Sunday, December 30, 2007

LOST


This is my FAVORITE show ever. I can not wait until it premieres again. I get so excited. My sister and I call each other again and again. "Are you ready?" That's all we have to say. We know what we are talking about. If you are a true lost fan, you don't need my encouragement. This show beats all.

If you want to see the extended preview for the new season, check it out here.

I also have a link to the best LOST blog ever. This lady dissects each episode, tells you cool things you hadn't thought of, and gives you the best "hey, remember that picture on that desk, well that's a photo of Jack when he was with his dad and he was wearing that watch......" in-depth information. Here is her blog. Bookmark it.

Don't call me Thursday night, January 31st at 8pm Pacific time. I'll be busy.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Christmas Crafts

Since everyone has now gotten their gifts from me, I want to share some of what I've been working on this month. First, I made these wall hangings out of canvas. The middle one has a calendar attached to it.




These are some of the bracelets I made. I did one for each of my sisters, my mom, some of my long-distance friends, and my co-workers.

I made some bath salts for neighbors and friends and wrapped them in the cute gift bags I made that I showed in a previous post.
For my sister Shavonne, I made this perpetual calendar. This summer, she gave me the cookie sheet, a stack of papers, and a bag of magnets and said "I don't want to do this anymore. You have it." So I took it and used the stuff she gave me, as well as some of my own scrapbooking stuff, and made it for her for Christmas. She loves it.


Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Scenes from our Christmas

Merry Christmas! We hope you had a great holiday! Here are a few scenes from our Christmas. The top picture was us, on our way to church. Below is our table setting for our Christmas Eve candlelight dinner. I think it's super lovely.

The kiddos are all ready for bed with their new jammies.

Here is our little dollar store nativity set. I think it's sweet, so I haven't gotten a new set yet.


Here is Keaton, acting out the part of Joseph for our Christmas story.




Some yummy cookies from the best food blog that I've mentioned in the post about the cupcakes, as well as our tradition of having hot chocolate on Christmas eve.








Kolby's favorite gift was this remote control car.



Kamy got a new bike from Santa




Keaton got a Woody dress-up kit. He wore his jammies and the hat and spurs ALL day. George wore her pink boots with her jammies ALL day. They were so cute together.


Now, we've got a huge mess to clean up. I'll be busy with that! Have a great day.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

OH MY GOSH!


Have you seen this movie? I'm still trembling!!

Pumpkin Roll

Have any cans of Pumpkin leftover? Make this yummy dessert. I think I'm going to make it again for Christmas Eve dinner.

Pumpkin Roll

6 eggs
2 cups sugar
1 ½ cup flour
1 1/3 cup pumpkin
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp salt
½ tsp nutmeg
½ tsp ginger
2 Tbsp cinnamon


Beat eggs. Add sugar. Add remaining ingredients until thoroughly mixed. Bake on large cookie sheet with parchment paper at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and cool 5 minutes. Sprinkle with powdered sugar, sprinkle dishcloth with powdered sugar, place dishcloth on cake and roll like a cinnamon roll. Place in fridge to cool. Best if made the night before.

Frosting

2 cups powdered sugar
4 Tbsp butter
8 oz cream cheese
2 tsp vanilla
¾ cup nuts

Beat together sugar, butter, and cream cheese. Unroll cake and remove dishcloth. Spread ½ frosting and ½ nuts inside; roll up again. Spread top with frosting and sprinkle with nuts.
Enjoy.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

2004 Christmas letter

So when I mailed out my Christmas letters this year, I found a bag that had a few old letters in it. One of them was my very own Christmas letter that I sent out to friends and family in 2004. I think it was one of my more creative letters, so I thought I'd share it with you. Here is the picture I sent with it. Kolby was 1, Keaton was 3, and Kamy was 4.




Ok, now for the letter. It was written to the rhythm of 'Twas the night before Christmas.

