Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Since this is my first year as a blogger naturally this is my first year to participate in "the tour" hosted by Boo Mama and boy am I excited! Now, let me warn you...I by no means live in a designer home showplace-I live with a small zoo (that includes 1 wild husband!) so lower your expectations, ignore any stray fur, and come on in!
When you first walk up to the front porch you will notice some really BIG and glittery ornaments hanging under the overhang. I think these are so fun and I really have no other place to display them, so I thought they made a nice addition to our "front porch ambience". Hey, that's what it's all about here in the South!
This year instead of a wreath I wanted to branch out a bit..I found this cool "grapeviney" container at Hobby Lobby for $10 and the flowers were half off at Stockdale's. I loved that they were unique looking and not just your run o' the mill poinsettia. How do you think it turned out?
As you make your way in the door you will come upon pretty much the only decorated area of the house, the living room. It is not a very big space and our furniture is a little overbearing in there so I try to keep things as minimal as I can because O' Christmas Tree lives in there!
The angel atop the tree has been in my family for years. She has the most beautiful porcelain face and pretty feather wings. Her gown is burgundy velvet so my color scheme tends to follow her attire! I have a lot of burgundy, gold, deep red, and green colors on the tree. I tend to lean more towards the "natural" look, meaning I load the tree up with a variety of "fake" pears, apples, grapes, and animals. Ironic huh?
Here are a few closeups of some of my favorite ornaments....
Now, don't laugh but I made these ornaments.....
I saw a similar idea on Kelly's blog and just changed it up a bit- I used the clear glass ornaments, took the shiny gift shred and put down inside the balls. Then I used glue to write our initials on the front, then I sprinkled the green glitter over the glue and looped ribbon through the top. They look a little Kindergarten-esque in the pictures, but I promise they look a little better in person!
These are just a few little accents on the side tables....the little tree was originally a Christmas Card holder but it didn't function very well in that capacity so I decided it was more decorative than functional. I love pine cones so I just put a few of those underneath the tree for a little decoration. Then, because I can't pass up anything glittery, I have a pretty deep burgundy poinsettia covered in glitter!
We have a modern style mirror that hangs above our couch and it just stuck out like a sore thumb! So, I found an old wreath I had and just hung it over the center of the mirror.
(I like this picture because you can see the reflection of the angel in the mirror)
Well, I hope you have enjoyed the tour as much as I enjoyed putting this together! Thanks so much for stopping by and.....
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? Wrapping Paper! With lots of ribbon!
2. Real tree or Artificial? Artificial. Pre-lit. In 3 convenient sections. Snap and go!
3. When do you put up the tree? I NEVER get it put up the day after Thanksgiving! Always too much to do! Ususally get it up the 1st or so of December...
4. When do you take the tree down? HAHA....sometime between January and March!
5. Do you like eggnog? NO
6. Favorite gift received as a child? My Barbie dreamhouse that had an elevator!!
7. Hardest person to buy for? My husband. The man has everything. In our garage.
8. Easiest person to buy for? Mom
9. Do you have a nativity scene? Yes
10. Mail or email Christmas cards? Mail
11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? I've gotten some pretty ugly sweaters in my day...
12. Favorite Christmas Movie? It's a Wonderful Life
13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? I do alot on online and sometimes I pick things up at all times of the year and just put it back until Christmas.
14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? No.
15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Turkey and Dressing
16. Lights on the tree? clear lights only.
17. Favorite Christmas song? O' Holy Night (Celine Dion version is BEAUTIFUL) I cry every time I hear it!
18. Travel at Christmas or stay at home? Home
19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer's? Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixon, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen, Rudolph
20. Angel on the tree top or a star? We have a beautiful porcelain faced angel that has been in our family for years.
21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or Christmas morning? Christmas Eve usually
22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year? RUDE people in stores and CRAZY people on the road.
23. What theme or color are you using? I use cranberry red and gold
24. Favorite for Christmas dinner? Turkey and Dressing
25.What do you want for Christmas this year? A new job!
Now everyone else play along!!
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
1. Starbucks hot chocolate
2. Being with my family
3. Warm Pie w/ice cream
4. Turkey & Dressing
5. Deviled Eggs
(I think I focus a little too much on FOOD!)
