Sunday, November 30, 2014


Thanks to a friend coming over to help, my shiny new laptop that we bought yesterday is all set up and completely functional. Our old laptop kicked the bucket (very suddenly) on Friday afternoon, leaving us no choice but to put Les' dream of a new TV on hold yet again.

Saturday, November 29, 2014


Buying a new laptop (after ours died yesterday), a bit of Christmas shopping, supper at the food court and going to see The Mockingjay Part 1 movie was on the date agenda today.

Friday, November 28, 2014


Tonight we put up our Christmas tree and decorations. This is my favorite ornament. It's the one I got from my Grade 3 teacher and I have loved it ever since. Of course I have new favorites that my girls have made/given to me, but this one is my favorite from my past.

Thursday, November 27, 2014


This has been another rough week for me, and this morning was no exception. But when I got downstairs and saw the bright ball of sunshine staring to come up for another day...I was given renewed hope.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014


Tired and headachey tonight, while Joelle was at youth and Malia was playing Wii with her dad, I allowed myself the unusual luxury of watching TV in the early evening and ignoring my household duties.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014


Today was such a special day! My oldest flowergirl from my wedding (there were 4 of them - sisters) is now attending the same local Bible college I did and I went to visit her there today. I got a tour of the school - which has changed A LOT since I was last there SIXTEEN years ago!! - and then we went to a quaint little boutique for "coffee" and a great visit. I'm so glad that I have maintained a connection with that special family who was such a big part of my life. It's so cool seeing the amazing young woman she has grown up to be.

Monday, November 24, 2014


My "handiwork by andi" orders are starting to pick up the last couple of weeks. This sweet stuffed owl toy was a custom made item for a soon-to-be-born baby girl and I really enjoyed watching it come to life. I finished it today and fell in love!

Sunday, November 23, 2014


I love it when I have a good outfit day. Today was the first time wearing this ensemble and I loved the colors, the fit, the style, the of my new faves for sure!

Saturday, November 22, 2014


My sweet little niece...she's not usually this still. :)

Friday, November 21, 2014


The girls decorated cookies at Grandma's today. Joelle made hers spell "Christmas Day." 


Raising children is no easy task. But at the end of the day, regardless of how tough the days journey was...this is what it's all about.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014


The shelves of newly restocked product I got to "play" with at work today.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014


Adding a bit more Christmas baking to the mix. The girls are spreading chocolate chips onto the base of my homemade Skor bars.

Monday, November 17, 2014


My little baker helped me make a few dozen Jam-Jam cookies this afternoon (on a day off of school) to kick off our Christmas baking AND she did all of the jamming on her own!

Sunday, November 16, 2014


This girl. Back from her first ever youth retreat with positive reviews!

Saturday, November 15, 2014


With Joelle away this weekend, I promised Malia we would have a "sleepover" one night. Which means I might head back to my bed when she's asleep! :)

Friday, November 14, 2014


Joelle left tonight for her very first youth retreat (grades 6-8). It was a back-and-forth struggle whether she was actually prepared to get on that bus and drive away, but she did it and I'm so prod of her!!

(Her friend just happened to pull her owl hat over her face for the picture which worked out great to keep her anonymous so I could post this picture!)

Thursday, November 13, 2014


Catching a few rays of precious sunshine through the window on my lunch break today.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014


These peanut butter chocolate chip cookies are a huge temptation for me. Thanks for the idea to bake them tonight, Malia (insert sarcasm here).

Tuesday, November 11, 2014


The girls love our annual Christmas tradition of packing shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. A few years ago this was made even more fun when a nearby church started a one-stop shop for exactly this. Next year I think we will have them bring along some of their own money to help contribute to make it feel even more personal.

Monday, November 10, 2014


It was fun hanging up my new digs from the weekend into my closet today. And yes, they really are all black, white and grey. What can I say, it's what I like!

Sunday, November 9, 2014


My two-day/one-night stint in Grand Forks with my bestie was glorious but over far too quickly. We had fun trying on these shirts today.

Saturday, November 8, 2014


Guess where I am? Love me some Texas Roadhouse!

Friday, November 7, 2014


A picture from Malia to take with me tomorrow when I leave home for the first night in years! Neither of the girls think this is a good idea...I, on the other hand, think it's a pretty spectacular plan!

Thursday, November 6, 2014


Curling up with a cup of (caffeine-free) apple cinnamon tea before bed.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Tuesday, November 4, 2014


Tonight I got treated to front row seats at a One Direction concert. :)

Monday, November 3, 2014


Mother-daughter games night tonight. Guess who won?

Sunday, November 2, 2014


Time change this weekend makes me feel even more surrounded by darkness.

Saturday, November 1, 2014


Tonight we (along with Les' sister and one brother in law) threw a retirement party for his parents. Our house was the location and this is the food that was served. And now I am very, very tired.