Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Oh, here it is! December Daily Update


I was just about to create a post whining about all the technical difficulties I'm having -- on such an energetic week -- and then I found the ever-beautiful cord that would allow me to upload my pictures. Thank. You. St. Anthony!

The past few days have been pretty busy. Even today, which I thought would be so calm and boring, seemed to be frenetic. It's been a cleaning day. I'm nowhere near done, but I am proud of how much I accomplished so far.

On with the show?

On Sunday night, I promised my son we'd make gingerbread men afterschool on Monday. True to my word, we broke out the kit, mixed up the odd recipe....and learned that whoever thought THAT was a recipe for gingerbread men was NOT having a sane day. Luckily, I got him to nap while I came up with plan B -- the gingerbread train I'd stashed away two weeks ago. Everything was already baked, all we had to do was assemble. Yay!

Yesterday, we had lunch with my brother; then decorated his tree. Naturally, my son was all over this task!

Today, like I said, was cleaning day. I was thrilled that I recovered (as in found the top of AGAIN) the sofa table. Since it's also an uber-storage piece, I covered it with a bed sheet to help make spirits bright. I'm wondering how long a) this table will stay pretty; and b) my son will leave alone the nesting dolls. The nutcracker is all his -- a gift from my dad -- as is the frog. But he just lost the tiniest nesting doll -- about the size of a Wonka Nerd -- and I'm not looking to loose more.

Thanks for looking! I know how busy everyone is this time of year. Even I feel like I've only just begun and there are only 18 days left to celebrate!... Okay, did that read "strange" to anyone else?

Monday, December 5, 2011

December Daily Update and a Card

Good Monday Morning!

Okay, am I really the only person on the planet who truly loves Mondays? I swear, it's my most optimistic and productive day. I think it's the fresh start. Case in point, I'm on my fourth load of laundry at 10 AM; snapped pics of my December Daily album (this time with actual events!); and got over myself long enough to make a thank you card. I feel pretty cool right about now.

On with the show? Alrighty then!

Again, the papers and embellies are a mix between Crate Paper, G45, DCWV stacks and K&Co stacks.

Boy, did I get lucky by making the first pages of the album holiday-neutral! We got our first snow of the season a couple nights before I could "officially" start this album. I was lucky enough to be healthy and take him out to play on December 1st. This child has been waiting for Winter since Halloween.

I know, not a lot going on here. It was a crazy busy day; including an hour drive to Detroit to essentially become delivery person for my own scan history. We seem to be at the point that we're focusing on one area and trying to remove the cancer from that area. Aside from all that, my parents and I hit up the local Barnes & Noble to participate in a school fundraiser. Someone is getting a metric ton of new books for Christmas! My parents couldn't wait on this book, however. It's become his new favorite... Like read-it-every-30-minutes favorite.

It's at this point that I remember to point out that the number cards were a free download (E-Cuts), offered on Aside from that, someday I WILL get a good photo of this child smiling and NOT wincing from the flash. Poor lil guy!

Again, a pretty basic design. I'm happy that I created a pocket, though. I decided to use the back of the flyer as the journaling spot. I had that much to say. This child was first in line to sit on Santa's lap this year. I wasn't close enough to overhear the conversation, but they both seemed satisfied at the end.

Annnnd the tree! Second in anticipation, to Winter, was decorating the tree. We actually started on the third, but more-or-less finished it up yesterday. Would it surprise anyone to know the bottom three feet of the tree is an ornament festival?! I'm pretty proud of him; they're actually further back on the branches this year. Normally, he just barely put them on.

I decided to make a thank you card today. My son attends a Catholic school and the eighth graders find ways to earn "service hours" during the year, in preparation for Confirmation. This group did an amazing job and I wanted to let them know they were appreciated. The inspiration for this one came from the Crate Paper blog.... And it's been so long since I've made a link, I'm curious to see if that works.

Aaannnnnnd, I've got a table to clean off, lunch to make and a whole lotta lotta to get back to. Thanks for taking the time to read and look. I really do appreciate it.