Monday, December 31, 2007

Christmas morning

We have created so many Christmas memories this year that I will make a couple of posts. I don't want to overload the server with all the photos!

I love Christmas morning! I have three boys that get excited about their gifts if you include my hubby! LOL!!! I love to watch how excited the boys get when they open their gifts and want to play with each one before moving on to the next one! They love to open!

This is the first year with our new dog so even she got into the action!



Here is Ty with his hot wheels Christmas!!! (even his jammies are hot wheels!)





And Cody opening a few gifts





but he was super excited when he saw the PS2!



My hubby has wanted a Smokey & The Bandit (one of his favorite movies) die cast car for al ong time! I finally found one in California and bought it! It made him VERY happy!




And my hubby made me very happy! He got me a cricut!!!




I hope your Christmas morning was unforgettable!

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Christmas Memories


Everyone has their own definition of what Christmas is...Jesus birthday, family, presents, Santa and so on. To me it is a time of giving. I thought I might share a story from my childhood....I think this is when I learned the real meaning of Christmas.

I was about 5 or 6 and my dad who was a Knight of Columbus received a phone call about a family in tremendous need of help this very cold season. SO my dad and his fellow Knight Bobby went out to these peoples home. They were huddled around their stove trying to keep warm because they had no heat and the windows upstairs were broken. Their pipes were froze so they were melting snow to have something to drink and they were hungry, there was no food in the house. When my dad took the mom to the grocery store to buy some food he told her to get whatever she needed. She came back with a loaf of bread, mustard and bologna. He told her that that would never do and proceeded to fill a shopping cart brimming with food. After they took her home they continued on to the welfare office where my dad, in his own words, ripped them apart and demanded that something be done to help this poor family. They lady from the welfare office cut them a check, drove out there and moved them into a motel. Then the next day moved them into a new home! I remember my dad coming home, with tears in his eyes and hugging us all and saying how thankful he was for us and to have what he has. thats when I learned that Christmas is about more than presents and family its about helping, healing and being there whenever someone needs you. Now my mom wasn't a Knight etc but whenever my dad needed anything to help out a family she was always there to help. Making phone calls, coming up with some money, shopping for presents for needy children, grocery shopping, whenever dad needed anything she was first in line to help. When there was a food drive, coats for kids, or any fund raiser that we could take part in my mom always made sure we each gave something, hoping to instill in us the values that she and my dad have, So thanks Dad & Mom for teaching us about the true meaning of Christmas. I love you both.



Todays quote;
Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time. ~Laura Ingalls Wilder

Monday, December 17, 2007

Pie Day!!!!

Every year my mom & I get together and bake apple pies for the Holiday season...we fill our freezers with yummy pies that are so handy! Its great when you get surprise visitors or a friend over for coffee...you can just pull out an apple pie and pop it in the oven for a while and before you know the smell is wafting through your home! I really look forward to this day! Its fun just to get messy and silly and laugh! We had a couple of helpers this year! My dad got in on the act and my cousin Patsy who just moved here from Fort Mac in Alberta!




This year Patsy and my dad peeled and sliced the apples (thanks to the strafrit apple peeler - LOVE this gadget)





while I rolled dough and my mom filled the pies!






We had quite the assembly line! We ended up making 16 pies and 17 apple dumplings and froze them all but 2 dumplings that I had promised to my boys for dessert that night! They loved them!!!!

Todays quote;
The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other. ~Burton Hillis

Friday, December 7, 2007

Christmas cards..

I really got into making some cards this year! It was a lot of fun. I made each one different but to tell you the truth I lost count with how many I have made! I made a card for each family member (both sides), our friends, Jons buddies at work and his boss and my fellow DT members at Dreamer.




and here are a few of my favorites....











Todays Quote;

He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree. ~Roy L. Smith

Monday, December 3, 2007

Design Team Reveal at Scrapbook Dreamer & our gorgeous tree

Every year the Christmas Tree decorating is done by my husband...he creates a beautiful tree every year BUT it takes him forever and he has to have everything in the right place...he bought a few new ornaments this year, including a tree topper which got broke so we have to get another one next weekend...but the finished tree and mantle are gorgeous!!!!

