Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Christmas Traditions

Ali Edwards wrote about her holiday traditions and I thought it was a good idea to copy her! :)  So here are our old traditions along with some new.



Old -



New PJ's for Max for Xmas eve - this dates back to when I was a kid!  Sometimes scratchy, always a nightgown..second thought, I remember some feety ones too.  Max does not really wear pajamas - loves to take after Daddy with wearing boxers to bed....we'll see what we can find.



Going snow-tubing one Saturday before the holiday.  We go to Trollhagen in Dresser, WI.  It was really fun last year!  I'll have to edit this post and put some pics from last year.  We went with the Hales last year. 



Watch Bing Crosby's White Christmas - I have done this for as long as I can remember, about 10 years ago, I bought the video. 



Set-up my Santa display and bell garland - Growing up, we had this gold bell garland and about 3 years ago, I found some, so that always brings back memories!  Untangling then and now is always fun.  Santa display started 14 years ago when I took my first painting class and painted Father Xmas.  It's grown from there.



Shrimp cocktail for xmas eve - We do love our snackies!   



Gifts from Santa on the fireplace mantel - our first xmas with Max - I came out to get a drink of water and all of Santa's presents had moved from underneath the tree to the lower mantel.  So I moved them back.  The next morning, Scott was like - what the...santa always leaves the presents on the mantel...well, my santa always left them under the tree...we now leave them on the mantel. :) 



Shopping with Mom and Lori - this is a new/old tradition in that Mom has been gone now for 7 years, but I still think about it each year.  I really miss her.  Scott and I now go shopping together for Max.  That is actually very fun because I have been informed that I don't have a clue about what to buy for a boy.  It's true, if it were up to me, the kid would have all art supplies and books.  It is very cute to watch Scott in Toys R Us. 



New traditions:



Going to AZ for a week!  We are very excited to visit both Scott's family and mine! 



I would love to take Max out one night to see lights - we'll have to figure that one out. 



Holiday Ornament Exchange - I have, I think 8 or 10 ornaments to make before 12/15.  I am about 1/2 done - will post pics when they are finished. 



Now I have the bug to think of more.  Off to watch the season premier of Universe on the history channel - I have been told to stop blogging now!



Friday, November 23, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving!

CranberrystrueselWe headed off to the lodge to spend Thanksgiving day with my father-in-law.  He cooked!  Fabulous!  Even better-he's a great cook!  I got to make desert - allrecipes.com helped with this one.  Here's the recipe.  Yummy!  Cranberry Streusel - Tart and sweet, you can't skip vanilla ice cream with this one! 



MaxmustacheMax was bored..imagine that!  So he devised..on his own.. to create a costume and game where he is a gun salesman.  Yes, folks...I am concerned too.  He even had contracts all written up that when you buy a gun, you had to sign your life away.  I need to quiz him a little more on where that all came from



ThanksgivingfireOther than that - I sat by the fire and began my newest pair of socks, Simple Trekking Socks - yep, I know I am about 2.5 years behind the trend.  I have another pair of finished socks to post..just gotta get the pics taken.  I also started and finished Drunk, Divorced & Covered in Cat Hair by Laurie Perry...aka Crazy Aunt Purl.  I have read her blog for over a year now, and specifically made Scott stop at Walmart so I could buy the book.  When your son keeps asking you what are you laughing at - that's all the book review you need!



Sunday, November 18, 2007

Inspiration & Your Blessings

Got this last week in a work email.  It's what's inspiring me this week!



This is a story about a guy, a guy like many; common, questioning his existences, measuring himself to others, never believing in his abilities or his worth.




Then one day, his passion outgrew his fears as he stepped onto a stage, a stage that took him to a place beyond his self imposed prison.

Watch the faces of the judges as this guy walks out on the stage. You can almost see what they're thinking as they pre-judge this guy based on his looks and the fact that he's a cell phone salesman.

Maybe this guy stopped believing in what people told him for so many years and ultimately started listening to his passion.



http://www.maniacworld.com/Phone-Salesman-Amazes-Crowd.html



Sunday, November 11, 2007

First Real Bags with Linings!

I am so stinkin' proud of myself!  Craftster rules!  I found this great tutorial for The Jordy Bag.  Bought the fabric this morning -sewed this afternoon!  I never even really knew what interfacing was for!  That stuff is awesome!  I love that I was actually able to do this and make the square bottom!



First_jordy_front Here's the rest of my pics - both of the Jordy Bag and my impromtu Maxi Jean Bag! 



Saturday, November 10, 2007

Great Mail

I got the ring I ordered from Pookeh this last Friday.  I love fun rings and she put together a fun package for me to open!Pookeh_ring



  Good idea to recycle magazine pages for wrapping! 





Craftster

Ok - so I know I am the last person to get registered on Craftster.  Geez - I am there for 30 minutes and I now have 4 different projects I want to make.  I have to GET OFF the internet to do this however!!



Goodbye Godaddy!

Aaaaarrrgg - there, it's now out of my system!  I have dislodged myself from their *%^%$$# website utility and I am so happy to be here instead!!