Thursday, November 20, 2008

Thankful Thursday



It has been a few weeks since I participated in Thankful Thursday. Now that I think I am making my way back to feeling like my old self again I need to remember each week to be thankful. This week I am thankful for:
  • Wonderful friends that attend our weekly bible study. I so look forward to Tuesday nights when we all get together to encourage and support each other in our faith walk.
  • My husband's enthusiastic, entrepreneurial spirit. I know that how ever bad these economic times will get (and they don't look good on a global scale) that he will always take care of his family.
  • My family. A true blessing to me each and every day.
  • Bunco tonight. A night away with friends and a chance to win some of their money! Hee hee.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Wednesday Whine

I stumbled across Karen's blog today. Actually, she visited me from Tackle It Tuesday yesterday so I went to check her out as well. Today she is starting a weekly meme called "Wednesday Whine." She says that we will feel a whole lot better if we get something that is bothering us off our chest. I believe her. I am pretty sure she meant one thing but, heck, while I am at it I might as well get a whole slew of things off my chest. Let the whining begin.
  • I woke up today and realized that I need a major attitude adjustment. Major people. Major. I am pretty sure that I have been an absolute bear to live with the past few weeks. Dare I say, months? I have been inpatient, snappy, unmotivated (aka lazy) and just plain miserable. If you see me out and about, kick me in the butt. Hard. I deserve it.
  • Why is it when someone (names are withheld to protect the not-so-innocent) knocks the dog's water bowl over and goes to the closet to grab a towel to clean it up with do they grab the nice, clean, in very good condition hand towel that I use in the guest room when the raggedy, stained, who cares what this looks like cause I never will put it out for public display towel is right next to it?
  • I put the baby down for a morning nap about 10 minutes ago. Everything had been quiet and relaxed all morning and then the dog starts yapping up a storm. Happens. Every. Time. So annoying.
  • I am really in the mood for a Subway sandwich. Turkey and cheese on Parmesan Oregano bread with lettuce, bell peppers, pickles, salt and pepper and a smidgen of mayo. Of course with Harvest Cheddar Sun Chips. But, my OB said to watch lunch meat. Not that I can't eat it at all, but just not too often. Sure, you take away my wine, beer and sushi, why not lunch meat too?

Ahhhhh, I think that she is right. I am feeling a whole lot better already! I am pretty sure that I could find lots more to whine about, but you know what they say, "negativity feeds off of negativity." And I did say that I needed an attitude adjustment so I'll stop. For now.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Tackle It Tuesday: Thanksgiving Day Menu

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Oh boy. How excited am I to be hosting my 2nd Turkey Day Extravaganza?!?! Okay, so it's just going to be a little gathering of about 6 adults and 2 kiddos, but none-the-less, turkey day feasts are always a big deal. Can you smell the turkey roasting in the oven? Mmmmm.....

So, today my tackle is the Thanksgiving Day menu. Making a list of all the ingredients I need and shopping for it. I wanna have all my ducks in a row so I don't have to think about getting last minute shopping done the day before.
On the menu this year is:
  1. Turkey. Duh.
  2. Gravy. Made from all the giblet "parts." Mom will be in charge of that one. Mmmm-K?
  3. Mashed potatoes.
  4. Stuffing. And not that boxed stuffing either. Pure, homemade, toast the bread yourself and get down and dirty stuffing.
  5. Broccoli casserole. Don't let this dish fool you. There is nothing really healthy about it except the broccoli. But that is pretty much canceled out by all the cheese and other deliciousness of the dish. In fact, we may just save ourselves some time and smother it all over our stomach, butt and thighs just for time sake. Cause that's where it will be settling eventually anyways.
  6. Rolls and butter. Because you can't ever have enough carbs on Thanksgiving.
  7. Cranberry sauce. The one that looks like the can. No need to get fancy here and make your own. I hated when I went to someone else's house and they actually made their own. The way we do things here in the hood (okay I am lying about the hood, but it sounded better than saying, "...in our suburban, middle class neighborhood) we just crack the can, slide that cranberry "roll" onto a plate (you can use a fancy one if it makes you feel better), slice that baby up like a loaf of bread and voila! My favorite!
  8. Pie. Hopefully ala mode! But our friends are in charge of bringing that one.
  9. Crock pot Pumpkin Spice Lattes. I found this recipe on the Internet and it sounds oh so divine. I can't wait to try it. Of course I'll be making it decaf, but I am sure it'll still give me a buzz from the deliciousness of it all.

