Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Recap of 2008

I thought it would be fun to go back through all my posts of 2008 and give a list of the highlights or the one's I thought were fun or inspiring for each month. Some of these months were packed with all kinds of it was kinda tough to pick one. January I thought I should pick getting to know us for any new readers...March was packed with sadness and spiritual warfare, but I picked a light read, April we went to SC, May's highlight would definitely have to be dd's bday! June was some light reads like the garbage bowl or the Wonder Woman post, July was full of fun, August I got to meet my best friend on this earth other than my dh and my family~Reise, September again was a month of spiritual nuggets and some fun, October was full of political stuff, November we had the masterpiece of reduction and some more spiritual nuggets, and finally December with the Starbuck's shoplifter and some other funny stories.

January's highlight...getting to know us parts 1-2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6 (It would have been Joe Bug's 12th birthday, but I failed to get it posted...sigh)

February's highlight...Significant, Important, Famous

March's highlight...Because You Can't

April's highlight...When to Pray

May's highlight...Happy Birthday Bella!

June's highlight...Love the sinner, Hate the sin

July's highlight...Best Investment (it would have been dd's 21st bday, but we were travelling again)

August's highlight...We're not practicing goons

September's highlight...A Divine Appointed Camping Trip

October's highlight...Dh put us on a diet

November's highlight...Influential people

December's highlight...By far

So that's 2008 in a nutshell...and few words in closing 2008...
I hope that over the year, I have inspired you, pointed you to the Way, the Truth and the Light, made you laugh and cry! I hope that I've shared my heart and when you read my blog, you feel you know me. That's been my goal in my blog postings.

I pray that each of you have a wonderful New Year's Eve and that 2009 will be not only fine, but be your year to prosper in all areas-spiritually, physically, mentally, and financially.

Thank you for reading my blog over the year, and hope you'll be back for 2009!

Blessings until next time!

Friday, December 26, 2008

after Christmas special...

Christmas quite uneventful...
got up around 7 opened gifts, went off to play with gifts. I went back to bed until 11ish...played on showered and dressed around 3ish. Went to the movies. Saw Bedtime Stories...very good movie...the whole family really enjoyed it and decided we will get it on dvd...went to find a place to eat, since it was around 7 when we got out of movies and didn't make the prime rib dinner I had planned. Went to Panda Express, singing "Fa-ra-ra-ra-ra" on the walk to the door. They were shutting got back in car...decided to go home and dh made buffalo that was Christmas dinner...played on computer again, then played my new 30th anniversary and my favorite game...Payday with kids...stayed on computer til all hours of the night, then got up went shopping with the girls, came home, cleaned kitchen, made prime rib, yesterday's Christmas dinner, along with chili...showered and now reporting to your all! :P

that's it


oh and I did remember to wipe nose before going into public today! :P LOL

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas 2008!!!

Christian Glitter by

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

for crying out loud!!!

Can't we get through one holiday before the stores starting putting out stuff for the next one???
While at Target, yesterday, after the boogie incident....I saw Valentine's stuff out!!! Give us a break!!!!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

By far one of the most embarassing moments in my life...

Warning: gross subject matter!!!

Today, I went to the post office to mail some packages. My younger two children were with me. While waiting in line, I was filling out a form for a certified letter and writing out some checks for bills. My kids were goofing off. (Not loud, just being silly) So when they said softly, "Mom you have a booger in your nose."
I thought they meant they were looking up my nose. I replied, "I'll get it when I go to the van." I didn't realize they meant everyone could see it! Great, now I'll be remembered by the postman as the lady with a booger sticking out her nose! sigh and yeah, it's possible. We live in a small town...

At this point all I can do is laugh, because you can choose to do one of two things...laugh or cry...and I choose to laugh...and oh well, I'm sure I brought a smile to someone's face...because they were thinking, "I'm glad it's her and not me!"

I think I'm par for this year!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Leave it to one of my kids to say this...

