Monday, December 29, 2008

A month in pictures....

It has been a crazy month here....between school, work and Christmas sneaking up on me I lost track of time. I have tons of pictures i have been meaning to blog about, but never had a chance or was too tired to think. So in no particular order....

We attended a Cub scout Christmas party...Here is our cub scout enjoying the party. We sat with a nice guy and his scout son that is in Timothy's group. This man thoroughly enjoyed talking with Timothy. His son was off running around being crazy and Timothy was sitting quietly. They talked about all sorts of interesting things. This dad works for NASA and he will be doing science, hands on type thing with the scouts in the spring. It sounds like it will be really fun for the boys.
Here is Joshua...lol One of the dads was playing the bagpipes, Joshua didn't like it from the looks of his reaction.
and here is Sarah, we HAD to buy this Christmas headband for this party!! OMG! gg and she looks stunning in it! she was also enjoying cookies too...
The older two decided to NOT attend the party this year! lol I guess being teenagers and all....

At the party they had about 6 of these blow up animals. Sarah's goal for the night was to have her picture taken with each one!!! sigh....I wont bore you with each one. This one was the cutest. It was tough getting good pictures with 50 kids running around the place. lol
Here is Joshua getting his gift from that guy that wouldnt let him sit on his lap. lol The other kids ran off to quickly so they missed the picture. And yes, Joshua does have his shirt on backwards....Some things are not worth fighting about.....lol He also likes to wear his undies backwards.....and his pants....lol
We also had a birthday, Jacob turned 14 He invited his friend over and they played video games all afternoon. They came up to eat and open presents. Josh for some reason decided to tackle Jacob...you never know what to expect from Josh...
Jacob and Emily were invited to a bday party at a horse barn. They got to groom and ride horses. Jacob being Jacob didn't know it was at a barn and i forgot to remind him to take his allergy medicine....Jacob is extremely allergic to horses....He really likes horses and still had a good time even though he was miserable. Here is Jacob with his horse and partner.
Here is Emily with her horse and partner. Emily has taken lessons in the past, she was disappointed she wasn't able to ride by herself...but she got over it! lol I think it was the smell of horses that helped. lol
Look how strong my ds is!!! lol He must have been a very good boy this year to receive such enormous presents.....lol
They are actually empty boxes. lol Someone had a Christmas party at our church and these were some decorations that were left behind.
We also made cookies...We used a LOT of flour this day....Here is Timothy serious about making cookies.....
Josh being a spaz about making cookies....
Look at all that flour....sigh....
Sarah trying to be as careful as she can. These were special cookies for Santa. Although i think she knows that daddy really eats them.
Ohhh...flour in the eye.....I really didn't feel sorry for him. Not after tossing flour everywhere....I did make him suffer while i got a good picture. LOL
I wanted to share some special ornaments on our tree. I don't have any from when i was a kid, but i have some special ones from recent. I received this one from my friend Diane in NE. Each year the email list we are on has an ornament exchange. I haven't had a chance to ask, but i am positive this was hand carved. It is very pretty, Thank you Diane! :o)
This is the PIF gift i received from LisaV. I couldn't wait to put it on my tree. I looks beautiful! When the tree comes down i will have to find a special place for it in my sewing area so i can admire it all year long.

Here are some favorite ornaments of mine. They are clear with sparkly snowflakes. I have several different shapes and sizes of them.

This was a gift to dh and i this year. I had never seen a Luther's Rose ornament before. We like it a lot.

And my last ornament was also a gift this year. Isn't she adorable? :o) I collect Cherished Teddies...well used to. Don't have the $$ or space too much any more. lol But i do love them. :o)

So other than that I was running WAY behind Christmas Eve I was baking and wrapping gifts all day. We didn't even eat lunch that day. We nibbled on cookies though....and we ended up getting Mc D's for dinner on the way to church. lol
Christmas was good. We have this tradition of having Cinnamon rolls for breakfast on Christmas day. So while the Cinnamon rolls were baking the kids opened their gifts. They seemed very pleased with what they got even though it wasn't much. I did happen to find a Wii Fit a few days before Christmas and was thrilled about that. They kids were even more thrilled when they opened it! :oD They have been exercising each day....mom on the other hand hasn't.... :o/ Of course mom had to work over the weekend and hasn't recovered yet. lol Always an excuse, i know....

For several weeks a friend and i have been trying to get together. We had a Hobby Lobby/Pannera day planned. I had never been in a Hobby Lobby before and one recently opened near her house. Today finally was a good day for both of us, so we went shopping and our kids visited at her house while we went out. We hit the stamping dept first so we were sure to have all our energy for that dept. lol We were there for several hours and never got to see everything in the store! I guess we will have to plan Pt 2. lol
I got a really cute (clear) stamp set. It is my first clear set, SU never promoted clear stamps so while selling SU i never even bothered with them. Now i can do as I please. lol I also got some Christmas verse stamps, now i don't have to print them off the computer! I got some really cute paper and some supplies that I had run out of. I suppose now that means i have to clean my stamp area so i can make some cute cards.....
Always something....I wish Christmas break was longer.....

