Tuesday, July 24, 2007
At the same time, we're getting Val used to the whole idea. She sees her sissy getting on the potty and getting jelly beans when she goes, and keeps asking for her jelly beans. I've been putting her on each time I take Monkey, just hoping that it'll work. So far we haven't had any luck, but I'm not going to count the girl out. After all, Em was fully trained at 18 months, and Val's almost there, so I do have some hope.
So, like I said, it's truly an adventure. Wonder what it would be like to have NO diapers to change?? Someday, perhaps, I'll find out. :)
Sunday, July 22, 2007
I completed two trip albums, and an album of Peter and I from the beginning until around 2004. I also scrapped all the photos for a flower album that I've been wanting to do for a few years and have been putting off. That album is a work in progress, as I'd like to have each letter of the alphabet represented, or at least as many as possible. I also scrapped the photos of Val from the time we started keeping her at 8 weeks, and that album is also ongoing.
In all, I finished enough layouts to fill 7 scrapbooks! That's pretty amazing. So now I have 18 filled albums from the time I first started scrapbooking in October 2003!
I am now exhausted, and my body is screaming for me to stop. So I'm going to. I've gotten a lot of projects finished that were nagging at me, so from now on, I hope to just scrap what pleases me when I want to scrap it. At least until the next SFYS rolls around! :D
And that, my friends, is a very good thing...
It never dawned on me that I'm fiercely competitive, yet I guess I am. I have this desire to win that doesn't even make sense to me. But it's all good... I have until midnight tonight to scrap as many pages as I can, then I can take a break, sit back with my Diet Coke and read Harry Potter. Yay!! Right now, that sounds like an awesome idea.
The good side to all this madness? I've completed my Florida trip album, my Train trip album, my Book of Blooms album, gotten a good start to Val's album, got a bunch of pictures scrapped that I've been wanting to but have been putting off, and am now working on a relationship album for Peter and I. It feels really good to get all these projects finished - it's actually a weight off my mind.
Hopefully after I get done with all these and take a break for a while (probably a few days), I'll feel more inspired to get to all those projects that I've been putting off. There's a school days album, an album of my babies and a few other albums. As a matter of fact, I'm almost caught up with all the photos that I plan to scrapbook! That's a scary but welcome thought.
Sooooo, it's back to the scrapdesk I go... cross your fingers for me! :)
Thursday, July 19, 2007
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I got this digital quickpage a while back and couldn't figure out how to use it. I finally figured it out, and thought this photo was the perfect one to use with it. Guess it helps to learn how to use my image editing software, huh?
Monday, July 16, 2007
I've just got to say that after going through a dry spell creatively for so long, it feels really good to just let go and do what feels good. I was getting bogged down with a certain set of photos earlier and it was taking me way too long to figure out how to scrap them, so I decided to put them to the side and go on. Well, that worked. I'm really trying hard to let go and know that simple is fine, that I don't have to have all the latest techniques and products, that as long as I document the memories, events and people that mean something, that's ok.
I'm listening to the Eagles' "Take It Easy". What a cool song to have come on while I'm writing this entry.
Anyway, I'm going to go back to scrapping now. Just wanted to share. :)
UPDATE: I got 12 pages completed tonight. Yay, me!! :)
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Saturday, July 14, 2007
We had a great dinner (after waiting for ages - but hey, that's the nature of the beast!), and Mom made a strawberry-rhubarb pie for me. Peter bought a cake and Lori, Mom & Flo all gave me hand made cards. Lori bought me a pack of Bazzill Bling (yep, it's been a great Bazzill day!!), and Meg gave me two skirts and two shirts. Mom also gave me a gorgeous Angel Wing plant that's in bloom, as well as the first two zinnia blossoms from her garden. Boy, did those bring back childhood memories!!
Then after dinner, Peter took me to Books-A-Million and we chose some books to read and he bought drinks for us to enjoy. When we got ready to leave, he went and prepaid for the new Harry Potter book that's coming out next weekend.... Yay!!!! I've got all the other books, as well as the companion books, so I'm really excited. I'm not sure how it's going to be after reading this one, though, as it's the last in the series. Bummer. Hopefully the author will think up an even better character and start a new series, because she's a really great author, and easy to read.
