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Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year!!!

Wishing you and yours wonderful adventures in 2010!!!
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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Handmade fun...

Most of you know that I am one of the creative souls in my family. I like to make crafty meaningful things. The best gifts in my opinion are the ones that can be made...something you put your heart and soul into, something that represents not only the recipient, but you the giver. One of my challenges for next year is to make all of my gifts! It means I have to plan ahead, especially for the little ones in our lives...cause those are the hardest to pull together when all they want are REAL toys! But I am going to do my best. Here are two gifts I received this year that were handmade and meant ALOT!

The first is an original painting of our family's cabin given to me by Matt's Grandma Jeannette who is a painter. It was totally unexpected...and I teared up when I opened it. This is a very special place and holds an extremely dear spot in my heart. My father has already scanned it, enlarged it, and framed it to hang in their house...I know this will be a staple image that will remain very special to me and my family through the years.
The second was a cookbook that my mom made me. It contains not only photographs of my mom, family, grandparents and even the picture of the cake from her baby shower when she was expecting me...but she also included her very first cookbook that she recieved and the original recipe cards and pages from cookbooks/magazines of some of her favorite dishes she has made for us over the years. There is space to add my own...and I can't wait to pass this on to Sydney and her family some day.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

A Christmas Story...



Christmas Morning...




Here are a few pics from Christmas morning...Syd received not one but two hippopotamuses for Christmas, she tired on dad's hunting hat, and showed off her new shoes and coat for the camera! We had a wonderful morning and are grateful for so many things this holiday season!