Monday, December 22, 2014

Monday Morning Before Christmas 2015

This was a cute image from FB.  It tickled my funny bone.

 Here's a sweet picture of Ben, Rachel and Phoebe taken in front of our fireplace.  They sent this out as their card this year. I helped them add it to a card and heat emboss.  Fun time together.  What a good looking couple.  The cat is cute too.

 This was for a SCS challenge over the weekend.  Isn't this a cute set?  It's from Close To My Heart. I have a CTMH friend and we traded catalogs and give each other orders now and then.
 This is a new set from Stampin' Up's Sale-a-bration catalog for 2015.  It's called Lotus Blossom and comes with 3 stamps which provide lots of detail.  Love this set!
This was for another weekend challenge on SCS.  Isn't he cute?  I have to find out this stamp's name.  The image was stamped at a friend's house.
This was on FB and I thought it was cute and wanted to share.

Today I will take Rachel to the grocery store.  I am trying to get her driving hours and this seemed like an easy drive to have her do weekly.

Last night we went to Bedford Square near my Father-in-law's house.  The city lights up the entire square and the downtown area.  It reminds me of Bedford Falls from It's a Wonderful Life.  I will add pictures soon.  My computer isn't recognizing my camera card right now.....UGH.

After walking through the sqaure filled with lights we went to Dairy Queen.  It was a good time.  We've done this for 22 years.  Ever since Tim and I have been married, we've gone to look at the lights each year.

Blessing of the Day:Spending time with Family in Bedford, then watching The Christmas Story as a family.  Good Times.
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Sunday, December 21, 2014

The Sunday Before Christmas

I saw this on FB and thought it was too cute not to share.
 This is Ben and Rachel's Christmas card.  They even have Phoebe in the picture.
This was for today's Inspiration Challenge on SCS.
This was for Sunday's Featured Stamper Challenge.

Shopping almost done.  School yesterday was crazy.  Kids were so full of energy.  After school we had a very nice dinner at Olive Garden.  My chicken Alfredo was great!  Nothing like a great cheese sauce for noodles and chicken!

Blessing of the Day:Shopping with Ben for Grandpa and Rachel.
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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

New Toys In The House!

Today Mr. Brown delivered my box of new products from the Stampin' Up Sale-a-Bration catalog and the Occasions Catalog!  I opened the box to see all my goodies then had to put them away so I could get things done around here.

One of the things I had to do was print out address and return address labels for my Christmas cards.  I had to then print out the Christmas letter that goes into Christmas cards.  Then I had to write in Christmas cards then fold and put the letter into the card and the card into the envelope.

I asked Sarah to put the labels on the envelopes so I could work on other things.  So the sad news is that I looked at stuff but didn't do anything with it except to use the new bow making punch.
That's just not right ya know? LOL

Tomorrow I plan to play a bit and show what I've done.  I haven't stamped in about a week and it's killing me!  Shopping, errands, cleaning and Christmas preparations are getting in the way.

Tonight I finished my Christmas letter that goes into my cards to those who are not nearby.  I added this years letter to the others in my file folder.  I have Christmas letters since 1993 when Tim and I were first married.  I am thinking of having the letters copied and given to the kids and Tim.  It's been fun to read through them reliving how the kids were, the anticipation of  Ben and Sarah's arrival.  Job changes, school events and changes in the kids from year to year.  Some of the things I didn't remember either.

This is the last week of school for kids around here.  I too will be off for the next couple of weeks.  That will be nice for a change to have Thursday and Friday to do my own thing.

I think I'm done with Christmas shopping, but will have to check my lists.  I got stocking stuffers for the kids, not sure if I got Tim's or not.  It's so busy around here I'm glad I write things down!

Blessing of the Day: Having Dinner with the kids.  They are so funny and lift my spirits with their antics.
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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Happy Birthday To Me

Today began with a long driving lesson for Rachel. Tim and I have been asked to help her drive.  What are the in-laws to do when her parents haven't taught her how to drive?  We said we'd help her since they don't have the money to have her take a driving class.

I had a headache when I came home from the early hour and the cold of the car.  I stayed up late the night before and had gotten about 5 hours of sleep.  That was my fault.  Tim wanted me to see how he teaches driving and wanted me to see what Rachel could do and what she needed to work on.

We went to Macaroni Grill for dinner.  My favorite dinner there is Fettuccine Alfredo with chicken.  I got that but they added small slices of fresh onion to it.  It ruined the cheesy taste of the Alfredo Sauce.  The kids got a pizza and at least 1/2 of the edges were burnt-Yup we saw black.
We're not going back there any time soon.  With the cost of a meal there, the food wasn't acceptable.

