Monday, November 30, 2009

Menu Plan Monday

This week we spent $46. I can handle that!

Here is the menu:

Monday - Thanksgiving leftover. Tired of it but we might as well eat it!
Tuesday - Grilled Cheese, Ramen Noodles
Wednesday - Turkey Tetrazzini, Green Beans
Thursday - Pizza, Chips
Friday - Sandwiches on our way to the church building to help set up for our giveaway!
Saturday - Eggs, Waffles
Sunday - Roast, Mac-n-Cheese

To see other's menu plans check out Org Junkie! (There are lots of ideas there!)

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Our Sunday Pictures

They just crack me up!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving was at our house this year. As we requested. No one needs to panic - I did not do all the cooking. (Something to be thankful for.) Aunt Wendy and I got a handful of pictures before everyone got there and then there were not very many taken after that. I was too worried about where all the food was going to be put in my small kitchen. Don't worry, it worked out. (Something to be thankful for.)

Before everyone got here, Chris and Hannah went out and blowed the leaves off the sidewalk. Hannah loved having a project with her Daddy. She is still in her pjs but when you have a big pink coat and cool black boots - no need to get dressed before going to blow the leaves away!

Aunt Wendy was sweet enough to take a picture of me and Chris together. I am trying to remember to do that more instead of only having pictures of the children. I want our children to always find pictures of us, throughout our lives, that show them how happy we are with each other and with them.

Of course, the photographer and her sweet sidekick needed to get a pictures too!

As things got to bustling - more people, more food, more noise, more confusion, more questions, ... more everything - Hannah got a little clingy and so Mommy and Hannah got a little bit of special cuddle time in the kitchen. Sometimes you just need that.

My beautiful hodge podge table thanks to the Blessing Mix at each place and turkeys to gobble in the middle.

Our own personal professional turkey carver. Chris stood and watched and is hoping to be able to carve a turkey correctly one day. He has a great teacher (not only in Grandpop but also in his Dad/Poppa Bob)!! Chris is bound to be a professional in his future! :-)

And finally, a beautiful girl showing such a sweet boy how thankful she is for him!
I hope your Thanksgiving Day was great too.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. Colossians 3:15
  • I am thankful for Jesus, the one who intercedes for me. Colossians 3:17
  • I am thankful to God for all things, those that are pleasant and those unpleasant things that I must learn from. Ephesians 5:20
  • I am thankful for the joy that I find in praising God. Psalm 95:2-3
  • I am thankful for the Lord's truth, mercy, and goodness. Psalm 100:5
  • I am thankful for the food that the Lord provides for me and my family. Matthew 15:36
  • I am thankful for my christian family. They bless our lives daily. Romans 1:8-9
  • I am thankful for The Sacrifice and for the special time set aside each week to completely focus on it. Matthew 26:26-27
  • I am thankful for all of the blessings/gifts I have received from God and for every opportunity I have to share them. James 1:17 Hebrews 13:15-16
  • I am thankful to my friends. They help to fill my heart and are completely priceless. John 15:12-13
  • I am thankful for our parents, for the love they have for us, for all they give to us and for the support they are to us. Exodus 20:12
  • I am thankful for Grandpop and Grandmom, for the warmth of their hugs, the comfort in their voices, the wisdom of their words, and the example of their sincere faith. 2 Timothy 1:15
  • I am thankful for Hannah and Justus, for their love, for all that they have taught me, and for the joy their eyes show me daily. Luke 18:15-17
  • I am thankful for Chris, for his patience, for leading this household to be Christlike in all we do, for loving me so deeply, for nourishing and cherishing our relationship, for the respect he shows to me, and for the work he continues to put into "us" that we may truly be called one. Ephesians 5:22-33
We give You thanks, O Lord God Almighty, the One who is and who was and who is to come, Because You have taken Your great power and reigned. Revelation 11:17

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Julie Lampley Photography

Check out Justus' one year pictures.

AND check out Julie Lampley Photography!

She is so very wonderful!
You will love her too!
Trust me!

(If you make a comment that he needs a hair cut - I will delete it. It's my blog and I'll do what I want to. Thankyouverymuch!)

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Beard Month Update

This was Saturday the 21st at about 2pm!We were going to a wedding that night. A wedding of an old friend of Chris' from college. Chris realized that he was going to see a lot of old friends that had not seen him in a while. He also knew that, even though they all use to celebrate November Beard Month together that if they were in a wedding - they would probably not have their beard.

SO, here are the pictures after 4pm Saturday the 21st.Who knows, he may have shaved for Grandmom too?

Monday, November 23, 2009

Sparkle Factor Designs

Have you checked out our other blog?
You should.
There are lots of great gifts available and I know you are thinking about Christmas!

Also, if you want to make any event, day, holiday, or memory sparkle a bit - you should definitely check it out! I bet you will find that special something you were looking for.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Our Sunday Pictures

Justus was "sick" today. He had a fever, runny nose, and a small tight cough. I put sick in "" because he played and laughed and ate and slept and had a great day, just fine! I think he might be faking! he he! Just Kidding, grandparents out there, don't worry, we have a doc appt tomorrow morning at 8am!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Time For A Giggle

How long since you have heard our Sweet Boy giggle?
Too Long?
Well, check this out.

