December 4, 2009

Friday Fragments Happy Hour VGNO Fun - Christmas: Tree, Decorating, Shopping, Stuff


I don't know about you, but the weeks seem to be screaming by at an alarming rate.  This week was no exception.  Luckily Mrs. 4444's  has made Friday a great way of tossing all those random moments that tried to speed by into one headache-free post.  A way to downshift from the hyper-speed and relax after clearing your brain of tidbits that have been rattling around and throw them into one post to ensure they can't fully escape, but ensuring that you can.  Mostly.

 

I've been so busy with Thanksgiving, the 3D Project and Christmas decorating, I've felt like I was in some sort of vortex being away from my computer for extended periods of time the last couple of weeks.  Which has put me way behind on blog reading and commenting, but I'm sure you understand and can totally relate.  Luckily things are beginning to calm down and I won't be trying to juggle a zillion things at once (only about a million), so I'll be able to start making some catch-up progress.  As long as Murphy and his Law don't stalk me.



My fingers are still recovering from the completion of the Princess Nagger Nightmare 3D Project.  If I were a notorious cat burglar or art thief, now would be the time to really clean up, because I'm pretty sure I hot-glued my fingerprints off during the whole process.

She carefully carried it on the bus and it arrived safely at school.  I guess they're setting up a 'neighborhood' in the middle of the school of everyone's house project.  Hopefully we'll get to see the neighborhood when we go in for the Parent-Teacher conference next week.  If so, of course I'll be bringing my camera and will take pictures.



Christmas decorating is going along slow but steady.  I did get my front porch decorated on Sunday:

And on Wednesday, the tree that looked like this:

Now looks like this:

There are still some dark stripey parts, but I'm leaving it just like it is...I think it gives it character.  We still have some ornaments to add to it (like my slew of Swedish ones), so we'll be working on that today after PN gets home from school, then finishing the decorating of the entire living room.  By this evening it'll look like Father Christmas threw up in our living room.  Stay tuned.



Princess Nagger wrote her Santa Letter this week - I was relieved to see that she has done away with her expensive requests of Santa.  Originally she was going to ask for an XBox 360, and Nintendo DS.  Her 'reasoning' behind them was priceless, though, because she said we wouldn't have to worry about them being too expensive, because Santa would bring them.

I thought maybe the fat man in red was going to bring her some disappointment this year.

Instead, she's asking Santa for a "giant realistic looking inflatable Pteranadon and an indoor trampoline".  She also offered up her own 'Good' and 'Bad' list, naming a few of her classmates on the 'Good' side (and added Santa to the list), and on the 'Bad' side, she only named the one boy in her class that apparently annoys her because he bosses her around.  Then she finished the note with "I'm writing my letter with a pen that looks like you, only in bird form."  She wrote her note with this:

Luckily I did locate a 'realistic looking' 62-inch inflatable Pteranadon, so she's going to be really happy.  As for the 'indoor trampoline', we don't really have the room for it, and we'd get an outdoor one if we had a fenced in backyard that would prohibit the annoying neighbor boys from coming over and jumping on it.  Because they're the kind that would.  So I made sure I ordered a bunch of extra cool dinosaur items that will be left by Santa in lieu of the trampoline, and he'll leave her a note apologizing for the fact that the elves broke said trampoline.


Early yesterday morning we had some major storms roll through, and apparently the high winds knocked out the power in a wide area.  Since my alarm clock is backed up by battery, it still woke me up, and after the second snooze cycle, when the radio came back on, the news mentioned that the schools had a 2-hour delay.  Too bad the alarm can't be programmed to accommodate a 2-hour delay and let me sleep in.

Luckily I had the foresight to secure the front porch decorations with cable ties - one of the reasons I keep the hay bales from the fall decorations, so my lit deer won't look like they were lit when they topple over from the monster wind gusts.  They remained upright throughout the storm.  I'm still trying to figure out what to put on top of the hay bales to add just a little more Christmas Cheer to the front porch.  Though since I collect deer, having just deer on the front porch works for me, but Princess Nagger thinks we need a little something more:



 I was contacted yesterday by a rep for Kmart, and apparently the Blue Light Specials are back. To, as they say, 'celebrate in style' Kmart will be giving shoppers on Twitter a chance to win a $50 gift card everyday!  In addition to the chance to win daily, everyone following @KmartDealsnNews on Twitter will be automatically entered for a chance to win a $500 Kmart shopping spree.

