Saturday, December 26, 2009
My mother was a wonderful artist and had enormous amounts of creativity insider her. She designed and then hand-painted hundreds and hundreds of these "Door" ornaments among her many handmade projects. Then she would personalize them for for each person who bought them from her. I am fortunate to have 2 of them, one from before I was married and one from after! It is one of my favorites among all the ornaments she made year after year.
My sister inherited some of out mother's talent and she made and gave away her creations for years as well. Among my favorites from her are the crocheted snowflakes. She made me dozens in different shapes and I just love to add them all over the tree.
During the 90's, I too used my creativity to create and sell ornaments. This angel was one of my best sellers and I made hundreds of them. I have several hanging on my tree. There was also a larger version that was made as a tree topper. My daughter does not like that much, so we don't use it very often.
My tree is full of handmade ornaments made by family and friends and lots of very talented people. In recent years we only add a few ornaments each year. They either are snowmen (my favorite symbol of the season) or from trips we have taken. This Santa is from Australia and reminds me of my favorite vacation so far!
Melanie believes that there is no more room on our tree, but I beg to differ... there is always room for one more memory and one more story to tell!
Hope you had a Merry Christmas!
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Just got back from a quick trip to Chicago to celebrate Dad's 75th birthday! He threw an awesome party for himself! Got to see a lot of friends and relatives that I haven't seen in a really long time! That was really great to catch up with everyone! And it was awesome because the ENTIRE family was in one place at the same time! Here is our photo above!!! It's sad to say, but I'm officially the shortest member of the family - how depressing is that? Katie (behind me) is the tallest at 6'1"! She WAS on her tippy toes, really!!
This weekend we plan to put up our Christmas tree... really! If we don't, it won't get done until December and in my book that's a crime! I LOVE Christmas and I would consider having my tree up 6 months out of the year if I wasn't voted down by the other family members! I think I get the love of the holiday from my Mom!
We are headed to the mountains for the holiday... our normal tradition! This year we ate our turkey earlier this month, so we're having pizza! Is that so wrong? It's what Melanie wants!! I'm fine with it - pizza and pumpkin pie! Yum!! Looking forward to 5 days of skiing... or at least that's the plan! You never know how good the snow will be this early in the season!
What are your plans for the holidays?
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Dad's 75th birthday is in mid-November and we're heading to Chi-town to help him celebrate! He requested "no gifts", but since when do his children actually listen? So as a surprise, I asked each child, spouse and grandchild to send me their fondest memory, reason why they love Grandpa or whatever they wanted to say to him along with a picture so that I could create him a birthday gift he can't refuse! And knowing Dad, he will love it forever! Here are a few pages that I've put together so far! The first one is from my brother! (Ed, it may have not been the best picture, but I thought it was the most fitting for the page!) The second one is from my niece Sarah! I choose a pad of paper called Latte from DCWV - the color palette is blue, green, purple and cream. And the patterns are more graphic than flowery - perfect for a male! The first half will be all of our pages and the last half of the book will be blank pages for him to add photos from his party! Speaking of which - all my relatives will be there and it will be great to see them all! Better at this celebration than at a funeral, that's for darn sure!!
Friday, October 2, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
So speaking of Dad, I got an update tonight that really made me smile! Not quite 2 weeks after his surgery and he is already walking down the stairs to get his own newspaper in the morning, trekking down the block for exercise, and following all of the doctors orders! He amazes me so very much at his strength and endurance! He truly believes that this recovery is a picnic in the park compared to his double-knee replacement! I was very glad I went to Chicago and spent time with him and I can't wait to see him in November for his 75th birthday!
Monday, August 17, 2009
The concert on Saturday was awesome! I still have a hoarse voice from all the screaming! You would have thought I was a teenager!! They put on an amazing show and we had great seats! I'm surprised I didn't have nightmares from all the loud fireworks!! They made me jump every time! I will go back to see them next time they're in Denver! Love it!
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
We arrived in Mexico on the 4th of July and surprisingly after an American cookout they did have a firework display for us! It wasn't one I'll remember other than it was in Mexico!
On our 2nd full day there, we decided on a snorkeling trip on the Sea of Cortez. This is the Gateway to the Sea of Cortez - the famous arch at the tip of the Baja Peninsula. And these are a few of the fishes we got to swim with! Compared to the Great Barrier Reef, they were like gold fish! I guess I'm just spoiled!
Most of our vacation was spent alongside the pool and well, at the bar! (Dan fell in love with a new drink called the Sea of Cortez!) When it's 102, not much helps, but at least it was all inclusive! We drank a lot and sweated most of it off... only gaining a pound in a week! I'd say that was a feat in itself! Besides drinking, the "kids" spent a lot of time playing pool volleyball! That was a favorite!
Later during the week we went horseback riding! We expected to ride along the beach, but were rudely surprised when we were told that it was not allowed in Cabo San Lucas and that we would have to ride in the desert... better known as their drainage ditch! I am not kidding, there was garbage, a sewage plant and lots of desert! It was a definite cultural experience and unfortunately an experience that will always remind me of what I picture Mexico to be! I'm sure that's not fair, but it's what I saw.
