Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

I just wanted to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! May you enjoy your time spent with family and friends. During this holiday, we should remember that life doesn't always go as planned and things may not turn out the way you think they should. However, there are still so many things to be Thankful for! Be safe in your travels and Enjoy!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

More Christmas Post It Projects

These are the latest projects. I will keep them coming. I am having way too much fun with my new BIA! The first binder in this pic is the inside of the one I posted last week, since I forgot to take a pic of it and then of course a post it clipboard...

The outside of the next two I made...

And the inside, the green post it is irritating me b/c its crooked. The package of post its was a little smooshed...

Monday, November 24, 2008

Large Notepad Gifts

As I have mentioned before, I am handmaking alot of our Christmas gifts this year. I've been working on these for several months now and have finally finished them. I bought these notepads at Sam's almost a year ago and had these four left so I decided to decorate them for gifts. I can't seem to find this size notepad anymore which is sad because I love the way they turned out. I have personalized each one with the recipients favorite colors and/or likes and I will adhere a magnet so they can hang them on their refrigerators if they choose.

My sister's --- She likes very rustic and neutral tones...
My mom's --- She likes bugs as much as I do and I love these bees, and you can't use bees with any other colors than yellow, black and white...
My sister in law --- Her favorite colors are hot pink and a bold green. She used these colors in her wedding. You can't tell in the pic, but the pink background has a flower/scroll image in versa mark...
Our friend's daughter --- She is the one having a baby in January (a little girl, therefore using pink and green) so I am hoping she uses hers to take notes on how to raise a child, given her age and lack of real world knowledge...
Stay tuned to more posts as I am going to be a gift making machine over the next several weeks.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Christmas Post Its & Upcoming Weekend

These are the first two Christmas projects I have completed. I bought 2 paper packs from HL this week since they were on sale 1/2 price (I hardly ever buy anything from their full price). One of the paper packs Jennifer also bought and has made some adorable creations with it. The first one in the pic is the post it clip board and the second is the post it binder made with my new Bind it All. I forgot to take a pic of the inside, shucks! It has the same top paper with a light green post it pad and the coordinating paper is red with white snowflakes. I think it looks adorable on the inside with that combination. I'm so excited and pumped to keep making them.
I have big ambitions for this weekend. First, tonight I will be taking our friend's daughter shopping. She is 16 and pregnant due in January. She is in desperate need of a winter coat and some new shoes. My very generous MIL has given me some money to take A shopping for some much needed items to get her through the winter. Then, Jennifer and I will be driving to Navasota Saturday morning to shop at 4Queens, my new favorite shop (Thanks, Jennifer!). I have to get started on Christmas. I am sooo ready to decorate my home for Christmas. It is always my favorite time of year and my sister and I are starting a new tradition this year since she now only lives an hour away from me (YaY!) Now that she is a homeowner, we will be helping each other decorate our homes for Christmas. We will do this on a weekend and decorate one of our houses Saturday and the other on Sunday. We just haven't planned which weekend yet. I am sooo excited for the decorating....that I must get my house cleaned first, so that is the plan for the rest of my weekend. I refuse to decorate a messy, cluttered, dirty house. So that is my goal for this weekend - CLEAN!!! Have a wonderful weekend everyone.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Card Club

Jennie, Emily and I attended card club at Jennifer's house Tuesday night. We had a great time and of course are looking forward to January card club at Jennie's. Jennifer posted the card projects on her blog, so bounce over and check them out.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

I now own a Bind-it-All!

I just couldn't resist. I purchased the BIA yesterday and made my first projects as soon as I opened the box. I am hosting a baby shower for a friend in a few weeks and I decided these would make great favors/prizes. I'm excited to keep making projects...I am searching all over for ideas and have found some great ones. Hope you like them...
These are so easy to make...Post it Note Binders. I have been having so much fun with this paper pack from Wal-Mart. It is the baby girl pack.

Opened up, you can see the post it notes and the color combos used on the insides also...
Tonight is card club at Jennifer's. I can't wait!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Baby S turns 1

For those who have followed previous posts, this is my best friends youngest child. She had surgery about 6 months ago to remove a section of her skull that fused prematurely. She is doing very well and her helmet that she wears 99% of the time is working wonders on reshaping her adorable little head. Her birthday was actually on November 13th, but I took that day to post my sis' wedding pics. So, Happy Belated Birthday S. You are an amazing brave little girl and we love you! Before the first bite....
All Gone - she ate the entire piece...

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Little Sis' Wedding

My little sister was married May 17, 2008. She just got her photos back from the photographer 3 weeks ago. The lady took forever, but they turned out great.

This is one of my favorite pics. Lil Sis and I - We look alike don't you think? Our facial characteristics are very very similar. If I continue losing weight and get back to where I used to be (and where she is now) most people won't be able to tell us apart. I think that is awesome!
This is a pic we took with my best friend. She is the one we took the Rockport trip with a few weeks ago, so you might recognize her from some of those pics.

This is the 3 siblings. I am the oldest, my brother is 2 1/2 years younger than I am and my sis is 2 1/2 years younger than him. It was an absolute joy to have him at my sis' wedding. He was unable to attend mine - he deployed to Iraq that very same day! We are anxiously awaiting his return as he ends his 5 year career in the Air Force and completes his Bachelor's degree while serving in the reserves.

Our maternal grandmother who we adore very much and don't get to see nearly enough. She didn't get to do very much on my sister's wedding gown because of her fall at Easter that banged her up real bad (notice the boot on her foot), but she did all the beading on mine 3+ years ago.

