Thursday, December 25, 2008

The family plan!

Mama plus

Daddy

Equals


Equals

and arriving in 2009

A new addition to our family making us a family of FIVE!

Have a Merry Christmas, Christina
























Monday, December 22, 2008

Caroling

For many years, since I was around 10 years old in fact our family would go Christmas caroling. It started out Mom would raise 100-150 chickens every spring and get them in the freezer each fall. We would always keep a certain number of them whole as a roasting chicken and package them. As christmas approached we (I should say MOm) would bake cinnomin rolls and bread. Then on Christmas eve we would start our rounds to special friends and give them a gift of a chicken and baked goods and a card wishes Merry wishes. At that time there were seven of us kids and the eigth on way. We were all young so we did no singing (I guess mom and dad wer'ent interested in solos). However as we grew older we would sing a tune or two. Then Many of us started working in nursing homes and we started making cookies and singing down the halls of the nursing homes we worked in.
Last night was the night for our traditional caroling. Our group looks a little different each, we add a grandchild or two, some get married others live far away and can't be present, and then we add extended family. My Aunt and some of there family have been joining us.
Regardless of who is there we sing many many many songs celebrating christmas and all the elderly get a bag of cookies that are made by a handfull of ladies in the group.
My mom is the one that keeps this tradition going and would rather do this night of caroling than receive gifts. She is busy with a trail of grandchildren passing cookies while we stroll the halls singing our hearts out.
We had a great time and the elderly truly enjoy the music and love seeing all the little kids milling in and out of there rooms. We even have an occasional puppy join the group.

Have a great day, Christina

Friday, December 19, 2008

Getting out!

My husband and I have made plans with a sitter to stay with the kids tonight and we are going out on a date. We have some shopping we want to do and then out to dinner. It seems like forever since we have been out together with out the boys and am looking forward to it.
However at the time of this arrangement I had not realized the plans in the weather several days later. Currently it loks like a whiteout utside my window and it has been snowing since 3am and doesn't look to slow down till early afternoon. Depending on the road conditions we may need to cancel so our babysitter won't be stuck in the horribble weather.
We will just see as the day goes by, at least we had something to look forward too, and maybe after Christmas we can get out.
How about you, do you get out on a regular basis with your hubs for a date, or am I silly for calling it a 'date' since we are already married?

Hope you have a great day, and if you are in blizzard area's enjoy the snow, Christina

Tuesday, December 16, 2008


A Very Merry Christmas to everyone in Blogland. I hope this Christmas season is full of much Joy found in the love Christ has for us, and Peace that the future the Lord holds for us is wonderful, and Love from those we share it with. God Bless, Christina

Monday, December 15, 2008

We started out 12 days of christmas last night with the boys. First they decorated they're christmas tree with the ornaments that they made. Then we let them open they're first gift revealing the stable in the nativity story. We explained what it was and that tommorrow they will get another present to tell them more of the story.
I finally got our family christmas tree decorated during one of the boys' naps last week. On saturday we got together with some friends and they're kids and made christmas cookies. We made, sugar cookies of course, peanut butter blossoms, chocolate chip fudge cookies, and biscotti. That was fun and the kids loved hanging out together all in the spirit and excitement of christmas.
Hope you enjoy your Monday. Christina




Friday, December 12, 2008

My hot cocoa boy!

I love my hot cocoa boy. On almost a daily basis my Big Mister asks for a cup of Hot cocoa. I make it in a real glass mug, so he feels really big and important. I fill with half hot water and then the rest milk so it is warm. I found the darlingest mini mini marshmellows and he loves that. Take a break today and enjoy a cup of hot cocoa and maybe even a biscotti. mmmm
Have a great friday, Christina


Thursday, December 11, 2008

Catching up!

I have just not been motivated lately to do anything. What is my problem? There is definately so much to do and i look at it and ignore it. Yesterday my good friend Layla came over for the day and we scrapbooked all day, and i mean all day. ( of course in between the requests for everything from the boys and breaking up arguments) Any how I am almost done with Little Mister's first year year album. I have 4 12 x 12 pages left to do and then it will be complete. I have lots done for the second year already and I need to get Big mister's 2nd and 3rd year completed and in books. I have a 12 x 12 drawer with a stack of pages needing to be put into albums. I have been feeling so behind in my scrapbooking and now I am not feeling the pressure quite so much. Whew!
These pictures are of Little Mister with my nephew, Baby S. They were visiting over the weekend for the wedding. Little Mister loves Baby S and sometimes a little too much. have a great Thursday and God Bless, Christina









Monday, December 8, 2008

Now the wedding day is passed and they are on they're honeymoon... happily ever after. The wedding went well, no major mishaps just a little rushing and inneed of a bit more organization. Oh, well they are married and that's what counts. They're colors were brown and teal with silver. I am guessing around 130 to 150 guests. My big mister was a ring bearer and did a great job when bribed with a new thomas and friends train! LOL! My Mom made they're cake and she always does a beautiful job.


