Friday, December 28, 2007
Here's the last picture that I've had taken of my Mom & I together, before she lost her leg. This one was taken back on Thanksgiving, 2004.
I was talking to Linda, my sister, last night on the phone & she told me that today, Mom's life insurance will be cancelled. I guess it was some sort of policy that cancels on her 75th birthday. I'm honestly glad that it's getting cancelled.....I'd rather have my Mom here over money anyday! And even though it wasn't for much money anyway, I just had this feeling that it would have caused some problems in our family.
I mailed out a package to my Mom with her Christmas & birthday presents on the day after Christmas, so I just hope that she gets them today. Yeah, I was late, but she wanted me to send her some cookies & my famous fudge :) , so that's why it was late seeing as I didn't even bake until Christmas Eve.
In other news, Jim & I are 'famous' ;) We went out shopping the day after Christmas & got stopped in Target by a reporter for our newspaper. She asked me if she could interview me & I thought, okay, sure.....I was in a really good mood, so why not. And besides, I doubt she would publish it anyway. Well, surprise.....she did :) But luckily, she didn't take our picture because I was having a very bad hair day, lol. Instead, there was another woman on the front page that she interviewed as well. The article was all about shopping the day after Christmas & whether or not you had any problems doing any returns. She put in there what I said about being ready to go home & go back to bed & then she also quoted my husband about him joking with me, saying that I "dragged" him out. HA!!! He was just as willing to go out in that mess as I was, so don't let him fool ya :)
I can't believe that I completely forgot to tell you all what I got for Christmas in my last post! It wasn't much, but I'm extremely happy with everything (except for some sweaters I had to return). Jim got me 2 Koala stuffed animals (one is a Ty & the other is a Webkins), 3 Yankee jar candles (2 of them are called Vineyard & smell soooooo good!), 2 new motorcycle angel pins since mine keep breaking for some reason, a Kasey Kahne calendar, a Hallmark angel for my angel tree, a new pair of slippers, which I needed badly, the purple scrapbook tote filled with embellishments & an album from Sam's Club (although I was a little disappointed in it, but I'm keeping it) & a new Epson PictureMate Dash photo printer plus a replacement ink & paper set for it :) He got an excellent deal on the PictureMate.....first, he had a $25.00 off coupon for Staples, so that brought the price down to $75 & then when he bought it, they were offering a $50 rebate, so now we're just waiting for the check for that. I'd say $25.00 for a PictureMate is an awesome price!
Not sure what I'm going to do today.....may just stay home, may go shopping, may take the tree & decorations down (although I'm not sure if I'm ready to yet). Guess I need to go make some breakfast first & then I'll decide :)
Have a great Friday,
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Here she's debating whether or not she can touch it, looking at each figure. She kept asking me who each person was, pointing to each one individually. And if you're wondering, yes, I did let her touch them (see picture below):
Here she is, sitting in her SpongeBob chair that we got her.....yep, she's my dollbaby! Just look at that expression! Yes, she needs her bangs cut! LOL
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
The guy that took our wedding pictures messed with some settings on our camera & every single picture was extremely dark. But my husband (bless his heart), went through all my photo boxes one day when I wasn't home to find our pictures, took them to our friend & had them all fixed so he could put them in this frame & even had the pictures put on a CD for me. He even used my scrapbook trimmer to crop the photos so they would fit into each letter :)
He truly surprised me this year as I had NO clue that he would even think to do something like this! Don't get me wrong.....I LOVE jewelry, but this.....this was something that he took the time to do.....something he put a LOT of thought into doing.....something that would please anyone, even if you're not a scrapbooker like me :) Now I know why I said "I Do" 18 years ago on Christmas Eve!
