Get in the spirit...


1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? Wrapping paper. For every other gift giving occasion, I'm all about the bag...but there is just something about wrapping Christmas presents.

2. Real tree or Artificial? Artificial, we got a new pre-lit one after Christmas last year! I do miss having a real tree though.

3. When do you put up the tree? Thanksgiving weekend.

4. When do you take the tree down? Mid January. I love having it up...I hate to take it down

5. Do you like eggnog? Not a huge husband LOVES it. We start buying it early November.

6. Favorite gift received as a child? I can't remember Santa was always so generous.

7. Hardest person to buy for? My Grandpa, the man buys everything he wants when he wants it.

8. Easiest person to buy for? My sister...I guess because I know if I love it, she will.

9. Do you have a nativity scene? No, I need one.

10. Mail or email Christmas cards? Neither...I always have good intentions...but I'm not good at getting them all

11.Worst Christmas gift you ever received? Oh I don't know...ok...I'm not gonna say...I'm not here to hurt feelings. :)

12. Favorite Christmas Movie? White Christmas

13. When do you start shopping for
Christmas? I try to start early fall.

14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? Do White Elephant gifts count?

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Fudge

16. Lights on the tree? Yes - lots.

17. Favorite Christmas song? I have to pick just one?? Probably Little Drummer Boy

18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? Stay home.

19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer's? not a chance.

20. Angel on the tree top or a star? A Dalmation Dog Angel

21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning.
Both, we open one on Christmas Eve.

22. Most annoying thing about this time of the
year? All the commercialism

23. Favorite ornament theme or color? I have ornaments from when I was a kid and they are treasured keepsakes.

Favorite for Christmas dinner? Turkey, Sweet Potatoes and Green Bean casserole...yeah baby

25. What do you want for Christmas this
year? I really want an Amazon Kindle..but since that is not going to happpen...I don't know...I have enough stuff. My twin brother and his family, who I haven't seen in like 5 years, are going to be here...that is a present enough for me.

Tag you are it now, go ahead and grab it and answer the questions at your blog.


Friend Test

Hey, I got this today from Brenda.

The instructions read:
Place an X by all the things you've done and remove the X
from the ones you have not. Answer the 30 questions at the end and send it to
your friends (including me).

Well, I don't follow instructions well. ha ha Instead of sending it to my friends, I figured I'd just post it on my blog. Here you go. Happy reading!

This is for your entire life!

(x) Gone on a blind date
(x) Skipped school
(x) Watched someone die
(x) Been to Canada
() Been scared in a third world country
(x) Been to Mexico
(x) Been to Florida
(x) Been on a plane
(x) Been lost
(x) Been on the opposite side of the country
(x) Own a passport
() Been to Washington , DC
(x) Swam in the ocean
(x) Cried yourself to sleep
(x) Played cops and robbers
(x) recently colored with crayons
(x) Sang Karaoke
(x) Paid for a meal with coins only?
(x) Done something you told yourself you wouldn't?
(x) Made prank phone calls
(x) Laughed until some kind of beverage came out of your nose
(x) Caught a snowflake on your tongue
(x) Danced in the rain
(x) Written a letter to Santa Claus
(x) Been kissed under the mistletoe
(x) Watched the sunrise with someone you cared about
(x) Blown bubbles
(x) gone ice-skating
(x) Been skinny dipping outdoors
(x) Gone to the movies
(x) Got a speeding ticket

1. Any nickname? A-Lo, Blondie, Apie

2. Favorite drink? coffee

3. Mother's name? Pauletta

4. Tattoo? no

5. Body Piercing? no

6. How much do you love your job? Depends on the day, LOL. I like my job, always something different

7. Birthplace? Albion, NE

8. Favorite vacation spot? Hawaii

9. Ever been to Africa ? no

10. Ever eaten cookies for dinner? no..I have eaten popcorn for dinner

11. Ever been on TV? Do parades count? Oh, I had a news interview once.

12. Ever stolen any traffic sign? no

13. Ever been in a car accident? yes

14. Drive a 2 door or 4 door car? 4 door car

15. Favorite salad dressing? Ranch

16. Favorite pie? pecan

17. Favorite number? 8

18. Favorite movie? How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

19. Favorite holiday? Christmas - not the commercialized part

20. Favorite dessert? pie

21. Favorite food? Chicken

22. Favorite day of the week? Sunday

23. Favorite body wash? Whatever is on sale

24. Favorite toothpaste? whatever is on sale!

25. Favorite smell? oh, toss up between rain and fresh cut grass

26. What do you do to relax? crochet, make jewelry, blog, watch a movie, read

27. How do you see yourself in 10 years? slimmer and more fit , hopefully a mommy

28. Furthest place you will send this message? Sending to bloggie land, so anywhere is possible

29. Who will respond to this the fastest? ??

30. Who won't bother to respond? ??

OK If you read this, you've been tagged. Fess up and play along. :) Let me know if you add to your blog.

Manic Monday

Do you ever talk to yourself out loud? What do you talk about? Not really, only when I'm really annoyed myself. Ha ha...usually when I do something stupid and I'm scolding myself.

What stresses you out?
Hmmmm....Everything and nothing. Explain that! It totally depends on the day. Something that would roll off my shoulders one day has the complete potential to completely stress me out the next day. Usually depends on how much sleep I've had and how much overtime I am working.

What are your secret talents? Well if I tell you, they wouldn't be very secret now would they? ha ha....I really don't know. Many people don't know I can play the bagpipes or that I am a really good cook. I like to think I can sing...other people probably don't agree. ha ha

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Then Sings My Soul Saturday - Amy Grant

I believe there is something really powerful about praying the different name of God. Because of that this song has always touched me, and will continue to be a favorite for a long time. I hope it blesses you as much as it has blessed me.

Want to see more? Visit Amy over at Signs, Miracles, and Wonders.


Friday Fragments

Friday Fragments?

I am so excited to go see Twilight tonight!!! I cannot wait to see it, and I'm incredibly happy that hubby as graciously agreed to take me. Has anyone else seen it?

I was online super late last night looking for ideas for my blog. I really want to start blogging more regularly again. If you have ideas I can let me know!!


We just hired an amazing new house cleaner. I'm in heaven!!! She not only cleans, she organizes. Oh do I need her to do that. I feel like I walked into a strangers house, it looks so good and so different. If you know you live near me...let me know, and I'll hook you up. I would show you before and after pictures...but I'm WAY to embarrassed to do that. ha ha


Who has their Christmas decorations up?? I have really wanted to get my decorations up, but I've been restraining myself to wait until after Thanksgiving. Speaking of...once upon a time, I used to have my Christmas shopping DONE before Thanksgiving. What happened to me? How has Christmas snuck up so fast the past couple years, and WHY does no one warn me that it is coming??? LOL


Need Christmas ideas? I am starting to sell Body Shop at Home. Once I get a website up I'll link to it here. Talk to me if you want to host a party!!


Want more Friday Fragments or want to play along? Go visit Mrs444 at Half-Past Kissin' Time.


A Thousand Words Thursday

Me and my beautiful friend BW. I count my blessings when I think of you. I am so greatful you are a part of my life, and I love you SOOOOOO much!!

Now I just need a picture of me and my Brenda...hmmm... ROAD TRIP!!

I'm blessed with great friends!

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