Monday, December 31, 2007

I Am, Of Course, Resolute.

I am sure none of you expected anything less than a post of resolutions today. After all, I am The Queen of Resolutions. I resolve to do a giant amount of things all throughout the year, so why would I stop now? There is, I will admit, a small difference this year. I am finally, finally, able to say that I completed a good many of last years resolutions. Upwards of 40% and that's pretty awesome considering I usually complete about 0%. And resolutions are more what you'd call "guidelines" than actual rules.

This year my resolutions are as follows:

1. Lose the last bit of my married weight. I have about 10 pounds that are rather stubborn (meaning that they won't come off without exercise and I haven't been inclined to persuade them in that manner) and I'm ready for them to be gone. With the last ten pounds gone, my total weight loss will be almost fifty pounds. That's rock star awesome.

2. Keep up the daily devotional the kids and I have been doing.

3. Start (and finish) all of the bible studies our women's group at church has.

4. Find a peaceful rhythm and balance at home. Basically, try not to be so dang anxious all the time.

5. Run an entire 5 k (slated for completion on April 28 - more info to follow) without walking.

6. Again, stop biting my nails. To be fair, I spent more time this year with non bitten nails than with bitten nails, but I'm going for gold in 2008.

7. Potty train the Tot. Sigh. I never thought it would take this long, but then again, I never imagined I would have a kid who completely didn't care if she was dirty and would outright lie if she thought she had a wet pull up. I also never imagined a child who was so prone to...loose stools...so just sticking her in a diaper and dealing with the messes becomes a much larger problem. But anyways, enough with the "why nots", this year she will be using that potty more than the three times a day she does now. And she will be in big girl panties regularly. This is my solemn vow.

8. Potty train Little David. Might as well get a jump start on it, you know?

9. Have another baby. Hahahaha. Just thought I'd freak out Dave when he read this. No, no babies here anytime soon.

10. Enjoy my days. I would like to make more of a point to do enjoyable things each day and not get bogged down in the things I have to do. I'd like to go to the park more, go to the library more, have more picnics, go to the zoo more, go to the botanical gardens more, take daily walks, color more pictures, paint more, draw more chalk pictures, go to more story times, play outside a few times every day, read more stories, bake more cookies, do more crafts, play more games, and of course, get a few more hugs and kisses. I'm not quite full up yet.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Thankful Thursday

No preface today, just some good straight forward Thankfulness.

Here you go:

1. I'm thankful that Dave got his iTouch for Christmas thanks to the collective generosity of our families. It's the only thing I can remember him wanting so badly for the past few years. You should have seen his face last night when he went and bought it with his Christmas money. Adorable.

2. I'm thankful that Tot really understood Christmas this year, and even went to far as to ask me if we could give some of her books to the "little girls that don't have any". Then she really got in the spirit, and we ended up with five boxes of toys, clothes, stuffed animals and books to give to the Little Girls.

3. I'm thankful that I had a wonderful time with Dave's family and that it felt like home. It's always sad to not spend Christmas with your own family, but it's pretty awesome to feel like you're home anyways.

4. I'm thankful that I got an adorably fuzzy and cute sweater purse on sale for under $10. It makes me feel snuggly and like I'm in Aspen even though it'll be 65 degrees this week in Texas.

5. I'm thankful that the kids have actually been sitting still for the daily devotions we've been doing and that Tot is starting to learn some new songs and to pray on her own (see previous posts for said hilarity).

6. I'm thankful that I got my No Complaint bracelet in the mail and that I'm working pretty hard on it and doing good so far (well, as of 10am this morning when it got here).

7. I'm thankful for the delicious goodness of Chick-Fil-A.

8. I'm thankful for our new puppy, Foxy, who has had only a few accidents on the carpet and who gets along and plays with our 150 lb. Anatolian Shepherd, Bear, despite her only weighing 10 lbs.

9. I'm thankful that the holiday season is almost over, because while I love all the fun and excitement, I'm definitely ready to get into my regular routine.

