Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Secret Santa Spy Photo Shoot

We make a pretty good lookin' pair, huh?

Monday, December 22, 2008

Christmas Program Photos

Here are a couple photos from the Christmas programs at each school.
First we have Jacob's Kindergarten program given at the December PTA meeting. They sang 3 or 4 Christmas songs. We were told by "The Boss" aka Dr Foster, that this was NOT a Holiday Program, but a Real Christmas Program. NOW I know I'm living in the deep SOUTH!

Next we had Luke's program at West Mobile Baptist. The 4&5 year olds did a little skit that really wasn't so little. Anyway, the 3 year olds stole the show. They cracked us up... specifically this one little boy who sang his heart out! Now I know why Lukas kept telling me to sing "Away in a Manger' softly. (Probably because that one kid was belting out the song like he was singing "I've got Friends in Low Places" down at the local college bar.)

These last couple were taken at home before heading out to watch Luke's program.

Fundraiser Prizes

Thanks to the family members who helped Jacob to win these super cool Radio Sunglasses and fun Scooby Doo T-Shirt.

Some Holiday Photos

These things keep creeping up

IT seems everytime I open my email, or read a webpage, or blog; I'm reminded of yet another Gandhi quote.
This guy really makes a lot of sense... I just need to keep reminding myself of these things.

Ok -- here's my favorite one:
"Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever"
(I keep telling my husband about this one.. I'm waiting for him to hear me!)

"I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people."

"We must become the change we want to see"

"The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others. "

"The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong. "

"They cannot take away our self-respect if we do not give it to them."

Monday, December 08, 2008

Wii FIT Mommiis

AND I thought the boot giveaway was the best I'd seen!
I was SO wrong! NOW this is the giveaway of giveaways...
but it's not as simple as making a little comment.
Julie over at CoolMomGuide has setup a new site
called Wii FIT Mommiis and they are doing a GREAT
giveaway! There will be lots of giveaways including a
GRAND PRIZE of both a Wii and a Wii Fit donated by
the generous folks at Nintendo!

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

My new LOVE!

This is our new baby. HER name is Finn. She is a chocolate lab and she is about 8 weeks old. Isn't she adorable?
If you have house trained a puppy or doggie, I'd love to hear your advice.

Monday, December 01, 2008

Couple of Fat Burning recipes


I found a great blog with some recipes I plan to try out this week...
Check it out: http://45yearold6pack.blogspot.com/

Flat Belly Recipe: Low Fat Greek Pizza
This one is super easy and quick.
Here's what you need:
1 Boboli (or other pre-baked) pizza crust
1 small can Contadina Italian Style tomato paste
1 cup feta cheese
1 cup mozzerella cheese
2 cups frozen chopped spinach
1 small jar Mariani's marinated button mushrooms or artichoke hearts
1/4 cup oil-packed sundried tomatoes (halved)

Spread the tomato sauce evenly on the crust, thaw the spinach in the microwave
and spread that, and finally the cheeses. Cook according to the pizza crust instructions
(usually 450 degrees for 9-12 minutes), adding the tomatoes and other veggies in the last three or four minutes so they don't burn.

I'll do this one one night for what we call "Breakfast Dinner"
I'll make this for myself and DH and the kids will probably have
eggs, toast and fruit.
Flat Belly Recipe: Hi-Pro/Low Fat Spinach Scramble
• 4 eggs and 8 additional whites
• 2 cups chopped frozen spinach
• 2 tblsp sun dried tomatoes or pesto
• 1/2 cup grated smoked cheese
• Salt and pepper to taste

Saute spinach in a pan on medium with a one tbsp olive oil. Scramble egg mixture and add to the pan. Stir with spatula and add pesto. When eggs are golden and very slightly browned, turn off heat and grate cheese over pan. Serve topped with medium salsa. Serves 4-6

One other thing we'll do this week is grill some chicken and boil a couple eggs
and make a salad with spinach, romain, tomatoes, cucs, and maybe some mandrin

For breakfast, I'm going to try really really hard to eat real oatmeal.. We'll see how that goes.
I found a few ideas of things to add to the oatmeal to make it taste better and to add protein.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Cool Christmas DVD Bundle at MOMDOT

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Check out MOMDOT for a uber cool Christmas DVD bundle giveaway!!!
5 People will win this cool bundle!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Christmas of Dreams - Day 12 (LAST DAY)

Day Twelve Blog Party Question is Brought to you by Georgie Tees and Mutsy.

