Monday, December 31, 2007
Saturday, December 29, 2007
and this is a SCORE!!!! Mom made us a red velvet 4 layer Cake for Christmas eve dinner. I have to tell you, I know why they call it velvet!!!! This might have to become a tradition!
and it is the little things....and I mean little! These ping pong paddles and net came with the DVD Balls of Fury...and I have to say the laughter they produced were more then a belly can take. I suggest they market these little things! It gives table tennis a whole new meaning!
So the big day is over, but Josh and I have decided that Christmas is much too good to last only one day, we have been playing and having company over everyday. Today Uncle Steve comes over and a few other of Josh's friends. We will be rocking out on Guitar Hero III!!! Oh and by the way...I have cleared ALL 42 songs on EASY and about 18 on Medium....ROCK ON!!!!
Thursday, December 27, 2007
COLOR PURPLE ON BROADWAY STARRING FANTASIA!!!!!!!!!!!! oh yeah I DID just use those !!!!! I am just blown away! When I first found out Fantasia was playing in The Color Purple ( one of my FAVORITE) stories. I wanted to see it so bad. But then life got in the way and I put it out of my mind, knowing things were just too busy. Well Kate didn't and she made it happen! I already count my blessings everyday that I have her in my life, that I have someone that is ALWAYS in my corner...not just when things are going great, but ALWAYS! Then she does things like this that just humble me so much to know she just loves to see me smile, and knows what will do that even more. Thanks my love!
Then there is this, and if I have nothing else, but have this....I would be just fine!
And the music of the season.....it is so hard to clear these off my ipod. But don't worry ladies going to S.A.V.E. ....I promise they won't be in the Shuffle this year!!!
So on to doing Inventory for the Corner Store, so we can order lots of new goodies for the new year! Hope everyone enjoys the week and keeps absorbing the season.
Oh and did I mention....I am ROCKIN Guitar Hero III on the Wii!!! (that I will save for another blog :)
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Friday, December 21, 2007
Another celebration I want to acknowledge is that this lady! (no not merideth) , Kate, is now a Vice President in her company!!! I am so proud of her, and so glad she got the promotion she deserved. She is a very hard working lady, and it is nice to see a company realize that in 3 short years. I love that Josh has such a great role model on work ethics. It will help him thru out his life. Congrats my love....We are going to celebrate big on Sunday!!!
Another great celebration was last night as Josh had to wrestle off for his position. If someone wants to challenge you they can. Josh won 5-4 last night against a kid that last year was throwing him around the mat. It was great to see Josh's determination and that the hard work is paying off.
So 4 more days till Christmas.....makes me a little sad sometimes, I look forward to the build up as much as the actual day I think. But Mom is coming in today and can't wait to spend time with her. Dawn ( Kate's mom) comes in tomorrow and then it is a big family Christmas just waiting to happen!
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Monday, December 17, 2007
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Yesterday was our 10th annual Holiday Open House.
It just amazes me every year how many people look so forward to this party.
Comments from some of the guest are just enough to make me teary. I love that the Sheilds told us this year that the kids didn't stop talking about the chocolate fountain for 3 months after last year! I love this!!
Others just telling us how much love they feel in our house. That is so important to Kate and I.
I also love how much Josh looks forward to this party too. He told me Saturday morning that it is like our "other Christmas", because we get the gift of so many friends. Damn he is one special kid!! A little off track, tonight he told me he wanted to write a letter to Santa, because he wanted to ask for more family time, because it is the best present he could get. I am thinking that little movie "home alone" got to him the other night.
Here is one of my favorite shots from the party on Saturday......well that and the hair flip pose Lisa did for me, but she won't let me post anymore pictures of her on my blog!!! (and this one wasn't even of her in her pajamas!!)
After the last guest left last night around 10 pm , it was hit the pillow only to be woken by the wind, ice and a 70 lb dog on my head shivering in fear. So after lots of hugging and calming down, I think I got a few hours sleep. Then it was off to the Wrestling match to watch Josh pin his opponent in about 40 secs. It is great 2 pins , 2 wins for the season! and a big thanks to Karen Russell! thru her blog and a few emails back and forth, I am on my way to getting a few better wrestling shots this year!