Sooooo, that was my birthday. In all, it's been a great one. I've really had a blast, and it was nice to share the weekend with the ones I care about most in my life. :)
Anyway, I got 15 pages scrapped. My page kits totally worked. I will definately do that again. :) My sweetie got 8 pages done. He's creating a book about his job, which is cool. It's nice to share a hobby with the one you love.
Yesterday before we left, Peter bought me a bunch of scrappy stuff I'd been wanting. That was my birthday gift from him, so that was cool. Then today was a great mail day. We got two Priority Mail boxes full of Bazzill. For those of you not in the know, it's a really great textured cardstock. So now I've got lots of pretty colors to choose from. We also got a ton of rub-on alphas, so I don't have to go searching for the perfect colors anymore.
I also just have to say that I love State Farm Insurance. They actually sent us two checks - refunds for part of our premiums on both vehicles. Apparently they've had a good fiscal year and chose to share the dividends with their customers. If you're in search of a good insurance company, I highly recommend them. :)
Now I'm off to scrapbook for a while. Peter says we need to leave here at 5:45 this evening. No clue what he's up to, and I haven't asked many questions, but I'm going to trust him. Can't wait to see what's going on. Guess he's celebrating me getting ooooold. (But he'll always be older than me, so I guess that makes him ancient, huh??) LOL
Friday, July 13, 2007
I'm a little excited about tomorrow (or today, as the case may be), since Peter and I are going to a crop. I've got all my page kits ready, complete with photos and ribbons. Now we just need to pack up the last little bit of stuff tomorrow and hit the road. I'm looking forward to not having to drag all my paper with me. I think I've got enough kits for 15 pages. Hope that I can get them all assembled, then I can come home and work on this FL album a little more over the weekend.
For some reason I really tried to scrap while the girls were napping this afternoon but only got one page done. Then after the two little ones left, I managed to whip out the other eight. Guess I'll just shoot for scrapping in the evenings and weekends from now on...
Anywho, have a good one, and don't forget to....
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
And finally, the other day, Hannah came strolling up to me and she had her fancy socks on and my flippies. I just had to laugh at this silly girl. It was just too funny.
Sunday, July 08, 2007
I realize that the whole issue of not taking photos is just a part of the Amish lifestyle and creed, but as a scrapbooker, it's almost as though there is a gaping hole there. Yes, I have the geneaology books and know about our family history, but it's sorta hard to put together a heritage album when all you have are stories. I did one of sorts when I first started scrapping, but it's nothing like what I'd love to be able to put together now, if I only had the photos to go along with the history and stories. I have two photos of my maternal grandparents and one or two photos of my paternal grandmother. That's it.
Am I the only one who feels this way about not having photos to document our family history?? What are your thoughts on this subject, especially if you come from an Amish background?
And if any of my family has pictures they wouldn't mind sharing - please email them to me. I'd sure appreciate it!!
Friday, July 06, 2007
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1. I love to be home alone or just here with everyone else asleep. :)
2. Loud, shrill or squeaky noises hurt my ears.
3. My favorite ice cream is plain old vanilla.
4. I don't go anywhere, not even in the house, without my cell phone.
5. If I have to go without internet for more than a few hours, I get antsy.
6. I hate the cold but love looking at snow as long as I don't have to be out in it.
7. Blueberries are my favorite fruit.
I Tagged: nobody. I'm tired, ready for bed and I'll try to figure out who to tag in the morning. :D
On Wednesday night, I was totally stressed out and having a panic attack, so I took a sleeping pill, hoping it would help me sleep. Well, it didn't. It didn't kick in until somewhere around 3am!! So yesterday when the girls got here, we all went down for a nap. BIG mistake!! I woke up feeling worse than I had before I slept.
Then last night my sweetie and I went to bed around 8:30pm because we were simply beat. And I slept great until about 11:30pm. Then I woke up, got some things ready for him to take with him, and sat here and played a computer game until 1:30am. Then I went to bed, finished a book, looked through three or four scrappy mags, then got up and got a fresh batch of scrappy mags to look through. Not sure when I finally dozed off, but it was well after 3am! Then I woke again at 6am, and again at 7am. Then I just stayed up. Not sure how, but I am really going to try to stay up until bedtime tonight. I need to get my schedule back right!!
