Archives for December 2013

The Minister’s Wife’s BFF

We all know its been said,

a pastor and his family will rarely if ever have
close relationships.

77jjk40101-LWhy is this phrase actually quite true?

I'm talking about this very topic over at A Common Bond today. Come join the conversation!

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The Ultimate Christmas Season Bucket List

The Ultimate Christmas Season Bucket List!!!

If you've been around here long, you know I love organization, even if that's becoming harder to come by in my home during this season}. I also love Christmas AND a good plan {or general idea of where we're going}. So of course, I would be all about Advent, countdowns, and bucket lists.

Decorate for ChristmasToday, I've tried to combine my love of these in a general list of great ideas our family, among having a baby, is going to try to remember to enjoy this season. If you want to read about it and or print the list, check it out on the Homemaker's Challenge today! 😀

Merry Christmas!!!

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I Fake Moon People

There are a handful of you who are subscribers who receive emails every time I publish something. {We're talking toddler handful}

making Thanksgiving bags

You may have noticed I haven't been writing much...or at all. Most of those prolly hit click the box to "bulk delete" before even opening, hence the catchy title. LOL No really, it doesn't bother me. I delete most of the blogs I subscribe to right now.

I just wanted to share with you as I am going lately.
Ya know, all of November & now December.

Jamin finally got a "big boy bed" and is SUPER excited that his toddler bed was turned back into a crib for "baby Ellie" and will stay in his room.

We made turkey bags & snack mix with our "across the street" friends to give to all our other neighbors.Turkey Bags

There have been lots of days I'm just wooped so we come up with things like, "royal day" where we break out crawling tubes and pop-up tents that cover the entire living room and entertain the chill'n for hours.My Iz the Biz

Collected and packed TONS of Operation Christmas Child boxes with the valley peeps.
OCC

We stole our niece and nephew for a few days around Thanksgiving. It was fun and adventurous.
We caught a "field mouse"caught a mouseand gave this handsome guy a good ole fashion Thanksgiving haircut.David's Thanksgiving ChopOur valley family threw us an awesome baby shower for Ellie and we got some necessities AND cuteness!Ellie's ShowerWe decorated for Christmas an my J-man helped 'fluff the branches'...it was hard work 😉 fluffing branches

The rest of this stuff is pure random quirkiness that came to my awkward, off-track, pregger brain.

  • Sometimes when someone says something silly or that I don't like...I pretend to pull down my pants and pretend to moon them.
  • My living room is currently covered in that weird mess stuff people make pretty stuff out of in shades of green, red, and gold. I found it in a trash bag in my side-yard...it had been there for days and I think blew out of someone's trash guys truck.
  • We've been finishing Christmas shopping and have everything wrapped so far. We do 1 'spiritual', 'need', and 'fun' for each child. This year, we also let the kids shop for one another. When Matt and I sat down to wrap, it wasn't odd when he ask me what the plan was and if I was picking a specific wrapping paper for each child. I wouldn't do that...I wrapped each "type" of gift in a certain paper. lol

  • I have lots of things I want to write but with the personality of Rachel from Friends {season 8- mega preggers}... it might be best if I wait 😉

"I'm sorry, is the puffy pregnant lady disturbing your coffee sipping?!"
"I have to pee. If I don't come out in 5 minutes its because I choked to death on the potpourri stench."

I am getting oober jealous of all my amazing friends "getting their babies" before. I know this is completely irrational and selfish. I have lots of friends struggling through miscarriages and infertility.

"They're bringing in another woman." "Is she pregnant yet? It doesn't matter, she'll still have her baby before I do."
"3 Women have come and gone with their babies...you're at a 3." "WHAT!?! I'm a 3."

  • We've been trying to keep the house clean...in prep for bringing home baby. But it gets a little hard when your 5-year-0ld keeps urinating on the carpet. {a story...or lots of stories for another time}
  • cleaning the houseWe have 3 different "advent" like things going in my house: homemade countdown chain {started ~Thanksgiving}, veggie tale calendar with Truth in the Tinsel inserts, and a Jesus Storybook Bible scripture readings. Yeah, impressive right!?! Mags ask me today, "Mamma, so are giving up on the chain countdown or something?"

  • I am eating Edy's Butterfinger Grand Ice Cream out of the 1.5qts tub. Not because I'm that hungry but that lazy...I didn't want to dirty another bowl and the only reason I have a real spoon is because it was longer than the plastic ones and I didn't want to get my hand sticky.
  • I still have a giant blue frame on my wall that really bothers those in our valley group but its a major commitment- poster size 24x32. The biggest poster size Wal-Mart has is 20x30.
  • After 3 other pregnancies and claiming that my belly button was only a 1/2 outie or just a "lip"...its full fledged OUT-e this time!

Hope you're having a fun, random, adventurous holiday season and maybe I'll get back on track writing real soon. I really do miss it.

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P.J. Shopping Day!!!

Most of these deals are from my affiliates
{meaning, my family earns 1%-10% of the sales}
but some are just things I love & wanted to share!

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