Saturday I got a new haircut. It makes me happy.


Christmas Pictures

Hi everyone! The Christmas season is in full swing at our house. I finally got all the decorations up, now I've just got the lights left. We've been listening to Christmas music a lot and the weather has been colder lately, which helps. (I know, you can't really call 60 degrees colder, but it's better than the 80s that we had for a while!) Southern California sure has its own quirks.

We went out yesterday and took pictures of Eli for our Christmas cards. I won't post the one I'm using so that it will be fresh, but here are some of the close runners-up.

Eli and I had a great time, even if he doesn't want anything to do with my camera. I just try to snap away and hope that I'll end up with a few that I like. Luckily, I think I did just that. It was also the first real photo shoot I had with my new camera. I got the new Nikon D300 for Christmas, if just a little early. I've been playing with it, trying to get better at the manual settings. I'm working on it. :) Someday I'll be a real Busath, LOL. :)


Laughing out loud

So I was driving home from my friend's house, with Eli in the back. I apparently wasn't paying attention to what he was doing back there. I park the car, look back, and this is what I see:

Too adorable. :)


Thanksgiving report

Hi all! Just wanted to give a quick update on our Thanksgiving weekend and what we've been up to lately.

I had a very busy week during Thanksgiving, taking over all the customer service emails for Angie so that she could have somewhat of a vacation. I tell you what -- knowing that there are hundreds and hundreds of emails in your box waiting for you to look through and answer is really a stressful situation. And I'm the type of person that has to clear my inbox when I see it, so I couldn't just relax until I knew it was finished. I swear, I don't know how Angie does it full-time. She must be Wonder Woman!

After that, we went up to Nathan's family's house for Thanksgiving. We stayed there Wednesday night and then got up to play football on Thursday. I think I'm too competitive. I get too into it and want to win so I push myself hard. Well, I felt the repercussions of that all weekend long as my muscles all refused to do anything I wanted. It's not fun having to pull your own leg up to cross it because it just won't work on its own. Man, I need to get back to working out! :)

I will include some football pictures, though, so you can see how much fun we had. Oh, and I made sure to get pictures of all the football game faces. (Don't mind Janae, she wasn't feeling well.) :)Layout uses Talina Ripper's Football Papers, Theresa Kavouras' Football Collection Mini, and Jan Hicks' Curled Frames Embellishment Biggie.

After football we had a great Thanksgiving feast, although my rolls didn't turn out AGAIN! I don't know what it is, I use the same recipe here and there, do all the same things, but I just can't get my rolls to rise at the in-laws. Hmmm, maybe it's something to do with the mixer or amount of yeast or something? No idea.... Oh well, the rest of the dinner was great. Nathan even made the turkey this year and it was yummo! (We did a test turkey the week before just to make sure and it was good.)

Then Nathan's birthday was on Friday, which I'll post separately about. On Saturday, I had a marathon craft day, making things for Scrap Girls and the 12 Days of Christmas. You won't want to miss out, so sign up for the newsletter! :) There are a lot of fun things to do with the specials this year, plus games and challenges and sales and goodies. It's going to be fun. But it was a lot of work! :) You'll see my layouts and craft projects in the newsletter starting on the 13th. Be on the lookout!

That's all for now. But don't worry, I'll be back! :)

Date Night

Nathan and I are so lucky to have Janae living close by us. She babysits for us frequently, and it's the easiest way for us to get in a date! Last night she came down and watched Eli so we could go to the movies. Because of the crowding at the big theater, we ended up at a local theater that shows independent movies. Our only choice was Lars and the Real Girl because it was the only one not rated R. :)

I actually really liked the movie. It was sweet and heartfelt and had a lot of comedy as well. Ryan Gosling was great as Lars, although he had a mustache that made him look like David Arquette's twin brother, when he was in Scream. Hilarious.

Nathan liked it, too. When possible, we like to watch independent movies as opposed to the big budget busters that don't really have a lot of meaning. So I would definitely recommend this one.