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WOW – the end of the year is just about here…truly – the year has flown by for me. I cannot believe it is going to be 2008…this just blows my mind for some reason!
Anyway – Christmas was absolutely BEAUTIFUL here. I think everyone was spoiled. Allen received cordless tools from Crystalyn and I which he has been dreaming about for quite some time. He also received all kinds of other little tidbits…and loved it all. Crystalyn was quite spoiled to say the least…a digital camera, a camcorder, several books of fantasy that you touch them and they have different textures and stories about certain subjects and hidden compartments…they are very cool….,beautiful jewelry, beautiful wand (which she has always wanted) (she is very much into fantasy things), and other assorted goodies that brought a huge smile on her face for hours and hours….(patting myself on the back for doing good this year)…and I was definitely spoiled…received a collector’s Gators helmet (love it), angel stuffies galore, and my daughter bought me a star….there is a star registry that she bought a star and named it Joshua Jaye…(I know it is all promotional and such because no one can own a star) but it is the ultimate in a gift..along with the star – she bought me this high tech telescope that hooks up to your computer and you can take pictures of the stars and upload them and print them out…WOW…finally watching and taking pictures of the stars – how so very AWESOME…I just cried…it is the best of the best. My girlfriend sent me a package loaded with fantastic goodies…I was just stunned….just amazing!!! It was all just so perfect!

So Christmas was beautiful….we ate and ate and ate – we had a huge Turkey dinner with all the trimmings just like Thanksgiving….it was WONDERFUL…we were so stuff, we could not move for hours…(that is the best kind of meal). Both our sons called so that was wonderful.

We have been just relaxing ever since…enjoying the stress free time together and vegging out. I have, of course, been watching every football game (including bowl games) that I can possible find. It really has been a fun football season.

I have continued to create at my art blog (FINDING MYSELF). I think I am officially hooked on creating Kaleidoscope images…it has been colorful, and has given me a lot of instant gratification which is always good.

Now our celebration is not over…I also celebrate “Three Kings Day”. I was brought up celebrating it…putting a box of hay and a bowl of water under your bed on the night of the fifth of January to feed the camels of the Three Wise Men on their Journey to see the Baby Jesus. So we continually send out any more cards to those that we may have forgotten or not had time – we keep sending out packages to family and friends that we were not around with during the holidays and such. After the 6th is when all the decorations come down and life moves on. We also have a special meal on the 6th…usually a pork roast and lots of stuffies to go with that. I just love Tradition.

I think I have pretty much caught up on news…If I do not get a chance to get an entry done before hand…I want to wish you all a very BLESSED and PROSPEROUS New Year.
My Wish For You For 2008:

May peace break into your house and may thieves come to steal your debts. May the pockets of your jeans become a magnet of $100 bills. May love stick to your face like Vaseline and may laughter assault your lips! May your clothes smell of success like smoking tires and may happiness slap you across the face and may your tears be that of joy. May the problems you had forget your home address! In simple words …………

May 2008 be the best year of your life!!! Until 2009, 2010, 2011..

Until Next Time …… PEACE!!!



WOW – busy busy busy….Time has just flown by…I just cannot figure out where I lost track of it all. I will say..I have finished ALL my Christmas shopping…I have about 5 cards left to send out – but they might be late…they are all out of country.

Also – my son who is stationed in Kentucky canceled (at the last minute) his trip home. It just about broke my heart.  My hunnie is mad because this is typical of AJ – very impulsive and does these things on a constant basis…especially when it is NOT his money that is being wasted. I am just disappointed…I really thought he would come…but I was wrong. So it will be the three of us…and that is BEAUTIFUL… we have a HUGE turkey dinner planned with all kinds of good stuffies with it and gifts galore.

So just to add a bit more stress to my week…my daughter tells me that she needs the payment and pictures and letter for her dedication page for the yearbook by today…(this was two days ago). So I had to get a dozen prints sent off to walgreens (took 4 hours of picking and choosing) for overnight printing and had to get a money order for $275 for the full page dedication (she always wanted a full page) (with that money it better be outlined in gold – LOL) and I had to write a dedication letter to her about “whatever” I felt motivated to write.. So I thought I would share my letter here…let me know what you think:

