Thursday, February 28, 2008
Then, a friend of hers from school had a soccer birthday and Steph was all excited because she scored a goal.
So.....needless to say, I just signed her up for indoor soccer. 10 weeks, every Saturday morning one hour. She doesn't know yet.....I plan on telling her tonight and I know she will be very excited.
I also signed Jen up. She will get to run around with all the 3 year olds. Can you imagine the photo possibilities that I will have in the next 10 weeks!!!!????
The best thing about it is that one of my bestest friends in the whole wide world, Becky, has also signed her two kids up! Molly is 6 so she will play with Steph, and Josh is 3 so he will play with Jen. I really can't wait.....let the fun begin!
Saturday, February 23, 2008
I conquered my frame.
It is finished and I delivered it to the store today.
I am very pleased with how it turned out, I think it is even better than the original design that I had in my head.
I am in love with all things stars lately, so I tried to incorporate them into it as much as possible. Ron took the pics of me (thanks!)...... this was the first time that I scrapped about myself, so it was very new for me.
So, without further ado..........."the frame":
The journaling says:
Today I am
31 years old
5 feet tall
in love with my husband
obsessed with scrapbooking
trying to be a better photographer
crazy about my children
a really good friend (until I get hurt)
hard on myself
a good mom
Friday, February 22, 2008
I'm starting over again with a whole new concept.
It's Friday night and I have been working on it for a couple of hours......I am about half way done.
I feel so much better now.
THANKS RONNIE!!!!!!! (love ya!)
Thursday, February 21, 2008
My life seems to never slow down all that much.
I am currently going to school for my Bachelor's degree in Business, while working full time, taking care of my two kids and two dogs, trying to spend some quality time with my husband, friends, and family, and doing just a few layouts or scrapbooking projects.
I also occasionally like to sleep.
Seems like my house is what gets neglected sometimes. I feel like it is a PIT right now and I know I will end up spending a bunch of time cleaning it up this weekend (when I SHOULD be doing something creative or fun with the kids).
I have two projects, a final, three chapters and 6 discussion questions due next week. Have I started on them......not really. I have one of the projects started but not completed. Guess I should work on that.
While I would love to clean my dirty house, do something creative with the kids, or work on my projects for school this weekend.....there is one thing that is a bit more pressing at this time. One thing that I will dedicate my entire weekend to finishing.
You guessed it......my frame.
That thing has now sat for too long. I must get started on it and get past the fact that I royally screwed it up.
My good friend Colleen nicknamed me "Andrea, Conqueror of Frames" today....and I don't want to let her down.
Stay tuned......I will "unveil" the frame as soon as I am somewhat happy with it!!!!!!!!
Monday, February 18, 2008
We met up at a McDonalds that has a huge indoor play area and let all 6 kids have at it. They ate, then played, then Jen ate some more (man can that kid put some food down when she wants to).
We stayed there for quite some time enjoying ourselves, and then we packed the kids in the car and headed to MLPA for a little scrapbook shopping. They have a play area in the store and the kids all played so good together while Rachael and I shopped.
Rachael took a few pics of the kids.......
Oh, and Chloe peed on her training pads about 5 or 6 times today.
What a really great day........................
Her name is Chloe, she is a Miniature Pinscher, and she is 4 months old. She is TINY right now and will only get to about 10 or 12 pounds. Our other dog Daisy really needed a buddy to play with, and Chloe has a very sweet temperment, so we decided that she would be a great fit.
Friday, February 15, 2008
I went out to buy all of the things necessary to make the frame that was in my head, but I couldn't find anything like I was imagining.
So, I settled on some paper that wasn't quite right.
Then, I messed up when I was cutting it and had to settle for a shape that wasn't exactly the shape in my head.
I painted it black and modge-podged the paper on.
I then stared at the darn thing for HOURS. It just wasn't right and I was soooooo stuck.
So, I decided to put it down and go to bed and come back to it fresh the next day.
Fast forward 4 days.
