Monday, December 1, 2008

December Daily

So -- guess what I did? I finally finished my own "December Daily" book yesterday. Just in the nick of time, wasn't it? I still have to embellish the cover, but to me it is pretty much finished. This season, everyone is raving about Ali's December Daily book, so a bunch of us on Just Cre8 pitched in and created our own. It's a neat idea -- a mini album that you use to document your journey to Christmas.

Here's mine:
Well, the side of it anyway. In my December Daily, each page is different including materials and design. It is a potpourri of my tidbitz and scraps -- and I love it! Each day as I finish them off, I'm going to share them with you.
The other thing that is different about my December Daily is that it is NOT really a December Daily. I started it yesterday -- November 30 -- the first day of Advent. To me, this is when the Christmas season really begins. So, without further ado, here is my first page:

Needless to say, I was so focused on finishing the book that I totally forgot to take pics of what we did yesterday. I used this page, instead, to reflect on how I want this Christmas to be different. (Our daily activities were added on the side.)
This page does not feel extraordinary to me, but it is nice. Simple, to the point, and tells the story. Not all pages need to be million-dollar pages, hmmm?
I hope you enjoy, and please leave a comment. I love to know what you think of what I do. Feedback fuels -- I am convinced of that!
An update on my little "spirited" man: We've been having wonderful days -- when I talk to him, he listens and we've avoided several significant meltdowns. I'm so glad we are learning to communicate better!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Whatta Boy.

If you would have asked me a week ago whether or not I was sane, you probably would have received a different answer. Today I am good -- things are rolling along smoothly, but the last week has been absolute H**L. Not kidding.

See, my darling 6 year old baby boy -- who has always been extraordinary -- has found every button I have and pushed them. Hard. He's always been extra-demanding and opinionated and independent, but this last week has been The Most Difficult Of All. (Notice the capitals? Yeah -- that says it in a nutshell.) I finally put my foot down. No more arguing. You do what I tell you the first time. No more talking back. No more whining. Guess what? Big surprise, that didn't go over so well. We've spent the last week in turmoil.

After about 5 days of absolute, head-to-head, "mom-won't-back-down-and-neither-will-the-boy" combat, I headed to McNally Robinson. (Have I ever said how much I love that store?) I found this:

This book just saved my sanity. I read 200 pages the first night, and began to understand why he is the way he is. I started to learn what strategies would work with him, without letting go of my parental authority. WOW! Our house is calm again, happy again, and I am so grateful that I found this book.

And so, I can get back to whatever sense of normalcy I used to have! Which includes blogging -- I found this on Leica's blog and it's a really neat exercise to do. Why don't you try it?

100 Things:
(The ones in light blue I've done :) )

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band school
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity

7. Been to Disneyland /world
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child (We have an "adopted child" in Tanzania)
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight

22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you're not ill
24. Built a snow fort

25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon (a charity run, yes, but it was a marathon to me!)

28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse (lunar!)
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset

31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language (Braille counts, right?)
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied (I do now)

38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelos David
41. Sung karaoke (on a table in a bar -- don't ask)
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance

47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie (a project in school, anyway!)

56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason

64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. seen the changing of the guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86.had a tour of the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating (is fish an animal?)
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone's life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee (I'm allergic -- it sucks!)
100. Read an entire book in one day

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Recipe 4 Me :)

I found this little gem on my friend Sue's blog this morning, so I made my own:

The Recipe For Amanda Lepage

3 parts Poise

2 parts Moxie

1 part Ingenuity

Splash of Nonconformity


I'm not so sure about the "Poise" part, but the Moxie is true sometimes. :)
Here's another one I new slogan:

Your Slogan Should Be

Amanda. Champagne for the Brain.

I like that one! Here's another:

You Are Scissors

Sharp and brilliant, you can solve almost any problem with that big brain of yours.

People fear your cutting comments - and your wit is famous for being both funny and cruel.

Deep down, you tend to be in the middle of an emotional storm. Your own complexity disturbs you.

You are too smart for your own good. Slow down a little - or you're likely to hurt yourself.

You can cut a paper person down to pieces.

