Monday, December 15, 2014

A very busy week

OK so last week was crazy busy! Here's a quick run down. Last Sunday we had a Christmas party at church.  I walked in and someone immediately came up and asked me to be the official photographer. EEEK..a new camera and I'm already asked to take pictures.  Hey don't get me wrong, I love my camera, but there is a learning curve. And I've had more than my share of a crash course this week. Ashley is the only one who went with me to the party.  Mason probably would've liked to go however he crashed hard and fell asleep.  I tried to wake him but he wasn't waking up.





 Of course I couldn't get Ashley to see Santa, but I'm not too old!

 I'm also not too old to make a gingerbread house.  I was so happy they allowed me to make one!
It is one of Ashley and my favorite things to do at this party!

Tuesday, Ashley and I went to a ladies Christmas party.
I also became the photographer for this party as well.  Unfortunately, it was crowded so I took all the pictures from my seat on the couch. We played dirty Santa.Ashley fell in love with this beaded pillow and stole it.  She got to keep it too.
 I stole this picture and got to keep it.  And as you can tell I already have it hanging up in my family room.

After the party Ashley and I went around our neighborhood and looked at Christmas lights.
This house is the best.  Even the back yard is decorated.











Wednesday, Mason begged to make cookies.

Thursday, Ashley had her first tap performance.  She has been taking a class on Saturdays for about 6 Saturdays.  They learned a dance for one song and they performed it with the Theater Bug's Winter Concert. (Which again I was the official photographer.) Any free time during the week, Ashley and I had been going to Goodwills around town trying to find something for her to wear.  The attire was supposed to be pastel vintage.  We couldn't find anything!  Finally, Wednesday at the 3rd Goodwill we bought a plain gray skirt and plain pastel blue shirt. So I looked up on YouTube and found out how to make a Peter Pan collar and I made it for her shirt.


Then I made some bows and sewed them on her socks.

We also found this lovely dress at Goodwill. Now all she needs is an event to wear it.

Here she is dancing...She did a great job.

So Friday, Ashley had another performance and Mason, Aussie and I went to a Christmas party at the Todhunters.  And well...I must have been pictured out because I didn't take one picture!
But it was super fun!  We had a Dirty Santa present exchange and it was hysterical! You know how most typical dirty Santas go...you open a present or you steal one.  This started out just like that. Then at the very end someone set a timer and no one knew how much time was on the timer.  Then we quickly went through the numbers over and over again.  When your number was called you could either pass or exchange your gift with a gift someone else had. People got faster and faster as time went by because no one knew when the timer would go off and when it went off you were stuck with the gift you had in your hands.  I ended up with a magnetic "paperdoll" Barbie kit, which will end up in Ashley's stocking.  Then the person who got the owl plate that I showed interest in, gave it to me.

Saturday was another busy day, Ashley had 2 performances. I got to sit in one of them and watch.  Then I went home and got the boys and took them to dinner.  I was trying to find a place to eat that was kind of different.  I took them to Waffle House.  We walked in and Aussie wanted to sit at the bar. UGH! OK...we sat at the bar and the waitress decided that I would be her psychologist for the night. I was supposed to be having  nice quality time with my boys but she talked my ear off. She's three months pregnant with her first child...she thinks her boyfriend is going to propose...they want to get married in Jacksonville, Fl...she is in line to have twins...she felt 2 rolls...and she hasn't been to the doctor yet. She called all of us baby in her thick southern voice. Then instead of saying, "now come back y'all." she said, "Come back and see me!"  HA!!

Then we picked up Ashley.  One of her friends took this picture in the lobby.


And today (well officially yesterday) we went to church.  I had a meeting after church and sewing class.  So Greg took the kids to Applebees for lunch. Apparently, that was an interesting adventure. The entire restaurant was intrigued with Aussie solving his cubes.  Two tables requested for him to come to their table and perform.  Anyway, I wasn't there but people gave him money to solve.  He ended up with $7.00. Crazy!
And even though I despise this picture, apparently Mason had a fun time with his Ribs.

And I'll leave you with a picture of my extremely soft cat, Lucky.



Saturday, December 06, 2014

Hanging out with Friends

Today I dragged Greg out of bed early this morning to see Ashley perform her tap dance number.  He didn't even have time to make himself tea because we had to leave right then to get there on time.  Oh we were on time...except there was no performance! UGH!  AND...every single time they had practice the weeks before they showed the parents what they learned except for today. The day I dragged Greg out of bed!

Then I got to go to my friend Doris' house to craft today.


 I brought 2 things to do.  I completed one of them.
Here are the ornaments I made for my K/1 class:

I brought sewing to do. I actually don't want to do it but need to.  My teacher wants me to make this shirt out of fabric that I don't care about to see if it will fit.  Well I don't want to waste the time making something that I don't want.  But it is important for me to do it so we can edit the pattern if needed for the one that I really want to make.

The kids went to a birthday party last night.  The boys spent the night. Ashley was invited to stay the night but I wanted her to get enough rest for her "performance" that didn't happen. Mason and Aussie stayed up until 6:30 this morning and then Mason slept for 2 hours.  It is 11 PM and Mason is still going strong!  He came to hang out with Gabriel while I hung out with Doris.




I better get him home! I'm tired and he needs to sing on Praise Team tomorrow.

Friday, December 05, 2014

For my friend Dana

Today is my friend Dana's birthday.  She is in Illinois and I am far, far away. :(

Here is a birthday cake for you Dana:


Have a fun time tonight!

Love you dearly!

Thursday, December 04, 2014

2014 Christmas tree



Yesterday I was dog tired! Hence, the reason for no blog post. However, it was not an uneventful day. The UPS man showed up again!  This time with:


My Christmas Present!!!

It didn't come with an SD card, so I frantically searched the house knowing I had seen one recently. I found one and then the battery died because it is only sent with a partly charged battery, just enough to set it up and so I had to charge it. The ANTICIPATION....ARGH!

I tried taking pictures of my Christmas tree.  Usually a picture captures what I see.  Unfortunately, these pictures just don't show what I see.  When I look at the pictures I see all the clutter around it. And the tree just looks uneven and lopsided. But when I see my tree in person it makes me smile.  I somehow managed to fill the space with longer ornaments where there is no branches. Even though I would like to have another ribbon at the bottom, I didn't have one to put there, in person it doesn't look so odd. Anyway, here it is:

I think it is funny how Izzy got in the picture. She seemed to want in all my pictures yesterday.


Here are some other decorations that make me smile:



 Ashley points out her favorite ornament. She got this last year from Lipscomb for being in Les Miserables.



Because I had very little sleep the night before, it was a very relaxed day.  Ashley begged to play games.  We started out with Rummikub. She won one and I won one.  Then we played 3-4 rounds of Boggle.  She had never played before.  Then we finished off the day with some very exciting and fun rounds of Uno where Aussie and Mason joined us.



I attempted to take some pictures of myself without a tripod.



And I'll leave you with another fur baby- Lucky. She has been a much happier cat since we put in a cat door to the garage. She now lets me pet her, where she used to only allow Greg to touch her.