Monday, December 22, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Perfectionists look no further, however for those of you who enjoy maniac creativity and thrown together things...feast your eyes on this! At MM on Friday, the lady showed us how to make this swag. Well, hers was prettier, but this was my first time. Mine is a little fatter than hers. So simple to do. Take a wire hanger, pull it in the shape of a diamond. Take wire and make a "web" by criss crossing it over the hanger. This will give you something to attach your green to. Then just start attaching your green using wire. Put a large, full piece in the back. She used a piece of fir--I didn't have fir. Thread the wire through your apple, put a hook at the end to secure it and pull. Hide your hanging apple wire by using more green. I should have made my apples hang a little longer. Tie on a bow, twist the hanger hook around and voila, instant wreathy swaggy thingy. Sigh, I feel so accomplished now. And I know I'll make prettier wreathy swaggy things each time. One day they'll be super beautiful, one day. That's the great hope at least.
Oh, I almost forgot. I just added some red berries. You know the poisonous ones that grow on those bushes in my neighbors yard, ya those. Super cute.
T-Bird was in a great mood as always when I picked him up from AWANA last night. He handed me a permission slip explaining that, "Mom, we're going to sing Christmas carols at the nursery." I asked him to tell me again. "Sing at the nursery to people. I get to sing 'Hark the Harold Angels Sing!'" I looked at the slip and started laughing so hard. They are going to the NURSING HOME to sing carols. However, it made me think, nursery--nursing home--not all that different. One is really young and one is really old, but they have the same functionality.
T has been caroling a the "nursery" before. He remembers from last year and is excited about going again. That warms my heart.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Well, this past weekend was entirely too busy, but it was also entirely fun. Friday marked the 2nd birthday of my Little Hoot. I can't believe it--is he really two? When will I stop referring to him a the baby? Anyway, we started with Mothering Matters. Little Hoot stays with me and decided to really show how special he was. He tootled off to one of the back rooms climbed on a table and was preparing himself to jump when a fellow mom pointed behind me. I quickly went to his "rescue" when he announced, "I'm gonna jump, Momma." That kid!! But I did learn how to make a swag for my door during our speaker's tutorial on decorating your home for the holidays. That is my project for today. It's taken me all this time to locate our wire cutters. No, no they were not in the tool box where they belong. I had forgotten that I had taken them away from the kids and placed them somewhere "safe"--you know, the top of the fridge where all things dangerous go.
After MM, Dana and kids came over for lunch and fun. Let me just say, little Tractor Boy has turned into a BOY! It's so strange yet fun to see the kids grow up with your kids. Her little Boy wrestled my kids and held more than his own!! Too funny. The kids also colored Christmas pages. The girls of course picked pretty, sparkly colors. I find the differences in girls and boys fascinating. It's been too long in between visits with this family and was truly needed and enjoyed.
Little Hoot's party commenced around seven Friday night. We had gone earlier to get Thomas the Train balloons. My friend, Mrs Savage, watched him while T, Boo, and I went to get them. Hoot had a great day. Free range at MM, lunch with friends, play date with Little Lad, and party with the family.
These guys just showed up for the cake.
The cake...there's a funny story behind the making of the cake that I'll keep to myself for now.
And then, Mommy went to satiate her thirst for her new obsession. I've made a big mistake. I've felt like reading a new book for a while, yet I have not found a book interesting enough for me to buy. Yes, I buy books. While passing buy an aisle I noticed the book Twilight. I decided it was a great price, so if I didn't like it, I would not regret spending the money. I started it last Tuesday and finished it Tuesday! 498 pages! I did it without neglecting the boys, going to WM and talking to Dana on the phone. Hello! It was wonderful!! The book was so great that I quickly began planning how I would make it to the movie theater to see the movie. I asked Brett and he said he'd go if I didn't find anyone else. My mom said no because she believes vampires are real and would be scared. Hee hee... The home tour was that night, the list was dwindling. I knew Mrs Savage was going to dinner for her sister's birthday, but I quickly began seeing a ray of hope. She said she should be back in time for the late show. There it was: I was going to see Twilight with someone. Yes, I absolutely was planning on going by myself if know one went with me. I didn't want Brett to go and make an off comment about my new obsession. Let me enjoy it while it lasts. I've ordered the next two books. They should be here today. Breathe, pace yourself... And then I'll order the last in the series this weekend. Happy early birthday to me...
