Saturday, December 31, 2011

Have a Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

I'm ready for the New Year, are you? Well, I'm sort of ready...I've been going through stuff and cleaning out and rearranging. The basement is being attacked and purged. It's a pity we can't really have yard sales in January...oh, well. Maybe put stuff in the garage and then have a yard sale? I'm not too sure about that. I'd rather just clean it all out.

I feel good about the progress and to see how I'm becoming more fine tuned about what I want/don't want,etc. I really think there is a bit of the 1930's grandmother in me who can see the usefulness of nearly everything. However, too much stuff is an accident hazard. I've been having nightmares from various news stories about people and their homes being destroyed by carelessness. I think I already mentioned about my husband's co-workers home being damaged by fire/smoke. They didn't have a fire alarm in the basement and their downstairs oven was left on! Scary!!

So, I'm de-cluttering a bit. Not too much but enough to make space for new things and getting focused on what I want to make for future art pieces. :) It's all good.

On a different note, I feel sorry for our Christmas tree...the live one. I sort of want to see what happens if I put root hormone on the base and see if it grows roots. I doubt it but you never know. But at the same time I want to cut it into bits and make new artwork out of it. I'm weird, I know.

Anyway, I hear howling children. Snack time perhaps. Have a great New Years! I made lentil soup and it is very good. Hope you make something similar and have a good time.

Friday, December 30, 2011

haircut...feeling shy

haircut...feeling shy by Emilyannamarie
haircut...feeling shy, a photo by Emilyannamarie on Flickr.

Fight! Fight!

Fight! Fight! by Emilyannamarie
Fight! Fight!, a photo by Emilyannamarie on Flickr.

They were fighting over who gets to sit in the chair next to me. (rolling eyes). Penny won.

Dimov Kids :)

Dimov Kids :) by Emilyannamarie
Dimov Kids :), a photo by Emilyannamarie on Flickr.

Making things...

I'm still late for Christmas goodies but they are getting together, wrapped and sent out. I sent out one for my mom and dad. I pushed my self and got it finished finally, and sent out. But I forgot to take pictures of it! Darn it!! Maybe a kind brother or sister can photo it for me. I don't want to spoil it for my mom and dad, so I will have to wait. It came out cuter than I thought and I hope they enjoy it.

I'm also working on a canvas painting and that just finished drying. I will photo and share soon. It's really cute!

We had a very mild Christmas...loving songs sung by the piano, church, candles held while singing Silent Night, cookies baking, kids having tantrums, mild weather (thank you, God!), and lots of fun. Apparently, things got a little odd at my sister's for Christmas but it was a HUGE milestone that my dad and mom were there. I admit I'm jealous. Even if there was a little arguing and crazy talk...that's sort of to be expected if someone is not mentally well.

Anyway, I got to talk to everyone by phone, so that is special and I'll treasure this. I could be wrong, but I think the kids are getting a tad bored. But it's vacation time. They are so funny because they get up earlier than they would for school (except for Harry) and play video games and what not.

My dad called tonight and he was feeling better after having a lousy night. I was worried about him, yesterday. I kept thinking that he might not be feeling so good and I was right. I swear I have a link to my dad that tells me when he is feeling good or not. I feel like that with my mom too. I guess that's normal to feel this connectedness to those you love. :)

It seems like these past few months I've done so much praying and doing good thoughts. It feels like things are better and most of all, it's kept me from feeling bad. For me, it's like meditating, pushing away fear and seeing what I can do positively and helping me to act on it.

Another thing I found out is it's better to celebrate Christmas as an advent and you don't feel so CRAZY and that it all ends after the presents are open. It's nicer, slows you down and gives you much more appreciation for time and relaxing with family.

I have to change my banner for the New Year. I just can't believe it's nearly 2012. I wish I had a magic wand and could make things right for a lot of people and especially for good health.

