Friday, November 30, 2012

It's Christmas Time!!! and I'm decorated!

It's one of my favorite times of the year. I just love Christmas!

This year decorating was surprisingly easy. The way I put things away last year made a HUGE difference.
This is our main tree in the family room. Ashley (mostly) and Mason decorated it. I helped with the ribbon, star and ornaments at the top. It's no Martha Stewart but I love looking at it!
It turns out that I asked Greg to bring in the wrong box.  I kept thinking this sure is a little tree.  I wasn't planning on it, but I now have a tree in my bedroom.
 And this is MY tree, that is in the living room.  It's my snowman tree.  I just love it! Tall and slender- apparently like I like my men. (Yes, I'm talking about my husband!) LOL!

 I brought out my nativity this year. I absolutely love this one! I was afraid that it would get broken in years past, but I think it will be ok this year.
 And did you know I collect snowmen?  Well at least I used to.  I no longer buy them, but I still receive them as gifts which I am quite happy with! They make me smile!
 Hmmmm...what to do?  I did have all my Santas on this table, but there wasn't enough to fill the table and I still had snowmen left over, so I combined them.  I hope it is cute and not tacky looking! Ashley and Mason have called dibs on several of them when it's time for me to get rid of them.

The kittys have been less than helpful! When I first put the trees up they all climbed up into them.  I wish I had taken pictures, but I thought I would have another chance to do so.  After I decorated them, they don't climb up in them.  I'm tickled!

  BUT...someone does pull the ribbon and the beads off all the trees. Who could it be? #1 innocent looking Lucky #2 Sly looking Izzy or #3 Guilty looking Kiki?

My bets are on #2! (mostly) but #1 as well.

I've got to teach class tomorrow, so I better go to bed.  But I'll leave you with this impressive art piece that Ashley created today. I think she did a pretty amazing job!  OH..and I'm also REALLY super proud of her today.  She told me today that she really felt like she should help the Wares (our older neighbors).  So she went over to their house and asked them if they needed help doing anything.  She helped them put Christmas lights up in their yard.  That's my girl!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Birthday Cake/ Day Off

Hmmmm...I thought I was going to go to bed early tonight, like 3 hours ago.  But yet I sit looking at the dirty dishes wanting to do anything else but them.  So...Ha! I'll blog.

Sunday was my birthday!  I had the best weekend!  I already blogged about scrapbooking but Sunday morning I was greeted with my birthday cake...
Thank you Greg for making breakfast and thank you Ashley for making it my birthday panCAKE!

We went to eat at Logan's, one of my favorite restaurants for lunch after church.

Then Greg hired a babysitter and took me to see the new James Bond movie, Starfall.
It was great! However, I was so tired I had to keep popping Listerine breath strips in my mouth to stay awake. We were going to see an earlier show, but our babysitter forgot.  So we still went out but much later.

Now I must not think about how much all of that cost.  Seriously it was fabulous, but was it worth as much as we spent? It makes me really nervous!

Anyway, let's talk about today. When I got up this morning I didn't intend to take the day off. But we did and it felt great! I needed a rest from the constant going this weekend. And hey, it IS a postal and bank holiday today.  I'm already prepared for tomorrow's school so we won't be taking off tomorrow too.

I did get a little scrapbooking in today. Just a little.  Here is the page I did:
The journaling says:
It was picture day; the wind was blowing like crazy. Just yesterday it was warm and today it turned chilly. The photographer’s, a friend of mine, SD card was misbehaving. She asked if I had one with me. I didn't  but I did have my camera with me (an older version Canon with a CF card). So with my camera body and her lens she took our pictures.  The great part about it is we got to keep my pictures for free!  I had to edit them, but I can do that.  Was this the perfect picture? Did she happen to catch all of us right at the right moment when the wind died down and everyone smiling? I "should" say yes. She did happen to catch us when the wind wasn't blowing, but one of us wasn't very happy when the shot was taken.  I had to switch a head.  Can you figure out which one? Should this be our Christmas card? That is of course if I send out cards this year. (Maybe to just family)

Here is a close up on the picture:

Then I had the kids write what they wanted for Christmas on these tags:

I'll probably decorate the page and tags a little more and journal on it in December but here is what the page looks like so far:

It's 2AM and the dishes are still there. :(

I guess I better go do them and then hop into bed!

Have a great day!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Birthday Scrapbooking Bash!

Seriously, I am too wired to go to bed.  It is nearly 3AM and yep I've got to be up early for church!

I've had so much fun over the last two days.  I went over to my friend, Doris' house and scrapbooked liked nobody's business!  I got to her house around 6:30 Friday evening and stayed until 3:00AM.  Then went back today and stayed until 1:00 AM.

My friend Tammy came too and Friday night she brought her friend Denise.  It was a hoot!  We talked about all kinds of funny stuff!  We talked about THIS!  And they introduced me to Sweet Brown. I don't know how many times I've watched it over and over again.  It just cracks me up!  And people are making songs out of this news report!  Here is one of them.

Anyway, even with all this laughing I still managed to start and "finish" a mini scrapbook.  I absolutely love it!  I say "finish" with quotes because I made all the pages for a December daily book.  So now when December comes all I have to do is put the pictures in it and journal. Viola!
Here is a picture of the front cover.  I'll post more as I complete it in December.

Also on Saturday night, they gave me a birthday cupcake!  What fun!

Alright, I'm starting to wind down so I better go to bed!  Talk to you soon!

Friday, November 02, 2012

Misc. from last weekend

Do you think it is about time for me to blog?
One of my friends just adopted a baby girl.  The Dad is a BIG BIG motorcycle person, like he has been featured in some magazines.  Anyway, when I saw this idea I knew I had to make it for them.

The wheels are made of diapers, the bumpers are bibs, the headlight is a bottle, the handles is made of a receiving blanket and baby socks.
 I missed their baby shower so I left it at the desk at church.  I wish I could have seen their face when they saw it.
 Last Sunday night was trunk or treat at our church.  I'm very proud to say I spent $0 on Halloween this year.  Ashley is princess Zelda from the Legend of Zelda video game.  I had made her dress for her 6th birthday.  So you can imagine it needed to be adjusted for a 10 year old.  I think I added about 6 inches to the back.  It wasn't very long but she just added leggings.

Mason and Aussie were characters from Minecraft- another video building game.  Their costumes were quite easy to make from boxes.

And the little indian is their friend Edie who apparently thought she was family when I said I wanted a family shot.  That's fine, she's funny.

Mason as an Enderman from Minecraft.
 Aussie is a ghast from Minecraft.

 Also over last weekend we went to Germantown.  Another theater company put on Greg and Wes's original play, Twilight of the gods.  They had a talk back with the authors and it went really well. The play was well received!  They did pay for a hotel room for us and of course that was the highlight for the kids.

Have a great weekend!