Saturday, December 29, 2007
Post the 1st sentence (or 2) from the 1st post of each month of 2007 - I'm even doing links, like D... did! This ought to be a fun way to look back on the year....
January - "My favorite part of New Years is starting a new calendar. It's like a clean slate - open to all the possibilites of things I will do throughout the next year."
February - "Take a look at my new nephew!!! Isn't he beautiful?!?"
March - "Just got home from spending a wonderful week in my Happy Place - Disney World."
April - "Baseball is back, and our Houston Astros played the Pittsburg Pirates tonight at Minute Maid Park."
May - "Inspired by cjh, who was inspired by geek and 10 on Tuesday, here is my list of Ten Movies That Make Me Cry (this was not a stretch for me because almost ALL movies make me cry!):"
June - "OK, all you dream interpreters - figure these out!" (This is actually the 2nd post for June because the first was a Friday's Feast.)
July - "I got an e-mail from an old friend recently and she told me that she and her husband were getting ready to build their "dream house". That got me to thinking - what defines one's "dream house"? "
August - "Tomorrow morning - and Saturday morning - I'll be up bright and early for My Big Fat Garage Sale." (This, too, is the 2nd post of the month because the first was Wordless Wednesday - thus NO WORDS!)
September - "Not one but TWO awards for me this week! Wow - I'm feeling really special right now."
October - "That's what a cancer diagnosis is. A sucker punch. Life can be going along just fine and then BAM! You're battling a serious disease."
November - "Poor Thanksgiving. Now that Halloween is over, it seems we are headed straight to Christmas!"
December - "We're home from another fabulous trip to Disney World!"
Now THAT was fun! What a great way to look back on the year! Happy New Year, everyone - may 2008 be even better than 2007 for you!
Friday, December 28, 2007
It's the final Friday's Feast of 2007!
Name 2 things you would like to accomplish in 2008.
1. significantly decrease debt
2. travel someplace I've never been before
With which cartoon character do you share personality traits?
Minnie Mouse - because I love Mickey!
What time of day (or night) were you born?
Dinner time - about 6:00 in the evening.
Tell us something special about your hometown.
I still live in my hometown! I like it because, as I mentioned in a previous post, I'm half-way between the big city of Houston and the historic coastal city of Galveston.
If you could receive a letter from anyone in the world, who would you want to get one from?
an old friend I haven't seen or heard from in a long time
Thursday, December 27, 2007
Tonight I was in Barnes & Noble and saw this book in the Teen section - featured on an end-cap with other romance novels for teens! I was shocked! Shocked, I say! Times sure are different now, aren't they? I just don't think I'm ready for Daughter to be reading that kind of stuff yet. I know she's not completely naive, but still. Thankfully she prefers historical fiction and fantasy right now. But nothing is forever.
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Sunday, December 23, 2007
I am so blessed to have D in my life - to be my friend, my rock, my confidant. I love you, D. Merry Christmas.
And Merry Christmas to all you bloggers out there - and God bless us, every one.
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
- get our finances in order and stay on budget (hmm...this seems to be on my list EVERY YEAR)
- read more - I used to read a lot, but now I seem to spend more time on the computer and less time with a good book
- in relation to #2, read my Bible more; I need to spend more time in God's word
- worry less, which should be easy if I do #3
- get more exercise - ever since I stopped teaching dance I have become rather, um, sedentary; I need to get back into some kind of physical exercise, be it dancing again, walking, whatever
- travel someplace that I've never been
- take more pictures of our everyday lives and not just holidays and vacations
Only 2 weeks left in 2007! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, everyone!
Monday, December 17, 2007
Next stop for Survivor - Micronesia. The fans vs. the favorites. Should be interesting!
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Today our family - my parents, Hubby, kids and I - spent the day at The Strand on Galveston Island. We shopped the quaint shops and had a delicous meal at Willie G.'s - we started off with raw oysters served on the half-shell - delicious!
Then Hubby and I split the Shrimp Platter, a feast that would make Forrest Gump proud: shrimp gumbo, stuffed shrimp, fried shrimp, blackened shrimp, shrimp creole and shrimp au gratin. It was fabulous!
Of course everything was decorated for Christmas, and I even bought a few ornaments for my tree.
We topped off the evening with chocolates from the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. Even tho it was windy and cold, we had a great day. No stress - just a day with the family enjoying the Christmas season.
Merry Christmas, everyone. Now let the comments about how gross you think raw oysters are begin!
Friday, December 14, 2007
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
- a new digital camera
- new comforter for my bed
- chair or loveseat for my den
- bubble bath
- clothes - mainly cute tops to wear with jeans
- silk plants for the plant ledge in my bedroom
- money to pay off bills
That's really all I can think of! I'll be happy with whatever I receive - we all know it's not about the gifts anyway. Happy Tuesday!
