Sunday, May 15, 2011

Catching Up

Hello and Happy Sunday! I hope you are enjoying your weekend. I've been quite behind on blogging and have neglected to share a lot of fun and exciting stuff happening with the Holmes family. So settle in...this is going to be a long post! And if you want to skip the chit chat, there is actually a project included near the end of this post;)

First up is our family Spring Break trip to Disneyland last month. This was a surprise trip for my daughter, who had no clue we were going. She has been asking about Disneyland for two straight years, even saving her money to go. This was a two part surprise; the trip itself and then the fact that my sister and her family were meeting us there! Needless to say, Olivia was surprised and loved every minute of it. We got to see many characters and obtained the required autographs and photos, of course! This isn't the best qualify photo, but I just love my daughter's reaction as she met a real princess!

Here is my daughter with her cousins, Madeline and Grace, riding the teacups:

And we just had to get a photo with Minnie! Notice Olivia's t-shirt. I made family shirts for both of our families. We are going to do this every vacation we take together! Nothing gets the kids more excited about a trip then team t-shirts!

We had a great time at Disneyland and can't wait to go back! My daughter is still talking about it a month and a half later!

And, finally, we welcomed a new addition to the family two weeks ago. Meet our new dog, Maxwell:

Maxwell is a mini schnauzer who we rescued from the Humane Society. Some of you may have read this story last year. Since having this sad experience we were very hesitant to get another dog. Actually, I was. My husband and daughter have been ready for quite some time. Still unsure if I wanted to proceed, I started to look at pets online who were up for adoption in our area. I also began to research dog breeds and found that I really liked the mini schnauzers. They just seemed like great little dogs. Well, several weeks later I saw a posting for a mini schnauzer at the Humane Society. There was no picture, no information, just a listing. For some reason I decided to call and get more information. I was told that the dog was a stray and they had only had him for a week, but that he seemed like a nice dog. I also found a photo on the Humane Society's website. He looked so sweet! I told my husband I felt like we needed to see this dog right away. I just had a feeling about him. Well, we went, met and played with him and knew he was our dog in 20 minutes! I have to tell you, he is absolutely the greatest dog! He knows commands, is well behaved, very loving, and loves to be with my daughter. This, of course, makes her super happy! She loves that she has her very own dog:

Okay, so if you're still here reading, how about a project to share? Teacher Appreciation was two weeks ago and I made my daughter's teachers each a card and gift. Since it was a last minute project I kept with something simple and something I knew I could crank out quickly. I used the new Waltzingmouse Stamps sets Say it Loud and Gingham & Co. I love these sets! I can tell you right now that I'm going to keep them near by! I stamped the scalloped border with words that I really do mean for both of these women. I so appreciate the work the do! And, to my surprise, this card works for the current Waltzingmouse Stamps sketch challenge!

To go along with the card I made a little gift. This is a post it note holder that I've made many times. Again, I had to create something quick and easy since I had waited until the eleventh hour! The note holder has their initial on the front and I used Velcro to keep it closed. The pattern paper on the card and note holder is older paper from Cosmo Cricket that I've been hoarding. I love the spring time colors.

The initial stamp is from PSA Essentials and the alphabet set is called Vanilla. These stamps really come in handy to create a personalized gift in a snap.

Whew! That was a long post! Thanks for stopping by enjoy the rest of your weekend! I'll be back soon with this month's Waltzingmouse Stamps festivities!


Dee in N.H. said...

Great post! A "real" princess and a new dog must have your daughter just over the moon happy! I love it! The teachers must have loved your awesome gifts too! They're great!

lynn said...

olivia must be loving her life right now! the puppy is darling, jennifer! your teacher gift is adorable:)

Meredith MacRitchie said...

We just got back from DL yesterday... my oldest (2.5) met only a couple of princesses because of the crazy line ups, but luckily they were 2 of the top 4... and I cried when I was watching her because she was just so in *awe* of them... it is the most fun thing to watch the magic take hold of them. We're already planning a trip for when she and her sister are both old enough to fully enjoy it - and we're *SO* going to the Bibbity Bobbity Boutique!!! :) Congrats on your new family member!

Pamelamma said...
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Pamelamma said...

I just love your post it note holders. Will you post or send me the measurements and instructions? I would like to give them a try!
Thanks, Pam

LaurieJ said...

Congrats on your new family member! Maxwell is so handsome! I'm sure Olivia is thrilled. And it looks like you all had a wonderful Disney trip as well.

Cute gift set!! Love those papers. I will definitely have to try the post-it holder.


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