Good-bye 2010, Hello 2011!

An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.
Bill Vaughn

A New Year’s resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other.  Anonymous

People are so worried about what they eat between Christmas and the New Year, but they really should be worried about what they eat between the New Year and Christmas.         
Author Unknown


HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Be safe tonight as you welcome in 2011!

I plan to celebrate by donning my finest formal gown, Dale rented us a limo, and we are being whisked away for an evening of fun, dancing and toasting at midnight.

 

 

  Ok, that’s a total lie. 

 

 

I plan to stay in my house clothes and furry boot slippers, pop some popcorn and snuggle up to watch a movie with my hubby after the kids go to bed, hoping to stay awake to watch the ball drop, so I can kiss my hunny, wish him “Happy New Year’s”, and hit the hay!  After all, my kids seem to get up at 6:45 no matter what Holiday it is…..Do they not get the sleeping in memo?!?!?!?

  Such is my life, but I tell ya, hands down, I’d pick it every time! :)

May God bless you with more than you could ever ask or imagine in 2011…

Thanks for 4,777 blog hits on 54 postings from Oct 20th to present. 

I love my readers!  Thanks for putting up with my musings day in and day out.

And no, I will not pay for your therapy.  This site is strictly “Read at your own risk”.

~T

happy new year

 

Paxton’s First Food

  Pax got his first taste of “real” food today, after gazing longingly for weeks, as bite after bite went right past his mouth, and into mine. 

Feed me? Pu-leeease?!

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  One day, he watched with his little mouth open expectantly, as a bite went into my mouth instead of his, and he scrunched his little face up and CRIED!  Poor guy. 

  So, in addition to the bazillion times I nurse him a day, (not really we are on a good 7-10-1-4 routine, but man, 3 hours comes quick!) I have added some brown rice cereal to the routine.  I usually try to exclusively breast feed until 5 or 6 months old, but what can I say, the more kids I have, the less stuff like that is such a big deal.

  There is some new latest and greatest info about feeding rice cereal to your kids as their first food, especially if you pick white rice cereal, which has zero nutritional value.  But, for now, brown rice cereal is what I have on hand, and what I have fed to the other 3 for their first food.  At least it has some nutritional value to it since it’s from brown rice as opposed to white!  We’ll try some other things the article suggests, after I go to the store again in January.

  A lot has changed in the baby food world since I had my first almost 7 1/2 years ago!  Here are 2 articles I found very interesting:

http://blogs.babycenter.com/mom_stories/say-no-to-white-rice-cereal/

http://blogs.babycenter.com/mom_stories/how-to-start-solids/

  Anyhow, back to Pax.  I made him his first bowl of cereal, a bit thick like the malt-o-meal hot cereal mom made us as kids, and got out the camera to capture his funny reaction!

ANDDDDDD….he did nothing.

Not one thing. 

No funny face, no gagging, no spitting it back out as fast as it went in.

The other kids all did that stuff……

Destiny was shocked that I would even attempt to put something so weird in her mouth.

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Tylan was NOT impressed! 

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Avery couldn’t have cared less if that stuff ever entered her mouth again! Even going so far as to try to hide from me so I wouldn’t feed her.

Ok, not really, but I thought it was a funny photo.

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Then there was Paxton. 

After his initial shock, that I actually put the spoon in his mouth, rather than mine….

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He just gummed it, swallowed and waited for more.  Opening his mouth every time the spoon approached.

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Then, after the bowl was nearly empty, he smiled at me as if to say:

Thanks mom, I needed that!”

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Little stinker! 

Well, we don’t call him “Tank” for nothin’!  :) 

~T

Christmas Continued….

Here are the remaining photos from our Family Christmas celebrations this weekend.  They are in 2 separate slide-shows below.   My Uncle Don, Aunt Viv, and cousins Brittany and Brianna, came from Oregon to have a Kansas Christmas with us for the first time ever! It was so fun to spend the holiday with them! 

