Monday, December 31, 2007
anyways-she has posted there about a little 5 year old girl Mikayla who is going to be undergoing 70, yes seventy!!, chemo treatments for a brain tumor. You can, hopefully, read her story by clicking on this link http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/mikaylafrazier (If ANYONE can teach me HOW to do the whole click 'here' instead of typing out the WHOLE link IN the post....PLEASE DO email me and share huh??) If you would like to join in and send a card, thoughts of encouragement and OF COURSE prayers, the BEST gift of all, please email me for her address--of course you don't need the address for prayers so let me encourage you to send Mikayla and her family a card.
I can't begin to imagine what this family is going through but I DO know what it feels like to get a card in the mail from someone who was 'just thinking of you' AND what it feels like to know someone is praying for me.
Thanks in advance for sharing the love..............
PS: Have a HAPPY and SAFE New Years!!
Saturday, December 29, 2007
As HARD as I tried I could NOT get ONE picture of both kids and GRANDMA looking and smiling!! If I got ONE kid smiling the other was either NOT smiling or LOOKING AWAY.
Finally Grandma suggested it was time for 'silly pictures'......
......we couldn't even get a 'silly picture' with EVERYONE being 'silly' or goofy at the same time!!
I noticed this little bird sitting in the Ponderosa Pine right outside the front deck and I just thought it made such a 'purty' picture! I think I'll crop it a little, get it printed, frame it and put it up somewhere in the house. Who knows what else I might end up doing with it. Joe suggested post cards of some sort.....we'll see.
My mom and dad left yesterday. It seems like as quickly as they came, they left. We were SO busy with everything that the time just FLEW right by!
On the trip over my Mom says he was asking all the little kids what they wanted for Christmas and if they'd been bad or good. Imagine! I wonder if those kids thought they REALLY saw Santa! Heeheehee!
Here are the boys again....preparing our Christmas turkey. They were SO funny. Look at Sammo's hands on his tummy. They were bragging about how GOOD the turkey smelled. Samuel said, "it smells like Kentuky Fried Chicken!"
Thursday, December 27, 2007
Friday, December 14, 2007
However, Nikki is her OWN best subject. I got my hands on HER camera (The BEST Bday gift I think we've EVER gotten her, by the way. She uses it EVERY SINGLE day. NO KIDDING!!) and copied some of her pics to my laptop. She can take good pictures.
SO, here are a few pictures of our 'beauty' and her BEST FRIENDS.
SO many people have asked if they are sisters....not biologically.....but they ARE sisters at heart!!
Sunday, December 9, 2007
Saturday, December 8, 2007
I've been pretty busy though......working, finishing school, preceptoring etc, etc.....
Hopefully the busyness of things will slow down just a bit now........
I'm DONE with school!! I still have my RN boards to take of course, but my 2+ hour drive a couple times a week is finally OVER!! Yippee!! -There's a GOOD savings RIGHT there!
We had our class dinner last week. I had such a NICE time. Here are a few pictures from that night. Patrick and his wife are on the left. He's a good egg, that Patrick.....and a fellow ex-Yankee... :) We're both ORIGINALLY from the East Coast. He gave me the SWEETEST card. It just so touched my heart. What a good guy with a heart of pure gold!!
More classmates....Lauren-(you've left me with some pretty good memories too!! When I think 'toast' I just can't HELP but laugh out loud!!)
Kyle, Jaime and Katie.
And here are a few more classmates: Aura, Deanna and Korie- who was also my commuting buddy many 'a days!
I am SO blessed to have had the opportunity to be a part of this class. What an AWESOME group of people!! As excited and happy as I am to finally be done, I'm sure going to miss seeing everyone every week in class!! Bittersweet.
Thursday night, (Dec 6th) was our pinning.
Here's Joe, Nikki and Samuel pinning me............... -a little blurry I know...but you get the 'jist' of it.
