Friday, November 30, 2012

THANKSGIVING & CURRENT PROJECTS

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2012


I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving!
We had such a wonderful time in Los Angeles, I can't wait to share!
That will come right after this short pause
 for my holiday season "epiphany"....
 The year is almost over,
DECEMBER
 is a "day" away,
we've been playing Christmas music way before Thanksgiving,
household changes have begun again,
I've been "itching" to get Christmas decor going
and now its literally HOURS 'till,
which is SO different from last year's sentiments.
I don't know what my problem was.
I love Christmas,
 celebrating the birth of Jesus,
family,
ect
 but my enthusiasm was gone.
Hubby, kids & MS
did ALL the decorating.
BUT NOT THIS YEAR
Oh no,
I'm heading up the biggest,
cheapest,
home & Christmas decor
effort ever,
in my history of decorating.
:)
Yes, you can all clap for me as I "release my wiggles"Nacho Libre
for the upcoming Holy Day.
So, After today's post I'll ONLY be working on Christmas decor,
other household changes,
 and these
ANGELS OF EAST AFRICA
the children that Sam Childer's rescues
and shared about here.


Phew....
its all out.
Now you know what my brain has been fervently dealing with.
I mean there's so much to do,
so much I've started and never finished
AND
the very reason why I DON'T DO PINTEREST
GASP
at least not until I can learn to control myself.
NEW IDEAS,
hundreds and hundreds of new ideas
=
no sleep.
I NEED sleep.
I'll share everything I do as I go along.
DEAL?
DEAL
 NOW, onto our regularly scheduled blah blah blah





Monday, November 19, 2012

*OVERDUE* SUMMER 2012 PT2

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19 , 2012

Thanksgiving is JUST a few days awaaaay!
We spend it with hubby's LARGE family in L.A.
and Christmas here with mine :)
TURKEY FACE

So, we're pretty excited for this 2nd trip to L.A.
as the last one was speedy and short
 (1st was a few weeks back).
We'll see all the in laws, nephews, nieces,
eat great food and have lots of fun.

Praying you all have a great holiday,
 give thanks for your blessings,
enjoy each others company,
savor the long awaited food,
and
pass the calories on to the less "cushioned"
hahaha
HAPPY early THANKSGIVING!



If you've just stopped by welcome!

This is PART 2 of 3 Summer 2012 photo posts.
PART 1  PART 3

YES, summer is long gone.

This post and the one to come
are late but with reason.
I don't want to delay anymore, so here goes.

Back in June I took a much needed break from blogging & clothing redo's for my kiddo's.
Their summer break was too important.

And as expected,
you probably relished your summer moments,
posted photos of your adorable kiddos/fur babies,
shared your adventures
and
documented another great season.

I hoped for the same.

2012 FIREWORKS
One of our fireworks
July held great memories
and heartbreaking ones.


Friday, November 16, 2012

ENTER HIS GATES WITH THANKSGIVING

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2012

Thanksgiving is almost here!
We've been talking so much about being thankful lately,
at bible study, youth and at the church's school today.
About what this opportunity for celebration is all about.

Psalm 100:4

New International Version (NIV)
4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
I think about all the things God's done for me personally and for my family
and I HAVE to acknowledge how good & giving God has been.

 For the family and friends we have,
my pastor and church
our church family(2nd fam)
for the home we "own",
the cars we have,
hubby's job,
  the opportunities I am given to volunteer at my kid's school
 and at the church's private school,
 my hubby & kids,
their teachers
THANKSGIVING TEACHER CRAFTS
Teacher gifts: Candles & Chocolate :)
Turkey's have a 'thank you' note on the back

 food,
clothes,
health,
peace,
joy,
restoration,
salvation....
 There's so much.
"Mr Turkey" who fills our tummies,
 he can't help being so popular
hahaha
 And
of course, the opportunity to speak freely here
while you all sympathetically & humoringly
(ya, its a real word, I checked )
listen.
THANKS,
I  really am thankful.


Tuesday, November 13, 2012

WEEKEND AWAY

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2012




BASECAMP HOTEL, LAKE TAHOE CA
BASECAMP
I'll get to this in a bit


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I hope you all had a great Veteran's day.
I want to say THANK YOU to all the veterans
 past, present & future.

