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Saturday, December 25, 2010

King Jesus Is Born...Merry CHRISTmas!!

Merry Christmas from my house to yours. Here are a few highlights from our Christmas Eve celebration last night. It was so fun to be with family enjoying making new memories together while reminiscing about the old ones. I am so blessed to have such and awesome family!!!!!

Christmas 2 beautiful girls

Last night after the festivities, I gave my mom a Christmas Eve haircut...she liked it. You're beautiful mom and I love you with all my heart. Thank you for all your hard work to make our Christmas so wonderful. We all had a blast!!!!

Me and my beautiful girls

My sister, my mom and I

Before we started our Christmas Eve celebration, we went caroling at a nursing home in Hayward, WI. The residents appreciated us coming and enjoyed the music so much. My mom is so talented...she can play any instrument you put in her hands.

Some of the residents even got out of their chairs and danced to "Rudolf The Red Nose Reindeer", it was so cute.

We have decided that we are going to make this a new family tradition. We all enjoyed seeing the happy faces of the residents and that is what Christmas is really about...making others happy and giving of ourselves. After all, that is what Jesus did for us...except, HE GAVE HIS ALL.

Merry Christmas...hope yours was filled with love, laughter and happy memories...Rhonda

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

A Break Is Coming...So Ready!!!!

Christ-mas greeting everyone. I LOVE this time of year, the beautiful lights and decorations, the makings of new family memories, awesome food (old favorites along with a chance to try a new recipe). But most of all, this season brings to my mind the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Emmanuel "God with us" what A LOVE the Father showered on us through sending his only Son, Jesus Christ, to earth to die for us. He came in the most fragile form of human life and God protected HIM and through Jesus' obedience and willingness to lay down his life for us, God's plan for our redemption came to pass....Victory is ours through Jesus Christ!!!! No matter what this world goes through or how much selfishness and confusion there seems to be right now...God protects his plans and his will, Jesus paid the price and the VICTORY has been won. This life with all it's problems and turmoil will soon pass away and if we believe in Jesus Christ and except him as our Savior...we will live in Heaven where we will walk the streets of gold and be in peace that passes all understand while sitting at the feet of Jesus forever....sounds sooooo good to me!!!!

So for me, Merry Christmas has taken on a new meaning this year.....I choose to say Merry Christ-mas because it seems that this world is trying to take Christ out of Christmas....but as for me and my house, we shall serve the LORD and Christ will never be taken out of Christmas for us!!!!!


Our house is finally starting to look like a home instead of work in progress. Brent has been working like a dog every time we go home trying to finish up the things we have left to do before we can starting moving stuff in.

Last week, he took a week's vacation and stayed in Spooner to tile the shower and also tile around our tub and trim around the windows. The shower ended up being more of a job then he thought it would be, so he spent most of the week working on that. We both are very happy with how it turned out. This weekend, he is hoping to finish trimming the windows and hopefully put down some base board trim also.

Brent washing down the shower after he finished grouting it...what a job this shower was!!!!

This is pretty much the way I saw him for days....his feet sticking out of the shower while he worked on it.....what a trooper his is. I don't think there would have been anything left of my knees if I was the one doing this....thanks sweetie, for ALL YOUR HARD WORK!!!!

They came and installed the granite counter tops last week also.....LOVE, LOVE, LOVE them!!!!

A view of our island...beautiful. Can't wait to start decorating my kitchen:)

We left the cardboard down on the floor for now until the plumber and electrician get done...but when we are able to pick up the cardboard and get everything cleaned up..... this kitchen is going to be stunning!!!

A close look at the's everything I was hoping for.

And last but not least....they finished rocking our fireplace last weekend...LOVE this too and can hardly wait to have a fire in it and sit and enjoy all our hard work.

Well, I better get ready for school.....Monday Dec. 20th is my last day and then I have a whole month off and I AM SO READY, I need this break!!!! I miss working on my prims and cooking for my husband. Brent has pretty much been doing all the cooking and laundry while I sit at night and do homework, I am such a blessed woman to have such a supportive husband but I am excited to give him a break for awhile.

Merry Christ-mas Everyone!!!!! Rhonda

Thursday, December 2, 2010

WOW, Another Week Has Come And Gone

I can't believe tomorrow is Friday already and we will be heading back to Spooner tomorrow night to work on the house. What a busy week I had...lots of homework and lots of hands-on at projects at school.

Last Sunday, I worked at the Antique Mall...there are lots of goodies in there. I took some pictures to share with you all.....these pics are of my booth and my girlfriend Rox's booth.

Here are some of my handmades looking for a new home.

A few of my handmade snowmen.

And here is a full view of my booth.

Here is a pic of my Rox's booth, she has been busy lately re-stocking....she has so many cool items, it's hard to take it all in. I LOVE these pyrex bowls!!!!

Rox's booth...she does such a good job of displaying everything.

Rox's booth

Rox's booth...lot's of trinkets

And last but not least...Rox's booth.

Our House

Last weekend this was the view out our bedroom window....what a little cutie!!

He was eating a pile of corn my step-dad had put out there for the deer. I can't wait to see this site more often when we move back home!!!!

A view of our kitchen, dining room, hall and part of the living room.

Brent got the fireplace durocked last's all ready for the beautiful rock which will be put on Saturday:)

Our fireplace

A view of our bathroom from our bedroom. Brent got the Durock on our walk-in shower last weekend also. He is going to tile it this weekend....It's going to be beautiful!!!!

