Sunday, December 12, 2010

Savior Subway Art

I waited and waited for someone to come up with some great subway art that captured the true meaning of Christmas. 
I have this whole nativity vignette on my piano that begged for something less commercial.
With all the great graphic artists out there, you'd think there'd be SOMETHING, but alas, I couldn't find it, so...I made my own!  
I'm so NOT a graphic artist, but I really like how these turned out.  AND you can pick your color!  
P.S. These would make great VT gifts, YW gifts, or neighbor gifts, and all you have to do is print it off and maybe find some cute frame to put it in!
Hope you like it--Merry CHRISTmas to you all!
(May not be printed for financial gain.  Personal use only.) 










Monday, December 6, 2010

Deja Vu

If you'll remember this post from last year, you'll understand why I was a little freaked out on Friday. 

I was on I-15, on my way to pick up the girls from school, when a semi in front of me tried to change lanes and sideswiped another vehicle, sending a little Ford Taurus spinning across all three lanes of traffic and skidding onto the median right next to me.  I slammed on my brakes to avoid hitting her (I don't know how she wasn't hit by anyone else), then pulled over and ran out of the van to make sure she was okay.  Other than being a little shook up, she was uninjured.  The poor little lady was on her way to pick up her granddaughter from school, and had no idea what had happened to her.  She thought maybe she'd blown a tire and lost control.  The semi that hit her (and KNEW he hit her) just kept on going and didn't bother stopping. 
I was literally 50 yards away from the location of the horrific accident I witnessed last year.  In fact, from where I was standing, I could see the mismatched concrete slabs that were replaced on the barriers because of the last accident.  It was surreal. 

I don't understand why I keep ending up with a front-row view to these situations, but I'm grateful to be one of the only ones with good enough sense to stop and help.  Traffic was CRAZY and only 3 cars stopped.  I'm not sure if the UHP caught up with the semi, but I sure hope they did.  It's one thing to make a mistake, it's another thing to run away from one. 

I'm thinking I'll be taking the backroads from now on.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Glitterfied!!

Anyone else feel as though the holidays are one big rush of madness?  The problem is, I keep adding to it and getting myself into trouble by doing the fun things first (i.e. putting up the Christmas tree, sewing new Christmassy pillow slip covers, and scouring DI for a white cable knit sweater to use for a hurricane cover {I'll be posting on that cute creation later...}, blogging...) before doing the not so fun things (i.e. laundry--loads and loads and loads of laundry; and finishing the kitchen cabinets so we don't have to keep checking the rubbermaid storage bins in the living room when in need of utensils, tinfoil, or plastic lids).  It really would be much more pleasant around here if I'd just get those things done, but as explained in my previous post, I have a sorry track record for doing things in their proper order.  Besides, I always get a little obsessed with glitter at this time of year.  I just can't rest until my living room has some LOTS of glitter in every single nook and cranny.  Why do I all of a sudden relate so intimately with the dog on UP?  Squirrel!

To top it all off, I just added to my list of things-to-do after watching my friend, Tausha, on a segment of Studio 5 last week. I've already taken advantage of her creativity with an Advent Canister I swapped her a tie for. The kids will get to take turns pulling out a paper and doing whatever fun activity she came up with.  This concerns me a bit, since I have no idea what came out of her pretty little head and onto the papers my children will be reading and consequently acting out.  BUT...I've decided it's worth the risk.  Know why?  Because now I only have to come up with 2 more advents before Wed....but I digress...

Tausha's full of great ideas, so I'm using her expertise again and making my own "Good Deeds Jar" for each of the girls this year.  Good deeds are printed on strips of paper and put into a cute little jar, decorated with all sorts of Christmas ribbons and paper and yarn and stickers and (OF COURSE) glitter!  Then you pull one strip a day, and do whatever is printed on the paper. At the end of the day, you write what you did and how you felt, sign your name, then put it into a little box under the tree.  On Christmas morning, that box becomes your gift to the Savior, and you take turns reading what everyone has written about their experiences during the month.  I'm excited to see what the girls will write, and I'm looking forward to having such a great way of bringing all the gift-giving back to its source.  Doesn't that sound neat?  We did these for FHE tonight.  Here's how ours turned out:

The List:

Pick out something from your closet and give it to someone who needs it.


