Random Ramblings: November 2014

Sunday, November 30, 2014

SUNDAY RAMBLINGS

THIS PAST WEEK :
  • The kids were out of school for Thanksgiving break.  
  • Monday we went to Childrens Hospital of Los Angeles for an appointment for little Jacob.  The appointment went well and he no longer needs to wear the hard plastic brace we are getting him a new kind.  
  • Monday night I went with my parents to the hospital as they took my grandfather off of his ventilators.  Tuesday evening he passed away. 
  • Thursday was Thanksgiving, in the morning we went to my parents house so they could see the kids for a few minutes before they headed off to my grandmas.  Jacob was on graveyard so we didn't go.  He rested for a bit during the day and then we went to his parents house that evening and dinner over there. 
  • We went Black Friday Shopping at Walmart, Target and Dicks Sporting Goods with my mother in law and sister and brother in law.  
  • We waited an hour plus to get into Walmart but got some good deals once we got in there.  We didn't have any specific item we were going for which made it nice to just see what we could find.  
  • Friday we went to my parents house and hung out for a little bit while I got some work done at the same time. 
  • We went to Target and got turkeys for a great price.  I had a -$5.00 off any $20.00 meat purchase.  So we got 2 $11.00 (13 pound turkeys) , used my coupon, used my 10% off cartwheel coupon and my Target debit card that also saved me another 5%.  So we got a great deal, and a turkey for now and one for later.   

THIS WEEKEND :
  • Saturday I had 2 photo shoots in the morning at Mojave Narrows.
  • Jacob deep fried a turkey Saturday afternoon and it was so good.
  • Today we stayed home ALL day and I worked on wood sign orders and the kids relaxed and played some with the girls next door.  Tomorrow school starts again so they got to bed right on time becuase the Monday after a break is always hard for them.  
  • The weather was cloudy and cold today. I loved it.  We got a tiny sprinkling of rain, but nothing major to even cover the sidewalk all the way.  Bummer, we need rain bad here and I love it.  Hopefully we will get more this week.  

THIS WEEK AHEAD :
  • The kids go back to school on Monday
  • Tuesday is my grandfathers funeral
  • Wednesday the kids have a school Christmas Performance
  • Thursday evening I'm photographing attendees at a Christmas party. 

READING :
  • A friend of mine just got her book on Amazon.  It is called the Amender Series.  Part 1 is now available for purchase.  I have just started reading it.  You can find it on Amazon HERE.  

WORKING ON :
  • Wood signs
  • Editing 3 more photo shoots
  • Organizing what Christmas gifts I have bought so far and what I still need to buy. 

PROJECT LIFE :
  • I may just have to embrace the fact that I am just behind.  I have been taking the photos, just not have any organization to what photos for the weeks, nor do I have any of them printed.  

WATCHING :
  • Last night I got caught up on the first 5 episodes of Chicago Fire finally
  • I also got caught up on a few more episodes of Revenge
  • We watched a few Christmas movies on Netflix. 

WEATHER :
  • It has been much cooler, but still so nice this last week.  
  • I would love some rain already though
  • Saturday night it was SO windy.  
  • Today was overcasty for a while and we got a little sprinkles, nothing major at all.  

EATING :
  • Deep fried turkey.  Jacob did such a good job on it and it was amazing. 
  • I made green chili chicken enchiladas one night on flour tortillas.  Super good. 
  • Home made pizzas one afternoon for lunch. 
  • A dutch apple pie that I made ( Just a frozen one) and it was SO good.  
  • Tonight I made penne pasta with meatballs. It was really good and the kids loved it as usual. 
  • For lunch today we had sloppy joes.  We haven't had them in forever. I used tiny slider buns for the kids sandwiches and they loved that.  
~NICOLE


ME AT 35 - A LAYOUT


Last week I was over on the LAYOUT A WEEK blog sharing my most recent layout.  Come on over HERE and check it out.

~NICOLE

Saturday, November 29, 2014

NICOLE MANTOOTH PHOTOGRAPHY

Recently I had the privilege of taking some family photos for this beautiful family.  
Amy is my new friend and also my neighbor.
Her two young girls and my kids are literally attached at the hip.  They spend every free moment together playing, we have had numerous sleep overs, dinners together and just fun hanging out.

I took their pictures at one of my favorite spots to take pictures at and I am so happy with the way they turned out.
Thank you Amy for asking me to do your pictures, 

It is always fun to throw a silly shot in there.  

Beautiful girls







Thank you again Amy and girls.  It was so much fun taking your pictures.  

