Saturday, December 26, 2009

Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

I'm sure once I sit here & type this all out, it won't seem nearly as bad as it did in the midst of it all. But goes. This was going to be a totally lazy, relaxing day.....I only planned on making a run to the dump & doing the necessary laundry.....other than that, I just wanted a day to chill. Well, it started out messing around on the puter with my cup of coffee while the kids all slept in. When I finally decided it was time to head up to the shower....Ashley asked me if I knew that the deer meat in the frige was dripping all over. See, the other day the boys had bagged up a shoulder & something else that still needed to be cut into steaks or ground for burger & it was put in there to wait til after Christmas. Not sure if the bag got a hole or just what but there was nasty deer meat drippings ALL over in the frige. NOT how I had planned to spend my lazy Saturday morning. I had to pull EVERYTHING out....shelf by shelf.....& clean it all. Even the two bottom drawers. I kept reminding myself that instead of grumbling I should be thankful that I had meat in my frige, that I had a nice frige to clean out, that I was actually able to clean my frige. All I can say is that my frige is nice & CLEAN now!! So, off to the shower I go....then out to the dump & Dollar store....back home to have a nice left-over turkey sandwich on rye & then I was going to scrap some. NEXT catastrophe.......I was sitting here at the puter after eating my late lunch, just chillin' when I heard this awful noise. The girls had gone to clean Jonsie's (the rabbit)cage......I knew what I heard was the plastic cage bottom falling down the steps & my heart just about stopped.....I was terrified that Alli had fallen.....most of you understand our paranoia about stairs. I run into the living room to see Alli sitting at the top of the stairs with the cage bottom at the bottom of the stairs. She had slipped & sat down on her butt.....unhurt....Praise the Lord.......but what I beheld as I stood there trying to get my heart to slow down was just totally insane. Now as I type this I wonder why I didn't take pictures first....guess I was just too shaken up. But picture wood chips & rabbit terds ALL over the place! I mean down the stairs, on the piano, down under the Christmas tree. I think the wood chips & terds must've multiplied like the rabbits do! I just couldn't imagine how ALL of that came from one stupid little rabbit cage! So I set about sweeping, vacuuming & mopping.....behind the little bookcase at the bottom of the stairs, behind the piano, under the tree. Needless to say, my living room is now VERY clean too! Sigh......I think I'm just gonna fix me a nice hot cup of Tension Tamer tea now & go curl up in bed with my book & pray that tomorrow will be a better day! ;-)

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Frolic & Play

Just love this pic of Alli flouring the chicken for our fried chicken supper one night this past summer. The journaling reads: Homeschool lessons from Titus 2~ The older women...teach the young women to be...keepers at home. A passage of scripture that's very near & dear to my heart!
And just a couple of cool shots that Ashley took of our goats last summer. Toby & Sparky were having a ball running the fields with the kids... even scampering over the bales of hay!

Another Quick Project

Here's another quick/easy/inexpensive little project for a last minute stocking stuffer. I picked up a few of these pocket calendars from Michael's...... And just used some of my scraps to embellish. How simple is that?Check out all the rest of our cool 'Countdown to Christmas' projects HERE

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Rudolph, the Cool Reindeer!

What a fun surprise to get in the mail!! Sandee are a trip....& we LOVE you! Alli got this little padded envie in the mail the other day addressed from Sandee & in it was this Santa hat with a note saying she had seen how Alli had put the sunglasses on Clay's deer & thought he needed a Santa hat for the season. So, here he all his glory! Merry Christmas, Sandee!! Just a few pics from our Homeschool party this past week at Maw's house. Really wish you could've been here, Sandee... we missed you!
Daniel & Jesse....aren't they just the cutest?!

And the girlies....they are just getting too grown up! Miss Anna will be celebrating her 8th birthday next week!

Here we all are singing Happy Birthday to Jesus.....Maw made the yummy brownie cake for Jesus' birthday cake.

