random “i can’t think of anything else to blog right now so this is what you get” post



He needed a new winter hat so I bought him this one and he said he loved it so I took off the tag.  He literally wore it once and proclaimed that he no longer liked it (it makes my hair feel funny!) and refused to wear it again.  The above photo snapped when he was wearing it that one time.

Thankfully both him and his sister have been sleeping in a bit later the past few days.  And by sleeping in I mean 6:00-6:30, friends.  Yes, that is sleeping in at our house.  Because last week and the week before they were waking up at 5:00.  A few days even before that.  Wide awake.  At 4:50 a.m.  The time change does it to them every year.  And I’m sure I’ve blogged about it every year.  And now I’m blogging about it again.  I can’t help myself.  Someday they will read this when they have their own children who will not sleep and I will have proof that they did the very same thing.

Speaking of wide awake at 4:50 a.m….  A friend of mine posted this on Facebook the other day and it’s really funny and so very true.  Watch it for a good laugh….especially if you have kids.

We got rid of cable a few weeks ago.  I have no idea why we did not do this months ago.  I do not miss it at all and I’m catching up on all the TV series that I’ve been meaning to watch that are now readily available on Hulu and Netflix.  And I’m finding that I’m not having the TV on just to have the TV on.  A conscience effort needs to be made to turn it on and figure out what I’m going to watch.  If I don’t have something in mind to watch I don’t turn it on.  I’m giddy about the amount of money we are saving each month.  And I love the idea of simplifying our life.

Which brings me to Downton Abbey.  Friends, I watched three seasons of this show in a weeks time.  Let’s just say,  *spoiler alert* for those of you that have yet to watch this addicting piece of programming, I knew the outcome of a certain beloved sister and still cried.  But the most recent tragedy totally threw me for a loop.

Because I made Darin endure countless hours of Downton Abbey, I am now enduring countless hours of Duck Dynasty. I really do love him.

Thinking of Christmas ideas and I really want a nice blender.  I have all these aspirations of juicing and making smoothies and being more healthy.  And if I had a wonderful blender I would surely do this, right?  Or would it be one of those things I would get sick of in two weeks time?  Do I invest in the Vitamix or do I get a cheaper one?

This year for Christmas we are adopting a new way of gift giving within our immediate family.  Four gifts: something you want, something you need, something to wear, something to read.  I’m very excited about this seeing that in years past it’s always been more about quantity versus quality with the kids and keeping it even.  You know what I mean, right?  The kids are always counting the amount of presents they get and comparing that number with each other.  So this year it’s going to be more controlled and more focused.  We are also doing something to give, where we are giving the kids some money and they get to research a place to give it to.  Kids will be kids and I know that they love receiving gifts, but we are trying to instill this behavior of giving in them and teaching them how rewarding and wonderful it is.

Speaking of Christmas, I have done zero shopping.  Well, I take that back.  The other day I did buy one gift.  But other than that, nada.  Every year I tell myself that I’m going to shop through out the year, I’m going to be more prepared, I’m going to be organized.  Who am I kidding?  That is not me.  And I’m beginning to be okay with that.  I can tell because I’m not really that stressed about it.  Yet.

Right now I am sitting on my couch and looking outside into our backyard where the morning sun is hitting the bare trees.  And I’m thinking how wonderful it is to see the sun after a few dreary days.  And how lovely those bare branches are, even though it is a sign of the winter to come.  The deep thought side of me could go on and on about how this relates to real life, but I’ll let you draw your own comparisons today.

My daughter is growing like a WEED.  Seriously.  Every time I look at her she seems an inch taller.  She’s outgrowing her clothes in record time.  It’s kind of freaking me out.

I love this story from our church.  I love that his older brother came into church with alcohol on his breath and the pastor gave him some mints and told him to stay. Church is for the broken.  Jesus is for the broken.  Love that.

I am not a cook but with the cold weather I’m craving soup.  Can you share a good and easy soup recipe for me that would be appealing to my picky eaters in this house?

Leo has an affinity for Evie and Eli’s stuffed animals.  Being that he is still a puppy and could choose to chew on whatever his heart desires while we are out of the house, I’m pleased that he has decided on the neglected toys that often sit in the corners of their rooms begging for attention.  It’s cute.  It’s like our kids are handing down their toys to their little brother who proudly carries them around in his mouth like a  security blanket.  When he gets bored he sometimes chews on them a bit, but for the most part they are left intact and you can find him resting his head on Eli’s whale or Evie’s doggie while he sleeps.

And with that I will leave you so I can snuggle a bit with my sweet dog who is sitting next to me on the couch.  Happy Monday.


Jean - we never had cable. i’ve been contemplating big time on the internet, whether or not to cancel it after december. we are all about simplifying our life on this end too. :)

i love what you guys are adopting for your immediate family for Christmas. lovely idea!

and i cannot get over his eyes! beautiful! hope you are having a lovely time w/ your family!

Tracey - Oh, and have not seen that DA episode yet but I know I need to have a box of kleenex with me when I do. :(

Tracey - When I first saw this pic on FB I said to myself, “Who is that?!”
Oh my. Eli has really really matured.
And funny , and not funny, about the hat.

andrea - Great list!

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