AAAHHHHHH...........I love the promise that comes with the New Year. I love resolving to make changes, and sometimes failing (it builds character, right) and all that comes with it. I love that it feels like the perfect time to start something new, forgive and forget, or just clean your house really good. I have ALWAYS loved the whole New Year's resolution concept, though I haven't always shared these because I didn't want pressure or people to know I failed. But really, I don't care anymore. Nobody's perfect! (I have learned that from Hannah Montana- did you know I met her?) So this year I am going to share my resolutions on this blog. But that post will be tomorrow........because todays post is my simplified "what I will do different during the holidays next year" list: 1. have cuter Christmas cards that do not have a typo on them (holdiays? are you kidding me, I proofed it like 100 times) 2. have an advent calendar 3. make gingerbread houses 4. make tree prettier 5. have a tree in the playroom that girls can put all their ornaments on 6. make the Christmas light cross bigger and better 7. decorate more 8. bake more (i'm being serious) 9. get shopping and wrapping done earlier 10. have a small tree in each girls room (at their request) 11. read the Christmas story to my girls several times during December 12. watch Miracle on 34th street with my family (we got it this year and never watched it) I better stop there, I'm getting overwhelmed. So, anyway, I hope everyone has a fabulous New Year's Eve. We have some tenative plans, and my mom is watching our kids!!!! yay!!! so who knows. How long has it been since we have done something on New Years Eve without our girls?...........um..........I can't think of a time, ever! (seems like I've always been working or on call or something-darn hospital won't close down for New Years eve!) Not that it is a big deal, just means the possibilities are endless. We could drive somewhere and stay the night. That would be fun. But we will probably just hang out with friends. That will be more fun. HAVE A GREAT DAY!!!!!! Love to the peeps! hrk
Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Here is a full body "before" so you get the whole shaggy effect.
Can't you just see the new confidence exuding from her!
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Monday, December 29, 2008
Tin cans, ribbon and decoupage = 7.99 Apron, ribbon, material for pocket = 5.99 Two sisters with gifts they will cherish FOREVER = Priceless Ok....taking time to do this with my girls is by far the most meaningful thing I did this whole Christmas season. The girls had sooooo much fun making the gifts for each other and the pride they felt was amazing. They have already been talking about what they want to make next year and asking if they can do it for birthdays, too. They couldn't stand waiting so they opened them Christmas Eve morning. It was the best. The screaming and excitement was so priceless and they seriously have enjoyed these two gifts better than any other. It made us all feel very good. I highly recommend doing this if you have older kids. If I find the blog that I found the idea on I'll post it because she had a lot of neat ideas for things to make. She had younger kids, too, and she included them by letting them go to the store to choose something like new toothbrushes or a fun box of bandaids for each of their siblings, so you really can do it with all ages. So. Worth. It. hrk
I swear, she hasn't had this apron off for more than an hour since she opened it. She even slept in it last night (not to my knowledge,until this morning).
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Enjoying a little Cooking Mama on the DS in her new spongebob bathrobe!
Guess who showed up at my dad's house......the Incredible Hulk! (aka..Blake)
Evan was a little excited!
Ella and I took some pictures of ourselves.
Brad and I took some pictures of ourselves.
Has anybody seen Waldo?
Me and my Momma with my girlys! (love this picture)
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Wednesday, December 24, 2008
This is video of a new band in town, "sassy girl and tomboy". They cannot contain their excitement and have taken to writing songs about Christmas and performing on the stage (aka. gymnastics mat) in the playroom. Merry Christmas.....HO HO HO......Feliz Navidad.....Jesus is the Reason......Joy to the World......It's the most wonderful time of the year! (really, it is)! Love to all my peeps and best wishes for the Merriest Christmas, EVER! hrk
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Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Somewhere in blogland, a mom was blogging about how it is a tradition in their home for the children to make gifts for their siblings, rather than buying something. I usually take the girls on separate shopping trips and let them pick out a gift for each other, but I thought this idea was so much more fun and meaningful. So......we got busy. For Evan's gift, we got an apron at Hobby Lobby and we sewed a pocket on, then embroideried her name on it. Ella had so much fun doing this. She cut the fabric for the pocket, cut the ribbon for the trim, and her favorite part, she helped with the actual sewing. Then we put the name on with the embroidery machine, but she pushed all the buttons on that. So all in all, she made it herself and is very proud. Evan is always wearing an apron, so it will definitely get a lot of use. For Ella's gift, we got some of those big tin cans and made stilts. She hot glued SpongeBob ribbon around the top and bottom of the can, the we printed SpongeBob and Patrick pictures of the internet and decoupaged them on top of the cans. We tied some twine through them and there you have it.....tin can stilts. (Ella loves all things SpongeBob, so these will be perfect.) The best part was the fun they had making them, and both of them were describing what they thought the others reaction would be when they opened it. This is definitely a tradition we will continue..............
