Tuesday, December 30, 2008

People measure friendship in many ways. Here is the official definition.
1. a person attached to another by feelings of affection or personal
2. a person who gives assistance; patron; supporter: friends of the Boston Symphony.
3. a person who is on good terms with another; a person who is not hostile: Who goes there? Friend or foe?
4. a member of the same nation, party, etc.
5. (initial capital letter) a member of the Religious Society of Friends; a Quaker.–verb (used with object)
6. Rare. to befriend.—Idiom
7. make friends with, to enter into friendly relations with; become a friend to.

I am lucky to have many good friends in my life. Everyone knows my BFF is Maria, followed closely by Kimba and my long time friend Sarah-bo-darah. But last week I have to admit that I let material items sway BFF status for a brief moment. On Christmas Eve I received a call at work from my husband asking me (in a not so happy voice) who the new pan set was for that was under the Christmas tree. I got defensive and said, "I don't know what your talking about", and he said in a more defensive voice, "The pot and pan set that's under the Christmas Tree"
and I asked, "Is it in a box? Maybe there something else in the box", he says, "I am looking at four new pans." Then I hear the kids....in the background....."you weren't suppose to tell her!!!"

My Pampered Chef consultant Rachel Nguyen dropped off the pan set, placed it under the tree with a message to the kids, "Tell Mom Santa came early" Are you even kidding me!!! I had to call her and thank her immediately before even seeing the pans. She was very excited and told me that she was happy to give it to me and knew I would love it and it was her pleasure. Amazing. I do love it, will use it forever and it makes me happy not only to look at it but also to cook in. A perfect gift in my opinion.

Of course I had to call Maria and tell her....immediately.... she made me confirm the fact that I still loved her best even though she didn't even think about buying such an extravagant gift. I crossed my fingers and told her "of course". Then later that afternoon she dropped me off a new Christmas apron which I loved and she went back to the top.... Ok, I'm easy.....

Enjoy your day!!

Monday, December 29, 2008

Answering some questions:
Several of you asked me how I made the covers letters on the post from yesterday. It totally did not occur to me even tell you any of the products I used. Duh!!
Anyhow, the papers are from October Afternoon Hometown collection. I love the colors of these papers and the slight "vintage" feel (in a bright way) of them.
The letters were actually made from the Tim Holtz Masks. These are fairly new and REALLY cool. (but in my mind-tim is REALLY cool, so anything with his name on it makes me happy)
I used some We Are Memories trims and a couple of silver square letters for the "of". I popped up the arrow and the tag on the bottom for some texture. Check out Tim's tutorial on masking here. Enjoy.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Here and gone......Holidays 2008

This year really amazed me how the holidays came and went without alot of exhaustion or hoop-la. This was a first for me. It was a SIMPLE Christmas but it was an excellent one!! I hope you all had a great holiday as well.

I have a few days off from work and don't go back until after the new year. I have alot of things I hope to get done. The girls are home as well and I hope I can get them to stop arguing long enough to actually do something fun.

The picture above is of a year long album that I am starting. It basically is a 365 day journal of my life. Taking a picture everyday and journaling about it. I am celebrating my 40th birthday in a few days and I thought it would be a great year to follow. I've been wanting to do this project for a couple of years and I have decided to bite the bullet. My parents bought me a bind-it-all for Christmas so that is how I will bind it at the years end. Wanna join me??? I have alot of ideas to do each day/week/month....so stay tuned as I will show you little snippets of it throughout the year.

Be safe this New Years Holiday.

Stay tuned, I have alot of classes coming up in January, the schedule will be out soon.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Down and Out and Trying to Recover.
Have you been wondering where I have been?? I have been getting over the trauma that the women in this picture has caused me! I have a job I love, crave, and desire. This blonde bombshell thinks that she would like the job that I love, crave, and desire. She impersonates me every chance she gets, sits in my seat at work, and dreams about what it would be like to work at Bella Art. She has even stooped to telling my boss that I drink on the job. So....if you ever see her, just make sure you let her know how much you love ME working at Bella Art. She has been published twice in Take Ten Magazine and is incredibly talented, but can't let it end there, she must have it ALL and I am going to make sure she doesn't get quite "all" of everything!!!! Help with the cause to KEEP MY JOB! Give me advice as to what you would do if you were in this situation!

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

I love these little girls and the color combo here is beautiful!! This is Basic Grey's Eva paper. I love everything about these cards!
Anyhow====enough about Elzy--what about me??
Things are really good. The girls are doing well in school, Emily had her first written report project due this week and she received 3/3 on the rubric. I am always thrilled when she gets a good grade because her effort is so substantial that she really deserves a good grade. I love her stick-tu-it-tiviness (is that a real word?)
Today before work I met my friend Michelle for coffee. It had been months since we had seen each other because I am such a bad friend. The great thing is we can just pick up from where we left off and its like we never missed a month. We are back on track now with our monthly coffee meeting. We have done this for years.
Chris is so good with doing all the shopping for Christmas gifts. The boxes keep coming and I have hardly lifted a finger. Sweet..........
Hope this finds you all well and singing Christmas carols!!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

I put this little pet mat on the couch because my husband has let the little girl (bella) on the couch because she is so cute and has won his heart. Tonight I came up and found the two of them snuggling on it! If you notice Toby is take up the majority of it and Bella is hanging off the edge. LOL. Typical.
I wasn't going to post today. But thought this was too damn cute to pass up!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Happy Turkey Day Week!!!
Happy Monday!!

I figured I would take some time to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving before I get too wrapped up in the Holiday madness! This holiday is on the top of my list of favorites. Something about this time of the year I love! I really enjoy the fall weather that then turns into brisk winter. My best friend is a hot weather, sun freak! I am more of a cool-cold weather person. Its funny how we all find joy in such different things.
Our family has plenty to be thankful for this year. First, Chris and I. I am thankful that I have a partner who is by my side raising the three beasts God has given to us. Did I say beasts?? Oops, I meant to say angels. :o) And seriously we are thankful for the girls. They are beautiful, sweet at times, and good girls. They are active, opinionated, fun, and very giggly! Our lives would be very different, and boring without them! We are thankful for our house. We know lots of people who have lost there house this past year and are grateful that we are able to pay for our house each month. Although alot of Chris's overtime has been cut we are thankful that he has such a reliable job. Being a nurse is not a job I would ever want, but, in return for all he does at least he has job security. (i hope!) We are also thankful that I have a job I love so much. It was a bit of an adjustment going back to work for all of us, but, not only was I able to get a job in today's economy-- I get to go to a job I love and come home happy I went to work. I'm thankful for my parents. My dad has had his share of health issues this year and is ending the year healthy and alive. I am thankful that my mom is such a strong woman and able to be my dads rock. As hard as this has been on her she maintains life business as usual. I am thankful for my circle of friends. I have the greatest friends in the world and they make my day to day life fun and interesting and are always there for me--- Last but not least---I am very thankful for my dog Toby. He always listens perfectly and never talks back...... I like that.
I wish everyone a safe and happy holiday.

