Thursday, December 11, 2008

I went to the doctor yesterday morning because I haven't been able to kick this cough and headache and I just felt lethargic! Well, I have a very nasty Upper Respiratory Infection and was getting Laryngitis. Nurse Karen gave me a shot in the buttocks to kick start my recovery. I went to Walgreen's and picked up my very expensive medication.....$75 worth of medication
(that's my co-pay)
I was so embarrassed because I couldn't stop hacking the entire time the pharmacist was counseling me on the medication. So I have been taking my antibiotic, a medicine called Allerx and the very expensive cough syrup, Tussionex-----that makes you feel all floaty and relaxed-----and best of all it STOPS the cough!!!! It is so worth the $35 for a 10 day supply!! I stayed home today since I'm on 2 meds that say don't drive or operate heavy machinery. Um, yea, that means don't drive the school bus! Darn! A day off from the bus and the classroom!

What's a girl to do?

Seeing that I slept almost all day yesterday and all night.....I was feeling pretty good by 10 am and even better by 1 pm! So I was able to finish 4 of my homemade gifts that I'm making the girls for Christmas. I want to share them with you but they read my I can't show until after Christmas! Oh and I sat on my butt all day making them so I wasn't doing anything strenuous.

The Spirit of Christmas really hit me today while I was making the gifts. I decided to take some photos and show you all some of my favorite decorations.
This is our new 9 foot tree. I really like it 'cause it's slim around the bottom. It fits perfect here in the foyer. Our old tree was about a foot wider and stuck out to much.

My favorite ornaments are the ones the girls made growing up. Here is an angel that Megan made in the 2nd grade. She still draws faces like this.

This was done by Toria in the 4th grade. She had her cursive handwriting down packed!

Megan mad this ornament out of wrapping paper when she was in the 1st grade. You can see the paper candy cane in the background....both girls made one of these in kindergarten.

This lovely snowman was made by both the girls out of a sock they stole from their daddy. His face is starting to fade....that makes me sad. The bead ornament was made by Tori.

This card and present was made by Toria in the 1st grade. It was really emotional this year putting out all these homemade gifts the girls made us growing up. I cried like a baby all day Saturday as I was decorating.

Here are some of the Santa's John inherited when his Grandpa passed away. His grandparents collected Santa's. We proudly display them every year.

Here's the tree at night.

My mantle. Every year I do my mantel different. This year I didn't wrap lights around the garland or put my silver beads around it. I wish I would have!

Some more of the antique Santa's. Those two black ones(the color has worn) are cast iron...very heavy! I love the sleeping Santa's....they are actually piggy banks!

The little Santa in the middle has blue eyes....he is a little creepy.

This is one of my favorite pieces!!! Let me tell you the story behind this arrangement. I was in Michael's a few years back. It was right at the end of December. I heard over the loud speaker...."Attention Michael's customers for the next 30 minutes all Christmas Merchandise including florals are 90% off!" Holy and every other woman ran to the front and started grabbing up stuff. This arrangement was originally....$379.00! I got it for $38!! I was a happy camper! They do this every just have to be there at the right time!

I'm feeling relieved with all that I have accomplished today! I'm in the Christmas Spirit and can't wait to spend time with my daughter's and John (he will be on vacation from work) This Christmas we decided to buy the girls one expensive item they really needed or wanted. The girls came up with the idea of doing mostly homemade gifts for each other. I'm super excited about that!
I'm excited to be celebrating Jesus' birth and I have such awe and worship in my heart for Him!

I'm feeling so much better and I am thankful to God for answering my prayers on that!

My house is all ready for my Dessert Party on Sunday!!! All I have left to do is buy the ingredients to make cider, punch and the CHEESECAKE!! Oh and a few....ok....many bottles of wine!!!!


Sandy Toes said...

OH..I am glad you are feeling better that is no fun when there is so MUCH to do!! Your decorations are just wonderful!
-sandy toes

Susie said...

Wow! I think you have what I had last week. Now that you have some great meds, you should feel better soon:-)

GutsyWriter said...

I'm new to your blog and love your photos. Hope the cough is gone. I can't get into the Christmas spirit with decorating for some reason. Maybe the weather is too nice for Christmas here in California.

Melody said...

I'm glad that you are feeling better!

