Thursday, December 30, 2010
Sunday, December 26, 2010
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Troy and Marcus modeling the girls' pompoms. What funny guys!
My blonde bear from Deb and Troy. Cute and soft. and big!
And my VERY cute sock monkey made by my sister Deb. Isn't he so cute? He is quite stylish I think.
Goodness- I didn't nab any photos of the whole family getting together today. A ton of us. about 30 of us. It was a fun Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Good food, good visiting, and lots of unwrapping and mostly good visiting. I am SO grateful for my family. I love them so much.
Friday, December 24, 2010
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Happy first day of Winter! For those going to work...drive carefully. For those staying home, look out the window and smile. And maybe go build a snowman...
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Friday, December 17, 2010
I had a nice dream this morning about my brother and I got to give him a hug. And it felt so good. I miss him.
|“There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.”|
|― Jane Austen|
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Fun treats! This has been fun this Christmas season to wonder what each day will bring for our advent calendar... Oh- I have to stop letting you in on the daily surprise as I will be off work starting tomorrow. So, hang on till January 3rd for the rest of the surprises.
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Here they are singing in our atrium.
And here is December 14th from our advent calendar... it is one of those games that you put your fingers in and open and shut the piece and choose squares. And see what it says. Very clever...
And then on December 15th- today...we got peppermint bark...do you see the clever little tag with the candy cane barking? It is saying "woof". Do you get it? Clever people at work... (sorry for the blurriness of the pictures...
This is an exerpt from Robyn who had me illustrate the book...(I appreciate her kind words of praise.)
My new children’s fiction book, The Adventures of Junk Food Dude, has delightful illustrations by Lori Sume. Lori Sume, my illustrator, you are so creative and artistic, I just love you. You worked so hard.
A child gets far more from the story than a solid grounding in what foods to eat, and what foods to avoid, to be happy, healthy, and active.
These are the other messages taught within the story geared to a young audience:
- Eating raw fruits and vegetables, greens, legumes and whole grains, nuts and seeds is fun, delicious, and nourishing.
- The consequences for choosing good foods and bad foods are far more than sugar spikes and crashes. They include positive or negative mood, healthy or unhealthy weight, how attractive you look, and whether you are able to participate fully in fun activities.
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
December 13th's treat...two peppermint patties.
I got errands done after work last night and started on a YW birthday card and started designing a binder cover insert for all the YW binders. Yes! Though I sadly slacked and did not work out. My one goal that I did not accomplish last night.
Monday, December 13, 2010
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Friday, December 10, 2010
I was contacted back in September from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, a non-profit organization in Massachusetts. Adrian, who is their director of operations at the PJ Library happened to come upon my little owl that I created that I had posted on my blog one day.
This is what I was told about their program...In addition to The PJ Library, which gifts Jewish books and music to participating families in North America, the Harold Grinspoon Foundation supports other secular literacy projects. This year we will be donating thousands of books to two special programs:
1. a reading day in New Orleans through the New Orleans Kids Partnership(about 1,000 children, donating a total of about 4,000 books)
2. we will be gifting a book a month to each pre-school student in our local city of Springfield, Massachusetts, which has a very low reading rate and many families living at the poverty level (about 2,000 children, donating about 18,000 books)
I am writing to you because we are also gifting each of the approximately 3,000 children a drawstring book bag and would love to use your owl artwork- do I have your permission? I would be very happy to send you a bag when they are done.
So, here is the bag...it is a bright orange, kind of parachute fabric bag. And I think my little owl looks quite cute on it. It is fun to see it silkscreened on the bag and that a whole bunch of kids will be carrying it around and hopefully will learn and expand their minds and grow up to be even more amazing people than they already are. And that this organization is working at giving them that chance. Good job, Adrian and your organization! It's good to hear about good people in the world who want to make a difference.
Thursday, December 9, 2010
When in situations of stress we wonder if there is any more in us to give, we can be comforted to know that God, who knows our capacity perfectly, placed us here to succeed. No one was foreordained to fail or to be wicked. When we have been weighed and found wanting, let us remember that we were measured before and we were found equal to our tasks; and therefore, let us continue, but with more determined discipleship. When we feel overwhelmed, let us recall the assurance that God will not over-program us; he will not press upon us more than we can bear.Elder Neal A. Maxwell
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Day 3...a candy cane, a chocolate, and a cute little elephant.
Day 4...peppermint bark.
Day 5...a snowball cookie.
Day 7...chocolate and a snowflake ornament.
I wonder what I will get today for the 8th of December! I will post tomorrow. FYI- I will be gone from work part of the 25 days for vacation...so I may have to post some of the days after the holidays...we will see. Anyway, thanks to Lauren and her team for thinking of this idea. So fun to wonder what we are getting each day.
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Monday, December 6, 2010
Saturday, December 4, 2010
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Here is LaCrissa's. Cute house! She said it was a cabin for girls' camp. Or maybe it could be a snow lodge...
And here is Jenny's. She crumbled up some of the candy to make it sparkly on the snow icing roof.
It was a fun night.
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
And they used images that I helped to create. So that is fun too.