What are you thankful for???

Thursday, November 20, 2008


this is my cousin sarah who lives in las vagas. she is expecting her first child anytime. the very special bond that sarah and i share is that she was present for the birth of my daughter emily. i so wish that we lived in the same state so that i would be able to be closer to her when she has her baby. she knows she is having a boy and is naming him harrison.
this morning i showed emily and sophie this picture of sarah because the last time we saw her was this summer and she wasnt nearly as big, and sophia's response was "how many is she having?"
enjoy your day.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Working with some cool holiday stamps....

This stamp confuses me when I look at them. I love the way it looks but when I stamp it there is so much black I never know what to do with it. Today I bit the bullet and stamped it twice, embossed it with fine detail embossing powder and then used my COPIC markers to color it. The photo shows the stamped image unmounted, the rubber stamp bock, and a plain stamped and embossed image. I used the stamp block as my guide to bring it to life. I think the results are really neat. I am happy FOR ONCE with this results of this type of stamped image.

So I ask: What do you struggle with? {lets keep this to paper crafting-lol} Maybe we can help each other out with some tips and tricks!!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

week in review!

Hey There Everyone!
Design Team meeting today at Bella Art. We are still all getting to know each other, but boy it was fun! Many of us have become fast friends, like we have known each other for a long time. It is exciting to see your work hanging on the "wall of fame". Before you know it we will have stars in the sidewalk!
On Saturday it was a crazy, busy day with four soccer games, work, and a clogged cesspool! Ugg! The games started at 6:30 in the AM--which was like the middle of the night for me, and the last one was at 7:40 at night. I fit work in the middle of the day.
On Friday I was out of commission because 1/2 way through my day on Thursday I felt like a Mack Truck had run over me followed by an 18 wheeler. I had a "24 hour" flu bug that knocked me on my butt! It scared the kids because Chris had to come and get me from work because I was so was so sick to my stomach I didn't think I could drive and puke at the same time (good graphic writing there--my teachers always liked adjectives). Here is a side note-Sophie has this weird thing where we aren't allowed to have the windows open in the car, even on a nice day, because it hurts her ears. This has been the case since she was a little girl. Well yesterday after I was feeling better she wanted to let me know that she knew how much I didn't feel good on Thurs. when they came to get me at work, so she put up with the pain of the window being open as a sacrifice to me. Aww.....that kid!
Finally a full week this week of school for the kids, which is the first in three weeks for us here in RI! Hoping to get alot done and things to show you!
If you are local I am teaching several (alot) of different classes in the next three weeks so go to www.bellaartonline.com to check them out and register.

Sunday, November 09, 2008

DR. PHIL ......
Here is the test results I received from a quiz I took on Facebook given by Dr. Phil.

Your Result: The Lively Center of Attention -

Others see you as fresh, lively, charming, amusing, practical, and always interesting; someone who's constantly in the center of attention, but sufficiently well-balanced not one to let it go to their head. They also see you as kind, considerate, and understanding; someone who'll always cheer them up and help them out.


Thursday, November 06, 2008

Falling in Love an Inch at a Time
This is my very first "inchie". So, two things here....one this little chick is from Denami Designs. This past weekend at Bella ART we had 4 classes with Debra who is an instructor from Denami. As I was unpacking these little critters, I SWORE I would not even like these chicks...no matter what!! Guess what! They are so stinkin' cute!!!!! So....a couple came home with me! Secondly, have you heard of "inchies"??? This is my first official inchie that I have made. This is a craze and we carry many inchie stamps at the store. They are so cute..and little, and cute...and you can store so many of them in such a little amount of space!! I must say I like them. Inchie stamps are actually just 1" x 1" big. So you can actually use any image that is this size. You can create a magnet, an embellishment, or pin. People trade them, make one of a kind ones...and it goes on and on. Bella is going to be having some classes with these, or a monthly club, so stay tuned. As always you can check out the website for more info. This Friday night also there is a CROP at Bella from 6-11. Come and scrapbook, card make, have a bite to eat (yummy), and socialize. The cost is $15 --and you are guaranteed a good time! You can sign up through the website. Do it quick as space is limited! It is already Thurs. for goodness sakes!!! Also, Saturday I am teaching a Maya Road Chipboard Book Class from 2-4, Cost is $28, and you will go home with a finished project. Very Cute book!! Hope to see you this weekend!!!!
{hugs} kookyd

P.S.-------->>> does anyone comment anymore?? We are getting tons of hits a day and noone leaves comments?!? Whats up with that????? LEAVE A COMMENT AND TELL ME WHY YOU DON'T LEAVE COMMENTS!!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

A little bit of STICKLES and a whole lot of LOVE!!
Tonight (at 6:30 pm) Emily is searching for a halloween shirt from last year that was a hand-me-down from a friend of mine that passes her kids clothes to my kids. Lol! Sometimes they treasure the oddest things! Anyhow, they are long gone and she insisted that she wears a halloween themed shirt tomorrow. So---here is what I came up with. Sophia of course jumped in on the action and is wearing a "frank" shrit.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

design team -- take 1Last Sunday we had the first Bella ART design team meet and greet. We were assigned our projects for the month of November. One is due at the end of the month and one due on November 8th. I finished my 12x12 page. {see above--:o)} Its a sneak peak! lol
Anyhow we were given the "thickers" and two pages of designer paper, and two solid bazzill cardstock. Honestly, I thought as much about the thickers as I did about sticker letters. BUT, I have to say that I now love them! They are a bit textured and some have sparkles...pretty cool. The paper I used is by Luxe Design and is called "color me". When you buy a 12x12 sheet it is black and white. I used COPIC markers to color all the trees, leaves, and acorns. VERY cool! Cut them out and added some STICKLES I also played around with some of varying picture sizes. You are able to get either 4, 6, or 9 pictures on a 4x6 photo. It really enables you to have a large quantity of pictures on a layout that you normally wouldn't be able to have. The little rust colored box at the bottom with the two leaves on it is a trifold journaling box. I was able to journal some private thoughts in it with out messing up the flow of the page.
Now--I have a question and hope you all take a minute and respond. My page is required to have a "title"--would you consider the fall-family-foliage-fun words a title?? Give me your feedback on that please! I don't want to mess up on my first submission!! I hope you all enjoy sharing this journey with me. It really is a new chapter of my "dream" and I am having a ball!

