Wednesday, December 31, 2008


May your 2009 be filled with blessings of love and joy!

Tuesday, December 30, 2008


Ten things I am thankful for all starting with F.

1. FUN!!!
2. Fields
3. Fur, on live animals
4. Funny movies, no better medicine.
5. Funnel Cakes, face it, yu love it.
6. Frosty cold beverages, like root beer.
7. Frostys, from Wendy's, original chocolate
8. Flowers
9. Filters

What are you thankful for?

Thursday, December 25, 2008


Guess who got sparkly, shiny pipe cleaners for Christmas, go ahead guess....

I'll give you a hint:

I hope you all had a great day.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Exuberantly Exaggerating Everything!

E's Everywhere!

Ten on Tuesday Thankful E list:
(No particular order)

1. Exuberance
2. Extras
3. Entertainment
4. Excellence
5. Evidence
6. Entrances
7. Exits
8. Etc.
9. Eccentric (being)
10.Eds. (the)

Just a quick list this week.
I will accept all lists of thankfulness, even if you can only think of one thing this week, JUST ONE THING STARTING WITH ANY LETTER YOU WANT!

Join me.

Feel the love....or not.

In an on going battle of "Mom loves me more" the following was overheard today: (Keep in mind J is 2 weeks shy of being 19, and S is 8)

As J pulls me over and hugs me...
J: Look S, Mom loves me more, she's hugging me"

S: "Oh yeah, she loves me too, see" (I avoid a dog pile hug at this point and make him simply hug me)

J: "Oh yeah, well she has loved me longer!!"

S: "That may be true but she loves me more"

J: "What? No she doesn't"

S: "Yeah, she may have more experience loving you, but the day I appeared in the hospital she loved me more than she ever loved you your whole life."

And we laughed at his brilliance.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008


Delicate snowflakes were not only falling about 7 miles up the road, they were falling on MY HOUSE TOO! (I have no photos to share) While at work yesterday, and during our Sunday morning service/concert I watched the snow fall outside and it literally made me giddy. It's simply beautiful.

One week until Christmas Eve, are you ready?

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

D List

Ten On Tuesday
Da D's.

Countdown to Christmas of things I am thankful for .....

10. Drinks...seasonal, like egg nog and hot apple cider.
9. Dapper dressing. It is nice to see people step it up a bit.
8. Dangling ornaments
7. Dollop of whip cream...on top of a variety of treats
6. Dancing, The Nutcracker, and special dances during concerts or services.
5. Delicate snowflakes, in my house they are crocheted and hanging on the tree, up the road 7 miles they fall from the sky.
4. Daughters, and how excited they are this year to GIVE presents.
3. Delicious Doozens, that is not a typo, Doozens is a family word for hors d'oeuvres. This includes, but is never limited to
2. Deviled eggs.
1. Deliverance. Without the holy birth of Jesus, we wouldn't have deliverance.

Hopefully Mr. Linky is working, and hopefully Blogger fixed their problems too...if not leave a comment that you have a list. I will visit them all, I promise.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Ooooh, Aaaaah!

Angels on high.

Electric snowballs make everything better.


Tomorrow will be Ten On Tuesday as scheduled, Letter D, And for those that already made it through the alphabet how about some sort of count down to Christmas!? Ten on Tuesday Thankful there's a challenge!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Excuse Me, So Sorry.

I just realized that I haven't blogged in a few days. Sorry. I love my 8 fans, and I don't want to let you down. This week is concert week. It gets super busy and crazy. This time we have to added pleasure of my own dad playing trombone in the concerts as well, WHICH IS FABULOUS, however, that means my mom and dad are coming to town too. So usually this week the house kinda gets thrashed and things are ignored (like blogging) for the impending weekend spectacular...but now I have to clean my house too. It's worth it, I love my parents. This time is different too because I have to step over from the stage to direct the choir on 3 songs. I still have to sing my parts, but also direct them.

2 days, 3 concerts, loads of fun, but hard work. All worth it to see people praising and remembering why we have this season.
See you in a few days.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

WHere Are They?

Some of my posts are missing...anyone else having problems?

They are still in the archives, they are still in my editing list, but my blogs on my page skip from Dec. 9th to Nov 30...where are the rest??


Saturday, December 6, 2008


Who doesn't need a $50 gift card to Target right about now? If you don't I'd like to congratulate you on your financial success and send you my Christmas wish list.

I am not giving one away, but if you head over to Unexpected Bliss she is!!

I realize I am actually making my odds worse by letting you know about this, but that's okay, God loves a generous heart.



Friday, December 5, 2008

Strange Things Overheard This Week

"You don't know, you aren't in my mouth"

"That made me fart"

"Don't threaten me with a good time"

"Why is food so delicious?"

"Excuse me, but there's a bra hanging from your pocket"

And my favorite, spoken when the coach of my son's 3rd grade boys basketball team asked for name suggestions:

"Flaming Balls"

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Bad Mommy, BAD MOMMY!

