Laptop is Fixed, I’m Fixed….OMG I missed y’all!!!

WOW!!! I have missed y’all! It feels SO AWESOME to back on here and back with y’all!!  I don’t have any crafties for y’all today, not YET anyhow. I had a BUNCH planned for Christmas and New Years but life happened!!  I have LOTS of Valentine ideas so stay tuned in!

So….what happened right?? Well….. It starts with, I GOT A JOB!! I am a Teachers Assistant at the Kids R Kids Learning Academy that my sweet Alice Marie goes to. I have 21 3 year olds and I fell crazy in love with them on day one!!  Not working for nearly 5 years, especially in a school filled with “kid cooties”, and maybe 2 years of breastfeeding left my immune system seriously lacking!!  I got sick. Fever of 103.2 and I ended up in Urgent Care clinic. While on antibiotics my laptop came down with it’s own illness. One day I got the BSOD!! Ya know, the Blue Screen of Death!!! Laptop went to the HP hospital. Antibiotics for bronchitis didn’t work. Ended up back in the Urgent Care clinic only this time I was diagnosed with PNEUMONIA!!!

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:( Huge sad face! Have you ever had it? It is absolutely DREADFUL!!! :'( I went on some serious antibiotics along with 6 other prescriptions!

I think I slept for about 4 days while in “pneumonia recovery” I don’t remember them at all! I’m much better now! It’s been about 2 weeks and I’m almost back to normal. Still coughing up yuck and still just a bit weak. Pneumonia is rough y’all!

AND…I got my laptop back with all my files and pics INTACT!! Y’all know, for a mom and a blogger losing your hard drive is a super scary thought!

Since I missed y’all so much I really wanted to share with y’all what’s been going on in my world!!

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Before all the super sickies started David helped me make these cute Santa’s for my class late one night.  We had the kids glue cotton balls on Santa’s beard. I saved one for Alice and had her make it when she got home from school.

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IMAG2349b Alice and Daddy put up the tree. Ya know, I never finished our tree or our mantel!! The tree was done enough that Alice loved it, but the box of ornaments I had bought in a the new scheme still hasn’t been open! Well, I’m ready for next year right!?

PicsArt_1355081145371Alice got a glasses!! She only needs to wear them for study time at school and home and while reading.

IMAG2352b Alice roasted her first marshmallows.

IMAG2302b Alice, Daddy and Uncle Charlie played a lot of Kinect Party!

IMAG2574b Alice sang in her first Christmas program at school! She was GREAT!!! Can you see her? Second cutie from the right staring right at the camera.

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My precious Texans fan!!

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Alice went to visit Santa. Yes, I am well aware that he is one extra giant Santa!!! LOL

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Now, literally 1 day after the first day I woke up and was able to get out of bed, my brother, his wife and their super precious nephew came from AZ to spend Christmas with us. It was such a perfect get well soon present!! From the left is my mom, then me in purple, my brother Jaddy behind me, his wife and my awesome SIL Julie, my precious nephew Jayden, my dad, my niece Angie on his lap, my precious Alice Marie, my niece April, my sister and their mom Nori behind them and my hubs David.

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Jayden, my dad, Angie, Alice and April

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Seriously!? Look at that kissy face! Snooki would be so proud! LOL

1356552063196b While Jayden was here we where blessed with precious moments like this!

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IMAG2876bWe took the kids to Monkey Joe’s and they had a blast!!

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We took the kids to Fun Plex, too! They had a blast there as well.

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On Christmas Eve my brother helped all the kids make cookies for Santa!

IMAG2655b Alice and Jayden put out their cookies for Santa and carrots and water for the reindeer.

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Alice’s special Christmas Eve pj’s, Christmas slippers and new Christmas book.  IMAG2682b Here is my precious girl sleeping and dreaming of Santa.

IMAG2687b Alice and Jayden on Christmas morning checking out what Santa brought them.

IMAG2714b Jayden was really proud of that present. It’s blurry but it’s a matching pink superman set to the superman set Jayden is holding. He picked it out for Alice. SO CUTE!!!!

IMAG2710b Someone was so happy she got a Dream Lights!!

IMAG2730b My Christmas cutie!!

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Happy girl!

IMAG2748b Now that all her cousins are over it’s time for the kids gift exchange!

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IMAG2911b While my brother and his family stayed with us, Alice slept in our bed. It seemed like there was a new someone special in our bed with Alice every night. This is at the end of the week!!

IMAG2955b We also had a tamale making party one night! It was ALL of our first times making them!

IMAG3082b Tonight, we actually had some fun outside with fireworks!

IMAG3078_BURST014b IMAG3075_BURST008b IMAG3074_BURST011b IMAG3059b IMAG3051b IMAG2998b IMAG3096b  Look!! It’s me!! I’m not in front of the camera very often.

1356549458062b My Christmas loves!!

For New Years, we are staying at home, having a fun relaxing special time with just us.

I’m going to do the fun countdown bags I found at The Idea Room. I’ll have everyone fill out this fun New Years Resolution print from 30 days.

