Wednesday, December 30, 2009

THINGS I'M WORKING ON THIS WEEK

TUTORIALS!
 Yes, I am working on this one for the logo bird
--not to be confused with the loco bird!
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This one, too--so sorry for the delay!
It's all in finding the right photo, not the process!
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And the bathroom tear out has me a wee bit distracted.
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In case you are wondering what gets JKB moving?
I've been wondering that for about 30 years.
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Why it's Kelly's and my subtle encouragement.
Or should I say, our making a mess?
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While I am torn between catching up on my holiday reading . . .
That's a lot of book for $3, eh?  That's Canadian for right?
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. . . and watching the series that started it all . . .
I mean, why else would someone move to the Smoky Mountains?  *grin*
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. . . and, and of course, blogging,
the fact is that I would like to take a shower sometime soon--
without plaster falling at my feet.
So, be patient.  Funky Junk is going to be very impressed.
She is, afterall, my inspiration.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

AND THE CRAFTING NEVER STOPS

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CHRISTMAS - TAKE TWO

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find-the-pickle time
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and the winner is
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read-the-Bible time
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pass-out-the-presents time
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open-the-presents time
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try-on-the-presents time
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KINDLE!  WOW! time
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cozy-sock-love time
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more pass-out-presents time
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music time?
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shoot-the-photographer time
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read-a-book-with-3D-glasses time?
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look-amazed time?
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clean-up time
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finally--Mike time
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collapse time
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wrap-it-up time
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VIEW FROM STAIRS

CHRISTMAS - TAKE ONE

We picked Ryan up from boot camp the week before Christmas, and he had to leave by the 23rd in order to be able to drive to his base in Colorado by the required date.  He opened up a few presents the night before he left.
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Perhaps the most memorable presents were the puzzles that our resident artist made for him.  Nate spent an afternoon gluing and cutting and wrapping.  And Ryan, being a good sport, put his two together immediately--much to the delight of all.
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They were much harder than they looked, so Kenzie pitched in to help. 
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Eventually, he was left to himself.
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Everyone else decided that they wanted to have some fun as well, so they went to work on the more *traditional* puzzles. Each year, my older two children, Kelly and Michael, sit together and put a puzzle from their younger days together.  Ryan has one as well, but he's not as dedicated to the tradition.  *smile*  This may be one of my favorite photos from this year.  I absolutely must order puzzles from photos of the other children for next year.  
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Saturday, December 26, 2009

RYAN'S BOOT CAMP GRADUATION

Turning Blue Ceremony
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The Graduation
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The Homecoming
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NEW PROJECTS

Christmas decorating may be over, but the next creative project is just around the corner--after shopping that is. I love this season of purging and organizing. I love to start the year off feeling like I've got it together, and this is the week to accomplish that.  Well, maybe that's a lofty goal, but I will try!  

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Friday, December 25, 2009

ALL IN GOOD FUN

Nothing like a Sunday school party for getting to know people.
There was singing . . .
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and more singing.
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And there was the gift.
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And, of course, there was food.
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And there were games.
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And then there was the bringing down of the Christmas spirit.
Patti was the one who knew how it was done.
The rest of us were just doing as we were told.
We didn't want to mess with her.
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Pat and I were her recruits.
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I was a good sport.
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Bob was a good sport.
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Bob was weird. 
We all were weird.
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And a good time was had by all.
Merry Christmas!