Nov 28, 2010

Giving Thanks #26

Thankful for this email that included this video and that this still happens in a free country.

Merry Christmas to all!!! 
Just imagine: you are having your rather un-nutritious, but tasty lunch, while shopping for early Christmas bargains, and, then, suddenly Magic happens.

Nov 26, 2010

Giving Thanks #25

Well, today is a hard day to write what I am thankful for because I learned this afternoon that one of my cousins passed away after a car accident this morning. It is very sad when a young, vibrant, sweet, energetic person is taken so unexpectantly. I am reminded how fragile life can be and to tell your family and friends every time you see them that you love them and never take them for granted because you never know when it will be the last time you see them. I am thankful for a large and close extended family that will provide lots of love and support to the family. God Bless them in this time of loss and sorrow. This poem was read at my Pappy's memorial and it says so much and I want to share it in this time of loss:

Miss me, but let me go

When I come to the end of the road
And the sun has set for me,
I want no tears in a gloom-filled room,
Why cry for a soul set free?

Miss me a little – But not for long
And not with your head bowed low,
Remember the love that we once shared,
Miss me – But let me go.

For this is a journey we all must take,
And each must go alone,
It’s all a part of the Master’s plan
A step on the road to home.

When you are lonely and sick of heart
Go to your friends that we know,
And bury your sorrows in doing good works,
Miss me – But let me go.

Nov 25, 2010

Giving Thanks #24

The bird is cooking, the rest of the meal is planned. Now it is time to relax and enjoy the day. To our family and friends both near and far know that we are thankful for you each and every day. I hope your Thanksgiving is a pleasant one with lots of laughter and good food.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov 24, 2010

Giving Thanks #23

Well in the words of Gomer Pyle, well GOOOOOLLLYY! I sit down to type my post for giving thanks for this morning and realized that I never posted anything for yesterday. The day was so busy filled with things to do with the hubby and JN and that I just lost track of time. It is so nice to have a full day of things to do outside in this beautiful weather, and honey dos inside and to have somebody to help you. I hope your days are busy, filled with great things to do to with family and friends.

Nov 22, 2010

Giving Thanks #22

A post on Facebook reminded me of this Thankfulness reminder from Veggie Tales and I just want to share it:

Thank you God for this day,
For the sun in the sky,
For my mom and my dad,
For my piece of apple pie!

For our home on the ground,
For His love that's all around,
That's why I say thanks every day!

Because a thankful heart is a happy heart!
I'm glad for what I have,
That's an easy way to start!

For the love that He shares,
'Cause He listens to my prayers,
That's why I say thanks every day!

Thank you Dad for our day
For our trip to the mall
For the time spent with me
For our big red bouncy ball

For our fun that we had
I'm so happy you're my Dad
That's why I say thanks every day

Because a thankful heart is a happy heart!
I'm glad for what I have,
That's an easy way to start!

For a God that really cares.
'Cause He listens to my prayers,
That's why I say thanks every day!

That's why I say thanks every day!

Nov 21, 2010

Giving Thanks #21

I am thankful for Sunday night, fiend for yourself for supper night. Even my 3 year old has figured out how to get out what he wants put it on a plate and take it to the table. On the menu tonight was, left over pizza for hubby, cereal and banana for me and chips, cheese, fruit bar and a banana for little one. Yummy and helped clean out the fridge with few dishes to clean. My kind of meal.

Nov 20, 2010

Giving Thanks #20

I am so so so thankful I live in Texas where on a November day it can be 70 degrees with a breeze. I had the windows open all day and it was beautiful!

Nov 19, 2010

Giving Thanks #19

I am thankful that for the next 10 days my husband is off from work. WOOT WOOT! So if my thankfulness post are scattered or missing it is because we are spending some well deserved family time together! Have a great weekend all!!!

Nov 18, 2010

Giving Thanks #18

Freebies, Freebies, Freebies!!! After reading the blog Twice as Nice I found out about the Shutterfly 50 Free Holiday Cards give away. This is great timing as I am brand new to Shutterfly and had been looking at the holiday section trying to decide which one to get. So far I have only ordered prints and photo books, which make great grandparent gifts.

So far after looking I think I like the flat photo cards best. These are my top three designs:

Nov 17, 2010

Giving Thanks #17

Today is a shout out and thanks to my technical guru Daryll. Hey Daryll if you are reading this you are the BEST!.

