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Christmas Morning Breakfast

Saturday, December 25, 2010

SUCH a wonderful time! We went around the table and told what CHRISTmas meant to each of us and it was a very memorable time!

Had a BLAST exchanging gifts! I just LOVE my kids! emoticon

Mary got a very, very special gift this year from parents and grandparents: An American Girl doll. My girlfriend made clothes and is actually making more for her. AND when she was in Boston this past summer found this ADORABLE look alike outfit for Mary and Emily for $3. She was very excited!

And MY gift from my dh is an overnight this next week and a shopping time with GOOD discounts! YIPEE!!!! emoticon

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BIGMELITTLEME 12/26/2010 6:36PM

    Your daughter is adorable. I miss my kids being little like that but I do now have the Grandbabies and they too are awesome. I just miss the fulltimeness of parenting.

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CBEVNOW 12/26/2010 6:36AM

    Beautiful family, enjoy them for ever, and keep them close to your heart.

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SWIMLOVER 12/26/2010 6:18AM

  Susan, Beautiful pictures and Beautiful Family!!! You are so Blessed! Mary will enjoy her American Doll for years. I just love the happiness of your family.

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EJOY-EVELYN 12/26/2010 2:02AM

    Beautiful family moments! Love the matching outfits your girlfriend made. emoticon

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PAMAPPLE 12/26/2010 12:38AM

    How beautiful the table, the doll and your living doll, Mary, and the outfits! emoticon

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BLESSEDMAZARS 12/25/2010 5:45PM

    Blessings to you!

My oldest two daughter each have an American Girl doll. Though they are quite expensive, they are something that is treasured and played tenderly with (even when one is 14 :)).

Thanks for sharing your love!

Merry Christmas!

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BETRME100 12/25/2010 5:43PM

    What a beautiful table you set...and your family is gorgeous. Oh those American Girl cute are the matching outfits?! Precious!!

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    ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL! Your family together looks like a Norman Rockwell! Your husband is handsome, and the kids look just like him! emoticon

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JANETELIZABETH1 12/25/2010 3:29PM

    What a great blessing your family are Susan, I just love looking at your pics of them all smiling together!
You enjoy your very own present too!

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PURPLELVR7 12/25/2010 1:14PM

    What wonder pictures, looks like everyone had a wonderful time.
My hubby & I walked 1 mile to IHOP for a fit & healthy breakfast.

We will have the family over for dinner and than celebrate Jesus's birthday

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VISUALLYRICS 12/25/2010 12:02PM

    How Lovely!!! What a Blessed home!

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YELLOWBIRD01 12/25/2010 11:52AM

    Enjoy the rest of your Christmas day with the family!!!

God bless all of you!!!

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IUHRYTR 12/25/2010 11:23AM

    Beautiful. Such precious memories. -- Lou

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MUEHLBBO 12/25/2010 11:21AM

    Looks like a splendid morning. Merry Christmas.

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 12/25/2010 11:18AM

    The table is just beautiful. What a blessed and wonderful Christmas with all your babies with you.

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JILLTBNAGART 12/25/2010 11:13AM

    Very pretty! Please come to my house and set the table. You'll have to bring everything that is on yours since all I have is paper plates! LOL!

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ANGELOO29 12/25/2010 11:12AM

    Looks like a wonderful morning! Merry Christmas.

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ONECOOKIETWO 12/25/2010 11:12AM

    What a lovely set of Christmas morning presents!
Merry Christmas to all!
Health to all!

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New Scale :-))))

Saturday, December 25, 2010

I got a new digital bathroom scale for Christmas and it shows that I'm about 2#'s heavier than my older one. I've made adjustments accordingly. Kind of a bummer that I actually weigh more, but that's okay since I'll lose it eventually, right! emoticon

Have been up since 5:00. Cinnamon rolls are ready to pop in the oven. Making a breakfast pizza and that's cooking. Still need to make the juice and set the table. Only 2 of my kiddos are up! emoticon WOW!!!!! Gone are the days when they would wake US up at 4:00 a.m.! ha!

Merry CHRISTMAS, my dearest friends!

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HSMOM2FOUR 12/26/2010 9:05PM

    you know you're sparkin' when you view a scale as a Christmas item...

... just sayin'...

