Wednesday, November 30, 2011

30 Days of Thankfulness #30

I am thankful that my daughter's school allows the children to have Release Time during the week.  For those who don't know what that is... The children in Pennsylvania are allowed to be "released" from school for one hour each week to allow them to go to extra curricular activities. Which is great because my parents church just started a bible club, for one hour a week, for the school aged children.  Then bus them to the church, read a bible story, sing some songs, and play a few games before busing them back to school. I feel like it's a great addition to my daughter's education. And L just absolutely LOVED it, which makes it even better!!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

30 Days of Thankfulness #29

#29... I am thankful for my warm soft comfy bed, even if it's not so much of a comfort when I'm dealing with insomnia!

Monday, November 28, 2011

30 Days of Thankfulness #28

#28...I am thankful for leftovers with which I like to make whole new meals out of! 'Cause I'm genius like that!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

30 Days of Thankfulness #27

#27... I am happy for my computer, which allows me to do three quarters of all my Christmas shopping on it. So I don't have to be in the store with crazy rude holiday shoppers!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Christmas Decorating

Today we put up all of our Christmas tree and all the knick knacks.  It's been our tradition to do it the Friday and Saturday after "turkey day".  Another tradition of ours is to put up a Christmas Village. It's full of little houses, a church, a ski lodge, and various other buildings.  And of course out humble little town is populated by a bustling group of people.

The Christmas village started about twenty years ago with my mom and I. She bought a few pieces for it and we've been slowly adding to it since then.  She began the tradition by setting it up herself while I watched with wide-eyed wonder. Slowly I began helping to put the village up. And by helping I mean that my mom would set it up and I would go back when she was done and rearrange it to my liking. **Insert maniacal laughter here.**  I thought it was the funniest thing.  And every day or so I would decide that I just didn't like it where it was and that I needed to move things around again.  Apparently this drove my mom nuts and I would find her reading a book in her room by the time Christmas decorating was over.  (I never really understood why.) Eventually my mom just gave up and would just hand the box over to me to set up all by myself every Christmas.

When I got married my mom gave me the whole Christmas village to put up in my house.  I lovingly took out the houses and rearranged them for the last seven years.  For five of the years my daughter has watched me put the village up around the tv.  This year her eyes lit up when she saw me get out the box.  Apparently, it was THE thing she has been waiting to do since she found out we'd be decorating. She babbled non-stop, asked a million questions, and fidgeted like a puppy while I set up.  At one point I told L about my history with the little village and she sat avidly listening. When I finished she said, "When I grow up you can give the village to me when I get married.  And then I can set this up with my children some day!"  I don't really think that I have to tell you that her saying that just melted my heart. I felt like the Grinch when his heart grew three sizes bigger.

Sure enough when I finished, as I turned the corner, I saw her out of the corner of my adjusting the people in the village. What a surprise!  Can you hear the sarcasm there??  She sat for forty minutes and rearranged "played" with the village, chattering about all the places the people could go, the whole time. I suddenly realized why my mom disappeared after she was done. She let me have time to change the village but also because it was just down right exhausting interacting with a little ball of excitement while setting up!  I guess my mom's curse has struck me smack in the face. I heard her in my head saying, "I hope you have a daughter. Just. Like. You.". Ooooo she got me!! 

Now I am laying with an ice pack on my knee because it's swollen since I crouched down for so long putting up the village. It was soooo worth it though.  Seeing my daughter's excitement made it worth it! And I have to admit that I love, love, love that she is as insane about my our Christmas village as I am.

30 Days of Thankfulness #25 & #26

#25.... I am thankful for all the memories that we make with friends and family.

#26.... I am thankful for snuggly-stay in your pj's-do absolutely nothing-stay at home days with my little family!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

30 Days of Thankfulness #24

#24... I am thankful for holidays that are the perfect excuse for family to get together.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

30 Days of Thankfulness #23

#23... I am thankful for everything that God has provided for us. He has given us so much!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

30 Days of Thankfulness #22

#22...I am thankful for my warm and cozy house.  Especially on rainy or snowy days!  OK, or really hot muggy days as well!!

Monday, November 21, 2011

30 Days of Thankfulness #21

#21... However, weird as it sounds, I am thankful for my flare up days with my illness. They remind of the days when I have energy to spare, to play with L, and am ready for anything. Those "energy" days are God's little gift to me.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

30 Days of Thankfulness #20

#20... I am thankful that L has gained so many extra "aunts and uncles" in our friends. :o)

Saturday, November 19, 2011

30 Days of Thankfulness #18 & #19

#18...I am so thankful for my Kindle.  It has hundreds of book at the touch of my hand.  And it is so so nice to read when I am having arthritic issues with my hands.  All I have to do is bush a button to turn the page. So much easier for my hands.

