Thursday, December 30, 2010

December: as seen by Madeline

We've been given a wealth of things lately.  One of which was a hand-me-down point and shoot that I gave to Madeline.  She had been asking for a "real Princess camera" from Santa and I was NOT going to buy a camera for my 4 year old.  This generosity from my cousin came at a very good time.

When they gave us the camera the pictures had a pink tint.  As soon as I gave it to Madeline she banged it on something (as I suspected would happen, hence the NOT buying) and, voila, it started taking perfect pictures.

Here's a collage of some of her work.  This is a very small sampling.

click on the image to view it larger.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Look What Santa Brought!

Santa worked very hard on some gifts....

and was just given others.

We had a very wonderful Christmas with family.  How did you celebrate?

Thursday, December 16, 2010

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Have you ever been so tired you feel like you're watching a movie of your life?

Today was one of those days.  This movie could have gone a few ways.  I'm very proud to say, it turned out to be a movie I'd buy and watch over and over.

I've been working on several orders, one of which was very large and time consuming.  I promised my kids that if I finished my work last night, today we would have lots of fun.

We played in and picked up the leaves. 

We decorated and ate some sugar cookies.

And we read our bedtime stories right by the Christmas tree.

After the kids were in bed, I baked some cupcakes. I'd like to say it was for National Cupcake Day, but I was just craving sweets.  I'm also planning to share some with my mother-in-law for her birthday.

btw.  All photos are from  My computer is full and I can't load any of the pictures we took while having fun.  I think after Christmas I'll be able to free up some space on my hard drive.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

It Really is a Wonderful Life.

I love this movie.  For so many reasons.  Here are just a few:

Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed.

The memories.
  My family usually watches it while we're all getting ready for midnight Mass.  I love to watch it on T.V. and one year my family insisted we watch the DVD.  I wouldn't let them, so when I went to take a shower they switched from TV to DVD.  

Another year, we were at my Nana's house and, this was before NBC had bought the rights, it was on so many channels we would just switch the channel when it was a commercial.

The quotes.
"I wish I had a million dollars...Hot Dog!"

"Say brainless, don't you know where coconuts come from?"

"George Bailey, I'll love you till the day I die."

"You see George, you really had a wonderful life."

  "Help me Clarence, please. I want to live again."

"My mouth's bleeding, Bert! My mouth's bleed... (He reaches in his pocket) - Zuzu's petals! Zuzu's...There they are! Bert! What do you know about that! Merry Christmas!"

I could go on, but I won't.

It's a great movie, a beautiful story and my favorite Christmas movie.  I love it so much that I have to pack it away with my Christmas things to keep myself from watching it all year long.

p.s. I'm watching it right now.