Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Samuel made it home from his Boy Scout trip at about 10:30 Sunday night. One of the cars in their convoy kept breaking down, which made them much later than anticipated. He had a great time, even though he didn't call me. Not one time. He says that no one brought their phone chargers on the trip, and the phones were all dying. I think we need to conduct a class on always being prepared for these boys!! HA!
Our house is decorated for Christmas. I have scaled back on my decorations over the years and don't have very many any more. I was thinking about having a party but I only have one room decorated. That wouldn't make for a very fun party, would it?! Well, it might be fun but not very festive!
Tonight begins the hurried, busy time of December. I'm so excited! We have Christmas parties, and places to go and people to see this month. I can't wait!
Do you have a busy month planned?
Saturday, November 27, 2010
When I was cooking Thursday morning. Really I was just managing the over, everything had been prepared on Wednesday. Anyway... I asked everyone if we were dressing for dinner. I laughed as I looked at my motley looking crew, no one had on matching clothes, a couple had shorts on. But a little while later here walks in Daniel with a polo and khaki pants on. I was so pleased. What a sweet boy. Then Anna came in dressed in a cute little outfit she put together herself. Then Samuel came in with khaki's, a dress shirt, tie and a sportcoat that was a few sizes too small.
I went and put on my clothes and even some pearls. It was Thanksgiving after all.
My other two boys didn't feel the need to get dressed for dinner, but we allowed them in the picture anyway!
After lunch some friends stopped by and then Stephen and I took the twins hunting. And it rained. And rained! Daniel and I sat in the blind, but David and Stephen stood under trees. Needless to say, we didn't stay long! It rained the rest of the night. But it was a fun memory!
Friday morning began a wee bit earlier than I liked. Samuel headed out with the Boy Scouts to hike the trail at Vicksburg, camp and then head out to the USS Alabama in Mobile to spend Saturday night. He was excited. I've yet to hear from him. He best call soon!
We then headed to the Bulldog Breakfast. Since there was no school, they didn't eat until 9:30 which meant I was able to help. It was fun until Anna smashed her finger in a door. It looked bad but it seems to be in good working order now.
David and Stephen went hunting again (still no deer), and Daniel, Anna and I headed to Walmart. I wasn't much in the shopping mood, I guess because Abby was in Memphis having all the fun. So, we headed home to get ready for the ballgame. Man, it was cold!!! We won, so sitting through a 37 degree football game was worth it!!!
What did you do this weekend?
Friday, November 26, 2010
Tis the season to get in the kitchen and cook up all kinds of sugary treats!
I love, love, love making Christmas tins of sweets and sharing them with family and friends. Randall actually enjoys it too. Last year Henry sat in his bouncey seat asleep while we made our Christmas goodies. This year I am sure he will play a more active role!
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
The other night I was reading my Kindle (surprised?) and Stephen was flipping through the channels (surprised?). He stopped on the Sirrius station that plays 80's music. Ther were playing the top 40 countdown from that week in 1986. Oh, the memories.
I listened and read, read and listened. And then I got to thinking about 1986.
That week 24 years ago was not a happy one for me. I had been dating a boy that had made some wrong choices and I was so terribly sad and heartbroken that I couldn't imagine being happy again.
CAN YOU IMAGINE?? I was 16, and thought that I wouldn't be happy again! I'm so glad I got over my melodramatic phase of life. HA!
So, as I'm laying in bed thinking that this week in the year 2010 is SO much better than 1986 Stephen mentioned that we spent everyday together that week in 24 years ago. I told him we most certainly did not. And he reminded me that in 1986 we had 2 classes together and in one of them we sat next to each other and were in the same group.
We had spent everyday together that week in 1986. He said he made me happy that week. He didn't even know what I had been thinking about, he surely didn't know what was going on in my mind back in 1986.
But, he was right. He probably had made me happy that week. He always did something to make me laugh, or hit him. I guess he just wanted me to touch him. He says he loved me even then. How sweet is that? When my heart was broken by some boy, Stephen was thinking that he would like to date me and marry me one day.
