Thursday, December 30, 2010

Sew Happy...

So my amazing husband bought me this cute sewing machine for Christmas:

You probably think it's for sewing cool clothes for my kids or decor for my house like my crafty friend Alison does, right?'s strictly for sewing on my scrapbooking pages like this:

and this:

Because Mike adores me and lovingly accommodates my crafty whims. Like die cut machines called Cricuts and now, sewing machines. I'm officially in love. (with Mike....okay, and my new sewing machine) Did I mention it can do 8 different stitches and last night I sewed right over top of two photographs? The machine didn't even hiccup. Mike researched the best one to buy for crazy people like me. Sigh...isn't he wonderful?

So, if you happen to be crafty like me and need a sewing machine for your scrapbook pages, just ask Mike. He'll hook you up. I'm so excited...maybe I'll even actually sew fabric someday...


Wednesday, December 29, 2010


We had a lovely Christmas! Addie was really into Santa and presents (of course...) and Sam even opened most of his gifts too. Santa arrived with the highly-anticipated princess camera. Addie has been dying for this princess camera she saw at Walmart for 2.98. No joke. Never will Santa have to spend so little. :) We of course saw our fair share of local light displays and enjoyed our time with families. We have a few fun stories, which I'm sure will be relayed in later posts...but for now, some pics to tide you over...

Hope your Christmas was great too!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010


me: Addie, do you think those are Santa's reindeer over there? (our Metroparks have crazy amounts of deer)

Addie: Um....let me see. No...they don't have shiny noses.

me: hmph...okay.

Addie: Mom, will you tell me if you see any with shiny noses?

me: of course I will.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010


"Mom, I think I'm gonna ask Santa for a dog."

"Addie, we have two cats. Daddy and I like cats, remember?"

"They need a friend."

"I don't thing we're going to get a dog."

"What about just a small one."

"Nope. Santa knows we have two cats. We like cats at our house."

hmmm...this whole Santa thing may get a bit tricky as the years go on...

Monday, December 20, 2010

Digital Christmas

Ripped off from Andy's blog... very funny.

Agents of Joy...

This month at church we've been talking all about JOY! God's true gift of Christmas is the everlasting JOY we receive through Him. Not necessarily happiness based on circumstances, but joy based on our spiritual understanding of who Jesus was and why he came to Earth! We were challenged to become agents of joy this holiday season. Our friend Megan, is truly an agent of joy! She organized this project for our community group and we made these cool packages to send to an orphanage this holiday season. She researched charities, collected money, bought the supplies and is mailing the finished packages. She's an agent of joy and we're so blessed to have her in our group! (She's the one in that cool tye-die shirt...)

Sunday, December 19, 2010


So at age'd think Addie's favorite carol would be "Jingle Bells" or "Up on the Housetop." She does enjoy those, for sure...but she's also loves "Silent Night" and "Oh, Holy Night." I have to sing them to her each night and when she hears them on the radio she says, "Oh I love this song." Problem is I don't know all the lyrics to "Oh, Holy Night." I know the first three lines and the refrain. So I figured I'd do some google research. And why not teach my blog friends too. Just in case you're stuck somewhere this holiday season with Addie and she requests "Oh Holy Night." You'll be ready.

O Holy Night! The stars are brightly shining,
It is the night of the dear Saviour's birth.
Long lay the world in sin and error pining.
Till He appeared and the Spirit felt its worth.
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.
Fall on your knees! Oh, hear the angel voices!
O night divine, the night when Christ was born;
O night, O Holy Night , O night divine!
O night, O Holy Night , O night divine!

Not bad lyrics, eh? Pretty poignant for this holiday season. Merry Christmas!


Mike was the fourth, and last unfortunate victim of our family's stomach virus. It appears all that vomit duty did him in. It did all of us in. Tonight, my bottle of lysol and I are on duty. We will be disinfecting the house. Hopefully we didn't infect you. If we did, we apologize from the bottoms of our empty, slightly-nauseated stomachs...I mean hearts...

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Barfmaster General

It would seem that vomit is my destiny this Christmas season. I can't decide which is the worse down side to being a parent - sleep deprivation or vomit clean up duties.

Tuesday night Sam thwacked his head on a wall and then an hour later barfed all over his crib, while our Bible study group was over of course. We dutifully cleaned it up, bathed him, and got him to bed.

Last night, after a 30 minute poop fight (where I try to guilt Addie into pooping on the pottie instead of in her pants), which I lost, Addie proceeded to yak all over her bed. The older kids get, the worse their vomit is. There was all kinds of nasty stuff in there... so I repeated the Tuesday routine. This time however, I borrowed a trick from Peggy and put some vics vapo-rub under my nose, like a coroner on CSI. It actually worked very well.

Today I'm home with the kids for the morning, and Jen is coming home at noon. I walked into the den and there was a nice pile of cat vomit with a huge hairball in the middle.

**Update** Cleaned a second pile of cat vomit an hour later. Barf is my destiny.

Merry Christmas!


Monday, December 6, 2010

Artsy Eye...

I've said it before...that a good photographer is worth their weight in gold. Goodbye bad JCPenney's photostudio Christmas experiences. Hello...amazing...

Two new photographer and one old favorite...I think they're both pretty talented. It doesn't help our kids are 17x more gorgeous than their parents...

Thursday, December 2, 2010


Normally, between my children and my first graders, I have plenty ridiculous quotes to relay from my own life...but this one was too good not to post...

My dear friend Jenny teaches first grade with me (she's the best teacher I know, btw...) and she said that her daughter told her this last night...

"Mommy, you do a lot of work around here...

...and you don't get many playdates either."

Wise beyond her years, that girl...Santa better be good to all those mommies out there...