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Win a Hamilton Beach Stand Mixer!!!!!!


A Cowboy’s Wife is having a contest on her food blog! You can win a Hamilton Beach® Stand Mixer and she’ll ship anywhere so everyone is eligible!

The Prize:

Hamilton Beach 4.5-qt. Eclectrics Stand Mixer, Pineapple Yellow

The winner will receive a brand new
Hamilton Beach 4.5-qt. Eclectrics Stand Mixer, Pineapple Yellow
!!

About the mixer:

From Hamilton Beach’s “Eclectrics” line, this all-metal stand mixer comes with a host of accessories – a Flat Beater for cakes and cookies, a Dough Hook for bread and a Wire Whisk for whipped cream or pudding. The 4.5-qt. stainless steel bowl comes with a Pouring Shield that helps prevent splattering while in operation. The pouring shield has a built-in chute for adding ingredients. Powered by 400 watts, the stand mixer has a two-way mixing action to ensure all ingredients are incorporated into the mix. The quick-release, tilt-up head assists when removing the bowl. 9 x 14 x 14-in. When you’re ready for a kitchen re-do, don’t call in the carpenters! Instead, “counterscape” your kitchen with Hamilton Beach’s retro-designed, affordably priced electrics in happy, sun-saturated colors. Their “Eclectrics” line includes updates to those classic appliances from the 1950s. All of their “Eclectrics” are available in six colors: Apple Green, Moroccan Red, Pineapple Yellow, Intrigue Blue, Sugar White and Licorice Black.

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Apron giveaway at Lovin' Our Large Family


Head on over to  Lovin’ Our Large Family  to enter a giveaway for an apron.  Hurry, before Feb 4th

God bless.

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Two more trifold cards


Okay, I have been busy again tonight, between getting dinner done, doing laundry, going grocery shopping, putting the children to bed I have made two more cards.  Hannah really liked them.  I minused out the ribbon this time and thought it looked really nice.  The first one is a frog and says "I’m hoppy for you" and the second is a ladybug that says "You can bug me anytime"  They are SU! but were a hostess gift so I don’t have the whole set.  Again pictures are still a little blurry, but you can see the majority of it.

 

God bless.

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Tri-Fold card


I saw this tri-fold card at Melanie’s Madness and kept thinking about making and well I decided to try it last night.  Here is a Tri-fold card tutorial .  After a few hit and misses, and realizing I was measuring at 3 inches instead of 3 1/2 inches I got it down.  I like how it turned.  I think I may even try making them a bit bigger.  So here are the pictures.  They were made using the Hearts and Posies set from Stampin UP! , cardstock from JoAnne, printed paper from Targer, black ink from Hobby Lobby and unknown ribbon.  The front says Forever Friends.

 

 

More to come later 🙂

 

God bless.

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Sunday Scrapping #11


Updated: I re-shot the cards, although they aren’t as clear as I’d like they are a tad better than before.  The only one I couldn’t re-shoot was the one made by my daughter because it is being enjoyed by her friend 🙂

Here is my Sunday Scrapping for January 27th, go on over to Amy’s Sunday Scrapping Meme to see how to join in or just to visit other participants blogs.

**Just post your TA-DA’s for the week, your TO-DO’s for this coming week (plans/goals), and share pictures if you have any.  My TO-DO’s for this week are to work on making some thank you cards for Hannah’s upcoming birthday.  I never got around to sending out thank you cards for Christmas so I want to make sure I do it for the bdays-this is a dying art in that many no longer write thank you notes for bday gifts and it is sad, definitely a feminine art that is also slowly coming to an end.  I will be using my Event Full set from SU!  My TA-DA’s are I got three cards made last night, also using the Event Full set.  Hannah also made a cute card for her friend’s birthday today and she did a great job.  She had a little help but it was all her.  I will post pictures later, as I hope they count toward the blog bingo game I am participating in over at Barb’s Card Creations.  She also makes some great creations.
**Answer this week’s "bonus question" in your post: When do you find time for crafts?  This is a funny one.  I have so many WIP’s that I can’t find time to do them all.  Usually at night once the children are all tucked in bed, but like I told DH last night I need a silent setter so that I can set my eyelets and brads without waking Christian up.  Doing it the old fashioned way LOL is very loud.  There are times I try to do them during the day but it results in me getting frustrated because I have three helpers.  Patience Lord, patience please.
God bless and remember pictures will be coming soon.
Here are the promised pictures:
Sorry the images aren’t  clear my camera is really on the fritz-this is a Happy Birthday card with cardstock from JoAnnes, unknown ribbon, UHU glue (I will be posting a review on that soon), fabric flower from Crafts 2000, and the Event Full Hostess set stamp.  Oh ink is from Hobby Lobby.
The supplies are the same for the rest of these cards so I won’t list them all here, except there is no flower on these 🙂  The one below says "Sweet Pea"  and the other says "You Amaze Me".
Here is my daughter’s Hannah card, she used the cake stamp out of Event Full, the only thing different is she used a Elmer’s glue stick for her card, it says you take the cake
Again sorry for the images.  I will try to retake them later and repost if they turn out better.  or I may just scan them, we’ll see.
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Cinderella by Steven Curtis Chapman


