Monday, December 25, 2006

Saturday, December 23, 2006

YOU CAN DO IT

8 batches of cookies down

now i have brownies and 4 batches to go

YOU CAN DO IT SHAWNNA

DON'T GIVE UP ;)

ok this post was kinda just a pep talk for myself

Friday, December 22, 2006

ok so i have accomplished quite a lot lately but i have a few things still to do - working on gifts for 4 people (should finish those tonight) - tomorrow i will dust and vacuum- hubby is going to the grocery store for me in the morning - ISN'T HE THE BEST FREAKIN HUSBAND IN THE WORLD?! - and then Sunday morning I will start cooking -- oh and I can't forget I need to clean the bathrooms -- maybe i can talk hubby into doing the toilets for me -- Nahhh - I better not push my luck ;)

Today I set up the little wooden block Nativity that the kids made for us while they were in preschool -- and it made me smile :D - they are growing so fast - I wonder what is in store for their lives - what things will they accomplish -- I wonder if Mary wondered the same things about Jesus???


Blessing to you this GLORIOUS Season

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

WOW

stumbled upon this over at Etsy.com
http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=991

i find it very cool -- now how could i incorporate this style into my scrapbooks -- i see little "birdies" in my future -- FUN


and here is her blog
www.theblackapple.typepad.com

I'm late... I'm late

I'm late... I'm late
for a very important date
(like JESUS' birthday celebration)
No time to say HELLO
GOODBYE
I'm late
I'm late
I'm late

I so feel like that little white rabbit on Alice in Wonderland
so many projects so little time

Yesterday Makenna requested that we make a GINGERBREAD CHURCH -- really what mom could refuse that --

i somehow forgot about the kids P.E. Teachers - Music and Art Teachers too -- and the kids seemed devastated when I didn't have anything for them -- so now i will surely be up until 2 a.m. whipping up some goodies -- after all I don't want them to feel UNAPPRECIATED -- the kids adore them

So tomorrow it is Decorating and Parties up at the school -- should be fun -- Makenna is SO VERY EXCITED -- Noah is really looking forward to being at home -- I am looking forward to having them both here ALL DAY too -- we have some fun stuff planned

Monday, December 18, 2006

HIPPOS = PURE JOY

ok -- i am confessing

i love this

i have listened to it at least 100+ times

hope it brings a big smile to your face

http://www.minibite.com/christmas/hippo.htm

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Christmas is NEAR

Christmas is NEAR
so very near
I started making some gifts last night
every year i promise not to wait until the
last minute and every year i save the "handmade"
gifts till the very end

pictures to come

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Foster Care

FOSTER CARE

there I said it
OUT LOUD even

Heath and I have applied for a info packet on Foster Care -- I have wanted to do this for SO LONG -- it just seemed that we always said that we needed to do something first -- ex: fix the a/c - get new carpet - stop MOVING AROUND -- etc....

Well now is the time
I feel like God has just been REMINDING me over and over lately
like running into people who have adopted - emails from friends who are foster parents - it is on my mind constantly -- and even in my DREAMS

I am so EXCITED - and nervous too -- things like what if they don't think we would be good enough -- what if we don't get approved -- Is my HOUSE CLEAN -- just reading about what the home study includes made me anxious -- but I know that God has a PLAN - He already has the perfect child choosen for our home - someone whom we could HELP and someone who will TEACH us a thing or too as well

So my question for you today is - are you doing what God is CALLING you to do? --

for once I can say without a doubt -- I AM TRYING - really trying -- Really LISTENING to Him -- and ACTING --- sometimes the acting is the hardest part for me - sometimes I try to tell God "now just isn't a good time" He must get so aggitated with me -- I wonder if He rolls His eyes at me sometimes -- ;)

Merry Christmas to you all !!!!!!

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

DAY OFF

i almost forgot that i took tomorrow OFF to volunteer in Makenna's class -- YEAH -- that means only ONE more work day until HOLIDAY VACATION -- Wow - LIFE IS TOO SWEET

Thursday, December 07, 2006

random things to do

clean off my computer desk
finish the last 5 loads of laundry before we dirty up MORE CLOTHES
rewrite my to do list
take out trash
fix Leaning Tower of Pisa (Christmas Tree)
make layout for CJ and mail
mail 2 things I sold on Ebay
call the school about due date for yearbook $$
clean bathrooms -- actually CLEAN the WHOLE HOUSE
finish sewing makenna's Christmas outfit
write in the books that we are giving our preschool kids for Christmas (only three days left of PreK and then I am OFF until January)
???? and about 6000 other things ---

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

"Our Family has it ALL"