T'was the weeks before Christmas, and all through the house,
Not a creature was resting; it was purely chaos.
Christmas was coming; yes, coming quite fast.
It was time to reflect on the year that had passed.
So when the children were napping, all snug in their bed,
I got out my paper and number 10 lead.
With Christmas approaching, and so much to say,
I'd better start writing, without much delay!
When back from the bedroom there arose such a clatter.
I sprang from the chair to see what was the matter.
Across the wood floors, I slid to a stop,
Just in front of our dresser, with Keaton atop.
"To infinity and beyond!" was all I could hear,
As he spread his arms wide, with much persevere.
And just like Buzz Lightyear, off the dresser he flew,
Perfectly landing on the bed, apparently through.
He settled back down for his much needed rest,
To dream of his hero, whom you can easily guess.
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
Quietly sitting in her bedroom with all her cooking gear.
Kamy has all her play food, from tacos to fruit,
And she's hosting her own cooking show, dressed in her swimsuit.
She loves to watch Food Network on TV,
as well as go grocery shopping with me.
"Now Kamy and Keaton, please get some sleep."
I had just sat back down when I heard someone weep.
Kolby had awoken, so I opened his door.
His big eyes were wet; eyes I simply adore.
An then, in a twinkling, I knew they were done.
No naps today! They were up one by one.
So back to their rooms, but now with more noise,
To pick up their clothes and clean up their toys.
Kolby tried to help out, as much as a one-year-old could.
He found all the crayons, but must have misunderstood.
"No Kolby, this is not meant to be food!"
But I was too late, for they had already been chewed.
Then the bells on the front door chimed with a motion,
And in walked my husband, amidst all the commotion.
His eyes, how they twinkled; his smile oh so sweet.
He gave me a kiss that I felt to my feet.
He was home just for a minute, to get his jogging clothes.
It was time for his afternoon run, I suppose.
So I got out his clothes, still warm from the dryer,
And put in a new load, wishing a maid I could hire.
I stood for a second, and thought next what to do,
When I heard little voices from the kitchen come through.
I turned around to see a broad face and round belly.
There were three, actually, and all were covered with jelly.
I can't say that I spoke not a few stern words,
And put their jelly on bread, a method preferred.
In no time, it seemed, the sun had set.
Dinner was over. Time for bed. But wait, did I forget?
There on my chair, without a passing glance,
Sat my unfinished Christmas letter. It really stood no chance.
My hopes of touching upon a year's worth of events,
Were overshadowed by life; something I can't prevent.
So I threw the paper in the trash, out of site. "Merry Christmas to all, and to all a Good Night!"
I want you to know, I didn't make anything up. I really did try to write a Christmas letter, and the kids wouldn't sleep, they got into the jelly, etc. I just decided it would fit perfect into this poem. In a few days, I'll post our letter from this year.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Gift Bags

There is just something special about homemade gifts. I don't care what your income; they are so great to give and to receive. Even if you buy your gifts, you can still personalize them by making gift bags. A friend of mine gave me a gift a few years ago, and it was wrapped in a cloth bag and tied with a ribbon. I thought it was a neat idea. I told my sister, and the next year, she made gift bags for all of our siblings as a gift. She gave me 15 or so bags, of varying sizes. Super cute. So every year, all of our presents under the tree are wrapped in our cloth gift bags. They look great and best of all, they are reusable!! Last year, I knew I needed more cloth bags, so after Christmas, when all the Christmas material was 80% off, I grabbed as much as I could. This is what I bought.





So before I made some more bags for me, I made a few to give away. I made some bath salts for the girls I work with. I put the bath salts in a clear plastic gift bag, twist-tied it shut, then put a bracelet that I made around the top.



Then I used some Toile to tie it closed. Rather pretty, I think!

I made these gift bags for our family in all sizes. Small enough to hold a little figurine, to big enough to hold a computer monitor. They work for all of our Christmas presents every year. I simply tie them closed with a ribbon and we are all set. I don't have kids that peek at presents, so this works well for us.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Going Postal

Well, If I can make it to the post office, this is what I will be sending out.

The top present won't fit in the box, so I'm hoping they have a larger size at the Post Office. The letters on top are my christmas letters. I've got 70 of those babies stamped, addressed, and licked closed. (just kidding. I dipped my finger in a bowl of water and swiped the envelope closed. Who licks envelopes anymore? gross) I need to quit finding friends. I've got too many to send out every year!

When I got the boxes at the post office, the line was huge. So I'm hoping it's not so dramatic when I go in there. Although, I will have four restless kids waiting in line with me. Joy. Hopefully all goes well.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Back From Disneyland!



We are back! This is George giving you a big hug. She gives the best hugs. Anyway, we had a great time. We rode all the rides and had lots of favorites. The boys loved the Buzz Lightyear ride. They were riding with me and Heath had the girls, so we didn't get a picture of them on the ride, but here is Heath and the girls.

When we were in Mickey's Toon Town, we were getting ready to take a picture in the Jail and Goofy walked up and joined our picture. Fun! The annoying part was that I couldn't get the boy on the left to get out of our family picture. His parents were listening to us...he wasn't listening to us...so we have a family picture with Goofy, as well as stranger boy.


We went down with some of our friends. Here is everyone (except me) in front of the Haunted Mansion.

The kids really enjoyed the Finding Nemo Submarine Ride too. George especially. And if you look close, you can see Heath popping through with his sunglasses on. Why was he was wearing his sunglasses when we were in the dark already?

We had tons more pictures, but a little accident happened when Heath was downloading them to our computer. A lot got erased. Unfortunately, it was the day we took all the family pictures, as well as so many other fun pictures that I can still see in my mind. I'm still upset about it.
On our way home, we took a detour and went to Hollywood. Pretty crazy down there. We all found some hand prints on the walk of fame that were too fun to pass up.



