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2012 National Gingerbread Competition

Friday, December 21, 2012

Aside from my camera acting up, I had a great time with the family last night minus the Christmas Lights at Lake Julian. It was raining way too hard to see them so we'll try again this weekend. Nevertheless the grandson enjoyed his visit with Santa. Although when he first saw him arrive he exclaimed rather nonchalantly, "I'm not impressed! His stomach isn't quite big enough." emoticon

Thankfully everyone got along and it turned out to be a nice evening. The Gingerbread displays at the Grove Park Inn were amazing as usual. Everything except the base has to be edible. The grandson and I think we might like to try our hand at it next year. They offer Beginner Preparation Classes for all age groups over the summer which he and I certainly would need. Anyway here is just a sample of what we saw. I apologise for the quality and red eye. My camera was not behaving itself. I should have asked Santa this year for a new one. emoticon

One of my favorites!

The Twelve Days Of Christmas

Memories Of A Christmas In Germany

Dominion Bridge

The grandson making sure his mom and Dan got home safely.

First Impressions

Christmas Angel

Town Square

A Few Of My favorite Things

The Beatles Yellow Submarine

Tic Tock

Special Delivery

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LKWQUILTER 12/22/2012 11:21PM

    What fun Sallie and you did great with the pictures.

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 12/22/2012 12:33AM

    Very cool pics. Glad that everyone got along and it was a fun time! emoticon

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CRAFTINWIFE 12/21/2012 7:54PM

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GOLFGMA 12/21/2012 3:48PM

    I love gingerbread items and have my kitchen decorated each Christmas with gingerbread men. I have done the houses and they are not easy so I am really impressed with these displays. Beautiful! Thanks so much for the photos.

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RURAL3 12/21/2012 2:43PM

    love the houses. So glad it all worked out.

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CATLADY52 12/21/2012 11:52AM

    Thanks for sharing the pictures. Some of those creations are truly works of art. I'd say definitly take a class and enter something next year. emoticon

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SABLENESS 12/21/2012 11:10AM

    Thank you so much for sharing these. The things they do for this event are emoticon emoticon

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LADYJ6942 12/21/2012 10:36AM

    Wow!!! A lot of work went into those. Having made a gingerbread item for display I can appreciate the time, effort and work that goes into that. Sounds like you all had a wonderful time, t hanks for sharing.

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JACKIE542 12/21/2012 10:25AM

    Looks like you had a lot of fun, the gingerbread displays were amazing, thank you for sharing. emoticon

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Sandy Hook Elementary

Sunday, December 16, 2012

I have been completely heartbroken over Friday's cruel and senseless violence in Connecticut. I can't even wrap my head around the amount of craziness it would take to do such an act, and to innocent children no less. I can't begin to imagine the suffering the children and adults went through nor the pain the parents, families and friends of the victims are going through now. To have this happen during the holidays only serves to heighten the heartache of those affected. Sad doesn't even begin to cover it! As I weep my own share of tears, I choose to celebrate the lives of the teachers, principle and school counselor who tried, some in vain to help the children escape the terror that day. They were heroes every one. My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of those who were killed or injured. May God bring them comfort.

Parents everywhere need to take a moment to give that special child in their lives an extra hug or two and tell them how much they are loved. There are moms and dads today as well as siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins that will never get the chance to do that again.

And as for the media! Enough with the sensationalism. I don't want to see the face of the idiot that murdered defenseless children and adults plastered all over every newspaper and channel anymore. Nor do I want to hear his name, about his background, what his family, friends or neighbors have to say about him, or every psychologist on the planet try to access why he did what he did. I don't want to hear repeatedly how horribly the children died, especially that one was shot 11 times. And I don't want to hear the surviving children nor their parents asked over and over again to describe for the cameras the horrors they witnessed that day. Let them be! If you need something news worthy than by all means keep the focus on the beautiful human beings whose lives were cut short. I much rather hear or read about their precious lives and what will be done to help their families find some peace and begin to heal than give the maniac who killed them any additional publicity. He, and other idiots like him don't deserve any!

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LINDA! 12/17/2012 6:58PM

    I agree with your blog. Enough is enough...the violence has to end. The news media needs to STOP putting a camera and microphone in front of those grieving.

God bless all of the families and the community.

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 12/16/2012 10:59PM

    Excellent blog. My heart is broken as well. Prayer is the answer here. Prayer and love. Bright blessings to you and yours my friend. Give that grandson of yours a big hug!!!! I'm still waiting to see pictures of your decorations!

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BRENDABUNNY 12/16/2012 8:47PM

    Very well said Sallie and I agree... emoticon my emoticon

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ANNIE924 12/16/2012 8:19PM

    I agree Sallie, you expressed this very well. I'm afraid the sensational news coverage only encourages these disturbed individuals to live out their terrible fantasies. Thank you for your thoughtful and sensitive comments.

