Saturday, December 31, 2011

Spiritual New Years Resolutions

Growing in my faith and walk with my lord and savoir Jesus Christ is number one my New Years resolutions.
  • Read a devotion daily
  • Memorize a verse monthly
  • Pray before each meal
  • Tell my daughter often of Christ and his love for her
Small steps, on a long journey, but I hope to implement these in my life this year.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

New Year Resolution Categories

A new year is just around the corner.  Here are some New Years Resolutions Categories I will be working on in 2012!
  • Spiritual
  • Family
  • Health
  • Finance
  • Home Projects
What are some categories you will be working on this upcoming year?

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Christmas Traditions

There are some things that we do every year on Christmas Day, here is my list of favorites.

  • Waking up 'early'
  • Making Kringler
  • Reading the Christmas Story
  • Opening Stockings
  • Having to play with the stocking toys before opening presents
  • Going one at a time opening gifts
  • Eating ham, and cookies
Are there things you and your family do every year on Christmas day?

Friday, December 23, 2011

Christmas Eve Traditions

Over the years some traditions have been added and changed, but here is a list of the most consistent and memorable.  I'm so glad to share these with my family every Christmas Eve
  • Presents at Nana and Papa'
  • Going to a different church every year
  • Eating eggs Benedict for dinner
  • Opening one gift 
  • Stuffing the Stockings
  • Wrapping any last minute presents
Do you have any tradition that happen on Christmas Eve?

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Christmas Memories

I have so many happy Christmas memories, here are a few:

  • Having a snoring 'contest' with Grandma Frances (she didn't know we were having a contest..opps!)
  • Seeing A snowflake in Southern California
  • Seeing bugs all over the Christmas tree
  • Going to a church with an organ, it was an awesome Christmas Eve service
  • Seeing a barbie under my full stocking
  • Opening gifts at Nana and Papa's
  • Making a ginger bread house at Grandma's
  • Making chocolate covered raisins for Grandpa
  • Playing Sets, and Wise and Otherwise
  • Reading the Christmas story
  • Making kringler in Grandma's kitchen
Okay, I had to stop...what are some of yours?

Monday, December 19, 2011

Christmas Firsts

Even with all the traditions every year seems to hold firsts, here are some of my memories.

  • 1st in Missouri (cut down a real tree, it was a Cedar, it took up the whole living room and we all got sick)
  • 1st Christmas with Hermes (in Columbia)
  • 1st Christmas with Fiance
  • 1st in Michigan (dad, mom and brother came to visit us in our 1st home)
  • 1st without Grandma and Granny
  • 1st with my beautiful daughter
  • 1st in Indiana (everyone came to sister-in-law's house)
  • 1st in Texas (was my 1st Christmas without my parents)
 What are some of your Christmas Firsts?

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Why My Husband is Super Great

Let me just put this out there; I love my husband.  God sure knew what he was doing when he brought us together.  Here are just some of the reasons I think he is super great!

  • He gets up early and comes home late to provide for our family
  • He makes me laugh
  • He is all man, outdoors man, hunter, sports fanatic (completely opposite from me!)
  • He is kind and gentle
  • He helps around the house, all I have to do is ask and he makes it a priority to get done
  • We like a lot of the same things (that could be a whole other list)
  • He is crazy in love with our daughter (me too btw)
  • He lets the in-laws visit us almost every weekend!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Books that Changed my Life

Sometimes books help you achieve a 180. You think things are going along great and then you read something that changes the course of your life, these books have done that for me.

Books you've read that had a huge impact on you?

Friday, December 9, 2011

Things I'm Addicted To

We've all got something we can't live without, here are a few of mine!

  • Kettle Corn
  • Morning 'coffee' (2cups soy milk and 1/4cup coffee)
  • Pretzels and dark Chocolate
  • Books, my nose is always in one
  • HOT showers, I could stay in one forever
  • Chap-stick (I use it multiple times a day)
  • Making Lists!
Do you have something you crave everyday?

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Car Trips - The Funny Times

With family car tips there are always some suprises, some good and some not so good.  I've complied some of the more funny events from family car tips.

  • Driving from Kansas City to Lincoln with the whole family, fishing poles and all.
  • Having "I want a Hippopotamus for Christmas" blaring, windows down, 20 degrees out side, going 0.002 mph; all of that to arrive right back where we started from.
  • Taking a night 'tour' of DC
  • Feeding my husband non-boneless wings in the car after he said "This is the best idea ever!"
  • Sounds of the car - mom swallowing, and dad narrating the scenery "There's a stick out over there."
  • Playing Wise and Otherwise
  • Watching a guy try to pick up a pallet backwards at a gas station.
We have all laughed so hard we could cry, do you have any memories of those times in a car?