On the way home from Walmart today, we were listening to the radio. Of course every station now playing almost nonstop Christmas music. My kids are already sick of it. (Maybe because they start the day after Halloween?) The song on the radio was, "Do You Hear what I Hear?" The first line is, "Do you see what I see?" My daughter replies, "Only if you can see the radio!"roflol Goofy kid!!! :P

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Sunday Sing-Along

This week's Sunday Sing-Along is dedicated to two of my url friends.
Stacey, I'm believing that your receiving your heal for MS.
Beth, nothing is impossible with GOD. Please don't give up in trusting that GOD's desire is for your complete healing

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Starbucks Shoplifter?

What is this world coming to? LOL!

So, yesterday, I went shopping with all my kids. Second stop we made was at a Target with a Starbuck's. Dd asked if I would like a Java Chip Frap-sure!

As she's ordering, etc., I told her I was going back to the linens and then to electronics.

Dd brings me my frap over in the linens. We go over to electronics. I'm looking around. Next, a Target employee stops me and says, "Excuse me ma'am, did you purchase those Starbuck's here in the store?"

"Yes, sir." I reply.

"Ma'am, I think you forgot to pay, was your total $9.51?"

"Um, I don't know, my daughter purchased them, let me ask her."

I walk over to dd. "Honey, do you have your receipt for Starbucks? Because this man said he thinks you forgot to pay."

She replies, "I think so" She opens her wallet, looks for the receipt and then realizes she forgot to pay! "OMGosh, I'm SO sorry! I was giving my little sister some change for an icee, and I put my ATM card in my pocket to pay, I thought I handed it to the girl!"

The guy walks up with dd to the front. Apparently on the way up they had a nice conversation. The guy understood. He forgot to take his groceries the other day after paying for them, while out with his son. (He told me later, below, I said, "At least you didn't forget your son." LOL)

Later, we were in the same area he was working. I showed him our receipt for our purchases, and said, "You can stop following us now, we paid for our purchases." He laughed.

It made for an interesting shopping day...from then on I asked dd if she planned on paying for her items.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

random thingy...

Because I went to Susan's and now I am are you! (that's what she said...)
50 random things about you! If you opened this, FILL IT OUT! Learn 50 things about your friends and let them learn 50 things about you!

1.Do you like cheese? YES, LOVE IT!!!

