Archive | December, 2006

Pajama Day

26 Dec

Merry Belated Christmas everyone!!!

Today is our pajama day.  After a couple of days of wrapping, unwrapping, and eating until we’re stuffed but we still eat because our taste buds force us to, us Cash girls are hanging out in our pjs all day.  No plans to leave the house today.  Sarah actually woke up pretty early this morning, but fell back asleep a little after 9am and is still sleeping (it’s currently 11:55am).  This is what she did last year.  She fell asleep face first in the middle of the floor last year.  At least she made it to my bed before passing out this time.

Of course the big question from everyone now is, can you open ______?  We have a nice big pile of unwrapped gifts that the girls are waiting patiently for me to open.  I’m still trying to figure out where all of the new toys will go once they’re open.   Time to start purging.

I really feel like this year I got to enjoy the Christmas season instead of survive it.  Usually I feel sad that Christmas is over before the 25th even gets here, but this year I really feel like I was blessed with the opportunity to sit back and take it all in.  Sure there were those crazy days with a million things to do, but those days are expected.   Now we get to see a million and one commercials for the Rose Parade.

I’m looking forward to my sister and brother-in-law coming to visit for a full week.  We’re also planning to get away for a couple of days to Palm Springs next week before school resumes.  I don’t even want to think of that yet.  Today, I’m just going to enjoy my slippers and pajamas, and try to stay away from the plate of my dad’s fudge.

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Bah Humbug!

21 Dec

‘Tis the season for everyone to start getting crabby.  Crowded streets, little sleep, too much to do…  First of all, let me start by saying that I stayed up until 1am wrapping presents.  So, I was really trying to keep a smile on my face this morning.  I took Sarah, and we went to the Y for my exercise class.  Brett and Leslie joined me this morning for a good workout.  We were set up in the back left corner of the room.  While we were warming up, Leslie and I were conversing.  The music was loud, Yvonne was giving her instructions, and Leslie and I were right along with everyone else, just talking to each other.  No big deal, talking pretty softly, I might add, because of the nature of the conversation, which will remain unspoken.  All of a sudden, a woman from the front right corner of the class walks back to us, approaches Leslie and says while putting her fingers to her mouth, “Could you stop talking?”  HOW RUDE!!!!  Who does this woman think she is?  Don’t even get me started.  First of all, both of us were talking, so why not say it to the two of us?  Secondly, if the woman directly in front of us was not bothered, why are you so distracted?  Thirdly, this woman is weird lookin’ which may explain all of this.  She comes in the class late, proceeds to stand in the front, and then doesn’t do ANY of the exercises as Yvonne directs us to.  She never uses the weights, does squats while we’re doing bicep curls, jogs in place while we’re doing other things – JUST WEIRD!!!  I felt like going up to her and saying, “Could you please follow directions, you’re being distracting!”  I was so fumin’!  I looked at Leslie and said that I wanted to talk just to spite that woman – I know, good Christan/pastor’s wife attitude, but again, who does she think she is???  That just set me off for the rest of the day.

Street construction, grumpy shoppers, impatient drivers (like myself), and a long list of things to do.  Might I remind everyone that I’m still sleep deprived and haven’t had my coffee.  I went to Esther’s class for her Christmas party, went from there to Weight Watchers to weigh in – can I just say YUCK!  Just before I went in, I was talking to my sister and said, “Watch, I’ll be 137.something.”,  which would make me over and I’d have to pay.  Sure enough, I was 137.4.  The woman was gracious enough to pardon my 4 ounces as a Christmas gift to me so I could remain free.  Thank you, Lord!  However, I just wanted to go home and have some buttered popcorn with peanut m&ms.  Blah!  Mmmm, here comes Christmas.

Went home, made some peanut clusters for a gift, made some coffee, my own gift, and then went to pick up Esther from school.  Still tired, and still had to go to Sam’s club to pick up my delinquent Christmas pictures/cards, so I decided to pick up Abigail early.  Walked right into her Christmas party.  Ended up sticking around for another 30 minutes before pulling her away, and left to Sam’s club.  More street construction, more bumper to bumper traffic, and now tired children in the car.  Got the pics and headed home.

