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Saturday, June 20, 2009


Well, I ended up not going to my friends house the other night. She was babysitting for another friend, and the kids stayed later than she expected. Then, her youngest is teething, and had a fever, so she decided that we could do it another time. I ended up reading on the couch waiting for her to call, and fell asleep at 10:45pm. I woke up at 12:30am, and decided to go to bed :) It felt nice to get a nice nights sleep - hehehe.

I spent most of the day at home, relaxing. I read and designed a bit. The kids played with toys, played outside, and got a little computer time in. We did chores, but mostly just relaxed. At noon, we made Pigs in a Blanket for the kids. But this time, before we wrapped the hot dog in a biscuit, we wrapped them in cheese slices. The kids thought they were tasty :) But then with enough ketchup, anything is tasty. Well, if you like ketchup - ha!

At noon-ish, Andrea called me and said that she and her boys were going to the Indoor pool to work on a Cub Scout achievement. She wanted to know if we all wanted to go too. So, at 2pm, we met at the pool. I didn't like the indoor pool as well as the outdoor one. There was not very shallow area for the little kids to play in. But, they seemed to enjoy it enough. Joe and Jim hung out on the stairs of the pool. Whatever works. hehehe.

We came home at 4ish, and brought Andrea's 2 older boys with us to play. The kids just LOVE to have friends over. They had fun playing on the swing set, and with toys, and with the computer. We made yummy pudding for a snack. Layered graham cracker crumbs, vanilla pudding, graham crumbs, chocolate pudding, then more graham cracker crumbs. The kids REALLY liked it ;)

The kids went home at about 5:00, and we had dinner. At around 7:30pm, we headed out to the Outlet mall. Captain America needed new running shoes. About every 3 months, he'll need new ones. Such it is when you run every...single...day. ha!

I'd never been to the outlet mall here before, and was kinda excited to go there. He went to the New Balance shoe store with Joe, and Tom, Eme, Jim and I headed for the Old Navy Outlet store. Um, I couldn't tell any difference in the prices. Still seemed expensive to me. Not much of a discount in my book. In fact, I think that the clearance in the normal stores is more discounted. But then, I don't clothes shop often. Maybe it was just me.

We went into the Disney Outlet store also, but had the same problem. They were just like normal store. The shoe store, on the other hand, had some good prices. I ended up getting a new pair of walking/running shoes for only $20.00. That's not too bad. Captain America's shoes that were originally on sale for $80 were only $65 after his military discount. Not too bad! We'll have to start budgeting for new shoes.

We were home by 9pm, and quickly got the kids to bed. We're having a garage sale today, with the girls down the street, and needed to go through a few more boxes. Sometimes Captain America and I work FABULOUSLY together, and other times, not so much. It was a not so much evening, I'm afraid. He kept digging through the boxes, finding his "treasures", then finding my stuff or the kids stuff, and trying to convince me to donate it. Like a BRAND new set of tempura paints. Never been opened. From homeschool last year. That's good stuff, right there. Handy to have around. He's like, "Well, I haven't seen you use it since you got here." Really? Um, maybe that's because IT WAS PACKED IN A BOX IN THE GARAGE!!! Yes, painting is mess. Yes, it's not convienent. But it's GREAT for the kids to do. He just kept getting grouchier and grouchier about stuff as the evening went on.

I made the mistake of bringing my laptop out to design/prepublish my blog (so I wouldn't be up all hours of the night after cleaning the garage), and watch him work. Usually, he welcomes the company. Not tonight. I think I was annoying him, just by being there. How rude! hehehe. He finally said, "If you're not gonna help, you might as well go back inside the house". Yeah, like I was sitting in the GARAGE designing because I thought it would be fun. Um, no! I wanted to be near him, even if I couldn't do what he was doing. I'd searched through my fair share of the boxes earlier in the week. Sigh.

