Sunday, November 30, 2008

Haircut Pictures

Here are a few pictures of the haircut done by your's truly.

I continue to see places where some trimming is needed, but overall I think it looks good.

What do you think?

The profile.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Prayers for the Nischan Family

Nick lost his six year battle with cancer this morning surrounded by his family. He is now in a new body in heaven, worshipping with our heavenly father.

Please be in prayer for his family.

My first haircut

This morning I decided to tackle something I had been contemplating for quite awhile. I cut Hoss' hair by myself.

I got a great deal on a clipper set at a Black Friday sale yesterday for $5.88!

So this morning I sat Hoss down in a kitchen chair and went to work.

I used the clippers to cut the back of his hair then pulled out the scissors to work on the top. Amazingly he sat relatively still and let me cut his hair.

The most exciting part is that his hair looks good. There are a few stray pieces that I'll have to tackle at some point, but overall it looks good. We may never have to pay for a haircut again. Yippee!

I tried to get a picture of the haircut, but Hoss would not stand still for a good one. I'll try to get one soon and post it.

Friday, November 28, 2008

What did you get today?

Anyone else go check out the Black Friday sales?

I was out around 5:30a.m. today with my mom. We didn't tackle the sales as early as we did last year when we were out at 4a.m.

There wasn't a lot we were hoping to get, but I was able to score on some great sales at KB Toy. Hoss will be excited with his new action figures!

I was also able to get a great sale at, Norton virus software for $9.99 (after the $20 mail-in rebate). I saved $70 on that great deal! It is still available as of 10a.m. (when I purchased it), so check it out if you are interested. Shipping was free for me, but I purchased another item as well.

I'm still looking for a bike for Hoss. I found one at Wal-Mart, not on sale, that is a decent price anyway. I am hoping it will go on sale in the next couple weeks.

Did any of you venture out to fight the crowds? What did you get?

I'm off to shower and I hoping for an afternoon nap!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

12 Days of Thanksgiving, Day Twelve

I love getting to spend time with my family. I am currently sitting in the family room at my parents home with my sister and her family as well as my husband and son. My parents are elsewhere around the house, but we have all been able to spend time together.

I made cookies with my niece and nephew (Hoss was not interested) earlier today. They were my "helpers." They helped with eating the ingredients!

Tomorrow we will be working diligently to put together the final touches on the lunch meal for our extended family to come over and enjoy. There will be a house full of our loved ones by noon.

I absolutely love spending time with my family. I enjoy laughing about our old memories and making more memories to laugh about for years to come. I also enjoy listening to stories about memories made before me.

Today I am thankful for my family. And thankful for memories and time we are able to spend together.

I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving!

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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

12 Days of Thanksgiving, Day Eleven

I am off work today. I won't be going back to work until Monday. That means I will be out of work for five entire days!

I will be spending this time with my family, both my immediate and extended family.

Today I am thankful for being able to take time off work, especially when that time is used to spend time with my family.

What are you thankful for today?

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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

12 Days of Thanksgiving, Day Ten

My kitchen table is a catch-all for all of my junk. It catches the mail I need to sort, the coupons I clipped two weeks ago that I haven't organized, the sale ads I need to review to plan my shopping adventures, the art projects Hoss makes at school, my purse, coats that didn't make it to the coat rack, and usually a few crumbs here or there.

Even though it usually is a mess, my kitchen table is useful.

I use it as my desk on most occasions. We have a small home and do not have an office or a desk for our laptop. I have a difficult time staying focused on blogging or other tasks while I sit on the couch with my laptop. Usually I get addicted to a television show or I fall asleep. Either way, it doesn't allow for much progress. Thus, my kitchen table has turned into my desk. The place I pay the bills, write my blogs, organize my "deals," and where I stay in contact with friends and family.

However, we scoot the mail, school projects, and the computer out of the way nearly every day and sit down as a family for our evening meal. Some days we just sit and stare at each other as we stuff our faces. Other days we laugh and make our family inside jokes. And yet, there are days we discuss serious matters. But what matters is that we are together, just the three of us. The television is off, we are sitting down looking at one another and we are a family.

And that is why I am thankful today for my kitchen table. The center of our home and our family.

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Monday, November 24, 2008

12 Days of Thanksgiving, Day Nine

My husband is the survivor of a serious illness. When he was 11 he developed spinal menningitis. He was told at least twice that he just had the flu, but when he collapsed with a 104 fever, it was determined that his illness was far worse. He was hopsitalized for over a month and also developed a staph infection on his brain, which required surgery. He still has a scar and a small hole in his skull from this surgery. While, he still has some lasting side effects from his illness, he was able to recover and continue with his life.

