Monday, December 29, 2008

Merry Christmas

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Christmas was so fun with my nephew Judah being so excited about his gifts. He is so cool when he dances while playing his new guitar for us. Baby Annie is just the sweetest to hold and she looked so pretty in her Christmas dress. We had so much fun together as a family and we have so much to be thankful for.

Judah looked under the tree today and said "where's all the presents"? I asked him where they went and he said, "they're all gone". I love his wonderment!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

I have a new baby Niece!!!

The Hill family has a new addition:

Annaleigh Marie Hill
Arrived- December 11, 2008
9 pds 2 oz
Absolutely adorable and so beautiful
She has the best big brother, he loves her sooo muchGigi and baby Annie (I love her lips, she gets them from her mama)
Papa and baby Annie (she will be loved)
He's no longer the baby
I am absolutely in HEAVEN when I am with her
She sleeps so well!
Annie with her Mom
One happy family

She has the same middle name (Marie) as my Grandma, my Mom and me. Love it!

May the Lord bless you and keep you Annaleigh Marie- May His face shine upon you. We love you so much!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

It's craft time

I made this candle holder for my mom for Christmas, inspired by kirra who shows you how to make one on her blog which you can find here-
I bought the plate at an antique store (great price)

I bought the glass candlestick at the goodwill (2 for 99 cents). You can also find the plates their for super cheap but you may have to search. You can pick out a less vintage style plate and make it match your decor of even use a colered candlestick.

These started out as wooden letters (from Micheal's, also affordable) and I mod podged them first with paper (you can pick out any pattern you want) then I sanded them on the sides to get the paper off. My wooden letters came already white so I didn't have to paint the sides at all. These are great you can make them with the first letter of your children's name and hang them in their room or display them on a shelf.

This one is so my favorite!!! I made this frame too with my friend Erin. It has a few steps to it but it's so easy. It's the same process as the wooden letters (all wood from Michael's, ribbon and embellishments from wal-mart, that's right folks, they have some sweet stuff for suuuuper cheap!)

it's fun to hang it from a cool hook or doorknob or your Grandmas vintage knobs, (you can be creative) got this idea from Erin!

This is a project on my "to do list". I am going to paint the wooden wall plaque (wal-mart) brown and glue the small 'H' to it. You can also mod podge paper to the plaque. I bought the small 'H' at Michael's and just mod podged it with paper. You could also paint it.

More from my "to do list". I bought these frames for a great price at a vintage boutique and I am probably going to mat and frame the big one and the teal blue one I am wanting to turn into a chalkboard for my kitchen.

I am going to invite my friends over on Thursday to make crafts together. It's so much fun to make things with your girlfriends. I certainly make many mistakes so it's nice to be able to help each other. I would encourage you to do something creative with your friends, you will feel better after.
Are you ready to CRAFT now!!! Let me know if you make anything, I would love some ideas.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

the reason i celebrate

With Christmas on it's way, I wanted to decorate the house for the Season. It's been good to reflect on the meaning of this season- the birth of Jesus, his coming here to die for us, so that we may live!!!

I have been reminded of the reason for which He came- to set us free through His blood. It is because He gave the ultimate Sacrifice, His life, that we too can give. Ultimately our lives away to others. I have been encouraged through my church, Christan radio stations and the stories of others to give this year.

I pray that each of my family members, my friends and others whom I love and even those I do not know to be reminded of the true reason we celebrate this time of year. May it be celebrated all throughout the rest of our lives.