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Friday, December 30, 2011

Snoozing = Losing!!!!




In this case, I lose!!!

See this?



This amazing flannel leopard duvet cover was on sale for like two months in November and December.   I love it.  I want it.  and I actually do need a new duvet cover. {Mine is old and looking pretty stained}.
It was on sale .
Like for $80 on sale.
I should have bought it.
It's now gone back up to regular price.

Dern! 
Hate it when that happens!!!!


in HIM-







Thursday, December 29, 2011

Smoothies

My amazing MIL, gave me two things for Christmas.  A set of my Christmas China {which I adore and force everyone who comes to my house to eat off of this time of year}
and a new blender.  
Because a blender is what I told her that I wanted.
The blender that we got in 2000 as a wedding gift had finally bit the dust a while back.
By a while back, I mean probably a year or two ago.
Problem was only time I thought about it was when I would make soup that needed blending or when I was thinking about making smoothies.
So, I was super excited to get a blender for Christmas.
Today, I made my very first {EVER} smoothie.  

It was called a Berry Healthy Smoothie.
This is frozen blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries and carrots.

Then, I added almond milk.
And Pom juice.


and ice......





Then I put the lid on and blended away......

It take a while to blend up all that ice!!!


But, it was delish!!!




I'm so super excited to have a blender to make smoothies in.
I am really interested in truly healthful smoothies.
So, I'm in the market for recipes!

Do you make smoothies?

What is your favorite recipe?

in HIM-

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Christmas Day 2011



Christmas Day was wonderful 
The kids woke up at about 6AM.  
Here are a few of my favorite pics of the day....
and some memories of the day.

Allie had asked for Molly's (her American Girl Doll) bed, a Magic 8 Ball, and a surprise.
Her surprise was a Nook.  She was super excited! She has hardly put it down since.



This little boy was so funny.  
The few weeks before Christmas, he told me everyday that he was getting something different for Christmas......other than what he has originally told Santa he wanted.
Originally, he asked for Rockenbok.  Then in the days to follow, it was a skateboard,  a rocket, and a turtle, among other things.  
He was so excited to see Rockenbok under the tree for him.  He also got a big John Deere Tractor and a Hot Wheels Car Keeper with several cars inside.



Miss Maggie asked for Marie-Claire (AG doll),an MP3 Player and a surprise
Her surprise was a Squinkies game for her DSI..


Lillie asked for a 3DS, a pink camera and a surprise.
Santa brought the 3DS, boots with a heel {which she said she wanted earlier}, and Bitty Baby Clothes.  Nana got the camera and she received that later in the day. Actually, Nana got all three girls Vtech cameras.  Lillie's is pink.  The other two are orange.


 This was my gift. 
I was so excited about it but bummed that camera wasn't back from the camera shop yet. {IT finally arrived this afternoon -- squeal!!!}


Nana and Grandpap {Ken's Mom and Stepdad} came to have lunch and spend the afternoon with us.  
As I said before, they got the girls cameras.
These are pretty cool cameras....they take pictures, video and have games on them.  
They gave Brady another piece of Rockenbok.



We gave Hubs a sweater, a Polertec shirt, and a gift card to go be fitted for and buy a new driver club.  He is super excited about that!

It really was a great day!

in HIM-





Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!!!



Unto us a child is born!
Merry Christmas to you!!!





From the Curtis Family!!!

Isaiah 9: 2-3; 6-7...


 The people walking in darkness 
   have seen a great light; 
on those living in the land of deep darkness 
   a light has dawned. 
 You have enlarged the nation 
   and increased their joy; 

 For to us a child is born, 
   to us a son is given, 
   and the government will be on his shoulders. 
And he will be called 
   Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, 
   Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 
 Of the greatness of his government and peace 
   there will be no end. 



Praises to HIM who ordained it all!
May your Christmas be wonderfully full of HIM -





Saturday, December 24, 2011

365.51 and Happy Christmas Eve!



