Friday, November 30, 2007

Soundtrack of my life

I saw this on someone else's blog and thought it sounded fun.

If your life were a soundtrack, what would the music be?

Here’s how it works:
1. open your library (iTunes, winamp, media player, iPod)
2. put it on shuffle
3. press play
4. for every question, type the song that’s playing
5. new question — press the next button
6. don’t lie and try to pretend you’re cool

opening credits:
Clocks- Coldplay
(Eclipse playlist)

waking up:Falling For You- Jem

first day at school:Slow Down- Aly and Aj
(kids playlist)

falling in love:I'm Not That Girl- Wicked Original Broadway Cast
(Broadway playlist)

breaking up:Without You- Asia
(80's playlist)

prom:Knowing Me, Knowing You- Abba

life’s okay:The Reason- Hoobastank
(New Moon playlist)

mental breakdown:The Girl From Rosewood Lane- Joy Electric

driving:Get Free- The Vines
(Alias playlist)

flashback:

Devonshire- Sense and Sensibility Soundtrack

getting back together:
Try Again- Keane

wedding:
Five Little Pumpkins- Raffi
(Genna's playlist)

birth of child:
L.O.V.E.- Ashlee Simpson
(Running Playlist)

final battle:
Love Me Like You- The Magic Numbers
(Eclipse Playlist)

death scene:
I Just Can't Live A Lie- Carrie Underwood
(Troy's Playlist)

end credits:
All These Lives- Daughtry

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Angels


Just wanted to share this story that came along with this sweet angel ornament from the Stake Primary President that I work with. I hadn't heard it before.

A CHRISTMAS GUEST
By David LaRouchelle

One cold and blowy Christmas Eve when I was not so old,
When the wind was full of frost bite, and the sky was thick with snow,
I snuggled warm beneath my quilt with dreams of Christmas day,
Until a knock at our front door swept all those thoughts away.

I heard Mom on the stairway, and hurried to her side.
The cold floor sent me hopping as my bare feet tried to hide.
Mom yawned and opened up the door, we looked outside with care.
Just take a guess at what you think it was I saw out there…

I heard the wind, I felt the cold, I saw a tiny lady.
Here face was drawn with wrinkles; she looked seventy or eighty.
Her legs were bare as icicles, her hair was crowned with frost.
Her coat was thin and raggedy. I guess her gloves were lost.

“May I come in?” she asked my mom, “and warm my hands and toes?”
She winked at me and shyly said, “I think I froze my nose!”
Mom was sleepy; I could tell she wished she were in bed.
This lady should have knocked upon our neighbor’s door instead.
At last Mom smiled and said, “come in,” and drew her in with haste,
Then, went to light a crackly fire in our fireplace.

The lady huddled near the fire, reaching toward the heat.
The flames began to thaw her hands and warm her frozen feet.
“That’s better now,” she said to me; her face looked warm and pink
“But the blizzard’s still inside of me. Have you something hot to drink?”

There was a box of cocoa that I’d hidden on a shelf,
A box of thick hot chocolate I’d been saving for myself.
I thought a bit, then, finally said, “I’ll have to check and see.”
I got the box and came back in, with mugs for her and me.

At last the lady took my hand and gently squeezed it tight.
“You’re very kind,” she told me, “Now it’s time I said good-night.”
She wrapped her coat around her and turned slowly toward the door.
I caught her arm and whispered, “Could you stay a minute more?”

I opened our front closet door and climbed up on a chair
And searched until I found my scarf, my favorite thing to wear.
I gave it to the lady. “This is soft,” I said, “and warm.”
“The cold will not come near you when you go out in the storm.”
“Merry Christmas,” I wished her. She smiled at me once more.
“Merry Christmas,” she said warmly, as she stepped beyond the door.
The house was quiet. So was I. But then my mother said,
“Your bedtime, dear, is long since past. You’d best get back to bed.”
With thoughts of our strange visitor, I headed up the stair,
And when I stopped to look outside, I saw a wonder there!

Amid the whirling snowstorm, in the nighttime, in the cold,
I saw an angel like a star, all dressed in light and gold.
Her sudden brilliance lit the dark, here presence filled the night,
And there, around the angel’s neck, my scarf danced wild and bright.

In seconds she had vanished. I wondered what to do.
I’d never had an angel visit me before – had you?
I pressed against the window; at last I shook my head
And decided that it might be best to go on up to bed.

