Thursday, December 31, 2009

Fin

As 2009 ends and 2010 begins I just want to pray a blessing over anyone that reads my blog.

May your next year be filled with blessings and sweet surprises. May you weather the storms without giving up hope. May you ride above your circumstances and not under them. May you have peace, joy, love and understanding in your homes.


Welcome 2010. I am glad to see you.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Generosity.

Many years ago Willow Tree started making gentle nativity sets, that I adore. A dear friend of mine has that set, it's beautiful really. It has always been something that I loved, but couldn't justify the cost, there were so many practical things we needed.

I wanted representation in my house of what this season is really all about. I love to decorate. I got rid of my Santa collection, I don't even know why I had them in the first place. We don't really push that whole aspect. Sure, we have stockings, but never made it that big of a deal. I wanted a clean nice nativity to adorn my house, but it always seemed out of reach.

Monday night was a huge concert that our church put on to benefit our local hospital. We were able to raise enough funds for them to buy an anesthesia machine for their birthing center, how cool is that? We had fabulous raffle prizes donated for the cause, rounds of golf, gym memberships, a Willow Tree Nativity set. It wasn't the one I had admired all these years, but it was stunning. Mary, Joseph and Jesus all in one, with the color instead of all cream. I was very excited.

Before you jump ahead. I didn't win it. In fact, I didn't have time to buy any tickets, being assistant to the leader and singing myself took a lot of time. SO I watched as people won things and someone I knew won that nativity set, which was amazing in a room of 400+ people.

After the concert I was chatting with the family that won, they actually won three things, one being Aaron's new Christmas CD. I mentioned they won what I really wanted. Daisie made an Elvis lip look at me and said, "I have a big ol' nativity set, you can have it"...because that's how Daisie talks, and because she is super cool like that.
You might think I screamed or smiled or something. I didn't.

"Daisie", I said with a straight face and seriousness dripping from my words, "don't mess with me, are you serious?"

She was.
Then I did a happy dance.

So, you might thing this is where the story ends...it doesn't. I am not a huge fan of the color on the figures. Since I work in the office I knew who donated it, she happens to own a hallmark store, so I did the logical thing (in my brain anyway) I went to the store, and talked to her about trading for the cream traditional set.




She said yes.



And I am still smiling.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

A Christmas MEME

I received this one via Facebook, but I thought it would be fun to post it here!
Here we go!


1. Wrapping paper or gift bags?
I use bags when I am in a hurry, however I prefer beautiful boxes that we can re-use with spectacular real ribbon. This year I am all about wrapping paper apparently.

2. Real or Fake Tree?
Fake. I miss the fragrance, but not being ill by Christmas day due to allergies.

3. When do you put up the tree?
Right after Thanksgiving. Not necessarily the first weekend, depends on our schedule. This time of year is crazy (in a good way) for us.

4. When do you take the tree down?
January 2, if we are home and not travelling.

5. Do you like eggnog?
Yes, but only light, or thinned with milk. I've never had it with alcohol in it, no idea what that's like.

6. Favorite gift received as a child?
One year I walked through Target and wrote out a list, what isle, what size or color, and the price of each item...I received everything, the leather gloves, the teal blow dryer...it was a great year.

7. Do you have a nativity scene?
I have one currently, a small kid friendly one from AVON. I have had my eye on the Willow Tree set for years and would very much like to win the one being raffled off at the concert on Monday.

8. Hardest person to buy for?
My Brother. He buys what he needs or likes for himself.

9. Easiest person to buy for?
Spencer. Legos...it's that easy.

10. Worst Christmas gift you ever got?
Can't think of one.

11. Mail or email Christmas cards?
I don't e-mail Christmas cards, other kinds, but not Christmas...sometimes I don't mail them either. Christmas cards are hit and miss with us. this year didn't go as planned for the content of said card, so I doubt they will be sent out this year.

12. Favorite Christmas Movie?
Elf. White Christmas, Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street (oldest one or newest one, not that middle one, ick)
13. When do you start shopping for Christmas?
Usually I am shopping all year. This year I started the week before Thanksgiving.

14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present?
According to Miss Manners and other etiquette books it is perfectly acceptable to do so.

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas?
All the treats that only show up at Christmas.

16. Colored or clear lights on the tree?
A million clear, plus one strand of red, just for a kick.

17. Favorite Christmas song?
No idea. I know some Carol's that certain pop artist have sung a rendition of, that really shouldn't...but I am not going to name names.

18. Travel at Christmas or stay home?
Usually we travel, this year we are staying home, weird.

19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer? Let's see...
Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixon, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen, Rudolph

20. Angel on the tree top or a star?
Star as a kid, angel now.

21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning?
Christmas morning.

22. Most annoying thing about this time of year?
Full parking lots, crowds everywhere. But mostly, why are people so rude?

23. What do you enjoy most about Christmas?
Everything.(Except pure commercialism)

24. How did you find out about Santa?
I think it was a combination of me starting to figure it out and my mom slipped up...but she may have done it on purpose.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

New CD Release


My Husband is a musician, it's what he does. It's who is is. He is gifted immensely.

On December 14th his latest album, "Because it's Christmas" will be available, not in stores near you, just through me.

But we are very excited.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Ten on nearly Wednesday



Snow is a gloriously beautiful thing...but it can cause problems, but still...
Ten things I am oh so thankful for:


1. ELECTRICITY!
2. Fireplaces and lots of wood!
3. Glorious snow flitting down from the sky.
4. That same snow stopping before it gets too deep to manage.
5. Sunshine shimmering on snow covered fields.
6. Wool sweaters, scarves, hats and SNOW BOOTS.
7. Shoe Goo
8. Friends with 4 wheel drive coming over to play.
9. Down comforters
10.Heaters, central forced air, car, portable, hubby...whatever it takes to warm up a place.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Mammories....

Like the corners of my mind.....

Spencer has made a very odd request for Christmas. After snuggling on my bed he said "Your bed is so super duper comfortable, I want one of these soft thingies too for my bed"
I explained that they are memory foam and that they can be expensive, so if he wanted one it might have to be for Christmas. He was okay with that.

So tonight, as I finished making his bed with clean sheets he again brought up his request, and I quote:

"Oh I can't wait to get my mammary foam for my bed"

I nearly snorted half way down the hall.

"Spencer, that's MEMORY foam"
"Then what's a mammary?"
"That's the glands that produce milk in ladies boobs" (I am slightly embarrassed I used boob instead of breast, but I was still seriously trying to not fall over laughing).
"EEEWWW!"
"Female animals also have them as well to feed their babies."
"That's true, okay."

Because it is in the animal kingdom it takes off the stigma.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

My House Is Full Of Nuts

I wanted to tell my mother in law this before she arrived. Her daughter and grand daughter currently live with her, and my niece is terribly allergic to nuts, but my mom in law loves them. I thought about it and wanted to tell her that they are here, along with peanut butter and other nutty things, but when the phrase "My house is full of nuts" crossed my mind, I just had to laugh...

it's just so true on so many levels!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Did someone say GIVEAWAY?!

I love a good giveaway.
So does Kristen over at We Are That Family.
Go check out the large stocking filled with stuff and try and win it!

:)
Enjoy!

Ten On Tuesday


DECEMBER!!!!!!!!!!!

1. It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!
2. Sweaters and Uggs(knockoffs)
3. Parties and gatherings
4. Lights, and more lights, and MOOOOOORE LIGHTS!
5. Giving things to people to make them happy!
6. End of another year, bringing in a new one.
7. Extra gigs and hours at work so #5 can happen.
8. Family and friend time.
9. I'll be honest, treats, cookies, and all the yummy things that only show up this time of year, like peppermint ice cream, and homemade frosted sugar cookies.

10. The birth of Jesus Christ. It's his birthday, He came here, to earth, as a lowly human being, not a rich king, born in a stable, to go on to die a horrible death, and WHY? So that we could be resolved of sin and actually hang out with God, to be saved, to have a real relationship again, not marred by stuff we did wrong.

That's the best gift of all.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Best For Last, a Saga

I wanted to save this story for the very last day of this wonderful blogging month. Blogging everyday was a challenge considering the the roller coaster of internet connections we had to endure at the new house. I will save that story for December.

This is a story about a Turkey. A Turkey named Joe. (Thought I was going to say Tom huh?)
"This year", my mom said excitedly,"we have friends that are raising turkeys, and we bought one for Thanksgiving. It will be great, no hormones, no salt solution injected into the bird, no nitrates"
"Sounds great mom"
"Yeah, your dad will pick it up Tuesday night on his way home from work" .
My dad is out of retirement to work the census. They are utilizing his managerial skills and gave him some authority and with it, more hours.

