Wednesday, December 1, 2010

A Christmas Survey

OK, I read this on Darcy's blog, and thought, I should do this too. And then I moved on to the SSD forum to check in for the morning (BTW, they are starting Cookies for Kids today if you haven't been over there!!)...and I see that Darcy has tagged everybody. So here I am :) Thanks, Darcy, for getting me back on my own blog!

Here we go...

1. Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate? Hot Chocolate, definitely. Egg nog is gross, nasty, ick, whatever term you prefer. And LOL, I wasn't trying to steal your answer, Darcy...or Janet's for that matter...but I guess your term stuck in my brain. And also, yeah, it is gross.

2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree? If I had my way, neither. I am not a Santa fan...why give a fictional character glory when you should be celebrating the glory of the King of Kings? I will read Santa, Are You for Real? to Rachel...but I don't want to push the idea of Santa any further than society itself does. But I'm not the only one in the house, and hubby likes to do the Santa thing. So in our house, he brings one gift, and it gets stuck under the tree (and yes, it is wrapped). And whenever she asks me the big question about S.C., she will hear the truth.

3. Colored lights or white lights on the tree/house? Personally, I prefer little white lights on the tree and house, but hubby likes multi-colored lights, so that's what we went with. We've got big multi colored lights on the house (or we will this weekend LOL), and a big new tree (yay!) with a bunch of multi-colored lights...I love our tree!

4. Do you hang mistletoe? Nope, I let God do that. It grows here naturally (and used to be the state flower); in fact, we had some growing in tree right outside our front door, until hubby cut that branch down.

5. When do you put your decorations up? The week of Thanksgiving...usually Thanksgiving Day or the day after.

6. What is your favorite holiday dish? I LOVE smoked turkey. That and the traditional apricot balls that I grew up with...but I don't make them now because hubby's not a fan and I don't need them.

7. Favorite Christmas memory as a child? Probably waking up VERY early, piling all the gifts into the back of the station wagon, and heading to the country for the family Christmas get-together.

8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa? I was 3, and the Santas in the stores scared me. So mom told me the truth...it was just a man wearing a costume...and I was fine after that. Dad's family got MAD at her, and wanted to know who I'd think gave me any gifts...she told them, "people who love her"...which sounds better to me than a fat guy sneaking into my house in the middle of the night.

9. Do you open a gift on Christmas eve? Nope, never understood the point of opening gifts early. Didn't do it as a kid, don't do it now.

10. How do you decorate your Christmas tree? I put it up (pre-lit, thank goodness!), and then start hanging ornaments. I've collected Hallmark ornaments for years, so most of mine are Hallmark. Now we're starting to get a collection of things that Rachel has made as well.

11. Snow...love it or dread it? Love the snow, so long as it doesn't stay around too long. Last year's foot+ stayed around more than three weeks and we had to dig our way to the front door...not fun.

12. Can you ice skate? Don't know...never tried. Would like to, but expect to wind up on my butt more than once.

13. Do you remember your favorite gift? No. I'm sure I've had favorites over the years, but none really stand out...gifts that I get are a bonus, but not the main event for me.

14. What's the most important thing about Christmas for you? We celebrate Christmas for a reason. I want to stay focused on the birth of Christ...and I also want to remember that the tree was cut down to make a cross...and that baby came here to die and rise again. We'll be having a birthday party for Jesus next week, and the gifts will be groceries for the church food pantry and hats, scarfs, mittens, etc for needy children in our area.

15. What is your favorite Christmas dessert? Not sure that I have one. I have a fondness for baked apples...they feel Christmasy to me...but hubby isn't a huge fan. I usually make a cheesecake...it's gooooood...but not so Christmasy to me.

16. What is your favorite Christmas tradition? I love listening to holiday music on the radio, and sipping cocoa while we enjoy the holiday light displays around town.

17. What tops your tree? Right now, nothing. There will be a star up there as soon as I can figure out how to make it stay on top of the tree!

18. Which do you prefer---giving or receiving? Giving, definitely. I love watching Rachel's face as she opens her gifts, and I love giving somebody something that I think will be meaningful to them. My favorite ever...giving my mom oranges, apples, peppermint, and nuts...the same things she used to get in her stocking every year as a girl. She cried happy tears :)

19. What is your favorite Christmas song? Goodness, can I make a list?
O Holy Night--Josh Groban or Martina McBride
Mary Did You Know?--Kathy Mattea
Do You Hear What I Hear?---Whitney Houston
Holly Jolly Christmas--Burl Ives
All I Want for Christmas is You--Vince Vance and the Valiants

20. Candy Canes---yuck or yum? Yuck. I don't like mint.

21. Favorite Christmas show? Now, probably A Charlie Brown Christmas. As a kid, Nestor, the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey. If we're talking full-length movies, then A Christmas Story.

22. Saddest Christmas song? Christmas Shoes by Alabama

23. What's your wish for Christmas? Safety and security for each and every innocent life on this planet. Children today are subjected to so many horrors, and I wish that I could protect each and every one of them. And because it is so fitting, I'll copy Darcy's answer as well: that the world will recognize the Savior in the tiny baby we celebrate at Christmas.

And with that, friends, I wish you a very merry and blessed holiday season!




Friday, August 27, 2010

Want to win a pink princess chair?

Well, I'd love to! Not for me, mind you...but for the girly girl in my house :) TotalClassCreative Blog is giving away a pink princess chair...signs-ups are through the end of August. Hop on over there if you'd like a chance to win this...




And wow, I didn't realize when I posted yesterday that I would be back...so soon!

