Monthly Archives: December 2008

5 More Things About Me

Robert Hruzek tagged me in a meme that asks you to list seven things about yourself, but since he couldn’t count, I decided to only list five like he did, so he wouldn’t look as silly. πŸ™‚

I have done a meme similar to this one twice before. Since I don’t want to be redundant, and I know you like reading my blog so much, I will give you the opportunity to go back and read 7 Things About Me and Five Things That May Surprise You. Just don’t forget to come back. πŸ˜‰

Now that you’ve caught up, I will tell you five more things about myself. If, after reading those two posts along with this one, you still don’t know quite enough about me, go ahead and do your own list of five (or seven, if you can count) things about yourself and re-tag me. πŸ™‚ Here’s my list.

  1. I don’t quite own “on.” Being from the south, I used to think that both on and own were pronounced “own.” When I tried to correct my pronunciation, I went a little too far. Now they are both “on.” And even more mixed up than that is that sometimes I will say, “I did it all own my on.” Maybe this little mess-up in pronunciation is why…
  2. I like to write. Now I don’t mean that I like to write short stories or poetry. I mean I literally like to get out a piece of paper and write.Β  It is also important to have a pen that I thoroughly enjoy writing with. If the pen isn’t write, the righting experience isn’t as good. πŸ™‚ It might even make my hand fall asleep. Speaking of which…
  3. My head has fallen asleep. My head has literally fallen asleep on one side, and it was the weirdest sensation. This topic came up with when I tried to have a coherent conversation with Luke after falling asleep on the couch. Speaking of sleeping, I need to start saying goodbye soon. But here’s a little something to wake you up until the end of my post…
  4. I like mixed drinks. Now, don’t come to any conclusions until you have read more. I like mixing different juices together (with no added “ingredients”). Apple-strawberry is good, but my favorite is orange-apple-pineapple! Other mixed drinks I have been known to drink are peanut-butter-chocolate-milk and coffee-tea. Speaking of mixed drinks a cup of tea (regular mixed with sugar cookie sleigh ride) sounds yummy. Talk to you guys later….What? Oh. I’m only on number 4? There’s one more? Guess I really can’t count!!!
  5. I always say “goodbye” 3 times. My mom pointed this out to me when I was a pre-teen. I began to pay attention to myself, and sure enough, I always tend to say “goodbye” three times before I actually mean it.

So, there you have it. Five things about me that you were just dying to know. Now it is my turn to tag 5 people. I choose as my victims…

Good bye!

This blog has been hijacked!

Hi. This is Luke, Tabetha’s husband. She took our 11 month old to the doctor this evening and is not going to have time to blog tonight so I decided to take over for the evening.

If you are following her twitter you already know that the baby has a fever She will have to update you in the morning on the results. For now rest assured that the best mom in the world is on the job.

Have a great evening! I’ll talk to you again next time an opportunity for hijacking comes along. Until then, have fun!

Group Writing: Favorite Homemade Gifts – Results

Thanks so much to those who took time to share their favorite homemade gift ideas. Grab a cup ofΒ  hot chocolate, have a seat, and enjoy these creative ideas with me!

Gifts Made By Hand Come from the Heart
by Em Dy

Em believes that homemade gifts are the way to go because they are more personal than a store bought one. She suggests making a gift that fits the personality of the receiver. She gives several specific and personalized ideas for any season!

Does a Website Count as a Homemade Christmas Gift?
by Luke Gedeon

Luke helps us see that virtual gifts can be some of the best “homemade” gifts you could ever give a geek. I believe it might even be a cool gift for a non-geek, who could truly use some help. What a wonderful idea!

The Homemade Design that Made My Birthday
by Erica DeWolf

Erica tells of a gift in the mail that is the next best thing to seeing your loved ones in person. What creative friends she had! If I had the ability to make this gift, I would make it for my own daughter! Maybe I should practice a bit and consider making it for another occasion!

My Favorite Homemade Gift
by me

I tell about a gift that I received and like so much that I made up a batch and gave them away as gifts. I would give them again if it wasn’t too redundant!

