Wednesday, December 31, 2008
AT this time of year when we all reflect on who we are, this is something fun to do. Bloglifted from Jen, she is an Audrey. Take it and be sure to leave me a comment to tell me who you are. It is only 2 questions and it is VERY scary how accurate it is!
Your result for Are You a Jackie or a Marilyn? Or Someone Else? Mad Men-era Female Icon Quiz...
You Are a Joan!
You are a Joan -- "I need to succeed"
(Not to mention NO WIRE HANGERS!!!! LOL. Seriously, I really cannot stand them and don't have them in my house. I really do get upset when the dry cleaners use them. Is that bad?)
Joans are energetic, optimistic, self-assured, and goal oriented. (TRUE)
How to Get Along with Me
- * Leave me alone when I am doing my work. ( just ask my family and friends about this)
- * Give me honest, but not unduly critical or judgmental, feedback. (I still might not like it)
- * Help me keep my environment harmonious and peaceful. ( clean and pretty. Don't make a mess!)
- * Don't burden me with negative emotions.
- * Tell me you like being around me. ( LOL, needy much?)
- * Tell me when you're proud of me or my accomplishments. ( again, needy? But so right!)
What I Like About Being a Joan
- * being optimistic, friendly, and upbeat
- * providing well for my family (and memories with a quality of life)
- * being able to recover quickly from setbacks and to charge ahead to the next challenge
- * staying informed, knowing what's going on ( I do like being in the know!)
- * being competent and able to get things to work efficiently (YES!!!!!!)
- * being able to motivate people (My Husband may have issue with this)
What's Hard About Being a Joan
- * having to put up with inefficiency and incompetence ( People!!!!)
- * the fear on not being -- or of not being seen as -- successful
- * comparing myself to people who do things better ( I do this constantly)
- * struggling to hang on to my success (no real struggle)
- * putting on facades in order to impress people (not so much into facdes, pretty much what you see is what you get here.)
- * always being "on." It's exhausting. (No wonder I am always tired!)
Joans as Children Often
- * work hard to receive appreciation for their accomplishments
- * are well liked by other children and by adults
- * are among the most capable and responsible children in their class or school
- * are active in school government and clubs or are quietly busy working on their own projects
Joans as Parents
- * are consistent, dependable, and loyal
- * struggle between wanting to spend time with their children and wanting to get more work done
- * expect their children to be responsible and organized (poor Olivia and Orren)
(Again, all of the above VERY true!)
Take Are You a Jackie or a Marilyn? Or Someone Else? Mad Men-era Female Icon Quiz at HelloQuizzy
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Monday, December 29, 2008
Take a minute to read. It is facinating to know the history of our "little piece of the world"
Residents take pride in Helena's family atmosphere
Posted by By Dana C. Crisson December 28, 2008 1:58 PM
Helena residents are justifiably proud of their city. You can hear the affection and pride in their voices whenever they talk about their award-winning community.
