Sunday, December 31, 2006

Christmas Pics

Here are some pictures taken during our Christmas celebrations. Let me clarify, our Christmas celebrations with my side of the family. My family tradition is Christmas morning breakfast. Apparantly, this tradidition started before I came into this world and has continued. I remember at one point in time, when I was but a small child and the grandbabies were babies, that breakfast was held at 7am. Once more granchildren were born and we begged my dad to put breakfast off til after "Santa" came for the grandchildren, he finally relented and allowed us to eat at 8am. He's an old fogey type that eats as soon as he gets up and gets dressed in the morning, say 6:30am. My son is just like him, by the way. Anyhow, for years I have tried to get him to do "Brunch" at like 9-10am, but he's not buying that. He doesn't even comprehend the whole "brunch" idea, like I said he's old-school, but I love him dearly. Now that we are 24 in number and with my step-mother's children, who number over 40+ we meet for breakfast at our church. Because obviously, it's hard to get 50+ people in one home, unless you have a mansion, which my parents don't, so we meet at Harris Chapel UMC. So, here's my entire family all the brothers and sisters, in-laws and out-laws, neices and nephews, and new great-nephew.


Hello loyal blog fans....apparantly I was taking a hiatus and wasn't aware of it. WHAT?!? You say? How can you be on hiatus and not realize it? Well, see first I was busy with Christmas preparations at home, then we had several worship services at church which I had to coordinate, and then we got a new computer and I must confess that it has somewhat intimidated me because this keyboard is sooo completely different from what we had, not to mention just trying to get all the stuff off the old one was just overhwhelming, which is why my darling husband got ill with me. He had asked me to get the things I needed to keep off the old one so he could import them to the new computer and to be honest, I was just unsure of what to do. See I am thisclose to being computer illiterate. But I digress. Hiatus is over!

Saturday, December 16, 2006

5 Things

As "tagged" by my wonderful husband, here are 5 things you wouldn't know about me.

1. I am the youngest of 4 children, and when I say youngest, I mean YOUNGEST! The ondest is 20 yrs older than me, then the next is 18 yrs older, and the one next to me is 14 yrs older. I was what they call a "WHOOPS" baby. As my father likes to tell as his never say you'll never do something story, as he was walking my sister *the oldest* down the aisle in Dec. 1970-something, he whispered to her, thank God I'll never have to do this in my life again. I was born 10 months later. Whoops!

2. I like to sing in the car. Yes, I'm one of those people who sings to every song on the radio or cd. I can't help it, I've always been that way. As a child, I would use my hairbrush as my microphone and my blanket as an evening gown and pretend I was on some awards show singing and accepting the Female Vocalist award. I had big dreams of being the next "Barbara Mandrell", "Tammy Wynette", or "Dolly Parton". I came close, I one the talent show in downtown Estill Springs, Tn when I was 4 yrs old. The trophy was almost as big as I was.

3. I love cars. Now, I don't mean that I like to build them or fix them. I mean that asthetically I love cars. The different styles, colors, etc. I know NOTHING of what happens under the hood, it's all "greek" to me. But when a car passes, I can tell you what make/model and sometimes what year it is.

4. I am the "funny one". You know how when there's a group of friends, there's the pretty one, the talented one, the atheletic one, and a funny one? Well, I was/am the funny one, or so I've been told.

5. Originally, I wanted to be a travel agent. As a senior in high school, I had decided I wanted to be a travel agent, mainly because I always wanted to travel the world, still do, but it'll have to wait a while. Anyhoo, my Dad wouldn't let me go off to the college I had chosen, so I didn't quite make it. And that's okay because if I had gone, things might not would have worked out with my boyfriend at the time, who later became my wonderful husband.

now....tag yourlseves...

Favorite Christmas Songs

As in the "Christmas Meme" thingy, I listed some of my favorite Christmas songs. Well, it was only fitting that I retrieve some of them from good ole YouTube and share them with my loyal readers. So, sit back, click the button, and enjoy.

First up is: "Do They Know It's Christmas". Recorded in London by "Band Aid" a group of musicians, singers from the UK and a few from America, by Bob Geldog, er that's Sir Bob Geldof to record and raise money to help those starving in Africa. Ironic that tho' this was recorded some 20+ yrs ago, it's still fitting today. Please look over the 80's hair and clothing and listen to the words. How blessed we truly are!

This next one, "Christmas in Dixie", is another of my very favorites. However, I do not like the images that the word "Dixie" conjours up. The word has been misused and misunderstood, and in this case it doesn't really represent the song. Click the link and you'll understand.

Lastly, here's "Last Christmas" by WHAM! I was a HUGE!!! fan of thiers in the 80's. I just loved that George Michael. I always thought he was soo pretty, of course now we know why. He's gay! Oh well, I can still enjoy looking at him. (Sorry honey!)

Friday, December 15, 2006

Christmas Meme

1. Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate?
Egg Nog is only good at christmas, Hot chocolate is good all winter!

2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree?

Well, DUH! Wrapped of course. Not wrapping Santa gifts is just plain WRONG!

