Sunday, December 20, 2009
Isn't this what we are told not to do? Does anyone know WHY? Besides the fact that you could get hurt.......cause you can pretty much get hurt walking around, right? I just can't tell my kids not to do this. Look at the fun they had! They were taking the pictures of each other. Their faces are priceless. I knew they were doing it. I didn't see the pictures until later that day and laughed out loud when I saw them. It gets a little annoying after a few minutes, but just because our mother's told us not to, that's not the best reason. So, go jump on the furniture!
There are like 3 days until Christmas and I have bought or made and wrapped about 5 gifts. My list is a lot longer than that! I am such a procrastinator....in everything I do. It's a really bad habit. I have a ton of things on my list to make! hahahaha It's 3 days away! Yikes!!
Did a little shopping today. Got a few gifts. Luckily, we have a brother on the Alabama football team....yeah, that's pretty cool. He's gonna get a few things signed for us.....I bet you hope you are on that list, don't ya? It makes my job a little easier. Not so easy for him. I guess it's pretty annoying to sign your name a million times. I hear they all sit around in the locker room and just pass them back and forth. Can't you just see them...all in a big circle, with their heads down? I'm sure they hate Sharpies and white footballs with the A on them! I never even thought about the benefits I would reap from him being on the team. Love that guy!
This year has been a much more relaxed season than last year. I was in the store all day and didn't want to do anything when I got home. I just had no creative desire! I have made a few things so far. I got some vinyl scraps from a friend and made a few buckets to fill with toys and ornaments. They turned out really cute! I have plans to make t-shirts and scarves, homemade Alabama A crayons, a few scrapbooks for gifts and animal bracelet earrings. Ok, that last one is really easy and will only take about a second to put together! I guess I should wait to post pics so there is still some element of surprise when they are opened! And no, Mom, you aren't getting animal bracelet earrings. Do not worry!
We started Christmas yesterday. Connor's family Christmas at Momba and Papa's house. It is really so fun to me! I love all the people and the drama. There is a lot of drama! Not bad drama, just over reacting to stuff drama!! They all like to talk.....a lot and LOUD! It's always so much fun to see everyone. There are 44 people in this family. I'm talking Momba and Papa, their 4 kids, who all have kids and have created 15 great-grandchildren! The house is packed and there is tons of yummy food and lots of presents even though the adults do not exchange and the kids draw names! Can you believe we didn't take a group shot??? We were missing a couple, but still. We did try to get all the greats on the balcony with their heads coming through the railings (that are too big and they could all fall through). I couldn't get the shot. I had my 50mm lens on...bummer.
Sorry about all the ramblings. I just felt like blogging. I have done a million other things in the meantime.....class parties, tennis tournaments, triathlon training, setting up Daphney to go to NYC without me, planning a trip to San Diego (and Pasadena), been on tv for the Spotted Zebra, had a Christmas crop and an ornament swap party at my house, went to my Mom's for a girls weekend, ran in the Jingle Bell Run, and even went to Montgomery to see A Christmas Story!
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Here you can find the original tree.
Monday, November 23, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
I did take some very fun pictures at Aldridge Gardens on Wednesday!
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Ok, I have a reason to blog....I guess. It's so sad how Facebook totally took over all of my updating the world....haha!
My mom has been very upset and wonders why I never "send" her pictures anymore. I don't think these will be pictures she is interested in. Well, maybe she will. She is always trying to get me to clean out my junk.
Several girls I know are doing this thing called, "Fall Cleaning". It's been pretty inspiring!
Before side one.
Yikes! Did I just throw everything in here and walk away? Who knows what goodness I will find!
This just makes me want to sigh with relief! It wasn't that hard....Just a little straightening and throwing some things away and putting things in their place! Still lots of junk.....Lots of new ideas for projects for sure!
I had to fold and fold and fold for this to look neat! It was so fun though. I love fabric and some of it was from clothes I made for Emma when she was a tiny little thing and would wear what I wanted her to! Some is fabric for window treatments that never got made or were made and I bought too much fabric! Oh, and I found some fabulous trim that I can't wait to play with....I think I feel the need to sew!
Here's what they are doing: (I hope to do more....we'll see!) If you join in....maybe I will!))
- make a plan each day to be for each room or cleaning/decluttering project.
- take before & after pics and post 'em on your blog each night, along with which room you are doing the next day.
- come back to my blog and post your blog entry to a linky thing (this way you can check out everyone elses' progress to keep ya motivated too!)
- join in, even if you can only do something for 15 min. (EVERYONE can spare 15 minutes of straightening, throwing out something, cleaning up something, etc. and you'll feel so much better for it!)
