Friday, November 28, 2008

The Gobble Song

Christmas Challenge. Amazing

I haven't been on Craigslist in a while, so today when I went on of course the first place I stopped by was the free section, I was intrigued, then amazed by the generosity I saw going. It all started here and so many people have taken her up on the challenge in so many ways, I am so very happy to see that in this "me" oriented society people can still get together and show love and concern for others.
When it comes down to it no matter how are hard off we are there are ways we can bring happiness to others. I am going to take her challenge, will you?

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

I have no prose, no witty comment, no joke.
I have only thanks to God for all he has blessed me with.
May your Thanksgiving be filled with Joy and Happiness.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

First Snow (that sticks)

Hey look! Its snow!

Lets Eat it!

Not too bad................

Ohhhh now lets throw it at mommy!

Then we can skate on our "pond"

F: My legs are cold
M: Well I told you to put pants or tights on
F: My legs are cold
M: Go put some pants on
F:My legs are cold

Monday, November 24, 2008


I told ya'll I had some big news coming, well I have gotten behind in my preparations and all but everything will be a 1,2,3 GO in a couple of weeks, I am super excited and wicked bad at keeping secrets so I will just shut-up and leave.
Leaving now.........

10:17 AM

This morning I am thankful for my Joff who has let me sleep in, I love to sleep:)

Only three more days till Turkey Day!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

It has been one of those Twilight zone days

Sundays can get that way sometimes around here.

I have been cleaning, organizing and getting ready for the Christmas season, I have dug out all the Christmas stuff, found all my scrapbook paper, made a list of stuff to get that I don't have. Like Glitter. I found this marvelous bottle of Glitter, the most beautiful glitter in the whole wide world, it even came with a handy dandy shaker top and a little handle, it came in white and silver, gold and green and red and I want them all, I want them all!
But at $9 bucks a bottle I must remain sad and alone and without that super duper glitter.
(or maybe I will collect them all one month at a time!)

I am missing ornaments for the tree, but have enough lights for the entire White House, I have garlands which my sweet little kittens have shredded and I have re-arranged my living room for our tree. Can you tell I am just a tad excited?:)

But this is the week! The week to be thankful and eat and have fun with family! As much as I have been going on and on about Christmas, Thanksgiving truly is my favorite holiday.
So today I am Thankful for Family, I love my family every single one of them:)

Friday, November 21, 2008

Homemade Christmas Part 2

I need to start labeling stuff.

OK then what do we have for you today! My Crafty blog list (on google bookmarks, there is no way I could fit them all on my blog list:) is huge and now I feel I have more then plenty of ideas for Christmas, Hurray!

This first one is sort of the end and beginning of everything, I love the way she has stuff organized so neatly there, If you go anywhere go to One Pretty Thing because chances are half (more then that all of them!) the links I could provide she already has, she is that awesome:)

This ornament by Handmade Parade is too freaking cute and it is pretty easy to make. We are so making some for our tree this year!

I love the way Heather Bailey personalized a gift card with this ultra cute gift box, plus she has a awesome pattern we can download, how cool is that?

A bowl of moss and pebbles is by a very sweet and extremely talented 17 year old girl, check out this Adorable doll she made for her niece. Although this is a little more labor intensive then I have time for this Christmas I am keeping this homemade doll on my to do list.

A cute idea to make custom made tee's or onesies (or handbags, customize a quilt etc.) is using Freezer paper stencils, I looked around for a tutorial and I love Celtic Mommy's best. Also check out the Flickr freezer paper stencil pool for a lot of awesome ideas!

You can find a handmade holiday list for 2008 over at Sew, Mama, Sew! Which I am just barely starting to explore so check it out for way more information:)

And then of course we have Better Homes and Gardens I love the Sock Snowmen the Matchbox Advent Calender and the Felt-Wool Santa Pillow.

So are you ready? I confess that when I was making my list of stuff I was going to make this year it was way to long, I just don't have time, but that is okay because I will make some of this stuff this year but come January 1st I can really get a good head start on Christmas 2009 (getting ahead of myself maybe?:)

Don't forget to head over to One pretty thing I promise you will love that site! Coming up next on the Handmade Christmas Agenda is treats and goodies! I already have several recipes bookmarked and ready to share plus I will be trying out some to give a first hand review!

Animal Rescue

My wonderful friend Liandra sent me a email the other day about this site Animal Rescue, perhaps ya'll were aware of this but I was not. Here is how you can help (This is pasted from there website)

The Animal Rescue Site focuses the power of the Internet on a specific need — providing food for some of the 27 million unwanted animals given to shelters in the U.S. every year. Over 10 million animals are put to death every year in the U.S. alone because they are abandoned and unwanted.
Each click on the purple "Click Here to Give - it's FREE" button at The Animal Rescue Site provides food and care for a rescued animal living in a shelter or sanctuary. Funding for food and care is paid by site sponsors and distributed to animals in need at The Fund for Animals' renowned animal sanctuaries (including Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch in Texas and The Fund for Animals Wildlife Center in Southern California), pet shelters supported by the Petfinder Foundation, North Shore Animal League, and other worthy animal care facilities supported by the foundation.
100% of sponsor advertising fees goes to our charitable partners.

