Wednesday, December 31, 2008
So, my friends, I do pray that your 2009 will be GREAT! I hope you will be healthy and happy and enjoy your friends and family everyday of the coming year. And hey, don't wait for special occasions to let those you love know how important they are to you and lastly, try to make everyday an adventure.
As for 2008 I am grateful for it but I look forward to what 2009 will bring. I know we will have many adventures for sure and I am ready so bring it on! Bring on the 2009!
Happy Birthday Gigi :)
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Aunt Shari napping
Sunday, December 28, 2008
It was a nice trip, lots of visiting, relaxing and way to much eating, ugh, I did go to the gym this afternoon after we got back home. I think, um, no I know I needed it, too much brittle, chocolates, lumpy dip, black olive dip, cheese dip, and the list goes on and on...I have a new favorite, almond m&m's, who knew they were sooooo yummy :)
Oh, and we got a call from our realtor this afternoon and we have a showing in the morning.
A post with pictures will be coming soon!
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Lil'Blue and I did venture out for church this morning. Roads were icy with snow pack on top and still quite slippery in the subdivision; although the main roads are starting to have "tracks" in them they are not clear and plenty of icy patches remain. The church parking lot was an ice rink! Whoa, talk about slippery, glad I wore sturdy shoes along with my wool pants, wool tights, and wool sweater. It was so cold it took your breath away.
We are trying to be hopeful for warmer weather so we can head south tomorrow. Usually we head out at first light but since it is so cold I think we will wait for mid morning and pray for warmer temps before making our trek. I really do not want to wait any longer, we have snow showers in the forecast for tomorrow afternoon and again on Tuesday, so waiting is really not an option if we want to be there before Christmas Eve day. Interstate road conditions according to the DOT webpages for IA and MO report they are clear. I pray so.
Unless we are delayed again tomorrow this will be my last post before Christmas, so MERRY CHRISTMAS everyone! Take time to really enjoy the true meaning of this splendid season and share your blessings with those that you meet : ) While we celebrate the birth of the baby in a manger, please do not forget that the baby grew up and died a horrible death for our sins. He is our redeemer, our saviour!
...He came to pay a debt He did not owe because we owed a debt we could not pay.
Saturday, December 20, 2008
After shoveling the snow, I let what little bit of sun was out do it's thing while I warmed up and then headed back out to chip away at the ice. That my friends is not an easy task, I was using a shovel, not a snow shovel, more of a garden shovel. I was able to get the upper and lower steps done and most of our stoop and part of the landing. It's slow going and very hard on the hands.
Since tomorrow's high is going to be 0 and -30 with windchill not sure I will tackle the driveway. I am still uncertain when or even if we will head to MO this week. I don't really think we need to be out traveling in such bitter temps even if the roads have cleared. I just don't know yet. I don't even know if I am getting out to attend church in the morning.
Friday, December 19, 2008
Just a nice relaxing morning. We opened gifts in shifts and stretched it out all day, it was so much fun and we did lots of eating throughout!
It's a party with pictures, you can play along! Join the fun over at CandidCarrie's!
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Onto the thoughts...
- I ran 4 miles yesterday
- I seriously need to get wrapping
- I have no use for brussel sprouts
- I am ready to be with the family for Christmas break
- I am sporting 5 extra pounds since Turkey Day and I didn't even eat the turkey :(
I truly envision having a fabulous evening while "the storm" hits and then anticipate the roads being travel worthy tomorrow so we can head on down to MO for Christmas. I think we are ready to go but if the weather is not good we will wait a few days and head out on Monday when the next break in weather is supposed to be. Internet is not so readily available while I am there so updates will be in short supply.
Oh, and the latest on Papa Smurf is that hormone therapy continues, possibly another surgery in January and also radiation should start in January. He will go 5 days a week for 6 weeks. He is feeling good, though still weak and not able to be as active as he was, his strength has just not returned like he would like and he plays out pretty quickly. We are thankful he is doing as well as he is! I know that prayers are sustaining not only him but all of us in his world!