Today I'm so very thankful for my husband. When I try to imagine my life with someone else, well, I just can't. He is the one God made for me.
Monday, November 22, 2010
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Friday, November 19, 2010
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
We have our tradition of Thanksgiving foods, but every once in a while I like to throw something new into the mix.
I found this apple pie on The Pioneer Woman's website and knew I had to have it. It is really, really good. Stephen liked it, which is saying a lot since he isn't a fan of my cooking in general.
You must try it. It calls for cream. I, of course, had just been to the store where I purchased apples, and pie crust (you didn't think I made my own did you? Of course not, you know me better than that!) for this very pie, but failed to purchase cream. No big surprise really. It happens all the time. So, I found a substitution for cream and added butter to milk. It worked and the pie tasted dreamy!
I didn't add pecans to the top, and I used margarine instead of butter which was a bit of a mistake, but once cooked tasted yummy. PW makes a hard cream (which I have never heard of) to go on top, but it contains whisky and I didn't find any whisky artificial flavoring at the store. And I don't see this preacher's wife heading to the liquor store to find any of the real stuff. I live in a dry county after all! God is good!
Our Thanksgiving meal will consist of: Turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole with marshmallows on top(although I do love a streusel topping), green bean bundles, pineapple souffle( it really is good), rolls, broccoli-cheese casserole, pumpkin pie, chocolate pie, pecan pie, and apple pie.
How about your Thanksgiving meal? What will you be serving, or eating?
Friday, November 12, 2010
Thursday, November 11, 2010
I went by myself. That is a rare occurrence. I remember taking David and Daniel with me when I would have check-ups when I was pregnant with Anna. Sometimes they really shouldn't have gone.
But this time I was alone. Just me and my Kindle. Have I told you recently how much I love my Kindle? So much! I love all gifts that are given to me (with the exception of a pair of purple corduroy overalls my mom bought me when I was in high school. I don't think either of us is sure why they were purchased) but my Kindle has to be my most favorite of all of my recent gifts.
My Kindle was a hit at the doctor's office. All the nurses, and the doctor wanted to look at it, know about it and hold it. It was like a baby they way it got everyone attention! While there I completed a book and began another one, checked my email and facebook. What a great invention!
My answer to the gratitude challenge today is material. It's my Kindle. I'm thankful for the product, the inventor, and the purchaser. You should probably go buy one too!
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Yikes...it has been a mess. I thought going a bit sassy and edgy would be fun. I am also not using any of the decor I use on my normal tree. I bought huge big mesh flowers this summer on a clearance rack and a big glitter bow. Well, it did not come together as well as it did that summer day on that clearance rack!
So, back to the spinners. Ok, they are all on the tree that I put up yesterday. I have decided Henry will probably love a spinning ornament a bit too much, so putting them on the tree he will sit with the least, is best. It is hard to accept that reality, but I am trying to be realistic, despite the frown it gives me when thinking of no spinning ornaments on my old fashioned tree.
Do you have spinning ornaments by chance....tell me we are not the only ones?! And if you have 2 trees, how do you keep them different in style without breaking the bank on new decor?
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
It sounds like a good preacher's wife thing to be thankful for doesn't it?! I can't help it!
We have been at this church for 4 years. The month after we came here, the Singing Christmas Tree was erected. I didn't think much of it. The announcements were made that the tree was going up but I really wasn't interested and didn't understand what the big deal was.
Well, I was wrong for my dis-interest. The tree is HUGE. HUGE!
We only have the tree every other year. And this is the year. It's our 3rd year to get to enjoy the putting up, singing in and taking down of the tree.
Yesterday was the day we put the tree up. And when I say we, I mean I was there watching "us" put the tree up. Because, I am a member of the church family, and members of the church family were putting it up. So.....we put the tree up yesterday. And man, is it a job! There were about 15 men working hard making sure that the tree was put up securely.
