Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Just Call Me "Mrs. Hibernating 'Sugar'Bear Pants"

90-89-88-87 and then there were 86...followers that is. I'm so sorry guys. I'm just too busy too write. I prayed what felt like 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for 10 months straight, begging God to provide a way for me to stay home with Clara, so now that I am home,  I just don't feel right about taking up 1-2 hours a day preparing posts when that is precious time I could be with miss pumpkin pants.

Yes...she does nap, but those episodes of desperate housewives don't watch themselves lol..

No but seriously, I feel this pressure, like I'm hurting people's feelings if they leave a comment and I can't respond, or if they write something crazy exciting (Like Mrs. B and the new baby) and I don't find out until like 3 weeks later because not only do I not have time to write blog posts, I don't have time to read blog posts either. So, I'm going on an official break.....beginning.....tonight.

I don't know how long I'll be gone...but before I leave I wanted to leave you all with a final thought...(since New Year's is just around the corner)

When you make your new year's resolutions...make resolutions that don't directly involve you. I realized that ALL my new years resolutions in the past were things such as..."I'm going to exercise more, I'm going to lose 10 lbs, I'm going to watch less Kate Plus 8 (We all have our secret shows right? :)) etc." If I really look at those goals they are rather selfish and while it is healthy of me to want to exercise more, etc, that is still just helping myself.

Francis Chan states in "CrazyLove" 

'We always say things such as "Why are all these people starving God?" When I believe very firmly that God is in fact is asking us "Why are ALL these people starving?!?" '

That quote hit home for me in a very BIG way.

He's exactly right. I don't see anyone who asks that question downsizing their home, or those Lexus drivers giving up their SUV's for a used mid-size vehicle and handing out another used mid-size vehicle to someone who needs a car. When is the last time you felt "stuffed," Have you ever considered not eating out for a year and giving the extra money saved to the hungry people of your city?

I don't know how you are but the answer to all those questions for me was "no." No, I had not considered any of those options.

So, for the new year, let's try a new resolution: to make a resolution that isn't just about "us." Let's resolve to make 2011 about other's needs and not our own. Do you love it? Okay great...me too. :)

And with that... may I just say that all of you and your blog's & posts and comments on my posts and emails and mail. etc. have literally been the highlight of my 2010. They have encouraged me when I've needed it, made me laugh, made me cry, and left a lasting imprint on my heart. Thank you all so much...I truly love each and every one of you...in a "blogger friend sort of way" You all know what I mean. :)

So, to close, here is the only picture I have of me and my fam this christmas...from Dave's work phone, because I forgot my camera at home...awesome.

Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, Happy Birthday George Washington, and please enjoy any other holiday you may experience while I am hibernating...with my 'sugar'bears!!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

For Christmas I would like A Trashcan, Automatic Can Opener and a Gift Certificate for $16.99 from Target

That's right.

That's what I want. :)

Wink,Wink Mom & Dave

It seems like all bloggers right now are making there "Wish-Lists" so I thought you may all want to know mine! You are welcome.

Now, I know my wish-list may sound strange to some people, but I swear I have a very good explanation behind each one. So let me explain...

                       The Trashcan.


I have been trying for a very long time to recycle cans. Unfortunately, I was up to like 3 soda's a day for a while so I really started feeling guilty for the toll my soda drinking was taking on the environment. I have told Dave since I've been home that I want a recycle trashcan because the other two are always full. Well, a certain someone, said that was "silly" to buy another one when I could just use trashbags and take those out to the curb. To which I said "Fine, I'll just use the one we have and you'll have to find a way to make all our trash fit in one." I know...so sweet of me lol. Well...that was working out fine until I noticed yesterday morning that my trashcan full of recycled cans had been hauled to the edge of the lawn and taken away. I seriously almost started to cry when Dave got home because I couldn't understand why he'd done that (even though I had been a bit, err, stubborn, about the whole thing) He swore up and down that he hadn't done it. Well...when we went over there was a little note from our "trash dudes" that said, "Merry Christmas from your Trash Men." Yeah, what they had done to be nice was in turn devestating to my "recycle & save the entire earth plan!!!!" :( Soooo, that my friends is why I now, want a trash can WITH the recycle symbol on it so that nobody can steal my cans. See now it makes sense doesn't it? :) lol.  
                         Secondly, an automatic can opener.

There is really no explanation to this. I just love them lol. And, our old one, which we got as a wedding gift is practically broken but I refuse to give up on it, so while Dave has opened three cans with a hand opener, I will be lovingly coaxing our old.mr.automatic can opener hoping that he will just help me with this "one last can" and then I'll let him rest. And...he always comes through but I think it's time to give him the retirement I've been promising him. :)

Lastly, a Gift Certificate for $16.99 to Target.

