Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Getting ready for the holidays!


Well you know how the saying goes.... life happens while you're making other plans? Yes, that's the story of our lives right now. Had a bunch of posts lined up and ready to put on, but some health issues and more recently this past Friday night...a car accident where we were hit from behind.... instead of focusing on the bad... I'm going to focus on the good things that have happened. We are all in one piece, some injuries but not life threatening and for that I thank God and continue being thankful for my family. Being here just the 4 of us with no family and friends nearby has been really tough lately and recently this accident put it even more into perspective. So many thoughts racing through my mind and the awful.... what if it was worse? No one to call nearby.... Lots on my mind, but going to catch up and post all the events before that happened. :-)

Like snow in November that gave me a photo opportunity for our Christmas cards this year :-) Choosing 1 was pretty tough!




My girls look so grown up in these photos... 13 and 9! Days just flying by..... love them so much!





This photo below is the one that made the cut for our Christmas cards! :-)



Hayley found this idea below on Pinterest.... but forgot to redo her nails before the photo shoot....I told her they were fine, just keeping things "real" and I love how the picture turned out.









Love that I was able to capture Cooper in this shot! He loves being with his family :-)




We also did decorating before Thanksgiving since we had my parents and my sister and her family coming out. We celebrated Christmas then since we will not have anyone visiting at that time this year. :-(



We also decorated a tree in our guest room and the girls tied Jerry up in lights, lol. We always find a way to make things fun!



Me and my "mini" me, having fun!




LOL, I love Hayley's face behind us... and the other selfies of us being goofy is not landing on this blog! ;-)



We attempted to put up Christmas lights, but unfortunately were never able to complete getting it done.


We made sure Santa knows where to stop!!! :-)



I was so happy to have a front porch this year, so I made up another little country tree and got a homemade sled to decorate. Always wanted a front porch to dress up through the seasons!




As you can notice Jerry makes sure he has his Raven's snowman out every year.... even if we do live in a Steelers and Cleveland Browns Domain!! LOL, got to stay true to where we are from originally!


Guest room tree all done! Girls decorated it on their own this year.



Oh we had a lovely day on a local Christmas walk! 4 homes in our neighborhood opened the doors and visitors came through to see decorations and antiques and history and crafts displayed! Couldn't take a lot of pictures for privacy reasons, but this one home let us photograph a tree that is the oldest living in the nation. It's roots grew so big that they literally had to shrink their kitchen area. Pretty awesome and all the homes were delightful! We had a great day. Then went to craft shows and visited local stores, had hot chocolate and goodies... a great day for us all. One home had a fairies display and Kathleen loved it!




This was at the beginning of one of the houses we toured. Here everyone got a hand painted ornament! The girls really enjoyed seeing everything and it got them in the mood for Christmas!


Kathleen put her reindeer with her counting down days outside her bedroom door!



Lots of snow in November. This was at the bus stop...Cooper just loves it!



But living on this hill the wind sure gets cold and we make sure to bundle up! Some days when it's real bad, I'll drive my van down to sit in with Kathleen. Hayley is at the age where that is "NOT COOL" so she stands out in it. Crazy girl... lol.


The one day we had over 8 inches and my dad and I were shoveling for 2 1/2 hours....then a wonderful sight to see...my neighbor came over on his lawn mower with a blower attached and offered to do the rest of it! I was so very thankful :-)


Kathleen made this awesome scene out of play dough!



This was our dinner setting for Thanksgiving in our new home :-)






Because what would a good snowfall be without snow angels? ;-)




Here's the girl's enjoying their Thanksgiving meal together...


Wow, what a long post, lol. Thanks for hanging on till the end! :-) Will be writing more soon!
Hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving!

                                                               Blessings,
                                                                     Jill

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Bye Bye Soybeans..hello snow and Kathleen's birthday and Thanksgiving info!


So living in the country , you never know what you may find or see. My mom was hoping she would be here when they cut down the soybeans in the field behind us, but they did it a couple weeks ago. So I took lots of pictures for her. We even Face timed for a bit, lol. Definitely not something I was going to see when we lived in the suburbs. :-)


Bear with me as I took all the photos through my windows :-)


See how nice and green our grass is? Fall came fast and beautiful and the leaves fell too quickly! Fall is my favorite time of year, but apparently in Ohio it likes to fast forward to Winter! ;-)



The dogs were so fascinated watching them work!





Teamwork!





Then a few days later.....we got our first snow.... ugh way too early for my liking!
Beautiful, but so not ready for it. As it fell throughout the day I was very surprised they sent the kids to school. Apparently they go in almost any weather here. :-(



We have been enjoying feeding the birds here. I tried to zoom in on this cardinal but was not able to get a very good shot, a bit blurry. I enjoy seeing all different kinds coming out to the feeders. I just love the beauty of nature and so awesome to enjoy in my own backyard.


We had a few inches with the first snowfall and a few days later about 8 more inches. Not fun trying to clear a long driveway. Our neighbor suggested putting up a snow fence soon to help keep our driveway from blowing closed all the time. Shoveled for over 2 1/2 hours and still didn't get mine cleared! Our neighbor came over with his tractor/plow and finished the other half for us. I was very grateful!! :-) When I saw the feeders getting covered I went out and wiped the snow off so the birds could access them better.


My fall decorations got a nice coverage of snow....lol. We've recently decorated for Christmas early because my parents and my sister and her family are spending time here for Thanksgiving. My parents are here already and my sister is on her way. Usually we wait till after Thanksgiving, but I wanted to combine the holidays since we won't be seeing them at Christmas time. :-( More pictures and posts to come soon!


Even Elvis looked a bit confused seeing all the white stuff falling down....


Kathleen was all ready for it though! This adorable little girl turned 9 years old yesterday (November 25th) How is that possible? The time has really flown by! My "baby" is growing up! She's so full of life, has lots of friends in her new school, as well as being on the honor roll! Loves to draw, craft, makes lots of things with Rainbow Loom...sings, dances, reads and so much more. She brings joy and delight to my heart and so many others! How blessed am I to have her in my life....extremely! There are no words for how much I love this little girl! :-) Happy 9th birthday my beautiful, smart, amazing little girl!!!


Well, the rest of my photos have decided not to load for some reason so I will wrap this post up for today. The next few days will be busy so I want to wish you and your families a very happy healthy Thanksgiving!!!

"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them"  John Fitzgerald Kennedy

"For each new morning with it's light, for rest and shelter of the night, for health and food, for love and friends, for everything Thy goodness sends"   Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Let us remember that, as much has been given us, much will be expected from us, and that true homage comes from the heart as well as from the lips, and shows itself in deeds."  Theodore Roosevelt

"We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures"  Thorton Wilder

A little song for the young ones....

Albuquerque Turkey  (Sung to my Darline Clementine)

Albuquerque is a turkey and he's feathered and he's fine
and he wobbles and he gobbles and he's absolutely mine!
He's the best pet you can get, better than a dog or cat
He's my Albuquerque turkey and I'm awfully proud of that!
And my Albuquerque turkey is happy in his bed cause for our Thanksgiving dinner we had
spaghetti instead!!!

And if you want a little research for Thanksgiving to share history with the kids or learn more for you..check out this site. Has some neat video clips and more from the History channel. Enjoy!

Blessings to you all; and my prayers go out to those missing loved ones this year, those struggling with hard times and to our country through these tragedies and other life changing transitions. Be grateful for all you have each and every day...there is always someone facing a bigger struggle. The little things that we encounter we need to stress less about and smile at others more...you never know what their story is.

                                                Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

                                                            Jill