2.Have you ever smoked? NO! GROSS

3. Do you own a gun? PERSONALLY, NO....dh and ds do

4. Do you like listening to Christmas music? YES, but after Dec. 10th. :P (my birthday)

5. Do you get nervous before doctor appointments? SOMETIMES

6. What do you think of hot dogs? THEY'RE OKAY, but only the pure beef ones.

7. Favorite Christmas song for all time? WHITE CHRISTMAS

8. What do you prefer to drink in the morning? WATER

9. Can you do push ups? UMM, PROBABLY A FEW STILL

10. Who is your favorite Grey's Anatomy Character? DON'T WATCH IT

11. What's your favorite piece of jewelry? MY DIAMOND EARRINGS

12. Favorite hobby? BLOGGING?

13. Do you eat "exotic" foods? DEPENDS on YOUR DEFINITION OF EXOTIC...PROBABLY NOT


15. What one trait do you hate about yourself? MY FOUL MOUTH WHEN I GET MAD

16. Middle Name? ELLEN

17. Name 3 thoughts at this exact moment? I SHOULD BE SLEEPING, IT's 3 AM, WHY AM I UP?

18. Name 3 things you bought yesterday? STARBUCK's MOCHA CHIP FRAP, DIET COKE, WATER

19. Name 3 drinks you regularly drink? How REGULAR???everyday would be WATER, WATER, WATER

20. Current worry right now? THE NEW PRESIDENCY


22. Favorite place to be? WHEREVER MY FAMILY IS


24. Where would you like to go? AT THIS POINT, PROBABLY TO BED. LOL

25. Name three people who will complete this? WHO KNOWS????

26. Do you own flip flops? HEAVENS YES, WOULDN'T LIVE WITHOUT THEM!!!

27. What shirt are you wearing? MY BLUE FLOWERED JAMMIES

28. Do you like sleeping on satin sheets? I DON'T KNOW

29. Can you whistle? YES

30. Favorite color? GREEN

31. Would you be a pirate? WHY WOULD I WANT TO?

32. What songs do you sing in the shower? WHATEVER COMES IN MY HEAD

33. Favorite girl's name? MY DDs' NAMES

34. Favorite boy's name? MY DS' NAME

35. What's in your pocket right now? NO POCKETS IN JAMMIES

36. Last thing that made you laugh? I THINK SOMETHING ONE OF MY KIDS SAID

37. Bed sheets as a child? YES, I HAD THEM


39. Do you love where you live? DEPENDS ON WHERE I'M LIVING AT THE TIME...USUALLY

40. How many TV's do you have in your house? TOO MANY ummm...6...but not all are used, and 3 at RV...

41. Who is your loudest friend? IS THERE SOMEONE LOUDER THAN ME? BRENDA....

42. How many dogs do you have? ONE

43. Does someone have a crush on you? I HOPE NOT ANYONE BUT MY DH AFTER 22 YRS of MARRIAGE, otherwise THAT MIGHT BE WEIRD!!!

44. Do you get embarrassed easily? NOT USUALLY ANYMORE

45. What is your favorite book? THIS PRESENT DARKNESS

46. What is your favorite candy? IS THIS A TRICK QUESTION?

47. Do you know all the words to the Fresh Prince theme song? MORE THAN LIKELY, I can sing along with it...and do it right, off the top of my head-here's what I got...
"um this is a story all about how my life got turned upside down, I like take and minute, while you sit right there and let me tell you how I became the fresh prince of belaire...
In west philadephia I was born and raised, maxing and chilling, all cool, and shootin some b-ball outside of school, when a couple of guys started making trouble in my neighborhood, I got in one little fight, my mom got scared, she said you're moving with your auntie and uncle in belaire." DO YOU REALLY WANT TO HEAR MORE??? LOL

48. What song do you want played at your funeral? NEVER THOUGHT OF IT...GREAT ADVENTURE?

49. What were you doing at 12 AM last night? I DON'T KNOW...PERHAPS SLEEPING

50. What was the first thing you thought of when you woke up? THAT WAS HOURS AGO...I DON'T REMEMBER

Monday, December 15, 2008

UGH! FAMILY and prayer...

Family can be so frustrating at times! We are suppose to have a Christmas gathering this weekend with my side of the family. I don't know if my sister or my older of the my brothers are coming or not...long story...but it boils down to I'm tired of being in the kitchen all day cooking and some of the family doesn't realize the amount of time and effort I put into it. I enjoy it-don't get me wrong, BUT at the end of the day I would like help with the dishes. When I prepare a meal it's not just the cooking. There's first getting back to the house-so traveling, planning, shopping, cooking, cleaning, the amount of money I when I ask for help with the dishes and my sister says, "I did my share of dishes before dinner" umm you hopefully understand my frustration!

So I sent out this email to the family members as a joke to relieve my frustrations last week... (I have several frustrations with my sister)

The plan after discussing with Dad and Annie is to get together on Saturday, Dec. 20th at Hank and my house.

Becki has graciously offered to make lasagne or pick up BBQ from Rudy's. Afterwards she's volunteered to do all the dishes to thank Stephanie and I for all our hard work of cooking and cleaning most of the dishes at Thanksgiving. Please contact her with what you would prefer (lasagne or BBQ)and coordinate what you can bring to help. I will do desserts.


