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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Christmas is Coming!

I know, Thanksgiving hasn't even come yet, but I just finished making Christmas tags for a swap I'm doing on a message board, and seeing them finished gave me not only a sense of acomplishment, but excitement too for Christmas!

This year is extra special to me because not only is it Ruthie's first Christmas, it's also the first Christmas we'll have a real Christmas tree!  Last year we just had a small tree thing that was made out of cardboard and tensil -it was loaned to us by Jeff's Grandma- and I'm so grateful that I was finally able to purchase a real tree this year.  And I almost didn't get it because it was shipped to the wrong place -the Overstock.com warehouse in West Valley out of all places- and was rather upset because the UPS folks said they sent someone out to get it, but it was missing.. lo and behold it showed up about 5 days later!  So I'm now the excited owner of a 7.5 foot tall, prelit Christmas tree!

Then I came to a delemia.. how to decorate it?  I'm not a fan of the 'traditional' red and green for Christmas.. well not for a tree anyways- and I thought about it for a while, and then we went to Roberts one evening and I was able to decide on a color motif; pale pink and gold!  I'm not a huge fan of yellow gold at ALL when it comes to jewelry, but I love it for Christmas!  Anyway, since Robert's prints out a weekly coupon, I've decided instead of getting all the ornaments at once, I'm going to use a coupon once or twice a week until I get enough boxes!  Yay for 40% and 50% off coupons.  Anyway, here are the boxes I've bought so far; I plan on getting two more boxes of each box to have 96 ornaments total.

 (Ignore the mess on my crafting table please) 
I'm thinking to get two dozen icicles as well, but I haven't seen them yet, and I may not depending on what is available.  Jeff and I also decided we're going to get a star and not an angel, because we want to avoid Zoe screaming at us to let her play with the 'doll' on top of the Christmas tree.
The biggest debate now for me is do I make a skirt or do I just buy one?  I could make one no problem, and it'll give me greater flexibility in terms of fabrics and design, but on the other hand, Sewing for me lately has become a huge hassle, and that's something I'm wanting to avoid.  But I need to find a skirt that matches my ornaments, and one that's within a reasonable price range, but that may not be possible.
Well, there's slightly just two months before Christmas and at least 4 weeks until I put my tree up -I'm going to put it up sometime after Zoe's birthday and the first week of December- so I have time.  I can't believe how fast this year has blown by!
And can I just say, I'm EXCITED for tomorrow?  I just hope the forecast for rain is incorrect, and we'll just be passed over!

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Trunk or Treat!

It went really well!  Zoe didn't get a ton of candy but that's okay, Halloween is next week and she'll get WAY more.. and according to my friend, in her neighborhood they give out BIG candy bars, so it's all good..  anyway here are some pictures.. more of Ruthie but Zoe's not inclinded to be photographed these days.

 This picture is classic.. it says "WHY AM I WEARING THIS RIDICULOUS OUTFIT??"   You can tell she's kind of peeved.  It might be the stroller more than anything else though.

 I love this picture of Ruthie!  She's kind of leaning back a bit and looking over her shoulder, which is so adorable!

 And here's Zoe in her costume giving a crazy face!
In case you can't tell they are both little skunks.  Anyway, that's all.. I will post more pictures after Halloween gets here!

Friday, October 24, 2008

Eight Times Five Tag & Extra

I got tagged by Linda, and I'm finally getting around to answering the questions!

Eight TV Shows that I LOVE to watch:
*I should add I do not watch TV anymore but the shows I'd like to watch are:
  1. Cold Case Files
  2. Days of Our Lives
  3. Mythbusters
  4. What Not to Wear
  5. Trading Places
  6. Diagnosis X
  7. Extreme Home Makeover (my guilty favorite)
  8. Mystery Diagnosis

Eight things I did yesterday: (not in any specific order)
  1.  Got up out of bed.
  2. Played World of Warcraft.
  3. Sat on the phone for 25 minutes with Toys R Us customer service.
  4. Went to Robert's Arts & Crafts.
  5. Cooked dinner.
  6. Played with Zoe.
  7. Breastfed Ruthie.
  8. Went to bed.

Eight Favorite Places to eat:
  1. Souper Salad
  2. Wendy's
  3. Lonestar Steakhouse
  4. Blimpie's
  5. Subway's
  6. Carl Jr's
  7. Crown Burger
  8. Tres Hombres

Eight Things I'm looking Forward to:
  1. Putting up our first real family Christmas tree!
  2. Finish buying ornaments for said Christmas tree!
  3. Zoe's third birthday.
  4. Ruthie's First Christmas.
  5. Getting my new Cricut Machine.
  6. Seeing the girls in their matching Halloween costumes.
  7. Wrath of the Lich King Expansion release next month!
  8. Getting my Christmas shopping and Zoe's birthday shopping done early!

Eight Things on my wishlist:
  1. My new cricut to get here safe and sound.
  2. Saving up enough money to buy a house.
  3. My dad coming out for Thanksgiving or Christmas.
  4. My mom & brother coming out for Christmas.
  5. My sister moving out here next year.
  6. Getting a good deal on a new TV since ours is going out.
  7. Paying our car off early next year.
  8. Being able to take a trip to Virginia in 2010!

And I got a request from my dear cousin Liz to post more pictures of the girls and of us.. and I will since tonight is the Trunk or Treat at Jeff's parents' ward!  I'm excited to get pictures of the girls in their matching costumes... speaking of which, I need to get ready for that!

And I only have  Valerie to tag.. so Valerie, you're it! to do the tag that is.. hehe.