December 1 is the beginning of the "12 Tags of Christmas" by Tim Holtz. This is the fifth year he has created the tags. I am such a big fan of his work! I created all of the tags from the past two years (and want to finish the other 2 years). I stayed up late last night after the hockey game and created these two tags. You can see his tags on his blog at timholtz.typepad.com.
Sunday, December 4, 2011
We went to the hockey game tonight! It was the first one we have been able to go to all season. All of these stuffed animals were tossed to the ice after the Rivermen scored the first goal...which wasn't until the 3rd period! They collected the toys for kids in our area who have contact with emergency personnel (fire or police) to help calm the kids down when there is an emergency in their home or family. Jim and Eric threw them to the lower bowl and then other fans tossed them to the ice!
Jim and I both got home at the same time tonight. I had errands to run after work and then went to exercise. Usually, I am home about 40 minutes before him. Anyway, there were a bunch of packages on our back door step. I had one from Donna Downey, he had one from Morton Buildings and one from ordering some bullets and then one package was from John and Sara in Arizona! This cute little reindeer candle holder! He has jingle bells on his antlers....so cute!
We went to Kobe Steakhouse with John and Stacie tonight. She called and asked if we wanted to go with them. I hadn't eaten lunch yet...so she told me to save some points. I had 4 points for lunch (thanks to 0 point Progresso soup) and stayed on track for dinner by chosing to have extra veggies and no fried rice. Yes, I missed having the rice...but at 10 points per serving...that was too much for me to use! Anyway, it was a great meal with Stacie, John and Jim!
I got this gift card today from my boss. He just wanted to show his appreciation for me staying late after school with some kids that didn't get picked up on time from school. Their parents missed the bus when it came to drop them off...so they were brought back to school. The last parent didn't get to the office until 4:45...which is an hour and 40 minutes after dismissal. It is nice to know my boss is thankful for the job I do...and the subway sandwich was great!
I had to take a picture of my new Jelly Belly Longaberger Basket! I couldn't go on the bus trip to Wisconsin with Cindy, so I sent money with her to buy me a basket and some Jelly Belly jelly beans for Jim. (Those are his favorite jelly beans!) He asked for cherry and pina colada. I also asked her to get the Belly Flops...which are irregular jelly beans. They don't always have those at the warehouse, but they had a special the day the bus trip was there!
I joined Weight Watchers on August 8. I got a new weight record book tonight. I am happy I have lost 29 1/2 pounds! The PointsPlus program is really easy for me to follow. Our leader told us tonight, we would be getting the new changes to the program next week. I can't wait to see what the changes are!
The trees are up and decorated! We worked for about 4 1/2 hours today and got all of the decorating done. I took the "less is more" approach to my trees and decorations this year! Thanks, Jim for helping me...it would have taken all day and night by myself.
Jim has decided to dispose of his tennis trophies. He played in few tournaments and won a few prizes. So, he just took a picture and then tossed them in the can. (I however, could not toss the only trophy that I had ever won...it is still on the shelf!)
I am still working on the Holiday Card Camp Class. I didn't go shopping today (it's Black Friday). I like how these cards turned out. Even though I don't have all the supplies that are used...I used what I had and was happy in the end. I registered to take a class in Janaury, too!
Happy Thanksgiving! We had dinner at 12 o'clock today. John, Stacie, Peyton, Cyndi, Momaw, Poppie, Jim and me. Nate had to work a 14 hour shift today and Rob was sleeping since he was working 3rd shift last night. We had all the turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, gravy, dressing, corn, green bean casserole, rolls, pumpkin pie and pumpkin cake that anyone could ever want! Jim and Peyton shared a wish with the wishbone from the turkey. Jim's half was bigger and Peyton didn't understand why his wish wasn't going to come true. (I don't think Jim's will either...since he wished for a million bucks! LOL) Anyway, today was a great day to spend with family.
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Can you say 400 mini pumpkin pies? Today was Grandparent's Day at our school. We had 218 grandparents in for lunch, adopt a book and to have their picture taken with their grandchild. I took 170 photos. It is a lot of work for the cafeteria to provide that many meals, however the grandparents love coming to eat lunch with the children and participating in all of the activities!
Monday, November 21, 2011
I worked most of the weekend on Christmas cards. I followed all of the cards from the Holiday Card Camp. I think I have 4 more days to complete. I am thankful the class is available to me on line for as long as I want to view it. I have learned so much from this class. If you get one of these cards...be surprised!
Jim brought these two vases home to me the other day. His mom gave them to him. The pitcher belonged to his mom's mother. The other one was pretty fenton that she wanted to pass on to us. I have collected the blue fenton since before Jim and I got married. Fenton is pretty glassware and most of it is hand painted.
