Rebecca was at Nanny and Poppy's the other day, and she spent some time outside with Nanny getting leaves. She then created leaf collages on a few sheets of paper. There was one leaf that was too big to put on a piece of paper ... this is one huge leaf, don't you think.
Rebecca loves all types of flowers - the brighter, the more she likes them. She just gets nervous if bees are near. You won't find her near any flower if a bee is buzzing around.
Nanny gave Becca a few flower seed packets in the spring, and Rebecca and Rob planted the seeds together in our front flowerbeds. I didn't think they would come up, but they certainly bloomed and they are so pretty.
Rebecca is so thrilled that she has her own flower garden.
Last week, we headed back home to NJ for a few days. The drive was uneventful (thank goodness); we drove through a downpour for about 20 minutes about halfway through our trip, but other than that, it was a peaceful seven-hour drive.
I could not wait to see my parents ... the kids were excited too. We arrived around 3pm; Rob headed off to see a friend and I went to the food store with mom and Becca. While at the store, I ran into a few people I knew, which was a nice surprise.
We did a lot of shopping with mom and the kids when in NJ. We had a barbeque on Friday and even lit off some fireworks for the kids to enjoy. We couldn't believe how cool the temperature was outside. We all needed a jacket (and pants if we had them) to stand outside to watch the fireworks display.
We had Jersey PIZZA for dinner one night. We were ALL looking forward to thin-crust pizza. You really can't find anything but pan pizza in Ohio.
I was able to spend a few hours visiting an old neighbor while enjoying an ice-cream sundae one evening. On the drive back to mom and dad's that night, I couldn't believe how many deer were crossing the roads I was driving on. That is another thing I rarely see in Ohio ... wildlife.
On Saturday evening, we met up with my best friend and her family for dinner. It was so nice to catch up for those few hours and enjoy their company.
Since we were hit hard from the effects of "Sandy," trick or treating was put on hold for a few days. All of the towns surrounding us decided on the date and time of trick or treating. My town and my parent's town had designated Monday from 3-5pm as the time to trick or treat.
There are so many people still without power (including us), but I decided to take the kids out, because we are all going stir crazy at home not having full power and looking at the same walls.
The kids got on their costumes and we headed out.
Nicholas was an artist (he carried a paint pallette and paintbrush too) and Rebecca was a kitten. Rebecca was so overly excited to head out.
The devastation that we saw on the roads - trees down, wires down, damage to so many homes was so very hard to see. We didn't visit a lot of homes because it was getting chilly and the places I took the kids to had homes with no power, so a lot of people were just leaving baskets of candy on their front porches.
We did stop at our dear friend's, the Morris', and enjoyed a few hours together. The kids loved playing the piano ... a thing Nicholas always does when we visit. Rebecca had fun walking around their home and seeing all of the neat trinkets in every room.
After our visit with them, we visited mom and dad (who are still without power also). Mom and dad were sitting at the table playing cards when we got there ... a fun way to kill the time since their TV has not been on since Monday, October 29.
We are still hoping that our lights and hot water can be turned on soon and hope the best for everyone else who has suffered damage and still have no power either.
I was looking at pictures on Pinterest today and came across an incredible website for home design, decorating, and remodeling ideas. There are THOUSANDS of ideas waiting to be looked at.
You can search by style of house or by space (like kitchens, mudrooms, home gym, etc.). I took a look at the home office pictures which also showed craft spaces and I was blown away. Oh, how a girl can dream.
I say it every year, and I'll say it again. Christmas comes and goes way too fast. I wish Christmas can be a few days long. Spending time with family is so special, and it is always special around the holidays. I wish I could have been with all of my family, but distance keeps a lot of us apart. Everyone was in my thoughts and heart and I celebrated with them, even though they were not near.
It was an Angry Birds / Wimpy Kids kind of Christmas for us. Nicholas is into the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books and very much into playing the Angry Birds game (actually I love the game too), so a lot of his gifts were related to those two things. He also received a DSi XL from Grandma and Pop-Pop and an iPod Touch from Nanny and Poppy (lucky kid).
Rebecca received a kitchen (she LOVES it), a doll house, a baby carriage, and several other things. Oh, she also received a Zsu Zsu pet which she thinks is so "cute."
We had friends over on Christmas Eve, spent Christmas morning at mom and dad's, and then we came home and I made the four of us Christmas dinner. It was quiet, but very enjoyable. I just loved being home in the early afternoon and then relaxing the rest of the day, just the four of us.