- keep in mind- this is not a competition. this is not going to earn your righteousness or give you the "woman (or man!) of the year award"! this is just a chance to tackle a few projects around home with the encouragement of friends.
- BEWARE: don't get sucked into the deadly disease of Magazine Cover-itis! ;)
Monday, July 20, 2009
We have been on the go all summer. It has really been so much fun. I think I have been in Destin more nights than Birmingham. I don't even know if I can do a quick recap without leaving A LOT out!
John Connor and I are watching Spongebob this morning and baking brownies. Where's Emma? Well, she has been gone more than we have! She is at her Mimi's this week. Maggie went with her. They are helping out at the restaurant! Yikes, that is a long time. I feel like someone else has custody of her and I should be paying child support.
I have been working as little as possible. YAY! Scripts kits have been going out each month. I have several really good helpers and they make it really easy for me! Thanks Lisa and Carol!! So, I just make sure everything is here and they get it packed and shipped! I haven't been scrapbooking much at all. Last night I went down to the "store" and organized a little. I got everything together for the August kit and went ahead and spread it all out on the table! I need to order cardstock, but everything else is here!! So cute and FUN!!
I am going to CHA. Leaving on Sunday! I can't believe it's here. It has snuck up on me. I really can't wait to see all that new merchandise! It's in Orlando this year.....I'm sure we'll stop by DisneyWorld....I mean, Brittney and Kristin are going....we will go to Disney! Taking those two with me should guarantee that I will see a celebrity. They are like magnets! Ahhhh all that inspiration is sure to get me in the crafty mood. Not to mention when we get back, school is right around the corner and there will be a schedule!!
Update on the house. We still haven't sold it. I guess we will be back at Oak Mountain in the fall. The kids are very happy about it. I can't decide how I feel. I really don't want to move, but it is going to happen eventually. I'm a little worried about them having to change schools right after school starts or even a whole year from now. I know, kids adapt....they'll be fine! I just hate for them to be anxious about it or worry. They shouldn't have to do that! So, we're still here on Brook Green lane hanging out at the pool and playing tennis!!
I'll post some pictures of our summer fun. They all tend to look the same........John Connor with sand on his face and Emma with the sky in the background and her freckles smiling back at me! I love summertime!!!
Going through the pictures, I am remembering things!! We did get to go to the lake before we sold it. Oh man, that place is full of so many memories! We built it back in 2004. John Connor was so little. We would always go and feed the fish, go to the sand island and to the water falls! Riding the tube and watching all the crazies over at Chuck's house........cousins and friends hanging out for the 4th of July and many midnight boat rides!! Do you feel a lake scrapbook coming on? I should really work on that one.
Thursday, June 4, 2009
So here is a recap in pictures.
Emma and her 3rd Grade teacher, Mrs. Russell at the Sock Hop!
Bianca and Emma after winning the Kickball tournament!
Mrs. Hooper (formerly Ms. Bishop) and John Connor...our fave 1st grade teacher!!
Margie...one of my newest bff's. So glad she is in my life!
Hanging out at CKU
Aaron taught me everything I know on the dance floor!
hanging out with family and friends!
John Connor is playing where's waldo in this pic.
I had no idea he was there until I was looking at this one afterward!
Friday, May 29, 2009
Go check out this adorable etsy shop. My cute crafty friends, Gretchen, Virginia and this talent, Katie, put their marvelousness out there for sale for everyone to enjoy. Katie made some really cute necklaces...she is a jack of all craft trades. I LOVE them! She came in with one on the other day that I almost ripped off her neck! It was so cute. I totally want a couple of these for layering. I love the daintiness of them. I love tiny necklaces that look as if they are floating around your neck. You should get one of these quickly! I am sure they won't be there for long!!
I got everything out of there Wednesday afternoon, went to my dance lesson afterward, had dinner with Connor, came home and packed for Nashville. Got up on Thursday morning at 4:30am and left at 5:00am, drove 3 hours......by myself......followed Tim Holtz and Mario around ALL day, then hung out in this fabulous girl's room until almost midnight! Got up early this morning......totally losing track of the days. Hung out with Margie as she taught an incredible Scenic Route album. Helped Elizabeth Kartchner with her gorgeous album till 5pm......Dinner with Margie, Debbie, Tim and Mario at a cozy little table in an italian restaurant in the musty Gaylord Opryland Hotel. Sorry, I don't get it. I hate this hotel.