And now of course the Men in my life!
God Bless, have a great day,
Christina



Friday, December 5, 2008

Our Christmas traditions!

I am so excited to talk about the blessings that are there for us to experience this Christmas season. By 'us' I am not only refering to my family of four, but all of you as well. We are so blessed to have the privelage to worship and celebrate the Birth of Jesus.


This feeling of privelage is what had me on a quest to find a way to tell the True Christmas story to my little darlings in a way that they would understand that christmas is to celebrate Jesus, and not Santa.


I am not against Santa, however we do not give gifts in the name of santa, nor do we take pictures with santa. I believe Santa was a real man and he was a very generous person and blessed people with his generosity. However we have many "Santa's" then because there are many who give unselfishly to bless others. Does this then mean we celebrate Christmas in honor of all the santa's? Or do we celebrate Christmas in worship because our savior Jesus was born a miraculous birth, and because of the love the Lord has shown us we give our hearts unselfishly to bless others around us that may not know this miraculous story?


Now, back to my quest. I have explained the reason for my quest, now I want to share with you how this story will be told to my young darlings that will be simple but very exciting.


I love the countdown to christmas, however 25 days is to long for the short attention spans of my little ones. So why not go with the 12 days before christmas? At first I thought I could do the actual song, but that doesn't tell the birth story. So I thought, 'why not use my own 12 days before christmas'? I purchased a Nativity set and I will split it up into 12 parts and wrap each part and label them with a number. Each morning I will place a present under the childrens tree and at night before bed we will let the boys unwrap the gift of the day and tell them what that part of the nativity means in the amazing story of the birth of Jesus.


I chose to buy a nativity thatwas very real looking and could be used each year as the boys get older. I also looked for a set that the baby was a seperate piece from the manger. I felt I wanted to wrap them seperate to really make a statement on cchristmas day that the day of Jesus birth is why we celebrate.


In preparation for this we also purchased a 2 foot christmas tree for the children to decorate with ornaments that they make. We will place it on the dresser in they're room, then that is the tree we will place the 12 days of christmas presents. The nativity will then be place on they're dresser as each day unfolds.


I love traditions and I wanted traditions for the whole month of December to make a season of christmas not just a day where we get presents.


We get together with a few great friends with little children and we make christmas cookies. On christmas eve we open one present , and it is always a pair of pj's.





This concludes our family traditions, I hope you make the most of this Christmas season and celebrate in the birth story.


God Bless, Christina

Thursday, December 4, 2008

A trip down memory lane

I decided for todays post to go back in time to a year ago. My misters were just starting to play toether in small amounts, and I loved to match they're outfits. These shirts were just cheap little 5 dollar wal-mart specials, but I loved the title.
You see my misters love the word present, and the more things to open the better. (they get that from me) LOL
Hope you enjoyed this little trip down memory lane, Christina









Tuesday, December 2, 2008

anyone out there?

Hey I am so having fun getting idea's around for my family's Christmas traditions. On a post here, I was talking about traditions. I want to here from you. What is your most memorable christmas tradition growing up, and have you carried it on to your children? What are some new traditions you started for your family?

I love the season of Christmas and I enjoy listening to what is important to others and how they celebrate.

Tommorrow I will post about a new tradition I am so very excited to start with my kids. So stay tuned.

As if Christmas is not exciting and busy enough, my little brother is getting married on saturday and so I am needing to get busy with a little hem job on Big Misters tuxedo we bought. He is a ring bearer. I will share pics later of the worlds cutest ring bearer.

have a great tuesday night. (enjoy the biggest loser, hopefully Vicki goes home) Christina

Monday, December 1, 2008

winter wonderland

Well it's winter wonderland in my part of the country. We started getting snow late yesterday morning and is it ever so beautiful. Our Big Mister keeps asking to go out to the big hill and go sledding. I prefer a few more inches of snow before making the treck out to the 'Big hill'.
All the snow makes it feel like Christmas. The twinkle of lights are shimmering under the snow and the homes are glowing with warmth. A hot bowl of soup and and a cozy blanket is the best on days like today.
Enjoy the pics, Christina

These are pictures out my kitchen window at my backyard=)




Saturday, November 29, 2008

Decorating for you...

The christmas season is in full swing. In celebration of you visit here I have decorated, the christmas tree is up, three in fact. The tunes are playing to uplift your spirit and prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus.

I hope you enjoy, and I would love to hear some of your Christmas traditions. If you don't have any, I encourage you to start a new one today.

