White Elephant New Year's Eve

Looking forward to tonight's White Elephant Gift Exchange. Wonder who will decide to open this first?

Norbert Ollivander Tonks (the 3rd)

Our baby kitty had his first Christmas.  So far he has been lucky as we have not had time to adorn him with his Santa hat or jingle collar....but we WILL get to it before we pack up Christmas!  The question is, will I be able to capture any good photos of him in all his festive cuteness? 

We Wish You a Merry Christmas!

Howdy!  If you have found your way to this post it's likely that you are someone on the Wood Family Christmas List!  Some of you have been on that list longer than Joshua has been alive and others may have just been added this year.  Either way you are obviously someone we want to keep in touch with and it is our hope that at this very special time of year you know we are thankful for the role you've played in our lives.  Whether you are someone we have the good fortune to see on a regular basis or if you happen to be one of those life long friends we've had since childhood.... we enjoy being able to keep in touch with each of you!  We hope you know how very much we value the friends we've collected along the way.

Wishing all of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

PS. In case you are wondering, the Wood Family Pinterest Page was created solely for the purposes of this Christmas card and can no longer be viewed online.....besides you can view just about everything I have to share and more than you wanna know just by following me on Facebook!  
However, if you are a Pinterest junkie...I do have not just one, but two other accounts...one personal, which you can follow here >>>> Kim's Pinterest
and the other is for my new little adventure and you can follow that by clicking the Pinterest link in the sidebar at the top of this page.

Fence Wood Trees

The latest project using our old fence! Fence wood Christmas trees to decorate the front yard. So pleased with the result. The pic doesn't really do them justice. This was a fantastic team effort. Joe added the lights just exactly how I wanted. He did it without my input knowing how I like everything caddywhompus!

Believe 2013

Perfect day for a race.  Tried to get a sub 30 minute 5K.  Came close, but not quite.  30:06.  The uphill finish is tough!  Certainly the fastest I've run this course in the last 3 years.  There is always next year!

Texas Flag

Had a fun, feel good thing happen today!  This summer I made a giant Texas flag out of our old fence wood. I LOVE it and it is now hanging in our family room so I can see it every day.  Well, turns out a good friend of ours loved it too.  He mentioned to his wife he'd like to hang one in his airplane hanger and wondered if he could pay me to make one.  Well, I told her, "Don't be silly! Y'all can't pay me, but I am happy to make one for him!"  I also suggested I do it and we surprise him and sneak it into the hanger when he's out of town!  We did just that!  I made it on the last warm weekend we had  (thankfully) and we snuck it into the hanger on Saturday.  Today was they day he found it!  I think it made us all happy!  Thankful for such good friends.

It's Out There!

Told myself I'd publicly announce my TpT store when I hit 50 sales.  That happened WAY sooner than I was expecting!  So here's how I put it out there on FB.

The Velveteen Rabbit

Posted this unit for sale yesterday...felt a little vulnerable.  One of my all time favorites. Very close to my heart.  There is so much more to this unit than what I could bundle together to sell.  Maybe I'll blog more about it someday.

Gingerbread SNUG

Met a friend for lunch today at SNUG on the Square and got to see the Gingerbread replica a friend had built to advertise Trinity's Gingerbread for Humanity event. It's so cute! 

Fun with Clipart

Found the most adorable clip art  at www.mycutegraphics.com and get this she lets anyone use her work for free!  Even commercial use.  So generous.  I sent her a thank you.  Had fun playing with a bunch of her holiday images to create this.


McKinney Mini

Longest I've ever run in a race.  My leg of the relay was 5.6 miles today. Ran my best pace for that distance.  Fun!

Preview Collage

I learned how to make a preview collage of my product today, had a 3 hour breakfast with a great friend and went to see Ender's Game with the family.  Pretty great day...especially if you ignore the mess that is our house!

I Did It!

Yipes! I officially opened a Teacher Pay Teachers Store today.  Feeling a little anxious about the whole thing.  We shall see!

Mom2punkerdoo @ TpT Store


Went to the Mellow Mushroom for the time today. Check out these cute coffee mugs! 


copper pipe + hose + campfire = really cool colors!
Who knew? Not me. 