One last thing before i end this extremely long post! A friend of mine from work told me that she had talked to a mgr about seasonal employees. As far as i know her and i are 2 of 10 that are going to be kept on! :o) I haven't heard it "officially" but I am on the next schedule and other seasonal employees are not. I am sad for them, but happy for me. I know it had to be a very difficult decision! There were so many good workers hired for the season. I am not sure how many but there was a LOT! I am happy because I have been making good progress on paying medical bills! Hours for January are sparse, but they should pick up in a few weeks.
Thanks for reading! I know this was long. I hope you all have a safe and Happy New Year! :o)

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Seeing Santa

Earlier in the month we went to a cub scout Christmas party. Santa made an appearance and gave the kids each a gift. since there were so many kids, Santa didn't get a chance to talk to each child or let the kids sit on his lap. We have never really pushed the Santa issue and I didn't even know that Joshua knew who Santa was....After he was handed his gift and Santa was ready for the next family, Joshua started to cry. When we got back to our table i asked him was was wrong. He said "I didn't get to sit in that guys lap!" Now he didn't know what the guys name was, but he knew that you were suppose to sit on his lap! LOL
I decided to take him to the mall to sit on Santa's lap. Sarah decided she wanted to go to, so the three of us went. We went early in the morning, I was surprised to find no one in line. Santa greeted the kids even before we were in line and the kids were able to go right up and sit on his lap. They must have sat and talked for 10 minutes before other kids got in line. I am not sure what all they talked about, i am sure it was good! lol Joshua refused to look at Santa's face, but he did talk to him a bit. Now he is happy he got to sit on that guys lap and that guy gave him a sucker so now he can sleep at night. lol
See the green and red bowl looking thing next to Sarah? that was the sucker holder! It was full of pretty colored suckers. Hundreds of them! After we couldn't resist the scent of Auntie Anne's any longer....and i happened to have a coupon for a free pretzel. :o) Mmmm...I *love* Auntie Anne's.......

The city offers a program where you take a wrapped gift to city hall and on a designated day Santa will come on a fire truck and give your child the present. Since we never pushed the Santa issue, we never did it. This year a child a few houses down from us was on Santa's route. I took Joshua out on the porch to see Santa and the fire truck. Since Santa didn't bring Joshua a present Joshua said "That guy hates me!" and he cried. lol Dad came to the rescue and told him those kids wont be home when Santa comes so they get their presents early. He will get his presents on Christmas day. lol He accepted that and went about his business of destruction. lol

Thanks for reading! I wish you all a very Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Another Twilight spoof...

OMG!!! This is the funniest thing ever!!! Even if you don't like Twilight, you should watch this. Please tell me you will....

And thanks to my dd, for NOT sharing this with me first....shes just jealous cause i put the first one on my blog before her! :oP Oh, yeah! I got this one to load on my blog and you didn't! :oP LOL Pretty bad when your mom can do it and you cant! :o) love you!



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Monday, December 08, 2008

The Birthday Boy!!!


Yesterday was Jacobs 14th birthday!!! I just cant believe he is 14.... It seems like just yesterday he was a little boy, and now we stand eye to eye. A day he has been eagerly awaiting.
It was a quiet day, but enjoyable. (I hope for him also) He had a friend over and they played video games for hours. Occasionally he would come up from the basement and make an appearance.
His birthday cake request was a delicious choice. I had made this dessert for Thanksgiving and he enjoyed it so much he requested it for his birthday cake. I doubled the recipe and made a crust of crushed Oreo cookies and made it in a 9X13 pan. You can find the recipe here...
It has been such a joy to watch him grow and mature into a young man. I cant wait to see what the future holds for him. I love you Jacob! :o)

You can see his dads post about his bday here

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Catching up...

I have gotten behind on life again...lol so blogging (and reading blogs) have suffered. Tonight when i should be doing something else i though i would take the time to post a few pictures of things have been up to.
A while back i made some PJ pants for the older boys. I have been meaning to post pictures, but I always think about taking a picture when they are already dressed for the day. Finally one morning i remembered. lol Aren't they perfect angels??

Of course we had to get through this.....

and this.....before we get the perfect brothers pose.


My two teenagers are planning on attending a Lutheran youth conference in the spring with some other teens from our Church. The kids started doing some fundraising to help pay their way. This past week they had a bake sale after Church during a pot luck luncheon. I tried to take pictures of all the goodies the kids were selling, but for some reason my batteries never charged for my camera and i couldn't take any pictures. :o/ There were some yummy things, the kids are off to a good start with fundraising.
I have tons of stamping stuff from my Stampin Up days...so i pulled some of that stuff out and made some ornaments to sell at the bake sale. I suppose that makes it a Bake sale and Ornament sale.....
These are really fun and easy to make. We sold quite a few of them. I also made some of these....Not as easy as the previous ones...but they were a bigger hit. I think we sold most of these. Sorry, I couldn't get a good picture, the glass ball was impossible!

And then there are the domino ornaments. These were fun to make. Emily, Sarah and I sat down one evening and worked on them. After they dried, I spent a day doing the gold leafing on the edges, another day i did I put on the ribbon and another day i tied bows. It was a long process since we did so many. They seemed to be a hit too. We have a lot of them left over, I am not sure what i am going to do with the left overs. lol Our Church has a pot luck each month, so i hope to sell some more next month.
Of course if anyone is interested in purchasing any of them I could send you some for a donation to our youth group. :o)

Over the weekend we had a (blogger) tea party. Jane and most of her family were traveling through the area and stopped to visit. Barb K was the hostess that came up with the Tea Party idea. Friday night she hosted a family gathering. My family attended, but i had to work. But i heard about many interesting things that happened that night! lol
I almost missed the Tea party because i didn't pay attention to the time. I guess i assumed it was at night and i had to work. Luckily i thought to ask the time and it was in the afternoon. Barb had some delicious things at her Tea Party, like pumpkin scones, little chicken sandwiches, cherry scones and fruit. I cant remember what else, but it was good. And it was fun!


So here are all the moms from left to right is Barb M , me , Jane , Marie , and Barb K.

Since my camera was acting up that day i didn't get any pictures of the girls. Perhaps one day Barb K will blog about her Tea party and post them! :o)