Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Catching up on December Daily

I forgot to take pictures of the journaling for some of these pages, I just wanted to get this pages posted. It's getting busy around here!

December 17th

December 18th

December 19

December 20th

Saturday, December 18, 2010

December 16 - December Daily

December 16th

Oh no what's that elf up to now? I don't know about other people but our elf is so full of mischievous it hard to keep up with him. Today, Patrick played hide and seek with you. It took you so long to find him that he decided to play uno with his pal Ernie.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

December 15th - December Daily

December 15th

Hallmark ornaments played a big part of my Christmas while I was growing up. At first I was giving ornaments to my mother who started collecting them while I was young. That was the gift my dad would pick out and say it was from me. As I got older I eventually started to pick them out on my own for my mother. Then I started to collect them when I was a teenager for myself. I continued to collect them even after I got married until today. Since this was such a big part of my memory of Christmas I knew I wanted my children to have a collection of their own too. I started each of their collections when they were born. I think I even started Erin's prior to her birth (silly me).

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

December 14th - December Daily

December 14th

Yesterday, I was walking by Erin's room when I stumbled upon this note to Santa. We have an elf visiting our home this year and this elf is super mischievous. For instance Patrick (the elf) decide to disappear for two days which made Erin very worried about him. When he finally showed up again he had a note saying he went to downtown Chicago to see all the pretty lights. The note for Santa says:

Dear Santa

We found Patrick!! Yippee!!!! I found him with a note, it said sorry I scared you I went to look at the city lights. P.S. Can I ask you if my cousin is on the naughty or good list. I'd like you to give her a present.


The note brought a smile to my face. The picture above this note is the one we used for this year's Christmas card. It isn't easy to get these two together for a long period of time so I'm just so glad I have at least one.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

December 13th - December Daily

December 13

Mommy's little helper. Lately you have been so interested in cooking and when I pulled out the Nestle chips you were so excited. Every time I see you on that chair next to the counter it makes me remember back when I was your age doing the same thing with my mom. For this batch of cookies you pretty much did all the work yourself including cracking the eggs (which I would like to say you did a very nice job doing it). I guess now we can add baker to your list of many talents.

Monday, December 13, 2010

December 12th - December Daily

December 12

This year I finally convenience my husband to decorate the outside of the house while the weather was still bearable. So he and the kids put up the decoration the weekend prior to Thanksgiving. It's a good thing because he would of normally have done it this past weekend and we got two inches of snow and the winds are at 45 mph and the temperature is below o with the wind chill. I guess you can say this was another told ya so honey moment.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

December 11 - December Daily

December 11th

What a great family day we had today. Not only did we have a lot of fun the whole day but we received great news. My son received his acceptance letter to the University he really wanted to attend. My husband and I are so proud of him and extremely excited for him.

We finally put up our second Christmas tree in the basement. After putting the Christmas tree up we all watch the movie "The Christmas Carol" my favorite one with George C Scott playing Scrooge. After watching the movie my husband and I held a little Christmas tree camp out for Erin. We got our sleeping bags out and placed them by the Christmas tree then we made a fire in our fireplace and we toasted some marshmallows and made smores. When we were all stuffed from the smores we played a couple of rounds of Christmas Charades. Erin was really a good guesser. Then it was time to go to sleep but before we went to sleep Erin read us "The First Christmas" story from her new Christmas book. Then it was lights out except for the Christmas tree lights they stayed on. All in all we had a great family day!

Friday, December 10, 2010

December 7th and 10th - December Daily

December 7th
The list - the never ending list. Now a days all it seems like is that I am constantly writing out list. Buy wrapping, pick this up at the store, don't forget this. However, the one thing I like about lists is when you can cross off things that you've done. What a feel of accomplishment (well for a short while until the next list comes along).

December 10th
I love gifts, I love wrapping gifts and nothing says Christmas more to me than wrapping paper. I don't know if it's the scrapper inside of me but I just love to pick out the perfect wrapping paper for each gift. I know there are a lot of people out there that thinks this is a waste but for me it gives me so much joy to make a gift look special. I understand the other side point of view on how wasteful and harmful it is that's why I try to buy recycle paper or make my own. but when it comes down to it, it's just something I'm not willing to give into yet.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

December 9th - December Daily

Our traditions
- Spending time with Family
- Opening Christmas presents with Grandma and Grandpa
- Opening presents on Christmas morning
- Big Christmas Dinner at our house
- Ginger bread houses
- Visiting Grandma and Grandpa Christmas Day
- Exchanging cookies
- Grab bag gifts

December 8th - December Daily

I am still gather items to finish my December 7th page, but here is a peek at December 8th pages

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Catching up - Day 4, 5 and 6 December Daily

A quick little post. I really fell behind in my December Daily with trying to keep up the house and shopping but as of tonight I am all caught up. Here is a sneak peak of day four, five and six.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

December Daily - December 2nd

I had a visitor that stay with me this past week so I wasn't really able to work on my December daily album like I wanted but it's okay because I really got to enjoy my company. It was my mom she came to stay with me and she helped decorate the house for Christmas. She just got a new kitten so needless to say her house is not going to be all deck out this year because of the kitty. So she really enjoyed helping us decorate. I'm kind of working out of order because I'm trying to catch up but after tonight I think I will be all caught up.

December 2nd

Oh the weather outside - Wow did the snow fall last night we got a few inches. The first snowfall of the year. It looks so pretty outside I just love the feeling I get when it snows it gets me into the holiday spirit. I had to put on the Christmas music while out doing my errands today.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

December 3rd - December Daily Journal

I would love to thank Ali Edwards in person for giving me the inspiration to create this advent calendar this year. I only wish that I would of done it earlier. Every morning Erin gets up and opens a new envelope on the advent calendar to find out what she is doing that day. Then she goes to the Advent Calendar special box in the living room to see if there is anything in there to help her accomplish her activity. (for ie today she found a brand new Christmas book which helped her carry out her activity). She loves this advent calendar and I love to see the big smiles each day.

What a sweet memory, Erin open the advent calendar today to find she had to read a Christmas story to someone special. Her grandmother was so honored that she picked her to read 'Twas the Night before Christmas" story to her. It is so nice that we started this new tradition of an advent calendar that Erin can interact with. I see so many possibilities for great memories.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Cats Playing Patty-cake, what they were saying...

Saw this on K Werner's facebook today too cute!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

December Daily - December 1st page

December 1st Daily journal .....

The advent calendars were the main topic of our house today, We have three of them all together (two store bought advent calendars and one home-made calender). In the home-made calendar I put different activities for my daughter to do each day. December 1st she was introduced to her elf. She received a letter from Santa explaining why the elf was there and he also warned her that her elf was very mischievous and he wasn't lying either. The first day he dumb out my daughter pj drawer into the middle of her bedroom floor. You would think that would get my daughter upset seeing that she had to clean up after this elf's mess but no she just said he can't help himself mom. I also finished up decorating the house with my mother who is here visiting us.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

December 1st

Have camera will take pictures is my motto today. I have a visitor today, so I have not worked on my December daily album or my Journal Your Christmas today. I did do the journaling part of the assignment for JYC but will add pics for December Daily on the weekend. So until then thanks for stopping by.