Tuesday, March 31, 2009
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Monday, March 30, 2009
He was just killing me this morning. He didn't want to wake up, he didn't want to get dressed, he didn't want to eat, he dropped his breakfast on the floor, he couldn't find his pants, he had a headache, and on and on till finally I just snapped. I yelled at the little fella and brought out the starving kids in Africa card. Yep, this day started off on the right foot. He missed the bus so I had to drive him to school and by the time we got there, we were able to talk and he was doing much better by the time I deposited him at his teachers door. Poor woman having to deal with that ball of attitude all day. Perhaps a drop in will be necessary. My mom would have sat in my class with a belt and a stink eye! hmmmmm (yes he is grounded and he has to go to bed early for the rest of the week because that behavior is not acceptable in this house. He is lucky his dad's not here or he would have had his tail feathers plucked. Mommy on the other hand, has a soft spot for the boy and can't bring herself to spank him. Especially with his face still looking a hot mess).
Okay off to do a little meditation b/cause I really need to find my center right now. Have a great day and thanks for stopping by the blog.
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Finished a couple of layouts.
The first one is about how the most important time that we have spent together as a family has been around the dinner table. We do a lot of stuff together but this one habit has by far been the #1 thing that kept us close.
Again, my printer is still out of ink so no photo but this is about my constant quest for some snow. Love the way this came out. The colors are so wonky but that is so me.
Went to church today, which was fabulous as always, but yeah, I ended up crying, again (too many commas? probably). Feels great to be able to feel what I feel and not have to worry about being "weak".
Thanks for stopping by the blog! Have a great week next week!!!!!
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
I told my boys about the "faux" robbery and they said
A - you should have screamed, I have a bat by my bed
Q - yeah mom me too (DebW, somebody in this house has a little bit of sense and knew you were going to suggest this)
A - we would have come down and took care of anyone that was trying to rob our house
Q - yeah (using his big boy voice)
M - I guess it would have been a Jamison family beat down ha?
A&Q - heck yeah
M - Darn skippy. 2 bats and a cup. heck yeah we had that.
I finished a couple of layouts....
My printer is out of ink so I still have to print the photos for this one later. I do this all the time so no biggy. Q is such a kissy face. Everytime I kiss him, he has to kiss me back. And since he is my baby, he gets (and gives) a lot of kisses!
Mostly been developing a couple of new ideas and getting ready for my class tomorrow. I love the ladies that are taking the class and it should be a laugh a minute! Too excited. Michelle, if you are reading this, you must not work! Class time is fun time is no work!!! (Michelle is one of the owners of the store and whenever she takes a class she ends up working thru the whole thing).
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Thursday, March 26, 2009
- pay bills
- reply to emails
- make plans & reservations for spring break trip
- shop f/ class
- shop f/ Q soccer practice
- bank business
- clean house
- scrapbook (baby gift set, 4 layouts)
- develop new kit idea
- work on new class
- start personalized apron
- cook dinner
- make family phone calls
- blog (take photos of a couple of completed layouts)
- start on invitations to J's baby shower
- zoo trip plans
Let's see how much of this actually gets a check mark, lol.
I added Carole Janson to my blog. I love her work and had actually been thinking about visiting her blog but could not remember where or how I found her last time. I used (with permission, she is a total sweetheart) one of her layouts to scraplift in my Something Old, Something New class. Oh my her work is even more divine than last year. When I grow up, I definitely want to scrap like her! If you get a chance, go check her out.
Cathy Zielski is another person whose blog I love. She doesn't post a lot of projects but she is Hi-La-Ri-Ous. OMGoodness she is too funny. She even has a picture of the spice Dick Weed on her blog. Who knew such a thing existed in nature. I thought that Dick Weed was a personality flaw. Too, Too funny.
Yahooooo!!! The kids are out of school tomorrow. I can sleep in or if I can't sleep, I can get a few hours of peace and quiet. So rude how kids wake a mama up in the mornings.
