Yes that is right. Total panic mode now that it is officially Christmas Eve and I am not done shopping, or wrapping or making. Can we get an extension on Christmas this year please? I have never gotten this far behind in previous years. I am starting shopping in January this year for next Christmas. LOL. I would probably still be behind by the time Christmas comes around next year. Ok off to go back to bed and get up to do a million things tomorrow.
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Ok back to bed to dream of my paper and get right back up in a short time to get finished on all the stuff I need to do. Ryan and Marcus spent the night last night with their cousin, so maybe first thing in the morning I can get some more wrapping done if the babies are still asleep. I need to download our cooking pictures too. Marcus and Savannah made cookies in the shape of their first initial. I think they were having a good time. Caleb just wanted to eat the sprinkles and was done with the whole thing after I took the UNcooked cookie away from him that he was trying to eat. Jacob was enjoying it, and even helped me bake some other stuff throughout the day as well. He is my little cooker man. He is almost 4 and can crack open an egg as good as I can. I love it. Ok back to bed now.
Monday, December 22, 2008
So yesterday when we went to the groccery store we got some stuff to do some baking today. Ok I honestly think we went a little baking crazy. I got enough stuff to make 2 batches of lemon bars, chocolate chip cookies, sugar cookies, two batches of cinnamon strusel bread or muffins, blueberry muffins or bread and coffee cake. Oh my. We will see how this goes today. I am off to make the kids some cinnamon rolls for breakfast and then I want to clean up the kitchen a bit (my sewing machine is on the table) so that we have lots of room. Then we will be baking up a storm today. Oh first I am going to put some beef stew in the crock pot and let that cook all day while we are baking. I love the smell of something simmering in the crock pot. Especially on a cold day like today. I think we really will be getting that storm in that the weather reports said we would. (I only believe the weather when I see it). I finally got some stuff wrapped last night, and still have tons more to do. I am still working on those recipes for the recipe books. I can't believe I thought in any way that it was a good idea to hand write all the recipes for 9 recipe books. WHAT was I thinking? I guess I thought it would be a nice touch in many years down the road to have my hand written recipes in the books. Yeah keep telling myself that. I still need to hem Jacob's pajama pants and cut out AND sew Ryan and Marcus each a pair. How in the heck did Christmas come so fast this year? I wanted to sit down and write down some ideas on things I want to get scrapbooked this year, but I just don't have that kind of time right now. lol. So maybe in the days between Christmas and New Years I will do that. I am having a hard time with the DISASTER that is on my desk right now. It is the worst yet. I have stuff on the floor all around the desk. I have so many projects going that it is hard to even find what I am looking for.
I have an idea that I am going to present to my grandma and her husband this year. I need some kind of new storage for all of my stuff. Well I love those square cabinets that you can buy at Target with the 3 or so openings for 12x12 paper. Well each one only has 3 openings and they are like $30.00 each. Well Jim (my grandmas husband) is REALLY good with wood and I am thinking he might be able to build me something bigger , but the same concept for less money than if I were to buy several of the ones from Target or Michaels or wherever. I am thinking I want to move all of my stuff like punches and rubons to open cloth bins on a bookcase in the closet. I would like to have drawers, but I work better with open containers. So that is my plan of organization for this coming year. Now we will see how it works out. I am sure that he can make it, he is really good. I need to figure out all the sizes and how many openings I want it to be and all that great stuff. So maybe I will tell him to make it for my birthday, or I can pay for it and have it now. (I don't know if I can wait until July). I know this is a process that will take months anyways. I don't have tons of money to just go buy all new storage at one time. So it will be a little here and a little there, but it will get done eventually.
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Sunday, December 21, 2008
I crack up at this little guy all the time. We were getting ready to go somewhere and I put on his jacket, and I told him to finish getting ready (meaning his shoes). Well he didn't get his shoes on but Ryan or Marcus' beany and Jacob's safety glasses that he brought home for the kids to play with (along with hard hats). So I wanted to take a picture of him and I told him to give me attitude (not even knowing if he really knew what I meant) and this is what I got. He cracks me up.
The the other day when I was taking pictures of the Christmas tree he asked me "Did it smile good for the picture mommy?"
He is so silly.
