2. PhotoShop Elements 10 - MS Paint has been my go-to, free program for graphics and such for a long while. It definitely works in a pinch. But I used Photoshop all through design school, and, dang, I miss it! It's a fantastic product, and there really is no great substitute. I'd love to have Photoshop CS5 some day, but this version would be a huge upgrade for me.
Right. I know it's Tuesday now, but I'm still reliving the magical day we had yesterday. We had the absolute merriest Monday at our house. Our little friends came over to celebrate, and we made some wonderful memories.
All the lucky kiddos exchanged secret Santa gifts.
Look at these beautifully wrapped presents!
But us mamas got to take home something even better: big bags of delicious COOKIES!
I had a ridiculous amount of fun putting together a merry and bright table for our guests.
There were, of course, goodies.
The kids all took a break from snacking and ripped into those gifts!
These munchkins received some really great presents.
Here's the lucky recipient of some very cool spelling puzzles....
Oh, and a Disney Fairy. Yes,Tinkerbell was very popular indeed!
This little sweetie received the most perfect, handmade hat!
And this lil guy was really digging Mater.
Hey, I see you right there behind your own Christmas card, buddy!
My sister surprised us with a visit to join in on the merriment. Grant was so ecstatic to her!
Aunt Eesa is only his favorite person in the world besides mama.
Jack took some time out from play to sample a snowman sipper.
I managed to grab Grant and hold him still for the quickest of hugs ;)
A handsome boy hanging on the bench.
Joyful, smiley little friends are the best gift of all!
One of the wee cuties slept right through most of our 'rocking around the Christmas tree' ruckus.
But, not this darling girl. Nope, she was wide awake for all the fun!
A rare photo of all my gorgeous, cookie-baker, mommy friends!
When the party time came to an end, all our small guests went home with little bags full of sticker fun.
It's wondrous days like this one that make me adore the Christmas season.
It was truly a laughter and joy-filled day that I will not soon forget.
I hope you're enjoying some merriment of your own with some very special friends!
* the talented ladies at Anders Ruff are responsible for all the gorgeous printables
Just thought I'd give you a little peek into our home that's dressed up a bit for Christmas.
I like to change the look of our tree from year to year. Does anyone else do this? Last year ours was green and silver with black and white silhouette ornaments. I went with a sweets-themed tree this year. Yum.
I borrowed most of these beautiful ornaments from my sis. They are so lovely. But they are also glass, and therefore NOT the least bit kid friendly. We've had one chocolate-dipped strawberry casualty.