6. My wonderful husband
7. My work family
8. Having extra blankets on COLD nights
9. My precious furbabies
10. Friendships that have lasted a lifetime
11. Mulled cider candles
12. Getting to squeeze and hug everyone's babies
13. Shopping for Christmas gifts
14. Being ABLE to shop for Christmas gifts
15. Purell Hand Sanitizer
16. A warm home
17. Bic ReAction Ball Point Pens (in BLUE)
18. Watching the Wizard of Oz on TV
19. Pretty Sweaters
Friday, November 21, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
After almost six years with my employer I got the news today that more than likely, in early February, I along with several thousands other people will be unemployed. This has been on our horizon for some time now but it was just something that none of us wanted to really believe. Those of us here at our facility are more family than co-workers. We have always worked well together and have come to know each other very well over the years. Not only is this an uncertain financial issue for our family, but I know there are so many others that this will impact in such a negative way. Please pray for all of us as we are forced out into a scary job market, with so little jobs to go around. I know our company is just one of many that have been affected by the economy and I am sure we won't be the last. This is such a trying time in our country and I feel blessed to have been given the opportunity to do a job I loved with people I loved for so many years.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Just a little update on how things are going....first of all I want to thank everyone for their prayers and sweet comments about my Mom. We went to a neurologist last week and it his oppinion that she does NOT have Alzheimer's! Praise the Lord! He seems to think she had an episode of "Transient Global Amnesia" and that it was more than likely a one time incident. Her spirits have lifted quite a bit and so have mine! Even though I was telling myself I could handle whatever happened I am so glad we won't be facing such a devastating thing as Alzheimer's. I REALLY do appreciate everyone that reached out to us and offered support. Thank You!
Now on to more exciting things...we are still actively trying for our "miracle" and I am going back to see the fertility specialist next week to discuss IUI. This is the most "affordable" option for us right now and the least invasive. Has anyone had any experience (good or bad)with this that you would be willing to share? I can use all the advice I can get!
Things are really crazy for me at work right now, we are going through a transition and so many people are worried about the future of our company. I am trying to take it all in stride and not worry, but anyone who knows me knows I WORRY. I just pray that things will work out and that this economy of ours will pickup soon! Lord knows we need some change!
Have a great weekend everyone!
Response to Anonymous:My Mother takes Pravachol (Pravastatin)-she has been on it for a little over a year now (she had an MI last August) Are there some links to these drugs and TGA??
Amanda-we went to see Dr. Gibson @ Northgate Neurology, thanks so much for your sweet words!
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
25 Little Things That Make Me Happy
1.Shopping for gifts (especially baby gifts)
3.The smell of new shoes.
4.Curling up on the couch with my hubby.
5.A freshly groomed puppy.
7.My Car. I LOVE cars and driving a little too fast!
8.My husband's cologne.
11.Ink Pens (blue ones)
12. Cute thank you notes.
13.Pictures in frames.
15.Fresh cut grass.
16.Sunshine through the clouds.
19.Good smelling shampoo.
23.Sleeping with the windows open.
25.Family gatherings. (Even when it's not a holiday)
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Now what princess room would be complete without a chandelier?? I think this one is so elegant but still young looking. Plus it's sparkly!
And what fabulous nursery would be complete without a big ol' comfy chair! I love the fabric on this one and think it would such a great place to curl up and relax on those sleepless nights!
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Has anyone else happened upon these things in stores?? They are VERY realistic looking FAKE pumpkins that you can "carve". I saw them the other day at Hobby Lobby and thought they were so neat. Especially if you don't like the whole mess associated with carving a real one. I however enjoy the whole process. Especially toasting the seeds! YUM! I just thought these were pretty cute and thought I would pass it along. They are kind of pricey though, the ones I saw were about $30!
My sister forwarded this story to me a few weeeks ago and I have just now had the time to read it. Take a few minutes (and a tissue) and read this...
One day Mr. Miller was bagging some early potatoes for me. I noticed a small boy, delicate of bone and feature, ragged but clean, hungrily apprising a basket of freshly picked green peas.
I paid for my potatoes but was also drawn to the display of fresh green peas. I am a pushover for creamed peas and new potatoes.
Pondering the peas, I couldn't help overhearing the conversation between Mr. Miller and the ragged boy next to me.
"Hello Barry, how are you today?"
"H'lo, Mr. Miller. Fine, thank ya. Jus' admirin' them peas ... sure look good."
"They are good, Barry. How's your Ma?"
"Fine. Gittin' stronger alla' time."
"Good. Anything I can help you with?"
"No, Sir. Jus' admirin' them peas."
"Would you like to take some home?"
"No, Sir. Got nuthin' to pay for 'em with."
"Well, what have you to trade me for some of those peas?"
"All I got's my prize marble here."
"Is that right? Let me see it."
"Here 'tis. She's a dandy."
"I can see that. Hmmmmm, only thing is this one is blue and I sort of go for red. Do you have a red one like this at home?"
"Not zackley ... but almost."
"Tell you what. Take this sack of peas home with you and next trip this way let me look at that red marble."
"Sure will. Thanks Mr. Miller."
