Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Sarah rockin' the hula hoop (video)

Monday, November 29, 2010

Brandon's hula hoop attempt (video)

Bethy attempting to hula hoop (video)

Sunday, November 28, 2010

A Little Birdie Told Me...

  • Thanks for all the comments and messages - some comments are quite entertaining! I'm slowing responding - thanks for your patience! #

  • Today was a sad day in history several times over, probably the most well-known being the day President John F. Kennedy… #

  • This was the first many saw about the assassination. #

  • Totally *love* seeing this!! #OCC #

  • It's National Cranberry Relish Day - apparently a day John Lennon could have gotten into... #

  • Want to spice up your cranberry relish for National Cranberry Relish Day or Thanksgiving? How about jalapeño? #

  • Here's a whole bog of cranberry relish recipes (over 400), whether you want it plain, with apples, oranges, nuts, peach… #

  • End violence against women - now - on V-Day. #

  • Just how bad is violence against women? As of 2004, one in six American women had been the victim of an attempted or co… #

  • ~l.i.v.i.d~ about a jerkwad on myspace making inciteful, hateful comments ***GRRRRR*** #fb #

  • Tomorrow is National Cashew Day - I shall heartily and happily celebrate! #

  • You can make gluten- and dairy-free ranch dressing from cashews? Who knew?? #

  • Tomorrow is also Eat a Cranberry Day - okay, you can have two! #

  • Just got a phone call that my grandfather is being taken to the ER with suspected pneumonia; prayers for Tommy Tennison appreciated #fb #

  • OMG, it's not all about you! focus, you twit! #

  • @JohnCWhitney YES! #

  • Sarah got my klutziness - she just hit her face on the corner of her dresser - I think she's gonna have a black eye :( #fb #

  • Life magazine is 74 today, and Miley Cyrus is finally an adult (not that it will change her lifestyle or anything). #

  • Here's a compilation of all the covers of Life magazine. They tell an interesting story in and of themselves. #

  • Want to read Life? Here ya go - all of them. #

  • Keep the kids out of the kitchen with a pile of Thanksgiving games! #

  • I like word searches (can't help it - I'm a nerd). Here's a Thanksgiving word search printable for everyone from beginn… #

  • While the kids are playing, you can find the perfect cranberry sauce recipe - and Eat a Cranberry Day is perfect for it! #

  • Lara reading "365 Penguins" to everyone #

  • Sofia came hear the story, too #

  • The library gang ((Kids, Library)) #

  • Can you pass this Thanksgiving trivia quiz? #

  • Tomorrow is National Espresso Day - a lot of us are gonna need it to get ready for Thanksgiving. #

  • The other thing you need tomorrow to get ready for Thanksgiving? An apron! Share one with some… #

  • Don't have an apron for Tie One On Day? Make one! #

  • Irish ATC with watercolor and glass embossing (don't like it) #

  • Another Irish ATC attempt - still not happy #

  • Last attempt, done with the brayer #

  • Added an embellishment to the second - going with minimalism #

  • Irish ATC Series #

  • let's see if the misery will wash out in the shower... #fb #

  • Here's a cute and easy Thanksgiving craft, and it uses some of the Halloween candy stash, too! #

  • Why it's called "Fall" #

  • Life in the midst of death #

  • Texas Autumn #

  • Here's some Thanksgiving quotes for you - from celebrities, so be warned! #

  • Here, some Thanksgiving quotes that are more... well, Thanksgiving. #

  • Ok, ok - I know you want to know: what the heck are turkey cooking times per pound? Here are the USDA recommendations. #

  • It's not Thanksgiving without sweet potato casserole! Here are over 1100 recipes to choose from - get cooking! #

  • The other Thanksgiving must? Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2010 on NBC at 9am ET! #

  • attempting to link my posterous account to 3stairs.com, so you're forewarned if everything goes wonky #fb #

