Thursday, December 31, 2009

long road home

Just wrapped up a great visit w/ our San Antonio family. The boys absolutely LOVE going down there. Had a blast w/ all their cousins. Jeff got to talk football and play madden 2010. I got to hold brand new Baby Jack so it was good all around! =)

Today I'm thankful for inlaws! (Soo glad I can say that!)

Monday, December 28, 2009


What a great Christmas!! There was a chance that it could have been a train wreck, but because the Lord is faithful it ended up being one of the best Christmas' yet!

We had Christmas w/ Doug and Vicky a couple weeks early cause they had so many to do! It was a blast and Max's skateboard was the hit of the party. The weather was beautiful so we all went outside to play football and let Ally push Ben on his new Mickey Airplane.

Then on Christmas Eve it snowed ALL day! It was absolutely beautiful! Max helped me make cupcakes for Jesus' Bday Party (Noah got a stomach bug so he didn't help =( ) and it was hilarious watching Ben suck the frosting off them. Jeff actually helped me finish up the Santa duties as soon as the kids were passed out and Christmas morning was wonderful. By about the third gift Ben finally had the whole 'tearing off the wrapping' figured out. Noah loved his Civil War Battlefield Map and Max had his nerf gun put together before we were even finished opening presents.

Then we headed over to my mom's where we ate a HUGE breakfast and opened gifts. Jonnie and Heather got to come over for a little visit which the boys were happy about. They love Uncle Jonnie.

And the Christmas' aren't over yet! Jeff got the stomach bug that night so we had to postpone Oma's Christmas till the 9th. Can't wait!

This year was great because since money was extremely tight it wasn't about gifts. We were forced to rely on our faith to even get any gifts to begin w/ (another post to come about that miracle) and it became more about how grateful we are for our family than gifts. How if it weren't for our irritating siblings and critical mothers we wouldn't have anything. God is so good. He gave us to our parents and he gave our children to us but they're only loaners! They won't be with us forever so it's crucial to enjoy every minute and squeeze every ounce of love out for the ones we hold dear.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christmas Eve

It's snowing!!! Happy Birthday, Jesus!!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

like a child

Omg I'm getting so stinking excited about Christmas!! I feel just like a kid again, only instead of being so ecstatic about opening my presents, I can NOT wait to see the boys faces as they open their gifts. I'm also pretty pumped about Jesus' Birthday Party tomorrow night. The boys are gonna help me make some stellar cup cakes. I'm so pleased that they're actually understanding what Christmas is really all about. We've had talks about how there are some people who have no family or friends to spend Christmas with, and Max always gets a pout on his lips and says "sad." He's 5 and he gets it. That makes me so happy.

I'm so so so excited!

So today Jeff took the youth group to the mall. They soon proceeded to put tape on the ground to play four-square. Apparently there's not enough to do at the mall. When mall security (a large black man) walked up Jeff continues to play.

M.S. - "You can't do that here."

Jeff - "You're right, that was chicken-foot, she's out."

M.S. - "You can't be playin no basketball here In the mall."

Jeff - "This isn't basketball, it's four-square."

Long story short, today I'm thankful Jeff did not get kicked out of the mall =)

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

hanukkah is a festival of lights

Instead of 1 day of presents they've got 8 CrAzY nights.

To do today:
*Get a good pic of the boys
*church-get ham & fold bulletins
*reconcile bank acct
*clean house
*print pics
*Thank u's
*pick up 11 more gifts

Wanna bet the percentage I actually complete? It won't be good but as to not be a complete failure I'd better get outta bed!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

overwhelmed *part 2*

So I had completely forgotten about the original "overwhelmed" until I just decided I should blog about how the Lord has blessed us so incredibly today!
First thing this morning one of Jeff's youth kids gave him a Christmas card w/ a $100 gift card in it. {Blessing #1}. Then while I was working in the nursery (which I was extremely grumpy about) a really cool lady from church who's been through more than I could ever imagine surviving came up to the door and called me over. She proceeded to hand me a Christmas card w/ a $400 check in it! {Blessing #2}. Then Pastor gave Jeff his Christmas bonus - $300 {Blessing #3}

In summary - on Thursday I told God (and Jeff) we needed more than $700 (on top of his pay) to pay bills and finish Christmas shopping. Today's total blessing = $800 {MIRACLE}

Today I'm thankful for the people who listen to the Holy Spirit and help make miracles happen.

Thursday, December 17, 2009


Lord I'm so so overwhelmed I don't know what to do. Bills are stacked up and we don't have the money for them, let alone presents. You've always been faithful and provided more than enough and I know You will not let us down, I'm just not sure what I'm supposed to do now. You are my Provider. You are my Healer. You are my Everything and I need a miracle!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

sick and tired

I'm so stinking done w/ being sick and tired! I can't shake whatever this is =( I'm incredibly nautious (sp?) And delirious! Why the face?!
So in other news - Noah's MRI ordeal is over and he's been given a clean bill of health! Since I haven't talked about it on here, here's a brief summary - he gets headaches in the middle of the night so doc ordered an MRI to check things out. Had to wait a month for it which was nerve racking. The actual procedure was fairly quick and intriguing at the same time. After all the paperwork formalities noah changed into his "gown" (if I could figure out how to post pics using my blackberry there would be pics to go along here) and headed down yet another hall. When we got to the room Noah laid down and the doc raised the bed to the right height. She clicked a plastic covering over his face, equipped w/ a mirror so he could see Jeff and I, and put headphones on him before then guiding the bed into the "donut." She handed us earplugs which I thought was slightly dramatic at first - I was wrong. Holy moly that was the loudest thing I've ever heard. After about 10 min the doc told noah he was doing good but the pic came out blurry so he needed to try to be completely still for a little longer. About 10 min later he was done! The next day (yesterday) his doc called to say that there was nothing abnormal on the MRI and that as long as the headaches don't become more frequent and motrin still works then he's good to go!! I'm so stinking proud of him. He was never worried or nervous. The only complaint he had was that it was country music playing in his headphones =)

Today I'm thankful for technology and proactive Dr. Watts!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

so so sleepy...

Today I'm thankful for my bed =)

Saturday, December 12, 2009

What a great but tiring day! I've felt pretty crappy for a few days now... don't think it's anything more than a cold... just can't wake up! I feel so stinking tired.
Today started w/ some Scrap It time and Noah's play practice. [Side Note: The play is tomorrow and is going to be so super cute.] After that I had about 2 minutes to run home, take a shower, and get over to Doug and Vicky's for Christmas w/ them. Vicky is so good at making finger food buffet style meals. Perfect for our family. The kids had to wait for Ben to wake up from his nap to open presents, which seemed to last for years. When they finally did, they were so incredibly wound up we had to go outside for awhile to get some wiggles out. Max practiced on his new skateboard and Noah played football w/ Grandad. Ben rode his new Mickey Airplane up and down the road, and sometimes let Allee push him. Too cute. Today I'm thankful for family. =)

Thursday, December 10, 2009


What a cold day! The high temp today is 42! Love it! But don't love the higher electric bill that's comin =(

So last night at church we had a new family come which is so exciting! They have 3 boys, the middle one being 6 is in my class. I've worked in childcare for 16 years now and have never experienced a child so severely ADHD. I usually don't like putting 'labels' on kids but wow. I could tell he really was UNABLE to be still. Even when he wasn't running, he was still rolling or scooting on his bottom. It wasn't a behavioral issue at all. He is such a good kid, he just literally can't be still. I really hope they keep coming even though it's going to make my job a little more challenging!

So in short, I'm thankful for the new little boy =)

Wednesday, December 9, 2009


Today I am thankful for heaters =)