Yearly Archives: 2009

from the hands of a good friend

Everybody loves etsy these days. What, havenโ€™t heard of etsy? (Ok, mom, Iโ€™ll tell you.) Well, its an online marketplace for handmade items by talented artists, crafters and anymore, anybody who has two hands and internet connection. In this world of digital detachment and mass produced everything, we all seem to be craving the real…


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  • JanicaDecember 29, 2009 - 10:18 pm

    Wow, Gail, GREAT job. It is beautiful!! And Betsy, geez, if you offered an at-arms-length-dslr-self-portrait workshop, I’d absolutely attend. You’ve got some mad skills, woman! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • SarahDecember 29, 2009 - 10:25 pm

    Seriously awesome SP! WOW

  • MichelleDecember 29, 2009 - 10:45 pm

    Nice job Gail!! ๐Ÿ™‚ You’re so crafty talented! And Betsy you make the extended arm DSLR shot look very graceful! The last time I tried that I about threw my computer out the window when I pulled up the images. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • LynnDecember 29, 2009 - 10:49 pm

    What a lovely gift! I love the little pops of turquoise in the yarn. The pattern looks interesting too. And screw Tyra, I think it’s a cute photo of you Betsy! Plus the bokeh is yummy!

  • Tira JDecember 29, 2009 - 11:30 pm

    What a beautiful gift for a beautiful person, inside and out from a beautiful gal! Happy New Year Betsy!

  • Heidi GarciaDecember 30, 2009 - 12:05 am

    feel ya- in the same boat just 6 mos. ahead… I will let you know how 2 kids, running your own business and your hubby gone to work… works out for me lol. Thanks for all your advise, hopefully my text got you back into adult talk ๐Ÿ™‚

  • GailDecember 30, 2009 - 7:10 am

    You are SOOOOO gosh darn sweet woman! Thank you for this post. It really really REALLY warmed my heart this morning. And you know that scarf was for the beautiful photos you took of me friend. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    PS – I will be calling – haha!

  • Heather CorporanDecember 30, 2009 - 9:33 am

    LOOOVE the scarf! She should be selling them on Etsy! : )

  • Maya LaurentJanuary 1, 2010 - 12:40 pm

    Oh Gail, there you go again! So sweet and awesome scarf! Betsy, I’m a texting person too! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • aprilJanuary 1, 2010 - 12:42 pm

    I think that is thee most beautiful scarf I’ve ever seen!! Beautiful.

  • ClaryJanuary 8, 2010 - 5:51 pm

    Nothing says-you are loved-like a handmade gift. Gail rocked this one:)

our christmas weekend wrap up

I made a little slideshow of bits and pieces of our Christmas weekend with our little guy, starting out with Christmas Eve cinnamon roll making (awesome new tradition) and ending with him opening a few straggling presents today. Iโ€™m hoping to post some video soon, but I know my family is chomping at the bit…


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  • jodieDecember 26, 2009 - 10:42 pm

    I’d love to know where she found the violin! Our kids got a wood drum, wood banjo and trumpet this year to add to our music collection but they would FLIP over that violin! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Super cute! I tried to remember to take photos but OMG three kids 4 and under opening gifts is CRAZY! FUN! For sure! But way to crazy and FAST to get the camera! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Looks like you guys had a great Christmas… enjoy the rest of the holiday! jod

  • SherryDecember 26, 2009 - 10:43 pm

    WOW!! it was fun…Bless Miles, he would start running down, but kept right at it. In the end he was one tired little guy!. Ready for grandma to GO home….ha ha ha ha Thanks for the slide show. love it…hugs

  • kelliDecember 26, 2009 - 11:54 pm

    Love the photos! We saw the chicken too, but were too grossed out to actually buy it.

  • saraDecember 27, 2009 - 11:20 am

    awesome slideshow!! elf is one of my favorite’s too, and we listen to that soundtrack ALL year long!! Merry Christmas ๐Ÿ™‚

  • MayaDecember 27, 2009 - 5:04 pm

    Okay I need that recipe. You let them sit overnight? I was having such issues finding something I could bake in the morning. Love all of Miles’ gifts! Those squishy things are hilarious!