As you can see, Melanie was not amused! In fact her account on Facebook when she got home, was that she had just returned from "HE--"! I wouldn't call it that, however it was HOT! I will NEVER live anyplace like that!!
Well, it definitely wasn't my favorite trip and probably not my worst trip either! It was great to get away and relax and confirm that poolside vacations are not for me! I'd recommend the resort if you're not anxious to swim in the ocean (not allowed in San Jose del Cabo due to the undertow) and want to be in an all inclusive family resort. I wouldn't recommend it in summer, unless you're a gluten for HEAT!
It was good to be back in Colorado where the air was cool and crisp at night! More updates soon... I promise!
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
I haven't done any scrapbooking or card making for almost a month. I think I've forgotten what to do! I don't think I have any creative juices in me today, I'm a bit drained, but tomorrow??!!
This 4th of July we will be spending in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico! They celebrate the 4th of July there, don't they?! (Hey, we celebrate Cinco de Mayo!) I don't care, to be able to relax is all I'm looking forward to! Well, that and a few dips in the ocean and a snorkel trip or two (or three)! We are staying at an all inclusive Intercontinental which looks wonderful - I hope it lives up to it's pictures! What I'm not exactly looking forward to is their 98 degree temperatures! Bring on the sunscreen! Now if we can only find the fireworks!!
When I get back, it's back to more posts and definately more crafting! I definitely can't wait to be able to do what I WANT at night and not work or studying!!!
Happy 4th everyone!
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Monday, June 8, 2009
Hubby finally relented and went to the doctor today about his painful knee. He is scheduled to have an MRI on Thursday. They said he has arthritis and they think a torn meniscus and if that's the case, he plans to have it repaired in July. Thankfully that's a quicker recovery than it could have been, so he may not miss a day of ski season if he's lucky!! I know how he feels!!
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
We had a relaxing, but rather rainy Memorial Day Weekend camping by Jefferson Lake! It sprinkled on and off the entire time we were there. It was just nice to be away, breathing in the wonderful mountain air! I can't wait to get out there again!
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
Well we were out and about on Saturday and we thought what better time than to surprise her with a trip to PetSmart! Since Dan won't be around on her last day of school (business trip to - Chicago), we could just get her that present early! You've never seen a 13 year old so thrilled when she looked up and she instantly knew what we were doing there! She was jumping up and down - very anxious to get her new fishes!
We decided on a 26 gallon tank that would hold quiet a few fish! Unfortunately it did not fit into Melanie's bedroom as she hoped, so we made it's home in our TV Loft. This way we all can enjoy the fishes! The "kids" set up the tank on Saturday afternoon and impatiently waited for it to get to the right temperature so they could add fish.
On Sunday after Melanie treated me to a movie for Mother's Day, we went back to PetSmart and picked out 3 inexpensive little fish! The yellow one is Harold - he's her favorite! The white one is Bruno - he's kind of a loner. And the red one we named Ginger! 24 hours later, they're still alive! Yippee!! We went back to the store tonight but were told we should have patience and wait another week before we add any more fish to the water. You've never seen such long faces on my children before! Dan was so anxious to buy his "Jaws" and "Cuddles"! Eventually in a few weeks Melanie wants to add an Angel Fish - that is her favorite! I can't wait until her "school" is full and we can all sit and enjoy them, wishing we were small enough to snorkel inside the tank! (Can you spot Ginger?)
Monday, May 4, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
The unfortunate part, is today is Melanie's first track meet. I arranged to work from home (lucky me!) so that I could go, but at this point, I'm not sure they'll be able to compete. It's too bad because it's against the other middle school in Castle Rock (which just opened this year) and it's bound to be great! She has lots of friends from the other school competing as well. Hopefully it will be rescheduled and I can go!
And wouldn't you know, the weather is suppose to be in the 60's the remainder of the week!!!
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Today we were in the mid-70's and plan to stay there for a few more days! Hopefully it's not just a tease before another snow storm!!! Last year, the last measurable snowstorm came in mid-May, so we are not out of the woods yet!!!
Saturday, April 18, 2009
The snow finally stopped around 5 p.m. Much of it has already melted and the roads are full of "slush"! I'll bet most of this will be gone by Tuesday! I'm not going to be jealous of all of you who had warm weather today because we need the moisture so bad, it's worth a day or two of snow!!! Colorado is BEAUTIFUL!!!
Friday, April 17, 2009
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Saturday, April 4, 2009
I was hoping the big storm would either get me in the mood to scrap or study. So far, it's done neither! So here is another card I made for Mother's Day last week. I'm thinking about some Father's Day cards. They're not quite as fun, but I do have a few good Riley stamps that work for men, so I'll try and get inspired!
What is your inspiration today?
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
We took the shuttle bus to the mall and as soon as we got there we were told it was going to close within the hour. They wanted everyone to be home safe. Thankfully for Melanie there was a bus arriving to take her to Denver within minutes and away she went. That was my day off spent with my daughter. :( A big disappointment. So I took the next shuttle bus home, watched the snow fall and made cards for the troops! I had a lot of success... sending 10 Mother's Day cards and 16 various other cards from my stash!