On a different note, I found a really cute calendar (for $1!) at Micheal's with Roosters. I LOVE it. :) As some of you might know, I used to have 2 roosters (Charlie and Issac). I don't remember the breed name but they were red, with greenish tails and huge red combs. I loved them but they crowed all the time and drove my dad crazy. lol They were great at finding snails and weeding the garden them them. Geesh, just writing about them has made me feel a little happier. Isn't that funny? Anyway, the calender is awesome and is inspiring me to make some new chicken artwork. I also got 7 canvas's for $12! I was so surprised. I love it. A funny thing I noted at the craft store there were a lot of Martha Stewart glitter for some reason. I mean a lot of it. I don't know what most people would do with all that glitter but it sure seemed to be in excess...I guess for scrap booking??

Anyway, it was fun to look around while Jon chased Harrison down the aisles. lol I've been doing more then he surely has. I was going to go to the mall but it looked like a madhouse and I got a little nauseated at the way some people drive in the parking lot and didn't want to see how these people acted in the shops. So, we drove away. lol I'm becoming an old person, I guess. And I'll have to buy shoes on a different day (or by catalog).

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Secretariat. movie

Horses in the mist

Just saw The Secretariat. I saw it in two installments (2.5 hours a bit long) and was very pleased. It's sort of a "Babe" meets the Oscars type of movie...Really interesting, easy to enjoy and has a bit of spit of fire. There were some slow parts (the whole hippie daughter scenes, some sort of conflict of family interest but not too much as they aren't struggling financially) but otherwise, a nice film to watch and you were pretty sure that nothing too bad is going to happen.

The best part, for me, really was the idea of a woman who is labeled as a "house wife" finds her passion in keeping her farm and horses...a last effort to make good on her dad's (and her own) dream. I wanted more of this really. Some of the softer/slow parts could have shown more of this inner turmoil, I feel. This edge gets lost in the end and is more of a highlight when she talks to reporters and makes some witty remarks when egged on.

Either way, it was fun to watch and get into. And of course, it's so nice to see a gorgeous horse. This appeals to that little girl inside of me...and yes, I wanted to see more of this too. I guess I had The Black Stallion prancing in the back of my head.

Now, I want to see the next horse movie, War Horse. Sounds like a good one and might make me cry. What is it about horses that so enchant people? They seem like some magical, mythical creature at times.

I feel like doing some sketches of horses...might do so if I have some more time. I remember, as a child, falling in love with the Lipizzaner Stallions. I had never seen them in life but there was a book in my school library which I checked out so often, I probably annoyed the librarian. lol I saw a documentary about them once and they still gave me a thrill. :) Sadly, they had to cancel any tours this year (they sometimes came in through Altoona) because of the economics. I hope next year, they will go out again...I would love to see them in person.

Yes, there is something very wonderful about horses and the power and strength they express. I'm going to look for some more movies on horses. I'd love any recommendations. :)

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Dancing in the New Year

Well, we got the Just Dance game and I think I pulled every muscle in my body. bleh. It's SO MUCH FUN, though! I totally love it and even if I'm sore as heck, it's a lot of fun to try different moves and beat your old score at the same time. And yet, here I am complaining of a sore back and stiff arms. Oh, well...oh, and I think I slightly sprained my ankle. whoops

In other news, I'm waiting to see how everyone is doing. Dad is still not doing very well. I'm praying and hoping he feels better with his new treatment.

Our spirits are mostly up. I found out there was a little uh-oh moment at my sister's w/ family members. lol I have to just shake my head. All I can think of is people need to watch a few movies to get an idea about older people...King of California, Tate Danielle and Babette's Feast are a few good films that will give people a better perspective of age and how to relate to people in general.

Anyway, I still can't believe Christmas is over and the New Year is coming along fast. It all makes me want to take a nap for some reason. Oh, and it's gotten colder. I was hoping we'd stay in the 40 degree range. Doubtful.

I'm thinking of goals for the future...the first will be to make more time. The second de-clutter a bit and the 3rd stretch my self out of old habits (like procrastinating).

One of these days we are planning to go to California and visit family. Hopefully, thing will be mellow and calm. We shall see.

Right now, I feel sort of tired and in the mood to have a big cup of tea, cookies and watch Miss Marple on netflix. Not going to happen as everyone is currently watching Sgt. Frog. That's all right because I just had some pain pills and my back is starting to feel a bit better.

Oh, and the kids got a bunch of water applied tattoos and I tried some. Now, it looks like I'm bruised all over. :P Oh, well...