This is the first year with a fake tree but it came prelit so one less job for Jon...here is the tree after the ribbon



And with a few ornaments....Cody is helping his dad!



And the finished project...It is stunning in person!



Thanks Honey....you did an amazing job!

I got to reveal all my new layouts about the holidays at Dreamer today! I kept them simple but I was really happy about how they turned out!

This was my how to....





These photos are from Christmas 2005...I know I am just a little behind!
















Don't forget to check out Dreamers challenges this month, and the awesome 'How to's' and tips. The talented ladies on the team put together some other stuff this month!

I would also like to say congrats to TONYA!!! (aka bluesilver) for becoming the new DT coordinator...you will do fabulous and Laura couldn't have picked a better person for the job. LauraW we will miss you as part of the team...you really are a superwoman!

Todays Quote;
Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful. ~Norman Vincent Peale

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Happy Panda

This Limited Edition Happy Panda Holiday Gift Basket is a perfect give for that special Mother.
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The basket includes wonderful items both for the Mom and child. Not only are there clothing items, but a cute Panda Bear to boot.

Happy Panda is giving one lucky reader of Laura Williams' Musings their very own Limited Edition Happy Panda Holiday Gift Basket. This basket is valued at $200.00.

To enter you must complete the following two steps.

1. Post about this giveaway on your blog or site with a link to this giveaway and to Happy Panda.

2. Visit Happy Panda and view all their cute stuff. Then go back to laura's giveaway post here: http://laurawilliamsmusings.blogspot.com/2007/11/review-giveaway-limited-edition-happy.html and leave her a comment of which one you like best along with your blog post link about this giveaway (be sure to leave the direct link to your post... not the main link of your blog)

Both steps must be completed in order to qualify.

This giveaway is open to anyone anywhere.

Comments will close at 11:59 PM on Monday, December 3, 2007.

Laura will draw one winner at random using random.org. LAura will notify the winner via email as well as announce it here on my blog.

For everyone that enters and qualifies by completing the two steps, laura will post a linkback to you when she announces the winner.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Good News & Bad News.....

The Good News first....Scrapstreet has asked for my 'Oh Christmas Tree' layout for their December Issue...YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am super excited!

The Bad News...Jen from Kitty's Kloset has made the announcement that she will be closing the store...I am sad. I have been the Design Team Coordinator and board administrator there since April....I will miss my fellow DT members and Jen. I will get to 'see' Sara at scrapbook Dreamer and LynAnne at scrapfriends but I hope that Melanie will keep in touch...Will miss working you with MellyBean....you are truly inspirational!

I've been scrapping a bunch but I can't show you because its for Decembers assignment at Dreamer. I also created some layouts for the AWESOME challenges that are going on right now there and at a few other sites I like to hang out at...scrapshotz, and Love is in the Details. Both Canadian sites! I have also been hanging out at really cool site Scrapbook Oasis. Also don't forget about Dreamers November contest - Family!

Here are a few of my recent layouts and cards...























Todays Quote

The secret of a good life is to have the right loyalties and hold them in the right scale of values.
Norman Thomas
US socialist politician (1884 - 1968)
Have a fabulous day!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Thank you

to the men and women who have fought to protect our lives, rights and way of life. Thank you to the fallen soldiers who have laid down their lives so others will live. Thank you to the families of the soldiers who miss heir family members while they are deployed, and to the ones that have lost a special person. Thank you is not strong enough, thank you does not cover it, thank you isn't big enough to encompass the gratitude I feel, that my husband and I are able to raise our boys in a safe and democratic country but it is the only word I have so Thank you

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Halloween photos...

Here are the boys carving their pumpkins!



Remind you of a scene in a famous movie?





And the finished products!



My cousins from Edmonton have moved down and this is their first Halloween here! It was so much fun to have everyone around and to go trick or treating with!

Here is Cody and Joe Joe...they hit it off right away!



Here is Devin and Joshy!



And my Bad Biker Dude Ty!



And here is the gang



And Ashton with Baby Joshy!




It was a lot of great fun! Too much candy and most of it went in Jons truck as it contained traces of nuts ~ Our boys are allergic, but they got lots!

have a wonderful week!