Thursday, December 27, 2007

Out with the old year and in with the New Year

Well the holidays are over....yeah (Bah hum bug). I am really not a scrooge, just glad all the hustle and bustle is can get a little overwhelming at times. However, we did have a wonderful holiday season.

We began with my oldest daughter, her husband and two sons came the weekend before Christmas. It was nice getting to spend Christmas with them...we don't get to do that very often. We all opened our presents from each other. I always know that my daughter is good for a Starbucks card! So I always know I am going to get some FREE coffee and pastries! YEAH! (Not to mention I got two more Starbucks gift cards from my other two kids) I will be getting free Starbucks for at least a couple of months. Can't get better than that! My oldest helped with some of the wrapping, and dowloaded over 300 songs on my new IPod. I still haven't gotten to the end of all my may take a while. Thanks sweetie! The bad note is that as their visit was coming to an end, my daughter started to not feel well. After she arrived home and a couple days passed, she found that she had strep throat. Bummer.

My step-son is not getting to spend Christmas with us this year....don't we let him and my youngest daughter open one of their big presents on the 19th - he got an X-Box 360 and she got a Wii. That way it gave them some time to play with them before he left and before my daughter went to her dads Christmas afternoon. Then we also let them open their other big present while my oldest daughter and her family were here - they both got a cell phone. It was funny because my oldest suggested we call the phones while they were opening their package. Plus she wrapped them and put them in a box, in a box, in a they had to go through a lot to get to them. The only problem is they had no idea what it was that was making the noise, since it was playing a song and not just a ring. They were SO EXCITED!

Then on Christmas eve my husband, youngest daughter, and I opened presents that were from my husband's sister, and family. Then we retired early...because Santa was on his way. The next morning we opened presents, and my daughter was so excited because Santa brought her the American Girl doll Julie. She got all kinds of stuff. My husband and I just give each other money then we go buy the things we I bought a Silhouette die cutting machine, a Bind-it-all, Uggs, and and IPod. So, I got everything I wanted for Christmas.

It was a really nice Christmas, but it was missing a couple of things...our son and my mom. I had bouts of emotion while driving my daughter to her a dad...a combination of hating not having my daughter with me until after the 1st of the year and my mom not being around this Christmas. My mom loved this time of year...not so much the receiving gifts part but the buying gifts. She just loved it! I miss her terribly!

My dad sent my husband and I a $60.00 gift we decided to use it a go out to eat after work - since we are temporarily childless. We had a nice time...we went to the Outback and shared some good food and great drinks!

Now it is back to work and back to every-day stuff, which isn't all bad. My husband's parents are on their way we will have a little more Christmas tonight. We are looking forward to seeing them. They will be staying until Sunday. Then we will be picking up our kids. I am looking forward to them coming so quiet when they are gone.

I still plan on uploading a bunch of pics, not to mention a new banner that my daughter did. She is so talented! So keep checking back so you can see my pretty new banner.

See ya later.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Nutcracker Weekend

Wow, Christmas is just around the corner. Are you ready? I am not. Every year I say I am going to be done with shopping prior to Christmas, and every year I am not! I have to say that I am about finished...I guess I need to do that this weekend sometime. I don't know when exactly. Especially when Friday night my daughter has dress rehearsal for the Nutcracker, Saturday at 7:30 p.m. is the first performance, Sunday at 2:30 is the second performance, and Monday she has two more performances! I am going to be really sick of the Nutcracker before the weekend is even over. So, let's see if I can squeeze in some shopping...probably not. I may have to take a day off next week to finish up.

Speaking of the Nutcracker, my daughter is very excited because this year she is in the party scene. That is a big deal to her. She is going to look adorable. Which reminds me that I have to wrap a box for her to put a doll in for the show...all the "party" girls get a "gift" which holds a doll they bring from I have to find her American Girl box and wrap it so she can put her doll in it. They then do a dance with their dolls. It is really cute.

I found out today that my husband's parents and brother are coming out right after Christmas to spend some time with us. That should be a lot of fun. I really enjoy his family. His parents are the absolute best...I love them very much. My mother-in-law has been a Godsend to me...she helps fill some of the void I have had since my mother passed.

It is going to be a strange Christmas without my mother being here. I will be glad when all the "firsts" are over...the first Mother's Day without her, Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc. I believe we are almost finished with the firsts. March 4 will be one year since she seems like it was just a couple of months ago. I still miss her very much; I'm sure I always will.

My daughter was home sick yesterday...then I talked with my oldest daughter and she had just picked up her oldest son from school because he was sick....strep! We were at their house this past I hope we don't get it! Not to mention her little one was sick the last day we were there. I'm not feeling the best today and neither is my husband....Great! Not to mention, I have so much yet to do with Christmas, baking, wrapping...AAGGHHH! Bah Humbug.