I think he's just tired from school, and didn't really want to be going through crap in the garage. I sure didn't. One thing great about Captain America, though, is that he's always first to come in and apologize after he's been crabby. While sometimes I just wanna SLAP the man, he's really a good and decent guy. I'm sure I'm not the easiest person to live with either. Anyway, sorry to vent. This is supposed to be a FUN and HAPPY place to be. But then, real people aren't fun and happy all the time, right? Just fake people - LOL! And I'm SO not fake :)

This WordArt request comes from Toni, who wanted something about Ancestors. Sorry it's taken me SO long to get to your request. I'm answering emails backwords at this point. Whatever is new in my inbox, and then OLD stuff. One of these days, I'll get through it all.

I liked this quote when I saw it, and thought it would be nice with older pictures. Family pictures. Don't ya think? Click on the link below to go to my account to download the PNG file, and leave some love if you like my work. Thanks! Oh yeah, and MAN, meaning Mankind. Not just men. So it's gender neutral. Just so you know. It covers women too :)

Ancestors - York Script ES

Friday, June 19, 2009


Here ya go, girls! Here's all my new stuff for the week :) I liked how they turned out - especially the masks. I just LOVE masks :) I played around with them a little bit, and I decided that I need to use them more in my layouts. They're just SO much fun :) OK, shameless plug ended - hehehe. Click HERE to go to my store.

Layout by Jaimee

Layout by Charmaine

OK, admittedly, mine isn't as good as my CT's, but it's OK. This is my sister's little girl, Ella. Isn't she adorable.

Layout by Grace

Layout by Jen (Graham Like the Cracker)

Hey girls. Hope you had a good day yesterday! Mine was good :) I ended up going to my friends house the night before. Remember how I didn't know if it was gonna pan out? Well, at 10:30pm, I headed down the street to her house - hehhe. My kids and hubby were fast asleep, and I snuck out to play. We ended up watching "Along Came Polly". It was pretty funny! Then, we just sat around for HOURS chatting. It was great! Just like a slumber party, but not slumbering - ha!

At 3:30am, I headed back home. I fell into bed, and slept till 9:30am. Good thing my kiddos are pretty self sufficient. hehehe. I got up, and cleaned for a little while, then read for a little while, then started to get people ready for the pool. We planned to meet our friends at 11am, when the pool opened. Andrea called at one point, and wanted to know if I still wanted to go, since it was cold? What? I looked outside, and sure enough, there were clouds. But it was still nice and warm. I'm sorry, but this native Pacific Northwesterner doesn't think that 83 degrees is cold. It's a nice day - ha! Our lakes that we swim in are FREEZING. The Harty's can handle the pool - LOL!

I made up a ton of sandwich quarters, and brought chips and salsa, and carrots and ranch, and bananas for my kids. I knew that the other kids would wanna share, so I brought tons. We were the first ones to get there, and the little kids wanted me to come and swim in the big pool with them. That was a first. So, I braved the water, and found that once I got used to it, it wasn't too bad. Joe, who's usually TERRIFIED of water, was doing so well. He put on a life jacket, and I pulled him aroudn the big pool. After a while, he was confident swimming around the big pool, with his life jacket, BY HIMSELF! I was so impressed. This was the kid, who last week, almost was in tears because I wanted him to get in the big pool with me. Funny kid.

Adela showed up next, and I got out of the water to visit with her. OK, so I'll admit. When you're dripping wet, 83 doesn't feel very warm. But, I dried fast, and felt much better. Andrea, Laurie, and a few others showed up by noon. The kids ate, the kids swam, the moms chatted, and it was a GREAT time. We didn't end up leaving until almost 3pm. It was a fabulous day at the pool. Free pool. Even better :)

The kids relaxed when we got home, and I decided to brave the garage in search of Garage Sale items. The girls and I are doing a multi-family garage sale this Saturday. We're meeting between Adela's and Andrea's house, and are selling what we have. I have a few baby mattresses, a few computer monitors, some of Captain America's "fat" Scout Clothes and suits, some kid clothes, and some odds and ends. I've never done a garage sale (can you believe it!), so I'm not sure what to expect. But, I'm looking forward to it :)

I found my rice cooker while I was cleaning, and was so excited that I cooked some brown rice for the kids when I was done with the garage. Captain America came home at the same time that I was cleaning up. Poor guy looked really bad. He said that his tummy hurt. Ever since his Splenectomy, he's had trouble with digestion. He can't eat too much raw veggies, or things get backed up, and he has SEVERE indigestion. So bad that he thinks he's gonna die. I helped him get into bed (he coudln't bend over to take his boots off), and left him to feel better.

