5 Question Friday: 1.6.12

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1. What is the weather like where you are and do you like it?

Crazy. Can’t make up its mind.

Last week started with snow and 28 degrees and ended with sunny and almost 70.

Do I like it? I like how the snow lasts until noon and the sun is warm. Otherwise, it’s better then having feet of snow and inches of ice.

2. When you’re sick what do you seek comfort from?

My blanket and pillow on the couch. The dark is also my friend when I don’t feel good.

3. What do you need to do before the end of the month?

EVERYTHING!!

In the land of work, I have several claims that will expire if I don’t get them through by the end of the month. On the home front, not much has to get done. I’ve been packing away Christmas and hope to have all of that all put away by month end – well, except my usual all-year Christmas tree and things. I also have some regular going through/ packing that I would like to have done.

4. Have you ever served on a jury?

Nope. I was called to go twice. I had been excused one time due to having a new-born and the second time because I was in the hospital recuperating from major surgery.

5. If you could be any animal, what would you be and why?

Never thought about what animal I would be. Let me think…okay, a few days later and lots of time to think. I think I would like to be a giraffe. 

Oh, now I’m suppose to answer why? I like the height. No one really hunts down a giraffe for their spots. They are amazing animals to watch – they walk gracefully, they are quiet and usually well-tempered. They don’t eat meat which means they don’t attack innocent animals just for a meal. The flip-side, adult giraffes aren’t in the cross-hairs of lions, leopards, and other such fierce animals. So yeah, I’d choose to be a giraffe.

Two Zero

Once upon a time, I thought those two digits together were some type of magical age.

Boy was I wrong! When I was 20, I had a child in tow and a husband. I still have the husband, but now that child is 20 years and no longer the sweet, innocent, adorable, little two-year old she once was.

Don’t get me wrong, she is still a sweet kid young woman. It’s just that her interests are no longer wearing frilly dresses while climbing trees. She has progressed towards gaming, jewelry, books, and guys. Or rather a single particular guy. Not that I have a problem with said guy, I have a problem with her no longer being the child I can command and dictate rules and regulations to guide to the right path and she would listen.

Yeah, I wasn’t a dictator or tyrant. But I did have some strict rules – according to her as she compared every rule to those of her friends. Silly me, I have this wish to know who and where and why and how and what is going on in my children’s lives. I mean, weren’t we all taught the 5 W’s in elementary school for a reason?

Where are they going? When are they going and when will they return? Who are they going with and who are the parents? Why are they going? What are they will be doing once they get there? How are they getting there and/or back?

Okay, so back to the 20-year-old.

For her birthday, the family (and boy friend) had dinner at the Texas Roadhouse (seems to becoming a “birthday theme” around here). This lovely child-no-more did not want anyone to know it was her big day.

She made her two brothers promise on their Bibles that they would not so much as utter anything resembling a comment to the waitress/waiter that it was her birthday.

The silly kid forgot about her parents…sad, isn’t it? Not to worry though because while she couldn’t decide what to have for a drink (a non-alcoholic type, thanks!), her dear father turned to the waitress and said: “You’ll have to excuse her. This is her first day of being twenty.” To which the birthday girl immediately looked up, shocked that he said something. She even made “dad” into a two-syllable word as she flushed ever so slightly.

I reassured her that he did not tell the waitress it was her birthday. Do you see where this is going? Can you imagine the look of horror on her face as I spoke those “forbidden” words out loud? It was well worth it.

After dinner, the crew came to the table and did their little “Texas Roadhouse Birthday Wish” and brought out the famous saddle for the birthday person to pose on. And believe me, my husband made sure there were ample amounts of photos taken of the 20-year-old posing on this sad little saddle.

As we were heading back towards home, she did admit she had a great time, despite the worn little saddle she sat on. She was glad we made her day a little extra special.

I’m glad she is a 20-year-old, independent thinker and able to function on her own. But there is a part of me, ever so small, that misses the 2-year-old who was full of questions.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Celebration

  My youngest son’s elementary school held a performance for families. It was entitled: “A Pirate’s Christmas“.

It was a twisted tale of how White Beard (AKA: Santa) helped the pirates understand that it is better to give then to receive. Or in the case of the pirates – to take what isn’t theirs.

The little boy, in the footsteps of his bigger brother, hammed it up.

But then again, I think all the 4th graders were having a blast while exaggerating their performance.

Once White Beard and his merry men brought the pirates to the North Pole, the head pirate – sorry, I can’t remember the name – convinced his followers that White Beard was off his rocker. Or was it off the boat?

Either way, the pirates learned and accepted that the practice of giving was much more lucrative than taking what they wanted, when they wanted, how they wanted, well, you get the picture…

During the performance these little pirates and elves sang Christmas songs drenched in pirate verses. It was a cute little show – one I will enjoy sharing in person with my parents once they make “the move”.

