Friday, December 28, 2007

Christmas 2007

We had a very busy 5 days with Marc's Mom and Dad, full of shopping, trips to the beach, making Gingerbread Houses, baking, the usual buzz of activities that seem to fill this time of year.
The 'big' girls took time out on Christmas Eve for much deserved relaxing massages and then on for a wonderful lunch at a local Bistro.

Christmas day started at 12:30am *EEK* when Ben and Reagan saw that pillow cases at the end of the bed were already filled. After hearing Reagan squeal "He came, he came" I knew we were in for a long night, though once we settled them back down again, telling them Santa was probably still in the neighborhood and may well come back and take the rest of the toys back up the chimney, they slept until 6:15am.... not bad, all things considering.
The dinner was fabulous, Ben had requested a dessert cake, which I was happy to oblige with, Reagan wanted it to be a Birthday cake and so when it was time for dessert we put a candle in the middle of it and sang Happy Birthday to Jesus...maybe this will be our new family tradition. It was nice to take a little time out to remember the true reason we celebrate Christmas.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007


I'm so excited, I finally got my foyer painted and I love it !! Victoria must be worried that Santa might be leaving her coal this year because not only did she bring me home my most favorite soup for lunch (Cheese broccoli in a bread bowl from Panera Bread) w/out me asking, but when she got home from school the first thing she did was to help me paint.

When I first put the paint on the wall I was really leary, but now that it's dry I LOVE it, I might just have to put a reading corner in there LOL. The trim is bright white and the walls are peacock blue, the knobs on the closets are black iron and I'm getting black iron switch plates and a new light fixture to match.

How crazy to be so excited about a foyer, but that's me for ya ;-)

Friday, December 14, 2007

A week to forget

What a week. So I've being keeping it very hush hush for fear of people treating us like we have the Plague, or the equivalent of, but Victoria has MRSA, yes, the BAD Staph... not that any Staph is good Staph. It all started as a small blister that got rubbed from her bra strap and then all hell broke lose, poor kid has been sick forever it seems like. Thankfully after numerous Dr visits, can we say 7 visits in 9 days ? and many antibiotics, we think she has turned the corner and can now go back to school.

Throughout all of this I learnt that the world did not stop for me, orders still piled in (for which I am grateful), people are doing last minute Christmas shopping and several have chosen me as their shop of choice, I know I shouldn't complain, but geez I need a break. Just tonight I was putting a bear together, first time I realised I'd given him 2 left arms AAAGGGHHHH, I made him a right arm and then proceeded to sew them on backwards.... yes sewing at midnight makes me a little loopy apparently.

Just to add a little extra frustration, because apparently the Big Man upstairs didn't think he'd given me enough to deal with, one of the cats came down with a UTI and instead of suffering in silence chose to pee over $200 worth of orders, NOT good, thank goodness I was able to salvage most of them, but the few things that were totally ruined had to be remade, not only did she do that but has christened Ben's closet, the den and the living room carpet, so instead of painting my foyer this weekend as planned I'll be cleaning carpets w/ a steam cleaner. One day soon we will get our Christmas tree up, it may not be until Christmas Eve but Santa WILL be leaving gifts under the tree.

Well there's my gripe for the week, tomorrow I hope to get a bazillion orders mailed out, some groceries back in the house so my kids no longer have to live on cheese sticks and cups of water, finish Mr Bear, start on 3 custom pillows and finish up a chalk mat. As much as I love that people enjoy my stuff, as much as I do making it, I'm hoping that once these orders are complete, I can sew up a couple of fun things for my kids and their friends and then by Wednesday put the machine away for maybe a whole week.

Saturday, December 8, 2007

1st snow

We don't get a whole lot of snow in these parts and so this one was definitely worth noting.
Thankfully school was 2hrs late so before Ben ran to the bus stop I snapped a pic of all 3 of them, it may not just be the first but also the last snow of the year.
Note Victoria's pants, even with a 100.5 temp, I made her get out of bed for this rare photo op... Bad mommy moment ;-)

Sunday, December 2, 2007

The first day of Advent

and how appropriate that my Yueltide Camellia is in full bloom.

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