Thursday, December 31, 2009

9 of 09

So I had intended to do several days worth of "best of 09" type posts, but it hasn't happened. I've been to busy enjoying my last week of the decade and not worrying about the blog. So, here it is, one giant recap post.

First up, top 9 scrappy pages of 09. While there are a few other pages I really love, as I was narrowing down my top choices, I realized most of my favorite pages are pages about me. Not sure what that means. Maybe, after a rough 08, I was focused on making 09 better for me and did a lot of self talk. Maybe I just do more meaningful pages when they are pieces of me...I don't know. Anyway, I decided to make the 9 of 09 all pages about me:

Next up, favorite 9 favorite photos of 09. One thing I realized while looking through last year's photos is that I absolutely do not take enough photos. Especially everyday photos. For someone who loves to scrap the everyday moments, I certainly do not capture enough of them on film.

1. He really does smile:

2. A sister photo shoot in the mirror

3. Our Christmas card photo taken in Chicago in August

4. The way things really are between the two of us

5. My girls

6. Me and Jess, taken by Nicole

7. Silly shadow photo that took forever to capture right.

8. I was hoping for a good photo of my parents, but sadly I have none from this year. I do love this in the moment photo of my mom and I at Kellie's birthday dinner

9. Halloween fun. The first Halloween Jessie and I have spent together in 10 years!

Good bye 2009!

DJ Earworm - United State of Pop 2009 (Blame It on the Pop) - Mashup of Top 25 Billboard Hits

Monday, December 28, 2009

Winding Down

I can't believe it's already the last week of this decade. Is that not crazy? Seems like only yesterday we were counting down to the big 2000. I think each year went by quicker and quicker too. 2009 seems almost like a blur....

For the rest of the week I will be reminiscing about 2009, bringing you my favorite photos, scrapbook pages and moments. First up is this silly little status cloud, which contains my most frequently used words in my facebook updates. Funny I don't notice RED in there....

I've also got my last sneaks of the year. These are from Scrap for a Cure's January kit. I LOVE this kit. Generally pinks and greens and purples and girly flowers are not my thing, but I flew through pages this month. I haven't had much in the way of scrapping mojo these days and I think this kit was just what I needed to get me going again. Too bad I have to work the next couple of days, I'm really itching to scrap some more.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

A Very Merry Christmas

We had a lovely Christmas. Christmas eve was spent at my parents house celebrating my grandma's birthday. It was a really nice night. For a scrapbooker, I suck at taking holiday photos. I took several early in the evening of decor but I always seem to get busy enjoying the evening and promptly forget about the camera. I did manage to snap Kellie's traditional Christmas cheers with her Christmas cosmo.

Usually we open gifts on Christmas eve, but since we made this year about my grandma's birthday and had other guests, we decided to do presents on Christmas morning. So Shawn and I headed back to my parents for Christmas breakfast and presents. There were tons of presents under the tree and in our stockings.

Everyone got some really great presents, even Lucy got spoiled.

I defintely got lucky this year with this lens (though I have to share it with Shawn), this camera bag (which Shawn hates), this jewelry box (in red), this fun knitting book, some yarn and a gift card to the yarn store, lots of scarves, earrings, 2 cute necklaces, this book and a few other goodies. I will also be getting the windows tinted in my car courtesy of Shawn.

Chirstmas night was spent at my aunt and uncle's beautiful house with my big huge family. It was a really nice night and so fun to spend time with everyone. All in all it was a really wonderful Christmas.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

A Nice Story

LOVE this news story so much I had to share.

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Monday, December 21, 2009

Christmas Can Can

Love Straight No Chaser for Christmas tunes.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Right Now

  • I am sitting in front of the tree lights. LOVE the tree lights.
  • I've just enjoyed some homemade spinach tamales (thanks Angiepants) on my Christmas plates.
  • I have a nice pile of pretty presents under my tree. In fact I'm done wrapping. LOVE that.
  • I've received some lovely gifts from clients this year. They have been good to me. I especially love reading the cards and notes of thanks that come with them.
  • I've got apple cider brewing on the stove.
  • I'm deciding what I want to bake tomorrow.
  • I'm loving my "Merry Birthday" presents....very belated birthday gifts are pretty fun.
  • I've got several fun new ornaments, including a giant red glass ball from my mom.
  • Looking forward to spending the rest of my night knitting and reading.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Holiday Happenings

I've been enjoying this month. It seems a little less hectic and busy and more relaxing and peaceful. Don't get me wrong, I'm working like crazy and have the usual long to do list, I just seem a little more at peace this holiday season. Maybe its because I've been fighting the ick for the past week and spending my evenings really low key or maybe its because its been chilly and gray around here or maybe because most of my shopping is done or maybe because I've pretty much decided to forgo the December daily this year...whatever the reason, I'm kind of enjoying this mellow holiday.

