Friday, December 11, 2009

Yup, another $100 Give Away

Another chance to win a $100 Visa Gift card on

Wouldn't that be a great thing to win!!!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Visa Gift Card

Erin at The $5 Dinner blog is giving away a $100 Gift Card! Wouldn't that make a huge difference in Christma sSjopping money!! I would sooooo love to win!!

Sunday, December 06, 2009

December 3 Daily December

december third

quote:this is my wish for you: peace of mind, prosperity through the year, happiness that multiplies, health for you and yours, fun around every corner, energy to chase your dreams, joy to fill your holidays!" ~ d.m. dellinger

I really like this quote!!

write:what does the word "joy" mean to you? does it play a part at the holidays?

Joy definately has to do with my kids and family for me! My kids bring me so much joy in their accomplishments big and small, their giggles and hugs and kisses, their enjoyment of each other and the fun our family has together.

photograph:take a photo that represents the idea of "joy"

Ok, silly picture of Joy above but I was trying to get a picture of the kids playing nice together and they happen to be playing with Nerf guns. But I guess they do love their Nerf guns. LOL!

do:host a christmas party

I will do this on Christmas Eve. We always have Christmas Eve at our house with my family and Maxine and maybe Rod if he is in town. It is always such a nice time together. It truly is a joyful time.

remember: think back to a time of holiday joy in your life. where were you? who was there?

Oh, gosh, this is really hard. I can't really pint point one joyful holiday. That is why I love the holiday season so much - there is so much happiness and joy.

Workbox Give away!!

This is an amazing giveaway! I love these Workbox products! Jessica has the biggest one and it is really cool!! I love how much she gets in it and then can open and close it as she wants. I have always thought it would be such a fun product to have. And now they are doing a change for a giveaway on Stephanie Howell's blog. I would be so excited to win one of their products!

Saturday, December 05, 2009

December Daily - December 4

december fourth

quote:"the joy of brightening other lives, bearing each others' burdens, and supplanting empty hearts and lives with generous gifts becomes for us the magic of christmas." ~ w.c. jones

write:talk about a sentimental piece of holiday decor

Oh, gosh, I have waaaay too many favorite holiday decorations! I have so many boxes of decorations it is hard to choose. But I would say one of my favorite things (tonight anyway, LOL!) is one of my newer decorations. A few years ago mom and Remi and Peyton painted a nativity scene for me. It is so pretty and it is so sweet beacuse the kids and mom made it.

photograph:a favorite piece of holiday decor
See photo above.

do:go to a christmas party
Going to the Christmas tea tomorrow - maybe if it doesn't snow too much.
make: wrap a gift
We'll see if I go to the tea tomorrow - if so then I'll wrap something tomorrow. Otherwise I hope to start wrapping things this week. I have never had this much Christmas shopping done this early.
remember: do you have any decorating traditions that were handed down to you?
I don't know about decorating traditions. But I do love getting the ornaments out each year and remembering where they came from. I love that so many of the ornaments on our tree were made by my kids or by me when I was a kid.

Dec 5 - December Daily

Ok, so I will start blogging a bit maybe. Starting with some holiday stuff. This is from a Jessica Sprague class that I didn't actually take but the prompts look fun so I am going to copy and paste from a lady who is doing it on her blog. Have a few days to catch up so I am starting with todays and then going to try to do a couple each day until I am caught up.

december fifth

quote:"o holy night! the stars are brightly shining, it is the night of the dear saviour's birth." ~placide cappeau de roquemaure'

write:write about a specific holiday song that has meaning to you.

I would say one of the holiday songs that has a very stong memory for me is "Do You Hear What I Hear". Growing up we would often go to the midnight church service. And Pastor Carfrae's son who was a Broadway singer would come home for the hoildays and would always sing this song at the service. Our church was not huge but big enough. Yet, when he would come up the aisle with his huge beautiful booming voice it was an amazing thing to hear! You just had to sit and marvel at the beauty of the song. It was magical!

photograph:something that reminds you of your favorite holiday song

picture of the car radio on the Christmas music station. I love when I can change to the station that plays all Christmas music! And the kids enjoy it too - particularly Peyton is enjoying the music although she really likes the music that has vocals and not the instrumental music as much.

do:visit santa clause

The last few years we have gone to see Santa on the day they get out of school. I am not sure if we will do that same thing this year, but maybe.


Today I "made" the Christmas look to the house. We got up early and went to cut the tree down in the mountains. Then took a short break for Peyton's ballet class. Then went to work to get more of the Christmas boxes. Then came home and got the tree up. We got the lights on and started on the decorating. Jock and Remi went to the Air Force hockey game so Peyton and I stayed home to work on the decorations a bit more.

remember: recall a specific instance where you sang or listened to your favorite holiday song. what stands out in your mind?

Two holiday song memories come up for me.

First, very random. My piano lesson career was fairly short. I don't think I took them for more then a year. But I do know I enjoyed them. I just didn't really practice much. But I do remember learning to play "We Three Kings". I always liked the pattern to that song and enjoyed playing.

Second, a much more clear memory. In high school at Fairview, we always had a holiday concert. and of course it was always beautiful with so many talented choirs. But the thing that I remember is the last song - a mass choir version of Silent Night. It was amazing to have several hundered voices singing that beautiful song but then they also invited any alumni that were at the concert to join in. So it was so beautiful and so peaceful and just amazing! It gave you a shiver in your spin to listen to!