#19... I am thankful for the man my husband is. My sarcastic, sports watching, makes me laugh all the time, lovable, hard working man. Who lets me celebrate a kindergarten report card, who lets me make holidays a big deal, and who lets me make birthdays a special thing. Hope yours is special babe. Happy Birthday T! 

Thursday, November 17, 2011

30 Days of Thankfulness #17

Today I am thankful that L and I have a mini vacation from school thanks to parent/teacher conferences. I can't wait to have L's tomorrow afternoon!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011


I was feeling pretty motivated the last two days.  I had some projects waiting in the cobwebs of my brain that I have been dying to try lately.  Here are the things I made today...

This is a Kindle case made from an old t-shirt of mine. I made it so I can pop my Kindle into it to prevent the face from getting scratched by anything in my purse when I'm on the go.  This was my first project on my new sewing machine.  Did I mention that I have started making a quilt out of my daughter's old baby clothes?  That will be the mother of all projects and kind of deserves it's own post in the future when it's finally done.

A  bracelet that I braided out of an old t-shirt.

A fabric flower that I made then hot glued onto a barrett to wear in my hear.  I can also clip it to a solid colored scarf or on the collar of a shirt.

Another bracelet I made out of an old t-shirt.

I'm pretty please with how they all turned out. :o)

30 Days of Thankfulness #16

#16.... I am thankful for the rain.  It helps the flowers grow.  And I love me some cozy book reading inside on a rainy day!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

30 Days of Thankfulness #15

#15... I am thankful that I get to go in for "parent day" at L's school and see how things run. :o) And I am thankful that she was excited for me to go in

Monday, November 14, 2011

30 Days of Thankfulness #13 & #14

30 days of thanks....#13 I am thankful that my husband is such a fantastic Daddy because of fishing, daddy and daughter dates, rough housing, and so much more! 
 #14 I am thankful that my daughter has such an awesome teacher this year. L just loves her!!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

30 Days of Thankfulness #11 & #12

#11... I am thankful to all the veterans and current military who have served/are serving.  I am also thankful for their families who have given so much to support their spouses.  I am proud to say that my family has had many family members serve.  Both my grandfathers, two great uncles, three uncles, an aunt, my father, and my brother.  And, I am sure that I am forgetting someone in this list as well! Thank you all!!

#12.... While I absolutely love my husband and daughter with everything that I am... And love spending time with them, I am very thankful for night's out with friends to look forward to. I'm looking forward to getting out with my friend's tomorrow night.  We're just going to have a book club get together.  And truthfully, I haven't even read the book.  Shhh! Don't tell OK? OK?!! Anyway, it's so refreshing to get out and just be me.  Not a wife, not mommy.  Just Kristen. I know that all the moms out there know exactly what I am talking about! Don't pretend!! Seriously, guys!!!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

30 Days of Thankfulness #10

Today I am thankful for my friends.  They are such wonderful people and I am thankful for them in so many different ways.  They are there to cheer me up when I've had a bad day. They listen and understand when I've reached my boiling point with my disease.  And my friends are always always there to make me laugh when I need it as well as helping me celebrate the little things in life.  They are so special to me and have really become more like sisters (and their husbands like brothers) then friends. The lives of my daughter, husband, and I would not be as enriched without them in it.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

30 Days of Thankfulness #9

Today I am thankful for my daughter's sense of humor and her quirky (read weird-ish) personality..... I just love it.  She cracks me up every single day.  My favorite from yesterday was when I asked if she liked the scarf I had made her.  She giggled, with a twinkle in her eye, and said, "I don't dislike it!".  That little stinker!!  And this morning I was woken up by a screaming-singing rendition of Grandma Got Ran Over By a Reindeer.  Just what a sleepy mom wants to hear first thing in the morning, really!

Also.....I had to share my super fun infinity scarves that I made.  All from used tees that weren't being worn anymore.  They were really easy to make.  There was no sewing involved since all I had to do was cut it up. Yay!

Same scarf just doubled up.

L's scarf that she "doesn't dislike".

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

30 Days of Thankfulness #7 & #8

#7... I am thankful for my husband's job, which has allowed for me to stay at home for the last five years with my daughter.  It is also allowing me to stay at home so I can volunteer at her school on a regular (bi or tri-weekly) basis.