Mrs. Miller, who had been standing nearby, came over to help me. With a smile she said, "There are two other boys like him in our community, all three are in very poor circumstances. Jim just loves to bargain with them for peas, apples, tomatoes, or whatever. When they come back with their red marbles, and they always do, he decides he doesn't like red after all and he sends them home with a bag of produce for a green marble or an orange one, perhaps."
I left the stand smiling to myself, impressed with this man. A short time later I moved to Colorado but I never forgot the story of this man, the boys, and their bartering.
Several years went by, each more rapid that the previous one. Just recently I had occasion to visit some old friends in that Idaho community and while I was there learned that Mr. Miller had died. They were having his viewing that evening and knowing my friends wanted to go, I agreed to accompany them.
Upon arrival at the mortuary we fell into line to meet the relatives of the deceased and to offer whatever words of comfort we could. Ahead of us in line were three young men. One was in an army uniform and the other two wore nice haircuts, dark suits and white shirts ... all very professional looking.
They approached Mrs. Miller, standing composed and smiling by her husband's casket. Each of the young men hugged her, kissed her on the cheek, spoke briefly with her and moved on to the casket. Her misty light blue eyes followed them as, one by one, each young man stopped briefly and placed his own warm hand over the cold pale hand in the casket. Each left the mortuary awkwardly, wiping his eyes.
Our turn came to meet Mrs. Miller. I told her who I was and mentioned the story she had told me about the marbles. With her eyes glistening, she took my hand and led me to the casket. "Those three young men who just left were the boys I told you about. They just told me how they appreciated the things Jim 'traded' them. Now, at last, when Jim could not change his mind about color or size ... they came to pay their debt."
"We've never had a great deal of the wealth of this world," she confided, "but right now, Jim would consider himself the richest man in Idaho."
With loving gentleness she lifted the lifeless fingers of her deceased husband.
Resting underneath were three exquisitely shined red marbles.
"...love one another; as I have loved you.... By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another." John 13:34-35
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
I absolutely LOVE Fall. I am so glad it is now October and there is a hint of crispness in the air. I love to go outside in the morning and just take a big deep breath. We are surrounded by beautiful mountains and plenty of foliage which makes this time of year the BEST time to live in such a beautiful place. I'm so excited about pumpkins, hay rides, corn mazes, apple cider, and toasted pumpkin seeds!! I really am giddy!! I also got some great news at work today! I am basically going to get to do less work for more money with my old boss who I absolutely adore. Not only is he good at what he does he is a wonderful person to boot. How lucky can I get?? I thank God so much in these times of financial stress for our entire country that I am so blessed with a job I actually like!
Rene' and I are still so hopeful that we are going to get pregnant soon and we are more than anything just enjoying being together. I am also blessed with a one-in-a-million guy that I get to come home to everyday. After 7 years of marriage I can still look at him and see all the things that made me fall in love with him in the first place. Not only do I love him, I really LIKE him as a person. I've always told him that if we had never fallen in love and gotten married I would still have wanted to be his friend. He is my best friend. I thank God every day for the bountiful blessings He has given me in my life. I truly want to savour each day!
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Unfortunately we are not getting a baby this month :( My monthly "visitor" made an appearance today and I must say I wasn't as disappointed as I thought I would be. Don't get me wrong, it still hurts, but the pain is not as bad as it has been before. I totally credit the Lord with giving me this sense of peace. I have felt like God has really been speaking to me lately. Almost like a parent comforts a child, I can feel His presence when I am at my lowest. I feel His reassurance that it WILL happen. "Be patient, it will come" is what I keep hearing. I know that even though I yearn so much for a baby to come NOW, I understand that it is His plan and when HE thinks we are ready He will answer our prayers. It may not come in the timely manner we want it to, but I have FAITH that our prayers will be answered. The answers to our questions are not always what we want to hear, but true faith is trusting that even when it is NOT what you WANT in this moment that it is what is best for you. Still praying!!
Monday, September 8, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Rene' and I have recently started TTC again and so far, so GOOD. We got an Ovulation Predictor Kit and we FINALLY got a smiley face : ) So, in the next 48 hours I should ovulate and we are SO excited. I told Rene' it's pretty ridiculous how excited I was to get the smiley on the OPK, just imagine how I will be if I ever get a positive pregnancy test!!!! Just a little background, I was diagnosed with PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) a few years ago and basically what this means is that I am NOT supposed to ovulate. However, over the past year or so I have had perfect cycles but never got a positive "LH Surge" on an ovulation test. But something just told me that this is going to be the year. I have actually felt my body changing through my ovulation cycle and just thought we would give it another shot. So hopefully we will have some good news to report soon! Keep us in your prayers!