Sunday, December 26, 2010

The Day After Christmas

It has been a good day here in Florida.  Windy and Cold, but it has been a very good day.

We had a lot of fun on Christmas.  There were  plenty of surprises, the biggest one for me, was a new Cricut Imagine. WOW! What a lot of fun that thing is.  I am having a blast learning how to use my new toy and yes it is definitely a toy.

My family does like to spoil me. I guess we really all love each other and want to spoil each other.  Look at me, all surprised and happy. 

 Branch got his Kinect and has been having so much fun playing is really cute. He chose a tiger and named him Rajah! :)

Bethanie got several books for Christmas this year, and this one is the first one she started reading so I guess she likes it best so far! :)

 Rajah got a BIG BOX for Christmas.  He loved the imagine box and right there he is in the wrapping paper and looking so darn cute.  Love this kitty!
 Billy is opening his favorite author.  It was torturous for me to make him wait until Christmas to get the novel.  But he waited and enjoyed it. I am so happy he finally gets to read it.

Hailey's best present...helping us open our gifts. That was the most fun for her.  She is such a fun animal to have in the house, she knows  how to  make all of us feel special.

Now onto crafty items! I actually created a layout today with my new Imagine!  Wow, I haven't scrapped much at all in 2010.  I am hoping to have that change quite a big next year.

There are several items made with the Imagine on here, using the Imagine More cartridge I made some music paper that is part of the background, The title is all the imagine except for the American Craft Thicker letters.  The journaling paper is from Prima, the negative strip on the bottom is a Sizzlit from Sizzix by Tim Holtz.  There is even memorabilia on the page, these are the tickets to the Banquet.

I had a Great Christmas and Day after Christmas.  One of the best things about Christmas this Dad was here.  He came yesterday afternoon and then left today after he and Billy installed a new faucet in my leaky sink.  :) It is so much nicer now.  My dad still can fix anything.  

I will post some more neat stuff this week before going back to school.  I am running a month long challenge on one of the message boards I go to online.  I am going to play with my "imaginary friends" you know all those online people you meet.  I am hoping for a good time and good turnout.

Well, good night ya'll.

Saturday, October 09, 2010

Happy Fall

Happy fall everyone! Boy it has been very busy this school year. It was kind of funny though because I have all the same students from last year plus one more. School started and new rules and regulations so I have been busy as ever just trying to get things set up. It is getting there but it just moving slower than I want. This is when I really could use Samantha's twitchy nose trick in Bewitched!

Billy has been home for months it has been awesome! We have been having so much fun together, it is going to end soon though. Billy has a trip planned in mid-October, he will be gone a week, but it will be a LONG week. We really like being married! :)

Branch is sitting in front of his giant t.v playing a game. LOL Bethanie caught him a little off gaurd with this photo. It is cute though! (do you see Bethanie's drum set...yes it is real, and yes it is loud, and yes she is very good)! I am still grateful for hearing aids though!

This is homecoming week for Bethanie so it has been a lot of busyness getting her to and from all of the events.

Bethanie and I before she went to the homecoming game to paint faces. She said she did lots of stripes in blue and gold under the eyes and lots of dolphins! :)

Isn't she the cutest little cowgirl you have ever seen. She looks just darn tootin! Too cute! :)
Love this little girl and she knows it! She is going to be proving her roots next week, she is going to be competing in a horse show! :) She is going to be jumping (little jumps) but big leaps of panic in my heart! :)

Oh well, I am ending this without any layouts or anything else to show off! :) I went to Scrap Pink weekend last weekend and completed a lot of pages and even a mini book about my car! :) I am going to share that next time!

Have a great weekend and Happy Fall Ya'll!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

I'm Creating (a little)

So I am creating a little bit again. It felt good. There was a challenge in the Cricut Circle to use cartridges you have never used before. I seem to be collecting a lot of cartridges and not using them lately. So here it is to at least try to get some use out of all this "stuff" I have. Or if your Billy "scrap crap." :)
The recipe is Picturesque cartridge, Gypsy font, Winter Woodlands, and Doodletype. I fused all my words together using the gyspy. The only cartridge I used in the machine was picturesque only because I couldn't wait to link it to my gypsy to do that pretty tag. I love that tag.
I glimmer misted the tag and then attached it to some bazzill dot cardstock. The butterfly I "think" is Heidi Swapp, I got in a Cocoa Daisy kit or a Lifetime moments kit. I don't know, it was floating around my work table begging to be used. So I did. I attached some Kaiser pearls and some crystals of unknown origin to it using KI gloo. The little butterfly crystals are from Creative Impressions. The journal tag is from Prima, I inked it to make it match the rest of the layout. I used a fiskar border punch for the small border and the photo mat. I attached the border using xyron and instead of erasing the residue I added glitter. It was different, I don't know if I will do that again, but it was an interesting effect and matched the bling bazzill on the bottom title and the glimmer mist on the picturesque title.
The picture itself was taken Thanksgiving 2009. It was such a sweet time, the little girls had so much fun dancing to the music and "flying." They are all growing up so fast. I am looking forward to seeing them next weekend if not for the why.
Thanks for coming by and checking out my layout! Have a great week!