A good discovery is I found out it only costs $.40 cents to make a color copy! I'm in love and they come out so nicely too. I have an evil mastermind plan that's soon to be hatched that deals with color photo copies. That just sounds weird. hahaha I'm starting to hone in on Sgt. Frog, I think. Well, good night!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

We got popcorn for Christmas

he really likes the cheddar kind. :)

Our tree at night

Our tree at night by Emilyannamarie
Our tree at night, a photo by Emilyannamarie on Flickr.

Before hair cut

Before hair cut by Emilyannamarie
Before hair cut, a photo by Emilyannamarie on Flickr.

Gifts and smiles

Gifts and smiles by Emilyannamarie
Gifts and smiles, a photo by Emilyannamarie on Flickr.

Joyce and Mary Ann

Joyce and Mary Ann by Emilyannamarie
Joyce and Mary Ann, a photo by Emilyannamarie on Flickr.

at the Wilkinson's

Christmas lights

Christmas lights by Emilyannamarie
Christmas lights, a photo by Emilyannamarie on Flickr.

ice skaters

ice skaters by Emilyannamarie
ice skaters, a photo by Emilyannamarie on Flickr.

display for the animals


singing by Emilyannamarie
singing, a photo by Emilyannamarie on Flickr.

playing the piano

playing the piano by Emilyannamarie
playing the piano, a photo by Emilyannamarie on Flickr.


Caroling by Emilyannamarie
Caroling, a photo by Emilyannamarie on Flickr.

happy smiles

happy smiles by Emilyannamarie
happy smiles, a photo by Emilyannamarie on Flickr.

  by Emilyannamarie
, a photo by Emilyannamarie on Flickr.

stocking loot

stocking loot by Emilyannamarie
stocking loot, a photo by Emilyannamarie on Flickr.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Merry Christmas! (a little late)

Hope everyone has had a good day or at least a little time to reflect on good things yesterday. Sending love out to you and yours.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas~

I hope that everyone has a loving and calm Christmas filled with food, good cheer and the spirit of Christmas, Love.

My family enjoyed many of these things on Christmas Eve, a wonderful church service, a great party afterwards and then singing with the family at the piano. This was a pretty great Christmas, even with all of the sad things happening...

I'm thinking of our dear Rector and his wife. She lost her mother on Friday and had to go to family. What a terrible thing to happen and just at Christmas...
“Satisfaction comes from giving up wishing I was somewhere else or doing something else.”
― Sue Bender, Plain and Simple: A Woman's Journey to the Amish

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

We've been Santa-fied!

We've been santified!

annoying dreams

I must be having some anxiety as it's working into my dreams. Basically, I'm usually feeling like I'm not doing enough in my drem or else someone in my dream just doesn't make a connection/want to make a connection and it frustrates me. Boy, is that ever telling about my life right now. Sigh...

Well, since I'm up now and can't sleep...I guess I'll get the day started. Have a good day! I need to wrap some teacher presents and make some cookies/cook a turkey. Why a turkey? Because we have 2 frozen turkeys and I'm going to bake one of them. Yesh, I am!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

there is always something to lift our hearts

Sometimes, when I think of the sad things that are happening in my family's life, I will start to cry and feel any one. But then, a part of me says, that's enough, time to do something. And I'll either scrub some dishes, sweep the floor, splash some paint on a canvas or walk the dogs and children. It's amazing how much better one feels when we are allow ourselves to move. Of course, we might yell and lash out but we'll apologize and explain it's because we are feeling bad. But don't let that state of anxiety keep hold of you.

I find that journaling helps me tremendously. I also read a lot of self help books and I have a deeper feeling that there is a constant good (God) that embraces all the changes in our lives. And by golly, I'm stubborn as hell when it comes to all of this and don't want bad things to happen to me or anyone. But the truth is, bad things do happen. They are there. Do we let them overwhelm us? Maybe for a few hours, maybe a few days/months. At some point, we have to let it go. We have to let it be and carry on.