Long , long ago my daughters were young and attended school.
Long, long ago they brought home LOTS of paperwork ALL.THE.TIME....

and apparently, one time, maybe more, I didn't read everything that came home, or perhaps I didn't write it on the calendar....

Yeah, bad Mommy.

We found this photo in the garage this week...I am hoping we made them retake the photos, you know, when I I actually did her hair. I love it when my kids look like no one takes care of them, yep, love it!

I think the actual story is I did her hair and then she "re-did" it before the picture, or perhaps they were the final class of the day, after recess, after lunch, after PE that included rubbing a balloon on your head.

Just for the record, she looks more like this now:

For more photo fun check out Kristen at We Are That Family!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Why Fake It?

I love the smell of real pine, I do. I love living where I do now, God has blessed me with the Sierra mountain foothills and the pine trees therein. The whisper of the wind through the pines, the smell as the sun warms them, yes, it's lovely and delightful and fills my senses and makes my heart happy.

Unless that tree is dead and in my house.

Then a whole new set o things happens, it attacks my senses, offends my well being, terrorizes my sinuses, and by Christmas, I am sick. It happened several years in a row before I caught on,"Hey, maybe it's the dead tree in the room." We tried a fresh cut tree one time, that worked out a lot better, but eventually, I felt the same things happening.

Enter the fake tree.

I know, I know, FAKE...but seriously, when given a choice between being healthy on Christmas day and being miserable and sick, which would you choose? I want to enjoy the day, enjoy my hard work of finding gifts for my giant family, not sit in a stuper of medicine and wish I was asleep.

Then the environmentalist in me is happy too. I was always a little sad to think these poor growing LIVING trees were just chopped down and that's it, they are dead. Enjoyed for a month and cast out. No more oxygen making, no more bird nests, or whispering breezes. That's right, I speak for the trees, just a little. I am not going to chain myself to one, I am not going to judge you for having a real tree. I still love real trees. I am just torn on the whole idea.

For us it's also extremely economical. I bought our current tree during a massive 75% off sale after Christmas one year, It's price was equivalent to one big live tree, or perhaps 1 1/2 smaller it paid for itself by the next year.(These days it would be one standard tree) So I have that much more money to spend on presents each year, or for the electricity for the lights, because I am a light junkie on my tree. I love the lights. I make sure it looks good in just lights before adding anything else. It's also good during a lean year, like this year and last year, seriously, if we didn't have a fake tree, we wouldn't have one at all. It's also not the fire hazard of a real tree. We have lived in really dry climates, and tree fires do indeed happen.

This is just what works for me, what works for you?
Do you use a real tree or a fake one? Are you a purest? Do you judge others on what they have? (All you real tree people, I explained my problem, be nice). You can vote in a comment, but I'd love to know reasons too. Is it a fond memory? Allergies like me? Let me know.

For amazing, frugal, and fabulous ideas, and a lot of them...head over to Shannon's Dryer.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Ten On Tuesday, B, revisted

Odd thing, Mr. Linky is being weird. Frankly I am having computer problems too. Sorry. If you have a list to share and Linky isn't showing up please leave a note in the comments and I will definatly some see your lists! Thanks.

Odd thing...I tried to find my original post on the letter B, and I can't find it. Weird. SO I have no idea if any of these are duplicates.

Things I am thankful for, starting with B
No particular order.

1. Babies.
2. Backrubs
3. Bananas
4. Binaca, it was strong before the curiously strong hit the market.
5. Bait, to fish with, that isn't alive and wiggly.
6. Bathrooms, need I say more? (Except, I am more thankful when they are clean.)
7. Bats, and the fact that they eat insects.
8. Butterflies
9. B52's
10. Breakfast foods, Bacon, Crepes, pancakes, omelettes, yum!

What are you thankful for? Make a quick list of ten things. Share them here. Others can benefit from seeing what you are thankful for. Thanks for participating.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Falling For You

Somewhere under there is my driveway.

Isn't God's design amazing?

It looked like this a few days ago, then we raked and made a GIANT pile. It rained the next day and now, it looks like these photos all over again, and the trees aren't even half empty yet!
It's so lovely.
And raking burns a lot of calories, so it's all good.

Sunday, November 30, 2008


Well, this wraps up this years 30 posts in 30 days, NOBLOPOMO is officially ends today since tomorrow is December 1st. Which brings me to this...

25 days until Christmas.
I am excited to see Christmas lights up already, it makes me happy! I LOVE lights, love them. We will be setting up our tree too, in fact perhaps it is already up by the time this post is up for you to read. I will cover my tree with no mere couple strings of lights, OH NO, we use maybe 6, sometimes more, and some of them are triple strands, so three lights instead of just one. Happy.

May your month be filled with good things. May something bring joy to you each and everyday!

I am blogging Wednesday about the artificial tree vs real tree. Come back and vote!

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Why Thank You!

