Monday, December 18, 2006
12 Day of Christmas...plus a few
Hello dear Friends.

I am not abadoning you. But it is time for me to take a Christmas hiatus as I finish baking, wrapping, packing, cleaning, oh and working! before we go off on our family excursion for the holidays. I'll probably check in once or twice, like this Thursday for the wrap-up of the Fall into Reading Challenge, and to share what I am sure will be some funny moments from the tree. But other than that, I need to step back from my little ol' blog until the New Year. I hope you understand. I'm sure you have things to do, too!

Merry Christmas - God bless you as you celebrate the wonderful birth of our Saviour next week. And I'm still praying for us all to be filled with awe come Christmas morning at the precious gift we received.

Enjoy!

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Thursday, December 14, 2006
Thursday Thirteen

Thirteen Things I found in My Son's Backpack
(a study in what's important to a two year old boy)
  1. A reporter's notebook.
  2. A dollar store chubby notebook.
  3. Another dollar store chubby notebook.
  4. A kitty notebook (hmmm, you think he takes after his Dad?
  5. A Dora pencil.
  6. A red pen.
  7. A fish pen (because he needs something to fill all those notebooks with!).
  8. Superman action figure.
  9. A Happy Meal toy he snagged from his sisters.
  10. A set of mini-Donkey cards he won at the Santa Party.
  11. A Veggie Tales postcard.
  12. Mom's Sunday School to-do list (okay, I put it in there on Sunday - his bag was handy!)
  13. actually, there were only 12 things, but since he always puts his milky in his backpack before we go anywhere, I think I count that, too.

Incidentally, guess what his number one thing he wants for Christmas this year is?

A new notebook.

Happy Thursday! Be sure to check out some other great Thursday Thirteen's!


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Tuesday, December 12, 2006
The best gift of all

Today we were at the post office waiting for Kevin to get the mail. I knew by the length of time he was taking that there had to be a parcel waiting for us. You know what that means ~ presents! I told the kids that I thought we might be getting some Christmas presents in the mail. Hannah just smiled her sweet little smile (the one that tells me she's humouring me. Really, how can a four, almost five, year old already have perfected that?!). But Ethan's reaction was the best. His eyes lit up and his jaw literally dropped. I'm pretty sure his mouth could not have been open any wider! I love seeing Christmas through his two year old eyes.

That makes me stop and think about my own reaction. I love Christmas. But honestly, I get so caught up in the busyness of having to get my shopping done (although, I've been pretty much done since November. Just in case you've forgotten!), doing the mandatory baking, getting the presents wrapped, the house decorated, and trying to maintain some sanity in the midst of it all, that I can go for days overlooking what all this fuss is really about.

When's the last time the miracle of what God did for us make my jaw drop in awe and amazement?

It is my prayer for myself, for my family, and for all of you, that while we finish preparing for the big day ~ because it is totally worth celebrating ~ that we will be consumed with wonderment over God's gift of life to us through Jesus' birth. And that out of reponse to that, we will be driven to give our best for Him, because He gave His best to us.

And on Christmas Day, maybe, just maybe, our jaws will drop in amazement, too.

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Monday, December 11, 2006
Okay. Ordinarily, I am not prone to griping or complaining (too much!) in this blog. That's not my intent for writing. But today, I just have to. If you would rather spend your time reading something uplifting, I totally understand. I promise to behave tomorrow!

Last month one of my co-workers went on disability. She has Chrohn's disease, and the stress of working full-time was just too much for her and was making her condition worse. So she was given time off to get better and re-evaluate how much she wants to work if/when she comes back.

Unfortunately, when she left, it was discovered that she wasn't pulling her weight for her part of the job. For those who don't know, I work as a coordinator for a non-profit organization, and we split the job into three positions. She was in charge of some very critical things concerning our funding. And it seems like every week we are discovering something else she left either undone, or else just didn't bother to do.

Today I discovered she didn't do a report that was due last May and that we were given an extension on because of staffing issues in the spring. However, it was one of those extensions that had an immediate deadline once we were granted it. I was doing some leg work for our next report that is due next spring, when it was brought to light the first one hadn't been even submitted at all.

This just makes me mad. I find it so frustrating that someone would be irresponsible enough to jeopardize the integrity of our organization. I understand she was sick, but I told her every single week that if she needed help to tell me and I would do whatever she needed. Not once did she indicate she wasn't capable of doing this report. We all assumed it had been done and submitted, because she said she was taking care of it. But now, any future funding from this source is in peril because of this one major oversight. And of course, I get to be the one left scrambling to fix it.

What makes this most difficult, is this is someone I really like as a person. And I don't want it to affect our friendship. I've already been praying today for God to help me to forgive her. And I know I will. It's just going to take me a bit to get over my annoyance.

There. I feel a little better now! And this still isn't anywhere NEAR as stressful as the Santa Thing. That definitely tops the list!

I hope you don't all hate me now ~ please come back!!