Monday, October 27, 2008

I love this cute little Penny Black Stamp. This card is machine sewn and is nice and bright and shiny! It is popped up! and has lots of dimension. As the cooler weather has been approaching this card was very spring like! I am in love with these little flat backed pearls and are using them every time I turn around lately. I hope you like this little guy too and he makes me smile!
{hugs} Kathie

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Beautiful Bella

Many of you have heard me talk of my LSS in past posts. Six months ago they suffered loss to a fire and water damage and were forced to temporarily close their store. Yesterday they had a great grand re-opening. It was so successful and I stood by and watched in awe as these two wonderful people had person after person come in with gifts, hugs, greetings, and even handmade projects to welcome them back. They (and there business) were truly missed and it was really just an indescribable thing to watch.

I am both blessed and estatic to now be employed by these two wonderful people. I have also been accepted onto my first design team. My employment part of it has begun and has been really good, my design appointment has yet to begin. I did get to meet many of my co-team members yesterday and am really looking forward to working with them. Oddly enough there is one girl who I worked with over nine years ago on the same design team as me. That is just one thing that makes you go hummmm.

If you are local....consider signing up for the Denami Class coming up on Nov. 1st & 2nd. The samples are really cool!

Hope your all well.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Contentment just 15 miles from home!!

The girls and I had a lovely day at Dame Farm today. It was so peaceful and sobering. When we first arrived we payed for our wagon ride ($24-not so sobering) and poked around a bit looking at the colorful offerings of the fall harvest. Then the four of us just sat on a picnic table, took in the views around us and waited for the wagon to arrive for about 35 minutes. The girls didn't argue, or complain or anything! It was amazing and a treat all on its own! The ride was about 25-30 minutes and it was amazing how content we all were, the variety of colors the trees had to offer was georgous! After we got back we bought some honey sticks that weren't such a hit among the girls. Also, we bought some fresh gords. They will take 9 months to dry out and will then be ready to paint and make into differnt things. (ie. birdhouses).

We then drove over the to orchard and picked apples. It is so mind boggling how quickly the kids grow. This is one event we do every year and I always use it as a measurement of how time passes. We picked just about 20 lbs. of apples. Our moment of contentment quickly came to a hault once we were back in the van and the kids began to argue!!!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

I've have a bone to pick with you!!!
This is such a fun book I had to share it with you!

Cosmo Cricket is one of my favorite paper companies to work with and this Halloween line is no exception. This is the cover of this Bo-bunny book and I LOVE the papers. I have quite a collection of Halloween papers, and really have never scrapped one page! LOL. Isn't that funny!

What is your favorite kind of paper to hoard???
It's almost October, it is positively my favorite time of year!!!

Friday, September 26, 2008

In this moment of breath I am able to have here at 12:06 am, I came into my office to print a paper out for Olivia that was on her thumb drive. I love this kid. The ten wishes she lists are vaired, some typical of her age, some typical of her as a person, and some typical of the sweet beautiful young lady that has a caring heart. Aww....this girl.

If you were granted ten wishes, what would you wish for?

If I was granted ten wishes, I would wish for:

1. 100 million dollars.

2. All the clothes I’ll ever want.

3. World peace.

4. To meet the Jonas Brothers in person!

5. To be healthy for the rest of my life.

6. My own mall.

7. People in Africa to have homes and doctors.

8. For the wars to end.

9. To own Disneyland.

10. For no more homework!!!

Those are 10 things that I would wish for.

I notice there is nothing there wishing she could take care of her mother with all the money, but mabye that should be assumed.

Hope your all well.
xoxoxo, me

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

I am employed....
LOL. It sounds so funny. My cousin was kidding me today when I said I couldn't come to a party she was having this weekend because "I was working", she said I just like hearing myself say it!! {shh...it's a little true} You know what they say about the SAHM thing....ie. losing your identity, chosing the shirt to wear in the morning with the least amount of stains on it. Can you connect with me?? Like I have told you before.....my last job was making sure I looked pretty and my makeup was perfect, it really felt good to get ready for work. I wore heels and pantyhose. Although this job is a little less casual, it feels really goooooddddd! I met some really nice ladies that were all pretty much happy, chose to be in my class, and seemed to have a good time. I have been working really hard on the upcoming classes I have scheduled. {see the slideshow on the left} The one thing that I have found the hardest is bringing it down a few hundred notches to the "basics". I have gone back through the boxes of cards I have made through the years and looked at some of the cards I made in the beginning. The simpler cards are pretty....and I was glad to see them again. Watercoloring is no doubt my favorite thing to do in the whole card making thing. Sometimes I amaze myself. Let me know what you think of the samples.
I also got some new rubber this week from the to die for Stampin Up! Catalog. Quite pretty I must say!! Its always nice to get new rubber!!! I was actually thrilled about the die cut aspect of many of the sets because of my time contraints. I thought I would be disappointed. Change is good.
We went to Indian Ranch for the last time this season on Sunday. We saw Chris Young, {21 years young!!} and Keith Anderson. Both were amazing and the kids were able to get their autographs. I love this place because it is so small and you really feel like the artist knows you are there. We hope to make a few shows next year.
Hope this finds you all well!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Busy, Busy, Life life!!!!

Happy end of summer everyone!!!

School started today for the kids. Wahhooo--happy dance!! Ah hem, well, what I mean is boo-hoo what a great time we had this summer ..........well .......you know....living in bliss! LOL

A few things:
~~Olivia started Jr. High School today. She got up at 6:15 am, which is the middle of the night for her. She spent all the night before and morning trying to make her really thick, curly hair straight....glad to see her mind is focused where it belongs. The boys began calling tonight. Ugg.
~~The other two girls had a great first day and were pleased with their teachers. Since we moved and due to some redistricting they are now eligible for "the bus" which was a big deal.
~~The US Open is well underway and makes me happy!!!{{tee hee}}
~~I begin my new job teaching on Sept. 5th! I have been preparing for the classes and getting things ready! Very exciting!!
~~Last week I had to have a CATscan and unfortunately have to have another surgery, this one to my arm. I will know more in a few weeks. I am feeling really well even with this going on with my body.
~~Between three girls, they are on 5 soccer teams. That in itself it overwhelming. But, thankfully, I love it and have met some great people in our soccer circle. It makes it really more enjoyable.
I'll be posting regularly again. I have lots of great work I want to show everyone!!!
Enjoy this beautiful time of the year!