Guess I should get to work...considering I have to leave for home in 15 minutes.


Thursday, November 8, 2007

Weekend is Coming

and I can't wait. I can't wait to sleep in. I keep feeling like my body is trying to catch a cold...I sure hope I don't however.

Tuesday after school my daughter came home and told me that the teachers from her elementary were working at our local McDonalds to earn money for their school. So, she wanted to go eat at McDonalds that night. Not that I was real excited about McDonalds for supper, I agreed to go. My husband and son didn't want to go, so my daughter and I jumped in the car and headed out of the neighborhood. As we were about to leave the neighborhood I had a thought to call my friend Stephanie to see if she and her girls would like to come along. I'm sure glad I called...they came a long and we had a great time. McDonalds was PACKED! They had face painting and they were giving away Parfaits ( I love those things)! We had a nice time visiting and being silly. Her girls are so much fun. My daughter got her face painted before we left.

I am sure going to miss being able to do things like this...just being able to call Stephanie up, jump in the car and go somewhere. I can't believe she is moving 2 hours away from me. It is going to be a really tough transition for me. I have never had a friend like her in my life, and I don't believe there will ever be another one like her...I really don't want another one like her...she is one in a million, and once in a lifetime! She is like my angel on earth. She has gotten me through tough times and shared in my happy times. She has just been a true friend, which is so hard to find these days.

I have been trying to work diligently on getting crafts and cards made up to sell at my office before Christmas. I hope it will go over well. It would be great to make a little extra money for Christmas. I guess I will try it and find out. I will be selling cards, gift tags, tiles, albums and other gift items. I have a lot to get I have to get going on everything.

I am so looking forward to the weekend though. Don't get me wrong - I adore my children. However, I do look forward to every other week when they go to their parents. It gives my husband and I time alone. We never had that since we already had our children when we got married. So, we never got to have that time for just the two of us before kids came along. I enjoy our alone time. I enjoy my time with my kids as well...I hope I don't sound like a terrible mom saying that!

Time to get back to work....

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Heavy Heart

I am sad - I recently found out that my very best friend in the entire world is moving. She has and is like a sister to me.

When I moved to Chattanooga I knew no-one. Once my daughter started school I started hearing about this girl on the bus that always stood up for her. Then came fall and Halloween (2003). My husband and I had a demo Club Car 4x4 from our business; we attached one of our trailers, put some hay on it, and we were off toting kids from our neighborhood (and of course our children) trick or treating. When we came by one of the houses my daughter wanted us to stop...she said that was where her friend lived that I had been hearing about from the bus. She went up to the door...but no one answered. She was so disappointed.

A few months passed (we are now in 2004) and one day she asked to go play with this friend. So I took her up there to play - I met her mom but just to say hi-----by. My daughter and her daughter became and still are each others very best friend. A little later I was out on my golf cart for some reason and drove by her friends house. Her mom was out doing yard work. I stopped by and said hello and we started chatting. I had just started being a Stampin Up demonstrator, and I was telling her about what I was doing. I was going to have an Open House to start my business and I invited her to come. Well that was the beginning of our friendship.

She has been there for me through so many things....disappointments, heartbreaks, silliness, the death of my mom, and just someone to talk to. I haven't ever known anyone so giving of themselves. She is a TRUE friend who accepts me as I am. We have never in all these years had a cross word with each other. Matter of fact, I haven't ever been angry at her. We are always able to talk freely and openly with each other. We tell each other everything!

She told me from the beginning that there was always this possibility of her husband being transferred. He works for a major electronic store. Well, the day has come. He has taken a job in Nashville. Now granted, that is only 2 hours away from us...but it seems like it is on the other side of the world right now.

I don't know what I will do. I won't have her here to just call up and say..."Hey, I cut my hair, come down and tell me what you think" or "Hey, do you mind if I come up to visit for a while?" or "I need your opinion on how I decorated my room...come tell me what you think", or "you want to go shopping with me?". I know that I can still call her, we will still be able to talk every day, but I won't be able to just go up the street and drop in. It is going to be so hard.

It will probably be a while before she actually leaves. Her husband has already relocated, but she is staying here until their house sells. They are going to wait until after Christmas to put it on the market. So, I don't know how long it will be.

We have had such fun even getting our families together...we have gone to drive-in movies together; local festivals; each others houses to eat or play cards; out to eat; bowling...I just love her company.

Steph - I will miss you so much. I know it wasn't just luck that I found you to be my friend. You have blessed my life in so many ways. I feel very honored to be able to call you friend, and I hope that distance will never come between our friendship. Thanks for always being there for me. I love ya girl!

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Long time not talkie!