The kids had rice, and chicken, and steamed veggies for dinner. For my brown rice, I cooked it in the rice cooker, then when it was done, added a 1/2 tsp of granulated chicken bullion, and a 1/2 cup of shredded cheese. The kids LOVED it. I had my usual stir fry. Yummy! I'm doing well on my diet, too. No more strong food cravings. My body is feeling pretty good. I think I've hit my groove. About time - hehehehe.

After dinner, I sat down to answer some emails. I got through about 40 of them. Sounds like a lot, but I still have over 200 to go through. And these aren't random spam. I delete all those. These are actual people who want/need something. Sigh. So, if I haven't written back to you, I"M SORRY! I'm trying. I started at the back, and am working my way to the present. I'm to January 15th. Sad, I know. 6 months off. How did it happen? Why did I let it happen. I'll try harder girls, really I will.

I put Joe and Jim to bed at 8:00pm, and Tom and Eme to bed at 9:00pm. It's not 9:30pm, and I'm gonna go design you all a FABULOUS freebee for today. My dh is still sleeping (poor thing), and I think, after I get everything done and pre-published and all, I'm gonna sneak back out to my friends house. hehehe. I'm gonna fall over one of these days from exhuastion, but it will be happy exhaustion. I think that everyone needs a girlfriend who lives down the street from them. SO much fun. And we're inviting Adela this time. She had the COOLEST blue toenail polish on her toes, and she said that she'd bring it, and we could do our toes too! I'm SO excited. And I think we're gonna watch Disturbia. SCARY movie!

This WordArt request is from WAY back in January. See how bad I am. My inbox gets OVERWHELMED, and I just can't seem to keep up. Going backwords to forwards might help me. Well, it helped "It's Daddies, Plural" anyway. She requested this saying. Sorry it took so long, girl! Hope you like it! I thought it would be good for any baby picture. Especially a pic of a parent holding a baby. Not just adopted parents, but any parent.

Click on the link below to go to my account to download the PNG file, and leave some love if you like my work :) Thanks!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Pool Alpha

First off, just wanted to show you my NEW SWING SET! Isn't it fabulous! Thanks so much to my, um, neighbors (yeah, never did catch their names - they lived 3 blocks over too, so not really neighbors.....Tom's buddy Olens parents. We'll just call them that) for the swing set! My little boys think it's WONDERFUL!!! Here's Captain America and Jimmy taking the swing for a test ride - LOL!

And, Captain America was taking a new pic for this Facebook avatar, so I decided to get a new pic of myself too. I straightened my hair today, and look how long it's getting. Kinda fun :) Really, I'm just too cheap to go and get it cut. I just style it different as it grows out. Yep, really cheap. That's me :) But happy. Cheap and happy. (Aren't my peacock earrings FABULOUS! I think my Aunt Sue made them for me. Did you, Aunt Sue? I can't remember. If you did, THANKS!!! I just LOVE them)

hehehe, you can TOTALLY see my farmers tan - LOL! But look how BROWN i'm getting :)

Wow, 7:15am came early today. Only 5 hours of sleep. The kids and Captain America were all already awake. Really, I didn't wanna wake up. I was really just rolling over. Oh well. I'll sleep later. Sleep is overrated, right? No? You like sleep? Sigh. OK, I admit it. I like sleep too. It's not overrated. I guess I just need to schedule better - hehehe.

I managed to get up and get the kids some cereal (yeah, I know, stretching myself there), and myself breakfast. I spent the morning designing, and managed to get 2 WordArt packs designed before lunch time. Andrea stopped by to return some sunglasses I'd left at her house last night, and then was off to pick up her son from camp. I told her to bring the kids back over, and I'd make lunch for everyone.

My kids and I made some homemade mini pizzas. They turned out looking pretty nice. We made biscuit crust (with added basil), topped with pasta sauce and cheese. The little kids had fun helping to roll out the dough. And eating the dough. I can't lie - hehehe.

