Friday, November 28, 2008
So we're certainly not get up in the middle of the night, sit in the parking lot until doors open, and race inside for a special gift kind of Black Friday shoppers. However, growing up we always ended up at the mall during the later afternoon hours when all of the crazies had left for the day. We normally still got some pretty good deals and it was always nice to get out of the house for awhile. Today will be no different. We're headed to one of my favorite malls up here in Michigan and hopefully Hubby & I will be able to get some Christmas shopping accomplished. I'll probably even ditch him for awhile to get some of his presents taken care of. This evening we're headed to the Fox Theatre in Detroit to see the musical White Christmas...I'm really excited and it should be a great day! Tomorrow is our last day here and we'll probably spend most of our time just relaxing and putting up Christmas decorations! I just love decorating for Christmas!
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
Friday night we were able to spend the evening at home. I finished up some of the Christmas decor and put up a little tree in our bedroom. Then it was off to bed fairly early. Saturday morning we spent time doing some little things around the house, I ran to the grocery store, and after lunch I helped Hubby finish putting the Christmas lights up outside...they are going to look so good! However, they won't be turned on until after we get home on Sunday night. We then headed into town and took care of a few quick Christmas presents (mainly gift cards for the family gatherings that do gift card exchanges). This basically works the same way as a White Elephant Exchange but you at least get something worth having. We were able to accomplish our purchases by using a nice little Chinese Fire Drill method instead of fighting the crowds and the parking lots. Pull up in front, someone jumps out, circle the parking lot, pick you up...on to the next store. It was fantastic. Saturday night we had dinner at this fantastic little pizza joint that cuts the pizza into little 2x2 squares...it was great. Then it was off to the first Missouri State University Basketball game of the season. MSU is my alma mater and they were celebrating the first game in a brand new $67 million arena...it was unbelieveable. The Bears also won which was a bonus!
Sunday morning we headed to church with my parents and enjoyed a fantastic Thanksgiving dinner with my parents, brother & sister-in-law, and both sets of grandparents. We had tons of food and we also made some fantastic crafts that I'll be sure to post pictures of later on. Small Group was next and then we finally made it home for good around 7:15...it's about this time that I began the manly voice. Hubby forced me to sit down and relax and then I headed to bed at 9:30. Whew! What a weekend...I'm offically at work and sounding completely like a man, at least I don't feel just awful. Tonight I'll be packing because we're headed to Michigan for Thanksgiving to visit Hubby's parents. I'm so excited to get away for a bit even though it is an 11 hour drive!!! Hope everyone enjoys the short week!
Friday, November 21, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
My mom and I truly are best friends, and I can't imagine not talking to her everyday and bouncing ideas off her. We spend so much time together and while there are certainly times where we might disagree or not get along perfectly, she's my mom--I'm her little girl and those things will never change. Growing up she lifted me up in so many ways, taught me to love Jesus and trust in Him, and supported me in whatever my heart desired. Other girls would talk about how their mother's just didn't understand them or they never bought the right thing and they disagreed about almost everything in life...I never, ever experienced this. Those few times where I thought she was a crazy woman have now become some of the times I treasure most because she truly was just trying to protect me and make me into the woman I am today. They say you become your mother as you continue to grow up and I cherish the thought that someday I will become like the mother, wife, daughter, friend, and child of God that she has been. She is an amazing woman of God and how I wish everyone could experience the motherly love that I enjoy each and every day. Don't ever hesitate to tell your mom how much you love her...I know I don't do it often enough, but just pick up the phone and let her know--I'm sure she never gets tired of hearing it.
So, back to the title of this post. Yesterday was a Mom Day. I took off work and we headed to this fantastic little floral/ home decor shop called The Feathered Nest. They host Christmas workshops & decorating classes each year and we always come away with some sort of neat idea. The class ran from 9-1 and included a little lunch. After class, we headed to Hobby Lobby, Martin's Floral, and other places to finish off our decorating for the Holiday season. We had a great time and just loved hanging out. I came home last night completely refreshed and excited about finishing my Christmas Decor. Well, I didn't quite finish but I'm getting much closer. I love Mom Day's (possibly the best perk of working for my dad!)
