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Christmas in July

July 21st, 2014

My girlz and I are true blue Christmas fanatics...we love when Hallmark has their Christmas in July movies...when KSSK has their LEON fact, I have Christmas365 playing on my iHeartRADIO right now!   I believe that it lowers my blood pressure here at work, and relaxes me.

Do you realize that it's only 156 days until Christmas?  That would mean that it's only 153 days until I'm 57 years old!  YIKES!  I am so loving it!  Not the getting a year older part, but the fact that Christmas is coming!  🙂

Oh don't bah humbug ALL love Christmas in one way or another.  🙂   Another school year is upon us, then football will be here...then comes Halloween...Thanksgiving...and before you know it, old St. Nick will be here!


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December 27th, 2013

The hustle and bustle of Christmas is over.  Now is the time everyone is getting ready to take down the Christmas decorations and the tree.  Buying up the 50% off wrapping paper to use next year.  AND, making plans for the New Year Celebrations! 

It's always a time when people reflect on the previous year.  Accomplishments met, new babies, deaths of those that we love, new jobs, lost jobs, stuff like that.  It's also a time for us to sit back and take a look at the blessings in our's so easy to poke holes in your life and talk smack about stuff like why you didn't get a larger raise (or why you didn't get a raise at all), or why your car broke down so much this year, or why the neighbor kid got the student of the month award instead of yours.   Right?  What did I do right this year?  What did I screw up this year?  What can I do better at next year?

Instead of beating yourself up and dwelling on the bad stuff, take a look at all of the good stuff in your life that you take for granted everyday.  Yes, I said take for granted.  The people in your life ~ your family perhaps?  Do you tell them you love them regularly?  You should!  Do you hug them regularly?  You should!  Do you reach out to friends other than when you need something from them?  You should!  Do you tell your staff or assistant thanks for the great job they do?  You should!  Do you hold grudges?  You shouldn't!  Do you take time out for you?  You should!  Life is too short...make the best of it while you still can!  Don't wait until it's too late!

"We cannot start over, but we can begin now and make a new beginning."           Zig Ziglar

Friendly Halloween Competition...

September 30th, 2013

Our office has an office decoration "throw down" ~ oh yeah baby.  Department pitted against department.  A little competitive are we?  HELL YEAH we're competitive!  It's not even October and they've already started decorating.  Of course, the heavy duty stuff isn't going to come out until judgement day...don't want to tip your hand to the competition until then!    Secret meetings...secret phone calls...secret shopping expeditions.  Nah...we're not competitive.  Bwahaha!

Crafting with the Keiki

October 30th, 2010

Last weekend, I was able to spend some time crafting with two of our granddaughters.  Like I've said before, crafting is in their blood.   🙂

We decided to make some Halloween Lanterns.  Some of you may remember making these same lanterns back in your hana bata days.  It certainly brought back memories of when I was a kid, and even Shannon (my oldest daughter) commented that she remembered making those when she was little! 

It all started with folding a sheet of paper in half lengthwise.


 Then, you cut off one end of the folded paper.  Set this aside, as it will later be used as the handle for your lantern.

 With a pencil or crayon, mark the paper on the side without the fold about an inch in.   This will serve as a guide when it's time to cut.  From the folded side of the paper, have your child cut up until they reach the mark in the paper.  This will leave you with a border of an inch for when you are assembling the lantern.

Now it's time for your little one to put his or her creativity hat on to decorate and embellish their lantern.  You can either have them draw or color a design on it, or you can put glitter, stickers or just about anything you want to decorate it.  Don't forget to decorate your handle that you set aside as well!


After the lantern has been decorated, it's time to "assemble" the lantern.  Simply unfold the paper, bring the two solid pieces together, and tape it to secure it.  Take your handle piece and tape that on the inside of the lantern.  Voila! 


We decided to hang the lanterns that the girls did next to the Happy Halloween "banner" that Kira and her mommy made last week!  So festive huh!!!  🙂

Take time to nurture those creative minds of our keiki.  Turn off the tv, take away the Nintendo DS for a bit, log off of the computer...spend some quality time together making memories.  You'll be glad you did!

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Bunny Ears!

March 25th, 2010

Grandma...can bunnies hear better with their big ears? 

Here's a real simple and fun craft that you can make with the keiki.

Supplies you'll need:

White poster board or construction paper, pink felt or construction paper, glue, stapler or tape, scissors, crayons or markers, Easter stickers (optional).

How to put it together:

Cut 2 ears out of white poster board or construction paper.  (Between 7-8 inches is good.)  If your little one's are old enough to use a scissors, draw the ears on the paper so that little one's can cut them out.

Cut 2 smaller ears out of pink construction paper or felt.

Glue the pink ears onto the white ears.

Cut 1 strip of white poster board or construction about 2" wide and 18-24 inches long.  (Depending on the size of the little one's head.)  Let the keiki color on the band or even put stickers on it to decorate it.

Tape or staple the band so that it fits.

Glue the ears inside the band.  One on each side of where you joined the band.

Tah dah!  Bunny ears!

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