Wednesday, November 9, 2011

3rd Annual Ornament Swap

Get your ornaments ready for the...

 3rd Annual Ornament Swap!

Thanksgiving is racing towards me and pretty soon Christmas is going to be right around the corner just waiting to bite us all in the ass, so lets get this party started.

It's a fun way to spread some Christmas cheer for not a whole lot of mola. And if you're into holiday baking feel free to toss in some cookies in your box.

I am very into holiday baking.  Actually its a great cover all year long to scour and find new recipes and then make them.  Shoot, one has to perfect their holiday goodies, thus a mock bake up {or 15} in July is necessary. 

Whoever gets me will be getting some kickass chocolate toffee and some cranberry white chocolate cookies (those have eggs but they are delish!) and perhaps one of the dash brothers.  I say that every year but this year I'm serious about tossing a kid in.

Now the important stuff.  aka: Info on the swap

*you can either MAKE or BUY an ornament, however there will be a $10 dollar limit. And if you find a cute one for less go for it. {embrace bargain hunting folks.} It can be something to from where you are stationed or live, it can be something that you think will reflect the person you are swapping with taste, it could just be something adorable that you see or make.

 Let me repeat. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO MAKE AN ORNAMENT. I get asked this question a ton of times. BUYING IS OK!

*Ornaments should be mailed so that they are received round about midDecember.  If you and your partner work something else out, good to go, but the whole point is to have this ornament BEFORE the holidays.

*You can sign up for the swap until Saturday night {November 19} My goal is to get the names and emails out to you all before Thanksgiving.

To sign up email tryingourbest at yahoo
Answer the following questions in your email

Best email to reach you at
Mailing address

Blog address or twitter name {if you have one}


Do you have a certain Christmas decorating theme or are you a mish mash, compilation of ornaments kinda gal? 

Are you willing to mail to an APO?FPO address? {This does not cost you any additional postage, the only difference is that you will need to fill out a simple customs form}

Anything you want to add?

And please leave a comment on this post here. You don't have to to participate but it helps to keep track of who's signed up and what not.

I hope that a good number of people want to participate, this was a lot of fun last year and I'm hoping its as much fun again this year!

When you email me to sign up I'll email you back that I've received it and then I'll be emailing you again when I match folks up. 

And dont worry, if goodness forbid your partner skips out on you let me know I'll mail you a big Christmas package complete with a dash brother. 

Please, spread the word on your blogs, twitter, facebook... shoot scream it from the roof top afterall, the more the merrier!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Veteran's Day nudge

Everyone is all excited for 11-11-11.

I'm not sure why. It's 3 of the same number, get over it people.

What we should be remembering is that 11-11 is Veteran's Day.

Veterans Day is near and dear to my heart and not just because I get to share my bed with one every now and again, but because it is important to make sure our little ones graspjust how important service to our country is.  Veteran's Day gives us the chance to stop, reflect, and say thank you.

I've said it before and I'll say it again, the world has hit their douchebag quota and darn if I'm going to raise 3 more to add to the lot. That being said, do I think folks who don't take a minute to appreciate service members are douche bags?

Yes, yes I do.

I want to raise my kids to understand, to really understand, the sacrifice and commitment it takes to step up and serve our country.

So on the first day of school, way back in Sept., I did what any neurotic prek mom does, I asked Dash2's teacher if I could come in to do something for Veteran's Day with the kids.  2 months in advance.  Hey, I wanted to beat the rush, then again we are the only military at the school so I figured I was pretty safe claiming the day early.

Then I got an email, that was just perfect!

The "Art for Wounded Warriors" run by the National Museum for the Marine Corps {which I visited with my lovely cousin and was a great museum, however it was lacking a replica of a c-130 but it did have an actual Tun Tavern} is looking for young artist to submit their artwork to decorate recovery facilities and lift the spirits of wounded Marines, with the help of the Wounded Warrior Regiment is going to help distribute artwork to hospitals coast to coast.

Get your kids involved! Get their classes involved! Get your church or community organizations involved!

Get involved people!

Dash-2's class are going to be making patriotic pictures, stars, flags, lots of red, white, and blue paint, and OF COURSE GLITTER!

Lots. of. Glitter.

It doesn't have to be a Picasso or a Rembrandt, simply something that says Thank you and we remember you for your service.

This is the part where I'm here to nudge you guys to do the same thing....

Here are the details if you want to get involved:
Children who wish to participate should create a picture and write a supportive message on an 8 ½” x 11” piece of paper.

Artists should also write their name, hometown and grade level on the back of their pictures. 

The Museum will accept drawings, paintings or colorings from children of all ages and abilities.

All works of art must be submitted in a flat, rigid envelope postmarked by December 10, 2011. Artwork becomes the property of the Museum and cannot be returned.

Mail all submissions to:
The National Museum of the Marine Corps
Attn: Teacher- in- Residence
18900 Jefferson Davis Highway
Triangle, VA 22172-1938

If you already have something planned for Veteran's Day, please, leave a comment and share your idea!