Two Sisters ... Together In A Size 5 1/2
Friday, December 31, 2010
Monday, December 20, 2010
I used double sided scrapbook paper so you can switch out the paper whenever you're in the mood for a fresh look. Simply keep the other papers in the frame behind the front paper and you can do a switch-a-roo in seconds! I bought a scrap pack that came with the tag and used my Sizzix to cut the letters "n-o-t-e-s" to embellish.
I have several variations, including interchangeable "embellishments" so stay tuned for more.
Picture Frame - I used an 8 1/2 x 11
Dry Erase Marker
Friday, December 17, 2010
Finally after over a year ... I've uploaded a video!
Saturday, December 11, 2010
This was forwarded to me via email but I wanted to share this.
*Twas the month before Christmas*
*When all through our land,*
*Not a Christian was praying*
*Nor taking a stand.*
*See the PC Police had taken away,*
*The reason for Christmas - no one could say.*
*The children were told by their schools not to sing,*
*About Shepherds and Wise Men and Angels and things.*
*It might hurt people's feelings, the teachers would say*
* December 25th is just a ' Holiday '.*
*Yet the shoppers were ready with
cash, checks and credit*
*Pushing folks down to the floor just to get it!*
*CDs from Madonna, an X BOX, an I-pod*
*Something was changing, something quite odd! *
*Retailers promoted Ramadan and Kwanzaa*
*In hopes to sell books by Franken & Fonda.*
*As Targets were hanging their trees upside down*
* At Lowe's the word Christmas - was no where to be found.*
*At K-Mart and Staples and Penny's and Sears*
*You won't hear the word Christmas;
it won't touch your ears.*
*Inclusive, sensitive, Di-ver-si-ty*
*Are words that were used to intimidate me.*
*Now Daschle, Now Darden, Now Sharpton,
*On Boxer, on Rather, on Kerry, on Clinton !*
*At the top of the Senate, there arose such a clatter*
*To eliminate Jesus, in all public matter.*
*And we spoke not a word,
as they took away our faith*
* Forbidden to speak of salvation and grace*
*The true Gift of Christmas was exchanged
*The reason for the season,
stopped before it started.*
*So as you celebrate 'Winter Break'
under your 'Dream Tree'*
*Sipping your Starbucks, listen to me.*
*Choose your words carefully, choose what you say*
*Shout MERRY CHRISTMAS ,
not Happy Holiday !*
Please, all Christians join together and
wish everyone you meet during the holidays a
Christ is The Reason for the Christ-mas Season!
This is my 2 cents worth ....
In the name of celebrating diversity, our nation is eliminating Christianity. When in fact, truly celebrating diversity would include Christianity, along with everything else we are still "allowed" to celebrate openly. Celebrating diversity would allow us to pray in school. Celebrating diversity would allow songs like "Silent Night" to be sung along with "Jingle Bells" at Winter Pageants in school. Taking away the "Christian" things isn't celebrating diversity at all.
... and that's my ramble.
Friday, December 10, 2010
After Thanksgiving in Paris we drove to Amsterdam to enjoy the remainder of the holiday weekend. We were quite excited about our accommodations ... we stayed in a 100 year old houseboat situated on a beautiful canal! The Hercules Seghers didn't let us down. It was a 3-bedroom boat with all the comforts of home. One of the owners met us upon arrival and had the kitchen stocked with milk, juice, bread, wine, local snacks, pizza, cheese and such. She even had the bed set-up for Kelty and a stroller for our use. It was such wonderful welcome and truly appreciated, especially since we arrived in the evening and were all really hungry!
Unfortunately there was no photography allowed inside the Anne Frank Museum/Anne Frank House. If you'd like to see photos, here is the link to museum site here.
It was really a pretty amazing and sober experience. The annex was larger than I had expected but I can imagine how small it must have felt with 8 people living inside for 2 years. There are 3 things that remain vivid in my mind. In one of the display cases was a tattered and bright yellow star patch ... it's just one of those things that you see on TV, see in photos, or books ... but for a moment I was looking at a yellow star that a person once had to wear. Next were the documents that appeared to be from their arrest; sheets of yellow paper with handwritten information containing the name, birth date, mother/father/siblings, and where they were being transported to. Last was Annes' original, red plaid diary. It was surreal to be in such a place.
Oh, you may be wondering ... "Amsterdam ... Red Light District ... Coffee Houses". Yes, you can pretty much walk in any Coffee House and get what you need, whether it be something to smoke or eat. You can smell it walking by. And no ... we didn't ...we can't. Now, we may have taken a VERY brisk walk through the Red Light District just to see what it's all about .... it was interesting and one brisk walk was one walk enough.
And that's a wrap on Amsterdam!
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Our great friends from Tampa, Tina and Jordan, came out to visit and were here for Thanksgiving! They are so much fun and we miss them terribly! We decided to spend Thanksgiving in Paris and had a wonderful vegan Thanksgiving dinner, hosted by The Gentle Gourmet, on a boat docked on the Seine River! It was such a fun and unique Thanksgiving day adventure.
On to a few snapshots of our adventures (and it's ALWAYS and adventure with Tina and Jordan) ....
This photo of the METRO sign is a vivid memory this trip. Transportation was nothing short of a nightmare. We battled subway closures, dangerously overcrowded subway cars and found it nearly impossible to find a taxi. Transportation was such a frustration and though we love walking through Paris ... doing so in freezing weather with a walking toddler proved to be a bit frustrating!
.... we walked a total of 5+ miles from our rental apartment, to The Louvre ... to the Christmas market ... to the Eiffel tower ... in freezing weather ... with no stroller .... at night ....
Sounds like the old saying, "When I was your age I walked to school, in winter, through 2 feet of snow, fighting off bears".
I told you it's ALWAYS an adventure with Tina & Jordan!
Next up ... Amsterdam!
Saturday, December 4, 2010
We kept our celebration small again this year. Our neighbors, Heinz and Evi, came over to celebrate while Kelty blew out his candles ... we also Skyped with the families so they could get in on the action. A few hours later the Wagner family visited and we opened presents, ate cupcakes, enjoyed a pizza night and just let the boys play ....
Kelty's last night as a 2-year old!
Oh, there is a story behind this! I had purchased a 12-piece train mold set to make a train cake for Kelty's birthday. I had a vision of building a little track with pretzel sticks and setting out the cake train cars across the track all around the table. Ha! The night before his birthday (with our great friends Tina and Jordan still visiting from FL), Tina and I set out to make this cake. I separated the cake batter and made 5 different colors and set out to make my first batch. Total disaster ... none of the mini cakes would pop out of the mold and I ended up with blobs instead of train cars. So around 11pm I started making Kelty a mini-cake and used the rest of the batter for cupcakes. Tina does a lot of graphic design work and downloaded transportation themed stock photos and transformed them into little circles so I could make cupcake toppers! At 1am we finally wrapped up and went to bed .... did I mention they had to get up at 5am to catch their flight back to the states? Thank you so much Tina for making the "finishing touches" possible!!
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Al wrapped up his TDY on Wednesday afternoon and we hit the road that evening to drive to Salzburg. We were able spend one full but rainy day in Salzburg and one rainy morning .... not enough time! Salzburg was breathtaking; just as amazing as is was portrayed in The Sound of Music! This is yet another place that Al and I have decided a second trip is in necessary!
... oh, during this lovely vacation I was still recovering from my dental surgery. Unfortunately I ran out of pain medication so momma was a little grumpy at times. :o)