The only person who can ruin you is a rock person.

When you fight: You find your enemy's weak point and exploit it.

If someone makes you mad: You'll do everything you can to destroy their life

That one's a bit harsh...but interesting!

You Are Dr. Bunsen Honeydew

You take the title "mad scientist" to the extreme - with very scary things coming out of your lab.

And you've invented some pretty cool things, from a banana sharpener to a robot politician.

But while you're busy turning gold into cottage cheese, you need to watch out for poor little Beaker!

"Oh, that's very naughty, Beaker! Now you eat these paper clips this minute."

LOL! And, finally, this one is for the day I finish my scraproom:

You Should Paint Your Room Yellow

Bright and bold, yellow is truly the color of inspiration.

Your yellow room will drive you to think clearly, develop new ideas, and be organized.

Yellow is also energizing and very powerful. So don't expect to rest in there!

OK, I should get back to work now. Slacking off was not on the schedule today!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Another Monday

My email inbox surprised me this morning with this little tidbit, a new product from Zutter. Coveralls look like craft-coloured covers with pockets inside. They come with little plastic sleeves that you bind to your project, and the sleeves fit inside the cover's pockets so that your Bind-It-All projects can now have a covered spine. How cool is that! I'd like to try some of these -- I have a feeling they'll be a hot little item!Our Just Cre8 reveal for the December 2008 kit was on Saturday! The Cre8ive Crew designs were just awesome -- and Sue is now using a different way to display the kit on the home page, so you can see the kit in much more detail! Here are a couple of my designs from December's reveal:

There are some amazing designs in the gallery -- I am just so inspired by these ladies!

That's it, that's all for Monday. I fell off the FLYlady wagon, so my house needs some major attention today. It always feels so good when my house is in order -- gotta go get it there!

Happy Monday!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

A First For Curty

Last night was Curtis' first hockey game! I am so excited for him because he's wanted to play for two years already. I (in the silly, overprotective way that I am occasionally) always thought he was too little. This year, we bit the bullet and registered him for hockey.

Now, just FYI, there weren't enough kids for his age group so they moved all the initiation-age kids up to the Novice team. He's only 6, but he's playing with the 7 and 8 year olds. Let me tell you, they are so much bigger than he is!

Here are some of my favorite pics of the game!
My little hockey man:
Curty is jersey number 6:
The team getting ready to play:
Is that a smile on his face? Or is it just the mouth protector? LOL
I worry a lot, because he is playing up a level, and because it is his very first year. He doesn't know the positions very well (we don't have ice in our rink yet to practice on but the other teams do) and he's not a very strong skater yet. I worry that he'll get discouraged because most of the other players are so much faster and better than him. But I was so proud because he worked so hard last night, doing his best the whole time.
You know what he said after the game? He said:
"Mom! That was so much fun! I even got to touch the puck with my stick a few times!"
It didn't matter that he didn't score any goals. It didn't matter that the other team won by a ton of points. It didn't matter that he lagged behind the rest of the team because he couldn't skate fast enough. It mattered that he touched the puck and he got to play a real hockey game with his Team.
I am so proud of him AND his attitude. It was a great game.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Who needs it?


Who needs it? If there is one thing I've learned in the last 10 years is that people need to TELL others what they are feeling before it builds up and starts eating you up inside. The silent treatment does. not. work. Period.

There! I've vented! And that's the last I am going to say on that subject!

The reveal is tomorrow at Just Cre8 -- and I'm excited! With this kit I've already done 4 layouts, a home decor project, and I have one more project to finish up. Yay! Be sure to check in tomorrow in the gallery -- this is a kit you don't want to miss. Especially the STAMPS! I just love them, and I am sure you will too!

I have a layout or two to share. They are both older layouts, but I don't think I've shared them in any gallery yet. I have a lot of layouts like that. I tend to get in a scrapping fever and then tuck them away in a book and never upload them anywhere. Bad habit, right?