This month I've been:

Documenting less and enjoying more. Even though I have my book all ready to go, I have decided not to do my December daily. I've kept notes and even taken a few pictures, but I'm just not feeling it and have decided not to push it. I'm ok with that. The book will be there for next year.

Doing less scrapbooking and holiday crafting. Last year I crafted up a storm and am currently enjoyed all my handmade trees, wreaths, ornaments, garlands, etc. But this year, I've only made 2 projects. An ornament wreath (which I have yet to hang and photograph) and the canvas I made with my Scrap for a Cure kit. There are some great holiday projects out there in blog land, but I'm just not feeling the urge to create. I'm ok with that too.

Doing tons of this:

I've pretty much been knitting in front of the tree and the television most evenings this month. I've been working on Christmas presents and a little scarf for me. In fact, I've got knitting ADD right now and have several projects on the needles. One of which I must finish soon. Seems as though I'm in a knitting phase right now and the paper goodies are a little jealous.

Watching lots of movies, most of them on tv. I love this time of year for all the holiday movies and regular movies that replace the usual tv lineups. Normally, I'm not around much to enjoy them, but this year, I've seemed to catch quite a few. Yesterday alone I watched 3.5 movies. I went to see Precious with my mom and Ellen and than came home to watch You've Got Mail, Polar Express and part of Eloise's Christmas on tv (with my knitting keeping me company of course).

Giving. As I previously mentioned, I am trying to emphasize giving more this year. Though I'm not sure I will get all of my 12 days of giving in, but here's what I've done so far:

  • Day 1: gifts for two kiddos off the Salvation Army angel giving tree. My sister and I bought several fun play kitchen items (including a play mixer with holiday cookie cutters) for a 4 year old girl and a tool belt, elmo building blocks and musical toy for a 2 year old boy. It was pretty fun to shop for them.
  • Day 2: Donated dollar toys for military children at Dollar Tree while picking up a few extra ornaments for my ornament wreath.
  • Day 3: Sent a postcard from here.
I was going to buy starbucks for the lady behind me in the drive thru the other day, but she was rude to the person who took her order (the line was crowded so I heard) so I opted not too. This will be on my list for this week, as well as canned food donation and a few other ideas.

Shopping. I've been taking advantage of several online sales and have finished most of my Christmas shopping. I've only got my dad and Ellen left, but know what I'm doing and just need to go get them. I've also purchased a few items for myself while shopping. Like this and this to fight the super dry skin I've had lately. I've also gotten a pair of jeans and a pair of corduroys at Marshalls (both of which need hemming) and a couple old navy t's.

Cooking comfort foods. I love this time of year because I can make and eat soups and stews. Mmmm. So far, I have made chili (with beef for Shawn and veggie version for me) and cornbread, vegetable soup with dumplings and lentil and sweet potato stew. Tonight I'm making butternut squash risotto and have stuffed squash planned for later this week. Minestrone soup is on my list as well. Yum!

Hope you are enjoying your holiday season as well. Happy Sunday!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

A little holiday dance

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Monday, December 7, 2009

Amazing Lights

HD Carol of the Bells - 2007 from Richard Holdman on Vimeo.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

12 Days of Giving

I was inspired by Stephanie Howell and a few other girls at Studio Calico to participate in a season of giving. I've decided to make it official and call it the 12 Days of Giving. From now till Christmas, I intend to participate in 12 acts of giving or random kindness in the spirit of the season. Today I started my first act of giving by choosing a couple names off the Salvation Army Angel Tree. My sister and I will be purchasing gifts for a 4 year old girl and a 2 year old boy.

I'm not completely sure what the next 11 acts of giving will be but here are a few ideas:

food donation
used clothing and toys (from my work stash) donated to Goodwill or Savers
The Toy Society (thanks for the link Andrea)
buying starbucks for the people in line behind me
Cards for kids
Operation Nice

I'm thinking a couple days will just be random acts of kindness. Want to play along? Got any other great giving ideas for me?

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Getting into the season

Thanks to Stephanie for sending this. Pretty cute.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Back to Reality

It's been a good holiday weekend. I've enjoyed my time off. Other than working for a few hours on Saturday, I've been having lots of me time. In fact, I spent much of Friday and Sunday in my pj's crafting, reading and decorating for Christmas. Definitely much needed me time.

I've had crafting ADD lately though. It seems I can't sit and finish a project, instead I need to have multiple projects going on so I can switch back and forth between them. This weekend I finally finished these two pages, which I started while scrapping with Ally last weekend.

I did lots of knitting. I finally finished my tunic top on Wednesday. Now I just need to take a photograph and share. I have also been working on two other knitting projects this weekend and planning several more. I'm on a big knitting kick right now.

