Saturday, November 25, 2006

Random Thoughts from Cindiville!

Hey Everyone! I haven't really had a good post lately so I thought I would share some random thoughts.

~Christmas is ONE month from TODAY!

~Curtis left after work yesterday to go out of state until sometime tomorrow. So, Allison and I are having "girl time." We haven't done much of anything but we are having fun just relaxing and being silly. We both miss Curtis and can't wait to see him!

~Believe me when I tell you that it is HOT in this house! The thermostat is reading 78 and the room it is in is the coolest room in the house. The weather was just perfect today...not cold and snowy and not hot and sweaty. I could have it like this all year!

~I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! I tried a new recipe this year and it went over well. Curtis had 3 helpings and my Dad even had 2 and said it was "real good"...which is a huge compliment from my Dad. My brother even tried it and said it was good and he is always difficult! It was a sweet potato recipe that I got off of Heather D. Whites's blog. It is her Aunt Jan's Sweet Potatoes. You have to try it. I promise you'll love it too!

~This is my baker's rack and it has been home to Allison's movies since her collection started. I've weeded a ton of them out but she still has so many. This baker's rack is being moved back into the kitchen where it belongs. My problem is that I have no idea where the movies will go. Any suggestions? This has to happen because our tree is claiming that corner for Christmas. I think after Christmas I am going to have Curtis build me a huge shelf unit to hang on the wall right behind where it currently sits. I can't have something that sits on the floor because the register is on that wall. I saw something in a magazine one time where they made a cabinet and used a huge artist's canvas for the door. They justed used a piano hinge to put it on. I'm thinking that may work since it wouldn't be that heavy of a door. They also had a huge picture of a little girl blown up and decoupaged on it. I was thinking maybe I could decorate it with family photos or something...maybe a much bigger variation of this canvas that I did a while ago.

~Check out my new fuzzy slippers that my sister bought me for my birthday! I know it's a little early but she always gives me my presents on Thanksgiving since I probably won't see her until Christmas. They just about match my new holiday rug that I bought for my entrance.

~Here is a sneak peek at my new bedroom furniture. It's cherry and so beautiful but dangerous! There is a corner on the armoire that sticks out further than my old chest of drawers and I have a nasty bruise on my thigh from it. The bruise is about 6 inches long by 3 inches wide and is disgusting. I thought about taking a picture of it to show you all but I make it a habit to keep this body covered at all times. I wouldn't want to scare any of you! Anyway, I can't wait until the Spring so I can repaint and redo the whole room. I'll be sure to share pics when I have it completed!

~Here's another birthday present! This is from my Mom and Dad. I love Crock Pots! This one is a 6 quart oval one with a hinged lid. How cool is that! The one that I usually use is a 5 quart round and I have to stuff it to the rim sometimes...especially when I do a roast. Mine also only has a low and high setting and this one has a warm setting. I think that will be my favorite feature. I can have the sitter turn it to warm when she gets Allison off the bus and dinner should be perfect by the time Crutis and I get home from work. I can't wait to use it!

~How do you like my new Holiday flag? It's a little wrinkled but those will be gone shortly. I got it from Home Interiors & Gifts. By the way, I'm a new Decorating Consultant for them so if you need anything, let me know! Oh, and check out the sky behind the flag...isn't it gorgeous?

~Look at Allison in a trance! She is just chilling, eating marshmallows & being cute. Can you tell she dressed herself? I didn't mind since it is so hot in here!

~Now playing is Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. She has already watched Frosty the Snowman and Santa Claus is Coming to Town is next. I LOVE IT!