This was a quick little LO that used a bunch of leftover pics. I was feeling a tad sentimental at the time because Curty is growing up so fast:

Here's another one...a reeeeally old one. I created it when I decided to enter the first CK Scrapbooker of the Year contest. I didn't ever hear back from CK, but I ended up with a bunch of layouts I really loved. So that was a good thing! The scan on this one doesn't look so great, but just FYI, this LO has a torn edge and the large V is distressed with a crackle stamp, chalk, and all sorts of ink. It looks really cool IRL!

Looking at these old layouts of DS makes me smile, because (after his colic was over!) he was such a sweet baby. He is such a great kid -- very special. Of course, every mom thinks that!

However, I wasn't so pleased with him this week. This sweet little boy, six years old, snuck a pair of safety scissors down to his room and cut holes in his bedsheets. Holes! While they were on his bed! I asked him why he did it and he opened his pretty blue eyes and batted his eyelashes at me and told me he forgot why. The whole "let's charm mom" thing didn't work, so now he's saving up allowance to buy himself new sheets. That didn't go over so well.

"But Moooooooom! Allowance is for LEGO and NOT for sheets!"

Yeah, well, suck it up and keep your scissors on the paper next time, little buddy.

I just don't understand him at all!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Late -- but not forgotten!

Remember my blog contest? Well -- I apologize profusely, ladies -- here are the results!

I asked you to comment on my blog and share your favorite thing. Comments came from (in order):

Kristen, Anita, Corinne, April, Sheryl, Jojo, Gaspegirl, Josephine, Tania, Sandi, Carla, Jacqueline, Isabelle

And the winner is:

#5 -- Sheryl!

Congrats, girl!

Email me with the address you want to use, and I will send you a $10 gift certificate at Just Cre8.

I had such fun this weekend! Mom and I flew to Ontario to spend the weekend with Sue and Lori, fabulous designer girls from Just Cre8. We visited and scrapbooked -- and, let me tell you, with these girls, 4 AM sneaks up on you very quickly!

I picked up a new scrapbooking toy! And I am crazy about it already. It's the new Making Memories Slice by Tinnus Technology.

It's totally portable, cuts like a dream. The only wish that I have would be that it would cut larger than 4". But then it wouldn't be so portable, would it?

It's extremely lightweight, so much that I was surprised when I picked it up by the handle.

I love the reusable glass mat. You just apply whatever temporary liquid adhesive (it comes with some already), let it dry, cut, and then wash the mat afterward in the sink. You can cut with the same application of adhesive several times too, which is nice!

The design cards are actually on SD cards, very small, very easy to store. I have some, but can't wait to see what they come out with at CHA this year.

This is a cutter I will be using a lot! If you haven't tried it yet, find a demo or even a friend who has it and try it out. You might just find that you love it too!

I'd love to share what I did with it, but all the layouts I made so far with it are for the reveal of the Just Cre8 December kit. It'll be happening at the Just Cre8 Gallery on November 15th -- don't miss it!

Speaking of layouts, I want to share with you a couple that I created for the Just Cre8 November kit:

This one was very sentimental:

The papers in the kit matched this photo perfectly:

And I was inspired to create this layout by the Skribblz:

And what am I working on now? Besides driving my son to hockey this week, I am scrapbooking a lot!

I have one more project I want to finish for the Just Cre8 reveal (it's sooooo cute!!) and I am preparing my version of Ali's December Daily album that Lori Mancini challenged us to do on the forum. Lot's of people are working on it -- I have 10 more pages to finish embellishing and then I am good to go! I think this is a brilliant idea. You create an album (simple or sophisticated -- it's up to you!) and then each day in December, you take a photo and journal about what you did that day to prepare for Christmas. I'm starting mine at November 30, the first Sunday of Advent. Check out this forum post at Just Cre8 if you want to join in!

I also have at least a dozen layouts floating around in my head right now. I would love to spend the afternoon in my office, creating with enthusiasm and gusto! But right now, my kids are home from school and it sounds like there is a party going on in my livingroom. So I'd better go see what they are up to and divert their attention to something a little more productive and safe. LOL Besides, after the day we had yesterday at the airport I think I may need a nap this afternoon!

Happy Scrapping!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Thanks, April & Sheryl!

I was tagged by April and Sheryl -- so here goes!

