Monday, January 31, 2011

2011 Goals

So, I understand we are a day away from the first month of 2011 being over, but I thought since one of my goals was to blog everyday - oops, I would make a list of gaols and put it out here publicly for all seventeen of my readers to hold me accountable:) Here goes:

1.Blog something, anything - everyday (I apologize ahead of time for any of my boring ramblings that may come in the near future:)

2.Spend more time reading - currently my reading consists of only what I need to read before Bible Study, so my goal is to expand my horizons, read books, other scriptures, articles, etc.

3.Write letters - most of my family is out of town, so we primarily keep in touch via various social networking medias and email. The occasional phone call, but the differing time zones sometimes put a damper on that. So one letter a week - that's the goal.

4.Yell less, give more hugs, and spend more time playing with the kiddos. I am thinking that some mommy and boy time is in the cards - drop the Princess off with my sister and go do fun big kid stuff with the boys:) They need it, and I think I do too.

That's it for now, I will reevaluate at the end of this month and see what may need tweaking, or even what needs to be added:)

What goals do you have for this year, have you stuck to what your original plan was?

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Drum Roll Please...

And the winner is...

Kady L. you have won your choice of a N&M pattern. Thanks to all for playing!!!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

An Amazing Sunday

Sunday morning, after Bible Class, AJ sat next to me and took the pew sheet from my hinds. Every Sunday the boys read the back of the pew sheet, the Worship Order, and the only thing that changes from one week to the next are the songs, and of course the actual Worship topic. This Sunday was no different, but AJ recognized a song by name, a song that he and his brother both LOVE!!

There in italics on the Worship Order was How Great is Our God and AJ was grinning from ear to ear as he pointed it out to me. As the congregation began to sing the song AJ was smiling so big, singing so loud, he was so excited he could barely contain himself.

I looked over at Jay to see what he was doing, and wouldn’t you know it, that kid was singing too!! He rarely sings and at 7 almost 8 years old he is much more entertained by looking at all the shadows and making his own shadow puppets on the floor. But this time he was smiling, looking forward and singing his little heart out!!

As there mom I was beaming, as a Chrisitan I had chills, to see the magic in their eyes, to see the excitement they had rejoicing, it literally sent chills through my body as I stood in awe of those two boys, my boys. They get it, they see how wonderful He is, they see how great our God is.

And it melts my heart!!!

The splendor of the King, clothed in majesty
Let all the earth rejoice
All the earth rejoice

He wraps himself in Light, and darkness tries to hide
And trembles at His voice
Trembles at His voice

How great is our God, sing with me
How great is our God, and all will see
How great, how great is our God

Age to age He stands
And time is in His hands
Beginning and the end
Beginning and the end

The Godhead Three in One
Father Spirit Son
The Lion and the Lamb
The Lion and the Lamb

How great is our God, sing with me
How great is our God, and all will see
How great, how great is our God

Name above all names
Worthy of all praise
My heart will sing
How great is our God

Name above all names
Worthy of all praise
My heart will sing
How great is our God

How great is our God, sing with me
How great is our God, and all will see
How great, how great is our God


Thursday, January 6, 2011

5 Question Friday, We're Back!!!

Head on over to Mama M's to jump in too!!

1. What is your current favorite book, and why?

Unveiled, by Cherry Mosteshar. I have had this book since 1998, and every couple of years I re-read it. I truly makes me feel blessed to know that I was blessed by being born in the United States of America. Definitely puts things into perspective, I live in a nation where I am no less equal to the man sitting next to me.

2. Do you go to the dentist regularly?

I have horrible teeth, bad genes I suppose, so yes, otherwise I would have no teeth!!

3. What is your worst memory from High School?

Horrible memory from HS?? Hmm, how about my first day at a new High School, it was the middle of sophomore year, I knew no one and spent my entire lunch in the girls rest room! I was far too concerned with what everyone else thought of me to sit by myself to eat, so I did not eat, that whole day!

4. What do you hope to be remembered for in your life?

I hope that I am remembered for serving the Lord, I hope that people see His light shine through me - and not in a flashy showy way either.

5. Are you superstitious or do you have any superstitions?

I do not breath as I pass a cemetery, I never have. Not really sure why, something my sister told me once about the spirits being able to enter your body as you passed if you breath in. Yes, I realize it's cooky, but I guess old habits die hard.

3 am

This morning at 3 am I was awoken by Jenna. Her small little whiny voice saying "Me neeed to pahhtyeee." In my middle of the night stupor I am most certain my reply was, "YOu are wearing a diaper sweet girl, just pee pee in your diaper." To which she said "No, and me want ceral," which translated means cereal.

Umm, mind you it is 3 am! We get up, use the potty and I attempt to lay her back in bed. Then she kindly reminds me in a shrill-like voice that I am sure the dogs heard, that she still wanted cereal.

I walk her to the kitchen, put some cereal in a bowl and just enough milk to wet the cereal, my plan was to lay back in bed with her by my side and at least rest while she ate.

We sit on the bed and I try to position everything just so, when her leg goes flying and so does the bowl of cereal, all over my bed, at 3 am.

And then she said it, her sweet little voice, with an "I told you so" sing-song tone "I saaaid, sit at the taable. Siiyy mommy." Really at 3 am I am a "Silly mommy."

