Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Here is the final box with the gift bags. I included a note from Santa and it said:
Congratulations Boys and Girls!
This is the last box and inside you will find a little gift from me.
If you are the one that opened this last present, please be my little helper and pass one out to all of your classmates.
Enjoy your party and don’t forget to leave milk and cookies out for me!
Love, Santa (with his name signed in red marker)
See, I told you the kids were excited!
Then there was a visit (unplanned) from Santa immediately following the opening up of the present. Allison's teacher caught him in the hallway and explained to him what we just did. He played right into it and asked the kids if they got his early package!
The kids were captivated by him!
Monday, December 29, 2008
Here is the legend:
An Old Christmas Legend
Long ago, great happiness and good fortune came to those who chose a Christmas tree with a bird’s nest in its branches.
Here is a little nest for your Christmas tree.
May the legend come true for you.
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Our family presents that the three of us open on Christmas Eve. I had asked Allison earlier in the season how she felt about receiving 3 presents from us and 3 from Santa just like baby Jesus. She didn't flinch and was fine with it. However, I miscalculated and she ended up with 6 from us! Oops! I had forgotten that I picked up a couple of small ones during the year!I love this baby!
"Woooo Woooo!" Obviously she LOVED her make-up! That's my girl!
Oh and before anyone goes judging me and I get hate mail, the make-up is for special occasions and only Mommy is permitted to apply it. She knows too much "makes me look trashy."
As you can see by the look on her face, she absolutely didn't know that the Nintendo DS was a possibility. I had told her that it was a bit expensive and it probably wasn't going to happen. She asked if we could save for it and get it for her 8th birthday in July.
This was the highlight of my Christmas!
I didn't capture the kiss but here's the hug!
Telling my Mom about the Nintendo DS.
Doesn't she look so grown up?
Santa's delivery. He miscounted too and delivered 4! He also cheated and added the Webkinz friends!
Even with bed hair she's still cute!
I love her reactions!
What is with the kissing and hugging?
Santa brought her 20 "Magic Tree House" chapter books. This should keep her busy for the next several months!
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
This is definitely a keeper!
Thanksgiving is for giving thanks.
I am thankful for my life because I am alive.
I am thankful for school because it makes me smart.
I am thankful to be normal because it is good to be normal.
I am thankful for food because food gives you energy.
I am thankful for water to keep me from getting dehydrated.
I am thankful for family because they keep my company.
I am thankful for my pets because they are very cuddling pets.
I am thankful for my friends because they are fun to be with.
I am thankful for science projects because they are fun.
I have a lot to be thankful for.
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Friday, December 05, 2008
It looks like it's my favorite...white almond cake with regular icing...none of that whipped cream stuff for me! I like the good old fashioned sweet icing! Yum!
Thursday, December 04, 2008
We (Curtis & I) can't wait for Uncle Rudy to notice it!
Wednesday, December 03, 2008
After I was prepared, we presented the idea to Allison. Basically she can earn pebbles to help fill her bucket by doing nice things or good behavior. We use it to reinforce what is expected of her. We do not have a list with how many pebbles she gets for doing a specific task posted anywhere. This isn't a "payment" or reward system for doing chores like setting the table or feeding the cats. She knows those things are some of her responsibilities of being part of a family. They are things that need to be done in the home and it's our job to get them done. It's also not a bribe system as in "if you do this, you'll get a certain amount of pebbles." The pebbles are given at Mom and Dad's discretion so she doesn't know when she will earn them or lose them. It keeps her on her toes this way. If she does something without having to be reminded, she'll earn a couple of pebbles but she also doesn't earn them every time she does something either. As an example: If she makes her bed three days in a row without being told, I'll throw a couple of pebbles in her bucket each day. If she makes it on the fourth day, I don't throw pebbles in her bucket. If she asks about it, I explain to her that it's her responsibility to make her bed and not having to remind her was wonderful for Mommy and that she shouldn't be making her bed because she thinks she's going to get something for it but because it's her responsibility. She usually understands. I then pray that I taught her a good habit and she'll make her bed the next day without being told!
Tuesday, December 02, 2008
Monday, December 01, 2008
Sunday, November 30, 2008
The body lotion is prescription strength without a prescription. It is Vaseline Clinical Therapy. It's available in unfragranced or lightly fragrance. I have the lightly frangranced one because I didn't know until I started to write this post that they had it in unfragranced. They are right. It has a really light scent to it and it's a nice one. This is the second day I used it after a hot shower and it lasted all day! Really! I'm telling you the truth and I'm not greasy, oily or sticky!I love it!