Friday, July 16, 2010


Ok, so here I am trying to get creative again in Scrapbooking. I have been creating a new me and creating a lot of stuff for school, but now it is time for me to create for ME!!!

I have joined the Cricut Circle and have recieved the coolest cartridge called French Manor. NOT FOR SALE! It has just been brand newly hooked up to my gypsy and is all MINE MINE MINE...mwahahaha!

I have also joined BPS in a class which I haven't done since Hawaii! Seriously! So, it was time! I am hoping to do the Library of Memories if Stacy has that available this year. I truly am looking to jumpstart my creativity as the Southern Scrap Escape was cancelled and totally bummed me out for a couple of months.

I am seriously reorganizing and purging some things that I have had for a long time and really not ever a huge fan of. Tried it and used as much as I'm ever going to use and time for the rest of it to go away. Now, back in the day where I had to have ALL of the papers in a line. I have grown up since then and order what I will use. (unless its on sale!!!) You remember the huge flower paper from Basic Grey, did we ever use it? Nope, I still have every piece in every line...Vagabond, Black Tie, etc. SEI simple sets....well, I'm kind of over them too. I just recently burned myself out on those papers with my Assistants Scrapbook for the school year 2009-2010.
Ok...So, now what am going to CREATE with all this stuff, well...right now I'm hoping to finish my car book and my kitty book. I am having fun with lots of new techniques, I have never tried. But right now it is time for me get back to cleaning and purging!
Back to show you some neat stuff soon!!!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

School's OUT!!!


I am so excited school is out for the summer. I have so many things planned, but mostly it is planning for next year! I hope to get my autism endorsement this year with just my classroom experience. I won't have to finish the classes I started to get it and that will take so much stress off of my day to day work.


Home life is great, Billy is home for the summer *keep your fingers crossed* Bethanie has started drum lessons to go with the drum set we have in our game/music room. UGH! I am just grateful I can take my hearing aids out! LOL.

Branch is still in guitar and is looking forward to working for A+ Marine this summer again. I am looking forward to getting to sleep in some of the time and and playing with my kids, dogie and hubby! :) I am starting to feel happy again, but always there is sadness in there.


Every day I wake up thinking of mom. It was really neat that I woke up this morning while dreaming about being in the middle of a conversation with my mom. When I woke up my first thought was, I need to call mom so we can finish our conversation, then I really "woke up" and was sad. I miss my mom, as time goes on some things are actually harder, I really can't go see her, and I really can't talk to her, and I really can't hug her, and I really can't feel her hand on my cheek as she always did. I know she is always with me, but I just miss her, and I can't help feeling, will it ever get better? Will it always hurt this much to think about her? Will I ever stop crying?

Well, this went from a happy post to a sad post. It seems that is my life right now, I am either really up or really down, most of the time I am in between and that is good. I am trying to regain the steady laid back person I usually am. I know it will take time.

REVISITING words of the year...

I just want to LIVE!!! I want to CREATE!!! and I want to APPRECIATE all that I am and have in my life. This year's word is CREATE and I do not feel I have been all that creative but I have hope and know that it will change. Right now I am trying to CREATE a new me. More to come on that later! :) I also want to create beautiful things for my home and my classroom.


BP ruined part of my summer, but there is an alternate plan. I had planned on being at the beach a lot this summer, drop Branch off at work and to the beach I was going...well, now that has been changed by tar balls and oil. We have joined a gym that has 2 pools. I am excited about swimming but sad it is not in the Gulf. :( My beautiful beach. The saddest thing I have seen so far happened on my way to work yesterday morning. I saw a Pelican that was half dirty. It was not sick yet, it was still mobile, but it won't be much longer before it gets really sick and can't move that makes me sad. Those beautiful regal birds that look like they belong in a pre-historic time are going to be so hurt by the oil. I am saddened by the destruction the oil is going to cause all of us. How many things are going to be lost forever, maybe our innocence is gone now?

Good Night, remember life is still good. We have who we love and they love us.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Punch Bug Blue NO PUNCH BACK!!!

WOW...I got my Punch Bug!!! YIPPEEE

Those of you who follow know how long I have wanted one of these cars! Going on 10 years! YIPPEE!!!!

She is a final edition special edition. She is 1406 of 1500! She is so totally cool and I LOVE HER.

Her name is Sunshine...just because the song "Good Day Sunshine" by the Beatles makes me Happy!

I wish my Mom could see her, she would be so happy for me and the first in line for a ride. I miss you mom.

