Saturday, November 24, 2007

Laughter IS The BEST Medicine!

Yep, it's the truth.....laughter IS indeed the best medicine! Tonight we went to see Dane Cook at the Palace & I haven't laughed this hard in almost a year since seeing Carlos Mencia last December. Dane is totally hilarious!!! I literally had tears in my eyes from laughing so hard! Jim & I are arguing about who is better.....Dane or Carlos. He claims Carlos is better....I say Dane. It's a tough one, let me tell ya! But Dane is definitely cuter ;)
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

Happy Thanksgiving.....

.....from our white home to yours :) This is what we woke up to this morning.....snow! And now the second year in a row that we've had a white Thanksgiving, although we didn't get nearly as much this year as we did last. I always love the first official snowfall of the year.....just so pretty!
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.
And lastly, I'm thankful for Pizza & Chocolate ;)

Happy Thanksgiving......may you & your family be blessed with lots of food, family, memories & leftovers :)


Friday, November 09, 2007

Very Sentimental Verses

Yesterday when Jim got home from work, he said that he heard on a radio station that Jon Kitna, the quarterback for the Detroit Lions (which, btw, are having an awesome season this year!), was going to be at Circuit City signing autographs. Unfortunately, I woke up yesterday with a very sore back, so I didn't jump at the chance to go to meet him. I'm hoping the back situation will be fixed now, though.....Jim & I took our Select Comfort bed apart last night & had to fix some things in it that had shifted around inside during the move. Don't ask me why we didn't do it 3 months ago!
Anyway, as we were sitting there eating dinner & watching the news, they were interviewing Kitna & he said he would be at Circuit City until 8:00p.m. So I told Jim to go ahead & see if he could get there in time, not knowing if there would be a long line or not. About half an hour later, he called me to tell me he got his autograph. YAY :) Jim & I have matching Detroit Lions suede jackets, so he had him sign them right on the back on the Lion (see above picture). Jim proceeded to tell me that Jon wrote a different Bible verse on each jacket, which I thought was really cool since he is a devout Christian. But talk about a verse that really fits me & not only me, but my blog as well :) Isaiah 40:31 which reads "But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint." I love it! The verse on the back of Jim's jacket is Jeremiah 33:3: "Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not." Yep, another verse that definitely fits!

Jim told me that they were also selling footballs for Jon to autograph & the proceeds were going to charity (Boys & Girls Club), so I told him to go ahead & buy one. The verse that he put on the football truly touched my heart with everything that Jim & I have been through lately. Joshua 1:9 which reads: "Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest." Yep, that's exactly the verse I needed to read right now!

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 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 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 :)