When Andrea finally got back (traffic was bad), she'd stopped by her house, put the baby to sleep, and left the 2 big boys at home, because they were fighting. Yeah, I know that story. That was Eme and Tom on Tuesday. Sigh. Anyway, she stayed for a few minutes, and offered to watch Joe and Jim when I went to take Tom and Eme to their "GT" (Gifted & Talented) Assesment. THANKS, my friend!

It was nice to not have to worry about small children running around the office and causing trouble. Tom, Eme, and I brought books and read. Good thing, too. They were about 30 minutes off schedule. Tom is reading Harry Potter #7, Eme had a few chapter books, and I was reading Breaking Dawn. Not a bad way to kill 30 minutes :)

Eme and Tom both thought that their assessment went well. I'm supposed to call back on Friday to get the results. If they qualify, they'll be put in GT classes in the Fall. I think it would be good for them. But then , who knows if they'll get it or not. I know that I got FABULOUS grades in school, but I worked hard for them. I was very studious. I was tested for GT (but they called it TAG there) and didn't make it. I told the kids that GT just meant that they had a special way of looking at things. If you were not GT, that was no big deal. You could still be SUPER smart and not GT. Just like me - LOL! I'd like them to be in the GT classes, though, because I know that the GT teachers have had more training. I'm just saying....

We got back to Andreas house at about 3:00, and stayed to play until 4:00pm. She's a lot of fun to chat with. Where I'm pretty shy, she not. She LOVES to talk, and there's never a dull moment with Andrea. I just LOVE it :)

I came back home, and got right to designing. Captain America beat us home! All the other days, he's been home at 5:30pm. Don't know why they got out so early today, though. It was nice to see him. The kids sat down and watched a movie, and I designed. I got another 2 WordArt packs designed before dinner.

At 7pm (I'd decided to skip Scouts even before they called to tell me it was cancelled - we must have been on the same wavelength - ha!), I finally put down the designing and cooked dinner. After dinner, the kids finished their movie, and I finished my designing. 5 WordArt packs for the week, and a FABULOUS freebee for you all.

I spent a little quality time with my hubby, and even made sure that he was in bed and asleep by 10pm. See, aren't I good :) Poor thing has to get up SO early in the morning. Such is the life of a soldier, I guess :) I'm sure glad that my job is a mom. I like that job!

So, as I'm pre-publishing this on Wednesday night, it's 10:15pm. Early for me. I'm either gonna sneak out and go watch a movie with Andrea, or read Breaking Dawn. Either choice sounds good to me! Options. I just LOVE having options :)

Hey girls! I have to giggle at the evolution of this alpha. See, I was at a speed scrap over at Ginger Scraps, and one of the directions was to use an alpha. Well, I don't have alphas. Nothing against alphas, per se, I just like to make WordArt for the title. Go figure - hehehe. So, I made the WordArt, and recolored one part with my water from the pool picture. I decided that I'd go back and turn it into an alpha later, that way I could technically say that I was using an alpha. hehehe. I'm so tricky - LOL!

So, click on the link below to go to my account to grab the zip file, and leave some love if you like my work.

Font: CAfe Rojo

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

I Do All My Own Stunts

Hey girls! It's Wednesday again. Half way through the week again :) So, I got up yesterday at 5:15am to take my oldest, Jacob, to his scout activity. Who gets ups that early??? ROFL! Well, my hubby gets up that early, as does the rest of the Army….. But I’m not part of the Army - ha! Army wives don’t have to get up so early, right? That’s the story I’m going with. Hehehe.

Anyway, Jacob and I were out the door by 5:30am, and at the church parking lot by 5:50am. We were supposed to be there by 6:00am. And guess what? No one was there. Well, that’s not quite true. There was one other mom there dropping off her kid. We waited till 6:08am, and were starting to get worried that maybe they left us. A few minutes later, one of the leaders showed up, and said that they decided to meet somewhere else. Thanks for letting us know. Hehehe.

So, we headed off to the new location, and I dropped Jacob off. I managed to get back home before the kids woke up even. Why is it, that they sleep in when I have to get up early, and wake up early when I get to sleep in. Murphy’s law, I guess. Hopefully I get to sleep in today.

