Thursday, November 24, 2011

My friends call me Lucy!

I have had to take some time off from my blog due to illness. Not the children, thank the Lord, but Mr. Handsome and myself. And, it appears, I am getting sick AGAIN! :( I always feel bad for Mr. Handsome when I get sick because he has to bare the brunt of everything!! When we were both sick, I couldn't even take care of him. And I love to take care of him when he is sick. Well, I love to take care of him when he's well, too. Monday I started feeling like I was getting a cold again but I am definitely wondering if it's all allergy related because I am sneezing like crazy and no one else seems to be getting it. We have had a great time preparing for our Thanksgiving meal. In between all that, I have been making Christmas presents and finishing up school with the gang so we could take a few days off for Thanksgiving. Mr. Handsome has had a whole week off and it's been quite a treat spending the last three days with him. We will really miss him when he goes back to work. Especially Kristinie the Great. She was telling him while we were driving to church that he needed to go back to work!! But when Monday morning comes she will be the first one (well, maybe second, I might be first!) following him to the door crying because he's leaving us!

I am looking forward to our Thanksgiving dinner this year. We are home which means it is just our little family together. We invited some friends to come eat but they had other plans. We have a three year rotation with the holidays between my parents, Mr. Handsome's parents, and our home. It works out really well. This year we are having a Snoopy Thanksgiving. All the accoutrements necessary to celebrate have been bought. The jelly beans were bought under the wire! Beatrice and I found them at Olde Tyme Pottery yesterday when we were looking for a cornucopia. I wish I could say that I was better at planning for parties and meals, but I am not very good at it. I love to have things look nice but forget a lot. If it wasn't for Beatrice reminding me about the cornucopia, I seriously doubt we would even have one today. AND God blessed us - we got it 30% off!! Can't beat that.

Here is what my Christmas present can do!! I am soooooooo very excited!! This is a polyester fabric with glitter in it, too. Mr. Handsome bought me a new die cutting machine that far exceeds the cricut. I can use my make-the-cut program with it too! It is called a craftwell e-craft machine. And it's pink. That is very important if you know me even just a little!

Here is a letter close up. Doesn't it cut great?!! 

And here is my mother-in-law's Christmas present. I cut all the poinsettias out with the e-craft, too. I will take a photo of a finished one once I get myself back to normal, if that is possible since my friends DO call me Lucy for a reason! OH, and my mil's present is a set of napkins, one of which was "accidentally" cut (about 3") by our Maddie. I was not a happy camper! Lucy is definitely my name!! :) 

Here are Beatrice and Kristinie the Great playing the wii. They are riding a tandem bike. It is hilarious to watch them play it together! They are so cute. Beatrice came in the kitchen a few weeks ago and said, "Mommy I can spell!" And I said, "That's great" and she said, "Listen! M-I-S-S-I-S-S-I-P-P-I!" I said, "Wow!! That is great, what does it spell?" She yelled, "PENSACOLA!!" And I said, "um, no [while trying not to laugh too hard], not Pensacola." She tried again: "Minnesota?" It was so funny!! I am glad our children have great senses of humor because I could not stop laughing about it! 
Here we are at the new park right near us. It is a beautiful park! We went with Mr. Handsome one day and walked all the way around the lake - 1.4 miles. That may seem like a small distance for most people, but for us with all the children walking, it was a great feat!

We went and saw my brother participate in a Veteran's Day program in Hampstead. He shot a rifle a few times. It was very nice.

Kristinie the Great sliding down the slide at the park.

Here are the banners a friend of mine and I made. Remember I asked my brother to put the letters on? Well, I am in the process of making NEW Thanksgiving banners. The only thing I will say is that I learned a hard lesson at the expense of my whole church. But I will say, Lesson learned loud and clear!

Here is part of a Christmas present for the children. I am going to put NCState on shirts for each of them. I cut the design with my e-craft. It's a pretty amazing machine!

I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving. I am so thankful for my family. God has blessed me beyond measure and there is so much I can thank Him for!!! 

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