Well, I still don't have my camera back.
  Something about having to order parts.... 
It was shipped yesterday.  Just not going to arrive in time for Christmas.
Yes, I'm a bit bitter about it. 
So, I'm stuck with my little point and shoot and my cell phone for Christmas day.
oh well.
Here's what else has been going on lately.

12.18.11 - Sunday.... began just before 6 AM with Maggie coming into my room whimpering,
"Mom, I'm going to throw up"
I told her to run to the bathroom. Which she did but she didn't make it to the toilet.  
SO, my day started with cleaning up the mess of my poor sick little girl.
Since Maggie was sick, she and I stayed home all day.  She only threw up that one time all day.  
She even ate a little bit but she was running a fever.  
She chilled and watched Christmas movies.
I got a whole lot done that day. I addressed all of our Christmas Cards and did all of the dirty laundry.  I put Maggie to bed that night thinking she was much better.....

12.19.11 - Monday....that is until she woke up at 6AM on Monday morning and threw up again.
Isn't that strange?  She threw up twice 24 hours apart.  Ran a fever in between and then was fine.  However, since she had thrown up she didn't go to school that day.
She and I put out a PSA for twitterland and facebook....
Then I ran many errands that day and made Chicken and Rice for supper.  



12.20.11 - Tuesday....I finished up my Christmas shopping.  My friend, Kandi and her sister and I drove to Atlanta to finish our shopping.
We were too busy to take pictures.  

12.21.11 - Wednesday....what a great day!  I got ready for the day and ran a few errands then went to lunch with a friend at our favorite Wednesday place with our awesome waiter, whom we love!  We gave him his Christmas gift.  
And he totally blessed us by "losing our ticket" and by telling us that we do so much for him that it was the least he could do.  SO sweet.  THIS is why we love him!  Not to mention that he really takes care of "his Wednesday girls" !
Then it was time for a short program at Lillie's school.
Right after that we were off to Greensboro to celebrate Christmas with hubs sister and grandmother.  
These cups are one of the things the girls got from their Aunt Tamara.
ADORABLE! and they love them!

 12.22.11 - Thursday.... My MIL and I went out to finish up our Christmas shopping {for real this time!} .
First stop, Starbucks, of course!
OH, salted caramel Mocha how I love thee.
We got our shopping done and enjoyed a wonderful lunch out together.
It was great fun!
Then it was time to head back home.
Once we were home, I went grocery shopping and came home and put together some homemade cinnamon rolls and breakfast casseroles for a breakfast that I was having the next morning.

12.23.11 -Friday.... I got to use my Christmas China and have 3 wonderful ladies over for breakfast!  There were also 7 kids here, too.  It was a loud, wild, chaotic, wonderful time!!!
We even had our very own version of Annie preformed for us by 4 of the little girls.
SO FUN!
Then I made some Parker House Style Rolls and went to an "adults only" dinner and a movie party at my friends house.  We ate some amazing stuffed shells, salad and rolls for supper and watched "Christmas Vacation".
IT was a great evening.
Really, Friday {while busy} was really quite an incredibly wonderful day!!!

12.24.11 - Saturday....today is my 38th birthday. Hubs kissed me and said "Happy Birthday" as soon as I woke.  We had a low key morning and then headed out for lunch for my birthday.  
We went to Fat Buddies.  
If you are local and like bbq ribs, I want to recommend Fat Buddies ribs. 
They are delish!!!  
We came home and hubs gave me JustDance3 as a gift.
He also gave
I am super excited to do this with the family!!!
And between that and the two new Jillian Michael's video's I just bought I am hoping to actually get in shape.

Then I wrapped presents for a couple of hours while hubs worked at church.
When he got home {for about 30 minutes before heading back}, the kids got to open one gift-- their Christmas pj's.  For the girls, it was rather anti climatic which really made me sad.  But, Brady was super excited to opening a present and for the pj's. I guess, 1 out of 4 isn't bad?  

Then it was time to get ready for the Christmas Eve Services at church. 
There are 3 of them.  Hubs leads them all.  
The kids and I went to two of them.
The 5:30 service was the Contemporary Service.  
The 7:00 was a Traditional Service.
BOTH were incredible!