But wait there is more! You can go to there store and buy something! A portion of your payment also goes to there Charities and trust me they have some really awesome stuff.
So please go check it, click and maybe even pick up a stocking stuffer or two.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

I Cried for you

It was only a year and a half ago now when Tianna died, she was 16. She was beautiful and smart, she was my niece and I will never forget her or how she made my life that much more wonderful just by knowing her.
I love you Tianna and I miss you.

A Puppet Show

As we quietly sit around the living room, just finished dinner we hear from downstairs, a quiet and muffled voice "we wish you a merry christmas, we wish you a merry Christmas........what comes next?"
A few more lines were tested, deemed right and out she came from behind the sofa, flitting and pirouetting in her fairy tutu, her wings fluttering behind her, she abruptly stopped when she saw us and head bent, tippytoed quickly to hide behind a chair, we watched as slowly her eyes appeared above the chair, looking around the room, "are you ready?" she whispered, we nodded and slowly her head disappeared, a few muffled bars and a little humming, and Sparkles the Polar bear puppet appeared and bowed, hesitantly looking down behind the chair, he coughed and began, "We wish you a merry Christmas! We wish you a merry Christmas! And a Happy New year!"
Amid Applauding and cheering, two sparkling eyes and blushing cheeks appeared then she tippytoed, pirouetted and flitted away with Sparkles dancing happily behind her.
Merry Christmas.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Just to prove I am totally mental...............

Yesterday, if you happened upon my blog at a certain time you would have seen a post that is no longer there. It was one of my confessions. I felt you weren't ready. But since you appear to be so sad at missing such a grand opportunity to get practice in for your future job as either a Priest or a Blackmailer, I shall give you one of my deepest darkest secrets.
Are you ready?

Are you sure? Because I am about to divulge.

I eat bacon bits, I go thru bottles of them, I have been known to carry a bottle in my bag (right next to the chocolate) I have one in my computer desk and I put them on everything, I love them so much I even tried them on ice cream once and well I love them a lot but don't put them on ice cream, trust me on that one. I am not particular about brand, I have tried pretty much all of the them. I cannot quit. I am not ashamed, I do not need bacon bit rehab. I am fine.

Is your need to know everyone's dark and dirty secret satisfied for the moment? I hope so, but that was hard, way hard.

A world full of Kristal clones would be very, very scary. Terrifying. I am going to hide from myself in the closet....................................with my bacon bits.

A Dedication

So maybe I will regret this in the morning, I haven't written poetry in years but this one just happened as I was thinking about the trials and traumas some many people go thru in this life.
This is for them, everyone and all of us.

We have our special place

Secret space

Chat and laugh

Free ourselves

Let me into your

Hidden soul

Imperfect grace

We cannot all be


Slow, Slowly

Rushing forward

Hectic pace.

This is no test

No pass and fail

We should all just let it go


Erase the pain

Come out, come out

Of your secret space

Your soul imperfect

Beautiful and whole

Strong and proud

It is you I embrace.


Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Gonna Make you Happy

I have for you one of my all time favorite youtube videos! Whooohoo! Watch, Laugh, Enjoy:)

Happy Birthday Felicity!

Felicity had her 5th birthday on Sunday. She had her hippo cake and a lot of great presents and even better a lot of her cousins were there. She was pretty happy about it.

She is a girly girl, a princess to the core. She still loves hippos and fairies and her favorites colors are pink and purple and she idolizes her cousins Laura and Ivy. She will be starting Kindergarten in December (moving up from pre-K) and is very excited about it. She loves to dress up and be pretty, but she is also very independent and can take care of herself. Her Favorite song is I want a Hippopotamus for Christmas, she loves junk food and has a dislike for anything that might even look like it is healthy for her. She is very social (goes along with the whole princess thing) and I believe she has the mythical Atwater charm vision. I love my little princess Lulu and I hope she has a wonderful year being all grown up and five:)

Friday, November 14, 2008

I wish to Post today

We had a heavy frost the other morning. I ran out as everything was melting so I didn't get any really cool (haha) shots:)
WoW I am just so out of news!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008


I do not know why people say "Happy" Veterans day. There is nothing happy about it, there is pride and gratitude, but there is also sadness, loss, heartache and sadly there are those who do not understand what our military men and woman do for them, they take for granted what is so generously given.
Our Military can't catch a break, They are the ones who put there families, hopes and dreams on hold for us the rest of America, they are the ones that must risk there lives for ours, they are the ones that must live for the rest of there life with the images of war inside them. Not just on Veterans day should we share our appreciation, but everyday, and not just to the soldiers themselves but by how we take care of our country and how we defend our freedoms in public and private, because those freedoms our a gift they give us by there service.

Navel Gazing at its Finest

Is a freaking funny blog (here), there was a bit of controversy because of a blog she started anonymously, that some people got way to invested in and got all upset when she confessed it was a fake story! It is very well written and cute, Its called my Super Hopeless Romance and I don't care if its not true:) if you head over don't forget you have to start at the beginning.