10. And for the big one, I'm thankful that as of11:00 am today, we paid off one of our two credit cards and that as of today we have paid off over $10,000 in debt since we started Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University. I can not express how grateful I am that God put that class in our lives. It's totally changed how we view money and made Dave and I completely agree (for the first time) exactly how we were going to use our money. We are well on our way to be completely debt free!

What are you thankful for today?

A Chapman Family Christmas

All of stockings hung neatly with care (and homemade by Dave's mom!!)


Tot opening her first Barbie, given by her Pappaw.


Tot and Little David sans pants, I'm not really sure why.
I think they wanted to put on their new jammies and then just got distracted.


Tot and Little David in their present from Santa:
A new wagon that Mommy can take them to the park in because they are getting WAY to heavy for the double stroller and Mommy almost pulled a muscle going uphill the other day.


Little David with his stocking stuffers. Funny enough, he didn't take that handkerchief off all day. Seriously cute stuff.


Tot and Little David snuggling in the wagon, exhausted from Christmas fun.


Tot saying "Thanks" for her jammies.



I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Tot Speak

Preface:

Each night before bed, we have prayer time with Tot. We say the same prayer each night and it goes like this:

Dear God, Thank You for this day.
Thank You for my friends,
Thank You for my family,
I love You,
In Jesus name, Amen.

Usually it goes pretty tame, and almost every night she refuses to pray and makes us do it. However, the past day or two she's gotten in the swing of things.

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(Christmas Eve lunch at prayer time, Tot is running around with the butter she was supposed to put on the table )

UK: Tot! Put the butter down and hold my hand it's time to pray.
UK: Tot! Seriously, Put The Butter Down NOW and get over here.
Tot (running into the circle to hold hands): Dear God, Thank you for this day, Thank You for the butter, Thank you for my family, Amen.

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(Christmas Eve, prayer time before bed with Dave, Myself, Tot, Dave's parents and sister)

Dave: Okay Tot, are you ready to pray?
UK: Tot, quit picking your nose.
Dave: Okay, Tot, start praying.
Tot: Dear God, Thank you for this day, Thank you for my boogers, Thank you for my boogers...
Dave (leading her towards another topic): Thank you for my...
Tot: Thank you for my nose that holds my boogers...
Dave: Thank you for my...friends...
Tot: Thank you for my friends, Thank you for my boogers...
Dave: In Jesus Name...
Tot: Thank you for my boogers, Amen.

By then end, Dave and his sister were the only ones left in the room we were all laughing so hard.

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(Last night, prayer time)

UK: Okay, Tot, are you ready to say the prayer?
Tot: Dear God, Thank You for this day, Thank You for my Elmo flashlight, Thank You for my milk, Amen.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

To You And Yours

Merry Christmas!!

From All Of Us Here At
The Unsinkable's


(The Christmas Card shot. 3/4 ain't bad.)



(The one I wanted to use, but when you enlarge and look at Tot, you'll see why I didn't.)

Saturday, December 22, 2007

13 - 2

And we're back in the game!

And if Jessica Simpson shows up at any more games I'll die. I don't care if we've won with her around before, she's jinxed now.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

This Is SO My House

Click on strip to enlarge and laugh.


Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Tuesday Favorites: Fantasy Christmas Wish List

In honor of the upcoming holiday, for Tuesday Favorites this week I'll be listing my Fantasty Christmas Wish List. These are favorite things that you would never buy yourself because, well, they are just ridiculously expensive. You'd never ask for them,either, because, well, they are just ridiculously expensive. However, they are still so completely awesome that you have to keep looking at them and drooling and dreaming. Also, since they are so extravagant, I will only list five. There needs to be some sanity, after all.


Here are my beauties:

5. Ugg Boots - I know, we've gone over this. But I still want to find a pair that A) fit my giant tree trunk calves and B) cost about $100 less. Good luck on that, UK.



