Christmas is over

Hope everyone had a great weekend and first half of the week!

Now that the holidays are over, I’m expected to take down all my Christmas decorations. I really wish I could just leave them up all year but the hubby thinks they need packed away. I hate taking them down. I love putting them out but dread the clean up. First, I love to have them up, I think it makes everything so pretty with the twinkling lights and snowmen and glitter and other shiny objects. Second, there are just so many of them. I have managed to convince him to let me keep one tree up year round which I decorate for all holidays. I guess I just got to take it one tree at a time until all decorations start making a year round appearance. Hahaha

A good thing about the holidays being over is that I have time to craft again! I’ve spent the last few days setting up my craft room and finishing a few projects. The room is still a work in progress but hopefully not much longer and ill have is almost the way I want it. The few projects I’ve accomplished are about 2 dozen leg warmers 2 pillow case dresses and my first tutu.

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And 2 felt pins.

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The last I sent to my Nanny. She loves all the crafty stuff too, so I thought it would be a fun little I Love You gift.
Tomorrow I’m busy with the PTC but I hope to get to make more items the next few days.

Hope the rest of the week goes well for all!

On The Road Again

Over the hills and thru the woods to grandma’s house we go!

So I didn’t read the website right and Santa’s Candy Castle wasn’t open today but we did manage a stop at The Christmas Store and The Holly Tree. Where I got some cute Christmas deco.

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No cocoa or nice list certificate but hopefully on our trip home we can swing by again.

I however still remain extremely excited because with in the next 4 hrs I will be at Nanny’s and the Thanksgiving festivities will begin! I can’t wait to see everyone and I know the kid is super excited to see his cousins. Plus I will be out of the truck and will be able the stretch and move and walk around. This leg of the trip is the shortest only 4 1/2hrs compared to yesterday’s 8hrs but it seems so much longer. So for now I gaze out the window at the dwindling hills and all of falls brown glory

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If anyone is traveling today or later this week, safe travels and Happy Thanksgiving!

Woohoo Monday!!!

Woohoo Monday!!! That is definitely not the most common word used to describe Monday but today it is the way I feel! The last few days have been filled with cleaning and laundry and packing. One day I WILL learn how to NOT over pack.

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It’s almost time to leave for out Thanksgiving trip. In just a few short hours we will be loaded up and on our way to our first stop, Santa Claus IN. I’m so excited I barely slept last night. It could have been a mixture of excitement to leave and the remnants of excitement from the movie I watched before bed. Yes, I will admit it. I’m a Twilight fan! I by far like the books over the movies (I usually like the book better then the movie) but the last movie was by far the best. Back to my trip, I can’t wait to see my family! Typically we only get to visit twice a year. I believe this will be our third this year. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite trips though. We hang out, we cook, we shop and we craft. There will be pies and turkey and ham and tons of other awesomely homemade treats. We will scrap and make bows and hopefully my Nanny can fix my sewing machine. The kids and dogs will play and it’ll be great!

But before we get all the way to Nanny’s house, we will make a stop in Indiana. We have been stopping in Santa Claus on our way home for the past 4yrs. It’s became part of out Thanksgiving tradition. This year we are stopping on our way to Thanksgiving Dinner. We visit the Santa’s Candy Castle, where we get a hot chocolate (27 flavors), maybe a piece of handmade candy, a new Christmas book, and check the naughty/nice list. Checking the list has become one of my favorite parts. Kids are able to chat with an Elf via the North Pole Network. They answer a few questions about the past year, tell Santa what they’d like and then they are presented with a certificate for being on the nice list. The owner prints this certificate and in front of the store presents it to the child and everyone claps and cheers. The owner is super nice and great with kids. They also allow the kids to make snow. Other stops we make include the Santa Claus Museum and Village, Santa Claus Christmas Store and Evergreen Flower & The Holly Tree Gift Shop.

I could go on and on but I’ll save some for another post.

For now I’m going to double check my list and hope I have all I need. Have a great day and I’ll have Santa Claus IN pics tomorrow.

Almost Weekend

It’s one day closer to the weekend and I couldn’t be more excited!!! I love this time of year. Christmas may be my favorite holiday and Thanksgiving is a close 2nd. This weekend is packed full of Christmas fun for me. I know it’s a bit early but I’m super excited. Our Festival of Lights gets its switch flipped tonight and Saturday is Christmas in the Village in a neighboring town! It’s just the start for me. Next comes Christmas parades and Thanksgiving trip to my Nanny’s and our annual trip to Santa Claus, IN. I’m sure over the next few weeks I’ll talk more and more about all the above, but for now I’ll focus more on last night.

Good night it was! Friends stopped over so I could give E her new bow and L could play with kid. Then it was dinner time. Last night I made couscous and chicken with veggies.

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It didn’t turn out half bad if I say so myself. Some grilled chicken, zucchini, red, yellow, and orange peppers, a little garlic and onion (or a lot) and salt, pepper cumin and turmeric. The hubby wasn’t too sure about the couscous, he said it was a different texture but we’ll definitely have to give it another try.

And during all the cleaning and visit and cooking and bedtime, I managed a little craft time. Things from yesterday include a keychain for my sister, holiday bows and a few other little pretties.

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And since I’m having a horrible time getting this entry to cooperate I’m gonna say have a lovely evening and I’ll try again tomorrow.

The Day After

Happy Wednesday!

Well it’s the day after and whether your candidates won or lost we all have something to be happy about! No more campaign ads polluting our airwaves and minds. I couldn’t take another moment of the bashfest. However, now that’s its over and it’s November, it means that it’s time to put 5 trillion toy ads on tv so my son can continuously tell me what Santa should bring him.

Last night we went to dinner and a movie. So no new super yummy recipe today unless you want to head to Olive Garden or look for their recipe on line. First stop was to see Wreck-It Ralph and then to Olive Garden. Both were great. I think Ralph is so fun and Vanellope Von Schweetz is super adorable! Great family fun movie. And the dinner wasn’t to bad either. Olive Garden has new menu items and they aren good. I had Lasagna Primavera with Grilled Chicken (their light menu) and my hubby tried the Shrimp Vesuvius. It definitely lived up to its name. I tried a bite and it is SPICY! Over all we had a great family fun night.

So after movie and and 3 glasses of wine with dinner, I was very sleepy when we got home. That means I didn’t really finish anything I had been working on. Just a keychain and stitching on a hair bow holder

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Have a great afternoon!

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