"SNOW" much fun awaits you! {Calendar Girls - Nov!}

Hiya!  I hope your long weekend was a marvelous one and your Thanksgiving was filled with bountiful blessings :)   Ours was so nice, spending it with extended family members and eating way too much! My wonderful-in-every way hubby and I shared with the children a little surprise we've been keeping secret from them.  Our 3 daughters all have December birthdays and we planned their dream come true and something they wished upon .... and our daughter hasn't been well for months and it's been hard for her to give up some of her "normal" life, changing her diet drastically and going thru appts and tests and PTL everything is treatable, but at 16, it's not a 'normal' life when even the small things like sitting thru Breaking Dawn leaves her in tears because the lights + sounds are piercingly painful.  We shared with them on Thanksgiving Eve that we are off to find snow during the holiday break!  We rented a cabin in the mountains of Tennessee and I absolutely CAN'T WAIT!!  I think I will remember their expressions forever - from the blink, blink .... stare .... look at a sibling .... look back .... blink, blink and then the utter squeals and teary eyes {from me most of all!}  Good times await!  We went to the outlet malls yesterday and stocked up on our "winter outer wear" and snow boots and I just pray, pray, pray that this will be a year that the snow falls and they can experience the beauty of a white Christmas! :) 

 I'm sooo excited I forgot to share a few things!  First, the random chosen winner of my Riley and Co Blog Hop post has been contacted and announced here on the blog so congratulations again to Margaret of Black Shadow Creations - woohoo!  Enjoy and happy Riley stampin'!

This month, the Calendar Girls are celebrating Christmas Cards!  I knew right away what I would be making when I saw the monthly theme - a card for the kids and the upcoming trip.  Using my sweet Elzybells stamp (how I miss this company so very much!!), I kept it pretty simple over all with the layout.
I have held on to this last sheet of dsp from October Afternoon for forever ... but it was time to put it to good use since it was exactly what I was looking for to match the image with the rows of holiday houses adorned with wreaths and snowman and falling snow,  I'm apparently out of clear ice stickles but I forgot to remind myself of that *snort!* so I went with MS super fine glitter :)
And, of course, I had to keep the theme going and do my card on the inside, too, but added a computer generated sentiment to match the news!

The other Calendar Girls have created Christmas cards, too, so be sure to see what they made. Thanks for letting me share this most blessed news and I'm beyond excited to be mostly done with the planning stage!  My dh and I jokingly say this will either be the trip that memories are made of for them and their snow-filled wishes or a Chevy Chase remake, LOL!

Big hugs,
Bigger Blessings!

Entered into:  Crazy4Challenges - Crazy for Snow!
Paper Sundaes #97 - Winter Wonderland
Simply Create, Too - All About Christmas


  1. Ooooohhhhh... How exciting!!! A cabin in the mountain... with the snow.... during Xmas!!! What can beat that?!! you and your husband are wonderful, thoughtful parents... your children are very lucky. I'm picturing the squeals, joys, tears right with you, friend.... wow... awesome!! Guess we will have to live vicariously thru you guys this Xmas when we are at home in our sunny, tropical weather... lol.

    And on to that darling Elzybells card.....ABSOLUTELY one of my favorite holiday cards I've seen this year. Will have to save it into my fav. folder. Love how it captures the perfect winter scene. Festive, cheery and fun.... and those bright colors.... your coloring really brings that sweet image to life! I am, too, miss this company a lot. Your card makes me wanna ink up my Elzybells stash.

  2. WHOAAAA!! That is such an AWESOME news for all of YOU!!I too,pictured all of your kiddos' surprised facial expressions as I was reading your delightful post!!
    Winterland and snow -wonder-moments are awaiting and yes,great memories will be madefor sure!!:o)
    Beautifull card Kells...but mostly very meaningful...and the added sentiment is just PERFECT!!
    I can't wait to see picts of ALL of you making snow angels!!! xoxox
    PS...do you NEED a housesitter in balmy Miami while U are gone?? *smileeee* :o)

  3. How fun, starting with the surprise for the kids, oh I would have needed a tissue. They will have snow much fun with the crunch of the snow under their feet, sledding and hot cocoa with those rosey cheeks!!! Oh take lot's of pics to share.