"Helena won three major accolades in the last year, and I am so proud of that," said Mayor Charles "Sonny" Penhale. "Business Week named Helena the 13th Best Place to Raise Your Kids; the city was ranked 91st in Money Magazine's 2007 list of Best Places to Live: Top 100 in the U.S.; and the Alabama League of Municipalities awarded Helena the 2008 Municipal Achievement Quality of Life Award."And the tributes continue to accumulate for the thriving city in North Shelby County. "Helena has been called 'the safest city in Alabama,'" Penhale said. "Our city has the eighth lowest crime rate per capita in the U.S., for cities with a population of 10,000-20,000."Helena offers an unbeatable blend of big-city conveniences combined with a warm family atmosphere. The city's prime location close to two major interstates, I-65 and I-459, offers opportunities for business growth in retail, wholesale, and manufacturing."The average age in Helena is 34, so we are a young city," he said. "My number one priority is to provide for the children. The school system, which consists of Helena Elementary, Intermediate, and Middle School, is top-notch. High school students attend neighboring Pelham High School."Recreation opportunities are plentiful. "We have great parks and nine excellent ball fields, with programs in football, soccer, cheerleading, baseball, softball and basketball," Penhale said. "Over 800 kids enrolled in our Little League last season."The city is building a new recreational facility with a basketball court, upper-level walking track, meeting rooms and a full kitchen with banquet capabilities. Four ball fields are completed and tennis courts will be added. The facility is slated to open in spring 2009.The Jane B. Holmes Public Library in Helena is one of the most popular libraries in Shelby County.The library has a meeting room, public access computers, and programs for seniors, adults, youth, and children. They stock the largest and most diverse collection of DVDs, videos, and music CDs in Shelby County. "We also have the best Alabama collection of materials about Alabama or by Alabama authors. We can offer our patrons hundreds of selections," said Library Director Victoria Ashford.Helena homebuyers have a variety of residential areas to choose from, including older established neighborhoods and newer developments. Area home prices range from the $120,000s to upwards of $500,000.Helena was little more than a crossroads stage stop when it was first settled.According to early post office records from the 1850s, the town was originally named Cove, then Hillsboro. During the Civil War, a rolling mill was built in the area to produce arms for the Confederacy. Classified as "top secret", it operated throughout the war until the famous federal troops known as "Wilson's Raiders" burned it to the ground.During reconstruction, the Louisville & Nashville Railroad sent an engineer named Pete Boyle to survey the land and build a new train station. Boyle asked that the town be named "Helena Station" in honor of his sweetheart, Helen Lee, the daughter of a prominent local judge. As the area around the train station grew, it eventually incorporated as the city of Helena. M.H. Williams, a railroad agent, was elected the first mayor.In addition to a large railroad yard, Helena had a steel mill, a grist mill powered by Buck Creek, a cotton gin next to the train station, several active coal mines, and a variety of retail stores, hotels, boarding houses and a school. After a filing error was discovered in the original incorporation papers causing them to be invalid, the city was reincorporated in 1917. Charlie Hinds, grandfather of present mayor Penhale, served as the new city's first mayor following its reincorporation.Although the city has seen its share of hard times, including the closing of the coal mines, the relocation of the steel mills and a devastating tornado in 1933 which killed 13 people and destroyed more than 100 homes, the dedicated residents of the community have built a city even stronger than before. "I have seen a lot of changes over the years, and let me tell you--it is our citizens who make our community so special," said Penhale, who has served as the mayor for more than 40 years.Old Town Helena, a district including the original city jail and railroad freight depot as well as other commercial buildings from the 1800s, celebrates the city's colorful past. The Old Town Amphitheater, built along the banks of Buck Creek, is a combination outdoor concert hall, festival grounds, movie theater, and special-event location. Residents gather year-round at the amphitheater for family events, starting in May with the annual Helena Buck Creek Festival. In eight years the festival has grown from one day and one band to two days, 10 bands, and more than 120 vendors. It attracts visitors from all over the South, with an estimated 2008 attendance of 20,000 people. The centerpiece is a duck race held above the dam of Buck Creek in Old Town Helena. Ducks can be sponsored for $5 each and proceeds benefit SafeHouse of Shelby County.Other events at Old Town Helena include Kidsfest, a one-day celebration with games and rides; the Summer Sundown Cinemas Movies in the Park series which shows free family movies; the Helena Summer Concert Series; and the July 4th Celebration.The final event of the year is City of Helena Christmas Parade. "We were the first city in Shelby County to start a parade, and this is our 38th year," Penhale noted. "We are a real family community. Everyone pitches in where they are needed. Everyone takes pride in Helena."
Saturday, December 27, 2008
We are doing a "football" themed room and have lots of the accessories. I am going to paint his walls Navy blue. So I thought this might be a nice "break" and brighten things up a bit. Let me know, I am open to all feed back on this one!
We are all beginning to get cabin fever! Do you think it would be breaking the rules to go to the botanical gardens? A pic nic and feed the koi? What if we don't talk to anyone? LOL
Olivia spent the day playing outside with the Hayes boys. They had a blast! It did her such good to be out of the house for a little while.
Well, we are going to call it a night. Oh, by the way. Those of you that get email updates of the postings.... yeah well , what you got earlier today is what happens when you hit the wrong button. You just got a sneak peek of the posting for Jan. 9!
