Sunday, November 30, 2008


I know its passed Thanksgiving but I liked the picture.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

I'm a Genuis

I found this test at momstheword. Go "here" and take the test and be sure and come back and comment to let us know how you did! I look forward to hearing about it! Please share how you did, it'll be fun, lol!

I do think that maybe there is something wrong with this test as it gave me a genius status but, hey, who am I to argue?

Black Friday 08

I do not like crowds. I do not care to look at ads for deals I won't get because I will not do Black Friday crowds. My husband, however, is a totally different story. Last year, he bought personal portable DVD players for the two older children. He went hog wild last year. It was crazy.
Thank goodness this year he used some self control. lol. He bought a ripboard and a water gun for my son. He bought a Barbie car and a water gun for my middle daughter. He bought duplo-type blocks for my youngest daughter.
I think he goes overboard sometimes but he just wants them to have a good Christmas. I personally think its the family time and traditions of love and giving that make good Christmases.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008



I just wanted to say that I am grateful to all those who read my blog even though I have not posted anything lately. Hopefully, I won't do that again. I have been getting ready to do a boutique on December 6, 2008. After that is my DS's birthday and Christmas. Its a busy month but I love it. I love the sights, the smells, the love. Wishing everyone who reads this (and even those who don't) a very Happy Thanksgiving. May we all remember what we are grateful for and how blessed we are during this time of trial for our country. Love you all.

Thursday, November 20, 2008


(From the Brat Factor)

Most people do not realize the many health benefits of gratitude. Studies indicate that thankfulness is directly linked to physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Compared to people who do not live a lifestyle of thankfulness, research shows that grateful people:

1. Experience higher levels of alertness, enthusiasm, determination optimism and energy

2. Experience less depression

3. Better manage stress

4. Are more likely to help others

5. Exercise more regularly

6. Make more progress towards their personal goals

7. Have stronger immune systems

8. Have fewer symptoms of physical illness

Those are some impressive benefits that can be yours without even increasing your physical activity or changing your nutrition plan. All that is required is a grateful heart.

Are you a thankful person? If you are unsure, then it may be in your best interest to consider the following questions:

Are you the type of person who dwells on the good or on the bad things that happen to you?

Do you tell others about the blessings in your life as much as you tell them when things go wrong?

Are you considerate of the people closest to you or do you often take them for granted?

Are you thankful only when things are going well or do you look for blessings even when bad things happen?

Is there someone you admire who is a thankful person?

What other attributes do you admire about him/her?

Are you leaving a legacy of thankfulness that others will remember you by?

There is nothing complicated about gratitude. Quite simply, thankfulness is a choice. To say we feel grateful is not to say that everything in our life is great. It just means that in spite of all we see that is worthy of complaint, there is far more we can choose to focus on that is worthy of thank- fulness. Why not choose to extend the tradition of giving thanks through the entire year, instead of limiting it to the Holiday Season? You’re physical, emotional, and spiritual health will all reap the benefits of a thankful heart. The choice is yours.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

My Awards

I recieved this award from Tammy at Check it out, its a great blog.

Here are the rules for this one:
1. Mention the blog that gave it to you and comment on their blog to let them know you’ve posted your award.
2. Publish these rules.
3. Share 6 values that are important to you and 6 things you do not support.
4. Grant the prize to 6 people.
Six Important Values/Beliefs:

1. Family
2. God
3. Honesty
4. Love
5. Friends
6. Peace

Nix Support For These Values/Beliefs:

1. Unforgiving
2. Greed
3. Selfishness
4. Hate in any form
5. Negativity
6. Bitterness

I like to award these to
1. Momstheword at Sorry to say I don't know her name but I read her blog everyday.
2. Tammy at
3. Becky at I read her blog everyday too but she probably doesn't even know.
4. Toostie at I don't know her very well but you all have to check out the beautiful tree she has posted on her site.
5. Chocolateonmycranium at whom I also don't know personally but read her posts constantly.
6. whose name I also don't know but read all the time.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Jello Jigglers

Tonight, we made Jello Jigglers. I have alphabet cutters and used them to make the names of my children. I wish I would've taken pictures as the turned out so cute. This week in our preschool, we will be studying the moon. Maybe I'll make some more in lemon flavor, cut them out in circle shapes and cover them with whipped topping. If I use sugar-free jello and sugar-free whipped topping, it should be less than 100 calories per serving.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

A New Baby and a Sick Puppy

At midnight last night (or would that be this morning), my sister called and hung up. It took me calling back 4 times before someone picked up the phone. She told me that my niece had her baby on Thursday. He was 7 lbs 8 oz, 20.5 inches long. My other niece had told my sister that the baby had aspirated some fluid and was in the NICU. Scary place for a baby to be (at least for the parents) but those nurses are so nice and helpful. Today, I found out they moved him to a new hospital because he has a hole in his lung and this hospital has state of the art equipment.

