Sunday, October 11, 2009


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 beautiful. They are very different from the past ones, but enough the same it won't matter much! :)

Good Night, I will update pictures later.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

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!!!
OK, that is the fun stuff. Now here comes the not so fun stuff!
Billy has some stuff going on for August that will take him out of the picture for awhile. He has surgery on his eye the 14Th of August to clean up some blockages. His glaucoma is acting up and he has lost vision in both eyes, right now his left eye. (Dominant one of course) has some hemorrhaging and he needs to have surgery to fix it. It is going to be lasik in and out of the Dr. office, but it is still brings home the necessity to keep up with his eyes and medicines. Then he is going in the 18th of August for laproscopic hernia surgery. It is going to keep us busy. I just hope he doesn't hurt to badly, I hate for anyone in my family to feel pain.
August plans so far!
August 3 - 6, I have training for my new job.
August 6, go pick up Carl (Bethanie's friend, he is staying for a week). (Drop Hailey off at kennel)
August 7, Go to New Orleans to see Green Day
August 8, come back to FL to get Branch to guitar practice pick up Hailey.
August 9, Zoo
August 10, Beach
August 11, Movies/mall
August 12, pack and hang out at house (maybe go to Big Kahuna's still undecided)
August 13, take Carl back to Tallahasee to meet up with his mom.
August 14, Billy has surgery
August 17, I go back to work
August 18, Billy has surgery
August 24, Kids go back to school, Branch goes to SITE.
August 26, Connie's Birthday
August 29 Branch's Birthday
Wow, we have a lot planned already. :) I think I will be grateful for those times I can just sit! :)
So, if I don't blog much in August...well, you see why. :) Lots of things to take pictures of so I can SCRAP in the winter!
Ok, time to go! I have more cleaning and making curtains to do! (yes, I finally made the curtains for upstairs, just two more rooms to go. Branch's room and the master bathroom! YIPPEE!

Take care!!!!

Monday, July 06, 2009


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! :)

Thursday, June 25, 2009


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!!!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

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 with pop dots. I used Karen Foster Scrapper's Floss for the inside of thebuttons.

The butterflies were fun, start with a Heidi Swapp Ghost flower and add Staz on Ink. I used my stash of wooden definition stamps by Hero Arts. (Happy) and more bling and then for an added umph, some turquoise and candy cane stickles on the butterflies. The larger butterfly has more scrapper's floss on it for added detail.
The title I cut using cricut cartridge Life is a Beach and this is the bonus font. Really fun stuff! :)
I love it mainly because I got to go back in time and play with some of my m0st favorite pictures of Bethanie at Waikiki.

This is one of my favorite layouts, all Basic Grey items and this one is in a frame on my wall in my dining room. My dear sweet hubby loves it too, he is never happy with pictures of himself, but that is his only gripe on this one! :)

Awe, don't we look cute back in 1985... I love this layout because I used the CD kit for it and had a total blast with the journaling.

This layout I did with Rhonda's class. I LOVE how this turned out. I love the ideas she gave on using the super busy paper that comes with every pack of Basic Grey paper. Ya know the paper that makes you say..."What were they thinking?" They were thinking we need to use it to layer items! :) I love the painting and the sewing used...just all the stuff used in this was fun!

Ok, this one has so much in it I LOVE...not just the two kids...I love the Then and Now of it, and how much they both have changed...I love the cutwork on the bird, I lvoe the layering of everything. There is just so much I love about this layout. Totally love all the Prima used here and the Fairy Charm just makes it POP! :) You guys can see I totally love Chestnut Roan Chalk ink too! :)
Ok, I hope you guys like my stuff. Soon, I will be posting other pretties that I plan on making this week! Not all of them are going to be scrapbook goodies either! Just wait and see!
Until next time, keep scrappin!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009



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 of the SUMMER!!! This one will not be lost in sadness and in a classroom!

Did you know Branch graduated from High School? Who said he could be old enough to graduate High School. It makes me so sad and happy at the same time. I never knew something that makes you so proud could hurt so bad.