  • Do you have the green bean casserole recipe for Thanksgiving? Here's the classic Campbell's everyone knows and loves. #

  • Whether you want a simple apple pie recipe or a sugar-free one - one of the 14 on this site devoted to apple pie recipe… #

  • Just what I need - a *no-fail* turkey gravy recipe from drippings! #

  • With Alton Brown in the kitchen, the science behind this sweet potato pie recipe is sure to make it about perfect. Pass… #

  • This gives a whole new connotation to playing with you… #

  • Misty's slouchy beanie #

  • Misty's matching phone tote #

  • This is my all-time favorite commercial. I look forward to it every year to officially start my holidays! #

  • More humiliation: my first grade school picture #

  • A tender and loving tribute to Charles Schulz, in his obituary from The New York Times. #

  • Did you know there's a Schulz Museum? I think a trip to California just made it to my bucket list... #

  • It's National Cake Day! This is my go-to cake recipe (I eat it for breakfast!). #

  • So you don't want gingerbread cake? These guys have everything from Angel to Zucchini! #

  • And it wouldn't be National Cake Day without some cake disasters, would it? #

  • This is the bakery that made cakes famous - and amazing. #

  • Bootsie's new spot #

  • @lauriepercival WAY TO GO! isn't it amazing what those kids can make us do, before they even get here??? #soproudofyou cc: @percival #

  • I'm loving these reindeer! #

  • Want glitzy ornaments in colors *you* choose? He… #

  • @PilotWifeBlog let me know how it turns out! #

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The pretty part of me

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Bootsie's new spot

Michael took him to our room as always, but he started fussing. Michael followed him to the hallway thinking he wanted to go outside. Boots went straight the the girls' room and meowed at the door. Michael opened the door and he went right to the pillow where he slept with Sarah last night (but Sarah's at Granma's house tonight).

Friday, November 26, 2010

Friday Fill-in

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1. Three things I must have on my Thanksgiving table: turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce (the jellied, shaped-like-the-can stuff).

2. There's always at least one person sacked out on the couch.

3. This is one of the best meals of the year.

4. I like to decorate for Christmas the day after Thanksgiving, but  it hasn't happened that way in several years.

5. Oh, man, thankfully it's going to get slightly warmer this weekend.

6. I need to perfect the art of sorting through clothes and keeping the amount of clothing we have down.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to a whole lotta nuthin', tomorrow my plans include church and a nap and Sunday, I want to have a safe trip to Sherman and back!

More humiliation: my first grade school picture

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

In which we discover Crystal really is posting...

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So I finally got up the gumption to attempt to link my Posterous blog to this one so you, my faithful readers, can see the photos I take (mostly with my iPhone) on an almost daily basis.

Which is ridiculous, because it was ridiculously simple.

That said, you will now be regaled with more than just Wordless Wednesday and Friday Fill-in posts.


I'm not sure yet if I'll transfer everything from Posterous over here, so feel free to go browse through the photos here.

Texas Autumn


Life in the midst of death


Why it's called "Fall"


Sunday, November 21, 2010

A Little Birdie Told Me...

  • drinking apple cinnamon theraflu for my sore throat and getting ready to put this very long day to bed #fb #

  • GAPBF 2 #

  • GAPBF 3 #

  • GAPBF 4 #

  • Great American Peanut Butter Festival Round 1 #

  • GAPBF 5 #

  • GAPBF 6 #

  • GAPBF 6 #

  • Too exhausted - will post the rest of the pix tomorrow #

  • GAPBF 8 #

  • GAPBF 9 #

  • GAPBF 10 #

  • GAPBF 12 #

  • GAPBF 11 #

  • GAPBF 13 #

  • GAPBF 14 #

  • GAPBF 15 #

  • Toby (Mom's cat) on the windowsill #

  • Just got in the checkout line; let's see how long this takes... #sundayafternoonwalmarthell #fb #

