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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Home again, home again

jiggity jig.  That IS a children's rhyme right?  I am not completely losing it am I?  LOL

Having two families that do not live near each other can be a little difficult around the holidays.  Our solution most years is to spend Christmas with one family (this year it was mine) and then celebrate Christmas over New Years with the other side.  We were so lucky to get to see DH's cousin (yes, he only has one!) and her family along with his 2 uncles and aunt.  Since his family is so small and for the longest time my girls had no cousins, Angie's girls filled in that spot so perfectly.  Her oldest is only a couple of months younger than L and they all get along so well.  The family has definitely grown and we managed to get a picture (OK, so not EVERYONE cooperated but what more could you want?)  These kids had such a great time and it was very hard to leave.

So the gift that got passed around the most would have to be L's hat from DH's Uncle John.  :)
 Best gift award (according to both of my girls) was definitely tickets from their grandparents to the Francesca Battistelli concert which include a Meet and Greet before hand. Jeremy Camp will also be there (there mom is very happy about that!) but my girls are more interested in meeting Francesca!

Coolest gift award definitely goes to the one we opened a bit early.  DH and I were told to make sure to have the girls at my in-laws early so they could open a special gift.  My sister-in-law volunteers at the zoo and for a fund raiser they sell tickets to get to feed the tiger.  How cool is that???  So we took the girls to zoo Friday afternoon and they got to help prepare the food for the tiger, bear and a few other animals.  Then we got to take it into the cage (the tiger was locked out of course!)  My sister-in-law got a picture of us in the cage.  I hope to share that soon.

My favorite picture from this weekend has to be this one of the girls with their cousins. It just makes me happy. :)

 Have had fun playing with some gorgeous Webster's Pages paper lately. Love the great patterns they use, vintage but with such great colors.  Used mostly the Trendsetter collection on this one.  I needed to do a layout about DD's unique style.  It is not the clothes that she wheres necessarily, but the ones she won't wear.  She absolutely refuses to wear jeans.  She had a outdoor field trip a couple of months ago and we actually had to buy her some jeans because she did not own a single pair.  I used to buy them for her only to have them sit in the closet and never make it onto her body.  So I gave up!

I have also decided to give the Project 365 a try this year.  I am going to try and add it to my margin on the right if you are interested.

Thanks so much for visiting today.  Have a wonderful Wednesday!


Debby said...

What a wonderful family time and the photos are great. You'll have reliving those memories in your scrapbook. Good luck on project 365. It looks like you have a great start.

Lisa Rukin Swift said...

Looks like you made some wonderful family memories, Lisa. :) My Alexa would be all over the idea of feeding the animals at the zoo!

Tracey Taylor said...

I really love your design on this page.

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

GORGEOUS photos ... sounds like an AMAZING holiday!! LOVING the idea of feeding the tigers!! And love love love your lo!! Just BEAUTIFUL! :):):):):):):):):):):)

pattyo said...

Wonderful photos! Super cute layout!

Sandie said...

Great post! Such fun family memories! I've thought of doing project 365 too, but I know I won't do it.My son is 19, and isn't as amenable to my camera anymore. I wish you luck. I wish I'd done it when he was younger!! OH.. and the rhyme? To market, to market, to buy a fat pig. Home again, home again, jiggety jig.
To market, to market, to buy a fat hog,
Home again, home again, jiggety jog.
To market, to market, to buy a plum bun,
Home again, home again, market is done.

It's part of Mother Goose Nursery rhymes. It's one of the Scrapbooking Books I was published in, so I remember it. LOL Funny how certain things stick in our minds eh?
Happy New Year!

Lulu/cy said...

Jeepers Creepers Wowza, What lovel
holiday pictures, But the ones in your heart are the Best..right! GBU

Linda Beeson said...

Sounds like you had some great holiday moments! Love the layout.

Sherry Wright said...

Love the photos Lisa, many great memories were made for your girls. How fun to get to feed the tiger!!

your lo is beautiful, perfect for the trendsetter papers. Have a great weekend my friend. :)