Dec 11, 2011

Birthday Blessings

Happy Birthday Baby
Morgan will turn thirteen on December 22. As in normal fashion we celebrate a bit early to avoid the meshing of Christmas and Birthday. Two important Holidays both deserving recognition.  Morgan invited her best friend, Kelby to spend the night. Eric’s daughter, Taylor and little brother, Clayton were visiting from Abilene so they were part of the celebration as well. The kids played Wii, told ghost stories and went to the Mall for a brief time. They decided to leave shortly after we arrived due to mass crowding from Christmas mania. Much to my dislike they also had a cupcake war and a water fight. It was equally funny as it was messy. The adults survived and the kids had fun.  Morgan got her birthday wish…make-up. My daughter has expense taste….Sephora only please! So Sephora it is.  She was ecstatic. Now all we have to do is survive the other Holiday, Christmas before we glide into a brand new year!   



Dec 5, 2011

Make it up

Miss Morgan is turning out to be my little model. She is not camera shy and is often caught taking pictures of herself. I don't think the camera could ever do her wrong, she is a natural. If one is to ask her “what do you want to be when you grow up?” She answers without hesitation; make- up artist! This blossoming young lady gives her mother make-up tips. She spends hours learning about all the new and best products. If you enter her room she is most likely in front of the mirror trying out new the latest and greatest way to wear make-up. I on the other hand am inept when it comes to fashion and make-up. I rely on her to keep me on track.


Dec 2, 2011

Turkey Caper

Turkey Caper written and created by Don Ostendorf

There was a slight mishap that I mentioned previously on the Thanksgiving blog. Dad being the genious and creative person that he is came up with this, enjoy

Click on the picture for full size view. Easier to read the print. I had to modify pictures slightly so I could get it to download.

Dec 1, 2011

Being Thankful

Be Thankful By Author Unknown

Be thankful that you don't already have everything you desire.
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?
Be thankful when you don't know something,
for it gives you the opportunity to learn.
Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.
Be thankful for your limitations,
because they give you opportunities for improvement.
Be thankful for each new challenge,
because it will build your strength and character.
Be thankful for your mistakes. They will teach you valuable lessons.
Be thankful when you're tired and weary,
because it means you've made a difference.
It's easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who
are also thankful for the setbacks.
Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles,
and they can become your blessings

Thanksgiving 2011
I was blessed this year with the arrival of my Mother, Father and Son for the Thanksgiving holiday. I haven't seen since June so I enjoyed being close to all of them again. Mom and Dad provided a wonderful and bountiful Thanksgiving meal, as always. There was one mishap on that tranquil Thanksgiving day. Some how a large amount of turkey went missing off the counter. Lambeau was found licking the pan clean...oooppss. Guess he wanted to enjoy his turkey dinner too! It was relaxing and surprising quiet with all of us in the house together. Lambeau reluctantly shared the couch

     It didn't take him long before
he was ready to snuggle

Between me working and Morgan attending school we all managed to get out and about into Lubbock.

We went to the Mall, where Nathan got his ears pierced.

We also just found time to sit as a family to eat and talk around the table in the food court there

Dad took Nathan to the local skate park. He said he felt like a "King" here. I guess these Texas boys spend more time in the fields than they do on a skateboard or a bicycle.

The Windmill farm I found to be a little treasure spot.
  Me, standing in front of a broken down wind turbine
         A local Lubbock Woman painted a mural in a side building at the muesum.
         We were told it took over 3 years and the mural covers some 6000 square feet.

                                    The "sister" to this windmill sits at the Charolotte Hall muesuem in Prescott, Arizona
          What a small World?

 This is probably the closest to a cow that Nathan will ever get =)
 Mom, Dad and the Kids had a pictionary night. Girls against guys. I heard the girls won. Maybe next time boys!

  While we had all of us together we took the opportunity to take some family pictures


    Overall, I can say this Thanksgiving has been one of the best in years! I have finally come to a full realization the depth of love and gratitude I have for my parents and my children. I love my family! I am forever indebted to my parents for their years of generosity, patience and support. They have stuck by me through the very worst (and I mean BAD) and the very best of times. Thank you Mom and Dad! My children mean everything to me. They are my driving force to continue this journey and be successful so they too will be succesful in life. They are my angels!

Over the last year working as an RN in the ICU I have learned one of the most precious life lessons; enjoy life, love unconditionally and treasure every moment you have with your family and friends. You may wake up one day and they will no longer be with you.  Life is a journey.

"Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”
  Marcel Proust