I just heard this song on the radio and it brough tears to my eyes.  If I hadn’t been finishing up bath time I would have been in complete tears by listening to this song.  This time it’s not a song about Jesus but the relationship between a dad and his daughter.  I am my dad’s only daughter, well I do have a sister-she is considered a step-sister by the world-and I have always relished that fact.  I loved being a princess and spoiled.  Yes, we had our moments but my dad was my first love, in the fact that he was for a long the only man in my life.  This song talks about  the special relationships that some daughters have with their dads.  I have often thought of friends that I have that didn’t get to share or experience this special relationship and my heart aches for them, so much.  I don’t know if it’s me looking toward my 30th birthday, the fact that my brother just had his birthday yesterday, that my dad will turing 51 next month or me having my own children but this song just summed it all up.  Like "Butterfly Kisses" did when I left for the U.S. Navy and my dad and I said good-bye at the airport.  I think back to all the trouble I caused my mom and dad and know there were times I broke my dad’s heart, but like a dad he forgave me.  I can still remember his reaction when he saw the dress my mom and I picked out for my first formal dance in the 8th grade and then again for my freshman homecoming.  He told me of the times he would hold me as a baby and sing me "You are so beautiful".  I remember our ‘dates’ to Shiffys Sweet Shop and get some ice cream.  There are many bittersweet memories and also some extremely sad memories, and many I would love to take back if I could, but alas it doesn’t work like that, we have to pick up the pieces and move on.  So while even though I am married to a great guy, I still like the times when I talk to my dad during the week.  Things are definitely not the same as they were, all things change, grow up and mature, our relationship is like that.  My dad respects our decisions and he sees me as the adult I am and for that I love him, I love him for letting me go.  So I just wanted to post a little about this because it is close to my heart.  If you haven’t and the lines of communication are open call your dad and tell him you love him.  I have posted the lyrics below along with the website I got them at and there is also a video of Steven singing the song.

 

She spins and she sways to whatever song plays
Without a care in the world
And I’m sitting wearing the weight of the world on my shoulders
It’s been a long day and there’s still work to do
She’s pulling at me saying "Dad I need you!
There’s a ball at the castle and I’ve been invited and I need to practice my dancin’
Oh please, Daddy, please!"

Chorus:
So I will dance with Cinderella
While she is here in my arms
‘Cause I know something the prince never knew
Oh I will dance with Cinderella
I don’t want to miss even one song
‘Cause all too soon the clock will strike midnight
And she’ll be gone

Verse 2:
She says he’s a nice guy and I’d be impressed
She wants to know if I approve of the dress
She says, "Dad the prom is just one week away
And I need to practice my dancin’
Oh please, Daddy, please!"

Chorus:
So I will dance with Cinderella
While she is here in my arms
‘Cause I know something the prince never knew
Oh I will dance with Cinderella
I don’t want to miss even one song
‘Cause all too soon the clock will strike midnight
And she’ll be gone

Verse 3:
But she came home today with a ring on her hand
Just glowin’ and tellin’ us all they had planned
She says, "Dad the wedding’s still six months away but I need to practice my dancin’
Oh please, Daddy, please!"

Chorus:
So I will dance with Cinderella
While she is here in my arms
‘Cause I know something the prince never knew
Oh I will dance with Cinderella
I don’t want to miss even one song
‘Cause all too soon the clock will strike midnight
And she’ll be gone

She’ll be gone.

Steven Curtis Chapman sings Cinderella

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Updates, sorry no real posts


Hello.  I am sorry to not have made any real posts lately, except for the meme’s.  I haven’t been able to be on much with getting caught up with school and then of course medical stuff.  For those who visit, I must admit that I had a colonoscopy done on Friday the 18th.  It wasn’t as bad as I thought, the prep and liquid diet the day before was actually the worse of it.  I was starving.  I am glad that a friend of mine was able to take me and bring me home so Don could stay home with the children.  The sedation was stuff I was used to from when I am pregnant and have to go to the ER for migraine treatments.  I truthfully don’t remember much of any of it.  The nurse kept trying to get me to pass gas in public, Uh, no WAY!!!!  That is fine for others but not me, no way.  I have pictures that my GI dr kindly provided to me which I won’t share here.  LOL.  Anyway I am really no closer to knowing what is going on with me than I was before I had this or my flex sig last year.  So the dr wants me on children’s strength Imodium, which she says is okay should I become pregnant and wants me to go off dairy to see if maybe that is causing my problem.  I admit it that one is way harder as I am a milk lover-I love milk.  My parents tried to get me off milk as a child and it was a terrible experience.  So while I may cut back I won’t be going off it anytime soon.

