Sunday, November 30, 2008

NaBloPoMo

Wow! It is the last day of the month and I have reached my goal of blogging everyday for a month. I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to reach my goal, but I did it. It feels good to set out a goal and actually reach it.

So what am I taking away from this experience? I have learned that I blog because it makes me happy. It makes me stop and take a look at what is going on around me and find the blessings or the little stories that I want to remember. I suppose that in a way it is my way of keeping a scrapbook of this time in my life. There are moments and sometimes days that I am not appreciating the time that I have with my precious little one because I am stressed out or maybe just tired out, but the blog has helped me open up to the blessings around me. I needed to take the time out and search for the blessings because as the song goes I'm "Gonna miss this".




So now what? I have reached my goal of blogging everyday for a month, so what now? I am going to blog more often. December is such a busy month so I don't think that I am going to try to go for 2 months in a row but who knows I may try it again in the New Year. Thank you for taking this journey with me!

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Blog Type?

I ran across this typealyzer from one of the blogs that I read. You put in your blog site and it determines what kind of blog you have. I did it just to see what it came up with. Here are my results.

ESFP - The Performers


The entertaining and friendly type. They are especially attuned to pleasure and beauty and like to fill their surroundings with soft fabrics, bright colors and sweet smells. They live in the present moment and don´t like to plan ahead - they are always in risk of exhausting themselves.

The enjoy work that makes them able to help other people in a concrete and visible way. They tend to avoid conflicts and rarely initiate confrontation - qualities that can make it hard for them in management positions.

Interesting: It also said that I used the sensing and feeling parts of my brain. I find this fascinating because this is what personality type tests usually say about me.

So what does this say about your blog (if you have one) and did they get right or wrong. Let me know.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Thankfulness

Sometimes in our hurried life we forget to take a moment or two to really reflect on all the blessings are really be thankful for those. I am a worrier and have been my entire life. Maybe I should do something about that? It is easy to worry about how we are going to pay those bills. To worry about how we are as parents. The list grows and is long. But I am reminded that I need to trust in the Lord and not worry.

So today I am going to focus on what I am thankful for.

1. I am thankful that I have been blessed to marry my best friend. I count on his friendship throughout life's obstacles. I am thankful that he is my partner in our journey through life. He is my biggest supporter. He is also a wonderful daddy to our little Mickey. Words cannot describe the multitude reasons that I am thankful for him.

2. I am thankful for my daughter. She is the most precious gift that the Lord could have ever given me. I love her laughter!

3. I am thankful for friendships. I have some really close friendships that I have had for years. Some of those are near me while others are scattered around the country. I also have new friendships that I have discovered through being a momma and I am blessed to have these wonderful ladies in my life.

4. I am thankful for the health of my child. I know all too well that not every parent has a child that has no health problems. I see the fears and struggles that they go through.

I have so many things that I am thankful for but will continue writing about it on another day.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

I am enjoying my day with my family, my mom, grandmother, Jeff and Mickey. I am looking forward to lots of good food. My mom is a great cook and so I know that we are going to eat well today.

Some traditions in our neck of the woods.

1. Mom gets up early to put the turkey in.
2. She cuts up the stuff for the dressing. We used to do the whole stuff the turkey until we figured out that no one particularly cared for the stuffing in the turkey. Took us years to figure this out.
3. Eat some dressing for breakfast and it has to be in a little bowl. Maybe even have a slice of pie.
4. Be kind of lazy throughout the day. Eventually take a shower.
5. Get the other sides of the meal together. We will each take a dish that we will prepare. My mom will make her red chili. Yummy and so good on the mashed potatoes that we will eat. Who needs gravy??
6. Eat, eat, eat!
7. Put in a movie and just hang out.

:) Hope you have a great Thanksgiving day with your family!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

To Grandmother's House We Go

Over the rivers and through the woods to Grammie Syl's house we go. We are off to enjoy Thanksgiving with my mom today. I am looking forward to being home. My grandmother is also joining us so that is another blessing for us to enjoy.

I hope to take a lot of pictures to share with you when we get back home. Jeff will be joining us for a part of the trip. He hasn't been back for an extended stay since Mickey's 1st Thanksgiving. My how times have changed. That was back in the days when Mickey was into playing dress up in her food rather than actually having a taste. I am curious how much of the food she is going to enjoy. There are going to be her favorites there as well so I am not a bit worried.