~NICOLE

Thursday, November 27, 2014

HAPPY THANKSGIVING 2014


I want to wish you all a very HAPPY THANKSGIVING.  

Remember that there is ALWAYS ALWAYS something to be thankful for.
I am thankful for so much in my life.  I am very blessed and I thank GOD each and everyday for this life I have.
Remember to be thankful everyday of the year, not just today.  

I hope you are having a wonderful day and eat lots of turkey and stuffing.  

~NICOLE

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

GIVE THANKS COLORING PLACE MATS



The other day I was over on the SILHOUETTE AMERICA blog sharing this coloring place mat I created.  Come on over and check it out HERE.  

~NICOLE

RIP GRANDPA JIM


Tonight the world lost a great man. I know he is no longer suffering and has no pain, but it is still sad when those we love leave us. My heart is so sad and I have shed many tears tonight not only for my own pain, but the pain I know my grandma and the rest of the family is feeling. Grandpa Jim you will be missed by all of us and we all love you so much. He will forever remain in all our hearts and never forgotten. 

Tonight I sat our little ones down to tell them they were sad by the news, and Chloe gave me a big hug and kiss and said Mommy this is for Grandpa Jim. 

Jacob and the kids and I recently went to spend the day over at Mamaws and we had lunch with them, my Aunt Becky and my Aunt Vicki.  We ate and the kids all played and we just hung out for the afternoon. It was a very nice day and I am sad we did not get more days like that, but I am glad we made the time to go when we did.

I know he is in a better place now with no suffering or pain, but that doesn't always make it easy on those of us still here on earth.  


Forever in our hearts Grandpa Jim.

~NICOLE

Friday, November 21, 2014

THANKFUL TREE

Today I am over on the SILHOUETTE AMERICA blog sharing this THANKFUL TREE I created.  Come check it out.
It was so fun to create, and I love how the kids are really into writing down all that they are thankful for.  

What are you thankful for today?

~NICOLE

Thursday, November 20, 2014

PROJECT LIFE : WEEK 14


PROJECT LIFE 
WEEK 14
march 30 - april 5





This weeks RAMBLINGS :

SUNDAY : These were the clouds out this morning.  It was like a scene from a movie.  They were so dark and erie looking.  I love this cold weather though and I hope it rains.

MONDAY : I took a few minutes out of whatever I was doing today and sat on the office floor and colored with Chloe.  I want to try to do this more often.

TUESDAY :  I recently saw a mouse run through the kitchen.  So tonight I am setting the trap to catch the darn creature.  I can handle some things, but not a mouse in the house!

WEDNESDAY : It was super cold today so Jacob lit us a fire. I love sitting by a fire in the fireplace.  Caleb had a tball game tonight but it was so cold that the other team didn't show up so they played themselves.

THURSDAY : Today was the official SILHOUETTE AMERICAN DESIGN TEAM announcement on their blog.  Caleb had a field trip today to the museum.  One of the teachers I know took a picture of him while they were there and emailed it to me. He was excited to finally be able to go on a field trip and ride on the big yellow bus.

SATURDAY : Today Caleb had a tball game.  Jacobs mom and sister and her girls came to watch him play.  So we all went out to eat at Del Taco after his game.

HAPPY DOCUMENTING 
~NICOLE

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

PROJECT LIFE WEEK 13

I can't believe I am only on sharing week 13.  Seems so long ago when we are coming up on Thanksgiving next week and then with a blink of an eye that means Christmas will be here and then 2015.  I really need to get on the ball here and get all caught up.  Ya sure. I have been so busy with sign orders that I swear every waking minute I have been making and painting signs, throw in a few photo shoots in there and editing and working 2 days a week for 4 hours and trying to spend time with the family. I really want to get it done before the start of next year.  
So lets take a look back to see what was going on back in week 13. 

PROJECT LIFE
WEEK 13
march 23 - march 29





this weeks RAMBLINGS :

SUNDAY : Jacob was working in the front yard today getting up all the weeds.  He is so good about keeping up with the yard work. I also got the new bedding all set up in our room.

MONDAY : So Jacob was still working on the yard today and I thought I would try to help. So his parents brought over their hedge trimmer and brilliant me cut the cord while trimming bushes. oops.  Glad Jacob was able to fix it.

TUESDAY : I finished up some of my nieces birthday gifts today.

WEDNESDAY : Chloe and I did some baking today. You can't make cookies without cuties like this helping.  It makes them that much more sweet.  :)

THURSDAY : Chloe loves her new letter tracing book that I made for her.

