Saturday, December 09, 2006

Fa lalalala lalalala

Look who came to see me today!!! I nearly cried! It's been a whole week since I've seen my grandbaby and it was a very hard week at that. It's so hard to go cold turkey from seeing him everyday to who knows when. I held him for a long time...till my arms ached so bad, but it was worth it. Baby Mark has grown so much in the past week. I could hardly believe it. They are all coming over tomorrow for dinner, so I'm thrilled about that. I miss them all.
I did get my Bethlehem village set up, but still not my other village, garlands and many other things. There is clearly not enough hours in the day. I'm starting to get frustrated with that. If it wasn't for this need to sleep, I could be really productive.
I ordered vinyl from my friend Michele who was so sweet to do it for me on short notice. Gotta love her for that! She's a sweetheart and way busier that I could ever be...apparently she doesn't sleep. Problem solved! :o) She does the vinyl, her husband cuts the wood, I painted, sanded and put the vinyl on, so it's a team effort. She will have her website up at running after she moves and gets her family settled in. I custom ordered the quote so I could make a sign for the star riders Christmas party white elephant game that we went to tonight. Actually she did up 2 of these so I could give one to Mark for Christmas. Love it!
I also got the jar from her. You probably recognize it because I have one too. This was the other gift for the party. This this is huge and very heavy when full of chocolate! Both gifts were very well liked, so I'm happy!
These we're the presents that Mark and I won in the game. I think we did pretty good. You never know what you'll end up with since there are good gifts and silly gifts. The basket had mugs, with dipped spoons, hot chocolate and coffee. We gave away the coffee since we don't drink it. I could have kept it just so I could smell it, because I love the smell of it.
I also got my cute front porch bench decorated up by adding some Christmas things here and there to make it a festive entry way. Pretty cute, I think. So as you can see, I've been doing good at taking my daily pictures just haven't had any spare moments to do the pages.
Random thoughts...
  • There is something wrong with driving around listening to Christmas music with the AC on. It's been too warm here...certainly not December weather!
  • I've decided that I totally don't care when people stare at me while I'm singing along while I'm driving. Their just lucky they can't hear me, because I'm not so good and only sing when I'm alone. While I'm talking about singing, could someone please get that dang Brady bunch song out of my head!
  • Finally got a new lid on the recycle excited about that! I know what you're thinking (she's crazy) but remember that I'm easy to please.
  • Getting cards in the mail and hanging them on my door has made me happy beyond belief. It's like getting presents in the mail and getting to look at them all at same time.
  • My 200th blog post is coming up in a few more days. I will be doing RAK giveaways to celebrate. Keep checking back for a chance to win fun stuff!


Cee said...

Soak for a long time in the tub tonight; indeed, you deserve it!

Love you!

Leona said...

Love your outside entry table, very pretty.

Missy's Blog said...

Jolene, I didn't think your home could possibly look any more warm and inviting ... and then you added your Christmas decorating touches. Oh my goodness ... it's just beatufiful!

stephanie said...

hi you! I love your holiday pictures and the fact that you are happy to get a lid for the recycle...I am sooo the same way!

Andi said...

Baby Mark is growing and looks so sweet there in your arms. Enjoy your dinner with them today.

Love your creative gifts. I'm sure they were the hit of the evening. Looks like you did okay as well with what you got. That is always so much fun.

Your porch bench looks lovely. There has to come a time when we say...okay, we have enough decorations out for this year...even thought we know we have tons more to put out. I know what you mean about there not being enough hours in the day. I didn't even post to my blog yesterday.

homedaisy said...

do people call you mrs. claus? seriously, christmas is a dream at your house!

Mary Ann said...

Oh the house looks spectacular and I wish I had half as much energy as you do! Today I tackle another group of boxes!

Maren said...

I can't believe it. I get here and there are only 7 comments already. There are usually at least 20. Give it a few hours.

Looks like you are busy busy, but having fun. Baby Mark is darling. How far away did they move? I hope that you can see them often. It is so fun to watch the babies grow up. Jeff's parents moved here when Reilly was 2. They are now 4 miles away and we see them often. What an incredible blessing grandparents are.

I just saw on your profile that you are a flybaby. I love flylady. Her routines have been instrumental in helping us get back on our feet.

Valerie said...

LOVE that photo! sweet Baby there anything better in the world than the sweet smell of a sleeping baby?

if you want the song out of yer head, i can help!! "it's a world of laughter, a world of tears, it's a world of hope and a world of fears...there's so much that we share that it's time we're aware, it's a small world afterall!"


Caroline said...

Baby Mark is too cute. I know you have really been missing him since they moved out. I am glad you have been able to spend some time with the three of them and will get to spend more time today.

Congrats on your soon to be 200th post. I am shocked because my 500th post is coming up soon. I was planning on something special for my 500th post as well.

Have a good week.

Melissa said...

Listen - we lived with my parents for almost two years when we first moved back here. One day, as we were moving, my mom (in all seriousness) asked if we were still going to let Anna Marie come over all the time. I mean, hello?

Silly, silly mom.

Anyway, glad you got to see the little one, and your place looks great!

sohpiasmom said...

Your grandson is SO precious...I just love that age!

sohpiasmom said...

Your grandson is SO precious...I just love that age!

sohpiasmom said...

Your grandson is SO precious...I just love that age!

Jen said...

Baby is so cute!!
You've been a busy bee lately :)

How do you know what number post you've made? Help, I wanna know how I can tell how many I've made :)

Cherie said...

I came across your blog awhile ago, and I gotta tell you... You are incredible!!! I'm amazed at your crafting and decorating ability! LOVE your blog!

I LOVE the Christmas Decorations! My favorite is probably the Bethlehem village! It's beautiful! Thanks for sharing!!!

Jacquie said...

Glad I'm not the only one that LOVES the smell of coffee but doesn't drink it. Even though we have been so cold lately I tell ya after last year with having no snow I don't mind it this year, crazy the things you get use too.

Susie Q said...

Oh Jolene! Your house just is amazing! That porch is so inviting!

Your gifts were such fun and I know appreciated by the winners. You did well with yor booty too! Looks like a sweet treat gift!

Your stamina is amazing! I am always awed!

Have a wonderful week!


Susie Q said...

Oh my gosh! I hit send before I finished! That baby is so precious. He is a lucky little guy to have such a wonderful Grandma.

I know how much you enjoy and love him. : )


Anonymous said...

I'm so glad that you posted a picture of sweet Baby Mark. My 8 year old daughter Shay sees me reading your blog everyday and asks me to scroll down to the pictures of the baby. How sad she get's when I tell her there isn't any. I wish I loved Christmas as much as you--your stuff is all so awesome.~~Kim

Pam said...

Your bench looks so festive! Love your little town too! And the photo of Mark is adorable!

Way cool cards! Lucky you!

Wendy said...

First of all, what a beautiful child, you are truly blessed.

Secondly What is a Star Rider?

Your house must be very festive this time of year. I love all your decorations.

Amy Mowbray said...

Baby Mark looks so sweet and peaceful. And your front porch bench looks so pretty and festive. You've been a busy girl!

Laura said...

I must have a Bethlehem village. Any ideas where to find them this season?