How were your holidays? What are some of the traditions you do every year at Christmas time?
Here are some of my favorite pictures from the days leading up to and on Christmas Day.
Yes, you read it right ... we have been without FULL power since the wee hours on Sunday morning. I'm thankful that we have a generator, but not having hot water for 5 whole days now is KILLING me (and everyone else in the house).
I have been taking ice-cold showers the past few mornings. Yes, the cold water sure wakes me up, but that really is the only positive thing to say about it. Rob hooked the router up to the generator today, so that is why I am able to type this post.
The power company is saying at BEST we should have our power back by tomorrow evening. It better be sooner than later!
I want to thank all my friends and family for offering assistance of using their generator, offering their houses for us to take hot showers/bathes for the kids, etc. It really is appreciated.
I managed to squeeze in time to take a picture for the color last week over at Project 64: Out of the Box. The color last week was blue.
And my photo ...
Sad to know that summer is coming to an end soon and we will be closing the pool. There was a lot of swimming done by my little fish Nicholas this summer. He has gotten braver in the pool by going underwater and jumping in more ... so proud of him.
For more Project 64: Out of the Box photos, go here.
I hope everyone had a great weekend. We spent the weekend hanging out at home getting some things done. I actually love to be home the entire weekend most of the time.
We got some rainy weather, so I did some purging of one of the closets upstairs, washed the floors, dusted, did loads of laundry, and got in some scrapbooking time.
Below are my LOAD layouts from Thursday-Sunday. I ran out of my regular adhesive on Saturday, so I have been using glue dots to stick everything down on my pages. Yes, it does keep things down on my pages better, but it is very time consuming. I need to get out to the store today to pick up some adhesive before I do today's layout.
What a perfect opportunity to tell you a little bit about my happy place, by using "H" for the A to Z challenge.
If you didn't know, my happy place is my scrapbook corner in my basement. I would LOVE to have my own room one day, but my corner suits me for now, even though it can be a bit chilly down there at times.
Some of the things I love in my space are:
My ribbon jars ...
Some of my magazines (yes, even dating back to 2004). I definitely need to purge.
My idea books (especially the sketch books) ...
Some of my Cricut cartridges ...
Plus all my paper (cardstock and patterned paper), my hundreds of embellishments, my tools, and of course my photos.
Let's just say whenever I have free time (which is not very often), my "happy" little corner is where you can usually find me.
Rebecca's room is FINALLY painted ... she is only 14-month's old now. Now I just need to go out and get her a rug for in front of her crib and curtains for the windows. I can't wait to get her back into her room. We moved her crib into the spare room this week, and I think she feels misplaced in there.
Here is a glimpse of the color of her room.
Can you see the paint splattered on the can? I will show you her room when everything is back in its place and there are curtains on her windows.
Tomorrow is a BIG day for me. My dear friend (who married my cousin ... thanks to me), my cousin, and their twins are coming for a visit. I haven't seen them in almost eight years. They were living in Florida, but now currently live in NC. They came up to visit family in Connecticut this week, and they are going to cruise through NJ to see us. I CAN'T WAIT.
We are getting hammered already this year with snow, and the scary thing is that it is only January. Yesterday and last night, we were left with about 24 inches of snow (and there was some freezing rain mixed in there too).
Living in NJ, you would think that I would be used to snow, and don't get me wrong, I do love to see it on the trees after the storm, but as soon as it's done snowing and I can look at it from my window for about a day, I want it all to go away.
With that said, I thought today's picture for my One Little Word - Captured assignment would be a picture of the snow we've been battling for weeks now. A good lesson for me ... have patience with the weather. I just have to realize that I'm safe inside, and there is nothing I can do with what Mother Nature brings us.
For more One Little Word - Captured photos, go here.
The theme for 52 Photos - 52 Weeks last week was to take an "evening" picture. This could have been a picture of anything you do during the evening hours ... eating, homework, giving the kids bathes, watching TV, etc.
I decided to take a picture of the swing set in our backyard during one of the nights this past week. It shows you that we still have snow on the ground (and are expecting more snow tonight). It makes be sad to not be able to enjoy the swingset year round ... but it gives us something to look forward to in the spring.
When I find the time, I want to play around with this photo in PhotoShop. I think I can definitely bring out more of the colors and not have it look so dark (even though it was shot at night).
Hopping over to the site to see what the challenge is for this week ... You can go to the site too to see more photos from each of the challenges.