Monday, December 31, 2007

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! We have one hour and ten minutes here in CST before it is official but Happy New Year!!! :) and thanks for reading my blog.

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Little Miss Sunshine :]

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We had three different snowfalls this week. I love our snowman--he turned out so cute!!
Here are some of our Christmas pics:

and here are some of the wonderful gifts we received:


I thought it would be easier to put them in slideshows to share.
We had lots of family time over the week. We had a great Christmas. Harrison got some wonderful presents. I love how he was really into the story of the birth of Jesus this year. He would tell it to whomever was within earshot whenever he would spot a Nativity!
I also wanted him to learn the Christmas was not just about receiving but about giving what you can. We donated to a local organization, The Children's Center. They had a wishlist on their web site (http://www.thechildrens-center.org/) and Harrison was pretty active in helping us shop for the items. It felt good to drop them off to donate. We also found out that at the front entrance of PetSmart there is a display with white bags. You take the bags and can donate any ink cartridges or cell phones. We donated 11 cartridges (I kept thinking I would refill them...NOT!), and my Razr cell phone. We also gave bags of toys to our neighbors. I know we aren't in a position to do much right now financially, but I like to feel like we are doing something, especially around the holidays.
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So Friday was Harrison's birthday!!!! We had a party for family only earlier in the month so we just spent the day as a threesome. He had the choice of going to Chuck E Cheese or Toys R Us and he chose Toys R Us. They gave him a balloon, a birthday crown and announced it over the intercom! Since he is in the FREE birthday club (I think you can even sign up online) he also got a $3 gift card and a call from Geoffrey! He bought Murdoch the train. He proudly wore that crown on his head ALL day and beamed everytime someone said, "HB" to him. :)
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I got a phone call from my doctor's office the Friday before Christmas. They want to refer me to a specialist for my liver. My dr. tested it 3 times and all three times the liver enzymes were dangerously high! So I tried to call the specialist and had trouble making an appt. (I was told to call back after Jan.1st). I am concerned, of course, but for the past 5 years Ben and I have been together I have had some health crisis and/or surgery EVERY year, so we get sort of immune to it. Please keep me in your prayers, thanks! I have a really good doctor, Dr. Halcomb, so I am sure she could find me someone else to make an appt. with if it does not work out. I like how she genuinely cares for her patients. I never feel rushed when talking to her and I always notice she takes really thorough notes. :)
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Well, 2008 is almost here! No, I don't ever make any resolutions. I think I did one year when I was a teenager but I only followed 2 or 3 of them. I do make little to do lists and little goals. Right now I just want a happy, healthy 2008 for my whole family. Oh, and I need to start an exercise program because I would really like more energy. I have been doing a really good job of drinking only water. When I get bored with that I add lemon or lime and sometimes I just do one of those Crystal Light pouches (try Cherry Limeade flavor!).Oh, but I do have a BIG goal for this year! I am enrolling at a local university again to finish my Master's Degree (in Reading Education)--I was halfway there when I had to go on long-term bed rest while pregnant with Harrison. I am really happy to go back and finish it. Then when/if I return to teaching elementary it will be in a more specialized field and I will make more money which means we can move into our dream home faster.
We aren't doing anything big for New Year's...just staying home in our PJs watching The Office season 3 or something. We have never been really celebratory on NY anyway. Oh, we did make a New Year's tree!
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We finally saw the movie I Am Legend. Ben and I both liked it. The monsters in the movie reminded me of the ones from The Mummy...you could really tell they were computer animated. Will Smith's acting was really,really good! :)
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Today we are taking down our tree we adopted at a local park. We are taking Harrison to play at another (smaller) park. Then my mom and I have plans to visit an antique shop that is having a 1/2 price day. And we are going to Target...they have a ribbon organizer for $4.99!!!

Friday, December 28, 2007

A blog of note!

I like this blog :) called Tacky Christmas Yards blog...but it really gives me inspiration to go wild with lights. Loves it!
http://tackychristmasyards.com/
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Picture Crazed

