Thursday, December 30, 2010
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Monday, December 27, 2010
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Friday, December 17, 2010
We had a BLAST last night at our annual church staff Christmas party. Last year everyone was supposed to go with the theme of "Don We Now Our Gay Apparel" only not everyone did it. That meant that PandaPop and I plus our two friends along with our Senior Pastor and Exec. Pastor were the only ones who really looked ridiculously Christmasy. I don't embarrass easily, but I felt very awkward and didn't want the same thing to happen this year when the email came out last week saying that tacky Christmas was "back by popular demand". HA!! Who demanded it? LOL!
I thought we needed to really go all out with whatever we came up with. Our friends pulled in another goober with us and we all showed up like the lovely models you see above.
Already thinking ahead to next year's event and hopefully will turn this shindig into THE EVENT of the year. HA! Not likely, but certainly fun and entertaining as we opened up our white elephants gifts. I got a frame. The glass broke while sitting on the couch. Great. PP got a canister with some Band-Aids. We tried to fix the broken glass. ; )
Below is our gay apparel from last year. Believe me when I say no one else played along like we thought they would. How gay.
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Monday, December 13, 2010
Friday, December 10, 2010
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Outside my window… Overcast, yellowish-brown leaves all over the yard and a few piles of them ready to be bagged, very cold!! ; )
I am thinking…about all the gazillions of things on my to do list for today and wondering how they are ALL going to get done.
I am thankful for…beautiful Christmas decorations around my home, watching cheesy Christmas movies with my family and a warm house filled with the love of Christ.
From the kitchen…I smell apple cider candle wax burning to freshen up the house before a CPS visitor this morning.
I am wearing…brown leggings, green long sleeved shirt, pink fleece hoodie jacket and my new-most-favorite-EVER-moccasin house shoes.
I am creating… Christmas gift tags.
I am going…to open up my business bank account today!
I am reading… O Little Town by Don Reid (one of the Statler Brothers)
I am hoping…that we will get a call this week for the mediation for PandaJOY.
I am hearing…the dryer tumbling the towels we used to wash PandaDoggie.
Around the house…presents need to be wrapped, purses need a new storage system, dust needs to be removed and overall feeling that Christmas is here from the looks of all the decor!
One of my favorite things… getting Christmas cards in the mail from families that I took the pics for the card. Too cool!!!
A few plans for the rest of the week… PandaGirl's rehearsal, rehearsal, rehearsal for our church Christmas worship experience this weekend and I'll be taking the photos for the event, prep for in-laws to arrive, wrap gifts, prep for Christmas party to be at our house to honor our children's ministry volunteers on Sunday, more shopping.
A picture to share…
Monday, December 6, 2010
Saturday, December 4, 2010
I saw these cute dining chair decorations on a blog the other day, went out and found the needed items and made these little darlings.
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Monday, November 29, 2010
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Here is my new website!!
Our hearts are completely broken that we do not get to have PandaJOY with us for Thanksgiving. It is where she belongs. Too bad the lawyers and mediator couldn't coordinate their schedules as hoped. Great thing that we know God is in control---no matter what. I am excited to launch my new website, see family and friends and eat some YUMMY food this week!! Looking forward to putting up all our Christmas decor out on Saturday and watching White Christmas while having hot chocolate.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Saturday, November 13, 2010
My friend tagged me on FB to do this fun meme. PandaPop and I just finished a great overnight retreat with our preteen children's group from church. Great stuff, but I am here to say that last night just might be my LAST time to sleep in a dorm with kids and staying up past midnight. I am NOT a night owl and staying up til 1:00 AM just about did me in!!! Not good for me! I get bossier than I already am and very snippy. : (
PandaDoggie stayed in a doggie hotel for the first time and was soooooo darn cute when he saw us through the window to pick him up today.
Good to be home and hoping for some real decisions to be made this coming week with PandaJoy. Side note: the name of our dorm last night just "happened" to be JOY. Love it.
The iTunes Shuffle Game.
Here are the rules:
1. Put your iTunes, Windows Media Player, etc. on shuffle.2. For each question, press the next button to get your answer.3. You must write the song name down no matter how silly it sounds.
