lets ring in the new year.

i started to ring in the new year by getting some more scrapping done
and some much needed cleaning!
not bathe time for dillon and then we need to get ready to head to a friends house for a party!
cant wait to see mr carson daly........
have a fun night all and see you next year!


i would have to say this wold be one of my favorite pictures of dillon and drew. it was captured by mandy during our recent photo shoot. it captures the bond and the all time greatest smile too!!!

my to do list
gets longer and longer each day....
the list is all pretty unimportant but all in all it is my list.
laundry. still in piles on the floor. big job.
searching for a rug for the play room. partly check. deciding on a size now is the problem.
finding something to wear for the new years eve party. have nothing! drew would not agree
organzing dillons clothes that he has outgrown.
organizing all of our closets in the basement. need a week home by myself i think....
cleaning my scraproom. it is a disaster. i need a makeover in there is what i need!!
upload pictures.
put all recent pictures on my external HD.
get some scrapping done! have tons of fun new stuff that i can not wait to use!
maybe i should start packing as i clean for our girls scrap weekend coming up too!
yikes... i better get to work.
or lay on the couch and watch the bad new REAL WORLD.
i am such a sucker for these stupid shows.


this belly laugh

there is nothing better than this belly laugh.
i could listen to this all day long! and usually do.

he is also fiercely independent.
i find him most of the time in his room playing with his tool box of toys
that papa made him.
if not there--he is in the bathroom unrolling paper or looking
in the tub and trying to get his toys!
just a quick update b/f christmas. can not believe it is already
here! all gifts are wrapped and under the tree.
excited to have our first christmas with dillon! presents are way more
fun when you have children around to open them! or atleast eat the paper!
we are heading to Gardner Christmas Eve morning and then to my parents farm
Christmas morning. so excited to see all of our family!!!


get jacking

click HERE to see the newest jack!

here is mine.
love steph wheelers style.

so go get jacking. can not wait to see everyones take on this one.

the jack girls came up with some wickdly awesome jacks!! so go now......

i am in SD overnight for my last time for work......sitting in a parking lot
scamming internet from a different hotel.... it is -7 and i am in boots, a hat, mittens and
going to relax in my hotel!!!
have a great night all.


everything happens too fast...

over night dillon has turned in to a little boy. a little boy with an adventure in his blood, silliness, stubbornness, playfulness and most of all mischievous. he is into everything...everything but his million toys. the remote, the kleenex, the toilet paper roll, the tic tacs, all of the magazines in the rack, the metal B and anything else he can get his little hands on are by far his favorites.

besides mischief bath time is his favorite thing. he could sit in there and
splash splash splash all night long.

i have been getting some scrapbooking done....and i have started some new projects too. ordered some new supplies so hopefully i will get some work done soon. i always get ideas, get the stuff and then never get the projects done. but this time with all of the random stuff i have ordered i have to get this project done. with this friday being my last day @ work i will have some more time to get some fun things done! well that is what i think.....but i think staying @ home will be more work than actually working out of the home. but there is nothing i want more right now than to spend time with dillon while i can.......who knows how long it will last. and all i know is that is growing up way too fast!

i love this picture of D playing with his toys so quietly by the window. he has become so independent. tonight as i was in the kitchen cleaning up from supper i was chatting with him and he crawled away. when i was done i walked back by the bedrooms to find him. all of the lights were off but in his bedroom but he was not in there and when i turned on the light in our room there he was snuggled up with a sweatshirt of mine on the floor. when i turned on the light he sat up and smiled. in the dark snuggling with a sweatshirt........i cant get enough!


santa baby

he is my santa baby! i got this hat randomly when we were checking out @ the grocery store....i could not help but pick it up for him!!! he thought it was pretty fun to wear! atleast for awhile!

when we were @ my parents farm last weekend! we picked up a tree @ their tree farm! wish drew was there to help pick it out with us! but it looks perfect in the basement! we light it and put the decorations on it the other night! dillon thought it was pretty neat with the lights and the wrapping paper underneath--was so super fun!!!
love my little boy with hockey hair!
cant get over how much i love this picture!

with nana and papa getting our tree.
this weekend we hung out @ home on the couch friday night! i love nights that we can turn on the fire and watch tv and do nothing @ all. we lit the tree, wrapped presents (or i wrapped presents) and dillon played with all of the paper!
saturday night the girls and i went to the KERI NOBLE concert here @ the theatre! she is such an amazing singer! if i could have one wish...i would be able to sing! it is a talent that you can always use. everyday. always!
i have been sewing burp cloths for srbaby and making a ton of headbands! i like staying busy. but sometimes those are the last things that i want to do. i would rather lay on the floor with dillon and play! it is so hard to make time to do those things i need to do. and this time of year time with family and friends is so very important! i feel like i life has gotten a little crazy lately and we need to slow down and just enjoy each and every moment!
tonight we went to a friends house for dinner! thanks! it was so yummie! they are ahving their first baby in march! a little girl. we are so excited for them!
other thoughts
can not believe this tiger woods crazziness. who knew he was that kind of person?
party crashers @ the white house! so funny. the SNL live skit was hillarious.
brothers and sisters is so good this season! watching it right now. how to sure about nora's new BF though,..... sounds kind of sneaky! she just gacve him 100,000. yikes!
i think christmas presents are stressful. and wrapping even more. it should be more fun.
can not wait to watch dillon open his presents!
gotta so watch the rest of this show. getting tense.
good night.



