Showing posts from November, 2009

November Recap

Well, in the spirit of continuing with this tradition, I have been thinking the last couple of days of things that we have done this month to help me remember what happened in November 2009.  Is it bad when you have to pull out the calendar to help you remember what happened this month?

Our friends' daughter turned one and the boys and I headed out to her grandparent's farm for a bonfire and hayride.  The boys had a blast playing at the farm and pretending to be "super spys" with our friends' nieces.  It was one of the first events that I had to attend by myself with the boys since Micah had some big tests coming up. I know that it won't be the last one though.The boys have started to LOVE writing or drawing in a notebook with a pencil or pen.  If he could, Xavier would carry a pen and paper everywhere with him drawing and doodling as he does everything.  They both love to see their names written and I can't count how many times a day I hear, "mommy, …


Here are just a few pictures from our day on Thursday--the boys playing outside with their cousin and then our pajama day yesterday. I am a bit frustrated with myself, b/c I put together another storyboard of the boys playing baseball and apparently closed it before saving it, and now, I don't have time to redo it, so I will just have to share them later!

Thanksgiving Post on Black Friday

Well, I am about to let Black Friday go by without even having a Thankful Thursday: Thanksgiving Edition post.  This has been a strange year for me for the holiday.  For some reason, I have just really struggled with it feeling like it was Thanksgiving,  we had a good day yesterday at Micah's parents' house and I have a super long list of things to be thankful for, but I have just been struggling with missing being with my family and basically kind of feeling sorry for myself and so this evening, I determined to have a little talk with myself and remind myself that just because I didn't feel like it was Thanksgiving didn't mean that I didn't need to take the time to sit back and list my blessings.  For the last couple of weeks, we have been asking the boys what they are thankful for before we go to bed and so tonight I told them that I was going to put on my blog what they were thankful for.  William is thankful for his Batman car and Superman and Xavier is thankfu…

Lessons Learned in my Thought Closet

It has been a few weeks now since I finished up the Me, Myself, and Lies Bible study that I did along with our ladies group at church and I have been wanting to go back through and make a list of some of the important things that I felt like I learned while going through it.  And since Micah was up and out the door before 5:30 this morning, I had ample time to have a quiet time and then some moments to skim back through the workbook before the boys got up.

It was a really good study and one that I honestly didn't really even know that I needed. Not that I think that I am some sort of spiritual giant with an awesome thought closet, but I just had never really stopped to "listen" to what I was saying to myself and then, once I began to 'listen', I couldn't believe just how chatty I was.  It was like a veritable Niagara Falls of words that just rush through my mind all the time...and what surprised me was that these were the most common phrases that I heard:


Sick little boys....

.....equals lots of scrapping pages for me!   Okay, so before you think that I am not the greatest mom ever, let me say that they weren't bad sick, basically they just had the cough/drainage business that I had and so we spent lots of time watching movies and 'resting'--that coupled with the fact that Micah has a test tomorrow, I got to spend quite a bit of time scrapping which was great fun for me.

I spent Friday cleaning the house and doing some work stuff, and Saturday was literally spent staying in all day.  The boys are doing some better today, but we decided to keep them in today to give them another day to try to beat this yucky bug that is going around and seems to linger.  Micah stayed home with them this morning and let me go to church and then we had some friends who came over and ate a quick lunch with us before Micah went back to studying and the boys took a nap.

And now that I am completely bored with myself after writing this post, I am just going to post it a…

Thankful Thursday

Today, I am thankful...

for the sweet moments when my boys get up and still like to snuggle in my lap...haven't figured out a way to keep them small enough to fit though!for the way Xavier says, "yeah, sure {pronounced 'shore'--apparently, he is part Canadian}" and the way William says "we-ell" to every question you ask before launching into his answerfor two little boys who love each other and play together.  Xavier comes up to William who was sitting next to me in the chair kisses him on the cheek and says, "I love you, brudder!"for colder weather, I love being able to snuggle up under covers and not feel like I need to peel off every item of clothing and have the fan blasting to stay comfortable--of course, that may be because of the hot flashes, and that may be entirely too much information.for my sweet husband who is working so hard at this med school thing and is doing awesomefor God's Word, I know that I say this practically every we…

Random thought I would do a random list of happenings at our house:

Sometime in the last couple of weeks, the 'on' switch has been flipped with William and the child talks non-stop.  Literally, telling stories, repeating what he has just heard, senseless babble, you name it, the child is saying it.I really think that both boys are coming down with the nasty cough/cold thing I had going on a few weeks ago and William when he got up this morning, was coughing and said, "we need to pray for me."  So, in an effort to teach them that we can always pray, I asked Xavier if he would like to pray for his brother, and he very sweetly said a prayer for his brother to feel better.We are gearing up for finals at our house.  Micah told me this morning that the library was going to be open until midnight during finals and that we most likely would not be seeing much of him those days.  It is hard to believe that we have already reached this point, I rem…

Did you know....