Well I didn't post the pictures of when we got our Christmas Tree. I had the greatest of intentions to take pictures at the Christmas Tree "Farm" when we got the tree, but is was freezing temeratures, so I didn't even take out my camera. We were trying to pick the tree and make sure that the babies were still warm. (I would have sworn it was going to snow that night for sure). So I was really bummed about this since this is the first year in several years that we got a real tree. So I just took a picture of the tree in the living room floor, and of Jacob adjusting it into the stand. It is the best that I can do this year. A few days later I thought I should have taken a picture of the Christmas Tree place, from the truck. But I didn't think of that at the time. So I am thinking I will just drive to the Christmas Tree Farm and take a picture of it now. I just might do that today. Even though we got the tree at night, a day picture will show the entire place, so that is fine with me. So the first night we just did the lights and the garland. Then two nights later we finally decorated it.
Here is Jacob playing with the clippings from the tree.
Ryan got to put the angel on top of the tree this year.
This year before we put away the decorations I am going to take a picture of all the ornaments the kids have gotten every year for the last few years to put into an album. We give the kids an ornament each year, and so does my mom. Jacobs mom usually gives us a family ornament each year too. So I want to make sure that I get a photo of all of these.
Saturday, December 20, 2008
This is Caleb giving the snow some love. Love that smile he has too. He really did like the snow.
But this was his most favorite thing to do in it. I really wanted to tell him to stop, but it was this little boy innocent face that just let me, let him do it.
Jacob decided to taste it too.
This is the view down the north direction of our house. I love the snow covered mountains in the back.
So I can't wait to get all these photos printed and start scrapbooking them. I had the Christmas card photos printed the next morning at Costco and when I went to pick them up they were running about 2 hours from printing. The lady said everyone was printing snow pictures and they were overloaded with them. So I think I will wait until after Christmas. I know I won't have time to do it before, so I will just wait until then.
I have got some more errands to do today. I have that last minute, last few Christmas gifts I have got to get bought and finished up. I am going to put some homemade chilli in the crockpot so it will be good and yummy when it is dinner time.
I haven't even started wrapping anything yet either. OH MY is Christmas really in just 5 days? I gotta get on that.
Even though the kids still had school, I went ahead and let them stay home. They ended up getting released early anyways, so it was all ok. So these pictures are from early in the morning still. The snow wasn't even sticking to the sidewalk yet.
We did however have to go out in the snow that day. Well we left when it still wasn't snowing really hard. I HAD to go to Target to get diapers. Then I had to go to the grocerry store or we wouldn't be having dinner that night. I wanted to go before it did get any worse out there. So it really wasn't that bad to drive in. We just went really slow and it was ok, just cold. Good thing Target and the grocerry store are a straight drive farely close down the road. So when we got home the kids wanted to play again. It was snowing hard by then, so we decided to make a snowman. Here the kids are trying to push this huge snowball up the driveway. It was hard (and I tried helping too), because the driveway was icy, so we kept sliding back down. We got it eventually though. That is where the Christmas card photo came in.
The babies loved the snow too. Jacob didn't like snowballs thrown at him if they got snow on his face. Caleb was really just enjoying eating the snow. How silly. We really didn't stay outside for a long time, because I did not want the kids to get sick, and they already had gotten over colds. Look at those rosey cheeks.
Ryan and Marcus made one more snow run at about 8pm that night. They were having alot of fun. They had on about 30 layers of clothes. This is why I had so many loads of laundry to do the next morning. The babies and I did not go out with them this time. It was too late and cold.
So Jacob took it really slow coming home from work that night. Well he got onto our street and there was about 5 or 6 cars stuck at the end of our road. When you turn onto our street it goes uphill right away. Well all these cars were getting stuck in the snow and ice and just sliding around. So we ended up pulling out about 8 cars. We would pull out one or two and come back and there would be like 3 more stuck. Jacob didn't mind though. About 4 of them were women by themselves and didn't know what to do. He did his good dead for the day. So he got off work at about 4, and we didn't walk into the door until after 6:30. But he would have thanked anyone who would have helped him if he needed it, or me if I was stuck.
I am still downloading pictures from the next morning of snow fun. So I will post those when it is done too.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
IT IS SNOWING!!!!!!!!!!
I told Jacob I would believe the weather report on snow when I saw it. Well it is here. The kids school is not cancelled yet, but they are hoping it will in the next hour.
Jacob txt messaged me from work this morning at about 5:45 and said it was snowing. So I got up right away and checked. It is just now starting to stick to the truck, but the ground is still wet from the rain.
I am so excited.
We NEVER get snow.
I hope it really sticks.
I have great snow paper I have been dying to use.
I want to take our Christmas Card Photo in the snow if it sticks.
I want to build a snowman with the kids.
I wish Jacob was home from work.
I had some errands to run today, but can get those done later on.
They said it will be sunny but cold for tomorrow. Figures.
Well we are still listening to the radio to see if school is out for the day. I might just let them stay home if it keeps snowing, but schools are still open.
