Rough start to the new year

On February 25, 2011, in It's a All About me, by elisabet

Man has it been a long time!

The holidays were great and very calm. It helped that Reilly was totally sick and barely moved off the couch, it made for a very peaceful Christmas day. Like many aunts and uncles we spoiled the twins and Maggie. I also hand made scarves and napkins for the rest of the family. Overall it was a great holiday.

Now time for the not so great news. Courtney’s Granny Fern passed away very suddenly in January. She had been here for a visit with the family and all was great. I actually thought she looked better than ever. The moment she got back to Taos she became very ill. Courtney’s aunt had been taking care of her and when she went to check on her, she had stopped breathing. She was rushed to the hospital, the docs found fluid in her lungs. They were able to get that under control but Granny never woke up.

We’re all pretty shaken up. I knew that she was going to need to leave us soon, I just wasn’t ready for it to be right then. I honestly felt that she would always be around. Granny was 92 years young and she lived a VERY full life. I am so grateful to have been a part of her life, she was more my Granny than my Nana. She saw the good in people and in life. I will miss her so much.

I just wanted to get that out. I’ll write more this evening.

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On December 24, 2010, in It's a All About me, by elisabet

My first memory of Christmas was when I was four. I remember being so upset on Christmas eve with my Nana. She had brought over this jar that looked like Santa filled with peppermint candies and I was not allowed to open it. For like an hour it jar was on the coffee table, taunting me, calling me to open it. Finally I couldn’t take it, the tantrum started. No matter how many tears came streaming down, my Nana didn’t give in and let me open it. After dinner I could open it and I remember being so excited, so happy in that simple moment.

As I got older Christmas became less exciting. The hassle of shopping, fighting for a parking space at the mall, and not having money to spend, it just wears you down. I’m very much the type of person that prefers to give presents than to receive them. Seeing the people that I love happy, that’s my present, that’s all I need. This year we bought the kids presents and every one else is getting a handmade gift. Either I made it or I found someone locally to make it. I think my family is going to really enjoy the presents. Buying locally helps keep the money in my community and I like knowing that something I bought locally helps someone else to have a merry Christmas.

There was a great article in the AZ Republic about buying locally, 42% of what we spend at local businesses stays in the community compared to only 13% from a chain retailer. This is a huge passion for me. There is a movement happening, Shift Arizona, move 10% of your spending to local businesses and keep your money in your community. Its actually easy to do. I started small, only eating at local restaurants, then that moved on to other things. I discovered that my I could use my medical insurance to buy prescriptions at a local pharmacy, no more CVS! I may drive a few more miles and I give up 24/7 service but when I walk into that pharmacy, they know me by name and they take a extra few minutes to ask me how my day is going. And if I time things right I can pick up the doggies food next door at another local retailer. If I can’t make it to the pet store I can have the food delivered for FREE from another local business. I remember growing up and going to the butcher to get all of meats and getting veggies and fruit from the roadside stand. Trips to Winn-Dixie were minimal back then. Granted we don’t have roadside fruit stands but we have several amazing farmer’s markets. I still have times where I need to make a target or costco run but I would say that 70% of my spending is at local retailers. As we move into 2011 take a moment to think about where you spend your hard earned money and look for opportunities to buy those items at a local retailer. The impact of those small changes are huge!

I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday! Merry Christmas!

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Winding down

On December 8, 2010, in It's a All About me, She's Crafty, by elisabet

One holiday down, two more to go. Thanksgiving was great. It was simple and stress free which made it all the more enjoyable. Checkout the turkey:

Reilly, Christopher & Courtney

I was also busy making these quilted advent calendars for the kids:

Reilly was asleep when we dropped them off but he woke up at 5am the next morning totally excited and tried to wake up Jack who was fast asleep.

School is almost over, finals on Monday. And thankfully we can use notes! I can do it if I have notes. I really struggled with the last few weeks of this algebra class but I think it more of how the instructor presented the material. I’m used to having a syllabus and everything outlined ahead of time, this instructor didn’t do that. Then he decided not to follow the chapters in our book. I was pretty much flying blind at this point. I can’t wait for it to be over.

I have many more crafty things to get done before Christmas. I’ll post pics the day after.

Enjoy the holiday season!

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On November 17, 2010, in It's a All About me, She's Crafty, by elisabet

Does posting that picture make everyone forget that I have been MIA lately?

What can I say, life has been getting in the way. There is a project going on at work that has been working me to the bone! And its a project with DRAMA, which makes me not want to be on the project anymore. By the time I get home I am spent.

I have been crafty which feels really good. Check it out:

I finished my very first quilt! I’d take a close up pic but then you could see all my little mistakes. This was a really good pattern for me to get my feet wet. I learned how my sewing machine works and it totally helps to use the right foot for the job. I started out with the wrong foot and couldn’t figure out why my measurements weren’t coming together. I didn’t notice the foot until the end. Oh well! The Whimsy quilt is still in production, I just haven’t had time to work on it. I have two holiday projects that need to be done ASAP. I’ve been wanting to make advent calendars for the kids for a while now. I came across this project a few weeks ago and it’s taken me a while to collect all the fabrics, from Freshly Pieced. Cute right? This is where I’m at:

I’ve got 48 pockets done, 24 more to go. I used the Riley Blake Colorful Christmas charms for two of calendars and Sheri Berry 12 Joys of Christmas charms. I think the kids are going to love them. I’m going to stop by Smeeks to get candy for all the pockets.

The next Christmas project is something for my sister-in-laws. I’m not sure if either of them read this blog so I’ll have to come up with a creative way to share. More to come!

What holiday projects is everyone working on?

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Christmas is about one thing….ham!

On December 18, 2008, in I am a Pop Culture Geek, by elisabet

This video still makes me crack up.  I love it!

Happy Holidays!

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