Tuesday, December 30, 2014

What We Gave

We did quite a few DIY Christmas gifts this year.  Here’s a sampling of what we gave…

Teachers:
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Teacher’s Aides:
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Grandparents:
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Daddy:
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I printed onto tissue paper and modpodged it onto the jar.  Total pinterest fail there, but Daddy liked what was inside.  Favorites from Charlotte included:
”He is trying to learn to fix my hair pretty.”
”He takes me to the Daddy Daughter Dance.”
”He looks handsome in his uniform.”
Favorites from Trenton included (with Trenton spellings):
”He took me hunting wonse.”
”He is fune.” (funny)
”He plays watr guns with us.”
”He is the best Dad.”


I also gave out a couple of these finger knitted scarves as gifts to family members.DIY Christmas gift ideas
(And check out the awesome Texas necklace that Jarrod gave me for Christmas!)

 

We had a lot of fun making gifts this year, and even more fun watching those that we love open them.  And no huge messes either – so that’s a big win in my book!

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Elf on the Shelf 2014 Recap–Spreading Kindness

If you remember back to the beginning of the month, our elf, Snickers, decided to do something a little different this year.  Rather than being his usual silly self, he wanted to help the kids spread “Christmas Magic.”

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Here are a few of the ideas that he had for the kids:

- Drawing pictures for teachers.

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- Going through books and donating ones that we don’t read much anymore to the library.

- Picking a few names from the giving tree at church.

- Taking canned goods to the food bank (and we got a tour of the facility too!).

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- Taking homemade goodies to a neighbor.

- Filling a bag with toys to give to kids who don’t have as many toys as we do.

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- Giving out compliments to friends at school.

- Making homemade gifts for teachers and family.

- Cleaning up without being told.

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- Giving out warm hugs.

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- And making a birthday cake for Jesus!

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We really enjoyed having Snickers around this year, and I loved seeing the kids find ways to spread happiness to others.  We are all looking forward to having Snickers back again next year!

 

Friday, December 26, 2014

Christmas 2014 and My “Gift” from the Dog

So let’s start a few days before Christmas, shall we?

A couple days after we got to my Mom and Dad’s, Jarrod mentioned that it looked like Bailey’s eyelids were red and irritated.  I took a look, checked to see if he would let me touch them (he did but didn’t like it), and figured that they were irritated from the haircut he got the day before we started our drive down south.

Then Christmas Eve, I woke up with pinkeye.

Apparently it’s pretty rare to catch pinkeye from a dog.  I guess I’m special though.

While I went to the doctor to get some eye drops, my dad and Jarrod took Bailey to the vet.  The vet said that Bailey’s infection probably started out as pinkeye, but had elevated to a staph infection.  So I’m on eye drops, and Bailey is on eye ointment and two different pills.

But let’s move on to happier subjects…

Before I came down with pinkeye, we had a couple special visitors from the North Pole!

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Kids and grownups alike enjoyed visiting with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

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I was still under 24-hour pinkeye quarantine for Christmas Eve Mass.  But I got some cute pictures of everyone else!

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Christmas morning came, and we had some excited kids!

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(She’d been asking for a Mary costume for months, and my mom made her one!)

By the time lunch rolled around, I was off quarantine, had a normal looking eye, and was able to go with the rest of the family to WaWa’s house.

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Later this weekend, we’ll be travelling up to have our Christmas celebrations with Jarrod’s side of the family.  It’s been so nice spending the holidays with family.

I hope that you all had a safe and happy Christmas too!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Christmas 2014 Roadtrip

We often get crazy looks from people when we tell them that we take roadtrips with our kids.  We did Virginia to Texas a couple times visiting family, Virginia to California (via Texas) for a move, California to Texas for Christmas 2012, California to Pennsylvania for our move, Pennsylvania to Tennessee for Thanksgiving, and just this weekend did Pennsylvania to Texas.

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And we’ve survived all of the trips!

We left our house in Pennsylvania Friday morning, drove all day, and settled into a hotel in Tuscaloosa, Alabama for the night.  I was wishing that I had been wearing my Aggie gear!

We were up bright and early Saturday morning and made it to my parents house in time for dinner Saturday evening.

Our kids are pretty good little travelers, and did good on this trip too.

Evelyn is a super happy baby, and doesn’t cry in the car unless she has a dirty diaper.

Trenton and Charlotte stay occupied with sticker books, their Nintendo DSes, movies, games, and the camera on the iPad, and toys.

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I’ve always had a problem with carsickness if I try to do anything other than look out the windows in the car.  This trip I decided to take some of Charlotte’s Bonine and was able to teach myself how to finger knit without getting sick!

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We still have some more driving to do this trip (up to Jarrod’s side of the family after Christmas and then back to Pennsylvania), so hopefully those trips will be just as nice!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Family Photos

Thanks so much for all of the kind words and compliments on our Christmas card.

Now that I’ve shown it off, I thought I’d show off some more of the photos from our family photo session.

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We had a mini-session with Bobbi of Two Twirls Photography at the end of October. Thirty minutes was the perfect amount of time for my kids.  We all know that kids can get cranky in a short amount of time.

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We had such a wonderful experience with Bobbi.  Trenton and Charlotte were absolutely in love with her.  When we left our session, Trenton asked if he could invite Ms. Bobbi to his birthday party.  Then last week he asked when Ms. Bobbi was going to take our pictures again.  He thought she should take them once a month!

I love the memories that she captured, and I will cherish them forever.

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Thanks again, Bobbi!