HAAAAAPPPPPY NEW YEAAAAAAAAR!!!!!! We went to Fondue last night and rang in the New Year with (we're wild, get this) my mom & dad, olivia & kennedy, aunty and uncle, and grandpa and grandma :] It was really tasty and fun, and it was the perfect way to start the year, with family :] (copyright, Hallmark) I haven't been blogging much lately... so I'm gonna post a ton of stuff to catch up & start fresh on my next post :] Enjoy :) Keith gave me this necklace for Christmas....and I LOOOOVE IT! He also gave me a canon 10.0mp digital camera so I can carry her around with me again (like the good ole days) and a really pretty aqua blouse :] Notice our wallmount Fireplace ;) OH YA! LA Bought the Firelog DVD! I gave Keith a wheel for his Xbox racing (he's obviously more official now), the new Britney cd (lol), Super Troppers DVD, a "coupon" book annnd a gift certificate to go Karting at Speedworld :) Grandpa and Grandma Lemonlaw MADE these cribs for the twins :] It was a really magical moment when they saw them :] It's for their dolls but Grandpa reinforced the bottoms well... soooo the girls were allowed to lay in them too :] I have soooo many amazing photos of Olivia and Kennedy this Christmas... but I can't show them. These will have to do. But if you saw them, you'd say things like "OHHHHHH! IT'S LIKE LOOKING AT THE SUN IN ALL IT'S GLORY! I'M BLIND!" and "OHHH! MAKES ME WANT A BABY---NO! TWWWWO BABIES!" and "OHHHH! MY HEADS GOING TO EXPLODE THEY'RE SO PRETTY" ;) Grandma pulled out the vintage wrapping paper... and I LOVED it as much as the gift :] We gave Kody and Dad a personal JugaJuice (they are both addicted to Juice and have developed a "father/son code" for who makes the next JugaJuice). It was a fun joke :] PS. That's one of my Grandma's in what she calls her "loud pajamas". It was so fun to have her with us for Christmas :} The Kitchen for Christmas Dinner at Mom and Dads :] Hehe, let's clear one thing up. Though you see my dad working hard, he comes in at the end and cuts the meat. Though he tries to take credit for the entire meal, it's my mom, grandma and aunties who do all the taste-magic ;) lol. Little Tomborine was tuckered out after all the gift excitement on Christmas Morning :] (Lola had to stay home, otherwise: picture KingKong thru NewYork/Empire State Building...but instead, up the tree and Konging thru all the presents and small children) Lol, we won't let Momma live this one down ;) This was my favorite gift. I made my dad a new pocket for his novels (he hides the book covers b/c shhhh, they're romance novels). And on each chapter, I wrote him a little love note :) He's called me yesterday and said he's already finished reading it... and he loved all the notes :] Mom got me another pashmina (LOVE)... naturally, I smelt it's wonderfulness. Gift wrapping is my favorite craft at Christmas :] I made/sewed 3 of these bags... 2 smaller versions as library bags for the twins and a bigger library bag for mom :) #1 Toy! It's all they wanted to play with ;) Lol, look at Kennedy with her butt sticking out like a nice bubba ;) LOL! This was the last gifts I made, on Christmas Eve Day :] A photo album for Kody, Mom&Dad and Amanda's family :) It was a pretty simple design, but it turned out to be a really special gift :) I might make one every year and we can have a series of our family thru the years :) The Wonder Years... [enter Kevin Arnold's narrative voice]. I don't have any photos of Christmas with Keith's family... :( But we had a great Christmas! On Christmas Day we went to Keith's sisters. We had a fun time and they have a beautiful home! It was the first time I met Karen...Keith's sister is him-as-a-girl, minus the english eyebrows. (It was kinda funny/freaky seeing them together!) Then Boxing day we went to Dave and Judy's and exchanged gifts and had a meal all with Keith's Nana! And Nana gave me some of her buttons! HALLAR! Plus Judy/Mom got me some buttons in America! Lol, there was more gifts that buttons, but that got me PRETTY excited!! I love Keith's family! They're so awesome :) Lastly, it was my very best friends birthday 2 weeks ago :) Happy Birthday Amanda!!! She asked me to make a big bag. I in turn made it sooo big that she can probably fit both her daughters in it, lol. Adjustments need to be made ;) Ok! I'm caught up on my photos! Yay :) Today's your last chance to enter the draw for 3 of Elsie's Embroidery Patterns :) Enter here :] We're on our way to another family dinner in an hour... I don't think I've cooked dinner since December 21st! And I'm afraid of the scale, lol. Happy 2009!!!!!