Saturday, December 31, 2011

instafriday 12.30.11

My week via Instagram photos.


crab feast for Christmas Eve


games and cookies 


the stockings were hung by the chimney with care
grom loved passing out the presents 


the dice game with surferman's family
we all bring various presents
roll a 7 or 11 and you get to grab one from the middle
after they are all unwrapped you have to show your plunder all around
and then the fun/stealing starts
roll a 7 or 11 and go get the present you really want
so much fun


shooting nerf darts at the moon, uh... I mean solar tube


we were a little late, but we finally finished our Christmas countdown activities.
we made bags to give to homeless people.
everybody needs a tootsie pop now and again


strawberries from farmers market at the end of december
(and they are delcious!)
i love living in california


proof that kids get to do dangerous things at their grandparents' house


i love orange smiles


sleeping ants
watch for updates
grom received this really cool ant colony for Christmas
it was invented to take ants on the space shuttle... how cool is that?



Monday, December 26, 2011

what's for dinner - 12.26.11

Monday
salad

Tuesday
LO turkey & rice soup
bread & butter

Wednesday
veggies

Thursday
top with roasted brussels sprouts

Friday
(I'll add cauliflower, beans and carrots)
rice

Saturday
~New Year's Eve~
french bread pizza sando

mint brownie balls

Sunday
~Fellowship Dinner~
???

Check out meal plans from all over the country (and world!) 
 Laura hosts Menu Plan Monday each week on her blog, "I'm an Organizing Junkie"

Friday, December 23, 2011

instafriday 12.23.11

It's C-Week!


wedge salad - the best "healthy" part of my mom's birthday dinner
bacon and bleu cheese is "healthy"... right?


beth's chocolate cake - the best part of my mom's birthday dinner


twins with a twin
we were both wearing red long sleeve tees and light blue jeans
bebe's jeans were cuter... she had red hearts on her knees
think i could pull off red heart patches on my knees?


my beautiful friend after our church's candlelight worship service 
it was a night packed with christmas songs and Jesus


cookie decorating at church
later the cookies were delivered to our local senior care center


girlies and grammy got in on the action


i didn't want to go
it's so stinkin' early in the morning
proof i was there


oh fudge!


making cookie plates for customers and neighbors


our christmas cards went in the mail today!


an amazing sunset
i love the colors in the sky and the dark silhouettes of the palm trees



two sleeps until christmas!

Monday, December 19, 2011

daybook 12.19.11

FOR TODAY, Monday December 19, 2011

Outside my window... it's a dusky grey.

I am thinking... about the things I need to finish... for Christmas and for day-to-day life.

I am thankful... surprise extra moments alone.

From the learning rooms... it's winter break.  We are still doing some math and reading on the computer.  Grom also has some One Minute Reader to get done.

In the kitchen... I roasted a turkey and baked a ham yesterday.  I need to process the leftovers.  I have visions of turkey soup, hot turkey sandwiches, split pea soup, baked beans and ham for quiche swirling in my head.  I don't know if there are enough leftovers to fulfill my dreams.

I am wearing... my least favorite jeans and a long sleeved red tee shirt.  It's been a bad day for tees.  I'm on my 3rd one... I seem to have a drinking problem.  I've spilled coffee twice today.

I am creating... I have a project to start and finish for my grandmother for Christmas.  Past that I really need to get my nursing CEUs done so I can renew my license.  

I am going... get our Christmas cards in the mail before Christmas.  (I hope saying it aloud will motivate me to make it happen.)

I am wondering... why anyone would let Jack Frost get close enough to nip their nose.

I am reading... that same book by Michael Baron that I can't remember the name of.  I finished Mockingjay.  Good series.  Not sure I'm going to want to see the movies when they come out.

I am hoping... that our family dinner tonight is nice, that my mom feels celebrated and loved and that she really digs the birthday present we got her.

I am looking forward to... duh!  Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.  We get to celebrate the birth of our salvation!

I am hearing... the funky eclectic music that is always playing at Starbucks.  I don't think it's even Christmas music.  How weird is that?

Around the house... the stockings are hung by the chimney with care in hopes that St. Nicholas soon will be there.

I am pondering... the difference between pondering and wondering...  I usually just cut and paste the daybook questions from my last daybook.  Today I went to the source and got a fresh version.  They've changed a little.  So what is the difference between pondering and wondering?

One of my favorite things... my surfboard fin sanuks.  They are getting so worn out, but they make me smile and are so comfortable.  Unfortunately (and typically) they don't make them anymore.

A few plans for the rest of the week: lots of karate, pizza with family, events at church, sunrise surfing, opening presents, bagel and lox

Here is picture I am sharing...
this is the never before seen Christmas card from 2007.
Grom was about 3 1/2.  Wasn't he cute?
It would've had some text, but I never got it finished... sigh

I'm not good at Christmas cards.



Sunday, December 18, 2011

what's for dinner - 12.18.11

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Monday
~Grom - karate~
~Family Dinner - celebrating my mom's birthday~
my dad cooks

Tuesday
~Grom - karate~
hot turkey sandwiches

Wednesday
~Grom - karate~
~Candlelight Worship Service~
baked potatoes with ham, cheese and broccoli

Thursday
~Grom - gymnastics / karate~
~cookie decorating at church~
~care center outreach - deliver cookies~
YOYO

Friday
~pizza with Surferman's Family~

Saturday
~Christmas Eve~
turkey barley soup
biscuits

~Christmas Eve Service~
dessert with my family

Sunday
~Christmas~
~dawn patrol surfing~
bagels & lox

~Christmas game with Surferman's family~

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Saturday, December 17, 2011

last minute Christmas gift idea?


I'd like to introduce you to Preach the Gospel 316.  They (ok, my friend George and his friend Siri who he carries around in his pocket) design and sell these great shirts.  These shirts are BOLD for the Lord and are intended to start conversations.  Preach the Gospel 316 is having a sale.  I told him I'd spread the word.


You can find some great deals... from $10 shirts to a Christmas discount (30% off! - including those sale shirts) and FREE shipping on orders over $60.


 Go check out his shirts.  Which ones do you like?  Any suggestions for him?  His heart is to spread the Gospel and help people look good doing it.  Got any good sayings you'd like to see on a shirt?


Oh!  I almost forgot.  Preach 316 sells these cool wristbands too!  They make great stocking stuffers.

Let's go shopping!  If you buy... tell him I sent you.  

Friday, December 16, 2011

instafriday 12.16.11

last week was great


researching lunar eclipse on the ipad


proof we saw it


on monday i asked grom what he'd want for lunch if he could have anything

he chose japanese food

he's my boy



too cute - the crew at our TJ's each made a giant gingerbread man


the family part of family dinner


finishing the last of the halloween candy
(and he gave 2/3 away to start with)
i don't know whose kid he is


christmas countdown activity - peppermint popcorn
kinda like this


every wednesday i walk with my pastors and the other office gals to a local coffee shop
we pray for our fellowship and community
it's a sweet time


the cutest nativity project ever


flowers received in appreciation for being grom's class mom


the start of a beautiful sunset


the high schoolers who progressed to our home for soup and salad

like i said... last week was great