Sunday, December 26, 2010

My exciting Christmas present...

Well, my wonderful hubby has done it again! He has surprised me with the most wonderful gift! What could that possibly be you ask? Let me tell you, he should be a professional planner of events.

Over a month ago he began to conspire with Diana Crick about how he might get me to CHA! He knew that it was a closed Craft and Hobby show, no public allowed and he knew that because I had been talking about it for about a year. He would ask me where it was and, well I really didn't know because I knew I would never go so I paid no attention. I just knew that it was a BIG deal in the industry and sigh I couldn't go.

So here's the big deal. On Christmas Eve he asked me if I wanted to open my Christmas present. As he's been out of work since August and is facing more surgery this week, we decided not go exchange gifts this year. AND I was surprised because there was NOTHING under the tree except a few gifts for the grandkids which I had wrapped just the day before. But I had used a few decorative boxes to make the tree look fuller. So he gave me one of those decorative boxes and told me to open it. Inside was a smaller box and when I rattled it sounded like it was broken to bits. I opened that box and inside was a puzzle. He wouldn't tell me what the puzzle was, he just asked me to put it together! Yikes, I had no picture to go by! Finally when the puzzle was half way together and I began to fill in the blanks I realized that it was a flyer about CHA. Here's the completed puzzle...

Don't you know this man of mine would move heaven and earth to give me what I want, so he and Diana found a way to get me to CHA. I'm leaving on January 28th and returning on February 1st and I'll be working in the ScorPal booth! I get to meet Diana, our awesome Magnolia-licious online store owner and also meet several other designers on our team. Suzanne Dean, who is our head designer, woohoo, Janiel, Mindy and Angie, who are the most awesome crafters ever. I'M GOING TO CHA!!!

Big huge thanks for Diana for helping to make this whole trip possible. Her lavish generosity is overwhelming and I have never been on such a fabulous design team - ever! I simply can't wait to get there.

Now I just need some new clothes to wear...everything I have is so OLD!

Also here is another bit of news. We heard from the children today, well actually their mom (but we did talk to each of the twins and to Jordan). They will be here in mid February or shortly there after. So now we really need to childproof our house again and those long forgotten closets need to be cleaned out and room made for them. We need to get the play yard we purchased several months ago put together and I'm telling you my hubby won't be able to help. We're going to have to get some able bodied guys over here to do this for us.

So that's my exciting news and thanks for reading all the way to the end of this post. Your inspiring comments over the past year have helped me through many rough patches in the road.



  1. Oh wow! Sounds like the best Christmas present ever!! I'm sure you will have lots of fun! :)

    hugs, Angela

  2. Barb,

    Congratulations!!!!! I know you will have the best time, don't forget to take a lot of pictures of you and the other girls. I'm very jealous and excited for you.

    No one deserves it more.

    Linda I.

  3. Wow, wow, wow, Barb!!! How exciting!! Oh your husband sounds like the most fabulous man and obviously loves you dearly. And how wonderful for Diana to have helped find a way for you to go to the show. What an incredible surprise. I wish you all the fun in the world!! hugs xxxooo

  4. YEA for you Barb, how exciting!!! You have a GREAT time and make sure to take notes so we can hear all about it when you get back. What a wonderful hubby you have!
    Judy K.

  5. HI Barb!!!!! I am so happy for
    you.... only thing bad I am not
    getting to go....LOL...LOL
    just kidding... you have a sweetie
    for a Husband.
    You will have so much fun...and
    then you get your babies back...
    I am so happy for you.
    Your such a sweet person you deserve it.
    Take allot of pitcures a share
    with us
    HUGS Linda

  6. Barb, I can't think of a more deserving person of such a wonderful gift. CHA!!!!!! I'm so jealous (in a good way)! Your husband sounds like such an awesome guy. I'm sure you two take great care of each other. I wish I lived closer.... I would be happy to help out while he's recovering. Once again, really did have a Merry Christmas!


  7. How WONDERFUL!!!! I am so happy for you! You deserve every bit of this happiness'!!!!!!!
    Rene :D

  8. What a special husband you have to do something that he knew would mean the world to you. I'm so happy for you Barb. What a Merry Christmas!

  9. Oh Barb, I am pretty excited for your news.. what a wonderful Christmas present you have been given... and what a wonderful husband you have... I am so glad you will be going to CHA... Again Congradulations!!
    Hugs, Jean

  10. Hi Barb, I am so happy for you,I'm sure you will enjoy! What a fantastic way to make a surprise!

  11. Oh Barb, that is so fantastic and I am so happy for you. What a wonderful, no, two wonderful surprises for you. You must be floating as I'm floating for you. Couldn't happen to a nicer person. Please give your husband a big platonic, sisterly hug for me. and I can't wait to greet the munchkins!!!
    Sue S.

  12. WOO HOO for YOU! I have been to CHA several times and absolutely love it! You will have a blast!
    Only 1 piece of advise...wear comfortable shoes!! It's a big place! I am so glad you get to go!

  13. Lucky you!!! COngrats!! Wow, you get to meet Diana and Suzanne....I would be so star struck I wouldn't know what to say!! lol Have fun Barb! : )

  14. WHOOT WHOOT!!! I couldn't be more excited for you, Barb!!! What a special hubby you have!! I can't wait to hear all about it! Just as you felt, I'll probably never get there, so I'll live vicariously through the rest of you wonderful ladies! :) And how exciting about the kids coming!!!! I'm soooo happy for you! I know how special this is to you, so I can see you way up there on cloud 9 right now. :) Congrats my friend. You totally deserve it!
    hugs, Sharon

  15. Barb, I've been a follower of your blog for a while now, YOU will so LOVE CHA, it's AMAZING, and what a GREAT hubby!!!!!

