Sunday, December 9, 2012

The Great Christmas Quiz - Day 9

Yesterday's question was:   What is a manger?  (Bonus: What is it made of?)

Did you say a feeding trough made out of wood?  You would be right on one part, but not the other.

(1) A manger is a feed trough found in a stable. In Bible times mangers were made from clay mixed with straw or from stones held together with mud; sometimes they were carved in natural outcroppings of rock.

(1) This information was gathered from

That poor babe (Our Lord Jesus) was laid in such a hard place.  I always thought (as you probably did) that he had a  nice straw bed.  Take a minute and go to the above referenced site and take a look at the photo of what he was probably laid in.

The reference for this is Luke 2:7

Day 9 Question:

In what type of structure was Jesus born? 

Saturday, December 8, 2012

The Great Christmas Quiz - Day 8

Day 7 you were asked what exactly are swaddling clothes.

(1)It was a common belief of the day that in order for a newborn infant's arms and legs to grow straight and strong they needed to be tightly wrapped at birth. Babies were wrapped from their shoulders to their feet with long strips of cloth 4-5 inches wide and 15-20 feet long. The act of wrapping the child up so tightly and completely was called "swaddling"; and the strips of cloth were called "swaddling clothes".
Ironically, these same strips of cloth used to wrap the limbs of babies were also used for wrapping the bodies of the dead. How appropriate that Jesus' life on earth would begin this way...


Day 8 Question:

The lay him in a manger.  What is a manger?  (Bonus: What is it made of?)

Friday, December 7, 2012

The Great Christmas Quiz - Day 7

Day 6 you were asked what sign the shepherds were to look for.  Did you get it right? My first answer was wrong as I was not thinking, I was just trying to answer the question quickly.

The correct answer is a babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.  Luke 2:12

I was too quick to answer this and said a star...oops!

Day 7 Question:

When Jesus was born, he is wrapped in swaddling clothes.  What are swaddling clothes?

Thursday, December 6, 2012

The Great Christmas Quiz - Day 6

The question from yesterday was: What is a heavenly host?

The answer: A heavenly host means an army of angels.  I personally can't imagine being a shepherd out in the field and being approached by an angel in the first place.  But then after the angel speaks a host of angels shows up and starts talking....WOW!  I think I would have fainted dead away.

Day 6 Question:  What sign are the shepherds to look for?

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

The Great Christmas Quiz - Day 5

Day 4 Question: Why do Mary & Joseph go to Bethlehem?

Answer: Luke 2:1-5  Caesar Augustus sent out a decree that all should be registered. So everyone had to return to their own city to be counted for the census.

Day 5 Question:

A heavenly host appears to the shepherds watching their flocks in the fields.  What is a heavenly host?

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

The Great Christmas Quiz - Day 4

Answer to Day 3

When Mary becomes pregnant, what relation is she to Joseph?

Betrothed - Matthew 1:18  & Luke 1:26-27

I really didn't understand the concept of engaged vs. betrothed vs. married so I have done some research.  The most easily understood page that I came across was:

Basically it says that you are beyond engagement but not yet officially married.  Betrothment could last anywhere from one month to one year or more depending on what the family decides.  For all intents and purposes they were married but not yet living together and they had not consummated the relationship.  This time was set aside while they decided where to live, what occupation they would have, what dowry (if any) was to be given.

To read more on the subject, I would refer you back to the link above.  Today I definitely learned something.

Day 4 Question: (this one should be easier)

Why do Mary & Joseph go to Bethlehem?

Monday, December 3, 2012

The Great Christmas Quiz - Day 3

First the answer to yesterday's question:

When Elizabeth sees her cousin Mary, the baby inside of her leaps for joy.  Who is the baby that Elizabeth is  carrying?

John the baptist - Luke 1:41-44,60,63

Question for Day 3

When Mary becomes pregnant, what relation is she to Joseph?

Sunday, December 2, 2012

The Great Christmas Quiz - Day 2

First the answer to yesterday's question:

The angel Gabriel appears to three people associated with the Christmas story:

Mary - Luke 1:26-38
Joseph - Matthew 1: 20-23
Zacharias - Luke 1: 11-17

Today's question:

When Elizabeth sees her cousin Mary, the baby inside of her leaps for joy.  Who is the baby that Elizabeth is carrying?

