Thursday, November 29, 2007
Well, I really should have read the Boelyn book over the Thanksgiving break, when Husband was around to let me sleep in and the consequences of late night reading would not be so severe. But, alas, I began the book this week instead. And I have not been to bed before midnight all week. And I'm paying for it. But, it was all worth it. I didn't realize how badly I needed a break from modern fiction. The book is about Henry VIII's court when he is still married to his first bride, Katherine of Aragon. I'm no history buff (at least not English history), but this book drew me right in. It reads like a soap opera, but in a good way. Told from the perspective of Mary Boelyn, the girl who initially is set forward to woo Henry while he is still married, it gives a portrayal of how Anne Boelyn ascended to the throne. It is full of jealousy, deception, debauchery and all those things that are not good. It is very entertaining. The broad outline of the story is true, but the actual details and plots and such are the author's ideas. I was not sure I would like this book, but I found I could not put it down. And apparently there will be a movie.
I have also been devouring Dennis Lehane's books. He wrote Mystic River and Gone, Baby, Gone and I read both. I have since read another and am waiting on 4 more to arrive. Although the books are classified as mysteries, they are much more than that. Great characters and thought-provoking scenarios.
I need to update my reading challenge list.
Monday, November 26, 2007
I need less poop in my life. We have 3 children using the bathroom these days. We have tried and tried to teach them how to wipe. Our efforts are failing. We give them a chance to prove their skill only to be punished by the tracks they leave. So, all of my children call out to me with their plaintive cry "Mom, I went poo-poo!" and I die a little death. You see, there is something about the kid poop that is different from the diaper poop. I literally gag when I go to fulfill my wiping duty. When will it all end?
I'm so sorry for making you read about poop. I promise to return to more normal, less disgusting topics soon.
My grandmother sent us the Santa Claus mugs last winter, and I was afraid to let the kids use them. What if they broke one? Well, my grandmother assured me they could be replaced and just reminded me that I need to worry less. She raised 7 kids, so she knows of what she speaks.
We put up our Christmas decorations on Friday, which is our family tradition. We keep the decorating fairly simple, so it only takes about 1.5-2 hours at the most. And again, I have to quiet my overbearing Mommy impulses and let the kids do their thing with the tree. A perfect tree is not one with matching ornaments placed just-so, but one that shows that a family lives here and spent time together decorating it. We have already had one ornament casualty, as Monster grabbed a basketball ornament and dropped it on the tile floor. Live and learn. After decorating and watching some Aggie football (my FIL was in the Corps, it is a marital requirement to be an Aggie) and napping, we popped in The Polar Express for the first time. I even let the kids drink hot cocoa in the living room! The movie was enjoyed by all, especially Monster. This Christmas will be lots of fun as he discovers all of the sights and sounds of the season.
We have our Advent wreath out and ready to go. I have lists for the shopping not yet done. Husband and I are agreed that we are going to spend time with the kids talking about what all this means and growing in faith this season.
We're off to a good start. Our long weekend was not too busy or stressful. We spent time with family and friends, but had a lot of time with just the six of us. There were the usual squabbles among the kids, but nothing too bad. It was an adjustment for Princess and IndieGirl to be around each other for such an extended period of time without the school routine. They kind of had to relearn how to play together with more time on their hands. We saw Bee Movie and we all enjoyed it--funny and entertaining and not objectionable at all. We watched a LOT of football, with more to come this Thursday.
And I must brag on Husband, who installed three new shelves in my laundry room and cleaned it for me. He's a ninja. Maybe, heavy emphasis on the maybe aspect, I will take pictures of my various cabinets and pantry before and after the reorganization effort I plan to engage in this week. Those shelves will be put to good use.
It was not until I received comments that I realized I forgot a title.
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Also, Husband has joined the blogging world. His will be mostly pictures and brief updates, as he has to update at home and will not be a frequent poster. Check it out.
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
- Etsy--I have purchased several things here now, and I keep going back for more. My children wish I would get off the computer already. I just love that the stuff is unique.
- Cookies. Lots of different kinds. I tried making traditional chocolate chip cookies with vanilla pudding mix added in (thanks for the tip) and they were the best yet.