The bright side to all this? Well, looking through all those scrappy mags has brought me some new, much needed inspiration. I got up and took some photos for a layout that I've been planning for several months now, and just need to sketch it out so I can put it together as soon as I get my latest Snapfish order. Yay!! So I'm not going to count the night a total loss. At least now there are some new, fabulous ideas floating around just waiting to become reality on a scrapbook page. :)
Have a fabulous Friday!!
Wednesday, July 04, 2007
This morning, I tried again. And boys howdy is it good!!! Even Peter likes it. So it goes on my "do-over" list. It tasted SO fresh and luscious. I used string cheese, since it's just plain mozzarella and we've always got it on hand. I also used fresh basil that's growing right outside my front door. :) Now I just hope they keep those tomatoes coming....
1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
6 sticks mozzarella string cheese, sliced into 1/2" rounds
1 handful fresh basil, roughly chopped
In a small bowl, combine about 2 Tbsp red wine vinegar, about 5-6 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil, freshly ground paper and sea salt. Whisk together until it emulsifies. I didn't actually measure the ingredients, I just sorta chucked it all in and went for it - measurements here are guesstimates.
Pour dressing over tomatoes & cheese, stir well to coat. Cover and chill for at least 1-2 hours to allow the flavors to "marry".
If you try this recipe, please let me know how you like it!!
Monday, July 02, 2007
Kathryn was at Mom & Lori's when we got there - it was nice to see her again - it's been a couple of weeks. There were three of us sisters present, which was neat. It's amazing the things we learned tonight!! Well, me, anyway. There were loads of laughs going on, so much so that I noticed the service wasn't that great, but I was enjoying myself so much that it didn't really bother me. :)
'Retta and Flora were the troublemakers at the table (not really, but they look like they're up to something, don't they??) LOL There were stories being told right and left - it was really neat to hear them!
These two sat at the other end of the table... didn't get to talk to them much, but we did manage to sneak in a few fairly decent pictures! He's a true ham and had us laughing!
And last but not least, I think she just looks so pretty here!! Just HAD to take a photo of her tonight. :)
So after we all filled up on salad and got our handy-dandy to-go boxes filled, we all went back to the house and noshed on watermelon. Yep, it was tasty, too!! Gotta love that my sweetie doesn't mind going shopping. And he even carved it up for all of us. :)
Sooooo, the evening was a fun one, filled with family, great conversation, really good food, lousy service and topped off with yummy watery goodness. I think it definately qualifies as a success!!
Loretta - SO glad you stopped in!! :)
Sunday, July 01, 2007
Soooo, my sweetheart bought a 64-oz jug thingie for me, and I filled it with ice and water this morning and decided that I was going to drink it all today. And I did - PLUS some! Woo hoo!!!! I think I got at least 72-oz down today. And I've gotten the exercise (running to the ladies' room) to prove it. LOL
We've had some drama here the past couple of days. None of it was fun, some of it was hurtful to others, but it's all water under the bridge. You know that old saying "don't let the sun go down on your anger"? Well, when you practice that, it REALLY helps!! :) Try it sometime - it makes you sleep so much better when the air is cleared before you go to bed. And the making up part isn't so bad, either - it gives you peace in your heart & mind. Getting to that point is the difficult part, and being the first to say "I'm sorry" isn't always the easiest, but someone has to do it, right?
Monkey is sick. Well, WAS sick. Poor baby went through some stuff on Friday that wasn't so fun for her. She spiked a high temp and then endured being stripped down and being bathed with tepid water and alcohol while the a/c was jacked up on high. Poor little mite kept crying that she was cold, but we managed to drop her temp from 105.3 (actual) to 99.6 (actual) within an hour, so it was worth it. Her Mommy took her to the doctor as soon as she could get here and they gave her a strong antibiotic injection, and as of yesterday afternoon, she was feeling much better and was running around playing. Whew!!! Poor kiddo!
Princess Savannah hung out with us for a few hours on Friday, too. THAT was an adventure, but after she had a nap, she just played and played with the other children. She's such a loving child, and after all the crying was over, we really enjoyed having her here. :)
Anyway, I'm off to (hopefully) scrapbook today. Need to make some lunch too but I realllly need to scrap!! It does my mind good.
Have a fantabulous day and don't forget to....