Anyone who knows me knows I have a little crush on Tom Hanks. Heath is jealous. But back to the vacation...we are home. We had a great time. Nobody got lost, thanks to the ID tags. I must say, we got compliments right and left about the ID tags. Everywhere we went, every line we stood in, and everyone we talked to. Even some of the characters liked our ID tags. The chipmunks and Goofy especially liked them.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

A few days vacation

We are leaving today to go on our first family vacation. We have been married for over eight years, and this is our first. Where are we going? To Disneyland, of course! It has been about 11 years since I have gone, but nobody else, husband or kids, have ever gone. We are so excited!


Here's a tip I got from my sister: ID tags.

On the front, a current picture, and it says If I am lost, turn over for information. Then on the reverse side, is their name as well as Please call my mom or dad and then listed is our names and cell phone numbers.

Hopefully we won't be needing them, but just in case, they will be hanging around their neck. So until we get back, have a good week and leave me lots of comments!

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Recent Happenings

Well, we've had a busy few days. First, Kamy had a field trip on Friday with her school class and they got to go see The Nutcracker at a local theatre. They were told to dress up, because it was a special occasion to go the the theatre. This is Kamy, on her way out the door:



She was so excited. When she got home, I asked her how her day went, and she yelled "Great! It was awesome! We saw ballerinas and everything!" She then spent the next little bit drawing pictures. Later, when I was cleaning the house, I found her drawings. Here are a few:





I'm glad she had a fun time.



Friday night we celebrated George's 2nd birthday. (If you are a new reader to my blog, her real name is Kennedy. But everyone calls her George) I found this recipe for Jelly Doughnut Cupcakes at this really neat food blog so I thought I'd make them for her birthday, since none of my kids really eat cake. Here's how they turned out. Super yummy, by the way.








Oh, and those cupcake holders are made of some sort of silicone material. They do not require the use of a cupcake pan. They maintain their shape, cook to perfection, and cleanup is a breeze. So look for them when you are in the store. I think these were from Walmart, left over from breast cancer month (for the color pink) and the best part is you can reuse them forever. No more buying stupid liners!




George got a baby stroller, a play piano, and a pretty dress for her birthday. Her favorite? The stroller! We knew it would be a hit. She even tried to sleep with it last night. And the most amazing part about her birthday...I didn't cry this year.





Oh, I almost forgot! Our classic Family Birthday Picture. (don't judge! It was a long day for me!)

Friday, December 7, 2007

Alfredo for breakfast

7 more random things about me...

I've never liked eating cereal. I'm lactose intolerant, so I don't drink milk. Unless I cook a big ranch-style breakfast with hash browns (my favorite), I really don't like breakfast foods. So, I eat leftovers for breakfast (today was alfredo) and I am happy doing that. I never could understand the appeal of soggy smelly cereal. Yuck.

I have to use an eyebrow pencil on my eyebrows due to some overzealous plucking when I was 20.

I've had very poor eyesight since I was 11. This summer, I got Lasik. It is so HEAVENLY to wake up in the morning and be able to see!

I am in a jewelry frame of mind. I can't get enough! It really makes an outfit!

I cannot stand to wear shoes. I wear them because I have too, but as soon as I'm indoors, I can't get them off fast enough.

I told my husband when we were getting engaged, that I only wanted a band for my wedding ring. He didn't listen to me.

I once dated a college professor when I was in college. (He wasn't MY professor) ((ok, he was a professor in training...sort of like an intern)) (Ok, so we only had a few dates. No biggie)

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Christmas Cards

Do you make Christmas cards every year? I don't. But I love getting them! I do, however, send out a christmas letter. It's usually written in some sort of prose or rhyme and is often entertaining to read. I haven't started this years. I've thought about it a little, but that's as far as it's come so far. We do send out a family picture! Here is last year's picture:


We took our pictures for this year already. I just need to print them out and write our letter! Stay tuned for that. I'll get it done before christmas! (I hope)

Monday, December 3, 2007

It's a MAJOR Award!

I think this is one of my favorite gifts ever. My sister got this for me last year. We all loved to watch The Christmas Story together. I think the movie is so funny, but now, when I watch it, I realize how much bad language is in the movie! For that reason, my kids don't watch it. However, I've still got this lamp to keep the memories alive!

True story: When we got the lamp, and pulled "her" out of the packaging, we set her on the table. Instantly my son runs his hands up the nylon leg and says "Mom, is this going in MY room?" He was not even 4 years old, and he said that. So funny. I slapped his hand and said "No!"

So here she sits, next to the computer. We use to keep her next to a window, so she can shine her light for everyone to see, but there isn't an appropriate window do display her glory in our new house. When people come over, they usually reply to my husband: "I can't believe your wife lets you have that lamp!" Then I reply, much to their astonishment: "Oh, it's MY lamp! Not his!" It's my major award! I have to say, it really gets the best reaction when the missionaries come over!

Sunday, December 2, 2007