It's very surreal. As much as I KNOW it's over, it just doesn't feel 'REAL' yet.
My mom and dad are coming for Christmas and will be arriving on the 19th. Our poor house is SUCH a mess. Joe and the kids really tried I know, to keep up with things but our house really needs some TLC. So for the next few weeks that's what we'll be busy doing, purging, organizing and cleaning......in addition of course to getting out the Christmas decorations, going Christmas shopping, working etc, etc........
OK, so maybe things WON'T slow down right away!!
Today I have a 'date' with my 7 1/2 year old son so I guess if I'm going to get much done around here, I'd better get moving.
I'll be posting the invite to my 'Graduation Party' here in a bit so check back and see what 'cha think. Comments and suggestions are always welcome!!
Enjoy your Saturday and have a WONDERFUL weekend.
I KNOW I will!!! :)
Friday, November 30, 2007
.....it's all good.
While I was getting ready for our class dinner the other night, which, by the way was wonderful! Well, since I brought it up........I am DONE with
school!! We had our LAST exam this past Wednesday and what a relief!
The truth of the matter is, it's more of a bittersweet type deal. I've truly made some incredibly wonderful friends over this past year and it's going to be SO strange not seeing them every week anymore. I just hope we DO keep in touch.
Anyways, moving right along....................I was getting ready and...................................................
.........I happened to look out our bathroom window and saw this amazing Eagle munch'in on her catch for the day, a steelhead trout. I asked Joe to grab one of the camera's to take a picture. I just LOVE Eagle's. I just think they are BEAUTIFUL. MY thought was for Joe to take the picture from the balcony off our bedroom........guys think differently from us though girls........he took them through the bathroom window. I LOVE my husband to death but can you say, 'deedeedee'!!! UGH! I TRIED to 'fix' them. They're a LITTLE better but not much. It's alright......she's STILL AMAZING to me!!
Thursday, November 22, 2007
...and the finished product(s)!!
Happy Thanksgiving from our home to yours!!
Sunday, November 18, 2007
....maybe if I stamped on the lighter yellow paper instead of the off white??? Maybe I'll give it a whirl tomorrow....we'll see........but for tonight, it is what it is................
Stamps: Baroque Motif's (SU!), Ink: Pumpkin Pie-(I think!), Ruby Red and Close to Cocoa (all SU!) Cardstock: Chatterbox Patterned Paper: from a stack Misc items: brads (?)
Saturday, November 17, 2007
But, for now, here is this one:
Is she just too much or what!?!!
I just noticed (from the picture) my bottom little 'bling' rhinestone was crooked. YIKES! Luckily it wasn't dried completely and I was able to straighten it out!
I'm not so happy about my pink cardstock not matching perfectly so I guess I'll either have to keep my eyes out for a darker hot pink OR just color her in with a different color next time.
I used colored pencils and OMS (Odorless Mineral Spirits) to color this beauty in and then went over her boa, hat and heels with crystal Stickles (LOVE that stuff!!) The paper is just stuff I have had forever. I don't even know where it originally came from--probably paper stacks or something.
Alright, off to work on something else before it's time for bed!! Tomorrow is going to be dedicated to studying--after church of course.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend........
Aura? Have you gotten yours?? Have you had a chance to 'play'?? I can't WAIT to see what you do with it!! :)
Well, mine arrived yesterday and I am SO glad I have today and tomorrow off so I can PLAY with it!!
The name of the set is Time Well Spent. It is a Level 3 Hostess set in the upcoming catalog SOOO....if YOU'RE LOVING this set as much as I do, think about doing a party (home or book)!!
Gotta go PLAY now---
Until next time....................
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Saturday, November 10, 2007
I bought this little stamp a few weeks to a month ago. I think I got it in a clearance bin somewhere.I'm just having a little fun 'playing' this morning. I'm going to HAVE to get something done today so I think this may be the end of my 'playing' for this morning.
