Monday, December 28, 2009

A Post that won’t bore; Christmas Presents Galore

All he wanted was a Puppy.kaish presents 003

Or a cell phone.

Or a T.V. for his bedroom.

What in the world?

All he got was a Snow Tube.kaish presents 005

And a walkman.

And lots of books for his bedroom.kaish presents 006

I don’t know.

Call me crazy,kaish presents 002

but don’t you think kids are getting INSANE presents lately?

I mean, ALL of his little 9 year old friends already have cell phones.

And TV’s in their rooms.

I just don’t think he needs that stuff.

I want him to be a little kid as long as possible.kaish presents 001

Gary loved the magazine subscription my sister got him.

You won’t believe what his favorite magazine is.

intouchweeklycover I loved the Yankee Candle my Sister in Law got me.

yankee-candle Kaish loved the new orange sweatshirt my Mom got him.

Hoodie Sweatshirt Orange What was your favorite present?    kaish presents 004 

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I am participating in Rachel’s

True Story Tuesday this week.

My sweet friend, Pam from Life by the Creek,

always does and I think she is clever!

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Look How Far We’ve Come

December 2008

1 jolly Pop

1 miffed Grammy

2 crying babies

1 perplexed toddler

and 1 hungry 8 year oldchristmas 08December 2009

1 happy 4 year old

1 wacky 9 year old

1 joyful Grammy

1 laughing Pop Pop

2 squirming toddlersout takes 2  It is Hilarious Outtakes week at

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Do you know what an outtake is?

I had NO idea last year at this time.

I thought an outtake was what I erased

when I was getting read to edit.

davids sophia 104 An outtake is a picture that you didn’t mean to capture.

The above pictures of my parents

and grandkids are outtakes.

I was hoping for happy, smiling people

and instead I got that!

You will NEVER believe who the judges are this week.

Maybe you should enter.

Even if you have never entered before.

Make my day.

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P.S. The tree did get put up. PHEW!

P.S.S. Do you erase your funny pictures right away too?

Monday, December 21, 2009

Our Tree Still Isn’t Up!

mom 4 I read the funniest joke at THIS BLOG this week!

A burglar broke into a house one night. He shined his flashlight around, looking for valuables when a voice in the dark said,
'Jesus knows you're here.'
He nearly jumped out of his skin, clicked his flashlight off, and froze.
When he heard nothing more, after a bit, he shook his head and continued.
Just as he pulled the stereo out so he could disconnect the wires, clear as a bell he heard
'Jesus is watching you.'
Freaked out, he shined his light around frantically, looking for the source of the voice.
Finally, in the corner of the room, his flashlight beam came to rest on a parrot.
'Did you say that?' he hissed at the parrot.
'Yep', the parrot confessed, then squawked, 'I'm just trying to warn you that he is watching you.'
The burglar relaxed. 'Warn me, huh? Who in the world are you?'
'Moses,' replied the bird.
'Moses?' the burglar laughed. 'What kind of people would name a bird Moses?'
'The kind of people that would name a Rottweiler Jesus.'rottweiler

I’m not going to lie. These dogs scare me a little.

Jimminy Crickets!

What is your favorite kind of dog?

Kaish wants one for Christmas!

Remember our dog debacle from last year?

I just don’t know….

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Is this a tradition?

Well, maybe.

Maybe if it snows every weekend before Christmas

this will be our tradition.sledding 2

Sledding until our fingers and toes are frozen.

sledding 3Laughing and smiling and FREEZING

in all the brisk air!  sledding 5  Going to Grammy and Pop Pop’ssledding 7 for Cocoa and {Pop} Corn and Cartoonssledding 8 Getting into fresh dry clothes

Hugging a bearsledding 9

and heading home.

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I would love to show you a picture of our

Pretty Christmas Tree.

But, well, it isn’t up yet.

I know! I know.

Please send

Mother of the Year

nominations in at once…

Tell me how long your tree has been up-

because I would like to feel

even more guilty this week!

{Disclaimer:All pictures taken with my

Samsung Propel Phone Camera}

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Blizzard Today…

18-24 inches.

Children are delighted.

(Of course!)

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snow 010‘Snowflakes are one of nature's most fragile things,

but just look what they do when they stick together.’

Verna M. KellySundaysinmyCity

How much snow do you have

in your neck of the woods?

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

A Quote to live by-

strangers 016 b&wMy Grammy

was exquisite.

And she used to tell me this quote

when I was little.

She told it to me a lot.

She LOVED helping people.

Adored it.

I don’t think there was one person on the planet

she didn’t love.

I try to live like her each day.

And in living like her,

I know I am also living like

my heavenly Father.

“Kindness is the language

which the deaf can hear

and the blind can see.'

Mark Twain

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"Love suffers long and is kind;

love does not envy;

love does not parade itself,

is not puffed up;"

I Corinthians 13:4

May your day be filled with kindness.

What is one way you show kindness each day?

Writer’s Workshop is today!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus.

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Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Clauskids 004

By Francis P. Church, first published in The New York Sun in 1897. [See The People’s Almanac, pp. 1358–9.]

We take pleasure in answering thus prominently the communication below, expressing at the same time our great gratification that its faithful author is numbered among the friends of The Sun:kids 010

Dear Editor—

I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says, “If you see it in The Sun, it’s so.” Please tell me the truth, is there a Santa Claus?

Virginia O’Hanlonkids 008

Virginia, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men’s or children’s, are little. In this great universe of ours, man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and 005

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus! It would be as dreary as if there were no Virginias. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The eternal light with which childhood fills the world would be 009

Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies. You might get your papa to hire men to watch in all the chimneys on Christmas eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if you did not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that’s no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the 007

You tear apart the baby’s rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived could tear apart. Only faith, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, Virginia, in all this world there is nothing else real and 001

No Santa Claus! Thank God! he lives and lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay 10 times 10,000 years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.

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To all the Virginia’s, Sophia’s, Sabriah’s, Patricks-

to the Ben’s and the Jonathon’s-

the Katelyn’s and the Naji’s,

to the children everywhere

in this great land we love,

May you always, always believe

in the magic of Santa.


Do you believe?

Sunday, December 13, 2009

A Horse is a Horse of course, of course!

 logo i heart faces horses 001  Joke Idea shamelessly stolen from my friend Drew

A champion jockey is about to enter an important race on a new horse. The horse's trainer meets him before the race and says, "All you have to remember with this horse is that every time you approach a jump, you have to shout, 'ALLLLEEE OOOP!' really loudly in the horse's ear. Providing you do that, you'll be fine."

The jockey thinks the trainer is mad but promises to shout the command. The race begins and they approach the first hurdle. The jockey ignores the trainer's ridiculous advice and the horse crashes straight through the center of the jump.

They carry on and approach the second hurdle. The jockey, somewhat embarrassed, whispers "Aleeee ooop" in the horse's ear. The same thing happens--the horse crashes straight through the center of the jump.

At the third hurdle, the jockey thinks, "It's no good, I'll have to do it," and yells, "ALLLEEE OOOP!" really loudly. Sure enough, the horse sails over the jump with no problems. This continues for the rest of the race, but due to the earlier problems the horse only finishes third.

The trainer is fuming and asks the jockey what went wrong. The jockey replies, "Nothing is wrong with me--it's this bloody horse. What is he--deaf or something?"

The trainer replies, "Deaf?? DEAF?? He's not deaf--he's BLIND!"

What is your favorite animal?

I have always had a thing for monkeys.