Moving on to 2010

Not exactly the best Christmas... Granny died last night. Granted, Papaw & John Adam got the best gift... but what they gained, we lost. And I think that selfishly, the thing that bothers me the most is that my children will never know two of the most amazing people I've ever known. Frank & Lillian Shook.


A Not So Merry Christmas

Needless to say, today has not been a very good day for Justin and myself. I AM so excited that today is Jesus' birthday and that I got to celebrate that with family, and luckily my family was gracious enough to keep me busy to keep my mind off of other things today. The day started off with us waking up to absolutely not power. The house was FREEZING... so that ruined our plans of our first Christmas alone without traveling every which way. We went to moms and ate breakfast and then Justin, unfortunately, left for work. Granny is NOT doing well. I'm thankful that (so far) she has made it through Christmas because selfishly... I could not have handled losing another grandparent on a holiday. Went to the trailer tonight... still no power, so now Justin and I are staying at the inlaws. So yea. Not such an amazing Christmas this year. Missing my friends dearly today :\


James & Jonathan

Janelle posted a blog with pictures of the two new Flint Monsters.... so with her permission I would like to introduce....

Jonathan Israel... & James Paul!!!!

Can't get much cuter than that! Can't wait to meet you sweet boys!

Hmmmm... A Few New Ideas

I'm hoping to add some more pizazz to this blog of mine... first I want to re customize it. I'd also like to incorporate some crafty things including quilts I'm working on, loom projects, and possibly some crafty ideas I have for some little monsters I know ;-). I'd also like to ask my mom about getting copies of my great grandma's recipes and possibly do one a week and post about it with pictures and the recipes to share. But for now it's just a thought.

So I have lots of updates today.... drum roll please....

James and Jonathan are officially here! They arrived on Sunday, December 20th at 8:26pm & 8:27pm. Both are doing well and so is Ms. Janelle. I'm soooo excited for her and her family, and I'm sooooo excited to meet these two new Flint monsters in the future!

I have been working on a quilt for my husband's nanny, it's burgundy and white (with a burgandy floral print)... it's almost finished, all I have left is to buy the batting, tied the square corners and finish the edges. Whoo! Since I'm currently snowed in and can't buy the rest of the materials I need, I have also started cutting 1 inch squares out of all my scraps for a throw for well... me! I have scraps leftover from a few things I made James & Jonathan, scraps from Nanny's quilt, scraps from a quilt I made Justin, and some various scraps bought at thrift stores. I'm lovvvving being crafty!

I am still snowed in. My car is BURIED and our drive way is literally over a foot deep in snow. Luckily my inlaws came and rescued me yesterday and took my husband and I to pick up a few groceries. Thank goodness for macho man trucks right? LOL

My friend Hannah is finally home from school! YAY! She was stuck in her apartment because of the snow but was finally able to drive back to our good old mountains safe and sound! Can't wait to see my friend!

Mine and my husband's friends from Michigan flew down on Saturday and had some issues getting to the house they are staying at, but thank goodness they finally made it! Can't wait to see them either!

It's currently 12:36am Eastern Time, so Christmas is officially 3 days away! Yikes! We are having a family Christmas Party at my mom's house on Christmas Eve, which is great except that my Granny can't get from the nursing home to my mom's house... which is why I tried to get them to have the party at the nursing home so she could participate... guess I'm to young to know better right? So that's a little disappointing, but Justin is going to help me prepare some yummy foods and puree them for her so that she can enjoy some of our holiday goodness!

I'm also happy to announce that this year, Justin and I are spending our own Christmas at home. In the past 3 Christmas' we've had together we have run around to my parents, his parents, grandparents... EVERYWHERE and made the holiday so stressful we just wanted it to go away. Well not this year! However... unfortunately Justin has to work 12pm to 8pm which puts a bit of a damper on things, but since he works in the nursing home my Granny lives at... I'll most likely go and spend the day with her. So that works out pretty well I think.

