Sunday, November 13, 2011

Operation Christmas Child

I was the "Santa isn't real" to all my friends type-of-friend because we opened presents on Christmas Eve and my parent's never came up with a creative way to explain why our presents arrived before everyone else's so they always said..."I'm sorry girls, Santa is just pretend but we can still take pictures with him at the mall." lol - Awesome. Can't wait.
Actually though, that in turn made me think of myself as a smarty smarty pants because everyone else thought he was real but I knew the truth. :)

Dave on the other hand, I think still believes Santa exists.

We have came to a secret family comprimise on this issue for Clara Bear though so don't worry. :)

However, one thing we TOTALLY agree on is that we want Clara to learn that Christmas is a great time to help others who are less fortunate.

Enter Operation Christmas Child.



Okay, I have to interrupt this blog post about an awesome AWESOME charity because I just can't take my computer.

I asked it to download 7...that's all...7! pictures and let it have all night. I woke up this morning to find out it had managed to download one and so...it is with a sad face I'm going to wait to blog again until I get my new computer. (And since we are on the Dave Ramsey plan this may be a while people lol) :) However I hope not...so until then....I'll close with this last post about our day with Operation Christmas Child.

Clara was SO excited to help pack boxes for the kids in Africa as you can see from the ONE (which was supposed to be 7 pictures) above (thanks again piece of poop dell computer). She was running around filling her box with mainly princess pencil's and candy...She's got her priorities ;) and then she colored pictures for the kids and left her address so they could write her back if they wanted too. There was just so much awesome energy in the room, K-Love was there handing out prizes and you know chic-fil-A showed up and next year EVERYONE IN THE WHOLE WORLD WHO I KNOW HAS TO COME ALONG. :) (I'm sorry I invited 0 people this time but I found out about it at midnight the night before). Oh, and as I mentioned, Chic-Fil-A was there and Clara hit her first milestone. She gave the cow a high five!!!!! Seriously, I normally have to like completely smother her in my coat if he enters the restuarant because she starts hysterically crying when she see's him but not this day...not operation christmas child day...NOPE my pumpkin pants marched right up and gave that heifer a high five!! :) I LOVE IT!

So,anyways... after an awesome morning of learning about loving kids across the world and telling her that we have a special opportunity to help, etc, etc....I was so excited for her to get home and tell Daddy all that she'd done that morning.

Let me give you a snapshot of what that looked like.

Mommy: (whispering in Clara's ear) - "Sweetheart, go tell daddy all about your morning and how you helped pack boxes of presents for the kids who otherwise wouldn't get presents like you and me."

Clara excitedly runs to daddy.

Clara: "DADA I GAVE COW HIGH FIVE!



(Sigh) I guess some lessons will just need to be re-taught when she's a bit older. :)

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Aging Gracefully

I have gray hair.

Shoot.

This is an actual picture of me without my hair colored.

Okay it's not, that is not me and that is not my hair. But maybe my hair in 10 years?? :)
Oh, I'm so going to do a side by side shot of me and this nice lady then...okay probably I won't be blogging but if I am, I am leaving it all up to you guys to remind me of this post!? Kapeesh:)

However, my friend Erin, said something kind of inspiring  and I've decided to take her approach to aging.

She said..."I'm excited to be 30!"

I loved that. I've never heard anyone say that, and it definitely beats the other option of being super depressed about it!

I seriously think of that statement and the smile on her face as she said it every time I look in the mirror and see one of those little buggers sticking out of my head all frizzy and crazy like.

But I think that really comes from Erin being able to truly embrace her age because she has the hope of heaven in her heart. And, since I too, cannot wait to see Jesus running towards me hugging me and telling me he's so glad to finally see me face to face...I ...am going to be excited for each passing year as well...oh my gosh I'm literally tearing up just thinking about it because earth is hard sometimes!! (Can I hear an AMEN sister friends lol!)


I thought this picture was so sweet...someone supposedly took this picture of clouds and saw this instead. Who knows if it's real but I thought it pretty awesome either way?


So here it is, I'm 28 1/2 and I have about 6 gray hairs....which I'm pretty sure are from my sweet Clara Grace and 2 1/2 days of labor. :) My pants are snug and the skin on my elbows resembles what I could only describe as elephant ears (but thanks to Dr. Oz I have a home remedy. Whoopee!). I get really cold feet at night because my circulation is getting worse but thankfully I have a hubby who lets me put my freezing piggies between his warm legs so it's not that bad. (Okay, so there is one thing I'm not embracing and that's having to pee like every 5 seconds but I guess that's just part of the aging process too! :))

So, I'm not sure what I'm getting at right now. I guess I just want you all to know...

"I'm excited to be 28 1/2!"

However, on the days I may choose to complain about my age please do not remind me of this post as I may actually be annoyed/embarassed at myself for blogging about my elephant skin elbows! :)

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