Monday, November 30, 2009

"Giants"


(by Hey Hollywood)

Today's song was picked solely for the title! My mister was in a pretty cool video where he was tossed around by a giant. I'm just now able to embed it, or I would have posted it earlier. TVP (where my mister works) created all of the 3D content that was projected onto a 45,000 square foot section of the George R. Brown Convention Center. This is the first time this type of video has been done in the US. It's pretty amazing! It took place during Houston's first Illuminated Art Car Parade on Saturday night. Enjoy! :)

Building Projection and 3D mapping - Live Action from Jack Hattingh on Vimeo.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

"It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas"

(by Harry Connick, Jr.)

Like a lot of Americans, we started decorating for Christmas this weekend! I still haven't determined whether or not we're putting any lights outside, but the inside is pretty much complete. I thought I'd share my pictures with you, rather than doing my usual Scrobbled Saturday post.

This is the first time I've had a staircase to decorate! I'll probably add more picks to the garland in future years; but for now, it's done!

The kids decorated the tree almost entirely by themselves!

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care...

& here's a centerpiece that my friend Kyla came up with for the ladies' Christmas party at church one year. Several of us got to take one home! :)

I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas season!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

"Blessings"

(by Jim Brickman) Jim Brickman - Peace - Blessings



I think I could listen to Jim Brickman all day! I'm normally not a fan of songs without words, but his music is the exception. On this Thanksgiving day, I am thankful for all that God has blessed me with: a loving Savior, wonderful husband, super great kids, the best friends and family I could ever hope for, my mister's job, health insurance, clear cancer scans, a beautiful home, a cuddly {but crazy} dog, two running cars, a full pantry, & much more!

Today, we went to my brother's house, along with my Dad & a bunch of my sister-in-law's family. It was super yummy, as usual! The kids enjoyed playing with their cousins, and I enjoyed visiting with everyone. I only had to put my foot in my mouth twice (nothing insulting or hurtful, just stupid ~ which leads me to a series I'm thinking about doing...more on that later!) I'll close with a few pictures from today...

My kiddos had so much fun with their cousins!



Here's my mister after the tryptophan & carbs set in!


& here I am with my dad & big brother:

Saturday, November 21, 2009

"Change"

(by Taylor Swift) Taylor Swift - Fearless - Change





Greetings on this fine Saturday night! Today's song has no significant meaning to me personally. I just like it! I've realized recently that I really like Taylor Swift's music ~ so when I got the iTunes gift card (that I mentioned in this post), I also bought her album. I'm not necessarily a country music fan, but I have a few songs of that genre on my iPod.

This week hasn't been incredibly eventful. I ran some errands, went to the kids' school a few times (for JA & two different "Parent Involvement Week" events), had one last play date with my friend Kim (& her kids) before they move on Monday, spent a lazy day at Amy's & scrapbooked a couple of times. Am I just a spoiled American housewife, or what?

Speaking of spoiled, I need to brag on my mister a little. He brought me some lovely flowers a couple of weeks ago. He doesn't do this much, because I've told him that I'd rather have something I could plant. But, it's sweet of him to bring me some fresh flowers every now & then. {And, let's face it, a girl likes flowers any old way her man chooses to bring them to her!} He makes me smile :)


My scruffy puppy has a new look these days. We took her to get a little trim, & the groomer sent her home with a bandana ~ & since she couldn't figure out how to wrangle it off, she actually got used to it! {As opposed to the hair bows that she'd rub off as quickly as she could!} So, I decided to make her a girly bandanna/scarf out of some fabric that I had in the closet. How cute is she?!


There's one last thing that I have put off mentioning on here, because it makes me feel like a failure. [But, I have to tell y'all, since I dedicated a whole entire post to it this summer.] Sadly, I must inform you that my chair has come to a "sticky end". After repairing one part or another (mostly the same couple of joints) every few weeks, both of the arms came out of the back. I had screwed &/or glued both of them several times already, so I knew it was time to just let the chair go...but I kept thinking that I'd figure out a way to repair it for good! Then, Cody [not knowing it was broken] sat in it & split the back part of the seat completely in two. I don't know why I didn't take a picture of the broken mess in the back. This shot makes it look fixable, but it really wasn't.