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I am going to post my recent holiday pics here and there because I took over 300 Christmas photos so thanks for bearing with me!
About twice a year I go through our repair basket. It holds toys/books that need repairing. This ugly doll I had made for Harrison--out of felt--needed sewing so I was so happy to get that done!
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After working all day on things, now my repair basket is empty!
Our dog Kipper Shyler McGraw has been having a little TOO much fun over the holidays!
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And his adopted brothers,too!
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One sad thing about this month is after 3 years it will be Harrison's teacher/tutor's last visit.
We will miss you Ms. Marilyn! We will keep in touch! :) She gave Harrison an Elmo puzzle, stuffed horse, sticker book and board books.
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We got her this Sugar Cookie baking set.
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Harrison and I had a ton of cookies to make for family holiday parties.
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These were our favorites to make. Tasty! They turned our tongue green!
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Harrison loved the cupcakes most. He called them "cake muffins" LOL.
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Chocolate chip cookies, krispy wreaths, peanut butter chocolate no bakes, and a Pillsbury sugar cookie set.
On Tuesday, the 19th, my mom took me on a mini-shopping spree at Michaels and Target. She was so nice to buy me some stuff. My mom is funny that way because she always tries to give us our gifts early,too. This is what I got:
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Some ribbon, gel pens, a white permopaque pen, and some acrylic mini sets.
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Sticker album, and tiny stocking for Harrison.
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Here is a close up of the ribbon. I don't drink LOL but I really liked the pink color!
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Crystal garland and icicles ornaments.
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I thought this snowman would make a good altered object. I am planning on covering him with paper, ribbon, and doodads.
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I LOVE LOVE LOVE this stocking because it reminds me of something Seussical.
Ben and I went to Michaels Craft Store on Sunday and they already had Christmas 50-75% off before Christmas. Here are some of my scrappy deals!
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The Sandylion embellies and foam stamp set were 49 cents!
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I got a holiday slab for 4.99!
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I bought this red mailbox last year at M's, but they have them again this year on clearance also. Harrison loves it because Santa leaves him notes in it!!
It snowed that day,too!
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Harrison and Ben played in it but I was too busy to get to enjoy the snow. No probs though because it snowed here yesterday, the 27th (and I did get to play with them in it), and today the 28th. Snow much fun!
Here are some AFTER Christmas deals I got at Target.
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Hint: If you go to the scrapbook section, there is no sign but *most* Christmas stuff is 50% off now. It will go to 75 and 90% also when the rest of Christmas stuff does.
The reason I am sharing my scrappy deal pics is because maybe you will see something you like and be able to find it at a store near you for a bargain. :)

We had a very peaceful, fun Christmas. Lots o' family time. Harrison was really into Santa this year so we tracked him on the Norad site, left cookies/milk/reindeer food, left Santa tracks,etc. It was great to see him so excited on Christmas morning. I think Ben was more excited than him because he woke Harrison up! I have to say that Christmas seems more fun when you are a parent. I hope your holiday was joyous!

Ancient Pyramid Found in Mexico City

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20071228/sc_nm/mexico_pyramid_dc
I thought this was fascinating!

You say its your birthday...its my birthday,too!

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Happy 3rd Birthday baby!!! Today is Harrison's 3rd birthday--yay!!! And we also want to wish a Happy 3rd Birthday to his playdate pal Aden!!!

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Yeti's Christmas

Sorry this isn't a longer post, but I hope your Christmas was merry and bright!!! We did quite a bit of after Christmas shopping today and I am tired so I am heading to bed early for once! I will share our Christmas/snow pics and some great scrapbook finds with you soon!

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Merry Christmas!!!

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Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones! I will be taking a blogger break until December 26, Wednesday. I hope you have a safe, wonderful holiday.
Christmas Blessings-
Tina and family :)
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Friday, December 21, 2007

You're A Mean One Mr Grinch

This never gets old!

Charlie Brown Christmas

:)

In Touch with Inspiration!! Scrapbook Challenge

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This weekend is our online Scrapfest at
www.thescrapcity.com
Come join us!!!

Here is the challenge I made:
Challenge #1--In Touch with Inspiration Challenge
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I have seen ad challenges before so I thought this week I would challenge you to use anything (colors, patterns,etc) from one of these 4 ads/articles to scrapbook with. (Thank you In Touch and OK mag. for the inspiration!)
Choice #1
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Choice#2
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Choice #3
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Choice#4
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Please let us know which choice inspired your LO. You have till Sunday midnight your time to upload to this thread.It can be a LO of any size, a card or an altered object. A winner will be chosen at random from challenge participants by a drawing. The winner will receive a fun RAK!
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If you want to share your LO with us, just c'mon over to ScrapCity! :)

Mommy's Brag Book

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Christmas is almost here!
I have to be a total dork and brag about some of the stuff my 2 year old son has been doing lately. I find them so humorous! Here is some of the cuteness (well, I think its cute!)~
~He woke up this morning and declared, "Daddy goes to work so he can buy us more watermelon!!!" (he is crazy about watermelon)
~He sang the WHOLE song, Jingle Bell Rock!!! We were in shock.
~He got mad at the dog, and said, "Santa is not going to bring you a bone!"
~When someone asks what he wants for Christmas he says, "LOTS of presents."
~And he is really into color mixing. He has been telling strangers, "Red and white make pink." or "Blue and yellow make green!". I always have Jerry Maguire flashbacks when he does this.
Okay enough mommy bragging!
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Thursday, December 20, 2007

Celtic Woman / Chloe Agnew - ''O Holy Night''

Christmas is almost here. Such a magical time of year! I am excited, are you?!? :) Blessings!

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!!!

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Can you believe it is only 5 days until Christmas!?!?!
Today we spent most of the day at my mom and dad's house. Just having family time. We were outside most of the day. My mom gave Harrison rides in the wheelbarrow. He played on the slide, and jumped in the giant leaf piles. He even tried to pack a small sliver of the remaining snow into a snowball. The thing I love about being over there is that Harrison runs around so much that he usually wants a nap when we get home.
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Ben and I watched The Ex (Zach Braff, Jason Bateman). Great movie. It was funny and it kept our interest.
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I was on the Creating Keepsakes site and I found this really great printable for sketches. I am going to keep some in a binder so whenever I come up with an idea or see inspiration somewhere, I can sketch it!!! CLICK HERE for the sketch template.