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12/17/2017

Family Gifts: Christmas Countdown Begins

Morning my stamping peeps,

Back today with those family gifts we created last year for our family to open all year!! For December we did a 25 Days of Christmas countdown for 4 families....which resulted in 100 countdown presents for December!!! This is what 25 Days of Christmas countdown looks like for 1 family. Some of you have seen some of this already; I wanted to share all this in order for the new comers ;) I had intended to share each day on the day this year but not everyone could open gifts on the days right away due to work schedules and life. If you want to see everything at once I will be posting to a special board I created on pinterest just for the Family 25 Days Christmas Countdown.

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THUD right? I love doing the countdowns in December and normally I just do 12 days and yes in the future I will stick to that! lol For the most part the basic idea was the same however each family was a little different as some have kids, some do not, some have allergies and etc. One thing to note the projects that I will be sharing used last years products from the Stampin' Up! 2016 Holiday Catalog and Stampin' Up! 2016 Main Catalog so some of the product has retired since I created these gifts. You can easily change out the ideas and use the new Holiday products or you'll get lots of ideas using last years product that your hoarding ;)

25 Day Letter

This was the letter we included in the 25 Day's Christmas Countdown. I kept it very simple I printed out what we wanted to say. At the top I created the title and changed it to print in color so it would be more festive. At the top I added a piece of This Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper (retired) and then I stamped the trees from Stitched With Cheer Photopolymer Stamp Set (retired) in Old Olive ink. Doesn't need to be fancy and feel free to copy the wording too!

Somethings I learned from this project that will be helpful for you ;)

1. Shop an year in advance otherwise to do all of this in December is very STRESSFUL!! lol

2. Be ORGANIZED especially if doing this large of scale!! We were and we weren't towards the middle of this project pretty much chaos happened and their were piles of stuff everywhere with no rhyme or reason. Thank goodness I wasn't hosting Christmas.

3. Make a basic list of what you want to do for the xx amount of days. You can get lots of ideas from pinterest too! Just search christmas countdown. I only had a few days figured out what I wanted to do but over all we didn't do that; we just went to the stores and wandered around trying to figure out what we wanted to do and in December no less when it's a zoo! That part I didn't enjoy trying to figure out what to do as I am a organized person and always have a plan. We also tried to make some gifts to help save on the overall cost.

4. Try to make your projects ahead of December if doing this large of scale. We actually didn't get everything done in time and had 1 am nights (which is very bad for me to do with my RA, I paid the price Christmas Day was spent sick and sleeping, I didn't get do our family Christmas so Merry Christmas to me! lol). We also ran into some major snags where we had to create something entirely different when that's not so great to do in December when the clock is ticking. lol

5. Think about Christmas packaging. For example I knew I would be making all my tags but if your doing a countdown you want numbers so if you don't have numbers that is something to think about. We got lucky when we stopped at Hobby Lobby all Christmas packaging was 50% off but we still spent $200 on just that. My advice if you want to do this go after Christmas and get what you can on clearance! lol

6. Things you will need a LOT of; scotch tape, boxes and several pairs of scissors (we kept misplacing our 1 pair). I used a lot of those white shirt boxes. We kept buying this stuff thinking we had enough but nope hubby had to literally go to walmart every day here. It became a running joke for us. lol

7. Mass production lines work way better too! At first I was doing one family at a time so presents wouldn't get mixed up and if anyone stopped by I didn't want them to see the gifts!! lol We finally got smart and purchased some 6' folding tables set them up in a room where we could shut the door and laid stuff out, created till a table was full then stopped and wrapped and put into labeled totes.

8. If you don't get done in time; oh well! lol The gift recipients will still be excited by the idea!

9. We became expert gift wrappers so if we ever need a job to fall back on. hahaha

Hopefully our families have loved this christmas magic gift we created for them! We still had a lot of fun even if it ended up being stressful. Having a good sense of humor helps too so if you don't then DO NOT do this project! lol Hubby and I ended up creating some pretty good memories and it's something for us to look back on and laugh about.

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10/28/2017

October Family Update

Morning peeps,

Wow it's almost been a month since I last posted and a lot has happened in that month. We've finally made some progress around here! First big news I got the catalog packages done and out the door to all my wonderful customers!!! I know right? I also got all of thank you gifts done too! Whoop Whoop I will share pictures and etc. after a few days I don't want to spoil the surprise. Huge thank you to all of you for being so patient and understanding! I have the best customers ever :)

My dad is doing; this past week he went in for his surgery to take the samples to see if the infection is gone or not. The doctor couldn't tell so we have to wait to see if any bacteria grows or not. Crossing our fingers it does not so we go onto the next surgery of repairing his shoulder the best they can. At least with this surgery he could come home and not end up in the hospital for days. It's been a tough month with him because he has slipped into some serious negativity, is a little depressed and something is going on with his memory bad. We think it's from the anesthesia. He's been put under 12 times now in a year. Today marks 7 months from the 1st surgery so really I am surprised this didn't happen sooner. If things come back good then we have 3 surgeries left.

