Sunday, November 29, 2009

The End of One Holiday=The Beginning of Another

We definitely had a good, but very busy Thanksgiving.  We left our house late Wednesday afternoon for Bolivar to visit my family.  We have a delicious meal as always that was prepared by my mom.  We headed back to our house late Thursday evening with my mom and my sister. 

We planned on heading to bed early so that we could get up for our Black Friday shopping, but that didn't happen.  I had the bright idea of ordering some things online when they went on sale at mid-night, but apparently so did a lot of other people.  The website I was trying to order from kept shutting down and when it did go back up it wouldn't let me place my order.  So at 1:15 I finally decided to go to bed.  I then got up at 2:45 and checked the website once again.  This time I was successful.  We left home at 4:30 (we were originally going to leave at 3:30, but due to my crazy idea of ordering online that was no longer necessary) and headed to our first stop.  I got some good deals on toys for the foster children our family signed up to buy gifts for at church.  I was out of the store by 5:30 and I headed to Staples by myself (the other two were still shopping) to get the most anticipated items on my Black Friday list--a GPS and a digital camera.  The GPS required a ticket in order to get on and I was lucky enough to receive one.  However, when I got to the digital cameras the one I wanted was already gone.  However, I expected this might happen due to the amazing deal this camera was, so I put plan B into place.  This involved calling Justin, who was on standby at home, to order it online.  And luckily, it was still available so we got both of the items we wanted.  I then went to pick my mom and sister back up--however, my mom was waiting in line to pay.  Two hours later, after my sister and I had made additional trips to Walmart and McDonalds, my mom was finally ready to go.  We then headed to Kohl's just to see what they had and then to the mall.  By this time it was about 11 o'clock and we were all pretty tired so we headed home with several items in our car.  After picking Makenna and Justin up at home, we all headed back to Bolivar so that Justin could prepare for the MU/KU football game that he, my brother, and my dad were going to on Saturday morning.

On Saturday, while the guys were at the game, my mom and I made some Christmas wreaths and we also watched a good family friend, Shelby.  The rest of her family had gone to the game as well, so Makenna got to play all day with her.  We went to the park and just had fun.  Justin also had a great time at the game--they sat in the third row in the end zone.  He said it was the craziest game he had ever been to and he thoroughly enjoyed tailgating before the game.
Today, we began decorating for Christmas.  I planned on getting the tree up, but I don't think that is going to happen since Justin has yet to get it down from the attic.  Also, I don't want Makenna to miss out on the experience so I guess that will have to wait until tomorrow night.  I have a majority of my other decorations put up and I even made a new decoration today for our porch.  I will take some pictures and post them soon.  Hope everyone has a good week. 

Monday, November 23, 2009

Thankful List Catch Up

Due to being out of town this weekend, I wasn't able to blog, so this post will be an attempt at catching up on my thankful list.  I will break it down day-by-day so I know I have posted at least one thing I am thankful for during the days I was MIA.

Thursday 11/19:  I am so thankful that four years ago on Thursday I married my best friend.  I know I am not always the best at showing or saying how much I love Justin, but he is a wonderful husband and father and I know this sounds so cliche, but I honestly couldn't go through life without him.  I am so thankful for all his support, encouragement, love, humor, etc that make me a stronger person and I thank God for him.

Today I was also reminded of how blessed I am to be surrounded by a wonderful bunch of co-workers.  Once a month, a group of teachers from my school get together to discuss educational topics over dinner--ok, let's be honest, it is mostly about socializing and having a good time--but nevertheless, we always have a good time.  I know that I can always count on anyone in this group, as well as numerous other co-workers.  It is so nice to work with people on a daily basis who you care about and who you know care about you as well.

Friday 11/20--I am thankful for my family.  I think it says it all that when I asked Makenna what she is thankful for today on our drive home she responded without any prompting, "Tent, Eila, Nana, Papa."  In case you're wondering that is my brother, Trent, my sister, Sheila, my mom, and my dad, respectively.  I have never been good at saying how much I appreciate them, but I hope when they read this they will be reminded of all they mean to me.  I am so thankful that my mom is always there to watch Makenna when I need her or to offer any advice I might need, that my dad or brother are there to answer all the questions that Justin doesn't know (especially when it comes to fixing things) and that my sister is always there to listen to all my problems.  I am also thankful that my grandma who will turn 86 on December 14th is still here to provide us all comical relief from all she says or does.  I never knew any of my great-grandparents, but I am so thankful that Makenna has got to know my grandma, who she calls G-Gma.

Saturday 11/21--I am so thankful for friends who provide me encouragement, laughter, entertainment, etc.  Friends have come and gone in my life, as well as Justin's, but I have definitely found that true friendship lasts forever.  I have life-long friends who I consider to be more like family, and I have developed several other friendships in my 28 years of life that continue to grow.  So, friends that are reading this, thank you for your impact in my life, as well as Justin and Makenna's.  We love you.

Sunday 11/22--This might sound silly, but I am thankful for GPS's.  We would have been lost several times during our weekend in St. Louis, but thankfully my sister let us borrow hers (yet another reason I am thankful for her.)  This is the reason Justin and I will be purchasing a GPS for ourselves on Friday--we have scoped out the best deal on one.

Monday 11/23--Today I am thankful for unexpected opportunities God gives us.  At work, I have been given the opportunity to start an after-school program with a few co-workers.  The goal of this program is to help improve students' reading and math skills and I am excited to see how this program goes.  In addition to getting to hopefull make an impact in the lives of the students that will be attending this program, I am also excited about the generous stipend that I will be receiving for this endevour I am taking on. God certainly is good and gives me so much more than I deserve.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Thankful Once Again

Today I realized how blessed my family is and I am so thankful that we always have food on our table, clothes on our backs and a roof over our head.  After school, my boss, another co-worker, and myself who all help sponsor Student Council went to the grocery store and purchased food for families in need.  We were able to supply the families with about a week's worth of groceries and I know that they will be very grateful for what we have done.  I know it isn't easy asking for help when you need it, but I am so thankful God put me in a position where I can help out those around me who need it.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Thankful Part 2

Need I say more?  I think not, but I will.  This little girl brings multiples smiles to my face everyday whether it is her coming up to tickle me or her saying "Uv you, Mommy" when she goes to bed.  She is a huge blessing to my life and I thank God for making me her Mommy.

Monday, November 16, 2009

My Thankful List

With Thanksgiving coming up next week, I have decided to make it a goal to post daily until Thanksgiving about what the Coffer family is thankful for.  While we will be out of town this coming weekend and won't be near a computer, I still want to challenge myself to do this as much as I can.  This time of year, we always reflect on what we are thankful for, but this year I want to put it in writing for everyone to read.

The first thing that comes to mind this year when I think about what I am thankful for is that fact that Justin and I both have jobs.  We know several people who have either lost their job or have been laid off due to the poor economy, so I am just glad that we both have secure jobs that we both enjoy.  We certainly don't make the big bucks, but we are so much better off than several around us--plus we have jobs that we like doing everyday. 

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Halloween Pics

As promised here are pictures of our Halloween Monkey.  She had a lot of fun trick-or-treating and got way too much candy.