Saturday, December 20, 2008

I Hate it When People Make Me Think

My friend Aaron is a thinker. I love him to pieces, but man, his questions make my head hurt. I'm usually all about acceptance. I tend to go with the status quo. And no, I don't always think that's a good thing, but it is easier.

So, tonight I was skimming over some blogs, (Can you say 331 posts in my blog reader? Yikes!) and I popped over to Shaun Groves blog and a series of posts entitled "Going Giftless". I should have just clicked onto another blog, because now my head hurts.

The basic premise is whether or not we should give gifts at Christmas. He explores some of the common reasons behind gift giving and why it is so hard to stop the over abundance at Christmas, and how he and his family handle it.

And now I'm thinking about it. The whole Christmas gift giving has been a thorn in my marriage since Christmas number one. Terry is not a big fan of giving people a bunch of stuff when they already have a bunch of stuff. Especially when there are a whole boatload of people without anything who could use even a little stuff.

Frankly, I've never been submissive in this issue. Why? I LOVE GIVING GIFTS AT CHRISTMAS! There, I yelled it. Ok, I don't think I will go down the submission road in this post, but just know it will be a key point in how I address this issue next year.

Americans are, in general, spoiled. C'mon. Admit you know it, and see it. Look at how everyone is freaking out that Christmas spending is down for the first time in several decades. Nevermind it's only down by like 2-3%; the world will never be right again if people don't overspend themselves into the poor house at Christmas! I've been guilty of this more than once in the past. It's a crazy ride we get on at Christmas. And I've come to the conclusion, rides that make you get sick, stressed and puke are not good ones.

But back to the series. One of the most thought provoking parts (at least for me) of Shaun's posts was this:"I thought it would be a good idea to have a moment of honesty with our adult selves. Truth be told, giving gifts to our kids isn’t always about our kids. Sometimes it’s about us and what we’ve always known. It’s about our comfort and compliance with a societal norm, a tradition as old as milk on cereal. If we changed the tradition, the expectations, if we made a radical substitute, who would be most affected by it the most really: The children or the grown ups?"

As my friend's wife Lorren would say, "Yeah, about that....".time to do some thinking. And don't worry. I know not all of my friends ( all 4 of you who still check in) will share my questioning on this. It's ok. I don't expect you to. Sometimes God asks things of us that he doesn't ask of others.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Boomama's 2008 Christmas Tour of Homes


I guess I am going to start under this picture since blogger won't let me do it any other way. So, welcome to my bedeckeled halls! This is our family Christmas tree. What I love most about this tree is the hand sequined tree skirt you can't see. It was made by Terry's great grandmother, and I managed to snag it. I love it! It is a bit old fashioned, but the older I get the more sentimental I become about things from the past.





This is the super fun skinny tree in the girls' room. They had fun picking out ornaments this year and I expect it will become a fun tradition for years to come.




Santa's Snacks are Chex Mix in this house!




I love this boingy Santa my mother gave me. He is fun just to push around.




And what would Christmas be without one or two or three (the girls have one) Nativities?



The wreath above the mantle used to be pre-lit. Now it's only half-lit and I can't figure out how to fix it. So, I just stuck a JOY ornament in the middle and called it a day.




What do you do with big ginormous ornaments you had a great place for in your previous home? Stick them on the dining room table of course!




Looking in from the entry. And yes, Virginia, that is my laundry on the chair waiting to be folded and put away. You didn't think and happy, jolly laundry elf came and did that did you?


Merry Christmas everyone! And if you come by, I will eventually make it to your tour. I can't check every blog from school, so it may take a bit! For more fun tours check out Boomama's here.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Aprons are the new Ugg boots!

So, don't be a fashion don't by not owning your own apron.

Really, Par!s H!lton was spotted wearing a new Kate Spade apron just the other day. Well, if you want a super cute apron and don't want to pay Couture prices, check out these latest styles by the seamstress formerly known as Kim.

Even better is that you could WIN one before they are actually available to the rich and famous. So go check it out. Right now.

Really.

Go.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

12 Days with Straight, No Chaser

I'm not sure how I've never heard this as it seems to have been around for a while, but I love it. One of my new favorite Christmas songs!


Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Introducing My Sister

My sister, Theresa, and I could not be more different. She is tall; I am not. She is blond; I am not. She has a crazy sense of humor; I am more serious. Yes, really. And, she is super creative; where as if I want a nifty idea, I google "nifty crafty idea" and then find where I can buy the finished product.

Theresa has always had a love for puppets. She worked in the puppet ministry at Fellowship Church for a while and finally one day got the gumption to start her own little business. When she told me she was making her own puppets I wasn't sure what to think, so I asked her to send me a picture or two. All I can say is, WOW! I loved them. (My puppets would have been paper bags with cotton balls glued to them.)