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Tuesday, November 25, 2008
My sweet, lovable, easy-going honey has an enemy.
I know! It's crazy!
For those of you that know him in person probably find this hard to believe.
I wouldn't lie!
Whenever he comes near this enemy, his stress level goes up and his palms get sweaty.
I'm sure his heart starts racing too!
It's actually quite frightening!
Do you want to see his enemy?
Here's the enemy!
He hated my electric can opener so I got this Pampered Chef one.
I think he hates this one even more!
He can't open a can with it.
He resorts to a screwdriver and raw power.
I'm speaking of his biceps.
Good thing my man has some guns!
Monday, November 24, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
There are only 32 days left until Christmas!
Are you ready?
I'm not doing too badly actually. I have most of my presents purchased and just waiting for a couple of items to come in stock so I can pick those up. I need to finish my handmade gifts but I have all the supplies so I'll get started on those in the evenings the first couple weeks of December. I even think I may wrap some of the gifts that I have purchased this week.
Wouldn't it be nice to get them all bought, made and wrapped before Christmas??? I think I'm going to set a goal of December 14th for it all to be done. That would be awesome! Let's see if I can do it? If I get all of the gifts and decorating done, I'll just have to worry about my baking the Sunday before Christmas. Speaking of baking, doesn't these cookies look yummy? Our church had a bake sale this weekend and you should have seen the goodies! There were pies and cakes and breads and cookies and fudge and nut rolls and the list goes on and on and on! I brought home this plate of sweets and a little plate of chocolate and peanut butter fudge.
One of my friend's Mom makes the best peanut butter fudge. It melts in your mouth!
Hey Nancy! Do you think Sis will give up the recipe????
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Saturday, November 22, 2008
I finished them off with a little embellishment on each letter. I just picked what reminded me of home. Gingham always reminds me of the country, the bluebird reminds me of my Mom's bird feeders and love of birds, the daisy reminds me of the wild daisies growing in my Dad's field where he keeps the cows that we used to pick as kids and the brass barn charm was an easy pick because it reminds me of my Dad's barn. I don't know if you can make it out but there is part of a rooster on the "O" which is why I picked this paper. My Mom loves roosters.
I picked the word "home" because it has special meaning in my family. When my Ba Ba (grandmother) would return home to her house, she would walk in the door and sigh "Home" because it was the place she enjoyed most. So in our family, home is really where your heart is.
I challenge you to find your inner creativity and make some letters for your "home."
Think of the words...Love (for Valentine's Day), Family, Friends, your child's name for their room, Joy, Noel, Peace (for Christmas), Boo (for Halloween), Thanks (for Thanksgiving), Dream (for a child's room), Snow (for Winter).
If words are more than you think you can handle, how about your family initial? It's one of the big things in decorating these days to display your family initial.
The possibilities are endless!
If you find your inner creativity, be sure to email me and show me what you've done.
I would love to see it!
In the meantime, head on over to Jen's blog to see what else you can do with scrapbook paper!
Thursday, November 20, 2008
1. You have to pass it on to 5 other fabulous blogs in a post.
2. You have to list 5 of your fabulous addictions in the post.
3. On your post of receiving this award, make sure you include the person that gave you the award and link it back to them.
Here are the rules:
1. Write seven strange things about yourself. They interest us all!
2. Tag six other people at the end of your post.
3. Visit everyone that you have tagged and leave a comment on their blog to let them know that they have been tagged.
Although I am an open book and you probably already know everything about me, here is my list of Seven Strange Things About Myself.
1. My eyes are blue but one quarter of my right eye is brown and only my left eye needs a corrective lens.
2. If I pull into a parking spot and my van is crooked in the space, I will back-up until it's perfectly straight.
3. If I come home at night and I take my bra off, it's not going back on and I am not going back out for anything! Once it's off, I'm in for the night.
4. I love going to Goodwill and finding treasures to repurpose. The only problem with that is I have too many projects to do and there isn't enough days in the year to do them!
5. I like peanut butter on apples. I don't think this is strange but Curtis thinks it is.
6. Speaking of food, I LOVE bacon and ketchup on white bread sandwiches! My Mom used to make them for us when we went on the school picnic every year. Curtis thinks this is strange too.
7. I love to read cookbooks!