Holy crap, day 365. Never thought this day would come. Of course I've pretty much decided to do the new Becky Higgins, Project Life, for 2010, which is basically the same thing. I am still undecided as to whether I will chronicle it on my blog, though. This photo is of another of Nicole's Christmas presents, and one that she desperately wanted - that kit to make the giant cupcakes. As seen on TV, natch. At least it's not an easy bake oven.
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Friday, December 25, 2009
Merry Christmas! Once again, as usual, the kids got way too many presents. It takes forever to open them all, and mom is the one who has to ultimately clean up after all them all year long as they leave these new trinkets all over the house, but it's just so much fun to shop for them that I can't resist.
Thursday, December 24, 2009
I love how this picture came out. No, it's not snowing here in Florida, it's actually "reindeer food" that Nicole just threw, and I happened to snap the pic as it was falling down. I think the effect is pretty cool, though. We have been doing reindeer food with them on Christmas eve since they were babies.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
Rico, laying down in what used to be Jasper's bed. Jasper never had a cage, because I didn't cage train him when he was little, so I didn't figure he'd take to it when he got older, but he did have this bed in the kitchen that he liked to lay in. We never got rid of it, and now Rico seems to enjoy it.
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Now it is really getting cold here in FL, and the kids are actually having to wear jackets to school. We don't get that a lot here, so it's kind of novel. For about a week, and then we're all tired of it. My kids are fascinated by the fact that where I grew up, we had snow. I don't think they can even imagine what that is really like, since they've never actually even seen snow. The closest they have come is when it gets cold overnight and we get a little frost on the lawn. But those of you that come from the cold states know that is SO not the same thing.
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
Thursday, December 17, 2009
I should be doing something productive. Screwing around online is not productive. I know this. And yet I cannot seem to make myself get up. Specifically, I should be working on a Christmas present that a) is going to be hours of work, b) needs to be mailed out of state, and c) I haven't even started yet. I think there is still a large part of me that is in denial over the fact that Christmas is just a week away. Sadly, my denial isn't really helping matters any. AND, to top it off, I'm completely freakin' exhausted today. As in I'm kind of counting the minutes till I can put the kids to bed and go lay down. Somehow it's not looking real promising for me to have a sudden burst of energy and get working on this particular project.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
I did a massive overhaul on my master bedroom closet (not Perry's stuff, that's completely his problem). It's good progress, though overall I still have way too many clothes that I just don't use/wear, even though I got rid of at least half a dozen garbage bags full. I am always striving for more organization around here. Such a process, really.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
This year we got some new small trees for other rooms of the house, including this little guy in our room. You can't see it well in this pic, but it has really pretty blue and silver ornaments all over it, which go perfectly with our room decor. Our old tree in here last year was colored lights, but I think I like the all white lights better now.
Monday, December 14, 2009
Every year as part of the Christmas decorating, we wrap the staircase with garland and bows and flowers and such. And every year this is one of the most frustrating parts of my decorating, because I can never quite get it how I want it. That, and the cats like to jump up and pull on it, so within a couple days it's all kinda jacked up looking. Oh well.
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
I am quite sure this isn't the first photo this year of one of us in the cage with Rico. In fact, I'm sure it's not. I don't know what it is with us, but me and the kids do tend to climb in there and cuddle him quite often. I imagine we'll do the same with the new guy once we get him. Only his cage will be even bigger, so it'll be an easier fit. Hell, maybe we'll all get in there together. lol
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
During my Black Friday shopping with Grammy, I picked myself up a Cricut, because they were on a very good sale at Michael's. I couldn't resist. I have been wanting one for awhile, because they are just so much easier to use than my Wishblade. Woohoo. I am very excited with my purchase, and really really hope to catch up on my scrapbooking in 2010.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
The kids had their awards banquet for football/cheerleading. I am so very glad we didn't miss it while we were gone on the cruise. It was nice seeing everyone again. Even though it's only been a little over a month since the season ended, it was like a reunion, because these were the people you spend practically every day with for three months.
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Friday, December 4, 2009
The kids favorite part of the cruise, again, was the kid's room. They had different activities to do every day and night, and ours wanted to attend each of them. The kid's room director, Caitlin, was a lot of fun, and in this pic is engaging them all in a pillow fight.
Thursday, December 3, 2009
One of the coolest things we did on this cruise was tour an ancient Mayan Ruin in Costa Maya. It's amazing how the archeologists have unearthed these things, and how well preserved they are. We also learned quite a bit about the old Mayan predictions of 2012, end of the world, etc. Apparently the Mayan descendants believe that the world isn't truly going to end (good deal, right?) but that a time of change is coming, at least for their people. They believe that that change is coming in the form of a Mayan descendant coming into power again in their government. So, huh. I will take it, if it means the world isn't going to blow up or something.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
This colorful photo is actually of a Guatemalan cemetary. We saw this same place last time we were in Santo Tomas, and I thought it was beautiful. What's interesting is that they don't bury people underground, I guess because of the water levels, so they have all these colorful box crypt type things that they put everyone in. It's quite a sight to see, at least in person.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
A shot of the ship itself, from in port. This is while docked in Cozumel, where we did an interactive dolphin encounter. We got to swim with them, ride on them, etc. It was really just too freakin cool. I know you're wondering why I didn't make one of those pics my photo of the day, and I don't know if I have a really good answer for that, but rest assured those pictures will feature prominently in my "real" scrapbook. Whenever I manage to catch up on it. I think I'm something like 2 years behind now. Ugh.