Well, I think I need a new series, meme, or something. My subject matter has become that of a boring old lady who talks about her dog & her rocking chair. Soon, I'll be listing out all of my medical ailments...oh wait, I've already done that! What has become of me?!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

"Autumn"


(by Modern Day John)

Yet again, the words of the song don't quite apply, but the title does. Plus, Freddy was at my house tonight ~ & since he was the guitar player for Modern Day John, I thought this song would be nice! Anyways, it's finally feeling like Fall outside, & that makes me happy!! I had to turn the heater on this morning to knock off the chill! Yay!!

I've been intending to post garden pictures for awhile now, so {in case you care} I will finally do that for you!


I know it's not so impressive at the moment, but eventually the shrubs will get bigger & [hopefully] fill in real nicely! I planted some Encore Azaleas, Blue Potato Bushes, a Mexican Firebush, blueberries (not pictured), a Crepe Myrtle bush, Jasmine, Viburnum, Butterfly Weed, & some other stuff that I can't remember now! The best thing is that I got most of my plants for 70% off! I look forward to adding to it every year & eventually filling most of the yard with pretty things!

On to other random things that I promised to mention...I have officially given up on growing out my fingernails. I don't know if I've mentioned this before, but I'm a nail biter. Because of that, I've had fake nails off & on since high school. A few years back, I decided to quit paying for nails & work hard to give up the nail-biting habit. & I did well for awhile. The problem is, my nails just aren't strong. They chip & break so easily, that I end up biting them to try to keep them from getting snagged on stuff. They'll look almost decent for about a week, then they start breaking again & I have to start all over. Earlier this year, I had sorta given up trying & found a nail lady that I really liked. But, to save money, I quit going. As usual though, I wasn't successful in growing my own nails ~ so last week, I decided to try a new place close to the house. I was afraid I would regret not going to the old place, & I kept going back & forth (in my mind) as to whether I should just drive further, where I know that LeeAnne does a great job! I convinced myself to try this new place, thinking that I could go back to the old place if this didn't work out. I walked in, & the guy told me to have a seat & LeeAnne would be with me soon. My heart skipped a beat...surely it couldn't be the same LeeAnne! She approached the station next to mine, but her back was to me. She had the same build as my LeeAnne, but I just couldn't believe that I would be so fortunate! I'm sure you know where this is going...she turned around, & it was her!! I was so excited & knew that I had made the right choice! {Yes, I know, this is a vain & seemingly unimportant thing to blog about. But, it was exciting to me, so I thought I'd share it with the world...or at least the 4 people who read this blog!}

Moving on...I have to brag about my kids for a second! They got their report cards, & the lowest grade between the two of them was a 91. It's a shame that my kids don't do well in school, huh?! :P Cody has actually been moved to the GT cluster class. He started last week. I mentioned here that his teachers were discussing him being tested for GT, but I was hesitant about him being pulled out for another hour a week. Well, apparently I was misinformed. Turns out, they recommended that he switch classes completely. After about a week of emails back & forth between myself & his former teacher and several talks with Chris, Cody, and a teacher friend & sister-in-law, we decided that it would be best for him to be in a more challenging class. So, we agreed to do it, and I'm hoping we made the right choice! We'll see...

Today was the last day of the Bible study that I've been participating in at church. I'm always kinda sad when a Bible study ends ~ but this time is even more sad, because my friend Kim is about to move. She was one of the leaders of the study, and the friend who helped me set up my scrapbook closet (shown in this post). Before we moved, we were only a few minutes away from her house ~ but now, we'll be a few hours away. We hung out during the summer, and all of our kids played so well together. We've always signed Cody up on the same soccer team as her oldest son, & it was so fun to hang out with her during soccer. She is just a really sweet person, & I'm going to miss her when she's gone.

On a happier note, we had our Housewarming party on Saturday night. I think we ended up with about 30 guests here (kids included), and everybody fit! There were a couple of times that I had to squeeze through people in order to refill the fruit tray & such ~ but, overall, I was pleased with the amount of room we had! {I can't imagine 30 people in the old house!} Now, if I could save up enough to buy a new table & bar stools, I cold actually seat more people!! (Some day...) I took a couple of pictures, but they're hazy. Cody had been messing with my camera & changed the settings! :( Sorry about that. I know that posts are much more fun with pictures, but you'll just have to settle for the garden ones! I'll try to post something more exciting next time!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

"Kids of the Future"