But when I reached my room I was amazed at what I found;
There on my bed a small box, with ribbons wrapped around.
I slowly lifted up its lid, and then my eyes grew wide;
A tiny angel made of gold lay glittering inside!

Now every year at Christmastime, when winter winds blow cold,
I place high on my Christmas tree that angel made of gold.
I sip a mug of cocoa as I gaze up at the tree,
And think about the angel who spent Christmas Eve with me.

Is is still November?

Gosh, it doesn't feel like it, with Thanksgiving coming so early this year. I sat down and wrapped a few presents today- which I think is a new record. I tried taking some pictures of the tree- but upon closer inspection they are all blurry and so I'll give it another go tomorrow.

I did finish up my November Swap cards, just in the nick of time. Thank you Melissa, for the inspiration, again! I just love this patterned paper- it has such a fun vintage feel to it!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Catching Up- Mega Post

Just wanted to catch up on the past couple of weeks. I am sorry I haven't really posted for a few weeks. I'll try and share what's been keeping me busy...

A few more of my craft show projects:




Now look at Jen & Amber's cute stuff.


It was a madhouse at the craft show and their booth was no exception.


We went and saw Brad Paisley- a concert Troy has been wanting to go to for several years. I don't really love country music- but it was a great concert. Very entertaining. Plus I could sing a long for most of the songs- when Troy does dishes or makes breakfast- he always gets out his Brad Paisley CD's.



Our sorority's annual shoppping trip. Our shirts say "sisters out shopping". It was funny how many people thought we were all actually related.


That brings us up to last week-

We had our first real snowfall- it's just too bad we got the bulk of it when I was traveling to and from Amber's house. It wasn't much fun to drive in.


But the effects of it were beautiful.




Genna turned 5 years old on the 22nd. I can't believe how much she has grown up this past year. She is so into coloring and writing these days. She has a very long attention span and will spend hours working on her artwork. We celebrated her birthday Wednesday night. We went to Godfather's for dinner and ice cream and then home for presents and a movie of her choice.



Then Thursday was Thanksgiving. We had a wonderful time over at Troy's sister's house. I had to bring rolls and green been casserole. Of course, we all ate too much, but we had a great time playing games and just being together.



Friday we to Kansas to visit my sister, Lorilee. Her daughter Ashlyn Sofia was born on the 15th and we couldn't wait to meet her. She is an incredibly sweet baby. We had such a fun visit. I am so disappointed my camera battery was dying and so I didn't get as many pictures as I would have liked.



Yesterday, we had Genna's first friends birthday party. Genna loves to draw rainbows and so it was a perfect theme for her party. She had 5 little friends come and it was a blast!





Phew! Sorry for the monster post- it really has been a couple of busy weeks. Not pictured were 2 primary programs, another chest x-ray- thankfully no pneumonia this time, a cub scout presentation on shadow puppets, and me getting utterly and completely engrossed in the Twilight series.

Yep, I think that's it! We did actually get the house decorated for FHE last night, but I'll share those pictures another day!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Tuesday's Tasks

First of all, I wanted to say thanks for all the well wishes for Genna. She was so excited to go back to school today. Then she was thrilled when she got mail today. Grandma & Grandpa Koski sent a card with some stickers and Shane(Troy's brother) and Morgan sent some fun Polly Pocket toys.




There was such a gorgeous sunset tonight.




I finally made a little cover for my sewing machine. Are you proud of me, I *sniff,sniff* cut into one of my favorite thrifted pillowcases? It looks like I need to hem it up a little more. I did line the cover because it was quite see through. The green ribbon is not quite as obnoxious looking in real life.



Spent most of today doing laundry and then working on craft show stuff. Here is a sneak peek at one of the projects...

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Connor's Turn


Saturday was Connor's turn to go to a Nebraska football game. It really hasn't been the best year for Nebraska football, and I don't think Connor was as excited to go to the game as he was when Troy first bought the tickets a month and a half ago.

But they had a perfect day- the weather was gorgeous, the Cornhuskers won and Connor got to meet several players after the game. We couldn't get him to stop talking about it when he got home, he was so excited! Go Big Red!

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Home

Genna and I got home last night from our 2 day stay on the top floor of one of Lincoln's finest. We had room service, got matching bracelets and had someone waiting at our beck and call, all we had to do was touch a button. There was a galley kitchen with yummy crushed ice and fountain pop. The playroom was pretty snazzy as well. There were a couple gaming systems, a big red wagon you could ride the halls in and several very fun puzzles.