Crystalyn Rose 
“I hope your dreams take you to the corners of your smiles, to the highest of your hopes, to the windows of your opportunities, and to the most special places your heart has ever known.”
We never knew so much LOVE & JOY could come from having a child.
Your sense of humor and spunk for life and creative thinking amazes us…and your compassion for others makes your heart bigger then most adults we know.
Our pride in you grows daily as does of course our LOVE..if that is at all possible.
You have strong convictions and will fight tooth and nail for your family and friends and those that you care about.
You have a massive soft spot for animals-which shows the depth of your kindness..and you speak your mind no matter what the circumstances or consequences. Showing that you stand strong in your faith and beliefs – that you are a leader and not a follower.
We are very proud to say you are our daughter..and although you are spreading those beautiful wings of yours and going out to claim your life…We wish for you the VERY best of all that life has to offer..
CONGRATULATIONS on your first step to life’s opportunities..
Smile always to show kindness to others
Laugh to enjoy the fullness of life
Love to always be filled with unending joy
Dream to strive for the best of everything…
Follow your Dreams – Believe in Yourself – Be You
We Wish You Enough….!!!
 She thought it was awesome – so that is all I care about. This morning she turned everything in so she is happy and that makes me happy!!! Now we still have to pick out invitations and memory goodies and measurements for caps and gowns. (this is ALL more money) I know I keep mentioning money but it just seems that companies take every opportunity to charge you unbelievable prices for some crazy stuff. She did FINALLY get her senior portraits back and her class picture (almost 900 students in one picture) they do a panoramic picture of the class – you do have to LOOK to see where your kid is…that was another 40 dollars.(just the class pic) Her portraits were $215.
We never got our lights on the house done…just too much for us right now. But I did manage to get a picture of the little tree by our front door….my camera’s battery was running low so the lights got swirled in the picture…but here it is:
I think it has a cool effect….so that is our Christmas tree…everyone who has seen it LOVES the idea and have claimed they are going to do that also…LOL. I think I have started a trend….LOL .
 For now I think I have updated all that has happened. I have really had a WONDERFUL holiday season so far…some BEAUTIFUL people who I have met through blog land have sent me things that made my heart cry – they have touched me so much…I have some surprises for them…(might be late) but I hope they love it nonetheless. I have continued every day to blog and create in my art blog (FINDING MYSELF)- which for me is BRAVE because it is putting myself out there for all to see and judge…and so far – KINDNESS AND LOVE is what I have been shown….I AM BLESSED.
If I am unable to blog here before Christmas – I wish you ALL a very BEAUTIFUL and BLESSED Christmas filled with JOYHAPPINESS – and LOVE!!!
Remember to HUG those you LOVE!!!


I feel like I am doing and doing and doing but nothing is getting full accomplished.

I did manage to at least get my list all written out for Christmas cards (which for me is a big task-I always have to double and triple check that I have the most recent addresses for family and friends) but I still have not written out all my cards.

We do have the little tree up…with snowmen along the bottom..looks good but I am still looking for the topper and the tree skirt..(I thought they would be in the boxes marked Christmas stuff – but I am wrong). The lights on the house are still not up because Hunnie seems to be having the case of the lazies…that is ok but I just wish he had gotten them up first before coming down with the lazies..lol.

I did also manage to get my artwork printed out (for gifts) so that was good…now after sitting and pondering on them…I want to change some so I have to reorder some things.(I thought I was done – but I over think things too much).

I have totally bought for everyone…I am done…OKAY except for one son…Lord he is difficult to buy for and keeps claiming he does not want anything because we paid for his plane ticket home. So I am stuck there.

I am keeping up with my art work…really wanting to keep creating as long as the feeling is with me…because it is allowing me an outlet to just release stress and feel good about whatever. So since the beginning of November I have blogging every day with a creative piece in my art journal – check it out if you wish – FINDING MYSELF.

I have been keeping up with my groups that I run online – so this is a good thing.

I am so far behind in emails – I cannot see the daylight there – WOW email sure multiples when you are not looking!!!

 I have been lax in keeping up with my picture taking…but truly nothing has changed to take pictures of…I am still sitting outside every evening with my hunnie and enjoying the fire pit and the stars…I am still so amazed looking at the stars…(a personal obsession with me). It really has been nice to just sit in the quiet of the night and chat about whatever..seems to be a nice calming time for us both and I think has added to our relationship.

Well – I am going to try and relax without thinking about how far behind I am in some things…I hope everyone has finished up their christmas shopping and decorating…leave me a comment and let me know!!!

Until Next Time ….. PEACE!!!