Friday, August 01, 2008

Monday, July 21, 2008

***I ment that

This man R-O-C-K-S!!!

Oh MY!! The Phil Vassar concert I mentioned I was going to in a post earlier this week ended up being on the top of my list for concerts this year!! He was sooo amazing. He rocked the house! It rained and then poured....and then it rained some more. And truthfully it just added another level of excitement to the already exciting atmosphere. Then the sun came out and the party continued and then he remained around for another 45 minutes to shake hands and sign autographs. The girls had their hands autographed, their cell phones autographed, and I was able to get my ticket stub signed. He loves what he does and is just thankful for being able to do it!! I must mention that my middle daughter was the only one out of the six of us that went that didn't have a great day. She was so annoyed of the rain, and I was just the opposite. I looked at her and said, "either embrace it or let it ruin your day, the choice is yours." I think it ruined her day. Just not "perfect" enough for her. She has gotten alot better over time, but, man....she can be a prune!!!

Today we had a great day at a pool party for the soccer team. It was one of those days when time just flies by and the day is over. It was great.

Tomorrow is going to be a downtime morning and we will see what the rest of the day brings.

We have a new member of our family.....stay tuned!

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Our Photo of the Day.....Yesterday.....

We went to the butterfly zoo in Tiverton, RI yesterday and we took some really amazing photos. I gave each of the girls the camera for a few minutes to see what they could come up with through the lens. This photo was my favorite for the day. If you look in the center you can see the zebra butterfly. Just black and white and as beautiful as ever. The yellow flower has water drops on it and I really loved how the closer greens and pink kalanchoe are a bit blurred and the back ground is so sharp. The bright blue backdrop is so awesome too.

My blog is close to 3000 hits, such a milestone!! LOL. Lots of viewers and so few comments. Hummm....I'll get over it....some day.........Happy weekend all!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Korie goes to Africa!

My cousin Korie is the one holding the soccer ball. The best thing about this picture is that she is wearing a skirt. My cousin Korie dosen't normally wear skirts. So my family and I have really gotten a chuckle out of this. The funniest thing of all is that when she was a young child her mother dressed her in custom made clothing with lots of ruffles, plantoons, matching hats..the whole nine yards!!!! So, I believe for her not to wear skirts at this point in her life is because her mother completley scared her for life in all those fancy outfits as a child!! LOL. Anyhow, she is one of my youngest cousins and I am so weirdly emotional about her going into the Peace Corps. Its a big wad of proudness, excitement, jealously, scaredness..... but mostly I am proud of her for following her dreams. Here is her blog if you would like to follow along on her journey. Also, for all you insane card makers, feel free to send her a card with encouraging words. Its a long way from home!!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

I love this little guy!!!
Here is a little peak at one of the new cards I have created to sell. I love the color combination on the background paper. This is hand sewn, and alot of dimension is added with layering to make this card POP! These are very much "out of my box" so to speak.
I hope you enjoy this card!

Monday, July 14, 2008

Technical Difficulties.....
No matter what I tried to do today with the computer I had trouble. GRRR.....
Anyhow, how is everyone???
No photo's today due to these problems. Please view the slideshow which I have added to my sidebar. On Sunday we had an excellent "family" day with the girls. We went to Indian Ranch in Webster Mass. and saw Eric Church and Billy Currington. They were both great, but the day overall was really perfect. The weather couldn't be any better either. This coming sunday we are heading back and are going to see Phil Vasser, who was amazing when we saw him a few months ago at a different venue. I hope to post pictures soon.
For those of you who know how I like "bad boys" visit this site and listen to "all summer long". I hope it makes you have a happy beat to your heart.
xoxoxo, me.
p.s. dosen't anyone leave comments anymore??????????

Sunday, July 06, 2008

Another 2 weeks of GREAT Tennis......

OK....I know to this boy I am an old lady...but...man I would just like a piece of him for a little minute!!! Do you see his "guns"??? This Spanish hot-throb has become pretty well know in the tennis world for his set of gorgeous, sexy, bulging arms.

For those of you who aren't familiar with the world of tennis...may I introduce you to Rafael Nadal. The 2008 Wimbledon CHAMPION. He won in 5 amazing sets of tennis against Rodger Federer. He is an 4 time consecutive champion of the French Open and has really cut into some uncharted territory winning Wimbledon today. It has been years since the same man has won the French Open and Wimbledon back to back. Rodger Federer has won the Championship for the past 5 years! "Rafa", as he is known, was born in 1986!!! That is so funny to me~~it happens to be one year before I graduated from high school. He is from Manacor, Mallorca. (I need to visit this place!) He has earned about 18 million dollars in his tennis career, 4 million this year alone without the win from today! So...what he doesn't have in age he has in cash...hummm, nice trade off!! {tee hee}

Today's match was the longest in Wimbledon history with five sets, three tie breakers, two rain delays and one very exciting ending. All three girls went out last night for a sleep over. I woke this morning, went out and got Chris and I some coffee and donuts and we watched this epic match together for most of the day. Breakfast at Wimbledon has become a tradition in our house and today it was so peaceful without the girls. During the rain delay I even managed to make it to my local Scrapbooking Store to stock up on some paper...well because there was a sale after all!!

Venus Williams was the winner of the ladies Championship with her little Sister Serena as the runner up.
Tomorrow I will have some unveiling news (doesn't that sound important) about the launching of my card collection. Stay tuned...

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Things that make you go hummmm..............

One thing I am is a "Craigslist" junkie. It is like a yard sale everyday. I have been hoping to find a baby and/or toddler or two to mind this fall so I have been looking to get some "equipment" to have at my house.

I came across this add today...


Are you kidding me!!!!!

