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DigiScrappin News...

I'm gonna come in a do a post on the digi side of things and then will hopefully come back later (or tomorrow) with more updates!
The DigiChick has a new owner, Laura Alpuche! Holly has decided to step out and Laura has stepped in! I, for one, think that this is just awesome! I think the world of Laura and know that she is going to take the Chick into the next year and beyond! And, with Holly now having more free time, she's hopefully going to be creating more! Yay all the way around, I say!
I won't say that it wasn't a big shock, because it was, just because I had no idea! But change is good! So, speaking of change, keep your eye on The DigiChick for changes are a comin! And there may even be some new faces to be added. The challenges there will be starting up again soon too and the work on the DeZine is beginning again. We are working hard to get it put out for Jan., so watch for it too!
And speaking of the DeZine... this layout below is using the awesome new kit, 'Tis the Season, that the designers made for the Chick, you can get it for free here!
Ok - I'm off for now. I am slowly crawling out of the holiday hole that I've been in and hope to see the light of a "normal" day soon! Ha!

I just love this picture I took of Ryan when I was shooting the boys for our Christmas card this year! This fabulous new FREE kit was just perfect for it!
Credits:
Tis the Season Kit by The DigiChick Designers.
Green Straight Stitch by Holly McCaig from the DigiChick Boutique
Digital Paper Tear by Stephanie Krush

Fonts: DSP Pollyanna and CK Footnote

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Merry Christmas...

I need a vacation... do you think Santa will fly me away (with Michael, of course) to a tropical island paradise tonight if I ask him???
I have done at least 10 loads of laundry in the last 3 days. I still need to put them away today. I made cheesecake, 2 loaves of banana bread, sprinkled sugar cookies, Gina's fudge, and got various things started for the lasagne and breakfast casserole I need to assemble later today. I did the calendars for the grandparents, finished the ornaments, and still need to finish the little mini albums I started last Jan. I ran out of photo paper, but since I know we will be going to Costco on Tue. or Wed, I'm just going to finish printing out the layouts for them then. I still haven't wrapped presents or cleaned house. And you know, I don't even remember what else.
Oh yeah - and I'm puppy sitting for the family next door.... what was I thinking??? Visions of photo ops did flash thru my head, but today of all days???
Michael's parents are in the air on their way here, I hope. We've kept it a secret from Ryan, so it will be a surprise tomorrow. I'm sure I'll be up late and up early!



Merry Christmas to all my friends out in cyberland! May you find peace, love and happiness this Christmas!

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Blog Challenges...

1. Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate?
Hot Chocolate please!

2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree?
They are left with the stuffed stockings on the hearth of the fireplace. Last year Santa was busy and didn't get them wrapped. Ryan has a special request to Santa that he be sure and wrap them this year. Dually noted ;)

3.Colored lights on tree/house or white?...
On the tree, I have mostly white, but there is 1 strand of multi colored "twinkle" lights in the middle for movement and a touch of color. A trick learned from my dad. Outside there are 2 white reindeer with a sleigh and a white tree, but then colored lights and red ones.

4. Do you hang mistletoe?...
No

5. When do you put your decorations up?...
I like to on the day after thanksgiving, but the last few years it's been the week and weekend after Thanksgiving.

6. What is your favorite Christmas dish (not a dessert)
We usually have a huge breakfast and then a buffet for lunch/dinner. I like to make (and eat) a Swiss cheese fondue

7. Favorite Christmas memory as a child?
I don't remember many as a child. stick around for more on this subject.

8.When and how did you learn the truth about Santa?
Truth - what truth???

9.Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve?
No - all on Christmas morning. The boys open Santa' presents, then everyone comes over and we have Breakfast and then we open all the other gifts.

10.What kind of cookies does Santa get set out for him?... Usually whatever we have around and some milk. Also a carrot for the reindeers. (This is ditto to what Lee said!)

11.Which do you prefer Giving or Receiving?
Ok - I won't lie! I love both. We all kinda wait to open ours until the boys are done. It's just so fun to see their little faces! I, too, love to watch everyone's faces as they are opening their gift!

12. What tops your tree?
A star that Ryan picked out. Not the most spectacular one, but he loves it and thus so do we!

13. Do you remember your favorite gift?
More of this to come too!

14. WhatÂ’s the most important thing about Christmas for you?
Spending time with family

15. What is your favorite Christmas Dessert?
Cheesecake is always a favorite!

16. What is your favorite Christmas tradition?
The getting up 1st thing and how excited the boys are to see Santa's offerings. I love getting all the Christmas cards from our friends too.

So I totally stole this from Lee's blog, but it tied in with the DigiChick Monday Blog Challenge, so I wanted to do it. Today's challenge is about sharing a favorite holiday memory. This time of year brings back all kinds of memories for the last few years for me. 11 years ago, Michael asked me to marry him on Christmas Day. We had talked about it, but he snowed me and told me it wasn't going to happen until Valentine's Day (which,it ended up, we were married 2 days after). He gave me everything I asked for, and then got down on 1 knee in front of his parents, pulled the ring out of his sock and asked me. I need to scrap this! The next Christmas was spent in Korea with him. Everyone pooled together to buy me a ticket for Christmas to fly to see him. I spent 10 days there with him. He had left in Aug. for the year long tour. The next Christmas was spent in Phoenix at my brother's home. I had had a miscarriage a month before and was still so very sad. My dad gave me Snowbear, which is the Snowbear that Ryan adopts as his very own later on. The next year, Ryan was with us, having been born just 10 days prior.

This leads me to last week's DigiChick Blog Challenge - why do I scrapbook?

I scrapbook for myself and my family. I have a really sucky memory and I just don't remember as much as others. My brother can rattle off all sorts of stuff and so can my husband and even Ryan. But my memory sucks. So I want to record all those little things that I probably would forget otherwise. I want those memories and I want our family to be able to remember them always.