Sorry it is so dark we were sneaking up on them to get it on video. Reese is the other little girl there at the end trying to get Justus to laugh just a little more.... They are so funny!

Friday, November 20, 2009

New Book

The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks was great. I agree with my mom that I was a little nervous about him writing about a teenager but it was GREAT! I loved it. Definitely another wonderful one for Nicholas Sparks. I am excited about seeing the movie soon!

I am now reading Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella. I have read Confessions of a Shopaholic and Undomestic Goddess by her. They are all interesting and all set in the London area. SO, it always take me a minute to get use to the language.

I will let you know how it goes!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Beard Month Update

He did trim it up a little - for me. :-)
This picture is from 11/15.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Time For A Song

It has been way too long since you have heard a song from our Baby Girl.....
She definitely loves to sing.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

When You Come Home

It had been a long time since I listened to my Mark Shultz CD but I am so glad I listened to it the other day. I love that CD. It is great.

One of my favorite songs is this one:

When you Come Home
Sung by Mark Shultz

My first day of recess
They all laughed at me
When I fell off the swing set
And scraped up my knee

The nurse called my Momma
To say I'd be late,
And when she gave me the phone
I could hear Momma say
"I'm so sorry, son.
Oh I think you're so brave"

And she was smilin when she said:

When you come home,
No matter how far,
Run through the door
And into my arms
It's where you are loved,
It's where you belong
And I will be here
When you come home

I waved good-bye through the window
As I boarded the plane,
My first job in Houston
Was waiting for me

I found a letter from Momma
Tucked in my coat
And as I flew down the runway
I smiled when she wrote:
I'll miss you, son,
You'll be so far away

But I'll be waiting for the day

When you come home
No matter how far,
Run through the door
And into my arms
It's where you are loved,
It's where you belong,
And I will be here
When you come home

Well, I don't think
She can hear you now,
The doctor told me
Your mother is fading,
It's best that you leave

So I whispered,
I love you
And then turned away.
But I stopped at the door
When I heard Momma say,
I love you, son,
But they're callin me away

Promise me before I go

When you come home,
No matter how far,
Run through the door
And into my arms;
It's where you are loved,
It's where you belong,
And I will be here
When you come home,
When you come home.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Menu Plan Monday

This week we spent $51. We did a little extra this week for some things - but that is OK. It happens like that some times.

Here is the menu:

Monday - Tuna Helper, Peas
Tuesday - Chicken Strips, Mac-n-Cheese
Wednesday - Fish Sticks, Mashed Potatoes
Thursday - Eggs, Waffles
Friday - Grilled Cheese, Ramen Noodles
Saturday - Pizza for the kids! Wedding Food for me and Chris!
Sunday - Leftovers/Sandwiches

To see other's menu plans check out Org Junkie! (There are lots of ideas there!)

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Beard Month Update

I am a little behind.....
This picture is from 11/8.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Happy Birthday

To My Mom!!!
To the most amazing and strongest woman I know!

To my best friend!!!

I love you!

This Can't Be!

She is too young...

Surely she is not growing up this fast...


NO way can she already write her name.....

Thursday, November 12, 2009

1 John 4:12-19

No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us........

God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.......

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. We love Him because He first loved us......

And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God MUST love his brother also.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

It Has Started

At Age 3.

The other night, Hannah prayed to God that she would get to go to Disney World soon. By the way, this thought is totally from outside our home (thank you Elizabeth, Lori, Shana, Preston, ..... and so on). We don't talk about that around here. Actually Chris has never been and I almost want to be sure Chris and I go alone before we ever take the kids so he can REALLY enjoy it!

Anyway, Chris asked her what Disney World was. We know she has no clue! But she said it was where she could go see Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.

Chris told her to keep on praying about it.

I told her that we would all talk about it when Justus was potty trained.

Whew! Already!!!! Crazy!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

November is Beard Month

Did you know that there is a National Beard Club? And did you know that November is Inter- national Beard Month? I have known about this since I was in college.

This is the Beard Club belief….

The November Beard Club is a group of men who firmly believe that because men have the natural ability to grow beards, they should. At least for a month. And the chosen month is November, due to it's chilly climate and the fact men seem to have a natural inclination to grow facial hair around this time every year.

Do any of you know my husband?

Do any of you know he completes me? For Real – not just movie-quote pretend.

Do any of you know he can make people laugh?

Do any of you know that he is up for just about any challenge?

Do any of you know that he has celebrated, with lots of men, November Beard Month for at least 7 years?

Well, now you do. That’s right, for the month of November, Chris does not shave. It is funny for some reason. It just makes me laugh. He is SO cute.

I will post some pictures as the month goes on.

This one is from November 1st!

I will keep you posted.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Menu Plan Monday

Remember how much we spent last week?
Well, that helped us to spend only $26.30 this week! Yipppeeeeee!
(And $9 of that is on milk!)

Here is the menu:

Monday - Chili, Fritos
Tuesday - Eggs, Waffles
Wednesday - Chicken Alfredo Skillet meal, Green Beans
Thursday - Grilled Cheese, Ramen Noodles
Friday - Pizza, Chips
Saturday - Chicken, Pasta
Sunday - Leftovers/Sandwiches

To see other's menu plans check out Org Junkie! (There are lots of ideas there!)

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Our Sunday Pictures

Yes, this is the best you get of the two of them together, today - Sorry about that! :-)