(by the Jonas Brothers) Jonas Brothers - Meet the Robinsons - Kids of the Future



Once again, I will forego my usual "Scrobbled Saturday" post due to an actual theme song {imagine that!} I can't actually add the song to my playlist right now, because I'm posting this from a junior high cafeteria on my iPhone without wifi. [I added it at home later!] Cody & I are at the Science Olympiad. It's quite fitting for me to say that I'm in a room full of "kids of the future" like in the movie Meet the Robinsons. (Amy B, if you're reading this, I just talked to Raney!) Sorry to cut this short, but I'm afraid I look rude and unapproachable at the end of the table by myself, hidden inside my sweater {because it's freezing} developing carpal tunnel. Please forgive any typos due to autocorrect & numb fingers! I'll try to post again soon with pictures & rambling tales of my latest happenings, including (but not limited to) my garden, the providential nail lady, my brilliant children & warming up the house (OK, ya, not literally because it's still 80 degrees here!) Have a super great weekend!!

Here's a picture of my cute boy waiting for his next event!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

"(If You Want It)"

(by Relient K) Relient k - Forget and Not Slow Down - (If You Want It)





I got an iTunes gift card this week & was able to get the new Relient K album! I really like their sound, & it reminded me that it's almost Christmas time ~ so I can start listening to their really awesome Christmas album! Yay! ü Anyways, the reason I think this song was listened to the most is because I was trying to figure out the difference between this one & the song before it. They sound the same & share a few lines. It's almost like it's one really long song. I'm not so sure what that's all about, but I like it.

Well, my week started out somewhat burdened, but it ended well. As I mentioned in my last post, Christopher had his scans on Monday. That explains part of the burden, but there's more...While I was at the hospital waiting for Chris to be finished with his scans, I found out that my builder's wife was a couple of blocks away in a different hospital. Teresa was 35 weeks pregnant & having many complications. We decided to go see her & ended up making a new friend! Their family remained on my heart over the next couple of days, as I was earnestly praying for them. On Wednesday night, I got a text from Wally with the most beautiful picture of a baby boy! Ryco is small, but doing very well for a preemie. He just needs to gain some weight, keep his body temperature & get his glucose under control. His lungs are very healthy, and mama is recovering! I went to the hospital again on Thursday, and though I didn't get to see the itty bitty baby boy, I got to spend some time with his parents!

I taught Junior Achievement for the first time on Wednesday. I briefly mentioned this in an earlier post, but I'll explain it a little more (or you could click here for even more info). This may be way more information than you care to know, but I thought it was worth explaining! Basically, it's a program that seeks to educate students about the workforce, entrepreneurship and financial literacy, inspiring them to dream big & reach their potential. It starts in kindergarten, teaching them about themselves & economic roles of individuals. Then each year, the scope gets larger & larger (to include family, community, city, region...) In Elly's 5th grade class, I am teaching them about our nation & how businesses need people to meet the demands of the job market. Funny thing about the JA program is: parents & grandparents are the ones who teach it, & most of us [who are free to teach during the day] are only available because we don't work! When I got to the class, the very first thing I was supposed to do was introduce myself & say what I do for a living, explaining how education has benefited my professional success! Umm... We started out by talking about entrepreneurs that start businesses, & we'll move on to how businesses are organized next week. I'll teach six lessons, ending just before my baby girl's field trip to BizTown, a mini "town" where they'll get to experience what it's like to have a job, earn money, spend your paycheck, etc. The following video shows more about it:



Well, I'm off to catch up on my friends' blogs, watch an entire week of my recorded TV shows (I think I have about 7 or 8 that I like to watch every week ~ is that too many? Probably so.), finish up my garden & tend to some long-neglected filing! Have a great weekend!!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

"Healer"

(by Kari Jobe) Kari Jobe - Kari Jobe - Healer



"You hold my every moment
You calm my raging seas
You walk with me through fire
And heal all my disease

Pre-Chorus:
I trust in You
I trust in You

Chorus:
I believe You're my Healer
I believe You are all I need
I believe You're my Portion
I believe You're more than enough for me
Jesus You're all I need

(Repeat entire song)

Nothing is impossible for You
Nothing is impossible
Nothing is impossible for You
You hold my world in Your hands...

Chorus..."

It has been 14 months since Christopher was diagnosed with Ocular Melanoma. What a trip this has been! He had his scans yesterday afternoon, & we found out today that everything looks good. The doctor said that the scans look the same as the ones in May. We are thankful! He is still dealing with the hemorrhaged blood vessel that I mentioned before (here, here, & here), but we'll take that over metastasis any day! As always, we really appreciate your prayers!