I am so thankful he was healed and that modern medicine was available to help him get better so that one day I would meet him and marry him and we could have our beautiful child (who is turning out more and more like his daddy every day).

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Sunday, November 23, 2008

12 Days of Thanksgiving, Day Eight

I am so very thankful for naptime.

Yesterday, after going to the theater with our friends to see Madagascar 2, Hoss and I took a nap.

When we got home I was suddenly very tired, despite sleeping in that morning. Ok, so maybe 7:30a.m. is not really sleeping in to some, but its an entire hour and a half more than I get throughout the week.

I scooted Hoss up the steps to nap time. He was not very happy about it, but that was just a perfect sign that he needed a nap! He ran to his room, but I asked him if he wanted to go to Mommy's bed for naptime. He stopped mid stepped, turned around and ran into the other room. Even though he continued to be upset, he climbed on the bed and laid down, falling asleep within minutes.

I also fell asleep within minutes. Two hours later Donnie was waking me up.

It was a perfect Saturday afternoon nap.

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Saturday, November 22, 2008

12 Days of Thanksgiving, Day 7

Today we have a guest post from my dad. My dad is the General Manager of two weekly newspapers in Mid-central Kentucky (I was trying to decide how to describe the area without actually naming the area, but then I realized I am going to link you to a website that tells you exactly what area it is so it was pointless, at least this makes you more interested in clicking the link and reading, right?).

My dad writes a column regularly and the one he wrote a few weeks ago spoke to me. Plus, Dad told me to read it, and what it was about so I guess it literally spoke to me as well.

I think it is a perfect reminder for the 12 Days of Thanksgiving.

Please, click here to read today’s guest post!

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Friday, November 21, 2008

12 Days of Thanksgiving, Day 6

If you are a man, you may not want to read this post. Or maybe you will; it may give you some insight into the mind and mood of women. Well, at least this woman. I really can’t speak for all of us.

I am so thankful for hormones. Yes, I said HORMONES! (I warned you men!) I know you are probably shocked to read that, but allow me to explain.

Without getting into too many details, let’s just say that the regular cycle women get each month has not always been happening for me. I was diagnosed 5 years ago with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). My dear Hoss is a miracle child as I was told I probably could not conceive. You can’t believe everything you hear because 10 months and a day after our marriage Hoss made his appearance. However, at the same time, don’t take things for granted because, we are experiencing the inability to conceive now.

Along with the loss of the monthly visitor, I had the loss of regular female hormones. I did not realize just how much I missed the hormone until my active medication therapy began over in the past few months.

I can FEEL again, people. I didn’t know I had stopped feeling, but I had. I can cry now and boy, can I cry, I had a big reservoir built up. When someone else hurts, I hurt. I am no longer sitting by wishing I could be genuinely authentic about my empathy. I don’t have to fake my feelings anymore because now I feel again.

I am even gullible. I am not second guessing everyone’s motives. When someone says they feel something I believe them and have compassion on them. I’m not jaded. (This is not an invitation to take advantage of me, some of the bleeding heart is still sealed, from this thing called life).

I believe it is all because, the hormones, they are back. And I am back.

I never thought I’d be so happy to wake up crying because of a bad dream.

Of course, don’t ask my husband what he thinks about my hormones. There are good and bad sides! We will focus only on the good side, okay?
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Thursday, November 20, 2008

12 Days of Thanksgiving, Day 5

Oh how I love giveaways. I had no idea what great benefits blogging would have regarding free stuff! Since the Christmas season is nearing several blogs are having giveaways.

Christmas Giveaway Snowflake 125x125Over at 5 Minutes for Mom they are having their annual Christmas Giveaway which runs now through November 28th. The giveaways planned for this year are both toys for mom and the kids. I have already entered this one, and this one, and of course, this one. I can't wait to see what other giveaways they will have!


Ruby and Roja are having a fabulous giveaway at their design blog. They are giving away a year's worth of blog designs, changing for the season, to two winners! I love my blog design, but an alternative for the seasons would be great as well!

Money Saving Mom hosts a weekly post with several giveaways ranging from several different items. This runs every Tuesday. This week's list is here.

Of course, there is also Bloggy Giveaways, where I have had success in winning in the past! I am really hoping to win some custom Christmas cards! There are daily giveaways over there. Go check it out.

I'm very thankful for giveaways!

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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

12 Days of Thanksgiving, Day Four

I began blogging nearly two years ago in January 2007. I had spent numerous hours reading blogs and I was addicted. I decided I should try this blogging thing as well. So I did and "Don't Give Him Crackers" was born.

I didn't expect to develop friendships along the way. However, I have and it has been a great unexpected bonus.