I sang with my sweetie at a gig this week. Afterwards I met a friend of the drummer, a lovely young woman with a cute as a bug 2 year old daughter. As our conversation drifted from subject to subject I mentioned my twins...then I mentioned that they were 18...and her eye's widened, and her mouth fell open and she said,
"What a minute, what?"

"Yeah, I'm 40"

"WHAT?!" I thought you were just a couple years older than me"
"How old are you?"

Woohoo, woohoo...I did a little dance and claimed her my new best friend. (I did not replace anyone mind you, just added her into the group)

It was a good ending to a busy day.

Friday, November 28, 2008


I've taken a few spiritual gifts assessments in my life. I used to consistently score highest on Administration followed by wisdom and knowledge.

Not anymore.

I still score well on those but I have passed them up in other areas.
Serving and Faith are tied at the top, followed by another tie (one point below) by Discernment and Encouragement.

Wow. Things I never thought I'd score well on. My life, with all it's yucky times and hard moments,(nothing in comparison to some of you) has sculpted me into someone new. How exciting! People speak of finding themselves,while stars and others...reinvent themselves all the time, probably with the help of stylists and publicists. Not me. It happened naturally and in God's timing.

Have you ever tested for gifts? What are your top few?

Thursday, November 27, 2008


Great is Thy faithfulness
Great is Thy faithfulness,
Morning by morning new mercies I see,


Great is Thy faithfulness
Lord unto me.

All I have needed, not simply wanted, not thought I needed.
I am truly blessed, and thankful.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Teach Thankfulness

On Tuesdays for over half a year now I have been making Ten On Tuesday Thankful lists. (Carnival style if you are interested) We have circled around the alphabet and started with A again yesterday. I started thinking, this would be a great idea for kids. In fact one of my participants is a 2nd grade teacher and has the kids make lists sometimes.(Brilliant!)

Here is my idea, and this can work for non-readers or readers alike.

In Summer I always stock up on spiral bound notebooks when they are super cheap, in fact, this year I scored several 5 packs for 24 cents, you read that right, 5 notebooks, $.24! I took one and wrote in bold marker one letter of the alphabet for each two-page spread. My son then wrote,drew pictures of, or cut out photos from magazines of what he is thankful for and glues them in. You could add color copies of family photos too.
For younger kids it is an introduction to letter sounds, especially great for some 3 and most 4 year olds. For early readers this reinforces what they are learning. For older kids, even big kids, heck, adults, this is an exercise in realizing how much one has to be thankful for.

It's easy, fun, and helpful. Gratitude is a good thing. It is also something that kids like to look through repeatedly.It totally works for me, I hope it works for you too.

For more fabulous ideas head over to Shannon's dryer.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Ten On Tuesday, Back to A

Ten things I am thankful for, starting with the letter A...Again.

1. Aaron. For the rest of the list I will try not to re-use A words from the original list. But I had to mention Aaron again, he is my rock, my husband, my love, and I appreciate him greatly.
2. A, my daughter.:)
3. Appreciation.
4. Applebutter, yum!
5. Antartica, but specifically the way the penguins in Madagasgar say it.
6. Astonoshing, Amazing, Astounding!
7. Acrobats
8. Ankles,I appreciate mine, and all they do.
9. Apostrophies
10. Apologetics. The people that really study it are amazing.

We have circled back around since I didn't start making a link available right away.
Join in, be thankful.
I am going to have a thankful idea tomorrow too...

Monday, November 24, 2008


Actually, there wasn't a loud crash, any warning, and no wisp of smoke. Just the blue screen of death.

I was happily looking at a few things on line and then got up to make my husband's lunch for the next day. A few minutes later I turned around (I can see my computer screen from the kitchen, heck, I can see almost my whole home from the kitchen) and there is was, all blue and scary saying something about memory and how the computer didn't feel appreciated so it left to find a job in Vegas dealing blackjack and finding the true meaning of love....

And apparently, it meant it, it hasn't come back yet, that was Wens night.
It took alot of things with it too.

My world hasn't crashed, but it is frustrating and a little sad.

Did lose some writing that wasn't saved yet, and my resume, and a few other things. Oh goes on. I hope I get a postcard from Vegas soon.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Public Service Announcement

Thanksgiving Menus (calories)

10 potato chips 105
creamy dip 120
5 crackers with cheese 175
1 cup eggnog 340

8 oz champagne 170
6 oz turkey, white &
dark meat, w/ skin 345
6 oz turkey, white meat, no skin 230
1/4 cup gravy 100
1 cup standard stuffing 500
2 candied sweet potatoes 285
1 cup buttered steamed green beans 70
6 oz Green Bean Casserole 245
2 rolls, buttered 240
1/4 cup canned cranberry sauce 105
1 slice pecan pie, with whipped cream 520
1 slice pumpkin pie (1/8 of a 9") 260(no whip)

What's your total?

