North Pole express

On Friday we took a train ride on the North Pole Express. We met a few nice elves, Mrs. Claus and even had a visit from Santa.

While heading to the North Pole we enjoyed Hot cocoa ("hot coke" as Nic calls it), famous chocolate chip cookies and caroling. Santa faces us all bells. It was a festive, memorable and fun night.

Hohoholiday party

We had an immediate family Chrismas party last night at Geoff and Ky's house. We missed celebrating with Beau, Nichole & kids and Shawn, Lisa and kids. The timing just didn't work out this year for everyone to be together.  We made due and the kids had a blast all the same. It was a nice surprise to see Aunt Julie, Uncle Mike & Karen and Ky's parents Pam and Doug. We sure had fun.

Like a dummy I didn't get a big group picture. Ug, I wish I had.

There was excellent food & desserts, fun games, white elephant, and a visit from Santa. 

Nicholas was so thrilled to see Santa. His eyes lit up the second he saw him and he proceeded to tell Santa all about his elf. Santa remembered sending an elf to Nicholas and the dialogue they had about "elfie" was super cute. Nicholas asked for a flashlight friend, and surprise, he magically recieved one. A Christmas miracle! The older boys were happy to see Santa too. They both enjoyed sitting on his lap and listing their Christmas wishes. Look how big Andrew is?! Right now he is almost 5'8" (he has grown 3 inches in the last year). The bigs boys recieved Legos and were happy. Ben spent the rest of his evening putting his set together.

Geoff & Ky... Thanks for hosting such a fun party!

Brooks Christmas Party

Great time tonight at the annual Christmas party. There were 20 plus kids and 20 plus adults! Party!!!

Santa came. Epic bingo game with prizes galore. More games. Musical number. Yummy dinner. White Elephants (poo poo putter, handy hand sized piano, iPad cover, lotion) and of course awesome family. Great night.

SU convention 2011 - product park

Another year another Stampin' Up! convention has come and gone. The theme this year was GROW and all of the displays and classes tied into the theme really well. Many folks in our department were charged with creating displays using our products. The product display theme was Product Park and each display was a little garden of products tied to the product suite theme. I was given two product suites to display (Flirtatious and Letters to Santa) and enlisted the fabulous folks from my team to help pull them off. Here are photos from the two displays I was in charge of. Most of the hours spent on these displays were volunteer outside of work hours (yes, I do have a real job that takes up the work day). So I took great advantage of the evening hours the month Chris and the boys were traveling the country. In all I believe I spent a good 40-50 hours creating these displays. It was a fun project and a great opportunity to use Stampin' Up! products in abundance. Here is a link to photos of many of the other displays as taken by a demonstrator at convention. And another link here. I didn't take the greatest pictures with my phone (terrible really), I'll see if I can find some better ones...