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Monday, December 25, 2006

Merry Christmas!

I hope everyone has had a wonderful Christmas! We spent a quiet night at home yesterday and it's about the same today! Made coffee cake for breakfast, opened presents, called all the family, ate dinner about 2:00, and my house is trashed! I made a ham, rolls, green beans, and sweet potatoes for dinner - nothing too extravagant for the three of us. Camden has made it through the first round of playing with all his presents and is currently watching The Polar Express so I got in a little scrapping time. He seems to be catching a cold. Hopefully, nothing too serious. He had a flu shot Friday so I'm hoping it's not related to that.

It's been nice having a quiet couple of days at home, but I'm ready to go hit the after Christmas sales tomorrow! I've already hit a few digi-scrapping sales today!

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Short

"Mommy, why are you so short?" Just the question of the day from Camden!

We had a nice quiet evening last night after all the events earlier in the week. Camden did not deal well with his cousins, but he's settled down some now. We've had a fun day of just hanging out at home, finishing up wrapping gifts. I made a dessert, and we're headed to my in-laws tonight to celebrate Christmas with them. Camden is getting quite excited about opening gifts, and I'm excited to celebrate Christmas morning.

Here are the two layouts I've managed this week. I love using Christmas kits, and there are just so many out there! I'm trying to resist the Scrapartist sale on their Christmas kits tomorrow, but not sure I'll be able to!


Thursday, December 21, 2006

I'm off!

So guess where I'm blogging from today? Home!! As of Wednesday at 4:00 p.m., I am officially off work until January 3. It feels good!

My sister, brother, and twin nephews came into town and stayed with us last night. They're running around today, but will be back tonight. Should be fun! Camden seems to be having issues with letting them touch his toys! I guess this will be a good lesson in sharing for him!

I just have one layout to share, but it's one of my favorites! The template is mine and available
here.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Finally!

Layouts!

Hustle and Bustle

Wow! It's just so busy everywhere! I went to Target on my lunch hour to pick up a couple of small gifts and left empty handed. There were people everywhere; no parking spaces; I couldn't get to what I needed in the aisles. Crazy! I am vowing to never let this happen again. I'm going to shop all year long or at least well before December 19 next year!

Just a couple of scrapping pieces of news I want to share. First, just wanted to direct everyone's attention to Jennilyn's My Kinda Christmas available at The DigiShoppe. This preview doesn't do it justice - there's a ton of fun stuff in here and I will have a layout soon! I especially love the little train details, and I have the perfect pictures to go with this kit!

Next, if I can toot my own horn, check out this thread. I'm the featured scrapper at DST. How fun is that!

We got lots of laundry (I'm embarrassed to announce how much here) done last night and some cleaning. It's so great to have Brian home at night! Tonight it's more cleaning because my sister, brother-in-law and twin nephews are coming to stay with us tomorrow. Camden is so excited to see them. He has always been so sweet with them, but I'm interested to see how he does now that they're 11 months old and crawling everywhere. I'm wondering if he'll still be sweet or if he'll think they're invading his territory! I also can't wait to take cute pictures of the three of them! I know that I take a ton when we're together, but they'll be moving back to France next summer and then it will be 2-3 years before we're all together again so I want to take as many pictures as I can while we have the opportunity. I'm especially excited about the Christmas pictures because I bought them matching Gymboree p.j.'s.

Okay, enough rambling and I think my lunch hour is over anyway!

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Busy Weekend

What a busy weekend! We had a church party Friday night to attend; got home late. Saturday morning went to a wedding shower; came home and left again to go Christmas shopping. Thought I would finally finish, but no such luck! Maybe today! Sunday was full of early Christmas program practice, an ill-advised nap (see next paragraph) and early practice before church.

Insomnia has struck again! I probably slept all of 2 hours last night. Combine that with Camden getting up 4 times in the night, and I've got huge bags under my eyes! My Starbucks peppermint mocha should be pulling me out of my sleepiness soon.

I scrapped one page over the weekend - and it took me all weekend to finish for some reason! It's a picture of Kim's little girl Izzy (who I think is the cutest baby girl ever!).


Friday, December 15, 2006

Tagged

It's over!! My big work dinner I'm in charge of for 100 people is over! So happy to have it behind me for another year, and it went very well, but I'm having trouble moving off the couch this morning. It's 10:42, and I'm still in my p.j.'s! I've got to get motivated - grocery shopping and some Christmas baking is on the agenda today. We've got a church Christmas party tonight.

