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Friday, December 31, 2010

Recent Scrapbook Collages

Some recent scrap pages I made.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Kindle for PC app.

Did you know that you can get a Kindle for PC application. That means that you can get many features of the Kindle right on your PC. You can download the app at Amazon for free.
Then once you download it there are many free books and bargain books you can buy.
Be sure and read up about the free books. One thing they mention is that books do not always remain free. (Some do, and others don't). So be sure and grab em while they are free.

Anyway, I downloaded the app today and grabbed about 10 freebies. Many of the classics are free.
Titles like Gulliver's Travels, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Pride and Prejudice, and many more.

Christmas ornaments

I just wanted to play a bit with my new camera.

The big glass ornament with the snowflake is the one I got at this year's ornament exchange.
It is very pretty!

Christmas Day

We began Christmas morning, by sleeping in late. Well everyone but me and Dixie.
Dixie decided she needed to go outside at 6:30 in the morning. I tried to go back
to sleep after taking her out, but it didn't work. So I watched Fox and Friends and
then the Count Of Monte Cristo. About 9:30 everyone else got up.

The first presents were handed out to the dogs. A huge all day bone.
Hoping this would keep them busy and out of the way.

The kids anxiously bugging me to take the picture already!
They had to wait a bit, because Gary got me a new camera
and I wanted to use it for pics.

Lexi enjoying her new DSiXL

Gary enjoying Cabela's Dangerous Hunts 2010! This is what I got h
him for Christmas!

Peyton got 3 Wii games, a target practice, a scout bow and arrow set.

Christmas Eve Pics

Lexi by the tree with last year's Christmas present, Dixie who is now a year old!

Gary and the kids. Lexi got Gary the Titans hat for Christmas.
I can't believe how big they are!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Twas the Night Before Christmas for Scrapbookers

Twas the night before Christmas, I'm glued to the tree.
I'm wondering what Santa brought just for me.
Could it be cardstock or chipboard or lace?
Or a Cricut, I said, with a smile on my face.
And that's when I heard him, "Hi Santa," I said.
"You know....good little girls should be in their beds".
"I know I should Santa,and now I've been caught.
But I was just so excited to see what you brought."
"Well, let's take a look in this room where you work."
He shook his head quickly, and left with a jerk.
I heard him exclaim as he put it in gear.
"You've got enough crap, I'll see you next year!"

My Christmas List

Only one more day until Christmas.
My husband tricked me into wrapping my own gift.
It was a brown box from FedEx and he said it
was for my son. So I wrapped it and then he
put the tag on it and it had my name on it, not my son's.

So this year I am wishing for any one of the following: a Cuttlebug,
Photoshop Elements or a Canon revel T2i. Any of the above would be fine.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Mother Daughter Ornament Exchange

Every year I host an ornament exchange during the Christmas season. Every year in the past it has been a great time for mom's to get out and have a little fun. This year, I decided to let Lexi in on it. (She has been wanting to be part of it, but every year, she had to go hang out with dad on the night of the party.) So this year I decided on a Mother/Daughter exchange.

We had a great feast of all kinds of goodies, as each mom brought a snack to share.

The girls each drew a number and they picked an ornament.
They oooohhhhed and aaaahhhhhed over how pretty they were.

The the moms did the same thing.
No one stole anyone's ornament this year.
Everyone played very nicely!

Legacy of Love Christmas Play

The children of our church put on a Christmas program last night. It was called
"Legacy of Love". Lexi was in it and had a couple solo parts too! She was so excited
about it. All the kids did so great!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Christmas Around the World

A year or two ago, I worked on a unit study for HomeschoolShare. It was a Christmas Around the World Study. You can click on the link for the free lesson plans and lapbook activities.
I wanted to actually do it at home with the kids last year, but time did not allow. So this year we are trying to do some of it. Today we read Papa's Christmas gift and watched a Christmas Children around the World DVD.

Papa's Christmas Gift: Around the World on the Night Before Christmas

Merry Christmas 2010 - Our Year in Review

Well another year has passed by so fast. Every year I say it and every year it is true. It is hard to believe that 10 years have passed since Gary, Buddy (my schnauzer, who is 12 years old this year) and I left Texas and moved to Tennessee. I still remember the day we loaded up the cars and u-hauls and headed east. Five months later Peyton was born. Then the following year Lexi was born. Last Christmas, Dixie, (Lexi's little dachsund, beagle mix puppy) joined our family.

We praise God for all that he has done in our lives, the things he has brought us through. We also hope that he will change us day by day into the kind of people he wants us to be. People more like his son, Jesus. People with hearts for him and for others.

So this year, life and all the activities associated with it have kept us busy. The Spring had us doing some home repairs and landscaping around the house. We had to replace an AC unit, a dishwasher, the kitchen sink and then to top it off the fridge died. So I have almost all new appliances now. (And I must say I love not having to pre-rinse my dishes.) We replaced 3 doors on the house, (which was a planned event). The back two are great with blinds between the glass-no more having to dust blinds. No more worrying about the dogs or kids tearing them up. We also added in a rock garden around our back deck, had more trees removed and painted the deck.

