Friday, November 11, 2011

Friday Fashion: Socks

Thigh highs. Over the knee socks. Knee highs and legwarmers with boots.

I love them. I loved them last year and I love them this year. Trust me when I say this is a trend worth trying!

Oh, and today is 11/11/11.  Bet you thought you were finally gonna read a blog post that didn't get all gushy about that, huh?  Sorry.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Things I Love: My Sister

Today is my sister's birthday. {Happy Birthday!}

She the first one to have a birthday since my mom died.  It is bittersweet.

To help make the bitter a bit more sweet, here are 36 memories that make me thankful for my sister.
  1. I'm thankful she got caught sneaking out first.  The girl saved me some trouble.
  2. I'm thankful for the top-secret, sisters only photo I have of her.  It's wildly unflattering.  The blackmail possibilities are endless.
  3. I'm thankful for the nights we used to watched "Sisters" together in her room.
  4. I'm thankful for that time we danced in cowboy boots and dad's boxer shorts.
  5. I'm thankful for the laugh I still get when I remember how a Charlie Horse knocked her to the ground like she was doing an air-raid.
  6. I'm thankful that she is willing to watch Easy A over and over with me.  "We must be related."
  7. I'm thankful for appletinis served in wine glasses.
  8. I'm thankful for x-rated madlibs and the completely inappropriate conversations that follow.
  9. I'm thankful for evil plots against Javo.
  10. I'm thankful her Camero was low to the ground. Trust me, it came in handy the time I jumped out of it while she was driving.
  11. I'm thankful for fights over the proper application of eye-liner.
  12. I'm thankful for motel rooms attached to strip joints.
  13. I'm thankful for being the dance club in Portage la Prairie.
  14. I'm thankful for playing "house" in motel rooms.
  15. I'm thankful for black naugahyde furniture to watch cartoons on.
  16. I'm thankful for a Kids, Inc. watching partner.
  17. I'm thankful for Twilight marathons.
  18. I'm thankful for Black Friday, 5 am shopping.
  19. I'm thankful for the Tilted Kilt.
  20. I'm thankful for pink mustangs.
  21. I'm thankful that I don't have to listen to her crappy hip-hop music anymore.
  22. I'm thankful for the bathroom incident in her puffy wedding dress.
  23. I'm thankful I got to be her matron of honor, which coincidentally goes hand-in-hand with the bathroom incident.
  24. I'm thankful for that beer hunting episode (and her constant retelling of me running up and down stairs like a gerbil on meth).
  25. I'm thankful for inside jokes.  Holy Mole-y!
  26. I'm thankful for a "puss this long!"
  27. I'm thankful for haircuts with horns.
  28. I'm thankful for birthday weekends in Rapid City.
  29. I'm thankful for The Color Purple on Christmas Eve.
  30. I'm thankful for present snooping.
  31. I'm thankful for Foster.  Okay, this is a lie.  I hated that dog but at least I know I never, ever want an English bulldog.  Ever.
  32. I'm thankful for hard egg sandwiches when you're sick.
  33. I'm thankful for sledding down stairs.
  34. I'm thankful for going to the bathroom together on the phone.
  35. I'm thankful for someone to call and talk to about nothing and everything.
  36. I'm thankful for how often I see mom in you.

Happy Birthday Randeaner Beaner Weiner!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

What I Think About: Regret

On Saturday I went to a book sale and they had these great voice-recordable books for sale.  

I burst into tears.

It seems so stupid now but here's the thing.  Last Christmas my husband's grandmother bought one of these books for all of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  So in fifteen years when Nana is in heaven, our kids will hear her read them stories about the birth of Christ and Humpty Dumpty.  Truly these are a priceless gift.

I was determined to get two books and have my mom read them so our kids would have her voice.  When I saw the price of each book was $30 I staggered and, being the cheapskate that I am, decided I'd get them when they were on sale.  The sale never happened.  My mom died.  And now I wish with everything in me that I would have bought those stupid books so I could hear my mom's voice.


Regret sometimes sounds like "I shouldn't have" but other times, it sounds like "I wish I would have."

Regret.  I wear it like a heavy load on my back. The "What ifs?" the "If onlys."  

How I am haunted by regret.

I was at a Living Proof conference and was so convicted of my regret.  I cling to regret.  Sometimes I cling to it because I believe remembering what I shouldn't have done will keep me humble and dependent on God.  In reality, those regrets make me live a life of fear and self-condemnation.  Regret is a shroud of shame placed on me by myself, my enemy, and others that keep me in bondage.  

Don't misconstrue what I am saying.  I've done wrong.  I've made mistakes.  But I do not have to cling to them ... how much more powerful am I when I repent, accept grace, and walk in freedom?  When I refuse to be chained to regret? 

What I thinks is I can't cling to regret and walk in freedom.  How do you hold onto something and let it go?  You simply can't do both.

These thoughts tumbled about in my head and the worship team started singing.  I knew He was speaking to me when the singers proclaimed, "I don't have time to maintain these regrets when I think about the way He loves us."

Regret (n.): A heavy burden made lighter when I choose to believe that He loves me more than my mistakes.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Days of Play: Freeze Dance

I'm not gonna lie.  At our house, we like to shake it.  We've been known to turn on tunes and boogie around the living rooms.  We're famous for leaving a meal half-eaten so we can get up, and get down to a favorite song.  If it involves music and dancing, we are in!

Embrace the love of music and dancing with your kiddos today (singing optional but suggested).

When you have a spare 5-10 minutes, turn on some music you can dance to (for us, this is anything from "Are you gonna be my girl" and "Girls just want to have fun" to "Pop goes the Weasel").

Now, explain to your kids that you are going to dance like wild while the music plays but when it stops, they have to "freeze" into a funny position.  They can get going again when the music starts up again.

I want to tell you this activity is great to help children learn to have self-control and to listen to directions but I don't know if it's true or not.  I DO know that your kids will like it and sometimes, that's the most "developmentally appropriate" option.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Music Monday: Song Crushes

Ahhhhh .... I've had a great relaxing break from life and blogging lately.  Cabo San Lucas, movies by the fireplace .... it's been fabulous.  But I'm back and ready to kick it in gear.

What a better way to start than to share my current song crushes.

Now for me, a song crush is more than I song I like.  It's a song I like so much that I read the lyrics online, watch videos for free (even if they are fan made), and listen to them over and over and over in the car.  So when I say song crush, it really means that if the song was a person, I'd be stalking him.

Lucky for me, there's no law against song stalking crushing.  So, enjoy my latest loves.

All I Ever Wanted by The Airborne Toxic Event (still my fave band!)

I Can Breathe Again by Baywood

It's Not Me It's You by Skillet (because hardcore Christian is right up my ally!)

Tonight by Seether

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Dinner Revolution {FREE}


Bet that caught your attention, huh?

Well Chef Jeff sent me an e-mail offering my readers a free electronic copy of his newest DinneRevolution cookbook.  YAY!

{This means that you get a $27 cookbook for free just because you are awesome.  And I love you.  And Chef Jeff wants to get you and your family out of the burger joint and around the dinner table tonight!}

Photo From DinneRevolution

As you know, my family and I sit down to a homemade meal every night.  Every. Night.  This is one of those traditions that I simply will not allow to go by the way-side in my house.  If you do this, or would like to do this but feel crunched for time, check out this cookbook.

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  • Vegetarian Pad Thai
  • Coconut Curry Shrimp
  • Lasagna Roll Ups
  • Caribbean Chicken Quesadillas
  • Southwest Turkey Burgers

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