Thursday, December 31, 2009

Not updating

I'm not sure why, but my blog posts don't seem to be updating on Danelle's blog. I hope everyone still goes to my blog and checks it out...

Wednesday, December 30, 2009


Robin has been sharing photos with me for the last couple of years, and I just love it! The boys decorated gingerbread houses here.

I always love decorating my home and so I started taking photos.

I actually loaded these one is the bottom photo. Danelle & the girls came down and we baked cookies and made candy before Christmas. It was so much fun.

I didn't get very good pictures of the layouts I did this past weekend, but I'll go ahead and post them anyway. Too much glare. Sorry.
At least you'll know I have been working...ha!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009


Wow, it was a busy year, but it went by sooo fast. I can't believe another year has come and gone so quickly. Where did it go? It seems like only a few weeks ago that we were emptying the files and drawers at work, and now it's time to do it again. And the kids are growing up so fast it's unbelievable.
After Braquel's accident on Wednesday morning, (she wasn't injured) it seemed almost like a let down to have to deal with Christmas. The best present we could have gotten, was that she wasn't hurt or killed in that accident. I don't want to even imagine how awful it could have been. We were very blessed. On Thursday, Christmas Eve, Danelle and the kids brought Braquel down for work at 9:00 and then just went to our house for the remainder of the day. They all showered and got ready for the party there. When we got off and went home, Danelle and I made 4 jelly roll pans up for pizza after the family party. I kept thinking we were making way too many...we'd never eat all that. But, we almost did. We made a sausage & mushroom, a cheese, a pepperonni, and a canadian bacon & tomato . I'll bet I didn't throw away more than six slices...After that we opened gifts. Steph & Dave had Brittney with them, and she had to be to work at 10:00, and it takes them at least an hour to drive to Gooding, so they wanted to leave by 8:30. C.J. and Brenda & Hillary didn't get to our home until almost 8:30, and Tori wasn't much before that, so we missed somethings with almost all of them. But it was still a wonderful night. It's so much fun to have everyone there.
Danelle called Christmas morning, and I was telling her that by the time Jeff took Vern & Reta home and came back, I almost had the kitchen cleaned up. She said Chelsey and Mikayla were really worried about how messy they left the kitchen. It wasn't all that bad, but it did look like alot of people cooked pizza and ate there. But it was all good...they worry too much about how I HATE mess...It doesn't really bother me that much, I just don't leave it like that, so they think I never have a mess...which isn't true at all.
Over the weekend, I made tons of tags with my scraps from the star albums and some things I'd gotten at WalMart, and started scrapping again. I actually got six double page spreads done. I took photos this morning, and I'll start uploading some so you can all see them.
This weekend I might go shopping for the new camera I wanted for Christmas. I just never did get time to really study them out and decide which one I want. I'm leaning toward a Nikon, but haven't decided which one yet. I know I want one that has changeable lens, one that will take photos quickly (not the delayed style I have now), one that has some weight and substance to it...more like my old Canon SLR. We got quite a few gift cards too, so Jeff is thinking we might as well go shopping this weekend.
Lookinig forward to the BSU game on Monday. I wore my sweatshirt today, and will probably wear one everyday until the game. I don't really think they have much chance of winning, but it's still exciting for Idaho.

Monday, December 21, 2009

The Candy Making

I decorated the tops of my kitchen cabinets a little different this year. I leave the pine boughs, the moose, and the window & crock pot up all year long. So I really didn't add too much this year. My mother gave me the crock pot for my birthday. I told her I didn't really need anything boughten, but would love any antique she wanted to part with. I love it! Jeff's mom gave me the pair of moose on the other side for Christmas a few years ago. I love my kitchen. Yesterday, Danelle and the kids came over to make Christmas candy. We spent all day long and it was alot of fun. Wow...what a messy kitchen though. Chelsey kept worrying about how messy my kitchen was and how I felt about it. She doesn't think the house is ever messy, and she thought I'd be really upset over the mess. But, it was just too much fun to worry about. We made carmeled popcorn, about 6 batches, 2 batches of pecan carmels, almond rocha, billionaires, bannana nut bread, rolled cookies, dipped pretzels, 2 batches of divinity....a ton of stuff.
The kids were so good too. Treven hung out with Grandpa, and Jeff couldn't quit telling me all the stuff he and Treven had talked about and done together. Treven read me a book, and for a first grader, I couldn't believe how well he reads. I was impressed. He is soooo smart. Ellie was so good all day. She played on the floor and hardly ever cried. Mikayla and Chelsey helped with the candy. Great kids!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Tags for Work

Here are some tags I threw together for work. Just to go on my gifts for contractors.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Exchange cards for December

The theme for December was "Kids Birthday" and it was fun. I realized though, that I am always buying stamps to make men's cards for work, and didn't really have many stamps that worked well for kids. Guess that will be my next purchase.