As you can see, I couldn't wait to hang it on the wall & I had the perfect spot in my scraproom right above my sewing machine & next to my computer. And the thing that I really thought was neat was the matting almost matches the wall color perfectly! Now I just need to patch the holes I put in the wall. Apparently, there's a stud in this wall that runs horizontally (strange, huh?) & well, it wasn't straight the first few times I tried to hang it & the nails were a pain to get out of the stud, so now there's some holes & dents in the wall behind the picture. Shhhh......don't tell our landlords ;)
Since today is Christmas, I figured it was the perfect day to finish up the Christmas meme that Sophia had us doing these past 25 days. I was doing 5 questions at a time, here & there, so here are the final 5:
21. Do you have a family get-together during the holidays with extended family? Not usually, unfortunately. All of my family is 500+ miles away in Pennsylvania & Jim's sister lives in Indianapolis, so it's usually just Jim, I & the kids.
22. What's the most important thing that you must do each Christmas season? Celebrate our anniversary ;) , get a real tree, put out our nativity set (keeping Baby Jesus hidden until Christmas morning) & celebrate the birth of Jesus.
23. Do you bake Christmas cookies? Yep, but this year, I really procrastinated about it & didn't make them until Christmas Eve!
24. Do you leave cookies and milk for Santa? We used to when our kids were younger, but not anymore.
25. Share a favorite Christmas memory. The year I married my husband (see yesterday's post). And after the gift he got me today (see above), he has definitely proven to be my best gift/memory ever!
Thank-you Sophia for a fun meme :) And thank-you, my blog readers, for the anniversary & Christmas blessings. May you & your families have a very safe & Merry Christmas.
Monday, December 24, 2007
It's hard to believe that it's been 18 years already. We've been through so much together these past 18 years.....raising a son & a daughter, deaths of family members, him being in the Navy & going out to sea, me working several different jobs, us packing up & moving from Virginia to Michigan on less than 2 weeks notice, owning 2 homes & losing one to foreclosure, numerous vehicles (too many to count!) along with lots of good times, bad times & in between times, but always doing whatever it takes to make it through them all! Marriage is full of compromise....and lots of hugs & kisses :)
Our plans on this Christmas Eve? French Toast for breakfast (or maybe Belgium Waffles), bake some cookies (since I still didn't get them done because I went out shopping yesterday instead with all the other crazy people!), finish wrapping presents & then we're thinking about going out to a movie. Afterwards, we'll spend the night at home, snuggling by the tv (since we don't have a fireplace, lol) & just enjoy the rest of the day together. Ahhhh.....my kind of day :)
Merry Christmas Eve,
Sunday, December 23, 2007
They're saying that it's supposed to turn back into snow tonight & tomorrow, so hopefully our chances for a white Christmas are still good. Keep your fingers crossed for me :) Yes, I realize those are leaves still on my lawn. Jim & I were waiting for all of them to fall before raking them, but then it snowed on Thanksgiving & well, needless to say, we never got a chance to get to them. So smack me ;)
I need to attempt to get out to a few stores today to pick up some stocking stuffers that I've been procrastinating about getting. Plus I still need to bake cookies, which I'm hoping to get done today as well. Jim's off from work for 11 days.....YAY!!! It's really nice having him home :)
The other day, while the sun was shining, I took some pictures of my living room using different settings on my camera & I'm not sure which one I like better.....the one above or this one:
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Here are the bushes by our front porch. Believe it or not, there are some Christmas lights on them. Jim & I decided last weekend to go ahead & put some lights outside, but now you can't even see the ones in the bushes!
The other day, I was trying to figure out what to use to put our names on our new stockings. We bought these ones a couple of years ago at Home Depot on clearance the day after Christmas (along with a matching tree skirt), but this is the first year we've used them since we also have purple ones. And then it dawned on me.....STICKLES!!! It was perfect! I used the larger bottle of the Silver Ice Stickles & I just love the results! They are now my "stickled stockings" :)
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Here I used my star filter to get the lights to really twinkle :)
Friday, December 07, 2007
And, of course, here is Jim's favorite ornament on the tree :) We actually bought this ornament several years ago, but this is the first year it's been on our tree. Jim & I have a little bet going for the Lions/Cowboys game this week. I used to be a HUGE Cowboys fan years ago & they're having an excellent season this year, so I don't think that the Lions stand a chance, but we will see.
