Wednesday, January 02, 2013

happy new year!

I realize I've been MIA here for two months now.
Let's just say that my life got a little crazy and something had to give so the blog got a bit neglected.

But I'm back and all is well!

Here's a little catch up on what I've been doing for the last two months!

Mid-November I had a class called the "25 Cards of Christmas" in which I had to design, cut and prep 250 card kits. So that was primarily why I stopped having time to blog. It was a HUGE under-taking. The class was five hours long!!

I fully intended to share all of the cards, however since Christmas has come and gone, I'll just show you one and save the others for next Christmas. Here's one using Doodlebug and a Hero Arts stamp set with watercolor pencils....
I took a 3-day trip to the Smoky Mountains with one of my besties, Sherri, to her fabulous cabin to decorate a 12-foot Christmas tree!! We had a blast!
I had a photo shoot for Caroline's Christmas card picture and here's what I came up with:
At the beginning of December, I planned and implemented our third annual Toy Giveaway which was a big success, once again. We gave away almost 600 toys! Here's a picture....

Here are the parents rushing in to pick out their toys - they received six for each of their children and we even gift-wrapped them for free while the Moms enjoyed cookies and candy.
Once the Toy Giveaway was over, I was ready to relax and have some Christmas fun for the final two weeks of December, however, fate deemed otherwise!
My Mom fell backwards onto the hardwood floor of her home and dislocated and cracked her shoulder/arm bone. Honestly folks, I do not know how she withstood the pain. She was misdiagnosed and for one week, suffered in excruciating pain while my sister and I cared for her. Finally, we took her to a different hospital and they immediately did surgery to correct what happened. She still can barely move but we are so happy she's out of pain and the worst is over.
Thankfully she was home from the hospital by Christmas and we enjoyed our time together. This is from Christmas Day. I got my hair cut as you might notice. I'm lucky that my best friend, Jenny, is an expert at cutting hair!
Since Christmas we've just been chillaxin and now it's time to get back to the real world! I have a class next Tuesday and this week I'll be prepping and preparing almost 100 card kits. Also, I have to make about 2,000 copies of some papework for a Leadership Meeting Sunday. Busy, busy!!
I promise to share something crafty soon and thanks for overlooking my absence!
I hope you all had a lovely holiday season and are looking forward to a fabulous 2013!! I know I am!


Mary Jo said...

So sorry to hear about your mom, but glad she is ok.

What an amazing tree!
And what an amazing toy giveaway.
What a special gift to those families :)

Jennifer Grace said...

Wow, your life sounds crazy-hectic! That tree looks amazing. How awful for your mum but I'm glad she's better now! x

Anonymous said...

That is an amazing tree and the mountain home looks great. You were soooo busy! Laurab.

Scraphop said...

I too am sorry to hear about your Mom but happy to hear she is on the mend! I was missing your blog but figured you were super busy with your class schedule. Happy New Year and I look forward to seeing what you have to show us!

Briana Johnson said...

Tracie, I am sorry to hear about what happened to your mom. My grandpa fell going into my son's Christmas program on Dec. 13. He's a 78 year old diabetic. Ambulance came and they were sewing his forehead up and he kept saying his neck hurt. Yep, broken neck (aka neck fracture). Then a hematoma developed around the fracture and was closing his airway. He had to be put on a ventilator. He had thrown up due to the morphine and then has aspiration pneumonia - very scary in a 78 year old man who has trouble getting around. Then they did a tracheostomy and stopped the ventilator. Then they had to place a feeding tube in his stomach and while they were there they removed some polyps. They finally got out of ICU, out of intermediate care, and into rehab and then his stomach starts bleeding and he has to be transported back to the big hospital where he had to have another surgery to fix that. He had to have 4 units of blood to get his levels back right. He's in rehab now and they took the trach out today. He's finally barely walking again. He still can not swallow so the stomach tube remains for now. It's been an emotional ride.

He's been in a little over a month now. They hope he can be home by Feb. 1.

I'm saying a prayer for your mom.