Monday, December 31, 2007

Farewell '07, thank goodness '08 is almost here...

It has been a trying year (and that would be a grand understatement). Starting tomorrow, the first day of the new year and the first day of the rest of my life (now tell me that isn't a cliche)...

I call a do-over!!!!

Remember, from when we were kids - when something wasn't working out like we had thought we just cried do-over and that was that. Well, here I am on the verge of the new year yelling "DO-OVER".

I want a second chance to be better. Forget resolutions - I would have no idea where to start. I just want to spend the next year of my life - enjoying my life.

Stop looking to get to the finish line and enjoy the race.

The kids are growing up too fast and I should be playing Old Maid and not washing dishes. I need to reconnect with those who mean the most. I need to stop worrying about things and realize that even if I woke up tomorrow and realized that all my material possessions were gone and that all that was left was my family standing on the sidewalk - that is more than I could ever ask for in life.

So forgive the mushiness of this post and see it for what it is... a do-over.

A well-doctor visit...

So now that my little man has turned three... he needed to go to the Doctor for a well-visit. He watched what the nurse did to him VERY carefully and then performed each action on his "Cookie" the stuffed dog that follows him where ever he goes.

My little boy has such a big heart... I hope he never changes.

After a successful appointment, we went out for the afternoon and found a Barnes&Noble that was going out of business and today was the final day. We found a few good sale items (things that weren't being transferred to the newer, bigger B&N down the street) and got a couple more pictures of my Tasmanian Devil in a moment of peace...

Then it was off to the mall... Macy's had some great sales ($34 bought four shirts and a pair of pants for my daughter) and Johnny Rockets for a late lunch (yum).

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Good-bye Christmas...

Well, aside from anything that is snowman or Nativity related... all Christmas decorations have been packed up and put away until November 28th, 2008 (the day after Thanksgiving).

I am always so excited to put the decorations up and can't wait for that magical Friday where I shout orders at every member of my family until every surface of my house looks like something from Santa's workshop...

There is something to be said about putting my house back into order and starting the new year with a clean house and not have remnants of the year before still hanging over our heads.

The five Nativity sets will stay up until the wise men safely reach their correct destination - our children move them all over the house until they reach their manger(occasionally, they will stop at the wrong manger and just keep moving on). The snowmen will stay up through March (after all this is Connecticut and what would a Northeast winter be without that late March snowstorm that has you wondering if this time spring really won't show up).

But, Christmas has come to an end in this household. Two more days of vacation and then it will be back to work, school and daycare - back to crazy mornings and busy evenings filled with homework, meetings, and life in general.

I hope the next 48 hours move very slowly...

What a three year old trying to teach his Uncle how to breakdance looks like...

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas!

I hope that you all have a wonderful holiday! Enjoy!!!!

Monday, December 17, 2007

A party favor/gift for the nieces and nephews...

While surfing through my blog lists, I came across a post on Angry Chicken from yesterday. She has this adorable idea for a clothes pin photo holder. I loved this idea so much... I made one for each of my 20+ nieces and nephews and all the guests (approx. 14 more) expected for dinner next Sunday. Here is a photo of my work in progress (note the glass of wine - it truly helps the Christmas angst)...

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Cookies with Grandma

Today is one of my most favorite days of the year. It is the day that my Mom and I get together to make my Grandma's cookies. We started this tradition shortly after my Grandma passed and back then it was just me and my mother. Since then, my daughter has come along and wants to be a part of the tradition.

Okay, my son tried to be helpful too... for about 5 minutes before I kicked him and his father out of the house so we could get our work done! ;)

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Candy Cane Mice

My daughter wanted to give her classmates a little Christmas gift and I remembered seeing these somewhere. So after a short google search (what did we ever do before the Internet?), I found the directions at Family Fun.

In about two hours, my daughter and I were able to finish about 30 of these.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Tip Junkie

I think I may have a new favorite blog, the Tip Junkie.

How can you not love a compilation of many great ideas? I love the ideas for the twelve days of Christmas (and to think I have all night to come up with a plan before I need to start tomorrow - wink).

I also think I need to order vinyl lettering for my kitchen, bathroom, and family room.

Grab a soda, cup of tea, glass of wine, whatever... and go check it out.

Monday, December 10, 2007

As time goes by...

Sorry I haven't been around to post for awhile... been busy in the "workshop". I have finished my first (of three for Christmas) Reading Pillow. I got the pattern from Montessori by Hand and just adore it. Isn't it great! I will be gifting this to my daughter's second grade teacher.

Let's see... what other crafts have I been up to...

I have made three juice box purses for gifts - (friends asked me to make for their daughters, etc.) Oh, and here is a picture of the stars I have been folding for church. It is still a work in progress, but I still think it looks neat...