Pieces of Me

Sunday, December 30, 2007

2008 Calendar Pages

Here are the calendars that I created for the grandparents and my sister this Christmas. There are a few months with two pages because Heather's calendar includes pictures of Cade. I think they were all pretty pleased!

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Away in A Manger

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Go Tell It on the Mountain

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A Tree for Christmas

Hannah and the children of Beautiful Savior led the Christmas Eve Service at church. It was wonderful. Here are a few short videos of the songs and a scrapbook LO of the group of children.

Blessed with Friendships

This Christmas, I was reminded of how blessed I am. My heavenly Father has continued to keep my family safe from harm. He has blessed us beyond reason this year. This year I have formed several deep friendships. I remember several years ago when having a good friend was hard to come by and now I have many wonderful friends and four who mean the world to me. I cannot imagine my life without them and am so thankful that I will not have to face that anytime soon. I love you ladies so much. Thank you for being my friends. And thank you for blessing my children's lives with the lives of your children (even the boys).

As I sit today and actually comprehend everything that C has gone through over the past month, I am so thankful that she is in the hospital, under constant care as she recovers from this scary situation. I told her today, I know she doesn't want to be in the hospital, but as long as she's there and getting well taken care of, I would come and see her as often as she needs. I just want her to get well, and so do many other people. Literally hundreds of people all across the world are praying for her recovery. They love her because I love her!

I do not know what I would do if I did not have J or D to call at 8 am (who else is up that early)? We are going to get through this weight loss challenge and then we will celebrate. . . but we will continue to celebrate as we reach each milestone as well as every single pound that C gains back once she's on the road of recovery.

And although I am still getting to know M, I feel so blessed to be a part of her life. I love you more each day as I learn more and more about you!

Thursday, December 20, 2007

It's the MOST WONDERFUL Time of the Year

This time of year is so busy. The busyness of the year usually makes me so excited because I know people are gearing up for Christmas. Of course, many people are trying to get last minute details just perfect for Christmas plans. This year, I have stepped back from the busyness and really tried to focus on my family, friends, and the real meaning of CHRISTmas. I have been reminded of all the blessings in my life.

Last week, one of my best friends was admitted into the hospital for some extreme pain. She had already gone into surgery in November for similar pain and had her life turned upside down. This "extra" trip to the hospital put a kink in her Christmas celebration plans making her life stand still. Life or death decisions had to be made and things were looking very grim.

I must admit that as much as I wanted to continue our Christmas preparations, I put everything completely on hold so that I could focus on her condition.

It was wonderful to go up to the hospital and visit her with our other best friend. Having the three of us together for just a few moments was the best gift I could have ever received this Christmas. I'm sure C and J feel the same way. I am blessed.

C is doing fine. She did have to go into a 2nd surgery. J and I were on pins and needles until we learned of the outcome. Tears of joy streamed from my face when we learned that she was out of surgery and in recovery. It is going to be a spectacular Christmas!

It's hard to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life during this time of year. My daughter is really focused on this season. Every morning we do the Manager countdown. It's good to know she knows the reason for the season, but at the same time, she is still focused on presents and getting. The whining and crying frustrates me beyond reason, but I must remember, she's 4. Each year she grows a little more mature and a lot more independent.

I hope you all have a fantastic Christmas. Remember to hug your family and friends and take a moment to reflect on the reason we celebrate Christmas ~ that tiny baby in a manger grew up to be our Savior. And PTL for that!

Usually I would jump into scrapping these next pictures, but I just don't have the time right now. I know there are some people though who really are anxious to see Hannah's PreSchool Christmas Program Pictures, so I thought I'd put a little slide show together:

Friday, December 7, 2007

Year in Review Brag Book

This is the Year in Review Brag Book I have created for my grandparents. It has pictures of my kiddos (their great grandkids) from each month of the year. The only pages missing are the December pages which will be done after this weekend. We're off to Ft. Worth to spend some time with Uncle Kenny and Aunt Debbie.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Thank A Soldier

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

5 Minutes for Mom. . .

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Tree's Been Up

And for some reason, I didn't post that here. We've had the tree up since the Saturday after Thanksgiving. We took out the Advent Calendar on the 1st. Each morning, Hannah wakes up and the first thing she says is, "Mommy, can we do the next part of the story?" I guess I should explain. We don't have an everyday advent calendar. We have a wooden advent calendar that every day we add a piece of the nativity scene to. It is very similar to this one, just an older model:

I found a video we took of Hannah from 2005. It was taken on either Christmas Eve or Christmas day. She's sing "The Virgin Mary had a Baby Boy" and while looking our Advent Nativity Calendar. She was just soooo precious. I hope to share these special moments with Cayden this year as well.

And another one that is just too cute.

Monday, December 3, 2007

Trying to Decide ~ Cayden's Room

We've been so busy getting the house ready for Christmas, unpacking the garage, attempting to keep the place somewhat clean (don't even talk to me about clutter UGH). We have finished Hannah's room (except for flooring), need to buy the floors and accessories for the Guest Bathroom, paint the Master Bath (the guest bath paint matches the master bath stuff [can you say, YAY!?!?!]). All during this time, my poor baby boy has been moved into a room that is nearly bare. He has his bed, his dresser, and a rocker. Not even any curtains. So, Stephen said that we can start on his room (i.e. bedding and accessories). I've having a tough time with this decision.
I really want this set for his room, but it's from Pottery Barn Kids and is really pricey. Why can't I like something that isn't sooo expensive. Of course, we want something that will grow with him and this certainly will. They have it in Toddler - Full Size so all we would have to do is replace the sheets (which we would buy at Target).
Anyway, this set is soooo cute and I am totally in love with it, but thought, you know, Hannah has homemade Princess Bedding. Grandma made the quilt and pillow and we got the sheets from Walmart/Target. So why not check out Target's Boy bedding. Here's what I've found.
This set is very similar (okay, not really), but it is a dark colors which I think is always best for boys because that baby blue becomes really babish by the time the kid is 3. This one makes me think that a 10 year old will still like it. Of course, with my luck, Cayden will want to be a dancer and not be interested in sports at all. This one is at Target. It is $80 for the entire bedding set. Then you can add on an adorable lamp (which we will do) and Wall Art.

Okay, so the more I look at this, the more I like it so, there you have it. This will be room. There's a valance, hamper, and even a diaper stacker. How cute is this???

Just absolutely adorable!!! I'm soooo excited. I didn't think I'd ever be happy with something other than the PBK Set! Stephen is going to be sooo happy!
In other house news, Hannah's computer is up and running and we have a new corner desk for our computer (that someone was THROWING away!!!). And my folks gave us an elliptical. . so no more excuses for us to not exercise! Yippee!!!