If someone says "you're okay" you say:
Maybe by Alison Krauss & Union Station
How would you describe yourself?
It's Your Love by Tim McGraw
What do you like in a girl/guy?
Hallelujah by Newsboys
How do you feel?
We Come together by Newsboys
What's your life's purpose?
Build Us Back by Newsboys
What's your motto?
I'm Yours by Jason Mraz
What do your parents think of you?
Delilah by Cindy Morgan
What do you think about very often?
Jesus Freak by DC Talk
What do you think of your best friend?
Reality by Newsboys
What's your life story?
Nothing Can Come Between Us by Sade
What do you want to be when you grow up?
Paperback Writer by The Beatles
What do you think when you see the person you like?
Like Lovers Do from the Serendipity Soundtrack
What will you dance to at your wedding?
Believe by Gosh Groban
What will they play at your funeral?
Let's Fall in Love by Chris Botti
What is your passion in life?
God's Been Good to Me by Keith Urban
What is your biggest fear?
Take My Heart by Phil Joel
What is your biggest secret?
Heaven by Jars of Clay
What do you want right now?
Heaven is the Face by Steven Curtis Chapman
What will you title this post as?
Cafe Rio by David Benoit
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
I never think about this meme until my friend does it and then it spurs me on to want to totally copy her. She won't mind. ; )
Outside my window… Cloudy, rainy, chilly (this was her answer, but it remains the same this morning).
I am thinking…about downloading some great Christmas music that I don't already have onto my iPod for some festive deaf-dog-walking.
I am thankful for…the cautious optimism around our house preparing for PandaJoy's arrival...though we have no idea when that will be. Sniff.
From the kitchen…I smell the lingering aroma of the Pumpkin Chocolate Chip muffins (recipe below as per request from several Face*book friends) I made. Totally yum and totally more WW points than I need in one sitting.
I am wearing…purple t-shirt, PJ bottoms with brightly colored sketches of well-known cities from all over the world, navy blue frou-frou house shoes.
I am creating… several wall decor pieces, a window treatment and toddler bed blanket for you-know-who!!!!
I am going…to do laundry today, work on my Revelation Bible Study, put black glitter on a cute wooden letter for PG and PJ, pray that PJ will get to us in God's perfect timing-but that it would be very soon, gear up for the (in)famous Wednesday Night Dinner Crew at church, enjoy the chilly fall air and cute fall clothes.
I am reading… just bought Immanuel's Veins by Ted Dekker. Have never read any of his stuff because I am a self-proclaimed weenie. This looks like I can handle it, just have to find the time to start it.
I am hoping…figure out some sort of work-out schedule that I will actually do.
I am hearing…impaired. Wait. PandaPop and PandaDoggie are hearing impaired. I just don't listen. (PP just helped me with that!!).
Around the house…PandaDoggie needs a bath and his teeth brushed after gnawing on a box of Nerds, usual Wednesday cleaning, waiting and waiting and waiting on some hard dates for PJ to get here.
One of my favorite things… the sweet, comforting, strong, warm hug I just got from my Man as he left for work. Yes.
A few plans for the rest of the week… PJ's room, praying about PJ, finding a place to purchase cute Christmas stockings, short photo shoot, praying about PJ, Skype with PJ, play with PP on his day off, walk deaf doggie, praying about PJ, go to the library with PG for books on CD that she LOVES, try to count WW points (fail by lunch!! YIKES!), finish creative projects, dinner with friends, Daddy-daughter event at church, accountant friend getting me all straight with The Cotton Crop Photography because I absolutely STINK at that part of the business, scrapping a few pics and praying about PJ.
A picture to share…
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins
(recipe from a grand prize winning entry from Cindy Middleton out of the Country Woman May/June/95 magazine)
2 cups sugar
1 can (16oz) pumpkin
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
3 cups flour
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp salt
2 cups (12oz) semisweet chocolate chips
In a large mixing bowl, beat eggs, sugar, pumpkin and oil until smooth (I did it by hand). Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt; add to pumpkin mixture and mix well. Fold in chocolate chips (after scooping a few into your mouth first). Fill greased muffin cups 3/4 full. Bake at 400 for 16-20 minutes. Cool in pan 10 minutes before moving to a wire rack. Yield: 24 muffins