Monday, December 31, 2007

This Christmas...

This Christmas was a wonderful one. This year we didn't have a sick child. This year we didn't spend a good part of Christmas Eve or several days after in and out of an urgent care and doctors offices. This year my son enjoyed Christmas the way a child should enjoy Christmas. This year I enjoyed watching my son enjoy his Christmas. This year...I enjoyed Christmas.

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Monday, December 24, 2007

Santa Cookies

I asked Sam the other day what kind of cookies he would like to make and leave for Santa this year. He told me that he wanted to make peppermint chocolate chip cookies. Okay, I've never seen a recipe for that kind of cookie. I told him I would look on the Internet because I had never seen a recipe for them before. Lo, and behold, there were many recipes for peppermint chocolate chip cookies. We made them today and I have to tell you...WOW! They are some cookies! I found the recipe that I used on Home Baking Association's website. The cookie recipe will follow below. But first, there are pictures to share with you!

Here is Sam putting out the cookies for Santa. The note that he wrote to Sana says "Santa! You Rock" on the front.

This is probably the last year that Sam will believe in Santa so I'm trying to make the most of it. He is such a sweet and loving little boy and it will be a part of his childhood that will be gone forever once he doesn't believe in him anymore. Of course, I still believe in him!

½ cup granulated sugar
½ cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup margarine or butter, softened
1/3 cup shortening
1 tsp. vanilla
1 egg
1½ cups all-purpose flour or whole-wheat flour
½ tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt
½ cup chopped nuts
1/3 cup crushed hard peppermint candies
1 package (6 oz.) semisweet chocolate chips (1 cup)

Preheat oven to 375°F. Mix sugars, margarine, shortening, vanilla, and egg in bowl. Stir in remaining ingredients. Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls about 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until light brown. Cool slightly; remove from cookie sheet. Cool on wire rack. Provided by General Mills Serves 42.Approximate Nutrition Analysis (per serving): calories, 95; protein, 1 g; carbohydrate, 12 g; fat, 5 g; cholesterol, 5 mg; sodium, 55 mg.

My notes: I used all-purpose flour, omitted the nuts, and increased the chocolate chips to 1 1/4 cups. I cooked them for 9 minutes on parchment paper and then cooled them for 2 minutes before putting them on the rack to cool the rest of the way.


Saturday, December 22, 2007

Finally Up!

Finally have our tree up! I know I'm late in getting it up but with everything happening with us not knowing if we have a place to live and when anything will happen about it I kind of put it off. That and we've just been terribly busy. So, yesterday and today we got the tree up and decorated! We also finally did something that I have always wanted to do. We strung popcorn and cranberries! Sam even said, "Mom, this is really fun!". Boy was I surprised. I will have to say that I did most of them but it was still time that we spent as a family. Even Andy strung some of them. (Remember that if you want you can click on the pictures below to seem them full size.)

What started as this......

Slowly after much limb arranging turned into this...

Which finally today turned into this wonderful looking tree. At least it is wonderful looking to me. Sam and I worked on it for quite some time. I'll admit there were times where I got agitated at where he was putting some of the ornaments but I got over it and guided him to where some of them should go. He was wanting to put them basically all in the same area. Half way through decorating he asked if he could have a break. I said yes and kept decorating. We've waited long enough to get it up and I didn't want to finish it later this evening. So it is finally done!

Here are two more pictures of the tree close up. Enjoy!

Dinner and Singing!

Last Friday evening my dear hubby took me out to a wonderful dinner at Rockfish Seafood Grill. It was so delicious! My favorite item there is one of their soups.

It's the Red Pepper Crab Bisque. In fact it is so good that I am going to search for a recipe similar to it and fix it here at home.

After dinner we went to the Christmas Show of The Vocal Majority. WOW! Those men can sing.

We were going to go out for dessert afterwards but we had to sit in traffic due to an accident on one of the highways. Oh well. It was still a wonderful evening.

Thank You Andy! I love you!!!

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Pay It Forward

I read this on Pink Knitting Adventures blog (who read it elsewhere) and thought it sounded great!

I will send a handmade gift to the first 3 people who leave a comment on my blog requesting to join this PIF exchange. I don’t know what that gift will be yet and you may not receive it tomorrow or next week, but you will receive it within 365 days, that is my promise! The only thing you have to do in return is pay it forward by making the same promise on your blog.

I love the pay it forward idea and I love that it gives you 365 days. ;)

Monday, December 17, 2007

Harry Potter Scarves

I know I'm late in posting pictures of the Harry Potter scarves that I knitted for my nieces but here they are finally!

They got there just in time for them to wear for Halloween this year. I didn't know if I was going to get them done in time or not. In fact one of them isn't quite the "real" pattern. But it works and that is what counts. Not to mention that they loved them.

Friday, December 14, 2007

What's Going On.....

Boy do I have a lot to update you all on!!!! I hope that you have a minute because this may get long.

Last Tuesday my husband checked his voice mail to hear that the guy that owns our house is having it foreclosed on. I must tell you that I was a wreck! The lady that is our agent here in TX, and manages the property, has been just wonderful with helping us. We are trying to get the bank that now owns the note on the house to give us the amount that it would take to purchase the house as we have quite a few interested parties that would purchase it and let us rent it from them. The big down side to all of this is that there is still a chance that we will have to move again. Now remember that we just moved here a few months ago! The up side to all of this is that we are currently living rent free!!! We haven't told Sam as of yet mainly because if we end up staying here then he never needs to know.

The same day my mother-in-law went into the hospital severely dehydrated. They couldn't do any tests until they hydrated her but once they did they found a blockage in her lower intestines. They did surgery and took out roughly 8 inches of her lower intestines. After surgery she went into the ICU as her heart was fluttering and they were having a hard time getting it to stabilize. She is now in a private room. She is recovering well from surgery but is still waiting for the lower half to begin functioning. Her heart is now in a good rhythm. But now she is battling fluid in lungs which has now turned into pneumonia. She is getting antibiotics, physical therapy and inhalation therapy to combat that. We haven't been able to make it up there to visit or help out but Andy's big sister did get to go down along with one of his younger sisters going up to help out.

