Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Menu Plan Monday

I didn't get this up yesterday, but I want to start it for the new year!

Monday: Spaghetti and meatballs

Tuesday: chicken pot pies

Wednesday: Fondue! (New Year's Eve)

Thursday: Frozen Pizza or leftovers

Friday: Steakumms

Saturday: Eggs and pancakes

Sunday: Going out to eat after church, we usually eat light that night.

Monday, December 29, 2008

New Year's Resolutions

I usually make resolutions every year, and by the next week I have forgotten them. I hope to not forget this year. I have several this year but mainly one! I want to grow closer to God. There are several things I want to do to accomplish that.
1. Read the bible everyday. Even if it is one sentence.
2. Keep journaling.
3. Get more involved in our church. Find the time to attend a Bible group.
4. Teach my kids to pray at night.

Now, for the other minuscule things.
1. Continue to be healthy by exercising at least 4 times a week and eating whole foods.
2. Be patient with my kids.
3. Save money for our vacation in September.
4. Quit spending on little things that do not matter.

I hope everyone has a wonderful New Year's Eve. We always stay home together and celebrate. Actually, I end up falling asleep before the ball drops! This year, we will be having fondue. We will start early with some meat fondue and salad. Next, we will have cheese fondue. Then, when it is late, we will have a chocolate fondue! I can't wait. I also plan on playing some UDance!
Happy New Year everyone!

Saturday, December 27, 2008

We are so blessed

This Christmas was so wonderful. I really can't explain in words how good it was. This was the first year I can remember feeling the spirit of Christ in me.
It started on Christmas Eve. Jeff woke up and made a trip to get the kids donuts! (this is really special in our house because I do not buy donuts!)

We spent the day finishing up some last minute Christmas baking. We made Santa's cookies:

The time seemed to fly by. Before I knew it, it was time to get ready for church. I couldn't wait to take the kids to the Christmas Eve service!

Jaden tried to get a decent picture of us:

The service was beautiful!

I love this picture:

Afterward, we looked at some lights and headed home for our birthday party for Jesus!

The kids got to open one gift. Cassidy got an Only Hearts Club doll and Jaden got the Willy Wonka movie! We spent part of the movie learning some Oompa Loompa dances! It was fun!
The kids put their cookies out for Santa and went to bed. Jaden was SO excited. He even watched out the window for Santa!
Santa came!
The kids had so much fun in the morning. I even fixed Jaden's favorite breakfast, french toast!
Santa brought Jaden the game Sorry Sliders and a Playmobil treasure chest filled with pirates! Cassidy got a Disney Princess dress up trunk and a memory game.
Next came the gifts we bought them!

Next we got ready to go to Grandma and Papa's where we all got gifts and way too much food!
Rick and Pam (my brother and his wife)

My mom even got me the cutest gift ever!

I am also excited about my new fondue pot and Bob Harper book! We plan on using the fondue pot on New Year's eve! I can't wait.
Now it is time to clean up the toy tornado that has hit our house.
I hope everyone had a blessed Christmas!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

A baby changes everything, Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Our God is an awesome God!

Jaden has been singing this a lot lately. It warms my heart!

video

Monday, December 22, 2008

Getting Ready!

I have been so busy getting ready for the big day! Actually, Christmas Eve will be a big deal this year too. We will be making cookies and a birthday cake! We have church at 5 and then the birthday party will begin! Jaden is so excited. I am happy to celebrate Jesus' birth! This Christmas means so much more than in the past. I feel so close to God at this time and I truly believe he is working in my life! I cannot begin to put into words how I am truly feeling, so I won't! ;)
Tonight, I will be making an easy dinner and cleaning the house. I have all of the gifts wrapped and waiting! The kids had fun today coloring and writing their Santa letter.
I love this picture Jeff took of the kids one night when I was gone:

Today, we experimented with a new sugar cookie icing recipe. I think I will be making some more tomorrow for the Christmas cookies we are making.

