Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas Distant Friends and Relatives!

Believe it or not, I blog for you! That's right: YOU! It is very hard living away from family and friends, but blogging helps me share a little of our lives with all of you. I'd lie if I didn't get a wee bit disappointed when you don't check it out from time to time. Make my day--and year--by commenting once in a while. And if you start blogging, I promise to be a frequent visitor. I am really nosy that way! Love to all and enjoy the visit!

Kenzie at the Christmas Eve service

seasonal visit to Dollywood

Christmas Eve at the theater

calling Mike Jr. on Christmas morn

enjoying just a few more minutes of sleep

giving directions

glee at wii


don't-have-make-up-on photo

contemplative? maybe,
but he is on the clean up committee!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008


I had this brilliant idea: I'd invite a professional art teacher, an artsy-crafty daughter, and a friend with an incredible sense of humor to an afternoon of creating. There was only one condition: Everyone was going to make paper birds--because that is what I wanted to make because $39 is way too much to pay for those darling little things I saw on Etsy. And since it was my house and my supplies and someone else's idea that I stole, I got to make that big decision. I did have a bit of an ulterior motive inviting the art teacher. Although the project did not look too difficult to me, I figured getting the pattern down accurately and quickly would not be too hard for her--the professional. If you're going to steal someone's idea, might as well do it up as good as you can, right? As it turned out, it was not as easy--for the professional--as it looked. Go figure! Seems she is an artist, not a seamstress. I didn't know that!

There were actually a few moments there when I felt like the day was going to be a total bust. Time was of the essence and Art Teacher's first attempt looked a lot like--not sure what it looked like--maybe a Valentine's Day craft. Yep, that's what it looked like. We laughed. It felt good--but I wanted a bird! It was then that I decided that anything I came up would at least be in the running with the love bird. I snipped and clipped and believe me, what happened next was nothing short of a miracle. A bird was definitely hatched.

Art Teacher thought it was a little too fat. Hey, at least it looked like a bird. So I pulled in its gut and made attempt number two. Comedienne thought it too skinny. I had to agree. But it also looked like a bird. It didn't take long for Artsy-Crafty to abandon ship and run home--to her side of the house--for fabric--much easier to work with. Of course, that was always an option--once we perfected the paper birds. Artsy-Crafty said that she always knew that those paper birds would be much more difficult to make than they looked. She said that probably everybody who ever bought one for $39 tried to make one first. Then she said that they were probably worth every penny of the $39. Phooey on her.

Right after Artsy-Crafty chose fabric instead of paper, Art Teacher decided to make something like paper snowflakes for her eleven family members instead of paper birds. Phooey on her too.

Comedienne will be invited back again because all she did was laugh and repeat numerous times that she was having a blast, birds or no birds. Love that girl.

After they all left, I made yet another pattern. It is now the right size, and I am very happy. I may end up making a whole flock of these. And I have already shared my pattern--free of charge--with two other friends who coveted my little paper birds.


Art Teacher


Fatso, Skinny-minny, and Perfect
You may notice that Perfect sports our
hometown on his tail!

Artsy-Crafty's fabric version,

Sunday, December 21, 2008


I didn't do it on purpose. Not sure if I'm sorry it happened. Not even sure I completely understand it. I think I'll take it as a compliment. Maybe. We have two family theme songs--like I said, not on purpose. One is sung subconsciously by the children until such time as their mother--that would be me--shoves them into reality or out of the nest or wherever she can shove them. I will take some of the responsibility since I may be guilty of giving one too many Peter Pan ornaments over the years. I have to think on that one.

Are you ready for today's lesson?

Yes, Peter!

Listen to your teacher. Repeat after me:
I won't grow up,
(I won't grow up)
I don't want to go to school.
(I don't want to go to school)
Just to learn to be a parrot,
(Just to learn to be a parrot)
And recite a silly rule.
(And recite a silly rule)
If growing up means
It would be beneath my dignity to climb a tree,
I'll never grow up, never grow up, never grow up
Not me!
Not I,
Not me!
Not me!

I should take it as a compliment that my kids don't want to grow up, right?

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Happy Post

Wow! It's not even Christmas yet, and I have already received everything I could ever want--well, maybe not the trip to some place more wonderful than Pigeon Forge or the new car with comfortable seats. It really doesn't take much to please me, however, and my friends at school have already done so!

Inspirational Happy: Notepad
I'm so going to steal this idea!
Reading Happy: The new
yadayada book!
Jumping up and down here!
Reading Happy 2: The oh-so-pretty bookmark!
Shopping Happy: TJ Maxx cards!
Oh, the gifts that keeps on giving!

Shopping Happy 2: Monogrammed green bag!
(Really, it's a black and white bag!)
Creative Happy: Sixth Grade Poetry Book
Tessa wrote a great poem!
Work Happy: Gel pens and sticky notes!
It doesn't get better than this!
Photography Happy: New Frame!
Food Happy: Yummy dip & pottery crock to put it in!
Decorating Happy: Lovely Southern Living vase!
Smell Happy: Evergreen spray!
Okay, I bought that for myself!
Attention Getter Happy: Sequined bell!
That's a bit of a stretch for an everything-I-always-wanted gift, but I had to include it!

Sunday, December 14, 2008


Directions for angel/flower fairy found here.
This is definitely the season for creativity. Unfortunately, it is also the season for busy, busy, busy! When we homeschooled, we always took off the entire month of December in order to enjoy crafting and baking and church stuff and a whole host of other fun things that make the holidays so special. Now that I work full time, things, out of necessity, have to be a bit different.

Decorating used to be done Thanksgiving weekend; the operative word being done. Now it is a process that rarely gets completed before it's time to start putting things away. There is so much more that I would love to do, but I've reached the point of stopping in order to enjoy some of the other Christmas activities with my family.

These are a few of my favorite things!
The new: glitter star

The old: glass ornaments
The fun: wrapping paper

The special: Tessa's artwork

The memories: old photos with Santa

The creative: decoupaged picture frame

The meaningful: Christmas books