The Summer we took a break from homeschooling. Some of our friends from Texas (Gus and Debbie) came to visit us for a week in May. Gary's daughter, Jessica visited in June and we took in a little sight seeing and went to Bald River Falls. My brother, Mike also came for a visit. We also had some bad storms come through our area, which took out some trees. So we stayed really busy for several weeks cleaning that up. (We sure got alot of great firewood though-which we are really enjoying right now.) We also spent a little time on the lake tubing, fishing and swimming.

This fall we took a trip to Texas to visit family and friends for Thanksgiving. We also decided it was time to get rid of our old 2002 Ford Windstar van-which was pretty much on it's last leg. So we decided to trade it in on a Jeep Grand Cherokee. Just a few days after getting it, we tested it out on our trip to Texas. I love it, and with all the new gadgets etc., I really didn't know what I was missing until now. (I even have satellite radio, which I love, and the kids have a dvd and can play games on it.) Right now the things I love most are the seat heaters, and remote start. It gets things heated up before you climb in on these cold days. The best thing, of course is to know that I have reliable transportation to depend on when I am out with the kids.

Peyton turned 10 in the Spring and is now in 5th grade. He is good at spelling, and doing well in math. He is still playing piano, but only because I make him, he says. In his spare time he loves video games, his favorite is playing Wii Football with Gary.

He is participating in Awanas and 4H. This year in 4H he won blue ribbons in Baking (Biscuits and Cupcakes), and also in Public Speaking.

He participated in Drama Camp over the summer and this fall he played PeeWee football. He played on the kickoff return team and as backup safety. His team went to the Superbowl and lost to the (Giants.) Well, actually they were called something else, but these kids were really giants, -I am not kidding the small kids were Gary's size. (They must grow em' really big out there in them hills!)

He also got to meet some of the State Representatives at a local town meeting. There, Peyton talked with one of them about the law concerning homeschoolers in Tennessee not being allowed to participate in public school sports. This was not allowed, and has just become a new law in the last few days. Most Tennessee High Schools will allow it next year, but it is not yet at the Jr. High level. Peyton was so excited and believes that his talk with that representative- made all the difference. This winter he is playing Upward Basket Ball.

Lexi turned 9 this fall, and is in 3rd grade. She also made a big transformation this year when she donated several inches of her hair to locks of love. We are loving the new "do".

She would be in every activity under the sun if I would allow it. (But I can only run kids here and there so much), so I made her choose her favorite activities. She participated in Broadway Musical Camp this summer, she has been in Ballet, Sign Language and Gymnastics this year too. In God's Girls she earned badges this year in recorder, cleaning, diorama, croquet, and foreign language (Spanish). She is also in Awanas, and can't wait to be able to join 4H next year. She will be in the church Christmas Play this Sunday. She made me change her room decor this year-because she is too big now for flowers and butterflies, and needed to go with a more hip theme-Peace symbols. So she is a tween wanna be. She enjoys listening to music, playing with her stuffed animals and Dixie, playing with friends, going to church, and being with her family. She is a real social butterfly and just loves to be with people.

Gary stayed busy at work this year-which is a good sign in a troubled economy. His company still had plenty of work. In his off time, he worked on the house, and did some fishing. He catches so many big fish here, they have nicknamed him "Big Fish Light". This summer he also got a chance to go out with the Pro's in the Bass Masters Tournament. He spent one day on the water with Andy Morgan, and got to see him in action. He also helps out teaching Jr. Church with Michelle.

I stayed busy with homeschooling, taking care of the house and kids, church activities-teaching Jr. Church with Gary, This fall I became part of the Women's Ministry Team, and attended a weekly bible study. I also taught weekly classes at the local homeschool co-op, ran the kids to zoo classes and field trips, and many other activities. There were many times I had to pick one child up and drop another off at the same time. It is a good thing I can get to the other side of town in just a few minutes. I also led Lexi's God's Girls club . On occasion, I went fishing with Gary. I caught the biggest fish -ever in my life this year- A hybrid bass that weighed 8 lbs. Right before Thanksgiving I sprained my ankle and that really put a damper on my being able to do many things. I am recovering, slowly, and hope to be back to 100 percent after the Holidays.

I also tried to keep my scrapbooks all current, and did well until this fall. Now I am way behind-since we have had so many activities this fall and I missed a two day crop because of my ankle. I hope to do some catching up over the Holidays. I am also working on an album of Gary's life. (Something the kids will have later). Whenever I get a little free time I try to head down to my craft room to do some scrapbooking.

Over the Holidays, we really hope to focus on more family time, less activity and busyness. Time to just enjoy being with one another. The cold weather here really helps us to all come in and snuggle together by the fire. So I look forward to what is in store for us in 2011.

So that is the update for us. May the simple grace of Christ's love be with you this Christmas and throughout 2011.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Ice, Ice Baby!

I'm so glad I don't have to go anywhere today!
Fortunately I got my grocery run in yesterday
evening while Lexi had play practice.

These are pictures of the back deck, and the icicles hanging
from our furniture. The back roads are slick, and with
hills in the neighborhood we won't be going anywhere until the thaw!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010


Dixie has so many weird sleeping positions. They are so funny! I just had to capture them!

Oh one of her awake positions. She is a year and a month old now.
She just loves to lay by the fire! I think she thinks we make it just for her.

Let it Snow!

We have lived here in East Tn for 5 years now. And I really think this is the best
snowfall we have had so far. We actually got more snow in the Nashville area.
In some places I measured about 3.5 inches and closer to 4" in other areas.