Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Party Report and Other Things

Someone needs to come up with a blog tool that will title your posts for you. Wouldn't that be brilliant?

Our Christmas party yesterday was great fun. Everyone caught onto bunco quickly and it was very loud and obnoxious, as it should be. Mom had gone to Target and bought all the prizes for us. In the LPM version, everyone gets a prize for something. Mom was apparently attempting to purchase all the "As Seen on TV" products available at Target. My favorites were the Ped Egg that Nancy won and the microwave pasta maker earned by Susan (who's like a gourmet cook). Curtis wasn't there, but he won a quesadilla maker in absentia. We were totally pumped about that. My secret Santa gift came from Sabrina and it was a beautiful glass tea pot, tea bags, and butter cookies. I've always wanted a tea pot like that and I can't wait to use it. I might have to find a reason to splurge on a flowering tea for my pretty pot. My secret Santa gift went to Jenn and I gave her a set of Bath and Body Works' lavender chamomile stuff. My favorite!

I don't have any pictures of our party or carriage ride and will be low on any other pics for a couple of days. My dad needed to borrow my camera to take pictures of some very rare deer on the ranch. Since he was the one who gave me the (very nice and too expensive for the Jones budget) camera and all, I thought it best not to think about all the important events I needed to capture this week and just hand it over happily. My dad is the most generous person I know. So I've had my mom's camera but I haven't really been using it. Blah, blah, blah. How long will this rambling go on?

At the end of our party yesterday, I went home and put on some sweats and cleaned the house in case we had some visitors drop by. Then my mom called and said she, Melissa, and Colin wanted to bring dinner over to our house and hang out. Perfect! We ate Chili's out of styrofoam containers at my dining room table. Jackson had a potty victory and then Melissa and Colin got to hear him talk about it for an hour. Bless their hearts. (We've had about 5 victories in the last week! Yeah!)

By bedtime I was pretty sure I was coming down with a cold. By this morning I was more than pretty sure. I would absolutely love to crawl back in bed and be fed chicken soup by someone who loves me a lot.

Today I have another OB appointment. I think I'm about to start going every 2 weeks. We'll see. I'm now 32 weeks and 5 days, which means I'm 8 months pregnant. Holy cow! (FYI, you are actually 10 months pregnant on your due date.) I'm not good at math, but I think I'm 51 days out from my due date. I'm getting so excited. Right now I'm not as much feeling desperate to be done with the pregnancy as I am desperate to meet and hold my little girl. But I've had several friends who have had preemies and I'm definitely not wishing she would come early.

In other news, Mel's mom went home to be with Jesus yesterday. It had been a week-and-a-half-long roller coaster ride for her and her sweet daddy. I know they're thankful that she's not still laying in that room in ICU, but now they'll face the painful reality of daily life without mom. The viewing is set for Friday and the funeral for Saturday. Her husband's grandmother has also just passed away, so they are really going through it. Thank you for praying for my dear friend.

Finally, Jamie and her family are going to be hosting a little girl from Haiti who is flying to Austin, TX, for a much needed surgery that has been donated by some doctors. They're trying to raise some funds for her plane ticket. If you have some cash burning a hole in your pocket or want to pray for them, check out this post on Jamie's blog.

Blessings on you and yours today!


Kelly said...

I could not agree with you more on the blog title tool. I can never think of anything clever like Big Mama always does. It's the worst part of blogging for me.
Hope you are feeling better! We eat Chili's at home out of the sytrofoam containers on a regular basis and nothing makes me happier! :-)

ChaChaneen said...

I don't comment often but had to today to tell you that I've enjoyed visiting your blog (love all the Amanda-ism's~ ha ha) and look fordward to 2009! Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year to you and your family!

MamaCass said...

Congratulations on 8 months Amanda! I can't believe you are that far along already. I will lift your sweet friends up over the holidays.

Haley said...

Sounds like y'all had fun! I just love to hear the funny stories that go on at LPM. I hope you feel better soon. Merry Christmas!

Tara said...

What a fun day! I have yet to learn Bunco but have a few women at church who play and say that it is a riot! And I think the prizes that your mom got everyone are hilarious! (I have a quesadilla maker too, and we love it!!!! Hope you will too!)

Hope you start feeling better soon. Maybe some warm tea from your new teapot would help? It sounds so beautiful...

Merry Christmas to your precious family!

Holly said...

Aw, I guess it's a good thing, but I am crying for Mel and her Daddy. I don't even know them, but I love them much in christ and will keep them in the forefront of my prayers these days ahead.


PS What's your favorite dish at Chili's?

Jessie said...

the last month of pregnancy was hands down the hardest for me - the anticipation, the anxious moments, the totally uncomfortable all the time thing - and now to have a cold on top of it all - you are in my prayers.

glad your family is all together for the holidays and I hope you have a very merry Christmas!

valerie said...

It sounds like y'all had a blast at your office party. Sounds like everyone got really nice gifts too.
How fun!

I called the LPM office the other day and Kimberly listened with such genuine concern & prayed with me (the sweetest prayer ever!)as I poured my heart out to her about something very tender that has been going on in one of my loved one's life.
You all are so precious and I pray each staff member has a very blessed Christmas.
I'll definitely be keeping your friend Mel and her family in my prayers. I love the song by Jeremy Camp "There Will Be a Day."
Love & blessings to you and your sweet family,
P.S. Way to go Jackson!!!!

Ashton said...

Amanda, Merry Christmas. I bet you are talking to your little girl and maybe holding her before she comes on the scene?

Well, have a wonderful Christmas and be well...

Janelle and Ella said...

I am SO sorry about Mel's mom! My heart is broken for her. To be dealing with this the week of Christmas to, I just can't imagine!

Kiki said...

I love that you cleaned your house hoping/believing someone would drop by and then you were blessed with dinner!

And, I so want the Ped Egg!

Hope you feel better soon and enjoy the time with your family!

bethany said...

Amanda...I'm sorry to hear about Mel's mom...how hard to endure loss at this time of year. I will be praying for her family.
And yes...you must honor your papa and let him use your camera since he did gift it to you! You are so sweet always putting photos up so won't hold it against you this time!
Praying that you feel better soon sister!

Missy said...

Glad the party was fun! Sorry to hear you aren't feeling well. Let me know if I can do anything for you!!!

dreamingBIGdreams said...

Thanks for spreading the word for Fedna and Bear.


Cathy said...

Sounds like you had a fun full day. Hope you're feeling better soon. Merry Christmas!

katiegfromtennessee said...

Wow, Little Momma, lots of news from you...I love hearing about ya'lls fun at the party:):)...I'm sorry you're beginning to not feel good; at the risk of sounding strange, take some cod liver oil, it's good for ya:)...thank you again for the update on Mel and their family, they are still on my mind, and I will continue to pray for them:) God is strong enough, that's all I know...In Him we consist and have our being when we feel like we are in chaos and not "consisting" very well,

Love you all,


Mel @ Studio MCA Designs said...

Hope you are feeling well enough to enjoy the Christmas gatherings.

Merry Christmas! Hope your holidays are blessed with love and laughter.


Unknown said...

Merry Christmas Amanda! Just think, next year you will be holding two little Jones' in your Christmas picture! Too fun!

I loved that you ate Chili's right from the take out containers! That totally happens in our house too!

The LPM party sounded like such fun! I <3 Bunco! Your new tea pot sounds amazing. I am a tea drinker too...I always smile when I read of your tea drinking ways!

Sorry this is so long! Have a great Christmas!

Sunni at The Flying Mum said...

Friend, wish we lived in the same town. I have a cold too. We could meet at Starbucks, and drink something hot with our bellies.