Monthly Archives: December 2008

Snow Day

This last Saturday we enjoyed a snow day, and thought it would be fun to take our little guy for a venture outside.

After thoroughly bundling him up in all the necessary gear, I stopped to look at him and laughed — for this is what I saw:

 

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We had a fun day 5 minutes outside — well worth the effort of getting him ready!

Let It Snow!

I’ve had a couple people ask me if my blog is snowing. Why yes, it is! And yours can, too (if you have a wordpress blog, at least). Here’s how you do it:

1. Go to your WordPress dashboard

2. Click on “appearance”

3. Click on “extras”

4. A screen will appear with a few different options you can check, including the option of having your blog “snow” until January 4.

And it’s just the kind of snow I like, too…pretty and peaceful, but without the cold and potential for hazardous driving conditions. 🙂

Extreme Room Makeover

One thing that’s had us occupied over the past several weeks has been our little “remodeling” project in our basement. Up until now, our 3rd bedroom upstairs has been occupied as “the office” — however, with the next little one on the way, we decided that we’d like to keep the nursery as “the nursery” and move W to his own bedroom — which meant that “the office” needed to find a new home. So…the pink room needed to be changed. 

“What is the pink room?”, you may ask? 

The pink room was a small, basically unfinished room in our basement that housed our pantry, treadmill, my scrapbooking massive, unorganized pile work area, and lots and lots and lots of junk storage.

Oh yes, and it was pink. Very, very pink.

We decided that we’d like to keep the treadmill and my scrapbooking area in that room, while adding all of M’s stuff from the upstairs office (which he used for video editing and other such lore) as well as my music/recording stuff. So, essentially, our goal was to transform the pink room into an office/recording studio/music center/scrapbooking area/gym.  

I like to call it “the creative suite”. And gym.

Here is a “before” shot taken from our family room…you can see a bit of the pink room to the right. To the left, you will see what was formerly and affectionately known as “my music corner”, where I kept all my music stuff. This area is key in our remodel because it actually ended up becoming a part of our new creative suite:

 

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Here is another before shot of the interior of the pink room, after we tore away the pegboard from underneath/around the window:

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As you can see, the removal of the pegboard revealed something that helped me better understand the previous homeowner’s decision to paint the room pink. Check out this lovely shade of brown that it was before:

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Pink is pretty bad, but I’d have to say that pukey brown combined with mustardy yellow to create a faux brick look is much, much worse!

Anyway, here’s a shot after they tore down the wall to my music corner:

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…and another shot after they had dry walled it and installed the lighting:

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And, a few steps later…the finished project!!!

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There are still a few more things we’d like to add…particularly to the far end of the room (along the wall where my keyboard/guitar are). We need to add a desk and some shelving to create my scrapbooking/music space (we are dreaming of Elfa shelving). I’d also like to add some more artistic elements (I’m thinking red accents). But, for the most part, the room is done…and we are loving it!

A Major Award!

In the words of the dad from A Christmas Story, I have just won a major award!

2, actually!

No worries, though, honey –no leg lamps will be gracing our bay window this holiday season. Instead, I — or the children, rather — will be the proud owners of this bear from Stuffington Bear company:

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and a this Tutu from Lil Diva Designs:

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You see, a few days ago I entered a photo caption contest on MCK Mama‘s blog. I’ve never entered one of her contests before, but I couldn’t resist the prizes.I mean, an adorable bear for our little boy, and a tutu for our upcoming little girl…hard to beat. Here was the photo that needed captioning:

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My caption:
Cindy Loo Who is back. And she’s ticked.

Somehow, I won…and just got emails from both companies that my prizes are on the way. Woot-woot!

Pardon my gloating. It’s just that I won a major award!

I wonder if the boxes will be marked “Fragile”…

(never seen “A Christmas Story”? Then nevermind…and do yourself a favor and go watch it right now. Go. :))

A Christmas Survey For You

OK, my friend Aimee recently emailed me this little holiday survey.