The friendships I have made have been great, but it is the friendship that Hoss has made that warms my heart the most.

This past March I began blogging on Bluegrass Moms, a website run by our local newspaper. In April, Natalie moved to the area from out of state. She posted a message on the board stating she was new to town. She mentioned she had a son, nearly three years old.

Hmm, I have a son around the same age. I commented to her that we should have a play date. She agreed. Fast forward six months and the first play date occurs. Hoss and Daniel are now friends. They have been able to play several times and despite Hoss' silence on most occasions and their choices to often play with other kids around, they seem to be friends. Hoss talks about Daniel's cat, which we have never seen and Natalie reports Daniel draws pictures of him and "Hoss."

I'm so thankful for Hoss' friendship and I am thankful for mine as well!

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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

12 Days of Thanksgiving, Day Three

Before you view the picture below, let me explain.

I am a junk food addict. It is rather obvious if you look at me. When I was four I had a shirt that said "Junk Food Addict." I promise. I did. It's been a lifelong goal. A goal I accomplished long ago, but I continue to work toward.

I am always trying to discover new, delicious snacks. One of my favorites is Doritos with melted shredded cheddar cheese. Oh my word, it's delicious. It is also my husband's favorite so we fight over the Doritos.

Doesn't it look good?

No? Well, trust me, it is good.

I'm thankful for the Doritos and the shredded cheese. And the microwave which melted the cheese onto the Doritos just perfectly. YUM!!! It was delish!

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Monday, November 17, 2008

12 Days of Thanksgiving, Day Two

I apologize if you tried to post a link yesterday. I had not set up Mr. Linky correctly. It should be working fine now.

Click here for more information on the 12 Days of Thanksgiving.

Yesterday after his nap Hoss came downstairs. His eyes were barely open and his face was red from being bundled under his blankets. He stumbled over to me and cuddled up against me as I sat on the couch.

I picked him up and sat him on my lap. I put my cheek against his warm, red cheek and held him. He scooted in and allowed me to hold him in my arms for only a few minutes until he completely awoke.

During those few short minutes, I cherished each second. I loved how his body was warm against mine. How he still squinted his eyes as if he was seeing daylight for the first time. I loved that he allowed one of his arms to gently drape across me.

It made me thankful that despite his growing older, Hoss still wants and needs his mommy to cuddle with him. I don't want him to stop wanting to cuddle. I doubt Mommy will ever grow out of it.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

12 Days of Thanksgiving, Day One

Thank you all for joining me in the 12 Days of Thanksgiving. Please feel free to participate. Simply right click on the logo above and save the picture. Post it on your thanksgiving post, then come back here and sign Mr. Linky.

I decided last week that I wanted to do the 12 Days of Thanksgiving again this year. I began this carnival on a spur of the moment thought I had last year. I was mostly disturbed by the way our society passes over Thanksgiving and focuses on the materialism and pageantry that we have made Christmas.

I want to remember to be thankful. I want to remember that we live in a country where we can be free to have our own beliefs and make our own choices independently. We were just able to do this only weeks ago as we voted for our next leader. We do this daily on our public blogs.

I need to remember that I am blessed with my warm home, my clean clothing, and running water which is constantly available. I need to remember that others are not as blessed so I can help them.

Most of all I need to remember to be thankful for what I have and who I am as well as who I can be.

Today and throughout the celebration of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday I choose to remember to be thankful.

Sorry for any confusion on the Mr. Linky today. I had some technical difficulties today. Hopefully all is well now!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Thanks, Thank you, Gracious, Merci...

Don't forget about the Twelve Days of Thanksgiving Beginning tomorrow!

Spread the word!

Friday, November 14, 2008

He is only three, yet he comes home with homework

Tuesday there was a piece of yellow paper in Hoss' backpack with a picture of a turkey. It had instructions to decorate the turkey creatively and return it to school today.

Well, that sounds like a challenge to me, folks.

I can be creative.


I searched our art supplies and wouldn't you know that we had NO construction paper. Or feathers. I just HAD to have feathers.

Off I went to Wal-Mart and purchased the needed supplies.

Last night Hoss and I sat down to work on his first ever school project.

Hoss thought ripping up the piece of brown contruction paper for the body of the turkey was the best part. Well, actually, smearing the glue everywhere and rubbing the feathers on his hands and face was fun as well.

The final product met my satisfaction.

And that's our first completed school project. Many more are sure to come.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

What is that?

I had a "Who's on first" conversation with Hoss the other day. I was trying to get him to tell me what he had done at school. I was asking him several questions to get him to talk.

