Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Oh, my, it is seriously past time for a family update around here! This little blog is keeping me busy lately and I LOVE it, but it also means that otherwise I just want spend time with my little band of men, instead of get behind the laptop again to blog about them, shaknow? :) I do have the most heart warming little Christmas story to share with you- I've been frothing at the bit to get this posted...
So Cooper has been really concerned with what he's giving to everyone this year- he loves giving gifts! Comes by it rightly ;) He's slowly been checking off family members, earning a dollar here and there, and wanting to spend his own money on the gifts he's giving.
He recently set up a little "Chrismis Popkorne" sale at our aquarium shop on Saturday afternoon while Stephen was open and busy. He loves stuff like this! (Ry's face in this pic makes me so sad! He was obviously tired. I sure love my trooper baby- he endures a lot in the name of everyone else.) Anyhow, at the end of the day Cooper just begged me to go to Michaels because he had earned $3 selling popcorn (surely from his Dad and older brothers) :) I knew we had time, so I did agree to swing to Michaels before home. He was over the moon!
Very first thing when we walk in, he tells me to go look around without him and heads straight to whatever it was he had in mind. He'd been saying he wanted to get my Christmas present. I let him do his thing and stayed in an area relatively close. I was browsing with Ry and several minute later, Coop peeks around the end of the aisle and so very proudly holds up the sack with his purchase. I wish I could describe that image better... my heart took a picture right then for sure. The most proud, joyful look was on his face! I got tears in my eyes then and do now again. That is my little guy! He felt the thrill of giving of himself for someone else, to me even. Motherhood can be pretty thankless at times. These are the moments that carry the mundane everyday.
I mirrored his thrill and let him tell me about his conquest. He said he asked the cashier if he had enough and she had let him pay $3 instead of four! He was so happy and hugged his little item close to him while we carried on.
As we were going to the front to pay for what I was buying, a woman that worked at Michaels touched my shoulder and asked if Cooper was my son. I said yes and she proceeded to just melt over him- she had been the cashier to help him earlier. She said he put his item on the counter, showed her all his money and said, "Do I have enough? This is for my Mom."
Guys, I am totally crying here! What a neat, simple thing! She said she got tears as she told him, "I'll make sure you have enough." It was clear to me that she had been really touched- her Christmas season was made a little brighter that night.
I told Cooper I was so proud of him for thinking of others and being excited about giving. Don't get me wrong, he's excited about receiving too- he's six! But I am so overcome that he has kindness and love for others in his heart at Christmastime too. I don't care one bit what is in that little package he bought himself (which, amazingly enough I have yet to know)... it's already given me the best part :)
In other Buffat family Christmastime news, it's true, Coop and Ry have pretty much the best older brothers ever. Hero worship right there :) We'll have them with us for their whole holiday break and I am so excited to do some fun, family things :)
We've seen the jolly guy himself already this year- the boys' requests are in! And yes, this is the REAL Santa. I'm absolutely convinced of it.
A family in our ward owns this awesome camel (his name is Ralphie) and does all sorts of events with him. Stephen found out that the camel from the Geico "Hump Day" commercial is actually him- cool! They had Santa ride in on the came land then the kids could pet him and what not :)
Blessedly Stephen was able to come with us between pages. That man runs around the clock it seems some days! Life is Good :)
Monday, December 9, 2013
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I've been talking a bit more recently about how I have Type One Diabetes... certainly not because it's as fun as crafting- ha! I think I just need for it to be more visibly a part of who I am, more in the forefront of my mind as a result. I feel stronger than I have before that I just need to really get over the frustration that diabetes controls me, that it will control me even more in the future. Proves I'm getting older, I guess, eh? This pic above is one I took for submitting to a Day in the Life of Diabetes Mosaic. That's my pump site on my arm :)
When I had the chance to look into the Walgreens Mobile App, and specifically learn more about some of the helpful features in the pharmacy section, I decided it could be a good thing.
Ha ha.. but so true! Leave it to me to make something funny serious, but this does make me think about one of the frustrations of having diabetes... the constant refilling and renewing of prescriptions. This is not a condition that's going away any time soon, if ever. It's not something that I can just skip taking the medication for on occasion. I call insulin "life elixir"... because IT IS.
Thursday, December 5, 2013
I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for Collective Bias and it's advertiser. #GiveExtraGum #sponsorednostalgic, which I love. Fun crafty things with mint gum are something I remember being a part of Christmas time in my childhood and I really wanted to incorporate it into something I could pass on to the boys too...
Do you remember the candy trains you made during Christmas time as a kid? I can't quite remember which part was which candy- lifesavers for the wheels I think. And a pack of gum for the body. Glued together just right to make a train ornament that I remember was just too heavy for the branches! Something about those kinds of little things just brings on the nostalgia... memories of Christmas' past :) Those kinds of little things are the reason that Christmas is so beloved to us now, that we are trying to pass on the spirit we feel to our own kids.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Today I'm back with my friend Emily from The Benson Street to share some inexpensive, quick neighbor gift ideas for Christmas! This month we went to Dollar Tree... and tried to get some creative juice flowing in the busy aisle, all while Cooper and Ryder buzzed back and forth needing feedback- ha! Emily is so cool to deal with my lack of organization when we get together! :)
Sunday, December 1, 2013
I've been so excited for today to get here, for this giveaway blog hop!
I've been having far too much fun getting ready for it!
You already know I LOVE gifting, so being able to give one of YOU some of my favorite things is like a little bit of bliss :) It's possible I went a titch overboard... nah, of course not ;) For this giveaway, I'm joining a great new group of bloggers and each of them did the same thing too- gathered items from their own Christmas wish list to send to one lucky winner, hopefully making their holiday a little happier! Every blogger is hosting a giveaway on their site, for their basket. :)
Let the Christmas decorating and crafting begin! Or rather, get into full swing... since it's pretty much too hard to totally wait until after Thanksgiving and we've actually already started ;) Today I'm sharing some of the fun Christmas kits on the shelves at Wood Creations of Idaho Falls. Not giving one away just yet... and I'll tell why in a sec... (you won't be disappointed) ;)
These two kits above were some of my very favorites- isn't that rusty bell neat?!