Tis the season!

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Newsflash:  Christmas is coming!

I know right?! It snuck up on me too!

You would think that wouldn’t happen considering Christmas arrives on the same. day. every. year.

But still…Christmas is a sneaky holiday and that will remain my position on this matter.

thankyouverymuch.

But just like every year when I put off my shopping until the last few minutes, I have stumbled upon some super cute things and I wanted to share them all with you incase, like me, you have put off your shopping until the last minute and have run out of ideas when it comes to getting something for that cousin you only speak to once a year….

So, here are some examples of the awesomeness I have stumbled on lately!

It is no secret I like to use aprons.  So what. I know it makes me look like a cross between Roseanne Barr and Donna Reed, but I’m ok with that.  No you may not stare. (though I will tolerate pointing and laughing)

And if you are into aprons like I am..this one from Anthropoligie will likely tickle your fancy so hard it won’t stop laughing for a week:

Isn’t it cuuuuuuute???!!!  I only need to lose a bazillion pounds to make it look cute on me!  Yay!

I’m also loving this hipster bag by Vera Bradley

Only, maybe not in orange….

Now..if you like gadgets, I think this little do-dad is pretty nifty ( do people still say “do-dad” and “nifty” ? )

it’s called the Flip Video:

How cool is that?  A video camera that fits in your pocket and plugs right into your computer!  I want one!

I am also loving this bedding from Pottery Barn

Is that not the most adorable, country bedding you have ever seen?! *SQUEEEEEEEEE!*  too stinkin’ cute if you ask me!  Makes me wanna wear an apron….

I also wanna wear this bracelet:

This bracelet is from an organization called The Starfish Project.  It is an organization that rescues women in Asia who have lived lives of prostitution.  It is an awesome organization, and if you are needing a special gift for a lady in your life…get her one of these, you will be giving a wonderful gift to a lady on the other side of the world.

Now, if you are fat like me, you may be looking for something to spend your money on in yet another failed attempt to wear something in a size that doesn’t require creative folding techniques to get it onto a standard hanger….if that is the case, this is where my hard earned dollars will go this year:

What’s that you say?  I don’t have a wii?  Well, you are correct.  Drat.  And I was so looking forward to Jillian screaming at me telling me that I’m a fat, lazy failure while also counseling me on my daddy issues…..bummer.

If, like me, you are severely behind the times and did not run out and spend a week’s salary on the wii when it first came out so your kids wouldn’t feel left out at school…you may want to check out the fact that the wii has been drastically reduced in price.  Go get one so Jillian can yell at you…I will as soon as…well…I’m saving up for it.

And today I will leave you with these little cuties… I was hanging out over at dooce.com, (who would totally be my bff if I knew her in real life.) And I saw these:

I. NEED. THESE.

Especially that one about being in my personal space…I am so not a space bubble sharing person.  It makes me uncomfortable and I generally can be counted on to have bad breath…so back off mmmmmmkay?  (yes, I brush..but I also like garlic. what of it?)

Anyway, you can find those adorable little cards right here

And I hope I have helped a bit in your last minute gift finding…and I truly hope your once-a-year-spoken-to-cousin enjoys!

Merry Christmas!!!!


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My grown up Christmas list.

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Well hello there my friends!

I have once again neglected my blog.  I’m getting pretty good at it. wouldn’t you agree?

The best part about that is that no one will read this post so I can indulge myself with my selfish wants without fear of scolding and scoffing from the general public.

Sweet!

Anyway.

We are all too swiftly approaching the Christmas season.

If you at all doubt me…go to Wal-Mart.

Not only will you be exposed to some veeeery interesting people (they even have their own website…) you will see that it is clearly the Christmas season.

There are a multitude of artificial trees in every color of the rainbow to put up in every room of your home and more wrapping paper than you can shake a stick at…if you are into stick shaking that is.

Yes, it is that jolly season when we all try to out spend the rich relatives and are forced to eat ramen for the next four months just so we can avoid foreclosure and repossession of our automobiles.

Isn’t Chrismas AWESOME???

So, in order to assist everyone in picking the perfect gift for me. (because I just KNOW you are all dying to get me a gift!) I have compiled my yearly list of “Things I would buy for myself if I didn’t have to feed my kids”

Shall we get started?  YES WE SHALL!!!

(please keep in mind that these are in no particular order…I love and want them all equally)

1.  Kelly Clarkson’s new CD

No, you may not comment on my taste in music…thankyouverymuch.

2. Casting Crowns new CD

They just generally kick butt.  I love them.