Monday, December 15, 2008
Do you think I am excited to hear this...um, only if it means a snow day, which at this point is doubtful, but we can still be hopeful. Oh and our temperature got all the way up to 5 today, though it is currently -1. But tomorrow we are going to hit double digits, 13, woohoo!
On the homefront, LilBlue came home from school early today, she doesn't have classes the last two hours of the day anyway so she asked to come home. She did, went straight to bed. She has a barky cough with sore throat, achy body and headache...do ya think it's the flu? I am not positive, but I have a feeling it might be, I think she will be home tomorrow whether there is a snow day or not.
Off to administer the night time meds, goodnight!
Sunday, December 14, 2008
THE WIND CHILL ADVISORY IS NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 12 PM CST MONDAY. STRONG NORTHWESTERLY WINDS COMBINED WITH BITTERLY COLD TEMPERATURES WILL CAUSE CHILL INDEXES TO DROP TO AROUND 20 TO 25 DEGREES BELOW ZERO THROUGH MONDAY MORNING.
Sounds fun, huh? Well, I am not complaining, (yeah, right), just sharing part of my world...at least I have electricity :) for which I am grateful. There is no precipation with this wind chill and I am thrilled to report that as well, so it could be soooo much worse and I am thankful it is not. BUT, it IS COLD!
I'm off to shower as I just got back in from the gym, then I am putting on my flannels and fuzzy socks!
Friday, December 12, 2008
2004 - MiB "marching" with the statue in Trieste, Italy. This picture is just so "him" that's why I like it!
Even though it's late in the day you can still play along with CandidCarrie and the gang...come on, it's fun!
Thursday, December 11, 2008
This morning we warmed up to 36o but the temps are falling again already and they say next week we are going into the deep freeze...I hope they are wrong, it's been known to happen before, just see my last post.
Random scattered Thursday Thoughts for today:
I really like salt, a lot!
Is Christmas really just two weeks away? OH MY...
I am really not sure if I am going to MO for Christmas or not.
I am thinking of buying LilBlue a newer vehicle with less miles...
Living geographically separated in cold weather is not my idea of fun.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
I am waiting for LilBlue to get home so we can have dinner. She stayed after school today. It is chicken tonight and hot tea with our meal since it is so cold, I know she is also going to want mashed potatoes so I should go get them peeled.
Stay warm, I am trying :)
Friday, December 5, 2008
Thursday, December 4, 2008
- I am cold...the weather is definitely feeling like winter today.
- I do not like cold...especially with wind.
- I like hot tea...especially on cold days.
- I love soup...especially homemade ones.
- I need to do laundry.
Hope you are having a swell day, I have been to the gym and tackled mountains of paperwork. Paperwork that I have neglected since MiB returned in October. I still have some organizing to do, but the bulk has been sorted, shredded and now just a small stack to take action with and some to still be filed! It has been a very productive day!
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Sunday, November 30, 2008
I for one have much to be thankful for and due to the line of work my MiB is in I for one am so very thankful for freedom. I am also thankful for a risen Savior who cares about every detail of my life. I am thankful for family and friends who are scattered all over the world as well. I hope you took the time to be thankful and to tell at least one person if not more that you are thankful for them and why.
We had a great dinner with 18 around the table this year. The food was plentiful and the naps, football watching, guitar hero, dominos that followed along with snacking on leftovers and eating the pies throughout the afternoon was awesome. I am going to need to be back in the gym after the eating frenzy that took place!
I am thankful I have a place to live even though I prefer to no longer be a homeowner...yes, the house is still for sale and hopefully there is a buyer in our near future.
Friday, November 21, 2008
Oh my, we found the neatest little cafe with food that was just super YUMMY! The choices were vast but we ate light because we knew we wanted to indulge in cupcakes and yogurt later. MiB ordered the caprese and I the #2 brushchetta. Both wonderful and we shared!