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BIGMELITTLEME 12/26/2010 6:38PM

    5AM is too early for me even on Christmas. After all those days of getting up at 4am to drive school bus I am glad to not have to get up until 6 or 6:30

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BETRME100 12/25/2010 5:59PM

    Made cinnamon rolls this morning time a year...isn't it funny that the kids sleep later than we do when they get a little older?!

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VISUALLYRICS 12/25/2010 12:03PM

    ...made my cinnamon rolls last night, and what fun b-fast we had this morning!!
I LOVE my digital scales too!

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MUEHLBBO 12/25/2010 11:25AM

    Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 12/25/2010 11:01AM

    Merry Christmas emoticon

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ONCEMOREAGAIN 12/25/2010 10:40AM

    Merry Christmas! My dear hubby and I will be going over to our son's for dinner at 12:00..that way the Grandkids already have their "Santa" gifts and we will give them ours...then off to work I go. I have to work until 11:00 pm.

Hope everyone has the greatest Christmas ever!!

A new SCALE, huh?? That's a great gift..I got one last year and you can program in all kinds of stuff.

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NINNY165 12/25/2010 10:36AM

    Happy holidays...Styaed up to 3:30 am doing last minutes preparations for today. Weighed in, had coffee....Daughter still sleep...teenagers :) I maintained this week.... emoticon

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JULIEFRANCES112 12/25/2010 9:51AM

    We actually slept in til 7, I was the first one up. My digital scale has a 2 pound difference too, not sure why.
Have a wonderful day with your family Susan. Merry Christmas! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HELENA260 12/25/2010 9:17AM

    Enjoy your day!! Merry Christmas!! How do you prepare your breakfast pizza?

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IUHRYTR 12/25/2010 9:15AM

    lol Those getting up early days are gone for many of us. Now it's a treat to be able to go back to bed. -- Lou

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BRASKIN 12/25/2010 9:07AM

  Enjoy the holiday!

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SWIMLOVER 12/25/2010 8:50AM

  Susan, Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful family! You will lose the weight but don't go completely by the scale. Actually go by how you are feeling! I think you are doing just
emoticon Have A Very Wonderful Day With Your Familiy Celebrating The Birthday Of JESUS!
Merry Christmas!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 12/25/2010 8:48AM

    That is the downside of a new scale - but it is only 2 # and it will be gone before you know it.

Merry Christmas!

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    Merry Christmas, Susan! My puppy woke ME up this morning! Ugh! Potty time out in the frozen ground in the dark! emoticon

We're celebrating Christmas tomorrow so the girls can celebrate with their in-laws. It all works out fine, and we're flexible, which they really appreciate!

I told Drex about Summer 2012, and he just smiled at me and said, "We'll see!" emoticon

Have a wonderful Christmas with all your precious ones! emoticon

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JANETLP 12/25/2010 8:06AM

    My bunch are all still in bed, except my husband and myself. I had a church member give me a homemade cinnamon roll as her Christmas gift to us (bonuses of a Pastor & Family). It is delicious- just pop a piece in the oven and nuke for 10 seconds, YUMM!

Enjoy Christmas morning with the little ones you have left.

I have the aroma of beef stew and Chicken in my house this morning. Daughter and her husband came in last night and put together a beef stew in their crock pot, my chicken is in my crockpot for some Chicken and Noodles (will add noodles later). So the combination got the best of me this morning. I couldn't sleep through the aromas!

God Bless

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BUCKO_BUCKO123 12/25/2010 8:05AM

  Happy Holidays!

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BIGDOG18 12/25/2010 8:03AM

  Merry Christmas

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Christmas Eve Ramblings

Friday, December 24, 2010

"Greatest man in history named Jesus, had no servants, yet they called him Master. Had no degree, yet they called him Teacher. Had no medicines, yet they called him Healer. He had no army, yet kings feared Him. He won no military battles, yet he conquered the world. He committed no crime, yet they crucified Him. He was buried in a tomb, yet He lives today. "

This has been ONE of the very best Christmas seasons of my whole life! I've had less than 10 cookies the whole season and just rejoice in the victories He gives! And because of the grace to eat moderately and exercise, I've had more energy to ponder many times this month the real reason we are celebrating. I've contemplated His incarnation with such awe and wonder-- the WORD made flesh for us!

Had a LOVELY evening last night with 2 friends and my sister-in-love [we say love instead of law] emoticon I was so thankful that I was feeling better and we were able to get together. We served hot apple cider, roasted pumpkin seeds, popcorn, pumpkin bars, ritz cracker cookies and lemon bars. And I had hot water [didn't want the calories from the apple cider], one ritz cracker cookie and about 2 cups of popcorn. VERY satisfying!