I am still working on the parents house and hubby helps on the weekends. In September we started on their bedroom. We had to make a closet since we turned their previous closet into a pantry.

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Before picture.

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All framed in!

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Wires, outlet boxes and sheet rocked.

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Mom painted the room.

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Inside the closet. I think we are going to build another set of shelves that stand from the floor to the ceiling.

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We ended building another closet since their was wasted space behind one of the doors. This way mom had more storage which turned out to be a good thing. Since the other closet wasn't as big as we thought it would be. lol

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Sheet rocked and painted.

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Here it is all finished.

Took us a month to get this room finished and parents bed put back in their. We still have a few things to finish in this room then it's done. Then all that is left is 2 rooms and go through and finish up little things we left for the winter. Then we will be done!!

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I also got mom's bay in the garage all cleaned up 6 months to the day so she could park back in the garage. She was happy to park in the garage. I was happy to not see a pile of lumber, sheet rock and etc. sitting their! lol For 6 months that pile just wouldn't be gone, we'd get it down and then more stuff would be purchased and piled back up it was getting depressing. haha

My dad's awesome farmer friends got together one weekend and worked the cows. They surprised us and I am ever so grateful for them. I wasn't sure how hubby and I were going to work over 100 cows on our own. It usually takes 4 people to work the herd.

We also finished up our firewood for this year! Thank goodness we both were a little stressed over that. We got it all home and stacked and were even able to start on next years.

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We cut up the dead trees from my parents farm and the cows had to come check it out while loading a load. If I could only train them to bring and stack we would be set! lol

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Some of the calves we raised this year and they are quite curious lot. I thought they would run once the chainsaw started but nope they actually were a bit of a pain. lol

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Even my new truck got broke in :( In August Hubby got me a new vehicle for our anniversary. I love it, it has heated seats! My previous vehicle was 13 years old and we were starting to have the nickle and dime stuff happening and since I have to drive 5 hours away for my dr. appointments hubby wanted something more reliable for me. Load after load resulted in this.

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7 rows of firewood and just in time before our first snow storm. lol Phew cut it close this year.

Just a glimpse into our life this past month so much more has happened and I will have a lot for my project life album. Were finally wrapping stuff up so I hope to not be so exhausted and get back to my stamping business.

Thanks again for the continued good thoughts, prayers, cards, emails and etc.

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08/15/2017

Quick Family Update + More

Hey peeps!

Last week I was going to post an update and with a snap of a finger the week was gone. My dad is still not better; it's turned into such a nightmare and at this point his arm may not be 100% every again. Since I last posted he's had more surgeries and the incision from the first surgery isn't healed yet. Basically not good peeps, not good at all. We just have to take it day by day but we still have a VERY, VERY long road ahead of us. Still working on everything hubby and I are averaging 15-17 hour work days. We've made some progress on the parents house but that's been a whole other story. lol My doctors also increased my meds and I am struggling with that; they make me so sick. I don't know how that is good for you. lol On top of this I broke my foot!! So it's been pretty wild for hubby and I.

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Cabinets installed in the kitchen.

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Apparently we haven't taken a full on picture of the kitchen cabinets since we got the crown molding on them. lol Still have to install black splash.

Then we moved onto the master bathroom.


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Started ripping the sheet rock and wallpaper out.

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Gutted master bathroom. This took us a 12 hour day because they used glue and so many nails it was insane.


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All sheet rocked!

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Tile installed. The next day when we went over some of the tile didn't settle right so it had to ripped back up and reset. (roll my eyes)

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This is the bathroom vanity hubby and I made for my parents. Turned out pretty cool but wow it was a nightmare to get in. The walls apparently are crooked by 1/2" no less so it wouldn't fit in the front of the opening for the vanity. Dh only measured the opening in the back. Yep he learned his lesson and apparently I can't leave him unsupervised. hahaha Hubby and I had to tear the vanity apart to trim it down after building it for 2 weeks. He was on my list! lol

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Master shower done and boy was this thing a nightmare and pain. I won't bore you with the details but I almost went on strike over this shower 4 months working on that stupid thing. lol We just have to finish sealing it up, install the toilet and put the washer/dryer unit back in this room will be done!

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Utility room tile installed. Still have to trim out this room but where getting there.

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July 4th we got a surprise we had a baby born early. Her poor lungs weren't developed so she was a bottle baby. She had to be feed 3 times a day to start out with.

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Few weeks later and she decided she was so done doing the bottle thing. lol Never had that happen before. She's pretty cute and doing good.

That's what's been happening for July and good part of August, besides our regular work.