I am making some of my Christmas cards using the ideas from the Holiday Card Camp. Oops, that star one is up side down!! lol Anyway, I have learned a ton of new techniques. I still have lots of cards to make...you will be seeing more soon!
I finished making this rosette pumpkin tonight. I found the directions on the Archiver's blog. It took 10 pieces of 12 x 12 cardstock to cut all the pieces I needed to make the rosettes. Each piece was scored at 1/2" and folded, glued and inked. Each rosette was glued on top of the next smaller or larger until I had used all 10 rosettes. The stem was made from brown cardstock that I cut and rolled together. The leaves are Tim Holtz tattered leaves die cuts and I embossed each one with a different folder, inking the edges and crumpling them up. Added a tag and some jute!
This is my card for the swap this month. We were supposed to make a holiday card. I used Stampin' Up paper to create the triangle pocket. I cut the ornament out of blue paper and also out of acetate and embossed it with Tim Holtz snow flurries snowman. The paper ornament can be removed from the card and hung on the tree.
My brother-in-law, Scott, went on a business trip to Portland this past week. He went to the beach one afternoon and took this picture. These rocks were in the movie "The Goonies". Wish I had gone to the beach this past week...I miss the beach!
During lunch at school today, the students who raised the most money during our fall fund raiser, got to spend 30 seconds in the money machine, grabbing as much cash as they could hold. You can see the dollar bills floating in the air around this little boy. He ended up with $16 in one dollar bills.
Happy Birthday to my very best friend, Cindy! I got her scrapbooking and stamping supplies. I went shopping with the supply list from our Holiday Card Camp. Cindy is taking this class, too! Anyway, we had a great day celebrating and of course, talking about our cards that we are going to make using all of our Christmas supplies!
I made this card for my BFF Cindy. Her birthday is tomorrow. Her favorite color is green (that is why the frosting is green!). I used a new technique that I learned in the Holiday Card Camp Class. The background is embossed with a dotted swiss folder, inked with green and purple distress ink and sprayed with perfect pearls mist on watercolor paper. I can't wait for her to see this card...and to do some more backgrounds like this one!
Friday, November 11, 2011
Today is 11/11/11, Veteran's Day. This is my father-in-law, Jim Smith. He is still in the hospital working hard to get stronger so he can return home. He is a veteran of WW2. The Big One, he always says. I am thankful for him and his service to our country and all the men and women who serve in the armed forces to keep us safe on a daily basis.
This clock is on the outside of one of the buildings at the hospital. I love the way the brick is laid around the outside edge of the clock. It always says the correct time, too! I drive by this clock very often as it is on a busy corner in town. I love that it has roman numerals and is easy to read.
Cindy and I received a gift today from one of our students. This beautiful mother of pearl trinket box came from Korea. Emma went with her mother to visit her grandmother and brought us each a box. It was wrapped in the paper it is sitting on. (I hope it isn't upside down!) Thanks to Emma and her mom for thinking of us when they went home to visit!
Today is Nate's 30th birthday. I can still remember the day he was born. That is something a mother never forgets! He was actually 3 1/2 weeks overdue. The doctors just don't let that happen anymore. I was so happy to have a little boy to bring home. (We didn't have modern technology to determine the sex of the baby 30 years ago!) Happy Birthday, Nate! Love you!
Grandma Smith bought this Christmas arrangement during the hospital league gift show. It has a cute little glittered up reindeer and lots of holiday greenery. I think she made a great choice. Grandpa is still in the hospital...hopefully, he will get stronger so he can come home soon!
Happy Halloween! Bet you don't know who this werewolf is??? It is Peyton. I had to help him with his costume this year. The mask and gloves were purchased and I altered the flannel shirt and jeans. He had me "rip" holes in the fabric and sew fur in behind them. I started to cut them...and he said "No, Aunt Aprile...like this...rip it! So, I did and he was right. It was better ripped!
We went to see Wicked! Tonight was the last performance of this show at the Civic Center. I must say...it was amazing. We have seen a lot of plays in our area...but this one was by far the best! The actors, costumes, stage and sound were awesome!! If I had seen it earlier during this run...I would have gone to see it again!
Stacie and I spent the day at the Women's Lifestyle Show. We had mini manicures, fun dressing up and enjoyed walking around checking out all the venders. We ate lunch at Qdoba and finished our afternoon with a relaxing pedi! What a great day to spend with my daughter. Thanks for sharing your day with me!
Had to have a pic with Wolfie!