Friday, December 31, 2010

Wishes for the New Year!

Can YOU believe the clock is turning yet again to another YEAR??  This was a fun-filled and travelin' kind of year.  I have so much to be thankful for and look forward to the new things 2011 brings!  Blessings to all!

Monday, December 27, 2010

Sharing some Holiday CR8tions


 
 
 Had time to make a quick layout last night with the
Teresa Collins "Celebrate" and "Noel" lines.  I LOVE
how these papers all mix together to create the perfect

background to match my photos. It was a fun way
to document this year's SPARKLE!!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Christmas Dress UP


It's kind of a rare moment to see all the Nederhoff's dressed up at one time  - partly because we have our oldest daughter away at college and we are usually going in lots of different directions.  So-- it was such a nice time to capture some great DRESS UP shots before Church on Christmas eve.  I thought I'd share them-- and document that we really did dress up for the Candelight service and dinner out to our favorite Christmas eve spot.  Hope you all enjoyed a lovely Christmas with family and celebrating the GREATest gift of all-- a Savior!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Time for Play!!

Shopping:  Check
Baking:  Check
Wrapping: Check
Gift Delivery:  Check
Decorating: Check
Time to Play -- definitely in order!! 

I have been working with Teresa Collin's Noel line and made this layout.  I am looking forward to playing alot more and being a part of the Design team getting to play with some VERY cool new things!!!! 
I love the versatility and mix of Teresa's designs and I am so happy with how this layout turned out.  I'll be using it for the Dec. calendar I have going-- been working on a calendar page every month all year, and finally got time to do Dec.  I hope you all have time to relax and PLAY very soon!!

Monday, December 20, 2010

GLITTER GLITTER EVERYwhere!!



The weekend was packed with projects in the works--- but today's project is one I had to share.  It has been a very creative Christmas this year and Jensen is becoming a fantastic artist.  I gave her a little project  today -- and these little Santa Paintbrushes turned out so cute.  I think we used a gallon of glitter today-- and it is all over the dogs, the carpets and our faces-- so I guess it was a success!  Hope you are enjoying these last days before celebrating our Saviour's birth!!  Blessings ---

Thursday, December 16, 2010

The Smell is in the AiR...........

Have you been smelling the Holiday smells????  I love it when there are cookies baking and the candles are burning filling my home with wonderful scents!!!  There is so much going on-- and Giving is one of them at our house~!  More on that later--

 but have you been over to Teresa Collin's blog  to see all she is giving away???  These prizes are amazing-- and so generous -- so Please don't miss your chance-- Click on the Teresa Collins 25 button on the side of my blog and it will take you over to see all the festivities.  She is also sharing so many cute tags and ideas. 


Now-- on to the projects over here.  I am so happy Jensen is getting old enough to cook and bake -- and I can watch!!!!  Those of you who know me-- you know I can bake, but I am not known for my cooking skills---(heehee).  So- since she needed to participate in her class' cookie exchange, she got to make SMORES yesterday--- and YUMMMMMM!! 


Have a blessed day!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The SNOWMAN project

I had found the cutest Hat pattern in a magazine a while back and wanted to make one for Jensen, so yesterday, I got busy making a few.  This is such an easy pattern-- but the most adorable snowman hat you ever did see!!  I love sewing and did alot more of it when I was younger-- but nowadays, I feel like I don't have the same amount of time for it. I enjoyed making them so much-- it might spur me back into sewing more again!! 
The DEAL is -- today was Jensen's Class Christmas party and they went Ice Skating. Perfect time to wear the darling hat and since we are having fantastic warm weather here  (almost 60 today) I knew it was crucial she had to wear it to the skating party or put it in the closet.  Here she is skating = and look how cute!!

Monday, December 13, 2010

I Heart Faces / PETS

This is a contest I could not help but submit a photo for, since our 3 dogs are so PHOTOGENIC!!!  I thought this picture of PIPER  (in jail) was just perfect!   She is usually not standing still enough to get a picture of her-- so what a great MOMENT to capture.   YOU gotta visit www.iheartfaces.com to see the rest of the entries-- If you are like me, a DOG lover-- it will be alot of cute faces for you to enjoy!
Have a blessed MONDAY!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

ELF report!

I am so excited about all my Elf, Jensen is getting done for our Holiday giving.  WE are having alot of fun-- and she even told me she "LIKES" to wrap gifts.  I actually like it, too, and our tree is getting very full underneath.  I hope you are having a fun-filled Holiday weekend!!

Friday, December 10, 2010

God's ART


Last night, I looked out my back window and HAD to run for the camera!  I am someone who just loves to see God at work in his ART studio-- our lovely world.  I took these shots-- and did NOTHING to them but CROP!  This kind of color is produced all over the internet with editing programs.   BUT--- THIS work is exactly the Work of our mighty CREATOR -- Nothing done to it.  He did it all by HIMSELF!  I love it when I take time to notice that kind of thing and it just makes me celebrate the CREATIVE and AWEsome God we serve.  These reminders are amazing!!!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

SAFELY back HOME

Today, our lovely and world traveler daughter Jocelyn returned safely back home after her semester in Uraguay!!  We are so thankful she had such great travels and a wonderful experience at ACU in Montevideo.  She told us it was strange to hear so much English being spoken in the airports, instead of the full-time Spanish they spoke abroad.  She is certainly ready to sleep-- but happy about her time there, and has tons of stories we have not heard yet.  WE are so proud of her!!!  This is her and her roomie, Michelle (right). She and her bestie, Kendyl, had a good LONG day of travel-- and big smiles when they arrived back in ABQ!!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

The Elves have been busy....

