Sunday, December 07, 2008

i'm spent.

tired.
wiped-out.
exhausted.

i suppose that's what a good birthday party will do to ya.

so, today we're in recovery mode. we'll be laying low, tidying up the place, catching up on laundry, playing games, maybe even building a snowman since it snowed all.day.long. yesterday. a light, non-stop snowfall. i don't think anyone was prepared for it because the roadways are a mess. so we'll stay home from church this morning, in part due to the snow, but mostly because ashlyn is still complaining of a belly ache and has had her head hanging over the comode for most of the morning. daddy's been giving her lots of love this morning. it used to be that you'd give the children a bell to ring when they were sick, but now we're in the age of technology and he tucked her into bed with a movie, a can of Sprite and the home telephone with instructions to dial his cell phone number if she needed anything. now that's service, hahaha.

the other one is happy as a lark since we found the new yo-yo ball she had already lost from her birthday. it only took 3 hours to find after a very thorough sweep of the house. the good thing is my house is no longer an organized chaos. only a few piles still linger. it was on the floor of the kitchen behind the curtains.
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the yo-yo ball is the coolest invention for kids i've seen yet. if you have a younger child to buy for, for Christmas, i highly recommend getting one. it combines a ball with a yo-yo type mechanism inside the ball with a plastic ring on the end of the string for their finger. they flick their rist just like a yo-yo to drop it down but it ALWAYS comes back up and you never have to rewind the string! it's perfect for kids not old enough for a real yo-yo and you can still do yo-yo tricks with it, but you by-pass the frustration a younger child would have of winding it back up. we found this one at Toys-R-Us for around $4 or $5.

anywho.
so today, we'll also sort piles. laundry piles, shoe piles, winter gear piles, and school paper piles. speaking of school paper piles, i came across this and got a good laugh out of it. ashlyn made this in school last month and it came home with a book telling what they'd each take.
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the irony in this is just too much! we all got a good laugh out of it. the blanket she's speaking of is one that Grandma Verna made for her when she was born, but she doesn't take it anywhere, cause it's her special blanket. but the kid doesn't go anywhere without her baby. the 3ft raggedy ann baby. and yeah, she is probably right that i couldn't live without my scrapbooking stuff. for some reason she has it in her head that i only do stuff for daisy ds. must be the easiest for her to remember of all the things i have my hands in. and doug---with tools---funny. let's just say he isn't the master of the tools. he does try though. and he's willing to learn. but tools would probably be the last thing he would want to take with him if he could only take one thing. but she sees her daddy as the provider and what little girl doesn't think her daddy can build or fix anything? just cute and funny how their little brains work.

okay, enough of my blabbering for now. i've got puzzles to put together, and castles to build and rainbow crayons to make...........
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the winner of yesterday's prize is: Kristin in OH!!!! Kristin, please email me at taniamwillis at (yahoo.com) with your mailing information!

18 more days until Christmas!!!
up for grabs today we have..................
a HUGE smattering of journaling tags and stickers, a CD Minibook, a pack of embellishments, an acrylic tag book. there's more than is even shown!
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32 comments:

  1. I always buy "toys" for my 4 grown sons for Christmas. They each get the same thing-and for a little while, they are my little boys again while they fight, argue, and compete with each other. Thank you for introducing me to this years toy!

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  2. sounds like a wonderful toy for a child, I'll have to keep it in mind, it would be great for my 4 year old neice.

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  3. my 2 girls love yo-yo's and we have a toys-r-us near us I'll look for them ...i might even get my 3 teenagers one too.on a second thought (why not dad too)then they can all play together(lol)

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  4. The yoyo ball does sound like a great toy.I haven't mailed off our grown son's gifts yet, I might just pick one of those up. I think he's get a kick out of it. Hmmm, maybe one for his dad's stocking too.
    We still use the ringing of the bell system around here.

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  5. I adore her list of things to take on the Mayflower! So cute. That yo-yo might even be a good idea for a bored husband...hmm...

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  6. Sorry to hear your little one is not feeling very well. It's very cute the idea of call the cellphone when she needs something.

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  7. That yo yo ball sounds good even for grownups. Might have to find a few of them.

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  8. I have yo yo's for xmas presents to give to the children in my toddle bops gymnastics class i run. i think they are cool and great for hand eye co ordination

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  9. Thanks for the yo-yo idea. I have 3 boys and I have thrown out a lot of yo-yos. This might be stocking stuffer.

