Sunday, December 6, 2009
I think I was able to get rid of the virus but now we are having spyware issues. I can no longer get on the internet without different pop-ups that I don't dare touch. If you get any kind of a pop-up that says you have a virus and to run a scan...make sure it's your anti-virus program or you could be infecting your computer and paying a lot of money for a scam. I did not fall for that but got the virus just by closing the window that popped up.
Now it looks like we will be paying someone to fix it. Needless to say, my blog is a slow work in progress. Not having access to the home computer is making it extremely difficult to decorate it up for Christmas as I'd like to. The house is all beautified and I would like my blog to greet you all decked out as well. I cannot get the banner changed on my hubbies computer. ARGH!! I'm not a very happy girl right now and I'm really not looking forward to paying someone to fix the issues!
Tell me why I have McAfee anti-virus program when they are not catching these issues. It seems to think all is well with our home computer. After talking to a live representative, she informed me that they usually only catch about 50% of the viruses and such out there. 50%!!! Oh, but get this! They can have someone fix the problem in about 25-30 minutes for the low cost of $89.99!!! What! Your anti-virus protection program didn't work for me and now you want me to pay you to fix it!! Why didn't you catch it in the first place!!! Isn't that their job! I'm in the wrong business.
Okay. Enough ranting for now. Just wanted you all to know why my blog looks the way it does and why I haven't posted any more of the photo's I promised. Hopefully soon we'll be up and running at normal speed, virus and spy-ware free!
Monday, November 30, 2009
Last month we celebrated Katelynn and my Birthday's late with the family. Lots of activities to plan around so it just didn't happen in September like we usually do. It is always fun to get together with family though! We ate Taco's and played games. The girls giggled and laughed and had lots of fun together. If you are looking for an inexpensive, fun game for the family, check out Go Nuts! http://www.gamewright.com/gamewright/index.php?section=games&page=game&show=226 It is a nutty game that will leave everyone howling!
Then, we got to go to one of Madison's friends' house for a 50's Sock Hop Birthday Party. We all had so much fun getting dressed up and attending this party. Jack went as Al (Happy Days diner owner) which was perfect since he was put to work helping in the kitchen. The rest of us girls donned poodle skirts, pony tails & scarves. The girls had a bubble gum blowing contest, limbo contest, hoola hoops, drag racing (hot wheels cars blown with a straw!), dancing and lots of fun 50's food. Lots of fun!
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
So, in honor of Turkey Day coming up, I've got some funnies for you as well as a few others about being a mom.
A second grader came home from school and said to her grandmother, "Grandma, guess what? We learned how to make babies today."
The grandmother, more than a little surprised, tried to keep her cool. "That's interesting," she said, "how do you make babies?"
"It's simple," replied the girl. "You just change 'y' to 'i' and add 'es'."
Real Mothers don't eat quiche;
They don't have time to make it.
Real Mothers know that their kitchen utensils
Are probably in the sandbox.
Real Mothers often have sticky floors,
Filthy ovens and happy kids.
Real Mothers know that dried play dough
Doesn't come out of carpets.
Real Mothers don't want to know what
The vacuum just sucked up....
Real Mothers sometimes ask "Why me?"
And get their answer when a little
Voice says, "Because I love you best."
Real Mothers know that a child's growth
Is not measured by height or years or grade...
It is marked by the progression of Mommy, to Mom, to Mother....
What happened when the turkey got into a fight?????
He got the stuffing knocked out of him!
The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure she carries, or the way she combs her hair.
The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes,
Because that is the doorway to her heart,
The place where love resides.
The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mole,
But true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul.
It is the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she
Shows, and the beauty of a woman with passing years only grows!
Why did the man invest in feathers??
LORD PROP US UP...
Every time I am asked to pray, I think of the old fellow who always prayed, "Lord, prop us up on our leanin' side." After hearing him pray that prayer many times, someone asked him why he prayed that prayer so fervently.
He answered, "Well sir, you see, it's like this...I got an old barn out back. It's been there a long time; it's withstood a lot of weather; it's gone through a lot of storms, and it's stood for many years. It's still standing. But one day I noticed it was leaning to one side a bit. So I went and got some pine poles and propped it up on its leaning side so it wouldn't fall. Then I got to thinking about that and how much I was like that old barn. I've been around a long time. I've withstood a lot of life's storms. I've withstood a lot of bad weather in life, I've withstood a lot of hard times, and I'm still standing too. But I find myself leaning to one side from time to time, so I like to ask the Lord to prop us up on our leaning side, 'cause I figure a lot of us get to leaning at times. Sometimes we get to leaning toward anger, leaning toward bitterness, leaning toward hatred, leaning toward cussing, leaning toward a lot of things that we shouldn't. So we need to pray, 'Lord, prop us up on our leaning side, so we will stand straight and tall again, to glorify the Lord.'"
