Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year!!!

Wishing everyone a happy, healthy 2009!!!

Tuesday, December 30, 2008


this coming spring's garden.

I'm so excited!!! I've requested several seed/plant catalogs, so that I can begin laying out what I want to plant this year. I made notes of what didn't work and what did. I'm thinking that I'll be using a lot of hearts & flowers and wandering jew in my pots, as these two plants can take the heat, humidity and a little neglect and still look gorgeous throughout the summer into fall.

I plan to take advantage of most nice (aka warmer) days this winter to get out to clean up and prep my flower beds. There are a couple of plants that I need to move because they didn't do well in the spot I planted them last spring. Oh well, live and learn.

I really need to look at incorporating some hardscapes into my yard. However, I really don't know where to begin. I love birdbaths and sculptures, but I'm not sure how to place them in the beds. I suppose that I need to do some more research.

Maybe this year, I'll do a better job of documenting my work and post them here.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas...

From our house to yours!

Thank You!

My Mom and Dad sent this to us for Christmas! I have always wanted a Nativity set, but never seemed to find one I liked. Mom found this one made in the town they live in and it's gorgeous!

Thank you, Mom & Dad, for a wonderful Christmas Gift.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Peace and quiet...almost

It's so quiet in the house.

Hubby has taken the children out to do some Christmas shopping.

I suppose I should take this opportunity to wrap some presents or...

throw in a load of wash or...

tidy the kitchen or...

put my feet up and relax.

Hmmm...I'm leaning toward the last one.

Note: Hubby and the kids were gone less than an hour.

For the Moms!

To all the moms! Enjoy!!!

The Mom Song from Northland Video on Vimeo.

Monday, December 22, 2008

TSO - Amazing!

We took the kids to see Trans Siberian Orchestra in Nashville yesterday. I've always loved their music and have wanted to see them live for years. This is turned out to be my year. Woot!

About a month ago, I happened to be looking at their website and saw that they were playing in Nashville. Hubby and I thought it would be a great surprise for the kids. They didn't know that we were going until this past Friday. I managed to keep it a secret for a WHOLE month.

My daughter mentioned one morning on the way to school that she'd really like to see TSO in concert. I was so tickled because she didn't know that I'd already bought tickets. It took all my self-control not to tell her that we were going.

They thoroughly enjoyed the show. It was their first arena concert. They've been to Big Spring Jam many times, but we thought they'd really enjoy seeing a performance in this venue. We may just have to make this an annual event!

*Thanks to NomadSnaps for the clip. This was the same group of performers that we saw in Nashville.

Friday, December 19, 2008

They're going to be late...

I am soooo slow in getting out our Christmas cards. I'm never this late in getting out our Christmas cards. In fact, Hubby and I just finished taking and editing the pictures that we're going to choose from for our card.

What do you think?

This one is my favorite.

This is Hubby messing with the picture angle. It turned out quite well.

The kids had just finished goofing around and we were all laughing pretty hard.

They are growing up way too fast. However, they're becoming wonderful, well-behaved young adults. If I do say so myself...and I do.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Four more days...

'til Christmas Break!




Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Da Boy!


Last night was the middle school's band concert. My son plays tuba in the advanced band. He's in the 8th grade, so they get to wear the tux shirt, bow tie and dress slacks. He looks so grown up.

I'm not ready for both of my children to be in high school.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Always Learning!

Today, I created my own ringtones! I'm so excited. See, I'm not very tech savvy - but I am learning.

I had to replace my Blackberry Pearl because the trackball quit working and it would erase things on it's own. I'd only had it a couple of months - very frustrating!

Anyway, I received my new phone on Friday and wanted to put ringtones on it. Now, I can create my own ringtones without having to spend a lot of money. WooHoo!!!

Now, I'm dangerous.


Friday, December 5, 2008

Take a deep breath and countdown from ten...

I'm home sick today. It seems every year the week after Thanksgiving my family catches something. This year it's a stomach virus - definitely NOT fun and very inconvenient. I've got tons of stuff to do, but just don't feel like it! So, I'm reading my favorite blogs today. I borrowed this one from Tense Teacher. Thanks, Tense!

So, take a deep breath and enjoy...

TEN things you wish you could say to TEN different people right now:
1. Hold on while I get something to write with.
2. Your face is gonna freeze that way.
3. I'm so glad that you're my friend!
4. It makes no difference to me who you're related to.
5. If you are so unhappy here, find another job.
6. You are a dear friend, but some of the things you do/say irritate a lot of people.
7. Who died and left you boss!
8. Take a deep breath. The first year is the most difficult.
9. Stay away from me, you give me the heebee geebees!
10. Relax

NINE things about yourself:
1. I'm a neat freak!
2. I have to wash my face before bed, no matter how tired I am.
3. I love to cook, although, I don't always have the time.
4. The computer sometimes rules my day.
5. When my feelings are hurt, I withdraw.
6. My neck turns reds when I get upset.
7. I don't like to go to the mall to shop, I prefer the internet.
8. I love to be at home.
9. I always have smile, no matter what's going on or how I feel.

EIGHT ways to win your heart:
1. Tell me that you love me often, even though I know that you do.
2. Talk to me.
3. Offer to help without being asked.
4. Hold me.
5. Just let me vent and I'll feel better.
6. Intercept the kids when you hear them call "Mom."
7. Call me during the day just to say "hi".
8. ...

SEVEN things that cross your mind a lot:
1. My Husband
2. Good grief, is it 5:30a already?
3. What mood is my boss in today?
4. I forgot what I came in here for.
5. Where's my cell phone?
6. I've got tons of things to do...later. ;)
7. I really need to exercise today.

SIX things you do before you fall asleep:
1. Straighten the living room/kitchen
2. Check see that the humidifiers have water
3. Wash face/moisturize
4. Tell my kids goodnight!
5. Go potty one last time
6. Give Hubby kiss goodnight

FIVE people you couldn’t live without:
1. Hubby
2. The Girl
3. The Boy
4. Mom
5. Dad

FOUR things you’re wearing right now:
1. White & pink running shoes (not that I'm a runner, ya know!)
2. Black sweatpants
3. Christmas sweatshirt
4. Glasses

THREE songs that fit your life perfectly:
1. "Everything" - Michael Buble'
2. "Let's Play Two" - The Gin Blossoms
3. "Don't Worry, Be Happy" - Bobby McFerrin

TWO things you want to do before you die:
1. Visit Italy
2. See my children happily married with children!

ONE confession:
1. I really need to lose some weight so that I can come off the bp meds.