Friday, February 29, 2008

Three sides to a fence

And even though it doesn't apply to me anymore in the sense that I got out of the military in 1999, it still hit home and I TOTALLY wanna use it on a scrapbook page!!
The gal that wrote it is a friend. She emailed it to my hubby.

I am an Airman
I am a wife
I am a mommy
Sometimes I am even Daddy

I have many priorities in my life
They are all number one
I wear boots to work
Not the stiletto heel type, the combat type
I don't have to pick out what I am going to wear to "the office"
My camoflauge is just right

During my nine-to-five
I do as expected and told
I turn wrenches, carry a weapon
On Saturday night I wear lipstick and high heels

I am grace under pressure
Tough and un-wavering while in uniform
I kiss booboos and sing my child to sleep
And adore my husband - even when he isn't here

When my child says
"My mommy wears combat boots"
I want her to wear a smile
I not only fight for this country
I fight for my child, my family, my marriage, myself

I am an Airman
I am a mommy
I am a wife

By Staff Sgt. Sara Lanchoney, USAF

Totally the way my morning was going

I got this email from my friend this morning after I complained to her about how I was ready to strangle kiddos. lol

Tough Love vs. Spanking - Good Argument

Most of America's populace think it improper to spank children, so I have tried other methods to control my kids when they have one of 'those moments.'

One that I found effective is for me to just take the child for a car ride and talk.

Some say it's the vibration from the car, others say it's the time away from any distractions such as TV, Video Games, Computer, IPod, etc.

Either way, my kids usually calm down and stop misbehaving after our car ride together.

I've included a photo below of one of my sessions with my son, in case you would like to use the technique.

Your Friend


Thursday, February 28, 2008

I admit it

I am terrible at keeping up with listing my diet and my exercise. I am watching what I eat (as it goes from my plate to my mouth) and I am exercising. I am just not taking the time to write it down here. lol

I have done my walking every day except for weekends and I am not eating too terribly. My newfound love is a concoction that came outta desperation. I was CRAVING something sweet the other night, but I didn't have anything that really appealed to me close at hand. As I searched the cupboard for the 5th or 6th time in an hour I spied a can of pumpkin and a can of evaporated milk. Pumpkin custard, yum!!! But I wasn't in the mood to wait for it to cook. I have always loved the taste of pumpkin filling before it cooks, though. So can ya see where I am going with this? lol I mixed up pumpkin pie filling, using splenda instead of sugar, and mixed 1 cup of milk with about 1/2 a cup of the filling. YUMMMM!! Might even be better than egg nog!! If I hadn't mixed it with the milk it is just a little bit runnier than pudding and my hubby likes it. lol We killed the mixture in 1 evening between the 5 of us!! And I went to the store, bought 3 more cans of pumpkin and 3 of fat free evaporated milk and we have had it every day since!! Whatever works to stop the sweet craving right?

Other than that, I have been doing 2 hard boiled eggs for breakfast every morning. Lunch is almost always a 1/2 cup of thin spagetti (whole wheat) with 1 cup of cali blend veggies, butter and parmesan.

After discussing it with hubby, though, I have decided to enlist Weight Watchers for help. I have a friend in the group so I know I will have the added support there too. Just waiting for payday to go and sign up. That means tomarrow!

In other news, my poor Laura had to go to the dentist yesterday and have a tooth pulled. It had come in crooked and was destroying the tooth in front of it. She was so brave and only wimpered a little through it all. What was supposed to be an extraction, though, turned into a surgical procedure and he had to split the tooth into 4 pieces to get it out. He told her that maybe she could trick the tooth fairy with all the "teeth" she had lost.

I took her out for a chocolate shake afterwards, but she couldn't suck on a straw because the socket has to form a clot. So she happily ate it with a spoon. We also spent much of the evening laughing with her at her crooked smile and kisses that resulted from her numbness. Here are my favorite photos.



As for the tooth fairy. What can I say. I felt guilty that she had to go through all that pain with losing a tooth. She ended up with $5 from the tooth fairy this morning. $4 in bills and then 4 quarters. lol The last tooth she lost, she got a dollar in the bowl where we keep her tooth and a quarter under her pillow. lol She was VERY impressed.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Dine and Dash

At the same time I was doing the challenge for Making Memories for you, I was doing the dine and dash game at Scrap street.

And considering the time Daniel actually gives me to scrap, I didn't finish all the challenges. In fact I only finished 2 of the challenges.

The first challenge was to create a page based on a sketch and then a card with the same sketch. I used the sketch to create my birthday thank you cards and a layout for Daniels first birthday. The second challenge I finished was also for his birthday and I created it to coordinate with the first page, but it uses several different fonts for our challenge.




While I am at it...

Here are some other creations I have done over the past month for contest challenges.

These 3 projects were created for the first 3 rounds at Making Memories for you.

Challenge 1 was to create 3 cards for different occasions that had plastic elemets on them AND had a flower on them.


Challenge 2 was to create a page without a photo. I made a lo to hold a cd of my sons dedication at our church since I didn't actually manage to get photos that day. Bad Scrapbooker I know!! lol


Challenge 3 was to create an altered item. that used a transparency.

Sorry about the quality of this photo. I am gonna have to change out the wording on this because the ink I used still smears when it gets touched!! and it was done a week ago! I will post a new photo when I get it fixed.


Totally sidetracked!

So I got on and got totally sidetracked from posting the projects I created for the Scrap Stop this month.

We were assigned A Plain & Simple Chipboard Kit-Small Butterfly from Doodle bug and the Plain & Simple Chipboard Kit-Flower Bouquet. I was also sent the Lauren paper collection from EK success to use on my projects.

Here is what I came up with. For a complete list of materials got to and click on Latest Design Team on the right side of the page. Scroll down until you find my images there.




This was so not the "I can crop on the computer" weekend I thought it was going to be.

Dan went to LA to the Cali Speedway for a race that he was working at. All I know is that he was selling concessions and had to wear a shirt with an AF logo on it. It is something that he is getting paid to do, but it is done for the AF, hence him wearing the shirt.

Well, he went to this event with our friend Jeff and his wife Joline. Since both of them went, I got their dog for the weekend. I mentioned in my last post I attempted to walk all 3 dogs and push the stroller at the same time. I know, CRAZY.

Well one of the 2 little dogs was ever so sweet to deposit a present on my carpet every morning. Blegh. Not sure who did it. I am inclined to think it was the one, but the other shied away from it like he knew he was in trouble for doing it.

And then, Danny was clingy. Everytime I sat down at the computer desk he fussed. I did manage one page on Friday night after he went to bed and 1 page while he napped on Saturday. Luckily I got that one saved before my power flickered off and then back on. It is for the Guest Design Team spot I got for March at Making Memories for you. We are playin with a kit called Tristans Room by Kara Jones (the site is )

I finally got him settled so I could do a little more scrapping and my power TOTALLY flicked off. For 3 hours. **sigh** and of course it happened after 6 so it was already dark. I had to dig out all the candle stick holders I could find, then gate the baby in the living room and keep 3 kids entertained until bed time. Luckily my i-dog and i-pod were close at hand and don't have to be plugged in. We sat and listened to music for most of the evening. Daniel never fell asleep though. But he was out 10 minutes after the power came back on . Go figure!!

Today was much of the same as far as getting on the computer. And speak of the devil...

I hear him crying now!!