Monday, December 31, 2012

White Christmas

Ok, so this update is a little late, but I have been busy hanging out with Hope and Scrapbooking!!!!

Hope is FINALLY not sick.  Although Hope and I had to stay home and only Joe traveled up to visit his family for Christmas.  So Joe was able to visit and bring back Hope's presents.


One of her favorite presents was this sassy hat.  It goes perfect with her personality.  :)

Elfie had a few last good hiding spots...




...before he headed back to the North Pole with Santa.  Thanks Elfie for another fun year.

Of course, we made some yummy cookies for Santa.


And of course over the weekend we got more snow, which guaranteed a White Christmas.  Christmas morning was pretty fun.  Hope got a lot of great presents, including the McKenna American Girl Doll.  She loved it!


She also got some of the Friend legos, which we had a LOT of fun putting together.



She also got the crutches and cast.


Grandma also helped Hope put together some of the legos.  When ever Hope "dinged" Grandma was supposed to turn the page.  It was pretty funny.


Later that day, Dawn and the twins and the Walkers came over for dinner.  We decided to take the kids sledding to work off some Christmas Day energy.  IT WAS COLD!!!!!!


Lauren was a trooper and went down the hill several times with the kids.



We had my family Christmas and mom got Hope a jeep for her American Girl Dolls.  Obviously, she LOVES it.  :)


And we got more snow.  Hope went out back and had some fun of her own.  She had found my ski goggles.  She loved them.  :)


And she looked great in her new rainbow stocking hat.




Since it has been so cold out, I thought I would share a warm summer layout.


I free hand drew the sun and cut it out (in orange and yellow) and used every yellow button I had on hand to fill in the center of the sun.


I just used a list of activities we did over that summer (2011).


Alright, have a great New Year's Eve and be safe out there.

Darla

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Do...Do...Do...Looking Out My Back Door

Well, it is a winter wonderland around here and we got the day off from work and school because of it!  Yeah!  I just wish Hope felt good enough to go out and play, although that didn't stop her from getting dressed and going out on the back deck for about a minute.  She couldn't help herself.  :)


And of course, Reilly has been out about every 10 minutes since he got up this morning.  He LOVES snow!!!  Just loves to go out and tromp around in it.  I always goes out where it is higher than his belly and just kind of wades around in it.  Sometimes he just lays out on the deck and enjoys the fresh snow. Crazy Dog!!!


And of course Elfie made it safely back from the North Pole last night and wanted to keep an eye  on things outside so he landed on the window crank in the front room.  He has the perfect view to watch the blowing snow and all the kids playing outside.


We are lucky we still have power.  There are a lot of areas near us that have not had power since early this morning. I hope they get it back soon.

In case you haven't visited The Scrappy Gourmet lately, I have a few new kits up on the site.  I shared the Elf one the other day (and it is SOLD OUT already) and here is another one called Everyday you Make Me SMILE!  

I had been saving lots of my favorite pictures of Hope and complied them all together on a layout and mini album.  This would be a great gift too.




















 Well, off to build some legos with my favorite girl.  Stay warm.

Darla


Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Blizzard Warning!!!

Here is comes!!!!  We are getting our first major snow storm in two years and of course it is supposed to be a blizzard!  It has actually started snowing and it did rain a little before that started.  I think I actually just heard some thunder????  Yikes, I hope it was just the neighbor moving something outside.



Honestly, it doesn't look like much on radar, but my area of the state is supposed to get 8-12 inches of snow and major wind, which is what will cause most of the havoc!  So we will see how things play out tomorrow morning.  It would be nice to have a snow day to give Hope one more day to get to feeling better and back to school for her Winter party on Friday.

We finally went back to the doctor today and got some meds to help control her nausea and she seems much better today than last night.  They ran a few other tests as well and nothing significant (for now) indicated anything wrong.  So just trying to keep fluids and light food in her for now and so far so good today on that front.  Yeah!  It is the little things.  Although...he suggested not to give her the ADHD meds for awhile, so NOT looking forward to that time.  This could be a rough Christmas break!  Say a few prayers for me and Hope.  LOL

Anyway, I need to update you on where Elfie has been the past few days...he got a little crazy this night and ended up on the light fixture above Hope's art table.


...but yesterday he was pretty low key keeping a close eye on Hope in the living room while she was sick.


And of course in the hallway behind the Santa wallhanging.  :)


This morning he was right there on the stair banister, just having a jolly ol' time!



I wonder where we will find him tonight?????  I hope he is excited to travel in the snowstorm.  He better dress warm!!!!

We did get around to wrapping some presents and put them under the tree.  That seemed to perk Hope up a little bit and she had fun moving them all around and stacking them up, etc.


She thinks she has some of them figured out, but she isn't right on all of them.  (Insert evil laugh)

She wanted some company the other day watching movies (I guess besides me), so she brought her dolls down to hang out with her too.


She made sure they were all nice and cozy before starting the movie.  The top blanket is my kiki (my blanket when I was a kid).  I have no clue where I came up with that name, but that is what I called it.

On Sunday, Hope was feeling better, luckily just long enough to go see Santa (we actually thought she was over it by that point).  Of course she told him she wanted something she REALLY wanted and has been told repeatedly she might not get it.  And Santa said..."I am sure we can do that."  Way to go Santa!  Way to go!


Of course, we got to the mall and walked up to the Santa area and noticed a sign just in front of the person in line of us.  Yep, that was the cut off line so Santa could take his hour break after being on duty for 2 HOURS!  Seriously!  Ok, I am totally for getting breaks periodically, but an entire hour.  Luckily Joe was with us too, so I stood in line while Hope and him went to do some shopping of their own.  Then we switched places and I went to do a little shopping of my own too.  I didn't get much done, but all in all I think we stood in line over 2 hours.  Next year we are going to Bass Pro Shop, they hand out a time for you to come back so you don't have to wait in line.  YES!

Let's see, Hope was also able to go to school last Monday and Tuesday, so she went to dance class.  It was observation night, so I got to see what she had been working on in class.  I love the sequin leg warmers she had on.  CUTE!


Ok, have you had enough?????  Well, here are a few cards to share too.  :)  Pink Paislee scraps and other misc. items from my stash.




Ok, now I am done!  Stay warm and if you are in the path of the storm...STAY SAFE!!!

Darla