(And if you haven't entered my blog contest ... check it out here!)

1). Link the person that tagged you.
2).Mention the rules on your own blog.
3). List 6 unspectacular things about you.
4).Taggify 6 other bloggers.

So here is my "Un-Spectacular" list:

1. I love the colours brown and pink together. For some very strange reason, I have always been drawn to this colour combination. I don't know why, but it's just one of the things about myself that even I don't understand!

2. I love sparkly shoes. Now, you wouldn't guess this most of the time because I am a jeans-and-sweatshirt-ponytail-comfy-looking kind of person. However, there is nothing in the world that makes me feel more glamorous than a beautiful, blingy pair of high heeled shoes.

3. I have a clone. Yep, I do. My daughter is exactly like me, and even though it drives me crazy most days, I am secretly proud that my genes were dominant enough to produce this precious child who I can connect with and understand so well.

4. I live, eat and breathe scrapbooking. Go figure! 'Nuff said.

5. I am scared of what is under my sink. It's a long story. Maybe another day.

6. I think it is beautiful when I see a very very old married couple holding hands and smiling at each other. That is what I want to be like when I grow up. :)

OK -- so let's "taggify"! I'm trying NOT to tag people that have already been tagged, so tag to Sue, Lori, Isa, Dawn, Leica, and Melissa!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Newz & Reviewz

Wow! It has been a few weeks since I've been on just kind of takes you by the ear and drags you along with it, doesn't it?

Well, what's new? Not so much and lots all at the same time. We've been super busy with all of the fall activities starting up lessons...catechism...and now hockey.

To all you hockey moms out there -- kudos to you! If you have any suggestions on how to stay sane through hockey season, please share! Curtis is starting hockey next week with a "conditioning camp" and then practises start and then games and then fundraisers and then...well, you know the drill! It's our first season ever, so I have no idea what to expect except that I am going to be doing a lot of driving and eating a lot of rink burgers. Hmmmmm...sounds like I may have to up the ol' exercise routine at the same time, hey? Oy! Do I really know what I've signed up for?

We've been also busy with a new addition to our sister was married last weekend! It was a lot of fun -- my new BIL's family is so wonderful. We had a blast celebrating with them, and I am super happy that she is going to have such a warm and welcoming group of "in-laws". And as far as my new BIL goes -- I couldn't be happier. He is everything I've hoped my little sister could find. I am very fond of D. and he is a big part of our family already. :D

I said "Newz" -- and you have most of it. What about the "Reviewz"? I just feel like sending a big "toot" to some of my favorite things today and just maybe you'll find some ideas, things, or places that make your list of favorites too!

And hey -- while we are at it, let's return the favour, shall we? If you've read this, post a comment and let me know what your favorite "thing" is and after a week (Hmmmm...that is October 16th, people...let me just write that on my calendar) I'll choose one person using the random number generator and send you a RAK! Let's see...what do I about a $10 gift certificate at Just Cre8? Sure! That sounds good! Then you can use it just in time for....well, I'll leave that for later! are some of my favorite things right now!

1. A Layout:

This is a LO I did a short while back, and I don't know why, but I absolutely love the way it turned out. I meant to submit it a couple of times, but I kind of got busy and missed the deadlines so here it is. It is really simple and took a short time to do, except for the Prima "bling" frame. Between Laura at JSI and I, we managed to four-handedly apply it where I wanted. (Thanks, chicka!) I've included some closeups of the mirror -- and in case you are wondering, the large mirror isn't red -- it's pink. It's reflecting my sweater that I am wearing today.

2. Online Scrapbooking Store:

I guess this isn't "news", but I love love love the atmosphere at Just Cre8! It is THE friendliest, most happening place I have ever had the priviledge of being a part of. And we do have some news over there! Lots of it, actually.

Just Cre8 is having the "Gr8 Cre8ive Idol Contest" again! The winner gets a product package worth $100 and a Guest Designer Spot for 3 months. And the runner up and the last 10 finalists all win prizes too! This year, we have a panel of judges deciding who will win and there are no eliminations. There are only 5 challenges to complete! So if you want more details (and I know you do! This is an awesome team to be a part of!) check it out here.