Funny story to share. Well, it wasn't funny last night, but it is starting to be a bit charming now. I was sooooooo tired last night. I fell asleep around 9:30 or so. Don't even remember what I was watching. I am never that tired that early but hey, I love to sleep so I was grateful. Around 2am, I hear a crash & glass breaking. I jumped out of bed like a shot (normally, this is where I would wake my husband up to go check it out while I went back to sleep. Hey, if I am going down, I am going down unawares) and ran into the kitchen. I had grabbed the closest thing I could get my hands on (an insulated cup) and I stood in the kitchen doorway for about 15 minutes holding a cup, my heart beating out of my chest waiting for some stupid robber to appear so I could beat the snot out of them with my plastic cup. Lucky for me, there was no one there. So I grab the phone off the hook (yeah, I asked myself why I didn't get a knife or call the police. It was 2am and I was skeared. I will never yell at the dummy on tv for falling down again) and went back to bed. Fell instantly back asleep. Woke up this morning wondering what the heck kinda crack I took during the day to make my night go like and ya know maybe I dreamed it all. That glass breaking sound was so real. Well as I was cleaning up, I found one of my favorite paintings had fallen off the wall and the frame, glass and all, was in a million pieces. Long (long) story short, I am not crazy, there really was something going bump in the night. Whew. And yeah next time, I won't be getting out of bed. I truly doubt that cup would have saved my life from a drugged out, money hungry robber.
Thanks for stopping by my blog & have a great day!
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
I want to say thanks to the ladies/folks that have been leaving comments for me. They are so encouraging and I really appreciate them (Hi Andrene, can't wait to see you again!).
Confession time. I love reality TV. Right now it is running in heels. It is so freakin funny and it makes me think back to when I was that age. Shallow. But shallow has its benefits. I want to add that one of those benefits is not whining! Whining is for children and it should be banned after the age of say 10. So I am going to ask a favor..... I need an accountability partner. If I am ever selected for a reality tv show (not Jerry Springer, you would not catch me dead on one of those baby daddy shows), I truly need someone to call me up, visit me, show up on set, whatevah if I ever turn into a whiney, bawling, snotting, spineless, tattletale brat. Deal? Really the work will be easy and beating me up should help relieve any stress you might have going on at the time. Been thinking about the amazing race (love that one too). I could totally do that, I am great with a map. Oh but I may leave someone if they start aggravating me. I could do housewives too. Must hit lottery first.
I will be at The Pink House this weekend teaching this.......
Saturday. If you signed up for the class, I will be calling you tonight or tomorrow to make sure that you have everything that you need. There is a link to the right for my classes and there is a supply list there. I may have one extra seat if you haven't signed up already. I have to check with Michelle for sure.
Inspired is coming up. You have to go and check out the great classes! I am still so excited about teaching there. Donna is really very funny & down to earth. Planet Earth, not Mars(I met her when I took one of her classes last year) and her husband and kids are just as adorable as they look on her blog. So I hope I get to chat with her for a minute while I am in her neck of the woods. It will also be great to meet some of the amazing women that she has lined up. So excited.
My husband will be back in the country soon. I am so excited that he will get to come home. I am really missing him.
What else, let's see, hmmmm. I guess that's about it. Thanks for stopping by and blog you later!
PS The little guy starts soccer tomorrow. He has been bugging me for 2 years now to play and I always seem to sign him up too late. Finally I get him in. Hopefully he doesn't hate it like he did T-ball. His first game is Saturday. Must go get crocheting project together for practice sessions.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
I have been completing one or 2 layouts a day. Yeah for me. Oh Oh, Oh Oh, she's on a roll, she's on a roll, step out of the way quickly and no one gets hurt.
Me in Okinawa Japan. We used to have uniform inspections at the change of the season. I am in the back in the left hand corner. My little guy found me right away. I even remembered most of the people in the photos. This was taken in 96.
This was taken in Japan too. Hubby and I used to go on a lot of excursions and this one included a Habu (snake) and Ferret match. Not my favorite at all. It was cruel and smelly and extremely boring (I was sitting there doing everything that I could to not look). The beer factory tour that we did next was much more interesting!
Monday, March 23, 2009
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Saturday, March 21, 2009
I also have a couple of listings on ebay that some thrifty scrapper may be interested in. I have a couple of these Maya Road Chipboard alphabet tins left from my booth and in the interest of moving in (yikes) 2 months am getting rid of them for dirt cheap.