Have a great night!
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Yes, that is hounds tooth wrapping paper. I love it! My mother found it for me. I used it to wrap a lot this year!
Joe teaching Orren how to use the new "smart Cycle"
I can do this by myself! Chief and GrandMaMa gave me a bike to!
"And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone around about them; and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, "Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. " Luke 2:10-12
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Father CHRISTmas coming by our house throwing candy!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESUS!
Orren REALLY liked the cake!
CHRISTmas Eve eggnogg toast
Leaving food for the Reindeer
Even Lord Huckleberry gets his eggnog, as the children watch
Goodies for Father CHRISTmas
Now all are asleep! Waiting on the arrival of Father CHRISTmas himself.
(Orren will be thrilled! LOL)
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
We are still quarantined and were even threatened with being put back in the hospital with contact restrictions if we did not fully comply.
So we love all of you, but looks like we will not be seeing you for a little while longer!
Olivia and I are also crunching to get in some last lessons before I let her off from school for the holidays. So I will check in later today as I can.
Monday, December 22, 2008
It has been such a treat to get the cards this year from my blog buddies. So thank you again to Abbey, Jennifer, and Charnita. Love to all!
Sunday, December 21, 2008
I have a quiche in the oven and it is my turn so I will talk to all of you soon!
Saturday, December 20, 2008
We expect to hear from the gnomes with the second clue in a few hours! We are out to save CHRISTmas for al of Helena!
Friday, December 19, 2008
From the BEST bakery in New Orleans! I cannot disclose this info on here as it is a "locals" secret and if they get too busy how will I get MY king cakes? LOL if you want to know send me an email and I will give up the goods. LOL Bobby V. don't get sarcastic on the comments and give it up!
It must be filled with cream cheese! Although there are a lot of flavors that others prefer.
So, as I am longing for the smell of crawfish boiling and beignets( Cafe Du Monde of course) I thought I would share with you some of my favorites from The Big Easy!
LaMadeleine~ Eve and I used to eat here at least once a week! This is where my passion and weakness for quiche (of any kind) was born. That and my Mother can bake ones that make your mouth water. Michelle knows, she and I ate an entire quiche mother left for our girl's weekend in 2 days!
Gambino's Bakery ~ My Mother's Birthday cake had to come from here every year, their famous Chocolate Doberge Cake. They are world famous for it! They do King Cakes here as well, but not like the .. ahem "other" bakery. You might want to order one from here though. LOL!
Five Happiness Chinese~ we used to go here after speech tournaments
Port of Call~ The Best Hamburger EVER!
Brennan's~ best Banana's Foster in the world. My parents took me here for brunch on my 18th birthday, followed by a day of beauty in the salon of Saks Fifth Avenue
Andrea's~ Chef Andrea made the night of my 18th birthday the best ever! Being a personal friend he made crab meat ravioli just for me. If you ever get to go make sure you order it. You won't find it on the menu!
Commander's Palace~ Finest dining you can have! My Daddy used to take us there for a night out. I always felt like a princess
Haydell's Bakery~ another really good bakery and delicious King cakes, I think you should all order them from here! heeheee
My list could go on and on forever, so I will stop for now. Keep these in your caps for your next trip to The Big Easy! Just swing by and pick me OK?
Thursday, December 18, 2008
1. You can pronounce things like “Tchoupitoulas,” “Burgundy,” and “Chartres” and know that none of them sound like they look, or like the rest of the country would pronounce them.
2. You don’t think it’s weird to be driving on a street starting with “North” or “South” while actually driving east or west.
3. You know that there’s no such thing as “North” or “South,” but there’s uptown, the CBD, the Quarter, and the westbank.
4. It’s not at all strange to you that the westbank is actually in the eastern part of the city.
5. It’s a streetcar, NOT a trolley, and, except for the rare occasion, only tourists actually use it.
6. You know the people wearing massive amounts of beads in the middle of July and actually waiting for the walk signal to change at a crosswalk are tourists.