My hubby's sister's dog (got that?) Jasmine was found on her porch yesterday convulsing. They took her to the emergency room. The hospital ran all kinds of test but all tests came up negative. The vet thinks she either got in to snail bait or has epilepsy. My SIL was having a really hard time. Jasmine is a really good dog and loved by all who know her.

We are asking for prayers for them both.

Thought for the Day

Perhaps most significant of all classrooms is the classroom of the home. It is in the home that we form our attitudes, our deeply held beliefs. It is in the home that hope is fostered or destroyed. Our homes are the laboratories of our lives. What we do there determines the course of our lives when we leave home. Dr. Stuart E. Rosenberg wrote in his book The Road to Confidence, ‘Despite all new inventions and modern designs, fads and fetishes, no one has yet invented, or will ever invent, a satisfying substitute for one’s own family.'”President Thomas S. Monson, “Precious Children—A Gift from God,” Ensign, Nov 1991, 68

Friday, November 14, 2008

Preschool - Trains

This week we focused on trains. We read Freight Train by Donald Crews which is a wonderful book, colorful and vibrant. We also read The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper. We read the poem Shiny New Train by Katrina Lybbert and acted out the poem Trains by James S. Tippett. We talked about the different kinds of trains, freight trains, passenger trains, etc. We talked about how train starts with the letter T. We made a train out of geometrical shapes. We also talked about the letter 10 and counted to ten in Spanish and English.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Wordless Wednesday

"Mom, take my picture. Cheese."
Check out more Wordless Wednesday pictures at MomDot

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Veterans' Day

Thank you for all you have done for us. My Father-in-Law fought in one war and it affects him still today.

Tackle It Tuesday

Okay, I'm still working on my hubby's office. I started cleaning out one corner and though its not a huge difference, I thought I'd share my progress. If I work this right, the pic on the left is before and the one on the right is in process. I know there is still so much to do but its progress. To see more Tackle it Tuesday tackles, visit

Monday, November 10, 2008

Exposed #6

Safest Plastics for Food and Beverages

We all know certain plastics leach toxins into our food. The following plastics are considered safest for food storage. Glass and stainless steel are also good options.

Polyethylene terephthalate ethylene (PETE), code 1.
High-density polyethylene (HDPE), code 2.
Low-density polyethylene (LDPE), code 4.
Polypropylene (PP), code 5.

Friday, November 7, 2008

I Am Thankful For...

For the teenager who is not doing dishes but is watching TV, because that means he is at home and not on the streets.
For the taxes I pay, because it means that I am employed.
For the mess to clean after a party, because it means that I have been surrounded by friends.
For the clothes that fit a little too snug, because it means I have enough to eat.
For my shadow that watches me work, because it means I am out in the sunshine.
For a lawn that needs mowing, windows that need cleaning, and gutters that need fixing, because it means I have a home.
For all the complaining I hear about the government, because it means that we have freedom of speech.
For the parking spot I find at the far end of the parking lot, because it means I am capable of walking, and that I have been blessed with transportation.
For my huge heating bill, because it means I am warm.
For the lady behind me in my place of worship when she sings off key, because it means that I can hear.
For the pile of laundry and ironing, because it means I have clothes to wear.
For weariness and aching muscles at the end of the day, because it means I have been capable of working hard.
For the alarm that goes off in the early morning hours, because it means that I am alive.
and finally....

For too much e-mail, because it means I have friends who are thinking of me.(

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Daughter's Room

I promised pics of my daughter's room so here they are.
Not as clean as it could be but still, an improvement.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

I Voted

My husband and I went to the polls about 8:30am or so. There was no line at all. We walked up to the table, got our card and went to the cubicles they had set up. I voted my head-in case of a tie, I voted my heart. I feel good about my decisions. If the people I voted for don't make it in or the ones I didn't vote for do, I will support whomever is sworn in to the offices.

Saturday, November 1, 2008