Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Good-bye 2014... It was a great year

 
As I look back at all the fun, crazy, adventurous, sweet, amazing times we had in 2014 I can't help but smile. We saw big changes in 2014, A and A seemed to have grown up so much this year! The changes from January to now are so dramatic. The most notable life altering change was Big A going to school. We now had Baseball practices, Ballet classes, Basketball games, school programs and dance recitals to attend. We took some amazing vacations (Thanks Mom and Dad!) and visited many fun and exciting new places. Overall 2014 was a very successful year.
Here's to new adventures in 2015!
 

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

It's Cookie Time!!!


 
It’s that time of year again. We had our annual “Twister” cooking making extravaganza.  It was a GREAT time (as always). Alexander had a blast but ran outta steam earlier this year, Addison REALLY tried at first but devolved into “Monster Cookies” and Mom pulled a fast one and did a batch and a half of dough this year so the “elves” had LOTS to do! One of my FAVORITE traditions!





Cookie Girls!

Cookie Boys!



 

Monday, December 15, 2014

My feelings on asking for giftcards.......

Just Saying.....


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Easy DIY Photo Ornaments



 
One of my favorite things we do for the holidays is have a mini photo session of the kids with Santa at one of our local photography studios (FotoFly … AMAZING!) The pictures are priceless and I have probably gone overboard using them in my Christmas d├ęcor. One thing that I have loved doing is making ornaments out of them to hang on the tree. At first I had them made at some of the photo sites but the deals kept getting lesser and lesser and the prices kept rising and rising. So I figured, hey I should totally be able to do this myself! So off to Joanns I went and about $2 later I had created several photo ornaments that looked awesome and totally got the job done!
Photo Ornaments

 Supplies:

Bare Wooden Shapes or “frames” ($.29 - $1.29 at Joanns or Michaels)
Paint (I prefer spray paint)
Mod Podge (or other adhesive)
Drill w/ small bit
photos
optional: Glitter
 
Get your supplies together


Paint your bare wood (I think spray paint is the easiest!)


Cut your photo out to either cover the shape or to fit in the open "frame" area.
Drill a small hole in the wood to put ribbon or thread through


**If you are wanting to "glitter your frame or shape apply Mod Podge to your wood ornament and then cover with glitter, let dry. Knock off excess glitter and spray with clear spray paint to set the glitter
 
**adhere the photo to the wood shape or into the open "frame" area 
 
**Thread ribbon or Thread through the hole to create a "hanger" for your ornament.
 
***Voila!***