  In the week to come, we are looking forward to more time with daddy and Destiny, still home from work and school.  Plus, there are 2 more Christmas get-together’s coming up, including one at our house.  Time to start cooking and cleaning!

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Hope you had a wonderfully blessed Christmas, as you celebrated Christ’s birth, with those you love!

~T

Christmas Celebrations

  We’ve had a fun couple of days of Christmas Celebrations! Usually, when we are all said and done, we have had 6 celebrations between Christmas and New Years. 

The more the merrier, right?! 

Tell that to my tired kids.  :) 

  No, they loved it!  We can just tell they are done for a bit.  It’ll be nice to spend a few quiet days at home, playing with new things, before we have the next few get-together’s!  

Here are photos from our first few celebrations, I’ll share the rest tomorrow….

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Tylan was a Shepherd in our church Christmas service….031032

Tylan and his cousin, Zane

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Poor Ty had a Shepherd wardrobe malfunction by the end of the program….

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My cousins from Oregon, Brittany and Brianna, meet Paxton.

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HAPPY 21st BIRTHDAY BRIANNA!

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Brianna found the trick re-lighting birthday candle hysterical. Avery did NOT! 

Check out this face…

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A gift of games from Brent & Julie, who were nice enough to play each and every one of them with our kids that evening! 

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Paxton is already drawing the ladies wherever he goes…..

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Must be those baby blues!

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Aunt Viv and Brianna sing and play Christmas Carols for us all…

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Destiny wants to sing and play JUST like that when she grows up!

 

 

 

 

 Singing carols around the piano….

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Dancing to the beautiful music…..082083

“I want to spin you Avery…”

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An earache the Wednesday before Christmas is no fun at all!

Praise God she kicked it by the big day!

  

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Happy Monday Everyone!  As you head out to grab some after-Christmas bargains remember, the best way to double your money is just fold it up and put it back in your pocket! 

  Or if you are me and great deals are next to impossible to walk away from, just don’t go shopping in the first place. 

Ta-da!  What a light bulb moment!  Dale would be so proud to know I just wrote that. 

  So today, I choose to stay home, so we can continue to work towards being debt free.  And let’s be real……I’d SO be out there shopping for Birthday’s and Christmases to come if I could.  With bells on.  Happily swipeing my debit card knowing I was saving myself tons of money in the future. 

<SIGH>  Sometimes its hard to make a right choice. 

~T

Mary, Did You Know?

  We recently watched the Nativity story together as a family.  Wow!  It stopped me in my tracks, and although it was hard to understand the words at times, touched my heart in a very real way.

One Family, One Journey.  One Child who would change the world forever.

  It was so good for me to emotionally go on that journey with Mary & Joseph.  Can you imagine how difficult it was for Mary, an unwed teen, to be scoffed by her friends who think she’s nuts, when she says she has never been with a man, but is pregnant anyways?  Or having to tell her parents the big news:  Did she wait until she was showing, or tell them right away? 

  How about feeling the threat of DEATH by stoning looming over her head, should Joseph choose to file charges against her.  I wonder,  since her parents choose Joseph as betrothed, does she even know him well at this point?  Or love him?  Does she know enough about him to think he’ll believe her story?  How scary to not know what will happen next! 

Although Joseph’s initial reaction was to break the engagement, totally acceptable in that day, he treated Mary with such kindness.  What a gentleman!  He didn’t want to cause her further shame, so he decided to act quietly.  I am so glad God chose to send an angel to Joseph in a dream, to verify Mary’s story, so he could be reassured that his marriage to her was God’s will. When the angel explained that the child within Mary was indeed conceived by the Holy Spirit, that his name would be Jesus and that he was the Messiah, God with us, did he freak out!?  Did he sit in wonder and awe?  Do you think he lay awake the rest of the night thinking of what his life with Mary was going to be like?  Parents of THE MESSIAH?  That is some heavy thinking for the middle of the night!  He willingly took Mary to be his wife, knowing they were being looked down upon in their town.  Maybe this noble quality is one of the reasons God chose Joseph to be the earthly father of Jesus.