    Your card is perfect for this little trip over the holidays being from New England, I had many days of sledding as a kid and with my kids. This is a wonderful card with the paper, perfect!!!!

  4. Sounds like a movie come to life, the girls will LOVE this!!!!! I love your card too!!!!

  5. Woohoo!! Such happy news in the Santi house!! I can't wait for y'all to ride horses and make snowmen, and everything else snow!!

    Bundle up! Hot hands work great, and make sure you each have two pair of gloves, extra socks, lands end long johns, and plenty of space on the sd card for the camera!

    Your card is perfect for this joyous occasion!

  6. What a great story and a wonderful gift you gave for Christmas! I am sure you will all enjoy the cabin and the snow!

    Your card is adorable! The image is cute and the DP is perfect!

    Great job Kelly ☺ I was so hoping to see a picture of the cabana...

    Big hugs to you Kelly! I hope you all enjoy your trip!

  7. Wowzers, this is absolutely fantastic! Love everything!! Love how the DSP really adds to the snowy scene you created. Gorgeous design -- all the touches you added are perfection.

  8. SQUEEEEEEEEL! I'm so excited for your family! We want to see pictures of snowmen and snow angels!Even though I complain constantly about the snow I would really miss it on Christmas day! Your card is just as sweet as can be! {{{{Hugs}}}

  9. Gret News kelly--what a wonderful vacation is in store for your family. I do hope you get tons and tons of snow while in the cabin--that will be outstanding!

    Your card is very, very cute! Love the image and your colors, but the buttons on your card are so sweek--I think I read someplace that you pet your buttons!

    And, soon, we get to see a post with a picture of your craft room I hope!

  10. What an adorable card! I just love the house DP in the background and how you used it in the interior of the card.

    I do hope that your DD will be on the mend.

    What fun you will all have on your Christmas vacation.

    *Think Snow*

  11. Woo Hoo!!! I knew it; I just knew it! When you said you had good news that you'd shared, I thought it had to include SNOW! I'm so glad I was right!

    I am delighted for you and your family, Kelly! I know this has been a dream of yours for some time now! Enjoy every moment........ I'm gonna pray for snow for you and yours!!!

    Your Elzybell card is absolutely beautiful! I love them, too, and miss them so, but at least you have a stamp or two and can create awesome cards with them!


  12. Oh Kelly, you brought tears to my eyes just thinking of all of y'all sitting around and telling the children about the surprise! SNOW much fun awaits all of you hopefully. What a wonderful thing to do for Christmas!
    Love your pretty card with those bright and cheerful colors! Just terrific.

  13. They are super cute and lovely layout! What a wonderful Christmas to come!

  14. Oh Kelly, I'm praying for you to have snow as well...what an amazing, thoughtful, wonderful gift for your family...you are really a very special set of parents and friends...I love your story and can just see the family sitting around listening in shock and awe...can't wait to hear all about it when you return...I love your card...it too is special and lots of fun...yay on the glitter as well...chuckle, chuckle...Have an awesome time...I'm so very happy for you.....woohoo....mwahhh....♥♥♥

  15. What a beautiful Christmas gift! I remember when my oldest DD and I went to the Smokies for the first time. We woke up to a rainy morning and she stepped out on the balcony and exclaimed "We're in the clouds!" This will be such a great experience for your family!
    Still reeling from winning the blog candy!! Can't wait!!
    Your card is so appropriate too! Love the way you used the paper to make it feel like they're sliding right through the neighborhood. The inside is as wonderful as the front!

  16. This is such a super fun card! Love all the colors and the great sentiment!

    Yippee! Sounds like your trip is going to be amazing! We took out girls to the snow for the first time when they were 7 and 8. The 7 year old cried the whole time yelling she was an Arizona Girl not a Snow one! We ended up canceling the hotel and headed home! Maybe when they are older we will try again! I hope you have an wonderful time!

  17. so cute! that dp and image are darling!

  18. Such a cute card. Love the image and the DP...well...I have some very similiar or maybe the same...can you say hoading it? LOL!! Your white Christmas sounds wonderful. I truly hope you and your family get lots of snow and have a magical time. Prayers for DD's health.

  19. What a delightful card!! So festive with fresh colors and images, I just love it. Prayers & hugs for all of you!!

  20. Awwww - how cute. Thanks so much for joining us at Paper Sundaes with our Winter Wonderland challenge.