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Saturday, December 09, 2006
They said I looked cute in my Santa hat
It's finally over! My Santa party is done. Our last minute, saved-my-life (and possibly job!) Santa showed up and was FANTASTIC! And all I saw were smiles everywhere.

You know, it was kind of fun. And I got a Santa hat out of the deal, too.

I'd do it again - but only if someone else finds the Santa!!

I'm off to recuperate now. And to think not-so-nice thoughts about the guy who said he'd be Santa and then disappeared. I hope he feels really guilty right now. Okay, I know. That's not very charitable of me. But he DID cause me a lot of undue stress this week. He deserves the lump of coal in his stocking, believe me!

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Friday, December 08, 2006
Friday's Feast
Because I'm too exhausted to think of anything off the top of my poor, weary head - enjoy!

Appetizer
Which language would you like to learn and why?
Oh, let's say Italian. It sounds so interesting and romantic. Plus, no one here knows any of it, so I could say lots of things about them and they wouldn't know what on earth I was saying. Okay, I wouldn't really do that. I'm too nice!

Soup
What's the funniest thing you've heard or read so far this week?
Ethan was praying at supper on Monday night. It's his standard to ask Jesus if he can go somewhere the next day. That night he was asking to go to Bible Study the following day - his prayer went like this: "Thank you Jesus for this day. Thank you we go to Bible Study. (pause) Mommy, can we go to Bible Study tomorro? (Yes, honey) YAY! Thanks Mom! Amen."

Well, it was funny to hear it!

I also read a Dilbert cartoon about stealing from the secretary's candy dish. I'm still giggling!

Salad
Which movie was so bad you couldn't watch the whole thing?
There's been a few. If I had to narrow it down, it would have to be this one with Keanu Reeves. I can't remember what it was called, but it was some futuristic sci-fi. It was so horrible, I couldn't get past the first 15 mins. And I love Keanu!

Main Course
If there were a holiday in your honor that didn't use your actual name, what would the day be called?
Santa Party Coordinator Appreciation Day. And it wouldn't be just a day. It would be a whole week!

Dessert
Name one movie which is coming out soon that you would like to see.
The Nativity. I realize this is already out, but I really want to see it. And that's something, because I rarely want to see movies anymore.

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Monday, December 04, 2006
Because they're cute
So as I get everything together for our big Santa Party this week, I thought I would share some fun things I've discovered along the way for your kids. Or you, if you're so inclined!

My friend Raelynn shared this site with me last night as I was looking for some snowflake patterns for decorating. I printed some out at work today and enlarged them a bit more. The best part is Emma can help me with the cutting! And she's free! Even Hannah can cut out the pattern for us to fold. This is a fun project for older kids who want snowflakes to look more like the real thing, or even to show them how to fold them in the first place so they can create their own.

One of the games we are going to play this weekend is Penguin Topple. I was trying to figure out how to make bowling fit in with a North Pole theme, and I came up with the idea to tape white ovals on the front of the pin, and then tape black wings on the sides. They actually resemble penguins, and my girls thought they were pretty cute. It took less than half an hour to make, and is a fun addition to your winter themed party. (And, yes, I know penguins don't live at the North Pole, they live at the South Pole. Miss Emma informed me of this today! But she still thought they were cute!)

If you have Microsoft Publisher, you can make your own Pin the Nose on Rudolph poster. I found a picture of the reindeer with no nose here. Then I cut and paste it into Publisher after selecting it's poster format. It prints off in pieces, but then you just fit it together like a puzzle. I laminated the sheets first, so that we can use tape on the backs of the noses, and it won't wreck the poster itself. Cheaper and easier than trying to find one in a store (and you know how much I love shopping in December!)

If I discover any more useful and cheap ideas, I'll share them with you! I'm a lot less stressed this week now that the big things are out of the way. Either that, or someone is praying for me! If it's you, thank you!

Happy playing!

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Saturday, December 02, 2006
Christmas Memories
I know I've said this before, but sometimes I'm kinda a follower, and since practically every single blog I read has done this meme or something similar, I am too!

1. Egg nog or hot chocolate? Hmmmm, one has the word "egg" in it, and the other has the word "chocolate"! Not too hard to pick ~ I think egg nog is gross. And you can't really top it with whipped cream and chocolate shavings, either. (Mmmmmm)

2.Does Santa wrap presents or just set them under the tree? Definitely wraps them. Santa is a bit of a perfectionist on this point. He even has special paper just from him.

3.Coloured lights or white? I have to admit I prefer white to the coloured ones. Maybe it's because I grew up in the tacky era known as the early 90's, but coloured lights just bug me. Unless they're on your tree - then I like them. I just don't like them on mine!

4. Do you hang misletoe? Nope - I don't need an excuse to kiss my sweetie!

5. When do you decorate for Christmas? Usually Dec 1 the weekend right around it. We haven't yet, but that's because Kevin didn't have time to pick up a tree yesterday. Silly work! But we'll get it done by Monday for sure. And I take it all down on the 1st of January ~ as much as I love decorating for Christmas, it gets a little overwhelming after awhile, and it's nice to put it all away and start the New Year with a blank slate, so to speak.