I Thankful for...
1. I'm thankful that we made it through the past year, as it's been one of the toughest
years I've had to deal with.
2. I'm thankful for my husband and 2 beautiful boys.
3. I'm thankful for the home we are able to live in.
4. I'm thankful for my job that helps to pay our bills.
5. I'm thankful that "we" are all healthy (WE=my family)
6. I'm thankful for my friends.
7. I'm thankful for the internet (it allows me to work from home full time)
8. I'm thankful for our kitty Bama, who provides us with unconditional love.
9. I'm thankful for my boy's teachers and schools.
10. I'm thankful to be me.

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! I've enjoyed being part of MOMDOT.COM's
Christmas of Dreams. It's been fun answering the daily questions and reading
everyone's blog updates. Thank you for the inspiration MomDot!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Christmas of Dreams -- Day 11

Sponsors: Day Eleven Blog Party Question is Brought to you by Shishu Style and Mimsi Bags.
If you could only pick one food to eat on Thanksgiving, what would it be? I know, pure torture! Do you have a home-cooked meal or eat out? Does your family dress up?
One food -- PECAN PIE -- hands down! It wasn't that hard to choose..
I grew up eating home-cooked meals. My Grandmother cooks up a MEAN Thanksgiving dinner! It is truly the BEST! Ask my brother, he would agree.
I bet she's cooking right now. Unfortunantly, she lives in NC and I live in AL.... AND I'll be staying home for Thanksgiving this year. I'm sad that I'll miss seeing my family this year, but I'm also happy to stay at home with my boys! I'll be doing a home-cooked meal. I'll be making some of my Grandmothers recipes. (Like Sweet Potato casserole and Asparagus Casserole).
Growing up, we would dress up a little to visit Grandmama, but not too formal. Since we are staying home.. I'm sure it will be jeans and a sweatshirt. Nice and comfy!

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Christmas of Dreams -- Day 10

Hosted by: MomDot.com
Sponsors today:by Organic Blankees, Huddy Buddy, and Baby Legs.
Do you decorate for the holidays? Do you have a themed tree? Share pics! Do you think there is such thing as OVER decorating?
Do I decorate, why of course I do. I love pulling out all the red and green and silver decor! I love putting up a fresh green Christmas tree decorated with white lights and tons of mix match ornaments. Yes, we have a theme... it's call Eclectic Christmas. We do have lots of Santas to decorate with... Not sure why I love them so much.. I just do.

About over decorating... I have seen a couple houses that are a tad bit over decorated on the exterior... You know what I'm talking about.. That house you can see a mile away as you drive down the street. It lights up the night sky... and burning through electricity like it's free. So I guess the answer is YES, there is such a thing as over decorating IMO.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Christmas of Dreams - Day 9

Wow, we are already into DAY 9!
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What is the most unusual gift you’ve received? It doesn’t have to be bad, just unusual.
What was one of your favorite gifts? Do you think re-gifting is OK?

I have a couple I think were kinda unusual.
1- Chia pet from my grandmother.
2- Box of candy from a student.
Here's the story behind that one: After college I accepted a teaching position
in Bowman, SC. If know anything about Bowman, well I'd be surprised! Anyway, it use
to be quite rural...and I was in the minority....
Anyway, I taught kindergarten and one of my boys students brought me a box of
Christmas candy as a gift. Well I opened it and it was half gone... he said that he and
his older brother ate a piece or two on the bus ride to school. It was really funny!
3- One other. We had a gift exchange at a restaurant job I had one year... it was at
the Christmas party that we exchanged gifts and I got a freaking ham Bone! LOL!
IT was so freakin' gross!
It was one of those gift exchanges that everyone brings something and you pick the gift
you want under the tree... I picked that bone! LOL! (It was in a very pretty bag... I guess that's where the gifter spent the $5.00)

One of my Favorite gifts....
An Indian style gourd bowl that someone made for me while I was teaching.
It's beautiful!

Regift.. I don't usually. Opps! I take that back... I have once! I won a prize at a baby shower and it really wasn't my style... so I gifted it to someone who really LIKES it. (and I knew she would)
There is NO way she'll ever know that I regifted it. LOL!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

I {HEART} Etsy

Really I do!
Here are a couple stores I ran across this AM.
Check them out!
1- Xoelle
Adorable Christmas stockings thathave been created from recycled
sweaters and other items.

2- EarthSteps Cathy and Bill make up the team at EarthSteps. They pull their crafting skills together to make beautiful lanterns, silk printed prayer flags, and adorable nightlights.

3- MaJentaDesigns Adorable little shop with Asian-inspired jewelry and magnets.

4. RubyFantastic This shop is full of fun and creative items. Anywhere from jewelry to adorable coasters to cute baby items.

5. MudPuppy Michael, the artist of MudPuppy crafts the cutest little owls, I just couldn't resist sharing.

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