So tell me, would you like lighter recipes to use this Thanksgiving, or do you just ignore information like this and eat what you want for a day (month)?

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Prayer Request

This is a request for a woman that lives near us. You can call her T. She is a teacher, a wife, a mom of 2 teenagers, and a new Christian. She was literally just diagnosed with Ovarian cancer that is already in her lungs. The Drs. told her family 3 days, she doesn't know that part.
We are asking for prayer for total, amazing and complete healing. May she be a witness to all that hear her story.


Friday, November 21, 2008


I was sick last week.
One morning I slept in. I was half awake when I heard Spencer yelling.

"Mom? Mooooom?"

"What Spencer?"

"Never mind"

That's what I heard.

It was reported to me later by my then also ill daughter that he was standing over her while she slept on the sofa and this is the complete version:

S: "Mom? Mooooom?

Me: "What Spencer?"

A: "Spencer, stop yelling."

S: "Never mind! (whispering to A) I thought you were dead."

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Hand Over the Mom Jeans and All Will be Well.

In approximately 1983, or maybe 84 when my brother graduated from high school, some relatives came out to California and we went to the Wild Animal Park.

Yeah, half grown out perm,curtain split bangs (due to a cowlick I finally stopped fighting and gave up on bangs) horizontal stripes (loved that shirt) and MOM JEANS??! This was long before I was a mom...the pleats! The high waist! They aren't super pegged, not that day.
I know these photos are hard to see, but you can see the horror that lies beneath the low pixels.

For more delightful and embarrassing non-photo album worthy photos (even though this one is worthy in other ways, just embarrassing)PLEASE visit Kristen.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Easy Emergency Pumpkin Pie

Or, for not such an emergency.

The following recipe is great for anyone watching their fat, or sugars, or waistline. This is a very diet friendly version or "pumpkin pie". It is also super easy to make, and ready in a jiffy if you are pressed for time. I used this recipe last year because I was on a very specific eating plan at Thanksgiving, it was so good some other family members joined me and skipped regular pie. These factors totally work for me.

Put in saucepan:
2 cups milk
3 TBLS corn starch
1/3 cup sugar**
2 tsp Pumpkin Pie spice (up to 1 Tablespoon would be okay really)

Whisk well,

Stir in 1 small can pumpkin (plain pumpkin, NOT pie filling!!)
Put on medium/low heat until bubbly, boil 2 minutes or so, stirring constantly!

Remove from heat, add in 1 tsp Vanilla

Stir well, pour into dishes, or crust if using, chill, serve.

That's it.
Yummy, and way healthier!
TO be over the top healthier don't use a crust, serve it as pudding.

Filling 95 calories each serving (If split into 8 servings using 2% milk)

If you must have crust, or you are taking this to an event:
I used no-fat or low fat GINGER SNAPS, plus a few graham crackers as well. You can use any combo you want.

1 1/2 cookie crumbs
1/3 cup melted butter (not margarine or butter spread)

Mix crumbs and butter until fully moistened, press into pie pan, bake at 325-350 for 10-15 minutes, remove, let cool.
This adds at least 110 calories per serving and obviously a lot more fat.


Check out more great tips at Shannon's Dryer.

** We only use Evaporated Cane Juice sugar, the less processed the better. You can use honey, or regular sugar if you choose.

More facts, FILLING ONLY:

Calories 95 Calories from Fat13

Total Fat 1.4g 2%
Saturated Fat 0.9g 4%
Cholesterol 5mg 2%
Sodium 28mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 18.7g 6%
Dietary Fiber 1.7g 7%
Sugars 13.2g
Protein 2.7g

Vitamin A 169% • Vitamin C 4%
Calcium 9% • Iron 5%
Nutrition Grade A-
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Ten On Tuesday, That Amazing Z

Well, here we are, the letter Z.
26 weeks of thankfulness from just the alphabet alone, that's half a year! As promised I will circle back around next week to A since I didn't start he link option at the beginning. Please consider joining in this time! Thankfulness is healing to your soul, helps you focus outwardly instead of selfishly, and frankly, reminds you of what is truly important, even if it's silly!

In no particular order.

1. Zamboni, it's fun to say, and a really cool piece of machinery.
2. Zoom, the original show, loved it as a kid.
3. Zippers, instead of hundreds of tiny hook and eyes, or buttons, or lace ups, which brings me to...
4. ZOINKS! Thanks to Shaggy and Scooby Do, this odd collection of sounds is a pop-culture word.
5. Zoolander. A truly stupid, but hysterical movie.
6. Zygote, without them, none of us would be here.
7. Zithers, Many years ago a very dear friend of mine was seriously dating a young man. The very first time their two sets of parents met the young man's father pulled out a Zither and proceeded to entertain the group for the evening with his repertoire of loudly sung German Christmas Carols, much to the surprise of most involved. She went on to marry that young man anyway and all is still well.
8. Zines, underground , self printed magazines for a specific target audience. I had my illustrations and some poems in one a few times, because I was so cool.
9. Zingers. I don't eat them anymore. But I loved the vanilla ones. My butt didn't, but my mouth did.
10. Ziplock. I know environmentally these probably aren't the best things, and perhaps the plastics are doing something bad, however, seriously? What a fabulous little invention. You have left over glitter from a craft project? Ziplock bag. Need to protect something important from water damage? Ziplock bag. Lost a tooth or button, or earring while out and about? Ziplock. I even read a blog that the author uses them in the car because her kids get carsick...I know it sounds gross, but you zip it shut, no spills, no smell!! Brilliant. If the bag were opaque it would be perfect.
11. The Zabs, and the Z's(Full names withheld to protect the innocent). Without these two fabulous families our lives would be incomplete. Hence I made it a list of eleven, but hey, it's my list, I can do that.