From a Friend Without Internet Access

I also have another to add from a couple with no internet access, who gave my children homemade gifts this year. They made allergy free gingerbread cookies, and decorated them beautifully. They actually look like Christmas ornaments, only the are edible!! What a perfect personalized, made with love gift!!



Candice is Walking!!

I was afraid Candice’s fractured leg would make her a late walker, but she is too determined for that, I guess. She was already crawling and cruising with her cast on, so I really shouldn’t be surprised that she walked just 3 or 4 weeks after getting the cast removed! She actually started walking well and with purpose the day after she turned 11 months. I am a little behind with the video.

You can see in this video that Candice likes to tease a bit. When I waggled my fingers to encourage her to come to me, she waggled hers right back at me.Β She was also a bit distracted by Bethany’s encouragement. Oh, and the blur that goes in front of the camera twice during the video? That’s Peter. Fortunately, he is fast enough not to mess up the video beyond posting here on my blog! πŸ™‚

My Favorite Homemade Gift

At the end of a summer mission trip to Colorado I went on in 1998, all the church members from the church we were helping out gave my partner and me small gag gifts. One of my gifts was an eye pillow because it had inspired quite a bit of laughter between one of the ladies in the church and me. Unfortunately, I can’t remember what we were laughing at! I’ll have to dig through my own journals to find out! But that isn’t the main idea of this post. (Some how I get the feeling that some of you are going to make me explain that one later). πŸ˜‰

Several years ago, my beloved eye pillow that had gotten me through many headaches was irreparably torn. I was sad but did not let my sadness keep me from being inspired by the fact that I now knew what the eye pillow was filled with and how to make a replacement.

Turns out that the replacement was so easy to make that I made a bunch and gave them away as gifts. The gifts were well received, and I even got a request to make one for someone else later on.*

So, a homemade eye pillow was one of the favorite gifts I ever received, and quite honestly, one of my favorite ones to give. I felt like I was giving such a personal gift because it is one made with my own hands.

Wondering how to make one? You can find step by step instructions on I didn’t do much more than email back then, so I did not have access to step-by-step instructions. Needless to say, I did not follow these exactly. Here’s what I did differently.

  • Used bird seed instead of flax seed
  • Left out the scented herbs
  • Made them 2-tone (meaning sewing all 4 sides instead of just 3)

The main thing is to make sure you do not over or under fill your pillow. You want it to have enough room to let the filling settle down over your eyes. If it has too much or too little filling, it won’t work very well. Hopefully you can get an idea of how full it should be by the pictures below. Let me know if you have questions. πŸ™‚

*Unfortunately I can’t remember whether I ever followed through on that request. If you are reading this and requested an eye pillow that you did not receive, please let me know. 😐

