Monday, December 28, 2009

Happy New Year Everyone!

Wishing you all a wonderful New Year!

I'll be taking a few days to relax and enjoy my family.
But I'll be back next year :-) I'll miss you all.
Until then.
Blessings.


Hugs and Kisses,

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas!

Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them, " Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger." Luke 2: 8-12






Hugs and Kisses,

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Candy Cane Poem


Christmas Candy Cane Poem about Jesus

Look at the Candy Cane
What do you see?
Stripes that are red
Like the blood shed for me
White is for my Savior
Who’s sinless and pure!
“J” is for Jesus My Lord, that’s for sure!
Turn it around
And a staff you will see
Jesus my shepherd
Was born for Me!






Hugs and Kisses,

Sunday, December 20, 2009

2009 Most Treasured Ornament

Hi Everyone.

There are only 5 more days left until Christmas! I know that everyone is probably running around trying to take care of last minute details and preparations. That's why it brings great joy to my heart that you have taken a couple of minutes out of your busy schedule to visit with me for a while.

Today I wanted to share with everyone our 2009 Most Treasured Ornament. For those of you who are visiting for the first time...During the past few weeks I have been sharing with everyone a family tradition that my hubby and I started when we were first dating. Every year for Christmas, we make an ornament that commemorates or highlights special events or memories for that particular year...If you would like to see the other posts just click on the following: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 and Part 5. And for those who have been with me through this journey since Part 1 and have left wonderful comments, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.


Now, allow me to share with you...
Our Most Treasured Ornament for 2009!

For this ornament I made a five-sided snowflake using my wonderful Cricut Machine and placed a picture in the center of each side. One side has our daughter's High School picture...HIGH SCHOOL!!!! Can you believe it? If you've been following this series, you know that our daughter was first accepted into this creative and performing arts program three years ago, but because of the nature of this program, entrance into High School requires an audition process, which is known to be very demanding and competitive. She auditioned for both the art and music programs, and after what seem to be an eternity, she received a letter saying she had been accepted. Yay! She did so well in both auditions that she had her choice of programs.

Since she already takes piano outside of school, she decided to accept entrance into the arts program. On this side of the snowflake I placed a tiny little art piece created by our very own talented artist.

This year has been a busy one for our 14 year old daughter. This is the year she got her very first paying job. Last year, her wonderful piano teachers, Tim and Sally offered her the opportunity to take a teaching training course. After completing the course she was hired by them to teach some of the younger students. We are so proud of her.

On this side I placed a reminder of the battle with breast cancer my youngest sister had this year, and that because of the graciousness of God, she has overcome. I am delighted to say that she is now cancer free. Definitely something to celebrate. Thank you Lord.

And on the final side, I placed a picture of us in front of a Coaster Train. It was our first trip ever on a train. Although this family outing only lasted one day, we can now officially say we've ridden a real train. Unfortunately, the monorail at Disney didn't count. :-)

On the back, outer side, I glued a ribbon with this year's date and the word "Hollywood" on it. This represents our very first trip as a family to Hollywood, California....The gold star represents all the stars we saw on the famous Hollywood sidewalks.

And last, but not least, is this little computer with my blog's button. A reminder that this was the year I started blogging. It will also represent all the wonderful people I have met and all the wonderful friendships I have made through this wonderful world of blogging.

And so there you have it, this year's Most Treasured Ornament. I just can't wait to see what 2010 has in store for us. You'll just have to wait until next year's Most Treasured Ornament to find out.

Thank you all for stopping by. I do hope you enjoyed your visit and that you come back real soon. Until next time, blessings to all.

Hugs and Kisses,

Friday, December 18, 2009

Most Treasured Ornaments (Part 5)

OK everyone, this is the last set. These are the last 3 ornaments. But remember there is still one more...this year's. I'll be sharing 2009's ornament sometime next week. Please enjoy.

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2006

This was our daughter's first trip to Six Flags Magic Mountain....and I can assure you my very last one. I'm getting too old for those roller coaster rides....Yikes! Nonetheless we had an awesome time.