FRIDAY : This is the email I received about the SILHOUETTE AMERICA design team.  Thankful for Jacob who encouraged me to apply. I never thought in a million years I would be accepted, but it is such a dream.  I also made some chicken tortilla soup for dinner tonight in the crockpot.

SATURDAY : Today I took a quick drive out to my grandmas to pick up something from my aunt.

HAPPY DOCUMENTING!!
~NICOLE

Sunday, November 16, 2014

SUNDAY RAMBLINGS

THIS PAST WEEK :
  • Little Jacob was gone until Wednesday night with my parents in Sacramento for my nieces hip surgery.  
  • My 2 year old niece had hip surgery on Monday morning at UC Davis.  She got to go home on Tuesday and is doing really well. 
  • Jacob worked a side job moving batteries from one Oreilly's auto parts store to the new location.  He was done in 4 hours and it was nice to have him come home for lunch and then be off the rest of the day. 
  • I have been feeling overly blessed this week with the wood sign orders coming in.  God is good and I love all the orders I have been getting. 
  • Tuesday the kids had no school for Veterans day.  
  • We let Caleb stay home Monday since he didn't have school on Tuesday anyways, and he was really missing little Jacob. 
  • I have been to Target more times than I care to admit this week.  :)
  • Jacob had a phone interview on Thursday morning for a cement plant in Arizona. Man I would love to move there and I hope it all moves in the direction we are hoping.  But no matter what I know that God will put us exactly where we need to be.  
  • Friday we did some major supply shopping. I needed a lot of wood, paint and shipping supplies.  We went to Home Depot, Target and Hobby Lobby.  Supply shopping I have to say, is quite fun.  I think I love Home Depot almost as much as Hobby Lobby.  :)
  • We took the kids to Johns Incredible Pizza on Friday night, and our neighbor friend Amy and her girls met us there.  We didn't tell the kids and they were all so excited to see them, as if they hadn't seen each other just minutes before each of us left home.  These kids really are attached at the hip lol. 
  • Thursday night the Dolphins played and WON again.  Way to go Dolphins, they are doing great so far this season.  
  • My SILHOUETTE AMERICA design team project went up on Friday.  My project was a tutorial on making your own photo magnets.  So much fun and I can't wait to make more.  
THIS WEEKEND : 
  • Saturday morning my grandpa Jim was put back in the hospital for not being able to breathe, severe pneumonia.  
  • Saturday morning I met my mom at the mall and we went to Bath and Body Works for their HUGE $3.00 a bottle lotion sale.  I got a few Christmas gifts and a few lotions for myself.  At that price I couldn't pass it up.  My mom got a bunch and these cool metal covers for some soap too.  I can't stop thinking of those things, so I just might have to go back real soon.  Maybe I will get some with my December coupon I got that day. 
  • Then we went to Macy's and I used my $50.00 birthday gift card and got some shirts.
  • Today we were going to go dirt bike riding, but it is so cold and windy today we decided we would go next weekend and relax all day at home in our pjs today.  
  • I got most of my wood signs all painted this morning, and going to go sand them all here in a few minutes.  
  • We might make another Home Depot run tonight for some more nails and wood glue.  


THIS WEEK AHEAD :

  • Jacob is on day shift.
  • I have to work Monday and Tuesday.
  • Thursday Caleb has a Thanksgiving feast in his class that I am going to be helping with. 
  • This is the kids last week of school before a week off for Thanksgiving break. 

READING :

  • Nothing major, just blogs and my friend Amy is currently in the middle of writing a book.  She emailed me what she has so far, so I have just barely started reading that.  Great so far, I wish I had more time to sit and read it all at once, but making my way a little at a time.  



WORKING ON :

  • Wood signs, wood signs, and more wood signs.  Loving all these orders that have been coming in. 
  • Also working on a few non wood sign projects for people and orders.
  • Trying to keep up with the laundry. 
  • A business plan and printing some worksheets for my etsy store and getting everything organized in my binder. 

PROJECT LIFE :
  • Taking the pictures still, many days just with my cell phone because that is just easier than toting my big camera around to places that I don't want to take it to, or just carry around for the day to day stuff. 
  • Needs to get all the photos organized to print to fill the album.  
  • Needs to get more posts up of my past layouts. 

WATCHING :
WEATHER :
  • Finally starting to feel like fall and not summer around here.  
  • In the 60s and 70s 
  • Today it is cold and windy.

