Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Project 365

I'm SO excited to start Project 365! It's a totally new way of scrapbooking. My biggest scrapbooking idol, Becky Higgins, came up with the concept - and you know I'll jump on any idea Becky has!

Project 365 is a kit that comes with an album, page protectors (8 - 4x6 slots and 8 - 3x4 slots for journaling), tons of journaling cards, weekly labels, etc. Click HERE to watch a video of the contents.

Here's the concept....Document SOMEthing every day - whether that be a photo, receipt, kids' drawing, etc - and journal about that little something. Click HERE to watch a video about putting it altogether. Click HERE for some additional concept info.

Here's what a typical weekly page would look like - this is from a random week of Becky's last year.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Christmas Day recap

Christmas Morning
Santa only brought the boys a few things this year after hearing what Grandpa/Grandma and Marissa/Jason got the boys. They were just fine with that. All Mason wanted to do was use his chapstick from his stocking anyhow! Santa could have brought a 6-pack of chapstick and Mason would have loved it. I got Mana appletini drink mix. The main character on Scrubs likes to drink Appletinis even though they're rather girly. I thought Mana would want to try them too!

Christmas late morning
We hosted Christmas with Mana's family. First we ate breakfast - I made a ham. Then, we let the kids open gifts and sent them upstairs to play while the adults exchanged. I made Mindi a tree skirt. At the end of gifts, Liz & Keith announced that they are expecting baby #2 in August!!! Wow - 5 cousins next year!

Christmas evening
Karen and Greg hosted the Kutzner Christmas. Two of my cousins have kids - so the family has really started growing. The little girl in red is Gabriella, 15 months (Brent and Erica) and the brown and green stripes is Taylor, 2, (Andrew and Kari).

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Christmas Eve recap

We spend every Christmas Eve morning with my family - and my mom's parents. Everybody goes so overboard with the kids. We seriously need another room in the house to put all the new "stuff".

The kids open presents before we eat lunch, so Masey can take his nap. Then the adults open presents - and Zander plays with some of his new toys. The highlights of the kid gifts was the marble game and puzzles. The highlight for the adults was definitely the "dickie sweater" I made Jason. With all of Jason's job where he's worked form home, we always joke that he can interact with people via video conference/webcam and really only needs nice clothes from the chest up. So, we joke that we're going to get him "dickie" shirts - which I don't even know if they make anymore. So after all these years, I took one of Mana's old sweaters and turned it into a sweater dickie. It was a hit. Jason was laughing so hard that he was crying. Hysterical!


I made 4 pillowcases for gifts this year. I loved how they turned out - and they're not too hard to make.

Zander (stripes) & Mason (dots)



Bean - so creative

Zander-Bean is so creative. He sees Mana receive tons of boxes from his WHCC deliveries, so he asked if he could use one for a "project". He grabbed a box and a pen and went downstairs to work on his secret project. When he told us to come down, this is what he had made. So cute! I love how Dennis has taught the boys to be resourceful and creative. All these fancy toys and gadgets get put aside when they work on a project like this and I love that! Good 'ol fashioned fun.

'Another Christmas' by Michael Johns

Yes, I'm still a huge fan of Michael Johns. So when he came out with a Christmas song, I bought it from iTunes the day it came out (Dec 9th). All proceeds go to ALS and the Red Cross - very cool! I love the song - not holiday-ish except for the words, so I love it. Here's the video that goes along with it.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Mason... years ahead of Zander in potty training??

On Tuesday around bedtime, Mason took off his diaper like he does most nights in preparation for a diaper change and new PJs. Only this time, he said, "I have to go potty" and ran into the bathroom. We just laughed thinking he was cute copying the actions of his big brother. When I peeked in the bathroom, he was on the step stool and putting the seat up. He then stood there for a few minutes. Every time I would come in there, he would say, "go away mama!" So, I gave him his space peeking every so often to make sure he wasn't doing anything naughty. Then, all of the sudden I heard him peeing! In the toilet! Holy crap! I ran in there (I think I scared him) and said, "good job Mason!" and gave him a big hug. I could tell that he was very proud. I was still in shock. Zander didn't even pee once in the toilet until he was 3.5! And here my 21 month old independently used the toilet. I figured it was just an isolated incident until last night - he did it again! I always knew that he would be potty-trained quicker than Zander - just a personality difference. And hopefully it will be sooner than I thought. I'm not going to push him. I'll just keep letting him try when he wants. He likes to copy everything Zander does which is where this is all coming from - I think. Regardless, I'm cool with it!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

crafty gifts

Now that there have been some celebrations, I can reveal some of my crafty gifts. More to come in a future blog post.