Okay, now that I have a pile of drool all over my chin and I have slipped into a tryptophan induced coma I am going to get ready for my big day of shopping. Does anyone have some favorite recipes that they have on Thanksgiving? I would love to hear!

By the way, I am making a new rule this year. The hostess gets the first piece of turkey skin before the carving begins. And the second, and possibly the third. It's my house, I'll do what I want. Get over it.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Christmas Traditions

Yes, I know it is only November, and yes, I know that Thanksgiving isn't even here yet, but don't blame me for talking about Christmas. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE me some Christmas and, goodness, I just can't help myself!

I was over at Katie's blog today and she is taking the next 12 days to post a little something Christmas-y each day to get us thinking about the holidays. It'll be here before we know it, people, and if your like me, ain't nothing worse then running around like a chicken with your head cut off trying to do last minute shopping, sending cards out, decorating, etc. So anyways, today her post was about Christmas Traditions. Oh, how I love traditions. And oh, how excited I am to start some new traditions with our growing family!

I can remember as a little girl that every year my brother and I would hang our stockings on the mantle every Christmas Eve. Just in time for Santa to fill them. And of course, we have the honorary photo to commemorate each year. And each year we look more and more annoyed to have to take the photo. Ha! Then I can remember that we were allowed to open one present on Christmas eve. I even remember when we were really little we weren't allowed to go downstairs until everyone was awake and Dad went downstairs first to "make sure Santa showed up." Jeff and I would wait at the top of the stairs until we got the go-ahead and then we would fly down the steps into the living room where Santa's generosity would stop us in our tracks. Later through the years, I can remember we would pile in the car on Christmas Eve and go around looking at Christmas lights. That's something that we still enjoy doing to this day.

But that's not why I am writing this post. Through the years I have begun to realize that Christmas isn't all about the presents that you get or who has the best lights hanging outside their home. But for the past few years we have tried to bring Christmas back to what the true meaning is. The birth of our Lord and Savior. It's also about helping others in need. So, for that reason hubs and I have made it our annual tradition to adopt a family on Christmas.

We know this can seem like an overwhelming expense. Especially in today's economy. But, believe me, with a little creativity, bargain shopping and saving, it really is do-able. We commit to adopting a family of 3-4 and spending right around $100.00. Of course, the agency wants us to focus around the children, but there are always household needs that we have been able to supply as well. I remember one year I was able to buy a family of 3 clothes, toys, pots and pans, a holiday meal and some extra goodies for the Mom. We use organizations that actually allow you to meet the family and deliver the presents to them ourselves. This has made it even more special for us to see their faces light up as we fill their home with gifts.

It is kind of timely to talk about this today because I just got faxed the information about the family that we are adopting. This year we got a family of 4. Husband and wife and their two teenage children. It always amazes me the items that they ask for. Simple things like curtains for the girl's room, guitar related items, pots and pans, laundry soap, cleaning supplies, and toilet paper. It makes me feel so blessed to realize that my husband works so hard so that we don't have to want for simple things like that.

I am really excited this year to be adopting a family again. This year will even be of greater significance for us as we will be able to bring Kaiden along with us to deliver the presents. We want him to grow up serving and not taking for granted the wonderful life that God has blessed us with.

If you live in the Phoenix area and are interested in adopting a family this year, we used an agency called Desert Mission. I am sure they still have plenty of families that need help. If you wanted to contact Cathie or Megan at 602-331-5792 they can hook you up with a family. If not, I have gone through the Salvation Army in the past and I am sure that each city has a simliar program.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Dreams

Remember when you had those really bizarre, I mean really bizarre, dreams during pregnancy? Well I started having some of those last night in between waking up 50 million times to toss and turn or get up to pee. Never-the-less, I had some doozies that are left up for some major interpretation. So, dust off your dream books and help me figure out what this one means.