Saturday, December 1, 2012

The Great Christmas Quiz - Day 1

Welcome to the Great Christmas Quiz!

The angel Gabriel appears to three people associated with the Christmas story: Mary, Joseph, and who else?

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The Great Christmas Quiz

Let's play a little game leading up to the big event!  

Every day from December 1-20 I will put up a question of the day. (I promise) You have until the next morning to figure out the answer.

Some will be easy, some you may think are easy but get them wrong, and some will be hard.

Just have fun and enjoy the game. Perhaps you will even learn something. I know I did!


Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Picture A Day - Day 7

Today's assignment: Something Funny

Little S is creative.  He has a whole desk full of art supplies and such and is always making something.

Recently after a small kitchen fire in another apartment he went around and put signs up in each room so we knew where we were and how to get out.

Just like most kids he loves boxes.  The older boys were selling candy bars and he kept begging me to let him have the empty box.  After being asked no less than 1.5 million times, I finally relented and said he could have it.  This is what he made:

He cut the top part off and made an "E". Then he took some ribbon and tied it into the box.  It is hard to see in this picture but across the top is a note that says "Hi. I am the gretter"  (greeter - his is still learning how to spell).

He placed this on the table as you walk in the door.  He is such a silly kid but I love his creativity.


Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Picture A Day - Day 6

I did not do yesterday's assignment because by the time I looked at the subject it was too late.  I was supposed to do the morning sky.

Today's assignment is Books.

This is the bookshelf in my closet. Since we moved we never got bookshelves here so they are two deep and never ending.  They used to be two high as well, but I have really downsized by keeper books since I have gotten my kindle.


Sunday, November 4, 2012

Picture A Day - Day 4

Today's assignment: Leaves

This was a beautiful carpet of leaves on the lawn outside the doors of the church where I am working.  I took this last week. I know I am supposed to take a new picture each day but since Sandy literally blew through here last week, we now have virtually no leaves left on our trees.

This is one of my favorite fall photo's I have taken this year.  This too was taken a few weeks ago.  I love the contrast of the bright red leaves on the front tree and the yellow/orange leaves on the back tree.  And the beautiful carpeting God has given these two lawns.

I don't think I will ever understand raking and burning the leaves.  They are just so breathtaking the way they fall.


Saturday, November 3, 2012

Picture A Day - Day 3

Today's assignment is: Happiness

What has more happiness than a child just back from Trick or Treating with a bag full of loot?

His costume included gloves, shoe covers and even a mask that was all skeleton.  This was the first year he and daddy had to go alone.  Teen had to work and I had to drive Tween down to his school for his final performance.

Overall I think they did pretty good. See that shirt to his left?  There is a newer screen printing/embroidery place in town and they were handing out shirts.

Our trick or treat was moved until today due to Hurricane Sandy blowing through here on Tuesday and Wednesday.


Picture A Day - Day 2

Today's assignment is Smile.

This is Tween.  He is currently a supporting cast member of Tina 'n Tony's Wedding at Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center.  His character is named Lorenzo.

Not only is he smiling in this picture, but the picture makes me smile.  The silly 80's italian clothing and hair.

We went to see the performance last night with my parents, grandma, and some friends.  My mum kept trying to get him to break character and answer a question and he just wouldn't do

We had a great time and I am so glad that we were able to attend.


Thursday, November 1, 2012

Picture A Day - Day 1

So I have been a total slacker this past year.  I really want to get back into the swing of things and decided to start with a Photo-A-Day project.

Today's photo is to be my favorite food.  Rather than taking a picture of a picture of my favorite food I decided to just take a picture of my lunch today.

A hot Sicilian wrap from the cafeteria at PSU.

It was so yummy.  The wrap was herb and garlic and in addition to the meat it had lettuce, tomato, pickles, banana peppers, black olives, spinach, and italian dressing.

What was your lunch today?


Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Glade Expressions

I recently signed up to be a Bzz Agent.  In doing so I got to try out the new Glade Expressions Fragrance Mist.

