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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Month of Blessings...week 2

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This is a photo heavy post; and a bit long...but I PROMISE...if you hear me out you won't be sorry. There's a bit of a funny surprise along the way. I almost didn't include it because I am so embarrassed. But life happens and kids happen and well, we all need a laugh!

I have removed the page for THE GREAT HOLIDAY ORNAMENT EXCHANGE until next fall. But, with over 30 participants it has been a great year and so much fun. I loved getting the kids involved this time around. Here's a look at what I got last week and the first of this week. I hope I remembered them all! I am just going to go in the order that google uploaded them. So it may be a bit random. That's ok....cuz the funny is tucked in somewhere (or maybe even 2 funnies)

We didn't have a tree topper so I was so happy to receive this beautiful star from Jill.
Doesn't it look great up there? She also sent some tp rolls! I jumped up and down. I did!
(She is working on getting a blog going but not yet.)

A shiny card for Stephen. And a do not open until Christmas to me.
Wanda is very kind but ornery making me wait like that.
I'll forgive her though because she sent me some denim legs to upcycle for dog blankets.
She made the beautiful ornament below too.
Look at all that stitching!

The ornament below is from Linda
It is so cute. She's got another photo around here somewhere...
(how do these get all out of order when we upload them?)

The cutie below is from my cousin Aimee who lives in Norway.

When we were driving through Springfield a bit back, I picked up this free ornament for Stephen to make. 
I wonder if that was a good idea.
It was all foam sticker and very cute and fun for him.

Oh, there's Linda's other photo...right in the middle of my Stephen section.
Go figure! This is a cute mug rug that I decided needed top priority.
 It's hanging on the wall beside the door to my Creation Station.

Oh...look more Stephen art work!

Remember the other night when he was feeling better and was running the hall like crazy?
He got quiet. So I went to check on him and he was making the picture above.
Then he found another sticker. A big one.
It made a nice picture too I guess...what do you think?

Michelle made the card below. Isn't cute?
Sorry Michelle to put you below Stephen's art work. 
I am sure you've endured similar horrids thanks to Harrington.

A sweetheart of a blog friend completely surprised me with the gift below.
I'll leave her anonymous as she prefers that. Thank you my dear friend!
I've not used it yet. My amazon list is very long. I look on it daily to decide just which book to get!

Remember I told you about a blog angel that is helping us with our Christmas? 
Well, there are many angels floating around blog land and they just keep dropping things our way.

Another Angel provided for us to make a Christmas ham and the fixin's to go with it. 
Do you know that we haven't had ham in four years? It is pricey stuff!
The other night (Sunday) our mouths were just watering looking at it.
And we couldn't help ourselves. We cut off a slice and fried it up. 
Oh my goodness it was so good and bad and good!
We only ate one slice so there will be plenty left for our dinner this weekend.
Can you just picture us sitting there looking at it trying to decide whether to eat it or not?
That little devil on our shoulders won. LOL
I am going to do a cherry glaze (for the rest of the ham) I think. I just can't decide...what's your favorite ham glaze?

More Stephen artwork below.
He's still off his food. Eating very little but eating none the less.
He's sleeping much more than normal. 

The night of Stephen's awful day of torture, we came home to a box on the porch.
Inside was this fabric. See the teddy bears? There is quite a bit there and he LOVES it!
This is all from Pam. No blog but she follows on email.
She also included Santa Claus straws that Stephen has drug all over and used. Plus it got him to drink water that night when I couldn't get him to eat or drink anything. And she included a marble puzzle for Seth. I enjoy listening to him get aggravated at trying to solve it.

Well, I best stop there. I am out of funnies. 
I got some more goodies today but don't have photo's yet. 
See you Thursday for the next round of Ahhhh's!


Melissa said...

It is all so festive, Tonya! Tell me, what are you using TP rolls for? Sorry. I probably should know, but the brain is scrambled. Oh, and I am still a pushover for brown sugar glaze and pineapple slices on my ham!

Fiona said...

lovely to see everything... stephen has a knack of finding stickers!!!! haha... fantastic...

Belinda said...

What a great post!! You have some awesome friends Tonya. The rest of us should be so lucky!!!
I'm loving Stephen's discovery of a new sticker!! What a genius!

Michelle said...

Aren't children delightful... ;o)
Cute decorations... they will bring wonderful memories at future Christmases... Enjoy your ham!

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Cute, cute cute!! Happy you and your family will be enjoying the season.

Kelli said...

Love your post! Blogland is such a generous place. And I'd imagine that your son was THRILLED beyond belief to find such a huge sticker to use on his artwork. hahaha Hilarious! :)

Snoodles said...

Great post, Tonya! Pretty ornaments, inspired art work from Stephen, and I love the image of you sitting in your chair and giggling when you hear Seth grumbling at his game! LOL

Pat said...

Beautiful decorations and wonderful friends you have - but then, you're a wonderful friend to have!

Marcia - Crafty Sewing and Quilting said...

What wonderful gifts!
I love Stephen's artwork - even the big sticker!
What a joy to come home to packages from those that love you... Warms your heart. Have a wonderful day! We all love you! Thanks for sharing from your heart!

Michelle Olsen said...

Great post! I loved seeing the ornaments and Stephen's new sticker :)

Heather said...

Too funny, Stephen. :) Love seeing all the ornaments too!

JoyceLM said...

Loved seeing all the decorations. My favorite glazed ham recipe is from the Southern Heritage All Pork Cookbook published by Oxmoor House. First you make a rub from 1 tsp pepper, 1/2 tsp red pepper & 1/2 tsp garlic salt. Rub the ham all over. Then combine 1 cup packed brown sugar, 1/2 cup apple juice & 1/2 tsp ground cloves; heat in a small pan till the sugar is dissolved (the recipe doesn't say to do this but I prefer it). Baste the ham with this sugar mixture every 30 minutes while it's baking or at shorter intervals for a smaller ham. The fat on the outside of the ham gets crispy and delicious.

Maria Wallin said...

Had such a laugh at the sticker picture, thank you for sharing! =D

However, I could just kill for some ham right now... *goes to search fridge for something to stuff her face with*

rosie said...

I love Stephen's art work!! We have an ad on tv over here that reminds me of Stephens work.... involves another male and the same stickers!!!