Monday, November 30, 2009

The Blind Side - My Review

I Loved it! Such a good movie. It was such a heartwarming movie. I laughed and cried. I would highly recommend it to anyone. I love Sandra Bullock, and she was great in this movie.
I think I'm going to get the book to read. I've heard that the movie is different from the book, so I would like to see what all they left out, or added to the movie.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

I will praise God's name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving. Psalm 69:30 I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving! We have so much to be thankful for. Let's remember to give thanks to God for all of our many blessings.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

The Blind side

Tonight, my Mom and I are going to see The Blind Side. I have heard great things about this movie, and I am really looking forward to seeing it. I will give a full review tomorrow.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Thanksgiving with the Family

Last night, we celebrated Thanksgiving with my family. All 18 of us sat around a table, and enjoyed a wonderful dinner. Mom worked very hard on making a huge turkey, a ham, mashed potatoes, green beans, "green stuff", dressing, and crescent rolls. We also had sweet potato crunch made by yours truly. For dessert we had Pumpkin Pie, that Sarah made, Apple Pie, that my Mom made, and Pecan Pie, that I made. We ate good. Everything was so yummy.
Me and Andrew
My Mom likes to host Thanksgiving dinner on the Sunday before Thanksgiving, that way the entire family can be there. Here are a few pictures from last night.
Mom and Jalen
Sarah and Zoe
Lindy, Leilani, and Clara
Charlie enjoying the pumpkin pie
Clara and Kelly
Becky and Jeff
This year, Andrew and I will be going to Florida for Thanksgiving. His sister, Amy, just had surgery last Wednesday, so Andrew's parents went down last week, and will be there through this weekend. We will leave early Wednesday morning, to make the 10 hour trip. I am not looking forward to the long trip, but I have plenty to do in the car to keep myself occupied with. I just bought the new Karen Kingsbury book, and I have some crocheting to work on. It will be nice to spend a few days with the whole family. Andrew and I will also spend a day over at Disney, since we still have our passes that we got last December. This will be Andrew's last chance to go to Disney for a while. (Which he disagrees with, but that's a whole different blog.) This is going to be a busy week.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Operation Christmas Child

Every year, Andrew and I pack shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child. Wednesday night, we went shopping for our boxes, and came home and filled them.
We discovered that we had bought too much stuff, and ended up filling a third box. I have the same problem every year, I want to put so much in, and the box just isn't big enough. But you would be amazed at what all you can fit in a shoe box.

It is the least we can do for Children around the world, who don't have anything. I encourage everyone to go out this weekend and pack a box. It doesn't cost that much money, and you will make a difference in the life of a child. The final day to turn in your boxes is Monday, November 23rd. Go Here and you can find out all of the details. They have a new feature this year, where you can track your package, and find out what country it ends up going to. How neat is that. All you have to do, is make your donation on line, instead of including it in your box, and they give you a bar code to print out and tape to your box. When the box reaches it's destination, it gets scanned, and you get an e-mail saying where it was sent.
Go check out my Mom's blog, and see all the boxes they collected at her work. AMAZING!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Girls Weekend! - Recap

Well, I am a bad blogger. I didn't take a single picture all weekend long. I can't believe it. Even without any pictures, we had a wonderful time.
Friday night, my friends arrived at almost 8:00pm. The lasagna that my Mom made (THANKS MOM! It was delicious) was heating in the oven,and was supposed to be hot when they got there, but it wasn't cooperating. I didn't want it to get too hot, too fast, so I had it on a lower temperature (300 degrees), but after 45 minutes in the oven, it still wasn't hot. So, I pushed it up to 400 degrees, and it didn't take long to heat up after that. After dinner we made brownies, and sat around and did what we do best, just hung out and talked. It's been a couple of months since we have all been together, so we had a lot of catching up to do. The brownies were yummy, and then we headed to bed. Jessica and Julie fell right to sleep, but Jennifer and I stayed up talking for a few more hours.
Saturday morning came early, but we all got up and got ready pretty quickly. I guess we were really excited about the Christmas Show. After a quick trip by Hardee's for breakfast and Starbucks for coffee, we were on our way. It takes just a little over an hour to get to Charlotte, so we had some great conversation in the car. By the time we got parked and in the show, it was around 11:30. We hit the ground running. So much to see! After 4 hours, we had been through all three buildings, and thousands of vendors, and we were beat. We called it a day and went to find some food. We stopped at Chili's on the way home and some yummy food. I guess the food revived us, and we were ready to shop some more. We hit up the outlets in Gaffney for a couple of hours, and then it was time to say goodbye. They all left around 8:00 pm on Saturday night, and I went right to bed. It was a great 24 hours with my friends, but I was exhausted. Every year we look forward to going to the Christmas show, and I'm sad that it is over.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Girls Weekend!

I am so excited about this weekend. Tonight, my three best friends are coming over and spending the night. And tomorrow we are going to the Southern Christmas Show in Charlotte, NC. This is our 4th year going to this, and we look forward to it all year long. It is such a neat show to go to. I will post some pictures from our weekend on Sunday. I've said it before, and I'm sure I will say it again. God has blessed me with some wonderful friends, and I am so grateful to have them in my life. I love you girls!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Sometimes I need to be reminded...

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7).

There is a lot going on lately, and this verse is just a reminder that God is in control.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

My new Toy

So, about 10 years ago, my parents purchased a Gazelle for my older sister. Over the years, it has had many homes with the latest being my sister's garage. Well, yesterday I rescued it and brought it to my house. My goal is to do 30 minutes, 3 times a week. I'm not sure that it gives you the total work out that you see on the infomercial, but it's a lot more of a workout than just sitting on my butt.
Please watch this YouTube video and have a good laugh.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Halloween Recap

This past Saturday was Halloween. Andrew worked all day, so I was on my own. My parents church was hosting Trunk or Treat, but since it was raining, they had it in the gym, instead of outside. Most of my nieces and nephews came, so I was able to see them all in one place.
Here is Zoe the Pirate and Becky (Wearing one my my crocheted hats. Cute, Huh?)

Henry was a pirate too, but this is what happens when you try to take a picture of him. He just runs away. I'm sure Sarah got some great pictures of him.
Lindy was Barbie and the Magic of Pegasus. I'm not sure what that is, but it has to do with being a princess and riding a unicorn.

Leilani was Tinker Bell.

Charlie was a Bat.

And Clara was a Cowgirl, riding a horse.

After seeing all of the kids, I went to hang out with my girlfriends and hand out candy to the trick or treaters. We had so much fun seeing all the little kids in their costumes. Jennifer brought a cute cookie cake for Jessica. It says, "What will the baby be?" Jessica finds out the sex of the baby this week.

Overall, it was a fun Halloween, but I'm sure it will be so much more fun once I have kids of my own to dress up.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Caramel Apples

Friday Night, My parents and I made caramel apples. They are really easy to make, and super yummy to eat! Here are some pictures from our night.
Start with some caramels.
Put them in the pot to melt.
Dip the Apples in the Caramel.
Place Apple on Wax paper to cool.
Ta Da! The final product.