Friday, December 18, 2009
on to happier things like...oh q is trying desperately to crawl it's quite humorous. her heiness is learning the pledge, nothing is as cute as listening to her try to say it. monkey turned 10 and has her Christmas program in about an hour. we went and saw my dad in the land of chili, peppers not the country. things are starting to stir. the hubby is sleeping with the q this morning, and her heiness is still out. just a small moment of peace in the house.
i wanted to ask all of you to take a moment this holiday to think about the kids who are going without. I'm not gonna bust into a rendition of "do they know it's Christmas" no fear. most of you know that i spent a chunk of my childhood in a children's home. Christmas was always a interesting time. we always got to spend it back home with the family, but that just helped you realize that you weren't there the rest of the time. in fact the only Christmas i spent alone was when i was in college, but that's a story for another time. take a moment this holiday season and say a prayer for the forgotten kids. you probably have a few in your church or neighborhood. you never know how you will impact a child's life for the better. a big thank you to all the "adopted" parents i have had over the years, and to my friends who shared their families with me. okay enough mileage on memory lane today. forward keep moving forward.
after monkey was born we decided that the holiday would be celebrated at our house. we always do a huge tamale feast. we make homemade tamales, refrieds, tortillas, salsa, and sangria. we invite anyone who doesn't have plans. so here is your invite. if you find that you will be celebrating solo, or just want some great chow, make your way to the town without a frown and we would be delighted to spend our holiday with you.
i hope everyone has a blessed holiday, and i will post pictures. take some time to tell the people you love what they mean to you. thanks for reading and MERRY CHRISTMAS.
Friday, November 20, 2009
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
I AM THANKFUL FOR:
1. honesty- billy joel had it right. there isn't much i dislike more than a liar.
2. children singing- the song in the title came on the radio on the way to awanas, and both the girls sang along at the top of their lungs.
3. bug spray- we have had a serious invasion of spiders. i am horribly arachnophobia. little indoor spiders i can handle, but the giant spiders that chase you must die. seriously i shriek like a small girl, it is really pathetic.
4. dave ramsey- with his knowledge, our dedication, and God's blessing we are now able to help fund some friends of ours that are going into the mission field.
5. my kiddos- Q is getting so big and is the sweetest tempered of all my kids. her heiness is doing well in school and is doing great with her verses for awanas. there is nothing sweeter than hearing her say "God loves us and sent His son". monkey is getting so tall. she currently has over 600% of her AR reading goal. yeah i know, crazy huh.
6. funky socks- you can always find really cool ones around Halloween.
7. good coffee- no explanation needed
8. sleep- Q is usually a good sleeper, but when daddy is gone he wakes every two hours to see if he's home yet. it makes for really long days.
9. good friends- i don't know what i would do with out them.
10. my mom- she will be moving into our garage apartment in the spring. she will probably retire in January and move in after that. the kids are beyond happy, and i am thrilled. it is nice to get to know your parents on an adult level.
i wanted to say that i think single moms are the most amazing people on earth. when the hubby travels i am left to run herd, and sometimes it can be very exhausting. long days and even longer nights. i hope everyone is doing well, i don't hear from most of you often. sweet baby noises are coming from the other room, so i will get up his sweetness.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
I AM THANKFUL FOR:
1. Salvation- do I need to explain. I have lost a few people who wer dear to me because they don't understand and can't accept me for who I've become. I'm sorry for them.
2 friends- the real ones who stick by your side. Thanks guys.
3. Books- I have been on a reading spree lately & it is quite an expensive habit.
4. My hubbies job- there are a lot of things about it that make me angry, but I'm learning to latch on to the good parts.
5. School- I'm so glad school is in session again.
6. My kiddos- seriously they are such unique individuals.
7. My hubby- he is amazing & I don't know what I would do without him.
8. Music- man I love music
9. Red plaid heels- so pretty
10. Laughter- I'm trying to laugh more.
Well that's all for now time to eat lunch.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
her heiness needed some snuggle time with her daddy while we waited for shelly and crew to show at the zoo for our rendezvous.
shelly's boys and my girls hanging together outside of marble slab.
this is just off the river walk in san angelo. the plaque said that she was a water sprite and her heiness demanded having a picture taken with her.