Wow. Now THAT was a long post. Let me know what you think about my ideas for updating my blog and until next time.... and if I don't post before Christmas... Have a VERY Merry Christmas, and remember that JESUS is the REASON for the SEASON!


Holy Snowflakes!

Wow. Just wow. In 1993 we got over 3 feet of snow at my house... so deep that my brother at 2 years old couldn't even play in it because when he jumped in the snow was ABOVE his head. Now it's 2009 (and if you don't know that... where have you been?) and there is a foot of snow on my porch. Yes. 12 inches of white fluffy goodness. Started early early early Friday morning... didn't stop snowing until after I went to bed last night. Yesterday I was literally snowed in. Both doors were blocked by a foot of snow... luckily my back door only has wooden steps so I was able to slam into the door hard enough to knock the snow off so I could attempt to shovel the front porch (which was stupid on my part because I couldn't even get ON the porch). Anyways... yea. Snow.


Exams, Chaos, Christmas, Babies... and BUSY BUSY BUSY!

Whoo! I tell you what... this week is a DOOZY! Ha! Let me recap for all of you slow pokes out there in cyber world. Last exam TODAY. (BTW I have gotten ALL A's on my exams except for one.... THAT one we are NOT discussing lol). Babysat the Flint monsters on Monday night.... woke up Tuesday morning and got on facebook and WHOA! Janelle's water broke. I think to myself... "WHAT! I was JUST there!" LOL. (ps janelle - is it not funny that the one time you actually use a motorized scooter and NOT walk is the time your boys decide to prepare to meet the world... i just thought that was ironic!). Went to CR last night and NOBODY was there until about 15 after 6... and then I only had ONE kid out of the 12 that typically come (not complaining... but it was wierd). Then today I find out that only family members are allowed in the area of the hospital that Janelle is at (bummer) so I have to find a way to get her a goody bag I concocted for her... hehe.

Janelle's "Ahhh! I'm having more babies!" Goody Bag Contents:
  • Cosmos & Redbooks.... I am obsessed with cosmo magazines... my father in law calls them soft porn... I call them hilarious entertainment. I mean really, c'mon. Don't tell me you've never read the sex "tips" and anecdotes and didn't laugh your head off?
  • Karen Kingsbury books & one other that was really good that I don't know who the author is. Seriously... best Christian fiction author EVER.
  • Chicken Soup for the Soul (for the family & for a Christian)... funny/inspirational stories. What could be better?
  • Nintendo DS w/like 6 or 7 games (and like 3 games preinstalled). Yes I'm a nerd. Yes I play video games. But like seriously... what better to keep you entertained while you are on bedrest? She can play tetris, test her brain with brain age, be a detective on CSI, have adventures with pink hair on mysims, play doctor on Grey's anatomy... etc etc. VERY entertaining ;-)
  • UNO.... it's UNO... uno is FUN.
  • Deck of Clear Cards. Yes, they are clear. Yes, they are the epitomy of awesomeness... yes I am a dork.
  • Yarn/Looms/Scissors.... all that's missing is the instruction book... and I'm working on that!
  • FOOD! I included Pumpkin Bread (courtesy of Janelle actually... she got me hooked on the box of mixes from Aldi), Orange! Apple! YUMMY FRUIT!
If that doesn't keep her busy, I'm sure it will atleast give her a good laugh :-D
So now... my next few days will consist of assisting Janelle's mom, Brenda, with the Flint monsters, helping put up Christmas decorations... and moving all of the Flint belongings to their new house... Janelle your boys have such good timing! lol Just Kidding!
James and Jonathan must be very excited to meet their crazy brothers and sister... or perhaps they just decided they didn't want to wait until 2o10 to be here for Christmas... either way they're coming!