~Have you met "Kitty" yet? She is Allison's buddy and we almost lost her at the Chinese restaurant last week. We noticed she wasn't with us in the car only minutes from home. Curtis made an illegal turn (which is so not like him) to head back to the restaurant and I think it was the longest drive EVER! Thankfully, it was still there but I was prepared to put on rubber gloves and go through the trash! It's not like we haven't done that at my restaurant for someone who left their retainer wrapped in a napking on a plate...actually, I believe one of our cooks climbed into the garbage dumpster to find it. YUK! YUK! YUK! Actually, the whole experience reminded me of when my best friend Susan and her daughter, Stephanie (check out her blog here), came to visit me when I lived in Northern Virginia. Stephanie must have been 2-3 and she left "Teddy" on one of the seats at the airport. They had just walked down the jetway to the plane and I heard a commotion and it was Susan in a panic looking frantically for "Teddy." Thankfully, he was found also and is still Stephanie's buddy today. I believe he went to Westminster College with her!

That's it for now!

Have Fun!

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Sunday, November 12, 2006

I'm Still Here!!

I'm just trying to find some extra hours in the day! Do you know where I can get some? I think 5 extra would be good!

I'm looking forward to Wednesday. After I put Allison on the bus, I'll have 8 hours to myself! I have to work on this house. We are picking up some new furniture today and I need to make it fit. This house is too small but I'm not ready to move just yet. I have plans in my head to move some furniture from room to room. Every room will be changed except Miss Allison's her request. So in order to move things around, I am cleaning things out. I am in the decluttering mood again. This is good! We need it! I think I've asked this question before but "WHERE does all this STUFF come from?" Am I the only one with this problem? Please tell me that there are other women that struggle with "thisstuffisdrivingmecrazyitis"...please tell me that I am not alone!

I have to be going but here was Allison's memory work for last week:

"For nothing is impossible with God."
Luke 1:37

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Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Curtis is going to KILL me!

But I couldn't resist! My neice, Stephanie, posted a link on her blog that her college roommate created. I had to do it too! It's too funny not to!

Go here: Cindi & Curtis' Dancing Debut!

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Friday, November 03, 2006

Allison's Memory Work for the Week.

Since she has been sick and missed 3 days of school this week, she's having trouble memorizing this verse in one day. Wish us luck!

"Give thanks always for all things."
Ephesians 5:20
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Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Did You Ever See a PINK Mummy?

No? Well check this out! Allison wanted to be a PINK Mummy this year for Halloween. Leave it to my daughter to be original! To be honest with you, it came out better than I thought it would but how could it go wrong with such a little cutie in it! :)
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I wasn't sure we were even going to make it to go Trick or Treating because Allison stayed home sick from school on Monday and Tuesday. Monday she had a low grade fever and threw up in morning. She ate a tiny bit of homemade chicken noodle soup, some toast and drank lots of water. She never made it off the couch at all on Monday. On Tuesday, besides still having her cold, she seemed much better. She played all day and was her sweet self. She even had her appetite back. It was a hard decision to know what to do. Do I take her or do I keep her indoors? After talking to my best friend, Susan, on the phone and discussing my dilemma, I decided to take her for a little. We go back to where I grew up and go with my best friend, her sister and her daughter, Maria. Here they are! Don't they look adorable? It was raining so we only went to about a dozen houses and then we went back to my parents' house to dry off and pick up their goodies for Allison. Allison begged for candy so I permitted her to pick one. She thought about it for a while and decided on the Whoppers because "I love them just like my Dad!" We then left for our hour drive home. She and I were hungry so we did McDonald's drive-thru. I know! I know! WHAT was I thinking? After 1 chicken nugget and about 5 fries she said she didn't feel well and passed the food back to me. Earlier in the evening on our way over she was bragging that she hadn't thrown up since yesterday. I teased her and told her that if she feels like she has to throw up to use her Halloween bucket and she said "EWW." Well, thank you Lord for that conversation because she ended up grabbing it and getting sick while I was driving. She is such a trooper and handled it all on her own because I couldn't pull over immediately. After a couple of minutes I was able to pull over but by that time it was all over and she ended up sleeping the rest of the way home. The lesson learned here is that even though your child seems perfectly well after previously being sick, don't give her chocolate and greasy chicken and fries! UGH!!

Have Fun!

"A grandmother pretends she doesn't know who you are on Halloween."

~Erma Bombeck

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