Nana had a blast getting to spend time with the kiddos. she even let them help feed the cows.
her heiness and her cousin playing together at Nana's house.
the girls were showing their funky tongues off. her heiness had been eating crazy colors ice cream and her tongue was a weird shade of purple.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
did i mention her heiness had an awesome shiner? this is a pic of it a week later. she's quite the accident magnet. well, in her defense monkey did smash her pretty hard at the splash pad that day.
i just had to share this pic. it shows so much of his personality.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
I AM THANKFUL FOR:
1. my new laptop- it has web cam and makes traveling much easier because i can take all the important bill paying with me.
2. my husband-Tuesday i was feeling a bit...weird and depressed, so my hubby took me to town to shop and eat at sakura, a Japanese steakhouse.
3. baby noises- i forget how sweet the little noises they make are.
4. AC- its going to be over 100 all week they think, so I'm really glad that our AC is fixed
5. sugar free jello- it really kills a sweet tooth, and it doesn't add any inches to my waist
6. nap time- the only time of the day anything gets done
7. my new bed- so awesome and wonderful i hope to post pics soon
8. good diapers- enough said
9. good music- love me some good music
10. vanilla coke 0- so tasty.
Q is beginning to make wake up noises, so i gotta go. i hope everyone has a great weekend. i will try to post pics next week. her heiness has been wearing big girl panties all week. I'm so proud of her.
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
she chose red
her heiness chose purple. i thought hubby would say no to the three year old coloring her hair, nope he thought it was super cool.
a family photo. aren't we sweet.
we spend a lot of time in the car. the girls sure love to snuggle the brother.
this was taken when he was 3 weeks old. this is at the cowden house right after he rolled the first time. that's why he looks so surprised. we put him on tummy time. he screamed and then rolled right over on his back. now he doesn't do tummy time if he doesn't want to. hope that you are all doing well.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
have i mentioned i love camo. this is actually a sleeper, but he got a bit warm so we undressed him. then he got cold so we covered him with it.
this was one of our first nights home. aren't they sweet.
Monday, May 11, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
I AM THANKFUL FOR:
1. sunshine- it brightens everything up. all the trees and plants look like they are finally recovering from the late blizzard we got.
2. my hubby- he works so hard to provide for his family. he has been working for several weeks now to get the hot tub up and running, so we can enjoy it. he has made the patio a little piece of heaven.
3. our budget- with out it none of our projects would have been possible.
4. flowers- they are blooming everywhere and they remind me of how much God loves us. to give us little reminders of joy.
5. sun tea- that's right we have been thoroughly enjoying sun tea all week here. now i just need to be patient and let the mint get big enough i can use it.
6. resolution- for quite some time there has been a huge rift at our church. it is difficult to attend when instead of thinking of God, you're making sure not to step on people's toes. there appears to be a resolution on the horizon, and i am thankful for it.
7. hot showers- so relaxing
8. the stars- they remind me just how small i really am
9. the future- at the longest we have 2 1/2 weeks before we get to meet the newest member of our little family. i am beside myself excited, so is her heiness.
10. acceptable weight gain- it looks like i may actually gain the amount of weight that I'm supposed to this pregnancy. i haven't gained weight with the girls pregnancies, so I'm hoping that gaining it with Q is a good thing.
I'm going to go outside and take pics of our beautiful haven and our little indoor garden. i will try to edit them in later. take care and have a great weekend.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
1. prayers- i really can't say thank you enough.
2. being overly prepared- we went Monday and got a car seat, newborn diapers, bottles, and bags for breast milk. all of Q's clothes are washed and put where they go. his bassinet sits comfortably by my hubby's side of the bed. bags are packed for the hospital, i feel so much better when everything is ready.
3. mail- imagine my surprise when i went to the post office and there was a box from bex. it contained goodies for the girls and the little man. i was so excited i love paper dolls, and apparently so does her heiness.
4. texts- what a quick and easy way to let everyone know how I'm doing.
5. my girls- they have been so sweet, well mostly, this past few weeks. her heiness has been very concerned about her brother.
6. rain- i am listening to the rain as i type and i am so thankful that we have finally gotten some moisture.
