brothers with picture collages
did I mention that I LOVE MY NEW CAMERA!?!?!
Christmas for us is about traditions as well. Good breakfast at Dad and Sue's...Mimi, Potts and Poppa coming over for lunch... and everyone going to a movie at night.
Erica and I being silly
This week has been a bit crazy for me as I have been a sewing machine ha! I am doing my best to make a lot of my gifts and goodness it takes FOREVER! I hope to finish everything up in the next couple of days because we are leaving for TN on Friday!!! We are so blessed to be off until the 1st of the year so I will have over a week at home YAY!
I am sure this will not be my last post before Christmas, but until then I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas! In all of the franticness it is hard sometimes to focus on the real reason for the season, but I hope that each of you will take the time to celebrate Jesus! He is why we celebrate and He has given us His love and grace and mercy, and for that we should be forever grateful. Happy Birthday Jesus!
Thank you to everyone who came.. we had a blast! And you can guarantee that this will not be the last year for our party so go ahead and be looking for your sweater for next year too :)
WARNING: The story below is hilarious now that I can laugh about it... but a bit graphic.
So last night I decided after getting home from our work Christmas party at 9:30 (yea way too late to start this but I wasnt thinking it would take until 1230!) that I was going to feed the puppies their first puppy food. They are now one month old and it is that time so I gave it a whirl. As I was bringing them all in JR said, "Honey I gave them a little before we left." A little... hmm.. okay well that was just a taste so they need more.. or so I thought. I get them all inside and they are all barking at me. I started them off with water and they gussled that right up. So I then filled up their food pans with just a little food and a lot of milk, so that they could pretty much just drink it. Well they all dove right in and I started taking pictures like a proud mom would. Then all of a sudden one started dry heaving for a few seconds and then bamm.... throw up. Few seconds later... throw up again. And after a couple of minutes the poor little girl had done it about 5 times. So as I am holding my nose (I have an EXTREMELY weak stomach to 2 things: blood and throw up. Anytime I see either it immediately makes me gag and I am actually gagging right now just talking about it!) and cleaning up the puke, I look over and the chain reaction had started. Another puppy was now puking, and then another, and yes another. The puppies that were not puking thought it would be cool to eat the puke that their brothers and sisters were leaving around.. and then of course what did they then do? Puke that right up :( Oh man I was so mad! This whole time JR is outside with his friend putting up the new ping pong table we got (thanks dad!) and so I am in the house dealing with all of this myself. I am sure he would have helped and ended up doing so after the fact but it all happened so fast that I didnt have time to stop and ask. Man alive.... note to self: Dont let puppies inhale their first real dinner, it will cause a chain reaction.
So after the reaction finally had stopped and I had 10 puppies that had puke either on their mouth, feet or back.. it was bath time again! :)
I was so thankful that I actually didnt puke myself and took the opportunity to take their one month pictures at midnight last night. Check them out ha! www.10labs.blogspot.com
A co-worker sent me this and it made me stop and take a deep breath. I know I am the worlds worst at always going, going, going and it seems that God has been telling me to slow down a lot more lately. I hope that each of you take the time to slow down so that you can enjoy life as well :)
READ THIS VERY SLOWLY... IT'S PRETTY PROFOUND.
Too many people put off something that brings them joy just because they haven't thought about it, don't have it on their schedule, didn't know it was coming or are too rigid to depart from their routine.
I got to thinking one day about all those people on the Titanic who passed up dessert at dinner that fateful night in an effort to cut back. From then on, I've tried to be a little more flexible.
How many women out there will eat at home because their husband didn't suggest going out to dinner until after something had been thawed? Does the word "refrigeration" mean nothing to you? How often have your kids dropped in to talk and sat in silence while you watched ' Jeopardy' on te levision?
I cannot count the times I called my sister and said , "How about going to lunch in a half hour?" She would gas up and stammer, "I can't. I have clothes on the line. My hair is dirty. I wish I had known yesterday, I had a late breakfast, It looks like rain" And my personal favorite: "It's Monday." She died a few years ago. We never did have lunch together.
Because Americans cram so much into their lives, we tend to schedule our headaches.. We live on a sparse diet of promises we make to ourselves when all the conditions are perfect!
We'll go back and visit the grandparents when we get Steve toilet-trained. We'll entertain when we replace the living-room carpet. We'll go on a second honeymoon when we get two more kids out of college.
Life has a way of accelerating as we get older. The days get shorter, and the list of promises to ourselves gets longer. One morning, we awaken, and all we have to show for our lives is a litany of "I'm going to ," "I plan on," and "Someday, when things are settled down a bit."
When anyone ca lls my 'seize the moment' friend, she is open to adventure and available for trips. She keeps an open mind on new ideas. Her enthusiasm for life is contagious. You talk with her for five minutes, and you're ready to trade your bad feet for a pair of Roller blades and skip an elevator for a bungee cord.
My lips have not touched ice cream in 10 years. I love ice cream. It's just that I might as well apply it directly to my stomach with a spatula and eliminate the digestive process. The other day, I stopped the car and bought a triple-decker cone. If my car had hit an iceberg on the way home, I would have died happy.
Now...go on and have a nice day. Do something you WANT to...not something on your SHOULD DO list. If you were going to die and had only one phone call you could make, who would you call and what would you say? And why are you waiting?
Have you ever watched kids playing on a merry go round or listened to the rain lapping on the ground? Ever followed a butterfly's erratic flight or gazed at the sun into the fading night? Do you run through each day on the fly? When you ask "How are you?" Do you hear the reply?
When the day is done, do you lie in your bed with the next hundred chores running through your head? Ever told your child, "We'll do it tomorrow." And in your haste, not see his sorrow? Ever lost touch? Let a good friendship die? Just call to say "Hi"?
When you worry and hurry through your day, it is like an unopened gift....Thrown away.... Life is not a race. Take it slower. Hear the music before the song is over.
"Life may not be the party we hoped for ... but while we are here we might as well Dance