Did I mention how excited I am.
Off to help the kids keep an eye on the snow.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Well we got to see Santa yesterday. We got there before Santa came out and only waited about 15 minutes for him to arrive. There was about 25 people infront of us and we only waited another 15 minutes to get through the line. It wasn't bad at all. Caleb wanted nothing to do with him and Jacob loved every minute of it. So of course this years Santa picture is of Caleb crying. Which is totally fine since we have one of Jacob crying a few years ago. The mall was of course packed. I did get some good books for the kids. Ryan and Marcus each got a Steven King book and Jacob and Caleb are getting this cool book that I found. It is a collection of nursery ryhmes, stories and poems for their age. So Calebs is for One and Jacobs is for Four. I will photograph them. They are really cool books. I love giving the kids books as gifts. I got Jacob a pretty cool BBQ grilling cookbook since he is our bbqer for our family. I got a few other things at the mall while we were there too.
Then when Jacob got home from work we went to get our Christmas Tree. It was so stinking COLD. I wanted to take some pictures while we were there, but it was too cold to even take out my camera. I was trying to make sure that the kids stayed warm. We came home and Jacob put it in the stand and trimmed it. We put on the lights and garland last night, since it was getting late. Tonight we will put on the decorations. I still can't believe that Christmas is in like a week and a half. I still have so much to do.
I don't have any pictures for this post since I am at work, but will try to post them tomorrow.
Off to get some stuff picked up before it is time to close.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
The kids are excited to go see Santa at the mall today. Ok maybe this was an overstatement. Little Jacob is really excited, Ryan and Marcus are not and Caleb doesn't understand. However I am afraid that Caleb is going to be crying this year in the photo. To be completely honest I usually don't buy the picture that the Santa stand people take. For starters it is completely overpriced and second they always put this UGLY border on the picture and you can't buy one without, so I take my own camera, take a quick picture and then print it out myself. I usually like mine much better anyways, so there you go. I just wish we didn't have to wait in a big old huge line for it. Hopefully it won't be too long. I have a few other things to pick up while we are there and that is it. I hate the mall in general anyways, but add to it Christmas time and about a million extra people and it isn't somewhere that I love to be. The parking is a whole other issue. The kids have some gift cards that they want to spend, and they pretty much know what they want to get, so I am hoping this will be a fairly quick and painless trip to the mall today. I will share tomorrow.
I do want to share this from yesterday. We were at Walmart (again with half a million people as well) and we were looking around. Jacob decided he wanted a Spiderman Bike (which he is getting a spiderman scooter) and I told him he would have to tell Santa today when we go see him. Then we walk down an isle with some cars and he points to one that he likes and wants right then. I told him no and he would have to talk to Santa. He then says to me...
"But Mommy I want it now, so can't you call Santa on the phone and just tell him and I know he will let you get it for me, please." He is so silly.
Ok off to get in the shower now.
Monday, December 8, 2008
I must share this real quick. The other day I was getting ready for work and I didn't have my cell phone with me to check what time it was so I asked Jacob (Daddy Jacob) what time it was and my son Jacob turns to me and says, "Time for you to get a watch Mommy". He then laughed so hard at his funny little joke. He cracks me up so much.
Ok I finally got the pictures taken of some of my projects that I have been working on lately. These are just a small few. I should have taken a picture of the scarf too, but didn't think about it.
Here are the Christmas napkin rings I am working on. They are Red, White and Silver. They have wired ribbons, snowflakes, jingle bells and snowflakes on them, oh and ribbon too. My moms will be red and gold. I don't know if I will put white in there with the red and gold or not. I haven't decided yet. I will just have to play with it and see what color combination I like best.
Here are the jars I made to go with the recipe boxes I am making. I made one for myself from a big jar I had and liked it so much I decided to make the family members one too. I however just now realized that I forgot to take a picture of my own jar. Oh well tomorrow too. These have the same color theme as the napkin rings. I am going to fill them with candy canes (which is what mine has in it right now). Mine has a lid but I couldn't find any jars that I liked that had lids, so I went with no lids. This picture isn't the best at all. I stamped the letters c-a-n-d-y with white paint and a little glossy accents added in. Then as soon as I stamped it on the jar, I poured glitter over it. When it was mostly dry, I wrote the word jar in Christmas Red Stickles. I let it dry overnight and then wiped off the extra glitter that was glinging to the jar. I did the ribbons and pipe cleaners the next morning as well.
