Tuesday, September 30, 2008

The One with FOBTY 9/18

Another From Our Blog To Yours...and oh my....this is funny! Yeah, I'd love to live forever and I'm a night person...but man I love garlic. ;)

You Could Be a Vampire... If You Had To

Like most people, the thought of being a vampire has crossed your mind. But you're not sure if you'd do it, even if you could.

Living forever doesn't sound half bad, if you could live forever with the people you love the most.

But do vampires even love? And would the vampire version of you even be you?

It's all too much to contemplate. Luckily, the chances of you ever becoming a vampire are astronomically low.

What you would like best about being a vampire: Living forever

What you would like least about being a vampire: Blood stained teeth

Could You Be a Vampire?

The One With FOBTY 9/11

So I'm trying to get some last minute sweet rewards' points and I need to go back and do a few From Our Blog to Yours posts!

Here was the test for 9/11...about being real....I feel like I'm pretty real but there are some things you just don't share with the online world :D

You Are 80% Real

You know who you are, and you're pretty darn comfortable with yourself.

Like everyone, you struggle with the parts of yourself that aren't so great...

But you're good at accepting who you are and not dwelling on your faults.

As a result, you're confident, optimistic, and very real.

How Real Are You?

The One With The Kind Words For You

They offered a pretty neat challenge over at Sweet Shoppe recently...to go through your gallery and look at the nice titles and journaling you make for your children....they are "sweet" and "gorgeous" and "priceless"....but when you make a page about yourself, it's usually titled "just me" or something like that. So the challenge was to scrap yourself through the same lens you scrap your children. I'll admit, I felt a tiny bit silly titling a page about me so cutesie but I'm happy with the page! David has been bugging me to send more pictures of me so I'm going to print this layout in miniature and ship it off to him. It will make him smile. I think this one will make him smile too. Nothing like a sweet little newbie. :)

Life's busy the last few days and still is...so I'm outta here to start my day! Have a great one!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

The One With The Free Desktop!

So.....my first designer to come out with a Halloween kit this year was Libby Weifenbach and she hit one out of the park! She made this adorable kit, Ghouls Just Wanna Have Fun and it came out yesterday at SSD. I hadn't had time to scrap with it yet and she asked if anyone could make an October desktop freebie for her and I whipped this up!
If you'd like to have it, you gotta stop by HER BLOG though....and check out her new Halloweeny decorations! ;)

I've done lots of scrappy stuff over the last 3 years but this was my first desktop calendar freebie so I hope you like it!

Well I hope you have a great Sunday, bloggers...it's gonna be a scrappy day here! :)

Friday, September 26, 2008

The One With Naomi's Book

It was finally time to do the dreaded task...take away Naomi's binkies. I planned originally on letting her have them until her second birthday which is in a few weeks. Then I thought I may let her keep them through the transition without Papa...so until December or so...but then I discovered two of them with BIG gaping holes where she was chewing them. So it was sayonara soother! I wrote her this social story book to help her through the transition. We've been 3 nights and 2 days without it now and there was a point at 6 a.m. this morning where she didn't want to go back to bed without one but she did.

Here is the cover of the finished product. There is cardstock glued to the back of the 4x6 photos and they are laminated...she has been reading it a bunch so I wanted it to be sturdy

Here is the digital file of all 8 pages of the story!

So that's all from me for now bloggers...hope you have a great day!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

The One With A Lot of Layouts!

And that's not all! I did quite a few more the last few days but I'll save those for tomorrow!

It's been a busy week! I backed up my entire computer, reloaded Vista, and downloaded some software to solve my mouse problem...I went and exchanged my cell phone for a new one because my old one wasn't charging properly..and it was still under warranty, yay!

The weather has been fantastic so I've been taking the kids for walks even though I'd rather stay in my jammies all day, LOL ;) When I make myself get out I feel better :)

So that's really all that's new from me...I haven't heard from David since Saturday but that's nothing unusual...so I have no news on his PT test yet. I'm fee

I'm expecting my 3 pregnancy albums to be delivered by UPS tomorrow (it says tomorrow, yay!) and that will make 11 books I have printed with Shutterfly! I am completely caught up with my printing! I'm working on a few projects right now so if I'm scarce, that's why :) I hope you are having a great week!

Monday, September 22, 2008

The One With The Rest Of The Story

So what a crazy week it's been bloggers! After being certain that David and I weren't going to get to see each other this week, he called late Wednesday night. He was in a really good mood and I was wondering why. Since the guys were graduating, they returned their cell phones and he was able to call me and talk for about 2 hours! This was opposed to about 4 five minute phone calls over the last 3 months. It was SO nice and relaxed! We chatted and I really came to peace about not seeing him. After being on the phone until 2 in the morning, he called again at 7 a.m. and we talked for a while longer. I went on about my day...got up and got the kids dressed, though I was still in my jammies. Threw a load of laundry in and was working on picking up...then Naomi and I started working on a craft when the phone rang and David was on the other end, MAD. He said, "You're never going to believe this. I have family day." (It was cute because he assumed I wouldn't come). He underestimated me ;)

I looked at the clock. It was 11:40. I asked until when and he told me 9:30. I told him I'd be there in 4 hours.

I was in such a hurry, I threw on a dress and put some supplies in a bag for the kids. By 12:00 I was on the road. I needed a car charger though, to use my phone and because of the wind storms last week,. the store was OUT of car chargers...while everyone's power was out they went and bought car chargers! I never owned one but needed one now. Finally found one, filled up with gas and realized I didn't have directions! LOL! Called my friend and she gave me directions and kept me company on the phone until I got there. I went through the gate at 4:10 but wasn't able to find David until 4:50 (boo). But atleast we had from 5:00 until 9:30.

Since he thought he wasn't graduating, he loaned his tie for his dress greens to his battle buddy who couldn't find his. That meant he didn't have a dress green uniform which meant we couldn't go off post. Luckily while I was lost I had found the on post lodging. We went back to the Wickam Inn and they said they didn't have a room but at 6:00 they could cancel unarrived unconfirmed reservations and we could have one. So we went to this little Italian restaurant next door and had a great meal, then went back and got the greatest suite!

David played with the kids and we sat and cuddled and talked and ate our desserts from the restaurant. We had a little panic when Naomi took my wireless airtime card and put it in the in-room safe and locked it! Maintenance had to come and reset the safe! So that was a little side-drama. Then when I did get the equipment, I wasn't able to use it much anyway because the hotel had a metal roof and I had bad reception. But I was able to show David a few layouts and let him read a few blog posts in our little bit of time together.

At 9, we headed back to the barracks so that he wouldn't be late. We managed not to cry when we said our good-byes. I told him I couldn't cry because I hadn't had time to pack the Motrin and I get horrible headaches when I cry! It was such a wonderful visit and it was perfect to hold me over until we get to see him again.

My boys at the Italian restaurant! It's like looking at a little David, huh?

We got a couple to take a photo of us outside of the restaurant. I'm a little disappointed because there was a big smudge on my camera lens! :( It's right over Parker if you didn't notice!

Playing with Parker.
Snuggling with Naomi. Notice how the phone is off the hook? LOL!

The One With The Fast Fingers!

For Sweet Shoppe's From our Blog To Yours........

Hey my fingers are pretty quick! I'm kind of proud! :P

84 words

Typing Test

Thursday, September 18, 2008

The One With The Change of Heart

Just a quick note and I'll share the long story and pictures tomorrow! After all of the military drama, I woke up today on what was supposed to be "family day" and I wasn't in bad spirits really. David had been able to call me last night and again this morning, so the day was going okay. Naomi and I were actually working on an arts and crafts project when David called and said the commander had had a change of heart and that we could come for family day. It was noon. Family day ended at 9:30 pm and it was a four hour drive. But you better believe I made it! I arrived at Ft. Knox at 4:15 and David and I had a wonderful evening. 5 hours was so much more than we thought we'd have so we were both elated. I'll share more later but I don't have the best connection here at the hotel. Going home tomorrow and will blog then! David still isn't graduating tomorrow but he's in good spirits. They may allow him to retake the PT test on Monday but he doesn't know for a fact yet. If he passes, he could move on to AIT as early as Tuesday. I'll chat with you later bloggers!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

The One Where He Didn't Call

So I haven't been around for a day or two and I may take a little break for a few days more. I got some really bad news last night that is yet unconfirmed but probable...David isn't graduating from Basic Training on time. He called late last night and said he had to shave a minute off of his two mile run or he wasn't graduating on Friday. I was supposed to leave in the morning for his graduation. We were going to get to spend all day Thursday with him. I already had the hotel and rental car reserved. He said he'd call today if he passed and if he didn't call, I shouldn't come.

He didn't call. :(

What this means for us is that he'll stay and go to a special place where the people who can't pass their PT tests go. It has a real name but they call it fat camp. He'll stay there and do PT 4x a day until he can pass the test. When he can pass the test, he'll just leave and go straight to AIT. No graduation ceremony, no family day, nada. He'll go straight from Ft. Knox to Ft. Leonard Wood and we won't get to see him in until December-ish.

I'm just devastated.

It's been a long 3 months and to think it will be 3 more without this little island of hope just totally gets to me. I understand that 6, or 8, or 12 months down the road, he may end up being deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan and that we'll be in this boat again. He could be gone for way longer than right now. I get that. But at this precise moment, the kids are just SO small and I had hoped to see him without having to go six months.

Parker was 7 weeks old when he left. I'd give anything for them to be able to see each other. And don't even get me started on Naomi. The 10 hours we were supposed to be able to see him on Thursday I had already resigned to letting her steal the show. She and her Papa are like *this*.

I can't mope around forever about this, but right now I'm too bummed to care about anything but surviving the week.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

The One With Strange Computer Woes...

Leave it to me to do strange things to my computer! I have managed to somehow break the scrolling function of my laptop...it's not that it won't scroll...it's that it won't STOP scrolling! Weird, eh? It looks like I'm going to have to backup for the next few days and then reinstall Windows Vista by appointment in two nights. I'm not looking forward to doing all of that, but at least I'll have all of my stuff backed up! On that note...GO BACK UP your stuff right now! ;) I've been meaning to get Mozy and maybe if I had, I wouldn't have all this to do right now! On the up side...I got to speak to a wonderful technician who was so helpful, professional and entertaining. If you have to be on the phone with a stranger for an hour and a half, it may as well be a pleasant experience!

I'm working so hard on getting my pregnancy albums caught up and I only have about 10 layouts left to do...then to sign over my firstborn to Shutterfly in order to get my printing caught up :)

I hope you are having a wonderful weekend, bloggers...sharing just one layout this evening!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

The One With The Sneak Peeks!

well...sort of ;)

I'm gonna go ahead and show you a few layouts I've done this week with products that are coming out on Saturday at Sweet Shoppe! The tattered cardstock is by Libby Weifenbach and the kit on the second page is by Libby and Traci Murphy! Both were a lot of fun to work with! The first page is my "labor" page from Nathan's pregnancy...working so hard on getting his and Naomi's pages caught up to Parker's! The second page is just a photo of me and Nathan from the park last weekend.

Anywhoo, I am working diligently on my backlog of pregnancy pages (ahem, *coughcough* quickpages *coughcough*) so I'm going to scoot off here for tonight. The new 'do will have to be shared tomorrow because all of the shots I have on my camer look like mug shots ;)

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

The One With The Busy Weekend Planned!

David graduates from Basic Training next week so we are brimming with excitement right now! I have a busy long weekend planned....of scrapping. I'm trying to stay offline as much as possible between now and Monday and working on my backlog of layouts from Nathan's and Naomi's pregnancies so that I can order a compiled pregnancies album with my Shutterfly coupon before it expires on Monday. It's a project I'm really excited about. I ordered some calendars last week and a 50 page book on Saturday...and guess what? My book is already here and looks great! I'm so excited! That was my 6th volume printed and I get giddy every time I see my stuff in print.

