Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year!

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year! This past month has been crazy busy for us at work and at home with getting ready for the company Christmas party and decorating the house. There was also a big family gathering with all my uncles, aunts and cousins. I love getting together with all of them at Christmas time. We only get to see some of them this one time of the year, so it is always special. We each bring a dish and the uncles bring their guitars, we pig out on all the great food and then sing Christmas songs. Uncle Charlie always sings "All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth" and takes his false teeth out at the end of the song. All the kids, even us big ones, laugh so hard and Aunt Betty gets mad! Fun times! All of my Dad's brothers are very talented musicians. This year Uncle Paul sang a song that he wrote about our family and how important just spending time with them, especially at Christmas, is. The gifts and decorations are not what is important, it's time spend with your loved ones and how that time slips by so quickly.  I don't think there was a dry eye in the place after he sang that song. My company's Christmas party was very nice, too. We had it catered and boy did they out do themselves with the food! My favorite was the shrimp and grits, oh my so delicious! Then we played Bingo, which was so much fun, especially because I won a 28" flat screen tv and my daughter, Amber, won an Ipod Touch. Yep, we had some really cool prizes. I will be using the tv in my craft building WHEN it is completely finished. That has been a long road, but I will save all that for another post. After all the partying with family, friends and co-workers, we had to start wrapping gifts. At work, we wrap gifts for our boss and let me tell you, there was a lot of wrapping going on! I was almost too tired to wrap my own, but it all got done. Why is it that you spend weeks wrapping gifts and it is all destroyed in 30 minutes? All in all, it was a great Christmas! We had kind of a simple Christmas, not a lot of gifts, but we received things that we can use. Amber got things for her house, Jon Ryan got a fishing rod case, Mariah got a new camera bag and camera strap cover, Dakota got some movies, a video game and a peddle car, Dan got a tool chest AND I GOT THIS...........

Yep, that's right! A Cricut Expression! I have been on the fence about getting a Cricut. Asking myself do I really need it, do I want to spend that kind of money? Telling myself that I really don't have room for it until my building is finished. But, Dan called my bestest crafty friend Melissa and asked her about it and she said YES, get her that! She has a Cricut and loves it, but I just was not convinced that I had to have one. Well, I am really glad that she talked him into it! Not only did I get the Expression, he got it for a steel! Dan is a big Ebay seller and buyer and he really knows the tricks, so he got his bid in at the last minute and snagged it for a song (insert BIG GRIN here). I am really going to sit down and play around with this thing today. I am a little intimidated by it, but it is really cool, so I know once I get the hang of it, I will be using it a lot!

So, I think I will stop yacking now and leave you with a few pics from our Christmas. Here's to wishing you all a very happy start to what I am hoping will be a very good year!

Until next time......

Hugs and Happy Stampin'! ~Lorrie