Thursday, December 30, 2010

Calendar Snob

I'm kinda a Calendar snob. I don't like just any cutezee calendar..not for me.

I have two MAJOR criteria for picking out the perfect calendar.
1. Plenty of space on each day to write all the necessary information.
2. Dinner Menu daily plan

And.   I.   Found.   It.   Last.  Year.
Really this stuff gets me all excited like a kid on Christmas morning.
I know that some of you already have a calendar you just settle down. HA!
This one fits me perfect & I am a meal planner so this calendar works perfect for me.
Because at the bottom of each day it has "Dinner Menu" written.

How do you get one of these Fabulous Calendar? What is it called?

So if you are like me....and you thrive on being organized & knowing what is
going on...what's for dinner ahead of time & realizing you can't remember every
thing anymore...than go get you a calendar!! Happy New Year!

Christmas @ Our House

On Christmas Eve we let the kids open one's a new pair of PJs. Then we
snuggle up & read about Christ Birth. This year Matt got a little fancy & used his
Ipad. I have mixed emotions about that...but Oh well!! I'm a little Old School people!

The next morning Lauren got up early & made us all sticky buns! Yum!
Our living room exploded with wrapping paper in minutes. I love to watch
their faces as they open each gift. It's getting harder to surprise them as they
get older...but there are still a few things we can pull off surprising them with!
This is a few of their "big gifts"....
Lauren & Brooke both got dog training classes with one of our dogs each.
And Jaden got a 22 gun. It's Matt's old gun. He can't wait to go hunting!
All snuggled in their Pjs by the Christmas Tree. 
We had a blessed Christmas! 

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Why I count it all JOY Wednesday!!

Is it seriously Wednesday already because I feel like this week has 
flown by!!!  And friends....this is the last Wednesday of 2010!! GULP!
But one thing I enJOY about Wednesdays is...being JOYFUL!
Join my friend Angel as we count our JOY!

Why Am I JOYFUL this week?

My kids were in our Christmas Candlelight Service...
my angels & shepherd boy.

Lauren has been volunteering at our Vet this week. It just brings me
so much JOY to watch her give of her time for something 
she has a passion for in life.

This Gigantic Swiss Cake Roll!! My niece is in Culinary school
& she helped me make this for Jesus Birthday!
And's as yummy as it looks. 

Hanging with my kids this week.

Sleeping in & being very Lazy.


Matt & I sat at Starbucks last night & set our budget for 
2011 & goals for our family financially but most
 importantly talked about where God is leading
us a family & in ministry. It was such a 
refreshing conversation. 

We have been feeding these people's animals while they 
were gone for the Holidays & they paid our kids way 
more than we expected...that was a blessing!

The heart of Matt's mom...thanks for being so 
generous & blessing our family. WOW
You didn't have to do what you did but you
did it anyway with JOY.

My bag of Starbucks coffee my sis-n-law gave me for 
Christmas...good to the last drop every morning!!

I got 2 new lens for my camera & it's gonna help me 
move closer to my dream of being a photographer!!

Laughter of my kids & their friends hanging out 
at our house. 

OSU Bowl Game tonight!! 

God's many blessings & His love for me.
I am feeling incredibly blessed lately. 
A baby changed everything for us. 

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Christmas 2010 w/ Family

We have a big family...lots of stops to make every year!
Our first Stop was with Matt's mom...aka Grandpa & Grandma Z.
Grandma & Grandpa Z. love playing games with the kids. I caught this moment
while they were playing Uno...not just an ordinary game of Uno...some fun
 spinner thing that lights up, they bought to play with the kids. 
They were all sitting on the bedlaughing & playing...what a gift for our kids, 
time spent with them. My Grandma Dickey was like this..she played with us
 & made us laugh. That's what kids remember...not the gifts they opened under the tree. 
The adults got quite a surprise from her also...a decision she made many years
ago is now blessing our family in a huge way...more about that at another time.

Next we headed to Matt's dad's house...aka Grandma & Grandpa Thomason.
They both live in Stillwater so it's convenient for us to see them both. 
The girls always have so much fun together...they are goobers!!
Same with the boys...both grandparents have Wii & all kinds
of games to play so it's a blast for them to hang out. 

Last stop is my parents...Nana & Papa's house with my sister
& her family. My mom always works so hard to make our dinners
yummy & you never walk away from her house on an empty stomach!
This year my dad had a new gadget for the was infrared cooked.
Crazy huh? Instead of being fried. 
My kids love their cousins. They always have so much fun together
on both sides. We are so blessed to have so much family. I enjoy our 
time together & love watching my kids interact with extended family.
I know we are so fortunate to live close to our families. I praise God 
for that all the time. 
Just a glimpse into our Christmas. Over & done with way to fast!!
Enjoying a calm week & putting our house back together & being
LAZY!! Love it!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An Angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. "Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God & saying,
"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests".

Merry CHRISTmas friends...Enjoy your day.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Family Christmas Traditions

As I get older I have realized just how traditional my family is...
And I love that about us.