3. Colored lights on tree/house or white?
Most times I prefer white lights

4. Do you hang mistletoe?
Nope...and if I did, it would just die. I don't have a "green thumb". I'm trying real hard not to kill my pink poinsettia.

5. When do you put your decorations up?
Usually, the day after Thanksgiving and always by the first Sunday in Advent, however this year, I put it up before T'giving because I knew I would be out of town the weekend after and the thought of coming home and not having a tree up, well I just couldn't deal with that!

6. What is your favorite holiday dish?
Turkey and own of course!

7. Favorite Holiday memory as a child?
Waking up in the middle of the night to the sounds of my Daddy putting together my "Barbie" condominium, going to the living room and walking in on him in his underwear, then being forced back into bed.

8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa?The night I caught my Daddy in his underwear putting together my "Barbie" Condo.

9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve?Of course because we go to my inlaws and have Christmas, but I can never wait til Christmas with my wonderful hubby. We usually end up opening our gifts to each other on Christmas Eve.

10. How do you decorate your Christmas Tree?
We have a small tree so I change my decorations each year. This year, it's a white tree with white lights and tons of pink ornaments. Last year, it was blue ornaments and snowflakes, the year before it was all candy ornaments and one year we made our own ornaments and had popcorn and cranberries, a real old fashioned tree. Next year, it's going to be a white tree with silver ornaments.

11. Snow! Love it or Dread it?
Love it until it happens.

12. Can you ice skate?
I tried one time with my best good friend, but found out my arches are too high or are they too low? Anyhoo, I don't do skating.

13. Do you remember your favorite gift?
My Barbie condo, and a Gucci watch that I was totally not expecting. More recently, my jewelry armoire that my wonderful hubby gave me. And when we first were together, a luggage set. I know, that's corny, but I had never had my own luggage. Still have it and we use it all the time.

14. What's the most important thing about the Holidays for you?
Being with family. Hands down.

15. What is your favorite Holiday Dessert?

Red Velvet Cake...homemade, which I am going to attempt myself this year.

16. What is your favorite holiday tradition?Aside from our family traditions, our Carols, Candles, and Cheer almost midnight service at church.

17. What tops your tree?
A Glamorous pink star..

18.Which do you prefer giving or receiving?
Giving...without a doubt!

19. What is your favorite Christmas Song?
Gosh...I have soo many. Country..."Christmas in Dixie"...Pop...Blue Christmas, White Christmas, Do They Know it's Christmas, Last Christmas. Hymms..All Earth is Waiting, One Small Babe, In the Bleak Midwinter... it's too hard for me to pick I love them all!

20. Candy Canes! Yuck or Yum?
Yum...but they're not my very favorite.

EDIT: The Blogger police informed me that I screwed up by not mentioning who tagged me and for not "tagging" someone else. Luckily they let me off with a warning, this time. Anyhoo, I tag all those that read this blog. There!

Friday, December 08, 2006

RIP John Lennon 1940-1980

I remember the day John Lennon was murdered. At the time, I was a small child, not fully comprehending what John (and the other Beatles) meant to the world. Of course later on I came to understand his impact on society and became a Beatle "fanatic". To the point that I did my demonstration speech for a college class on "how to be a Beatle fan". But I digress, on this day take a moment to remember John Lennon and ponder how we could put his words into action. What if there was no need for greed or hunger? A true brotherhood of man? Nothing to kill or die for?

Rest in peace John.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006


Some of you may have seen this photo on Yahoo!, but I couldn't resist posting it here. The fact that this "sculpture" is made entirely out of sand is amazing. The detail on it is fantastic. According to Yahoo!, this was made in Spain and was destroyed when the tide came in. Thank God that someone had aforethought to make a pic of it before it was taken by the sea. And, Praise God for the talented individual who sculpted it.

Saturday, December 02, 2006

My Christmas Wish List

When I was a little girl I anxiously awaited the coming of the JC Penney Catalog and the Sears Wishbook every year at Christmas time. I would take both catalogs in my room and meticulously search through it compiling my "wish" list for my mother. I usually received one or two things from that list I think, funny how it's not the memories of the gifts that stick with you as much as the memories of all the other things associated with Christmas. Well, this year, thanks to Rev.Mommy, I'm making my wish list. So here it is.

For Art: Yes, that's the new Mazxa RX-8. He loves it and looks totally hot driving it. He would just need to get a hot blonde to ride with him...

For Tad: This child is eat up with anything and everything Star Wars and Lego related.

For Me: Well, Art would use it too. Actually, it would probably be Art using it more than me since he is the one with a computer science degree and all..

For Shelby: What is it with women/girls and their love of smelly things, lotions, and potions?

Of course, there are many other things I would wish for: Peace on earth, goodwill towards all people, no hunger, etc. etc. yadda yadda, blah blah... those are overrated. No all kidding aside, I would wish for those things. Of course, my next wish would be for a way to implement them and make them "stick". As Elvis sings, if everyday could be just like Christmas, what a wonderful world this would be. Amen, brother Elvis, Amen.