I got a new 'do today and can't wait to share it with you so look for that soon (move over Victoria Beckham, there's a new pixie in town! ;) )

And...someone told me today that my blog song made them sad. *GASP!* I definitely don't want that, so I'll be getting around to changing that very soon too! No need in making my readers sad. Bored maybe, but never sad :P

On the family scene...my sister is pregnant and I'm thrilled for her! Being an aunt is the best thing ever! Congrats Tabatha!

And that's really all that's new around here...I'll chat with you tomorrow my friends!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

The One With The Printing Dilemma

And here's the dilemma...I scrap so much it's hard to keep up with the printing! LOL! While I'm sitting here trying to decide what to put in my latest Shutterfly album, here are a few of my most recent layouts:

And that's all I really have to share for the day! My children apparently don't need to sleep anymore so that's another dilemma in and of itself. I must go sleep while I can because between the two of them, they aren't allowing a whole lot of that nowadays! ;)

Monday, September 8, 2008

The One Where We Talk About Crayons

First of all...ONLY Crayola will do. All other crayons are crap. That's all I have to say on that matter...and second of all....the quiz at Crayola.com kicked my butt! I wandered over there from the Sweet Shoppe's FOBTY...While I did name all 64 colors, I had 21 mistakes. I had like 8 mistakes going into the "kids' choice" section but I didn't guess a single one of those right! What is this "kids' choice" they speak of? That's DUMB! And there should never EVER be more than 64 crayons in a box. Having a box of those with a sharpener in the back is all you needed growing up...and you were practically royalty for having that. I honestly was good with 24 or 48...Now I see 96 and more? Yikes!

Sunday, September 7, 2008

The One With A Wreck Of A Post

Hiya bloggers! My first order of business today is to share with you our most recent playground photo shoot! Parker wasn't digging the sunshine so I don't have any shots of him (plus he was on my shoulder for most of the photographing). But, I did get these great action shots of Nathan (love how they turned out!) and I got a few of them together...Naomi loved being pushed in the swing! I was so happy to get one photo of her looking at the camera, since that's a challenge in and of itself lately!

It was wonderful enjoying the fall-ish weather and just watching the kids have fun! We get to go see David graduate from Basic training in a week and half, so anything to pass the time right now! :)

And about the wreck. Cakewreck, that is. Over on my blogroll you'll find Cakewrecks...I love that blog and I have to tell you....the cake we had made for David's Boot Camp sendoff party was featured on their blog today! I was totally geeking out about it, and giggling again at our funny cake....go check it out!

Our Silly Cake

And that's all from me tonight bloggers....My wonderful MIL is taking the kids for a few hours tomorrow...so off to bed for me so that I'm not too tired to enjoy my free time! ;)

Thursday, September 4, 2008

The One With The Heavenly Candy

If you like coffee flavored candy...you'll so love the M-n-M's Premium Mocha candies. They are so yummy though a tad pricey. I recommend!

I bought a tandem stroller today...a Graco DuoGlider...and can't wait to try it out tomorrow! It is SO a necessity for those with 2 under 2! I also got David's professional military portrait in the mailtoday...I'll try and scan it tomorrow to show you! I'm off to bed right now though because I am SO tired! I hope you have a great day!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

The One With The Golden Children

So I took the kids out during the "golden hour" tonight to try and grab some photos...got a few of Naomi but just one of Parker because he was a tad bit grumpy :)

And my sweet boy smiling...
That's all from me today...I'm wiped! Have a fantastic day!

The One With The Smelliest Blog On The Blog

...but in a good way!

I wanted to share this little yummy project with you, bloggers! I love the smell of coffee, and after visiting a girlfriend who had these on her counter, I had to put my own twist on it!

It's a super cheap project...I spent $1.98 on 2 hurricane jars, 67 cents on 2 votive candles and $4 for a small bag of french vanilla whole bean coffee. Putting it together is pretty self-explanatory and it smells SO yummy! I have half a bag of coffee left to rotate out the beans after they start to lose their scent. It would also make a super cheap and sweet gift!

That's all from me for today, I've got a wiggly Parker in my arms. TTFN!