Heading back to Birmingham tomorrow. I have my big dance competition on Sunday. Crazy fun. I can't wait! I actually am dreading it a little. I don't want to mess up or step on Aaron's feet! (my dance partner) I am supposed to wear really heavy makeup.....not good at that. Maybe even fake eyelashes! Dude, I really need to get home early tomorrow! I need a pedicure, some fake tan lotion to cover up my tan lines on my back, and a lesson in makeup application. I have to be at the Marriott on 280 at 10:15am. It's an all day affair!
Monday can't get here fast enough!
I won't even go into what I have to do then. You have to be bored out of your mind already!
Have a great weekend!!
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
I should've come up with Hostess With the Mostess. It is so fun! I love reading the blog. I love to plan parties!! I will definitely be planning more parties now that the store is closed. I think I will have these at my next party. Who wants to come?
(from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World)
1/4 cup lime juice
1 1/2 tsp lime zest (1 lime)
1 cup soy milk (plain or vanilla)
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 tsp tequila
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup sugar
1 1/3 cup all purpose flour
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
Preheat oven to 350F. Fill a 12-cup muffin tin with liners.
In a large bowl, mix together lime juice, lime zest, soy milk, oil , tequila, vanilla and sugar.
In a small bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Add to lime mixture and stir until just combined. Divide evenly into muffin tins.
Bake for 20-24 minutes, until a tester comes out clean and the cakes spring back when lightly pressed.
Turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely before frosting.
Tequila and Lime Frosting
1/4 cup butter or nonhydrogenated shortening, softened
1 tbsp soymilk
3 tbsp lime juice
1 tbsp tequila
2+ cups confectioners’ sugar
coarse sugar for “rims”
Cream together shortening, soymilk, lime juice, tequila, and 2 cups of confectioners’ sugar. Add in more sugar as needed to make frosting stiff, but spreadable.
Spread on cupcakes and roll the edges in a small amount of coarse, colored sugar (poured into a small bowl, so it’s easy to direct it).
Monday, May 11, 2009
We didn't have big plans for this weekend. John Connor had his last regular season game.....we lost. It's so sad. We didn't win ONE game all season! We were so close on Saturday. We came back from 11-2 and the final score was 18-17....we just couldn't pull it out. Poor guys. A couple of them were sad, but for the most part, they were just a bunch of 7 year old boys on to the next thing!
My mom came in town for the weekend. I am so glad she came here! I would've felt bad about not going to see her. She came in for the game and afterward we went to my nephew, Carson's, game. He won. Yay! As soon as we got home, we loaded the car and headed to the lake. We hadn't been there in over a year! I forgot how much I love it there. It's so peaceful and quiet. It rained the entire time we were there. I didn't mind, I got some scrapbooking done! We took several pictures and printed them. We made magnet frames for Mother's Day gifts. I made my mom some stationary. We were productive! On Sunday we got up and had a fabulous breakfast cooked by the dad's. The boat ride ended really quickly when it started raining on us! It wasn't warm enough to be out in the rain! The kids really wanted to go and feed the fish. We usually head over to Rock Creek Marina and feed crackers to the giant carp. I think we've decided to go back for Memorial Day weekend. We may spend a lot of time up there this summer! It is so nice. Connor loves to grill out and watch the sunset! As always, there's an open invitation for anyone that wants to join us!
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
My roommate and I got horrible colds or allergies. We were both snoring every night. I think we got a total of 12 hours of sleep in 3 days! Of course, we didn't try to go to sleep before 3am. We were up at 6am every morning! I can't say it was hard. It wasn't. It was so easy! I don't know if it's the organization of everyone, everyone doing what they were asked to do, or the fact that we had the perfect amount of volunteers for the amount of attendees.
I don't know how many people said this was a top-notch event. The best some had ever been to! I even had 2 people say it was in line with Creative Escape and CKU! Those are like the 2 events that everyone knows about and tries to get into! Wow. I just can't believe how perfect it was!!
We started planning another one at 7am Sunday morning. Brittney and I were driving the Metro truck home to Birmingham. I think we have the basics down and we set up a meeting with the place yesterday!! It's in the works! I can't wait to let the news out about it. It's very out of the box, but something so many people will be ready for!
I'm glad to be home. My family has really missed me. Not like, "mommy, I miss you", but things have gone undone and it's starting to reel out of control. I'm glad I can be home and get everything back under control. Thankfully, school's out in less than 3 weeks! Control will be by the pool!! That is the best babysitter for me! My kids live in the pool.
