November 30, 2006

I'm Still Here...

I'm still here folks...been pretty busy with the holidays and all...Here are some updates for now...

Still grieving a little over the passing of whole routine just seems out of whack not having to take care of that little pup. I miss him bunches.

I'm finally back up and running on my new's so much quieter than my old one...almost too quiet. Had to play some music tonight so I could concentrate ;-)

Got our tree on Monday...not decorated per usual it was a bit too big...had to cut about another foot off the's so pretty though...and so fragrant...I could smell it even on the second floor of our house! We usually get a long needled white pine, but this year I wanted to go with a soft short needled Canaan Fir tree...I love just makes Christmas for me. It's been 3 years since we have had a real tree...hubby doesn't care much for them cause of the mess, but God love him he knows what makes me happy. Can't wait for the kids and us to decorate it.

Been reading a new book about getting organized and getting rid of the clutter in my life. Though I'm not making any huge drastic changes...the changes I've made thus far have made me quite happy...I am OK with throwing some things away...I've even thrown away some (only some) of the boys artwork...I finally realized that I can't keep everything. I rearranged my dining room and I really like it. Decluttered under my shelf in my dining room which was a huge thing. I feel at peace and I want to do more...not that I feel I'm a slob, but you know those areas in your house that seem to grow clutter on their own...I've been dealing with a lot of that...I'm starting to feel better now though...that's if my brother-in-law stops throwing more stuff he wants me to sell on eBay ;-) Just kidding.

Well that's about it for a lot of "ketchup" work to do since I'd been without my PC for so long. Church calendar should have gone out this past Sunday...oh well...better late than never.

Hope you are having a good week.

November 22, 2006

A Very, Very Sad Day...

I'm not sure where to start...I knew this day was coming soon, but is one ever prepared for it?
At 6 a.m. this morning our darling companion of 13 1/2 years went home to be with the Lord in doggie heaven. My heart is broken...though I know that he is no longer was so sad to watch him go. I'm just so glad that I did have those few moments with him before he left us. He will always hold a special place in my heart. We just told the boys a little bit ago...Colton of course doesn't understand, but Brennan had the hardest time. Tigger will be sorely missed by our family...he was a great friend.

Because of all this I'm having a real hard time focusing on getting Thanksgiving together, you know cleaning house, baking...things I must do, but it's just hard...I was really praying that he could have made it through the holidays, but of course God knows best. I know my cyber-friends and family will be praying for us, so in advance I thank you...It is like losing a family member when you lose a pet...Tigger was my first real pet, so this is hard...I just didn't realize how much it would be.

Well may you have a blessed holiday and God bless you all.

Rest In Peace Tigger, my friend

November 20, 2006

Weekend Update...

So much to say...where to start...

Well went to Sandusky this weekend to visit with my hubby's Great Aunt Thelma...we had a nice visit. It was a long day, but a nice visit nonetheless. The new DVD player hubby got for our van helped IMMENSELY with the boys...hardly heard a peep out of them. Brennan got sick though...we traveled on a road where at least one of my boys always gets sick on...I was prepared...bags, extra clothes just in case...Brennan wasn't feeling that well when the day began anyway. He was complaining of a sore throat...and when Brennan complains, you know it's bad cause he doesn't complain much. Took him to the DR. today and he has a severe case of strep throat. Missed school today and will miss tomorrow too...thus the lucky duck will be off school from today until next Monday because of the Thanksgiving holiday. Anyway, we got home around 11:30 p.m. (much later than I wanted) and then had to get up early cause the girls would be there at 6:45 a.m. It's been a long day!

On other news...the page I did for the Creating Pages website...well found out today I got third place in the contest...I'm so thrilled...I don't usually win, and I was just happy to be having so much fun with the challenges they had...This made my day.

Went grocery shopping tonight for Turkey day...Luckily it wasn't busy at all. I worked in the grocery business long enough to know not to go the two days before's a total nightmare. Anyway, I'm making turkey dinner for my in-laws. They were planning on going out to the Golden Corral for dinner...I told them no...I would make dinner. Something about going out on Thanksgiving for dinner just doesn't appeal to me at all. Thanksgiving to me means having a home cooked the home of someone you love...this year it will be at our house. Anyway like I told my hubby I LOVE leftover turkey dinner...nothing like enjoying the feast a second time ;-) I always miss out on leftovers cause I usually don't make the dinner or something else, but leftovers will be had here this year...I hope a little anyway ;-)

Well I am going to go for now...was getting the boys ready for bed tonight and hubby left the house to pick up a van for a lady that he's going to clean her van for...and he left me several frantic messages and now I can't get him on his cell and I don't know what is going on...hopefully he is OK...hope your Monday was a good one.

