Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Almost Better!!!

Almost Better!
That's all I need to say about that.
It's been an awful week of fever, headaches, dizzyness, cough and weakness. But this week, it's back to the grindstone! Back to work, back to play and back to keeping track of my little rugrats!

Although I'm still hanging on to my fun cough I'm able to get back online and get back in the crochet saddle.
I have been reading a ton this last week and I admit my fingers feel a little rusty holding a crochet hook again. I have busted through about 4 good sized books. And most of the book of Deuteronomy in the Bible. To be truthful, I listened to that one because I was even too weak to read on that day.
My books ranged in genera from Sci-Fi, to historical romantic fiction, to 1899 Manhattan upper class scandals to modern day Texas Ranger mystery. I even read a contemporary girl drama book about women finding friendship and leaning on each other during times of difficulty.

With the list I've read this last week it's hard to pinpoint my preferred genera. My DH calls my usual preference of TV shows "murder, death, mysteries". (see CSI, Law & Orders, The Mentalist...) but I'll often be seen watching comedy sitcoms too! I love Frasier, Friends, Dharma & Greg etc.
But when it comes to books many times I'll be seen with an historical drama romance? fiction.
Some of my favorite authors are Francine Rivers, Janette Oke, Margaret Daley, Sue Grafton, John Grisham, Murray Pura, Beverly Lewis, Suzanne Collins, Jean M Auel, Frank Peretti, Danielle Steele, Jane Austin, and I know I'm missing some great ones!

Want to share some of your favorite books or authors? Tell me!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Such a Crazy Start to the Year!

So things have been a little weird this last week.
My dear husband (dh) has been sick for about a week now. He is pretty laid back normally and makes a terrible man-child sick patient. It works best if I leave him alone to munch on crackers by himself and his laptop. I'm not Nurse Rached, from "One Flew Out of the Cukoo's Nest, but I'm no Florence Nightengale either!
As if to make matters worse, my sweet, wonderful kids chose Sunday to play with matches, start a fire and make some nice holes in our new ottoman. It is less than a month old! Oh boy.

And then I saw the dining room table. The kids thought it would be a fun game to throw a fist sized rock at each other and use a little umbrella to block the throws! CRACK!!! Our glass table cover is broken... and good!

So the kids literally spent the day in their bedrooms. My son got all toys taken out of his room, his new Batman sheets were stripped from his bed. All stuffed animals (except one) got evacuated and he took about two naps that day.
My daughter was also punished for participating in this mess. She spent the day in her room and also took two naps. When there's nothing better to do you sleep, I guess!

My dh is still sick but on the mend and though I feel a little unwell,I have not crossed over to actually sick. Let's hope it stays that way.

I think that's all for now.
Tomorrow's another day!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Just Kidding Around

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Image result for music note symbol And Mom and Dad Can Hardly Wait for School to Start Again...

This is my theme song! Two weeks off school seems like a great idea at the beginning but nearing the end of Christmas break it seems a bit excessive! Ha!
The kids had a great time and even though they got pretty restless at the end they were sad to see the break come to an end.

These two cuties were definitely a handful! Now that we are back in the routine of school things have calmed down a bit. But when it comes to my 8 year old daughter who thinks she is already a teenager... oh my goodness!
I have a hard time knowing how to handle a strong-willed opinionated, stubborn daughter!

I have not had any time this "vacation" to work on my crochet but I hope to get started again soon. I need to finish a baby blanket for a friend before I start any other projects. Any suggestions for what I should start next?

But first: this blanket is pretty neat. I am using a new stitch I learned called the "blanket stitch". It ends up looking very cool and a bit different from just a regular double crochet. I'll post a photo when I'm done with a short tutorial!
Until then; have a great day!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas Eve

So here we are on Christmas Eve day.
Going on about 4 hours of sleep but not too tired yet. I'm enjoying listening to Contemporary Christian Music on Pandora, kids playing "nicely". Having consumed a large quantity of coffee this morning I am not too surprised at my energy level. Time to get moving on the rest of the day.