Okay...let's move ahead to last Friday. I was frantically running around the city trying to find an all black dress as I was singing the Messiah Sunday evening and we were all wearing black attire. Finally found a dress with just a few minutes to spare before I had to head back across town to pick up Sam from school. On the way there my temperature light went on in my car. I called my husband to let him know what was going on. As I'm pulling into the school parking lot the car dies. I had two people help me push it into a parking space and Andy met me over there to put some coolant in it. He followed me home with Sam and we tried to start it again. When we did everything in the radiator poured down our driveway. Had to have the car towed the following morning and ended up spending a bit over $400 to get it fixed.

With all of that last week you can only imagine my stress level went way up and my body said that it had had enough and I started to get sick. So I just took it easy for a few days and got myself in order. Never did get sick but I can still feel the stress in all of my muscles.

I think that is me in a nutshell as of right now. Oh, yeah, I got a new computer! So I've been trying to reload everything back on to this one but it's okay because it runs so much better than my old one.

It's cold here and looks like it will stay cold for a while now. I still need to decorate my house for the holidays which I am hoping to do this weekend. As soon as I do I'll take some pictures to share with you.

We've been busy since we moved here getting involved in just about everything. I am going to get back into the groove of blogging and have missed it terribly. I do want to thank all of you that have either left comments or have emailed me asking if everything is okay because I stopped blogging. It meant a lot to me.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Sam in Seussical the Musical, Jr.

Last month Sam and his second grade class put on Seussical the Musical Jr. They had a lot of fun putting it all together and we had a blast watching them all. There were risers on the stage and two sets of risers on either side of the stage on the floor. They did a fantastic job and I'm so proud of them all. Here is just a little snippet of one of the songs. Sam was also one of the narrators for the musical. In fact he had most of the narrator lines memorized and could say them all for me on cue before the show.

Sam is on the front row towards stage right. I love watching him towards the end of the song when his arms are up in the air and they are moving them up and down. He puts his whole body into it.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Small Update & More Recipes

For all of you that have emailed me asking....My voice has pretty much returned to normal! It only gets scratchy at night after using it through out the day. My singing voice is another story. It will take a bit longer before it is back.

Sam received his first report card for 2nd grade and I am proud to announce that he has all A's and one B! We are so proud of him.

I have been trying out quite a few new recipes since we moved here and have two more to share with you.

Beef Taco Bake

1 pound ground beef
1 can (10 3/4 ounce) Tomato Soup
1 cup Salsa or Picante Sauce (I used the Black Bean and Corn Salsa that Wal-Mart makes)
1/2 cup water
6 Flour Tortillas (8 inch) or 8 corn tortillas (6 inch) cut into 1 inch pieces (I used the flour tortillas)
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (since we love cheese I used 2 cups)

Cook beef in a skillet until browned. Pour off fat. Add soup, salsa, water, tortillas and half of the cheese. Spoon into 2-quart shallow baking dish. Cover. Bake at 400 F for 30 minutes or until hot. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.

Easy Shrimp Pasta

1/c cup balsamic vinaigrette dressing
1 lb. shrimp, cleaned
2 cups chopped tomatoes (about 4 medium)
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped, divided
4 oz. cream cheese, cubed
3/4 lb. fettuccine, cooked, drained
1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
Pour dressing over shrimp in small bowl; cover. Refrigerate 20 minutes (or longer if needed) to marinate. Remove shrimp from marinade; discard marinade. Heat large skillet on medium heat; add shrimp. Cook 3 minutes or until shrimp turn pink, stirring frequently. Remove shrimp from skillet, using slotted spoon; cover to keep warm. Set aside.
Add tomatoes and half of the basil to same skillet; cook and stir 3 minutes. Stir in cream cheese until well blended. Add shrimp; cook until heated through, stirring occasionally.
Place hot fettuccine on large serving platter; top with the shrimp mixture. Sprinkle with the remaining chopped basil and shredded cheese.

Winter Wonderland Coffee Swap

Coffee and Yarn....a great combination! The Winter Wonderland Coffee Swap will open up it's registration on October 24th, for those of you that are interested.

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Sloppy Joe Casserole

Had a great entree for dinner this evening and just had to share it with all of you. I got the recipe from the CDKitchen Yahoo Group which I belong to. It's a wonderful place to get and to share recipes. Everyone here loved it!


1 lb. ground beef
1 c. catsup
1/2 c. water
2 tbsp. instant minced onion
1 tsp. instant beef bouillon or 1 bouillon cube
2 c. Bisquick
2/3 c. milk

Heat oven to 400 degrees. Cook and stir ground beef in 10 inch skillet until brown; drain. Stir in catsup, water, onion, and bouillon. Heat to boiling, reduce heat. Simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes. Mix baking mix and milk until soft dough forms; beat vigorously 20 strokes. Spread half of the dough in ungreased square pan, 8 x 8. Top with beef mixture. Drop remaining dough by spoonfuls onto top, sprinkle with paprika. Bake until light brown, about 25 minutes.

The recipe can be doubled also.

Soccer, Tap, Bells, and Crafting Update

I've missed blogging but have been either busy with Sam, running errands, going to activities for myself, keeping up with the house, unpacking, or getting sick. In fact my allergies (which I still think is what is wrong with me) has stolen my voice. I can talk in a scratchy hard to understand voice and I can't sing at all.
Sam has started up soccer again. He played his second game this morning and as usual is having a lot of fun with it. His team hasn't won a game yet but I know they will soon as they are a great bunch of wonderfully talented kids.

I have started something new. I'm taking tap dancing lessons! I haven't taken tap since I was a little girl so I feel like I am a beginner. I'm having so much fun with this group of ladies. Our ages run from the 30s to 70s! We meet every Wednesday and we are all learning so much. I can't wait for the next lesson.

Since starting at our church I have not only joined our church choir I have also joined 2 handbell choirs and am also in a handbell quartet! I am quite bummed as this Sunday afternoon is auditions for the Women's Ensemble but since I have no voice I won't be able to audition. Oh well...maybe next time.

