One of the bridesmaids, Shelli, arrived from Wyoming this morning. Things are going smoothly. Erin met the other gals this afternoon--they drove from Wyoming. She is having each of the gals videotape some comments as a gift for Carrie. Tonight they are going to some restaraunt, I really don't know which one. (Keith says Olive Garden.) Most of them are coming back here afterward. I just can't see getting hotel rooms. Only problem is, we ran out of hot water this morning and none of them were even here yet--a few showers, Mya's bath, and laundry. I think Keith will be turning up the temp on the water heater so that it will go farther.
Thursday, December 28, 2006
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Wednesday, December 27, 2006
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Sunday, December 24, 2006
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The presents were finally all wrapped as of Friday at midnight. Mya was the first one up one Saturday morning. So, she got to open her "Sophia" gift. Thank you, Sophia. Mya likes her new dolly. She wanted to see if she could get her coat off.
When the Erin and Carrie and Jon woke up and Joe and Rachael arrived, they all opened a couple gifts before we ate. Then after our stomachs were stuffed, we finished up the gifts. Everyone was happy with their new treasures. Afterward, it was a time to enjoy the gifts and hang around before Joe, Rachael and Erin headed off to work. A good day, all in all.
Updated by Verna at 10:52 AM
Friday, December 22, 2006
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
Taken from: http://ktis.nwc.edu/page.php?id=164
1 Corinthians 13 - Christmas Version
If I trim the spruce with shimmering angels and crystal snowflakes, attend a myriad of holiday parties and sing in the choir’s cantata but do not focus on Christ, I have missed the point.
Love stops the cooking to hug the child.
Love sets aside the decorating to kiss the husband.
Love is kind, though harried and tired.
Love doesn’t envy another’s home that has coordinated Christmas china and table linens.
Love doesn’t yell at the kids to get out of the way, but is thankful they are there to be in the way.
Love doesn’t give only to those who are able to give in return, but rejoices in giving to those who can’t.
Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never fails.
Video games will break, pearl necklaces will be lost, golf clubs will rust.
But giving the gift of love will endure.
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Tuesday, December 19, 2006
My mom found this in the newspaper when we were kids and started making it at the holidays. That's how it all began. Thanks mom.
Grandma Arlene's Carmel Corn
2 c brown sugar
1/2 c light corn syrup
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 Tbsp Vanilla
7 1/2 quarts popped corn--divided into 2 aluminum roasting pans
Boil butter, sugar, syrup and salt in a saucepan for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add baking soda and vanilla - mix thoroughly (caution-rapid expansion of mixture).
Pour over popped corn, mixing immediately--2 man job. Place coated corn (which is in aluminum roasters) into 200 degree oven for 1 hour--stirring at 15 minute intervals. Cool on large clean surface.
Updated by Verna at 8:07 AM
Monday, December 18, 2006
Sunday, December 17, 2006
Saturday, December 16, 2006
Life has been one big blur this week. I have picked up extra hours at work and today is the first of 4 days off. Praise the Lord!!!
This morning, Mya and I headed off to church at 9:15 so that she could be at program practice and I could assemble the candy/prize bags for our Church Christmas program, tomorrow. These are bags that even you would love. Inside is a small pack of holiday crayons, a notebook, plastic ring, sticky rubber lizard, stickers, a blow horn, a plastic necklace, a balloon and a LOT of candy. The program starts at 10:00 am, if you care to come over AND the great thing is it is followed by ham dinner. So, you don't even have to rush out to eat.
After stuffing the bags, I sent Mya home with Erin, in hopes that Mya would take a nap. Then I was off to pick up my Dyson vacuum from the local Best Buy cuz it just plain wouldn't start one day. Fortunately, we had the extended warranty and it did not cost me anything out of pocket. I did look kind of funny pushing a vacuum across the parking lot, I have to admit.
Next, I went over to Borders Books with the intention of finding a vegetarian cookbook for my son's girlfriend, Rachael. I did find one and then a book for each member of the family except Mya, she gets 4 little ones. My son gets 2 actually--bunny care books. I thought my future son-in-law could use a "college cookbook" so that he can take care of Carrie when she doesn't want to cook. I can't share Erin or Carrie's books cuz they occasionally read my blog.
I had had enough shopping by then and headed home only to find that Mya was still awake, helping papa daddy put up Christmas lights. We played outside for a few minutes and ate some lunch. By then it was well after 1:00. So, off to nap for Mya. I did not get a nap, though. I put the finishing touches on our Christmas Program bulletin and started it printing--60 of them on my little printer takes a while. Then, I thought, "I have gotten so many nice Christmas cards, the least I can do is send out a Christmas email to those who have email." So, I did. Your mom should have a copy. No pictures, though. Waiting for the wedding on that.
Mya was still napping. So, I wrapped my Borders Books gifts, drank a pop, and sat down to blog and that is when I saw your request for an update. Mya has now waken--3:30. The bulletins have just finished printing and I will now finish folding them. Then, I will go and see my husband for the first time in what feels like a month.
Hope this update finds you well.
Monday, December 11, 2006
Mya is back at it. She cuts everything in site. Keith finally took the scissors away. It has become, not only a manual dexterity exercise, but a tool of mass destruction. So, he asks me on the phone (I called home from work), what do you call a scissors maniac. The final word, why a CLIPTOMANIAC, of course!!! Aren't we just funny?!??!??!
Updated by Verna at 12:13 AM
Saturday, December 09, 2006
Today we went out to dinner with our son Joe and his girl Rachael to celebrate Joe's 23rd birthday which is on Monday. Mya took a bath so she could be all clean and fresh. I took out this shirt and said she should wear her hoody and be like all the big kids cuz they wear hoodies. She was very excited and kept the hood up and her hands in the pocket for quite a while. She is very proud of Mya's "hooby".
Updated by Verna at 3:43 PM
Friday, December 08, 2006
Steph has inspired me to post some China pix. We'll keep this crying session going all day. Fortunately, I get to go to work and be distracted :-p
Here's a cute email I received from Keith:
Mya was at the counter opening some Target coupons. I have a pile of important papers for you on the counter. I emphasized strongly that that pile was important papers for mommy and that she should not touch them. I went back downstairs about five minutes later. Mya pointed to the pile and said, "Mya didn't touch papers."
Updated by Verna at 1:22 PM
Thursday, December 07, 2006
Monday, December 04, 2006
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