Worlds Apart

"Worlds Apart"
I am the only one to blame for this
Somehow it all ends up the same
Soaring on the wings of selfish pride
I flew too high and like Icarus I collide
With a world I try so hard to leave behind
To rid myself of all but loveto give and die
To turn away and not become
Another nail to pierce the skin of one who loves
more deeply than the oceans,
more abundant than the tears
Of a world embracing every heartache
Can I be the one to sacrifice
Or grip the spear and watch the blood and water flow
To love you - take my world apart
To need you - I am on my knees
To love you - take my world apart
To need you - broken on my knees
All said and done I stand alone
Amongst remains of a life I should not own
It takes all I am to believeIn the mercy that covers me
Did you really have to die for me?
All I am for all you are
Because what I need and what I believe are worlds apart
I look beyond the empty cross
forgetting what my life has cost
and wipe away the crimson stains
and dull the nails that still remain
More and more I need you now,
I owe you more each passing hour
the battle between grace and pride
I gave up not so long ago
So steal my heart and take the pain
and wash the feet and cleanse my pride
take the selfish, take the weak,
and all the things I cannot hide
take the beauty, take my tears
the sin-soaked heart and make it yours
take my world all aparttake it now, take it now
and serve the ones that I despise
speak the words I can't deny
watch the world I used to love
fall to dust and thrown away
I look beyond the empty cross
forgetting what my life has cost
so wipe away the crimson stains
and dull the nails that still remain
so steal my heart and take the pain
take the selfish, take the weak
and all the things I cannot hide
take the beauty, take my tears
take my world apart, take my world apart
I pray, I pray, I pray
take my world apart

YouTube Kick

I'm on a YouTube kick tonight.... I blame it on Janelle and her kids ;-)

So here ya go... a few I found tonight that I LOVE... and I think Janelle will like these too!

we sang this song in chorus... and then 3 of my classmates and i sang this at our bacchalaurette :)


Because I'm Oober Bored... and Yes I Did Say Oober.