I hope you and your family or friends will enjoy the day together.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Quick Post

I am currently trying to get ready for Thanksgiving. Little Mickey is excited that we are going to be able to see Grammie Syl tomorrow. I am ready for a nap, but I don't see that in my future. Thanksgiving is probably my mom's favorite holiday, since she gets to cook. I like it because I don't have to cook and I get yummy food. I help with the cooking but it is not my show.

Thanks to my friend for saving this picture for me. She was able to save a memory!


I just set up my phone so I can blog while I am away from my computer. So this is a test to see if this actually works.

Monday, November 24, 2008

God's Mountains

This last week I have been teaching Mickey "My God is So Big". For those of you who don't know this song here are the lyrics.

My God is so big,

So strong and so mighty,

There's nothing my God cannot do.

My God is so big,

So strong and so mighty,

There's nothing my God cannot do.

The mountains are His,

The rivers are His,

The stars are His handiwork too.

My God is so big,

So strong and so mighty,

There's nothing my God cannot do.

So yesterday when we decided to take a trip up to the mountains, Mickey was excited. She kept telling us that we were going to "God's Mountains". Singing this song all week was a simple thing to do but it was fun to teach her something that holds so much truth to it. To put a treasure in her heart that she can go back when life seems big and overwhelming that we serve a God that is big, strong and mighty. As well as a loving and forgiving God. We are truly blessed.






Sunday, November 23, 2008

Trip to the Mountains

We decided today to go for a day trip to the mountains. We had a lot of fun. We went with the intent on taking some family pictures for a Christmas card idea. Well, that didn't really work, but we had some fun anyway. Somehow we didn't learn or just plain forgot how to use the timer so that we could all be in the picture at the same time.

On the way home from the mountains, Mickey was tired and slowly falling asleep. At one point on our way home Mickey declared "Momma I need a hug in the hand". She wanted me to turn so that she could hold my hand. Soon she fell asleep and got a few minutes rest before we got home.

Here is a shot that Jeff took that I really like. It is nice to get a picture that I like with my daughter which doesn't happen a whole lot. So I count today as a success and look forward to going again with a little more preparation. :)

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Create a Wordle

I ran across this website called Wordle. It takes words and turns it into word art. The fun this about this is it will take the words on your blog and create an image for you to enjoy. The other fun thing is you can use a few words and put them together in an art form. Here is one that I made from using words on this blog. :)

Friday, November 21, 2008

Rocketship Run

One of Mickey's favorite singers put out a new cd last month I think. We haven't picked up our copy yet, but believe me when I say that we are going to get it. Mickey already has her favorite song on it. Laurie Berkner new CD is Rocketship Run. I can't tell you how many times she has burst out singing this song and how many times we have to go and find this video on youtube. We first heard it on Laurie's webcast last month and we have been singing it nonstop for that long. So I thought for our Friday fun we would share it with you and hope you enjoy it as much as we have.



Thursday, November 20, 2008

Music Class

Mickey has been in Kindermusik for about a year and half. I love taking her and seeing her grow and mature. The first semester or two she was into doing her own thing. Now she has grown and is a full participant. We are "supposed" to do the class with mom and child. Mickey usually takes on the role of the mom and does the class with Sparky. She loves following the instructions of her teacher. She is quite the little helper, in her class. She often takes on the role of greeter or teacher, encouraging her classmates on. Since I am singing songs on my own watching her do her own thing I can sometimes get a picture or two. :)


Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Mickey's Babies

Mickey has not be interested in her baby dolls, at least not until recently. She has a couple of baby dolls that she would play with a little bit. Which translates to removing all the clothes on them. I am not sure what her fascination was that all her dolls could not have clothes on them. Any doll of any kind as soon as she got her hands on them she would strip them of all clothing.

So imagine my surprise when on Monday we were playing in her room and took a liking to her two baby dolls and she wanted to PUT CLOTHES ON. She loved getting them dressed. She took care of them shushing them when they cried. Put them to sleep when they were sleepy and reassured them that she was right there and need not worry. We found an old basket that I collected throughout the years and made it into a bed for her babies. She is quite the little mother taking care of her young.

She asked me to take a picture of her with her babies. She is quite proud of her little family. And I am happy to report that as of today they are still clothed. I am enjoying her new imagination that she is developing.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Tuckered Out

We are still in the "No Nap" category in our house. On Sunday, Mickey did take a short nap as she was terribly grumpy and just needed the sleep. She was out in less than 10 minutes for her nap and a little longer for bed. We are slowly working out the schedule that we have during the day. Amazing, I feel like I am getting a little more accomplished during the day.