In the crafting world I have finished my first pair of socks. I haven't taken a picture of them yet but I have already worn them. They have got to be one of the most comfortable pair of socks I have ever worn. I can't wait to get going on my second pair.
I have also started on my nieces scarves for their Halloween costumes. They are Griffindor scarves and I'm about half way through on the first one. I guess you know what I'll be doing this weekend. Sitting on the couch, watching some football, knitting and trying not to use my voice so that I can get it back.

I have been lucky to find a wonderful yarn and cross stitch stores here and have already been welcomed by not only the shop owners but also those that were in there shopping.

I'm going to try to update this blog a bit more often like I used to. Just need to find my balance here. Until then...

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Yee-Haw Boy-Howdy!

My boys took me out last Friday evening for my birthday present and I had a wonderful western evening. We had Texas BBQ for dinner and then it was off to see the Vocal Majority with special guest Max Q perform their Fall Show "How The West Was Won". Songs that they performed included: Deep in the Heart of Texas, Home on the Range, Big D, The Eyes of Texas are Upon You, and How the West Was Won WOW! What a wonderful show. I can't find a current video to share with you but I did find one of the songs that the Vocal Majority did during this show that they performed back in 2003. Before you listen to these make sure that you pause the music that is playing to the left.

Here is one of Max Q. The video quality isn't the greatest but the sound is wonderful. They did this song last Friday too.

Andy and Sam....Thank you so much for a wonderful evening!

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Good Read

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Socks And Birthday

What started out as this:
Turned into this:

Then slowly, after starting over a few times, it turned into my very first sock! Here are some pictures:

Well today is my 40th birthday. So far it has been very uneventful. Andy went to work this morning and I probably won't see him until late this evening. I took Sam to school and I don't think he even knows it's my birthday. I'll pick Sam up from school later, have dinner and then head on over to church for bell choir and choir practice. Since we just moved here no one there knows it's my birthday and I'm not really the one to announce it.

I did receive a beautiful card in the mail from my parents yesterday along with an e-card from them today. THANK YOU!!!!

I think I'll go bake myself some cookies, switch the laundry around and then watch some TV and take it somewhat easy today. Still have a lot of unpacking to do's my birthday.

UPDATE: Received a wonderful card from my in-laws today. THANK YOU!

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Don't Worry...We Really Are Alive!

It's been a full week and a half since I've been on here to add anything. Wow! Has it really been that long since I've updated? I've just been so busy trying to unpack and set up our new house that I haven't had much computer time. I've haven't even been visiting my favorite blogs out there. I am hoping that will change this next week.

Now for updates! Sam is loving school! After spending this past year going to a school that wouldn't offer music or art to the 1st graders he finally has a fully rounded enrichment classes comprise of art, music, library, P.E. and theatre!!! The school system here is more than I could have ever asked for. Sam has also made a ton of friends here not only at school but on our street and the church that we found. In fact today he and his friends on the street have spent the day taking the empty boxes we had in the garage and have made a fort in our front yard/walkway. They are having so much fun together.

As mentioned above we have found a church. A wonderful church! Andy and I have both joined the Chancel Choir, I've joined two bell choirs and one bell choir quartet and Andy has joined one of the bell choirs. Sam is having a lot of fun doing their PRAIZE program on Sunday evenings.

Today I spend the morning/afternoon up at church attending the WE3 Picnic. It is a wonderful women's ministry program that they have there. Check out this video that explains the whole program. We all received our Junior or Senior partner today at the picnic. I'm excited about my Junior partner (I'm her Senior Partner) that I have. I can't wait for our relationship to grow and I hope it flourishes into a wonderful friendship.

We are all really excited about moving here and hope to be here for quite some time. It's a great place.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Christmas Around The World Knitters Swap Questionnaire

(If you are looking for my moving story please see the post below this one.)

I am participating in the Christmas Around The World Knitters Swap and below is my questionnaire. This swap is taking place worldwide and it will be interesting to see how so many different people celebrate Christmas.

Are you religious?
Yes. I am a life long United Methodist.

How long have you been knitting? Would you consider yourself a Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced?
I have been knitting for almost 3 years now and I guess I'm right between Intermediate and Advanced. I don't know if I'll ever get to be advanced but it is a goal.

Do you have any other hobbies besides knitting?
Yes. I cross stitch, crochet, sew, quilt and do a bunch of other crafts.

Favorite color(s)?
Blue, Burgundy, Greens. I also love deep fall colors along with rich colors and jewel tones.

Do you collect anything?
Yarn. Oh, you mean besides something that deals with knitting. I would have to say that it would probably be Carnival Glass or Depression Glass. Antiques and anything to do with Americana too.

Are you allergic to any fibers or animals?

Do you have any pets?
Yes. I have 4 dogs and 2 cats.

Coffee, Tea, or Hot Chocolate?
Yes to all the above.

Cookies or Sweets?
Yes to both. Can you tell I like the good things in life?

Do you knit socks?

If not socks then what? (tell us about your favorite knits)
I have knitting everything except for an actual garment (not counting socks). But I am really starting to branch out now. I have also really gotten into felting and love watching something that I knit turn into something else.

Do you put up a Christmas tree? If not then what do you do?
Yes we sure do. In fact this year I am planning on putting up at least four! Can't wait for it.

Favorite holiday treats?

Favorite holiday smells?
Evergreen and cinnamon would have to be the top two.

Do you celebrate Christmas in a traditional or unconventional way? Please elaborate.
Traditional. We celebrate Christmas with all the trimmings...tree, stockings, manger scene, advent candles, wreaths, etc.

What are your favorite holiday traditions?
Putting up the tree/decorations. Holiday cooking and of course going to church during the holidays is just wonderful!

Finish the sentence: “For me Christmas is all about....”

If you were a Christmas ornament you would be…….?
Just a basic old ornament that sits back in the tree. But it is one that is cherished more than the newer ones out front.

What was your favorite gift you've ever received? Or given?
I would say that the best gift I ever gave was when I surprised my sister. When she and her family were stationed over in Germany her storage locker was broken into and all of her Christmas ornaments were stolen (along with some other things). I was really mad at whoever could have done this. So I emailed her good friends over there and got them involved in my plan. I emailed friends and family, told them what happened and asked if they would be willing to donate an ornament of their own or to purchase a new one. Also if they would enclose a story about Christmas or a background of the ornament they were giving to her. I ended up shipping two huge boxes over to Germany to her friends. They in turn were doing the same thing there. Once everything was received they asked my sister to be home at a certain time and surprised her with all of these huge boxes. I had them read a letter that I had sent to her explaining what was going on. I think that she now cherishes these ornaments more then some of the ones that were lost. I think that the best gifts anyone can give are those of the heart.