Ok...Time to go...I have so much SUMMER to enjoy!!! I will be posting pretties soon!

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

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 realized this is the unfinished layout without the After pictures of my space! LOL

This was the first challenge of the day, use 3 different scalloped edges...I used scalloped border punch, a punch out and then scalloped edge paper and sewed a scalloped edge under it. :) I used a Becky Fleck pagemap to make it go faster. I was soooooooooo done with sketches a few months back but in a pinch (challenge) they come in handy. :)

Ok, so this is a sketch challenge from Lifetime Moments by Got Sketch (I think)

Anywho, I liked the sketch for some of my fave pictures of Branch in Hawaii. It was his first stay at home Halloween and he was handing out the candy. Fun stuff.

So this challenge here was in honor of Kiersten Hickman-Perfetti...the resident goofball at APIY. She died last April of cancer. She was quite a character and she is definitely missed on our forums over there. She loved the Beatles and this challenge was to make a layout about the Beatles... Bethanie LOVES the Beatles...(bad mom I know) I got her into them...quite by accident. She loves the song Come Together and she had this image in her head of "Cane" the character in the song...and oh boy here he is. The first thing I thought of when I saw this picture of Cane was Kier...she would have absolutely loved it! Click on the picture to make it bigger.

Ok, so the last couple of years I have noticed I have been doing less and less pages of Branch. I think it is my DENIAL of him growing older...if I don't scrap him, he can't grow up. Well, then I started going back in time to do all his pictures...(still am, just not so far now) LOL

Here is Branch on the plane to Hawaii. Wow...this is a long time ago...7/30/2004. Miss my little guy sometimes...but so proud of the man he is becoming.

As a rule I am not crazy for Kraft colored paper, I just never have liked to use it unless it was used for fall layouts or moving! LOL But I really do like the new Fancy Pants line of Kraft paper so I'm giving it a chance. This was a 2 hour challenge to use Kraft paper, a Critter, and to mat your picture(s) in anything but black or white challenge. This is what I came up with. Zoe is cute no matter what! LOL Love that kid and so excited to see her at the end of the month.

Now onto family stuff:

Branch graduates from High School June 1, 2009 at 5:00 PM. WOW!!!
Here is the proof he is going to Graduate! I am so nuts about this kid and that he is going to graduate, it is just amazing to me. This kid is something else. I totally love that Autism is NOT holding him back.

Billy is a traveling man again, he will be leaving the day after Mother's Day and coming back on My birthday. Best Birthday present ever! Love that he supports me no matter what.
Job front..still not good. It doesn't look good for me to get a job next year at Oriole Beach Elementary. I will need a job but I may not be a teacher. We will see! :) I think we will be ok, without me working but it will be tighter than we are used to. I could like being a housewife again. It has been a long time since I had a "nice" house. I haven't decorated well since I started working, so I'm excited about having a pretty house again. Maybe going back to doing some quilting. I have been sewing some and doing other crafts, it's not always scrapbooking (hence my low total for the year) :) That is ok, though, I use my scrap supplies for so many things now, but mainly school.
Another note on the job front LICE!! Geez...we have lice in the room, one of the little girls has lice and then my assistant got it. I have been going through my hair every day with a lice comb just to make sure I don't have it. It is keeping me awake at night. I don't ever want to go through that nightmare again.
It is getting late and I need to go and get some things ready for my students tomorrow. We are making the "Mother's Day Gift" I hope all of you have a wonderful Spring and Summer, and I will keep ya'll posted on the graduation etc. :)
Thanks for reading! :)

Thursday, April 02, 2009

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 are the pictures! :)

This is one of my favorite pictures of Billy, it is him in his element, on a boat with his dad. He loved fishing with his dad. The most important thing about this picture is what is NOT in there, Dad...he is taking the picture of Billy and the fish. Miss the stories...We miss you Dad and it won't be the same without you.
*Scrapbookers--this is the oldest stuff I have in my stash, the background paper is DMD paper I bought from JoAnns when I first started scrapbooking!...the patterned paper is Cloud 9 Designs, gone fishing...this is circa 2002. The reeds and stuff were cut out of a piece of Cloud much fun. The title is Typist by Quickutz.