Here's your chance, join in! Blog a list, link it up. It's fun, it's easy, it relieves stress and improves your outlook...

Monday, November 17, 2008


Marky, my dear friend over at Wheat Free Clan, gave me this nice blog award..because we are twins separated at birth after all! :) I humbly accept this sweet award and will pass it on to others listed below.

About the award:Uber (synonym to Super) Amazing Blog Award is a blog award given to sites who:~ inspire you

~ make you smile and laugh

~ give amazing information

~ are a great read

~ have an amazing design

~ and any other reasons you can think of that makes them uber amazing!

The rules of this award are:

* Put the logo on your blog or post.

* Nominate at least 5 blogs (can be more) that for you are Uber Amazing!

* Let them know that they have received this Uber Amazing award by commenting on their blog.

* Share the love and link to this post and to the person you received your award from.

Mrs. Schnozeberry*, Living in a Fishbowl,our husbands used to work together, long ago, at a church in southern Ca, neither of us are there anymore... she is funny,a witty actor/director, a great story teller, a pastor's wife(complete with handbook) and PAPER PREGNANT, give her some love. (*name change to protect the not so innocent).

Thany, of Falling Out Of The Wardrobe fame, I know her in real life too, and she means a lot to me, her writing is wonderful, humorous and truthful. She had a baby this year so she didn't post as much, but she is ON for November, everyday...her writing style alone is worth a look.

Misty, Rainy Day In May. She took the month of October to really make sure people thought pink, and breast cancer awareness. She has an interesting, and hard life story, but she is a delightful person, and a good read.

Angela. Diapers & Stilettos, speaks her mind, her beliefs and shares good shoes deals!

I know a great deal of you probably already know about Cake Wrecks, but in case you don't...her site is the first I open off my bloglines. I look forward to it. Not only are the photo's of wrecked cakes amusing, but her writing is full witted, and often laugh out loud funny. On Sunday's she shows amazing NOT wrecked cakes, beautiful, masterfully crafted, amazing cakes. I hope you check it out.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Thank You Mr. Chan

While glancing at my Stat COunter I noticed I had some over seas readers.

"Oh look, someone in Brazil, Japan and China!"

Spencer responded excitedly, "China!? If you have someone reading in China it must be Jackie Chan!"

Yes, because in all those billions of people the one who read my blog is Jackie Chan.

So Thank you Mr. Chan for taking a moment to read my blog. We love your films, you are crazy and brilliant.


Saturday, November 15, 2008

I Can't Believe She Is Wearing THAT!

Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.

Mark Twain

So true, other than the commotion a naked person would immediately receive, they really do have little influence on society. I am often appalled by the upheaval and snarkiness over what celebrities wear, who cares??! ...Well, apparently lots of people do or they wouldn't report on it, and start new trends from it. I am just saying...there is a balance, somewhere between "Do not worry about what you will wear" and "Clothes make a man".

I was in Ross the other day,because my daughter that just moved here is constantly cold. Moving from San Diego up here will do that to a person. So off we went to try and find warm clothing. As I walked towards the checkout lines I noticed a young woman in flannel plaid pajama pants. I have never fully understood the trend, but let the girls wear PJ bottoms to school long ago...I mean, they are pants after all, not a slip, or negligee. This woman however, was not in high school, perhaps college, but seemed even a bit old for that. The PJ bottoms in question were enormous on her. She had a little figure under there somewhere but they made her look huge, shapeless, and frankly, like she had a load in her pants (not to be gross). It was so unflattering that I truly wanted to snap a photo on my phone and SHOW her! I didn't, I restrained myself.

I have been taking notice to women's rears lately...not like the sense of what is flattering and what isn't. Have you looked at your rear in the mirror lately? I have noted that many pants are simply not flattering on women. You read that right. Skirts are completely more flattering, and all you need to do is look around a bit , you'll see. Skirts, if worn correctly and aren't super tight,skim the figure, flattering the curve without showing any bulges or bumps,ripples, or jiggle. I am not going to switch altogether, especially with winter approaching, but I am going to carefully consider what I wear and how it looks from behind.