Plus, we are having our second annual Revive and Rejuven8 Crop on Oct 17-18-19. Lots of challenges, free classes, and games -- and prizes by the dozen. So please come join us because it is easy and it is fun and it is free! And, trust me, Sue's prizes are awesome! There is even a set of Canadian Scrapbooker Basics volumes to be given away and you definitely don't want to miss that! You can find all of the details here on the forum.

3. A New Venture

My friend Melissa has started up a new photo-printing store! Green Pixel Printing is a Canadian (Saskatchewan, in fact!) printing store that caters specifically to scrapbookers -- digital and traditional and everything in between. You can get prints that are all different sizes, from 12"x12" to 5"x7" and even HUGE mondo prints up to 12"x36"!! Very reasonable prices and flat rate shipping. Check it out!

4. A totally unrelated blog

Have you seen this? It's CakeWrecks, and it makes me laugh every day. If you haven't checked it out before, go back and read the older posts. I like the "Poop cake" myself. LOL I think that post is called "Lost in Translation".

I hope you enjoy!

Friday, September 26, 2008

Fell off the Face of the Earth!

OK -- so I really didn't fall off the face of the earth! Although, with the last few months being as crazy as they have been, it would have been entirely legitimate reason!

April -- thanks for getting my tushie moving again to post. Every time I go to start up my computer, I think "Hmmm...I should blog today...April would be happy!" LOL

Anyway, we've been crazy busy these last few months. In Spring it was soccer and Russ changing jobs in a big way. Summer brought us Vacation Bible School and yard work and our lake holidays. September has been a big flurry of activity, so I will start there.
In late August, we had to put down our little kitten, Jack, who was only 10 months old. He had cancer, and it happened so fast it was a whirlwind. We got a new little munchkin, who has proven to be quite a handful and is now adjusting quite well to our home. Meet Mickey:

The kids are back in school now, both full time (which I LOVE!!) and we are settling into a routine. Swimming lessons have started and we're looking forward to starting piano, catechism, and --gasp!-- hockey.
Yes, we are starting hockey this year. Curtis really wants to play so I figure -- OK, I can be a hockey mom, right?? I can chauffeur to practises, spend evenings at rinks, and put up with stinky equipment, can't I?

Scrapbooking has been going well! Just Cre8 kits are awesome -- as usual! We're planning something big, Big, BIG so stay tuned for more news about that! Here are some designs that I have created with the Just Cre8 kits these last few months:

And there is more to come! Sue just keeps rocking those kits like it's nobody's business. She has such a great eye for mixing and matching products, and the Skribblz are awesome!

I have a handful of new Just Cre8 stamps I am just itching to use -- and hopefully next week I'll be spending some quality time in my scrapbooking room!

And what's in store this fall for us here? Well -- my sister's getting married and so is a good friend of mine. Two weddings back to should be interesting! And then I am attending the Sail Away Crop in Saskatoon in October -- that will be fun! And my mom and I are taking a trip down to Ontario to spend a weekend with the Just Cre8 girls -- can't wait!

--sigh-- so many fun things to do and not enough time! Stay tuned! And happy scrapping!

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Scrap Kits and Layouts and Goodies, oh my!

I've been having a Scrap-doodly-icious time lately. No, that's not really a word...but it is the mood I am in!

The Just Cre8 June kit revealed last week and it is such an awesome summer treat. Bright colours and flowers and chipboard and sparkle with just a bit of vintage thrown in for good measure. People -- it rocks! I've already done 3 layouts with it and I have a stack of pics on my desk just waiting for the "June kit treatment". It's kind of good that DH is out of town this week -- that means I can scrap in the evenings and spend the whole weekend with him when he is home!

Here are my layouts that the June kit inspired so far:

And I just wanted to add a couple of layouts from the June kit by Lori Mancini. Have I mentioned how much her scrapbooking amazes me? Maybe not, but I think she is marvellous! Look out -- she has such a wonderful style and always thinks of something beyond creative to do with the kits. She is one of my scrapbooking heroes!

