Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Welcome Baby Brayden!

My friend from high school Dana gave birth to her first baby yesterday!!! :)

Here is a picture of baby Brayden. Isn't he adorable!? Congratulations!!! We can't wait to meet him.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008


Elyse can officially walk!!

She took her first steps on Sunday while Dennis was watching her. She stood in one place with a remote ('mote') in each hand, danced to Dennis's song a bit and then took four steps!!

Of course when I came down I tried to have her show me but she wasn't in the mood.

But Sunday night and yesterday Elyse started going and she is getting better and better!! We practice by having her stand at the ottoman and bring me a Goldfish (I could get used to this!!)

Here's a blurry picture for now. I'll hopefully post a video soon.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Personal Touch

I liked this Daily Word today.

I am a kind and compassionate expression of Spirit within.
At the office, on a bus, or in a store, I may be around people without having a conversation or any other interaction with them.Yet when I ask a coworker who seems overloaded with work if I can be of help, when I take my package off the seat next to me on the bus so someone can sit down, when I pick up groceries for a neighbor while I'm at the store, I reach out with a personal touch.

The impersonal gives way to the personal touch that flows from Spirit within. I understand that no one is meant to be a stranger in a world created by God. I recognize people as a part of my team, as fellow travelers in life, as neighbors wherever they may live.

"But a Samaritan while traveling came near him; and when he saw him, he was moved with pity. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, having poured oil and wine on them. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him." --Luke 10:33-34

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Thankful Friday on Saturday

1. Flannel sheets and cuddling with Dennis.

2. This video. It cracks us up! I think we can all relate.

3. I'm going to see Twilight tomorrow! Not as excited as some of the teeny boppers I've seen but still looking forward to it. (But I think the main character should just brush his hair and that makes me feel old!)

4. Elyse can say more and more words everyday!! It is great because I can usually figure out what she wants. Some recent additions are "off" "fish" and "bib". I counted the other day and she has over 50 words which is AWESOME!!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Win A Quilt

For those of you who don't know, my mom is an AMAZING quilter. She even has her own book.

She also has a blog (I copied her) and she is giving away a quilt!! I'm not kidding. Go to her blog and make your guess!!!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

What do you drink???

For a long time, I've been a regular Diet Dr. Pepper drinker but as of this month, I decided that I don't drink soda. I just really don't know that it is made of and that makes me nervous.

But tonight I'm thirsty...really thirsty for some Sprite or Diet Coke or Root Beer but those are now off limits. I'm tired of milk and water.

So, I'm wondering, what do you drink? (I'm talking non-alcoholic here...we could go into that list another time!)

I'm looking for something that isn't a bunch of chemicals and isn't full of calories either. (If I'm going to take in calories, I'd rather they be in the form of brownies!)

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008


I got a remote for my camera so I'll be able to take family pictures without having to push the timer and scramble into place.

So I could take some of Elyse and I together....

And of course some of her by herself...

Monday, November 17, 2008


Elyse has learned that she gets lots more goldfish if she grabs them herself...

And that her finger fits perfectly in her nostril.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

You must be present to win...

Today we were back in church after weeks of sick and travel and the sort. And it was a good thing. Well, it's always a good thing but today, I especially liked the message.

The point of the message was "Live in the Moment." Let go of the past and don't worry about the future.

And while I love a good philosophical sermon as much as the next girl, I love it when I get to hear the "how." Of course I know to live in the moment but when thoughts that lead me otherwise come up, what do I do? We learned some practical steps today and I thought I'd share.

The first thing to do is ask, "Is there a problem now?" I'll use the example of selling our house. We will likely be moving next summer and will want to sell our house. In case you didn't hear, the housing market isn't so great and I worry about what will happen.

When I ask myself the question "Is there a problem now?" The answer is a big N-O! We have a place to live, we are lucky enough to be able to pay our mortgage and the walls are the pretty green that I painted myself.

Here are five more steps to bring us back into the present when thoughts of the past or worries of the future come up:
1. Feel the feeling. I'm anxious about selling the house, worried and regret our decision to buy. I need to feel each of these things.
2. Take 2-3 deep breaths and connect with God.
3. Come up with denial and/or affirmation statements. Here it might be "We continue to be grateful for the abundance in our lives and God will provide for our every need." Have this ready when the worry comes up.
4. Think, "Is there anything that is mine to do?" And if so, do it. I might make a note on my calendar in January to ask friends about their real estate agent.
and finally...