Friday, November 14, 2008


pe·ruse (p-rz)
tr.v. pe·rused, pe·rus·ing, pe·rus·es
To read or examine, typically with great care.

I believe this true definition of peruse will come as a surprise to many people, I know it did to me. Most people use it like the word browse. To peruse does not mean to glance or look around, instead it is to study with great care. Who knew?

Just thought you'd like to know.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Moving Days

Oh moving, such busy days. We have moved so many times I could write a book.
Rule number one:
Take care you don't forget to pack anything that's really important.

While these photos could go in a photo album they make me laugh because of the JOKE of packing your kids in a box (JUST A JOKE).

For truly amazing, and often embarrassing photos check out Kristen's Fro Me To You Carnival of fun!


Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Finanacial Advise.

This is basic, but seriously, it could save you.
I knew some of this from my upbringing, and some from the Dave Ramsey classes. It's simple, sound advise.

1. Don't use credit cards. You know that 10% you saved at the checkout when you signed up? Yeah, they charged you 13%, 16% , 23%, EVEN UP TO 32% to use that card.

2. Don't spend money you don't have. (This takes care of number 1)

3. Have $1000 in the bank for emergencies, like car repair, not a good boot sale. This also takes care of number 1.

4. Have savings that can take care of 3-6 months expenses, if something happens to your income you can live off of this for 3-6 months while you find new income. Simple, basic, smart.

5. Pay your savings off the top. We tithe, pay self employment taxes, and then savings...then everything else. Even if it's $5, it's still worth it.

6. Take a month and write down EVERYTHING, that you spend. The coffee, the soda, a little snack at work, a treat for the kids whatever. Break down the grocery bills too, decipher what was food and what wasn't, and what is real food, and what isn't.(That's a whole other post). If you can't manage a month, try a week. You might be surprised where it all goes.

7. And never under estimate the power of; Use it up, wear it out, do without: and: Recycle, reuse, renew.

Most Americans spend 125% of what they make.....125%!

Even in our darkest, poorest moments, these things still worked for me. Even when we couldn't fully utilize this advise, it still worked for me.
See other fabulous tips at Shannon's Dryer.

I know the plans I have for you. Plans to make you prosper, not to harm you, to give you a future and a hope.
Jeremiah 29:11

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Ten On Tuesday, Y

Ten things starting with the letter Y that I am so very thankful for.

No particular order.

1. Yes. Yes is usually so much better than no, and I am learning to say yes more, yes Spencer, go ahead and fill up your rain boots with the hose, ...while they are on..And yes LouAnn, I will direct the choir during those 3 songs during the giant Christmas concerts, !!!!
2. Yankovic, Al, Weird Al.
3. Yams, you know there is a big confusion between Yams and Sweet potatoes, I like the orange ones.
4. Yahweh, another name for my Lord.
5. Yoda!!!! Especially when he is battling it out! Amazing kick butt Jedi he is, yes.
6. Yogurt, frozen or not, I love it. (Sorry Missy Shell)
7. Yarn, for making scarves and hats, like this:

8. Yosemite
9. Yummy! Such a great word.
10. Yellow, okay I tried to avoid it, because it was so obvious, but it's the color we use to describe sunshine, happiness and brightness. It's a good thing.

Monday, November 10, 2008


Worst marriage proposal I have ever heard:

"If you make me liver enchiladas I will marry you on the spot!"

Question is, do you really want to marry a man that wants to eat LIVER ENCHILADAS!!??

Sunday, November 9, 2008


Last night I posted after midnight for today's post, but for some reason it is showing up as being posted I am now writing this post, because I am true to my NaBloPoMo commitment. SO there.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Excuse Me, Did You Call Ghostbusters?

Lat night during a trip to Target my daughter and I encountered some interesting characters. A purple clad pimp, a dark Lord over something and a girl with a coat over a Saloon girl or something outfit. At first I thought, okay...they are just silly and having fun. I took note that these were not young college age people, I'd guess 20 somethings, and we kept shopping. We were in the Dollar Spot area when I heard one say, try number 11, and then we heard "GOT IT!" and they thanked people as they left and life went back to normal. ....

A renaissance wench, a doctor, a Ghost Buster, an witch/step mother from a fairy tale, a naughty catholic school girl, Fred Flintstone, and later Wilma came into the store too. They were in groups of 3, looking for something, with a list in their hands...aaah, a scavenger hunt of some sort. They needed a magnet hidden in the store.

Oh, and a very rude clown that completely ignored me when I asked if they were on a treasure hunt. Yeah, classy.

I find it funny that it was a costume party over a week after Halloween, but fun. I was highly amused to see who might come in next. I wonder how many places they had to go, how many people had similar sightings last night.

Sometimes you just have to dress up and go have fun.


November 1st I walked into not one, but two stores that had Christmas music playing already. I (begrudgingly) understand having items for Christmas already up in the store, fine, people like to shop early...however, I DON'T WANT 2 MONTHS OF CHRISTMAS MUSIC. I would really like to enjoy the rest of fall, and Thanksgiving.