Secondly is purely selfish - I scrap for me. This has become my creative outlet, my fun, my "thing that I do". I think about it constantly, layouts I want to scrap things I need to scrap before I forget. I love the new friends it has given me, the new opportunities it has found for me, the outlet that it provides for me. I scrap to keep my mind learning new things. I scrap for me!

Will attempt to come post somemore today or tomorrow, if time allows. Saturday was all about the birthday boy and the bowling alley. Sunday was in the kitchen all day baking pumpkin bread and making chocolate carmel dipped pretzels and spiced tea mix for teacher gifties. Today was Matthew's Christmas program at school - so VERY cute. I have tons of pics in the camera and havent' even downloaded them yet. - Ugh! So will try to get back here soon, but we'll see! :)

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And the man of the hour...


Today is Ryan's 8th birthday. He has been excited for days already. The cat woke him up at 5am and I don't think he ever went back to sleep. After 6, he came in our room, and we attempted to get him to sleep for awhile longer. We gave up at 6:45 and got up. His presents were waiting for him in the living room and he started to open them. Michael had brought present back with him from Sherry, Rick and Reba and Grammie and Grandpy when he was there in Nov., so we had those here already. Uncle Paul bought him some more rockets when her was here at Thanksgiving. Daddy went and got donuts as a special treat this morning and I took both boys to Burger King for dinner (Michael's at work). Ryan wanted a Furby and he named it Tryan (Ryan with a T in front).


He got quite the stack of loot!
This is the t-shirt I found for him! We thought it was quite funny! Now I need to find one for Matthew to wear :)


I went to Ryan's classroom to work today. I helped the kids make wrapping paper for their super secret gift that they are giving to us parents this year. It was so funny to watch how incrediblely careful they were and how particular they were with where they stamped the images. 90% of them made a"pattern" out of the 3 shapes of stamps that were there. So funny to watch them do. I was also so surprised that Ry's teacher gave ME a present... how sweet was that??? Not only was it this cute tin (that I had been coveting at Target), a super cute snowman and yummy chocolate in the tin... there was also a Target gift card!!! What the??? Isn't that great??? I was totally shocked with that! How fun! I so enjoy going into the boys rooms and have been blessed with teacher's (so far) that welcome me into the classroom. And then she gives me a Target GC... I love that woman... LOL!



Ryan wrote this letter to Santa in school last week. I got a big kick out of it and thought Uncle Paul would like to see what he's done now. Can you read where he says what he wants for Christmas... a Game Cube (he's getting a PS2), a turtle and some turtle food. Thanks Uncle Paul!

I went to a fabulous scrapbook warehouse sale today... and didn't buy a thing. Digi is just too in my blood right now. And I have all these paper supplies sitting here untouched. It was a Deluxe Designs warehouse sale and I LOVE their stuff, just not enough to sway me to paper right now... Katherine Brooks was even there! Cool, huh? If you're in AZ - It's in the East Valley at Lindsay and Southern, going on right now! GREAT sale for paste eaters!
I have a splitting headache and I need to get working on all the gifties right now. I just have no motivation to work on any of it. sigh.

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all air weekend


I tried all week to be able to scrap this. Thanks to Gina's great sketch challenge - it's been designed in my head for that long, I just didn't have the time to sit down and do it. I gave-up/treated myself and did it tonight. I went together within an hour, because of the sketch. Cool, huh? Finally it's done and out of my head! LOL!
Journaling reads:
When Uncle Paul came to visit for Thanksgiving this year, it was all about the outside. Ryan kept him busy with all things air. 1st the rockets came out. But the next few days were a little windy, so out came the kites then. Ryan got to be pretty good at flying the kite at the end of the weekend.. He about took some heads off, but it was all good in the end.
TFL!!!
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Credits: Bubble Flip Double Up Kit by Holly McCaig and MandaBean. Green paper for background is from Holly's Celebrate Tranquility Kit (retired). Shmootzy alpha by Nancie Rowe Janitz.
Font: Donnys Hand

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My head is down...

and my blinders are on. That's how I feel. Like a horse coming down the stretch, I can see the end, but I'm not there yet. I buried myself this weekend and it's continued through today. I have to keep going and get it all done. Ryan's birthday is Thursday. I at least have most of that under control. I need to wrap his gifts yet, but the gift bags for his classmates and done and the snack for his room is bought. I wrapped a few presents this weekend and managed to get the package sent to Michael's sister with Christmas presents. I wrote the Christmas letter and did the cards. They are sealed and stamped and will be in the mail tomorrow. I cut out Christmas tree shapes on all my cards last year and tied ribbon and such and it was just too much. So I bought these card bases to attach photos to on clearance last year. I didn't know I would be digital by now, or they would have been totally digital. Oh well! So I designed the photos to put on the cards. I bought 2 different desgins, for some reason. So had to design 2 different ways. But they turned out cute, I think. See...


And here's the letter to go with the cards.


I'm trying so hard to get everything done. I haven't spent hardly any time on the computer. Just trying to plow through it all and get to the other side. By then Christmas will be over and it'll be time to take down the tree and put everything away, right? I want to scrap, but don't even have time to get that done right now. Maybe tomorrow.
To Diane's tomorrow. We stuff the 5000 envelopes then. Don't worry - we will use sponges to close the envelopes! Then we still have to put stamps on all of them. Ugh!
I felt so in control of everything this morning. I have the laundry caught up, the cards done, I crossed a couple more things off the ongoing to-do list, spent 3 hours vaccuming and moping and cleaning the fish tank this morning. Then I started to think of what else I needed to do this afternoon, and I feel burried again! Made another list tonight - there's 13+ things on it to do before Christmas. Most of it before Monday - like the teacher's gifties. I have to make 9 gift bags. 1 for Ryan's teacher, 4 for Matthew's teachers and 4 for Matthew's therapists. I should make one for the teacher's aide in Ryan's classroom, but I mis-counted and have only bought enough for 9, so she's out of luck! :( Sorry lady! I was even hoping that I could do the Christmas Journal this morning, then reality struck again.
Ok - well. I still haven't taken pics of outside or of the boys room. I need to go pay bills and do the checkbook, go wrap Ryan's birthday presents.....
Night! :)