Wow, I just noticed that it had been a long time since I blogged! Shame on me. Life has been quite hectic...My dad came to Nashville around the middle of September. My husband and I drove to Nashville and attended his Navy Reunion. It was really awesome. Not too many people left from his aircraft carrier the USS Nassau CVE19. After the reunion we drove him back to our home in Chattanooga. We had an amazing time.

Dad came to work with us everyday. He helped my husband deliver golf carts all over. He got to see some great scenery, not to mention help the time pass quickly. We were able to take him out to the lake out in our boat and we took him down the Tennessee River through downtown Chattanooga. We also took him to Myrtle Beach where my husband's parents live. My husband, my dad, my daughter and I drove down on a Friday night, then my husband had to drive back on Sunday. My dad and my daughter and I stayed behind in my in-laws condo on the beach. My dad had never seen the Atlantic Ocean. So that was cool to share that with him. He had a great time; I had a great time. We stayed there until Thursday, rented a car and drove home.

I just took him to the airport yesterday for him to go home. He left out of Nashville. I am missing him tremendously. He was such a joy to have around. I think I smiled the whole time he was here. I enjoyed spoiling him and hugging him! I am having major withdrawals with him not being here. I am looking forward to our next visit.

I will post some pics of my dad's visit...they are stored on my other computer...but I will upload some.

Now, we are just gearing up for Halloween. I hope to go out this weekend and buy some decorations for the front of our house. We normally don't decorate much because we are usually out taking the kids trick or treating...but this year one of us may stay at home and hand out candy.

Hopefully there won't be such a large gap in my posting. I will try to do better.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

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Friday, August 10, 2007

My mom

Wednesday I received by freight my mother's belongings. As you probably know by reading below, my mother passed away March 4 this year. While staying there with my dad for a while, my sisters and I went through mom's things, and we each put aside the items that mom wanted us to have and the rest we just divided up amongst us. I packed all of my items in boxes and stored them in my old bedroom.

Since that time my dad has sold the house, so I needed to get all my items out of the house, including the rocking chair/recliner that mom always sat in. We had it shipped by freight, and it arrived.

As I unpacked the items, there were so many memories that came over me, and the longing I had for my mom. I so much wish that she were here and had all these things still in her home! I just miss her so very much. I now have in my possession such things as some of her old coats (which still have some of her kleenex in the pocket, which I can't throw away), her Holy Bible, some of the items I gave her...which to my surprise all had roses associated with them in one way or the other (roses were my mother's favorite flower), a chicken tiffany lamp, a large macrame table I made her when I was in college, and most importantly a ginormous salt and pepper collection. None of it probably amounts to a lot of money...but to me it is worth more than a billion dollars. There isn't enough money in this world to make me part with these items.

Wednesday night, and each one after, I have spent time rocking in mom's chair...thinking of her. I have prayed so many times for my mom to come to me and hug me in a dream, since I didn't get to feel her arms around me before she went home to her maker. I am still waiting for that to happen, but I did dream about her Wednesday night, after so many of her belongings arrived here. In my dream she was walking around and seemed so happy...and she had come home from the hospital and was all better. She told me something to the effect that she was doing great now, or feeling all better....something like that.

I talked to my dearest friend about all this, and she informed me that I had been blessed by my mom actually visiting me. That she was telling me that she is okay and happy. It brought tears to my eyes. Today it gives me a bigger peace of mind. As much as I miss her, I am happy that she is happy and okay. Now I just wait for that hug to come one day...I have faith that it will one day...when she and God are ready, and probably when I most need it.

I love you mom, and I will cherish all that you left me, but most of all I cherish what you left in my heart.

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Wednesday, August 1, 2007

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Monday, July 30, 2007

What's Up?

Nothing here! A very uneventful weekend. Spent most of my weekend in my Scrapbook Room re-organizing. Oh yea, I painted my armoire black. The doors I painted with magnetic paint and then painted over the top of it. It works GREAT! I made some strong magnets using chipboard, acrylic paint, rubbre stamps and Crystal Effects and VERY strong magnets. I am going to use the doors to display work, especially for classes and samples.

I will upload some pics of the cabinet and my organization once I'm finished. Nothing else new...except I found a great deal at Kohl's.....I bought two pair of capri jeans - one pair was 6.28 the other pair 10.20!!!! Can you believe that? Not to mention they fit great and look really good. I'm so excited. They were regularly priced at $34.00 each. This never happens to me, I never find good items for sale!

Gearing up for the kids to start school next Monday. I can't believe it. The summer has gone by so quickly. This Thursday I take my daughter to her open house, and my husband will be taking his son to his open house. So, this week will be buying school supplies and some school clothes! Sounds exciting huh?

I will also be uploading some of my projects into an album. Still in the process of getting this blog set up like I want bear with me.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Good News?

