Tuesday, November 11, 2008
I've got a pre-employment meeting tomorrow with the local school board to start subbing.
I'm helping Lance's class get their Thanksgiving placemats done with their handprints and continuing to do Great Leaps with them.
Ed's on his way out of town for 10 days - including the weekend - ugh!
Holiday parties are starting up!
Football season is over. I kind of miss it, then again, I'm kind of glad I have all my kids home and getting ready for bed by 8 pm. Chaos ensued when I had to get homework and two dinners done for Matthew two nights a week.
Had a blast at a friend's adult-only Halloween party. Seriously, I haven't partied like that in years. It was lots of fun and lots of memories and good friends. Unlike some people, I actually remember what happened and how I got home! LOL Football coaches, soccer coaches and neighbors were all there. We've decided that we're going to do these parties once every few months - to hang out and let loose without breaking up fights and worrying about what the kids are doing.
Just thought I'd check in. The kids were all out of school today (odd in the middle of the week. Usually we celebrate Vetran's Day on the Monday before, not always on the 11th). Anyhow, I'v got to go work on homework with my middle child. Wish me luck! He so hates homework! Hopefully I'll have some layouts to post soon!
Wednesday, October 01, 2008
What a fabulous little gift this will be for ME! (You can see links to many more samples through Stacy's website since mine isn't complete yet)I want you to give yourself a PRESENT as well, as in the "here and now."
Here's what Stacy says:
You have everything you need right now to be vibrant and fully engaged in the creative process. Sometimes you just have to slow down, look around and realize it!
- Snap ten photos of your life right now.
- Compile these photos in a mini album.
- Keep or carry this album with you (in your desk drawer or purse) for one year.
- Promise to glance through the album every time you stumble upon it or pull it from your purse.
- On October 1, 2009, create a scrapbook page about your experience. I'll be here to remind you and share my page!
So, will you join me, and dozens of other women, in being more present???
Thursday, September 18, 2008
I went to the CTMH convention in Orlando! It was SO NICE to drive and not have to fly, though I missed my family and wish they could have come down with me . . .
Lance had a birthday - at CEC just like his brother's - and he loved every second of it . . .
All the kids are now in school and sports . . . . Kristen is back on the year-round swim team, Matthew is currently in football (Ed's coaching) and Lance is halfway done with soccer. The boys will be taking a BREAK from sports until at least January (we're not doing tball or basketball though), so it may actually be March before they start back up. Things just need to S-L-O-W down here at home, and at least Kristen can get herself to practice most evenings.
Kristen got to take a long weekend in August up to North Carolina with my parents . . .
She's also getting to go to Washington, DC over their Spring Break for only a mere $650!! (yikes!) . . .
Ed bought a new car and we sold our old one for way more than we ever thought we'd get for it . . .
We bought a new computer with the extra cash since my old Toshiba was SLOW and the power cord and battery were shot . . .
Then we found out that we can stay on ATT for our cell phones so we went ahead and bought me a new one - because mine was falling apart - and signed us up for unlimited texting . . . I bought a Blackberry Curve (in red) so I can sync my calendar and not have to carry around a big paper planner . . .
I've been busy taking my two classes at BPS but I seriously didn't go to completion with my photography class . . . I personally didn't think it was worth the price tag and it was all pretty much stuff I already knew - serious basics . . . and I didn't get to play as much because weather has been CRAZY here . . . now that it's great overcast and no storm days, the class is over . . .
anyhow, there's a quick update . . . I'm hoping to share some pictures from my 30 Days Hath September album that I'm working on in Have More Fun, as well as a special request from Heather asking how to do a "snake album!" More soon!
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
I of course also had to be "fair" and include a photo of each of my children.
Matthew with his "cheesy" grin . . . he is the one who most wants to see his picture, but not take a nice one for me . . . no amount of bribing works with him!
Friday, July 18, 2008
First, I've been the school "historian" with PFA this year. Basically, I'm in charge of the school scrapbooks. Well, they were hurting. There were a few years "missing" where all we have is newspaper articles and then I needed to stay current with this year's events as well. It wasn't so bad at first. I copied all the clippings and searched for photos that I may have had (and even spoke to many teachers that were there, as well as other parents) to see if there was ANYTHING that could add some interest (to no avail) and I got busy on finishing those up. But in the spring, when I wanted to start on this years pages, I got really sick, and now I just can't seem to find the mojo to do these pages that just don't "inspire" me.
What I do want to do is work on my photography and the Have More Fun class at BPS, as well as some layouts from the already finished Baker's Dozen that are calling my name. Those classes have just been so FUN, freeing, and plain interesting and I've got all these ideas spinning in my head . . . Obviously I need to get this out of my system so my mind can work diligently on the "necessary." Hopefully that means I'll have some new pages to share soon!