But that is not why I started this post! Right not she has this wicked funny YouTube star wars song video on her blog and you really must check it out:)

I have kittens. They are cute. I have a cat his name is Buddy. He doesn't like my kittens. He has security issues. He needs therapy.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Good Timing and a pot full of Chowder/Chili

Alice woke up this morning and got down the cereal and a bowl, sat herself at the table and poured out the cereal just as Joff walks in the door with a jug of milk, Alices sais "ohhhh good timing daddy!"
Ok well I thought it was pretty funny.

Last night I put down a pot of Chili on the seat of the van and put Caleb in his seat and ran back in side to grab Elli and when I came back out Caleb was on my seat sitting very happily in my pot of chili.

Really after that there isn't anything else to say.

Saturday, November 8, 2008


WOW that last post was written at 1:30 in the morning!

I so had something to tell you but I suffer from "I forget" syndrome so here is this instead.

OK this is so cheesy but sometimes jokes are so bad you laugh anyway:)

What did the turkeys sing on Thanksgiving Day?
God save the kin.

What did the turkey say to the man who tried to shoot it?
Liberty, Equality and Bad aim for all.

What happened to the Pilgrim who was shot at by an Indian?
He had an arrow escape

Then of course we have the traditional Thanksgiving song:

Over the River and Through the Woods
Over the river and thru the woods,
To grandmother's house we go;
The horse knows the way to carry the sleigh,
Thru the white and drifted snow, oh!
Over the river and thru the woods,
Oh, how the wind does blow!
It stings the toes and bites the nose,
As over the ground we go
.Over the river and thru the woods,
To have a first-rate play;
Oh, hear the bells ring, "Ting-a-ling-ling!"
Hurrah for Thanksgiving Day-ay!
Over the river and thru the wood,
Trot fast my dapple gray!
Spring over the ground,
Like a hunting hound!
For this is Thanksgiving Day.
Over the river and through the woods,
And straight through the barnyard gate.
We seem to go extremely slow
It is so hard to wait!
Over the river and through the wood --
Now Grandmother's cap I spy!
Hurrah for the fun! Is the pudding done?
Hurrah for the pumpkin pie!
Over the river and thru the woods,
To grandmother's house we go;
The horse knows the way to carry the sleigh,
Thru the white and drifted snow, oh!
Over the river and thru the woods,
Oh, how the wind does blow!
It stings the toes and bites the nose,
As over the ground we go.
Check out Tip Junkies post "Thanksgiving Centerpiece" . For the next six days ( I think she has six left) she will be posting Thanksgiving related tips and idea's:)
Tra-la-la thats all for now:)

Thanksgiving stuff and Christmas Confessions

First I am about to admit a sin or two, so followers of the Great Turkey do not pelt me with Pumpkin Pies.
I listened to Christmas music today
Was wishing for snow
I got caught in the Christmas aisle at Walmart.
As penance I offer you these really great Thanksgiving links for all your Thanksgiving viewing pleasure. Great Turkey forgive me, it was Frosty the snowman and I was weak.

First check out these Chocolate bar place cards over at Martha Stewart Living
Danielles Place has some really fun Thanksgiving crafts for you and the kids
Sugar Doodle has some great links on her Random Ten page
Something that I see alot of people do and that we also do is the Gratitude Tree or Thanksgiving tree, We have a poster of a bare tree on our wall and everyday we add a new leaf, every one has to write something on the leaf they are grateful for.
We are also trying something new this year, we are going to be making Thankful for you Pies and giving them to people we are grateful for, I thought this would be a good idea for the kids to show there gratitude for the people who mean something to them. We will see how it works out.

All righty then, penance over with. I hope I am forgiven:)

Monday, November 3, 2008

Homemade Christmas

I am not the craftiest person around, the creative side of my brain is lazy when I am wide awake which isn't often but there is something about glue, fabric and markers that just makes me want to create:)
So I have for you today some of my favorite things around the web that you can make for Christmas.
First we have Bizzy Bee Creations I personally love her altered clipboards and Holiday Garland
I Love, Love the Garland:)

Perhaps this next one is more then you want to take on for the Holidays but I have to at some point in my life make this. But if you are the super crafty type it would make a super awesome present.

I have seen the Crayon Holders all over the web, personally I think they are uber cute and would make one for Katie but the rest of my kids probably would just dump them all out and then stomp on them, Skip To My Lou is a really great place for gift ideas and easy to understand tutorials.

If you really, really like to get creative check out this amazing Snowman over at Simple Flourishes. I was definitely wowed.

I am making these for the kids for Christmas (shhhh) the pattern is easily adaptable so I can make all there favorite animals:)

Little Birdie Secrets is one of my all time favorite blogs and i want to make Lots of these Memory boards. Again great easy to understand tutorials.

I want to make all my kids a quilt again this year, I really love the Ragged Squares quilt over at Crazy Mom Quilts and she does a awesome tutorial.

So that's my list for the day, I have more (lots and loads more) but I will save those for another time, right now my house is crying "clean me! clean me!"

Sunday, November 2, 2008

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