Note to self: Sit in the bleachers – the floor seats have extreme limited sight…as in I saw glimpses of the stage through out the show thanks to many children and adults who moved around. Thankfully my husband was on the aisle and was able to get many pictures and videos of the performance. So yeah, next year – I’m sitting up high. 🙂

Weekly Photo Challenge: Family

This is my teenage son. He is a bit silly and full of wit and humor. Add a little (or a lot) of sarcasm, and you have the character traits of this ray of sunshine. I choose this photo to represent family because his expression captures the fun and crazy times we share – whether we intentionally try to be silly or not. 

Five Question Friday: 12.2.11

It’s another glorious Five Question Friday!

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1. What is your favorite Christmas decoration in your house?

This is a toughie. I have to pick one?!

Well, let me think…I can do this…alright, I can’t. I know it’s “cheating” but I have five to eight trees up at once and if they were all decorated the same way, it would be boring. 

Yeah, I’m a freak of nature. I know this. As does my husband, but thankfully, he doesn’t mind. 

Any who – I love snowmen and Santa ornaments. I mean, come on, they are adorable and always smiling. Face it, have you ever seen either grumpy, sad, or upset? Yeah, that’s what I thought. 

 Have I ever mentioned how much I looooovveee this season? I didn’t think so.

2. Do you finish your Christmas shopping early or are you a last-minute type?

Early. Last minute. It’s all how you look at the calendar. 

I start shopping for the next year the day after Christmas if it’s a really good deal. I don’t buy things for the kids that soon – their minds change so many times it’s too soon to make those types of decisions. However, I do take advantage of those after Christmas sales for other people. Things that don’t go out of style – unique ornaments, jewelry, books, Christmas decorations, you get the point. 

Although, I can and have and probably will again get the kids items that never go out of style. Cars, models, Lego sets, board games, and such are items I can pick up throughout the year. The kids have certain things they like that never change – for example, my daughter collects snow globes. These are easy enough to get and beat the lines and craziness of holiday shopping. Any clothing they want usually gets bought in October when I do my lay away shopping. 

So to answer the question – I’m an early shopper. I spend the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas shuttling the boys around to buy gifts for each other, but otherwise, I sit back, relax, and watch Christmas shows while wrapping. 

3. When do you turn on your heat?

The heat goes on when we get cold. This house has nothing on the west side, which is where the living room is, and when the winds blow, the living room gets cold real fast.

Otherwise, we don’t really have a set time when we turn it on other than when it’s cold and needs to come on. I don’t do the cold too well – but then again, I’m freezing in summer. 

4. Do you ever wish your blog was private?

I’m of the mind where if I didn’t want others to read it, I wouldn’t write it online. That’s why I have a journal, isn’t it? 

5. Do you put your deodorant on before of after you put on your shirt?

These questions can’t get more random, can they? Wait, I better now ask that. I remember one time there was a question about our washing habits. Yeah, personal stuff. 

Deodorant goes on after the shirt is on. Otherwise it makes a nasty mess of your clothes. Who wants to spend more time deciding what to wear because of a silly mishap with the deodorant? I sure don’t! 

Five Question Friday: 11/25/2011

Another week for 5 Question Friday! Join the fun – click the picture and add your link. 

1. Is there a special dish you prepare that you are famous for?

Famous? Probably not. But I do make lasagna on those special occasions.


I bake cookies and brownies – but that occurs on a monthly or weekly basis. Seems the
colder it is outside, the more the oven is on inside.

 

2. Are you (did you) go Black Friday shopping?

I did go shopping on Black Friday but not before we were good and ready.

My husband took the boys and me to breakfast before heading to the malls. Once we were at the mall, it took about ten minutes for us to find a spot where the vehicles next to the spot weren’t over the lines or parked so close you couldn’t open the doors. We went to a couple of stores, waited in a few lines – but nothing too awful.

I must note how surprised I was with how empty Wal-Mart’s parking lot was when we made it over there. Of course, the store didn’t have what we wanted, but it was one of many my husband was comparing prices at.

Despite the insane images Black Friday conger up, it was a relatively calm shopping experience.

3. What are your strangest holiday traditions?

Strangest? Well, they aren’t strange to me but maybe they seem odd to you.

We have a birthday cake for Jesus and give Him our gifts. Sometimes the kids will draw pictures or they will write something about what He means to us.

We open presents from out-of-state family on Christmas Eve.

We read “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens the week before Christmas. We take turns reading aloud, changing our voices to coincide with the character.

The kids tell us the story of Christ – in their own words, referring to the Bible when one of them tries to correct another. They will also move around the pieces of the Nativity Scene during this re-telling.

4. Pecan or pumpkin pie? (She actually asked “Apple or pumpkin?” I just T-giving’ed it!)

Pass me the pumpkin pie, thanks! Please have plenty of cool whip! 

5. When will you put up your Christmas tree?

Ummm…it’s been up since the third week in October. If you read this post here, you will learn all about my craziness. 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Breakfast

Just a little something for the family when they woke up Thanksgiving morning.

I don’t usually make breakfast for the gang, as they are all out the door at different times. But on holidays, I try to do something special. Not that cinnamon rolls are special, but the look on the kids faces when they stagger into the kitchen is priceless. They aren’t required to do anything other than grab a dish, sit at the table, and enjoy. Easy, peasy.