If we don't, we're going to have the messiest house on the block, a stack of blank canvas's, a bunch of dead plants and a yard full of dog poo because we didn't walk anyone. And if we have people who depend on us, we cannot neglect them because we are emotionally upset. We have to pull ourselves up and march on. Because that is what life is. I know it's sort of a cliche, Scarlett and her whole, "As God is my witness," speech. But it's true. You have to find that rage/strength and lift your self up and get through those times when darkness seems to be washing over you. There is a better tomorrow. The clouds will not last, the sun will rise and we need to hold onto this. I hold on to this. Living in the moment and being as loving as one can be, forgiving, and knowing you are doing your best, this is what life is all about.

Monday, December 19, 2011

nonreligious pov and others...

I have no problem with people who have a different belief then I do. Whether that belief if religious, nonreligious or what have you. The only issue I have is if people say my way or the highway. I do not like extremes or people being arrogant about their view and saying I'm so much smarter/better/intellectual than everyone else. It's so very sophomoric. It's like the person(s) are stuck in high school and can't get past emitting the stink of insecurity which comes from over compensation of their beliefs. How do I know this? Because I went through this too. lol And I annoyed the hell out of everyone around me.

These types are difficult to be around because they don't listen or if they do, they are constantly trying to find holes in the people around them and expose them for the "lower beings" they are. I feel sorry for these folks because they miss a lot of life, joy and are usually very hard on themselves. However, that is their choice (or mental health issue). Either way, whatever mantra they take up, it's always the extreme. It's amazing to me that whether extremely religious or down right atheist, these people all sound the same. And they just make me want to avoid them.

I'm not saying people can't have strong beliefs or shouldn't. What I'm saying is people should really ease up on themselves and have a sense of humor. If we take our selves too seriously, life can become this big ol stinkin burden instead of something amazing and incredible. Certainly, there are very dark/depressing things out there but there is a lot of wonderful things too. Focus on this, try your best to change the dark things and let good things influence your life.

I was very annoyed last week about my church experience, but it's only one person and now that I realize a few things (and have stopped playing the defensive position), I realize I very much enjoy church and a lot of the people there. I think I'd rather let this joy and love guide me, forgive the toe stepping and be a little more vocal. I feel good about this. Also, as someone once told me, people are going through who knows what, it's better to be a little understanding than a over sensitive baby (like me). lol

Anyway, I think the next time some one does something annoying, I'm going to make them laugh. It's my goal in life to see if I can make someone smile. Can I do this? It's going to be a challenge (as there are lots of sticks in the mud around me). I think I can do this...we shall see.

On a different note, I'm very grateful for spell check. I might get the structure of a sentence incorrectly written but at least with spell check I can get most of my spelling errors in check. Have a great Monday!

prayers and good thoughts

My dad is in the hospital again. We're hoping that if he sees x-rays of his insides, he'll be more likely to want to try cancer treatment, get his growth removed and listen to the doctors. I really hope this works. He's incredibly stubborn as well as having the issues w/ dementia. It's really taxing on all of us, emotionally.

I also found out my brother has thyroid problems and has to have his operated on. Praying for you, David. I hope all goes well.

It seems all my sibilings have something going wrong, sore back and colds. Everyone is down and I think we're all stressing out because of worries. I guess that is normal. The very good thing is most of us have health insurance and are taking good care of our selves. I feel like there are a lot to be thankful and to count our blessings.

My ear feels like it's sore again, so even I am having issues. I really hate sinus infections.

On another note, I found out the woman at my church who is being catty might have a hearing problem and this is why she talks loudly to people and stares at people's face in an intense way (reading lips). I don't think she wears a hearing aid, which would probably help. I feel bad for getting upset. I do know I will look her in the face and make sure she knows I'm talking...I'm a very soft speaker too...except when I'm mad, than I can yell like an army sargent. lol

It was a great day until I came home and got the news that my dad is in the hospital. It seemed to drain out some of the joy of the day. The good thing is I got to talk to my mom, and I hope cheer her up and make a plan to get my dad to see the x-rays. I feel good about that. Jon feels optimistic that he's going to be all right and not die. I guess I tend to think of the most extreme scenario.

Otherwise, Harrison had a great spoiled birthday. He got a lot of loving attention, presents, too many cookies and candy canes, played in the snow, penguin toys and his favorite dinner (chicken noodle soup). He's a happy guy.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Do not go gentle into that good night

These last few weeks, this poem has summed up my feelings about my father's conversations with me.

