Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Of course I want to reach of sending 3,500 Christmas cards to men and women serving our country, away from their homes and families, during the Christmas season but I'm a bit concerned I'm not going to reach near that goal.
I am thankful for any of you that take the time to write and sign cards for this campaign. It touches my heart to the core and truly means the world to me. I am so blessed by your generous spirits.
BUT...now it is time to "get out the vote" so to say...
We have over a week to complete this project and it. is. do-able.
This is such a small, inexpensive, easy project that makes a big difference in the lives of those sacrificing for you.
Please consider asking a friend over to watch a movie and write some cards, or meet at Panera to enjoy hot chocolate and work on some cards, spend some time with your kids talking to them about gratitude and sacrifice, or curl up with a blanket and write some cards while you admire your Christmas tree.
My birthday is on Friday...sign another box of cards in honor me (I told you this was shameless)
.....the baby wants to you write cards too (....shameless I tell you)
Hope you are keeping warm on this SNOWY!! day!
Monday, November 28, 2011
It's been 4 months, time to stop holding my energy hostage. Christmas time is here and mommy likes to decorate and bake and stay up later than 7:30pm. Not to mention that your father hasn't had a home cooked meal since September....I'll trade you stretchy maternity pants (room to grow!) for my energy. mmm k?
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Monday, November 21, 2011
Friday my father-in-law came to visit and help us install recessed lighting in our kitchen and new outdoor lighting...he's an electrician annd he probably hates me this morning. I got the bright idea to move the location of the lights on our front porch from their current location in the stucco to their new location (!!!) on the brick on the front of our house. So that meant removing light fixtures and then drill holes through brick and mortar. fun!
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Taco Bell is for drunk or hungover college kids, not mothers to be who spend $30+
per month on prenatal vitamins with DHA and fish oil supplements for your brain development, endlessly research the benefits of organic crib mattresses, and are about to sign up for prenatal yoga. If you could kindly forget THAT craving I would appreciate it.
Friday, November 11, 2011
Amy Grant Christmas music in particular. Nothing gets me in the holiday spirit like the first few strains of "It's Gonna be a Christmas to Remember."
It is my go to CD, and yes I use the CD.
I was grumpy, i.e. hormonal, a few days ago so the only plausible solution was Christmas music in the car. Cue the Amy Grant. Cue the snickering from D...you see I have a tendency to play a beloved song over, and over, and over again without ever getting tired of it! ever.
Thursday, November 10, 2011
um...no wonder I am tired! I literally quadrupled that kid in 3 weeks time.
But since we're being real here, pregnancy is not a walk in the park. I have been continually shocked at how tough the first trimester has been. My mom didn't have morning sickness and in theory our pregnancies are supposed to mirror our mothers...ha ha ha NOT MINE! Baby Sullivan is making itself known in a big way at our house...nausea, vomiting, peeing of the pants while vomiting (super graceful my friends), headaches, cramping, abdominal twinges, spotting, food aversions, cravings, the whole gauntlet.
Thankfully there is a light at the end of the tunnel, drumroll please, the second trimester.
The honeymoon phase of pregnancy. I can hear the angels singing! I see the light! It's so so close, but far away! My midwife told me I would cross the threshold into pregnancy bliss at 12 weeks, which is this Sunday. I hear more angels singing! ; )
In all seriousness I love my little alien, whom I think is a little girl after my own bratty little girl heart...causing drama at 11 short weeks in the womb (consider this a public apology to my mother now). Pregnancy and babies are a miracle, corny yes, but true none the less.
For now, Baby Sullivan and I are going to put our feet up and pray for Sunday.
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
....so that means it's time get your Christmas card on!
Last year friends and family of the Halley Daily sent over 2,100 Christmas cards overseas to American troops serving our country during the holidays. wow! Isn't it incredible how mismatched group of people in Ohio did something small and selfless and made a BIG difference?
Everyone who participated in sending Christmas cards commented on how enriching it was to step back from the hussle and bussel to express their gratitude and well wishes toward our service men and women. I can personally atest to the joy (and tears!) I experienced when packaging thousands of cards to send overseas. I felt overwhelming pride in our country, service members, and my friends and family for helping to bless those sacrificing on behalf of our freedom.
This year I will be sending cards via the Red Cross and AnySolider.com My goal is to send 3,500 cards. yep, it's a big number but I know that we can rally to encourage and bless our service members.
I would so appreciate it, if you and your family would consider committing to purchasing a few boxes of Christmas cards and writing in them while you watch tv, enjoy some hot chocolate, or listen to holiday music. I would even suggest bringing several boxes of cards and pens to Thanksgiving or holiday gatherings so that your extended family can participate. You won't regret it!
Last year many people purchased cards at Walmart.....why? Many boxes contain 32 cards for $3 and are made in America. Another suggestion would be checking out your local Dollar Tree- 20 cards for $1. You could also make cards at home with your children and some finger paint. : )
All cards are "due" Thursday, December 8, 2011
D and I will be mailing the cards, all you need to do is get them to us!
Cards need to be signed
It is suggested that you use generic salutations such as "Dear Service Member"
Do not include email or home addresses on the cards (City and State are fine)
Do not include inserts of any kind, including photos
Envelopes do not need to be sealed, simply "tucked"
Please refrain from sending holiday cards with glitter.
Friday, November 4, 2011
gorgeous spice cake cupcakes with cream cheese frosting from my sweet neighbor
Our 4th annual party was a HUGE success, but I did not do it alone! My mother in law, brother in law, his girlfriend, my mom, sister, dad, and neighbor A all came to my rescue and helped me prepare for the party. I am forever and ever grateful. H2 and C took all the pictures in this post. I am so thankful for the memories saved and made. THANK YOU!
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
I shut the bedroom door and waited for D to come home. When he got home I had my camera ready to snap a picture of his reaction when he opened the door and saw the banner. This is what I got...