Co-worker gifts

"Holiday Hellos card keeper": I made these for the three co-workers on my team - Brenda, Joe and Crystal. I also made these last year for several family members.

I made sets of cards for some other co-workers..

Family Gifts

Marissa and Jason were the recipients of this super cute photo book. I got the kit at a scrapbook show a few years back and knew it would be perfect for pics of the puppies. It's actually a box with pages inside. The front cover props up like a frame. Super cute!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

christmas prep

Quick post to say that I've been a crazy mad woman trying to "make" so many christmas presents. I can't say too much until after Christmas - photos to come.

Over the last few weeks, I entered a series of contests with MommyCast podcast.... and won 5 things! This is the same contest that I entered last year and won the grand prize - an ipod nano. The grand prize this year was an Amazon Kindle - which my friend Stacy won!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

holding hands

The other day on the way home from daycare, I looked in the backseat and my boys were holding hands. I wish I had a camera. They held hands the whole way home - it was so cute. Totally Zander's doing - I didn't ask him to do it. I will have to remind them of that moment in a few years when they're fighting like brothers do.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

jozin z bazin

My 3 boys are addicted to this video and song.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

FAME, FAME, FAME - he's really dragging this out...

Mana put together a montage of his conjunction photos and TV clip...with music and everything.

Santa meltdown?

Today was the Medtronic Children's Holiday party. We were expecting total meltdown from Zander - and possibly Mason...but it actually went okay. We went into it knowing that we were going to do a family photo with Santa - and that's just what we did. And that's okay. After the photo, Santa asked Zander what he wanted and he actually talked to Santa. He told him he wants a "marble thing". I got a photo during this discussion.
Later today, we were talking about our visit to Santa and Zander commented, "Mom, I didn't even cry - when we were taking the picture AND when Santa asked what I wanted."

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Christmas flashback from the 80's

How many mullets can you count in this video?

...which also makes me think of this video - back when Michael Jackson was normal. Weakest link = Bob Dylan. I remember as a kid, playing this video and shouting out the singers without looking.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

More fame

Mana wanted to make sure I did another post to mention that he's part of Chikage Windler's Chik's Pics Blog. Check out THIS link. His 26 seconds of fame has now turned into a full 15 minutes.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

26 seconds of fame... AGAIN

The following clip was on the Channel 5 news Monday night at 10pm (and Tuesday morning too). This is the 6th time he's had a photo published on the news. Apparently he's got an "in" with Dave Dahl, Rob Koch and Chikage Windler.

He actually wasn't going to send it in until his brother (and then a few others) called and told him to go take pictures and send one in.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Many faces of Mason Robert

I've really been getting into Photoshop lately. Mana loaded Photoshop Elements 3 on my Mac (which he got free from buying his Wacom tablet). I've always wanted to get more into photo editing - and finally started teaching myself (with some help from Mana, of course). I love this little montage. I came up with the idea myself and Mana helped me achieve the look. I now have many post-it notes stuck to my monitor with all the PS action shortcuts.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Zander is thankful for...

NOT his Mom apparently! When I asked him how come Mom and Mason were not on here, he said "I didn't have enough room!"

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Do it, Done it

Put the items you've done in bold. I've italicized things I want to do.

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower

6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland
8. Climbed a mountain

9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you're not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset

31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person

34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo's David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain

53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car - less than 2 months ago!
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chicken pox - evidence right between the eyes
89. Saved someone's life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous - had dinner with Torii Hunter
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee
100. Read an entire book in one day

Sunday, November 23, 2008


This video is too funny not to share. Enjoy!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

November Card Club

This month's card club was actually 2 holiday tags.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Not ready for this...

Wow, it really hit me the other day when I opened this letter in the mail...

Monday, November 17, 2008

Just a regular weekend...

Naughty Mason

This is what happens when we leave Mason with daubers for a minute or two...

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

November fun

Now that the weather is getting more chilly, the boys are having to do everything indoors... which means lots of building! Zander loves to build castles and Mason loves to knock them down. Zander also LOVES doing the "state puzzle" - which is Mana's from his childhood. Over the last month with all the election coverage, we've seen a lot of maps on TV. Zander could tell you where most of the states are. Impressive!