On Friday she was a little worn out as she sat on the chair resting. I got up to go to the kitchen and this is what I found when I came back. This is unheard of as my child has never just randomly fallen asleep anywhere. We are having better nights sleep which is always a plus. From the looks of things it seems as if we are going to continue on this no nap track.

Monday, November 17, 2008

My Little Chef

Mickey loves to help in the kitchen. I think that she is a little cook. I usually try to make sure that she gets to help in some way with our meals. She is very comfortable in the kitchen and always has to have her own spatula, spoon, or whisk so that she can help out with meals. I hope that she grows up to be a confident in her cooking skills and abilities. She is always very excited to tell her daddy that she helped make dinner. How great is that?! I also think that her helping in the kitchen has helped her try new foods. She has not been a fan of celery. During a night where she was "helping" momma cut up veggies for fried rice. Her job is to pick up the veggies and put them in a bowl so I can use them when I am ready. Anyway, this night she reached for the celery and started eating and said "Yummy celery!" I was a little surprised but glad that at least when she is helping out in the kitchen she is willing to try new things. It becomes a different story when she sits down to eat. She wants the food that she has already deemed okay.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Christmas Music

It seems like the Christmas season starts earlier and earlier every year. The stores bring out all the holiday decorations, the toy catalogs are being sent to our house, Christmas music being played in the stores. All of it seems a little bit forced when it starts happening before and right after Halloween (in OCTOBER!).

Today, while I was running errands, I turned on the local radio station and heard Christmas music. I changed the channel. It is just not time for the music to come out. I like Christmas music but there is only so much that I can handle and not this early.

I remember years ago, I was eating lunch with a good friend, Jan. This particular place was a 50's diner, where you expected to hear, um 50's music. I loved this place, they had the shakes that are still the best that I have ever had. But will tell you about that another time. Anyways, we were enjoying our meal and then we heard it..... Christmas music. Jan, looked up and said "It's not Christmas yet!"

Even though I like Christmas music and have some of favorites, I am saying, "it's not Christmas yet!". I would much rather enjoy the season that I am in and not be pushed to be thinking about Christmas right now.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Another Butterfly

We are still practicing at making a butterfly birthday cake for Mickey's 3rd birthday. I am simplifying my idea and think that I have something workable. Today I tried out part of the simplified idea of a butterfly and I like the result.

Mickey and I went to Hobby Lobby and found a knife to put the icing on and it worked much better. I also found pre-made fondant. I may just have to try that since part of the overwhelming part of using fondant is making it. So let's see what our next practice cake.

One of the cutest things about making the cake today was Mickey. She clapped and said "A butterfly momma, you did it! Yay!" I love the encouragement that I get from my little one. :)

Friday, November 14, 2008

Day Three

We have now completed day three of no naps. I think that she is doing fine, but I am struggling with settling into a new routine. She seems to be thriving in her new no nap status, while I am wondering if this is the best thing for the both of us. I think that it is. The tension is gone between us because we are not fighting the whole sleep issue a couple of times a day and she is not waking up from her nap grumpy. All though my down time is no longer there and I long for some down time. I get to spend more time with hubby at night, but since I am still adjusting I am exhausted. Maybe we will go and lay down for a time and see how she does with that.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Too Many Pictures??

Before Mickey was born we invested in a digital camera. We are both love to take pictures. We thought that the birth of our new child would be a great time to upgrade. It was an investment that we have not regretted. We have taken a lot of pictures. I just looked at my file and it says we have 7710 photos already taken. Most of those photos have been of our very photogenic child. Mickey has since got a camera of her own. It is her play camera. I think someday when she is older we will get her very own camera but I think that she is a little young yet to fully understand how to take pictures. But this is a common site. She points her camera at me and says "Smile please, smile" it is just too cute. But it makes me wonder if we have taken too many pictures? I am thankful for all the pictures that we have taken and am glad that we have taken them.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

No Nap

Today we tried something different and tried no nap. So far Mickey is doing well. So let's hope that we have the result that we are looking for, which is an earlier bedtime. I am crossing my fingers and hoping that she doesn't fight bedtime tonight. We have been having struggles of her fighting nap and bedtime and it was just wearing on me. Let's hope that we are on to something or that I can find something that works if this doesn't.

Update: So Mickey didn't take a nap all day. About 8 she began to get tired and she was fading fast. So I took her to bed and laid down with her. It took her 10 minutes maybe 15 and she was asleep. Let's see how the night goes and tomorrow. I am hoping we may have found something that works for her.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Our Pumpkin

When we went to the corn maze we picked up out our pumpkin. This year I didn't think that we were ready to do the whole carving a pumpkin. Maybe it is because I am not so excited to stick my hand in the goo and create a mess. Last year I found this really neat kit that is made by the Mr. Potato Head people but it is made for your pumpkin. It is fun, silly, simple and best of all no mess to deal with. Last year Mickey wasn't into helping with the pumpkin but this year it was a different story, she loved putting the face on. I showed her the picture from last year and she just had to pose again with her pumpkin this year. I loved it. Maybe next year we will venture into carving a pumpkin but I enjoy the Mr. Potato Head pumpkin. :)

Monday, November 10, 2008

Pride Band

Last Monday we went on a field trip of sorts with Mickey's music class. All the children that attend music class were invited to spend some time with the college marching band. It was a blast. Mickey loves music and this was right up her alley.

We went to this last year also so I was excited to see how she would this year. She loved the instruments from afar this year. The loudness of being in with the marching band was a little much for her. But love it from a distance was great. It was fun to see her pretending to play each of the instruments. Maybe she will be in the band when she gets older? A mom can dream can't she?


video

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Cake Wreck?

I did my practice cake of the butterfly cake yesterday and today. It was a challenge. It makes me so glad that I didn't try it as my first attempt to serve on her birthday. I have a long way to go to make it look like a butterfly instead of icing creating havoc on a cake. Mickey helped with placing the candies on the cake. She is so excited about having a birthday cake. She is constantly asking for her birthday and was even singing "Happy Birthday" last night.

Looking at my cake makes me think of a blog that I found recently, Cake Wrecks. This lady gets submissions of cakes that people have ordered from bakeries that are not what they should be or just really odd. It is a good site to go to if you just need a laugh, or need to feel better about your own personal cake wreck.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Cake Decorating

I have been dreaming up ideas on what kind of cake to do for Mickey's 3rd birthday. I can't believe that she is almost 3, where has the time gone?

At first I thought I would do something with fondant. I got a recipe from a lady I know who does some amazing cakes. I did a little more research and decided that it was a little more than I am able to do right now and don't want the added stress.

So yesterday, I was browsing the web and looking for a special cake pan. I thinking some fun character or princess. I was amazed at how many there are out there. I am still not convinced this is the way to go. I want something that is going to be fun and yet not going to cost me a whole lot to make.

Then I found Betty Crocker's site. They have a section that is all about cakes, using the pans that you already own. I found a cute butterfly cake that I am going to attempt to make as my practice cake to see if I can really do this. What I love about this site is that it gives me video instructions on how to do a particular design. I am so much better at creating things if I have a step by step guide showing me. So let's see what I actually come up with for a birthday cake, but I think that we are going to have fun with it.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Marriage and Food

I love listening to the perspectives on life with my grandmother. She has insight that only 79 almost 80 years can give you. While I was home we were talking about marriage and the compromises you have to make to make it a successful one. That each person comes into the marriage with their own way of doing things but if you are going to have a good marriage then you can't stay the same.

She gave an example of cooking. She told me that as a child you grow up with the way that food is cooked and how you prepare it and so does your spouse. As you start out your marriage you realize that you will need to change a few things on how things are prepared to accommodate the way your spouse likes it and pretty soon it is not the way either of you knew it growing up but a whole new thing.

I grew up eating fried rice the way that my mom prepares it. Jeff didn't grow up eating it at all but enjoyed it when I made it for him. Soon we were adding things to it to see how it would be. We tweaked it and did different things to it that we liked. Now it has some resemblance to what I use to make but it has definitely become our own version.

I think that the same holds true about relationships. We all come into marriage or any other relationship with our preconceived ideas on how it should be. But if it is going to truly work we need to put those down and see what works for us and how to make it the best that we can.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

The Pioneer Woman

I have some favorite blogs that I visit throughout the week. Some of the blogs are of my friends and what is going on in their family. I love reading what other people are doing in their lives which makes blogs fun for me to read.