When do you start your Christmas?
Shortly after Thanksgiving. I am a true believer that Thanksgiving needs to have it's holiday before moving on to Christmas.

Do you send Christmas cards? Do you make them or buy them?
Yes and Yes. I send, make and purchase the cards. Just depends on the year.

What is your favorite Christmas dish?
That is a hard question for me because I love food. Especially during the holidays.

Carolers are at your door. What do you do?
Open the door, listen and if the house is neat I will invite them in. But this has never happened to me so I can only dream.

When do you open presents? Christmas eve or Christmas morning?
Christmas morning. It was the tradition that I had growing up and we are doing it now with our son.

Do you celebrate with family or friends or both?
We celebrate with both friends and family. To me that makes the holiday.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Our Adventurous Move want to know about our it is:

Before we get started on the actual move I need to start on the evening before (Tuesday) we were scheduled to have our truck loaded. I would say at that point we were 98% done packing. We had put Sam to bed and wanted to relax before we finished up some final boxes. Before sitting down with Andy I wanted to do one final load of laundry before moving. I've moved before with dirty clothes and I didn't want to do it this time. During the spin cycle I hear water sounds and not the normal water sounds. I went running to our laundry room and there on the floor was an inch of water covering the entire room. Not only was the floor flooded but the sink in that room was also backed up. Here it was 9:00 at night and I had a flooded room. We had already packed up all the towels and only had one mop and a bucket to bail us out. Next we discovered that the room where the hot water heater is (which was out in another room off of the garage) was flooded and had gone into the garage where we had staged a bunch of boxes. Now not only did we have to clean up the room inside the house but that room along with moving boxes. Finally around 10:30 we had it all cleaned up and were headed to bed. Forget packing those last boxes as they would have to wait until morning. Not what I had planned!

The next morning (Wednesday) after we get Sam off to school we start packing those last boxes that we had wanted to do the night before while we were waiting for our loaders to show up. They didn't show up and didn't show up. Finally we called and found out that they had forgotten about us. So luckily he had 2 guys standing around waiting for work and sent them over. We had originally scheduled 3 guys for this so we were happy to at least get 2. They got there around 11:00 in the morning and started to work. They were not the greatest loaders but they were not the worst either so that was a plus to our day. They finished around 2:30 and Sam was due to arrive home from school around 3:00. At this point we realized that we had packed everything so differently this time around that we needed to get a trailer to attach to our truck. Great. So back to U-Haul yet again to see what we could get. Once we had the trailer and truck back at the house we realized how hungry we were and also remembered that we told Sam that he would be able to swim at the hotel we were staying at that night. So we did a little bit of last minute cleaning and then headed out to run some last errands and to get dinner. Once at the hotel Sam did get to swim for a while which was good for him as he got some energy out. We ran back to the house one last time to check on the animals and to also get our truck with trailer turned around. But doesn't work. The trailer keeps jack-knifing so luckily we have a neighbor that drives a truck and trailer all the time. He was wonderful and got it backed up for us. It made us feel better we he told us that he had a hard time with it too. Now back to the hotel for some much needed sleep as we had the drive ahead of us the next day. If only we knew what was coming up next.

Thursday was the actual moving day for us and we had no idea that we would not be having dinner until 10:00 that night. Left the hotel in the morning and went back over to the house to finish cleaning the house and load the trailer. Our intentions were to leave by 10:00 that morning but needless to say we ran into more interruptions along the way. Once the trailer was finally loaded we had last minute errands to run. It was getting so late that we ended up eating lunch there and it was already 11:00. Once back home we realized that there were two more errands that had to be run. One of them being returning the cable boxes which takes awhile because they have to check each item in. Back to the house to make sure we have everything and then to load up the car with the animals. Once everything is loaded and we have done a final, final cleaning of the house we are ready to hit the road. Pulled out of the driveway at 2:40 in the afternoon. Not even close to our target time. Oh well, it's only a 3 1/2 hour drive from there to here. But wait...there's more!

Our 45 minute drive to the Texas line was uneventful. Once in Texas we stopped at the "Welcome to Texas" road stop for our first bathroom break. Found out that Sam was already hungry and thirsty for a snack. Okay, I could do that too but of course there was nothing there. So we go down one more exit and get our snacks. Back on the road again. We stopped a few more times before getting into the Dallas area only to find out that there is a truck that was hit by high winds from a storm that we had just driven through. He is leaning on the guard rail that is over the highway that we are on. They shut down said highway and diverted 5 lanes of traffic onto another highway. We sat there for 2 hours! During this 2 hour wait/crawl Andy tells me that the truck is now sitting on empty! Great! Now I'm hoping that it doesn't run out of gas and we are the ones that would cause another traffic jam as we waited for gas. But lo and behold we got through it. Once we were on the other highway we got turned around and ended up pulling over to finally get the much needed gas for the truck along with getting directions. Finally get to the house and unload the car so that the animals can spend the night in the house. We go to the hotel, get checked in and then finally, finally head out for dinner. It was 9:30 at night when we got there and around 10:00 when our food arrived. That meal couldn't have tasted any better! Took the leftovers and our very tired child back to the hotel room for the night. Andy did run back to the house to check on the animals one more time and to get a lock for our trailer.

