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Friday, November 30, 2012

Christmas Time Is Here!!

My favorite season is finally here! I love the Christmas trees, the holiday music, the crafts, the cookie making, the lights, in short I love it all! It is such a wonderful time of year! People seem to be happier and everything seems to me to be brighter and more joyous. I am so amazingly blessed to have such wonderful family on both sides to enjoy my holidays with. Also a very tolerant husband, he is in his heart a Grinch but he stows the green guy while I decorate, craft and sing holiday songs all around the house!
We put up our tree and decorations a couple of days ago and Santa's little helper Bernard showed up last night with donuts and cocoa!
This is the first year we have done the Elf on the Shelf and though I still find the little dude a bit creepy, I just love all the funny things you can do with them. I can't wait!
Happy holidays!
Stay tuned for elf mischief and our Count Down the Christmas activities!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

USS Razorback Submarine

We when on a Thanksgiving trip to Little Rock, AR and had so much fun.
Really, I am serious!
We went and toured a submarine and went to super fun restaurant that had trains that delivered your food to the tables! It is called All Aboard and if you are ever in the area you have to check it out! We really enjoined the Sub and I am planning to do a section on subs with James next week. The history is so different than what we see in movies.
This submarine served in WWII and it was hot (100-120) and cramped! The interior is basically a walk way flanked my either stacks of beds or machinery! Crazy! I can't imagine working and living like that, but the tour guide said they were very well paid and the top 2% of the navy.
God bless those who protect us and our freedoms, especially if they did it from a WWII Sub!

Here is my little sailor!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Eating out...outside that is

Helping mommy cook and having a fun dinner on the deck!
I was a beautiful night so we dragged the food out onto the deck, we also listened to Christmas music! It is almost that time of year, we are pretty strict about NO Christmas before Thanksgiving!
Monday, November 19, 2012

Samaritans Purse Toy Boxes

I have wanted to do the Samaritans Purse boxes for a couple of years and have finally gotten it all together in time, barely in time! James was very interested and glad to give to the "children with no money to buy toys", though he did ask if they were going to send him a toy in return. I told him that the gift that we get is knowing that we have make someone happy, and made God happy. He seemed OKAY with this! haha! I was also very proud that he was able to shop for the boxes without begging and was happy to pack them up and send them off. He is a good boy!
We packed toys and school supplies for a boy and girl about James and Lillian's age. Also we included photos and a note/picture the kids drew. The site said that if you include your address you make hear back from the child that gets your box. It would make James's day, and mine, to get a letter from Africa!
Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Scrapbook Paper Advent Calendar

While we don't celebrate the Advent calender in the traditional way, we use it as a countdown to Christmas, I am calling it that because that is the way most people know it.

I saw this on pinterest and loved the idea of scrap paper and all the fun embellishments that come with it. So here it is! I think that I will still add some more doo-dads, I love me some doo-dads! (yes, doo-dad, that is the technical term for embellishments) 

I have crafts like a making an ornament and paper snowflakes. We are going to do a couple of service project such as care packages for the troops, toys for tots, and a giving canned food.
I really want them to appreciate the holiday as a season of giving not getting, so one day is making Christmas cards for a family member, another is picking out a gift for the other sibling, and helping make our neighbors Christmas candies.
We will also read Christmas stories, watch the Polar Express, and we are doing Elf on the Shelf this year!

I can't wait for December so I can start the fun!!!


The insperation from pinterest...

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Back in action!

I super enjoyed our little vacation home to Texas, but I am glad to be back home in Alabama!
I hit the ground running on Christmas stock for the Etsy store. A wreath and paper ornaments, next are clay ornaments and a Christmas dress. ;)
Enjoy the pretty...