3. If I were rating in order of importance..this would be my number one..

And yes, I know that there is a CS4 now..and I’m open to that one too.  Honestly..this is almost a need for my business.

4. This camera strap:

Or pretty much any of the ones this seller has in her etsy shop…love them!

5.  This T-shirt from Torrid:

I am such a gleek.  Yep I am!! (If you don’t know what Glee is…go here: Glee

6. Pretty much anything from here:

I just love so many things from Torrid!  Some of it is way too young for me..but a lot of it isn’t!  (That’s where I found the Glee shirt)

7. Pretty much anything from Bath and Body works.  I just love all of it!

8. TWO of these:

Not the dog…the CRATE.  That way I can put sweet wittle junior and smelly wittle charlie in them when I leave and can avoid coming home to a sofa covered in hair and drool. That would be heavenly!!

9. This dining set…or one like it.

10. This lens…drool….

(just for the record…this sucker runs around $800.00-$900.00…ouch.)

So..there is my list to date.  I will be watching for santa to deliver each of these gifts…as soon as he wins the lottery.

But while I wait for Santa to strike it rich, it would be interesting to compare notes…

What are the top 10 on your grown up Christmas list?

Mobile pics

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I have a pretty cool phone.

It’s not an iphone (would NEVER spend that sort of money, or leave my beloved verizon)

It’s not a blackberry.

It’s not fancy at all actually.

But it’s mine.

And it has a full keyboard, which makes me a texting pro. Because I cannot, for the life of me, text efficiently without a full keyboard.

It’s sad, I am aware.

You may not laugh…all of you freaks who can type with numbers on a regular phone.

Freaks.

Anyway…my phone also has a camera.

And if you know me…you know I love cameras.

I love having a camera with me at all times.

Even if it is a measly three megapixel camera that can’t take a good picture, no matter how much I beg it to.

I also got a really big memory card for my phone.  I had the option for a blue tooth..but noooooooo…I got a bigger memory card.

That is so me.

Anyway again…

I was looking through my pictures the other day and realized that I take the most random pictures.

I’m truly a bit of a weirdo.

And in the spirit of my weird-ness,  I thought I’d share.

Here we have my shoes.  I am not entirely certain why I took a picture of my fake chucks. Maybe I was proud that I only paid $3.00 for them at value village?

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Here we have my view of the pick up line at the kids’ school.  These people are full on morons.  The Taurus and I are parked in the pick up line…with our cars running….waiting to pick up our kids and get the heck outta dodge…however, we cannot do that because some people thought it was ok to double park…get out of their vehicles and make everyone else wait till they come back to leave.  I truly have the urge to punch them sometimes.  Instead I take passive-agressive pictures of them and post them on my blog.  It’s a gift.

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And sticking with the theme of entitled, stupid people…here I was, waiting in the comcast office to pay my bill because their online bill pay was down..and in walks this guy with his dog.   This is NOT a service dog.  I know because I overheard the teller ask him.  Nope..just his pet.  “She wanted to go with me to pay bills today”   Um, no…she wanted to chase squirrels, sniff butts, eat garbage and chew a rawhide bone…she has absolutely no desire to go with you to pay your cable bill dude.  Trust me.

People, leave your pets at home unless you are going to petsmart or the vet or the dog park.   There are actually people out there who are allergic…really.  It’s inconsiderate.

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Here we have my old, non-working porch ornament.  No, wait…that’s a fridge.  A broken fridge. That is still on my porch.  I’m thinking about stringing lights on it and using it for Christmas decor…I’m sure it’ll still be there by then….

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Here we have Clayton and his friend “C” at crazy hair night for AWANA.  Those boys were having way too much fun!

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And here is sis and her friend “L” on the same night.  I want to do her hair like that every day..but she said no.  *pout*

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And for today, I will leave you with this little bit of heavenly goodness….

YUM

That right there is the best ice cream on earth.  That is Maggie Moo’s chocolate better batter ice cream with brownies and cherries mixed in.   I can’t stand how good that stuff is.  I want some now.

But my butt can’t stand how fattening it is…and my wallet can’t stand how expensive it is. So it’s a special occasion only treat.

Bummer right?

Anyway…there will be more camera phone pics at a later date.  I have tons left and no where to put them..so why not torture all of you?

Hope you all have a great day..I’m off to have some lunch and do some laundry.  Because my life is full of exciting stuff like that.

I know, you are jealous.   It’s ok…keep trying and one day you too can live a life like mine…..

Fall Fun Sale!

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Hey Everybody!

