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It's My Birthday!


Yes, that's right - it's the big 38!
Here are some of the Birthday Gifties that I have received. A bottle of reisling from my brother, and a Willow Tree Box - Friendship - from my bestest buddy. The candle I won at Matthew's school from a Teacher's Helper banquet that they held. I love it too and since I got it on Monday - I can lump it with the BD presents too, can't I??? My wonderful parents took me to Chinese buffet for lunch today - very good! I don't get chinese very often - so it was quite a treat. But spending time with my parents was a bigger treat!
I can't believe that I'm 38 today. It seems like such a big number - bigger than I feel. And that's good, I think. My life has turned out quite differently than I had always imagined it would be. But I wouldn't have it any other way! I love my life! 40 doesn't seem so far away anymore - bring it on!

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Nascar - April 23, 2005 - Ryan's 1st Race


They got to the merchandise row and the sky's opened and rained POURED down! Dada bought Ryan a poncho and they waited the rain out.

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How bad have we got it?
By the time they got to their seats - it had cleared off. Great seats this time! Right on turn 4 in front of pit row entrance.

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The tower

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Ryan thought it was a little cold???!!!

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Crash. Apparently it was someone that that guy was happy to have out of the race! :)

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DaDa

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A Lot of People! Over 100,000 reportedly.

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Tony under the lights. Kurt Busch won the race. Da and Ry stayed until the very end of the race. It started sprinkling when they left the stands and by the time they got to merchandise row again - it was pouring!
2 1/2 hours to get to the racetrack - 2 rain showers - one new t-shirt - one rain poncho - one seat cushion - one ticket holder - hots dog and nachos - 3 sodas - 2 hours to get out of the parking lot - 1 hour to get to the highway and 45 minutes to get home - your 1st Nascar Race - PRICELESS!!!

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Happy Birthday to You!


Digital Kit - New Beginnings - MS Challenge Walk Fundraiser by DigiChick
Happy Birthday to my Bestest Friend! I had good mexican food for lunch today in honor of you and our friendship! Love you, miss you and am thinking of you!
Journaling reads: We have known each other for some 26 years now. Can you believe it? We have seen each other through so many things. I know that when I need you, you are there for me. Please know how very grateful and blessed I feel to have you in my life!

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Digital Kits by Shabby Princess
So this was in response to Cathy's challenge this week. I kind of combined the two challenges into one. I thought it made sense. The journaling reads - "Scrapbooking, that is. I scrapbook so the boys will be able to look back someday and say, "Oh, yeah... I remember that." I scrapbook so that I won't forget all those little things about them being little. I scrapbook to keep all those little keepsakes that seem to collect all around. But mostly I scrapbook just for me! I need a creative outlet, something just for me. All that paper, all those embellishments, all that fun stuff! Even now as I get more into digi-scrapping, there's still so much fun stuff to collect and learn with!"

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Fleas

Ryan after coming to the table last night looked at me and said - Mom, I have fleas on my foot. Fleas? Ryan. Yes, mom. They are jumping all around on my foot. Well, I am looking at his foot needless to say and wondering what he's talking about... when it dawns on me. He had been at our computer playing games before coming to eat. His foot must have fallen asleep and now the pin pricles were happening. I couldn't help but laough before I explained to him what was happening!

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My self-portraits done for Ali's challenge. Thanks Ali!

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The quiet before the storm...

the after shcool storm that is. It's just a few more minutes before it's off to the bus stop we go. Today was all about putting the house back right again. Putting the boys rooms back the way they go ( things were changed around when G & G came from VT), more laundry, vaccuming, etc. I made the mistake of deciding to have just a few NERDS candy out of the box. Man - that crunchy, sweet taste is hard to resist. At least today is Friday - so Ry will not have any homework to get done. We'll see which house the boys pick to try to play out today. Ry and Theo usually come off the bus asking for one or the other. This weekend some yard work is in order. Well.. away we go!

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On the other hand... my right wrist is adorned with many different choices. Definitely not valuable to anyone but me. Because, once again each one has a story and a meaning to me. After Matthew was born, I learned how to make bracelets. SS is easier, less expensive and easlier to find, so I ended up wearing a lot more silver. I made all of these except the Tiffany's and the silicone DS awareness one. The "M" initial one is for Michelle. The one with Michael's face has the same photo of the boys that I wear on the necklace on the other side. The pink one is breast cancer awareness. I have 3 bracelets with the boys names on them. One SS and gold with their birthstones dangling, one with all our birthstones (red, white and blue... what could be better?) and one in Hematite. The red with pearls is from a wedding I was in from last summer (Hi Chris!). There's a SS DS awareness one with a silver awareness ribbon for the child with special needs. And a SS and clear crystal one that's just because it's pretty. The Tiffany's one is from Michael for our anniversary. Everyday I usually wear a different one depending on my mood and what I'm wearing.

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the shelves

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Step One


OK - I've got the 1st coat of paint on the shelves and even got some inherited geraniums planted. And it's only 11am!!!!

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Up for a Challenge...


So here's my scrap/computer space. Taking Tara's challenge to accomplish a project a week and git r done! The table is unfinished and the shelves are not painted or hung yet. This week's project - getting the shelves painted and hopefully hung.

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And so it begins...


In the last few days, Matthew has played with Ryan;s Thomas the Tank Engine Trains more and more. He sits in wherever his choosen spot is and goes around and around himself in circles. Very cute!

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Shoe Love


Is there anything better than new shoes? How about 3 new pairs of shoes for under $35??? Pair that with the 3 new shirts that I got for $10 and I'm a VERY happy camper!

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Could he be ANY cuter??? They are studying flowers in school now, hence the hat.

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An Office with a View


How lucky can one girl get? Not only do I work (one day a week) for a fabulous watercolor artist, who has become a great friend, but this is the view that I get to enjoy while I'm there!

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Fish, Anyone?


Michael had bought Ryan a fishing pole and tackle box a few weeks ago. Ryan was very excited because it was just like the one Michael had as his 1st pole. We felt a little Ryan time was in order after Saturday, so Michael and I took just him down to the Riparian Institute to fish (Grammie and Grampy kept Matthew). So peaceful there for the most part. The wildflowers were in full bloom and beautiful. I think we all needed a little quiet time with just the 3 of us.

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Is it me or a me wannabe?


How much fun is this! Does she sort of look like me? Minus 15 or so pounds? Haircolor's a little red too, but oh, well - no perfection here!

Doll Maker

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Changes...


So, after 10 years as a family - our family has changed. We lost Sara this weekend. Just like losing Sammy back in October - it just seemed so quick. It wasn't really - they had both been sick before they died, they were both over 11 years old, but it just seemed like we didn't expect it. It was hard to adjust to life without Sammy - and now even harder to adjust to life without Sara too. There's no one to greet us at the door when we come home... no one to step over in the middle of the night... no water dribbled on the floor to slip on. I'm just so very sad right now. We loved them and didn't appreciate them nearly enough while they were with us. We love you girls and miss you and are glad that you are together again.

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Yes, That's right... It's April 1st!

And my boys are slippy sliden'! It was about 85 today and sunny. The water was chilly, but with 2 boys to entertain today (Ryan was out at 1pm today) - it was something to do! And no... it's not an April Fool!

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Car wash, Anyone?

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Matthew playing in the water.

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Kit used in header is
Digitally Smitten Kit Freebie
by Digital Design Essentials

Digital Photo Frames by
Nancy Comelab.

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Adrian Hindes of
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