Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year!

It's time to celebrate - 2011 is just around the corner!

2010 wasn't a bad year - in fact a lot of good things happened this last year.

my sister got married
my niece was born
I started a great book club
I started my blog
work became less stressful
I got to spend good quality time with friends and family
I actually got to take some time off
I started crafting and learned to crochet
All in all I would say that 2010 was a pretty good year.

And now I look forward to what life brings me in 2011.
I look forward to:
resolutions to health issues that I have had for months - regardless of the implications it may have on my future
working really hard on reducing my debt
spending time with family and friends
spoiling my nieces and nephew

I hope you have a very Happy and Safe New Years!!

Monday, December 27, 2010

Christmas Gifts

 I made these shirts and onesies for the my nieces and nephew while I was on stay-cation.
I would have shared these before, but my sisters read my blog and I didn't want them to see before Christmas.

All of my fabric came from the thrift store - love it!!

My niece Tennessee got 3 - only because you can't buy just one white long-sleeved onesie - you have to buy 3!

I used iron on fabric adhesive, but then I also sewed along the edges - you aren't supposed to have to, but I don't think the designs would have stayed otherwise!

 Korrine modeling her shirt!
 John modeling his.
 Tennessee modeling hers
 I had to take lots of pics - this one was the best of the bunch!
Of course I had to take a pic with my special kiddos!
We do have a serious pic, but this silly one is so much cuter!!

Hope you had a very Merry Christmas!!!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Sugar Cookie Fun

Last night my niece and nephew were over and we decorated sugar cookies.

I think they are excited!!
She was concentrating really hard on what she was doing.

John did is best at decorating the cookie, but he thought...

eating them was so much better!!

Korrine's cookies turned out great!

We had a great time and the kitchen wasn't a disaster when we were done!

I am excited to spend time with my family for Christmas this weekend!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Day 3 of Stay-Cation

I could get used to being on stay-cation!
But I couldn't pay my bills if I didn't work - bummer!

I heart not waking up to an alarm
I love not having a schedule and doing whatever I want based on my mood
I love being able to eat lunch with friends
I get to visit stores that I otherwise don't get to shop at
I get to stay in my pj's all day if I want (yes, I did that yesterday!)

I finally had to make a to do list yesterday to make sure that I accomplished
everything that needed to be done.  
That list is longer than what it was in my head.
I love scratching things off the list.  
And I admit that I put something on the list I had already done just so that I could cross it off.
You do it too, don't you?

I got my sewing machine out last night.
It had been years since I have sewn.
I really wasn't sure if I would remember how to thread it!
But it all came rushing back to me.
I am not very good at sewing unless it is a straight line, but even that can be troublesome for me!
The sewing machine was my grandmother's and as I sewed I thought about all of the wonderful
things she made us and about how great her sewing was!  
I guess I would probably get better at sewing if I did it more, but it's just not my thing.

Hope your week is going well - it's half over - ugh - that means my stay-cation is half over!  I do not have half of the things crossed off my list!  Better get busy!!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Stay - Cation!!!

So, this week I am on stay-cation!  I had 40 hours of vacation to use by Dec 31st or I would lose it!  I wasn't about to lose it - I worked hard for it!!

I haven't had an entire week off since Christmas last year!

I was supposed to go visit my BFF earlier in the fall, but things fell apart at work and it didn't work out so, instead I am now staying at home for a week.

My "to do" list is long and it I keep thinking of things to add to it!
I have plenty of crafts to finish start!
I should also send out some Christmas cards
and bake!

I am also waiting on some car parts to arrive on my door step to make some needed repairs to my vehicle!
It would be really nice to know exactly how fast I am driving and how much gas I have!

Okay so - I guess it is time to stop talking about all that I need to do and to actually start working on it!

Friday, December 10, 2010

I have been MIA

I have neglected my blog this week.  Mostly because I could be a stunt double for Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer!  

I developed a nasty cold and my nose has been as red as Rudolph's!
I still have my cold, but it is getting better - yeah!!

So, today is the 10th and I told you that I would always post a list of 10 things on the 10th.

I am officially on stay-cation so, here is a list of 10 things I plan to accomplish this week.

1.  sleeping
2.  cleaning my house
3.  reading
4.  crafting
5.  working on my vehicle
6.  going to lunch with friends
7.  going to 3 Christmas parties
8.  Christmas cards
9.  blogging
10.  relaxing

I think that I most look forward to relaxing and sleeping!   

Hope you have a great weekend!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Vintage Goodness

Last week I told you I would share with you what I got
from my antiquing in my parent's basement.

Love this old toaster - my dad said he used one just like it when he was a kid.

This old radio is minus the cord.

I love this fan

and these lanterns!!

and the old bowling pin.

My dad made sure to tell me not to plug any of these things in - no worries - the cords are not in condition and the cord from the radio has been cut off. 
I also got some glass bowls as well - apparently I didn't take any pictures of those. 

I can't wait to go through more stuff!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Life is Short

This week has reminded me that life is short and that you never know when it's your time to meet your Heavenly Father.  Members of my extended family lost loved ones this past weekend.  My brother-in-law lost a grandfather, aunts lost mothers and cousins lost grandmothers.  All had spent Thanksgiving Day together and got the dreaded phone calls on Saturday and Sunday that those loved ones had gone home to be with the Lord.

Each had lived long full lives and while we know that they now aren't experiencing any pain or health problems that doesn't make the loss for their families any easier.  My aunt and I were talking last night about how no matter how much you thought you had prepared yourself, you aren't really ever prepared when the day comes. 

It was great to hear the stories about the lives these people lived.  Memories about how warm, open, loving, caring and Godly they were.  I hope people say such nice things about me when I am gone. 

Remember to tell the people in your life how you feel about them - you never know if you are going to get the chance to tell them again.  To all my friends and family - I LOVE YOU!!!


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