Do not go gentle into that good night
by Dylan Thomas

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on the sad height,
Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

How'd it get to be Tuesday night?

I feel like today has decided to do a marathon and I'm still catching up. I always seem to fizz out by about 6pm and today was no different. It's annoying because I had plans and ideas and stuff to mail...not much happened (plus, parking at the post office was crazy packed). I did take care of my almost 3 yr old, got laundry/dishes done, tended to the kids, played, went for a walk, helped my parents w/ their stuff, did homework w/ the kids, did some shopping, and everything in between. I'm tired. I could drink some coffee but I don't want to do that. I want to curl up in my bed and sleep.

I still have Christmas stuff to do for Sunday's church thing and the same day we're celebrating a special some body's day. :) I really feel sorry for people who have their birthday's on or around a holiday and in this case, esp. Christmas. Talk about potential to being swept into the background.

I need to download pics of all the events, I was supposed to send in some pics for church but I forgot (darn it) and I feel rushed and annoyed. I guess that's normal for this time of year.

Okay................time to make some time for yoga. Going to stick that on the days list for 15 min.

Bought some peppermint candies but now I wish I had gotten Christmas kisses. What was I thinking?

Sometimes, time seems to just get swallowed up in certain actions/thoughts/conversations with others or inside our own heads. I feel like this happened several times today. There was nothing too negative from it, but it did stress me out and I yelled at the kids and felt frustrated. The good thing is I did pray and relax a little on the couch with the lights glowing. It felt good.

I'm sorry for my husband's co-worker who lost 80% of his home due to a fire in his basement. They also lost one of their dogs. How sad! His wife got out fine but they can't even live in the house...smoke damage, etc. I hope he's all right. Just so painful to have to have that happen around the holidays and when the weather is cold and terrible. For some reason, this makes it so much worse. Jon's coworkers are putting a nice Christmas gift together for him. Thankfully, he has insurance.

Even if things are hard to handle, emotionally, it's good to have people to talk to and love and be reconnected with. I think I need to call my good friend in Ohio and have a chat. She's probably the last person on the planet who isn't on facebook. lol

well, I need to go to bed. I feel slightly cough-ish. Nothing too major but rest seems to be the best medicine. I do feel better. And this is probably why today was so fun/crazy/slightly unaccomplished. I did a lot of playing...and that does make me feel good too. Have a good night. And may this week and all the weeks to come be blessed with joy, happiness, peace and love. I guess that's an early Christmas blessing. :)

Monday, December 12, 2011

nasal annoyances and colds

I think I'm getting better. I'll move around get things done, feel a little tired and nap for an hour. The annoying thing is every time I lay down, I have to blow my nose a ton of times. When I'm walking around, nothing or very little nose blows. But as soon as my head is tilted or to the side, all this stuff comes out. Is there a term, medically, for this? I wonder if this is why doctors have thought I don't have ear infections...some sort of hidden passage in my nose? It's so annoying, painful and makes me dizzy.

I sort of gave up on nasal flushing as I feel like it's irritating on my sinus. Yes, it helps a little but seems to draw out having a nasal infections. I don't know. I'll try it once in a while but not every day. I hope this clears up soon.

Jon took care of me today. It was nice having extra hands, being able to take a nap and rest. The funny thing is Harrison fell asleep after I woke up. He crawled into my arms and I rocked him to sleep. So sweet. His lip looks a bit scabby and I hope it's not getting infected. Poor kid. He must take after me w/ all the owies he's gotten into. The gals didn't have half as many problems.

I've talked to my mom and dad and this wiped out a lot of energy. I feel like sleeping thinking about it. My dad is in such denial about everything...keeps saying, it's God's will, etc. This makes me mad as it's not and my mom says, it's selfish of him not to take care of him self (which it is). Keep praying as do I.

I've got to get somethings done. The gals are doing a basketball game tonight. They are so sweet. They did a great job last time (found out from the coach they scored more in that one game then the team scored for the entire yr last year!).

We're relieved that the Christmas chorus finished successfully. What a great performance. I have to do a write up for my Altoona blog and I'll share it here.