In other news . . . do you see my new widget over there to the right? LOL I know, you've heard enough, right? Well, if you haven't read at least one of these books yet (if you enjoy reading) then it hasn't been enough. Just two weeks until the release . . . which means less than two weeks and I'll be in Orlando, FL at the Close To My Heart Convention (which brings up another need/want to my list: SWAPS to trade)!!! Anyhow, the publishers are releasing a quote of the day from her book to make us even more antsy . . . you should check them out as well as the NEW trailer!!!
Have a wonderful Friday!!
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Friday, July 11, 2008
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Feel free to leave me a comment or two with some ideas on any songs I should add to my new toy!
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Monday, April 28, 2008
I've also had a chance to scrapbook this past weekend. I've not gotten pictures of them yet, but the first is titled The Many Faces of Lance and has random faces he made during the spring of 2007. The other one I did, I actually just finished today, and it was of my parents (divorced since 92 and my mom passed away in 97). It was a photo taken in 1975 with hidden journaling using CTMH's Silouhette papers. I'm mighty proud of it, and even more proud of the heartfelt journaling that came with it! YAY for me! It'll likely be the only picture I scrapbook of my parents "alone" and talk of their marriage and divorce.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Monday, April 07, 2008
Monday, March 31, 2008
Saturday, March 29, 2008
Yesterday was the first day - nothing special. I needed to get the oil changed in the van and get some groceries . . . we've got a room at a beach condo that we're heading to for Sunday and Monday - the boys have soccer today or we would have headed down today. (Can we say YAY, DH is off of work??)
K's then heading to her Nana's house, and the boys will be heading to Grandma's house for an extra few days (Can we say YAY ME??) LOL I love my kids and I was a little sad to see them go, but then I decided to embrace the "grandparents" time and enjoy my "alone" time. I know, I get way too much alone time while they're at school . . . but the part about not having to have time restrictions sounds so nice . . . I think it's been 2 summers since all my kids were gone at the same time. wow . . .
Talk to everyone soon!
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Friday, March 07, 2008
- the longer days
- the green appearing a little more every day - like on my maple trees and heather shrubs
- soccer season is back! M moved up to U8 and L is excited to start this time! *please note: I never thought I'd be one to enjoy being a soccer mom, but I'm starting to wish I had been given the chance to actually play when I was younger. It's quickly becoming my favorite sport . . . right next to football!
- Spring Break!!
- One season closer to school being out so we can all sleep in!
- and of course, lots and lots of rain . . . I woke up this morning at 6:45 to a tornado warning and lots of wind and rain.
In other news, I'm hoping to scrapbook this weekend . . . (I know, I still haven't gotten a picture of that layout uploaded yet) . . . hopefully tonight if DH can make it home in time - if not, I guess I'll go somewhere tomorrow. Two soccer games tomorrow too, so I'm hoping for NO RAIN! M got a new soccer ball when he moved up and he was very excited! I enjoyed how this pic came out . . .
Tuesday, March 04, 2008
Thursday, February 21, 2008
- When I dropped L off at school there is a car line and we just drop off our kids and teachers take them inside. This morning, an aide picked up L and she freaked a bit with the boys' rubber snake (it's really a L O N G one) in the van. They took it and laid it across the steps to the school and the director flipped out as she went to go pick up another child from the cars. One of them HAD to go grab the camera and get a picture. Thank heavens Julie has a sense of humor and that they all know how to have fun together
- On the way home, I got to see seagulls playing follow the leader and "chicken" with some cars! Seriously, one was leading them all, right in a line. The strangest thing was there was no food or anything on the road that they were trying to get to. They'd go high in a circle and then head back down to where the cars were at the stop light. There were about 8 of them. Of course, my camera was AT HOME!
- The delivery people bringing my bed today were supposed to show up between 3:30 -5:30 which would have caused Ed to come home early from work. Amazingly (and this NEVER happens to me) they called and asked if they could come EARLY!!! Can you believe it??? I was thrilled. I was able to finish putting sheets on before I had to pick up M! I can't wait to see if K even realizes .. . . It's not something that she would pay much attention to I don't think. We don't have a new comforter yet - still waiting to find the "right" one. Ed and I actually "found" the right one, but it's $400 at Dilliards and I just refuse to buy that one at that price, kwim?? LOL
More later . . . maybe!
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
The rocks weren't exposed today as the tide was coming in, and the waves were certainly rougher than I've seen. They were coming in quick and hard right where all the coquina rocks are. Ed and M had a blast trying to jump the waves or at least run from them without getting wet (it didn't work too well sometimes) . . . the sun was setting which made for some fun shadow pics, and the kids - especially K and L had lots of fun finding the perfect rocks to skip onto the water at the intracoastal.
Anyhow, then yesterday Ed and I had to head to Debary to look at some granite . . . we ended up changing our minds to a different type of stone, and I'm sure it'll kick the price up higher too, but oh well . . . then we came home, picked up L and headed to go bed shopping. I'm so tired of trying to crowd two little boys into our bed to play tickle monster that we're caving and getting a king! Yowzers! My master bedroom is shrinking on me . . . first scrap stuff, now a king size bed.
