Sunday, November 28, 2010

Holidailies 2010 announced

I would like to invite you all to participate in Holidalies 2010! I've done it the past few years and enjoyed being a part of it. What is it? It's a writing project and basically you commit to updating your blog daily (or almost daily) from December 6 - January 5. You can use the writing prompts or your own posts. Sign up is a little different this year, so check out the FAQ for all the details. Hope to see all of you join!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Ready, set, shop!

For the first time in six years I "did" Black Friday. My Mom and I used to shop it every year. The last time was before I had kids when we lived in Thibodaux. For years before I moved out, we'd go to Wal-Mart and head to Lafayette or some other out of town mall. I don't remember it being as crazy as it is now though. Maybe it's because it was the Morgan City Wal-Mart! Here people go nuts and camp out for days to be first in line. Sorry, but I don't need a new TV that bad!

I arrived at Target about 3am and the line was ridiculously long. By the time the doors opened, the line was blocks long - probably over a thousand people! It wasn't that bad once we got in the store though... I found the things I wanted (completely free thanks to $100 in gift cards I won!) and was out of there in 45 minutes. I made a quick stop at Wal-Mart and it was just too crazy, so I left. JC Penny's was super crowded. I think that was the most people I have ever seen in there! And at 5am! The lines to check out were incredibly slow, and waiting in line for 40 minutes was the worst part of my morning. But, I did get the things I wanted.

So, over all it wasn't bad. It is exciting and sort of an adventure. I guess it was worth it since I knocked out quite a few gifts at excellent prices. I sure was tired yesterday though.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!!

It's hard to believe November is just about over. The end of another year is upon us. The holidays are closing in... fast. Tomorrow is Thanksgiving! Val's birthday is just weeks away ... then Christmas. The kids are SO excited already. Lots to do in the next couple of weeks. I don't feel prepared at all this year. Clint will be away almost all of December, and I feel bad he will miss out on some family holiday time. I hope to get all of the prep work done early so I can spend time with the girls and not stress. I want my girls to feel the magic and have warm holiday memories to last them a lifetime. I want to start our own traditions and hope they pass them on to their own families someday.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving!! So thankful for my family and friends ... our health... and my home... I know we are blessed in so many ways. Tomorrow we will spend the day with the same friends we have spent Thanksgiving with for the past two years.

Which makes three years in a row? Three. Wow.

Just the other day I was looking in the closet at my Dad's house and just sorting through all the boxes and bags of Christmas stuff. My Mom bought those things and packed them away. Some of it she never got to use. She had a system and would alternate her decorations year after year. She'd put the things away in a box with the year on them so she'd know what she used the previous year and what to put out the next year. Her handwriting is on each box December 2007. December 2006. There's no 2008.

Sounds silly but it dawned on me then that this is the third set of holidays with out her. Sometimes it's hard to believe it's been that long already.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Couldn't wait...

The kids just couldn't wait any longer. I admit, I was anxious to put up the tree too. It's early... but only by a week. I love my Christmas tree! We got this tree on clearance at Hobby Lobby after last Christmas. It was marked $600. Who on earth pays $600 for a Christmas tree?? I got it for 90% off ~ $60 ~ which is about the cost of a real tree these days. Hopefully this one will last for a long, long time. Tomorrow I think we will bake and decorate some cookie dough ornaments. We did it last year and the girls really enjoyed it.




Sunday, November 14, 2010

Satsumas!

Yesterday we took a drive to Morgan City to spend the day with my Dad. I cooked lunch - pork chops, green beans, biscuits, and pumpkin cheesecake. After the kids played in the yard a while, we drove a few miles to the "Satsuma Patch" (as my kids like to call it.) My Dad took me there when I was little so it's a nice tradition to pass on to my girls. It's smaller than it used to be, but still rows and rows of trees. We actually have a satsuma tree in our backyard, but it makes the most awful oranges for some reason. At the orchard, you get buckets, a wagon, and clippers. Eat what you want and $.50 a pound for what you pick. The girls LOVED it! Veronica especially loves satsumas and can easily eat a dozen at a time. Valerie likes to suck out the juice and spit the rest out! I used to like them a lot too, but not so much anymore. I'll eat them, but they're not something I'm crazy about. The kids had a great day and we came home with ten pounds of satsumas! That should last us a few days...

Today Clint dragged the Christmas stuff out of the attic.... it's all in the garage and none of it has made it's way into the house..... yet. Guess I'll be working on that this week!








Saturday, November 06, 2010

Birthday Party Girl!