Friday morning and it is the first day in our new house. We have the guys to unloaded the truck scheduled to be at the house at 8:30 that morning and they were there exactly at 8:30. I thought that this was a great sign to the day. Nope. Found out after watering some plants and the animals that our kitchen sink is backed up along with a garbage disposal that doesn't work. Call to the property manager and the plumbers come on out. They call us and schedule to come on over at 2:00 in the afternoon to work on it. This will work great because we need to be at the house between 1:45 and 5:00 to get the cable installed. We also had a handyman show up to look at our garage. Why you ask? Ends up that the previous person to lease this house was evicted but came back through the back door and stole the garage door opener and the springs to the garage door. Now we have to prop our garage door open. This particular handyman told our property manager that he couldn't do the job so now she is trying to find someone to fix it for us. At this point I decided to take Sam back to the hotel so that he could swim and then we could pack up and check out. Get there around 10:00 and get him changed. Go out to the pool only to find out that they just put chemicals into the pool and it wouldn't be ready to swim in for another 2 hours. Oh well, back upstairs to the room to get a very disappointed Sam changed again and to get packed up so that we can check out. While we were back up in the room packing my cell phone rings. By 11:45 the truck was unloaded and handymen were all finished. This made us happy because we could go get some lunch before the plumbers and cable guy were to be at the house. Get back to the house at 1:45 to find the plumbers waiting. Great. One down and only one more to go. Once the plumbers look at the sink they determine that we need a new garbage disposal because the one that was in there was so clogged up with gunk that even the plumbers said that it was gross. While they were there we had them look at the master bathroom toilet because we had noticed that it was constantly running and ended up with all new works inside of it! Plumbers did their work and were out of the house by 3:00 or so. Sam was outside playing and riding his bike getting to know the neighborhood and all the kids while we waited for the cable guys. By 4:50 we still hadn't seen them and Andy called the cable company. To make a very long story short we ended up getting our cable installed by the technician supervisor and two others at 10:00 that night.

Let's move on to Saturday morning. After a fairly restful first night in our new house we wake up ready to tackle a new day yet again not knowing what laid in store for us. Get up, have breakfast and sit down to watch a bit of Saturday morning TV. Then our power goes out. Come to find out that the power company that we had signed up with had "lost" our order and the previous company came to turn out the power. So here we were in our new house for the first full day with no power. I kept Sam entertained while trying to unpack the kitchen while Andy made phone calls. The power company that we had originally picked said that since things got messed up they would have to consider us a new customer all over again and wouldn't be able to get the power turned back on for 3 business days. Now remember this is Saturday and Monday is Labor Day so that meant that we would be out of power for 6 full days. This was not acceptable. Andy asked to speak to someone else there higher up to see if there was some way to make it happen that day. Nope. They didn't want to work with us. So we called another power company and had it turned on by later that afternoon. In the meantime we went out for lunch and ran some errands. When we came home there was an afternoon thunderstorm that made the power go out for a few minutes. After that happened our cable was acting up. This cable is for our TV, computers and our phone so more phone calls. On the phone we could hear a local AM radio station while we talked. Not fun to hear the other person on the line while you have a radio station in your ear. Again, to make a long story short it took until around 8:00 that night to get it all straightened out....or at least we thought it was.

Sunday morning....what a wonderful morning it was. No, really, I'm being serious. We had found a church online that we wanted to try first and it was just wonderful. Met the choir director and the bell director after church and talked to them for quite some time and can't wait to get started with rehearsals and to attend church next Sunday. Ended up going out for lunch at a pizza buffet and ran into another couple that was in the process of adopting and talked to them for close to an hour and found some friends and a place that we are considering using to adopt another child. Get back home, change clothes and again we find out that there are problems with our cable. Andy gets back on the phone and ends up talking to 10 people and promised phone calls back before he finally gets a manager that stays with us on the phone until every issue is resolved. We now have two different managers direct lines and names should anything happen again with our cable service.

Everything is now fixed except for the garage door but at least we know that is in the works. We are in the wonderful process of unpacking. It was a big deal, at least to me, to finally eat at home and off of real dishes last night. We took Sam to his new school this morning and we are really impressed so far. Andy is out working right now and I am finally getting this chance to sit down and write all of this down. I know that I have probably left somethings out but these were the major glitches that happened to us and believe me when I say that this is the short version.

If you have made it this far you are to be commended as it has taken me a hour and fifteen minutes to get this all down! Please leave me a message and I would love to hear your moving stories.

Sunday, September 2, 2007

We're Here

We are here in Texas now! I'll update a bit more later as it is late and I am very tired...and boy do I have a lot to share with all of you!

FFBE Contest Questionnaire

1. What is your favorite yarn for felting, and why?

Since I've only felted a couple of items so far and used the same yarn for those projects I'll just have to pick what I used. It was a wool/mohair blend. Loved it!

2. Name one person in the swap who is not from the U.S. and tell us where they are from, and link to their blog.

I would pick NotSoCarbonNeutral. She is from the United Kingdom and has a wonderful blog. I only hope to be able to knit socks as well as she does.

3. Find one person in the swap who has a dog, and let us know the name of their dog(s) and link to their blog.

Strings and Purls has two wonderful dogs. Their names are Jayda and Flex. You can see them here.

4. Find one person in the swap who has a child or grandchild and link to their blog.

Lesley at Yes, I Knit has three children and a great blog.

5. And finally, tell us if you like October or November more, and why! (Yea, I know part of September and November are technically fall, but for this question, only October and November matter!)

I personally would have to go with October. But November is a very close second. I like October because school has really gotten underway and fall is really in the air. Not to mention Halloween. Now that I have a child Halloween is just as fun now as it was when I was a child. It's like getting to relive it all over again. I like November because that is when the weather really starts to turn crisp and with Thanksgiving at the end with family gatherings during this month how can one go wrong?

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Fall Felted Bag Exchange Questionnaire

After felting my first bag I am hooked! I have joined in on the Fall Felted Bag Exchange. Below in my required questionnaire.

1. How long have you been knitting or crocheting? How did you learn? or from whom?
I have been knitting for just about over 2 years. I had tried to teach myself before but it just didn't work so I picked up crocheting. Then my son bought me a Teach Yourself to Knit kit for Christmas a couple of years back and I did it! I taught myself to knit and I haven't turned back.

2. What was your first felted object, and why did you decide to try felting?
I joined a the International Tote Exchange IV and fell in love with felting.

3. What are your favorite colors? Any you hate?
I really like all colors. I guess if I was pushed to pick a few I would have to say that I like blues, reds, burgundy and greens.

4. What are your favorite styles\types of bags? (Long straps? Short handles? Handbags? Totes? Embellished? Plain? Include links to patterns or photos if you’d like – give your pal an idea of what you enjoy!)
I love all bags (well maybe not the small hand held bags). No really, I do!

