thanksgiving…every.day.

Happy Month of Thanksgiving!
I’m thankful for so many many things…and one day just isn’t enough to give thanks..so…
During the month of November, I’ve been writing down the things I’m thankful for each day…big or small…I’ve wrote them all.  
  1. Children and all the joy that comes with them
  2. food
  3. a home to clean and take care of
  4. rainy days that allow for snuggling up with the little ones
  5. Target because my house and life would be bare without it
  6. a job that allows me to be a stay at home mom…because God knows how much I love being with them
  7. heat…I’d be an ice-cube sometimes without it
  8. growing up in a small town, where no matter how old you are or when you return, its like you never left
  9. my ironing obsessed husband…whom I’d be a wrinkled mess without
  10. breakfast morning chats with the little ones
  11. veterans who fight for our freedom
  12. education because knowledge is power
  13. my 5 senses….sight to see those I love, smell to sniff the delightfulness of the holidays, taste to sample holiday treats, hearing because I can’t get enough of holiday music, and touch so I can hug and squeeze my babies
  14. Spring weather on a Fall day
  15. growing up with a sister who is 10.5 months younger than me that I can share anything with….secrets, clothes, cars, jobs, money…God bless my parents for having us so close
  16. people that use manners, seriously polite people make the world go round
  17. rain boots, ponchos, umbrellas, and all other water protectant gear
  18. my Momma…and Daddy
  19. my little Reese who turned 6 months old on the 19th…after a year of hoping and praying for another baby, God blessed us with her
  20. non stop laughter and anyone with a sense of humor
  21. clothes and accessories because let’s face it, we couldn’t look cool without them
  22. health
  23. packing up and heading home for Thanksgiving with family to share some food, laughing, games, and memories
  24. holidays and traditions
  25. people that spread holiday cheer
  26. a camara to capture all the moments and smiles that I never want to forget
  27. friendships
  28. technology…I don’t know how to function without
  29. quiet moments with my honey after the children are sound asleep
  30. prayer time, story time and devotions with my children

It’s Ok Thursday…Thanksgiving Edition!

Its Ok Thursdays

It’s Ok to eat yourself into an oblivion on Thanksgiving.

It’s Ok to nap the day away in preparation for the BIGGEST SHOPPING BONANZA OF THE YEAR (Black Friday)!

It’s Ok to pee on yourself……from laughing and making good memories on every day of the year Thanksgiving.

It’s Ok to make a take-home plate at each house you eat at on Thanksgiving.

It’s Ok to fuel up on 4 pots of coffee in order to stay up and shop all night.

It’s Ok if you like dressing up for black friday shopping.

It’s Ok to make tons of new friends while waiting in lines tonight.

It’s Ok to wonder/not know why it’s called Black Friday….

It’s Ok to have a dessert plate as big as your meal plate. (though you’ll look pigish, it’s still Ok).

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!
I hope you can think of a million things to be thankful for!
I know I can!

craft fair…

I participated in my first. ever. craft. show.
It was oodles of fun!!
I’ve loved crafting since I was a little but being a Graduate Student put that on hold for a short while.
When I was little, I would spend hours decorating my bedroom with carefully crafted cut outs, streamers, or banners. I would make posters, cards, scrapbooks.
So now, I’m back to doing what I love. Crafting.
I was a little nervous about what to expect at my first craft show…but I set up a little booth and stocked it full of my goodies….

I sold. I met tons of sweet people. I gained some crafting friends.
One thing I found helpful was…wearing my merchandise.
Seriously, people were buying the headbands right off my head…it was awesome.
Now, onto the next adventure…

Fill in the Blank Friday…


Linking up with Lauren

1. When I was a kid I wanted to be an actress. I sang, danced, acted. I wanted so desperately to be famous. My sister and I would act out movies……..the entire movie. SO ridiculous. We would pretend we hosted a radio show having “guests” on our “show”, if you will. We would make up dances and entertain our mom with them. Now that I think of it, maybe I was forcing my sister into acting too.

2. As an adult, my dream job would be a Hollywood Wardrobe Stylist. I’d have so much fun designing and styling the rich and famous…

3. When I was younger, I wanted to be just like (don’t laugh) Mary Kate & Ashley Olsen. Bahahaha. Or “Baby” from Dirty Dancing, or “Ariel” from Footloose, or “Cher” from Clueless, or Mr. Rogers (he was just so sweet).

4. The childhood Halloween costume that I remember most was when I was a witch, and for some reason I was a witch often and my sister was a cat. Being a witch required a face fully painted green, a broom, a hat, a long black cape (that I tripped over when I walked as we trick-or-treated up town), and a big nasty wart glued on the side of my nose.