Obsessively Long-Winded Survey About You!
Created by vistico and taken 2146 times on Bzoink
MY ______ :
weight:just right
body type:just right
eye color:brown
natural hair color:dark blonde
current hair color:dark blonde
hair style/length:short/angled bob
heritage:don't know
clothing style:whatever i feel like... sometimes jeans and a tee, sometimes leggings boots and a dress.... sometimes my pjs!
best physical feature:eyes
best personality trait:compassion
level of education:finishing up 1st semester in college
current job:Babysitter/Nanny/SAHW/Student
current income:none of your beeswax
desired job:Teacher
desired income:enough to get by and save a little
Sesame Street alter ego:hahah some days i'm oscar... some days i feel like snuffalufagus... and usually i'm elmo :-D
Fairytale alter ego:Hmmmmm sometimes I feel like Sleeping Beauty :-D
Mythological alter ego:i have no idea
religion/creed:I am a Jesus Freak!
sexual orientation:I am straight... I like MEN, particularly ones named Justin Alan Massey
status:Married and LOVING it!
MY FAVORITE ______ :
color:lime green
flower:calla lilies
flavor of ice-cream:graham central station (they don't make it anymore...)
kind of candy:depends on my mood... i'm usually a chocolate loving girl
non-alcoholic drink:water or coke! or coffee....
alcoholic drink:none thanks
store:old navy
kind of car:beetle!!!
time of day:mid afternoon
kind of weather:warm warm warm
holiday/festival:valentine's day
childhood toy:probably my american girl doll or the dollhouse my papaw made me
video game:rockband!!!
arcade game:mrs pacman
sport to watch:soccer
sport to play:soccer
food to eat:italian... pizza, manicotti, pasta... yum!
food to make:i love love love making manicotti. its so messy!
snack to eat:sharp cheddar cheese slices
snack to make:spinach dip
healthy food:salad with all the fixings
junk food:wavy lays and french onion dip
cereal:reeses puffs
section of the newspaper:funnies ofcourse
comic strip:i like them ALL lol
kind of music:Christian Rock
radio program:i love love love His Radio
kind of humor:sarcastic
literary genre:Christian Romance Fiction
kind of poetry:anything that has a meaning that i can UNDERSTAND
magazine to look at:cosmopolitan
magazine to read:cosmopolitan
television genre:primetime drama lol
Fruits or Vegetables:fruits
Nuts or Berries:berries
Sweet or Sour:sweet
Ketchup or Mustard:mustard
Bottled Water or Tap:filtered tap
Organic Food or the Standard Fare:organic
Coffee or Tea:coffee
Pepsi or Coca-Cola:coca cola
McDonald's or Burger King:bk
Chocolate or Vanilla:chocolate
Milk Chocolate or White Chocolate or Dark Chocolate:dark
M&Ms or Reese's Pieces or Skittles:reese's pieces
Night or Day:night
Hot or Cold:hot
Gold or Silver:silver or white gold
Town or the City:town
Park or the Beach:beach
Singles or Albums:singles
Home-cooked Meal or Restaurant Fare:home cooked
Clean the Bathroom or Clean the Kitchen:kitchen
Love or Money:love
Looks or Personality:personality
Phone or In Person:in person
Going Out or Hanging Out:hanging out
Clean-shaven or Facial Hair:a little of both
e-Mail or a Letter:email
Typewritten or Handwritten:handwritten
Dogs or Cats:dogs
Birds or Fish:birds
ASPCA or PETA:aspca
DO YOU ______ :
do drugs?:no
exercise regularly?:i should
like to dance?:yes
like to sing?:yes
shower daily?:yes
tend to overeat or undereat?:overeat
get motion sickness?:no
play the lottery?:no
wear glasses/contacts?:yes
wear any jewelry?:yes
wear makeup?:sometimes
have any piercings?:yes
have any tattoos?:no
have any scars?:yes
have any allergies?:yes
have any disabilities?:no
get angry easily?:yes
hold grudges?:no
get road rage?:no
tend to speed while driving?:no
get upset easily?:no
get embarrassed easily?:no
blush a lot?:no
get disappointed easily?:yes
get frightened easily?:no
have any (unusual) phobias?:no
have difficulty trusting people?:no
prefer to find out for yourself or accept what others tell you?:find out for myself
insist on evidence or go with your gut?:depends on the situation
fall in love easily?:yes
have a crush on anyone?:i love my hubby!
smile/laugh a lot?:yes
tend to live in the past or look forward to the future?:future
tend to make plans or go with the flow?:depends
prefer the journey or the destination?:the journey
curse often?:no
pick your nose?:who doesn't?
pick at your scabs?:yes, bad habit!
bite your nails?:no
tend to procrastinate?:yes
pee in the shower?:no
keep your room/residence clean?:usually.....
have good handwriting?:yes
write poetry/music?:yes
like to draw/paint?:no
have any unusual hobbies?:no
belong to any clubs/organizations?:no
read the newspaper?:no
read magazines?:yes
read books?:yes
watch sports?:no
watch soap operas?:no
watch talk shows?:yes
watch cartoons?:yes