7. You just found out from a tourist that what you do every time you get to an intersection is known as “jaywalking” and that it’s apparently a crime.
8. You expect classes to be cancelled when the temperature gets lower than 30°. Who drives when the roads are icy?
9. You love Hubig’s pies, and anytime you see them at a gas station, you buy one of each kind because you never know when you’ll find them again.
10. Every time you go out of state, people ask you if you’re from New York or New Jersey, but both you and New Yorkers can easily tell the difference between a New Yorker and a y’at.
11. You would never consider someone from Baltimore or Washington, D.C., to be from the South.
12. You hate it when people pronounce New Orleans as “noo orlEENZ.”
13. You think people are joking when they say that bars close at 2 am in other cities.
14. In aspiring to drive like cab drivers, you’ve almost mastered driving 40 mph in the quarter while successfully swerving around potholes and tourists.
15. You find it perfectly normal to order takeout at 3 am, although you normally don’t get back from the club until about 4 or 5.
16. You say “neutral ground,” and it hurts your ears to hear someone say “median.”
17. You go to “the show,” not the movies or movie theater.
18. Even though it only snows about twice a decade, you have snowballs every summer and get confused at first when someone says “snowcones.”
19. You pull out your winter clothes when the highs get in the upper 60s because you know how cold the wind is coming off the lake and the river.
20. Despite being in a huge rush, you still smile and say “hi” to almost everyone you pass, and you can point out northerners as the people who look scared because you’re “staring at them.”
21. Who buys groceries? You make groceries.
22. You know that the only people who get mugged are the idiots who walk alone at 4 am, and you probably think it’s good that they’ve learned their lesson.
23. You’ve got Tony Chachere’s and Tabasco, and you have to buy more almost every time you make groceries.
24. You get really excited on the rare occasion that you can turn left at an intersection without going past it and making a u-turn.
25. You can’t imagine how people spend an entire crawfish season without a crawfish boil.
26. You wouldn’t dream of going to Bourbon unless it’s to bring some visiting friends or family.
27. Your family has a favorite spot for at least three Mardi Gras parades.
28. You’re used to seeing beads hanging in the trees on St. Charles.
29. When you’re away, you automatically season everything before tasting it because you know there’s no way it already has enough flavor.
30. You’ve recently discovered that your car has something called a “turn signal,” but you still haven’t quite figured out how it works and don’t really care to know. If you're not actually from here, this probably just reminded you that they exist.
31. You laugh every time you see restaurants in other cities with signs that say “Authentic New Orleans Cuisine.” Then you feel kind of bad for the people who believe those signs and seriously consider bringing them some real food.
32. You love drive-thru daiquiri shops, and don’t find them at all out of the ordinary.
33. You know that you shouldn’t wait in line at Café du Monde and that you have to sit down at a table before it’s been cleaned if you want to be fed before the end of the day.
34. You’re very picky about your muffalettas, jambalaya, étouffée, pralines, and gumbo.
35. You know the pronunciations of the foods you eat. “muf-uh-lot-uh,” “jum-buh-lie-uh,” “a-two-fay,” and “praw-leens.”
36. You know it’s just plain dumb to touch an NOPD horse, and you feel like you’re endlessly keeping your drunk friends who are visiting away from them.
37. Actors who think they seem more authentic by speaking in a southern or cajun accent make you want to cry (i.e. that episode of Boston Legal).
38. You saw the movie "Déjà Vu" and couldn't help but point out everything inaccurate, but you were ecstatic that Denzel Washington wasn't too lazy to use a real accent.
39. When you're out of town and tell someone where you live, they look at you like you're Jessica Simpson holding a can of tuna fish.
40. You have no desire to flash for beads, considering every storage space in your house, from the closets to the attic to the garage, would burst if you tried to squeeze in anymore beads.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Have a great evening ya'll !
I'll post more later.
Jesus is Better than Santa
Santa lives at the North Pole.
JESUS is everywhere.
Santa rides in a sleigh
JESUS rides on the wind and walks on the water.
Santa comes but once a year
JESUS is an ever present help.
Santa fills your stockings with goodies
JESUS supplies all your needs.
