Holidays

Is it too eary to post Christmas photos?

It it too early to start thinking about Christmas? Before the Halloween candy is handed out? It’s not like I am putting Christmas lights up on the house…but I have started quilting/sewing decorations and gifts for Christmas.

quilted christmas stockingsThis week I finished making each of us quilted Christmas stockings. Using fabric leftover from my Christmas quilt, I mixed in some new fabrics to make these sweet stockings. I used the instructions/pattern from Amanda Murphy’s book Modern Holiday.

But, since  I can’t follow written directions, I had to jazz the stockings up with my own creativeness.

quilted christmas stockings

It’s starting to look like Christmas…

Although the quilt patterns in the book are lovely, I used the same quilting pattern/technique that I used for my Christmas quilt, and I added an embroidered applique (from Hobby Lobby) to the cuff.

modern holiday stockings

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Even though I did my own thing with the quilting design, I followed the instruction in Amanda’s book. I love, love this book! There are so many cute things to quilt for the holidays…and gifts! Friends & family…Don’t be surprised if you get something I have sewed this year. I have big plans.

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Okay, since Halloween is next week…here’s a sneak peek to the girls’ costumes. Today was the Halloween parties at school. A week early, I know. Weird.

super girl costume

She is my super girl…

If you know her, you know she isn’t really being Super Girl for Halloween. She is going as Ghost Face (from the movie Scream). But, that is against the school dress code. So today she is SUPER GIRL!

We found that cute shirt, with the pink cape attached, at Walmart. Can you believe it?

lady bug costume

Aaaahhh, so cute!

She’s not a lady bug…she’s my love bug! Adorable, I know. Love the red and white striped tights she picked out!

Have a wonderful and blessed weekend!

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My Favorite Things Gift Guide

holiday gift guide

Inspired by Oprah’s Favorite Things.

a. Dior Lip Glow at Sephora. It’s the perfect shade for any skin type and it feels silky on your lips.
b. Go Dog Go Fetch Machine. Sit back and let this machine do all the work. If you have a dog that will not stop fetching a ball until he drops (like we do)…this is a must-have!
c. Stylish wireless outdoor speakers by Acoustic Research. These would look so good in our backyard living space.
d. Armitron Rose Dial Crystal watch at Target. It’s just pretty.
e. Big Boss Grills so I can make paninis. You can also switch out the cooking grill to make waffles, donuts, omelets and more.
f. Super sweet pet coat by Martha Stewart at Petsmart. My little Rocco would look adorable in this.
g. Angie’s Salted Caramel popcorn. All natural, 140 calories a serving and it’s yummy!
h. Who doesn’t like homemade goodies? Like this homemade Nutella, recipe from Not Quite Nigella.Yum!
i. Dana Buckman ankle boots at Kohl’s. I love boots, although I don’t indulge often.
j. Photobooks at Shutterfly.
k. Charlie and the Christmas Kitty book by Ree Drummond and available at Amazon or other bookstores. Adorable.
l. Macro lens for my Sony a290 with an f/2.8. Yes, please.

*NOTE: I wasn’t paid to endorse any of these products. These are MY personal favorites.

So, what’s on your favorites list this year?

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Holiday shopping, Santa, and Turkeys

My mom was in town for the Holiday week. Love that! She lives 2 states away. The kids really loved it because she spoiled them rotten at the mall. Oh, ya she spoiled me too with a new pair of boots.

Parker sat on Santa’s lap twice, at two different malls. This is the Santa at Park Meadows Mall in Highlands Ranch.

gold studded boots

It is also were Mom and I fell in love with this pair of Michael Kors gold studded boots in the window. I bet her the boots are $250. She said, “Really? You think?” I was wrong. They are $450.  But they are beautiful!  This day we also went to IKEA, ate lunch and oohed and aahed at the kitchens.

We visited 3 Justice’s at 3 different malls. Alex was in heaven. Of course, I can’t blame her. Love the clothes in this store! But it was overload.

Parker finally shopped ’til she dropped. Me too, honey.

Alex was so ready to help prepare Thanksgiving dinner. About 4 carrots into peeling she decided it was too hard. Yay for me!

Parker lasted 1 potato… Thanksgiving is my favorite. It’s a holiday all about family and good food. Food that takes hours to prepare and only 15 minutes to devour.

colorado mills mall

Merry Go ‘Round inside Colorado Mills Mall.

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Thankful

There is always, always, always something to be thankful for.”

Author Unknown

Right now | I am painfully aware that some of my extended family are struggling with the loss of a father, the impending death of a mother. The sorrow and heartbreak is undeniably unbearable. I have prayed that the Lord will be there to comfort in their time of need. I am thankful that they, as a family are together today.

