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International Birthday Surprise!

February 12 was my birthday and two days later, on Valentine’s Day I received a wonderful package from my sister. She lives in Germany but gets to travel the world due to her job…and so this year my birthday presents from her came from 11 different countries! πŸ˜€ I was very excited when I opened the package and found all the nice things she got me on her travels.

They came from: Germany, Czech Republic, Denmark, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Australia, New Zealand, China, Thailand, Japan and Hong Kong.

Package full of goodies from all over the world :)

Package full of goodies from all over the world πŸ™‚

Postcards from New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Czech Republic, Australia, Denmark and Thailand

Postcards from New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Czech Republic, Australia, Denmark and Thailand

Stickers from Hong Kong

Stickers from Hong Kong

More stickers from Hong Kong and stationery from China

More stickers from Hong Kong and stationery from China

Key chains from Japan

Key chains from Japan

Lots of nice souvenirs from Alexandra, New Zealand ;-) I should live there ^_^

Lots of nice souvenirs from Alexandra, New Zealand πŸ˜‰ I should live there ^_^

I also received lots of other wonderful presents and birthday cards from my family and friends all over the world. Thanks everyone who thought of me! πŸ™‚


My husband is the best! ♥

Christmas is over and I think the holidays went by way too fast! I hope you all had wonderful holidays!

My 5 days off from work were over in a blink of an eye…but they were GREAT! πŸ™‚

Friday I stayed home, finished our wall closet project (everything is organized now!) and prepared some things for our Christmas weekend. On Saturday our friends came over to our place in the evening and cooked for us. Well…the men cooked and my girl friend and I watched “The Devil wears Prada”. It was lots of fun. And of course we went to bed way too late.

On Sunday we went to a classical Christmas concert with the same friends and had dinner afterwards…and on Monday the same friends came to our house again for a big Christmas Eve dinner and we had a great time with lots (too much!) of good food, Monopoly and tons of presents.

Most of the presents under the tree were from my dear husband – for me! πŸ˜€ I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw how much he got me! β™₯

I wanted to share a few of the presents on here because you’ll probably be seeing a lot of them in the future πŸ˜› (Note: I do NOT want to brag with what I got for Christmas! I just love sharing cool things with you.) He bought me a TON of scrapbook paper! Aaaaaaah! He paid good attention when he went shopping with me in the past few months because he got all the things I kept looking at but never bought. LOL

I got these two beautiful scrapbook paper pads:

This one has 48 Paris themed sheets:

The papers are just too cute and almost too nice to use! I’m not sure whether I’m going to make envelopes with them or something else. (Any ideas/suggestions what I could use them for??) Same goes for this gorgeous fairytale pad (also 48 sheets):

Look at all the glitter!!!

And the biggest surprise was the following present…because I actually wanted my hubby to go to AC Moore last Thursday to get it for me because it was a special sale and I had to work. When he was at the store he texted me that the lady in front of him bought 5 and there were no more. πŸ™ I was pretty disappointed because it was just such a great deal! Well and on Christmas Eve I opened a big present and found this:

A tote bag with 300 (!!) sheets of scrapbook paper! I know I already have more paper than I can possibly use LOL but this was only $20 instead of $60! I had to have it! πŸ˜› You should have seen my face when I saw it..haha my husband tricked me into thinking they were sold out! He never actually said they were sold out…but he didn’t tell me that he got the last one! πŸ˜‰

Look at all the nice patterns!

And this is the inside:

I already used some of this paper to make a birthday card. And I told my husband that I won’t have to buy any paper for years! πŸ˜› All these beautiful papers will be made into cards and envelopes.

Did you get any crafty Christmas presents?

I also received some amazing presents from my penpals and I am very blessed to have such good friends. Thank you if you’re reading this!! β™₯

So today was my first day back at work…and like I thought, the office was VERY quiet today, which was nice. Tomorrow I’ll be working from home because we’re supposed to get up to 18 inches (45 cm) of snow. I really hope that we DO get that much snow..since we hardly had any snow so far this year.Β  Did anyone of you have a white Christmas? And what are your plans for the rest of the year? I’ll be writing letters and making birthday cards for 2013. πŸ˜‰

Feeling sick…

I hope you all had a wonderful week! Mine was busy but good. Only four more work days until I’ll be off for 5 days in a row for Christmas! Can’t wait! πŸ™‚ But first comes this weekend….which means ME-TIME! πŸ˜€

I’ve been waiting for this weekend for a while because I’ve always had so many things to do and so many places to be the past few weeks and weekends…so I decided to have a relaxed weekend at home. The only times I’ll leave the house will be to go to the post office tomorrow to send this to one of my friends:

…and to go grocery shopping with my husband on Sunday. But other than that I’ll stay home, write two more letters and bake more Christmas cookies. πŸ™‚ Oh and maybe watch a Christmas movie. β™₯

Today we had our Christmas party at work and we did a Yankee Swap which was lots of fun. I ended up with two Australian beer glasses and two bottles of beer. LOL I noticed that about half of the presents today were alcohol! Not sure what to think of it. Anyway…we also had pizza for lunch and ever since I had my slice of peperoni pizza, I’m feeling very sick to my stomach. πŸ™ I took a nap when I got home…and had some tea. But I’m still not feeling better.

I spent the evening watching “The Santa Clause” and making some new envelopes (I finally have to use up some of the papers I’ve bought! πŸ˜› ) And this is what I’ve made so far:

And some early Valentine’s Day envelopes:

I’m sure I’ll make some more this weekend. πŸ˜‰ But for now I’m happy with the outcome and I’m going to bed now. Have a wonderful weekend dear friends! Thanks for reading my blog, you rock!

Busy, busy, busy…

What a week! It feels like the closer Christmas gets, the busier I get. I’m not only busy with work but also with life. But: this week I was able to send almost all of my Christmas mail and I decorated our home for Christmas. It feels a lot more like Christmas now, even though we still don’t have any snow yet. It’s unusual warm in Maine for this time of the year. It feels more like spring than winter when I go outside. Well, lets hope we’ll still get some snow for Christmas. πŸ™‚

Today is the 2nd Advent and I finally started baking my Christmas cookies. I only made one kind today though and I’ll bake some more this week and next weekend.

Do you bake cookies for Christmas? And have you decorated your homes already?

I have mostly only outgoing Christmas cards and a package to show you this week…only wrote two letters because I was so busy. Now I have 4 more letters to write to Germany and the US…hopefully I’ll be able to finish them by next weekend. πŸ˜€

Outgoing mail

I love my new gift wrap so much that I wrapped the package to one of my friends with it. Hope it’ll arrive without getting damaged!

Incoming mail

I also received some mail this week….mainly Christmas related though:

A swap from Honduras and a letter from my “Lovely Letters” project.

Cute Christmas stickers from Honduras β™₯

I also received the first Christmas cards from the US, Germany, South Korea and Honduras:

And last but not least I received a huuuge package from my dear Mom in Germany who sent me a ton of German Christmas chocolate & other candy because she knows how much I miss that stuff…especially at this time of the year. Thanks so much! πŸ˜€