Wednesday, December 31, 2008

December 31st

New Year's Eve ....
the kids are at my mom's and this is the first New Year's Eve that Heath and I have been alone since we became parents. I must say I was really looking forward to it. Heath however was exhausted from all the hours he has been putting in at work. We went to dinner together at Logan's and then rented a few movies (they weren't very good) and I rang in the new year alone on the couch .... Heath went to bed at 10:30

Sunday, December 28, 2008

December 28th

Grandmommy and Grandad left for Houston today. We really enjoyed having them here with us and were sad to see them leave. We are hoping to visit them during spring break, which for the kids seems like an eternity away. We spent the last few days hanging out with them either at our home or their hotel. The kids got to swim in the hotel pool so that was a fun treat to all the cold weather here. We went to the mall and just enjoyed their company. I have to say that dinner on Saturday was super fun. Mexican food and margaritas ..... complementary sopapillas ....what could be better?

December 25th

First let me say, I know that Jesus wasn't born on DEC 25 - more than likely He was born in spring since they were traveling to pay taxes. That being said MY FAMILY chooses to celebrate HIS GLORIOUS BIRTH on DEC 25th.

Christmas morning we woke up at my parents house -- It was fun to be there with my family and especially being able to see my niece's first Christmas.

I couldn't help but imagine how it must have been for Mary and Joseph. To know that you are giving birth to the Savior and yet having people tell you there was "no room" for you. Giving birth in a stable.

Then it seemed my thoughts turned the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and the price He paid for all of us. The pain He must have endured....

And then I thought of the boundless love that God has for us. And how little HE asks of us in return. How ashamed I am that my actions aren't always what they should be... my words and thoughts aren't always pure. but how when I ask for HIS forgiveness an overwhelming feeling of peace encompasses me.... GOD IS SO GOOD... All the TIME!!

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas.

We walked through the lights at Rhema tonight with Ken and Drema.... It was to come

December 24th

Christmas Eve

We hit the road for my parents house, with gracie in tow. We spent the early evening hours at Christi and Brandon's eating snacks and visiting with Heath's parents who came up from Houston. Throw in a little Guitar Hero and you get a JOLLY OL' TIME. Lots of fun!

We headed back to my mom's were I got to snuggle with my little neice Keairra until the wee hours of the morning. She is such a cutie pie. I guess I am just getting too old because I was wore out the following day.


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Sunday, December 21, 2008

December 21st

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We made a gingerbread house together today
super fun!! and I got some great pics

the best thing is the kids took the gingerbread house
with them to my moms tonight .... this way I won't be
tempted to nibble on it through out the week :) win win :)

December 20th

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Pizza from papa johns
we watched Christmas with the Cranks
funny movie :)

Saturday, December 20, 2008


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Friday, December 19, 2008

December 19th

The teacher's gifts went over well... Makenna's teacher even said something about trying not to cry :) I realized after I delivered the teacher gifts that I didn't photograph them. Well, I couldn't very well go and snatch them back so no pictures :( boo hoo

I did gift cards for all of the kids "specials" teachers.... art, music, and P.E .... made cute little gift card holders

And for the teachers I made cards, a decorated journal, and a journal jar ..... I got the idea from here .....

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We watched ELF all together ....even Heath :)
oh and Heath brought home candy bars for the kids... and me too

December 18th

The kids FINALLY went to school today. Though I enjoyed having them home for 3 extra days,I was getting stressed with all the things I needed to get done. I had planned to work on some small gift projects this week. I was able to get all but one of them finished today. YEAH!!!

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We went to Burger King after school to get a little snack ..... whopper jr's

Thursday, December 18, 2008

December 17th

Another day out of school for the kiddos. We did have to run some errands though but by the time we left the house around noon the ice was more like muddy slush.

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The kids got candy at wal-mart while running errands ... Noah got a chocolate WALRUS and Makenna got a chocolate penguin.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

December 16th

No school again today the roads are still icy. Today the fights began. I guess it was inevitable.... bound to happen when you have two kids, a dog, and their mother shut up in a tiny apartment. Not to name names but the dog and I behaved well today. ;)

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watched Kit Kittridge the American Girl Movie - it was a great opportunity to talk to the kids about how lots of people are really struggling right now - the mess the economy is in - how it has effected us - and how we can help others.

December 15th

No school today because of the ice. The kids and I treked across the massive ice covered parking lot to check the mail.... well we mostly skated.... the wind was brutal. Other than that we cuddled up in the house all day watching movies, drinking hot chocolate, and playing video games.

