Saturday, December 16, 2017

new finds...

been shopping online garage sales...
I have a friend of mine that sells some of the neatest things...
this item is the round light box...
I put my Dollar Tree clear nativity on it...
daytime...

night time...
I love it...
it changes colors...

and then I found this in her posts...
love it!

and this little guy...

it was so funny...
she walks in with some of the new things this week...
and she starts looking around...
her former things are everywhere!

we are looking at a lazy, stress free weekend here...
thinking of all the blessings we have this year...
next weekend will be cooking, eating, laughing and being together...
this year has had its ups and downs...
but mostly ups...
and that's always a good thing...
enjoy this last week before Christmas!
its the most wonderful time of the year...
and pray for those who are having a hard time with all the holiday bustle...

Merry Christmas!



Wednesday, December 13, 2017

still recovering...

got wind advisories out tonight...
so finished up my shopping online...

I AM DONE!
(I hope)

all within budget, too...

we did 7 more kids last night and waiting to hear back from the school to see if we missed anyone who could use an extra Santa...
:)

so  tired tonight...
praying for a better day tomorrow...
:)

Monday, December 11, 2017

Before...and after...

when we got up there, we found 3 boxes full of these TY foxes...
6 in each box...
looked them up and they are $26.99 each...
the first 18 kids got one...

each kid got candy...

blankets and toys ready to go...
we had to hurry and put out more when we got up there...
we found more in the donation box...

stuffed animals, teen things and the tubs in the back are the stocking stuffers, coloring books and crayons, games, movies and books...

baby items...

girls things...

boys things...

close up of the teen girls...

close up of the teen boys...

from the other end of the table...

we open back up again tomorrow night...
the next group of photos are the after ones...
we did 35 kids Saturday night...
I know we have at least 5 to do tomorrow night...

we filled up those bags pretty fast...

parents were thrilled!

kids are going to be hopping up and down Christmas morning!

we have money left over, too...

so if we are short on a certain age, we make notes and go shopping...
come home, call the parents and have them meet us back up there...

each child received:
candy, TY fox, stuffed animal, 3 stocking stuffers, coloring book and crayons, book, blanket, 4 toys
each teen received:
candy, TY fox, stuffed animal, personal hygiene gift bag and 4 items or more, and a blanket...
then each family got a movie, a game and wrapping paper...

those bags were full when they went out of there...
so many stories...
one dad laid off at Thanksgiving, but since they gave him holiday pay for that day...
he has to put in a 6 week waiting list on unemployment!
one mom just started a new job and not many hours...
they tried to get a loan for Christmas and was turned down...
one mom, working 2 part time jobs, 3 teens, dad walked out and no child support payments from him at all...
so many struggles...
but Christmas won't be one of them!


Thursday, December 7, 2017

ready...

got some tweaking to do...
but we are ready...

snow this morning...

it spit and sputtered a bit here this morning...
the sun is trying to come out now, but oh so slowly...

a new guy...
love this artist...
used her books when I crafted for a living...

DH had his colonoscopy yesterday and they found nothing...
no pre cancerous anything...
big relief...
he did very well and had no problems whatsoever...
it was awesome...
:)
on thing down and out of the way...
doesn't need to do that again for 10 years...

I probably won't get the chance to get back in here until after Saturday night and the first toy distribution....
we are getting there and are ready to go...
its going to be a another good year for these kids...
:) 
have a good week!