Tuesday, February 9, 2010

CD Winner!

Congratulations to Teresa from Independence, Missouri! My littlest guy drew your number out the cup this morning. Hope you enjoy it!

Thank you to everybody who entered the drawing; it was really fun to hear from you and I appreciate all your kind comments a lot.

Signing off from snowed in Northern VA with another 10-20 inches on the way...

Sunday, February 7, 2010

"Ahh, this is The Lifetime"

Don't miss your chance to enter the drawing for my CD Giveaway! See my previous post, "CD Giveaway" for details. The deadline for entering the drawing is TODAY - 11:59PM EST Monday, February 8th.

In the past 11 days, school has only been in session for two of them. Count 'em, TWO. And here's why!

That is our little basketball hoop in the left corner.

It feels like (an unplanned) Christmas break all over again, which of course has its ups and its downs.

The downs: I'm starting to get a little stir-crazy.

The ups: Sledding, hot cocoa, Wii games, UNO tournaments, homemade soup and cornbread, staying up late, sleeping in, and having my husband's help getting caught up on the laundry. (Nothing like the threat of losing power to motivate me to get it done!) We've watched movies, watched Eric shovel, played in the snow mounds, postponed homework, and are enjoying our unexpected time together.

The boys have had several sleepovers with each other, and at the beginning the very first one, our 4-year old looked up at me from his bed on the floor and said, satisfied, "Ahh, this is the lifetime!"

Well of course it is!

I have had so many fun memories come back to me during these days of a different pace of life - times when I also felt that this was the life. Listening to our boys giggling, telling secrets, making up hilarious scenarios and nicknames for each other, singing silly songs, planning adventures for the next day - this reminds me of the 16 years of non-stop sleepovers (aka "sharing a room") that I had with my sister, Natalie. We still laugh about funny things we made up and schemes we drummed up over the years! I am SO glad we have all those great memories.

I also remember very well a wild ice storm that my dad, my brother Jennings, and I weathered together. My mom had taken Christian (a baby at the time) and my sister down to Texas to visit Grandma and Grandpa, and I was heartbroken that I couldn't go, too. I guess missing a week of 3rd grade would have really put me behind academically. (?) As it turned out, right after they got safely on their way to Texas, an ice storm hit and knocked out our power back in Missouri for 5 days. So much for school; we ALL missed it!

Jennings and I spent our power-outage days playing "Death and Destruction UNO" tournaments while Dad was outside moving fallen trees and branches, clearing and redigging the gutters (on a 1/4 mile gravel driveway!) and working on the tractor to get the hill drive-able again. He kept the fire in the wood burning stove going non-stop so we could stay warm, and taught us how to make tin foil dinners, just as if we were camping. We slept upstairs in the loft on folded up quilts and stayed toasty warm all week. If our power ever goes out for even half that long, I want my dad here to run the place because he knows how to do it!

Well I'm off to make up a bed on the floor out of a folded over quilt for an impending sleepover. They can stay up and giggle as late as they want since school has been cancelled, and in doing so, I hope will be making memories for a lifetime! I am so grateful for mine.

Monday, February 1, 2010

CD Giveaway!

Looking for a Valentine's Day gift for someone you love? I'm giving away a free autographed copy of "A Time to Love" - give it as a gift or keep it to enjoy yourself!

To enter the drawing, answer this question, found in my blog:

What song are my brother John and I pictured singing on Karaoke? (Hint: The answer is found in my "Good Awesome Days" blog entry.)

Send me an email ariangjohnson@hotmail.com with the answer. The deadline for entering the drawing is 11:59PM EST Monday, February 8th. The winner will be notified by email and also announced here on my blog.

Spread the word!

The fine print: I'll ship to addresses in the United States, including APO/FPO. Sorry, no international shipping at this time. Hopefully it will reach you before Valentine's Day.