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catch up...

it feels like that's all I'm doing is playing catch up right now. Trying to do Christmas cards, finish up shopping, keep up the laundry, keep the house picked up and half way clean. I know I'm not the only one feeling that way right now, Am I?
Haven't taken pics of the boys room or outside yet. I might go out in just a minute and do pics there. We've already had a strand of rope lights taken. We did put them out by the street this year - silly us. I looked out our front window and the rope was curled up at the end of our driveway. Come to find out... one strand was missing and they had coiled it up there for some reason. I had just flipped the garage light, so maybe I accidentally caught them. The jokes on them though, cause they won't work without the special plug that they don't have - so ha!
Haven't signed up for the Christmas journal... staying practical.
Tuesday was pretty productive. I worked some on the Christmas cards, and started on the calendars that are gifts for the Grandparents. Then Wed. came and all productivity stopped. Diane mails out schedule cards for her upcoming workshop dates each year. I design the card and we have it printed. We are mailing right over 5000 this year. But this year we are stuffing envelopes with the card and a flyer about the shop she will be opening at her website. So not only are we affixing address labels onto 5000+ pieces by hand ... we are also stuffing 5000+ envelopes with 2 pieces and stamping a return address in the corner and licking them shut!!! OMGod! Are we crazy or what??? We managed to get 1000 done on Wed. and had lunch at Pei Wei's for a treat. Then I brought 2000 home to put labels on while she kept 2000 at home to put stamps on. Then on Wed., if our cards come from the printer (they have had them for SIX WEEKS, and they keep promising them to us and then some how get pushed back some more - needless to say - we are never ordering from them again!), we will begin stuffing. We have to have them all in the mail by Jan. 8th, because that's when the rates go up. Ugh!
Thursday morning was spent at Matthew's school. I've gotten to do such fun things in the boys classrooms this year. I made a paper 3D cactus and a bull mask and a backdrop of the Louve on Thurs. for the little Christmas program that Miss Pat's afternoon class is putting on.
I got to watch Matthew practice his little program. He gets to put on a Santa hat and say "ho ho ho!" OMGod! Sooooo cute! Bad pic - but can you see his little pursed lips? He's saying his lines!!! He started saying this at home and we didn't know if he'd absorbed it from the Wiggles Christmas DVD's at he's addidcted to or what. But it's from his program... how cute is that??? Of course, Michael has school the day they are doing the program, so we'll see how I juggle the video and Canon camera again.
Friday morning was spent at Ryan's school helping out with the Imaginitorium (sp?). It's this roving semi-truck trailer that they park on the school grounds and the classes come to. Ry's class went the day before and I was with 3 graders. It basically seems to be art class to me, which is really sad to me. I remember my art classes in elementary school and how much I loved them. How much they formed who I am and what I've become today. And the kids today don't get formal art classes in school. It's just not right and very sad to me. Any whoo - the teacher in there had all sorts of things to spark their imagination and help them see fun things. They played with Magnetics type pieces, made a robot out of nuts and bolts with magnets, mad a batik type art work and such. Very fun!
I have some kind of cold, or know I'm beginning to think it may be allergies or something. The air quality has been really bad this week. I've taken cold medicine since Tuesday. Yesterday and today, I couldn't put in my contacts (thank god I have new updated glasses to wear!). My eyes just water and run and make me miserable. Today they were ok until I walked outside and then the light just about blinded me. I tried sunglasses to no avail. I ended up with my glasses on again. I hadn't taken a pill yet - so I went in and took one. A few hours later - they felt better, but I stuck with the glasses still today.
My parents are in a musical (The Living Christmas Tree) at the church they attend, so Ryan and I went on a date this afternoon to see it. We got there early to get a good seat. We brought some activity books for Ry to work on since I knew we would be early. Then it was 2 hours long. He was so good though. So grown up looking in his oxford shirt! Grandma sang (of course, she lost her voice the day of the 1st performance - LOL!) and Grandpa was the backstage manager. It was a very nice production and we enjoyed it.
Michael and I were invited to 2 parties tonight, but we were babysitterless. So he went to the 1st one which is for a girl from his work that's moving to Denver. Then he'll probally come home, and miss the second one. No fun, but it's what we get. Something comes up and we say we've got to start having the girl across the street watch them, and then we drop it again until the next time we need her. We want to have her come on an afternoon and see how things go and we just never get around to it. Of course, today - we can't afford a babysitter either!
Ok - I'm off to work on cards again! Night! :)

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Recipes

I was tagged by Sara a week ago for a recipe tag. I put it aside to do, and then I forgot... imagine that! :) So here they are...

Spice Pumpkin Bread


This is my husband's recipe from his mom. He usually makes it in our household and we always make it at Christmas to give as gifts. The boys eat this up!




4 eggs
2C cooked pumpkin or 1 can (14.5 oz.)
1C vegatable oil
2/3C cold water
3 1/4C flour
1 tsp nutmeg
2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
3C sugar
Mix all ingredients until well mixed. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 to 1 1/4 hours until done.

This one is a Pamper Chef recipe that is one of my tried and true. I make this for alot of get togethers.

Hot Artichoke Dip

2 jars (6.5 oz each) marinated artichoke hearts, drained and coarsely chopped
1 pkg (10 oz) forzen chopped spinach thawed and well drained
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 garlic clove, pressed
3 ounces fresh grated Parmesan cheese, grated (about 3/4 cup)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coarsely chop artichoke hearts. Mix with the spinach, sour cream and mayonnaise. Press garlic and add with the parmesan cheese. Mix all ingredients well. Spoon into a oven safe baking dish (I use the Pampered Chef 8-inch baker that they recommend). Bake 20-25 minutes or until heated through and bubbly. Serve with little toasted bread slices, fresh veggie dippers or whatever you think sounds good! :)

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the santa


This one went together so quickly scraplifting Andie's The Force layout in honor of her birthday. Thanks for the great inspiration, girl! And Happy Birthday again!