November 18, 2006

Just Another Manic Friday

Wow...what a day! Today I woke up late...not a good way to start the up at 8:15...boys have to be at school at 8:50...rush around get boys off to school...luckily they were cooperative. I hate starting a day that way...had no time for devotions, but man DID I PRAY today!! ;-)

Luckily Papa picked up the boys or I would have been hurting. Gathered myself after that and then got ready to go to the school for Brennan's harvest party. I was in charge of crafts. We made these: The picture isn't very good and if I would have not forgotten my camera I would have taken a pic of Bren in this Turkey hat, but I had an armload to carry as it was. The kids loved them and had a great time...however now I know why Brennan doesn't like going to school anymore...ever dealt with a controling teacher?? This is going to be a long year. Anyway...the party was fun and I enjoyed being with the kids so much...they were a blast!

Went to our Christmas parade in town tonight...wasn't really up for going (it was COLD), but boys wanted to since they were lining up right in front of our house!!! After we got out we had, I mean I had, a good time.

Here is my layout I finished for the Creating Pages contest... I'm also incorporating this into the Ali Edward's challenge since her challenge is about our scrapbooking style and how that style has evolved. My style has changed a bunch since my first days of scrapbooking 6-7 years ago.
Here is my very first scrap page: I've changed a longer just scrapping events, but scrapping life. How life changes...what I/we may be going through at that moment. Capturing moments, not just recording events. Not that recording events isn't important, cause indeed it is. But capturing a slice of day when I or someone else puruses my scrapbooks they'll see "me"...or "my boys" or "my husband" and know how I felt about them and what I may have been going through at that moment in life. Kind of like a journal with pictures in a way. Not only that, but I put more thought in a page other than...OK here are some photos...let's slap them on a page, put a title on it and it's done. I enjoy the Ali says...becoming a Life Artist. Oh, Also, I would hope that my photography has improved. ;-)

Well I'm going to close for many little time. Thank God for Saturdays!!

November 15, 2006

Started Christmas shopping...

Well I've started my Christmas shopping last night...all on-line shopping of course. In my opinion and in the position I'm in....can't beat it. Yes you have to pay for shipping, but no crowds...get to shop when I finding a sitter for the going to 12 different stores to try and find the right thing...nope all done in the comfort of my home...jammies and all ;-) For me it is the way to go. Glad to finally get started.

So much going on as usual...I probably packed about over half of my eBay items tonight to ship out...that is the part I think I like the least....but I'm glad that the stuff is going out of more tripping over it, until brother in law brings me more of his stuff to sell...oh well keeps me busy and give me some extra $$.

Should hopefully have my "somewhat" new computer by the weekend. I'm glad...though son's computer is OK, I'm needing my own back.

I have to say....I am so spoiled by my father in law...he always takes my boys to school every morning...well this past week my in laws have been in New Orleans and I have had to take the boys to school every morning...though I did OK, it is so nice to not have to drag the little guy out in the cold if I don't have to...Thanks dad for all that you do....I need to do something special for him!

So here is my layout so far in the "Creating Pages Runway Project Contest". Tomorrow is the last day of competition...had so much fun with this contest...and I love how this came together thus far.

I'm starting a "Thankful Tree" with the boys this coming week...we started tonight. They make "leaves" out of construction paper and write one thing they are thankful for...we'll hopefully do this from now until Thanksgiving. Thought it was a neat idea to get the boys especially to think about how lucky they really are.

So what are you thankful for??

Have an awesome week!

November 12, 2006

Well I'm up and running...sort of...for now

Still using my son's computer...but at least I'm online. I think hubby and I have decided to go through his brother again and get more or less a "shell" of a PC with a new motherboard and we're going to piece out this old one...install our old hard drives, RAM we just bought, and use that for the time being until we can research a better alternative, be it PC or MAC...I just don't feel right plunking that kind of $$ down without doing some proper research. So it's going to cost us about $ 150 or so...but better than let's say low end $ 400 for a bare bones PC to $ 2000 for a decked out MAC. I'm happy and OK with that...just can't be without my's my lifeline to the outside world after all. Being a SAHM...I don't get out much and this PC is not only my work that I do for church, myself and others, but it also is my social life...I know I need to get a life don't I :-)

Church was good today...though I had to lead worship and I felt very distracted for some reason and nothing seemed to go right during our Praise Team practice, God was in control and it all went OK. Donnis preached today and his sermon was interactive one and it was actually interesting and fun.

Well I'm off to check out my eBay auctions...have 28 auctions running right now...insane! Keeps me busy and provides $$ for Christmas after all.

