Wednesday, December 22, 2010

The news I was dreading...

In a previous post, I mentioned that my husband and I were having some trouble getting pregnant. Well yesterday, I got the news I was dreading. I went to the Dr. last month because my cycle never started and I was worried something might be wrong. She put me on Provera to start my cycle (which worked) and then she wanted to do a blood test to check and see if I was ovulating. They like your progesterone level to be 15 or higher, which shows that you're actually releasing an egg. My progesterone level was 0.5. :-( So I'm not ovulating at all. She said she'd like to put me on the fertility drug called Clomid. So I will start that my next cycle. Please keep us in your prayers.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

2010 Family Christmas Picture!

Every year, since Jake and I have been married, we've taken a family picture in front of our tree. The only person not in the picture is the cat, and thats only because he won't cooperate, ;-) I always buy a picture frame ornament from Michaels with the year on it and that way we have an ornament with our picture in it from every year. We will be able to look back and see all the Christmas' past and see how our family has grown. For the past 3 years its just been Jake and I and Libby and Hunter... but this year we have added Max to the family. Thankfully he's a good sport about taking pictures. Jake and Hunter on the other hand are only a couple cooperation levels above the cat. As you can see in the picture, neither of them look all that thrilled. I even let Jake wear his Chiefs jersey and hat, since he had been to a game earlier that day. But all in all I'm happy with our picture this year and look forward to putting it in our 2010 ornament. Thanks for looking and I hope you all are enjoying this Christmas season!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Star of Wonder ~ Our childrens Christmas Musical at Church

Every year, since 1988 when I was 7 years old, the church I attend has put on a Childrens' Christmas Musical. This past weekend was our 22nd annual Christmas Musical. Since 1988 I've starred and participated in every musical in one way or another. Once I got to be too old, I started helping with directing the musical. This year I helped direct and danced in it. Here are a few pictures from this years musical.

The set. 

The main characters of the play. They were all stars.

The kids singing.

The toddler aged kids singing and dancing.

A few boys from the youth group. 

Myself and three of the girls in the youth group. We danced to one of the songs in the musical. 

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow...

This past Saturday night we had our first snow storm of the season. We only got about 1-3 inches, but its soooo cold that it all turned very icy. The temp. on my way to work this morning was 6 degrees!! Way too cold for me. :-( But since it was the first time Max has seen and played in snow, I thought I better take some pictures. Here are my 3 dogs having a good time in the snow yesterday...

Libby in the snow.

Hunter and Max playing in the snow.

All three dogs in the snow.

Max, after playing in the snow. He loved it!!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Christmas Card Photo Shoot

After I got the tree and decorations up on Saturday night, I decided to try and get my 3 dogs in front of the tree for our Christmas Card Photo. I wasn't sure whether I'd even get a good enough shot of all three, but I was determined to try. I had gotten some ribbon to tie around their necks and with my husband's help, here are some of the shots I got. Hunter wouldn't cooperate at first so I got some cute ones of Libby and our new baby Max.

Max and Libby posing in front of the tree.

Libby in front of the tree. She's always been good about taking pictures. :-)

Libby, Max and Hunter in front of the tree.

I think this will be the picture we use for our Christmas Card this year. 

Libby, Max and Hunter laying in front of the tree. 2010

Max being sweet!! 

Our new puppy Max in front of the tree looking oh so cute!

Our cat, Stormy.

12 Days of Christmas Blog Challenge - Day 12: Decorations

Sorry this post is a couple days late. I've been busy decorating and working with the kids at church on the Christmas Musical.

One of my favorite things about Christmas is getting all my decorations out and decorating the house. I get so excited unwrapping each and every ornament, to see which one its going to be. We went and got our 2010 Noble Fir this past Friday night and then Saturday I decorated. I've gotten so many of my decorations from PartyLite. A couple other decorations are from Avon and then the rest were homemade by myself or my mom.

The tree before decorations.

The tree after decorations.

Our living room decorated for Christmas.

The end-table in our living room. The reindeer, candles and musicbox are all from PartyLite.

The snow globe and infinite reflections are both from Partylite, the clock is from Avon and was a gift from my MIL. It plays a Christmas carol every hour... I love it! The nativity scene I've had for probably 10 years or more. Not sure where I got it but I've set it out every year.

My new table runner I got his year at Hobby Lobby for 50% off!!

The decorations in this picture are all Partylite except the frame. I think I got this frame at Walmart the first Christmas Jake and I were married. It has our first family Christmas Picture in it from 2007.
All the decorations in this picture are from Partylite.

The dining room table decorated for Christmas.

A close up of the place setting.

A close up of the centerpiece.

The bakers rack all decorated for Christmas.

 This is a super cute glass block night light that my mom made this year.

And the stockings were hung. All 6 of our stockings! :-)

 Jake's Great-Grandma made this tree skirt for him before he was even married. She made one for each of his brothers as well. It has been under our tree every year. I'm very sentimental and I love stuff like that. :-) She's in her 80's and still makes us a Christmas present every year.

Friday, December 3, 2010

12 Days of Christmas, Day 11: New Years Resolutions

I don't normally make New Years Resolutions because I don't normally stick to them. Last year I said I was going to try and be more punctual and well, that hasn't really happened. So I'm going to continue to work on that. I'd also like to be credit card debt free by the end of 2011 and thats actually a pretty attainable resolution. When we bought our house we did many updates to the house and we unfortunately used credit cards as a means to pay for all the improvements. For the last couple years we've been working on paying it all off and are very close to having no credit card debt!!!! So in 2011 I hope we will be able to finally say that we're credit card debt free.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

12 Days of Christmas Blog Challenge - Day 10: Favorite Christmas Songs/Caroles

There are so many great Christmas songs, but some of my favorites are...

Carol of the Bells by Transiberian Orchestra
O Come O Come Emanuel
What Child is this by Mercy Me
O Holy Night by Mercy Me
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen by Mercy Me
Wizards in Winter by Transiberian Orchestra
Christmas Time is Here from Charlie Brown Christmas
Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire by Nat King Cole
The Nutcracker Suite
Baby its Cold Outside
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas by Judy Garland
I want a Hippopotamus for Christmas by Gayla Peevey

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

12 Days of Christmas Blog Challenge - Day 9: Favorite Holiday Food

This is a tough one, but I'd have to say its a tie between chicken and dumplings and pumpkin pie!

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