This is the email my sister replies back to the whole family:

Apparently, My sister not only didn't like and get my joke, but doesn't realize how much work it is to prepare dinner. I really did send it out as a joke...I didn't expect my sister to react so drastically! Usually, when we have a joke like this she laughs and says something like, "Good one, but I won't be doing any of that!" So now, who knows if she'll be there or not...anyone want a new Kitchen-aid Salad Spinner for Christmas? LOL

Here's a good reason not to be angry with family:
Please pray for my url friend, Beth, again. She has a malignant brain tumor, a grade 4 out of a possible 4. :( I know all things are possible with GOD and HE can heal her. I would appreciate you all agree with me in prayer just that.

Also, will you please pray for my url friend, Stacey. Stacey has MS and this past month has been confined to a wheel chair and NOT only that, but her mom's house burned down. :( This must be so sad for her, I think it was the house Stacey grew up in. I can't even imagine!

Thanks and Blessings until next time!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Sunday Sing-Along

not up to posting much lately...

Haven't had much to say. So I haven't. LOL...and we've been back and forth to Houston almost everyday this week...
Wednesday-no travel, my birthday
Thursday-from...been home since, with some head cold or something...I don't know what it is....stuffy head, blech...

I've got to get the Christmas cards out still...sigh...and finish up shopping. The family gathering is next weekend...I'm done with them, except my dad and his wife. This year I was going to go with gift cards, but everyone told me what they wanted and I got that instead, so hopefully no giving disasters-like last year. :)

That's about all...

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Today officially!!!!

Today is my 44th birthday. The same age my mom was when she past's hard to believe I'm as old as she was...seems like yesterday! You can read what happen to my mom here, if you'd like. If you recall, last year I went around and had been telling everyone I was 43 when in fact I was only 42! So I'd been preparing all year to turn 44 instead of 43! that's when I asked can I say I'm 42, since I skipped this whole year of saying I was? LOL...I guess this year I REALLY am 44! LOL

Today, we are in Houston. There's a possiblity that we might get snow. I think we are going to the Cheesecake Factory for dinner, if I can find one on this end of town. If not, I think I'll make roast (one of my favorite foods) and go to Costco and get a cheesecake! YUM!!!

Remind you all to tell you the prank I pulled on my sister tomorrow. lol (although, I don't think she thought it was funny, unless her response is a joke too!)

I think in memory of past birthdays....I'm going to try to remember several years...

of course I don't really remember up until I was about 4. A few things I do remember about my birthdays though:

My mom always tried to keep my birthday separated from Christmas. She always made sure my presents weren't wrapped in Christmas paper, or that we had a Christmas tree or decorations up until after my birthday. When I was little and I had a party, I remember my mom used a white sheet and took a permanent marker and outlined all the kids that came to the party and wrote their names in the hands. :)

When I was 8, I was with my dad and sister at Indian Princess camp. I wish I had the pic to post. I had pig-tails. Everyone at camp sang Happy Birthday and they gave me a piece of cake. When we got home that night (I remember it was a Sunday) my mom gave me this way cool jewerly enamel thing.

When I was 10, I got a new, full size blue bike. I had that for years! It had a white seat on it. LOL

Turning 12, I got the game PayDay for my birthday. It's still one of my favorites!

When I turned 13, we had just moved to TX that fall, we got a Christmas tree that day and were going to move into our new house the following weekend.

When I was 16, I remember my mom copied a Ann Landers or Dear Abby article of a poem in my birthday card. It was a card with a puppy on it...I still have it!

Turning 18, was the last birthday I had with my mom. :( I don't really remember the day.

19, I didn't have my mom anymore...I'm not sure I remember this birthday either.

Since then birthday's have come and gone...some good, some bad...this year I have a feeling is going to be great!

Blessings until next time!

Monday, December 8, 2008

King Willie

Back when I left the Steve Martin video of King Tut on my blog, my youngest dd thought when Steve Martin sings..."When he was a young man"....he was saying Willie was a young now it's a joke to say we are going to see King Willie Tut in Dallas. :P
We are hoping to take the RV over the Christmas break and go see the King "Willie" Tut exhibit.

