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I got the job now I got the busy to go with it! It is really great, but a lot of stuff to go with it.
Long story short, I have to have my Autism Endorsement on my Teaching Certificate by 2011. I am in classes to get that done. The good news I will have it around Christmas Time. This is getting done through the use of an accelerated program offered to the County and I took it and I am so glad!

Billy is a traveling man again...he leaves tomorrow and will get back for good November 11. :(

Green Day was Great.
Carl was a BLAST! We did a lot of stuff while he was here. He made our End of Summer Bash so much fun! :)
Making Plans to buy my Blue Bug!!! WOO HOO!!! I totally can't wait! :)
Branch is enjoying work and the SITE program at Whiting Field. So Proud of HIM!
Bethanie is just totally AWESOME! Such a great kid and helps out so much.

I am going to go now. I really don't have much time and I'm making the Christmas Gifts for the Mom's again! :) The Calendars are coming out beauti…

Busy July

Wow what a busy July!
I have been making lots of pretties for Scrapfest at Lifetime Moments. I have been having so much fun this year. I have made lots of points and done lots of things I am proud of. I even got cards done! (I really don't like making cards, but this way I have what I need through the year). I even won a prize for June. I won a 20 Gift Certificate to the store. YAY scrappy shopping!

Bonnie and her Baby Dorian at Thanksgiving and Christmas this year. Awesome little guy, he is such a cute little baby. I can't wait to hug him and squeeze him!

This is the story of how Branch got his name. Click on the picture to get a bigger one so you can read it if you are so inclined! :)

This is just one of my favorite layouts from last month because it is just so Bethanie! So fun.

Just a little something for my MOM!!! Happy Birthday MOM!!! I love you and miss you and it was so great seeing you last weekend! :) Happy Birthday to my sister Jayne and have a Happy Anniversary!!!
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Good news!!! I GOT A JOB!!! I have a job next school year at my favorite school! I am going back to Pea Ridge Elementary. WOO HOO!!! That is the coolest news!

Ok...Now here is some other news... My Dear sweet Bethanie is growing up. :( It makes me sad and happy at the same time. Here are the pictures to prove it! She got her hair cut and dyed tonight. She loves it!

She is also going to Horse Camp this week and next. She just got back from Tennessee from seeing Hannah. Bethanie says this is one of the best summer's of her life! After all the sadness and stress from last summer, this summer is much better.

Here is another experiment with my brand new camera...I just love this picture of Billy! He is my sweetie and I love him with all my heart. He has been indulging my need to take as many pictures as I can! :) He loves me with all his heart and for that I wake up happy every morning. Ok, so far no other news. I'll share some pretties tomorrow! :)


Yippee...It is here!!! My new Camera...Wow!!! I have been wanting a Digital SLR for at least 5 years...and here it is! :) WOO HOO!!! I got a Canon Digital Rebel XSi 12.2 Megapixals and some really great pictures...

Bethanie outside wow!!! You can see all of her freckles! :) Click on the picture...really! :)

Branch was in his Rocker when I walked in on him watching t.v. He even let me see his beautiful eyes! :)

I am very excited about this camera. I am so happy I have a family that is going to let me experiement! :) They understand, they get it and they love me. How lucky am I to have family that loves me so much. Sad news today about Farrah Fawcett and Michael seemed so young. Tomorrow Billy and Bethanie are going to Tennessee to see Hannah. Bethanie is going to stay for the week. She is so excited...she has been packed since last night! Ok. More pictures tomorrow and more news I'm sure. 2 Posts in a week, it has to be some kind of record!

Check out my tests!…

Cocoa Daisy DT call

I'm going to plug a favorite place for me to go. I totally love these kits and this website. It is one of my most favorite places to go on the web. Ali Edwards hangs out there and after seeing the folks in the Design Team and and awesome owner...Tricia...WOW. It is everything I LOVE LOVE LOVE in a place. Great ideas on how to use the kits, great kits, and wonderful customer service. The people in the Forum are friendly and is just an all around fun place to hang out.
Tricia has announced a Design Team call and here are some of the things I'm going to submit to see if I could even have a chance. :) She draws such awesome people, but at least I will give it a shot!
The paper is BoBunny Calypso Dream, and lots of matching cardstock and ribbons. The cardstock colors are all Bazzill and are: Pomegranate, Kevin, Pauly Poo, Java, and Lemon bliss.
The flowers are old SlimLine Accucut die cuts. I crumpled the paper and inked and then put them together…



We've been to the beach, taken Branch to work, taken the dog to the Dog Beach. Played the box game, (cornhole for you mid-western folks) played frisbee...walked the dog, gone swimming, LOVED sleeping in. All of the above and we have been out of school for less than a week. Oh yes, and then the regular stuff...Branch with guitar lessons, and Bethanie with Horseback Riding on Saturdays! :)

What do we have planned! :) Bethanie is going to go to Tennessee to see one of her Best Friends, Branch is going to work, I'm NOT...:) We are going to go see Green Day in August and we will be going to the beach at least once a week for the whole summer. WhY? Because we live close to it and it would be a terrible shame not to go and enjoy the breeze and the water! :)

Job stuff...Do I have to talk about it? I Don't really want to, so suffice to say, I'm out of work and
the room is sad again...

I believe I will work again someday soon, but right now, I'm just thinking…

May? Are you kidding me?