Journaling reads:
I had a friend make this santa for us when we lived in Abilene. She brought one in to where she & I worked, and I just loved how she had done that one. I love how his robe is made from an old quilt. At first, I wasn't too thrilled with the colors of the quilt, but now, 10 years later, I just adore him. He's one of the items that I so look forward to getting out of the box each year.
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Credits: Peaceful Christmas by The Chef, Susan Bartolini available at the DigiChick Boutique and at ScrapKitchen.
Fonts: CK Jacque and SF-Remember

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It's beginning to look alot like Christmas...


Just a fun, quick layout using the wonderful new kit, Peaceful Christmas, by the Chef, Susan Bartolini. I'm so glad the decorations are up and that now I can just sit back and enjoy them! LOL!
Journaling reads:
I'm so happy with the decorations this year! It just makes me feel so good to sit and look at them sparkle!
Credits: Susan Bartolini's Peaceful Christmas Kit. Metal Charm and staple from her Living Simply Kit. Both kits are available at The DigiChick Boutique (Peaceful Christmas coming soon to the DigiChick) and ScrapKitchen. Digital Paper Tear by Stephanie Krush.
Fonts: CK Jacque and Artistamp Medium

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Wow...

time flies when you're having fun... yeah - right!
Friday, Michael, Matthew and I Christmas shopped in the morning. Ryan was out early at 1pm, then Matthew had a therapist. After that - my dad came t pick up the bed that Matthew had been sleeping in. Ryan was bewildered, and we teased him that we were giving his bed to Matthew and shipping him to Grammie. Poor thing - we should learn not to tease him about things like that. He started to get really upset! Then we told him to think about it... and then it dawned on him. A friend told us months ago that she would give us a bunkbed for the boys. They moved to their new home on Saturday, so we got to pick up the bunkbed on Friday. It's a very cool blue metal frame with a full size on the bottom and a twin on the top. So little Matthew has the huge bottom all to himself and Ryan has his suite on the top! LOL! Matthew has a ball climbing up and down the ladder too. He's actually being extremely careful as he's doing it, thankfully! They are actually sleeping very well in it - it's just the going to sleep that's a factor again. I had just gotten Matthew back to only standing in the doorway for about 5 minutes again, and we now switched everything again. He went squirrelly when Michael was gone that week in early Nov. and I was just getting him back to normal. Now he lays there for a couple of seconds and then tries to get out to go up the ladder. I end up laying next to him and "pinning" him to the bed. He then relaxes and goes to sleep. He knows he can't go anywhere. So I'm slowly going to have to keep backing off until I'm in the doorway again. He woke up at 6:15 this morning and was climbing the ladder to get to Ryan. I put him in bed with me and he went back to sleep til almost 8am! Their room looks so nice. I forgot to take pics today, so I will tomorrow. It gives them more room in their bedroom and in the playroom. Nice! So we spent Friday night and most of Saturday morning re-arranging those 2 rooms.
Saturday afternoon, we put up the tree and started to decorate it. I always have Norman Rockwell ideas of tree trimming. HA! Never happens. Maybe in a few years. Ryan thought it fun to put the branches in, but didn't want to help "fluff" the branches. Matthew was a little too interested in it. So Michael ran interference with them while I put the lights on. After the boys went to bed - I put ornaments on, but didn't get it finished until Sunday morning. Ryan helped in the morning some. Then we tried to pick up the house some and I did like 10 loads of laundry in between, I think! We headed outside in the early afternoon to try to put up the outside lights. I forgot to screen outside before we went out though... the grandkids that visit next door had already been over several times to see if the boys could play (and asked if they could HELP us trim the tree to boot, when we told them that's what we were doing!) and Ry's BF from next door was over there too. So Michael ended up running back and forth after Peanut and watching the boys while I put put the deer and sleigh. The father from next door had the audacity to ask us if his son could come play as we are taking down the reindeer from the attic. I was like - um - no - we can't watch him, we're trying to decorate! Needless to say they (the 2 grandkids) ended up out there, basically unsupervised. It was just a little overwhelming, and not Norman Rockwell once again. So we gave up after I got up those 3 things and went back inside to hide. We came back out after 5pm to try to get the rest out. Still frustrating, but the boys helped more and we managed to get it done. No pics still - so tomorrow once again!
Today - I shopped some more. Ry's birthday is next week too, so we have to plan for that in addition to Christmas. Did more laundry and picked up some more.
I WANT TO SCRAP!!! I NEED to do other things. Christmas presents to make, cards to make and send, things to be done. I want to do the Christmas journal too, but I shouldn't spend the $30 and I keep wondering when exactly I would fit it in. And now, with each indesisive day, I get farther behind in it.
Will try to come back with pics tomorrow! Have a nice night! :)

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And the winner...


of the 1st Christmas card to arrive is... Lee Woodside! I was giggling like a schoolgirl when I saw the envelope in the mailbox today! All the way here from Austraila, and it's the 1st card I recieve this holiday! How fun is that!!! Very fun, I tell ya! It's gorgeous, Lee! Thank you so very much! I thought you might get a big kick out of seeing it half way around the world as I am looking at it half way around the world, Lee!

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Catchlights


This was a photo challenge at The DigiChick. I just happened to have these pics from last week and I am LOVING the catchlights in the pics. So this challenge was at the perfect time for me.

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Finishing the layout came first...


