Wednesday, December 31, 2008

End of December . . .

. . . and I've actually finished my December Daily album.

December 19th

December 20th

 

December 21st

 

December 22nd

 

December 23rd

 

December 24th

 

December 25th

 

December 26th

 

December 27th

 

December 28th

 

December 29th

 

December 30th

 

December 31st

 

All I have to do is add a picture from tonight's New Year's Eve festivities.

Things I've learned (to keep in mind for next year):

1. Do not pre-number my pages.

2. Only go until December 25th.  We just really don't do anything cool after that.

OH, Christmas Tree

Conversation last night:

Phillip:  I think our tree is really starting to lean.

Me:  Yeah, we should take that down tomorrow.

 

View this morning:

Whoops.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Pics

Some Christmas pictures that pretty much sum up my holiday:

The portrait we got done for mom; she cried.  After she noticed it, which only took an hour.  So observant.  (I'm in the middle, the guy is my husband.)

Self-portrait taken during Christmas breakfast.

Opening gifts from my husband on Christmas morning.  I love Christmas morning.  Notice the pajamas.  They stayed on until 3:45 in the afternoon.

I really do love my jammies.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Gone so soon?

Where has the holiday gone?

We've been so busy, I feel like I've missed it!

Had a great time at all the Christmas festivities. Our last one was dinner at our best friend's house (the ones who just got married). So much fun.

Phillip loved his surprise Rock Band. We've been playing a lot! I am AWESOME at the drums, but I couldn't play that guitar to save my life! He was so enthusiastic about it; I love that.

This week, I want to get my December Daily finished. I already ordered photos for my actual Christmas scrapbook. Really looking forward to getting some of those stories down on paper.

I hope everyone's holiday was wonderful!! I'm going to try and post a few pictures tomorrow.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

December Daily - Day 15

Backtracking a little bit today.

Phillip has been getting up so early to go hunting!  He snapped these photos last week, when he got up at 3:30 to go goose hunting with some friends.

Craziness.

I started to write on this pic with my Signo pen.  It totally crapped out on me, but then I realized, "Hey, I can totally do this in PSE!"

Looks better anyway!  I think I'm going to start doing this more.

I <3 Christmas.

I love Christmas.

Yes, there is quite a bit to get done.

Yes, it can get expensive with all those gifts.

Yes, I am up to my eyeballs in Christmas cookies and wrapping paper.

But isn't that the point?

To me, there's just something magical about getting together with family and friends to celebrate a miracle. To celebrate family. To cherish each other.

I used to dread parts of Christmas (ahem, going to my father's family) because of all the bad memories and the awkwardness. Now I've learned to simply ignore him and his new wife, because Christmas is about being happy.

And I have the power to be happy.

Plus, no one else likes them either. (Wow, sorry, that sarcasm just totally slipped in there by mistake. I do NOT know HOW that happened!)

New train of thought:

I think my husband got me some really cool crafty gifts. I think this because, naturally, I have shaken them and felt the presents. Couldn't help myself.

I love the gift part (obviously) but I really like all the Christmas stuff. Although I could probably do without shopping at Walmart on December 22nd. What was I thinking?

My plans for this holiday season:
(We are going to be so busy! Love it!)

Tonight -
Make more cookies. Yum.
Finish wrapping gift cards.
Work on December Daily. (Fingers crossed.)

Tomorrow -
Bake apple pie. Yum again.
Chinese food at Phillip's mom's.
Spaghetti & meatballs at my grandma's. Super yum. Highlight of my year. Plus, there's punch. Super secret family recipe punch. Oh, yum.
Sleep in Christmas pajamas.

Christmas Day -
Open gifts.
Mom's for Christmas breakfast in our pajamas. Fun tradition. Seriously, if I didn't think they'd fire me at work, I'd just wear pajamas all day, every day.
Early dinner with Phillip's dad's family. (With apple pie).
Enjoy evening at home with my husband.

Friday -
Work. Not so much fun.

Saturday - Christmas party at my best friend's house. Official end to Christmas activities.


See, busy, but fulfilling.

I just love it. It's a personal choice. You can get caught up in the chaos and act like it's the worst thing in the world, or you can let yourself be enveloped by the holiday spirit. It's out there. And as far as spirits go, that's some good stuff.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Printing Woes

I normally print all of my pictures through Snapfish (or Wal-mart, if I'm in a hurry). I very rarely print anything at home, mostly because it's more expensive to buy the ink and paper than to order online.

For my December Daily, I have been printing my pictures every day at home on my HP printer (supposedly a photo printer).

I purchased the "good" photo ink, thinking it would make my pictures look almost as if they were printed professionally. (It doesn't, although it is better than just using regular colored ink.)

One of these photo printers is roughly $20. I've printed roughly 20 pictures so far for my album.

I am out of ink.

This is just super ridiculous. $1 per photo? For a 4X6? And not even including the cost of the paper?

Jeesh.

Printing at Snapfish costs me $.08/photo. The math works out that I am paying 12 times more to print at home! Ugh.

I am fairly confident that my at home printing will be pretty limited from now on. I knew it was more expensive, but WOW!

If there was a good one-hour place in the town where I work, I would probably just go there everyday. But my one experience with the local pharmacy was a nightmare.

Too bad Wal-mart is 45 minutes away.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

December 11, 12, 13, 14

Caught up.  Sort of.

December 11th

Wrapping presents to stick under the tree.  I'd like to make tags for them, but I'm not sure I'll have the time.

December 12th

Fires in our fireplace.  So cozy.

December 13th

2nd Annual Holiday Shindig.  Fun for all.

I used an acrylic album piece for the right-hand side, repeating the same pattern on the back.  I ended up with three pages for this day.