I’ve been able to soak in a nice hot bath and have been lenient in not having any other expectations of myself for the evening.  I have praise team practice this evening, and hope to slip into bed as soon as I get home.  SIGH

While driving earlier today, I was snapping and singing along to a Christmas song on the radio and caught Abigail smiling and giggling at me in the back of the van.  This is how I want my kids to remember Christmas time.  Not the bah humbug of meanies and grumpity grumps (like meanie lady at the Y).  So, I’m still trying to keep that smile on my face.   Only four precious days of anticipation left.  Every moment must be treasured.  So, in my bah humbug moments I try to remember that my little ones are watching.

P.S.  It doesn’t help that I’m supposed to receive my visit from Aunt Flo in a couple of days.  Merry Christmas to me!

HALLELUJAH!!!

18 Dec

It is official.  All Reflections entries have been returned.  I left them in piles on the teacher’s desks and now they get to worry about them.  🙂  Ahhh, I love it.  I missed my dining room table.  One task crossed off of my list, and one step closer to a clean house for Christmas.  HALLELUJAH indeed!

How do you spell relief?

18 Dec

For this last week, I spell it 3-4-3-C-o-r-a-l-C-i-r-c-l-e.  That’s the new address of our church.  Last week was a rough one for my family, but especially for my husband, who has had a big part in the building project.  Yesterday we celebrated our first official service in our new building and it was so awesome!  Very emotional, but just so awesome.  One of my favorite moments was singing up on that stage and seeing people’s reactions as they entered the auditorium.  Some would be smiling and filled with excitement, while others would put their hand over their mouth in disbelief and begin to cry.  Brandon thanked the team of men who have worked so hard to make our new building possible, and the next song we sang was “It’s All About You”.  The first few lines of the song are… “It’s all about You, Jesus.  All this is for You, for Your glory and Your fame…”  And it was/is.  That’s what that building is for.  Yep, a tingly moment.  And I’m very proud of my husband!!!!

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Last night we had our worship team Christmas party, and Jenny and I were able to attend with our other two favorite people (our husbands) and no children!  Jenny and I had lots of fun and excitement making slushies 😉  and playing with the chocolate fountain.  Mmmmm.

So, now – it’s the countdown to Christmas.  The girls have school through Thursday, with “winter” concerts, and cookie baking/decorating parties all throughout the week.  I have a mess of a house to clean and some serious exercise and diet to do so that I can weigh in before Christmas.  (again – chocolate fountain)  I also have baking, no Christmas cards done or even contemplated, not one present wrapped, and not done shopping either.  Hmmmm, it never works out how I plan it.

Better get to work!

Meat Pie

14 Dec

Instead of slow cooker Thursday, I have an easy cooker.  🙂

Meat Pie

1 lb ground turkey

3 cloves of garlic, pressed

1 can Bean with Bacon soup

1 med. size jar mild picante sauce

2 cups cheddar cheese

1 box Pillsbury refrigerated pie crust

1 tablespoon parsley

1 teaspoon paprika

1 can corn drained

2 big potatoes, peeled, cubed and cooked

*Brown meat, add garlic, parsley and paprika

*Mix everything together in a large bowl

*Put 1 pie crust on bottom of greased casserole dish, fill with ingredients, put other pie crust on top.

*Bake at 350 degrees for about 45 min. or until the crust is to your liking.

Mmmmm, yummy!