Monday, November 17, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Saturday morning I had to work from 9-12, had a quick nap during the afternoon, and then we headed to a new movie theater that is close by to see the new James Bond movie, Quantum of Solace. The theater was really nice and the movie was good, not necessarily one of my favorite Bond movies but still entertaining. Hubby and I agreed it was a little bit too much action and not enough story, with the story part being a little confusing. However, it was a Bond movie so it was certainly worth seeing. After the movie we had dinner with some people from church. One of the associate pastor's asked us to be a part of a team to focus on followup with those families who visit our church and fill out a contact card. We had some great discussion and Hubby & I are really excited to be a part of this team.
Today we had church, and then just some chores to take care of this afternoon. It was beautiful outside so Hubby mowed the yard for the last time this year, I worked in our flower beds a little, and I also took care of getting snacks ready for Small Group tonight since it was our week.
Overall we had a great weekend and I'm excited for this week to start. My mom and I are going to a Christmas decorating class on Tuesday. We went last year and we had a great time! I'm also sure I'll get around to putting up all the Christmas decorations this week as long as Hubby gets them out of the attic. I also have a hair appt on Thursday, I'm not doing anything different, just a new foil job and a trim; however, I love getting my hair done because it manages to relax me.
Quick Grandma Update: For those of you who are interested, my grandma had to stay in the hospital until yesterday afternoon. She's home now and seems to be doing just fine. They're still not absolutely sure what happened (whether it was a mini-stroke or a seizure); however, they're going to be giving her some medication to hopefully prevent it from happening again. She didn't have any brain damage or loss of use in her limbs and she seems to be functioning very well, God keeps reminding me that it could have been so much worse so I am so thankful. He has truly blessed us and I know he will take care of us and see us through no matter what life throws at us.
Friday, November 14, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Three generations: Myself, my Mom, and my Town Grandma at my brother's wedding this summer
My mom is an only child, so I am the only granddaughter for my Town Grandparents. Talk about spoiled! She is an amazing woman, a prayer warrior, a funky-spunky grandma, and most of all, she's my mom's best friend. We have such an amazing relationship and I have some incredible memories of spending time at their house and her painting my fingernails, shopping at Christmastime, cooking in the kitchen, working on crafts, etc. She is an amazing Godly woman and continuously prays for everyone near and dear to her. I think she was praying for me and my husband long before we ever even met and I am so grateful to her for that! I could spend hours talking about how she has influenced me and others around her. I just wanted to take a quick moment and pay tribute to her...She's going to be fine and will hopefully be back to herself in a few days or weeks, but I probably don't tell her how much I appreciate everything she's done often enough. I love you Granny!
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Disk Read Error
Press ctrl+alt+delete to Restart
Well, keep in mind there was no disk in the computer at all. I remember back in the day when I thought pressing Control, Alt, Delete would solve all computer problems. That was not the case yesterday, this simply caused the system to reboot and bring me to the exact same screen. When Hubby came home, he tried it and he didn't get the CAD message, he got something much worse. An error has occured in one of your system files blah, blah, blah, blah....Please reinstall this file and reboot. Are you serious? I know just enough about computers to know this is a very bad sign.
Update: As I'm typing this, Hubby took the computer back to the repair store and worse case scenario this is going to cost us $300 (a brand new harddrive, backup of the old hard drive, and a reinstall of Windows). $300...not fun, but better than the hassle of buying a brand new computer. We'll be out of a computer for 3-5 business days...so, I apologize in advance for my lack of blogging or commenting because using work time will be my only option.
I just hate electronics...maybe I'll just go back to the days of using pen & paper to communicate...or maybe even farther than that to the days of illustrations on cave walls?!?
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Anyways, Friday night consisted of us having a quick dinner out (after I found $20 in my purse & $10 in my coat pocket) and a movie at home. Saturday it was ridiculously cold and windy so I got started on the laundry, cleaned our bathroom (which I loathe), and Hubby took Bogey to the vet.