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Summer for us is such a jolted halt to our lives it is amazing. Right now we are only committed to once a week soccer on Friday night {Olivia & Sophia}, Olivia has a horseback riding lesson on Mondays which my mom brings her to, and other than that we swim everyday, eat ice cream by the pool, sleepovers, and work in the gardens. That's about it. Hummm.....this is what I wish for all winter long. As much as I enjoy it it really is such a change. I have forgotten how to relax. I think it is true....the more we have to do the more we get done. We roasted marshmallows in the fire pit tonight and have spent countless hours in the hammock at night and first thing in the morning both relaxing and having lots of giggles. I wish we could install a video camera above that thing because we are bound to win the money on America's funniest home videos. Me AND the three girls {sometimes 4} AND Toby fit on it and it really is a great source of pleasure for us. Someone is always hanging on for dear life!!!! Our little sanctuary so to speak is great, Chris built it by himself over a few years and we use it everyday during the summertime. We have paper lanterns hanging from the cieling, a water fountain, and a blanket for chilly nights. The one thing I want my girls to always remember are the memories/traditions like this. Swinging on the hammock on the porch, marshmallows in the fire pit {i might mention we couldn't make smores tonight because my little children at all the Hershey bars!!!}, and lazy summer days at Grammie & Pops pool. The added bonus this year is that Pop is at the pool because he has finally retired!!!!!! That is a memory in itself! So, take some time for yourself and your family this week and make a memory!! What's your favorite summer childhood memory or a family tradition?

Saturday, June 28, 2008

My girl....

This is Lindsay Davenport. Still today she is probably my favorite all time tennis player. From interviews it feels like she is "real" person, a hard dedicated player of the game, a positive influence in women's tennis and the underdog that I have cheered for and been disgusted at many times over. She is now a wife, a mother, and still holds tennis in her top priorities. She has had many injuries in the past few years but continues to press on to play the game she loves! I can remember probably 10 years ago watching her play at the US Open in NY and she was losing, and would get into a so called rut and would barely move left or right to hit the ball, I was yelling at the television screen at her...LOL {who says tennis isn't exciting} I thought she was lazy. She had on a few extra pounds and it really slowed down her game. I still routed for her. Then she switched gears...she got into tip-top shape, was fit as a fiddle, and ultimately became the #1 player in woman's tennis. It was her persistence, determination, and positive mind set that made me love her. It was really amazing to watch a person grow from the player she was to the player she became. She blossomed as they say! I have an autographed tennis ball of hers I bought off of E-bay about 5 or so years ago, some autographed tickets to a match, and a photo I also bought. I was so happy when she returned this year to Wimbledon to play. She was healthy and ready to go. Then a knee injury made her withdraw from the tournament. I was sad. I just want her to win one more. I just hope I can cheer her on one more time. I am hoping it is at this years US Open. Go Lindsay you are an A-M-A-Z-I-N-G inspiration!

Monday, June 16, 2008

I just found this cute "collage" feature on Picasa. It was cool so I deceided to give it a try. This is a card I made with lots of dimension, machine stitching, my new nestabilities, and primas. To make my brads look like the sugar coated ones I just used stickles on them. I hope you like this House Mouse image, I think he is sooo cute!!! Hope your having a great day!
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Sunday, June 15, 2008

A conversation between Emily and I while laying in my bed watching a tribute to reporter Tim Russett earlier tonight.

{a picture of Hillary Clinton}
M: "Do you know what that woman's name is Em?"
E: "Yes, its that Hillary chick"
M: "chick??"
E: "yes, Clinton chick, that WAS running for president"

{a picture of Barack Obama}
M: "Do you know who that is?"
E: "Barack dude"
M: "Dude????"
E: "Dude..Obama"

M: Emily who is the president of the United States right now?
E" "George Washington"
M: "Are you sure???"
E: "Yes...George Washington Bush"
M: "Really??? George Washington Bush????"
E: "What else would you think the W. stands for???"

Lol, I just found this conversation so funny. It was like I was stupid and really needed to get in check with myself. All that was missing was the "duh" at the end of the sentance!

Hope you had a nice day.

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Pop~goes the poppy!!
This is a picture of a poppy in my front garden. Years back we had the most beautiful flower gardens with perennials that came up perfectly each year in perfect sequence from may until October. When I was "away" they weren't tended to and have really taken a beaten. Last year I did some work on the front yard beds but didn't touch the back. The front garden is doing pretty well and I will move on to the back this year. The girls want to have a vegetable garden this year so one of the larger beds will be saved for that. I am excited for those and I know especially Emily is too. Sophia I think will get into it once she sees the progress. I know Emily will be dedicated to the maintenance of it without doubt. Olivia~~~if she just doesn't run in the garden I will be happy. She really doesn't have the patience for that type of thing....but...we will see.

A few things going on in our end of the world:
  • June 7 & 8th I will be going with my friend Maria up to West Springfield, MA for the stamping and scrapbooking show up there. I am sooo super excited!!! I have a wish list of things I am hoping to find that aren't available in our small state.
  • Friday we had field day at school. It went really well for the first one school wide.
  • I have accepted the position of Co-Vice President of our local PTA for the 2008-09 school year.{yikes!}
  • Olivia has her 6th grade graduation on June 12th....another yikes!
  • I have a niece and nephew that are graduation from high school this year. My niece Alicia, and my nephew (also, godson) Alex.
  • My parents have begun to open the pool for the summer !!!! Yippee!!
  • I got a new Canon Powershot S5 SI camera a couple of weeks ago and have been learning to use it!!
  • The girls had tryouts for FALL soccer this week. (isn't that ridiculous}
  • I am in the works with a company to design a Masthead (blog banner) and a watermark for the pictures of my work. {feel free to pass along any other companies you may have used}
  • My cousin Korie leaves for the Peace Corps in less than a week! We had a goodbye for now party for her on Friday night. She is heading to Africa!!!! Please keep her in your prayers for as she makes this big transition!
  • For the most part.......Life is good....

If you visit..........leave a comment!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ahhh...hemmm....please

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

My new buddy..

Cyberworld buddies meet "Hammy", Hammy meet my cyberworld friends.....

For the last few months we have gotten aquainted with several hampsters that have made brief visits to our house they have not made it too long here. Kind of like foster kids that don't behave or obey, they have to move on to another home.

