Sunday, December 31, 2006

Ringing it in

Since I spent most of the week keeping the kids out of Dan's hair and then had what will heretofore be called "The Snoqualmie Pass Fiasco" or TSPF (psa: as much as kids like snow, some kids melt down if any part of their body gets not take such kids to a crowded snow park 2 hours away from home and then park half an hour away), it is a relief having a quiet night at home, even though it's New Year's Eve, which makes me officially boring. In my defense, we did have plans to have friends over this evening, but their week was as crazy as ours and needed to cancel. Such is life.

On the flip side, I've made my goals, we've had a nice break from school, I've had some recent scrap victories and I should get a chunk of time away from the family tomorrow. In short, I'm recommitting to following Christ, loving my family, and pursuing the truly important things in life.

Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

It's 5:40am.

I can't sleep.
I'm freezing.
My living room is filled with 3 rooms worth of stuff.
I'm going on day 2 of keeping the kids occupied so Dan can work.
As much as I'd like to, I can't say no to the chocolate cheesecake sitting in my fridge.
The bathtub faucet has been trickling for a full day now, in an attempt to drain the hot water heater.
No warm showers for me until tonight, unless I shower at the gym.

Ok, gripefest over. I'm sure it'll all be worth it once the floor is in and everything is back to normal, but right now I'm tired, and ready to get on with this vacation I'm told we're having!

Friday, December 22, 2006

Where's Jesus?

As I was driving home last night from a last-minute Christmas shopping marathon (and not the last one, either) , I found myself feeling empty. I'd given little (if any) thought to the birth of Christ this month. I'd gotten lost in the busyness, in checking things off the list, in making an adequate Christmas Eve dinner, and so on.

It's one of the challenges I think we all face every Christmas season. So many necessary and wonderful things to do, and none of them directly lead us back to Christ by themselves.

The conclusion I came to for myself, though, lies in the twofold commandment of the New Testament--Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength, and love your neighbor as yourself. The Christmas season brings opportunities to love our neighbors that we don't find the rest of the year...and that's part of loving God. So my challenge for myself is to use all these opportunities to the fullest. To take a minute and chat with the neighbors when I bring them some cookies. To show love to my family when we have our Christmas dinner, not just hurry through all the preparations so we can eat. To thank God for an evening of shopping with my husband, for the opportunity to participate together in our giving, even if it wasn't as efficient as it could have been. And to keep the plans for the rest of Dan's week off from encroaching on our celebrations.

Jesus came to earth for me. That is worth celebrating. Next year I plan to get an advent wreath and do the readings and all that....but for this year, Christmas is what it is--a time of loving God, loving each other, and being grateful for the sacrifice made by Christ for all of us.

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Home again, home again

There's DEFINITELY no place like home! We were only gone for about 20 hours but it felt like days...probably because it's been days since we've been fully functioning in our home. And we had the sense to clean yesterday before we left--mostly because I didn't like the idea of coming home to a full trash can, crumbs on the counter, food in the sink after what could have been way longer than 20 hours! They were quoting up to a week on the radio. And the people who live on the street adjacent to ours still don't have power.

Now that I've been cutting out bad carbs, when I do have them it makes me feel yucky. I had a piece of pizza at Costco tonight, and I have this weird headachey-headrush thing going on. I guess that'll teach me not to eat Costco pizza! I'm down 12 lbs. as of today...definitely noticing my jeans fitting more consistently.

Nothing of importance to share, so I'll post a layout (that I'm really hoping I haven't posted on my blog before, because that would be embarrassing.):

Monday, December 11, 2006

On to round 1!

Remember the Memory Creators Super Bowl of Scrapbooking contest I told you about? I'm one of 20 who just made it through the 2nd round--go me! Now we have 10 days to complete our next set of layouts...yes, I think they know it's the Christmas season! Actually, I shouldn't have any problem since I'm still in denial about Christmas and am planning to start my shopping when Dan gets his year-end bonus next week. Anyway, here are this round's layouts:

We're having some friends over for dinner tonight. They just got married 2 months ago, and she was in a Bible study I led when she was in Jr. High/High School and I was single. I figure if nothing else we'll be able to provide them with a compelling reason to delay starting their family! We're pretty good at that. ;)

Friday, December 08, 2006

14 hours and counting...

...until my eBay auctions close. If you're a fan of Stampin' Up! stamps, you can get some terrific sets for as low as $.99!! ;)

When I lived in Port Angeles, all the ladies at church were either scrapbookers or rubber stampers, and Stampin' Up! parties were huge. For some reason, home parties were a big thing there (really big). Fast forward to now, where I have (or had!) an entire drawerful of stamp sets, most of which I'd only used one of the entire set, and that only a couple times. Fortunately for me, the cash outlay wasn't huge, since I hosted a couple parties and got most of the sets cheap.

Anyway, a few of them sold within minutes of being posted, so guess what I bought with my newly replenished PayPal account??? MORE STAMPS!!! This time it's different though. REALLY! I have a much better sense of my style as a scrapbooker and the FontWerks stamps I just spent a fortune on (dang that exchange rate!) are perfect. How can you resist these?

Well, I'm off to stalk my e-mail for more closed auctions, and fill up that new empty drawer!

Thursday, December 07, 2006


I think I've mentioned my rule about buying scrapbook supplies. I try to only buy things that can be used proportionally to their cost. $1 or less per layout is my rule of thumb. It keeps me from going overboard on stamps that I love but might only use 2 or 3 times.

Anyway, I broke my rule with a vengence for Around the Block Soft Charms (aren't they cute???). And at Fred Meyer, so I didn't even get my 30% discount (buying anything full price drives me crazy now, I've gotten so spoiled!). I did get them on sale, but I think they were $12, and I'll be lucky to get 3 or 4 layouts out of them, and that would be using very short words with few vowels. :) But the occasional splurge is good for the soul, in my humble opinion.

I got to use them on one of my contest layouts at Memory Creators...should be up in the gallery there in the next couple days.

Happy Thursday everyone!

p.s. Check it out! I'm on the Fiskateer blog!!

Monday, December 04, 2006

You'll be seeing a bit less of me soon...

because there'll be less of me to see! ;)

So far I've lost 6 lbs and have been working out for a solid month. The weight loss didn't come until I started dieting last week, but so far so good!

Once we made the decision not to have any more kids, I felt that as soon as I was back on my feet after having Esther, that I should lose my extra weight. I'm 50 lbs heavier than I was when Dan and I got together, and even then I was more than I wanted to be. However, some major dental issues got in the way...and then it just seemed too hard. I had so much on my plate, I didn't think I could handle the stress of dieting and exercising until after the New Year, and then after vacation, and then after all the birthdays, and then after summer, and then after we settled into our school routine....I was all set to get back on, AFTER the holidays (and then my birthday), and then was out shopping one day and got totally disgusted after trying on some clothes. I just couldn't live like this anymore.

That was 9 days ago. Yes, I have to raise my kids feeling less than great. Yes, I am lacking a coping mechanism (an unhealthy one, of course) that made my life more tolerable. Yes, I'm going to a party tomorrow night and one Thursday night at which I probably won't be able to stick to my diet. But it's ok! It's been easier than I thought it would be, I have the best cheerleader in the world, and progress is being made.

The most important thing, though, is that God wants me to do this. My body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, and it's the vessel by which I carry out His plan for my life. And even more, He wants me to turn to Him when things get hard, not grab a handful of M&Ms. So now I'm seeing other areas of life get straightened out because I'm learning that self-indulgence doesn't solve my problems.

Speaking of which, it's time to get off the computer. ;)