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Happy Easter

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead…
~ 1 Peter 1:3

A New Year!

Happy 2011 everybody.  We barely made it to midnight.  Actually, I think we all fell asleep watching Andy Griffith and I somehow woke up with 3 minutes to go and started yelling at everyone to wake up.  Brian was on the couch and the girls and I were in the recliner.  We turned the TV just in time to see the ball drop and then the girls said, “Ewww…why is everyone kissing on TV?”
So I explained that you kiss your sweetheart at midnight to celebrate the coming of the new year.  Of course, being the romantic that I am, I just threw a fist bump in the air to my husband who was laying across the room on the couch.

We heard fireworks around town, so Katie and I stepped outside and tried to see some, but we couldn’t, so we just listened for a few minutes.

I don’t normally do resolutions.  I kinda feel like if you’ve got something that needs changing, you should just change it whenever you realize that you need to do so.  But earlier in the night, we were in the car heading out to eat supper with Brian’s dad and step-mom and I started asking if anyone had any resolutions for the new year.  The girls had no idea what they are and I’m pretty sure that Hannah still doesn’t get it, but here’s what we all came up with.

Me- (This is part 1.  After hearing Brian’s, I felt like a selfish pig and ended up adding some):  Stay on top of my exercise and get a better grasp on our finances (we’re struggling a little thanks to last year’s layoff).

Brian – “Somehow be healthier and drop a few pounds”, work on our financial situation, be a better father and husband, serve the Lord more this year, make getting to church every week a priority (see why I felt like a butt head about mine now?)

Katie – stop being a junk food junkie

Hannah – “get a bunch of money so we can buy a new house so I can have my own room.”  🙂

So, after my husband made me look like a heel, I decided that I wanted to add to mine to faithfully read my bible everyday (instead of randomly like I do now) and I also want to invite someone to come with me to bible study on Sunday nights.  This doesn’t start til March.  I think I’m gonna ask my dad and I’m hoping that having someone to go with me will keep me accountable and in the habit of going.

So, that was our New Year’s Eve festivities.  Pretty boring, eh?  Yeah, I know.  But I forgot to mention that the girls and I danced our butts off on the Wii, so that should count for something, right?  They got that Just Dance 2 game for Christmas and they’ve pretty much been dancing non-stop.  I like it because it makes me sweat and I’m getting exercise by doing something fun that doesn’t even really feel like exercise. Not to mention that I totally feel like Tina Turner when I’m gettin’ down to Rollin’ on the River.

So, what about you guys?  Any resolutions for you?  And how did you celebrate?

Christmas 2010

Whew!  What a busy, fun-filled Christmas we had this year.  We had lots of gatherings, ate way too much food, celebrated the birth of Christ with our family and had a wonderful holiday.

I made this wrap for my MIL.  I also made the same one for my mamaw only in cream, but I failed to get a picture of it.

 

I also made this scarf for Katie.

 

And this beach bag for my niece.  I filled it with a beach towel, tanning oil, after-sun gel, lotion and chapstick.

 

And this apron for my other niece.

 

 

I even managed to get in really painful game of Twister.  Pretty sure I won’t be repeating that any time soon!

 

My favorite memory from this Christmas was my mom and her siblings (minus her brother, Bruce) singing Amazing Grace.  My uncle Randy brought his guitar and we all sat around singing hymns and other fun songs.  The lighting in the video is terrible, but you can hear them pretty well.  Of course, I didn’t think about getting a video of it until they were almost done, but I did manage to snap a picture of them all.

 

And then of course we sang lots of songs like this…(again, sorry for the poor picture quality).

 

It was one of the most fun Christmases we’ve had.

 

Merry Christmas All!

Heap on more wood! -the wind is chill;
But let it whistle as it will,
We’ll keep our Christmas merry still.

-Sir Walter Scott

Putting Up The Tree

Just a couple of pics from when we put the tree up the other night…

Katie is dressed for winter and Hannah is dressed for summer.  Surprised?  Neither was I.  What kind of mother lets her daughter dress like this in winter?!

