Two Peas is wonky right now so I'll Blog

Typical Thursday I guess. I joined the DW 2006 Calendar Challenge on the General Scrapping board. I know my scrapping skills need work. The challenge is to do 4 layouts a month. I'd be happy if I did 4 layouts a month. I'm also on the search for the Stacy Julian book. We'll see what happens this weekend maybe I'll take a drive to AC Moore. I'll call first though since it is 30 miles away.

I'm also wondering where winter went. It's 41 degrees and raining. Let me tell you that my husband is not happy. He's a snowmobiler wondering when he's going to get to ride. I haven't been in a couple of years, but I'd like to go. I know it's only December but still.

My friend who is a Stampin Up demonstrator is organizing a Stamp Away Camp. I had fun last year and I'm going again this year. It's the only time I get away by myself so I'm excited about it. It's at the very end of March and I know it will come quickly.

Well my time is up, seems I have to get back to work. So maybe I'll add more to my blog later tonight. If not at least I blogged.


Toy R Us threw up in my house!

I guess you could say my kids are well loved but geez! Next year I'm going to be more diligent on getting toys given away before Christmas.

Other than the toy explosion it was a great Christmas. I got an AC Moore gift certificate and Ali Edwards book. My friends had gotten me some scrap themed gifts as well. And of course I got other gifts not related to scrapping.

I've signed up for the Stacy Julian class on the Big Picture website (sorry haven't learned how to link yet) Sounds like it will be fun.

Sophia posted the following challenge so I thought I'd play along. I really want to start blogging more.

2005 In Review
1. Did you have a new year's resolution this year?: Yup, get better organized and lose weight.
2. Who kissed you at midnight?: my dh
3. Did it snow where you live?: yup
5. Have you ever been to Times Square to watch the ball drop?: nope and I enjoy just watching it from my TV. Large crowds scare me.
1. Who was your valentine?: dh, dd and ds
2. What did your valentine get you?: flowers
3. When you were little, did you buy valentines for your whole class?: yes
1. Are you Irish? yes
2. Did you wear green on St. Patty's Day?: yes
3. What did you do for St. Patty's Day?: just dinner. Oh and I make Irish soda bread every year.
1. Do you like the rain?: light rain yes, downpours no
2. Did you play an April Fool's joke on anyone this year?: nope
3. Did you get tons of candy on Easter?: no
1. What's your favorite kind of flower?: petunia
2. Do you like the spring? yes
3. Finish the phrase: "April showers bring...": May flowers (and weeds)
4. What would you think of as a spring color?: pink
1. What year did you graduate from school?: 1991
2. Did you go on any vacations last June?: nope
1. What did you do on the 4th of july? BBQ at inlaws
2. Did you go on any vacations during this month?: nope
1. Did you do anything special to end off your summer?: after dd was done with day camp we took a vacation to Delaware to visit realtives. Very nice
2. What was your favorite summer memory of '05?: Our vacation in Delaware
3. Did you go swimming a lot in the summer?: no
4. Did you go to the beach a lot?: only on vacation
1. Did you attend school/college in '05?: no
2. Who is/was your favorite teacher?: Mrs. Ronkese she was my 3rd grade teacher.
3. Did you like fall better than summer?: no
1. What was your favorite halloween costume ever?: The year I dressed up like a clown
2. What's your favorite candy?: snickers
3. What did you dress up like this year? a cowgirl
1. Whose house did you go to for Thanksgiving?: MIL and Aunt Carol's
2. Do you like stuffing?: LOVE IT
3. What are you thankful for?: my family, our health
1. Do you celebrate Christmas?: yes
2. Have you ever been kissed under mistletoe?: yup
3. What do you want this year for christmas?: clothes, gift certificates for scrapping stuff
4. What's the best present you ever got for christmas?: jewelry
5. Do you like cold weather?: cold yes, freezing cold no
6. How would you rate your year on a scale of 1-10?: 8


The tree is finally up!

The only thing left to do is put the tree skirt down, but I have to vacuum first and quite frankly I'm too tired!
It took 3 hours to decorate the tree, and I mean just ornaments. Julia helped so that was part of it. And every ornament is in it's own box. And need hangers to be put on before it can get hung so that's the majority of time. But I'm glad it's done. I was also able to make some cookies. Nothing too exciting. Just plain sugar cookies. There is still more to do, and the push is on. But I'll get through it and the holidays will be fun!