We arrived at my parents home Tuesday evening, and shortly thereafter my dad arrived home as well...with a GIANT black garbage bag, inside of which was another bag, inside of which, was a 34 pound turkey.

You read that right.
34 pounds.

The thing was huge. It was kinda creepy too. It was twice the size and weight of an average turkey. A couple years ago our family cooked a 28 pound bird from Costco. I had just mentioned it to a friend the day before "Our family record is 28 pounds"...that was just shattered.




Conversations started popping up. Is the oven big enough? Turkey bags are too small, what's the new plan? Do you have a big enough pan? Should we cut it in half? Perhaps we should build a pit out back and cook it like your would a pig...seriously, it's that big.


The one thing we knew for sure...when usually only a little stuffing is inside the bird and the rest is cooked in a couple baking pans (we really love our stuffing around here) the reverse was about to happen. The night before there was a planning meeting regarding the size of the pan (barely fit) the size of the turkey bags and other factors. We ended up making a foil shield to jet out from the sides of the pan, on top of a cookie sheet while the bird was inside 2 turkey bags, one put on to each end of the turkey, overlapping in the middle. My dad has a degree in Physics Engineering...no 34 pound bird was going to beat him.


Will it fit?????







IT DID!!!!!!!!!!!! ...BARELY!!!!!!!!!

At one point we pulled it out to check the internal temperature. When my sister hoisted it back into the oven the sheer weight caused her to lose her balance and she nearly fell into the oven, head first. There are unknown dangers when dealing with large turkeys.






It was spectacular on many levels when it was done. My dad only carved half for dinner, which barely looked like we put a dent into it when the meal was over. The gravy filled a soup pot. Abundance. We are all very thankful for the abundance.






This is my mom. She is fabulous. I just wanted to throw that in. And the cabinets behind her? Yeah, my dad built those this year.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

One Line

While driving to my mom's house for Thanksgiving we had to make a stop in Reno at a Wal-Mart. I used the restroom while there, one of those new fangled ones with the auto sensor water and flushing toilets...which keep flushing while ...well you know. Ick. The small "special" trash receptacle in the stall didn't have a lid, and there on top was a used pregnancy test with the packaging. Someone was in a great hurry to find out if they were with child, I wondered if it was stolen. Considering the hast, and possibly the theft involved I am sure they were relieved it was negative...which considering, was probably a good thing...

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Home Again

We've hit the road and are going back home. Family time, road trips, good food, love it all! When we get home we have to hit the ground running for the next couple days, but then, yes then, it's Christmas decorating time!

BRING ON THE LIGHTS!!!! BRING ON THE TREE! It's time for the house to transform into Christmas delight. And when Jenelle isn't home, BRING ON THE CHRISTMAS MUSIC!

I don't know what happened to that child to make her hate Christmas music, hard to believe she is mine, oh well. Hopefully she will be working alot so I can play some around here. Alyssa is the same way, but she lives in Arizona, so I don't have to worry about hearing her groan with the music.

May your Season be Merry and Bright! (And may you get to play all the Christmas music you want, free of groaning children)

Friday, November 27, 2009

Winding Down

The end is in sight. This is post 27 in 27 days....30 is just around the corner.
If you participated this year, how have you done so far? Will you make it to the end? It is a challenge, that's for sure. But it is a good challenge, get's your creative brain working, keeps you thinking, remembering, instead of simply flying through your days.

Each blog is like a snapshot into the day it was written, even if you have a theme and do not write journal style. I find it much easier to blog than journal, which makes no sense to me at all.

I have really enjoyed this month, not that I am not ready to jump on any other blog every day band wagons, but I will keep the November tradition.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Thankful

Take a moment, betweem courses of food
between family stories,
in the quiet of getting something from the fridge in the garage....

Take a moment and be thankful

There can be so many things to complain about....
But there is so much more to be thankful for...



Bonus Thankful list on Thursday:
1. My Family
2. My bigger family
3. My freinds that are so close that they ARE family
4. Forgiveness, it's amazing what it can do for you...try it.
5. Air to breathe
6. Sunshine to warm me
7. Rain to water the Earth
8. Pumpkin pie :)
9. A warm place to sleep
10. Above all else, I am thankful for Love.





God IS Love, it isn't merely an attribute of Him,

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

And Dessert....


I forgot to post this on Monday.
This was supposed to be an apple pie with a french crumb topping.
Um, except, I had a friend helping me in the kitchen, and well, lets just say that soft butter mixed with flour and sugar does NOT make a crumb topping, it makes cookie dough.
So this is a shortbread cookie topped Apple pie...and it was amazing.:)

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Ten On Tuesday

Things I am thankful for, but more specifically made better by pumpkin:

1. Muffins
2. Pudding
3. Lattes
4. Cookies, check this out!
5. Pie
6. Soup, pumpkin soup is so wonderful, plus it has a bit of bacon it it too!
7. Pancakes
8. Chai tea, I know, sounds weird, but a little pumpkin spice added at Starbucks is great.
9. Bread
10. Ice cream.

Fattening but delicious list.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Monday.


Homegrown, hormone free beef, sour dough french bread, and Curry glazed Sweet Potatoes...


We do things a little different around here sometimes.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

In Two...

In two days I get to drive down to my parents house for Thanksgiving with at least one sibling and most of her family, this is a very exciting and happy thing. Usually we all get together for Christmas, but this year got very weird and it just wasn't going to happen the way it traditionally has.
So we made a choice: We chose to say no to driving down there for Christmas.
This will be the first time in years and years and years...maybe ever.

So we then decided it would be worth the drive for Thanksgiving instead. Neither of my daughters can attend, but it's a new season in our life regarding them anyway. I'll be honest, it's hard and weird having adult kids, that you want to step out and live their own life, but you always want them to embrace the traditions and work their butts off to try and keep them.

sigh


It's all new territory. Jobs and finances will keep them both away for Thanksgiving. I will have one for Christmas at least, and BOTH for their birthday in January. They are twins after all, it's an important be together day.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Journey

Quick, name or sing as many Journey songs as you can, ready?
GO!


How many did you come up with? I am sure your list included:
Anyway You Want It
Faithfully
Open Arms
Don't Stop Believin'

15 studio albums, plus more...still touring, still making albums

My husband is now the newest member...of a Journey tribute bands named Departure. In researching this blog I found out there is another Journey tribute band named Departure in Atlanta as well, but this one is in Sacramento. My husband is not in any of the photos or anything yet, his first gig with them is New Year's Eve.

The Journey songs are now dancing through my head like sugar plums should be.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Fridge Photos

The time has come, for the old fridge photos to be replaced by this years Christmas card bounty. I LOVE cards with photos. I love seeing how much everyone has grown, and all that.

I do want to say this though, please, as parents, include yourselves in the photos! I send out cards with out myself in it, it's true, sometimes it is just impossible to get all of us in one place. In fact this year I can't even get all the kids in the same state for a photo in time for cards. But, I lvoe having the whole family up there smiling away. Think about it, who were friends first? Was it me and your kid, or you and me?

I'm just saying.

:)
SMILE EVERYONE!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Is It Just Me?

When one is a night owl, and one has children, it is often the deep seeded desire of that person to sleep in longer in the morning. The cries or yells, or general noise of the kids being awake is sometimes painful...
YET
When that kid finally sleeps in (maybe because of an antihistamine) a mom's heart may go into hyper-drive of "somethings wrong" and actually open the door to that kids room to make sure he is still breathing.


Or is it just me?

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Wordless Wednesday



These are from a couple weeks ago....amazing.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Ten On Tuesday

Ten Pixar characters I am thankful for:
(No particular order)


1. Dori
2. Peach
3. Mater
4. Flick
5. Woody
6. Bruce
7. Elastagirl
8. Frozone
9. Crush
10.Sully

Monday, November 16, 2009

It has Pockets

A week or so ago my husband returned home from a gig with a cash payment. We were at the table at the time and he asked where my purse was. Now, you ladies out there know, you usually have a place that your purse sits all the time in your home. Right? You walk in the door and you sit it, or hang it in a specific place, or at least area. In our new home this spot has not been actualized yet. I keep trying different spots and nothing is really working out well. So he asked me and I said, "Well, I don't know, somewhere over there".
He handed me the bills and said, "Then here, put these in your bra." Which was slightly odd, especially since Spencer was sitting with us.
"Okay"

"Wait, those things have pockets?" Spencer piped in.
"Yes, yes they do"
"Wow, cool"

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Sunday Shoe Lesson

I learned some valuable lessons from my shoes today.
I have this pair of sassy shoes. They are strappy, they are high, and they are the only pair that keeps my "long" jeans from rubbing on the ground. When I first bought them they fit great, perfectly, and they were oh so comfortable they way they were. Thing is, being leather straps and all, they stretched out.