Shovel your neighbor’s walks.


Purchase a can of food to give to a local food bank


Give a dollar to Humanitarian aid on your tithing slip, 
or put some change into
the Salvation Army’s red bucket.


Write a Christmas letter to a soldier who is overseas


Clean your room without being asked to


Write a thank you note to someone who has done something nice for you lately


Bring a small bag of candy (such as Hershey Kisses) to give to the people who help you every day
crossing guards, bus drivers, teachers, librarians, etc.


 Deliver a small package of homemade cookies or candy to the neighbors


 Do all the dishes after dinner


 Take out all the trash in the house


Bring your dad a cup of hot chocolate when he comes in from working outside, or comes home from work


Tell your sister(s)/brother(s) what you like best about him/her.


Be kind to someone who is hard to get along with.


Tell someone the story of when Jesus was born.


Give everyone in your family a hug!


Clean your room without being asked.


Write a Christmas letter to a faraway aunt/uncle.


Smile and be cheerful today.


Talk about the REAL meaning of Christmas at dinnertime.


Help Mom wrap gifts.


Write a thank you note to Dad for everything he does for us.


Go all day without arguing or fighting with anyone.


Start the day with a prayer of thanks to Heavenly Father for the birth of His Son.

This is the tag we put on our box under the tree.  Sorry it's not clear, but you get the idea.

  
 I printed this onto adhesive nametags and just stuck them right onto the pint jar.

 
 We rolled up the little strips of paper around a pen to make cute little curly-q's to put in the jars.

I found these keys at Walmart for $1.  For the lesson, I asked the girls to tell us what they wanted for Christmas.  Before we had a chance to sit there all night going through everyone's wish list, I brought up the real meaning of Christmas.  I asked what Jesus would want for Christmas if we were to have been there the night He was born.  "For us to be nice to everybody, no matter what!" came the first answer....I have such great kids! :)  I explained the concept of the Good Deed Jar and told them that the "key" to having a happy Christmas is in doing good for others.

I'm also using this activity for our Activity Days Girls this week. 


I really wish I was a graphic artist and could make some adorable printable for you to attach to your sufficiently glitterfied jars, but alas, I am not.  If only someone from The Fickle Pickle or A Bushel and a Peck had this idea first so I could snag their always cute stuff, but we're stuck with mediocre me.  Oh well.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Order.

I took a little break from the impromptu kitchen remodel to do a little blog-hopping while eating my lunch.  One of my favorites is Asking Jane, whom I've mentioned before is a mother of eleven who blogs about life and answers letters from women who are just beginning their mothering journey.  I'm compelled by her loving attitude and have never found one piece of advice that is not useful and important.  Today was no exception.   
 
Because my daily to-do list is always so enormously long that I never get to finishing it all, I tend to jump straight to the things that I WANT to do, rather than doing things in ORDER.  This of course, leaves lots of important things out of my day because I simply don't want to do them.  I justify it by being busy ALL DAY LONG, and at the end of the day declaring, "Look at everything I got done!"  Jane's post today  put things into some much-needed perspective for me, and I'm grateful that  she takes the time to share her wisdom with strangers like me.  I very easily could find myself in the same category as some of her friends who she watched "struggle with their faith, lose their testimony, and let go."  That's a pretty powerful reality to come face-to-face with, and so easy to neglect your way there.
I love the scripture she shared at the end of her letter.  It's one that I don't recall having heard before, but it opened my heart to a new reality.  A hopeful, faithful one.


Sunday, November 14, 2010

PFP Harley Shoot