Sunday, December 21, 2014

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Two Things I am Grateful For:
1)  A good night sleep.  What a difference that makes!  Sunday night I could not fall asleep and had trouble pretty much all day Monday because of it.  Today I'm much better.  Thank Goodness!!!!
2) My two girls for taking on ALL of the holiday baking for me!!!!  That is a huge relief!  Lexi spent the night at Danielle's house and they were baking up a storm!  Loving that!!!! Thank you Danielle and Lexi!!!

From the Camera:



From the Heart:
In keeping with our theme, random acts of kindness, here is another idea.....
We've all been blessed in so many ways.  Show your gratitude for your own abundant blessings by thanking every person that you encounter today while you are out and about.  Thank the cashier for working hard so that you can shop.  Thank your server by leaving a generous tip (an extra $5 on top of the normal tip could make their day!), write an note on the receipt that says Merry Christmas!  Pay for the person in line at the drive-up window behind you at Wendy's or get in line behind a young mom at the grocery store.  When the cashier rings theirs up, say, "Just add that to mine."  and day, "Merry Christmas!"  Offer to help a senior citizen unload their cart or open their door.  Offer your seat on the bus, in a plane or a crowded doctor's office so that a family can sit together.  And with each gift of gratitude and service, remember that wonderful gift we have all been given and celebrate on December 25th. 

From the Kitchen:
Turtle Cake

1 German Chocolate Cake Mix
1 bag or almost 2 cups of unwrapped caramels
6 Tbsp. butter
1/2 cup evaporated milk
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup chopped pecans

Mix the cake according to the box directions.  Put half of batter into 9x13 inch pan and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.  While it's baking, heat caramels, milk and butter in a saucepan on low heat.  Pour the caramel mixture over the baked cake (it will still be gooey.)  Sprinkle the chocolate chips over the caramel mix.  Pour the remaining batter over the top and bake for 25-30 minutes.  Cool and cut into squares.  Serve with whipped cream or ice-cream and top with more chopped nuts.

From the Spirit:
  • DECEMBER 2005
  • A JOYFUL SEASON: A CHRISTMAS MESSAGE FROM THE FIRST PRESIDENCY TO THE CHILDREN OF THE WORLD

Christmas is a wonderful time of year. It is a time to celebrate not only the Savior’s birth but also His life and example. He showed us how to live and find happiness whatever our circumstances. He is the Son of the Eternal Father.
As we follow Him and reach out as He did—serving family and loved ones, seeking out those who are sick or hungry or cold or friendless—the joyful spirit of Christmas will enter our hearts. Then this Christmas, and every Christmas to follow, will be filled with hope and love.

From the Schmidt's:

I picked up Kevin's prescriptions yesterday.  When I asked the pharmacy tech if they would get the medication in stock for the next time Kevin needs it, she said they do not order that medication until they have a prescription for it.  That means we will have to go through this wait thing every time he needs a refill.....unless we can get the doctor to write the prescription a month in advance so the pharmacy can pre-order.  I know the doctor will write the script a week in advance, but I seriously doubt if he will do it a month in advance for a controlled medication.  But, you know we will ask him.  All we can do is try.  If that doesn't work Kevin and I are going to reach out to our Congressmen or some new affiliate or something.  It isn't right that a patient should have to suffer in such excruciating pain like this, or be off the one thing that gives them some pain relief for a week at a time.  It isn't right!  The people that have abused these medications have really made it tough on those that really need these medications.  It's sad.  And believe me, i do not like seeing my husband on all this medication either.  I hate it.  They were talking about placing a nerve stimulator in his body to try and give him some relief too.  Hopefully that works so maybe he will be able to ease up on some of these medications.  That's our hope, at least.  We have our fingers and our toes all crossed,  ALL across the family.  

I've got my children busy around the house getting things in order.  Danielle and Lexi are coming home soon.  Kyle and Curtis are busy now.  Kevin is even helping.  He's said he is in the most pain he has ever been in today.  Of course after being without medication for so long.  Poor guy!  

Tomorrow is going to be a busy day.  Lots to do!  But, it will be good.  I just wish we had one more day.  Ha Ha!  I always feel that way.  So this year is no different.  It is what it is.  

Tonight we will get a few more things ready.  Mop a floor or two and then party, party, party!!!!  Watch for pictures.  Take care and we will talk to you soon. 

A Christmas Game:

Here's a game that can be challenging.  It you love words, this one is for you!  Theme:  Christmas Songs.....The first list is the statement, the second list are the answers.  Take a look,

1) Bleached Yule = White Christmas
2) Boulder of the tinkling metal spheres
3) Castaneous-colored seed vesticated in configuration
4) Singular yearning for the twin anterior incisors
5) Righteous Darkness
6) Arrival Time: 2400 hours / weather: clouidiness
7) Loyal followers advance
8) Far off in a feeder
9) Array the corridor
10) Bantam male percussionist
11) Monarchial triad
12) Nocturnal noiselessness
13) Jehovah deactivate blithe chevaliers
14) Red man en route to borough
15) Frozen precipitation commence
16) Proceed and enlighten on the pinnacle
17) The quadruped with the vermillion proboscis
18) Query regarding identity of descendant
19) Delight for this planet
20) Give attention to the melodious celestial beings
21) The dozen festive 24 hour intervals

And the answers:

1) White Christmas
2) Jingle Bell Rock
3) Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire
4) All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth
5) Oh, Holy Night
6) It Came upon the Midnight Clear
7) Oh, Come all ye Faithful
8) Away in a Manger
9) Deck the Halls
10) Little Drummer Boy
11) We Three Kings
12) Silent Night
13) God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen
14) Santa Claus is Coming to Town
15) Let it Snow!
16) Go, Tell it on the Mountain
17) Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer
18) What Child is This?
19) Joy to the World
20) Hark, the Herald Angels Sing
21) The 12 Days of Christmas


Favorite Quote:

Christmas gift suggestions:  
To your enemy, forgiveness.
To an opponent, tolerance.  
To a friend, your heart. 
 To a customer, service. 
 To all, charity. 
 To every child, a good example.  To yourself, respect. 
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