I don't know how I would have pulled off this successful event without all the people on my team. It's unreal how these girls have a passion for scrapbooking and want to be a part of something great. I'm so glad to have them all in my life and hope to be life long friends. A quick rundown of their names, they deserve that much! Lisa Tanner, Carol Snyder, Nubia Posey, Amy Nabors, Amy Steenwyk, Pat Bullard, Tina Lindsey, Gretchen McElveen, Virginia Tillery, and Brittney Smith. Thanks so much to all of you. I'm tearing up thinking about how blessed I am to have you all in my life. YOU are all incredible women! xoxo
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
B. D. Gulledge : I used to sit on the banks with a raft and watch the water roll lazily by. One day I pushed my raft into the shallows of the water and found the water moved swifter than I thought. My raft was actually a boat. Then, after some time, I rowed my little boat into deeper water. There were great storms, mighty winds, tremendous waves, and sometimes I felt so alone. But I have noticed my little rowboat is now a mighty ship manned by my friends and loved ones; and beautiful calm seas, warm sunny days, and nights filled with comfortable dreams always double after a storm. Now, I could never go back and sit on the bank. In fact, I search for deeper water. Such is life when lived.
Thanks to everyone that supports me. I know there are more than I ever think to thank. So, here's to all of you. Thanks so much! I really, really appreciate it. Wouldn't life be dull on the banks? I'm so glad I'm out in the middle, learning lessons everyday!
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
My kids are at my Mom's...what would I do without her? We took them up on Saturday. We had a birthday party for my cousin, Andy. Emma, John Connor, Carson and Caroline all stayed with Mimi! Dana is going to pick them up today! She is meeting Mom half-way.....thank goodness! I wouldn't have been able to get them until LATE tonight! I know they have had a blast. I can't wait to hear all about their fun. We are going to the beach tonight. I.can't.wait!!! It's finally gorgeous outside! I have been waiting on the sun to shine for more than one day. I think it's going to be a great week. I know it's going to be so busy with all the spring breakers......good people watching!!
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Two of my most favorite people in the world....Ashlee and Marisa. I don't know what I would do without Ashlee's unconditional love and Marisa's honesty. They keep me straight! Love You !!
Here are the rules: take the 6th folder and the 6th picture and blog it. Then tag 6 people to do the same! I'll tag....Misty, Courtney, Kristen, Ashlee, Jennye, Marisa
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
How has this happened? I'm pretty sure just yesterday we were hanging out in our pj's while Emma was at school all day. He was 4!! We would snuggle and watch Handy Manny and Mickey Mouse Club House. We always had so much fun on the days he didn't go to MDO. We would go to the zoo and take classes and learn all about the animals. We shopped and played at the park. Sometimes we would stop by Scrap ETC and check out all the new stuff!!
Friday, February 27, 2009
I have started several projects and haven't completed one. That's my problem! I will start something and never finish. I love people that can accomplish a task. I have several of those kind of people in my immediate circle. Daphney can get more done in one day than I can get done in a week! She never stops and never lets anything stop her!
Brittney is a ball of fire! She was coming by the store yesterday to bring my Flip video camera. I called and asked if she was planning on staying for 5 minutes or an hour. Thankfully, she gave me an hour. The back room at the store looked like a bomb had gone off. After an hour, she had it all cleaned out and organized!! I mean, that deserves BIG thank yous!! I can't do that.....I tried and all I ended up doing was moving all the piles from one place to another!!
The best one is my MOM! She is always bossing me around. I guess she thinks it's her job since she is my mom, but come on...I'm 30-something! It drives me crazy, but we can get some good organizing and cleaning out done when she is here. I really appreciate all the help she gives me. She was here a few weeks ago and we cleaned out my attic. A place I hadn't been in since I moved in 3 and 1/2 years ago. She took a truck load home to sell in a yard sale! She was back this weekend for my niece, Caroline's birthday and we cleaned out the basement.....another place that had not see the light of day in 3 and 1/2 years! I actually found a bag full of scrapbooking stuff down there! Our Disney album!! Who knew? I guess I have so much in my studio, I didn't even miss it! So very sad. Well, we cleaned out that basement and my laundry room......It's all very neat and organized now!! She is very giving. I'm so lucky to have her. We have plenty of times that we don't agree, but she is the best mom for me! love you!!
I guess surrounding yourself with people that have different talents than you is the key to balance. I'm not sure what I do for the mix.
Last night, Emma had a patriotic program at school. It was a great program! She had a speaking part about the Liberty Bell. I was so proud of her! She didn't get the part until Tuesday and had it memorized before she went to bed that night! Yes, she is a smart kid!! I'm so proud of her!
I'm at the beach....planning on running a half-marathon in Seaside.....cross your fingers that I cross the finish line! Have a great weekend!