watch reality shows?:yes
know anyone famous?:yes
like to keep up to date on celebrity gossip?:yes
have a celebrity crush?:no
live in the moment?:yes
adapt to new situations easily?:sometimes
think you are good-looking?:sometimes
care about what others think of your appearance?:no, my husbands opinion is the only one that matters
value your reputation?:no - i stopped caring what YOU think about me a long time ago. such a waste of time
believe horoscopes are accurate?:no
believe in fate?:no
believe that life is fair?:no
believe that good always triumphs over evil?:yes
believe in people?:yes
tend to see the good in people/things?:yes
believe in miracles?:yes
believe that people have souls?:yes
believe in life after death?:yes
believe in ghosts?:no
believe that life has meaning?:yes
believe that abortion is wrong?:yes
believe in the death penalty?:no
believe in reincarnation?:no
believe that you will live to see the end of the world?:i hope not, not that i wouldnt want to be one of those who sees Jesus and is taken to heaven.... selfishly I want to live my life here on earth, pass away in my old age and then spend the rest of eternity in Christ's arms.
believe that war is wrong?:yes
believe there is life on other planets?:no
believe in UFOs?:no
believe in aliens?:no
believe in evolution?:to an extent... obviously animals have evolved some
believe that everyone should be treated the same?:no
tend to follow the Golden Rule or the Platinum Rule?:Golden Rule
believe that respect earns respect?:yes
still live with your parents?:no
have any brothers/sisters?:yes
have a good relationship with your parents?:sort of
have a good relationship with your siblings?:no
have a good relationship with your extended family?:some
have a lot of friends?:no
have any pets?:yes
live with roommates?:no
want to get married?:i am
want to have children?:yes yes yes
believe in yourself?:yes
CAN YOU ______ :
play an instrument?:yes
drive a car/truck?:yes
change the oil in your car?:yes
sail/operate watercraft?:no
fly a plane?:no
do your own laundry/ironing?:yes
speak more than one language?:no
play any sports?:yes
defend yourself?:yes
stick to a budget?:maybe...
balance your checkbook?:yes... but i make many mistakes
program your VCR/TiVo?:yes
tie a tie?:no
HAVE YOU EVER ______ :
been drunk?:no
been high?:no
dyed your hair?:yes
been beaten up?:no
broken a bone?:yes
had surgery?:no
skipped class/school?:yes
cheated on a test?:no
been caught cheating on a test?:no
received detention?:no
been suspended/expelled from school?:no
run away from home?:no
thought of killing yourself?:no
tried to kill yourself?:no
been pulled over by the police?:yes
been arrested?:no
been in jail?:no
been robbed?:no
been fired?:no
quit your job before you could be fired?:no
laughed so hard you cried?:yes
donated to charity?:yes
gone scuba diving?:no
gone skydiving?:no
been outside of the country?:no
fired a gun?:no
been in love?:yes
had your heart broken?:yes
broken someone else's heart?:yes
been on a mercy date?:yes
dated your best friend?:yes
sent a love letter?:yes
made a mix tape/CD for anyone?:yes
lost someone close to you?:yes
seen or felt the presence of a ghost?:no
sung/performed on stage?:yes
played Truth or Dare?:yes
played Spin the Bottle?:yes
lied to get out of doing something undesirable?:yes
ditched your friends/family for a boyfriend/girlfriend?:yes
had an epiphany?:yes
ARE YOU ______ :
shy or outgoing?:depends on who i'm with
uptight or laid back?:laid back.... uptight about schoolwork
messy or organized?:messy with everything except school related things
living comfortably or just getting by?:just getting by
impulsive or deliberate?:impulsive
stubborn or know when to give in?:stubborn
patient or impatient?:a little of both
a virgin?:no
a good friend?:yes
good with children?:yes
polite in most circumstances?:yes
quick to judge people?:i try not to be
the jealous type?:no
self-conscious?:yes and yes.... you can be both confident and self-conscious
a perfectionist?:yes
in shape?:no
more of an optimist or a pessimist?:optimist!
more of a leader or a follower?:follower... but sometimes i lead
more of a Democrat or a Republican?:neither
more of a liberal or a conservative?:neither
more of a talker or a listener?:listener
more likely to get involved or mind your own business?:mind my own business
more likely to greet someone or be greeted?:greet someone
more likely to be included or excluded from group activities?:depends on who i'm with
saving for retirement?:not yet. gotta have extra money to do that!
adopt a child?:yes
lend someone money knowing that they would never pay you back?:yes and i have
do someone a favor knowing they would never do the same for you?:yes
donate your organs/body?:yes
