Tuesday, December 30, 2008

I think I'm in love with Billy Mays!!!

No, not Billy Blanks - the inventor of Tae Bo - (I may fall in love with him after the new year, if he can do something about these thighs!) but Billy Mays, you know, the loud mouthed guy who pitches different amazing products like Oxi-Clean, Mighty Putty and KaBoom.

Well, in the process of de-germing the house after our holiday illness, I've scrubbed everything from top to bottom! For my floors, I used Orange Glo 2 in 1 Clean 'n Shine and I'm amazed! Let me tell you, Billy got it right on!!! (I know this is a pitiful topic to blog about, but give me a break people, we've been in our house for about two weeks with ick -- it's a small moment of happiness!)

Look at that shine!

One of my blogging friends (Hey Jill!) had a "Products you Love" post and this would definitely be my contribution. All you do is squirt it, mop it and you're done! (I did use my floor scrubber before, because we needed a GOOD cleaning!)

So, in my small moment of cleaning bliss, I thought I'd post this and help make someone's life easier!

Where are my shades? These floors are bright!!!~

Friday, December 26, 2008

Why, oh, why!?!?

Which angel of Christmas past, present or future did we offend to have the luck we have with Christmas holidays? Why do I ask this question? Well, let's see...last year Lily Clare was so very sick with the flu, the year before that I had my bout with appendicitis and this year, this is how poor little Sam spent his Christmas day...

Nope., 7:00 a.m. wasn't the waking hour because of the Santa excitement, Sam was awakened by an awful stomach bug! And it continued on until 10:30 that night. Sam really tried his hardest to enjoy the morning excitement, as you can see in this pic (they are about to rip into their new trampoline!):

But, very soon the sofa called his name and he stayed there (or in the bathroom) for the rest of the day. So pitiful!

As we quarantined Lily to other parts of the house, she enjoyed her new possessions:

Princess bike (Now she doesn't have to ride on Sam's old tiger-striped bike!)

Play-doh Ice Cream Station:
Cinderella outfit:

She eventually ended up outside helping John put the trampoline together:

Then testing it out:

While Sam was inside still doing this:

I, on the other hand, played with my toy - a Nikon D40 camera! Lots to learn, but hopefully my pictures will be very impressive soon!

Here are some of my random pics:

So, have I bored you yet? Not much excitement when you're having to stay within earshot of a sick boy running to the bathroom!

On a good note, we had a wonderful Christmas Eve gathering with John's family! Janet cooked an incredible Italian feast and we had a grand old time eating, drinking and being merry together! (Sorry, no pics...we were too busy eating, drinking and being merry!)

Even though we had this icky day, we definitely know the true meaning of Christmas and we know that we are blessed with all that we have: love, family, friends and health! (After all, it was only a virus and not a life-threatening illness.)

We hope everyone had a day full of smiles, happy moments and felt the love of Jesus on His birthday!

Could someone pass me a Clorox wipe?~

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Visions of Sugar Plums....

I love my sugar plums....

Where's my kerchief?~

P.S. I just love this little guy! He's a new addition to the Christmas decor and he makes me smile!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Ever feel like you're being watched?

See anything?!?!?

Meet "Tweet".....

He came here from the North Pole to help me keep "the Moore kids" on the straight and narrow until Christmas! Each night he flies back to Santa to report what he's seen for the day -- the good, the bad and the ugly -- then he returns and hides in a new place the next day!

Let's keep our fingers crossed that he's a good influence!

Just elfin' around~

Monday, December 15, 2008

I need a Silent Night....

Writing Christmas cards, buying gifts, wrapping presents, Christmas cupcakes for the scouts, searching for the "perfect" surprises, some handmade gifts, Christmas parties, decking the halls, baking, school programs, teacher presents...then throw in the standard Cub Scout meeting (and another patch), ballet classes, grocery shopping, visits to the gym, laundry, etc. Whew! This song just sums it all up!

My sister-in-law played this for me saying it reminded her of me. That comment worried me a bit at first, because our tastes in music can differ some! (Yes, Janet, I think Sugarland fakes their country accent!!!!) But she hit the nail on the head! Plus, I adore Amy Grant!

**I know I volunteer for a lot of this stuff on my own, but that's the spirit of the season, right?!?!

I promise to get my Silent Nights soon!!!


P.S. Here are the lyrics!

I've made the same mistake before
Too many malls, too many stores
December traffic, Christmas rush
It breaks me till I push and shove

Children are crying while mothers are trying
To photograph Santa and sleigh
The shopping and buying and standing forever in line
What can I say?

I need a silent night, a holy night
To hear an angel voice through the chaos and the noise
I need a midnight clear, a little peace right here
To end this crazy day with a silent night

December comes then disappears
Faster and faster every year
Did my own mother keep this pace
Or was the world a different place?

Where people stayed home wishing for snow
Watching three channels on their TV
Look at us now rushing around
Trying to buy Christmas peace

I need a silent night, a holy night
To hear an angel voice through the chaos and the noise
I need a midnight clear, a little peace right here
To end this crazy day with a silent night

What was it like back there in Bethlehem
With peace on earth, good will toward men?

Every shepherd's out in the field
Keeping watch over their flock by night
And the glory of the Lord shone around them
And they were so afraid

And the angels said fear not for behold
I bring you good news of a great joy that shall be for all people
For unto you is born this day a Savior, who is Christ the Lord
And his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Prince of Peace

I need a silent night, a holy night
To hear an angel voice through the chaos and the noise
I need a midnight clear, a little peace right here
To end this crazy day with a silent night
To end this crazy day with a silent night

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Little surprises!

Don't you just love those mornings when you sleep in a little and can smell the sweet aroma of breakfast being made? Well, this morning, that is just what I did. But as I turned over and peeked out of one eye, I noticed that John was still in bed next to me. So wait, how am I smelling breakfast if John is still nestled all snug in the bed?!?!

I hopped out of my warm cocoon and hurried down the stairs to find this....

Sam wanted to make the four of us breakfast. Toast, more specifically. (At least he didn't attempt pancakes or scrambled eggs!) Look at his proud face...

Yep, it's toasted!

Voila, the finished product. If you look hard enough, you can see the butter that he put on!

What a great way to wake up. Emeril has nuthin' on this guy!


P.S. I wonder when I can teach him to make the coffee?

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Oh, the fun of it all....

The Christmas season itself is just a wonderful, fun time of year! The bright lights and anticipation of Santa fills the days with such joy. So what could make this season any better you ask? You did ask, right?!?! Well, the answer is easy... it's the great movies that are shown repeatedly on an almost daily basis! You know the ones I'm talking about...Christmas Vacation, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and A Christmas Story! Did you think I was going to say White Christmas or Miracle on 34th Street?!? Well, those are good, but they just can't beat the "dysfunctional Griswold get-together", or Ralphie being told constantly "You'll shoot your eye out!" or Cindy Loo Hoo melting the heart of the mean old Grinch!

So, I decided to pay tribute to these great flicks. Can you see any resemblances:

I tried to get John to dress up in a short robe like Cousin Eddie in Christmas Vacation, but he would have none of that! Oh well.

Jingling all the way~

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Here's a question for you.....

What is one of the fastest (and least fun) ways to spend a large amount of money!?!??! No, not throwing it out the window -- that might be more fun.

Here's your answer:

A new driveway!

I'm still looking for the positive side of this. Still thinking, still...

Ummmmm, still thinking~

**************Edited to add********************

O.K., here are my positive thoughts. At least we're able to replace it...and, if it's not fixed now, we may end up losing one of the children in one of the ever-widening cracks. So there, I looked at the sunny side!