I do love that tree; it is the perfect size for that spot. And the decorations are awesome!

Lorie said...

That tree is gorgeous!! A nine foot tree. I am jealous.

dddiva said...

I'm so glad you are feeling better- and so glad I came back to read the rest now that it's not in heiroglyphics or whatever. ;) Having the stories makes all the difference, doesn't it?
Now get some rest and enjoy the season. :)

~The Robin's Nest~ said...

I'm thrilled to hear you are feeling better and your house is so beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Julie said...

so glad you are feeling better, it stinks when you can't do anything because of a cough!!! Love the girls ornaments!

beth said...

I love when the holidays can "take us" to a place where we are spiritual and giving and so not interested in the everyday nonsense!

momto1 said...

I hope the med's are kicking in and you are feeling much better.

Your house looks beautiful! I would imagine one day, I would cry too--decorating with homemade gifts! Just thinking about that day makes me weep!

heathersister said...

Oh, now I understand. That's better. Love the Santas. Sunday sounds like fun, enjoy all the yummies.

silverdot said...

Just visiting from SITS. I just got over that same infection. I feel ya. Your pics are gorgeous. I love a good bargain. :)

Heather said...

Yep, can read it much better now! You had me cracking up last night. I don't think I could make a post with those hieroglyphics if I tried :)

Glad you're feeling better. Hope John doesn't get it...

Preston said...

Happy to hear that you are feeling better. Your holiday photos look wonderful. I thinking making your children homemade gifts is a wonderful thing to do. Last year I made my daughter a scrapbook cookbook using her favorite recipes and new ones that I added. It took me several months but it turned out great and she absolutely loves it.

natalie said...

I WISH I COULD BE AT YOUR CHRISTMAS PARTY! :( But-Tori will let me know how fun it was! :/

& your home looks absolutely beautiful, as always! :)

lessofme2love1976 said...

I got to your post through Melody's and got to her's through Eternal Sunshine's... I LOVE your pictures and hope the medicine keeps working!

Melody mentioned a favorite things dealy and I'd like a letter! It sounds like fun!

Your Santa collection is awesome!


Rachael said...

I am not even going to try and pretend my tiny house even has enough room for 1/2 the decorations you have up!

Can I just come to your house and bask in the glory of Christmas?

Aubrey said...

Much better Betty. LOL

BTW, I was in our Hobby Lobby last week and they had all their Fall & Halloween items 90% off. Let's just say I'm set for next year.

Becky said...

That shot in the butt is the BEST! I have to get those sometimes when I am really sick and I swear they save my life!
So glad you are feeling better!

Your house looks amazing girl! I hope some day my house will look that pretty:) right now it is sticky and stinky:(

Enjoy your weekend party!

April said...

So sorry to hear you've had some of that "crud" that's been going around. It really is awful. Chris still isn't 100% yet. Hope you feel much better soon!

Your decorations are to die for! You really have done a very nice job! Love your tree and all the sweet ornaments your girls made. I wouldn't trade them for all the gold in the world.

Betty said...

You really are in the spirit!! Your house looks so beautiful and festive! I love it all, especially the arrangement from Michaels.
I have been without internet for a few days, so now I´m trying to catch up on reading.
Missed you!!
Hope you feel better soon!

Joy in the Burbs... said...

I hope those medicines do the trick and your feeling better.

Your tree is beautiful. I put mine in the foyer too. I wish I had bought a slim line tree. ( My husband does too when he's lugging that thing inside) I let my girls do the tree this year. I'll have to post some pics.
Love all your decorations. Maybe I'll get in the Christmas spirit. I've been in a funk lately.
Merry Christmas and have a great time at your dessert party!


Rhea said...

Your house decorations and tree look beautiful! And I can't believe you got such an awesome deal at Michaels. I'm going to start hanging out there in hopes of these kind of surprise deals.

And I'm so glad you've got some good meds to make you feel better. It sounds like you've been really sick for quite a while. :o(

Queenie Jeannie said...

Your house looks like it belongs in a decorator magazine!!! Gorgeous hun!!!

I hope you are feeling better!!

Nicole said...

You have lovely xmas decorations up all over your house. And I am glad that you feel better.

Debra said...


Your decorations are beautiful! I love the ornaments too.

I hope you are feeling much much better! Blessings to you!