My mom had Boo on the corner. He's so cute and it made me a little emotional to see his beautiful face stand out in the crowd. By the way, he fell asleep after we passed. Didn't even get to see Santa. He's funny!
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
...And I mostly did it right. I first saw this over at the Rusty Robin and thought it was so cute. I also thought, Hmm, I can do that. So, I set myself to task this weekend. It turned out pretty good for not having instructions. However, Monica just posted the how to yesterday, I think. I did skip a couple of things, but it still looks great! Here's mine:
Sunday, December 7, 2008
My little Blondie-Boo, Nane (my momma) and I attended the Ozarks Philharmonic Youth Orchestra's Winter Concert this afternoon. My Blondie-Boo is a little Einstein and loves music!! When I found out about the upcoming performance, I jumped at the chance to take the little guy. It was AWESOME. I'm so glad we were able to take him and expose him to the music he already loves. For him to see small children playing....just wonderful.
I recieved compliments about Boo's behavior from those around us. We were there for over 2 hours and he was amazing--outside of the switch of orchestras when he yelled, "Another conductor!!" The family behind us had a son who played in the PRESTO orchestra. He was a trumpet player, Boo's favorite instrument! What a blessing for my boy to see someone who played the trumpet!! They told us their son only started playing a year and a half ago and just tried out for the orchestra not expecting to make it!!! Wow!!
What was really interesting to me were the familiar faces we saw...our Schwan's man and his family and a couple of our friends from Fayettenam. Small but fun world...
Oh, and my guy recognized 3 pieces of music. Mozart, Antonin Dvorak, and his super duper favorite Georges Bizet!!! They ended with Bizet. It could not have been better, and to see his face light up with recognition was just stinkin' wonderful!!!!
Happy Little Bug
So sweet and at peace.
Reading the program.
Music fingers moving in time...
Playing his air horn...
The OPYO...so great!! Oh, and they opened with the Nation Anthem giving recognition to December 7th and the men and women who have served this country and lost thier lives. As you know, I'm a patriotic girl...They didn't even have to play well after that. They had me. But they did play well which made it all the sweeter.
Look at his itchy little music fingers. I love it when he does this.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
(A) The number of physicians in the U.S. is 700,000.
(A) The number of gun owners in the U.S. is 80,000,000. (Yes, that's 80 million)
(B) The number of accidental gun deaths per year, all age groups, is 1,500.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Oh ya, I had a hot date with my husband last night!!!! Long overdue and much needed! My husband came home and asked what I'd like to do, and I really didn't have any great ideas. Then he said, "You want to go to the shooting range and shoot a handgun?" That question would mark the moment when a lot of women would have recoiled, but knowing that this is something my husband truly enjoys and I don't mind...It was a definite YES.
So, off to the range we went. Brett let the guy know that we were there to try a gun in my hands since he's getting me one soon. Ick, gasp, breathe...I chose a Glock 9mm. One man informed me with a bit of a teasing tone that choosing the Glock showed a character flaw while another man argued that indeed I'm wise because the Glock is clearly superior. And most of us don't really know what that all that means except that the bullets are really big and expensive. Anyway, away we went to shoot. My husband is a fantastic aim, even without his glasses. I hit my target and in the general area except for two bullets who drifted south...but still good enough. You know how interesting I am? I cut myself on the gun...not exactly the wound you expect from the gun. Anyway, we came out and looked at some other guns. The guy asked how it went and I said "interesting." Everyone started laughing and said they'd never heard shooting described like that. The man found out it was my first time shooting a hand gun and said he wished he'd known that because they would have started me off with a .22. My husband quickly replied, "Ah, no, she's good." So cool to have my husband be proud of me and believe in my marksman skills.
We got a second target paper and did go with a .22 pistol. Long story short, our cable for the return broke and my target paper was out there in the middle of no where. Brett told the guy and the man said to finish and he'd shut down the range to get it because, "She's gonna want that paper." How nice was that!!! He didn't make fun of me and even went the extra mile for sentimental needs-a target paper that had 6 direct bulls-eyes and four just around the rim...That is pretty good, if I don't say so myself!
I love this man!!!
Monday, November 17, 2008
Sunday, November 9, 2008
And all kinds of obstacle courses and places to sit. T has placed rocks here and there to make sure they have resting and talking spots.
And to quote my T-Bird, "The Tooth Fairy is going to rock it out here, isn't she?! She will love this!"