Thursday, December 30, 2010

Girls on the Town

Thanks for all your sweet comments about the fire.  Everyone is surrounding us with love & encouragment so we still had a lot of fun together this Christmas.  The night before the fire was magical!

Annie, my mom & I headed down to St.Paul for Joeseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat & here are just a few pictures from our magical night:

We didn't want the night to end!
Hope you made some magical memories too!

Monday, December 27, 2010

'Twas the Night Before Christmas

December 23 I received a phone call
from my Father-in-law:
"Is Kelly home?"  (Kelly is my husband)
"No...I can't get ahold of him either."
"Well, ok....when you get ahold of him
tell him my house burned down."
Then we talked for about 10 minutes while firemen scambled around him & as he watched his home burn to the ground the day before Christmas Eve.

Picture From Local Paper

When it was through there
was nothing left, nothing.

Later that night our families met together at church for a Christmas service & I held my Mother-In -Law as she sobbed quietly, "My home is gone."  She has been through so much, as last year I vividly remember holding her sobbing, "My baby is gone."  when she lost a son.  I can't imagine the pain in her heart.

Then just a few minutes later we went into church & with only my husband & Bo between us we all sang praises to God.  We worshiped together even as the smell of smoke off the only clothes they owned filled the air and stung me so strongly 3 seats away.  Even the candles we lit as we sang Silent Night were a reminder of the day.

It was a tough night. But in the midst of devestation they turned their attention to the real meaning of Chirstmas. They turned their eyes on Jesus.

So my dear Friends it has been a
busy time but I promise I will visit
you all very soon!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Short Chain

Our Christmas chain is getting short.
I am getting scared!

The tree is for Christmas Day 
& the star for Christmas Eve.
But that little striped coat is for seeing
Joeseph & the Amazing
Technicolor Dreamcoat
with Annie. 
I can hardly wait for her to see it!!!

The only thing that worries me is that
only leaves one little red loop on the chain for
shopping and I really am not even close to done!

Last night Annie was working on
finishing up her Christmas list.
She worked so hard & she can't wait to give
them to her friends!  Afterschool she is going
to wrap them up herself.  I am planning on
her using at least a roll & a half of tape.  It will
take a lot of self control to keep my hands off :) 

Are you done or are you getting worried too?

Monday, December 13, 2010

Obsessed :)

I have a new hobby...between Christmas pagents & boutiques & all the holiday cheer I have fallen in love...with candle making! 

I asked my hubby for candle making supplies for my birthday & they right on my birthday!  So this weekend I enjoyed the 16 inches of snow as an excuse to stay home & make some candles! 

First, I chopped up the wax.
You can buy it flaked but the
only shop around here sells it in slabs.
Then, I wicked the glass & picked some scents.

Then just heat, mix, & pour!

I ended up with the best smelling gifts!!!

And I am making more scents today!!! 
I can hardly wait!

I still have A LOT to learn but I am having so much fun!

Although there is a DANGER...
...little boys lurking about with no supervision.

When I was chopping up wax today, I could see them, but when I was chopping wax AND talking on the phone, Bo knew I was checked out for a few minutes & somehow he managed to walk right passed me with a bag of chocolate chips.

So even though they were "quietly watching t.v."
They were still up to no good! 

P.S.  In my year of blogging I do apprecaite that I only have received one comment about my bad parenting...actually it referenced that Bo was the type of child that would one day be in jail for thank you very much to the rest of you for being so sweet :)  Even though I show the trouble I do not show the consequences so I am sure it does appear that way :)  I actually think blogging makes me a BETTER mom...instead of yelling & screaming I calm down while grabbing my camera & then can calmly have the punishment fit the crime :) 

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Why Didn't Anyone Tell Me!!!

No one ever said a word. 
I was raised with only sisters
& I had no idea...about boys.

Today I was dealing with this:
Then Rocco was screaming & Bo was yelling,
"Rocco needs help!!!"

I looked up to find this:

I guess the "No standing on tables" rule
needs to be reved up a few notches.

 As you can see my consequences really worked
because an hour later Rocco was back up.
I am pretty sure this one is gonna be trouble.

Runs in the family I guess.
Hope your decorating is going
WAY better than mine! 

I am having Kate's boutique here this weekend
so I am super busy, but the second it is over
I will be visiting you all like crazy!!!

Monday, December 6, 2010

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Every year at this time Annie is sneaking into my dish towel drawer to make costumes for Mary & Joseph.  She bosses Joseph around and sings Away in a Manger as she stares down at her baby.  This year has been no different.  I was instructed to have a stable ready when she gets home from school today :)

And that makes this the most wonderful time of the year!

My friend Chrissy asked me to guest post today! 
I hope you get a chance to stop by Chrissy's!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Christmas Tradition

Growing up we took a Santa picture every year.  We loved it as kids & hated it as teenagers!!!  But now we are so thankful we have the memories...& our kids love laughing at them too :) 

One special thing my mom did was frame them in fabric from our Christmas dresses or wrapping paper from the times, then she hung them on strips of ribbon. 

I was not the cutest baby :)
Notice all the really bad Santas :)

I love this one with my hands STUFFED full of
candycanes & my big sis protecting me from Santa.
I love the ever changing hairdos.
If you look close at the next one my
little sister Rachael's zipper is down :)
The first good Santa
& he won't even let us on his lap.
When we were teenagers my mom would drop us off at the mall & do a little Christmas shopping while we waited in line to have our picture taken...Oh how we HATED that! to be seen with each line for Santa!!! But now those memories just make us smile...and we can't wait to do it to torture our own kids!
This is our last pic before Kate left for college. 
Only fitting we finally discovered who Santa really is :) 
My Dad!
Hope you are enjoying some
family time this December!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Boutique Time

Hey Ladies

Auntie Cake is having a Christmas Boutique! 

Friday, December 3rd, 9:00am-5:00pm
Saturday, December 4th, 10:00am-5:00pm

If you would like to attend please email me @ for her address & directions.

Many handmade items, stocking stuffers, & more!!!
Hope to see lots of friends there!