Family Quiz 2014 version

How the heck did it get to be 12 days until Christmas? This month is flying by me. I have no shopping done, which is fine because we aren’t exchanging gifts with anyone but Aly this year. There are now too many of us in the family for that to work out. #largefamilyproblems This year there are going to be 16 of us. That’s just parents, siblings and spouses and boyfriends(J isn’t seeing anyone, and the other two boys aren’t old enough), and kids. There isn’t room for extras. lol

After last year’s quiz I needed to revamp it and update it a bit. There were some questions that could cause insult and some that were just plain difficult to answer. I also narrowed it down to 2 pages, since I print ours front and back, it’s just one page. We turned ours into a game last year by picking random questions and reading from the stack to see how well we knew each other. It was quite entertaining!:)

Download the 2014 family quiz here / here

Download the 2014 front page for a family quiz binder here / here

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As a quick general update from my last post: We are still working on the shop website, things have gotten hectic and we keep putting it off, but it is happening. We have another craft show this weekend, so pray for us, I get so nervous. The plumber thought he fixed the problem, but all that happened was he slowed the leak, we are working on figuring out the solution, the washer is dying, but we are hoping to get at least a week or more out of it yet because the thought of making that purchase is killing me. My daughter and nephews are adorable. acz_1114_1sm

What I’m most thankful for.


Everyone always has a thanksgiving post, but I haven’t really felt that thankful lately. I could fill you in on all the reasons but truthfully? there is no reason. Telling you my frustrations and worries are not going to do anything about it. If you read this on the 1st, please pray that the plumber is able to fix the problem. I’d love to be able to shower in the upstairs bathroom again by my birthday.


But back to what I am thankful for:

  • that God has met me where I am. In all my messy, messed up self. Thank you Lord for loving in spite of myself.
  • My husband. Each day I am reminded of how lucky I am to have him. Today he made me cry. In a good way. He understands my heart and completely supports it. Thanks God for forgiving our mistakes and blessing our marriage.
  • My Aly girl. She truly is an amazing kid. I have been so blessed to have her. Thank you Jesus for trusting me with her.
  • My nephews. They are part of my heart. Since we were never blessed with more than 1 child, these kids have been extensions to my heart. Thanks for sharing them with us Sisters!
  • My parents and siblings. They are there for the good and the horrible. And there are days I wouldn’t know how to go on without all of them.
  • My inlaws. We may not see eye to eye about anything, but without them I wouldn’t have that awesome dude I am married to and my kiddo.
  • We have a house. It has major problems right now, but I trust that God has a purpose for this.
  • We have a job. We may be struggling but at least we have a job and our bills are getting paid.

After Thanksgiving dinner, we took advantage of the chilly evening and no one being at the park and played for awhile. The kids had fun, so it was worth the chill!:) The day after I took the kids’ Christmas pictures. We’ve been pretty quiet around here waiting on plumbing, shower, washer problems to be fixed. Nothing majorly exciting. :)


























 I need to hear this daily. :) More of Him, less of me.(john 3:30


Paper Leaf Garland

I’ve been going to post this for more than a week now, but it’s been busy around here. Trying to get ready for a craft show, house falling apart, trying to kill our dryer, ya know, the usual. ;) I am still considering what to do with this space, but for now I have decided to keep using it as I was.

I still smile just to look at these, especially when the windows are open and they are fluttering. Happy little leaves that have my heart in them.

 One afternoon we just NEEDED to do something. No netflix, no ps3, just occupying them with something. So we made leaf garlands.

First have some cute kids color pages of paper for you. Let them go wild, or in the case of my daughter, not wild, but very controlled rectangles, either way, let them color!:)



After they have colored a bajillion and two pages, cut them into strips. And then fold the strips in half, and cut whatever leaf shape you want. I also had a sheet of gold glitter cardstock, and so we added gold leaves also.




Turn them upside down,and hot glue them to twine, or string, or thread, or whatever floats your boat.


We made so many leaves we were able to make 2 for us that are over 6 ft long, and one for Nephew C’s mom to hang up at his house.



Then hang them up and admire them until it’s time to take them down to replace with snowflakes. (i’m counting down the days. lol)

Sad Panda. :(



Here’s a little story about my plants, the Lord of the Rings characters.

One day I was so excited that I had kept some outdoor plants alive that I bought a houseplant. (you’ve seen Gollum/Stan here)



That little plant thrived. He grew so much I had to put him into a giant planter, and he was happy.



And so I decided one day to bring home another plant. And that plant also was happy.That 2nd plant led to another. And another. And another.





Soon I had 5 plants. FIVE.(and that included the death plant! aka a really cool looking aloe plant, which is death to me since I am allergic to it, ironic eh? Also allergic to benedryl. Go me. Nothing like being allergic to the things that help with allergies. Winning.) And they were all doing great!




One day I got selfish. And I decided to add another plant. I wasn’t absolutely in love with this plant, but I did it anyway. Terrible idea people. I should have stuck with 5!!!



That newest plant (who’s name was Kili because of the Hobbit) had gnats. And it spread those bugs to all the plants. I tried everything to get rid of them. I was unsuccessful. I researched, and researched. And then tested and tested.




One of the suggestions for getting rid the gnats was to sprinkle coffee grounds around the plants to kill the gnat larvae.It worked for about 3 days and our house smelled like a coffee shop. I’m here to tell you: don’t do that! Tonight I had to do something hard. I had to throw away all of my plants. They were all growing mold. Thick disgusting mold. And the bugs came back. I can’t handle that. I really can’t. I have huge bug phobias. And it doesn’t make sense to have air purifying plants if they are growing lung destroying mold. lol




So my question is this: How in the heck have I kept my family alive for 14 years if I can’t keep “easy to grow” plants alive for longer than a few months at a time? haha. Only sort of kidding. Seriously: sadness. I need to go research realistic plastic plants.