5. What handbag or bag are you carrying today? Do you use a separate bag to carry your knitting?
I have a handbag that has a short/medium length handle that does not have much of a closure. Yes, most times I use a separate bag to carry my knitting. But if it's a small project I just carry it along with me.

6. What other things do you enjoy knitting or crocheting?
I love to do both knitting and crocheting. I am more prone to pick up knitting right now instead of crocheting.
7. What sort of needles do you enjoy working with? (straights vs circs, bamboo vs aluminum)
I love working with any wood needles and also like circulars for some types of projects.

8. What’s one project you’ve not yet tried but are dying to make?
I would love to make a sweater. I haven't tried my hand at it yet but I think I will soon.

9. What’s one yarn you’ve not yet tried but are dying to work with?
That's a good question. I'm really starting to work with more natural fibers. I have yet to work with any silk type fibers and would welcome working with that.

10. What other hobbies do you have? Do you spin? Sew? Garden?
I love to cross stitch, sew, quilt and just create in general. Also love to work outside and garden or have plants inside of my house.

11. Besides yarn, do you collect anything?
I collect depression glass when I have a chance which hasn't been for quite some time.

12. What kind of goodies do you enjoy? Sweets? Salty? Anything you hate or are allergic to?
Love food so anything goes!

13. Do you have any kiddos? (Furry kind count!)
We have one son that we adopted when he was 4 months old and he is now 7 1/2 years old and in 2nd grade. WOW! Oh, yes we do have the furry kind too. We have 2 dogs and 4 cats.

14. What kind of project best personifies you and why?
Anything that I can learn something new.

15. What is your favorite part of Autumn? You can also share a special Autumn memory if you'd prefer!
I would have to say that my favorite part of Autumn would be the colors and the cool crisp days.

16. Tell us 3 things you would do if you won 10 million dollars in the lottery.
1. Pay off all of our debts.
2. Put away enough money to retire on and pay for our sons college.
3. Build our dream home.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Friday's Feast Is Served

Appetizer: Describe your laundry routine. Do you have a certain day when you do it all, or do you just wash whatever you need for the next day?
I have tried to have a certain day but it never worked for me. So now I just try to keep up with the laundry. Right now I'm doing some every day trying to get ready to move.

Soup: In your opinion, what age will you be when you’ll consider yourself to truly be old?
I don't know if I'll ever consider myself old. I would rather consider myself young at heart.

Salad: What is one of your goals? Is it short-term, long-term, or both?
Long-term: To raise my son to the best of my abilities. Short-term: To be almost ready to move by the end of next weekend. A Personal Goal (which would be long and short-term) : would be that I have always wanted to design my own cross stitch designs. I have several and would love to publish them.

Main Course: Name something unbelievable you’ve seen or read lately.
I've been too busy with packing to see or read anything lately.

Dessert: On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being highest, how happy are you today?
8-9. I'm actually very happy about this move that is coming up. We've only been here 9 months so we haven't set down many roots. There are really only a few things that I will miss. Those being the church we found, friends that we have made, the house we are living in along with the yard and trees. I say that because our new house and neighborhood has NO trees. I've always had trees. So as soon as we can I'm going to start planting. But other that those mentioned I can't wait to move! I'm also happy because we are ahead of where we were last time with packing. This last move I was also working along with Andy training for his new job and Sam at school. So we were running around with our heads cut off trying to get everything packed. This time...not so much which is a very good thing.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

New House

Last weekend we spent our weekend over in the Arlington, TX, area looking for a house. After spending 3 days there we found one. For all that are interested here is a slide show of the house. I can't make the slide show go any slower so I would suggest that you hit the pause button once you start it so that you can read the descriptions of the rooms.

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Boxes, Supplies & Second Grade

You may be wondering if the box pictured above is either the last box to unpack after moving here 9 months ago or is it the first box of many that we are packing. It is the latter. Okay, let me back up a couple of months. At the end of this past June on the last day of our VBS at 7:30 in the morning we were all getting ready for the day. Sam and I were getting ready to head out to the church for VBS and Andy was getting up and ready for the day and would meet us up at church around 11:15 for the "concert" given by the VBS kids and lunch to follow. At the same time Andy got a phone call. It was from his boss stating that he had to call in to the VP and HR at 12:00. We both got a feeling of dread. When is calling your VP and HR at the same time a good thing? Long story short they eliminated 13 territories. Andy's was one of them. They offered him a couple of options. Either take a buy-out or move to another territory. Obviously we took opted for moving to another territory. We looked at the list of the territories that we open to those that were just laid-off and chose to move to Birmingham, AL. Then a week later while we were in Dallas celebrating Sam's Gotcha Day Andy gets another phone call from his boss on Sunday morning. He had a person just hand in his resignation in Dallas the night before. Andy and I of course would love to move there since we have family there. It also meant that since it wasn't on the "approved" list of places to move to he would have to follow the proper procedures to apply for changing your territory. It is now the beginning of August and as of last night we have the final word that, yes, we can move to Dallas!!!! After living here for only 9 months we are packing up and moving again. We will be looking at the Arlington area to live.

Also going on in our household is that time of year...back to school. Even though we are moving to an area that doesn't start school until the end of August we have decided to go ahead and put Sam in school here. Two reasons being a refresher for Sam and to let me pack. School started today. It's hard to believe that Sam is already in the second grade. I know that he is growing up and trying to become more mature because he didn't want me to take him to school today. I've always taken Sam to school on the first day of school. Today he wanted to ride the bus and do it all himself. So I let him. Or should I say I let myself stay at home and see him off. His teacher was kind enough to give us an abbreviated school supply list since we will only be here for a few more weeks and then have to purchase another full list of supplies.

Friday, August 3, 2007

You Have To See This

Thanks to Jenn over at MO Treatman Family for finding this. If you haven't ever checked out her blog please do so. It's wonderful!

Make sure you have your sound on for this one! It really is amazing to watch. I can only imagine the hours of practice that went into putting this together.

Kids Do And Say The Darnedest Things

What is it about a child in just his shorts with some pants on his head singing "We Are Family" and dancing around the living room. I think some things in life are just so funny that they just have to be shared!