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Generations of List Makers

This compulsion to make lists must be a genetic thing. My sister, Paula describes it as a family habit! She calls herself an inveterate lister who couldn’t get through a day or a week without one (some?) My list memories of my mother, Gerry, are of her sitting at her little roll top desk making a grocery list on the back of a scrap paper pad. She was green and recycling before it was in. She made lists of groceries, menus, and party planning details. The classic example is each serving dish on my wedding supper table had a hand printed note describing what food it should contain. Mom said that was so the aunts would know how to help!

*Aislie Frances. The newest daughter
*Leslie Frances. The mommy
*Karen Frances. The grandma
*Paula Gerry. The aunt. Her middle name is from our mother, Gerry
*Geraldine "Gerry" Frances. The great grandma
*Fannie "Frances." The great great grandma. Her given name was Fannie, but she didn’t like it!.
*Hattie ? The great great great grandma

Monday, December 5, 2011

Christmas Cookies

With Christmas fast approaching, I find myself wanting to bake Christmas cookies, here are my favorites.

  • Sugar Cookies (Almond flavored)
  • Chocolate Crackles
  • Mexican Wedding Cakes
  • Minute Fudge
  • Chocolate covered raisins (or pretzels...or both)
  • Fruit Balls 
What are some of your Christmas cookie traditions?

Saturday, December 3, 2011

When a Cold is Coming On

When I get the scratch in my throat and I know I will soon be sick here are some things I do immediately.

 This might be over kill, but I do seem to not get the colds as severely as my husband.  If you have any cold remedies I'd love to hear them!

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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Homemade Items I'd like to Try

I have loved some of the homemade items I've made and here is a list of ones I haven't gotten around to making yet.

  • Hand soap
  • Shampoo
  • Eye Serums
  • Tea (herbal)
  • Hydrosol
  • Essential Oils
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Beer
  • Wine
Have you tried any of these?

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

I Feel Rich When...

There are often times I feel 'rich' and these are some of the things that make me feel this way.

  • When all the laundry is folded and put away on the same day as washing
  • Cooking a double batch of food, one for the week and one for the freezer
  • When the fridge is full of cut fresh fruit and veggies
  • Clean bathrooms
  • Wearing brand new socks
  • When the bathroom is fully stocked (full lotions, soaps, TP, etc...)
  • Everything has a place and is in it
  • When coupons have cut the bill by half
Anyone else feel rich?

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Things I Always Forget to Do

There are somethings that are annoying when not done, but once I leave the room I never seem to remember to do them....

  • Put RainX on windshield
  • Defrost meat for dinner
  • Recharge toothbrush
  • Change light in spare room
  • Put washer fluid in car
How about you, are there things that fall right out of your brain?

Friday, November 25, 2011

Homemade Items I'm not so sure about...

So far there have been a few things that I've made homemade that I'm not so sure about.

  • Baking Soda 'Shampoo'
  • Chap stick
  • Dishwasher soap
  • Laundry soap
  • Eye Cream
  • Tomato Soup
  • Apple Cider Vinegar

Have you tried something homemade that didn't turn out well?

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Thanksgiving Memories

I thought I'd look back and list some of my Thanksgiving Memories.

  • Eating spinach at Granny's - almost couldn't get it down
  • Walking on a beach  - watching surfers
  • Aunt spilling a whole pumpkin pie in the oven
  • Pecan Pie - Papa Al eating it by himself, making it for the first time by myself
  • Crowded around the table at our house on Dennie Court
  • Mom making a list of what we had at the meal
  • Visiting my in-laws finding out they don't always have turkey!
  • Watching football
  • Playing video games and eating turkey dinner for 3 days straight (yes for breakfast, lunch and dinner!)
  • Eating dinner at Spanish Moss

What are some of your memories for this wonderful holiday?

Monday, November 21, 2011

What I'm Thankful For

With Thanksgiving approaching it is only appropriate to list a few things I am thankful for!

  1. Jesus Christ - my Savior
  2. Family - so blessed by all the loved ones in my life
  3. Friends - there friendships are so precious to me
  4. My Home - Such a happy place to be
  5. Freedom - it is not free and I am grateful to everyone to helps protect it

Okay those were the big things, but here are some smaller things that make everyday wonderful!