For Sophie's birthday she wanted a hampster. Being the great parents we are~~we obliged and granted her her wish. Her dad was going to take her to get it and I told them about 1.6 million times, "make sure you get a baby, if its not a baby wait a little longer" Chris took her to the local chain pet store and come home with hampster and a cage with all the tubes etc. attached in tow. "Macho" became a new family member. My first question, "how old is it?" "Under 6 months they reply" I knew we were going to have problems. Sophia is very particular. Everything has its place and she makes sure she puts things there. She cared for her hampster with the most love and care a 10 year old could. Always straightening out his cage {which by the way he would just reput back to how he liked} One morning we woke to find Macho has escaped. 5 days later he returned to his cage we had put on the floor full of food, he took the food and left for about another 9 days. {stop laughing} He came home again, and two days later he we found him stiff as a board on his back in his cage. It was sad. Sophia didn't want to bury him fearing the dog would dig him up, but we had the calling hours, funeral services, flowers on the tiny patch of disturbed soil in the back yard, but ultimately we put him in a few Shaw's bags and tossed him in the trash bucket. Then we got Lilly, she was a maniac from day one, Sophia was scared to death of her, infact I was scared to death of her. It took her about 1.2 seconds to escape from her cage and we never heard from her again.

We ditched the tubes and plastic cage and I gave Chris a big "I told you so" as I tossed it the garbarage. A few weeks passed and it was time to relook for a hampster for Sophia, she was bugging me. Off we go this time to the local family run pet shop. Baby hampsters GALORE! Pick your color, sex, size, age, it was great!!! The not so great part was that all three girls were with me and I got caught up in the moment and let them each get one. {I wonder why I'm crazy?!?!}This time we went to Walmart and bought 10 gallon fish tanks and they have been safe ever since. We have "Macho, II", "Rocho" {"Rocky" for short"} and Godzilla {he is a dwarf hampster and Olivia thought he should have a strong name to make up for his small stature :o)} All has been well, they are in seperate cages and that is the end of that. Well.....except for one thing.....I wanted my own hampster......

So, a few weeks ago I went back to the pet shop and saw my new little baby hampster. I wanted a black teddy bear hampster. They told me I had to wait five weeks until they were ready. Yesterday Sophia had soccer tryouts and it was thundering and lightening so we had to leave early, on they way home I said want to stop at Reubens and see how my hampster is doing. She got excited and said "sure" Well they were all gone!! I was like, what is going on!! So I asked at the counter and they told me they were all gone except one that was on hold for "Joe". Luckily Joe said he would be back "tomorrow" and it has been two days. So...I got my little guy!! His name is "Hammy" short for Hampster. I love him, here is his first photo............Poor Joe!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

One step forward......closer.....to my dream.

There is something about me that is a little quirky...I like to be my own boss. lol

During college I had a part-time job here and there but for the most part I ran a small t-shirt business and sold at local flea markets and was a street peddler in Providence, RI along with my brother Richard. We always had so much fun. I printed my own shirts, ordered my own inventory, and had a lot of flexibility. Once I would create things like baskets with stiffened fabric bows, sweatshirts with these really ugly designs on them and then outlined them in puffy paint and people loved them! I would go to local craft shows etc. to sell my wares. Then I began my full-time real job at Stop & Shop as floral manager. I did that until I became pregnant with my second child. Between my oldest child and my second Chris and I experience two miscarriages so they signed me out the day I found out I was pregnant with Sophia and I never went back!
In 1996, I began selling Mary Kay cosmetics and that lasted for 10 years, loved it and enjoyed meeting great, positive people, traveling....making people feeling great about themselves, it was a great gig. Once divorced it wasn't a logical choice for me. So I increased my E-bay business I had begun in 2000. It was always just a little fun thing I did, but never considered it as a business. That became the logical choice, I was working nights while kids were in bed. I have been doing that ever since. Pretty successfully I must add. I have been struggling lately with what I want to do with the artistic side of me. I want to teach classes, haven't followed through. Don't want to do the "art show" type thing either. So I have been playing the lottery once a week, in hopes I will win, Chris can retire and I can open the best scrapbook/stamping store in the area. No luck yet. {keep your fingers crossed} But..my one ticket a week is better than no ticket a week. Seriously, if I am meant to win, it only takes one ticket!!!! :o) This week I listed a new scrapbooking book I have created and it sold! I have created some scrapbook pages that have sold, but I hate scrapbooking, so it was no fun. This book, I loved. I hope its the start to something great!!!!!! As I figure out what I really want to be when I grow up I will continue to lose weight so I can be really cute in the great clothes I am going to buy with all the money I make selling my books!!!!!
Hope your having a happy day!!!
Above is a page from my book.....

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Book Challenge

This is a challenge found here. So I decided to participate! It was fun and really easy when you have an inspiration to work with. This is my two oldest when they were like 2 1/2 & 4 1/2 . They grow sooo quick! Anna-Marie Still was one of the very first people to introduce me to stamping!! I have nicknamed her Anna-stamp-a-rama! Hope you like my page!!!!

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Spring--the most wondrous time of the year....
These four little beauties are in our bush outside the front of the house. Every time I pull in the driveway or open the back door the mommy robin flies from the nest into one of the surrounding trees. It makes me feel bad to spend time in the front yard because I know the mommy must want to be with her babes. It amazes me as I study the nest to see how intricate the building of it is. I am trying to teach my kids not to be rude and fresh and this tiny little bird can survive outside in the winter time AND was born with the necessary instinct to build this amazing abode. The bottom is supported by sticks woven between the branch of the bush, then the nest part is made and intertwined to be sturdy enough to support her as well as her four eggs. Then as time passes to hold her four babies. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. Because I am so intrigued by this nest the girls keep looking up the bush to see it, wanting to hop on each others back to see it. Before I know it, it will end up on the ground and the eggs will be scrambled. :o) So the reason I took these pictures were so they could see the eggs without putting the nest in any danger. I thought I would share it with all of you because it is so precious.
Spring is my favorite time of the year because of the hope, promise, and the beauty it produces. I plant flowers each year with the hope they come up the following year as the care card promises it will. Snow covers the ground several times a year in New England and these plants still survive. It just amazes me....year after year. I love it!!
Its been a tough week for me. I have tried to find some strength in the beauty God puts before us to enjoy. The simple things so to speak. What is your favorite season of the year? Drop me a line and let me know.
Have a great day!

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Ok...so this is not suppose to be a once a month blog!!!!!!