Glade Expressions

I tried the Cotton and Italian Mandarin scent and really liked it.  It is a clean scent and also refreshing.  The scent seems to last longer than most traditional room sprays.  And the bottle is a lot sleeker and doesn't look like a room spray bottle sitting on the counter.

My only complaint is that the bottle fell off of the counter and it cracked pretty easily.  But that was no fault of the company or the way it was made, just dumb luck on my end.

If you would like to try this product, go to my facebook page and follow the link for a $2 off coupon.


(Disclaimer:  The opinions I have expressed above are my own, I did not receive any type of compensation for this review.  If you would like to know more about becoming a Bzz Agent, just ask.)

Wednesday, June 27, 2012


Little S and Daddy

My boyz love to play at the little creek (we say 'crick' here in western PA) down the road. They will walk up and down it and catch minnows and crayfish/crawdads/mudbugs and just splash around under the bridge.

One of Little S's favorite things to do is to "fix" the waterfalls. If you look at the picture you will see several large rocks next to each other and the water flows between them.  Sometimes when there is a storm and the water runs hard the little rocks and grit get between the rocks and block the water flow.  Little S thinks it is his job to clean that stuff out of there so the water can flow other words "fix" the waterfalls.

This particular day there was a crayfish stuck in between the rocks and Little S was concerned about it so he asked Daddy to help him out.  Daddy went and got a stick and helped push it out.

I just love this picture.  I think I might get this one printed and framed.


Friday, January 20, 2012

January 20

Yes, I admit I slacked off already for a bit.  But in my defense we were pretty busy and then we had the stomach virus come through here.

This past week I have been working on cleaning out all of the old paperwork and files and drawers and such.  Since I am now a permanent employee I am getting rid of all of the stuff that the last couple temps and last permanent employee (who retired) left behind.  I am also organizing it the way I want it set up.  I really didn't want to go through the effort of tossing and organizing and then not having a job in the end.  And also for the first few months I was there I wasn't sure what I would need and what I wouldn't.  It feels good opening drawers and things are all neat and tidy.

I am off on Fridays so today instead of doing one shelf in a cupboard, I cleaned out the whole food/medicine cupboard in the kitchen.

Here are the before pics:

The above picture is the right side 2 bottom shelves.  The bottom shelf is a various mess of different tea's and stuff.  The second shelf is all of our basic family medicines and such.  As I was going through everything I was also throwing out expired stuff.

This is the left side of the cupboard and it is all food items shoved in and in no particular order. Fruits, soups, veggies, condiments all mixed together.

This is my cupboard after:

The left bottom shelf contains tuna, veggies and a few other odd items.  The next shelf up is all soups and at the top is all pasta, rice and dressing.

For the right bottom shelf I took a page out of Shannon's book (or blog) and bought a small bin which now contains all of our medicines.  The two containers to the left of it contain all of the different teas and sweeteners.  Above that is fruit, pb & jelly and a few decorative jars I wasn't sure what to do with.  At the top is boxed sides, desserts and dips.

I kind of felt like Julia Roberts in Sleeping with the Enemy as I was putting everything away.  I made them all face front and be pretty even. I am pretty sure when I get back from the next grocery trip the cans will not be all nice and front and center.


Tuesday, January 10, 2012

January 10

First I want to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my hubby!  

Anyone who knows me knows that I have a few, let's say, issues. If you know anything about me or have been reading here for a while you know I have bathroom issues (as in I do not use public restrooms).

I also have hand-washing issues.  It is nothing for me to ask someone if they washed their hands after they have come out of the restroom or before they prepare food.

I must also tell my kids things are yucky or dirty and need thrown out.  I guess I didn't realize I was doing this until Little S was helping me clean out my end table drawer the other day.

There was a bunch of papers and stuff in there that needed thrown out or put in the proper place.  As we got to the bottom of the drawer he noticed some coins scattered around and asked if he could have them.  I looked and it was mostly pennies and nickles and a few dimes and quarters.  It probably only amounted to less that $2.00 so I told him he could have it.

As he is digging through he found a penny that was dirty and well worn and he said to me that we should probably throw it away since it is so yucky.