5. My favorite childhood toy was THIS GIRL (see below)!! A kid sister doll!! Seriously, she was awesome and the best gift I ever received.
6. The time I got into the biggest amount of trouble when I was a kid was when I…. well first, let me say that I’m sure it was related to my sister…beeecause when one of us got into trouble, both of us caught the wrath of….well you know where I’m going with this. If you have sibling, for some reason everything they do becomes your fault and vice versa. So, when you’re a perfect child like me ……bahaha, no, for real, then it’s hard to remember getting into mischief.
Oh and let me tell you the worst punishment EVERRRR that I, we, I would receive …… writing sentences. uggggh, it makes me cringe just thinking of it. I blame carpel tunnel on my daddy today, haha, no. But seriously, I’d rather take a beating from…a giant log burning with flames than write the 1,235,487 sentences required when I was being bad. And the worst best part, I’d begin writing sentences over something stupid between my sister and I, yet end up laughing and writing sentences with her in the end, giggling over how idiotic writing sentences was.
Most tearful part…. watching my dad shred the 8,745 sheets of paper containing those 1,798,423 sentences. I mean I guess I expected him to keep them? After all, that was a lot of hard work and writing….

7. I get daily inspiration from my sweet babies, my man, other blogs, books, shopping stores, parks…

college or no college?

 The idea for this is that you take a day this week and make a post all about you.
hmm, its difficult to write a post all about myself without including something about my little beauties.

But I thought I’d share my thoughts on going to college…

When I was in High School and thought I knew everything, I had decided I wasn’t going to college. Now, mind you, I had no reason in mind, just that, ehhh No College for me.
Now, I loved school, I was good at it, never missed a day, teacher’s pet, even like Physical Education class, the whole shebang. But, no one had ever told me about college. All I knew was that it was a bunch of paperwork to fill out and cost a pretty penny.
My senior year, others discussed their college whereabouts…applying to State (NC State), heading to the coast (ECU), or trucking it to Boone (ASU)….
For some reason, I was content with working my 3 jobs (disgusting, I know) throughout my senior year and never saw things differently…just thought..”this is the way things would be”
Until, one day….
I had an amazing Trigonometry teacher in high school, Mr. Vestal.
He was so smart.
I looked up to him.
One day in class, he asked where we (myself and classmates) were all heading off to college…
at my turn, I said “oh, no where”.
From that day forward, he talked to me everyday about the endless possibilities, dreams and choices I could have. He said “college just isn’t a choice Christi”.
We talked about college life, dorm rooms, majors, writing papers, parties, classes, professors….everything about college.
He answered my questions. He filled my mind with information.
He is my hero for this.

I visited colleges, I was convinced that I must go, otherwise I’d totally be missing out!
When I graduated high school, he gave me a compass that said “follow your dreams”. How perfect, right?

Well, I did follow my dreams.
I went to college, I was student government president, I met tons of people, I met the love of my life, I learned more information that I had ever dreamed of, I worked with professors on projects, I read book after book, I camped out in the library overnights (umm, many overnights), I crammed for exams, I studied, I worked in groups, I walked to class, I skipped class….I. Went. To. College!
First I graduated with an Associates Degree, then went on for more.
Then I graduated with a Bachelors Degree, then went on for more.
And now, I’ve got a Masters Degree in Counseling.

I couldn’t imagine where or what I’d be doing now without going to college….



101 in 1001 & 100 Words in Photos

I added 2 new pages to my blog….

1. 101 in 1001 (check out day zero to learn more)

About The Project
Welcome to Day Zero, the home of the 1001 Day Project. A unique challenge that inspires you to set and achieve your personal goals in life.

The Challenge:
Complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1001 days.

The Criteria:
Tasks must be specific (ie. no ambiguity in the wording) with a result that is either measurable or clearly defined. Tasks must also be realistic and stretching (ie. represent some amount of work on your part).

Why 1001 Days?
Many people have created lists in the past – frequently simple challenges such as New Year’s resolutions or a ‘Bucket List’. The key to beating procrastination is to set a deadline that is realistic. 1001 Days (about 2.75 years) is a better period of time than a year, because it allows you several seasons to complete the tasks, which is better for organising and timing some tasks such as overseas trips, study semesters, or outdoor activities.

2. 100 words in Photos
I was inspired by Holly at Perfectly Imperfect to make a list of words and capture a picture to go with each word. When I take a picture, I’ll post them on my blog and update this list as I go.