Holiday Quiz

First these are my kids. My friend finally was able to get a picture of them for me.
And now a holiday quiz I took from Sophia's Blog http://sophiacorbridge.typepad.com/sentimentsbysophia/

1. Holiday: Christmas or New Years? Christmas
2. Cookies: Sugar or Gingerbread? Sugar
3. Decorations: Santa or Snowmen?
4. Decorations: Reindeer or Elves? Reindeer
5. Colors: Red or Green? Red!
6. Colors: Gold or Silver? Gold
7. Tree Topper: Star or Angel? Angel
8. Stocking Stuffer: Chocolate
9. Tree: Real or Artificial? Real but I might be adding Artificial and then I'll have two trees. One of each.
10. Cartoons: Charlie Brown or Rudolph? Can't choose on that one I love them both. 11. Movie: It's a Wonderful Life or A Christmas Carol? How about Jim Carey in the Grinch that stole Christmas.
12. Stocking Stuffer: Jewelry or Gift Card? Depends on where the gift card was for.
13. Christmas List: I plead the fifth
14. Drink: Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate? Hot cocoa but I do like Egg Nog
15. Holiday Ghost: Past, Present, or Future? Present!
16. Vacation Spot: North Pole or Winter Wonderland? Winter Wonderland!
17. Holiday Song: Jingle Bells or Silver Bells? Jingle Bells
18. Holiday Song: Silent Night or O' Holy Night? Do I have to choose? BOTH!
19. More Fun: Christmas Eve or Christmas Day? Love em both
20. Lights: Clear or Multi-Colored? Clear
21. Ornaments: Bulbs or Bows? Mixture of everything from bulbs to bows, to handmade
22. Tree Decor: Ribbon, Popcorn, or Garland? Ribbon
23. Gifts: Wrapping Paper or Gift Bags? If it's a normal shaped item wrap it. Otherwise, bag it!
24. Better To: Give or Receive? BY FAR, to give! That’s why I’m broke at the end of December...but it feels so gooooooooood!

If anyone else sees this feel free to do it and pass it along.


That Christmas feeling!

I love sitting in the dark at Christmas time with just the lights on. We don't have our tree yet so I enjoy this.

Oh and my Elf name is Pink Sparkly Toes. (http://www.jokesunlimited.com/christmas_elf_name.php) I got it off Peg's (from Two Peas)blog.


Insurance Companies bite!!!

My 2 yr old ds turns in his right foot when he walks. He's had a brace since July. I had him going to a foot doctor but just recently they told me it's not his foot it's his hip that's turning his leg in. So I want to take him to a pediatric orthopedist. I want to know what they think. So after calling around to a few different ones and being told they don't accept my insurance, I call my insurance company today to find me a pediatric ortho. They don't have any on their list. That means they don't cover them. Well isn't that special. Thanks for nothing. Luckily I'm already working with my county regarding getting Greg speech and physical therapy so they are now helping me find a pediatric ortho. Still though it's very stressful.
Okay I'm done whining now.


Christmas Traditions

It's been awhile since I blogged. Although I have been reading blogs I haven't done mine. So after reading others Christmas Traditions I will post ours.

My dh's family the Leland's get together, and I mean everyone. Uncles and Aunts and Cousins. I think there are about 60 of us. Maybe more with all the little ones and we have dinner and sing Christmas carols and then Santa brings all the kids presents. It's a lot of fun.

Christmas Eve is then at his dad's house. And Christmas for both sides of the family is at mine on Christmas day. It's a lot of running but it's nice to be with the family.

Traditions are still being created, my dh isn't a big Christmas person so it's pretty much what I do. But make sure that 2 things off my kids lists are from Santa and they go under the tree but unwrapped.

The gifts in the stocking are unwrapped also. We always get a real tree. I have a nice mixture of new ornaments and my parents ornaments since they don't put up a tree anymore. Also dh's ornament collection. He's 38 so he's got quite a few. I buy the kids and dh ornaments every year.

I'm sure there are more they just aren't coming to me now. I'll try to post some pics of our mantle later tonight. That's one of my favorites that is decorated.