One of the blogs I read is one that I have been referred to several times. It is the Pioneer Woman. She has several sections to her blog that I find fascinating. There is a photography, home and garden, confessions and a cooking section. I love the way that she gives recipes. She walks you through the recipe step by step and taking pictures along the way. I have found some yummy recipes by browsing her blog.

Last night we tried one that just looked delicious. It is a Spicy Orange Garlic Shrimp recipe. It was even better than those pictures could describe. I have also tried her Onion Strings recipe.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Because He Lives

"I May Not Know What Tomorrow Brings
But I Know WHO Brings Tomorrow"

I was cleaning this morning and Mickey found a hymnal. I am great at collecting hymnals, you just never know when you are going to need one. Anyway, I was flipping through them and singing to the best of my ability. One of the songs that I came across was one of my favorites, "Because He Lives". When I read the chorus, I was reminded WHO I need to PUT MY TRUST IN.

Because He lives, I can face tomorrow.
Because He lives, all fear is gone.
Because I know He holds the future
And life is worth a living
Just because He lives.




Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Renaissance Fair

This past weekend we went to the local Renaissance Fair. I have been going every year since we moved here.

It is a fun place to look at the different booths and see different shows oh and eat good food. This year Mickey was able to pet a couple of different horses. I am amazed at how comfortable she is with animals. One of the horses was huge and Mickey kept calling him a "giant horse". She was able to jump in the jumping house and go down the slide. Last year she wasn't as confident as this year as she was tumbling and enjoying herself.




It is fun to see how much she has changed over the past couple of years.






Monday, November 3, 2008

I Voted

Election Day 2008. I hope you are going to vote or have voted already. I voted by absentee ballot since I wanted to make sure that I was not distracted while casting my vote.

So I bet you are curious who I am voting for. I was undecided for quite some time but finally came to a decision that I feel is the right one for me and my family. Curious yet? First let me tell you a story....

When I was about 8 or 9 my parents went down and placed their votes. I can't tell you what election they were voting for but for a child it seemed like it was important. What I can tell you is that politics was not discussed much in our house. My parents both had their views and what I knew is that they were not voting for the same person. I remember going to my dad afterward and asking him who he voted for. His answer would shape my life forever. His response to me was that "You never ask a person who they voted for because it was a private matter". I had a belief from that moment on that it must be against the law to ask who you are voting for. I was and often still am a rule follower.

I know now as an adult that you can share who it is you voted for. Just look around at all the signs and all the people talking about this vote. Some are definitely McCain fans and others are on the Obama side. I am sure that each and every person has a reason for why they voted for the way that they did. It may be because of their view on the war, or abortion or any other list of things that they are happy or unhappy about.

Maybe it is because of the length of this campaign has gone on, but I am a more informed voter this year. I have done my homework. So when casting my ballot I feel confident that I made a wise decision. I do hope that the tallying of the vote is not something that drags out for weeks or months. I am ready to move on toward our future whatever the case may be.

So who did I vote for? I am not telling, I still think that it is a private decision, although I don't think that it is illegal to ask.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Pictures

As we were out and about on Friday night I was able to get a few pictures of our fun times. Mickey seemed to really get into the games. It is fun to see her enjoy things that last year were a little over her head.

Here is Daddy & Mickey going through
the pumpkin maze on a scooter of sorts.

Daddy & Mickey doing a ring toss

Mickey putting the rockets in the bowls.
We had a blast at the churches that hosted the Fall Fest. It is so nice to have a safe place to take out kiddos!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Fall Festivals

Mickey was true to form and did not get dressed up. She wore the same "costume" from yesterday and called it "Darby". I tried some different flowers for her face and she loved it. Here is a mommy tip for all who are interested.... Don't buy Halloween face paint to paint flowers on your child. It doesn't work because it just smears all over the place. Just go into your arts and crafts and get out that washable paint from Crayola and use that it works perfectly!

Then we went to a couple of churches that had Fall Festivals. She had fun playing the games and of course getting the candy. She did not know she was going to get candy so when she learned this piece of information she was on cloud nine. It was fun to see her get into the games this year. The only problem now is that she knows that she has candy so lets see how I can get rid of most of it without her knowing.

Now we are off to the Renaissance Festival today with Grammie Syl. I am sure we are going to be some tired folks after this weekend is over. But we will have fun doing it. I will be back with pictures of all of our fun!