Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Merry! Merry!

Two Things I am Grateful For:

1). My husband.  He is awesome.  I love him and I am so grateful he loves me too.

2) My parents who do so much for me and love me unconditionally.  
From the Camera:

Kyle and Lexi set up the Christmas village.  This year we put it right by the front window and moved the Christmas tree to another spot.  I have two six foot long sturdy benches that we put the 4x8 foot sheet of wood on.  That way we could run all the wires down the middle between the benches for the train and the lights for all of the houses.  The ice skating rink in the middle plays Christmas music and Santa is even flying over in his sleigh.  We stepped out to get a photo or two from outside and you can really hear the music well from our front porch.  Right after we took pictures Kyle started moving a few things around.  We have a deer on a roof, a man on the edge of another roof looking like he is about to jump, and my dinosaur piggy bank was placed in the middle of everything.  Kyle and Lexi decided they needed to pick up a couple plastic dinosaurs at the store tonight.  Of course one of the dinosaurs has a person in its mouth.  Silly kid. No, I didn't get a photo of the dinosaurs yet or the jumper on the roof, but I will.  


From the Craft Room and Other Cool Things:

Isn't this a cute idea?!!!  I love it.  Wouldn't this be a cute idea for someone?  So adorable! 

From the Heart and Spirit:

This is the video our son, Curtis, has been talking about in his recent Missionary letters home to us.  It's awesome and I hope you enjoy it.  

From the Kitchen:


  • 1 lb of Jimmy Dean Pork Sausage (hot or regular - use your favorite bulk sausage brand)
  • 10 oz can Rotel, undrained (Original, diced tomatoes & green chilies)
  • 8 oz cream cheese 
In a large skillet, cook sausage, breaking up into small pieces (like taco meat) until fully cooked. Drain all excess fat.  Add Rotel and cream cheese, mix until well blended and heated thoroughly. Place in a serving dish, serve warm with you favorite tortilla chips or Frito's Scoops. 

  • For less spicy dip, use regular sausage.
  • This is perfect for small crock-pots, keeping it warm while serving. 

From the Schmidt's:

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas everywhere I go.... Honest.  Everywhere I go.  I absolutely love this time of year.  I know, I know.  I was a little down when I wrote one of my last posts, but something has changed with Kyle's help.  He has relentlessly forced us all to get involved to help get all of our Christmas decorations out and set up, and by doing that I've noticed a change in me.  

You see, I was letting too much weigh me down.  Things like Kevin's illness and all the twists and turns we have experienced and even the ones we have yet to experience.  Even money, or the lack of it, to play too much a part.  I wasn't thinking of the real reason we celebrate Christmas.  Now, I can honestly say I have the Christmas Spirit and that's a good thing.  Thank you Kyle for working so hard to help us enjoy this holiday.  You are pretty amazing and I love that kid for all he does.  

Can you believe we will get to talk to Curtis in a couple weeks!  I can hardly stand it.   

So, our Christmas decoration surprise went up tonight.  It's a handmade ASU pitchfork.  We followed some of those tutorials you can find on the Internet to make marquee letters, BUT, we did not add the sides to the pitchfork and we used white Christmas lights instead of a few strands of my clear round bulb lights.  (I've been saving those for an upcoming wedding anyway.)  Kyle hung our sign up on our home.  Here are a few photos of it.  LOVE IT!!   

Now all I need to do is put a wreath on the door and we are done outside, but that will have to wait until the weekend or another day.

So, I've been home for the past few days dealing with a few things.  Kevin's health.  Kevin has had some issues.  Issues we are not going to talk about here because Kevin gets embarrassed when it happens.  He would rather I not have to help him, and he certainly does not want his son to see him like that.  So, I was his only option these past few days.  It's been hard.  The poor man has been going through a lot and it seems like as soon as one thing stops another starts.  On top of all of that, Kevin told me late yesterday afternoon that he was out of pain medicine and had been for a while.  The last time he went without pain meds we were in the Emergency Room.  Not exactly my favorite place to go.  So, we called first thing this morning to make an appointment with his pain specialist.  Luckily they got him in right away.  This week has been full of surprises health wise.  Not exactly what I call fun at all.  Hopefully we are done with that stuff for a while.  (I'm crossing all my fingers and toes as I type...HA HA!)  I was complaining to Kevin on the way to the doctor's office today as he tried to tell me could go a few days without pain medicine and that he wanted to try and get off the medicine.  Cold turkey too!  I couldn't believe my ears.  Sure, I understand wanting to get off the medicine, but I also know what Kevin is like and how bad it gets when he doesn't have the medicine.  His blood pressure shoots up fast and he grits his teeth and you can see it in his face.  It's not good.  Needless to say, I quickly explained that he cannot go off his medicine without the assistance of a doctor and we are not waiting for the medicine.  I do not want another midnight run to the emergency room and have to have the ER team come to my rescue just to get him out of the car again!  That man.  I love him, and I do understand his reasons.  I just don't want to see him go through all that he has experienced in the past.  It's bad and who knows.  It could be so much worse next time.  I just do not want to risk that.  It's not worth his health, and ultimately, his life!  Whenever he decides to do this it has to be under a doctor's care.  

One good thing about the pain...the doctor said that is the first sign of his body healing from the spinal cord injury.  The doctor said the pain comes back, sensation is next, and then strength.  The pain is hard to see, but all in all, it's a good thing.  

It's getting late and I have a lot to do.  I need to help Kyle hang the ASU sign and then I need to get some things ready for work tomorrow.  Take care friends and we will talk again soon.
From the Missionary:

Hey Everyone,

This week has been pretty good.  We've had some awesome miracles.  It's getting a little chilly outside, but not to bad.  the high is 54 degrees today.  I don't think I told you guys about this, but about a month ago it snowed a little during church.  I got super excited because it was the first time I had ever seen snow falling.  I told Elder Larkin I was going to run outside after Sacrament to play in it, but it ended by the time Sacrament was done.  Hopefully the now starts coming soon.  I'm so excited for it!  

It's so crazy that it's already December.  I've been out for almost 9 months.  I feel like the time is just flying by.  Next week are transfers.  I'm hoping to stay another cycle with Elder Larkin, but who knows.  Tonight are Trainer calls, so I could be getting that call (at least that's what the entire zone thinks).  We have been having a lot of success with sharing the new initiative video.  All of the members we've shared it with have picked people to share it with and they have also put it on Facebook.  It's so cool how missionary minded this ward is.  Ward Council and Correlation Meetings are so cool!  Everyone just wants to help out.  We go on splits with members all the time.  It is so cool!  

I am loving it here, but I am also excited to talk to you guys in a few weeks.  I think we are planning on calling at a members house at like X o'clock here, so like X there, but that's not for sure, so I will figure that out soon.  Anyways, we're gonna go over to Westport and look at some fancy stores.  I will talk to you all later.

This video is of Curtis being himself, even on his mission.  :)


Elder Schmidt
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