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    Nicely said.

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SWIMLOVER 12/16/2012 5:41PM

  I agree! I did read a story about the children and the adults whose lives were taken. I cried over each one of them--all of them were wonderful children and adults.

I am praying for their families and for the town.

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PATRICIAANN46 12/16/2012 3:12PM

  So very well said......... emoticon

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LKWQUILTER 12/16/2012 3:10PM

    I am with you Sallie. I am reading in silence or even turning on the music channels for background noise. lol

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DIET_FRIEND 12/16/2012 2:36PM

    I'm avoiding news coverage of this tragedy. I cannot dwell on this too much as it is so upsetting. Our minister preached on this subject today. Despite this horrid incident, I refuse to live my life in a state of fear.

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Weigh In and Week's Ramblings

Thursday, December 13, 2012

emoticon I have a computer that works again. Although I used my time without it wisely it sure is nice to be Sparking once more. I plan to spend some time this weekend catching up with everyone. As for me, here's the latest.

Weigh in this week was a complete bust. No loss what so ever! Oh well, sometimes that happens so I will not let it get me down. I have been doing well so far and therefore will keep my focus on that.

DH and I have finished decorating the inside of our house for the holidays and bought our tree. It's up and ablaze with colored lights, silver garland and Disney ornaments. Our grandson's Disney Monorail runs around underneath. I will attempt to take some decent pictures of the tree and house, inside and out this weekend and post.

In other news we had a scare concerning our daughter last week. She developed upper chest and back pain that wouldn't go away. She had no other symptoms, and her behavior that night was "normal" for her. Anyway she ended up in the ER while DH and I took care of our grandson. After running a barrage of tests they found nothing of concern. Her heart, blood pressure, lungs and blood work all came back with excellent results. I'm thinking it was stress related as her dad and I also found out that night her doctor had put her on a BP medication 2 months ago because she is experiencing anxiety in regards to her college exams. Her doctor explained to her at that time he didn't want to give her something that would make her loopy and a low dose BP med will help with anxiety without side effects. She takes it as needed. Anyway she seems fine now. Although I must admit she has become increasingly angry and high strung since she was a teen and is always ready to strike at a moment's notice, usually at ME. emoticon So I wouldn't be surprised if she was experiencing physical symptoms related to this.

DH and I had a great time at the movies with our grandson last week. We saw the new Guardians movie and it was very good. My grandson was on the edge of his seat the whole time and absolutely loved it! Afterwards we went to the bookstore and I bought him the book. I know I know, Christmas is just a short time away but I couldn't resist. Besides, the day he was born, SPOILING became part of my DNA. emoticon Nevertheless I do try to remember not to go too overboard.

Yesterday we took the little guy Christmas shopping for his mom. He selected a pair of small loop sterling silver earrings. Simple but nice. He also picked up a Car Care Kit for his Pepa, my husband. We also bought toys for the Angel Tree and Toys for Tots programs and dropped them off. I think it's important for him to know Christmas isn't just about getting presents but doing nice things for others too. Unfortunately this is a message he does not receive from either parent. Anyway afterwards we took him to ride the Christmas Train at the mall, and to see some holiday lights before having dinner and delivering him back home. Next week, we will join him on a visit to see Santa, view Christmas Lights at the lake and to see the display of Gingerbread Houses at the Grove Park along with his mom and her boyfriend Dan.

As for Christmas shopping in general I have only 2 more gifts and stocking stuffers to get. Go ME! Of course I still have cards to get out, presents to wrap, cookies to bake, pies to make and a gingerbread house of my own to create with the help of my grandson, not to mention Christmas dinner on the big day. emoticon So I'm guessing the next 11 days will be FULL and FUN!

Have an awesome weekend everyone! Keep Sparking!!

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LKWQUILTER 12/15/2012 1:59PM

    What a good time you are having Sallie. I know you are enjoying your "well" computer. lol Mine was so sick I got a new one instead of trying to get the other one cured. Keep having fun and can't wait to see the pictures. ((HUGS))

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HEALTHYSLIM2 12/14/2012 12:11PM

    Can't wait to see the pics of your decorations!!!
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Sounds like the holiday season is in full swing for you, and I loved hearing about your outing with the little guy and how much he loved the movie. Living through the eyes of a child is one of the joys of life... seeing their excitement over the "simple" things makes everything feel so much more fun and worthwhile, somehow. Super cute that he chose a car wash kit for his Pepa!
It's so nice that you show him how to share the love at Christmas with others who are less fortunate. emoticon SO IMPORTANT!!! Too many of the kids these days, having grown up getting their every need gratified almost immediately, don't get it. I often worry that even though we've drilled that into my sons' head as well, that if I weren't here to remind him, he'd forget to "give back" and be truly generous from his heart. Anyway, awesome that you demonstrated it while you were together, but also that grandson got the TRAIN RIDE emoticon and to see the holiday lights emoticon emoticon emoticon
Anyway, dear friend, sending lots of love and joy your way this season. It is the most wonderful time of the year, and you deserve a truckload of goodies for all you do for others!!
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DAWNWATERWOMAN 12/13/2012 9:57PM

    Glad that it wasn't more serious for your daughter. Sorry she continues to be mean to you. Glad that you spent so much time with the grandson. We want to see pictures of your decorations!!!!

