Thursday, December 25, 2008


It was so cool to hear our 'almost' 4 year old talk about why we celebrate Christmas, both last night and this morning. Last night as we unloaded the car from our travels and got ready for her to go to bed, Nate quizzed her on why we celebrate Christmas and why we have presents. Also, before opening any Christmas gifts this morning, we sat on the couch with the Christmas lights on, Nate opened up the book of Luke and read the story as it was told. We had a simple but wonderful time celebrating the birth of Jesus- a glorious present from God, and (of course) had a great time opening gifts, too! Tonight after dinner, we got in the car and drove around looking at Christmas lights. This is how Christmas should be.

Have a blessed Christmas night!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Monogrammed Card

I got the JustRite Curlz Monogram Stamper and have been pondering on what to do first with it. The other day I was browsing the $1 bins at Michaels and found these pretty white embossed square cards (it came with 8 in the pack!). Can you see the beautiful embossing down the center? All I did was add my monogram backed with a scalloped circle. I thought these would make nice thank you notes and won't take too much of my time. Something like this would also make a great wedding shower gift.

Today I put in the crockpot:
3 Cut sweet potatoes in large pieces (halved or quartered depending on size of sweet potato)
1/2 onion, quartered
1 Pork tenderloin (lay on top of veggies)
1 packed Sodium free beef bouillon powder, sprinkled across pork
3-4 spoonfuls of jarred pesto on top of pork (the traditional kind with basil, garlic, pine nuts)
olive oil drizzled in
1/2 cup water or so

Put it on high for 5-6 hours. I served it with a spinach salad and raspberry vinagrette dressing. It was a fantastic meal, so I thought I'd share. The baby got steamed spinach and sweet potatoes so it was kinda like she was eating the same meal as us. ;)

Have a great week!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Jewelry! And More Jewelry!

I was excited to have some TIME today! Yes, it's true. Just me and my craft room. For a couple of hours. Oh, I finished and mailed my Christmas cards today, too!

I got out the glass tags and wooden dominoes that I've been hoarding. I figured people may want stocking stuffers or small gifts for people on their list. Or someone may want to splurge and get something for herself! So here are my creations that were completed today. I have many more to come, so keep looking soon! If these don't sell locally soon, I'll be posting them to my Etsy store. I hope you enjoy looking at my creations. Please let me know if you'd like to make a purchase!

Monday, December 8, 2008

Just learned to digiscrap...

I just wanted to share that I finally learned to digiscrap. It is FUN but the demo version of Adobe Illustrator is almost over. I made a 12x12 digiscrap page of the girls, and my new blog banner. I'm pooped, my pager for work has gone off at 3am daily since Friday, so I'm just saying a quick hi!