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Sunday, December 21, 2008
I came home from work this morning all tired and stressed, looked in Ella's room, and saw this..........................
My sweet 5 year old baby girl and snuggled up in bed, butt high in the air. It has been so long since I have seen her sleep like that. Tiredness....gone. Stress....gone. Melt. My. Heart.
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Thursday, December 18, 2008
Wow! Last night, we had a Christmas recital featuring my beautiful, sassy girl on the piano. Evan has been taking piano lessons for about a year and a half and lately, she has just started to shine. We decided to have a recital for her here at our home, and invite family over to listen to her play some Christmas. We served refreshments and had a GREAT time. She got really nervous before it started and decided she didn't want to do it. But she went through with it and she did amazing. After it was over, she felt so good about it and I know it was the big confidence boost she needed to keep moving forward with her piano playing. I could not have been more proud of her. I even got a litte teary eyed when she started, I was overwhelmed with how proud I felt of her for all her hard work and for being brave enough to perform in front of all her guests. hrk
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Monday, December 15, 2008
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Friday, December 12, 2008
Well, it looks like our country dance lessons have paid off! Don't miss hubs big cartwheel at the end!
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Tuesday, December 9, 2008
You may have seen this before, but if not, you MUST watch it. We can all relate, I'm sure!
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Monday, December 8, 2008
Uh-oh! I'm back at it. How fun are these ornaments? We've all seen these for sale at stores around town for $10.00-$20.00. Well, hold up, sistas, because these are so easy to make. Just a paint pen or two and a box of $2.50 ornaments from Hobby Lobby and you've got a fun little gift. (do I sound like i'm teaching craft class?)
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Saturday, December 6, 2008
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Monday, December 1, 2008
OH-you bet I did! And two years later, I finally got the picture to prove it. This picture has been on someone's cell phone for the last two years and today, he decided to send it to me. YAY! hrk
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Sunday, November 30, 2008
Well, it was a three day process, but the tree is up and decorated. We put it up on Friday. On Saturday, my stepmom, Melody, came over and put the ribbon around it, and finally, after Ella literally driving me crazy about it, we put the ornaments on it tonight. Don't tell the girls, but tomorrow, I am going to buy some new ornaments and "tweek" their decorating a little. I have never done that. I always let them decorate it with the ornaments they want and I never rearrange it, but this year I think I will. It is way past time for some new ornaments. And it is a new tree, after all. $40.00 from Big Lots! Quite the bargain, if I do say so myself. I am not all pretty and fancy about Christmas decorating, so don't think I am showing this picture of the tree thinking it is all Fabulous. I am all about a homey tree with ornaments that are meaningful. It does have several SpongeBob ornaments, afterall! We buy an ornament almost everytime we travel somewhere and that's always fun for reminiscing (?dont know how to spell that). OH- and we put up a Christmas light Cross on our fence outside. We have never done outdoor lights and I have had this vision for a cross on our fence since we moved into this house. I was thinking it would be one of those things people would drive by, then go home and call all their friends and be like, "OMG. You have to drive by that house and look at the Cross they did. It is Beau-Ti-Ful! I am so recomending them for an Orchid award or something!" BUT-only thing is---it's not that great. Not quite the vision I had. I am going to try to refine it tomorrow, also. So, no pictures of the life changing Christmas light Cross, yet. I know- you are dying to see it. Tomorrow, people! Tomorrow! OK- enough! Here are some pictures! hrk
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