Several hours later; we are all back from running some errands and doing some last minute Christmas shopping! With a dash of hope I put my boy down for a much needed nap and refrain from taking my very much needed nap. I'm counting the hours and minutes until we can put both kids to bed for the night  before I can take their gifts out of the secret hiding place to wrap their presents.
Let the countdown begin!

4.5 hours.....

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Elf on the Shelf: Is it all worth it?

At this moment I am laying on the floor of my now clean carpet to share a beautiful, magical tradition that has started in our house.

The Elf on the Shelf.

Now I was told that this would be a great tool for getting naughty children to fall into line as we near a crazy and hectic holiday season. It is my understanding that this cute, little stuffed elf is supposed to "show up" at the beginning of December and stay until Santa comes on Christmas eve... late.
Every night he magically travels to the North Pole to tell Santa all that kids have been doing. Naughty AND nice. Then he comes back and gets in to some mischief or plays till the kids get up. (Of course this means that mom is supposed to move him around to show what he has been doing)

All this to say: Is it WORTH it? I have been moving the creature. I have been playing along with the magic of it. I have been encouraging the kids to be nice and good so the elf can report good things to Santa. BAH! That's what I think. All that work and the kids have maybe even been worse than usual! This is not the bargain I signed up for when I accepted the ugly little guy into my house. He is not keeping his side of the bargain. He is supposed to be dragging his mischievous little butt up to the North Pole to report to Santa. He is supposed to be achieving something other than being ratty, decidedly UNmagical urchin that sucks up all the beauty around him.

Well, that was most unflattering. I just exposed my darker side of the holidays.
All the things I DO enjoy will overshadow this slight slip-up, I hope.
Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

I'm worn all out! But Remembering the Reason

As I sit here in from of my computer screen I contemplate the meaning of life... not really.

What I am really contemplating is going to bed early(ish). As in now. It's almost ten at night and I have another early morning getting two kids going in the same direction and off to school appropriately dressed with shoes on, including socks; clothes on, including underwear; and teeth AND hair brushed! Whew, it's more work than you can imagine making that happen 5 days a week.

I'm looking forward to Christmas Vacation for that very reason. Yes I'm excited to have family over. Yes I'm enjoying the decorations and the holiday treats. But most of all I'm excited to sleep in a bit. Relax in the mornings. Ahhhh, I'm enjoying the idea now.

Life can get so busy with extra holiday ... stuff, that we often can forget the actual reason for the holidays! Faith. Family. Joy. Peace. Good Music. And of course good (great!) food!

I am ready to relax, but I want to remember why I am able to celebrate this awesome, worldwide holiday. I have complete belief that God sent his son, Jesus to be born of a virgin so that he could be the ultimate blood sacrifice needed to fulfill the covenant laid out between God and Abraham. I believe Jesus died on a cross like a common criminal, was buried, rose again 3 days later and ascended to heaven where He waits for me.

I'm going to take time to remember those things every day.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Christmas Preparations and Santa

Christmas is only a week away and I'm not ready for my in-laws to show up! I wish Mary Poppins would show up and snap her fingers for me!
We got up our tree and lights in the windows already and now we just clean and wait. And clean. It's hard with two little ones in the house but hopefully I can get them to help out more than they destroy. Any ideas for that?!
I had my one and only holiday bazaar last weekend and I did well! I sold a lot of my little crocheted guys; my octopi, hedgehogs, bookmarks, fingerless gloves, hats and cards! I even sold a couple picture frames I covered with pretty paper and embellished. Very fun. I'm starting to sell them online again. I'm trying e-bay and a new app I found called Offer Up. It's a bit like Craigslist and it is very easy to post my things. I'll have to keep you posted on how things sell.

What do you do for Christmas and the holidays? Do you go all out to decorate or keep it simple? In town or out? Santa or no? I found a great letter a mom wrote to her kids about the truth about Santa,
Check it out.

amazing way to tell a child the truth about santa. This is awesome beyond words. Who ever wrote this wins at life.

Farewell for today. Have fun getting ready to this all too hectic celebration of Jesus' birth. Remember why we celebrate and enjoy!