Wednesday, December 31, 2008

thoughts for today

It seems that as I get older, time just ticks away from me. I have been off of school since the 23rd and have not done anything around the house. I am just enjoying the down time, relaxing, and doing lots of scrapping. I really need to kick myself in gear and get something done! The tree is still up, presents are still under the tree, decorations are still out and the house is dirty. One of these days...

Today I am off to do a few errands, go to my LSS (a girl has put her priorities straight), make spiced pecans (yummy goodness), take a nap, and do some layouts. I want to start my challenges for the New Year's Crop over at Just Scrappin'.

Monday, December 29, 2008


I had such a good and productive weekend at the SB retreat. I completed nine LO's which might be a record for me. The above LO's were word challenges. So fun to use different words for a title.

I have several more LO's to post and will do so in the upcoming days. Right now, I am organizing my Cricut carts and then off to the grocery store. I am hoping to scrap some more this afternoon and take a nap. I am so enjoying my time off of school.

Friday, December 26, 2008

on vacation

Well, I am sorta of on vacation. I am off of I need a mini vacation. I am leaving for a me weekend of scrapbooking. I hope everyone enjoyed their Christmas with family and ate lots of good food. Me, I am feeling like an overstuffed turkey!

Gratitude list:
1. a new electric blanket that keeps me warm.
2. a wonderful husband
3. time spent with "my" family
4. this weekend with no responsibilities
5. good food and good times

Monday, December 22, 2008


I so miss the two of us alone and worries, no teenagers.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Introducing Mr. Arrogance...

Well, it's Sunday again. I cannot wait for Tuesday at 4:00. Then it's vacation baby! I will have a break until January 5th. It's time to relax, refresh and enjoy.

So anyway, let me introduce the youngest...Mr. Arrogant, but also known as the Prince of Palmyra, or sometimes Julian. He is arrogant, rude, stubborn, disrespectful, irresponsible, sneaky, dishonest and downright mean. Oh, I forgot to mention, he acts that way only towards me, his stepmother. To others he is quite the opposite. I am pretty sure it is because I "call him on the carpet" and am a black and white kind of grey area with me. He doesn't like that about me and hence, we butt heads all the time. That is OK with me as I do not want to replace his biological mother, just want the respect from him. I am frustrated, to say the least. I will stop there...

My gratitude list:
1. an electric blanket
2. Lighty
3. Chris
4. the ability and means to enjoy things in life
5. scrappy time
6. good friends
7. slippers

What is annoying me RIGHT now:
1. loud, LOUD snoring
2. Julian's can one have dirty underwear all over the floor for days and days?
3. knowing that I won't have a two hour late start

Sunday, December 14, 2008


I can't believe it. It's already Sunday afternoon. Why do weekends have to pass by so quickly? I wanted to accomplish so much this weekend and didn't. I still have this evening to get some things done. I don't know what it is, but all I feel like doing right now is scrapbooking.

Busy week ahead...appointments, my luncheon I do for my 5th grade math students, a massage (happiness), tutoring, baking, last minute shopping, scrapping, and some more scrapping (I hope).

This LO was inspired from a challenge over at Fiskateers. I love the final results. I am using my Cricut more and more. What a fun machine with endless possibilities.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

thank goodness

Tomorrow is Friday. Do you see me doing the happy dance? It's been a long week and I am so glad it has come to an end. I have lots on my plate this weekend; it's all good. I need to start and finish my Christmas wrapping and finish any last minute gift buying. I am so hoping to get started on some baking too. Here's wishing that by Sunday night all my Christmas preparations will be almost finished. Is it too much to wish for some scrappy time too? I have one more mini to complete for a gift for the inlaws.

The LO is an older one but a favorite. I love my Fuji S9000.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

weekend is over!

It's hard to believe that the weekend is over. It seems that it takes forever for Friday to arrive and then before one can blink their eyes, it's Sunday night. Laugh.

We got our tree, decorated it, put a few decorations around the house and put the Belschnickels outside. I also did the mantle with my Santa collection. I am starting to get in the festive mood. I guess it's about time as Christmas will be here in seventeen more days.

On Saturday I went to my LSS to an all day crop. It was shortened by about two hours as the weather was starting to get bad. it was lightly snowing but the roads were starting to freeze. If you know me, I just want to be at home when there is bad weather. I hate winter, I hate the cold, I hate the wind and I hate snow. The only good thing is unexpected snow days. I did get two layouts done for challenges at Just Scrappin', finished two more mini albums for gifts, and made some stinkin cute gift holders.

So tomorrow is Monday and it's back to school. I sure hope the week goes fast as I have lots to do this coming weekend. I need to wrap gifts and would like to start my Christmas baking. I sure hope I can fit some scrappy time in this weekend.

And total loathe for the week: Jules comes home for winter break. All I can say is that it's going to be a LONG six weeks. So please, if you have a few minutes, send some positive vibes my way.

#1: challenge (from JS) was to do a LO with lots of layers and the theme "All I Want for Christmas." I took a totally different approach as I do not want anything or need anything for Christmas. All I truly want for Christmas is respect from the young man represented in the photo. There is lots of hidden journalling underneath the photo...emotional and from the heart.

#2: challenge (from JS) was to create a LO using at least one snowflake and some bling.

Friday, December 5, 2008


love this man!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

more scrappy goodness...I just LOVE this photo. It shows so much love that a new mother has for her baby.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

it's back to school...

Well, Tuesday morning and I am back to school. I keep telling myself only 22 more days until a long break. I am so wishing I had off today. I enjoyed my five day holiday. I ate lots of food, shopped Black Friday for 14 hours, got my nails done, scrapped A LOT, had fun with my friend Aymee, learned more about this blog thing (thanks, Aymee) and just relaxed. It's been a good long weekend for me; I am refreshed. I sure hope this week goes fast.

Monday, December 1, 2008

getting to know me...

I bet you didn't know (statements in bold refer to ME):

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4.Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6.Given more than you had to a charity
7. Been to Disneyland
8.Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art form from scratch
15. Adopted a child (DH has and I am helping to raise him...a fine young man)
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelos David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial

71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee
100. Read an entire book in one day