My poor kids, I have ruined them.  How sad is it that he would rather throw dirty money away than keep it?  Granted it was only a penny but still.

Have you ruined any of your kids? If so, how?


Monday, January 9, 2012

January 9

In my post yesterday I talked about the mug rug that was on my night stand. My Mum let me know that she actually has tons of these hexagon's as well as the loom and a square loom.  The problem is that she does not have the instructions on how to put them together to make a blanket.

So here is where you all come in. I know many of you are crafty people as well as knitters, crocheters and sewers.  Do any of you have a website that gives instructions on this type of crafting?  I have looked all over and cannot find anything.  It is called a hexagon lap loom.  My great grandma had made other blankets with them so we know that they were made for this.  And my Mum knows how to make more if needed so she just needs to know how to connect them.

Also after reading the many comments yesterday about my empty night stand I took a few suggestions and put a nice picture in a frame on the other side.  Now it looks complete and not empty.  Thanks to those that suggested it!


Sunday, January 8, 2012

January 8

I opened my email this afternoon and my Mum had asked my why I stopped updating my blog.  I think she is just anxious to see my  Actually Thursday I was super busy and Friday I wasn't feeling well so I did 2 area's yesterday.

First was the top drawer of my nightstand.  I have a habit of stuffing stuff in the top drawer until later.  It was so stuffed that I was unable to close the drawer the whole way anymore :(    So here is the before: 

Not sure if you can see it or not but behind the drawer was some additional stuff that had fallen behind and under the drawer actually preventing it from closing.  I threw a ton of stuff out and here is the after picture:

I think I have way too many highlighters.  My asked for and got some for Christmas for school, I should have just cleaned my drawer sooner and given him some.

After the drawer I tackled the top of the stand. I clean the top off every couple months because I often stack and avoid.  I set things there to deal with later and often the time passes before I deal with whatever it is. Mostly it is kids book order forms and catalogs from different in home parties.  By the time I look through them again it is too late to order books or the party has closed.  

I honestly think I do it cause I don't have the money at the time to order and I think if I set it there some how the money will magically appear before the deadline.  Guess that is one way to save money I don't have :)

Anyhow here is the before:

Notice the school papers almost on top and I guess it is kind of a catch all for everything else I use at night. Lotions, room spray, vicks, Motrin, hand sanitizer, and I ALWAYS have a drink with me at night.

So after adding to the first bag of garbage and putting things where they really belong this is the after:

Lots of room now.  And my kindle can set there without fear of it falling.  See that mug rug on the right?  My great grandma made that a long time ago.  After she passed we were going through some of her craft stuff and there were a few of these in there.  There weren't enough to put a blanket together but I took a few and use them for coasters. 

As I look at this picture now I see that I still have stuff on that table.  For some reason I think I have a fear of it being empty.  There is actually no need for the nail polish to set there or the other 3 bottles.  Wonder why I have a need to have stuff around.  To me this is a clean table but I am sure to many of you it is still cluttered.  I really think it would bother me if it were completely empty.  

I could easily put my Kindle in my drawer and the nail polish in the cupboard on my headboard.  In fact I am going to do that right now and take a new pic of it completely clean.  

For some reason it bothers me that it is so empty :(    

What about you? What is on your nightstand?  Is it empty or are there certain things that you have to have on it?


Wednesday, January 4, 2012

January 4

Wednesday's are always busy days here. We recently got a new Children's Ministry Director husband and wife team and they are doing wonderful things with our kids.

Our mid-week children's program starts at 5pm with Bible Quizzing, then at 6pm we have dinner, 6:30pm is Worship songs and a puppet show, from 7pm-8pm is class time with a rotating 20 min recreation time.  It is a lot of fun and believe it or not it goes by very fast.

We used to have just our 7-8pm class time.  When they presented us with the new schedule and I saw how long it was I thought it would drag on and that no one would show up for the whole time....i know, Ms. Negative Nelly here :(

But I am glad to say that we have had over half of the kids show up for the Bible Quizzing and then the rest of the kids plus many new faces have started to filter in between 6pm and 7pm.  It was also made very clear at the beginning that no one is required to come all 3 hours.  You are free to just do the Bible Quizzing or just the class time or anything in between.

