Friday, December 30, 2011

2011 Review Extravaganza October-December!

It's the final wrap for the 2011 Review Extravaganza!  Hosted by yours truly,  EmmyMom, Emilisq, Impulsive Addict, Janette of Johanson Journey, Mimi Living in France , and Runner Mom.  Be sure to snag that button and mention each of us when you link your post.

And now....


It was Ryan's birthday, but we also had a TRIPLE BIRTHDAY BASH!
I was featured on Shell's Blog for her Things They Can't Say!  It was definitely a SQEEEE kind of moment!

Kristin was in The Hobbit at school...
She was an Elf
Halloween, where my kids totally got into character and scored big time in the candy dept!


We had some proud academic moments for the kids in November.  Plus, Kristin had also scored a 3.0 for the semester!  Which we found out AFTER this particular post been written.

Thanksgiving of course came along...and I named my big juicy bird...
Bubba!  He was as good as he looks!  


 I talked about "The Signs of Weak Mind"  I also got very busy.... like most of us did.  And I got sick too.  Like most of us did.
That night, I literally almost cried myself to sleep.  Happily I am well again!

 And more importantly, I was healthy in time for Christmas!  And after all the presents were unwrapped, I shared how I got my craft on. 

And that was our year in review!  I can hardly wait to see what you all have to say!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

My Crafty Christmas Gifts

Are you on Pinterest?  Sky blue?  Do bears....?  A while back, I saw this:
A spice rack turned polish holder.
I saw this a few times before I finally pinned it.  What a cute and clever idea.  I had a spice rack.  And sadly, I just didn't use it anymore. So I got the idea to make the spice rack into a polish rack.  Well I had taken a before picture of my plain spice rack and sadly I can not find it.  So you will have to use your imagination....

I used Folk Art paint and painted two coats.  Then I added the stickers and covered the stickers with two coats of Mod Podge.  After that, I did two coats of High Gloss Finish Decopauge.  This really brought out the brilliance of the paint. 
The backing was done with foam board and scrapbook paper.  I simply glued the paper to the board then I glued the board to the rack.  However, on Christmas morning the backing came loose so I nailed the backing to the rack.  As you can see, kitty approves.  I made this for my girls since they are both big on doing their nails.  ALL. THE. TIME.  They love it.  Now I have to hang it up for use!

A few weeks ago, and I believe I blogged about this, Ryan asked if the meat I was serving, was ham.  I told him it was beef.  He asked, "Wouldn't it be funny if I had a shirt that said:  Where's the Beef?  I laughed so hard at that.  I just had to buy a white T-shirt and make him one for Christmas!!

He was so excited about this shirt that he wore it special for his best buddy yesterday....

And since Ryan got to see his best buddy...I got to see mine!

We all had a blast.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Simple Question...

I have a simple question today.  How was your Christmas???  I want to hear all about it.  I do!

Ours was great.  The whole day was just fun, relaxed, and filled with laughter.

Just a sampling of our morning.

The kids made out like bandits.  We had gifts from his parents, gifts from "Secret Santas" from church, from each other, and from Santa.  Then we went to my mom and dads and got spoiled some more.  

A few things I got:  Jewelry.  I got necklaces.  A necklace you can string beads through.  One bead says "mother" one says "faith" and the other is blue like sapphire.  Kristin got us a mother/daughter set.  Very pretty.  I got The Golden Girls on DVD from my MIL.  Already started watching it.  hehe. 
This is a closer look at the tile Ryan made for me.  A big deal since he absolutely hates getting his hands messy.

I am only going to bore you with share a couple more pictures as I felt these ones were truly special.  I was getting trigger happy with my camera, and my brother was...errr...."loosened up" so he was more than willing to pose with my kids. (He says he is too ugly!)  And I loved every second of this!
Emily and Uncle Mike
Kristin(my love bug) and Uncle Mike--this is actually where the fun started.
I think this one is my favorite.

We also got a "snowball fight" in a can from Rich's mom.  She crocheted "snowballs"...10 I think for each of her kids and their families and sent them off for a Christmas Eve gift.  They are poofy snowballs.  We had a blast tossing them around.  A couple went missing.  I think they melted. ;) It was a super smart fun gift.  

Tomorrow I am going to be showing my craftiness off.  And on Friday for the last part the 2011 Review Extravaganza I will boring you with sharing more Christmas pictures.  

So how as your Christmas???