Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
If I decorate my house perfectly with lovely plaid bows, strands of twinkling lights, and shiny glass balls, but do not show love to my family - I'm just another decorator.
If I slave away in the kitchen, baking dozens of Christmas cookies, preparing gourmet meals, and arranging a beautifully adorned table at mealtime, but do not show love to my family - I'm just another cook.
If I work at the soup kitchen, carol in the nursing home, and give all that I have to charity, but do not show love to my family - It profits me nothing.
If I trim the spruce with shimmering angels and crocheted snowflakes, attend a myriad of holiday parties, and sing in the choir's cantata but do not focus on Christ, I have missed the point.
Love stops the cooking to hug the child.
Love sets aside the decorating to kiss the husband.
Love is kind, though harried and tired.
Love doesn't envy another home that has coordinated Christmas china and table linens.
Love doesn't yell at the kids to get out of the way.
Love doesn't give only to those who are able to give in return, but rejoices in giving to those who can't.
Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things.
Love never fails. Video games will break; pearl necklaces will be lost; golf clubs will rust. But giving the gift of love will endure.
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
All of this, except the gingerbread man, belongs to Jacob. He was student of the month in November. I was so proud of him.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
I have a party on Friday for Jacobs class to plan. I have it mostly figured out. I am just waiting for one lady to call back. I think I over planned but I learned my lesson from the Halloween party when I didn't have enough planned. I still have to bake the cookies for the kids to decorate. I decided to let them decorate cookies, do a small craft, make reindeer food, and play games until time runs out. That should keep them busy and fill up the hour.
Then there is the whole planning out Christmas day and juggling families. I won't get into that because I know everyone can relate.
We attempted to take pictures of the kids today. We took probably 50 pictures when Bill realized the camera was on the wrong setting. So, he fixed it and by then it was too late they no longer thought picture taking was fun. Here's an example of what I mean...
I know that is terrible but I couldn't call my blog "the way it really is" if these things didn't happen. I will post better (not so violent) pictures later.
I don't know how I would juggle things if I worked outside the home especially this time of year. This is just a short list I left out a bunch of stuff. Anyway, I guess it is about making time for what is important.
Speaking of making time, I have to make time to finish watching a basketball game.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
First, I want to tell you my kids have made up new Christmas songs in case you are tired of the same ones:
1. Ruinolph the red nose reindeer (thanks Jacob)
2. Frosty the Snowman is poming to town (thanks Isaiah)
This past weekend the kids were in a play. Here they are in costume...
I guess this is as high as the kids could reach!?!
I have some cookie baking pictures to post also but I think I have taken up enough of your time for today. Oh, wait...here's what the tree looked like after a few adjustments. I wish I could say it still looks like this but the kids have done some rearranging.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Saturday, December 13, 2008
- Potty training didn't go so well today...it is much easier to change dirty diapers than dirty underwear.
- The Cavs lost tonight.
- Christmas is 12 days away and I am not ready.
- I did mail out almost 90 Christmas cards though.
- The Cavs broke their winning streak.
- Bill is at Wal-mart right now looking for white jogging pants for our kids to wear for their Christmas play...tomorrow. It is 10:45pm, how's that for waiting until the last minute.
- Tyler's basketball team has not won a game yet...poor kids.
- Speaking of losing...oh, never mind, I already said that.
- I have baked 6 batches of cookies for Christmas, so far, and have barely any left (I think I have a mouse in my house). I still have a lot of baking to do but at this rate I won't have any to give away.
- I really should get to bed, my kids will be up in 7 hours, 6am comes early.
- One last thing, a win would have been nice!
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Sunday, December 7, 2008
I know this is hard to see (sorry) but these are two pictures the boys made in school. The one on the left Joshua made and the one on the right Jacob did. My kids are not thankful for their family on Thanksgiving...one is thankful for school and the other orange???
I just thought this was cute. Isaiah is really into Micky Mouse these days. Joshua had them all lined up. I guess they were watching TV.
This is a few minutes later when he decided the "scary" guys had to be on top. The happy ones (Mickey Mouse) go on one side with Superman on the other. The bin on the bottom contains Hot Wheels. He is only four...should I be worried?
Friday, December 5, 2008
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
On Monday, the local thrift store offers certain tag colors for only 50 cents. I have recently started going more often to spend time with my mom. It's something she enjoys to do and I have started to like especially since I have found some pretty good deals. Yesterday, for 25 dollars, I bought: 8 name brand shirts for my younger boys, a pair of Levi's for Tyler, A VHS tape of a movie the kids have wanted to watch (they'll just have to do it at grandma's because we don't have a VCR anymore), a big stuffed Grinch for Jacob, a cookie tray for church, a shirt for me, a comforter and brand new Scooby Doo sheets. Not so bad. Maybe, my friend Delilah is wearing off on me. I still have to figure out the CVS thing though. Anyway, it is nice to spend time with my mom. She is having a hard time dealing with things in life right now.