November 11, 2006

Computer died...

We now bow our heads...I'm pretty sure it's official. My computer finally bit the dust. Tried all morning to boot it up and nothing...just some weird noises. So...until my brother in law looks at it, I' m pretty sure it's DOA. And right at Christmas time too...Yuck!...not really wanting to plunk the $$ down for a new PC, but I can't live without one...right now I'm using my son's computer. So I will be on here sporatically...until a new PC is on my desk...any suggestions as far as a computer greatly appreciated. Stay with PC or go to a Mac? Well until later folks.

November 10, 2006

Playdate cancelled and Ali Challenge

Brennan's playdate was cancelled...the little girl had a bad we will reschedule next week.

Here is a post for a challenge I did for Ali Edwards AEzine challenge: Her challenge was to make a layout using stamps. Behind the picture I have a list of things that make me sad.

Also here is a layout I'm working on on the Creating Pages website. They are doing a "Runway Project" that just really has been so much fun for me thus far...each day they put a new challenge up in creating a layout...for instance the first day we had to create our own patterned day we had to add something black and white, today was to add something that was inspired from our own homes. Today is day 7 of the challenge. This goes on for 6 more if you're a scrapper and up for an interesting challenge, join in! This challenge so feeds my scrapbooking obsession with my Project Runway obsession...what could be better!! Anyway, here is what I have so far...just have to share...

We raked our leaves job...we had fun, but man it was hard work. Now I'm going to go relax and watch Cars with the family...Have a great evening!

November 9, 2006

My sweet Brennie has a "playdate"'s boys are growing up...way too fast I might ad! My little middle sweet little shy boy...has a playdate on Friday evening...with a girl! How did this happen?!?!? And the girl isn't even in his class. She's in the other second grade class. I guess Brennan passed a note to her after school a couple days ago and it said that he liked her and wanted her to come over to our house to play. She sent him a note back yesterday saying she liked him and she wanted him to come to her house. Anyway, luckily this little girl's mommy is someone hubby and I graduated with and someone my hubby knows quite well. He and this girl's mommy talked on the phone last night and they both got a huge chuckle out of Brenn has a playdate with this girl at her house on Friday. Luckily Austin is going too...this girl has an older brother who is in Austin's grade and they've played together before. Even so, I'm nervous....I'm cracks me up hearing him say, "Well when I look at her she smiles and when she looks at me I smile." Oh my...can this be starting already??? Can't we just go back tothe days of dinosaurs and Veggie Tales?!?! I'm just not sure I'm ready for this stage...can anyone out there relate??? Pray for me ;-)

Some pages I've done...

Here are a few pages I've done scrapping comes in spurts anymore and as much as I need to go to bed, the inspiration is flowing and I don't want to wate it by sleeping it away...I'm sure I'll regret that in the morning ;-) So anyway here they are.

God is good...all the time...All the time...God is good.

November 7, 2006

Thank God today is here!

OK...I don't know about you or how things are in your area...but I am so glad today is finally here!! If I have to watch one more political mudslinging commercial on TV and receive one more political phone call I think I'll SCREAM! Man...the phone calls....yikes I went to the neighbors last night and Austin's Parent/Teacher conference (see last post) and I had 4 political phone calls on our machine....FOUR...I was hour and a half at the most. Though I thuroughly believe in the right to vote and our right to do so, I just don't like politics all seems like a bunch of liars, cheats, manipulators (now granted not all are that bad), but my goodness the negative campaigns that were on our TV this political was downright awful...and honestly I felt like I was stuck picking which was the lesser of two evils in many cases. And I don't like it being jammed down my throat...maybe because I'm at home and I hear all the ads on TV and get all the phone calls, I feel that way but...I'm just glad it's about over and we can return to the status quo of life.

But beyond all that, I did do my patriotic duty and vote...considering it was lunchtime I thought it would be packed, but I walked right in. Colton was the man of the hour charming all the older ladies and getting candy. He cracks me up.

Was going to go to the art gallery here in town that is displaying a local artists black and white photography on "Fatherhood", but hubby wasn't feeling up to it. Maybe Friday. I so love black and white photography....there is just something so timeless and magical about just speaks to me.

Well if you haven't gone out and voted...get out there! Your voice can't be heard if you don't.

November 6, 2006


Well had Austin's parent/teacher conference tonight. Though he's doing OK in school the collective response from all his teachers is that he lacks focus and doesn't pay attention. As most of you know Austin has ADHD and we took him off his meds because his doctor was concerned with him losing so much weight. Now granted I don't think Austin is doing so bad in school...he's getting A's and B's...and I'm not putting him back on his meds if his grades are acceptable, but I understand the distraction he has. I deal with it at home, believe me. I know it can be aggravating. So I'm on a huge mission to do whatever it takes to get this boy to focus...and I don't want to be a nag or do it negatively. So if you have any advice as to how to keep a lack of focus child focused...I'd be most appreciative.