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Friday, March 20, 2009
I did this one for ebay and am so happy with how the piecing came out! One of the best that I have done. Love it. I should have it posted by tomorrow night. Posting and doing the descriptions is as much work as making the layout.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
This came out super dark but I am too lazy to retake the photo right now. (um did I just admit that?). This weekend was absolutely fantastic. We were camping at Okuma Beach with friends, something that we did almost every weekend. CJ, the kids and I were always gone exploring. We spent so much time getting to know the island and even now, I miss it. Naha was one of our favorites and on days when we got off from work early, we would pick the kids up and head up there. On this particular weekend, we spent the day swimming on Friday, we hiked to Hiji Falls on Saturday (which took us about 3 hours just to get there. The kids were so tired that they would not even swim and when we got back to the camp, they ate and went straight to bed. Usually we took a walk or sat on the beach in the evenings). And on Sunday, we went snorkeling on the reefs.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
I honestly don't think that I would change much in my life. My financial saavy would change but at the top of my list would be for everyone to know the love of God ie World Peace.
I used the new K&Co Daydreams paper to make this. It's a layout about my daughters 8th birthday party. She says it was her best one ever. It started the day before her birthday with a sleepover of 6 girls. Each of the girls got a beauty kit with nail polish, lipstick, hair things, perfume, a cute purse and a couple of other things that I can't remember. Me and my neighbor gave them all manicures and pedicures and helped them with their makeup (lipbalm lipstick and glittery eyeshadow). After they were all made up, we went to dinner and they got to sit at a table all by themselves. After we got home, they had popcorn, movies and storytime. The next day we got up and had breakfast, went to the pool and finally everyone went home. Ariel was beaming for days. I can't find any of the other pictures but this one brought back a lot of memories.
Have a great day blog you later!
Monday, March 16, 2009
Saturday, March 14, 2009
So what did the boys want for dinner tonight? A usually doesn't care and Q almost always ask for soup.
We took a trip to the library today. Aaaahhhh I absolutely love the library. I got a few amazing books that I am excited to read and will update my reading list on Monday perhaps. I am still determined to read a biography on each of the US's Presidents. I don't want to buy them because I never, ever read a book twice. Except the Bible, but that is not just a book. So I am relying on the library to assist my quest to learn. Apparently John Adams is a very popular President because the last 2 times I tried to find a book on him, they were all checked out.
"Finished This Day Diaries from American Women" and found it to be a very interesting read. This book was published in 2003 and it is so shocking to see that there were comments about the state of the economy in it. In 2003, the economy was not on my radar! At all!!! But apparently, the writing was on the wall 6 years ago and some very saavy ladies voiced their concerns for all to read. When I bought the book, I probably was just wanting to compare my normalcy but it turns out I am and was surprised by the concerns that most of the women in the book voiced in their heads. They run surprisingly along the same lines as some of the things that my sisters, friends and I talk about and worry about on a daily basis. The surprise was not so much that we thought about the same concerns as it was how varied the backgrounds were. There were homemakers, business women, single women, mothers, lawyers, authors, actors, all kinds of women represented. I would love to pass this book on so it you are interested, email me your address and I will drop it in the mail to you.
Have a great Sunday tomorrow!
Friday, March 13, 2009
- Working on submissions
- Cleaning old mulch from front flower bed
- Avoiding starting on the garage, again
- Crop? Would be nice but I'm feeling very sleepy. lol
- Cook Dinner? I bought a ton of frozen meals (something I don't ever do but they were the good ones and bogo) and the boys think I am the best mom ever for this. Okay, I'll take the praise. They'll be grown before they ever realize that that's cheating.
- Paying bills
- Laundry? At least one load?
Notice all the question marks by the chores.
I was out and about yesterday and found these items :
Anna Griffin (oh my, I do think I have a crush)
I also picked up some K&Co Daydreams, Wild Raspberry Frames, a butterfly transparency from Anna Griffin and a sheet of CI that I could not make myself put back. Off to have some fun. Hope you have a fantastically scrappy weekend!
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
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Tuesday, March 10, 2009
I made my list, my to do list that is and it is a mile long. I went to all my favorite sites and I flagged contest that I would like to take part in. I printed a calendar and I am working steadily on submitting. Wish me luck.
