Monday, December 28, 2009
As promised, I wanted to share some recent photos of what we've been up to. These are some of the pics that were taken during our blizzard last weekend when we got 23 inches of snow!
And some of Chloe at her b-day party last week:
(Noah was too busy hanging with his friends to join in on the family shot here ;-)
Well, my friends, I will not be around for the next few days, so I want to wish you all a VERY happy New Year! May 2010 be kind to you all!!
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
This layout was done for a member lift over at AMM. We lifted the awesome Sasha Holloway who now happens to be an AMM DT member, lol. The parts of Sasha's original layout that I used for my design were the popped up circles and the journaling strips. Everything here is Fancy Pants, mostly from the Kraft Kuts line.
We've been super busy here the last few days! We ended up getting 23 inches of snow!! We've had a lot of fun playing in it :-) We ended up rescheduling Chloe's b-day party for last night in our home, and she had a lot of fun. I've taken a ton of photos over the last few days, and i'll be back to share some of them another time. For now, i'll leave you with two of my recent favs.
Noah wearing our "build a snowman" accessories:
Chloe showing off the tutu I made for her to wear to her b-day party:
Happy hump day, everyone! I hope all of my friends that celebrate Christmas have a wonderful holiday!
Friday, December 18, 2009
she, my sweet precious Chloe who, despite her intense clinginess to her mama over the last 3 years is finally becoming more independent.
yet she still loves to come over to me and give me hugs and kisses out of nowhere.
and tell me how much she loves me.
I love this girl so very much, and I am so thankful for the privilege of being her mama.
Quite a while ago, I got a very awesome deal on this pony S'mores. Have you heard of her? She is over 3 feet tall, and she neighs, whinneys and moves her head and tail when you pet her. She makes chewing sounds when you feed her, and she makes walking sounds when you sit on her (although she doesn't actually walk... bummer ;-) I put S'mores away and have been saving her until Chloe's birthday. She was a very excited little girl this morning :-) The funniest part, though, is after sitting on S'mores for a few minutes, Chloe said to me, "mommy, I think I need a cowboy hat for this!" Apparantly all pony riders are cowboys and cowgirls lol.
Eating her favorite breakfast of chocolate chip pancakes...
My mom came over to join us for a day of birthday celebrating. We took the kids to Chuck E Cheese. Yes, every parent's biggest nightmare, lol, but it is so much more tolerable during a quiet weekday morning when they aren't very crowded! I LOVE this photo of Chloe and her Mimi.
We took Chloe out to her favorite restaurant for dinner. Don't you just love my tough guys? (See that cool watch Tony is wearing? His awesome wife got it for him for Hanukkah ;-)
Not quite sure what to think when they sang Happy Birthday to her...
It was a wonderful day :-)
So, we are in the middle of a winter storm watch - we're supposed to get 12-24 inches, maybe even more (depending on which news report you listen to)! They're saying it may be in the Top 5 for biggest snowstorms in this area ever. I'm feeling very torn as this is the kind of thing I love! What could be more fun than getting snowed in with your loved ones and having countless opportunites to go sledding? The only think that could ruin the excitement for me is a birthday party that is likely going to get cancelled. :-( Yep, Chloe's party at her dance studio is on Sunday. Unless the weather people are way off base, it seems as though her party will not be happening, so we're trying to figure out what to do. I'm just keeping my fingers crossed that she is still too young to really be dissappointed - wishful thinking?!?
Things have been so busy here lately that I haven't had as much scrapping time, but i'm hoping things will pick up again soon. I do have a new Fancy Pants layout i've completed, as well as one that i'm almost done with that i'm doing just for fun - I will be back very soon to share them. Happy weekend, everyone!
Monday, December 14, 2009
Down-the-street Heather ended up having to cancel at the last minute, so Lisa and I packed into Tony's car (his is much bigger and more comfortable than mine ;-) and started the journey up to West Chester, PA. Due to the rain and the lovely detour/tour of Univ. of Deleware that my GPS decided to take us on, it took us almost 3 hours to get there. However, Ree wasn't due to appear until 2:30, and we still got there more than 2 hours ahead of time. We reserved our seats (in the 4th row, whoo!) and hit up the cafe for some yummy burgers. Here's Lisa humoring my attempt at pre-Ree photos:
Finally, 2:30 rolled around, and Ree walked in. Isn't she so pretty??
Ree had a Q&A answer session for about 30 minutes, at which time she discussed things such as how her family feels about her success (they're happy for her), how she can cook with so much butter and oil and still look as good as she does (she claims she put on weight while writing her cookbook, but I don't beleive it, lol), how long it takes her to do a blog entry (it can range from a 20 min. quickie "confession" to a 5-6 hour cooking post, complete with edited photos), how the home schooling thing is going (she made a very funny joke that i'll never be able to recreate, lol, about how the reality of people who homeschool is very different than her impressions before she became one of them), how she is able to "do it all" (this answer made me totally love her as she said she does not do it all and is not able to keep up with everything - that she throws clothes on her closet floor (yep, she's my soul sister, lol) and constantly has a huge pile of laundry), how she takes the photos of her cooking (she used to use a tripod but now has gotten really good at holding one arm out and shooting while using the other to cook) and when she is going to be on Oprah (she told us that the same question was asked when she was on the booktour and she gave a smart ass response saying "Who needs oprah? I'm more of a Bonnie Hunt fan myself!" totally forgetting that she was in Chicago, hehea!).
It was a great day - it's always fun to get in some quality girl time, and it was even better that Lisa and I got to do something totally out of the ordinary. It was really fun and exciting to meet Ree and to hear what she had to say. I wish her the best of luck, and I can't wait to try out even more of her recipes. Thanks for making our roadtrip so much fun, Ree!
Saturday, December 12, 2009
So, i'm very excited because tomorrow I am going to meet her:
Yep, The Pioneer Woman is doing a book tour, and tomorrow she will be in PA, about 2 hours north from me. So me, next-door Lisa and down-the-street Heather are heading up to go meet her and get our cookbooks signed. Yep, we're totally geeky, and I can't wait! ;-)
Thursday, December 10, 2009
I stamped our wedding vows at the top, and the journaling on the tag reads: These rings are so much more than pretty diamonds to me. They are the promise of true love, the promise of family, the promise of dedication, the promise of hope, the promise of understanding... the promise of the future.
For this project, I altered the 7 Gypsies book cover that came with the kit and turned it into a little wall hanging of my family.
Before I go, I wanted to tell you about an awesome contest Michelle is having at AMM, and the prize is the complete Cosmo Cricket "Jolly by Golly" crafting kit! For a chance to win, you need to become a follower of the AMM blog and join the AMM facebook group. You can read the details here.
Have a great week, everyone!
Sunday, December 6, 2009
It was perfect packing-snow, too - it made great snowballs (that was Noah's favorite part, as you can see ;-)
How's the weather on your end?
I hope everyone had a great weekend! We had a busy one here - we went to a Brinner (breakfast for dinner) party at our neighbors' house last night, and we had a birthday party today. We'll all sleep well tonight!
I'll be back soon with my AMM December kit work :-)