December 14th

I'm so impatient when it comes to knowing what I am getting for Christmas.  Frustrates Phillip so much.

 

OK, getting there!  Got 4 days done tonight, so hopefully I'll be able to work a few more in tomorrow.  I also need to finish up my Christmas shopping at some point.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Weekend Update

Whew, we have been busy lately.





OK, not so much, but it sounded like a really good excuse for the fact that I haven't blogged in a while, or uploaded pics of my December Daily.





This weekend was actually sort of busy. I took off from work Friday (woo-hoo) and went shopping. Now, I should have been finishing my Christmas shopping, but apparently I prefer to shop for ME. That's right, a sweater, some camisoles, and 2 new pairs of jeans. I normally take about 6 pairs of jeans with me into the dressing room with the thought that it increases my odds of finding one pair that fits and looks acceptable.





This time I just picked up two pairs. Dang if they didn't both look like a million bucks. So I got 'em. Hey, it's hard to find jeans that I like. I just left the tags on the second pair so I could take them back later if I want to. I've worn the first pair twice already.





Fun fact? They are a smaller size than I would have even DREAMED of trying on last year. Which just proves that you do not have to give up the best things in life (AKA Coca-cola) to lose weight.





I also made a trip to Sam's Club for household supplies and to WalMart for groceries. I realize that I could have gotten some groceries at Sam's, but do I really need 20 pounds of flour? No, I really don't. Nor do I need four dozen eggs.





Friday afternoon was cookie baking time! I always get super excited about baking cookies, then halfway through vow to never make them again. I have a really short attention span, apparently.





I made gingerbread people (took forever!) and chocolate chip cookies. I love the Toll House recipe for chocolate chip cookies. It really is the best chocolate chip cookie recipe ever. Those Toll House ladies sure know their stuff.





By late Friday night, I was SO SICK of cookies. Bleh.





And Phillip kept sneaking them. Every time I saw him, he had a cookie.





I spent Saturday morning cleaning my house for our holiday party. The party was super fun. And the cookies were a huge success. Lots of raves about the chocolate chip.





I spent most of the night playing with our cousin's 4-month old son, who is just all sorts of cute and adorable. Babies make me happy.





Lots of fun, we got to see some friends that we see pretty infrequently as well as just relax.





On Sunday, my sisters, Phillip & I got our portrait taken for my mom's Christmas present. I know she is going to be surprised. I'm so excited to give her this. The pictures turned out really well. The photographer was actually a friend of my middle sister's, and she really did a great job.




Phillip and I then went to his grandmother's church to watch her Christmas drama. She called it a pageant, but that reminds me of little kids reciting the Christmas story, and this really was a mini-musical. Very nice.


We finished our weekend with a fabulous meal at Harry's. This restaurant is awesome! We don't eat out a lot, but when we do, we like to go someplace nice. We actually had the rehearsal dinner for our wedding at Harry's. We both enjoyed some delicious soup (their crab bisque is ah-may-zing!). I had a great grilled duck salad, and Phillip had steak and mashed potatoes. Yum. I'm hungry again just thinking about it.



Getting ready for Christmas this week, but I promise I am going to try really hard to get some December Daily pages done tonight so that I can post! I feel like I've been neglecting my scrapbooking.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Holiday Weekend.

I really am doing my December Daily. I'm just super lazy about actually getting the pictures of the project taken and edited. Will do tonight. (Maybe.)

This weekend was full of holiday spirit.

We (and by we I mean my husband) put up our house lights on Saturday. My contribution to outside lights normally goes something like this:

"Looks good, babe."

And then I walk back into my nice toasty house and pretend to be super busy.

On Sunday, we made the trek to our not-so-local landscape shop to pick up our tree. We drive about an hour, because this place normally has a really nice selection of the big, 11-12 foot trees we like. They are also a little cheaper than the local places.

Oh, but not this time. Their bigger trees were $125. Per tree. My husband almost fainted. (In case you're wondering, high prices don't make me faint. Just blood. And needles. And talking about surgery.)

Are prices for real trees about the same in your area?

We ended up going with a slightly shorter 10 foot tree, which, quite frankly, is still plenty big and looks lovely in our living room. And it was slightly more affordable, though not much. When did Christmas trees start costing over $100? Jeesh. (I know we could buy an artificial and not have to do this every year, but I am totally against artificial trees. I once threatened that I wouldn't come home for Christmas if my mother put up a plastic tree.)

I do love this tree. It is so full that you cannot see the trunk. Beautiful. I will post pics tonight so you can admire my tree-choosing abilities.

The bad part about getting a tree is moving furniture to accomodate said tree. My husband is super strong. Me? Not so much. We lifted our two couches no fewer than four times to get them into perfect position, and I am SO SORE today. My legs and back are aching. And it really irritates me when he says, "If you lift with your legs, you wouldn't be sore."

Uh, if my legs were strong enough, that would probably work. But I have to use my ENTIRE body to equal the strength of one of his legs.

Although the moving is tough, the end result is wonderful. I do love Christmas and Christmas decorations.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

How to Knit

I've decided that I want to learn to knit. I'm 98.4% sure that I do not possess any of the required patience to knit. Heck, I have trouble counting sometimes.

But I want to do it.

So can anyone recommend a good, how-to, knitting for dummies type book? I have never picked up a knitting needle in my entire life, so I'm talking VERY basic here. If you learned from one, or know of a good book (or youtube video you'd recommend) let me know!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Yay for Christmas packages!

Check out what greeted me last night:








































One of the boxes was a present for ME! Goodies from my secret santa on Coordinates Collections. Cari sent me an adorable card, loads of fun scrapbooking stuff, candy, and the most adorable decorated "C." I love it. Thanks!