Journaling Reads:
What do you get when you combine a curious little boy and a package of Reese's Pieces? Trouble, of course! We gave you boys a few Reese's Pieces after dinner on Sunday. You were both over in the lounge chair. We heard you crying and started asking Ryan what had happerned. After picking you up, I saw that you were picking at your nose. It had something coming out of it, which I thought might be blood. But it was orange. Then I figured it out. You had put a piece of the candy up your nose. How you got it up there, I'm not sure. It's bigger than the inside of your nose. At least they melt, or we probally would have been at the ER. Goofy boy!
TFL!!!

Credits:
Kraft Paper by Chef Susan Bartolini from Spooky Kit. Patterend Paper, stitches and tag from Heck Ya! by MandaBean and Holly McCaig. Square Date Stamp by Christy Lyle. All from here at the DigiChick Boutique!
"M" charm from A Charmed Life (retired) by Holly McCaig. File tab and Duct Tape by Kate Pertiet. Safety pin by Michelle Coleman
Font: CK Quick

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You know that movie...

that one with Michael Keaton, Multiplicity? The one where he multiplies himself to get things done??? That's what I'd like to do today. I want a Double Michelle to take care off all the laundry, wash it, fold it, put it away. A Double Michelle to sort through the boys clothes and remove all the ones that are too small. Put away all the ones that I just dug out of the plastic containers for Matthew that were Ryan's. A Double Michelle to clean the kitchen. Actually I just put away all the dishes, so maybe not that. A Double Michelle to re-organize the pantry closet and garage and laundry room and closets and such. Have you ever noticed that when you decorate, you realize just how messy and disorganized your storage places are? Or is it just me??? As I was digging out decorations yesterday, I tried to put some of the everyday things away for now. I can't. Because the spaces were all just a mess. So I had to re-organize as I was going. Why does it come with doing more work??? The Double Michelle needs to clean out my Mommy Van from when Ryan spilled an entire soda on the carpet on Saturday. She needs to put in the bigger careseat into the van for Matthew. The Me Michelle washed it already - she just needs to put it in! The Me Michelle wants to do all the fun things while the Double Michelle is doing all the no-fun work. I want to alter some candles, work on an organizer for next year (who am I kidding - I won't REALLY use it, but I want to make it), finish the layout I started on Thanksgiving, take more Santa pics of Matthew, get my Christmas cards started and done, make more layouts, print out the layouts for presents, and so on.
I didn't have to go to Diane's today. I was so excited at the things I would get done today. Has it happened??? Heck no! I ended up at WalMart shopping. Granted I did get a present for my mom and got Ryan's BIG present purchased. But then that goes back to the organizer, because I need to start keeping track of what we purchase, so I don't go overboard!!! LOL! We kinda seem to be ahead of the game in that area, but we'll see when I get it all written down.
I printed out the layout from yesterday - WOW! It looks so good printed! That kit was so perfect for those photos! As soon as I saw it - I knew!
Somehow, when we returned the videos to the library yesterday, the Treasure Island DVD stayed behind. Silly mommy - what was I thinking that the kids would actually put it back where it belongs when they were done. So there's a nice $35 fine on my account till I can fess up the DVD at the library. Nice. And $35???? How do they come up with that amount? Matthew must have played with it actually - it was in the CD player when I put a Christmas CD in yesterday. He hide one of his Elmo DVD's in there too. Silly boy!
Ok - so it's 1:45 and Ry will be home at 3:15. I better get going on something. I have so many things started and so many things to do, I'm not sure what to do next. Oh well!

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a layout and a big bunch of shtuff...


This is for the Andrea's scraplift challenge of alb52. I lifted this one .
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Credits: The fabulous new kit, Bubble Flip, coming out on Dec. 1st here at The DigiChick Boutique by MandaBean and Holly McCaig. Black paper from Holly's Ooh La La Kit. Eyelet from Heck Ya Double Up Kit by them also. Photo Frame by Rhonna Farrer from the DWD CD. Digital Paper Tear by Stephanie Krush.
Fonts: Linenstroke and Pollyanna


So - keep scrolling on down, because this is the all-in-one holiday update! Lots of pics. We took WAY more than these, but these are what stuck out so far. Gosh - let's see if I can remember what happened...
Michael got off work and was at dinner only about 1/2 hour after we started eating - so not too bad. We all got to go to the airport in our van to pick Paul up. Food was good, we watched Polar Express again. Then we all went to bed. LOL!
Friday - I did some online Digi shopping (good sales). And that was it. Oh - we did end up at WalMart at like 5pm that night. Got a couple of presents. Nothing too big. We went to the green belt at the end of our street and the boys shot off Ryan's rocket. Till it ended up in a backyard across from the park.... Oh well. They did get it back during the weekend at least. :) There's a cool pic below of it taking off.
Then it got cool and windy on Saturday, so it became kite time instead of rocket time. And stayed that way till Sunday. All air, all day! :) We did take some pics at the park. Ryan wasn't very co-operative in the family pics, so Matthew and I took some together, hence to layout above! The greenbelt is usually dry, so we're not sure where the water is coming from. It is the drain off spot for when it rains, but we haven't had rain in over a month. And it kept getting bigger all weekend. Made for a very pretty background though - like a lake! haven't messed with any of the pics, so some may be kinda dark.
Got all my layouts done for the De-zine! Here's a sneak peek!

Can't wait for this to come out!


So - here's a poll for you... Christmas cards. Do I put the picture of the whole family from the park below, or do I use the shot of just the boys in the santa hats??? What do you think???

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The family

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Awww - aren't we cute!

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Uncle Paul and the nephews

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He actually did it!

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kite flying

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What a ham!

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can you see the rocket?

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light bulb in your ear, big bro???