After that heavy subject, I had to do these pictures of our sweet Hailey, she is such a love. She is a little sad here because Dad was not there and she missed him so much. *Scrapbookers...this layout was using the March kit from Lifetime Moments online store. So much fun stuff in that most favorite kit from them yet. ( I loved January too)

This is one of my favorite pictures of Bethanie, she is so pretty, even when she is being a smarty pants. Love it, she is just so Tink in this picture and of course she is wearing Tinkerbell. Although after the first time she wore the shirt to school, she would not wear it again because 3 other girls were wearing the same exact shirt...*sigh* She does NOT want to be like everyone else. Yep, that's my kid and I'm so proud of her, but dang she looks so cute in that shirt! :)
*scrapbook paper, Rouge de Garance...Prima bling, flowers, and wings, Martha Stewart (gag) garnet glitter. Love the glitter am not a Martha fan at all!!! Cricut indie art cartridge for the heart and Ellison Go Slim font for the title. I ran the letters through the xyron machine upside down and attached the glitter and then ran the item through the xyron again to stick them down.
Even I will admit this is a bit much for a receipt box...but it makes me happy (sticking out tongue) so there! It keeps me motivated to hold on to my receipts until next year. We took a hit on taxes that I don't want to take and it is such a pain in the butt...but it is worth it to get that tax credit. I really don't want to owe in the "thousand's" ever again! That sucked big time!
So, this is our little motivator to keep up with the receipts.
A close up of the box just because I like to play with my little tulip setting on my camera! :) (macro I know) LOL The papers I used were from the Life's Journey 108 page pack of K & Co. paper, it is my FAVORITE line ever of their papers. I probably shouldn't have used the pretty poppies with the paper flowers, but I LIKE IT! So there...(tongue out at you) LOL I'm playful and little giddy tonight, too much coffee and m & m's. Hey shannon where is that little sizzix guy...down the drain or drowning in the coffee? LOL
This is what some of the dividers look like for each month. The little pocket holds some post it notes to put the totals of all the receipts on so that I can keep up with the totals. It is turning out to be an eye opener. We really do pay a lot in sales tax every month. Amazing really! :)

Monday, March 16, 2009

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! :)

Sunday, March 15, 2009

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 take the smell of that place. Anyway I guess I am a little mad about spending whatever summer I had last year in that classroom. Man all that time spent, essentially for NOTHING. It was so disheartening to hear that I may not have that job again. WOW. I didn't realize how much I have been identifying myself with my job. Seriously about losing my job I am really not that worried because I was looking for a job when I got that one. I know there is going to be a job for somewhere, maybe not next school year, but I won't be jobless forever. I can't be, I have to feed teen-agers and boy do they eat a lot! :)

Wednesday I call Billy after school like I always do and he was sick as a dog. He was at the Dr.'s office getting seen because he felt like crap. I was shocked, I knew he had trouble sleeping the night before (hence my 3 hours of sleep...ugh) but I didn't realize it was that bad. IT turns out he has a terrible sinus infection that has his poor face all swollen and in so much pain. I felt so bad for him, he ended up going to bed before I took Branch to guitar lessons. At least Hailey was happy, she got to go to bed with him for awhile. :)

Thursday was another bad day. I was feeling a little yucky all day and feeling like I was going to
be sick like Billy. Feeling like I should just skip my American Sign Language I really should listen to my feelings like that. I ended up in a minor car accident. I got a ticket because I rear ended a mustang, (a really pretty one) and she hit the truck in front of her. The good news no one was hurt. The air bags did not go off in any of the cars, but now I have a messed up bumper and I think my radiator may have a slight leak. Billy doesn't want to spend a lot of money to fix the car. (no collision so it will come out of our pocket...who has collision on a 10 year old car)! So, we may be buying me a car soon, but I really don't want to do that if I don't have a job, I would rather just fix my little car and make sure it can get me to my few little places in town. This means getting Branch from work daily and I will be ok until I get another job. I would rather take the money I'm making now and pay off credit cards and worry about a car later. You never know I may be able to keep my job next year at OBE...that would be cool. Then I wouldn't NEED a car. If I get a job at another work location I would need a car but then I would have a job and I wouldn't mind having to pay for one.