I love surveys.

I’m weird.

Anyway, I thought it would be fun to put on my blog — and, on the off chance that you’re just as weird as me (or bored; either one works…) I invite anyone reading this to take it yourself and post it on yours! If you choose to participate, be sure to leave a comment so we can all check it out. Enjoy!

A CHRISTMAS SURVEY

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? for Christmas, paper all the way. Any other time of the year — bags, bags & more bags. 🙂
2. Real tree or Artificial? I SO prefer the real tree — but this year, for many reasons, we stuck with our trusty artificial. Sigh. It’s still lovely, in my opinion. 🙂
3. When do you put up the tree? soon after Thanksgiving
4. When do you take the tree down? First week or 2 of January
5. Do you like eggnog? Does it have sugar in it? Then YES! (name that movie)
6. Favorite gift received as a child? Lots of favorite gifts…my dollhouse, the Santa Bear my grandparents hid in the closet…
7. Hardest person to buy for? My grandma
8. Easiest person to buy for? My 14 year old sister. She always supplies a very handy list. 🙂
9. Do you have a nativity scene? Yes, I am the proud owner of a WillowTree nativity set. It used to grace our bay window in the living room. Now that we have a 1 year old, it’s gracing the very top of a cabinet. 🙂 It’s OK, I still love it.
10. Mail or email Christmas cards? Mail! This year we are opting to send out our “family letter” with our birth announcements when the baby comes in April, though…so if we do send out a Christmas card it will be by email.
11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? The stomach flu, Christmas Eve 2005 (our first married Christmas). Awwww. ‘Twas a lovely night before Christmas. I think I caught almost ALL of the Christmas Story marathon on TBS that year…
12. Favorite Christmas Movie? It’s a Wonderful Life, Charlie Brown Christmas Special, A Christmas Story, Elf, Home Alone…so many!
13 When do you start shopping for Christmas? Right around Black Friday
14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? Nope. 
15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Rice pudding at my grandma’s.
16. Lights on the tree? yes!
17. Favorite Christmas song? O Holy Night
18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? Stay home, though since I’ve been married the tradition of traveling to Iowa sometime around Christmas has been fun.
19. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer? Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen,
Comet, Cupid, Donner & Blitzen and of course Rudolph
20. Angel on the tree top or a star? Star
21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? Family on Christmas Eve; Santa on Christmas morn.
22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year? Overcrowded stores and grumpy shoppers. And those beautiful European people at the mall kiosks who thrust lotion samples at you and tell you “they have a question for you”.
23. Favorite ornament theme or color? hmmm…don’t really have one.
24. Favorite for Christmas dinner? Again, rice pudding. Gotta have the rice pudding.
25. What do you want for Christmas this year? a fun holiday for my boy!

Sadness

Last night a woman from our church was killed in a tragic hit-and-run situation at a store not too far from here. The Star Tribune reported on it here.

I don’t know the family well at all, but I know she leaves behind a husband and I believe a grown son. Also, our church is fairly small, and the impact will be deep. Please pray for comfort and peace for all who are hurting – especially at this time of the year.

New Post Coming Soon…Until Then, a Question…

The holidays. A remodeling project in our home. Snowy weather. Baby girl on the way. A boy who is delighting in his first “memorable Christmas” (and somehow able to overcome all obstacles placed between him and the Christmas tree). My anticipation of the Christmas season this year and determination to savor it. There is so much to blog about…but no time today! I’ve got a Christmas preschool party to plan, Christmas shopping to do tomorrow, and various other household tasks to accomplish (while trying to keep said child from the Christmas tree — unsupervised, that is — I’m no grinch :)). Until I’m able to post again, I will pose a question to you all, simply because I’m curious: what kind of Christmas shopper are you? Please use the poll to answer, but please also be sure to leave a comment to elaborate. Otherwise it’s just a plain old poll, and that’s no fun.