Sunday, December 30, 2007

So Proud of Herself...

So, here we are, a few hours into Christmas, when what do I find all over the floor? The stuffing from Sophie's dog toy. Is there not a dog toy that she can't destroy? Do they make these toys flimsy on purpose to keep them in business? I have yet to find a toy that she can't destroy. Jaws of steel I tell you.

Isn't she cute tho? It's like she's saying "Look ma, I killed it. Aren't you proud of me?" LOL!

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas & A Spiderman Drawing

Christmas is here... I'm cooking some halupki's (stuffed cabbage), I've got the ham in the oven, kids are watching a movie, hubby is baking Paska bread in the neighbors oven... yet another time that double ovens would come in handy. I just need to peel the potatoes.

We had a lovely morning. The kids are happy, the dogs are happy, even the grown ups are happy.

My DS wanted to share this picture with the world wide web. He wanted everyone to be able to google his drawing of spiderman.

By the way, my son is 9. Pretty darn good, huh? And, this was out of his head. He is crazy good. Since both DH and I are graphic designers and artists, we were wondering if our kids would get this talent, and yep, they did. I don't know if I'm happy about this or not... starving artists and all! LOL! A doctor or lawyer would be nice... as long as they're happy and healthy, it doesn't really matter what career path they choose.

Have a peaceful day.

Monday, December 24, 2007

Merry Christmas EVE

I love these little Steinbach Christmas ornaments. They're so cute. Steinback is the German company that makes the big nut crackers. Too cute. I usually pick up one each Christmas. I need to get a baker one for my DH, he's always baking bread.

It's Christmas Eve, and DH is downstairs putting together the "big" present for the kids. I'm finally getting a little excited. I'm trying to put the bad stuff behind me and just be with my kids and hubby.

We decided that after church this evening, we'll get some hot cocoa and jump in the car and check out the lights. I still need to do some present wrapping. Time is flying by, and here I am blogging!

My son wanted a guitar, and it finally came today! Delivered by Santa wearing a brown uniform and driving a big brown van! LOL! Bet you didn't know that's what Santa wears nowadays!

Here's the brown box! No peeking inside yet!!

I also won a RAK from Liz Ness! I was very excited. Look!

And, here are all the goodies I won! Wow, can't wait to get those stamps!!

Merry Christmas everyone!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

12 Days till Christmas

OMG! It's coming fast! I feel so not ready. I've got to get client gifts, send out the Christmas cards that we picked up from the printer, send some other gifts... put up the tree! My DH is supposed to be doing that now, then when the kids come home they can decorate it.

My mom is coming by to bake some cookies today with me. I'm kind of glad she couldn't get chemo on Monday, or she'd be in bed right now. So, we can spend some time together and make some cookies. She has to go on the 17th, then she'll sleep for a week. I hope by Christmas she'll be able to eat.

So, does the CKMB rock or what? I just love those girls. Everyone is super nice and helpful. I joined the secret Santa and mailed mine out Monday. I sure hope she likes it, whoever you are. ;) I sent her the Starbucks card, but have no idea whether she received it or not. It's not like she can PM me to thank me, seeing that I signed it Secret Santa.

Michelle, Shelle's 2 Girls, sent me a great package yesterday. She's so nice. What a sweetie.

Here's what she sent:

That's my messy computer desk in the background.

Here's the Christmas card that I made to send out to some of the girls on CKMB:

I need to make 2 more. I actually made them while my mom was at the cancer center getting an IV drip. It took 2 hours for her IV, so I made 6 cards and we chatted. I was working on an incredibly small table, but, I managed. The 2 little guys beside us were quite impressed. LOL! And the nurses kept oooing and ahhhing... if they only knew how easy it is to slap together! Once you figure out the design, it's pretty easy. I used my Silhouette to cut out the J & Y. The snowflake is from Marcella from Target, I think that's K&Company brand. But, the most fun, was using Stickles. Now I know what everyone has been raving about. They look like bling! Check it out, here's a close up:

Well, I'd better do some work, so I can bake some yummy cookies later!

Sunday, December 9, 2007

16 Days Till Christmas

I guess this will be my unofficial countdown to Christmas. I've been getting ready, doing a little bit every day. Yesterday my mom came over with her recipe for nutrolls. We make these every year for Christmas. We also make apricot rolls. Some people make poppyseed, but, they don't sound too good to me. I'd probably like them now that I'm older if I'd give them a try.

Here's the long process of making nut rolls. Step one, make dough, it's sort of like bread dough. This is the dough after it has risen:

We then grind walnuts, put it in a big pot with butter, honey, milk and sugar and cook until thickened, and it looks like this:

Then you roll it out, spread filling and roll into "logs"

This is how they turned out... and we tasted one yesterday, it was pretty good!

Friday, December 7, 2007

18 Days Until Christmas....

Are you ready?

I'm not! But, it will all come together, it always does. I think that we will decorate this weekend, or at least put up the tree. I have lots of projects I want to do, as well. I have the letters J-O-Y that I'd like to put pretty paper on and embellish for my mantel. Plus, I need to make 10 Christmas cards. Also mail out my stuff for my Secret Santa.

Speaking of Secret Santa, here's what I've sent her so far:

So, if she visits my blog, which I doubt, because no one does, but she will know who sent it.

Also, I've been making Thank You cards for all the people who have helped my mom out during her sickness. My mom was diagnosed with stomach cancer in September. It's not the kind of cancer you want, not that you want any kind. Unfortunately, it is fatal and there is no cure. However, we are taking it day by day, and she's receiving treatments, that will hopefully extend her life. She's only 61.

Here's one of the cards, along with a close up of the details of embossing: