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Wow... a week!

I can't believe that I let it be a full week between posts this week! Is anyone still out there? LOL!
Busy as usual. Michael worked all day Monday. Tuesday morning was spent at our date at WalMart grocery shopping, Tuesday afternoon was spent at the Orthotics doc getting Matthew fitted for his new inserts. Of course, we couldn't take them with us, they have to haggle with the insurance company first. Wednesday was all day at Diane's. Thursday we had a meeting with Matthew's teacher and ST at school. There was a slight misunderstanding that we got cleared up and all is well again. Just really been trying to stay off the computer (ha!) and spend time with my family and get the house cleaned up (ha!). Not suceeding well today at all! Ha!
My mojo seems to have fled me. I have 4 layouts to be doing, but I've only finished 1 today. I had a mental block with it, but as I lay in bed going to sleep Friday night - it sort of finished itself in my head. Now I'm really pleased with it! It's another photo from the train park earlier this month. As soon as Matthew saw what Ryan was doing on the train tracks, he followed suit. He does this alot lately, with both good and bad things. I used Holly's fabulous new kit "Spring is Coming that's available here. I LOVE the charm! So fun! I din't even play with 1/4 of the super cool stuff in this kit! Seriously yummy!

Credits: Spring is Coming Kit - Holly McCaig , Holly McCaig Designs. Paper Tears - Steph Krush, Digital Paper Tears. Inked Edge action by Atomic Cupcake.
Fonts: Barbara Hand

You know - I forgot the journaling!
Ryan - I know that sometime’s it seems that Matthew is following you everywhere and imitating everything that you do. But please remember that on the track of life, he will always be there with you, sometimes following you, in front of you sometimes and behind you at others. But just remember that it’s his love for you that keeps him that close.

I had a really, really fun talk with Lee the other night! We hadn't IM'd each other in what seems to be forever, so when we were both on the other night, she gave me an actual phone call all the way from Australia! I LOVE her accent, although I know she's going to say that it's me that has the accent!! LOL! I hope that I didn't talk too much or interrupt her too much (Micheal says I have a habit of doing that lately!)! And hopefully we didn't break her piggy bank with the call! Thanks again for the chat, Lee!
I have a new recipe in the crock pot from a pea that smells so good right now! Creamy Black Bean Salsa Chicken - although I didn't have any black beans, so I subbed Pinto Beans. If it tastes anything like it smells - oh yum!
I still owe Gina another recipe too. I don't have any pics, Gina, but here it is!

Chicken Enchilada Casserole
1 medium oinion, chopped
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
4 cups shredded, cooked chicken or turkey
1 can (15 ozs) tomato sauce
1 can (14.5 ozs) whole peeled tomotoes, undrained and cut up
1 pkg (1.25 ozs) Taco Seasoning and Spices
1/2 teaspoon Garlic powder with parsley
1 dozen medium corn tortillas
2 cans (2 1/4 ozs each) sliced ripe olives drained
3 cups (12 ounces) grated Monterey Jack Cheese
In large skillet, saute onion in oil. Add chicken, tomato sauce, tomatoes, Taco Seasonings and garlic powder with parsley; blend well. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, 15 minutes. In 13x9x2-inch glass baking dish, place 2 corn tortillas. Pour 1/3 of the chicken mixture on tortillas, spreading evenly. Layer with 1/3 olives and 1/3 of the cheese. Repeat layers 2 more times, ending in cheese. Bake, uncovered, in 350 degree oven 30 to 40 minutes or until heated through and cheese melts.
Serve with Mexican rice and green salad.

I've made this for me and I've made this as a great dish to take to someone (who's sick or just had a baby, etc.) so all they have to do is pop it into the oven and heat it when they are ready to eat. It's VERY yummy. I may have to make it next week! LOL!
I haven't finished my layout for this week's DigiChick It's a Chick's Life workshop. It's started, but I need to add the journaling. I'm really floudering around today with it being closed today! It is up for a major rehaul/facelift by the fabulous Robin. It will be back better than ever on Wednesday! Make sure that you check in on Friday and Saturday for the Grand Re-Opening! There will be FABULOUS chats, prizes, giveaways and just all sorts of fun all day both days! I can't wait! Oh yeah - and did I mention a fabulous free kit with the DigiChick Deisgners and Jenn Wilson and The Shabby Princess! You don't want to miss it!
Ok - I have a million more things to do and no time to do it, so I'm off! :)


Love is...

This week's It's a Chick's Life prompt is Love is...
You can see the prompt here and the gallery here.
Journaling reads:
Love is sprinkles on peanut butter sandwiches, it's a heart-shaped cake on Valentine's Day and roses on anniversary's. Love is an extra cookie every once in awhile, just because, and it's snuggling in Mommy and Daddy's bed all together to watch cartoons on a weekend morning. Love is filling up the gas tank in the van, so Mommy doesn't have to, it's building pillow piles to jump in and forts with the dining room chairs and a blanket. Love is walking you to the bus stop in the morning and signing "I Love You" as it drives off, it's letting Daddy sleep in when he's worked the late shift and letting your brother play with your favorite bear. Love is going to the store late at night so that you will have milk to drink in the morning, it's rubing nose kisses and big around the neck hugs. Love is letting you play in the mud, going outside every night to play before dark and going to the park.

Love is many, many things, both big and small. But most of all - Love is in your heart, it's a feeling that you can't live without the other. A feeling that your life is just not complete with the other person in it. And always, always remember,
that for Mommy... Love is my 3 boys... love is you!

Credits: Carmel Paper - Living Series - Being Kit, Jen Wilson, SBB. Patterned Paper - New Look Freebie, Jen Wilson, SBB. Alpha, eyelet - A Colorful Fall, Holly McCaig, The DigiChick. Film strip - Road Trip Kit (retired), Holly McCaig, Holly McCaig Designs. Straight and Zig Zag stitches - Mary Jane Kit, Nancie Rowe Janitz, ScrapArtist. Inked Edge action - Atomic Cupcake.
Fonts: Jayne Print and SF Remember


This is all the memorbilia that I collected from our honeymoon. We didn't plan for this to be our official honey either, so I'm so glad that I collected these things! TFL!
Journaling reads:
After our lunch, we got in my Prelude and drove to Dallas. We think we just went to the 1st hotel we saw that looked nice and checked in! Then we went to Reunion Area and watched the Mavericks play the Hawks. Not the best seats, but it was the 1st professional basketball game we'd been to. Other highlights from the weekend included going to Planet Hollywood to eat, and being sung to at the Fudge Factory. It was during our weekend away that we decided to tell everyone that we were married and maybe just have a reception. We were supposed to go on a cruise in June for a honeymoon, but due to the Air Force, we had to cancel it and this trip became our offical honeymoon, as simple as it was! But I wouldn't change it for anything either!

Credits: Corkkboard, bling, memory definition, flowers, metal plate, paperclip - BYOBB Kit, Gina Miller, SBB. Black Paper - Gina Miller, Happy Haunting Kit. Paper - Gina Miller, SBB. Stick pin - Sweetie Pie Kit, Gina Cabrera, DWD CD. Date circle, Wallflower kit, Gina Cabrera, DDE. One Fine Day doodle - Delightful Kit, Gina Cabrera, DDE. Digital Paper Tear, Steph Krush, Digital Paper Tearing. Polaroid frame - New Beginnings Kit (retired), Holly McCaig, Holly McCaig Designs.
Font : Jenns Pen



So, this week's gone, and I'm here for the update again! We had a nice quiet Valentine's Day. We were going to hit up Outback Steakhouse at 4pm on that day, but Michael and I went to breakfast that morning and we were still so full that we didn't go. I worked on Wed. Thursday, I went to Ryan's classroom to help out and when I came home, Michael had surprised me again! He had a woderful card and 6 beautiful roses all displayed on the table just for me. I was giving him heck on Monday telling him about the roses at WM. And then he brought me some yesterday. In the beginning, he brought me flowers more often. One of my most favorite's were when he was in Korea and they are a very nice mixed bouquet that he conspired to get for me with Tara again! But as we had Ryan, he was then schooled to bring them home from economical sources, like WM and Costco. He brought me a dozen for my birthday, but the bouquets have been few and far between. So once again - he surprised me! And we did get to Outback last night with the boys to eat.
Today is our 11th anniversary - which was the occasion for the card and roses more than Valentine's Day. Things have changed slightly since 11 years ago. I snuggled in bed with a person of the opposite sex today - Matthew because he woke up too early to get up. I showered with a person of the opposite sex today - also Matthew though! And now I'm spending my night on the net, because my hubby is at work. But we have a wonderful time coming up soon! Some things don't change - I still love this man with all my heart and would still choose him over and over again!
I'm gotten alot accomplished this week. I still have a lot to do this weekend. I finally ( a month and a half later) got the calendar filled in with the birthday's and such. I got some of the paperwork of Matthew's sorted (the med, the therapy, the shcool, and the DS info stuff) I got the little notebook that I made (like probally over a year ago) to keep all the boys doctor stuff written down in filled out. I took Matthew to his foot doc appointment today... but I was an hour late. Ooops! I couldn't read the time on the calendar and guessed the wrong time. I took Matthew to his 4 y/o check up and to get refferrals for said foot appt, eye appt and a dentist appt. and to get some other questions answered. Matthew can be such a little wild man in places like those... I let him come in with me to the foot place and he was ALL OVER EVERWHERE! And there were all the little old people in there that I thought he was going to trip or something. He wouldn't let me hold him and wouldn't stay in a chair. And he's so frickin' quick! So I'm trying to talk to the receptionist (who's already thinking I'm a bad mom for missing said appointment) and he's everywhere and I can't talk to her. So when we go to the doc appointment, I put him and keep him in his stroller. Then I feel like a bad mom, because he just seems to big to be in there and I feel people are thinking I'm a weirdo for keeping him in there. But I have slightly more peace of mind and I can (sort of) talk to the doc and pay attention to the advice he's giving me. And I hate to say it - (knock on wood) he's fine right now and we don't want him picking up any nasty grems in the doctor's office - so said stroller keeps touching to a minimum! Gotta take care of us!
So this weekend - I need to do at least 4 layouts, get all the things organized that are in place right now for the SDSA Easter Egg Hunt, Pay bills, clean house, do laundry, play with my boys and do whatever else comes my way.
In digi news - The Feb. Dezine is out!!! You can get it here. It's free for 1 more month and has a fabulous download with it! It's still so fun to see my pages in there. See...

On the left

On the left again!
I'll leave off with some more random shots from the last few days! Have a great night!

Matthew helping to frost his Valentine cupcake treat with his OT.


3 boys waiting for cake


The cake


eat cake


My roses


This is what the sunset did tonight! I saw it early on and kept looking out to enjoy it. Ryan looked out and exclaimed "Wow, look at how the light is bouncing off of things!" I'm so proud of him! LOL!


Memories - Part 1

I am such a memorbilia person. I save all sorts of little things. And when I saw Gina Miller's BYOBB Kit - I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it! This is part one in a series that I'm going to do with this kit! I have all these bits and pieces that I've saved and I'm so glad that I now know what I'm going to do with them!
Attached is our marriage license, the receipt for the license and the reciept for out rings.
Journaling reads:
Keep it a secret (shhhh!)
Pick a Friday that we're both off
Get Rings
Make appointment at Courthouse
Ask Ray and Tara to come with us
Get License at Couthouse
Go to Dallas for weekend!

Credits: BYOBB Kit - Gina Miller, SBB. Black Paper - Gina Miller, Happy Haunting Kit. Staples - Thankful Kit, DigiChick. Pins - Holly McCaig, Country Sun Kit. I Love You Doodle - Holly McCaig, Blog Freebie.
Font : Jayne print


Last 2 for today...

I think. LOL! This is using the new kit - Linen Daisy - that will be coming very soon to Scrap Kitchen.

I have been trying hard to capture all those litttle things that make up their childhood - all the little quirks they have - like sprinkles on peanut butter sandwiches!
Journaling reads:
As I was making your peanut butter sandwich the other day, I reflected back on something that Daddy had said to me ealier. He was putting chocolate in Matthew's milk for the next morning. I was snickering at him and he said "That way he knows that Daddy loves him." As I was thinking about this and trying to see if I could get away with not putting sprinkles in your sandwich, it stuck me that sprinkles meant love to you. To you, it means we care. So even though you are 8 and we think that sprinkles shouldn't matter to you anymore, we just need to remember that sprinkles = love in your book. And that, my son, is good enough for me!

Linen Daisy Kit - coming soon to Scrap Kitchen!
Chipboard tag (altered) & stitch from Autumn Bliss at Scrap Kitchen also.
Digital Paper Tear by Steph Krush.
Fonts: Barbara Hand and Artistamp Medium.


I have wanted to do a layout with this for such a long time. I think I will still do a companion piece to this someday soon. This was given to me while I was pregnant with Matthew after we found out he would have down syndrome. It so totally sums up everything that I feel. And let me tell you - Holland is truely gorgeous and I no longer want to go to Italy!

Journaling reads:
I am often asked to describe the experience of raising a child with a disability - to try to help people who have not shared that unique experience to understand it, to imagine how it
would feel. It's like this......
When you're going to have a baby, it's like planning a fabulous vacation trip - to Italy. You buy a bunch of guide books and make your wonderful plans. The Coliseum. The Michelangelo David. The gondolas in Venice. You may learn some handy phrases in Italian. It's all very exciting.
After months of eager anticipation, the day finally arrives. You pack your bags and off you go. Several hours later, the plane lands. The stewardess comes in and says, "Welcome to Holland."
"Holland?!?" you say. "What do you mean Holland?? I signed up for Italy! I'm supposed to be in Italy. All my life I've dreamed of going to Italy."
But there's been a change in the flight plan. They've landed in Holland and there you must stay.
The important thing is that they haven't taken you to a horrible, disgusting, filthy place, full of pestilence, famine and disease. It's just a different place.
So you must go out and buy new guide books. And you must learn a whole new language. And you will meet a whole new group of people you would never have met.
It's just a different place. It's slower-paced than Italy, less flashy than Italy. But after you've been there for a while and you catch your breath, you look around.... and you begin to notice that Holland has windmills.... and Holland has tulips. Holland even has Rembrandts.
But everyone you know is busy coming and going from Italy... and they're all bragging about what a wonderful time they had there. And for the rest of your life, you will say "Yes, that's where I was supposed to go. That's what I had planned."
And the pain of that will never, ever, ever, ever go away... because the loss of that dream is a very very significant loss.
But... if you spend your life mourning the fact that you didn't get to Italy, you may never be free to enjoy the very special, the very lovely things ... about Holland. -Emily Perl Kingsley
Linen Daisy Kit - Coming soon to the Scrap Kitchen!
Tulip photo from FreeFoto.com
Font: Jenns Pen



I did my 1st ATC last night for a swap that I signed up for with Holly. I wasn't feeling very fairy-ish, so mine took kinda of a different turn. Lots of brushes and such. Alot of changing the opacity to fade things back. Lots of me. My favorite saying from Gone with the Wind. Holland is a reference to being a mother of a child with special needs (I think a layout is on it's way). The dragonfly - I love the movie "Dragonfly" with Kevin Costner and have loved dragonflys ever since. Just little symbolisms here and there. Kinda of fun to do. Something different.

Scrap Artist - Green paper and Grungy Edge - Grungy Boy, Michelle Coleman. Shmootzy Frames 2 and Alpha 1 & 2, Nancie Rowe Janitz. Jeweled Snowflake - Winter Wonderland, Michelle Coleman. ATC Build a Card Vol 1 - Lisa Cohen.
Shabby Princess - Black and Green Stamp, Urban Kiwi.
Jen Wilson - Create stamp, Signature 1 Collection.
Holly McCaig - Flower, Memories Kit.
ScrapKitchen - Dragonfly, Moms Flower Freebie.
Maya - Woman, Blog Freebie.
Fonts: Jayne Print and 4990810


Lots more - keep going!


A - our wedding day - Chick's Life

It's a Chick's Life - Week 6. You can see this week's prompt here and the gallery here.
I'd known I wanted to do this as the prompt for this week from the beginning. I want to get our wedding story down for our boys. For some reason it took me a long time yesterday to get all this done. Probally because it was a 2 pager and probally because I didn't have it laid out in my head when I started. I knew the pics I wanted, but that was it. I REALLY love how it turned out - just like I wanted - warm and comfy and casual - just like our wedding!

Credits: Jen Wilson, Seasonal Scraps CD, Winters Grace, Warm Cocoa & Indian Summer Day Collections. Alpha block from Signature Collection 1. Memory stamp, Holly McCaig - Holly McCaig Designs. Digital Paper Tears - Steph Krush.
Fonts: dearJoe II and AvantGarde Bk BT.

Micheal and I will celebrate our 11th Anniversary on Friday. We did not have a traditional wedding with all the photos and such, but we didn't have the cost either - LOL! We were going to and along the way being married became more important than the ceremony with all it's fuss. Through the years, as I have looked back on our wedding day, it was totally us. I miss the photos - a little - but that's about it. I wanted to document our wedding for our sons to know, for our wedding story is uniquely ours!


The Keeper of the Stars - sung by Tracy Byrd - has been our song from the beginning. We very much believe that we were brought together and that things happen for a reason.


Journaling reads:
The wedding plans were being discussed and June was set as the month. The date wasn�t set yet, because everyone had a different weekend they thought it should take place during. The Air Force was constantly changing your date of departure for Korea, too. I had a dress that my mom was altering for me and we were talking about having the reception in the backyard. Our friends, Ray and Tara, told us about their secret wedding at the courthouse before their big ceremony to get things rolling for the AF and we decided that was a good idea. We picked the 1st Friday that we were both off and made an appointment with a justice of peace at the courthouse in Abilene. It was the 17th of February (it wasn�t until the next year that we realized how close to Valentine�s Day it was!). We got ready and met Ray and Tara at the courthouse. The Justice that we had an appointment with was delayed and they ended up finding us someone else who was available. I remember gazing into Michael�s eyes and trying to say my vows with all the love that I was feeling. You placed my gold bands around my engagement ring and I put your shiny new band on your finger. After the ceremony, we went down to finalize our paperwork and Ray went out and wrote �Just Married� on my car! Then we all went out to eat lunch. Michael and I left for a brief �honeymoon� to Dallas. While we were there that weekend, we decided that we WERE married and that all the fuss was just too much. We called everyone Sunday night when we got home and told them. Michael�s parents didn�t believe him and made him put me on the phone to confirm. My parents were in Las Vegas & we couldn�t tell them until Tuesday, when they came back. Looking back on our wedding day now, it�s just so us! Getting married in our blue jeans (mine a skirt) and me in my cowboy boots - so casual, so comfy, so relaxed - so US! At the time, we hadn�t planned on it being the actual ceremony, so no flowers and we almost had no photos. Thankfully, Tara thought to bring her camera, or we wouldn�t have had any photos! Sometimes, things are just meant to be and things fall into place the way they are supposed to!



This is the layout that I did yesterday with last night's Chat Kit from TDC. Forgot to post it here! Boy - that was one wild chat! I made it into the chat room, but couldn't get a word in. There is a challenge in the forum, for those to complete that were unable to attend or get in last night. Check it out here.
Have I said lately how much I love having a scanner in the house??? LOVE it!

Journaling reads:
We met in summer and were talking marriage by Christmas. You told me we would have to wait to get engaged until at least Valentine's Day, all the while conspiring to trick me. Your parents came that Christmas and to meet me for the 1st time. You took them shopping when I was at work and bought my ring. Then your orders came - the Air Force was sending you to Korea for a year. I remember you sitting me on the couch and everyone looking like someone had died. I was relieved that it was only that you were going there. Christmas morning came and we opened all our presents. You got me everything that I had asked for, including the robe I'm wearing in the top photo (that I still wear today, I might add!). Then you knelt down beside me as I was reading the paper and asked me if I had gotten everything that I'd wanted. I said yes, but was thinking "No-I'd wanted to get engaged!" Then you pulled the ring out of your sock where it was hiding and aked me to marry you! I, of course, said yes! Your mom took the top photo of us right after that and the other photo on the next day.

Heart's Desire Chat Kit from The DigiChick. Digital Paper Tears by Steph Krush.
Fonts: Jenn's Penn and DSPollyana


I'm crazy...

I am.

I really am.

I must be.

I just agreed to chair the annual Easter Egg Hunt for the Sharing Down Syndrome Group.
I don't how how I'm going to fit it all in. But I have faith that it will all work out and make time for itself.
Because "Why not me?" Every other mom that I know have chaired these events have just as much going on as I do, so what makes me any more special than them? Michael's going to think I'm crazy too. I din't sleep last night. And I would do anything for Matthew. It's funny - really - for just last week I was sad becuase we haven't done too much with the group lately. Life's been too busy and when I'm able to go - I can't always talk to the other parents. Matthew is a mover and a shaker. He is ON THE GO! Always. I stopped to play peek-a-boo with another child for literally 30 seconds at the last playdate at the Museum, and Matthew was across the entire room, thru a small divider and pushed the exit door - setting off the alarm. Literally 30 seconds. So I was thinking how I missed connecting with other parents, and low and behold - look what happens! LOL!
So mark your calendars down - April 15th - Easter Egg Hunt - be there or be square!

I have made 2 doc appointments today. I have cleared out my e-mail mailbox, I am about to make an updated phone list, I have finally mailed my brother his birthday card and present (it's on it's way , Paul!) and e-mailed a new-to-town DS parent. On the to-do list still - 6+ layouts, from the Chicks' Life layout for the week to an ATC to a secret layout, to a fun Bulletin board one (or two)! And make the insert to Michael's Starbuck's mug. And a therapist in an hour. Oh my!

Oh yeah - and then there's this -

See you at 9pm EST!


Yum - my!

I have had in my hot little hands, 2 of the exclusive kits that will be coming to the Shabby Shoppe's Grand Re-Opening next Tuesday, Feb. 14th. OMGosh! These are great! And the other previews that I've seen at SP's blog and around are yummy too! I don't think Tuesday can get here fast enough for us digi girls! I don't think my DH will understand if I tell him all I want for Valentine's Day is kits! No bling - just kits please! LOL!
So - keep scrolling down! I did 2 layouts with each of these kits (because they're so yummy!) and I barely scratched the surface with the goodies that are in them!

For The Boys by Holly McCaig, Holly McCaig Designs. Exclusive for the Grand Re-Opening of the Shabby Shoppe, Feb. 14th.


Sporto by The Chef, Susan Bartolini, ScrapKitchen. An exclusive kit for the Grand Re-Opening at the Sahbby Shoppe, Feb. 14th.


Journaling reads:
I hope that you will both always know - that no matter where you go or how old you get, you will always be my boys!
Credits: For The Boys Kit - Holly McCaig, Holly McCaig Designs exclusive for The Shabby Shoppe Grand Re-Opening. Inked edge by Michelle Coleman, Grungy Boy Kit. Digital Paper Tear by Steph Krush.
Fonts: DSP Pollyana and CK Higgins Handprint


I took this photo of Matthew on Sunday. Didn't even think about it at first - I had others that I was more excited about. Then I opened it on the computer... and I stopped dead in my tracks. I just love it.
Credits:Holly McCaig, Holly McCaig Designs - For The Boys Kit - Shabby Shoppe Exclusive for Grand Re-Opening.
Font: Bookman Old Style


My husband helped coach my sons Rookie Baseball team last fall. I'm not sure who had more fun, but I know how much pleasure I got from watching them out on the field together!
Credits: Sporto Kit By The Chef, Susan Bartolini, ScrapKitchen exclusive for The Shabby Shoppe Grand Re-Opening. Digital Paper Tears by Steph Krush.
Font: Barbara Hand


Another photo of Ryan and Michael that I just love. I wanted it to be kinda muted, so I faded it back a little into the paper.
Credits: Sporto Kit By The Chef, Susan Bartolini, ScrapKitchen exclusive for The Shabby Shoppe Grand Re-Opening. Stitch from Nantucket Cottage Kit By Susan Bartolini for ScrapKitchen. Label made from paper for Sporto using a label from Living Simply Kit from ScrapKitchen as a template. Digital Paper Tears by Steph Krush.
Fonts: Futura Lt BT and Linenstroke


great grandpa's hat

Both boys studied cowboys last month - Matthew all month and Ryan for a week. I had lots of cute pics of Matthew too, but this one of Ryan and the hat was what I wanted to capture. You see it's a very special hat to me... it was my grandpa's.
It was another one of those meant to be layouts. The chat kit from ScrapArtist is nice and grungy and lends it's self so well to western type layouts! Perfect for what I needed to get this memory down!

Journaling reads:
You studied cowboys in school and on the final day, you had a campfire and 'smores in class. Mrs. Michael's asked you to dress up and Mommy let you wear your great-grandpa's cowboy hat to school. What was funny - is that it fit you very well! You were so very proud to get to wear it, although Mommy threatened to be very upset if something happened to it! You took VERY good care of it, even explaining to your classmates who wanted to try it on that it was a special hat. To you, this hat belongs to a man in front of a train in a photo that hangs in your playroom. To me, he's my grandpa that taught me to ride horses and wore that hat on his round head. It is a very special hat, but YOU are more special to me.
Credit's : Ruff and Tumble Chat Kit, ScrapArtist. Shmootzy Alpha 2 - Nancie Rowe Janitz. Digital Paper Tear by Steph Krush.
Fonts: Linenstroke and Jenn's Pen

I finished up the bulletin board at Matthew's classroom today. It turned out really cute! So all morning there and then it was a 2 therapist afternoon. I did manage to get the house nice and clean yesterday and I have 1 more load of laundry to do. Michael is going to go grocery shopping with me in the morning - yeah. But it's so nice to have him there with me - our own weird date every 2 weeks lately.
I have 4 more layouts done too, but I'm tired so I'm going to post them tomorrow. Holly and Susan's new kits for the Shabby Shoppe Grand Re-Opening. One that I did of Matthew is so simple, but it was one that just fell into place also.
Not much else going on. Need to make a bunch of doctor's apptments yet. Double yeah...
Night all!



I just love it when things fall in the right places! I told you I would have layouts on these. I opened the newest kits from Susan at ScrapKitchen last night and they were perfect for these photos. I love it when that happens. I used Susan at ScrapKitchen's new paper pack - Candy. I don't think I would have choosen pink for Ry's layout - but it goes so very well with his jelly fish! Michael may have something to say about it later on! Oh well!
Enjoy - I'm off to do more!

Journaling reads:
We went to Lexi's Birthday Party & you got your face painted. You 1st got the jellyfish on your cheek. You went back later to have the mustache added. You said you were very grown up with it! You face was so dirty and we took great care to preserve the art when we cleaned you up a little. But at bath time it was over. They just didn't stay on. You were so sad, because you had wanted Daddy to see them. Thankfully we have these photos so we can remember them forever!
All items by The Chef, Susan Bartolini - Scrap Kitchen. Papers from the Candy Paper Pack (new!). Stitch from Nantucket Cottage Kit. Tab made from Candy Paper Pack using a tab from Living Simply as a template. Staple from Living Simply Kit.
"F" made from Candy Paper Pack using Atomic Cupcake Chipboard action.
Digital Paper Tears by Steph Krush.
Fonts: Jenns Pen & DPS Pollyanna


say cheese

This is using the other new paper pack that Susan just released at ScrapKitchen - Garden.

Journaling reads:
You have finally figured out the fine art of saying cheese for the camera. In the past year you have enjoyed looking at the view screen to see the pictures, but in the last month, you have learned how to say "cheese". This, of course, thrills mommy to no end, for I can get super cute shots of you like this!
All items by The Chef, Susan Bartolini - Scrap Kitchen. Papers from Garden Paper Pack (new!). Ribbon, charms (altered), ring, staples and alpha from Living Simply Kit. Stitch from Nantucket Cottage Kit. Tab made from Garden Paper Pack using a tab from Living Simply as a template. Flowers made the same way using Edible Flowers Freebie from ScrapKitchen.
Digital Paper Tears by Steph Krush.
Fonts: Jenn's Pen


Still Sweet on You! Chick's Life Wk 5

Week 5 of It's a Chick's Life Workshop is the journaling prompt "Sweet On..."

Journaling reads:
It's 11 years now - you and I. Things are not always easy in this life we have created and we are not always on the same page. But, you are still my best friend, my soft place that I fall to, my all. We didn't really know each other all that well back then. But you know what - I wouldn't have things any other way! I've only fallen more in love with you for several reasons - the way you are wth our sons, your work ethics, and because your butt's still cute!

Credits: Holly McCaig, Holly McCaig Designs - Memory and Sweet on You Kits, Date Stamp (retired). Rectangular and heart paper tears (new!) - Steph Krush, Digital Paper Tears. Cardboard - Gina Miller, SBB.
Fonts: Jenn's Pen and DSP Pollyana


I walked for 3 hours today...

And no - I wasn't working out! We went to a birthday party at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park and I followed Matthew for at least that long. Whu-shu! That's a lot of following. But - of course - I had my camera out for part of the time and caught a few cute shots. These are the unedited versions and I'm sure that you will see lots of them coming to you live in a digital scrap page soon! LOL!
Then, of course, Matthew fell asleep and slept the 35 minutes home. And then, of course, he took 45 minutes to get to sleep tonight. Of course. Silly boy! They both had a really good time though. They had a bouncy, sno-cones, and face painting. We went through the train that they have on display there, but actually didn't paly on the playground or ride the train or the carousel, if you can believe it. It was so busy there - nice day of around 80, weekend, prime snowbird season - that there was a wait for the train and Ry didn't want to ride the carousel. After walking around with Matthew for that long - I was just to the point of no more and couldn't stomache waiting in line with the Doodle. Ryan handled it so very well, though... thankfully. I think he was worn out too. And oh man - were they two dirty birds by the time to leave! But they had fun! :)
Will be back with more tomorrow. New It's a Chick's Life prompt tomorrow!






Yeah - it's a long one again....

So, I was tagged by Sara forever and a day ago. Since today is catch-up day - here it is!

What were you doing 10 years ago?

  • I was working at The Thrifty Nickel waiting for Michael to come home from Korea on his mid-tour. He got home the day before our 1st anniversary and we celebrated in Dallas!
What were you doing 1 year ago?

  • Um - dunno? Getting adjusted to the fact that Matthew was starting school and getting used to his new schedule.
Five snacks you enjoy:

  1. Wheat Thins
  2. Popcorn
  3. Chocolate
  4. strawberries with chocolate
Five songs to which you KNOW all the lyrics:

  1. There are 13 tracks on the new INXS CD, Switch - pick 5! :)

Five bad habits:

  1. Getting stressed when the house is a mess
  2. Procastinating when I know that something needs to get done
  3. Becoming overwhelmed
Five things you like doing:

  1. Digi Scrapping
  2. playing with my sons
  3. snuggling with my hubby
  4. watching LOST
  5. surfing the internet
Five things you would never wear, buy, or get again:

  1. a perm
  2. leg warmers
  3. shoulder pads
  4. the chicken pox
  5. a cold (I can dream - right?

Five favorite toys:

  1. my camera
  2. my computer
  3. my new scanner
  4. Photoshop
  5. the Internet
I'm so drawing blanks on everything else right now - so that will have to do.
Michael is back at work today - Ryan had early out at school and got home at 1:15. Only 2 hours ago and they've already been fighting. Ugh. Ryan is working on his Valentine's right now. We bought pencils and he is cutting out hearts and punching holes to thread the pencil through. Then he's going to write out his name and decorated them. I know - it's a bit early for Valentine's, but it's keeping him occupied right now and he's excited to do them.
Michael and I cleared out the side yard on Monday - loaded it all up on a trailer while both boys were at school. Then we took the stuff to the dump on Tuesday morning. We get it all done so quickly - we had time for breakfast both mornings! Wednesday was all day at Diane's - didn't get home until 6 pm - ugh! Thursday morning was spent in Ryan's classroom. I really like his teacher this year! I've had some kinda yucky sinus/cold thing going on again. No fun. I got some of the good cold med from WalMart yesterday that's 12 hours stuff, so I can breathe so far today. A neighbor was burning something outside while we were outside over the weekend - so I don't know if it's from breathing in the smoke, the bad air quality here or a simple cold.
Matthew has been staying drier during the day. If I could get more consistent in asking him if he has to go - we would probally get farther. We all do really well on the days he has school - the whole routine thing, but the other days - not so good. He needs to go to the dentist, the foot specialist, and the eye doctor all very soon. He needs new tennis shoes too. His foot orthotics in his shoes are woefully too small, we discovered. the school wants his eyes checked for distance. I called several places out of his insurance book yesterday and got frusterated after 1/2 hour and quit. I have an e-mail in to the parent network of SDSA, so we'll see if it gererates anything we can use.
Ryan had a big week of talking about breathing at school. He's so into the science of everything. Diane and Bill had given him this awesome book of the body's systems and he was so excited to take it to school to share on Thursday. He reading a Chapter book (Magic Tree House Series) at school in his AR program, which I think is totally cool that he's at the chapter book level. We've read the one he has checked out for it - and knowing his memory - he probally knows it and it's "reading" it so much, but we'll see.
Michael and I have confirmation that Vegas is a GO! OMG! I can't believe it! We are so excited! He is going to get us flights sometime in the next few days. 3 days - 2 nights! Wow! I'm not sure what I'm going to do! Michael always thinks something is wrong when we get together by ourselves - I get all quiet. It's so rare that I have time to myself without little voices asking a million questions that I enjoy not talking. LOL! Who'd have ever thought I'd say that?
I'm so desperately trying to find and keep a balance of home, hubby, kids and scrapping. But so far - the balance is really off. I did go thru and purge the boys school work today. I still had ALL their work from last year, so sort and purge did I. Michael dosn't like me on the computer when he's home, but hen he's home for 3 to 4 days in a row - it's just too much to not get on and get some things done. Then I spend all day like today - on the computer - to make up for it. There needs to be a better balance, somehow.
We had a meeting with Matthew's case manager this week and it really brought to home to me that we are entering the next end of the honeymoon period. He's a year and a half away from kindergarten. I know that they are going to try to pigeon-hole him into a special needs classroom and that's so not what we want. So I know that's when all the no fun business is going to begin. We need to start scouting out options and researching now, to be prepared for then. It's weighing very heavily on my heart and mind. And I'm dreading it big time.
My banner for Evan is up on his website - pretty cool! It's over on the right side with his 2 books. The new one's coming out soon!

So - tons has happened in digi-land.

Holly has picked her new Fairy Chicks! I'm honored to be working with these ladies... Holly is just the bestest (I am soooo in love with her new Memory kit - I just can't tell you)! I "know" Kristy and Vicki from TDC, but will get to "know" the others better soon. Very cool! I have a layout done with her exclusive kit, For the Boys, that will debut on Feb. 14th at the Shabby Shoppe Grand Re-Opening, but I won't post it till next week. I have another layout in mind for Memory, but I'll see if I can do it this weekend.
SP's re-opening looks like it's going to be fabulous! I've seen snippets of kits here and there and WOW! It's gonna be good! Can't wait! I'm pretty sure that Susan is going to have a kit for then, but I haven't seen any of it yet!
Robin and the sweet girls at Sweet Shoppe Designs opened their virtual doors on Wednesday! It looks yummy and I'm sure they are breathing a small sigh of relief that they can now sit back and enjoy the fruits of their labor. Congrats girls!
Gina Miller made a paper set - that of course - I had to go get. I'm a sucker for paper. She's going to be part of the SP fun too!
Steph at Digital Paper Tearing has been busy the last month too! She just released new heart and rectangular tears that are just soooo cool! I haven't gotten to play with them yet - but will this weekend, I'm sure! She also has all sorts of new straight tears too!
We have really big news at TDC!!!!!
.....but I can't share it yet. We are planning a big re-opening celebration for March 3rd and 4th, so mark your calendars! You won't want to miss it! Lots of cool stuff, chats and freebies!
The new DigiChick Designers have a chat planned for February 10th at 9pm EST. The small preview I've seen looks amazing!
Well - I'm sure that I sill scrap something tonight and this weekend. LOL! I haven't ironed out all the details for A Chick's Life for Feb. yet, so that's 1st on tonights agenda. I have the theme in mind, but need to get the prompts concrete. And, of course, do my layout for the week.
And I realized - I need to change my header! Off I go!


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