Tuesday, December 30

taking advice

from alieda...

one of the last things i remember her talking about was stepping out of our comfort zone and being in the pictures and not just taking them. i made a point to take a pic with all my girls. so here are some pics from christmas...

my prayers and thoughts are with alieda's precious family. may God bless them!

i hope they know that there are many of us out here thinking of them this holiday


here are a few more from christmas...

kimber all ready to go to aunt suzie's house christmas day

don't know why...just love this one of miranda...

it was laura gale's turn to play santa and pass out gifts this year...

now i just have to scrap them!

have a wonderful and safe new year!

Tuesday, December 23

a bunch of pics (and a wii fit!)

today was a busy day!

ken decided to take laura gale out to the deer lease late last night so it was just miranda and kimber today. and the shocker...they didn't fight all day. last night miranda "let" kimber watch a movie in her room and they ended up having a sleepover. today while i was in between dusting the ceiling fans and doing laundry i looked over and they were playing uno together! oh wait it gets better...miranda painted kimber's finger nails. miranda made a cake for santa and let kimber help. even gave her a spoon to lick. they decorated ornaments together too. miranda made them both lunch without me even asking her to. i'm in bit of shock to tell ya the truth.

here is little miss kimber and her neon pink finger nails

here is miranda's (and kimber's) cake for santa

i forgot the cookie stuff at walmart the other day and i was not going out just for that so miranda came up with the idea for a cake. yes, there is a corner missing. i couldn't resist! i love plain cake without icing! the girls asked me who ate it and i told them it must be that same little ghost that leaves all the lights on in the house and leaves all his dirty socks everywhere for the dog to eat.

ken and laura gale got home around 5:00. this was the first time she spent the night out there. the last time they went, they ended up having to come home all most as soon as they got there. she was just yapping away about how cold it was and how they got up at 4:30. ken took some great pics but they were on a disposable camera. she showed me the pics of her gutting {{{yuck}}} the deer. and the big hog dad had to kill cause it was eating all the deer corn. and how dad shot the deer but it jumped back up and ran off so she had to "track" it down. she just loved not having to take a bath and going "potty" outside. ken taught her how to shoot a 22(?) rifle. here is her target practice thingamajig

she was so proud. 11 out 15 isn't bad for her first time. i think she is all the "boy" i can handle! i was so worried about her out there in the cold and when ken said he was going to teach her to shoot...lordy i just about fainted! let's just say lg is a little (very) clumsy. she trips over her own feet!

anywho, after dinner we made our gingerbread house...

and a few...um...other creations...

miranda's creation:

lg's creation:

kimber's creation:

so ken is out doing last minute shopping. every year he says "here is what we have to spend on each of them for christmas and not a penny more!" i just smile and say "ok honey."and every year, last year it was christmas eve, he goes out and spends more because he doesn't want one to feel bad cause someone got more than the other. god love him!

i finally got in the christmas spirit today. i guess baking, wrapping gifts and a gingerbread house will do it. now i'm just waiting for ken to walk through the door with the last minute gifts.



holy crap! my husband just walked in with a wii fit! i've been stalking four stores everyday, three times a day waiting for their "shipment" to come in.

he was at best buy in the ds game isle looking for a game and one of the employees came up next to him and said "don't know how we missed this one" and puts it right down next to him on the self. someone must have put it back in the wrong place cause he came from the front of the store. anywho, the lady helping my husband looked at him (in shock) and he looked at her (in shock. he just made her go to the back to check for one) my husband didn't say a word, didn't finish looking for the game just picked it up all quite like so one else in the store would see and try to grab it from him and walked to the front to check out.

the same thing happen last year on christmas eve at target when he was trying to find a wii. they "missed" one in the back.

damn he's good! maybe i should send him out every year by himself to do all the shopping!

Saturday, December 13

i made this today for miranda's friend. we are giving her a gift card for her birthday and i wanted to make something cute. (those are miranda's fingers holding it for me. only a teenager could get away with black and hot pink polish on the tips)

thanks for the idea deanne!!!

Thursday, December 11

oh happy days

i didn't realize how much i missed scrapping until last night. i had to do a challenge for basb. here is what i came up with...

it is a really good challenge. go over and check it out!


dang it! i knew i would mess it up some how! i put one of the lines from the movie on there twice!

duh!!!! oh well

Friday, December 5

gee whiz

keep your pants on karen! here it is...

here we are going to see twilight at 10:00 at night like a couple of teenagers. damn that bella, she got in the way of our edward!

fun times k!

Tuesday, December 2

twilight tuesday!

yep, going to see it again! tonight will be the third time. got karen to go with me this time. had to twist her arm though...NOT! hee hee.

been trying to catch up around here. having the whole house sick at the same time was not fun. some how, being a family of five, we have lucked out. only one or two of us gets sick at a time. this was the first time we all had something. but we are bouncing back. the girls don't have to much to catch up on cause last week they only had two days of school and it was more fun stuff and real work. but the laundry...geeeeee whiz! it never ends around here but it was really bad. i'm down to only about two loads now.

i've also been trying to catch up on the yearbook i'm suppose to be doing for the younger girls school. this will be my 5th or 6th year to do it. and i'm really behind. i usually love it but it seems to get more stressful every year.

well i'm off to give kimber a bath and get everything i need to get done before my date with edward.

Monday, December 1


today my middle daughter turns nine!

well i guess it was technically yesterday cause i slept all day because my hubby so pleasantly gave me his cold. so i am still up at 2am! but she had a great day anyway. we started out at ihop having breakfast just the two of us. then i went back to bed and dad took her for "day with dad" they had a fun time. she made out like a bandit. all the girls seem to like the "day with dad" better than having a party. he is such a push over when it comes to them. me, i would have stuck to the budget but not dad. he loves to spoil them when he can. she loves her ipod! and all her other goodies. she wanted my "famous" chocolate pie instead of a cake. and since i was sick and sleeping most of the day miranda stepped up and made it for her.


and hopefully good night!