  • 28 minutes #sundayafternoonwalmarthell #fb #

  • Bethy's Mickey Mouse Clubhouse cake #

  • Baby doll from Uncle John and Aunt Kay #

  • Outfit and matching tights from Meme #

  • Monkey jammies, Dora magic towel, and My Little Pony stickers from Uncle Joel and Aunt Dixie #

  • Dolly complete with accessories from Uncle Joel and Aunt Dixie #

  • Pink clothes from Granma #

  • Princess toys from Granma #

  • Bethy blowing out the candles #

  • so very tired of the hurt and loneliness #

  • These would be really cute treats for Thanksgiving! #

  • Today is National Hermit Cookie Day - celebrate with these perfect fall cookies! #

  • oh, you naughty, naughty Santa! #

  • Give - it does your heart good. #

  • Put your sorting cap on - today is America Recycles Day. #

  • An invitation to recycle, from Sen. Tom Carper - U.S. Senator from Delaware #

  • Looking for ways to get the kids excited about America Recycles Day? Check out all these activities and ideas! #

  • Get out the gas mask, *big* trash bags, and cleanser - it's Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day. #

  • Barnboard twists spiral beanie - teen/adult #

  • "Cuppa Coaster" for a swapper in Bristol, UK #

  • "Cuppa Coaster" for a swapper in Bristol, UK #

  • @IT_Scooter love it! #

  • Oklahoma has been a state for 103 years now, and Martha Plimpton hits the big 4-0 today. #

  • Oh yeah, and LSD is 72. #

  • "My LSD Trip - A non-cop, non-hippie report of the unvarnished facts" - commentary says this report takes you along for… #

  • We are all neighbors and humans - remember that. #

  • *Please* do not tell my kids about this holiday! #

  • Tomorrow is World Peace Day - help spread the grassroots effort. #

  • Tomorrow is also Homemade Bread Day - here's over 3500 recipes to choose from. :) #

  • Don't want to make bread? Okay, send an e-card for Electronic Greeting Card Day! This site was one of the first e-card … #

  • Here are some e-cards for the more sardonic greeters out there. #

  • Wordless Wednesday #

  • Calvin and Hobbes will be 25 tomorrow! #

  • A fantastic treatise on the genius of Calvin and Hobbes. #

  • Sounds kinda gross to me, but if you leeks, then tomorrow is a day to celebrate. #

  • Tomorrow is a big day for a lot of people. Encourage those you know that are participating in the Great American Smokeo… #

  • Quiz: Do You Need Help to Quit? #

  • Check out the physiological benefits to putting out the cigarettes. #

  • checkin' out holidays and interesting historical events #

  • Lil Rosebud #

  • Everyone's favorite mouse will be 82 tomorrow! #

  • Mickey has been in 182 films since 1928. #

  • Perhaps Mickey's most well-known film sequence - and certainly one of my favorites. #

  • The first American in space was born today, and time zones in the US and Canada were adopted in 1883. #

  • Aggies everywhere mourn today in remembrance of those who died and were injured in 1999. #

  • Bonfire is gone, but Student Bonfire burns on in remembrance and salute. #

  • Mickey's big sound debut 82 years ago on what Disney considers his birthday. #

  • It's William Tell Day - but don't go shooting apples off of children's head to celebrate, mmkay? #

  • Of course, the William Tell Overture is the most famous aspect of the day, but I like Anita Renfroe's version the best. #

  • Comic fans' lives were in upheaval over the death of Superman 18 years ago. Who would kill the man of steel? #

  • Alan Shepard was born on this day in 1923. Here, some pictures from his life. #

  • It's coming out misshapen, so a frogging spree it is... :( #

  • It's coming out misshapen, so a frogging spree it is... :( #

  • The first half-dozen rounds of the do-over of Landon's blanket #

  • The first half-dozen rounds of the do-over of Landon's blanket #

  • Pop Tarts popped up (couldn't resist the pun) in 1965 on November 19 - make sure you celebrate tomorrow! #