Exchange cards for December

Monday, December 14, 2009

Our work Party

Thursday evening, we held our work party at our house. I spent most of the day setting up the tables, cooking, and decorating the tables. Thought you might like to see how it looked. Our menu was:

Pork Loin roast

Spicy Shrimp


Parrish Potato's


Hot Rolls

Raspberry Cheesecake

I didn't really care much for the shrimp, even though I loved it when Danelle fixed it, but everyone else said how good it I guess it turned out okay. It was a pretty quiet group...guess we're all getting too old to party much.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Dipping Chocolates

On Monday evening, Sally, Reta, mom and I dipped chocolates into Jason and Sally's home. We've been doing it for the past few years, and Sally seems to really enjoy it. The kids like dipping the pretzel's, but I'm not sure Jason likes. He had to shovel the driveway for us, he carried everything in for us, he carried everything out for us, started our cars for us since it was soooo cold...besides babysitting and trying to keep the kids calmed down until it was their turn to do pretzels. It's always great though. We each make different types of centers and candy and then end by dividing it all up. It always tastes so much better than purchased candy because it's so fresh.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Christmas Decorations

Last year I finally bought a new prelit tree that is 9'or maybe it's taller... It's so heavy though, that I can't lift it. I think this year I may store it in two boxes or something. But I do love having a taller tree.
This is the reflection of the tree in the window.

I have had this string of red and white lights forever, and never used them, but this year Mikayla and I decided to put them on the mantel and I love them!

The tree is really all red/white and I love how it turned out. Mikayla did a great job.

Chelsey did the stair railing for me, and did such a good job. I just told her to go for it, and she is very creative. Downstairs she did the tree in purple/silver/and black. I had a long thing of stretchy silver stuff...that I never knew what to do with really, and she cut it in pieces and put them around on the tree which was awesome. I'm so proud of those girls.

Below are the hot cocoa mixes that I covered to give out to friends and neighbors when they come to visit. So often you just need something quickly that doesn't have to be huge. And if that many people don't come to visit...I'll just give it away somewhere else.

Wow. It's the 10th of December already, and I still have soooo much to do. But, Mikayla and Chelsey came down on Sunday and helped me put up decorations, which really helped. Tonight we're having our work party here at our house, so I had to get it done. Poor Mikayla. She really wasn't dressed warmly enough to go out and help me bring in all the decorations out of the shop, but she did it...without even complaining. Maybe she did behind my back, but she was such a good sport. Jeff built a shelf high above the door to the shop for my Christmas "stuff"...and I put things in big storage containers. The problem was, getting them down. They were all so heavy! And the big tree for upstairs was impossible. I just couldn't budge it. Even though Jeff didn't feel good, when I asked him to help, he did. He was even a little mad at me for not asking him to help with all of it. And I thought I was being nice letting him rest. But, my back did pay for the lifting and carrying, that's for sure.

Anyway, the girls were excellent help. Mikayla pretty much did the upstairs tree and Chelsey did the downstairs one. I love it. I love getting the lights up and having that "glow" about the house. There's just nothing that makes me feel more like Christmas.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

My scraproom

I decided to take a couple of photos of my scraproom...tried to miss some of the mess and clutter though. Needless to say, it really does reflect what Jeff calls it right now..."The Crap Room". I have projects started all over the place, gifts wrapped without decorations yet, quilts, parts of quilts, and material stacked up, dolls, besides all the scrapping stuff. But I sure do love having a place to work in. I can start a project and leave it out without making anyone else suffer. I have closets full of "crap" rubber stamps, alpha's (box) books, cd's, fabric, extra gift baskets, name it, I probably have it in my room. My SIL told me I had way to much stuff...Eventually, I want to do a little remodel across one end. Make it one continious work area with shelves above it and drawers below it. But...I am thrilled that I have my "space".