4. The Republic of Tea: Tea of the Month Club - Once a month, you get a new, full leaf tea delivered right to your door. The first month you even get a full tea set and serving tray! Now seriously, how awesome would it be to know that each month you could expect a new and different present meant only for you and your total relaxation and enjoyment? Yeah, I could get behind that.



3. Juicy Couture Velour Tracksuit - Kill me now. Yes, I know exactly how ridiculous it is to spend $150 on something that you are planning to veg out in, and I know how tacky words on your butt are, and I know the stigma attached to these particular clothes, but they are so soft. I swear I would only wear it inside where no one could see....mostly.

And it comes in a gift box! I love gift boxes!!


2. Coach Pebbled Leather Shoulder Tot in Mahogany - Despite the fact that this thing of beauty has been discontinued, and that I couldn't even find a picture in the color I wanted, I still have the major hots for it. It's delicious buttery leather unmarred by branding or metal accessories, the perfection of it's size, the deep reddish brown color, and the strap that hangs at just the right height...sigh. One day, my precious, one day.


1. Bvlgari Rose Essentielle Eau de Parfum Spray - Sigh. As I'm sure you gathered from the title, this is no Perfumania perfume you would find in an outlet mall. This is designer stuff, and while it is the best smell I've ever smelled and I would love to take a giant scented bath in it, at $90 per 1.7 oz., that would be a little excessive.

But oh, how awesome I would smell.


So, what is on your Fantasy Christmas List?

Sunday, December 16, 2007

12 - 2

*sigh*

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Thankful Thursday

Once again, the curse of the Thankful Thursday has struck. God really seems to know when I'm planning on being thankful so he pushes me to really mean it :). Tot has been having horrible sleep issues. I'm talking night terrors that last up to two hours, waking up at all hours of the night, being scared of her room, etc. Needless to say, it's thrown off our schedule considerably and none of us are dressed yet today, or have done any housework or are wearing pants working at top speed.

So, here are the things I'm thankful for today:

10. I'm thankful that when Tot woke up two days ago at 12:30am and started to eat the gingerbread men ornaments that I had made and painted that day, that she only nibbled on their heads and I can still give them to people.

9. I am thankful that the kids slept in this morning, enabling me to get a nice round 6 hours of sleep.

8. I'm thankful that even though Tot decided that she didn't want to eat any of the breakfast of pancakes, eggs, toast and banana that I made her this morning when she asked for it, that at least she told me so politely "Mommy, I no want to eat this please". Sigh.

7. I am thankful that my dog has been content to stay outside in the 35 degree weather after I let him out and not bark so much that I have to go outside and get him, thus freezing my personal parts off.

6. I am thankful that I'm going to a friend's house tomorrow for a great Girls Gotta Eat lunch with friends. Fast Food? Check. Kids for my kids to play with? Check. Lots of friends for me to play with? Check.

5. I am thankful that I have some awesome tentative New Years plans consisting of a board game marathon, Friends DVD's and margaritas with the McFaddins.

4. I am very, very thankful that I have no obligations today other than doing a load of dishes, a load of laundry and finding a way to get my kids to run some energy off.

3. I am thankful that I woke up at 4 am this morning to Tot sitting right beside me saying "Hi Mommy! I'm eating a cookie!" and not "Mommy! I threw up!".

2. I am thankful that Little David is the worlds most awesome cuddler and that he is content to sit and wiggle in my lap while I type.

1. I am thankful that Dave and I have babysitting on Saturday night to go to a grownups only Christmas Party :).

Thank you, Lord for large mercies.

Today's Thankful Thursday is brought to you by the Starbuck's Mint Mocha Frappachino that I found in my fridge this morning. Without it, I wouldn't be awake enough to type my name.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

For A Great Laugh...

Please visit my friend Robin's blog. She has the most adorable video of her son trying not to fall asleep at the table. Just greatness.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Tuesday Favorites: Make Up Edition

Well friends, I'm thinking of starting a new weekly feature - Tuesday Favorites.