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  10. What a fun list! She know what moomy love..that is too cute!! YoYo looks cool! Hope you get some rest today.

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  11. Tania,the yo-yo ball is perfect for my 3 yrs. old grandson. I am for ever winding up his yo-yo,and there has never been a more tedious task. Thank you for sharing this great toy idea as well as your wonderful blog. Off now to look for a yo-yo ball!!

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  12. Wow! Take it easy and relax!
    I am going to have to look into this yo-yo for my youngest...sounds just like what she can handle.
    Thanks for the give away!

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  13. Sometimes those kidlins are so insightful..and they don't even know it!

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  14. All so cute- I love your blog-your little girl cracks me up with her love for spiderman-too funny. Your cake and cupcakes were perfect and my 4 year old looking over my shoulder said she wanted a spiderman party for her birthday in January. SO thanks a lot! hee hee!

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  15. All so cute- I love your blog-your little girl cracks me up with her love for spiderman-too funny. Your cake and cupcakes were perfect and my 4 year old looking over my shoulder said she wanted a spiderman party for her birthday in January. SO thanks a lot! hee hee!

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  16. You sound like you had fun but exhausting weekend. I am going to have to check out the yoyo toy but nephew would love it.

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  17. Ooh, thanks for the yoyo ball tip. I may have to get some of those for stockings this year!

    I'm so glad your Spiderman party went well - and I think I forgot to say how awesome the cupcakes looked! Wow! You are a genius in the kitchen, girl!!! :)

    Too cute about the Mayflower. Sometimes my kids have written things on school papers like "my mom's favorite _____ is..." and I'm like "huh????" lol! :) At least Ashlyn got the scrapbooking part of it right!! :)

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  18. I have a 5 year old that I think the yoyo ball will be perfect for. Thanks for the tip!

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  19. Sounds like a great party. Glad everyone had fun and can take the day to relax and play today.

    Did you make that awesome monkey on your blog? I am a total monkey freak and she is just adorable.

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  20. Oh yes the bday party aftermath is always rough!

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  21. Don't you just love when the children do projects like this? Just really makes you laugh. I totally know that post-party feeling...you see the mess around you but you would much rather prop your feet up & take a break.

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  22. Sometimes parties not only wear out the parents but the kidlets as well!

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  23. I am so looking for a yo-yo ball. Uhm, we'll say it's for the K kiddos, but someone will have to help them with it, right?! :)

    Sherry

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  24. Thanks for the advice about the yoyo ball. May have to stop to pick one up on my weekly trip to Target - My kids will be excited that a yoyo actually works for them. (In fact, I would be excited to have one work for me too!)
    Hope everyone recovers quickly from the Bday party!

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  25. Hey.. I have grown up kids , and they still like to play with a Yo-yo. especially one that makes weird sounds.and disco lights. they had so much fun with it, Till I couldn't stand the noise any longer , and then I got rid of it. nobody is none the wiser what happened to it.. for a 4 year old it is a nice toy..mariah #2457

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  26. That's a cool yoyo!! I'll have to go get one. My DH saw another kid with one, but it was the wind up kind (old school) and she wanted to try it, but couldn't get it to work for her. Luckily she gave up easily and didn't get frustrated. As for the Ashlyn's point of view for what to take with you...that is funny!! I can't wait to see what my DH will think of us!

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  27. oh that yo yo ball sounds cool. might have to get one for my son.

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  28. Hi Tania,
    I just found your blog today...from Heart of the Matter. Thanks for the chance to win a cool giveaway...and for the chance to win a class on the HOTM site! Your work is beautiful..I'm going to be going back through your blog to see it all!

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  29. I love the yo-yo ball idea. I have to get it for both my 6 and 3 years old. They have been getting frustrated with the regular yoyo I bought them. And I am tried of having to wind it for them again and again and again......Thanks.

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  30. I hope that everyone feels better at your house soon.

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  31. I'm sorry that you're daughter is not feeling well and I hope she gets better. My brother-in-law, sister-in-law and niece were all sick last week. I hear that there is a stomach bug going around. I hope that we don't get it. I'll have to remember the cellphone thing the next time I get sick and don't want to yell for my husband! LOL Love reading your blog!

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  32. Hey Tania..I'm here too from HOTM...it's nice to meetcha! LOL about the cell phones:) and the sickies...

    What a FABULOUS Spiderman cake...OH MAN...that's awesome! Impressive! Great little site you've got here...I'm going to poke around a bit more!

    peace,
    lori

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