I want this.



Because I think everyone should feel as if they are a friend as soon as they step through our doorway. Unless they turn out to be creepy in which case I will need to find another sign to hang above the door before they leave! :)

And lastly, I wanted you all not to worry about what Miss Clara Bear was doing while I was writing this...because she was busy finishing up some Spaghetti O's! :)

Monday, December 13, 2010

My Great Uncle Was Killed By A Homeless Man

Okay, it wasn't my Great Uncle...It was Dave's, but

"My Great Uncle-In-Law Was Killed By A Homeless Man"

seemed just wayyy too long of a title.

The reason I am writing this post is because I want to help. I want to help the homeless. But, helping the homeless is actually quite dangerous. I was at a stoplight the other day and the man's sign said, "Just trying to support my family during the holidays." He looked like a nice enough man and I really really wanted to invite his family to have supper with us....but....I just didn't know. I mean, I didn't know why he was in the situation he was in and I could only assume Dave would not have been too happy if I invited a serial killer-rapist-man to our holiday dinner. So, I just drove by...again. How many times have I driven by a homeless person? Far. Too. Many.

I remember being in Colorado with my best friend and her now husband and we saw a homeless man outside the drive through at Taco Bell. I told my friend's boyfriend (at the time) that I would like to give one of the burrito's I had to the homeless man. As I was trying to stick my hand out the window and give it to the man, my friends boyfriend sped up...I was like "Hey!!! I wanted him to have this!!" to which he replied "Amber, you have no idea why he was out there and what if you would have given it to him and then he would have jumped in the window and killed us." And unfortunately...he was right. Probably not in broad daylight...but a point to consider for sure!!:)

So, this is the point of this post...how do you help those people you see on the side of the road. :*( I hate driving by them...like seriously HATE it...it breaks my heart every time.

And, to conclude and circle round to the title of this post. Dave's great uncle always had a heart for the homeless, giving them rides when need be, and just helping out however he could. Well...that generosity is exactly what got him killed. One of those homeless men he picked up killed him in the very truck he was using to help him and stole all his great uncle's belongings...true story....that's how he died. How horrible is that???



So again I ask...how do you help?? :(

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Lindsay Little

This is an ode to my previous bestest friend from college who apparently does not call me anymore when she is shopping five minutes away from my house.

Thats right Lindsay...

You.


= big trouble with

Me.



Apparently we did not celebrate graduating together with a joint graduation party in December 2005 which 6.7 approximate guests showed up because it was "blizzarding" outside.


Now, granite you were graduating with your masters and me with my bachelors that you'd accomplished in the same amount of time...but still. And on my part...shoot. :)

And I guess we didn't travel to okaboji EVERY SINGLE SUMMER together on the 4th of July to hang out with your awesome highschool friends.


I mean, I don't remember a certain pontiac missing a turn and driving into the ditch at the hotel during one of those summers?

And...help me remember but was it you and Monica who dressed up with me as cute truckers one Halloween our Sophomore year of college??



Oh yes my friend...it was.

And lets see...who were  some of our best guy friends who we ate breakfast with every Sunday morning at Applebees after we looked as though we had just rolled out of bed because we literally had???

Well...I believe you may be thinking of your brother Jim, Tyler, Jonah and Clinton.

That's right. And do you remember how that same friend Tyler had a DJ business and we rode on his float our Junior year?



Hmmm lets see who's in this picture...I think that's me second from the left and ohhh there you are on the right.wierd.

And I think this might be us on the Plaza??

And was this the head table at my wedding?? Let's see there is Kelsi, and my sister and oh.my. look who it is???


Sooooo my friends. If anyone has learned anything from this post, it is best not to go shopping 5 minutes away from my house and not invite me when I haven't seen you in forever because I have a blog and I am not afraid to share my "upsetness" over this decision with everyone. 

So let me put this into perspective for you Lindsay.

I could have driven to where you were in 5 minutes.
Now if I were to have run it probably would have been more like 16 minutes.
And walking might have been about 30.

But EITHER of those three options wouldn't have worked when I didn't know you were there!!! :( 

So going forward, please know that just because I had  this little stinker...


...does not mean that I do not want to see you anymore or that I am not still a crazy fun girl..haha.

Okay, but I really do think I am still pretty fun.

I mean, put my 8:30 bedtime aside and you'll find me (And Clara and Dave) partying it up until 8:25 any night of the week!! ;)

No, but seriously...please do not pull a stunt like that again.

I miss you.

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