Journaling reads:Deron is my eldest brother, and growing up we rarely saw eye-to-eye on anything. But now that we’re older, I have a new appreciation for him. He has an uncanny memory, especially for music, so there have been lots of laughs as we remember old songs and old TV shows. The best thing thats happened is that Zach has latched onto his Uncle Deron in a very sweet way. Zach runs to him the instant he walks into a room and will be content to sit on his lap for hours onend. He may not have any children of his own, but Deron’s definitely got a soft spot in his heart for Zach. They’re buddies! And seeing this interaction makes me appreciate my older brother a lot more now than I used to. He really is a blessing to my family.
Journaling reads: These are my boys. Karl has his twinny-twin Matthew, and his ‘second twin' in Zach and they just love to wrestle and play together as only boys can do. They like to chase each other and watch silly ‘boy shows’ and have all kinds of fun together. I’m so glad they get along so well and are as close as they are. I love my boys very much!
And now for this week, 1/4, I chose to showcase some of my priceless gifts...template is from Sya's 'Stripped, set 4' journaling reads:I’m not really a materialistic person. Sure, I enjoy a box of Godiva chocolates just as much as the next gal, but the gifts that I truly look forward to each year are the ones made by my children in their classes. One of my most treasured ornaments for the tree isn’t one that I got from Hallmark,it’s the little gold ornament that has a handprint of Alaina’s when she was in Pre-K and the teacher made each ‘finger’ into a snowman. That ornament is so special because of what it represents. Alaina and Matthew both made molds of their hands in Kindergarten, so now I have their two handprints, preserved forever when they were five years old. In Pre-K, Matthew cut a bell out of dough and painted it himself and was so proud of it! And the cinnamon christmas tree is one that Matthew and I made together at a parents’night. Then this year Matthew made me a Christmas card and Alaina made a stocking ornament for me. As my collection of these little treasures grows each year, I am completely overwhelmed by the joy that the kids have in making and giving them to me, and I will always cherish each and every one. These are by far the best Christmas gifts a mom like me could ask for.
So there! All caught up with the blessings.....now, onto all the other stuff I've scrapped, and after being trapped for almost 40 hours in a vehicle, I've got LOTS of layouts to share! :P Are you ready? Here we go!
Alaina using her new cupcake maker she got from my parents:
The ginerbread house we made this year:
Our family portrait:
The kids' formal portrait:
Zach and Matthew enjoying some Christmas cookies:
New Year's Eve '09 at the Rainforest Cafe (which I can't really take credit for since I just changed some of the pictures and redid the journaling...my SIL Nicole did the actual layout)
An Irish Carriage Ride in Galway:
The Dublin Cross:
The Menai Bridge (or as we like to remember it: The bridge that we couldn't cross because the TomTom didn't know the bus was too wide to get through! LOL!)
I THINK thats it! Told ya there was a lot! :P And now that catches you up on all my scrapping endeavours. I'm sure you're stoked!