All my life my family would gather over at my grandparents on
Christmas Eve...their house was always packed with about 40 plus people.
My grandma had made each of us our own stocking...if we brought a guest...
she would make sure they had something too. No one was left out.
We would all open presents together...I absolutely loved this day.

After the gifts were open we would pile into our cars & head to the
Christmas Eve Candlelight service at church. It didn't feel like Christmas
until we participated in this event.

With Matt being a minister, we are involved in the Candlelight Service.
My girls are angels & Jaden is a shepherd each year so on Christmas
Eve we get the privilege of being at both services to help out.

Matt & I have started some traditions with our kids & one of my favorite is...
the kids get to open one present on Christmas's a pair of PJs. We put
them on & get all snuggled up & read about our Savior's birth. The kids take
turns reading & this time is my absolute favorite moment of our entire celebration.

We have lots of little traditions to go along with Christmas...but the Candlelight
Service & reading in our PJ's is when it feels like the true spirit of Christmas fills
my heart.

How about your family? I would love to hear about your or old.
Enjoy your next few days friends & family. :)

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Why I Count It all JOY Wednesday!!

It's late Wednesday & I am just getting a moment to sit & blog.
Of course I can't resist my JOY list this week. Too much to be JOYFUL about.
I haven't been able to blog for a few you can read from my last post.
But it fixed itself...WHATEVER!! 
Join my friend Angel & spread some JOY!!
This week is long because I haven't yah...

I survived 6 weeks of Kindergarten.

My family survived 6 weeks of me working full time.

My husband...seriously could not have done 6 weeks without
 his love...patience & support. 

Eggs...6 fresh eggs a day from our chickens.

Arm band tape dispenser...Cost $2.
best $$ I've spent in a long time to wrap presents. 

All our presents are WRAPPED!!

Thought I would share a pic of all my sweet Kindergarteners!!
3 are missing due to 2 puking & 1 was in "in-house suspension" 
I know right...A kindergartener suspended!!

I am done shopping!!!

Matt's sense of humor...
Baby Brynlee...Her mom Lydia was in my small group from a
Jr. Higher & up. Now Lydia is Lauren's small group leader.
Maybe one day...Lauren will be Brynlee's leader.
The picture to the right is Brynlee's dad James. He grew up in our youth group also. 
He is now our Jr. High minister. Can't describe to you how much
I love & adore this little family.

Our adult life group. We had dinner at Los Cabos the other
 night...Amazing group of friends. 

My HS small group of girls...they all inspire me.

The Teacher's aide that worked with me in Kindergarten made this 
adorable train for me!!! So cute!!

I love spending time with our families over the next 
few days. 

Our Pastor's wife...Pam had a dinner for all our
PW's last amazing group of ladies. 

As the Christmas Celebrations begin...I am so 
thankful we are a family who is grounded in our faith in
Jesus Christ. 

Peace. Salvation. 

Christmas lights.

A manger...a baby...a Savior is born.

I have a ton more. Really. I do, but I don't want 
to bore you.  I must keep up with my 
blogging so they are so long.

Love all of you & enjoy the next few days!!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Server Rejected??? HELP!!! I have tried to blog all day....& I have a few pics I want to share...
But for some reason every time I try to upload a pic it says....

Server Rejected...Anyone else having issues???

Thursday, December 16, 2010

A Little Sign

I walked by Brooke's room the other day & noticed
 this little sign hanging on her door. 

There are times as a mom you stop & think...maybe I'm 
doing something right & they are getting it.
My heart leaps for JOY every time I read these words.
Jesus...God...Bible...& all of us.
Now of course she didn't leave out Presents. :)

Just a little "sign" that Jesus is in her Heart!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Starbucks Winner!!

Congrats Melissa Lister! She won my Starbucks giveaway!!!
I will get that to you on Sunday girl!!

Thanks to everyone who entered!!

Have a great Day!!!

Why I Count it All JOY Wednesday!!

It's Wednesday so you know it's time to COUNT YOUR JOYS!!
Join my friend Angel & grab her button!

Why am I filled with JOY?


I work with a fabulous team of ladies. 

My husband is amazing. He has pitched in so many times 
since I am subbing to help out around the house & with 
the kids...I love you sweet man. He has kept me sane.

I am getting close to finishing shopping!!

I haven't gotten sick during this time of subbing...
which is a miracle considering...if you could see
all the booger noses, puke & pink eye I have dealt with!!

Every time I look at our tree it brings me JOY.

Christ birth..what an incredible event.

Christmas songs.

The Kindergarten Program is over & was a success!!

Seat warmers in my car.


Our Staff @ FCC...blessed by each of them.

All of you bloggers & followers...I have missed reading about
your daily lives. I am going to catch up soon. 

Warm socks

Fleece PJs

Oh I could go on & on this week since I missed last week. 

Joy...Unspeakable Joy...Over following Well...No Tongue Can Tell. 
This song by Chris Tomlin Pretty much Sums it up for me!
Pause my Playlist at the Bottom first!!