    I'll be there too, so I'll drop by your booth to met you in person. Along with the comfortable shoes, bring water and SNACKS for your booth as the food @ CHA is bad, baggies of nuts and goodies saved me last year! It's overwhelming and wonderful, this will be the best trip ever!

  16. How exciting and good for you Barb! You will be a wonderful addition to the talented gals that will be there too! What a wonderful husband to plan it like he did and surprise you. Wishing him well on his surgery and have lots of fun on your trip!

  17. That is wonderful news Barb. You must be so excited. Your hubby sounds like a real sweetie.
    It must be super to meet with other fellow crafters.
    Enjoy yourself Barb.
    Hugs Maz

  18. Wonderful news for you, Barbara! Your husband would move heaven and earth for you, the same you do for him! How exciting! Enjoy your trip and the grand kids! Hugs, Cami

  19. I AM SO GREEN I LOOK LIKE SHREKS WIFE FIONA!!! What a husband to organise such a big event and never let on, i have butterflies in my tummy at the thought of such a big event in any crafters life. WOW!!! i have been trying to call you without much luck, hope all ok, chat soon
    love ya lots

  20. so awesome! We'll expect tons of pictures too!

  21. wow Barb what an amazing present - and what a husband - gosh not many would go to all that trouble.
    Totally thrilled for you.
    Ann xxx

  22. Oh Barb,
    I couldn't be more happy for you!!!
    I know you will have an awesome time at CHA.
    I have wanted to go too, but thought it was impossible. Your hubby has made the impossible a dream come true for you!!
    Praying for his operation day after tomorrow.
    Love, Candy

  23. Hi Barb, this is wonderful news!!! Congratulations... what an awesome Christmas gift. Your husband rocks!! greetings from SA, Sharon

  24. WOW Barb, that is so exciting!!
    what a christmas gift and what a darling Hubby you have!!
    Congrats Girl!!!!
    and I wish you an awesome time in CHA...

  25. Wow!!! He really got you something so special, he's definitely a keeper!!!!! Have a great time looking forward to hearing about all the new goodies

  26. MAGICAL my dear........just magical!! Sounds like a pretty awesome man you have there and how I envy you the trip to CHA!! Have a blast! And as for the grandkids coming to visit, that is just the icing on the cake. You must be feeling SO blessed right now - so happy for you!
    All the best in 2011!
    Deb T.

  27. No matter what life's challenges give you, the love of your spouse is the best thing in life. Your husband is so awesome and very creative. I am so happy for you, please remember to post alot of pictures of CHA while you are there. LOL It would seem that we are there with you. have a beautiful New Year.

  28. Congrats! You'll love LA! I'd love if you went by the DMC stand and took a photo of their display. I'd love to see my lo's. I'm so so excited for you! Have a great time Barb, you deserve it! Safe travels.
    HuGs from Georgetown,

  29. Congrats on going to CHA. So kind of your hubby to plan this out and you being so surprised. Plus meeting the other designer.
    Hope you all enjoy.

  30. Barb that is just awesome ! I am so happy you will get to attend, what a great hubby you have, can't wait to hear and see all about your little trip !

  31. WOW! WOW! WOW! What a lucky gal you are! Going to CHA! What an amazing hubby you have to give you such a once in a lifetime gift! I'm so happy for you.

  32. Barb, I am so excited for you! I can't even imagine how excited YOU must be! What an awesome hubby you have to arrange this for you! I know you'll have a fantastic time!

  33. What a sweet sweet man! I KNOW that you will have a Wonderful time at CHA. I'm not going this year, but I always enjoy all the things to see at the show, the squeals when you meet your online friends face to face and just getting away for a few days. Have a wonderful time Barb!


  34. You must love him to pieces right now! Have a fantastic time!

  35. Wow! What a great guy...can't wait to hear about your trip.

  36. Oh Barb!!!! I am stamping my feet in excitement for you!! You NEEDED to be there!! How awesome is your husband??!!! Congratulations, have fun and don't worry about the clothes, no one there has seen them anyway, so save your money for stamping goodies!!!! LOL!!!
    Have a wonderful time!!!!!!!

  37. Barb,

    Your CHA story made me cry. It is so sweet and so tender. If you scrapbook, I hope you will scrapbook this. You have the puzzle you can even use on the page with the journaling on another. It is too precious to be forgotten down the line.

    I am sooooooooooo ecstatic for you! Diana is truly a Christmas angel, isn't she? Enjoy your experience and make sure you have comfortable shoes!

    Chris Christensen

  38. Congratulations! Barb your DH is awesome. I know you will have a wonderful trip. Hopefully you will keep us informed on what is going on at CHA. Have a great time.

  39. omg, what a great surprise Barb. Congratulations and I am sure you are going to have a wonderful trip!!! Enjoy and be sure to bring lots of spending money :o)

  40. Congrats Barb, you will have lots of fun!!


  41. Wow Barb! How exciting! your husband sounds like the most fabulous man,to give you such a wonderfull Christmas present, and how nice for Diana to have helped find a way for you to go to the CHA. I wish you lots of fun and make lots of pictures.
    Praying for your husband operation tomorrow
    Hugs harma

  42. that's so exciting and so sweet of your husband! congrats :)

  43. Barb, I am so excited for you!! And what a fun way of finding out that you are going to CHA--what a sweetheart of a hubby. And Diana too.
    Make sure you take lots of pictures to show us and make us green with envy...LOL.


  44. Oh my word....Congratulations Barb!!! What a wonderful man you have to go to all that effort for you AND to keep it a surprise......Have fun at CHA!!!


  45. Yeah Barb!! I'm so excited for you! I hope you have a really great time, you deserve it =) I wish for you that the New Year brings you and your family many blessings =)


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