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.
Thursday, February 5, 2009
i am thankful for:
1. hot showers- they really seem to help me feel better lately.
2. fun and funky socks- i'm currently wearing a pair of sky blue argyle socks. fun socks just seem to make me smile.
3. baby clothes- they are so adorable
4. good chapstick- as windy as it is here chapstick is absolutely necessary if you don't want bloody lips.
5. yogurt- this is what my breakfast has consisted of recently along with whole wheat toast.
6. friends- with out you guys i don't know what i'd do. i have several who don't read this little blog, but to those who do. thanks
7. a good night's sleep- i finally got one last night. i felt so rested this morning
8. laughter- i'm glad that i can still find humor in my daily life
9. health insurance- this is a new one to me, and i am so thankful to have it.
10. wednesday night suppers- it is a lot of work, but i'm grateful that work i do can help others.
Monday, February 2, 2009
Tag 25 people to do the same thing.
If I tagged YOU, it's because I want to know more about YOU!
1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE?
my middle name is after my paternal granmother's mother. apparently my grandma wasn't real happy about the name being passed on and gave my dad a black eye for the gesture. she believed that if you named a child after someone that they would inherit some of that person's traits, and her mother was apparently the meanest woman that ever walked the earth.
2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED?
it's been a few days, but i'm pregnant i cry over everything.
3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING?
my 9 year old has better handwriting than i do. my granny said that the only professiont that would take me with my handwriting would be the medical field.
4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT?
5. DO YOU HAVE KIDS?
two beautiful girls, and a boy in the oven
6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON, WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU?
that depends, i'm i still just like me or am i like someone else? i think that i would be friends with me. i technically already am i have bonnie, shelly, and patricia who are all me in a lot of ways.
7. DO YOU USE SARCASM?
i don't know what that word means, could you please rephrase the question.
8. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS?
unless the tonsil fairy stole them last night i still do.
9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP?
no, but the idea of sky diving appeals to me. sorry i just don't trust elastic
10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL?
something bad for you like lucky charms. i never got kid cereal until i was older. ohhh actually granola would be my favorite, but it is so expensive that i don't buy it. hey does anyone have a good recipe i could make some.
11. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF?
the ones that tie, yes i do.
13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM?
my mom used to get us this really awesome almond ice cream when i was little.
14. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE?
well, probably their smile or lack there of
15. RED OR PINK?
16. WHAT IS YOUR LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF?
how could i pick just one thing, kidding. currently my weight
17. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST?
hard to say. i miss several people really bad
18. DO YOU WANT EVERYONE TO COMPLETE THIS LIST?
only if they want to
19. WHAT COLOR PANTS AND SHOES ARE YOU WEARING?
gray yoga pants and no shoes, getting ready for bellydancing class
21. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW?
some cheesy disney movie that her heiness was pretending to watch.
22. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE?
i would like to be yellow, but i'm not sure.
23. FAVORITE SMELLS?
my hubby's truck, after the rain, before the rain, roses, just tilled earth, i could go on.
24. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE?
25. DO YOU LIKE THE PERSON WHO SENT THIS TO YOU?
26. FAVORITE SPORTS TO WATCH?
i don't really watch sports
27. HAIR COLOR?
a weird mottled shade currently. this summer the hubby wants me to get my hair colored professionally.
28. EYE COLOR?
strange, they are green/hazel with a dark gray ring around them.
29. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS?
no, but the hubby thinks i should try them again
30. FAVORITE FOOD?
i just love food, this would be the reason i look the way i do. I LOVE FOOD.
31. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS?
32. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED?
33. WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING?
black, it goes with the rest of the bellydancing getup
34. SUMMER OR WINTER?
winter, actually i like all seasons other than summer. summer has its nice parts, but it is so stinking hot.
35. HUGS OR KISSES?
as far as candy i like kisses better than hugs. if we're talking physical contact, i'm not real big on it unless we're talking my hubby or the girls.
37. MOST LIKELY TO RESPOND?
i don't plan on tagging anyone so we'll see
38. LEAST LIKELY TO RESPOND?
please see above answer
39. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW?
i'm not actually.
40. WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD?
hoya, it's the company the hubby works for so it was free
41. WHAT DID YOU WATCH ON TV LAST NIGHT?
the super bowl, i know don't everyone pass out now.
42. FAVORITE SOUND(S).
the hubby and the girls laughing.
43. ROLLING STONES OR BEATLES?
i've never understood this quesiton. is there some deep physchological meaning behind this question? sorry, i meant the beatles
44. WHAT IS THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME?
45. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT?
yes, i can make obnoxious people disappear. i have the talent of super truth. hahaha
46. WHERE WERE YOU BORN?
in a hospital. perryton
47. WHOSE ANSWERS ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO GETTING BACK?
vanilla frog's were very amusing, but i'm not sure if anyone will do this or not.
48. HOW DID YOU MEET YOUR SPOUSE/SIGNIFICANT OTHER?
um, didn't i write a blog about this once? oh yeah you can find it here.
well, if anyone wants to do this i would love to read it. just let me know where to go to read all about you. i also got tagged 3 times for a random things about you post so it is listed below. i prefer memes that have questions. i always feel confused when i have to think of random things on my own. i thought everyone already knew everything there was to know about me.
here are 25 random things about me:
1. i am strangely fascinated by serial killers.
2. my right ear is pointed, like an elf's or spock's
3. i am terrified to sing in front of people
4. i love to entertain
5. i don't understand why some people feel the need to request me as a friend on myspace or facebook when they hated me in HS.
6. i wish i had been able to go to gladewater's HS reunion
7. i'm glad i didn't go to caldwell's
8. i graduated with a degree in performance theater, and i have never been to NYC.
9. i wanted to be an opera singer when i was in elementary school, but my music teacher said i had no talent. i stopped singing for people
10. i once tried to learn to play guitar, but wasn't willing to give up my soft hands.
11. i love to rollerblade
12. i want to get a master's of library science degree
13. i once wanted to get a phd so my name would be listed first on invitations.
14. i went to prom all 4 years of HS.
15. i love dark chocolate
16. as much as i love music, i rarely buy cds.
17. i love to cook
18. i hate to clean
19. i love to budget and stick to one. it's a security thing
20. i want to learn gaelic, i even have the "learn to speak gaelic" book and tape
21. my only regret is not going to culinary school when i had the chance.
22. when we move back to central texas i'm gonna go to culinary school
23. i don't particularly like most children
24. i miss my brother and the relationship we had.
25. i'm glad my sister lives so far away.
i hope you enjoyed these tasty tidbits about me. i'll be blogging later. i have so many pics to post.