Thursday, December 30, 2010
It was also a sad month. Both my mother-in-law and my mother were diagnosed with breast cancer. Both had surgery and underwent chemo or radiation. Actually, my mom is still in the midst of chemo treatments. Please keep her in your prayers.
If you missed them, here are January, February, March, April, May, June, and July.
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
I took my son and ten of his friends for a day of PaintBall. It drizzled some, and they got so muddy and stinky! They played for hours! He said it was the best party ever, and that makes me so happy.
My daughter and five of her friends went to the Kemah Boardwalk for pizza, games and rides. She and her friends had a great day, and it wasn't too crowded.
Also in June, I started something new... Wednesday Website. I have to admit that I don't have a new website to share with readers every single Wednesday, so if you have suggestions, or if you want to participate or guest host, please let me know!
Once again, I participated in Mamarazzi's Red, White, and Blue swap. Choosing gifts for my partner is so fun!
If you've missed any posts, here they are:
Monday, December 27, 2010
We also went to the Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at church. Beautiful, as always. The kids aren't bad-looking, either!
On Christmas Day, the kids were up fairly early even though they're not little anymore. I guess everyone is excited on Christmas! We opened gifts, then we went to my in-laws' house where there was a pretty big gathering. It's a tradition for my father-in-law to cook Christmas breakfast. This year, my brother-in-law did most of the cooking, though. We had a fun time eating and opening gifts.Once we got home, it was time for my Christmas nap! A few hours later, we headed over to my husband's aunt's house for a big family gathering, a wonderful dinner, and some karaoke Christmas music. It was a blessed Christmas. How was your holiday?
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Friday, December 24, 2010
May was a hodge-podge of posts! Like March and April, I posted every day in May for NaBloPoMo. First off, there's a picture of our cat begging for tuna. Then, I wrote about what I consider three extremely funny "party" movies.
The month came to an end with a celebration of my anniversary on Memorial Day weekend. (The picture above is from this weekend.) There was time for the family and time for just us. We weren't always so happy. The previous six months were an exercise in patience, commitment, trust, and real love. This was the start of a great summer, too. More to come!
If you missed previous posts...
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
March was also Oscar month, and I had vowed not to watch it (again), but I got suckered into it by my kids. Obviously, I had to write about it! I also participated in another one of Mamarazzi's swaps, which was tons of fun! Great month! Stay tuned for April.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
The picture above is from the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. I took my daughter to see Gary Allen which was a much better concert than the Jonas Brothers from the previous year! Just sayin'.
There was some introspection as I decided how to respond to a bloggy buddy's "self awareness badge." It helped me to reflect on myself and my personality traits and to think about how other people may view me.
And I revealed my inner dorkness! That was fun! Stay tuned for more Year in Review posts. And if you missed January, that post is here.
Monday, December 20, 2010
This picture is actually from December 2009 instead of January 2010, but I'm going to begin with this post from Dec. 31, 2009. One of my favorite things to do is to read. I read 35 books during 2009, some good, some... eh. That doesn't seem like many books, but now that I have my Nook, I'm never without reading material. Can't wait to see how many I've read this year. Goodreads helps me keep up with that.
Last January, Extreme Makeover Home Edition was in my area helping a family rebuild after Hurricane Ike. There is still damage in our area, though much of it has been cleaned up in the last two years.
Do you ever contemplate all the things you need to do versus those things you NEED to do? Last January I needed to see the eye doctor, and I did. Yes, I have glasses now, in spite of having Lasik done in 2002. I now have both reading glasses and driving glasses, but I still see pretty well without them. But it's amazing how many things I still need to do! (get that new hairstyle, file papers, clean out closets, etc.)
And last, my poor kitty was a "conehead" for a while. So pitiful, yet so cute! I guess January 2010 is something she might not like to remember, but it wasn't so bad for me!
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Are you getting ready for the holidays? I imagine that includes a little extra cleaning, like it does at my house. I was excited to get my bottle of Original Pledge. The smell brings back good memories for me. And I love the shine it leaves on my wood surfaces.