Monday, December 13, 2010

GIft Wrapping Tip...

I like to share little helpful hints that we use around our house.
Not that we have a ton...but every once in awhile we DO!

Now...I would say I am a crafty type of person. I can create
& make things. I used to scrapbook.
But Gift put it plan & simple...
I STINK! Really I do...

Mine always looks like a 2 year old wrapped it.

Anyway...every year Matt & I (yes he helps...I figure I do all the shopping he
can atleast help wrap & he doesn't mind) wait until most of our presents are bought
then we have a wrapping marathon one night after the kids go to bed.
Just Get R Done!!

A couple of years ago we started wrapping each kids gifts in one type
or color of wrapping paper so we do not have to label them & there is no
peeking or calculating how many gifts they have under the tree. They are
clueless on what is theirs!

So there is my Tip of the day for wrapping...."that's a Wrap"

Do you like to wrap gifts? I would put everything in a bag if I could...
but I sure like watching them rip into a present to be honest.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Cinnamon Glazed Pecans/Giveaway

Do you have a favorite treat you make every year for Christmas? I DO!
Several years ago I started making Cinnamon Glazed Pecans & the funny
thing about them is...I don't like pecans...but I love these.

They are covered in Brown sugar & Sugar & Cinnamon.! YUM!
I give them to our friends & family & my kids teachers.
Every year my kids teachers & even their bus driver ask
"Is your mom going to make those Pecans again?"
Pecans are not cheap these days...but the ingredients to make them
are super cheap so it evens out I guess.
BUT A BIG THANKS to my mom in law for always buying me
a big bag of home grown Pecans!!

And they are not really as bad as some's a nut.

So I thought I would share this with you & make it a giveaway also!!
What am I giving away? Of course a  $10 Starbucks Card!!
Here is how you can enter:
1. Comment
2. Follow my blog (if you already do...tell me)
3. Post your a Recipe treat you like to make at Christmas (worth 2 entrees)

Cinnamon Glazed Pecans
2lbs Pecan halves
1 egg white...beaten
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 T. cinnamon
1/2 t. salt

Beat egg white & coat pecans (you can add another egg white if needed).
Mix all the other ingredients in a separate bowl then pour onto pecans & stir
 until they are coated with sugar mixture.
Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper & spray with Pam. Spread Pecans
evenly onto pans. I usually spray a light coat of Pam on top just to make them
stick together after you bake them. 
Cook @ 325 for 20 minutes. Remove from over & let cool for 10 minutes.
Then I put them in festive little bags.

Now it's your turn.
Share your recipe.
Make a comment
Follow my blog.
Win a Starbucks card.

Now...go eat a treat or two. I can't be the only one 
to gain a few pounds over Christmas!!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Big News: I graduated...

Yes...that is my big news...I graduated.
For the last 13 years I have been studying.
How to park, turn, back up, feed a bottle to a baby,
pack for 100's of trips, clean puke and many other details.

OK ok...that was just for dramatic effect.

After 13 years of being a Minivan Mom...
I'm graduating to an SUV. Yep. I know.
We have loved our "Star" as we call her.
Yes...we name our cars. Weird huh?
But it's time to say...farewell.
She has been a great ride. But She has
begun to cost us more than she is worth in repairs.
Here is our "so long" picture...

We bought this back in May...I know you are thinking...
excuse me that is a wreaked car???
Yes I know...but see, I have a dad who is a genius & he
can take that car up there & make it look like this with some
help from his it doesn't cost you as much. :)

It's an 07 Expedition. I have really never been an SUV
wanna be. But I have to say...the extra room is amazing.
Matt helped my dad put this all together too.
We took it to Branson & Oh was nice! It actually
seats 8 people.

Do you know what my favorite thing about this car is?
The heated seats my friends....HEATED SEATS!!!
It's the first button I hit when I get in the car.

SO that's my BIG NEWS...I know some of you are thinking
whoop d do...but to's a big deal to leave the Minivan

Anyone else graduate from the Minivan club?
And we need to name this one...any ideas?

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Jeremy Camp "Overcome"

Not sure if you have heard this new song by Jeremy Camp..."Overcome".
The entire CD is amazing really...
He is Worthy of ALL Our Praise.
Take time to just sit & listen to the words of this song today & give Him all
Praise & Glory for your life...He Overcame.
Blessings my sweet friends,

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Happy Friday!

Just have to check in to tell ya'll Happy Friday!! I missed my JOY Wednesday post.

I am just too busy people! Sad huh?

We are off to one of my favorite trips of the year this weekend.
My entire family goes to Branson the first weekend in December every year.
We have so much fun. I love it.
If you have never been there at Christmas...well you are missing out.
One of our friends will be staying here at our house keeping a close
eye out on our dogs...chickens...etc.

And I only have to work a half day tomorrow...can I get an AMEN???

I have big news for our family next week. Stay tuned.

Have a fabulous weekend!!