January Food Storage Group Order

We’re doing food buckets and gamma lids and wheat grinders this month so spread the word!

Gamma Lid for Food Storage Buckets- coolest invention ever!

So our new ward gladly welcomes our food storage vision and put Mike on the preparedness committee only 3 days after we moved in (our records weren’t even there yet!).  So I’ll do my best to let you know about what we’re offering each month.  Email or leave a comment if you want anything and I’ll get an order form to you!

January 2011 Emergency Preparedness Group Order
 
 Money is due Sunday, Jan. 30th
 
Hand Crank Wheat Grinder (Hand Crank) $50.00- Create an infinite variety of new textures and flavors in home baking, cereals, snacks, beverages and desserts.
 
KTec Electric Wheat Grinder $165.00- Provides a quality grain / flour mill which will process all types of grains without killing nutrients and flavor.
 
5 Gallon Bucket (food grade plastic) $4.00- Stores food safely for long or short term storage
 
Bucket Lid (for long term storage) $1.50- Has an o-ring for an air tight seal
 
Gamma Lid $6.00 – Easily twists on and off buckets for quick access to stored food
       
Potato Slices (#10 can) $6.00- Rehydrate and use in casseroles and breakfasts! Each can makes approx 24 ½-cup servings
 
 Diced Potatoes (#10 can) $7.50- Rehydrates in about 20 min.  makes approx 24 ½-cup servings

Accomplishments

I’ve been meaning to do so many things and I think my list just keeps growing.  I’ll put them here so I can have a constant reminder.

Put all addresses in Excel(yay!  cleared out a drawer filled with torn off corners of letters and address labels!)

Finish Christmas ornaments Glued ribbon loops on Christmas ornaments so they can hang on the Christmas tree

Fix angel figurine  Thanks hubs for the super glue

Sew a truck pillow

Sew hand puppets

Order pictures for 3 frame collage

Create photo/ story books of Mike’s mission

Spray paint sis-in-law’s toy bins black

Finish sis-in-law’s rag quilt (started 2 years ago and counting)

Finish sewing pink skirt

finish unpacking boxes from our move that happened in June

organize garage

return windshield wipers

list and sell stuff on Ebay

laminate Josh’s Sunday nursery book

laminate Halloween decorations

make Christmas Dehand print wreaths

send Christmas cards (it’s 3/4 of the way done!  Just have 5x7s for the grandparents that need bigger envelopes!)

wrap all the Christmas presents

hang pictures in boys’ room

Make Hannah a bow holder

potty train Josh (I could really care less about this one since he’s perfectly content, but I should probably get going with it)

Dec. visiting teaching

I’ll whipped!  Maybe I’ll be more motivated in the New Year!

Family Pictures 2010

I found a freaking awesome coupon to Picture People here!  First let me say that I love their tradmark white background and I’ve been going to them for pictures since my senior portraits like over 10 years ago, yikes that’s a whole decade!  9 portrait sheets for only $6.  So I went in thinking we’re only getting a few poses of the family!  Well it turns out they have a train prop!  My boys LOVE trains.  Hubby insisted we let them get a pic in the train.  And of course you can’t  get the boys’ pictures without getting the little girl’s pictures as well.  Hubby asked if we could combine the all ready good in-store deal with the coupon we had and they said YES!  They never say yes, but this time they did!

And I think the thing I’m most proud of (besides hubby combining store and coupon deals) is that I pulled our colorful, whimsical, festive attire together only 2 hours before the pics from things already in the closet!  The boys came home and had exactly 20 minutes to eat dinner, change their shirts, get hairs to lay down, and get out the door!

I just absolutely love the bright vibrant colors and that it’s not traditional Christmas-y looking.  So another year down of getting family pictures taken to give out with the Christmas cards. (I got a killer deal on those too!)

The process was really great!  We go in, wait like 5 min for the photographer to get ready, have fun during our shoot, then hang out for 5 minutes for them to upload to the computers.  We then viewed all the poses on a huge computer screen and could tell the person how to edit them (move us more to the center, zoom us in more or out).  The longest part was going through the images and picking out which ones to keep and picking out which sizes to give for family members.  It only took them 10 minutes to print out the portrait sheets which is even better than 1 hour photo! 

We splurged a bit on a few pics, ended up joining the Portrait Club AGAIN, but had a really wonderful time going through the process.  So enough of the story behind it, here’s the pictures to prove it!

 note: my blog (Word Rress) crops pictures into squares so some of these normally rectangle pics have heads and people cut out, grrr!  You get the idea though!