  And later, as they are married and traveling to Bethlehem,  I was shocked to see Joseph’s bloody, calloused feet.  But why wouldn’t they be?  They walked the approximately 60-90 miles to Bethlehem, (like you walking to Wichita or past, except over hills, valleys and rough terrain) where the census was taken. 

   Poor Mary, riding or walking that long journey, big and pregnant.  I bet her baby pressed on her bladder, making them stop often, I bet the heat was unbearable at times, I bet nights were spent in discomfort, sleeping on the hard ground.  Going into labor in a town far away from her mother and all things familiar.  A newly married young woman, who had never been intimate with a man, giving birth to her first child, who also just happens to be the Saviour of the world!!!! 

   Do you remember that feeling as you realized you were about to give birth to your first-born?  Those emotions you felt, as you anticipated, yet dreaded the labor part.  Did she cry for her momma?  Did she squeeze Joseph’s hand as hard as she could as she contracted?  Was he a good coach?  Did she trust him to help safely deliver this precious child in a stable, or was she afraid even though the angel said, “fear not”? 

  Oh, the joy she must have felt, as she lifted that precious child in her arms, counted his ten tiny fingers and toes, and marvelled at all that had just occurred.  How overwhelmed she must have been, as she looked around their humble dwelling, wondering what she had to offer the King of Kings?  Wondering about this babe, who would grow into a toddler full of questions.  When would they know, that he knew, He was the King of Kings?  A look in his eye?  The words from his mouth?  Did she wonder what kind of challenges that would create?

  And what about when all those stinky Shepherds showed up?  Exhausted and emotional, what was she feeling as they came, and touched her new baby? You know how protective first time moms are!  Did she wish she could have them wash up first? 

  As they left, they were still praising and glorifying God, but sweet Mary kept quiet, treasuring their words and pondering them in her heart. Don’t you think at that moment, it must have been beyond her ability to grasp, that sleeping in her arms—the precious child she had just worked so hard to bring into the world—was the Savior of the world.  Wow!

How real everything becomes, as you watch in this movie, and see those precious little lives lost as Herod, in fear, commands all the baby boys under the age of 2 to be killed.  Oh, the heartache of those mothers, screaming as their baby sons were ripped from their arms and slain. I have to wonder, as Mary and Joseph were told by the angel to flee in the night to safety, how old was Jesus at the time?  Did her pumping adrenaline kick in, did those ‘mother bear’ instincts get her through?  Or was she paralyzed with fear, and having to be prompted by Joseph to stop crying and pack  so they could go?  How did she manage?  I can’t imagine what she was feeling, still in a foreign land away from home, now fleeing to Egypt to be refugees there.  And another dream tells them to return back home, FINALLY!  Who knows how many years later?!  What a STRONG woman! 

   Watching this movie was eye-opening to say the least. 

  It is my hope, that this Christmas, you will celebrate the humble beginnings of our Lord and King.  And remember, just how real this was to a newlywed couple in Bethlehem, who experienced this day, a life changing, WORLD changing moment…..as they held our Lord and Saviour in their arms and kissed his sweet head.   

May Jesus be real to you today, as you celebrate His birth.

Merry Christmas & Happy Birthday, Jesus!!

Blessings to you and yours,

Dale, Tonya & 4 little Fergusons

Mary Did You Know”

[Originally written by Mark Lowry and Buddy Greene]

Mary, did you know that your Baby Boy would one day walk on water?
Mary, did you know that your Baby Boy would save our sons and daughters?
Did you know that your Baby Boy has come to make you new?
This Child that you delivered will soon deliver you.

Mary, did you know that your Baby Boy will give sight to a blind man?
Mary, did you know that your Baby Boy will calm the storm with His hand?
Did you know that your Baby Boy has walked where angels trod?
When you kiss your little Baby you kissed the face of God?

The blind will see.
The deaf will hear.
The dead will live again.
The lame will leap.
The dumb will speak
The praises of The Lamb.

