Showing posts from 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 g…

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 h…

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 lit…


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 sin…

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 m…

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.

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 youIt'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…

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 c…