Layouts by Lori:

And I can finally let out a biggie secret that I've been holding in for a while now. I was asked to submit layouts to Canadian Scrapbooker magazine for their Passport to Creativity, Summer article. They chose three scrapbookers from Saskatchewan to feature and I feel so honoured and overwhelmed to be a part of that. Thank you so much, ladies! You made my YEAR!

Happy Scrapping!!!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Photo Madness

Some of you know that I finally was able to buy a DSLR camera a few months ago. I've wanted one for ages and I finally found the right one for me. I have a Nikon D40 with a 18-55mm lens.

For Mother's Day I recieved (yes...I made a few suggestions!) a new lens -- a Nikkor AFS 55-200mm VR -- for my D40. I was so hoping to get this lens before soccer season was over!

Well, DD had a game last night and I had a chance to try out my lens at the game. I think I am in love! For the first time, I was able to get the shots I wanted. Crisp, clear action shots with great colour -- and easily too! Shots that look like you are on the field but you are really sitting back in the cheering section.
All this without being a professional of any kind. (sigh) Life is good.

Here are a few of my favorites:

This one was when she realized that I was taking way too many pics of her:

Monday, May 12, 2008

Weekend adventures...

We had such a crazy weekend -- it was quite the emotional roller coaster!

The most extraordinary event this weekend was Renee's first communion and confirmation. It was a very special day on Sunday. She looked so beautiful that it took my breath away. I can't believe how fast she has grown up -- this is just one of the rites of passage that make me sit back and shake my head at how time is slipping away so quickly that I can't grasp it. Here are a few photos from our day yesterday:
Isn't she beautiful? My girl...


Renee and her sponsor, Heather...

We had more excitement to our weekend...we lost Jack. He went out on Friday and didn't come home. I went for a long long walk to find him and didn't...but found a fox den in the field with very fresh tracks around it. We were so sad -- our little baby cat was gone. The kids were upset, I was upset, everyone could feel his absence. Then on Saturday afternoon, our neighbour across the highway called. Their dog was chasing something white around the yard -- could it be Jack? Russ went over to look and brought our baby home. What a happy day!

In the meantime, before we found Jack, we had a huge scare -- or at least I did! Renee and I had gone for a walk to ask the neighbours in town if they'd seen Jack while Russ and Curtis were hanging out in the yard. Russ was cleaning his truck and Curtis (he's only 5) was riding his bike in the yard. Curty told Russ he was going to go look for me on his bike. Russ told him to stay put in the yard, but Curtis didn't hear him. At least he said he didn't! When Russ looked up a few minutes later, Curtis was gone. He hopped in the truck to go find him and met me walking down the road. After he found out that Curtis wasn't with me, he drove around town to find him. I ran across to the Co-op to look for him and then went home and experienced a few minutes of the purest panic I have ever felt in my life. My baby was missing! Thank God it didn't last long, because after about 10 minutes, Russ came driving home with Curty following on his bike. Apparently he had gone down the street about 4 blocks, turned and biked about 2 blocks, turned again and biked another 2 blocks to where Russ had caught up with him. All by himself on his little bike!! He wasn't scared, just having an adventure. It made me think -- what the heck am I going to do when that boy gets his drivers' license??????

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Layouts -- something old, something new!


I've been slacking lately, haven't I?

OK, well just so you know I'm still alive and kicking --


I've been doing some scrapping lately and I took a class at JSI, which was fabulous by the way! I'm still finishing up my project but it will be done soon!

I think it's time to go a little postal -- posting layouts, that is. I've been spending time organizing the digital copies of my paper layouts that I keep on my puter and I've found a whole bunch of treasures.

So here you go! Enjoy!

This is a relatively new LO -- I just love this pic of DS:

This LO is old old old -- but I actually still like it. It took me 8 hours to paper piece the horse (remember when paper piecing was trendy? LOL). And yes, I know there is a spelling mistake in the title!

I did this one at the crop at JSI two weekends ago -- quick and easy:

I've had these pics for a long time. This layout is for my grandma, who passed away last summer:

This one is really different -- love the pic (it's my window at sunrise) but I'm still not sure I like the LO:

TFL! Have a great day!