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
John Connor signed up for baseball. He had tryouts a couple of weeks ago and we found out his team, the Cubs! I guess we'll be at the park every Saturday in the Spring! Emma is growing up.....it makes my stomach hurt! She is finally thinking about what she wears everyday! I worried when she wanted to wear the same t-shirt and jeans everyday and now, I worry about why she wants to wear a skirt and leggings and a raggedy old jacket!
We are working on Valentine's for class parties. Of course, we will use one of the Accucut dies and make something fabulous! One of the customers came in today and I showed her the houndstooth paper for her son's valentines. He's 10 and didn't want it to be too girly! We cut out some red footballs and using the houndstooth paper.....it's adorable! I guess I'll let John Connor do that, too! Roll Tide! I think Susu came in last week and pointed out how cute that would be. It is...thanks, Susu!!
Maybe one of these days I'll figure out how to download my pictures from my camera and get some new pics on here. Till then.....have a good one!
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
We have seen so many wonderful new products for scrapbooking. Anything from tulle to TOOL cleaner, New Hambly screenprints to a screenprinting machine!!! AAAAGGGHHHH!! Fabulousnesssss. I'm thinking this screenprinting machine from ProvoCraft is HOT! Gretchen, Brittney and I all made, yes made, ourselves a t-shirt!! I need this machine. Really, I do! You can create your own design, then you heat the design onto something cool and then you scrape the ink onto the t-shirt.....Oh my, oh MY!
I had some REALLY, REALLY great appointments today! We are working on so much for our Scrap ETC event, Scripts Kit club and Scrap ETC...the store!
Making Memories and Margie Romney-Aslett WILL be at the Scrap ETC Event.........with a really cool project and the newest Making Memories release!!! Seriously, people....this is going to be cool!
Glitz Design has some precious new Glitzers! You WILL be seeing these in an upcoming dose of our monthly kit club, Scripts. Not too mention several other new, really cute products.
Goodness did you see those Sassafras felties? The new buttons are so crafty...I need them on everything........EvErYthinG!! Bella Blvd. is one of our FAVORITE new lines. We have a video on the ScrapETC site with the owner. She is so cute!!! So young and hip and really has it together. This is one to watch! Jillibean Soup is another adorable new line we found......So warm and cozy. All the lines are named after soups! We bought a minestrone...how cute is that?
We were so disappointed not to see October Afternoon in person, but I will call and place an order when we get home. I know how much you all love this cute line!
We have several videos from the show of all the booths. We are posting to the Scrap ETC blog daily and we will get as many pictures up as soon as we can.
This has been a VERY successful trip and we got to go to Disneyland today! I got in free because it was my birthday!!! It really was fun. We rode Space Mountain and the Indiana Jones Adventure was so cool.
Just a few loose ends to tie up in the morning and we will be on our way home.
See you Thursday in the store!!! Have an awesome day!
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Ahhhh.....it's so nice to clean out and get organized, isn't it? My sweet momma came to Birmingham this weekend and we worked on cleaning out my junk. I have a lot of it.......a lot!!
We started by her babysitting and Connor and I going to a friends 30th birthday party! Not a good start to the organizing, but lots of fun!
We got down and dirty on Saturday. We started in the attic. An attic that I haven't been in since the mice were staying with us. I couldn't believe all the stuff that was in there! A beautiful Christmas tree that didn't get put up.....and lots of cute ornaments that go on it. I also found lots of old pictures and cards.....I love to reminisce! My mom kept me on track. I would've sat there all day just going through every card. We cleaned out kids clothes boxes. Do you do that? You clean out their stuff and can't get rid of something because they were so cute in it.....the one time they wore it before growing out of it? Then a couple years later, it means nothing? Give it away! Well, she is having some monster yard sale at her house in Tennessee. Supposedly, thousands of people come through. Maybe I'll make some money! We filled her truck with some of my old junk......she looked like the Clampets pulling out of my driveway on Sunday! I say "some" of my junk.....she will probably come back and fill her truck again! I guess this is the one good reason to move. Get rid of stuff! I felt so good when she left. We really accomplished so much. I was supposed to get to the craft room....I swear there is more stuff in my craft room than in the store!! I should just move all of it to the store and sell it there! When she left, I did go in there and try to clean up a little. All that did was get me in the mood to scrapbook! So, I did a couple of pages and made a little album for my friend of her birthday party......I've got to get that to her! I guess I should take some pics and post them...i say that all the time, don't I?
Sunday, January 4, 2009
Susu's house on Tuesday