We came home and I opened presents then we had drumsticks ice cream cones.  That's one of my favorite treats.  They now have chocolate with mint cones!  Yum!

I got gifts from Tim, but Ben and Rachel and Sarah.  Sarah got me a mushy, love you card.  That made me cry right there.  She's not been like that in years and it was a beautiful moment.  Thank you God.

Ben and Rachel got me candles, and purple nail polish.  I asked if it was going to end up in the nail polish box to share with the girls.  Rachel said she got it because she liked it! LOL  So honest......

I feel so blessed by my family.  What a wonderful, blessed day.

I saw this prayer on FB and it touched me.  I need to get closer to God.  How about you?  In the running around of the holidays it's easy to fall away.  Praying I get back to it.

This was so comforting to be reminded of.
Check this out.  It's a news story that made me cry.  Scott Pelley dabbed some tears at the end of this segment.

I've not stamped in a few days.  I hope to get some done tomorrow. It's now Sunday evening.  Today at the end of the service a fire alarm went off.  People didn't leave the building.  The pastor said maybe we should leave.  Most people didn't seem concerned.  We left not knowing if it was a real fire or not.  We didn't hear fire trucks, so it must have been set off by mistake. 

Kids went with friends to dinner so Tim and I went to eat at Max and Erma's.  What a disappointing meal.  The Caesar Salad had bitter lettuce, tons of dressing and mozzarella cheese.  It was awful.  I asked for a medium burger and got well done.  The fries were warm.  I know another place I'm not going to go to again.  It was $32 before tip!

Well, it's time for picking up around here.  Getting ready to start another week.  I have to finish shopping for stocking stuffers and last minute items.

Blessing of the Day:Time with Tim.
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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The Simple Woman’s Daybook December 10, 2014

The Simple Woman’s Daybook

FOR TODAY December 10. 2014

Outside My Window...It is dark and rainy.  But I can see Christmas lights sparkling so I'm happy.

I am thinking...that I should go to sleep soon.

I am thankful for...Tim making dinner since I didn't feel well.

From the kitchen...all is quiet, the last of the kids has eaten.

I am wearing...a sweatshirt, jeans and tennis shoes.

I am creating...lots of cards from bits and pieces I've been storing.

I am see my mom tomorrow.  I hope it's a good day for her.

I am reading...Angels Walking by Karen Kingsbury

I am hoping...I feel better soon. Headaches are NO fun!

I am hearing...the quiet sound of the fan running above my head.

Around the house...all is quiet; even Phoebe!

One of my favorite things...Listening to the quiet in the house.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week:Continue working on cards to give to staff at PHCA.

Here are pictures I thought were worth sharing...

This really spoke to me tonight.  I have to remember this and not what I put in my head.........
These cards were made for a challenge on a new website for me.  The site is called Newton's Nook.

 Isn't this the cutest little bear?  He is from Beccy Muir's site and he's FREE.  I made him for today's sketch challenge on SCS.
 Check out the pretty picture of Cleveland.  I saw it on FB and wanted to share it.  Cleveland has turned its self around and is a beautiful city with a lot to offer.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Newton's Nook Challenge

These are two cards for Newton's Nook Christmas Challenge.  I've just discovered this company via another blogger.  There is a challenge found here.  The challenge was to make a Christmas Card.
This first card was a winter card, so I added Merry Christmas to it  and colored it in red and green.  Then I added silver balls to the bottom and embossed with a holly embossing folder.  This was a freebie from their site.

 Here is the second Freebie I downloaded.  I wanted to make it Christmas like, so I made a candy cane striped balloon and made the card red and green with silver ribbon.  This was fun.  The cute kitty they have in their store is darling!

Blessing of the Day: I was able to do two cards for this challenge.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Groceries, Organizing and Cards

I went grocery shopping this morning.  When I got home Ben and Sarah put the groceries away.  I spent the rest of the afternoon going through things here in my craft area.  I organized papers for my volunteer job.  I also cleaned up my craft area.  Things had just been left on my desk.  It's an 'L' desk so there's lots of room to put stuff. LOL

This sweet lady was made using the colors crumb cake, choc chip and pool party.  I colored here with Copic Markers.  Love how she turned out.
 This was the project for yesterdays technique challenge.  We learned how to make these cute boxes.  They are the perfect size for a gift card, candy, jewelry or anything small.  How about Hershey Kisses!  These are pretty easy to make so I'm going to make more to give to the kids with a gift card inside.
The Way You Love Me is a song I've just heard from Jeremy Camp.  Take a listen and see what you think.

Blessing of the Day: I got lots done organizing things in my craft room.
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