Sunday, December 11, 2011


That's how I feel today. I've got a stinkin cold, my youngest is hurting from his fall yesterday (weird Japanese type bow, which lead to smacking his head on a metal toy and splitting his lip), annoying people at church (saying rude things about my art, and then acting all friendly/sweet later on) and just being tired.

Do you remember that movie, Monster Ball? Remember the mean person who kept saying mean stuff and then, would say, I'm just kidding. That's how this person at church is acting. She'll say something like, "you're name is Emily? You're Emily?" and I'm like, how long have I now known you? Over a freaking year?? Or I'll be looking for one of my kids coat and it will be "missing". I'll find it on the chair she was sitting on. What the heck is that about?? Honestly, she'll do these weird HS jerky things and it's getting to be really creepy/annoying.

Another example, I brought in a project for the kids to do, make christmas ornaments out of salt dough. I brought cookie cutters and she did too. Well, I didn't put some of her's back in the little tin she brought and stuck them in the bag w/her bigger ones. She yells out to everyone and says, My little ones are missing! Check your bag, Emily". Like I was stealing them or something! I was like, I checked and of course, they weren't there. Then, someone found them in her bag. She didn't say sorry for yelling or accusing me of stealing. She just shrugged and said, Oh. Then, when nobody was around she came over to me and said, that was a very nice project...I was like, what is wrong with this person? No wonder there are hardly any mom's/parents going to this church. Honestly, with today's episode (she made fun of a star I made, several times saying there as a "better" star on the wall and making it sound like what I did was a child's attempt by asking if my kids helped, which they didn't), I nearly wanted to drop church and go somewhere else. That's my honest feelings. There is no reason to belittle people to make your self feel/look better.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

how terrible, the elf dance and santa hat

In case I didn't share this already...I love that annoyed expression of his. Today, he had a truly bad experience. He fell down and cracked his upper lip/gums on a heavy tractor toy. Poor thing. It was pretty messy/painful but he is napping it off now. His sisters were so good and patient with him. Bringing him cold washclothes and ice in a bag. :)

God Knows

God Knows

And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year: “Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.”
And he replied:
“Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the Hand of God. That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way.”
So I went forth, and finding the Hand of God, trod gladly into the night. And He led me towards the hills and the breaking of day in the lone East.

So heart bestill:
What need our little life
Our human life to know,
If God hath comprehension?
In all the dizzy strife
Of things both high and low,
God hideth His intention.

God knows. His will
Is best. The stretch of years
Which wind ahead, so dim
To our imperfect vision,
Are clear to God. Our fears
Are premature; In Him,
All time hath full provision.

Then rest: until
God moves to lift the veil
From our impatient eyes,
When, as the sweeter features
Of Life’s stern face we hail,
Fair beyond all surmise
God’s thought around His creatures
Our mind shall fill.

by Minnie Louise Haskins

I heard the first part of this poem in a movie called "The Mortal Storm" starring Jimmy Stewart and Margaret Sullavan. I was totally drawn to the strength, writing and story of this movie. I highly recommend it.

Friday, December 09, 2011

sick again.

Looks like I've got another cold. This time my throat hurts as well as the coughing/sneezing. Geesh! I just felt fine until yesterday. I was outside waiting for the kids to come out from school and they ended up playing for 10 minutes waiting for their friends mom. I wore a jacket but I guess I should have worn my winter coat. I felt a little tired/sore throat-ish and was thinking of waiting in the car but by then, the kids were done w/ playtime. Also, it didn't help that several kids sneezed/coughed directly in my face. :P

On the whole, my mood is upbeat and I'm doing stuff. So, I'm not too tired. This whole last few weeks have a been a bit crazy w/ the kids doing their singing concert w/Hollidaysburg chorus, basketball, games, decorating, church, and everything else inbetween. we are all tired.

Thankfully, it starts to calm down next week...sort of.

We are planning to go caroling,hopefully. And the Christmas pagnent is coming up at church. Fun times. :)

I have to make about 10-15 gifts...and still need to finish/mail out some goodies. It's all good and will happen.

