Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Dad You're REEL Great! (and my little elf...)

I think I mentioned that I did a little shopping on Black Friday.  One of the items that hit my cart was the Paper Smooches My Guy stamps!  Being mom to four boys...this set really was a "must have"!  Or at least that is what I told myself!  I had to look at this week's Tic, Tac, Toe challenge from CAS-ual Fridays a few times before deciding what combination to pick...but then decided on the kraft, polka dots and orange challenge.  Hopefully when Pat is out fishing he catches more than a gold fish, but I thought this was pretty darn cute!



Now, I also want to share about my time out with Collin on Saturday.  Having four boys and working full time means that one on one time with my boys doesn't happen often enough.  However, this past Saturday, Collin had First Reconciliation class.  When I woke him up on Saturday, he quickly asked if we could go out after church to pick out Christmas presents for his brothers.  He was extremely sweet.  He knew exactly what he wanted to get Jonathon and Marcel and needed a couple of suggestions for Ryan.  When we were in the check out line, he realized he'd forgotten Pat.  He asked, "doesn't daddy need new glasses?"  Yes...he keeps "out growing" his reading glasses, but I had no idea what his prescription would be.  So, he picked out a pack of gum.  Then later in the day thought, "we should have bought daddy guitar strings, that would be perfect.  But I'm not sure what kind he would need."  So thoughtful my sweet boy as Pat would love guitar strings!  Then, later in the day, "Mommy, this is my first time being an elf. It's really hard to keep a secret like elves do."  When we got home, he suggested that he hide the gifts in his Toy Story suitcase. I had to go in the house on the "look out" for his brothers.  A few hours later he was down in my craft room with his suitcase and wrapped up all the gifts.  Back in the suitcase they went...we'll see how this little elf does keeping the secret for a few weeks!

And here he is on our day out together...when we're one on one, I'll pay for a few video games :)

23 comments:

  1. Fun card Lynn... love the colours and your twine knots :)

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  2. Lynn, I LOVE this card!!! Amazing masculine creation! My favorite part? The knotted twine!!! Awesome!
    Love the story about your son! How sweet is he?!?!

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  3. Hello Lynn,
    I enjoyed reading your blogpost today. How lovely of your sweet son to think about his brothers and father! I love this season of the year. Here in Holland we celebrate 'Sinterklaas' on the 5th of december with presents, poems and a surprise. That means, 'wrapping' your gift on a special sometimes funny way. My youngest son, 9 years old, made a Double Do XL (cutting/embossing machine) for me. So cute! I'll post a picture on my blog soon.

    Your card is wonderful! Like the combination of orange and kraft(?)!

    Have a nice day,
    greetings, Judith

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  4. What a sweet way to spend time together! It's so lovely when they see the joy in giving as well as receiving :)
    Your card is awesome....those three knots are just the perfect touch for the fishing line :)
    Jenny x

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  5. I can just imagine how your treasure your one on one days with your boys. What a wonderful thing to have. And now onto that really spectacular, super fabulous card. Love the design and the colors and wow, just everything about it. Each of your designs are so unique, it is so much fun visiting and seeing what you come up with. Thank you for taking the time out of your day as a mom to four boys and a full time employee to create amazing things to share.

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  6. Love this color combo and really like how you tied that twine...brilliant. Your son is just adorable.

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  7. Collin sounds so thoughtful and what a lovely day.
    I love that sentiment-the font is really funky and the colour combo is one of my favorites x

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  8. Collin is at such a wonderful age, Lynn! He sounds like quite a sweet young man. Love your card - so perfect for a guy! :)

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  9. okay, this is just too cute...the card and the Collin story :) I can just imagine his sweet little voice being so sweet but serious about the gifts :) I hope he can hold those secrets for a few weeks longer :) I really need to check out some Paper Smooches stamps, don't I? LOVE those fonts :) okay, off to get ready for work :)

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  10. Love that card, Lynn! It is nice to have one on one time with our guys! I think it is super sweet that he wanted to buy gifts for his brothers and dad.
    And yes...those video games with the whole gang can be a killer on the wallet! LOL! :)

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  11. Oh Collin is just the *sweetest* I hope he manages to keep quiet! I even struggle to keep quiet sometimes LOL!
    Now if Pat did catch a goldfish like the cute one on your fabulous card, it'd sure make you smile, right?! :)
    I adore your take on that challenge!
    Hugs,
    Aimes
    x

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  12. This card and Collin are just TOO CUTE! My boys (Dad too )all love to fish! I think that this stamp set will find it way to my house too!!

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  13. Oh my gosh, how perfect!!! LOVE the little paper pieced fish--fabulous! :)

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  14. Love your card! What a fun time with Collin - how has he done keeping the secret? :)

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  15. I LOVE that orange polka dot paper an the twine knots are fabulous!

    What a sweet little elf Collin makes! :)

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  16. You! You are SUCH a fun mommy, PLUS {do your boys truly know HOW amazing you are? LOL!} - a FANTASTIC paper crafter - this card makes me GRIN, big time! FISH onnnnnnn! Yee Haw!

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  17. I just bought these stamps, this card is adorable!!
    Thanks for playing at CAS-ual Fridays!
    Laura

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  18. This is such a fun design! Love the bright oranges mixed in with the black! Your Collin is such a delight with his conversation, love it when you share these things!

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  19. This is just SWEET! Love your knotted bows and colors! Simply darling as a guy card! Thanks for sharing your outing! These little things you do with your sons truly bring out the best of a Godly man. HUGS! And oh..thanks for playing with us at CAS-ual Fridays!

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  20. I relly like thae triple series of knotted twine. What a great anchor for the card (no pun intended! Hee!).
    Your little elf is too sweet!

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  21. That is just the cutest, Christmas elf story EVER! What a sweetie!

    And your creation is uber adorable, too! I'm thinking that I "need" ;) that set!

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  22. This is awesome, Lynn!! Love the paperpiecing!

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  23. i seriously need to get this ps set!!! i love your fabulous card.

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