Noah was home sick from school today -- and he said the cutest thing while watching our two dogs play

"Our Family has it ALL"
i am sure to a 7 year old boy we do --
actually when i forget about debt and bills WE DO

to a little boy
2 dogs +1 turtle +1 sister +1 mom +1 dad = HAPPINESS

it really made me let go and be joyful in the little things -- stop thinking of all the really NICE expensive gifts I would LOVE to get for my hubby kids family and friends -- and to be thankful for all the GIFTS that have been given to me (and all of us) already -- God has such a fasinating way of opening my eyes -- :D

Tagged

A - Available or single: only available to HEATH :D
B - Best Friend: my Husband
C - Cake or Pie: CUPCAKES with buttercream icing
D - Drink of choice: Starbucks or Sweet Tea
E - Essential Item you use everyday: toothbrush - paper / pen - sharpie - pony tail holder - headband (when i wash my face) ??? wish i could say i use my Bible everyday but not every single day - I should WORK on that
F - Favorite color: RED and GREEN no wonder I love Christmas
G - Gummy Bears or worms: worms
H - Hometown: Krebs/McAlester area - OKLAHOMA
I- Indulgence: capping off a trip to target with a HOT cup of ANYTHING from Starbucks
J - January or February: both - heath's bd is in Jan. and Valentine's day is in Feb
K - Kids & Names: Aasin, Noah, and Makenna
L - Life is Incomplete Without? Jesus Christ - my hubby - and my kids
M - Marriage Date: 10-25-97
N - Number of Siblings: 3bro, 1 sis (all are 1/2 siblings)
O - Oranges or Apples: gala apples
P - Phobias or Fears: lately- car rides
Q - Fave Quote: can i quote a whole chapter?? John 14 "Let not your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me...... I go to prepare a place for you.....I will come again and receive you.... where I am, there you may be also... JESUS
R - Reason to Smile: JESUS -- do you know Him??? I would love to introduce you :D
S - Season: summer or fall
T - Tag 3 or 4 people: ????
U - Unknown Fact about Me: I am pretty darn sensitive (or did ya already know that ??)
V- Vegetable You Don't Like: Asperagus -- I want to like it - i just DON'T
W - Worst Habit: obsessing
X - Xrays: I have had lots of these -- I played sports in school - All of them
Y - Your Fave Food: chocolate
Z - Zodiac Sign: scorpio

Wednesday NOVEMBER 29


look what Santa brought EARLY for Makenna -- (daddy is a sucker for dogs and honestly - I was just tired of being the bad guy) so this is the newest addition to our family -- A beagle (6wks old) named ISABELLA (makenna named her of course)
Noah wanted to name her Brittney - and he was pretty presistant but Makenna wasn't having it - When I asked if maybe he had a friend in his class named Brittney he said no - so then i had to ask - WHY do you want to name her Brittney -- his response "BRITTNEY SPEARS, MOM" with sort of the DUH look on his face -- OH MY GOODNES -- how does he even know who Brittney Spears is ?????????

any way - back to the dog
A month or so ago Heath had the idea that he would take the kids up to the pet store to look at the animals - they ended up at the parking lot in Wal-Mart looking at FREE puppies -- and lets just say it ended VERY BADLY -- the kids wanted one Heath wanted one and I vetoed the whole deal --- anyway Makenna comes up with this idea that she is going to ask Santa for a puppy - (i guess santa trumphs mommy in her mind) ;) I tried to explain that Santa knows that Mommy and Daddy said she could get a puppy (or a pet of some kind) on her next birthday (she will be 7) that was how it ended and then one of Heaths employees needed to get rid of the puppy she bought -- FOR FREE -- she has papers and came with FOOD , a crate, puppy clothes, hair bows, snacks, you name it -- SO Makenna ended up with her puppy and really it is only 6 months till her birthday so it isn't that big of a deal

WHAT HAS BEEN GOING ON??

let's see - I always seem to start out with the best intentions -- something like "this week, I am going to blog about something - for 10-15 minutes per day" --

Did it happen -- NO

not because of anything huge - but just because i didn't make the time for myself to do it -- I have a big problem with that - I very rarely take time for myself and then I feel the resentment sort of BUILD UP in me -- the "I am worth an evening of SCRAPBOOKING" -- I should be able to take the time to PAINT MY FREAKIN toenails -- the idea that getting my hair trimmed is important (i miss you ashlee) -- and all the other things most moms tell themselves

but the truth is -- I DO DESERVE it -- not only deserve it but I require it -- I find that i am a better WIFE and MOTHER when I do it -- so starting today I am going to carve out some time for myself