Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Loads To Share...

Wow, what a week. We had a fantastic Christmas, a busy one, but wonderful none the less.

That being said I have loads of pictures to share...

This first one is of the Nugget and Sugar Mama having food at Sugar Mamas school's Birthday Party for Baby Jesus.


One thing I have noticed with the age of Sugar Mama is the Want..Want..Want...it seems that most of the time all I hear is want from her and it seems to be across the board with people who have children this age. I vowed before I had children that I wouldn't have children like that so my solution was to have Sugar Mama bake cookies for the people around us who do things for us all the time, to show some appreciation for those who work without thanks. So we made cookies for our mail lady and our 3 trash men. During this conversation she informed that "we needed to make cookies for daddy because he does things for us everyday"...there was no mention of mommy....
Thank goodness for the mixer because it made the process a lot faster...here they are watching all the fun...



Christmas Morning Sugar Mama woke up before the Nugget. We knew we wanted them to come down stairs together so we could capture their reactions with the video camera and the Nugget was reluctant to get up.... her she is on her new baby 4-wheeler (which only goes 2 mph :O)

Sugar Mama got a tent.. in the shape of a tree.. Santa put all of her presents in there so she opened them all from inside..


The Nugget got a new kitchen.. that makes 2 for the Durrette house; to keep things even...


Here is Sugar Mama working on her animal doctor kit with her doctor glasses..


Here is said tent.. Sugar Mama has slept in this everyday since she got it.. if you look closely you can see her wrapped in her sleeping bag...

It has been a wonderful week. It went by so quickly I can't believe school starts back next week.

Have you ever heard of post partum depression? Well I never had it after I delivered, but I do have some after the holidays. There is so much anticipation and excitement about the time between thanksgiving and Christmas that it's electric. But after the presents are opened and the day is over it doesn't feel like Christmas anymore, the decorations come down, and then there is nothing to look forward to... (sigh)...but I'm thankful we got to have a Christmas at all. Many families couldn't afford too, so even though I am suffering from Christmas post partum, I am glad we got the experience either way.

One last thing to leave you with:

I don't use real names on this blog...not b/c I don't trust you but because it makes me feel better to tell it this way. However, tonight I ask prayers for my friend Kelsey. I call her by name b/c when you pray I'd like for you to call her name as well. She is young and is pregnant with her 3rd child. Christmas day she went to the hospital because she was convinced she was having a miscarriage. Turns out God had other plans and her baby is just fine. She is on bed rest (rest that the baby's life depends on) and I ask that you pray for her and her unborn baby. God already knows.. I would just like for him/her to know that this world is already anticipating it's safe arrival.

Love to you all...have a happy and safe New Year!!! It's almost 2010, Can you believe it?

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Santa, Stop Here!!

We're out of school this week. It has been more hectic around here than when Sugar Mama and I were both in school. Mama J was super awesome and kept the girls while the Hubs and I went to see if Santa had completed the toys for this family. We were done with our trip around 1:30 in the morning, but it appears he is done making the toys!!

One of Sugar Mama's favorite things that she has never done is camping. Santa is bringing her a tent and the Hubs and I are excited, this may be her favorite toy of the morning. Because we try to keep everything fair in price and number between our girls we had a really hard time shopping for the nugget. She already plays with everything Sugar Mama had, and to get brand new we have to re-purchase toys we already have. This is why we will have 2 kitchens in our house. Sugar Mama has one from Santa 2 Christmas' ago, and this year we bought the Pink Retro Kidkraft kitchen for the Nugget. We also purchased a Power Quad for a very good deal at Target... Sugar Mama has a Barbie Jeep so they will be cruising together.

I did receive an early present from my Mother-in-law. The Yudu machine. The response is usually "What is That?" and if you aren't familiar it's a personal screen printing machine. I opened it yesterday but it's intimidating to use. The hubs says it's fool proof, that remains to be seen...once I get it up and running I'll post pics...

One of my favorite parts of this season is the good spirit. If you haven't been moved at least once this season I'm very surprised. I've listen to local radio stations giving thousands of dollars in help to families really affected by the economy, songs that remind us the true gift we were given some time ago, and if all else fails, what about the Publix commericals? The one about the doctor who comes home to find all of the family he thought he would miss for the holidays, came to him?... Plenty of reasons to be thankful and blessed this season.