Eme, Joe, Jim and I worked on getting their bedrooms all switched around. We got most of it done. And it looked pretty good when we were done, even. Jimmy was a little upset that his bunk bed was still upstairs, but I know my limits. That’s gonna have to be a project for when Captain America's available to help. A girls gotta know her limitations. Hehehe.

I spent some time on the computer, and a little bit of time in the kitchen cleaning. I decided to take the kids to the movies, even if it was just the kids and I. We saw “Escape to Witch Mountain”. It was really good. A nice action/sci-fi movie for kids. Gotta love that J And the Rock is pretty nice too - hehehe. Only one kid had to leave to go to the bathroom, and Jimmy was only slightly disruptive. At one point, one of the aliens made some things in a car float, and Jimmy stood up, and pointed, and said “Look, Money!!!”. The guys behind us got a kick out of it.

After the movie, we went to another store in the little strip mall, looking for some shorts for Eme. Well, the kids were HORRIBLE. Let me clarify. Tom and Eme were horrible. Jim and Joe were just fine. The kept getting in each others space, and being super rude to each other. After several chances, I took away computer privileges from each of them. Needless to say, I’ll have to go back and hind some shorts for Emeline a different day.

We got home at 5pm, and made dinner real fast, then headed off to Andreas house for a Pampered Chef party. I texted Captain America and told him to come and pick up the kids when he got off work, which he did. It was FUN party. I didn’t eat any of the food, which looked SUPER tasty, but just had a lot of fun hanging out with my girls.

The party started to dwindle at about 9pm, and I hurried home to tell Captain America that I was coming back to hang out more - hehehe. Adela, Andrea and I put in a movie at 10:30pm. We watched “Daylight”. It was pretty good. Sylvester Stalone and Viggo Mortensen. When they were young - ha! Good action flick. I’ve got this thing for natural disaster movies. Heck, any ole disaster movie will do. And this one didn’t disappoint - hehehe.

So, it’s 2:10am, and I’m still at Andrea’s house. I’m writing this on Word, and them I’m gonna copy and paste it to blogger when I get home. Aren’t I tricky. I’m so glad that I have friends to hang out with. Thanks, girls, for having me!!!

This WordArt saying came from Andreas son’s tee shirt last night - hehehe. I thought it was hilarious, and it just screamed out to be WordArt-ed. So, here it is J

Click HERE to go to Scraporchard to download the zip file, and remember, you need to be logged into the gallery to get the download. Thanks, girls!!!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Staying Cool

Wow, what started off as a slow day really was BUSY! I woke up yesterday at 8am (I KNOW! Sleeping in - hehehe) and decided that I wanted to take my kids to the water. Be it the pool or the sprinkler park, I didn't care. But, I also knew that I needed to get some food shopping done. We're trying to iron our budget out, and know EXACTLY where every penny is going, and to do that, I had to know how much money it takes for a weeks worth of groceries. And to do that, I had to have a food menu. So, since I already know what Captain America and I eat every day, I made up a menu for the kids. 7 dinners, 7 lunches, and 7 breakfasts. I planned enough fruit for each kid to have 1 apple and 1 orange each day (that's 35 of each - dang!). I planned in snacks. I typed up the menu, and typed up the shopping list.

I was trying to eat, and chat online, and on the phone at the same time, so it took a little longer than I wanted it to - ROFL! Sometimes multi-tasking can bite you in the butt - hehehe. Anyway, at about 9:30am I was finally ready to shop. I left Jake with the kids, minus Jimmy (since he left today for camp, I wanted to get one more chance to go to the store with just one kids - hehehe). I managed to get all of the groceries for one week for 7 people for under $200. I wish it didn't take so much money to feed us, but we ARE kinda like our own small army - LOL!

I wasn't able to get the yogurt at the commissary, because they were out. Grrrr. Now I needed to go somewhere else too. I got back home at around 11:00am. I put the groceries away, and texted my girls to see if they wanted to go swimming. My friend Laurie was busy with a project that needed to be done by Wednesday, but said that she could go on Thursday. My friend Andrea was babysitting, and couldn't supervise 2 babies at the pool at the same time. But the sprinkler park she could do. We decided to meet there at noon. I put all the groceries away, and hurried the kids along to get ready for the sprinkler park.