The sweepstakes is running now through December 23rd  - all you have to do is follow @KmartDealsnNews on Twitter from your personal Twitter account and issue a Tweet everyday using the hashtag: #KmartBLS.  Each day is a new opportunity to win, so the more often you tweet - the better your chances are to win a Daily prize! 

For more info on sweepstakes details, check out: http://tr.im/kmartBLS, and for Official Rules: http://tr.im/kmartBLSrules

A little preview for this weekend’s (12/5 to 12/6) Specials:

Bluelight Special teasers for 12/5 to 12/6:
·         All 14k gold Birthstone Baby Charms $29.99 (reg $69.99)
·         Mushabellies $14.99 (reg. $24.99)
·         4 piece table tennis table $99.99 (reg. 149.99)
All day offers:
·         Saturday:  Small Wonder Blankets & Wonderkids Thermals – BOGO Free
·         Sunday:  Men’s 3pk Fashion Brief or 2pk Micro Knit Boxers or Musical Card Boxer $5 (reg. 9.99-12.99) 




Princess Nagger Conversation of the Week:

PN:  "I saw a commercial about something that rolls on wheels and if I get grounded, I'll just use that to watch TV!"  (turns out it's some sort of spy gear)

Me:  "Yeah, but what if I'm watching one of my shows?"

PN:  "I will just do something else, and well, I'll actually spy on Dada if he's here!"

Me:  "What if it's just you and me, bay-bee?"

PN:  "I'll listen to everything you say and see everything you do...you know why?"

Me:  "Why?"

PN:  "Because, well, Dada's not here, and you're here, so it's just you and me bay-bee!"

Me:  (laughing)

PN:  "Copy everything I say!  Hang on hang on hang on...heheheheh heeheeeheeeee (laughing) (making goofy faces)

PN:  "Thank you and good night!"



And now, time for Happy Hour!


  • I'm happy that the Christmas decorating is almost done, so I can sit back and enjoy the atmosphere of Christmas Cheer.
  • I'm happy that next week is my birthday, and that Hovering Hubby actually asked me what I would like in advance.  He just might end up making up for forgetting our anniversary! 
  • I'm happy that even though I complained about what a PITA the 3D project was, that it turned out OK and that Princess Nagger loved it.
  • I'm happy that I have almost all of my Christmas shopping done, and even thought of some unique gifts to give hubby that he definitely won't be buying for himself right before Christmas, because they're unique enough that he won't think of them.


If you're just hanging out at home on Friday night (and blogging), feel free to join in on Ann's Virtual Girl's Night Out (boys are welcome, too!)
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Don't forget to visit Mrs. 4444 at Half Past Kissin' Time for fun Friday Fragments, Otin's and RxBambi's respective blogs for Happy Hour Friday, and Ann Again and Again for VGNO.

43 Random Sassy Comments:

otin said...

All of your houses look great! Your mini one and your real one!

Your birthday is coming up?? Sucks turning 29, huh? lol

We have been getting quite a few storms here, lately. Nothing has knocked out power, though.

I asked Santa for some blow up stuff also! LOL!

Have a great weekend!

Barb said...

I love the project you did with the princess. And I'm super happy we don't have to do anything like that at our school! I love your list! Happy Friday.

Vodka Logic said...

I love your decoration, the tree looks great (finally lol) I LOVE the pen.
Nice to see a picture of PN with her project.

I am following KMart thanks for the code.

Happy Holidays

Toni said...

As ever Stacy your decorations look amazing!

And I have a feeling that if you release PN's conversations in a DVD it would be the fastest-selling girl comedy of all time - she's classic lol.

And I know what you mean about weeks whizzing by - this weekend I have so much on I'll have to keep telling myself to breath! lol

I feel tired just reading what you've been up to!