One really generous thing I came across was 2 houses locally in Georgia put on a spectacular display of lights for free. Sugar Mama called it dream land and insists that Santa lives there when he is not in the North Pole.. I guess it's his summer house :O) If you live here you should check it out... the address is:

885 Sandy Creek Road, Palmetto, Ga, 30268

Christmas is in 2 days.. can you believe it? Seems like we wait and save for this time all year and when it finally comes and the anticipation is over we're starting the process over. Our entire family is coming over to see what Santa brought the girls and we are going to have breakfast and enjoy the time spent in our jammies. I hope each of you have loved filled, warm biscuit, visits with your families too.

Today I am Thankful for:

Love: As a mother, wife, daughter, sister, niece, granddaughter what have you... the love of my family and friends means more than anything that can be bought from the store. As well as the love from my savior. What a scene it must have been as he stepped off his throne and prepared to enter this world that the rest of us might return to him again. May your holiday be blessed with over whelming love from your loved ones and the embodiment of love...I hope you know, or come to know him.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Four Lazy Days...

Until last night I had not left my house for four days. This is a super accomplishment for me because under normal circumstances we are on the go constantly. It was not intentional, my four day vacay, but because we did not have anywhere to go. No prior commitment, no obligation, not even a desire to go out and finish the Christmas shopping we still have left. The one thing I did do before my self-imposed isolation was get my eyebrows waxed for the very first time...

I enjoy the ladies who work at my nail shop. If you knew me back in the day or even recently I have never been one for fake nails... but recently I decided to try them and as long as they are short I love them and continue to wear them. EVERY TIME I go into that shop they ask me about additional services that they insist I need. For instance as one lady was changing the polish on my toes she insisted that I needed a pedicure.. they had just done one a short time ago, but the way she said it made me feel like I REALLY needed it. Ha. Is it really necessary to make me feel self concious? Also at every visit they ask if I want my eyebrows waxed...It is always an emphatic no!! This time was no different. She asked and I answered no, but she continued... "You really need it" she says.... seriously?
But they were sort of out of control and the Hubs thought it was a good idea so I agreed. First it didn't hurt like I thought it would... it did sting, but not really hurt and they looked good afterwards... Look closely at the picture and you can see how red and swollen my eyebrows were. (sorry for the small picture.. my computer will not upload pics so this came from a camera phone)


This picture is of our Christmas tree. We had it for over a week before I decided to decorate it. It's a Frasier Fur, a type of tree that I didn't realize I liked until I looked and we've been buying this type for the past couple of years (perhaps because it is the ONLY type Mama J ever buys). What I also didn't realize is that this tree has a lean... You can't tell from this picture but the other morning as I was talking on the phone I noticed a web like substance going from the window next to the tree extending to the point of the tree... the hubs had rigged this leaning tree with fishing line so it doesn't fall over :O) Sugar Mama loves it, and the Nugget can't stop taking the ornaments off going "wow". So it's a hit, even if it's swaying to the beat of a different drummer.


This is simply for good measure. How unbelievably cute is this dog? We found this on the internet to put with a present we made for a family friend and Sugar Mama loves him. We are teaching her about UGA and Hairy Dawg... important lessons of course. She insists that Dooley needs a girlfriend like this (only a girl) so he can have a family too, where he is the daddy... and his girlfriend the mommy, and some kids too. I love this dog as well, but I'm not sure an English and Olde English would make cute puppies. Either way this is not mistaking that this dog has it in the bag.. or in the folds of his neck which ever.


Our seclusion this weekend was also because Sugar Mama has been sick. For 3 of the 4 days she "rested" all over the house but not before she informed me that "laying in bed all day was so boring"... clearly she is 4. She was terribly upset that she couldn't go to school, but we talked and agreed that she needed to stay at home so she could be well for PJ day at school and Baby Jesus' birthday party. This is a very clever idea, because Sugar Mama has not stopped talking about it and we are excited to attend.

In Nugget news: You would be so surprised to find out how many words she picks up a week. It is very refreshing to be able to communicate with both children and reminds me that communication wise it only gets better, mouthy attitude wise it only gets worse. She is literally climbing everything in the house, even moving the bathroom stool out to climb on what she is too short to do independently. Her favorite activities include: taking apart (but never putting back together) puzzles, saying Dooley Dooley over and over, chasing said Dooley all over the house, screaming excitedly when he runs into her, and tickling everything. I cannot wait for Christmas morning when they will both be crazy excited...of course Santa must finish his shopping first.