I've scrapped so much for Christmas gifts the last couple of weeks that I'm just feeling really burnt out. Not sure I can crank out a layout for another couple of days!

I've been tagged by
Nikki (I think this is a first for me so here goes.)

1. Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate? Most definitely hot chocolate.

2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree? Santa who?

3. Colored lights on tree/house or white? white

4. Do you hang mistletoe? No

5. When do you put up your decorations? The day after Thanksgiving.


6. What is your favorite holiday dish? There is no way to narrow it down to one, but a couple of favorites are Neiman Marcus dip, Russian teacakes, and party mix.

7. Favorite Holiday memory as a child? Well, I have my mother's memory so I can't really remember!

8. When and how did you learn that Santa isn't real? I don't think we ever really believed in Santa


9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve? Depends on where we are and with whose family.

10. How do you decorate your Christmas Tree? I have lots and lots of cute snowman ornaments with gold, burgandy, and green ornaments and plenty of white lights.


11. Snow! Love it or Dread it? I only love it if there's alot and there's no chance I have to drive in it first thing in the morning to head to work.

12. Can you ice skate? yes, but it kills my ankles!

13. Do you remember your favorite gift? Once again, I've inherited my mother's memory and have no idea!

14. What's the most important thing about the Holidays for you? The fact that it's Jesus' birthday and that it usually means a trip home!

15. What is your favorite Holiday Dessert? Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate!


16. Favorite holiday tradition? Reading the Christmas story from Luke before opening gifts.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Super Heroes

Camden walked around all night last night with a blanket around his head and pretended to be superman. Brian jumped in the game and was Batman. Not to be outdone, I declared myself Wonder Woman. Camden had a blast. Small problem, though. He didn't quite get the "Wonder" part of Wonder Woman, so he walked around all night calling me, "Woman." As in, "Hey, Woman, thanks for making me supper." It was so funny!

I am having serious issues sleeping, which makes me grumpy! The last 3 or 4 nights I go to bed at normal time and then lay there for hours! I wake up again about 3:00 and am awake for another hour or so before finally falling asleep again. This morning seems worse because I'm catching a cold, which only adds to my grumpiness! Don't I sound fun today?

No layouts to share - I just had no motivation last night! Maybe tonight!

Monday, December 11, 2006

Exhausted

I am so tired this morning! Lots of holiday activities over the weekend! I worked Friday afternoon at a party at my boss' house. Friday night Camden had his Christmas program at church (let's just summarize that experience to say he apparently has NO stage fright!). Saturday was the children's party from work. We took what I thought would be a short detour after the party to pick up ice cream, but got stuck in traffic and it turned out to be a LONG detour! Sunday was church, choir practice, and more church! I'm not sleeping well at night for some reason. Hopefully, it will be better tonight.

I have got several cute things to share about Camden today. First up - he's got a little cold and has been coughing up junk from his throat. Brian thought it would be a great idea to tell him he could spit it out in the trashcan (and even gave a demonstration!). So, now Camden's new past time is spitting in the trash. Fun. Second - lately, he has been so sweet in telling me at every meal, "thank you for fixing me supper and putting it in my bowl." Third, he tells me he missed me every time we're apart. I love it!

I was a scrapping fool over the weekend! I worked on several calendars for a friend, as well as scrapping some of my own pictures and also completing a CT assignment (used pics of Kim's sweet girl Izzy). All of these layouts were created with Dani Mogstad and Shawna Clingermans A Year of Memories 2007 collection.





Thursday, December 07, 2006

Happy Birthday

It's Brian's 31st birthday, and unfortunately, it's not a great day! He's taking exams today and very busy! We were able to celebrate a couple of weeks ago when we went out for our combined birthdays, and I made his favorite pound cake last weekend. The good news is that after tonight, he's finished until mid-January! I took Camden Tuesday night after work to buy a card. I let Camden pick it out and help pay for it. He was soooooo cute! When we got home, he "signed" his name, and I made a big deal about it being a secret. Well, you can imagine how well he kept that secret. Not so much! Brian got a good laugh out of it, though.

We tried it was time to try giving up the night-time pull-ups again, but after 4 nights and about 8 bed changes, we decided to wait a while! I just don't think he's ready, and all those bed changes in the middle of the night are not fun!

