Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!!

Merry Christmas everyone!!

For those who do celebrate this holiday, I hope that your day was filled with joy, peace, good will and of course, hope the present exchange was wonderful!!

Our day was great!! We arose at the early hour of 7:00 am...that may not seem early to many, but for us to get up on a day without work or school before the crack of noon, is astounding!!! With the coffee made, coffee cake cut up and trash bags at the ready, the ritual of present opening began.

It was wonderful! All the children seemed to either get everything they wanted or even a few things they didn't know they wanted but have since not been without! Our DS2 got an i-pad..and well, he just didn't think he would ever use it, trust me when I say, it was pretty much the hit of the morning. DD2 got a laptop and printer to take to school next year and she was happy as well!
DD1 got the I-touch that she had been wanting for about a year or so, and needless to say, she is happy as well!! All in all a very successful round of presents!!

I surprised DH with an i-touch of his very own. He has fallen in love with it. Maybe now, I can get mine back! Love ya dear!!

DS1 and GF brought over DGD!! Such an adorable baby!! We had a fabulous visit and grandma even got to change a diaper...I still got it!! Here we see Charlie, making sure that the baby is clean and ready for her bottle!! He loves this baby!!!

They took a few pictures of the baby all dressed up for the here is one in her Christmas dress........

Then they took on of her in her Birthday suit! It's just an adorable picture.....
As you can see, she is not inhibited on bit for bearing it all!! :) I think this has to be the most adorable picture I have seen yet!! :)

So, now that 2010 is almost done, I hope that next year brings you all love, peace and tidings of great joy. I know many have had some battles to fight this year, for those I say, congratulations you made it. I am sure it was a hard fought fight, but you came out on the right side.

Life is not easy, and we were not put here to "skate' through things. We must enjoy all our victories, no matter how small or insignificant they may seem. I have said it before, I truely believe there is a reason for everything and we are put in situations to learn from them. Sometimes the lesson is obvious, but many times it's not. We have to keep our eyes and hearts open to learn and accept. I wish many blessings and joy to all of you and may you and your families have a year to remember for 2011. I hope many opportunities are brought as well as taken. Please take the time to seize the moment but also to keep reaching for ultimate prize, true love, joy and happiness.

I have had a wonderful year and am so very thankful for all the people who have shared time with me this year. From work to friends to family, I love you all and am so looking forward to next year and what will happen. I have so many things to be thankful for and am truly blessed. I know how lucky I am to have a great family and wonderful friends. Thank you all so much for making 2010 a fabulous year. I have great hopes for 2011.

Take care everyone. I love you all.

Hugs, Debi

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Welcome DGD!!!!

Well, last night, this morning, around 3:30 am, my darling granddaughter was born!!! She is just beautiful. Her parents are overjoyed. She weighed 10 lbs, 15.2 oz...she is perfect and beautiful. I would like to introduce her to you

She has very healthy DS1 and GF were awesome...she was so tired by the time the baby came.. I had never seen one from the "receiving" end and I was awestruck. It was such a miracle to watch a birth. My faith is fairly strong, but after what I was witness to last night, it is so much stronger now. This is truly the season for miracles.

The proud parents are taking a well deserved rest now. Some of us will be going to the hospital later today to visit them. Welcome to the world little one. :)

May the spirit of the season be with all of you this year. Remember, "..a little child shall lead them..."

Peace to all..

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

11 days till Christmas....

Hello to all!!!

Well I am here to update a few things.

1) DS1 and GF1 have NOT had the DGD yet!!! The official due date is December 20th, but hey we were all hoping that she would come early, but as of yet, no news....

2) The sign-ups for The Loopy Ewe's Spring Fling started yesterday...and tonite, I signed up to join the lottery for a spot at the retreat. I was able to go last year and had such a fabulous time that I am so excited and hoping with all fingers and toes crossed......

3) Still working on holiday shopping and preparing. DH had decided that he really wanted a real tree this year, so last weekend, he went and got one. Well, it is a beautiful tree and was ment to go downstairs into the family room, but alas, the best laid plans.....needless to say, the tree was too large to get into the family room so it is now proudly standing in my living room....hummmmm oh well, it is a pretty tree..

4)One of my friends from work has decided to leave and begin a new chapter in her life. I am torn. I am so sad to see my friend go but I am so excited for her to begin this new chapter in her life. She deserves some good things to happen to her. She has had a really tough year..I am so hoping that this new venture is a good and wonderful thing. I will really miss her and her "diversions" at the office...but I know that she will succeed in anything that she tries...good luck friend, know that I am always with you and will be watching over you in all you do. You are a wonderful person. Thank you for all the lessons you have taught me in the last few years. Bless you.

That's about all for now. As the Christmas holiday draws near, please take a moment to reflect on your own life. Pay it forward during this season and throughout the year. There is nothing better than being a caring and wonderful person all year long....bless you all.

Debi :)

Saturday, December 4, 2010

I love the weekend....

Hi again,

I did my show for my friend at her kid's school. It turned out well.

This what my table looked like...I had alot of variety and this was good. I did manage to sell a few things as well. It was a nice way to spend the morning. I also got a few leads on sewing "jobs/projects" for other people. I don't mind doing those either...we'll see what comes of it.

DS1/Girlfriend are almost moved out. They spend last night at their new apartment for the first time. I am very happy for's good to be on your own...I'm very sad for me but I will get over it...I can hardly wait for the little baby girl to come out and say hi....we are all waiting on her! :) Should be any day now....(hopefully).

