Tuesday, November 28, 2006


A few weeks ago, we had a murder mystery party with some of our friends. It was a blast. The theme of the party was 70's Disco. We had so much fun getting funky costumes and boogieing the night away!

Here are some hilarious photos!!

My Main Man

Vinny D. Vinchi & Angina Palpatori
(Keith and Celena)

All the GROOVY ladies
You can't see my go-go boots=( They were the best part of my outfit.

Manny Baritone
Check out the pants..LOL!

Chaka Moon

Deep in character, trying to prove their innocence!
Celena's face is hilarious..LOL

We had a blast. Thanks to everyone for dressing up and making the night somuch more enjoyable!!
The pictures didn't turn out very good.

Friday, November 24, 2006

He is out of his mind!

My husband, who dislikes the holiday season because of the shopping nazis this time of year, decided he wanted to go shopping today! He hand my brother woke up and headed out at 3 AM. I guess they have had good luck. They were like #20 in line at Comp USA this morning, although Comp USA had their huge door buster sale last night from 9PM-12AM. He may not be getting the best of the best deals, but he is getting some pretty good ones! He said he just wants to spend $$ today..which I was quick to point out, that we need to be spending $ on others and not ourselves!! Oh Well, he is having fun=)

He got this
He got this...this was the best deal!!
He got a few of these
He got this, for Merci!

And who knows what else he will come home with!

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Gobble, Gobble!!

Happy Thanksgiving to all of y friends and family!
I am greatful for all of you, and for all the roles you have played in my life!
And to my blog buddies, Thanks for keeping me occupied throughout the day, I'd go crazy with out ya'll=)

Remember to count your blessings today!
And eat lots of food, it is mostly good for you anyway!!

Monday, November 20, 2006

To My Husband

This morning as I was checking blogs to see what I missed the last few days, I saw THIS.
I was excited and thought I should do the same. Last night I was feeling overwhelmed by my disorganized and very messy house due to the busyness of this weekend. Josh had gone downstairs to the computer to play with his new toy, an iPod Nano. I had to make dinner in a horribly messy kitchen, and the kids were being very noisy and wild...which I have a very hard time dealing with, I like peacefulness=) I got mad and was thinking of how I wished he was at work or something, since he wasn't being helpful anyway. He did come up and help me wash some dishes, so I wasn't super mad, but still annoyed that he thought he could just waltz off and do his own thing in the first place. My selfishness, not his. And really I love the little time he is home and cherish it more than anything, I was just being a grump...Sorry babe!

Today after I put Ethan down to nap, I laid on my bed and picked up the opened Bible next to my bed, Which happens to be a couple's devotional Bible. Last week I had been reading in Ephesians (the same verses our pastor talked about yesterday...kinda cool), and I began to skim over the stuff I had been reading to refresh my memory. What stood out to me, which I wanted to blog about, just to remind all of you was:

Ephesians 3:20, "Now to Him who is able to immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen"

I then remembered the conversation Josh an I had with his mother yesterday about Joy. So I looked up 1 Peter 1 and read it. Good verse on Joy!! I looked over to the little devotional for the day titled "Differences Strengthen Us" so I began to read it and it was a good reminder to me...and probably for a lot of you also.

Here are some excerpts:

Passage for the day 1 Peter 1:3-9

Mike Mason, in his book The Mystery of Marriage, uses the word "otherness" to describe the ways in which spouses are different. He observes, "Our natural tendency is to treat people as if they were not others at all, but merely aspects of ourselves. We do not experience as the overwhelming, comprehensive realities which we feel ourselves to be. Compared with us, they are not quite real."

We are always growing toward the understanding that the person we married does not innately think and respond as we would. He or she is a different person, a mystery well worth the time it takes to unravel.

God was really cool in the way he took me to these verses and I am thankful, because I definitely need to uplift my husband in any way I can!

SOOOOOO Here are 13 things I love about my husband.

1. The smell of his skin.
2. His goofiness, although rare.
3. His hugs.
4. His faithfulness to providing for this family. He works outside when it is 99 degree+ or when it is 10 degrees-. I couldn't do it, THANK YOU SO MUCH.
5. His random cards or flowers, he isn't big on remembering holidays, but when it is out of nowhere, it means so much more!
6. His LOVE. I am SO thankful I don't have to wonder if my husband really loves me. I can feel it.
7. His growth as a father.
8. His childish excitement in the things he likes...cars, tools...=)
9. His striving to get his business started, You can do it babe, you can do anything, don't be scared, don't worry you will do fine!!
10. His booty...so squishy and firm...hee hee. (don't blush babe)
11. That he is learning to find good deals, like me. LOL. One of the main reasons I am not mad about the Nano...LOL!! you deserve it.
12. His tolerance of me.
13. The way he and I just work together, no matter our differences.

I love you in so many ways I cannot list them all. Thanks for wanting me, thanks for sticking by me, you could have so easily left me with Merci to worry about for the rest of my life but you stuck by my side through these hard 6 years. I Love you Joshua Ray, more than I could ever express.


Thursday, November 16, 2006

Nobody likes cranberry sauce

One year my family wondered why we served canned cranberry sauce, because nobody ate it but my grandma. The next year we decided to try some new recipes to spice Thanksgiving up a bit.
I found this recipe and everybody LOVES it! i get special requests every year. Try it!

Three Fruit Relish
from Taste of Home magazine

1C Sugar
1/2C orange marmalade
1tsp lemon juice
1 pkg (12 oz) fresh cranberries or frozen (I have never tried frozen)
finely chopped (Pampered Chef chopper works GREAT)
2C fresh raspberries ( I use frozen fresh are too pricey this time of the year)
2 medium tart apples, diced (chopper works great here too)

In a large bowl combine sugar, marmalade, and lemon juice; mix well.
Stir in cranberries, raspberries and apples.
Cover and refrigerate until serving.

I have found if you let it sit over night the flavors mix and it tastes better!!

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Fresh Air

This warmer weather just teases me. I am already feeling the gloominess of the winter upon us. I took the kids and we went outside today. The crisp, cheek cooling air was wonderful. Now I am inside again, reminded of the summer past, and the winter to come. I feel like I wasted my summer inside, or being too busy, I am having a hard time remembering what we did this summer. Did I let the kids swim enough? Did I do enough fun stuff with the kids this summer? Did I make the most of the beautiful warmth? Did I take care of my yard enough? Did I relax enough? I just cannot remember.

I envy the southern life, but I sure would miss the beauty of the trees.
I want to be rich, so I can have two homes, that I can choose between
Actually I would just like one home that is ours.
Until then Josh and I will live the life He has for us, trying not to complain, trying to take it all in and enjoy every moment that we DO have.

Had 3 plans this week, tommorow is Thursday, non have worked out yet=(

Thaksgiving is upon us too,and Christmas. I read a blog today and she had seen a blog where the Christian women were trying to figure out how to keep Christ the center of Christmas.
I am not sure I am looking forward tot he holidays=(
I just want to go away.
Why is it I feel I have to go away to enjoy the hoilidays?
Blah, just don't want to think or talk about it.

Exciting= Saturday, Nov 11= 6 years of happiness with my Josh
Going away for the night, not sure where
just somewhere

Guess I should go make something to nourish our bodies!