Went grocery shopping after I picked Camden up from school today since I'm working tomorrow and part of Saturday. Camden was so funny. I let him walk beside the cart instead of riding in it. He's just too big for the cart these days, even though that's so much easier! Well, he pretended the cart was Lightning McQueen (from Cars) and talked and talked to that cart the entire time. It was hilarious!

Got our first call from our new social worker today. She seems really nice and helpful. Also had our first little snag. I'm trying to just let it go and not worry. No used getting worked up on what will only be the first of many hitches in this process!

We found out yesterday that Camden's class at school has a Christmas program tomorrow night. I'm so excited about seeing him in it - I bet they'll all be adorable!

Okay, I guess this is enough rambling about nothing! Here's a LO I did tonight using Dani Mogstad and Shawna Clingerman's A Year of Memories.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Not much to say

Not much going on today, just taking a quick break at work to share these layouts. I think they're sweet. Who knew scrapping with pink could be so much fun!


Monday, December 04, 2006

Happy Monday!

We had such a fun weekend! Camden had a blast at his pajama party at school on Friday and came home completely wired! I made a really great potato/broccoli/cheese soup for supper, which tasted so good in the midst of our cold winter weather (finally!). Saturday we lounged around in the morning and then went and met friends for lunch and went to the Schoolhouse Rock performance at the Nashville Children's Theater. Camden was mesmerized! He sat really well most of the way through. After every single song, however, he asked, "is it over?" Then when it was over, he says, "why is it over?" There's no pleasing him, I guess!

I have a very busy week ahead of me, but I'm not feeling like Scrooge yet, so that's good news! Maybe ask me at the end of the week. Sometimes the Christmas festivities (mostly involving work) just take over the season and make it hard to be excited about my own holiday events. I've got to get some Christmas shopping done soon! I have a total of 5 gifts under the tree, and 3 of them are gift cards.

I was able to do some scrapping this weekend. First, let me direct your attention to my cute new blog header. Is he cute in that Santa hat or what? Why did I not do this earlier (like when he was a baby??). I used a Kimberly Geswein blog banner template, and Tracy Ann's I Believe tag and ribbons. I really like the two layouts I did this weekend. The first is using a picture taken by my friend several weeks ago, and the second is an adorable picture of my friend's little girl! I loved scrapping in pink! Hopefully, I'll have more to share this week. I'm not expecting to get too much scrapping time in the next couple of weeks, though. How will I ever survive?


Friday, December 01, 2006

Think Pink


Yes, it's true. After almost 3 years of joy with Camden, we have made the first step towards our little girl. Those of you in our family know that we've made the final decision (ummmmm, many times) on whether it would be Korea or China, but the final, final decision is Korea! We're going to be using our same local agency and placement agency, and we're very excited. My heart is beating a little quickly as I write this because the envelope is in the mail so it's official! We're not planning to tell many people yet (only the close friends and family who read the blog - and all you cyber friends). I'm not ready to make the announcement at work simply because we don't know yet what my work situation will be after the new baby arrives, and I need some time to decide and we have plenty since this process will take approximately 18-24 months, and I'm not ready for the daily questions of how it's all going because mostly it will just be waiting going on. There will be plenty of time for that later! Somehow the decision to have two kid seems so much bigger than the decision to have one, but we're so excited!
In other news, Camden and his class is learning the letter "P" this week so he's headed to school in his p.j.'s. They're having peanut butter sandwiches, peaches, pretzels, and punch for lunch. So cute! I'm going to take my camera this afternoon when I pick him up and try to take a couple of pictures.
Tomorrow we're headed to see School House Rock at the children's theater with one of Brian's classes at school. It will be fun because my friend teaches the class and will be coming along with her two little girls so Camden will be in good company.
One last thing, I haven't said much about this on my blog, but there are a couple of small things I'm doing in order to help raise money for this adoption, and if you'd like to participate then here's the information. There's a link to the side where I am doing Christmas cards and scrapbook pages - all proceeds will go towards the adoption. The second thing is I'm selling templates based on my own layouts at DigiScrappingMoms. My friend Kim started this site in response to a large group of adoptive mothers who were just jumping into the digiscrapping world, and I'm very happy to be working with her.
I think that's about it! Have a great weekend!