Monday, December 10, 2007
I wonder how much all of those items will be selling for on eBay after Christmas?
Saturday, December 08, 2007
WARM WEATHER ALL WEEKEND!
With moisture and warmth moving into the area over the last 24 hours, we've seen high temperatures around 80 degrees. Expect this warm pattern to continue on into the weekend. However, with moisture building, we have a slight chance of showers on Saturday, and a better chance on Sunday. Each night we'll have sea fog at the coast and patchy fog inland, so be careful! It won't be until Wednesday that we see a big cool down with a cold front rolling through.
Friday, December 07, 2007
Matthew McConaughy - he seems pretty laid back and oh-so-nice to look at!
Getting married too young (not to current hubby).
Thursday, December 06, 2007
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
"Logan is a 13 year-old boy who lives on a ranch in a very small town in Nebraska. Logan listens to Christian Radio station 89.3FM KSBJ which broadcasts from Houston, TX. Logan called the radio station distraught because he had to take down a calf . His words have wisdom beyond his years. Since airing the audio of the phone call and now the making of the video clip, it has taken on a life of its own. People are forwarding it all over the world. We encourage you to share the love of Christ with anyone you can.
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2. Real tree or Artificial?
3. When do you put up the tree?
4. When do you take the tree down?
5. Do you like egg nog?
6. Favorite gift received as a child?
7. Do you have a nativity scene?
8. Hardest person to buy for?
9. Easiest person to buy for?
10. Mail or e-mail Christmas cards?
11 .Worst Christmas gift you ever received?
12. Favorite Christmas movie?
13. When do you start shopping for Christmas?
14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present?
15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas?
16. Clear or colored Christmas lights?
18. Travel at Christmas or stay home?
19. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer?
MAY YOU ALL HAVE A BLESSED CHRISTMAS SEASON!
Monday, December 03, 2007
Saturday, December 01, 2007
We had a wonderful week and we came home full of the Christmas spirit from all the beautiful Christmas lights/decorations/events we saw there. Cinderella's castle really does look like the picture I have below. It's awe-inspiring. We also came home exhausted. Good thing we have the weekend to recover!
So it's back to Real Life for us. Sigh. We're already thinking of when we can go back.
Yeah, we've got it bad.
Friday, November 23, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
- Jesus Christ being my Savior
- my wonderful family
- my dear friends
- the roof over my head
- the food on my table
- my health and the health of my family
- my church family
- my dogs
- being able to stay home with my children
- Disney World!
Monday, November 19, 2007
Friday, November 16, 2007
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
- New Orleans Ladies by Louisiana LeRoux - when Hubby and I were dating this was the song we loved to dance to at the C&W club where we met - and it was the song we were dancing to the first time he kissed me. It will always be "our song".
- On Broadway - when I was on the drillteam in high school we did a dance to this song every year at a football game halftime show (of course it was the high school band playing and not George Benson singing); I have fun memories of being on the drillteam.
- Take My Breath Away by Berlin - another high school memory - my senior year, this was the song played when the Homecoming Queen was crowned (no, it wasn't me). For years and years it had always been a cheerleader who was crowned Homecoming Queen, but this time it was a member of our drillteam - we were so proud! Then it went to her head and she got all hoity-toity, so whenever Queen T would walk into the room we would sing behind her back in our breathiest voices, "Take my breath away...."
- Rocky Mountain High by John Denver - this song brings back memories of my childhood, when my parents would listen to John Denver's albums - I can remember it being spring and Mom had all the windows open, she was cleaning house and this song was playing - I don't know why this stands out in my memory, but it does. Just carefree childhood days.
- Because He Lives brings back memories of my grandmother - it was her favorite hymn, and we sang it at her funeral.
- Jack and Diane by John Cougar Mellencamp - reminds me of the summer of 1983, when Wendy Bird and I went on a road trip with our grandparents (you can read about that here).
- Fishin' In The Dark by Nitty Gritty Dirt Band - reminds me of someone I once loved and the summer we spent together - it was his favorite song, and we did go fishin' in the dark.
- Jump by the Pointer Sisters - I did a really fun dance to this song once, and I can still remember parts of it! I learned it at a dance camp with a great friend of mine and we had a ball with it.
