Friday, December 19, 2003

Friday Five!

1. List your five favorite beverages.
1. Ice Water (nice & cold)
2. Wild Cherry Pepsi
3. Fuzzy Navel Wine Cooler
4. Raspberry Iced Tea
5. Vanilla Chai
2. List your five favorite websites.
1. What It's All About
2. Friday Five
3. Focus on the Family/Plugged In (movie reviews)
4. Brant Hansen's Blog
5. Thinking, just thinking
(as you can see, I do not surf the web often! I tend to rely on my good friend Brian to point me in the direction of interesting content!)
3. List your five favorite snack foods.
1. Chocolate--ANYTHING
2. Goldfish Crackers
3. Popcorn
4. Little sausages in bbq sauce
5. Relish tray type items
(I was going to put chocolate five times, but decided not
4. List your five favorite board and/or card games.
1. Cranium (board)
2. Hand and Foot (card)
3. Spoons (card)
4. Scattegories (board)
5. Catch Phrase (board--sort of)
(I'm sure there are others, but these were the first 5 to pop into my mind!)
5. List your five favorite computer and/or game system games.
1. Mario Party (I think it's #3)
2. Mario Kart
3. Mario Tennis
4. Roller Coaster Tycoon (although I haven't played it in a LONG time because I tend to spend many hours at it!)
5. Hoyle Casino
(I don't know how truthful these are, they are just ones I have played and if I were to play a computer game or nintendo type game these would probably be my first picks)

Thursday, December 18, 2003


Oh my goodness, yesterday was a LONG day! Josh took the day off work and we went Christmas Shopping! My mom came down to watch the kids and we left at about 12:30pm and didn't get home until 11 pm! We were all over Terre Haute and even made a trip all the way back to Charleston to pick up a few things we couldn't find. For the most part, we are done. Now we have to buy a few stocking stuffers and take the kids to buy presents for each other and their grandparents and then of course Josh and I have to buy for each other. So I guess we're really not done, even for the most part! Oh well, think positive right?

All in all the day was really good. It was fun spending time with Josh and the crowds weren't too bad, except at Super Wal-Mart in Terre Haute..oh man.

Tuesday, December 16, 2003


Today is Josh & I's Anniversary! We have been married for 8 years! Wow, how time flies!

I love you Josh more than I could ever express. Thanks for being my best friend!

Friday, December 12, 2003

Friday Five

1. Do you enjoy the cold weather and snow for the holidays?
Yes! I love the snow and cold and how white everything looks. It's so pretty!

2. What is your ideal holiday celebration? How, where, with whom would you celebrate to make things perfect?
My ideal holiday celebration would be to have all of my family (including my two oldest siblings and their children etc) and all of my husband's family at my home for a big dinner and have a long afternoon of sharing gifts and laughing and making memories. (believe it or not)

3. Do you do have any holiday traditions?
Yes. We always go get the Christmas tree together (my mom & my brother's family and us). I always make fudge for the first time of the season on the day we get the tree. We always have Christmas lunch at my house. And I think that's about it.

4. Do you do anything to help the needy?
Yes. We have done a few different things in the past. I'm not sure what we're going to do this year. We have talked about as the kids get older of possibly letting them pick a name from the "Angel Tree" and letting them pick out the gift, wrap it etc.

5. What one gift would you like for yourself?
I would love for my husband to be ready to have another child. But if you're talking about "material gifts", I would like a new DVD player, the one we have is not working properly.

Thursday, December 11, 2003


What is up with me? I am a pretty sensitive person anyway, I tend to cry at dramatic movies and will frequently cry through a novel. But these last two days have been so weird!!!!!!!!!!

I first noticed it last night after I read that Nana Upstairs, Nana Downstairs book. Then this morning I was going through more of the books and ended up finding my 2nd grade yearbook (totally weird, this is also the year my dad died) and got teary eyed looking at that (and for what reason I couldn't tell you!). Then I'm watching "Little Bill" with my preschooler this morning and it's about his grandma who gets stuck in Cincinatti on Christmas Eve and can't make it to their house and I find myself crying alongside Little Bill because he wants her to be there and she can't and it's not Christmas without her!

I'm hoping this will end soon, because I don't particularly enjoy crying at the drop of a hat. A doctor would probably tell me that it has nothing to do with anything that is happening around me, but probably an indication of something greater going on inside of me that I'm repressing. He's probably right. But do I want to go there?

Not now.

Wednesday, December 10, 2003

Childhood Memories

I was going through a tub of books my mother-in-law had given to my three kids and was so surprised when I found a book that I had read and reread and loved as a child! It's called "Nana Upstairs, Nana Downstairs". I haven't read this book since I was probably a very young child, at least 8 or 9. But I readily recognized the cover and amazingly as I began reading it to my kids I could vividly remember the pictures and what ones would come next. And then I remembered how the story ended and before I knew it my eyes were full of tears and I was fighting hard to control the emotion.

You see, this book is about a little boy who has a grandmother and a great grandmother and every Sunday he would visit them. He would call his grandmother Nana Downstairs and his great grandma Nana Upstairs because she was very old and couldn't get out of bed. Well during the story Nana Upstairs dies and the little boy is very upset. And there is a picture of the little boy going to his mom in the middle of the night and her reaching out to him.

I'm not for sure, but I think I got this book a little before or maybe after my dad's death and maybe that was my fascination with the book..identifying with the young boy's grief. It is definitely not a happy story, but it has stuck in my heart all these years. It's interesting how it has resurfaced in my life.

Just wondering where God is going from here...

Monday, December 08, 2003

Monday, Monday

I'm not a Monday person, enough said.

I did watch a new movie this weekend, you can check out what I thought on the side bar!

Friday, December 05, 2003

Friday Five!

(Well at least doing this has made me blog on a weekly basis!)

The person who comes up with the questions didn't have time for new questions for this week and so I went back and picked a set of questions at random to answer :)

1. Would you consider yourself an organized person? Why or why not?
Yes I'm organized. Not extremely, but I'm definitely organized more than most people.

2. Do you keep some type of planner, organizer, calendar, etc. with you, and do you use it regularly?
Yes I do. I have a calendar on my computer that I update almost daily and I also have a calendar in my notebook for work that I keep updated. I would forget everything if I didn't have these two things. And I constantly make "to do" lists for home and work.

3. Would you say that your desk is organized right now?
Organized--yes. Here is the stack for bills, here is the stack of things that need to be put away and here is a stack of things that haven't been gone through and here's a stack for my hubby to go through..etc you get the picture. (I may be organized, but I'm not very neat)

4. Do you alphabetize CDs, books, and DVDs, or does it not matter?
My CDs are not alphabetized, but probably because they are just stacked on a shelf that is hard to see. My movies are all alphabetized. (which is no easy task when you have 3 kids under the age of 7 who really don't care that Care Bears starts with C and needs to go on the top

5. What's the hardest thing you've ever had to organize?
Girl Scouts! I don't know why, but I'm having a hard time getting it together. I think it's because it's new and I really am lacking time lately to get it done.