Nov 21, 2008

We Wash You A Merry Christmas!

A few nights ago I was giving Mandie and Matt their evening bath, and I was having trouble getting Mandie to stand up so I could soap her off. I said, "Mandie, stand up so I can wash you . . . stand up, honey . . . Mandie stand up and let me wash you." Apparently the words "wash you" came out of my mouth a lot, and Mandie just pondered on them for a moment, and then she stood up and smiled a HUGE smile and began singing, "we WASH you a Merry Christmas". It was an "A-Ha" moment for her indeed. I didn't correct her, I was too busy laughing and she was too busy singing"

It is officially Christmas time around here. Our tree is up with wrapped packages underneath! Our stockings are hung, we even lit a fire in the fireplace tonight (our first one ever in this house . . . it was a moment for me). And Luke made homemade sugar cookies! I still need to decorate the house in general, but it is certainly feeling very merry around here! LOVE CHRISTMAS!!

Mandie is 2 1/2. She is officially old enough for us to "do" Christmas. I feel such so much responsibility to be in charge of Christmas for my kids. I've never really felt this way before, but I'm really excited about it!

Last weekend my mom and I flew to Dallas for a girls weekend without Mandie to celebrate my Mom's birthday. It was such a wonderful break, but it was so nice to see Mandie's sweet face when I got back. I took Matthew because he's still nursing, but he was great the entire trip (except, of course, at night when he was supposed to be sleeping!) We literally shopped until we DROPPED! We spent like 8 hours total in Allen at the outlet mall there. It was so fun! Even though my mom and I live in the same city, we rarely spend time together just for us. It was awesome to be with her!

I've been doing some subbing at Mandie's school, which is always wonderful! I will sub again on Tuesday in the 1 year old room (can't wait to see ya Hayden!). As far as school goes,I am literally 50 questions (in the form of 3 quizzes) away from graduating!! I have no idea how to be a non-student. I have been a student for 20 years, and (Lord willing of course) it's all about to be over! Who will I be now?? I hope to teach part time at Amarillo College, and just enjoy the fact that there are no due dates looming over my head. I also hope to really develop my friendships, and BE that woman that I always wanted to grow up into!

OK, bedtime!! I WASH you a happy day!

Nov 11, 2008

Tag - You're IT!

I guess I'm a blogger nerd, because this is my first time to be tagged. But I was tagged 3 times, so I'll use this post to fulfill all three tags.

Number One from Sara: find the NEAREST book, turn to page 56, find the fifth sentence, and post the next two -5 sentences. Don't dig for your favorite book, the cool book, or an intellectual book - pick the NEAREST book. OK, here goes:

From the 'Department of Public Safety: Motorcycle Operator's Manual' (it doesn't have 56 pages, so I used page 46)

"Licensing exams are designed to be scored more objectively. To earn your license, you must pass a knowledge test and an on-cycle skill test. Knowledge test questions are based on information, practices, and ideas from this manual. They require that you know and understand road rules and safe riding practices. "

I tag: Arlene C.

Number two from Jeri:
*Link the person that tagged you and post the rules on your blog
*Share 7 random/weird facts about yourself
*tag 7 other people and link to them at the end of your blog
*let each person know they've been tagged by leaving a comment

Seven random/weird facts about me:
1) Praise the Lord, I'm about to graduate (in December)
2) My husband just got a motorcycle (I felt obligated to share this based on the above reading . . . he passed his test with flying colors). He is SO HOT on that thing!
3) I was adopted
4) I found out I had Arthritis when I was 23 years old . . . boo hoo!
5)I am trying to get into swimming. I am about to by a cap and some goggles, I'd LOVE a buddy if any of ya'll have a Town Club membership!
6) I'm always a little scared (and sometimes a lot scared) of the birds at Medi Park when we go to feed the ducks. I was bitten when I was a little girl, so now I'm ready to attack any bird who gets to close to Mandie. I just don't trust those suckers!
7) I am flawed to my core, and I repeat the same mistakes over and over every day, but by God's grace I'm a child of God.

I tag: Amanda Y., Cassie C., Kristen C., Ayvrie D., Keri, Cristina F., and Kerri R.
Number three, also from Jeri: here is the 6th pic from the 6th album in my computer:

It's Luke and Mandie reading a book when she was 7 months old. Good times :)

My man can really grow a beard!

Nov 5, 2008

Pumpkin Patch!

The last week and a half has been nuts! I found out last Tuesday that I would be taking my comprehensive final exam for my masters on the following Monday (2 days ago). Needless to say, most of my free time was devoted to that. I'm so very sorry that my poor kid's Halloween picture post had to be delayed on account of my education. They are late; but they are oh so cute! Happy Belated Halloween!

Some of these were taken at the actual Pumpkin Patch, the picture's with orange brick in the background were taken in front of our house.

Note: Mandie was a Unicorn for all pre-Halloween festivities (the Funival, KU trick-or-treating, and Halloween day at the Library). However, on Halloween day she very decidedly informed me that she did not want to wear THAT! So we put on a dress and she was officially a 'Baby Doll' for Halloween. Matt was a bear . . . a blue bear.

Other news: Matthew says "Mama, Mom, Bubba, and Da" (Da=DaDa), he's currently breaking his fourth tooth, and he can crawl . . . backwards. I think he'll be crawling forwards eventually. He can also sit 'criss cross apple sauce' and just scoot across the floor. He's hilarious!