My pretzel treats

And the platter of cookies that Ashley baked for us. I must brag on her here......let me back up....Clay says I can never tell a 'short story'.....he just doesn't understand that you have to have all the background details to make it work. He had worked third shift Sunday night...came home & slept til noon on Monday. He had mentioned that he & I ought to do some Christmas shopping when he got up & I kind of sighed telling him I'd like to, but we had so much to do to get ready for our party the next day.....cookies to bake, pretzel treats to make, Mexican dip, tea, etc, etc. But after he went to bed Ashley assured me she wouldn't mind at all doing the baking & so I thought we'll go & have a fun time & all will be ok. I have to feel that this afternoon was a big part of our Homeschooling even though it didn't involve one single text book. When we got home about 8:30.....the house was straight, dishes all done....Ashley had baked Neverland cookies, oatmeal, peanutbutter & chocolate chips. Not to mention fixing supper for the others.....chicken nuggets, fries & there was even a gallon of tea already made up in the frige & ready to go to the party the next day! The boys had tended to the wood stove & brought in firewood while we were gone. I have to feel proud knowing that at 14 & 16 years old they have a pretty good handle on what it takes to run a household. Anyways.....thank you for allowing me a 'proud mama moment'......I just felt like I needed to brag on them! ;-) Also have to say that we decided to share the love with our friends at Chickfila......we have the most awesome CFA....the employees there are terrific & always go out of their way to make our time there pleasant. I sent out another email before the party asking everyone to bake an extra batch of cookies & we'd pile a platter & take it over after the party. I fixed a card & had everyone sign it....even all the kiddos & we took it by there on our way home. They were so excited & tickled that we would think of them. Ashely & I also made a plate full to take out to our library ladies the other day. It's so much fun surprising our community friends with a little treat during the holidays to show them how much we appreciate them!


We ended up with about 20" of snow.....started Friday afternoon about 3pm & snowed all night Friday night & all day yesterday til about supper time. Drifts were 3-4 ft. in places! This is a drift beside Chris' car.....the Subaru
Our driveway looking toward the house. Clay took this to show the guys at work that he REALLY couldn't get out & go anywhere yesterday!

The pig barn
The back of David's house & Paul's in the background.

Ashley & Michael standing behind a drift down at the barn. Look at that over-hang over Ashely's head!

The drifts out beside the house were really cool-looking! Ashley got some really awesome pics on her camera too. Will have to steal them from her & post some on here for y'all to see.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Books I Want

Need to do a little research & see where I can find these at a good price. I'd love to have these two books by Sharon Jaynes.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Woven Heart Ornaments

I thought I had posted this already......geez, I guess I got it posted on the site & on the site blog but just not on my own blog. This was my 'Countdown to Christmas' project for last week at CUC.
You can find the directions HERE if you are interested. I am giving these to the kids at our Homeschool party Tuesday....filled with little candy treats. They can take them home & hang them on their Christmas tree.

Christmas Crafting

Ashley & I have been doing alot of baking here lately. Well, honestly SHE'S been doing it all. This past Thursday we made banana bread, 3 loaves of apple cake, oatmeal, peanut butter & chocolate chip cookies. Out of all those goodies, we fixed special treat bags for Chris & his room-mates.....kind of a special Christmas treat before they all head their separate ways over break & also to give them some munchies this weekend while they study for finals. This is my first ever attempt at crocheting a sweater....& I'm really pleased with how easy it was & how nicely it turned out. Since this picture was taken, I've added little blue buttons down the front & on each little lapel. This is for Clay's SIL who is expecting their first little one here in a few weeks.

This is one of my crafty projects for our 'Countdown to Christmas' over at CUC. I must admit that I got the idea for this from Inger (she is one crafty lady...full of the cutest ideas!!)
I started with this plain little wooden frame....$1 at Michael's, some scraps of patterned paper from my stash, Modge Podge & whatever little embellishments I thought suited each frame. Then I googled online until I found a site that gave names, their meaning & a Bible verse for each. I just typed up each name/meaning, printed it out & inserted it in the finished frame.

These are done for Ella's kids for Christmas.
And just in case someone wants to's the link where I learned how to do the little Lollipop flowers that I used on Cori's frame.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Holiday Pretzel Treats

I'm making these yummy Holiday Pretzel Treats to take to our Homeschool party at Maw's house on Tuesday. I first saw these on my friend Inger's blog & thought they'd be so fun to do for the kids. Will post a pic of mine when we get them made. Let me know what you think of these if you decide to give them a try. Enjoy!!

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Sketch Challenge

Each week at CUC a Design Team memeber posts a new challenge for the week. This week Patti posted this cool sketch challenge & below is my take on it.

Thanksgiving 2009....the journaling around the edges tells about our tradtional coffee & cinnamon buns for breakfast* watching the Macy's parade on TV* the kids pouring over all the Black Friday sale papers, etc.