Have a memorable Thanksgiving with your family or friends on Thursday and be sure to count your blessings! There is so much to be thankful for...your home, family, friends, jobs, church, freedom, food, clothes, vehicle, health...and the list goes on. God Bless!
Monday, November 23, 2009
These pretties are over at The Memory Zone. They made a few table decorations from their scrap stash. Did you know that you can go to your local Ben Franklin, purchase cardstock and use their die cutting machine!?! They have just about everything you can imagine.
You can decorate for the season by using your kiddos school projects, like Holly's Haven. What a great way to display their work! This gal also has some vintage music framed and she has a link for you to get it for free. Lots of vintage graphics to choose from! Love that!!
Heather shows us her decorated Thanksgiving table setting using her late Grandmother's china and napkins folded into lotus flowers. Love the hollowed out pumpkin vase for a centerpiece! This gal has a lot of fun stuff on her blog. I'm off to do some grocery shopping for the big day...
Saturday, November 21, 2009
A tradition that would be fun to start is a Thanksgiving Book. Every year each member of the family is given a sheet of paper to write down the things for which they are thankful. You then put the sheets into a binder and save them so that next year you can look back and see what everyone wrote the year before and then compare it to the current year.
High Heeled Mama made a gratitude garland. You gotta love that black mantle with the pretty leaves.
Jennifer submitted her picture grateful album with a mini tutorial so you can do it too! This is so pretty! I love the idea of using pumpkin patch photo’s and the quotes she used are awesome.
Debbie submitted her Thanksgiving blessing book to help focus on what we're grateful for. She does one of these books each year. How special is that!
Jo-Ann submitted her family tradition; every year the children make their thankful lists on the chalkboard in their kitchen. Jo-Ann takes a picture of it to capture these special blessings. Her story she tells about how that list changes as children grow up is touching.
Rebecca submitted her family's tradition; She makes a thankful turkey and throughout the month everyone writes something they're are thankful for and adds it to the turkey. He gets nice and fluffy by Thanksgiving. With just a few days until Thanksgiving though, you can cut out your feathers and have your company write on it when they arrive. Then you, your older children, or another adult can assembly it and show everyone after dinner.
So this one’s not really a tradition but rather a fun game that you can do with the kiddo’s after dinner. I tore it out of a magazine last month and I’m not sure which one. It is called Name That Turkey Tune. It’s a bit of musical amusement! Have everyone take turns crooning familiar songs, replacing all the lyrics with the word gobble. Choose a category for each round (Christmas carols for example) and see who among the nonwarbling guests can be the first to make out each melody. I’m sure there will be a lot of laughter with this game and who knows…maybe it will become one of your traditions! I just had to include this photo from Friends too. It was either that or Mr. Bean.
What's Cookin? hooked us up with this yummy turkey cupcake.
The Fruit Gobbler makes a fun editable centerpiece or hors d'oeuvre for the kids while dinner is in the oven.
No Fuss Fabulous has some fun ideas for your kiddos Thanksgiving table. Simply tie your napkins with raffia or spare ribbon and insert one to three crayons. This will go well with the next one too!
Friday, November 20, 2009
These are a few great way to help us all stay organized to keep the stress low and stay focused on our families.
Canyon Wren Cottage has several table settings to draw inspiration from.
My Design Secrets has several table decor ideas that you can incorporate.
Here's Ever After Scrapbooks.
What a great idea that Kendra's has of posting a menu. Her paper pumpkin with matching napkin ring and place cards are darling! May have to make me one of those pumpkins.
Unity Stamp also coordinated her menu, napkin holders, place cards, and favor.
Pine Is Here did this amazing pine cone table setting. Be sure to check out the fun pine cone turkey she made.
Here is the fabulous Kari & Kjsa's table from last year. They also have some fun Thanksgiving ideas such as attaching a quote to the pumpkin that doubles as a place card and glittering a pumpkin for decor or ice your bubbly.
This hanging place card from Style Me Pretty was a fun way to dress up the dinner. This one probably should have been included with place cards. This wouldn’t be very hard to create though. Print out the names on some pretty green cardstock with a romantic and wispy font and embellish with other pretty papers & ribbon. Ta da! So many pretty tables!
I really like this idea from WindyCorner. It is in my top two and you could put anything in this darling centerpiece. Adding the garland really finished it off.
This centerpiece was found over at Buckets of Holiday Ideas. Turning wine glasses upside down and putting pumpkins inside them is such a darling idea.
Lemon Annie has several fun Thanksgiving centerpiece ideas. The candles and nut combo is a unique and simple centerpiece idea. I’ve got a bunch of hazelnuts that I could use. This is my other favorite!
Poppy Paperie made a tutorial on how to make this altered tin tea light holder.
This is for all you scrap-crafters! JustRite Stampers made a tutorial on transforming the treat box into a centerpiece.
This pear centerpiece was found over at The Solomon Spot. You could use lemons or apples as well.
Personally, my dining room table is full of food and family which leaves little room for a centerpiece. How about you? There certainly are some nice ones here though!