Sunday, October 28, 2007

58 Days and counting.....
Christmas will be here before we know it!
The lists from the girls have yet to come but they are on their way I'm sure. I have been playing around with some Winter/Holiday stamps. These two are from Inkadinkado. I LOVE the snowman stamp....and the striped paper is from Basic Grey "Figgy"....Basic Grey makes me very warm and fuzzy and happy. Not good that paper does this to me. But it does!
In my hands I have Hanna Montana tickets for the Dec. 20th show here in Providence. For those of you without pre-teen girls....this is the hottest thing going..and almost impossible to get. Luckily, we have a great friend that let us buy her two extra tickets for face value! That is Olivia's birthday present and Sophia's best friends mom got a ticket for her as a "just because"....thats the kind of friend to have!! Emily has been such a good sport about not having a ticket and really dosen't care she isn't going. We actually put the decision in her court and told her if she would be upset that we couldn't get her a ticket that we wouldn't take Olivia....and without a thought, she said she would like me to take Olivia. I love that little girl....{we may have bribed her a bit with a Webkinz or two, but, everyone is happy.}
Well, I am going to watch the rest of the RED SOX! Let me know what you think of these cards by the way....

Thursday, October 18, 2007


let it snow...let it snow...let it snow!
Here in New England today it was gross...weather wise. It felt like at any minute the skies were going to open and it would pour...that stagnant, humid feeling that I HATE! It never rained. My body works best when the weather is basically the same day after day. If its going to be hot, be hot every day, but 40 one day and 80 the next, not good for me. I love the freezing cold days when you step outside it has a very quiet sound and then your nostrils stick together. We haven't had one of those winters in years, and I don't think we will get one this year either.
Last month I won my first contest. It was fun, I received (if I remember correctly) like 38% of the vote. I was rewarded with some nice gifts, one being the coluzzle file folder. Above is my submission for this month, (they tell you what stamp set to use) so I used some of my winnings from last month to create this months cards. Submissions have to be in by Oct. 1st. Then the voting begins. I love snowmen!!!! These are cute, and this card is sparkly.... Do you like it???

Wednesday, October 17, 2007


Where the heck have the last 15 days gone???

I took on a new "volunteer" job that has taken much more time than I ever expected. I know it will only take a few more weeks to get things organized and then it should be a lot easier. {I will keep you posted}

This card is done with a new set I just got today from CTMH called Harvest Memories. The thing I love lately about using clear stamps is that you can line things up so much better. This stamp sentiment actually is three separate lines on the stamp, but, I am able to line it up so much easier than with a wood stamp in row. The paper line is one of the newer kits too called Enchanted.

This is my favorite time of the year and I have been decorating, baking, cleaning, and scrapbooking. Life is good.
Many people email me asking to hear more about my kids. So here is a little snipit of what has been happening in our end of he world!

~~We have picked a date to get remarried
~~I am holding Thanksgiving this year!!
~~We are going to plan a trip up north for a night or two and cut down our Christmas tree after Thanksgiving.
~~Chris and I are going to see this show next month: http://www.cirqueproductions.com/cirquedreams.htm
~~My 11 year old is close to driving me to drink alcohol.....instead of coffee in the morning!
~~Sophie loves her pottery class and has tried out for the school play. There were 66 kids at tryouts today for only 14 spots. I am sure she did great!! She has been cleared by the doctor for the stress fracture that has keep her off a bike, a soccer field, trampoline and anything else she enjoyed for over three monts! She starts indoor soccer in a few weeks too!
~~Emmy will finish her first oil painting at art class tomorrow and I will post picture of it when it makes it home. For an 8 year old, I think you will be impressed!

Hope all is well with everyone!!!

Tuesday, October 02, 2007



The girl never ceases to amaze me...

As I was going through some picture files today trying to sort through and see what needs to be developed etc, I came across this beautiful picture (one of many) that Olivia took this summer on our vacation to Williamsburg, VA. Olivia received this camera from my parents last Christmas. She has really done a great job of capturing some photos that in my opinion are pretty spectacular. What is so amazing to me is that this beautiful picture does not really tell the story of this day.
Chris, Olivia, and Emily were going to take a cruise on this chartered boat while Sophia and I stayed back and spent some time doing something that Sophia would enjoy more. Well, the problem was that when they gave us directions, they may as well have had us take an airplane. Rather than go from point A to point B, they has us go to point A then to Z, back to B. Literally. So as we pulled up they saw the ship pulling away from the dock. The three of them ran down the dock trying to halt the ship. For a second Sophia and I thought they had actually done it, but, as it turns out it didn't stop. Although Chris was very disappointed because this charter was really something he was looking forward to doing, he put it on the top of his list for next year when we visit. Olivia took the opportunity to capture some great photos. Talk about making lemonade out of lemons!!
Olivia is truly an amazing individual. She can be very annoying at times. But, the thing that is so annoying to me about her is what is going to get her far in this world. Persistence. She can take the same question and phrase it 7 million different ways until it finally sounds appealing to you. Often Sophia and I sit and talk about the card making business we will one own and operate. We will talk about who we would have work for us, who we wouldn't, what colors we would paint the walls....all that stuff. And although we often see-saw back and forth about if we would hire Liv, we have decided that we would because we always say she could sell "shit-on-a-shingle", with a million dollar smile on her face! She could convince someone it is environmentally friendly and every household should have one. That is our Olivia. Today, she began Latin classes after school...why? I don't really know, but what I do know is that someday it will probably help her as she changes this world. She will do great things in her life time, that I am sure of.

Stay tuned!