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together

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

um - yeah - and I'm at my computer! LOL!
Of course, Ryan got off the bus yesterday looking peaked!!! He got sick once last night before he went to sleep and then sleep all night. They both woke up at 6:15 am this morning and are ready to go! Go where, I don't know... Matthew is Wiggling, of course, and Ryan is watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. This is a tradition that I remember so well as a child growing up. My family was not into sports, so football watching didn't really happen. But the parade was something we looked forward to every year! And I still try to watch it. This is the first yeat that Ryan has asked to watch it. They talked about it in school yesterday apparently. So, somehow that cemented it for him!
Michael is at work. He's supposed to get off at 5pm. We're supposed to eat then at my parents. If we waited on him - he would be late getting out of there. Hopefully since we're not waiting, he'll get off on time, or maybe even before. It's the 1st major holiday that he's had to work. He's arranged to switch with someone, because he's scheduled to work on Christmas Day this year too. THAT I can't even imagine! Christmas without Daddy here. I know there will be some years that he may have to, but it's just going to be so wrong!
So the house is quiet - and I want to work on layouts! I need to clean a little more and make the salad for today. I decided to wait on the boys bathroom once I saw Ryan! LOL! Good decision too, I might add!
I am thankful for so many things this day... my wonderful, silly sons who bring such joy into my life, my wonderful husband who loves us endlessly and works so very hard to provide for us, that we are forunate to have the things around us to make our lives comfortable - a house, cars, heat in our winter and air conditioning in the summer, that my family lives so very close and that Michael's family can visit often, that my brother and I get along so well and that he's coming to see us today, for my BF and her family and the love that we all share, for my newfound online friends and my scrapbooking. So many things, both little and large, but they all work together in this wonderful life that I have. For all the things that make up my life... sometimes fun, sometimes not so much, but it's my life and I'll keep it gladly! :)

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You gotta love it...


Yeah - I'm procrastinating, but you gotta love it when the kid sees the camera in your hands and runs for the "sweet spot" in your house to have his picture taken! So here's the shots!

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This is the turkey he made with Miss Lynette the other week. Very cute!

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The day before T-Day updates...

Well, Matthew and I are felling much better today. I don't know if I had a touch of something, or was just too exhausted. We were all in bed by 8:15 last night. Matthew and I were up at 9 , 10 and 11 - of course. He wanted milk and I didn't want to give it to him. I gave in at 9, which is why we were up at 10 and 11 - he was throwing it back up. His stomach doesn't handle milk after he's been sick. Luckily he has started to like apple juice from having it at school, so he has some of that and water now. And now that he's older, he understands a little better ( a little) when I say no milk! It usually takes him a full week to get over having a stomach virus. His little tummy is so sensitive and his throat gets that way too. So he will puck at the slightest thing for the next week. ok - enough of that talk - yuck! And then he was up again at 4am when Michael was up getting ready for work today. I ended up throwing him in bed with me, but we didn't really sleep well after that.
Christmas is alive and well in the videos in this house. This weekend we bought Matthew a 3 pack of Wiggles Christmas DVD's and yesterday it was The Polar Express for Ryan. I'm singing Christmas songs in my sleep already.
So today is all about getting what I didn't get done yesterday done today. Already made a cheesecake for tomorrow (thanks Amanda) and am working on Crock Pot Mashed Potatoes (thanks Heather Ann). The only thing I'm disappointed with the potatoes so far is that I wish you didn't have to cook and mash them ahead. Isn't that what the beauty of a crock pot's all about? But they sound yummy - so we'll see tomorrow! I'm so prone to food suggestions - I bought CoffeeMate Peppermint Mocha coffee creamer today, just because Gina made the creamers sound so good! I don't even drink coffee usually! It was good though! I'm a flavored coffee kinda girl, while Michael is a plain old kinda guy. So maybe we can fire up the coffee pot and compromise with this creamer for me. And the cheesecake is all Amanda's fault, cause she talks about it alot!

Here is a pic I took with my camera on Monday. Have been playing with it a little more and finding out new things. This is a tall grass plant - with the fuzzies on the top. Do you know what kind I mean? I should have taken a pic of the whole thing too, I guess. It makes me think of my Grandpa. He would always come along at my parents house, in his last years, and pull all the fuzzies off of them. He just didn't like them, I guess.
I have 2 layouts in progress, one I will share when it's done and one for the DigiChick De-Zine. I'll have at least 4 layouts in this issue! I'm sooooo excited! I have so many things I need to do in the next few days, of course. I need to take some Christmas pics of the boys to do my final De-Zine layout and try to do some projects using digi products printed out on my printer. Will be doing the Tacher gifties with these printed out digi products. Can't wait. I have 9 to make though! LOL!
Not to mention I need to clean my house today! I got the laundry caught up and put away yesterday, but didn't do any cleaning. So today's it!
I'm off - see ya! :)
HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO EVERYONE!!!!

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What is it about Thanksgiving and my family???

Last Thanksgiving, I was totally sick and out for the count by Friday. So, so sick! The Thanksgiving before Matthew was born (or the one before that) Michael and Ryan were sick. Last night we put the boys to bed and Matthew wouldn't settle in. He kept signing what I thought meant he needed to go pee. I kept saving no - lay down and go to sleep (I didn't want the habit of being able to get out of bed with this request to start.). Low and behold - out it all came. We get everything all cleaned up and him back in bed. You never know - it might be a fluke puke with him. No it was not to be. He was up every 1 to 2 hours all night. It was dry heaves after about 2am sometime. We put him in bed with us, so I could caught him and run to the bathroom. So we were not very comfy to begin with. Poor Michael was tired and in bed at 8:30 anyway, but then with all this - didn't get to sleep until after 10. He had to get up at 4am to get to work today. At some point - I started to not feel very good either (and still only feel so-so, no throw ups yet though~). Needless to say - he stayed home from school today. He is perkier thatn heck, but I didn't want to chance anything. I just got him down for a nap, so maybe he'll get some good sleep now. Now I have MORE laundry to do - I got 2 loads in during all this last night, but need to do our bed and such now. I don't want to be sick this weekend! It was last Thanksgiving that I saw my brother and I was so sick then that I didn't really see him much. He comes on Thursday and will stay through Monday morning. YAY!
On to other news! I just have to share this here...

