It's crazy how fast Christmas comes and goes. We had a wonderful day. The kids were great and loved all of their gifts. Yesterday I spent the day "finding" the house. It seems like the day after Christmas my house always looks like a tornado hit. I spent time going through the kids' toys. Getting rid of older ones and finding places for the new ones. I had to purge some of the Christmas goodies from the kitchen counter...so I could FIND the kitchen counter. It was a very productive day. Today I am going to the airport to pick up our friends. They are flying in from Oregon to spend a week. Very excited about that. I just have to throw this in for fun...I just noticed that it is 9:40 a.m. and both of my kids are STILL ASLEEP!!! Gotta love that!
Thursday, December 27, 2007
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. But he had no union with her until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.
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Monday, December 24, 2007
I can't believe it is Christmas Eve. This holiday season has gone by way too fast. Tonight we are going to the Christmas Eve service at our church. This is something we do every year. It is a candlelit service and is very peaceful and beautiful. Each year they have someone sitting in a big chair on the stage and they have all the kids come and sit around him and he reads them the Christmas story out of the Bible. It is so sweet to see them all sitting up there. Then they each get a candy cane. The rest of the service is riddled with crinkling sounds of candy canes being unwrapped and eaten. After the service we will be going to Scott's parent's house. We will have dinner and open gifts with them. I always look forward to this. I am so very blessed to have amazing in-laws. I love spending time with them. Well, it's off to get my house straightened up and get ready for the day's events. Wishing you all a Very Merry Christmas!
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Sunday, December 23, 2007
Here are some of my Christmas favorites:
Song - Oh Holy Night
Movie - Santa Claus 2
Candy - Almond Roca (homemade)
Smell - Cinnamon rolls baking at mom's house on Christmas Eve
Memory - 2006 (see 8th day of Christmas post)
Tradition - Baking with my mom
On the tenth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: Ten lords a-leaping.
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Saturday, December 22, 2007
I woke up with a major head cold. I need one of these....
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Friday, December 21, 2007
Today is the first day of Christmas vacation and I slept in until 9:00!!! It was great! We are going to meet my mom, sister, and niece for lunch this afternoon. That is all I have on my agenda.
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Thursday, December 20, 2007
Not much happening today. Think I will FINALLY go grocery shopping. I have needed to do that for the past week but haven't had a chance. My family is ready to have some food in the house again. Today is Makenzie's last day of school until January. I'm excited about that. It will be nice to get a little extra sleep. Tonight I am going shopping with my brother. He hasn't even started his Christmas shopping yet. This should be fun. He's doing good this year though. He usually doesn't go shopping until Christmas Eve!
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Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Makenzie did a great job singing with her choir last night. Not only did she sound great, but she looked beautiful too! I can't believe how fast she is growing up.
Tonight we have church and Caleb has been waiting for this night all year. It is finally his turn to bring the snack in his class. Every week he asks if it is his turn yet. The child who brings the snack that week gets to hold the flag when they say the Pledge of Allegiance, they get to pick their favorite song to sing during story time, and they get to pray for the snack if they want. Caleb is SO excited that it is finally his turn!
I need to finish up my Christmas shopping. Just need to get a few more stocking stuffers. I'm excited for Christmas next week. Then 2 days after Christmas our friends, Kerry and Sara, from Oregon will be here for 8 days. The house will be packed, but we don't care. Looking forward to having them here!
On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: Six geese a-laying.
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Tuesday, December 18, 2007
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Monday, December 17, 2007
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Tuesday, December 11, 2007
There has been a lot of controversy on this new movie. I have added a link to a blog that has a lot of useful information. I'm hoping you will read it so you can decide for yourself if this is something you will go see. As for me, I have no desire to support this movie.
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Monday, December 10, 2007
This past month Scott won a contest at work that included dinner and a 2 night hotel stay. We were able to use it this weekend. Here is how it went:
Friday: Scott got off of work and we headed to the hotel to check in. We were staying at the new Hampton Inn in downtown Boise. It was a very nice place and the bed was one of the most comfortable beds I have ever slept in! Nice change for a hotel. After checking in and unloading, we walked across the street to P.F. Chang's for dinner. We had a nice, leisurely dinner...enjoying the fact that we weren't in a rush. After dinner we walked across the street and got some coffee from Tully's, then went back up to our room to relax. We were on the 9th floor facing the mountains, so the view from our room was gorgeous! Especially when waking up to snow on the mountains.
Saturday: After sleeping in we went down to the lobby for a complimentary hot breakfast. It was delicious! There was so much to choose from. Biscuits & gravy, eggs, oatmeal, bagels, muffins, donuts, cereal, yogurt, fresh fruit. After breakfast we headed out to enjoy downtown. After visiting many of the little shops we walked to Proto's Pizzeria for lunch. This is a great pizza place! After a day of shopping (finishing most of our Christmas shopping), we headed back up to our room where we relaxed until that evening. Saturday night was the annual Bank of America banquet. We got dressed up and headed over for an evening of food and fun. We had a great time visiting and laughing as we watched a lot of drunk people trying to dance. We then headed back to the hotel for another night of blissful, uninterrupted sleep.
