Friday, December 26, 2008

Our Christmas

We had a nice Christmas morning at home. Kirsten didn't wake us up until almost 9 am. She loved all her gifts. We went to my brother's house for X-Mas Dinner. Jake and I went to see "Seven Pounds" on X-Mas Even day since Kirsten was in daycare until 3pm and we were both off. Today she was at school again and we did our after X-Mas shopping and saw "Four Christmases". Both movies were pretty good.

My Present

Kirsten and all her presents.

Kirsten and her new V-Smile handheld.

Kirsten riding her new bike for the 1st time.

In our PJs that Santa dropped on our door step on X-Mas Eve
Our Redneck X-Mas Dinner party at my brother's house. The menu ended up being just turkey and dressing.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

New Blog Look

I'm feeling a lot better about X-mas now! Cards have all been mailed, all shopping is done. I have 1-3 more presents to make but I have all days Monday and Tuesday to do that or just go buy a present for them...LOL. I finally got some pointers on how to add a background to my blog and made a new header. I'm totally loving it! Glitter is one of my faves.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Santa..More Santa & Adams Family Newsletter 2008

Wow a week until Christmas...where has the month and entire year gone? I have taken WAY too many pictures in December thus far. Kirsten has seen Santa 3 times (once was a trail run so no pics). We have been to several X-mas activities and still have several more and then all the pics we take on X-mas. I just put my last stack of X-mas cards in the mail besides those that will be hand delivered at parties. I finally added a letter to reach card reviewing what our family has done in the last yr. I did remember that I forget to include Kirsten started gymnastics. The letter is gonna look great on a scrapbook page too! I'm still stressing a bit over X-mas presents as I have a few kiddies let to buy for and my home made gifts aren't going as planned (both printers are out of ink). Luckily I am off all next week so I got a few days to do last min things.
This weekend is crammed full with 2 parties and a meeting.
I'm stressing over Kirsten and her back tracking with the whole Potty training thing. She has been in big girl undies for almost a month and did great until two weeks ago when she stopped going #2 at school. On Tuesday I took her big girl undies away and put her back in pull ups. Broke my heart and hers too but we have tried everything else (treats, taking TV away, Santa's not gonna bring your Dora Bike, diapers are for name it). I know it's not a matter that she can't do it since she did for a month. She's even getting called a "baby" by the kids in her class and she doesn't seem to care per teacher report. We have finally decided that Santa is going to bring her Dora bike either way but will are not planning on letting her ride it. That too is gonna break my heart but what's a MOM to do? We have still yet to get to Wild Adventures to check out their X-mas lights and such. Gonna have to cram that in there somewhere hopefully. Anyways here's some shots from December:

And here's our Newsletter:
The Adams Family Newsletter 2008

Every wonder what’s going on in The Adams Family? Well here’s the scope! In January Jake turned the BIG 30! Kirsten also started excelling with her language skills, her words had become very clear and she started using long sentences. In March we took Kirsten on her very 1st plane ride to Smuggler’s Notch Resort in Vermont. She did amazing well. It was her very 1st time seeing real snow and she love it. The resort had an onsite daycare so we took advantage of that and took a few ski lessons. What we learned was Amanda does not care for skiing and would much rather be doing digital scrapbooking in the warm room and Jake is crazy. After two lessons and no ski lift experience, he decided to jump on the ski lift. He survived, but barely and got a few battle wounds to prove it. The resort was awesome and very kid friendly so we all had a blast. In May we took Kirsten to Walt Disney World for her very 1st visit. She fell in love with everything about Disney. We got 4-day park hopper tickets so we went to all the parks. Magic Kingdom was our favorite. We had breakfast with JoJo & Goliath and Leo and June from the Little Einsteins. Kirsten loved that and the Mickey Mouse Belgian waffles with strawberries and whip cream on top were amazingly tasty. For Mother’s day Amanda got an awesome new SLR Digital camera that takes perfect pictures of her lightening fast daughter. On June 2nd, Kirsten started a new daycare as her previous daycare was closed due to financial issues. Her new daycare was a lot closer to home but further away from our jobs. She was place in the 3-4 yr old room even though she had 5 months until she turned 3. When she was screened they determine she was too big and more advanced than the children in the 2 yr old room and thought she would fit in better with the older children and she did wonderfully. On June 10th my little brother became a father and I an aunt to Summer Rayn Baldwin. We had a great 4th of July and Kirsten enjoyed splashing in her pool. We went to a local church and for the 1st time we were able to watch fireworks with Kirsten wearing earphones to muffle the sound. On August 26th, Amanda turned 29! In September, Kirsten started ballet classes. She has loved it since the beginning and will have her 1st recital on May 29, 2009. On September 5th, Jake’s Mema passed away. In October Amanda was offered a work from home position as a telephonic Complex Care Manager for McKesson Health Solutions and of course she accepted. The benefits and pay are amazing and almost unbelievable. On October 31st, Kirsten turned 3! She had a very cute Ballerina themed party and Daddy built her a huge swing set. The end of November we took Kirsten to her 2nd “The Wiggles” concert and she had a blast. On December 8th, Amanda and Jake had been together for 15 years. We have brought way too many Christmas gifts but Kirsten’s #1 request was a Dora bike.

Please excuse the red eyes and uncropping as I was just lazy and didn't feel like whipping out photoshop. If I don't get a chance to post again before the holidays...HAPPY HOLIDAYS! Be SAFE!


Tuesday, December 09, 2008

X-Mas Card and Template

I made my X-Mas cards and turned it into a template for my scrapping friends. It is a complete scraplift out of the December/January Digital Scrapbooking magazine. Scraplift was of a card by Becky Pogatchnik. Enjoy! If you use it I'd love to see your results. FYI: For the words (Happy Holidays at the top and the name of family members in the trunk) I just typed them across and erased what I didn't need and to make the trunk and diamond top the same color as the background I just clipped the paper in the shapes too.

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