In his defense he is having a hard time finding stuff for the Nugget because of all of the stuff he brought Sugar Mama in Christmas' past... (sigh)

Today I am thankful for:

The generosity of this season. I love listening to radio programs, and watching personalities on television or even watching it with my own two eyes how people go out of their way to make people happy. What a calming and loving spirit that surrounds this time of year, reminding me of the real reason for the season.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Tis the Season...

This is without a doubt my favorite time of year. There is something about Christmas lights....the shopping, the anticipation of Christmas morning that puts a charge to the air and I love it. I wait all year for this month and feeling.

I decided to just go ahead and put our Christmas stuff out instead of studying for finals like I should have...

Sugar Mama decorating her tree... she puts her own ornaments, and angel on. The wound up all on one side and within 2 branches of each other :O)


This is the Nugget's tree. It is a hallmark tree that comes with these cloth ornaments and stories about Jesus' life to go with... the Hubs bought it for me the Christmas I was pregnant with her. I really wanted it and it was sold out when we went to look for it. He found it and I love it.


The Nugget was not interested in decorating so she went to her room and read with big bear. The hubs also bought these for both of the girls... believe it or not they absolutely love them and Sugar Mama sleeps with hers.


The Nugget is at the age that Santa is not a friend. We went through this with Sugar Mama and it took 2 Christmas' for her to be friends with Santa again. She nows says that he is her biggest best friend.. notice the Nuggets reluctance.


Lastly school is over... this means during quiet time I have free time that can be occupied with things other than anatomy and psychology and today it was filled with looking at new stuff to make... I looked up Pillowcase Dresses and I made this one today... What do you think?!? I am super proud so if you are not so proud please lie... :O)


*One special thing I wanted to share: Kelly's Korner blog is giving away an HP touch screen computer ... Giveaway
Go and check it out and you could win one... make sure to read the rules...



Today I am thankful for:

So Many things:

- The hubs... he bought me the only thing I asked for for Christmas as a gift from him and the girls for finishing school with an A and 2 B's. He is more proud than I... (I am my own worst critic)

- My 2 girls.. this morning they both had to give Dooley some sugars before we left for school... so sweet. And Sugar Mama swept up his dog food b/c he's a messy eater, and she did a great job.

- The reminder that I will fall short and that is ok.

- My network of people who are always there when I need them.. you know who you are and I love you all.

Sweet gifts.. A very good friend of mine, (more like a sister) is going to have a baby. I am so excited although I think she can't be old enough to have babies.. but I feel like I'll be having another niece or nephew. My prayer is that God put a hedge of protection over him or her and thank him for trusting one of his own to us once again.


Thursday, December 3, 2009

Catching Up, Just in Enough Time to Get Behind Again

Here are the pictures I promised, just in enough time for Christmas to come around and me to be behind once more :O)

This is Nan.. she'd kill me if she knew that I posted this picture so don't tell her :O)

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Here is Topher my brother hanging out before he ate..





This is U.S. hilarity at it's best...




Sugar Mama playing with a guitar. She loves music and playing with her cousins.




M & M showing her 1st Thanksgiving bib. That smile is incredibly sweet.



Bigi and his 1st Thanksgiving Shirt



Nan let me try out this contraption that is supposed to help with stretching the back. I often have back pains and since I spent the night with her the night before my back was sore. This was the result. It works for a short time (you have to do it everyday for it to work better) but it's incredibly funny to do.

Our Thanksgiving was a lot of fun. We spent the night at Nan's and Pops' house. She finally, after 3 years of owning it, showed me how to use my sewing machine. I am enjoying the sewing immensely. We normally have 3 houses to go to on Thanksgiving, but this year we missed one, but still ate at 2. Fortunately their times are 1 and 6 so there is plenty of time in between to get hungry again.

We are looking forward to getting up our Christmas tree. It's finals week and this is the last of my "busy" period before I can enjoy the holiday and stop worrying about homework and tests. I hope all of you had a great Thanksgiving.

Today I am Thankful for:

Thanks for all the love about the previous post.

For this season. It makes me crazy when people take the Christ out of Christmas. He is the reason for the season. It is not the presents or how much money is spent, but the birth of the one who came to save us. The sacrifice of a mother who knew when her baby came on that day, as she lay him in that manger, that he would carry the sins of the world. To remember that is what this season is all about.