Bogey Incident #1:
The first Bogey incident of the weekend started in the vet's office after Hubby had already been taken back to his examination room. Apparently we had fed Bogey a little too late on Saturday morning and he managed to have a huge accident in the room. Thank goodness Hubby was able to clean it up before the vet came in, but according to him it was not a pretty sight. ;o)
Saturday afternoon, my wonderful Hubby volunteered to drive me around to all of the local Christmas open houses. We went to all of the cutest little gift shops and really just had a great time. We also got a Christmas present for my mother-in-law, but since she reads the blog I can't disclose it! ;o) Saturday evening we had dinner with my brother & his wife at Old Chicago, I left their so stuffed I was ready for bed. We came home and Hubby went outside to check on our furry friend.
Bogey Incident #2:
Earlier in the fall, Bogey had dug up an area near our patio and Hubby had planted some new grass seed and created a contraption of green fencing to keep him out of the area. Well, last night we come home and see all of the green fencing strewn (is that a word?) across our yard. The next thing that catches our eyes is the pet bed is not in it's normal place but in the middle of the yard. This clues us into the fact that he has been a very busy puppy. So, upon further examination, Hubby heads around to the North side of the house and finds the following:
The picture you're looking at is a sprinkler head and the water line running to it. Needless to say this was apparently quite the entertainment for Bogey as he completely dug up the line and any grass around it. He also managed to move two landscaping pavers that had been helping to serve as a drainage tray (since he kept chewing on and moving the other plastic one). Oh Bogey, what was our life without you?!? I was actually very impressed with Hubby because he did not get all that upset...I mean what could you do? Bogey's just so darn cute it's hard to be mad at him. ;o) So, we headed to bed and decided to do something about it today.
Bogey Incident #3:
In Bogey's defense, this incident was just simply hilarious and has nothing to do with him misbehaving. We bundled up and headed out for a walk this morning before getting ready for church as we normally do on Sunday mornings. Since Bogey is Lab, he tends to become very focused on something and won't take his mind or his eyes off of it until something else grabs his attention. Well, that's exactly what happened this morning. We were walking down the sidewalk when one of the children in the neighborhood came out of his garage on a little motorized motorcycle (like hot wheels, but this was a like a trike). Anyways, Bogey perked up his ears, stuck his tail in the air, and started pulling on his leash a little bit tighter. I fully expected him to start barking but he didn't. The little boy's mom was outside with him and was commenting on how pretty Bogey was. We rounded the corner to head down our street and Bogey was still completely trained on the little boy and the motorcycle. He would not take his eyes off of him even as we were walking a completely other direction. He had his head turned completely around and I'm sure you can imagine what happened next. Yep, Bogey ran right into one of the brick mailboxes lining that side of the street. I'm not sure he even knew what had just happened...It was absolutely hilarious! The mom across the street was laughing along with us because this dog had just plowed into a brick structure.
As you can see, Bogey keeps our lives full of entertainment and continues to make us smile each day! For those of you with dogs, I'm sure you understand because we certainly can't imagine life without him.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Anyway, to make a very long story short...we had another stormy spell in November of that year and then another tornado that took almost the exact same path 3 years later in March 2006. This tornado didn't actually hit our house, but took out more trees that the first storm missed. I was home for this one and it was maybe the most scared I've been in my life. Since that time, I have a slight, or maybe not so slight, paranoia when bad storms are predicted. And last night was no different, storms were scheduled to hit our area overnight sometime after midnight. I was already anxious as I went to bed because I knew it wouldn't be long before I was waking up needing to check the weather. Just on time, at 1:15 I awoke to heavy winds and checked my phone for the radar. Tornado Warning: Headed for the town I grew up in. Just a quick side note---Hubby and I live basically on the exact same line as my hometown, so it's basically inevitable that what hits there will be headed straight for our house as well. Needless to say, I headed for the couch armed with the tv remote and blankets while Dear Hubby slept soundly in bed. Nothing serious came about, but then it took me awhile for my adrenaline levels to go down and to fall back asleep.
I certainly do not enjoy middle of the night awakenings...but I guess it's better to be safe than sorry.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
My very first award came from my great college, friend Joelle. We really would be best friends if we only lived closer together. I remember some great, deep conversations we had as college students! Love ya girl!