#8... I am thankful for the sunshine.  I love the sun! It makes me happy! And though, he and I have a rocky relationship at times, mostly in the summer with heat nausea and headaches, I still could never live in a place that rains the majority of the year!!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Santa Claus is Coming to Town

It seemed a bit early to me but I guess Santa Claus has his own time table. He decided that this past Saturday was the day he was officially coming to Bass Pro for the Christmas season. We waited in front of the store with some friends while the kids munched on cookies with enough sprinkles to stain their lips red. I stood watching them, sipping my hot chocolate, while a group of teens sang carols in the background.  L and her friend were so excited that they were little balls of energy moving around the sidewalk. When the emcee let us know that Santa Claus was finally here my daughter let out a peal of excitement as my husband lifted her up to see. The moment L saw Santa Claus her face was transformed with a look of wonder, the likes of which I will not soon forget.

After Santa had said a few words, and thrown out some rubber balls shaped like him into the crowd, we all went inside to help him do a count down to light up the big Christmas tree. (And no, I did not miss the irony of Santa throwing his balls! He he he snort. Ok I got the junior high humor out of my system!) We entered into Bass Pros winter wonderland and was amazed.  They had really outdone  themselves this year. There was the typical things that have been out every other year.  Like a red rider gun game with nurf bullets, toy race cars for the kids to play with, crafts and coloring pages, letters to fill out for Santa, and of course getting a picture taken with Santa. This year they had added a merry-go-round to the fun!  It was filled with little woodland creatures for the kids to ride on and all decked out for Christmas. Unfortunately I didn't get a picture of the look of awe that across my daughter's face when she saw it. It was so magical! And beyond how wonderful it is for the children the next best part is that it's all free!! You can't beat that!

I know it was super early to celebrate.  My rule is usually no decorations or Christmas music til Black Friday.  After experiencing Santa's welcome, how could a person not be in the Christmas spirit?!? Especially seeing the magic through my daughter's eyes. I have always loved Christmas, but now that I am experiencing it all over with L, I somehow love it even more!

Checking out the "North Pole".

Watching the fish in the 60,000 gallon aquarium filled with native fish of Pennsylvania.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

30 Days of Thankfulness #6

I am thankful that my daughter has such amazing grandparents.  Some of the things that L enjoys with her grandparents are....

*Unlimited game playing.
*Amazing camping trips.
*Weekly visits to a sheep farm. One visit even found my daughter feeding some baby sheep.
*Trick-or-treating at Nana's work.  (She made out better then when she went around our neighborhood that year!)
*So so many trips to Hershey Park.
*Story telling by a campfire.
*Sleep overs ending with chocolate donuts for breakfast.
*Movies and popcorn.
*New Years Eve celebrations at noon.
*Trips to the Baltimore aquarium and Lake Tobias.
*An infinite amount of hugs, kisses, and more love then L will ever need.

*And all around being spoiled by both sets of grandparents!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

30 Days of Thankfulness #5

Today I am thankful for my brother.  His birthday is today, so this seemed to be a fitting day to choose this one.  He and I fought so much as children.  I recall one time that my father actually threatened to tie us together for a whole day if we didn't stop our fighting. 

He drives me absolutely nuts sometimes.  And he still has the ability to annoy the heck out of me for no particular reason.  But he's mine...and I love him.

Friday, November 4, 2011

30 Days of Thankfulness #4

I am thankful for both sets of parents.  Both mine and my husband's.  My parents have been through so much with me and been so supportive and loving.  And T's parents because they made him the man he is today. :o)

Thursday, November 3, 2011

30 Days of Thankfulness #3

I am thankful for my God and His promises in my life.

One of my favorite bible verses is appropriate... Philippians 4:6&7....

6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Thank you God for everything in my life that I have to be thankful for!!!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

30 Days of Thankfulness....

Yesterday started the "30 days of thankfulness".  For every day in November I am striving to think of one thing that I am thankful for. It shouldn't be too hard since God has given me so much to be thankful for!! The harder part will be remembering to blog about it every day. Because I've got the Facebook headline thing down no problem!

November 1st.... I am thankful for my daughter and her sweet snuggles. And her giggles, and her silliness, and everything about her.

November 2nd.... I am thankful for my husband and the support he gives me every day.  I am so lucky to have found him! The song "Marry Me" says so much for me....

"Forever can never be long enough for me
Feel like I've had long enough with you
Forget the world now we won't let them see
But there's one thing left to do

Now that the weight has lifted
Love has surely shifted my way
Marry Me
Today and every day
Marry Me"