Have you ever sat back and thought to yourself how much you have changed through the years? I don't mean just the wrinkles, the extra pounds & extra skin that magically appear, but all the little things too. For example, I grew up the only girl with 3 brothers. Now, I have 2 boys of my own. (Will I always be outnumbered?) I never was a "girly girl". I never dressed up like a princess. I never really cared about makeup until my late 20's. I never enjoyed shopping. I hated panty hose and any other sort of "girly undergarments". I typically owned only 2 pairs of shoes...one pair of sneakers to wear all week & one pair of Sunday shoes...and I was perfectly content with that.
Now fast forward to today. I found myself soooo excited when the UPS man brought me a box that contained my recently ordered boots. I thought they were so cute! Granted, I have no idea how long it will take to learn to walk in them. Never being a girly girl, I obviously wasn't much into wearing heels. Then after 2 foot surgeries 12 years ago, I have very, very slowly worked into heels...probably more to look my age than anything since I stand a whopping 5 feet tall without heels. I bought a pair of black boots about a year ago that were all of approx a 2 to 2-1/2 inch heel. Now these new ones, as cute as they may be, are at least 1 inch higher than the previous boots....and I walk like a penguin! But, they're cute, and for some odd reason, maybe just the fact that I have changed over the years, I am determined to learn how to walk in my new boots :)
rating: 3 of 5 stars OK, another "feel good" book, but not one of my favorites. I enjoyed the story, but it seemed to take quite awhile (about the middle of the book) to reach any sort of climax and get me very intrigued. I found this book difficult to follow at times as the characters & perspectives changed simply from paragraph to paragraph rather than separation by chapters or some sort of marking, etc. Maybe I'm just a novice when it comes to reading much, but I'd like to see more than just a few extra spaces between the paragraphs to know where I'm going with it.
Now, don't let any of that scare you away from this one. It had a great message and I did enjoy how different the characters were & how they eventually all tied together. I wish we had more "Miss Glorys" in the world and that I could be more like her as well. The next book in this series that I have (I believe I am missing one) is The Christmas Hope. Funny that it should be called that as that was the main feeling I got from The Christmas Promise. Guess I'll have to read that one now & see how they compare.
Tyler received a new CTR ring on Sunday in his class at church. For those of you of a different faith, CTR stands for "Choose the Right". Trenton also likes to add in that backward it stands for "Return to Jesus." Just a good reminder to have. Tyler informed me that it doesn't spell choose the right. He said, "It spells cutter." He sounded it out very slowly for me. "c-t-rrr, cutter." Guess it's time to be more ambitious in getting him to read!
Once Trenton started telling Tyler all about his 4th birthday party with friends, it was a little hard to get out of having one for Tyler. Granted, most of the kids there were still closer to Trenton's age than Tyler's, but at least he has the memories now. We waited to have the party until 5 days after his birthday as Mike would be off work & be the "entertainment". He is our balloon tier. He thought at a 5-year-old's party many kids would be thrilled with balloon animals. Who knew the most requested item would be "balloon swords"? And who knew that balloon sword fights could be so loud? The cupcake "sculpture" is also pictured. Though simple, it turned out better than my attempt at cake decorating this year, so it's the only one we'll show :)
On December 31st, Tyler turned a whopping 5 years old! Ever since Trenton's birthday in May, he has been requesting that we go to Don Pedro's mexican restaurant for his birthday dinner. He really wanted to wear the sombrero, be sung to & get free dessert. They sang "Happy Birtday, little ponchito," to him. As we were leaving the restaurant, Tyler said, "Just call me Ponchito." He was also lucky this year to get one of his wishes...Grandma, Pa & Uncle Brian came to visit!