I cleaned up the mess and walked her back to the kitchen table, gave her another small bowl of cereal, she ate and then we went back to bed.

So, what were you doing at 3 am?


Wednesday, January 5, 2011

I Wish I Had a Picture for This!!!

I work for an environmental company, the kind that cleans up big spills, manages Super Fund Sites, handles regulatory requirements for large manufacturing, industrial, and oil and gas companies.

About three years ago one of my coworkers had a bright idea, we should recycle. The problem is that here in our area it costs a great deal of money to have someone pick up your recycling, and the office generates too much to fit in those little blue bins. This particular coworker thought it would be great if we would all take turns loading up all the unwanted paper and taking it to the local school to the Abitibi bin.

The problem with this is that our volunteers have dwindled; the sole volunteer left is me. The problem is compounded by the fact that this bin, much like the common run of the mill dumpsters, only has small openings on the side and a plastic lid on the top. A plastic lid that seems to always be closed, a lid that is over my head, and over my reach for that matter. Standing tall at 5’4” I have no other choice than to position my truck just so that it is close enough to stand on the running bar and attempt to fling open the top and hurry and lift the blue bin full of paper into the opening to wedge the lid so that I may dump in all the other bins (usually 6 in total) before I empty the first.

Please keep in mind that this is in a middle school parking lot, and by the time I go school is out, and I have an audience.

On several occasions I have accidentally dropped things inside, my sunglasses, rings, the blue bins themselves, and the upper half of me once fell in!
Oh, to have a picture to go along with this post.

I have asked the office for more volunteers, so that I am not risking life and accessory every week. Well see what the response is.

Or I may just default to the VP’s statement when people say things like, “we’re an environmental company, we need to recycle, it’s our duty,” he always says, “Well heck, we make landfills too”


Tuesday, January 4, 2011

We Make Our Own Words

Our family is infamous for making up our own words. Actually I think it is probably because we all get talking so fast our brain can't keep up and words are spliced and reconnected to make new words.


1. Purpodent - an act done on purpose made to look like an accident - anyone with kids, or siblings knows about purpodents, you just didn't know there was a word for that.

2. Zitten - a tiny tiny pimple (zit) that will not go away, and has now become like a pet.

3. Unwhelm - it's what you need to do when you are over whelmed.

And the newest edition...


Which is apparently what describes my head when my son looks at me through his new "night-vision" goggles. Umm, thanks, I think...

What words or phrases does your family have/use? Are there any that have stuck around that you incorporate in regular vocabulary?

Don't forget to join in on some giveaway fun!!

Monday, January 3, 2011

Ring in the New Year with a Little Something Free:)

How about a giveaway for a great start to a new year?

I met Sabrina when we were in high school, on a summer retreat. Lost touch with her shortly after that and then through this wonderful bloggy world found her again. She has the most adorable kiddos and great creative talent. Here’s what she says about herself: I am a 30 year-old (yikes!) stay-at-home mom of *almost* two. My daughter is 2 1/2 and our son is 7 weeks old ! Prior to staying home, I had the greatest job on earth. I was a buyer for a major jewelry retailer. Yes, I got paid to play with jewelry and travel the world- oh and it was just icing on the cake that I had a super boss, the best coworkers and a non-existent commute to work. I had no plans of anything changing. When my daughter was 3 weeks old, I looked at my husband with tears and told him that I could not leave her with strangers and that I had to quit my job. We promptly sold our house and downsized and the rest "is history".

Sabrina now has her own Etsy shop, Noodles & Milk, and sells the cutest sewing patterns. I have made several of the items and they are perfect baby shower gifts. More about Noodles & Milk: After about 4 months of staying home with my daughter, I started to get antsy. I had no creative outlet. I had nothing that was "mine". I desperately needed something. So, I decided to take up a new hobby- something that I have always wanted to try- sewing. That is right, if you do the math, I have only been sewing about 2 years! To say that I took right to it would be an understatement. Within a few weeks I had an enormous fabric stash and could not stop creating and trying new things. Within about a month I started selling custom baby gifts on ebay (yuck) and then etsy (yea). The shop grew really quickly and I loved all the custom work I was creating for little ones. Custom gifts grew into custom clothing. In January, when I found out I was pregnant with our son, I knew that the shop had to change. I knew that at least in the beginning, I would not have the hours at naptime and nighttime to sew custom orders. I decided right then to try pattern writing. I have found pattern writing to be as addicting as sewing. I love it! I can't say the shop will always be patterns and that I will never go back to custom orders, but for now I am loving the new direction that Noodles & Milk has gone.
Here are the rules:
• Fan the Noodles & Milk FB page
• Follow the Noodles & Milk blog
• Visit the Noodles & Milk etsy site, come back here and leave a comment with your favorite pattern.

On January 11, I will randomly select a winner.
As an added bonus, you can use coupon code "happynewyear" for 15% off the entire order. Valid through 1/16.

For extra entries, blog about this giveaway, tweet and link back to this giveaway and the Noodles & Milk page, become a follower of this blog, or post this giveaway on your FB page. (you must leave an additional comment for each of the extra entries) Good Luck!!

This is not a sponsored post.