Sunday: After, yet again, sleeping in and having a fabulous breakfast (this time french toast and sausage), we made a quick stop at the mall to grab one of the last few gifts we needed to buy. Then we headed to my parent's house where we spent the day. We were having lunch with my sister in a belated birthday celebration.
It was a busy, yet SO relaxing weekend. The kids stayed the weekend with my parents. THANK YOU Mom, Dad, and Aleana for helping out and keeping the kids even though this particular weekend was crazy busy for you all. I appreciate it more then words can say!
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Tuesday, December 4, 2007
This past weekend Scott's aunt and uncle came from Nevada to visit. The town they live in is very small and has no shopping, so they wanted to do as much Christmas shopping as they could while they were here. We met at my in-laws for breakfast and then hit the road running. First stop was Walmart. We spent about an hour and a half there. Next we moved to the mall. Yes...you read that right. We are CRAZY and went to the mall on a SATURDAY in DECEMBER!!! The place was packed! There were 10 of us that were shopping together. Have you ever tried shopping with 10 people (5 of them being children) in a busy place without getting separated? Impossible! Good thing we all had cell phones. We spent a lot of time calling each other to see where the others were. How did we shop before cell phones? After spending about 5 hours at the mall we all headed back to my in-laws for dinner. There was talk of going out again, but after sitting and resting our feet we decided not to. After a good meal and some rest Scott's aunt mentioned that there were a few things she had meant to pick up at Walmart that she forgot. By this time it is closing in on 9 pm. Scott decided to head home with Caleb, and my mother-in-law started getting kids showered and ready for bed. So, 4 of us decided to head back to Walmart. We shopped until ten when I finally headed home for the night. It was a taxing day, but not one I would trade for anything. It was so fun to spend the day with family.
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Tuesday, November 27, 2007
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Let's see how many of us we can get in on this. Can't wait to see yours!
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Monday, November 26, 2007
What a great weekend! Thursday, of course, was Thanksgiving. It was so nice to be able to spend the day with my family. We ate lots of food and played games. That evening we went to my in-laws and hung out for a few hours. It was the perfect way to end an already great day.
Friday, Scott and Kenzie braved the crowds and went shopping for a little while. They are not as devoted as some of you are. They didn't head out until 6 am. This has become their tradition. I hate to shop, so I can't understand why anyone in their right mind would want to go out that early and battle the crowds. But Scott and Kenz love it. Every year they go out early and shop, then they stop somewhere and have coffee or breakfast. Makenzie looks forward to it every year. I love that. Scott had to work that morning, so they didn't stay out that long. But they sure had fun.
Friday was also Makenzie's birthday. We had my neice, Rebecca, over for the weekend. They spent the day playing with the toys and games that Kenz got for her b-day. I made her a cake and Uncle Tyrone brought her home a pizza for dinner. It was a nice and relaxing day at home.
Saturday Scott had to work, so the kids and I just hung out at home. That night we went to church, then afterwards we went to our friends Blake and Jen's for dinner and a movie. The kids had fun playing and we had fun visiting.
Sunday afternoon we went bowling. Makenzie wanted to go bowling for her birthday, so Sunday was the day that worked for all the family. We had a great time. Here are a few highlights:
This is Scott's dad, mom, daughter Brittany, and sister Jessica. Along with my dad and Makenzie is the front holding the ball.
My sister Aleana with her daughter Tristyn.
Scott's Girls: Camille (left) and Brittany.
This was Caleb's favorite spot when he wasn't bowling.
I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving weekend. There is only one thing left to say....
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Friday, November 23, 2007
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Wednesday, November 21, 2007
*My amazing husband
*My awesome children (ALL 4 of them! I love you Brittany and Camille!)
*Parents who love me unconditionally
*The best in-laws ever!
*A home of our own
*An awesome church
*Never having to go hungry
*A reliable vehicle to drive
Scott works at a bank and every day in the past week he has had someone sitting in front of him telling him of the hard times they are going through. Some of them have children who are battling cancer, spouses who have died recently, jobs they have lost and have not been able to replace for months. The one thing that has stood out to me in the midsts of these stories is that so many of them end with them telling Scott that their spouse couldn't handle the stress so they walked out and left them and sometimes their children. This breaks my heart.
This made me realize how much I take for ganted. So for this reason I wanted to take a minute and let Scott know how much I appreciate him and how very special he is to me. Thank you Scott for all you do for our family. Thank you for going to work every day with a great attitude and for working so hard to make the money we need so that I can stay home with our kids. Thank you for loving me and the kids. My heart overflows when I watch you sword fighting with Caleb, or wrestling with them both, or watching you all snuggle together on the couch. I am so blessed to have a husband who loves me and would do anything for me, but also who loves our children. Thank you for being a godly example of what a husband and father should be.
I have to say that Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I love the time I get to spend with family. I love that it is a holiday of no expectations. There are no gifts to buy. It is just a time of simply being thankful.
