Sunday, November 25, 2007

Oh Christmas Tree

It is done! We have our Christmas tree up and all of the Christmas decorations out! I really wanted to get that done before it was physically impossible for me and before Audrey arrived. I was able to do the decorations on my own a few days ago, but I really needed help with the tree. I think John Siburt laying a thick layer of guilt on Michael finally got the ball rolling. We spent this afternoon putting it up.

Now, this tree looks nothing like the tree in the picture above. We have my parents old tree that they bought their first year of marriage. I think that makes the tree 35 years old. A testament to my parents' marriage, but not to the sturdiness of this tree. It is so bare. It loses more and more needles/branches each year. It leans. It must be covered by those silver "icicles" that get so annoying to pick up. It is SOOOO difficult to put up. It is, though, the only tree I've ever had.

As Michael was helping me today, I think I convinced him that we need a new tree. He discovered that there are pre-lit trees that can just fold up to be put away. They are much sturdier and do not require the silver icicles. I told him that they have made major advances in Christmas trees in the last 30 years. He thought that was funny for some reason. At least we aren't putting up an aluminum Christmas tree like my grandmother does each year. That tree has to be worth a lot these days since it is so old.

I hope that you have success as you put up your tree. Enjoy the Christmas music and the cooler weather!

Friday, November 23, 2007

Black Friday

If you are sick of the commercialism and the high costs of Christmas (and also the lack of attention to the meaning of Christmas) than you will want to read this article.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007


Top Ten Things I'm Thankful For:
  1. A Merciful Lord
  2. My Adoring Husband
  3. Baby Audrey
  4. The Best Two Christian Families
  5. An Amazing, Compassionate Church
  6. Fantastic Friends
  7. Health
  8. Understanding Boss and Coworkers
  9. Foot and Back Rubs
  10. Only 3 1/2 More Weeks of this Pregnancy!!
My old college roommate, Shannon, at her baby shower. We're due days apart!

Mom and me at my family shower.

Michael and his Mom at my family shower.

My family shower hostesses.
Cousins Judy, Jana, Hannah, Aunt Sasa, and Cousin Jill

Hostesses of my church shower. WOW!
Shirley, Brenda, Susan, Donna, Jill, Sarah, Teresia, Abbe, and Kelly.
Apologies to Kelcie for not having her in the picture.

Boy, what a blessing!

I'm working on those thank you notes!!

Hopefully I will be able to continue blogging now that my showers, my friends' showers, and weddings are all done with. Wait...there are the holidays and Christmas parties that I plan on attending before Audrey gets here! Only 8 more school days to teach and only 24 days until Audrey arrives!!!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Your Help is Needed

Do you have a wonderful pediatrician? I would love to hear about him/her! We need to decide who will be Audrey's pediatrician. Please leave a comment or email me the name of your pediatrician.