5. Say "Thank you, God" for the spiritual teaching and growth from this situation.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Thankful Friday

1. Elyse really does finally seem better today. She's drinking and eating and is in a pretty good mood.

2. The fact that we have our own washer and dryer...I can't imagine this week with a sick kid if we had to trek to the laundromat!

3. A new photography group I found on Meetup!

4. Progresso Italian Wedding Soup for lunch.

5. Elyse likes to "honk" everyone's nose, even her babydoll and the picture of the guy on the Cheerios.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Free Photobook from Snapfish!

Yesterday on Oprah, they announced a giveaway for all of us. A free photobook from Snapfish! Click here. The coupon only lasts until Friday night so check it out today!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Then and Now

Elyse on the Turkey platter a year ago.

And here she is from a few days ago!

How things change in a year! :)

Tuesday, November 11, 2008


I can cook, I don't mind laundry and I am the one in charge of managing our family finances. But, my one "domestic" weakness is cleaning. I'm not sure why. Don't get me wrong...our house is not a pig pen, I just have trouble making cleaning part of my routine (especially when a certain one year old cancels out my efforts in only a few seconds). In my mom's club, one of the ladies shared with me her strategy for keeping the house clean and I've been giving it a shot. It has worked so far!

Each day there are a few tasks and after they are finished, I'm done! Here's my list:

Wash Diapers (as needed)
Empty the Dishwasher

Clean off Counters
Clean cabinet surfaces
Take old food out of fridge and clean shelves
Mop kitchen and dining room
Clean under burners

Laundry (from start to finish!)
Wash Sheets
Make Baby Food
Rotate Baby Toys

Dust wood
Vacuum entire house
Fabreeze Furniture

Wash bathroom floor
Clean Shower
Clean Sinks
Clean all glass and mirrors in house
Wash Baby toys
Clean Toilets

Friday: (I'm usually tired and lazy by Friday so it's not much!)
Collect Garbage
Water Plants

Clean Carpet
Clean out trash cans
Change air filter

To you neat and tidy people out there, is there anything I'm missing?????

Monday, November 10, 2008


Here's Elyse eating her popsicle, about the only thing she was willing to eat today. Doesn't she look pathetic??

Sorry I haven't been blogging as much lately. I'm back to work and that has been taking up my time and, poor Elyse came down with the stomach flu Friday night. I hate being sick myself but it was just terrible to see her sick. She seemed better yesterday but is sick again today (luckily no throw up but it has moved down south). And, Dennis seems to be feeling under the weather today too.

This is no fun. I can't wait for my babies to feel better!

Friday, November 7, 2008

Thankful Friday!

1. This book. I'm almost done. I was supposed to be done by Wednesday for my book club but when I sat down to read Elyse kept coming up and saying "dun." (done). I guess she wanted to play.

2. Dennis is not out of town for the month of November like he was supposed to be.

3. Elyse made it the whole time without crying at the gym today!! Woo-hoo! Yesterday as I was walking out with my screaming girl the lady there said "it just takes some time for them to get used to it." Well, isn't a year enough time???

4. I'm back to work (I didn't have a class last month) and I'm really enjoying my new students.

5. I have made it a week without drinking soda. I decided I no longer am a soda drinker. I was highly tempted today by a can of Diet Dr. Pepper in the fridge but I resisted the temptation.

6. We've purchased plane tickets to come to STL for Christmas!!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Brown Bear Quilt

As you can see from this we love Brown Bear in our house.

My mom found some new Brown Bear fabric and made this great quilt for Elyse. We are lucky girls to have such a talented Nana! :)

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Cookie Monster

It appears Elyse has a lot in common with her mama...she tried the cookies I made tonight and couldn't get enough!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa is one of my favorite spiritual examples. I ran across this quote of hers and I thought it was worth sharing:

The success of love is in the loving - it is not in the result of loving. Of course it is natural in love to want the best for the other person, but whether it turns out that way or not does not determine the value of what we have done.
Mother Teresa