Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas!

If I only had one decoration to put up at Christmas time, I would choose my Precious Moments nativity set! I got this the first year that Tony and I were married, and added pieces over the next several years.

It really conveys the true reason why we celebrate. The birth of Jesus!

"Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger." Luke 2:11-12 (NIV)

Merry Christmas to all our family and friends!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Santa's Little Elf

Santa's little helper, aka Tressie, has been bringing little surprises this week for Grandpa and Grandma.

Yesterday morning I went to her bag to get her clothes for the day, and there was this candle from Bath & Body. I LOVE the Frosted Cranberry scent!

Today it was Peppermint Candy Cane cocoa and scratch tickets! Well, didn't win anything on the scratch tickets, but sure will enjoy the cocoa!

Thank you Tressie!!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Christmas Time!

Yes, we are going to celebrate Christmas at our new little house on the Wild Horse prairie! I am just very slow in getting things done this year. We finally got this pretty tree after searching thru the town of Lamar, CO, one Saturday several weeks ago. Tony, Tressie and I went on the hunt and came up empty handed. Seems any place that did have them in Lamar, was sold out! We quickly made a call to Tony's Mom and Dad who were in La Junta buying a tree, and they brought this pretty tree home for us!

I think that I mentioned in an earlier post, that I collect snowmen. These happy characters are scattered throughout our house!

This little guy has the honor of holding Tressie's cute little Christmas picture!

Emily got me these three cowboy snowmen on one of our Christmas shopping trips. They will greet you when you come in the front door!

And, our new Christmas stockings that I bought at Target on Black Friday. Oh dear Santa fill them well!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

The Judds Concert!

Emily and I went to the Judds concert last night in Colorado Springs! We had a great time! Emily mentioned the idea of going way back when she found out that they were coming to town! Being the practical homebody that I am....I said, "Oh, it's on a Tuesday night and it will be late! It's in December, and what if it snows and the roads are bad?" You know, the un-fun Mom! Well, on Monday after checking the weather report and finding out that the weather was going to be great, Emily embarked on a mission to figure out how to get us to the Judds. Ends up, getting tickets was no problem at all! Yes, as you can see, my ticket proves that I was there! Unfortunately, none of my pictures turned out! You will have to check out Emily's blog,, for all of the fun details!

Oh, Christina, we had to drag each other out the door at the end of the concert to keep from buying Judds t-shirts! We figured that Tony and Justin wouldn't understand the importance of $30 Judds t-shirts!

It was a great time, and they were just as good, or better, than when we saw them 20 years ago at the Greeley Stampede. Thanks Emily for taking me along!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Christmas Crafts

Emily and I have been working on our Christmas crafts and are going to take them to the Craft Fair in Kit Carson this Friday afternoon. We decided to add some pink to our crafts as there will also be a benefit dinner for a Kit Carson employee who is just starting her battle with breast cancer.

These chenille snowman turned out to be quite a bit of work, but aren't they cute!

As many of you know, I collect snowmen, so it's only right that we have ALOT of snowmen in our crafts!

Something without snowmen! Tony cut these metal stars for us, and I think that it is about the favorite for Emily and me!

I saw these cute button ornaments in one of my new Christmas magazines. They were so easy to make, and would make a nice little gift for the seamstress in your life!

I made these ornaments out of a quilt that my Great Grandma made for me when I was a little girl. Yes, an antique! Why did I cut it up to make ornaments? Because I had used it so much when I was little, it was literally falling apart! So I just tried to salvage what I could.

And, last but not least, the cherry mash! This has become a hot item at the craft fair! Last year I didn't participate, and had many, many requests for the cherry mash!

If you happen to be near Kit Carson, CO, on Friday afternoon, stop by the school and check the craft fair out!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Livestock Market

What, you ask, has Tressie sitting so quiet and still on Grandpa's lap?

Watching the Winter's Livestock Sale on the internet, of course! They are keeping a close eye on the market as we will be selling some cattle in Burlington on Thursday.

Oh, in case you're wondering, the market is steady!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Operation Christmas Child

For quite a few years now, I have been packing shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child. Last year, 8 million shoe boxes were given out in over 130 countries. Operation Christmas Child has one mission, which is: To demonstrate God's love in a tangible way to needy children around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.