And last but not least we tracked down the yogurt. I had the pomegranate with toppings of fresh pomegranate, fresh blueberries that were just huge and coconut, it was so good, MiB tried the pinkberry smoothie. It was good, but I think he would choose the yogurt cup with toppings if he went again. This was very, very yummy stuff and I want to go again!
Anywho, last evening after negotiating some pretty rough LA traffic which is way worse then DC we made our way to dinner at her place where as always she treated us and provided us with much humor from her daily life. I can say I don't think there is ever a dull moment with the bird, she is constantly meeting the need, challenging the masses and taking care of those in blue, she is truly a rare breed. We have known this all along and that is why Man In Blue takes any and every opportunity to sit in her presence...he says he tries to take in as much as he can as she is still one of the sane ones out there. One who knows what we should be doing, and more importantly how we should be doing it! She is so no nonsense!
Since MiB didn't cook dinner we had him cleanup!!! :)
Thursday, November 20, 2008
- I like the California weather.
But would it get old?
- Cheesecake Factory is yummy!
- The military has been pretty darn good to us!
Some have moved way more then we have
- I don't really like meeting new people..
Though...I have made some new friends this week!
- I enjoy sleeping in my own bed...
It is nice to have someone else make your bed once in awhile
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
It's lovely and sunny and we are definitely being wined and dined and feeling like pampered special VIPs. We even saw Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr sing Up, Up and Away and also saw Rick Schroder from NYPD Blue and Silver Spoons at this shindig last night.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
We drove out mid-week to check on our camper; she was doing great but it was still good to get our hands on her for some hugs!
I WON!!!! I am a winner over at CandidCarrie's!
I finally found black pumps for our California trip.
My hubby cut his own hair today so I did not have to.
I still need brown casual shoes but not for the trip, so it's okay.
Christmas shopping for nieces/nephews will be done tomorrow.
THE shoes that will do...
Monday, November 10, 2008
- I did laundry
- Went to Mom's in Touch
- Did more laundry
- Made a pumpkin spice cake
- Did more laundry
- Made an Aldi run
- Did more laundry
- Made chili
Today is cold and rainy...I did not want to do much, still have dinner to serve and then off to our LifeGroup meeting, I do not enjoy getting out in the cold but it will be good to fellowship with others. We are wrapping up our study of Daniel. Not sure where we will venture next. No matter it's all good!
Sunday, November 9, 2008
After the partying the girls bluetoothed with the help of Bryan...
Friday, November 7, 2008
Thursday, November 6, 2008
There are two or more sides to each story!
Time can pass extremely quickly or drag by very slowly.
Happiest and saddest of times can happen in the airport.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
I think the following verse says it much better then I can...
My desire is, first of all, that you will make requests and prayers and give praise for all men; For kings and all those in authority; so that we may have a calm and quiet life in all fear of God and serious behaviour. This is good and pleasing in the eyes of God our Saviour; Whose desire is that all men may have salvation and come to the knowledge of what is true. I Timothy 2:1-4
I am glad I know who holds my future, for I know not what my earthly future holds...
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Monday, November 3, 2008
The lines may be long, the workers may or may not smile, the parking could be horrendous, the weather may or may not be pleasant but please, please, please make it a point to vote. You vote will count, it does count and it does matter so again, I ask you to make it a point to vote.
Thank you! Enjoy your evening!
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Friday, October 31, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
I am praying for a buyer for our house.
I am thankful for 70 degree weather in late October.
I am thinking I should be doing something way more productive!
And I think I should not be starting every thought with "I"
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Regarding the treatment for the cancer it has not been nailed down and personally I find this is frustrating...but I am trying to not be, and remind myself we are taking this one day at a time. And right now, for today, he needs to void on his own and that is what we are working on.
Thanks for your continued prayers, emails and words of encouragement!