I also pulled out the felt again. Something about the holidays has me loving creating with felt. Last week I linked a little stitched button project. Here's my take on it:

I don't love how the letters came out, a little squished, but full of handmade flavor none the less. I'm thinking I'm going to put it in a little frame or maybe on a small canvas.

I've also been playing around with my December Scrap for a Cure kit. I was given the mini kit to work with. Lots of fun stuff in this little kit. Here's the first project I made. A little happy holiday canvas:

Aren't those flowers great? Love them.

Now back to decorating the tree...

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Go here for a little Thanksgiving treat:
Adam Sandler's Thanksgiving song: Watch a 'Saturday Night Live' classic - From Inside the Box - Zap2it

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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

The Thankful 10

I am thankful for:

1. A husband that loves me dearly and makes me laugh.
2. My family
3. Amazing friends near and far
4. The adorable little kiddos I have the privilege of working with everyday.
5. A house, a car, a job, food in the fridge and health insurance.
6. Creativity and hobbies that I love.
7. Freedom and the right to choose how I live.
8. The ability to make a difference in the lives of children everyday, even though sometimes I want to pull my hair out, scream and crawl back in bed.
9. My health and the health of those I love.
10. Books, yarn, pretty papers, the ipod, cd's, satellite radio, internet....

Monday, November 23, 2009

Thankful Week

So I downloaded this little album from Jessica Sprague last November with intentions of journaling things I'm thankful for the whole week of Thanksgiving. Last year we traveled to Chicago for Thanksgiving and though I brought the book with me, it just didn't happen. So I set it aside, hoping I would remember it next year.

I remembered to pull out this book about a week ago and set it by my bedside in hopes it would become a nightly task to jot down my thankful item for the day. So far, so good. Here's my thankful entries from yesterday and today:

Sunday: I am so thankful for a day off and time to spend doing something just for me. Creating and hanging out with a friend, enjoying good me time.

Monday: I am so thankful for a clean house, a smaller to do list, a fridge full of groceries and fresh baked pumpkin muffins.

What are you thankful for this week?

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Musical Interlude

Diggin this song to Tivo Austin City limits this weekend.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

10 is the Magic Number

Today's 10

1. I have a head full of songs I learned or heard at the music therapy convention last week. Including a particularly entertaining parody of Flight of the Conchords "Business Time" called "Amygdala Time."

2. I have a new list of books to read, including this book, this book and this book (which I already own but haven't yet read) thanks to the convention. I have added a few books to my re-read pile as well.

3. Lots and lots and lots of ideas and to do's in my head after getting all revved up and re-motivated by the convention.

4. I'm crossing my fingers the state does not make more cuts to DDD services. It's not looking good.

5. Been working on another pair of fingerless mittens. Here's the pair I finished while in OR a few weeks ago:

6. Starting my Christmas shopping and gift making.

7. Thinking about decorating for Christmas earlier than normal this year. Shawn is actually itching to put up the tree, which is a new thing for him.

8. Speaking of Christmas decorations, I'm loving this idea.

9. Looking forward to a couple days of no commitments this weekend...well Sunday and most of Monday anyway.

10. Thinking of making an wishlist for my Christmas list.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

A Much Needed Girly Get Together

Thanks to this lovely and this lovely, I spent 4 days in Oregon enjoying some fabulous girl time this weekend. We had a great time. I hate that I live so far from them and relish any time I get to spend with them. Plus, there's a new little girly that I get to spend time with too...

I haven't seen Miss E since she was 6 weeks old. Boy has she changed! She's eating like a big girl now. Mmmm, carrots:

and she makes faces like this:

and like this:

We spent Friday running around getting things for a little Halloween/Birthday party and having a little coffee date in Corvallis with Miss Nicole. Friday night we got all dressed up and pulled out all the sweets we could find for our little party.

Here's the pirate couple:

The tutu girls...Pirate Princess and Ballerina Witch:

The Pirate Princess (complete with risque tattoo) and our birthday girl Helen the almost licensed party planner:

We had quite the table of junk food, dry ice special effects and festive cupcakes:

On Saturday, we waited for Miss Nicole to come over and we headed out for lunch at Wild Pear and some downtown Salem shopping. We spent the afternoon organizing Jessie's disaster of a scrap space, scrapping, passing out candy and eating squash soup.

Here's our little cheetah and a cute lady bug visitor:

Nicole is very excited to be posing for Halloween photos. Ella, well she wasn't so sure....

Zombie pumpkins created by Tim:

Poor cheetah had lots of pictures to pose for (story of her life I'm afraid):

Sunday afternoon we headed for the coast, where it was a beautiful sunny and crisp fall afternoon. I didn't get too many good beach shots, but here's my favorite:

On Monday we headed to Busick Court so I could enjoy my favorite apple walnut pancakes. Yum! Later we took a little walk around the neighborhood searching for some fall pictures.

and of course we needed to take more cute baby photos.

Oh how I'm going to miss these girls!

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