Here's a closer look.

And on the back you'll find a souvenir button from the theme park.

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2007
And on this year we took our very first trip to San Francisco as a family. We bought there the ornament that's inside. I added our family picture and placed it in this heart-shaped ornament.

Here's a closer look.

For the back I made three little round ornaments, each with yet another memory for that year. The first one (the one on your left) has a picture of my daughter's favorite band. I included them because it was the first big girl concert she went to...with Daddy of course. Second one (the one in the middle) is a picture of my daughter with her braces, which she first got on this particular year. And the last one has my daughter's school logo on it. We had been trying to get her into this art school for a while and when she got in, it was a happy day worthy of commemorating.

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2008

And last, but certainly not least was our 2008 Family Road Trip. We drove from California all the way to South Dakota to visit Mount Rushmore for the very first time...making a few pit stops along the way.....Funnest family trip ever!!!

Inside I put a little ring box that I turned into a suitcase...see the little handle on the top of the lid? And in that tiny suitcase I put a bunch of souvenir pins, magnets and a few other pieces from our road trip.

Oh! And I can't forget this....Another tiny, little bottle holding some of our daughter's brace brackets. She had the braces for only one year. Pretty fast huh? She has always had a beautiful smile to me, but now I get to see it more often because she feels a bit more confident.

And this is the back of the ornament. Behind the tiny suitcase is a magnet from Hoover Dam, another one of our pit stops.

Well there you have it, all but this year's ornament since Hubby and I started our life together. Each capturing a special moment, memory or story. These are our Most Treasured Ornaments. Hope you enjoyed looking through these little treasures of ours. Don't forget to come back and check 2009's. Hope to see you all real soon. Until next time. Blessings.



Hugs and Kisses,

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Christmas Craft


As I was working on this year's Treasured Ornament, which by the way is just about completed, I was inspired to make a little something else.

I was using my awesome Cricut Machine to cut out some snowflake shapes for our ornament when I got this new inspiration.

Love my Cricut!

I cut three sets of the snowflakes and their shadows.

I also cut out the word "JOY" in this pretty red paper.

I then glued the snowflake to its shadow and a letter to each completed snowflake.
After I finished all three of my snowflakes I cut little slits on each side so I could run some ribbon through it to create this....

My little Christmas Joy Garland

So what do you think?

Oh! See my beautiful angel? It was a gift from my very dear and sweet blogging friend Jacque from Campagne Maison. Thank you again Jacque. I absolutely love her. Click on Jacque's blog name to go over for a visit. She loves company.

Well everyone, there are 9 days until Christmas. Are you stressing yet? I know there is so much to do before the Big Day, but please remember to take a few moments to reflect on the wonderful and true meaning of Christmas, Jesus!

Have a wonderfully joyful Wednesday everyone.

Until next time.

Blessings.

Hugs and Kisses,

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Most Treasured Ornaments (Part 4)


Before I begin, I wanted to take a brief moment to thank you all for your very sweet, kind and caring comments left on my previous Most Treasured Ornaments posts. These ornaments mean the world to my family and me and they bring so much joy to us...My sole intentions for sharing them was to share a bit of that joy with you all.

Thank you.

And now on to the next 4 ornaments.


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2002


This was our daughter's first year in a private school. Wow! Do you know how expensive that was? Needless to say she was only there for two years.

And on the other side I displayed hubby's and my very first voting ballot stubs and "I Voted" stickers. It was the very first election we participated in right after becoming U.S. Citizens.

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2003

May 22, 2003

Hubby and I celebrated our 10th year anniversary.

The traditional gift for a 10th year anniversary is tin, and to represent this, I placed this little mint tin cover in the ornament.

Here's a closer look.

On the other side we commemorated our daughter's First Communion.

Upon closer inspection you'll see a picture of my beautiful daughter in the background, a medal and a little prayer. It might be a little difficult to read, so here is what it says:


Dear Jesus,

May this medal be a remainder of your love for me. Welcome to my heart and thank you for your many blessings. Let me stay close to you always. Help me to serve you by loving others as you love me. This is my pledge to you on this very special day.