Mary, did you know that your Baby Boy is Lord of all creation?
Mary, did you know that your Baby Boy would one day rule the nations?
Did you know that your Baby Boy is heaven’s perfect Lamb?
The sleeping Child you’re holding is the Great, I Am.

T’was the Night Before Jesus Came

T’was the Night Before Jesus Came…

…and all through the house,
Not a creature was praying, not one in the house.
Their Bibles were lain on the shelf without care,
in hopes that Jesus would not come there.

The children were dressing to crawl into bed,
Not once ever kneeling or bowing a head.
And mom in her rocker and baby on her lap
Was watching the Late Show while I took a nap.

When out of the East there arose such a clatter,
I sprang to my feet to see what was the matter.
Away to the Window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash!

When what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But angels proclaiming that Jesus was here.
With a light like the sun sending forth a bright ray,
I knew in a moment this must be The Day!

The light of His face made me cover my head.
It was Jesus, returning just like He’d said.
And though I possessed worldly wisdom and wealth,
I cried when I saw Him in spite of myself.

In the Book of Life which He held in His hand,
Was written the name of every saved man.
He spoke not a word as He searched for my name’
When He said, “It’s not here” my head hung in shame.

The people whose name had been written with love,
He gathered to take to His Father above.
With those who were ready He rose without a sound,
While all the rest were left standing around.

I fell to my knees, but it was too late;
I had waited too long and thus sealed my fate.
I stood and I cried as they rose out of sight;
Oh, if only I had been ready tonight.

In the words of this poem the meaning is clear,
The coming of Jesus is drawing ever so near.
There’s only one life and when comes the last call,
We’ll find that the Bible was true after all!

Revelation 21:27

Can’t Leave ‘Em Alone Bars

I have a new yummy bar recipe to share with you.  I got it from my friend Lori, after I devoured like 3 of these at our Sunday school BBQ this summer.  I HAD to get the recipe.

True to their name, you CAN’T keep your hands out of them.  The middle chocolate layer stays really creamy and soft.  So stinkin’ good!

Here is the link to the recipe:

Can’t Leave ‘Em Alone Bars

Ingredients

  • 1 box (18.25 Oz. Box) White Cake Mix
  • 2 whole Eggs
  • ⅓ cups Oil
  • 1 can (14 Oz. Can) Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1 cup Milk Chocolate Chips
  • ¼ cups Butter, Cubed

In a bowl, combine the dry cake mix, eggs and oil. Press 2/3 of the mixture into a greased 9×13 pan. Set remaining mixture aside.

Combine milk, chocolate chips and butter; cook and stir until smooth. Pour over the crust. Drop small spoonfuls of the remaining cake mixture over the top.

Bake at 350F for 19 minutes or until lightly browned. Do not over-bake! The middle is supposed to stay soft.

 Go print it off and make them, you know you want to.  Your diet hasn’t started yet anyways, might as well enjoy yourself a bit longer!  :)

  Happy Baking!

Oh, and wish me luck.  Tomorrow I tackle a triple layer Italian Creme Cake from PW’s website to take to Christmas Eve dinner.

Cake pans hate me.  So do bundt pans.  Seems like no matter what I do to prevent sticking, there is not only sticking, but “clumping” if you will, as entire pieces of cake remain in the pan.  Oh the joys!

Fingers crossed it turns out….

~T

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Why Would God Become A MAN?

 This story was too good not to share.  What a great mental picture, of why God sent us Jesus!
May Jesus continue to be the reason for the Season in your home….
~T
 WHY WOULD GOD BECOME A MAN?  
 
There was once a man who didn’t believe in God, and he didn’t hesitate to let others know how he felt about religion and religious holidays, like Christmas.
  
  His wife, however, did believe, and she raised their children to also have faith in God and Jesus, despite his disparaging comments.
 
  One snowy Christmas Eve, his wife was taking their children to a Christmas Eve service in the farm community in which they  lived. She asked him to come, but he refused. “That story is nonsense!”  he said. “Why would God lower Himself to come to Earth as a man?  That’s ridiculous!” So she and the children left, and he stayed home.
  