For the rest of the weekend, I am probably going to clean a bit here at the house and then get some knitting done. I may even get to the gym again. It's been a while and I am really kinda missing it....we do still need to get lights up outside but that is out of my hands...

Poor Charlie had to go to the vet this morning. Turns out poor little guy as a UTI, Hopefully he will be feeling better soon and back to his old self....

That's about all for now...things to do , places to go, people to see ... ok not really, just gotta go let the dogs in.....

Debi :)

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

The most wonderful time of the year......

Can you believe it is December 1????? I am always amazed as to how quickly the years seem to go by...but I know full well that they always go at the same pace. Obviously, as I get older, time seems to slip by a bit quicker.....hummmm

We started decorating at my office today. It's always nice to see the holiday decorations go up. We don't do alot, a few green swags over the various stations at the main desk..a few holiday knick knacks and we call it good. I work for a Dr office, so we have to be a bit "conservative".

I went shopping Black Friday and got some fabulous deals....can't say right now, but believe me, you would be impressed. I have to admit, I love the internet. I am able to shop after work without having to leave my house. Yes, I am a bit lazy from time to time.

I am doing a craft show on Saturday for a friend of mine's sons school. DH and I had to go through our tubs of "crap" to find my show tubs. Then I had to make sure that the items in the tubs were ok to sell. No knitting in my booth this week. I don't have enough to sell. Maybe after the holidays I can start to "stock" some knitted stuff for a future show....

This is my most favorite time of year. I absolutely love the holidays. I always try to do a random act of kindness on a daily basis, but during the holidays, I try to do it more often...It always amazes me how crabby people are at this time of year. Don't they realize how wonderful this time of year is??? Religion aside, it is a great time of year...the wonder of the children as to what Santa is going to bring them...the glow and awe of them as they climb into Santas' lap at the mall or wherever, and recite they list of wants and desires. If you explore the religious aspects of this time of year there are so many more reasons to be delighted. Whether you are Christian, Jewish, Muslim or any other religion, there is a belief this time of year. We should all embrace our own beliefs and expand on them. I personally believe that it is truly better to give than to receive. I love to shop, make and give things to my friends and strangers just to see the wonderment in their faces.

Please practice the thought of treating others as you would want to be treated...especially at this time of the year. We all need some kindness and thoughtfulness. Let's show our families and friends how wonderful we all are. Take some time to realize just how wonderful this special time of year is.....I love you all..... :)

Debi :)

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Everything old is new again

Hello everyone!!

Sorry for having been gone for so long, things have a way of "snowballing" and getting totally out of control and thus, things get put on the back burner and unfortunately, this blog was one of them. I am back now, better than ever and as always, full of fun, family and crafty tidbits.

Much has happened since we were last together, alas, too much to actually put here in one post. I will catch everyone up as things present themselves. Not to worry.

Since it is now only 26 days till Christmas, yes I did say 26 days, I am in full Operation Christmas mode. My house has been transformed into the holiday house, thanks to DD's 2 & 3. They did a fabulous job on the tree and decorations...thanks girls.

Black Friday presented, as usual, with a challenge of shopping and fighting crowds. It is fine balance between being pleasant while having strangers push and shove and practically take things out of your hands while you are looking at them in the stores. Yes, this really did happen. This was probably the most "combative" Black Friday that I have been through in many years. I have several years of seasoned shopping under my belt, but this year was extremely volatile. That being said, I did manage to get some really great deals and got about 1/2 of my shopping done this year.

This year, we are beginning the holiday cutbacks. The kids are all pretty much grown, so this year, they aren't getting all the little gifts. We are focusing on college and tech gifts. Those of you who have seen my trees in the past, will acknowledge that we usually have so many gifts under the tree that we almost need our own store. This has been known in the past as the 5 children syndrome. This year, with 2 of the five out of high school (update #1: DD1 graduated in June 2010) and 2 of the five Seniors in high school and thus going off to school next year (update #2: DD2 and DS2) that leaves only 1 at home with us. (DD3). We are starting the downturn.

Update #3: DS1 and his girlfriend are living with us now for the time being, but are moving into their own apartment next week due to the baby, yes I said the baby word, coming any day now. We are all excited to "announce" that the first grandbaby (a girl) is on her way to join us soon. We expect her to make an appearance any day now. Needless to say, I am thrilled, excited, etc and am looking forward to being a grandma for the first time. :)

Update #4: I turned 50 this year, yes I know ancient history. I decided that I wanted the biggest birthday party that I could throw!! So, we did. I had about 50 people here, with their kids. We did a pot luck and we even rented a bounce house for the kids, young and young at heart, to play in. I did not go into the bounce house, but the friends who brought their younger children, were able to relax and stay a bit longer than usual due to the kiddies being entertained.

Here is a picture of the cake....can you guess what my favorite color is????? I fell in love with this cute little guy..... :)

Here is a picture of the bounce house...see I really did get one!!!! :)

For those who have been keeping up with me on Facebook, I appreciate that. For those who haven't and actually thought I had dropped off the face of the earth, well, obviously, I didn't.

That's about all for now. We will continue the catch up in our next visit. Hope you all have a wonderful week and that at this time of year, we all take a moment to realize how blessed we all are. Please remember to say thank-you to anyone who you feel deserves it.

Until next time.

Debi :)