* A christmas tradition we have, is to open one gift on Christmas eve., it is usualy they're Christmas Pj's.

* I also start playing Christmas music all the time.

* I have started in the last two years baking christmas cookies with the boys, and I always bake pies for a few neighbors in hopes to show the joy of Christ's birth.

* will be doing a Christmas count down project with the boys. I haven't decided on what it will be yet, so if you have any idea's that are not to major swing them my way.

God bless as we start off this Christmas season, and make it a great one this year. I encourage you also to focus on someone else outside of your home and make it your ministry.

Christina

Friday, November 28, 2008

**Cricut dream update**

Yeah! I got it at the $99.99 price which is half price!

I am so excited to have my own now. I have been using my friends all this time and now I don't have to mooch. :)

Thanksgiving...

Brings great times with family. (including the Wii)

Great food and the fun while preparing the feast.

A long distance call to Brazil with Thanksgiving and Birthday wishes for My Sister.

Dreams of purchasing a Cricut the next day for $99.99 at the joann' s sale.

Hope your thanksgiving was great and your turkey didn't burn or remain frozen in the middle. LOL! (ours was perfect)

God Bless, Christina

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

This not technically wordless, but oh well.
These pictures were taken over the weekend when Bryanna stayed the weekend with us last weekend.
The story is that I used to babysit Bryanna as a baby and she has been a special part of my life ever since. I feel old now that she is in high school and can babysit my children.
She has turned out to be a beautiful girl and we loved having her with us.



Little Mister woke up from his nap and is being bashful and Bryanna had decided to join in.
Cuddle buds!
Have a great Wednesday, Christina

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Our Baby...

Our Little Mister is...

Happy..

Mischevious..


Sweet..
Loving..
Fun ..





and these pictures show all of that to me!
Enjoy, Christina

Sunday, November 23, 2008

A bowl of chicken noodle soup...

Plus... a cup of hot cocoa...


Plus... a chocolate cupcake...

Plus... a train set...


Equals... A very happy Boy!
Have a great Monday, Christina

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Thankful tutorial!

There has been serveral of you that have commented on my thanksgiving plaque and how I made it. So easy and I did some major cheating but here goes. Here is where I posted my plaque. and in that post i referenced a blog that I got the idea for initialy.

She uses wood, but I did not have a wooden plaque, but I also didn't want to wait to make till I go to the store. So I found some cardboard, and used it as my base.

I used one 12x12 sheet of patterned cardstock from basic grey's figgy pudding line.

I used glitters from the martha stewart line at wal-mart (which comes with a fine tip glue) the colors brownstone and blue topaz.

I had a corner rounder yes paste for glue (found at michaels), a 12' slide cutter, a hole punch and sheer ribbon.

First I took and cut my cardstock in half, the back was the dark pattern and I rounded the corners and glued it to the cardboard. Then I trimmed the other half and used the light patterened side. I chose this for my main side because of the design and I new I wanted to use that design to highlight it with glitter. Round the corners and set aside while you type your saying or quote onto your computer and print it onto vellum paper. I trimmed my quote and affixed it where I wanted it with mini brads but you could use vellum tape as well.

Now glue that piece ontop of the other patterned piece, and punch holes at the top and string your ribbon.

My favorite part is the glitter. Martha stewart's line is the most brilliant hands down. Use your fine tip glue and just start outlining a pattern you want to highlight, sprinkle with glitter and shake off the excess. (make sure to shake your glitter on a paper that you can save it )
So in a nut shell:
1) find a canvas you want to work with
2) use a quote that inspires and encourages you
3) use elements, paper, ribbon, and glitter that are in colors you like to work with or that you have on hand.
4) always remember, simple is good.

There is no particular colors or patterns, use your imagination and use what you have and see how creative you can be. Remember it's the message that is most important and let that passion do the work of creating.

Enjoy and God bless, Christina

Friday, November 21, 2008

Dabbling...


I am in love with photo's and I am addicted to scrapbooking. So I decided to dabble in a little digital scrapbooking. I have met a lady and she does amazing digital scrapping and she has given me a lot of info on getting started with digital. I know I will always do traditional scrapping but why can't I at least stir the pot alittle? Here is my first digital layout. I don't like the black scrolly thing in the corner, I am so not even done with this, but I would love your feedback and if you have Ideas on how you would improve this L.O. I want them, and where I would go to do that.

God Bless, Christina

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Tea!


As many of my long time readers know, I love tea. In my home it is a staple, and there are always reasons to have tea. So I am going to share a few fav's that we have in our home, and why.