In my Thankful bag | Being able to stay home with the girls, the Lord’s love and grace, quiet days, yummy recipes, snowy craft days, the girls coming together and helping clean the house, good food and family to share it, awesome friends, my Mom is in town, acupuncture, a warm and fun house, my girls’ laughter, and hubby.

No matter the circumstances in your life, there is much to be thankful for. Sometimes it is hard to see. But it is there.

May your Thanksgiving day be blessed with family, friends, great food, and thankfulness.

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Thoughts on the 4th of July

Fireworks, cook-outs and cherry pie are 4th of July traditions.

But, this year fireworks are cancelled in much of Colorado. Denver is still participating in this July tradition (and getting a lot of criticism for it).

Most cities, including Westminster which we live, have deemed it too dry and hot to risk a fire being sparked from fireworks. It’s so strange to think we won’t be watching fireworks this year. Sure, we could brave the tangled mess of traffic that is guaranteed to take place downtown. But, do we really want to deal with the traffic jam?

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Last year, on the 4th of July, I got the phone call I had dreaded for years: my step-father, Ron passed away. He battled ALS for 10 long years. The 4th of July will never be celebrated without me thinking of him.

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I am planning to work on my porch rockers. I have one finished, one to go, then I can finish up with the front porch redo. The garage has been started. They poured the caissons yesterday and will be back tomorrow to pour the cement.

southern rockers

Hubby got me these rockers for my birthday a few years ago. I fell in love with the old Southern rockers found on the plantation homes in Louisiana. But, a few years of sitting on the porch, they were looking very weathered. They are over-due for sanding and paint. I chose a wine color that matches the new shutters and front door. (more on that later)

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The Fourth of July, or Independence Day, is a federal holiday that celebrates the adoption of the Declaration of the Independence on July 4th, 1776. Here’s some fun facts about the 4th of July:

  • In 1776, the estimated number of people living in the free nation was 2.5 million. (source)
  • In 2012, the estimated number of people living our nation this July 4th is 313.8 million. (source)
  • In 2011, $3.6 million was spent on imports of American flags. $3.3 million of that was flags made in China. Check the “Made In” tag before you buy a flag. (source)
  • The Fourth of July was not declared a national holiday until 1941. (source)
  • Approximately 150 million hot dogs are consumed on this day. (source)
  • Presidents John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe all died on the Fourth. Adams and Jefferson died on the same day within hours of each other in 1826. (source)
  • The percentage of American homes with an outdoor grill is 87 percent. (source)
american flag

Made in the USA

Have a happy and safe holiday! And, if you see an American solider, say “thank you”. 

**Just heard that Broomfield, Thornton and Northglenn are going ahead with their fireworks show…there’s hope yet of a 4th of July tradition!

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December Daily | Day 20

Alex started her big day out by vomiting up her dinner from the night before. It’s a big day because she has her holiday skate exhibition at the rink; this is not the way to start the day! Good news is she wasn’t running a fever. I went to work and then left early to take her to the rink. She said she felt fine by 9 o’clock. So, I am thinking it was just bad dinner or popcorn with too much butter that made her sick.

She seemed to be fine getting ready for the show. I could tell her stomach was a bit weak, but she insisted she could still skate. A winter storm starts to sweep the metro area and it is freezing outside.

Once we arrived at the rink we sat down in the bleachers to watch some other the other skaters perform. That is when Alex said her stomach really hurt and she didn’t want to skate. Really? I am not sure it’s so much her being sick as it is nerves that is upsetting her stomach. She is looking out over the large ice rink with lots of people watching…it’s scary. She said she isn’t feeling like she is going to throw up, it just hurts. Yes, her stomach isn’t 100%  but nerves can add to the discomfort. I think she needs to power through it because she will not always be feeling 100% on “game day”. (Call me a bad mother now.)

“Could you be nervous” I ask.

She reminds me that she has never been nervous. Ever. I know.  She has never had nerves before going out on the ice or on stage for ballet. She has always been excited.

We headed downstairs to find her coach. I am hoping she will give Alex a good pep talk to get her through it. She does. Alex performs and does wonderfully. Later, Alex tells me her coach said, “You’re stomach hurts now, but once you get out on the ice you’ll forget all about that. And when you’re done, your stomach won’t hurt anymore.”

Alex added, “And she was right!”

All smiles AFTER Alex performed

I am not so evil now am I? I know my kid. I could tell she was nervous even if she still won’t admit it. But this experience has her rethinking her figure skating competition plans. She has more guts than I ever had. I participated in the Flag Corps in high school and I just about lost my lunch every single time before we walked onto the football field.

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I’ve got two Christmas questions for you:

1. Do you known anyone who gathers around a piano on Christmas Eve to sing carols? Everyone in the family is joyfully singing “Silent Night”. Or, does it only happen in Lifetime movies?

2. Do you know anyone you has actually received a brand new Lexus topped with a big red bow for Christmas?

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