I'm just happy the tree is up, we're all doing well health wise (minor colds), getting stuff accomplished and looking forward to winter break. I keep saying in my mind, we can do it, we can do it, yes we can! :)

Even if everything feels a pinch stressful, it's good stress and honestly, I feel like this has been the best year ever. I already got my best gift, my family making up and reuniting. Awesome! :) Everything is is just icing on the cake.

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Some recent pics

101_0291 from Suzy!


basketball time!


1st game:
101_0390 It was close and for only having 3 practices, they did awesome! ;)

Tiger flash light, got it from the thrift store for less than a dime, Jon got a replacement lightbulb, and it works great!



christmas ornaments:

helping out:



Our tree:


This is our tree this year. We're really happy with it as it is real. :)

Something I made for my self...I wanted to see if I could make it from a pattern from Folk Magazine:


sprained knee

I think I sprained my knee yesterday. My plan was to go up and down the steps a few extra times and get some exercise this way. I was doing fine till, I also added laundry baskets. I guess this is why I sprained my knee. Oddly, I didn't feel anything till I went to the market w/ Jon. Then, I started to limp along and feel this awful pain.

Today I noticed it every time I get up, walk around, etc,etc. It feels awful and hurts. I was sitting on the floor right now, and my goodness, sitting tailor style hurts like heck!

I hope this goes away and I'll take it easy. annoyingly, I have more stuff to bring down to the basement. It's not so bad as I can't move up and down steps, it's just getting up from sitting on a couch or chair. weird.

Anyway, I'm happy I got the mantle painted. It's cherry apple red and very cheerful. :) Of course, it makes me want to paint the whole living room. I'm debating between yellow/orange color (think Mary Englebriet) or a yellow green. However, for the yellow green, I'd have to have wainscoting and that's a whole other price tag right there. I got the idea from a sweet movie, The Christmas Bunny. I'll probably go w/ the yellow/orange.

I've taken pictures of a few things and will download them soon. Seems like I'm always behind on this. I'll get better at sharing...

I think, when I list a whole bunch of goodies, I'll include free shipping. I have a lot of sweet things to sell. I made a bunch of buntings and I love how they turned out.

Speaking of making things, I started the star for the Christmas pageant at church. It's more of a square in rice paper, 2-d. I have to add a few things for support and then, I think I'll paint the star and add glitter, etc. I'm trying to do something similar to the King and I when the slaves of the King retold the story of Uncle Tom's Cabin. I loved this part w/ this pretty. My star probably won't look like that but it's my own interpretation on a budget. lol

well, I guess I'll try downloading some pics. I was listening to the classical station on the way home from dropping off the kids at school...there was an obo piece that was so pretty. Oboe is fast becoming my favorite instrument.

Monday, December 05, 2011

Time sure flies...

I knew I should have bought a few more of these when I had the chance:


Ah, well...Maybe I can borrow some of these? lol

Quote of the day~

The Grand essentials of happiness are: something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.

Allan K. Chambers

Sunday, December 04, 2011

Feeling tired~~

but happy.

santa's fallen

We had a great day today. Church, family gathering and having quality time together. Nothing huge or major or what have you...just lovely to be with each other's company.
Santa Claus and the Astronauts

I love listening to my daughter practice the string bass...the first few plucks makes me think of that beginning of TCM (classic movie station theme sound) and she is getting better each time. I love watching my kids and seeing them interact even when they fight and argue and work things out. If I don't get too upset, it's very sweet. lol

I'm also glad to play a small part with the church pageant. It's actually sort of fun and reminds me of doing small part theater in community college. :)
Wanted: Santa Claus
I need to do some artwork and clean up. We did pretty good at the Holiday Craft and Bake sale. I got my self a Christmas gift. A woman was selling handmade primitive folk dolls and I had to have one. If I made enough sales, I was going to buy one. Thankfully, I did and I have a very sweet witch and kitty. :) I have to check out her website and feature at my Altoona Mirror Blog. :) <3 I love finding people who make things that just tickle my soul.

Last night, Jon and I did a project together: repairing the beat up tunnel that Harrison loves. It's really had a lot of use. Well, we worked on it and I burned my fingers using the hot glue gun like 50 times! Jon did one finally patch and burned his thumb once and was like, not wonder you were so angry & swearing! lol Isn't that true, though? You have to walk in a person's shoes to really feel how something is like. I certainly wouldn't want anyone to be burned or hurt but there is some truth about this.

