Friday, December 14, 2007

I've been tagged!

I've been tagged by Leslie...here are the questions and my answers:

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags?
Wrapping paper for people who live in my house; gift bags for everyone else. Mainly because I've got tons of gift bags, and am trying to get rid of them!

2. Real or Artificial tree?
Artificial, because I like to have the tree up a long time, and don't have to worry about it drying out or the cats clawing at it and peeing on it.

3. When do you put up the tree?
Usually Thanksgiving week, but I haven't done it yet this year...I'm dreading the toddler vs. the tree antics that are bound to ensue. Putting it up this weekend though.

4. When do you take the tree down?
A couple of days after Christmas...it looks so sad with nothing underneath.

5. Do you like Eggnog?
NO.

6. Favorite Gift you received as a child?
Hmmm...that's a tough one. I remember being thrilled with a record player (the old kind that came in a case and played 78s, 45s, and 33s)...I think I was about 5 years old when I got that.

7. Do you have a nativity scene?
Several...the one we had when I was growing up, a Fisher Price set for Rachel to play with, and an animated one that I don't have out yet.

8. Hardest person to buy for?
Usually I'd say my stepdaughters, but they actually gave us a wish list this year.

9. Easiest person to buy for?
Definitely Rachel...she's too young to be picky.

10. Worst Christmas gift ever received?
Oh, that would probably have to be a case of toilet paper from my grandma...she likes to give practical gifts.


I'm tagging Sharon and Sharon, LOL!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Freebie

Had a dentist appt this morning...a piece of my temporary crown came off on Monday. It doesn't bother me, but they said call us if any comes out. So I drag Rachel down to the office, only to have them look at it and say it's not a problem. Let's all say 'waste of time' together! Still going back after New Year's for the permanent one...what fun, can't wait!

I finally managed to get the Christmas Around the World blog train downloaded...I'm still missing a few pieces...my goal during Rachel's naptime today is to see what I still need to snag and then make back-ups. I also need to go finish up the Whimsical Wonderland mega, and then MooTwo has their birthday blog train this weekend...I need to make lots of room on my hard drive!

Oh! CompUSA is closing its doors...everything is on sale. I almost want to cry...don't have the extra money to go shopping over there! We popped in a week or so ago and they had a bunch of Wacom bamboo tablets...I told DH that would be a nice gift for his wife, since the laptop is on hold for awhile. We'll see. Actually, yesterday I told him we should just hold off on gifts for each other for awhile anyway. I'd rather get all of our bills taken care of, get the kids their gifts, and then see what we've got left over. With the new truck and my dental bills, we don't have lots of extra spending money. But that's ok...we really don't need anything anyway.

Well, I might not have done any Christmas shopping, but I've got a goodie for all of you. Hope you like it! Here's a sneak peek:

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If you want it, you can grab it here. Merry Christmas yall!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Oh the weather outside is frightful...

Well, it certainly was frightful! We've gotten hammered here this week. Sunday evening, it started sleeting, and as we were getting ready to go to bed, our power went out. So DH and I got a naked Rachel out of bed...she had stripped off her jammies AGAIN...we got her dressed in her footie pj's and she ended up sleeping in our bed to keep warm. Hubby and Rachel slept well, but I didn't sleep at all...not even for a minute. For one, the two of them left me with very little room, and second, I was afraid I'd roll over on her. And finally, DH was snoring a bit too much...well, more like whistling. So come Monday morning I was tired and grouchy.

Thankfully, our power came back on at about 5:30 Monday morning. I hopped up and turned off things that didn't need to be one, and put Rachel back in her own bed. Unfortunately, I couldn't fall asleep, and so I layed on the couch and watched storm footage. Things were going from bad to worse. We lost power again for a few hours, and then it came back on. DH had to go to work, so that left Rachel and I at home to deal with whatever happened. Our power went out again at about 8:45 Monday night. That really was the pits...our house was cold, my car was completely covered in more than an inch of ice, the ground and roads were like skating rinks.

Unfortunately, there was a rather large tree limb or two laying on the roof right over my bed, and so I didn't think it would be a good idea to bring Rachel into our room. So, I got to sleep on the floor of her room. Not too comfy, but I wanted her close. She was covered in warm fuzzy blankets and so she was comfortable enough. I on the other hand was not...the worst thing was that every time I heard a noise, I jumped. Trees were coming down, limbs were cracking, and I wanted to make sure they weren't about to come down on us. The power came back on about an hour later, and I was SO glad...but it only lasted about 5 minutes. I was looking out of her bedroom window and saw sparks and flames shooting up from behind a neighbor's house. I called 911, and then the transformer behind her house started having a series of exposions, and then all was dark and quiet again. All in all, I got about 5 hours of sleep on Monday night.

We were SO blessed to have only suffered the inconvenience of not having power for a short while...there are still at least 100,000 homes without any electricity, and some without water, because the water treatment plants don't have electricity either.

Here are some photos I took around the house.

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I've got a new freebie uploaded, but I haven't made a preview for it yet...I'll try to get that done this week and post it for you guys. That is, unless we lose power again! We're due for a possible snowstorm on Friday, so we'll see!

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Tired and a freebie

I could rant about something tonight, but I'm too tired, and no need to beat that proverbial dead horse anymore anyways.
I finally managed to put together a few of the Christmas goodies I've been working on. There's more to come, but I wanted to go ahead and share these pieces with you.
Here's the preview:
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There are three angels, each with a different skin tone; a baby Jesus in the manger; and one background paper that isn't shown in the preview. I don't know what color an heavenly angel would be, other than so bright I couldn't bear to see it. But I do know that there are some truely angelic people out there, and they come in all races, shapes, and sizes. Merry CHRISTmas to all of you.
LOL, almost forgot the link! You can grab it here.
I'm off to bed, have a great week everyone!