7. no accidents- her heiness has been wearing big girl panties and doing very well in them. usually only 1 accident a day.
8. my hubby- he made sure that we got everything we would need for the door hangy at the hospital, and put it together.
9. being off bed rest- well mostly off. i can't wait to get outside and see how my yard looks.
10. you guys- thanks so much for all the kind words and thoughts. they have really helped me out of the terrible funk i have found myself in.
i hope all is well in your worlds. take a minute and find something to be thankful for.
Thursday, April 9, 2009
1. my new recliner- the hubby got me one on Sunday when he was told that i needed to be reclined for the majority of the day.
2. my friends- seriously you guys rock. i have gotten emails, texts, calls, and comments about the prayers you guys are sending up for me. did i mention my brother and sister haven't even inquired about how I'm doing? thanks guys you rock.
3. my hubby- not only did he get me a cool new recliner, he has stayed home or close to home all week.
4. flowers- the tulips are in bloom and they are beautiful. they really help cheer a girl up when she is feeling down.
5. comfy clothes- it makes it nice to be able to lounge in comfy clothes, so i don't feel like I'm being cut in two.
6. knitting- at least it has kept my hands busy this week.
7. being mobile- no really I'm thrilled to be able to do laundry.
8. nurses that have a sense of humor- my nurse Sunday was hilarious, and that really helped my nerves considerably.
9. my cell phone- at least i could check and send emails while reclined.
10. normal blood pressure- it is one less thing to worry about during this less than fun time.
i really can't say thanks enough for all of the prayers and well wishes. as eager as i am to meet the little one, i hope he doesn't decide to arrive until after April 27th. i hope this Easter finds everyone with family and loved ones. my mom is coming in for the weekend, so it should be a good time.
Monday, April 6, 2009
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
that would be my husband shoveling our car out when it got stuck on the road. you can see how much snow there was on the road, and this was one of the better stretches of road.
this is the girls in the hotel room eating snow. they sent daddy out to get the ice bucket full of snow. i wish i had been thinking forward and i would have brought the stuff to make snow ice cream, but i didn't. they don't seem to mind though. on to the thankful list that i haven't done in several weeks. I AM THANKFUL FOR:
1. txdot- really they had the roads clear and ready to drive.
2. pattylicious- she let us crash at her house after our long drive home. it was awesome everyone was very happy to be together.
3. schwann's home delivery- it is nice to have easy to prepare healthy lunch options.
4. my husband- he can fix anything, which is good since the hot tub has been on the blink.
5. karen- who picked up my angel food when i couldn't make it.
6. my cell phone- it allowed me communication with the outside world while trapped in the land of snow.
7. God- He alone is the reason we made it home safe and sound and to Him i give great thanks.
8. bird feeders- i love to look out the front door while typing on the computer and see all the pretty birds eating.
9. my wee little indoor garden- i used some of the lemon thyme on my salmon for lunch. it was so much more than delicious.
10. babies- i can't believe how fast the twins have grown and grayson too. soon little Q will be here and before i know it he will be walking around. every time my SIL posts pics of her kids i can't believe how big they are. i don't get to see them very often so they seem to grow much faster.
i hope that everyone is doing well and enjoying the beginning of spring, did i mention i woke up to snow on the ground this morning. take some time to think about all the blessing you have in your life.
Monday, March 30, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
I AM THANKFUL FOR:
1. learning to control my temper- this is no easy thing mind you. especially when you add the hormones of pregnancy.
2. my solarium- we are trying a mostly indoor garden this year. last year the wind blew so hard that we just couldn't keep everything watered enough, so everything withered and died.
3. my children- often they are the only thing that keeps me completely grounded.
4. the future- what an exciting few months are ahead. Q will be here in 8 weeks or less. we have a sono on the 26th to estimate his size.
5. knitting- it keeps my hands busy while riding in the car with the hubby
6. portable DVD players- never been a big fan of them, but her heiness HATES to be in the car. these seem to help things a lot. we are going to be traveling with the hubby for spring break, so i hope that she will be at least somewhat content in the car.
7. little mementos of happiness- currently drinking coffee out of the yellow coffee cup my hubby bought me the day after we got married. love this cup.