Well today the weather has turned much cooler than it has been lately. I am so ready though. I have enjoyed the long set we have had of nice weather, but I am so ready for the cold weather now. It was really windy today (which I really could do without the wind) and cold. It was a bit overcasty looking today too. I wish it would just pour down rain already. I had the kids bundled up in their big jackets today since they both still have colds. The last two (and only) times it has rained lately were both mostly at night while we were sleeping. I want a huge rain storm during the day, with thunder and lightning. I love it. Hopefully it will, but we will just have to wait and see. Rainy days are best for staying in with some hot chocolate and working on layouts and fun crafty stuff.
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Seriously I cannot believe that Christmas is really less than 3 weeks away. 2 weeks from this coming Thursday. OH MY GOSH. I am not done shopping and now that I realize it I really don't have much time to finish either. Every year I say I want to be done by Thanksgiving, and it NEVER happens. I try to start early too, and then in the end it just catches up with me before I realize it. I am going to start SUPER early next year. (yeah we will see how that works out). I want to make my list at the begining of the year of what I want to buy everyone and start buying as soon as I see those things. Maybe then I will be done before Christmas eve. lol. We will see. Plus I still have to wrap ALL of it. I will start that as soon as we get our tree this next weekend though. If I wrap a few things everyday I think I can manage to get it all done.
Wow though, I can't believe it is so soon.
I made a glimmer misted box today to fit the scarf in that I am making for Jacob's sisters girlfriend. I love how it turned out. The glitter is drying on it and then I will add the snowflakes and then I will take a photo.
I didn't get around to taking photos of my other projects today, but will have time to do it tomorrow and then I will post them tomorrow night.
We got in some paper and stickers at work that are for 2009. The stickers say "Goals for 2009". It got me thinking of some of that. I don't usually make New Years Resolutions, because I don't keep them. But things I want to accomplish and get done are things that I can do. So I want to write these things down and see what I can get accomplished from the list for this coming year. I also have some scrapbooking goals that I want to see to. First I want to print up all of my photos that need to be printed, I want to make a list of ALL the layouts I want to do with those photos, and the page layout ideas that I have in my head and go from there for my layouts. That is a start and I will start working on my list this week I think.
Off to bed with my little ones (I leave them in bed with my when Jacob is at work at night. He gets off at 3 am today and then I will move them to their beds. I just sleep better with them in there if Jacob is not home)
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Thanksgiving was nice. I made the napkin rings the night before. I was really pleased with how they turned out. I made 24, so that my mom could keep 12 and I could keep 12. However my grandma liked them so much that I let her take my 12 home. Here is the only picture I got of them.
The napkin rings.
Here are some more shots from the day.
Jacob hanging out in the kitchen at my moms.
Ryan with his double peace signs.
My cousins Kodi and Shannon.
Just before we were ready to leave my moms, my aunt had a game for all of us to play. She took 24 new and old magazine articles and cut out the brand name of what they were and you had to write down what the brand was just by looking at the ad. I am glad to say that I won getting 22 out of the 24 correct. She even had prizes for us. I won this pretty blanket. I took the picture with my cousin Shannon, since she corrected my game paper. (I am so going on a diet...yuck me in the picture...) After my moms house we went to Jacob's moms house for a bit. We didn't really eat over there, but the kids had some pie and we just hung out for a bit. Jacob and Jacob played pool, of course.
Jacob playing pool at Jacob's moms house.
Jamie and I attempted to get a shot of all of the cousins at Jacob's moms house. Getting one good photo of all of the kids looking in the same direction was not easy at all. This was the best one out of several several attempts. Oh well, you just gotta take what you can get. It doesn't help when most of the children don't want to be taking this picture anyways.
Me and Jacob (with Jacobs sisters butt too)
Just the other day we were taking Jacob dinner and on our way home was this beautiful sunset. I of course had to pull over and take a picture of it too. I really love sunsets and always take pictures of them.
Over the fireplace.
The santa plates that I just got.
I am enjoying this tree this year. Last year for Christmas my mom gave us a set of ornaments. They are the twelve days of Christmas. Each one is hand painted. They are really cool. Well I was going to hang them on our tree, but was thinking they would just get lost among with the rest of the ornaments. Well when I got out all of the decorations I forgot that I bought this little mini tree at Walmart on after Christmas clearance. Well I decided that it would be perfect for these ornaments. I put a set of 100 white lights all over the tree and then hung the 12 ornaments. I have to say that I really like the way it turned out. The ornaments are really pretty and hand painted. It is now our official 12 days of Christmas tree.
TXI was in the parade (Jacobs work)
Mommy and Caleb.
A Charlie Brown float. It was cute. (I think it was boy scouts)
Mommy and Jacob
In the end came Santa.
Ryan on the phone.
Caleb just happy to be outside.