While I'm here, let me tell you...Trixie Scraps has some incredible new kits out today at Scrap Matters and Gotta Pixel.
This was scrapped with the Trixie/Connie Prince collab, Take Me Away.


With Trixie's new Tea Time with Teddy kit:


Finally, Colie has a cute new back-to-school kit at Gotta Pixel and Digitals. You can snag Off to School, the matching word art, and a new For Starters Template set...perfect for those school photos!


Wishing you all a happy weekend!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

*sigh*

Confession time. I am not the world's best blogger. LOL. Every time I post, I think, I'll be back soon...and then life intervenes! I get caught up with other things and my little blog falls by the wayside. Then I'll post for a few days catching you up on my boring life...and then I disappear again. But you know what? I guess that's just who I am! Sorry I'm not more exciting, but I won't promise again to update soon...because I've learned my lesson!

The last time I posted about life, we were in the deep freeze, so it's been quite awhile. We are just now starting to experience the first winds of autumn approaching...YAY...it's very welcome after a few weeks of scorching heat.

So here's a slice of life since I last shared:
The new children's zoo opened, and we bought a zoo membership. This has been one of the best purchases we've made...it's so nice to head off to the zoo on a whim!








We celebrated Easter at home, and then went off to church:






Rachel was invited to a friend's princess birthday party...what a hoot...have you ever seen a princess mow the lawn? I have!



Rachel had her first dance recital! Here are some photos from rehearsal (note: photos were not taken by me)





NiNi, Nanny, and Aunt Peggy came into town to watch Rachel perform. While they were here, Rachel stayed with them and had slumber parties at their hotel each night. She had a GREAT time, and it was kind of nice to have a little break :)





We went to the air show at TAFB. My favorite moment...Rachel getting to sit in a mini B-1 Stealth bomber :)



I made a tutu for the first time...easy and cheap, so we'll definitely by making more of them :)





And lastly, Rachel has begun school! I am tickled to say that so far, so good...she is having a great time!




So now you're caught up on life here...nothing earth-shattering, but eventful for us anyway! Until next time, may the Lord bless you :)

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Do you want to be a Scrap Star?

Well, digi friends, Trixie is having a call, and trust me, you don't want to miss this one! I am happy to say that the Trixie Scrap Stars team is the friendliest bunch I have ever been with in digi-dom...we are definitely a family. Here's the info you need:



Get those apps in, and good luck!!!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Christmas in July sale

There's a big sale going on! If you're like me and wanting a break from the heat, why not lose yourself in some Christmas kits while they are on sale at Scrap Matters?







Thursday, April 22, 2010

Sneak Peek!!!

Trixie Scraps has a new collab kit coming out tomorrow that is just super, super cute!! Want a sneak peek?? You're in luck, I have one for you!!



Would you like a chance to win this kit? All you need to do is visit Trixie's blog and guess who she collabed with on this adorable kit. Leave a comment with your guess and your email address and Trixie will randomly choose a winner tomorrow. Also, don't forget today is Challenge Thursday on the Trixie Scraps Stars blog - you can download a freebie template from Pam and play along with our challenge. PLUS! Trixie played along with the challenge this week and used her new kit for the layout - so you'll get another advance sneak peek if you head on over and check it out! Happy Scrapping!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

New look!

Well, it's been a LONG time since I posted just for fun, but I've been stuck inside for awhile due to the cold and now MY cold, so why not? Winter has hit full-force in Oklahoma...we've had about 20" of snow since Christmas Eve. I have to say that it's beautiful, but after a few days, it gets old. But I know that come July and August, I'll probably be wishing for some cold days again. Here are some pics from our winter.











In other news, it's been a busy 2010 so far. Our year started out with Rachel bouncing OFF of my bed and fracturing her wrist. She spent nearly three weeks in a cast and is all better now.



Mom showed up on our doorstep a few days before my birthday...surprise! It was nice to have her here for a few days. I'll admit I was hoping she'd stay longer, but that's okay...hopefully we'll be visiting her soon.






For my digi friends, if you are looking for some fun challenges, I encourage you to head over to Sweet Shoppe Designs and check our their monthly Scrappers Portfolio challenge. On the first of each month, they give between 30 and 40 page prompts, and one hybrid project. The more of these that you complete, the bigger discount to their shoppe you earn. The full info is here. The portfolio has definitely helped me get some scrapping done this year; my wonderful CT designers have helped out too by creating some fantastic new goodies!

And then there's ADSR...the race started up on February 7th and Sharon Kay and I are off on a race through Digi-Dom! Our first stop was at NDISB itself. They gave us an easy start-up challenge. Here's my layout for challenge 1...I had to lift one of Sharon's pages and tell something (anything) about her. I'll admit I had a giggle interviewing her for this page.

Full credits here.

Then it was off to DSAG for challenge 2, which was all about the number five...not so easy for this girl who usually only scraps one or two pics on a page!

Full credits here.

Challenge 3 was at Ripal's new Scrappers Online, and it was to use selective coloring in a layout. I used one of DeDe Smith's new Mini KitZ to scrap this pic of mom and Rachel.

Full credits here.

Our most recent challenge was hosted at Digitals, and it was to make 2 ATC cards...one about our partner, and one about something or someone that I love. These little cards are the size of a business card, and I thought they were fun to make. Here are my two.


Full credits (and Sharon's cards) are here.
There are 8 more challenges to come in the next 4 weeks, and I can't wait to get to them!

And finally, I have to point out the new blogwear I'm sporting today! I snagged this fun fun set from Trixie Scraps. You can pick up the You're a Star Blogwear Set at Scrap Matters.

Thanks for stopping by, and happy scrapping!