- Never Say Goodbye by Bon Jovi - yet another high school memory! My senior class voted this to be our class song but the school administration didn't think the lyrics were appropriate so we had to change it. I don't even remember what it ended up being - this song will always make me think of my senior year in high school.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady by Aerosmith will instantly flash me back to the first time I rode Rock 'N Roller Coaster at Disney MGM Studios - it scared the crap out of me and thrilled me at the same time - check out my crazy, adrenaline-pumped mug just after I got off the ride with Little Son:
Monday, November 12, 2007
HOWEVER, once a year I reach to the back of my pantry and pull out the scratch and make homemade cranberry bread. It's that time of year. I made the first loaf of the season yesterday and it turned out great - I gave half the loaf to D, and the kids and I ate the rest! So I'll be making more today. It's an easy recipe - I've had it for years and it's certainly not secret. I got it off the back of a book I had as a child called Cranberry Thanksgiving. I tweaked it a bit because I don't care for nuts or raisins, but my version is pretty close. And quite delicious, I must say. So, faithful readers, today I share my cranberry bread recipe with you:
Friday, November 09, 2007
*Check out the link - it's a pretty awesome event!
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Monday, November 05, 2007
Friday, November 02, 2007
Enjoy my Fall Friday's Feast, ya'll!
How much money do you plan to spend this upcoming holiday season?
as little as possible - budget, budget, budget!
What was the last television show you watched, and was it good?
I watched CSI last night and it was good.
If you had to paint the walls of your living room tomorrow, what color would you choose?
This one's tough because I LIKE the color of my living room walls! If I HAD to change them I guess I would pick yellow.
Name something clever or practical you have thought of that should be invented, but hasn’t yet.
I'm not that clever.
List 3 things you would like to receive as gifts this upcoming holiday season.
- a new camera
- bubble bath
Thursday, November 01, 2007
But what about Thanksgiving? How sad that in the flurry to spend our money on material possessions and holiday decorations that we overlook the day we should be giving THANKS to Him who gave us all that we have! Thanksgiving is truly the red-headed stepchild of the holidays - no one decorates their yard, there are no presents, no giant turkey at the mall to sit upon and tell our wishes. To most people Thanksgiving is just a day to eat like there's no tomorrow and watch football on TV. Many will already have their Christmas trees up (not me). Some will enjoy a 4-day weekend (not Hubby - he has to work the Friday after).
This year I'm not starting my "Christmas season" until after Thanksgiving. We are kicking it off with a trip to Disney World the week after Thanksgiving - our first time to see it in all its Christmas finery. After celebrating with Mickey and friends we will come home, put up our tree and decorations, and begin the beautiful Advent season. The most wonderful time of the year.
Just don't get too hurried! Take time to be thankful. Celebrate Thanksgiving for what it is - not just for the turkey and football.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Ten Halloween Costumes My Children Have Had
- Garden Fairy (by far Daughter's cutest costume - she was 19 months old)
- Pumpkin (Little Son's first - he was such a cutie!)
- Dipsy the Teletubby (Little Son's second - again, too cute!)
- Black Cat (Daughter - she was 2!)
- Scooby Doo (Little Son)
- Harry Potter (no, not Little Son, but Harry-Potter-Fanatic Daughter - even with the glasses and scar people thought she was Hermione. Ticked her off.)
- Lady Knight (Daughter - she got on a knight kick, too, reading a series of books about a lady knight)
- Pirate (Little Son)
- Astronaut (Little Son)
- Sandy from Grease (Daughter, who loved this movie in her pre-High School Musical days)
This year Daughter is going as a vampire cheerleader and Little Son as Phantom of the Opera. Happy Halloween, everyone!
Sunday, October 28, 2007
"IS MISS D GONNA GET LUCKY TONIGHT?"
D and I just looked at each other, trying so hard not to laugh. Then Lamb joins in.
"IS MY MOMMY GONNA GET LUCKY TONIGHT?"
By now D and I are hysterical with laughter. Those sweet, innocent little voices asking such questions of a Magic 8 Ball! And not in a bookstore-quiet voice! People were starting to stare.
Apparently the girls couldn't get a satisfactory answer, so they kept asking,
"IS MY MOMMY GONNA GET LUCKY TONIGHT? IS MISS BUBBA'S SIS GONNA GET LUCKY TONIGHT?"
Now we are literally sitting in the floor, doubled over with laughter, tears rolling down our faces. The girls think we are upset because we're not going to get lucky. "Don't worry," they tell us. "You'll get lucky soon!"
If only they knew we were perfectly happy with "All signs point to NO!"
Someday, when they are much, much older and know what "getting lucky" really means, we will remind them of this incident. I can't wait to see their faces.
I expect Hollywood to be calling any day now.
Their next undertaking: UIL One-Act Play. They're doing Twelfth Night. I'm sure it will be fabulous!
Friday, October 26, 2007
Apparently D and I take a long time to eat. It can't be all the talking we do. But for some reason all four kids finish up their meals WAAY before we do, and subsequently become bored. Now, they are very well behaved children - never make noise, complain, even get up from their table (which is how we can pretend we don't know them). But tonight's ploy to get us to hurry was long, sorrowful looks. Lamb pretended to sleep on Daughter's shoulder, while Daughter gave us her most pitiful expression. And they think WE embarrass THEM in public! D said they looked like they were on an Orphan Train. This made us crack up even more and take even longer to finish eating. That'll teach 'em.