8. dirty little hands- the girls love to "help" with the garden. her heiness helped us plant the seeds and monkey packed the dirt in the cups. when we were finished there were little dirty hands to remind me of how wonderful my helpers are.
9. my babysitter- if you read yesterday's post do i really need to add anything? how about how at church last night she says "if you need any help while your hubby is gone just give me a call and let me know." I'm so stealing her.
10. 1/2 & 1/2 in my coffee- it was the one indulgence that i couldn't give up when i was on weight watchers. love the yumminess.
11. friends- pattylicious who listened to me complain about my bad night on her most important day. thanks, you rock. my SIL who called to check on me because i hadn't blogged or called, and she was concerned about me. good to know I'm thought about, thanks you rock. amazon, who doesn't read this, but needs to be bragged on anyway. she waited to share her good news until she was sure i had calmed down enough that i wasn't going to send myself into preterm labor. oh yeah i was that upset.
12. dependable transportation- love my van
13. baby clothes- they are so sweet. amazon picked up a couple of things for Q, and a shirt for each of the girls. really too funny.
14. my budget- really don't know how people function with out one.
15. my cell phone- really it is amazing. monkey had a solo at church on Sunday, so i recorded it on my phone.
16. monster spray- not sure where her heiness came up with monsters in the dark, but she is terrified of them. in a stroke of genius i decided to get some old body spray and spray the monsters away. she got to say the magic words "go away monsters" then i would spray the smelly good, and all the monsters disappeared. she slept soundly with out issue. apparently when she woke up and still smelled the spray she knew she was still safe.
17. lotion- all of the family has been suffering from extremely dry skin due to the lack of humidity.
18. my washer & dryer- they make my life so much easier.
19. snuggling with the girls- monkey is mostly passed the snuggle stage, but her heiness is all about the snuggle.
20. learning to trust in God- i have learned that when i try to do things my way they rarely work the way i hope they will, but when i hand them over they work out great. not always in my time, but in His.
what are you thankful for? answered prayers, a trip to see family, getting better, rain on dry land? i hope everyone has a great weekend, and i will try to post next week from the road. oh and don't forget "BEWARE THE IDES OF MARCH!!!"
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Friday, February 27, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
I AM THANKFUL FOR:
1. people with helping hearts- seriously go check her out. i think this may be one of the best lent blogs i have read. i haven't had the pleasure of meeting her in person, but I'm putting it on my list of to do's next time I'm in that area.
2. power of prayer- i am always in awe of how the Lord gives us what we need.
3. finding your passion- a good friend of mine just called and told me she has found something she really enjoys doing and is good at. good job snow white. you rock
4. decaf coffee- amazon bought me a bag of hazelnut decaf and it is awesome.
5. unlimited minutes on my cell phone- we just upgraded our plan and i am already more at ease. the hubby is on the phone a lot for his job. he used around 2500 minutes in February.
6. the sound of laughter- i don't know if angels get their wings when bells ring or not, but I'm sure they grin every time a child laughs. i don't know if there is a sweeter sound in the world.
7. new beginnings- my friend amazon is getting a new job, at least she will if her parents are willing to help with her kiddos. she is super excited about the potential, so i hope it works out for her.
8. learning to accept help- i am no good at this. i don't like to ask for help. in fact i don't ask for it unless absolutely necessary, and sometimes not even then. i am trying to learn that asking for help is not weakness.
9. Kleenex with lotion- what a blessing they have been during the never ending cold that struck the house.
10. spring- i love the time of year when bulbs come up and start to bloom. the fact is i like all the seasons, but summer i have a tough time with because it is soooo hot. i hope to post pics when the daffodils bloom.
what are you thankful for? an amazing friend, the ability to help others, the chance to find yourself, the sound of music and laughter, or discovering that it really is a small world. take a minute examine all of the blessings in your life. have a great weekend.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
the girls had a great time playing with the kids at the party. then they helped us bottle the beer. they fought for pappy attention. it was an amazing time. I've also been knitting a bit.
i know they're pink. a lady at our church had a girl, so they are pink. aren't they cute. the pair only took about 3 hours start to finish.
this is the little hat that i made for the same little girl. it only took about an hour or so. well, it would have if i hadn't been chasing children.
finally the booties for Q. i need to trim the string, but that's all. I'm making a pair of beige that he can wear with his cute little outfits to church. I'm also going to do a couple of hats. really enjoying using my hands again. well i hope that everyone's weekend was as wonderful as mine.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
I AM THANKFUL FOR:
1. trivia- i am always thoroughly amused by random knowledge that really serves little purpose.