My son, Jonathan, does intarsia projects and yesterday he finished his Christmas present to his dad.

Well, I have a busy day in the kitchen. Christmas eve we have Chicken Chowder, salad and butterscotch crescent rolls. On Thanksgiving day, we exchange names for gift giving among brothers/sister/parents on Christmas Eve, so tonight we will have gift exchange and then enjoy cookies and ice cream. Looking VERY forward to time with my precious family.

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BETRME100 12/24/2010 9:04PM

    What gorgeous pictures!! And it sounds like you've been having a wonderful holiday season...merry Christmas!

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JULIEFRANCES112 12/24/2010 12:54PM

    Glad you're feeling better in time for Christmas. Merry Christmas to you and your family! God Bless!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 12/24/2010 11:10AM

    Amen. Jesus is Lord.

What a beautiful duck. Thanks for sharing your family traditions with us. Robert opened his presents from the boys this morning. They could barely wait. They tried to get him to open them last night after midnight. emoticon

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VISUALLYRICS 12/24/2010 10:25AM

    Have a wonderful time tonight...we do the same gift drawing/exchange!
Your menu sounds yummy...wish I could stop by....

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NANNYJAD 12/24/2010 9:55AM

    Thank you for sharing! I am not moving at all but reading of everyone's accomplishments makes me want to move! Hugs Jo

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BIGMELITTLEME 12/24/2010 9:48AM

    Hi Susan, We too exchange names among the kids and parents then we all buy for the grandbabies/nieces/nephews whatever the case maybe. We don't let anyone know who has who and then when they open the gift the person has to guess who had them. It is fun. Have a great day...I know you will.

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    Oh, Susan! You've given us yet another tradition to adopt! This year, we did exchange names, but it was done hectically over the phone while one of the kids drew here (I think there was some cheating going on, too! emoticon) Next time, I think we'll draw those names on Thanksgiving with many witnesses and it will be a new tradition!

I'm so glad this is the best Christmas ever for you! That's what I was wishing! Have a wonderful New Year, as well, and I pray the blessings are overwhelming! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JANETLP 12/24/2010 9:37AM

    Wonderful Blog. You are very inspiring!

Soup is a favorite at our home also. We, as a family, decided that we would do soups for Christmas Day! Each family group (3 daughters and myself) make a soup of choice and bring for all to share. We then add homemade breads and have vegetables and fruit (this year - no sweets)! Most of my family like water or for the younger ones Kool-aide type drinks. So it is all kept very simple and easy.

Tonight, after the Christmas Eve Candlelight service at 6, I will serve our supper of sirloin steaks, sweet potatoes, and a fresh vegetable of some sort, probably cauliflower and carrots.
It's just G (husband) and me until late tonight when my youngest daughter and her family of 7 are coming. They come to sleep here so they don't have to get up so early in the morning. They are night owls not morning doves!
Merry Christmas!

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SWIMLOVER 12/24/2010 8:34AM

  Susan, I love the pictures. I love the term sister-in-love!
I think that is beautiful! I love the fact that you got to spend time with family and friends. Also, enjoy Christmas Eve and Christmas with your beautiful family.
Merry Christmas Eve Day! emoticon

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CYCLINGSANDY 12/24/2010 8:23AM

    Fun times! I am going to use that term now for son-in-love and daughetr -in-love. That is such a better term.
We have corn chowder tonight as our family tradtion too. Have a Merry Christmas!

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DEVILISH4TAZ 12/24/2010 8:06AM

    Enjoy your holiday

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IUHRYTR 12/24/2010 8:01AM

    Terrific pictures. Don't throw away any progress because treats are available. Keep working toward losing a pound. -- Lou

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Healthy Reflections

Thursday, December 23, 2010

I know everyone can go to the email and read this but I wanted to make a comment on this one:

Taking two steps forward

Slow and steady has not always been an inspiring concept. It's not as sexy as speed and sharp turns of direction. But it may be just the thing to keep you from running out of gas, while still moving you forward. Abe is telling us that the most important thing is to keep walking forward, no matter how slowly. Sometimes slowness can be frustrating. You might become impatient; you might get discouraged with a setback. But a setback doesn't have to set you back. Simply using it as a learning opportunity can leapfrog you ahead again. From now on, try paying attention more to your direction and less to your speed. Be patient, focus on a little bit at a time, and soon enough, you'll be further than you ever thought. Besides, it's a good bet that by always looking forward, Abe rarely looked back in regret. End of SP reflection

I was so struck with the truth of this email. This has been the key to my MIND shift about losing weight and embracing a healthy lifestyle. NOT in a hurry, patiently putting one foot in front of the other and slowly and steadily walking towards the PRIZE. The temporary prize is I lose weight and become healthier & live life to the fullest; the spiritual prize is the fullness of relationship with Jesus, walking in the Spirit and having those living waters flow in my heart. It's SO worth it!