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Finally some photos

These photos are from Thanksgiving day. We were excited to have our "Year". We rotate with the kids so that the year I have it, all my kids come. The next year they are all free to go to their in-laws and Jeff & I usually go out of town or something together. We had 27 people plus two babies for dinner this year. It was such a fun weekend. C.J. brought the boys down, and Steph and Dave and their two youngest girls were here early, so I got a photo. After that, I guess I was just too busy fixing food and having fun to take anymore sad is that? I just didn't get the camera out. Hope one of the girls got more pics than I did and will share.

Friday, December 4, 2009's cold's been cold this week. I went to Idaho Falls Tuesday evening, and thought I was going to run into a snow storm. About 4:30 it got totally black, and I was worried, but it just barely spit a little snow and I didn't have any trouble. Robin and the boys came and picked me up at the hotel and we went to dinner together and then shopping at the mall. I loved it. The boys are soooo smart. I was impressed with their knowledge. They are always questioning each you know what Martin Luther King's real name is? Where did that come from? It was wonderful that they are so into learning. Taylor said he's best in math, and loves doing problems. Loved every minute with them...especially when Chris and I were coming out of WalMart and he said..."I need a hug". Melted my heart.
I finished another rag quilt, washed and dried it...and then notice I'd sewn one row together wrong. instead of every other color, I had two pink ones together. At first I'm thinking, Oh well...but I knew I'd never be happy with it like that, so I tore it apart and redid it. It really wasn't as bad as I thought it might be.
I watched the Oregon/Oregon State football game last night. I was impressed with both teams actually. Oregon won, which makes BSU look even better since we beat them. I guess they'll be playing in the Rose Bowl now. I'm sure hoping that BSU gets to go to the Fiesta Bowl....

Monday, November 30, 2009

Great weekend

We had such a great holiday. The girls and I took our annual shopping trip to Boise on Tuesday and had such an awesome time. I forget how much I miss being around them and just visiting and learning what's going on in their lives and the kids lives. I had a great time with them. Sally drove this year because we thought the Suburban had a little more room for things than my Yukon did. I actually got to visit more and enjoy the drive. We stopped at the outlet mall first. I was disappointed that so many stores have closed. We really missed the paper factory. I always bought my big rolls of wrapping paper there. Then we went to the Olive Garden for lunch. Tori met us there and then spent the afternoon with us. After lunch we hit the mall and did quite a bit of shopping there. Then it was Toys-R-Us, then the mall out in Meridian. I totally forgot there's a Kohl's there, or we would have gone. Anyway, it was around 11:00 p.m. when we got back. I hope the girls enjoy the trip as much as I do.
I had planned on taking the whole week off, but we've just been so busy at work, that I didn't get to. I worked Monday & Wednesday. But...we still had a great time with the shopping trip.
On Thursday Steph, Jason, & Sally all ran the "Turkey Trot". I was proud of them for doing it. Steph and the girls helped so much. They helped set the tables and get things ready for dinner. David helped Jeff with the basketball backboard we got. I had started helping him, but he said it was a good thing Dave came because there's no way I could have helped with all the lifting and heavy work. So...thanks Nelson's. It was so much fun to have you. Steph & Dave also ran a Wii tennis tournament for us all and we had so much fun. Lindsay and Danelle ended up winning. Congrats! We had two Wii's setup out in the garage so eight people could play at once. It was great! And, Great-Grandpa Wood even made home-made ice cream for us. We had so much food...but talk about good.
Jeff and I were really worn out by the time everyone left, but it was that good kind of worn-out. Where you just sit and bask and how well things went and how much we enjoyed the kids and grandkids. I think we both fell asleep for awhile even.
On Friday, Jeff took his dad and drove to Driggs and back and his mother came over and we worked on Christmas gifts. We had such a great time. We went to the Sharing & Caring in Rupert, and I thought the tree and things our family put together were the best there. Thanks to the Stapelman family for putting that together. When Jeff & Vern got home, we had turkey noodle soup and then watched the BSU/Nevada game. It was pretty exciting and BSU won. If they can win this Saturday, they have a shot at a bowl game. But...sad news. Austin Petitis broke his ankle during the game Friday night, and he was our best receiver. We have lost so many people...hope we have a team by the time we go to a bowl game.
On Saturday, Darin & Connor came down for the weekend. It was so cold on Saturday we pretty much just hung out at home. We finally setup the Wii fit and did snowboarding. I'm hoping I can get busy and do some excercising with it too. We ate at ShonHing's Saturday night. On Sunday, Jeff took them out 4-wheeling and shooting. Darin said that would be Connor's "red-neck" training for the week. It was much nicer yesterday and they had a great time. I stayed home and tried to finish up a few things for Christmas. I got one more rag quilt finished and another started. I also finished up Robin's gift so I can take it on Friday. I just need to get Taylor's and theirs will be done.
Just so you all know...I feel very blessed in so many ways. Jeff & I have good jobs, and even though we like them...we're getting excited about retiring in a few years. There's soooo many things I want to do. We also have fairly good health. I keep saying we're falling apart, but...we're hanging in here. We have lots of kids and grandkids, and they are such a blessing to us. We love them all and are so proud of all of them. We're grateful that we still have my mother (she'll be 88 in March) and Jeff's parents (85 & 83). They all have fairly good health too. We are grateful to live in the United States, even though we're concerned with where we're heading. We love our extended families also, and continue to enjoy their company whenever we get the chance. Hope all of you had a wonderful holiday also.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