Friday, November 7, 2008

He Heard You.

Wednesdays we have evening activities. i threw a chicken in the crock-pot for later, no big deal. Unfortunately our odd fridge (won't keep stuff frozen in summer, now freezing everything inside) delayed the cooking of that chicken, and it wasn't cooked in time. We headed off towards our destination with a quick stop at a brand new Little Ceaser's Pizza for a $5 deal. Daughter A got out of the car to go pick it up. Daughter J was driving, turns off her head lights just as a big moth flew through the beams of light and kept going past the next car.

"Did you see that big ugly moth!"

Just then, that moth did a 180 turn, flew straight at us and landed on the windshield right in front of J, and sat there.

This of course brought on hysterical laughter from both my son and myself.
My advise, don't say bad things about people, or bugs apparently, because they might hear you.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

And The Tradition Continues...

This may be my future SIL:

(note the small golden halo atop his head)

I think he fits right in.

For more absolutely fabulous "Don't put that in an album (or on the internet)" fun, head over to That Family!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Great Gift

Over at Shannon's Dryer it is Works For Me Wens, with a theme...Toys you should buy.

These aren't exactly a toy, but it is for a kid, and it is cool.
Crayola Pip-Squeaks Mix'Ems, Color-Mixing Markers

One side is a regular looking pen, the other has a spring button on the end, and when pressed will deposit a second color onto the tip of the first pen. You can mix and match any way you want.

Then you color, if you hold it at a 45 degree angle you get both colors, 90 degrees is blended. Keep coloring and it goes back to the original color, not like clay when you can never separate them again.

My 8 year old son is loving these markers. They are washable ink too!! No batteries, no refills you have to buy. I recommend these pens for fun.
For a fabulous list or toy ideas for the holidays go HERE

Greaser Chick Meets Indiana Jones

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Ten On Tuesday, X

Oh yes, it's the X week.
For anyone new this is the original post that explains why I am trying to live a thankful life, and help others do the same.

Please join me by blogging a list of ten things you are thankful for and linking up below. You don't have to start with X, you can make it random, start with A, whatever, just start thinking about all you are thankful for and make a list.

In no particular order:

1. Xanadu, long ago when I used to babysit some neighbors kids, this movie was the saving grace of the evening. I'd feed them dinner, they would do the required reading or homework or whatever, and then we would watch this movie until bedtime. Then I would get paid a premium amount because those parents were awesome. It was the perfect babysitting gig. I wonder if the boy married someone that looks like Olivia Newton-John.

2. Xylophones*, the BIG wooden ones that sound fabulous, and my fabulous friend that plays one, Corbetta. (She isn't playing one on that album that I know of)..*NOTE Not to be confused with the little metal toy ones, I am not thankful for those at all.

3. X-rays, not only for the medical advancement they allowed (when they were cutting edge) but it is all intertwined with photography too.

4. X-mas, and before you get all bent out of shape, X represents the Greek letter chi, which is the first letter in word for Christ and often used alone for Christ.

5. Xerox. Where would we be with out a copy machine???

6. Xenoepist (noun) : someone who speaks with a foreign accent. Oooh lala!

7. X-men

8. X, as in, Sugar and Spice and everything nice, and CHEMICAL X, POWER PUFF GIRLS!

9. Xebec, Small 3 masted pirate ships.

10. X-Lax, So many jokes.....and classic snarky remark: Smooth move X-lax, Wahahahahaa!

OKAY MAKE A LIST, IT DOESN'T NEED TO BE X's...seriously, make a list of any ten things you are thankful for. Link it here for all to see. Thanks, I appreciate it!!

Monday, November 3, 2008

With a little Wasabi Please

While looking around for interesting X words
(come back tomorrow for the X list)
we stumbled upon this.....
We laughed out loud, but I still find it disturbing.

Image found in a Google search , here's a link

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Indiana T

We like costumes.
We like dressing up for fun.
So, we took advantage of Friday night, dressed up, and went to a church Fall Festival. Thankfully in was in their gym since it was fully raining outside.
Indiana T Jones

Oh, yeah, and me, as a pirate. I'll post Zorro and my Greaser chick another day (Read into that; stuck on camera)

Saturday, November 1, 2008


After a very scientific choosing, utilizing mad math skills and everything we have picked a winner!!! Misty at Rainy Day In May has won the pink scarf. Interestingly enough, she just finished a full month of breast cancer awareness over at her blog. Yep a month of pink, and she won the pink scarf. God is amazing.

In other news I am participating in (bum bum bah...)

If you hurry, right now, and go sign up and post something today, you can JOIN ME and many many others!


Thursday, October 30, 2008

Silent Gratitude.

Quote of the blog:

Silent gratitude isn't much use to anyone.
~G.B. Sterns

Don't keep it to yourself! Go tell someone how much you appreciate them, that you are thankful for them, and all they are, and all they do!

