Monthly Archives: December 2009

You just have to check out the site!  It is truly a fantastic computer!

I think this would be an incredible addition to our home.. especially homeschooling Anna.. we do alot online and this would just make things so much easier, not to mention fun! 

Here’s a little video about the computer


It’s been a crazy 2 days.  Yesterday, I woke up at 3am and laid in bed for about 30 min before deciding  there was just no point in staying there.  So I got up, and did the usual chores.  I saw instructions for a driedel game after reading someone’s blog.. It looks easy and fun.. sounds good to me.. so I printed it out and we tried it out.  Angel is really interested in playing the game with the girls when they come.

After everything was done, everyone was still asleep.. so I watched The Biggest Loser Finale online.  Oh my word.. just amazing and inspiring.. what they have done.  I am fascinated with Shay right now.. She has come a long way and still has a long way to go.

The rest of the day was a mixture of decluttering magazines, boxing up resource materials so we can actually use the fireplace.  Seriously, I made a huge mess before it even looked better.. actually, it never did look better yesterday.. just progressively worse.

And the worse part was that I had hurt my back somehow.. so I was in a bit of pain.  Last night I enjoyed watching a show with Angel while using a heating pad on my back. 

A funny – During my de-cluttering and sitting when the back hurt too much.. Ethan came over and climbed on my lap.. He gave me this look and said..

E – Meemaw, don’t be sad, be happy!
M- Meemaw is frustrated
E – Why?
M- Because of all the clutter
E – (kicks the air), I kicked that clutter for you
M-(laughing) are you my clutter kicker?
E – Yes!  (then looks puzzled for a few min)  what is clutter?
M – It is a pile of mess
E – (looks at me with those eyes of his).. well, clean it

at this point I am just laughing.  To him the solution was so easy.. if it is messy, then clean it.  I just love that boy!

I finally crawled into bed after midnight (was shocked I was still even awake at that point with very little sleep the night before).. and woke after 6 hours.. Then it was a rush to get all the trash out.  I had two boxes of magazines, newspapers and random papers to get to the road.  We also finally took out all the boxes that had accumulated on the deck.

Today I managed to bring two boxes of magazines to the basement. I recheck them during the holidays but wasn’t actually able to find them becasue they were just thrown everywhere.. the boxes are now labeled and I can easily find them when I need to.  We also have not renewed to any magazines so I will not worry about accumulating more.. thank goodness.

I also sorted thru Anna’s three school crates.. and brought down a bin of our pumpkin decorations and the christmas decor we are not using.  I put up the window lights.. and of course.. because I had to move some things to get to the window,.. and I made a huge mess decluttering.. I had to vac.. vac’ed all main rooms and bathroom, and then washed the floor.. wow.. I am just stunned.

I did also color with Anna today.  We didn’t actually do any crafts together however, she decided she wanted to finish her book today so she read 3 days worth and we worked on the questions.  So she is done with school til January.  Tonight I want to go through some books and magazines and get some ideas with her.

Right now Ethan is looking at a book, Christmas cd is playing in the background, ground beef is browning on the stove, Anna is talking to Bri on the phone in her room.. and I just put 6 bags of Amish Friendship Starter into the freezer.   I am kind of sad that I can not make bread for others this year.. just don’t have enough oil, milk, pudding,etc.. but at least it will not go to waste.

Excuse me a moment please…

Ethan just begged me to read this..  twice!
It is one of his favorite books here.. along with the Biscuit books.

 Ok.. now beef is cooked and simmering in sauce (well, half of it anyways) and water is started for the spaghetti.  Almost time to eat.. but I must say.. the place is looking pretty good.  Praying I have a productive day again tomorrow.

This is a tough year for us.  We were not able to even purchase a tree this year.
Abby, being the sweetheart she is, let us use her little tree. 
We decided to try a popcorn garland..
Annaleah decided to take lots of pics, these are only a few.
3d paper star
I had forgotten I made this garland with snowflakes last year. 

As we were getting ready to do some clear areas to make room for Christmas decorations I notice,
we still have the helium tank from Anna’s birthday party..
In July..

Annaleah needed a trim.  I had told her it would only be a little bit and she wouldn’t even notice.  Anna was dead set against it. 

On Friday, Abby was here relaxing and looking at pics from past years and we came across one with Anna with shoulder length hair.  Abby loved it  and told Anna it would look great on her again.  Anna decided that it would be awesome.  So she begged. 

So I start the process of cutting. 
I really wasn’t intending to cut it too short..
but after I started to snip, I swear the hair just kinda shrunk upwards. 
I was trying to cut around the middle of the area between her shoulders and the end of the hair. 

As I got halfway thru.. she panicked.. and started crying.. saying, “I change my mind!”
She was crying and I had to comfort her.  I told her she still looks very beautiful..
She calmed down and went to look in the bathroom mirror. 

She still isn’t very happy about it. 
However, she felt alot better when Abby saw the hair and told her she was beautiful! 
Wait.. Didn’t I say that?  
I guess it only matters when someone other than your own mother tells you that you are beautiful. 

Last post for today, I promise!!
Every year, we make a Countdown Kisses for the Christmas Season.  It is really simple to make.  We just lay out plastic wrap, line up the kisses down the middle, fold both ends of the plastic wrap over the kisses and tie each section with string.  Then hang!  Every morning, Annaleah comes to me and gives me a really sweet soft peck on the cheek.  Then she goes and gets a kiss from the Countdown Kisses.  This has been a tradition for a good 3-4 years now.. and one I can see us doing for many years to come.
Also this year we have started using the Advent Calendar provided by ActivityVillage.  So far Anna is really enjoying it.  They focus one one item a day.  Today was candy canes.  She colors a printable sheet and hangs it on her tree (they use numbered squares but we had to try something different.. just cause we can!).  There is a joke a day, a craft, and a video a day, as well as other things usually.  Today was a really cool video about the making of candy canes.  We had fun watching this video.Sadly the video is no longer available.


You can find the Advent Calendar here


Here is a pic!

You can see the Countdown Kisses on one side and her Advent Tree on the other.
She did that tree all by herself!

Today was Annaleah’s ballet performance at a nursing home. 
I was sad I did not get to see her perform.. but I did get some pics while they were getting ready. 
First they were doing their Chinese Tea Dance
 Of course, Anna wasn’t looking at the camera here..

 and I ended up chopping off the poor girl at the end here..
In this pic, they are getting ready for their Scarecrow Dance
A nice treat for a job well done!
Anna has been sitting on this guys poor lap for years!! 
I am surprise he hasn’t complained that she is getting too big now. 

Karen Hellier

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