I have very slowly been losing weight over a very long period of time. I'm down about 7 pounds and want to still lose 5 more. I was very pleasantly shocked to find that I fit into these jeans this weekend! They are the jeans that were my target clothing back on week 5! I have not been able to fit into these since before kids. And not only these, but I also have fit into another 2 pairs that were in the back of the closet. I'm not done yet - still too much of a pooch. And knowing my body - by the end of this week, I won't be able to fit in them again! LOL!

Journaling reads:
They are at least 10 years old and so out of style, but I haven't had these jeans on since way before kids. Imagine my surprise when I tried them on this weekend, they fit! I'm not done yet... there's still a pooch there that needs to go! But I am soooo excited! Go me!!!
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Credits : Snow Day by Holly McCaig from the boutique. Love the colors in this kit!!! Staple is from the Splish Splash Contest Prize. Digital Paper Tear by Stephanie Krush.
Fonts: CK Higgins Handprint and Stamp Act Jumbled


So that's my big news for the week! It is still really nice here... Right at 80 degrees, but pretty chilly at night. We've shut our windows, but it's still a chilly 68 in the house right now.
We are going to my parent's house for Thanksgiving (we have Christmas here). I still need to go to the store for supplies. I'm going to make crock-pot mashed potatoes (recipe from Heather who got it from someone else), corn (canned), a salad of some sort, and I *think* I'm going to make a cheesecake. See what I mean about not fitting into them by the end of the week?

I need to send a big shout out to my Goddaughter today - she turns 10 today!!!!! Yay and Happy Birthday Sweetheart! Hopefully you all made it through the sleepover!!! Love you bunches!

Ok - I'm off to start more laundry! :)

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Page 2 of my Trick or Treat layout


Gina's sketch for the Sketch Challenge at The DigiChick was perfect for the last few photos I had from Halloween. So that was tonight's project! :) You can see page 1 at my Nov. 5th entry or here.

Credits: Spooky Kit by the Chef, Susan Bartolini from right here at The DigiChick Boutique!; Staple from Living Simply Kit also by Susan. Stitches from Holly McCaig's Biggie Stitch Pack from here at the boutique. Digital Paper Tear by Stephanie Krush.
Fonts: Embossing Tape 3

Not much else going on. I worked in Ryan's classroom Thursday. After I got Matthew, we went back to Ry's school for they were having BBQ day and parents were invited to eat. Ry was happy that we came back. We ate picnic style on the concrete. Ry's final baseball game is tomorrow morning! Yay!
Matthew has been eating more ans more things for Miss Pat at school. Cheetos, Pigs in Blankets (vienna sausages in crossaints), & Pancakes to be exact. Of course, he doesn't even want to try at home, so we still need to work on it! He did have flavored applesauce at Ry's BBQ, which was cool!
Michael worked nights this week. He didn't get home til 2am this morning and then turned around and went back in at 4:30 for a day of overtime. Can you say no sleep??? I don't like it when the overtime shift comes after his regular night shift, anyway, but this was extra bad. He will be off for several days now at least.
I ran into one of the mom's that lives at the very end of our street at the BBQ. We hadn't talked in awhile. They are re-modeling their house right now, and had a robbery on Monday... in the daylight again. She (and the kids) were gone and the construction people left for lunch. Apparently they pulled down the garage door and left the front door unlocked. For some reason they came back 10 minutes later and there was a truck trying to take off with their trailer loaded with equipment. And something about there was a lady walking away from the front door saying "oh - they're not home - I'll come back". They had been in the house too - got a laptop and a camcorder. Not quite sure what happened about the trailer, they must have driven off before they could catch them. Scary - that's 2 DAYTIME robberies in the last 3 weeks within 2 blocks from my house. Not good.
Ok - I've got to go round up the last of the stuff for the game in the morning and hit the bed. Nite all! :)

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Dugans Dairy Layout



I did the layout about the dairy today, so I thought I'd share!



I based the layout on a Becky Higgins Sketch to get lots of pics in and get it done quick! :)

Journaling reads: Matthew, your class got to take a trip to Dugan’s Dairy Farm this year. And Mommy got to come along! We got to see all kinds of animals, like a baby cow, a horse, a goose, a bunny, a pig, a donkey, baby goats, chickens, a turkey and lots of cows. There was even a cow giving birth in the maternity ward. You got to pet most of the animals, milk a real cow, go on a hayride around the farm and even got a carton of chocolate milk to drink at the end! It was a very quick trip, but we had a great time!

Credits:Nantucket Cottage Kit by The Chef, Susan Bartolini, from right here at the DigiChick Boutique."dugans" from Worn Denium Alpha by Holly McCaig available here at The DigiChick Boutique also. Digital Paper Tear by Stephanie Krush.

Font donnys hand

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Backtracking...

So it occured to me that I never posted pictures of the play and the little party that was held in his classroom on Halloween. So today's the day! Grandma had something before coming over to watch Peanut for us, so she was late getting to our house. So I went ahead and Michael came after she got here. So, I was the only one there for the play, which left me with the choice of video taping or photographing. The video won out. Michael came right after the play of course! I took this pic after the play. Mrs. Michael, Ryan's teacher, did such an awesome job organizing the party! The play was really cute and the kids were so excited to be doing it! She then had several games and activites lined up to do. Very fun!

Ryan as pumpkin 3 during the play on Halloween.

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The kitties that were a craft during the party.

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Ryan wearing the spider hat they made.

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Lots and Lots of Photos...

I was in the mood to take photos today. I filled up my CF card! :) I brought my camera to Diane's to see about getting some shots of Camelback Mountain. Then I ran all around her wonderful yard and snapped away. These are just a few of the fun shots I got today!
These are all un-PS-ed shots. If you waited on me to fix them, you would never see them! LOL! So if they're a little dark and such, enjoy anyway! :)

Diane's Piggies

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more cactus

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Hibiscus

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Cactus

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Yes - We all have geraniums right now! :)

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Purple!