This is the entire gang on my Mother's side. My parents divorced when I was 14 and my father raised us. My mother remarried when I was a senior in high school and this is her clan. From L to R, top row - step brother, step BIL, brother; middle row - step SIL, step sister, me and hubby; bottom row - step dad, mom, step dad's mom, bride and groom.

This is the entire wedding party including ushers. Our dresses are supposed to be copper (my sis is very country and rustic) however in the pics, they look Tsip orange. Most of us being Aggies (9 out of 13 of us - not including the 2 children), didn't care for that too much :)

And finally, us girls. We are all good friends even after the excitement has passed...and the adorable flower girl. We got a kick out of her the entire time. She is 3 yo.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Vacation in Grand Cayman with Hurricane Paloma

Super Long post with Pics - A Vacation for the record books!

Our vacation last week was supposed to be relaxing and stress free with beautiful clear waters, exciting snorkeling trips and non-stop water activities. Instead...we spent alot of time watching TV and watching it RAIN. Yes, it rained ALL week long ending with Hurricane Paloma. We began our vacation with a cancelled flight. We were supposed to fly out Sunday morning however the flight was cancelled because they didn't have a crew (what kind of excuse is that!?) and they put us on the next available flight - Monday. They then extended our trip one day to make up for the lost day so we were scheduled to come back on a Saturday flight instead of our original Friday flight. So here is the breakdown - - -

Monday - We finally arrived just before dark is at 6pm there. Everything except for grocery stores, restaurants and bars close at there was nothing left we could do that day but go eat.

Tuesday - Rain, Rain, Rain. We toured town darting spotted showers and window shopped.

Wednesday - Rain, Rain, Rain. We decided to go to the Turtle Farm which is fascinating when it is not raining. We only spent about 15 minutes walking around and the rest of the time under cover. Since there was nothing else we could do but drive around and sight see, we did exactly that. However just around 5pm when we got to the very tip of the island where all you can do is turn around and come back, I got sick and I mean sick!!! It was horrible, I was miserable. It ended up being a 16 hour bacterial food bug (food poisoning) from something I ate at the restaurant the first night.

Thursday - Rain, Rain, Rain. During the morning we took it easy as I was still recovering. We snorkeled out in front of our condo during a break in the rain and my favorite part of that was seeing a flounder. Later that day we were catching news blurbs about the newest hurricane brewing in the caribbean and it was headed right for us. They were estimating its landfall to be Saturday morning so we got on the phone and moved our flight up to Friday to get outta there before it hit. With that in mind, we shopped in town Thursday afternoon knowing we would be leaving soon.

Friday - Rain, Rain, Rain & Wind, Wind, Wind. Paloma decided she was coming in earlier than projected so our flight which was supposed to be at 4pm was moved up by the airlines to 10:30 am. We found this out at 7am and needed to be at the airport 2 hours ahead to clear customs and immigration. Yikes! We call for our taxi and get loaded up and on our way to the airport. We were drenched, still raining, traffic is horrible and its getting worse out. About 2 minutes from the airport, the taxi dispatcher tells the driver turn around and take your guests back to their condo. What!!?? The airport has been closed and all flights have been CANCELLED. Here we go back to our condo - no food, drinks or supplies for the hurricane and nowhere we can get them. City wide curfew at 10am. Geez - could it get any worse! We waited it out, pics below. We rationed canned goods for lunch and dinner that were already in the condo and filled glasses with water to have something to drink. The water supply was being shut off at 11am. The storm progressively got worse. I wish pictures could actually show the true picture that we experienced. I was SCARED. Cried several times. Paloma made landfall somewhere between 8 and 9pm and was over between 1 and 2am. She hit our island as a category 3 and is known as the strongest hurricane in November because she went on to hit the sister islands of Cayman Brac and Little Cayman as a category 4 on Saturday.

Saturday - Finally, good news. The airport reopened and our flight leaving at 5:55pm had not been cancelled. We arrive at the airport at 3:15pm to check in so we didn't have any chances of being bumped off the flight because it was FULL. We met a nice young couple from Minnesota that we chatted with while we waited. More bad news...The flight coming into Cayman that we were to be leaving on was 1 hour late. So we waited some more. We finally boarded and headed for our layover in Miami. More customs and immigration to deal with. This flight only departed 10 minutes late, so our wait in Miami was virtually non existant. We got our baggage and while there some old man knocked into me as he was trying to get his luggage off the belt. He hit me so hard I fell forward and dropped everything in my hand. Fortunately, I didn't fall to the floor. I caught myself on our luggage. We then went through all the security, etc., rechecked our baggage, got a slice of pizza for dinner and by then our flight was boarding. Our flight arrived in Houston at 11:45pm. By the time we got our luggage and was delivered to our vehicle in the pay to park lot, it was 12:30pm. So glad to be on Texas Soil!!!

Here are some pics - - -
We started our week with skies like this and rain...
We ended our week with Paloma. I am taking these pics standing on our 3rd floor balcony that Friday watching the waves get worse...
Here it is full downpour with waves crashing the shore (these pics really don't do justice to what we actually saw)...

Aftermath pics taken Saturday morning - - -
Debri next to our condo...
First floor boarded up their glass doors. We were on the third floor...
The outdoor bar and grill at our condo, flooded...
Debris in the overflowing pool (they had already started to drain some of it) and if you look real closely at the edge of the pool you will see several patio chairs. These were from vacant condos that no-one was staying in that could prepare for the winds...