In true St. Germainiac fashion, I made our Christmas cards right before Christmas and then lost my gusto to actually send them. I think I am instead making it a tradition to share them here on my blog. See last year’s here.
I do still have much to say about 2014 and 2015 but that will come in another post. And it is still January, so I can’t be that late after all!
When I was little our extended relatives used to call us the “Late Lassens” because we were always late to every family function. I was usually late to school. Girl Scouts. Softball. Now, in our defense, our family functions were 2 1/2 hours from our home (and 15 minutes from our relatives) and my mom had four kids to get ready for school. Four kids who hated getting up in the morning and ready for school. I have tried really hard not to let that nickname follow me into my adulthood and for the most part I do pretty well. This year however, has been a different story. I’ve fallen really behind on a lot of things.
One of them was the thank you’s for the Kid and our Christmas gifts. I’ve always tried to be good about Christmas cards and thank you’s but this year I just dropped the ball. So much that it’s already April and I’ve just finished them. Now I know some of you reading this would probably say, to hell with them, why even send them? Well, because I’m not a quitter. And we were really thankful and I want people to know that. I really started this process back in February as soon as our move was over and things got crazy at work and with some other stuff that after Finn did his part, I just sort of sat on them.
Yesterday I got this bug up my ass and decided to finish them and make them one of my 29 Projects and I’m happy to share it here! And I’m sending them out. Four months late and all because I don’t care. On the bright side, I am already on top of his birthday thank you’s from not even a month ago. So I’m on the up and up in that area. Some people may be getting two cards in the mail from us. Lucky them!
We set Finn up outside with some watered-down water colors and some butcher paper hung on the pool gate, a paint brush, and his trusty dog and had him go to town. And despite his worried face below, he loved it!
Afterwards, I let them thoroughly dry for 2 full months (har har) and then cut them up and glued them on the front of some blank craft paper cards and then sprayed the fronts with a light coat of varnish. And now off they go. Voila! Easy peasy!
The final product:
Can you see his cute handprint on one of them??
This is 3/29 projects that I am attempting to complete before my 30th birthday in May. Wish me luck.
I worked really hard on a Christmas card this year. I mean, really hard. Every night after work I’d come home and work on it, tweaking it, perfecting it. It was going to be double-sided with one side having our photo and the other a “year in review”. I was going to print them, stuff them, and mail them out, you know, like you’re supposed to. But you know what? I only got
one five Christmas cards. Which I loved. But one five (woops – spoke too soon, the other 4 came after Christmas!). That was it. And for all the time, effort, and love that I put into this card, and then money to print them and pay for shipping and envelopes I decided it just was not worth it. My mom said I should do it anyways, that Christmas cards are dying and I was born one generation too late, but I’m not sending them and I don’t know if I will again. I always have and I love doing it. I’m a paper crafter. But part of the reward of sending cards is getting them in return and seeing photos or handwritten notes from your loved ones. Getting nothing just seemed pointless.
I decided I’m still going to share it. Here on my blog. So anyone that actually reads my blog will get to enjoy all the effort I went to making this card. Well, one side at least. It’s a little hard to post a 2-sided card. ;)
Enjoy and Merry Christmas!
P.S. His height is totally wrong on this. I didn’t measure him at all. He’s actually closer to 3 feet according to a stick he stood next to today at the park. It was just a place holder until I could actually measure him but I never did! His weight is from a couple weeks ago, though. Also,
The Hobbit we are seeing this weekend, we never saw The Hobbit, we just knew it was going to be the best movie of the year so I preemptively put it on there. If not The Hobbit, it would have been World’s End.
What a wonderful time of year. We are pretty much giddy from October through December as there are so many of our favorite holidays sprinkled about (oooh sprinkles!). We got a head start on our Christmas shopping the day after Thanksgiving in the comfort of our home and in our PJ’s by taking advantage of all the online sales. I’m thankful this year for not having to worry about shopping out in the madness. It’s very nice to know that we are almost completely done with our shopping and it’s only the first week of December. My favorite part of the holiday is always wrapping up all the little packages with pretty paper, ribbons, and bows and then admiring them under our tree. I think I must rearrange them atleast every other day. Every time I add a new package it gets off kilter and I need to restore the balance by rearranging them again. It’s my thing. :P This year isn’t going to be too much different from the rest for us as far as gifts go but it will be just a little bit more snug with saving for Europe and all. My parents are going through a really hard time with my dad about to lose his job (after almost 30 years) so we really wanted to make sure their Christmas day was as special as any other even if they aren’t able to give all the gifts they are used to. That’s not what matters. I hope we can spend a nice family dinner together just enjoying eachothers’ company. My mom just went to visit her family in Georgia for 2 weeks and comes home a couple of days before Christmas, so that will be a nice trip for her.
As per our tradition, we put up our Christmas tree and all of our decorations the day after Thanksgiving. We’re still working on collecting enough lights to decorate our yard. This being our first Christmas in our very own house, it’s kind of a big deal to us. We know each year we will be able to add to our collection! Happy Holidays, internetz!
As everything goes in Dan and I’s lives lately… I am still behind on updating this blog. I plan on getting all caught up this weekend though!