  1. My Daughter's laugh - nothing much better on this earth
  2. Kissing my husband every morning and every night - we have done this for 8 years
  3. Seeing my parents several times a month - easy to say goodbye when I know I'll get to see you again soon
  4. Chocolate - dark 70% or more so good 
  5. Survivor - I just love watching people who are forced to co-exist
  6. Discovering a new author - Charliane Harris is my new favorite

What are you thankful for this year?

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Homemade Items I LOVE

I have been on a homemade kick and these are the items I love so much I will never go back to store bought!

  • Lotions (hand salve, and body lotion)
  • Sugar Scrub
  • Deodorant
  • Vinegar as a laundry softener
  • Toilet Cleaner
  • Shower Cleaner
  • Granola Bars
  • Kettle Corn
  • Chicken Noodle Soup
  • Beef Veggie Soup

Are there things you make homemade that are better than anything you could get at the store?

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Travel List

When I travel I need a list to help me pack for the trip.  Here are the Categories I use in my travel list:

  • Personal
  • Toiletries
  • Components
  • Garments
  • Food
  • Kids
  • Medical
  • Other
Here is the document that I use.
    If you have other categories I'd love to hear from you.

    Tuesday, November 15, 2011

    In the Fall get your Home ready for Winter Projects

    In the Fall I like to get my home ready for winter by doing the following:

    • Stock up Freezer:
      • Soups
      • Casseroles
      • Fall Veggies
      • Cookies
      • Potatoes

    • Organize Closets
      • Put away summer items
      • Get out coats and boots

    • Deep Clean
      • New Filter on Furnace
      • Wash blankets and comforters
      • Scrub Fridge

    What do you do every year to get ready for the colder months?

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    Monday, November 14, 2011

    Fall Morning Joys

    Fall morning joys:

    • Morning sun on crimson red leaves of Japanese maple tree
    • Smell of coffee delivered to me by my favorite barista, Karl, with frothy milk!
    • Steamy hot shower
    • Listening to talk radio while I curl my hair
    • Creamy taste of blueberry banana smoothie with some crunchy sliced almonds for breakfast
    • Smell of my favorite Bath & Body lotion, Japanese Cherry Blossom
    • Looking for my warm winter coat on the first 32 degree morning

    What are your favorite fall morning joys?

    Sunday, November 13, 2011

    Fall House Projects

    Fall Outdoor Cleaning List!

    • Power wash the house
    • Clean the gutters
    • Check Roof
    • Trim Shrubs and Trees
    • Rake leaves
    • Touch up on outside Paint
    • Wash Windows
    • Drain Hot Water Heater
    • Organize Garage (swap summer items for winter)

    What projects do you get done before the winter comes?

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    Friday, November 11, 2011

    Things I'd like to do in the Fall but never get around to doing.

    There are always a few things that I never get around to doing in the Fall, even though I'd love to do them.

    • Apple Picking
    • Going to a Pumpkin Patch
    • Long Walks when the leaves are at peak
    • Reread all the Harry Potters
    • Take Family Pictures

    Is there anything you would like to do during the Fall, but never seem to have time to do?

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    Wednesday, November 9, 2011

    What I like to do on a cool rainy Fall day.

    Cool rainy days in the Fall are great for:

    1. Drinking hot tea
    2. Reading a good book
    3. Snuggling under a blanket
    4. Watching out the window
    5. Drawing
    6. Writing notes to reconnect with friends
    7. Watching a movie
    8. Baking cookies
    9. Yoga
    10. Listen to music
    What do you like to do on rainy days?

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    Monday, November 7, 2011

    Happiness is a list

    Happiness is making a list because:

    • I can stay focused
    • I get a kick out of crossing off an item!
    • I have a place to corral ideas that I keep generating
    • Once it is written down, I don't have to keep remembering
    • I feel organized
    • A list brings order to my planning
    • I can make sure I am doing the most important thing - i.e. prioritize

    List of Reasons Why I List

    Here are a few reasons I love to write lists.

    • Written purpose has power
    • Set goals - so I can attain them
    • Organize my thoughts
    • A To Do list is manageable
    • Crossing it out gives me a sense of accomplishment
    • Collection of items (books to read, places to visit, presents to give, etc...)
    • If I write it down, later I can see how far I've come
    • Lists provide clear structure

    What are some of your reasons?  I love to hear yours.