Sunday, December 28, 2008

Weekend Update

Well, it seems now that my schedule is becoming more free by the minute. The Eagles and whipping up on my Cowboys, so I won't really need to watch the playoffs. I would like to go out on a limb and suggest that one the quarterbacks for the upcoming Super Bowl will be Eli Manning. Why you ask would I make this particular prediction? Because my all-knowing son has for the past three years had the uncanny ability to ask for the jersey of a super bowl quarterback for a Christmas gift. This year he wanted Eli Manning. He was correct when he picked Big Ben (sorry I don't know how to spell his last name) from the Steelers, Peyton from the Colts, and last year Tom Brady. Maybe I should take the kid to Vegas!

Anyway I have been cleaning stuff up like a madwoman. Today Jonathon and I tackled the toy room in the basement and his room. Earlier this week I did the storage room in the basement and put up all the Christmas stuff I dug out to decorate. I need to clean out my pots and pans and the Rubbermaid cabinet so I can get my new pots and pans out. I try every year on my school vacations to clean out some drawers cabinets, etc just to keep up with the clutter and get rid of it. I keep a hand me down Rubbermaid in a little hidden from view place in the dining room. When I do laundry and I know something is too little I throw it in that Rubbermaid and when it is full I give the to the kid across the street aka BATMAN! (that's a whole other story). I also don't let Jonathon open any of the toys he gets in Happy Meals etc, I put them straight in a bag and take them to our neighbor who is a kindergarten teacher for her treasure chest.

And you will not believe it, but I actually stitched last night and only had to rip out one little bitty space. My goal is the have the Prairie Schooler Thanksgiving sampler finished before I go back to work next Friday. I look at all of these other stitching blogs and can not believe how much everyone else accomplishes and here I am like the snail coming along behind.

Have a wonderful week.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Christmas Fun and Merriment From Our House

Our yearly family photo taken before Christmas Eve Mass.





Jonathon and Santa talking over things.



Grandma giving Santa last minute orders at the parish covered dish dinner.



Decorating cookies for Christmas Eve.



Christmas Eve at Grandma's


Christmas morning at home.

My Husband....

gave me a Christmas gift that really surprised me and lifted my spirits this year! Here a picture of it, yes, my very own Mrs. Beasley doll!!!



I was always a big fan of the show Family Affair, I watched it religiously when I was a little girl. Once when Buffy and Jody got lost from Mr. French on a family vacation in Mexico and the show was continued until next week, I bawled and bawled!
One year my cousin Angie got a Mrs. Beasley doll for Christmas and I was so mad! Even though I was well past the age to play with dolls, she got this one and she didn't even watch the show! BTW she was the first person I called yesterday morning after I opened it. You know what she said??? "I don't even know what happened to my Mrs. Beasley doll." See she did not even appreciate what she had.

Anyway, last month in the Soap Opera Digest there was an ad for this doll on the back cover. Dan saw the magazine and knew I had loved Family Affair as a little girl and got it for me. My SIL's were really impressed that he paid that much attention to know I even wanted one. He also got me a heart necklace with a diamond in the middle and it was encrusted with little diamond chips around the outside, but I like the doll the best.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

It Is Almost Here

Well, it won't be long now until Christmas has come and gone for another year. I do have 95% of the gifts I bought wrapped. I didn't do a lot of shopping this year. I just finally came to the conclusion that one I didn't have a lot of money to spend, and two my kid always gets so much half of the time he doesn't even comprehend who it came from, so I made a few calls to family and friends and said, "We love you, but we aren't giving you anything for Christmas, please reciprocate." Most of them were very happy to do so.

We always get something from our neighbors across the street, and I always bake up some Christmas type things and take to them. This year, however, she is in nursing school. This coming Sunday I am taking them dinner so that she won't have to worry about anything, but studying for finals. I called Mark last Saturday and told him--cleared the menu, made sure it was something they would actually eat. So when I come home from church on Sunday I will be making them lasagna, garlic bread, salad, and an ooey, gooey cake. That will be their Christmas present from us, and you know what?? That is one present I am actually excited to give, because I know they will enjoy it. It is simple and from the heart.

I did, however, fret all last Sunday that he thought I meant I would bring dinner over that day. By eight o'clock that evening I figured that he knew I meant this coming Sunday, either that or, they were over there starving and wondering what in the heck was taking me so long.

School is about to wind down for both Jonathon and I. I am a little miffed that I don't get off until 3 on the 23rd, but I guess that is the way the old cookie crumbles. Jonathon finally got his AR goal today, and we have a nine point book almost read for after Christmas. I have finished the Kansas State Writing Assessment with my kids. It went very smoothly this year. We spent two days in the computer lab typing and three days in class actually writing. I usually don't let this state testing get me all excited, they will either do well or they won't. Having a hysterical teacher won't change the end results, but from those I have glanced over they seemed to have really done well. They had four choices one of which was pick the "theme song of your life". Not many picked that prompt, but we had some funny class discussions matching songs to personalities. I must say they were quite surprised at the "cool" songs I knew, and the fact that I have an i-pod and those songs are on that i-pod.

I do have some special activities scheduled for them on Monday the 22nd. By the time I get to my sixth hour class they already know the assignment complete with page numbers through the grapevine. This year I have a different activity for each hour. I tried to gear the activity to the class taking into consideration things like can they get out of their seats without going bonkers etc. One class is doing a Christmas Carol Joust. I will throw out a word like say, "Santa" and they, as teams, must burst into song first with a carol containing that word. They don't know what we are doing yet. I did tell them they had to sing. One of them said they didn't sing very well. I told him that was okay. I said he had to sing, not sing well. Hopefully things will go okay that day.

Have a great Thursday.