This is a problem.

There are no buckles, no elastic, nothing to adjust. You slide your foot in and that's it, except now my foot slides around a bit in the shoe, resulting in the following observations of life:

Just because you are on stable ground, doesn't mean you are stable.

Slow down, and walk like a lady.

It only takes a tiny step the wrong direction to take you down a slippery slope.

You may think no one saw you stumble, but you're wrong, someone always does.


And finally, an obvious one:

Strappy sassy shoes are not the friend of toes when it's 36 degrees outside.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

And Then I Said No to Chocolate.

I have developed an issue with chocolate.
It gives me reflux, or heartburn. I don't care what you call it, it burns and hurts and damages my vocal cords...which I need to be very healthy and strong right about now. While, I have never been a chocoholic it is becoming slightly frustrating. Chocolate is everywhere. It seems to be the number one dessert flavor brought to functions. Seriously....think of something besides brownies (yummmmm, brownies).
Fruit inspired things, apple pie or turnovers. Oatmeal cookies, with or without raisins, your choice. (It seems such a mean thing to do to a grape)Perhaps a blondie, or sugar cookies,Lemon bars, SNICKERDOODLES!! YESPLEASE!

I realize that my issue will not stop a nation of chocolate lovers...but sometimes, I ask you, simply think outside of the box.

Thanks.

Friday, November 13, 2009

A Whole New World

Did I mention my husband is now directing a kids choir at a public school?
What? I didn't?
Once a week he has a 50+ voice, 4th-8th grader choir rehearsal. He is a natural kid magnet. Serious, they love him, but this is new territory. It's exciting to watch, especially after he removed the deer caught in the headlights look from his face when he was asked to do this.

This school lost it's music program due to budget cuts. Our church is paying my husband to provide the class as an after school program. Another school might do the same next year. It's sad in general that this is necessary, but I am super happy these kids will still have a chance to learn music. After the New Year he will also teach musical instruments, School Of Rock style. Now that will be fun to watch too!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

By the way...




I didn't really mention it, but I am fully participating again this year.
Why is it that November seems to be extra busy without a lot of time for blogging, yet I am all excited and ready to commit to 30 blogs in 30 days?

I guess I enjoy the challenge every one in a while.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Wordless Wednesday


Well, not completely wordless...but a random photo just the same.






Barbara Manateeeeeeeee
You are the one for meeeeeeeee
Sent from up above
You are the one I love.....

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Ten On Tuesday

Ten things I am thankful for. especially when sick:

1. Mom.
2. Chicken soup made by mom.
3. Juice.
4. Toast.
5. Movies.
6. Blinds, curtains or whatever means to make a room dark.
7. Soft pillows, warm blankets,comfy sofa.
8. Cell phones.
9. Quiet.
10.Uggs, or socks.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Explain This To Me...

Pasteurization: The sterilization of food through the application of heat...

So how does this...



plus this...

equal this?

but not this?
(photo credit)
(More photo credit)

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Benefit Concert


So AWESOME!

December 14th, 7pm. All Star Benefit concert in Auburn.
Proceeds will help the birthing center at Sutter Faith Auburn Hospital.

It's going to be a really great performance.
General Admission as low as $10!
If you will be anywhere near Auburn/Sacramento please consider buying tickets for this worthy and fabulous event.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Lost

Sixty three homes burned down in my town not too long ago. I have witnessed this tragedy before when I lived in the San Diego area, not once, but twice. I know stories of people who made it out with just their pajamas on grabbing their purse , and that's it.

After moving all of our stuff I thought about those people. This is just stuff. Some of it is important to us for sentimental value. Some is used for work, so might be more important , but it is stuff. I wouldn't trade my life, or the life of my children for it. If it all burned down, sure I would be sad...but what is really important? I thought this through.
Photographs.
That is the one thing I would miss the most. And why? They are memories of the most important thing again, family.

There is nothing really profound here, nothing you didn't already really know. I just needed to think outloud for a minute. Losing our stuff would be a great inconvenience, that's for sure. Having my family, helps me survive anything.

Friday, November 6, 2009

A Servant's Heart

I don't mean a slave's heart, or a hired hand's heart...I mean, willing to serve those that you love heart.

I stood in the kitchen, surrounded by boxes, having just gotten a relapsed sick child back to bed. My cell phone in my hand with a video message from my husband. He was out in the "studio" in the garage across the yard, but sent me a message. "Can you make me garlic toast please, I will be in shortly". He wasn't asking for the Italian side dish. He was asking for toast, with butter, and raw garlic on it, to help fight off something. He felt himself getting sick and this is what he does to help kick whatever is trying to get him. I FUMED....for no good reason. I paced back and forth for a minute to calm down. Why was I mad? He has worked his butt off, and hurt his trap muscle, and is behind on a deadline all because of moving. He is working so hard...this is my job, to help him, to honor him, to make him garlic toast when he asks because he is too busy to do it himself. He is stressed trying to get it all done, sleeping very little.

So why was I mad? I am still not sure. Selfish motives? I had finally gotten the sick kid to bed, and I was surrounded by boxes to empty...maybe it's because he sent it too me in video form, that was kinda weird.

I had to clean out my heart. My husband is so deserving of honor, and being taken care of in love. So I pushed my attitude aside and made him toast. And he was so grateful and full of love when he came in and I handed it to him. Why would I ever not want to help him?

Thursday, November 5, 2009

uh oh.....crash

A small gasp, an, "uh-oh", and a major crash.
That's what I heard the other day while at work.
Thankfully the full filing cabinet that fell over did not injure anyone, but boy was it a spectacular noise.

Those words followed by a crash can mean so much.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Where's My Half Gallon!!?

Dear Marketing Department of all the major food producers;

You all stink.

Whoever thought we as consumers are too dumb to notice not only your packaging getting smaller, but also the actual portions inside the packaging, well, SHAME ON YOU! I want my half gallon of ice cream back, a FULL HALF GALLON, not this 1.5 quart stuff. Seriously.

I know you have been doing this awhile, and I know ice cream isn't the only thing affected, but it is the one that really get me riled up.

That's all I currently have to say about that.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Ten On Tuesday

Ten things I am so incredibly thankful for, no particular order:

1. TWO BATHROOMS.
2. INDOOR LAUNDRY.
3. Free apples and pears.
4. Nancy; Canning master.
5. Homemade Christmas presents (Any guesses as to what they might be?)
6. An incredibly strong husband, who is willing to speak my love language: Acts of service. There is nothing sexier than a man that says,"As you wish" when asked to grab another box or whatever.
7. Friends with trucks. GENEROUS friends with trucks.
8. Miraculous provision.
9. Furniture sliders. Little plastic things to go under heavy furniture, allowing you to slide it across carpeted floors, really work, brilliant!
10. Low Stress moves. Beautiful.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Shake It Up

I have a rehearsal tonight, instead of Thursday. We also have a trip to Tahoe to sing for a conference Wednesday night, with a stay over in the Embassy Suites! How cool is that? Love gigs that have stay overs in fabulous places. But all of this, combined with the move has me discombobulated. Will I think Tuesday is Friday, because practice is usually Thursday? I don't know.

Keeps me on my toes and my brain young, that's for sure.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Good To Know

My son bounced into our room announcing he had found his missing wallet, and just how much money he now had. I was a little shocked at the number.

" How do you have so much? Are you sure you don't owe anyone money?"

"Mom, I don't owe anyone, in fact, some people owe me."

He went on to explain that his sisters each owed him a little bit and then this girl in Sunday School.

"Why does she owe you Spencer?"

"I sold her something, but don't worry, it wasn't information"


I am so happy to hear that my son isn't selling secrets.

:)

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Treats all around.



Enjoy the day, be safe.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Christening

The house is now our home.
Yep.
Spencer puked in it.

Poor kid. Horrible headache, throat pain, fever and then , last night, puking. That seems to be done now, (PRAISE GOD).
We aren't a family that usually throws up, it was kinda weird. Jenelle was torn between compassion for him and running away as to not be triggered. I can understand that.
I woke up this morning with a headache, I am telling myself it's because of all the moving. The dust, and all that. Plus my back hurts, so I am out of alignment, so therefore, my head would hurt. Yep. I AM NOT GETTING WHATEVER HE HAS. And that's final.

He still has a fever.
His head doesn't hurt like last night, but it isn't all better either.
He is asking for food, so that's good. (We are going easy, BRAT stuff).