Love ya and thank you for all the kind words and thoughts this year, you all have really made me feel better.
Longer post later! :) Thanks for checking in me.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

I'll Always Miss you Mom

Gail Elizabeth Schaan

July 30, 1940 -- February 9, 2010

I have no other words to say other than I love you with all my heart and I will miss you every day until we meet again. I love you.

Bonnie said it better than I could. Here is what she said at our Family Memorial on Sunday.

For Gramms, I Love you

It's the little things that make up a year, and the years which make up a life. It's the little things that make up the memories. An I have an abundance of those.

I liked to listen to her talk about the family's old stories. I loved to hear her talk about when she was a teenager living in MS. When she yelled at Elvis. That is one of my favorite stories, I must have asked her to tell me that story like 20 times. I remember when I was real young when I spent most of my time at Grandma and Grandpa's house. Grandma would let us go through the fence and into the next neighborhood as long as we were in hearing distance. We were never too far away if we could hear her calling us. She must have really been bellowing out because I know we were going way further than she knew. So close to getting in so much trouble so many times. I think she knew it was the only way a child can really learn.

My grandmother was a very unique person. What made her so different was her ability to put away earthly thoughts and show love to all others in a way that made sense to all of us. She was not here to judge and she lived that way. Letting us make our own mistakes and knowing that we would see the better idea before it was too late. Although I never really thought about it, she was here to show us how to love. That we could love each other for who we all really are and not what we think each other should be. In her own way she is like an angel to the family. She showed many of us how to ignore the ugly and live on. And most of all she showed all of us that if you wan to believe then the rest of the world doesn't matter. That anything is possible and we are all capable of making the greatest accomplishments on earth if you just believe.

She was a very strong woman and she could learn to smile through all that she went through. Even when she couldn't talk that well she made me laugh. She would cut jokes when no one saw it coming. She still had the ability to find the good in things. She never let it get her down. Not that I ever saw. She tried to make it obvious to us that she was going to hang in there as long as God would let her. She was a believer that as long as she fought she would make it. I know she fought for a very long time. I live easy knowing that she is not in any of the pain, discomfort, or any embarrassment that she was going through recently. I know that God has blessed her and she is in that beautiful palace in the heavens.

I love you Grandma and you will be missed by all of us. Thank you for all the things you taught me about life.

Love Bonnie

My Mother was Mom, or mommy to me, to my kids and my sister's kids she was Grandma, to the Great Grands she was Gramms. All and all she was beautiful and loved to make beautiful things. She loved to draw and was so good at it. She liked that she had the ability to make some money with her art. I am so glad that she realized that dream in her life. She really wanted to share her beautiful creations with others and that she got paid for this was a bonus.

I miss her so much already, I can't even imagine how bad it is going to be in the future.

Saturday, January 02, 2010

Happy New Year; New Decade!

Happy New Year

Welcome 2010

I am hoping that this all finds you safe and sound and not too off kilter from celebrating the New Year. :) We have had a nice Christmas break and it is almost over. Tomorrow I will spend the morning in the classroom getting things ready for the first day back to school. I am looking forward to seeing my boys, but really not ready to go back to school full throttle. The only thing I can say is that I get to ease back into things before I have to start another Autism Endorsement class. I sure hope it is not as work intensive as the last one. That is really going to go poorly with moving to a new classroom and gaining another student.

Billy will be a traveling man again in January. He will be gone from January 11 to Jan 22. At least he gets to go somewhere he has always wanted to go. He gets to go to Washington D.C. I am so excited for him. I am a tiny bit jealous, but someone has to hold down the fort and take care of the animals, etc. The standing order is a coffee cup. He gets the kids shirts and I want a coffee cup! :)

(Billy with Dorian 12/29/09)

Bethanie will be turning 17 this year, wow...didn't I just bring her home from the hospital? Didn't she just learn to ride her bike, Didn't she just have a hula performance? I am so happy to know this special young lady and sad that she is no longer my little girl. The only thing that I have wished for her is that she would be taller than me. One wish that has been denied, poor kid is exactly the same height as I am. She says she is "fun size" I tend to agree.

Branch is growing up. Still loving the guitar and work, and learning to be a grown up. I am so proud of this guy. I just can't believe how awesome he is. Autism is not something to be afraid of, it is challenging but some things can be overcome with the right attitude. This guy has the right attitude. It is very rare that he is sad or down, he has the best attitude I have ever seen on anyone.

Me? I am happy to be blessed with a wonderful family that love me. This is the year I get my VW Bug. I am so excited. I am still contemplating painting in purple and the peace signs will definitely be on there. I totally dig purple and peace! Other items of interest, still loving the teaching, the family, and scrapbooking. Not a lot of time devoted to scrapping since everything else is up in the air, but I'm hoping to achieve something this year. I am part of a challenge on my yahoo board. It is 365 challenges, I'm just aiming for 365 pages, no matter what size! :)

I will have another post with my resolutions and word for the year, but for now. Happy New Year and I hope you have a Blessed and posperous 2010.