We recently received a schedule of all of the events for the rest of the year and every month is at least one activity in addition to the Wednesday night program.  I am so excited to be part of a growing and loving church.  

Now on to today's assignment: Declutter the top shelf of one of your cabinets.

Being that this is a busy day for us, I decided to declutter the headboard of my bed.  I took a before picture but some how I took it without the SD card in the camera and I can't figure out how to retrieve it.  And Teen isn't home to help.

All I can say is that it was full of books and papers and lots of dust.  I sure wish I had a before picture to share, but here is the after:

I even cleaned out the cupboards and they are now both empty as well.  I think this is probably the first time it has been this empty since we moved in here.  The only thing on the shelf behind the pillows is a tissue box, the two tv remotes and Little S's bedtime devotions book.


Tuesday, January 3, 2012

January 3

Today's assignment is to clean off the top of a cabinet.  I actually do not have any cabinet tops that are accessible.  Our kitchen cabinets are built in so that is one thing that I can not clutter ;)

Today was the first day back to school for the kids and my first day back at work but now as an official "PSU" employee.  The kids didn't give me trouble at all this morning but it is only 6:30 and the little one is already crabby.  I imagine he will be in bed early and will be a bear to get up tomorrow.

So since I don't have an assignment to do today, I thought I would ask a question instead.

If you could pick your own name or change it now, what would your new name be and why?

I used to think that I would change my name, but I am pretty attached to it now and I wouldn't change it.


Monday, January 2, 2012

January 2

We were lazy all morning and didn't get moving until after 11 this morning.  But once we got moving we got a lot accomplished.

The boyz finished straightening their room and I got the kitchen straightened up.

Then we were off to the bargain theater ($3 per show and includes a popcorn) to see Arthur Christmas. It was a really cute movie.

When we got home I looked on my clutter calendar and it says that I was to set up a "Donation Station". Well, I didn't actually get that set up. 

However, I did get Little S's new desk all organized and ready for when he starts back to school.  He got a new light for the desk and tons of supplies for Christmas.  Pencils, paper, crayons, colored pencils, stapler, glue sticks and anything else he will need.  Along with a few art supplies and Crayola stations.

Then I went to the closet and pulled out the sweeper and saw this mess: 

And this was after I pulled the Dyson, the cat carrier and a few other things out.  The shelf on the right was stacked with things also.  I decided to take before and after pictures after I had started to unload everything.

After I pulled everything out, we ate dinner and played a game of Headbands.  It was a little hard at first but we got the hang of it. And it was fun playing a game while we ate.  We may have to do it again in the future.

Then I got back to the closet.  I filled a garbage bag full of stuff and then put numerous things in their rightful place and this is what it looks like now:

Much much better.  Everything is in it's place and there is room leftover for the roaster pan on the shelf to the right.

It's nice to think that I can open the door and nothing is going to fall out at me and I don't have to shove everything to get the door to close again.

So even though I didn't get today's assignment done, I did take a step towards organizing and de-cluttering. 

The worst part about organizing a closet or drawer is that no one really sees the effort you have made (unless you take pics).


Updated 8:30pm - Tree and all decorations are now down as well.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

January 1

I gave up making Resolutions years ago.  No use in setting myself up to fail every year.

I recently came across this website calendar while playing around on pinterest: Declutter Calendar 2012

My first 'assignment' is "Think about who you want to be this year"

This year I really want to try to get more organized at home and let go of a lot of STUFF that I have just sitting around or stuffed in drawers.

I am one of those people that get emotionally attached to 'things'.  Not to the point that I keep empty tissue boxes cause someone gave it to me but I definitely keep other stuff that I do not use.

We had a 'white elephant' gift exchange the other day. I liked being able to get stuff out that I was not using or hadn't used and pass it on to someone.  I am sure some of it will end up being re-gifted again but at least it is out of my house.  And I don't feel bad about it :)

I am going to try to sell things and pass things on as much as I can.  I long for a simple empty house without a bunch of stuff, just the things we need.

Do you have a goal this year? Did you make any resolutions?