Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Monday, December 29, 2008
What's a birthday without lunch at Sonic?!?!?! They finally opened one in the Chicagoland area and we thoroughly enjoyed our cherry limeade's. Yummy.
Sunday, December 28, 2008
My two babies on Christmas Day
Tanner got some new "bling" from Santa. Look at his tan Coach collar.
We spent Christmas Eve in Freeport with my family and Katie had a great time opening up all of her gifts but as you can see, she was very tired. She needed a nap so that she could be well rested for the next round of gift opening.
Our last Christmas was on Saturday with the Anderson's. We got to spend time with Amanda who moved to Vermont with her father earlier this year. Thom wasn't able to make it back for the holidays this year and he was missed. Who knows, maybe we can spend Christmas next year in Vermont?!?!?!
Dave, Tanner, and I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas!!!
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
Well I know I started this post by claiming to love football but that would be a bit of a lie. I actually LOVE football movies and tv shows but I don't like actually watching the game on tv. The game is just too complicated and is 3 hours long unless of course it goes into overtime like tonight. I must admit that tonight's game was very exciting but I'd rather watch something else.
Now if you haven't seen the show "Friday Night Lights", you must watch it! Dave and I love this show which is in it's 3rd season but unfortunately it's only on Directv right now. But never fear, David has his ways and I just spent the last 2 days while sick catching up on the 3rd season which is awesome. It is really a good show that actually has good lessons to share.
I have the perfect spot in the house for my projects but it makes my hubby crazy when my table is a "mess", however I don't think of it that way and in fact the messier the space the more creative the project turns out.
As you can see, I make quite the mess when creating a masterpiece but I wouldn't be able to create without a mess. I can't show you what I'm working on because someone is getting it as a gift for Christmas this year. However, in order to be productive and creative on my next project, I have to clean up afterwards. It actually doesn't take that long and I discover things I had forgotten that I had in my stash. It's amazing what you can find when you do a little clean-up.
I wanted to provide a little sneak peak to my creative space but there's more to see...stay tuned and I'll post more soon. You're probably wondering where I store all of my goodies, let's say that it's out of sight but definitely organized. I once was a big slog (just ask my parents) but now I love organization - I guess my hubby has rubbed off onto me.
Saturday, December 20, 2008
I decided to make a "pocket" style card with our picture enclosed.
And there we are! Tanner just didn't want to look at the camera and it was too darn cold that day to get a picture outside. Oh well, something is better than nothing.
P.S. Thanks Brooke for putting my card on your blog - at least I know someone in Wauconda is getting their mail! Check out her blog at http://secondtimemommy.blogspot.com/.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
or at least my Mom is. I think that my mom may be getting tired all of my "mini quilt" requests but look on the bright side, she is only using her scraps and she loves doing these things for me anyways. She has already asked me what she should make next because it seems she wants a bit more advance notice - you mean 24 hours isn't enough notice?!?! Should I request something for Valentine's Day or should we wait until Spring or Easter? I guess I'll have to go onto http://www.flickr.com/ to get some more ideas. Thanks mom, you are so creative and don't you love a "mini" challenge every once in a while?
Sunday, December 14, 2008
The other part of my New Years Resolution was also to meet more people and expand my circle of friends and acquaintances. So joining the book club was another way for me to meet people with similar interests. The ladies that I have met have really inspired me to continue reading, continue coming to book discussions, and slowly I'm starting to share my thoughts a bit more. At first I will say that I thought it was a bit intimidating because some of the ladies had very strong opinions and others had very profound things to say, so when they spoke - I listened. I haven't been in this type of environment for quite some time and I must say I have learned a great deal from them.
Many of you know that I have done a lot of reading this year and have asked me in the past what book recommendations that I have. Well I must say that I think this is a great time of year to read one of Laura's books and I would recommend starting with "The Year of Living Famously" and then once your hooked you can read some of her other books that are available. For more information on Laura and her wonderful books please check out her website : http://www.lauracaldwell.com/index.html
The luncheon was such a wonderful event and I was soooo excited to see the ornaments that our book club extraordinaire, Terri, made for us to take with us as a keepsake. The clear ornaments contained lots of beads and then a miniature book cover of one of Laura's books. In addition to this awesome keepsake, it got even better when Laura signed it for me! This is one ornament that I will cherish forever. Keep up the great writing Laura!