I hope he is better by tomorrow. That would be a little sad.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

ANNOUNCEMENT

I want to interupt this count downt o say that we already slept in the new house last night...but without heat, or hot water, or a stove...
little miscommunication with the propane company, it's being resolved today.

So the good news is, we are in! YAY! We might be freezing, but we're in.
Bad news, our computer will not turn back on.
We have no idea why, and we have tried many, many things, nothing has worked yet.

Without that computer Aaron can't get work done.
This is a major issue. MAJOR.

So, there's that.

That's allt he update I have for now. You may resume your regular Thursday schedule now.

ONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am one very excited woman.
Thing is, I pre-wrote this post, so I could be a frazzled mess right now, crying in the middle of the hopefully empty house trying to clean some spot off the carpet from an ink pen that was under sofa without it's cap on, for along time....But since we already moved the sofas out at this time, that won't happen.

So I say, I AM EXCITED. I am finally going to sleep in, live in, cook in, and do fabulous wonderful laundry in a clean bright room inside, my latest home.AAHH.

Thank you for bearing with me as my brain focused hard at the task at hand. I may have a sore back, but I will be smiling. Funny thing is. The house would be plain and ordinary to so many. But it's all relative. Compared to where I live, it's huge, and modern. I mean, it has DOUBLE PAINED WINDOWS! I know...seems like a simple thing, but they make such a difference, especially when it's, say, 27 outside, or snowing.

It's the little things that make me happy.
Well ,okay, I could handle some whopping big happy news, or blessings too, but seriously, the little things are all good.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

TWO

So, there might be a problem with blogging soon. And I was planning on NOBLOPOMOing this year again. But high speed internet is challenging in our new place. Sure, we can get some dial up going...yay :(...or we can dish out some serious cash for some sort of satellite thing. Our landlords, and neighbors have some sort of way they get it, but it sounds like we would have to switch cell phone carriers, NO WAY!
So I will still blog, but photos might not be so easy. We are trying to solve the issue very, very soon!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

The Big 3. and Ten on Tuesday

Ten things I am thankful for, anything but moving edition:

1. Starry nights.
2. Fall chill in the air.
3. Mandarin oranges.
4. Pumpkin flavored everything.
5. Warm soup on a cold day.
6. My crockpot, to help make that soup.
7. Provision
8. Tums, rolaids etc.
9. Cereal and really cold milk.
10. Fireplaces.


WHAT ARE YOU THANKFUL FOR?

Monday, October 26, 2009

FOUR TO GO!

I mentioned the other day how many times we have moved. I should point out that since I have homeschooled Spencer since Kindergarten he has never had to attend new schools and switch teachers and all that. We switched "schools" once, from a private ISP to a local public one. The only reason we did that was so he could attend elective classes and have some extra training in areas that we might not have the supplies always available. He loves those classes, art, dance, science and web design. He is inter mingled with 3 or more grades most of the time for good social balance. None of this will change when we move, the consistency of education has really worked for us.

Someday we might be called to place him in public school, I hope if we are, that the Lord will provide us with one location.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

FIVEFIVEFIVEFIVEFIVE

The 3ish car garage is not attached to the house. It has sliding doors kinda like a barn. It's interesting to say the least. A large office and a smaller office were created when the owners still ived here and ran their business from the home. This is before they built the their new house on the property. Over the years as various people rented this house they used it for different things. The smaller office looks like it was used for storage, of maybe car things, not sure. The larger one, at one point, was used as a playroom. Right now it just looks like a home for cobwebs and dirt. A major cleaning is in order, and some painting. We are gathering supplies and gearing up. It's an interesting thing to finally have a space that we have freedom to decorate, and utilize for a music studio. We want it cool, and comfortable. It has to be completely usable as well. Right now it has cement flooring, so carpet is being sought. All of this is of course on a budget of ZERO. For zero, perhaps up to $10 we will transform this space.

When it is finished I will post before and after photos.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

SIX!

Holy Smokes Batman, we have a lot to do!

I just wanted to take a minute to mention the pears.
The property this new house sits on is next to a property that used to be a Pear orchard. The county made him chop down the majority of the trees when it was no longer being farmed. The owner, however, being a nice guy, left the entire row that butts up to the property...so the owners, and the renters, can enjoy fresh pears.
How cool is that?

Kindness and generosity go along way.

Friday, October 23, 2009

SEVEN!

A WEEK! A week left until we actually get to live in the new place.

I know...
you are tired of hearing about this. But seriously, we live breathe and practically eat move, there isn't much else to blog about for me currently.


But let me say this,
I know a family. Long story short, they are hurting financially. They have applied for some assistance, especially medically. It was taking awhile to process, so they thought, well. we could get food stamps in the mean time, that way it could maybe leave enough to see a Dr. and get the Advair one of them needs...you know, to breathe.
They were denied...know why?

Their 22 year old daughter attend a private university.

Apparently there is a rule. Thing is, this is one extremely determined kid they had, who worked her butt off growing up to earn every scholarship and other award through 4-H, AWANA, and any other program so she could go to just such a university. One year she paid something like $1.52 to attend a private university, $1.52!!That's not even a gallon of milk.
Yet, there is no investigation, there is no re-course to prove that her attending this college isn't draining the money they could use on food.

How many people cheat or work the system so they don't have to really work or do anything everyday, and yet a real family who hit hard times is totally denied for being honest?

Makes me scratch my head in bewilderment.

In the mean time some prayer for asthma, injured legs with life long issues, and general prayer for my friends would be appreciated.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

8

Eight days.

I should mention that the sale from Saturday went really well. I sold some scarves, and some jewelry I had left over from when I used to sell it. I also sold books, stuffed animals, and a giant box of Lincoln Logs. Which are very cool and I loved as a kid, but we have enough Legos and other building sets around here already.

I ended up also scoring a room heater for Aaron new music studio. This was a huge blessing let me tell you. We had just priced them the day before and it was the same kind, and only $5, vs around $70. I also bought a push broom and hedge trimmers.

Life is good.


(and apparently it doesn't take much to make me happy)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Nine

Nine days! I am so excited. We have so much to do, but I don't care, the thought of doubling our square footage, and getting out own bathroom is so incredible, it keeps the moving process from getting overwhelming.

God is so good, and kind.
Have I mentioned my love of hydrangeas? There's a plant int he yard.
Have I mentioned that in every home we have owned I took out the basic faucet and replaced it with one with the sprayer built in? This house has it. In fact I didn't know it at first until I washed off some grapes from the yard...I almost cried.

He is that good.
We matter to him. And though my JOY does not come from stuff and things, He is kind enough to throw in a few things that I do love and enjoy....

I have done nothing to earn it, or deserve it, His grace and mercy are amazing, and I am thankful.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Ten On Tuesday

Ten things I am thankful for, no particular order.
1.Glorious Weather.
2. Miracles.
3. Maturity in my almost 20 year old daughters. (Not all the time, but I am seeing some major impressive things lately)
4. My Co-workers, they are awesome.
5. Laura DuPriest, I know her personally, but she does have a hair and skin line, very impressive stuff.
6. A voice with which to sing sing praises, and a place to do so all the time!
7. Well trained dogs.
8. Fabulous friends that teach me about generosity.
9. A working shoulder.
10. Our new house.


What are you thankful for?
:)

Monday, October 19, 2009

Ready


This is Spencer at 6 months old. First move.




And this is Spencer now...all packed up and ready to go.

Well, he needs his Legos too. His books are already in the new house.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Coats

Today, all day, I will be sitting outside trying to sell some stuff. Our church is sponsoring a "Community Lot Sale and Coat drive". The coats are being donated to Salvation Army who helps those in need. The money to rent your space to sell stuff is being donated to them as well for their REACH program to help those in need pay off their heating bills. This program works with our local energy provider. So I will sit outside, and maybe get a little chilly, to help keep someone warm this winter.

During my non-blogging time (and break from Face Book as well) I made several new scarves and some hats as well to try and sell this weekend. We cleaned out Spencer's stuffed animals and little kid books, keeping some favorites(including all Boyton books) for when I am a grandma, many, many, years from now. As I pack and clean out the garage I will keep in mind what might bring in a dollar or two.

