Saturday, January 31, 2009

Snow Play

I have been lax about updating my blog. It has been so cold here (18 degrees as a high) that we have all been bundled up in the apartment and doing a lot of indoor activites - like crafting! So, there hasn't been much to post. But then I remembered, that I had taken some pictues last week that I hadn't posted yet!

Last Friday, David, the girls and I all went to an IMAX movie at the Boston Science Museum. The museum is only about 1/2 a mile away, so we walk there. The girls decided to play in the snow on the way home! We have a lot of snow here and these pictures were taken before our last 2 snow storms where we got another 12 or so inches! It was dark outside, so these are not the best pictures - but here you go!

This isn't the best picture of Brynn, but it shows how much snow we had last weekend. We have added another 12 inches since then, but it is supposed to get up to 45 deg. on Saturday, so we may have some melting!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

We Are Having A Blizzard!

I have been waiting all week for the blizzard that they promised was coming and it is finally here! I will never get tired of the snow!!!

It is not night time or fog - it is all snow! Usually we can see all the way to the ocean from our window, but the snow is so thick that we can't even see the river from our balcony today!

The freeways are usually packed day and night, but they are pretty deserted today due to the storm. All of the schools and colleges have closed and everyone is staying home!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Valentine's Project

I have quite a few projects that I am working on for Valentine's Day. The one that I am currently working on is cute and simple so I decided to post it here.

Target sells these cute little mailboxes for $1 in their dollar spot section. They come in silver, pink, white and red.

Link to Tutorial~
Link to More Pictures~

Let me know if you make any of these. I have 9 more to make and I would love to see your ideas!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

We got to go to a Celtics game!

Ok, I am not sure why it took us so long to make it to a Celtics game, except to say that there is so much to do here in Boston, that this was the first chance we had to take in a game. We couldn't have picked a better game to go to!

The Boston Celtics played the Phoenix Suns. The Celtics dominated the WHOLE game! It was truly an awesome sight to see. Shaquil O'Neal plays for the Suns, so it was fun to get to see him play as well! Here are some pics from our evening!

The Game~

Jace and Chaz at the Game~

The Celtics Dancers~

Deena and David at the Game (I never realize how short I am until I have my picture taken with David!)~

More of the Game - Nice 3-pointer!~

Shaquil O'Neal - #32 During Half-Time Warm Up~

Final Score~

Sunday, January 18, 2009

We Had a Blizzard in Boston!!!

Okay, Anyone who knows me, knows that I love the snow! I pray for snow, I hope for snow and I dance for snow!!! Well, I woke up to snow this morning! It must have started snowing about dawn because there was already 1 1/2 on the ground when I got up at 8am. It snowed heavy all day until about 3pm alternating between small and large flakes. In the end, we ended up with about 5 inches of snow! YEAH!

The Charles River has totally frozen over, so all the snow that fell is blanketing it. It is truly a beautiful sight!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

My new Craft Space!

While I was home in WA for Christmas, I decided that I wanted to bring "some" of my scrapbook stuff to Boston. I really miss working on stuff and I have a friend here in Boston who wants to get together and host some scrapbooking/card making days while kids are in school!

So the idea started with taking just a "few" items and having everything be portable. But as I tried to figure out what I could live without - the idea (and amount of stuff) grew! Our master bedroom is very large, so I decided to create a craft space in there.

I started unpacking on Saturday and then headed to A.C. Moore to look for more organizing ideas. I found this great idea that basically uses those wire cubes that you can build yourself. It was a whole kit to create an organization system. The only problem was the price! It was $156.00!!! I decided that I could build it myself by buying those cube kits and putting it together!

Because of the snow on Sunday, our church was cancelled, so I spent most of the day organizing and setting stuff up. So for only $35.00 - here is what I created.

- On the right: I bought a bookshelf for all of my stamps. For now my stamp pads are sitting on top of it - but I want to get a different holder for them.
- I also bought a bulletin board and hung up all of my clear stamp sets so that I remember to use them.
- I built 3 cubes on the right side where I put all of my tools and 2 cubes on the left for all of my accessories.
- In the middle space, I hung up some accessories.
- I re-purposed the drawers on the bottom - left to hold my glue, cutting tools and ribbon
- I only brought 8 sheets of each of my Stampin' Up card stock - I put them in the expandable file folders on the bottom - right cube.
- I only brought some of my accessories, stickers, die cuts etc. I found these great boxes on the bottom right with expandable files inside to keep them all portable and organized.

The view from the other side of my bedroom:

I was also able to create a sewing space. I had extra supplies to make more cubes, so I created a storage space for some sewing items as well. I hung up a baby quilt that my mom made for Marissa!

I also re-arranged some items in my closet so now it only has to hold my yarn and cross-stitching supplies!

Since I am showing all of the great organizing that I have done in my bedroom - Here is what I did with my purses, covers for my Miche Bag and scarves.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

We Made it Back to Boston

Well, we made it back to Boston! We actually had a pretty uneventful trip back. There was a perfect window where the weather was clear in Tri-Cities, Seattle and Boston. We made it out of Boston the day before a huge storm hit and we made it back in the day before another storm hit - talk about luck!

This current storm is pretty mild - only a couple inches of snow with some ice on top this morning, but it has warmed to 37 degrees and is raining now. We could definitely tell that there was a lot of snow here while we were gone! There isn't much left now, but the piles in the Costco parking lot were about 12 feet tall!!!

We landed in Boston at about 7:30am (Eastern Time) yesterday. We then had to get all of our luggage and carry-on's together. I never truly counted the bags, (I didn't want to know how many) but there was a lot! I decided to bring "some" of my scrapbooking stuff to Boston and we had to get all of the Christmas presents home too. I took a picture of all of our bags sitting in our foyer - it was a pretty funny site.

After I packed all of the "large" items ie. Cricut, Cuttlebug, Stamps, Paper and Sticker Embellishments, I still had a lot of "stuff" to pack. I thought it was a funny site, so I snapped a quick picture.

Once we got all of the bags up to our apartment, it was such a crazy site, that I took a picture of that too!

We also had to ship some boxes, because we couldn't get it all in the bags - we really need to learn to travel lighter!!!

There is one picture that I wish I had, that I couldn't get... When we got to the airport, we waited in line for a taxi. With the size of our family and all the stuff, we have to wait until a van comes. The taxi driver did not think that we could get it all in - but we were determined! It costs about $30 for a taxi ride from the airport to our hotel, and since we really didn't want to pay for 2 taxis, we started squishing. We all ended up holding bags on our laps (and not just the small ones) and David had a bag on the floor where his feet should have gone, so his feet were on the dashboard!!! LOL - now that would have been a funny picture!

Friday, January 2, 2009

New Year's Day!

We went over to David's parents house for lunch and to play games on New Year's Day. We had a great time playing games and hanging out!

I bought the girls New Years Day shirts to wear.

David and Marissa even got grandpa to play Big Brain Academy on the DS!

Marissa and Brynn were "helping" give Adrienne and Kayden their nightly bath and got into a bubble fight with Uncle Dustin!

New Year's Eve at the Davis's

We got together with some of our best friends for New Year's Eve. We ate great food, played the wii (man I am bad at it!) and celebrated the New Year!

Marissa and Brynn got to spend the evening with their friend Caira! They played Twister and played with their DS's.

David and Ben played gold on the wii. I never tried this game after humiliating myself trying to race my cow!

Ringing in the New Year!