Saturday, December 31, 2011

My Christmas Present from Christy.:)

I saw this Tim Holtz case in a magazine sometime before Christmas and told Christy.."You can make this one for me." :) At the time..I was kinda like..that is a hard one for her to do. NOT!!
Look what she made me for CHRISTmas!!:) She even put several cuddlebug embossing folders in it for me.The unopened ones are the new ones she had in this box for me.I LOVE IT!!!:)
It is just the right size to hold the embossing folders AND the plates.:) My GIRL...talkin bout My GIRL!!!!:)

I had a WONDERFUL CHRISTmas!! Not just because of the gifts ...but the LOVE of my family helping me during the time of my "aching" back.!! :) They are soo SWEET!!

Tomorrow ..if I remember ..I will show you what Christy made Jim for CHRISTmas.:) You have GOT to see this too.:)

Happy New Year!!!!

Hugs,
Valinda

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Christy's first Turkey Dinner...YUMMY!! :)


For the last couple or three years I have been unable to cook our CHRISTmas dinner because of my ankle and back...so my DIL ..Liz has taken over for us. She is a very good cook and I am happy to have handed that chore over to her.:) Problem is....for years and years I was the one who made our CHRISTmas dinners and we would have several days worth of leftovers for our family to share.Christy misses that...so she decided this year..to try her hand at making all the favorites herself. I supervised and told her how I did it and she followed my instructions and recipes etc. Turkey,dressing,green bean casserole,Mac and cheese,sweet potato soufle',pistachio whip and frozen fruit cake salad,celery and carrots with ranch dressing ,cranberry sauce,dinner rolls and then a chocolate pie for dessert. She tried her own hand and a recipe she found online for the turkey this year.MMMM it was soo moist and flavorful!!! We all raved over how moist and delicious it was.:) Christy made this for us ( Mom was there too) on CHRISTmas eve and then we gathered at Liz and Robby's for CHRISTmas dinner. Liz,Carrie and Melisa all cooked for our meal.I took a Waldorf salad I had made and some dinner rolls for our addition to the meal. Needless to say..we have had leftovers!!!LOL

My back is gradually getting better.Thank you Lord!!! :) Thank you all for your well wishes and prayers too!!I still have to be careful how I turn and bend to pick something up..but it sure feels good to be able to walk again standing up instead of bent over and cringing in pain.:) I was able to go to Shogun's Japanese restaurant Tuesday for Liz's Birthday celebration. Robby,Liz and their whole family ..then Jimmy and I gathered there for lunch. The whole meal including the drinks and entertainment(watching them cook in front of us and show us their talent juggling eggs and spatulas etc) was about ten dollars a piece including the tip.:) It was sooo yummy too!! ( still had leftovers in the fridge at this point) LOL

Yesterday Jim and I had to get another Microwave cause the one we had gotten a little over a week before stopped heating.It would run..but not heat anything up.:( So..took it back and got our money back and then we were in the market for another one and were trying to find somewhere to go to get one.We looked at several online ads and places in the area and Jim looked at a couple of stores when he was out shopping while I rested my back at home. We got ready to go shop again for one yesterday and in the middle of trying to decide where to go..I remembered to consult the Lord. :) I asked him to please lead us to the right place to get one like we wanted and IMMEDIATELY..the word Kenmore came to my mind. Well..the first place we went was to Sears ..cause Kenmore is their product. Jim dropped me off at the door so he could go park and I wouldn't have far to walk. I waited for him and while waiting..walked down the main aisle and saw microwaves at the next turn.:) Jim met me and we walked to where they were and immediately the sales man came to us and we told him what we were looking for.We had measurements of the size we wanted and he led us to a KENMORE that is exactly what we wanted AND the price we wanted!! Thank you LORD!!! :) It is soo much easier when we remember to consult the Lord about things.He's always ready and available.:)


Hope you had a WONDERFUL CHRISTmas and will have a FANTASTIC New Year!!

Hugs,
Valinda

Friday, December 23, 2011

Update !

Merry CHRISTmas everyone!! :)

Just thought I would pop in to wish you a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!! :)

I am finally able to get around again..howbeit ...a little slower than usual...but it sure feels good to be able to get out of that bed and stand and sit for a while. Praise the Lord!! :)
I have had to have the kids and Jim help with getting presents for family and friends.It's been interesting to say the least.:) I have a couple of presents to wrap and Jim and I are planning on going to supper tonight and pick up his present from me. ( I wasn't able to shop for him).
Christy is making Christmas Eve dinner here tomorrow evening.Her very first turkey!! I am really looking forward to it.She has planned on making all the things she loves about the Christmas dinners I use to make before my back kept me from it. I can't wait!! :)
I sure hope you understand that this year I am not able to get cards etc to those of you who got them from me last year. I just wasn't able to catch up in time.:(
Well..Jim has breakfast ready for me..so I guess that's my cue to go.LOL

Merry CHRISTmas!!

Hugs,
Valinda

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Becky Kelley - Where's the Line to See Jesus - OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO

A Funeral and a Birthday party -the same day.

And I won't be able to go to either...cause my back is still recovering..

There was a sudden death in our extended family just a couple of days ago.The memorial is today..although the body is being autopsied to determine what actually was the cause of death. The man is my Niece's Father in law. He was away on a business trip when he called home from a hotel to let his family know..he thought he had food poisoning. When his son got to the hotel ..he had to ask the manager to open the locked door because when he knocked on it there wasn't an answer. Nicole's husband..Troy found he was too late.His Dad was laying in the bed and had already passed away.:( SOOO sad!

The Birthday party is for Zander.He turned one year old on Nov.3oth but was sick and we weren't able to celebrate it until he got better. He is better and had a check up and is growing and in good health.Praise the Lord! Melissa...Zander's Mom had thought about bringing the party here but we discussed it and I told them that Zander would want me to hold him and pick him up etc..and I would really WANT to be able to and can't...so it might be best for them to have the party at their house. Zander is one of the SWEETEST babies!! He has the cutest smile when he sees me...and now gives me kisses. I asked my Chiropractor how I could resist picking him up and he just looked at me and pointed to the shape I am in now because of it.LOL I guess I had best stay home and recoup.hehe

I have such mixed emotions today. Sadness and Joy...and happy that the Lord is in control of each and every situation. HIS will IS being done whether we believe it or not. Those who BELIEVE it..are at PEACE because they KNOW that ALL things work together for GOOD to those who LOVE GOD and are the CALLED according to HIS purpose. :) I give you PRAISE my LORD!

Thanks so much for stopping by.:)

Hugs,
Valinda

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Update :)

Just wanted to stop in and let everyone know that I am still taking it easy until my back gets back into shape. I really did a number on it this time around and it isn't happy about it at all! :) After about seven or more trips to the Chiropractor..my tailbone is still twisted enough to cause me to make scrunchy faces when getting up from a sitting position. YOWZA!!! It is better pain wise today though.YAY!!:)

Sorry I haven't visited your blogs as often as I use to before this happened...but I do plan to as my back heals a bit more.:) Thank you so much for being patient with me and for your SWEET comments too! LOVE when you visit me.:)

I dug into my hard drive and pulled out an old Christmas header and then went into the templates for blogger and tried several backgrounds and after many previews... this is the one that looked best..so this is it for now.:) It looks a lot better than leaving my fall colors up.LOL


Huge hugs to you ALL!

Valinda