Christmas (Photo) Cards Prayer Books

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Christmas (Photo) Cards
I posted that I was putting together a prayer book with all the Christmas (photo) cards that we received this year. My friend, Faith, asked if she could see it once I was done because she is trying to figure out what to do with her cards as well. I had seen the Christmas card books before and had one pinned to my Christmas pinboard, but again, with no intentions, I never got around to actually do it. And really, it is so simple.

How It Went Down
Supplies and Materials:
1. Christmas (photo) cards
2. handheld hole punch
3. 2 book rings
4. cover (optional)
5. glitter glue or any other decor stuff (optional)

1. Punch 2 holes on a card. (follow eighteen25’s directions if you’re using her cover)
2. Use that as your guide to make holes in all other cards.
3. Punch all the holes.
4. Put the book rings through the holes to put it altogether.
5. Enjoy seeing photos of your family and friends from the year. 🙂

What do you do with all the Christmas (photo) cards you receive? Is it kept in a special spot or do you like to look at them from time to time?


Happy New Year!! 2014

New Year’s Countdown
I posted our New Year’s mini-party on Instagram/Facebook, and someone said I was a fun mom. I kinda laughed. Because, the truth is, I am not a huge party person. There’s always this pressure to plan it a certain way, etc. Okay, fine, it’s because I’m an introvert! But I saw a post about doing a New Year’s countdown. I remember seeing it last year, and had pinned it on my Celebrations pinboard. I actually ended up finding other links for this activity, but anyhow, I started putting it all together an hour before we were to start our mini-party. So in the middle of giving the girls their showers and getting dinner ready, I cut and glued and taped. Our party definitely isn’t pinnable, but I think the girls had a ton of fun. We actually started late, but I will post it in the order of the time they should have been done.

How It Went Down
Wording ideas credit: The Real Thing with the Coake Family

5PM = It’s time to work on New Year’s resolutions!
In the Bag: New Year’s printable and pens
What We Did: We uses this printable to write down some memories from 2013 and made some goals for 2014.

6PM = Your tummy says it’s time to eat!
In the Bag: Bead necklaces
What We Did: Ate dinner, which was kind of a throw together meal of quesadillas.

7PM = Don’t get bored! Time for a board game. Let’s play, play, play! Don’t forget to make time for something sweet to eat!
In the Bag: New Year’s BINGO game printable and treats we got for Christmas
What We Did: Played the BINGO game and ate the treats :p

8PM = Time for bed! Just kidding. Just get ready, then time for Dancing in the Dark!
In the Bag: Glowsticks and 1 Girl Nation CD
What We Did: Changed to jammies, turned up the music, turned out the lights, and danced, danced, danced! It was quite a sight, but you couldn’t see us because we were in the dark. 😉

9PM = Happy New Year! Welcome 2014!
In the Bag: Apple Juice box from a birthday party
What We Did: Pour our drinks into fancy champagne flutes and toasted to a new year. Cheers!

Some of the activities took awhile, and others were super fast, so in the meantime, we took silly pics with our photo props.

The girls woke up earlier than usual so they were pretty much done by 7:30PM. We toasted around 8PM and wished our Compassion child Solissa in the Dominican Republic a Happy New Year! We ended up watching the ball drop and the Harbor Bridge fireworks via YouTube videos before 9PM and then wished our Compassion child Lucnise in Haiti a Happy New Year! Next year we will celebrate the New Year with our Asian family and friends. :p Much more doable for sleepy kiddos (and parents). 🙂  Click on link for more photos from our New Years Mini-Party and New Years Week.

How did you celebrate the last hours of 2013?


pinterest-to-real-life-2014-buttonSince I’m all about putting my goals to action this year, my friend Nicole’s monthly link-up, Pinterest to Real Life, is a perfect way to keep accountable to that! I have pinned lots of stuff with every good intention of baking/cooking/crafting/etc. It usually doesn’t happen because life happens. I would love to move toward “getting it together” this year, sooo…here we go…. If you want to join in, it’s easy. Choose something you’ve pinned, do it, share about it. That’s it!

April Update

Norm led worship on Palm Sunday and Melody “performed” on stage with the kids. Then Norm will be taking a short paternity leave in May.

Big Sister and Baby
We celebrated Melody becoming a big sister (soon) at the hospital’s Sibling Celebration. This is Joyce’s last month of biweekly doctor’s appointments. We will see Dr. Sohl every week now…but since Melody’s prediction is that baby will arrive 5/7 or 5/10, it will just be 1 more visit. =p We toured the hospital. No room sharing! Yay! And we finally got around to meeting with our pediatrician.

The job opportunity at the first company that Norm interviewed with fell through. But this month he met with yet another recruiter. And also another company was interested in him. He had a phone screen with HR one week, 1st round interview on Monday, and he was called back for 2nd round interview on Thursday. We should hear back soon!

We surprised Frank for his 50th birthday. I wonder what he thought when he came back from his weekend birthday trip and saw 80 people in the middle of the street in front of his house. Then, we celebrated Norm’s 30th birthday!! There were a few Easter festivities. Melody had a lot of fun – sleepover and Easter Egg hunt with Uncle Aaron and Yee-Yee, outing to Marina Park, singing onstage at church, and learning the Easter story. Lastly, we were able to celebrate with Sean for his 2nd birthday party.

Joyce donated her hair for the 3rd time. Read about it HERE and HERE.

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