Happy Birthday Mom!

Happy Birthday Mom!  We both love you so much and hope you have a GREAT day!

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National Spouse’s Day!


January 26 is Spouse’s Day, a day to celebrate your spouse, better half, or significant other. The unofficial holiday encourages people to let their spouses know how much they are loved, respected, and appreciated.


Not Only Marriage

While the term spouse is traditionally used to refer to individual bound by law through marriage, these days it can be used to refer to people who may be in a common-law marriage, domestic partnership, or civil union.

The holiday is also known as National Spouse’s Day in the United States.

How to Celebrate?

  • While gifts are always nice, the best and the most meaningful gift is the gift of time. Spend some quality time with your partner. Maybe take the day off and surprise them with a picnic.
  • Do their errands and chores for them.
  • Make their favorite foods and treats.
  • Whatever you do, make sure you tell them that you appreciate everything they do for you.

Did You Know…

…that Denmark was the first country in modern times to recognize same-sex marriage in 1989?

Booker Christmas Mannequin Challenge

So….for this Christmas…the Booker Family decided to jump on the bandwagon and do their own version of the Mannequin Challenge.  Now…we aren’t talking about trying to be like Andrew McCarthy and bring a Mannequin to life to “get lucky with.”  Nope this one is the viral internet trend where people remain frozen in action like mannequins while a moving camera films them.


The logistics of doing this with only 5 people and getting us all in was a little hard to do…but I think we pulled it off WONDERFULLY!  Hope you enjoy it!

Check it out:  Booker Christmas Mannequin Challenge

Here is a quick excerpt from the video featuring Scott and his Mom!


The True Meaning of Christmas

**Mom sent this to me an email…and I absolutely loved it and thought I would share.  Merry Christmas**

Just a week before Christmas I had a visitor. This is how it happened. I just finished the household chores for the night and was preparing to go to bed, when I heard a noise in the front of the house. I opened the door to the front room and to my surprise, Santa himself stepped out next to the fireplace.


“What are you doing?” I started to ask. The words choked up in my throat and I saw he had tears in his eyes. His usual jolly manner was gone. Gone was the eager, boisterous soul we all know. He then answered me with a simple statement . . .


I was puzzled. What did he mean? He anticipated my question and with one quick movement brought forth a miniature toy bag from behind the tree. As I stood bewildered, Santa said,


Teach them the old meaning of Christmas. The meaning that now-a-days Christmas has forgotten. “Santa then reached in his bag and pulled out a FIR TREE and placed it before the mantle.


“Teach the children that the pure green color of the stately fir-tree remains green all year round, depicting the everlasting hope of mankind, all the needles point heavenward, making it a symbol of man’s thoughts turning toward heaven.”

He again reached into his bag and pulled out a brilliant STAR. “Teach the children that the star was the heavenly sign of promises long ago. God promised a Savior for the world, and the star was the sign of fulfillment of His promise.”


He then reached into his bag and pulled out a CANDLE. “Teach the children that the candle symbolizes that Christ is the light of the world, and when we see this great light we are reminded of He who displaces the darkness.”


Once again he reached into his bag and removed a WREATH and placed it on the tree. “Teach the children that the wreath symbolizes the real nature of love. Real love never ceases. Love is one continuous round of affection.”


He then pulled from his bag an ORNAMENT of himself. “Teach the children that I, Santa Claus, symbolize the generosity and good will we feel during the month of December.”


He then brought out a HOLLY LEAF. “Teach the children that the holly plant represents immortality. It represents the crown of thorns worn by our Savior. The red holly berries represent the blood shed by Him.


Next he pulled from his bag a GIFT and said, “Teach the children that God so loved the world that he gave his begotten son.” Thanks be to God for his unspeakable gift.


Santa then reached in his bag and pulled out a CANDY CANE and hung it on the tree. “Teach the children that the candy cane represents the shepherds’ crook. The crook on the staff helps to bring back strayed sheep to the flock. The candy cane is the symbol that we are our brother’s keeper.”


