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Girls Just Wanna Have Fun…

All the boys were working on a Friday evening so us girls decided to go out and have some FUN!

We invited our neighbor across the street and started our evening at a quaint little place that we happened to have LOTS of leftover tokens from a previous birthday party…

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After we had our fill of games, we went out for dinner…

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There were laughs,

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and giggles,

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and a lot of fun had by all.

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After all that, we were all pooped so we went home.  All-in-all, it was a good night and these girls had a lot of fun :D.

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The Clydesdale Horses…

I’m not sure exactly why the Clydesdale Horses came to the PX, but they did and you KNOW we went to check ’em out!

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It was fun and they were so beautiful!  And big! 🙂

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A Living Nativity…

When I first heard about the Living Nativity that my church puts on, I was very excited to check it out and see what all the hype was about.  Everyone was talking about how awesome it is!  And it was pretty cool, I must say!  But here are some pics so you can see some of the hype :).

First stop on the tour

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Caesar Augustus reading the law stating that everyone is to travel to their home town to be counted in the census.

Next stop: Mary and Joseph with their donkey making their journey

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Next stop: The shepards watching over their sheep

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And then The baby Jesus arrives and is placed in a manger

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If you look on the bottom row, third singer from the left, you’ll see my sweet Little Bit2 :).

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And last we came upon the wise men checking out the star :D.

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We ended with some apple cider and a cookie

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Mmmmm

And then a few pats for the camel in the petting area 😀

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It was pretty Awesome :D!

I hope you got to check it out and if you didn’t, make plans to do so next year :).

Merry Christmas!

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Gunny Claus…

Being a military family, we are often stationed far away from our extended families.  It’s hard during the holidays to live so far from your extended loved ones and that sometimes makes it hard to get into the Christmas spirit.  It’s because of this reason, that there are different programs specifically geared towards military families.  During the holidays, these programs give a certain type of “family” feeling during the holidays to those who can’t be home for this time of year and also for those whose loved one is deployed during this time of year and can’t be home with them to celebrate.

This year, the girls and I went to the USO in our city and were able to have breakfast with Gunny Claus!

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I just want to say Thank You to our USO and all the people who volunteer here just so that my family can have some happiness this time of year.  I truly hope they know how much of a difference they truly make.

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Gunny Claus was pretty awesome.  And the girls had fun too :).

We also had breakfast while we waited our turn. Yum!

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And this is the ornament Gunny Claus gave to the girls :).  It’s so cute!

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Merry Christmas!

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Ornament Exchange…

The Bible study that I attend was coming to a close and we were having an ornament exchange.  The only rule was:

don’t spend more than $5

So, since I really LOVE handmade gifts from people :D, I decided I would make my own ornament to exchange.

Last year for Christmas, my niece made this Santa ornament for my gift:

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Cute, right?!

So, I decided to make a slight variation of this super cute ornament and wrap it up for the gift exchange!

Here’s mine 😉

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I had a lot of fun making it and I was so excited to give it away! 😀

I found this tutorial online, in case you might want to make one of these super cute Santa’s too.

http://www.acraftyb.com/2010/11/santas-belly-ornaments.html

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Winterfest…

We decided to attend the Winter festival in our local area.  The biggest draw for the kids was the promise of snow :).  In an area of the US that does not generally get snow for Christmas, this is quite a treat.

When we first arrived, there were tables set up where the girls could write out their letters to Santa and drop them in a red and white mailbox that’s destination was “The North Pole”.  There were also Christmas cards there that the girls colored and signed and put in a camouflaged mailbox that was destined for a US Marine in Afghanistan who wouldn’t be able to be home for the holidays.  I really liked that table :).

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Next stop… Photo op with the reindeer, of course!

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And you don’t think we’d skip a chat with Santa do you??

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Then we had to check out the animals in the petting area…

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I don’t think that man was supposed to be feeding the goats popcorn.  But they really liked it.

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A Little face painting makes any day brighter 🙂

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And then it was time to bring on the SNOW!!!

Fresh snow at that 😀

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Super fun!

Last, but not least, we had to feel the ice sculpture.  Huh, who knew it would be cold?  Wow.  LOL

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The girls had a great time and I had a pretty good afternoon as well.

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Home made leg warmers …

So, I made a bunch of these a couple of years ago for my LB2 and thought I’d share with you since the weather’s really cooling off and if you have some Little Bits that love to wear cute dresses all through the year, these are for you!

I really don’t remember where I found the idea for these, but these were just made out of some cutesy socks that were mine (I used to wear CRAZY but fun socks :D).  All I did was cut the toes off my socks, then cut them again at the bottom of the heel, and again at the top of the heel.  So, you’ll have 4 pieces per sock (a toe, and small tubular piece, a heel, and the top part, or ankle part, of your original sock).

Now, you just need to get rid of the toe and heel (I always say keep it just in case you can find a use for it later — a ski cap for a small stuffed animal??  I don’t know LOL).  Take the ankle part and fold it right side in.  Take the small tube and put both unfinished ends together and then pin both unfinished ends to the unfinished end on the ankle part making sure all the ends are facing the same way.  Now you just sew a straight stitch through all 3 layers, fold it right-side out and you have homemade baby leg warmers!  Wah-lah!


Your Welcome LOL

I’m just glad I kept them and now my LB3 can wear them!

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It’s Ball Season!

 Woohoo!!

Every November the US Marine Corps celebrates it’s history by having a birthday ball.  That’s right, we get to go to a ball!!  Eeek!

We get to dress up in our formal wear, get our hair done up and don our best jewelry.  Oh, and don’t forget the cute shoes and pretty purses!  Okay, so that’s just my point of view, but it is pretty fun to get all dressed up, especially from a stay-at-home mom’s perspective.

Hubby likes it too.  Not the dressing up part (even though he looks super good in his dress blues), but the actual birthday ball is a fun  evening out for us.

Here we are ready

 to hit the road!

This year, since hubby works quite a drive from home, it took us a little over an hour to get to the ball.  As it is every year, there was a sea of Marine’s decked out in their finest attire along with a lot of spouses, girlfriends with a few other civilians sprinkled here and there.

There was, as always, a social hour, dinner served, speeches given and a cake cutting ceremony.  Then it’s time to bring on the dancing! Woot Woot!

Here’s the sea of Marines groovin’ to the beat 🙂

The ice sculpture had some fruit all around it on the table early on but…  I didn’t get that picture LOL.

The cake was very nice

Even with that chunk missing due to the Cake Cutting Ceremony (yeah, it’s a MC Birthday Ball thing).

It was really nice to get out of the house with just the hubby and get all dolled up for a fancy evening out.

Since Hubby is set to retire in a few years, this is one of the last Birthday Balls we’ll get to attend.  It’ll be sad when we go to our last one, but I suppose we have seen a lot of them LOL.

Happy Birthday to all the Marines out there.

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