  • "Eat 'em now or eat 'em later, 'cuz you don't to keep 'em in a... refrigerator!" #

  • @ForgottenBkmrks wanted to wish you a happy birthday and let you know i thoroughly enjoy the blog #

  • Another six rounds added to Landon's blanket #

  • had the supreme pleasure of watching some of our playoff football players open doors at the primary this morning - pictures coming! #fb #

  • ...and now @marcand thinks i'm a perv... #

  • It sounds like a joke, but it's not - raise awareness for the 2.6 billion people who don't have access to toilets and p… #

  • Some international goings-on for World Toilet Day. #

  • So what can celebrating World Toilet Day do? Stop Cholera in its tracks. #

  • Lincoln's famous Gettysburg Address was delivered 147 years ago today. I dare you to listen to the words and remember o… #

  • Here's a cornucopia of Thanksgiving word search, Thanksgiving games, and Thanksgiving worksheets from one of my favorit… #

  • Homeschoolers and teachers - your search for Thanksgiving worksheets just ended! #

  • Looking for Thanksgiving crafts? Look no further! #

  • @999kmoo YAY! #

  • Tomorrow is one of my favorite holidays - National Peanut Butter Fudge Day! #

  • An entire collection of tested peanut butter fudge recipes to help you celebrate National Peanut Butter Fudge Day! #

  • So easy a 12-year-old can do it! See? #

  • @JohnCWhitney thanks for the awesome coverage of the game for those of us that couldn't be there to see our boys WIN! #

  • Made a Spirit Beanie while I waited for the 'Jackets to win tonight - let me know if you want one #

  • Made a Spirit Beanie while I waited for the 'Jackets to win tonight - let me know if you want one #

  • Brandon roasting his hot dog over the fire #

  • Sarah roasted her own hot dog over the fire #

  • @IT_Scooter she was rather proud :) #

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Friday, November 19, 2010

Friday Fill-in

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1. Why does it matter how you treat  people? Because they are humans, with hearts, just like you - treat them right.

2. Don't skip an opportunity to see the world.

3. Thank you for your encouragement (all of you who love me despite me).

4. Christmas is my favorite holiday because of a myriad of things, but especially the music.

5. I am SO ready to stop struggling.

6. We are as anything (whether good or bad) as we make up our minds to be.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to going to dinner at a friend's house with Michael, tomorrow my plans include family night at church and Sunday, I want to help pack Thanksgiving baskets and Caring & Sharing stockings after the board meeting at church!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

A Little Birdie Told Me...

  • today i'm thankful for dear friends #fb #

  • Sage green 100% cotton beanie - teen/adult size #

  • @fightingfrumpy takes on DST - love it! #

  • today i'm thankful for the creativity that God has blessed me with #fb #

  • Well, what do you know? Today could be called "Stairway to Heaven" day!

    And Parker Posey isn't that young anymore... #

  • You know you wanna hear it now, don't you? Here's a live video for you - complete with psychedelic fuzzy blues. #

  • Woohoo - a new MOPS "niece" came today! Shaunna Rose #

  • Sarah went to all the 2nd grade classes after the field trip today to collect cans for the Ethan Polley Fund at church! #

  • Final @OCC_Shoeboxes count = 47 - we still need help with shipping funds! #

  • #want for Bethy! #

  • Turns out the point of dunce caps was originally the opposite of what we think of them today... #

  • See, the dunce cap was really a teaching device! #

  • It's National Young Readers Day - pizza for reading? Yes, please! #

  • Encourage your young readers with classic children's books at Project Gutenberg. #

  • Time change doing a number on your sleep schedule? Have a cappuccino! #

  • Like caffeine? Like chocolate? Eat some of these with… #

  • On a much more somber note, let us not forget the shattered windows and lives of Kristallnacht. #

