Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thankful Thursday {Thanksgiving Edition}

Happy Thanksgiving Friends!

I have a surprise for you...

I am guest posting at the Momma Bird today! She has been doing a Thankfulness Series and asked me to post for today!

I was, and am, honored to do it!

Michelle, is the daughter of a lady in our house church. I have only met her two times. They are a military family so they don't live around here. If they did, we would be friends...we are both convinced! For now, bloggy friends and facebook friends will have to do. (Boo!)

Head over to the Momma Bird and read it...please!

Oh...and have a wonderful Thanksgiving day!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Thankful Thursday

Tonight, I am going to go see a movie at midnight. Yes, you read that right, MIDNIGHT!! I am the girl that falls asleep during the opening credits of a movie, so a late movie is unheard of for me. (Just ask my husband.)

This is not just any movie...this is Breaking Dawn, Part 1. It will be well worth the tiredness tomorrow brings. My journey to becoming a twilight fan might be a little different than most.

My mom started reading the books when they came out. She kept telling me about them, and I kept saying, "I will never read those. I don't want to read about some vampire love story for high schoolers!"

What does Justin Beiber say? "Never say, never!"


I of course saw the first movie. It was fine. Then my bestie decided she was going to read the books and wanted to go see the second movie. (She is always getting me wrapped up in all kinds of nonsense!) So, I went with her. That was all it took. I was hooked! I had to know what happened next. I read all four books in 4 weeks. Have you ever seen the books!? They are thick! And I don't ever! I could not put them down.

There ya have journey to becoming a huge fan! Now...I am wearing a Team Edward shirt and going to a midnight showing. All I need is my vampire teeth and I am golden! What!?

Today I am thankful for (as shallow as it may seem)
movies that take me to make believe places with vampires, werewolves and everlasting love!
(and crazy girlfriends that will go with me!)

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Thankful Thursday

Happy Thursday Friends! Sorry I have been a little MIA lately. I have been subbing this week and when I am not doing that I have the typical family, laundry, cleaning, cooking, grocery shopping...the things I really love!

Today the kids don't have school which is GREAT! I love having them home in the morning. We get to stay in our jammies, watch tv, cuddle, go get donuts. It is such a fun time. The kids had a special treat last night...they got to spend the night at Grandma and Grandpa's house! What fun! The trouble is, they woke up at 5 am!!!! Not good for momma!

Today I am thankful for NO SCHOOL days!!!!!

To celebrate the Thanksgiving season we are doing a "thankful tree". I usually do some form of this...paper chain links, writing things on paper and putting them in a jar, but this year I decided to be a little more creative! I made a tree out of brown paper lunch bags and taped it to the wall. Then I cut out different colored leaves. Each day, or whenever you want, we write something we are thankful for and tape it to the tree. It has been a lot of fun to see what everyone is thankful for and a great way to keep focus on a Holiday that sometimes goes over looked.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Thankful Thursday

I kind of, okay...really, have a love/hate relationship with food.

Ya see, I love, love love to eat it!

The hate part is...I make really bad choices. (As I sit to blog eating a bag of peanut M & M's)

Do you understand my problem!?

I like to cook, but hate the meal planning and grocery shopping part.

I love to bake, but hate that I then eat all the cookies, cake, or whatever it is I baked!

Last night Rob texted me on his way home from work and said, "Do you want to go out to eat?"
Of course, I said, "YES!" (I don't ever pass up that opportunity!)
I wasn't feeling great and thought, I will just get a salad or some soup. Did I do that! NO!
I picked something that looked and tasted amazing, and was a portion big enough for the whole family. (Especially, after the 2 baskets of chips and salsa.) I didn't have any trouble eating almost all of it!
After wards, I felt horrible! Horrible!

The funny thing is...I still wanted ice cream! Who does this?

Me. And my best friend, Carrie. (That is reason #64 she is my best friend. Alright...maybe reason #3)

Are you wondering how this has anything to do with being thankful?

Here's how:

While I love to eat a, there are people that don't even get the choice of what they will eat. We all know about the people in Africa and Haiti that eat rice and soup once a day. Did you know there are people, kids, that go home everyday that may not get dinner? There is an organization in our community that sends food home in kids back packs every Friday just to make sure they have something to eat over the weekend.

All the while, I am 2 blocks away gorging myself on whatever I want. (By the way, I just grabbed bag #2 of peanut M & M's. You think I am kidding...I am not. I wish I was, but it is the flat truth people! I have a serious problem! That is for another time though!)

Today I am thankful for food.
(In all seriousness!)

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Bagging Day

As I mentioned in my post on Monday, we helped out with Bagging Day again at our church. It is a great opportunity for our family to serve together in a very practical way.

There are a lot of tables set up with stations that look like this:

Everyone picks a job: one scoop of seasoning, veggies, soy or rice. (In our case, we trade jobs...a lot!) When it is your turn (this took some reminding. We came up with fun names for each other and if someone wasn't paying attention we would call out their name. The kids loved that!) you dump it in the funnel and into the bag it goes. The bags make their way to a quality control and weighing station. Then they get sealed, put in boxes and shipped to Haiti.

When you leave you are dirty, stinky and full of joy!

The kids loved trying different jobs and helping out. We did it for 2 hours and I have no clue how many bags we filled. It was a great way to teach the kids that a lot of children don't get options of what they want to eat each day. They get soup...and that is it.

When you leave you are dirty, stinky and full of joy!

A girl in our house church went to Haiti in the spring and she got to deliver some of these bags. The kids also loved seeing the families that got bags of food we packed!

Today I am linking up with Works for Me Wednesday. Stop over to We Are That Family and see what others are doing!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Once a Month Resolution

Can you believe it is November 1st already?

I can't! 2 more resolutions and then it is a whole new year! Then what? Do I keep doing a once a month resolution? Who knows...

I was just looking back over the past resolutions and I must say, I can't believe I actually did some of them. Green cleaning...who would have thought? I have stuck to that one and today I even bought the stuff to make my own dishwashing detergent! I know...amazing!

Exercising and eating have not been the best, but better. I exercise at least once a week mostly twice. Eating, well...that is hit or miss. Lately it has been terrible. I can't even count how many pieces of Halloween candy I have had today. Too many!

Reading more to the kids...I don't have to. They read to me now. It is so great! I love listening to them. I do still read to them. Not as much I as I would like. Broderick has to read for 30 minutes a day so usually he is doing the reading. Which I love!

I am also glad to report that I do try a new recipe each week and I do not make red meat as much. Once, maybe twice a month. I love trying all the new yummy recipes I find on Pinterest.

Diet Coke...what do you think? Did I do it? A whole month without one sip?


I am as shocked as you! I had a few days last week that I really wanted one, but i fought the urge. I am so glad I did. I don't think I am going to turn back at this point. Not now...not after 31 days with it!

Now to this month. Are you ready for confession time? Stop reading now if not...

I can raise my voice at my kids and talk in a not nice tone. This is not pleasing to the Lord, and how do I expect them to speak to others when I speak this way to them.

So my resolution is to change what and how things come out of my mouth.

This is going to be a challenge. I was speaking with a friend this morning about how difficult this will be. She had great advice..."every time you want to raise your voice or same something not pleasing to the Lord to your kids, stop and pray and thank God for them." So that is what I am going to try and do. Please pray for me.