthquakes, hurricanes, fires, robbers, thieves, or burglars. Please, Lord, if these things happen here, keep us safe. Please give me good dreams tonight. Not bad ones. Just good ones. and Thank you, Lord for sending your son to die on the cross. I love you Lord. Amen.

And every night I am sure that God hears those prayers. And I bet he smiles like I do :)

And, just tonight, as I went to pick Bennett up from Bible Blitz at church he was on the stage and he was going to pray for the whole assembly. God humbled me because my heart was proud. I was feeling proud that Bennett was going to pray. So this is what he prayed:
Dear Lord, Thank you for this beautiful day today. And Lord, um, Lord, well, uh, please, uh, Lord, Please don't let my cat get fleas ever again. Amen.

Fleas. Hmmm. And again I smiled. Laughed a little, to be honest. And I bet God did too :) What a sweet boy. Just the fact that he talks to God about the big and the little things is an answer to my prayers.

Oh, and I checked and Roger doesn't have fleas. And he hasn't for the last 6 weeks. Thank you God! 

Now I'm going to pray and thank God for my little boy. My little boy who reminds me how to talk to God. And again, I'm thankful. So thankful.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

I've been tagged...

so you get to find out 6 random (& mostly strange) things about me. Aren't you glad you came to my blog today? :) You can thank Katie for taggin' me!! 

So here we go... please promise that you won't think I'm too crazy when you get done!!

1. I am a germaphobe. If I touch anything in any public place I MUST use hand sanitizer when I get in the car (or of course before I eat). I pass out 'soap' to anyone in the car with me or at the table with me. I do not touch public restroom door handles, faucet handles, or paper towel knobs after I have washed my hands. And if I find myself in one of those ridiculously disgusting bathrooms that don't have papertowels... well, then I get out the hand sanitizer ASAP. And yet, somehow, I survived fishing my sunglasses out of the toilet at the zoo.  Go figure. Oh, and yes, I have passed this on to my child.

2. I hate the feeling of my feet being wet on a tile floor.

3. I clean the hair out of my brush every day. And if you don't, well that kinda grosses me out. Just ask Laci.

4. I can't fall asleep unless I am facing the side of the bed that I am closest to. Can't face the middle. Doesn't matter what side I am on, but I have to face out.

5. I've never owned a car that is not a grey or silver Honda. '85 grey civic hatchback. '99 silver civic. '03 silver odyssey. I don't plan on owning breaking the trend :)

6. I love it when my dirty clothes hamper is totally empty. And I kinda hate it when I have to put the first thing in it. I guess it means more work to be done.

Ok, so there you have it. Six of the random things about me. There are many more, but I'll spare you (until I get tagged again!!)

I have tons of photos that I need to post including the projects that I worked on at Wrapper's Delight. Maybe tonight. Or tomorrow. 

Yard sale tomorrow at Meg's house! I have tons of toys that I bought last year on clearance at Target (to sell on ebay, but never got around to it!). If they don't sell, I'm promising to sell them on ebay next week. If I type it, then I HAVE to do it, right? :)

Have a good weekend!

Super giveaway!!

Did you know that there is a giveaway in your future? Yup, there is!  Just check out the Scripts blog right here...Scripts Blog

I just joined Scripts (Scrap Etc's kit club), and although I am supposed to be saving November and December's kits for Christmas (that is what I told Brad I would do...) I'm not sure that I'll be able to wait!! Have you seen what is in the kit for November!!!  Wowee :)

So, check it out. You won't be sorry!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

She will be missed.

On Friday afternoon, Brad's grandma (Bennett called her Mooma Boerman) went to live with Jesus in heaven. She will certainly be missed, but we rejoice in her renewed health in heaven as well as her reunion with Grandpa. I'm sure there's quite a party going on up there even as I am typing.
Brad is in Michigan today through Tuesday. The funeral is tomorrow, and I am glad that he is able to visit with his family for a while. He said that it is snowing there. We miss him here.

Bennett was the Bible Bearer today and it was quite a proud moment for me. He was so excited to carry that heavy Bible up to the pulpit. (And much to my relief, he did not drop it :)

Now if I can just teach him to say 'bearer' instead of 'burier'... :)

I bet that Mooma Boerman and Grandpa were smiling down on him as he carried that Bible so proudly this morning!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

What have I done to deserve this??

