So I mentioned that Ian said he wanted to learn Taps on the trumpet to surprise Shelby when she comes home at Thanksgiving. He's been practicing once every week after school with his band teacher, and at home too.
And I will say...at first I had doubts. It sounded like a goose trying to die down in the basement. Or not really trying......actually dying. Poor kid...that's where we make him practice. In his bedroom, which is downstairs...with the door shut... and then the door that divides the basement in half shut... and then the door to the upstairs shut.
You get the idea.
And then yesterday I heard this, and it brought tears to my eyes.
I am so proud of you, Ian. He wasn't happy because it wasn't PERFECT. That kid is a perfectionist. But to me it sounds beautiful.
A week from tomorrow night and Shelby will be home for Thanksgiving!!
This week she has piles of tests, labs & essays...prayers are much appreciated.
In other, very random news:
1. Merry Christmas to me.
Got these from Amazon for my stocking. Decided against the socks with the capes. Figured they'd get balled up in my jeans. That, and we just watched the Incredibles again. And you know what they say about capes!
2. More stamps.
Finally finished the whole re-do batch last week. Put them on the counter. Next morning the cats had messed with them and one is missing. Gone. Sorry Tamara, it was one of yours. :( So I'm doing more this week. And if I see one of my cats walking around with a sticky 'TamsTreasureBox.com' stamp on her back, I will point and laugh. Have you seen cats try and walk with tape or something on their back?
Ok, I was going to put in a YouTube video of a cat with tape on its back... but there's really only one good one, and it had super annoying Japanese folk music playing. Which led me to look at funny cat videos with Belle. Which led to looking at videos of babies reacting to farting noises. Clear link there. I am ashamed.
Happy Tuesday...off to the grocery store. Hoping the hordes of people aren't at Safeway at 7:30am.
They're not perfect, but you get the idea. If I mess up, I just fill in with a Sharpie. I did two squeeeeeeeeeeeze ones, because sometimes you need a big squeeze, and sometimes you just need a little one.
The other address belongs to the son of a friend of mine. And his address has been on Facebook, so feel free to mail him uplifting, encouraging, Go Army! type things as well. :)
I made some others...but you get the idea.
I have Shelby's next box all ready to go... but I won't be mailing it until after she's been home for Thanksgiving! Woohoo! I love the sound of that! 11 more days......
Seriously. There can not possibly be ONE other cadet in 4,400 who gets custom stamped boxes from his/her mama. lol
The plain white envelopes of Beast are a thing of the past... Now she can get dooded up envelopes and boxes. Hooah!
Designed templates for a dozen stamps yesterday. Fun stamps. Army stamps, Oregon stamps, stamps for friends, anaconda stamps... Stamps. Stamps. Stamps. Fired up the old Stampmaker and spent an hour and a half making them.
Used the condensed version of the font I wanted instead of the regular one. 75% of them didn't turn out. Said bad words.
Yay (but said through clenched teeth).
Get to re-design the stamps with the right font today, and redo them all. And if they don't turn out again, there will definitely be booze.
Discovered these at Safeway. Caved and bought them on a $1.99 sale.
They taste JUST like Girl Scout Samoas!!
Those *@!# cookies are crack, and I can't stop eating them. Stupid elves.
So happy with how this came out...posted it on Facebook for Veteran's Day.
I love the list making...the hunting...the finding of sales... But then I love the online-no people-no lines-no mall experience too. It's been a little of both so far.
Although I may need to mix things up a little bit. I heard Belle the other day, "Hey, where's Mom's green book?"
I've had it for years. I think Elizabeth did the vinyl for me when the store was still open. It's divided into sections...and I keep all the Christmas intel inside. Lists...who's getting what...receipts...stocking stuffer ideas... It hides in my nightstand drawer all year long and comes out in November. I am officially giving it a new home today.
Speaking of Belle...we went to the park the other day.
And she let me take her picture...
I held the camera up over my head and randomly shot down on her. This one even sort of turned out. :)
The goof ups, as always, are some of my favorites.
"How should I smile? I don't know. What? I don't know how to smile. Whatever. This?"
The 'I'm going to be serious, but in the end I look like a serial killer' face...
Cute boy? Where???
That weird thing you do. What is this? Pulp Fiction? Gang symbol?
Ooooooh, that's a pokey branch back there...
And the 'I'm laughing so hard because I just ______________'. Not going to say what...but she gets it from her father.