  • SarahDecember 29, 2009 - 10:27 pm

    Those gag gift things look neat. lol

  • Amy from CaliJanuary 17, 2010 - 2:39 am

    I love the first pic of your Christmas tree. Do you have any pointers on camera settings for getting the lighting right? I can never capture the glow of the tree like you have.

merry christmas!

Itโ€™s Christmas eve and the breakfast casserole and cinnamon rolls are made, ready to go into the oven early tomorrow morning. John is downstairs assembling a puppet theater that one of his brothers gave Miles and I just finished stuffing Milesโ€™ stocking. (You should see the hilarious stuff we got him. I canโ€™t wait to…


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  • AshleyDecember 25, 2009 - 12:16 am

    Merry Christmas Betsy, John and Miles!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you guys have a wonderful holiday! Your Christmas card is adorable!

  • Iby VillalobosDecember 25, 2009 - 12:50 am

    Your Christmas cards are quite fabulous. Great design. Hope you have the most JOYEUX XMAS.

  • Tira JDecember 25, 2009 - 1:18 pm

    Merry Christmas Betsy, John, Miles and Little King on the way! May you have a blessed day!

  • HeatherDecember 25, 2009 - 8:30 pm

    LOVE the card! Did mine on a pearl finish as well. Everyone I send it to loves the finish:)

  • Heather ColeDecember 28, 2009 - 11:10 pm

    Congrats Betsy!! So excited for you and your family!!!! Loooove the xmas card!!!

  • Amy from CaliJanuary 17, 2010 - 2:43 am

    I received a card this year with the pearl finish. I started looking into it and found you have to send it to a press printer. Everything I found online was outrageously expensive (I was looking into it for a funeral program keepsake thing I had to make). Can I ask if you found a source that wasn’t crazy expensive?

  • […] since I incorporated a crown into our Christmas card last year, I like the idea of using it in other cards as well to tie in our last name. So you see it make an […]

watching for santa

Iโ€™m taking a break from wrapping gifts shipped in from out of state relatives to pop up a little Santa Miles on the blog before I head to bed. Tomorrowโ€™s a big day of baking (Cinnamon rolls-canโ€™t wait!) and cooking to prep for Christmas morning before we head out for our little Christmas eve traditions…


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  • Maya LaurentDecember 24, 2009 - 9:44 am

    Merry Christmas to you guys!!! Have so much fun!

  • JulesDecember 24, 2009 - 11:22 am

    Merry Christmas! I have enjoyed reading your blog and updates this year! I hope Miles has a wonderful Christmas!

  • Heidi GarciaDecember 24, 2009 - 5:34 pm

    The no picture thing only got worse for me… all I ever get is either his hand, or a tongue being stuck out- Gotta love those blessings ๐Ÿ™‚

  • SherryDecember 24, 2009 - 11:21 pm

    How cute is that!!! how does he continue to blow us away with his precious sweetness…

  • KateDecember 26, 2009 - 9:24 pm

    Love this shot!!! He is just too stinkin’ adorable!!!

3 dog night for a while

First of all, thank you SOOOOO much for all the wonderful comments congratulating us on our new baby on the way. That was such a fun way to start the week! However, our week of good news has changed today when I heard that my father-in-law, Bill, (Andyโ€™s dad) fell and broke his hip today…. Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...


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  • CassieDecember 23, 2009 - 9:42 am

    Poor guy! It’s just no fun being in the hospital for the holidays, we will definitely keep all the Zabels in our prayers! But I am excited to see more snuggling pugs ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Pat QuinnDecember 23, 2009 - 10:23 am

    Betsy, please let Bill know that I will be thinking of him and praying for a speedy recovery. I will pass the word to others. Also, congratulations to you and John on the addition to your adorable family!

  • Iby VillalobosDecember 25, 2009 - 12:55 am

    I look forward to seeing more pug love on your blog. I couldn’t imagine life without my lil’ pug, Frank.