I want to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving and tell you that I am thankful for you!
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Tuesday, November 13, 2007
So I was reading today in Philippians and a these verses really stood out to me. They are taken from chapter 1:
"Now I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel. As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ. Because of my chains, most of the brothers in the Lord have been encouraged to speak the word of God more courageously and fearlessly." (vs 12-14)
"For I know that through your prayers and the help given by the Spirit of Jesus Christ, what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance." (vs 19)
"For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe on Him, but also to suffer for Him..." (vs 29)
It just made me think that as Christians we experience so many trials. When we come out on the other side we are always good to thank the Lord for His faithfulness. I don't think I ever thought of it in the way that Paul says here in verse 12. That what we go through is not only to test us and refine us, but to also bring others to Christ. We are selfish to think that God puts us through trials for US, when it is possible that the only reason we go through something is so that someone else will see Christ through the situation and come to know Him.
Maybe I'm not making any sense. I have a hard time putting my thoughts into words...not the best thing for someone with a blog. :o} Anyway, I just thought I would share my thoughts.
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Sunday, November 11, 2007
Makenzie's class is learning about the Digestive System in school. One of her assignments this week was to write a short story about it. I thought I would post her story because it was so funny. I will write it exactly as she wrote it...spelling and all.
By: Makenzie Plumley.
(She actually signed it like this at the end of her paper.)
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Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Scott had yesterday off from work so he and his dad decided to go fishing. Ok, sure, whatever. No big deal. He and his dad love to fish and they haven't been able to go in a long time. It was fine with me. Until Scott tells me that they have decided to go somewhere close by so that they can take Caleb with them! WHAT?!? Are you saying I get THE WHOLE DAY to MYSELF??? I was estatic! Scott took Kenz to school at 7:45 and then the boys left about 9:45. I was talking to a friend on the phone right after they left and I was practically giddy. I cannot remember the last time I have had time to myself. I went to Target...ALONE, went grocery shopping...ALONE, came home and put all the groceries away...ALONE, read my book for a little while...ALONE, then went to get my haircut...ALONE! At one point I turned on music, but then I decided I liked the quiet better. When I got home from getting my hair cut, everyone was home. I talked with Kenzie about school for a while (she had a pajama day and wanted to tell me all about it), then I asked Caleb if he had fun fishing with Daddy. He said he had fun, but that he didn't catch "a fish, a shark OR a duck"! I thought that was funny. Not sure why he thought he was going to catch a duck, but I have to admit that I am glad he didn't. After dinner I helped Kenz finish her Indian Village then we watched the Biggest Loser. All in all it was a pretty great day.
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Monday, November 5, 2007
Last night Caleb was taking a bath and our cat found it all very fascinating. She spent the whole time walking in circles around the edge of the tub and pawing at the bubbles. I was waiting for her to fall in, but I guess her balance is better than I give her credit for.
Makenzie is learning about Indian Tribes in history and she has to make an Indian Village. She was outside collecting leaves and other things to use in her village and Caleb saw her through the window. When he asked me what she was doing I told him that she was collecting things for her project. He said he wanted to make a project too. So, I got him a bag and sent him outside to collect leaves. I told him if he collected a bunch of leaves then he could make a "project" with them. When he came back in I saw that not only had he collected the small, shriveled up leaves, but he had also picked some of the old tomatoes out of my garden! He was determined to add them to his "project". Here is what he created:
What a funny kid. The Indian Village is not yet finished, but I will post a picture of that when it is. And what kind of mother would I be if I didn't post pictures of the kids in their costumes? ;o)
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Tuesday, October 30, 2007
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Monday, October 29, 2007
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Friday, October 19, 2007
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Tuesday, October 16, 2007
My daughter is at the age that she wants to pick out her own clothes and do her own hair. I have to admit, this is SO hard for me! I try to direct her a little by letting her know if something doesn't match, but she doesn't always care and will wear it anyway. It's hard for me to let her leave for school. I'm afraid the other kids will make fun of her. I don't want her to have to go through that. But I also know that she needs to learn and grow. This is an area I am working on. Saying all that, here is a picture of My Girl today:
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Thursday, October 11, 2007
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Saturday, October 6, 2007
We were at the store this week and Caleb found these pirate accessories. When he got home and we put it all on he looked at me and said, "Argh Ladies!". I laughed so hard! Here is a picture of my confused pirate:
On a side note...Notice the scratch on his neck. He loves our new kitten and is constantly trying to hold her when she doesn't want to be held. She finally got tired of it and let him have it. He was pretty upset for....a few minutes. I figured this would teach him to leave her alone. Not so much. Next thing I know he is crying again because he got scratched a second time. Guess that's the price you pay for loving your pets.
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Wednesday, October 3, 2007
Monday night I got to spend the evening with my friend, Lorene. I have been slowly getting into beading, so she had me over to show me all the "tricks of the trade". We met at Craft Warehouse where she helped me pick out all the tools I would need. After that we went to her house where I created these:
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