It was a different one than we went to the first time. And the good thing about the sprinkler parks (both of them), and the pool, is that their FREE to us. Woohoo! Army perks - hehehe. Anyway, back to my story.

We got to the new sprinkler park, and there were construction guys with jackhammers in there. Um, yeah, not open. Hello! Andrea said that she called last Friday, and they said it was gonna be opened on Monday. Um, not so much.

But, the girl that Andrea was babysitting for had her work appointment fall through, so she was now available to come with us to the pool! Enough Mommies to watch the babies! Yippee!!! We stopped at our houses on the way home to put on the ole swimming suits, and headed off to the pool. My kids were SO excited. The really wanted the pool, and were only mildy satisfied with the idea of the sprinkler park.

We were at the pool from about 2pm to 4pm. The kids had a GREAT time, and us Moms did too :) It was a BEAUTIFUL sunny day, and we all wore enough sunblock to keep from getting sunburned. Bless you, whoever invented Sunblock!

I hurried and cooked dinner when we got home, and had it all cleaned up by 6:00pm. Captain America helped Jacob get packed for his campout (actually, canoe trip and campout), and I started working on Jimmy/Joe's room, and Eme's room. We've decided to switch bedrooms. Eme's going upstairs, and the little boys are going downstairs. I just can't monitor what's going on with the little boys easy enough with them on a different floor (and one I hardly ever go to). So, I started re-arranging. Unfortunately, most of the stuff is in the living room. Another project for today for me.

At about 7:00pm, Captain America got done helping Jacob, and he and I headed over to some people's house to get a Swing Set. We met them at a b-day party that Tom went to for their son, Olen. They're moving to Virginia tomorrow, and said that we could have their swing set. A nice wooden one. I was SO excited. Captain America was able to help me last night, so we went on over. We took it down into 3 chuncks, and shoved them in the back of my old Surburban. It was quite a site. Only about a 1/4 fit into the truck, and the rest was hanging out the back. With the barn doors open on the suburban. hehehehe. I sat in the back seat, and hung on to the swing set as Captain America drove VERY slowly home.

When we got it home, he even helped me get it set up. What a GREAT man. He was tired, but took the time to get it set up. The kids were REALLY excited when we brough them in the backyard to see it. Jimmy and Joe especially. Jake and Tom are too big for it (weight wise), but Eme should be able to play on it. As long as she doesn't swing too high - hehehe. I'll get a picture of it today. It was too dark last night.

At about 8:45pm, we had everyone to bed, and I headed out to Wal-Mart. I still had to get the yogurt. And, I wanted to get a few things for Jacob for his trip today. He was supposed to bring a sack lunch, so I got him some goodies to put in it. I want to eat his lunch - ROFL! Yummy!

I got back home at around 10:00pm, and sat down to design/blog. What a long day! I wonder if today will be any better - hehehe. I wanna take the kids to the dollar movies (if it works out), and I have a Pampered Chef party in the evening.

Since I had SUCH a long day, I decided to use my WordArt from my layout from the other day. That works, right? hehehe. Click on the link below to go to my account to download the zip file (both versions included), and leave some love if you like my work.

Staying - Susie's Hand
Cool - Cafe Rojo
All rest - Pharmacy

Monday, June 15, 2009

Girlfriend Blog Train

Welcome to the BLOG TRAIN!!! First off, you should have come from AMY to here. And, look at what you'll get if you collect all of the stops along the way! Aren't these girls talented???

And, here's my part! Some Girlfriend WordArts. Nothing like scrapping pics of the girls!

Click on the link below to go to my account to download the zip file


Then, head on over to Faith's blog to continue with the Blog Train! Choochoo!!!

AND, don't forget! Scraporchard is having a HUGE sale, to celebrate a TON of new designers joining us in the store. Click HERE to go to the store. Well, my store. You can look around if you'd like....... I guess. ROFL!


