This New Year–

Jump with JOY!

Act a little CRAZY!

Enjoy your FAMILY!

Brake the RULES {once in awhile}!

All my love to your and yours!

Happy  **Almost**  2010!

{Theme of the Week} Gingerbread

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Our week before Christmas:


Arts & Crafts:  Cardboard Gingerbread Village (Martha Stewart) & Paper Gingerbread Friends

Learning Fun: Gingerbread Chalkboard Count and Sort & Flour Writing

  Fun with Food:  Decorating Houses and Cookies, of course!

Just for Kicks: Scratch and Sniff Game {Spices from gingerbread recipe)

Imagine the clean up after our FLOUR letter writing activity!

Sand paper +  glue  + cutouts = scratch and sniff cookies!

Blaise was the offical cookie tester!

Cookies are made with butter and love. Norwegian Proverb





Candy Canes & Kids

Somewhere I read, “Take pictures that make you happy.”

Okay then…


Trips to visit Santa

Snowflakes in her hair

Make me happy.

 20Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

Ephesians 3:20- 21

I hope your Christmas celebration is overflowing with things that make YOU happy!

Merry Merry Christmas!

This tiny santa suit…

brings a little smile to my heart!

I tried to get our big santa suit to hang next to the mini one, but it wouldn’t stay up. That is regular size hat!!


Have you ever seen anything so precious? I’m so saving this for my future grandkids.

Last year:

This year:

I need to get moving on our annual Christmas slide show… expect to see more silly santas soon. Say THAT three times fast.

Cheers for Christmas!


Sweet Christmas


Inside each pastry bag is a mini folded greeting card and candy-cane hot cocoa mix.



Mrs. Claus needs a vacation folks. I have no idea where these sun glasses came from??


The trick to super smiles?  JOKES.  {Potty} mouth… works my friends!

Sorry I can’t repeat what I told him for that shot.


Care to join us for Christmas bunch?  Think you can handle the M E S S?!!!

I hope you are enjoying this wondrous Christmas season! 

Chicago Weekend

In Chicago you’ll find…

–A Dazzling Nightlife–


Amazing Food (although we think this dish gave us a touch of food poisoning)–


—Lots of architectural delightfulness—



 —Some hard-to-resist window shopping– 


—My gorgeous and lovely friend Lora—


And this is what happens when you let two crazy photographers loose in the big windy city… 

While most people were shopping we were photographing!



{These last four photos:  courtosy of Lora.} 

The only time you’ll ever find me in a photo is when I’m with my photographer friend! The first and last image is Lora catching our reflection in the BEAN. 


Imagine our thrill when nearly 200 SANTA’s showed up at Millenium park!!?  How does that happen?!

We also made the Renegade Handmade craft fair!  Believe it or not I only bought one thing. It was wildly crowded, but I enjoyed drooling over all the amazing creations.

What a weekend!!!! Hope yours was equally as wonderful!

Ohhhh and I almost forgot to add…

The one thing you WILL NOT find in Chicago is a cheap place to—


29 bucks for 2 hours my friends!

Special Christmas Delivery


I love Christmastime.

The beauty of this season makes my heart sing with happiness. 

Our first RACK (random act of Christmas kindness) this year was a little trip the post office to spread some cheer.  Armed with candy canes and Hersey kisses the kids passed out treats & wishes to the folks as they mailed off their Christmas cards (and bills)!


May your Christmas season sparkle with joy, love and lots of CHEER!

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