Back at D's house, I was showing her my super-nifty new mp3 player I got for my birthday - she plugged one earbud into her ear, and I had one in mine. Surfing thru the songs, we started belting out "Raspberry Beret". We could totally be the next American Idols. D's dog Ty even started dancing along, pumping his body perfectly to the beat. I was impressed! Wait a minute. He's not dancing. He's......going to throw up! A hissy fit ensued, trying to get him outside before he barfed (didn't work), then trying to bribe one of the kids to clean it up ($5!! Also didn't work.) In the meantime Bear and Little Son are wandering about the house, needing scissors, tape, and "something heavy we don't need". Never a dull moment around here!!
Next time I'll tell about our precious daughters asking the Magic 8 Ball if their mommies are going to get lucky tonight.....
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
- I think Halloween has gotten totally out of control. The decorations, the costumes, the marketing. It's nearly as big as Christmas.
- Speaking of holiday decorations, I really hate those big inflatable things people put in their yards.
- I got an mp3 player for my birthday (the big surprise) and I L-O-V-E it! I have 710 songs on it and I like to just put it on "shuffle all" and then I never know what's coming up next. But I know I'll like it because I put it on there!
- I am already bored with Survivor. The challenges are pretty cool, but there are no good "characters" on the tribes. Where's the Colby, the Rupert, the Jonny Fairplay? These people are boring, and now that Aaron is gone, not even good to look at.
- In fact, I'm bored with several of the shows I started out watching this fall. I'm whittling down that list on my sidebar.
- However, I am excited that The Amazing Race is coming back next Sunday (November 4).
- I want to be Julianne Hough when I grow up.
- I thought I might miss teaching dance this fall. I don't. But I do miss dancing, and I think my body misses the exercise. Gotta do something about that......
- I thought I would hate having a part-time job at Hubby's work. I don't. It's not so bad.
- Little Son's school is asking for money again. Why don't I just arrange to have our paychecks directly deposited into the PTA's account??
Happy Tuesday, everyone!
Monday, October 22, 2007
Friday, October 19, 2007
I have three cousins - one on my father's side and two on my mother's side (one of which is Wendy Bird). I am very close to Wendy Bird - she's more like a sister than a cousin!
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
RULES: Use the 1st letter of your name to answer each of the following...they have to be real places, names, things...nothing made up! You CAN'T use your name for the boy/girl name question.
What is your name? Jill (gasp! I just revealed my real name!)
4 letter word: jump
TV Show: Jeopardy!
Boy Name: Jacob
Girl Name: Jolene
Alcoholic Drink: Jack Daniels
Something you wear: jeans
Celebrity: Johnny Cash
Food: jelly beans
Something found in a bathroom: Johnson's baby powder
Reason for Being late: jinxed
Cartoon Character: Jessica Rabbit
Something You Shout: Jackass! (I've been known to shout this at other drivers...heh heh.)
Monday, October 15, 2007
"Before the last tear falls away
A final word I'd like to give.
So take my thoughts and from this day
Fly forward and in bliss do live....
To win the war 'gainst pain and strife
Accept CHANGE as a way of life."
I much prefer the mantra, "Change is bad. Change is bad. Change is bad..."
Change is hard for me. Perhaps it is the Libra in me that doesn't like my scales to be thrown out of balance. I do understand that change is necessary in life, but it seems like things just change too fast! New neighborhoods and shopping centers pop up overnight, changing the landscape of the town I grew up in so fast I can barely keep up. Stores where I regularly shop remodel and move everything around so I go in and am immediately lost. My children are growing up much too fast - and I love who they are becoming, but I miss those baby days, too. Couldn't I have just had a little bit longer? And my body is changing. Bubba's Mom always told me it would when I got to be about this age (I think I can hear her snickering). Nothing drastic, mind you. But things are shifting, wrinkling, pooching. Why can't I just stay the way I have always looked? I liked my 24-year-old body!!
Things change at Hubby's work - not always for the better. Things change at our church - puts everyone in a tailspin. But change is necessary for growth, and if you're not growing, you are dying. I may not embrace change, but I must accept it.
But why does it always have to be so scary?
Friday, October 12, 2007
Hey, there Delilah....
when I opened my birthday presents last Sunday!
My eyes are A PRETTY BLUE but I wish they were LESS WRINKLED AROUND THE SIDES.
get yearly checkups and mammograms, eat my veggies
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
- Breast cancer
- my children - their health, their safety, their futures, everything
- Hubby's health
- Hubby's job
- the lump on Good Girl Dog's side - what if it's a tumor?? She is 7 years old today.
- that cat hanging around my house, thinking he lives here, meowing at my door every night
- my upcoming flight to Florida in November
- not living up to others' expectations of me