2. the ability to help others- even when it is just a kind word. I'm very grateful that from time to time i get to see how I've helped someone.
3. bubble wrap- this provides endless hours of entertainment for her heiness. this is the big bubble wrap. she likes to put it on the floor and jump up and down on it.
4. friends- i try to tell them regularly how awesome they are, but i just don't think words are often enough.
5. being an American- i am proud to live in the greatest country on earth.
6. getting to be a housewife- sometimes it is a very frustrating job, but it is so incredibly rewarding.
7. picture mail- this way my friends and family that won't be here for Q's arrival will still get to see a picture of him shortly after he arrives.
8. my bug- the vw kind that is. i hope to be able to rebuild it either this summer or this fall.
9. vacation- since we won't have one until at least November we are putting a lot of thought into where we want to go. where as we love to see family, we would like to go somewhere we've never been before.
10. mail- you know the kind that isn't bills. every once in a while i get a letter sent out and sometimes even get one in the mail.
what are you thankful for this week? a flyswatter to kill the pesky fruit flies, a child's smile, good chicken salad, friends and family, peace in troubled times? take some time think about it. then call a friend just to say hi and you're thinking about them. they'll be glad to hear from you. have a great weekend.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
anyway enough being a negative nancy. one of my bestest buds called me yesterday, and we talked for like 45 minutes. we'll call her snow white because i always thought that was who she looked like, only much prettier. she has black hair, blue eyes, and ivory skin. i haven't gotten a chance to talk to her for 6 months or so, but i try to email her as often as i can. oh the days of sitting at sweet eugene's drinking coffee and talking about what we were going to do with our lives. i wonder if someone had told us what we were really going to do, if we would have believed them. this Saturday her heiness will be three, i can hardly believe how big she has gotten. this will be her first birthday party too. the first two we had to cancel because she was sick.
i found a recipe i am dying to try over at sweetflutterbys, but every time I'm at the store i forget to buy caramels and coconut. i will remember this next time i put an alert on my phone to remind me. yeah i know I'm pathetic, I'd like to blame it on pregnancy brain. the hubby is taking an office day today, so her heiness and i have been enjoying his company all day. we're starting to get things ready for Q's arrival. he will be here in 11 weeks or less. we've begun purchasing a few clothes here and there for him. i truly wonder what size he's going to be. her heiness was a week early and still weighed 9 1/2 lbs, so I'm buying anything newborn sized for him. even monkey weighed 7 lbs 11 oz, and she was almost 3 weeks early. it's kinda funny my friend snow white called to see what we needed for him, and we don't really need anything. we built a beautiful crib for her heiness when she was born. our baby cage is navy and yellow plaid. our stroller is navy and white plaid. most of our sheets and blankets are unisex, so we don't really "need" anything. she decided that we needed boy blankets, onsies, shoes, and socks. i really dig my friends.
belly dancing has been somewhat discouraging lately. we've been learning hip slides and figure eight hip movements. i don't seem to be able to do them. this makes me very sad. i don't handle failure well. the teacher is really awesome. she shows us the movement then she walks around and gives one on one instruction. i told her that i felt incompetent,t and she laughed and told me that there would be several movements that i wouldn't be able to do. apparently my abdominal muscles are a wee bit overworked already. she said she expects to see me back in the class when I'm no longer preggos. I'm hoping to be able to take during the summer session. i figure i can just take Q with me, and nurse when needed. anyway, take care and i will do a thankful list tomorrow.
Friday, February 13, 2009
Every February, across the country, candy, flowers, and gifts are exchanged between loved ones, all in the name of St. Valentine. But who is this mysterious saint and why do we celebrate this holiday? The history of Valentine's Day — and its patron saint — is shrouded in mystery. But we do know that February has long been a month of romance. St. Valentine's Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition. So, who was Saint Valentine and how did he become associated with this ancient rite? Today, the Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred.
One legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men — his crop of potential soldiers. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine's actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death.
Other stories suggest that Valentine may have been killed for attempting to help Christians escape harsh Roman prisons where they were often beaten and tortured.
According to one legend, Valentine actually sent the first 'valentine' greeting himself. While in prison, it is believed that Valentine fell in love with a young girl — who may have been his jailor's daughter — who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter, which he signed 'From your Valentine,' an expression that is still in use today. Although the truth behind the Valentine legends is murky, the stories certainly emphasize his appeal as a sympathetic, heroic, and, most importantly, romantic figure. It's no surprise that by the Middle Ages, Valentine was one of the most popular saints in England and France.
While some believe that Valentine's Day is celebrated in the middle of February to commemorate the anniversary of Valentine's death or burial — which probably occurred around 270 A.D — others claim that the Christian church may have decided to celebrate Valentine's feast day in the middle of February in an effort to 'christianize' celebrations of the pagan Lupercalia festival. In ancient Rome, February was the official beginning of spring and was considered a time for purification. Houses were ritually cleansed by sweeping them out and then sprinkling salt and a type of wheat called spelt throughout their interiors. Lupercalia, which began at the ides of February, February 15, was a fertility festival dedicated to Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture, as well as to the Roman founders Romulus and Remus.
To begin the festival, members of the Luperci, an order of Roman priests, would gather at the sacred cave where the infants Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome, were believed to have been cared for by a she-wolf or lupa. The priests would then sacrifice a goat, for fertility, and a dog, for purification.
The boys then sliced the goat's hide into strips, dipped them in the sacrificial blood and took to the streets, gently slapping both women and fields of crops with the goathide strips. Far from being fearful, Roman women welcomed being touched with the hides because it was believed the strips would make them more fertile in the coming year. Later in the day, according to legend, all the young women in the city would place their names in a big urn. The city's bachelors would then each choose a name out of the urn and become paired for the year with his chosen woman. These matches often ended in marriage. Pope Gelasius declared February 14 St. Valentine's Day around 498 A.D. The Roman 'lottery' system for romantic pairing was deemed un-Christian and outlawed. Later, during the Middle Ages, it was commonly believed in France and England that February 14 was the beginning of birds' mating season, which added to the idea that the middle of February — Valentine's Day — should be a day for romance. The oldest known valentine still in existence today was a poem written by Charles, Duke of Orleans to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London following his capture at the Battle of Agincourt. The greeting, which was written in 1415, is part of the manuscript collection of the British Library in London, England. Several years later, it is believed that King Henry V hired a writer named John Lydgate to compose a valentine note to Catherine of Valois.
In Great Britain, Valentine's Day began to be popularly celebrated around the seventeenth century. By the middle of the eighteenth century, it was common for friends and lovers in all social classes to exchange small tokens of affection or handwritten notes. By the end of the century, printed cards began to replace written letters due to improvements in printing technology. Ready-made cards were an easy way for people to express their emotions in a time when direct expression of one's feelings was discouraged. Cheaper postage rates also contributed to an increase in the popularity of sending Valentine's Day greetings. Americans probably began exchanging hand-made valentines in the early 1700s. In the 1840s, Esther A. Howland began to sell the first mass-produced valentines in America.
According to the Greeting Card Association, an estimated one billion valentine cards are sent each year, making Valentine's Day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year. (An estimated 2.6 billion cards are sent for Christmas.)
Approximately 85 percent of all valentines are purchased by women. In addition to the United States, Valentine's Day is celebrated in Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France, and Australia.
Valentine greetings were popular as far back as the Middle Ages (written Valentine's didn't begin to appear until after 1400), and the oldest known Valentine card is on display at the British Museum. The first commercial Valentine's Day greeting cards produced in the U.S. were created in the 1840s by Esther A. Howland. Howland, known as the Mother of the Valentine, made elaborate creations with real lace, ribbons and colorful pictures known as "scrap".
Thursday, February 12, 2009
1. my hubby- sometimes i tend to get aggravated with him, but then i remember what an amazing man he is. it is often easier to dwell on his faults instead of his wonderful attributes.
2. abuelo tea- my dad makes an herbal tea that helps relieve colds. i'm going to get the rest of the ingredients i need to make more today.