Hubs and I were on this school bus with a bunch of people. None of which I recognized. We were driving through this little suburban neighborhood that sat right on a body of water. I don't know if it was a large lake or ocean, but regardless there was water involved. We pulled up to this wooden bridge that overlooked the water and all got off the bus and onto this boat. We were going to be taking a boat tour. So we piled into the back of this boat. Only the boat was sitting on the bridge. In the back of the boat we all were sitting in water about up to our necks. I was in the very back looking down the bridge at a man (that would be our tour guide) walking up towards the boat. He was carrying a dolphin. A real, live dolphin. Pretty cool, I thought. At this point, hubs and this other man get out of the boat and said that they needed to go to Wal-mart and would be right back. The tour guide sat on the side of the boat and handed me the dolphin. I thought, "oh, how cute" and was holding it and hugging it, etc. I asked a lady sitting next to me to take a picture. As the dolphin and I are looking at each other face to face, he started to throw up on me! But not just any throw up. Like black, watery throw up. He kept doing it like 4 times in a row. I was trying to scream for someone to get that thing off of me, but no noise would come out of my mouth. The lady was just snapping pictures and wasn't helping. It was gross.

Meanwhile, hubs was in Wal-mart. He and this man were there buying, of all things, sleeping bags and adult diapers! I told you it was going to be a bizarre one! HA! I must have decided to get out of the boat and try and get myself cleaned off, cause I ended up at Wal-mart too. I went into their restrooms that had like 20 stalls. My dog, Paco, somehow joined me in the bathroom. As I went in one of the stalls I closed the door but found myself standing at the side of the toilet because when you shut the door, the door was so close to the toilet that it touched the front of it. There was no way to actually sit on the toilet (or "hover" like we all should do in public restrooms) to go because the door was right there in the way! So I opened the door and tried the next one. Same thing. I finally had to stand there and wait for the handicapped restroom so I could fit. Of course there was a huge line for that since none of the other stalls were usable.

At this point, I woke up baffled. What does this all mean? Dolphins, boats, throw up, Wal-mart bathrooms, adult diapers and sleeping bags? Hmmmm.....Am I losing my mind? Probably. But that is for a whole different post. Any dream interpreters want to take a stab at that one? Good luck!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Sleepless Nights

Have I ever mentioned that I haven't gotten a good nights sleep in the past three and a half years? Well, if not, then I am mentioning it now. Cause I haven't. And, frankly, it's getting on my nerves.

When we moved into our house in May of 2005 we bought a new mattress. It is a nice pillow top fluffy thing that we thought, at the time, was the next best thing since sliced bread. We even got it on sale. We soon found out that we were wrong. Ever since then we have complained every single morning how we didn't sleep well the night before. Again.

We have contemplated many times buying a new mattress. We have even purchased a Tempur-Pedic mattress only to call them back within the 36 hour grace period to cancel the order. At those prices we are just scared of hating it and then being stuck with thousands of dollars of "store credit" to a mattress store. Minus the 20% "restocking" fee that they charge. It's highway robbery, I tell ya. We have also considered the Sleep Number bed, as suggested by a friend, that has slept fabulous on it for the past 5 years. Again, do we want to shell out the $2600 for one that we are "hoping" will do the trick?

So last week, upon the suggestion of my Costco Queen mother, we went to Costco and bought a Tempur-Pedic type mattress topper. Three inches of pure foam heaven for $180.00. I thought that we had found the answer to our sleep deprived prayers for a fraction of the cost of a new mattress. Three nights later and not a wink of sleep longer I am still looking for an answer.

I will say that I slept slightly better the first two nights. Not as much tossing and turning from my hips and legs going numb after laying in one position for 10 minutes. But here's the problem. When you put that thing on top of a pillow top it makes it too cushy that now, instead of my hips being the problem, my whole body was out of alignment and then I would wake up with a backache from not being fully supported. So, last night we did what all logical people would do. We flipped the mattress over to the hard surface and put the topper on it that way. Needless to say, after 30 minutes, I grabbed my pillows and headed to the spare bedroom for a night of tossing and turning on that hard mattress.

So, at this point I am sick and tired. Sick and tired of being sick and tired. I just want to get a good night's sleep without tossing and turning and turning and tossing. Is that too much to ask? I told hubs that we just have to bite the bullet and pay the money for a new mattress. And after a trip (our 10th trip, I'm pretty sure) to the Sleep Number store yesterday, I think that this is the way to go. That way hubs can have his sleep number and I can have mine. If we try it for 30 days and hate it, we can send it back without a "restocking fee" and only be out the shipping costs of about $100.00.