Here are the rules:
1. You have to tag 5 people.
2. 4 of the 5 have to be dedicated followers to your blog.
3. One has to be someone new or recently new to your blog and must live in another part of the world.
4. You must link back to whomever gave you the award.
I am passing this award on to:
1. Bama Belle
*I just love reading about her adventures in the big city! Coming from a small town it's so fun to hear of her adventures!
2. Amy from Chapters
*What can I say? She is so incredibly down to earth and seems like such an incredible woman!
3. Jenn from Jennsational
*I love reading how honest and open she is. I wish I could be as open with my life as she is. It seems she's always saying exactly what I am thinking (or have thought in the past) but can't seem to put into words!
4. Megan from Tales of the Trees
*Just fun! A newly-wed going through the same stage of life as I am!
5. Erin from Blue-Eyed Bride
*Another newly-wed with great ideas and thoughts! She makes me want to keep bloggining more and more!
My second award came from Bama Belle: Here are the rules for the Superior Scribbler Award:
1. Post the award on your blog.
2. Link me for giving it to you.
3. Link the originating post here
4. Pass the award on to five more deserving people.
5. Post these rules for your recipients
Here are the wonderful ladies who receive this award:
Joelle--A fantastic, real-life friend who has wonderful stories from our nation's capital!
Naturally Caffeinated--I love reading her real life stories and the happenings of her life!
Mojito Maven--She is just fantastic and she makes me motivated to keep blogging!
Belle--Another newly wed who I love to follow!
Alright, so I only have 4 on this award...but give me a break! I'm new here...;o)
Monday, November 3, 2008
I know you've heard it over and over again, but I just want to remind everyone to get out and Vote today! We have such an amazing privilige of living in America and having the right to choose so many things for our country and the direction it is going to be headed in. Hubby & I voted absentee so as to avoid the incredibly long lines--I just feel such a sense of pride when I am able to elect the leaders of our country. Regardless of who you're voting for, please exercise your right! I know God will lead this country in the way he wants it to go as long as we follow after him. So say a quick prayer before you go in to vote and as you sit there making your decisions. God is a mighty God and I know he has the ability to create whatever outcome he desires so prayer is definitely high on the priority list. How blessed we are to live in America and serve such an amazing, powerful God!
Saturday I had to work during the morning and Nick had his dreaded CPA test. He took the financial section this time and without going into too much detail...the test has not been his friend in the past. I have a good feeling about this one, and I hope I'm right. He's worked so hard and I'm so proud of his efforts. I just hope it shows on the test results this time. As a treat for all of his hard work and to show him how much I truly love him, I told him to pick a place for dinner. It just happened to be this wonderful local Chinese restaurant reminiscent of P.F. Chang's. It's called Five Spice Grille and they have the best crab rangoon on the face of the earth. They also have lots of fantastic Chinese dishes. Needless to say, I left completely stuffed and ready for a nap.
Sunday we were up early with Daylight Savings Time and I was actually able to accomplish a few things (cleaning a bit, tidying up the house, and starting laundry) before leaving for church. Our preacher spoke on the characteristics of a good leader and it was a great service. He quoted numerous scriptures focused on how God blesses those leaders who have integrity, lead with humility, and lead with generosity. Regardless of the party you normally align with, it's these characteristics that we should look for on the local, state and national level when choosing who will lead us. We then spent some time in prayer and I hope you all are doing the same as this election could change so many things for us and regardless of who is elected, they need prayer and God's guidance.
After the service, we headed down to my parents' house for lunch and my dad and Hubby built Bogey a little platform for his kennel. It's something simple but will give him a place to stay dry when it's rainy and snowy this winter. The weekend ended with a fantastic small group meeting...I just love those people!
I'm not sure about everyone else, but God is blessing us with a wonderful dose of Indian Summer. Highs in the 70s and lows in the 50s...it's been absolutely beautiful outside and certainly not normal for the first week of November. I just hope we can get enjoy it before reality sets in! Have a Happy Monday everyone!