Here's some more of Sophia's Christmas meme challenge:
6. When do you put up your decorations? Usually the weekend of Thanksgiving, but since Thanksgiving was early this year, we waited to get our tree until the first weekend in December since we only get real trees.
7. What's your favorite holiday tradition? We don't have many 'traditions' really (except for the one in question #9)......unless you consider celebrating our wedding anniversary on Christmas Eve :) This year, we'll be celebrating # 18! I'm getting OLD!!!
8. What's on the top of your tree? Always an angel to honor my sister & brother-in-law.
9. Do you have a nativity displayed through the holidays? Yes.....although it's not up yet. It's one of our traditions and I don't put the baby in the manger until Christmas Eve after the kids go to bed so that's the first thing they always looked for on Christmas morning. Even though I only have 1 child at home now, I will always do that tradition. I purchased the nativity years ago from Home Interiors & just love it!
10. Candy Canes, traditional or flavored? Or Chocolate Covered Cherries? None of the above. Although I do like the Chocolate & the Cherry Cream in Chocolate Covered Cherries, but I throw the Cherry out ;) Now I'm in the mood for some!
Yesterday, I went to the dentist again & had 3 fillings done. You may be thinking....3??? Yep, 3!!! I admit, I was never very good at going to the dentist. When I was growing up, my Mom couldn't afford to take us, so when I had insurance coverage back when I was around 20, I had a lot of work done to my teeth then, but after having an absolutely AWFUL experience with that dentist, I was afraid to ever go to another one! But Jim found us an excellent dentist & now I actually look forward to going (okay, so maybe that's stretching it a bit, lol.....but he really is a good dentist!). And like this dentist said, at least I'm there now instead of waiting even longer. But now my insurance is maxed out for the year, so I can't go back until January & then I'll be getting another crown on a tooth that broke from a filling that I got 25+ years ago. He's also going to slowly be replacing all my old silver fillings with white ones so even though my teeth won't be perfect (like Jims.....he has never had a single cavity in his life!), at least they can look a lot better :) I told the dentist yesterday that he needs to just drill into one of Jim's teeth & pretend he has a cavity just so he knows how it feels! LOL But seriously.....after the novicane wore off yesterday, I didn't feel any pain at all this time or when I had my root canal done a few months back. Yep, I'll keep this dentist!
That's it for now....I think I'm going to try to get some more sleep since I have to get up early tomorrow as Cindy & I are going to WoJo's to make a Christmas Centerpiece.....should be a lot of fun!
Sunday, December 02, 2007
Colored lights or white lights on your house or not at all? When we do put up outside lights, it's always colored ones. I wanted to put some up this year, but with the weather we've been having, I haven't had a chance to do them yet & not sure if I will be able to now. Looks like Winter is finally here.
Hot chocolate or Egg Nog? Definitely Hot Chocolate! I can't stand Egg Nog! YUCK!
What's your favorite holiday dish? Homemade cookies ;) I know, that's not really a dish, but I love baking during the holidays!
Does Santa wrap the presents or just sit them under the tree? He definitely wraps them.....gotta have the excitement of opening them!
Do you hang mistletoe? Nope.....I probably should, though.