So, if my loyal following of four readers would be so kind, would you click over to her blog or etsy site and say hi! You might even find a fun, unique gift for your kids for Christmas!

My kids each have a puppet. I am sewing them a puppet stage and they just can't wait!

Saturday, December 06, 2008

A Serioulsy Long Meme

I received this from a friend via e-mail. But rather than cut, copy and paste it into a new e-mail to send to all of my friends, I just decided to blog it. So, if you want to join in, copy and paste on your blog and then leave me a comment so I can come read yours!

Happy Saturday!

1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE?
No, my dad named me before my mom's anesthesia wore off!


2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED

When was the last time I didn't cry? It's pitiful really.


3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING?
Some days yet, some days no. Depends on the pen.


4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT?
Smoked Turkey. What kinds of questions are these?

5. DO YOU HAVE KIDS?

Two sweet little girls!


6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU?
Yep!


7. DO YOU USE SARCASM A LOT?
Usually in my head so it doesn't rub off on the girls.


8. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS?
Yes

9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP?
No way. Although it would be interesting to see if vomit falls faster than human.


10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL?
Lucky Charms


11. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF?
I wear Mary Janes or Flip flops most of the time, but no.

12. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG?

Depends on what I'm dealing with and whose dealing with it along side me.

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13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM?
Blue Bunny Bunny Tracks


14. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE?
I don't really know.


15. RED OR PINK? Pink

Pink


16. WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF?
My tendency to yell.


17. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST?

Friends from Dallas and One from Mexico!


18. DO YOU WANT EVERYONE TO SEND THIS BACK TO YOU?
No, please just blog it if you choose.


19. WHAT KIND OF SHOES ARE YOU WEARING?
slipper socks...I'm still in my PJ's.


20. WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE?
Cinnamon Twists with chocolate frosting.


21. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW?
The news on the tv and the girls working on a puzzle.


22. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE?
Hummm, I like so many colors.


23. FAVORITE SMELLS?

Fall smells like cinnamon and pumpkin.

24. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE?

Lorren


25. DO YOU LIKE THE PERSON WHO SENT THIS TO YOU?
Of course, or I would have deleted it.


26. FAVORITE SPORTS TO WATCH?
Sports?

27. Hair Color?

Natural or the color I keep it?


28. EYE COLOR?
Blue


29. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS?
Yes


30. FAVORITE FOOD(S)?
Avocados, hamburgers, mac and cheese...anything not fish


31. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS?
happy endings


32. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED?
I cannot remember


33. COLOR SHIRT YOU’RE WEARING?
Out of pj's now. Heather grey thermal with white tank underneath


34. SUMMER OR WINTER?
How about Spring and Fall?

35. HUGS OR KISSES? Why not both!

36. FAVORITE DESSERT?
Richelle's cupcakes of course


37. Can you drive a stick shift and do you like it?
What's a stick shift? Ha ha, no.

38. WHAT OR WHO INSPIRES YOU?

God


39. WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE TOY AS A CHILD?

Ratty old baby dolls


40. WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD?
DELL, it was free

41. WHAT DID YOU WATCH ON TV LAST NIGHT?

The Office on Hulu


42. FAVORITE SOUND?
Terry's voice when he calls me on the phone, and the girls when they are playing.


43. ROLLING STONES OR BEATLES?
Neither, really

44. WHAT IS THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME???

Hawaii


45. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT?
Does frugal-ness count? Is frugal-ness a word?


46. WHERE WERE YOU BORN?
Jonesboro, ark


47. DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE BIBLE VERSE OR SAYING?

God is good. All the time.

48. HOW DO YOU VENT ANGER?

We're supposed to vent it? Not just keep it in until you explode like a human volcano?


49. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE FORM OF ENTERTAINMENT?

Dinner Parties!

Thursday, December 04, 2008

What I Am Doing Right Now

Right now I am playing on the new Dell Netbook. It is tee tiny and I keep mashing a bunch of buttons I do not mean to, BUT it is so nice to be sitting here on the couch leaned back working on a blog post instead of at my desk with my back hurting after a long day of work and kids and dinner and kids.

Terry borrowed it from a friend to see if I liked it. Umm, helllooo? I love it! I could really get used to this.

On another note, we only have two weeks until Christmas break. And then two weeks of a hanging with the girls and begging them to sleep late and take naps every day. I may even begin to contemplate a New Year's resolution that includes eating stuff that doesn't turn my insides to organs that hate me.

Okay, enough practice on the teeny tiny keyboard now. It's harder than it looks, but if I can figure out the keypad on the blackberry, I can handle this right?