I'll Start, I thank GOD for all the blessings in my life, for the beauty of nature, for LOVE.

To Aaron, I thank you for working your butt off to support us, doing things that aren't your "calling" THANK YOU!

My kids for bringing JOY into my life, and laughter.

To Thany for always having a ready ear, and big heart, and information at a moments notice, you rock, thank you.

To Missy Shell, for being strong and true, steady, even in times of pure crap! You're amazing!Thank you.

To Marky, even though we haven't met, our things in common are fun, and getting to know you through blogs and comments make me smile. Thank you.

To Misty, again, even though we haven't met, I am amazed by your story of life, you are so strong, and brave, and I love that you stood up and took on being PINK all month. It really did help me to be aware, thank you.

This is only a partial list. Don't be offended if you aren't on it.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Giveaways Work For Me

You know what works for me? Giveaways, seriously. I am totally digging the Bloggy Giveaway Fall Carnival right now. The last time I checked there were over 1,281 entries...1,281 PRIZES! Well over that actually since some posts are giving away more than one prize!

Why this works for me....I get a chance to win something, sure, because that is totally fun...but I also get to see a whole bunch of blogs I never might have found otherwise. It's like meeting new friends. I won't add all these people to my reader, I'd never sleep, I'd never feed my family or go to work. But last time I found a couple of ladies that are now some of my favorites. If you read Shannon, I am sure you now about it, but just in case head on over an take a gander.

And I am giving something away too, if you want to enter just hit the previous post on my list.
If you want more great ideas head over to Works For Me Wens. at Shannon's Dryer.

Bloggy Giveaways Quarterly Carnival Button


Bloggy Giveaways Quarterly Carnival Button



Here's what I am giving away. Handmade by me. A crazy pink scarf in a cute little floral 'suitcase'. I can't believe how girly this give away is, so not my norm, let me assure you. Ready to give as a gift. Made in a smoke free, animal free environment. The pink is a little brighter than the photos, think dark Barbie pink, plus other lighter pinks and a little yellow for fun. SIX FEET LONG, (crazy long) and 4 1/2 inches wide, rounded ends. Washable, but I'd lay flat to dry to keep it looking good.

1. Leave me a comment, TELL ME THE COLDEST WEATHER YOU HAVE BEEN IN. Entries without this info can't win, sorry.
2. INCLUDE a way to contact you, blog, email, whatever.Entries without some way of contact can't win.
3. Must be in the USA, sorry, I can't afford international shipping right now, :(
4. I will close comments Oct. 31 at say 11pm PST. Drawing will be Nov. 1st and I will contact the winner within a few days (busy weekend coming up).

I will not force you to subscribe or anything, this is for fun. I do host a Ten On Tuesday every week, on THANKFULNESS, currently going through the alphabet, it's fun, it's challenging, come back and try your hand at X next week! (I triple dog dare ya!)

Thanks for stopping by!
Crayl :)

Monday, October 27, 2008

Ten On Tuesday, W

Ten things I am so wonderfully thankful for. W's.

No particular order.

1. Wasabi, such a delight with sushi, yeah, I said it, I like sushi.
2. Water, to drink, to look at, to swim in, to listen too babbling along.
3. Weekends
4. Work and wages.
5. Washing machines. Life would be a lot harder without one.
6. Wrecks, as in the cake variety. See for yourself!
7. Waffles! (add a little chicken too from Roscoe's and you have perfection!)
8. Wheat, that leads to bread and bagels and yummy things (Sorry Marky)
9. Weddings, my own, my friends', eventually my kids...eventually
10. Wholeness

Join me!
I know life is busy, I know it gets crazy sometimes, but a moment of your time to think about what you are thankful for might help!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

A Glimpse

Today my house was filled with 15 people.
Five of them played guitar(but not all at the same time),
two played bass,
two played drums.
And one guy played a Didjeridu. One of these:

One of them also sang and played keyboard and I think he is really cute. Not to say that some of the other guys weren't awesome too, but you know, I am not married to them.

Today was bittersweet for so many reasons.
It was good to have people liven up our home, making music, learning, laughing, sharing, having fun. We originally set this jam session in place to say goodbye to our dear friend Mel, the drummer. He graduates from the CHP academy this Friday and then drives off to his first assignment, Los Angeles. We have enjoyed his company and drumming immensely for 6 months. We feel blessed to have been in such close proximity for such a sweet time. So today was awesome, and LOUD, and fun. We will say good bye, not forever certainly, but for a time.

This was also a glimpse to how it used to be, and how we wish it still could be. We once had a big ol' house that we wanted to use for musicians, to have training sessions, and a studio with a bed and breakfast. To fill our lives with the talent God has given out in the music field. But we don't live there anymore. We live in a small, modest, cute home. We fit everyone in somehow,and it was amazing(and did I mention loud? I had ear plugs in thakyouverymuch).
We will do it again.
Oh yes, we will.