Our shower ready for the tile.

Brent finishing up the shower.

A close-up of the glass cabinet on the island, I just love it...I will be filling this with lot's of trinkets:)

Another larger view of our kitchen, living room my daughter Alyssa's room.


I will leave you all with this funny picture.....last week, we gave each other scalp treatments...I just had to get a picture of this line-up. Next Tuesday, is our practical testing on scalp treatment..I have to getting studying the massages:) Yes, life is never dull at school. We did hair removal by waxing each other yesterday. I didn't get any pictures of that but I got my legs, eyebrows and upper lip waxed, I don't think I am a real fan of the leg waxing but will continue with the brow and upper lip:)

Joni...just before I took out her perm rods.

Today I gave Joni, from Country Freckles a perm and it turned out really nice. I am sure she will not be real thrilled with me that I posted these picture...sorry Joni, you are such a good sport. I will get some pictures of her soon with her hair all done up to show you how nice her perm turned out.

Well, I better get to bed....morning comes so fast, and then I am on a dead run all day. I need my beauty rest:) Have a blessed day everyone....Rhonda

Sunday, November 28, 2010

I Am So Thankful For My Blessings

Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving...I sure did. It was so nice to be with family and enjoy making memories together, that is what life is about as far as I am concerned. Next year, we will be celebrating the Holiday's in our new house with our precious family.....what a blessing that will be!!!! The above pictures is a pic of a Santa I bought at the craft show yesterday. My sister and I usually do this show but because I could not make anything this year because of going to school we couldn't, I had to buy something prim this year though....I LOVE IT!!!!

It has been a busy 4 days here in Spooner for Brent and I. Brent has pretty much worked on the house the whole time...he starts at 5am and does not quit until around 9pm. I have not seen much of him, his is such a trooper. I show up and sweep and clean where it is needed, but I am pretty much his gofer and his meals-on-wheels. It will be nice when our kitchen appliances are in and working, then I can cook meals there instead of hauling out food for us....can't wait.

Kara and Trav's adorable livingroom all decked out for Christmas

My daughter Kara and son-in law Travis hosted Thanksgiving for us all this year was so nice!!! They really went all-out for us. Kara cooked her little heart out and her house was decorated so cute and she even made us a breakfast spinach bake.....Thank you Kara for all your work, I love you so much and am SOOOOO proud of you!!!!!

Kara stirring up and wonderful Thanksgiving dinner.

She looked so cute in her little apron...I had to get this precious!!!!!

Our Kitchen

Here are a few pictures of our kitchen....we set the cook top in the island just to see how it would look and I was shocked at how big it was. When we picked it out this spring....I didn't realize it was this big....gotta love my husband....his motto is "GO BIG OR GO HOME":)

The counter tops will be installed in about 2 weeks from now....that will really bring this look together. The cherry cabinets along with the granite will be awesome!!!!! I know, what is a prim girl doing with cherry and granite...I like the prims sprinkled in with the granite:)...can't help myself:)

A better view of our big cook top, look at the size of those knobs!!! I LOVE my shelves which will be above the sink, these are the second try at them....the ones they had up there before just were not my vision, I explained to them what I wanted but they just didn't quit get it. But, they did a good job on the second try....Thanks guys!!!!

My husband got all our doors hung this week also.....this a view from our bedroom looking into our bathroom. They got the surround cherry around our tub and I absolutely LOVE our french doors!!!!!


I did a few haircuts while I was home. Above is my daughter Alyssa's boyfriend, Shannon. He is such a cute kid and soooo funny. Alyssa said that he had to do a glamor shot after I was finished.....we had so much fun!!!!! I think I could have taken a little bit more off the top or maybe textured it....but I was not sure how short he wanted to really go. I was glad to get the practice and enjoyed cutting his hair so much....I think I am really going to love this job!!!!

Alyssa made him pose.....too funny!!! What a good sport you are Shannon!!!!

And last but not least....I gave my son, Kasey, a haircut. I went pretty short with him....I think he looks very handsome!!!! Sitting on his lap, is my precious grandson Carson. He played with his hotwheel cars the whole time I was cutting Kasey's was a challenge trying to keep him out of the hair on the floor..... Granny loves you so much Carson!!!!!!

Well, now I am off to work at the Antique Mall until 3pm....then it's out to the house to pick up my sweetie and then we will be heading back to Rapids to get back to reality....can't wait til my reality is back here in Spooner with my family!!!!!

God Bless you all, Rhonda

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

A Quick Look At The Beginings Of Our Kitchen

Our cabinets were installed last Thursday and we are so happy with everything so far...tomorrow, I am planning on taking more pictures of the rest of our cabinets and hopefully get them posted ASAP. The bathrooms and laundry room cabinets are installed also and they are ALL beautiful!!! They all match our floor color really well which is a relieve because Brent and I are were very concerned about that.

Brent has been working this whole week while he has been off work for deer season...he has been hanging our doors and trim....he has done a beautiful job, he is a trooper that's for sure. I skipped out on 4 hours of school (which I hated to do) and came home early last night because of a bad storm that was brewing. I am glad I did, we are getting this storm right now as I type this and it's nasty....I sure would not want to be driving 3 hours in this mess so I am so glad I came home early!!!!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone...we all have so much to be thankful for that's for sure!!!! Blessings, Rhonda