Tuesday, December 28, 2010

scrapbook room does not equal junk room!

This post is a simple rant!
I always hear people say they have a junk room.
It annoys me.
Every usable space in a house...
needs to be used:
guest room,
craft room,
music room,
game room,
"scrapbook" room,
Whatever you want...just use it!

Somewhere between summer and Christmas,
my scrapbook room disappeared and a junk room appeared.
OK, so it is not a hoarding episode yet.
And, it really isn't junky...
just piled with THINGS.
(I can not handle piles.)
I am going to fix this issue...now.
I will post before and afters!
Wish me luck!
*Pic above and other examples of before/after shots,
can be found here:

Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas Eve

Merry Christmas from the Buettner-Boyds:

Chad, Christy, Catarina and Claudia

Tuesday, December 21, 2010


Dear India,

You may have your game back.
Turns out, there is a game that I may dislike more than Monopoly...Parcheesi.
It takes forever for anyone to win...LOL.

Ok, so it is kinda fun...
and blocking people
and sending them back home
and having to roll a 5...is simple,
yet creative.
I think.

I do like the camel playing pieces...LOL.

However, my 11 year old is all up in this game. If I have to play it more than 3 times over the next week, I will not be a happy camper and it may cause me to boycott Naan. Just letting you know.


Monday, December 20, 2010

Holiday Stress

Do you have it finished? All of it? Any of it?...you know, EVERYTHING holiday related?
Are the presents bought? Are they wrapped? The cards sent out? Cookies baked? Candy made?...LOL. It goes on and on and on, doesn't it?

Not this year, not for me!I may have to buy a few last minute gifts, but nothing major. We limited gifts we bought and decided the best gift was just being together. Well, I did anyway!...LOL.

Since Mr. Chad and I started celebrating Christmas together with the kids around 2003, we have used the alphabet to guide us. We all draw letters and all the gifts have to start with that letter. The first couple of years, he and I got 13 gifts each, as did the girls, but after everyone had a xylophone we had to re-work the tradition...so, we took out Z and X and all drew together. When we had 13 letters the gifts were to cost about $10 each, after we eliminated the 2 letters and drew from 24, everyone got 6 $20 gifts...or about that. It truly is a fun shopping experience!

Here are a few examples of what I have given in the past: O-ornamnet, B-belt, G-gift card...you see how it works, right? This truly helps me de-stress during the holidays. Sometimes I am at a loss, for what to buy with a particular letter...so, I just buy the gift I think they want and use a "neat" adjective to describe it...LOL.

Anyway, I hope you are having a great holiday season, surrounded by the ones you love most, and that you realize that one of the greatest gifts out there...is the present!...and that is an easy gift to give!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

On the road again!

Picked up the girls in Birmingham.
Shopped at Barnes & Noble.
Ate at Johnny Rockets.
Drove back to Aunt Wee's.
Got up late.
Had Breakfast with Aunt Wee, Uncle Donnie, and Dawn.
Left and Drove North.
Stopped at my lil' brother's in Knoxville.
Visited with them for a bit.
Played with Baby Olivia.
Made it home late.
Snapped a few pics in the snow.
Back to bed.
Tomorrow is another day!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

quick christmas craft...that blew my mind!

I am crafty and I am always doing something, but today I ran across this and was blown away...not about the craft itself.
(I usually run from this type of painting.)
This craft was awesome due to what it was made of...plastic cola bottles!
If you get a chance check it out,
leave a comment,
browse around...it is a pretty good lil' blog!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Human Clock Project!

This is what the girls and I are doing today...what are you doing?
Are you contributing to this great place called Earth.
Find something that you and your family can do together
and enjoy that time...just doing!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Law and Order-UK.

Thank you BBCAmerica! It wasn't enough that I had multiple US versions of L&O, but now I got to follow Apollo from Battlestar G. as he fights crime in Little Whindig.

Confession: it is pretty awesome watching it...we all know we love British guys with an accent so thick you can't stir it with a spoon...of course, those are always the criminals.
( How cool if they could get Brad Pitt to do a guest spot and become his Snatch persona. I see a sweeps episode.)

Friday, December 10, 2010

Gummi Eggs

Can someone tell me why these things were invented?

I love them!

I made fun of my hubs for ordering these recently,

but now I can't stop eating them.

Dang you, Nuts Online!
Can't you just stick to NUTS?

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Good Mornin' Crow's Feet...where did you come from?

I woke up a few days ago and there they were...crow's feet! Where did they come from? How did they get there? Why didn't someone tell me they were coming so soon?!

Thirty-seven, really? I'm still a kid!

These things, crow's feet, they "scurr" me. I am afraid that I will get obsessed with them and start beating people up in the "eye cream" aisle. I mean, what's next cheetah cheeks?

On the other hand though, after some research, it turns out they are a sign of happy people that like to laugh...in essence, an "attribute" that I would consider a trophy!...So today I notice, a few lines that I have to get all up in the mirror to see...for 37 awesome years of life. I consider that a pretty fair trade!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Sister Weekend 2010

Lessons learned at SW2010...and a couple of pics!

1. Don't have a cat!

2. Regardless of how long a person has been on this planet, do not assume they know the meaning of camel toe.

3. It does snow around here from time to time...you could get stuck!

4. Don't try to "Carrie" everything to the car at once...steps with ice are dangerous!

5. Taking family pics are fun...I don't care who you are!

6. Keep pantry full. If it snows, and you can't get to SUBWAY, someone can throw something together for 25 people.

7. When tired enough, people will sleep anywhere.

8. Plan on laundry...everyone washes everything after everybody leaves!

9. The best present is being with your family...and vanilla extract.

10. Start counting down 'til next year!

*To my wonderful family, thank you for sharing such a wonderful time with me and blessing my home with your presence. I am sure Granny was watching down on us, smiling, knowing she has influenced, shaped, and made some great female role models for the rest of the world to admire.