- My Christmas playlist on the Ipod.
- The spell of cold weather that arrived today. Since we don't have to go anywhere most of the weekend, it will be nice.
- Take 5 candy bars. I have been deprived of the chocolaty, salty, yummy goodness all my life. Not anymore.
And lots more things, but that is all I can think of right now. I'm going to let the girls help me make sugar cookies this afternoon, perhaps I'll take pictures and post them. I still need to post camping pictures too. Oh well--more domestic things are calling my name!
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
**Update** Thanks so much for the tips ladies. I did see the one available on Amazon, but Husband really wants me to try to get it for a lower price. I will go to Kohl's when they open, and if I don't get what I want, then I will just get one online probably. Also, I will check the ads on Thursday to see if anyone else has them on sale, since Kohl's is not in my town and is about 20 minutes away. I'm sure to let y'all know what happens in the end.
Monday, November 19, 2007
My name is Nicole and I am addicted to Christmas music. But not any and all Christmas music. I detest the secular junk about rockin' around trees and roasting chestnuts and all that stuff. I want spiritual songs, please. I have made my playlist for my Ipod and added some new songs to it. I must have about 8 different versions of O Come All Ye Faithful and O Holy Night on the thing. And I never get sick of any of them.
If you are finding it hard to get in the spirit (although I know it is early), listen to Here With Us by Joy Williams. If Iwas even somewhat computer literate I would have it embedded here, but I'm not so I don't. Here is a link to her Myspace page and the song is playing on it already. It is truly a beautiful song. Princess asked for it again yesterday, as soon as it ended. I was happy to oblige.
I am currently bidding on a mixer on Ebay. I guess I wasn't clear on my previous post--I am getting the mixer, but it is not a Christmas present. Still, I feel greedy and selfish getting anything else, so I told Husband to just get a couple of small surprises. And, I'm asking family for gift certificates for cookware stores/websites. My inner domestic goddess is begging to be set free. I'm even going to buy a new apron. But I have to choose that myself.
Husband has the same feelings as me, regarding the season. We are excited about it and we want to get it right. We don't want to be running around and stressing about presents. We want fires in the fireplace and cozy nights. We are going to get our Advent devotions in and make them have meaning. I hope we really do it.
I need to be cleaning. We decorate the day after Thanksgiving, and right now my house is in no condition for any kind of decorating. Hopefully I will get some organizing done at the same time. I need to add on a second pantry, but that seems a bit ambitious.
And we went camping this weekend, taking Monster for the first time. Pictures and details will be posted later today or more likely tomorrow. I get to go out with some beautiful women tonight.
Friday, November 16, 2007
We have children of excess. They have all that they need and then some. We buy each child 3 gifts for Christmas, and I like to include one spiritual gift of some kind (a book, a Bible-themed puzzle, things like that). I have figured out what to get the boys, with more ideas than I need, so I have passed those on to my parents. I'm kind of stumped on the girls. I just can't put my practical side away and buy things that are frivolous, but that they really want. I need to work on that. We try to not place too much emphasis on the gift aspect of Christmas, but we do still like to give the kids gifts. So, any ideas would be welcome.
As for gifts for Husband and myself, we have pretty much already treated ourselves or will be doing so soon. Husband just bought digital recording equipment for an in-home studio and some accessories. He has wanted this stuff for years, so I'm happy he was able to get it for a good prize. And, he has finally agreed that I can have a Kitchenaid mixer. I have wanted one forever. The hand-held mixer just isn't getting it done for me anymore. I refuse to count appliances as gifts, but I can't justify asking for anything else big this Christmas when I'm getting what I really want now.
I don't want to be a slave to the gifting aspect of Christmas, but it feels like I am slipping into it anyway. Hopefully I can at least get it out of my system soon.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
And a shout-out to all the OSU lady fans who boldly wear that Halloween orange, and wear it with pride. I was mighty thankful that our color of choice is green. But you ladies rocked that orange like nobody's business.