Did you know it can be used on more than just wood furniture? I have been using it on my stainless steel appliances and my leather furniture, and it leaves a great shine! It also gets rid of 90% of allergans. You can use it for your automobile as well, both inside and out. Check out all the ways Original Pledge can be used.
Pledge is also sponsoring the "Pledge to Love Your Kitchen Contest" in partnership with MomitForward. You have a chance to win $15,000 for a kitchen makeover. The contest offers moms the chance to win $15,000 in gift card(s) to a major home improvement retailer to help update their kitchen along with a year’s supply of Pledge® to make it shine. Visit MomitForward for official rules.
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Saturday, December 18, 2010
Thursday, December 16, 2010
1. What in the world do I get my brother-in-law for Christmas?
2. Our cat surely is well fed.
3. Go Christmas Caroling! Brighten someone's day.
4. I have sent my Christmas cards.
5. I keep track of the gifts I've purchased by writing them in my Christmas planner, or else I'd forget!
6. Ready or not.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to a good night's sleep, tomorrow my plans include some scrapbooking, but hopefully not shopping (too crowded on Saturdays), and Sunday, I want to finish wrapping presents and scrapbook some more!
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
I received a package from Kraft/Cracker Barrel with two kinds of cheeses inside. The box was opened by my husband, and the cheese half eaten, before I even got home from work! Must be good!
Kraft has introduced Cracker Barrel Limited Edition Holiday Reserve Cheese. It's available at your local grocery store... but only until January 1, 2011 (thus, the "limited edition in the name). My son says I have to stock up!
We tried the Natural Extra Sharp White Cheddar. My husband and son like it plain. Just the cheese, please. I prefer it on crackers. It is smooth, creamy, and a little nutty. It wasn't as sharp as I expected it to be, which was good. I usually prefer milder cheeses. But this cheese gets my seal of approval. It's got the Cracker Barrel name on it; it has to be good. It will make a great appetizer at this year's holiday gatherings, but I better get it now, before it's all gone!
This post was written for Family Review Network & Kraft/Cracker Barrel who provided the yummy, complimentary product for review in exchange for my honest opinion.
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
I really love how Brit Reints put this, and I quote her:
"To be honest, I think you should ignore the experts on this one. I mean, sure, establishing yourself as the premier expert in a tiny niche is a proven path to “success”, but… you just want to start a blog. Right? I mean, isn’t this about you writing?"
"Write about something you love and will not get bored with quickly. Write about things that you read about and enjoy talking about and get excited about sharing."
She hit the nail on the head in my opinion. She had additional advice, of course, but you'll have to go read her article if you're interested. I just wanted to share this tidbit.
Monday, December 13, 2010
She's been nominated for Top Blog 2010 by The Blog Guidebook. She's made it all the way to round FOUR! She's also offering prizes to those of us who vote for her, so I voted. Will you?
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Tuesday, December 07, 2010
Did you know that fragrance is one of the easiest ways to update your home? Don't have the money to remodel? Fragrance can change the ambiance in any room.
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Another easy way to create a warm and inviting mood in any room is by changing the lighting. This can be achieved by changing lamps or lampshades, adding track lighting to an accent wall, or even using dimmers on overhead lights.
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Whatever you decide, fragrance is definitely the easiest way to create an inviting atmosphere in your home, and Glade Sense and Spray makes it easy with no electrical cords and no open flames. I'm loving the Vanilla Lavendar fragrance in my powder room (which is right next to the kitchen). And the design is a perfect fit for my decor.
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Monday, December 06, 2010
And speaking of The Nativity Story, have you ever seen the movie from 2006? It's a wonderful reenactment of Joseph and Mary's lives and their journey leading up to the birth of Jesus. My twins were ten when it came out, and I made them go with me to see it. I'm so glad I did. I believe it gave them a clear sense of why we celebrate Christmas. As the saying goes (among Christians), Jesus is the reason for the season!