26.4 lbs. and counting.
I weighed in today and I lost almost 6 lbs. last week! I knew I had been really good, but, never expected that! So...last week when I met with the nutritionist they took away my canned beets, and I had to lower my sodium intake, which I thought was pretty good. Oh yeah, and the other thing was I couldn't have so many olives in a week. Can't a girl have her olives and beets and eat them too...heck..what good is a martini with no olives?!?! LOL
I did as I was told and the results proved she knows what she is talking about! My clothes are getting baggy, which is really great, people really haven't noticed that I am dwindling down to nothing, but I know it will come in time. I remember a few years back, I lost 40+ lbs. while going through my divorce and no one noticed until I hit 40 lbs., it was really weird.
What I find most fascinating about proper nutrition is you can really eat great food, alot of it, and still lose weight! It's like I have spent years eating non or low fat items, and thinking things like eggs aren't good, but the truth is you really just have to become educated on what purpose things like protein, fat, calcium, fiber, and sodium all have to do with your body. My energy level is amazing! I am basically caffeine free, a cup of coffee here and there {with sugar free, low calorie vanilla caramel cream} no headaches, and my lupus has been doing excellent! I don't take ibuprofen daily as I was doing to help with my pain and inflammation of my body.
Products I have discovered and LOVE:
Kashi Friends Cinnamon Raisin, Kashi Whole grain pilaf, Skinny Cow Ice Cream bars and sandwiches, Sugar Free Lemon pudding with wheat germ on top, water with cherry pomegranite crystal light, exercise (it really is addicting!!!) to name a few. Fiber one bars are my new guilty pleasure, they are a treat.
Sophie is doing daily sit-ups with me, and I have been walking {my BFF Maria has been kicking my butt while we walk~}, doing the treadmill, and also weight training a total of 5-6 times a week.
The thing I could say is different this time around, is that I don't feel deprived. In the past, with programs such as Weight Watchers, it was about food intake, somewhat well balanced, but no one really went through my food log with a fine tooth comb to say not enough calcium or veggies, and I have found that very helpful, I think about it differently. So moving more, and eating more sensible has really made a difference.
Life is busy, kids are great. Its so hard being a mom, its tiring, and well, honestly really not fun. Three girls with hormones flying around... people warned us. Lots of end of the year activities, and soccer keeps us busy.
I think tomorrow I am suppose to get back the ATC swap I did through Flaxychick, I am excited to see them! I will post them when they arrive.
On Splitcoast the new round of DSS has started, if you have never done this before .... your missing out! It is really fun. You can add your name to the list for next round. I was disappointed that a class I was suppose to take on Friday night was cancelled because the the teacher has a family emergency. I was really looking forward to that...bummer!! And my favorite LSS has lots of damage from the heavy rains at the beginning of the week, they will be closed for up to three weeks!! YIKES! {whats an addict to do??}
Stay smiling everyone!!!

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Wow, what a ride!
Tomorrow will mark three weeks on this exceptional ride!!! I apologize for not staying in better touch on the blog. So, week one weigh in was as expected....great!!! I had given my all and expected the scale to show so. I was down five pounds and 6 ounces!! Amazing! My energy level had increased incredibly, no pounding headaches, and no 3 o'clock tiredness. Our bodies are literally like a car so to speak. The gas you put in results in the amount of miles you will get out. Better foods in our bodies produce better output. I had proven this to myself. A smart woman....I am, but I just put the connection together.
The treadmill of 3 times a week for twenty minutes had been increased to 3o minutes. I was still keeping up. Things were great. My first week weigh in was with Ami, she was so encouraging and positive. Last Wednesday I went and weighed in for the second time. I had to meet with my trainer who is now Bill. Hummmm.....was Roberto just a tease....I had worked so hard to see the smile and have him proud of me and I end up with B-i-l-l. Is this a joke? Bill = 5'9" tall, skinny, not good skinny either...like boney knee skinny. He tells me to get on the scale, didn't really seem to know what was going on with me, he seemed cold. Well, then he tells me, "you seemed to have stayed about the same", "what time of day did you weigh in last week" SSSSSkreeeecccchhhhhhhhhhh......Are you !@##$%^^ kidding me? Easter week here- I didn't eat the ham...I made chicken for me....no mashed potatoes....I baked a sweet potato. The same. I'm confused! So we go into his office, when he proceeds to tell me that he has ten minutes because he has to go to his second job. I wanted to talk about why I didn't eat ham on Easter Day and why I had only lost 2 ounces! We go over my food log, he was pretty passive. I leave, disappointed. Motivating disappointment. I pulled in the reigns.
My training appointment was with Bill again yesterday. I considered cancelling and demanding Roberto..lol. But, I didn't. I was greeted with the same boney knees and tiny body. We got into a discussion where I had to say, "Wait a minute, I don't know what the hell you are saying....lets start over." The receptionist was laughing at us! He has me "hop on the scale". Ewww... I said, "I'm not suppose to weigh in until Wednesday with Ami" He said, "Just hop on for the heck of it!" I did as instructed. I looked down and couldn't believe it. I was down 4 lbs!! He couldn't believe it either!!! At this point I LOVED Bill--boney knees and all!!! He was happy for me, told me how great I was doing and all of a sudden became very perfect in my eyes. We began on our trek upstairs as he tells me about his triathlon he is training for. His dilemma--the Jimmy Buffet concert was the day before it. It will be his 30th Jimmy Buffet concert!! So then we began, a perfect workout. We talked through the whole routine about concerts, kids, the difference between a psyciologist and personal trainer. The workout becomes easy-peasy when you have someone there next to you keeping your mind off the actual task at hand. So---never judge a book by its cover! Bill is fantastic and we meet again on Monday morning. The time is mine to do what ever I want...I have a little interest in the Elliptical machine, so I might inquire about it.
So tomorrow I will weigh in again and maybe be surprised again. So far....19 days and I have shed 9 lbs and 8 ounces. I hope tomorrow I will make double digits.
I hope this finds you all well. Spring is on its way!!!!
Big Hugs!

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

My Skinny Mind

Seven days ago today I faced reality in the face to face. I hopped on the scale, met with a nutritionist, a trainer, learned my BMI, my hydration level, my weight, and a few other things that also seemed out of wack. The two good things came of that day....I made a start, and "Roberto" (say it with an accent that you would think it should be with, oh yeah, and add a million dollar smile and buff as buff can be body) I met with him first. He told me he would be my trainer. He asked me a bunch of questions,all which I answered completely honestly. "So Kathie {cat-tea--insert accent} what do you do for physical activity?" I looked him in the eye and said..."Honestly, Roberto, I don't" Why not be honest. I was there to start, if I lied and told him I was walking three miles a day, I probably wouldn't be there. He did ask me if I knew how much I weighted because I hadn't met with Ami, my nutritionist yet so it wasn't on record. With my million dollar smile I responded, "110 lbs" :o)
Then I met with Ami, she weighed me, hooked up to a little machine, punched some numbers into the box next to the scale, it printed out a little paper, like an old adding machine, then we sat down and looked at the numbers. I had gained about 20 lbs since being back here with Chris. (approx. a year) And, for the first time in a long time, even my mind didn't feel skinny. That is why I decided to join this 13 week program. Those last 20 lbs. really put me in a different state of mind. My body fat percentage is over 50%. Gross. I am eating between 1700-1800 calories a day for the time being, and have had to do the treadmill for 20 minutes three times this week. It has all gone well and I will go weigh in tomorrow morning at 11:45. They have set a goal for me to lose 12 lbs. in the 13 weeks. 30 lbs in 6 months. Those numbers were discouraging a bit to me because really I wanted to lose all 100 lbs. in the 6 months. Oh well. Baby steps, baby steps.
I will post some more in the weeks to come about some challenges I have faced so far, including my experience with the treadmill, battles with Chris over the cooking, and my frustration with not being able to lick the peanut butter knife in the morning after making the kids sandwiches. Please feel free to comment with anything you think I could find useful.
My skinny mind is realizing its not so skinny, one calorie at a time.