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LHLADY517 12/13/2012 8:09PM

    I think that is just part of being a grandparent: "SPOILING became part of my DNA. "

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Weigh In

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Dropped another pound for this week's weigh in. I have now hit the 100 pound mark for the second time. emoticon Praying this one sticks! Focusing on moving forward for the second half. emoticon

I will be off line for awhile, who knows how long. Headed out to Best Buy. Having computer problems AGAIN. The very ones THE GEEK SQUAD supposedly fixed as well as 3 news ones. emoticon

Anyway DH and I will also hit the stores today to start Christmas shopping. emoticonGetting our tree too. Hopefully it will be up and decorated by tomorrow. And of course tomorrow is GRANDSON TIME which I am really looking forward too.

Wishing everyone a GREAT week. Keep Sparking! emoticon

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 12/4/2012 11:35PM

    Congrats on the weight loss. Enjoy your time with the grandson tomorrow

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TRUE-NESS 12/4/2012 12:51PM

    emoticon on the weight loss and hitting the 100lb-loss mark again! It WILL stick! You can do it! Have a wonderful Christmas and holiday season!

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RURAL3 12/4/2012 10:54AM

    Have fun shopping.
Computers sometimes are worse than not having one.
Keep up the good work on your weight loss.

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LKWQUILTER 12/4/2012 10:25AM

    So proud for you Sallie with hitting the 100 lb mark!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

I had the computer dr here yesterday and so far all is going so much better. Got my fingers crossed that computer stays well. lol

Have fun with your grandson tomorrow. (((HUGS)))

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IOEINC 12/4/2012 10:09AM

    Wonderful news about the weight loss. emoticon

Great job, Sallie!! Keep it up and the next wieght loss goal will be here before you know it!!!

Have a wonderful time with your grandson!!


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CAROLYN_ROSE 12/4/2012 9:11AM

    Congrats!! That's wonderful!!

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WELLNESSME09 12/4/2012 8:53AM

    100, WOW!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SWIMLOVER 12/4/2012 8:40AM

  emoticon for the weight loss and hitting the 100 pound mark!

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KKSUB7 12/4/2012 8:38AM

    Congratulations on 100!!!!! Way to go.

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Weekend Was A Bust

Monday, December 03, 2012

I wasn't able to get the inside decorations up this weekend as planned. No sleep + bad headache = nothing getting accomplished! I am hoping to get them up by Wednesday though. I will post a picture once all is done.

DH and I will be seeing the grandson on Wednesday instead of Tuesday this week. Planning to go see the new Guardian movie with the little guy, (little boy teams up Santa, Tooth Fairy, Jack Frost, etc to save children everywhere). It's rated 5 stars and reviews are good so should be fun!

Aside from this I'm just trying to figure out how to get more sleep this week (an on-again, off-again issue) and rid myself of a bad annoying headache or head pain as the case may be. DH thinks it's a sinus issue (left side from above my eye to back of head). He gets a lot of sinus infections and swears to no end this is what I have. So I will call the doctor and let him tell me if antibiotics are needed.

Wishing my Sparkfriends a good week! emoticon

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 12/3/2012 10:07PM

    Hope your doctor can help you. The movie is supposed to be awesome. I hope that you all enjoy it.

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LKWQUILTER 12/3/2012 9:57PM

    Hope you get to feeling better Sallie. I know that sinuses can cause bad headaches. Have fun at the movie with little guy.

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HEALTHYSLIM2 12/3/2012 1:28PM

    Sorry to hear you're under the weather!
I, too, get sinus infections. They can be so draining - head aches and pains, and often a lot of exhaustion.
I have found that just letting my body heal naturally is just a quick as getting the antibiotics... unfortunately! The meds of course do help, but it's not quick. So I've timed it and the regular "healing period" is just about the same. Just in case you want to save the time and $$.
The decorations will surely be beautiful! Can't wait to see the pics!!
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3016DEBRA 12/3/2012 1:20PM

  Sorry to hear that...I know it can take all the "oomph" out of ya. Hope you can get some relief soon. Enjoy the movie with the little one! emoticon

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    Hope you feel better soon.

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PARKERB2 12/3/2012 11:58AM

    Enjoy the movie with the little guy. Hope the head gets better.

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