Raven said...

Both your mini house and your real house look fantastic! I still need to decorate and start my Christmas shopping.

Have a great Friday!

won said...

Your porch, as well as the 3D project are both awesome!

Good job.

4 Lettre Words said...

The house looks amazing and I so love that pen. Cute!

You rock for finding that inflatable dino. Wow! I wish I could see her face on the 25th.

We had storms on Wednesday and now they are saying we might get some SNOW tomorrow. Sam couldn't be happier, so I really hope we at least get flurries. GA is sooooo unpredictable.

Have a fantastic weekend with PN and Dada!! :o)

blueviolet said...

I'm SO glad she made it on the bus with her house. It's bigger than I thought it was.

The tree and your decorations look fantastic!

Cat said...

Your house looks so nice! Hooray Christmas!!

PJ said...

your mini house turned out incredible. can't wait to see pics of the whole neighborhood. i love the decorations. since i am not even going to be able to have a tree this year, it is wonderful that i can visit my friends online. have a great day!

Caution Flag said...

That was a big project to carry on the bus! She must have been proud.

My kids use the same, "It won't cost you a thing," logic about Santa. Between Christmas lists and school projects, this non-crafting mom needs some St. John's Wort.

Jan said...

Princess Nagger cracks. me. up.

Pesky elves, breaking those indoor trampolines like that...

Menopausal New Mom said...

You did a wonderful job decorating your home! Wow, love the front porch.

Whatever you did to your fingers helping build that lovely little house with your daughter was worth it. It turned out beautiful! That is a memory she will cherish!

Kirby3131 said...

I have to say that the house you and PN made is spectacular! I can't imagine making something like that. I also wonder what the kids did that lived in an apartment or condo complex? I live in a 5 story building haha

I had to google "inflatable Pteranadon" and now I'm kinda scared LOL Where is something like that going to live in your house! Goodness.

smiles4u said...

Love your random thoughts...love that mini house...she looks so darn cute and proud holding it. Hope it made it to school safely. Your house looks wonderful decorated...hopefully ours will get done this weekend...love the Santa letter...and I love the conversation you had with PN...I love conversations with kids...you have lots of great things to be happy about.
I am happy that you stopped by my place today...thank you. Happy Friday...and happy birthday early! Lori

Kristina P. said...

Your house is truly amazing!

Sprite's Keeper said...

Your tree and porch look amazing!

Mel Fraase said...

Holy smokers that was a lot! I bet your mind feels pretty free, now!

PN's house looks awesome, as does yours! I always want to decorate, I just don't get much chance!

Love the Happy Hour pic, especially since there's Leine's on there! I may have to stop by for VGNO this week!!

Secretia said...

I am afraid I will look up and see it's December 24th!

bernthis said...

I still can't get past how amazing that house is and happy to say all my shopping id done thank you Amazon and my ex husband for not being in my life. Saves a ton of time and money LOL

Nancy Campbell said...

I love your house. And, I think that I will blame all Christmas mishaps on Elves.

I'm surprised Santa continued to employ such an incompetent labor force.

Happy Friday!

Steven Anthony said...

gosh seems like u r the energizer bunny...lol decorations are amazing, truly beautiful

Brian Miller said...

did you say 62 inch inflatable pterodan? oh my. yay for the tree and the porch looks marvelous! happy weekend to you!

magda said...

So PN clearly has your gift for writing. Did she really say "I am using a pen that looks like you, only in bird form" Can she please come help me with my blog? Both your homes look incredible. Your blog is too much fun and I look forward to further opportunity to neglect my own decorating while I read about that of others. ugh. Thanks for stopping by. Glad you can appreciate the funfetti too.

Luigi | UPrinting.com said...

Haha! Really a smart girl. By the way, your front porch and Christmas tree really looks awesome. Thanks for sharing the photos.

Grand Pooba said...

Oh dear, so much great stuff to comment on! I love that PN had to make sure santa know that she was writing with a pen like him but in bird form. Oh my god I cracked up!! Where did she come from? I love her and her "Thank you and good night."