I picked it up today to see if I could get something accomplished and noticed a big huge air bubble in the middle of one of the papers. I mean huge.
So....I guess what I am saying is........I totally messed up my super cool frame and now I have to start all over again, except that it has black paint and paper with air bubbles all over it.
This is life.
Oh, and I read this today on a blog that I love: It is better to be happy than to be right.
That quote spoke to me. It said:
You ain't happy with your frame and it JUST AIN'T RIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Stay tuned for more episodes of "As the Frame Turns".
This morning, as Ron was walking her to the bus stop, they had the following conversation:
Ron: So Steph, how do you like your new bus driver? Is he nice?
Steph: Yep! He's really nice!
Ron: What's his name?
Steph: Wanna guess? It starts with an M.
Ron: Ummmmm.......Matt? Mike?
Steph: NO DAD!!!! It's Mr. Larry!!!!
Thursday, February 14, 2008
I believe we have established that already.
And what goes hand-in-hand with obsession #1? Obsession # 2, of course! And that happens to be photography.
It all started when I realized that the first digital camera Ron and I owned (years ago.....and the thing was as big as a small laptop) took nothing but blue pictures. I'm not kidding.....every picture had a blue tint to it. So when I started scrapping I HATED to scrap pictures from that camera because they were terrible. We moved on to a better point and shoot camera for a few years, and I was pleased. It took nice pictures.
Until someone spilled soda all over it and the lens stopped opening up.
We then got the camera that sent me into fits of extreme anger.
You see......a scrapbooker can't really scrapbook without pictures. And this last point-and-shoot that we owned could not take a good picture....EVER. It was crap plain and simple. When a special occasion would come around, I would take 300 - 400 pics so that I knew I would end up with 2 or 3 good pictures to scrap. It made me insane. I complained and complained and apparently Ron listened.
This is where we come to the turning point in my entire story..........
Ron bought me a Nikon D40 camera for my birthday last November.
Yep.....a "big girl" camera.
No more point-and-shoot for me.
I instantly saw a difference in the quality of my pics and then quickly realized that I KNEW NOTHING AT ALL ABOUT PHOTOGRAPHY!!!!
I started by reading my manual and following a few blogs of photographers that I admire. I bought a few books and am now starting to take classes with a scrapping friend of mine (thanks Donna!!!)
I am seeing things differently now that I own a decent camera. I look at things and think that would make a perfect background for a shot or wow...........if I zoomed in close on that it would be so pretty on a layout.
I also pay attention to things like making sure a pole isn't shooting from the top of the girls' heads
in a photo.
This camera has really made me a better photographer.
And for that I want to say thanks Ron, I love you.
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Steph is sitting next to me coloring. She just turned to me and said, "Do you know that if Piglet was all pink then his name would be Pink-let???"
Jen calls Piglet "Plig-et".
She also calls the computer "The Puterator".
When it is dark outside she says it is "too late".
And she will do just about anything for a special treat (candy).
Friday, February 8, 2008
The girls are fed, and are now enjoying a lovely movie in their toy room together. (Garfield I think).
Ron is on his way home.
When he gets here I am heading out to my favorite LSS to get some supplies for a couple of projects that I need to get done for the store.
I was honored to receive an unfinished frame from Sarah (LSS owner) last weekend.
You see, everyone who is on the design team or who is a teacher at said LSS gets to make a huge frame with a picture of themselves to be hung in the crop room for all to see. Sarah presented me with my unfinished frame on Saturday, and it was among my biggest honors!!!!!
So.... I have been thinking about my frame all week and really want to get started on it.
Only one thing is holding me back.
I don't have ONE decent picture of myself to put in it. Not one.
And the biggest problem is that I hate my hair right now (I'm in that really bad in-between stage of growing it out). So any pictures that I DO take will be......well..........just wrong.
So now my entire existance will be focused on getting some sort of decent shot of myself. Maybe I will get lucky and have a good hair day this weekend.
