Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Happy Birthday Jesus!!

Those 4 days flew by faster than I could have ever imagined! We had wonderful candle light service last night and even though I was on the platform playing the piano and Arte was speaking, Kelsey (3) managed to hold her candle without lighting her hair or anybody else's on fire! I'd have to say there were a few close calls!!

Jesus truly is the reason for the season and I pray that He was a part of your Christmas this year, bring you and your loved ones peace and joy. I just wanted to do a quick post to say Merry Christmas and to share our 2007 Christmas card.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

4 more days!!

This past week has been full of fun and excitement. I love this time of year! There is always such a happy buzz at the school as the children are finishing all their projects and their 'secret' presents for the family. And of course, there are the graham cracker/ginger bread houses full of slopped on frosting and half eaten candies. You gotta love it!!

Last week I was able to get a bit of scrappin in but this week I wanted to try and focus on the kids. We've snuggled and watched Christmas movies, wrapped presents, made cookies, had play dates and read lots of books about the Christmas story- the true meaning of Christmas. There are kinds of projects I'd like to get done but the truth is, I don't want this Christmas to pass and my kids see me too busy to even reinforce to them what the season is all about. Plus, just getting to be with them while they're home from school for two weeks is such a blessing.

These are a few things that I made last week with some of my new goodies that lovely Secret Santa sent me. Thank you Tracy!!! I also finished my Piggy Tales peek-a-boo album which was a ton of fun to do. I think I will post that here tomorrow.
A few days ago I had a little bit of excitement. If you've ever been published, you'll be able to relate to this! I was in somewhat local craft store that carries Scrapbook Trends and CARDS idea books. I got to see my work for the very first time in print!! It was soooo incredibly fun! Scrapbook Trends Wedding has the layout I did about ARte's cousin Peter and CARDS has my very first ever card published on a two page spread. Super fun to see. Also out right now is Scrapbook Trends Dec. issue which has my clear mini album but I haven't got to see a copy of it yet. Soon though! I'm supposed to be getting them in the mail. That would be a fun thing to get right before Christmas!!

Right now... I'm trying to decide what would be a fun thing to do with my kids tomorrow. A.J. LOVES Monopoly and Ashley is catching on to it but it's not real fun for Kelsey. Hmmmm... it would be though to set up a game on the table tonight and have it all ready to go in the morning for us to play at least for a little while!! I think I'll set out some Christmas mugs and hotchocolate with marshmellows for them to each make with their breakfast. Now THAT sounds fun!! okay...I'm off to set up a table!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Love, Elsie - NOEL

Yes! I'm lovin this Elsie Christmas line. It's perfect for all my old Christmas photos. These are some BAD pictures because of our bad weather but you get the idea. Fun stuff!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Secret Santa

I have two different Secret Santa's this year from two different places. I have to say, my Secret Santa from Candy Cane Lane is absolutely AMAZING!!! I mean she is the BEST Secret Santa EVAH!! I can't believe that I have received 3 packages already. The first two were a very fun, nice surprise but the third one was so sweet it nearly had me in tears. I opened this cardboard box only to find the most adorable home made santa bag that had been stitched together. Inside it was full of goodies, including some adorable homemade ornaments. OH! And Hershey kisses with candy canes... mmmmmm!!! Somebody's been reading my blog and found out about my love for Hershey kisses!! It was so fun to open and I was so blessed with the love that was put into it, I just HAD to post the pictures and hope that my Secret Santa is reading so that I can say THANK YOU so much!!! I was truly shocked, blessed, and very excited to get the goodies you sent!

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Need a little Christmas craft idea?

The December crop is going on right now at 2scrappychixdesigns.com and there are some fun projects that the design team have come up with. Here is a lil glimps at a few things that I have posted there. There games, challenges and lots of fun so be sure to check it while you can!

Storm's a blowin!!

Wow, what a storm!! They said a hurrican was coming but really, I'd never seen anything like that here so I didn't take them too seriously! There were over 120 mile winds. Trees down in yards and across the road all OVER the place! The lights went out right as Arte was finishing up his sermon at church. Driving home was like sliding across an ice rink. Crazy!! Our original route home was blocked by 3 huge trees so we went around another way which became blocked right after we got home. A gigantic tree fell on the road and I know there were angels watchin over us because we just missed being under it by minutes. Here is a photo of the trees that came down just behind our house. If you click on it you can see how big it really is! The rain kept coming after the storm hit but now finally have some sunshine. Yahoo!!!


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