I might not have much compared to some...but I am rich in comparison to so many. God will always provide for my needs, maybe not my wants, but all that I need. So I'm working on getting rid of fear of not having enough, and stepping out to share more generously with those that need it.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Stuff, And More Stuff

I have a plan.
We have been given permission to move stuff into the new place, as long as we don't actually live there until the date agreed upon. This makes me very happy. To me, this means less stress. The whole . "Let's move it all in one day" is crazy. I have moved far too many times, sometimes while Aaron was on trips...like to Japan, (I am not even kidding). I don't like the stress of it.
So. I figure, take a few boxes, empty the bookcases, oops, get a few more boxes, keep emptying the shleves...dang, ran out of boxes again. Okay, finish packing up all the books, and plants and photos from the shelves and then take the bookcases an boxes straight over to the new house, put into place, unpack the boxes and bring them back home. repeat with DVD's, CD's, kitchen gear, etc. Byt the day we move we should have only some suitcases, one bok of basic kitchen gear, food and air mattresses...

Except...

Rainy season has apparently started.

I am still going to try my hardest to make this work. I want this place clean as a whistle before we are out. I need it to be less stressful. This is such a positive move for us all, and we are excited about it. With all the moves I have made, you'd think I am a pro...wait, I am a pro. I know what I am doing. I KNOW how to pack dishes and odd ball pieces. I know why my husband insists on keeping the boxes to any electronics we purchase. Boy howdy is that smart for us. I am a Tetris queen when packing up a box, trunk or truck. I am good at this, but I'd rather be baking you some cookies. Is that okay?

What was I talking about?
Oh, moving. :)
We just need enough non-rainy days and we will be good. I am going to go paint the new office when we can't move stuff. It will all work out.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

A Brief History of our Moves

I am not sure where to start. My whole life? Just as an adult? Just as a parent?

I'll start when I married Aaron, but keep in mind we have been married 10 1/2 years...I had moved 9 times with my daughters in the 9 years prior.

04-1999, We get married...He moves in with us.
04-2001, We move to a rental home in Ramona, 6 month old Spencer in tow.
10-01, We purchase our first home and move in, in Ramona.
05-04, Just as we nail the last baseboard in of our new pergo like flooring and re-faced kitchen, we sell and move into something bigger so Aaron's family can live with us. (This was a good thing)
07-05, New job, move to AZ, into a parsonage.
10-05, Purchase home in AZ.
6-06, New job, move to Galt, Ca.
07-07, New Job, move to current town, first in with another family, and then our current little home.
10-09, Move to a better home in current town.

Spencer just turned 9, this will be his 8th home, 9th if you count the time we lived with another family. We would like to hang out in this next place a really long time. It has everything that we need. Maybe we can beat our record of 2 1/2 years.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Dumpster Diving

Not too far from my house, located next to an off ramp area of the freeway, is a field with large dumpsters. These are provided for cardboard recycling. No one works there, it's just a nice place to go and dump your cardboard.

I'm moving, really, really soon.

We totally hit the dumpsters for clean usable cardboard boxes yesterday, because today it was predicted to rain all day, hard. Which it did.

Don't gross out, remember, cardboard only, no garbage, no stinky ickness to contend with. We scored some very nice, clean, safe, no smoke, no cat pee, perfect for moving books and whatnot boxes. FOR FREE...AND I will totally return them to be recycled when I am done...in fact, I AM recycling them right now!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Triuphantish Return

I'm moving.
Yep.
Last Wednesday I received a call, out of the blue, and now we are moving across town.
Just like that...
Well, okay not just like that.
There was some sweat and prayers and excited moments combined with terror.
But in the end, we made a choice.

SO good bye tiny but adorable 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom house.
AND HELLO 3 BEDROOM, 2 Bathroom HOUSE!

You read that? 2 bathrooms!
And indoor laundry room, that's right, no more creepy back of the cellar like garage for me soon. I can hardly wait.

The best part?
The 3+ car garage has a section that was made into 2 offices. Perfect set up for a music studio for Aaron.

This is good stuff
I will finally have room for overnight guests. YAY!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Blog Break

I am needing a bit of Blog break.
Which is obvious from my lack of writing lately.
I am going to recharge, re-connect...and I'll be back


And hopefully
ON FIRE.
:)
See ya then.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Send some birthday love!

I have a friend.
Long story super short, she moved to Utah, she's funny,witty, and quite frankly, looking for some birthday comment love.

Here's her post.
See what you can do to help, okay?
Thanks I owe you!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

And He Has A Machete

Spencer: "Hey Jenelle, what would you do if someone came and attacked you with a machete?"

Jenelle: "Dye."

Spencer: "No, really. If someone jumped out with a machete what skills would you use to defend yourself?"

Jenelle: "If he was jumping out at me he'd probably get me and I'd be dead"

Spencer: "Seriously , what if you could see him coming first?"


Me: "I say it depends on the guys machete skills, maybe he isn't very good at waving a machete"

That's when I shook my head that we were having this conversation at all...

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Ten On Tuesday

I am so very thankful for:



1. Firefighters.
2. CDF specifically, fighting wildfires that took over 60 homes Sunday in my town. One guy in the news was mad at them for not saving his...it could have been a lot worse and a lot bigger. Thing is, he kept saying "I was watching it when it started and it was getting closer and I was wondering where they were" but did he call? Makes me wonder if everyone else just thought someone else must have called by now...

3. Music, and hard core musicians.
4. The honor to get to sing with them.
5. The honor of directing a choir of dedicated people just praising and having fun...
6. Curling irons, hair spray, etc. & extra people around that like to help me find new looks.*
7. Ross (not always, but I happened to find 2 great shirts last week, just in time).
8. Throat discs. Soothing relief when you push your voice a little too hard, or it's dry outside...or smoky.
9. Bowen therapy, I couldn't have directed that choir with my unique style without hard core prayer and some Bowen therapy to get my shoulder working again!
10. The fact that some of you are now wondering what my unique directing style is.....;)




* For the record, I usually do not spend a whole lot of time using these items. I have fun when it's time to get dressed up for something. Thing is, people go crazy when I make the effort...does that mean I look so horrible the rest of the time? Not sure what to think about that. :)

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Keep Your Hood Up.

I was chatting with my good friend Michelle regarding a problem with her son starting High School. He had been homeschooled for years, so they were both getting back into the groove of everything. This would include the classic of forgetting something at home.
This time however the item was a simple shoe lace type thing...
that holds up his football pants. Small, yet important.

I had to leave for an appointment so I kept talking while I got into the car, since I have no blue tooth, and we have laws against phone talking in California, I was saying goodbye when Spencer suddenly said, "No wait, I want to talk to her!"

It was kinda cute, small talk between my 8 year old and my friend, but then he got all serious, "SO what's the problem going on?"

He spent he next several minutes trying to solve the problem for her, which leads us to this gem:

Paraphrased:
You could come in as a transfer student, since you can't be an exchange student since you don't speak another language. Wear a hoodie, with the hood up, come into class, but pretend you are a deaf transfer student, then walk over to his desk and drop the shoelace on it, then leave. Since you are deaf you don't have to answer any questions.

Brilliant...right? Or should I be a little scared?


:)

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Um. Where was I?

Busy week.
Correction.
SUPER BUSY WEEK.
:)
All for good stuff, but still...

I am thankful for:

1. Stars at night, gleaming nice and bright.
2. Texting communications.
3. Fashion finds that don't break the budget.
4. Water, to drink, to sit near, to look at, to swim in.
5. BIG hugs from Spencer.
6. A break in the hot weather . (Can it please continue through the weekend?)
7. New sheets.
8. NEW KNIVES! Thank you mom!
9. A working washer and dryer, so much better than a stream and a rock.
10. Friends with curriculum that save it for years....

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Ultimate, Just Kidding...

While browsing books at a big thrift store I stumbled upon, "Disney's Ultimate Trivia Book". Okay. It was a thick book, full of questions...then I noticed...it was number 4.

If the first book was so ultimate, then why did they have to make 3 more. People that bought that first one should feel totally ripped off.

:)

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Once again...


This was Monday.


First day of 5th grade.

So far it's been a crazy year with last minute curriculum changes and whatnot but it's smoothing out to be a good year.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Ten On Tuesday, Movies

I may have done this before, but I simply don't have the time, nor the energy to go searching it out...These are movies I am thankful exist.
They either made me laugh good and hard, made me cry or long for love, or perhaps made me think.

In no particular order.