So, hopefully this will be an answer to out sleepless night prayers. Cause Mama needs some sleep. And when Mama ain't happy and rested ain't nobody happy! Stay tuned to find out if we finally bite the bullet and just buy one.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Happy 4th Birthday, Paco!

Dear Paco,

Where has the time gone my little yappy pants? I remember like yesterday the day Daddy and I brought you to your new home. It was a little apartment in Phoenix that we were living in 4 years ago. We snuck you in because we didn't want to pay the non-refundable pet deposit since we knew we were moving out in a couple months. And when you cried like a baby the first few nights, we hoped that everyone around us wouldn't turn us in for having an "illegal pet." We were less honest then, but not any less cheap. Ever since then you have happily followed us through our many adventures.

Mommy had always wanted a dog from the time she can remember. Being the deprived child that I was after years and years and years (and years) of begging, your grandparents just would never give in to my tears and get me a dog like every other kid on the block. I had to settle for gerbils. Or hermit crabs. But I knew that one day, when I was old enough to be a mom, I would get my own four legged friend to call my own. So when my friend's dog had puppies, and she was looking for someone to give them a loving home, I knew that you and I were meant to be.

It has been 4 wonderful years having you as our "first born." Even though you have adjusted to being the "low man on the totem pole" since the baby was born, and even though you bark at every slight noise that you hear outside (especially when the baby is trying to nap), and even though you still pee on the floor when you have a doggie door that you know how to use to get you out to the backyard, and even though every time we mention the word "walk" or "bath" you bolt to hide under the bed, and even though you lick my hand so many times and for so long that I think that when I look down I will have no skin left, we still love you more than you will ever know.

You have been a faithful companion and a loving addition to our family. You will always be mamma's biggest snuggle buddy.

I love you, you crazy canine.
Da Mamas

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Drought

Thanks all who have stuck by me in my, ummm, blogging drought of sorts for the past few weeks. Honestly, I attribute this lack of blogging enthusiasm to my new case of the "blahs." It's bad, people. Really bad. I truly have nothing of substance to say.

I mean, I could sit here and write about how all I want to do every spare minute I have is sleep. Or I could tell you that I pretty much feel like I could eat everything in the house. Or even that I had no problems with lines at the polling place yesterday and was in an out in a flash. Or that I am a fat heafer (already) and can't fit in any of my regular clothes and look like a drown rat in maternity clothes. Or that my house is in major need of some TLC and that a vacuum would be just the thing is looking for. Or that I am heading to Costco pronto to purchase a Tempur-Pedic mattress topper for our o-so-uncomfortable bed that is only 3 years old that we can't bring ourselves to just get rid of even though it has caused many sleepless nights. But, let's be honest, that would all be B-O-R-I-N-G!

So, I apologize for my lack of posts, wit and just plain enthusiasm for blogging lately. I am sure I will turn around here soon. Maybe a few cupcakes or brownies may kick me back into gear?

Monday, November 3, 2008

Weekend Adventures

This past weekend was actually pretty busy for us. Here are just some pictures of all the activities that have been going on.

Thursday night I joined some of the Moms, Dads and kiddos from my Mom's group here in my community. We had a potluck at one of the parks and all the kiddos dressed up in their Halloween costumes. Kaiden, on the other hand, freaked out when we put his costume on. So, he had to go as Mr. Army man instead. That's the best I could do! Friday night we actually got a few more Trick-o-Treaters than we did last year. So, thank goodness, we didn't have too much candy left over!
On Saturday, we went to a 2 year old's birthday party. Complete with miniature horses for the kiddos to ride and pet. Here is "Cinderella" with the birthday boy! Isn't she just adorable?!?!
Here is Kaiden riding "Yellow Boots" (I think that was her name). After expecting him to totally hate the horse, he actually LOVED riding her. She even "neighed" at the end of both of his rides. It was pretty cute!
They had a saddle set up to sit on (just in case the kiddos didn't like the actual horse). Kaiden loved to "ride" this too! He even tried to gallop up and down like the motion of riding the horse.
Sunday we went to the Dog Festival in Scottsdale. They had a bunch of vendors set up and a ton of dogs with their owners. Paco was with us, but was scared of the water, so he didn't get in the picture...LOL! This doesn't show much of the festival, but hey, there really wasn't that much to show!