First, a little rambling...
- Oops' funeral was short and sweet because it was about seven degrees outside. Quayd helped dig his grave and at the end, everyone threw a handful of dirt over his box before Quayd helped cover it again.
The kids cried, we each shared one memory of Oops. Everyone remembered him singing. Quayd recalled how he achieved "rock star status" when Liza brought Oops to his third grade class and played the piano so that Oops could sing. Liza and Buddy were on Skype for the "service". Doug said a prayer at the end and thanked Heavenly Father for the joy that Oopster the Poopster Corbridge Allen had brought into our families over the years. I took a few photos. Quayd asked, when I pulled out the camera, like seriously?? "Are we supposed to smile for these pictures?" because they were in tears at the moment. That question brought a laugh to everyone. Certainly, no smiles were expected, but leave it to Quayd to bring us some humor. Thankfully, he's very much like Doug that way! Oops was a good dog and will be missed.
- I have to vent here. I can do it in two words. Honest. This vent brought to you by the fifty-something looking man who stood over the buffet at Golden Corral hacking and coughing the entire time he was dishing up his chicken, without covering his mouth yesterday! Denise and I had gone with her daughter, Ashlee and kids for lunch. (I like GC about as much as I do Walmart!) Vent coming: "REALLY MISTER?!!?!" I reminded myself of my own challenge from day before yesterday to be patient and not judge. Then I thought to myself, "That was yesterday's challenge! REALLY MISTER?!!?!?" (Okay, maybe not two words, but close!) Yesterday's challenge was to go the extra mile. I think I did that when I didn't way a word! No. I didn't say a word to him, although the Ruby in me was dying to come out! (And NO! I didn't have any chicken!) Vent over.
- Doug has been informed that he will be working mandatory minimum twelve hour days from now until the Christmas break when they get two weeks off without pay. Good news...The extra income will be great. Bad news... He'll need the first week of the two weeks off to recover!
- FIRST in my life... I bought a hat. A cute little knit hat that looks like a welding hat or an engineer's hat. I know I'm 55, but it's cute and I can pop it on to take Zaylee to school in the mornings. And Doug and Liza like it. That's all that matters to me. I'll take a picture soon of me in it! ;)
- Last, but not least, I was moved to tears yesterday as I was skyping with Liza and Aylabelle. A comment on the blog popped up and it touched my heart deeply. Thank you, Nancy, for your kind words and thank you even more for today's wonderful quote! Especially when you think of the season that this is... the greatest miracle of all is our Savior! Think of Him as you read this quote! LOVE IT!
And now, on to Christmas!
Deck the Halls
This corner cabinet, next to my tablescape table is my favorite thing in the house to decorate year round. Liza bought me these dishes a few years ago and the cabinet has been red and white throughout December and January since. I love it! A holiday tip... Gather Red and White "what-nots" from all corners of your home into one spot! The season's cheeriest colors and a touch of winter, with the snow (Epson Salts) and a few snowflakes makes this one of the happiest spots in my home!
Mr. Jingles attempted to learn to knit last night!
Eat Drink and Be Merry
From the Cupcakediariesblog... Oh, my!
Wrap it Up!
Every year, I try something new for wrapping the gifts. For years, I just numbered them and used no name tags. Everyone was clueless until Christmas morning. Over the past few years, I've tried different gift wrap for each person, different ribbon for each person, making a nametag with a silly name for each person. This year, I'm going to Staples and buying some small white tags. They are pretty inexpensive. I'll then stamp a letter on each gift tag. Each person will have a letter that stands for a word to describe that person. Ex: Doug would be "H" for honest or happy! No one will know which letter they are until Christmas Eve when we open jammies! I love this idea!
Making Spirits Bright!
Just for today, make a phone call. Let someone know that you care about them or that they are appreciated. A few weeks ago, the girls and Quayd were talking about “Miss Patty”, their most favorite teacher in the whole world. She retired last year…albeit she was/is far too young to retire and it was a huge loss to any student who would have benefited from her awesome teacherfulness! (A Gracism!) They were telling stories and laughing as we prepared dinner.
I decided, while "in the moment", to give Patty a call. I said, “Patty, I just wanted to let you know that the kids are here retelling all sorts of “Miss Patty” stories for the past half hour. You will FOREVER be, for all three of them, the best teacher ever." We visited for five or ten minutes and then she asked to speak with each of the kids. They were beaming! Two days later, I received the most thoughtful thank you card for “making her day”. She said that her goal in life was to affect “just one child” and she knew, after our call, that she had indeed, reached that goal. It was a simple call, but, according to her, it made her day, her month, her year. Just for today, make a call.
Life is good!
Don't believe in miracles - depend on them.