Saturday, December 20, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
We decided to make a few special gift bags for the extra special presents. Kailey painted the bags with fingers, toes and paintbrushes. They really turned out cute and I am sure the reciepients will love them as well.
Monday, December 15, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
The last few nights Kailey has been quite the silly girl at dinner. A few nights ago she started to lean in for a kiss and then when we would get close she would move and then CRACK UP! She made a game of it, leaned in for the kiss and then tricked us! She was really having fun being silly. When I pulled the camera out she started to pretend to kiss the camera and then giggle- so silly. She brings so much joy to our lives, moments like this remind me of how very blessed Greg and I are!
I've been a good mom all year. I've fed, cleaned and cuddled my children on demand, visited the doctor's office more than my doctor and sold Sixty-two cases of candy bars to raise money to plant a shade tree on the school playground. I was hoping you could spread my list out over Several Christmases, since I had to write this letter with my daughter's red Crayon, on the back of a receipt in the laundry room between cycles, and who knows when I'll find anymore free time in the next 18 years.
Here are my Christmas wishes:I'd like a pair of legs that don't ache (in any color, except purple, which I already have) and arms that don't hurt or flap in the breeze, but are strong enough to pull my screaming child out of the candy aisle in the grocery store. I'd also like a waist, since I lost mine somewhere in the seventh month of my last pregnancy.If you're hauling big ticket items this year I'd like fingerprint resistant windows and a radio that only plays adult music, a television that doesn't broadcast any programs containing talking animals, and a refrigerator with a secret compartment behind the crisper where I can hide to talk on the phone.
On the practical side, I could use a talking doll that says, 'Yes, Mommy' to boost my parental confidence, along with two kids who don't fight and three pairs of jeans that will zip all the way up without the use of power tools. I could also use a recording of Tibetan monks chanting 'Don't eat in the Living room' and 'Take your hands off your brother,' because my voice seems to be just out of my children's hearing range and can only be heard by the dog.If it's too late to find any of these products, I'd settle for enough time to brush my teeth and comb my hair in the same morning, or the luxury of eating food warmer than room temperature without it being served in a Styrofoam container.
If you don't mind, I could also use a few Christmas miracles to brighten the holiday season. Would it be too much trouble to declare ketchup a Vegetable? It will clear my conscience immensely. It would be helpful if you could coerce my children to help around the house without demanding payment as if they were the bosses of an organized crime family.
Well, Santa, the buzzer on the dryer is calling and my son saw my feet under the laundry room door. I think he wants his crayon back. Have a safe trip and remember to leave your wet boots by the door and come in and dry off so you don't catch cold. Help yourself to cookies on the table but don't eat too many or leave crumbs on the carpet.
P.S. One more thing...you can cancel all my requests if you can keep my children young enough to believe in Santa.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Tuesday, December 09, 2008
Monday, December 08, 2008
I am asking all of you to please pray for our friends Hetaher and Jon and their dear sweet baby. Baby Hayes was born 6 weeks ago and he was the baby that they had dreamed of for many years. On Saturday night, Jon and Heather went to sleep and when they woke up they found baby Hayes not breathing and unresponsive. The medical examiner has declared his death SIDS. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE pray for our friends and for their sweet, innocent baby. This is our second friend this year who has lost a child to SIDS. I cannot even imagine the anguis that they are going through, and I don't want to. I can't even imagine the pain and heartache they are experiencing and I hope I never have to.
Kailey is napping now and you can bet I am checking on her WAY more than I usually do. Life is just so fragile, cherish EVERY SINGLE SECOND.
My heart is broken for this hurting family.
Thursday, December 04, 2008
So today Kailey started something that I fear is going to make me NUTS! We went to do some shopping and when we got to the register Kailey looked right at the cashier and yelled POOP! And then she giggled! I told her that wasn't nice, but she didn't care--she yelled it again. The rest of the time shopping she was yelling "POOP" at random points and at random people. I know that these people probably think my kid has terets or something.... Hopefully this lovely phase will pass quickly so I can spare myself some embarrassment. I mean seriously, why can't she yell HI or HOHOHO, why Poop???
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
The class was wonderful. While we cooked he told stories about what it was like to work for the royal family, he kept me laughing for sure! He showed us several ways to prepare the same meal-- since Greg and I don't eat a fancy meal every night it was nice to learn some ways to "dress down" nice meals.
We started with Lobster, Jumbo Lump Crab and Heirloom Tomato Salad with Yellow Tomato Gazpacho, then moved on to Braised Beef Short Ribs with Parsnip Chips served with Soft Polenta with Wild Mushrooms and Crispy Prosciutto. Last but certainly not least we made an AMAZING dessert-- Milk Chocolate Cremosa with an Espresso Parfait and Butterscotch Sauce. At first glance the menus looked pretty difficult, but with Chef McGrady breaking it down I thought that I would actually make these things again.
I had such a fun day cooking with Chef McGrady, I am hoping to do it again in January. I really enjoyed just relaxing, drinking some wine and doing something I love... COOKING!
Thank you Mom for surprising me with such a wonderful time... You are the BEST!
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Poor little Kailey
Friday, November 14, 2008
Shipping was $3.99.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
I Wish You...
I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright no matter how gray the day may appear.
I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun even more.
I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive & everlasting.
I wish you enough pain so that even the smallest of joys in life may appear bigger.
I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.
I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.
I wish you enough hellos to get you through the final good-bye.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
It was at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month that the armistice was signed to end the "war to end all wars." For several decades starting in 1919, November 11th was celebrated throughout the United States as "Armistice Day". As we all know, the Great War was not the last war, and our men and women continued the struggle for America's freedom throughout the Second World War, through the Korean Conflict and on into Vietnam, the Gulf War, and now into the War on Terror in Afghanistan and Iraq. Thus, on November 11th 1971, President Nixon officially renamed this day to Veterans' Day in honor of all the men and women that have served this great nation in countless wars.