At Grama B's funeral
These are my cousins, we're very proud of them.
A big thank you to them and our other family members who have served.

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We're so excited for this time of year!
 It's filled with many fun family events leading to
 Thanksgiving and flowing right into Christmas.

Did I mention that hubby and I
LOVE
this time of year?
online
Are you feeling the excitement?!

The visual beauty of the season's changes,
 the weather,
cozying up with a hot cup of coffee, tea or cocoa,
the decor, lights, music
and
the family time.
It just makes us giddy, literally.
:)
I can't forget about the crafting too!
I'm super duper excited about crafting stuff for the season,
 a first in years.
Some to spruce up our home as well.

 Before all these wonderful activities got on their way,
 we decided to start this season off right
and put each other first.


Monday, November 5, 2012

A GIRL & HER DAY



MONDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2012


As promised a look into K & M's special day.

The whole event was a lovely family affair.
My brother in law took the professional shots,
(I asked for his permission to use these)
(some of mine are shown too)
3 nieces, 2 sister's in law & 1 nephew
+
K's brother, niece, & son to be were in the wedding party.

K's dad who is a minister had a very special part in the ceremony as well,
he was able to stand before both and bless them.

DAVALOS PHOTOGRAPHY
 Pasadena, Ca

DAVALOS PHOTOGRAPHY


K's dress

DAVALOS PHOTOGRAPHY
 The gorgeous bride!
BOUQUETS

BOUQUETS





THE COUPLE

 It was a beautiful ceremony.

DAVALOS PHOTOGRAPHY

DAVALOS PHOTOGRAPHY

Here's a couple more fun ones!



Thursday, November 1, 2012

FALL FAMILY FUN

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2012
I hope your October 31st was a safe night.

We hung out at our church for the annual Harvest Carnival,
which included games, candy, food, Trunk-n-Treat,
candy,candy, DID I MENTION CANDY? hahaha
And of course the Word :)
ALL of our costumes were last minute,
REALLY!
With all the previous activities the last few weeks
 there was no time to make anything.
Wednesday we threw it all together
and
DIDN'T have to buy anything!
RETRO COSTUME, 70'S COSTUME, 70'S LOOK
M.S. had everything for her costume, she borrowed my dollar tree hat.
I had everything too, the shirt was purchased in the summer for .99
It was suppose to be a donation once I fixed it....I guess it was meant for me.
ME:Thrifted glasses,old tank, thrifted polyester blouse, necklace & jeans, clearanced shoes & hoops.

Messing around before the night started,
a COUNTRY SINGER & her 70's MAMMA!


Country GURL play me a SONG!!!!

I on the other hand was using my "Disco" finger throughout the night,
you know, "AH AH AH AH.........STAYING ALIVE, STAYING ALIVE"
LOL

CHEAP COSTUMES, LUKE SKYWALKER, PRINCESS, SIBLINGS, COUNTRY SINGER

SIBLINGS
 
CHEAP COSTUMES, LUKE SKYWALKER, LIGHT SABER,
I used M.L.'s Karate Gi, old belt, thrifted sweats, hubby's extra white shirt for strips around his legs to mimic the "boots" and a saber grama bought him this summer.
IF only my baby girl would have donned the Princess Leah costume,
I would have had the perfect duo.
It wasn't girly enough.

CHEAP COSTUMES, PRINCESS
N.B. wore a bday dress she received 2 yrs ago, headband recently gifted by grama, my "pearls", white tights & slip ons.
 I curled her hair & added some makeup both of which made her EXTREMELY excited :)


CHEAP COSTUMES, 70'S COSTUME, 70'S HAIR, 70'S MAMA,

CHEAP COSTUMES, DIY COSTUMES, LUMBERJACK, 70'S COSTUME, COUNTRY SINGER, LUKE SKYWALKER, PRINCESS

MY FAMILY:)
CHEAP COSTUMES, FAMILY
 Hubby was a lumberjack- wore his beanie, plaid shirt, jeans, boots & had an "ax" I made him.

Hubby ran the food booth, I our "NASCAR" trunk, M.S. a game booth
& kiddos ran around having fun.

It was safe, fun & full of sugary treats.