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Monday, December 29, 2008


It feels like I haven't posted a craft item for a while - so here are three cards I did yesterday. I still "owe" my mom 20 cards - so I now only have 15 left. I made duplicates of two of these three designs. Typically, when I'm making a 5x7 card, I make two of them just to do a little bit more of an assembly line. And then, too, I don't have to come up with (or CASE) but only half the designs. :-)

Thanks for looking!! Have a great rest of the week!

Belated Merry Christmas!

I hope everyone had a great Christmas! I know ours was fun and busy!! We had family over for soup on Christmas Eve. Christmas day found us going to 7:30 a.m. Mass and then to IHOP for breakfast, and then we came home and opened a couple Santa presents with our 2 year old DD. The boys were at their dad's for Christmas, so we took advantage of DD not really getting the whole Santa thing this year and so finally about ten o'clock she opened a couple little things Santa had left. When we took DD to see Santa, all she asked him for was a Barbie and so she was VERY excited to have gotten one on Christmas morning!!

The boys didn't get home until Saturday late afternoon, so we opened all the rest of our gifts then. I don't know who the wait was harder on, the boys or my DH! DS#1 got the XBOX Live stuff that he wanted. So now he can be the gaming nerd who sits on the couch and talks to his friends while he plays with them on the XBOX game. I really have NO idea how this works, but apparently it does because I've heard him using it already! He was also very happy to have gotten a Texas hoodie. We live in Nebraska, so it's not the most common thing (or should I say, most popular thing) to wear, but he loves the color orange... I guess it's a good thing that the high school he's going to next year has orange and blue as their colors!!

DS#2 didn't really ask for anything for Christmas that he would have "died" if he hadn't gotten, so I think overall he was pretty happy with the loot he got! He seemed very happy to have gotten a new case for his trumpet and a mute to go alone with it. He did get a new iPod Nano and a radio/clock/iPod docking station which didn't take him long to get all hooked up!

All five of us also got new winter coats for Christmas. I figured the boys were due for new coats and seeing as how they do walk home from school a lot, they need to be warm! DH had been saying for weeks about how he needed a new wool coat to wear to work and you have no idea how hard that secret was to keep!! I just kept saying that maybe I'll look for one in the after Christmas sales!

DH also got a catchers mitt from the boys so that they can play catch more this spring and summer. Apparently DS#2 throws the heat and a catchers mitt was needed already!! I was very lucky got tons of things that I wanted! I am so very lucky to have such a wonderful DH and kids - that or they are just trying to buy my affection to keep them out of the dog house!!! I got another cartridge for my Cricut Expression, so I can't wait to play with that! One of my new years goals is to get some scrapbooking done!

We're headed out to my parents for New Years and then to Denver for a couple of days of pure R&R! It's about time I started reaping the benefit of my husband's work travels by getting a couple of free hotel nights with his hotel points!! :-)

Have a wonderful rest of the holiday season and a Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Junior Cougar Band Program

DS#2 has really enjoyed being in the band program at Gross HS. (If you're REALLY "lucky", and one day come home to a message of trumpet music on your answering machine, you'll know who it is!! lol) The advanced band group - which is 6th through 8th grade had their Christmas program a couple of weeks ago and I managed to tape some of it using my HP digital camera. One of my new years resolutions is going to be to figure out how to make my Panasonic camcorder link to my MacBook!! When my DH bought it for me, the box said compatible with Mac so I don't know what the problem is and I just haven't made the time to either take it out to the Apple Store or call Panasonic.... Anyway, below is a snippet of the concert. Happy Holidays from a very cold and windy Nebraska!!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Our first snow day!

The boys are both excited - it's our first snow day of the school year! They are kind of bummed, though - they only had school until 11:15 today because it's the last day of school until next year! They are out until January 6th. I never remember having that long of a Christmas vacation!

I've been busy this week trying to finish up all the little projects I wanted to get done before Christmas. Well....I'm still working on a few, but hey - Christmas isn't until Thursday, so I've got some time!! I did get our Christmas letter written and printed off. I try to keep ours to the front side of one piece of paper. It's hard to condense a whole years worth of activities onto one page! But I did!! :-) I also finalized the design for our Christmas card. Whew. I didn't say I came up with the design... I completely cased it from a card in the gallery at Splitcoaststampers! It was pretty much completely CASEd from a card by MicheleTx whose blog is http://micheleforce.blogspot.com. Check it out - she's got some fabulous cards!

Last weekend we had my entire family in town to celebrate Christmas early. We started doing this during the first half of December a few years ago. With everyone having kids and being super busy, it just works out great to get it done early! The cousins sure had a good time playing together. We had a bowling tournament Saturday afternoon which was a lot of fun. I'd forgotten how much fun bowling can be! I TOTALLY would have broken 100 if DD hadn't been helping bowl about 25% of my frames. Yes, I will blame my 97 on a two year old! She and her cousin loved dancing around the bowling alley and tapping around in their bowling shoes! It was cute!

We have a busy weekend planned with some last minute shopping and a couple of holiday parties to go to. So have a fun weekend and I will see you back here real soon!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Our family pictures

Okay - a couple people I know who read my blog, asked where our family photo was. Yes, I purposefully left it off yesterday. I know, that's bad - but how many of you also don't like having your picture taken????  lol So here they are...

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Family picture time!

It's that time of year - the dreaded family picture time! lol The boys thought I was inflicting cruel and unusual punishment by making them wear dress socks with their pants and dress shoes instead of tennis shoes! Of course, I spent hours deciding what the little princess was going to wear and how that would coordinate with whatever one else was wearing. :-) Despite all that - I think the pictures turned out good! Thanks for looking!