Archive | December, 2009

Fast break!

29 Dec

Life has been busy busy busy. I have a bunch of things I want to talk about but life just keeps on getting in the way! At the moment, I feel inspired to organize my kitchen spice cupboard AND work out. Neither of which ever happens. So I shall take advantage of those urges and just leave you with some videos and pictures.

My goal is to get the 4 month update for Miles done tonight! Be sure to check out my new page about Project 101 in 1001. I want to blog about that asap too! But first, my cupboard and workout.

This made me giggle and caused Ella to come running with our sling!

Aaron SAYS this wasn’t on purpose, but I don’t believe him. (I added the link in text because the video itself isn’t showing up in google reader. How lame is that?)

Ella enjoyed her first snow!


Snowball Throwing

Staring At Snowflakes

In Their New Pajamas

24 Dec

Merry Christmas Poloroid

11 years ago tonight…

23 Dec

… it was snowing and my poor mother was THIRTEEN days past her duedate.

Things are rather blurry in my mind from that cold night but some very specific images stand out CLEARLY in my mind.

The apprentice midwife’s parents picked up my brother and I to come to the hospital to meet our new baby brother or sister. Dad couldn’t come because Mom’s labor was three hours from start to finish and he was told that if he left to get us, he’d miss the birth of his child. I remember the anticipation, excitement and thrill surging through me as I sat in their car, waiting to see if I had another brother or something brand new — a sister!

I remember sitting outside the room in the hallway with Grandma and Austin, bouncing my feet and generally being unable to be still. Then I noticed the door was opened a crack, so I crept forward and pushed it open a hair more. I could see through the sink mirror’s reflection a rolly polly new baby, pink and with a precious face. Then a nurse turned around, SAW ME, and quickly shut the door.

Then I was sitting in the recliner in Mom’s room, holding my NEW SISTER for the first time. The excitement and happiness threatened to overwhelm me and I thought that my grin was going to crack my face in two.

Having a sister is such an amazing relationship. She is so near and dear to my heart and she means the world to me. I love her to the moon and back. I am thrilled beyond words that my children have such an amazing person to be their “Aunt Nanny”. Savannah is such a caring, loving, funny, attentive, compassionate, spunky, and genuinely nice person. I can’t believe that she is no longer a little kid. She is rapidly becoming a young lady and such a pleasure to spend time with.

I wish we lived closer. Sometimes I cry because I miss her so much.

Happy birthday, Savannah Lou. I am honored to call you my sister.


Another thank you

21 Dec

Really feeling blessed over here on two fronts.

First of all, a big heartfelt thank you to someone who sent me an art pad in the mail. How did you know that was the exact one I pointed out to Aaron last week? I really appreciate your thoughtfulness. I’ve been using it and the oil pastels regularly and feel such a sense of calm after. Thank you!

And a big Thank You to God who finagled things so I didn’t have to have kidney stone removal surgery. I passed a HUGE kidney stone without trouble — without realizing it, actually! The doctor was rather shocked that I passed it on my own — he was convinced I’d have to have surgery to remove it. All I need to do now is collect urine for 24 hours (yes, just what you needed to read on a Monday night) to determine exactly WHY I have more kidney stones any old man should have, let alone a 20 something woman. I have something like seven stones left, which I am praying don’t shift to block urine (which is what causes kidney stone attacks). THAT is a kind of pain I NEVER EVER wish to experience AGAIN.

So yes. A great big huge THANK YOU to be shouted out to the universe and God.

Spotlight: Posts That Caught My Eye

19 Dec

Are YOU addicted?

Easy freezer food prep but I don’t think we’ll EVER have left over bacon!

Throw those resolutions out the window!

Why I believe in Santa. Be sure to have tissues. Or not. I also cry during Hallmark commercials.

Picking the pen back up

Stretching the shape of a soul hurts

Thank you

16 Dec

You know who you are. Thank you. Yesterday evening, Aaron brought in a box for me from the front porch. One of the folks who reads my blog AND has my address ordered me a set of oil pastels.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you. I have no idea who you are but I hope you are blessed tenfold in return.

Wordless Wednesday

16 Dec

Big 'Ol Smakerel

Miles was quite the flirt at the Senior Citizen Christmas Dinner my mom put on! See the lipstick?

For more Wordless Wednesday, check out Five Minutes for Mom

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