And I finally get it: the tortoise REALLY does win the race!!!!! emoticon

And JESUS is forever stretching out HIs mighty hand to help me finish the race!

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BIGMELITTLEME 12/24/2010 9:38AM

    I say that saying all the time...
Slow and steady wins the race...

OH...OH...I think our fuel Oil man is here....
Yippie...we are going to get warm!!
Gotta go...

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55TUCKER 12/23/2010 9:42PM

    This is one great blog!
One step, slow and steady, always forward (even after falling back on occasion).
Best Wishes in 2011 my friend!
Ever slowly towards the goal, slow and steady wins the race (and we have help :)

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IUHRYTR 12/23/2010 9:37PM

    One positive day at a time. -- Lou

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    Some days we do need this "simple" reminder that at times slow does win the race! Thank you! I needed this today.

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    One step at a time to a full, joy-filled life! I think I'll take that walk, too! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SAISHA100CJ 12/23/2010 3:10PM

    Yes, one step at a time - one foot in front of the other. A great reminder. Thank you.

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PAMAPPLE 12/23/2010 2:48PM

    Slow and steady wins the race!! It is a fact that the slower you lose the weight, the longer we keep it off... and that's what we all want... to keep the weight off!! emoticon

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SWIMLOVER 12/23/2010 1:36PM

  Susan, Slow and Steady really does it! Also, we cannot do this
without JESUS! Thank You for this inspirational blog!

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VISUALLYRICS 12/23/2010 1:30PM

    I have made my choice: Slow & Steady! ....I'll take this way any day over the stressful expectation of a race to the finish, and Mr. Scales eyeballing me the whole way...LOL!
emoticon emoticon emoticonI am making a slow crawl here at my last goal. It is for a lifetime, and I hope I have learned to RELAX with the timing of this journey.....
That is my GOAL! ...a steady journey...accepting falls with grace and getting back up cheerfully....moving onward! emoticon

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THINIWILLBE21 12/23/2010 11:23AM

    Hi Susan emoticon,

Another emoticonblog post!!! I Spark Mailed this one to myself as a keepsake reminder!

I love the picture of Jesus reaching down His hand to me (and to YOU!!!!)!!!!

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CYCLINGSANDY 12/23/2010 11:13AM

    I have had some setbacks since moving here in July. But I know that my Jesus will provide the strength and the motivation to me to get back in gear. I know the right healthy lifestyle to choose!

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SHARON2014 12/23/2010 7:55AM

    A good reminder...thanks. Trust you are feeling better. Merry Christmas! emoticon

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Christmas Gifts for MEN

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Christmas Gifts for Men

Buying gifts for men is not nearly as complicated as it is for women.
Follow these rules and you should have no problems.

Rule #1:
When in doubt - buy him a cordless drill. It does not matter if he
already has one. I have a friend who owns 17 and he has yet to
complain. As a man, you can never have too many cordless drills. No
one knows why.

Rule #2:
If you cannot afford a cordless drill, buy him anything with the word
ratchet or socket in it. Men love saying those two words. "Hey George,
can I borrow your ratchet?" "OK. By-the-way, are you through with my
3/8-inch socket yet?" Again, no one knows why.

Rule #3:
If you are really, really broke, buy him anything for his car, a 99
cent ice scraper, a small bottle of deicer or something to hang from his
rear view mirror. Men love gifts for their cars. No one knows why.

Rule #4:
Never buy men bathrobes. Once I was told that if God had wanted
men to wear bathrobes, he wouldn't have invented Jockey shorts.

Rule #5:
You can buy men new remote controls to replace the ones they
have worn out. If you have a lot of money buy your man a big-screen
TV with the little picture in the corner. Watch him go wild as he flips,
and flips, and flips.

