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Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Deck the Halls, the Walls, the Tree, Everything!

As you know if you read this blog every time it's updated, we spent the majority of our weekend decorating our home for Christmas. It's one of my favorite things to do each year to celebrate the birth of Jesus. I know, it doesn't seem like it's related at all to that, but it is to me because decorating my house gets me more and more excited about the upcoming party for God. How much more awesome can it get?!

Growing up, my mom was very particular about how we decorated the tree. I've since learned it's pretty much the only better way to decorate a tree is to start with the lights. Oh well, what does a ten year old care what goes on the tree first? Anyway, my point. It's much more fun to decorate a tree when you're an adult because you can do it your way. When it's your parents' tree, it's their way, when it's your tree, it's your way. That makes it loads more fun to do it.

Every year people who have fake trees try to persuade other people who love real trees to get a fake tree (They're on clearance, they don't shed, etc.). I say to them, it's tradition to have a real tree in my family, and that's one tradition I hope to keep. Again growing up, my mom always insisted that a cedar tree was the only real Christmas tree we could have simply because it was the tradition in her family. (FYI, a cedar Christmas tree is very difficult to find!) Now I prefer the frasier fir because they aren't prickly and don't shed, but I figure I can still carry on the tradition by having a real tree whether it's cedar or not, than a fake tree.

My goal is always to enjoy my decorated for Christmas home and relax while all the candles burn and smell all Christmasy. You'll see when you get here.

Monday, November 29, 2004

Pass the Appreciation, please!

Well, Thanksgiving has passed us by and with great fanfare I'll say. We cooked, we baked, we cleaned, and when it was all over with, we cleaned some more!

Helping your host/ hostess clean up after they've fed you and catered to your every whim is a simple but heartfelt gesture of appreciation.

I would like to take this space on the internet to thank the people who helped clean up this past week. You know who you are and it was much appreciated. There was almost nothing left to do after everyone was gone and we were able to decorate for Christmas because of your help.

Thanks again!

Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Ho Hum

I have nothing to say today.

Oh, yesterday Ellen DeGeneres wanted to talk to a pilgrim to get Thanksgiving tips, so she called people randomly in the phone book whose last name was Pilgrim. That was pretty funny.

Monday, November 22, 2004

RSVP Anyone?

Well it's Monday morning. Husband and I had a very fun, very productive weekend playing with John and Meredith and cleaning the house for Thanksgiving dinner.

Every year that we've been married, we've invited all sides of the family over (with a few friends thrown in for good measure) and just had a big ol' dinner party basically. It's a lot of work for Husband and me, but we do always enjoy every moment of the preparations and then the actual day.

I keep forgetting though that I love to host big dinner party- like things, but I've decided that I will try to host another one in the Spring. You know there's no real holidays (where you get time off etc.) between New Years' Day and Memorial Day except for Easter, so February- March sounds like a great time for a big meal doesn't it?

Hmm, looks like you got me thinking!

Thursday, November 18, 2004

Thursday Is The New Friday

I am so glad it's Thursday! I'm glad because I have Fridays off every week so this is my last day of work this week. I am so ready to have a free day! I have a lot to do to get ready for Thanksgiving next week but I can't wait! I guess you know this, but I'm extremely excited!

The Christmas Parade is this weekend and we're going to hang out and watch that on TV with John and Meredith. That night we're going to watch "Elf." Yahoo!

I also found a very interesting recipe in one of my magazines for these cookies I want to try to make for Thanksgiving, so here's hoping they turn out well!

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Somebody Tell Me Why!

Why is it that most of my job seems to be waiting for other people to get back to me? Please tell me if your job seems like this too. I'm very interested in knowing what other jobs are like this besides mine.

Don't get me wrong; I love my job, but that is the most frustrating thing about it.

Back to my waiting...

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Eight Years and Counting...

Finally, the blog is truly back! Yay for smart husbands!

Today is our eight year dating anniversary and we are excited. I would like to take this moment to stand up on my soapbox (why exactly is it called a "soapbox" anyway?). I don't care when you get married or how long you've been dating, I think if you're smart enough to keep romancing your spouse after he/ she has been "caught," then you don't have to start all over counting anniversaries.

We dated five and a half years before we got married and we were engaged for a year and a half. I don't quite recommend that length of time for an engagement; when you're as ready as we were to be married, don't wait that long! :-P After five and a half years, there was no way I was starting over. So with that, I say "Happy 8th Anniversary Husband! I love you more now than ever before. XOXOXO"

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

Good job America!

Unless you've been living under a rock with no TV for the last year or so, you know that yesterday was an Election day. Not just any Election Day, but THE Election Day- for the president's job!

I just wanted to say "Good Job!" because it seems like there were tons more people who took their civic duty and responsibilities seriously and voted. Even if you don't agree with me, it is still your duty to vote. I am always excited when people I know speak on how important voting is to them. It produces a warm feeling in me sometimes because there's so much of the bad in this world that it's good to have a good moment you know?

For those of you disappointed with any of the results from yesterday, God's been teaching me something lately that I think can apply to this election. When bad things happen or things we don't understand why God allows them to happen, we need to have faith and be reminded that God allows these negative or bad things to happen to ultimately give Him greater glory! WOohoO! It may never be in our time, but He is rarely early and never late!

For those of you excited with any of the results from yesterday, pray that God will equip these men and women to better lead our country in serving Him.

Tuesday, November 02, 2004

VOTE!

I forgot to tell you people to get out and vote today! Every election gets more and more critical for morals and ethical values, so be sure you vote today!

Back And Better Than Ever!

Finally, the blog is back! It's been a crazy time lately, just with the busyness. But Praise Jesus, because we've gotten SO much accomplished recently!

*God told each of us (Husband and me) separately to wait on pursuing a house right now, so that was awesome! We have such peace about that decision that it's truly been a blessing to us.

*Our yardsale was so successful that we were able to spend our day trip this past weekend getting our new dining room table (in time for Thanksgiving, I might add), SIX chairs, and we had enough money left over for a new entertainment center which we've been wanting forever! How cool is that?!

*God gave us wise counsel for another decision we weren't feeling sure about and now we know we did the right thing, so that was good.

*Husband has been a humongo blessing to me as sweet as he is. He's been putting all our new furniture together, putting our homey things first before the things he's been wanting and needing to get done. What a guy!

*Great times with friends this past weekend.

I know there's more, but honestly isn't that enough for now?