Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

Today I am humbled by the many, many things I have to be thankful for. It can be easy to remember the big things in life, but how often do we really ponder our basic needs and how lucky we are to have them?

Today, I am thankful for the simple and quietly normal life I lead.
I have a solid house that is comfortable and safe.
I can turn the heat up when it gets cold.
I can go to the grocery store and pay for a cart of groceries any time I want.
I am not hungry.
I have a reliable car.
I can pay for gas in the same way I pay for my groceries.
I have wool socks on my feet.
I have a bin full of hats and scarves and gloves.
I have a husband who loves me.
I have three children who love me, too.
We are all healthy.
My husband has a good job.
I have wonderful friends.
I live in a free country.

I could go on. I am blessed to live this life, and sometimes I question why I am allowed to enjoy a simple and comfortable life when others cannot. I guess instead of questioning why, I will instead simply trust God in His plan for my life and continue to be thankful every day!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Coming along.

The new house is coming along, as you can see! Of course I continue to operate iCraft, though I admit that my "job" recently has been to oversee the hundreds (thousands?) of details that will go into making this board and concrete and Tyvek-wrapped creation a home. Daunting? Yes. But fun too!

Also getting geared up for another craft show the Saturday after Thanksgiving. If you're in the Omaha area that day, stop by Millard South High School (I'll be in the gym) for some Christmas shopping!

Unrelated, I am hosting Thanksgiving for the second year in a row! The only thing I don't like to do is clean the turkey and cook the innards for gravy. Blech. However, I plan to do like I did last year and cook my potatoes the night before, then put them in the crockpot on Thanksgiving day. Super-great time saver! Because really, who wants to stand over a pot of boiling potatoes when they can be watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade?

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Halloween costumes (part 2 and 3).

So I know it's like a week after the fact, but please bear with me as I have been battling a cold and lost my voice for several days. Even now, you'd think I smoked a pack a day for the last 10 years judging by the gravelly, Kathleen Turner-ish quality of my voice! (For the record, I don't smoke!)

Halloween was a huge success around here and since I shared Lauren's costume I am compelled to share the other two. Earlier this fall I convinced Grace that she should be a witch for Halloween. As a preschooler, I wore the same witch's costume for probably three years running, so I was thinking it would be nice if at least one of my daughters followed suit! She agreed, and we put together an outfit consisting of a black and purple tutu (handmade), sparkly witch's broom, and hat. We also figured a black and purple witch-themed Halloween t-shirt and a pair of black leggings would be good to round out everything (thanks, Target, for the broom, hat, and tee!). Here she is in the Halloween parade at school - totally crummy photo but it's the best one with the whole ensemble:

I must note that she wasn't thrilled with the witch thing after all. I think there were a few too many in her class, and she ended up pleading with me to let her wear fairy wings with it for trick-or-treating, to be a "Butterfly Witch." Luckily she sort of forgot that request by the time they were running out the door, so I didn't have to track down the wings after all. Whew!

And the other costume? Well, that involved quite the decision-making process for Reed (the boy who has a tough time getting excited about any Halloween costume)...and as you can see, he decided upon being abducted by an alien. We expect him home any day.

Seriously, this costume was work. But it was worth it, even though he didn't care for the scores of moms who took his picture at school because they liked the costume and wanted to save the idea for next year. He told me, "Mom, that must be what it feels like to be a celebrity, with the paparazzi taking your picture all the time." I know he secretly enjoyed the attention and he was pleased that so many people were visibly taken aback by the illusion of the costume. If you want the skinny on how to accomplish this look, go to Family Fun and take a gander at the instructions. I will warn you - it involves paper mache, paint, and lots of safety pins.

I have to admit that I am glad Halloween is over. I enjoy the event itself, just not all of the hoopla that leads up to it! I guess I'm a traditionalist and I want to properly enjoy each holiday in its own time! Which means I am looking forward to Thanksgiving, and will not put up any Christmasy thing until at least the day after Thanksgiving. Call me old-fashioned...