Rule #6:
Do not buy any man industrial-sized canisters of after-shave or
deodorant. I'm told they do not stink - they are earthy.

Rule #7:
Buy men label makers. Almost as good as cordless drills. Within a
couple of weeks there will be labels absolutely everywhere. "Socks.
Shorts. Cups. saucers. Door. Lock. Sink." You get the idea. No one
knows why. (ABSOLUTELY TRUE!!)

Rule #8:
Never buy a man anything that says "some assembly required" on
the box. It will ruin his Special Day and he will always have parts left
over. No one knows why.

Rule #9:
Good places to shop for men include Northwest Iron Works, Parr
Lumber, Home Depot, John Deere, Valley RV Center, and Les Schwab
Tire. (NAPA Auto Parts and Sears Clearance Centers are also excellent
men's stores.) It doesn't matter if he doesn't know what it is. ("From
NAPA Auto, eh? Must be something I need. Hey! Isn't this a starter for a
'68 Ford Fairlane? Wow! thanks.")

Rule #10:
Men enjoy danger. That's why they never cook - but they will
barbecue. (No one knows why) Get him a monster barbecue with a 100
-pound propane tank. Tell him the gas line leaks. "Oh the thrill! The
challenge! Who wants a hamburger?"

Rule #11:
Tickets to a Cowboys game are a smart gift. However, he will not
appreciate tickets to "A Retrospective of 19th Century Quilts."
Everyone knows why.

Rule #12:
Men love chain saws. Never, ever, buy a man you love a chain
saw. If you don't know why - please refer to Rule #7 and what happens
when he gets a label maker.

Rule #13:
It's hard to beat a really good wheelbarrow or an aluminum
extension ladder. Never buy a real man a stepladder. It must be an
extension ladder. No one knows why.

Rule #14:
Rope. Men love rope. It takes us back to our cowboy origins, or at
least The Boy Scouts. Nothing says love like a hundred feet of 3/8"
manila rope. No one knows why.

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KADULAC 12/31/2010 8:30PM

    That is hilarious. My daughter and I are sitting here reading it and laughing. It is so true.

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PANSYLADY2 12/23/2010 6:23PM

    This is too funny! AND absolutely true!! Actually, I think I'd like a cordless drill!! LOL

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BIGMELITTLEME 12/23/2010 4:07PM

    Yeah I can see the logic behind some of them but I must say, "at least for my husband (major packer fan!) He would be hurt and insulted if the tickets weren't tickets to Lambeau!

AND Dallas tickets might get me divorced!!

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ALLFORHIM8 12/23/2010 9:39AM

    This is so funny!! Thanks for sharing!!!!!!!!

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SWIMLOVER 12/22/2010 11:28PM

  Love this blog! Thank You for posting it. emoticon

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ACTIVEGRANDMAP 12/22/2010 7:23PM

    great blog, enjoyed it very much. Pam

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IUHRYTR 12/22/2010 4:26PM

    emoticon emoticon -- Lou

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SAISHA100CJ 12/22/2010 4:22PM

    This is so funny! ... great ideas!! Thanks!!

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SEATURTLE86 12/22/2010 1:29PM

    LOL LOL LOL! I love it! Have 3 men in my immediate family I TOTALLY agree with everything! I gave grills to my son and son-in-law last year and you would have thought they had struck gold! They were both tearing into the box and starting to put them together in my livingroom!! They couldn't just LOOK at the picture on the box, no sir--ree! Thank for the laughs! emoticon

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KALISWALKER 12/22/2010 12:43PM


I got a couple of good ideas here!

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JULIEFRANCES112 12/22/2010 11:34AM

    Oh yeah my husband would do flips for #5. That's better then a new wii game. Thanks for the laugh.

Have a blessed Christmas! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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VISUALLYRICS 12/22/2010 10:16AM

    I am on the floor FAV thing to do....LOL!!!! I really needed to read this blog!!! I love 5# & 8#!! ...Flip....Flip!!
I ABSOLUTELY LOVE this one!!!!! {{{ Rule #10:
Men enjoy danger. That's why they never cook - but they will
barbecue. (No one knows why) Get him a monster barbecue with a 100
-pound propane tank. Tell him the gas line leaks. "Oh the thrill! The
challenge! Who wants a hamburger?" }}}

I must find something for my DH this year....something REALLY Unique!! {{Help!}}

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ERIECANALGAL 12/22/2010 9:27AM

    Good ideas! Love it!

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