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
We need something positive from our team. The football team gave up more points than the basketball team on Saturday. And that is just sad. We were a part of history, but on the wrong side of the score. Who doesn't win when they score 62 points? Apparently that would be UNT. Still, we have high hopes for the future. It helps that we have been Rangers fans for a long time.
Friday, November 09, 2007
The truth is, life is fantastic right now. We are blessed in ways we cannot even articulate. Husband's job is going amazingly well, especially considering he sells mortgages and the housing market is less than stable right now. Our family is healthy. The kids are thriving (despite my lack of effort in that department). I feel great--pregnancy suits me. Yet, I hesitate to say too much, as if God would decide to take it all away just because I got too comfortable. He is not petty. If he chooses to change things, it will be because it is what we need to grow. So why do I not share my happiness? My contentment? I have no idea. I am content. We are at a point (for the next four months anyway) in our lives where our kids are old enough to do things and carry on conversations and interact with us in new ways. I think about my daily life and I can't complain. There is no deep thought to come here, just an acknowledgment that life is good.
So, thank God that I have the luxury of posting about new clothes and shoes and silly things like that. If I'm struck with insight, I will let you know. I know I should be spending more time giving praise for His love and protection. I'll work on that.
A funny saying from IndieGirl: All of the babies are in God's tummy before He decides who will get them and puts them in the mommies's tummies!
Thursday, November 08, 2007
I did, however, temper the matching by adding sweaters for the boys.
Best of all, it was all on sale. Still, when you add in pants for the boys (which I have to continue looking for for Buddy due to his smallness) and black dress shoes, it is still not cheap. I just can't help it. I love to see them all dressed up, but in clothes that they can wear throughout the winter.
Fewer posts about clothes soon, promise.
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Oh yeah, I'll post an updated picture tonight or tomorrow.
Monday, November 05, 2007
The weekend was fun. The weather was gorgeous--clear blue skies with mild temperatures and very little wind. We walked a lot. In fact, I joked to Husband that I might get weighed at the doc tomorrow and be less than before. We forgot to take our own camera, so I will have to wait for family to send pictures to me. We walked down to Wrigley Field and took a picture outside. I would really like to go back to Chicago in the spring and try to catch a Cubs game and spend some time downtown. This visit was about family and celebrating our nephew's entrance into the Church, so we spent most of our time close to family's home. I realized that I would really like to have the chance for Husband and I to go somewhere alone and do what we want to do, just for a day or so. Maybe I will work on that.
Anyway, I'll post pictures when I have them. Now I must resume the mothering duties I claimed to miss just two paragraphs ago.
Thursday, November 01, 2007
This tote was essential. I packed all of my clothes and such with Husband so he could handle checking a bag and all that. I just have my tote and my purse. Which is so cute and I would show you, but I can't find it online and I'm too lazy to take a picture right now. It is brown with two decorative buckles. It is small-ish. Holds my wallet, keys, gum, sunglasses, and tissues with room to spare. Perfect size for me.
I also bought three books. I'm halfway done with one already, which is why I bought so many. I knew I couldn't wait to start reading them. I'll just take one along. This is my first trip with the Ipod in tow, and that excites me to no end. Really, everything about traveling by myself excites me.
I got some new boots. Not for the trip specifically, but they did go in the suitcase and they will be worn.
They are Michelle D from Dillard's. I love this brand. Always comfortable and not too outrageously expensive. Okay, more than I would spend on a normal day, but I earned some extra cash and I should get two seasons out of them. I like them so much I'm tempted to go buy them in black. Could I be more materialistic?
I also got a new outfit. I really did not have any dressy, warm maternity clothes. And Motherhood prices are so reasonable, I didn't even feel a twinge of guilt buying the clothes.
The shirt looks better in person, promise. I did have trouble wtih jewelry. The design on the shirt is ovals. I really wanted some silver earrings and necklace that mimicked (is that a word?) the shape. I found some earrings at Target, but no necklace, at least not what I wanted. I did buy some earrings and a necklace with a blue stone in them because I think it might work. But I won't know until I put it all together.
So, I leave Friday. A parade of babysitters will be on hand until my parents can make it to town for the weekend. Just preparing for all of the sitters made me tired. Good thing I'm already packed! Have a good weekend.