6.What is your favourite holiday dish, excluding dessert? What is so wrong about dessert?!! Okay, okay, since I have to pick, I guess my favourite is my mother-in-law's buns. Yes, seriously. She makes the best homemade buns EVER, and I can make myself sick eating them when they are fresh from the oven. Those and her wheat salad ~ it could pretty much count as dessert, but we eat it for dinner anyway. So there.

7. Favourite holiday memory as a child? Every Christmas Eve, we would gather at my Aunt and Uncle's house and have supper together. After dishes were done, my uncle would grab his guitar and we'd sing Christmas carols for hours. Even the bad ones.

8.When and how, did you learn the truth about Santa? Hmmm, not sure if I remember. I think I had a pretty good idea when I was 8, but I also remembering hanging onto the idea until I was 10. I stayed up in bed that night until I could hear my parents, and saw them carrying the hidden presents from their room as I peeked through the crack in my doorway. Theory confirmed!

9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve? Not anymore, but the kids do. We give them jammies to open up, and then convince them to put them on and go to bed so Santa will come! Works like a charm!

10. How do you decorate your Christmas tree? Oh, I so want to use sarcasm here - but there, I resisted! Right now I am on a red and gold kick, so after the white lights, the base decorations are gold and red. Then we fill the rest in with special keepsake ornaments, like the ones we bought to commemorate the kids' first Christmases, special gifts from Sunday School and/or family, and the ones the kids make in school that survived from the year before. Oh, and one really tacky plastic snowman Kevin bought the Christmas we were engaged ~ I had bought my first ever tree, and he was helping me pick out ornaments for it. He bought the snowman, and insists it has to be hung every year. And every year, like a good little wife, I hang it at the back of the tree where no one can see it, and we spend the rest of the month moving it back and forth from different locations to bug one another. But now that I've remembered he bought it when we were engaged, I can see it's actually kind of special! But don't tell him I said that!

11. Snow - love it or hate it? LOVE IT!

12. Can you ice skate? No. I can't. I used to, but I'm terrible at it now. It's Kevin's job to take the kids ice skating while I stay home and make hot chocolate (not egg nog!)

13. Do you remember your favourite gift? Kevin gave me a Bible the year we got engaged. And another year he bought me The Complete Works of Shakespeare, but I don't think that was for Christmas. I just really wanted it, so he bought it. But it still counts!

14. What is the most important thing about the holidays to you? Being able to share my enthusiasm and love for Jesus with my kids. They already know, but it's just easier this time of year, because you can see Him everywhere! We even make a birthday cake for him and eat it just because we can.

15. What is your favourite holiday dessert? I think it would be easier to tell you my least favourite - fruit cake. I like it all - especially if it involves chocolate!

16. What is your favourite holiday tradition? Making gingerbread people with the kids wins hands down!

17. What tops your tree? An angel.

18. What is your favourite Christmas song? Easy - O Holy Night. I get teary-eyed and goose bumps just listening to it, never mind singing it! And my favourite rendition is Harry Connick Jr's.

19. Which do you prefer, giving or receiving? Who's going to admit receiving?! I like receiving, definitely, but it is sooooo much fun buying things for my kids and for Kevin that I know they will love, and trying to keep it secret for a month and a half ('cause I'm done shopping already, you know!) . The Christmas I was expecting Emma, I spilled the beans to Kevin, and he still teases me to this day about it!

20. Candy Canes - yum or yuck? I'm indifferent. I don't really like them, but I can tolerate them if I have to. I usually give mine to the kids.

Whew! That was a long one! But it got me back in the spirit of things, after my hectic week! Consider yourself tagged - just let me know if you did it, so I can visit!

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Happy Happy Joy Joy
I found a Santa! I'm so happy! I shamelessly begged tactfully coerced the guy who was playing Santa last night to help me out next weekend. I think he was a little overwhelmed by how desperate convincing I sounded, but either way, I'm happy!

Now I can enjoy my break and concentrate on other useful things - like how to get dried ketchup out of my jeans.

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Friday, December 01, 2006
It's a beautiful morning
Okay, so it's freezing cold and snowing AGAIN. But it's still a beautiful morning. I'm done everything that needs doing for the week, and all I have to do today is sit here and look pretty until our big town event this evening. And I can do that, 'cause I'm wearing my new shirt!

It's amazing what a good night's sleep will do for your spirits! Today I can completely understand why God gives us a day of rest. We need it. Not just for physical rest, but to refresh ourselves mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. This week has been so hectic, I've only had one day where I was able to sit and get into God's Word and actually have some meaningful prayer time. The rest of my week has consisted of quick, harried prayers of "please get me through this!!", and guilty glances at my closed Bible on my night table as I fall into bed already asleep.

So please forgive me, but I'm going to go spend some much needed time with my Lord right now, and enjoy this wonderful break in my week.

Yes, it is a beautiful day!

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