  • An interesting (and inciting) treatise on the conspiracy theory of Kristallnacht. #

  • I was so proud of Sarah's can collecting that I got her a fun patch as a reward :) #

  • An incredibly easy, frugal, and *adorable* Christmas orname… #

  • So much of what most of us know about the Cosmos is thanks to Carl Sagan, whether we agree with him or not. #

  • Everything Carl Sagan, all in one place. #

  • Do you remember where you were when the Berlin Wall fell 21 years ago? #

  • Sprechen Sie Deutsch? Then today's the day to celebrate inventors! #

  • seriously wanting to gnaw some heads off... #fb #

  • 1967 saw the first issue of one of the most influential music magazines in the world. #

  • For all the hoopla, you may as well call today Black Ops Day. Who knew this vague post would spawn so much excitement? … #

  • Had to perform emergency facial reconstructive surgery #

  • 1:52 minutes of awesome #

  • Do not show this video after you've served your National Vanilla Cupcake Day cupcakes! Unless, you know, you like icing… #

  • Silly Face Cupcake Toppers #

  • Tuesday's thankfulness: teamwork; Wednesday's thankfulness: silliness #fb #

  • Dr. Livingstone, I presume you know how to get to Sesame Street? #

  • Let us never forget the sacrifices of our troops. To all Marines past, current, and future, thank you, heroes, for your… #

  • The beloved Sesame Street first aired on this date in 1969. Now you can learn any time at SesameStreet.org! #

  • Do you want to be a hero? Here's a good place to start - today marks the 235th birthday of the Marine Corps. #

  • This is the Sesame Street theme song I grew up singing. Did you come running when you heard it, too? #

  • Cafe Steamers Grilled Chicken Marinara = YUMM-O #fb #

  • Tomorrow is Veteran's Day - be sure to thank one! #

  • Veterans have served humbly. These businesses want to say thank you. #

  • Here are some ideas for including your kiddos in Veterans Day. #

  • Veterans Day quotes - these might help you understand why it means so much to so many. #

  • Get crafty with the kids for Veterans Day! #

  • More PS Mobile play #

  • @HeadshotHeather thanks for the heads up! #

  • Got home from the HeadStart meeting to get a phone call that my birthday girl has a fever of 100.8 :( #fb #

  • we've managed to misplace every stinkin' thermometer in the house... #fb #

  • Tomorrow is Chicken Soup for the Soul Day - reading and eating: sounds good to me! #

  • today i'm thankful for my sweet Bethy that is 5 today; she was surprise, but one of the best of my life; i <3 my miniature child! #fb #

  • You can't celebrate Chicken Soup for the Soul Day without a Chicken Soup for the Soul book! There are over 100 titles t… #

  • So why chicken soup? Turns out there's a bit of science behind it. #

  • Hungry for chicken soup now, aren't ya? Here's 20 recipes to choose from. #

  • Don't want chicken soup? How 'bout celebrating National Pizza with the Works (Except Anchovies) Day? #

  • November 12, 1929 saw the birth of a little American girl that really did become a princess - Grace Kelly. #

  • The day the American girl became the Princess. #

  • The American Princess' legacy lives on. #

  • Did you know that November is National Adoption Month? #

  • Everything about adoption, from pregnancy to finding your birth parents. #

  • Bootsie sleeping on the swing #

  • Brownies and Daisies lining up for the Mineola Veterans Day parade #

  • Sarah and her buddies are ready! #

  • Notes to self: vocal rest before parades and take cough drops! #

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Sunday, November 7, 2010

A Little Birdie Told Me...

