Friday, December 19, 2014

A break

After next Tuesday, the 23rd, I'll have five days off – IN A ROW. Nothing work-related due until Monday the 29th. I can't wait. During those five days, I'm going to try my hardest to stay away from my computer. No emails. No ad changes. Nothing. I need a break.

Until then, I have a few things to wrap things up. (Work things…the Christmas things are already wrapped.) Today is a half-day for the girls, then Christmas vacation starts. Tonight I'm going Christmas shopping with my dad (an annual tradition that I look forward to each year.) Tomorrow is Christmas at my parents. Sunday morning I teach Sunday School. Mixed in with all of that I have an 8-page ad to build and a vacation guide to send to the printer…  (No problem.)

I'll be back next week, relaxed and ready for the Christmas excitement!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Monday miles

Muddy roads during Saturday's night run
Last week: 9.5
(Wish I could count the 14 miles I walked Thursday 
and Friday while at a trade-show with Kyle!)
This year: 834

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Sunday photo

A common disagreement at our house…
who loves whom more, first, longest, most, etc.

A pretty great problem to have.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Frugal-Lisa Friday

I set my alarm for 11:50PM last week Thursday. (I am not a night owl and the idea of staying up until then was painful!) Why would I do such a thing? I wanted to be at my computer at the stroke of midnight in order to sign up for Disney FastPasses. Friday, December 5th marked 60 days until we're headed back to the Magic Kingdom! (As of today…53 days!)

The FastPass+ concept is a little different this time around. I was able to secure "appointments" to three rides/events per day. There are a few rides at each park that we know will have long lines, so having a set time is great. The reason I was up before midnight… meeting Elsa and Anna from Frozen. I've read horror stories of 5+ hour wait times to meet the princesses. Not…happening! Thankfully, my timeliness paid off and Ellie and Josie will get to meet the two of them on our last day in Florida. (The first FastPass+ spot I could secure is just three hours before we have to hop on the bus to the airport. Yes…I was in a bit of a panic in the wee hours of Friday morning!)

So…after three years of saving, we will be enjoying our second trip to Disney paid for completely with our Disney Visa points – how's that for "Frugal-Lisa Friday?" This time my parents are coming along for the fun. I can't wait!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Purge = happy kids

Recipe for Happy Kids
(and an even happier Mother)

Spend three hours cleaning their bedrooms.

Throw out four bags of miscellaneous paper.

Donate four boxes of books and toys.
Pick them up from school.

Let them discover the "new" rooms on their own.

Listen to them run back and forth,
crazily excited over how nice it all looks.

Laugh (astonished) at how old toys seem new again 
when not buried in the pit of dispaire covered
 in dress-up clothes and coloring books.

Pray that they, at least sort-of, stay this way for a few weeks.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Perfect end to our week.

Last week was exhausting. Early mornings and late nights working, Christmas program practice, appointments and volunteering at school. I was so ready for the weekend (after 10:30am when my volunteering duties were complete.) After a nice dinner together, the four members of this happy little family snuggled beneath quilts, the Christmas tree twinkling in the background, and watched Back to the Future. Neither Kyle nor I had watched this film in ages…decades! The girls found it to be quite entertaining (as did the grownups!)

I'm afraid that if anything needs to be tuned-up around here, from now on the answer is going to be a "flux capacitor".

Monday, December 8, 2014

Monday miles

The goal I wrote in my training journal last week was to "Get all three runs in." The strength I was going to need to accomplish that was "Scheduling." Lots going on last week with work, church and school. Thankfully I did what I needed to do to get those few much-needed quiet miles under my feet.

Last week: 13.5
This year: 824.5

Friday, December 5, 2014

Thursday, December 4, 2014

We won't be winning any contests

Josie, determined to get this project started!
 The girls have been asking to decorate the "outside" of our house for Christmas. Kyle and I decided to start with one tree, and see how that goes. It's pretty, but we won't be winning any decorating contests, that's for sure!

A small snafu while hanging the lights

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Josie's birthday

Oh to be seven again! The excitement of what might be under all that wrapping paper followed by ice cream and birthday pie. Josie had a very wonderful seventh birthday last Wednesday!

My mom made Ellie a dress for Ella that matches the
purple American Girl dress she got last month for her birthday.
Josie's new American Girl dress and a
complimentary dress for her doll, Elizabeth
Having fun with the Lincoln Logs from Grandpa Kirker

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