T-Mobile Tugs at the Heart with #homefortheholidays

I cry. I used to cry at Little House on the Prairie when I was a little girl. I get teary when the boy finally gets the girl. Tears flow at every video of a soldier coming home. Kleenex commercials cause my throat to get lumpy as well as the groom seeing the bride for the first time.

These are all reasons to get emotional, but the most emotional time of the year for me is Christmas time. I cry because I miss my mom and I cry when my kids open that gift they have been asking for for weeks. When it comes to the music I hear this time of year, Home for the Holidays is one of my favorites. So when I had the opportunity to watch this video from T-Mobile, guess what I did?

You got it. Let some salt water out.

Kudos to T-Mobile for pulling this off and tugging at my heart strings. What a beautiful rendition of Home for the Holidays while bringing women of all shapes, sizes, and races together at this most precious time of the year.

Enjoy and please feel free to re-tweet this video if it pulled at your heart strings too.

This post is sponsored by T-Mobile.

Changing My Reflection

Do you ever see yourself in the mirror and wish you could change what is looking back at you?

I see myself in my daughter. My strengths, but also my flaws. At times I wish I could change what is looking back at me.

When I see her insecurities I see my own. How people look at her. How she looks at herself. She has the world at her fingertips. She just needs to see it is waiting for her to grab hold and change it.

I know when she decides to do something, there is no stopping her. She is her own limit.

When I see her heart break from cruel “friends” I see the friends that broke my heart. It makes me want to cry with her. She does not hear me say “You can do better. They are not worthy to be your friend.” She hears them say “You are not good enough for me.”

I want her to be comfortable with herself, with what she has to offer people. If they do not like it, move on, we do not need your here.

I watch her. She wants to please people. Great characteristic, but that will lead her to be used by people. I know. I was that way and still am at times. I pray she takes more of a stand for herself in the future. Show people she can have a desire to please and not be weak.

She wants to be like me. I look at what I have passed on to her already and how the course can be altered on some things. I want her to be the best her she can be. I hope that my strengths can outshine the weaknesses. I hope someday she sees herself as I see her.

She is beautiful.

The Nation in 2010

I thought I would take us back to some of my favorite posts this year. I was happy to see that some of my most popular, number wise, turned out not to be my favorites.

This pretty much wraps up our nation in 2010::

January:: From the Mouth of Babes

February:: Business to Blogger

March:: Monday Rant

April:: Bubble Momma

May:: Take Me Out to the Ballgame

June:: Say Wah??

July:: Things I Learned From My Mother

August:: What Does 12 Mean?

September:: I Blog Because…

October:: Mariah. Pt 3

November:: How Twitter Helps My Small Business

December:: Bah Humbugers

Faces of Christmas. In French.

Christmas was so wonderful this year! The kids got spoiled. Not with the number of gifts, but it was just what they wanted.

Point for the parents!

We had a great visit with my sister in law and, as usual, watching the kids open their gifts and seeing those faces was priceless.

I would like to take this moment to thank Starbucks for being open on Christmas morning! It may be the wisest choice you made this year!

I have so much to share with you but will just show a few pics today.

Clayboy is our gamer…

Jude is our reader…I am so thrilled to see her get excited about the same books I did at her age.

Then there is Lala…

Well, what is Hannah? We are not completely sure yet, but we are still trying to figure her out.

I can tell you this much, she has no clue about foreign languages.  This was our little conversation when I snapped this shot…

“Ooh, Hannah. What is it?”

“Hmmm. Miss Cookoo is Lookoo?”

“You mean Ms Coco is Loco?”

“Ms Coco is Loco? Ooooh… It’s in French!…”

See what I mean?

So was there a moment you remember from your Christmas this year? Did your kids get along? Did they give cheesy smiles on every photo taken? No? Just my kids I guess…