Twilight Zone

12 Dec

My twin sister had some surgery today.  She was supposed to be at the hospital at 5:15 this morning and her surgery was scheduled for 7:15am.  So at about 4:44am I woke up for no apparent reason.  When I realized the time, I began thinking of Amanda probably getting ready to leave for the hospital and said a little prayer for her.  Later this morning, Esther had come into bed with me.  I was laying there watching her dream, making funny faces, when all of a sudden I felt weirdness going on inside my gut region.  Not the lower area but upper, right under the rib cage (where part of my sister’s procedure was to take place).  I looked at the time and I don’t remember it correctly, but it was around 7:20 – 7:30am.  Really weird, my sister was probably starting to have her surgery, so I just said another prayer.  A few minutes later, Jenny text messaged me asking how I was doing?  When I started to think about it I realized “twin” stuff was goin’ on.  Growing up as a twin, coincidences start becoming realized as “twin stuff”.  (Don’t really know what else to call it.)  At about 10am I called my mom to find out if my sister was out of surgery.  Sure enough, right as I had called the doctor had just spoke with them.  My mom laughed saying, “Geesh, you must have known!”  She was fine, but apparently had some trouble when they went to pull out her breathing tube.  My mom had asked me if my throat hurt, as a joke, but after talking with her, the back of my throat did begin to feel somewhat sore and it felt a little difficult to breathe.  Maybe psychosomatic, but again weird.  Maybe I’m just gettin’ a cold.  🙂  Tonight, as I finally got to speak with Amanda on the phone, we were talking about the weird twin stuff and I said, “I’m okay right now, just my back is hurting.”  Guess what she said!  “So does mine!”  Do do do do, do do do do… (that’s the Twilight Zone theme song).  We’ve had things happen where I might be thinking of a song and can’t get it out of my head then I’ll call her and she’ll be singing that very song.  I guess it’s just a twin thing.

Then…  my sister from another mister, Jenny…

Sunday, I showed up for church wearing a lovely blue sweater to find that Jenny was wearing a shirt just as lovely and just as blue.  It wouldn’t have been that big of a deal if we weren’t singing together on praise team that morning side by side.  All day people kept asking if we had called each other.  Then, tonight, I show up at rehearsal wearing dark wash denim capris, a brown shirt and brown jacket.  I see my dear sweet Jenny who is also wearing dark wash denim pants, a brown shirt and a brown sweater.  Granted brown and blue both come in many different hues, however, both times, the hues were EXACTLY the same!  Again, the TZ theme song plays in my mind.

I suppose I just have such a close connection with these two special people in my life, and for that I’m eternally grateful and wonderfully blessed, but sometimes it’s still weird!

Yum-oh, Delish, etc…

9 Dec

So, my day started at about 5:10am when my alarm went off.  I proceeded to make my way to Borders where I sat in my car along with two other couples, not quite ready to brave the early morning cold.  At about 6am a couple of cars pulled up with 6 friends inside.  They grabbed their chairs, so the games began.  We all sat outside with our doubts of the event being worthwhile.  I had to pee soooooo bad, and made good pals with my “neighbors”.  Once we got our tickets at 9am, my new buddies said they were stickin’ around and would save my place.  AWESOME!  The deal was, we get our tickets, then we can begin lining up again at 11am inside the store according to your ticket color, and then she would arrive at 1pm.  So, I went home and swapped with Brandon who went and found our buds and stayed in line for another few hours.  I took a shower, got ready, took the girls, went to Macy’s to find a top for our family pictures later this afternoon, then headed for the bookstore.  Press was everywhere.  We were interviewed by the Daily Breeze and were told to pick one up tomorrow.  🙂  1pm came and no Rachael.  The girls were soooo good.  Everyone around us was commenting on how patient and well-behaved they were.  Granted, we were waiting in the store for about 2 hours.  Then she finally arrived.  It was worth it.  Abigail had drawn a picture for her, which she totally oooed and ahhhed about, and asked Abigail if she could put it on her show.  Then Esther gave her a Barbie figurine that was on her birthday cake.  Rachael tried to turn it down at first thinking it was probably special to Esther and didn’t want her to feel obligated to give it to her, but Esther insisted and Rachael thanked for a special Christmas present.  Sarah just wanted to sit in her lap.  I told her she didn’t have time for that, but Rachael did stop to blow her a kiss.  Very sweet lady.  I wish I could’ve talked with her for a good 20 minutes or so.  So kind and personable.  It was a very fun, adventurous, exciting experience.  I will try to upload the small video Brandon took with my phone.

Now we just breath for a little bit before getting ready for Cash family pictures.  🙂

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