Upcoming Holiday Events

November 15 – January 1
The Gift of Lights
Description: See beautiful Holiday lights all through the season.
Location: LV Motor Speedway                                                                                       Time: Sunday – Thursday 5pm – 9pm, Friday & Saturday 5pm – 10pm
Cost: $12 per car, $2 discount with a bag of clothes for Goodwill donations.
 
November 15 – January 15
Heritage Street Holidays
Description: Come see houses from Christmas past. The museum has decked their houses in period decor from the 40s, ’50s and ’60s. You’ll also receive recipes that were popular during each of those times.
Location: Clark County Museum, 1830 S. Boulder Hwy., Henderson
Time: 9am – 4:30pm
Cost: Adults $1.50, Seniors/Children $1
 
November 17 – January 15
MonteLago Village Ice Skating Rink
Description: Ice Skating at MonteLago Village throughout the holiday season.
Location: MonteLago Village, Lake Las Vegas
Time: Varies, but generally daily from 3pm-9pm Closed December 5-15 and Christmas Day
Cost: Adults $15, Kids $12

 
November 23 – December 30
Magical Forest at Opportunity Village
Description: Stroll through the whimsical holiday forest with decorated trees and displays, ride the Enchanted Carousel and the Forest Express Train. Visit with Santa Claus and enjoy
hot cider and live music.
Location: Opportunity Village, 6300 W. Oakey, Las Vegas, NV
Time: 5:30pm to 10pm
Cost: $9 Adults, $7 Children 3-12, Free Children 2 and under
 
November 24 – December 23
Christmas Caroling on Horseback
Description: It’s a perfect holiday tradition. Take a 45-minute tour either on horseback or in a horse-pulled wagon singing Christmas carols. Then, eat a delicious country-style dinner.
Location: Sagebrush Ranch, exit 80 from I-15 North
Time: 4:30pm, 6:30pm, 8:30pm
Cost: $30

November 30 – December 10
Country Christmas Western Gift Expo
Description: Find the perfect gifts for the cowboys and cowgirls in your life.
Location: Sand’s Expo Center 3355 Las Vegas Blvd S., Las Vegas
Time: 10am – 5pm
Cost: FREE

December 1
West Las Vegas Holiday Tree Trimming Party
Description: Bring the kids out to this decorating party. Children are invited to be creative in making the library festive.
Location: West Las Vegas Library, 951 W. Lake Mead Blvd., Las Vegas
Time: 10am
Cost: FREE

December 2 – 16
WinterFest
Description: Henderson is celebrating the holidays with all kinds of fun. See the official tree lighting, ice skate, and ride on a horse-drawn cart.
Location: Henderson Events Plaza 200 South Water Street, Henderson
Time: 5pm – 8pm, nightly; Craft day on 9th 10am – 4pm
Cost: Varies by event

December 2
Flute Quartet Holiday Music Concert
Description: The Quadrivium Flute Quartet performs various favorite Christmas and Hanukah songs to celebrate the winter holidays.
Location: Las Vegas Library, 1401 E. Flamingo, Las Vegas
Time: 2pm – 3:30pm
Cost: FREE

December 2
City Lights Chorus Annual Holiday Show
Description: A barbershop quartet will sing holiday favorites. It’s a great show for the whole family.
Location: Winchester Cultural Center 3130 S. McLeod, Las Vegas
Time: 2pm and 7pm
Cost: 2pm $6, 7pm $10

December 2
Stardusters’ 27th Annual Toys for Tots Dance
Description: Dance the night away at this square dance benefiting Toys for Tots.
Location: East Las Vegas Community/Senior Center 250 North Eastern Avenue
Time: 7pm – 10pm
Cost: $6 or $3 with new, unwrapped toy

 
 
December 2
Shopping Days: Holiday Activities
Description: Kids enjoy a day of games and arts and crafts under our supervision, and parents get to finish their last minute shopping. A delicious lunch is included. Space is limited. 5-12 yrs.
Location: Valley View Recreation Center, 500 Harris Street, Henderson
Time: 11:30 am-4:00 pm
Cost: $20

 
December 4
Gingerbread House Crafts
Description: Work together as a family to create your perfect gingerbread house. Heather and Steve will teach you how.
Location: Enterprise Library, 25 E. Shelbourne Ave., Las Vegas
Time: 7pm – 8:30pm
Cost: FREE

 
December 4
Desert Chorale’s Annual Celebration of Christmas
Description: The Desert Chorale will sing beautiful Christmas music that will bring the spirit of Christmas into everyone’s hearts.
Location: Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall (UNLV Campus)
Time: 7:30pm
Cost: FREE

