Well, I forgot to post post a few last Christmas cards over the past week while I've been on vacation!! I will try to schedule those for later this week.
In the mean time, I wanted to send Christmas wishes out to you all! Thank you so much for coming by and seeing me every day. I love my blogger friends!!
We left last Sunday for Disney World for a few days. I have posted a few pictures on facebook. But here are a few highlights of our past week...
The family with Mickey and Minnie at Magic Kingdom...
A Nativity scene at the Gaylord Palm "Ice!"...
That is ALL ice!!!
Here's Santa and his reindeer...again completely out of ice...
Man it was COLD in there!! 9 degrees!!!
Santa and a helper came to our hotel...
The kids had their face painted at Disney that day....
Isn't Ryan's face awesome?!!
We also went to Medieval Times dinner show as well...
We had a great time rooting for our Knight (the Black and White Knight who defeated the bad Knight)!!
Then we drove up to Atlanta, Georgia to spend Christmas with my sister and mom and to look for a new house. Last night we went to my sister's church for a Christmas Eve children's puppet service and Ansley was asked to be in the play!! My niece was too scared and chose not to be in the play.
He's a picture of Ansley (that's my sister in the green shirt)...
Here is the backdrop for the scene. It was a very cute show. Ansley is the angel all the way to the left (looking up behind her at the puppets)...
After the kids went to bed, Santa stopped by and left lots of presents...
The other kids are my nephew Zachary and my niece Rileigh.
Here are my kids with my sister's family. Scott is to the left, but I couldn't get him in the shot.
It was a good Christmas!!!
It's supposed to snow later today!! :-) It would be nice to have a "white Christmas"...it would be my first!
We made it through the whole alphabet! Let me tell you...I have had so much fun being on this team. It really was easy to get all of my cards finished by doing them throughout the whole year. I only had to make a few extra cards and some weeks I made a card in between challenges. But there wasn't a "mad rush" at the end of the year to finish!! Of course, I still ordered photo cards for the family friends who don't know anything about stamping and only just want to see pictures of my kids!
To celebrate the "Zero" challenge - we are having a "Zero Time Blog Hop"!!
You should have arrived her from Paula! If not, you may want to start at the top of the hop at the ABC Christmas Challenge blog because there is hidden candy along the way!!
There is also a Secret Letter on each stop. Put the letters together to build a phrase.
There are a few things to win:
~ Individual Blog Candy - must enter the challenge and leave a comment on the blog with blog candy (there are a few spots with candy)
Our challenge for this hop is "Z is for Zero Time". Please look over the challenges we had in 2010 (a list is in the sidebar on the challenge blog). You can use any of the challenges from the list. So you can create a card using A is for Angel or O is for Ornament, etc.
But you must enter the challenge in order to win any of the candy or sponsor prizes.
Well I never got my card posted last week. So I will save it for later. I'm late today with my Magical Monday Challenge card. It's been a busy day and I don't feel so great (achy and tired).
I received a few shipments today so I spent most of the day adding the new stamps and paper restocks to the website. Check out the store blog for information.
Also, one of the Stamp and Create DT has candy this week!! Go check out the store blog for a list of the DT in the sidebar to see who has candy!! You might want to become a follower of the blog so you can receive posts so you don't miss out on anything!!
The Stamp and Create DT will have a few samples over the Holiday, but I may not have a personal sample each week (I will be posting the DT samples on the store blog and will try to get some on here as well). The team will be having blog candy on their blogs throughout the Holiday Season!! So make sure to check them out each week to see who is giving something away!! (links to the DT in the side bar here)
This week's Product Spotlight is Wild Rose Studio on sale for 25% off. I have an order on the way to replenish them however, a few designs were out of stock and won't be restocked. Hopefully the order will arrive today or tomorrow. But they are coming from the UK, so the Holiday shipping and cold weather could delay the shipment. I will post on the store blog once they have arrived. I have a card sample to share, but didn't have access to download the photo. Hopefully I can get that today and post it tomorrow. I really need to figure out why my camera is not compatible with my mac!!