Customer Update

Sorry I still haven't gotten catalogs out to those that qualified. I am waiting on a couple of things to arrive to make up for being late with them. Cross your fingers next week they go out sometime!

I am also in the process of packaging up all the prizes from my 25 Days of Christmas Giveaway. I will be contacting the people that won prizes over the next few days.

Thanks for the good thoughts, emails, cards, phone calls, prayers and the continued support of my businesses! I do appreciate it a lot!! I feel blessed to have such great friends and customers.

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06/10/2017

Family Updates + More

Hello peeps,

I hope you and your families are doing good and enjoying the start to summer! A lot has been happening here. May was pretty insane for us thus why no blog posts. I just want to take a moment and say thanks for the prayers and good thoughts it's been quite a journey for us. Jamie's grandpa is now home! Woo hoo! He did get sent to the rehabilitation place thank goodness. He can't be on his own right now not sure if he will ever be able to, but he continues to work hard at physical therapy and doing exercises at home.

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Hubby with his grandpa. I think grandpa looks pretty good!

Things haven't been good with my dad. It took 9 weeks before the infection finally has gone away. It involved several surgeries they even had to go in and remove the hardware from the rota-tor cuff surgery. He had to have a wound vac put in to try to pull the infection out. (Boy doesn't that sound appealing? lol) The rota-tor cuff surgery failed too, things let loose inside :( The pocket hole that formed and got infected right now will not heal and close up so this past week the parents meet with another specialist. Dad will have to have surgery to close up the hole then when it finally heals they will go back in and do the rota-tor cuff surgery again. He still has the pic line and continues to be on the antibiotic. We've been in and out of the hospital and he's had some side effects from all the surgeries. Continued prayers and good thoughts are appreciated; it's been pretty scary and just plain crazy. We will continue to be full time farmers for quite some time. lol

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Lots of babies born. There so cute when they are little. The other day we spent several hours chasing a bull that got out. He was definitely not so cute! ROFL So far we've only lost 3 calves which is pretty good. We have 1 left to calf and then get a break till August when fall calving starts. Thankfully this year it's gone pretty smooth for us! We've been busy fixing fences, and hauling manure all that lovely fun stuff.

Of course with all of this going on we are still working on the parents house remodel. I CRUMBA I don't think it will ever be done. lol

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This is the backside of the kitchen cabinets at my parents house. They look nice in the picture but I assure you they weren't. They were made out of basically paper and pressed board. Modeler home for ya. They had this entire row that went across the center of the kitchen and separated the dinning room.  You can't see it in the picture but the living room and kitchen were an open floor plan.

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We ripped them out to open it up and give more room for the dinning table. Then built a partial wall between the kitchen and living room. Of course Gizmo was underfoot all the time. lol Were the fridge is was cabinets too that we ripped out. Then we ripped them out by the stove and sink too.

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Our wall we built...yes there were plenty of jokes.

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We kiltzed everything and mom painted the kitchen. I love the color she picked it'll look awesome with the cabinets.

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Last Friday the cabinets were delivered! They got hickory cabinets. Gorgeous!! We did get them installed but forgot to take a picture. haha We still have to put up trim on the ceiling, install the kick-board and trim on the cabinets, and finish up with the counter top caulking. Then all that will be left is installing the floor but that has to wait till we are done with their bathroom and the mud room. My cousin and I finished up the shower in the bathroom. We have to finish up sheet rocking, paint, build the new bathroom vanity and install it then we can lay the tile. The mud room we just have to sand, paint, pull up the cracked tile and lay the new. We did get mom's pantry done just have to install the door! Progress but slow.

My brother's wedding was mother's day weekend and it was gorgeous! Everything went good! It was exhausting for hubby and I it was 2 1/2 hours away but we had to drive back and forth because of our dogs and the cows since we were calving. We don't have the pictures yet but someone snapped a couple and sent them to me.

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My mom's brother and family with all of us.

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Us and my cousin's boys. These guys are my peeps! They were so good that day I was very proud of them. Hayden is taller than me know and Hunter is not far behind. lol

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Nate is a good friend of my brothers that we consider like another brother with his wife (Jess) and daughter (Lyla). Lyla was the flower girl and she was soo cute!

Then we ended May with my one of my cousin's kids graduating. This was an important one for us!

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Taylor was our flower girl in our wedding. Boy has the time flown by! Seems like yesterday when she was born and we were holding her. She is super smart and going to the university of mn for physics she wants to do the science stuff like they do on that show CSI.

Pretty crazy month for us! No wonder why we are exhausted right?

 

Stampin' Up! Update

Due to all going on I didn't get the catalog's and goodie package done on time. I am still working on them and hope to have them in the mail to all of you that qualified for the package by the end of the week at the latest. I apologize for the delay I just haven't had time with all of the stuff going on and with the days not feeling good it's been hard for me to keep up with my stamping business. Thank you for your continued support I do appreciate it!

 

 

 

 

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