this is a start of a table book.......lots more to do and of course i have not worked on it in weeks..... maybe this week. i love working with the small area of these kind of books. for this one i cut my own with rnadom pieces of cardboard, plastic and paper! the pictures are kind of blurry......but i am too lazy to take them over.

off to play. got dillon from daycare early!!!!


my dad............

is an amazing woodworker.
these pictures below do not even start to show the amazing work he does. from sleds, tables, rocking chairs, play tables, picture frames, easels, shelves, banks, toys and amazing toy models.... he can do it all. if you ever need anything built he is your man.

this first picture is of the new play table that he is making for dillon. the drawers underneath slide out on wheels for easy access and the top is perfect for toys and tucks!!!! and the cute little cahlkboards for us to write what is in the boxes....like we will even know after a few days of having this in the play area.
the tabogan he built for us a couple of years ago. it is so beautiful and work great right down through out yard and on to the lake....that is if you do not hit a tree on the way! :)
we will be taking some pictures around xmas time to show some more of his work!!

dad you truely are AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

i can not get the rest of the pictures to uplaod.... more to come!


2 saltines and 7UP please....

(written a couple of days ago....could not get it to publish)
sadly that was drew and i's thanksgiving dinner..... i had 2 saltines and a bottle of 7-UP. he just 7-UP. food poisoning. so glad we did not have anyone over wednesday night. and so glad we did not give any chicken to dillon. thanksgiving is sure not the same with all of the family around, laughter, good food and of course a nap.
dillon spent the say @ gramma and grandpa's since we spent most of the day in our bed. then the couch.................... we are better now! thank goodness. after an awful 24hours....i got up @ 5am and went to fargo and got tons of shopping done!!! i do not know why i put myself through that.....but with tons done i feel good about it!

on our way to the farm. well first a stop @ too see d's cousins cooper and kobey. then on to oakes to a funeral. then off to the farm for a few days!

SO BIG is my newest and most favorite trick.

we were @ a wedding last weekend!
had a great time. i even got to dance with my little handsome man!! :)
i think the middle picture is just too funny..... and the last one the cutest picture ever!!!
went to the parade of lights last night in perham! ---it was a bit chilly--but with hot coffee good friends and a short parade it was perfect.


the new jack is up!

click HERE to see who we jacked and all of the great jacks our team did!

lots has happened around here. friday got the news we have been waiting to hear--hoping it was better news but.....my job was reallocated. which in a short story means i can take a different job/territory or be done....... lots to think about but the jobs that are available are not in this area and we are not willing to move. so @ some point i will be done---just as to when is the question. drew and i now need to decide.......lots to think about....

besides that life is good!
the weather here in MN is the best november weather i can ever remember! sunday drew did tons of work out in the yard....no more leaves in the yard or in the gutters! him on the roof is a big deal so it was pretty amazing.......he only asked me to hold the ladder once when he was getting down---
getting tons of requests for baby headbands so am starting to work on some so hopefully will have some up in my etsy shop soon!


happy veterans day

happy veterans day dad!!! a little early.
you are my hero! (and many other peoples too) and i love you!
thank you for all you have done!
we had a great weekend @ home on the farm. dillon and i left thursday night and drew and his dad came on friday morning to start their hunt!
we got to see duke and dan (the horses), dry apples, see gigi, take naps, eat good food, relax and play play play all weekend! the weather was so perfect.... wish it was not hunting season so we could have actaully gone on a walk! i guess we need to get dillon some camou for next year!
thanks for the hoops gramma--i am going to start working on my project this week sometime!
this might be my favorite picture of the weekend.
this is so dillon. he thinks papa is so funny! and is showing off how big he can make his mouth!
he loves kisses from nana
and even got to see the deer grandpa barker and daddy got! they had a great weekend hunting on my parents and are very pleased with what the ended up with!
gramma gigi and i were @ the table talking and we look over and dillon is all lean back lean back in his chair! so funny! he cracks me up!

gramma gigi, dillon and i got to have lots of quality time together! thanks for the fun weekend gramma!
dillon's top teeth are now coming in. he is still not feeling the best but it is ok---b/c he is loving the snuggle time... and so am i! :)
not much else going on around here!
great MN weather
and working on headbands! :) so many things i want to get done!
working on the guest room---need something new on the wall. and want something easy and simple. can not find the perfect fabric though. might need to go hunting this weekend! vintage. maybe????
gotta watch my tivo--gossip girl! :)


today i...........

am loving crewcuts.....
the new catalog came today and i can not wait for D to be big enough to wear this stuff... too cute! or i wish i was a 7 year old girl so i could wear the awesome girl fashions!
dillons laugh
he is cracking me up all of the time with his double over belly laugh!
the fall weather
ok maybe it is more like winter already but i love to long sleeves and jeans!!!
i am craving them constantly!
gossip girl and the HILLS
they sadly are so very entertaining to me.

dillon has croup. we were in the ER last night. and he is being treated for influenza too just in case. he has a bit of a fever and was having raspy breathing! tonite he is feeling much better but we will see how the night goes! :) i am camping out in his room with him to make sure all is well. not a big fan of the weird breathing! he is such a laid back boy that he is constantly smiling even though we know he is so not feeling.

here are some more of my recent layouts! the first one is the one that was featured on the Creating Keepsakes blog last week for the CK and me section!!!
better get to bed!!!


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