WE are back to our regularly scheduled programming today=== to let you know "THE Elves" have been busy!  I have been creating some cards for the Teresa Collins Design team-- and if you have not been to her blog --- get over there to get inspired but also sign up for some awesome paper kits!!  Check out what she is
GIVING away today in her 25 days of GIVING!!  YOU can click on the link here on my blog (right side) to get there!!  Wonderful fun == and not to be missed!!
Speaking of giving.....   Jensen, my elf, has been creating all kinds of wonderful gifts.  This weekend, she had a great card project and is also busy making a list of gifts for her friends.  I made a little collage to share what she has been up to!  So exciting -- this time of year is so much fun -- and being a GIVER makes it such a blessing!!! 

Saturday, December 4, 2010

WE Interrupt this HOLIDAY.......






We interrupt this Holiday for a quick post about my trip to Iowa for Thanksgiving.  I was looking thru my photos from our trip and found these that I had not done anything with yet.  I had to share these and the story behind it.  I grew up in small town Iowa on the edge of town-- and for more years than I can remember, this house has been dilapidated and falling over.  For some reason, it is not bull-dozed and probably houses more mice and creatures than live in the town itself.  The house is ususally buried in foliage--lots of trees, and bushes around it, but since we visited in November, the leaves and green were all gone.  Thanksgiving day was a sunny beautiful day, so for an adventure, I took Ross and Jensen over to the house-- for a cool photo shoot.  I tell you-- this house would make the BEST Halloween Haunted House.  I love these pics of my son, who is very into movies -- and all things theater-- so he had his "Acting" mind rolling while we took some pics.  They turned out so cool!

Friday, December 3, 2010

OH Christmas Tree, OH Christmas Tree


The tree is finished and we are loving how the sparkle snow on the branches adds so much sparkle to the holiday!!  We are full speed ahead with all the preparations and gift making and giving.  I have WAY more ideas than time-- but Jensen and I are working at our Giving Plan!  So much fun and excitement.  I hope to post some of the things we are making very soon. 

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Decorating and more decorating!!

 We have been decorating all over the house and EVEN the patio got some bling with our snowflakes and stars.  VERY festive!

Yesterday we started the countdown calendars and I so excited for this season of giving and celebrating!  We are always excited to put out our nativity and it sits in a special place in our living room right in front of the gorgeous welcome sign made by a cute designer named heidilynn. You can find her work at her etsy store called "totallyheidilynn".  Love this-- It WELCOMES baby Jesus--which is what the season is all about!!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Exciting News!!!

I have some exciting news straight from the TERESA Collins Design Team-- and YOU gotta visit Teresa's blog @ http://teresacollins.typepad.com/teresa_collins/.   She is doing a fabulous giveaway everyday until Christmas and YOU gotta see the awesome projects there!!  It will totally inspire you to create and you could also WIN!!!!! 

Monday, November 29, 2010

Let the HOLIdays begin!!!!



Even though I love the season of Gratitude that Thanksgiving brings, I also look forward to decorating for Christmas on BLACK Friday!  Yes, while the haggling and standing in line is appealing at 4 AM (not), I opt for staying home and getting the house decked for Christmas.  I guess you could say it is tradition.  This year, as always, Jensen was a big help and we got it glitter-fied!!  I love the way it turned out -- we always try to do some different things - and I wanted to share a sneak peek.  I will post more as December goes on!!  Here's to Another season of Gratitude-- thankful that baby Jesus was born all those years ago to become our Savior!!!  I AM THANKful for that!!!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

So THANKFUL for.....

Ross, Jensen and I got to travel to Iowa for a few days to visit family for Thanksgiving.  We had a great time seeing everyone and were busy helping Grandma and Grandpa Valentine get ready for Christmas.  We have so many things to be thankful for and one of them is that my mother, who was very ill for most of this last year, is able to be at home and improving every day.  Here are some of our THANKFUL highlights from the visit:
Ross and Grandpa got the outdoors all Decorated while   


Jensen got the inside done!!
Grandma and Grandpa Nederhoff joined us for Turkey dinner and a good visit.  We also visited with Aunt Rhonda and Aunt Deb.

My aunt Judy came by to bring us some yummy salad and Rolls for our dinner and we had fun catching up with her.  She is Grandma Eileen's sister, and a fantastic cook!!


Jensen and Grandma Eileen had time to work on a blanket together.  Jensen also enjoyed setting up Great Grandma's nativity.


 The Thanksgiving Day parades are always a favorite that we can't miss!  We are so thankful for being able to be with the family this year and be helpful to Grandma and Grandpa.  It was a blessing for the kids to be able to see them and spend time with all the family we saw in Iowa.