Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Paper flowers

Nicole and I made these for a birthday gift. It was our first time making them, and I think they turned out really cute. (Of course, we used Stampin' Up designer papers). Just cut the papers in varying sized circles. Then cut each circle in a spiral. Roll the paper tightly like you would roll it into a cone, and hot glue the bottom to hold its shape. Attach to green floral wire with more hot glue. Use a heavy wire for the most support. Arrange in a vase!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

He'll be there

With bells on!
Molly has red and green toenails (see my previous post)
so Jared decided that Duke needed some holiday embellishment too. 

Monday, December 26, 2011

Christmas at our house

After Santa did his work. :)

 Nicole's present for her Dad. She swaddled that thing in newspaper, bubble wrap, and lots & lots of packing tape! It wasn't easy to open, and I guess that was the idea. :)

 It turned out to be this pic from their half marathon framed with Jeff's medal.

 Me, with all my gifts. I couldn't believe how many there were! My family wanted to be fun and wrapped every little thing separately. I felt bad because I had more to open than anyone else, but it was fun.

 The doggies waiting for their holiday doggie biscuits. Let's face it, they wouldn't be sitting like this just for the camera!


 The sweetest little card ever. Libby wrote, "Dear Mom and Dad, You are the best parentse in  the wide wrolde. I love you so much. You help me a lote. That is wia I love you. You mack me happy. Love, Libby."

The traditional English trifle! (My hubby served a two year mission for our church there way back in the day). This year I used raspberries & bananas. Don't even think it lasted more than one day. It never does. :)

Friday, December 16, 2011


Jeff came home with delicious gingerbread cookies, stamped with Stampin' Up's cookie stamps, and made by none other than the CEO and her executive group for every employee. There were 4 cookies (one was eaten by yours truly), and the employees are not few in number. This was also just the "least" of the things done for employees at Christmas, although making thousands of cookies was A LOT of work. What an amazing place for Jeff to work. So grateful.

Libby made this card at school. You can see who we root for in this house. :)

 That is cream on the top of my 25-calorie hot chocolate, baby. I know it sounds a lot like people who go to McDonald's and order diet coke with their heart attack on a tray, but I don't do that. I only put cream on my 25-calorie hot chocolate at Christmas time. :)

Dangerous to have around the house. Dangerous. Good thing it isn't for me. :)

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Geography Bee!

This cute little gal was in her school geography bee this morning! She didn't win, but she still deserves to be commended for getting there. She was one of only two 4th graders in the bee! The other eight children were all 5th and 6th graders. Those were some tough questions, too...even for parents! :)

Congrats to Amelia for winning her class geography bee and getting to participate at the school level!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Feliz Navidad!

I do actually speak a little Spanish. A little. In college I took several semesters of it, enough that I could've minored in it if only I'd done the paperwork. My problem is I can understand a lot more of it than I can speak, so I didn't complete the minor. I wish I had, but oh well. At least I can help my kids with Spanish homework. :)

I have Michael Buble's new Christmas Album, and I LOVE it! One of my very favorites is his duet with Latin Grammy winner, Thalia. They performed their duet the other night on Buble's Christmas show. Enjoy! and Feliz Navidad!!

Monday, December 5, 2011

How I got my groove on--or in other words, how I {FINALLY} caught the Christmas spirit

Nativity from Mexico.

It was the nutcrackers that did it to me.

I was suffering from a pretty serious case of the ho opposed to the bah humbugs, which is totally Scroogey. I wasn't totally Scroogey, just in a wishy-washy funk.

{Hope that made sense}

The kids were the ones to set up AND decorate the tree. (Which was kinda nice. I may have them do it next year, too).

Jeff was the one who made the framed art of Santa's sleigh. To make your own, visit Stampin' Up and look at the Decor Elements collection. He simply painted a second-hand frame, mounted the vinyl cut out on the glass, and mounted the glass into the frame with silicone so that it needs no back to hold it in. 

After all that, I set up the nativity scenes, which helped, but it was the nutcrackers that did it.

The nutcrackers that Jeff and I have been collecting since our very first Christmas together. Setting them up, remembering when we got them, looking at the ones that were painted by Jeff's mom and remembering her and how much she loved Christmas time.

I finally caught the Christmas spirit. I really needed it. Here's to nutcrackers!