So that is it for this busy day, only 9 days left!
Mom comes in town Friday!!! So excited to have her here this year.
Kate's Mom comes in Saturday...first time for them to spend Christmas in 18 years....that just warms my heart.
Then it is a weekend of baking cookies, Peddler's Village and a great Christmas Eve dinner with Friends and Family! I am one lucky womyn to be so blessed in my life. Thanks everyone that supports me each and everyday. My friends, you are truly awesome and amazing to me!!!
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
wow only 14 days to go!!!
Got my village put up today, got the living room, play room, and almost the dining room and Kitchen all cleaned and ready for the 10th Annual Open House this Saturday!!
I can't wait to have all 70 people over for the day! It is just a great day to see many friends. It really is one of the best days of the season for me. To hear the laughter and the chatter of the day. I will miss some of you that can't make it this year, but you will be in our hearts!
Now back to Santa's workshop....I have a giveaway to get ready for tomorrow!!!
Sunday, December 09, 2007
It started with the Stillings Family Tree Hunt for the "perfect" tree...really we just love something green and fluffy! We usually find it. Today was no exception.
But together we worked thru the tree and hollered.....T I M B E R !!!
Then Josh, wanted to pull the tree down the hill, and well he landed on his butt at first try!
But he got up, and pulled and pulled again......
Finally he got it moving and he was quite happy with himself!
Then it was down the hill we went to bring our "perfect" tree home!
Our Friends Coreen and Nicole invited us to Philly for the evening. We went to the Wanamaker's Building where they have this wall of lights, and do an old fashion light show, none of the modern lasar lights, just a good old fashion, (looks like a giant light bright) motion and story. It is narrated by the voice of Julie Andrews.
Josh and I layed down on the big red carpet with 100's of other family's and watched the show. I will cherish this moment. It was just fun to watch and know that for many years people have done this same thing with their kids. I love tradition....and I think this one might make it into our life's every year!
This is what made him smile!
Then it was off to the Dicken's Village, another part of the Holidays in Philly that is rich in Tradition. From what I understand it has been around since 1987 and it is worth a walk thru.
Oh and to have someone read each of the story boards, that makes it even more magical. Josh was riveted!
and what would a perfect day be without a surprise Hanuka parade of cars, all fitted with Menorahs! Oh that just made me smile. How fun to celebrate the holidays.
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
He was so cool giving Josh a high five!
They did some whispering and I couldn't hear anything!
Josh said he only asked for 2 things.
Hope he is on the GOOD list this year.
Having fun with the advent boxes....Josh got some pokemon cards, and tonight he got to pick what we would have for dinner.
Chicken Enchiladas it is!
Have been working on the house more. Today I hope to finish the closet, caulk and paint the trim one more time, and then finish the red paint into the kitchen. I want to take it to the cabinets so it has a stopping place. Tomorrow I am going to IKEA to get this and 8 of these
and even more excited I won the Football pool last night so that is an extra 300 dollars to put towards these new beauties!
I needed 45 points or more last night , so I was the fan wanting scores, not caring who got them!
Don't you know in the 3rd quarter they got to 44 points 24 to 20 and then no one could score...they just kept going back and forth!!! It was so hard to watch...I was sure for a little while I would just be 1 point away from it all. But then the Patriots pulled it out (with a LOT of luck) and got the winning TD! Whew.....IKEA here I come!!!
Ok back to work....only 21 days to go till Christmas!!!
Monday, December 03, 2007
Made these little advent boxes this weekend. Josh is very excited to open them each day. We are doing different things, some charity, some presents, some special events. I love his excitement.
Today we are going to see Santa. Josh is ready to go see the big guy and let him know what he would like him to bring. I am so happy I get to go and get the picture. I love having that picture every year. It brings the magic back to me everytime.
Had a FANTASTIC weekend with girlfriends!!! We scrapped the weekend away from Friday to Sunday. Laughed, cryed from laughing, ate way more then I should have, and got so much done in the way of christmas gifts. I am making 90% of my gifts so I needed a really great weekend to work on them.
The dining room is on the agenda today. I just have the shoe molding and the one step trim to go. Then it is off to IKEA on Wednesday to pick up the dining room table and chairs. Then it is Decorating full force!!! I can't believe I have less then two weeks before our Holiday Open house and over 50 people coming. I can't wait....this is just my favorite party of the year to have friends come and have holiday cheer with us!