I took this pic at the end of the 5:30 service.  This is Maggie, our friend- Polly, and Lillie singing "Silent Night" and holding up their lights.
I love it!


If you are local and you didn't make it to a Christmas Eve service, 
and you leave right now, you can still make our 11PM service.
It is great! You don't want to miss it!!!

What about the rest of you?
Did you attend a Christmas Eve service this evening?
Ours are always wonderful and tonight was no exception.
Hubs always gives an amazing message about our Saviour and the music in all services are great.
In our 5:30 service, the band played this song.
What a perfect song for tonight.

some of the amazing words.......


...Noel! Noel!, God with us, Emmanuel...
You're here!  I'm holding you so near.....
I'm staring into the face of my savior,
King and Creator.
You could've left us on our own, but You're Here!


 Isaiah 9: 2-3; 6-7
The people walking in darkness 
   have seen a great light; 
on those living in the land of deep darkness 
   a light has dawned. 
 You have enlarged the nation 
   and increased their joy; .....

.....For to us a child is born, 
   to us a son is given, 
   and the government will be on his shoulders. 
And he will be called 
   Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, 
   Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 
7 Of the greatness of his government and peace 
   there will be no end. 
He will reign on David’s throne 
   and over his kingdom, 
establishing and upholding it 
   with justice and righteousness 
   from that time on and forever. 
The zeal of the LORD Almighty 
   will accomplish this.


Happy Christmas Eve!!!
in HIM-


Sunday, December 18, 2011

Not That Far......



The words to this song are really working on my heart tonight.

The second verse/chorus says this.....

Let us celebrate 
As the christmases go by 
Learn to live our days 
With our hearts near to the child 
Ever drawn, ever close 
To the only love that lasts 
And though 2000 years have passed 

We're not that far from Bethlehem 
Where all our hope and joy began 
For when our hearts still cherish him 
We're not that far 
We're not that far from Bethlehem 
Where all our hope and joy began 
For when our hearts still cherish him 
We're not that far, we're not that far 
From Bethlehem



Oh, Lord that I will learn to live my days with a heart that is ever near to this child - Your son!  Ever being drawn, and every growing closer to the only love that lasts......That my heart will always cherish you more.  El Roi, let it be in me this day.  Amen.


in HIM-

Saturday, December 17, 2011

365.50



I did better this week.  
I actually took a picture each day {except one}
However, most of these pics were taken with my phone....so the quality stinks.

12.11.12 - Sunday....Sunday included church, lunch, and a wonderful evening spent laughing, sharing and praying with friends.  Once I got home and sat on the couch, I look up and saw this.
I love Christmas Trees in the dark....beautiful.


12.12.11 - Monday...Monday was super warm outside.
The kids were outside riding their bikes without their coats after school.
One of the things I love about the south.


12.13.11 - Tuesday.... Tuesday was hubs birthday.  
I enjoyed a small amount of quiet time in the morning.  I really love Christmas Trees.
I loved spending time sitting and drinking my coffee out of my favorite Christmas mug while looking at my tree.
Tuesday afternoon, our wonderfully sweet friends came and stayed with my kids so hubs and I could go out for his birthday.  
We went to buy him some new shoes for his birthday and then to dinner and then to do a bit of shopping.
It was a wonderful night out celebrating him.
It was so much fun that I forgot to take our picture....

12.14.11 - Wednesday... Wednesday was our kids Christmas play at church.
I posted about that here
This is one of my favorite pics from the night.  
This is Lillie and her friend Polly.
Aren't they adorable?

 12.15.11 -Thursday....Lille and Maggie had a PTA program.  They did a fantastic job in their parts.
We got home and immediately asked the kids to get ready for their baths.
This is how I found Brady running around.....


12.16.11 - Friday....Friday was a really busy day.  It was Baking Day with Kandi.  We had a great time and made lots and lots of great goodies!  Which I brought home and promptly served at our Neighborhood Christmas Gathering.  We had a really great day.

