Friday, December 31, 2010

Goodbye 2010 Books

2  23 books. A tie with 2009! 
I   I intended to do some more reading over Christmas break, but found myself too occupied with family partying, goodie-plate eating, game-playing, movie-wathcing and over all merry-making.
   The Fablehaven series was a fun one to read with Ben this year. He is almost done with the 5th one right now. I like having a series to talk about with him. 
   Richard Peck is my new go-to author for a really quick, funny read. His books do not fail to make me laugh and have such a homey, simple feel to them somehow (like comfort food, except books). 
   No big stand-outs this year, but several that I enjoyed very much.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

More on Afton = two

Two years old. (Sporting supla-cute outfit from Troy and Dan.) When do we have to stop calling her our baby? My mom still calls me that. So I guess never.

She used to say her name like "At-dee." Now she says "At-don." I want her to still say At-dee.

She says "Oh, I'm sorry" all the time, in the correct context or not.

She gives kisses. Oh so many kisses.

Her favorite thing is baby dolls.

She got this little baby bed for her birthday. Grandpa Cruze made it for Aunt Rachel when she was little. Rachel only has a little boy, so she wanted Afton to have it. At-dee loves it.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Monday, December 20, 2010

Leading up to Christmas (the rest of the hints that it's close it's close)

We put the tree up. Right after Thanksgiving like we always do. We did not have a chance to trim it for about a week though. That did not stop the kids. They found plenty of things to decorate with.

Okay, here we go...the real deal. Afton loved putting the ornaments on more than anyone this year. She would race to put hers on the tree and race back to me while I unpacked them from the boxes asking for "Nother one? Nother one?"

We went over to Dillsboro NC on a rainy Saturday with all the Cruzes for hot chocolate, and quaint ornament shops and candy stores (the latter of which featured music and singing-a-long which got us in the spirit).

The Cruze women swapped cookies. It was delicious. I didn't win this year. That's okay, I wasn't trying to (but look out in 2011).

Santa came to preschool.

Afton and Trey shared a birthday celebration. Two and eighteen. 

Followed by the annual nativity pageant with all the [edit:] local Barber cousins. The cast is seriously cute.
And finally, our milk is good until Christmas's practically here!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Who likes winning?

I hope Leanna does.

Because she did.

Win, that is.

Lucky comment #103! (Thank you,
Kitten #1 - Last Christmas I ate a ball of yarn.
Kitten #2 - Really? What happened?
Kitten #1 - I had a litter of mittens!
Thanks so much to everyone who entered, your humor made it so much fun to read all the comments! See you in May!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day!

Have you heard? It's Giveaway Day over at Sew Mama Sew...when they post links (so many!) to giveaways all over the blogosphere. The links are so bountiful that the event goes on all week so you can take your time browsing the wares and sign up for your chance to win on as many items as you'd like. Check it out.

Oh, and by the way, I'm in on the fun this year. So here's my contribution to the giveaway madness: 

One "Love Is Spoken Here" pillow cover.

Gray corduroy, blue and charcoal felt letters. Fits any 12x12 pillow form (available at your local craft/fabric store). Did I mention that Design Mom digs it?

To enter, just leave a comment on this post, a funny one would be nice (this blog is rated G by the way, please and thank you). Giveaway is open until Friday, the 17th. I'll pick a winner randomly and post about it on Saturday. This giveaway is open to US residents and Canadians too.

If you like what you see, you are cordially invited to visit my etsy shop, Amme and Neb

Unfortunately, SMS Giveaway Day is a little late in the month this year, so today (Monday the 13th) is the last day I can accept  I can no longer accept custom orders, and Saturday the 18th is the last day before I put the shop on vacation mode for the holidays (I need to put the sewing machine away once the kids' Christmas break know, family togetherness and all that). But it will be open again in January, so stay tuned.
Thanks for stopping by and good luck!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Christmas is coming...

We found it at the Fantasy of Trees.

We love lights.

We love carousels.

We love gingerbread renditions of Hogwarts.

We love spinning till we're sick.

We love Children's Hospital, so we were happy to send some money their way while having a great time. (And you never know, we may need to visit once we've finished all our spinning.)

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Thanksgiving talent show

This was our entry this year. Each of the three big kids chose a favorite song, and we went to work...taking 460-some-odd photos in all.

(Here's the link if you need a refresher on A-Ha's original video.)

P.S. I don't know why it says "large" in the corner. The best I can guess is because I chose the "large" option when I saved it on imovie. Weird.

Friday, December 3, 2010

I only took two photos the entire day of Thanksgiving

But they seem to tell the story well enough.

P.S. Guess whose plate it is.