1. Princess Bride. Most of my entire family can quote the whole thing. It has been watched many times over at family gatherings. We love it, it is brilliant. And they did a wonderful job adapting it from the book.
2. When Harry Met Sally, except for the "pre-marital relations" this is kinda the story of Aaron and I....if we were one of the couples in the vignettes it would end with "and 12 1/2 years later we were married".
3. Trouble In Paradise, 1934 version. One valentines day Aaron and I went out on a date. We had dinner, but because it took a long time we missed the showing of the movie we wanted to see. We couldn't keep our sitter up forever so we opted for walking around Balboa Park (we lived in the San Diego area at the time). We happened upon the photographic arts museum still open and looked around, but noticed a small crowd gathering. They were showing this old movie. It was great and entertaining, and because we love the era of style it was a treat for us. Aaron found it on DVD in a following year as a gift. It's a treat to watch together now.
4. The Usual Suspects. Brilliant. (I can't say more or I'd give something away!)
5. Tombstone. I LOVE Sam Elliot's voice, and I don't care that he is dying of Tuberculosis and underhanded, Doc Holiday, mmmmm mmmmmm.
6. The Incredibles. Pixar, you rock.
7. Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind. Some people can't handle it, but I find it fascinating. It opens up a world of conversations.
8. Labrynth
9. Sliding Doors...two alternate lives just by changing one little thing...love it.
10.Here's where it's hard.....StarWarsANewHopeRaidersofTheLostArkMatrixFamilymanFindingNemoBeachesSteelMagnoliasCatchMeIfYouCanGoodWillHuntingFightClubBolt...oh this list could get way out of control.

What's your favorite movie(s)?

Friday, August 14, 2009

And Then, We'll Just Hang Out

This morning I had the amazing honor of eating breakfast with a life long friend Alyse, her beautiful kids, and her sweet mom. She lives 6 or 7 hours away, and we rarely get to see each other. To top it off she was celebrating finishing her MFA with a road trip...it was delightful.

When we parted ways I headed up to friend Joanne's house to group together and drive to Lake Tahoe for the rest of the day.
Our agenda:

1. Sit on our butts and look at the water and beautiful trees.
2. Unwind.
3. Relax.
4. Rest.
5. Contemplate, after which we ...
6. Take a break.
7. Kick back

Then we drove back to her house where Spencer did yard work to earn money (blog to follow why soon) and in general...
8. Hang out.

We were highly successful, we completely achieved our goals.

We added in some sandwiches and snacks, and later a chicken dinner and watermelon with a DVR recording of the PBS special of the Boston Pops....
Aaaaahhhh.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Ten On Tuesday

Short list today, but only because each one is worth more than one number on the list.

1-5. The ability, the knowledge, and the privilege to bring anything to God in prayer.

6-10. Answers to those prayers.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Raise It.

This is our last week of true summer vacation. I say "true" because with the freedom of the home schooling schedule we can easily still do summer activities instead of being tied down to the school bell.

During dinner we discussed what we might like to do in these last few days. J has 3 days off so I invited her to join us and give suggestions...

J: "I haven't been to Lake Tahoe yet"
Me: "We could do that. What do you think Spencer?"
S: "Yeah! Can I bring someone?"
Me: "Maybe. J, do you want to bring someone?"
Her eyes grew wide, I knew she wanted to bring B, together they are very silly and loud, but fun.
Me: "So Spencer, who would you bring?"
S: "I was thinking the Zabs"

...

Me: "Spencer, they live 9 hours away, they only go to Tahoe if they are visiting Reno".
He groaned and lifted his fist into the air, shaking it,and mumbled something.
Me: "What was that?"

S: "The fist of agony."

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Ten on nearly Wednesday

School starts much sooner than I thought, so I have it on the brain today:


SO VERY THANKFUL:
1. For Helene,or Student Adviser, she is very helpful in getting started again for this school year.
2 For the super nice patient women that work in the Brighter Child store in Sacramento. Whew, I was there a long time, asking a million questions.
3. To the customer in said store that spoke up, she said exactly what I needed to hear to make the final choice. Thank you.
4. Homeschooling options.
5. Future field trips. :) Like to the river, to learn about geology, and the power of evaporative cooling.
6. PJ day, whenever we want.
7. Lack of "Tea Bag Tuesdays" or "Flip up Thursdays" like I have been hearing goes on in the middle and high schools here. (If you don't know what it means, trust me, it's bad)
8. The lack of 14,000 pieces of paper coming home, each week.
9. Electives! Class room time and experience with subjects that are harder for me to teach at home, Yippee!
10. Freedom. To choose, this means for anyone that send the kids to public too. It's all personal. We pray each year and listen for God to answer how to educate our child. If it was time to send him to public, we would.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

"That Child"

Six and a half years ago a dear close friend of mine gave birth to a sweet, little blond baby boy. A very exciting time had by all.

Shortly there after I was with another very close friend, and we were going to visit Thany and said baby boy in the hospital. Spencer was only 2, too young to go in to visit,and I had to check if my daughters could come in as well. So while I went to check my very white, red headed friend, and her Irish blooded daughters, as well as his own sisters, watched Spencer in the family waiting area. They played with him, and enjoyed their time together.

An African American family walked by, coming to visit someone they knew. Saw my red headed friend with my very obviously not white child and sneered, turned and loudly commented to her companions , "That's what's wrong with white people taking care of black children, they don't know anything about being black"....And other comments that aren't necessary to repeat. I am bewildered at what she thought was "white play" verses "black play". Perhaps it was the beads on the wires? The toy truck? Perhaps a book being read about a trip to Grandmas, or the Alphabet?


I am white.
I am his BIOLOGICAL mother.
I have every right to raise that child.
And she has no right to verbally make an opinion known that racist about my son and my friend, but she did it, just the same.


One (meaning all y'all and me too) should be careful what we speak, or how we react, when we do not know for a fact certain things...

Fact is, even if he were not biologically mine, why stand in judgment of anyone loving and raising a child of any nationality, color,or condition? That child needs love and protection, nourishment and shelter, they need to feel safe and be taught about this world. When the time is right they will be taught their heritage. We are firstly HUMAN, the need to categorize beyond that...why? I have learned traditional dishes from the heritage of my ancestors, but I do not run around with a sense pride of that culture, not willing to interact with other cultures. Why should it be any different? Why is it racism if I do it, but not if they do? I am calling a spade a spade.

My good friend "Mrs. Doozleberry" is going through a not so smooth trans-racial adoption of a sweet as sugar baby boy. Please read her blog as she encountered a racism issue, thankfully silent this time.

Life is too short for this kind of nonsense.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Ten on Tuesday, My Job

This is a thankful ten about all my jobs, paid and non-paid.

1. The benefits of raising my own kids.(both)
2. Truly helping others.(both)
3. That I have one at all.(paid)
4. I work for my Lord, my best friend, my friend, and my church. (both)
5. I can take Spencer to work, and it really is okay. (Paid)
6. Extra hours. (mostly paid, but both)
7. Xerox machines. :) (paid)
8. Organizing, re-arranging, making order out of chaos. (BOTH!)
9. Being someone that others can really depend on. (both)
10. Time to blog. (ALL)

If anyone knows a good linking system, let me know, I do still want to give an opportunity to others to share thankful 10's!

If you have one, mention it in the comments!!
Thanks! I appreciate it! ;)

Saturday, July 25, 2009

After Update...

Update again...

The event went really well. We were in the shade, it was maybe 95, and there was sometimes a pleasant breeze. It was a great experience over all.
People really seemed to enjoy the music and some of these people need some joy in their lives. The are is very impoverished and full of those that live a life under the influence. This little tiny church, with a very dedicated pastor and his wife, who are both walking miracles, he living on the streets of Boston, and she having survived 9 aneurysms, is pouring itself out onto these people and seeing miracles.

We will go back in December to perform during their outreach of a meal and toys for the kids for Christmas. We did that this last year as well.

So that's my update.
My feet may hurt. I may be worn out from the heat. My car might not have A/C anymore. But I have grace and freedom in the salvation from God, so I have a lot to be thankful for.

And He Should Know...

My husband asked me if he could be a guest blogger today.
I, of course, said yes...


Out of the mind of Aaron:

The Professor Gates Arrest:

I don't know exactly what happened in this case but I am black, and this has been my experience. When I was younger I lived in Pasadena and worked in Seal Beach. I was a musician and I'd often drive around South Pasadena (which is really upscale) to wind down after gigs. I was stopped twice. Young black man driving around aimlessly in a neighborhood in which I didn't live at 3:00 in the morning with a load of music gear in the backseat. Both times I was respectful to the officers and there was no incident.

Another time I was working on my car outside the church in which I worked in Seal Beach. My legs were sticking out of the car and friends from church that lived two doors down saw "someone" messing with my car and called the police. The officer came up to me with his gun drawn an ordered me out of the car. I did what I was told. My ID was inside my office and I asked the officer if I could get it. He checked my name against the registration and it matched. As he was checking everything out he said "You're not freaked out by this." (or something like that). I just said "no". He did his job which was to check out the situation. I did my job which was to let him. And everything worked out.