When I finish my frame I will post a picture of it.
Until then, please pray to the "good hair gods" and tell them that I just need 15 minutes of their time.
Thursday, February 7, 2008
They did all kinds of neat things to celebrate the 100th day of school: crafts, a party, and they made a journal to bring home.
Last night after I put the kids to bed I realized that I hadn't gone through the folder the Steph brings home everyday with papers for me to sign and craft projects for me to see.
I looked through the journal and came across page 5. Check it out for yourself:
Wait.....did that just say BUTTS!!??
It was one of those moments as a parent where I was extremely proud on one hand (she spelled apples CORRECT!!!), and extremely mortified on the other (doesn't she know that we aren't supposed to draw butts at school???!!!!)
Then I laughed so hard that I cried.
It was a great moment, thanks for the laugh Steph!!!!
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
A few months ago we asked her to try and keep her pull-up dry at nap time, and if she was able to do that we would keep her in her underwear for naps.
She did it with no problem.
At that point we were down to one pull-up a day, and that was for bedtime.
Then she started to ask about wearing her big girl underwear at night. We told her she had to stay dry, and didn't really expect much until she got a little bit bigger.
She has kept her pull-up dry all night long 5 out 0f the past 6 days!!!!!!!!
WAY TO GO JEN!!!!!
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
And it was 60-something today.
I’m not so sure that the girls will get to use the snow suits and boots that we got them this year.
I guess there’s always next year……..
Monday, February 4, 2008
In early December 2007, I was asked to be the guest designer for a monthly memories kit at my favorite LSS (local scrapbook store). I designed a two-page layout and a one-page layout for the kit....and I was insanely nervous about all of it!!! This was my first time EVER making anything that people may want to duplicate, and actually BUY! That is a scary thought, and I fretted over it until the second I handed the projects in. ~whew~ Glad that one was over!!!
Then, in late December 2007, I was asked to be the January Scrapper Spotlight for that same LSS. I created a two-page layout, a one-page layout, a Valentine's card, and a mini album to be showcased throughout January on the newsletters that are e-mailed to about 2,500 people weekly. Once again, insanely nervous about that one!!!
Then, Sarah (the owner of said favorite LSS and all around super-human lady who I aspire to be JUST LIKE when I grow up) asked me to be a part of the design team for the store. Man was that a big surprise..........and I was too excited to be nervous about that! YES, YES, YES.........the answer is an absolute YES!!!! (What it actually means to be on a design team I am figuring out as I go............). :)
Then, when Sarah saw the mini album that I created for the January Scrapper Spotlight she asked me to teach a class on it.
OK.....so the butterflies stuck with me on THAT one for a good week or so, but I knew that it would be all right.
I set forth making 10 kits of all the product necessary for the project. I put together an instruction sheet, which included pictures of each page of my album for reference. I thought. And thought. And worried a bit. (What if NOONE signed up!!!???? What if they HATED the project!!!!???)
I'm a worrywart, so this is nothing new to me.
Then......on February 2nd, 2008, I taught my first class. And it was fun. And easy. And I had no reason to worry. And now I can't wait to do it again (which is a good thing cause Sarah already has me signed up for different classes in March, April, and May!!!)
And here is a layout that I created to commemorate my recent accomplishment.
Sunday, February 3, 2008
Obsessed is more like it.
For the first 2 years or so my family and friends were the only people whom I shared my layouts with. I never thought they were very good, but they captured memories for my children to see when they are older and that was all that mattered.
Then I found a local scrapbooking store that had a message board. I decided to join and take a look around. The board was (and is) such an inspiration to me because all of the women were so complimentary of each other's work. I got up enough courage one day and posted a layout of my very own. Being so new I didn't expect much..........until........
Everyone told me they loved it and asked that I post more!
Wow. Really??? They wanted to see MORE of what I did???
So I posted more. And more. And more.
And each time they made me feel so great about it!
And now they can't get rid of me.
So here I am.