Anyhow, I've got to run! Maybe one of these days I'll get around to scrappin' again. I think I'm kind of enjoying taking a break after my January craziness.
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Friday, February 08, 2008
Friday, February 01, 2008
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Monday, January 28, 2008
Friday, January 25, 2008
Thursday, January 24, 2008
On the note of my Big Bite, I finally got notice that it was shipping, but no update has been done since the billing was received on the 22nd . . . so, I don't know what that means other than it's "close." lol
I'm still trying to figure out which pictures I want to work on tonight. I have several ideas running through my head, but I am SO TIRED (remember those three days in a row of getting up at 6:30) . . . sometimes I don't think there's enough coffee in the world! I took a short cat nap and fixed a cup of coffee (I'm so cold, too) and now I'm dealing with dinner and some crazy boys trying to bounce balls in my house . . . hopefully when I sit down to scrap, something will pop out at me so I don't have to stress over a decision! :)
Talk to everyone soon!
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Yep, that's right . . . it's the Big Bite of a case! LOL Yep, my case arrived here two days ago - that wasn't supposed to leave HSN until LATE January . . . of course, the actual tool is still NOT HERE . . . HSN really messed up this time! It's annoying to me that I know at LEAST 20 people who already have their tool - some which ordered after me - and mine was supposedly shipped out today . . . though it says only billing information has been received and they're manifesting pickup. HUH??? Yes, I'm annoyed with them right now. My case does me NO GOOD without having the tool to put it in.
Thanks for listening to my little vent this morning . . . I'm off to go help out in the classroom!!
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
What led to this you may ask?? I got on a scale for something the other day though - I try to avoid the scale - and realized that I had gained over 10 pounds in the last few months. So, it's time to get serious. I did 50 sit-ups today, and while I didn't walk outside of the house, the cleaning that I accomplished sure felt like I walked some miles. Tomorrow before the grocery, I'm aiming for the Y . . . I NEED to be back on an elliptical. I actually miss it. Isn't that funny??
I was sad today to learn that Heath Ledger died today. While I never saw Brokeback Mountain, I did enjoy his acting both in First Knight (remember, I have a 13 yo) and in The Patriot. I hear he's fantastic in the new Batman movie that is still in post-production too. Academy Award nominations also came out today as well. Viggo Mortinson and Johnny Depp were among the Best Actor nominees. I wasn't too familiar with the titles though . . . except of course, Ratatoille (there were only 3 Animated Film nomiations, btw). I am going to have to do some research and see some of these before awards night! Anyone local up for a movie night sometime soon??
Monday, January 21, 2008
In other news . . . today was MLK day so the kids were out of school. What is it with teenagers and attitudes?? My youngest woke up this morning at 2:30 am and did not fall back asleep until after 5:30. Why is it that kids can't stay on their same sleep schedule?? I didn't do anything different . . . I didn't make him go to bed at 7:30 and he should not have woken up that early . . . but he did, and he went to the playroom and I kept waking up to Spongebob on the TV - every 30 minutes or so as an episode ended and you'd hear the din, dih-din, dah-din . . . you know that cheesy music as the credits role?? ugh . . . He then proceeded to wake up by 9 am again!!
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Friday, January 18, 2008
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Any thoughts??? I obviously have something I need to work on since it's not catching anyone's attention . . . :(
Speech is going well for my youngest, especially . . . but both are making huge improvements.
I had to take my Kdg early again (every Thursday) because he's part of the TBE mail team . . . he's been promoted to "assistant mail carrier!" lol I'd need to go grab a photo of the group for the TBE scrapbooks that I work on for PFA.
Monday, January 14, 2008
Saturday, January 12, 2008
Friday, January 11, 2008
Tuesday, January 08, 2008
1. Name your 2 favourite scrapbooking topics. kids and trips
2. What are the 2 best places you've been to? Key West and Charleston, SC
3. Name 2 things you do every day. Email some friends and play with my kids.
4. Tell us 2 things that pretty much everyone knows about you. I love scrappin' (duh) and I'm a native Floridian
5. Tell us 2 things that everyone DOESN'T know about you. I'm a packrat and I like to bake Snickerdoodles.
6. Tell us 2 things that got you into the hobby of scrapping? I needed some "escape time" and I wanted to have my photos out of boxes.
7. Tell us 2 things that you want to accomplish in the next six months. I want to take a photography class online with Alison Tyler Jones and I want to declutter my house
I'm tagging Lisa and Jeanne next. Remember, answer these seven (7) and then add your own question with "two of something" and then tag two more! This way the list grows as it's being passed along! I can't wait to read your answers!
Monday, January 07, 2008
In 2007, I accomplished:
- 56 layouts (or 74 pages)
- 76 cards (some for swaps)
- 3 altered items
I'm amazed I accomplished that much to be quite honest. It feels that every layout I do takes FOREVER and a day due to interruptions or getting sidetracked. I'm doing my best to do better.
For 2008, I'm sitting at:
- 9 layouts (11 pages)
- 0 cards
- 1 altered word book in progress