It's Healed

Cast came off just in time for our annual group camping trip! Piano recital in 3 weeks! 


Playing around with a logo design.  Not sure I like it, might not even need it, but learned a few things while putting it together.

Tie Clip

 Joshua's new tie clip makes me smile. Dress code violation? Not sure! Fingers crossed!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Kept it simple for Joshua this year & he was perfectly happy. At almost 13, food is the way to his heart!

First Dance

The 6th & 7th grade students had their first dance. It was a masquerade ball. We were glad Joshua wanted to attend. He had a fun time, but no couple dancing occurred. :-) Loved his mask, but not sure I love how grown up he looks!

Our Table

After several months stored in my office we finally decided it was time to donate our glass top coffee table. This was one of the first items we bought when we purchased our house in Thousand Oaks. So it has some sentimental value. Imagine how happy I was to see it nicely displayed for sale @ the Samaritan Inn thrift store this week.

A1 is Just Right!

Tinsel spent most of the afternoon snuggled in this Amazon box. It was just the perfect size for her. Too cute! Another reason to love Amazon! Like I needed another reason.

First Chicken!

We smoked our first "Beer Butt Chicken" today and it was actually the first time in my entire life that I've even purchased a whole chicken! Turned out nice & moist and was very easy to do. Will have to season it a bit more next time.

Feels like just yesterday when Joshua started using these. Can't remember when he stopped, but I wasn't ready to purge @ the time. Today is the day they go. Sigh. Yep, I'm a sentimental fool...not a surprise to anyone I know.

But then I posted on Facebook and this is what happened:

L: Nooooo, I'm just like you. Save them!! Then, when you put your grandkid's drinks in them, Joshua will love it!!
N: I agree with L. Save some stuff.
KG: What L said. My parents kept a few of the plates and cups my brother and I used. Now J and J use those at my parents' house. The kids think it's fun, so do we. Hoarding enablement session over.
Kim: Oh ladies you are bad! I might have to pull them out of the donation bag, but the problem is I already have so much stuff saved for the grandkids. Let's hope these grandkids y'all speak of actually exist some day!
S: You can do this Kim! Just a few very memorable pieces...that's the key!
@ KG...Hoarding Support Group?
KS: I'd keep them ... ya know, for grandkids and such. I'm a sentimental fool too.
H: Do what I do...watch one episode of Hoarders and then decide what to do. Works every time.
Kim: Y'all are a bunch of enablers...except maybe H. I have seen Hoarders only once...never again. Ok I am going to get them back out. They are small, right?

Waiting for the Rain

Wow! The sky was so fabulous yesterday afternoon, but the storm was a bit of a let down. Glad for the rain we did get and glad that the tornado watch didn't escalate into something more. Would have liked a little more thunder though.

Suit Pocket

Joe & I were finally cleaning out our closet. What a mess! In going through clothes to toss out Joe found this note in his pocket. OMG it's notes from Cindy & Jason's wedding over 13 years ago! I can't remember what year they got married, but it was before I was even pregnant with Joshua! I recognized Cindy's immediately! Guess its been awhile since Joe has worn suit. :-)

Pizza Fun!

We had a great time making pizzas on our new Kamado Joe. We used the smoked pork from Friday to make a BBQ pizza. Joshua's half had additional bacon and Joe's had onions & jalapeƱos. I also threw together an apple dessert pizza. It wasn't quite as good as the mini pies I smoked the first night, but still very yummy.

SAT Saturday

Joshua had to be at Collin County Community College by 7:45 Saturday morning to take the SAT test. Neither of us were too thrilled about it, but I did think the clock tower looked pretty cool in the misty morning.

Foggy Morning

We have had several unusually fogging mornings lately. I decided to stop & snap a few pics with my phone after dropping Joshua at school. One sweet lady was worried I was having car trouble. So I felt a little silly telling her that I just wanted pictures of the fog.

Les Miserables

Joshua LOVED the movie even more the second time. He has bought the soundtrack and now he is starting to read the 1400 page novel! Part of his desire to read it is to be able to better argue with his dad about the character Javert. I'm just thrilled he is so into the story & the music.

