Friday, December 30, 2005

7:7:2006

Okay, I've been tagged enough times to get on the ball and do this. Don't ask me why I decided to do this today. I'm supposed to be packing for the move. Hum..procrastination maybe?

7 Things I would love to do before I die:

1. Watch my girls accept Christ, grow up, graduate, get married to Godly, good looking, financially stable men, have kids (Not too much to ask I don't think.)
2. Learn how to REALLY sew. (I have a great machine I don't deserve based on my skill level.)
3. Learn how to cook like Rachel Ray, Paula Dean and Michael Chiarello
4. Take a long vacation to Italy with Terry
5. Learn to speak Spanish fluently
6. Run a 10K
7. Bring someone to Christ--Love that one Theresa!

7 Things I Cannot Do:

1. Sing
2. Get a Cliche' right
3. Dance --I have zero rhythm
4. Grill Meat
5. Play Any Sport--I don't have any coordination either
6. Sit and Scrapbook for Hours
7. Decorate--Although I love to try.

7 Things That Attract Me to Terry:

1. His desire to follow Christ and His will for our family to the ends of the earth
2. His generosity
3. His priorities are right on
4. The way he looks and laughs when he plays with the girls after work
5. Our date nights
6. His leadership abilities--at home and work.
7. And, of course, he's a total Hottie!

7 Things I Say Most Often:

1. "That is NOT okay with me."--usually to Reia about some behavior.
2. "Do everything without arguing or complaining."--We've been working on this verse for a while.
3. "I know I've been on the phone for a while. Mommy promises she'll be off in just a minute."
4. "Am I talking on the phone? Please don't interrupt." Actually, #3 usually follows #4.
5. "Did you wash your hands? Let me smell to make sure."
6. "Can you ask me nicely?"
7. "We don't have to stop and eat at McDonald's just because we see it."

7 Books or Series That I Love: in no particular order

1. The Mission of Motherhood: Sally Clarkson
2. The Power of a Praying Wife/Parent: Stormie O'martian
3. My Antonia: Willa Cather
4. Work:Louisa May Alcott
5. Anything by Shel Silverstein or Sandra Boynton--Yeah, yeah, I know. But I read A LOT of kids books.
6. The Bible--Haven't read it all the way through. But, what I have read I highly recommend. =)
7. TerryStorch.com

7 Movies I Would Watch Over and Over Again:

1. The Princess Bride--"Marrwaige, marrwaige is what bwings us togever today..."
2. The Breakfast Club--Yeah, I'm a little stuck in the '80's
3. Gross Pointe Blank
4. Ray
5. Walk the Line
6. Elf
7. Toy Story/Toy Story 2/ A Bug's Life

I know there are thousands of fab movies out there, but I am not a big movie person.

7 People I Want to Join In:

1. Holly
2. Amy Alvarez
3. Orange Hazel--You know who you are. Now, start a blog already!
4. Cora--This could be your first post! Hint Hint.
5. Branden
6. Terry--Don't really expect #5 or #6 to participate. But you're tagged anyway.
7. Lori Bailey

Thursday, December 29, 2005

I Passed!

You Passed 8th Grade Science

Congratulations, you got 7/8 correct!
Could You Pass 8th Grade Science?

WooHoo! I actually remember something my teachers taught me. I'm feeling better about homeschooling my kids through the third grade now. Ha Ha!

Happy Birthday Reia!


I just wanted to wish Reia happy birthday on my blog. It was Christmas Eve and we took her to Cracker Barrell for her birthday pancakes. I would have posted a picture of just her, but all the others I took were either a little out of focus or you could see a lovely stream of stuff coming out of her nose. (I will be so glad when both girls are over this head congestion.)

Anyway, Happy 4th, my beautiful girl! Next year, I'll actually do this on your birthday. ; )

P.S. For those of you who don't know, that is me with her in the pic. Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Funniest Thing Reia Said Today

While laughing hysterically at Tom and Jerry cartoons.

"Mom, you can watch this because you're old. Like 13 or something."

By the way, if you haven't introduced your kids to cartoons from our generation--they crack up. Which will, in turn, crack you up! Too fun.

It's Beginning to Feel A lot Like...Spring?

Every year about this time I decide I am sick of the cold weather and ready for spring. Unfortunately, I usually have about 90 more days of wet and cold weather. But, this winter seems to be different. I just heard the weather man on channel 5 say it looks like the WHOLE winter will be very mild if not unusually warm. (I do realize the weather people aren't always reliable.) Personally, I'm thrilled. I love it cold from October to December...then I'm over it. I plan on getting back into my running game early this year and getting into shape before June.

So, how do you feel about the warm winter? That is, if it is warm where you are!

Friday, December 23, 2005

Not So Long Ago...



I came across this picture of Reia and me August 2004 in Florida. Do you ever look at pics of your kids and think, "My how they have changed in such a short period of time."? I was pregnant with Reese then and our time with just the two of us was getting short. I'm so glad we take pictures to remember these precious moments! Posted by Picasa

One Week and Five Hours


One week and five hours from right now, we take possession of our new home. I'm so excited about it that I keep forgetting Christmas is in two days. Not that Reia has forgotten. She keeps asking me when she gets her Barbie Jeep. I don't think she even cares if it's from Santa, as long as it's here. (We do focus on the real reason for the season, but kids are kids and presents are still fun, right?)