Each Tuesday I'll give you five things that are my favorites in what ever category I choose. This whole thing came to me this morning as I was putting on my mascara and thought "Self, this is some rock star awesome mascara. Everyone should know about this mascara. I need to blog about this mascara. But an entire post about mascara is a little excessive. But an entire post about all my make up is definitely not!!". And so the idea progressed from there.

Without further ado, I give you the inaugural edition of Tuesday Favorites.

5. e.l.f. All Over Color Stick ($1 online and in limited stores) - This creamy color stick works triple time as a blush, eyeshadow and lipstick. It's perfect for the makeup bag you keep in your car or purse for touch ups or for when you are halfway to church and realize you got the kids dressed and ready but neglected your own face. You probably wouldn't want to use this as an every day thing, but like I said, it's great for on the go.

4. Ulta Super Shiny Lipgloss ($8 online and in stores) - This is quite possible the best lip gloss I've ever used. It stays on forever and looks shiny without looking wet and sticky. I prefer the color "princess" because the title combined with the glossyness makes me feel supafly.

3. Natural Ice Chapstick in Cherry ($1.49 in stores) - Dave and I literally fight over this chapstick. We can never find it, so when we do we buy, like, five tubes at a time. Unfortunately, I go through chapstick pretty fast and according to Dave I "use it wrong". This means that I don't apply it to my lips in a manner designed to keep the top of the chapstick perfectly flat at all cost and so he won't share. Whatever. Regardless, buy the stuff. You'll thank me later when you're lips are all tingly and moist with the chapsticky goodness.

2. L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream ($25 in stores) - Okay, I know this isn't make up but deal with it. This is by far the best hand cream in the whole universe and it's totally worth the money. It leaves your hands feeling great, not greasy, and works wonders on cuticles. And on the plus side, if you are good with it, the tube can last you almost an entire year.

1. Maybelline Define A Lash Mascara ($8 at stores) - Finally, the product that started it all. You know how everyone has that one make up product that they just can't leave the house without? Mine is mascara. Well, that and chapstick. But anyways, the big one is mascara and as a girl who follows the "throw your eye make up out every six months" rule, I've tried quite a few mascaras. This one is awesome because not only does the bright green tube look super fancy, and the newly redesigned wand wiggle around with rubber bristles instead of featheredy things like most wands have, the actual mascara doesn't clump. You guys, I swear on Buddy Rich's grave that this stuff is awesome. I have yet to have to use an old toothbrush an eyelash brush to get the extra yuck off and to get my woefully short lashes to be individuals and not a close knit group, and that is saying something. The only downside is that if you rub your eyes too much, it does flake, but then again, that just means that it's also easy to wash off.


So there you go, the very first Tuesday Favorites. Do let the management know what your favorite make up stuff is!


Oh, and I'm looking for a great eyeliner, any tips?

Sunday, December 09, 2007

12 - 1

Have I mentioned that I heart the Cowboys?? Jason Witten isn't my favorite player (that honor goes to Flozell the Hotel), but boy did a crazy awesome job this game and caught the game winning touchdown, making us 12 - 1 for the first time in forever. It was a dirty, ugly win, but I'll take it :).

Woo Ha for the NFC East Champs!!!

Friday, December 07, 2007

What I'm Dancing To:

I like to shake it. I mean, really shake it. Unfortunately, I look exceptionally ridiculous while doing so, therefore, I am confined to my own home while doing said shaking. Today I was grooving along while making breakfast and thought that we should all share the songs that make us dance, because I'm in great need of expanding my repertoire. And before we begin, I chose these songs for the beat and not the moral content, as you can plainly see. And here we go:

1. Stronger - Kanye West (clean version)

2. Gold Digger - Kanye West & Jamie Foxx (clean version)

3. Cecelia - Simon & Garfunkle

4. Hips Don't Lie - Shakira & Wyclef Jean

5. Work That - Mary J. Blige

6. SOS - Rihanna

7. Switch - Will Smith

8. White & Nerdy - Weird Al (shut up, it's awesome)

9. Get Busy - Sean Paul

10. Hava Nagila (again, shut up, I love it)


Tell me what you shake it to!