In other news...
My url friend, Beth, is doing better. She's weak and goes through periods of having energy to exhausted. From my understanding she will have chemo.

We went to dh's company Christmas party on Friday night at some huge hotel in downtown Houston. He saw one person he knew all night...that's not saying much...he only knows a few to begin with. We stayed for dinner and then for a pic. I might post the pic later...I think my head looks huge and so does my chest! LOL...My kids think the pic came out nice.

I didn't post a Sunday Sing-Along...that's a first in a long time...but I just had to go get ds a Christmas present yesterday morning at Target, on sale, before they sold out and can't find it until March of next year...much like the Wii...LOL!

Ummm...I think that's all for now...
Blessings until next time!

Friday, December 5, 2008

another frosty funny...

In case you can't read the caption...
"Right in the middle of the produce aisle, Frosty gets caught picking his nose."


Thursday, December 4, 2008

I wonder where they get that from?

Yesterday, after leaving the post office, we got to the one light we have in our town. We were in the right lane, while a constable, and his partner, pulled up to the left lane. My son looks over to the car and says,"Hey Mom, look they wanna race" and my reply with a grin was, "No, son, I'm sure they don't want to race us" He replied, as the car sped off in front of us, "Yeah, see they wanna race! You gotta hurry and catch up to them!" :P

Later in the day, we went out for dinner. There was a young couple with a baby near us. The mom was taking pictures of the baby. My son said, "I wasn't smiling. Can we take it again?" Then younger dd says, "Yeah, I think I blinked. We need to take it again." roflol...
(I don't think they heard us...but we were roaring)

Goofballs!!! I wonder where they get that from?

On another friend Beth, made it out of surgery okay...that's all I know. I'll keep you posted when I hear more! Thanks for praying.

Speaking of prayers...would you please pray for the college situation? The English Dept is being difficult and saying dd didn't do her assignment...I don't think they read the whole letter. It's being sent to the Dean. We still haven't heard from History dept. TIA!!!

Blessings until next time!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Please take a moment and do these two things...

Today, my url friend, Beth is having brain surgery for a tumor at John Hopkins. She went into surgery at 7:30 am EST. Please pray for her and her family.

Also, will you take a moment and send a thank you note/Christmas card to the troops overseas? Xerox is doing this! Just follow the link...and they have this nifty widget you can put on your blog too. :)

Blessings and thanks!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Guess where I spent yesterday afternoon?

Remember the tax, title, and license (for dh's truck) story from a week or so ago? Yes, I spent yesterday there again. Guess what? I had NO problem getting the license and paying the taxes. I don't know what that one lady's problem was...other than she was rude and didn't know her job correctly....but I left with plates in hand!

Hope to have a success story on the college front too...haven't heard anything from them...

Thanksgiving went well, for those of you wondering. I had everything done as planned. I did not make a pumpkin cheesecake...just as one even made the pie I made. I did however still feel like I didn't get enough visit time in with family. I guess that's the way it is sometimes. It didn't help that the dog ran off...and ds wanted me to help him find the goofy mutt. I think, however, I won't be hosting anymore. I complain every year about how my family leaves the dishes for me to do. :( My sister helped by washing a few dishes before dinner...she made the comment that was all she was good for or something. sigh...My dd and my dh's nephew's wife helped....even though my dd had helped do the cooking and had to work all weekend, and dh's nephew's wife had recently had surgery. I guess maybe over the years I've either made it be know I want to do dishes (ummm-not) or maybe my family doesn't realize or appreciate how much I worked on the meal. Whatever!!! If I do host, I think we will have take out BBQ on paperplates. :P

Well I guess that's it for now.
Blessings until next time!

Monday, December 1, 2008


After spending several days, with my dh at odds with me and me with him...I've realized some of my/our priorities are out of line. I've/We've gotten rather slothful in some areas. I don't think I did it necessarily on purpose, it just sometimes happens. So my goal is to start getting them back into order. If I'm not here as much or as often, please understand this is why.