Third Monday

Lots of fun stuff going on around town on the weekend before the 3rd Monday: Trade Days, Fringe & The Old Red Lumberyard. All fun places to browse, get inspiration, see some old crap and some old treasures too. Perfect day for being outside, soaking up the sun & getting inspired to spruce things up!


Gotta love an old fashioned Barber Shop pole! We actually go to the adjoining hair salon which is just as old fashioned. Feels like a little bit of Steel Mongolia's right here in McKnney,TX.

Another View

My weekly Wednesday lunch provided an opportunity to get yet another photo of my favorite bathroom. Who knew a bathroom could be so fun? It's not quite as fun as the treasured time having lunch with fabulous friends, but still pretty fabulous. Just look at all that toilet paper!

Snow Cat

Woke up to a wonderful surprise this morning....SNOW! I love snow. I love that here in North Texas we get just enough snow for it to be fun & exciting, but not a hassle. After a careful drive to school I came home & played with Finley in the fresh snow. Tinsel was watching us the entire time. In effort to entertain her and to help preserve the snow a little longer I decided to make her a Snow Cat just outside her window! Turned out even cuter than I had hoped. She was supervising me intently the entire time. It was quite fun for us both. Oh & and of course, Finley helped too. ;-)

Snug on the Square

New location downtown & an old friend new in town equals a 3.5 hour breakfast & coffee! It was a perfect morning to try out a new spot. And a good time to catch up with an old friend. I'm quite sure we will return to this delightful snug & cozy cafe.

Sunday Afternoon Adventures

I snapped a dozen different pics of Tinsel today. All in different & entertaining spots. She really is quite the character. Her adventures sure do make us smile!

Strong Friends

We bought this TV in 2001. Such a big purchase. Literally. A couple years ago we recruited a few friends to help us haul it upstairs. Tonight we recruited one of those same friends to bring it back down.. Should be the last time we need help with this particular item as it's soon to have a new home. So thankful for strong friends!

Best Bathroom Ever!

Patina Green. Fabulous Bathroom. This shot is only from one angle. The rest of it is just as fabulous. I guess I'll have to go back.

Yep, Walmart

I usually stay on this side of the 75 whenever possible, so this particular Walmart is not one I've been to more than a handful of times. It just isn't convenient. However, it is unique. As is evidence by this windmill in the parking lot. This is a Walmart experiment. It's first "green" superstore. This store was built to environmentally sustain itself. Pretty cool....as is the windmill.

It's Raining, It's Pouring

I never owned rain boots in California. Though in Northern CA I certainly had need for them a few times! Today in Texas it was a perfect day for a good pair of galoshes. So nice to be able to tromp through parking lots and not get my feet wet at all!

Steel Toes

OMG! Joshua's feet are so big. He has outgrown his most recent pair of boots. I'm going to keep them for myself, but I'm going to have to wear extra thick socks!!! They are just a tad too big for my huge size 10 feet. Can't believe how big his feet are and he's only 12, Never had steel toes boots before. They should make good work boots.

A First

Uniform shirts ironed for the whole week! First time that's happened all year. Wonder if I can keep up the trend?


Cheerio chaos! Look at the mess I made. This is how it all started. Costco was out of Multigrain Cheerios so we bought good old regular Cheerios. Well, the regular are apparently not nearly as yummy . So we came up with trick of mixing the two kinds together. Ta-da! We have been doing this for sometime now & it saves money & sugar intake, as the regular Cheerios are probably cheaper because they have less sugar! Anyhow in my attempt to do our little mixing routine yesterday it would seem I did not get the lid sealed properly. Thus, this HUGE mess onto kitchen floor. All I could do was laugh. The mess was so big it actually really was more funny than frustrating.

Tortilla Bowls

Another White Elephant connection.... These tortilla bowls are the first I've ever made. Yet I've had the pans for making them for a couple of years now. I got them from Joni while helping them pack for their move a few years ago. What makes it especially funny is that someone else brought similar pans to the White Elephant Party and Joni wanted them & ended up keeping them. She used them for dinner the other night and they turned out great. So I knew I had to finally give the ones I got from her a try. I used them last night when we had Kerry & Fred over for dinner. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy! Looked fab and tasted great too!