....that next Thursday is Thanksgiving??????? Seriously, am I the only one who feels like the month of November has just gotten away from her?  I think that I thought that I had another week to go, but sure enough, in 9 days, we will all be eating our turkey dinners.

I had a really wonderful trip to Alabama. It was definitely a quick trip--barely 24 hours there at the retreat, but I had a really good time meeting so many women.  We shared a lot of laughs and tears and then we all hugged! I loved that after each time that I spoke when women came up to me, they would just automatically reach out to hug me. I am definitely a "hugger" and it just did my heart good.  It was great to get home and see my boys.  It certainly strokes my ego when I haven't been gone but about 36 hours and the boys are just over the top excited to see me like it has been days.

We have been going non-stop since I got home and have just sat down to get my head together. I know that there are things…

Thankful Thursday

I have lots of stuff in my head to write about, but unfortunately, I have no time.  I am off in the morning to the Southern Alabama women's retreat and really don't have much time, but I am sitting here all weepy because I was getting together some things to take as visual aids for tomorrow night and I opened the massive box that hold the cards and letters that were sent to us while I was going through treatment and it is just overwhelming to sit and read and remember.  So, for my thankful Thursday today, I just want to say thank you to every single person who took the time to write us a note, send an email, say a prayer, think about our family during that very difficult season.  Your words are precious to me and encouraging me even now--two years later!

Will hopefully update the first of the week, I get back Saturday night and there are all kinds of activities on Sunday and Monday, so I will update when I can!

feeling better

I have felt much better today, the only problem right now is that it is currently 1:21 in the morning and I am wide awake.  So, I thought I could at least update my blog with all of the pages that I have managed to scrap this weekend.

Although I was feeling much better today and really wanted to get out and get some things done, I forced myself to stay in and just rest and I do think that has helped although being up until 1:30 in the morning makes it seem like I am a little too well rested. I am sure that tomorrow morning may not feel so restful, but, alas, I hate laying in bed wide awake!

The boys made it back home around four this afternoon and although it was nice to have the house to myself for a couple of days, I was ready to see their sweet faces again and I think they kind of missed us as well.  Xavier (who is definitely the more affectionate of the two) pretty much stayed in my lap the entire evening--giving me lots of hugs and kisses and declaring passionately, "I love…

Happy Birthday to me

Well, to celebrate my birthday, the entire digital scrapbooking community got together and decided to have a HUGE celebration and call it International Digital Scrapbooking Day--there are sales and freebies and games galore!!  Actually, this happens every first Saturday of November and it just happened to fall on my birthday this year.  Since I have been scrapping, I have always had something going on on this day and have never really gotten to fully enjoy it like I have wanted to.  So, a few weeks ago, I told Micah that my perfect day would be to have his mom watch the boys (since I knew that he would have a test!) and I could spend the entire day in front of my computer.  Who knew that I would get to do just that, partly for my birthday, but partly because I am sick and not feeling so great.  I have been fighting a cough for several days and it has just continued to progress until starting last night, my voice is much lower than normal and as long as I don't move too much, I don…

Some scrapbook pages and news

Two page layout using some of those great pictures from the park!

Songbird Avenue is scrapbooking website owned by a group of designers whose desire was to use their talents as designers to raise money for charities.  Each month they have a different group of designers that design a huge kit whose proceeds will then go to a specific charity.  This past month, I applied for and was offered a spot on their creative team. I am very excited to be a part of a team to help raise awareness for non-profits and charitable organizations.  This month's kit Toys in the Attic is raising money for Toys for Tots--it is a huge kit and I had a great time working with it!

And here is my layout with it:

More fall layouts! Who knows how much mileage I will get out of those Woodward Park photos! :)

And a few random layouts that I haven't posted on here:

October Roundup

Since I first started scrapping, I have admired others' pages that did a little monthly summary for their kids, especially in the first year or at different milestones.  I kept thinking...'ooh, I so need to do that, but I don't have time right now, I am sure that I will remember in a few weeks what was going on!'  Well, that was just a futile thought because most days I have a hard time remembering what we did yesterday, much less what specifically the boys accomplished or milestones they reached when they were 8 months old!  So, as I was catching up on some blog reading this week, I read this post over at the Daily Digi about doing a monthly round up to help ME remember what we did each month, what was accomplished, not accomplished, what books I read, what fun things we did, etc.  So, here goes with my first one and hopefully not my last.....I can't make any promises though.....those of you who have been around for awhile know that it is really only recently that…