Wednesday, December 31, 2008
That night I went to Hobby Lobby (don't you just love that store) and bought the materials. I got different charms to fit the friends I was making them for, like for my friend Lyndsey, I got her a flip flop charm. I got a charm for myself too, a whale tail.
It was not hard at all to make them and I really hope that my friends enjoy. They made cute little gifts. Try it!
**I couldn't post about this earlier because I didn't want to ruin the surprise of my little gifts.
Monday, December 29, 2008
I was excited. I had the popcorn all ready, put down some sheets on the floor and had cups with drinks. The girls ended up watching the movie for all of 15 or 20 minutes and then they wanted to play. I was disappointed because I always have these ideas of how things are going to be, but I have to remember that my ideas may not always be Jamison ideas...so, off to play they went.
It was cute while it lasted:
About a year and a half ago John and Erin moved to North Carolina and then to Pittsburgh. Now we try to get together whenever they are in town. Since they were in town for Christmas we decided to get together and have the kids do a gift exchange (Lyndsey and Josh have added Drew to the group and John and Erin have added Emma and Brady). We had breakfast and the kids had a lot of fun playing with one another. A good time was had by all.
Friday, December 26, 2008
Christmas 2004...the footed snowflake jammies. This is when Ron would call her Thing 1 (from Cat in the Hat). She was adorable.
Christmas 2005, the Santa-striped jammies.
Christmas 2006...the candy cane-heart jammies. This was our first Christmas in our new house.
Christmas 2007...Caleb's first Christmas. This year I bought them matching jammies.
Next year I'll be back with it and the tradition will continue. Ooh, maybe there are some good sales and I can buy them in advance...hmmm.
This year we were even able to video tape the kids opening their gifts. They say some really cute things and it was great to be able to capture that on film.
Here's Caleb and his new Little Einsteins laptop. He loves it.
Jamison let me wear this crown that went to her doll because she told me that I'm the queen. She took this picture of me.
After opening gifts my mom made breakfast...french toast, eggs and bacon, YUM! Then basically the rest of the day we played with toys and just enjoyed being with one another. It was nice not to have to go anywhere. That evening we drove around to see all of the lights in our neighborhood. It was a nice way to end a great day.
How did you spend Christmas?
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
The Rules:*Link to the person who tagged you.*Share 7 random/weird facts about you.*Tag 7 people at the end of the post, and include links to their blogs.
1. I have a thing about colored pens. I can't just write in black or blue, I have pens in all sorts of colors and I use them all.
2. My favorite holiday is Valentine's Day. I try and buy small, thoughtful gifts for all of my loved ones. Caleb was also due on Valentine's Day!
3. My food can't touch...well some can but other's can't. I almost always have to have my vegetables in a separate bowl. Makes for a lot of dishes.
4. Speaking of dishes...I love doing the dishes.
5. When I was younger I was involved in almost every activity...tap, ballet, swimming, gymnastics, karate (I have a yellow belt!), volleyball, violin, art, basketball...you name it!
6. I love tote bags. I always carry one with me to work...it has my planner, notebooks, pens (of course) and my To Do stuff. I feel weird without it.
7. I love picture frames. If I didn't have a thing about clutter I'd have them all over my house.
I tag anyone who wants to participate.
Monday, December 22, 2008
Her name is Brittany and she is as cute as a button (why is that an expression...anyways). She is a sweetheart and I can tell that she is as smart as she is sweet. She has the most beautiful red hair too. I'm so happy for my bro because he is a great guy and deserves a great gal. :)
Thursday, December 18, 2008
First, on Saturday morning I had a cookie exchange to go to. Have you ever been to one of these? They are wonderful. You make a couple dozen cookies (more depending on the host and the number of people involved) and you come home with a couple dozen cookies. This was the second year that Lyndsey and her mom have had their cookie exchange. This year I made frosted sugar cookies. They turned out really well if I do say so myself. We had good food, good company and went home with cookies...can't get much better than that. AND, they even had prizes. Those two are so cute.
That night was Rondell's dad's family's Christmas party. Rondell's dad and his siblings get together and put on this huge dinner. It is so nice of them to do! This year they had a kids' table all set up with crayons, coloring books and toys. We ate late, but the food was really good.
My friend Jodie and I put everything together. We had it at her house and she made all the food and I helped with the favors and setting up. We had such a great time. It was very comfortable and casual. I brought a word scramble with Bible books. It was SO hard. Everyone had a good time trying to figure it out...Nahum was one of the books and I had never heard of that one.
Me and Jodie with tassels on our ears...one of the gifts.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
I also made my first craft off of a blog and am very pleased with the result. Since I made one for my friend Lyndsey for her birthday, I'll till I give it to her to post about it.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Last night my mom came over for pizza. After dinner while she and I were talking the kids were watching TV and Ron was upstairs. Well Jamison kept standing right in front of the TV and I kept telling her to move back (because if not then Caleb gets upset because he can't see and then a fight usually breaks out). Well the third time I asked her "how many times to I have to ask you to move back?" And her response..."three." My mom and I fought back laughter. So the fourth time I put her on time out.
Well, my mom and I continued our conversation for I don't know how long. Rondell came downstairs and asked me what Jamison did. I said "why do you ask?" and he said because she was in time out. I had completely forgotten all about her. It had probably been a good 15 minutes. Poor Jamison.
Has this ever happened to you?
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Hangin with the big kids!
Sunday, December 7, 2008
2 can of tomato sauce for chili (I use Hunt's)
1 can of chili beans (or more if you like)
1 package of chili season
Season and brown ground beef, drain (I brown the meat in the pot I'm going to make the chili in)
Combine meat, sauce, beans, a little water, and package of chili season to pot.
*Of course if you have more time you can add chopped onion, bell pepper, and more types of beans.
**I eat my chili with tortilla chips and sour cream, yum.
Look at the cute covers!
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Jamison was so cute the whole time. She talked to me about all kinds of things and had me laughing out loud. I truly enjoyed spending that time with her.
Once we got home I had her use the restroom before we put jammies on. One thing about Jamison is that she takes FOREVER in the bathroom, so I'm always yelling for her to hurry up. So, last night it was more of the same and her response to me was "Mom, I'm talking to God and Jesus." How could I possibly rush that? My response to her was "tell them I said hi." And she did. Sweet girl.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Jamison's teacher just emailed me this picture. Here is Jamison reading her book to her Kindergarten class. It's the book she read last night and I remember her saying that she wanted to take it to school with her (she must have then put in her bookbag). I'm glad that her teacher let her read it to the class because I'm sure she was so happy to do that.
Monday, December 1, 2008
Amber, Lyndsey and Stephanie
Me and AmberOn Sunday Rondell and I woke up really early to leave for Cleveland. It was nice to drive just the two of us and wonderful conversation. I learned all about flat screen TVs and all that comes with them. Rondell really knows his stuff.
We arrived at my dad's around 10:30. It was fun to see the kids and they were super excited to see us. I felt bad that we were coming in and then getting ready to leave for the game, but they were in good hands (my siblings').
Me and Ron on the way to Cleveland for his first NFL game!
The crowds headed to the game. I looked like a real tourist taking pictures.
This was me by the second quarter, bundled. It wasn't that bad though.
Rondell and I had such a great time at the game. We are going to have to do that again. Thanks Renee for thinking of us!