My take on the pencil lines sketch. Very simple but love the colors. I haven't added pictures yet. That makes 3 layouts with no photos. I haven't been loving the colors coming off my home printer lately. I think I need a new cartridge..........
A LO about how much the little guy likes to say BOOM. Again a simple, simple LO with great colors, and again no photos......
Loving the weather still. I haven't had to run my heat for a week now. Hopefully that will reflect in my electric bill!
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Monday, March 9, 2009
Sunday, March 8, 2009
So what do you do? Make a pot of coffee and go back to bed with a cup and a book and stay there all day. C-ya tomorrow and have a great Sunday.
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
- My Heavenly Father's unconditional love for me. The word unconditional is so important because it means that He loves me no matter what kind of boneheaded thing I do or say.
- It only cost $150 to fix my car. I had the smelling salts in my bag when I walked into the repair shop, just in case.
- The Boy's newfound sense of responsibility (and urgency) at finding a job
- My kid's sense of wonder
- My daughters continued survival in college and with her first apartment
- Moving to DC to be with my husband soon
- The Fantastic teacher's in this school district
- My wonderful, wonderful church
- That we have been able to survive financially in this economy without me having to get a full time job.
- Being able to go back to school full time
- Scrapbook Paper!
- The best family ever!!!!! (I could eat my brother and my sisters with a spoon they are so sweet)
- That God routinely brings people in my life that are wonderful and that I totally don't deserve (Hellooooooo Karla, Ginger)
- Loud belly laughs brought on by the ever funny little guy
- My neighbors kids. They are too cute and everytime I go outside and they see me, they come and tell me about their day or if they're inside, they bang on the window just to say hello!
- A renewed fire in my belly for my business
- The fog & funk of sadness finally dissipating
- Imaginative author's that create books that I can get lost in
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Monday, March 2, 2009
Here are some favorite photos that my husband took of the boys at the Boston Aquarium (not sure if that is the actual name of it but Boston is where they went to the aquarium at). Love the look on my little guys face in the 2nd photo. Hehe :)
Sunday, March 1, 2009
Anyhoo, I was blog surfing and found this link on t!ms blog. I don't know how many of you remember this song, but it totally popped into my head when I was watching this video. OMGosh, Becky look at her rings! They are so BIG, she looks like one of those rap guys girlfriends. LOL. I had myself rolling but I so totally want her look. Love the way those rings look. I'm going to have to work on that. Check out the video because the technique that she demonstrated is just as lustable as her rings.
Note to everyone that will listen, thyme added to the meat mix for hamburgers R-O-C-K-S. Those freakin burgers were so good that the boys ate them all before I could get a second one. Note to self, double the recipe next time!
Q and his friends built the largest, most impressive mess, er I mean "Frog City" that I have ever seen. Creative license and lots of woosaa is what I need on a daily basis with his creations. There are 3 cups of vinegar experiment sitting on my back porch. I had to throw away one of my oversized flower pots because the stench was so bad that I was afraid to ask what that experiment was and I regularly have a city of everything he can find in the middle of my studio floor. See photos below to experience just a tenth of my pain. (yeah, yeah, I know cry me a river). He and my niece building the city. I don't know what the look on his face is and please excuse my messy studio. The maid was on hiatus that day! In the second photo, I had to crop him out because he is naked. His favorite thing to do is to run around the house naked after he takes a bath and thus far, I am no success convincing him that he is too old to run around the house with no clothes on!
I am really enjoying creating with my pics. Last year, I did so many kits and pages for sale that I really got away from putting pictures on any of my layouts, even the ones I kept for me. It's nice to have the freedom again to create just to create. My new favorite layout (who said it can't be more than one?)......
My mom was a big time bowler. She was one of the best on her league and has the trophy to prove it. She sent me a pic and a trophy because she was so proud. I never would have thought that my mom would love bowling, but when I think back, she and my dad were always active. Playing softball, gardening, horseback riding, swimming, hunting (my dad) and more.
A was so crazy about her baby brother when he was born. She was always taking care of him and sometimes she would just lay next to him and watch him. If he cried, she would make soothing noises and gently pat his back. I am not so crazy about the layout, but I love the photos.
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