become a vegetarian/vegan for someone?:no, i would only do that for myself
work at a fast food restaurant?:no - not that its a bad job... just no the job for me
kill yourself to save someone else?:yes and no.... it would honestly depend on who that person was
admit to a wrongdoing to protect someone else?:yes
fight in a war?:no
How long have you lived in your current location?:a few months
How many times have you moved in your life?:6 times. ugh.
How many states have you lived in?:2
How many states have you been in?:10
How many other countries have you been in?:none
Do you look more like your mother or your father?:mother
Do you act more like your mother or your father?:mother
Are you parents still together or divorced or.....?:together
Are any of your grandparents still alive?:all of my grandmothers are
Have you met any of your great-grandparents?:i knew my great grandpa steve and my "little" granny Ruth is still living
Name two people (non family) you will never forget:Papaw Steve & Papaw
Who would you most likely call if you were in trouble?:Justin, Janelle or Mom
Who would you most likely go to with a problem?:Justin, Janelle or Mom
What/Where is your favorite place to go when you're upset?:Home
Who was your first childhood friend?:Ali
---Are you still friends with this person?:no
Who is your best friend?:Hannah
---How long have you known him/her?:since primary school
Did you have a crush on anyone as a child?:sure
Who/When was your first adolescent crush?:i dont know
Who/When was your last (most recent) crush?:Justin :-D
How old were you when you went on your first date?:14
When was your last (most recent) date?:ummmm Justin's bday a few weeks ago
Who/When was your first (romantic) kiss?:sept 11, 2002 with lee
Who/When was your last (most recent) kiss?:this morning before i left for school w/justin
What kind of first impression do you make?:i dont know... you tell me
Is that the kind of impression you're trying to make?:i dont know
What is the compliment you receive most often from other people?:that im organized, psh
What criticism do you receive most often from other people?:that im stubborn
When would you say was the best time of your life (so far)?:my honeymoon
Do you think the best has yet to come or has it already passed?:the best is yet to come
How do you want to die?:peacefully
How do you think you will die anyway?:thats up to God
What is your best habit?:being early
What is your worst habit?:picking scabs? lol
What is the best feeling in the world?:love
What is the worst feeling in the world?:unworthiness
What is the thing you want most from life?:to be a mommy
What annoys you most in another person?:not striving to be all that they can be
What is your greatest ambition?:to be a mommy
What fear are you most paranoid about?:infertility
Did you get good grades in school?:yes
What kind of underwear do you wear?:bikini style or boy shorts
How do you like your eggs?:scrambled or fried... but i prefer deviled eggs! lol
Pancakes or Waffles?:waffles
What kind of milk do you drink?:skim... but i prefer soy
How often do you brush your teeth?:every morning and after dinner if ive got stuff in my teeth, lol
When is your bedtime?:when my head hits the pillow
What is the most thoughtful gift you have ever received?:the pearls my Papaw Steve gave me - they have been passed down for generations
What is the most thoughtless gift you have ever received?:no gift is thoughtless even if its miniscule
What is the strangest gift you have ever received?:no comment
If you could have any superpower, what would it be?:to fly
If you could be any one animal, what would it be?:bird
What animal is most like your personality?:Mudgett. Most definately. lol
What movie scared the crap out of you as a kid?:Neverending Story... seriously!
What was the last movie you saw that made you cry?:PS I love you
What movie still makes you laugh every time you see it?:Knocked Up
What movie do you love even though it's stupid?:Monty Python and the Holy Grail
How many CDs do you own?:a lot
How many DVDs do you own?:a lot
What are three luxuries you cannot live without?:i can live without luxuries, i would just rather not
One thing I can't resist is.....:Justin's sweet sweet smile :-D
Let's hear a philosophical statement about reality:uhhhh
What is your philosophy in life?:Be all that you can be
How do you try to live your life?:Faithfully
How would you describe your personality?:I'm just me.
What personality traits do you look for in another person?:has to be a musician... has to be patient... has to love God more than they love me!
What personality traits do you look for in the opposite sex?:same as last question
Did I miss anything?:no
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