Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Annual Christmas Family Portrait

Christmas Morning 2008










Christmas Eve 2008


Standing in front of the tree. When did my boys get so tall??


Lydia is showing you her princess lights. While she did her best to un-decorate the tree, these managed to stay on!



You can see our sad, mostly un-decorated tree in this shot. Maybe next year we'll be able to put up ornaments again!

Sunday, December 28, 2008

2008 Ornament

Since our first Christmas together, Bo & I have gotten a personalized family ornament for our tree. Here is the ornament for this year -- purchased in the nick of time on Christmas Eve.

I have more pictures to share, but it's been busy between illness and work and life -- I'll get some up as soon as I can. We hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas!!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Save Handmade Goods!

On February 10, 2009, the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act will go into effect. If it goes into effect as currently written, untold numbers of artisans and small businesses will be forced out of business due to the forced testing of each item that is used in the creation of handmade goods for children.

Third party testing of each item used in the creation of wooden toys, handmade dolls, baby slings, and anything that may be used by a child -- will cost thousands of dollars. The cost of testing will force most (if not all) individuals and small businesses who create items for children out of business.

I would hate to see this happen! We have always heard how small businesses are the backbone of our economy, and this act will effectively shut down untold numbers of small businesses. If a small business manages to pay the testing fees, they will have to charge that much more for their items, and will likely limit the number of items they sell.

One mama I know who makes baby slings determined that she would have to test each different fabric and each different ring to comply with this act. The testing for her current inventory would cost more than $3000.00. If she wanted to add more fabrics, or different rings, that testing cost would increase. She would have to double the cost of her slings to meet these new requirements, and would have to borrow money to test the current items in her inventory. If this act goes into effect, she will go out of business.

Cool Mom Picks has an extremely informative post about this act, and gives information about a few different things we can do to prevent this act from going into effect. Please click over there and read the information they've put together.

I know everyone is busy with the holidays right now, but please take a moment to let your representatives in Washington know that this act is not good for American businesses or consumers. Don't put them out of business!!

(If you read my various blogs, I realize I've blogged about this 3 times now. I try not to cross-post like this, but this is very important to me because it will force many WAHM's I know out of business.)

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Movie Night



The kids and I watched Matilda a few nights ago. It's a great movie, and everyone enjoyed it. Well, maybe Lydia enjoyed the popcorn the most.

Monday, December 08, 2008

Lydia Dancing

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Our Lyddie-Lou loves music and loves to dance. Some days she has more moves than spinning, but this wasn't one of those days. The almost-end is my favorite part, and then it gets cut off because she wanted to see herself on video.

Flag Football Awards Ceremony

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The boys finished up their flag football season last week. They both had fun, and want to play again next fall!

Found on My Camera

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When I downloaded the card, I found this video taken by Colin of Nate. They're both goofballs!

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Giving Up Soda

I know it's hard to believe -- but we've been trying to give up soda around here -- I blogged about it over at Prevention -- Giving Up Soda

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