A while later, the winds grew stronger and the snow turned into a blizzard-like conditions. As the man looked out the window, all he saw was blinding snow. He sat down to relax before the fire for the evening hoping his wife would make it home safe and sound. Then he heard a loud thump.  Something had hit the window.
  
Then another thump.  He looked out, but couldn’t see more than a few feet.  As the snow let up a little, he bundled up, and ventured outside to see what or who, could have been beating on his window. 
 
  In the field near his house he saw a flock of wild geese. Apparently they had been flying south for the winter when they got caught in the snowstorm and could not go on. They were lost and stranded on his farm, with no food or shelter. They just flapped their wings and flew around the field in low circles, blindly and aimlessly.  A couple of them had flown into his window, it seemed.
  
The man felt sorry for the geese and wanted to help them. The barn would be a great place for them to stay, he thought.  It is warm and safe; surely they could spend the night and wait out the storm. So he walked over to the barn and opened the doors wide, then watched and waited, hoping they would notice the open barn and go inside. But the geese just fluttered around aimlessly and did not seem to notice the barn or realize what it could mean for them. The man tried to get their attention, but that just seemed to scare them and they moved further away.  He went into the house and came back out with some bread, broke it up, and made a bread crumbs trail leading to the barn.  They still didn’t catch on. Now he was getting frustrated.  He got behind them and tried to shoo them toward the barn, but they only got more scared and scattered in every direction except toward the barn.  Nothing he did could get them to go into the barn where they would be warm and safe.
  “Why don’t they follow me?!” he exclaimed.  “Can’t they see this is the only place where they can survive the storm?” He thought for a  moment and realized that they just wouldn’t follow a human.  “If only I were a goose,  then I could save them,” he said out loud.
  
  Then he had an  idea.  He went into barn, got one of his own geese, and carried it in his arms as he circled around behind the flock of wild geese. He then released it. His goose flew through the flock and straight into the barn, and wouldn’t you know…….one by one the other geese followed it to safety.
 
  He stood silently for a moment as the words he had spoken a few minutes earlier replayed in his mind: “If only I were a goose, then I could save them!” Then he thought about what he had said to his wife earlier. “Why would God want to be like us? That’s ridiculous!” Suddenly it all made sense. 
  
 That is what God had done.
 
  We were like the geese – blind, lost, perishing.  God had His Son become like us, so He could show us the way and save us.  That was the meaning of Christmas, he realized.
 
  As he walked towards his warm home, his soul became quiet as he pondered this wonderful thought. 
  Suddenly, he understood what Christmas was all about, why Christ had come.  Years of doubt and disbelief vanished like the passing storm. He fell to his knees in the snow, and prayed his first prayer:
 
“Thank You, God, for coming in human form to get me out of the storm!”
 
~Author unknown
 
JESUS IS THE REASON for the season!!

 

Snow White, Snow White, Snow White

Once upon a time……..several vistors came to my home seeking a place to stay. 
Their names you ask?
Well, there was Snow White.
 
Snow White.
 
And, let’s see……oh yes, Snow White!
 
They stopped in to see me on their journey to find their lost Dwarf, Grumpy.
  
Alas Grumpy, we have found you!!!!! Our long journey has ended.! 

Ok, not really, I made that part up.  (Love ya Chaddy!)

And they lived Happily Ever After….

The End.
 

  I like how Snow White number 3 decided to shove her dainty little finger up her nose for these.  Such manners!

“Avery! Quit picking your nose, you need to act like a lady!”

Who, MEEEE?”

Oh, and did I mention, that a few days ago Rapunzel came to visit.

She only stayed a short time, and then she left again. 

Off to find the Prince, I suppose.

  And to my poor, dear, sweet little Tylan.  Thank you for giving me such great black mail material for my future enjoyment!  It’s pictures like the Snow White ones above, and these, that will make your graduation slide show and wedding day SO very meaningful. 

     
~T :)