  • boys and girls, Mum's going to bed... #fb #

  • it's another one of those i'm-the-worst-parent-imaginable-it's-all-my-fault days; whoopty-freakin-doo #fb #

  • since when is 10 an adult with full rights to do whatever you want and tell your parents outright, "no, i will not do that!" ??? #fb #

  • Beautiful girl #

  • baked bisquick donuts with cinnamon-sugar topping = happy kids and this mom's the bomb #fb #

  • Great American Peanut Butter Festival Cupcake Toppers #

  • This is what $646.10 in #BoxTops looks like #

  • Another $41.80 in #BoxTops thanks to Dachiel Turner for a total of $687.90! #

  • Yay - #BoxTops are on their way! #fb #

  • Attn @lauriepercival and other cloth-diapering Mommas - check out today! #

  • Little sherbet spiral hat with ribbed brim #

  • Little candy corn goodies (yes, with candy corn inside) #

  • it's the 3rd, so i'm listing 3 things to catch up - today i'm thankful for Carrie at @NuttysPB, @OCC_shoeboxes, and @marcand #

  • Let's pack @OCC_Shoeboxes! #

  • Anna cut out piles of #OCC labels for us #

  • Fallyn beautifully models a box #

  • 17 down, 43 #OCC boxes to go... #

  • Huzzah! Mineola MOPS packed 37 @OCC_Shoeboxes! #

  • A beautiful sight... #OCC #

  • @OCC_shoeboxes Don't you, though?! I love it - that's over halfway to my goal of 60 boxes! :D in reply to OCC_shoeboxes #

  • Coaster, face scrubber, toddler washcloth $2 ((Crafts, Crochet)) #

  • Petit Fleur #

  • today i'm thankful for the space heater under my desk #fb #

  • Well, I did it - here's the new page for my crochet goodies: #

  • Petit Fleur #

  • I just added myself to the My Friendees Directory under *curator, *holiday, *food, *crafts, and *traditions #

  • Break out the gunpow-err, fireworks! #

  • Reading up on Guy Fawkes Day - getting inspiration, maybe? ;) #

  • Just got this in the mail to review - looking forward to it #

  • off to the store for groceries - oh, joy of my soul... #fb #

  • Yay - #BoxTops are on their way! #fb #

  • Why do you celebrate Guy Fawkes Day? #

  • so i skinned my knee earlier today tripping over my pants #ouch #thejoysofbeingshort #hurryhurts #fb #

  • For those of you asking, "So who is this Guy, anyway?"

    Sorry, I couldn't help it! #

  • This gives a whole new connotation to GPS... #

  • A transcription of the trial of the Gunpowder Plot conspirators of 1605 from the State Trials, 1750 edition…t... #

  • Bonfires, Fireworks, and a Guy - Guy Fawkes Night or the first Burning Man? ;) #

  • Burgers, Casseroles, Stews, Desserts - edible courage for Fawkes wannabes or Stampers of Treason - whatever your side. … #

  • Make a safe bonfire for the kiddies! #

  • For the reenactment set - a BBC documentary video clip. #

  • Remember, remember, the fifth of November, to say crazy rhymes while you dance 'round the embers! #

  • Last but not least - however you celebrate, do it safely! #

  • going on two hours' sleep today; need prayers for the p family today #fb #

  • more steals at for @lauriepercival and other cloth diapering mommas today! #

  • realized i missed yesterday, so i;m thankful for Kathryn Ashley for picking up Brandon's scout stuff & Alice Kernes for her sweetness #fb #

  • @lauriepercival that's okay - you have to do what works for you at the moment! #

  • just listened to 4yo Bethy sing The B-I-B-L-E - made my heart soar #fb #

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Friday, November 5, 2010

Friday Fill-in

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1. Sometimes, I want to toss all of the clothes in the house and start all over .

2. I'm ambivalent about the whole thing.

3. Small acts of kindness are just as important as the large ones.

4. Honest self-inspection is very enlightening.

5. I keep meaning to sort the clothes - it might actually happen one day.

6. I haven't preached a sermon ...yet.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to burying myself under the covers, tomorrow my plans include hearing Ronny preach and Sunday, I want to end up with 60 packed Operation Christmas Child boxes!
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