The drawbacks to our little vacation were the blood draws every 8 hours, dragging around the IV machine everywhere we went, and having to swallow some pretty yucky medicine.

After several scary days of high fevers and vomiting, they admitted Genna to the hospital on Wednesday afternoon. Shortly after arriving, they found out the cause of her troubles- pneumonia. Even though, I hated having to bring my child into the hospital(I just like taking babies home from there) I was so grateful to finally get some relief from her discomfort. The IV/hydration finally made it possible for her to get some real rest, or as much as possible when they weren't poking and prodding at her.

She still had a fever, but Genna started perking up a bit on Thursday and finally was able to eat some food again. A very nice nurse, sent us on a little field trip down to the cafeteria to pick out what looked good to eat. After we got back to our room, we found a special quilt waiting there for us. I had seen people on flickr talk about Project Linus quilts, but I had no idea what they were talking about. Then, later that night she was happy to have Daddy, the boys and Grandpa Bennett come up to visit.







By Friday, she was doing so much better. And even though the playroom was really fun, she started asking to go home. We saw the doctor around noon and she said they would go ahead and discharge us that day. She got to ride the wagon down to the car. We were so happy to finally be going home. We all slept great in our own beds last night. I am very thankful for modern medicine and the huge benefit it has been to my own children.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

the Countdown has begun


Someone pointed out to me today that Thanksgiving is only 2 weeks away. Yikes! Everyone knows how incredibly fast the weeks are after Thanksgiving. I seriously need to get organized.

This cute cookie cutter idea came from Amber. I worked on Genna's I spy bag tonight and almost finished it up. Just need to buy a little bit more filler and then top stitch.

My little sweetie is still very sick, so if you want to send any prayers our way, they would greatly be appreciated.

Monday, November 05, 2007

Sick

I just hate it when my kids are sick. Ok, so I don't know of very many mothers who enjoy watching their children suffer, but you know what I mean. To watch your child who is usually so full of sugar and spice, lie around all day, is troubling to say the least.

Genna's fever spiked up to 104.6 early this morning and then I really started getting scared. Thankfully, it was right around that time, that she finally agreed to take some medicine. It did help to take down her temperature. And she has been great about taking the medicine since then.

This afternoon while she was resting I decided to make her Dora doll some pajamas, so that she would be more comfortable hanging out with Genna in bed.



We're hoping for a good night's rest and a better day tomorrow!

Saturday, November 03, 2007

What fun looks like...

At the baby shower...


At Red Robin(yum!)...


At the scrapbook store...


At a new found fabric shop...


Good food, good friends & good finds...it doesn't get much better than that!

Friday, November 02, 2007

Monkeying Around

Just a quick post to show you what I added to finish off the baby set. I was thinking it would have been fun to make a little tag blanket. But I didn't have any silky material that matched the pink. I ended up just doing the baby's initial on a fleece pillow. I added a little jingle bell inside, just for fun.



So I was all psyched up from my successful sewing experience yesterday and thought I could quickly make up another baby gift. The bib and onesie went together without a hitch. Now the diaper/wipe case was another story. I am sorry to say, I took about 2 hours longer than the instructions that I found here, suggested. I did perservere however, and I am happy to say I think the next one will go much more smoothly!

Thursday, November 01, 2007

On a sugar high

The day after Halloween- I'm pretty sure it's every teacher's worst nightmare.

We put our candy to good use today. We played the sorting/counting and writing numbers game this afternoon.





I forgot to share what I made up for the PreK class yesterday. All I did was make a simple matching game with fun Halloween pictures from my clipart program. I put a square of patterned paper on the other side since you could sort of see some of the darker shapes through the white paper.



I went to the thrift store today. I found some fun things, of course. If I don't show you the picture of the sheet and pillowcases I bought, then it won't count against me, right? Someday when I start quilting and find a good use for all these vintage lovelies you will forgive my weakness, won't you?

I did buy what I thought was a vintage tablecloth that I was planning on putting with the camping stuff. But it turns out, it is something else. What exactly, I don't know. It doesn't have anything to close it up, but it has a sewn with a fold on one end like a sleeping bag. Maybe it was someone's unfinished project.



All the chocolate I consumed today must have done me some good, I whipped up this little baby set for a shower I am going to this weekend.



My friend Kori mentioned going through her kids' Halloween candy and saving stuff back for gingerbread houses for Christmas. I think that is a great idea. I'll have to take an inventory tomorrow. Tonight I can tell you though, we, the kids are all out of milky ways already.