Today we celebrated Valerie's sixth birthday with a few of her friends. She won't technically be six until a few days before Christmas, but with all the holiday things going on at that time I decided to try an early party this year. I wanted her to feel special and not have the distraction of Christmas hanging around. Honestly, I wasn't really "feeling it." It's so early and I'm used to having a party in the middle of Christmas!! I guess I am not ready for my baby to be six either!! It worked out well though. It was a GREAT day with GREAT friends. The weather was perfect. We rented a bounce house and had a pinata. We served hot dogs, chili, chips, and of course I made the cake. I put a lot of effort and prep work into her party. I put up decorations and we blew up about 40 balloons! I hope Val felt really special. Of course we will do something fun on her actual birthday, so in a way she will get two celebrations!

Oh and on a side note, I just don't get why people RSVP yes and then don't bother to show. Why tell me to my face they are coming, and then.... nothing. I understand things happen - sickness, etc. It would only take a second to send an email or text saying something had changed. So rude. Val was a little sad that her 'best friend' didn't come to her birthday party and asked about her several times. I feel bad that I don't have any answers for her.


Happy Birthday Party Day to my sweet Valerie!! I just love her so much.








Thursday, November 04, 2010

Dear Abby...

Yes, I read Dear Abby on an almost daily basis. Today's column hit home, so I have to share it. Ironically Abby and her readers have come to the same conclusion that we did: It's more about them and their issues and really has nothing to do with us....

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DEAR ABBY: I am writing about the letter you printed from "Haven't a Clue in New York" (Sept. 10), whose friend "Pam" stopped speaking to her with no explanation. A member of my family, "Trish," did that to my husband and me three years ago. We tried to find out what we had done, but Trish's husband -- my husband's brother -- kept making excuses and insisting everything was fine.

Trish had told me previously that she had cut people out of her life, so I guess this is just something that she does. Regardless, it hurts.

She and her husband were very kind and helpful to us when we moved to this area. I valued her friendship and had great respect for her. Even now I feel more pain and sadness for the loss of Trish in our lives than anger toward her.

"Haven't a Clue" must try not to take it personally. What happened is probably more about Pam than it is about her. -- DUMPED IN DIXIE

DEAR DUMPED: I agree and thank you for your comments. I received many thoughtful replies from readers who, like you, have "been there." Read on:

DEAR ABBY: If "Haven't a Clue" just lets things lie, further damage might be done to their friendship that could be avoided. She should send her friend a letter explaining that she has no idea what might have happened to cause the rift, that the relationship is important to her and she hopes Pam will tell her what happened so she'll have the opportunity to resolve the issue.

Letting things stay as they are and not contacting Pam could cause her to stew angrily on the issue until the friendship is damaged beyond repair. Better to reach out to her friend now to see if the situation can be improved, than to hope the storm blows over on its own. -- REBECCA IN NORTH CAROLINA

DEAR ABBY: In her letter, "Haven't" said her neighbors suspected an infidelity issue was at the heart of the rift. In my case, my friend's husband had made a pass at me -- which I rejected. Shortly after, she stopped speaking to me. When mutual friends intervened, she would change the subject.

I continued to send birthday and holiday cards (with no response) and moved several states away. After a few years, I called. When I asked what the problem was and what could we do to resolve it, I was told, "I can't deal with your drama!" and she hung up.

Abby, I had seen her through two marriages, a divorce, her father's death and many other stressful life experiences. I finally realized, as you have advised many times in your column, I'm better off without her. -- MOVED ON IN NASHVILLE

DEAR ABBY: Years ago, my roommate and I were close and shared everything. When I returned for a visit after graduation, she refused to see me. I was crushed. I agonized for months over anything I might have said to offend her, and wrote her repeatedly. I received no response.

Years later, I tracked her down, told her how much her friendship had meant to me, and apologized again for whatever I had done that drove her away. She told me she had discovered she's bipolar. She had struggled with it and hoped that by cutting off all contacts and starting over, she'd gain some kind of balance and control in her life. She said I had never done anything wrong and that she cherished our years of friendship.

I still think of her and wish she had allowed me to help. However, I have to be satisfied that it wasn't my fault, wish her well, and smile when remembering our good times. -- KNOWS ALL TOO WELL

Monday, November 01, 2010

Halloween!

The girls aka Sleeping Beauty and Snow White had a great Halloween weekend. Friday night we went to the local parade with some friends. Fun! I think the highlight was a real Delorean riding along with "Doc Brown" handing out candy. The license plate read "88 MPH." Fun stuff.... Love, love those movies.

Saturday we went to a Fall Fest at a church.... it was small but of course the girls loved it. Such a pretty day to be outside.

Yesterday we went to Trick or Treat story time at the library. I think that was the longest story time ever!! After they walked around to different locations to trick-or-treat. Back home again it was time to get ready for the real deal. My Dad came for the night and we went to the neighbors for hot dogs and snacks. There seemed to be much confusion about the times though. At 5pm cars were lining up and a few groups were walking around. TOT didn't start until 6pm here! A little after 6 we headed out and made the block. Boy, the kids really racked up on candy!!! I have a bunch put aside for Val's party next weekend. I figured it's a good excuse to get a pinata and an easy way to get rid of the candy!