Lots of thoughts are running through my little brain right now. I talked to me sister this morning (she lives in Oklahoma) and just got off the phone with my father...he just sold his house.

Maybe I will start at the beginning - my mother, after being ill off and on for a few years, passed away March 4. We were all there with her, and it was the most difficult day of my life. I spent three weeks with my daddy after the funeral. Being in that house was really strange. I lived in that house from the age of 10 until I was 19. There are many memories in that house, and my mom was everywhere I looked. It was odd being there without her. I expected her to come walking out of the bedroom, or the kitchen...but it never happened.

My dad thought long and hard about the house. He insisted we immediately remove all her things as soon as we my sister and I dove in. It was accompanied with tears and some laughter. After a while, dad came to the conclusion that he could not keep the was just too much house for him alone. We looked into some retirement villages for him. After I returned home he toured a few of them and then found the one of his dreams. This was in April. He put his house on the market.

Shortly after the house went on the market, dad went in the hospital to remove a tumor from his lung....lung cancer. The ended up doing a lobectomy. It has taken quite a while, but he is gradually getting better. They got all the cancer and his prognosis is good (he is 81).

Dad ended up moving into his new place on June 30. He is absolutely loving it there. He is meeting friends there (matter of fact he is cooking dinner for two of his new friends tonight). He is actually getting some enjoyment out of his life. One thing that was hanging over his head and filling him with stress was his house. He just couldn't continue paying for two households much longer. He was really at the end of his rope. When I talked to him yesterday he was really upset and asked that I would pray for him...I told him I would.

So, as much as I hate seeing that house go...I am happy that my dad can now be happy and have that stress over. I think it is a little bittersweet for him right now. He has lived there since 1969, when we moved to Oklahoma from Iowa - 38 years. Wow.

This picture is of my mom and dad at their 60th wedding anniversary party. As you can see from the date stamp on my picture - it was May 27 almost made it to their 61st. I miss her so much! I love you mom.

Friday, July 20, 2007

Scrapbook Room

I have been seeing a lot of talk on different groups that I am in regarding scrapbook rooms. Last year (finished in December) we added on a room to our house for my scrapbook room. It is a 16x30 room with a bathroom. It is great for holding classes. This way, I don't have to run my family out of the room. Before, my husband resigned himself to the bedroom to be out of the way. Now, everyone can go about their business without being disturbed. If you want to view more pictures of my room, you can go to the following site
If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.
I am really loving my space. I am still looking to maximize the space I have, because I seem to already be running out of room! (Guess I need to quit buying stuff)! LOL I know that I just need to be creative with some of the space I have...but I just haven't come up with anything yet. So, I am always open to suggestions.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

This is a rolodex reminder that I made. It is so fun using also has a calendar page, which can be changed out year from year. The corners of the calendar just slips into slots made on the page. This is a project of Leah Fung...I took this class online, and loved it. There are so many variations you can do...such as a baby album with baby's firsts, use it for recipes, etc. You can customize it anyway that you would like.

This is a clock that I altered. All products are Heidi Swapp. I love this clock...I have it hanging in my scrapbook room.

This page is one that I did for the site "One Little Word" . I really liked the way it came out. It was a stretch for me...a little out of my comfort zone. I had received a new camera, and I wanted to experiment with action shots. I got some of these really fun shots of my daughter jumping on the trampoline. Then, "One Little Word" posted their challenge of doing a page using the word "Jump" and this is what I came up with. I had never participated in a challenge, nor had a I posted any projects of mine kind of scary for me.
As far as items used on this page...I'm not sure about the paper, but I know the chipboard alpha is by Making Memories "Cheeky". I love the alpha. I also used my sewing machine and stitched the layout with a zigzag stitch. I used some Heidi Swapp bling to encirle my "&". The arrows I did myself by printing on transparency.
I will try posting some of my other projects soon.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

New Beginning

Well, here I go...joining the bandwagon in the blogging world. I mean, why should I be the only one without a blog!

You would think that I would begin with some groundbreaking news...but no...I don't have any.

I will say this, I will do my best to post regularly...however, I do have a business that my husband and I I am there Monday thru Friday (this is where I am right now posting this). I will try to post projects regularly and post blog candy here and there.

When I get home tonight I will post some artwork and some pictures I have taken. This is a new hobby of mine. I have been wanting a new camera for some time now. I want to be able to take good pics of my kids while they are in action and be able to get close ups of them. Rather than them being microscopic blurs on my photos! So, for mother's day my hubby bought me a Canon Rebel XTi. I am LOVING it! I believe I have taken some pretty fair pics, and hope to improve as time goes on. So I will share these with you (again, when I get home to upload them!)

So, day one.....hope to hear from some of you!