Alice and I are going to make these fun Party Poppers I found on Make and Takes.

I have lots more ideas I’ve saved on Pinterest, you can see those here!!

I hope y’all had a wonderful Christmas, a wonderful holiday season and I hope y’all have a wonderful New Years!!

neilgaiman

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Christmas Sweets & Treats Round Up and Link Party

Welcome back to another week of Create & Share!

 

We want to see all your fun and delicious Christmas treats.

 How yummy do these look?

Christmas Sweets & Treats


1. Christmas Tree Waffles by Rutherford Family Happenings,  2. Reese’s Cup Reindeer by Hungry Happenings, 3. Easy Christmas Cupcakes by Something Swanky, 4. Santa Hats by A Little Loveliness,  5. Holiday Pretzel Treats by Spoonful, 6. Christmas Caramel Popcorn by Baked Perfection, 7.  Ornament Cake Balls by A Step in the Journey, 8.  Christmas Wreath Cookies by Cheerios and Lattes,  9.  Elf Munch by Crazy for Crust, 10.  Santa Grams, 11. Colorful Swirl Cookies by Our Italian Kitchen, 12.  Peppermint Crunch Popcorn Pops by Mom on Timeout,
Now, we want to be inspired by you!!  Share all your Christmas treats with us.



Fun Educational Creative Gift Ideas with BabbaBox

Alice and I got to try out of BabbaBox recently! If you don’t know what a BabbaBox is you are in for a fun treat!! If a box that is sent to your home each month with fun creative projects inside for you and your kids to enjoy.

Our box’s theme was the Sun, Moon & Stars.

It contained a creating a moon activity which we are going to show you below, a constellation frame using sun paper, a pair of binoculars to seek out the moon and stars, along with a lunar calender for your child to fill out while using their new binoculars. The box also contained a book perfect for story time and a lot of coloring pages. You can even connect online, for this theme your child will learn how to play Twinkle Twinkle Little Star on a digital piano.

Alice and I made our very own moon. It’s a paper-mache activity and also makes a wonderful nightlight.

Here is her moon sitting on her nightstand as a nightlight.  It’s so hard to get a decent picture of it in the dark. I even took a bunch of pics with Alice holding her glowing moon sitting on her bed. But they didn’t come out.

It really is a cute moon. Alice loves it and I know it means a lot to her since she made it.

Below is a video that gives you an overview of Babbabox.

 

That is Jessica Kim, she is the founder and CEO of the BabbaCo. She is a Jersey born wife and mother of three. Jessica has been featured on Rachael Ray Show, Good Morning America, People.com’s baby blog and Daily Candy.  She is also one of Crain’s 40 under 40.

In her own words, “I envisioned a source that would provide
both practical solutions and insight in a fun, non-threatening, and authentic way. We are parents.
We are all blindly trying to do our best to create a world of opportunities for our kids. We want the
best for them and we are very intentioned in trying to give it to them. Kids only ask for you to be
present, and in return they give you everything. Yet when I became a parent, I could not find a
company or resource that provided the inspiration and tools to help me navigate this busy world
while still being the kind of parent I wanted to be. That’s why I started BabbaCo – to empower
parents to discover more meaning in everyday moments, and create a fun and enriching childhood
for their kids.

I LOVE this concept, it’s perfect for us busy parents. We want to provide unique, fun, enriching and education ideas for our kids.  It really is so convenient to have a box full of just that sent to your home each month. It’s a wonderful way to connect, teach and have fun with your kids. I’m so please I was given the opportunity to try out a box from BabbaBox

BabbaBox is a theme-based box delivered to your door that allows you to enjoy a little convenience and inspiration! As any parent can attest, the most important thing you can give to your child is quality time. BabbaBox makes this possible by helping you to save time, money, & mindspace.

Just think! Fantastic monthly activities with ALL the materials for kids ages 3-6. Included in the box are 3 projects + 1 bestselling book + digital download + parent surprise gift!

The best part? Babbabox makes a GREAT unique gift during the holiday season.

Act now! Get 50% off your first month when you sign up for a monthly membership using the code, SWAY100. Offer expires December 31, 2012.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of BabbaBox. The opinions and text are all mine.

Christmas Activities for Kids Round Up and Link Party

Welcome back to another Create and Share party with AliLily, Cheap Crafty Mama and Happy Go Lucky!

Christmas is quickly approaching and the kids will be out of school soon… do you have anything planned to do with them?

Check out some of our favorite ideas we have found and then please share your own!
Magnetic Nativity from According to Kelly, Snowman bubbles from Inspired By Family Mag,
Felt Nativity Scene from Mama Smiles, Printable Christmas Shadow Match Game from Busy Little Bugs,
Silver noodle star ornaments from Pink and Green Mama, Christmas Day Play Dough from Nurture Store ,
Paper plate Christmas tree from Easy Child Crafts,
Printable Nativity Pre-K Pack from Over the Big Moon, and Graham Cracker Gingerbread House from Cooking with my Kid

 

Now I’m super excited to see what you have to link up!

Please share your favorite Christmas activities for kids with us!


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