Thursday, November 30, 2006

Last Post for November

Wow! This year flew! Literally! And now my favorite time of year is going to pass in a snap. Well, I hope not. I have been very organized (so far) so that I can enjoy every minute of my days and each little detail. Tonight the girls and I are going to the Dollar Store for some grab bag gifts and then to the market to pick up some items so that we can begin baking first thing Saturday morning. Excitement!!! Tomorrow night, I am going cropping. I have two CJ's to work on and I would really like to a gift for Amanda. I have everything, just need to dig it all out. Maybe tonight if there is time.

I am working on the list I created yesterday although it is a lot longer since I've added so much.

It's been in the 60's here this week, but rainy. Tomorrow is to drop to 55 and the weekend is to be downright cold. Snow - bring it on!!!! Mom is coming over Saturday morning to bake with us. Later in the evening Kayla and Amanda have the Zoo Sleepover. Sunday afternoon, Mom and I are off to an ornament exchange. And that's just the tip of the iceberg! I am loving it - we are so busy!

Well, I just wanted to post being its the last day and all. I gotta go work more on my list.

Cheers to a spirit filled December!

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

The List

This is just a partial list of things I have to do or at least attempt to remember to do.

1. Print out photos to include in Christmas cards.
2. Try to mail cards on Friday, December 1.
3. Make shopping list of all baking items needed; and foods for Annual Christmas party.
4. Pool together all Christmas scrapbooking items so that I can begin Shimelle's Christmas Art Journal class on Friday.
5. Gather scrapbooking items for Friday's crop.
6. Buy ornament for Theresa's ornament exchange on Sunday.
7. Pack Kayla's overnight things for Zoo Sleepover on Saturday.
8. Pay the gas, light, cable and see about that municipal bill; also pay Mark; lend Jayme money for Generations.
9. Sort through ornaments and decide what to put on tree; change lights in front window.
10. Create cookie exchange luncheon invites; mail out by Monday.
11. Put all clean clothes away (monumental task).
12. Clean bathroom; find Christmas towels.
13. Clean kitchen; find Christmas towels.
14. Clean living/dining area; decorate.
15. Try to finish up all laundry.
16. Straighten cellar.
17. Wrap bought gifts on Saturday evening when girls are at sleepover.
18. Don't forget to order Kayla and Cammi's last Christmas presents.
19. Remember Santa letter needs sent from North Pole before the 20th.
20. Don't forget boys' presents hidden in back of clothes closet.
21. Pick up Mom's gift and gifts for the bosses.

That's all I can think of at the moment. I know there is more. I'll edit later.

Happy Wednesday!!!

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

The Office

This is where I spend most of my days - at the office. This is part of my space. What I look at every day. It's familiar; I like it.

I love my job. Love it! I have one main attorney I work for and help out two others. I've come along way from flunking Office Practice in high school. Didn't do too well in typing either. I think I got a "C" and I think I partly got that because Mrs. Marshall liked me. Well, if she could see me now, she'd be proud.

Today is weigh in day here at work. I hope I did well. My clothes are fitting so much better since the initial 14 lbs lost. I would like to add a few more to that number. 17 lbs. lost will be 10% of weight loss. That would be cool. But I truly have about 21 lbs. to go.

I have time entry I need to jump on. So I am going to listen to the videos on my blog as I type away.

Happy Tuesday!! (It's going to 63 today; 65 tomorrow and 68 on Thursday. I think its the quiet before the storm and winter is just around the corner. I am so hoping for a White Christmas!!).

Monday, November 27, 2006

Post Holiday

Phone fascination. Here are two more that love to "play" phone. This is an old rotary phone that my Mom gave to Kayla to play with. It gets a lot of use and occasionally fought over. I see it as training for when they are teenagers are constantly on the phone.

Thanksgiving Day was very nice. Dinner was delicious. Joey, Tera and Cammi did not make it and that was okay. Laura and Jayme came, Bruce (was the turkey), me, Amanda and Kayla. Kaileen ate with us, too. Friday we did some shopping and that evening Kayla and I put up a little tree in her room, decorated it with multi-color and white lights and miniature ornaments. We are starting a miniature village for her, too, and will be adding to it this week. Amanda and I have been moving furniture around. Kayla loves her new room. She loves saying, "My room". Such a cutie. Well, now there is literally no room at the inn. Everyone will have to make it on their own now. Kayla and I put the main tree up yesterday though we still have to decorate. So much to do!!! Every Sunday from here on out is something. Two parties, a cookie exchange and then Christmas Eve. It's going so fast and we are trying so hard to enjoy each day to the fullest and make it last.

Happy Monday!

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Ben is 2!!!

Ben is now two! His birthday was Friday, November 17. We celebrated on Sunday. In attendance were, of course, Ben, Jayme and Laura; Joey, Tera and Cammi; Mom, Cathy and Melissa; Sam, Nick and David; Amanda and Kayla and me. Ben was not feeling too well (ear infection) but he had some good moments, too.

I picked up my layaway on Sunday. Now I need to wrap. And I still need to order Cammi's gifts on-line; and I need one more big gift for Kayla; Ben is done except for some stocking stuff; need to buy Mom's present; Dad's lottery tickets; a few things for Amanda; and lots of gift cards which I'll get from Giant Eagle.

The invites to our 6th Annual Ornament Exchange have been mailed. Amanda and I just need a menu. And then we need to plan our cookie exchange luncheon. Such a wonderful, busy time of year.