December 5
Let’s Celebrate Winter
Description: Get all toasty inside the library with stories about the fun of winter.
Location: Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas
Time: 10am – 11am
Cost: FREE
  
December 5 – 16
Holiday Festival
Description: There’s always a party going on at the Fremont Street Experience, especially during the holidays.
Location: Fremont Street Experience, Fremont St., Las Vegas
Time: all day
Cost: FREE

December 5
Gingerbread House Demonstration
Description: Learn the history and traditions of the gingerbread house and how to make one of your own.
Location: Whitney Library, 5175 E. Tropicana Ave., Las Vegas
Time: 4pm – 5pm
Cost: FREE
 
  
December 5
Henderson Symphony Orchestra
Description: Listen to seasonal favorites performed by the Henderson Symphony and local high school choirs.
Location: Valley View Recreation Center 500 Harris Street
Time: 7pm
Cost: FREE

December 5
Holiday Guitar Concert
Description: The Guitar Society of Las Vegas presents their annual Christmas concert with seasonal favorites played beautifully on guitar.
Location: West Charleston Library, 6301 W. Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas
Time: 7pm
Cost: FREE
  
December 5
Tree Lighting Ceremony
Description: See the Fremont Street Tree lit up for Christmas.
Location: Fremont Street Experience, Fremont St., Las Vegas
Time: TBA
Cost: FREE

December 6
Hello, Christmas!
Description: Join Hello Kitty as she travels the world exploring how other cultures celebrate Christmas.
Location: West Charleston Library, 6301 W. Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas
Time: 6:30pm – 7:15pm
Cost: FREE
  
December 7
Gingerbread Houses
Description: the history and traditions of the gingerbread house and how to make one of your own.
Location: Green Valley Library, 2797 N. Green Valley Parkway, Henderson
Time: 6:30pm
Cost: FREE
 
December 8
Mariachi Holiday Concert
Description: The Clark County School District Mariachi Music Instructional Program presents a holiday concert.
Location: Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas
Time: 7pm
Cost: FREE
  
December 9
Great Santa Run
Description: Join the fun and raise some funds for Opportunity Village. Runners will receive a Santa suit to wear to make this 5K run even more festive.
Location: Fremont Street Experience, Fremont St., Las Vegas
Time: 10am
Cost: $45

December 9
Winter Wonderland
Description: Play in the ‘snow’ and eat a treat made specially by the Sugar Plum Fairy.
Location: Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas
Time: 11am – 12pm
Cost: FREE
  
December 9 – 10
A Holiday Celebration
Description: The Las Vegas Philharmonic invites you to celebrate the holiday with them at their annual Holiday concert.
Location: Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall (UNLV Campus)
Time: Sat 8pm, Sun 2pm
Cost: $27 – $69

December 9
The Gift of Giving
Description: Create a wonderful gift for someone special in your life.
Location: Whitney Library, 5175 E. Tropicana Ave., Las Vegas
Time: 2pm – 4pm
Cost: FREE
  
December 9
Home for the Holidays
Description: The Nevada Chamber Symphony proudly presents its annual Holiday concert. This year they welcome Lamping Elementary School Upper Choir as special guest performers. Location: Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas
Time: 3pm
Cost: FREE

Great Gifts!

December 9
Shopping Days: Gingerbread Houses
Description: Kids enjoy a day of games and arts and crafts under our supervision, and parents get to finish their last minute shopping. A delicious lunch is included. Space is limited. 5-12 yrs.
Location: Valley View Recreation Center, 500 Harris Street, Henderson
Time: 11:30 am-4:00 pm
Cost: $20
  
December 9
Candy Cane Lane
Description: Toddlers will hunt for candy canes throughout the center and have a special visit from Santa. Register by Dec. 6. 1-4 yrs.
Location: Whitney Ranch Recreation Center, 1575 Galleria Drive, Henderson
Time: 10am
Cost: $3

December 9
WinterFest Craft Fair
Description: Browse the many handmade crafts, activities and food concessions at this outdoor event.
Location: Henderson Pavilion, 200 S. Green Valley Parkway, Henderson
Time: 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Cost: FREE
  
December 9
Nutcracker Suite Tea Party
Description: Come dressed as your favorite character from “The Nutcracker,” and enjoy games, a craft project, tea party etiquette lesson and tea party. 4-8 yrs.
Location: Henderson Multigenerational Center, 250 S. Green Valley Parkway, Henderson
Time: 9:30-11:00 am
Cost: $20