EATING :
  • nothing super excting really lol.  We had chili dogs and curly fries, homemade tacos, chicken strips, and Johns Incredible Pizza.
  • Saturday night Jacob did make us some super yummy steaks and I made TWICE BAKED POTATOES with it.  So that was the best we ate all week.  :)
~NICOLE


Saturday, November 15, 2014

DIY PHOTO MAGNETS


Friday I was over on the SILHOUETTE AMERICA blog sharing my latest project.  How to create your own photo magnets.  Come on over HERE and check it out.  

These were so much fun to make, I can't wait to make more already.  They would make cute gifts for grandparents too...  :)

~NICOLE

Monday, November 10, 2014

PRAYERS FOR LILY



I wanted to stop by this morning and ask for prayers for my sweet niece Lily.  She is 2 and going in this morning for hip surgery.  She was born with hip dysplasia  and today they are going to fix it.
I pray not only for Lily but for my brother Matt and sister in law Amberley too.
Jacob and I know so well that agonizing torture of having to wait at the hospital while your child, who doesn't quite understand anything going on, is in major surgery.  It is the worst feeling ever.
  Our little Jacob went with my parents to Sacramento to be with them before the surgery and a few days after while they all get settled at home.
If there is anyone that knows exactly what Lily is going to be going through and feeling it is our little Jacob.  He is no stranger to hospitals and surgery that is for sure.  


I wish we could all be there with them during this time, but since we can't I am just glad our little Jacob is able to be there to support her.  He took pictures with him from when he was in the hospital with his casts first on so she can see he had it too.
She has loved having him there with her these past few days.  

Prayers for you my sweet Lily.  

~NICOLE

Monday, November 3, 2014

HALLOWEEN 2014

 I didn't take many pictures this year on Halloween.  I don't know I guess I just don't like to take along my big camera when we go trick or treating, and my cell phone doesn't always take the best night pictures.  But I did make the kids stand in the front yard before trick or treating so that I can at least have a few photos of what they were this year.  


I don't know about any of you moms out there, but I REFUSE to pay any large amount of money on a Halloween costume that the kids will wear for a few hours one day out of the year.  So this year the kids actually wore the same costumes they wore last year.  Hey they were cool with it, and so that works for me most definately.  
So Caleb was Captain America, Little Jacob was bumble bee the transformer and Chloe was a cat.  She was actually a witch last year, but when brothers pulled out their costumes from last year she was insistant that she wanted to be a witch like last year too.  But on Halloween morning she decided that she wanted to a cat, just like her BFF neighbor friends Faith and Aubrey.  Really these kids are inseparable.  
 They recently closed a local pumpkin farm, so we were debating on where we were going to go get our pumpkins this year.  We had originally planned to just pick the beautiful pumpkins from our garden, but some bugs attacked them and they got soft and mushy, no good for carving.
Then we went to a birthday party for a friends daughter the weekend before Halloween and she had the kids all paint pumpkins so the kids were totally happy with those this year.  We were going to carve them, but wanted to wait until Friday morning and then we never got the chance, but again the kids were totally cool with that since they had painted them already.  
So on Halloween night Jacob made us dinner, and my friend Amy (from next door, and the girls mom) came over to eat with us.  He made us California chicken sandwiches, and Jacob had picked out some candied apples for all the kids at Walmart that morning too.  
We went to my moms churches trunk or treat and Amy and the girls joined us.  Then me, Jacob and our kiddos went a little more trick or treating in a neighborhood  close by.  Then we went by Jacob's sisters house and the kids trick or treated there.  We hung out there for about a half an hour and then we headed home.  The kids fell asleep in the car on the way home and it wasn't even late, so I know they had a good day.  

Now that Halloween is over it means that Thanksgiving and Christmas are just around the corner.  Once again I am so not prepared for either holiday at all this year.
I swear I never believed my mom as I was growing up when she would tell me that the older you got, the faster the years would go by, but now that I am older and have kids of  my own I completely understand exactly what she is talking about.  Time sure flies, because I swear it was JUST Christmas last year. :)

I don't have many plans for this year yet, except I know that before Christmas I want to do some baking.  I want to invite a few friends over with their kids we can bake all day and have the kids decorate sugar cookies.  The kids and I decorated sugar cookies a few years ago and I loved doing it with them and I want to make it a tradition that we do together every year.  I want the kids to have those kinds of memories.  

What kind of family traditions do you have at the holidays? Do you have any special memories from your childhood during the holidays?  

Happy official start of November.  

~NICOLE