(Those were her jammies.  I promise she didn’t leave the house like that.)

: )

Pillowcase Apron

I finished a Christmas gift today that is okay to share.  It’s for my niece, Madie, and as far as I know, she doesn’t read my blog.  She loves to cook and I found this pattern for a pillowcase apron and thought it would be perfect for her.

But before we get to the pictures, I have an ugly confession to make.  I hate having to get ugly, but I cannot proceed in good conscience without first coming clean about this.

I…don’t…like…

to sew.

THERE!  I said it.  I feel better.

Remember how excited I was last year when I got my sewing machine?  Well, I’ve tried to love sewing and I just…don’t.  This pillowcase apron pattern is super DUPER easy.  It would take a normal person probably 30 minutes to complete.  Do you know how long it took me?  Do you?  3 HOURS!

I was not kind to myself during those 3 hours.  I called myself lots of names and had out-loud arguments back and forth with myself for the entire duration.  I felt completely drained and exhausted at the end.  And then just when I finally finished the stinkin’ thing and I sat down to relax and take a deep breath and reflect on why I can’t seem to do the most basic of tasks, I realized that it was time to get supper ready.  Oh it was a bad, bad day.

I’m not exactly sure why I have a learning disability when it comes to sewing, but I just don’t get it.  I want to get it.  I really do.  But I just don’t.

I’m not getting rid of my sewing machine by any means.  I’ll keep it around for any super simple projects that seem worthwhile.  Or for when I get ambitious.  Or for when I forget that I am stupid.

Okay, now on to the photos, I say!

I bought this strawberry print pillowcase at a garage sale over the summer for a quarter.  I thought it was adorable and that I could surely find something to use it for at some point in the future.  Then when I saw the pattern for the apron, I knew it was a perfect fit!

Katie is modeling it for me.  Madie is a good foot and a half taller than Katie, so it won’t be as long on her.  The ribbon is a butter yellow gingham, but it seems to come across like stripes in the pics for some reason.

I wanted to sew a cute pocket out of the gingham too, but after 3 failed attempts (do you understand my affliction now?), I was out of fabric and had to opt for 2 buttons on the top instead.

I thought it turned out cute and I’m hopeful that Madie will like it too.

Holiday Extravaganza!

Last night we had our first annual Holiday Extravaganza!  (pronounced Extravaganzaaaaaaaah!)

My sister, her kids and her boyfriend joined us and we set up a craft table for the kids to make Christmas ornaments/decorations.

There was only one little mishap and of course it involved Nanner and a bottle of green glitter.

And as you can see from the picture below, the kids thought it would be fun to glue red pom poms onto the end of their noses.  However, I don’t know how much fun it was when it was time to remove them.  🙂

We had delicious food.  Cheeseball & crackers, Buffalo Chicken Dip (recipe at the end) and Mexican cheese dip, cookies, brownies and hot cocoa.  Yummers.

We had a really great time.  Once the kiddies were done decorating we broke out the games.  We kicked the kids off the dining room table so we could play there and sentenced them to games on the floor.

It was really fun and I hope it’s an event that we’ll continue for years to come.

Now for the recipe.  This is a wonderful appetizer.  I get lots of compliments every time I make it and it’s super easy to prepare.

Buffalo Chicken Dip

8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 bottle ranch dressing
2 cups shredded cheese of your choice
4-5 strips frozen Tyson buffalo chicken, thawed and cut into bite-sized pcs.

Spread cream cheese in bottom of 9 x 13 dish.
Pour half bottle of ranch dressing on top and spread evenly.
Add 1/2 of shredded cheese evenly on top of dressing.
Spread all of buffalo chicken bites on top.
Add another layer of dressing and then cheese.
Bake at 350 until bubbly.
Serve with tortilla chips.  (I always use Scoops because they are better at scooping up the chicken pcs.)

And finally, I’m getting started on my homemade Christmas gifts.  I’m so excited about this year’s projects.  I’m not making as many as last year, but I love the ones that I am doing and can’t wait to show you.  Unfortunately I can’t show you til after the fact because I don’t want to spill the beans to anyone.

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