Briana


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2004

For this year I made a multi-faceted paper ornament out of pictures, ticket stubs and print outs of a few events that happened that year. It might be a little difficult to see what it looks like, so I'll show you a picture (below) to give you an idea. Remember these? I remember making them in elementary school.


(picture courtesy of twopeasinabucket. com)



This was the year my daughter had her very first Piano Recital. It was also the year the much anticipated movie "A Series of Unfortunate Events" released. My daughter love, love, love the books so watching the movie was a big deal for her.


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2005

And for our last ornament for today we have our super, fun trip to The Grand Canyon which we took during Easter Break that year.

It was our very first time there!

Up to that day, my family and I had never ever seen it snow. This was such a unexpected and wonderful surprise for us. This made me want a White Christmas even more. We had so much fun.

See us all in the snow? That extra little person in the middle is my daughter's best friend since kinder. He is just like family to us so we let him tag along. We love you and miss you Miguel.

And this little key that hangs on the ornament represents the beginning of some major home improvements we started that year.

Well there you have it, 4 more of our Most Treasured Ornaments. I will be doing two more posting to finish up. This coming Friday will be the last three ornaments I've made up to 2008 and the week of Christmas I will be sharing our Christmas ornament for this year...which I'm still working on. Can't wait to show you all. Keep checking back.



Thank you all for stopping by today. Hope you enjoyed your visit.

Wishing everyone a wonderful day.

Blessings.





Hugs and Kisses,

Monday, December 14, 2009

Our Next Home Project

(Where is that silver lining?)

This past week nature has been planning our next Home Project, and this weekend it decided it was time for us to get started on it. You see, it's been raining all week... a lot... which is good because we need the rain, but.......

Carpet and wall were ruined... I guess I can look at the bright side...I have been wanting to rip the carpet out for a while now. We put it in when we first bought our petite cottage 15 years ago, and believe me it needed to come out! No amount of carpet cleaning was saving that baby. We're getting new wood laminate flooring...Yay! Oh! And of course a new wall too. So, thank you nature? :-) It's not the best timing, but what can you do?

I do hope you all had a wonderful weekend and that this new week finds you happy, healthy and with a positive out look. Until next time my friends. Blessings.



Hugs and Kisses,

Friday, December 11, 2009

Most Treasured Ornaments (Part 3)

It's Friday Everyone!
Yay!


And as promised, here I am again with another set of our Most Treasured Ornaments. If you missed Part 1 and Part 2 just click here and here to see how it all began.


1998

On one side you will find our Christmas Family Picture.


And on the other side I displayed my business card and some doll-making related items. This was the year I started my own doll making business, "Ana's Doll Creations"...I'm sad to say I don't have it anymore, but it was worth capturing because for me it was a dream come true and a true accomplishment.

Don't know if it's clear enough...but that little doll was one of my creations.

1999

This ornament is of my daughter's and actually ours too, first trip to Legoland.

And on the other side you'll find a Legoland Dollar, plus in the background you can see our park admission's ticket stubs from our trip .


2000

So many wonderful memories for this year's ornaments.

My daughter started kindergarten. ( Her very first school picture.)

She was in her very first tap recital. So cute!

Cookie our Chihuahua became part of our family this year. Look how tiny she was.

And yes....that is a tiny, little tooth in a tiny, little bottle. Our daughter's first tooth that she lost.



2001
"I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again." John3:3

This year hubby and I went to the 2001 Billy Graham Crusade and publicly accepted Christ as our Lord and Savior in front of thousand.

So there you have it, 4 more ornaments and only 8 more to go. So please won't you come on back and check them out? Keep checking back, I will be posting about a few more in the next couple of days.

Thank you all for your wonderful and kind comments on my previous Most Treasured Ornaments posts. It brightens my day and fills my heart with joy to know that you are truly enjoying them.

Until next time.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Blessings.


Hugs and Kisses,