I know that I have been missing in action -- but not because I have not been scrapping! I have been doing that and some altering! Here is just a taste of a few things I have been doing. One is just a fast LO I did of Annie and I trying to get the perfect picture. The other two pics are of the count down Christmas clipboard I made (you have seen it on the blog) and the matching mailbox that has the 12 days of Christmas in it. The mini book is pictured as well. It is 12 days worth of activities for our family to do together this season. See, we have been taking a bit of a financial hit like the rest of the country and we wanted to make it special so I came up with 12 activities that are fun and cheap! Some of them are traditions and others are new! We will start this on Dec. 5. On that day the children do the German trad ion of writing a letter to St. Nick and putting it in their shoe outside. SC comes by and picks up the letter and then leaves a small treat in its place. Some other activities are driving around with Hot Cocoa and looking at lights, watching a Christmas movie with popcorn (at home of course), making Thank You cards for after Christmas to send out, decorating cookies, baking treats, visiting Santa, picking out our yearly decoration, and decorating a Gingerbread house for out center piece on our breakfast nook table. If you want to do this with your family, but don't have a lot of time, just take a jar and cut up stripes of paper and have the kids pull one each day! TFL!