Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
If they read our blog I can at least public express myself.
Thank you so very much for the amazing gift of the generator left on our back deck with the card 'from Santa'. This means so much to have an extra measure of security to make sure Lydia's machines can still run without power from APS. My heart is so full that our lives would be so blessed by this love. Thank you is not even adequate. May you be blessed a hundred fold and always have more than what you want or need.
Monday, December 29, 2008
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
A magazine subscription! Like this one from Living Crafts or Victoria Magazine or Countryside
Any magazine can make a perfect gift. Does your recipient have a favorite craft, like to decorate their home, treasure modern art? There are so many magazines out there that would be just perfect for that person. Just purchase the latest copy, write a heartfelt card explaining you have purchased a subscription in their name and you have given a great gift that will also last the whole year through.
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Anyway; time enjoying each others' company is worth every penny of the membership! It makes a great Christmas gift for the whole year.
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
I printed off some of the beautiful illustrations, first one on plain paper then I printed one on a magnetic sheet. I then use my paper cutter to chop it all up! On some of the copies I used my wavy paper scissors. I made plain squares, triangles, waves etc..
I made varying degrees of difficulty with each puzzle. Placed the plain paper copy and the pieces into plastic bags.
I purchased a metal (not aluminum!) cookie sheet from the dollar store. They are smaller than regular cookie sheet and just the perfect size. I used some paint to make it personalized. The puzzle pieces stay on , this is totally portable, non-messy and tons of fun. With older kids you could use copies of famous works of art.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
There were only about 1/4 of the entries that are usually displayed at the resort. I was kind of sad about that....maybe we can make an entry next year. This one above won a ribbon and it was created by the resort ???? The first place entry below was amazing! I can't even imagine the work that went into making all those windows.
This little igloo though was our very favorite! Small, petite and very sweet.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Thayne just made some weird sound that Santa took for a choo-choo train and Lydia told him he could bring her girl jewelry. I am not sure this is worth doing again next year.
Monday, December 8, 2008
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Chaiya made this little nativity set years ago when she was much smaller and we didn't have very much in material possessions. It has been very loved and cherished. It once had more pieces and more of the main figures. This evening Thayne got out the small little box it is stored in. He took out each piece and placed it on the fireplace hearth. Then ran off to play for a little while. Just long enough for me to take this picture. He then came back lovingly placed each piece back in the tiny box and placed it under the tree. I am so very much enjoying him discovering Christmas this year.
Memories of Christmas' past and the hope of Christmas' future is something I cherish about this season. What are some of your favorite memories?
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Thursday, December 4, 2008
This small amount that is packed into a snack sized Ziplock in my hand is all that remains. I will treasure it always.
BUT....... not for reasons you may think! You see this is probably why I need therapy.
Once upon a time there were some marvelous children who lived in a slightly whacked out home. LOL
Their father insisted on putting tinsel on the Christmas tree every year. It was the crowning glory. Tinsel must be applied strand by strand and neatly placed on the tree so the perfect effect would be achieved. The tree always looked glorious. Probably the best tree in the neighborhood. Alas, Christmas day would come and go and the tree would become dry and a fire hazard. After all the ornaments big and small had been removed, the tree was hauled out to the back yard where eventually it was supposed to be firewood or something.
This is the part of the story where the nightmare begins.....
You see there it was still in all its tinseled glory when the North wind would come blowing. Rushing and gushing it would come along and play with the tinsel, blowing it all over the acres of land surrounding the house.
In the dead of winter, the children would have to go out and spend hours picking tinsel off of cactus plants and weeds. Now picking pretty silver tinsel off of cactus while the North wind is doing its best to bring in the chill is not a pleasant chore.
The oldest child vowed if she ever had children she would never subject them to that torture. Despite how beautiful tinsel looked, she was unsure she could ever have a tree with it adorned.
Then she got married , she just had to have the tinsel strand by strand on her Christmas tree!
After Christmas was over she then REMOVED the tinsel strand by strand vowing to use it again and remove it again every year.
Thus no neighborhood she lived in would been tinsel strewn and her children would be free from tinsel gathering. THE END
Hey, do they even still make this stuff???
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
We have celebrated Hanukkah for 8 years now and this year it is very, very close to Christmas. I am trying to find a way to serve both traditions. I found some stunningly beautiful candles that are variegated at Borders but they are twice the size as the ones we normally use. This would be a major factor since while the candles burn is our quiet and reflective time. I'm not sure that the littles can be that peaceful for that long. We have a very nice brass menorah that I need to clean and prepare also.
Next post you will find out all about my OCD tinsel!
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
I spent the morning finishing up our little gingerbread men count down. They are simply cut from folded brown paper and I write the activities and all those wonderful, magical holiday happenings that will we do inside. Then the children take down the day and know what we are going to create or enjoy. I need to find a ribbon to hang them now.
Monday, December 1, 2008
The first museum was really cool with a Space Lab inside. They all got to go to a 40 minute show inside the planetarium. Thayne is really into WALL-E and I was hoping he would have a great time. They all had some major fun. I forgot to give them the camera though (which is a new lower end Nikon. Happy day no more black clouds). I was helping with the ceremony and reception for the second wedding at that time.
They played restaurant for hours! The littles were having so much fun 'feeding' the older kids. Chaiya pretended that she was a food critic. One thing that I love about homeschooling, is that my children are all very close and still love to be with each other.
Our hotel lobby all decorated! Michael and I got hot chocolate and enjoyed the quiet for a few minutes on Friday night. It was like a mini-date.
For those who asked.. my business is called We Do! We Do! It is a small wedding and event design business. We help people create and design the parties they want and serve them by helping set it all up and take it all down. Which is quite a lot of work sometimes. Kayla, it IS romantic!! Michael and I love watching people so in love.
I NEVER imagined that I would be doing this. I was a VBAC childbirth educator for over 7 years and did student midwifery. I did not test for my license here in AZ though. When Lydia was born with campomelic dysplasia, quite honestly my world fell apart. Here I was someone who tried to do everything the "right" way and I was blessed with not one but two handicapped children. Maliea has Turner's Syndrome. Their conditions are not related at all.
My holistic, herbal, homeopathic world was blown out of the water by the facts I had (and still do) a mini-ICU unit in my bedroom. I fully believe that Lydia is still alive by the alternative route I have taken with her care but it has been a long hard road.
One can not be gone at births when there is a special kiddo at home...so I was a paper lady for awhile until my sister and I started this company. I do love helping people and creating but at times I feel a great deal of inner conflict at the lack of integrity in the wedding industry. I don't know where my path is leading as far as all of this but I am so grateful for the talents that God has given me!
This year has been slower than last but that is not necessarily a bad thing. The kids are great about helping tie chair sashes or moving tables. They love their little mini-vacations. It's fun and a good thing right now.