Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas to all!

I just wanted to take this opportunity to say Merry Christmas to all my cyber friends. I hope you all have a merry and blessed day and are able to enjoy the company of your friends and family on this wonderful day.

I do believe that Jesus is the reason for the season, that we should all be thankful every day for the blessing of the Lord in our lives and for the birth of the Christ child whose gifts from the wise men probably started our tradition of giving gifts at this time of year. The Lord has blessed me and my family with health, happiness and enough food, money and love to go around. I am very thankful for these things, and although the road of life is long and rarely free of trials and tribulations, would we really have it any other way?

Again, I hope you all have a blessed day and can appreciate and enjoy the magic of Christmas! Personally I adore Christmas, mostly the giving part, and the love and wonder on the face of my boys when they open their presents or see what Santa has brought them. I hope Santa is good to you all!

"and they heard him exclaim ere he drove out of sight,
Happy Christmas to all and to all a Good Night!"

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Husband meme

My friend Sandra over at Diary of a Stay-at-Home mom did this husband meme and I thought it was fun so here goes:


1. He’s sitting in front of the TV: what is on the screen? Sports, always Sports or Sportscenter

2. You’re out to eat. What kind of dressing does he get on his salad? honey mustard

3. What is one food he doesn’t like? Wow, maybe sushi he's not crazy about, but that's the only thing besides brussels sprouts!

4. You go out to the bar. What does he order? We don't go to bars very often at all, but sometimes at dinner he will order a Crown and Coke or sometimes a beer

5. Where did he go to high school? Cabot High School, Arkansas

6. What size shoe does he wear? 12

7. If he was to collect anything, what would it be? gosh, besides video games:)

8. What is his favorite type of sandwich? pretty much anything, but definitely the Memphian at McAllisters

9. What would the Husband eat every day if he could? steak, seafood, probably red meat!

10. What is his favorite cereal? the Special K with strawberries

11. What would he never wear? suspenders?

12. What is his favorite sports team? Wow, which sport? LOL Football the Arkansas Razorbacks and NFL would be the Dallas Cowboys but now he likes the Raiders and the Broncos, too. baseball would be the St. Louis Cardinals and of course any team our sons play on

13. Who is his best friend? Me

14. What is something you do that he wishes you wouldn’t do? Probably talk while he's trying to go to sleep or start fussing about the boys behavior the minute he walks in from work!

15. How many states has he lived in? Just Arkansas

16. What is his heritage? American

17. You bake him a cake for his birthday; what kind? Bart's Brownie Cake, it's a delicious chocolate cake with Coke icing!

18. Did he play sports in high school? football naturally! and maybe baseball, I didn't know him then!

19. What could he spend hours doing? Playing video games on his PSP or Playstation 3 or playing the Wii with the boys, hunting, watching football or baseball on TV

Thanks, Sandra, this was fun!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Ice day, ice day

Well, snow day is inaccurate, because all we have is ice! The boys got out on Monday at 1:30. I was in the middle of Wally World shopping for the next couple of weeks and suddenly my Blackjack blinks purple which means I have a new email. I look and someone has sent a message to my younger two sons' elementary school Yahoo! group asking if it's true that schools are getting out at 1:30?!?!?!

In a couple of minutes, the principal answers yes, that the schools are getting out, it's about 12:50 by then, I'm not completely done shopping, the cart is full, the store is full, the house has gifts for the boys strewn out everywhere.... and I have to check out, get home, unload the freezer stuff, put up the gifts and then go back and wait for the boys. And did I mention that it was sleeting very hard then???

So I do those things, rush home, move the gifts, unload the freezer stuff, get back in the car after getting a big coat and hat because gosh, it's probably every bit of 19 degrees then and sleeting like crazy. I get to the school and someone has closed one of the pickup loops because it's too slick, they sent out an email about it, but because the school servers were overloaded, no one gets that email. I go and wait in line at the usual pickup point only to be told that the boys aren't there, they are at the front door of the school! So I drive around, no one knows where the boys are, I have to get out and go in and literally hunt them down! Not my finest moment, I managed to lose my temper with the secretary in the office.

The other boys finally show up in their buses from the other schools and it has been alternately raining and sleeting as hard as possible! We get home finally by about 2:10 and settle in for the afternoon. It isn't long before the news channel says that public schools are closed on Tuesday. The boys are thrilled, of course, and by the time Bart gets home and we eat dinner, the sleeting has intensified and has covered the patio, walkway out front and driveway. A very bad sign! Especially since on Sunday it was around 64 degrees!

This morning, Tuesday, we get up and get around with breakfast and the temp never gets above 28 the entire day. Nothing melts, no cars are driving on our street nor on the busy street behind us. And about 2:00, guess what? You got it, no school on Wednesday. My oldest was supposed to have a Christmas band concert on Monday night : Cancelled. He was supposed to go to school Monday and Tuesday and then be done for the Christmas break because he did not have to take semester tests. So he went most of Monday and now he seems to be done with the exception of picking up his saxophone from the school. The other boys are supposed to have tests for the end of the 9 weeks this week, concerts, parties, a spelling bee, art projects, you name it. So now we're one more day out.

Hopefully we will have school on Thursday so that the younger kids can have their parties, but the 9th grader is done until January 6th!!!