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Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year!




I'm a little early with the well wishes...




I'm making plans for a New Year's Eve family party. My first.  We're doing countdown activity bags and the theme is MINUTE TO WIN IT.  I've found the game blueprints on YouTube and will have prizes for the winners.  In between games, we'll open an activity bag every hour.    Here's a link to one example.
Here's another link.<  --  Our party will look a lot like this one.

I've never planned anything like this.  I'm excited!

Happy 2013!





Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Wordless Wednesday--Christmas Photography Fail




This is the sum of my Christmas photography...



A photo of my son's gravesite with his Na-Na now close by.
 (So weird for me after 20 years.)












Plus a few shots of my grandson on his very first Christmas...

(My camera  flash doesn't work--
the poor quality sorta zaps my desire to take photos.)













Ain't he sweet!












I hope y'all had a very Merry Christmas!






Thursday, December 20, 2012

Wet Ones Wants to Hear about Our Sticky Situations!




My boy likes cake.  No, he LOVES cake.  His love affair with moist cake and sticky, sweet frosting goes way back.  I've posted here several times over the years about his cake escapades.

Like the time he attacked my German Chocolate layer cake.  (I thought the coconut icing would keep it safe.)


















Wrong!


Oh, and the time he mutilated someone's birthday cupcakes and put them back into the box complete with bites, licks, and just total annihilation.

















It was pretty fantastic!


And the numerous birthday posts--with five kids we have a lot of birthday cake.

He really doesn't care who is celebrating, as long as he gets cake.















Sweet baby face covered in frosting.  *Swoon*





One thing I've learned to do (finally) is to hide all cake in those snap-on cake carriers or inside the garage fridge.  No cake until the time is right.

 

   In all fairness, it's always time for cake in his eyes.



Another tip I've taken to heart?  Wet wipes.  Lots and lots of wet wipes.

Wet Ones is giving us all the opportunity to share our Sticky Situations along with tips on how to deal with them through their Facebook Contest! Simply log on and share your story and tips, and you can be entered to win an iPad Mini or Six Flags Tickets!







I just entered and it only took a few minutes!



Here’s the link to enter.



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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Two More Weeks....




I haven't done a lot of posting lately.  We've been pretty slammed with weird, strange, and downright bad news over the past few weeks.  The loss of my mother-in-law last week has proven to be quite an emotional challenge, to say the least.

We have managed a little Christmas cheer, but nothing like our normal.  We usually buy a real tree, but pulled out an old, very artificial tree from the attic instead.  It's looking a little like A Charlie Brown Christmas around here.







The branches are a little flimsy, so I had to use my less sentimental ornaments.  I don't want to risk losing those special memories. (I wrote all about that a couple of years ago.)  Except for the kissing angels from our wedding cake.  Those are front and center EVERY year.  No matter what.  I used my filler ornaments this year.  I like them.  It's just a little....generic, I guess.  I added some plaid ribbon and some gold lame' ribbon I found at the thrift store.

Pretty.

In all seriousness, it's a nice tree.  I'm thankful for it and for what it represents to me.




Here's a clearer shot taken last week with a smiling, brand new 7-year-old.
























This fun and sparkly snowman was found in the trash. (I am not above sending a husband or child on a little dumpster diving expedition.) All it needed was a new bulb.  The fiber optics add a nice touch.




I love nativity sets and have several.  I don't have room to display them all, so I choose a few each year.  I also have a collection of village pieces, but with all these boys and the new grandson to boot, I don't dare display them.  :)  I'm probably pushing my luck with these beauties...
  















Our mantel is Chrismas Central.  This is where the action is.  I'm ho-ho-hoping it is strong enough to hold the goodies in all these stockings this year!





I added a few of my Santas and some more plaid ribbon and a framed print-out I found on Pinterest.  (Don't you just love Pinterest???)





I planned to monogram our stockings, 
but I just don't have it in me this year.
  
Maybe next year?  

For now, paper tags will do the job.





And finally, I added some gold ornaments to my old wreath and jazzed up the front door.






You know.....it's not over-the-top, 
but it really is looking a lot like Christmas around here!





Thursday, December 6, 2012

Birthday Boy!






Can't believe this guy is seven years old.


























He woke up to exactly what he requested....Patrick.
(and Spongebob, for good measure.)




He was a very happy boy.



Happy Birthday, Eli Punkinpie!





Tuesday, December 4, 2012

iPad for Eli Upate...





Thanks to the 40 iPads in 40 Days campaign at Apps for Children with Special Needs and one persistent mom, Eli has his iPad!  We are thrilled and so excited about this amazing gift!

A4CWSN started their iPad giveaway campaign months ago.  Every week I had to sign up and 'like' app developers on FB and Twitter.  I had to 'tweet' about the giveaway and follow people on Pinterest.  I'll be honest....I almost gave up several times.  The list of companies and individuals grew very long.


The A4CSWN page on FB has over 18000 likes...I know thousands of entries were made in this giveaway.  You can not begin to imagine my surprise to see my name on the list of winners!

So...in a few days we will be iPad owners.  Finally.



Now he needs the Autism apps for therapy...  Will you help?   




Christmas Wishes...



My Christmas wishes are for a better camera.  (seriously)
































And for a STRONG mantel.  Heh heh.





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