I asked him what he played with on the playground. He has discussed the tunnel as a favorite part before so I know he enjoys his time there and thought he may tell me something.

Hoss said, "I wanna ride that" in a whiny voice.

I said, "What do you want to ride?"

Hoss: "I wanna ride that."

Me: "What is that?"

Hoss: "I wanna ride that."

Me: "What is that? Is that a swing?"

Hoss (a bit more whiny and fierce): "I wanna ride that!"

Me: "Hoss, what is that? Is that the see-saw?"

Hoss (in a questioning tone): "I wanna ride it?"

Me: "What is it?"

Hoss: "I wanna ride it."

Me: "What is it? Is it a slide?"

Hoss: "I wanna ride that?"

At this point I sighed and changed the subject.

We were getting nowhere quick.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

12 Days of Thanksgiving Returns

Returning for the second year, the Twelve Days of Thanksgiving will begin here at Don't Give Him Crackers this coming Sunday November 16th and continue until Thanksgiving morning, the 27th.

I will have a Mr. Linky up each day for others to participate. If you would like to participate, just post on your blog what you are thankful for that day and then come back here and enter your link for others to view. You can post a humorous thankful post, a heart felt post, or something in between. Just make sure it is in the spirit of the season. And please be sure link back to my post for the day. I'd really appreciate it!

Feel free to take the great button above for the carnival. Just right click and copy or save it and enter it on your post.

My first order of thankfulness is given to Liz for designing the great button on very short notice! She's very talented folks (she designed my background as well), so contact her if you need blog design work done!

I hope to see you all back here on Sunday!

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Gym Fun

Hoss was invited to a birthday party today for a friend from church. It was held at a gymnastics gym which had lots of fun trampolines, an awesome foam pit, and inflatable obstacle course.

Hoss had a great time and was upset when it was time to leave. He lost his socks in the foam pit so he spent half the time without socks. In the future I'll be sure to take a spare set.

Here are a few pictures. My camera does not take action shots very well, so a couple are blurry.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Veggies dancing on stage, the best Saturday afternoon activity!

This past Saturday Hoss, Gigi, and I went to Veggie Tales Live in Louisville.

Hoss enjoys watching Veggie Tales so I thought he would enjoy the show, but I was apprehensive as Hoss often does not like crowded, unfamiliar places. He did pretty good, considering this. Before the show started he whispered or spoke quietly, "Wanna get out?" indicating he wanted to leave. I knew leaving the room for a few minutes would only make it worse so we didn't leave.

He did okay, but insisted on sitting on my lap the majority of the time. I think the music and characters scared him a little at first.

The show was cute. A bit corny, but it's for kids, so what do you expect?

Hoss tried to fall asleep about 20 minutes in, but I managed to encourage him to stay awake for the majority of the show. He fell asleep about 3/4ths of the way through. It was that or a scream fest so we went with the sleep.

Otherwise, Hoss had a good time. He definitely enjoyed his time visiting with Gigi and Grandpa throughout the weekend.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Halloween, Part Deux

Finally, I am getting around to posting pictures of "Twik or Tweet." Hoss had a great time. He enjoyed ringing the doorbells at each house. I had to pry his hands away from a few he pushed 5 or 6 times.

Hoss was the hit of the night.

We stopped at McDonalds for a quick dinner before going door to door to beg for candy. The employees at McDonalds were thrilled with his costume and came out to take his picture. Donnie joked that they were going to post it in their breakroom. I'm fairly sure a breakroom doesn't exit. Wherever they post it, I hope it brings a smile to someone's face. Hoss also got a coupon for free french fries. How appropriate!

After eating at the Golden Arches we started the candy hunt. A family across the street who were also "Trick or Treating" yelled across the street that they loved Hoss' costume.

I had Hoss carry his bucket. By the end of the night it was practically dragging the ground. I don't think Hoss could have gone much farther. (He is definitely left handed. YIPPEE!!)

We drove over to visit Gigi and Grandpa for the weekend after visiting the local neighborhood. Hoss got to ring their doorbell and get some candy from them as well. Then cousins M and K came over. Aren't they the cutest?

I think the kiddo had a great time...and still is, as he eats candy every day until Thanksgiving.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Spaghetti Face

Five Minutes for Mom is having a contest to win $500 in groceries. Check out the contest here.

I decided to scour my pictures looking for a cute one of Hoss enjoying some food. Trust me, the kid loves to eat! I got lost in the years of adorableness which is on my computer and I even ended up changing my computer background to a wedding photo I love.

Finally, I decided on this pictures of Hoss from nearly 2 years ago. I think he was around 15 or 16 months old in this picture.

This was his first experience with spaghetti. As you can tell, it was a hit!