See I meet Daryll while working in the Granbury ISD system. I was a diagnostician at the high school and he was the tech guy. We hit it off and soon a great friendship developed. Daryll has taught me lots of computer things and to this day will take my "help desk" calls when I am in a pinch or need some guidance.

This is what happened today when I was upgrading my CPU. Sure enough I got into a spot when I need some help and there he was on the other end of the line. And by my typing this blog post is evidence that his help was right on!!! Thanks again to the Greatest Tech Guy around!

All the cords, GEESH!

Opened up and ready for upgrade

Successful removal of heatsink
New CPU and thermal grease ready

Houston, we have touchdown

Heatsink replace and ready to closer up doc...

Nov 16, 2010

Giving Thanks #16

Time alone in the car to jam out (gosh I sound old) to my music and not Veggie Tales!!

Giving Thanks #15

Well,  I fell down on the job yesterday and didn't post what I was thankful for. I did try. I sat down several times with a blank page and just sat. I think I was tring to hard to come up with some earth shattering post when I should try to keep it real. I started this project as a reminder to myself of what I have and to be thankful. So I will try to "keep it real and short".

Today I am thankful for having a good healthcare that let's me see the physician I want and trust. Thanks Dr. G for being such a wonderful caring doc! You Rock!

Nov 13, 2010

Giving Thanks #13

Short and sweet today. I am thankful for endless Saturday morning cartoons with no commercials that have my child saying, "I want that!", thanks to Netflix and a clean house by lunch! This message brought to you by much needed 3rd cup of coffee...

Nov 12, 2010

Giving Thanks #12

Today is a carry over from Wednesday's post. Yesterday I found a place where I could sit and watch the classroom without being noticed for a little while. I am so thankful to have a son with such a great imagination.

Every morning when he gets up he ask,"What are we doing today, Mommy?" and if I don't give him the answer he is looking for then he makes up his own day of what he wants to do, so cute. And as the day progress and he is playing or we are driving in the car he will tell me stories of things "he did" or wants to do. Most of these are made up of bits and piece of books we read but he is starting to add his own little flair to them. I could regal you with some of these stories but of course most of them are "you had to be there" type of stories to get the full cuteness of them. The one I will tell you about which happens just about every day is when my in-laws come over for supper and my father in law ask JN "What did you do today?" to which my son starts his reply with every time, "Well, Papa" and then proceed to weave a schedule of events that are no where near accurate of the real day but we all laugh at his imagination. It has become a game with he and his Papa and that is something to be very thankful for.

Nov 11, 2010

Giving Thanks #11

Thank you to the men and women of who have and are currently serving our country. Thank you for your sacrifice.

Nov 10, 2010

Giving Thanks #10

Museum School logo

Yeah, today is Wednesday, hump day, almost the weekend day, or whatever you call it. For us it is Museum School Day. We are very fortunate the JN has been able to go to this wonderful learning environment. I must say the wait to see if he got in was nail bitting but it was well worth it. This is his first educational experience outside the home and I hope it lays a foundation for a love of learning. We are very thankful for Mrs. Butts and Mrs. Montague and their sweet smiles and open adoration for all of the children.

Happy family

Nov 9, 2010

Giving Thanks #9

Today is Tuesday and I am very, very, very thankful for that. You see Tuesday is our only day that we do not have a schedule. I never thought that we would have so many things going. So Tuesday is our "free" day. Sometimes we veg out in the house all day depending on the weather. Some days we go run errands and just what ever we feel like doing. Today we went and had holiday pictures made. I try to have studio picutres taken of JN every 6 months and how nice it is that falls around his birthday and Christmas. So today was the day. I must say that his little independent streak showed up and it wasn't the easiest session and his grins were cartoonish but we did get a couple of good shots.

Nov 8, 2010

Giving Thanks #8

Today I want to say thanks for extended family. Whether you are in Michigan, Missouri, or Oklahoma the distance doesn't matter. With the advent of email, Skype and cell phones you are always just a click or "send" button away. We miss you guys always and look forward to the time we can see you again.

Nov 7, 2010

Giving Thanks #7

Today I am thankful for coupons and shopping with no assistance.