Monday, December 07, 2009

December Design Team Creations

This month at Cookin' Up Creations our sponsors are Adornit & 2 Charms flipbooks. I really loved the Adornit collections that I worked with.....Nancy Jane & Gone Fishing.....the papers were so cute & I loved having the cut-outs & stickers to match. Made putting these layouts together super easy! Look at my two little Angel Girls.....Ashley was 6 & Alli was 11 months.
Ashley holding her brand new baby sister.....Jan. 18, 1999

Look at my little Michael man on his 4th birthday. These fishing papers were just perfect since he got a new fishing rod, tackle box & some flippers & goggles. I used the little flipbook on this bottom LO.....attached it with two brads & it enabled me to include ALL his party pics on one page.

And last but not least......I used a scrap of the leftover paper, folded it (seriously....that's all) & added a few of the matcing word stickers & voila! Cool, musculine card.

Sunday, December 06, 2009

O, Christmas Tree

Alli put my sunglasses on one of Clay's deer & they all laughed saying he looked like Ella's little avatar she had on her IM last fall.....he was one of those buddy icons that are animated & there was one where he had shades on & he'd say, 'Yep......I'm a deer!'
The kids finally got our tree all decorated last night. They did an excellent looks great!

Here's Gibbs....'helping' me as I put the lights on the tree.

And the little ginger bread house that Ashley & Alli made. Alli did most of the decorating all by herself. Ashley just helped on one side of the roof. This was one of my 'after-Christmas' bargains from last year.......a ginger bread kit for just $2.....including the frosting mix, decorating bag with two tips & all the candy pieces. Not bad! ;-)

Monday, November 30, 2009

Christmas Wreath

I am so going to make one of these.....isn't it awesome?! If anyone wants directions, just email me & I'll send you the link.

Jars of Clay

Today's Truth:
2 Corinthians 4:7 (NIV) "But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us."

In Louisa May Alcott's book, Little Women, she includes a conversation from Mrs. March to her three girls, Meg, Jo, and Amy. "I only care what you think of yourself. If you feel your value lies in being merely decorative, I fear that someday you might find yourself believing that's all you really are. Time erodes all such beauty. But what it cannot diminish is the wonderful workings of your mind - your humor, your kindness, and your moral courage. These are things I so cherish in you."

~taken from Girlfriends in Sharon Jaynes

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Angels We Have Heard on High

How awesome....Brent & the band were rockin' the Chris Tomlin Christmas music this morning in church! We sang several off his new Christmas cd including 'Joy to the World/Unspeakable Joy' & 'Angels We Have Heard on High'. What a way to start off the Christmas season!!
At Cookin' Up Creations this past week we had an Ad Challenge & this is the ad that Naureen picked for us.

And this is the layout of Miss Gibbs that I created with the above ad as my inspiration.

Below are my latest three card entries in the Card-A-Day challenge.....I can't beleive that tomorrow is our last day of cards....but boy, has this been a fun challenge & I have a nice little stash of cards going on here to use. ;-) Thanks, Jan for all the cool challenges!
A Thanksgiving Card
Black/White/& one other color

Use a flower on your card
Anyway.....if you have been following along & enjoying the cards each day.....stay tuned......Tuesday starts our Countdown to Christmas & Beyond. We will have a month full of all kinds of creative goodness. Each Day a memeber of our Design Team will post a new challenge/How-To for some nifty Holiday surprise. We have recipes, gifts, cards/tag ideas, banners, pocket calendars, decoupaged picture frames & much, much more!! And if that's not enough to grab your interest....then hang on til the first of the year & we're going to start a brand new year-long challenge to create a 'Book of Me'. I'll be posting all kinds of idea prompts to help you create an album documenting YOU & who you really are........Topics like 'What's in a Name', 'Jobs I've Had', 'Important People in My Life'......just to share a few. Like I said, it will be a year long project......a different topic each week for you to work on & by year's end, you will have 52 pages in your book....all about YOU. So be sure to stop by Cookin' Up Creations & check it all out!!