1) The most practical tea and also one I make daily in the winter months is for cold and flu prevention and it tastes great. Little Mister has struggled with keeping a strong immune system no matter what time of the year it is. He drinks 1-2 quarts of this tea per day and doesn't even want juice or milk. Now be prepared if you children drink this much tea they will be peeing like crazy. I change lots of diapers, but it is worth it. Herbal teas that are not caffinated are also seen in the body same as water so no more dehydration issues either. I buy all my teas in loose leaf bulk form from the bulk herb store website. They are the cheapest and you get way better quality herbs there than almost anywhere I have found.

Now, what do I put into this mixture?

Bring 2 quarts of water to a boil, and remove from heat and add;

1 tbsp fenugreek seed,- great for the immune system

1 tbsp rose hips-high in vitamin c

1 tbsp spearmint or peppermint leaves- great taste and soothing for the tummy

1 tbsp fennel seed - for upset or gasy tummy's

1 tbsp cammomile flowers- relaxing and a very sweet flavor

1 tsp. lavendar flowers- relaxing

Add in for specific impact:

1 tsp valerian - calms nerves and helps with hyperactiveness

1 tsp echineacea- fights colds and flus


cover and let steep for about ten minutes, I add blue agave nectar to sweeten. If your child is not sick and you are just using this for prevention I would not use echineacea every time and also if you child doesn't have a big problem with hyperactiveness I would not use valerian every time.

This tea is great for everyone and it is tasty. i even gave this tea to my babies at 2 and 3 weeks old. (but not the valerian and echineacea because they are stronger)


Another favorite of mine is just using the Jasmine green tea from the bulk herb store because it is tasty and the aroma makes me feel pampered.


Also the Lavendar flowers and the chammomile flowers is awesome for an evening cup of tea and enjoying a nice hot bubble bath. A great gift idea is to mix both of these herbs, place them in a clear airtight glass jar and package with a teacup and saucer and a ball strainer, you can even add a candle if you like. Click to go to the bulk herb store

This is a picture of the chamomile flowers, and remember these don't weigh much and so a 1/2 pond will equal about 5 cups of dried herbs.

Hope you will try this and let me know how you like it when you do, Christina

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Happy Birthday! Romeo!


Today is a special day for our family of four. Four years ago i gave birth to Big Mister. The Lord gave me this little miracle to make me grow. I needed so much growth mentally and spirtually. I was very selfish and and Big Mister wanted and deserved my attention and my focus to show him that he is the special little boy God intended him to be, and I was entrusted with this treasure to raise him to be God loving till we all meet our savior someday.

Now, about Big Mister,

1) He shines with his smile, his dimples are irresistable and that he gets from his awesome daddy.
2) He is forming his very own personality, he is a teaser and loves to make us laugh with his taunting. Yesterday I went outside and he locked me out of the house. He stood on the inside and just giggled like it was the funniest trick ever. Love it!
3) He has a passion for learning. he enjoys story time and asks a million questions a day searching for information.
4) He is confident and fights for a little more independence daily.
5) Big Mister is a cuddler and loves hugs and kisses and gives it freely as well.
6) He loves doing craft and art projects, playing with trains, and watching movies.
7) We have gotten him a Thomas and friends train set and a carrying case as well as "the fox and the hound" movie. We keep our celebration small and intimate with just the four of us. This year we are going to our McD's which has an awesome childrens area and doing cupcakes and balloons and he will love it!

DW and I are so proud of our Big Mister and wish him all the birthday blessings and more which he deserves.
I hope you love the Picture of our handsome four year old!
God bless you and our Big Mister, Christina

Monday, November 17, 2008

My buddy, Randy!

Our Little Mister is so cute to watch, playing with his little buddy. We bought this "boy" doll for him when he was in the hospital this summer and he loves playing with "Randy" as we call his buddy. He rocks, hugs, kisses, and sits with his buddy. I love that he will even throw him on the floor and wrestle. Who said I need girls in order to play "HOUSE"? Enjoy Rock-a-bye baby!Alittle love goes a long way.


Snack Time with Randy. Me and my friend!
God Bless, Christina










Saturday, November 15, 2008

Thankful Plaque


This is the plaque I made to display for thanksgiving I have it hanging in my foyer as you enter our home. I love the martha stewart glitters that are sold at wal-mart. They are the most brilliant and they shimmer from a distance (except in pics) . I am really into bringing out the design in the papers I choose it keeps it easy yet getting more bang for my buck!






Big Mister was also in a crafty mood and made a few crafts of his own. I love that he is being more specific with not mixing the colors on his paper or wood and he is taking more time to put color where he wants it. Most craft stores and even wal-mart have great wooden shapes and toys for as little as 50 cents. a hand full of washable markers and they are set to go. Big Mister loves it.
Have a great Saturday, Christina