Thursday, December 31, 2009

Christmas 2009

This Christmas was an odd one for me, I have had a cold and cough for over two weeks and late Christmas eve became very ill. Christmas morning I huddled on the couch while Brian and the girls unwrapped presents, I missed them opening a few as I was down the hall in the bathroom throwing up for the 4th time. I was tired, weak, had a fever and chills... I felt like I missed out on the big day. Plus we had to postpone the Dorsey's Christmas dinner that was to be at our house that night.

The next day I still felt bad and Brian took me to the urgent care, I was sure it was the famous " H1N1 flu, but nope I have pneumonia. It's New Years Eve today and we had the Dorsey dinner last night and it was a very nice time and we had our Christmas dinner with my parents on Monday so I am starting to feel like I got a bit of Christmas back, just a few days late. The girls enjoyed it all and both got the wheelbarrow and leapster they asked Santa to bring.

Onto the New Year... what am I hoping for this year... 2009 was a nice year for us, so more of the same would be wonderful, a healthy family, friends to make us smile and enough to provide for our family. I am ready to ring in the new year... Happy 2010!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Santa's Visit

We went to the mall last night to see Santa and we did not pick the best night. It was dog night so more than half of the line were people bringing their dog to see Santa. Most the dogs were cute but we did see several poop and I had to sign a release even though we did not have a dog with us. She said it was just in case we were bit or had allergies from Santa's "dog" suit. Oh goodness... I though about coming back another time but the day before we had tried to see Santa... we got in line and after 10 minutes we were told Santa would be leaving soon to feed his reindeer... ugghh! We just have bad timing this year for Santa, next year we will visit him early like we usually do.

Anyway, as we got in line Anna said she did not want to see him, I asked her to do one photo for me and that she needed to tell Santa what she wanted. As we got closer she got more excited, I think Amelia helped with this because she was saying... look Mama, there he is, there is Santa... Amelia was very excited to see him. Anna acted fine until it was our turn, Amelia jumped into Santa's lap and Anna hid behind Brian's legs. I told her I would go up with her and that she did not have to sit on his lap.

So... the photo shows how close she would get... she did tell him what she wanted and she was super excited after we saw him. I think she was glad she told him what she wanted.... a wheelbarrow.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Snowmen heads

I saw this idea online and thought it was so cute. I made/assembled them for the Daisy Troop caroling party and for Anna's school party, it is a powdered donut with a candy corn nose and I used a small tube of icing for the eyes and mouth. They were a big hit and so easy to make! Perfect with a cup of hot coco!

Saturday, December 19, 2009


I was asked to make a Zamboni pillow, a Christmas request for a boy who LOVES Zamboni machines. I did the whole thing with hand embroidery, it took me awhile, but I like the clean and classic feel it has... I hope he likes it.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Star Wars Concertt

Last week Brian and I attended the Star Wars concert. We got there a little early to see the "special" exhibits, which were a bit disappointing, we both thought there would be a lot more items. Plus, I wish they were up a little higher, it was hard to see around the crowds of people. Speaking of crowds... at one point we were walking around the arena to get to our seat section and it was so crowded that no one was moving. It was wall to wall people, squeezed in tight and we were not moving at all! I wanted to scream... MOVE... so badly. I finally squeezed us through pulling Brian behind me.

The show was great, I give it a A, but I would have like the music to be a bit louder. Our friends were sitting in another section and they had to hold their ears. So I guess it depended on where you sat. The orchestra always amazes me since I never learned to play an instrument, I think I would like to play the violin or the Cello?

Brian loved it and he would give it an A+, my Star Wars nerd was a happy camper!

note: I call Brian a SW nerd all in good fun... at least he did not dress up in a costume.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

The Igloo

It's finally done... it took about 300 milk jugs, lots of hot glue and one can of expanding foam.

My girls having fun playing house in it... priceless!

I want to give a big thank you to all our friends and family who saved their milk jugs for us! We couldn't have built it without your help!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Candy Cane Mice

My Daisy Scouts made these fun candy cane mice for a local nursing home as tray favors. It is our first troop service project. They turned out so cute, I love the one with glasses made by a girl with glasses.

Here is a link to the pattern I found online.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

The stale marshmallow project

We had a bag of stale marshmallows so we got crafty with them.
I think these turned out pretty cool and kept the girls busy for awhile.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Igloo - almost done but we need more jugs!

So I guess I needed more than 250 milk jugs or I just made it too big. I think I need about 30 more to finish. I am sending Brian out to search the neighbor's recycle bins tonight, I hope no ones calls the cops on him. Then we might hit the Kirkwood recycle center this week...
this will get done by the Dec 15th!!!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Disney World

I've been away to Disney World, we took the girls on their first trip. My parents, Brother and his wife Helen joined up for this week long tour of all 4 parks. It was a lot of walking but we enjoyed it all, the girls held up great, thank goodness we brought a stroller. We had a few meltdowns, mostly Amelia over souvenirs, so many things to choose from.

One of my favorite things we did was dinner in the castle followed by the fireworks. The castle was decorated with thousands of Christmas light and it looked so pretty!!! Amelia loved the castle and really enjoyed seeing the inside.

We saw so many characters, we got photos with 29 of them, the girls were the perfect age and loved to see them all. Amelia would run back to me saying they hugged or kisses her, she was so happy!

It was a jam packed week and I needed a day off from the trip, there is just so much to see, we didn't want to miss anything and I don't think we did.