There is something very satisfying thinking about a child receiving their shoe box and the excitement that they must feel! For some of these children, it will be the only gift that they will receive.

I actually have started shopping year round for my boxes. I have a box in the closet which is designated for Christmas Child purchases. The dollar store is a great place to get very good items for the boxes. Another good time to shop, is back to school time. You can pick up a box of crayons for a quarter!

You can use any ordinary shoe box and choose to wrap it or not. I have started buying the plastic shoe box size with a lid at Wal-Mart. You can buy these for about a dollar. I consider it a useful item for the child, or their family.

Instead of wrapping the box, I buy colorful bandannas and line the shoe box. Another gift for the child! This one is obviously for a girl, the boys usually get the red or blue bandannas.

I usually pack boxes for the 5-9 year old children. You can also choose 2-4 year olds, or 10-14 years old. I don't know of any child that does not like to color. They always get a coloring book and a box of crayons in my box. I usually add a box of colored pencils and a pencil sharpener too.

Some of the suggested items to be packed are hygiene items. I always add a comb, a wash cloth, a bar of soap, toothpaste and a toothbrush (or two)!

I always include some kind of toys. This year I found punch balloons. The boys usually get some Hot Wheels cars. Jumpropes, small stuffed animals and games are also good. I ALWAYS send candy and gum (just not chocolate). After all, they do have toothpaste and toothbrushes!

A t-shirt always goes in the box. Sometimes socks as well.

When everything is packed, and ready to go, you stick a label on top of the box indicating if your box is for a boy or a girl, and which age group.

The last thing to be done, is to get your boxes to a designated collection site. Our church in Cheyenne Wells happens to be a collection site this year! They ask that you make a $7 donation to help with shipping costs. If you make this donation on line, you are able to track the destination of your box. Last year, my boxes went to Mexico!

If you are looking for a fun and fulfilling project, you might consider packing shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child next year. I am thinking that this might be a fun project for Tressie and I to do together!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Second Generation Pumpkin!

Twenty seven years ago, Emily dressed up in her first Halloween costume. Her Grandma Chisman made her this little pumpkin costume. She looked so cute!

Today, I dressed Tressie up in it! She also looks soooo cute!

Sure it's a little big, but I couldn't wait a whole year for these pictures!

She's a keeper!

Still to come...we have a Minnie Mouse costume, a Raggedy Ann costume, a clown costume, a 50's poodle skirt.... Stay tuned!!!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Happy Birthday, Tony!

Today is Tony's 52nd birthday! Happy Birthday, love you, and wish you many more!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Pumpkins, pumpkins and more pumpkins!!!

Pumpkins are my favorite way to decorate for fall!

We have outdoor pumpkins, orange pumpkins, white pumpkins...

Homegrown pumpkins...(yes, I grew all three of these)!

Indoor pumpkins...

Mini pumpkins....(I grew these too)!

Big wooden pumpkins....

And small wooden pumpkins....

Chenille pumpkins...

And even a pumpkin pillow!

What would fall be without pumpkins!!!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Open House/50th Birthday Party

We had an open house on Saturday, September 25th, which also happened to be my 50th birthday! It was a beautiful fall day and we enjoyed visiting with alot of family and friends!

Our neighbor and friend, Judy Jacobs, made a fun cake for the open house and also a 50th birthday cake for me!

I finally got some pictures of our new house posted in my last post. So, if you weren't able to come that day, you can take the tour via the blog!

Our new little HOME on the Wild Horse Prairie

Tony and I have been living in our new house for about a month now. It is officially our new "home"! Everything has found a place, and we have been able to sit in the living room in the evenings and enjoy it! We still have quite a bit of landscaping to do next spring, but Tony has worked hard and we do have more than just a big sand pile!

Another view of the outside.

We are loving the open space of the living room/kitchen/dining room area!

The kitchen is very functional, with just the right amount of cabinets and counter top work space!

The large dining room space allows us to extend the table for more seating. The patio door also gives us alot of bright sunlight during the day!

The master bedroom.

The master bath.

The office.

The guest bath, which Emily refers to as the spa bath!

And, the guest room which also is Tressie's room with her crib, toys and baby gear!

We would love to have our family and friends stop by when they go "thru" Wild Horse!