Sadly, I have decided to step down from the Scrap and Stamp Saturday Scrapbook challenge DT. Right now with getting ready for the move in the Spring, I just don't have the time it takes for each layout. But I hope to get back into scrapbooking a little after the New Year if nothing more than keeping up with my personal scrapbooks.
We have a realtor coming on Friday to put the house on the market. That means we have been purging closets, getting rid of clutter, and trying to get the house in order. Not to mention doing last minute Christmas shopping and getting ready to go out of town for 2 weeks!
It's been chilly here in South Florida but the temperatures have been up and down from the 70's to the 30's so that means a head cold is just lurking waiting to strike at the worst moment!! LOL Then, of course, Ryan has outgrown all of his "winter" clothes so the cooler weather forced me to finally get him some warm clothes. Therefore, I've spent even more time shopping this week!!
And as I mentioned, we will be out of town for Christmas (again) this year. We are leaving on Jan 19th and returning on Dec 3rd. We are heading first to Orlando to go to Disney World and Universal Orlando parks, then head to Jacksonville to see friends, ending up in Atlanta for Christmas to see my mom and sister...and look for houses! For New Year's, we will head back to Jacksonville, then come home after the New Year!
This is the 3rd year in a row that we will be out of town for Christmas!! Sigh!! I swore I was going to be home for Christmas this year, but the need to look for houses in Atlanta took priority! Oh well! It will be nice to spend Christmas with family at least.
I'm tired...I have to admit it! It's been a long week. I worked practically all last weekend on the High Hopes release all the way through release time. Then I swear it took me 5 hours non-stop to go through the ABC Christmas Challenge entries to pick out my "top 5" since it was my week. Then it was pointed out that I forgot to post the winner of last week's WnW challenge (which I posted last night on the challenge blog), Anyway, I am so glad it's friday! I hope to get the orders out in the morning then be able to sit down and finally finish up my Christmas cards.
Many have been asking how I am feeling since my surgery. Honestly, with the exception of being really tired, I actually feel great! I only have minor pain...usually when I bend over. Other than that, I'm doing wonderful. I still try to take it easy physically so I make sure to sit and rest in between activities. I'm also not stressing about minor details...like the fact that the kids placed all of the Christmas ornaments towards the bottom of our Christmas tree (where they can reach) since I don't feel like climbing up on a step ladder to move more towards the top! See? It's not that important...and the kids are proud of their tree!!
On another note, I have been asked about my little gift bags that I created here. I will try to create a tutorial really soon!
And lastly, I went back over my posts and noticed that I never announced that we are moving!! My husband has been transferred (again). This time to Atlanta, Georgia. This is going to be the first time in my life that I will no longer be a "Floridian"!! But at least he still has a job, right?! In this economy, I am grateful that he has a job, even if we have to move to keep it! The good news is that it will be much closer to my mom and sister (hopefully within an hour), about an hour and a half from my Sister-in-law, and 4 hours (instead of 14 hours) from Scott's parents.
We are thinking it will be around March before we move - need to put the house on the market and look for a new one. So, we are heading to Atlanta for Christmas again this year. Mainly to look for houses, but also to spend Christmas with my mom and sister. The kids are so happy they will get to see their cousins again for Christmas!!
Therefore, the shipping for the store will be on hold from Dec 19 - Jan 3rd. Of course I will share more about that closer to my break.
**At the time I wrote this post, I was less than half way through loading the stamps. With 136 stamps, this is very time consuming. So when this posts, I may have gone to bed and will finish loading the images in the morning**
For my project today, I create a few more little treat bags that would make a great Valentine's Day gift!!
I used card stock stamped with Open Heart, a few images, and ribbon - easy peasy (I really need to create a tutorial for these since they are so simple to make).
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