December 9
Mommy and Me Holiday Tea
Description: Moms and daughters are invited to a semi-formal tea and fashion show. 3-8 yrs. with a parent.
Location: Valley View Recreation Center, 500 Harris Street, Henderson
Time: 1:00-3:00 pm
Cost: $10 pair
  
December 10
Winter Craft Extravaganza Description: Make a winter craft at this craft day.
Location: Sahara West Library, 9600 West Sahara Ave., Las Vegas
Time: 2pm – 3pm
Cost: FREE
A Custom Letter From Santa 

December 10
Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Description: The amazing musicians of the world famous Trans-Siberian Orchestra will play Holiday favorites.
Location: The Orleans Hotel and Casino, 4500 W. Tropicana Ave., Las Vegas
Time: 7:30pm
Cost: $38, $48
  
December 11
Snowflakes, Snowflakes Everywhere!
Description: Learn how to make 3-dimensional giant snowflakes and other holiday crafts.
Location: Green Valley Library, 2797 N. Green Valley Parkway, Henderson
Time: 3pm – 4pm
Cost: FREE

December 12
Christmas & Holiday Party
Description: Bring the whole family out to deck the halls at the Kids for Saving the Earth annual holiday party.
Location: West Las Vegas Library, 951 W. Lake Mead Blvd., Las Vegas
Time: 2pm – 4:30pm
Cost: FREE
  
December 12
Winter Concert
Description: Listen to beautiful seasonal music played by the talented young people of the Las Vegas Youth Orchestras.
Location: Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall (UNLV Campus)
Time: 7pm
Cost: FREE

December 13
The Polar Express Shadow Show
Description: See the wonderful story of the Polar Express told with shadows.
Location: Summerlin Library, 1771 Inner Circle Dr., Las Vegas
Time: 7pm
Cost: FREE
  
December 14 – 17
Donny Osmond Christmas Show
Description: The lovable Donny Osmond sings wonderful Christmas music to celebrate the season.
Location: The Orleans Hotel and Casino, 4500 W. Tropicana Ave., Las Vegas
Time: 8pm
Cost: $49.95 – $69.95

December 14 – 27
The Nutcracker Ballet
Description: Nevada Ballet Theatre presents it’s annual rendition of The Nutcracker. Make this performance a holiday tradition.
Location: Judy Bayley Theatre (UNLV Campus)
Time: Thursday – Friday 8pm, Saturday 2pm & 8pm, Sunday 1pm & 4:30pm
Cost: $39
  
 December 15
Holiday Lights Tour
Description: Join us for a fun-filled evening of merriment by taking a tour of the city’s colorful holiday lights. Register by Dec.10.
Location: Whitney Ranch Recreation Center, 1575 Galleria Drive, Henderson
Time: 6:30-9:00 pm
Cost: $5
Age: 9-17 years old
  
December 15
Holiday Lights Tour
Description: Join us for a fun-filled evening of merriment by taking a tour of the city’s colorful holiday lights. Register by Dec.10.
Location: Whitney Ranch Recreation Center, 1575 Galleria Drive, Henderson
Time: 6:30-9:00 pm
Cost: $15
Age: Family of four
  
December 16
Holiday Dance Concert
Description: UNLV dance department presents an eclectic mix of dance styles all celebrating the season.
Location: Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas
Time: 2pm
Cost: FREE
  
December 16
Ho Ho Ho!
Description: Listen to holiday stories and then walk over to the Lied Discovery Children’s Museum to create a paper plate poinsettia.
Location: Las Vegas Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas
Time: 2pm
Cost: FREE
  
December 16
Christmas Gift Creation
Description: Come make a special gift for a special person in your life.
Location: West Las Vegas Library, 951 W. Lake Mead Blvd., Las Vegas
Time: 3pm – 4pm
Cost: FREE
BabyCenter Store – Always Free Shipping on orders $75 and up.

December 16
Shopping Days: Stuff-A-Bear Reindeer
Description: Kids enjoy a day of games and arts and crafts under our supervision, and parents get to finish their last minute shopping. A delicious lunch is included. Space is limited. 5-12 yrs.
Location: Valley View Recreation Center, 500 Harris Street, Henderson
Time: 11:30 am-4:00 pm
Cost: $20
  
December 16
A Charlie Brown Christmas
Description: Join us for a Charlie Brown-themed afternoon featuring a movie, tree decorating and a holiday party. 5-10 yrs.
Location: Whitney Ranch Recreation Center, 1575 Galleria Drive, Henderson
Time: 1:00-2:30 pm
Cost: $8