P.S. Did I mention that I got to sit next to the author during lunch?!?!?! I'm still a bit "star-struck" after that and only wish I had my camera with me!
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
When you read letters from children in need such as the ones above, it really puts into perspective the meaning of Christmas. While we all get "wrapped up" this time of year with all of the baking, shopping, decorating, entertaining, gift wrapping, sending Christmas cards, and tree-trimming that takes place this time of year; when you take a step back you start to realize that those "must do's" have nothing to do with the real meaning of Christmas.
This year David and I are helping these families with making their children's Christmas wishes to come true, I only wish we could make a bigger impact on all of the families in need. I think back to how special my parents made Christmas for my brother and I, and I only hope for the same for all of the other children around the world. I realize how naive that wish is and therefore recognize that we each can play a role in making a difference for even 1 child each year. David and I really enjoyed making these wishes come true and now are making this a tradition for our family moving forward. I know that this is a tough time for many families but if you can, please do what you can to help even one family by providing what you can to making the holidays special for them as well.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Saturday, December 6, 2008
So now that Thanksgiving is over it was time to come up with a Christmas idea for my black frame since the leaves had to go away until next year. I decided to use one of the pictures that we recently took of us last week for our Christmas card.
To be honest the pictures don't give it justice because it's much cuter and has more details that didn't get picked up on the picture. The roof is made out of red paper that I used a scallop punch on to make it look like shingles. Also the brown chimney has snow on the top of it and there is also snow around the window as well. To draw attention to the window I lined it with some twine ribbon and put some glitter snow on the top of it.
At the bottom it says "Anderson Family Christmas" in red and then our names in green and the year in black. But the coolest part (at least I think) is that you can open the house and the picture of us is inside.
I'm not sure if I am completely "loving it" but unless I come up with another idea this will be hanging by the door for the next month or two. I think my mother is working on a little mini Christmas quilt for me so I may be hanging that up soon as well.
Tomorrow I am going to a Holiday decorating class at Pottery Barn so I'm really hoping to get some ideas from that because I feel like I keep decorating the same each year and I want to do something different.
I've been working on a few other crafty projects for Christmas but I can't post them because who knows - maybe you'll be getting one as a Christmas gift. One in particular I must admit is just so "sweet" looking that I can hardly wait to show you.
Then this morning I got up bright and early (8:00 am - I know surprising huh?!) and helped Dave shovel the driveway and then put up our outdoor Christmas decorations while it was snowing! I know even more surprising - see what happens when you don't get them up when the weather is still nice. I'm really starting to re-think this whole thing about letting Dave buy a snow-blower, I'm starting to see the many benefits that it would provide including being able to sleep in instead of getting up early to shovel so we can get to work and also that is really back breaking work especially since our driveway has a large retaining wall on both sides so you have to lift the snow and throw it versus just pushing it into the yard. I once thought I liked that retaining wall and I'm starting to rethink that too.
As we were working outside together, Dave made a comment to me that was music to my ears. He said, "why do we live in the Midwest where it snows, it's darn cold and just plain miserable in the winter?" and I used that as an opportunity to remind him how nice it would be in San Diego this time of year. Quite honestly other than how pretty the snow looks (only on days you don't have to drive in it to work) I said I really don't know. We don't ski, in fact I absolutely hate snow skiing and we don't ice-skate, build snowmen, or go sledding so what is the point?...... Am I missing something because I would be just fine with having sand between my toes during Christmas instead of knee deep in snow and slipping on ice. So we decided that next year for Christmas that we will go away for vacation to get a taste for what it would be like.
Tanner had a blast outside this morning while we were working as well and was running around like crazy in his bright red winter jacket. His nose was covered in snow and he was just having a hey-day. Then he realized how darn cold it was and insisted on going inside which he never does when we are outside. He waited by the door patiently for us to get done and was happy to retreat inside where he cuddled up with David on the couch on top of a warm blanket. I will say one good thing about the cold winter is snuggling up with David and Tanner but you can still do that in San Diego right?!?!?! The other positive thing is that I'm sure we would get lots of visitors in a warmer climate so I better start looking for work and an affordable house there soon........