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Rose

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Camelback Mountain

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I drank the juice...

I gave blood again today. A very nice lady called me this weekend and told me it was time again. It took forever to get to the give-the-blood part today (1 hour 15 minutes) and in 6 minutes I was eating cookies and drinking juice. Yes, I drank the juice!

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A Little Update...

ha ha ha! This will be a long one! So bear with me!
Wow - so it's been a week. Sorry!
Lots have gone on again. I have crossed alot off my list again, which makes me happy! Of course, there are new things added to it too!
Let's see if I can break last week down somehow.
Michael was gone all last week. I felt kinda funny put it out on here, 'cause you just don't know who's out there anymore! He went to school in NH last week and since it was only 3 hours from his parents, he went early to see them. So he was gone from Friday the 4th till Friday the 11th. Last time he was gone, Matthew was 9 months old and he was gone for 2 weeks. That was a long time. This time went fairly quickly, other than Sunday dragging on. We have so many things going on with the boys and school and therapies and baseball and such, that we had plenty to fill our time. Matthew missed Daddy alot and asked about him. Ryan was very upset when he left. We called each other 2 to 4 times a day, so there were plenty of chances to talk to Daddy. Both boys were so excited to pick him up from the airport on Friday, though! Really cute!
Thursday, I got to go on a field trip with Matthew's class to Dugan's Dairy. The kids got to milk a cow, pet lots of cute baby animals and had lots of fun! Here are some pics:

Matthew and a friend!


This little calf licked us to death! My jeans were wet when we came out!

Matthew loved this horse! He was so much taller that the Doodle!

Milking the cow!

With Mommy and his milk snack! And yeah, he spilled it!

Friday, after we picked up Michael, everyone left again.
Ryan and Michael went to PIR, this time to watch the Truck races. Last April they went to the actual Nascar race, but with 100,000+ people there, it is a little much. A little too much money, too crowded, too tiring, too long, etc. So they went to te truck race, but got there early enough to see the Busch car and Nascar pratices runs and see most of the race. The cost to get in was so much better and there was no one there, really. They had a BALL! They could get in to all the fun stuff to do. Came home with a mountain of freebies and very reasonablly prices items. And didn't have to fight all the crowds inside the track and on the way out of the parking lot! (It usually takes at least 3 hours to get out of the parking lot after the race + the time to the highway + the hour long drive home!)
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They purchased a Alltel truck replica for $5 that is signed by Ryan Newman




















Ryan with the apron that he got from the Home Depot booth along with the tool box he got to MAKE!!! He painted it on Sunday, but I haven't taken a pic of it yet.






All the loot they came home with. They had to go to the truck to empty out their bag and go back for more! LOL!



I actually got to do some girly things this week.
While the boys were at play on Friday, Mommy took poor Peanut to Grandma's (he had a new Wiggles video from Grammie, so he was not upset!) and I got some Michelle time!

A fellow DigiChick CT member, Lisa, aka Vania16, came down from Tucson with a friend of hers Marie. We met at Memory Lane to see what we could find there. Really kind of sad, because they are going out of business and the store was so empty. It was such a great source of inspiration for so many people. We then went to Macaroni Grill and got to have our lunch on the patio. I then took them to Scrapbooks Etc to let Lisa shop some more! Marie isn't a scrapper (YET!), but she was game enough to let us browse around and even found a few things for herself! I had SUCH a blast with them. There's not too many oportunities for me to hang out with friends lately. And to meet a friend form online and one that knows digiscrapping was such a treat. Hopefully we didn't bore Marie too much! Marie is planning her wedding and they were working on her invites!






I found this fun Heidi Grace bracelet at Scrapbooks Etc earlier this week. When we went back, I bought a few more charms to put on a necklace. very fun!



I also bought a Heidi Swapp lipgloss for another girlie treat.

Heidi made these fun blue jeans using her stamps and paint at a recent scrapbook show. I saw something about these in our local paper (she lives here in Mesa - somewhere). They look very cool and I may have to do something with a pair of mine, just for fun!

And for the final girlie thing - I got my hair cut on Sunday! Donna (my friend and hairdresser) and I looked - I had it cut last in JULY! I knew it had been awhile, but geez! It's shorter and flippy! Now most of the highlights are gone, and I'm trying to decide if I should put in more, or just let it be.

So the final things are scrap related. Big things are a happening at the Chick. We will be putting out a very nice newsletter in December. The de-zine will be a little newsletter and a little e-zine all rolled into one. The DT at the Chick is designing a fabulous kit that will be included in the issue. So hurry on over and check it out! I'm so excited, because, this is like the 1st time I'll be published per say! VERY cool to me! The 1st issue is complimentary, so go sign up!

Holly has also announced her Creative Team. Check it out on her blog! I'm as so happy to be working with this team of talented women! Be sure to keep an eye on her personal site to see the updates for what we are working on for her.


And last, but not least, it was my mom's birthday today! Rather thatn fight the snowbird crowd to go out to eat after 6pm,they came here and we grilled burgers and had cake! Ryan and Matthew helped her blow out the candle. Actually, Ryan helped her blow it out and then we re-lite it to see if we could get Matthew to blow it out. We ended up giving him a straw and he actually did it! He usually blows with his nose and that doesn't do anything. While we were out this weekend, we figured out he could blow the cover off a straw, so we tried it with the straw and he did it! Very big thing for us, because he hasn't been able to blow the candles out on his own birthday cake yet! This year will be the year!!! Yay!

Alright all! I promise I'll try to not wait a week to get back here to update! I've done some work, but it has to wait until the zine comes out to share! Ok - off to snuggle with my hubby in bed! Night! :)

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