Thursday, November 22, 2012


Happy Thanksgiving! I'm up early waiting on the turkey to finish up cooking. We stayed up late last night, trying to get ahead on our Thanksgiving dinner.  My parents are coming for dinner.  Justin and his two girls will be here later this afternoon.  They are going to spend the night!!  For the first time ever!!  I hope they do okay.  Justin is spending the night, too, so maybe they will.  Chelsea has plans for Black Friday shopping, so we get the benefit of that!

I wanted to take a moment to reflect on the things I am thankful for.  Today I am thankful for my family, both immediate and extended.  I'm thankful for my dear friends and my co-workers.  I'm thankful for my home, my marriage, my vehicles, my job, and my health.  I'm thankful that my mom and dad are still around.  We've had a tough year in my family.  My niece lost her 2-year old son in a tragic accident that involved my sister.  It happened in October, so it is still fresh on our minds.  So, I pray that we all get through this and come out stronger.  It will be hard for my niece & my sister over the holidays.  I just pray that God will wrap his loving arms around them and comfort them.  I pray he will help the two of them to reconcile. 

And, right now, I'm thankful that there's food in the oven and a family to share it with. 

May you all have a blessed Thanksgiving.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Life Update: November

Blogger, please forgive me.  It's been 3 months since my last post. Ah, well. It is what it is. I thought it was about time for an update, if only to be able to look back at this blog in the future to help me remember things that I may forget by then.  Who knows? Maybe I'll find it in me to begin regular blog posts again.  Life just seems to get in the way...which is good.

Kevin and I have started a new little side business.  We are making wooden monograms and letters. 

Who knew when I broke down and bought him that scroll saw that it would turn into this?  Things are going really well, and we have several orders in the works right now.  Of course, many people are buying them for Christmas gifts, so I suspect it will slow down after Christmas.  But I'm going to enjoy it for now.  It's good to give us a little extra moolah for Christmas, because things were looking a little bleak. 

I asked my boys what they wanted for Chrismas, and they couldn't give me an answer.  Well, Jordan did say he would like a phone.  And, don't be thinking he's referring to any newfangled phone that's on the market now to replace the one he has.  Because he doesn't even have one.  You see, we did away with the $300+ cell phone bill that we had.  Kevin and I got prepaid phones, and the boys don't have one.  They still use their old iPhone for wireless access, but no texting or phone calls.  I expected them to throw a fit, but it wasn't so bad.  Chase has a job, so I figured he could get his own cell phone plan if he wanted to.  Jordan ended up selling his iPhone for some extra cash, which he blew through pretty quickly.  So yeah, Jordan wants a cell phone for Christmas.  I am NOT getting into another 2-year contract, though.  So I'll see what we can come up with.  Maybe I can figure out something for Chase.  I'm sure he will mention something he would like to have.

Today my little granddaughters are coming to celebrate their birthdays!  Millie turned 3-years old last Saturday, and Maddie will be 1-year old in a few days.  Wow.  Time flies.  They are so sweet & precious, except when Millie jerks the pillow out from under Maddie's head when her mom & dad are changing her diaper on the hardwood floor!  It wasn't pretty.  Maddie cried & Millie got a spanking.  But you can't have Millie going around doing that kind of stuff to her sister.  I mean, we never did anything like that, now did we?!  :)  They came for trick-or-treating.  Millie was a little ghost, and Maddie was a little strawberry.

Millie would run from door to door & say, "trick-or-treat!"  It was so cute.  I'm glad we get a holiday all to ourselves, because Thanksgiving and Christmas can get pretty involved.  It's so hard to work around all the other family's get-togethers. 

Well, now it's time to go drink some morning coffee, and get ready for the day.  I hope everyone has a great weekend, a great Thanksgiving, and a wonderful, MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! (I had to throw that all in there in case I don't get back here soon.)