Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas

Luke 2:1-20
And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city. Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child. So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:
“Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”
So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.” And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger. Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child. And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart. Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them.

Twas the Night Before Christmas {Part II}

With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name;
"Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! on Cupid! on, Donder and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!"
As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky,
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too.
And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.
He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;
A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.
His eyes -- how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow;
The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath;
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook, when he laughed like a bowlful of jelly.
He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;

A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose;

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,

"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night."

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Twas the Night Before Christmas {Part I}

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there.

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads.
And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap.
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below.
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer.

To Be Continued...

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Still Inbetween

I still haven't made my goal of 7 lbs under my pre-preggers weight. As of today it's 5 more lbs to go, but I'm not too surprised or disappointed as my running and workout schedule has been slightly interrupted due to work travels...and well, life.

So I'm still pulling out a combination of my "fat" clothes and my "skinny" clothes to see what I can fit into. It sure would be nice to be able to fit into all my skinny clothes soon!

Gap cordouroys, Express sweater, Wet Seal boots

Target dress {PS this is a nursing/maternity dress!}, Forever21 belt & bib necklace, Boutique boots

Target sweater dress, Brooks Brothers boots
Forever21 dress, Banana Republic jacket, Western boots

Gifted scarf {thanks Betty!}, Banana Republic jeans, Nine West heels

I'm not usually big into New Year's Resolutions, but my goodness I am setting Mason's 1st Birthday as my weight loss goal's end-date. It's about time!

Monday, December 14, 2009

When to Go Private

Does anyone else struggle with whether or not to go "Private" with their blog(s)?

Monday, December 7, 2009

Party Help!

Mason turns 10 months this Friday...which means TWO MONTHS until his big 1-year birthday!

I need ideas, help, suggestions, advice for throwing a party for a baby. I feel pretty good about hosting Showers, Dinner Parties, Open Houses, etc. but haven't a clue when it comes to my little one... I've tried to bookmark when I come across some really cool ideas, but I just realized I've not done anything to plan for it yet and February is just around the corner!
I want to have a really cool blow-out party with a few babies and children invited, but mostly adults {since he's too young for a play party with games and activities}. I've decided to host it inside our house since it'll be cold outside and having a party at another venue would probably be too complicated for a 1st birthday anyway. I'd also like to incorporate mostly homemade decorations because it's cost effective and more meaningful {plus it's fun}. I've already chosen my invitation artiste and cake decorator. But I suppose I need to choose a theme, write out the guest list, prepare a menu, make decorations, create party favors/momentos, etc.

First order, I need to decide on a theme:
  • Bugs {"Bug" is one of his many nicknames}
  • Monkeys {yet another nickname...silly Monkey}
  • Zoo Animals; Farm Animals or maybe even Safari
  • Vintage Cowboy
  • Circus {my 2nd birthday had a clown- yeah, I'd definitely go clownLESS...scary!}
  • Blues & Brown {just a color-theme}
  • Dr. Seuss
  • Big Man Party {with fun accessories like neckties, watches & moustache decor}


Friday, December 4, 2009

Take Backs

I take it back--- rather than inheriting Carrie Bradshaw's closet, I'd be much more content to start off with one beautifully organized closet like this:

I think the classic neutrals and lines would be a great base wardrobe. And of course you only add to a wardrobe so shopping for many more colors would be necessary {hehe}.

Having classic pieces help build a timeless look. That was also my thinking in choosing some new specs. I haven't had fresh eyeglasses in 9 years...they're way past due {I wear contacts}. Can't wait for them to come in!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

10 T-E-N

Monday night I took off to the gym since I need to burn the 5 lbs gained from Turkey Day. And I have incredible news to report:
  1. Baby M was in the gym daycare for almost 2 hours and did a fantastic job with strangers {this is a big deal because he's not used to daycare}
  2. And...I ran 10 yes T-E-N MILES. That's my furthest distance yet! The next closest was 9 miles in late July last year (@ 10 wks preggers). It was a slower 8:40 min pace, but not too shabby for the distance.
Dadder says I'd definitely be ready to run the Mercedes Half-Marathon on Valentine's 2010. I may have to play that one by ear...
I fully expect my weight to slightly fluctuate during this Holiday season, but as of Monday night thru today, there's just 7 more lbs to go until I'm at my "happy weight". Yay!

Blog Round Up - Fashionistas

Too bad we don't all have the luxury of having her closet:
I've really been in a fashion rut this week. With the fickle Alabama weather, my clothing choices also haven't even been climate-appropriate. For instance, one day I decided to wear a tunic top and my slim-fit jeans. In my head, I planned on balancing out the flowy blouse with tighter bottoms. But instead I ended up cold, threw on a sweatshirt, and plopped my cozy GAP slippers {love these} on my freezing toes.

So thankfully there are talented fashionistas and style gurus out there who share their love of fashion, personal styles, and clothing tips to help give me ideas. Blog Round Up!

A Californian fashionista, Cupcakes and Cashmere was the first style blog I began to follow. She wears more cutting-edge fashions with a West Coast vibe. She also makes her own jewelry and even has DIY fashion.

This is a recent find. What I Wore is definitely a fave! Of course clothes tend to look great on a tall and slender model, but she does put together some beautiful outfits and journals her daily outfits.

While Habitually Chic is mostly geared towards interior decorating, she is a particularly classic New York fashionista with clean lines and great taste. Here's one of my favorite posts on her preparations for a trip to Paris.

*EDIT 12/3: headers should now click to links =)