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Slacking.

I've been slacking on my homemaking skills here lately, pretty much since we got back from our Thanksgiving trip. I haven't followed any particular plan or pattern, I haven't made any to do lists, and I don't care. You know, sometimes a gal needs a break. And this gal is taking one.

(Continue reading at An American Front Porch)

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

I Swear...

she sleeps in her own bed sometimes...just not often.




Monday, December 03, 2007

It's Survey Time!!

It's been awhile since I've done a survey on here, mostly because I figure you all know most everything about me anyways. However, since this one is about Christmas, and I'm feeling rather Christmas-y, I relented.


1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? If I have the time, always wrapping paper. That winds up meaning that for birthdays I always do gift bags and for Christmas I do wrapping paper.

2. Real tree or artificial? I would LOVE to have a real tree and, hopefully, when the kids are a little older and less prone to eating any vegetation in the house, we'll have one. Until then, we have a nice fake one that Dave's parents are letting us use since ours bit the dust two years ago.

3. When do you put up the tree? I try to get it up the week after Thanksgiving, but this year I took a break and will get it up later.

4. When do you take the tree down? The week after Christmas. By that time I'm so ready to have a less full house and I love seeing how clean the place looks without so much stuff!

5. Do you like eggnog? Yes!

6. What about Fruitcake? Depends on the cake. And the fruit.

7. Favorite gift received as a child? Totally can't think of anything specific that I loved more than any other gift. I got Cricket the doll one year and loved that, and I got a HUGE Raggedy Ann one year that I still have and let Tot play with but I really did love all the toys. I don't discriminate on presents.

8. Do you have a nativity scene? No, but I am coveting the one from Willow Tree. And yes, I know how horrible it is to covet a nativity scene.

9. Hardest person to buy for? My brother's family.

10. Easiest person to buy for? The kids and myself :)

11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? Since my family reads this, I won't answer :)

12. Mail or email Christmas cards? Mail, which reminds me I need to get our picture taken!

13. Favorite Christmas Movie? Holiday Inn with Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire, and Emmitt Otter's Jug Band Christmas.

14. When do you start shopping for Christmas? Usually around October

15. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? Again, family reads this.

16. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Fudge, Christmas ham, Holiday Cookies (a great recipe from my Mammaw), decorated sugar cookies, green bean casserole, Neina's sweet potato casserole stuffed oranges, white fudge covered oreos, cordial cherries, puppy chow, peppermint hot chocolate with sprinkles from Starbucks, those plain vanilla cookies you buy at the grocery store that are decorated for every holiday with sprinkles - the kind people take to school - I LOVE those, and egg nog.

Hmmm...may have gone a little overboard there.

17. Clear lights or colored on the tree? Both. Last year we had colored lights on the tree and white lights on the outside. And this year I think I'll do white lights on the tree and those huge colored bulbs on the outside.

18. Favorite Christmas song? The Christmas Song - Nat King Cole. And anything by the Chipmunks.

19. Travel for Christmas or stay at home? The first few years we traveled, and the past few years we've stayed at home. This year we'll do Christmas at Dave's parents, so we'll travel but only 30 minutes :)

20. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer? Um, of course.

21. Angel on the tree top or a star? Star

22. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? Family on Christmas Eve, Santa in the morning.

23. What is the one present you want most this year? Any season of The Office on DVD or gift cards to go shopping at Old Navy :)

24. Most annoying thing about this time of year? Not a thing, I LOVE Christmas

25. What I love most about Christmas? Everything! I love spending time with my family, I love decorating, I love eating, I love getting to teach my kids the Christmas Story, I love watching them pick out gifts and I love how happy and cheerful people are. And I love presents.