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watched Eloise at Christmastime

Sunday, December 14, 2008

December 13th & 14th

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The kids went to my mom's for the weekend so I could work on Saturday. We didn't do the Advent Calendar at her house because she pretty much lets them do whatever they want anyway ;) :) LOL!

On Saturday night Heath and I went on a date. We went to Chipotle and then we went to see Four Christmas and it was HILARIOUS.... I am a huge fan of Vince Vaughn. It is not a movie for kids (of course)and has some foul language but was very funny. Afterward we went Christmas shopping for the kids until MIDNIGHT and then hung out.

Sunday was volunteering at church and then we FINISHED OUR SHOPPING for CHRISTMAS!!!! Feels so good to be done and now we can enjoy the fun part of giving the gifts.

December 12th

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The kids were leaving to go to my mom's tonight so they asked for another piece of my special chocolate candy :)

Friday, December 12, 2008

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December 11th

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We watched the movie Front of the Class, which is a Hallmark Movie about a man who has Tourette Syndrome and accomplished his dream of becoming a teacher. It really was a great movie and I know it was encouraging for Noah. I think he can feel very isolated and this was a good opportunity for him to see that his disability (although trying) doesn't have to rob him of his dreams.

We also had pizza rolls for dinner.....the kids love these and we sometimes have them for snack but they had requested them for dinner last week...... who am I to object to anything pizza related :)

After the kids ate they had their baths, put on their pj's and we headed out the door. Yep, you heard me right! We stopped and picked up HOT CHOCOLATE and drove through the CHRISTMAS LIGHTS at Rhema. I have a few pictures I will post later. We weren't able to walk through the lights because .... well .... the kids were in their pjs but we are going to go back again before Christmas.

The kids are going to my mom's this weekend so we packed a lot into today. LOADS of FUN and the best part was that Heath was home from work for most of it (missed part of the movie) THAT WAS A SPECIAL TREAT.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

PCOS and Insulin Resistance ???

Doc called this morning with my lab results .... I have PCOS and I am insulin resistant (which explains why I am so tired all the time even though I was on too much thyroid hormone)... looks like more doctor appointments and more meds are in my future :( but hey .... could be worse. Anxious to find out more about PCOS and insulin resistance. If anyone has any experience with these I would love to hear from you

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

December 10th

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The kids got to have one of mommy's truffles. I don't know why they think they are so special .... maybe it has something to do with the fact that I can make one tiny bag of truffles last for months and months and I am not known for sharing....but tis the season :)

December 9th

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So today was watching "merry christmas charlie brown" except we didn't watch it. The kids really wanted to just have the extra time to just PLAY. I was sad but I can't really complain. I am still sick and I still have 2 finals to take before tomorrow afternoon.

In other news, right in front of our apartment a young woman was robbed at gunpoint. So you guessed it..... we will be moving!!!!

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

December 8th

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I bought the kids little mini apple pies at the grocery store today. Not only were they super cute, they were yummy as well.

Sunday, December 07, 2008

December 7

Today is my littlest brothers 20th birthday

I have been quite sick for the past several days and after loads of lab work on Friday.....seriously how many times are you going to stick me with needles OUCH!... I became worse off. Hmmmmm makes sense now ... you take loads of blood from someone they are bound to not be able to fight off illness as effectively. Anyway I have faith that I am getting better... the tongue is a creative force... so I will continue to speak it until it is so. Hopefully I will be better tomorrow just in time for my finals.

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Chocolate icecream with hot fudge and marshmallows (you can tell which nights daddy has picked the surprise.... both had to do with ICE CREAM)


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We watched Polar Express together as a family

Saturday, December 06, 2008

December 5th

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The kids watched the Drake and Josh Christmas Special
:) which was really special seeing as though they were able to meet Drake Bell a few few months ago.

December 4th

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the kids had CHOCOLATE ICE CREAM after dinner

Thursday, December 04, 2008

December 3

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after their homework was done the kids were allowed to play games until dinner.... they thought this was super fun. They played air hockey and Wii baseball, boxing, and Super Smash Brothers.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

December 2nd

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Makenna's turn to open the door ........ hot cocoa w/marshmallows before bed.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008


Advent Calendar :)

first I must say that the little advent House that I got a Target is the only Christmas decor we have in our tiny apartment so it seems to be a bid deal to the kids ;) FUN --

So for Dec 1 we flipped a coin to see who got to open the door. Noah won. And inside the kids found a small piece of paper that had FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT written on it. The kids were super excited. We watched Journey to the Center of the Earth. Heath was here because he left work early (he has walking pneumonia)and though he slept through most of the movie it was fun to have him home.