And to keep the spirit alive throughout the New Year, we are creating a Jack Frost day for a weekend in January, complete with presents, and good food, and guests. I do so enjoy entertaining.

At the office we picked our Secret Santa names, now I just have to do a little shopping. The fun here is getting the gift on the person's desk without them finding out who their Secret Santa is. We buy five gifts for a total of $15.00 and each day for a week give to our giftee. So much fun!

Well, I still have lots to plan! Have a good day!

Monday, November 20, 2006

Breakfast with Kayla

Breakfast with Kayla. One of my favorite moments of the day. When she has just woken up and she looks so soft, her cheeks are still pink and she's just adorable. This was taken on Friday. Picture day. Kayla went shopping for the dress the day before; picked it out herself.

Ben turned 2 on Friday. We had a birthday party for him yesterday (will upload the pics later). He has an ear infection and was not feeling too well. The house was filled with family. No cake left (thank goodness); no ice cream either.

Oh, it was Light-Up Night downtown Friday, too. I really need to bring Kayla to this event. Always been afraid because there are so many people! But walking through on my way to the bus, the sounds, smells and excitement, I knew I should have had Amanda bring her in. And the weather wasn't too bad either. I snapped a few photos, just need to download. I am putting it on the calendar as a MUST for next year.

I bought the turkey on Saturday and all the fixings. Invited Jayme and Laura; Joey, Tera and Cammi. And of course there is me, Kayla and Amanda. Bruce is questionable. Just a small gathering, but lots of good food!

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Is It Only Tuesday???

Here are the cousins. On the left is Kayla and Cammi. On the right is Ben. They had such a good time playing here the other day. I love having them all together. Well, we are so busy getting ready for the Holidays. Mom, Cathy, Melissa, Kayla and I went shopping Sunday afternoon and then to lunch and decided to have a cookie exchange just amongst us (Amanda included). We chose December 17th for our little get together/exchange. I don't think I have a free weekend until the second weekend of January! Ben will be 2 on Friday, November 17. We are having a party for him on Sunday. All the invites are out. I now have to get the Ornament Exchange invites out by Monday. Also need to remember to pick up an ornament for the Exchange at A Cherry On Top. Oh, and of course ornaments for Theresa's party and our own.

So sad to see that In a Blink of an Eye will no longer be in business next year. So much talent there.

Scrapped Friday night and finished both my "It's Tradition" and "Favorite Recipe" CJ's. Mailed them both out yesterday along with Lori's "Did You Know?" CJ. It's on its way home to Lori. I can't wait to get my very first CJ back. I really enjoyed it. Now, I've signed up for two more.

I haven't entered any contests or challenges lately. I think I need to take some time off and just get back into enjoying the reason I first began scrapping. I am so into mini-books right now. Bo Bunny Press's little binder books are awesome!!! The LSS only had two and I scarfed them right up!

I think the only gift I am going to make this year will be for Amanda. I really need to get started on it.

Okay, I need to work!! Happy day!

Thursday, November 9, 2006

The Christmas Flavors Are In . . .

. . . at Starbuck's! Mmm, Mmm good! Amanda and I stopped there this morning and had some Christmas flavor goodness. Ooh, and they have adorable ornaments of their cups. You need to see them!!! Amanda picked up a Snowman mug for Kayla (spill proof).

On the homefront, Jayme moved out on Monday and in with his girlfriend. Another room free!! We are going to fill it with our wicker furniture and put the Christmas tree up in there. In March, it will become Kayla's bedroom. I love redecorating!! And moving furniture around (trait handed down by Mom).

There is so much going on with the Holidays fast approaching; my head is spinning with all the wonderful things I want to do.

Going cropping tomorrow. Am working only on two CJ's and a mini-book. Can't wait. Ooh, that reminds me, I have to work on Amanda's Christmas present.

Back to work. Happy Thursday!!!!

Thursday, November 2, 2006

November, already!

Busy month. But it will be fun. This was my entry to TTS's Doodlebug Contest. Kayla and Ben had each gotten a new box of crayons and coloring books and were just so intent on what they were doing. Ben's headwear is one of Kayla's headbands. He is a trip!
Time for the MONTHLY ROUND UP!
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What books and/or magazines did I read this month? I read Vanished by Karen Robards. Pretty good.

What movies and/or tv shows did I watch this month? We joined Netflix. Hoots was broken, had to send it back right away. Next was Silent Hill - stupid! This week is The Family Stone, which I have already seen and totally love!! I laugh, I cry.

What special days did I celebrate and how? No birthdays this month, but Mom and I went to Barb Tierno's Halloween party on Sunday, October 21. Then we had our own the following Sunday. Stacey and I went to Your Memory Page's Octoberfest Crop on October 21st. And then, of course, trick or treating on October 31st. at Melissa's house.

What illnesses or health concerns did I have in October. None.

What fun things did I do with my friends and/or family? Scrapping, partying. Watching movies.

What new foods, recipes or restaurants did I try in October. Let's see. Ate at Palomino's - mmm, mmm good! I think that's it.

What special or unusual purchases did I make? Ordered and received the American Girl Doll for Kayla. Just one of her many Christmas gifts.

What were this month’s disappointments? Amanda's speeding ticket.

What were my accomplishments this month? Losing 12 lbs!!! Doing WW with co-workers.

Any thing else noteworthy to record about October. All in all it was a great month!! (October, November and December are my faves anyway!)

Well, I have a list a mile long of things to accomplish this month. Need to go add to it.

O, Happy Day!!