Have a great day everyone! Stay warm, it is SO cold outside!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

My dream wishlist

I have seen so many people making a dream list for Christmas. It looked like so much fun, so I am doing it!
My dream Christmas List
1. Buick Enclave (I have just recently fallen in love with this car)


2. $200 Starbucks giftcard (that should last awhile!)



3. Hutch



4. Pottery Barn Sofa (We desperately need furniture for our front room!)


5. Nintendo Wii




6.new Kitchen Countertop







7. Pottery Barn Black Pedestal Dining table


8. Blackberry
Storm



9. All Cricut cartridges!




Wow, I think I will stop now. This list would be SO long! It was fun though. Of course, I do not need these things to be happy. And, I will be celebrating the true meaning of Christmas!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Only 10 days left!

I really can't wait for Christmas this year! The kids are so excited and I can't wait to see their faces when we open gifts! I was a little worried this year that we wouldn't be able to afford much. But thanks to Amazon.com's wonderful deals, we are set! I expect one more shipment and we are done. I have been feeling extra crafty this year, so most of the adults will be getting handmade gifts. I hope they like them!
We had a great time at the Christmas party we went to on Saturday. The kids were excited and had so much fun! It is so nice to catch up with family!





It was a three hour drive home. The kids were so tired. We spent Sunday just laying around. I can't wait to get things ready this week for Christmas. I am going to finish making gifts. I need to get caught up on laundry and get the house clean. All of my Christmas cards have been mailed out. I wanted to send cards to all of the MOPS group, but I just haven't had the time or money. Christmas always comes so fast. I run out of time every year! We have a cookie exchange at MOPS this Friday. I need to decide what cookies I am going to make.
We have decided this year, we will be having a birthday party for Jesus on Christmas Eve. We will go to church at 5 and then come home and have a party. We will tell the Christmas story, have birthday cake, and the kids will open one gift. I can't wait!
Don't forget the reason for the holiday and all that Jesus did for us.
Have a great week everyone!



Saturday, December 13, 2008

Busy Busy Busy!

I love this time of year. I am so busy, but it is also so much fun. I have made gifts, baked food, and made cards. I just love it. It really brings out my creative side. The other day, the kids made their dough ornaments and hung them on the tree!
I have been making some handmade gifts:


I have managed to stay at my weight goal. I hope to get under it after the holidays. I wouldn't mind losing 10 more pounds and getting more toned. I am definitely not going to try during the Christmas season. I would just be setting myself up for disappointment.

Yesterday, I made some buckeyes to take to the Christmas party tonight. Today, I need to make some spinach artichoke dip and a smoky links casserole. I got the smoky link recipe from one of the ladies at MOPS. Here is the recipe, it is awesome!

Smoky Links Casserole 1pkg. smoky links 2 pkg. crescent rolls Roll up. ½ cup butter ½ cup chopped pecans (optional) 3 Tbsp. brown sugar 3 Tbsp. honey Melt and mix together. Place wet mixture in a 9 x 13 pan. Add links/rolls. Add some extra wet mixture on top. Bake at 400 for 15 to 20 minutes

Have a great weekend! I will be back with more pictures in a few days!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Christmas Decorations

I have been so busy lately. I just don't have time to blog regularly! I feel so bad. I am sure things will change in January!
I really don't have many Christmas decorations up, since we moved here after Christmas last year. I hope to hit some 80% off sales after Christmas!

Advent "hand" tree

I should have taken these pictures in the evening. That is when it is really pretty! I will try to get a picture of the outside of the house tonight. It looks so cozy from outside! Jaden asked me to get colored lights this year. Poor thing, his mama only likes clear lights!

We had a playdate the other day and had so much fun! The kids just love their friends and they sleep so good after having a playdate! I hope to do it again soon!

I just finished making some more gifts and I need to start baking again! We have a Christmas party in Princeton this Saturday. Next week, we have a Cookie Exchange at MOPS! That should be fun! I just love cookie exchanges!

I love this time of year! I have all of the kid's Christmas presents bought! Now, I am focusing on handmade (and homemade ;)) gifts.