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Unfortunately, we weren't allowed to take any cameras with detachable lenses in (which meant my DRebel had to stay home), but we could take small cameras in, so we brought Cassie's digital that we bought for her trip to Europe & snapped some pretty good pics with it :)
Being 5 rows away from the stage really helped, too :)
Yesterday, we braved the crowds & did some Black Friday shopping up at Birch Run Outlet & also in Saginaw, because I just had to go to Hobby Lobby :). I got some great deals on some scarecrows for next fall.....90% off....can't beat that! But would you believe that the only scrapbook things I bought were 6 sheets of paper & a few packages of the Spare Parts embellishments & that was only because they were 50% off. Otherwise, I wouldn't have bought anything.....there was nothing that I needed or that interested me. Even Jim was shocked :)
Thanksgiving was pretty good.....Shawn came over & it was really nice to see him. Toni never made it though, so I didn't get to see my granddaughter :(
Tomorrow I think we'll just be staying home & doing laundry, cleaning & relaxing before Jim has to go back to work on Monday. But who knows.....those plans could change when I wake up in the morning & I may go do some more shopping :)
Have a great rest of the weekend,
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Before we went to bed last night (or should I say this morning since we didn't go to bed until after 2:00 a.m. as Jim was baking his pumpkin pies), we noticed it was snowing when we let the dogs outside, but I didn't think it would stick. Boy, was I wrong! Luckily, the streets aren't covered, so it better not stop Shawn from coming over today.
Just yesterday, we borrowed a friend's leaf vacuum because we planned on cleaning up all our leaves this weekend since most of them are finally off the trees (except for the few that are left on this one, now with snow on them).
Just a pic of the car to show how much snow we actually got....probably only an inch, but it looks so cool :)
Today's blog challenge was to list things that you are thankful for. I'm thankful for so much, even after everything we've been through this year financially! So in no particular order:
I'm thankful that we found a house to rent that feels like "home" to us!
I'm thankful for my wonderful husband Jim & that he still has a job with the way the economy is in Michigan right now!
I'm thankful for my 2 great kids. Even though they're not always the best kids in the world, I'm thankful that they're mine :)
I'm thankful for the wonderful granddaughter that my son gave me & I'm hoping that I get to see her today as well.
I'm thankful for my health, even though sometimes, my aches & pains start showing my age ;)
I'm thankful for my Mom & Dad because without them, I wouldn't be me! :)
I'm thankful for my sisters which are my best friends. This time of year is particularly hard for me without having Karen here :( She always loved Thanksgiving & getting together with the whole family!
I'm thankful that we have food on our table, clothes on our backs & so many other things that I will never take for granted again!
I'm thankful for God. I know that he watches over us & protects us.
Happy Thanksgiving......may you & your family be blessed with lots of food, family, memories & leftovers :)
Friday, November 09, 2007
Would you believe that I forgot to have Jim take my camera with him? Yep, me, the scrapbooker, forgetting all about having him get some photos of Jon! ARGH!!! But then when Jim called me, I asked him if he took any pictures & he said "with what?" Well, duh, you have a camera on your cellphone! Nope, no pictures! Sometimes I wonder if I truly am a scrapbooker :(
Cassie has been bugging us to go see Dane Cook as he's her favorite comedian, but when the tickets first went on sale, we couldn't afford them. But the other day, we received a surprise check in the mail, so I decided to look on Ticketmaster just to see what tickets were still available. Imagine my surprise when I saw that there were some floor tickets for sale. So I jumped in the car to go to Ticketmaster to purchase them & got 3 tickets, right on the floor, 5 rows back from the stage! Woohoo!!! Cassie is SUPER excited! And she knows that this is part of her Christmas present.....an early one since the show is the Saturday after Thanksgiving.
Nothing much else is going on, except I bowled like crap this past week :( Jim, on the other hand, bowled really good....203, 218 & 254 for a 675 series. In the 3rd game, he had the first 8 strikes in a row, but then once again, blew it! Ah well.....one of these days he'll shot his 300. We did end up taking all 7 points this week & last, so we should move up. We were in 11th place after last week out of 22 teams. Oh, and I don't think I ever mentioned what our team name is.....I'm actually the one that came up with it, using the first letter of each of our names (Joe, Benita & Jim) for the name "Just Be Jealous" :) Cute, huh?
That's it for now. Got some stuff to do around the house before our card game tonight. Have a wonderful weekend :)