It's so aggravating...public schools expect all children to fit in this certain peghole...yet not all children are the same. I know Austin is a brilliant child. Sometimes I just wonder if he's bored. He's doing great in language arts...which is his passion...writing. He loves that. However he doesn't like reading as much, unless it's something he's interested in.

So I'm on a mission...a mission to help my boys focus better in come along side them somehow...I know it's going to be's going to be aggravating...but I have to...I want to see them excel and do well. Pray for us.

November 5, 2006


OK...I don't know about you....and I don't know that it's just the weather, the time change or something else, but I feel like I'm going into hibernation mode! I am like sleepy all the time and I feel like I'm eating as if I am about to go into's ridiculous! I just can't seem to get any energy. I took an almost 2 hour nap today...which sometimes I do get the luxury to nap on a Sunday afternoon, but a two hour nap is not normal. Though it sure was awfully nice, yet I still woke up tired....might have to look into some sort of vitamins or something...anywho...

Going to have some short weeks babysitting the next few a way I'm glad cause I NEED to get started on this Christmas shopping thing...and with me being tired it's a MUST to get it into gear!

Had Brennan's parent/teacher conference last week...he's doing well, just having a lot of trouble focusing on what he needs to be doing...I used to have the same trouble to a degree...I wish I knew what to do to help him stay on task. Even when he's home doing his homework, he has a lot of trouble sticking to it and getting it done...if you have any advice in this area I'd really appreciate it. He did however test highest in his class in word comprehension...actually in the 8th grade level...which blew me away, yet he only tested in second grade level as far as reading the story and answering the questions. It's like if there is only one word to figure out, he's off the scale, yet if there is a whole story to do, forget it. He just doesn't want to "waste his time" doing it. Which I understand because I always disliked the "read the story and answer the questions" problems. I pray that he is able to focus better and will be able to do well. Austin's P/T conference is tomorrow night. Let you know how that goes.

Was going through some of my pics tonight...found this one from our County's of my hubby and our neighbor Michelle...she is such a great friend who loves Jesus...I'm so glad God blessed us with such a great friend! She always makes me laugh...always. Thank God for great friends! Tomorrow she's fixing us her Chipotle Chicken for dinner...yummy HOT spicy mexican food!

Well I hope the Lord blessed you today.

November 2, 2006


Hard to believe that Halloween is now over, Thanksgiving is right at our heels and soon Christmas will be here...YIKES!!

Not even started with the whole shopping thing. We were going to go tomorrow, hubby and I, and start on our shopping but I have to babysit. Oh well....I suppose I'll have to resort to my usual internet shopping, which by the way is much better than fighting bad shipping the stuff is sometimes outrageous. Also need to get started on my homemade gifts. I'm all about the homemade gift. Something about it says "I think you're special and I made this just for you" thing. I know...schmultzy I know. Got lots to do before Christmas...crocheted blankets to make ,scrapbooks to put together....never a moments peace I swear! ;-) Wouldn't it be nice if we could concentrate more on what the true meaning of Christmas is?? My sister had the notion of celebrating the gift giving part of Christmas after the holidays are over when things are cheaper and it doesn't take away from the meaning of Christmas...I think it's not a half bad idea.

So tell me here is my question....are you a all around Christmas shopper picking things up here and there throughout the year or are you a I must wait until the day after Thanksgiving (or even later) to do that sort of thing?? (BTW, I don't care how good the deal is...I just can't handle that after-thanksgiving shopping...drives me nuts! Just had to share that.) I'm hoping my shopping is not as bad as last year when I waited until the last minute to shop for a lot of my gifts...of course I don't have a Disney trip looming over my head like I had last year...isn't that hard to believe that it's already been almost a year since Disney?? Unreal how time flies!

Hope you're having a good week!

November 1, 2006


Just an update...I found my rubber stamps!! Believe it or not I put them wonder I couldn't find them! :-)

Yesterday just wasn't a good day...had a headache...hubby and I had a disagreement...forgot about my women's Bible study group last night so I was a little late for that. Ever have just one of those days??? Glad it's over.

You know I can always tell when I haven't spent quality time with my Lord. Yesterday was one of those days...when I don't I ALWAYS have a bad day. Today I made sure I read my Bible and far it's going a bit always helps when you have the Lord on your side to start your day.

Well I have a ton to do today....things I just have to get caught up on. Have a great day!