Friday, December 31, 2010

Last minute layouts.......

I did my last few layouts for the year this last week while we've been enjoying Christmas break, thought i would stop in and share.  We had a wonderful Christmas, it came and went sooooooo fast.We spent Christmas eve at my parents and then came home and played a few games and set up for Santa, mom didn't want to make Santa's favorite so we used Sugar Cookies that a friend had brought over that day. *Santa insisted*  they were better than the ones i had made that were sitting right there too. 
Ethan started coming in our room around 6:00 a.m. then after 10 minutes after that till it was 7:00.  They were so excited to see what Santa had brought :)
 They got motorized scooters, and Baylee got the Tangled Castle and a Crib for babies along with alot of other fun things.  Then we made the trek to my parents again (and to be honest *Santa* lives there).  We always look forward to see the 'stacks' of presents, and the wonderful food displayed.  It has always been this way with them.  My parents usually don't see eye to eye, my mom wants to stop WAY before my dad ever does, but there is no controlling him.  Even as a child, when we didn't have much, no money, lived in a trailor park, there was always a wonderful Christmas.  We, or the grandkids aren't 'spoiled' all year long (he is actually quite the tightwad, a trait i wish i had inherited), but come Christmas, he does it, and he loves it.  So we let him...........

I feel bad i don't have more pictures.  I really just sat back and enjoyed this year, not crazy with the camera at all.  As a matter of fact, i didn't even pull it out once at Dean's parents.  We headed over there after mine and spent the rest of the afternoon enjoying one another's company.  My SIL Lori got EVERYONE together for a family photo and hopefully will get a copy of that.  So all in all, it was a wonderful day!!

Here are the layouts i did. The first i did with the new line from Fancy Pants called Love Birds!  SO FUN.  Super girly and whimsical i think, but i like that because i have one.  This is Baylee on her 4th birthday last year. 

The next is one i did using Lily Bee product.  Paper is from Catching Fall, Christmas Town and my all time favorite the green polka dot from Lovely.  Baylee and her uncle Brad whom she totally adores taking a walk. 

Okay enough talking............hope everyone has a Happy New Year!!  Our Ethan is getting baptized tomorrow so it should a great day.  We are excited. 


Wednesday, December 22, 2010

My Wish List

First i'm going to start off with Holy Crap - Christmas is in 3 days, not sure how that happened!  Next I'm going to share my Studio Calico wish list.  Not going to miss this opportunity :).  My list is pretty long but i will keep it to a minimum - don't want to be too stingy!
  • Mr. Huey White, Cream or Lunch Tray
  • Wood Veneer Stars
  • Notions Flowers
  • Anything from the Elementary line
And for my Santa wish list, I'm not asking for much, just a healthy family, good food, and lots under the tree for the kiddos.  My dad, still thinks he is Santa, and does a good job at taking care of that.  I love his Christmas spirit this time of year, not just because of the gifts, but because of how he loves it so much.  The traditions i did as a kid, he is still doing now.  It is so fun.

I was hoping for the Iphone, but so far, Verizon hasn't gotten their crap together and it looks as though its going to be a few more months.  So i'm not sure if i just get a Verizon phone or hold out - any thoughts??  Other than that i'm good.  The kids lists were pretty mild this year.  I am worried about one thing, Mason, my 10 year old, attached a penny to his letter to Santa, and said if he gets it back, then he will know that Santa is real, not sure what to do with that.  I'm just not ready for him to not have that true Spirit of Christmas, hey, i'm 34 and i still believe, i have never asked my parents, and they never admitted anything to me, and i like it that way. 
Just a few pictures to share before i go:  The first few are the kids with Santa at a family Christmas party.

Baylee had a Christmas dance performance last saturday and it was so darn cute.  It was about being naughty or nice, if you can't tail she has devil horns on under that Halo, and then a devil tail pinned to her bum!  So cute!

