Monday, January 26, 2009
Now he's not sure what to do with his time after work for the next 8 weeks. I told him to get an indoor hobby . . . since golf and baseball are off limits in the winter here. Sat and Sun he played his golf and baseball and golf video games . . . and decided he needs a new gaming system since the old Nintendo 64 we have looks like crap on our new hi-def flatscreen (Merry Christmas to Kev!). Good thing he's got a birthday coming up . . . and believe me, the hints have already started dropping. :)
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Sneaky little wad. I think he talks just fine . . . he just doesn't want us to know it.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Some have said that he doesn't deserve all the hoop-lah because he hasn't even done anything yet. Some say no president should be treated like a popstar. Some say he's going to single-handedly bring the ruination of the America we've always known. And some say he's going to change everything and bring to life the best America there will ever be.
Maybe. But when I'm old and looking back thru the scrapbooks of my life, I want to be able to remember that I was alive when they swore in the first African American President. One way or another this event will change our lives and the lives of my kids. I pray that God will use this for good!
Friday, January 16, 2009
In other scrapbooking news, one of my fav magazines decided the economy is too yucky and is closing down for good. I hate it when other people make decisions for us because they think it may be necessary. I would rather have had the option of continuing my subscription or not depending on my own economic situation, not just "I'm sorry, we think you won't buy this anymore."
Now, I know that in the grand scheme of things anything at all related to scrapbooking is small beans but I do love it so that it filters into many other parts of my life. And if nothing else, it is a HUGE creative outlet for me . . . and that alone is enough. As Kev says often, "Well, at least it keeps you off the streets."
Sorry for this somewhat dumping of a post . . . I didn't get much sleep last night as Gennie finally caught the stomach bug that we've all been delighted with this past week (seriously, can't we all just get better and be done with it?) so I slept on the trundle bed in her room. Different bed, different room, constantly on the alert for the next round of heaving . . . doesn't lead to much rest. I promise I'll try to be better tomorrow - and it will be about the really important stuff, like crochet or what TV shows I watched - you know, high priority. Yeah . . .
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Me: Put your finger down and look at me. I don't want a photo of your finger. And sit still. You're gonna fall off that chair. Now, look up here!
Josiah: GIVE IT BACK! I'm not gonna smile ever again if you don't hand it over. And just to show you I'm serious, I'm gonna jump off this chair and scream. How does that sound?Yeah, that was pretty much the end of it. Once he gets out this Little Rabid Shark face and shows all 104 teeth in there, there's no reason to press the issue. Another day, maybe.
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Anyway, this year I wanted to jump on the bandwagon with a bunch of my scrapbooking yodas and join in on the Project 365. In broad strokes the plan is that you take one photo a day for a whole year. There's a kit for it with all the stuff you need for a whole scrapbook but the company that produced it waaaaaay underestimated it's allure and on the day they opened it up for purchase online (it's an online-only company), not only did they sell out within the first few hours but there was so much traffic on their website with people trying to get the kit that the whole website crashed and was out of commission for 5 days. They are trying to get more kits produced but I guess they get them made in China and there is a 120-day turnaround time so who knows. I guess I'll just have to wait it out and see if I can get one of them from the second production. I'm kinda not holding my breath.
But . . . I still plan to take the photos and do the journaling, in hopes that I will get my hands on some kind of scrapbooking situation in which to collect them all at the end of the year. I checked eBay yesterday and several people "ended up with 2 kits" . . . ahhh, greed . . . which they were selling but for so much more than the original price, upwards of $200 more. I think I can wait.
All of this to say that I plan to post the chosen photos on here, both to share with you all and so that I can write down the info about the photos to help me remember why I shot them in the first place. The journaling part of scrapbooking is my suckiest part - I even hated putting captions on the photos when I edited my highschool yearbook. But I figure if I put them on here with a line or two about what was going on I have a better chance of actually remembering.