Santa comes down your chimney uninvited
JESUS stands at your door and knocks..
And then enters your heart.
You have to stand in line to see Santa
JESUS is as close as the mention of His name.
Santa lets you sit on his lap
JESUS lets you rest in His arms.
Santa doesn't know your name, all he can say is
"Hi little boy or girl, What's your name?"
JESUS knew our name before we did.
Not only does He know our name,
He knows our address too.
He knows our history and future and He
even knows how many hairs are on our heads.
Santa has a belly like a bowl full of jelly
JESUS has a heart full of love.
All Santa can offer is HO HO HO
JESUS offers health, help and hope.
Santa says "You better not cry"
JESUS says "Cast all your cares on me
for I care for you.
Santa's little helpers make toys
JESUS makes new life, mends wounded hearts,
repairs broken homes and builds mansions.
Santa may make you chuckle but
JESUS gives you joy that is your strength.
While Santa puts gifts under your tree
JESUS became our gift and died on the tree.
It's obvious there is really no comparison.
We need to remember WHO Christmas is all about.
We need to put Christ back in Christmas.
Jesus is still the reason for the season.
May the Lord Bless and Watch over you and
your loved ones this Christmas 2008
And may He prosper and bless the work
of your hands in the New Year.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
The answer was the candy cane. The candy cane was in the shape of a shepherd"s staff to show them Jesus is our Shepherd and we are His flock. A sheep follows his own shepherd, knows his voice, and trusts him and knows that he is totally safe with him. The sheep will follow no other shepherd but their own. This is how we are to be with Jesus if we truly follow Him ( John 10:11; Psalm 23:1; Isaiah 40:11) Upside down the candy cane was a "J", the first letter of Jesus' name. ( Luke 1:31) It was made of hard candy to remind us that Christ is the rock of our salvation. The wide red stripes on the candy cane were to represent the blood He shed on the cross for each one of us so that we can have eternal life through Him. He redeems us and cleanses us with His shed blood - the only thing that can wash away our sin. ( Luke 22:20) . The white stripes on a candy cane represented the virgin birth, sinless life and purity of our Lord. He is the only human being who ever lived on this earth who never committed a single sin. Even though He was tempted just as we are, He never sinned. ( I Peter: 22) The three narrow red stripes on candy canes symbolized that by His stripes, or wounds, we are healed and the Trinity - the Father, Son (Jesus) and Holy Spirit. Before the crucifixion Jesus was beaten; the crown of thorns was placed on His head; His back was raw from the whip. We are healed by those wounds. He bore our sorrows and by His stripes we are healed. ( Isaiah 53:3) The flavoring in the candy cane was peppermint, which is similar to hyssop. Hyssop is of the mint family and was used in Old Testament times for purification and sacrifice just as Jesus sacrificed His life for ours. ( John 19:29; Psalm 51:7) The old candy maker told them that when we break our candy cane it reminds us that Jesus' body was broken for us. When we have communion it is a reminder of what He did for us. ( I Cor. 11:24) If we share our candy cane and give some to someone else in love because we want to, it represents that same love of Jesus because He is to be shared with one another in love. ( I John 4:7,8) God gave Himself to us when He sent Jesus. He loved us so much He wants us to spend eternal life with Him... which we can do if we accept Jesus in our hearts as Savior and Lord. ( John 1:12; John 3:3,16) Some people believe this story of the candy cane is just a legend. Others believe it really happened. We do not know for sure exactly how the candy cane was invented, but there is one thing for certain... it is an excellent picture of Christ and His love for you.
The Tannenbaum is a symbol of peace and eternal life. A Christian Christmas Tree, represents the Cross on which hung the light of the world, who, when He died, completed His union in love with His church. The Cross reunited earth and sky, God and humanity in love. The lights of the tree represent Jesus, the light of the world; the ornaments represent us, the fruits - the offspring of the union between Jesus and His church. And thus did the Tannenbaum become the Christian Christmas tree.
Monday, December 15, 2008
This one is really cute because as you turn the page each disciple that you read about comes off and it gets fewer and fewer until you are left with the last disciple James.