Christian seems to be doing better.  His fever seems to be gone, which I am grateful for and he is sleeping better at night, which I am TOTALLY gratfeful for LOL.  I think it may have been a delayed reaction to those yucky vax, oh well, we may never know. 

Hannah is almost to the end of Part one of Section One of Alphabet Island!!!!  YIPPEE, that means within the next couple of weeks she should begin doing some sight words and putting words together using the letter sounds.  Math is going great although some numbers like 12, 14, 16, and 18 she turns them backwords so while she knows the answer they come out on paper backwords.  Nothing a little patience and hard work won’t change.

Bethanne is as ornery as ever.  She is so loving but needs a lot of loving guidance for some things.  Depending on her emotional growth over the spring and summer will determine wether or not I start her on some level of preK work and such.  She knows her alphabet and can count to almost 20 and higher if Hannah or someone else is counting with her.  So I think she will excell at school work, altough her lessons will have to be more hands on for her to really gain a lot from it.

We are still praying for another blessing.  While I can’t help thinking this is God’s way of telling me to loose weight I still would like another little one to hold in my arms and nurse.  Not to mention I guess I am kind of vain when I  want to keep with our pattern of 2002, 2004, 2006 and I would like a 2008 baby.  I know you can read a pattern into about anything, but it would be neat to have a Christmas and a 2008 baby.

Well enough from me now, I have a lot of stuff to do today.  Oh yeah check back late today I hope to have something extra special on my blog.

God bless.

Oh yeah, it’s really really cold here-so cold we don’t want to take the kids out for church today, it is 7 degrees out and that is without the windchill.  I was bitter out yesterday when I went to Target and that was with my coat, hat and gloves on!!!! 

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Sunday Scrappin #10


Well today is another day for Sunday Scrappin’.  I honestly haven’t been doing many crafty things, but now that Hannah has her mini Target mailbox I told her I would help her while I do one of mine to show her before Don goes back to work on Tuesday.  Yes, he actually gets Martin Luther King’s bday off!  It is a welcome break for him-okay anyway back to the meme.  Head on over to Amy’s Sunday Scrappin’ meme to join in.

**Just post a Sunday Scrappin’ post on your own blog. Include your TA-DA’s for the week, your TO-DO’s for this coming week (plans/goals), and share pictures if you have any.  I have no ta-das for this week.  My to-dos after the things I actually need to do like laundry and school LOL are to make some cards for the blog bingo I am in, get my RAK giveaway up and running, make some mailboxes and clean up my craft cabinet and get rid of non-essentials.
**Answer this week’s "bonus question" in your post: Which of your recent projects were you the most proud of? (Any photos?)  I am really like the clipboards I did for Christmas and then this one and only layout for now in Christian’s album,  Here is Christian’s first layout  this was my first time doing something that included computer printing, rubber stamping, double matting the layout, as well as an interactive journaling block behind the picture of myself.  I got the idea for the page from an old SU! catalog but revised it for my own tastes and needs.

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Friday Feast 176


Okay here is my feast for this Friday.

Appetizer
What is your favorite beverage?  Things I can’t really have now; Tim Horton’s Ice Capp and Coca-Cola

Soup
Name 3 things that are on your computer desk at home or work.  My desk is at home and right now there is an empty pop can from DH, earplugs for my girls and some stamps from Jessica Lynn Originals.

Salad
On a scale of 1-10 (with 10 being highest), how honest do you think you are?  I think I am a 9, there are times I am not completely honest because of certain issues, not going to divulge them here.

Main Course
If you could change the name of one city in the world, what would you rename it and why?  I have no idea, never really thought on it.

Dessert
What stresses you out? What calms you down?  Stresses are people who have no common curteousy and calms me down snuggling with my children, reading a book.

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Sunday Scrappin #9


**Just post your TA-DA’s for the week, your TO-DO’s for this coming week (plans/goals), and share pictures if you have any.   I bought about five of those cute mini mailboxes at Target yesterday so my goal is to get at least a couple done.  I also want to post a blog candy giveaway here so I hope to get some crafty stuff made up for that so I can get that goin.

**Answer this week’s "bonus question" in your post: If you could only do one kind of paper crafts for the rest of your life, which craft would you pick?  If I could do only one paper craft the rest of my life…..wow…….that’s hard…….I guess I would have to pick cards because they are so versatile and I know everyone loves to recieve and handmade card and it would free me from being so behind on my children’s scrapbooks.
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