Another thing that Sam said to me from the backseat of the car a few weeks ago was:

Sam: "I wish that God gave tours of heaven. Then again, that wouldn't be good because we wouldn't want to leave and live our lives."

Kids Do And Say The Darnedest Things

Word Verification

This is a post from CrAzY Working Mom (used with permission). If you use word verification please consider. I used to use it when I first started my blog but then I realized how much I hated to enter all of those crazy letters just to post a comment. I still have it set for me to approve the comments but I don't use the word verification. Read her post and please consider going away from word verification.

"Do you use it? If so, why? Here at the home of Crazy Working Mom, there is no word verification to slow you down. I am glad to have you here and don't want to hinder you as you leave a comment! I HATE word verification. If I get spam in my comments, which happens rarely, I just hit the delete button!

(this word verification was on a blog I frequent...needless to say I didn't get it right.) odbteiwn".

Friday's Feast Is Served

Appetizer: On a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being highest, how polite are you?
I would have to say that I am at least an 8. There are some days where I let how I'm feeling get in the way of how I should act. That and I believe that there is always room for improvement for everyone in this category.

Soup: What was the last thing that made you laugh out loud?
Probably my son. I don't remember the actual moment as he makes me laugh out loud many times a day.

Salad: Who is your favorite cartoon character?
M-I-Ceee, K-E-Yiiiii M-O-U-S-Eeeeee. Come on, you know the tune.

Main Course: Tell about the funniest teacher you ever had.
It would have been Ms. B (as she was called) and she was either my 5th grade teacher or 6th grade teacher and she was a hoot. She made learning fun and I have yet to forget her.

Dessert: Complete this sentence: I strongly believe that _______________.
I strongly believe that I have the most wonderful family hands down!

Create Paintings

Had fun doing this one. Try it!

Click here to create your own painting.

Saturday, July 28, 2007

And The Winner Is...

It's 12:01 on Saturday, July 28th and my giveaway has officially ended. I was shocked at how many people entered. 201! This was a lot of fun and Shannon has said that she will be hosting this again in the fall. Keep your eyes here to see what I'll giveaway next.

Now on to the winner. I've used to get the winning number. Who knew how long it would take to enter 201 numbers. You may not be interested in probably want to know who the lucky winner is. I do hope that you all know that I wanted every one of you to win. You were all so kind in all of your comments. Gee, there I go again. Rambling on and not giving you the winner.

Number 196 won! It's Stacey from JameeForever. I'll email her and also comment on her blog that she won. I also took the next two numbers and they will win something special. The numbers were 34 which is Teresa (I'll email her as she doesn't have a blog) and number 114 which is Sincerely Anna (I'll email her and also leave a comment on her blog). Three wonderful winners. I'll put a picture up on here later for the two runners up as I haven't had time to take them yet.

Thanks to everyone that participated. I had a great time and can't wait to do it again. Who knows...maybe I'll do this more often. :)

Now I'm off to visit every one of your sites. Maybe not all in one day but I will visit. I would love to have you all come back and visit me sometime.

Dog Days of Summer Bloggy Giveaway

If you are looking for Friday's Feast please scroll down below this post...unless you would like to enter my giveaway! You have nothing to lose.
Sticky Note: This will stay up here until the giveaway has ended.
Update: Since I have had such a great response I have decided to extend the deadline. You will now have until Saturday, July 28, 12:00pm CST, to enter. I am also considering having some more prizes. So you never could win!

I am late in starting this giveaway but couldn't resist. I am going to be giving away some AVON merchandise. If you are interested here is a link to the most current catalog: AVON or this one AVON. You can also go to my website!

It's easy to enter! All you have to do is leave me a comment. You don't have to be a blogger as long as you leave me an email address to contact you in case you are the winner. You will have until Friday, July 27, 7:00pm CST, to enter. Then I will collect all the entries, write down the comment numbers and then have the drawing.

What will I win you ask? Here are some pictures.

Relaxing Foam Bath12 fl. oz., Whipped Body Oil12 fl. oz., Replenishing Body Lotion12 fl. oz., Moisturizing Shower Gel 5 fl. oz.


A lovely necklace and earring set. I will also throw in a $10 off coupon for your first order!

Remember to go back to Shannon's site to see all the other wonderful giveaways!

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Friday's Feast is Served!

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First and foremost...check out my giveaway by going here!!!!!

Now on to the feast....

Appetizer: Describe a toy you remember from your childhood.

Lite Brite. Loved it and now my son has mine. :) Now just to find some of the papers that go with it.

Soup: On a scale of 1 to 10 (with 10 being highest) how observant are you?

I would consider myself around an 8 or a 9.

Salad: Where would you rather be at this very moment?

At the ocean along with a day spa. Now that would be nice.

Main Course: When was the last time you learned something new?

The only thing that is coming to my mind right now is learning how to knit two years ago when my son gave me the "Teach Yourself To Knit" kit for Christmas.

Or it would be putting a bike chain on Sam's bike along with tightening the tires so that the chain doesn't slip that much.

Dessert: Fill in the blank: I have ____________ but I haven’t ____________.

I have the urge to have some sushi but I haven't the money or the time right now since it is 11:00 p.m. Maybe sometime soon. :)

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Bummed Son

As stated previously Sam had his first playoff game last night. They were in first place and very pumped up for the game.


Some of the team took it hard including Sam. He came up to me (I was the dugout Mom so I was right there) with tears in his eyes telling me that he was sad because they lost and that they wouldn't be able to play the championship game. They were a great team as they went back out and congratulated the other team on a game well played.

I am so proud of not only my son but the whole team. They played their hearts out and had fun doing it.

This season was Sam's first time at machine pitch baseball. He got hurt a couple of times including last night when he slid into home plate. By the end of this season he learned how to hit well and to field balls. He is a great player and will learn more as he continues to play the game of baseball.

What's next? Soccer season. This so far this his favorite sport and he can't wait to get started.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

GoodReads and Baseball Games

Thanks to Kristie again I have added GoodReads to my sidebar. You can list the books you are currently reading and the books that you have read. You can also rate the books that you have read along with doing a review. Thought that this might give me that kick in the rear to get me reading more again. Here it is as it stands now.