Monday, November 30, 2009
Sunday, November 29, 2009
**NOTE** The pictures from the cruise are being posted after the fact, but I am dating them for the date they took place.
This is the skyline as we pulled away from the Tampa ship terminal, on our way for a seven night cruise aboard Holland America's Ryndam. Destinations of Costa Maya, Belize City, Cozumel and Santo Tomas.
Saturday, November 28, 2009
The house is all decorated for Christmas! It went so much quicker this year, since we had not only my mom here to help, but Perry's parents, too. It really is easier the more people you have. Much less stressful, too, since we were done in plenty of time to relax afterwards!
Friday, November 27, 2009
When Grammy and I went shopping for a few essentials at Walgreens, we came across this, and as she put it "just couldn't leave it in the store." It plays a bunch of different Christmas songs, and through the wonder of DVDs, my kids actually know who Charlie Brown and Snoopy are.
Thursday, November 26, 2009
This year we decided to get a new Christmas tree. Our old one was not pre-lit, which meant a GIANT hassle for my mom and I every year when we had to test lights and string them on there. Call me lazy, but I detest hanging lights. I can handle doing ornaments, but I think lights are nothing but a huge pain in the ass. So we went with a pre-lit one, with those led lights so that they supposedly will not burn out so quickly. I guess only time will tell on that one, but they rock this year, and are so much brighter than the old non-led bulbs. Loving it!
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Since we moved into this house in 2001, I have disliked our front door. At times hated it. It just didn't go with the rest of the houes - too dark, too plain, etc. Finally we have a new one, and I completely dig it. I would have liked to get the matching sidelights, but they were insanely expensive, so we took a pass on them for now. Oh, and of course our door opening, with the sidelights, is not standard size (shocking, given everything else we've learned about our house - you might recall this from the shower door replacement) so it was going to be a big custom job to do the sidelights, not just a plug and play like the door is. Thankfully the door itself is normal door size. And super cute, don'tcha think?
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
When Maura showed me the holiday items PDF from Scentsy, of course I had to have this warmer. Since I go all out with Christmas decorations, naturally it only makes sense to have a red one to pull out just for the season. This will live in the dining room during the month and a half I'm decorated for Christmas.
Monday, November 23, 2009
Sunday, November 22, 2009
So we ordered this shower door for our master bath like summer of 2008. Partly because ours was boring, and partly because ours was just wearing out. We had to special order it, because apparently, like most everything else in our house, ours was not a "standard" size. Apparently the builders here didn't figure we were off the rack type of people. They were wrong, but what can ya do? So we special ordered it, it came in, and then Perry told me he had no idea how to install a shower door. Why would I think he would, I guess is the question. He's not exactly Mr. Fixit. So the door sat in the garage. For over a year. And then finally we had a "guy" (you know, the guy, the one who CAN fix things) in to do some other work, and I said, "hey, can you install a shower door?" And sure enough, he could. One less thing in our garage, and one happy mommy.
Saturday, November 21, 2009
We have gotten into the habit of bringing Rico along with us to our various sports practices. Soccer really seems to be a good fit, because it's close by, so not a long drive, and it's only an hour, so he doesn't get too restless. And he seems to be a big hit with the kids, too. Not to mention there are often other dogs there for him to play with.
Friday, November 20, 2009
For awhile now I have been feeding elevated, based on the things I'd read about it helping to prevent bloat, helping digestion, etc. But then the more I read, the more I realized I might not be feeding elevated ENOUGH. So I ordered new bowls, after a long and extensive search online, since most stores locally don't carry anything that is both elevated over 8 inches AND cute. This is what I came up with, and I completely LOVE them. =)
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Today we had to say goodbye to Jasper. He was 12 years old and had been a very sweet boy for a lot of years. It was finally just too much to put him through. He was diabetic, arthritic, senile and incontinent by the end. Still sweet, but just no more life left in him at all. We'll be getting his ashes and his urn will join those of Calvin, Spike, Milo and Sammy on the shelf. I know he's SO happy to be back with his Calvin. There was no other critter in the world he loved as much as Cal.
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Another fun day out at the fields. Owen's soccer team is fairly decent. I think he's probably been playing longer than most of the kids, so he tends to do better with the ball. But a couple of them are keeping up with him pretty well.
Friday, November 13, 2009
I am taking a picture of my photo printer because I am mad at it. Do you have any idea how incredible irritating it is that for some reason I can't print TO it from the computer, only from the memory card directly by inserting it. That's just wrong. Because what if I want to print something that is not ON the camera's memory card? Then what? One would think that I could just copy a picture from my hard drive over to the memory card. But no, that isn't working either. I know you're thinking there is user error involved in here somewhere, and you might just be right, but I am choosing to stick with blaming the damn printer.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
This is a shelf of guilt. Well, it's actually books, but it represents guilt, because it's a bunch of crafting and decorating books that I've never read. Will I ever? Maybe. Hard to say. They all seem like such a good idea when I get them, but then they pile up (much like magazines - remember the magazines?) and then I never get around to them. I think I would need like a whole month off to catch up on all the little crap around here that I have the best intentions of doing and never seem to have time for.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
317 days into this this, and I have officially run out of things to take pictures of. I actually probably hit that point about 300 days ago. This is one shot of Sherbert. I tried about five times to get a picture of him actually looking at the camera, but it didn't work out. Not sure why he was being so difficult today. Usually he's pretty easy.
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Since I so rarely get a shot of Lily, when she's out and about and I have a camera handy, I can't resist getting a pic. And I do have to actually have the camera handy, as in already in hand, because if I have to move to go get it, she'll be gone. She's really quite the shy little thing.