And last - a picture of Ethan on his birthday, i can't believe he is 8, and doing so well.  We've been so lucky with his health (knock on wood).  He's such a good boy, loves to test me and push my buttons but he is so thoughtful and has a big heart!
 And i didn't get a picture of Mason (was busy video recording) at his Piano recital last Sunday at Grandma Hurd's.  She has been his teacher for almost 3 years.  I was so proud of him.  He does a great job, i'm glad someone in our family has some musical talent - besides Ethan and his paper jamz guitar :)

Hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas, for now, i'm enjoying the break from school, not sure what to do with myself, i find myself checking the computer 20 times a day to make sure i don't have to do anything.  I did check final grades last night and saw this.  I was pretty happy.  My math class is just a pass/fail and i barely passed.
Undergraduate Course work
CRN Subject Course Section Course Title Campus Final Grade

45600 HIST 1700 BCJ American Civilization Brigham City Campus B+

45618 HIST 2210 BCJ Introduction to Folklore Brigham City Campus A

45697 MATH 0900 BCU Elements of Algebra Brigham City Campus P@

46951 USU 1350 BCJ Integrated Life Science Brigham City Campus A


Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Its almost here........

I can't believe the month is almost over and I am so unprepared this year.  We have had a gazillion parties, and the house is decorated, but no gifts bought, no cards sent out (not happening) and no baked yumminess.  :(  But oh well, tis the life of a full time college student.  I have 2 finals tomorrow and 1 Friday then I'm done and will be able to have some fun.  I'm over feeling sorry for myself and ready to relax and enjoy what Christmas is all about, spending time with family and enjoying the excitement of the kids.

We have an extra short tree this year because the ceilings in this home are only 8 ft.  So we didn't use half of our ornaments.  And i wasn't feeling creative enough to find a place for them.  But i have to say i am in better spirits and have excepted the fact that i'm not on the ball, that it is okay, and we will still have a fabulous Christmas no matter what.  The kids don't really notice, so that is the most important thing, don't want to put a damper on their holiday spirits.  I even sat back this year and let them decorate the tree with out telling them where they can put the ornaments, it was kind of fun. 

I created this box using the Lily Bee Christmas town line to put on my front end table full of candy canes.

Check out the Lily Bee Blog for more details on how i created it!

One more thing, i'm really excited that Memory Works has asked me to be involved in creating projects with some of their new product coming out for CHA - also the Elementary line which is too die for - love the grungy feel.  I know your thinking where is she going to find the time.  But i will!  Here is the website for the Simple Stories program and how it can work.
So i will catch you later, off to run kids around to dance, piano, and a kid Christmas party at Grandma Hurds house tonight - she is so cute, every year she gets all the grandkids together and they watch a Christmas movie, eat good food and go Christmas caroling.  They always look forward too it.


Thursday, December 9, 2010

December Daily

Hey friends, if your still out there...............i've been a REALLY bad blogger.  My life is just spinning in circles right now and i havn't even had the time to stop and enjoy my favorite time of the year.  But i have to say I am proud that I was able to complete my December Daily album - my first ever.  If your not familiar with it, go check out Ali Edwards blog for more details but pretty much, it is just a keepsake for all the fun things you do during the month.  Each day is usually filled with some holiday tradition or party, it is just a matter of taking a picture each day and remembering to write down your thoughts.  If your like me, the pictures won't get in until after the holidays, while others, do them weekly.  I did mine for the Fancy Pants Blog which gave me that extra push to get it done.  If you want instructions, check out the blog post over there :).  I don't want to bore you with them all - so here are just a few.  I used Fancy Pants Tradition line and I made it very simple - for someone like me with NO TIME - it is perfect!

As far as Christmas goes, we haven't had a day of rest around here, a party EVERY single night except for Dec. 2nd but i had school.  None last night, and i have school tonight.  Ethan is turning 8 tomorrow - so we are playing then too, just making it simple this year, taking him to see Tangled (his choice) and this crazy disgusting Chinese restaurant for ham fried rice and noodles :) - it's his birthday - right??  Then we have another party Saturday afternoon, i have one Saturday night, if i can bring myself to go, and we are celebrating Ethan's birthday on Sunday with family, and we have our annual adult Fondue night on Monday - is it sad that i just feel like it is TOO MUCH!  As much as i love it - i feel overwhelmed.  I'm sure school isn't helping that matter, i have 3 Finals next week to - one Wed. one Thurs. and my last one Friday, maybe then i will enjoy the holidays.  I haven't even bought one gift yet, and i am usually done before the month begins.  UGH, okay, the tears are welling up - it's time to change the subject!!  Or maybe just end this post and come back on a happier note :)!