Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas


mmmmmm. Peanut butter blossoms…..

042 Little baker….

054 Baking is HARD work!

059 Then we made her wash the dishes.

066 Peanut butter balls.


Ready to go to church.

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Sigh. I love this thing. LOVE IT. Kindle=best thing EVER!!


In her “fashions”. This is what Riley calls any sort of dressup/makeup type thing. These came from Uncle Matt and Amy. She had them on within moments of opening.


Cookies for Santa. He ate them ALL! Hungry Santa! We also put Reindeer food in the driveway so the reindeer would know where to stop. :)


Train set.


Cute little train set pic.


Bitty Baby gear. Santa was very good to our kids this year!


Five Christmas’s. One day. Tired.

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Combine Ride






December Daily

So I am working on a new album, inspired by Ali Edwards blog, and her December Daily album. The idea is that you have an entire 25 page album started and numbered before December 1st. Then you fill in with a picture and journaling, whatever, for each day. My anal scrapbook matching, doesn't allow me to scrap beforehand. I have to have things matching and perfect before I start a page. So I went ahead and picked out 25 random pages and page shapes before I started the album. This way I can switch for a bigger page for one day, smaller page for another. And since I started my album Friday night (I know, I know not Dec. 1st) I have been able to rearrange based on the pics that I have. Works for me. Anyway, here are my first couple pages….




Notice how things hang off the page, and everything is different sized. LOVE it. L.O.V.E it. This is going to become a Christmas tradition for me!! Not only is it fun to create, but it is challenging me to think of one thing to put in the album everyday, which is helping me record more of the “daily details” of our lives… I am hoping that over Christmas break (only two more days till I turn in Beowulf) I can get some other scrapping done as well. I need to place a picture order, soon, or I risk it not getting some of my pics in time for Christmas!

Thursday, December 03, 2009

013 Chase all ready to go to school with Riley for Friendship soup day

020 Riley at the table for thanksgiving.

034 Chase and a cookie. who would have thought?

038 Cutie Patootie.


I am *thisclose* to being done with the semester. One more paper to finish (its halfway written) and another to polish and add a bibliography to. I can not wait. Seriously. This semester has sucked the life out of me. Okay. So maybe its not that dramatic. But I am sick and tired of my humanities class. I can usually do papers okay, but this class is KILLING me. Between message board posts, reading and papers, I feel like I have no time for anything…..besides online shopping.. :) Guess what just arrived at my door???






Sigh. . . . and this is still to come:




I am going to have two VERY excited kids come Christmas morning!!

Sunday, November 29, 2009


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Here they are! My first set of cards that were requested by someone! I am giving them to her tonight, and I am kinda scared, but excited. Its that whole thing of if someone will love what you made as much as you like it. Fingers crossed!

Now that I have finished my cards, I need to A) clean up my scraproom, as it has become hazardous to ones health B) finish my december daily album so I can be set to go on Dec 1 and C) finish up my math chapter for tomorrow. Notice how the homework is LAST on my list??

Wednesday, November 25, 2009


Since my last post was full of pictures, I figured I better update on something in our lives. Obviously we went to Ohio this past weekend. While we enjoyed ourselves, it was a short trip, and we are hoping to go for a longer visit sometime soon. The kids did surprisingly well on the drive, but I have to credit a lot of that to Aunt Chandra, who not only has the ability to amuse my kids, but puts up with them like no one else can!

Riley had Friendship soup day at preschool this week. She chose to take Chase on Tuesday, and she was invited by a friend to go today. I think that she had a lot of fun, and I know that Chase was WAAAAaaay excited to go to Rileys school to play with the choo-choos. He put on his coat and backpack and was out the door. Breaks my heart to think that he will actually be going on his own to preschool next year. What happened to my baby? They need to stop growing!

Were getting ready for Thanksgiving tomorrow. I am in charge of deviled eggs, pumpkin bars and green bean casserole, none of which I have started yet. Holidays were much easier when you were younger and not trusted to cook anything! I think that I will have to get up early and start everything!

I am doing my first set of Christmas Cards for someone. Although I am having so much fun making them, its nerve wracking to wonder what someones response to your work will be. I am very hopeful that she likes them, and even if she doesnt I hope she lies and tells me she does. I have to admit though, making cards makes me want to do them for a craft fair again, even though its a TON of work! I might do a couple sets for Christmas gifts for some people.

Were headed Christmas shopping Friday and tomorrow night. The outlet mall is opening at midnight again, so we will head out there, and then head up to Champaign. I am just having a hard time deciding what everyone is getting, so its almost a pointless trip. I wish I had a more selective idea on what to get people. I think that Riley will get doll furniture, and Chase geo-trax. But I am not ready to commit yet.

Classes are going okay. I just finished a ten page paper on Beowulf and the effects of early Anglo Saxon literature on midwestern civilization. Exciting, I know. I am so ready to be done with this class and just move on to next semester!!

Alright. There is the mother of all updates. Card pictures and pics of the kids headed to school together to follow...

Monday, November 23, 2009



Derrick and I at Grandma and Grandpas


Riley with the baby doll she begged off grandma great.




sweetest picture ever.




Classic Riley pic. Plumber all the way.


Chase figuring out that Daddy had arrived at ohio. He was so excited.

Sunday, November 08, 2009

Punkin’ Picking…

fall 2009 031 She is the only one that sat still enough to take pictures of

fall 2009 058 Only way that I could catch them still. Little sillies.

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fall 2009 086 Punkins’!!! I take a pic like this every year and then adjust the contrast to use for the cover of my mini album for fall. I know. I know. I am crafty like that.

fall 2009 092 New screensaver

fall 2009 093 Riding in the homecoming parade.

fall 2009 114 Silly witch.


For all the pictures I take, can you believe I didnt take a single one of them trick or treating. My plan is to have them put on their costumes again and do a staged shot. Sneaky. Sneaky!

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