3. sunday school- i never really understood the purpose of sunday school when i was younger, but i have discovered that i am usually more upset when i miss it than when i miss church. my teacher starts class with asking "what is God doing in your life?" it is good to hear how He is working in everyone's lives.
4. my friends- thanks for reading my wee little blog and leaving such wonderful comments. they really brighten my day.
5. texts- sometimes it is the only communication i get from the hubby. it is nice that he can sneak a message or two out while in class.
6. music- i have been listening to my playlist and meatloaf was on when i started the blog this morning. i have actually had this song dedicated to me. as the women in the song not the man. yes that's right the one telling the guys sorry "i want you, i need you, but no matter how i try i'm never gonna love you, but don't feel bad cause 2 out of 3 ain't bad." what does that say about me really.
7. people who give- i was over at some of a kind reading and saw that she is making little hats and wants to know who she can donate them to. in a world where we are inundated with how horrible people treat each other it is good to see people who still care.
8. my family- those who have adopted me into theirs, the ones i have adopted into mine, and those that i was born into. you guys are wonderful thanks.
9. blogs- what an interesting way to keep up with those we know and don't know. a little peek into the lives of others and what they choose to share.
10. the ability to smell- i never truly realized how much i enjoy it until it was gone. i hope that it will return in the near future, but at this rate i'm not holding my breath.
what are you thankful for this week? a hot date on saturday, children laughing, a good rain, or a friend who always knows just when to call. i hope that this week has been blessed for everyone and that it continues that way. the history of valentines according to the history chanel will post tomorrow morning, so don't miss it.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
188 million Valentine's Day cards are exchanged annually, making Valentine's Day the second-most popular greeting-card-giving occasion. (This total excludes packaged kids valentines for classroom exchanges.) (Source: Hallmark research)
Over 50 percent of all Valentine's Day cards are purchased in the six days prior to the observance, making Valentine's Day a procrastinator's delight. (Source: Hallmark research)
Research reveals that more than half of the U.S. population celebrates Valentine's Day by purchasing a greeting card. (Source: Hallmark research)
There are 119 single men (i.e., never married, widowed or divorced) who are in their 20s for every 100 single women of the same ages.
2.2 million marriages take place in the
annually. That breaks down to more than 6,000 a day. United States
147,300 marriages are performed in
during 2005. So many couples "tie the knot" in the Nevada that it ranked fourth nationally in marriages, even though it's total population that year among states was 35th. Silver State
median ages at first marriage for women and men are 25.3 and 27.1 respectively, in 2005. The age for women rose 4.2 years in the last three decades. The age for men at first marriage is up 3.6 years. U.S.
Men and women in northeastern states generally have a higher median age at first marriage than the national average. In
, for example, women were a median of 27.4 years old and men 29.1 years of age at first marriage. States where people typically marry young include Massachusetts , where women were a median of 21.9 years and men, 23.9 years. Utah
57% and 60% of American women and men, respectively, are 15 or older and currently married (includes those who are separated).
72%: The percentage of men and women ages 30 to 34 in 2005 who had been married at some point in their lives - either currently or formerly.
4.9 million opposite-sex cohabitating couples maintained households in 2005. These couples comprised 4.3 percent of all households.
1,241: The number of locations producing chocolate and cocoa products in 2004. These establishments employed 43,322 people. California led the nation in the number of such establishments with 136, followed by Pennsylvania with 122. (Source:http://www.census.gov/prod/www/abs/cbptotal.html)
515 locations produced nonchocolate confectionary products in 2004. These establishments employed 22,234 people.
The total value of shipments in 2004 for firms producing chocolate and cocoa products was $13.9 billion. Nonchocolate confectionery product manufacturing, meanwhile, was a $5.7 billion industry.
3,467 Number of confectionery and nut stores in the
in 2004. Often referred to as candy stores, they are among the best sources of sweets for Valentine's Day. United States
The per capita consumption of candy by Americans in 2005 was 25.7 pounds. Candy consumption has actually declined over the last few years; in 1997, each American gobbled or savored more than 27 pounds of candy a year.
Monday, February 9, 2009
well, her heiness is awaking from her nap, so I'll blog later hope everyone is having a great week so far.