Since the blog train is taking off at 11:59 pm June 14th EST, this blog post is gonna count for Monday. Just so you don't get confused. I usually post my posts at 7:00 am EST. Just to clear that all up. Because I'm SURE you were wondering..... Or am I just rambling. Rambling, you say? OK, I"ll move on....

Hey girls! Hope you all had a FABULOUS weekend! Did you do anything fun and exciting? Or did you take a nice relaxing break from real life? Or somewhere right in the middle :)

Sunday was super busy crazy the first half, and I spent the rest of the day trying to recover from it. hehehe. The Primary president and the 1st counselor were both out of town, so I was the only leadership there. Crazy! We have about 50 kids in our Primary. We had 2 brand new teachers in Junior primary (3 yrs to 7 yrs), and one teacher that didn't show up. I grabbed my friend, Andrea, and put her in with the 6 year olds. One little boy has Asbergers, and kept trying to escape. He's in my son, Tom's, class. I think all of the teachers for the older kids showed up, thankfully. It's just tricky, when you're the only one there. I had to get new teachers manuals, crowd control, stop the escaping kid from escaping, AND conduct all at the same time. Sigh. PLEASE ladies, come back next week :)

So, when I got home from church, I spent a nice long time in my room, recooperating. hehehe. My house will need to be detailed today, since I neglected it ALL day yesterday :) I read some, I took a nice warm bath, I watched "Harpers Island" from Saturday night (wasn't coming in on the antenna), designed a little, Speed Scrapped. I just took it easy, and relaxed. It was a nice day.

Wanna see my layout from my speed scrap? Yes? Good!

The WordArt will soon be a freebee from me (and maybe the water alpha too), and the kit is from Amanda Heimann & Ziggle Designs, called Surfer Dude. Isn't it FABULOUS??? I'm just loving it. It also comes in Hula Princess. Pretty cool!

Today should be filled with some grocery shopping, maybe some "pool-ing" or "sprinkler-ing", some packing (Jacob is going on the Scouts Summer Trip Tuesday at 6:00 am - dang!), a TON of cleaning, some playing, some organizing, some reading, and some designing.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Answer Prayers

First off, I just wanted to share a quick couple of Tom photos. His dad gave him some "extra" army stuff that he'd been giving, and Tom is just LOVING it. Look at the smile :) Doesn't he look good.
Such a cutie! My 9 year old looks so OLD! hehehe. (It's an air soft pistol, not a real gun, just so you know :)

Well, I did it again. I told myself that I wasn't gonna read any more fanfiction (Twilight), yet I got myself sucked into another one. And guess what? It's not finished. Sigh. The author last posted a chapter on May 15th. Why? Why do I do this to myself - hehehehe. It really is a great story. Too much profanity, but a very compelling story. I sure hope she finishes it. It supposes that Bella never jumped from the cliff, and Edward never came back. She graduated from high school, college, moved away, and teaches high school in New York. It's 6 years later, and guess who is the new student in her English class? Good story. I'm DYING to see how it ends :) She wrote 14 chapters, and I still can't get enough :) Sigh. Patience may be a virtue, but it's not MY virtue.

We had a nice, relaxing Saturday. We did nothing. Hehehe. OK, so we did a few things around the house. My backyard now looks MUCH better since Captain America mowed and raked it. If you saw it when we first moved in, you'd say it looks FABULOUS! But it was nice to spend the day lounging around the house. Lounging is good.

Mostly I just read. Reading is good, right? Expanding your mind, and what not. It's a worthy past time, right? AND, the more I read, and my kids see me reading, the more they'll wanna read. I know I heard that somewhere - hehehe. Excuses, I know. But if you buy them, then they served their purpose - ROFL!

So, since it's after 11 pm, and I just got done reading my fanfiction (I know, obsessed), and I haven't designed/blogged yet, I decided to make up the Visiting Teaching message scripture for the month of June. It's about prayer. I'm doing Sharing Time in Primary tomorrow (today) too, and ITS about prayer. I just LOVE how the church keeps everyone on the same/similar topics of study for the month. Coordination is GREAT!

Anyway, here's your freebee for the day :) Click on the link below to go to my account to downlaod the PNG file, and leave some love if you like my work :) Thanks!