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May you delight in Him today!
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See, I have been doing a wee bit of crafting! These are the "Thank You" cards I made for Christmas gifts I received. I was shamefully late in mailing them, though~so now I should make "I'm Sorry" cards to follow up my tardy "Thank You" cards. LOL
Isn't this stamp darling? It's Lulu's Snowman by Stamping Bella. I love this color combo~SU's Blushing Bride and Baja Breeze.
A week or so ago, Emma had a bad cold. I sent her this cutie to make her feel better.
This stamp reminds me so much of Emma! It's called Snuggle Anya and the sentiment is by Verve. I used PTI's DP, as well as Lavender Moon and Plum Pudding cardstock and ink. The Plum Pudding Saddlestitch Ribbon is also by PTI.
That's it for today. Tomorrow, I'll have some photos and video of Rick and Emma playing in the snow.Speaking of snow, we are supposed to get another 10"-24" between Tuesday and Wednesday. Yikes!
It's Camp Giffy & Papa weekend. Brittany runs the Model UN club at her school, and the team is at a weekend conference at Harvard University. So we get to have Miss Emma for the weekend. I'm not sure who enjoys it more, her or us! Yesterday, she asked if we could stay in our jammies all day and play. She didn't need to ask me twice! Then she requested breakfast for dinner: scrambled eggs, bacon, and oatmeal toast. We also made Valentine cookies, and she got to sleep in our bed with us. I, of course, love it when she sleeps with us. Rick not so much~Emma keeps pushing up against him until he's nearly falling out of bed! Ha ha! Then Papa made a run to Dunkin' Donuts for breakfast, which is something we rarely do. Of course, he bought his little sweetheart a heart shaped donut!
Now Emma wants to play "How to Train Your Dragon" which means that Rick and I have to run around pretending to be wild dragons while Emma tries to train us. Too funny! So off I go to fly around the house breathing fire! LOL
Yesterday was my mom's birthday. I didn't want to post this card until after she saw it. I used my favorite color combo as of late: SU's Blushing Bride and Pear Pizzazz. The sentiment is by Unity and the flowers and pearls are by Prima.
I want this project to be a surprise~but it's hard to find time to work on it when Emma's not here. Thankfully it's a small piece, so I should be able to finish it quickly. Brittany may get another snow day tomorrow, which will give me time to crank on this!
Wishing a very happy birthday to my SIL, Kristin! Her birthday was actually on Saturday, but she hadn't yet received these and I didn't want to spoil the surprise. I love this color combo! It feels very springy, which is nice since it is smack dab in the middle of a cold, snowy winter here in New England.
A few weeks ago, Kristin had to put down her beloved dog, Nutmeg. I know how hard that is to do. I wanted to make a pretty card for her. I had already wrapped up her birthday card so I didn't remember that I had used the same colors for both cards until I loaded the pictures on here! Oh well, grandma brain~what can I say?
I used SU's Pear Pizzazz and Blushing Bride cardstock, ink, and ribbon on both cards. The birthday card image is from Stamping Bella and the sentiment is from AmuseArtStamps. The sentiment on the second card is from Paper Makeup Stamps. The gorgeous rose and pearls are from Prima.
Anyway, I hope Kristin had a delightful day and that she likes pink and green!
Winter is in its full glory here! This morning it is -4, with wind chills between -15 and -30! On January 12th, we had a blizzard with 18" of snow. Last Tuesday, we got another 12", with an additional 12" on Friday. We may be getting 1-2 more feet on Wednesday! Here's the view from my front door.
This is the snow pile alongside my driveway. With these temperatures, I don't think it will be melting anytime soon.
But what can I say~I live in New England, so such is life! The weather certainly doesn't keep us from having fun, such as attending the "Princess Party" at the Disney store on Saturday morning. Emma donned her Aurora (Sleeping Beauty) ensemble from head to toe.
The tiny princesses received personalized tiaras (and the writer in me is going crazy because they wrote the girls' names in all lower case letters!), played games, and decorated drinking glasses with sparkly jewels.
The princesses were also given tons of Princess stickers, which Emma was more than happy to share with Papa. Of course, Emma decided where it should be worn. And, good sport that he is, Papa went along with it!
So that's how we kept warm on a very frigid Saturday morning. Well that, lots of layered clothing, and venti lattes from Starbucks!
P.S. Happy belated birthday to my SIL, Kristin! And happy birthday to Miss Christy! Can't show you their cards until after Kristin and Christy get them. Hopefully that will be today!
I've been messing with new software on my laptop, which is why I am so behind in posting! At any rate, here are some photos from Rick's birthday. I gave him new skis for Christmas, and his birthday gift was a family ski trip to Bretton Wood, NH (Brennan didn't get to go because he was already back in CA). Emma was so excited about the card she picked for Papa~kitties mewing "Happy Birthday," which she loved! I can't even count the number of times I've heard this play!
Emma made Papa a beautiful poster!
We stayed at the Mt. Washington Hotel, which is now owned by Omni. It's very nice and quite picturesque. In the lobby, they had a gingerbread town on display. Somehow my gingerbread houses never look quite like this...
The hotel also houses a small "Build-a-Bear" type store. I treated Emma to a visit, and she decided to make a horse.
Rick and Keaton skiied for awhile while the girls explored the hotel and napped. After dinner, we went on an evening sleigh ride as it snowed!
Ok, Miss Christy~I had never taken photos through branches at night, so I gave it a try. I love how you can see the snowflakes mid-air!
Our horse's name was Glen. Midway through the ride, Emma commented that when she grows up she wants drive a sleigh. So our driver, Luke, let her climb up front and actually drive! She was sooooo excited!
Needless to say, Emma fell in love with Glen. So guess what she named her horse!
After the sleigh ride, we went into a cafe to order birthday desserts for Rick. We ended up getting several things and sharing them. Emma wanted strawberry shortcake~check out the look on her face when it arrived!
Rick and Keaton skiied again the next day while the girls decided to go ice skating. Now when I heard the words "ice skating," I expect actual ice. Silly me! This hotel's idea of "ice skating" was a slick, plastic surface installed over the rooftop pool. Seriously! Well, I wasn't about to put my very expensive skate blades on a plastic surface. Besides, the surface was tiny~I wouldn't have been able to "skate" anyway. But none of this bothered Emma at all~she thought it was beyond cool to skate up on a roof!
She practiced some of her "tricks."
And I taught her how to "Ta da!" Yup...Olympic bound! Just sayin'...
Since the skating didn't work out too well, Brittany decided to take Emma snow tubing. Emma loved this!
Then the girls enjoyed a scrumptious afternoon tea!
Emma's favorite thing was the hedgehog chocolate cake.