I went almost to the top of the tree last night. I made it to row 6 of 7 rows. They needed my help, and I decided to forego my fright of heights and help. God is good. I didn't fall, or even think of falling.
The church got together yesterday and built a tree of metal. They got together and fluffed greenery to be put on the tree, and they got together to prepare food for those that worked. The church was in action yesterday at FBC-Star City. It was fun to watch. It was great to be a part of.
I can't wait to see the singers in the tree. With the lights on, and the songs being sung it makes me so excited to celebrate Jesus' birth!
Monday, November 8, 2010
She was my first friend in Jonesboro. We had an instant bond because she and I have several personality similarities. She is that friend I cannot talk to for three weeks, but the one I can drop in on with wet hair and pajama pants on late at night without a second thought. She is also the only one outside of family to ever keep Henry. She was also the only non-relative at the hospital when he was born. I love having a friend like that.
This is my newest dear friend, and one of my most favorite people. She has a heart of pure gold. We have known each other since I moved here, but just recently we have become close. We meet up before the sun comes up several times a week to run and have great conversation, and we also sit together for our Bible Study Fellowship lecture each week. The mornings I spend with her make for great days. We have so much in common. I love when she tells people we are alot a like, because I take that as a huge compliment.
Friday, November 5, 2010
It was not the best bread but every time I make it, it gets better. I had left home for the day and thought I would get back in time to bake it accordingly, but that did not happen. We got home about 4 hours after the fact and we had a mound of dough sticking up from each pan. I punched it down and baked it....not smart. We had the thickest bread you have ever eaten. It was not hard, just thick and heavy. I threw it out and it weighed down the kitchen trash bag. We laughed. I have attempted cinnamon rolls and have a little ways to go before I master them. Anyway, it is a learning process and a lot of fun!
I am thankful for a warm oven, hands that can work with dough, a husband who supports my attempts to master way too many things, and the smell of fresh bread baking in my house.
LaShay's for coffee yesterday and she had this pumpkin spice flavor. She said she saw it at the store and almost trampled a lady trying to get into the cooler to get it!
I like Pumpkin and I am thankful my friend had some to share with me yesterday!
I decided to not post a photo of him in his highchair again this week. You people are going to start thinking this is the only place he sits! We were playing outside waiting for Daddy to get home yesterday and I took this little picture. I thought this was cute. I love that he can now wear the plethora of overalls he has in his closet. They are too cute!
I am thankful for this little boy and the joy he brings me each day.
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Since there is no school, some high school football games are being played tonight and the others are being played tomorrow night. Our beloved Bulldogs play tonight. In the cold, wet, wintry weather! I can hardly wait!!!
Some years ago our church began hosting the Bulldog Breakfast the morning of every football game. The players, coaches, and cheerleaders come to the church for breakfast, a devotional by a guest speaker and pep talk from the coach and awards from the previous week. It is a fun time, and a highlight for many of the players and cheerleaders.
Stephen and the boys get up and leave the house at 4:30 every Friday morning to cook, and help set-up for the breakfast. Anna and I sleep peacefully in our beds and wake up when they come home. I love Friday mornings!
This morning since there was no school, the breakfast didn't begin until 9:30. Anna and I decided we could make this one. So, we headed over to the church at about 8:30. The cooks were finishing up the pancakes, gravy, eggs, bacon and sausage. Oh and the biscuits! The players all came in wearing their Bulldog blue, the cheerleaders came in in their pajamas, it seems they were out late last night rollin' peoples yards. (Thankfully we were not on their list this year. Although the kids love it when we get rolled!)
One of our area pastors gave the devotional today. He said one word. Finish! If you start well then finish well. I've thought about that for the last couple of hours. I start a lot of things well, but I don't always finish them that way. I hope the kids were challenged by that today as well.
I am thankful for (or have gratitude for!) the ones that have come before me. The pastor that began the Bulldog Breakfasts, and the ones that saw his vision and helped him succeed in it. They began well, and although we aren't finished, we are finishing well!