Wednesday, November 25, 2009

From Our House To Yours--Happy Thanksgiving!

Here's wishing everyone a blessed Thanksgiving filled with food, family, and fun.

What am I thankful for...

1. My husband, who puts up with Jonathon and I and all of our crazy ideas!

2. My wonderful son,who's just an overall good kid that continues to amaze me and fill me with pride everyday.

3. For my mom, not only does she work tirelessly to help me everyday, she also tries to help others who need it.

4. For all my friends that surround me rather in person or cyberspace.

5. I am very thankful that in this economy my husband found a decent job.

6. My co-workers, who work everyday to try to and shape the lives of the budding young adults we work with. Some times we succeed and most of the time we don't, but we all keep trying every day.

7. For the opportunity afforded me this past September to see all of my dad's brothers and sisters. And the chance to get reacquainted with cousins I hadn't seen in years.

8. For my students at school, who are responsible for probably 80% of the stress in my everyday life, but they also enrich my life. They make me laugh, sometimes they make me sad and exasperated. Then there are the times they teach me something (usually not some thing I ever wanted to learn). But I love 'em.

9. I am especially thankful after everything that has happened to us in the last two years we have persevered as a family. My friend's husband (hi Paul) told me at last year's parish covered dish dinner--"This isn't the worst thing that can happen to you, you will get past it." He was right, we aren't quite there, but everything is getting smaller in the rear view mirror.

10. For technology- advancements in medical science that is helping my aunt and has given my SIL a chance to see her four year grow up. For this computer who lets me meet new people everyday on my blog and for helping to keep in touch with others. Without the Internet I probably wouldn't get quite the friendly wave from the UPS guy every time he sees me (that's not always a good thing), but I wouldn't have the opportunity to know some great people I do. It has also allowed me to get to know several of my family members I never see a little better.

Now it is your turn. What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?

Monday, November 23, 2009

A New Family Member

Meet Murphy our new family addition. She came to live with us yesterday afternoon via a family friend. Last night was interesting to say the least--Dan snoring on one side of me like a freight train and the dog "sleeping" in the bathroom carrying on like no body's business. It was sort of like having your newborn home the first night. You just want to sleep and they don't. So tomorrow night we are off to Petsmart to get the little lady something to sleep in. I think tonight she is going to bunk with Jonny in his room since she will lay and sleep quietly as long as she is with a human. So Spinster Stitcher maybe Murphy and Stewey can become pen pals.

Anywhoose tomorrow is my Friday and then I have a busy weekend coming up, but I will have a stitching pic believe it or not! And..... I have only had to rip this out one time so far, pretty good considering the last time I started this it ended up in the trash.

Have a great week and a happy Thanksgiving.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

A Small Amount of Progress

Okay, so I have restarted the Lizzie Kate ABC's of Life pattern. I haven't got much done, but here is a glimpse of what is finished. I am taking it slow this time, not trying to hurry and make stupid mistakes again.

I haven't had a lot of time to sit and stitch here lately as it seems that life has been zipping by at record pace. Everytime I think I have a free weekend ahead, I don't. This coming weekend we have church bingo, and Jonathon is running in his first ever 5K race. I am excited to see him try this. He really seems to enjoy participating sports and I try to be supportive of the efforts and keep him encouraged.

I spent the day at home today as I had a doctor's appointment and had to have some fasting blood work done. While I was there I got both the flu shots offered. I guess I should be good for the rest of the flu season. Different sicknesses have been rampant in both my school and Jonathon's, so I feel fortunate that we have managed to avoid everything thus far.

I was going to do a lot of stitching today, but decided that I should really use the extra time to work on some holiday chores needing to be started. I made 4 pumpkin rolls with cream cheese filling. I think I will probably make some more as these make nice gifts, especially on the spur of the moment. They freeze really well and people love them.

We are having Thanksgiving dinner at our house. I don't know who or how many will be here, but I do know that no one will leave hungry. Hopefully, my Cowboys will eek out a victory that day.

Until next time, have a great week and stay healthy and safe.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Soccer, Pioneer Woman Etc.

First off the pics at the top-- We have Jon displaying his trophy that he won this morning along with all of his teammates. We captured the soccer championship for our league. This is the first time we have been on two championship teams in one year. We are on a roll.

The second picture is of him in his Halloween costume. Once again we chose an Army costume. Maybe someday he really will be a three star general, who knows?

As far a stitching pics go, well sit back because I have a sad story to tell you. I threw the project in the trash. Please note I have only done this once before in all the time I have been stitching. I was working on the Lizzie Kate ABC's of life. I don't know what in the world was wrong with me, but obviously I wasn't in the right mind to stitch or I had temporairly gone blind. I kept having to rip out and then Friday I found the real mistake, not the one I had been ripping out over and over. To make everything correct in the end would have been a major overhaul. So I just said some things that I can't print here because this is a family type blog rated G and they would not be appropriate. I have started again and will soon order myself some Cocoa Bean overdyed thread to replace nearly half of the kit's thread I ripped out over and over again and will be well on my way. Since I only have two letters done currently and the fact that were done in the half lit skating rink I decided to wait on the picture until I truly have something to show for my efforts.

Now on to my really big news. I saw Pioneer Woman! I also saw Marlboro Man, Betsy, Mike, and Baby Eliot. My buddy and fellow stalker friend, Sara, went to her cookbook signing in T-town last Tuesday night. We had a great time, ate some great food, laughed a lot all of which improved my general mental health over 100%. By the time we arrived at the book signing, like five to ten minutes late she had already sold out of her cookbooks, but hey we got to get a peek at her in real life and she did a little question and answer, so we were satisfied. Of course, my camera battery was dead, so we used Sara's camera and she is having trouble with something about getting them to me and I can't remember what the problem was, so someday I will post my pics here for you to see.

We are fast approaching the holidays and I am making plans. I got a couple of Christmas gifts bought this weekend and have been thinking of Christmas baking. I always have bigger plans than the possible time, but I guess that's alright.

Have a great week, and stay healthy. The flu bug is something awful around these parts right now.