We spent Christmas Eve at Dan’s mom’s as we always do and had a wonderful time with Jayne, Grandma Yvonne, and Tom. We had Jayne’s traditional and delicious lasagna. Mmmmm! Then on Christmas Day we actually got to spend the holiday with my Grandpa Lassen! It was so awesome having a Christmas with him as it has been quite a while since that has happened. He and his girlfriend, Rae came and we had a truly special day. Another surprise visitor was Jack’s best friend, Scott from Humboldt, CA. It was so good to see him, I miss that guy a TON.
Here’s some various pics from both days:
A couple hours after Dan took his last final and I left work we hopped on a plane for Colorado to spend a week with Dan’s Aunt Lori, Uncle Mark, and cousins as well as to see my cousin, Christa and her husband, and my Unka Dave! We had an absolutely awesome trip and completely fell in love with Colorado (again!). We think we want to move there after Dan graduates if he can get a job at a hospital there or something.
We got to see the Air Force Academy down in Colorado Springs, courtesy of my fabulous Uncle Dave who is the Director of Communications there. Went on just about a 5 hour tour there that was worth every second. It was really cool to see what my uncle does and where he works and it even made Dan wish he had gone to the Academy! Dave’s the best tour guide!
Christa and Andy took us to downtown Denver where we had a few drinks and hung out. It was so fun reconnecting with my cousin who I absolutely adore. She actually just got back from filming a movie in India! Superstar coming through! :) We got to see their townhouse and of course their cute pup, Ella! Wish I lived closer to them as they are suuuch a fun couple. Real down to earth and just “normal” peoples. Other than my cousin on the verge of superstardom, of course!
After all that we spent the rest of the time with Mark, Lori, Emily, Elizabeth, Michael, Jeffrey, Grandma, and Barb! It was a full house, for sure, that’s for sure!!! Their house was beautiful, too. :) We did a lot of putsing around the town of Parker and then went to the Denver Museum of Natural History with all the cousins and we thought that was really cool. Dan, of course, being the science/history buff/nerd that he is took his time on just about every single exhibit! ;) We also went up north a couple hours to Estes Park where Dan got to live out a “dream” of his by seeing the Stanley Hotel— you know, where Stephen King stayed when he got the idea for the Shining! It was so awesome! We had a really great time just spending time with family as we do not get to see them very often. I just adore Dan’s cousins Emily and Elizabeth and wish we lived closer as I’d be hanging out with them every day (if they’d let me!). They are just a bundle of fun. We had a really comical time teasing Grandma with all of Dan’s cousins and from what we hear, the teasing didn’t stop once we left! Dan and I kept commenting how every time we heard Mark’s voice it sounded just like his dad, Brian’s. It was also a little comforting for Dan, I think. Anyways, it was a really nice trip and very special to us and we’re hoping to go back again next year!
What can I say, I work for a wonderful company and they throw one helluva party! A $3 million one at that! We also thought of this weekend as our one year anniversary event. We got to get all dressed up in our fancy clothes (You know, clothes we never wear and won’t wear probably again!) and stayed at a nice hotel in downtown Phoenix. We were shuttled over to Chase Field (The Diamondbacks’ ball field) with our good friends, Jason and Julie and a bunch of other GoDaddy peoples. We got in to the party and it sure was quite a scene! The theme was a Winter Wonderland and it looked awesome. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves:
Check out this article on azcentral.com all about the party!
Super happy with my brand new super phone! Got me a Motorola Droid phone on Friday which is AWESOME. I have never had a phone as fancy or advanced as this so it’s a whole new ballgame for me to learn, but I fall in love with it more and more every minute.
A little nervous about the nerve study tomorrow. Afraid they may decide that I should just keep treating it the way I have (ice, heat, ibuprofen, brace, etc.) and send me on my way. I guess that would be okay since I wouldn’t need a surgery, but at the same time I really just want to get this taken care of and behind me
Ridiculously excited about our events and trips coming up in the next month, especially Christmas! Beginning of December is my company’s holiday party. It will be so fun to dress up (Dan even has to get a suit!) and stay at a hotel in downtown Phoenix for the night. This is on the 12th so it is sort of an early anniversary for us. Then on the 17th we take off for Colorado! We will be staying with Dan’s aunt and uncle (Lori & Mark) and all his cousins. PLUS Grandma Jo will be arriving that same day and Aunt Barb gets in a few days later! It will be one huge St. Germain reunion, minus Jayne and Tom. :( I also can’t wait to see my cousin, Christa who lives there with her husband, Andy, whom I have never met! I haven’t seen Christa in oh… 10 years? But she’s so amazing and it will be so good to see her. We plan on spending some time with them as well. This trip is our anniversary/Christmas trip. Since our anniversary will be spent studying for finals and whatnot. We have been wanting to see snow for our anniversary since we were married on the beach in the month of December, we thought snow would be the next greatest thing. We want to make sure we do something fun on on our anniversary every year so that it is always special and never becomes “just another day” like it is for so many people. Neither one of us is happy with flowers and dinner. Since we are going to Colorado 2 days after our anniversary, I really wanted to get tickets to the Suns/Spurs game on the actual night of our anniversary (Dec. 15th) but we cannot as Dan has a HUGE final that next day that he needs to study hard for! I’m happy with our night at the party/hotel the weekend before and then Colorado a few days after. ;)
Well, that’s all for now.