Corned Beef for Easter???
Can you believe yesterday was St. Patricks Day and this Sunday is Easter?!? C-R-A-Z-Y!
I like to have forsythia and pussywillows on my table for Easter Dinner. Not sure if that will happen or not.
These two little cards are Easter Wishes for a couple of people who I like to send cards to this time of he year. They are Elzybells stamps and are now available at my local Art Store. The nestabilities are so much fun too! I wish I had more sets, but don't so I have to make do with what I have and use the colluzzle to make the middle openings. But so far---I am very impressed with how they work, how crisp they cut and how much they dress up the cards!
I think I have Spring Fever a little bit today. Been not feeling so great last couple of days and for no apparent reason. So what the heck is my problem? I don't know. I wish I could kick myself in the ass and get it out of my system. On a positive note....I have been stamping and SCRAPPING alot the last few days. That is a good thing!
I wish every one of you a very Happy Easter and may you enjoy this time of year as all the new beginnings and fresh blossoms come your way!!!!

Sunday, March 09, 2008

Abigail Rose

I made this card for one of my childhood friends who just had a sweet little baby girl, weighing in just over 5 lbs. For all of my stamping buddies, I am sure you know of the "copic" marker rage, I have always loved water coloring best. So I didn't feel like I was missing out on something I have been collecting the markers a few at a time. And.....since playing with them more and more I realized they didn't seem all that special because I didn't really know how to use them to the best of their ability. Now that I have learned some things I think they ROCK! I am taking a technique class on Thursday to learn even more. I will share another card I did that is just spectacular later tonight. I am able to get similar effects of the watercolor shading but with the ease of a marker. Basically they are an investment and we generally don't buy anything else without learning about it...RIGHT?
I love this card, the dp, ribbons, and the way this cute little rodent is. {tee hee} For a side note, our hamster has been missing for 7 days today. I have no use for him anymore and hope that he has found a new home, preferably in the ground.

Please coment and let me know if you have lost a hampster and what the heck I should do to find him.

Sunday, March 02, 2008

Living life in fast forward....

I'm tired. Overwhelemed. Frazzled...hummm what else does it feel like??? Like living life in fast forward. That best describes it. I put my head on the pillow at night and sigh. Life seemed so wonderful for awhile. Lately, it's almost too much to keep up with it. I am trying to slow it down. So much has gone on since my last post on 12-14 {hard for me to believe} that I will try to fill anyone one in who cares.
Charlotte--she is doing exceptionally well. Incase I haven't mentioned it my grandmother is a breast cancer survivor, is the tender age of 87, legally blind, and quite honestly is one of the most inspiational people in my life. I can remember her dealing with the death of my grandfather Norman who battled a long battle with cancer, she moved passed that, she met Jack maybe 5 years later, then battled the breast cancer, got diagnosed as blind, then had to bury Jack suddenly. As a child I spent a lot of time with her and Norman at her house on weekends. After his death and Jack came into her life it seemed we became distant because we were both very busy with our own lives so to speak. I always had my grandmother Mary so it almost went unnoticed. Since my grandmother Mary died in 2004, I had often wished I had more time with Charlotte. And now I do. We are like girlfriends more than grandmother/grandaughter. I respect her and she respects me. She is always full of advice {which I need} and I return the favor with tell her how wonderful she is. LOL {which is what she needs} Keep her in your prayers as she continues to heal her heart of the loss of Jack.
The Girls- Amazing as usual. The picture above was taken of Feb. 1st at the father daughter dance. They looked so grown up and beautiful. This is Olivia's last father daughter dance as they do not have them in Junior High. They had fun and so did Chris.
Concerts- We have seen Carrie Underwood and my boy Toby Keith, as well as Gary Allan in the last week! They were all great, especially my boy Toby! I just love him. Gary Allan is Chris's favorite country music singer and it's always nice to see him and watch Chris's reaction. I took Olivia and Sophia to see Hannah Montana in January, it was extremely fun for them! The Jonas Brothers were with her too, and now I have their albums on my itouch. In December Chris and I went to see Jim Brickman, who is an amazing pianist. If you haven't heard of him check out his website. He is soo funny in person with is wit and he performs with Anne Cochron who is an amazing singer too. We were able to see Taylor Swift, Kelly Pickler and Trace Adkins on December 30th as well. First time seeing Taylor Swift, quite a superstar I must admit!!
My dumb move of the new year: I have owned a Blackberry phone for about a year, it took me almost 6 months to figure out the damn thing. Many refer to the phone as a "crackberry" because it is so addicting to check email etc. Well on Superbowl Sunday I found my beloved Blackberry nice and clean on the bottom of my washing machine. It was heart breaking. Dead, dead as a doornail. T-mobile won't even give me a break on the price of a new one. Oh well. And...I accidently spilt a cup of coffee {I swear it was only 3 drops} on my laptop about a week before and it had to be sent out for repair, so Chris was still upset about that when the Blackbery incident happened so he hasn't been too quick to replace my phone. For now I am using a crappy, ugly, average phone. I hate it. I guess it is humbling. The good news, is in April I am eligible to get a discount on a new phone, so concidently the IPhone comes out with T-mobile service in May. {tee hee} I think I almost have him convinced I need to have it or I will die!!! LOL. I'll keep you posted.
Lastly, Stamping: I certainly haven't done as much as I want or need too, that is going to change soon. I will be posting some new cards and layouts I have been working on next week.

For now, take care, drop a comment and say hello. I hope this finds all of you well and a bit more rested than I.