The kids are making cotton candy--YES! at 10:00 in the morning. My son is a sugar FREAK-but it's keeping him busy for right now...he hasn't actually MADE any yet but he will be here in a few minutes............So, until next time--Happy Stamp'in and ENJOY your weekend! It's off to work for me tomorrow BUT I DO have Monday off!!!
Materials used: Paper: White Daisy, Cranberry and Blush Cardstock (CTMH) Patterned Paper: The Christmas Stack (DCWV) Ink: Orange, archival black, White Daisy (CTMH) Stamps: Baroque Motifs (SU!), Snowpeople (studio g) Ribbon: white organdy (CTMH), red with snowflakes ($1 bin-Target) Misc: Icicle Stickles (Ranger), Liquid Applique (Marvy)
Moving right along........
I picked up some paper the other day at JoAnns. It's a Christmas Stack by DCWV. It was on sale for $11.99. There are 180 sheets in the pack which makes each sheet about $0.06/sheets. There are some really cute patterns in that stack-I'd looked at it a couple times before and decided to just get it. The problem is, I have SO many of these darned stacks, well, I have SO MUCH PAPER, I hate buying more....but really, just like with the REST of this hobby, it's an ADDICTION and at $0.06/sheet!!! So, I KNEW I wanted to use some of that new paper for this card but I ALSO knew I wanted to use my cuttlebug too....(yet another addiction)--turns out I didn't end up using much of the paper after all! Anyways, this is what I came up with...........
I wasn't so crazy about it at first..but it's kind of grown on me a bit....It's pretty simple and didn't take much time to put together. I LOVE the icicle stickles BUT it's got a bigger tip (I'm sure to accomodate the bigger glitter pieces) and it had a tendency to clump up and blob out a bit.
And, of course you'll notice the embossed snowflakes. I just LOVE that little machine!! (Samuel LOVES coming in and making up different embossed papers too. I'm going to have to figure a way to 'nix' that or I'll be out of plain paper before I know it!!) I used blush cardstock (CTMH) for the embossed snowflakes and then sanded the top a bit.
Papers: CranberryWhite Daisy and Blush cardstock (CTMH)
Patterned Paper: DCWV, The Christmas Stack
Stamps: The Snowflake Spot (SU!)
Ribbon: White Daisy Organdy (CTMH), light blue grossgrain (Michaels)
Misc: Icicle Stickles (Ranger), 'rhinestone gems' (WalMart)
This is Beate's sketch challenge so if you want to 'get in on it', start creating! You can check out her blog: http://beate.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/
for details. She has links to work by other ladies too who have participated in this challenge and their work is just beautiful-so check 'em out!!
Let me know if you do something too, by leaving a comment and a link to your blog. I LOVE seeing what everyone comes up with!!
Enjoy your weekend!!
Sunday, November 4, 2007
This is a picture frame I did up for Katie for her bday. It matches the paper from the card. These are SO easy to make up and they always come out so darned cute-to me anyways.
I bought the frames at Michaels 'forever' ago for $1. They really just snap together. The longest time is waiting for the glue to dry!
oops-just noticed the background paper doesn't match. You get the point anyways! :)
Have a GREAT week!
I always TRY to get pictures of the kids with this tree and it's leaves before Fall passes. The leaves are just absolutely GORGEOUS to me and the pictures always come out SO nice! -Well, I think so anyways.........
So, this is the last one of Sammo.....
Mittens (Nikki's cat) just HAD to get in on the 'going's on'...silly kitty!!
No pictures of Nikki! :(
I don't know WHERE she was, for heaven's sake, I don't even know WHEN I took these pictures, my guess is she wasn't home.....AHH!! She was at Vanessa's and didn't get home until it was too dark. I hope I get a chance to get some pictures of HER at the tree....Maybe Monday-we'll see.
Of COURSE I'll post a few of HER too if I can get her to take some.
I'll post that picture of the card I was working on in a bit..........
Until then, Tata!