Wednesday, January 19, 2011

If you're the praying type...

Sometimes life is such a ridiculously turbulent roller coaster.  Happiness. Sorrow. Joy. Dread. Excitement. Doubt.  Anyone know where I can find a level road to travel on for a while?

I can’t go into specifics, so please forgive my vagueness.  But if you’re the praying type, would you mind sending a word or two up to The Big Guy for me?  He’ll know what it’s for.

In times like these, I find it soothing to remind myself of the very many wonderful things I have in my life. It puts thoughts of my struggles into perspective and helps to calm me down.  But every once in a while, fear and doubt bubble up to the surface, choking off my attempts to remain positive. Which sucks, because positivity is something I really try to focus on in my life.

Anyway.  Thank you in advance for your thoughts and prayers.  And for reading nonsensical thoughts like these.

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Saturday, January 8, 2011

Thank you cards

My mom sends out a weekly letter to family and friends.  A while back, she sent one that explained how disappointed she is that the practice of sending thank-you letters seems to be going by the wayside. Her letter made me stop and think.  When was the last time I had my kids sit down and send thank you letters?

I'm not going to lie.  It's been a while. I know I've done it from time to time, like around birthdays or something, but I can't remember doing it after Christmas. Sure, I could excuse it by saying that we lead busy lives, and in the midst of school, basketball, church, show choir, work, and all of our other activities, it can be hard to find time to write out letters.

But, to use a word that my mom loves to use, that's hogwash. We do have the time, and this year, we are making an effort to send letters to those who gave us gifts this holiday season.  Especially now, when generous gift giving often means scrimping and saving for weeks.  I'm embarrassed that I haven't done this very often.  You'll never meet anyone who drills politeness into the heads of her children head like I do.  I've been known to go ballistic if my kids didn't thank someone while trick-or-treating.  And if they don't thank someone's folks for giving them a ride somewhere, they get a 10 minute lecture from me.  So why have I chosen to be so lax on thank-you letters? I'm really not sure, but I will say that it makes me feel ashamed. 

But, this year, we're turning over a new leaf.  Perhaps this is the kind of New Year's resolution I can stick to.

I decided to make it into a fun craft this year, so Bumblebee and I got out the paint and some foam stamps and we created our own thank you cards.
*photo of Bumblebee with paint and a foam stamp:


The kids will write their thank you message inside of the cards, and I will get them in the mail.

Hopefully before the fourth of July.
*photo of Bumblebee with her thank you cards.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Wow, I am a slacker.

It's 2011 already?  How did that happen?

The holiday season flew by this year.  It was wonderful - we spent a lot of time with family and I truly enjoyed every gathering we attended. I paused a few times to think about Mary Jane, and how we miss her so much.  But I was pleased to see that my dad is doing the best he can to carry on and enjoy his life.  2010 was a rough year, but we've said our goodbyes to it and are hoping for a better year.

2011 is looking to be a great year already.  There are some very happy things going on in the Frazzled home.

Not the least of which is this little guy.  Meet Sully, the newest member of our crazy household:
*photo of our new orange kitten:

He's awfully sweet.  And is becoming more and more brave, even though a certain giant dog keeps wanting to lick him all the time.

We are in full swing of the basketball season for The Boy and Bumblebee.  Hollywood is in speech competitions and show choir.  So it's a crazy time of year, especially since The Husband is traveling a lot for work lately.  I'm hoping that I don't get that cranky, depressed feeling this winter.  I'm trying to stay positive.  After all, the days are getting longer now.  That's good, right?

Happy New Year!