It’s fall!  I love fall..it’s my very favorite season!

As some of you know, I recently started my own photography business, Sola Fide Photography.   And since fall is my favorite time of year, and, I think, the perfect time of year to take beautiful family portraits… I have decided to run a fall family portrait special!!

For one day only, this Saturday..October 24th, 2009.  I will be offering  a special portrait session at the Finch Aboretum.  I have a very limited number of sessions available, so be sure to contact me as soon as you can to schedule!

Here is what you get!

Price:  $50.00

Includes: Session fee, two poses.

  • 1- 8×10 print
  • 2-5×7 prints
  • 16 wallets

Other sizes are also available, for Ala Carte pricing, please visit my website Sola Fide Photography

Time slots available for this special:

9:00am-10:00 (still available)

10:20am-11:20 (still available)

11:45am-12:45 (still available)

1:00pm-2:00 ( booked)

2:20pm-3:20  (booked)

3:35pm-4:35 (still available)

Contact me today to reserve your time slot!  (509) 723-9859   and be sure to call if you have any questions or wish to book a session at a later date!

Hope to hear from you soon!

Christi

Just ask…

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Being a Christian can sometimes be hard.

See, by our very nature, we rely on faith alone.  We believe and hold tight to things that are intangible.  We cannot see Jesus’ face.

We cannot hear His voice audibly tell us that all we believe is truth.  We cannot feel His almighty hands touch our shoulders and tell us that all will be well oneday.

All we can do it believe.

All we can do is have faith.

All we can do is ask Him to help us make it from day to day.

And often times, we feel like the very one we cling to for assurance is distant.

(Yes, we know better..but it does sometimes feel that way.)

Sometimes we feel all but abandoned in this maze we call life.

Being a Christian father and husband has to be the toughest job there is.

As the father and husband, it falls on the man’s shoulders to provide for and be responsible for the spiritual well-being of his wife and children.

Lately, this has really been weighing heavy on my darling husband.

Over labor day weekend, Brian and I talked in depth about our faith and how we really felt we needed to make God the center of our family.

We need to spend more time in the Word.

We need to spend more time in prayer.

As a family.

These are activities we tend to do on our own..in our own time.

And sadly, most of the time our children don’t even open their bibles until Sunday morning.

And it’s not something we want for them.

Because we KNOW that they will need the Lord to carry them through some tough times in their lives.

And Brian, as their earthly father, wants to lead by example.

We discussed the myriad of ways to do this, and one thing that came up in our conversation was Brian’s need for direction in this area.

I can sympathize with his plight.  How do you spiritually lead your children down the right path when you are a “baby” in your faith as well?

It is a heavy load to carry, I assure you.   I do not envy my husband’s role.

We went to church today with little expectation that we would hear a very loud and clear answer to a prayer we didn’t even realize we had prayed.

We arrived, sang, and sat for the announcements.

And then Corey said something that nearly knocked me out of my chair.  His wife had asked him to pre-screen some books for the upcoming mom’s group to study.  And Corey had read them and, to make a long story short, had realized that the best book of the group was something that DAD’S needed to read.

He felt compelled to start a dad’s group.  To help father’s learn to spiritually lead their children.  To show them how to teach them.

It was wonderful!  But there is always that pesky problem of Brian’s schedule.  Working nights makes it hard for Brian to attend much of the programs the church offers.

Then Corey announced that this group for dad’s will meet at 6am….did you catch that?  6am!!!   Brian will be able to go straight from work to church and attend dad’s group!!!

I am convinced my heart skipped a beat. I couldn’t breathe.  I glanced at Brian and saw the same look I was sure I was making right back at him.

In an instant, the words “Ask and ye shall receive” flashed into my head.

It melted my heart.

I knew, right then, that God had heard our plea…even if we hadn’t directly asked…and had answered in a big way.

We hadn’t even really asked I suppose…but I know that God was listening anyway.

And for me, seeing my husband rest in the knowledge that eventhough his load is heavy and his responsibility great, God will be there to help carry that load…it was just amazing.

After we got home from church, I felt compelled to look up those words that had flashed through my head.

I knew that our Pastor had instructed us to start reading Luke tonight..but I had to find that scripture….I had to share it with Brian.

So I went online (to bible.com…it’s awesome for looking up random scripture) and typed in the words I had very clearly heard in my head this morning.

I found them.

And where I found them, yet again took my breath away….

Luke 11:9-10 (New International Version)

9“So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 10For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.

Guess I’ll be reading Luke after all.

All you have to do is ask……