November Exchange Cards

I saw a sample of this card at Archiver's in Boise, and fell in love with it. The only problem was, the stockings were stickers...and they were $4.00 a set. I couldn't see making very many cards with it, so I bought the velveteen paper and made my own.
This card and the one below, I sort of scraplifted from the Holiday cards mag. I thought they were both soooo cute.

The cards and envies are scraplifted from the CTMH catalog. But I used SU materials. I had gotten a Simply Scrapping kit and thought it would make some cute cards. Enjoy! I sure do.

Here are the cards that I made for the November exchange. The theme was to use glitter or beads. It was a fun one to do. Hope lots of people will join our little exchange.

Monday, November 16, 2009

I'm back!

Well, California was nice and warm for the most part. When we arrived on Tuesday, it was in the 80's but cooled down over the week to around 60 on Friday when we came back. But, it was still pretty fun. The Automation Fair was super and my customers are such great guys! Loved all the time we got to spend with them. On Tuesday night we had a division dinner. There were 180 people who attended from our division. On Wednesday night, CED held their hospitality event at the Richard Nixon library, which was pretty cool. I guess we had around 1700-1800 people at that one. Driving in LA is for the birds...we rented a car and I did the driving and it was ...interesting? We had a Garmin thank heavens! And we would still have trouble. Mainly because there's so much traffic you can't get over to where you need to get off. But we survived.
We got back into Boise and drove home. On Saturday morning I got up to snow...and still thought I'd go to Boise for the BSU/Idaho game. The roads were awful. I saw about ten accidents between the Kasota on ramp and the first Twin exit. I know that at least one person died in them. But, after the next exit it wasn't too bad. Of course, it was super cold! I was actually fairly warm except for my feet and they got really cold. But we won...and it was a super game. BSU actually played like they wanted to win.
On Sunday, I sort of lazed out and worked on cards for my exchange mainly. Danelle & Gary were dedicating Ellie at 5:00 and having a dinner, so I made the hot rolls for that. Otherwise, it was a pretty laid back day. Gotta have those once in awhile.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Exchange cards from October

These are the four sets of Christmas cards and tags that I made for the exchange in October. We got some really cute ones back, but I think Janell posts all of them on her website, so I'm only posting the ones I made here.
Go Yankees!!!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Last of the layouts from the retreat

I just need to enlarge the photo on the first page before this one is complete. I added the title "Homemade Salsa" in orange letters above the large picture. I thought it turned out cute. I would like to add the recipe for the salsa along the side of the first page.

This was Halloween last year...Robin took lots of photos for me. I also made a star album and put my extra pics from Halloween in. I thought it really turned out cute.

This was the retreat at Robin's home last year. I loved the projects...especially the FALL blocks. I've used it to decorate for the last two years now. We had birthday cake for Steph's birthday. It was a total blast.

This was just a single page, which I very seldom do, but it will be the opening page for my album..."2008-2009". I always scrap from September to September, because that's how I always thought of my kids...1st grade, 2nd grade...and even though my kids are all gone, I've kept scrapping that way.