Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas

I took this picture of our church before Mass on Christmas Eve night.  Isn't it beautiful?

We had a wonderful Christmas this year.   We opted for a small tree this year.  Dennis really liked it,; I miss my big tree.  But, presents came anyway and everyone had a good time.

 Dennis opened the box from his mother.  The hit gift was the calendar of pictures.  Dennis really, really enjoyed that.  I think it was his favorite gift!

 The boys received games.

Then a present from my brother and his wife in North Dakota for the boys!

 My brother sent specific instructions on how to spend the money.  He sent $2 bills and Deniska is having trouble processing what all he has to do with the money.  So funny!

 A Gift from Dennis' ex-step-father.

They really made out on the money this year!

I will share our Christmas pictures tomorrow.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Happy Birthday to My Sweet Boy!

 December 13th was my sweet boy's 11th birthday!!  He requested a cookie cake for his birthday.  I was fine with this since it meant that I did not have to bake a cake myself! 

 Isn't he sweet blowing out the candles?  (Hmm, I think he needs a haircut!  )

 And, this is what I get when I try to take a birthday picture of him!  Silly boy!!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Boys Clubhouse

 Guess what the boys got for Christmas?!  Yes, their very own clubhouse.  There is still work to be done - add a step in front, do the underpining, get the electricity hooked up - but all in all, it is a very cute clubhouse.  I am secretly hoping they will grow tired of it and I can claim it as my sewing and craft room!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

I won!

Chris, at Growing Together was offering a Christmas Movie Giveaway earlier this month and I won!  How exciting to get something in the mail other than bills!  Thank you Chris!!  It's just in time for Christmas!


Cleaned House and Ready to Rest!

I have spent the past four days cleaning house for Christmas.  You know, the type of cleaning where you pull everything out to sweep and mop behind, you wipe the walls, de-clutter hot spots, throw away useless stuff and mail that has been collecting, make room for the tree, mop the entire house, DUST everything (including the kids!)  Which brings me to Thanksgiving Days 25 and 26.  I am thankful for the ability to physically clean house and I am thankful for a family that helps me clean.  This leads me to my 6 word Saturday, "Cleaned House and Ready to Rest!"

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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thanksgiving - Days 20-24

Day 24 - Prayer

 How do people make it in life without prayer? 

Day 23 - Friends!


This is my best friend Gail.  I stole her picture off her facebook page.  We have taught school together for 28 years.  The last 16 years, we have shared an office and our rooms open in to each other.  She is retiring this year.  I am so not happy about that.  I will miss her more than she will ever know.  I love you Gail!!

Day 22 - my job!

In this day of economic worries and woes, I am thankful that I have a job.  I often complain about the stress and threaten to retire.  But, I think I will hang around for a few more years.

Day 21 - My Family's Gratitude

I took this picture this evening.  I was interested in what the boys were thankful for.  Not to worry, McDonald's and parfaits made the list! 

 Day 20 - Changes of Seasons

I took this picture last December looking out my front door.  I love snow even though we rarely have any - maybe that is why I love it!  I am fortunate to live in an area that has a changing of seasons.  We are headed into winter weather and I just love the cold air.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Day 19-Thankful that the weekend is here!

Day 19 -  Thankful that the weekend is here.  It's been a long week and I am ready for a break.  I only work 2 days this coming week and then I will be off for Thanksgiving holiday. 

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Friday, November 18, 2011

Days 17 and 18 of Thanksgiving

Day 18 - Seeing the world through the eyes of a child! 

There are days that this picture reminds me that I need to brave like a tiger and secretive like Batman.  This picture was made in 2007 but both boys are still very imaginative and I love hearing their thoughts on the way they see the world.  They keep me in line!

  Day 17 - Umbrellas! 

Yesterday, it was pouring rain and was I ever thankful for an umbrella!!!  Sometimes you forget about the little items that make life so much easier! 

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Day 16 of Thanksgiving

Day 16 - Icy-Hot! 

Last night my knees were killing me.  It was cold, damp, rainy, awful weather.  I stopped by Walgreens and bought me a brand new stick of Icy Hot.  I lathered it on, changed into my pajamas and went to bed!  It must have done the trick since they do not hurt as badly as today!


Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Day 15 of Thanksgiving

Day 15 - New French Doors!  This summer, we took down the sliding patio doors (which were almost impossible to open) and replaced them with french doors.  They have the blinds inside the glass.  We just love them!

I asked Deniska to sweep off the deck when the men were through putting in the doors.  He took the vacuum stick outside to vacuum the deck!  BOYS!

 Here's a view from the inside.  I just love them!

St. Therese

St. Therese, the Little Flower, please pick me a rose from the heavenly garden and send it to me with a message of love. Ask God to grant me the favor I thee implore, and tell Him I will love Him each day, more and more.