The first mistake any person of any color makes is to challenge a police officer.
1. Most cops, like everybody else, want to do their job and get home alive. (For them that could be a real issue on any given day.)
2. If you do as a person of color come across a a truly racist cop, WHY WOULD YOU WANT TO GIVE THEM THE EXCUSE TO MESS WITH YOU? There is racism out there but in every situation you have a choice. You can make the situation better or worse by how you react. I've had encounters with the law throughout my life and I've never given the law a reason mess with me. I'm not a fool. I know it happens that innocent people get hassled. But I've never seen where losing your cool would help your situation.



Addendum: Crayl and I honeymooned at Walt Disney World which is technically in the south. We spent the week there with not a single nasty look that I notice. (And I try to be aware because I know "IT'S" out there) We got home to San Diego and went out to breakfast, the black waitress wouldn't acknowledge Crayl and the black ladies seated behind me talked about us throughout the entire meal...

As much as I've dealt with racism from whites in my lifetime I've seen much more of it from blacks. Dr. King would be disgusted and frankly so am I. Yes, it's out there, but it is not a one way street.

Just putting it out there. But one last thing. Years ago I heard a black schoolgirl in Los Angeles call in to the Dennis Prager show and say she doesn't take her books home or answer questions in class because she didn't want to be hassled (at best) for trying to be "white". That's one of the saddest things I have ever heard.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

105...UPDATE!!

UPDATE!
New forecast for tomorrow is 93! 93!!!!!!!!!
God is good.
:)



It is currently no where near 105 degrees where I live. It is a very nice Summer day at 90 or so.

Saturday, however, I will drive an hour, with no A/C, help set up, then perform 2 one hour sets, possibly in direct sun, then tear down and drive an hour home, with no A/C. Projected temps for the journey? 103-105. I know God will meet us there, and I am praying for miracles and breakthroughs.

I am also expecting to drink a LOT of water and pee very little if not at all. TMI? Nah...that's just life.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Ten

Life has been busy. This time of year I am busier at work, and things around me have gotten, well, interesting. Being thankful is still one of the best ways to keep from falling into depression, but also to ward of self pity, or ward off too much pain from a broken heart(I am speaking for myself on that one).

Ten things I am thankful for, because they make me laugh and thereby lift my spirits.

1. A specific large billed Blue Duck.
2. A specific, ridiculous, pink cross.
Both items 1 and 2 are articles that are passed back and forth, sneakily, cleverly, between myself and a couple friends. I have heard stories of roll, a fruitcake, a gnome, and other items being passed around families and friends in a similar fashion.

3. Movies.Wrong, but funny, movies.
4. Typos that result in questionable motives.
5. Slips of the tongue, right at the wrong moment.:)
6. People watching, especially somewhere touristy.
7. Spencer and his brilliance.
8. Calvin and Hobbes
9. Fake mustaches
10. Good friends.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Soft and Mushy

I held a baby last night.
I held an eleven week old baby that looked like a Veggie Tale french pea. A sweet round face and dark little eyes. Perfect toes, soft creamy skin, and oh, a smile and little laugh that just might kill you. As I held her and spoke sweetly she responded with a giant toothless smile and started vocalizing back. It was soft and clear and she was quite pleased with herself that she was doing it.

She melted my heart.

There are two babies around here right now, the other being maybe 5 weeks. They can both bring forth yearnings, and satisfy them. It is such a treat to see them, hold them, love on them...and as hard as it is...hand them back. :)

I am going to make a great grandma someday.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Ten On Tuesday, FAST BEFORE TUESDAY IS OVER!

I am thankful for:
(in no particular order)

1. FRIENDS!!!!!!!!!!!!
2. GRACE.
3. Mercy.
4. That I finished creating all the music packets for all the events this summer, several concerts and other outreaches, WOO!
5. For my friends Erin's (AKA Chuck) fabulous volunteer job at Spirit West Coast...she is transporting the bands to and from the airport...how cool is that?
6. Watermelon, when it is hot, nothing hits the spot and cools you off like a good cold melon.
7. That I do not have to live UNDER my circumstances.
8. JOY!
9. MH, a friend that is helping us re-build our computer. Thank you sir.(He's also a great drummer)
10. Toby Mac Live. That album cranked up in the car just really speaks to me.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

I RON

It has come to my attention that most people(myself included) seem to say the word iron wrong.

Most people say I-Ern, or I-Urn.
If one was to say I-Ron, one might sound uneducated. Which in itself is a fascinating concept.

And I do believe, might be a true example of irony (i-rony, not i-erny).

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Ten ...

It's not working this week.
Many aspects of life have crumbled on top of me this week and I just can't clear enough rubble to make a list. I am still thankful...I just don't have the strength right this minute.


Help me.

What are you thankful for?

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Ten On Tuesday, Regeneration

I am thankful for (in NO particular order)


1. Old friends, and friends I have had a long time. They are both really special.
2. Skin that heals, bodies that fight off stuff...it's amazing.
3. Second chances,sometimes 3rd, (or more), to make something right,or live in joy.
4. Forgiveness,
5. Mercy, and
6. Grace!
7. Showers, to wash off what ails you and start fresh.
8. Sunshine, it's very cleansing.
9. Make new friends, but keep the old, one is silver and the others gold.
10. Sleep. A great bed, a cool night...aaaahhhhh.


Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Booties, Beanies and Blankets, Oh My.

My heart has been so touched by Craft Hope recently. I have followed along as so many people made little dolls for the Casa Bernabe orphans. The little dolls filled the authors living room. These dolls will make such an impact on their lives, and perhaps help them nurture in a way that they maybe missed out on.


There's a new project.
You can knit, crotchet, or sew this one.

UPDATE!!
Because these are going to India, they are looking for lightweight items, cotton preferably. I am still going to do this project.




Won't you please consider helping out?

Craft Hope Project 3


Here is an excerpt from Jade's post:

"Now think about it… “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives ME…” These children are Christ in the flesh. They have been persecuted as he has. They have been beaten up by the world as he has. They are Christ. So think about it for a minute. If you were preparing for a trip where you were going to meet the creator of the universe itself, what would you do? Other than go shopping for a new outfit and get your hair cut, you would probably prepare a gift. And you would probably agonize over if it was the right gift, the perfect gift, the best gift you could give. You would not offer Him the holey t-shirts we no longer wear, or a mismatched set of sheets that your grandmother gave you eons ago and are now about threadbare. Or old tired, worn out sneakers your children do not wear any longer. We tend to think that it really doesn’t matter what we give to orphans, that they will be appreciative of whatever they can get. And they are. Believe me. But as the givers, we are called to them our very best. I give my children the very best I can. They deserve my best! These children are no different. They deserve the best! Don’t they deserve the best food? The cleanest water? The softest bed? The prettiest doll? They deserve the best. Christ deserves our best!"

She is so right. And though I could not sew the last project, I can crotchet for this next one. A baby beanie takes just a wee bit of time. I've never made a baby blanket, but I will try.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

BIG BRICK WALL

As I look around the corners of my mind for things to write about, I keep finding a big brick wall. I am so not enthused about it.

Is my life full of interesting conversations and goings on? YES!
Does my son still say witty and hysterical things? YES!
Can I remember anything when I sit down to write? NO!

The thing is, I don't want this to be a general journal of my life. I love doing research and actually writing about things that are interesting, or could help another human out. I want to make a difference, even if it is small.

For instance...
Anyone know how to get silly putty out of denim? AFTER it's been through the dryer?

I don't know yet either...but I WILL!

I have several essays that I will publish here in a while. They aren't ready, and I have more research to do. In the mean time life goes on. Summer activities have started. The garden is growing. I have started walking the track in the evenings and I am on a baking kick, again, which seems counter-productive to the track thing.

All this to say, I am back, even if I am not ready, even if I have to face those bricks and take them down one at a time.I will break through and move on.


:)

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Lovely


Rules:
1. Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award and his or her blog link.

2. Pass the award to 15 other blogs that you have newly discovered. Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award.

I don't know why it's 15, seems excessive to me. Do your best. Not all of mine are "new to me"...but still really good reads.


Thank you to Dena over at Happily Ever After for including me in her lovely list! Dena you are a sparkly spot in my life!

Okay, here ya go:

Food blogs, some healthy, some dangerous for the waistline:

1. Bake At 350
2. The Knead For Bread
3. A Year of Crockpotting
4. Pioneer Woman Cooks
5. Cheap Healthy Good
6. Epi Cute, The Cute Food Blog


True Life Blog, overcoming tragedy.