I went to Michael's Art Store today. I was surprised at how much it changed. Not in a bad way, just different. I still wish they had a fabric section...I need to get some wool like white material for making some of the kids stuffed animals. I got some goodies for Santa stockings and some more paint. I'm going to try and do some stencil snowflakes on the windows. I have no idea if it will work as I'm going to use a toothbrush and paint (splatter painted on). We shall see.
Santa Cruise
Gotta download a ton of pics. I feel like I have at least 5 events on there. Lord, give me the strength to make things/finish them and not get sick/hurt in the process.

There is no reason for the Santa pictures other than I like Santa and it gets me into the holiday spirit. :)

Saturday, December 03, 2011

Wish and a prayer

I'm not going to say what it is...just want my family to be healthy.

My in-laws probably think I'm crazy

because I signed up for a Craft & Holiday bake fair. I forgot to tell them until the day of. I know why...I was sick and just sort of puttering until today. Thank goodness for many things...such as the nice warmth of the fair area...cozy on this cold sunny day. Also, glad that there are snacks to buy and lots of people are showing up. Very cool.

Other things I'm thankful for...that the dogs came back when they snuck out of the front gate (someone left that open) and they are good dogs. I feel a bit upset that they nearly got hit by cars...but they are all right now. geesh!

Thankful that Jon is managing the craft table and selling some goodies. I was annoyed that I forgot the cards to hand out. Considering I got all the other stuff together/made/decorated and displayed, it's all right. Plus, I'm doing this w/ 3 kids as well as. I have to pat my self on the back.

The other thing I'm thankful for is I got a lot of stuff finished up for the show and I'm proud of this. Selling a few things makes it all the better. :) Plus, I contributed to a great fundraiser (Maddie's Journey on facebook). It's all good. :)

And finally, with all this chaos and stuff happening, I did make a wonderful leek soup. Carrots, 3 leeks, 2 potatoes, 3 builion cubes, a can of chicken, sauteed onions and a lot of water...40 min, later, delicious soup. Jon will be pleased when I bring him home to that. :)

Now, if I can get some energy and make brownies for everyone, I think it will be the highlight of the day.

There was a lot of clean up involved but I won't go too much into this. Let's just say it's time to scoop the yard of certain things. yuck.

On an art note, I did nearly finish a snow man...I'm ashamed to say it's take me over a year to complete. Geesh!! It's because other stuff press for time basically. Oddly, once I sat down to it, it's really fast getting it done. :)

Thursday, December 01, 2011


It's 10 pm and I feel like it's 1am. A part of me wishes it was Friday but the other part is like, let me get as much as I can get done before Friday. Saturday I'm doing a craft table at a bazaar. Hopefully, there will be good turn out. I'm finishing up some things to sell but feel this anxiety for some reason. I guess it's because I was sick before and didn't do any artwork and now feel flustered. lol I think I'll have enough to sell/show...I just had a lot of plans and now I time to just do a wee bit of things. darn.

I can't believe it's already December. I erased my calendar wipe board from November and it was packed. December is busy too...just for the kid stuff (Christmas chorus, church activities, basketball, toddler time). In the mean time, there is all sorts of other stuff in between...from Christmas decorating and goodies to regular activities art wise. I need to just take a deep breath and do think of this in terms of day to day. That way, I won't forget anything. Oh, and with all of this, I'm worried about my dad and all the stuff that I'm trying to handle from over here in PA. Thank goodness I have my brother's and sister in CA to help out. Still, it's exhausting. Of course, everything is harder when you're tired. lol

I've got to tell my self to slow down and take a deep breath. January will be a relief to slow and enjoy the start of the new year. I won't even care if it's cold. I guess I feel sort of angry at my self for getting sick because I had so many things I wanted to make/sell,etc. And now, I'm basically 2-3 weeks late, again. :(

I guess this is typical of a mommy's not that I just have my self to tend to. Yeah, I know. The typical mama complaint. I'll quit whining.

Tomorrow is a new day. Hopefully, not so cold as I think this weather is making me feel sluggish too. bleh.

guinea pigs and miss blythe


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