December 16
A Great Escape
Description: Kids enjoy an afternoon of fun with games, and arts & crafts while parents get started or finish their holiday shopping. A holiday snack will be provided. 4-12 yrs.
Location: Silver Springs Recreation Center, 1951 Silver Springs Parkway, Henderson
Time: 12-4pm
Cost: $1
  
December 16
Sitting with Santa
Description: Join Santa and his helpers for a holiday visit. See the elves’ workstations as they help you with your own holiday art project. Pictures may be taken with Santa for $2 each. Register by Dec. 10. 1-12 yrs.
Location: Whitney Ranch Recreation Center, 1575 Galleria Drive, Henderson
Time:  9:00-11:30 am
Cost: $5

December 16
Breakfast with Santa
Description: Join Santa and his helpers for a traditional holiday pancake breakfast with all the trimmings. Pictures may be taken with Santa to commemorate the event. Parents are invited to dine with their children. Register by Nov 28. 12 yrs. & under.
Location: Black Mountain Recreation Center, 599 Greenway Road, Henderson
Time:  9:00-10:15 am
Cost: $10
  
December 17
Polar Express
Description: Join a young boy on an incredible journey on the Polar Express.
Location: Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas
Time: 2pm
Cost: FREE

December 18
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Description: Watch the original animated version of Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”.
Location: Green Valley Library, 2797 N. Green Valley Parkway, Henderson
Time: 7pm
Cost: FREE
  
December 20
The Night before Christmas
Description: The whole family will enjoy this retelling of the amusing poem “The Night Before Christmas” and making crafts to go along with the story.
Location: Whitney Library, 5175 E. Tropicana Ave., Las Vegas
Time: 7pm
Cost: FREE

December 20
Broadway Bound Divas Holiday Show
Description: Five talented young singers put on a holiday show singing seasonal favorites.
Location: Whitney Library, 5175 E. Tropicana Ave., Las Vegas
Time: 2pm
Cost: FREE
  
December 21
Creative Holiday Crafts for Teens
Description: Teens will learn how to make some neat holiday cards using computer software.
Location: West Las Vegas Library, 951 W. Lake Mead Blvd., Las Vegas
Time: 3:30pm – 5pm
Cost: FREE

December 21 – 24
Hawaiian Christmas Show
Description: A Christmas with island flavor.
Location: Suncoast Hotel and Casino, 9090 Alta Drive, Las Vegas
Time: 7:30pm
Cost: $33 – $44
  
December 21
Holiday Card Stamping with Sandi Brown
Description: Bring your imagination and Sandi Brown will teach you to use stamps to make fabulous holiday cards.
Location: Enterprise Library, 25 E. Shelbourne Ave., Las Vegas
Time: 1pm – 2pm
Cost: FREE

December 22-23
Santa’s Phone Line
Description: Santa or one of his elves will personally telephone your child at a predetermined time on Christmas Eve to chat about your child’s holiday wish list and the season. 1-10 yrs.
Location: Whitney Ranch Recreation Center, 1575 Galleria Drive, Henderson
Time: 12/22 10am-7:45pm, 12/23 10am-2pm
Cost: $3

Government Workers

One day, two city public works department laborers worked as a team in which one dug a hole and the other followed behind and filled the hole.  They worked up one side of the street and down the other, then they moved on to the next street working furiously all day with one man digging a hole, the other filling it in again. 
 
A passerby noticed and watched for a while very much amused until he was no longer able to contain his curiosity, and so he approached the two city workers and asked the hole digger, “I’m very much impressed by the effort you two are putting into your work, but why do you dig a hole, only to have your partner follow behind you and fill it up again?” 
 
The hole digger wiped his brow and replied,  “Well, I suppose it looks odd to you.  But the truth is, we’re normally a three-person team.  However, today the guy who puts the tree into the hole called in sick.”

Good December Morning!

The Morning Crew

Is it just me or does baby girl look like she’s about to stick out her tongue? 

We’ve all eaten breakfast and we’re dressed.  Some of us have done those things twice  today!  So I know Decembers are notorious for being overly busy, but I feel buried in stuff so deep that I need to do that I seriously think I’ll make pb+j sandwiches and leave out some crackers, juice boxes, and movies and let the kids fend for themselves today.  Baby finally fell asleep and I’m ready to curl up under my covers as well and take a nap. Don’t ask me what I have done today, because it’s a whole lot shorter of a list than what I should be doing.  Maybe I’ll dream of starting that do to list or even better, I’ll finish it while I’m slumbering.

My Christmas cards are done and ordered!  I’ve got that going for me so far this month.  Here’s to a good day, week, month filled with holiday cheer for all!