So Friday I had planned on taking off so I could get commissary shopping done and taking care of the house. I figure I have all those sick days and I'm quite sure the school district is not going to cash them out for me at the end of the year so I am trying to take them all! I wake up and I'm SICK...geez. chin up old girl. I am trying not to cry at this point. I really haven't cried, I didn't cry when I wrecked my is a first. I was feeling like I wanted to cry on Thursday evening when I was pulling into the drive way because I know I disappointed Billy. Silly guy acts like he's hiding behind the lamp post so I don't hit him. He made me laugh and here I'm afraid to face him, I should know better than that at this point in my life. I just hate to disappoint him. He gave me a big a hug and say's "well, it happens." Love that guy! I still got all the commissary shopping done on Friday and a little stop in at AC Moore as well. :) I didn't buy much, just a bazzill stabbing matte to go with those neat sewing stencils. I can't wait to try them. (I had a bad week, I deserved a little bit of retail therapy) this was a bad week but nothing like last year so I really have nothing to complain about. HOWEVER I am a woman so I'm complaining a little bit! :)

I'm going to go to bed soon...and I will try to remember to add pictures to this post of my poor little car and maybe a layout or two I would like to do some scrapping this weekend. I have so much neat new stuff to use up.

Maybe I will post tomorrow a postive post! :)

Live, Laugh, Love!!!

I am learning to APPRECIATE everything I have even the lack of TIME to get everything done that I need/want to get done! :)

Saturday, February 21, 2009

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

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 (whale watching day cruise)

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 Michelangelo’s 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 (snorkling Hanouma Bay HI)

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. Kissed a stranger at midnight on New Year's Eve

86. Visited the White House

87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating

88. Had chickenpox

89. Saved someone’s life (Branch's when he was 10 months old, my mom this summer by removing the DNR order)

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

Some silly stuff...Hope you have fun with it if you get it too! :)
Have a wonderful weekend.

Ok, I got to do a layout this evening and it is really cute! :)

I hope your weekend is full of puppy love and hugs.
Good Night,

Monday, February 16, 2009


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 they were not created for the challenge. Does that make sense? I didn't make the layout for the challenge, I have had a lot of these layouts sketched out even the photo I wanted to use but hadn't taken the time to do it yet. so I am very proud of these layouts in that they are Mine, totally mine, except for the love always, it was based on a Becky Fleck Page Map, but even then I followed it very loosely! :)

Some of these layouts are silly and some are sad, but they are all part of my life! :) I guess I'm over just putting the "good" in my scrapbooks, we've had some really sh!tty things happen the last couple of years and it needs to be there. Life isn't all good, if it were we wouldn't grow as human beings...(I don't just mean my waist line either...that is a product of chocolate!) :)

Ok...More pathetic kitty had to have surgery to remove 2 teeth, one of them his fangs because he likes to chew on metal and bad things. So, he lost his tooth. It is getting so expensive to have geriatric animals..they always need something! :) Of course I was on his bad list there for a couple of days after he had the surgery to remove the teeth and have his teeth cleaned up. (they look a lot healthier now, and no more bad kitty breath...blech)!

Billy is gone again, he will be back in a few days and then he stays home a few days and goes again, stays home a few days and goes again, it is sad. I hope March he is around a lot more! :)

Good night, I'm out of here, I'm going to try to get another layout or two done! :)

Sunday, January 25, 2009

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 after giving 6 years to this occupation to not have it anymore. I guess that is the sad part. I appreciate the kids, but not the way the school district is handling the annual contract people. Maybe that is my cue to leave anyway.

I do appreciate my job...just not going to be defined by it anymore.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

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" Silly kitty that loved wanted all kinds of loving.