Thursday, December 31, 2009

a fine 2009

this year in pictures:
the revolutionary iPhone revolutionized my life!

lilah's 1st taste of food
loves carrots
family vacation in san antonio
(carter at sea world)

dr daniel r. poulsen II
celebrated our differences & 6 years of marriage

lilah sophia's 1st birthday party post

my brother peter gets married & i get a sweet sister in law, beth
blogging my cravings works!
first this:
then these:

the salon lady reminds me i'm not getting any younger

but, this had to be funniest moment of the year (click if you missed it):thank you Lord for the MANY blessings you have given us.
you are SO very present in the details of our lives.
and you, my lovely readers. you have made this blog more significant with each comment, email, contact. thank you for reading & sharing my life!
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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Snow everywhere!

Our last day in NY & we woke up to snow everywhere! Hooray!
Woke up & bundled up & went out to play.
Carter ate up every minute of the snowball fighting & the sledding.
Lilah, well she didn't like it. But we sure to enlarge
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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Merry Christmas 2009

(click image to enlarge)

Photography & Card design by Cyndi duPont Photography
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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Superheros in my shower

Opened my shower door this morning to find the usual suspects:
shower gel,
sugar scrub,
soapscum (UGH!),
wait! superheros?!

Isn't it just the sign of toddlers living at home?
Earlier in the week my round brush was in my sock drawer, the remote was in the pantry, & my shoe was in the hamper. That's a 1 year old for you.
Right now, when I'm running out the door & need my other shoe it's not so cute. And when I've got wet hair & an appt in 20 min, it's super irritating to finally find my hair dryer in the toy box. But, one day, I'll read this post & miss this stage. I just know it. At least that's how I grin & bear it!

PS: The soapscum in the shower picture is ultra-embarrassing, living w/hard water poses all kinds of wars for a housekeeper...housewife, I mean.
Okay, so tell me about your little re-arranger!

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Monday, December 7, 2009

Satin Sheets are Slippery

Like most daughters, I spent a good portion of my adolescence trying to change my mom.
Embarrassed by her clothes or her comments; you name it!
She was a single mom, focused on finishing school and getting us through life, but I felt her focus needed to be more on what she wore & how she did her makeup like my friends' moms.
One year I went to Lord & Taylor & bought her a black velour outfit for Christmas. If she was going to keep wearing those worn-out, faded-black stirrup pants & the Buffalo Bills sweatshirt (gag!), I was going to have to step in!The black head-to-toe look was ALL WRONG for my mom. It did nothing to accentuate her blond hair & pretty green eyes. She put it on that afternoon if I can remember correctly. She was smiling & proud to wear what her kid picked for her. Poor mom, I knew it from the moment she stepped out, this wasn't for her. "But all black is supposed to instantly slim & sophisticate?"
It would've been perfect for me.
Not her.

This might have been my first lesson in
giving what they want, not what you would want for them.

A couple of years ago I slipped up again. Thinking, "gosh her cookware could use a complete overhaul" I convinced my husband to spring for some quality cookware that we couldn't live without. Nice, right?
Except, she doesn't cook.
A year later she still had that spatula that gets used daily at our house, in the packaging!

TD Jakes writes a chapter titled "Satin Sheets Slide" in his book The Lady, Her Lover, her Lord. The message is the same; a woman may give her husband satin sheets thinking it is the ultimate in luxury, when in reality "satin sheets slide".
They aren't warm, aren't breathable, and wrinkle like linen.
He says spouses make this mistake all the time.
Giving what they would want rather than what their partner would want.

I'm shopping like most of you are for the perfect gift for everyone on my list.
I'm trying to keep in mind that I may LOVE little more than my espresso roast coffee, but my mom only drinks tea. While I would love to open an impractical, romantic, more-than-we-agreed-to-spend gift on Christmas morning,
my husband would feel warm & fuzzy if I stayed on budget!

What do they really want?
Not, what do you want for them. You know what I mean?

*My cousin uploaded this image of my mom before she started wearing the Bills' sweatshirt & I just couldn't wait to use it in a post. I realize it doesn't really match the title or message, but isn't it wonderful? Pin It

Friday, December 4, 2009

Snow Day!

We are still collecting holiday traditions for our young family. The few we have, I really look forward to come December. We trim the tree & decorate the house on Thanksgiving Day/weekend.Last year we did a Gingerbread train (click here to see last year's masterpiece).
This year Carter picked out a Gingerbread house. (which somehow turned out lots sloppier than last year & i had anticipated the opposite. hmm...)
We've added a book this year to tell the story of Jesus' birth.
The cover (pictured center) will hold pages from a Nativity coloring book I picked up.
Each page telling/teaching him a part of the story.

The construction paper links are new this year too. Anticipation is the point of this one. We linked 24 strips of Christmas colored paper together & will remove one each day until Christmas.Best of all, when Dec 1st came so did a snowfall! In Texas!
Dan was sick & stayed home. I had no plans that couldn't be canceled.
We had our very own Snow Day!
All of the crafts above were done while Lilah napped & after Dan had plenty of rest so he could join us. It was THE BEST SURPRISE!
Hot chocolate & hot coffee in snowflake mugs kept us warm by the fire.
If only every Dec 1st we could have a Snow Day!!
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