Got the living room done last night, the curtains are back up and except for removing the carpet and doing the flooring this room is done. We hopefully will do that after the holidays.
Need to go and look for a fixed lens for my Nikon too. I was reading on Karen's blog about the pictures she takes of her son wrestling, and in order to get the settings I need a new lens. I can't wait to try this out.
Hope everyone is getting excited about the holidays.....it is truly a wonderful time of year to take time to be thankful for all the wonderful things in your life, and let those around you know how much you love them.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
So today I treated myself to a few decorations, and pillows, and Christmas rugs. It was just fun looking and playing with all the Christmas stuff. When I start decorating I will post pics.
Also found that hard to find gift for Josh....shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! Can't tell till Christmas!
So What do you like most about the season?
Monday, November 26, 2007
We celebrated Steve's birthday on Saturday night, Josh looked so handsome in his white shirt and jeans. Steve had a great night and we enjoyed seeing everyone.
This is one of my favorite pictures of the night. Merideth grabbed Josh's finger. He loves her so much already. I think they will be great pals.
Kate was in heaven as she got some baby time. She just loves holding her and I think remembering when Josh was a baby brings back great memories.
So this week it is all about finishing! Then this weekend I get to go and relax with my gal pals at a little scrapbooking retreat. All 1o of us will be scrapbooking the weekend away. I am planning on working on some Christmas gifts and getting my Christmas cards designed.
Can't believe it is almost Dec 1.....got to get the advent calendar out!
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Monday, November 19, 2007
Tuesday I was so sick I couldn't hold my head up long enough.
Wednesday I painted more and the day got away from me.
Thursday I had a girls day out .
Friday I painted more.
Saturday I was at the football field all day.
Sunday, more at the football field and finished painting.
Monday....... here I am.
I have been thinking about what I want to blog about today and every time I think about the 20 things I want to talk about, it is clouded by one thing. So I am going to get one thing out here, because then I can write about the other things.
I have gone thru alot of life redirection in the past couple months. I can't believe this all started about 2 months ago. Due to alot of different factors, alot of different people, and probably alot to do with life and how life goes.
I have been dealing with everything the best I can. I have really learned to take things one day at a time, deal with things as they come and I have found it is working. I had to learn to let things go. I had to learn that no matter what you do or say, it can be twisted and turned into anything. I had to learn there are just not so good people in the world. I had to learn that some people are drama driven. I had to learn so people can't let things go. I had to learn there is just some ugliness that you can do nothing about. But in all these lessons, I have also learned that there are some wonderful people in this world. That there are people that can keep your faith in people. I have learned that you can get hurt, stomped on , spit at and you can still rise above and keep your head up. I have learned that you can believe in yourself, even if no one else does.
I have also learned that no matter how much you remove yourself from the ugliness, it has a way of creeping back at you. Then being who you are, you have to just move on once more, you have to just let them bounce off. It is so sad, to watch this. To know that no matter that you have left , you have moved on....some just can't let it go. They can't survive without hurting another human being. They have to attack one through another person. They actually wake in the morning with a conscious thought to write words to hurt another. It is just amazing. It is so amazingly sad.
So I needed to get this out. I needed to release this. I now can move on once again. I have learned in the past two months, that leaving thing there to fester is not a good thing. You can't put energy into the negative and still have energy for all the positive things that you need to do. It is just too exhausting.
So today, as I move on.....
Today is my friend Kim B.'s birthday!!! Happy birthday dear one....You are the hippest 39 year old I know! Oh gawd...is that still cool to be hip?
Today the painting is done! Tomorrow the subfloor gets done, and maybe Thursday the pergo gets layed! Pictures are coming....I just need to get some good pictures!
Josh has made the Varsity Wrestling team!! He has a meet on Saturday, hope it is good one for him.
Wildberry Lemonades are GOOD!
Grungeboard is fun!!
59 Days till January Scrappin Away Vacation!
36 days till Christmas!!
only 3 days till that delicious Turkey and all the fixins!
Monday, November 12, 2007
Life just keeps coming together.