12.17.11 - Saturday....Today we had another busy day.  Lunch out with Grammy and Granddaddy.  Then I went to see one of my favorites graduated from college. This is our sweet friend, Cassie!  Then we got to attend her wonderful Graduation Party.
The only bad part is that she is going home for a while.
We are going to miss her sooooo much!  
We wish her the very, very best and know that she do great things in her life.
{We just hope it ends up being  close to us!!!}

We love you, Casstastic!!!!

Well, I FINALLY got my Christmas Cards so I'm off to get those addressed.
We had an incredibly busy week.
Here's hoping this upcoming week is less hectic {ahem.} and that my real camera arrives SOON!!!!
What have you been up to?

in HIM-











Wednesday, December 14, 2011

What Child Is This



Tonight was our Children's Christmas Program at Church.
The play was called "What Child Was This".
They went for a more modern take on costumes. =)

Lillie and Allie were shepherds....



Maggie was Mary....

A group shot after a job well done!!!
This was our silly face shot!

The whole cast.....

 Mrs. Courtney brought everyone a goody bag for working so hard.
But, Mrs. Courtney and Mrs. Valerie are the ones who really deserve a reward.
They worked HARD with these kids!! They did an amazing job and we love them!!!


My three stars.....


My girls and their friends, Samantha and Whitney.


And this is what little brothers do after the show.....


Play a game of ring around the roses with his buddy, Jasper.


Lastly, Lillie and her sweet friend, Polly.  



It really was a fantastic play.  
The kids were so cute sharing the Christmas story.

One funny story, the little girl who was sitting next to me was so funny during the performance.
She had never been to a play so before it began, she kept saying "I'm so excited!"
Then every time someone said anything about "the baby" she would yell "Jesus!"
She was precious.

It was a great evening!!!

PS -- sorry for the bad quality pictures....I cannot wait to get my camera back!!! Soon, I hope.

in HIM-

Monday, December 12, 2011






Enjoying this right now. So. Much!!!!




In Him-



Saturday, December 10, 2011

It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like......{in lieu of 365.48 / 365.49}

Christmas, of course!!!

Well, I guess since I have fallen off the Project 365 bandwagon.......I haven't taken many pictures in the past two weeks.  At least not a picture a day and the ones I did take, you can see here and here and here. SO, instead of my usual 365 Saturday post, I'm sharing our very Christmas'y' day.....
We got up this morning and went to a local restaurant that serves fantastic breakfast.  My kids were super excited about it.  They love to eat there!!!
Then we headed on up the mountain to get out Christmas Tree.
I love living so close to the Christmas Tree Farms.  It's awesome.
We walked all around.

 and finally found our tree!

 We drove back home and hubs got it in the stand.

 While he did that, I helped the kids get ready to go see Santa 
for the annual picture.  I think we managed to get one with all four of them smiling.  
That is a good thing!
We came home to change clothes and then walked downtown for the Christmas Parade.

The Parade was amazing this year.  
Some great floats and some very creative ideas.
There were a lot of these birds.....
as in  "here to stay is a new bird.  He sings a love song, as he goes a long. 
Walking in a Winter Wonderland"

 And there were roller derby girls........
This picture was taken especially for my awesome  Roller derby loving friends -
 Cassie, Jenny and Emily.
 A lot of my girls friends danced their way down the parade route with our
 awesome dance company.  

 The beautiful Ms. Bonnie!!!

dancers....



This was one of the best and most creative floats.
The Kung Fu place in town did a whole Kung Fu Panda thing.
It was great!

Then there were these guys. 

And I just love this picture.....

This is another of my favorite floats.
I like the balloon angel.


 Brady loved the Monster Truck.
 A couple of our great youth from church are cheerleaders and we were excited to wave at them in the parade.
Miss Carlee.....

Miss Rachel.....

 And WCU's mascot --- Santa Paws!  
 This is our friend, Drew.  
He is the band director in our town.  
He had two bands in the parade and had to run from the front of the parade back to walk with the other band.  
That is dedication!  

And lastly, there was the big guy himself!!!
Yeay, Santa.



After that amazing parade, we came home to decorate the Christmas Tree.






It is truly beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here.
Now, if I can just get all the shopping done......

in HIM-