Tabetha’s Tweets 2008-12-14

  • Had to make my 5YO stop answering math problems aloud before my 6YO could figure them out. #
  • Just requested an email proof of insurance card and afterwards sait, “I should have had 2 sent so we could each have.” Brain lapse? #
  • My 8YO is learning to clean up after herself without being told!! YES!!!!! #
  • @stretchmarkmama You really catch their spirit when they’re not studio. If you crop some of your existing pics you might have studio quality in reply to stretchmarkmama #
  • @stretchmarkmama I have seen the pics you and your husband have taken, and they look professional to me!! πŸ™‚ in reply to stretchmarkmama #
  • The future of America is scaring me!! Feels like we are leaning toward a communist gov’t. #
  • Maybe I can get away w/ this since I’m a woman…”I haven’t spoken to my wife in years. I didn’t want to interrupt her.” -Rodney Dangerfield #
  • My 11 mo old just practiced walking b/t me and each other child…even my 2YO! #
  • @stretchmarkmama That drop of water was cool and memorable to me too! in reply to stretchmarkmama #
  • I’ve said it before, and I’ll say again that I love it when my kids sing scripture!!! #
  • @lgedeon me too! in reply to lgedeon #
  • @giddytab twice!! πŸ™‚ in reply to giddytab #
  • @stretchmarkmama Oh weird!! You posted that almost exactly a year ago! I think I hear Twilight Zone music! πŸ™‚ in reply to stretchmarkmama #
  • @lgedeon three times!! in reply to lgedeon #
  • Great! I just talked to myself on twitter. Now the whole world knows!! (Actually, it was an accident to @ myself). #
  • Come join the fun!! #
  • @lgedeon 4 times! in reply to lgedeon #
  • Wait a second! All this counting is gonna hit my blog! Guess I’ll stop and make people think i can only count to 4! πŸ˜€ #
  • I hate it when part of my “old self” (anger) sticks out her fangs and bites! Now I am full of regrets. πŸ™ #
  • Sin! How I hate it! I wish I could have nothing to do with it! Heaven will be a wonderful change! #
  • My husband is an amazingly wonderful man! #
  • @stretchmarkmama Hey! Supposedly the 80’s are coming back in, so you’ll be styling! Then again, maybe that is why they want it back! πŸ™‚ in reply to stretchmarkmama #
  • I don’t think my 3YO quite gets it. She keeps asking “can we go home?” when we ARE at home!! #
  • I just “shared with a note” without the note in google reader! oops!! #
  • cookin’ suppa an washin dishes ata same time! #
  • @Kellyschaos I’m right there with ya, and having to clean (downright organize!) mine right now too! 😐 in reply to Kellyschaos #
  • @rocksinmydryer I found money in my washer today! πŸ™‚ in reply to rocksinmydryer #
  • @darkmater Wow! You’re the 2nd twitter this morning who is organizing their house, and I’m doing it too! Is today national organize day? πŸ™‚ in reply to darkmater #
  • @stretchmarkmama At least if He is, God had enough confidence in you as parents to place him/her with you! πŸ™‚ in reply to stretchmarkmama #
  • @stretchmarkmama Oops! Capilalized “he” on accident. Trust me, I don’t think you are adopting God! πŸ™‚ in reply to stretchmarkmama #
  • @lgedeon I have got to. kiss. you. in reply to lgedeon #
  • Organizing…..again. Guess it didn’t work last time! πŸ™‚ #
  • Eating candy corn! #
  • @AmyEllenKise Oh yeah! That is the best! Makes me want some! in reply to AmyEllenKise #
  • 6YO to 8YO, “Did you know that airhead….I mean hair head…..wanted to kill baby Jesus? (Was referring to Herod) #

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Recycled Greetings

This is the time of year when it is common to have so many greeting cards, you don’t know what to do with them all. Kara has some awesome ideas for what to do with them during the Christmas season. But what do you do with them all after Christmas?

A few weeks ago, a friend at church reminded me of a craft that I had totally forgotten existed. If you have use for small boxes, you can make boxes out of Christmas cards.

Wouldn’t it be cool next year to give each person (who sent you a card) a gift wrapped in the card they gave you this year? It would be the perfect size box for giving gift cards, too!

If you don’t want writing on the inside of your box (where the giver signed it), here’s a tip from a commenter on Use card stock or something similar to make the bottoms plain white.

If a Christmas card box is too small for your gift, you can make a gift bag using gift wrap. This site shows you how to make a fancy bag, but you could easily simplify it. And if you are determined to wrap a gift the old fashioned way, you could at least modernize it a tiny bit just for the coolness of it!

Happy Gift-wrapping!!

Candice Goes in Circles

Somehow Candice’s pacifier ended up on her shoulder, and it was so much fun that I grabbed my camera and put it there again. After she sees that we think it is funny she tries to put it back on her shoulder, but her aim is a bit off. She ends up trying to put it on her neck.

The interesting thing is the music. Pandora was playing in the background, but I wasn’t really listening during the video. While I was watching it later, I noticed that I stopped recording at the end of the song! Maybe I was subconsciously paying attention? Sounds good to me. I think I’ll keep the story! πŸ™‚

All Abraid

My girls are all abraid…at least the two who have enough hair! Tis a bit messy after being in all day, but I didn’t think to take pictures when they were fresh! πŸ™