And so I begin. I decided to start on the first Sunday of the year because I hate starting a project in the middle of the week. This Sunday our Girl's Bible Study celebrated someone's birthday and we had them make and decorate cookies. Gennie is too young to be in the group yet but I got to take home the extras for her and Josiah and they were thrilled:Monday brought the return to preschool after the holiday break:
It was -4 degrees as we went out the door. Josiah was really lost without his playmate for the 2 1/2 hours she was gone. I think he really liked having her home everyday for those 2 weeks and he really wasn't ready for her to go. He wandered around getting into stuff he knows he's not allowed in, looking for something to play with but not wanting to do anything. I didn't know a 1 year old could get bored like this. When I told him it was time to go pick her up he screamed happily and bolted for the front room to put on his hat and gloves. I just laughed and was thrilled that they get along so well.
Two down, 363 to go!
Monday, January 5, 2009
Friday, January 2, 2009
Awesome. She didn't know that we had to put the cans up on top of the stocking hangers because once the stockings were filled they pulled the hangers right off the rock wall. (The princess thing was a puzzle and the "pie" is pumpkin filling.)
Mom and Dad came over for brunch and we finally got around to presents after 11am. The kids had a great time opening presents and got lots of clothes and toys. Here are some highlights:
Josiah got several Little People sets and clothes and set of dishes perfectly sized for him (he demands them at every meal now) and a quilt in little boy-type fabric that he LOVED and this wooden train set from Nana and Grandpa Pat . . . a huge hit!
Gennie got a Barbie . . . which she was OVERJOYED about . . . and a stamping set of her very own (so she'll stay out of mine!) and an art set with crayons and watercolors (whic she's already used up so we'll have to get more) and Groovy Girls stuff (more about that with her birthday, later) and this fabulous quilt from Great Grandma Billie which they both had to model for me:
I know it's not right to be envious, especially of one's own 5 year old daughter, but I've been systematically devising ways to get to use the blanket myself - I LOVE IT!! Reminds me of my childhood somehow, although I never had this particular design on anything of my own. Hmmmm.
Kev got a reciprocating saw from my parents, and he was totally thrilled . . . the proof being that I hardly ever get an actual "excited" face from him in photos. Now he just needs something to hack apart.
I had told Kev when he asked what I wanted for Christmas that I'd like to learn a new skill. I learned how to crochet back in college instead of doing my homework (D=Diploma, right?) but never learned how to knit so that's what I picked:
So far I've mastered the "casting on" part but can't seem to get the knitting stitches right yet. Must need more practice.
After all that, we put the kids down for naps and watched our traditional Christmas Day movie . . . we used to go to the show on Christmas Day but now that we have kids that doesn't always work so we've rented movies the last few years to watch while they nap. This year we watched Leatherheads . . . it was pretty funny watching George Clooney try to be a youngster athlete. When the kids got up we went out for Christmas Dinner - Chinese!
Appropriately we sang "Fa-ra-ra-ra-ra, ra-ra ra ra" . . . quitely under our breaths so as to not offend the Chinese waiters . . . but I don't think anyone had duck. After we had stuffed ourselves we came home to watch "A Christmas Story". The kids got into their new jammies from Nana and Grandpa Pat and actually cuddled together on Gennie's couch with their new car blankets I made them . . . we don't dare go anywhere around here without some sort of blanket in the car with us in case there's an accident or we get stuck on the road or something so I made them each a second car blanket so they now have one for each car . . . Josiah's has scotty dogs on one side and paw prints on the other and Gennie's is monkeys on both sides, one pink and one teal:
Thus endeth our Christmas this year. I had a blast and shot way too many photos like I always do . . . tradition is tradition, after all. Kinda sad that the holidays are over for another year, but now we get to play with all our new stuff . . . Kev, get that saw out of my scrapbook closet!
Oh, and this was our Dec 26th:
and most of our days since, between one of us or the other. Good thing we didn't have any place to be. Here's to a fabulous 2009 and all the adventures it has to offer!