I love your porch and your tree! I'm so jealous you're almost done with the christmas decor, I have yet to start!

Happy birthday next week! YAY

Eve said...

Oh my goodness - your daughter cracks me up! What a little character! :)

Wow - that 3d project is some serious art! It looks fantastic (and so do all of those beautiful Christmas lights)!

Just A Mom (Call me JAM for short) said...

Your house looks gorgeous all decorated for Christmas! I wish I was as far along as you. Hopefully by this weekend I'll get done.

Happy VGNO. Found you on twitter...

Mrsbear said...

That 3D project is quite an accomplishment. I can't believe you trusted her to carry it on the bus and to school unscathed. I would've packed that sucker in styrofoam and hand delivered it myself. I'm a disaster with hot glue gun, I wouldn't want those blistered finger tips to be for nothing. Glad it survived the trek.

Respectfully Yours said...

Hi there, Enjoyed your blog. Happy to join the party from Anns -going to follow you hope you come on over and do the same. Have a great weekend.

Shop with Me Mama said...

Your house looks amazing! I have always wanted to do that to mine, but does not happen! hopefully this year! Happy VGNO :)

Sue said...

Looking for cable ties! Thank you so much! Loved your frags! :)

Alexis AKA MOM said...

Your front porch and tree look amazing! I love the lights I say character is great :).

She's so cute with her Santa List. Totally digging the bird pen!

tattytiara said...

My first thought for what you could put on top of the hay bales that would go with the deer motif was chocolate covered peanuts. I was having a flashback from when I lived in elk country and saw a pile of said confectionery inside the front door, and stood there baffling for a full minute as to how they got there before I figured out what they really were.

mommytoalot said...

Wow..the project you made with your daughter is awesome.
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Your house looks lovely. Love the tree..we can only imagine having a tree look that amazing.
Looks like you also had a very busy week.

Jenners said...

So much to say ...

That house is AMAZING! WOW!

PN totally kills me!! I love that she took it upon herself to help out Santa with a list of her own good and bad kids!

And you dodged a bullet with the elimination of the XBOX360 and the DS. That is the downside of the whole Santa thing ... he has no monetary limitations in the mind of the kids!!! It is a bit tricky sometimes to get around these sticky issues.

Dave said...

Great decorating ideas. Would encourage you to share your porch photo with us at Front Porch Ideas and More.com. We love porches and know our site visitors would love yours.

Justine said...

I cannot believe you found her a blow-up dinosaur!!!! Isn't that going to scare the crap out of her at night, sitting in her room looking all scary?

Your porch looks beautiful! I'd try and add some red to it somehow though. Hmmm.

And yeah, the tree is a little stripey, but gorgeous nonetheless!

Justine :o )

rxBambi said...

Your house looks beautiful! I love the deer, of course ;)

Thanks so much for the shout-out. Sorry I was late to our party, but hey, I brought wine!

brainella said...

Your lights and tree look wonderful. And good job tying them down. We staked our snowman to the ground because of the wind here. :)

I love your daughter's philosophy on asking for presents from parents vs. Santa. Smart kid!

Mrs4444 said...

Holy cow! 40 comments?! How do you keep up?! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!

I'd love any of those ideas you're looking at for your hubby; mine is the king of buying what he wants ahead of us.

Your home is looking very festive, and wow! I'm glad the home model project is OVERwith! It turned out GREAT, but sheesh! You must be very relieved yourself. And yes, I hope you got pics of the others...

JulieChats said...

I love the house for Princess's project! Delaney had a unit on community last year, but their buildings had to be no larger than the small school milk cartons, but they had hospitals, McDonald's, Starbucks & of course everyone's house. It was very cool!

Merry Christmas!

I'm stopping by today from VGNO, so late that I'm almost embarrassed to admit it! But things have been pretty crazy around here in the last week with all the holiday prep, school party stuff and of course my DUCKS winning last week! ROSE BOWL! I think I'm recovered & back to normal! Have a great weekend! I'll probably be back around soon for tonight's VGNO!

Mango Girl said...

Your house looks fabulous! Maybe I really will head there for NYE!!

xo, Mango