I am thinking of trying to vote early as the polls will be packed on Election Day. I am trying to decide if I want to stand in line early or on Tuesday when everyone in the neighborhood will be at the polls as well. As a child, my parents always took us kids with them to vote on Election Day, so it was clear as adults we wouldl grow up and be voters as well. My dad always joked about voting early and often. This year I can do one of those things!
Seth recently mentioned to me that he wanted to be baptized. I told him he was baptized as a baby, as we Methodists are prone to do. He said he knew that, but he wanted to be baptized "under water" or full immersion. I will have to check into that. I am sure there is some Methodist church around with a tank, but I can't think of any. It was an odd sort of out of the blue request. But one I am more than happy to help him with. I wonder what brought this on. I don't rememeber any church or home discussions about this subject.
I got this igloo stamp from Amuse along with the sentiment. I couldn't resist adding the penguins to the set. This was simple, easy and adorable. It makes me wonder why I am knocking myself out to make such complicated cards all the time.
The laundry is back under control, the kids are in school, and I had breakfast today. Life is in order once again. It is a little cool out but I plan to put on my warm coat and brave the chill for a lunch out with my friend Candice.
The Friday Hanna Challenge was to create a Hanna and use snowflakes. I made an obvious choice and used the new Ski Bunny set. I couldn't post it before we left, but it is ready to be shown now. What you really can't see is that I used glitter on the ends of the skis and the bottom of Hanna. This card sparkles in real life!
Scott took his laptop with him on vacation, although this may be the first vacation that the boys were on it more than he was. They were happily together looking up whatever it is that interested them in that moment, but as soon as I got my camera out Seth made a sour face. Why? Because he can, that's why.
As soon as Noah is done for the day/in for the night he strips down to his underwear. He may not want to be on the internet for all to see in his boxers, but that is just how he is.
While we were in Kentucky we went to a place called Kentucky Down Under. It is a place with an Australian theme owned by an Australian lady. It is part zoo, part education. The kids loved it. What Noah dearly loved was the birds that come and eat out of your hands once you enter their aviary. Fortunately, only one of us got pooped on. Unfortunately that was me! I apparently had some in my hair and whoever was working came over right away to clean it up. I glad not be the sqeamish sort.
We also made the mandatory visit to the Louisville Slugger Museum, despite the fact none of us are baseball players or even slightly interested in baseball. The museum was interesting and as parents, we all know how we do what makes the kids happy. This is one of those things they wanted to see. Only God knows why. I made them pose in front of the big bat out front and in the carved glove inside. I am a mom, it's what I do.
First up today is from the Pizza Box challenege at SplitCoast a few weeks ago. Since I learned to make these little boxes with just a few folds, I cannot stop. I really love these and anything tiny that gets given at Christmas will be given in these and tied with a bow.
Today's challenge was to use Twinking H2O's to add shine to your creation, so I added H2O's to the dress.. I am so sorry you can't see all the shimmer through the computer. Just believe me when I tell you how gorgeous it really is. The paper is from Basic Grey and the moose is Ballet Sophie from Hanna Stamps. The proceeds from this stamp go to a foundation to support children with cancer. It's a stinkin' cute stamp and supports a great cause. What could be better?
For the Hanna Stamps weekly challenge I made an ATC card. I used the Ski Bunny set and "hung" the mittens on a brad next to the hot cocoa. The paper is from Prism and the felt snowflakes are from Hero Arts.
I have been home cleaning and nesting and making lots of Homemade Granola. I'll post a picture of that in a day or two along with the recipe. I hope you all had a great weekend, too. I'd love to know what everyone else is up to as well.
This card was made with a lot of different Hanna Stamps sets that I stamped and cut out and made into the little collage scene you see here. I used more sets than I can keep track of, the bird is from the Cats set, the pumpkins are from a Thanksgiving set, the jack o' lantern is from a Fall set. The apples are from a tecaher set. The leaves are from yet another Fall set.You get the idea, it was a lot of thought.
Do you remember these machines from childhood? Scott and I were surprised to see they are still in various places in Chicago. They had them at the zoo and at the museum. Sadly, though, none at Wicked. Can you imagine? Instead of $1.50 they would have $5.00, and nothing at Wicked is that cheap! Seth got a train molded from black plastic from the machine.
We ate at the overpriced Rainforest Cafe, and the kids posed with the tree frog, Cha Cha. They still seem to love these mascot like walking stuffed animals. I do find them less creepy than clowns.
You remember that we went to Chicago last weekend? I made the boys pose in the giant kangaroo belly. Someday they will hate me. Actually we drove straight to Chicago with no stops at all. When we pulled off the interstate to eat Seth said from the back of the van "Throw my shoes to me, will you?" What? Yes, In the midst of Scott and I packing up the van for the trip, Seth had climbed in without shoes and had none to wear. I made him put on my tennis shoes and go into the restaurant, flopping like clown shoes the whole way. Thankfully we found a Payless shoe store down the street. He just thought surely we would think to pack his shoes for him! In reality you could never pack that child's shoes, he has so many pairs and changes them with his mood each day.
I made this for Hanna Stamps. It is a button from a company called Buttons Galore. I stamped the ballerina Sophie Moose on it and colored it with copics. It meets two Friday Challenge requirements, it is a button and it has pink on it. One of the challenges was to use buttons in your creation.
As much as I want a big ol box of chocolate, the unfortunate truth is that this one is made of paper and is completely non edible. I used the chocolate from the Hanna set Sweet Celebrations and paper pieced it to be placed in the bear's lap. The bear is a new Hanna set called Vintage Toys. The quote is from Michaels. The paper is from a pack of DCWV.
You know how it starts, with a runny nose. Then the head aches started. I thought it must be sinuses. Now my ear hurts. Really hurts. It is possibly from all the drainage in my head. I called the doc and he'll see me at noon, and until then I am sitting here quietly, trying hard not to poke my eardrum out and release the built up pain that is in my head. It's harder than you would think, given the amouynt of pain I am in.
I have to be better for the Hanna release party tonight at SCS at 9PM. Maybe the doc will write me a note so I can have an excucsed absence. I am not eligible to win any of the prizes that will be given away, so it is more important that you be there than me. I have a feeling the Desogn Team will carry on in my absence if the need arises.