7. Scott and Carol Decker About a year ago, during the birth of their 2nd beautiful daughter, something went terribly wrong in Carol's body. She is extremely lucky to still be alive, but whatever went wrong took her sight, and a few limbs in the process. The dad stepped up to the plate, as well as many family member, friends, and strangers, to help this little family survive the ordeal. They are still dealing with health issues, and huge medical bills.


If you only check out one of these blogs, make it this one! Then pass it along to anyone you might know that could help! Please...

8. Craft Hope People made dresses , and now dolls for poor little girls in the world. HELP THEM! They have 3 weeks until the deadline for the little dolls. Check out the site.

Other blogs I read every time they post;


9. Always Room For One More, as the mom of 3 bio, and 3 adopted kids, this woman's blogs are full of life and hilarity. Did I mention she (due to widowhood) is a single mom?

10. Out Of The Schubox, my friend Heidi is new to blogging, I'd love to see her encouraged to keep writing.

11. Falling Out Of The Wardrobe. Smart wit, hilarious tails of real life. And a dear friend.

12. Cake Wrecks, fabulous for a good laugh, and on Sundays, truly lovely and inspirational cakes.

13. Rainy Day in May Although I missed meeting her in real life by "this much" she has become a friend over blogland. She writes on a variety of subjects with a very natural and readable style.

14. Living In a Fishbowl. A natural writer as well, and a hilarious almost 3 year old, plus an adoption in progress, that has turned into a giant court battle (certainly not by their choosing)...makes for a very interesting blog.

For something different and artsy:

15. Little People, A Tiny Street Art Project. Truly fun.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Ten On Tuesday, IDAHO

After a successful, enjoyable trip to Idaho, I find myself thankful for the following, no particular order.




1. The 7 people living in this house. The love they share, the servant's hearts they have, and the hospitality they showed.
2. Soft 9 month old baby skin, 3 toothed grins, and big kisses.
3. Honest, in your face, grit through the hard stuff conversations.
4. Thunder storms.
5. Homemade ranch dressing.
6. Cherry butter cookies, lovingly handmade by Tiffany...YUM!
7. Sunshine until 10pm. Weird, but cool
8. An acre of grass...at their house, so 5 boys could play, and 2 mommies and a baby girl could enjoy the shade.
9. The good laugh that occurred after we were asked "Can we have a controlled burn?" by one of the 8 1/2 year olds,sent to ask no doubt by the other one. (Um, NO!)
10. That somewhere in Idaho there is a woman that was introduced to true friendship...and she says it's because of me. :)


What are you thankful for?

Sunday, June 7, 2009

X. Haust. Ed.

Pardon me while I gather my thoughts and get a bit of sleep.
The trip to Idaho was fabulous.
I'd love to do it again really soon (Did you read that Misty? I will come back!).

Words to the wise:
In a household of 6 males, wear your shoes in the bathroom.
You should always look before you sit, which I do...thankfully.
Hide your brush, toothbrush and glass of juice if you want to keep them to yourself.
It's much safer to get out a new towel everyday, than to speculate what the hanging one was used for last.
Quiet time is only late at night, when you are the only one awake.
Just because you had a half bag of chocolate chips up in the cupboard yesterday, doesn't mean you will have them today.
When standing next to a 6'5" 14 year old, 5'7" is considered short.
When someone says "Close your eyes" it is wise to do so...
unless they are standing right in front of you grinning, and follow it with "and stick out your hands"
An open bag of chips, is an empty bag of chips.
The food channel will knock out a 3 year much faster than a show about under water stuff.

Friday, May 29, 2009

If You Want a "C"

Since my lovely hosts had been in California for the last week a shopping trip for groceries was in order. We left all 6 kids with the dad and left. We were a little joyfully silly. We loaded that cart to ridiculous heights. It was a fun "alone" excursion.

While there, a young woman was searching through the asian food sections and stopped us as we walked by;
"Excuse me, do either of you know anything about Thai food?"
"I do," I answered, "What do you need to know?"

"My sister has to turn in a project tomorrow and needs a sample of Thai food to share with the class."

Okay, so we have a conversation regarding what's available, what's Japanese and Chinese and what her true options are.
"So, could she just pour coconut into dixie cups and pass them out?"

Hmmm....I answered bluntly, "Sure, but only if you want a bad grade, that's obviously a cop-out."
She put her hand on her chest like I had stabbed her, "Wow that was honest."

I had to laugh a little. The sister in question is a Freshman, no, you can't just pass out a cup of cocnut milk.
I told her to mix the coconut milk with the Jasmine rice, or to use the rice with the bottled peanut sauce. She seemed relieved.

She thanked me for helping her, and being honest. It took little of my time to help someone out.
I just hope her sister gets a better grade because of it.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Red Asphault

The road to Idaho, from my house, includes 4 states; California, Nevada, Oregon, and then of course, Idaho. During our brief encounter with Oregon Something odd happened. The pavement there was light in color, not blacktop. We rounded a curve and came across something in the road, like maybe a truck had dumped some red bark, or ground covering. I expected to feel it crunch under the tires. I heard, and felt, nothing, but the road became more and more intensely red, and then I smelled it....
My mind raced to find the scent in my memory banks, it was, "gutting fish", a very distinct, not unpleasant but odd smell.

Why was I smelling it now?
Why was the road pure red?
Why was the bark hopping!?!?!

Eeeewwwwwwwwww. We think it was little frogs, thousands of them. The road was solid red, and there was nothing we could do. The lead car in our caravan slowed down, but we couldn't just stop in the middle. We had to keep driving over them.
I have never seen anything like it. I hope I never have to drive through anything like it again.


:P

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Thankful Ten on Tuesday-Guest Blogger!

And now, ladies and gentlemen, I would like to introduce our guest blogger for today, Bethany Zabrosky from Falling out of the Wardrobe.......


Helloooo Carol's readers! I am honored to be blogging for today's Thankful Ten on Tuesday! And without further ado, here it is!

Thankful Ten on Tuesday...10 Beverages I am Thankful For

10. Squirt.....I love Squirt. It is best in the 20 ounce bottle and I am thankful for it because of the memory it brings me when I drink it. When she first got her license, my friend Shannon and I would drive to the local Vons for Ben and Jerry's ice cream and hope to steal a look at the cute bagger we both had a little crush on. I would also grab a bottle of Squirt. On the way home, I was able to drink the whole bottle and burp with every gulp. It grossed Shannon out but it made both of us laugh.

9. Milk. It's yummy. It must be consumed so cold it might give you a headache. It gives my bones strength and I like bone strength.

8. Iced Tea...I can't drink it without thinking of a group of girls (Carol is one of them!) who used to meet me at Denny's once a month for almost 5 years. We'd drink iced tea, eat salads or fried mozerella sticks or ice cream and and we'd laugh and cry and carry each other through some big issues. These gals are my rock and I think of them each time I drink iced tea.

7. Diet Coke... It's the nectar of life. It runs through my veins.

6. Diet Dr Pepper... This one too.

5. Gatorade...When I walked the Breast Cancer 3 Day with my friend Amy, we trained like crazy and watched all the training videos and somehow ignored the part that told us to drink water and Gatorade equally. After Day One of drinking all water for 20 miles of walking, we couldn't figure out why it felt like our bones were rubbing together. My hubby had to remind me. On Day Two I was VERY thankful for Gatorade NOT making my bones feel like they were rubbing together.

4. Green Tea Latte with Soy...it is my "go to" Starbucks order and I am thankful that even when money is tight and I can scrape enough together for a Sbux treat, my GTL is always so welcoming and lovely and comforting to my soul.

3. Barq's Root Beer...see numbers 7 and 6. Barq's has Bite!

2. Water...I am thankful for water. It is not my favorite drink. I don't drink nearly enough of it and the people who drink it exclusively are amazing in my eyes. But I love how my skin looks when I drink it, how I feel when I am putting enough of it in my body and how cute my one year old looks drinking it out of an oversized sippy cup.

1. Tea...I love tea. It is my "coffee." I am thankful for tea and how my hubby likes to buy it for me when he visits other cities. I love how tea's very existance (or non-existance, in this case) calls for my daughter to dress up, pull out all her teddy bears and set a beautiful table. I love that tea does the same thing for even grown up girls too.

Thank you for the time this week Carol, and thanks for giving me the chance to put my own spin on the Thankful Ten on Tuesday! (Even though it's been feeling like Monday all day, or is that just me?!)

Monday, May 25, 2009

I Remember.

I remember.
We are free in this country, well mostly. We are free from another country's control, we are free to make our own choices about who we pray to, we are free to pursue dreams...

and for that, I am thankful.

Thank you to all who have served.
Thank you to all that sacrificed their lives.