He reached in again and pulled out an ANGEL. “Teach the children that it was the angels that heralded in the glorious news of the Savior’s birth. The angels sang Glory to God in the highest, on earth peace and good will toward men.”


Suddenly I heard a soft twinkling sound, and from his bag he pulled out a BELL,. “Teach the children that as the lost sheep are found by the sound of the bell, it should ring mankind to the fold. The bell symbolizes guidance and return.


Santa looked back and was pleased. He looked back at me and I saw that the twinkle was back in his eyes. He said,

“Remember, teach the children the true meaning of Christmas and do not put me in the center, for I am but a humble servant of the One that is, and I bow down to worship him, our LORD, our GOD.”


It’s Christmas Time….and I am in LOVE!


So….it is CHRISTMAS COOKIE baking time at the Booker Household…..and you know what that means!?

Scott is going to be STRESSED OUT!  I love baking cookies for my family and friends…but for some reason….something weird or strange happens with every batch I bake.

It can be a cookie that I have made 100 times before….and something will happen that is totally out of the norm.  And this year….I have a different oven I am using.

Fortunately….my mom said, “why don’t you use parchment paper?”

Well…I never thought about using it?

So…..I tried it out with my first two batches of cookies….and WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I AM IN LOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   This stuff ROCKS!!!!   No more having to grease cookie sheets….no more bottoms of cookies burning….no more cookies exploding and rendering the oven worthless!!!  (Ok…that never happened….but still)

I will say, that for some reason, my peanut butter cookies don’t look the same….but they still taste amazing (if I do say so myself).

So to all you little kids out there NOT using parchment paper!?  I say to you….”WHY NOT!?”


Now….time to go bake some more!!!

Merry Ho Ho!



Halloween Decorations – By Scott

Since “moving in” was so close to Halloween this year….we didn’t really have time to decorate for Halloween.

But I am hoping that maybe next year we will be able to go ALL OUT and put up some really fun decorations.

The one thing we did this year???  Well….Check this out!!!!

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Casey Illinois – Worlds Largest 4th of July

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So…for the 4th of July Holiday week-end….Mom, René and I headed over to Casey Illinois!!!

Now you may be asking yourselves…why Casey, Illinois!?  Well…it is quickly becoming the home of the World’s Largest Everything!!

Now…on our way there…we stopped by Boot City in Terre Haute to see a really large yellow boot!  Kinda disappointed!  Hoped that the rest of the day wasn’t a bust!!!

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When we got to Casey…we were NOT disappointed!  It is living up to its reputation!!

First…the Worlds Largest Wind Chime!!!   So freaking cool!!!  And….you can walk up….pull a chord….and hear the bells toll!!!

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After checking out the Wind Chime….next door was the Whitling Whimsy!!  A very nice little restaurant with apple crumble pie that is to die for!!   And although they make no claim to it….I think they have the Worlds Largest Collection of items that start with the letter “W” inside!!

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Right across the street from the Wind Chime and the Whitling Whimsy….is the Worlds Largest Rocking Chair (well….the base of it actually…as it isn’t quite done yet)

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Just a hop…skip….and a jump from there….is the Worlds Largest Golf Tee!!

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Now…the City of Casey also has the Worlds Largest Knitting Needle and Crochet Hook….but unfortunately we weren’t able to see those today (except through a window)!  The creator of all of these awesome Landmarks/Attractions is working on developing even more Worlds Largest items to add to the collection.

Then after eating a wonderful meal at Richards Restaurant (with a breaded tenderloin sandwich which was da BOMB)….we headed back to Indy to have a nice quiet evening watching the Fireworks on the BIG SCREEN TV.  Not the worlds largest TV…just the one in the Hotel!

It honestly…was a great 4th of July….and….I think Mom had a GREAT time!!!

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