I thought of adding books that I have previously read but it has been quite awhile since I've seriously read a book. So I opted out of listing those at this time.

Sam has a playoff baseball game this evening. They came in first place for the season. He will either play the 4th or 5th place team this evening. Keep your fingers crossed and say a little prayer for his team. In his last game he hit a triple. My parents were down here to see that game. I'll add more pictures and tell about their visit later. Here is a picture of him hitting his triple!
Playing third base and ready to make the play.
Going for the ball.

I'm off now to put Sam's baseball uniform that I forgot to wash until now into the dryer. Remember that you can enlarge the pictures by clicking on them.

Sunday, July 22, 2007

The Golden Compass

Thanks to Kristie I have done my Daemon. In the upcoming movie The Golden Compass each person has their own Daemon. In this story a person's soul lives on the outside of their body, in the form of a daemon - an animal spirit that accompanies them through life (read more on the movie's website). I still need to read the book by Philip Pullman, especially since the movie is coming out in December. I have heard wonderful things about the book and the movie and have it on my list of books that I really want to read along with seeing it when it comes out. I am hoping that this rated at least PG so that I can take Sam to go see it. Now for the time that I ask for your help. Please help me figure out if this is the correct daemon for me.

Watch the trailer if you would like.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Friday's Feast is Served!

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Appetizer: On a scale of 1 to 10 (with 10 being highest) how much do enjoy watching sports on television?
It would actually depend on the sport. For football (NFL) I would give it a 10. For baseball I would give it a 9.

Soup: If you could completely memorize any one work of fiction, which one would you pick?
Only because I can't wait to read it I guess the one on my mind right now would be the Harry Potter books.

Salad: What is your favorite breakfast food?
Gee...just to name one would be hard. I love breakfast so I'll have to name more than just one: Pancakes, eggs, waffles, french toast, breads, muffins, fresh fruit.

Main Course: Name something fun you can do for less than $10.00.
If you don't count the cost of gas then I can do quite a bit with $10. This summer alone I have done the following with Sam for $10 or less. Blueberry picking, toured the National Weather Station, gone to the lake, free movies with snacks, American Rose Society Gardens, Chimp Haven, and SciPort Discovery Center just to name a few.

Dessert: How long does it usually take you to fall asleep?
Depends on the night and if hubby is home or not. When hubby is home it can take anywhere from 10 minutes to 1 hour. When he is away it takes me way to long to fall asleep. Sometimes I don't fall asleep until after 1 a.m.

Friday, July 13, 2007

Rated G

Found this on Virtual Musotopianoforte today while over there reading her Friday's Feast. Great blog too!

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Our Trip To Dallas

This last week we went to Dallas to visit my sister-in-law and her hubby. The main reason we went is to celebrate Sam's "Gotcha Day". This is the day that we got Sam from the adoption agency. July 7th is the magical day and we celebrate with him as a family every year.

First day in Dallas it was raining so we went to an arcade and played around. Second day we went back to the arcade to do the batting cages and go carts. Then it was off to meet one of Andy's old friends and his family for dinner, dessert and just some good ole fun. Third day, which was his actual "Gotcha Day" was spent lounging around at their pool with pizza and a movie later on.

Here are some pictures of Sam having a great time!

Friday's Feast Is Served

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Appetizer: What is your favorite fruit?
Since I love fruit so much this is really a tough one for me. I'll go with the first one that popped into my mind after reading this

Soup: Who is someone you consider as a great role model?
Probably my parents. I just hope I'm just as good to my own son as they were to me.

Salad: If you were to spend one night anywhere within an hour of your home, where would you choose?
There really is nothing within an hour from my home so I really can't answer this one.
EDIT: After reading a few others Friday Feasts I have realized that I didn't answer this one quite right. I was thinking of vacation type spots instead of what would be around here including my own home. The question stated spending one night anywhere WITHIN an hour of your home. I read it as saying spending one night anywhere an hour away. It helps to read the question and not interpret it. So with that being said I guess that I would love to spend a night away from home with hubby in a nice hotel. Our anniversary is coming up....hmmmm.

Main Course: Name something you do too often.
Probably working on the computer.

Dessert: Fill in the blank: I really like ___________ because ____________.
I really like to blog because I am making some really good friends.
Or....I really like weekends because I get to relax just a bit.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Visual DNA

Thanks to Infinite Pink I now have my Visual DNA to share with you. It's amazing how close it came to me. If you want to read more just click on the Read My VisualDNA and then click on the book. Once there you can read more about what these pictures say about me. If you do one please leave me a message so that I can check yours out!

Thursday, July 5, 2007

Friday's Feast Is Served

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Friday Feast is taking a break this week so I went into the archives and found one from 2004 to answer. Enjoy!
Appetizer: Name 3 things that you are wearing today.
Tennis Shoes, Black Capri Pants and a Red Shirt

Soup: Who was the last person you hugged.
I guess that would be my son Sam before he went to bed tonight.

Salad: What do you like to order from your favorite fast food place?
I love French Fries from either McDonald's or Steak n Shake. Don't get them that often but boy do I love them.

Main Course: What time of day do you usually feel most energized?
Probably mid-morning.

Dessert: Using the letters in your first name, write a sentence.
Kids In Motion (Kim)

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Blueberry Pancakes

Now what does one do when they have just picked blueberries? You must eat some right away! I made blueberry pancakes for dinner and I must say that they were probably some of the best pancakes that I have ever tasted! I only used 1 1/2 cups for these pancakes so I still have plenty left. Oh what shall I make next???


Today Sam and I finally got to go blueberry picking! Sam has wanted to go since early this summer. We had it on our calendar but the day we were supposed to go he came down with a fever. The time was never right or we had something else scheduled. I realized last night that their last day open for picking was July 4th. So this morning I got up and decided that Sam and I would go. Then it started to rain. I quickly went to the computer to see what was going on and saw that there was a window where we could go and pick without being rained on. We had a lot of fun while we were picking but Sam did tire of it rather quickly. Once back home I weighed what I (we) had picked...4 pounds 6 ounces! Cost...$8.00! I will definitely go again. Of course I had my camera with me and took quite a few shots. Here they are for you and remember that you can click on them to enlarge.


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