Anyway, here's a pic of the kitchen. I am not crazy about the color of the brick wall, but thrilled about finally having a double oven. The current owners did a great job on the remodel. Posted by Picasa

Sunday, December 18, 2005

The Great Wal-Mart Debate

I have read several posts over the past year regarding some people's complete and utter loathing for Wal-mart. Personally, I like Wal-mart. And, if you are like me, and do 99% of the grocery shopping in your family, you find what ever ways possible to save money in this area.

It seems to me there are several methods for saving money on groceries. First, is the coupon method. That means I have to get the Sunday paper every week, sit down and pour over all the coupons; decide which ones I will use now or later; clip them; save them; and go through the whole lot each time I make my gocery list. It wears me out just thinking about it. You can just use them regularly or wait until your store of choice has double or triple coupons. I have saved a ton doing this in the past. But, I'm not sure we even ate all of the groceries. Some days it was about the great deal I got.

Secondly, you can just base your menu for that week on what is on sale. I was never good at this. I have a rhythm with my menu planning. The meals have to go in a certain order, and we rarely have a dish twice a month. (With a few exceptions.) Again, this just doesn't work for me. Not to mention the fact, that to get the great deal, you have to have one of their stupid cards. Which brings me to 2A. I DISPISE the frequent shopper card.

"I'm sorry, we are in the process of moving. I can't locate my card."
"Oh, that's terrible! Let me just have your phone number."
"940-783-xxxx"
"Nope, not under that one.
"Try, 940-321-xxxx"
"Nope, not that one either." (We have changed numbers a couple of times in the past 5 years)
"Don't you just have an emergency card you can swipe? I really don't want to pay an extra twelve dollars for my goceries today because you don't have my blood type on file."
"Sorry, we're not allowed to do that anymore."
"Good gravy, just give me a new thing to fill out."(I was nice to her since I know it isn't her policy.)

Did I mention I DISPISE those stupid cards?

The third method is buying in bulk. I don't recommend this unless you have a large family and even larger freezer and extra fridge. I save so much money at Costco and Sam's I'm broke by the end of the trip. I do love those stores though!

The last method, and the best in my opinion, is shop at Wal-mart supercenter. No cards, low prices on almost everything and no cards. You can even use the coupon if that works for you and save a little more. But, the nice thing is that I don't have to. I can go in, pick up all my groceries, a pair of socks at a reasonable price, and not blow my whole grocery budget.

I went to Tom Thumb this morning. I love Tom Thumb for the clean store, nicely kept shelves and fabulous customer service. Everyone today was so nice. Helped me when my bag of frozen veggies popped open and even loaded my goceries into the car. I really contemplated whether or not I would make the switch---until I remembered every item was about .20-.30 more--even if it was on sale.

So, I will stick with my Wal-Mart. Like the saying goes, a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. Or, extra cash in pocket is worth a new outfit, or something fun for the house, or a dinner out, or...

Monday, December 12, 2005

Finally!


We finally had Reese's First Birthday Party the Saturday after Thanksgiving. She had a great time eating the cake and playing with her cousins. Posted by Picasa

Saturday, December 10, 2005

In Transition

Well, we have made the move to my parents house for the next three weeks. I have heard that you can never go home again, but I'm here to tell you that you can and I have. For the next three weeks anyway.

I'm not sure from where the phrase derives. My parents' home will always be mine to a certain extent. I feel comfortable here. Reia is sleeping in the room I grew up in; and at the age of 34, I just realized that my sister's room is bigger than mine. How'd that happen? ; )

My mom is a great cook, but I am trying to be a help and not a hindrance, so I have offered to cook dinners while we are here if she will handle the Christmas day food and festivities. I think I am getting the better deal on that one. All of this makes me feel like a grown up.

When I was a teenager--a quite selfish one at that--after my mom had made this fabulous spread, I would go take a nap. I didn't mind helping at all. But sleep has always been more important to me and I could clean later. By the time I got up from my food coma nap, the work was all done. Sorry about that mom. Now that I have to do all of the work, I realize what a pain in the rump I was!

Anyway, I'm looking forward to the holidays at the parents. I bet we have some great memories this year!

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Too Much

Okay, after packing up most of the "little things" in our house, I have concluded we have too much stuff. I am a kitchen gadget junkie. We packed quite a bit of it in the initial packing stage, and I pulled the rest of it out today so I could wipe down the cabinets and drawers. And, I really can't believe how much stuff I have.

I have an apple peeler/corer/ slicer. I also have an apple/corer/slicer that is smaller for single apple jobs. I have about 30 pampered chef stones. I use about 3 all the time; 7 others once or twice a month and the others hardly ever. What else--2 pizza cutters, several ice cream dippers, several sets of knives, and a bazillion other little things. (Love the word bazillion, don't ya?!) I haven't even mentioned the amount I have already given away or thrown away. A set of dishes, glasses, wok, bread machine, 2 mixers, another set of knives....etc.

I know I am blessed. A blessed pack rat at that. I keep thinking about all fo the people who have nothing. I want to take Reia and show her how little they have and how we should be on our knees in gratitude every day for all that God allows us to have. We can do with so much less, and aren't made to.

So there you have it. My observation for the day. Packing is a totaly pain in the rump. Kinda wish I had less stuff; but because of God's generosity on our family and that I rarely throw anything away, that may never happen.

P.S. I'm not asking for God to take away all of my worldly possessions, by the way.

Sunday, December 04, 2005

Whoville

Well, my house looks like the Grinch as been here and taken it all. Instead of Christmas decorations and lights, we have bare walls and boxes. I am looking forward to going to my mom's house for three weeks and enjoying some of the "holiday-ness"(yeah, I know, not a word) that feels missing right now. Hope everyone is enjoying the Christmas season! I will be more so in one week.