Since our son was born my husband has afforded me the luxury of going to the grocery store on Sundays while he stays at home with our son. This it a huge relief on my part and for those of you with babies, toddlers or just kids in general you know that shopping with them can be a challenge and forget trying to do coupons or comparison shop.

And speaking of coupons, I never leave home without them. They are wonderful. I go it alone now on shopping for sales and matching coupons with those sales for great savings but at one time I did do The Grocery Game. However, when Kroger left Weatherford I found it no longer worth my time and money. Oh Kroger how I miss you. Okay I digress. Coupons are a wonderful thing and yes they take time and effort to cut out and sort but for me it is well worth my time as a SAHM. I also use the following sites and blogs* to help in my never ending search for deals and coupons;, Smart Source, RedPulm, In Good Cents, Couponing 101, Deal Seeking Mom, and A Full Cup.

*Please note that the blogs are for the North Texas area in relationship to grocery store sales. But I'm sure with a few Google searches you can find some in your area.

Nov 6, 2010

Giving Thanks #6 has its good and not so good sides but overall in my life it has been a good thing. When I first started to draft this blog post I had pictures of all the tech things that had made my life easier or "better" but the page quickly filled up with too many pics. So I will just add links as I share why I am thankful for them.

I will start off first with just the basic old computer. I bought my first one with the help of my granddad as I was working on my masters and it had the good old squawking of the dial up modem. But the combination of those two things made my graduate life a little easier and as I progressed from the masters to the doctorate, saved me time and many miles on my vehicles.

I also am thankful for the iPod Touch, that helps me stay organized and in touch with friends, cell phones and the Internet that also help me stay up to date with friends and family, let me post this blog and sit on my butt while my child naps. I am thankful for Netflix and Roku that allow me to more judiciously monitor what my child watches and am not at the whim of the Networks for scheduling. Also for digital cameras that allow me to document many events in our family's lives and share them with family far away. Here are more I can think of but will not bore you with the details Facebook, Skype, Twitter, Amazon,  the KindleNook  and Lose It apps, and WOOT. These are in my life everyday and though I could live without them, I am thankful that I do have them.          

Nov 5, 2010

Giving Thanks #5

Today I am thankful for 9/80 work schedules. My husband works at a company that schedules work for 80 hours over 9 days which means he gets every other Friday off. It is wonderful to have him home an extra day during the week and today is that day!

Nov 4, 2010

Giving Thanks #4

Friends are for sure people to be thankful for, whether it is for JN or myself friends make the world a better place.
JN's very first play group. A great bunch of moms!
JN and his playground partner. He's a wonderful boy!
JN and his first "girlfriend".
My best friend. We don't get to talk as often as we would like.
My technology buddy. He taught me a lot.
Our Monday or any day play friends. They are wonderful people!

Nov 3, 2010

Giving Thanks #3

Grandparents are a wonderful thing. In my mind they are basically parents without rules and who like to play all day. That is one of the perks of being a grandparent. I grew up knowing both sets of my grandparents, one set lived here and even though the other set lived else where my parents made sure I knew about them and that we either talked on the phone or went to go seem them. My son has, in this modern age of mobility where people live far away from where they grew up, the rare treat of having both sets of his grandparents living right here. There is only one day a week that he doesn't see either one or both sets of grandparents. They are wonderful to have around and that makes me thankful for them.

Nov 2, 2010

Giving Thanks #2

Today I am giving thanks for my son. He is happy, fun, mischievous, curious, energetic, loving, and I could go on and on. But he is currently the center of my world. I am very lucky to be a stay at home mom and get to experience all the wonderful first in his life. Be the one who teaches him the alphabet, numbers, reading, math, manners and again I could go on and on. He stretches my thought process an my patience at times and I am all the better for it! Thank you JN for being such a wonderful son!

Nov 1, 2010

Giving Thanks #1

Today is the first day of November, a month in which we celebrate Thanksgiving. So in honor of this holiday my goal is to post one thing each day I am thankful for.

Today I will start with the person I am most thankful for my husband! You won't see many pictures of him here because he is a very private person. He is a wonderful husband, father and son. His is fiercely protective of  his family, and works long hard hours so that I can stay home with our son and that he can reap the benefits of his daddy's hard work. He is our rock though all things we do and we are very thankful for him!