Friday, December 19, 2008

the list is getting shorter.

#25 is OFFICIALLY marked off the list!
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a peek into the messy thrilling life that i lead, shown up there above.

this is what i was greeted with when i arrived home last night. a lovely table filled with gift bags and wrapping paper, and kid art projects, and the giveaway prize still sitting from being photographed, a nice pile of junk mail, some Christmas cards thrown in for good measure, AND, a package addressed to me.

it's contents had me in tears. something simple. something homemade. and something SO very thoughtful that i can't even formulate the words to express how incredibly thankful i am to be the recipient of such an act of kindness.

i opened it up to find this inside.........
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SPRITZ COOKIES! just like my mom used to make. and now i don't have to make them myself before Christmas. and better yet...........a package "NOT to share" and a package "to share." i'm dying to take one container to my brother as a surprise. but then again, he's surely not as sappy as i am about cookies. i mean seriously, after opening the container, i was brought to tears just from the smell of them. it's an entire childhood of memories wrapped up in the smell of a cookie.

crying over cookies. true story.

so, thank you alex..........this ranks up there with some of the best gifts i've ever received! it doesn't take much to make me happy. or cry, apparently.

anywhoooooo.
i have a ton of stories to share, but they all need photos to support the stories. and well.....i haven't had time to resize them yet. so, tomorrow. maybe.

right now i have to get back to this mess.
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and my progress........
Numbers 1, 3, 6, 7, and 8. DONE!
Numbers 14, 15, 16 and 17. DONE!
Numbers 18, 19, and 21. DONE!
Number 23. DONE!
Number 25. Removed from List!

WOW. list making is quite motivating.
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winner of the stamps & album: AuBien! please email me at taniamwillis at (yahoo.com) with your address!

6 days until Christmas!!!!!!!!
today's prize: lots of metal embellishments, some chipboard letters, and sheer journaling spots, some accent stickers and a roll of ribbon!
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38 comments:

  1. Tania, I love reading your blog and feeling the sentiment and emotion of the cookies. That was so sweet of Alex and I am happy that it touched your heart so much.

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  2. I love your blog writing too Tania. How special for you to have been able to reconnect with wonderful Christmas memories!!!! Another great giveaway!!

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  3. Love that you got "to share" and "not to share" instructions! :) Certain things bring back the best memories don't they?

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  4. Tania, I know what you mean when something like that is so special to a person, last year I gave a little gift box filled with goodies to someone,she gave me a hug and cried. It seems so small, yet it means so much. #5012 EVE

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  5. How thoughtful! (to share & not to share)...

    Mmm...

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  6. How nice that you got such a sweet surprise package.
    I forgot to share that I made your Loaded Potato Soup & we LOVED it! Perfect day to have it too. It was 25 degrees & we had 6 inches of snow.

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  7. This time of year brings out the best in some of us...I am so happy you have an Alex in your life to give you that special kindness. Awesome and thanks for sharing this special part of your holiday.

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  8. Love the stories you share! What a wonderful gift too love the part to share and not to share.

    I'm glad I found your blog, your a fun blogger!

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  9. Congrats on getting things checked off! Yay!

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  10. christmas brings out the best in people i wish the spirit lasted the entire year. those metal embellishments are soo cool i have never seen any like that before

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  11. How absolutely sweet. Alex is a great lady. I am so happy for you to receive such a wonderful gift. It warms my heart.

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  12. I absolutely love reading your blog! Hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas!

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  13. How sweet of your friend to make and send those cookies to you! What an absolutely wonderful gift! :)

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  14. It's truly amazing what can touch our hearts...but of course that is what this season is all about!

    Grandma Shelley

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  15. I'm glad you're getting things crossed off your list. :)

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  16. How sweet of alex, spitz cookies are my favorite too, I make some each year.
    another great giveaway, thanks for the change.

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  17. What a cool surprise for you to receive. I made some dipped chocolate pretzels for my BF (with Andes chocolates sprinkled on....thanks to you for that!) and she reacted similarly! I appreciate your honest writing...you're so fun!

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  18. Just found your blog and love it. I'm cheering for you to finish your list!

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  19. I like your mess, they look just like mine! Hahaha! I love to bake cookies to share, but maybe not this year, really too busy!

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  20. Cute message "to share" and "not to share", can I use that too? Really like that!

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  21. Wow - you've gotten TONS done - WTG! And what a wonderful story about the spritz cookies! There are truly angels among us.
    Sounds like you'll soon be working on the "relax" to-do on your list very soon!

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  22. Thanks for sharing your tears...I cry when someone even SAYS the word "cry" :-) I'm glad you got your mom's cookies in the mail, so special.

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  23. What a very thoughtful gift you got. You have such a big heart to openly share your thoughts and feelings with us.

    Have a great Friday evening.

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  24. I'm completely addicted to lists, so I hear ya! Congrats on crossing some more things off, that's the best part of the list, ya know?

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  25. What a lovely Christmas surprise.

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  26. Could you please come work on my list-I really need help!

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  27. Love your blog! It's nice to know that I'm not the only one with a mess..lol!

    Mmmm...cookies! That was really kind and thoughtful for someone to send you some.

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  28. oh my, just 6 days, let´s run!!

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  29. Once again an awesome blog entry. It's the contents of a gift that matter, not the gift its self. :) Enjoy your cookies, Tania.

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  30. Once again an awesome blog entry. It's the contents of a gift that matter, not the gift its self. :) Enjoy your cookies, Tania.

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  31. Hi! I had happened to stumble by on your blog during my blog hopping last week. I really enjoy reading your posts. I really had a hearty laugh about the part where Doug was impersonating as the characters from the Office.
    Can't wait to read more of your posts.Keep posting!:)

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  32. Tania,

    Hope it is not too late to enter the drawing from Friday. The chipboard letters look like they would make for a great scrapbooking page. By the way, check out creative memories, they are hiring designers. I think if you look at their website it says something on there. Otherwise ask me tomorrow night because I will ask Tsarina about it. She told me at the crop on Friday night. See you tomorrow, I mean later today.
    Tricia

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  33. The new picture on the top of your blog page with all the stick figures is really adorable --- love it! - Brenda #3635

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  34. Thanks for the chance to win, wonderful giveaway!

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  35. Way to go on making progress on that list. You deserve a spritz cookie reward.

    Enjoy

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  36. Lots of cookies sharing in my office today. Saved a couple for my kids too. I love working off a list too when things get too busy. Feel a good sense of acommplisment when items are strike off the list as they are finish off. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  37. Am I to late....couldn't get on yesterday. Internet was down.
    Lorraine L
    #3700

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