Happy National Scrapbook Day &
Cinco De Mayo

Well, National Scrapbook Day came and went (5-2-09) and boy did I get a lot done for it! LOL Some of it really good! :) I played mainly at A Peek Into Yesterday online like I normally do. I hit a couple of other sites too. Cocoa Daisy and Lifetime Moments. I really like Cocoa Daisy's kits and so cool to chat with Ali Edwards the week before NSD. I even won a May Kit! That saved me a little bit of money. Next month I will have to pay for my kit. (my last one :(

Here are the layouts I made over NSD... And then some family and job news!:)

This was supposed to be a digital challenge, but seeing I'm Photoshop Challenged I printed all the elements on sticky back transparency and stuck them on my layout! LOL. The ribbon actually was a NSD gift a few years ago from that store, so I finally used it. (At least 4 years ago) if I listened to all those ladies to "purge" my stuff, I wouldn't have had it! LOL

Oh darn, I just rea…

March Madness

March Madness Scrapbook Style!!!!

I have been very productive in March. I am very proud of myself, but now it must come to an end! :) I have to get ready for Easter and that means I will be cleaning and decorating more than scrapping. (It's all good, it means more pictures to scrap later) LOL Funny how life works out that way.

So, I'm in a much better place than I was when I wrote in here a couple of weeks ago. I go back and read that post and want to delete it, but it was necessary and cathartic to write and so I am going to leave it in there. Now I know that things happen for a reason, even if I'm not aware of it yet, so I am in a much better much more accepting place than I was before. :) (so have you noticed that there are too many smilies and too many parenthesis, I know...get over it) ! LOL :) :) :) :)
Anyhow I digress...Here are the things I have been working on this last couple of weeks of March. (I just wrote January, wow am I behind the times)!
Seriously: Here ar…
I am adding a post just to post this picture of this layout for use your stash. It is a cute blog that gives challenges for using stuff you already have. (GET IT NO BUYING!) LOL Here it is!

Zoe is so silly! :) She can make me giggle like a little kid. So I think it is fitting that I have a happy post today! :)
Thanks for all your kind comments...It will always get better! :)

So you had a bad day or 2 or week?

Well here I am and "I keep passing open windows," and keep on keeping on. Ok, so life could be so much worse, but here it goes. Tuesday I had to sign my pink slip for work. This is an annual event for teachers who do not have a permanent contract. The only difference about this year is that the principal could not guarantee that she would be able to call me back for next year. So that means the clean out will begin soon. I spent my summer last year cleaning out my room and buying toys and nice things for the kids to play with. Now I have to bring it all home because I won't be reimbursed for it. I am a little sorry for the next teacher who comes in that room because they will have an empty room, no curtains, nothing that I made or spent my money on will be there. Considering most of the prior teacher's items were thrown away because they should never have been brought into the school. The yard sale queen had lots of dirty, broken, and really smelly items. I could not…

99 Things to do and a layout

Oy, I go and read Lis' blog and here is a TAG!!! Shucks!!!

Looks like Fun, so I'll do it!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Here's a little fun nonsense.You are supposed to bold the ones you've done.If you read this, consider yourself tagged! LOL

99 Things To Do

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 can afford to charity (yes, see #67)! :)

7. Been to Disneyland (Disney World)

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 from scratch

15. Adopted a child (nope, but I want to!)

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 (today! :) )

24. Built a snow fort

25. Held a lamb

26. Gone skinny dipping



Lots of them lately!!! It really is nice to be scrapping again! It is a way for me to not worry about the future is to look at and really love my life as is.

These are some of my most favorite recent layouts! :)

Billy and I on his birthday! :) December 27, 2008

This is Jayne and Leo on Thanksgiving

This is my Mom and Dad the middle of June 2008

This is the card Billy gave me for our sweet. I don't normally scrap cards, but it was just so sweet I couldn't let it fall into my memorabilia folder and be lost forever. So I did something with it while it was still laying on my desk.

Bethanie and Michelle in 1995 and in 2008...too cool, huh? This layout was noticed by Lifetime Moments and was featured in their newsletter. I know whoopie, but it did make my day! :) It is nice to be recognized for something you love to do. :)

Now most of these layouts are in answer to a challenge of some sort or another, but what I love about these layouts, even though they MEET the challenge…

The Word


That is my word for thise year. I am going to try to appreciate all that I have, meaning my family, my health and my life.

I am going to go and make something right now to help me remember to appreciate all that I am, and maybe even try to do a mini book about the things I need to appreciate and the little things that I do appreciate.

Some of the little things:

Like a good cup of coffee
a nice back rub from my dear sweet hubby
a good purry kitty in my lap
a hug from a little girl who doesn't quite get it.

Some of the big things:

My Family
My house
My life

Did you notice my "job" isn't one of those things. I appreciate my job, but at the same time I'm not going to be ruled by it. As we were told that annual contract teachers MAY not be asked back. That makes me sad in that I feel I am NOT done with some of my students, but at the same time, it leaves me free to look at other options for jobs. I may not be a teacher 2009/2010 school year. It seems hardly fair…

The Pony Express

Bethanie's 16th birthday, no big party, no super sweet sixteen. She just wanted a small quiet happy birthday party. It was just me and Branch as Billy was gone for work. We went the next night to her favorite place to eat with Daddy! :) She is such a beautiful happy girl. I am so honored to know her, and to think we made her...mind boggling!

Here are some promised pictures of Bethanie during her first horse back riding lesson. She looks so grown up, I swear every time my kids have a birthday I get sadder. I know they won't be living with me much longer. Although I will be excited for them to meet the next challenge in their life, it breaks my heart to think I won't be able to see them whenever I want to.

Bethanie loving being on the horse, when the lesson was over the first thing she said was it was too short! :)

Ok, so this is 2 posts in one weekend. That is unusual at best! :)

Enjoy the rest of the pics.
Bethanie just about done! :)

Bethanie smiling..."my legs hurt&quo…