Now, you know that my kid is a cute kid... I mean, really, (for the most part) he is! And, no one can say that he has not had plenty of time (5 years, 7 months, and 1 day to be exact!!) to get used to having his picture taken.
In the good 'ole days I used to be able to point the camera at him and instantly get a good shot. Smiles. Eye contact. Sometimes even a hand gesture. No more. I've noticed this crazy 'I-can't-look-at-the-camera' phenomenon for a few months now... the camera comes out, and instantly Bennett's eyes avoid the camera and his mouth does something crazy. EVERY TIME!

Take this for instance...
Admittedly, this one is not so bad. BUT, Brad was saying 'Hey! Bennett! Look at the CAMERA!!!' and this is the best we could get. I was hoping to document the first time we scrapbooked together. Maybe not.
On Halloween I was asked by Bennett's teacher to come and take pictures of the kids in the on-site Pumpkin Patch. Guess which child was the ONLY one that I had to take multiple pictures of to get one that was semi-decent... you guessed it! Bennett...
No, Bennett, look AT THE CAMERA!!!
AT THE CAMERA!! OVER HERE! do you see me??? over here.... please!
Ok, good smile, but can you open your eyes?
In this one, I can only assume that he is going for the 'gangsta' look. That or he is just trying to make me mad...

And this one...
Here we are. Sitting in a trailer full of people on Halloween night. Everyone else (who I removed for privacy's sake) is looking at the camera. Smiling. What is happening to Bennett??? Anyone? Another great picture, ruined.

This one was taken at Angie's birthday celebration. This was like the 5th picture that we took - and the best one. What's going on with his eyes? Is he scared? Scared of cake and presents? I think not...
Ok, and I present you with the picture that made me laugh out loud just seconds after taking it. It also is the inspiration for this post...

There really are no words for this one. Are there?

So, I am asking - no I am BEGGING - please, please, give me my normal cute camera-loving kid back. I am going to have a really hard time scrapbooking if I can't get some better pictures :)

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Today's the big day...

You know what today is? No, not the election... it is Angie's birthday!! My little sis turns 29 today! Happy Birthday Ang! 
I can't imagine what I'd be without Angie in my life... who would I shop with? who would I complain about certain family members to? who would help convince me that we are the normal ones in the family? who would share our inside jokes? I just can't imagine the past 29 years without her!

So, when you are out voting today, please say a little birthday prayer for Angie. She is such a blessing to my life and I hope that this year is a great one! 

Oh, and Bennett said that he thought that as a birthday present I could vote for Angie for President. Actually, it's not a bad idea :)

Love you, Ang!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

New scrappiness

So, I talked about it all week... thought about what I was going to do... tons of ideas going through my head... and I finally got around to getting into my scrapbook room and got some stuff done! Here it is...

This one is about the night Sadie and Roger met for the first time. We were very concerned about the possibility of Sadie snapping Roger in two - but of course, just to prove us wrong, it was love at first sight :)  I can't remember all the product, but I think it was Creative Imaginations, Sassafras, Cosmo Cricket, Thickers, and Creative Cafe polka dot felt.
This layout is about the Spring Soccer season when Brad was assistant coach with RT. It was a really fun season.  It uses Bazzill cardstock, Prima, Piggy Tales barn doors, and black chipboard letters. I'll only turn in the left half to Scrap Etc. for my DT submission...  

This layout is titled 'I know how thankful feels', which is from a great song that is on a CD that Meg made for me. LOVE that song!! I'll try to add it to my player over there on the side... This layout uses my fave new company, October Afternoon, as well as Bazzill cardstock, Heidi Swapp letters, and those little letters by My Little Shoebox.  The pic was from the pumpkin patch a few weeks ago. 
Finally, here is a wall hanging that I did that I will give to mom when I get it back from the store (don't worry, she never looks at my blog... :)  It says 'Surely two of the most satisfying experiences in life must be those of being a grandparent or a grandchild.'  I used some twine, a box from Piper Lime - have you seen the inside of these boxes??? So cute! (The pattern from the cardboard box is on the back of the hanger, but I didn't take a picture... doh!)  Anyway, the paper is October Afternoon, the flowers are Sassafras and the barn door is by Piggy Tales.  I like the way it turned out.  

I've been trying for an hour now to get the last pic to upload, but it won't... so just imagine a picture of the little door up there open and a picture of B and his Nana there smiling at you... can you imagine it? Go on, I know you can!! :)

I hope you are having a great weekend! Thanks for looking at my stuff!  Amy