Friday, November 27, 2009

Black Friday

Today was not a bad day at all shopping-wise for us. Clay had gotten up EARLY to go to Best Buy before work & he had me worried......said he got there about 4:30am & it was unbelievable! Cars & people everywhere & lined up still trying to get into the parking lot. So, he just left & went on to work early. Ashley & I headed out about our usual time.....around 9:30 & it wasn't bad at all. Went to Office Max for some dvds & it was VERY quiet there. In & out in no time. Next was Lifeway for some cds they had on sale for $ every one I wanted except for the Michael W Smith (they were sold out) but that was ok because that one was just for me & not for Christmas. From there we went to CFA for lunch & their parking lot was like EMPTY! So empty that I took a picture for my Picture of the Day. They said it had been busy EARLY this morning, but it sure wasn't then. I think the most crowded store we went to was Aeropostale at the mall. And really it wasn't's just that it's a small store & was really crowded, but they handled all the people/check-out lines really well. Even Walmart was much quieter than our usual Friday afternoons. I was very pleased getting groceries....not crowded at all. So, I came home tired, but defintely not stressed & that's a good thing! We had a nice day & got some things checked off the Christmas lists so all is well. Clay is in bed already....he was whooped. And as soon as Michael & Alli head up to bed we're going to watch NCIS & then I'm off to bed to read.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

More Cards

Just some more cards to share from our Card-a-Day challenge at Cookin' Up Creations:For this one, we had to use a paper piecing. In my stash I found this adorable santa pattern tucked away & thought he was perfect for this challenge.

This one was simple......make a Christmas card. ;-)

Here, we were challenged to create our own patterned paper. The scan of this is not too good at all....looks much better IRL, but anyway. I used my snowflake punch to creat a mask....then spritzed walnut ink to create the brown snowflakes. Removed the mask & spritzed a bit more on the background. I also punched a couple of cream colored snowflakes & added to the background. Punched scallop shape, snowflake cut-out & some sheer ribbon & I was done.

This one was really simple....just use a circle shape on your card. I had picked up this card-making kit at Target last year after Christmas & had almost forgotten about it. Because of that, this card came together really quickly. The card with red dotted band & sentiment is all pre-printed. I added my own stamp & the circle tag tied with silver cord. Then punched a few snowflakes & added some clear glitter glue for accents.

And last of all.....this one was a sketch challenge. Perfect for using up some scraps from my stash. A few punched snowflakes to add dimension, some inking & clear glitter glue & voila!

Monday, November 23, 2009


Ok...quick recap of the past week:

*Last Tues. was Daniel's 5th birthday....we partied at Maw's house with Ella & her kids. The kids had a blast playing outside...raking up HUGE piles of leaves in front of the swing set so they could slide or jump into them!

*Ashley & I both got our hair cut on Tues. Ashley had about 6" cut off of looks awesome!

* Alli got her ears pierced on Tues. also. It's been almost a week now & NO problems. I'm so thankful because Ashley had a time with hers. They were terrible, but we plodded through & they've been fine ever since.

*Thurs. Ashley & I met Chris & Maw & we went to see the musical version of 'Jane Eyre' at the LU theater. What an awesome performance! My favorite so far. The first show we've been to that got a standing ovation at the end. These kids are Excellent! And what's even more amazing is to see the REAL kids performing in these plays. Meaning grade school kids. This play alone had three of the most adorable & talented little girls/young ladies in it. A 9 yr. old, 11 yr. old & a 12 yr. old......& they were every bit as amazing as the college aged kids & what voices they had!

* Friday I went to town alone. Trying to do the shopping & run errands as quickly as I could. The girls stayed home & finished the cleaning Chris was coming home for Thanksgiving break. He got home about 4pm. When the guys got home from hunting we ordered Vitos pizza for supper. Yum!

*Yesterday was church & then our Thanksgiving dinner at church last night at 6pm. We had some wonderful food & terrific fellowship. Much to be thankful for!!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Stressful Morning

When I came downstairs this morning, the first thing I noticed was Charlie sprawled out on the back of the loveseat on my quilt.....where he's NOT supposed to be! Then I walked into the dining room & saw this....I about freaked out!! It was like, OMG....what do I do first! We can only guess that Charlie was hot to trot after Gibbs & she tried to jump up on the desk to get away from him & he followed her. I couldn't find her anywhere & was so scared that I was going to find her squished UNDER some of the mess! But she finally came crawling out from over behind the printer. That whole top shelf part was tipped....the scanner was in the floor....papers & cds were strewn under the dining room table.....the monitor & speakers were just dangling by their cords....the big old black telephone from Aunt Kitty's was in the floor.....& my glass 'Bowl' that Aunt Vada had bought for me when I was just a little kid was laying in the fell from that top shelf...& it was UNBROKEN!! I told Maw an angel caught it for me! PTL, not a thing was broken, the computer & scanner still work & there were no dead kitties!!! Whew! And obviously, you can see that even in the midst of the trauma, the scrapbooker in me took over & I HAD to take pictures. ;-) Never a dull moment at our house.